Overcoming the World!

Overcoming the World

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

In this chapter, Jesus is preparing his disciples, telling them he is going to be leaving them.  He knew he was going to the cross and would be resurrected and he tells the disciples that the, Spirit of truth, which is the holy spirit will guide them and show them things to come.

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth; for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak; and he will show you things to come.

He shall glorify me; for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.  All things that the Father hath are mine; therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you.  John 16:13-15

At the end of the above scripture he is explaining to the disciples that all things that are the Father’s, are also his.  This is a very important concept because in the following chapter he builds upon this, explaining he is one with the Father and prays we too may be, “one in us”.

Neither pray I for these alone, (the disciples) but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; (us) That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one; I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.  John 17:20-23

This scripture, I have referenced previously because it is one of the most powerful verses in the entire Bible, because once one realizes the power of this statement,  then it is possible to receive understanding about, why, all things are possible!  Then you understand why Christ had overcome the world, He realized his oneness with God!  He also prayed we too, may be one in us; that is, God, Christ and us, one.  Glory to God, this is a wondrous realization!

John, Christ’s beloved disciple, who was also present at the transfiguration and many miracles mentions how to overcome the world again in some of his later writings.

Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments and his commandments are not grievous.

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world; and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

He also went a step further and tells us we too have this anointing abiding in you.

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

 1John 2:27

This anointing abiding in us transforms us into a new creature, teaching us how to become righteous, which is being in right-standing with God!  John tells us more here:

Little children, let no man deceive you; he that doeth righteousness is righteous even as he is righteous. 1John 3:7

Being righteous is knowing that God/Christ are dwelling within you, believing what Christ said and doing what he said!  If we truly believe in Christ then we will do what he said!

And why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Luke 6:46

The term Christ, comes from the Greek word, Christos, meaning the, “the anointed one”, or the, chosen one, chosen by God.  The Hebrew equivalent, is the word, Mashiach, the Messiah, the anointed one, an act of consecrating one with holy oil.  In this case, anointed by God! In the scripture above it is telling us that if we believe He, Jesus is the anointed, and love him, then we also love the Father.  But we also must keep his commandments, which he says are not grievous, not difficult or causing pain, for the main commandments which are above all of the others are simply to love God with all of our heart, (Jesus said, all of our heart and mind) and to love others.  This makes perfect sense since in 1 John 4:16, the scripture tells us, God IS love!

So, when we believe what the Christ said, If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciple. John15:7-8  then we become aware that God’s power is with us!  Jesus was one with the Father and tells us this and he also told us that he only spoke what the Father told him.

God’s word is filled with power and all through the scriptures there is a great emphasis about the words we speak.  We must realize that the word’s we speak are creating conditions in the unseen.  More than that even, our very thoughts matter for we are told, I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. Jeremiah 17:10   The Christ too tells us that just to think negative thoughts is sin, missing the mark.  He tells us over and over that it is done unto you as you believe.  So, living righteously, in right-standing is an entire belief system.  Not only must we believe in the Christ, but we must do what he says, understand what he was saying, have faith, love in our heart, the center of our very being!  This is how we overcome, by putting God’s word in our heart and in our mouth, believing in the power of God, his Word, believing Christ!

God is with us; the scriptures tell us this over and over, but we must believe it!

Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  Isaiah 41:10

Glory to God! Once we understand that we are living in a righteous system where it is done unto you as you believe, regardless of whether one knows it or not, then we can grasp the Christ’s words, believe what he says and do it!  We have the scriptures to help us gain knowledge and understanding to overcome the world but we must believe!

Until next time, may you all be blessed and filled with the power of God to overcome all adversity, to overcome the world!  May we all walk in love, help one another, realizing all people do not yet understand, so we must be patient and filled with the Spirit!

 

God is Spirit!

