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Labor - Greens Disaster for Australia! | Print |

 

> Australia take Note: <

......

Labor

Disaster

for

Australia!!

&

The Greens

are

Worse!!

Come on Australia, NSW did it right,

don't allow upon us the following Labor blight!

That "great Shepherd of the Sheep" rescue this country from

the many perils of our day and bless you greatly.

 Romans 8:35,37. (KJV)
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
 
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  

 

 
TIO - Spiritual Weakness.
Written by Grant Hayman   

 

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** Spiritual Weakness **

Delilah got the better of Samson. Clearly he gave up his strength to a woman, which Solomon writes a man should not do, and yet failed himself in the inspired writing of truth! [Proverbs 31:3.] The husband is commissioned to, out of love, give up Himself for his wife but not his strength. A husband giving up his strength to his wife, or making his wife his strength, is a good 'throw away'. The self life of any of us is only fit to be displaced for everything that serves the Lord.

Samson's strength was from the Lord and when he gave up the secret of his strength to Delilah, he put her first and the Lord last.

When we put the Lord anywhere from second to last we become spiritually weak as if we didn't have the Spirit of the Lord and weren't even born again. Don't we know it when we put wife first, husband first, kids first, job first or hobby first or anything first?

We (as Samson said) "shall become weak and be like any other man." The first thing that Samson lost was strength and the second thing he lost was his eyes. We lose clear sightedness and true spiritual vision when we allow anything to plunder our hearts and remove Christ from being first. Jesus said to a whole Church of believers - "Anoint your eyes with eyesalve that thou mayest see" [Revelation 3:18.]

This Church became void of true spiritual significance and blessing of the Lord to a needy world. They were boasting to themselves, that they were - "......rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing;" and Jesus further said that they didn't know that, tragically, they were - "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:" [Revelation 3:17.]
"Become like any other man" means the 'ordinary' becomes our main portion in this life. Without the strength of the Lord we are only left with the mundain and 'vanity fair' of this life: Which is - "Look at my lovely house, look at my high position in the corporation or (even) in the mission"! Even if the enterprise is 'Christian', if Christ isn't first, only man will be seen and there will not be any Heavenly power and true life giving blessing. Without the strength of the Lord, it all can only be the worthless product of man.

Jesus said - "..... for without me you can do NOTHING" [John 15:5.]

Don't allow anything to capture your heart and rob you of the exceeding great rewards of the Strength of the Lord and Heavenly vision: Such is needed to bring you into all the best he has planned for you to enjoy. If you do weep over any losses of his goodness, just turn to the Lord with all your heart, forsaking the lies that have made you weak and spoiled. Surrender all your present circumstances to the great shepherd of the sheep that loves you with an everlasting love and he will give you peace and rest in the onward bountiful dealings of his goodness.

Paul said - "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." [Philippians 4:13.]

Samson, wonderfully by the grace of God was renewed in the "strength of the Lord" and by such faith, power and blessing wrought at the end, a greater victory than that of his entire life!

There is no need that can exhaust the Grace of God, as like Samson, we lift up our hearts and cry out to him.

Jesus is as good as his name and Isaiah wrote 700 years before the wonderful event of his coming that his name shall be called - "WONDEFUL" and this name is at the top of the list!

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." [Isaiah 9:6.]

Throw open your heart to the Lord as Samson did and he will lift you up in his strength to glorify him.

 The Lord BLESS. He does the BEST.

 Romans 8:38-39 (KJV)
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

 
Tio Gospel - Eternal Life! | Print |
Written by Grant Hayman   

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The following is on the topic of the most grave

question of all humanity!

A Bible study on the glorious theme of ...

>> Eternal Life <<

as promised by God and wrought by Christ for YOU!

Grab your Bible and start this exciting Gospel (good news) adventure of the wonderful grace of God and love for you no matter who you are or what your blame!

Read the verses and answer the questions, even if repetitious: Such is to aid absorption and dig deep into the GLORY!

