I AM Part 2 - The Lord Our Healer
Exodus 15:22-26 22 Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water.
23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) 24 So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”
25 Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink.
There the Lord issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test.
26 He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”
YaHWeh (God the Father) revealed himself as HEALER and made healing a covenant PROMISE.
RAPHA - To heal, mend, cure, repair, thoroughly make whole.
Psalm 103:2-3 2 Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.
3 He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
FORGIVENESS of sin and HEALING are regularly connected as covenant promises. (Ref. James 5:13-16)
God prophesied by Isaiah almost 700 years in advance, that God in the flesh (Yeshua; aka: JESUS) would be our healer (Rapha).
Isaiah 53:3-5 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
SHALOM (Heb) - Wholeness, Completeness, Soundness, Stability, Wellness, Tranquility, Peace, Prosperity, Safety
In the New Testament, Jesus is the EXACT representation of the Father. He models and reveals God’s WILL and WAYS perfectly in every way.
Hebrews 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
In the New Testament Jesus is the FULFILLMENT of God’s Covenant promise of being our Healer.
EVERY person that approached Jesus for healing was healed. Not one was turned away, not one left unhealed.
1Peter 2:24 "He himself bore our sins" in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; "by his wounds you have been healed."
IAOMAI - Greek equivalent of Rapha; to heal, cure, make whole, free from error.
Healing (spirit, soul [mental & emotional], body) is a covenant promise to ALL God’s people.
I AM Part 1
Elohiym - OT Plural Noun Masculine. Translated “God”.
Theos - NT Gk God
YaHWaY - OT Singular masculine. (Verb) To exist, to be. Translated “LORD”.Proper name for God the Father. Only written.
Father - NT designation for YaHWaY.
El - OT shortened version of Elohim.
El Shaddai:“God Almighty.” (Gen. 17:1; 28:3; 35:11; Ex. 6:1; Ps. 91:1, 2).
El Elyon: “The Most High God.” (Gen. 14:19; Ps. 9:2; Dan. 7:18, 22, 25).
El Olam: “The Everlasting God.” Emphasizes God’s unchangeableness and is connected with His inexhaustibleness (Gen. 16:13).
YaHWaY Maccaddeshcem: “The Lord your Sanctifier.” Portrays the Lord as our means of sanctification or as the one who sets believers apart for His purposes (Ex. 31:13).
YaHWaY Ro’i: “The Lord my Shepherd.” Portrays the Lord as the Shepherd who cares for His people as a shepherd cares for the sheep of his pasture (Ps. 23:1).
YaHWaY Tsidkenu: “The Lord our Righteousness.” Portrays the Lord as the means of our righteousness (Jer. 23:6).
YaHWaY Shammah: “The Lord is here.” Portrays the Lord’s personal presence in the millennial kingdom (Ezek. 48:35).
YaHWaY Shalom:“The Lord is Peace.” Points to the Lord as the means of our peace and rest (Jud. 6:24).
These compounds names are titles that REVEAL additional facts about God’s character.
Exodus 3:1-14 13 Moses said to God, “If I go to the Israelites and tell them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’—what should I say to them?”
14 God said to Moses, “I AM that I AM.” And he said, “You must say this to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” 15 God also said to Moses, “You must say this to the Israelites, ‘The LORD—the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you. This is my name forever, and this is my memorial from generation to generation.’
I AM - (Heb. HaYaH) to be, to exist.
Revelation 1:8 I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Revelation 22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end!
“I AM” is the set up (pre-fix) for many other Compound Names/Titles for God; “I AM ___________.”
Jesus CLAIMED the name of GOD “I AM”.
John 8:54-59 54 Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. 55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”
57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”
58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.
The Jews wanted to KILL Jesus because they understood Him to be claiming to be GOD (I AM).
Everything GOD is JESUS is to us and for us; they are ONE. (Ref. John 1:1-3; 10:30-33; 14:9; 17:11, 21; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:3)
2Corinthians 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. (Ref. 2Peter 1:3-5)
God teaches the principle of OWNERSHIP not EXCUSE making. (Ref. Matthew 5:23-24; Matthew 18:15-17)
Matthew 5:43-45 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
When Jesus said to love our “enemies”, He took the EXCUSE card out of the deck.
