GOT IT?

"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore GET WISDOM: and with all thy getting GET UNDERSTANDING." (Proverbs 4:7 KJV)

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU'VE GOT IT?

"BY THIS ALL MEN SHALL KNOW that ye are my disciples, IF YE HAVE LOVE one to another." (John 13:35 KJV)

It is WISE to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Disciples of Jesus are marked (ARE KNOWN) by LOVE.

Disciples of Jesus UNDERSTAND that JESUS is GOD and that GOD is LOVE. (ref. 1 Timothy 2:5 and 1 John 4:8)

And WE KNOW that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an UNDERSTANDING, THAT WE MAY KNOW HIM that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. (1 John 5:20 KJV)

"And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the KNOWLEDGE of his will in ALL spiritual WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the KNOWLEDGE of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, WHO HAS QUALIFIED YOU to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." (Colossians 1:9-14 ESV)

THE WAY OF LOVE

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not LOVE, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not LOVE , I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not LOVE, I gain nothing.

LOVE is patient and kind; LOVE does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. LOVE bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

LOVE never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

So now faith, hope, and LOVE abide, these three; but the greatest of these is LOVE." (1 Corinthians 13 ESV)

"Owe no man any thing, but to LOVE one another..." (Romans 13:8 KJV)

GOT IT?

Ten Facts About The Will of God

"Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is."  (Ephesians 5:17 KJV)
The photo below is of The Dake Annotated Reference Bible, Matthew 6:10, note "p".  "10 facts about God's will."


"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." (James 4:7-10 KJV)
References:  Matthew 6:10, John 4:34, John 5:30, Ephesians 5:17, Ephesians 6:6, 1 Peter 2:11-17, 1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9, Romans 12:2, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, John 15:7, James 4:7-10)

God bless you!

HOW FAR ARE YOU WILLING TO GO?

WHAT'S YOUR EXCUSE?

The following are the words of Christ Jesus.

"Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. AND THEY ALL WITH ONE CONSENT BEGAN TO MAKE EXCUSE. The first said unto him, I HAVE BOUGHT A PIECE OF GROUND, AND I MUST NEEDS TO GO AND SEE IT: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I HAVE BOUGHT FIVE YOKE OF OXEN, AND I GO TO PROVE THEM: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I HAVE MARRIED A WIFE, AND THEREFORE I CANNOT COME. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper. And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, IF ANY MAN COME TO ME, AND HATE NOT [love less] HIS FATHER, AND MOTHER, AND WIFE, AND CHILDREN, AND BRETHREN, AND SISTERS, YEA, AND HIS OWN LIFE ALSO, HE CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it. Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. SO LIKEWISE, WHOSOEVER HE BE OF YOU THAT FORSAKETH NOT ALL THAT HE HATH, HE CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." (Luke 14:16-35 KJV)

This is the Word that the disciple of Jesus Christ stands on. The Word of Christ Jesus is the word of life.

Personal Declaration: I don't just want to be a disciple. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. When I gave my life to Christ Jesus, I gave him my whole life. I heard His call and I gave (fully committed) to Jesus my all. I counted the cost - that I may finish. There is nothing that I will not lay down for Jesus. This has never been a joking matter for me. I have been tested on some but not everything yet. I do pray to be found faithful through the end. I've made a lot of mistakes. However, I have decided to continue going forward in Christ. I've heard it many times, "CONTINUE."  That is what I shall do in Christ.  I shall continue.

More words of Jesus...

"But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. AND EVERY ONE THAT HATH FORSAKEN HOUSES, OR BRETHREN, OR SISTERS, OR FATHER, OR MOTHER, OR WIFE, OR CHILDREN, OR LANDS, FOR MY NAME'S SAKE shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first." (Matthew 19:26-30 KJV)

I speculate that if these words weren't in the Bible, the life of a disciple could be much easier. But these words are written, along with the following. More from Jesus...

"And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. But before all these, THEY SHALL lay their hands on you, and PERSECUTE YOU, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers FOR MY NAME'S SAKE. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. AND YE SHALL BE BETRAYED BOTH BY PARENTS, AND BRETHREN, AND KINSFOLK, AND FRIENDS; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. AND YE SHALL BE HATED OF ALL MEN FOR MY NAME'S SAKE. But there shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls."
(Luke 21:7-19)

And for those who would try to explain away the word of Jesus for various reasons, we are also given the word of the Apostle Paul to Timothy [The son of a Greek who died around 97 AD ... about 27 years after the destruction of the Jewish temple]...

"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: FROM SUCH TURN AWAY. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their's also was. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and ALL THAT WILL LIVE GODLY IN CHRIST JESUS SHALL SUFFER PERSECUTION. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. BUT CONTINUE THOU in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, which ARE ABLE to make thee wise unto salvation THROUGH FAITH which is IN CHRIST JESUS. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
(2 Timothy 3:1-17 KJV)

Why are these words written and published? Are they mere speculation? Are they optional?

Or, are they TRUTH?

