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Do you know people who are famous in the eye's of the world, that you hold in high regards? Or do you value all people the same?
I consider the appraisal of famous people as something worthy of respect. But I also feel the same way towards every other human being. Especially since Genesis 1:27 tells us, that we've all been created in the image of GOD.
That passage of SCRIPTURE, clarifies it, like this: “So GOD created man in HIS Own image; in the image of GOD
HE created him; male and female, HE created them.
Because of GOD’S TRUTH, our opinion of mankind should always be that of upmost respect. Why?
Well, because our opinion of JESUS of Nazareth, the WORD of the LIVING GOD, is to stand out above all others. HE also commands us to LOVE all men, even our enemies.
Yet, to everyone who is not willing to do the will of GOD, and take up his cross daily, the WORD of the LIVING GOD, makes it abundantly clear, by saying, that such a one, cannot be HIS disciple.
And because the eye's of the people of the world are blind to that fact; JESUS CHRIST to them, was simply a young Jew, who was crucified as a criminal on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Nothing more, and nothing less!
They see HIM, Beloved, as one who never commanded an army, ruled a nation, wrote a book, or did anything significant for the world. You see, in the eye's of the unbelieving world, JESUS CHRIST was simply one who had the audacity to declare, ”I AM The LIGHT of the world,” he who follows ME shall not walk in darkness, but have the LIGHT of LIFE shinning upon him.
They don't Believe HIM, Who spoke to the sister of dead Lazarus, in John 11:25-26
And HE said to her, "I AM The RESURRECTION and The LIFE."
He who believes in ME, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in ME shall never die. Do you believe this?
Sadly, the unbelieving world has no regard for GOD'S WORD, even if 20 centuries later, people like you and me, are still following GOD'S LIGHT, and being delivered from the powers of darkness.
Well, through our FAITH, Beloved, and our obedience to doing the will of HIM, Who is the LIGHT for everyone, who embraces GOD'S WORD! And because we do, GOD has taught us to turn, from doing what we were each born naturally to do.
For nobody needed to show us how to lie, to steal, or to blaspheme the HOLY NAME of GOD. Right!
Nobody needed to teach us how to break the commandments of GOD!
We were each born law breakers, and enemies of GOD.
For everyone who today, blasphemes the HOLY NAME of GOD, is simply considered an enemy of GOD. Psalm 74:10-11 assures us of this, saying: “O GOD, how long will the adversary reproach? Will the enemy blaspheme YOUR NAME forever? Why do YOU withdraw YOUR HAND, even YOUR right HAND? Take it out of YOUR Bossom and destroy them.”
I don't know what place GOD holds in your LIFE, I only know the place that the LORD occupies in mine. And because I do,
I cling to the WORD of GOD, knowing that HE is our LIFE, and the length of our days.
Even as Deuteronomy 30:20 assures us!
The WORD of the LIVING GOD, that in the beginning spoke, saying: “Let there be LIGHT, and there was LIGHT.” Is the the LIGHT that through us, shines in the darkness, as we preach the GOSPEL of CHRIST. JESUS CHRIST, is the LIGHT of GOD’S WORD, that speaks to everyone who would become a child of GOD.
Would become a child of GOD?🤔
Aren't we all children of GOD?
Not according to the WORD of GOD.
Consider how John 1:11 teaches that JESUS CHRIST came to HIS Own people, the Jews, but they received HIM not.
As a matter of fact, their eye's were veiled to the TRUTH, and they did not receive HIM, their long awaited MESSIAH.
But as many did receive HIM, because we Believe in HIS NAME, JESUS.
To us, GOD has given the right to become children of GOD.
Consider how John 1:11 reveals it, saying: “HE came to HIS Own, and HIS Own did not receive HIM. But as many as received HIM, to them HE gave the right to become children of GOD, to those who Believe in HIS NAME.”
From what I've gathered, Beloved,
one who Believes in HIS NAME, will proclaim HIS NAME to this lost and dying world. And of HIM, not be ashamed. Right!
Because we Believe, we speak, not as pleasing men, but GOD Who tests our hearts.
1st Thessalonians 2:4 assures us of this. Because we Believe in The NAME of JESUS, we honor HIS NAME, and hold it in highest regard.
For HIS NAME, Beloved, is The NAME that's far and above all name's.
Acts 4:10-12 affirms this TRUTH, saying: “Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by The NAME of JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth, whom you crucified, Whom GOD raised from the dead, by HIM this man stands before you whole. This is the STONE which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone. Nor is there SALVATION in any other, for there is no other name under HEAVEN given among men by which we must be SAVED."
Do you believe, Beloved, that that passage of SCRIPTURE, makes it abundantly clear to everyone, regarding The NAME by which we must be SAVED?
Well, because the NAME of JESUS CHRIST, is The NAME above all name's.
I pray that HE be given 1st place in the LIFE of everyone, who claims to Believe in HIS finished work of the Cross.
For 2nd Timothy 2:19 has this to say: “Nevertheless the solid foundation of GOD stands, having this seal: The LORD knows those who are HIS, and, Let everyone who Name's the NAME of CHRIST, depart from iniquity."
Is it clear, Beloved Brethren, that the LORD not wanting for HIS children to walk in darkness, doing the will and desires of the devil, clearly speaks in John 8:12, saying, “he who follows ME shall not walk in darkness, but have the LIGHT of LIFE.”
And in John 3:36 the Son of GOD, Who is the WORD of the LIVING GOD, says: “He who believes in the Son has Everlasting LIFE; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see LIFE, but the wrath of GOD abides on him.
He who does not Believe the WORD of the LIVING GOD, will refuse to obey GOD. And such a one, shall not see LIFE! So I praise GOD, Beloved Brethren, that we Believe in JESUS, the WORD of the LIVING GOD! And because we believe, we speak! And we rejoice, in regards to what HE says, concerning the feet of everyone who preaches HIS GOSPEL.
Romans 10:15 reveals GOD’S WORD, like this.
Consider how it reads: “As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the GOSPEL of PEACE, who bring Good News of Good things.
Yes, because we believe, we have the LIGHT of LIFE shinning upon us, that empowers us to preach HIS GOSPEL. Yes, because we have JESUS CHRIST living within us; We are today, the Light of the world, that's been sent to shine into the darkness of this lost and dying generation.
Consider John 1:3-5 and how GOD'S WORD expounds, saying: “All things were made through HIM, and without HIM nothing was made that was made.
In HIM was LIFE, and the LIFE was the LIGHT of men. And the LIGHT shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
But because we do, Beloved Brethren. We know that we are more than conquerors, and can joyfully say:
O' death, where is your sting?
O' Hades, where is your victory?
Yes, we can each joyfully say these WORDS from Romans 8:37-39: “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through HIM Who LOVED us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the LOVE of GOD which is in CHRIST JESUS our LORD.
Yes, our Beloved LORD!
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