30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL 1 JOHN 2:4 THOSE THAT DON’T KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS DO NOT KNOW HIM

31Mar

1 John 2:4 He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

In 1 John 2:4, John was speaking to believers about the Gnostics who said they had a relationship with Jesus, but they really did not.  This seems to be the way of society today, because many live ungodly lives and yet they think they are going to heaven, or they live like the Pharisees, who look good to people because they pretend to be holy, but are really hypocrites who have never asked God to forgive them on the basis of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  Where do you fit, is this you, or have you truly been forgiven because you cried out to Jesus to save you because you are a sinner?

Mark 8:36 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

   John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  -John 8:32

 Our mission is to spread the gospel and to go to the least of these with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ; We reach out to those the World has forgotten. 

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ROMANS 2:25-29 WHAT DO YOU CLING TO AS A SIGN OF YOUR CHRISTIANITY?

28Mar

Romans 2:25 For circumcision is indeed profitable if you keep the law; but if you are a breaker of the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. 26 Therefore, if an uncircumcised man keeps the righteous requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision be counted as circumcision? 27 And will not the physically uncircumcised, if he fulfills the law, judge you who, even with your written code and circumcision, are a transgressor of the law? 28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; 29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.

 External Religion cannot replace righteous living

Circumcision is of no avail or the impossibility of rituals pleasing God

Paul starts to remind his readers that religion without a heart change is useless

Many today think that because they were baptized as an infant or an adult, take communion, have been through confirmation, do good deeds, done more good than bad, or many other things the Bible does not say, they are going to heaven

v-25 Every male Jew was circumcised as an infant.

Gen 17:10-14 It was a sign that one was of the covenant community

Romans 4:11 shows that circumcision was a sign of righteousness

Paul's credentials or resume is in Phil 3:3-7

Profitable- it was profitable if done as an act of obedience and as a reminder of the covenant relationship with God.

Uncircumcision - If a Jew continued to break the law had no more of a saving relationship than an uncircumcised Gentile. It was no more than an outward symbol if there was no heart relationship with God

Circumcision went from being a rite or solemn religious ceremony practiced in the home to a ritual or practice that had no meaning. It was done because it was required not because of the love for GOD

V28-29

Deuteronomy 10:16 "Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer.

Colossians 2:11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,

The true mark of God’s child is not an outward symbol, such as circumcision, but a godly condition of the heart.

Ga 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

Ga 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.

The Gospel of Christ demands an inward change: “You must be born again” (John 3:7). It is not obedience to a religious system that will allow one to pass the test when Christ judges the secrets of men’s hearts. It is the Gospel of Christ that is God’s power unto salvation, both to Jew and Gentile (Rom. 1:16). If a person has never believed the Gospel and received Christ, then he or she stands condemned. The Jews, with all their religion and legalism, were (and are) just as much under sin as the Gentiles—and more so, because to them were given greater privileges and opportunities to know the truth

Lessons

  1. It is possible to think you are okay with God by what you say
  2. It is possible to think you are okay with God by what you do
  3. Your walk should match your talk if you are truly a Christian

Mark 8:36 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

   John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  -John 8:32

Our mission is to spread the gospel and to go to the least of these with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ; We reach out to those the World has forgotten. 

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30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL 1 JOHN 1:5-2:2 ARE YOU REALLY A CHRISTIAN

24Mar

In 1 John 1:5-2:2, it says that God is light and in Him is no darkness, in other words He is pure and holy and has no hint of any thing to do with error or sin.  It goes on to say we cannot walk in fellowship with Him if we live in sin and error.  If we say we have fellowship with him and live in Sin and error, we are liars and do not live according to Jesus standards as Christians and are not really Christians.

Mark 8:36 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

   John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  -John 8:32

Our mission is to spread the gospel and to go to the least of these with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ; We reach out to those the World has forgotten. 

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ROMANS 2:21-24 DOES YOUR WALK MATCH YOUR TALK

21Mar

Romans 2:21 You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal?  22 You who say, "Do not commit adultery," do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?  23 You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law?  24 For "the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you," as it is written.