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the water.  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Genesis 1:1-3

This, continues a series on the attributes of God.  Previously, we discussed that God is light and love which are all part of God.  This is not to take away from the Trinity which is the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit all of which also are God.  In the book of John, he writes about Jesus being the Word of God, which makes the Word part of the Trinity, the threefold nature of God.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 

John 1:1-3

John then tells us that Jesus was the Word in the flesh.  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  John 1:14

So, the Word and the Spirit are both attributes of God which go all the way back to Genesis, the very beginning.  Man’s spiritual origination also goes all the way back to the beginning as we discover in Genesis.

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 

 Notice also that it says, let US make man in OUR image, this is showing us that God is more than one but is the Father, the word and the Holy Spirit!  Everything we see is done by God speaking the Word, then his Spirit moves and it is done!

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  And God blessed them.  Genesis 1:26-27

We, the scripture says were made in the image of God! Man was made with a spirit, as indicated below and we also have the ability to love. Not only that but what we think and say you will see truly matters, it manifests in our life!

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.  Genesis 2:7

In the above scripture reference the word for the, “breath of life”, in Hebrew is, ruach, which literally means, spirit.  So, God breathed the breath of life, spirit, into man.  This is very powerful to know for the Spirit of God is literally, life, truth, the power of God.   But man lived according to what only his physical senses showed him or her, not realizing that there is a connection we can make which brings real life and power to the believer.  Jesus said that all we have to do to receive this Spirit, to make contact with His Spirit, is to ask.  He also instructs us that when you ask, BELIEVE you receive!  No matter what we pray for we must believe we receive our petition, what we ask for, because everything in the kingdom of God works by faith.

And I say unto you, Ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.  For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.  If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?  Or if he shall ask an egg will he offer him a scorpion?  If ye then, being evil?, know how to give good gifts unto your children; how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?  Luke 11:9-13

Then Jesus explains to us that what we have in our heart, on the inside of us, what we think, believe and speak,  brings about those things which manifest in our life!  This is huge because when we go back to Genesis the same principle applies to how God operates and creates.  The Spirit was hovering over the waters, then God spoke and what ever He spoke was created.  We are made in the image of God, we are not God, for even Jesus said, The Father is greater than I. John 14:28 but he was One with the Father.  So the spiritual principles working in man are those of the Father, his Spirit is one with our spirit when we are connected to the vine.  So what we think, believe and speak manifests in our life!

A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things; and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.  But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement.  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Matthew 12:35-37

This is why we need to be filled with the Spirit!  When we are filled the Spirit of God, which is real life, love, truth and power then we are living in accordance, in harmony with God.  Then, we can truly live the abundant life!  This is living righteously, in right-standing with God, knowing that God/Christ are in us.  The apostle Paul said it this way.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba Father.

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.  Romans 8:14-17

Jesus said, I AM the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman, Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away; and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you,  Abide in me, and I in you, As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  Then he repeats it a little differently so that we are sure to truly understand and it contains a promise! I am the vine, ye are the branches;  He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit for without me ye can do nothing.  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.  John 15:1-7

Then later he goes on to say, If ye keep my commandments ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, (the fruit of the Spirit is joy, love, peace and power) and that your joy might be full.  This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

God is love, light and Spirit and the word is filled with power which is released through the Spirit!  Jesus tells us that if we abide in him, who is one with the Father, we will be like a branch on a vine.  The branch is not different from the vine but has the very same life force flowing through it.  This is amazing!  This is where we want to be, one with the Father and Christ speaking the word of God for it is written, Through faith we understand the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. Hebrews 11:3  This shows us that the Word and the Spirit, in the invisible realm is what makes, things which are seen, they were not made by things by things which do appear.  So, we must do our work in the unseen spiritual realm, believing, acting in faith, receiving the Holy Spirit!

So, how do we do this?  We ask, believing that we receive in faith, and do what He said, love one another, love God, who is love, light, Spirit, and the word,. Yes, we must abide in love, for God is love and his Spirit connects with our spirit. In the scriptures it says this about the word.