Click on "Print" at the top right corner of the page for Bible study group participation and add any preference of addition or change to suit spiritual needs.

God bless.

Grant.

>> Eternal treasure and joy, is ready for you to find in the Bible! <<

The word "Bible" is taken from the Greek word "Biblos" and the Latin word

"biblia" and simply means 'collection of books.'
This collection of books contain the history of the human race from the

beginning of time.
The records contained in the Bible, of God's dealings with mankind, are

authenticated by the testimony of history, and are progressively being

confirmed by modern archeological discovery.

The best place to begin, is with the statement of one very important fact;

recorded by Moses (the writer of the first 5 books of the Bible called the

"Pentateuch"), dealing with a part of Israel's history around 1700BC in the book called 'Numbers'.
Numbers 23:19 (KJV)
19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he

should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and

shall he not make it good?
The last phrase - "shall he not make it good" holds out to anyone and

everyone, a thrilling and exciting adventure in reading the Bible, as it unfolds the wonderful love and grace of God's dealings with a world charged up about living, and yet strewn with the horrors of man's failed nature, and having to face the anguish of dying!
Further, the Bible contains progressive heart gripping glories of divine

appointments, not only for the present but also for the future and into eternity. As well, contained therein, are the countless promises of God, that reveal the wonders that he has "prepared for them that love him"....
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered i
nto the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." [1 Corinthians 2:9]
What confidence we can have with the Bible when we reflect on the very real
fact that, "God is not a man that he should lie."
Man may find it very easy, to make the wrong choice to lie, but God has no

compulsion to lie, as we read in Scripture .... "Let God be true and every

man a liar" [Romans 3:4.] Further the Bible says ..."If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater ..." [1 John 5:9.] If we read weather reports in the local paper, receive bulletins from investment companies, and hold to such a witness of man to be true, how much more should be acknowledged, that the witness of an omnipotent God "is greater"!
The Lord bless you, as you study the Word of God with an honest, humble

and thankful heart for his great love demonstrated for you and the whole World through Christ.

Question: Are you aware that human beings are made up of three parts? ...........You are not just skin, bone, and nerve responses.

Question: Do you believe there is more to you than just the physical senses? ..................................................................................................

What about feelings, conscience, emotions, intuition, and awareness of the unseen?

Question: From the following verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:23. (Chapter 5 and verse 23) What does the Bible teach about the makeup of all human life? How many parts make up your short existence and life on

Earth ..1. .............................2. .................................3. ....................................
Crime investigation authorities have through the use of clairvoyants, proved
the reality of the 'spirit' realm of human life with pin point accuracy. Proven practical evidence that there is a 'spirit/soul' realm that is a very powerful part of every individual.

Question: Have you ever been involved in such evidence through a seance or ouija board, or seen the effect of such on others? .........................

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Card and and palm reading, also belong to the unseen 'spirit' realm and is part of the occult. Such, is misleading and dangerous!

What does the Bible say about all human Life?

Romans 3:23.
23
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
Ecclesiastes 7:20 (KJV)
20 "For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth

not."
Jeremiah 17:9.
9 "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who

can know it?"
1 John 1:8 (KJV)
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is

not in us.
1 John 1:10.
10 "If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is

not in us."
Question: Is there any human being (apart from Jesus Christ) that is

not a sinner?..................................................................
Question: Even if a person is "just" and "does good", is that

person still a sinner before God? .........................................................
Question: How does God see the condition of the hearts of all men?

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Man's dilemma because of sin!

Isaiah 59:2 (KJV)
2 "But your iniquities have separated between you and your
God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear."
Question: What are the 3 sad points from the above verse of the condition
of man's relationship with God?
1). .......................................................................
2). .......................................................................
3). ......................................................................

