Accepting God’s Perfect Gift is Accepting His Love


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“But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. John 3:16

I once thought it’s how I love others that determines whether or not God accepts me at any given time. But I have discovered it has nothing to do with how I love but rather how He loves and He loves me unconditionally. He loved me by sending His Son, Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for all my sins, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Now that I am confident of this truth, knowing there is nothing that can separate me from His love, ever, I feel free to love others. Romans 8: 38-39

I can not add anything to what Christ accomplished on the cross by what I do or don’t do. After He suffered the consequence for every sin, He proclaimed that the work He came to do was Finished. His love was so perfect; His Work so complete that there is nothing I can do to add to His Perfect Salvation. To do so, is to not believe in His work but my own. But all my righteous acts are filthy in comparison to His pure love which has nothing selfish attached. If it required any good works of my own, then it was in vain that Christ died, and therefore the work He came to do in reconciling me to the Father is incomplete.

So what is perfect love. Perfect love is unconditional, complete,lacking nothing. He first loved me. When I accept His unconditional love, by faith in His salvation through Jesus Christ, then I also accept His gift of eternal life. 1 John 4: 18-19

What person after given a perfect gift of love, says, I cannot accept it as it is, it’s not good enough, let me add something to it to make it more acceptable?

But we have not been given an inferior gift, but one which was taken right from the bosom and heart of God – His Beloved Son.

Now I know why the Apostle John referred to himself as the one in whom the Lord loved. He discovered His unconditional love and was content to simply accept it, and was confident in it  lest he forget. “Jesus loves me, this I know.”
John 13:23

There have been occasions while receiving a gift I’ve felt guilty or because of my pride I could not accept it unless I could give something in return. To simply receive a gift and enjoy it is hard for me. I have no problem giving gifts. In fact I delight in it.

God has given His very best through sending His Son, Jesus Christ to die for my sins, and then sending me the gift of His Holy Spirit to guide and direct me in all my ways.
John 14: 16-17

How could I say to Him, no, I can’t accept your gift unless I can give you something in return. What could I possibly give Him to equal what He has given?

What could I possibly give back to God in exchange for His Great Salvation? How could I possibly match His Love?

In all  I do or don’t do, God can’t love me any less or more because His Love is not determined by who “I am” but WHO HE IS. John 8:58, Exodus 3:14

And as I allow His Love each and every day take hold of all I say and do I pray I can express His Great Love to others. John 14: 15-17

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,”
Ephesians 3: 14-17

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Spiritual Conception


“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Romans 1:20

Spiritual HeartGod’s Word + Faith = New Birth

 “Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3: 3

“He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him, He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,  Children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1: 10-14

     When the angel, Gabriel appeared to Mary, he came with God’s “Word”.  She was to become the dwelling place for God’s only begotten Son- Jesus Christ. Mary was a virgin and did not know how this could be possible.  All the prophets born had an earthly father.   What the angel was telling Mary was that God Himself would be the Father. This was beyond Mary’s comprehension, but she believed and accepted “His Word”.  The moment she believed, God’s Son- Jesus Christ was conceived not only in her womb but in her heart.  If she had not believed she would not have been the dwelling place of the “One” who had left heaven to dwell with mankind. But because God knows all things, He knew she would.

     Jesus is the seed that left heaven to penetrate our heart with the “Truth”. The soil or the heart that receives the seed is the dwelling place for its development.   Every seed contains its own predestination purposed by God (Ephesians 1:11, Romans 8:29).  A seed that comes from a fig tree can only develop into a fig tree and produce fruit.  So it was with the seed that was sown in Mary’s womb – predestined to develop into the “Son of God”. 

Just as Mary received God’s Son and saw the evidence of her faith through His birth, we also, are called to be the dwelling place for God’s Son. As He abides with us and we with Him, He manifests Himself in our life (John 15:4 1:27). Our flawed nature (dna) changes into God’s divine nature (DNA) which is predisposed and predestined to develop into His image (Genesis 1:27).  God’s divine nature begins to mesh with our sinful nature until our sinful nature is less recognized as we yield to Him (Ephesians 5:18). Just as every seed that God has created is predestined to become what He has purposed, so has He predestined everyone who “Believes” to become His child.