The word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. Deuteronomy 30:14

The scriptures also tell us this about the kingdom of God.

The kingdom of God cometh not with observation; Neither shall they say, Lo here! or lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.  Luke 17:21

We are wonderfully made in the image of God, that is why this is possible and Jesus shows us the way, IS the way!

Until next time, may we all walk in the Spirit and love!  The Father is love and we are commanded to love.  Jesus, being one with the Father, prayed in John 17:21 that we too would be one, That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me , and I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou has sent me. We are Gods ambassadors and are to do his will walking in the power of the Spirit!  May you all be truly blessed!

 

 

God is love!

We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us.  Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

  Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  1John 4:6-8

Last time we spoke about God being light, which comes from the first chapter in the first epistle of John which is quite amazing since this light certainly seems to have manifested in the Transfiguration

And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them; and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. Matthew 17:1-2

Jesus also spoke of being, the light of life, here:

I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.    John 8:12

But here is a second attribute, characteristic or more accurately, the very essence of God, love!  In John’s first epistle he goes on to talk a great deal about this.  He wants us to realize that God is love, so to know God, we too must love.

If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.  Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.  God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  1John 4:122-16

This brings us to a deeper understanding of who God is and what if anything is required of us as believers.  A person may refrain from engaging in bad habits but still be missing out on a relationship with the Creator simply because of a lack of love.  Love, is God, so to be in God, we too must love not only the Father but others also.  The scriptures write about this too, in pretty blunt and clear terms.

If a man say, I love God and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?  And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.   1John 4:20-21

Jesus clearly stated this commandment, loving one another in the synoptic gospel of John many times, not just once but many times so we would clearly understand.

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. John 15:12

The Christ also connects a promise to these scriptures.  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit and that your fruit should remain; that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. Then he gives us the commandment again.  These things I command you, that ye love one another.  John 15: 16-17

So, this commandment to love is also connected to the promise that, whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you.  Earlier on in the chapter he says something very similar to this but even more powerful as we see here.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.  Then the admonishment again, If ye love me, keep my commandments.  John 14: 12-15

These powerful, dynamic verses show us what it is to be a Christian!  Without love it is all futile.  This is why Jesus came, to show us the way to the abundant life.  Prior to his coming it was simply do’s and don’ts of the law.  This is true still with some believers today.  They may not drink or smoke but where is the love?  Without the love it is just a health club, it may be good for you but it falls way short, missing the mark, which is exactly what sin is, missing the mark.  So then, what is the mark?  What is the goal?

The goal, the mark we are aiming for is to, be one with the Father, Christ and one another, all of us one!

That they all may be one, as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: John 17:21

Jesus used the analogy of he is the vine and we are the branches.  He said, I am the vine, ye are the branches;  He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit for without me ye can do nothing.  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them and cast them unto the fire, and they are burned.  If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.  There is that promise again.  Then he goes on to say, Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.  As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.  Then the commandment again, If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.  John 15: 5-10

Realizing that God is love, light and spirit gives us new powerful insight into the kingdom of God.  We are told to seek first the kingdom of God but when we think of this kingdom as one of light and love then we gain understanding.  Look at how the perspective may change when you say seek first the kingdom of light, or seek first the kingdom of love.  Since God is love then we understand why we must love.  A vine branch is of the same substance as the vine.  It is all alive and inter-connected.

We too are to realize our inter-connectedness, our oneness with God and one another. To do so we must love!

Until next time, may we all love one another, lift each other up and share God’s love! Light and love to all…

 

 

God is Light

God is Light!

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

1 John 1:5-7

There are many references in the Bible about God and light which help explain the relationship we are seeking, a oneness with God!  There are also references explaining that God is love in the same book here, He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 1 John 4:8

This should help us to understand that simply loving Jesus is not sufficient,  we must love others also, abide in love, yes, we must actually dwell in love the scriptures say.  If people truly love Jesus then they will do what he commanded, love one another, for then is when we truly walk in the light!

