Created in love…

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                                                      … by Love!

God created us in love.
God set us on earth – to live love.
We misunderstood love,
… we lost love,
and our connection to Love!

God sent Jesus the Son of His love,
… because of His love,
… to restore us to Love.

      Love covers all sins.
      Prov 10 12

Jesus showed us love,
… touched us with love.
… lived love before us,
gave Himself for us in love.
… restoring us to Love!

      I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it,
      that the love with which You loved Me
      may be in them, and I in them.
      John 17 26

How does love work in my life?

      And we have known and believed the love that God has for us.
      God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God,
      and God in him.
      1 John 4 16

And receiving Love is easy,

      We love Him because He first loved us.
      1 John 4:19

 

The Tree of Life

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                                            …the way and the truth!

 
When God created man He breathed His life into man …

      And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground,
      and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;
      and man became a living being.
      Gen. 2 7

And God provided what man would need to live that life.

      The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden,
      Gen. 2 9

But how do I get connected to this life?

      By going to the source of life!
      Accepting God as GOD!
      Accepting Jesus as Lord!
      Accepting the Holy Spirit as helper, teacher and guide!

Sounds great, but where is this life God promised us?

      Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life.
      No one comes to the Father except through Me.
      John 14 6

Jesus is the tree of life, and He himself said …

      I have come that they may have life,
      and that they may have it more abundantly.
      John 10 10

So as I truly make Jesus Lord in my life,
… I will be drawing from the Tree of Life,
and as I make Him Lord of my future,
… by bringing every thought and decision under His Lordship,
Jesus, the Tree of life, will expose the tree of good and evil!

      For you died to this life,
      and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.
      Col 3 3

 

The Tree of Knowledge

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                                            … of good and evil!

 
You are probably familiar with the following scripture,
      The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden,
      and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
      Gen. 2 9

and that God said to man …
      of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat
      Gen. 2 17

Why did God say that?
Did God want to limit us or control us?
Neither!
      God created us special in a unique place and position,
      … in control over our own destiny,
      by giving us the right to decide for ourselves,
      … and the ability to choose our future for ourselves!
      A choice with life changing results.

However God did tell us which is the right choice,
… and which is the wrong choice,
as well as the consequences of the wrong choice,
saying …
      I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you,
      that I have set before you life and death,
      blessing and cursing; therefore choose life,
      Deut 30 19

Making it easy to know what the right choice is…
His choice – Life!

 

How does God see you?

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                                      … through the eyes of Love!

God is not looking at you,
… at what you did wrong
… or where you have missed it.
Never …

But…

      God is looking at the person He created
      … in His image and likeness!

      God is looking at what Christ did,
      … at who you are in Jesus!


      God is looking at you through the eyes of Love,
      … and the image of love that you are!

So…

      Start seeing yourself
      … through the eyes of Love,
      … in the likeness of Love.

For…

      God so loved the world
      that He gave His only begotten Son,
      that whoever believes in Him should not perish
      but have everlasting life.
      John 3 16

 

The Son of Man

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                                      … the Son of God!

Jesus came to the earth as the Son of Man,
… in the image of God
Just like Adam was created,
… in the image of God,
… without sin!

      Satan came to tempt Adam
      … Adam failed.
      Satan came to tempt Jesus
      … Jesus did not fail.

What was the difference?
Adam ignored God’s Word,
… and satan snared man through disobedience into sin.
Jesus used God’s Word,
… and was victorious over satan – every time!

How did Jesus do that?

      When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know
      that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself;
      but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things.
      John 8 28

Jesus spoke and lived God’s Word,
… and so can we, by simply

      casting down arguments and every high thing
      that exalts itself against the knowledge of God,
      bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ
      2 Cor 10 5

And as Jesus Himself said to us …
      If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
      John 14:14

 

Honoring God…

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                                                … in what you do!

      Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible,
      to God who alone is wise,
      be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
      1 Tim 1 17

What is it that God expects of us?
… that we honor Him!
But how do we honor God?
by doing what Jesus did!

