It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2

The gospel is a love story about God’s love for mankind and all His creation. This story begins with the Eternal God Jehovah; the Almighty God Who is Love, Holy and Who never changes. The Eternal and Infinite God is personified in the three; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is a triune God as we are triune beings, body, soul and spirit.

God’s love story begins with the Triune God’s love overflowing from Himself to Himself; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, all in perfect union, perfect love and perfect harmony. God in perfect love flowing from His Character of love reproduced Himself in the creation of mankind as another avenue to express Who He is, love. God said let us make man in our image and likeness. God made mankind in perfect love, for the purpose of displaying God’s love in this created natural world and universe, as He is the perfect love in the spirit and heavenly realm. Love overflowed from God to His creation the godman on the earth.

God the eternal, self-sufficient, Self-sustaining God, Who needs nothing outside of Himself, did not create man because He needed someone to love or worship Him. God was not on some ego trip to make mankind to have someone rule and serve Him, because God is without lack. God in His perfect love that flowed from Himself spilled over into mankind who was created in His image, to look like Him, act like Him and love like Him in this natural world. God created a tangible finite place within the spiritual infinite and eternal world for mankind to live and have dominion.

God’s love for us was established before He laid the foundation of the world. Each and every one of us was in the heart and mind of God even before He started creating the world. True love provides for the people they love. God began creating a world with water, food, shelter and provided for every need of those He created.

God created mankind in His image. The Eternal Loving God created for mankind a perfect life and a perfect world to be the expression of His love on the earth. This is why all mankind has a deep sense of true value and importance because we were created majestic, regal and royal with an eternal and ultimate purpose to look like God and express the love of God, agape love, in this world.

Every human being has a deep sense of dignity, value and purpose. Even those who were never taught about God in the natural sense know in their spirit they were created for a greater purpose; to worship, love and serve their Creator and not to just exist. All of nature is dependent on mankind as the crowning glory of God’s creation. Reflecting His image has a special dependence on our Creator to know Him that we may know ourselves.

When God created this world and everything that was in it, it was created good. This world was in perfect unity with God, its creator and this creation existed in harmony, perfect peace and wholeness. This is the love that flows from God, perfect and in oneness with itself. God is love and He loves all He created but to mankind God gave the ability to be like God. God’s love gave mankind sovereignty over his own will and the ability to choose life or reject it. God does not demand our love or our loyalty. God’s love for us allows all mankind the ability to choose to love Him or reject Him. True love does not enslave, it allows freedom of choice and is always ready to help, provide and protect those that call on Him.

This perfect world and perfect creation went into rebellion against God‘s love and chose to live under the authority of God’s enemy. The highest of God’s creation, who He loves and created to look like Him, turned from God and defected to become like the enemy of God, Satan. This rebellion threw the whole world into a state of darkness, chaos, hatred and sin. Mankind no longer looked like or acted like their Creator but became slaves to sin and death.

In one rebellious act all mankind became sinners by choice and by their natural bloodline. Adam took on the nature and attributes of God’s enemy and all born of Adam have that same nature. Everyone born is born with a sin disposition, character, personality and outlook. It is an inherited nature of sin that is displayed in the pride, self-centeredness with independence or rebellion against God’s truth.

Always remember God is love and God’s love is agape love, which is the expression of unconditional good will and wellbeing of another. Agape love is a commitment of faithfulness which is an act of the will not of feelings or romance. Agape love gives of itself for the benefit and advancement of another and that is the kind of Love God loves us with. God so loved the world He gave His Only Begotten Son for the betterment and improvement of all mankind from his fallen state of sin.

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This is a guest writer. The information presented is so needed by the body of Christ I wanted to share it with everyone. Thank you CChioma7

God is so good! Thank you God for making us male and female in your image, for giving us purpose and identity that is sure regardless of time, place, or culture because you have redeemed us, you have bought us back from the grip of Satan and death, you have brought us back to original value. Thank you for answering the cry of my heart to know who I am as a woman. Thank for teaching me more and more about it every day. Thank you for being my Friend.

