1 John

Seeds & Gates

This week’s readings:

Day #:

Week #:

Bible Reading:

Date:

169

25

John 11:38-14:14

Nov 16

170

John 14:15-18:18

Nov 17

171

John 18:19-21:25

Nov 18

172

1 John 1:1-5:21

Nov 19

173

2 John & 3 John & Jonah

Nov 20

174

Joshua 1:1-4:24

Nov 21

175

Sabbath

Nov 22

 

Click here to download this week’s message about Seeds & Gates. It is in a Power Point presentation so to best view it I recommend opening it in Power Point so that you can read my presentation notes as well. However if that’s not possible, you can click here for the PDF version of the slides. 😀 Enjoy!!!

 

Next Week’s Readings:

Day #:

Week #:

Bible Reading:

Date:

176

26

Joshua 5:1-8:17

Nov 23

177

Joshua 8:18-10:43

Nov 24

178

Joshua 11:1-15:8

Nov 25

179

Joshua 15:9-19:16

Nov 26

180

Joshua 19:17-22:29

Nov 27

181

Joshua 22:30-24:33 & Jude

Nov 28

182

Sabbath

Nov 29

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Know and Believe

This is today’s post, again, from the library, but hey! I’m still getting them out there to you!!! I’m trying to anyway. I love you guys!


1 John 1:1-5:21

“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the Day of Judgment, because as He is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:16-19

Boy! These last few days home from the conference have been rough! The majority of the battle has been to figure out the internet connectivity issues I’m having but it certainly hasn’t been the only battle I’ve been fighting since I got home. I’ve been fighting to keep the ground I gained at the conference.

But you want to know how I’ve been fighting them? I just keep saying, “Jesus loves ME”, over and over and over and over. And this verse from today’s Word of the Day is the perfect example of why that statement of faith is so important. It’s not enough to just believe in the love that God has for us, we have to KNOW it. That word “know” in the Greek goes a lot deeper than just your brain.

And the best definition I can give you for this Greek word “ginosko” is to take you all the way back to Genesis 4:1.

“Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, ‘I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD.'”

Ginosko is a head knowledge that goes to an intimate level, deeper than just knowing a friend. It’s the “knowing” of a spouse. (I hope this makes sense to you without me getting any more graphic.)

There’s a special kind of connectedness between spouses that you don’t get from any other relationship in the world. And that’s the way we need to know the love that God has for us. There is a place deep deep inside us that only Jesus can touch, it’s a place that only Jesus knows is there. And that’s the place He fills up with His love in order to cast out our fears.

At the end of the verse where it says, “whoever fears has not been perfected in love,” that word “perfected” is from the Greek “telios” which means perfected, but in the sense that something is full grown, brought to an end, finished or filled up.

The best way I can describe it is if you think about a ping pong ball, with the word “Fear” written on it, sitting on the bottom of a glass. Now picture a pitcher, labeled “God’s love for ME”, and pouring water into the glass. What happens to the ping pong ball once that glass is filled to overflowing (because God’s love for you doesn’t stop flowing just because your cup is full, it never stops)? The ping pong ball falls out right? That’s the best way I can describe the meaning of this verse.

We love others because He first loved us, and that love can fill our cup to overflowing and cast out all our fears giving us the ability to sit at the same table as our Enemy and smile. His love empowers us to laugh when we should be crying. It causes us to hope when there is nothing left to hope in except Him. Because through God all things are possible my friend! God’s love for you is an all consuming fire that will drown out any and all fears that you may have if you are to only yield them up to Him. Let go and hand them over to His care and He will perform exceedingly abundantly above all that you could hope or imagine. Although it may not be in the way you expect, He often does that. But even then you can guarantee that whatever way He uses to solve the problem it is the BEST way to solve the problem. He’s good like that.

Today, may His Amazing Love for YOU, FILL the cup of your heart past overflowing to running down the table, onto the floor and out the door! In Jesus’ name! Amen!

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It’s Worth It

It’s Worth It

Week 1 Video Guide (Printable version click here)

-The story of Achsah can be found in Joshua chapter 15 verses 16-19.

Jabez expand my BORDERS.

-Jael is in Judges 4 & 5

-Woman of God who isn’t a______ to do what needs to be done.

After the Video:

-God turned the camera off; Tamar’s plans for this video were different than His. What is something in your life where your plans ended up being different than God’s? And how did they turn out in the end?

-At what point did Tamar’s Mask of Perfection come off? What do you think caused it to come off and allow us to see what was underneath? What had she been using to mask her true emotions?

-What kinds of things do you use to mask how you are really feeling at any given moment in time? Is a smile often your mask?

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Redemption

1 John 1:1 – 5:21

Word of the Day: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life – the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us – that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son JESUS Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.” 1 John 1:1-4

“If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” (1 John 1:6)

Walking in darkness is the condemnation and judgment of others and ourselves. By doing these things we are not practicing the truth that we ALL have been redeemed. Granted, we all may not have accepted that redemption yet, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been forgiven and are no longer judged by their own actions. Rather we will all be judged by the actions of Christ – because He took our place! Hallelujah!

1 John 1:7 calls us to “walk in the light”. When we have fellowship with Him, we remember what He has done for each and every one of us and it helps us to see ourselves and others through His eyes. He remembers our sins and transgressions no more because they have been separated from us as far as the east is from the west. What He sees when we disobey is someone who isn’t looking at Him.

“The blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from ALL sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:7-8) Our sin is a constant reminder of our forgiven state. It is NOT there to remind us of our sinfulness but rather to remind us of our REDEMPTION from sin! Our sins shouldn’t make us focus more on us; they should make us focus more on HIM!!!

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