JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT “HIMSELF”

“He Himself bore our sins” in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by His wounds you have been healed.” I Peter 2:24 New International Version

Shalom! There is a well known saying that says, “If you want something done right, then do it yourself.”   Today let’s get a real in-depth understanding of the difference between doing something yourself and sending someone to do it.  But we are not going to talk about you, we are going to talk about God the Father and Jesus.  Do you realize the difference between The Father sending an angel to die, save and redeem you versus sending Jesus?  Because of His Love, The Father did not leave so precious and important a task to an angel.  He sent His own Son, and thereby in essence He sent HIMSELF.

Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 2 Corinthian 5:18-19 New American Standard Version

 So you can see by this scripture that it was really God the Father ‘Himself’ in Christ who was reconciling or bringing people back into right standing or righteousness with Himself all because He desired this and planned this in and out of Love.  This is pure GRACE given to men, unmerited, undeserved.  This is a stark contrast to the law or the ten commandments which was given by Moses.  God gave Moses the ten commandments and then Moses gave the commandments to the children of Israel, not the world.

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17 New International Version

Moses was the servant of God.  Jesus is the Son of God as are you.  Moses gave the children of Israel, not the world, the law.  God so loved  the world that He gave them His Son.  Moses gave the law. Jesus gave HIMSELF!!!  Moses taught them the law.  Jesus taught them about HIMSELF.

Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning HIMSELF. Luke 24:27  New Living Translation

When  you understand how truly personal your salvation, your protection, your provision, your life, your health and your well being is to God the Father and Jesus,  you will then understand the importance of why He did these things HIMSELF.  He did not trust it or leave it to anyone else.  When it came to Him making sure that you are righteous He did it HIMSELF to make sure it was done RIGHT.  Meditate on that.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

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JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT YOU

And who is the man who knows what is in a man except only the spirit of the man that is in him? So also a man does not know what is in God, only The Spirit of God knows.  Aramaic Bible in Plain English  I Corinthians 2:11

As a believer have you ever taken the time to truly think about and ask, “Who am I?.  It’s a great question and one that all of us need to ask.  The main thing though is that we get the answers from the right place.  Where is that place?  God’s Word and God’s Spirit in our born again human spirit.  The scripture above is very interesting when you stop and think about it.  Who is the man who knows what is in a man except only the spirit of the man that is in him?  Notice what the scripture did not say. It didn’t say your body knows who you are.  It didn’t even say your mind knows who you are.  It says the only one who knows what is in you is your spirit.

We are not talking about what you do for a job, no, no, no.  We are not talking about you being a stock broker or cashier or a technician.  We’re talking about who you really are and what you really can do through Christ who strengthens you.  So what are some of the ways to bring this real you to the surface?  I don’t claim to know all of them but I do know a couple.  One is praying in the spirit.  When you pray in the spirit you are praying and saying things you don’t know you know or more your mind does not know.  You also build up your spirit, soul and body in that order.   This brings the spirit into ascendancy and pushes the flesh and carnal mind down into a subservient role where it belongs so you can see, hear, think and speak the supernatural.  Praying in tongues is powerful.  It does so many good things and you can do it all the time.  Even while watching TV.  Don’t let religious people put you in a box about when to do it and when not to.  It’s a gift that you can exercise at will.  The other thing is by believing and confessing that you have the mind of Christ.

But as for us, Christ’s mind we have. I Corinthians 2:16 Kenneth Wuest Translation

Believing God’s Word is powerful and can transform your life.  Believing is obedience in the New Testament.  When you believe the Word you are acting on it and this transforms and renews your mind.  It washes you because The Word is like water. It washes off the dead skin of the flesh and carnal thinking and leaves The Truth sitting there fresh, smooth and alive.  As The Truth exposes the lies, the real you begins to manifest and continues until Jesus comes.  So ask the Spirit of Truth to help you. This is what He is there for to lead and guide you into ALL TRUTH!!!   The Holy Ghost is a teacher and He is sitting there waiting to teach and show you who you really are as the righteousness God in Christ!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

TRUTH 4 THOUGHT – WEEKEND EDITION – NO RESPECT FOR TIME

“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” John 2:4  New International Version

Do you realize faith has no respect for time?   Faith is always now!  It has no respect for time.  In the Bible whenever you see people operating in faith you see time being shifted and moved forward, backwards or simply stopping.  Time is a created thing, it is a work of God the Father’s Hands and since it is you have authority over it.  Psalms chapter 8 confirms this.

