"If You Love Me, You'll Keep My Commandments"

Written by Stephen Kingery

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Jesus is trying to tell us in this passage that those things that consume us, as a treasure does, should be those things which have to do with Heaven. Such things as being with God and His Son and joining withrepparttar angels to sing praises to Him. We should not let our lives here on earth be consumed by those things which pass away: money, jobs, family, clothes, boats, cars, houses, friends, vacations, food, habits, feelings, andrepparttar 140693 list could go on forever. We need to let our lives be consumed byrepparttar 140694 thought of, andrepparttar 140695 longing for eternal life with our Heavenly Father.

"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food andrepparttar 140696 body more than clothing?" (Matthew 6:25) This passage and thought is really a continuation ofrepparttar 140697 above passage. First Jesus tells us not to let life's desirable things consume us, then He says don't let life's bad things consume us either. We should not put our efforts into worrying about life's problems. God will take care of our daily needs, on this you can rest assured. Are there going to be troubles in life? You better believe it! But don't worry about it. Live each day in God's grace, and follow His commandments, and He will provide for you and help you bear up under life's problems. Worry indicates that we really don't have faith that God will provide. We do not show God love by worrying, we show Him love by having faith and not worrying.

"Judge not, that you be not judged." (Matthew 7:1) "And why do you look atrepparttar 140698 speck in your brother's eye, but do not considerrepparttar 140699 plank in your own eye? Or how do you say to your brother, 'Let me removerepparttar 140700 speck out of your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First removerepparttar 140701 plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to removerepparttar 140702 speck out of your brother's eye." (Matthew 7:3-5) What inrepparttar 140703 world does this passage have to do with showing love for God? Well, let's consider this. If we are judgmental and critical of our brothers and sisters in Christ, it tears downrepparttar 140704 church. We all have things in our lives which are not right, planks in our eye. How can we see clearly (because of our sin) to be able to rightly judge our brother or sister? How do we know what they are really dealing with,repparttar 140705 concerns they have, andrepparttar 140706 problems they have to overcome? The answer to both is that we can't. Since we can't be a righteous judge, we do our brothers and sisters wrong by trying to judge them. Instead of judging them we should pray for them and ask God to help them and guide them torepparttar 140707 right answers. This is showing love for both God and our brothers and sisters.

"Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this isrepparttar 140708 Law andrepparttar 140709 Prophets." (Matthew 7:12) If every person on earth would follow this command of Jesus, we would have Heaven here on earth. Every ill on earth is a result of us (as humans) not caring for our fellow man. Allrepparttar 140710 greed, envy, jealously, hatred, and strife would end. If we as Christians would follow this command,repparttar 140711 church would not haverepparttar 140712 strife it has as well. By treating our fellow Christians as we would like to be treated, we are truly showing love for them. By treating those outside of Christ, and our enemies too,repparttar 140713 way we would like to be treated, we again show love. Jesus told us to love all people. How can we? Read this passage again!

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves." (Matthew 7:15) If we really love God, we will do everything in our power to keep ourselves true torepparttar 140714 doctrine as given inrepparttar 140715 Bible. The Bible is God's word. To allow false teachers to destroy its meaning, to distort its teachings, and to attribute ideas to God which are not true, is to put ourselves and others in danger of loosing salvation. God is loving and righteous, but He is also just. If you or I follow a false teaching, even if it is taught as if it came from God, we are putting ourselves in jeopardy. Let's make every effort to "rightly dividerepparttar 140716 word of truth."

"Therefore prayrepparttar 140717 Lord ofrepparttar 140718 harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." (Matthew 9:38) We need to keeprepparttar 140719 lost in our prayers daily. Not just "the lost" as un-named people, but those we know have not accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. Peter tells us in his second epistle that God does not want anyone to perish. Therefore, if God loves all people (and He does), then we should join in through prayer for harvesters. But, we should be one of those harvesters!

"But seek firstrepparttar 140720 kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." (Matthew 6:33) This is one of my most favorite scriptures inrepparttar 140721 Bible. If every Christian would follow this command,repparttar 140722 troubles ofrepparttar 140723 church would be over. If we would follow this command, we would honestly show our love for God.

I hope that you have never thought to yourself, "I love God but I don't know how to show Him." But if you have, then I pray that what I have said to you through this article has helped show that we can truly demonstrate our love for God and His Son each and every day. I hope that we can live each day inrepparttar 140724 fullness of God's love. Atrepparttar 140725 close of each day as we reflect onrepparttar 140726 day's activity let us truly be able to say, "Today I told God that I love Him byrepparttar 140727 manner in which I have lived this day."

All scriptures quoted are fromrepparttar 140728 New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Stephen Kingery is an author, preacher, teacher and founder of The Home Bible Study Institute.

Visit our site at http://www.james1-22.org

Permission to use is granted if attributed to author and his website.

Is Jesus Really the Son of God?

Written by Stephen Kingery

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Jesus did not beat aroundrepparttar bush when talking about who He was. He made it very clear that He wasrepparttar 140692 Son of God. Time after time He refers torepparttar 140693 fact that He is God's Son or that He should be treated as such.