When I’d hear about biblical womanhood and manhood, I’d get frustrated because people would speak with such passion and excitement about manhood, and it did sound exciting. But the discourse on womanhood was woefully less-than-inspiring because much of it was wrapped up in “it’s all about your husband/family but you’re not guaranteed a husband/family”. *sigh* I heard a talk by Dan Mohler; he’s the first speaker that spoke about womanhood in a way that registered deep in my heart. And he suggested we go back and ask God to show us who we really are. And, in my frustration with books that turn worldly desires into “godly” principles and discourses that confuse womanhood with a set of roles informed by culture baptized in Christianese, I asked You Lord who I am. Low, and behold, You answered in Your Word and through Godly wisdom! God, why did I wait so long to ask You? Thank you for continually working with me.

We can be passionate about the principles of feminine identity. For one reason, every day women are living pale, frustrated lives – lost in lies about worth and value that have eternal implications. Our culture tells us that woman’s value is in attracting a man, or usurping a man, or dominating a man, or not needing a man; gratifying ourselves with a man, or gratifying ourselves without a man. We in the Church stand and point out that their ways are wrong; but, we, having Truth, do not offer it to them because we don’t understand it ourselves. We too are living less than our privilege. We offer to trade their lies for our own. There is a better way!

We in the Church have confused “roles” with “identity” in talking about womanhood. We emphasize responsibilities and tasks –things that can look different depending on context. But, true identity is steady and sure regardless of place, time, culture, or any other context. Identity is the foundational principle, it gets to the heart of the matter. The other things that people debate about sometimes come from people majoring in the secondary things, confusing application (which is informed by context) with the principle and not extending grace towards one another in humble personal application before God.
So, let’s get to it!
First, to find out who Woman is, we go to the source, the Word of our God. In Genesis God says it’s not good for man to be alone, that He would make a “helper comparable to him” (2:18-20). The word for help used in Hebrew is ezer and it’s used 20 other times. Each reference (Strong’s Concordance #5828), refers to the help that God is, the help God provides (3 times), or looking to someone else for help when we should be looking towards the Lord (2 times). It is deliverance in the time of trouble, life-sustaining, life-preserver help against enemies. So,
1) Woman is a life-saving, life-preserving, delivering presence and aid like God is but on Adam’s level

Adam didn’t need help because he was weak. He needed help because he was strong. Together in partnership, Adam and Eve were to subdue and steward the Earth. Though the garden was perfect, there was an enemy of their souls present – Satan. Now, “…though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him- a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12). God, Adam, and Eve made a very good threefold cord. But, Eve, who could have promoted Adam towards life, escorted him towards death. (Ladies, we have great power.) And Adam, who could have actively stood up for them both, passively stood by. Part of the curse that followed was that God would put “enmity between [Satan] and the woman, between [Satan’s] seed and her seed”(Gen 3:15). We only have to look at world history to notice how women are particular objects of oppression and violence and suffer greatly. (Side thought – could this be why women are known for being prayer warriors, because of prayer’s place in spiritual warfare and who we are?)
Our feminine essence and presence was distorted and thoroughly corrupted by the Fall. But God in His mercy bought it back! (Woo hoo!) Because of Christ we have redemption. And in Christ, we are life again instead of death. We can walk that way. As we receive the love God has for us we don’t have to try to be this way, we just are! As we shower in God’s love for us, life just flows from us. Just like waves ripple behind a hand that is sweeping through water, love and life ripple in our wake; it’s in our very essence!
Next, Apostle Paul mentions that man “is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man” (1 Cor 11:7). What in the world does that mean? How can we be equal (“God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” [Gen 1:27]) and yet woman be the glory of man? Well, God is love; God is a relational triune being – Father, Son, and Spirit. When God made Adam, it was good, and Adam was created as the first image-bearer of God. “Glory” means the honor and display of something. Love is arguably the most important aspect of God’s essence and character. Now, if God is love, then His glory is shown through love. Adam could not display that really important aspect of God’s image without an equal to direct his love towards. Yes, Adam could love God by worshipping Him as his Source and All in All. But the Godhead shares beautiful, unique intimacy within the communion of 3 distinct Persons who are equally God. God wants us to experience loving communion with people as an outpouring of our love relationship with Him. We can’t display God’s image fully without loving others fellow human beings. Therefore, God created Eve so that Adam could love her and thus the glory of God be even more displayed. So,
2) Woman was created to receive love— to be lavished upon with love, receive that love, and from that love produce life. She is a love-receiver and love-responder and a life-bearer.
If I, as a woman, am a love-responder because I’ve received God’s love, then I am someone who engages people with love regardless of how they initiate with or respond to me. That gives me guidance to how to live regardless of if I am married or single; if I am at work as an employee or supervisor; if I am wife, sister, mother, daughter, or friend. If woman is love-responder and man is love-initiator, together they reflect the image of God beautifully.