4what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
5You have made them a little lower than the angels(that word angels there is Elohim which is God Himself)
and crowned them with glory and honor.
6You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
7all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
8the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
9Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is Your Name in all the earth!  Psalms 8:4-9  NIV

As believers we need to understand and know and operate in our dominion over time.  Jesus did and He said the works I do you will do even greater works because I go to my Father(and your Father).  Poppa, God the Father expects us to act like Him and Jesus.  This is why He gave you examples of time being controlled from Abraham and Sarah to Jesus doing something that normally takes up to 20 years in a moment when He changed the water to wine.  Look at these examples of time being controlled.

STOPPING TIME

Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, “O sun, stand still at Gibeon, And O moon in the valley of Aijalon.” 13So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, Until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies. Is it not written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.… Joshua 10:12-13 NIV

SPEEDING TIME UP

16When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. 20But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” 21Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat  reached the shore where they were heading.

In the last scripture the disciples were still far from land and in the natural it would have taken them more time to get to the land but when Jesus got in the boat, immediately the boat reached the shore.

Faith is always now.  Jesus sped up time and gave the Syrophoenician woman her request because of faith, even though it was not time for Gentiles to be ministered to.

27“First(its time for the Jews to eat not you) let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

28“Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Mark 7:27-28 NIV

29Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”

Faith is always now.  You can make things happen now with faith.  It’s Jesus’s faith anyway so use it.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!! Shalom

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE UNFAIRNESS OF GRACE CON’TD

……much more they which receive abundance of grace (unmerited favor) and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Romans 5:17 King James Version

Thank Poppa for His Grace.  When we deserved hell, He gave us GRACE(Jesus).  When we deserved punishment, He punished Jesus instead providing for us GRACE.  It seems unfair and it is and I thank God for it.  We talked about how some believers and people who are not saved think that God is not fair.  However we did not talk about one other entity who believes that it is unfair: the devil.  I rarely talk about him because he is a defeated foe however I will today for our benefit.  Why? Because you need to know that he is counting on you not knowing, understanding and believing in the unfairness of GRACE. he wants you to think condemning thoughts like, “You think God is going to bless you after how you treated your spouse, co-worker or that person who  flipped you off on the road?” If he ever comes to you with “his mess”  you need to give a resounding YES!!!  God’s grace is not based on what you did, it’s based on what Jesus did.  Yes you don’t deserve it but Jesus does.  So you don’t get what you deserve, you get what Jesus deserves and the Father has decided that Jesus deserves ALL THINGS.  Since you are in Christ and a member of the Body of Christ you get to get in on ALL THINGS that belong to Jesus.

“All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you. John 16:15 New American Standard Bible

The Father has made you joint heir with Jesus.  That means whatever Jesus HAS IS ALSO YOURS!!!!!  All of His Life, all of His Health, all of His Wealth, all of His Shalom, all of His Wisdom, all of His Righteousness, all of His Holiness IS YOURS right now!!!  I want you to take some time to absorb that into your spirit and soul and when you do it will affect even your physical body.  At Christmas time when you get gifts do you get them because you deserve them or because of the graciousness of the giver.  It’s the giver who chooses to bless you.  Did you know the word gift has a meaning of gratuity.  When you go to a restaurant you have to pay your food bill but the gratuity or tip is your choice.  What you give as a gratuity, or gift and how much you give is determined by you.  Righteousness is a gift and a undeserved gift. It’s part of the abundance of Grace Who is JESUS.  Jesus said in that scripture above that all things the Father has are His.  So you can say, “All things that Jesus has are MINE!!!” Not when you get to Heaven, right now. You are in Christ right here and right now, even as spiritually you are seated in Heavenly places with Christ Jesus. The Word declared that.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:  Ephesians 1:3 KJV

You’re already blessed!!!

