Filled with Life Overflowing

“It is the Spirit who gives life;

the flesh profits nothing.

The words that I speak to you are spirit,

and they are life.”

John 6:63 (NKJV)

This week’s great passage:

“Verily, verily, I say unto you,

He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

I am the bread of life.

Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness,

and are dead.

This is the bread which cometh down from heaven,

that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

I am the living bread which came down from heaven:

if any man eat of this bread,

he shall live for ever:

and the bread that I will give

is my flesh.”

John 6:47-51

Jesus said,

I am –

“Verily, verily, I say unto you,

Before Abraham was,

I am.”

John 8:58;

The living bread –

“Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith,

SACRIFICE AND OFFERING THOU WOULDEST NOT,

BUT A BODY HAST THOU PREPARED ME …

said he,

Lo, I come to do thy will O God … 

by the which will we are sanctified

through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all…

Therefore doth my Father love me,

because I lay down my life,

that I might take it again.

No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself.

I have power to lay it down,

and I have power to take it again.

This commandment have I received of my Father.”

Hebrews 10:5, 9, 10; John 10:17,18

which came down from heaven –

“And no man hath ascended up to heaven,

but he that came down from heaven,

even the Son of man which is in heaven …

For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven,

and giveth life unto the world.”

John 3:13; John 6:33

If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever

“As the  living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father

so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me …

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live;

yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:

and the life which I now live in the flesh

I live by the faith of the Son of God,

who loved me, and gave himself for me …

This is that bread which came down from heaven …

he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.”

John 6:57; Galatians 2:20; John 6:58

and the bread that I will give is my flesh,

“And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said,

Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you …

But he was wounded for our transgressions,

he was bruised for our iniquities:

the chastisement of our peace was upon him;

and with his stripes we are healed …

Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread?

And your labour for that which satisfieth not?

Hearken diligently unto me,

and eat ye that which is good,

and let your soul delight itself in fatness.”

1Corinthians 11:24; Isaiah 53:5; Isaiah 55:2

which I will give for the life of the world

The Promise:

“Incline your ear, and come unto me;

hear, and your souls shall live:

and I will make an everlasting covenant with  you,

even the sure mercies of David …

For God so loved the word,

that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him

should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Isaiah 55:3;John 3:16

Is there a gnawing in your soul, an emptiness leaving you hungry?

“And Jesus said unto them,

I am the bread of life:

he that cometh to me shall never hunger,

and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”

John 6:35

Jesus is the Bread of Life to satisfy your hunger, the hunger for life.

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:

I am come that they might have life,

and that they might have it more abundantly.”

John 10:10

What are you feasting on, life or death?


Check out Lily’s post  at tblsite.me/2021/06/04/jesus-the-bread-of-life for a finishing thought to this post and a beautiful picture.

The Last Sermon

Christ’s most famous sermon was his first – the Sermon on the Mount, which included the beatitudes or blessings. His first sermon presented the people with the heart of the kingdom of God. Taking the letter of the Law and giving it a heart and spirit. Then Jesus summed up the whole in what we call the Golden Rule:bloglove-699480_960_720

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you,

do ye even so to them:

for this is the law and the prophets.”

Matthew 7:12

Then He admonished the people in entering the kingdom of God.

  • “Enter ye in at the strait gate:
  • for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction,
  • and many there be which go in thereat:
  • Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life,
  • and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

He warns them to be careful who they follow by leaving them with this question.

“Can the blind lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch?”

Luke 6:39

Fast forward three years and we hear Jesus’s last public sermon. In this message, He gives birth to a saying I’m sure many of us have said or alluded to: “Do as I say, not as I do.”

Jesus has entered Jerusalem hailed as King. He has cleansed the temple, healed a few blind and lame. A day or two has passed. Passover draws nearer. The cross is in view. To read the whole of his last message to the multitude see Matthew 23. Below are a few of his points addressed to those who are leading others into the ditch – those who have –

“shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.” Matthew 23:13

They are the scribes and Pharisees who –

“sit in Moses’ seat: Jesus says,

“All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do;

but, do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.”

Jesus describes them by their works.