​Next, Psalm 121 describes womanhood for us. Psalm 121? Yes, Psalm 121; I did not accidently mix it up with Proverbs 31. Proverbs 31 is wonderful, but Psalm 121 is a dissertation on the ezer that the Lord provides; verses 1-2 are the thesis, referring to the same word for help used in Genesis 2.
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.
So,
3) Woman is a keeper: she is an under-girder and a safe-keeper, a shade and a preserver. She
keeps confidence (rather than gossips). She keeps the heart and reputation of her loved ones. She speaks over people in a way that undergirds their God-given value, potential, and identity. When a woman is in her right mind (i.e. her renewed and born-again mind), as an under-girder, she sees people the way God sees them and gladly throws the weight of her life behind them. And, it simply reflects the nature of God. She could be a teacher pouring her heart into helping her students develop along the path God has for them. She could be a scientist whose passion is discovering compounds that could improve the lives of others. She could be a counselor who holds out a life-line of wisdom and encouragement to someone standing on the brink of despair. She could be a stay-at-home wife and mother who watches over her children while they sleep and encourages her husband.
As a safe-place for the hearts of others, she is trust-worthy. She does not gossip. Rather, she keeps the confidence of friends, husband, kids, and co-workers. She is not a “mean girl” who uses information as verbal capital against others. People’s hearts are safe with her. A woman who is truly accepts herself and has come into her own secure sense of identity creates a space of emotional ease and safety for those around her. She is like a comfy couch with plenty of room – because she is at ease with herself, others can be at ease with themselves around her. People can breathe at peace around her. She is comforting shade when there is sun beating down all around. She is a preserver. She can preserve life – be it as a nurse who stands in the gap in the ICU, a mom who speaks life over her kids when they’ve been bullied, a business leader who advocates for healthy team dynamics, or a wife who upholds her husband’s name. Her husband can trust her with his household and the family’s mission; she will not bring him down in dishonor (like Deliliah) but will safe-keep and promote the welfare of their family’s name and their home.

Finally ladies…
A love-receiver, a love-responder, and a life-bearer. A life-saving, life-preserving, delivering presence and aid. A keeper, an under-girder, a safe-place, a shade, and a preserver. Ladies, this is who we are. We don’t have to try to be this; we ARE this. It’s in our inherent feminine nature. Let’s take off the shackles of guilt and performance expectations of specific tasks/roles, and let’s submit to Him as He works it out in us according to His delightful ways. We each uniquely reflect feminine aspects of God. To operate against our nature, we would have to go out of our way OR be impaired by hurts, deception, or perversion of this world (which is too often the case). God is glad about our diversity, both within our gender and between the genders. So, let’s bathe everyday in the love of God for us, let Him heal the wounds. Let’s not debate secondary things. And, let’s extend grace to one another as the family of God. We will become more of who we really are, and everyone will be blessed.

Knowing that we are the beloved of God grows our faith. When we know we are truly loved, we have absolute trust and faith in the one who loves us. With people love may falter, but God’s love for us will never fail. This is how faith works through love. The love we have for our Beloved God and receive from our Beloved God, gives us confidence to believe when there is no hope and when there is no reason to have any expectation of good. The position of faith is a mindset, an attitude or one’s outlook which is settled in our heart, soul and mind. The position of faith is where we stand confident in love, though the heavens may fall, we stand.

