Thursday, December 26, 2013

Everyday Is A Reason To Celebrate Christmas...Every Good Thing In Life Is Because We Are Loved By A Good God!

Though Christmas was celebrated yesterday... I actually aspired to acknowledge Christmas everyday of my life... meaning sharing the gift of Love, Joy, Peace and Forgiveness towards God's greatest creation... mankind.  I am so glad He found me and continuously desires to give me every good thing.
Look, if God could love... change... move my once self-centered heart to accept His love. How could I not love Him back, how could I not love others once realizing how Jesus loved an undeserving me.  I can not help myself in allowing His love to overflow into the lives of others, whether or not they like or love me. Why? Because God used a few of Christ followers to love the hell out of my once hateful heart. 

 Believe it or not, I was once an enemy of the Cross... Christ Jesus.  Yes, a God hater, rejecting every bible toting person who came my way. As Paul once stated in 1 Corinthians 15:9:  "9)For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God." 
I hated anything to do with Christianity. I would walk the other direction if I knew you were one.  In fact, this former New Ager who considered herself agnostic... borderline atheist and truly an anti-Christ spirit wanted to stone... okay not stone.  But, blinded by darkness I made sure they knew I didn't believe in their hypocritical, self-righteous, and judging sort of religion, by mocking or putting them in their place.  But, those who really were Christians did not stone me or judged me.  No, I was the one who hypocritically criticized and judged them.  Though I did not understand their jargon and overly loving ways, they continued to be kind to me no matter how rude I was.  But someone loved me enough to pray for my broken and hurt soul, eventually God opened my eyes and drew me to Himself.

So, if you consider yourself a Christian make it your goal to celebrated Christmas everyday of the year by your love walk... and not only with  those who share your faith, but also towards those who don't.  In fact, if you say you are a Christ Follower you are commanded to love all.  Even those who don't agree or who mock and make fun of your faith.  And, if  you have Christ Jesus in your heart, it is possible to love all.   You... I will just have to pray for them as someone prayed for you and me.  Remember, Jesus refused to get up tight about being lied on, made fun of and constantly rejected. Jesus even ask God the Father to forgive them for they knew not what they were doing in crucifying Him.  He made a choice to display compassion and loved to all Jewish and Gentiles. He never hated anyone.  So what  if people hate you???   Again,  you..I... we,  are called to love them!

The human tendency is to judge and compare sins.  Sometimes I fail, but I do purpose myself not to judge other's sins.  After all, it is far easier to point out others sins and weakness, than to examine and admit ones own.  Yes, sometimes it isn't easy to recognize our own sins,  in fact it is quite uncomfortable to pull the log out of... at least my own eye.   As I said, we should not judge but showcase loving kindness and tender mercies... as in love.  Yes, Christ sa
id the greatest commandment is to love and everything hangs on love.  I can only imagine the worse sin would be  hatred.... only God knows (then again sin is sin in His eyes).  And as an former unbelieving... anti-Christian, I don't remember anyone in my sphere of influence hating others... and for no reason as much as I.   But, that would be expected of a non-Christians to hate, but Christians really haven't any excuse to hate or judge, for they are indwelled with the Holy Spirit's pure agape... love of God, through their faith in Christ Jesus.   Yet, sometimes I see Christians...so called believers meaner and more hateful than those who are not Christians.  

So, may we all take inventory of our Love walk towards all people, being more loving and forgiving just as we are loved and forgiven by God.  Again, if we consider ourselves Christians we can love others unconditionally.  It is possible to love all,  again  Christians have the Holy Spirit's power of Love through Christ Jesus to help to Love as Christ Jesus did . So may I... you.... we,  tap into the God's kind... Pure Agape Love to love all people. Christians... remember as followers of Christ Jesus, we have no excuse to hate anyone who do not know what or why they are doing what they do, especially when they aspire to mocked and persecute us. It is not flesh and blood we are dealing... you know who is behind all hatred.
 

 Thank you Abba, for Jesus Christ Love for the unsaved... the lost... for finding me.   May we all continue to show love kindness to those who are blinded by satan. Realizing God's Truth: " they know not what they do".  . Just Encouraging us all. ~Doll

 
As written in 1 Timothy 1:14-16: "...14)and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus. 15)It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. 16)Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.…"

As written in 1 Corinthians 15:9:  "9)For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God."

 
     

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  1. CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD?

    On the Day of Pentecost Peter quoted the prophet Joel (Acts 2:21'And it shall be that everyone who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.')

    To call on the name of the Lord is to acknowledge the authority and power of the Lord, and follow in obedience by meeting the terms of pardon.

    The apostle Peter did not tell those on the Day of Pentecost to say the "sinner's prayer." Saying the "sinner's prayer" is not calling on the name of the Lord.

    Peter preached the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus. Peter declared the Jesus was Lord and Christ. (Acts 2: 22-26) They obviously believed Peter's preaching because they asked the question(Acts 2:37 ....."Brethren what shall we do?")
    Peter did not tell them to say the "sinner's prayer." What was Peter's response to their question? (Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.)


    THE NARRATIVE OF CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD.
    1. FAITH: Believe in the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus. Accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.
    2. CONFESSION: Acknowledge Jesus as the Christ and the Son of God.
    3. REPENTANCE: Make the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God.
    4. WATER BAPTISM: Be immersed into Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.


    HOW DID THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD? (Acts 8:25-40


    1. Philip preached Jesus to him. (Acts 8:35)
    2. He confessed Jesus as The Christ the Son of God. (Acts 8:37)
    3. He was baptized in water. Immersed by Philip. (Acts 8:38-39)
    The Ethiopian eunuch did not say the sinner's pray nor was he asked to do so by Philip.


    Romans 10:13 for "WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED."


    Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.


    To call on the name of the Lord is to acknowledge His power and authority and confess Him as Lord and Christ . (Acts 2:26,Acts 8:37, Romans 10:9-10) To call on the Name of the Lord is to repent and be baptized. (Acts 2:38)


    WE ARE TOLD TO CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD TO BE SAVED.


    We are never told we are saved by "faith only." We are never told that saying the "sinner's prayer" is calling on the name of the Lord.


    IF SAYING THE "SINNER'S PRAYER" IS NOT A REQUIREMENT FOR SALVATION? THEN WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR SALVATION.


    THE REQUIREMENTS!
    1. Faith: John 3:16
    2. Belief and baptism: Mark 16:16
    3. Confession and belief: Romans 10:9-10
    4. Born of water and Spirit: John 3:5
    5. Grace and faith: Ephesians 2:8
    6. Buried through baptism: Roman 6:4-5
    7. Water baptism: 1 Peter 3:20-21
    8. Baptism: Acts 22:16
    9. Baptized into Christ: Galatians 3:27
    10. Believe: Acts 16:30-31
    11. Repentance and baptism: Acts 2:38
    12. God's mercy, water baptism, and the Holy Spirit: Titus 3:5
    13. Water baptism: Colossians 2:12-13
    14. Repentance: Acts 3:19


    IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED THESE REQUIREMENTS---THEN YOU HAVE CALLED ON THE NAME OF THE LORD!

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