THE LOVE OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU!
1.29.13 "I'm Forgiven." ; Sanctified. God loves you! "Jesus keeps giving and giving, giving 'til my heart overflows," (Russ Taff sings,) Jesus gives empowering. Stir up the Gift of God within. Does this need this forgiveness to relate rightly to God occur because we need God all the time? Yes indeed absolutely God's forgiveness is needed to have the Ransom Paid to have peace with Him, peace that is eternally satisfying. Jesus gives giving love, joy, and peace within the Kingdom of God. That we may be more aware of reconciliation, grace, even abundance of mercy with God is provided for. We are unable to please God in our flesh and blood Isaiah 53 tells us and that because of our lower or old nature before salvation which we inherited from Adam. We need forgiveness from God, the spontaneity of instantaneous erupting born again life living that starts once, but goes on, lasts forever in fact, is abundant, a surrendered life renewed in spirit with an everlasting zesty quality of life and forever lasting quantity warmth from God alone the Holy Spirit. Jesus said that His words were Spirit and life. He came to give us Eternal life that starts. Be instant in season to live for God holding sacred godly things letting Christ live big in you. And be humbly realizing your sinful condition before salvation and that it is well with your soul realizing your true identity changed in Christ. This is sublime! To be Holy Spirit led! And to be counting the cost to be obedient to Christ and be His disciple and to lay it down at Christ’s feet and rise obedient a disciple full of compasssion on others. Even to embrace the saving grace of God in the grip of the hands of and of the love of our God, Savior, King, and Master even our Friend our Fairest Lord Jesus Christ and worship Him in Earth’s fullness and Heaven’s majestic gladness! For Christ presented His Body And Blood and in our place before the Seat even before the (Ark of the Holy of Holies on its top where the cherebim dwell, in the) Throne-room of our God to The Heavenly Father Abba! We so then want to receive the certainty of living through His grace of, even the living riches of His mercy and grace to Abundant life in our Lord and God's Fullness, but by faith!! Who in fact knows the Divine order of God's decrees? But put to yourself the peace of Jesus and remain saved in Christ walking in God's fellowship raised with Christ and seated with Him in the Heaven-lies! If Heaven is your goal a relationship with Our God Maker Heavenly Father Abba is primary, a priority to pursue if you haven' asked God for salvation! God loves you! He has invited you to Himself, visited you all through your life and in many ways with common grace (grace known to all mankind,) but you must desire a relationship with Him moment by moment with Eternity in focus spiritually. Access is through Jesus Christ: specifically by the new and living way of His Body and Blood that was crucified for us on earth and on the cross, even His revolutionary life for 33 and a half years, and Perfectly Redeeming Blood declared Holy, Righteous. He presented Himself in Blood in our place to the Father Abba God Who sits on the Throne in Heaven through or after His Exaltation or Glorification from the cross and resurrection and ascension. Christ even gave Perfect Righteousness to God the Father having sole access to Him satisfied God for sin He sat down at Father’s right side in Heaven (meaning the Work is Finished-Done.) I Corinthians 15:1-8; Hebrews 9-13. Many of us have taken in hand to mine a walk with God with an image of Who God really Is in the Word and because we did not have a godly parent nor example of Holiness to follow so a balanced view of God is skewed for us even of Earthly things to be held loosely and of Heavenly Eternal things to be held near. This ambivalent view of earth and sky and beyond our galaxy to even God Himself is even impacting our lives adversely from our ungodly background. We need then to know more from those whose heritage is godly of the Character of God and Characteristics (His Names and their meanings,) and as they relate to us. Pray for God's pastors. God is spirit and we must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth John 4 says. He is Spirit. God fills the universe with His Presence. He is exalted above all of creation as well. He stands alone. There is no equal to the God of the Bible. God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. Light from Him swallows the dark. In His light we shall see light. When it says God is light and in Him there is no darkness it means there is no sin, evil or death. God is the sum total of everything that is pure and excellent. God is pure and the pure promise