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The Love of God


 
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1 John 3:  New International Version

16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

 19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

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New posting in FAITH IN OUR JOURNEY, Click on the Tab above and read about the anointing of David


Guidance for Today..1 John 4:4
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 
This means that we can face our tempter by the Power of the Holy Spirit that dwells in us. We rebuke the evil one knowing that HE (Jesus) who is in us is greater than he that is in the world.

Titus 2: NKJV Written by the Apostle Paul to Titus that was converted by Paul and later became a helper in spreading the Gospel in Crete, the fourth largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea. Titus accompanied Paul when they first introduced the people in Crete to Christ.

Trained by Saving Grace

11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. 15 Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.


The Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose water do not fail
. Isaiah 58: 11 NKJV

Obedience: For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 1 John 5:3 NKV


What is the life of Non-Believers or an Atheist like?

This look at having no belief in a God, and what it must be like as a non-believer and an ever-challenging situation for the Scoffer & the Atheists.  Before going on, I must say I have great respect for Atheists and non-believers, and I must say we love them and our God loves them too.

Being an Atheist or an unbeliever mean that there is no belief in a higher power, and being in this state, the following factors do not apply to them:

  1. Faith
  2. Grace
  3. Hope
  4. Belief
  5. Blessings
  6. Everlasting
  7. Beyond
  8. Glory
  9. Joy

Let us take the first subject of Faith; Faith is defined by the Webster as…

Definition of FAITH

1 a : allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty b (1) : fidelity to one's promises (2) : sincerity of intentions

2 a (1): belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2): belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion

  b (1): firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2): complete trust

3: something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially: a system of religious beliefs <the Protestant faith>

As an Atheist of a non-believer there can be no Faith as defined, Faith is a firm belief in something for which there is no proof, and is a complete trust, just like my German Shepherd that knows when it is chow time, I will show up with his meal… so an Atheist or a ‘Faithless/nonbeliever do have some degree of faith, or just a habit, which is a shallow faith (more like a custom or by training) like my German Shepherd that will be looking for me at meal time, but? I forgot and went out to dinner and did not feed the poor animal. So, what can my German Shepherd do, Bark and Bark until the neighbors call the cops, or until I get home several hours later and feed this helpless animal as he cannot get in the feed bin.

But we as Humans have a mental capacity to think, and even to think BIG just like when Paul and Silas was in Jail Praising the Lord, there was a sudden earthquake and the prison doors were flung opened and their chains were loosened. This is Faith in Action. Faith in God and not in mere man, as I said, I forgot and went out and did not feed the Dog. But our Supreme God the Creator of the Vast Universe is able to do great things for those with Faith.

You may wonder how can God know me an individual in a world with 7 Billion people, how can Jesus know who I am and hear me as billions are praying simultaneously? This is probably the most troublesome question for non-believers and Atheist.  The answer is that God (Regardless of an non-believers’ belief) God the Creator who said “Let us” create, spoke the world into existence, and just as He and His Son Jesus with His Holy Spirit being there from the beginning of it all, this same power of Creation is able to hear each of us, as the Divinity of God through His Holy Spirit is in each believer; and His Holy Spirit is like the Broadband ‘Wireless’ Internet that we as believer are able to speak with our God.

There is a story that relates to evolution and the advancement of man’s science in cloning and reproducing many things, it goes like this, man said to God, ‘I can reproduce this plant by scientific technology, I can improve the species, and I can make it grow faster and even better”, then God said how”, man replied… “I will extract the genes and I will splice them and I will make a hybrid plant”, then God said, “start, but first you cannot use dirt or anything that I have made naturally, so get your own dirt?  Guess what? Man cannot make dirt, as all matters were created by God, Water, Dust, Rocks, and everything we have around, even the Air that we breathe, Plastic is man-made, but not from out of ‘Thin-Air’.  Yes, we do not have any dirt of our own, only dirty laundries and dirty rags.

Every non-believer can come to God as God is waiting because of His love for us all, as we are His Creation. Therefore, without the presence of the Holy Spirit in an Atheist our Lord will hear his call and come to Him, (but the sin of denying our Lord and blaspheme against our Lord is in the eyes of our Lord an unforgivable sin.    We must be careful of not denying our Lord as everyone of us are created in the Likeness of our God our Creators, as God did say in Genesis, addressing His Son… “Let us Create man in our Likeness” because we were created in HIS Likeness, we are far more than the German Shepherd that cannot comprehend beyond the abilities of an animal, we were created to live forever, as our bodies are ‘TENT” made from Dust, as God formed us from Dust and breathed life into us. And His Breath gave us more than life but a ‘Spirit’ that when we come to him this spirit will take on Holiness by His Grace. This brings us to the next Factor of GRACE:

Now Grace is something that the Webster defined as:

 

Definition of GRACE

1 a: unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification b: a virtue coming from God

c: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace

2 a : approvalfavor <stayed in his good graces>

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c: a special favor: privilege <each in his place, by right, not grace, shall rule his heritage — Rudyard Kipling>d: disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency

There is no grace from man except probably a loan modification and an extension to the due date by renegotiations. Even then we have to request and bargain away by agreeing to pay a penalty and even upfront money to get any concession, which is not Grace, as Grace is ‘Un-Merited’ and not earned, or cannot be bought.

