For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
1 John 5:4-5
John the Apostle said that the victory that overcomes the world is our faith. It is the seed the produces the harvest, and as it is planted, it grows, and when it is ripe, it is harvested (Mark 4:26-29).
So, we see, as are sowing good seed into the soil, the Word of the Kingdom, the harvest should be determined upon the quality of the soil (Mark 4:3-9).
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
As Truth is a person, so is The Way. As surely as any understanding of who He was and what He taught could be expressed, it cannot be understood outside of the person of Who He Is, What He Did and Why He Did It. The Path of Life therefore, as it were, is following Jesus. For the original twelve apostles, this was through both observing who Him directly, as well as by hearing Him teach. Today, while we do not see exactly how He lived the words He preached, we have His Spirit within us to guide us into all truth.
But, most assuredly, His Words are to be obeyed. None of His Words can be fully embraced without the provision of His Spirit, but through Him, and His enabling power, we are able to overcome through faith.
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For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
If this life is about giving it all away, then the pathway many of us must first take is to take ownership of that which is ours.
It may seem counter-intuitive at first, to have to take possession of something, only with the intent to then lose it, but unless you take ownership of something, unless you decide that something is your right to do whatever you please with it, you will never have the authority to release that authority to whomever you choose.
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Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
1 Peter 1:22
To love each other from the heart, to this we were called.
So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
To forgive each other from the heart, of this we are required.
The Kingdom consists of that which is from the heart, and from love. This is the substance of our Grace, the flavor of our abundant life (John 10:10), and the essence of our existence.
Yet, it is where we, for the most part, do not find ourselves always living.
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And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.
Jesus has commanded that we love one another, and in order to do this, we must be willing to forgive. Total forgiveness may begin with an act of the will, but always must proceed to the depths of the heart. Forgiveness is being willing to live with the consequences of another’s actions.
In order to forgive, you must first be willing to say, “that was wrong.” When there is no attributable wrong, how can there be forgiveness? If you cannot say it was wrong, what are you forgiving? What forgiveness is not is trying to minimize the hurt so that no offense can take root. This may seem profitable in the short run, but lacks the integrity to go the distance. No, rather, when someone does something wrong, it is important to acknowledge that what was done was wrong. It is from this place that all forgiveness can happen.
Now there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
There is no condemnation for a believer. For the sinner, condemnation is assured (John 3:18), but for those who are justified by faith, we live in the freedom of Christ (Galatians 5:1).
So we have a distress. We find that we do sin. And, this may bring guilt, pain, shame, regret. Yet, these are not the right of the New Testament believer. We come to a conjunction, a crossroads of choice. Do I believe the Scriptures, or do I believe the pain of the shame, the guilt, and the condemnation.
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Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away. But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. ‘Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.
We are not in the barn yet, that one thing is for sure. So, the wheat and the tares stand side-by-side.