of God is the pure in heart will see Him! And His purity is excellent! The hope of seeing Him purifies. His light swallows up the darkness. He transcends space and time, within creation but above it at the same time. God is God and He created everything through the Son. He’s outside of it and within the hearts of believers specially by the sperma or seed of the Word by the Spirit. He’s Omnipotent: All-powerful, Omnipresent: Everywhere present in His Presence, and Omniscient: All-knowing. He is a Person. The Apostle Paul said, "follow me, as I follow Christ." I John 4:4 says, “Whoever does not love does not know God for God is love.” John is saying love expresses the nature of God. Unless God’s love is revealed to us we do not know how to love others. Biblical love involves choice. It is a decision. It is shown in the choices we make on a daily basis. We cannot fathom or comprehend the magnitude of God’s love for us. It is high and deep, great and small and we are daily challenged to overcome with it for we're well able to attain it in experience (in faith’s measure.) Do you know God loves you? God is love but love is not God. God’s love indeed can then be all-pervasive and all-encompassing in Christ being all in all and having purpose but is as we get to know God better surely. As far as expressing God’s Attributes, God’s Holiness, Righteousness, Justice, Mercy, Eternity, Faithfulness, do this as well and so does truth. It is important not to de-emphasize His other Attributes when we speak of God‘s love. There is a tendency to over-emphasize God’s attribute of love. When we speak about His love we must balance it with His other attributes. Because when we over-emphasize His love we make Him out to be little sentimental in His love. The Law is our schoolmaster to lead us to Christ. Indeed the power of the Gospel is the Law expresses Him perfectly for it is perfect and good. God expresses good in His righteousness, love and mercy in Old Testament meaning the Law and perfection of the Ten but He undertakes to cure the effects of the Law on imperfect humans and sin itself in destruction to us by a New Covenant. God does this by individually changes to us to make us whole born again in newness of life eating from the Tree of Life: Jesus. The Law is there to make the power of sin known as destructive and sin as insidious to us because to keep or obey the Law is unattainable in our flesh because the Law works wrath and death, (within and without we sin when we attempt to keep.) We fall short of God's glory. No one hit’s the mark when they are outside Jesus Christ is a fact. Ever heard of, “try not to think of the pink elephant in the corner of the room?” But the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death, (and note it is past tense giving us greater assurance of Christ is our victory.) Jesus Christ indeed gives deliverance from sin and takes them (sins) away as far as east is from west. His love should always be emphasized therefore with His other attributes. We learn from God’s other attributes, because He is Holy His love is pure. Because He’s Eternal His love is everlasting and it’s limitless. Because He is just and merciful His love embraces everyone. When we talk about God’s love it is important that God’s love is felt or experienced in light of His other Attributes. God is Holy anf God is Righteous and therefore He will not tolerate sin in our lives. We need the glory of God lifted up high within and high above us and through the Heavens so we may be empowered by the Work and Person of Christ alone inside from the cross and Empty Tomb. His glory seen by us in the inner man helps so we can follow the righteousness which is in Christ alone, as a disciple of His by the Holy Spirit. So how do we get to know God first? Let God drop into your spirit, “I want to know you God!“ and pursue God putting the pedal to the metal or with passion to let on that you desire it through Christ. Knowledge is through relationship. We can’t fully know everything about God but through His Son and His Attributes we can know enough to fully relate to Him. Instantaneously God can touch you through Christ until you know with unction even an anointing that remains and will teach you. In your conversations with God let Him in on all your doing or being, let Him near you, let Him search your heart forgive the wrongs you’ve done, and let you back into His fellowship, and taking time to submit to Him submissive in reality for receiving forgiveness and to God to know you through a prayer closet of praying. A sad face is good for the heart, Ecclesiastes declares if you need help to break. Realize the Work of the Cross Jesus Died upon is a Word to you Finished and Fragrance in its scent of good because its so excellently good in