Grace is what gives us the HOPE, but before going on to Hope, we will explore the Grace of God… When Captain Sully landed his 757 on the Hudson River and not, ‘into’ the Hudson, is this purely by chance? Captain Sully was praying and Hoping for a ‘soft’ landing; and guess what? His belief and Faith brought his plane to a soft landing, and as they landed, guess what? There were boaters ready to rescue the passengers, is this a pure coincident? Or is it Faith by a believing Pilot in his God, and the Grace of God? And Sully’s ‘Hope’ for a soft landing?  Figure this one out.  For those of us that know, landing on Water is like landing on a hard surface, water to a plane is as hard as the runways at Kennedy or Interstate 95.

Therefore, it takes ‘Belief’ to apply the principles of Faith, Grace and Hope, so we will explore the definition of ‘Belief’…

 

Definition of BELIEF

1: a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing

2: something believedespecially: a tenet or body of tenets held by a group

3: conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence

As an Atheist or a Non-Believer, it is hard to apply this word, (Belief) as we see in this short story…

After attending a Gospel crusade, a visitor was interviewed by a reporter… Sir, what do you think of the message you heard? his response was, “I do not believe a word of what he said, I only believe what I see, I don’t believe in hell or in judgment, or in God. I have never seen any of them in my life”. The reporter then went to the next person, this person said… “let’s say that there are tree growing here, and green grass everywhere, but that isn’t true. I am told that there are a lot of people standing around, but that’s not true either. You probably think I am out of my mind talking like this, as there are a lot of people around, but I am only speaking in the same terms as the gentleman who preceded me. You see, I was born blind.  I have never seen a tree or grass, or even a human being. 

If I assume that they exist. All I do is prove that I am blind. The same way the gentleman, who said he cannot believe because he did not see so he cannot believe the message, he is also confirming that he is also blind, because, as a blind person, I have to be in faith that what I am told does really exists. The gentleman before me just confirmed that he is spiritually blind as we are all born ‘Spiritually Blind’

Comment: Because of the original sin. Everyone was born spiritually blind. But it is the will of the Lord Jesus to give sight to the blind by His Death and Resurrection.

Blessings this is another word that is a real ‘Misfit’ in the vocabulary of an Atheist, as Blessing is a divine action as man cannot bless, we can only bestow good wishes, and even the word ‘Wishes’ is a misfit for an Atheist… se we will read Webster’s definition of Blessings…

Definition of BLESSING

1 a : the act or words of one that blesses b : approvalencouragement

2: a thing conducive to happiness or welfare

3: grace said at a meal

Examples of BLESSING

  1. We asked the Lord's blessing on us and on our project.
  2. He said a blessing before the meal. Related to BLESSING

Synonyms: benedictionbenison, laying on of hands

Now if Blessing is an intent to bestow Happiness for one’s welfare, when an Atheist ‘Blesses’ on what premise is he basing his blessing on? Is it Hope, Faith, Trust or belief? Now all of these words require some degree of faith. 

The fact is, as a creation and not from a morphed or evolved being, we must look to a Creator. As evolution is rudimentary and a shallow look at like, Darwin in his evolution was not talking about humans, he was looking at the adaptation and not evolution, adaptation is when we take a plant from the ground and transplant it into a nutrient laced environment it will still grow, and his intent of evolution had limitations as we see that the chimps in the zoos are still chimps and we have not become Superman® from Krypton. So, in a real world we are here drinking the water that was found on earth, the air that we breathe, the animals and plant life that are God given for us to have dominion over are still the same for thousands of years. We can modify the genes and we can grow a hybrid plant, but God said, “Get your own dirt”

So, Blessings must be considered a divine power. A power from a Sovereign God, that created it all, and as a creation in His likeness, we will live forever, but there are two ways to this Everlasting Life that our God made us to have.

Everlasting?  let us first check the Webster again.

 

Definition of EVERLASTING

1: lasting or enduring through all time: eternal

Examples of EVERLASTING

  1. To his everlasting credit, he never once gave in to temptation.
  2. <valentines typically express the giver's everlasting love and devotion>

Synonyms: ceaselessdatelessdeathlessendless,

What do we have that is considered Everlasting?  Gold, Silver? Steel?, our houses, our cars, our lives? Of these; Gold probably ranks the longest lasting, but as you will see if you wear a gold ring, the band wears down and will eventually be worn out. The weakest of all would be our lives as it is a Vapor… so we the high and mighty that are Atheists when it’s all over, where is the great ‘Beyond’? The Bible say this about life…

James 4:14

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

Beyond, this defines what we expect beyond this life.  An Atheist with no Hope, Faith, Belief, without the Grace of a Loving God, what does the word ‘Beyond’ means? Again, we as believer are created in the Likeness of our Creator, how are Atheist created? By a natural birth? Or some other form of coming into existence that are not from a creation genealogy?

The end of life is not the end of it all…  Jesus said…

John 12:24
Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.
John 12:23-25 (in Context) John 12 (Whole Chapter)

What a glorious day this will be, as Jesus has prepared a place of Splendor for those that know Him. Knowing of Him is relevant but it does nothing to save us, we must accept Him and receive His Gift of Salvation by confessing

“Lord Jesus I come as a Sinner and I seek to receive You into my life as my Lord and Savior, I confess my sin and am privileged to receive Your forgiveness through Your Holy Blood of Atonement. Lord Jesus become the author and finisher of my Faith in You and guide me as I am made a new creation in You and a child of our Creator I am now a Joint Heir with You Lord Jesus as spoken in Your Word. Jesus; I acknowledge that my Salvation through You Lord Jesus is not of my own but only by Your Grace and Your Love for me. I pray in Your Holy Name Lord Jesus”, Amen.