Hopes and Dreams

“God not only accepts us with our hopes and dreams but with all our shortcomings and frailties as human beings. God simply wants you to begin enjoying life; He only desires that you take Him with you. Romans 12:1–2 reads that we may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. If we were to give God our prayers in the morning, and spend a few moments in His healing Word, thanking Him for the upcoming day, then God will be proving to us that He is with us throughout the day. This is how and when God begins showing us His good, acceptable, and perfect will.” ~LMJ~

God’s Faithful Calling

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

God is always faithful to what His Word says, His promises to you are always true, and His calling you into His family is not a mistake. God the Creator of heaven and earth has loved you before time began, you were always in the foreknowledge of His mind, and He has always watched over your life.

God called you, and gave you His Word to rely on in this life and in the life that is to come.

When you begin seeing that God indeed called you into His household by your receiving the truth of His healing Word, then you may claim His Word and all its promises for your own by your very own believing. God’s Word instructs the believer how to believe correctly to receive His blessings and the many promises of His Word ordained and prepared for you before the world began. As the Word begins to permeate the soul as divine truth, so the more abundant life begins to become a daily reality as your walk with God continues growing within your heart along with the spiritual understanding to enjoy it.

I Thessalonians 5:19-20:
-19:  Quench not the Spirit.
-20:  Despise not prophesyings.

The Spirit here refers to the spirit that God gives each believer; it is a part of God Himself Who is our Father and the Holy Spirit. The spirit that we receive brings to our conscious minds that which God has spiritually given to us in His divine and faithful calling. God’s Word is imploring us not to quench, not to ignore and put aside in our thinking and actions, the divine revelations that the spirit can reveal to men and women of heart who believe in the Spirit of the living God.

Verse 20 is encouraging believers not to disregard the prophecies of Scripture, the past, the present, as well as the future revelations of God’s Word. Prophesying is also an in-spirit action, where believers may speak the Word of God by complete inspiration of having God in Christ in their hearts. For instance: “God is faithful in calling you,” this is a prophecy that is based on truth, based on God’s Word, and this prophecy will edify and build up the believers. Thus, prophecy always brings profit into our lives, and we have the God-given right to speak authoritatively on God’s Word once we become cognizant of God’s Word living in our hearts.

I Thessalonians 5:21-25:
-21:  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
-22:  Abstain from all appearance of evil.
-23:  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
-24:  Faithful is he {God} that calleth you, who also will do it.
-25:  Brethren, pray for us.

The believers have the God-given ability to “prove all things” that God’s Word gives to us, and as we prove the Word of God to our own satisfaction, then we are to “hold fast” to “that which is good.” When the Word shows to us something evil, then we are to step back away from it, and hold wholly to that which is good.

The result of doing this is that the God of peace may sanctify the whole believer – his spirit, his soul, as well as his body and thus we are preserved blameless from now till the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ for us – this is a promise that we can hold fast in our minds by our believing. In verse 24, what is it that God will do? He will bring us into the fullness of His faithful calling to be His sons and daughters for eternity.

Then Paul says “brethren pray for us”; this is a terrific lesson of Scripture, to pray for our leaders in the Church, for those who have delivered unto us the greatness of knowing the faithfulness of God’s calling to us.

A Case for Godliness

“I Timothy 4:8 records, For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. Bodily exercise profiteth little means that it primarily benefits oneself, but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

Godliness is having a meaningful relationship with God as our heavenly Father.

Godliness is enjoying the renewed mind, being spiritually fit.

Godliness is learning how to be in Christ as an athlete of the spiritual realm.

Godliness is proving the good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God- (Romans 12:2), which brings profit into a believer’s heart, a heart that can then reach out of themselves and help others with God’s Word.

Godliness is profitable, not only at any age in this life, but will be beneficial through all eternity. Everlasting rewards will be received by a life lived in godliness, and thus, I Timothy 6:6 expresses, godliness with contentment is great gain.” ~LMJ~

Please – No Condemnation – OK? (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

It is unfortunate and ironic that after some Christians become saved they begin to condemn themselves for either a sin committed 20 years ago or the one they committed this morning before breakfast. This propensity towards self-condemnation is within our nature, hence the difficult time accepting continual forgiveness in Christ. In I John 1:9 we read, “If we confess our sins, he {our loving Heavenly Father} is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Forgiveness is as close to us as simply asking our Heavenly Father for it and then accepting that we are cleansed from all unrighteousness.