goodness (Charis,) (God’s grace.) Recognize Jesus arose from the dead! God spoke through the St. Apostle Paul saying, “as to the Gospel of God I am a debtor or preacher under obligation to all men to preach it,” Romans 1, "yes, woe is me if I don't." This is Eternal life that they may know Thee the only true God and Jesus Christ Whom You have sent I John 1. Jesus prays and prayed for you in Gethsemane and for believers everywhere interceding to come and He ever lives to intercede on our behalf to be saved, sanctified, and to follow after Him by the Holy Spirit. God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked. Let that sink in. He is longsuffering us-ward but not willing any should perish and so is patiently encouraging of us as well to seek Him and His face: His Kingdom. Precious is the death of the saints in the sight of the Lord. He can keep you from failing or falling to arrive blameless in Him. He is your provision in all types of Affliction: Godly Provision Matt. 6:33. In Christ's Judgment in God’s all seeing eye we perish because of sins, and the Word of God in fact says otherworldliness when it says in Romans 5:7 "In due time Christ died for the-ungodly," and 5:8, God so loved "While we were still sinners (and enemies of God) Christ died for us!" Such love! Who will lay a charge to God’s elect. It is God Who justifies. Nothing can I’m persuaded nor ever will separate us from the love of God. Let’s seek Him every place we cautiously place our feet with the whole heart, strength, mind, and spirit as creation made by Him in His image. Even being fully aware of God’s love for us as God does love us unconditionally He does not want our sacrifice alone after salvation to look upon to receive His promises. He wants our body for service voluntarily (Rom. 12:1,2) and our heart’s devotion in Christ. By His Grace He brought the Sacrifice (Eph. 2:7,8,9!) He wants us. Do you hear that in your soul? He’s safe but also untamable. His grace does it all as we co-labor pleasing Him alone not man. But do you hear the still small Voice of God deeply in your spirit to obey? Hear His Voice, first His impressions in the Word of God. You can bear your brother or sister in the Lord up in your spirit if you are beginning in prayer by getting to know God first improved as a saved person. The sacrifices of God are a gentle and/or quiet spirit and/or a broken and right spirit. Repentance of the heart, the will is the perfect will of God for us. Externals follow. Follow through after mental assent and commitment to in the Story of Jesus in the Bible. Ask Jesus inside. Come in to Him at the cross by realizing He died for you you incorporating God's action in this for you saving you. God puts together the broken pieces of who we are when we are releasing what is in our hand to Him. "Rend your hearts and not your garments," the Prophet is saying. God's Word teaches us that what is inside, “the thing in hand,” Watchman Nee called it, is really to be taken priority for us in Christ to be under His Lordship. This occurs through a release of the Spirit or decision to do it. Whatever it is standing in the way of His Lordship He wants our heart. He wants what is inside of us which will come out of us down the road later on. Is it living water to others? Is it healing? Does it heal others? Exalt Christ? God wants our identity in Christ in our mind’s eye important. God wants friends of us and friends and sons and daughters in rightness even the rightness of our surrender, and subjection or submission to Him. God imputes and imparts the substitution of HIS… Excellent Right Living for our sins, and not for us to become slaves of sin nor slaves of this world’s "stinkin' thinking," as Joyce Meyer says, anymore. And this He did. He being God’s Substitute in our place Died for our sins indeed the sins of the whole world. Philippians 3 explains to remain in Christ having asked Him to live inside once and saved. Washed in the Blood, we’re sanctified! Even as ruler of us and in our hearts the Lord Jesus Christ, and is Lord over us over sin and God wills His ruler-ship as we obey all aspects of morality in the Word and out of the Word as saved individuals. We abstain from sexual immorality. We also are letting Him rule us Holy Romans 5,6. Holiness can be a great utter relief! But he that sins is the servant of sin it says in Ezekiel, Romans, etc. but Holiness is a gift from God on the other hand. One pays wages of sin which is death (from sin, and serving sins) the other receiving Christ receives a gift its end Holiness leading to Everlasting life (from the gift of God in Jesus Christ.) We don’t try to impress anyone or God with our performance or good deeds but we know the Savior by grace through faith. And we should not pivot on anything