In every moment and situation we CHOOSE what we will be known as and known for, children of God or children of the devil. (Ref. John 8:44; 1John 3:7-15)
God wants us to OWN our issues not ignore or shift blame. (Ref. James 1:13-15; 1John 1:9; James 5:16)
FAILING FORWARD = learning from mistakes.
When confronted with our wrongs, we have a choice to BLOW up or GROW up.
Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
We are no longer hiding from who we used to be or our present struggles, but are able to FACE them, own them, and MOVE past them (grow from them).
The peace, comfort, confidence, freedom, strength, and wholeness we seek is found in the LIGHT.
1John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
We become stronger, healthier, whole as God PURIFIES our life from SIN (less than best).
Invest Part 4
Isaiah 61:1-4 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
This is the prophetic commission of the ministry of Jesus and His PEOPLE. (Ref. Luke 4:18-19)
We have a ministry to our city (COMMUNITY) to be a DISPLAY of God’s splendor.
We are to be LEADERS of Righteousness (Heb. normal, right, just; the state of him/her who is as he/she ought to be).
We are to be REBUILDERS, restorers, and RENEWERS. (John 3:16-17)
Serving those in NEED.
Matthew 25:34-36 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
As Christians we are to be CONTRIBUTORS not just CONSUMERS.
Titus 3:8, 14 8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
14 Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good,in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.
“URGENT” (Gk) - what one cannot do without; necessary, indispensable, pressing.
Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Our good deeds are to make God FAMOUS, by showing His dignity and excellence.
Invest Part 3
1Timothy 1:2 To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Titus 1:4 To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
Whether family or friends, God will bring people into your life for RELATIONSHIP.
Your relationships (family and friends) are of highest PRIORITY in life, second only to your relationship with God. (Ref. 1Timothy 3:1-13)
Deuteronomy 6:1-9 These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess,
2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life.
3 Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.
7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
1. What comes out in your relationships is birthed out of your SPIRITUALITY
2. This investment is to be something that is INTENTIONAL (on PURPOSE) and it COSTS.
Luke 16:9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
3. Your own EXAMPLE counts. (Ref. Titus 2:1-8)
2Timothy 2:10-11 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them.
4. Relationships and spiritual investment are built in EVERYDAY life.
Romans 12:10, 15 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
5. There is a ripple effect as you invest in relationships for GENERATIONS to come.
Matthew 16:26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
Luke 16:13-15 13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.
As Christians, we have a different VALUE (priority) system in how and where we spend our lives.
Matthew 6:19-21 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Jesus teaches us to invest our lives through the lens of ETERNITY and that there is an eternal REWARD to gain or lose.
Matthew 19:16-29 16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”
18 “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”
20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”
21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”
26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
27 Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”
28 Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.
Jesus teaches us to PRIORITIZE the use of our time, talents, and treasures on that which is ETERNAL.
John 6:26-27 26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.
27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
Jesus promises there is an eternal REWARD that He will give according to what each person has done.
Matthew 16:26-27 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.
(Ref. 1John 2:15-17; Romans 12:1-2; 1Timothy 6:17-19; Matthew 25:31-46)
Do an AUDIT of where and how you spend your time, talent, and treasures.
Invest Part 1
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1Samuel 17:34-37 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock,
35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.
37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”
David’s paradigm in facing Saul and the Giant was his RELATIONSHIP with God.
1Samuel 17:45-47 45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
David’s relationship with God gave him both CONFIDENCE to face and VICTORY over his challenges.
David INVESTED in and developed His relationship with God.
1Samuel 13:14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.” (Ref. Acts 13:22)
Eternal life is a RELATIONSHIP with God, not the product of religion.
John 17:3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
Mark 12:30-31 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
The orientation of Jesus’ message was RELATIONAL.
