Category: Jesus-focus

Daily Word: Word and Light (Mathew 6:22 and Hebrew 10:22)

matthew-622Today’s words are all about the Light. The Word. Focus on this Light. You will receive your health and healing in all aspects of life.

The Bible verses are quoted from New King James Version (NKJV)

Matthew 6:22
The Lamp of the Body
22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.

Hebrews 10:22-23
22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Psalm 119:105
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.

John 1:1-4
The Eternal Word, The Light
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

1 John 1:5-7
Fellowship with Him and One Another
5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

today we run the race of Christian faith

2016 lakeThe Race of Faith
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The Discipline of God
3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. 4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:

“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”[a]
7 If[b] you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Renew Your Spiritual Vitality
12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.

14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; 16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. 17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.

The Glorious Company
18 For you have not come to the mountain that[c] may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness[d] and tempest, 19 and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore. 20 (For they could not endure what was commanded: “And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned[e] or shot with an arrow.”[f] 21 And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.”[g])

22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

Hear the Heavenly Voice
25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, 26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake[h] not only the earth, but also heaven.”[i] 27 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.

28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may[j] serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.

Footnotes:

Hebrews 12:6 Proverbs 3:11, 12
Hebrews 12:7 NU-Text and M-Text read It is for discipline that you endure; God . . . .
Hebrews 12:18 NU-Text reads to that which.
Hebrews 12:18 NU-Text reads gloom.
Hebrews 12:20 NU-Text and M-Text omit the rest of this verse.
Hebrews 12:20 Exodus 19:12, 13
Hebrews 12:21 Deuteronomy 9:19
Hebrews 12:26 NU-Text reads will shake.
Hebrews 12:26 Haggai 2:6
Hebrews 12:28 M-Text omits may.

(The Holy Scripture is quoted from the Holy Bible: Hebrews 12 New King James Version (NKJV))

Be astonished at the catch of fish

Luke 5-9When Jesus is around, people are astonished. Why? Because of the ease He catches things that we value for our livelihood even at the hardest external physical circumstances and environment. We know and have tested. The situation is like ground zero. Nothing can be done. No production. No income. No more resources. We are not in control. The elements are against us. The list goes on. But with Jesus is just the opposite. Everything favors Him. The wind, the sea, the fishes. All obey Him. He merely speaks and they come.

THE KEY TO NOT IN LACK: Be astonished at the catch of fish. Be around Jesus. Be in Christ.

[Luk 5:4-6 NKJV] 4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.8 When Simon Peter saw [it], he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” 9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken;

[Jhn 21:3-11 NKJV] 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. 4 But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” 6 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find [some].” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. 7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on [his] outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. 8 But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. 9 Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” 11 Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken.

Acts 13 and almost the entire city turned out to hear them preach the word of the Lord

preachToday we read all about PREACHING the words of God. The definition of preach: Proclaim, teach, spread, propagate, expound. Or Advocate, recommend, advise, urge, teach, counsel. Today we call the person standing on the pulpit a preacher when he or she speaks at length a message based on the words of God (the Christian Holy Bible). The Bible recorded some great sermons by the Apostles. We read below from Acts 13 the preaching of Paul. We note some key success factors of the preaching. 

Acts 13:1-4; 13-52 (Quoted from the Holy Bible New Living Translation. Some verses are added boldness by me. My notes are in bold letters and italics.)

First: The preachers are sent out by the Holy Spirit.  Fast and pray is a significant prerequisite in the calling, hearing God, and related sending out process. 

Acts 13:1-4 Among the prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch of Syria were Barnabas, Simeon (called “the black man”[a]), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (the childhood companion of King Herod Antipas[b]), and Saul. One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way.So Barnabas and Saul were sent out by the Holy Spirit.

Acts 13:13-52

13 Paul and his companions then left Paphos by ship for Pamphylia, landing at the port town of Perga. There John Mark left them and returned to Jerusalem. 14 But Paul and Barnabas traveled inland to Antioch of Pisidia.[c]

Second: The preachers went to the right place at the right time. The Lord opened a way for them to speak. They were invited to speak by the host and authority of the particular venue. (In this case, those in charge of the synagogue service.)

