Whoever Claims to Live in Him

Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did

1 John 2:6 (NIV2011)

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

1 John 4:12 (NIV2011)

Stop for a moment and think about God’s Love and what it means to live in the Love of God. You are claiming to Walk with God, Understand God, Live your life in God’s Will. How can a poor human accomplish all that? Because we are Blessed.

Sometimes I go to the grocery store or one of the box stores and as I start to walk away from the counter, the person on duty says, “have a blessed day.” I immediately turn and ask what that means. It is rare for the person to even get close to the meaning. Usually they state, “it means have a happy day.”

The Greek word used in the Beatitudes for “blessed” is Makarios. Makarios is the poetic form of the word Makar

Makarios: “a prose form of the poetic makar, blessed one.  Blessed, blissful.  Biblically, one is pronounced blessed when God is present and involved in his life.  The hand of God is at work directing all his affairs for a divine purpose, and thus, in a sense, such a person lives coram Deo, before the face of God.” (New Testament Lexical Aids in the Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible.)

To be blessed is when we can say that we look like Christ. We look like him because He is living in us. Since Christ never sins, then we cannot sin. Christ is always humble; therefore, we must maintain that image of humility and at the same time we must also love our neighbor enough to die for them.

When I was in the Navy, I saw men and women every day that were ready to go into battle. Everyone who is ready for battle knows there is a chance they might not come back alive; however, they choose to go anyway.

Many of these people did not go to church and had no time for the bible. Some of them were truly Christians. To tell them apart was hard. You had to talk with them and learn firsthand whether they were Christians or not. God is not even asking us to do something that the world won’t do. God is simply asking that we act like Him, so we can confuse the enemy

For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:16 (NKJV)

People are really confusing when it comes to dealing with God. They say they are Christians (like Christ). They have the Holy Spirit living in them directing their lives every day (if they listen) and they have the mind of Christ. In other words, they have the ability to think the same thoughts that Christ is thinking, and you still hear them say they are going into their closet to ask God what He would do.

How many preachers and teachers have you heard say they will call down the Holy Spirit to guide them. Well, if you say you are a Christian, you have the Holy Spirit “in you.”

To know that God through the Holy Spirit is living in you, you must study the word of God and allow Him to help you understand it. In other words, don’t be dumb.

Accordingly, to have the mind of Christ you must know what Christ is thinking. If you study the bible you will find that Christ is the word of God.

God Will Give You Rain

The voice stated, “You didn’t ask me for a Chevrolet, you asked me for a car.

And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the LORD your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil. And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.

Deuteronomy 11:13-15 (NKJV)

Many years ago, I heard a preacher talking. He said that one year his car quit. There was no way to fix the car.

The preacher needed the car to visit the sick and needy in the community. Without the car, the preacher could not go to the meetings that required his presence. So, the preacher got on his knees and prayed. The preacher asked God to help him in his time of need. He asked God to help him get a car. He was not asking for a new car, just something dependable.

About a week later, a man that had not been coming to their church for very long gave the secretary the keys to a nice Cadillac. The next day the preacher got on his knees and thanked God for the car. While he was praying, the man mentioned that a less expensive car would have been better.

Suddenly the preacher heard a very plain voice. The voice stated, “You didn’t ask me for a Chevrolet, you asked me for a car.

Christ tells us in Matthew 6:8-13 all the things we need to pray for. There are times we need to thank God for specific things. There are times we need to ask God for specific things, so we simply add these things to the list Christ gave us to pray.

The point Christ was trying to make was that we need to be specific about our needs and make sure we are not asking for something God has already promised to give us.

And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

John 14:13-14 (NKJV)

Many people will not like what I have to say about this verse of scripture. All I ask is that you study the bible for yourself and let the Love of God tell you the truth as it is written in the bible.

Satan loves the fact that he has deceived so many people over the years as to who they should pray to. Yes, satan has not only deceived people, but he has also deceived preachers and large church organizations about this subject.

I have studied prayer from Genesis 1-1 to Revelations 22:21 and I have only found one scripture that tells us who we should pray in the name of. According to the bible, we should pray in the name of Jesus Christ when we pray to God our Father in Heaven.

When your priest or preacher gives the sermon on Sunday morning, make sure they give you the scripture reference. Go home and study the scripture and see if it matches what the preacher/priest has said.

If you find some discrepancy in the sermon, gather your family, and tell them about it. Do not be deceived.

Christ tells us through the bible to pray to God (not some person) and to reference His name only.

Don’t feel bad, Satan tried to deceive Christ. Christ knew the bible and when satan misquoted the scriptures, Christ corrected him. You must do the same if you want your prayers to be answered.

If you pray to anyone but God, if you pray in the name of anyone but Christ, your prayers won’t even reach the ceiling.

The Love of God is a great thing; however, we must follow His commands. AMEN!!!