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“Are You Resting In The Lord’s Divine Arms?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Resting In The Lord’s Divine Arms?”

Even during the very worst of times, the spiritual lives of those who trust The Lord are divinely watched over and protected by The Grace of our Lord.

Though at times it may physically appear that you’ve been cast down, you shall not be destroyed by the adverse temptations, vicious attacks, negative situations or painful conditions that have been orchestrated and sent by the forces of darkness.

God’s Word and Grace have given and still promises today’s  believers great security in our lives as we go through the midst of dangers, trials and tribulations.

Psalm 46: 1 wonderfully reminds us that, “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”

How wonderful it is to know that His gracious and glorious presence “MAKES THE DIFFERENCE” as we go through the toughest of times.

Whether you’re experiencing painful sickness, heart-wrenching financial lack, dealing with abusiveness, or any other type of tormenting anguish that’s trying your soul, it’s wonderful to know that “GOD IS OUR HELP.”

Through Jesus Christ, we have been made more than conquerors against all attacking enemies sent by Satan’s hand.  We have God’s Divine Assurance that HE IS WITH US, THAT HE WILL NEVER LEAVE US, NEVER FORSAKE US AND HE WILL BE OUR DAILY STRENGTH AND CONSTANT FRIEND.

Can we find one more greater than Him?  Run to Him for comfort and safety.  Take shelter under His Wings.  Allow Him to be your fortress or high tower of protection.  When you’re feeling weak, defenseless, tired and overwhelmed allow Him to be your source of strength.   When you’re feeling confused and uncertain, permit Him to give you wisdom from on high.

For HE IS a very present help, which means HE IS our aid, assistance, helper, savior, deliverer, healer, provider, way-maker, teacher and much more.

Through Him, many battles have been won, the weak have been made strong, the sick have been healed, closed doors have been opened, needs have been supplied and met, as His amazing Grace and loving presence have been the source of many blessings and victorious outcomes.

Our Lord has a proven, faithful and lengthy history of being there and making the difference in the lives of believers when facing troubling anxiety or going through heart breaking sorrow.  Realize that you have not been brought this far on your own nor to be left alone.

Therefore, rely on Him and have faith in Christ Jesus.

“What’s The Secret Towards Living A Fulfilled Life?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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What’s The Secret Towards Living A Fulfilled Life?”

Have you experienced disappointments that have left you drained?  Have some of your expectations gone unfulfilled or unrealized?   Instead of having a rich and deep fellowship with The Lord, has your joy become faint, weak or non-existent?

Then the answer is very simple because God’s remedy or cure towards living a full and complete life can be found in the following insightful and victorious words expressed directly from The Lord.

Jesus said in John 15: 4-7:  “Abide in Me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.  If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

While many have read, and even quoted, this amazing passage of scripture, especially the beautiful promise of Jesus given in verse 7, many still do not understand the true meaning and the wonderful blessings of “Abiding In Christ.”

While the dictionary defines the word “Abide” as to: remain, continue, reside, sustain, submit to, to act in accord with, to be faithful to or to steadfast with, it simply means to fully LIVE IN.”

The words of Christ are not to just be occasionally looked upon or merely recalled.  His promise is predicated upon His words being engrafted in your heart and “MADE ALIVE IN  YOU.”  “Abiding In Christ” is a marvelous ongoing experience or lifestyle which is just a foretaste of God’s Divine Eternal Glory.

“Abiding In Christ” is not quick sprint or a short-lived emotional feeling.  It is not a Sunday morning special emotional charge or fix that you get before you prepare to return to the mundane or routine duties of your other regular weekly activities.  “Abiding In Christ” is even much more than just having a local church membership.

Christ gives us His assurance that if you want your prayers to be heard and answered then you first must permit or allow His word, His doctrine, His principles and His Spirit to be our wisdom, control our conduct, guide our affections and regulate our lives.

 “Abiding in Christ” is an unbroken, highly cherished, awesome communion with our Savior and Lord.   It is a loving, faithful, compassionate and intimate fellowship in your relationship with Christ.  It’s an exciting LIFE IN THE SPIRIT,” walking in His Grace, standing on His word, a priceless bond between Christ and you, in which you have been given special access unto God.  It’s there you’ll hear, be led by His Holy Spirit and experience “joy unspeakable and the peace that passes all understanding.”

