Unity of Father and Son
We ought to know that the God the Father is the one in whom all decisions are made. He has the ultimate say in all things. He is the righteous judge and the Father of all. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. We are to seek Him for advice in all matters great and small.
By seeking His wisdom, we are able to find reassurance in the choices that we make. By studying His Word, we know that He understands what we are going through and gives us the sound advice that we need in order to move forward. He is master and commander in all things. There is no one who supersedes His wisdom.
God is above all and ruler of all. By knowing this, we find confidence in walking the path that he has predestined for us. By seeking Him, we are given the revelation of our part of the plan that He knew even before our existence. We must be aware of the fact that He gave His only Son the authority to judge all men according to their works.
By understanding this, we begin to see how significant the role of the Son is in Christianity. Denying the Son means denying the Father.
How do we know Jesus Christ? How would we know who He was if He were to knock on our door tonight? How would we recognize Him?
The only way we can know Him is by studying His word. We need to recognize that He is all light, and His radiance shines on us each day. He is the true light that comes into every man that desires to know Him.
Christ is just and righteous in all things, and He will judge all men according to their works. He has the last say in all matters and is the righteous judge of all.
Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes to rain righteousness on you.
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; Let the sea roar, and all it contains; Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord, for He is coming; For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in His faithfulness.
But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze upon him, and said,“You who are full of all deceit and fraud,you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and not see the sun for a time. And immediately a mist and a darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking those who would lead him by the hand. Then the preconsul believed when he saw what happened, being amazed at the teaching of the Lord.
From the offspring of this man, according to promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, after John had proclaimed before His coming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And while John was completing his course, he kept saying, “What do you suppose that I am? I am not He. But behold, one is coming after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.”
Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.
And it happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy and with musical instruments. And the women sang as they played, and said, “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.Then Saul became very angry for this saying displeased him; and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed
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thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?” And Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on.
1 Samuel 18:6–9
Now, my father, see! Indeed, see the edge of your robe in my hand! For in that I cut off the edge of you robe and did not kill you, know and perceive that there is no evil or rebellion on my hands, and I have not sinned against you, though you are lying in wait for my life to take it. May the Lord judge between you and me, and may the Lord avenge me on you; but my hand shall not be against you. As the proverb of the ancients says, “Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness; but my hand shall not be against you.”
1 Samuel 24:11–13
Strength of Christ…(Supernatural…beyond “Human/Worldly Comprehension)
When we consider what it means to live by faith, we ought to consider how our faith reflect into our actions. Do we truly live by what we believe? As I have drawn closer and closer to God and knowing Christ, I have realized that our heart determines where we stand. God knows every person’s heart and every person’s intentions. I believe that in situations, many Christians have been persecuted to the point where they are not comfortable showing their true hearts and have been overcome by fear—fear that they will be attacked if they do not submit to the evil in the world.
To remember that fear is simply an illusion is to know the power of Christ. By trusting in Him, we always win. The one thing that I do know without a doubt is that if we stand firm in our faith, we will always be looked after, no matter as to how the consequences may appear. The consequences may seem dire, but if we stand up for the faith that we know to be true, we have nothing to be concerned about. God is always right beside us. I believe that God has placed angels around each and every person that has put their trust in Him. He has also placed a shield of light around us that keeps us safe.
Being aware that everything we see around us is not all that exists is important in realizing the magnitude of the power of God. To see God work in people’s lives is what drives me as well as seeing and feeling God work in my own life. He gives me strength that I have never known, and is the light that always prevails even in the darkest hour.
To fear God is to see the big picture.
What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled, and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, You have faith, and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
And He said to the disciples, “The days shall come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. And they will say to you, ‘Look there! Look here!’ Do not go away, and do not run after them. Forjust as the lightning, when it flashes out of one part of the sky, shines to the other part of the sky, so will the Son of Man be in His day. But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it shall be also in the days of the Son of Man: they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, let not the one who is on the housetop and whose goods are in the house go down to take them away; and likewise let not the one who is in the field turn back. “Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to keep his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life shall preserve it. I tell you, on that night there will be two men in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left. There will be two women grinding at the same place; one will be taken, and the other will be left. (“Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other will be left.”) And answering they said to Him, “Where, Lord?”And He said to them, ‘Where the body is, there also will the vultures be gathered.
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