Epistles

New Testament books were originally written as letters to churches or individuals, they are referred to as the Epistles.

Rom 4:17 NHEB As it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations.” This is in the presence of him whom he believed: God, who gives life to the dead, and calls the things that are not, as though they were.
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER!   ALL PRAISE HONOR AND GLORY TO YOU!     WE KEEP THINKING ABOUT YOUR DIVINITY.      WHAT REALLY SEPARATES YOU FROM COMMON MAN.     YOU DECLARE THINGS THAT ARE NOT AS THOUGH THEY WERE AND THEN THEY BECOME.     IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS DARKNESS AND YOU DECLARED ” LIGHT BE ” , THEN LIGHT APPEARED.     LATER YOU PROPHESIED THAT JESUS WOULD BE BORN BY A VIRGIN, BORN IN BETHLEHEM, PERSECUTED AND REJECTED, DIE BUT RISE AGAIN.     ALL THESE THINGS CAME TO PASS.     YOUR PROPHETS WOULD DECLARE ALL THAT JESUS WOULD DO TO SAVE ( BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT ) US.      THESE ARE THE GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES THAT WE ARE TO BELIEVE AND DECLARE.      IN DOING SO, WE BECOME PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE THAT YOU HAVE ORDAINED US TO LIVE BY.        THROUGH THESE PROMISES, WE DECLARE THAT WE ARE RIGHTEOUS ( NOT BY OUR OWN SELF EFFORTS ) BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.        WE ALSO DECLARE ” BY HIS STRIPES WE WERE HEALED “.
         DEAR JESUS!    WE LOOK TO YOU AND ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE TO SAVE ( BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT ) US.      YOUR SACRIFICE WAS COMPLETE.      IT DID MORE THAN WE COULD EVER THINK OR IMAGINE.       AS WE ABIDE IN YOU, HELP US TO BELIEVE ALL THINGS THAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR US.       TO GOD BE THE GLORY AMEN!
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REF. 2 PETER 1:2-4 , 2 Corth. 1:20, Matthew 8:16-17, Roman 4:17, song: ” YOU SAY ” Lauren Daigle

Rom 3:24 KJV Being justified ( made righteous) freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IS ABOUT FAITH IN CHRIST ! IT SEEMS SO SIMPLE BUT BECAUSE WE’RE NOT TAUGHT ABOUT REALLY BELIEVING IN WHAT JESUS ACCOMPLISHED ON THE CROSS AND THAT JESUS REALLY DID COME TO SAVE US. WE KEEP TRYING TO SAVE OURSELVES .   WE KEEP TRYING TO MAKE OURSELVES RIGHTEOUS. IT’S NO WONDER THAT MOST CHRISTIAN DON’T ACT LIKE CHRISTIAN.   A LOT THAT DO, ARE DOING IT ON THEIR OWN.   TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS IS A GIFT.   IT’S FREELY GIVEN BY GRACE. GRACE IS RECEIVED BY FAITH. JESUS IS THE SOURCE OF ALL GRACE. SO WHEN WE BELIEVE IN JESUS FREELY GIVEN US RIGHTEOUSNESS; WE DECLARE THAT WE ARE RIGHTEOUS BY FAITH. THIS IS THE ” NEW MAN ” . SPEAKING IT BY FAITH, ENABLES THE HOLY SPIRIT TO CHANGE YOUR FLESH INTO ACTING LIKE THE ” NEW MAN ” : THE ” BORN AGAIN ” MAN. IT’S A PROCESS THAT BEGINS WITH OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS. DECLARING WHO WE ARE IN HIM ; BECAUSE OF WHAT HE HAS DONE. GOING FROM GLORY TO GLORY.

DEAR JESUS ! WE CONFESS THAT IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU.    WHAT YOUR SACRIFICE DID FOR US. YOU ARE THE ONE THAT SAVES; THAT’S WHY YOUR NAME IS jESUS – “JEHOVAHA IS SALVATION”. ALL HONOR AND GLORY BELONGS TO YOU.    WE THANK YOU FOR THE FREE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT COME FROM YOUR AMAZON GRACE.    YOU ARE THE SOURCE OF ALL OUR LOVE, JOY, AND PEACE – GLORY BE TO GOD. Shalom2u

Rom 10:4 KJV For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

YOU REALLY HAVE TO MEDITATE ON IT TO GET DOWN INTO YOUR SOUL.   WE BEEN TAUGHT THAT YOU HAVE TO OBEY THE LAW ETC., TO BE A REAL CHRISTIAN.       ACTUALLY A REAL CHRISTIAN IS ONE WHO HAS COMPLETE FAITH IN JESUS.        JESUS SAID BEFORE HE DIED ON THE CROSS: ” IT IS FINISHED ”   . THIS IS WHY JESUS IS THE END OF THE LAW FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.      HE FULFILLED THE LAW FOR US. 2Co 5:21 KJV For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.      JESUS WAS RIGHTEOUS.      HE FULFILLED THE LAW BUT TOOK OUR SINS SO THAT WE COULD RECEIVE ( BY FAITH IN JESUS ) HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.     IT’S 100% HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT WE RECEIVE BY FAITH.      WHEN WE KNOW THAT,   BELIEVE THAT,   AND DECLARE THAT WE ARE RIGHTEOUS IN HIM;      THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL GIVE LIFE TO WHAT WE CONFESS.     OUR NATURAL MAN WILL BE TRANSFORMED BY GLORY TO GLORY INTO THE IMAGE OF CHRIST. ” TO ALL THAT BELIEVE “.

DEAR JESUS ! YOU DO EXCEEDINGLY, ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL THAT WE CAN IMAGINE OR THINK. WE BOW DOWN TO YOU, OUR LORD AND SAVIOR. AMEN!
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1Co 2:14 KJV But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 

YOU CAN NOT RECEIVE BY YOUR SENSES : WHAT YOU SEE WITH YOUR EYES, HEAR WITH YOUR EARS, BELIEVE WITH YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING . YOU RECEIVE BY FAITH; BELIEVING GOD’S WORD, IT’S THE NEW MAN, THE BORN AGAIN MAN, THE SPIRIT MAN THAT RECEIVES. 

Col 3:10 KJV And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 

Rom 8:4 KJV That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 

Holy Spirit please help us not to look on and reply on the natural man but the born again Spirit man.    When we meditate on the word of God and focus on Jesus, bring revelation to us so that we will believe,  declare and you will manifest it in our lives.   In Jesus name  Amen.    