V21-23 Paul asks a series of questions designed to show the difference between what the Jews knew and what they practiced

v-21 First he asks do you practice what you preach

Matt 23:1-5 Pharisee's taught it but did not practice

Then he speaks of three sins that were in abundance among the Jews

Stealing - Psalms 50:16-21 ungodly God does not want them teaching his covenant, stealing

Matt 23:14-15 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation. 15 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.

James 1:27  Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

v-22  Adultery - Malachi 3:5  And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness Against sorcerers, Against adulterers, Against perjurers, Against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans,

Rob temples  - Acts 19:37  "For you have brought these men here who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of your goddess.

V 23 Paul goes back to verse 17 and mentions again their boasting in the law and yet you break God's law and dishonor Him

John MacArthur says that since it was impossible to keep the law perfectly some of the rabbis began teaching that learning the law was sufficient, then some claimed that possessing the law in the form of scrolls was sufficient and lastly some taught that the Jews were safe from Judgement because they were God's chosen people to be the receivers and custodians of the law

V 24 quoted from Isaiah 52:5

Blaspheme means to be evil spoken of, reviled, railed at

This means the Jews were not speaking evil of God but that the Gentiles were speaking bad about God, His Word and Christianity because of What they taught vs what they practiced.

Psalms 1:1-6

Matt 23:27 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. 28 "Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. 33 "Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?

Circumcision of no avail or the impossibility of rituals pleasing God

Paul starts to remind his readers that religion without a heart change is useless

Many today think that because they were baptized as an infant they are going to heaven

Mark 8:36 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

   John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  -John 8:32

Our mission is to spread the gospel and to go to the least of these with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ; We reach out to those the World has forgotten. 

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30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL 1 JOHN 2:2 THE PAYMENT FOR SIN

17Mar

1John 2:2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

1 John 2:2 says He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.  This means Jesus Christ died on the cross so that anyone who believes He died in their place, took their hell, and paid the penalty for their sins can go to heaven.  The word propitiation means satisfaction and Jesus satisfied the legal demands that someone had to be punished and die for our sins.  That is why when Jesus died, He said it is finished, it means He paid our sin debt in full and anyone who will call on Him for forgiveness in repentance and faith will be saved.

Mark 8:36 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

   John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  -John 8:32

Our mission is to spread the gospel and to go to the least of these with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ; We reach out to those the World has forgotten. 

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ROMANS 2:17-20 THE JEWS PROFESSION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

14Mar

Romans 2:17 Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest on the law, and make your boast in God,  18 and know His will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law, 19 and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in the law.

V2:17-20 We see the Jews profession (What they believed and thought they were doing for the world)  Paul says all this to show that what he is about to say is not said out of his ignorance of them

You who rest or rely on the law( the law referred to the first 5 books of the Old Testament  and also the Psalms, Proverbs, and prophets which had been given to the Jews up to that time

The Jews not only had the law, they trusted its truth and believed it and did not study anything else.            

The problem is not believing, which they only did mentally. They did not believe in their hearts and with their emotions that this was for them. They thought they had it all.

James 2:19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe----and tremble!

Make your boast in God- Because they were called the people of God and had been chosen as his vessels of revelation of God and His Word they thought they had the market on God and there was nothing else to be done

Growing up in church - Pastor or Missionary parents will not get you into heaven

V-18 To know his will- means to know what is agreeable to God (what is right, wrong, commanded by Him, what He approves of, prohibits, and what God rewards. The Jews had an awesome knowledge of God

The word approve means to recognize as genuine after examination and refers to the Jews ability to know right from wrong

The word instructed is the word we get catechism from

Catechism is to instruct orally, especially by repetition

The Jewish boys memorized large portions of scripture they had head knowledge of God not heart

2Tim 3:7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

v-19 confident that you are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness,

Jesus tells them in these verses they are blind

Matt 13:13-15

v-20 an instructor of the foolish,

A teacher of babes,

 Having the form of knowledge and truth in the law.

