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Abundant Life In Jesus

It is God who breathes into us His life-giving Spirit when we receive Jesus as our Master and Lord.  Some people want Jesus to be the One who saves them from their sin, rebellion and from themselves, but Jesus must be Lord and Master also.  Because of His life, death and resurrection, Jesus is the One who has the right and authority to direct, lead and tell us how to live this lifethat we have received through Him. 

John 13:13-15  Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.  If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.  KJV 

Some people have received God’s life-giving Holy Spirit but have not obtained a good understanding of what it is to live the abundant life Jesus came to give. Many believers in Christ still struggle with living an abundant life, because the soul of their mind is still rooted in the consciousness of this fallen worldsystem. This world cultivates a spirit of greed, materialism, jealousy and envy that has people in covetousness, which causes division, distrust and hatred among themselves. 

Many believers’ minds have not been renewed by the word of God or to His perspective and way of living. Followers of Christ are asked, pleaded with and begged to renew their minds to God’s way and His perspective. To be transformed to Hisways of thinking and to perceive life, happiness and success according to God’s kingdom ways on earth. We are to be an example to the fallen world around us and show them what it means to live an abundant life in Christ.  This does not mean we will live a life without troubles but we are to have a mindset of peace believing God will bring us out of every trouble and situation in a way that will bring glory to God.

Romans 12: 1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. NKJ

Our concept of life, happiness and success are built on how we perceive, view and value the things around us. Jesus is our example and His word is our guide that we should use to rethink the way we experience life and its purpose. Somepeople think that their lives are for them to live and experience the finer things and if they fail to obtain the level of wealth and fame they desire, they believe God has failed or forsaken them. But sometimes the problem is how they view their situations and circumstances and what they are experiencing. 

If we see our lives as tools for God’s purpose and to be used sothat He may display His love, mercy and compassion to the lost, then when the troubles of life come we will not loose heart.  In the Bible we see the people of God experiencing tribulations and persecution all for God’s purpose and to display who He is to the lost so that they may acknowledge and receive Him as their God.  

Joseph was sold by his brothers into slavery but he saved his family and nations from starvation and famine. David washunted by Saul, who sought to kill him, but David became a great king in Israel. Paul was whipped, stoned and left for dead by his people but became the apostle to the non-Jews, gentiles and now the word of God is open to all humanity. Jesus was crucified that He may bring many sons to the Father.  Weshould change the way we view our challenges and troubles so that we may live a life of expectancy, looking forward to see the mysteries of God and how He will work out our challenges for our good and His glory.  We should know and believe that God is working all these things together for our good and that thelikeness of Christ is being revealed in our inner soul and spiritfor His glory. 

Romans 8:28-30 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.   For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.   Moreoverwhom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. NKJ

We are to live in hope and in anticipation to see how God will take these difficulties and dilemmas that we are facing and use them to display His glory on the earth. If we live in fear, regret and disappointment we will lose sight of God and His purpose for us on earth. We as followers of Christ must choose to cast down every thought and imagination that sets itself against the word of God. We must choose to walk in faith that God is faithful and choose to believe in His compassion and love for us, which gives us hope to persevere in tribulations. In this we can show the love of God to the wounded, hurt and those living in hate because the love of God is poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit toward them.   

Romans 5:1-5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.   And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance,character; and character, hope.   Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. NKJ

When our minds have been transformed and our perspectivesand views are changed to line up with the word of God, then we will understand that God has made every person nation on earth and He has determined their times and where they are to live.  The followers of Christ should seek the Lord and show His love to others. It is by God and the Holy Spirit in us that we can live, move and have our purpose of life as children of the Most-High God. We are to take on the Divine nature of God, which is to show love, forgiveness, mercy, compassion and grace to the undeserving and lost. 

Acts 17:26-30 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,   so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;   for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’   Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. NKJ 

Jesus said He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. The might in this statement is showing that the power and the capacity of an abundant life is ours to have. The possibility of this abundance is offered to all who believe, but once again the choice is left up to each individual to choose whether they will view life according to the world or the word of God. 

John 10:10 he thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. KJV

Abundant life is not how much we have in the way of gold, silver or the riches of this world, but it is our perspective and how we view God our Father and others. We are here to fulfill our created purpose, to replenish the earth and to glorify God in our relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ whom He sent.

Engaging Everyday Life is Our Purpose!

God has given purpose to His creation. Everything that exists has the purpose to live the life it has been given in the place in which it stands. Plants grow where they are planted and they produce after its kind, it provides and meet the needs of the things around it. While living plants can provide oxygen, produce food and display beauty in its everyday existence. When we look at nature we see God’s handy work and can get an understanding of His natural and spiritual principles that are pleasing to Him.