Ezekiel 18:4.
"Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of

the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
Hebrews 9:27 (KJV)
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"
Ecclesiastes 12:7 (KJV)
7 "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return
unto God who gave it."
Question: from the above verses, Who has the final say about the destiny

and eternity of every soul of man, and why? ................................................

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God's Response to our great problem.....

John 3:16.
16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, t
hat whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Romans 5:8 (KJV)
8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet

sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 6:23 (KJV)
23 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through

Jesus Christ our Lord."
John 3:17 (KJV)
17 "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but

that the world through him might be saved."
Question: What is God's heart toward us in the giving of his son to

take our blame? ..............................................................................................
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Question: How did God "commend" and illustrate his great love

for you and me? .........................................................................................
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Question: Through whom do we receive the gift of Eternal Life?
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Has God given mankind a clear and concise record of the promise of EternalLife? ....................................

1 John 5:9-12 (KJV)
9 "If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for

this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.
10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself:

he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth

not the record that God gave of his Son.
11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and

this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of

God hath not life."

The whole human race abides in the realm of death.

1 Corinthians 15:22.
"As in Adam all die so in Christ shall all be made alive."
The whole person is under the sentence of death because of sin. Spirit,

soul and eventually the body gives way to death.
But

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)
11
"He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity
into man's heart ........."
In the beginning of creation, God gave to Adam and Eve and all mankind supremacy and dominion over the "fish of the sea and the fowl of the air and over all the Earth".

Genesis 1:26 (KJV)
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."
The natural world of everything man enjoys, lives on and he dies! His dominion and command over all is a failed supremacy!
Job 14:7-10 (KJV)
7
"For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again,

and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof

die in the ground;
9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like

a plant.
10 But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and

where is he?"
Adam and Eve hid from God because of their reckless choice to run

with the evil assessment of God by Satan! Thus they suffered death to their spirit, soul and body!
Now remains the great need, for mankind to be spiritually raised from
the dead, with soul revived abundant life, possessing the joy of a living hope and wonderful assurance of victory over the grave, with a pending new body of glorious power!

How is Jesus the way for such a great outcome?

The Word of God (the Bible) declares prophetically and emphatically

from it's beginning to it's end, and now historically in the birth and

death of Christ, the following wonderful declaration .....
Hebrews 2:9.
... "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for

the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the

grace of God should taste death for every man".
How wonderful that "every man", means you and all!
Not only has Jesus taken the blow of our death, but also he has

risen again with victory over the grave for all who believe on him!
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (KJV)
"Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; was buried, and

rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"
Thus is the reality on Page 6, that God has given the gift of Eternal Life

and this Life is in his son.
Question: From page 6, what do you have if you have Jesus Christ?

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If God has recorded such a promise, is such a witness greater than

anything man may declare to the contrary? ...........................................

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What sort of life don't you have if you don't have Jesus Christ?
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How do we have Eternal Life through Jesus?

John 17:2-3.
[The following verses are part of the prayer of Jesus to his Father.]
2 "As thou hast given him (Jesus) power over all flesh, that he should

give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true

God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."
Question: Who has power to give Eternal Life? ........................................

Question: From verse 2. Who is it, that causes us to come to Jesus for the gift of eternal life? .............................................................

Question: Who are the ones Jesus gives Eternal Life to? .....................

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Question: What is eternal life as described in verse 3?..........................

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These 2 verses contain the most concise definition of Eternal Life in

the whole Bible. God is eternal and we are told that he "inhabits

eternity" [Isaiah 57:15.] So, God the Father sent his son, so that sinners

through Jesus might come to know the Father, be born again of the

Spirit, and become children of God! Sinners cannot come directly to

God. We all need to come by the one who is the only "mediator

between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" [1 Timothy 2:5.] who

"suffered the just for the unjust that he might bring us to God"

[1 Peter 3:18.] Jesus also himself again makes this truth clear

in the following Scripture.
John 14:6. (KJV)
6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man

cometh unto the Father, but by me".
John 10:28 (KJV)
28 "And I (Jesus) give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish,

neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand".
Question: In your own words explain why it is so important to come to

Jesus as a sinner in need of a saviour to be able to "know God".
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Acts 16:31 (KJV)
31 "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be

saved and thy house".

