Month: July 2014
“There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. (1 Samuel 2:2 NIV)
There is absolutely no one, with the authority, or awesome power, nor with the pure divine qualities, that can even begin to be compared to The Sovereign Lord God Almighty; there is no one that’s “over or above” You, no person or god that is greater or higher after You; there is nothing and no one else that is to be worshiped or venerated, but You, Sovereign Lord; there is no one nor nothing else in this world or beyond, that can compare to Your protection, provision, support and safety, for You are a sure firm foundation, The Rock of our salvation, that can be fully trusted and relied upon, for we are the sheep of Your pasture, Your very own, chosen people. (1 Samuel 2:2 PDCP)
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8 NIV)
Lastly, my dearly beloved friends, God ultimately desires that we all have a laser focus on being absolutely authentic, genuinely sincere and honorable, only involving ourselves in noteworthy, ethically proper and sound, free from all contamination, being completely chaste, in all our activities and dealings, appearing delightful and pleasing, not not only to the eye, but as well, to the heart and mind, inspiring reverence and affection, with great approval; so, anything that’s worthwhile or superior, deserving extraordinary laudable commendation and praise, these are the things that should consume and influence our thoughts, behavior and actions. (Philippians 4:8 PDCP)
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. (1 Chronicles 16:8 NIV)
Give voluntarily, with your whole heart, honor, thanksgiving, expressing gratitude, extolling the highest praise that can be given, to The Lord God Almighty, The Maker of Heaven and earth; announce and declare His Great Name everywhere and to everyone, broadcasting a proclamation that establishes a true testimony record, a strong witness that can not be rejected or refuted, in the very midst of every people group upon the earth, so that, it will bring great notoriety, bringing to light what The Lord God Almighty has done for everyone in His creation. (1 Chronicles 16:8 PDCP)
GOD IS OUR GOOD NEIGHBOR!
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14 NIV)
Jesus tells us that we should, love God, with our whole heart, mind and soul and love our neighbor as much as, and how we love ourselves! (Matthew 22-37-39)
We must not only be willing, but in factual reality, must reach out across all barriers (fences) to share the “Good News” ( The GOSPEL-God’s Only Son Provides Eternal Life) with our neighbors…
We, as Christians, must stop isolating, insulating or alienating ourselves from our neighbors, our fellow human beings!
Many do not even know or begin to associate with their neighbors! Very sad, but true, all too often.
We must extend ourselves beyond our comfort and convenient zones!
Barriers: race, culture, class, fences, burms, pain, un-forgiveness, anger, resentment, wounds, bitterness, disappointment, trauma, death, divorce, expectations, sickness, depression, traditions, experiences, pop-culture, what’s popular or not! We must break through all barriers, for the sake of the Cross!
GRAB-Grace…Reaches…Across…All…Barriers…to embrace that which God desires to embrace with His Grace, through us, His CHURCH-Christ Helping Us Reach Complete Healing!
God Himself reached across time, space, sin, depravity and rebellion, to connect with His creation!
God displayed His love for us, His neighbor, by giving us His best, (His Son) when we were at our worst!
The only way to ever reach your neighbor is to love them as yourself! This may actually be a problem for some, though, because, in fact, some do not love themselves very much; therefore, they do love their neighbors as themselves. This, could pose a major issue, so let’s love our neighbors as The Lord loves us and laid His life down for us and our benefit!
It’s not enough to serve or love with just your hands or lips, but we need to also serve and love with our whole heart!
“All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”(Matthew 22:37-39)
Bottom line: by loving God, with our whole heart, mind and soul, and loving our neighbor, as ourselves and the way God loves us, we will keep both sides of The Sword of The Spirit sharp and ready for all that this life may offer, as a challenge to our faith!
As God is our Good Neighbor, let us be a good neighbor to the world!