Eternal Life!

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                                           … is all about NOW!


Understanding that eternity is all about now,
… opens such potential and opportunities!       (see   Eternity    &    Eternity now )

          Just think of it … now is forever!
          I can do anything … now!
          I have all of now to do everything, anything.

          Equally important though is,
          … what I don’t do NOW, I will never do,
          … because the only time I have is NOW!

However, what about eternal life?
What is eternal life that we have in Jesus,
… and how does it differ from life as we know it?

Well, what does the Bible tell us about eternal life?

          Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said:
          “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son,
          that Your Son also may glorify You,
          as You have given Him authority over all flesh,
          that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.
          And this is eternal life, that they may know You,
          the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
          1 John 17:1-3

Eternal life is about knowing God the Father,
… and living His will in your life!
So in reality, eternal life is about,
… what you are doing now with your life!
Or in simpler terms,
… with whom are you spending eternity?

          What are you doing with the life God has given you?
          With whom are you living your life,
          … and for whom are you living your life?

If it is with and for God … it’s eternal life!

Let God show you

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                                                             His Picture!

 
Every thought, every plan, every action we take,
… is based on a picture (not just some words)
So also the circumstances we find ourselves in,
… pictures that often are a challenge to deal with.

Important therefore is the perception of those pictures,
… and to know that any picture is subject to change!
Therefore …

Don’t let the picture carry you,
… let God carry you through the picture.
Don’t let circumstances influence you,
… but let God direct your steps.

      A man’s heart plans his way,
      But the Lord directs his steps.
      Prov 16:9

Let God show you His picture that He has for you,
… and let God guide you through the circumstances you are facing.
In other words, let God in on your picture,
… and let God show you His will in whatever circumstance you are in,
let Him place you in that picture He has for you,

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

God is more real than any picture your mind paints,
let Him show you His way,
don’t let the problem or circumstance become more real than God.

 

God in your life?

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                               or just part of your life?

 
Unless God is God in every area of your life,
He is not God in your LIFE!

      We want or expect God to be,
      … God in our bodies and in our health,
      … God in our family and in our needs,
      … God of our provision, our peace and protection!

      But when it comes to our work, business and finances,
      … we want to decide what and how things should be,
      … we want to decide how our finances are regulated,
      which simply means that,
      … God is not and cannot be God of our lives!

Whilst there is any part of your life that you have not put in His hands,
… that you control, and that you are the final authority of,
God clearly says He does not know you,
… because there is a part of your life that is not open to Him!

      When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door,
      and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying,
      ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you,
      ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’
      then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence,
      and You taught in our streets.’

      But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from.
      Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’
      Luke 13:25-27

 

Claiming His Promises

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                               or living His Promises!

 
Ever wondered why God’s promises often seem so elusive?

Quite simply,
… because we have not truly understood God,
… because we have not understood God’s heart!

God does not want us to claim His promises,
but God wants to live those promises with us!

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

How does God plan for us to live this abundant life?

God wants us close to Him,
… in His presence,
… in His love, under His protection!

God wants a personal relationship with us,
… where He can be Daddy.
A Daddy who showers His children with love,
… who showers His children with His promises!
Why,
because we are with Him!

      The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
      He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
      He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul;
      …
      Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
      All the days of my life;
      And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
      Psalm 23:1-3,6

 

God saw the need…

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                               Jesus was the Seed!

 
God saw the need (that mankind had).
Jesus was the Seed (sent to do His will).

Jesus did not come because He saw the need,
… or because he saw Himself as the answer,
but Jesus came because God sent Him. (John 3:16)

During His ministry on earth, Jesus did not come to do His will,
… but only said what He heard the Father say,
… and only did what He saw the Father do!

      Then Jesus answered and said to them,
      ‘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

And when it came to confirming and concluding His ministry,
God confirmed the how,

      For He was cut off from the land of the living;
      For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
      Isa 53:8

and Jesus became the way!

      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

 

Expressing what’s not seen

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                               the love within!

 
      While we do not look at the things which are seen,
      but at the things which are not seen.
      For the things which are seen are temporary,
      but the things which are not seen are eternal.
      2 Cor 4:18

Everything that is seen, is temporary
… and is the expression of what is not seen.
God, who is invisible, created what is visible,
… it’s therefore an expression of what is in Him!

