ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,   Beloved of God,     John 3:16-18

   9/27/19  (Across my desk today.)   

Today’s Scripture
“Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime…”  (Psalm 30:4-5, NIV)
A Lifetime of Favor

Let this truth sink down into your spirit today: God’s favor is not for a season; it’s for a lifetime. How do we obtain God’s favor? Proverbs 3 tells us that when we honor His Word, when we obey His commands and walk in mercy and truth, that’s how we find favor in God’s sight. When we do our part, God will do His part. Today, if you are believing God for something, maybe a turnaround in a relationship, career or your health, stand firm that God’s Word is true. When you put Him first place in your life, when you follow His commands, He promises to pour out His favor on you. When those thoughts try to tell you, “It’s not going to happen. It’s too good to be true,” turn it around and say, “Father, I want to thank You for Your favor on my life, on my children, on my career, on my future. I am Your child, and I know it’s not temporary. It’s not seasonal. It doesn’t come and go. Thank You, God, for a lifetime of favor!”

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your goodness and faithfulness in my life. I choose to honor You in all I do. I choose to acknowledge Your ways. Thank You for pouring at Your favor and blessing on me as I boldly follow Your commands in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

My Comments:
This is a real challenge, faithfulness.   It really means to be full of faith all the time.  So many times my faith has been like the prayer in scripture,  “Lord I believe, help my unbelief.” Mark 9:24.  So to avoid HIS anger means to be full of faith that comes by the Word of God.  It is amazing of how many so called Christians that I talk to have no concern as to being faithful to God’s Truth as shared in the Word of God.  John puts it this way, Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.  The Amplified puts it this way:  “Anyone who runs on ahead [of God] and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ [who is not content with what He taught] does not have God; but he who continues to live in the doctrine (teaching) of Christ [does have God], he has both the Father and the Son.  2 John 9.     “So what is the doctrine of Christ?”  In my years of being a Christian I can not remember one study or sermon on what is the “Doctrine of Christ.”  And so just how many commandments did Christ Jesus give us?   And it is a living faith that makes us want to know what they are so that in love we can keep them.  Our Lord taught,  “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  38 This is the first and great commandment.  39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matt. 22:37-41.”  And again Jesus taught,  “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.  John 14:21.  So there is the 2 plus 9 of the big 10 and a bunch more in Matt. 6 of HIS Commandments.   So seems we should take some time to find out exactly what our LORD expects of us if we are to become faithful (full of faith) towads HIM? 

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,   Ken<><,   Past issues available as a link:  “Worth Considering.”

There is but one church of Christ Jesus and all who really love and obey HIM are members.
———————————————————————————————————————————————-More GREAT QUOTES

-Mostly    "I am not permitted to let my love be so merciful as to tolerate and  endure false doctrine. When faith and doctrine are concerned and   endangered, neither love nor patience are in order.... when these   are concerned, neither toleration nor mercy are in order, but only   anger, dispute, and destruction -- to be sure, only with the Word   of God as our weapon." - Martin Luther.    "A chorus of ecumenical voices keep harping the unity tune. What   they are saying is, "Christians of all doctrinal shades and beliefs   must come together in one visible organization, regardless... Unite,   unite!" Such teaching is false, reckless and dangerous. Truth alone   must determine our alignments. Truth comes before unity. Unity   without truth is hazardous. Our Lord's prayer in John 17 must be   read in its full context. Look at verse 17: "Sanctify them through   thy truth; thy word is truth." Only those sanctified through the   Word can be one in Christ. To teach otherwise is to betray the   Gospel." - Charles H. Spurgeon.    "Showing mercy to the wolf is showing cruelty to the sheep." - Puritan.    "Knowing God without knowing our wretchedness leads to pride.  Knowing our wretchedness without knowing God leads to despair.  Knowing Christ gives the balance." - Blaise Pascal    "Christ always identified Himself with the least, the last, and the  lost." - Unknown    "Let us think often that our only business in this life is to please  God. Perhaps all besides is but folly and vanity."  - Brother Lawrence    "Worldliness is what any particular culture does to make sin look  normal and righteousness look strange." - David Wells    "Our Faith must be tested. God builds no ships but what He sends   to sea." - D.L. Moody    "When preachers do not call sin, sin, the people begin to wink at   sin!" - Dr. Micheal Useph    Mr. Spurgeon leaning over the platform of a church where a work   of grace was going on, heard a penitent below in great distress   pray earnestly, 'Lord, make a good job of me! Lord, make a good   job of me!'

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