The Three Gifts

Ecclesiastes 5:19:
Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.

“Wow, to be happy, joyful, and wealthy is a gift of God, yet this is almost an unheard of concept in today’s world, especially for all too many Christians. This gift does not necessarily mean that God will cause you to be rich beyond your wildest dreams, but He certainly wants you to have enough stuff to enjoy the more abundant life. We read in Philippians 4:19, my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus, and this is still true right now in the continuous present tense. There is nothing wrong with having money or being rich, as God’s will is for His children to have all of their need supplied ― abundantly.” ~LMJ~

A Lively Hope of Even Better Tomorrows

“God, through our confidence, our trust, and our believing faith in Him can cause us, no matter what situation we may be in, to become more than a conqueror in this life (Romans 8:32-39). We should also know that God did not make life to be lived with any misfortune, the Devil did. I know that God has the power to restore all losses and what is not restored in this life will assuredly be restored in the next, giving us reasons to be thankful as we have a lively hope of even better tomorrows throughout all eternity (Hebrews 13:5-6).” ~LMJ~

Treasure in Earthen Vessels

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the church Epistles, Romans through Thessalonians, there are many wonderful aspects for the Christian believer to experience ― the renewed mind, gifts, and manifestations of the spirit. We can also discover principles of financial abundance, leadership, and discipline that can enhance our walks with the Father. To walk in the renewed mind is to learn how to walk in and with all that God has given us in Christ. The renewed mind is enjoying our new nature which is given to us by God Himself, as His Word reveals to us (II Peter 1:4). This is a divine treasure hunt as we search the Scriptures.

There are two major ways to approach the renewed mind process. One way is to try and renew the mind based on fear, based on having the wrongful fear of God’s wrath for not doing so, and the undue fear of not being pleasing to other believers. However, whenever fear is our motivator for renewing our minds, at best, we will only be able to put on a pseudo-type mind of pretense, and this effort will always be apart from God’s desired will for His children. The other way, the correct way is to begin enjoying the truth that we have the renewed mind with His love in our lives, knowing that God loves us regardless of our actions, and that He in the Epistles encourages us to enjoy and experience our renewed minds because we are already pleasing to and loved by God (Ephesians 1:3-6). When we know this, and really believe it in our hearts, then we can begin to effortlessly walk into the fullness of God because we own it – we have the always‑guiding, never-failing love of God (I Corinthians 13:8).

II Corinthians 3:18: But we all, with open face {without shame} beholding as in a glass {or a mirror} the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

God is Spirit (John 4:24), and everything that He has given to us is spiritual. As we look into the Word, the Word itself begins reflecting back into our lives what God has spiritually given us through Christ. God’s Word contains the true treasures that are already ours. As we look into the Epistles, we will find what the Bible calls the “new man” (Ephesians 4:24, and Colossians 3:10), our true spiritual abilities (Philippians 4:13, Colossians 3:4, and John 14:12), and the love of God (Romans 5:5, and Ephesians 5:2). As we read and study our Bibles we literally will become changed into what God’s Word reflects, and this is the image that we behold, from the glory contained in the Scriptures reflecting back to us the glory of the Lord that our God has placed in our own hearts.

As we come to realize we have been given a renewed mind according to the healing Word of God, He will continue to show us the great and wonderful ability (spiritual ability) that He has given to us of His own divine grace and love. Already having a renewed mind according to what the Scripture reveals will inspire us to enjoy the serenity of our relationship with our heavenly Father that the spirit of Christ within reflects in our hearts. The more we realize that we have the glory of the Lord within, the greater our own spiritual revival begins to grow in the true light of the Epistles.

II Corinthians 4:7: But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of {or rather ― from} God, and not of us.

The treasure is “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27), and the power of Christ in you is from God. We learn the truths about God’s wonderful power via learning and then reflecting His powerful Word in daily living. His healing Word always gives us access to His power, and as we recognize where the power originates from (from God, Ephesians 6:10), and we put our trust in the Word of God, then we will effortlessly begin using unlimited spiritual power and live the life that is more than abundant.

I Thessalonians 2:12–13:
-12: That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
-13: For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

No one on earth can absolutely prove God real to anyone else because God is Spirit, but anyone can see and read His Word, and believe what he or she has read, and then the Word of God itself will effectually worketh also in you that believe. This is how God reveals Himself to the individual; this is how the believer receives an understanding of His truths, His power, and the glory of the Lord (Christ within). When anybody believes what the Scriptures reveal, he or she can then prove that God’s Word is exceptionally “good,” wholly “acceptable,” and soundly “perfect” in every detail, for the believer will begin walking with the glory of the Lord, and share in the love of God to love’s fullness.

Romans 12:1–2:
-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.
-2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

God’s Word encourages us to allow the renewed mind itself to transform us from within with the purpose of knowing the reality of God’s will, the good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. The benefits are immense for we will experience in our hearts the heavenly treasures God has placed in our earthen vessels! If we can absorb one idea from this study and practice something that can prove to our heart’s content the reality of God, then I would like to highlight the love of God that we have received. Let us reach out and love another person with God’s love. God has given us His love, the Bible tells us so, and when we love with His love, we will be applying something very spiritual and rewarding, something good, and acceptable, and perfect. When we give, we also receive. Whenever we love someone with God’s love we do not empty out, rather God continues to supply us in return for He is a fountain of unlimited supply.