No man hath seen God at any time.  If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

Hereby know we that we dwell in him and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the savior of the world.

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 1 John 4:12-17

Peter too, spoke about, his marvelous light, in 1 Peter 2:9, But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, and holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

This marvelous light is not simply a metaphor as we see in the Transfiguration of Christ.

And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. Matthew 17:1-2

This wondrous light, the very light of God, is the very power of God, overflowing, manifesting in the Son and apparently is one of the characteristics of God, Light!

As many of you know, I am the son of a literally illumined minister who while trying to do as Jesus commanded, that is, to love God with all of your heart and love others, became illumined which I told about in, The Light, Commentary on the Light, and in the book, The Realm, chapter 7, The Event.  So, I know by visual confirmation that the light spoken of in the scriptures is not just a metaphor, but is actual light.

Why does this matter?  The reason I mention this is because the light manifested because of loving thoughts, a realization of oneness with God/Christ which shows there is a higher level we can reach.  The same night the light began, he had a feeling of complete harmony and said he felt an overwhelming exuberance, clearly this was a spiritual breakthrough.  It also shows that God knows what you are thinking and responds!  This is huge but is not a surprise or shouldn’t be because the scriptures clearly state that God knows what you are thinking.

I the LORD (capitalized in my Bible) search the heart. I try the reins; even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.  Jeremiah 17:10

 

So, the believer already knows that God is Light because the scriptures say so and we believe by faith. The ones I am speaking to when I speak of witnessing the light are those who may be on the fence wondering if there is anything to this, God stuff.  I am telling them and the world that God is Light and there is no darkness in Him at all, that this, “stuff”, about God is absolutely true.

I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.  Jesus from John 8:12

 Jesus also spoke of us as being, children of the light here.

While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light.  John12:36

This light is the very light of life which the Christ spoke of which must fill our very being, for God is love and light.  Then astonishingly, love grows as we give it away.  The light and the love work together, both as one, so when you are spreading love you are literally sharing the very light of God!  Paul too, along with Jesus, Peter, and John spoke of the light.

                                          For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:  Ephesians 5:8

Yes, Paul spoke to the Corinthians, the Ephesians, the Colossians, the Galatians, to all of them he spoke of, walking in the light.  To the Colossians he said.  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.  Colossians 1:12

Which brings me to another point I have pondered.  Are the halos depicted glowing above the saints an actual light manifestation which occurs when a person is so full of the light of God, the light of life?  I think they probably are.

Of course all of us, science has shown have an, aura, that is, a glow coming from us on a natural level.  Is this enhanced through spirituality when we are aware that God Is in us, Christ Is in us, we are one with the Father, Christ and one another?  It certainly seems this is the mark we are aiming for, being one, as Jesus prayed we would be in John 17:21.

That they all may be one as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  Jesus from John 17:21

When we actually truly believe the power of God is in us and we are in God, then does a marvelous spiritual breakthrough occur?  It is known that we only use a portion, about 10% of our mind.  What is the rest for?  Is it to use as a modem to connect with God, which is in and through all things?  Just some questions I ponder which I know soon will be answered.

The scriptures too tell us in Revelation that those who overcome and are faithful unto death will receive a crown of life.  John who is the writer, also quoted this as part of his revelation.

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.  Revelation 3:5

I find all of the references about, the light, in the scriptures fascinating and I know that God is Light!  So, let us all be children of the light, helping one another, walking in love.  This is how we do the word, which I spoke of last time.  We share our light with others, being thankful and filled with love for when we are filled with love, then our light shines brightly!

Until next time, light and love to all.  May you all be blessed, filled and empowered!

 

“Doing”, the Word!

If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?