In Romans chapter 7, we have an interesting verse of Scripture that sheds light on this subject:

Romans 7:19:
For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Wow, does this verse sound familiar to you at all? Often the state of affairs of many Christian men and women who desire to do good for the Lord is unsuccessful ― they try, they fail, and they try and fail to be good again and again. The average Christian panics and tries to find and then practice works of repentance to cover up for their sins and shortcomings in order to feel good enough to walk again with God. Nevertheless, he or she keeps on Romans 7:19-ing, and so a cycle begins that appears will never end with continual condemnation. Sometimes entire lifetimes can be consumed in this endless dilemma that all too often then becomes a way of life.

All this confusion and mental anguish over condemnation and sin comes about by not realizing that God not only forgives but that He also totally forgets; it is only we that choose to remember what God has forgiven, forgotten, and cleansed.

John 3:18a:
He that believeth on him {on Jesus Christ} is not condemned. . .

And, if we are not condemned, then, the truth is ― we are not condemned. By the way, this is why we have a Savior!

Jesus took our sins, our condemnations, our shortcomings, and our faults to his cross and buried them there at Calvary (John 1:20 and I Peter 2:24), yet man feels so inadequate at times, that he tries to dig them up and cloak himself with his old nature (see Romans 6:4 and Colossians 1:20–22). But by doing so, he denies to himself his new life and nature in Christ, which is given to shine forth from his inner heart (see Romans 8:1–18, II Corinthians 5:17, and Colossians 1:27; 3:1–2).

John 3:18a (The Amplified Bible):*
He who believes in Him {Jesus Christ} [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him {the believer} there is no rejection, no condemnation ― he incurs no damnation].” Well, praise the Lord!

Too many Christians do not believe what Jesus came to do for them (or have never seen this section of Scripture above) and imagine that God is angry or, at the very least, upset with them, and fear John 3:18b is written to them, though it is specifically addressed to unbelievers:

John 3:18b (The Amplified Bible):*
. . . But he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him {Christ}) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ’s name.]

Many Christians become indoctrinated with relentless teachings of hellfire, brimstone, and condemnation and begin accepting the second half of John 3:18 as their lot in life, all the while refuting the freedom from condemnation received through Christ’s redeeming work. This relief from condemnation should reign supreme in the foundation of our soul, as we believe on the completed work of Jesus Christ.

Psalms 32:1:
BLESSED is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

Psalms 103:12:
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Well since God has forgiven us and cast our sins far away, then this should be our outlook as well. So what can be done that will help us remember that we are in the graces of our loving Heavenly Father? Thank God, for the Epistle and doctrine of Romans, for Romans covers this inner conflict of utter, self-inflicted condemnation in detail, giving believers an out, a refreshing way to break this tedious and often endless cycle of life-draining condemnation.

Romans 8:1a:
THERE is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus. . .

This verse does not say, “There is therefore now condemnation,” but, “NO CONDEMNATION” and this is the will of God. Condemnation also means judgment, for there is therefore now NO judgment, and thus no fear of judgment to anticipate either now or in our future from our loving heavenly Father (see Romans 5:9, and I Thessalonians 1:9–10, 5:9). Believing this places us with them which are in Christ Jesus and permits Christ Jesus to genuinely be our Savior from condemnation and judgment. Knowing this and this alone can help make our lives free. By no means was God wasting His time having Romans 8:1 written to us because it cost Him everything, including enduring the death of His Son, Jesus Christ, to free our lives from condemnation and to redeem our lives back into the loving and forgiving arms of our Heavenly Father. Rather than thinking on condemnation, on the sin nature, and on our inadequacies, let us ponder on a wonderful section of Scripture that is spiritually awe-inspiring from the Amplified Bible:

Philippians 4:6–9 (The Amplified Bible):*
-6: Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
-7: And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
-8: For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think and weigh and take account of these things [fix your mind on them].
-9: Practice what you have learned {from the above} and received and heard and seen in me {for the above is what the Apostle Paul thought on in his mind}, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.

In verse 6 above we read, continue to make your wants known to God and only someone who does not harbor condemnation in his heart will have the boldness and confidence to ask God with a believing mind in expectation of truly receiving.

I John 3:21:
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

I John 5:14–15:
-14: And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.
-15: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Once our petitions are offered to God freely without condemnation then we will begin receiving whatsoever we ask! We are currently heaven-bound and have been freed from condemnation to enjoy the eternal graces of our Creator. These things we can relish in the heart of our hearts and don in our minds because this is the truth of the Scriptures and “thus saith the Lord!”

So, Please – No Condemnation – OK!

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