2Co 3:18 NET And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
This sure is a mouth full!     It seems like God is sharing His glory with believers.    Now in the Old Testament we read : Isa 42:8 NET I am the LORD! That is my name!  I will not share my glory with anyone else, or the praise due me with idols.    Now just before this verse, God is making a prophecy about sending Jesus into the world to open the eyes of the blind , to set the captives free, and bring those in darkness into the light.    Jesus as a human being was glorified.     He was one with the Father.    Now back to the original verse.     It’s telling us that when we are one with Jesus, we will be glorified.    We will be like a light to the world.    God will be glorified in us.     Let’s look at a few people who did receive honor by serving the Lord.     Mother Theresa and Billy Graham are two that come to my mind.    No matter what faith you belong to, a believer or not, most people give them great honor.     This is our mission in life: to have such a close intimate relationship with Jesus that His glory with be shown in our life.

Dear Jesus !    All honor and glory belongs to you. We praise you for the honor that you would come and fill us with your presence.     We hope to be a light in this world, setting captives free, opening the eyes of the blind and hearing to those that don’t hear.    Come Holy Spirit, our helper.    Fall upon us. Use us in this great revivals that is spreading across the land.     We declare that we are anointed: 2Co 1:21 KJV Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;        May it be done according to your word.    To God be the glory Amen !        Www.Shalom2u.org


  

2Co 7:1 NHEB Having therefore these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
WITHOUT JESUS WE CAN DO NOTHING; SO IT’S OUR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM THAT HELPS US TO CLEANSE OURSELVES FROM SIN
2Co 1:20 For however many are the promises of God, in him is the “Yes.” Therefore also through him is the “Amen”, to the glory of God through us.
IT’S THE PROMISES OF GOD, THAT CLEANSES US FROM SIN.    LIKE THE SONG SAYS: WHAT CAN MAKE ME WHITE AGAIN. NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS.      KNOWING, BELIEVING, DECLARING THE PROMISES OF GOD WILL CLEANSE YOU AND MAKE YOU WHOLE. IT’S ALL GRACE BY FAITH IN JESUS, NOT WORKS AND NOT THE LAW. Eph 1:7 KJV In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

DEAR JESUS ! IT’S ALL YOU! IT’S YOUR LOVE, YOUR GRACE , YOUR SACRIFICE, YOUR PRECIOUS BLOOD THAT CLEANSES US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.    ONLY BY WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR US, CAN WE ENTER OUR HOLY FATHER’S PRESENTS.   Heb 10:19 NHEB Having therefore, brothers, boldness to enter into the holy place by the blood of Jesus,   IN YOUR PRESENTS IS THERE THE FULLNESS OF LOVE, JOY AND PEACE. GLORY BE TO GOD, AMEN! SHALOM2U

  Gal 2:21 KJV I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

   How do we frustrate the grace of God?   When we fail to believe and declare what Jesus did for us by His sacrifice on the cross.   Many believe that He died on the cross but they fail to see how it effects them.   For His sacrifice to effect someone,  they must know in order to believe.   This knowing must get into the heart so that it will come out of the mouth and speak in faith believing.   Jesus died for all mankind; yet it is only to those that believe and confess their righteousness is from Jesus that receive His righteousness and are saved.   This is what it says in Phi 3:9 KJV And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:    It always goes back to ” Christian faith ” ,  faith in what Jesus has done for us.   We believe,  we declare and then the Holy Spirit quickens us to become more like Jesus.

    Dear Jesus. I praise you everyday and declare that it is no longer i live but you living through me.   You are my Savior.   Amen

Eph 1:6 KJV To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

EVERYONE LIKES TO BE ACCEPTED.    GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS.   HE INVITES EVERYONE TO COME.    IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW GOOD OR BAD YOU ARE.   YOU JUST HAVE TO BE WILLING TO COME.   GOD DOES HAVE SOME VERY HIGH STANDARDS BUT HE TAKES CARE OF THEM WHEN YOU COME.  YOU CAN’T COME WITH YOUR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS.   YOU HAVE TO GET IT BY FAITH IN THE ONE WHO PAID THE PRICE FOR IT.     Phi 3:9 KJV And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:    JESUS  PAID   A VERY HIGH PRICE TO MAKE US ACCEPTED, TO MAKE US RIGHTEOUS ; SO TO RECEIVE YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE.    BELIEVE WHAT ?   YOU MAY ASK !    BELIEVE THAT YOU’RE A SINNER THAT NEEDS A SAVIOR AND JESUS IS THAT SAVIOR.     WHEN YOU ASK JESUS TO SAVE YOU,   HE COMES INTO YOUR HEART AND YOU ARE ” BORN AGAIN ” AND MADE RIGHTEOUS BY FAITH NOT WORKS.   AS YOU CONTINUALLY ABIDE IN HIM, HE WILL SAVE YOU.    IF THERE IS ANYTHING WRONG IN YOUR LIFE,  ASK HIM TO SAVE YOU.    DON’T CONFESS WHO YOU ARE IN THE NATURAL BUT CONFESS, WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST JESUS.   THIS IS CALLED ” WALKING IN THE SPIRIT ” . Rom 8:1 KJV There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. WHEN YOU SIN, CONFESS THAT !  THAT IS THE OLD MAN BUT NOW YOU ARE A NEW CREATION IN CHRIST JESUS. 2Co 5:17 KJV Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.   IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS, HIS GRACE RECEIVED BY FAITH.

DEAR JESUS !  I THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT SACRIFICE. YOUR ARE MY SAVIOR !   I AM NOT ONLY ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED BUT MADE RIGHTEOUS AND A CHILD OF GOD.   GLORY BE TO GOD !   THANK YOU JESUS FOR YOUR PEACE.    SHALOM2U

Eph 3:20 NHEB Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER! YOU ARE ” Excellent “. THE WORD EXCELLENT DOESN’T SEEM TO DO YOU JUSTICE. WE’LL HAVE TO USE SOME SYNONYMS: PEERLESS, MARVELOUS, PERFECT, EXCEPTIONAL, SUPREME, STERLING, EMINENT. YOU DO EVERYTHING TO THE INFINITE DEGREE. YOU ARE COMPLETE AND YET OVERFLOWING WITH YOUR LOVE, GRACE AND MERCY. NO ONE CAN COME CLOSE TO YOU IN ALL YOUR ATTRIBUTES. YOU GAVE US YOUR MOST BELOVED SON SO THAT WE CAN BECOME YOUR CHILDREN. UNFORTUNATELY, SATAN HAD BLINDED OUR EYES, DEAFEN OUR EARS AND HARDEN OUR HEARTS. BUT AS THE SONG GOES: ” WHEN LOVE BROKE THROUGH ” . GLORY BE TO GOD! YOUR “RECKLESS LOVE ” BROUGHT THE LOST SHEEP BACK INTO THE FOAL.
DEAR JESUS! YOU ARE OUR GOOD SHEPHERD. THANK YOU FOR TAKEN SUCH GOOD CARE OF US. WE SHALL NOT WANT! AS WE ABIDE IN YOU, THANK YOU FOR PROTECTING US , FEEDING US, AND GOODNESS AND MERCY SHALL FOLLOW US ALL OUR DAYS. WE PRAY FOR OTHERS THAT ARE LOST AND NEED TO BE FOUND. BRING THEM BACK TO YOUR FOLD, WE PRAY. GLORY BE TO GOD AMEN!
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For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ephesians 6:12

