And I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish

and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

John 10:28-30 NASB

It is God who has made the way of salvation possible.  We are saved by the grace of God and it is through placing our faith and trust in Jesus Christ that we are saved.  We are saved by the grace and mercy of God.  It is not by works or by our own efforts.

No one can snatch us out of the hand of Almighty God.  We are not able to lose our salvation.  Many fear that some how they can lose their salvation and it has caused many to go through countless seasons of darkness and depression.  But we are saved by the grace of God and we are kept by the grace of God.  It is the grace and power of God that sustains us.

This is why Jesus is our Lord and Savior.  He not only saved us when He went to the cross and died for our sins, but He saves us on a daily basis.  We are led and guided by the Holy Spirit and it is the Lord who the battle belongs too.  The enemy will try to heap condemnation upon us, but in Christ there is no condemnation.  Our right standing before God is not based upon performance, it is based upon our faith in Jesus Christ because our righteousness is based on Christ alone.

This is difficult for some to understand because our culture is a performance driven culture.  If you desire to accomplish anything in the world it is based upon performance.  But this is not the case with God’s kingdom.  God simply calls us to be faithful stewards of that which we have been entrusted.  He calls us to abide in Him each and every day.  Let us fix our hearts and minds upon Jesus and His love for us.  May we fall deeper in love with our Savior each and every day.

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John 3:16-17

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.          John 3:16-17

God so loved the world.  The reason Jesus was sent to earth and the reason He chose to come to earth was because of His love for us.  Those who place their faith and trust in Jesus as the Son of God will spend all eternity in God’s kingdom.  Salvation is a gift and is not based upon works.  It is simply a gift God bestows upon our lives because of His love and mercy for us.

Jesus was not sent into the world to condemn the world.  So many today have a wrong understanding of God because they think He is either distant, angry, a tyrant, or doesn’t exist.  But the truth is that His love for us is eternal and unconditional.  We don’t deserve God’s love, but He chooses to love us.  He chooses to draw us and open our eyes to the truth.  It is through Jesus that people are saved and may we share the gospel as we have the opportunity and live our lives to glorify and honor His name.

Must worship in the Spirit and in truth

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

John 4:24 NIV

We are called to worship God in the Spirit and in truth.  The question is “how does this happen or how is it possible”.  When we come to Christ we receive the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit who lives within us and it is not until we are born again that we can draw near to the Lord and truly worship Him.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.  He is the only way to the Father.  If someone truly desires a relationship with God it can only be found through Jesus Christ alone.  It is only the blood of Jesus that can atone for our sins.  When someone who is not a follower of Christ tries to draw near to God it is impossible because their sin still remains.  But for those who follow Jesus Christ they are able to draw near and enter into the Lord’s presence because their sin has been atoned for.

So many miss out on all they have with Christ because they fail to enter into worship.  Many times when you visit a church you will find people simply standing still and not entering into worship.  But when we truly understand all that Christ accomplished at Calvary all we desire to do is enter in and draw near.  If we will draw near to Him, He will draw near to us.  But we must take a step to enter in.  Many become distracted by those around them and worry about what they will think if they truly enter in.  But when we simply close our eyes and focus only on the Lord it is incredible how different our experience is worshiping the Lord.

Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ 31 I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.”

32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”  John 1:29-34

John proclaimed that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.  The reason John makes this proclamation is because Jesus would come as the sinless sacrifice to atone for the sins of humanity once and for all.  Through Christ our sins are removed and forgiven and His righteousness is applied to our lives.  It enables us to go boldly before the throne of grace with confidence because our sin no longer remains.

John exclaims that this is the one John has been preaching about.  John’s purpose was to prepared the hearts of the people for the coming Messiah.  This is why he came baptizing because John proclaimed repentance and an outward sign of turning from one’s sins is baptism.