On the Sabbath they went to the synagogue for the services. 15 After the usual readings from the books of Moses[d] and the prophets, those in charge of the service sent them this message: “Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, come and give it.”

Third: The preachers speak to specific audience. In this case Paul addresses the Jews, but he also takes note and makes special mention of the Gentiles. Why? It is a Jewish religious gathering (in the synagogue), so why Paul mentions the Gentiles?  Because of two things: First, he is led by the Holy Spirit. He obeys. Secondly, he preaches the Scripture (at that time, the Old Testament). The mention of both races depicts the confirmation of the prophecy of the earlier prophets before Jesus came. 

16 So Paul stood, lifted his hand to quiet them, and started speaking. “Men of Israel,” he said, “and you God-fearing Gentiles, listen to me.

Fourth: The preachers focus on God and not man. The entire preaching is God-focused. What God has done. God’s plan. God’s protection. God’s deliverance. God’s salvation. God’s choice. God’s words. God’s promises. God’s resurrection. God’s power. God’s prophecy. God’s will. God’s fullfilment. God’s message. The grace of God. The Good News of God. God The Father. The Son of God. Jesus-The Messiah from God. 

17 The God of this nation of Israel chose our ancestors and made them multiply and grow strong during their stay in Egypt. Then with a powerful arm He led them out of their slavery. 18 He put up with them[e] through forty years of wandering in the wilderness. 19 Then He destroyed seven nations in Canaan and gave their land to Israel as an inheritance. 20 All this took about 450 years.

After that, God gave them judges to rule until the time of Samuel the prophet.21 Then the people begged for a king, and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, who reigned for forty years. 22 But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’[f]

23 “And it is one of King David’s descendants, Jesus, who is God’s promised Savior of Israel! 24 Before he came, John the Baptist preached that all the people of Israel needed to repent of their sins and turn to God and be baptized. 25 As John was finishing his ministry he asked, ‘Do you think I am the Messiah? No, I am not! But he is coming soon—and I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the sandals on his feet.’

26 Brothers—you sons of Abraham, and also you God-fearing Gentiles—this message of salvation has been sent to us! 27 The people in Jerusalem and their leaders did not recognize Jesus as the one the prophets had spoken about. Instead, they condemned him, and in doing this they fulfilled the prophets’ words that are read every Sabbath. 28 They found no legal reason to execute him, but they asked Pilate to have him killed anyway.

29 When they had done all that the prophecies said about him, they took him down from the cross[g] and placed him in a tomb. 30 But God raised him from the dead! 31 And over a period of many days he appeared to those who had gone with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now his witnesses to the people of Israel.

32 “And now we are here to bring you this Good News. The promise was made to our ancestors, 33 and God has now fulfilled it for us, their descendants, by raising Jesus. This is what the second psalm says about Jesus:

You are my Son.
    Today I have become your Father.[h]

34 For God had promised to raise him from the dead, not leaving him to rot in the grave. He said, ‘I will give you the sacred blessings I promised to David.’[i]35 Another psalm explains it more fully: ‘You will not allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.’[j] 36 This is not a reference to David, for after David had done the will of God in his own generation, he died and was buried with his ancestors, and his body decayed. 37 No, it was a reference to someone else—someone whom God raised and whose body did not decay.

38 [k]“Brothers, listen! We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins. 39 Everyone who believes in him is made right in God’s sight—something the law of Moses could never do. 40 Be careful! Don’t let the prophets’ words apply to you. For they said,

41 ‘Look, you mockers,
    be amazed and die!
For I am doing something in your own day,
    something you wouldn’t believe
    even if someone told you about it.’[l]

42 As Paul and Barnabas left the synagogue that day, the people begged them to speak about these things again the next week. 43 Many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, and the two men urged them to continue to rely on the grace of God.

44 The following week almost the entire city turned out to hear them preach the word of the Lord. 45 But when some of the Jews saw the crowds, they were jealous; so they slandered Paul and argued against whatever he said.

