Thanks Be to God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When people make mistakes, the temptation is usually to belittle those who have fallen in one way or another. As we study Corinthians it becomes obvious that they missed the boat on many Christian principles, and in the midst of this anybody could teach about the bad, show the sin, preach the condemnation, and deliver the hellfire. However, God is love and with His love as our motivation and for our foundation: we always want to teach or be taught the good, to show or be shown the Savior from sin, to preach or to hear about our righteousness, and to deliver and receive the eternal blessings recorded for us in God’s Word.  This is exactly what Corinthians teaches because the positive light of God’s healing Word will always win over negative darkness.

I Corinthians 15:57:
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

This wonderful verse of Scripture is an actual prayer, with a beginning in thankfulness, the middle with the acknowledgment of what God has given to us – the victory, and this victory is our eternal life. Then the prayer ends by thanking God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, just as Jesus instructed us to do in our personal prayer life (John 14:13-14). This prayer has raised the Church of believers from being emaciated and downtrodden back up to the standard of God’s Word, rather than condemning us into some kind of pseudo-religious obedience. Corinthians has set us on high, from the state of being failures to becoming thankful in the victory; this is how God strengthens His very own children. Isn’t this a magnificent way to learn how to walk with God within the confidence that His Word generates?

The Church in Corinth as a whole was not criticized but loved back to spiritual health, and encouraged back into remembering the victory, knowing that they still indeed had eternal life within the very fiber of their being. Thankfulness is not only the response of the Church at Corinth, but will always be the response when love is the motivation behind helping people walk with God. Let us read why Paul wrote II Corinthians:

II Corinthians 2:4:
For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.

Coming to know Jesus Christ is an adventure in this life that takes place in the depths of our hearts. The mission of Christ has always been and will always be to make God known. Christ continues to make God known to us, and as our knowledge of God increases we will clearly begin to recognize the actual victory of obtaining our eternal life with complete thankfulness. This is the victory that enables us to say “thanks be to God” from the depths of our hearts.

Three for the Road (The Christian Walk with the LORD)

One, “God is Love– I John 4:8, and we are inspired to walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us– Ephesians 5:2.

Two, God is Light– I John 1:5, and we are encouraged to walk as the children of light – Ephesians 5:8.

Three, God is Spirit– John 4:24) and we are implored to walk in the spirit– Galatians 5:16.

This is a threefold, balanced walk with the Lord God, That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God– Colossians 1:10.” ~LMJ~

Deliver Us from Evil

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The will of God is our deliverance from all evil. Some people believe or at least suspect that God tempts us, and that He also punishes His children when they slip up. This is not the truth of the Bible. God’s desire is that we may escape all temptations, and He can indeed help us out of any negative situation in which we may find ourselves. Let us read what God said in II Corinthians:

II Corinthians 1:10 – Who {God} delivered {past tense} us from so great a death {because we are saved}, and doth deliver {present tense}: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us {future tense};

Not only has God delivered us in the past, but He continues to deliver us currently, and in our future we also have the promise of even more deliverance to be given to us. As a child I always thought that God was out to get me, and that He was keeping a score, and I was absolutely afraid of Him. However, I have learned by experience that “God is love” (I John 4:8), and that He in love always wants to deliver us from evil.

James 1:13 – Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

Well praise God! God says “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11). God loves us and He desires that we have “an expected end,” an end that is really just the beginning that we can look forward to in anticipation rather than being in any kind of fear.

II Thessalonians 3:3 – But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

I Corinthians 10:13 – There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer {allow} you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

God Himself is faithful and He is always able to keep and to protect you from evil. True, temptation and evil do come our way from time to time, but they never come from our God, and whenever there are temptations to deal with He will always make a way to escape. As we resist our temptations, God will always deliver us from evil, for He is our “refuge from the storm” (Isaiah 25:4).

Whenever you pass through a temptation believing that God will help you out, you will inevitably become stronger, more courageous, and be victorious. Evil never lasts, it always subsides and God will always show you the light at the end of the tunnel, and guide you to the easiest and best way out.

So today please look to your heavenly Father and allow Him to be your guiding light.

Who Am I to Say – Who Is All in with Me? Nobody, That’s Who!

“God is love (I John 4:8, 16), and according to His Word, anyone who is saved belongs to Him for eternity because God is no respecter of persons or groups. Anyone, anywhere, and under any circumstance can become saved and become a member of His household. We are members of the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:27), and we may fellowship around God’s healing Word with whomever we desire. God is our Father and He is blessed when we are blessed; He is never upset simply because we go somewhere to learn more about Him Who counsels and comforts us in our deepest spiritual thoughts. God loves us unconditionally right where we are, and He never thinks ill of us for fellowshipping with His children and wanting to know more about Him: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end– Jeremiah 29:11. When believers are receiving spiritual nourishment at their place of worship, then who am I to say that they are wrong, devilish, or whatever? Nobody, that’s who!” ~LMJ~

God Is Love

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I John 4:8:
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

God is love! The Greek word for love is agapee, and is the spiritual love of God that not only is a characteristic of Him, but also is something that God has given to His children. The phrase, “He that loveth not knoweth not God;” contains a double negative to boost the positive reality that believers not only can love with God’s love, but they will also come to know God Who is love.

Ephesians 5:1-2a:
-1: BE ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
-2a: And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us. . .

Not only is God love, but we are also encouraged to “walk in love.” How are we to walk in love? We love as Christ has loved us. Jesus Christ was the Son of God and he walked in love in his daily life toward his fellow man, and we are told in Ephesians to be followers of God as His dear children in the same way that Jesus Christ was. Now let us notice in Ephesians 5:1 the word “therefore,” because its usage has a specific purpose that will help us to become followers of God. In order to fully understand the word “therefore” we will need to go back two verses.

Ephesians 4:31-32:
-31: Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
-32: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

By putting away ill thoughts and words and by being kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving one another, this is how to follow God. God forgives us for the sake of Jesus Christ who had given his life for you and me. So in order for believers to “walk in love, as Christ also hath loved,” we will therefore want to be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving as well. Then the walk of love becomes a reality.

I John 4:16:
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.

In the Bible Byte “Understanding God”, we saw one of the names of God was “I AM” and now we have come all the way to understanding Him in His love, for we are currently dwelling in Him and He is dwelling in us. Believers can grasp the magnificence of all God has presented to us, and how much Christ has introduced the Father to us by his life, death, resurrection, and ascension, as he stands at the right hand of God continuously interceding on our behalf (Romans 8:34). The Word of God always points the believers in the right direction, showing how to believe what it says and showing how God in Christ is always at work to help believers into the ways of God’s love. “And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for {the return of} Christ {for us}” (II Thessalonians 3:5).