The word form is morphosis which means external appearance of knowledge and truth  To the outsider they looked good but to God all their works was nothing, it was not from the heart

2Tim 3:5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Head knowledge of God is not Heart Knowledge and it will not save you

Matt 3:7-9 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 "Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, 9 “and do not think to say to yourselves, `We have Abraham as our father.' For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.

Luke 18:10-14 Pharisee and tax collector be merciful to me a sinner

It is no new thing for evil to be masked as Light in the darkness, Sometimes the one who promises the most to help you is your worst enemy and will destroy you if he can

2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

Mark 8:36 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

   John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

  • “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  -John 8:32

 Our mission is to spread the gospel and to go to the least of these with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ; We reach out to those the World has forgotten. 

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30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL 1 JOHN 2:3 THOSE THAT KNOW CHRIST KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS

10Mar

1 John 2:3 says Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.  This is what Jesus meant when He said in John 14:15 "If you love Me, keep My commandments.  He also said in John 10:27 "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.  This means that if we are truly saved we will be holy, as He is holy.  We will be doing our best through the power of the Holy Spirit to live our life to model that of Jesus Christ’s.  That doesn’t mean we are perfect, but if this is not what you desire and are trying to do, you cannot truly be saved.

Mark 8:36 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

   John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  -John 8:32

 Our mission is to spread the gospel and to go to the least of these with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ; We reach out to those the World has forgotten. 

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ROMANS 2:12-16 GOD WILL JUDGE ALL OF US ONE DAY

7Mar

Romans 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law  13 (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; 14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) 16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.

V11-15 Judgement according to Impartiality

Acts 10:34-43 is the key

V-12 Sinned in the law, judged by the law

Luke 12:41-48 Faithful steward-- those having greater knowledge fall into greater judgement

V-13 will be justified

James 1:22-26

You can't have real faith without works, deeds and fruit

James 2:14-26 says faith without works is dead but I will show you my faith by my works

V-14 by nature do the law--without Scripture men naturally know right from wrong and establish laws based on this natural knowledge

Law unto themselves-- the practice of some good deeds and the avoidance of some evil ones shows they know there is a God.

A knowledge which will witness against them in the day of judgement

John 5:45-47

V-15 their thoughts accusing or else excusing

1 Tim 4:2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,

Eph 4:17-19.

If we want to do something bad enough we can always justify our actions somehow

  1. V16 Certainty of Judgement

Secrets refers to the motives of men

  • Secret sins will be revealed

Psalms 139:1 LORD, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.

Psalms 140:1 Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men, 2 Who plan evil things in their hearts;

  • Secret service will be rewarded

1Corinth 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one's praise will come from God.

Acts 17:31 “because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead."

Rev 20:11-15

Mark 8:36 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

   John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  -John 8:32

 Our mission is to spread the gospel and to go to the least of these with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ; We reach out to those the World has forgotten. 

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30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL 1 JOHN 2:1 THE FREEDOM OF FORGIVENESS

3Mar

1 John 2:1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

The last part of 1John 2:1 says And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. If we are Christians we don’t look at salvation as a license to sin, but if we are truly saved, as we continue to follow Christ we will sin less and less as the pattern of our life.  But He also tells us that when we do sin that Jesus is our Advocate, our ally, our intercessor who defends us before an accusing devil and a Holy God that He paid for that sin on the cross and it can never be held against us ever again.

Mark 8:36 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

   John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  -John 8:32

 Our mission is to spread the gospel and to go to the least of these with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ; We reach out to those the World has forgotten. 

hisloveministries.podbean.com #HLMSocial hisloveministries.net https://www.instagram.com/hisloveministries1/?hl=en Don’t go for all the gusto you can get, go for all the God (Jesus Christ) you can get. The gusto will get you, Jesus can save you. https://www.facebook.com/His-Love-Ministries-246606668725869/?tn-str=k*F

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