Sunday, March 12, 2017

2nd Sunday in Lent - Oneness in Christ - Living as Christ

Deus caritas est! “…God is love.” 1 John 4:16
As we enter this season of reflection and renewal, let’s rediscover God calling to His children, revealing His goodness, and transforming each one with Perfect Love. "This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins" (1 John 4:10) ~ Donna Oswalt

 What the pastor said was so simple that it will remain with me forever. "Each one of us acts as an Antichrist, " he said, "whenever we hear the gospel and do not do it." Kathleen Norris/Amazing Grace
Too often we believe the words that sound good instead of searching for the truth. Satan is clever as there are always threads of truth in all his deceptions. We get tangled in the rhetoric and miss the point.

... do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world... every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the Antichrist... 1John 4:1,3

Many will try to confuse us, evil spirits and humans that are being used by the evil spirits. Scripture tells us that every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God (1 John 4:2). To acknowledge Jesus requires our words, our confession of faith in Jesus, and our actions, our deeds done in response to our faith. When we say we believe that Jesus is our resurrected Savior but live without loving actions, we act as an Antichrist. Words are powerful, but together with our actions our faith becomes testimony.

READ 1 John 4:1-3

consider this!

- What must a person believe about Christ to be a Christian?

- Why is it important to know The Truth?

- Does the Antichrist live at my house?

Father - I know the world is full of trickery, that Satan delights in my failure to listen for the Spirit of Truth. I desire a discerning heart. Amen. -dho

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