Abides

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It is my desire along with that of my FATHER that all of mankind be in CHRIST JESUS. To continue, exist, live, rest, stand firm and be stationary for an indefinite time only in HIM. How can anyone read this and not want this for themselves? To abide/live in CHRIST JESUS, HE must live within us. We must be able to say just as JESUS did, “I AM in the FATHER, and the FATHER is in ME”. But ours should be said in like manner, “I abide in the FATHER, I abide in CHRIST JESUS and the FATHER and CHRIST JESUS abides in me”.

CHRISTianity is all about the righteous fruitfulness in CHRIST JESUS. When we go to a fruit or nut tree, we expect to see the fruit that it produces. When we go to a fruit patch or vine, we again expect to see the fruit that it’s to produce. Any person who professes to be a CHRISTian and does not bear luscious fruit is not a CHRISTian at all. What it takes to be a CHRISTian is the indwelling of CHRIST JESUS, HE must abide/live on the inside of us and in turn, we abide/live in HIM. Gal. 5:19-21 reveals to us what type of fruit weeds bear and Gal. 5:22-23 reveals to us what type of fruit vines bear. The fruit of a true CHRISTian will be revealed in our temper, disposition, conversation, devotions, and seal/stamp. We must honor GOD in all things, do good, and exemplify the purity and power of who we profess in and who we profess to be. We are disciples of CHRIST JESUS and we must be fruitful in all the fruits of righteousness. That is what it looks like when we abide in JESUS and JESUS abides in us. How many of you understand what conditions are? Well, if you are unclear let me help you out. The condition, the term of a contract/covenant; a stipulation; an established proposal. Conditions most often are proceeded with “if”. “If” is a sign of a condition, it introduces the fact that what is coming next is a condition. In other words, it’s a pro and con; if you do this then you will get that. Plain and simple this is legalism. When we read the words of the gospel during the time that JESUS lived here on earth, HE, lived and obeyed perfectly the conditions of the Ten Commandments and the Law of Moses that were attached, all six hundred and thirteen of them. JESUS also demonstrated and taught how we were to fulfill each. When JESUS spoke conditionally, HE was speaking as Man who is under the law. JESUS was subject to the regulations of the Law, Gal. 4:4. So, in understanding this and because we have studied the Law, we know that in the Old Testament, GOD would provide with conditions. Because the Law has no grace to demonstrate how we are to remain obedient to what we were to perform. Now, JESUS is our demonstrator, though HE spoke about abiding in HIM conditionally, HE taught us how to love unconditionally and how we are able to be obedient in and through HIM. We’ve heard HIM tell us about HIS Holy Spirit that HE would give to us so that we will not be left comfortless and powerless although we are saved in HIM. It is through HIS Holy Spirit that we have the power to overcome those conditions that HE spoke of. The verse in John 15:7 should cause the children of GOD to ponder that for a while, we should ask ourselves the question “how is it possible to abide in JESUS and HE not abide in us?” It’s impossible. So, because this is impossible to be, why does JESUS say; “if you abide in me and I in you?” Again, I believe this bears repeating, any person who professes to be a CHRISTian and does not bear luscious fruit is not a CHRISTian at all because it is impossible to bear the fruit of righteousness when JESUS and HIS Word is not in us and we are not in JESUS and HIS Word. Do you know what the Commandment of CHRIST JESUS is that we are to actually obey? Or, are we still trying to commit to memory the Ten Commandments and not being able to obey them because we are missing the main ingredient required? JESUS CHRIST left us with this one commandment of HIS that will cause us to live accordingly to the Ten Commandments. We are to abide in this commandment “I [JESUS] give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I [JESUS] have loved you, so you too should love one another. When we abide in this commandment then we will fulfill the Law. Also, in our abiding in love through CHRIST JESUS we have the following; faith, hope and love the greatest being love.

Our strength comes from our abiding in GOD’s Word and HIS Word abiding within us. Though development of muscle is great for the physical how much more do we realize that our flexibility and muscle mass is being greatly developed when we are abiding in the Word of GOD? Finally, I leave with you that we are to allow Truth/JESUS to abide within us and in this union, we will eternally abide in the FATHER and in the SON.

John 15:5, 7, 10; 1 Cor. 13:13; 1 Jhn. 2:14, 24

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Abundantly

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We all want this, don’t exactly know what this is but we all want it. Well, I’m here to share with you that what we all want is abundance in everything good. We all want an abundance of money so that we will never have to work again. We all want an abundance of clothes and shoes. We all want an abundant supply of whatever it is that we want. Well, my only answer for our having a desire to be blessed abundantly is found in the scriptures which informs us that we can be fully sufficient with an abundant supply that is only in GOD who supplies us aboundingly, in the measure of great quantity and overflowing.

