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James 2:8

Amplified Bible (AMP)

If indeed you [really] fulfill the royal Law in accordance with the Scripture, You shall love your neighbor as [you love] yourself, you do well.(A)

What is the Royal Law? The Royal Law is your Kingly prescribed duty of loving others regardless of what they say or do. You are to walk in love just like Jesus. You need to be willing to lay down your own rights to fulfill the Royal Law. You have a choice to let people see God the Father, who is love, working in you or you can let people see your bad attitude. Often we operate with good attitudes toward people and show love but when things get tough that is the moment we need to show love regardless of what we are going through.

I have said to many people, all I want to do is fulfill this Royal Law. I want to love people regardless of what they say to me or what they do unto me. My life is meant to fulfill the Love of God. I practice love daily in my own house. What do I mean about practicing love? Practicing love is choosing to love even when someone who is close to you makes a major mistake. Usually people are harder on their loved ones than on any other person.

Living a life of love to fulfill the Love of God is very exciting and it will draw others to you. This is what God did when He sent Jesus to the world. God was demonstrating His love for you and I that we would be drawn to Him. Loving your neighbor is not just the person who is next door but all you come in contact with. It’s easy to love someone when they act the way you want them to. However real love is when you love someone when they don’t act the way you want them to.

Real love is loving without the respect of persons. God does not care about color or design of people. He loves without respect of persons. God does not have favorites. So if the Heavenly Father does not have favorites we should love just like Him. It is possible to love like Him because Genesis 1:26 talks about us being created in His image and after His likeness. So this tells me that we can love like God and fulfill the Royal Law just like Jesus. Live to fulfill!

Be Blessed!

Scripture Study: James 2:8-12

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Proverbs 17:14

King James Version (KJV)

14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.

When reading this scripture what sticks out greatly is… The beginning of strife is like a person who lets out water. When you let out water, it will go anywhere. When you let out strife it will go anywhere. Water can flood a house in a matter of minutes. Strife can flood a relationship in a matter of seconds. If someone were to open the Hoover Dam it would flood cities in a matter of minutes. It would cause immediate destruction and chaos. Water does not care where it goes and how it goes. Water moves quickly. Just like water strife does the same thing. Strife always leaves immediate destruction and utter chaos.

Strife is like water, it does not matter where it goes and how it gets there. Once strife gets in, it will flood every good thing with contention and division. Strife causes destruction and leaves major pain after it raises its ugly head. Strife is contentious and leaves a bitter mark on the lives it touches. Strife between a Husband and Wife will leave a mark on their children and those around them. Strife in a church will divide the sheep from the shepherd. Strife is a tactic of the enemy to seek and destroy. Strife is meant to divide and conquer. Where there is strife there is every evil work of the enemy. When there is strife and contention there is disunity.

The best way to keep strife out is to seek forgiveness, release forgiveness to others and guard against contention and division. Strife settles in to a person’s heart where there is unforgiveness and when the love of God is not present. In 1 Peter 4:8 Amplified Bible (AMP) Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and [a]disregards the offenses of others]. Love covers the multitude of sin. Love disallows the work of strife. To keep strife out, a person needs to have the Love of God at work in them.

To prevent strife, a person needs to practice the Love of God. The Love of God keeps unity and peace. Unity is good because it brings the brethren together. Peace keeps all situations under control. Remember, if you want to be at peace with those around you, then you should keep strife out of your conversations, feelings and life. Cast down strife and watch the chaos disappear.

 

Be Blessed!

Scripture Study: 1 Peter 4:1-10

Proverbs 16:7

King James Version (KJV)

When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

For a person to please the Lord they need to have faith. (Hebrews 11:6) Reverence pleases the Lord. (Proverbs 1:7) Living right before the Lord pleases Him. (Romans 6:13)

Staying obedient to the Lord and His calling on your life will please the Lord. I am talking about pleasing the Lord in everything you do. How many of you want to please the Lord? Is it your life mission to please the Lord? Do you want your enemies to be at peace with you? Pleasing the Lord is more than just obedience. God is wanting someone who desires to live to please Him. Most of us have a mission statement for our own life. We have places we want to visit and things we want to do. The only problem with our own mission statement is… It’s about ME, ME, ME. When the inward focus is moved to focus on God other than ourselves we will cause pleasure to come. The Lord is our Creator and our number one priority is to please Him. Why? Because He is the one who takes care of you. When you give Him your best He always blesses you. When you focus on Him you will please the Lord. Why? Because you will not have time to do your own thing.