Genesis 1:12 And the earth brought froth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. NKJ

A firefly has a short existence its adult life may extend one to two months and yet in this short life span it lives, reproduces after its kind, brings light to dark places and beauty to those who admire them. There is nothing spectacular done in this short life but it lived and impacted the things around it. It expressed God’s created purpose for its life by simply being and doing what it does naturally, to be a light in darkness and to reproduce after its kind. 

Each one of us can fulfill God’s created purpose for us by simply living the life God has placed in us, reflecting His imageand letting those around us see God’s life and His light in our lives.  Thereby we are reproducing after our own kind in the image of God. Every person has the ability to reproduce after its kind, though everyone may not give natural birth to children we all can reproduce in others the life and light God has placed in us to those around us. 

Isaiah 54:1, 13 “Sing, O barren, you who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, You who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married woman,” says the LORD. NKJ

All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children. NKJ

As we live a life that honors God, one that shows His love in our relationships, this will be light in a dark and perverse world. Jesus tells us to take His yoke upon us, which is to learn of Him and His way is easy and His burdens are light. But the fallen mindset and ill-religious people will try to place heavy burdens on humanity to make us live a life according to their expectations but they are not of God.

Matthew11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. NKJ

Matthew 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. NKJ

Mankind in Adam and Eve were created in a time when aperfect world system existed and their purpose was to live and engage life around them according to God’s word. They haddominion over the earth and reflected the glory of God’s image to the things around them. Then as a fallen and marred humanity, they no longer reflected their creator but lost their created form and became subservient to a fallen world and the attacks of Satan. 

We have heard many people say, “God gave us common sense,” but it is a lie and you cannot find that in His word. God gave us His perfect wisdom and the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us but common sense was a result of the fall. It is humanity trying to bring reason and sense of function to their life apart from God.   When people say, God gave us common sense to do… we should ask, “where it that in His word?” Some people are quick to say what they think and say what they have experienced or heard others say but these are all results of a fallen, sin infested world system.  Only by God’s word we can validate what is true, wise and right and we are to build on these truths as God reveals them to us.  

Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little.” For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people, To whom He said, “This is the rest with which you may cause the weary to rest,” and, “This is the refreshing”; Yet they would not hear. NKJ

The things we hear often are the things we tend to remember and believe. Again, we have heard the saying, “God gave uscommon sense,” and many people believe this saying is true. They believe they are operating correctly when they do things according to their common sense and yet they refuse to obey God’s word. They listen to their own desires and those things that are common in their lives and society. God’s wordconstantly tells us that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are far above what we are thinking. The only way we will know the truth of God’s ways is to study and listen to His words. When we have the Holy Spirit in us He will guide us in truth and the ways of God.

Isaiah 58:7-8 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: Let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” ways the LORD. NKJ

After the fall, the Holy Spirit; the wisdom of God, no longer resided in mankind. People are now subjected to distorted and fallen views that are influenced by Satan that can blind their eyes to the truth of God’s word. Mankind began operating in “common sense,” which is a deformed logic and distorted way of thinking that is common to fallen humanity. It is a trick of the enemy to have people believe if everyone is doing it, then it must be oaky. Thus, they believe in their common sense and influence others to make poor judgements because most people are doing the same thing.

A quote by William Penn put it simply, “Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.”

We are to look at the life of Jesus, who is the example of mankind living on the earth in fulfilling our purpose and reflecting the glory of God. In Jesus’ everyday walk He engaged the people that were around Him. He met the needs of those who came to Him, interceded and prayed for those who were with Him and was in a continuous relationship and constant communication with God, His Father. This is what we are to learn of Him; how to be meek and lowly in heart, how to acknowledge God in all we do and let Him direct our path. 

Proverbs 3: 5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all you ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. NKJ

Life Choices- Cause and Effect – continued

In this present life, the circumstances and situations we are in, are the results of the ordinary every day choices we or our family have made.   Whether it is the choice of what we eat, how we use our time, or how we invest our money, it is reflected in our current life conditions. Some people may say life is by chance or like a roll of the dice were some may get a good hand while others do not, because life is about choices.  The Bible tells us that the choices of life and death are set before us and those of cursing and blessing and that we should choose life.  This is our God given will and our ability to make choices for our life.

The actions we take are a direct reflection of the choices we make. We may not admit to ourselves verbally about the choices we have made but we confirm our decisions by our actions.  When we refuse to seek God’s word we are choosing to live separated from His life and blessing and with the same action we are choosing to live under a fallen world system, which is full of death and destruction.

