- Date: March 18, 2016
- Verse: “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children.” (Psalm 103:17)
Psalm 103, verse 17 says, "But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon [those that reverence Him]." God's mercy is everlasting. It's appropriated by those that fear Him, the Scripture says. The reverence of God, the acknowledging of His lordship, the acknowledging of our need of Him: "I can't get through this day without Your mercy, without You showing me compassion. I am a disaster going somewhere to happen. If You don't intercept me in this day and show compassion to me, and mercy to me, and grace to me, for without You I can do nothing.
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- Date: August 13, 2018
- Verse: “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently…” (1 Peter 1:22)
He said in 1 Thessalonians, Chapter 3, verse 12, "And the Lord make you to increase [in faith] and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we [have loved] you." The apostle goes on to say, "[I want] you to…abound in love one toward another…" What would you say as you look at your life right now? This is Paul's admonition to those in Thessalonica.
- Date: August 6, 2018
- Verse: “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” (Romans 12:9)
As the Scripture speaks to us, we see these great commandments, I like the fact that John 15:12 makes it very clear: "This is my commandment, That ye love one another [Man, if it would just stop there], as I have loved you." Romans 12:9 says, "Let [your] love be without dissimulation [hypocrisy is what that word means]. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good." You know, we do a lot of abhorring, but how much cleaving do we do? Because the fact of the matter is we're not all bad.
- Date: August 1, 2018
- Verse: “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:12-13)
Scripture says very clearly that before we were even born, God foreknew us. So that's kind of cool. While we were yet in our mother's womb. We see a scriptural principle that prophets were even chosen and selected while they were still in the womb. God separated them through His foreknowledge and His predetermination to be used for the kingdom of God in a great way. Yet, some, when these people are raised to greatness, begin to covet their role. We begin to resent that. We become in competition with them. "I want you to love as I have loved you.
- Date: July 30, 2018
- Verse: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:35)
We'll pick up where we've been in our study in John's gospel and quickly look at a couple of verses. John 13, verse 35 and John 15, verse 12, these are foundational verses that we've been working off of. "By this [John 13:35] shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." We've been talking about the fact, out of John 17, that when people look into our fellowship, look into our lives, and see a genuine love, it's so unnatural, so unnatural. Love is so unnatural to Adam's children.
- Date: July 19, 2018
- Verse: “No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.” (1 John 4:12)
When we're doers of the Word, when we're not just hearers, we can't, as James says, say to those that are in need around us, "Be warmed and filled," and we have the wherewithal to meet the need. Let's take it out of the monetary, the material, for just a moment, because unfortunately we as Americans, that's how we think. Let's put it into what's really important and that's our spiritual needs. How many of us have the wherewithal to care for somebody here in the fellowship, to bring ministry to them? How many of us have the wherewithal-we've been through trials;
- Date: July 16, 2018
- Verse: “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.” (1 John 3:14)
The Scripture makes it clear. There is an intimacy that the Holy Spirit mandates in His church, and there's a love in this intimacy that He mandates in His church. We cannot have anybody in the church, the body of Christ, that to us is insignificant, on the fringe, but we're to love as we've been loved.
1 John speaks toward this; and it's an interesting thing. I'd like you to look at a couple of passages. Let's begin at 1 John, Chapter 3, verse 14.