John states that he saw the Spirit descend upon Jesus like a dove and remain.  Under the Old Covenant the Spirit of God would come upon those the Lord used but would not remain.  It would empower them, but because of their sin it could not remain.  But through Jesus because He was without sin the Spirit was able to remain.  Everything Jesus did was done through the power of the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit today who empowers us to do all things for God’s kingdom.

John was sent by God to prepare the way.  John was told by the Lord that the one who He saw the Spirit descend upon and remain was indeed the Messiah.  For John came baptizing with water, but Jesus came to baptize with fire and with the Holy Spirit.  Fire purifies and it is the Holy Spirit who purifies us and transforms us from the inside out.  It is the Holy Spirit who removes the darkness and lies of the enemy, and leads us into all truth.  It is the truth of God’s word that sets us free.  As we study His word on a daily basis our hearts and minds are changed and as they are changed our lives are transformed.

I am the resurrection and the life

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God,who is to come into the world.”  John 11:25-27

The way to salvation is through Jesus Christ alone.  He is the way, the truth, and the life.  He is the resurrection.  Those who place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ while on this earth will spend all eternity with Him in His kingdom.  Those who pass on from this earth will never taste the second death.

Many fear death and the reason Jesus came to the earth was to conquer sin and death.  He lived a life without sin and became the perfect sacrifice for all humanity.  The gift of salvation is a free gift and is available to all people.  Those who come to faith in Jesus Christ are drawn by the Holy Spirit and it is the conviction of the Holy Spirit that moves our hearts to the place of salvation.

Let us live each day for the glory of Jesus.  Let us use our lives to glorify and magnify His name.  Many in the world today want nothing to do with God and His ways, but let us be a vessel of His glory that He can use to impact this world for His kingdom.

John 1:19-28: John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”

19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders[c] in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”

21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”

He said, “I am not.”

“Are you the Prophet?”

He answered, “No.”

22 Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”

23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”[d]

24 Now the Pharisees who had been sent 25 questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

26 “I baptize with[e] water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”

28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.  John 1:19-28

John came as the forerunner to the Messiah.  John came preaching repentance and calling people to turn from their sins.  To be baptized and prepare their hearts for the one who had been prophesied about.

When John came on the scene some believed him to be the messiah.  Some believed him to be Elijah or the prophet Moses spoke of who would come.  But John made it very clear that he came as the one Isaiah prophesied about who would come to prepare the way of the Lord.

When Jesus came the first time He came as a suffering servant who would lay down His life for all of humanity.  The Lord is coming very soon for His bride and He is calling His people to repent of their sins and to prepare their hearts daily for His return.

For those who fail to abide in the Lord and spend time daily in God’s word and prayer will be easily deceived in this hour.  We are bombarded daily with information and much of it is simply lies and deception from Satan and the demonic realm.  Satan uses social media, entertainment, and technology to capture the hearts and minds of many.

People in this hour are rejecting God and anything that has to do with the truth of God’s word.  When people reject the truth it makes them an easy target of the enemy.  As believers in Christ we must daily seek the Lord and simply walk in obedience to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit.  The Lord will guard our hearts in this hour and enable us to accomplish His will upon the earth.

John 1:15-18: Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ

15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses;grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and[b] is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.  John 1:15-18

John is proclaiming the coming of the Messiah to prepare the hearts of the people.  He points to Jesus as the Messiah and the reason John knew that Jesus was the Messiah is because He saw the Spirit of God fall upon Jesus and remain upon Him.  In everything that Jesus did, He did it through the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Grace and truth came through Jesus.  Under the new covenant established through the death and resurrection of Jesus the grace of God has been poured out upon our lives.  All those who call upon Jesus as Lord and Savior have the unmerited favor of God upon them.  We have done nothing to earn salvation or the gifts God bestows upon us.  He lavishes His love and mercy upon us because of His grace.

Jesus is the Son of God and because of this He has always existed with the Father.  It was through Him that all things were created and all authority on earth and heaven has been given unto Him.  In the day and hour in which we live of great chaos and turmoil the Lord is fulfilling His plans and purposes.  Let us draw near each day and continue to develop deep intimacy with the Lord.  May we become a people of His presence and prayer.  He is fully in control and the hour of His return for His bride is very soon.

