Patience of Hope

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Epistle of I Thessalonians Paul wrote great encouragement to the believers:

I Thessalonians 1:3 – Remembering without ceasing your work of faith {believing faith}, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.

Notice the three words faith, love, and hope – these three words are often connected together in the Scriptures. First mentioned is their work of believing which appropriates the promises of God. Secondly is their labor of love, and this labor of love qualifies or distinguishes them as true believers. Thirdly is their patience of hope. Patience? Yes, patience because Christ has yet to return, even though at any moment he most definitely could, and our patience in anticipation is always activated when we hope in patience. Great rewards will be given out for having “patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” Notice that when we do have patience in our hope of Christ’s return that we are before God, “in the sight of God.” God will remember our patience of hope, our labor of love, our work of believing faith, and reward us richly for them!

II Timothy 4:7-8:
-7: I {the Apostle Paul} have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: {Paul knew that his life was coming to a close, and he is explaining that he had done his best in this life.}
-8: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day {the day that he had been patiently waiting and hoping for, the return of Christ}: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

“A crown of righteousness” is promised to those who will love the appearing of Jesus Christ. What a marvelous hope we truly have! What this crown will give to us, and the full meaning of it can only be speculated about, but what we do know from the Scriptures is that crowns represent authority, and majesty, and power. Believers will receive the crown of righteousness for loving his appearing, and this takes “patience of hope.”

Paul kept the faith; he always believed to the best of his ability, and he loved his hope, the hope that his Savior would speedily return for him, and he loved to savor his own anticipation. Again we see faith, hope, and charity (love) working together in unison as a completed unit.

Patience in the hope of Christ’s return will also build within the believing heart of the Christian great expectation every day that today could be the day. Hope makes life exciting, hope makes waking up each day exciting, and hope makes living through every day exciting.

I sincerely thank God for you in prayer that our God will continue strengthening your life in the magnificent “patience of hope” that can grow within your heart, and in the sight of your God Who is also your Heavenly Father.

Jesus Christ is the Epitome of God’s Love

“Believers certainly have a lot to be thankful for and because of the love that Jesus Christ had for humanity, we are currently delivered from this present evil world, and our sins have been totally cleansed. Jesus Christ is the epitome of God’s love, and if you are a Christian, then God’s love via His Son is residing in your heart (Colossians 1:27; Romans 8:10-11), and he continues showing you not only your deliverance but also his love.” ~LMJ~

“Oh Lord, What Shall We Do?” (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

After someone becomes saved and is a Christian, the first thing he or she usually does is start looking for something to do, something to practice. Thus, the question arises, oh Lord, what shall we do? I know that some may think, “Oh, here it comes, this is when they will start asking for money, penance, and works (tons of works).”  Nope . . . ! Sorry, cannot oblige anyone in that way.

After you have believed and confessed in your heart, Romans 10:9-10, the first thing that God asks you for is to receive and enjoy His many blessings. It is God’s healing Word that shows you His divine presence (and presents) as you come to know the love that He has placed in your heart and life. In order to understand and enjoy all God has given may take a little time and patience on our parts as God slowly and delicately begins revealing His true characteristics to the heart of our hearts. Truly a miraculous miracle has taken place in your life because you have passed from judgment to grace, from a child of the world, to a child of God. These are some of the things that God wants you to know and thoroughly understand, and believe me, this takes patience.

So where do we learn about those things that God would have us know, and how can we learn to appreciate them once we know of them? We learn from God’s Word, and our appreciation will grow as we learn to accept the grace of God in our lives. This is the simplest, and best (biblical) answer I know. Still, where is His Word? The Holy Scriptures (the Bible) is His Word, and in His Word contains healing (Psalms 107:20), spiritual understanding (John 6:63), and direction (II Timothy 3:16-17).

Specific sections of the Bible are written and addressed to specific people, situations, and times (ages), and without this knowledge, tremendous confusion can arise. The first, the very first thing that is specifically addressed to the Christian of today is the Epistle of Romans. In the first eight chapters God lays out in detail how far man has fallen, and how high God through Christ has raised the believers from their fallen state. The first 8 chapters magnificently conclude with:

Romans 8:38-39:
-38:  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
-39:  Nor height, nor death, nor any other creature {in other words, there is not anything that} shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord {and Christ is in you: Colossians1:27}.