When you believe that and receive it you ail live a life of shalom, grace and rest!

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE UNFAIRNESS OF GRACE

……much more they which receive abundance of grace (unmerited favor) and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  Romans 5:17 King James Version

You know, there are a lot of people in the world including some believers who believe that God is not fair!!!  Well I have some good news for them!!! THEY ARE RIGHT,….in a sense.  If we look up the word fair it originally meant to be beautiful.  God is beautiful and has made beautiful things.  But when these people talk about fair what they mean is you gave that other person five pieces of candy and you only gave me two or you gave them a three hundred thousand dollar house and you only gave me a hundred thousand dollar house.  So in that sense God is not fair.  As a believer God does not treat you fairly He treats you favorably.  And you should get down on your knees and thank Him now because if God treated everyone fairly, we would all be dead today.  Why?  Because no matter how good you think you are, the things that you have done or thought of doing which is all the same to Him are worthy of death.  But The Father because of Jesus or Grace, does not punish you according to your sins or misdeeds. Why?  Because He already punished His Son Jesus for every single sin every person would ever do past, present or future.  Let’s take a look at the unfairness of Grace here in Genesis 20.

Abraham moved south to the Negev and lived for a while between Kadesh and Shur, and then he moved on to Gerar. While living there as a foreigner, 2Abraham introduced his wife, Sarah, by saying, “She is my sister.” So King Abimelech of Gerar sent for Sarah and had her brought to him at his palace. 3But that night God came to Abimelech in a dream and told him, “You are a dead man, for that woman you have taken is already married!” 4But Abimelech had not slept with her yet, so he said, “Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation? 5Didn’t Abraham tell me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘Yes, he is my brother.’ I acted in complete innocence! My hands are clean.” 6In the dream God responded, “Yes, I know you are innocent. That’s why I kept you from sinning against me, and why I did not let you touch her. 7Now return the woman to her husband, and he will pray for you, for he is a prophet. Then you will live. But if you don’t return her to him, you can be sure that you and all your people will die.”  Genesis 20:1-7 New Living Translation

Now I want you to examine something.  As a king Abimelech had the right to take any unmarried woman he desired and Abraham told him that Sarah was his sister.  This was a repeated lie that Abraham committed twenty-five years earlier.  So Abraham after all that God had done was still dealing with the same fear which caused him to continue this lie.  But did God go to Abraham and tell him he was a dead man for lying and being in fear?  NO!! Instead he went to Abimelech and told him he was a dead man for taking Abraham’s wife.  THAT’S NOT FAIR!!!  So what is going on here?  You know what is going on or Who is going on?  Grace is going on! Jesus is going on!!!  Now keep your hat on because there is even more unfairness to come, keep reading.

Abimelech got up early the next morning and quickly called all his servants together. When he told them what had happened, his men were terrified. 9Then Abimelech called for Abraham. “What have you done to us?” he demanded. “What crime have I committed that deserves treatment like this, making me and my kingdom guilty of this great sin? No one should ever do what you have done! 10Whatever possessed you to do such a thing?” 11Abraham replied, “I thought, ‘This is a godless place. They will want my wife and will kill me to get her.’ 12And she really is my sister, for we both have the same father, but different mothers. And I married her. 13When God called me to leave my father’s home and to travel from place to place, I told her, ‘Do me a favor. Wherever we go, tell the people that I am your brother.’”  Genesis 20:8-13 New Living Translation

So now we have Abraham admitting it was a lie and that it was to save his own life and that it was based on fear.  Now Abimelech should have been really angry and want to punish him.  But look at what GRACE makes him do instead.