       We are in a spiritual battle but most people don’t recognize it and even most Christians.  
Mat 11:12 KJV And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.    We see political battles and it can get pretty ugly.   The church is in a spiritual battle and we aren’t even fighting.   We pray that God’s will be done, expecting  God to do it.   The truth of the matter is that God has already told us His will and Jesus has defeated the enemy.   He has given us His name and His authority and power but we are not using it.   We are in a spiritual battle.   We are called to fight.   That’s why we are supposed to have the whole armour of God on.    We need to wear it all the time,  never take it off.   Then there is the ” sword of the spirit ”  ” the Word of God ” .    We can never defeat the enemy until we know, believe and declare God’s word.     There are a few basic things that we can do.   Using the name of Jesus in a commanding way is easy and very basic.   Anytime that you see darkness; call out  “light be”  in Jesus name.    What we usually do is complain about the darkness and then sometimes ask God to take care of it .    When we are confronted with turmoil;  we get upset and fearful.    Instead Declare “Peace ( Shalom)”  in the name of Jesus.     We been trying the world way and it is not working.   Let’s try it God’s way and see the enemy defeated. 

     Lord Jesus,  you are the King of kings and Lord of Lord’s.   As we abide in you,  help us to see with our spiritual eyes and see and declare the victory that you have won.   All honor, glory and power belongs to our King.   Amen.         Shalom2u

Phi 2:13 KJV For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

This is Good News!    We don’t have to do the work but let God do it through us.    Our part is to believe what God says about the situation: temptation, trial, storm, mountain, etc..      We know, believe, and declare; then the Holy Spirit will quicken ( give life to the word proclaimed in faith.    We can’t declare, what we don’t know.     God’s test us all to see if we really believe.  1Pe 1:7 KJV That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:    Many Christians don’t know, believe and declare.      They pray that ” if ” it be thy will instead of knowing it is God’s will.    It’s a battle !     To move a mountain, calm a storm, kill a giant takes unwavering faith.     Only through a personal relationship with Jesus ( the author & finisher of our faith) can we be able to believe.

Dear Jesus !   Everything we need is in and comes from you.    You are the source of life, love, peace, joy and faith.     As Peter declared: Joh 6:68 KJV Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go?    thou hast the words of eternal life.    Lord Jesus we shall abide in you, for you give us all things.    To God be the glory Amen!          Www.Shalom2u.org

Here are some more scriptures that reveal these things.
Rom 4:5 KJV But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Joh 6:29 KJV Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

1Jn 4:9 KJV In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him
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Col 1:1 WEB Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy our brother,  v2 to the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

“By the will of God“, Paul didn’t choose to be an Apostle nor did anyone in the church choose him. Paul was a great believer ” in the law “. God chose him to preach Grace. One would think that by now, we would have a solid understanding that it’s all about Grace and not the law. Galatians 1:6 WEB I marvel that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different “good news”; Galatians 2:21 WEB I don’t reject the grace of God. For if righteousness is through the law, then Christ died for nothing!”

      Dear Jesus!   Grace, Grace, Grace your amazing grace.   It’s the Gospel!  It’s the Good News!  What peace (Shalom) we have when we believe your Good News.   We pray that you will continue to open our eyes to your Gospel of Grace.  We pray that all who are called to preach the Gospel, proclaim your grace that saves us and gives us a new heart.  Now we can not only fulfill the letter of the law but the spirit of the law.   May the blind see, deaf hear, the lame walk, lepers cleansed, and captives set free in Jesus’ name.  To God be the glory Amen!  Shalom 2 u

Col 1:6 WEB which has come to you, even as it is in all the world and is bearing fruit and growing, as it does in you also, since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth,

Col 1:10 WEB that you may walk worthy of the Lord, to please him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God,

The Christian Faith is about bearing fruit. This is how the world knows that we are different. Unfortunately, we are not bearing all the fruit that we should be producing. One thing about fruit is that it will last only for a short period of time. Walking in the Spirit, eating from the ” Tree of Life ” will produce the fruits of the Holy Spirit but it has to be a way of life for us. Just worshiping Jesus once in a while is not enough to keep that love, joy, and peace we need when trials come our way. So if you are lacking these fruits of the Holy Spirit, fellowship with Jesus the Tree of Life. 

     Dear Jesus!   We need you every morning and throughout the day.   There are many trials and temptations that we face each and every day.   Abiding in You and having you carry these burdens is the only way that we can come out more than a conqueror.   Declaring who we are “in you ” gives us victory.  We know that it is not us but you defeating the enemy and giving us your victory, love, joy, and peace.   To God be the glory Amen!   Shalom 2 u

  Col 1:12-14 WEB 12 giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light, 13 who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love, 14 in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins.

       Our Christian journey is dependent on giving thanks to Abba Father.   I remember being saved and I went through a period of time, maybe 2 years.  I’m doing all the right things: going to church, reading my Bible, and praising God and filled with all the fruits of the Holy Spirit.  After a while, I think that I must have taken His grace for granted and start to think that I have arrived.  That it was my goodness.  It only put me back into the law, where I would become a captive to sin again.   After a long period of time, I  eventually learned about Grace.  I don’t take it for granted anymore.  Now  I  continually praise and worship God for His Amazing Grace. 

     Dear Jesus!   Thank you for your patience.  Thank you for giving us eyes to see and ears to hear about your Amazing Grace.   We are only complete in You, Lord Jesus.   It’s Your grace that has set us free.  It is Your grace that gives us life.   All honor, power, and glory to you Lord Jesus, now and forever Amen!   Shalom 2 U

Col 1:13 NHEB who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of his love;
WE ARE A PART OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD NOW. 1Pe 2:9 KJV.  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
THE POWER OF SATAN, HAS NO POWER OVER US. BUT BY FEAR AND UNBELIEF, WE MAY GIVE HIM POWER OVER US. THAT’S WHY. 1Pe 5:8 Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
WE NEED THAT PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS SO WE WILL HAVE FAITH , NOT UNBELIEF AND FEAR.
      DEAR JESUS! YOU ARE THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH. YOU ARE THE WORD THAT BECAME FLESH; AND FAITH COMES FROM HEARING THE WORD OF GOD. WHEN WE COME TO YOU; YOU GIVE US FAITH NOT UNBELIEF. YOU GIVE US SHALOM/PEACE NOT FEAR. THANK YOU FOR INVITING US TO ABIDE IN YOU AND WE INVITE YOU TO ABIDE IN US. GLORY BE TO GOD AMEN.
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 Col 1:16-17 WEB 16 For by him all things were created in the heavens and on the earth, visible things and invisible things, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him, all things are held together.