Oh Lord, what shall we do? Today as we live our lives and go about our daily business, let us begin enjoying the truth that nothing – absolutely nothing whatsoever shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ, and Christ is in us.

The Mind of Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Did you know it is available for believers to actually have the mind of Christ? This is a foreign concept for all too many Christian people, yet the Epistles are full of encouraging statements to inspire us to begin thinking in terms of having the Savior’s thoughts be also in our own minds so that we as individual believers can be more than a conqueror in daily living. One such thought that I think about daily is “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). I think about this verse when doing the most challenging task that is before me as well as when I am relaxing and enjoying the life God has afforded me so that I can be at spiritual peace with Him (Colossians 3:15).

Where does the Bible say the life of a Christian would be easy? The Bible does not say that standing for God is easy (Mark 10:29–30, and II Timothy 3:12), but the life of a Christian man or woman can be strengthened with joy, peace, love, and grace through life’s challenges and adversities (I Corinthians 10:13). Even though life is filled with challenging pressures and pleasures by way of venues offering many temptations, by utilizing the mind of Christ we can overcome such obstacles and be successful in our personal endeavors.

I Corinthians 2:16: For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Who knows the mind of the Lord (i.e., the mind of God Himself), and who has instructed Him? Well the definitive answer is that no one has ever been His teacher or completely understood everything about Him. The word mind is the Greek word nous and means the entire mind; the whole of God’s thoughts is known only to Him (Romans 11:33–36). Then the Scriptures say, “but {in contrast} we have the mind {nous} of Christ.” This means that we can understand the mind of Christ completely and intimately, for we have the God-given right to have the thoughts of Christ in our minds. The reason that we have this ability is that we have Christ within, and Christ’s mission has always been to reveal and explain God (John 1:18, 17:25–26, and Hebrews 13:8). So then when we retain in our minds the Word of God, we will be experiencing the mind of Christ. Philippians 2:5 says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” thus, the Bible encourages believers to put on in our minds the thoughts of Jesus Christ that are exclusively revealed to us from the Scriptures.

Romans 13:14a: But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ . . .

To put on the Lord Jesus Christ is to put the thoughts of Christ into our minds. The Word reveals Christ (John 5:39) and Christ reveals glimpses of God for our understanding (John 14:6). Christians have Christ within by virtue of receiving the gift of holy spirit, and as we go to the Scriptures and begin understanding the words therein, we will discover the mind of Christ is the express lane on a paved highway to godliness.

II Corinthians 1:21–22:
-21: Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
-22: Who hath also sealed us, and given us the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

God sealed us with holy spirit so that we can be with Him for eternity, establishing every believer by a spiritual anointing to have and to know the mind of Christ who can become such an integral part of ourselves. So as we have Christ in our minds via the teachings of the Scriptures we will begin to realize that “Christ who is our {spiritual} life” (Colossians 3:4), is the way to manifest the power of God. We are encouraged to enjoy access to the mind of Christ, who is eternally alive and spiritually energizing believers as he indeed is the physician of the heart.

Some people think in the heart of their hearts that success is not forthcoming and that they must suffer their way through this life and believe themselves destined to failure as their true lot in life. But this is just not so for you ― you have the ability to have the mind of Christ and he is no failure, God made no failures, and with the mind of Christ, you can think and believe that for once – NO – from now on, victory is in your grasp. Think this, say this, and begin to believe this until you actually triumph over something ― anything, and then start riding on that momentous wave of success that will rise up on the winds of your positive confessions of the Word, for the fresh air of God’s Word inspires you to achieve. Yes, it WILL happen for you ― you who believe to receive. Repeat to yourself, “I am successful and I am more than a conqueror because this is my lot in life ― I was born to be a winner and become triumphant and I am just going to have to learn to live with that destiny!” And then – begin living with this mindset ­­– as this is your true lot in life, allotted to you by God Himself.