Galatians 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

This is the position that Job had when he trusted God in the loss of his wealth, his family and health. Job had lost all his worldly possessions, his children and even his health. But Job knew his Beloved, God, was faithful and with this love he could say in faith, ‘though God slay me, yet will I trust Him.’ That is a position of faith, the place where we stand firmly, even when we are staring at adversity, hardship and it appears all hope is gone. Job knew God and would rather stand before God and trust in Him for his salvation rather than defend himself before men. That is a love that surpasses natural reasoning and a trust that this world cannot comprehend.

Job 13: 15-16a Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him. He also shall be my salvation,

Love increases our faith as our love for God increases and as our knowledge of His love for us. Our confidence and love for God grows the more we know Him and our faith continues to increase from one level of faith to the next. Faith is demonstrated in two forms; the position of faith and the process of faith. Our position of faith is our stance, our viewpoint and the love we have in our heart, soul and mind, which, causes us to have faith and our faith increases as our love increases.

Faith is also a process that is used to call things that are not yet visible in the natural, but are spiritual. This is the process of manifesting in the natural world the things God has given us in the spirit realm or in the kingdom of God. The process of faith is a natural progression from the position of faith, which is love. When we know God loves us and those around us, we can pray for the sick and their healing. We can pray and expect them to be healed because we know God loves them and wants them healed. We can pray for those who are in lack and know God wants to meet all their needs in Christ Jesus. It is the love of God that activates faith, so that it may be manifested in the natural.

Many people pray out of desperation. Because they believe all hope is gone or out of fear for their loved one who is sick and may die. Neither of these are the bases of faith nor are they the keys in which the kingdom of God operates. Many people want to use the process of faith, to speak and confess the word of God to obtain the favour and blessings of God. But they are ashamed to pray for the sick and when their prayers fail to materialize, they want to say God does not hear or answer prayers but yet, they were amiss.

Some people want the blessing of God without having the love of God in their hearts. They want to be blessed without having the love of God in them so that they may be a blessing to the people God has put in their path. They want the blessings from God without actually being a blessing to others, who do not look like them, act like them or appear to be lost beyond hope.

Romans 1: 16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

Love is not ashamed to be seen or heard. Love is the power of God that leads to salvation. This word salvation in the Greek means: rescue, deliver, health, safety. Salvation is not a process for us to go to heaven, but a practice, or a means which God has given to bring heaven to earth. The righteousness of God is His virtue, His justice, His uprightness, being displayed in our lives. The faith we have in the love God has for us and this lost world, gives us the power to love others well.

Those who live by faith trust the word of God, no matter their circumstances or situations. Those who love Him and believe in the love God has for them, will stand in adversity. Because we know the Lord God is our Redeemer, our Deliverer, our Shield and He will lift us up. Though it may appear in the natural that all hope is gone and though we may face doom, we too can say He loves me and He is my Help, my Glory and the One who will lift me up.

Just as Job stood in faith of the love God had for him, so too we must stand. Though the heavens may fall, we must stand in faith.

Psalms 3:3-4 But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the LORD with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill

Our Beloved God

It is through knowing a person we come to love them. The same is with knowing the True and Living God. When we know we are the beloved of God, our position of faith increases. We are to know that God, Elohim, Creator and sustainer of the entire world loves us with an everlasting love and His desire and plans are to prosper us, and this gives us hope for our future. To know His love for us, He is our Beloved, gives us strength to endure the challenges of life. When we are in intimate communion with God we will know His love and that He wants the best for us just as we know the love of a parent for their child or the child’s love for their parent.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, say the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 31:3 The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.

When we are in love, we have faith in the one we love. This is why some say love blinds, it is because we refuse to see the faults or lack of trust, as others may do. Love is faith and love is trust, this is why in the natural we see some people stay in situations long after all hope is gone. Though the love of people may change, God will never change. He is the same yesterday, today and forevermore. God tells us He will never forget us. A nursing mother’s love for her child is a strong love and as difficult as it may be, yet some may leave their child but, our Beloved God, His love is stronger than that and He will never leave or forsake us.

We have seen marks and tattoos people have received as memorials of a person, situation or time to remind them of their loved ones or the things they have been through. God has inscribed us on the palms of His hands, as the work of His hands and we are ever before Him. We are on His mind and His mind is full of thoughts of peace and love toward us. The walls and barriers that are surrounding us, that have us boxed in and are keeping us from our purpose, are continually before God and He sees them.