      Our part is to believe and receive.  His part is to transform us through the work of His Holy Spirit. The soil that is cultivated by a repentant, receptive and believing heart is the heart that is covered by Christ’s blood. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 9:22).  When we receive God’s plan (Word) for reconciliation to Himself a “Holy” God, the “Seed of Truth” will not lay dormant but grow up reaching into heaven and into eternal life.  Just as the womb must be covered with blood in order to receive the implant of the father’s seed meshed with the mother’s seed, thus does it occur, spiritually.

So how does one become born again? How does one leave the dominion of this world and enter God’s Kingdom?

It is “only” through faith in God’s “Only” begotten Son who shed His blood and paid the penalty for our sins. There is only one path to birth, and one birth canal that leads to eternal life – “Jesus is that path ++++++++++++ and the father waits eagerly to “Deliver”. (John 3:16)

“The TRUTH which is conceived in the heart through faith will develop into a “new understanding” of the divine perception, transforming into the very nature of God. DF

 

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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Follow the Dove


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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28

Nearing the end of his journey, the rain had subsided and Noah with patience, pondered and wondered, if indeed they would soon see land; so he sent out a dove, and on its return it carried an olive leaf as a sign the waters had withdrawn- the message of hope.

And upon the second time after leaving the safe haven of the ark, the dove did not return. Where did it go and where did it land? Where did it find its rest?

And after Jesus came up out of the waters of baptism, the heavens opened and the Spirit of God rested upon Him in the form of a dove. Matthew 3: 13-17

And as the Israelites escaped Egypt and journeyed to the Promise Land, they continued to murmur and complain in their unbelief, while the cloud covered them by day and the pillar of fire kept them warm in the cold desert night. The Lord, Himself, bent down, compassionately meeting all their needs, as the Angel of the Lord went before them and behind them every step of the way.
(Exodus 14:19,Hebrews 4:3)

“I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them.” Hosea 11:14

“Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.” Hebrews 4:11

It is only in Christ’s salvation we find our rest. 

 

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Death Sentence for the Innocent


Scripture Meditation: 1 Kings 3:16-18, Matthew 2:18, Psalm 139:13-16, Luke 1:41

“A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”  Matthew 2:18

When New York’s Governor celebrated legalizing the murder of unborn children at the time of birth, he lit up the city’s landmarks with a pink light, and when Virginia tried to push the same legislation and the Governor described how an innocent newborn’s fate would be in the hands of his/her mother, the light in the hand of the lady, who holds the torch of liberty, “darkened”.

And a cry went out across this country from those who mourn for the innocent; for the hand of their protection is no more.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Work of Faith


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Scripture Meditation: Romans 12:3, Hebrews 11:1, Matthew 7:22-23, John 6:29, John 17:3, 1 John 5:3-4, Romans 10:17

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:8-10

God gives to all believers in Jesus Christ a measure of faith to accomplish His Will and  to do His Work. As believers, we cannot accomplish more than what He gives us to do. (Romans 12:3).

Our personal faith is in Him to do the work because apart from Him we can do nothing. To the extent of our personal faith and the  measure of faith given, we are able to accomplish His Will; bringing others to faith through the power of His gospel message.

The fruit of the work of faith is eternal, while the fruit of our own work is futile. (Matthew 7:22-23)
We are expected to do nothing beyond or less than what we are capable of doing through the power of His Holy Spirit.

Faith in the One Who gives a measure of faith to accomplish the task results in eternal rewards and an abundant fruitful life on earth.

It is also the Lord’s work to prepare the way, and make ready the place where we work and sow His seed through His grace. (John 1:14-15, John 6:44)

A heart full of rocks and debris, is not ready to receive the seed of Truth. Therefore, it is the work of the Holy Spirit to plow up every obstacle in the way. Then,  through acknowledgment of the Truth and sincere repentance, the heart is subtle and fertile in receiving and hearing the living Word sown.
(Matthew 13:18-23, John 3:3, Romans 10:17, John 3:7-8)

 

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