When I was a young teenager all I wanted to do was please everyone else and be popular. So I went to great extremes to become popular. I never became popular, no matter what I did. It seemed like in all my trying all I received was more heartache and pain. As I became a young adult I continued to try to please everyone, only to keep failing. As I have gotten older I am at a place and saying it does not matter if I please anyone because I am not looking to fulfill me. As a Pastor today I am looking only to please one person in my life… God. I am not saying I don’t please my wife or children but they are not the first ones I want to please. My focus is about the Lord and His ways.

Dreams and goals are good and I believe the Lord wants you to fulfill them. However I know that the Lord wants you to make Him your first priority over everything else. Living righteous before the Lord will please Him. However to live righteous a person must have faith in the Lord and trust in His Word. Knowing what the Lord wants is the first step to pleasing Him. Trying to please man will only bring you heartache and pain. When you please the Lord you will also please those around you. Why? Because you’re making the Lord first.

What should a man’s ways be according to this scripture? Living faithfully, holy, righteous, sanctified, delivered and sold out to the Lord. These things please the Lord. So if you want to bring pleasure to someone live right before God and you will please Him. Make your life goal to please the Lord. Make your life mission to please the Lord. Pleasing the Lord is a choice we make. If you want to please someone without the headache and heartache please God because He always rewards. Diligently seek Him and your reward will be visible for everyone to see. Why? Because God rewards in the open.

Be Blessed!

Scripture Study: Proverbs 16:1-9

Hebrews 11:1

King James Version (KJV)

11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Faith is a substance. What is a substance? Substance is assurance and it is also confidence. In another translation it is a reality. In another translation it is assurance, confirmation or even a title-deed. These words are strong and carry insurmountable weight.

Faith can not be overcome unless the believer decides to give in to the pressures of this world and it’s facets. Faith is now! This means it occurs the moment you release and believe. Faith does not look for others to agree. Faith steps out by itself. Faith is a decision maker and will stand firm. Faith is based on the confidence of knowing. Knowing is having intimacy. Proper intimacy occurs through time spent.

Who you spend time with the most is who you will have a confidence in. When a husband and wife spend much time together they develop confidence in the other person. They learn about one another. They find out about their likes and dislikes. They learn about each others downfalls and victories. They learn and become more acquainted with their being. Knowing is about examining, asking questions and seeking answers. How does this all apply to faith?

It takes faith to get saved. You can not be saved without faith. My wife, children, friends or Pastor can not get me saved. It takes my faith and my confession to get saved. Same thing applies when it comes to believing for something. It takes my faith in the Lord that He will move mightily. My faith in the Lord is substance and it will increase the more time I spend with Him. The more intimate time that I spend with the Lord the better I will be acquainted with His being. People might argue that you can’t know God but I will have to say that you’re wrong. Why? Because He is a loving Father and He shows Himself mighty always. Just like a father will spend time with his children so does the Heavenly Father do with His children. He is always ready for conversation and He desires to spend time with you. Prayer is a time of intimacy not a chore. It’s not a chore to spend time with my wife. It is a blessing. The more time I make myself available to her the more acquainted she will be with me and I with her.

Faith that moves mountains is the same faith that helped you get saved. Your faith to move mountains is the substance, assurance, confidence, confirmation and title-deed. If you release your faith for something you can guarantee yourself the greatest results possible. It’s the lack of faith where people falter. If you don’t read your Bible your faith will fail because it’s lacking development and you always believe that God does not answer prayer. Romans 10:17 Amplified Bible (AMP) 17 So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself). Faith comes by hearing and hearing what Jesus preached.

Your worldly faith can be built up by people of the world. When we hear a story about something that is going on we tend to listen and have faith in what someone says. You can have perverted faith, which is fear. Fear is perverted faith! People fear things that have been told to them and they themselves have never experienced it for themselves, but they know they are afraid because of what someone has said. The devil spreads perverted faith and he develops it with words. It is the polar opposite of what God has done with His Word. The devil has words and God has the Word. What you hear the most will develop faith into either one. One will be faith and faithful. The other will be fear and fearful. One will be God’s Word and the other will be the devils words.

Get your faith built up on the Word of God because the devil is trying to build your faith in his fear based words. Stay in your Word(Bible) daily and confess God’s Word and you will see an increase.

Be Blessed!

Psalm 84:5

King James Version (KJV)

Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

You’re not alone in this life. God the Father is with you always. You’re strength is in the Lord. Through life’s pains and struggles, look to the One who can relieve you of it all. God loves you so much. Sometimes you just need to be reminded that God is always with you. Put your life into His hands and He will show you how much He loves you. Don’t rely on yourself but look to God who is the Author and Finisher of your faith. He will not leave you or forsake you. God is with you always.