Then Abimelech took some of his sheep and goats, cattle, and male and female servants, and he presented them to Abraham. He also returned his wife, Sarah, to him. 15Then Abimelech said, “Look over my land and choose any place where you would like to live.” 16And he said to Sarah, “Look, I am giving your ‘brother’ 1,000 pieces of silver in the presence of all these witnesses. This is to compensate you for any wrong I may have done to you. This will settle any claim against me, and your reputation is cleared.” Genesis 20:14-16 New Living Translation

So now Abraham and Sarah get enriched and get given gifts after their ruse.  THAT’S NOT FAIR!!!!! As a matter of truth if you keep reading you will learn that Abraham had to pray for the king and his people because God made the women in Abimelech’s kingdom infertile because of him taking Sarah. That just does not seem fair and it is not.  Abraham was trying to protect himself by lying and it would seem that he should have been punished by God and the king.  Instead ‘all things work together for good for Abraham because he loves God and is the called according to His purpose.”  He gets sheep, goats, cattle and male and female servants and 1,000 pieces of silver for his ruse.  God used the situation to bless and increase Abraham. The truth is again that The Father does not treat you fairly He treats you favorably because of Jesus! So you should expect unfair treatment from the Father.  As for me and my house we will take FAVOR over FAIRNESS from the Lord everyday.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT JESUS: FRIEND OF SINNERS

“The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.”  Matthew 11:19 New Living Translation

I want to share with you something that happened to me and I believe it will paint a good picture for our understanding.  I recently received a friend request from a gentleman.  I was vaguely familiar with him so I went to his Facebook page and just looked at it to see different things.  The gentleman had various quotes from different authors and well-known world leaders, some that are alive and some that have now passed on.  Now I know better but a religious thought came to my mind like, “Ahhh I don’t know, all this meditation and enlightenment stuff…..”  I had some other thoughts as well but then, I caught myself and accepted his friend request.  When I went back later and looked further I noticed there were people from all types of different faiths and beliefs in this group.  Then I thought of Jesus.  Many times Christians have no influence with other people because of their judgmental, I am better than you attitude.  I have also seen and in the past been guilty of saying, “I’m not going to hang around those people so they don’t contaminate me. I learned that from church sadly.  BUT THAT IS NOT HOW JESUS IS!!!! Thank God!! Because if he was, then Jesus would have never hung around YOU!

The scripture above is an inditement, and enlightenment and wake up call for the Body of Christ.  To summarize what happened, the religious people in Jesus’s time were accusing Jesus basically of not being holy. Why?  Because Jesus drank wine (Yes Jesus drank wine), and hung out with tax collectors and sinners.  One translation says He hung out with notorious sinners.  Now think about that as you sing, “I want to be more and more like Jesus!”.  Really?  Jesus did not let man’s opinion put Him into condemnation because He knew that no matter what He did or didn’t do that the religious people would still find fault with Him.  But don’t take my word for it, take The Word for it!!

For John didn’t spend his time eating and drinking, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’ 19The Son of Man  on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.” Matthew 11:19 New Living Translation

Did you see what Jesus said?  He said “John was with you and he did not eat (meat and other dainties as it was known John ate locust and wild honey) or drink wine. But you still said John was possessed of a demon.  Now the Son of Man comes to you feasting and drinking and you say that he is a drunkard and a friend of tax collectors and sinners.”  Now here is the key.  Look carefully at the last thing Jesus said.  But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.  In other words you can say whatever you want about me eating and drinking and hanging with sinners but look at the results.  They are undeniable!!!  In the Old Testament when a clean person touched the unclean such as a person with leprosy, they became unclean too.  But in the New Testament when Jesus  and his disciples touched the unclean the unclean became clean like them.  We’re not here to be changed by the world but to change the world.  Jesus knew that.  But how are you going to change them if you won’t even be bothered with them, take time to talk to them and find out what is going on in their life?  Jesus was a master at this and some of the things that believers and ministers say you should not be doing Jesus was doing.