       These verses are talking about Jesus.  How all things came to be.  How all power, and authority is His. The Kingdom of Heaven and earth is His.   It’s important to note that Jesus is called ” the WORD “.  All things came into existence when He called them.  Then the Holy Spirit brought life to the word and it went from unseen to seen.  Jesus has all power in heaven and on earth.   His authority, He has given to the church.   As head of the body, Jesus gave us a command to preach the Gospel (Good News), to heal the sick, and cast out demons.  You can tell by the way that the world is in today, His command is not being carried out.  We, the church, are asleep.  We are too preoccupied with our own interests instead of God’s.  

   Dear Jesus!   Please forgive us.  The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.   Breathe into us your life so that we would live to bring your Kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.  Fill us with your Holy Spirit so that we can go forward in your power, not our own.   All praise, honor, and glory to you Lord Jesus Amen!    Shalom 2 U

Col 1:27-28 WEB27 to whom God was pleased to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim him, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus;

     This is unbelievable but true Good News.   It’s so good that it goes right over our heads.  We keep telling ourselves that it must mean when we die and go to heaven.  No, no, no it means the moment that you asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins and be your Saviour; that’s what He did.  “CHRIST in you “, the hope of glory.   We are supposed to live on a higher spiritual level.  We are now ” a new creation in Christ Jesus “.  But it seems to be too good to be true,  so we continue to live in the flesh trying to make ourselves more like Christ.   Faith is knowing, believing, and declaring that it’s no longer we that live but Christ in us.   Declaring we are righteous because of faith in Him.  

John 17:22-23 KJV 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

      Dear Jesus!  Help us to understand your ways for they are surely higher about our ways and your thoughts higher than our thoughts.   Only you can make us righteous.  Only you can fill our hearts with love, joy, and peace. We continually praise You for the work that you are doing in us.  To God be the glory Amen!    Shalom 2 U

Col 2:4 WEB Now I say this that no one may delude you with persuasiveness of speech…..v6 As therefore you received Christ Jesus, the Lord, walk in him ,….v8 Be careful that you don’t let anyone rob you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ

    Paul starts off by warning us not to be deceived by what might seem logical and right.  Remember that Adam and Eve were deceived by Satan’s logical words.  Today, many are being deceived by kind logical words, but they go against God’s word and are deceitful.

 NOTE V6: As you receive Christ, walk in Him.   We received Christ by faith and we must continue to walk by faith.  The lie is when someone tries to tell you that you must keep the Law and stop doing all the bad things that one does.  This sounds good and logical but it’s not the full truth.  When we walk by faith in Christ, He works in us to keep the law.  Now we become righteous by faith not self-righteous by our works.  NOTE V8: Now no one will rob you of the grace that comes by faith in Christ Jesus. 

    Dear Jesus!   We believe in You.  In ourselves, there is no righteousness.  You are our Redeemer.  You redeemed us from our sins and gave us Your righteousness.   We are a new creation in you; filled with all the Fruits of the Spirit.   All glory, honor, and praise to you our Saviour Amen.   Shalom 2 U

 Col 2:9-10 WEB 9 For in him all the fullness of the Deity dwells bodily, 10 and in him, you are made full, who is the head of all principality and power

     Religion focuses on you.  How are you living? What good things have you done? What bad things are you doing?  But the Christian Faith is about faith in Jesus.   These verses require faith in Jesus.  Your flesh will say, ” no way “. Your brain will reject these verses; it does not compute.   Faith isn’t about what makes sense.  Faith is about what God’s word is telling us.   As ” born again ” believers, we believe what God’s word says who we are.  You are in Christ Jesus, in whom the fullness of Deity dwells.  

       Dear Jesus!   You continue to give us more than we can think or imagine.  When we asked you to be our Saviour, You came with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  You surely made us a new creation in the image and likeness of God.  Our brains can’t comprehend this, but our souls will continue to praise You and declare how great thou art!   To God be the glory Amen!   Shalom 2 U

Col 2:10 KJV And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

The epistle of Colassians in one that is overlooked. We don’t hear much teaching about it.   Yet, it continues to tell us how we are complete in Jesus. The Christian Faith: all about who we are in Jesus by ” faith ” not works.   Colossians is full of revelation of who we are in Christ. But like I keep on saying; one has to know, believe and declare before it comes to pass.   I do this by continuity praising Jesus declaring that He is my Saviour, righteousness, deliverer, healer, peace, joy, author and finisher of my faith, my Good Shepherd, my rock, my refuge.    It’s not about me.   It’s all about the greater one living in me.   Meditate on Colossians and you will be able to grow in Christ Jesus.

Dear Jesus! The revelation that you are in us, just waiting for us to acknowledge your presence, your salvation your peace.   You offer us the fullness of life, just by declaring who we are in you.   We shall continue to lift you up for you give us the fullness of life. Glory be to God!        Www.Shalom2u.org

Col 2:11-15 WEB11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the sins of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 You were dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh. He made you alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 wiping out the handwriting in ordinances which were against us. He has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross. 15 Having stripped the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

God cares about our heart: soul, mind, will, and emotions, the real man. When we ask Jesus to save us, we are given a new heart and a new spirit. Ezekiel 36:26‭-‬27 WEB I will also give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my ordinances, and do them.

God is telling us what He will do. We keep on trying to do what He has done. What God has done is received by faith not works.

Rom 2:29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit not in the letter; whose praise is not from men, but from God.

    Dear Jesus!   You knew the hearts of man.   You knew our heart.  Yet you suffered for us and kept calling us to you.   You made us a new creation and gave us a heart of flesh.  As we continue to abide in you, you keep our hearts from being hardened again.   Thank You Jesus for You give us life, love, joy, and peace.   To God be the glory Amen!   Shalom 2 U

Col 2:16-23 WEB16 Let no one, therefore, judges you in eating, or in drinking, or concerning a feast day or a new moon or a Sabbath day, 17 which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ’s. 18 Let no one rob you of your prize by self-abasement and worshiping of the angels, dwelling in the things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 and not holding firmly to the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and ligaments, grows with God’s growth. 20 If you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to ordinances, 21 “Don’t handle, nor taste, nor touch” 22 (all of which perish with use), according to the precepts and doctrines of men? 23 These things indeed appear like wisdom in self-imposed worship, humility, and severity to the body; but aren’t of any value against the indulgence of the flesh.

When we are “in Christ Jesus “, we are a new creation. We have to forget about the law but live by faith in who we are “in Christ Jesus “.  By acknowledging who we are “in Christ Jesus “, we will become more like Jesus.  Philemon 1:6 WEB that the fellowship of your faith may become effective, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in us in Christ Jesus.