 

John 10:6-10: I am the gate for the sheep

Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me[a] were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved.[b] They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.  John 10:6-10

Jesus is the true gate and His sheep hear His voice and respond.  There have been many throughout history who have claimed to represent God.  There have been many who have gone forth and deceived many through the lies and deceptions of Satan.

Satan’s only desire is to kill, steal, and destroy.  He desires to destroy as many lives as he can because he is driven by wickedness and darkness.  When he rebelled against God and desired that he would be the one who would be worshiped, the Lord cast him out with a third of the demons who aligned with him in his rebellion.

People have been created in the image of God and this is why Satan desires to destroy humanity.  But those who choose to follow Jesus Christ are protected by the Good Shepherd.  It doesn’t mean we won’t face trials or difficult times upon this earth.  But it means that everything we face the Lord will lead us through and He will use all things for our good and our future.

Knowing the voice of the Lord is key in this hour.  It protects our hearts against the lies and deceptions of Satan that continue to fill the earth on a greater basis.  The only way to come to know the voice and leading of the Holy Spirit is through spending time in God’s word and in prayer.  As we fellowship daily with the Lord we will come to know His voice and He will transform our lives from the inside out.

Walking daily with Jesus is a journey of being transformed into His likeness and His image.  As we are transformed the very nature of who Jesus is fills us from the inside out.  May we draw near this day to the Good Shepherd and understand that He will always protect, provide, and watch over us.

John 13:34-35: So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other

34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”  John 13:34-35

It is the love of Christ in our lives that demonstrates to the world that we are truly disciples of Jesus Christ.  The greatest outward sign that someone is a mature follower of Jesus Christ is someone who walks in His unconditional love.  We live in a world filled with broken people and it is very easy to become offended by people and even become sick of them.

But when the Lord lives within our hearts the only choice we have is to love other people.  The more we grow in Christ the more we become like Him.  The more we grow in Christ the more the fruit of the Holy Spirit grows in our lives.  Jesus said that in the last days the love of most would grow cold.  This is simply a result of sin increasing in the hearts of people which hardens the human heart to the Lord.

But it is the love of Christ at work in our lives that will be the greatest testimony of being a follower of Jesus Christ.  The love of Christ is unconditional.  It is eternal and unchanging.  So called love that is found in the world is very fickle and changes quickly.  But when someone is truly filled with the love of Christ they will walk in love in all situations.  It doesn’t matter what others have done to us we will simply love them because the Lord lives in our hearts and fills our lives.  May we open wide our hearts to the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.

John 1:14

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14

Jesus came to this earth and became fully man.  He became flesh and blood to become the perfect sacrifice for our sins.  In Christ we have forgiveness and redemption.  Through faith in Christ we have peace with God Almighty.  When our faith is in Christ the righteousness of who Jesus is is placed upon us.  The Father sees the perfection and righteousness of Christ within us.

When we come to Christ we are no longer a prisoner of our past and we are no longer a prisoner of Satan.  Every person born on this earth is born into sin and therefore is in bondage to Satan and his schemes.  But until we come to Christ and our eyes are open to the truth we believe we are free indulging and chasing after the lust of the sinful nature.

Satan is the ultimate deceiver.  He is called the father of lies for a reason.  Every word that proceeds from his mouth is a lie and his heart and his nature is filled with utter wickedness and darkness.  We need to diligently study God’s word on a daily basis to recognize and discern the lies of the enemy.  The only way to recognize a lie is to have truth as a standard and God’s word is truth.

Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.  He is the resurrection and the life.  All that we need is found in Jesus Christ.  May our hearts and our minds be fixed upon Christ alone and His grace that covers us.  We don’t deserve the love, grace, and mercy of God but our Father in Heaven lavishes it upon us.  We are free and righteous today because of who Jesus is and what He has done.