Isaiah 49: 15-16 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion of the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. See I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.

What an assurance to know the Elohim, Creator of all, is our Sovereign King, Friend, Comforter and Guide. God as The Creator can bring into existence anything we need; as our Sovereign King He has supreme power over all that concerns us; as our Comforter or Advocate He is our defender, helper and strengthens us; as our Guide He leads us in all things and directs our paths, our steps and though we may stumble we will not be destroyed.

Communing and Knowing the True and living God produces such a love for Him that is unexplainable but is visible in the confidence we have in Him and the love He has for us. We believe and have faith in those we love. This love is longsuffering, patient and kind. It is not easily provoked and some may say to the point of being blind.

Our faith and love is in the All Powerful, All Knowing and All Present God. We can rest in His love and know He is perfect in every situation. Not only for us but for those around us trusting that He is working all things together for our good. Even when the things we are going through are not very good, as the cross of Christ appeared in the natural to be the ultimate failure; it was God’s greatest victory for all mankind.

It is God Who brings beauty out of ashes and brings peace in adversity. While we walk in the grimy and uncertain path of this life journey, Our Beloved God saturates our lives with the presence of His glory both in the visible and the eternal unseen spirit realm.

Isaiah 61: 3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness; The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

Prayer is a conversation with God. The purpose of prayer is to commune with Him so that we may get to know Him and thereby get to know our true self. Prayer is the process that changes who we are by changing the way we think. In fellowship with God we learn of His character and His love for us, which will change the way we think about ourselves and others. When we live in community with God it changes how we view ourselves and causes a change in the way we act and live our lives and how we respond to the things around us.

When we converse with God it alters the way we perceive things and in that it alters our reality. A person’s perspective, the way they think and believe, is their reality. Whether it is rooted in truth or a lie, because their mind believes, it is their reality. In this world system, we are trained to believe certain things about ourselves and others and though they may be lies, it is all we know. We were taught to value ourselves more and to devalue others. But when we are in fellowship with God we see His love for us and for all mankind. With the love of God in us, it will begin to change our reality to His truth and the love of God can be expressed through us.

Romans 5:8-10 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Many people want to serve God to receive favour from God: for a better day, a better life, or better finances and what He can do for them. When life does not reflect those expectations of what people believed they should receive then they get discouraged and disappointed with God. In their perspective or in their reality, God has let them down. They become hurt or even angry with God for not blessing or protecting them, but truth is they do not know Him.

In God’s reality and truth, we are called to be like Christ; to die to self and to live a life to become like Jesus, the image of God on the earth. God sees us through the life of Jesus. We are to show love even when we are not loved, to be a blessing when we are being reviled; to show favour and forgiveness to those who do not deserve it. This we can only do when the love of God rests on us because we have spent time with God and know His heart for the lost. Out of love for God who loved us, we will live our life for His glory, His kingdom and the people created in His image.

When we stay in fellowship with God through prayer and communion we get to know His heart and the love He has for us. In this close communion we come to realize nothing can separate us from the love of God. It is in this assurance of His love that we can face life’s challenges without dread. Because we know Him and His love for us is so great, we know He would not leave us but will be with us in all things. God will bring us into victory.

Romans 8:35-38 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Many people read their Bibles just to know about God and to see His works. But we should read our Bible to know Him, really know Him through His word. We should ask God to reveal Himself to us so that we may know Him, the One True and Living God. When we know and understand Him we will know the love He has for us and this love will move us into a deeper, richer knowledge, love and greater understanding for Him and others.

Fear is the root cause of people failing to become victorious in this life and is a hindrance to them from being transformed into the image of God. It is fear that causes people to give up on their hope, dreams and purpose. Fear is the seed this world system plants in the lives of all cultures and people from the time they are born. Fear was the first reaction to mankind’s fall in the beginning. When God called to Adam, his response was, he was afraid and hid himself. Fear is a natural consequence in a fallen world.

