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The Word: Episode 0993 1 John 4

“Love. Steadfastness.”

July 20, 2019

“Love. Steadfastness.”

Blessings folk!

Read what Paul said to the Thessalonians about the Love of God.

He was closing his second letter to them…well, the second of the two we have in the Word.

Give close heed…

2 Th 3:5
May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.

We have seen much about the Love of God.

This sets us free!

The Lord Himself will direct our hearts into the Love of God.
He will guide.
He will open.
He will direct.

If we allow.
If we do not quench.

There is more.

The Lord Himself will direct us into the steadfastness of Christ.

Steadfastness does not come from the flesh of man.
Steadfastness comes from Christ moving through Believers.

Live in the Love of God.
Stand firm in the steadfastness of Christ.

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The Word: Episode 0992 1 John 3

“Make It Your Ambition”

July 19, 2019

“Make It Your Ambition”

Blessings folk!

Paul told the Thessalonians…and us…to excel even more in love for one another.

1 Th 4:9-10

Now as to the love of the brethren,
you have no need for anyone to write to you,
for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;

for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia.
But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more,

Paul continues the thought…and sentence…by giving more instruction.

1 Th 4:11-12
and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you,

so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.

Love will manifest in deed.

A quiet life…not raucous, not rowdy, not seeking disruption, etc.

Attending to our own business…not busy-bodies, not nosey

Working with our own hands…not lazy, not slothful, not presumptive

Behave properly toward outsiders…those not of the faith.

So that you will not be in need.

So many that profess to be believers live in the wrong way (especially among leadership).

Let us cease…
Laziness
Busy-bodiness
Slothfulness

Have the proper ambition in the Spirit.

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The Word: Episode 0991 1 John 2

“Love the Brethren”

July 18, 2019

“Love the Brethren”

Blessings folk!

The Love of God teaches us.

It teaches us to love one another.

1Th 4:9

Now as to the love of the brethren,
you have no need for anyone to write to you,
for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;

They already knew about the love of the brethren.
They had no need for anyone to write and exhort them.
They have been taught by God to love one another.

Think on that.

They were taught by God to love one another.

Why do so many within the organized “church” not love one another?

Because they are not of God.

They profess to be, but they are not.

They have not been redeemed/saved.

They are trying to live a good, religious life by the power of the flesh.

That never works.

Those that are truly saved have the Holy Spirit.

We love one another because we are of the same Spirit.

Why was Paul writing to them about this?

The next verse tells us.

1Th 4:10
for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia.
But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more,

They practiced love for the brethren through the region - Macedonia.

Paul was urging them to excel even more.

We should do likewise.

Excel more in love.

If you do not love, examine yourself to see if you are truly of the faith.

If you do not love, you are not of the faith.

2 Co 13:5
Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!

1 Jo 4:20
If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar;
for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen,
cannot love God whom he has not seen.

Selah!

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The Word: Episode 0990 1 John 1

“Labor of Love”

July 17, 2019

“Labor of Love”

Blessings folk!

Paul, in writing to the Body in the region of Thessalonica, made mention of how love is a labor.
Love can be work.

1 Th 1:2-4

We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers;

constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father,

knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you;

Paul thanked God for them.
Paul mentioned them in his prayers.
Paul speaks of three things that he constantly had in his mind related to them…

  1. Their work of faith
  2. Their labor of love
  3. Their steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ

All in the presence of our God and Father.
All with the knowledge that they were beloved by God.
All with the knowledge that they are chosen by God.

Do we know this?
Do we realize who we are in the Lord?

Do we have “work of faith”?
Do we “labor in love”?
Do we have “steadfastness of hope” in the Lord?

Anything else is not a true work/life of the Kingdom.


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The Word: Episode 0989 1 John 5:13-21