Entitlements

“Psalms 37:5-6 reads, Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it {the desires of your heart, verse 4} to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Thy righteousness as the light means that you will feel wonderful and totally deserving, shining with effervescence because you have received the desires of your heart. Thy judgment as the noonday means that because you indeed did trust, delight, and commit your ways unto God, you are entitled and completely deserving to receive the desires of your heart from Him.” ~LMJ~

God Is Not Forgetful (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Having just returned from the grocery store and realizing that I forgot an item that my wife needed, I am sure that another trip to the store is forthcoming. However, and thankfully our God is not forgetful, He will always remember His promises to us.

Hebrews 6:10:   For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

The word saint in the Bible means a fellow believer and one who is saved, made holy, and sanctified by God. Our God will always remember the work His saints do in His name, which is to believe and then act on His Word. In Hebrews 6:10, God’s Word mentions our labor of love and please notice that this love has a direction toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints. When we serve another from the mindset that we are actually working for God, then the rewards will be pleasing to both God and the believer as Ephesians 6:8 promises, “Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord.”

To minister is to help one another, and whenever we believers help another and we do so out of love, then this brings glory to the name of our God. God Himself will never forget your labor of love or the glory your giving has given to His name. God most definitely will reward us throughout all eternity for anything and everything that we believers do for one another out of love.

Mark 9:41:  For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

Can you imagine giving only a cup of water to another human being will bring you a reward? God will not forget when you give in love, and He will reward you now and throughout eternity. These are promises from both God and from Jesus Christ! And do you know what else? The water we give in the name of Christ will taste better (for it will be “blessed”) when given in love, because God will indeed bless it.

Ye belong to Christ, is a wonderful concept as I Corinthians 6:20 witnesses, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” The price paid for our eternal redemption was given for us through the offering of the life of Jesus Christ, and therefore we are God’s, as we now belong to Christ, and we are to him, his reward! Jesus “received us to the glory of God” (Romans 15:7); we are his firstfruits to God, and therefore, because of our Savior’s offering of himself, and his receiving us up to the glory of God — our God will never forget us — ever.

You see, Jesus is the golden thread who delivers us up to our heavenly Father. Jesus reveals to us the abundant life and blessings we can receive from our faithful Creator Who will never forget what Jesus did to redeem us back to God. Ephesians 5:20 teaches us to reciprocate these blessings we have received and that is by, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Simply learning to be thankful in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ is a wonderful key that helps open up the true treasures of life that God in Christ provides, such as giving to us the ability to experience heavenly joy, peace, love, and light.

Colossians 3:17: And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

When we look for occasions to simply bless others for the sake of love, our Savior’s love for us, and we learn to be truly thankful for opportunities to be kind, good, and loving, and not just simply looking for and expecting the reward, the blissful rewards will be even more abundant. God is not forgetful; He remembers your labor of love. The Apostle Paul gave thanks to God in his prayers in the name of the Lord Jesus at every opportunity as he remembered the labor of love that the believers served to one another.

Paul wrote that the loving labors of believers were always “in the sight of God,” because He watches over and remembers our endeavors to be a blessing to our fellow man, and returns blessings to the giver more abundantly.

We cannot out-give God, He encourages His children to bless and love others (this is how we give to Him), and He will not just remember, but He will send delightful rewards.

I Thessalonians 1:2-3:
-2: We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
-3: Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.

Our God is so awesomely wonderful in what He chooses to remember or not remember. He will remember our helping fellow saints, our labor of love, and how we bless and reach out in love to others in our communities where we live (Galatians 6:10), but He promises, “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17). So if God will not remember our faults and shortcomings, why in the world do we so often dwell on them? Why do we allow sin consciousness to beat us down so often?

The true antidote to sin consciousness is to be a blessing to those whom we can inspire in Christ’s name, for this God remembers and He will not forget. So Praise the Lord!

So when the opportunity arises to help someone out in one way or another, please do so out of your personal love and devotion to God and to your Savior who paid the price of your redemption. Please remember that your labor of love will not be wasted (even if someone else does not thank you), for our God will reward you richly because God Is Not Forgetful.

Psalms 37:3-6:
-3: Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
-4: Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
-5: Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it {the desire of your heart} to pass.
-6: And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment {justification} as the noonday.