    Dear Jesus!   On our own, by ourselves, we are too weak to keep the law.  You came to save us from the law by bringing us back to you, “The Tree of Life “.  It’s you living in us that helps us do more than what the law requires. In you, we bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. In you, we can do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can think and imagine.  All praise, honor, and glory belong to you, Lord Jesus Amen!    Shalom  2 U

Col 3:1-2 WEB1 If then you were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

“If”? Have you been “born again ” Have you asked JESUS to come into your heart and save you? If you did, then you are “born again “. The hard part is to continue to believe that you are a “New Creation “. This new creation is a spirit being; you can not see it, touch it, feel it. One has to believe! This is why it says ” Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth.” It’s easy to set our minds on things that we see and feel, but this is the flesh. We are to set our minds (soul) on things above: know, believe, and declare who you are “in Christ Jesus “. This is how we defeat the flesh.

Eph 1:3 KJV Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Dear Jesus! You came to save us, redeem us, to give us life. Your sacrifice did it all.  Gal 2:20 WEB I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. That life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me.  Thank you Jesus for living in me.   To God be the glory Amen!   Shalom 2 U

 Col 3:5-10 WEB 5 Put to death, therefore, your members which are on the earth: sexual immorality, uncleanness, depraved passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 For these things’ sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience. 7 You also once walked in those, when you lived in them; 8 but now you also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and shameful speaking out of your mouth. 9 Don’t lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his doings, 10 and have put on the new man, who is being renewed in knowledge after the image of his Creator,

Gen 1:26 God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over the livestock, and overall the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

      Verses 5-9. Tell’s us what we should stop doing.   The law is good but we can’t keep it by our flesh.   V10 tells us to put on the new man.  This new man is our “born again spirit man “; made in the image and likeness of God.   We “put on ” a new man by faith; declaring who we are in Christ Jesus.  This enables us to defeat the flesh and live more like Jesus.  We see in Gen 1:26 that this spirit man is given power and authority over all the earth.  Declare who you are “in Christ Jesus ” and you will defeat the works of the flesh.  Galatians 5:16 WEB  But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh.

      Dear Jesus!   Thank you for restoring us to your image and likeness.  The devil deceived us as he did to Adam and Eve but You redeemed us.  “Thank you, Jesus “. We are now strong in You and the power of Your might.   To God be the glory Amen!    Shalom 2 U

Col 3:12-17 WEB12 Put on, therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do. 14 Above all these things, walk in love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body, and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to the Lord. 17 Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father, through him.

Again we are told how to act. All these things are good but can only be done by grace. By declaring who we are “in Christ Jesus “. Let God’s good news, His grace fill your heart with praise and thanksgiving and you will receive the grace, the power to walk in love, kindness, and humility.

Dear Jesus! When we acknowledge all that you are and all that you have done; what can we say but “Thank you, Jesus “.All praise, honor, and glory to you Lord Jesus Amen!    Shalom 2 U

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Col 3:18-25 WEB18 Wives, be in subjection to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and don’t be bitter against them. 20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, don’t provoke your children so that they won’t be discouraged. 22 Servants, obey in all things those who are your masters according to the flesh, not just when they are looking, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing God. 23 And whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord, and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he who does wrong will receive again for the wrong that he has done, and there is no partiality.

       All these verses tell us how we should live.  Wives honor your husband, as is fitting in the LORD.   If he is asking you to do something not right, unlawful, unholy; then it’s unfitting.  Pray for him, that he would do and ask for what is good and pleasing to the Lord.   Husbands love your wives as Christ loves the church ( the people of God). The more we love our wives; they will return that love a hundredfold. Children obey.  Fathers don’t provoke.  Children can be a handful but the more we show our love and God’s love to them; the less provoking they will become.  Tell your children that they are a child of God and as such, we don’t do things that we don’t do and do.   We have to be a good example, otherwise, it will fall on deaf ears.   

     Dear Jesus!  You are such a good example of knowing how much our Father loves you.  You knew how much the Father “so ” loved the world that He would sacrifice His most beloved son.  Holy Spirit helps us to always remember how much we are loved by God.   Your love wants us to love others because God loves them also.  We gladly serve you Lord Jesus because you so greatly served and love us.   We declare thy Kingdom come, thy will be done.  Light Be!  Shalom (peace) on earth in Jesus’ name.  To God be the glory Amen!  Shalom 2 U

   Col 4:1 WEB Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

      There is much talk about slavery today.   Most of it is past slavery.  We have come a long way in fighting injustice here in America.   I  haven’t heard about that!  I don’t hear about all the lives that were lost fighting against slavery and equal rights.  I don’t hear about all the successful people that were supposed to be unjustly persecuted.   I don’t hear a word about China, Russia, North Korea, etc who are enslaving their people.  This is being hypocritical!   Most of all, I don’t hear anything about the slavery that is happening here in America and throughout the world.   Several groups are dedicated to finding these people, mostly young girls, and children.   They are being taken from their families and being sold for sex, etc.  This is what we need to be concerned about.  ” A21″ is one group that I know of and support.   I’m sure that God would be most pleased if you supported one of these groups.  They are carrying for those enslaved and giving honor to God. 

    Slavery goes back many years.  God’s chosen people were slaves in Egypt.   Abraham had servants,  a nice name for slaves.  Israel had slaves and were slaves depending on how they were believing in God.  In our country, many of our Nation leaders owned slaves.  The point is not that you owned slaves but how you treated them.  This is what verse 1 is saying.  Most of us are slaves.  Our company owns us.  It commands that we do certain things and act a certain way.  We are called to honor them and work for them as unto the LORD. 

       Dear Jesus!   You redeemed us by your great sacrifice from the curse of the law.  All that has kept us from having life and life more abundantly.  We were slaves to the worst slave master of all, satan.  You set us free.  Your desire is for all mankind to be free.  Lord Jesus,  we lift all that are still in capacity by satan.  In the name of Jesus,  we declare “light be “.  We command that the blind see, deaf hear, the lame walk, lepers cleansed, and the captives set free in Jesus’ name.  To God be the glory Amen!   Shalom 2 U

 Col 4:2-6 WEB 2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, watching in it with thanksgiving, 3 praying together for us also, that God may open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds, 4 that I may reveal it as I ought to speak. 5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

    One reason the Church, the body of Christ, is weak is because of our prayer life.  We don’t pray enough.  Paul tells us to be steadfast in prayer.  He also tells us to be thankful.   Praise, worship, and Thanksgiving should be the beginning of our prayers to God.   We are constantly in spiritual warfare.  Most of the time we don’t recognize it and that is why we get defeated in life.  God wants to bless us but we have to reverence Him as God.   The mystery of Christ has to be one of our top pursuits.   We have to learn, believe, and declare all that He has done for us by His sacrifice.  Then we can speak to others in grace and wisdom about the love of God. 

    Dear Jesus!   All praise, honor, and glory belong to you, Lord Jesus.   It’s all about your love, grace, and mercy.   You came to save not condemn.  You are the Light that we come to, to get out of our darkness.   The devil gives us fear and anxiety but You give us Peace.   This is Your Kingdom and we shall proclaim it throughout the world.   “Light Be “, ” Shalom on earth ” in Jesus’ name Amen!      Shalom 2 U

1Th 1:1-5 WEB 1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the assembly of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 We always give thanks to God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers, 3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith and labor of love and perseverance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father. 4 We know, brothers loved by God, that you are chosen, 5 and that our Good News came to you not in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and with much assurance. You know what kind of men we showed ourselves to be among you for your sake.

     Again we see that the Gospel is good news about Grace and Peace, not condemnation.   This Gospel produces faith and love in God.  It produces the power to love even ones that seem to be unlovable.  True Christians will love others as Christ loves us, while we were sinners. 

    Dear Jesus!   It’s only your love, your grace that can make us love others as you love us.  May we be more like your disciples and go wherever you call us to go.  May we fearlessly and relentlessly declare your love and grace to all.  May the love of God and the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, now and forever Amen!   Shalom 2 U

1Th 1:6-10 WEB You became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all who believe in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8 For from you the word of the Lord has been declared, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone out so that we need not say anything. 9 For they themselves report concerning us what kind of a reception we had from you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead: Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come.

Once one has been “born again “, people should see CHRIST in us. It is a growing process, not by works but by fellowshipping with Jesus: knowing, believing, and declaring who you are in Christ Jesus. The more we do that, the more we will become like Him. There is a battle believing the word. That is why Paul says in much affliction. The devil and your own flesh will battle with your spirit. It will tell the soul that it will never happen. It’s impossible. It’s irrational. To the natural man, it is. But we are to walk in the Spirit: believe what the Spirit says. 1Co 2:14 WEB Now the natural man doesn’t receive the things of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to him, and he can’t know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Another point Paul made was that believers were turning to God from idols. I think that we don’t fully understand what idols are. I know that I thought it meant worshipping statues. This is partly true but there is more to it. An idol can be anything that we put above GOD. I was an idolater for many years and couldn’t see it. I loved God, went to church weekly, and more. Read the Bible and say prayers, yet I put people and things above GOD.   It’s not easy to put God first.  We have our family, job, and need time for ourselves; yet God deserves more than a token relationship. 

   Dear Jesus!   You gave your best.  You gave your all.   As we see and know you more, it’s easier to give up those unimportant things in our life for more of You.  You are the only one that can really satisfy our soul and give us life.  Thank you, Jesus!   We give you all the praise, honor, and glory Amen!  Shalom 2 U

1Th 2:2 WEB but having suffered before and been shamefully treated, as you know, at Philippi, we grew bold in our God to tell you the Good News of God in much conflict.

Many have been treated shamefully for trying to preach the Good News. Most of the suffering that we suffer is because of this falling world and our failure to know, believe, and declare the promises of God.  Here the apostle Paul is saying this because we are declaring the Gospel.  Even though the Gospel is good news, it’s not always received that way.  The devil continues to deceive saying it’s not the truth and it’s mean and condemning.  It’s not easy to condemn the sin but not the sinner.  So we get called all kind of names by those that believe their way is right. Let’s seek God’s wisdom as we go out to proclaim the Good News. 

Dear Jesus! You were shamefully treated while trying to tell the world of the FATHER’S love. Thank you Jesus! You cared more about saying us than what others thought. We also give thanks to all who suffered for the GGospel’ssake. May we keep our hearts and eyes on you while proclaiming the Good News. All praise, honor, and glory to you Lord Jesus Amen! Shalom 2 U

1Th 2:18 WEB because we wanted to come to you—indeed, I, Paul, once and again—but Satan hindered us.

” Satan hindered us “. We can go from one extreme to another. We can deny that satan exists and that he has no power. On the other hand, we can be fearful of him and thereby give him power. It’s all about free will. Everyone, Christians and none Christians always have a free will to believe God’s word over what satan tries to do. It’s a spiritual battle that has to be fought. Ignoring the situation doesn’t help. We must put on the whole armor of GOD and fight.

Satan seems to hinder the spreading of the Gospel all the time. Not only none believers but by believers. Martin Luther, William Tyndale, and many today are being hindered in the spreading of the Gospel. It’s all about Grace not works.

       Dear Jesus!   Satan used the Pharisees and other religious groups to try to hinder you from preaching the love of the Father.  Today many are being hindered but your word is going out throughout the world.  You commanded it to be preached and the gates of hell will not prevail.   We are living in a glorious time.  We are going to see this world being transformed from darkness to light.  Your word is being declared with signs following; just as you said that they would be.   Thank you, Holy Spirit for giving life to the Good News as it is being proclaimed throughout the world.   We declare that the blind see, deaf hear, the lame walk, lepers cleansed, and captives set free in Jesus’ name.   All praise, honor, and glory to you Lord Jesus Amen!    Shalom 2 U

1Th 3:8 WEB For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.

1Th 3:13 WEB to the end he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

Chapter 3 continues to express concern for those who are suffering for the Gospels’ sake. Don’t get suffering for the word’s sake related to what suffering you or someone else is going through. They are different. Suffering for the word’s sake is what God said would happen. 1Th 3:4 WEB For most certainly, when we were with you, we told you beforehand that we are to suffer affliction, even as it happened, and you know.

Now there is another kind of suffering that we face but it’s not for the word’s sake. Because of the fall of man, we are in a falling world that causes many illnesses and other misfortunes. Jesus suffered for us so that we would not have to be affected by them. The Bible is full of these promises: Psalm 91, 103, 23, Isa.53 & 54, 1Pe 2:24. You have to know, believe, and declare to see these promises come to pass.

Dear Jesus! Declaring your precious Good News is worth suffering for.

Rom 10:13-15 WEB 13 For, “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in him whom they have not heard? How will they hear without a preacher? 15 And how will they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Good News of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!”

We gladly declare your Good News so that many souls will be saved.   Rom 10:13 WEB For, “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” We rejoice with the angels and all the saints of God when one calls upon your name.  All honor, glory, and power belongs to you Lord Jesus Amen!     Shalom 2 U

1Th 4:3-6 WEB3 For this is the will of God: your sanctification, that you abstain from sexual immorality, 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in sanctification and honor, 5 not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles who don’t know God, 6 that no one should take advantage of and wrong a brother or sister in this matter; because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as also we forewarned you and testified.

These verses are telling us the will of God: our sanctification. Paul is telling us that we should be upholding the “Law”. This is where many Christians fail in their Christian walk. The Law is good and we are to uphold the Law but we are not under the law but grace. When we try to obey the Law by ourselves, we fail and only become self-righteous. By grace, we are not trying to obey the Law by ourselves but through Jesus Christ. That’s why it’s imperative to have a personal relationship with Jesus. Fellowshiping with Jesus daily will enable you to bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit. These spiritual fruits will produce what is needed to uphold the Law. Now you are sanctified in Christ Jesus.