46 Then Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and declared, “It was necessary that we first preach the word of God to you Jews. But since you have rejected it and judged yourselves unworthy of eternal life, we will offer it to the Gentiles. 47 For the Lord gave us this command when he said,

I have made you a light to the Gentiles,
    to bring salvation to the farthest corners of the earth.[m]

48 When the Gentiles heard this, they were very glad and thanked the Lord for his message; and all who were chosen for eternal life became believers. 49 So the Lord’s message spread throughout that region.

50 Then the Jews stirred up the influential religious women and the leaders of the city, and they incited a mob against Paul and Barnabas and ran them out of town.51 So they shook the dust from their feet as a sign of rejection and went to the town of Iconium. 52 And the believers[n] were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Taking Holy Communion

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I do some ritualistic actions like taking the Holy Communion daily without fail. I do it because I am convicted to do it. I take the time to remember what the Lord Jesus has done. I take the time to read and proclaim the words of God. I take the time to listen to the Lord, pray and intercede as the Spirit of the Lord leads me. It is always a person time between my Lord and me. My intercession during the Holy Communion time is always for a small group of close ones: my family and loved ones, my former house group (a few families). Why do I limit my prayer to this tiny group? I have no answer or explanation. I just know this is a private personal time and I hold up to my Lord those who are dearest to my heart at this time. I believe the Lord’s Spirit has led me. This private time with my Lord is always a very precious experience. I rise early, usually well before others rise. I prepare the cup and the bread. I identify a spot at the living room where I can kneel down and pray. I kneel down. I take the Holy Communion. I intercede and petition. When traveling I confine myself to my room. It works for me just the same. I always have a spot where I can commune with my Lord in privacy. Taking the bread and the cup is a private matter for me when living among people who do not do this practice. Have my prayers been answered and granted? My answer is yes. I have no doubt that the Lord has answered and granted my requests. Have I ever grown tired of this ‘ritual’? My answer is no. I have done this for a long time and I have always encountered my Lord afresh in this morning hour. Never tired. If someone does not do this will their prayers ad petitions be answered and granted? I have no answer. That someone has to answer himself. I enjoy my time this way as I kneel before the Lord and pour out my heart to prepare myself and my loved ones for another day. I cannot remember how long have I been doing this. It’s not important. The fact that I am doing it today matters. Today is the day that really matters. Today I stay close to my Lord. This matters. Is this the only way to stay close to Him? I have no answer for you. I have only my own experience to stand on. One thing I can testify is that taking the bread and the cup has a beneficial spiritual significance for those who believe. For that matters, Christianity is spiritual. I am speaking out of my own personal experience. So there is no condemnation for anyone who does not believe in the spirituality of Christianity. Two things are fundamental truth in Christianity: God is Spirit. We live by faith. Taking the Holy Communion is my faith in the unseen God in action. Here are my favorite Bible verses from Jesus in John 6: 35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” 51 “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in Me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me.  

Watchman’s adventure: a list (1) first thing first

John 17-5
John 17:5 God spoke of Jesus

For every believer who wants to walk and live in the Kingdom of God, in the power and authority of Jesus, here is the List (1). A good list to start the year with. Yes, it has to do with our continuing to pursue and take full possession of every spiritual blessing in Christ in the heavenly realms the Lord has given through His words. (Ephesians 1:3) Since we already have the motivation, we want to know ‘how’ to receive them. The ‘HOW’ list starts TODAY, the watchman was told. (Unless otherwise noted, Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. Boldness added.)

FIRST THINGS FIRST –SEE OUR SAVIOR, JESUS

The Gospel according to Matthew —

John the Baptist and messenger from God spoke:
3:1 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
3:11 “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

God spoke:
3:17 “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (NKJV)

Jesus spoke:
4:4 “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
4:7 “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
4:10 “Away from Me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”

God spoke again:
17:5 “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him.”