It is there you’ll find your needed direction, guidance, strength, and solutions to your problems.  It is here that you’ll find God’s comfort, encouragement and love.

To “Abide In Christ” is to be made one with Christ, as He Is One With The Father.  (Read John 17:22).   Only “Abiding In Christ” brings peace to the troubled mind, joy to the wounded soul and rest to a troubled or stressed out heart.

“To Abide In Christ” is God’s personal invitation to you to enter into His presence and partake with Christ in all the majesty and glory of His royal life.

Will you accept His amazing offer and totally rest in His Everlasting Arms?

 

“Do You Realize How Much You Mean To Our Heavenly Father?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Do You Realize How Much You Mean To Our Heavenly Father?”

Throughout Christianity, “GRACE has been defined as “God’s free, unmerited and undeserved favor,” which is expressed in the salvation of sinners,  the imparting of spiritual gifts and the conferring of blessings upon the life of a believer.

Because GOD IS LOVE, He bestows MERCY which demonstrates GRACE.  He grants to us what we don’t deserve and then removes from us the consequences which we truly do.  An excellent picture of this can be found in 2 Samuel chapter 9 which illustrates what believers mean to God and what He does for us.

2 Samuel 9: 6-8 NIV Says, “When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor. David said, “Mephibosheth!” “At your service,” he replied.  “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”  Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”

Earlier, David had entered into a covenant with Jonathan that he would show unfailing kindness to him, or to his family if he were killed in battle, when he became king.  The word “kindness,” which is used several times in this chapter reveals “GRACE” or unmerited favor.

After David defeated his enemies and established his kingdom, his soul remembered Jonathan.  So he inquired if Jonathan had a son.  Mephibosheth was only five years old at the time of his father’s death and suffered a permanent injury as his nurse tried to hide him while attempting to protect him from any danger or attack. (Read 2 Samuel 4:4)

David was in exile during Jonathan’s death and had never seen his son, so after being informed about him and his seclusion, he sent for him to be brought immediately to the palace.

Mephibosheth probably expected execution, which usually happened to the members of a dethroned dynasty, where the successor put to death every male relative of his predecessor.

So when he arrived, he was in fear as he appeared before King David.  But David then promised to treat Mephibosheth with kindness for the sake of his father Jonathan.  It was immediately shown by restoring lands that had been confiscated from his family and in being told that he would have a special place of honor at the king’s table for the rest of his life, just as if he were David’s very own son.

David’s conduct was totally gracious and generous and for such a person, he could do no more.  Jonathan was David’s sworn friend, therefore he demonstrated grace to his son, Mephibosheth.

Sensing unworthiness to receive such favor, Mephibosheth fell on his face, did reverence to David as King and referred to himself as “a dead dog.”  But David called him “the son of Jonathan” and expressed great affection towards him.

What David did for Mephibosheth was wonderful, but it’s just an example of what God does for every child of His.  While we don’t deserve and  can’t earn His Grace, for Jesus’ sake, God’s Divine and Amazing Grace is extended to all those that turn to Christ.

While David did not personally know Mephibosheth, he did what he did for him for the sake of Jonathan, whom he loved.  So whenever David looked at Mephibosheth, he did not see a cripple, He saw Jonathan, talked about Jonathan and extended grace.  This revealed how much Jonathan meant to David.

Do You Realize How Much You As A Believer Really Mean To Our Heavenly Father?  When God sees us, HE SEES CHRIST IN US.  God doesn’t see us as “no-account” crippled sinners.  In Hebrews 10:17 God said, “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”

David was never able to make Mephibosheth walk, but none of David’s other guests would ever complain or talk about him as he ate at the king’s table.  They learned to respect, love and give honor for Jonathan’s sake.

As believers in Christ Jesus, we are the beloved of our Heavenly Father.  Our Father always sees us through the eyes of our Lord, Jesus Christ. As we too sit at His table, we’ve been blessed with all spiritual blessings. 

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Did You Know That Little Is Much When God Is In It?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Did You Know That Little Is Much When God Is In It?”

Being thankful for what God has truly provided is a clear revelation of what’s in the heart of a person.  Are you grateful for what God has done in your life?  When was the last time you expressed being thankful back unto Him?