“Sometimes we hold on to our possessions because we fear we might run out — life seems scarce. But when we believe that giving is the way to live, we will produce more in the future — life seems abundant.” ~John C. Maxwell~

“The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give.” ~Walt Whitman~

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” ~Maya Angelou~

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ~Lao-Tzu~

Glory and Praise to God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Paul wrote Philippians from prison; he was there simply because he made known God’s Word. We can be so blessed that today we are not cast into prison simply because of our beliefs. Paul was not put in prison just for a stay – they wanted him executed! As we know, he was eventually released to continue his mission of making Jesus Christ known to others so that others could also have the joys of walking with their Savior.

Philippians 1:8 – For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

God knew the heart of Paul, and when Paul said that God was his record, it is like our saying, “as God is my witness”; Paul’s desire was to preach and make known the Gospel to others even while in captivity. As God was Paul’s witness, God is also our witness today. “The bowels of Jesus Christ” represents their unity within the body of Christ. Paul was positive and hopeful that their standing with God was remaining strong even in his absence because they themselves were witnesses of Christ and Christ leads one to God.

Philippians 1:9 – And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge {of God and His healing Word} and in all judgment {in all discernment};

Paul prayed that their love may abound more and more, yet this was not simply a prayer to continue loving one another. Beyond that he prayed they would learn to love more and more the precious knowledge of God, for this knowledge can help the believers discern between good and evil, between light and darkness, and between that which is truth and what which may be in error. In Paul’s absence he was instructing the believers further into the ways of God so that they could stand together rooted and grounded in the Word.

Philippians 1:10-11:
-10:  That ye may approve {prove} things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
-11:  Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

God gives us things that are truly excellent such as the promises of God, yet without the love of the knowledge of His Word, which is the knowledge of truth, believers cannot prove to themselves whether or not it was God Who blessed them, or if they simply were lucky enough to have a good day. The Bible reveals more than nine hundred promises. How many promises do we know, how many promises do we believe for, and how many do we receive? “Sincere and without offence” means that we can know and receive from God with a genuine heart of understanding and sincerity that it is indeed our God Who truly blesses us. We are “being filled with the fruits of righteousness,” by Jesus Christ. “Fruits” represent the product, the result of cultivating. The fruit of righteousness can be savored and enjoyed every day, for Christ is at work within our hearts and lives. As our love abounds in the knowledge of what God has given, and knowing that Christ is at work within, then we can spiritually offer up to our God spiritual fruits of our righteousness in glory and praise to Him, and this will indeed warm the heart of God.

Hebrews 13:15-16:
-15:  By him {Jesus Christ} therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips {spoken by those who are righteous} giving thanks to his name.
-16:  But to do good and to communicate {fellowship} forget not: for with such sacrifices {of glory and praise spoken to Him}, God is {very} well pleased.

By the Mercies of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes;

Romans 12:1:
I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

This is the opening verse of scripture of the prACTical side of Romans. This verse begins explaining to the Christian the how or means to truly begin walking with God in the knowledge and understanding given to the believers in the first 8 chapters of Romans.

Mercy means that judgment has been withheld, judgment that is rightfully due and should have been pronounced, has now been denied us by God Himself. This is why we can honestly present our bodies to God. The body means our inner self with all our frailties, hopes, and dreams. We are currently equipped in the joyful knowledge of being risen to a new life with Christ, a life that can be lived without condemnation, clothed in God’s own righteousness and standing. It is only by the mercies of God that we may be so bold as to fearlessly present ourselves to the Judge of all Who acquitted us of all sins, endowing each believer with the mercies of and from the Creator of life.

In Old Testament times, sacrifices were presented to God at the Temple, slain and offered on behalf of man’s sins and shortcomings. However, by God’s mercy, Christ became our substitute and sacrifice for our sins in order that we may humbly present ourselves to God a living sacrifice, standing shoulder to shoulder with Christ, who was slain for us and now he is our risen Savior.

We currently have God’s love which is inseparable from our hearts (Romans 5:5) because in Christ we are genuinely holy and thus eternally acceptable unto God. Presenting ourselves holy and acceptable is a reasonable service and can only be enjoyed and realized by the mercies of God that He has placed upon our very lives.

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.