It is the LORD who said HIMself, the LORD GOD is gracious, longsuffering (patient), and merciful, HE is abundant in goodness and truth. Ex. 34:6

That above is the character and nature of GOD the FATHER and of GOD the SON, CHRIST JESUS. It is HIS nature to be compassionate, faithful and ever ready to forgive. HE knows mankind because HE became Man and it is because of this that HE takes pity on us, HE is not easily angered with us and HE is consistently showing us HIS great love. But when we don’t know the FATHER and the SON intimately by being in an ongoing relationship with HIM then how are we to know HIS character and nature? We can’t and this is why we believe and fall for the dumb things that sound good but are in actuality a cheap shot at the character and very nature of GOD from satan and his demons.

Do we really know that satan and his demons are thieves and that it is their mission to steal the abundant life that we are to have in CHRIST JESUS away from us by keeping us blind, deaf and dumb to HIS Word? Every second of our life that we are not living in the abundant life of CHRIST JESUS is a second too long. Because without the Word of GOD living within us, we are daily being destroyed and killed. CHRIST JESUS stepped down from HIS throne and out of the bosom of HIS FATHER to live among us. HE taught us how to obey the Law of Moses without it killing us by one important principle and that is love, love towards our CHRISTian siblings and to exalt HIM without shame before others. To be led by the Holy Ghost who is our powerful instructor of all things CHRIST. This is what grace teaches us not the Law of Moses. True life in CHRIST JESUS is an abundant life that never dries up and blows away. We are given so much that it flows over the rim of our vessel. There is nothing that we will need because CHRIST JESUS has already made provision for us to have. Sure, there are things that we want but it’s mostly in the wanting that we may not receive because far too often it’s what we want that we actually do not need. We must learn the difference between our needs and our wants.

See CHRIST JESUS as being our abundance and we too will be able to live abundantly in CHRIST.

John 10:10

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Acceptable

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There is nothing better for us to accept than that of CHRIST JESUS and HIS Word. Glory be to the GOD Most High! I watch and listen to how those who are in darkness have no problem accepting all the foolishness that’s out here in this sinful world. Sometimes I sit back and wonder if they have the ability to listen and see because they follow with the program of the wicked like little puppies who love unconditionally. The church should know that that there is nothing better than what the Word of GOD promises to people and share that with others in their words and actions. Ask yourself what is acceptable to you that you have received with pleasure and if it’s something that you desire to share with others such as GOD’s Good News. GOD’s Good News is what we all need, and we must try and give it to others as well as meet the needs of those who are without. This will give us, the church, gratification because this is what we should be doing. I guess this blog is being inspired by the lack of compassion that the president of the USA lacks. Today is the mark of one full month that people have not been able to earn a living and provide for their families. We as the church need to understand that though we are praying for those without, this is the opportunity that we must show the compassion of CHRIST JESUS, that we must be about doing the work and show the love of CHRIST JESUS rather than just the Words of CHRIST JESUS.

Today is the acceptable time that we are hearing the voice of GOD in our spirit. Today is the acceptable day that we usher the lost, the hurting, the distressed, the anxious and worried to CHRIST JESUS. We must show what we as the body and church of CHRIST are about. JESUS when on earth helped, HE did not sit back on HIS principles and just pray. HE saw the need and HE helped along with HIS disciples who also received gratification in what they were doing by following what JESUS was doing. JESUS is the One who preserves us. It’s the glory we must give to CHRIST JESUS that every person who does not work for the government but private industries so that we who are earning a living can help those who lack. Today, we must show the favor of GOD towards those who do not have. Not only should we share the salvation of the LORD GOD, but we are to offer our help which comes from the Holy GOD in the name of CHRIST JESUS. JESUS is a promise keeper. Today is the day that may be marked for someone who does not know the JESUS that we serve and are in a relationship with to see the CHRIST within us. Today should be the day that the cries of those who are lost and disturbed by their situation of lack are answered. Let them see that the GOD we worship is the One who guards and protects rather than the government. Today is the acceptable day that we pray asking the LORD for guidance and that the Holy Spirit is being heard in our spiritual ears to know what it is that we the church are to do for those who are without. Let people see through us that the GOD we worship is a merciful GOD giving HIM all the glory and praise when they thank us for helping and showing them the answer to all truth and HIS salvation. Today is the acceptable day that those who lack receive help because today is the day that GOD has heard their cries. We are to be seen as little JESUS walking around here on earth not just praying for people but actually doing what needs to be done. Show them that today is the acceptable and right time that salvation has heard their cries and is here to be a help. Today is their day that GOD is showing HIS favor because HE is hearing their cries and HE is arriving within us to help through HIS salvation. But don’t be amiss to share with them that today is the day to be saved in CHRIST JESUS.

