GOD’S LOVE and MAN’S LOVE

GOD’S LOVE and MAN’S LOVE

Can love materialize with only one person?

A. KEY BIBLE VERSES

Rom 8:28-30 ISV 28 And we know that FOR THOSE WHO LOVE GOD, that is, for those who are called according to his purpose, all things are working together for good. 29 For those whom he FOREKNEW he also PREDESTINED to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that the Son might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also CALLED; and those whom he called, he also JUSTIFIED; and those whom he justified he also GLORIFIED.

B. KEY POINTS TO PONDER

1. Love is a 2-way process and it involves 2 parties.

2. Love is not dictated, coerced or forced – it’s based on one’s free will. When the first party proposed, the other party must say, ” I Do.”, for the love/marriage to materialize.

3. God loves us first – even if we and when we are still sinners.

Rom 5:8 ISV But GOD demonstrates his LOVE for US by the fact that the Messiah died for us while we were still sinners.

Joh 3:16 KJV FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

4. When you and I love God – by believing in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord – then, our love relationship with God is established (FORKNEW).

C. CONCLUSION

1. God loves the world – all people – first.

2. When you love God back or For those who love God (those who repent and believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord) …

a. God foreknew us. (Knowlege beforehand; And it also pertains to the intimate love/sexual relationship between husband and wife.)

b. He predestined us. (To be Christ-like with Heaven as the ultimate eternal destiny of Believers.)

c. He called us. (Believers are called adopted sons and daughters of God.)

d. He justified us. (Declared Not Guilty by Father God or No more Penalty for Sins of Believers.)

e. God glorified us. (Believers will be provided with resurrected/glorified bodies designed for eternal life in Heaven where there’s No Presence of Sin.)

NOTE: All the verbs mentioned above are in the past tense. Why? Because, as far as All-knowing God is concerned, salvation from Hell or the Believer going to Heaven for all eternity is a done deal. It is finished!

To GOD Be All Glory!

GOD’S PERFECT TIMING

GOD’S PERFECT TIMING

Do I trust God and His timing?

A. KEY BIBLE VERSE
“But when the FULLNESS OF TIME had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law.”
− (Galatians 4:4, ESV)

B. REFLECTION:
Am I tired of waiting for harvest time in my life?
Do I trust God’s perfect timing in my life, OR do I sometimes doubt and think that “I know better” than Him?
Do I not believe that He is absolutely precise in His timing?
Am I oftentimes frustrated, crying out, and tempted to ask “When, Lord, when?”

C. ACTION POINT:
I may have my own plans for myself, but God knows better — I must grow in the area of TRUSTING GOD rather than questioning “When?”

I need to perceive that God’s timing in my life is oftentimes hard to grasp and understand; He doesn’t do things on my own timetable. But His Word promises that “He will NEVER be late, not one single day.”(Habakkuk 2:3)
God always makes everything happen at the RIGHT TIME — in the fullness of His time. His awesome perfect record of precise timing should be enough to remind me that He is all-knowing and that I should never doubt Him.

To have faith in God is to also have faith in His timing. I will find joy and peace in the Lord and praise JESUS, for His TIMING in my life is always…PERFECT! 🙏

To GOD Be All Glory!

CTTO: TWO MINUTE DAILY SPIRITUAL DEVOTION

GRACE and GOOD WORKS

GRACE and GOOD WORKS

Grace and Good Works are 2 sides of the same coin. They go together.

Only by Grace (through faith) will get us to Heaven, while Good Works will get us Rewards/Crowns in Heaven.

Eph 2:8-10 NET 8 For by GRACE you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 it is not from works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for GOOD WORKS that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.

Therefore, our two (2) key Goals while we still live here on Earth are:

1. To surely get to Heaven someday, forever – via God’s Grace alone through Faith in Jesus Christ only,

Joh 3:16 KJV For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever BELIEVEth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

AND

2. To get Commendation and eternal Rewards/Crowns in Heaven from our Lord God Jesus Christ – via our Good Works here on Earth.

Mat 25:21 NET His master answered, ‘WELL DONE, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful in a few things. I WILL PUT YOU IN CHARGE OF MANY THINGS. Enter into the joy of your master.’

REMEMBER, God’s primary business here on Earth is to win souls of men and women for His kingdom. Let us therefore, share the Gospel of God’s Grace, make Disciples of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28: 19-20) who will also make Disciples in the future, while waiting for the Blessed Hope – when glorious Jesus Christ comes to bring us to Heaven, each of us with a glorified body, soul and spirit. (1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18).

IN SUM, you and I are SAVED by God’s GRACE, and you and I are eternally REWARDED by God for our GOOD WORKS here on Earth.

To GOD Be All Glory!

ETERNAL GOAL

ETERNAL GOAL

Would you be a well done, good and faithful Servant?

A. KEY BIBLE VERSE

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’”
(Matthew 25:21, NIV)
 
 B. REFLECTION:
Do I think of the day that I will stand before God and answer for what I did with the talents He gave me?
And what words do I hope to hear Him say to me on that day?
What must I do so that I may someday hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant” when I arrive in heaven?
 
C. ACTION POINT:
Someday in heaven, I long to hear those words from JESUS’ lips. No true servant of the Lord could ask for more.
I will faithfully serve God and my fellow believers with the gifts He has blessed me with. I will be more committed and devoted in serving the Servant King… by serving others.
 
 I will live intentionally and with purpose so that I can be prepared, so that God will one day welcome me as a good and faithful servant, to share in His JOY forever. 
 
My faithfulness doesn’t depend on how little or how much I have, but what I do with it. It doesn’t matter how small my gift is, but what matters is that I continue to FAITHFULLY SERVE a big God as I heed my Savior’s call.
I will serve the LORD with gladness (Psalm 100:2). I shall aspire to be a good steward today, and tomorrow and every day.
 
I am entrusted now with little, but soon, very soon, MUCH IS COMING! 🙏
 
To GOD Be All Glory!
CTTO: TWO MINUTE DAILY SPIRITUAL DEVOTION
ETERNAL LIFE

ETERNAL LIFE

AM I 100% SURE OF MY ETERNAL LIFE WITH JESUS

A. KEY BIBLE VERSE

“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may KNOW that you have ETERNAL LIFE.”
–(1 John 5:13, NASB)

B. REFLECTION:

Do I know for sure that I have eternal life in JESUS?

If I am certain that God hears my prayers, how should I be living my life? Do I still need to worry?

What uncertainties do I fear should be replaced with the certainty in JESUS?

C. ACTION POINT:

If I am a believer of JESUS
— His person and His work
— and I place my full trust
in Him, eternal life is indeed CERTAIN.

The verse is not telling me that it wishes or desires that I can have one, BUT it is telling me that I must know that I certainly have it — meaning it is for sure, GUARANTEED!

And that is why I need to focus more on what is eternal rather than what is temporal, because eternity is so vast, it’s everlasting compared to my time here on earth.

I shall focus on the beautiful things that are for me in eternity in Christ JESUS, rather than on my temporary uncertainties here on earth.

JESUS is in charge. He is, in fact, holding all things together. “All things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17)

JESUS holds all things and is in charge from eternity past to eternity future. I need not be afraid of the uncertainties of this temporal world, for in JESUS, I have the CERTAINTY… of ETERNAL LIFE! 🙏

To GOD Be All Glory!

CTTO: TWO MINUTE DAILY SPIRITUAL DEVOTION