Nothing to do, just simply believe!

Yep! When you believe on Jesus as your saviour, you are in effect

saying to God ..."Amen! Yes I am a sinner, with sinfulness that makes

me unfit for heaven, and I know that my own good works, can't cover my

debt of sin, but I believe that what Jesus has done for me on the cross,

does!"

Question: Read Ephesians 2:8-9. By just believing, we are

saved and have Eternal Life on the grounds of? ...........................................

.......................and not by? .............................................................

John 6:68.
"Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? you have

the words of eternal life".
Question: Why did Peter say, that Jesus was the only one for all men

to come to?.......................... .............................................
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Question: Are you ready to come to Jesus and be blessed with all

the unspeakable benefits in knowing him as your loving Saviour,

Lord and friend? If so, then follow the little prayer encouragement

below and invite Jesus into your life today and rest in him for the

salvation of your soul, the blesing of the Lord upon your daily life now and into the eternal future!

The following is a simple 'believing' prayer that you can pray in this

wonderful step of believing upon the Lord Jesus Christ for Salvation

and the gift of Eternal Life.

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>> My glad decision for Christ! <<

Don't hesitate to Pray .... "Lord Jesus I understand there is no one else that has paid for my sin and taken my death to give me Eternal Life and I now come to you to receive you as my Saviour, Lord and Friend and thank you for such Love."

I ................................... Knowing that I am a sinner and that Jesus has

loved me and died for my sin to deliver my spirit, soul and body from eternal death, have today with a glad heart received him as my Saviour. Signed:...................................... Date:......................................

A big 'wow' and congratulations if you have prayed that prayer from

your heart! You have now entered into the great blessing of ...................
.......................A new Life in Christ!

The most wonderful result of accepting Christ as our Saviour is,

that upon the very instant of that step, we are born again as

children of God!

Galatians 3:26
"For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus."
How wonderful is that! In the following verses from the Word of God,

consider the great truths of what happens to us when we simply believe

on Jesus as our Saviour.
John 1:12-13.
12 "But as many as received him, (Jesus) to them gave he power to

become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the

will of man, but of God."
Question: From whom does this new birth come from when you have

"faith in Christ" ..................................................................................................
Romans 8:15-17
15 "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye

have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the

children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;

if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together".
Question: What sort of new birth do we experience when we trust in Jesus?

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Question: Who do we become heirs of, when we trust in Jesus and are

"Born again of God"? ..........................................................................
Question: In John 3:3 & 5 what do we not "see" or "enter" if we

are not "born again" of God's Holy Spirit and become "children of God"?
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Question: Read 1 Corinthians 3:21-23. What does the Christian

have when we come to Christ? ................................................
Question: Read Romans 8:32 and in your own words - How

much has God given us and on what basis? ...........................................
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+++++ Assurance of salvation and Eternal Life. +++++

Don't doubt that you are a child of God because you don't 'feel' like

you are. Even though we belong to the Lord, we can often not 'feel' close

to him. There can be many reasons for that. We need to confess our

sins when we go wrong, so that fellowship with the Lord can be restored.
God loves you and Jesus has said "I will never leave you or forsake

you" [Hebrews 13:5-6] and the verse goes on to encourage us that

"we can boldly say, the Lord is my helper, I will not fear ...."
Question: Read Ephesians 1:13-14.] What does the Bible

say happens to us that makes us undoubtedly the Lord's? .........................

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1 John 5:13.
"These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son
of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may

believe on the name of the Son of God."
Matthew 4:10.
"Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written,

Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve."
Question: What are we to know beyond any doubt and by what authority? .........................................................................................................
Follow on to know the Lord more and be thrilled with the greatness of

Christ as you grow in grace and knowledge of him through his

Word. [2 Peter 3:18.] You may find much assurance of the love

of God in going back over the wonderful promises contained in the

pages of this study of the Word of God on the gift of "Eternal Life".