Dear Jesus! You are the bread of life. You are the Tree of Life.  John 15:5 NHEB I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. Every moment we spend time with you yields the fruits of the Holy Spirit that we need to fulfill the Law.  Your grace does it all.  To God be the glory Amen!   Shalom 2 U

1Th 4:13-18 WEB 13 But we don’t want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who have fallen asleep, so that you don’t grieve like the rest, who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For this we tell you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will in no way precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with God’s trumpet. The dead in Christ will rise first, 17 then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. So we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

We all experienced the death of loved ones but it’s not always a sad thing. Many Christians have a celebration of life instead of a normal funeral. Instead of death.  It’s often referred to as falling asleep. The Born Again believers never really die. Their physical body will decay but their soul and spirit will be forever with the Lord.

Paul is also talking about the “rapture “. A time when Jesus will return in the clouds to take His bride out of this world. I believe that we’re near this time. The world is only getting darker. I believe that there is one more great movement of God that will happen first. The greatest revival of all time. Since Pentecost, there have been many revivals. I personally experienced one in the 70’S (1970-1979). It happened across America and I believe throughout the world. It happened in all religious denominations. I believe that we are at the beginning of it now. I’m no prophet but I believe that before this year (2021) is over, we will experience it. GLORY BE TO GOD. Every time that I think of my parents, I rejoice knowing that they are with the Lord.

Dear Jesus! The world is pretty dark. There is so much destruction. Evil forces seem to be winning, but as your word says: where sin abounds, so much more does the grace abound. You are waking up the church, the trumpet is beginning to sound. You are pouring down the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon all flesh which will defeat this darkness.  Your marvelous light will shine for all to see Your great love and mercy for all mankind.   Then we shall be caught up and be with you forevermore.  HALLELUJAH HALLELUJAH HALLELUJAH GLORY BE TO GOD AMEN!   SHALOM 2 U

1Th 5:14 WEB We exhort you, brothers: Admonish the disorderly; encourage the faint-hearted; support the weak; be patient toward all.

If you are warning people, you are judging them. This is one of many verses that tell us to judge. This isn’t a harsh critical condemning type of admonishing or judging. This is a gentle caring type of admonishing. It’s like when we try to tell our loved ones what to do or not to do.

Dear Jesus! Thank you for caring enough to tell us the truth. You are the way, the truth, and the light. I am reminded of a man that you healed: John 5:12-14 WEB 12 Then they asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your mat and walk’?” 13 But he who was healed didn’t know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a crowd being in the place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “Behold, you are made well. Sin no more, so that nothing worse happens to you.”You gently and lovingly admonish us when we are going astray. You continually call us into your light where we can be free of the darkness that tries to overcome us. 

John 3:19 WEB This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil.

You are the Light of the world, where we grow and become more like You.  To God be the glory Amen!  Shalom 2 U

  1Th 5:16-18 WEB 16 Always rejoice. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you.

   Rightly divide the word!  Don’t just take 0ne verse of scripture and start rejoicing in everything bad that happens to you.  If you get a bad report that you have cancer; God doesn’t expect you to go around rejoicing.  This bad report goes completely against God’s will for you.  So what should you rejoice about?  Rejoice that your God is bigger than cancer.  Rejoice that Jesus’ sacrifice defeated cancer.  

Dear Jesus!  The Gospel is Good News in so many ways. It reveals your complete love and salvation for us: body, soul, and spirit.  In Your salvation for us, we shall rejoice. 

Psalm 103:1-5 Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from the pit, who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thine old age with good things; thy youth is renewed like the eagles.

We rejoice in You Jesus, our Saviour, Redeemer, and our healer – Jehovah RAPHA.  Glory be to God in whom all blessings flow.  Amen!   Shalom 2 U

1Th 5:20-21 WEB20 Don’t despise prophecies. 21 Test all things and hold firmly that which is good.

Most CHURCHES and believers have nothing to do with prophecies. Are they not quenching the Spirit? We see throughout the Bible prophecies given. God, Himself was the first one to prophesy. Genesis 3:14‭-‬15 DARBY And Jehovah Elohim said to the serpent, Because thou hast done this, be thou cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field. On thy belly shalt, thou go and eat dust all the days of thy life. And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; he shall crush thy head, and thou shalt crush his heel. Abraham prophesied: Genesis 22:8 DARBY And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself with the sheep for a burnt-offering. And they went both of them together.

All throughout the Old Testament and into the New Testament, prophecies have been declared. One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit: 1Corinthians 12:8‭-‬10 DARBY For to one, by the Spirit, is given the word of wisdom; and to another the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit; and to a different one faith, in the power of the same Spirit; and to another gifts of healing in the power of the same Spirit; and to another operations of miracles; and to another prophecy; and to another discerning of spirits; and to a different one kinds of tongues; and to another interpretation of tongues.

Unfortunately, many believers are not taught about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It’s no wonder that the church is not displaying much power today. I see today some small ministries; small in the sense that they have only 1 main leader. These ministries are reaching out throughout the world. They experience many coming to the Lord, not because their parents went to that church but because they heard the Good News about Grace and the love of God. These churches are experiencing signs and wonders as they should be.   Mar 16:17-18 WEB 17 These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name, they will cast out demons; they will speak with new languages; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will in no way hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”   

There is nowhere in the Bible that says these gifts of the Holy Spirit have ceased. 

Dear Jesus!  You worked many signs and wonders as you went about declaring the Good News of God’s love and grace.  As the author and finisher of our faith, help us to believe.  May the Holy Spirit quickens our words as we declare that the blind see, deaf hear, the lame walk, lepers cleanse, and captives set free in Jesus name Amen!   To God be the glory Amen!   Shalom 2 U

    1Th 5:23 WEB May the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Here we see the whole man. Body, soul, and spirit. Three in one.  It’s important to know the difference. Each has a role in how we are going to live out our Christian walk.    Galatians 5:16‭-‬17 WEB   But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, that you may not do the things that you desire.

If you are walking by the flesh, you are believing in everything that you can see, hear, and understand.  Walking by the Spirit takes faith.  It is the opposite of walking by the flesh.  Walking by the Spirit is when you know, believe, and declare what God says you are “in Christ Jesus ” instead of what the flesh tells you.  It doesn’t make sense!  But faith doesn’t make sense.  It doesn’t make sense that God would sacrifice His beloved Son for us, yet that’s what we believe.   So when the flesh speaks up against who we are “in Christ Jesus “, we: 2Corinthians 10:5 WEB  throwing down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ;

We cast it down.  We don’t believe what the flesh says, only what God says. 

