You can’t be Ch…

You can’t be Christ-like if you are NOT willing to receive salvation AND walk as Christ did through functioning in the gifts of the Holy Spirit and manifesting works of the Holy Spirit.

(1 Corinthians 12) Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: 2 You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.

4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

Unity and Diversity in One Body

12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.

15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be?

20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. 28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.

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Life is a such…

Life is a such a competition especially here in the U.S. Everybody is trying to out do each other, trying to “keep up with the Jones’ and them”, or be the Jones; but the thing is what in life are we competing for? what is the prize , the end result? To able to say that you did better than somebody else. And what defines better? I know one thing, whatever we (people) are trying to compete for is not what God wants us to compete for. We are supposed to be competing for the Kingdom of Heaven, our ultimate treasure.

(1 Corinthians 9:24-25) 24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.

(Mark 8:36) 36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

Made perfect in love: How we love others with the love of God

Made perfect in love:

How we love others with the love of God

 

Renewed mind and new man

First we start with our foundation: new birth and how we became born again.

  • John 3: 5-8
  • Romans 5: 12-15; 6: 4-6, 11-14

Once we are born again we have to focus on self through renewing our mind and nurturing our spirit man.

  • Romans 12: 1-2
    • We are changed by having fewer thoughts like the world and having more thoughts like the Kingdom.
  • Ephesians 4: 17-24
    • We flee from sin and start to become more like Christ.
  • 1 John 4: 4, 6
    • Since we are of God we should be more like Him.
  • Hebrews 5: 12-14
    • We must feed our spirit man “age” appropriate food.
  • 1 Corinthians 13: 11-13
    • We put behind us our childish ways (old ways) and look at ourselves the way God sees us. Now that our new man is developing we only know of God’s plans in part.
    • We must abide in the Lord. His greatest gift is love.

 

Greatest commandment: love God and your neighbor (1 John 4:21, Luke 10:27, Mark 12: 30-31, etc.)

 

Love

 

  • John 3: 16
  • 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7
    • Love is unconditional

God

 

 

        SORRY THERE WAS A PICTURE HERE THAT DIDN’T SHOW UP. It’s a huge heart with God in the middle. There are two stick people, one on each side of the heart. Arrows are pointing to the heart representing our love for God and God loving us. Within the heart our love for God turns into a dash line meaning God’s love is being manipulated so we can love others. Between the stick people is a squiggly, unconnected line with a stop sign on the line. This represents that we can love others from ourselves. Loving from ourselves is conditional, self-fulfilling.

  • When we love God we can love others. We can’t love others out of our own will because love is not in us. We don’t have the power to love from ourselves if don’t know and love Christ first.

  

How to love (God’s instructions)

 

As Christians we are to love one another, but we have to love others the way God love us.

  • 1 John 4:7-16
    • God is love
    • Though love is unconditional, there is one condition in loving others, we must ABIDE IN GOD
  • Ephesians 4: 25-32
    • Rid yourself of hateful and mean behaviors. Be sweet and kindhearted to one another.

    Romans 12: 9-21

  • 1 Samuel 16:7
    • When you love others don’t focus on what you see on the outside, look at what you see in the inside. When you look at someone’s heart you should see God.

    Colossians 3

  • Galatians 5: 22-23
    • Bare the fruit of the Spirit

Perfect love

  • Colossians 3:14
    • Love is what makes us perfect
  • 1 John 4:12, 17-19
    • Love has been perfected when we abide in God.
    • When we become obedient and put fear aside from serving others the way that God has called us to serve and love one another then we can be made perfect in love. We have to be bold and not worry about what people will think of us when we go ALL out to do the will of God, even when it goes against the norms of the world.
  • 1 Corinthians  13: 8-10
    • Once we become perfect in God’s love what we knew of God’s plans in part will no longer be done in part, but be done in completeness, wholeness, PERFECTION…. 1.
      • 1 represents unity, God (John 17: 20-26)
  • Matthew 5:48
    • We must be made perfect because God is perfect. BE LIKE CHRIST.
God is all in all

God is all in all

God is all in all

God is infinite, eternal, perfect. He is all in all. God wants us to be one with Him because we are imperfect and we can only be perfect once we are one with Him. Once we are one with Him then His Kingdom will come.

(1 Corinthians 15: 20- 28) 20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 For “He has put all things under His feet.”[a] But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. 28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

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