If you feel alone, call out to God and He will answer. You can’t rely on your friends and family to keep you strong. You need to look to the One who is always strong. God is your source. Man can help, but man cannot get you through the tough things in life. God can get you through tough and rough times. God always responds.

The Psalmist writes that a blessed man is the one whose strength is in the Lord. He is also talking about the man who trusts in the Lord. The man who relies on the Lord. The man who knows the Lord. If your strength is in man you will fail. Why? Because man has limited strength in himself. If you rely on God you will receive the unlimited strength. The unlimited reliability. The unlimited love. The unlimited power. The unlimited fatherhood. God is waiting on you to rely on Him. Remember… You’re not alone.

Scripture Study: Psalms 84

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1 Thessalonians 4:3-4

Common English Bible (CEB)

God’s will is that your lives are dedicated to him.[a] This means that you stay away from sexual immorality and learn how to control your own body in a pure[b] and respectable way.

God desires His children to live dedicated to Him. He does not want us dedicated to worldly things and its vices. As we see here in these two verses we see the words sexual immorality and control your own body. For a married couple you would think this would not apply to them but that is far from the truth. Even married couples need to keep themselves from sexual immorality. Sexual immorality will corrupt the marriage bed and will open up the marriage for opportunities of committing adultery and other sexual things.

Your eyes are the light of your body. We can find this in the following scripture: Luke 11:34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.What I am telling you is that sex is not the only way to commit an act of sexual immorality. Your eyes which are the light of your body can be used to commit sexual immorality.

Paul tells the us that we are to keep our own body pure and respectable. Your eyes can get you into a lot of trouble. I also know the rest of your members can get you into trouble if you start to entertain the ideas. Paul does not say just one body part, but talks about the entire body. Why? Because he knew that if one member is out-of-place the whole body will end up disjointed.

You can control your own body, but it’s a choice you will have to make every day. Sexual immorality is lurking out there and it is like a prostitute looking to lay down with someone. It will only give you a temporary time of fun. The end results will be misery and disgust. There is so many ads today that are sexual and can draw a person out of living a life dedicated to God. You can protect your dedicated life to God by continually meditating on Bible scriptures.

I used this topic of prostituting yourself because people are doing this by submitting their eyes, ears, mind and heart to junk on television, movies and radio. I know it’s hard to avoid these things but I want you to look at what you think is okay. Whatever you think is okay, your children will go further with. I am not perfect but I am finding myself being more cautious of what I watch and hear. Why? Because the world is the pimp who is showing goods that cause havoc to someones life.

It’s easy to say no and to walk away. It’s easy to be dedicated to God. Why? Because He fulfills everything I have need of. When you decide to be dedicated to something you always give your best and give your all. You can’t give your best to two things at the same time, its impossible. Make a decision. Who do you want to give your time and best too. You can give your best to the world and all of its facets or to God who will give you everything you need.

Sexual immorality will destroy a marriage and a person who is not married. Sexual immorality can get you into things you thought you would never do. Be cautious and keep your eyes on the Lord.

Scripture Study: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-5

Be Blessed!

Colossians 3:1-2

The Message (MSG)

1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.

Temporary things will give you temporary happiness which is a temporal emotion. Temporary in the New Oxford American Dictionary means lasting for only a limited period of time; not permanent. Temporal things tend to cause many believers to be like a roller coaster. People are up then down. They go real fast but stop abruptly. If you set your mind and life on temporal things then you will always be making changes to get the same result. With your mind and your will in pursuit of eternal things you will always have a guarantee. People today are looking for a guarantee on temporal things. The way that I define temporal things is… Subject to change!

For example… You have a candy bar. It satisfies you for just a moment. After 30 minutes or so you find yourself wanting something more or even another candy bar. Why? Because it is temporal. It is meant to give immediate satisfaction but it always has you coming back for more.

Eternal in the New Oxford American Dictionary means lasting or existing forever; without end or beginning. What a powerful definition. This blesses me because the Bible says in John 3:16 that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes on him shall not perish but have eternal life. Eternal means forever. This is like eating a candy bar one time and never having to eat another because the craving has been permanently satisfied. Being a human we often still feel unsatisfied. Why? Because of temporal cravings for worldly things. We want the hottest and greatest things that come out. We try to keep up with the Jones’ only to crave more. We are temporarily satisfied.

Put your mind on eternal things. Pursue eternal things that Jesus presides over. Looking at the things in front of you will always have you in the here and now.

I will close with this in mind. Too often people get moved by what they hear and what they see. These things on the Earth are temporal and not eternal. If you pick your head up and look to God the Father, He will set you on eternal things and the things of this Earth will not move you. Be moved by the presence of God and not the temporal things.

Scripture Study: Colossians 3:1-10

Be Blessed!