Freedom – In Christ Alone

Absolute freedom is not encased in a person, place, or thing. It comes from knowing Jesus and living as He did. There is a price for that absolute freedom. It is called unconditional love for ALL men! Want to be free from fear, worry, consternation, about what the future will bring? Live as Christ lived. Love as Christ Loved! That is freedom. 13 Right now three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. That is greatness. 1 Corinthians 13:13 (ISV)

Advertisements

Gratitude Day #6 He is always there!

Called of God? – Know that U have His Peace!

Gratitude Day #5 – Family of God

I am so thankful that God set me apart from before I even entered my mother’s womb. Predestined to be His called out one and determined to be His servant. I do not take my calling in a flippant manner and I am not at all worthy of His sacrifice! You are also His priceless one. Do you know Him? Do you know if your name is written in the lamb’s book of life?

Gratitude Day #5 He hears and answers my prayers!

I am truly thankful that I have a direct personal relationship with my Heavenly Father. I am thankful that I do not need a human being to “stand between us as an intercessor.” I am grateful for the gift of faith that tells me that God, not only hears but also answers my prayers. His holy presence is with me every day. He is the air I breathe.

 

Gratitude Day#4

#Direction
I am thankful that His presence lights my path each day. He is the way the truth and the light of this dark world!

You Are Not the Only One: A Devotional by Joyce Gerald

Book

You Are Not The Only One-A devotional

 

Enjoy the book!

 

Do good to all

Gallery

The world is turned upside down becuase of hate. What will it take to change this?

 

It is not possible for me to love my enemies. There seems to be a human instinct to hate-sin against each other. It is innate because the Bible says

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me (Psalm 51:5).

We inherited sin from our parents Adam and Eve. Did they teach Cain to have a murderous attitude towards his brother? No!

 For this is the message which you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, and not be like Cain who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not wonder, brethren, that the world hates you. (1 John 3:11-13a RSV) 

Bur release from that condemnation of sin, a sinful attitude, an attitude to hate, came to us when Christ arose. Scripture declares

12 Just as sin entered the world through one man, and death resulted from sin, therefore everyone dies, because everyone has sinned. (Romans 5:12 ISV). And Consequently, just as one offense resulted in condemnation for everyone, so one act of righteousness results in justification and life for everyone. (Romans 5:18 ISV).

Love of God first enables us to love our fellow man – which is His good pleasure.

 For it is God who is producing in you both the desire and the ability to do what pleases him (Phil 2L13 ISV)

We cannot spread the gospel if hate resides in our hearts. Actually, we will not spread the gospel when hatred lives deep within us. We will participate in Bible Study, and make friendships with other Christians, and appear to look the part [that of being a Christian] but we will not actively share the good news with people from ALL nations, all creeds, all walks of life, and we will not address it publicly because our salvation is ours. Salvation is not a personal gift that one stores up for one’s self. It was given us to do His good will. for us to serve His purpose, for us to share Jesus with all who are dying even with our enemies. But we cannot do it without the Holy Spirit. The veil of separation between God and man was ripped apart at the same nanosecond that Christ died. The throne of grace was open to all of humanity when Christ arose. God uses people to fulfill his purpose.

Will we be one of them? I know that I seem to be stuck on the same theme in these devotionals, but spiritual transformation does not occur without internal scrutiny and repentance. The world is turned upside down because of hate. It will take repentance and obedience to change it. I want to be a change agent for God, But in order for me to do that, I must be willing to die for the gospel. The time is coming when that will happen to the people of God. He died for me so I need to be prepared to do likewise for the gospel. Love not hate conquerors all! Speak life, Speak love, Speak and be Jesus! The being Jesus part is what is missing in our daily interactions with people. Christ is coming soon are we ready?

Hear oh children of God-♥ God & Man.

Do you remember when Jesus was asked about the existence of the greatest commandment? His answer was simple.

“O Israel, you should listen and be careful to do it, that it may be well with you and that you may multiply greatly, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. 4“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! 5“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.… (Deut 6:4 NASB)

And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: Mark 12:29-32 (TSK)

The Jewish people call it the “Shema.”  Shema Yisrael, Yehowah, Elohainoo, Yehowah aichod, `Hear, Israel Jehovah, our God, is one Jehovah.’ (Treasury of Scripture).

This Scripture speaks to the moneity of God. It is simple in nature in that it declares that “Elohim” is one. 1 Timothy 2:5 confirms that without Christ is our lives we have NO mediator between us and God the Father. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

This same Christ our mediator, member of the united Godhead, applies that same simplistic unity of the Godhead to human relationships too.  So, the Elohim who walked on this earth He declared that the “same” oneness that exists in the Godhead must exist in my relationships with my neighbor. He declared

“And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. “

In other words, I and my neighbor are “one”. So, by living the Shema and

[loving] the Lord thy God with all [my] heart, and with all [my] soul, and with all [my] mind, and with all [my] strength ..

I am demonstrating obedience to God because He commanded it, and faith because I accepted it that “ There is none other commandment greater than these. ” (TSK) This is a hard pill to swallow in a world that sees people as different, separate, not “one of us.” 1 John 4:20  shows the degree of this sin – because it is indeed an egregious sin to be a disobedient and faithless follower of Christ when we refuse to follow this command.

19We love because He first loved us. 20If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar.For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.21And we have this commandment from Him: Whoever loves God must love his brother as well.…(BSB) Hear of America, Nations of the World,

The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: Mark 12:29-32 (TSK)

Why do we have turmoil and confusion in the world today? Simple – we are not being ONE!.  We are not obeying the Shema! Love it never fails!

Previous Older Entries Next Newer Entries

You’re Not the Only One

is a ministry of
Four Fast Friends LLC

You're Not the Only One
PO Box 968
Hardeeville SC 29927

Support this ministry!

%d bloggers like this: