“Heavenly Bonds!”

There are 3 eternal foundations because of our relationship with Him that are built, maintained, and eventually completed. These are God’s “Super Glue” to hold all together (1 Cor. 13:13)

I. “These Three Abide “menō” remain; are eternal
These are graces – a state of sanctification (ongoing purity) enjoyed through divine assistance
Regardless of spiritual condition, circumstance, attitude-perspective-perception, social standing, etc… These remain
These are not gifts to be used or not used. These are bedrock to cling to or build upon.
These are God’s demonstration of presence in/thru us: Faith-Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23); Hope – Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13-14); Love – Father (1 Jn. 3:1)

II. Faith – “pistis” trust and holy fervour born of faith and joined with it…God supplies limitlessly, we use sparingly
Heb. 11:1 – It is the confidence and assurance of what our senses cannot confirm…(trust?!)
Matt. 17:19-21 – unbelief saps our foundation of assurance that the impossible is possible thru prayer/fasting (Matt. 9:26)
Jas. 2:15-19 – belief and faith are the difference between concept and result.

III. Hope – “elpis” joyful and confident expectation based upon security of the One making the promise
Ps. 42:11;43:5 – Diminishing hope encourages depression and silences praise.
Rom. 8:24-25 – Hope makes the waiting worthwhile (Christmas, B-Day, Anniversary – gift not earnings
Heb. 6:18-20 – Hope brings encouragement and security

IV. Love – “agape” sacrifice of the Self completely for another by which He can demand the same from His children
1 Jn. 4:16-21 – Sacrifice self because He did. Fear and hate are the absence of God’s love. Identity is gone; love remains
Faith, hope, love – are the sum of perfection on earth; love alone is the sum of perfection in heaven.

THE MORE YOU APPLY THESE…THE STRONGER YOU GET!

There are 3 eternal foundations because of our relationship with Him that are built, maintained, and eventually completed. These are God’s “Super Glue” to hold all together (1 Cor. 13:13)

I. “These Three Abide “menō” remain; are eternal
These are graces – a state of sanctification (ongoing purity) enjoyed through divine assistance
Regardless of spiritual condition, circumstance, attitude-perspective-perception, social standing, etc… These remain
These are not gifts to be used or not used. These are bedrock to cling to or build upon.
These are God’s demonstration of presence in/thru us: Faith-Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23); Hope – Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13-14); Love – Father (1 Jn. 3:1)

II. Faith – “pistis” trust and holy fervour born of faith and joined with it…God supplies limitlessly, we use sparingly
Heb. 11:1 – It is the confidence and assurance of what our senses cannot confirm…(trust?!)
Matt. 17:19-21 – unbelief saps our foundation of assurance that the impossible is possible thru prayer/fasting (Matt. 9:26)
Jas. 2:15-19 – belief and faith are the difference between concept and result.

III. Hope – “elpis” joyful and confident expectation based upon security of the One making the promise
Ps. 42:11;43:5 – Diminishing hope encourages depression and silences praise.
Rom. 8:24-25 – Hope makes the waiting worthwhile (Christmas, B-Day, Anniversary – gift not earnings
Heb. 6:18-20 – Hope brings encouragement and security

IV. Love – “agape” sacrifice of the Self completely for another by which He can demand the same from His children
1 Jn. 4:16-21 – Sacrifice self because He did. Fear and hate are the absence of God’s love. Identity is gone; love remains
Faith, hope, love – are the sum of perfection on earth; love alone is the sum of perfection in heaven.

THE MORE YOU APPLY THESE…THE STRONGER YOU GET!


Verses for Heavenly Bonds
1 Corinthians 13:13
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Titus 2:13-14
while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
1 John 3:1
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Matthew 17:19-21
Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Mark 9:29
He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting.
James 2:15-19
Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
Psalm 42:11
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Romans 8:24-25
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Hebrews 6:18-20
God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

1 John 4:16-21

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.


 

“The War Within!”

What is the worst fight you had with…yourself?! The war within is where 2nd guessing, wrong 1st impressions, half-truths, false judgments come from. There is supposed to be a war within.

Read Rom. 7:15-25

What is the worst fight you had with…yourself?! The war within is where 2nd guessing, wrong 1st impressions, half-truths, false judgments come from. There is supposed to be a war within.

Old Nature (characteristics)
Foolish anoētos – unwise, unknowing (Gal. 3:3)
Disobedient apeithēs – rebellious, stubborn (Rom. 1:30)new nature

Deceived planaō – err, off the path (Gal. 6:7)
Lusts epithymia – cravings, forbidden (Eph. 4:22)
Pleasures hēdonē – passion, depraved (Lk. 8:14)
Malice kakia – desire to injure, wickedness (Matt. 6:34)
Envy phthonos – deprive others, selfish (1 Pet. 2:1)
Hateful stygētos – detestable, (1 Jn. 3:15)
Hating one another miseō – pursue hate, consumed by it (1 Jn. 2:11)
Application: If you see it, destroy it (humility-prayer)(Gal. 2:20)
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New Nature (characteristics)
Kindness chrēstotēs – moral goodness, upright (Col. 3:12)
Love philanthrōpia – love each other, benevolence (Acts 28:2)
Mercy eleos – good will, helpfulness (Jas. 3:17)
Regeneration paliggenesia – new birth, renew previous status (Matt. 19:28)
Renewing anakainōsis – complete change for better (Rom. 12:2)
Abundantly plousiōs – richly (Jn. 10:10)
Justified dikaioō – pronounce righteous (Rom. 5:1)
Hope elpis – joyful and confident expectation (1 Thess. 2:19)
Application: If you see it, grow it…If not, plant it (Ps. 1:2-3)
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“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” (Jas. 1:22-25)


Verses for The War Within

Romans 7:15-25
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
Galatians 3:3
Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?
Romans 1:30
slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;
Galatians 6:7
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Ephesians 4:22
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;
Luke 8:14
The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.
Matthew 6:34
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
1 Peter 2:1
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.
1 John 3:15
Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.
1 John 2:11
But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.
Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Acts 28:2
The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.
James 3:17
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
2 Cor. 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here
Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Romans 5:1
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
1 Thessalonians 2:19
For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?
Psalm 1:2-3
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.