"When you call on him" - Beautiful Gospel song sung by Carroll Roberson - Written by Stan Roberson, Carroll's brother. The Lord bless such a team of his glory for the blessing of many.

God Bless. Grant Hayman.

Romans 8:35 (KJV)
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

 
Happy New Year 2019.
Written by Grant Hayman   

Happy New Year 2019 Background Free Vector

>> The Prize for 2019 is

not

in a stale doctrinal knowledge of his love

But

in a living experience! <<

Where can be found clear directions to so experience the great love of Christ?

Paul shared such with the Church at Ephesus.

Ephesians 3:14-19 (KJV)

14 "For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God."

* 1.) "The riches of his glory". *

There are no greater riches than the riches of his Glory!

Seeying the Glory of God makes one rich indeed.

Moses "counted the reproach of Christ greater riches than all the treasures of Egypt" [Hebrews 11:26.] and he eventually saw the unveiled Glory of God that made his face to shine! [Exodus 34:30.]
Where there is any self interest and passion in the things of the world or even in the things of God there will be no Glory. God's glory comes only to the humble ground of a man with his shoes off! That's how it all began for Moses to eventually become a shining servant of God with the glory of God on his face. [Exodus 3:5.]

Self gain and self glory is how the human race began it's decent into hell! That was the first ploy of the Devil to Adam and Eve!

"God does know that in the day that you eat thereof, you will become as God, level with him! and he doesn't want that. He wants you kept, cut down to the minimum" [Genesis 3:5. GPH paraphrased]

There are many aspects of the Glory of God:-

Glorious high throne. [Jeremiah 17:12.]

Glorious voice. [Isaiah 30:30.]

Glorious Name. [Psalm 72:19.]

ETC.

The glory of God will reach

down to man, not up to him!

And

wonderfully, will reach down to great depths of lowliness as with the great statements and revelation of Hannah .....

"He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, and he hath set the world upon them". [1 Samuel 2:8.]

This glory is not half hearted toward you and me.

* 2.) "Strengthened with might by his Spirit".

Our resignation from self and yieldingness to the Lord is our stubborn problem.

We need to be strengthened to give way and yield our all to Christ. We may sincerely try our very best to be a yielded believer but dismal failure is a common experience. So Paul says, first I pray that you may be strengthened to yield "that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith."

But ...

We need to see the glory to "be strengthened"!

Jacob was driven to despair, just like we can be driven to a burdened place of anguish through various trials and troubles. But when Jacob saw the great extent of wagons and provisions come to him from Joseph in Egypt, he "revived".

"And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived". [Genesis 45:27.]

The more we see the great glory of Christ from a humbled, lowly, on our face position, not an intellectual analysis position, the more we are "strengthened" with might in our spirit by the Spirit of God to happily yield our all to Christ, who is our glory and the "lifter up of our head". [Psalm 3:3.]

* 3.) "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith."

A person may "live" in a house with 15 rooms but only dwell in 3 rooms.

Christ lives in every believer, but every Christian needs to be strengthened by a vision of his glory in his spirit by the Spirit of God. Such revelation happily enables a yieldedness to the Lord dwelling in all (15 rooms) and fully occupying every area of our hearts; having full possession of our life!

* 4.) "That ye being rooted and grounded in love."
So important is this matter of love.

Anything without love is without God!

For "God is love." [1 John 4:8.]
O yes! many there be which are going to hell but not by the will of God, and not without the love of God, but by their own will to be without the love of God! [2 Peter 3:9.]

There is much wavering if we are not "rooted and grounded in his great love!

Where the roots of any plant or bush are, will determine it's outcome.

Poor soil, results in malformation and sometimes the appearance can be distorted and grotesque! There exists some ugly Christianity!

