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MEDITATION ON THE HEART,START HERE ON 11/11/12-FOR WINTER OF 2012~2013-GOD BLESS YOU
MEDITATION ON THE HEART FOR 11/11/12 FOR WINTER OF 2012~2013--GOD BLESS YOU
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I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven.
And the door you lock here on earth will immediately be
locked in heaven, and the door you unlock here on earth will
immediately be unlocked in heaven."
When you love you will give of your time, you will give of
yourself, and you will give of your resources. Those who truly
love, hold nothing back.
The measure of your giving reveals the measure of your love.
Love is something we can't see, but we can see the evidence of
love in the action it produces, which is giving.
If you love someone you will also give them forgiveness. Love
causes you to be merciful, understanding, and forgiving.
Where you give your time and resources also reveals what you
love. If we think we love someone, yet never give to them of
our time or resources, then we are just deceiving ourselves.
There are many people in each of our lives who need and deserve
our love. Jesus Christ is the most deserving of all!
SAY THIS: My giving reveals my love.
People Crave Love
1 THESSALONIANS 4:9 NLT
9 But we don't need to write to you about the importance of
loving each other, for God himself has taught you to love one
If you want to understand why people do what they do, realize
that we are created to need love.
It is not just a desire, but a need. If humans are not getting
love, they will do whatever they can to try and get it.
Many foolish and harmful things are done simply because people
are craving love.
We want someone to value us, to even delight in us. We are
driven by our need for love and acceptance. All of us want to
be special to someone.
Insecurity is fear -- fear that you are not good enough, that
you will not be loved if it is known what you are really like.
But God knows everything about you, and He still considers you
so valuable that He was willing to die for you! When you KNOW
God loves you, lesser opinions are not as important.
1 JOHN 4:18 NLT
18 Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear.
If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows
that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.
If people only knew the truth about God -- that He truly loves
them -- they would turn to God wholeheartedly.
We are God's representatives on earth. Unless we love people,
they will not believe God loves them.
1 JOHN 4:7 NLT
7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love
comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows
SAY THIS: Lord help me to love people with Your love.
Salvation Is A Completely Free Gift
EPHESIANS 2:8-9 NLT
8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't
take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done,
so none of us can boast about it.
If salvation is based on our performance -- on what we do --
then it is not by grace. Our salvation is based on what Jesus
Christ did. Our part is simply to receive the gift!
ROMANS 4:1-4 NLT
1 Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish
nation. What did he discover about being made right with God?
2 If his good deeds had made him acceptable to God, he would
have had something to boast about. But that was not God's way.
3 For the Scriptures tell us, "Abraham believed God, and God
counted him as righteous because of his faith."
4 When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something
they have earned.
Salvation cannot be a free gift and also be something we must
earn. Either we earn it, or it is a gift. It cannot be a
mixture of the two.
If you claim to give me a gift, but you ask me for any payment
-- no matter how small -- then it is not a gift but something I
am buying for a reduced price. Buying something on sale does
not make it a gift. If there is any payment involved, by
definition, it is not a gift.
ROMANS 11:6 NASB
6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works,
otherwise grace is no longer grace.
Today, just as in Bible times, there are those who teach that
being right with God can only be achieved by keeping their list
of rules. But this is not the true teaching of the New
ACTS 15:5,10-11 NLT
5 But then some of the believers who belonged to the sect of
the Pharisees stood up and insisted, "The Gentile converts must
be circumcised and required to follow the law of Moses."
10 So why are you now challenging God by burdening the Gentile
believers with a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors were
able to bear?
11 We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the
undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus."
ROMANS 4:14,16 NLT
14 If God's promise is only for those who obey the law, then
faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless.
16 So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free
gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we
live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like
Abraham's. For Abraham is the father of all who believe.
TITUS 3:5 NLT
5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done,
but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a
new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.
Those who present a plan of salvation based on your performance
are not rightly dividing the Word. Yes, many Scriptures give
instruction on what we are to do. But they are instructions for
how to live, not how to be saved and enter the family of God.
Will there be rewards and consequences for our actions? Yes!
Scripture makes that clear. But our entrance into God's family
and our home in Heaven is not based on our performance, but on
our faith in what Jesus performed.
SAY THIS: I don't have to work to earn the free gift of God's