Deuteronomy 30:19    I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;  NKJV

Our fate and future in life is the sum total of our daily choices.  A continued pattern of bad choices will result eventually into an unsuccessful life. We all have made poor choices that resulted into some undesirable outcomes and we know to continue to make those same poor choices will result into continued undesirable outcomes. It is when we change the way we think and those things that influence our decisions and mindset that we are able to make better choices and therefore have more desirable outcomes which allows success to happen in our lives.

What we see, hear and speak impact our mind and heart choices. Some people may say, “It is just a joke, a song or just a movie but many do not realize it is these things train our minds and teaches our hearts what is will desire. It through word and song that information is feed to our mind, heart and develop our mentality. What we see and hear we assess and assimilate and decide to embrace or to reject the information. The things we see and hear will influence us and how our decisions are made. The Bible says our heart is stirred by the things we recite and say. The tongue is like a pen writing skillfully on our heart.  Therefore, it is important for us to be on guard and to understand the various types of communication and media outlets we listen to as their tongues and words write as a pen upon our hearts. They will stir our hearts and will shape our beliefs and ultimately the choices and the direction of our lives.

Psalm 45:1  My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. NIV

God the Creator has said we were created in His image, in His likeness for His glory. Instead of us listening to God we have allowed people, schools, jobs and our society to define who we are and how we view ourselves.  This fallen world system want to push us into believing we are less than who we are and they want us to allow them to determine who we are and what we can or cannot do.  Satan, the same enemy who tricked Eve into believing she was less than who God created is trying to use the same trick on us to pull the wool over our eyes and have us believe that same lie. Satan would have us to focus on nonessentials and the rate race of life’s distractions to keep us from God’s word and to leave us and our communities open to his demise.

John 12:40 He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, Lest they should see with their eyes,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them NKJV

God has stated He has given each of us the ability to get wealth; He has given us His creative spirit, gifts and talent and He said our gifts will make room for us.  God is faithful to His word. Everyone has the ability to obtain wealth so that they may establish God’s covenant on the earth. Some people have asked, if this is true then why are there so many people living and dying in poverty and are homeless?   All of these situations are a direct result of someone’s choices and some of those choices have been made by past generations and they still impact the present generation.  Until someone stands and turns to the truth of God’s word and come under the covering of their new blood line which is in Christ Jesus.  When we are born again, we are a new creation and part of the family of God, joint heirs with Christ. As we learn to operate in the principles of kingdom of God, we receive the blessings and heritage from our heavenly Father.

Deuteronomy 8:18  And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. NKJV

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. NKJV

It is when we change our mindset and thereby our choices that we will see a change in our actions which impacts our destiny. No matter how hard the situation or test may seem God has promised a way of escape and yet we must seek out this way by seeking His word and He will reveal to us how to walk and escape. It may not be as we would want it but He has promised a way out of these circumstances. The sins of the parents impact the children born to them and this is a result of the fall of mankind.  Sometimes we see young children living in hard situations and they are living under the influences and consequences of their parents’ choices. But every child as they become of age has the same choice, to continue in that spiral depraved path which leads to destruction or to choose a different path a life in Christ. This is not to say people who follow Christ will not have hard times, because they will, but God’s word gives wisdom and teaches us how to press through and not stay in that situation.

Every life stands at the crossroads of choices and we are tempted to stay in the same rat race our parents, family and social structure that we have been in for generations.  Many people choose to continue in that same destructive life style and behavior because they are confused and scared to go through the process of change. God has made the choice available to us but it is still ours to make. Sometimes we it would be easier to stay with the familiar, however bad it may be, rather than go through the hard process of change and possible forgiveness.

1 Corinthians 10:13      No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. NKJV

Many societies will say education is the way to a better life, but we see criminals who educated and they are only smarter at getting around the system.  Some believe they should get better jobs and we see those who have all their worldly needs met and still give up on life.   Life experiences will try to tell us to only be concerned for ourselves, that is every man is for himself and self-preservation is above all.  But that is not God’s way His ways are not like man’s ways and His thoughts are high above man’s thoughts they are higher than the heavens are above the earth. God tells us to help, love and to forgive one another even if they do not ask for it or deserve it. God tells us to seek the wellbeing of others and to help those who are in need.

Isaiah 55:8-9 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. NKJV

There is a universal principle of cause and effect that some people call Karma but God says it is the principle of sowing and reaping.  If we know the type of fruit, we want then we should plant the type of seed to produce such fruit.  If we know what type of life we want to live, whether it be obtaining wealth or being shown kindness or love then we should sow the same corresponding seed and energy that will produce that fruit.   The actions or the seeds we sow toward others will produce a harvest. This occurs in both the spiritual and physical realm. Those things we want to receive in our future we should plant in our present just as we would plant corn seed in the spring to receive corn produce in the fall.