You can reward yourself by being your best for your God, for your Savior, and for yourself! You already have been awarded the God-given permission to have the mind of Christ, and with him, you may be at rest as he helps lift your burdens and he will lighten the load you carry.

Matthew 11:28–30:
-29: Come unto me {says Jesus}, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
-29: Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
-30: For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

When the thought arises to either do your best or take the easy road and the simple way out of something, think about that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you and you will be empowered to succeed, and you will “mount up with wings as eagles” with the mind of Christ. This is the renewed mind in its wonderful manifestation. This is the powerful permission and commission you have been given through God’s Word; this is following through with Jesus’ instruction in John 14:12, “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 he has gone unto his Father (Mark 16:19), and so we can ― do!

Isaiah 40:31: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Recall Philippians 4:13 encourages that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. If we are really going to believe this verse ― it will take some action on our parts because believing is a verb that signifies action. When we believe on what the Word encourages in our renewed mind, then all kinds of things that used to defeat us, things that seemed too big and appeared unobtainable suddenly seem to become reachable because Jesus said “all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23).

When we have the mind of Christ by placing God’s Word on in our minds, then we will understand the true spiritual knowledge that is within the mind of Christ, and his thoughts give men and women true spiritual understanding with heavenly glimpses of God. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7). When we know that we have the mind of Christ, we will enjoy a spirit-to-Spirit connection with our God, one that gives us spiritual power and love that is empowered by sound thinking.

Romans 13:14: But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and {then you will} make no provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

By putting on the thoughts of Christ today, we will recognize the true wisdom and power of God (I Corinthians 1:24). Men and women individually find the wisdom of God with the wonderful mind of Christ.

Isaiah 40:31 (The Amplified Bible):*  But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.

Philippians 4:13 (The Amplified Bible):**   I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation.
Used by permission.

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

God Is Spirit

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Gospel of John 4:24 it says, “God is a Spirit.” He also is omnipresent, inhabiting heaven and earth, dwelling in and throughout all of eternity. In the Book of Acts 17:28 we read, “For in him {God} we live, and move, and have our being.” God is present everywhere, yet without understanding His Scriptures He appears to be only as an enigma for so many. We can find God anywhere, and miss Him everywhere, yet finding Him is as simple as picking up your Bible, for the Bible is the very heart and breath of God Almighty. Romans 10:9-10 reveals the entrance into the salvation of humanity, and the beginning of our grasping the Creator’s very life and His eternal embrace.

John 14:17:
Even the Spirit of {the} truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye {disciples} know him; for he dwelleth {present tense} with you, and shall {future tense} be in you.

The believers were beginning to know “God Who is Spirit” because they were continuing in the words of God that Jesus was teaching to them. Jesus was teaching them that the “Spirit of truth” was currently dwelling with them and that in a future time God’s spirit of truth would literally be in them. After Jesus gave his life for us, ascended up into heaven, and the day of Pentecost came (Acts 2:1-4), the believers received the spirit of truth into their hearts and became sons and daughters of God for eternity.

Galatians 5:16:
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

We started this byte stating, “God is Spirit,” this is the very essence of God, and now Galatians says to “Walk in the Spirit.” The reason that we can walk in the spirit is that spirit now dwells within our hearts (Romans: 5:5). Our spirit within, God created at that moment we confessed and believed in Romans 10:9-10, and spirit is eternal. To start walking in this spirit we simply (and slowly) begin walking in and with the Spirit of the truth, and truth is the Word of God.

Romans 8:14:
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Well thank God! To be led by the Spirit of God is to be genuinely walking in the true spirit of the Scriptures, for “the words that I {Jesus} speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). And as an extra bonus (so to speak), we are the sons of God. The word “sons” is an all-inclusive noun for men and women, boys and girls, because every believer has God’s spirit and is a son or daughter of the living God.

Jesus Christ is a son of God, and the Bible says that we are sons of God: could we be in better company? God is a Spirit. We are encouraged to walk in the spirit, for when and where we do, we will walk within the fullness of God – ourselves.

Have a wonderful day enjoying your heavenly position as a child of God, and know that you are walking in Him Who is Spirit.