      Jesus answered, “If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing.
      It is My Father who honors Me,
      of whom you say that He is your God.
      John 8 54

What did Jesus do?
How did Jesus honor God?

      Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself,
      but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does,
      the Son also does in like manner.
      John 5 19

Jesus did the works of the Father!
In other words,
Jesus did what the Father did!

So how do we honor God?
Not by the result of our works, like Cain did.
But like Abel, bringing to God the best he had,
… a lamb in thanksgiving for God’s goodness and love!

      By this My Father is glorified,
      that you bear much fruit;
      so you will be My disciples.
      John 15 8

 

When you pray…

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                                                            … listen!

 
When you pray, listen,
… not for what you think God will say,
… not what you want Him to say,
but whatever He wants to say to you,
… hear that!
It may NOT seem to be what you expect,
… but listen and then do what He said
and if you are not sure, ASK!

      Call to Me, and I will answer you,
      and show you great and mighty things,
      which you do not know.
      Jer 33:3

God is faithful.
and as you get into the habit of listening to Him,
… the easier it will become to hear Him!

However, at all times be vigilant, as Jesus said…

      Therefore take heed how you hear.
      For whoever has, to him more will be given;
      and whoever does not have,
      even what he seems to have will be taken from him.
      Luke 8 18

So, listen…
for as you act on the little that you hear,
… God will not only say more,
but also give you more direction in your life,
because you have heard
… and acted on what He said!
 

How important are you…

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                                                … to God!

God created everything we can see,
      – the visible and the invisible –
in its most intricate detail and beauty,
But when God created man He went even further,
– He made man in His image and likeness –
Why?
Because God is life
… and He wants us to share in that life.

      I am the resurrection and the life.
      He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
      John 11 25

Yes, we are all important to God,
as David wrote …

      What is man that You are mindful of him,
      And the son of man that You visit him?
      For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
      And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
      You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
      You have put all things under his feet,
      Psalm 8 4-7

What does that mean in our lives?

God wants to be part of our lives,
… in fact He wants to live life through us.
And as I allow Him into my life,
… and as I open myself up to Him,
His life becomes real in me.
And …

      I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
      Phil 4 13

 

A wilderness experience

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                                            the place of power!

What is the wilderness experience all about?

Jesus, when He started His ministry,
… His walk with the Holy Spirit, with the Father,
went through a wilderness experience…

What happened there?

      Why a separation from the world?
      … to learn how to get close to the Father,
      … to get to know the Father and His voice,
      … to get to know the Father’s will for your life
      and to get to know yourself!

When satan confronted Jesus with those 3 temptations,
… he was not sure if Jesus was actually the Christ
… so he tried to get Jesus to prove who He is!
But Jesus knew who He was, and how to deal with satan,

      The same also happens with us,
      … for until the time that we decided to follow Jesus,
      … satan never really bothered us,
      but the minute we do, satan is all over us.
      That is why it is so important,
      … that you get to know who YOU are in Christ!

Does the wilderness experience end there?
No!
Even in a crowd, we are spiritually on our own
… so it is vitally important to stay connected
as Jesus did throughout His ministry on earth.

      Most assuredly, I say to you,
      the Son can do nothing of Himself,
      but what He sees the Father do;
      for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
      John 5 19

 

Ask what you believe

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                                            … not just what you need!

You can ask – for what you have heard or read,
… and you can ask – for what you want or what you need,
BUT
what YOU will receive,
… is what YOU yourself – believe!

      Now we believe, not because of what you said,
      for we ourselves have heard Him
      John 4:42

      What are you seeking and asking for,
      … what you want or need,
      … what you heard or read that God has said?
      OR…
      are you seeking what you actually really believe,
      … not just because God said so,
      … not just because you need it,
      but because YOU actually believe it.

For …
      If you can believe,
      all things are possible to him who believes.
      Mark 9:23

Therefore…
Say and pray what YOU believe
because – what you believe is what God will do!

Don’t just believe in God,
believe God!
Don’t just believe God heals,
believe you are healed!