In the name of JESUS let us go out and proclaim that today is the day which is acceptable to share with those who do not know JESUS to come and know HIM through their faith. Stop relying on New Year’s resolutions that resolve nothing because most don’t have the discipline to cease doing or the tenacity to persevere to that which they want to achieve. Some of us may have the ability to hire those who are dealing with this ridiculous furlough of the government initiated by the president of the USA. And, others may have a side hustle in selling products that generate income, share that with others. We can’t make anyone receive what we have to offer but at least we invited those who are in need to receive from GOD through our efforts. Let us be the blessing they are looking for. Let us be the help they need. Because today is the acceptable day to show the blessings, favor, grace, love, and mercy of our Savior. Give GOD all the glory.

Isaiah 49:8, Ps. 69:13, 2 Cor. 6:2, Luke 4:19

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Access

0000256_doormat-brown_220Are you the type that is classified approachable? If not, it’s not a big deal. In a way, it’s a good trait to have and a bad thing to be overly approachable. We often find children with this characteristic until we train it out of them. We should be approachable but not in every circumstance. Most often, we give access to people that we are comfortable with rather than people who are strangers feeling comfortable to approach us. Case in point, some people will not just strike up a friendly conversation with others due to the fear that we have of how others will react towards us. Then, you have those who will just go out of their way to make others comfortable, will smile to those who pass by or give a friendly greeting. But let’s get away from how we are when it comes to giving access to strangers. What about giving access to family, are we friendly and transparent with our family? In most cases, it’s most likely that we are not. We may think that the way we are with family is normal but, within our family, we should be so transparent that there are no family issues that can’t be dealt with. No one should be any closer to us than our family, we all have the VIP admittance into our natural family that GOD has placed us in. And yet, for some in our own home, we are strangers because we lack having a relationship with one another. Bless the name of JESUS who has given to each one of us the access to the FATHER. Not needing anyone to go to the FATHER on our behalf because we can go boldly into HIS throne room ourselves.

It is through CHRIST JESUS that we have access to our heavenly FATHER as much as we want to commune with HIM. We all can experience the favor, goodwill, and kindness of the FATHER directly ourselves. The free unmerited favor bestowed upon all the children of the Most High GOD is known to us by faith and knowledge from our own personal experience with HIM. The FATHER’s divine influence of us renews our heart and restrains us from living our former lives of sin. Also, we have access to the righteousness of CHRIST JESUS which is applied to those sins of action that we just can’t seem to shake off us. This is where we experience HIS abounding righteousness over sin. CHRIST JESUS has reconciled all who believe in HIM back to the FATHER. It is because of our faith that we have access into the throne room of GOD and to sit on our DADDY’s lap to speak with HIM. Having access to the FATHER provides us with a liberal disposition, meekness, patience and much more which proceeds from divine influence. We have access to the promised and eternal life with the FATHER through CHRIST JESUS, we have access to the Holy Spirit who gives to us liberally His wisdom with spiritual edification, improvement, and instruction. CHRIST JESUS is the door by which we have access to enter and receive the gift of salvation. We are no longer captives as we were in the dungeon of sin, where there is no rest. In CHRIST JESUS we have that rest that we so need, and we can go and come as we like. It is only the children of the Living GOD who has access to the FATHER by the Holy Spirit. We do not have a need to fear HIS presence as the Israelites did in the book of Exodus, therefore, we boldly have access to HIM. So, why is it that we have access to the FATHER? It’s all because of the Blood of JESUS. HIS blood is our key to enter HIS door to speak directly with the FATHER. No blood key, no access. The suffering that JESUS endured was for all of us who had no type of righteousness within us. This was a onetime requirement from the FATHER for us all, that anyone who will believe in HIS SON JESUS will have salvation and eternal life. And because we will be made alive at the beginning of our faith in HIS SON, we have access to GOD. We have access to the Almighty GOD who we should know intimately as FATHER because we are no longer far from HIM but have access to HIS presence.       

Romans 5:2; Jhn. 10:9, Eph. 2:18, 3:12, Heb. 10:19, 1 Ptr. 3:18

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Accusation

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Why was JESUS crucified? Many will provide various answers, and some will be correct, and some will be in error. Religion has provided many various answers to the question, but the answer is found in the gospels where we find the declaration of HIS crime and offense. What was written and placed above the head of JESUS is the charge to why HE was crucified. Well, let’s take a better look at what the accusation was or is.