But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.  Deuteronomy 30: 10-14

Early in Jewish history the Torah spoke of, “doing”, the word as you can see in the above scripture reference from the Old Testament which involved the Mosaic Law given to the Israelites by Moses. This was the Old Covenant.  Then, many years later as prophesied, Jesus came saying this:

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.  For verily I say unto you Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Matthew 5:17-18

Jesus then reinforced and clarified what the Jewish writings of old were actually saying because the people would get involved in the technicality of the law instead of the meaning.  He had this to say to the Pharisees when asked by one, who was a lawyer, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?”  Jesus replied:

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.  Matthew 22:37-40

Jesus tells us in the parable of the sower that the seed is, the word.  That you must get it down into good soil for it to truly grow.  This is what we have to do with the word of God, get it into the depths of your very being so it can grow to giant proportions.  He came performing many miracles, showing us what faith in God can do when you are speaking the word.  In the book of John it tells us Jesus is the very, Word, manifest:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  The same came for a witness, to bear witnesss of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 

He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.  John 1:1-14

It says in the above scripture that he, came unto his own, the Jewish people, but they received him not, but it goes on to say that those who did receive him, his very essence, the words, which were the word of God, and the power of God which was in him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God!  Then it goes on to say even if you believe on his name, that is, the authority within him, you will be born, of God!  This is the re-birth he spoke of for believers!

Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?  the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself; but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.  Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works sake.  

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.  If you love me, keep my commandments. John 14: 10-15

This scripture is huge!  Here, Jesus tells us himself how all of the miracles, the works were possible; “it is the Father who dwelleth in me, he doeth the works”.  He tells us that, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also: and greater works than these shall he do: because I go unto my Father.”  Then he tells us, “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”  Glory to God, this is powerful scripture which helps guide us in our spiritual life.  We are to receive by faith, the words which Jesus spoke, believing, knowing that the power of God is in us, when we believe on him, or believe, he says, because of the very works sake; then, if ye shall ask any thing in my name, He says, I will do it.

I AM the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

Abide in me, and I in you, As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same brinngeth forth much fruit for without me ye can do nothing.  If a man abide not in me he is cast forth as a branch and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 

If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  John 15: 1-12

This shows the believer how to achieve the power filled life!  We are to walk, live, abide in love, for it also says in the scriptures, God is love!  Then we are told that we will bear much fruit, for it says, without me you can do nothing.  But with God all things are possible!  Jesus showed us this time and again, repeating that it is your faith which made you whole, your faith which healed you, because of your mighty faith!  Glory to God, we must have faith, for all things come about by faith!

In the book of James, who is believed to have been Jesus brother, he says this.

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only deceiving your own selves.  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass.  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. James 1: 22-25

This brings the believer to new heights, living the power- filled life!  Being, doers of the word!  Know, that God is in you, and you in God, with Christ and the power of the Word, which is not just words on a  page, as we have discussed before but is the very, supernatural power of God!

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.  Isaiah 55:11

Until next time, may we all be filled with the Word of God so that we all may be a blessing to one another, loving and doing, being doers of the Word!  Glory to God, light and love to all!

 

 

 

 

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Happy Easter: I Am the Resurrection and the Life.

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.  Believest thou this? John 11:25

This statement was made by Jesus to Martha prior to raising Lazarus from the dead, after Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days. Martha wished that Jesus had come prior to Lazarus dying because she knew Jesus could heal the sick but when Jesus told her Lazarus would rise again she thought he meant in the final resurrection, which the Jews believed in. Jesus then told her that he was the resurrection and the life.   Then, Jesus, did command Lazarus to come out of the tomb and Lazarus came out wearing grave clothes.  The scriptures tell us, Jesus told them to loose him, to undo the grave clothes which were wrapped in strips.  So, what does this statement mean?  I Am the resurrection and the life.

There is another set of verses earlier in the chapter of John which explains about this verse.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do, for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

 For the Father loveth the Son and showeth him all things that himself doeth and he will show him greater works than these that ye may marvel.

 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. John 5:19-21

So, Jesus, oneness with the father was how real, “life”, came about. He tells us that the power comes from the Father, that he can do nothing of himself.  All power is given to the Son because the Father loves the Son.  Then he commands a dead person to live, demonstrating that what he says is true!