Have you ever felt as if your contribution was too small to make the difference or your participation might be viewed as too insignificant? During these days of massive fundraising campaigns and expensive marketing project blitz, it’s wonderful to know what The Lord can still do through one humble person who’s heart is open to Christ Jesus.

God’s amazing and incomprehensible grace can be seen when the meager substance of a little’s boys lunch was placed in the hands of The Lord.  For a miracle and great multiplication of the food came as a result of first giving thanks to God for what was being offered before Him.

Mark 6:41-42 NIV says, “Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.  They all ate and were satisfied.” 

While this biblical story can be read in all 4 of the gospels, we must pay close attention to the wonderful example given to us from this account.

Jesus offered what was placed in His hands to be blessed by God.  He sought God’s Divine Supernatural and Miraculous Intervention after giving thanks, acknowledging God as being Supreme.

His primary focus was not in seeking God to bless the food, but in blessing God and giving thanks for what had been supplied and placed in His hand.

What a wonderful example that’s before us!    

That which was offered by a “handful” was blessed, touched and resulted in a greater “quantity” by God.  It is God that multiplies whatever the seed that is being sown and it’s God that produces the increase.

There’s no offering that’s considered too small or no work viewed insignificant when it’s by faith and motivated from the heart.

So whatever you have as an offering, a service or work to be rendered, realize that it will be blessed by The Lord’s creative divine power as you’re concerned about the welfare of other men’s souls around you.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Do You Really Know Just How Much The Father Loves You?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Do You Really Know Just How Much The Father Loves You?”

We had just returned from visiting and playing with our 2 year old grandson who’s a strong bundle of energy and a human dynamo that completely wore us out.

 

While his language only consisted of words like, “No” or “Mom,” he would grab me by my finger and pull me until I would get up and follow him to the piano. There he climbed upon the bench and again pulled on my finger until I sat down next to him. Then he began to “bang away” on the piano keys and try to loudly sing.

 

Then, I struck one key and began to sing that note until he joined in. With his head tilted back, his eyes brightly shinning and his wonderful smiling face, we then seemed to sing together in almost absolute perfect harmony.

 

Suddenly, as I looked down into his face, I sensed My Heavenly Father say to my heart, Just like you love Him, I love you more than you will ever know.”

 

Immediately, I was completely overwhelmed and tears began to rapidly flow as I meditated on those words and continued to gaze down at my grandson. As I was greatly blessed during this moment of revelation, I no longer could sing and began to tightly hug and love on my grandson.

 

Suddenly, I recalled those dear famous words from John 3:16-17,“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.”

 

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE POWER OF HIS LOVE FROM THE CROSS?

 

Many people don’t know, don’t care, or don’t understand the love that God has for them. But God has your best interests always in His heart and desires to do great and wonderful things in you, through you and by you in this world.

 

But many shut The Lord out of their lives after breathing His air, drinking His water and enjoying His sunshine, by deceiving themselves by acting as if God doesn’t exist, no longer cares, isn’t important, or that He’s even dead. They just don’t care or can’t realize what great extent God went to in order to reconcile people back into fellowship with Him.

 

Salvation may be offered free to us but it surely didn’t come cheap. A price greater than any of us will ever understand was paid in order to redeem us out of darkness and sin. Jesus Christ died a very real shameful, horrific and bloody death on that cross, but many live their lives as if they only consider it as just a cute story of fantasy, a fairy tale for children, or an archic fable for the aged just before dying.

 

But, The Heavenly Father loves you so very much that He has chosen to save you from your sins when you call on Him. He has chosen to hear and answer your prayers when you seek after Him, to be your strength during times of weakness, to be your peace when you’re experiencing heart-wrenching struggles and inner conflict, and to anoint you to perform your daily walk and Christian service.  And all of these things plus much more were only provided or given to us through the death and resurrection of His Son, Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Have You Ever Felt As If God Has Forgotten You?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Have You Ever Felt As If God Has Forgotten You?”

Are you in a place where it seems as if God has forgotten all about you?  Are you crying out, “Lord, are you there?”  Are you wondering what’s going on and if God really cares about your situation, struggle, or the trouble that you’re dealing with?

 

Yes, God cares, and it’s always during those dark, difficult or trying times in our lives that God will show Himself to be all that you need and more as you turn to Him in your dismay.  It’s through those dry places in life that you’ll come to realize that God has been invisibly orchestrating in your affairs and working things out for your benefit and His glory. 