Now the Bible says He knew no sin, He did no sin and in Him is no sin.  I have come to learn that many times some ministers will put rules and laws on people out of their personal problems, habits and challenges.  But the book of Romans 14:22 says, “Happy is the man that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.”  Now let me make it clear, this is no license to sin and most believers know what sin is.  We are not here to join sinners in their sin.  This is a license to freedom and more importantly to free others.  Jesus was constantly in social settings causing influence for The Father by His very Presence.  That same Jesus is on the inside of you.  I encourage you go infect somebody today at your job, at dinner or at happy hour.  Imagine if Jesus decided to stay away from you because of some of the things you have done.  NONE OF US WOULD BE SAVED.  Some people will disagree and take this the wrong way but I don’t care and neither does Jesus. If Jesus did He would have gotten up from where He was and never hung out with sinners again. But then He would not have been controlled by The Holy Spirit but by man’s opinion.  I don’t know about you but as for me and my house THOSE DAYS ARE OVER, FOREVER!!!  The Word of God says, “Greater is He Who is in you, than he who is in the world..”  Jesus was called the ‘friend’ of sinners.  May you by His Grace and for His Glory have the same title. Amen!!!!

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE TRUTH IS IN JESUS!

You have certainly heard His message and have been taught His ways. The truth is in Jesus  Ephesians 4:21 God’s Word Translation

One of the many things that Jesus constantly spoke about was THE TRUTH.  He talked about THE TRUTH in general and He also spoke in great detail about the Spirit of Truth.  As believers especially and people in general we must fully understand how vital and important THE TRUTH is.  Without it you can spend years listening to believing and speaking or repeating a lie.  There are many things in the world some of them are real but they exist as a lie.  What does that mean?  It means it exist but it has no value and no foundation and in the end it will not last.  A hunger and thirst for God’s Word which is Jesus is so important because the world continues to present each of us daily with the opportunity to see, hear, learn and talk about falsity.  Jesus stated and prayed that we are sanctified by THE TRUTH.

“Father, sanctify them by Your Truth, because Your word is Truth.”  John 17:17  Aramaic Bible in Plain English

This scripture means that we are set apart by THE TRUTH because God’s Word IS TRUTH.  So when God spoke and chose you and called you out for Himself, your sanctification is TRUTH because it was done by The Word of God.  THE TRUTH is in Jesus.  YOU  are in JESUS!!!! So when you know and believe this then TRUTH reigns in your life.  THE TRUTH that you are healed!  THE TRUTH that you are WHOLE!  THE TRUTH that you are blessed, protected, guarded, and provided for.  THE TRUTH that you ARE the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  We have a responsibility to walk in THE TRUTH and to teach others THE TRUTH and THE TRUTH only!

Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized. Then those who oppose us will be ashamed and have nothing bad to say about us.  Titus 2:8 New Living Translation

As ministers of reconciliation, we should teach THE TRUTH and The Word of God says when we do we cannot be criticized.  So it does not matter what situations or circumstances arise that are contrary to THE TRUTH, you stick with THE TRUTH and as THE TRUTH is in Jesus you will come out victorious just like Him.

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE PROTECTION OF PERFECT PEACE

With perfect peace You will protect those whose minds cannot be changed, because they trust You.  Isaiah 26:3  God’s Word Translation

Have you ever noticed that Jesus, no matter what situation He was in, He always appeared in The Word to be very calm?  No matter if people verbally persecuted Him or if they were trying to knock Him off of a cliff, He was always calm and the words He used towards those very people were still calm, collected and confident.  How was He doing this and how is He still doing this today?  Today, Jesus is seated at the right hand of The Father, His Father and Our Father.  No one can touch Him, no one can harm Him especially while He is right there in His Father’s presence.  It is very easy to say, well they could not touch Jesus anyway even if He was not with His Father.  That may be true but I do not believe from Jesus’s standpoint it would be completely accurate.  If you pay attention to Jesus when He talks and speaks in The Word, He always operated and spoke with a sense of complete and loving and childlike dependency on His Father.  As a matter of truth He even told His disciples that unless they become like little children they would not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  So when Jesus was here on Earth, He operated with the same level of closeness and consciousness  of His Father’s presence and protection as He does now while He’s right there physically with The Father.  He expects us to do the same thing even though we are here on Earth.

