Saturday, January 09, 2016

He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire

"When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened.  And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”   (Luke 3:21-22 NKJV)

"O God, whose Only Begotten Son has appeared in our very flesh, grant, we pray, that we may be inwardly transformed through Him whom we recognize as outwardly like ourselves.  Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen. "

Friday, January 08, 2016

Ask according to God’s will and you will receive

"And we are sure of this, that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will.   And if we really know he is listening when we talk to him and make our requests, then we can be sure that he will answer us."  (1John 5: 14 -  15  TLB)

Jesus knows what we need and when we need it. When you pray, bear this in mind.  The key to effective prayer is to ask according to the will and plan of God for your life.  Why waste time asking for what you will never receive?  No mother gives a cup of poison to her young child when he asks for ice cream.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

If you believe, all things are possible

"Every God-begotten person conquers the world's ways. The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith. The person who wins out over the world's ways is simply the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God."
(1 John 5:4 MSG)

Faith is more precious than gold and silver.

"But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God."
(John 1:12 NLT)

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Love of God and love of Neighbor - 2 sides of the same Coin

"Beloved, we love God because He first loved us."  (1John 4: 19 RM)

In what does God's love for us consist?

God is patient and long-suffering with us.  He is kinder than a mother.  He is not very demanding, nor is He irritable and touchy.  He does not rejoice in our failures.  He believes in us and always expects the best of us no matter what.  He does not flaunts  His mighty power. (Cf: 1 Corinthians 13: 4 - 7)

Love of God and love of neighbor are two sides of the the same coin.

"If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?"
(1John 4:20 NKJV)

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

There is no room in love for fear.

"Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.   No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us."
(1John 4:11-12 NLT)

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self - seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
(1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV)

Monday, January 04, 2016

Lord Jesus, You make my inheritance and my future utterly secure.

"This is real love — not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins."   (1John 4:10 NLT)

"What then shall we say to [all] this? If God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?]  He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?"  (Romans 8:31-32 AMP)

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Don't believe everything you hear

"My dear friends, don't believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world." 

"Here's how you test for the genuine Spirit of God. Everyone who confesses openly his faith in Jesus Christ—the Son of God, who came as an actual flesh-and-blood person—comes from God and belongs to God. And everyone who refuses to confess faith in Jesus has nothing in common with God. This is the spirit of antichrist that you heard was coming. Well, here it is, sooner than we thought!"
(1 John 4:1- 3 MSG)