Genesis 8:22 “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.”  NKJV

Even with our bad choices and mistakes of our past we can change and turn those things around through sowing the seed of prayer over those situation and circumstances. God has told us to come to Him and let us reason together.  Even though our sins are red as scarlet God can turn them white as snow and will forgive our sins.  We do not have to let our past define us because in God we are a new creation. God is more concerned about our future than He is with our past. He is more concern with our eternity than our fleeting and short-lived lifestyle that is grounded in poor judgement.

Isaiah 1: 18-19  “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.  If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; NKJV

Many people will allow their past to imprison them so they are unable to be free to accomplish their purpose and live for their future. We see so many children and young minds destroyed through an act or an event such as being abused or abandonment or even poor choices they themselves have made. These are only occurrences or incidents that happened to us it is not who we are, but some people will allow these actions to define them and determine their self-worth. They are events but life is more than one event but it is a continuous life cycle of choices and actions and reactions.

We all have the same choices to make, whether to allow our past action or past abusive situation to consume and destroy our present lives and purpose or to trust God. When we trust God, we can release the hate the hurt and allow Him to settle the matter.  The lie of believing we have no hope because of our past is from the pit of hell. The good news of God is we can choose to accept Christ and become a new creation.

God knew mankind would fall and He knew our faults and failures before we were created and He provided a way through Jesus for us to return to Him before the foundation of the world was laid. God knew the strategies and lies the enemy would use against us to cause us to distrust God and hate ourselves.  But God sent truth, His Son in flesh so that we could be set free from the trap and lies of the enemy. No matter what the situation or circumstances were in our past, we all still have a choice concerning our future.  As long as we are living and breathing, we have a chance and a choice to make a difference. We may be living in some difficult conditions as the result of choices other people made for our lives but we can choose to make better decisions that can lead to better and different results.

We have seen those who get trapped into lifestyles or habits because of poor choices or because of some tragic events. Some people continue to relive those events over and over resulting in a stagnate lifestyle and they continue making the same poor choices. Sadly, they never move beyond their past. We also have seen those who have gone through some atrocious events, but learn to forgive either themselves or others and move on with their lives to become positive and fruitful people. Some people come out with a passion to help others who experienced similar circumstances.  We must learn how to forgive ourselves and others in order to live free from the past.

None of us can choose our families, race, nationality or social placement but we can choose what we do with the hand life have dealt us. We can choose to listen to the enemy’s lie that says it is because of our race, nationality, gender, social or economic status, that we cannot be successful. Or we can choose to operate according to God’s kingdom principles and precepts and trust in God and His promise to help and to provide a way for us to escape these lies.

Remember, no matter what situation we currently find ourselves in, there is hope for change. We can make our future different from our past. God has given a great gift in the Holy Spirit to come and dwell in us and to secure our future but the decision to receive His Spirit is up to us. We must choose to do things differently in order to get different results. Past events can impact our future but we can rise above our past and not allow it to hinder us through faith in Jesus Christ. We can choose to create new memories, new actions with new outcomes, but it is a choice.

Joshua 24:15    But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Life Choices- Cause and Effect

Our lives are the sum total of our choices. Though we may not have realized it when we were young, it was the choices we made as youth and young adults that set the course of our lives. This is one of humanity’s created gifts from God that is man’s ability to choose. The choices we make will not only affect our life but it will influence our eternity. What we fail to associate with our choices are the consequences that follow. We do have a say about the choices we make but we do not have a say in the consequences. Consequences are the results of actions. It is explained in Newton’s third law of motion says with every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. These are natural principles that are evident in this world system.

In the natural physical world, there are principles and natural laws that flow, some people may call it Karma or cause and effect, or Newton’s third law of motion, for every action, there is an equal reaction and for all choices there are corresponding actions or results of those choices. We do not like to hear the word consequences because it brings a negative connotation to mind, but good or bad there are results with every decision we make in the natural. There are also spiritual principles and God has provided supernatural principles and precepts for us to alter and rise above the natural ways of this fallen system. We can be transformed from our past into a new creation through faith in the completed work of Christ.

Many people do not want to be responsible for their own actions and want to believe the things they are going through just happened or is someone else’s fault. Some things we experience may not be a direct reflection of our choices and may be part of a legacy from our parents and past generations. Some people call these traits or status we inherit from our family be it generational curses or generational blessings of the parents.