How wonderful, that, when Christ "dwells" (ie, occupies every area of our hearts) we are engaged in a "love feast"!

This "love feast" (the meaning of 'agape') is found in John's gospel:-

John 14:21-23 (KJV)
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

O, may God help our feeble hearts to be "rooted and grounded" in such a 'love feast'!

John obviously experienced and recorded such, for us also to experience more and more.

Look at those words! This is a 'love feast' between the father and the son, and the object and occassion is to bring you and me into all that it means!

Truly, David touches on this greatness in Psalm 139 and says it is too wonderful for him to comprehend!

He points out, that the thoughts that God has toward him is "more than the sand" [Psalm 139:1.] and not the sand on one beach, but all the sand in existence, on all the beaches of the World!

This love feast between the father and the Son is about all of that! The father contemplates and reviews on the possibilities of our present spiritual station, and the Son 'intercedes' for our receiving "more grace" and experiencing to the full all such purposes of great blessing!

Let us take to heart such wonder of the love of God toward us and rejoice that we are called to participate in such a calling of his grace!

Dear believer - Look straight ahead to Jesus, and as Paul said (in conclusion) after the great chapter (13) on Love in 1 Corinthians 14:1.

"Follow and pursue after love as if fleeing from a tsunami and in comparison simply walk, as it were, after spiritual gifts" [GPH paraphase.]

Our great pursuit should be the wonder and unfolding of this love feast that Jesus spoke of in John 16. Such promises are absolutely immense!

Have you ever wondered, what could be the discussion topics at the throne of the father with Jesus at the "right hand of the majesty on high"?

If this love feast has been going on for eternity, (Jeremiah 31:3.) at what magnitude are the thoughts, that are toward us, and how fitting are David's words in Psalm 139!

No wonder David exclaimed - "O love the Lord all ye his saints ....." [Psalm 31:23.]

Ever believer that is not intrinsically "rooted and grounded in love" is engaged in an offset position which may carry into the stale (as in the article heading) and intellectual comprehension of the love of God.

Everything about the Godhead springs out from what the father and the son are; and that is Love!

There are many doctrines and much spiritual understanding that is seriously 'offset' among the saints of God, because of mal-adjustment to the love of God. If you have a good understanding of someone's capacity to love, then you will have a good understanding of what they would say and do in many situations. Love is a strong and controlling force, which pulls everything within it's pure borders.

As the phrase puts it - (in reverse) "you may be able to comprehend spiritual things properly if you are rooted and grounded in love" [GPH paraphase.]

A person with only intellectual tenors of love can have wide borders of 'anything goes' and skip over sin with ease! As we grow in the love of Christ sin excuses become harder.

"Charity (Love) rejoiceth not in iniquity ...." [1 Corinthians 13:6.]

O how much there is about this "love of Christ" [2 Corinthians 5:14.]

Galatians 2:20 (KJV)
20 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.

From this lofty statement of Paul and the last sentence, we get the picture, that 'love' and 'self' cannot co-exist. Where sin is, self is at large!

* 5.) "May be able to comprehend the breadth and length ..."

Without this "love of Christ" we can only attain to be "clouds without water". A profession without possession!

A good intention, but flat extension!

Excellent theory that only makes weary!

Speaking about Christ, John said .....

...... "And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." [John 1:5.]

How wonderful that "darkness" cannot comprehend the glory of Christ nor the believer that is intent to "follow after (his) love" [1 Corinthians 14:1.]

Darkness can comprehend and encroach upon the spiritual position, doctrine and life of any believer that is not "rooted and grounded in love".

How urgent is this matter to "Comprehend with all saints the breadth and length ...." today, in this "lukewarm" historical era, of "the Church, which is his body"! [Ephesians 1:22-23.]
How awful that there can be operations of darkness that can comprehend (sieze) upon, and arrest  (even unknowingly) areas of our spiritual walk with the Lord. Such interference of the enemies work of darkness, thus renders us falling short of entering into the Lord's full plan and wonderful purposes.