Ways to INVEST in your relationship with God:
Time and Talents:
1. By spending TIME with God reading the BIBLE, prayer, and praise. (Ref. Joshua 1:8; Matthew 4:4 ; Colossians 4:2; 1Timothy 2:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Philippians 4:4-6; Psalm 150)
2. By faithful OBEDIENCE (doing, applying) to God’s word, written and revealed. (Ref. James 1:22; 2:14-26; Matthew 7:24-29; Hebrews 5:12-14; 2Timothy 3:16-17; 1Timothy 2:15; Galatians 5:25; Romans 8:14)
3. By being the CHURCH; the assembling together of God’s people for worship, mission, and sharing life together (aka: fellowship). (Hebrews 10:23-25; 1Peter 4:8-10; Romans 12:3-16; 14:19, 15:1-2 Ephesians 4:11-16)
4. By SHARING the faith with others. (Ref. Philemon 1:6; Matthew 28:18-20; 2Timothy 4:2; 1Peter 3:15; Matthew 5:16; Mark 16:15)
5. By honoring God with our TITHES and OFFERINGS. (Ref. Deuteronomy 14:23; Matthew 19-21, 32-33; 23:23; 2Corinthians 8:7, 9:6-15; Malachi 3:8-12; Proverbs 3:9-10; James 5:1-6; 1Timothy 5:17-18; 1Corinthians 9:1-14)
6. By being GENEROUS to bless others. (Ref. Matthew 6:1-4; 2Corinthians 8:1-7, 9:6-15; Proverbs 11:25, 22:9; 1Timothy 6:17-19)
7. By spending money on things that will STRENGTHEN spiritually (Bibles, devotionals, christian music & movies, etc.).
Our relationship with Jesus, becomes our LIFE and VICTORY. (Ref. Colossians 3:4)
Romans 8:31-32, 37 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Joshua 3:14 - 4:7 4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 5 and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites,
6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”
Throughout history God has commanded His people to erect memorials to REMEMBER.
By forgetting, we ROB ourselves and future generations of the inspiration and the correction that comes from past experience.
We establish MEMORIALS to help us and future generations to remember.
Regarding our self:
Remember lessons learned from SUCCESS.
Remember lessons learned from FAILURE.
Remember God’s WORKS.
Remember God’s PROVISION.
Remember God’s JUDGMENT.
Remember our RELATIONSHIP (God’s LOVE).
We remember so WE do not drift away and so we can point OTHERS to Jesus (Hebrews 2:1-4)
Deuteronomy 8:10-20 10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.
12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied,14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
15 He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. 16 He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you.
17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
19 If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. 20 Like the nations the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God.
God’s blessing of ability to produce wealth is a benefit of his COVENANT.
Warnings of CONSEQUENCES are given to those who FORGET.
1Corinthians 10:1-12 For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.
3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.
6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.” 8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.9 We should not test Christ, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes. 10 And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.
11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!
Establish some MEMORIALS in your life of what the Lord has done for you.
Beauty & The Beast Part 3
Matthew 5:38-45 38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Jesus teaches us to NOT fight fire with fire.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
We are to be INTENTIONAL to treat all people, even our enemies with love.
46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Being “perfect” like God is to live a life of LOVE, being under the LAW of love.
Mark 12:30-31 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.”
The single law that governs the kingdom of God is: Love GOD and love PEOPLE.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.
In loving the unlovely there is potential to change a LIFE; even turn an enemy into a friend, a sinner into a saint, and a beast into a prince.
By your choice to love or hate you choose to be a life TAKER or a life GIVER.
(Ref. Mark 12:30-31; 1Corinthians 13:1-8; 16:14; Romans 12:9; 13:8-10; 1John 3:11-15, 18; 4:7-8, 18-19; Galatians 5:6, 13-14, 22-23; Ephesians 4:15-16; 5:1-2; Philippians 1:9-10; Colossians 3:12-14; Proverbs 10:12; 16:16; 21:21; 1Timothy 1:5; 4:12; Titus 2:2; Hebrews 10:23-25; James 2:8; 1Peter 4:8)
Beauty & The Beast Part 2
For better or for worse our decisions in life have a RIPPLE effect.
Our choice has a consequence, POSITIVE or NEGATIVE.
Deuteronomy 30:15-16, 19-20 15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. 16 For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years…
Our choices affect our SELF.
Proverbs 19:3 A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the Lord.
Proverbs 12:26 The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
1. My choice of bad company/friends will result in a negative influence in my OWN life.
2. My choice to be bad company/friend will result in a negative influence on the life of SOMEONE ELSE.
Proverbs 22:24-25 24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, 25 or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.
1Corinthians 15:33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
Our choices affect OTHERS.
1Corinthians 10:23-24 23 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. 24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
1Corinthians 8:9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.
We must COMMIT ourselves to make CHOICES that lead to life.
Joshua 24:14-15 14 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.
15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
God holds us responsible to make a DECISIVE decision and it’s outcomes.