The Gospel according to John (NKJV)

Jesus spoke again:
11:41-42 “Father, I thank you that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.”
14:10-11 “…The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me,”
17:28 “I came forth from the Father and have come into the world…”

Watchman’s recommended blog categories n posts

beloved-of-GODHere are my recommendation of some categories:

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/category/jesus-focus/

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/category/power-of-walking-by-the-spirit/

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/category/journey-to-see-god/

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/category/walking-with-jesus-in-the-spirit/

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/category/hear-gods-voice/

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/category/spirit-led-ministry/

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/category/undeserved-favour/

My recommendations of some blogs (at random):

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/2015/08/10/last-days-walk-with-jesus-teaching-and-walking/

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/2015/08/21/journey-to-see-god-god-of-unfailing-love/

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/end-times-witnessing-watchmans-testimony-on-favor/

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/how-to-worship-god-freely-and-intimately/

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/watchmans-adventure-prosper-in-all-things-and-be-in-health/

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/end-times-witnessing-what-is-truth-how-a-man-missed-entering-heaven/

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/end-times-witnessing-how-not-to-miss-being-saved/

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/end-time-church-witnessing-how-to-hear-gods-voice/

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/good-news-continues-to-advance-2/

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/journey-to-see-god-jesus-word-power/

 

The message from the real King

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Jesus is the way the truth and the life. John 14:6

Many people at this time want to see what Christians see and to hear what we hear. What do we really see and hear? What message shall we say to those who hunger and thirst to know the truth and reality of our belief and why we are doing what we do and saying what we say persisting and insisting on the faith that has withstood time and history over two thousand years old? When Jesus sent out His disciples He reminded them several important things:

  1. They are to go to those cities He Himself was about to go.
  2. They are to know that the harvest is plentiful. The shortage is in the workers and not the harvest.
  3. They need to know that the harvest field is full of wolves.
  4. They need to remember that these three things are together: The Kingdom of God, healing the sick, the Peace of God.
  5. They are to know that He has given them (those whose names are recorded in heaven in the Book of Life) His authority and power (of the Holy Spirit) to overcome the enemy and do mighty work.
  6. They are to stay in the Peace given by Jesus regardless of the response of the people who hear their good news message and see their supernatural mighty good work which testify for Jesus.
  7. They are to always remember and witness that Jesus is the only way to God. No one can come to the Father (God) except through Jesus.

John 14:5-6 New King James Version (NKJV)

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Luke 10:1-24 New King James Version (NKJV) (Please read the whole passage yourselves, as they are quoted in parts here; Boldness are added)

The Seventy Sent Out

10 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also,[a] and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.

Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves.But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’  And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, …Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you. 12 But[c] I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city.

Woe to the Impenitent Cities

13 “Woe to you, .! Woe to you, ..! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in .., they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. .. 15 And you, ..will be brought down to Hades.[d] 16 He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”

The Seventy Return with Joy

17 Then the seventy[e] returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.

18 And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather[f] rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

Jesus Rejoices in the Spirit

21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. 22 All[g] things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

23 Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see; 24 for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 10:1 NU-Text reads seventy-two others.
  2. Luke 10:11 NU-Text reads our feet.
  3. Luke 10:12 NU-Text and M-Text omit But.
  4. Luke 10:15 NU-Text reads will you be exalted to heaven? You will be thrust down to Hades!
  5. Luke 10:17 NU-Text reads seventy-two.
  6. Luke 10:20 NU-Text and M-Text omit rather.
  7. Luke 10:22 M-Text reads And turning to the disciples He said, “All . . .

 

5 am lesson: Jesus gave His life for what?

grace-of-god-that-covers-your-sins1Jesus gave His life in order to rescue us from this evil world. He did it because it is God’s will. No one can earn his own salvation from sins and the evil of this world. God’s grace is unmerited favour. People who do not want Jesus are not pleased with free unmerited gift from God. But Jesus says, enter through the narrow gate or perish.

Galatians 1

May God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ[b] give you grace and peace. Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.

10 Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.

12 I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ.[d]

15 But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him 16 to reveal his Son to me[e] so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles.

Galatians 2

Even that question came up only because of some so-called believers there—false ones, really[b]—who were secretly brought in. ..They wanted to enslave us and force us to follow their Jewish regulations. But we refused to give in to them for a single moment. We wanted to preserve the truth of the gospel message for you.

15 “You and I are Jews by birth, not ‘sinners’ like the Gentiles. 16 Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.”[d]

19 For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me. So I died to the law—I stopped trying to meet all its requirements—so that I might live for God. 20 My old self has been crucified with Christ.[e] It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.