Galatians 5:13–14:
-13: For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh {to be lazy or stingy with God’s love}, but by love serve one another.
-14: For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

For all of the law is completely fulfilled in one word, that one word is love! God’s divinely‑given love has completely fulfilled all of the requirements that the Law had ever commanded (Matthew 22:37-40). Let us consider the last phrase of verse 14; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. We are loved completely by our heavenly Father and Jesus Christ without any strings attached because they are love in its fullness, and we are loved in their fullness. The essence of the phrase, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself is “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself is loved by God in Christ in you.” How God loves us is how we can love one another, and we learn about the tremendous love God has for us in the Scriptures, and this same love that the Bible speaks of is in our earthen vessels.

Romans 13:10: Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

God’s love always works in positive ways, and never works to bring hurt (ill) to a neighbor (John 4:20-21). God placed in our very hearts this love and made it available for us to manifest His love to others as God keeps on supplying ― more. Let us be honest for a minute and recall how many times we have heard the phrase, “love your neighbor as yourself” and many of us have perhaps thought, “Them, Oh my God you must be kidding. I don’t know if I have the strength to love those people over there in the same way as I love myself.” But with God’s love that has been freely given to us, being loving is so easy (I Thessalonians 3:12-13); it is almost like spending someone else’s money. We did not earn God’s love by our works; rather, we were given God’s love because of the generous work of Jesus Christ. This is a treasure in earthen vessels.

John 13:34–35:
-34: A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
-35: By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

If we were to love others solely contingent upon how much love that we have for ourselves, then I assure you that someone would be getting the shorter end of the stick because some people love themselves more, and some much less than others. However, God has given us a constant standard ― Christ’s love. God has made it available for each of us to love equally proportionately to the same love that Jesus Christ loves us with, and thank God for giving us this wonderful understanding about the genuine spiritual service of love that is so uplifting to all those this spiritual love touches. I John 3:18 encourages, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth,” With this new spiritual love of Christ we have been enabled to love the unlovable with the same intensity that we could love the most deserving and lovable souls.

The love of God that He has placed in our earthen vessels is a divine treasure chest and is stocked complete with pure heavenly love. God’s love applied reaches all the way into the heart of man, beyond the appearance or facade that people portray on the outside, “for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart” (I Samuel 16:7).

The love of God is the true spiritual strength of the Christian family, and the spiritual foundation for true believing unity within the church, and the true spiritual uplifting in the individual believer’s heart, and is the believer’s lifeline into the tremendous blessings contained in God’s revealed Word.

Romans 5:5: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost {holy spirit} which is given unto us.

The hope is the return of Christ and our anticipation of that glorious day to be with him, clothed in a new spiritual body (Philippians 3:20-21). As we come to an understanding of the hope, we will know with inner believing conviction that there is no shame to ever be given us in our future, but rather glory immersed in the favorable, loving graces of our heavenly Father. The blessing that can cause the hope to become so alive in our hearts, in the continuous and present tense, is that we have the love of God ― now. The Word teaches us that we have and can utilize this love, and then we can equally share God’s love for and with one another which is the manifestation of the renewed mind. This is one of the divine treasures that God in His love has placed in our earthen vessels, so that we may even now enjoy His presence and presents.

Ephesians 3:17–20:
-17: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
-18: May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
-19: And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
-20: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

Ephesians 6:10:
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

The Strength and Power Behind Prayer

Strengthened with all might, according to his {God’s} glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness– Colossians 1:11. God has most definitely given to His children power, spiritual power and although at times we may not feel all that powerful, or think that this could possibly be true, it is true!  Patience and longsuffering with joyfulness are God-given qualities of life that prove to our minds that we have the spiritual power of God. God’s strengthening, glorious power is known to believers through patience, for this patience allows God to manifest His power to us. We have been given longsuffering which is spiritual endurance to have continued inner trust to know that when we need something, even if it appears beyond our own abilities to receive, we will not give up in our believing with prayer, but rather we can have continued trust that God will answer our prayers. In all this there is joyfulness because we will see the strength and power behind prayer, and our believing in God’s healing Word will continue to grow.” ~LMJ~

Direct Access

“Man on his own efforts can tap into believing and ascertain that there is some kind of power behind his believing, but he will never come to know the source of the power without coming to know God. Jesus said in essence that, it will rain on the just and on the unjust (Matthew 5:45), meaning everyone has the same ‘chance’ in this life to believe, for God’s spiritual Law of believing is equally available to everyone. But when God becomes your Father, you also have the blessed privilege to believe in God’s own power, because you will have direct access into the living room of the Lawgiver: God (Romans 5:1-2, Ephesians 2:19)!” ~LMJ~