 

In Genesis 8:1 it says,And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that were with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.”

 

Noah, who having heard nothing from God for five months and having been in the ark longer than he originally expected, might have begun to think that he had been forgotten by God. 

But when it says that God remembered Noah,it wasn’t because God had forgotten all about him and all the animals aboard the Ark.  No, God always honors His covenant and word to man, but it meant that God is now taking steps to deliver him from the waters through certain divine measures.  God sent an electrifying wind to promote evaporation and aid in the retreat of the waters and was preparing to bring them all to a safe place for landing and a new beginning.

In Ephesians 3:20 The Bible says that “GOD is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.”   HE IS ALWAYS ABLE.   And we must walk by faith, believing that He will do all that He said He would do.   God will not abandon you, and you must not abandon him, but remain steadfast to His Word.   He will never leave you or forsake you and is always there for you.  God will even show up with might, power, and grace which will surprise you in ways that you never could’ve even imagined.

Hannah wanted a child.  She wept greatly and was in anguish over the fact that she could not get pregnant.  But she continued to ask God in faith for her need to be met.  And Samuel finally was born.

Joseph did not see his life changing after he had been sold into slavery by his jealous brothers.  But he continued to pursue the faith he had known as a child; he continued to keep a positive attitude and trust God through his circumstances. And God mightily took him from the pit to the palace.

Ruth had lost her husband.  She did not know what to do, but trusted the God of her mother-in-law that He would be faithful and take care of them.  And she was obedient to honor Naomi and go with her, believing in the promises of God to take care of her.  Ruth was finally blessed with a wealthy and loving husband and became an heir in the very lineage of Christ because of her faithfulness.

Daniel was going to be thrown in the lion’s den for his faith.  But he chose to continue worshipping God in spite of the edict that he would be killed when he prayed to God and not the king.  He persisted by faith, knowing that God would make a way.  And God miraculously closed the mouths of the lions and brought great victory to Daniel.

The truth is that trials will come and life will not always be easy.  You will experience or encounter times when it will appear as if your faith is being tested. But through it all, God is faithful.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

No, my friends, God has not forgotten you, for the only thing that He’s promised to ever forget are our confessed and repented sins.   Therefore, keep walking and standing on God’s promises to deliver you.

Trials are going to come and go, but always allow them to help you grow and enjoy the grace of God.  In everything give thanks, so don’t just praise Him when you see the victory coming, learn to praise Him beforehand and rejoice that there’s “Nothing Impossible For God!”

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Why Did Only The Wise Men See The Star?”

Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Why Did Only The Wise Men See The Star?”

For over 2,000 years the details about “this star” has baffled scholars, bewildered astronomers and simply intrigued believers.

In Matthew 2:1-2 we given the following details, “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews?  For we have seen his star in the east and are come to worship him.”

While many believers hold to the theory that the “star” was not a natural phenomenon at all, but rather was a special star or light placed by God in the atmosphere for the Magi to see, they were the only ones truly interested in seeking Him and God always reveals Himself to those who earnestly seek and are hungry for Him.

Then and then only will people begin to envision  what others can’t see, don’t want to see, are too busy to see or just aren’t interested in seeing.

Continuing in the story, King Herod immediately summoned the priests and scribes and demanded information pertaining to this.  They provided the answer and even gave the location out of the Old Testament scrolls, but notice:  No one else was interested enough or concerned at all to go with the wise men to find Jesus and worship Him.

Once the wise men and their entourage left Jerusalem, or came out from the place of unbelief and darkness, they were filled with exceeding joy when the star re-appeared and directed them to the baby Jesus, where they worshipped Him and gave Him gifts.

Then they departed into their own country another way.  Not only does this make reference to them taking another route home, but it spiritually makes reference to the great change in a person’s life after they’ve come to Christ and worshipped Him.  From that point onwards, you’ll life too should never be the same.

Today, wise men are still seeking after Him, Are You One Of Them?

 

Daily Devotional – “Do You Realize How Much You, As A Believer, Mean To Our Heavenly Father?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Do You Realize How Much You, As A Believer, Mean To Our Heavenly Father?”

Throughout Christianity, “GRACE has been defined as “God’s free, unmerited and undeserved favor,” which is expressed in the salvation of sinners,  the imparting of spiritual gifts and the conferring of blessings upon the life of a believer.

