To love God is to Desire Him, to yearn for His righteousness

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Today let First start here, loving God requires knowing Him, and that knowledge begins with His Word. It may sound impossible, but to know Him is to love Him.

To love God is to worship and praise Him. “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only'” (ref,Luke 4*8). The Psalms provides many beautiful examples of how to worship and praise our Creator (e.g., Psalms 8, 19, 23, 24, 67, 99, 117, and 150).

To love God is to put Him first. The number one commandment is to love God “with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (ref,Mark 12*30). It’s an undivided love. God is our priority. If we love God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength, then we won’t allow other things to crowd in us. Our love for God is manifested by loving people, but we do not love the things of the world. “Earth has nothing I desire besides you” (ref,Psalm 73*25). We cannot love this present world and God at the same time (ref,1 John 2*15); love for what the world offers can lead us astray .

To love God is to desire Him, to yearn for His righteousness, His Word, and His grace. Once we have tasted and seen that the Lord is good, we want more of Him. If we love God, we will be like Mary of Bethany, “who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said” If we love God, the psalmist’s description of the Word of God will resonate within us: “[it is] more precious than gold, than much pure gold; . . . sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb” (ref,Psalm 19*10)

Finally, to love God is to obey Him. Jesus Christ tells us, “If you love me you will obey what I command” (ref,John 14*15, 23; 15:10; 1 John 5*3). However, this is not a matter of merely following rules and registering good deeds. It is about having God’s love written indelibly on our hearts. We naturally wish to please those we love. When we love God, we will want to please Him and obey His commands eagerly. “I delight to do your will”.

When we are born again, the spiritual death is Reversed

Death is separation. The death our body experiences not our soul, I mean a physical death is the separation of the soul from the body. Spiritual death, which is of greater significance, is the separation of the soul from God. God tells Adam that in the day he eats of the forbidden fruit he will “surely die.” Adam does fall, but his physical death does not occur immediately; God must have had another type of death in mind spiritual death. This separation from God is exactly what we see in Genesis 3*8. When Adam and Eve heard the voice of the Lord, they “hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God.” The fellowship had been broken. They were spiritually dead.

 

A man without Christ is spiritually dead. Paul describes it as “being alienated from the life of God” in Ephesians 4*18. (To be separated from life is the same as being dead.) The natural man, like Adam hiding in the garden, is isolated from God. When we are born again, the spiritual death is reversed. Before salvation, we are dead (spiritually), but Jesus gives us life. “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,” (ref,Ephesians 2*1 ). “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins”(ref,Colossians 2*13).

To illustrate, think of Jesus’ raising of Lazarus in John 11. The physically dead Lazarus could do nothing for himself. He was unresponsive to all stimuli, oblivious to all life around him, beyond all help or hope except for the help of Christ who is “the Resurrection and the Life”(ref,John 11*25). At Christ’s call, Lazarus was filled with life, and he responded accordingly. In the same way, we were spiritually dead, unable to save ourselves, powerless to perceive the life of God until Jesus called us to Himself. He “quickened” us; “not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy” (ref,Titus 3*5).

The book of Revelation speaks of a “second death,” which is a final (and eternal) separation from God. Only those who have never experienced new life in Christ will partake of the second death (Revelation 2:11; 20:6, 14; 21:8).ref,

 

God Doesn’t just love; He is Love. His Nature and Essence are love.

 

One thing is certain about our Father in heaven. God does not love us because we are lovable or because we deserve His love. If anything, the opposite is true. The state of mankind since the fall is one of rebellion and disobedience. Jeremiah 17*9 describes man’s inner condition: “The heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. Who can know it?” Our innermost beings are so corrupted by sin that even we don’t realize the extent to which sin has tainted us. In our natural state, we do not seek God; we do not love God; we do not desire God.

Romans 3*10-12 clearly presents the state of the natural, unregenerate person: “There is none righteous, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” How then is it possible for a holy, righteous, and perfect God to love such creatures? To understand this we must understand something of the nature and character of God.

1 John 4*8 and verse 16 tell us that “God is love.” Never was a more important declaration made than this,God is love. This is a profound statement. God doesn’t just love; He is love. His nature and essence are love. Love permeates His very being and infuses all His other attributes, even His wrath and anger. Because God’s very nature is love, He must demonstrate love, just as He must demonstrate all His attributes because doing so glorifies Him. Glorifying God is the highest, the best, and the most noble of all acts, so, naturally, glorifying Himself is what He must do, because He is the highest and the best, and He deserves all glory.