When Jesus performed His miracles inrepparttar 140694 cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaumrepparttar 140695 people rejected Him. They did not recognize Him asrepparttar 140696 Son of God. Jesus therefore reproached or condemned them for their disbelief. Inrepparttar 140697 account of this in Matthew Jesus tells us specifically that all authority has been given to Him: "All things have been delivered to Me by My Father..." (Matthew 11:27a)

If indeed Jesus isrepparttar 140698 Son of God, and hasrepparttar 140699 authority and power over all things, then we -repparttar 140700 creation of God - should give honor and praise to Jesus. Jesus taught this to His disciples: "that all should honorrepparttar 140701 Son just as they honorrepparttar 140702 Father. He who does not honorrepparttar 140703 Son does not honorrepparttar 140704 Father who sent Him." (John 5:23) John 3:16 tells us that God loved us so much that He sent His only Son Jesus to this earth so that those who believed in Him could have eternal life. For God to do this for us, and for us to not give Jesusrepparttar 140705 honor due Him would be a terrible thing. Jesus also told us many things about Himself that shows that He isrepparttar 140706 Son of God. He said that He was sent by His Father intorepparttar 140707 world (John 8:42). He said that He had been appointed judge over all mankind (Matthew 25:31-41). He said thatrepparttar 140708 only way man can receive salvation,repparttar 140709 only way torepparttar 140710 Father was through Him (John 14:6). Jesus told us that His blood was shed forrepparttar 140711 remission of sins for many, or for all that accept Him as Lord and Savior (Matthew 26:28). And finally, Jesus said that He could submit Himself to die and raise fromrepparttar 140712 dead under His own power (John 10:18).

In a court of law, if there are two witness who will confirmrepparttar 140713 same set of facts to be true, it is very difficult forrepparttar 140714 apposing attorneys to disprove their testimony. Inrepparttar 140715 fifth chapter of John we have recorded for us not two, but four forms of witness concerningrepparttar 140716 fact that Jesus isrepparttar 140717 Son of God. In verses 31-35 we haverepparttar 140718 witness of Johnrepparttar 140719 Baptist, in verse 36 there isrepparttar 140720 witness ofrepparttar 140721 works of Christ, in verses 37 and 38 we haverepparttar 140722 witness ofrepparttar 140723 Father, and in verses 39 through 47 we haverepparttar 140724 witness ofrepparttar 140725 Scriptures.

In like manner,repparttar 140726 four gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - also bear witness torepparttar 140727 life, ministry, death, burial, resurrection, and deity of Jesus Christ.

"When Jesus came intorepparttar 140728 region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, 'Who do men say that I,repparttar 140729 Son of Man, am?' So they said, 'Some say Johnrepparttar 140730 Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one ofrepparttar 140731 prophets.' He said to them, 'But who do you say that I am?' And Simon Peter answered and said, 'You arerepparttar 140732 Christ,repparttar 140733 Son ofrepparttar 140734 living God.'" (Matthew 16:13-16) Even today people will say that Jesus was someone other thanrepparttar 140735 Son of God. Some say He was a good man, but notrepparttar 140736 Son of God. Others will say He was a prophet, a great teacher, or a great religious leader but reject Him asrepparttar 140737 Son of God. Still others say that He was an impostor, or even from Satan. If Jesus is reallyrepparttar 140738 Son of God (and He is), then we should follow His teachings and obey His gospel. Sorepparttar 140739 important question for you is not who do others say that He is, but who do you say that Jesus is? I say that Jesus isrepparttar 140740 Christ,repparttar 140741 Son ofrepparttar 140742 living God.

One ofrepparttar 140743 most beautiful parts ofrepparttar 140744 Bible, in my opinion, arerepparttar 140745 places where Jesus is called by various names. All these names point to or show that He is God's Son. Let me give you some examples of these beautiful names.

"And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS." (Revelation 19:16)

"I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things inrepparttar 140746 churches. I amrepparttar 140747 Root andrepparttar 140748 Offspring of David,repparttar 140749 Bright and Morning Star." (Revelation 22:16)

"The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, 'Behold! The Lamb of God who takes awayrepparttar 140750 sin ofrepparttar 140751 world!'" (John 2:29)

"This isrepparttar 140752 stone which was rejected by you builders, which has becomerepparttar 140753 chief cornerstone." (Acts 4:11)

"But one ofrepparttar 140754 elders said to me, 'Do not weep. Behold,repparttar 140755 Lion ofrepparttar 140756 tribe of Judah,repparttar 140757 Root of David, has prevailed to openrepparttar 140758 scroll and to loose its seven seals.'" (Revelation 5:5)

I am closing this article with a passage fromrepparttar 140759 Old Testament. It does not speak about Jesus specifically, but I feel thatrepparttar 140760 message is still applicable. "...choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve... But as for me and my house, we will serverepparttar 140761 Lord." (Joshua 24:15)

All scriptures quoted are fromrepparttar 140762 New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Stephen Kingery is an author, preacher, teacher and founder of The Home Bible Study Institute.

Visit our site at http://www.james1-22.org

Permission to use is granted if attributed to author and his website.

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