  • They lay heavy burdens on the people but won’t, “move them with one of their fingers.”
  • They do to be seen of others.
  • They desire the honor of being called rabbi, master, father.

In contrast, Christ makes us one with one Master and one Father:

  • “all ye are brethren …
  • call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
  • Neither be ye called masters for one is your Master, even Christ.
  • But he that is greatest among you shall be  your servant.
  • And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased,
  • and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”

We are of the kingdom of heaven serving one another in brotherly love. We are those who have entered the narrow way.

Next He addresses those walking in the kingdom of this world, the scribes and Pharisees. His comments are harsh, pointed, and steeped in sadness. His first warning came because they knew better but chose the worst.

“therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.”

He then explains why.

  • “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
  • For ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith:
  • these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
  • Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel…
  • for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward,
  • but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
  • Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men,
  • but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.”

These have a heritage of killing the prophets and will continue to do so. Jesus will be the next Prophet they kill. They will cry for his blood to be on their hands. He cries for what could have been.

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem,

thou that killest the prophets,

and stonest them which are sent unto thee,

how often would I have gathered thy children together,

even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings,

and ye would not!”

There are no sadder words to hear after been given the opportunity to enter the kingdom of God than, “and ye would not!”

If you haven’t already now is the time to –

 “Enter ye in at the strait gate…

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way,

which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

Are you among the few who have found the way?  Jesus is the way, the only way to the Father. Or are you one who will hear, “And ye would not!”


What message would you want to speak if you knew this was your last opportunity ?

All Or Nothing

“Jesus wants to be a part of your life.”

DSCF0630“You need to make Jesus a part of your life.”

These statements give me pause. Jesus doesn’t desire to be a part of our life. He desires to be our life. Apart from him we have no life. Do we really desire to only live a quarter or half a life? If we want to live life to its fullest we can only do that as we totally surrender ourselves to the Lord. It’s all or nothing. Paul understood this when he wrote to the Philippians.

“According to my earnest expectation and my hope,

that in nothing I shall be ashamed,

but that with all boldness, as always,

so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body,

whether it be by life, or by death.

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

1:20,21.

For to me to live is Christ…

  • “For what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
  • Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:
  • for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
  • And be found in him,
  • not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law,
  • but that which is through the faith of Christ,
  • the righteousness which is of God by faith:” Philippians 3:7-9.

Paul realized all his successes, heritage, and life under the law smelled like a cow pile. He knew apart from Christ he smelled of death. He cast them aside and placed all his hope in living life in Jesus Christ.

“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

When Christ, who is our life,

shall appear,

then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”

Colossians 3:3,4.

When the risen Lord blinded Saul(who is Paul) to the world around him and all he could see and hear was the Lord, He brought Paul to life, His life. Paul shows us Christ’s example of a life in Christ.

  • “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
  • Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
  • But made himself of no reputation,
  • and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man,
  • he humbled himself,
  • and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:5-8.

no reputation…form of a servant…

Jesus spoke of this to his disciples.

“For whether is greater,

he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth?

Is not he that sitteth at meat?

But I am among you as he that serveth…Luke 22:27.

And whosoever will be chief among you,

let him be your servant:

even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister,

and to give his life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:27-28.

Humbled himself, and became obedient unto death…

“So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath,

he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:33.

“Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it;

and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” Luke 17:33.

Losing self brings us to true life in Christ, to that which is eternal. He gives us a new identity, his identity and a new residence with him.

“For our conversation is in heaven;

from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

Who shall change our vile body,

that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body,

according to the working whereby

he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”

Philippians 3:20,21

Some think the Christian life impossible to live. Apart from Christ that is true. But not only has Christ given us life in himself, He has also given us all we stand in need of to live as an example of him. He called us to be his witnesses, a light of his glory to the world. He hasn’t left us alone to accomplish an impossible task. Remember it’s no longer I that live,

“but Christ liveth in me:

and the life which I now live in the flesh

I live by the faith of the Son of God,

who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Galatians 2:20.

And since,

“my God shall supply all your need

according to his riches in glory

by Christ Jesus…

I can do all things

through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Philippians 4:19,13.