The accusation was written against HIM, this notice is the accusation against JESUS.

JESUS of Nazareth the King of the Jews

JESUS was not crucified for all the miracles that HE did, HE was not crucified for all the people HE healed and delivered, nor was HE crucified for feeding many people. HE was not even crucified for what HE was teaching. JESUS was crucified for being King of the Jews. Do you not recall how at the announcement of HIS birth the King wanted to have HIM killed? Mt. 2

Then there are those who are accusers they find blame with who we are and what we do. Where does this come from? It comes from the chief accuser satan himself. This is what happened at the trial of JESUS, HE was being accused but no one came forward with their false testimony. Two men came forward, however. They stated, “This man said, ‘I can tear down GOD’s temple and rebuild it in three days” Mt. 26:60-61. There will always be those who will find a reason to accuse us of our faults. I call them the fault finding, police. They never find an accusation against themselves, but they can find all the faults of others. No human will ever satisfy to the full another person. False Christianity is full of legalism instead of being full of faith in the grace and rest in CHRIST JESUS. Legalism is the Law of Moses and it is because of legalism that repels people from coming to CHRIST rather than ushering them to come closer to HIM. We are quick to tell others what they can’t do rather than share with them what we can do in CHRIST JESUS. Once we come to the full knowledge of who CHRIST JESUS is to us and who we are in CHRIST JESUS we will finally rest not giving a care to what we are being accused of. We who know who we are in CHRIST JESUS will know rest in the finished works of CHRIST instead of our performing to be in HIM. Our life in CHRIST is so refreshing and simple, yet, people who don’t understand our life in CHRIST grooms to make life difficult because of religion rather than a relationship with and in CHRIST. Know this my dear siblings in JESUS that in our salvation from CHRIST JESUS who is the authority of being the MESSIAH we have within us GOD’s kingdom, HIS power, and HIS strength, to allow CHRIST JESUS to deal with the accuser/satan who comes against us all. The first person he came after was JESUS, remember the charge which caused JESUS to be crucified? That idiot could not see the larger picture which that through the death of JESUS is our freedom from him was made. It was through the death of JESUS that our freedom was paid in full owing nothing. So, don’t get angry when wrongfully accused or maybe the accusation is correct just like the accusation of JESUS, it was not a lie HE is the King of the Jews. And the temple of the Living GOD was rebuilt in three days. JESUS kept silent regarding the accusations and this is the example we too must follow. The only time JESUS spoke was not regarding the accusations but when a question was asked of HIM. “Are YOU the MESSIAH, the SON of GOD?” “Yes, I AM. But I alone can guarantee that from now on you will see the Son of Man in the honored position—the one next to GOD the FATHER on the heavenly throne. HE will be coming on the clouds of heaven” Mt. 26:64. So, let people accuse us of whatever gives them their jolly’s. Know that our big brother JESUS is our Mediator and all those accusations are being thrown out of heaven.

Matthew 27:37; Mrk. 15:26; Revelation 12:10

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Acknowledge

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Wow! Did you know that when we acknowledge whatever it is that we acknowledge we are taking ownership of whatever it is? For instance, admitting that which is true. Having special regard for GOD because we have received HIS begotten SON JESUS. Confession of or admitting to something that we realize is wrong in what we did or said. Being grateful for a favor or gift that was given to us. Or, admitting who we belong to and who belong to us. Well, if we didn’t know, now we know. But how will our knowledge help us in our identity in CHRIST JESUS? Let’s find out.

In the very essence of who we are in CHRIST JESUS, we are to remember HIM from the top of our head to the soul of our feet. Share the plans that we have for each day and allow HIM to direct us. Doing this will prevent unnecessary stress that we invite into our lives. We must come to acknowledge GOD for ourselves through CHRIST JESUS. We must have our own intimate relationship with the FATHER and stop trying to ride on the coat takes of others. We must acknowledge the LORD our GOD with an undivided heart and a willing mind. After all, who are we fooling but ourselves thinking that no one knows our motives and thoughts? GOD knows them all, so, since this is the truth of the matter why not give to GOD all our desires and allow HIM to accept us? This will keep us from having those ding-bat thoughts of abandonment by GOD which is far from the truth. When we entrust all of our efforts to the LORD by asking HIM to bless them we are acknowledging that because of our relationship in CHRIST JESUS we are successful in what we do. It is because we never give ourselves entirely to GOD that we become anxious and worried about things we have magnified when they are like ants or flees in size. Nothing is impossible for GOD because GOD is limitless and we ourselves have limits. Cease being afraid to ask the FATHER for what it is you desire, acknowledge the love that HE has for you and come boldly before HIM letting HIM know in your everyday use of your language and vocabulary what it is that we need or want. But most importantly, come before the KING with a thankful heart my dear Prince’s and Princesses. Acknowledge that we all lack the true wisdom which we can only receive from the FATHER through HIS Holy Spirit who should be living on the inside of each of us. If you don’t know who the Holy Spirit is or doubt about His living within you, find out by searching the scriptures about who He is and asks Him to come into you heart. Having Him in this manner gives us the fullness of GOD. Once we acknowledge that we have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us in full measure ask the FATHER daily for the wisdom we all need to live just for today. We will come to find that decisions will become sharper and the help we offer or have been asked to provide will be effortless. In the wisdom of the Holy Spirit there are no mistakes, should we encounter any mistakes it’s because we did not ask the Holy Spirit for help or we ignored what it was that He said to us. Some of us just don’t recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit. But know this my friends, by asking GOD for HIS wisdom, HE will not delay the wisdom that we need, and the Holy Spirit will provide us the wisdom we need in generous amounts.