For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.  Ephesians 2:6 New Living Translation

To be able to receive the benefits and blessings of the scripture above requires faith, as do all the things of God.  It requires us to look at things unseen, not things seen.  That scripture says that right now WE ARE presently seated with Jesus IN THE HEAVENLY REALMS or places.  So just as Jesus is protected by Poppa God, Our Father so are we……ALL THE TIME!!!  Jesus knew this and this is why He was always calm and even one time asleep when it seemed like they were about to drown.  The disciples were panicked and afraid but Jesus was asleep in the same boat they were in.  So what was the issue here in that situation?  Why were they panicked and afraid and Jesus was sound asleep?  Because Jesus’s mind(eyes) and heart were on His Father.  The disciples eyes were on the storm.  All they had to do was look at Jesus and stay calm right in the midst of the storm and say, “Hey Jesus is asleep, He’s obviously not worried and He’s in the boat with us so maybe we should go to sleep too.”  I’m just speculating there in that statement but it does give us an example.  When something stormy pops up in your life don’t look at it look at Jesus.  Check out Jesus and see if he is freaking out about it.  If He is going crazy then you can go crazy.  But you already know Jesus is not going crazy, He’s just as calm as ever KNOWING He is safe and KNOWING that you are safe as you trust in Him.  The best thing to do is to keep your eyes on Jesus ALL THE TIME.  Then if something comes up you never have to even make an adjustment because you were trusting in His Love, care and faithfulness and grace the whole time.  You won’t have to go into machine gun prayers and a forty day fast about the situation. (There is nothing wrong with fasting for the right purpose and reason.  Fasting changes you not God.)  Your constant faith and trust will keep you in perfect peace.  The word perfect peace in Isaiah 26:3 is the Hebrew word SHALOM.  If you are unfamiliar with shalom, check out our post from last week.  Keeping your mind stayed on Jesus Who provides you with shalom and not just any shalom.  The very same shalom Jesus had, has and operated in when He was here on the Earth.

“What I am leaving with you is shalom — I am giving you My shalom. I don’t give the way the world gives. Don’t let yourselves be upset or frightened.” John 14:27 Complete Jewish Bible

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

TRUTH 4 THOUGHT – WEEKEND EDITION- JESUS:LORD, BROTHER & FRIEND

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17 KJV

Shalom!! I really love this scripture. I love it even more now that I have studied it out and know what or should I say Who it’s really talking about. When I grew up in church they use to sing a song and one of the verses went, “There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus. No not one! No not one!!” Now I know what they meant even though I am not sure about the lowly part. LOL!! But either way the part that there is no friend like Jesus is DA TRUTH!!!

This scripture refers to our natural friends but if you study it out it is really taking about Jesus. Jesus loves ALL THE TIME, Whether you are good, bad, indifferent. Also look at the next portion of the scripture. A ‘brother’ is born for adversity. In the natural this means that a brother, Christian brother included should be a help in adversity. But Jesus WAS BORN for adversity. Jesus was born to take away every adverse situation and circumstance. That is one of the reasons He was born. So while we acknowledge Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we must also keep in mind and heart that He IS our Brother and Friend. He is a Friend that sticks closer than a brother.