What are God’s children like?

Today we take a break from prophet Isaiah. We read more about God our Father and learn from Jesus our eldest Brother.
We read what Jesus has spoken and taught His disciples in Luke 6:35-38 to see one important aspect of God that we hardly know before.
God has chosen to give His love to all who want.
God’s love is not petty and selfish like human love.
God is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.
God expects His children to be like Him:
1. Do good to the undeserving.
2. Do good without expecting to be repaid by human.
3. Always be kind and merciful and compassionate.
4. Love the love of God.
5. Love never fails.
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Jesus goes further to explain this point.
As God’s children we do not fall into the snare of judging and condemning others.
The Bible describes a notorious accuser of Christians -Satan. (Revelation 12:10)
In the vision of Zechariah, he saw the Accuser, Satan, making accusations against the high priest Jeshua. (Zechariah3:1-2)
During the time when Jesus walked on earth the religious hypocrites were also quick to find ‘faults’ in Jesus and the followers of Jesus, based on the Jewish religious tradition.
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Jesus warns of the evil spiritual consequences of God’s children judging and condemning others: it opens a door for the accuser to accuse you too!
Jesus promises those who bless others: you will open a door to receive blessings for yourself too.
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Who will be judging then? At the appointed time,
God will send Jesus to judge and condemn the wicked and evil. It’s already recorded in God’s book. (The Book of Revelation.)
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What kind of love God expects His children to practice?
1 Corinthians 13:4-7New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.
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What Jesus has taught about God’s children
Luke 6:35-40 New King James Version (NKJV)
35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.
37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

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Isaiah 42 God likes a new song

In Isaiah 42:1-7 Prophet Isaiah received the prophecy of Jesus who will bring good news to God’s people. The Holy Spirit is upon Him and He will bring justice to the nations, demonstrate God’s righteousness, be a light to guide the nations.
He will open the eyes of the blind, free the captives from prison, releasing those who sit in dark dungeons.
~~~~~The above prophecy has come true.
God declared through His prophet : “Everything I prophesied has come true, and now I will prophesy again. I will tell you the future before it happens.” (42:8-9)
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Isaiah 42:10-12 calls for a new song of praise for God. (Note : do not worship our God the way the unbelievers worshiped the idols.)
Jesus told us to worship God in spirit am in truth, because God is Spirit. (John 4:23-24)
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Lord’s Chosen Servant
“Look at my servant, whom I strengthen.
    He is my chosen one, who pleases me.
I have put my Spirit upon him.
    He will bring justice to the nations.
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10 Sing a new song to the Lord!
    Sing his praises from the ends of the earth!
Sing, all you who sail the seas,
    all you who live in distant coastlands.
11 Join in the chorus, you desert towns;
    let the villages of Kedar rejoice!
Let the people of Sela sing for joy;
    shout praises from the mountaintops!
12 Let the whole world glorify the Lord;
    let it sing his praise.

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a hymn: Though your sins be as scarlet

Though your sins be as scarlet
Though your sins be as scarlet

“Though your sins be as scarlet,

They shall be as white as snow;

Though your sins be as scarlet,

They shall be as white as snow;

Though they be red as crimson,

They shall be as wool;”

“Though your sins be as scarlet,

Though your sins be as scarlet,

They shall be as white as snow,

They shall be as white as snow.

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Hear the voice that entreats you,

O return ye unto God!

Hear the voice that entreats you,

O return ye unto God!

He is of great compassion,

And of wondrous love;

Hear the voice that entreats you,

Hear the voice that entreats you,

O return ye unto God!

O return ye unto God!

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He’ll forgive your transgressions,

And remember them no more;

He’ll forgive your transgressions,

And remember them no more;

“Look unto Me, ye people,”

Saith the Lord your God!

He’ll forgive your transgressions,

He’ll forgive your transgressions,

And remember them no more,

And remember them no more.

Lyrics: Fanny Jane Crosby

Music: William Howard Doane

click this link to listen to the music: https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/1037

___________________Bible promise:

Isaiah 1:18 New King James Version (NKJV)

18 “Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.