      By the same token,
      … our spirit man is not visible or seen,
      however, what is in us,
      … is seen in our physical actions.

      In other words,
      what others see in your actions,
      … is an expression of what is not seen, your character

Created in His image
… we should be an expression of Who God is,
for …

      Love has been perfected among us in this:
      that we may have boldness in the day of judgment;
      because as He is, so are we in this world.
      1 John 4:17-19

‘As He is so are we in this world,’
… of course includes all of our being,
but remember, it is founded on love,
… so if His love is in us,
… we will be as He is in all things!

 

A Loving Father…

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                                    who gives!

 
If you go to God just as God
with your needs and expectations,
you are likely to be disappointed.

But if you go to God as Father,
as the loving Father that He is,
He will bless you and give to you in abundance.

      But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
      and all these things shall be added to you.
      Matt 6:33

A loving Father who blesses,
… gives and never takes away.
For His every gift is according to His love,
… and not according to our expectations!

      Every good gift and every perfect gift
      is from above, and comes down
      from the Father of lights,
      with whom there is no variation
      or shadow of turning.
      James 1:17

 

Observe His Commandments

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                            and you will be blessed!
life
 
God’s heart is to bless us, and to bless us in abundance…

      Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God,
      to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today …
      And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you,
      Deut 28:1-2

Sounds great, but what are these commandments?
How do you obey, observe and live them?

God wants to bless us and not test us,
… therefore gives us clear instructions and a perfect solution.

      For the commandment is a lamp,
      And the law a light;
      Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,

      Prov 6:20-23

The Commandment, God’s character … LOVE – is a lamp
… a lamp that shows us God’s way of doing things,
… of living a fruitful life that expresses His character, love!

      You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul,
      and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment.
      And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
      On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
      Matt 22:37-40

But what about the Ten Commandments, the Law?
The Law God says is a light,
… showing up those things that will hurt, even steal our lives!
In other words, what not to do and what to avoid in life!

      So God can bless you … and all to which you set your hand.
      Deut 28:8

 

Calling what is

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                as it should be!

 
God, who calls things that be not as though they were,   (Rom.4:17)
… has a wonderful plan for our lives,
… and will bring His perfect will into our lives, if we let Him.

Reality though is that we so often negate what God has planned,
… by doing the exact opposite,
… by focusing on the negative, instead of focusing on God!

      Are you calling things the way you see them,
      … the way that circumstances look like right now,
      or are you calling them the way God sees them?

It is NOT calling things that are – as though they are NOT!
Not at all!
But it is about calling things – the way that they should be!
… the way God says they should be!

      It is not about denying what there is,
      … but it is about calling it what it should be!

In other words,
it is about calling things or circumstances,
the way God says that they should be,
and it is about calling those things or circumstances,
… as though they already are what God says they are!

      Don’t call what is… as though it is!
      Call what it should be… as though it already is!

 

A God of Increase

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                          What have you planted today?

 
So often you hear it said,
      ‘Why is God not doing anything in our lives?’
In Gen 2:2 we read…

      And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done,
      and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.

God had done and prepared everything necessary
… for man and man’s life on earth,
and in Gen 1:31 God Himself observed that
‘indeed it was very good!’

So, what is God doing today?
And what part do I have in His plan?

      God ‘made’ man out of the dust of this earth, (Gen 2:7)
      In other words, God took what He had already created,
      … and used that as the source of man’s physical body and existence.
      Then God breathed His spirit life into man,
      … and man became a living soul.

This man, connected and empowered in the spirit by God,
… was to live and develop the earth out of what God had created (on earth).
Then God showed man where He put all the necessary resources,
… resources for man to use and to develop (Gen 2:8…)
so that man could live a full rich life (in abundance)
… developing and overseeing God’s creation, for Him.

How does this work?
      While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest,
      Gen 8:22

So what is God’s part?
God is a God of Increase, (1Cor.3:6-8)
and He will bless what we do with what He gave us to do.

      The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses
      and in all to which you set your hand,

      Deut 28:1-8

      As we do, plant, develop and create with Him,
      God will increase and multiply what we set our hands to!