but Christ’s intended action toward us in bringing purpose (to us,) nor proceed like we don't know that there is pleasure in sin for a season but that to neglect sin paramount. But indeed as Moses abstained from the pleasures of sin in some complete vision from Heaven he was experiencing as seeing Him Who is Invisible Hebrews 11 said with God’s help knowing they (sins ) were but for a short season (as treasures in Egypt) even so should we too now however regard the Word of God sacred, Holy, and precious and abstain/neglect sin. Egypt has always been a symbol of the world in the Word of God. “Love not the world,“ John’s letter says as well as James‘ Book, "neither the things that are in the world." O Christian let the word of God dwell in you richly as Colossians says. To hide the Word in your heart and know of God ever increasing is ever important. But if any man be “in Christ,” (He/She is forgiven;) he/she is a new creature, a new creation, the old has disappeared, THE NEW has come. Grace is the key to Christian walk and unlocking forgiveness UNLOCKED already in Jesus Christ and God's Tender Mercies; To us: God’s Love: it‘s conduit. Begin to know Who God Is by the way He Acts, His Stories, His Epiphany, Christ Appearances, Will, and His Way in the Bible, God‘s Holy Word. “He that has clean hands and a pure heart shall grow ever stronger,“ Psalms says. And when you pass to Heaven in death, God's Word says, God looks up in the books He’s written of your life and The Lamb’s Book: He wants to see if the name that is yours is still in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Hint, Live life through God’s lens or eyes in Christ’s Finished Work washing one another‘s feet saved a disciple. We decide by faith to believe the Gospel that it included you and me when Jesus calls and chooses His own and go after God's plan for our lives by God sanctifying you transforming you as you come to Jesus Christ to meet through prayer God daily face to face His Voice and Way. And begin by belonging to His Family as saved children having compassion of oppressed then loving God by grace through faith in the Finished Work of Christ to pay for your sins by His Death, Burial, Resurrection, Ascension, Exaltation, Glorification that happened 2000 years ago. When we say these things we are on sound foundation! Salvation is the Gift of God not of works not of ourselves lest any man should boast; That's in Ephesians.2:7,8,9,10. He saves putting grace to us or a scent/fragrance of life in Christ to ‘smell‘ of goodness which is Charis (in Greek, a word for grace!)! It is our profession of good works in Christ God in ordained for us to walk in. There is a Throne-room in the Heavenlies God puts down in Himself for this person to have (happen) who is asking for the saving of him/her self, “Paid in full.“ No if’s ands or buts, but like a ring in a bell God performs heart surgery giving one a life preserver called salvation that reads, “Paid, the bill is paid!” Just call on Jesus. Call on His Name. There is a truckload of benefits to a person's name and what's behind it. The same is with God's Name and Jesus'! Everything in Jesus’ Name gets applied to us by faith. We acknowledge faith in God and in His Name for believing Christian living but don’t need to change right now because God will transform us in holiness down the road. He will give you clothing of right living and you must put it on. But change you must. In God’s sight the transaction took place. The Deed has been Done And Finished is the Work in the Death of the Son. In the crucible which is trials of life God purifies you from the dross in you which He skims off the top. First your position then your experience in temporality with God in this earth. Sometimes over and over the dross comes off the melting gold James 1:3, 12, 14. We labor for grace to enter His rest for grace will be sufficient in the Potter‘s Hand. “Charis’ is the Greek word for grace and in the time of the early church it meant, “a scent or fragrance surrounding oneself which is a quality of good work, "smelling" good!