* 6.) "And to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge .."

Why the climax focus of this love being "the love of Christ"?

The occupation of the Holy Spirit with our spirit is a total orientation with Christ!

"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you."
[John 16:13-15.]

His glory - His grace - His resurrection - His love.

Knowing this "Love of Christ" is to experience his love to tears, and surpasses mere intellectual knowledge of his love.

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[08-01-2019.]

Had to add the following because of the very precious relationship of Christ and the Church (in respect of this theme of "love") portrayed in "The song of Solomon".

++ The preeminance of love. ++

It is beautifully striking that the opening desire of the Shulamite bride is:-

"Let him kiss me .... for thy love is better than wine". [SS 1:2.]

Isn't it true, that a great longing of the human heart is to be loved? and in particular from the one whom we love very dearly? The heart can yearn for that more than anything!

Well, the Lord's love for you and me cannot be measured and yet how much do we 'know' this love "which passeth knowledge"?

++ Love measured in a kiss. ++

No theory here! but she qualifies her expectation of such affectionate love with the words - "for thy love is better than wine". Herein is the mystery of experiencing his love.

Wine has the power to turn sorrow into mirth, [Psalm 104:15] and is one of the most powerful influences of the physical senses to give pleasure.

We cannot experience this "love that passeth knowledge" if we are dragging our heels in some carnal mud, some worldly desire, some fleshly pursuit! A pastime of soul gripping attention grabbing! Some delight of the senses in the realm of the physical.

++ Prerequisite of his love. ++

Her desire in the kiss was a lot more than the physical contact. That is expressed in verse 4 - "The upright love thee".

Uprightness with the Lord is paramount in every aspect of spiritual growth.

If you love ten pin bowling, invite the Lord right into the bowling alley, and we see then, how his love turns every case into an eternal joy, instead of a temporal fizz of nothing!

This Shulamite maid was an upright woman. No pretence with her. She loved Solomon and he occupied the full extent of her heart.

This "Love of Christ" beats hands down any and every temporal and physical 'sense' 'pleasure' 'thrill' or drug!

How wonderful that this book (The song of Solomon) which in its qualified spiritual parallel is concerning Christ and his church or bride; begins with love and permeates the whole.

Note the great heights of Romans 8 and the grand climax of "nothing shall be able to seperate us" from this love begins with the great challenge -

"Who shall seperate us from the love of Christ? ..."

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
[Romans 8:35-39.]

The Father is only revealed through the son and thus the emphasis of the Spirit and the Word is the Son: and our relationship to him causes us to rejoice and glory in our loving Heavenly Father who is only known through the son!

* 7.) "And be filled with all the fulness of God.

"Surprise!

Surprise! Surprise!

Many think that entering into the all glorious fulness of God, can only begin with some open and Heavenly manifestation of the Spirit, miraculous, glorious, public and dramatic!

But - No!

The fullness of God is Christ!

"The brightness of his Glory and the express image of his person" [Hebrews 3:3.]

We cannot come into any fulness of God apart from our relationship to his son.

Jesus made that clear in his statement to Phillip -

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." [John 14:6.]

The deepening of our fellowship with Jesus as our way, our truth, and our life, ushers in the all consuming experience of his great love and contained within that is all the fullness of God!

The fullness of God is not sourced within cold hard facts but sourced in his love!

"And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God" [Ephesians 3:19.]

Less experience of the love of Christ, less fullness of God.

More experience of the love of Christ, the more the experience of the fullness of God.

Now, dear believer, be looking to Jesus the author and perfector of your faith. Trusting in him to be brought into all the unsearchable riches, that the Father has stored up for you "in Christ". All is according to this wonderful love feast of the Father and the son, planned for you before the foundation of the world!

The Lord BLESS. He does the very BEST!

Grant.

 
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