Since it is God’s essential nature to love, He demonstrates His love by lavishing it on undeserving people who are in rebellion against Him. God’s love is not a sappy, sentimental, romantic feeling. Rather, it is agape love, the love of self-sacrifice. He demonstrates this sacrificial love by sending His Son to the cross to pay the penalty for our sin (ref,1 John 4*10), by drawing us to Himself (ref,John 6*44), by forgiving us of our rebellion against Him, and by sending His Holy Spirit to dwell within us, thereby enabling us to love as He loves. He did this in spite of the fact that we did not deserve it. “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (ref,Romans 5*8).

God’s love is personal. He knows each of us individually and loves us personally. His is a mighty love that has no beginning and no end. It is this experiencing of God’s love that distinguishes Christianity from all other religions. Why does God love us? It is because of who He is: “God is love.”C__Data_Users_DefApps_AppData_INTERNETEXPLORER_Temp_Saved Images_For-Nothing-is-impossible-with-God

Jesus Christ is the Good shepherd…

Jesus Christ is the good shepherd, the shepherd’s purpose is to give life and protect from destruction. You may be asking yourself why Jesus Christ needed to give His life for our protection. The thing is We all have sinned! By our sin, we are lost to the eternal life God has for us. We will not enter heaven if we don’t accept Jesus Christ as the good shepherd in our lives. Jesus’ Christ blood was shed as payment for our sins. But He was resurrected; He lives as our shepherd today!

 When we accept this gift, when we believe that He did this for us, we are saved from paying the debt ourselves. Romans 6*23 says: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” John 6 says that Jesus is the true bread from heaven. John 6*33 says, “The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Have you accepted the life He offers?

 Growing in Jesus Christ also includes reflecting the good works of our Good Shepherd.

 

Jesus Christ have set the Ultimate Example of Sacrifice

Jesus Christ have set the ultimate example of sacrifice in His once for all work on the cross. After completing His years of ministry, leading His disciples, and showing us His example for living a life pleasing to the Father, Jesus Christ willingly offered up His life to pay the debt we could not pay—our sin debt. He died for all mankind. It is now our individual choice to accept or reject His gift.

Jesus Christ completed His work and said, “Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing” (ref,Luke 23*34). Jesus Christ, the sinless one (ref,2 Corinthians 5*21), took the sin of the world and allowed Himself to be hung upon the cross. His blood became the ultimate sacrifice. The Bible describes Jesus Christ as a “lamb without blemish or defect” (ref,1 Peter 1*19). His sacrifice provided the sacrifice and atonement for our sins. Sinful man was redeemed (made righteous) and reconciled to their Creator God.

Upon completion of God’s once for all act of love, the Lord God established a New Covenant (ref,Hebrews 10*16-17) with His children. The veil of the temple that had separated man from God was torn so that we may enter the Holy Place by the blood of Jesus (ref,Hebrews 10*19-23)

The Word was with God in the Beginning…

 

The Bible says that in the beginning God said and things came into being (ref,Genesis 1-2). It also says this:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. … The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us(ref,John 1*1-3, 14). Christians believe in only one God. But what is the nature of God? If our own nature is complex and mysterious, how much more is God’s. If we have parts that interrelate and communicate, what about Him? Jesus came to earth as a man, but before that He was the Word of God. In the beginning, God’s command brought everything into being (ref,Hebrews 11*3). God’s Word has power. How that can be we don’t know, any more than we know all about ourselves. The almighty God is more complex than we realize.

 The word “trinity” is not in the Bible, but the concept is. Just prior to leaving earth and returning to heaven, Jesus told His followers to baptize new disciples “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Jesus said “name,” not “names.” In other places He claimed very boldly to be one with God (ref, John 10*22-39). Likewise, the Holy Spirit is called God (ref, Acts 5*3-4).

 When Jesus claimed to be God’s Son, He wasn’t implying a mother. Mary was not the mother of the eternal Word of God. Jesus came from God, and before being on earth was one with Him. So God did not need to create anything because He was not a one in one being. He was a three in one being consisting of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Within His own self, God could communicate, love, and do what was right. He was and remains content and self-fulfilled, able to fully function apart from anyone else. He created because love shares, and He wanted to share His love with us.

These are deep truths, but ones that should not shock us. Anything less takes away from God’s power, His grandeur, His majesty and His infinitude. God is great, and far greater than we imagine. The Bible doesn’t try to fully explain the mystery of God’s nature or how He came to earth. How can a mere man understand God? The Bible simply states the truth.