We have examples of both ways some children end up in poverty because of the poor choices of their parents and other children undeserving inheriting wealth as the result of their parents’ work and dedication. These are natural principles. Just as gravity will flow and will naturally pull things down to the earth. It is only when a greater law or principle is implemented that will override gravity’s pull and allow an object to fly. Like the greater law of lift moves a plane beyond the impact of the lesser law of gravity and flight is possible.

The principles are the same with the natural law of the sins of the father may be passed on to the children and may affect their lives.  But when a greater spiritual law is implemented, Jesus’ payment for sins then the consequence of our natural parents and our own actions are cancelled and become of no effect because the spiritual and eternal is greater than the natural and temporal.  When we accept Jesus, we have a new Father, a new inheritance and we are a new creation and the old things are passed away.

2 Corinthians 4:18    While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. NKJV  

We cannot predict the future but, we can learn from the past, from the choices we or our parents have made in the past and see where they lead. We can as an act of our will choose to make different choices. There are some natural rules that we can look at which may be indicators of probability, like those who choose to advance their education will have a greater probability or chance at making a better living then those who do not. This is a rule of thumb not absolutes or principle because we have seen the opposite on both sides of the spectrum.

Just as those who choose to pursue God’s word and walk in it tend to live life with meaning and purpose. Their lives may not be perfect or without challenges but it can have meaning. We want to be careful with how we define Christ followers, they are not those who go to church and claim to be religious and call themselves Christians. They are those who actually follow Christ, those who seek to know the true God, develop a relationship with their creator and walk in His way. We are to seek first God’s kingdom and acknowledge the righteousness we have because of our faith in Christ and not because of our works or efforts.

There are the naysayers who refuse to believe the Word of God and they tend to allow life experiences, their culture, and allow other people to define truth for them. We are all given a life to live with a created purpose, to bring glory to God on the earth. We all are allowed to make our life choices. God did not change His created purpose for mankind even though mankind chose to rebel against God and obeyed Satan. He provided another opportunity for us to return to Him through faith in Christ.

Throughout time people change, time changes, life experiences differ, and our culture changes but God stays the same. We have allowed our culture to define truth and direction for us.  Sometimes a culture will magnify one particular way of living and life experiences while putting another down and making it inferior and they will define these cultural differences as truth. Some cultures will lift themselves up while setting for others a direction or course in life that is beneath them and is not true. If a person does not have a compass that points to the “true north,” truth which is seen in the Bible, to help direct them they will be blown in various directions. We have seen it too often with the decision’s leaders make and they will have the masses follow. People like Hitler to name one, lead people to destruction because they lack the knowledge of God’s truth that all humanity was created in His image.

We have heard it said, “Raising children is guess work because they do not come with a manual!” That is culture speaking because God has given us a guide book, His word; in it we find directions and instruction on how to raise our children.  The Bible, like most manuals, are not read and the instructions become useless then people wonder why things are not working well. Since the fall of humanity, when they ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, mankind thinks they have all the knowledge they need to live life. This is another lie from the enemy.

God never changes, He did not change His created purpose, and all men were created in His image.  With the fall of man, we lost the glory of God that was on mankind and they no longer looked like or acted like what we were created to be. Mankind lost the image and the character of God. They were so far removed from what they were created to be it took Jesus to come and pay our debt that we may be reinstated back into the family of God. Jesus came and showed us our created purpose and our true character as created in God’s image.

Jesus was a person who had compassion for all the people especially for those who were the least in society. Those who were without and did not have the best things and people who were sick and hungry. He loved others more than He loved His own life.  He gave His life that we may receive grace, mercy and to show us the love God has for us through His words and actions.

Therefore, if we must take a position or a stance on a belief, let it be truth which is the infallible Word of God, who is the Creator and Sustainer of all that exists. We should not let our limited knowledge, life experiences or the things we go through define who we are. The world is in a fallen state of chaos and sin.  Mankind has an enemy who comes to kill and to steal our identity and the purpose for which we were created, to be like and reflect the image of God. There is a struggle, we will have opposition in life but we can live this life victoriously when we walk in the knowledge of truth according to the word of God.

God calls those who follow Christ His beloved children and this world system will try to destroy our image as God’s beloved, our purpose and our hope for the future. The Most-High God did not leave us in that fallen state of depravity, thank you Lord, He sent Jesus. Jesus came that we might be restored and to have life and a more abundant life. God gave us His written word in the Bible so that it will give us insight and light in this dark fallen world and that we may receive understanding to know how we are to live this life victoriously.

John 10:10          The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.  I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. NKJV

Psalm 34: 12-14              Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. NIV

Psalms 1:1-3   Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither, whatever they do prospers.  NIV

Deuteronomy 30:19-20  This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before your life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. NIV

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