So in Philippians we find,

  • in Christ we have life
  • in Christ we have purpose of life
  • in Christ we belong to a new kingdom giving us a new identity, and
  • in Christ we are supplied with all we need to

“press toward the mark

for the prize

of the high calling of God

in Christ Jesus.”

3:14.

With confidence we will succeed for we have God’s guarantee.

“Being confident of this very thing,

that he which hath begun a good work in you

will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

Philippians 1:6.

Why would we choose to hold tightly to a strength that will soon turn to dust, when we can hold to the strength of Christ who will carry us through eternity with him? Give Christ all and you won’t end up with nothing.

 

 

 

 

Who Is This Man, Part 2

Who are you? Does you name tell others who you are? Is it possible to know someone without knowing the person’s name? Or does your character speak more concerning who you are than does your name?

In my last post we began discovering who this man called Jesus was and is through the words of the Gospel of John. Today, we will attempt to understand who He is through his statements.last-supper-2610875__340

“And Jesus said unto them,

I am the bread of life…” (6:35).

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying,

I am the light of the world…” (8:12).

“Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you,

I am the door of the sheep.” (10:7).

“I am the good shepherd…” (10:11).

“Jesus said unto her,

I am the resurrection and the life…” (11:25).

“Jesus saith unto him,

I am the way, the truth, and the life…” (14:6).

“I am the vine…” (15:5).

The day after Jesus fed the 5000, the crowd sought and followed him to the other side of the sea. I can’t help but wonder if the miraculous multiplication of food spread throughout the region faster than any internet connection. They sought not Jesus but his physical provision. They wanted more food for the belly but Jesus wanted to give them food to fill their spirit with everlasting life. This is when Jesus told them,

“I am the bread of life:

he that cometh to me shall never hunger;

and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”

(6:35).

The crowd didn’t like what Jesus said. They wanted another sign, another work. They wanted immediate relief from their physical needs not realizing relief for their most pressing need stood before them. As they murmured against his words, He pushed them further.

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven:

if any man eat of this bread,

he shall live for ever:

and the bread that I will give is my flesh,

which I will give for the life of the world.”

(6:51).

The Jews found this statement more confusing, more argumentative. I am convinced they knew what Jesus did not mean. They mocked the absurdity of his statement.

If Jesus’s first words put them on edge, his next words drove them over the cliff.

“Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you,

  • Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
  • Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life;
  • and I will raise him up at the last day.
  • For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
  • He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
  • As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.” (6:53-57).

For a moment I will give the Jews the benefit of doubting. These statements are hard ones to understand with a quick read through. What did Jesus mean in saying, He is the bread of life?

Food is meant to be eaten. Not eating the food before you brings the body no benefit. The body needs the bread inside it to give it strength and life. Jesus is the bread of life. It is his life. He prepared it through the fire of the cross and offers it to all. When we eat of this bread, we take it into our dead spirit. Here the bread, Jesus’s life, gives us new life, everlasting life. We have been born of his body.

“For we being many are one bread, and one body:

for we are all partakers of that one bread…

Now ye are the body of Christ,

and members in particular.”

1 Corinthians 10:17;12:27.

“So we being many, are one body in Christ,

and every one members one of another;”

Romans 12:5.

Jesus clearly states his flesh is the bread, and He offers his body of flesh up in our stead. He takes our death that we may have life, his life dwelling in all who receive him.

“He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.” (6:56).

“And this is his commandment,

That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ,

and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him,

and he in him.

And hereby we know that he abideth in us,

by the Spirit which he hath given us…

Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us,

because he hath given us of his Spirit.

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God,

God dwelleth in him, and he in God.”

1 John 3:23,24; 4:13-15.

“This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.” John 6:58.

Jesus didn’t give the Jews what they asked for – another miracle to fill their bellies. He gave them himself but they refused. They could not see past the moment into eternity. Jesus makes it clear in Matthew’s gospel He takes care of both.

“For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God,

and his righteousness;

and all these things shall be added unto you.”

(6:33,34).

Jesus began this discourse in John chapter 6 with this exhortation.

“Labour not for the meat which perisheth,

but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life,

which the Son of man shall give unto you:

for him hath God the Father sealed.”