God gave mankind dominion and authority over the things in this world but temporarily lost this authority until Jesus came and restored the kingdom of God on the earth. The world system cultivates fear in the hearts of the people who were created to be the image of God. People are vulnerable to what they fear, because they cannot have dominion or authority over the things they fear. Fear shows itself in many different forms; fear of lack, not having enough, and fear of things or people who are unlike us. It is because of fear that we allow the pressure of this world system to reign over us to do whatever it takes to get ahead. Faith in God and his kingdom allows us to take authority and have dominion over our situation.

Genesis 3: 9-11a Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked?

A lifestyle of fear is being encouraged in every area of life through culture, media and even the games children and people play. Fear like faith can be cultivated to be the primary thought pattern of a person in which they will operate in. This world system wants people to develop a spirit of fear rather than a spirit of faith. Without knowing it, many people plant fear in themselves and their children by the things they watch, say and do. We sometimes look at movies and go places which promote a spirit of fear that can be rooted in their consciousness and unconsciousness. This is like faith which also comes by hearing and operating in the word of God.

Faith and fear are currency or an exchange that brings into reality the things that we have expectation for. Whether it is a positive act of faith or a negative response to fear, we must be discerning. To have faith and not be afraid is a constant command throughout the Bible. Faith is a deliberate choice to believe God and His promises. Fear is confirmation of unbelief in God and His ability to provide, protect and perform His word. Living in fear is a direct insult to God and His Character. Fear paralyzes people and keeps them from obeying God, which is our true call and purpose.

Jesus came to deliver us from fear which was the result of sin. Jesus’ life, death and resurrection purchased our righteousness and placed us in right standing with God. God is calling everyone even those still living in fear, to become right with God by accepting the work of Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. His children may come boldly to His throne of Grace and not be afraid. Jesus has paid the debt we owed and has given us His Righteousness. Many who are followers of Christ still are afraid to approach the Holy God Jehovah, because of fear of their past sins or fear of their present failures. They lack the knowledge or faith in God’s word that says Jesus was made sin so we are made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 4;15-16 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Faith is rooted in the knowledge of God’s love for us. When we know and understand that God loves us more than we could imagine, then we can believe God and have faith in His love. God’s love is not based on our efforts, our successes or our failures but in the completed work of Christ. Jesus’ death and resurrection is a testament of God’s love for us because He would not leave us in our fallen state without Hope. This love is cultivated in our hearts by the Holy Spirit and we show our gratitude and love for God by our obedience to His word.

The more we know and commune with God, the more we will know and understand His love for us. Then our desire is to be more like Him and to show His love to this world and the people He created. A true belief in God is evident by a change in behavior. God meets us where we are. He does not require us to get right and cleanse ourselves before coming to Him. Once we have His Holy Spirit living in us, then our lives should demonstrate a change. If there is no change in our character or life, then we must question the earnestness of our conversion and the Holy Spirit in us.

Many people want to question why people go through trials and hardships in life and why God allows this. It was not so in the beginning. Mankind has brought to the earth a fallen broken world system but God has provided a way back into His kingdom through faith. Faith is always tried and tested to demonstrate our love for God and we have hope to become a sweet fragrance for God in the world. Just as a diamond is tested to prove it is genuine and not glass, so is our faith in God is confirmed as evidence of our commitment to Him by our obedience. Faith can only be seen, proven and tested in adverse situations. When we are faced with troubles, how we respond speaks to our beliefs. We will respond in faith, believing God will provide and protect, or in fear, doing things our own way for self-preservation

Remember, both faith and fear are choices we will make. Everyone will decide which currency or exchange that we will operate in. Thereby everyone will purchase spiritually, the things they will receive based on their choice of fear or faith. This is the reality of this life and life eternal.

World religion has become a distortion of reality which people use as a means of displaying a false goodness in an effort to get blessing from God or look good in the eyes of people. Work is done and duties are performed to appear important and to be connected to a worldly system of religion created to keep people busy laboring. This busyness can keep one from a close relationship with God and from the knowledge and understanding that is needed for their true purpose and true identity.

With the fall of mankind he was removed from the presence and family of God; mankind lost their awareness of who they were and how to commune with God. Jesus came to take away the sin that distorted who we had become and showed us the path to follow to the true life God has designed for us.