Who is God?

Let’s start by understanding that God is our Creator and that we are a part of His creation and we are created in His image. Man is above the rest of creation and was given dominion over it (ref,Genesis 1*26-28). Creation is marred by the fall but still offers a glimpse of God’s works (ref,Genesis 3*17-18; Romans 1*19-20). By considering creation’s vastness, complexity, beauty, and order, we can have a sense of the awesomeness of God.

Reading through some of the names of God can be helpful in our search of what God is like. They are as follows:

Elohim – strong One, divine(ref,Genesis 1*1)
 Adonai – Lord, indicating a Master-to-servant relationship(ref,Exodus 4*10, 13)
 El Elyon Most High, the strongest One(ref,Genesis 14*20)
 El Roi – the strong One who sees (ref,Genesis 16*13)
 El Shaddai – Almighty God(ref,Genesis 17*1)
 El Olam – Everlasting God (ref,Isaiah 40*28)
 Yahweh – LORD “I Am,” meaning the eternal self-existent God (ref,Exodus 3*13, 14).

God is eternal, meaning He had no beginning and His existence will never end. He is immortal and infinite . God is immutable, meaning He is unchanging; this in turn means that God is absolutely reliable and trustworthy . God is incomparable; there is no one like Him in works or being. He is unequaled and perfect . God is inscrutable, unfathomable, unsearchable, and past finding out as far as understanding Him completely .

God is just; He is no respecter of persons in the sense of showing favoritism . God is omnipotent; He is all-powerful and can do anything that pleases Him, but His actions will always be in accord with the rest of His character (ref,Revelation 19*6; Jeremiah 32*17, 27). God is omnipresent, meaning He is present everywhere, but this does not mean that God is everything (ref,Psalm 139*7-13). God is omniscient, meaning He knows the past, present, and future, including what we are thinking at any given moment. Since He knows everything, His justice will always be administered fairly (ref,Psalm 139*1-5; Proverbs 5*21).

God is one; not only is there no other, but He is alone in being able to meet the deepest needs and longings of our hearts. God alone is worthy of our worship and devotion . God is righteous, meaning that God cannot and will not pass over wrongdoing. It is because of God’s righteousness and justice that, in order for our sins to be forgiven, Jesus had to experience God’s wrath when our sins were placed upon Him.

God is sovereign, meaning He is supreme. All of His creation put together cannot thwart His purposes . God is spirit, meaning He is invisible(ref,John 1*18; 4*24). God is a Trinity. He is three in one, the same in substance, equal in power and glory. God is truth, He will remain incorruptible and cannot lie

God is holy, separated from all moral defilement and hostile toward it. God sees all evil and it angers Him. God is referred to as a consuming fire. God is gracious, and His grace includes His goodness, kindness, mercy, and love. If it were not for God’s grace, His holiness would exclude us from His presence. Thankfully, this is not the case, for He desires to know each of us personally.

Since God is an infinite Being, no human can fully answer this God-sized question, but through God’s Word, we can understand much about who God is and what He is like. May we all wholeheartedly continue to seek after Him.

What does it Really Really mean to be a Humble Servant of God

What does it really really mean to be a humble servant of God? Have you ever considered how difficult it is to be truly humble? I am not speaking of the false humility we all display when someone is showering us with praise for some task done well or some talent used successfully. We may smile, act as if we are embarrassed, and try to refuse the compliment. But many times our true feelings are quite the opposite. In our minds we may be shouting, “It’s about time that someone finally noticed my accomplishments.

No, this is not the humility of which I refer; this is not the mind of Christ. The reason true humility is difficult is that true humility takes on the form of a servant, and most of us would much rather be served than to serve.
 Jesus gave us the greatest example of what it means to be a truly humble servant:

 “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death even death on a cross!” (ref,Philippians 2*5-8).

 Our scripture states that Jesus “humbled Himself, and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.” In the generations following Jesus Christ, the symbol of the cross became respected and even reverenced. But as the great old hymn proclaims, to the early church the cross was “a symbol of suffering and shame.” It was the means of a torturous and humiliating public execution and always meant death to the person who took it up. Jesus took up His cross as a servant. His death was not for Himself but for those He came to serve, namely sinners. Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 16*24, “. . .If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” He was declaring that anyone who would follow Him would have to die to himself and become a humble servant. To appreciate the humility of Christ, let us consider His choice to become a servant to His creation.