 

This is Easter week when we rejoice in the power of the resurrection of the Christ.  Jesus traveled on to Jerusalem after resurrecting Lazarus at Bethany, where he knew, he too would die and rise again!

He did this to show us the way to real, life!  He also tells us that if we believe in him, understanding that all that he says is true, live as he lived, loving God, doing his will, which is loving, abiding in love, for God is love, then we will be truly alive and never die! Glory to God!  For God is light, love and spirit which never dies.  Jesus proclaims that he is the very light of life, here.

I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.  John 8:12

 

Jesus too, showed humanity that he still lives and tells us we too shall, if we only believe.  Jesus also told us that if we ask anything in his name, he would do it, which should leave us completely without fear.  Yes, everything in the spiritual realm works by faith!  That is what, “believing”, is, having faith in what you believe to be true; in this case believing in what God’s Word says is true.   Here is what Jesus said:

Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me, or else believe me for the very works sake.

He did not care how you came to believe; he said believe because of the very works, the miracles, which he performed which proved God was with him, or just believe his words, which are God’s words.   

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I  do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:11-15

Jesus then later in the book of John prays for us all to be one as He and the Father are one here.

Neither pray I for these alone, (the disciples) but for them also which shall believe on me through their word (us):

That they all may be one as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them, that they may be one, even as we are one;

I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.  John 17:20-23

This is the great truth of the resurrection, that new life is given to mankind as a gift, the light of life!  This year, at Easter and throughout the year, may we all be filled with the love of God and Christ.  May we be beacons of hope, fountains of living water, loving God and one another!  We were given an amazing love lesson, an intense course on who God is and what our relationship should be like with God when Jesus laid down his earthly body for us.  The good news is, He’s Risen!

Faith or fear: The Daily Choice of Life

Faith or Fear: A Daily Choice of Life

Have not I  commanded thee?  Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.  Joshua 1:9

Each day we are faced with our faith or lack thereof, choices to be rattled by what appears to be in life, or to stand fast with the knowledge that God is always with us, to remain faithful, especially in the face of adversity.

Jesus came to show, first the Jew and then the gentile how to live life, how to walk with God, as one, using the word of God to call things which were not as though they were, saying we would do the works that he does if we believe on him.

Verily, verily, I say unto you.  He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also: and greater works than these shall he do: because I go unto my Father.

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it,

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:12-15

So then, if in fact we believe the scriptures, there is only one available choice for the believer.  If I want to live righteously, then the choice is to turn from fear and live by faith, not by sight.

For we walk by faith, not by sight: 2 Corinthians 5:7

Then the scriptures explain a little more about the unseen realm where we must do our spiritual work.

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

Knowing this, that what appears to be is only that, we are armed with the knowledge that God is always with us, even Christ, who is our advocate, is available to cast out any fear.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; 1John 4:18

Since God is love, as stated in 1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  And God is light, which is stated in 1 John 1:5, then we too know we must be filled with this love to truly walk as one.  Then our heart will not be condemned causing us to be ineffective, contrarily, we are told that we will have the petitions that we desired, that is, our prayers will be answered.

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us;

And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 1 John 5:13-15

This is a really big deal which may explain why John also wrote about this a couple of pages earlier.

For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart and knoweth all things.

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

And whatsoever we ask we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 1 John 3:20-22

Therefore, being justified by faith, with a new understanding of who we are, we should walk by faith, doing as the word says, Fear not!  Glory to God, this changes everything once you are in walking in God/Christ and they in us!

Jesus came filled with power, showing us how to access the kingdom of God by faith.  He walked as one with the Father and prayed we too, be one.

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word: (us)

That they all may be one as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou has sent me. 

And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one;

I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. John 17:20-23

Until next time, may we all walk as one, filled with the power and love of God.  May you remember who you are when faced with the daily choice of faith or fear and choose faith.  Glory to God!  Be blessed!  Light and love to all!