Because GOD IS LOVE, He bestows MERCY which demonstrates GRACE.  He grants to us what we don’t deserve and then removes from us the consequences which we truly do.  An excellent picture of this can be found in 2 Samuel chapter 9 which illustrates what believers mean to God and what He does for us.

2nd Samuel 9: 6-8 NIV Says, “When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor. David said, “Mephibosheth!” “At your service,” he replied.  “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”  Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”

Earlier, David had entered into a covenant with Jonathan that he would show unfailing kindness to him, or to his family if he were killed in battle, when he became king.  The word “kindness,” which is used several times in this chapter reveals “GRACE” or unmerited favor.

After David defeated his enemies and established his kingdom, his soul remembered Jonathan.  So he inquired if Jonathan had a son.  Mephibosheth was only five years old at the time of his father’s death and suffered a permanent injury as his nurse tried to hide him while attempting to protect him from any danger or attack. (Read 2 Samuel 4:4)

David was in exile during Jonathan’s death and had never seen his son, so after being informed about him and his seclusion, he sent for him to be brought immediately to the palace.

Mephibosheth probably expected execution, which usually happened to the members of a dethroned dynasty, where the successor put to death every male relative of his predecessor. 

So when he arrived, he was in fear as he appeared before King David.  But David then promised to treat Mephibosheth with kindness for the sake of his father Jonathan.  It was immediately shown by restoring lands that had been confiscated from his family and in being told that he would have a special place of honor at the king’s table for the rest of his life, just as if he were David’s very own son.

David’s conduct was totally gracious and generous and for such a person, he could do no more.  Jonathan was David’s sworn friend, therefore he demonstrated grace to his son, Mephibosheth.

Sensing unworthiness to receive such favor, Mephibosheth fell on his face, did reverence to David as King and referred to himself as “a dead dog.”  But David called him “the son of Jonathan” and expressed great affection towards him.

What David did for Mephibosheth was wonderful, but it’s just an example of what God does for every child of His.  While we don’t deserve and  can’t earn His Grace, for Jesus’ sake, God’s Divine and Amazing Grace is extended to all those that turn to Christ.

While David did not personally know Mephibosheth, he did what he did for him for the sake of Jonathan, whom he loved.  So whenever David looked at Mephibosheth, he did not see a cripple, He saw Jonathan, talked about Jonathan and extended grace.  This revealed how much Jonathan meant to David.  

Do You Realize How Much You As A Believer Really Mean To Our Heavenly Father?  When God sees us, HE SEES CHRIST IN US.  God doesn’t see us as “no-account” crippled sinners.  In Hebrews 10:17 God said, “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”

David was never able to make Mephibosheth walk, but none of David’s other guests would ever complain or talk about him as he ate at the king’s table.  They learned to respect, love and give honor for Jonathan’s sake.

As believers in Christ Jesus, we are the beloved of our Heavenly Father.  Our Father always sees us through the eyes of our Lord, Jesus Christ. As we too sit at His table, we’ve been blessed with all spiritual blessings. 

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

 

Daily Devotional – “Do You Recognize Authentic Love When You See It?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Do You Recognize Authentic Love When You See It?”

In this world of selfishness, deception, materialism and greed, the greatest need of any person is not to obtain acceptance as a reward from his peers, but to experience real, pure and unselfish love.   

Inside the very soul of every person burns the necessity and desire to be genuinely loved for born deep within the bosom of every man and woman is the desire to express and to be the recipient of such affection that comes from a pure heart.

So, right in the very heart of The New Testament, The Holy Spirit of God inspired The Apostle Paul to write on this matter in 1st Corinthians Chapter 13 that we might recognize, know, understand, be led by and demonstrate authentic love.

1If I speak in the tonguesa of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,b but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails  13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

In 1st Corinthians 13:1-4 The Apostle Paul declares that without this type of love, even the most eloquent speeches, glorious gifts, vast intelligence, acts of faith or extreme physical actions all are of no account, of no value, are in vain and neither beneficial to us or in the sight of God.   

Even though good might be done to others, yet where the “motive” is wrong, it would not be gain for you, producing nothing,  if it’s destitute or void of real love.

It doesn’t matter if you’re in a romantic, marriage or family relationship, among friends, neighbors, colleagues or peers, on the job, in the school or wherever you are:  The love that God has shed in our hearts should be expressing itself outwardly with right motives and clear godly actions.

