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How do we Love?

No One is Righteous
Romans 3:10
As it is written:  “There is no one righteous, not even one;

1465   [1342]   di÷kaioß, dikaios, a.  [1472]. right, righteous, upright; in the NT this refers to God’s proper standards and actions, it refers to a person in accord with God’s standards, in proper relationship with God.

There is no one in the right relationship with God, not one.

Romans 3:11
there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.

There is no one who seeks God on their own.

Romans 3:12
All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”

All enjoy the world to much to seek God on their own. No one does good for the sake of another on their own, they are looking for recognition, glory, something that feeds their ego.

Romans 3:13
 “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.”  “The poison of vipers is on their lips.”

For what they do they say one thing but are really looking for something else.

Romans 3:14
 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”

No; you don’t have to swear to curse someone, just by wishing them bad things is cursing and bitterness is “ why did they get that and I have to work for everything. “

Romans 3:15
 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;

You don’t have to cut someones throat to shed blood, you can do more by your gossip and backbiting.

Romans 3:16
ruin and misery mark their ways,

If you are not happy you don’t want anyone else to be happy.

Romans 3:17
and the way of peace they do not know.”

Peace, what peace, just look at the world around you, there is no peace.

Romans 3:18
 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Fear God? They don’t give God the Glory He deserves because most feel they are the god of their own lives.

Romans 3:19
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.

God gave the Jews the law so they could see what sinners they were and the Gentiles can also see the same thing.

Romans 3:20
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.

So, in the condition the world is in; how could anyone be called righteous in the sight of a Holy God. No not one.

1John 1:8
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

1John 1:10
If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

Romans 3:21
But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.

God did not use the law to make righteous, He used it to show you are not righteous.

Romans 3:22
This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference,

God sent His Son into the world to show the way to righteousness and by the law you know you are a sinner.

Romans 3:23
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

We are all sinners no matter how good we think we are, we are sinners and in that condition we can not come into the presence of God. We need cleansing.

Romans 3:24
and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

By belief and faith in Christ Jesus, God the Father sees us as justified and cleansed in Christ Jesus blood.

1John 3:5
But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.

There is nothing we can say or do to attain salvation and be with God through eternity. When the Holy Spirit calls you accept the call and tell God that you are a sinner and are in need of cleansing. Accept Christ Jesus as the only way to
Salvation.


1John 2:20
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.

Matthew 7:13-14
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

John 14:6
Jesus answered,  “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Satan accuses us, our sin condemns us, the law convicts us, until we enter the court room with Jesus as our advocate. Because we are justified, all charges are dropped due to lack of evidence.

1John 2:23
No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

1John 4:13
We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.

1Peter 5:4
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

Jude 1:24-25
To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy — to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

There is no middle ground, you either belong to Jesus Christ or you belong to Satan, You are either right or wrong, it is either black or white. You can’t sit on the fence and say you need not make a choice.

What ever you do, in the end you will face God and you either have Satan as an accuser or Jesus Christ will be standing along side of you as your advocate and say you have been justified by His blood and are one of His. It is your choice and the choice you make God will say; so be it; it was your choice.

Please make a choice and make it for Jesus Christ there will never be a better choice you make in your entire life and speaking of life, how long do you think you have to live? You or anyone else has no idea as to their life span so if you wait to long; it could be to late.


Don’t wait; make the choice for Jesus Christ and live for Him the rest of the life you have on earth. I am glad I did.

RBKay

The Greedy Heifer
Amish Parable           
"The Greedy Heifer"

One evening when I was helping my husband do the chores, I decided to feed the heifers so that he would be done with his work sooner. After I had fed them all and they were eating contentedly, I walked past them with another shovel full to feed the dry cows. As I walked past, a young heifer tried to snatch a mouthful off the shovel, ignoring all the feed she had before herself.

"You silly, greedy heifer," I couldn't help but think. It was disgusting, really. She had all the feed in front of her that she could possibly eat, and yet she was trying to snatch away some of the other cows'.

But later on, after thinking it over, I had to wonder how often we are in the eyes of God like that greedy heifer. Blessed with plenty to eat, warm houses, good homes, family and friends, and all the material things we will ever be able to use and more, and yet we look about and lament when we see others who appear to have more than we do.

Are we in the habit of counting our many blessings and appreciating all we have, or are we often wishing for and wanting what others have?
(Unsigned)

RBKay

We generaly don't act any better than that " greedy heifer "
How do we listen?
Learning to Listen (Matthew 13:1-23)

Dad called me to come in for supper. I heard him, but I was playing outside. Then he appeared at the door and asked, “Son, didn’t you hear me calling you for supper?” I said, “Yeah, I heard you Dad, but I wasn’t listening.” It was only a matter of seconds till I learned there is a difference between hearing and listening.

Jesus understood that and carefully chose his speech for those who would listen. Jesus did not invent parables, he magnified and transformed them by the way he used them. His word pictures were understandable, if you were listening.

The unassuming,  story about dirt and seed would reveal powerful spiritual meaning for those who would listen.

The listeners got it. The stubborn missed it and would reject both the message and messenger.

The image Jesus depicted in this story was not complicated. It was about God’s Word (seed) and people who needed that Word (soil).

The seed was good. The topsoil ( mankind was made from dust of the ground.)

The application is this: People reproduce the Word of God in direct relation to the kind of soil they are.

 “Along the path” (vv. 4 and 19)

Jesus described this soil as unable and unready to receive the seed because it was so hard. Good seed simply lay there, until birds came and ate them. Jesus explained that this personal soil did not understand his words and so the devil took the words away.

This uncultivated soil was not capable of growing the seed, and it was snatched away. The devil doesn’t care what he uses as long as he can prevent an understanding of truth.

Sometimes this enemy uses what others are doing in the group you join . . . talking, playing, making noise, etc., so that you will neither hear nor understand Jesus’ words.

“On rocky places” (vv. 5 and 20)

This soil is shallow, but like grass growing in cracks of a sidewalk, the seed grows quickly. Unlike grass, it withers because it has not developed a root.

When life is like this, the seed is received with joy and enthusiasm but without more than shallow emotion. The expectation is that once the word enters, problems should be eliminated. Confusion results when the first problem or trouble comes, because the emotion is also changed.

How many young Christians have dropped away from fellowship when the first trouble came? They falsely conclude: “If that is how God treats us, we don’t want to have anything to do with him.”

“Fell among the thorns” (vv. 7 and 22)

The good earth is contaminated with weed seeds. Jesus identified the weeds that choke out the effective growth of his Word. The weeds are: “worries of this life . . . deceitfulness of wealth.” Luke’s Gospel adds “pleasures” (Luke 8:14).

The very things that will contaminate the production of a bountiful crop are the cares we have about things. The deceit of wealth, which chokes out the good seed, includes personal vanity, pride, ambition, power, and quest for status. Even friends say we ought to have “fun.”

On good soil (v. 8 and 23)

Fertile,  soil produces more than what was planted. For the listener. God’s Word has the powerful potential to produce a harvest if that word is allowed to take root and grow.

Now comes the difficult application. Lack of faith, unbelief, or spiritual growth cannot be blamed on the speaker unless he or she fails to deliver God’s good seed (his Word).

The responsibility for hearing and listening rests on the listener not the speaker.

How can this listening be improved? Begin by praying for the speaker and for your own listening.

Prepare yourself to listen by expecting to be inspired and challenged.

Then, review your notes and read Scriptures, allow God’s good “seed” to grow.

The result could be a bountiful harvest of God’s Word multiplying in your life so that you never say...

“I heard you Father, but I wasn’t listening.”

RBKay