1 Corinthians 13, The book of John, and the book of 1 John speak of "love" ... and 2 Thessalonians 2 speaks of "the love of the truth." These are the same love.

GOD is love (1 John 4:8).
JESUS is truth (John 14:6).

"I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name."
(Psalm 138:1-2 KJV)

GOD has magnified His Word is above all His name. And the name of JESUS is worthy of all worship and praise. This is the word of life that I stand and contend for.

Personal declaration: "I've had enough."

What I am referring to is compromise.

"I've had enough of compromise."

Compromise does not work. Compromise always falls short of the "ALL" commitment of a disciple.

However: Praise be to GOD! For the Word of God works with the Holy Spirit of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

HALLELUJAH!

WARNING: Don't be deceived. Many think that their way is the right way because their way looks good or feels good. Being a disciple of Christ doesn't always look good. It doesn't always feel good. Sometimes it may feel like you are the only one standing. But the Word of God is the rock that doesn't move.

Sometimes, all that is left is to stand.

Stand on the solid foundation of the Word of God in Christ Jesus and watch as God delivers you [and those who stand with you] time and again into His arms of true love.

"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore..."
(Ephesians 6:13-14 KJV)

Personal declaration: I choose to believe, to stand on, and to follow the Word of the Lord Jesus without compromise. I refuse to attempt to put my conditions or anyone else's conditions upon the Word of God. It may look hard to some. It may look harsh to others. It may turn all away from me. But the Word is the Word. Jesus is my Lord and my defender.

God bless you.

HOW FAR ARE YOU WILLING TO GO?

WHAT'S YOUR EXCUSE?

Related: What is "our Gospel?"

DELUSIONAL

To delude is: to impose a misleading belief upon (someone); to deceive; to fool someone.

To be delusional, according to psychiatry, is to hold a belief in the face of evidence to the contrary - that is resistant to all reason.

For example:  I am telling you now that God still heals people in the name of Jesus Christ.

If I was to tell you this without providing any evidence, I could be accused and convicted of deluding you.

On the other hand, if I was to provide you clear evidence that God still heals people in the name of Jesus Christ...

And, in the face of this evidence, you still didn't believe...

What would that make you?

DELUSIONAL

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The following is clear evidence that God still heals people in the name of Jesus Christ...

     God Heals ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)

     JESUS RAISES THE DEAD - YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER

     Does God Ever Heal? by John G. Lake

Do you believe?

STUMBLING?

"He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him."
(1 John 2:10 KJV)
How much is "none?"

Yes, The Word of God says "there is NONE occasion of stumbling" in the person who "loves his brother."  Therefore, if you are experiencing a stumbling problem, it's a great idea to search your heart and let go of any grudge, hatred, or anything else that you are holding against your brother.  According to The Word of God, this will bring light into the situation and keep you from stumbling.

MAKE IT RIGHT - ABIDE IN THE LIGHT
"He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes."
(1 John 2:9-11 KJV)
Don't allow darkness to blind your eyes.

FORGIVE YOUR BROTHER
"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 KJV)
How much is "all?"

Yes, "if we walk in the light... the blood of Jesus... cleanseth us from ALL sin."

LOVE YOUR BROTHER
"Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
[THIS IS A KEY TO THE KINGDOM]
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses."
(Matthew 18:21-35 KJV)
LOVE AND FORGIVE YOUR BROTHER AND THE LIGHT OF CHRIST WILL KEEP YOU FROM STUMBLING

Ref. Matthew 5:20-24, 1 John 2:1-10, and Matthew 16:19.

GOD bless you!

OUR GOSPEL

"But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by OUR GOSPEL, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 KJV)

WHAT IS "OUR GOSPEL?"

"... OUR GOSPEL came not unto you IN WORD only, but also IN POWER, and IN THE HOLY GHOST, and IN MUCH ASSURANCE; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake [excellent character - hard working - trustworthy (see 2 Thess. 2:15, 3:6) good traditions of the orderly - not disorderly]. And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord [worthy to follow], having received the word IN MUCH AFFLICTION [pressure, tribulation, persecution], WITH JOY OF THE HOLY GHOST [see James 1:2-3, Acts 5:41, and Matthew 10:16-25]. So that ye were ENSAMPLES [the believers as examples, "living epistles" (see 2 Corinthians 3:1-3)] to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you sounded out the word of the Lord [TESTIMONY - PREACHING -SHARING OF THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH - SHARING OF FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS] not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also IN EVERY PLACE your faith to God-ward is spread abroad [SPREADING OF FAITH]; so that we need not to speak any thing. For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you [READILY OBVIOUS], and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God [CHANGED LIVES]; And to wait for his Son from heaven [PATIENTLY - LOOKING FOR], whom he raised from the dead, even JESUS, which delivered us [NOW DELIVERED - ACTIVE - NOW FAITH (see Hebrews 11:1-40 and Matthew 6:10) actively delivered now] from the wrath to come.
(1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 KJV)

This is "OUR GOSPEL."

"OUR GOSPEL"


The Wonderful Powerful Gospel of Jesus Christ