We have been taught by society and our culture that we are to stay busy and work hard to get ahead in this world system. Priority is placed on earthly and temporal things of the world rather than the eternal things of God. Jesus tells us to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be given to us.

Many people feel hopeless once they hear we are to be righteous, because they do not believe they can live up to God’s standard of righteousness. So they do things their own way. Jesus is our righteousness; He paid the price for us so that we can live in a right position with God as forgiven children. That is what righteousness means- we are now in a right relationship with God and He no longer sees our failures but Jesus’ Righteousness. This is done by a simple act of our will, submitting to God’s way by faith in the completed work of Jesus. We cannot work our way into righteousness, we receive it as a gift and then we work to renew our minds to the kingdom ways and God’s love.

Matthews 6:31-34a Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow

People are trained from a young age to be consumed with getting money, a bigger car, bigger house and bigger bank account. They are so obsessed with satisfying self and getting ahead, they fail to learn how to trust God and to rest on His promises that develops faith. When people do not realize there is a greater purpose, they lose sight of the most important eternal plan of God which is a relationship with God and the people who are created in His image.

Jesus came to show us the Father and to give us a new life, a new family and a new identity. Identity defines purpose and purpose changes behavior. This fallen world wants people to believe in the theory of evolution; that their identity came from animals. If their identity is distorted and they think they come from an animal, then their purpose is to be like an animal and then their behavior will reflect behavior of an animal. Jesus came to show us our true identity so we may understand our created purpose to reflect the image of God. Then our behavior will line up with God’s created purpose, to look like and act like His children with everyone we meet.

When we seek God’s kingdom, we learn that we are to operate through the Sovereign Grace of God which is in Christ Jesus. Many people struggle with religion because it is hard to give up old ways of thinking and old ways of doing things. We all understand the difficult process of breaking old habits in the natural. God has given us His Grace through Jesus to give us the desire and the ability to do His good pleasure. Yet still, so many people fail to ask God to give them the power to be set free of old habits and mindsets through the power of the Holy Spirit. When we seek God while we are still in our mess, God will give us the aspiration and strength to do His will.

Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure

The pride of mankind is the root of world religion to lift up self and the rejection of God’s Grace. The pride of religion says, “I can do things to please God in my own strength” and the pride of rejecting God says, “I do not need God, I can do it in my own way.” Though it is God’s Sovereign will that all men should come to repentance, His Love for us allows everyone their ability to choose, by the act of their will; God’s life eternal or their own way which is pride and destruction. True love never forces anyone to love them, though they may desire, encourage and pursue. Love always leaves the choice to their beloved to receive or reject their love. Although, God loves us and desires fellowship with us, God will never force anyone to come to Him.

Some people believe Jesus lived His life through His Own power as God, which is why He could do all that He did, but He did not. Jesus laid aside His right to operate as God Divine, to become a man. He limited Himself so He could show us how to live this life by the power of the Holy Spirit and to show us our true identity. He lived to show us how we should live now on earth with eternal life in the kingdom of God and not waiting until we die. Now in this life we should live by the power of Holy Spirit so people will know Him and seek His kingdom. Jesus died so we would be reinstated into the family of God while on earth to reflect the glory and love of God.

We have no excuse not to live the life Christ lived. Jesus lived and suffered as a person. He went through trials and hardships in life. Jesus prayed and cried out to God Who was able to save Him. Yet, Jesus submitted His will to God’s will and He obeyed God. This is the one thing every person who walks in victory must do, die to self and trust their life to God by submitting their will to God’s will. This is a simple act of the will but it is not necessarily easy. The greatest battle one will fight is the battle of one’s own will.

* When we understand the kingdom of God, then we will not be seduced to go after the things of this world, the world’s way.

* When we develop faith in God to supply all our needs, then we will not be fearful when we are faced with difficult situations.

* When we are identified with Christ as children of God, we can humble ourselves to serve others because we trust God and know we are of the royal family of God. We can die to our selfish, destructive lifestyle and live for the kingdom of God.

Remember, worldly religion teaches us to stay busy doing things and although they may be good things, they may not be the priority God has for us. God places His kingdom and our relationship with Jesus, which produces the righteousness of God, as the first priority.

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