(27).

What food are enjoying? Does it leave you hungry or filled with the fulness of God?

For another insight into the bread of life, visit emotionalplace.wordpress.com. The post is Call to Prayer.

Which of the other 7 “I am” statements in John speaks to your spirit? Which would you like to hear more about?

The Seeker

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“I’d better hang up.” This happened many years ago in the days of only land line phones. “I best check on my boys. Too quiet bothers me.” My best friend and I laughed as we ended our call.

I headed down the stairs to the finished basement. Not a sound. My heart missed a beat. The patio doors, they must have gone outside to play. No, my mind wrestled with another thought. The old refrigerator. No, I would check outside. The doors were shut but I opened and called. No answer. The refrigerator. Fear pounded in my lungs. No. The refrigerator, my spirit shouted at me. I ran across the room and flung open the door. My two precious boys, ages 4 and 5, sat inside. The youngest slept. The oldest cried, “Mommy, I yelled and yelled for you but you wouldn’t come.”

I kept my emotions in check until my dad “just happened” to come by a few minutes later. He took the boys with him and gave me time to release the what ifs and realize the great joy that overflowed at finding my boys in time. Even today, as I write this the grace of God fills me with thanksgiving as tears fill my eyes. My boys were found.

That day, I was the seeker. When Luke penned the gospel of Christ, he records these words from Jesus.

“For the Son of man is come

to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Luke 19:10.

He came seeking the lost. He continues to seek the lost. And the best news, He hears when we call.

When Jesus came those who readily received Him were the publicans and sinners. This received rebuke from the hypocritical religious leaders.

And Jesus answering said unto them,

They that are whole need not a physician;

but they that are sick.

I came not to call the righteous,

but sinners to repentance.”

Luke 5:31,32.

Who are the righteous?

“As it is written, THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO , NOT ONE: THERE IS NONE THAT UNDERSTANDETH, THERE IS NONE THAT SEEKETH AFTER GOD.” Romans 3:10, 11.

When sick we go to a doctor. But if we deny the truth of our condition we are apt to die in that condition. The same is true for the condition of our soul. It is born sick with the propensity to sin. If we deny this truth we will die in that condition to be forever separated from the Lord who seeks to give us life.

“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God…”

“For the wages of sin is death;

but the gift of God is eternal life

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 3:23; 6:23.

Many who find salvation in Jesus, tend to think they initiated the search. When, in fact, the search begins with the drawing of God the Father.

Jesus says,

“No man can come to me,

except the Father which hath sent me draw him:

and I will raise him up at the last day…

And he said, Therefore said I unto you,

that no man can come unto me,

except it were given unto him of my Father.”

John 6:44,65.

What causes the Father to draw the lost? His love and desire for all to be saved. The cross of Christ is His drawing card.

“But God commendeth his love toward us,

in that, while we were ye sinners,

Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:8

“Herein is love,

not that we loved God,

but that he loved us,

and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

1 John 4:10.

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise,

as some men count slackness;

but is longsuffering to us-ward,

not willing that any should perish,

but that all should come to repentance.”

2 Peter 3:9.

Because of the Lord’s love and patience He continues to seek the lost today. I couldn’t hear the cries of my son but the Lord will hear yours.

“(For he saith,

I HAVE HEARD THEE IN A TIME ACCEPTED,

AND IN THE DAY OF SALVATION

HAVE I SUCOURED THEE:

behold, now is the accepted time;

behold, now is the day of salvation.)

2 Corinthians 6:2.

“FOR WHOSOEVER

SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD

SHALL BE SAVED.”

Romans 10: 13.

He is as near as the word you speak with a heart of faith believing.

“But what saith it?

THE WORD IS NIGH THEE,

EVEN IN THY MOUTH,

AND IN THY HEART:

that is, the word of faith, which we preach.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,

and shalt believe in thine heart

that God hath raised him from the dead,

thou shalt be saved.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness:

and with the mouth

confession is made unto salvation.”

Romans 10:8-10.

If you do not know Jesus as your Savior, won’t you give Him and the angels in heaven a reason to rejoice? Be found of Him. And I would love to hear your confession of faith and rejoice with you, too.

“Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” Luke 15:10.

Success 2019! January, Part 1

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Are you a goal setter? Did you set or reach any of your goals for 2018? What stood in your way or helped you on your way?

Many set short-term goals to encourage them in meeting long-term goals, realizing the process of success is found in counting the cost, taking one step at a time, and keeping focused.

COUNTING THE COST:  Determining the worth, time, and reward of success in meeting your goal.

Jesus taught this principle, in Luke 14:28-35, to the multitudes when he set the goal of discipleship before them.

“For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.”

Jesus continues with the illustration of a king going to war and then the conclusion.

“So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”

ONE STEP AT A TIME: To reach the end you must begin at the beginning, choosing to pay the cost.

Ruth, the Psalmist, and Moses are three, of many, biblical examples who made the choice.

Ruth:

“And Ruth said,

Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee:

for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge;

thy people, shall be my people, and thy God my God:” Ruth 1:16.

She counted the cost, made the choice, and never looked back.

The Psalmist:

“I have chosen thy way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me. I have stuck unto thy testimonies; O LORD, put me not to shame. I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.” Psalm 119:30-32.

In choosing, the Psalmist recognized success depended on God’s word and work in his heart.

Moses:

“By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;

choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt:

for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.” Hebrews 11:24-26.

Moses made his choice and completed his goal keeping before him the worth of his goal.

KEEPING FOCUSED: The cost counted, the choice made, now comes persevering to the end.

Paul and Jesus show us how to attain success through keeping focused.

Paul:

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do,

forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:13, 14.

Jesus:

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,

let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” Hebrews 12:1-4.

One final thought: Are your goals worthy?

Jesus made plain the truly worthy goals.

“Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for the meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you; for him hath God the Father sealed.” John 6:27.

If you are given this year of 2019, how do plan to succeed in meeting your goals? Have you counted the cost and made your choice? How will you persevere to success? How do you define success?


By God’s grace and direction one goal I hope to achieve begins with this post. Each month I will introduce a principle of success as seen in God’s word. My plan is to post Success 2019 once a week. I also plan to keep working on the Walking with Jesus series posting once a week . The purpose of these goals is to encourage and strengthen us in the word of God as we travel through this new year. Join me next week for Success 2019, January, Part 2. And may all bring honor and glory to our King in 2019.

 

 

 

“Be Ready”

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear;” 1Peter 3:15.

This verse describes my journey with the Lord as I learned to obey Day 1’s quote, “Follow me.” By the way, so no one is under the misconception that I have life all figured out, I am still in the learning process and know I will be until the Lord gives me a new body and takes me to live with Him.

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts…The foundation for following the Lord begins here with understanding who the Lord God is and submitting to His reign in my life by believing,

“…God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit(pureness of heart, Him being my greatest desire), and in truth(according to who He is).” John 4:24. This truth will be manifested in,

“Having a good conscience; that whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.” 1Peter 3:16.

With the foundation laid, the building begins making us,

“…ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you… But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry…2Tim. 4:5;

blog tombb796a201f64ff34f04fe09f604ff0ae4--easter-crafts-crafts-for-kids“…a reason of the hope that is in you…If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept…In a moment, in the twinkling of and eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed…Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure…thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”(1Cor. 15:19,20, 52; 1John 3:2,3;1Cor. 15:57).

1Peter 3:15 describes the progression of my life with the Lord, His working in me as He uses the gifts of teaching and evangelism for the building up of His body and kingdom. I didn’t know when I first studied this verse that it would be what some called a life verse. But when a fellow worker asked me one day what my life verse was, this one came to mind and accurately defines the Lord’s work in me. And my prayer continues to always sanctify Him in my heart and never fail to give others the reason for my hope, the sure hope He has put in my soul.

My third quote illustrates how these two quotes have shaped my life into the fullness of the Lord’s joy and abundant life. I hope you will join me on Friday.

For now, if you have a life verse, one that fits the work of the Lord in you, won’t you share it with us in the comments?  If you don’t have one, ask the Lord to reveal one to you. It’s a good way to remember the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord to finish the work He has begun in you. Have a blessed day!