“ After smelling oneself confessing you have been wrong before God and making peace with God through spiritually receiving Resurrected Jesus Christ (His Work, His Person) the Blood of Christ availing that is taking it’s effect, acknowledge Jesus Christ‘s message of salvation for you, knowing that without Him we are nothing. We can do nothing without Him indeed its so. But with Him there God wants/desires to dwell forever in you and put His Stamp of approval and ownership on you. How we live is God’s evidence to Himself at the end and today of His power keeping us. God imparts and imputes to our lifestyle in Christ goodness before others and before Him (in being saved) if we let Him in submission to obedience to the Holy Spirit at conversion. Confirmation of restoration is in the entering in of the Holy Spirit in you with fullness with the evidence of speaking in other tongues, fruit of love, and the eventual transformation of a change to Holy life. The world knows us believers by a Christian life. In the Holy Spirit we have transformation from faith to faith and so a change of mind, repentance, and change of lifestyle ensues. Evident realism is we first come to Jesus Christ His way which is the way of His Blood and Body for us through the Spirit: then this profession (of faith in Christ,) is positional standing with God He imparts and imputes to you birthed both to will and to do in/to you of His good pleasure. You allow God first place within your heart in every decision. Its by your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ He has first place. The Sinless Lamb of God as your life Who takes away the sins of the world gives it to us freely from Whom we have Blood Covenant of the Holiest of all: life in the Son. Even a human will is not put in effect until a death of the one making the will. God is the one making a New Will. It's the New Testament. He promises to complete His work He started in you until that Day He comes back again to takes you home! Faithfully He calls; He will bring it to pass. He forgives and so we then forgive freely anyone who has harmed us with tenderheartedness. We must endure to persevere believing to the end even through temptation. THROUGH is the important word. Jesus Christ is the destination. Let our lights shine being witnesses, ministers to what the Lord can do! There is so much more to the Abundant Life Christ pro-offers complete than mere forgiveness even imparting as eating at God's Table imparting and impacts too and in the enjoying moment by moment of forgiveness of His Great Fellowship like Abraham or Daniel or David did. This can be a black tie affair with limousine service in class! A Sweet Great Fellowship indeed! A Feast at the Table in the wilderness with Jesus! Even a table set before us in the Presence of our enemies by Jesus. Everlasting Forever God kind of life, for all Eternity in quality/quantity for us has begun! We can live in the Presence of God in Christ and in and through the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ guided astronomically (G.P.S. is way high.) And of this life of mercy, action, and peace we’re bond-slaves of His having emptied of our wills our desires and plans and so to obey the Resurrected Spirit of Jesus’ as friend and bond-slave indeed believing God. The Spirit of life in Christ Jesus sets us free: we have a new mindset. No condemnation now I dread from a cracked law of sin and death. Do you have a balanced view of Who God Is or are you maybe having a slavish view of God from the world? "Abba" is how God wants you to think of Him! It means "Daddy!" Or "Papa O My Papa!" Jesus introduced much of that beloved feel, that God is our Father Who Is totally good and even goodness to us in His correction of us. It’s all good. He would never withhold anything good from us in His timing if it were not good for us! Whoever is forgiven much will love much! Take heed how you hear! To him who has more shall more be given! Christ has been made to us a fragrant offering, a Charis, a grace, an Overpayment for our sins. It is grace smelling good over and above fragrant smelling with mercy overabundant as at first. Grace is getting what you don’t deserve and mercy is not getting what you do deserve. We deserve punishment literally eternally for our sins but…God, but God Who is rich in His great mercy extravagance from Him gave us a living hope, confident assurance, “for He knows our frame, He remembers that we are but dust.” Psalm 103. We can never ever exhaust God’s mercy. God’s mercy is so abundant we can never tell of its end nor see its end coming. God is fair and will make (it) up to us from our sorrows, disappointments, our struggles; mercifully He’ll make it up very indeed alright to us when this life is through (usefully ended,) physically. But you have to have Jesus Christ inside for it (for glorifying God alone,) or you‘ll get weighed up in the balances and found wanting. It’s not fire insurance but it does pay Eternal good even abundant life in the Son dividend great to the Body of Christ as we give up houses for Him (lands too.) What we do after meeting the real Christ is of love. And as He is lifted up by us and we humble ourselves under His mighty hand are benefited in His due time each one’s gift is duly enhanced intact functioning to help the many function equipped and tooled ready, that the many more might be saved. Jesus was God and equality with God was not something He grasped but… emptied Himself of His