The word “charity” which means “LOVE” here first describes your supreme love to God,  out of which acts of love should be shown to those around us.  From a regenerated and Holy Spirit filled heart love, kindness, mercy, forgiveness, understanding and godly wisdom should be displayed in all of our endeavors.  There should be an indulgence of the opinions of others that disagree with you, not being filled with hatred or quick to pass judgment and a universal good-will to mankind.

The reason that The Holy Spirit of God inspired Paul to write this passage of scripture was that many people were performing outward acts but from selfish, wrongful and even sinister motives. 

Without a heart for God, many are frequently doing things only to impress or be seen by men or to deceive them.  They are wolves in sheep’s clothing for they have no love for Jesus Christ or for God’s people and are not walking in The Holy Spirit of God.

Then, in 1st Corinthians 13:4-7 The Apostle Paul begins to describe how this type of love is manifested, demonstrated, conducted and can be visibly seen.

To illustrate this, The Apostle Paul revealed that this love is the enemy of selfishness because it does not seek its own praise, pleasure or profit.  It doesn’t have a “hidden agenda,” conduct itself to be seen of men and doesn’t seek to benefit from the hurt or neglect of others.

There were contentions, strifes, judgments, jealousies, improper motives, envy, and boasting among them, all of which were inconsistent with God’s love.   Therefore Paul sought to expose these evil motives and actions.  Then he sought to educate, correct and inspire all believers to exercise and walk in the same love that was demonstrated towards us in Christ Jesus.

Paul taught them that no filthy or corrupt communication should proceed out of their mouths, they should be courteous and not harsh, and never be sour or ill-natured in their conduct.

So, what about your motives?  Are you touching or influencing others through the love of God or in a positive way through Jesus Christ?

 

Daily Devotional – “Are You Missing A Lot Of Different Body Parts?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

unity in the body 

Are You Missing A Lot Of Different Body Parts?”

Years ago, I grew up watching the western television series “The  Lone Ranger.”  He was a masked ex-Texas Ranger, who with his trusted Indian friend, Tonto, fought injustice throughout the Old West.  With his trademark white stallion Silver, and his special made silver bullets, it was quite a thrill to watch as they galloped off, when someone would eventually ask, “Who was that masked man?”

While that series was successful during it’s era, somehow that “Lone Ranger Mentality” has crept into different areas of our society.  And this “Lone Ranger Mentality” is not part of God’s program and has no place in the local church or the whole body of Christ.

Now, there are 2 main areas that are important to address here:  The first is to those who think that they should stay home, apart and separate from any local Church, believing that they can obtain revelations, visions, dreams and everything else they need by staying home.  This IS NOT the teaching from The New Testament!!!

Then secondly, but equally as important, are those who call themselves believers, but who promote division, hatred, racism, bias and denominational prejudice within the body of Christ.

In 1st Corinthians 12: 12-31, The Apostle Paul, to enlighten all believers,  discusses the issue of unity among the believers, mutual participation in the body, the importance of mutual dependence of every individual member in the body and the various gifts of the Spirit.

In these verses of Scripture, The Church is being compared to a human body and all of its members, with Christ being The Head of this one body.

It’s through the regenerated work of The Holy Spirit that all believers are made members of the body of Christ.  Then each one of us have been given a designated place from our Lord and have been made fit for His usage, for the good of the whole body.

While each one of us are distinctly different from one another, we are all dependent upon one another and are expected to do our part to support and keep the body moving forward.   If all believers would visualize and heed to this then there wouldn’t be divisions, quarreling and strife between the different members of the same body.

For the eye should never despise the ear or regard it as less valuable than itself.  Therefore no member of the body of Christ, which is the Church,  however feeble, illiterate, obscure or impoverished should be treated as such.  For we are all one in Christ and needful in our individual places of operation as we are empowered by His Holy Spirit.

An eye all alone cannot function as a body because it’s missing a lot of other body parts.

There would be more harmony and unity within the body and we would be more effective against the demonic forces that work overtime to keep us divided.

Ephesians 4:4-6 says, “There is one body and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling.  One Lord, one faith, one baptism.  One God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in you all.”

Remember, we will be recognized by the love of God through Christ that is visibly demonstrated through our lives, to the glory of God our Heavenly Father.