Now, we know that it is imperative that we all acknowledge the LORD our GOD through CHRIST JESUS from every facet of our being.

Proverbs 3:6; 1 Chron., Prov. 16:3, Phil. 4:6, Jms. 1:5

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Acquainted

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I tried and I hope that it was done successfully to raise my children to stop calling everyone that they meet, attended school with or work with as their friend. There is such an enormous difference from one being a friend or acquaintance. We need to understand that we have far more acquaintances in our lives than we do friends. An acquaintance has a slight or superficial knowledge of, rather than having intimate knowledge of. To be acquainted is to have informed personal knowledge. JESUS CHRIST became that for us, HE became acquainted rather than being an acquaintance. Let’s look at the difference with scripture.

JESUS CHRIST who is our true friend not only is acquainted with all our ways HE is also familiar and knowledgeable with all our ways. That which we are, our happiness, sorrow, anxieties, griefs, pains, fatigue, whatever we are HE knows them intimately. When my kids were still in school I would do just as my parents did with me, most times that I came up to the school it was without their knowledge because I needed, and I wanted to see for myself who my children were without their knowledge of my being around. No one could and no one can tell me who my children are regarding their character, their essence because I saw for myself who my children were out of my presence. Sometimes, at home during those warm seasons while my kids were outside with the neighborhood kids, again, without their knowledge I would be near the open door or window, close enough to hear them but far enough away for them or the other kids to not see me. Parents, this is the time we discover just who our kids really are, this is one of the ways we become acquainted with who our children are when they don’t realize that we are near as well as when we are near, and we see them in action as well as communicate with them. I can recall when I was still employed one of my co-workers saying aloud to me, “Shawn aren’t you and I friends”? I turned to her and said pleasantly and with a smile “no”. She was shocked that I answered in that manner. I had to make it plain, we never see one another outside of the job site, we never spend any quality time together and share our lives with one another, you don’t know my family and I don’t know yours, you don’t know who I am outside of this place of employment as a person and vice-versa. Those that heard me put their heads down because I guess that it gave them something to think about or they just did not expect me to have thoughts such as that. I don’t know. I have the same friends that I had as a child a crowd of four. I used to have five, but one went to sleep/died. These dear people have always understood me and stuck by me no matter what. If or when I went/go through the fire they don’t stand at the other end calling me through, they take my hand and walk through the fire with me. And I hope that I have a track record of doing the same for them.

Just as in the past JESUS CHRIST was forsaken by people, today is no different and in the future, it will not change. Don’t you realize that this is painful? We all have experienced rejection. Don’t you know that JESUS CHRIST suffered just for you and you alone? This is the way we all must acknowledge HIS suffering. Sure, HE suffered for all mankind/people but see HIS suffering just for you, we must make JESUS personal to us alone. JESUS is familiar with all our emotionalism and because of our lack of understanding, because we see GOD so far away from us rather than being nearer to us than our own breath. We turn our face away from HIM because we ignore HIM not knowing that we don’t think of HIS being worthy to us, not knowing that we don’t think of HIM being anything to us, and not knowing that we think of HIM as being nothing to us.

CHRIST JESUS is the Great High Priest to those who know HIM and to those HE know. CHRIST JESUS sympathizes with our weaknesses. As the song say, “Who wouldn’t serve a GOD like this”? We are not alone when we realize that CHRIST JESUS is more than a passing fancy but rather the GOD who is acquainted with every humanistic quality that we have apart from sin because there was/is no sin in HIM.

Psalm 139:3; Isaiah 53:3; Heb. 4:14

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