All the blessed to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT GREAT GRACE

And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.  Acts 4:33 King James Version

There are so many things that men have said the Gospel is it can sometimes be confusing.  But  it’s always very easy when we stick with The Word of God Who is Jesus.  Jesus is the Gospel and is the ‘too good to be true news.”  He is Immanuel, God with Us.  At one time God was not with us and we were doomed, but that is no longer the case.  He is not only with us but He is FOR US.  Why the change?  JESUS!!!  Jesus made and makes all the difference.  Because of His finished work we have peace with God when we believe in His Son.  Romans 5 explains this very clearly.

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Romans 5:1 New Living Translation

It’s all because of Jesus!!!  When you think about what He has done then you can say as one man of God said with true conviction that, “He(Jesus) is altogether lovely!!!”  He is altogether worthy and has made you worthy because of His Blood and sacrifice.  The Word of God says many things about Jesus but there is only two things that I have seen in The Word that it says He is full of : GRACE and TRUTH.

And The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of The Only Begotten of The Father, full of grace and truth.  Aramaic Bible in Plain English

We are not in a time of judgement.  Regardless of what man or woman of God you hear say that I’m telling you by The Word of God it is simply not true.  Being ignorant to this truth will cause your attitude towards unbelievers to be condemning and unmerciful and that is not GRACE or TRUTH.  Someone may think or say, “Yeah but look at all the sin going on!!!!”  How about not looking at all the sin and looking at all the GRACE!!!.  Look what Paul says HAPPENED where sin was abounding and increasing.

God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. Romans 5:20 New Living Translation

That says now in the New Testament which is the dispensation we are in,  WHERE sin abounded, GRACE DID MUCH MORE ABOUND!!!! Glory to God!!! That means GRACE is greater than sin.  That means people can’t sin more than God’s Grace Who is Christ Jesus can abound towards them in righteousness and peace(shalom) and joy in the Holy Ghost.  I am happy about that,  I am happy that people can’t out sin God’s GRACE.  I don’t want anyone to be lost and neither does Big Poppa.  Look at what God said even in the Old Testament about people dying in their sins.

As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live. Turn! Turn from your wickedness, O people of Israel! Why should you die?  Ezekiel 33:11 New Living Translation

Poppa God, Our Father takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked.  He created man!! He did not create him to turn around and kill him and damn them to hell.  We must take the same attitude as our Father and as Jesus.  God is Love!!!  His GRACE who is Jesus is GREAT!!!  When we operate in the ONENESS that Jesus prayed that we would in John 17 powerful things happen.  Look at what happens when we do.

All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had Acts 4:32 NIV

Then guess what happened after that?

And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. Acts 4:33 King James Version

How?  When they functioned in ONENESS and when they talked and witnessed about JESUS!!!!  About GRACE!!!  Not about sin!!  That scripture says they witnessed of the resurrection of JESUS!!!  Let’s talk about JESUS!  Teach people JESUS then Jesus will teach people.  Teach people GRACE then GRACE will teach the people by way of the Holy Spirit.  That’s God’s plan anyway.  I don’t care how great of a teacher any man or woman is they are not greater or better than The Holy Spirit and that is where most of your teaching should come from by way of THE WORD WHO IS JESUS!!!  Jesus set you up to be able to have a smorgasbord EVERYDAY with Him, not just when you go to church on Sunday.  I tell you what try eating one meal a week in the natural for a couple of months.   We may still see you but we won’t see much of you because you will be able to hoola hoop with a Cheerio.  You know it’s not “healthy” to eat one meal a week for your natural body, so why would you do that spiritually?  There is no condemnation so don’t be condemned however you should be encouraged to desire to be strong in the Lord and in the power of HIs Might.  That might is Jesus, Who is The Word.  Christ is made unto us the wisdom of God and the power of God.  Feast on the GRACE of GOD: JESUS!!!  He desires you to spend time with Him.  He loves you and has more than enough GRACE for you and your family and your co-workers and everyone else.  He so loved THE WORLD!!!  He’s got more than just GRACE.  He’s got GREAT GRACE for all of us.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!