privileges and prerogatives in dynamic Holiness with loud cries and tears in order to save Himself and then us. One thus sees we must eat Christ’s flesh and drink His Blood spiritually speaking.His flesh is food indeed and His Blood, drink indeed. He stayed right in His heart and mind and so should we too. He stayed at the altar. Through great ethical deep dependence on and relying love on the Father and the Holy Spirit He aimed and hit every time THE PLEASING of His Father God Supreme and love-others in compassion Supreme. He could have grace and mercy as His privilege companion so at His right side ready lest a time of need overtake, because He wanted to obey, (not only obey,) but TO PLEASURE His Heavenly Father through the Holy Spirit even the death on a cross. Buried like Jonah was in a fish for three days so God Resurrected Jesus Christ after three days and Raised Him by the Power of the Father’s Word! "Jesus keeps giving and giving, giving," He gives redemption, having paid the Ransom the invoice for sin giving us receipt instead of bill, (we would have had to pay it ourselves,) to own us. And He gave to us perfect access right into the Father’s Throne-room. You better believe it! His Resurrection is the most well documented fact in history! It’s Life in/through the Son! Right believing will bring right living through the Lamb! Where sin abounds, grace does super-abound! And through the super Holy Spirit a bone fide member of the Trinity God loves you Eph. 2:1-4! This fear aspect of not believing God by severe fear of eye service being rejected is met eye to eye with love when one empties oneself of one’s will like in the kenosis in Jesus of one’s will and worships God in fullness with everything they have entering in the veil we draw near to God extrovert through the Son!! And we can be used by God anytime, having rid us of what was, "the thing in hand," to Christ's Lordship. It’s righteous worship like the Alabaster Jar we break on His feet is New Covenant worship if we can draw our hearts close and indeed we can! Follow Jesus, disciples of His words, attitudes, and thoughts, ever full of the Spirit, practical! Will you come to Jesus Christ today and be saved? God will make glad you: He will transform your dead works to serve the Living God acceptably with godly fear! Your conscience will become sensitive to truth in a newness and HOPE. In truth He will sensitize you to the very sensitivity to be sensitive to the sensitivity of the sensitive Holy Spirit. God tore apart the veil in the Temple from top to bottom to open God’s Presence when Jesus Died to us! Wow! That was an amazing feat. He will take the stony heart out of you and give you a heart of flesh. He will write the law of God within and without on the fleshy tablets of our heart. He will change you from glory to glory and from faith to faith to more, and there’s more: He’ll also restore, comfort, and give you peace redeeming you (from a locust’s devour,) giving you Eternal Zoe life, lasting comfort, forever: Everlasting life with challenge. So begin to attend a Bible believing Church, Pray every day, Read the scripture, God's Holy Word the Bible all the way through and specially the Gospels of Luke, John, Matthew, and Mark, and Letters of Paul up to Revelation. Look into God’s eyes every moment and bask there in acceptance. As you read it, yes read that look in His eyes generously, lengthen your stay and stare there until you mirror it in your soul and reflect in it, you reflecting perfectly. You'll want to do the right thing. Only what’s inspected will last or change. Witness to others of your salvation and passion for faith in Jesus and do it daily. You’ll find a way for God supplies to give God your best and let your surrender humbly be yours. Like Caleb ask God for things and/or an inheritance like in the diverse Family, the Body of Christ. Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you. Let His Kingdom grow in you and in your midst. Trust in Him forever! “He will look you squarely in love in your eye and say, “I accept you, go and do that for others.“ Dave Candel This is my testimony as I live in our town of Franklin Square at Bethel Assembly of God Church in 2013 in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you prayed and want to know more of Jesus Christ I would be happy to take you personally to Church. Here is my phone number 516-305-5637 and church: Bethel Assembly of God Church 194 Courthouse Road Franklin Square, NY 11010 516-326-3215 www.bethelagny.com Pastors Rich Catapano and Pastor’s Associate, Son, Anthony Catapano 9:30 - 10:30 AM Sunday Christian Ed. Hour and Sunday School for children 11 - 12:10 AM Sunday Morning Worship 6 PM Sunday Evening Service 7 PM Wednesday Family Night; Bible Study Friday Youth 7 PM