Dear Jesus!   We are in a constant battle.  Our flesh is always trying to control us, condemn us, tell us who we are “in the flesh “.  We believe who we are in you “in the Spirit “.  We believe your word:  1 John 4:17 WEB In this love has been made perfect among us, that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, even so, are we in this world.    As we continue to abide and fellowship with You; we are changed into your image and likeness.  Glory be to God Amen!   SHALOM 2 U

2Th 1:2-5 WEB2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 We are bound to always give thanks to God for you, brothers, even as it is appropriate, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of each and every one of you toward one another abounds, 4 so that we ourselves boast about you in the assemblies of God for your perseverance and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions which you endure. 5 This is an obvious sign of the righteous judgment of God, to the end that you may be counted worthy of God’s Kingdom, for which you also suffer.

Apostle Paul starts out with the Good News of Grace and Peace. This is God’s will for us and yet Christians suffer for the Gospel’s sake. In America, we go through very little persecution compared to those in other countries. Remember there is persecution and affection for the word sake and there is suffering because we live in a falling world. God will greatly reward those who suffer for the word’s sake. Jesus has already suffered for us because of a falling world. 1 Peter 2:24 WEB who his own self bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed.

     Dear Jesus!   You love us so much that you shook heaven and earth to save us.  You are fully devoted to the Father’s will.  You suffered for all sinners (As it is written, “There is no one righteous; no, not one. Romans 3:10 WEB) so that we would be saved from the penalty of sin.   Fill our hearts with your love so that we also would be willing to suffer and give up everything for the lost and that you would be glorified in all that are saved.  We thank You for your salvation of body, soul, and spirit and your Shalom to us. To God be the glory Amen!  Shalom 2 U

2Th 2:1-8 WEB 1 Now, brothers, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to him, we ask you 2 not to be quickly shaken in your mind, and not be troubled, either by spirit, or by word, or by letter as if from us, saying that the day of Christ has already come. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For it will not be, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 he who opposes and exalts himself against all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, setting himself up as God. 5 Don’t you remember that, when I was still with you, I told you these things? 6 Now you know what is restraining him, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness already works. Only there is one who restrains now, until he is taken out of the way. 8 Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will kill with the breath of his mouth, and destroy by the manifestation of his coming;

There is a lot to take in here. Many different views. It might not be all that important what view one takes. The main thing is looking for the Lord’s return. Verse 1 talks about the coming of the Lord and His gathering for the saints. 1Th 4:17 WEB then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. So we will be with the Lord forever. So we see here that when the Lord comes for us, we will be caught up together and meet Him in the clouds. Many refer to this as the “rapture”. I have heard of this expression about 40 years ago and I’m still waiting for it to happen. I think that we will experience a great revival before this happens.

Now verse 2 talks about ” the day of the Lord (Christ). Here many belief is when the Lord will come back to rule the world. Verse 3-4 says this will not happen until there is a “fallen away ” and the antichrist is revealed. “Fallen away ” may mean leaving the Gospel of Grace to another gospel. We see this in the book of Galatians. Now the antichrist hasn’t been revealed so this has to happen first before the Lord comes back again.

Verse 7 talks about one who is restraining the antichrist. Many believe that this is the Holy Spirit. Once the Holy Spirit leaves and the saints must go with Him. The Holy Spirit is in us now so when He leaves so must we?

   Dear Jesus!   We long for Your return.  There is a lot of darkness in this world.  We are waiting for this great and mighty revival that is coming that will open the eyes of the blind, deaf to hear, the lame to walk, lepers cleansed and captives set free.  Your light will outshine the darkness.  Holy Spirit led us through Your power to bring the lost into the Kingdom of God.  Then we will be caught up together and meet the Lord Jesus and be with Him forevermore. HALLELUJAH!  Glory be to God Amen!  SHALOM 2 U

2Th 2:7-12 WEB7 For the mystery of lawlessness already works. Only there is one who restrains now, until he is taken out of the way. 8 Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will kill with the breath of his mouth, and destroy by the manifestation of his coming; 9 even he whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 and with all deception of wickedness for those who are being lost, because they didn’t receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 Because of this, God sends them a working of error, that they should believe a lie; 12 that they all might be judged who didn’t believe the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

There is a lot of deception going on now but there will be much more after the Church is raptured. The Holy Spirit produces signs and wonders. Jesus had many during His ministry. The church today should experience many signs and wonders through the power of the Holy Spirit. The devil produces signs and wonders through people that believe in him. How are we to tell the difference? I look at the fruits of the person or ministry. Are they also producing the “fruits of the Spirit “? Are they exhorting Jesus and giving God the glory? The devil’s way is to exhort the person. We say, isn’t he amazing? There is no fruit of the Spirit, no glory to God. Magicians are the ones that I’m hesitant to follow. Most of it is sleight of hand but some go way beyond that. Then you have the sorcerers that can cast spells and do all kinds of bewildering things.

Dear Jesus!  Your word tells us: Phi 4:8 WEB Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report: if there is any virtue and if there is any praise, think about these things. When we keep our eyes on you, we will not be deceived.  Every time we fellowship with You, we are amazed and enthroned by Your grace and love.  We pray that all will see You as You truly are the giver of everlasting life and the deceiver as the one who only gives everlasting death.  To God be the glory from whom all blessings flow Amen!   Shalom 2 U

2TH 2;13-17 fvb But we just have to keep on thanking God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you to be saved through the Spirit who makes you right as you trust in the truth. This is what he called you to through the good news we shared with you so that you could participate in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So, brothers and sisters, stand firm, and hold on to what you’ve been taught, whether by what you were told or through a letter from us. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God the Father (who through his grace gave us eternal confidence and a trustworthy hope), encourage you and strengthen you so you can say and do everything that is good.

Apostle Paul tells us to thank God that He called us to be saved by grace through Jesus Christ. We trust in the truth. Jesus is the truth. The Gospel is all about grace and truth.  Stay firm in the truth. 

Dear Jesus!   The Good News, the Gospel is all about what you did for us.  It’s all about Grace and Truth and this is what we receive when we abide in You: Grace, Grace, Grace amazing Grace.  May the Good News of Your saving grace go out throughout the world.  We command that the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, lepers be clean, and the captives set free in Jesus name Amen!   Glory be to God Amen! SHALOM 2 U

    2Th 3:3 WEB But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.

 “The Lord is faithful “. Apostle Paul is stating that the Lord Himself will do it. Our part is to have faith in Him to do it. Focusing on the problem isn’t helping the situation.  Focusing on Jesus is what is needed.  Hebrews 12:2 WEB

looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Look to Jesus; His finished work, His sacrifice, His peace, His grace, His mercy, His faithfulness, His healing, His deliverance, His power, and authority. 

   Dear Jesus!  You are the one we look to and seek for the fullness of life.  Whatever darkness may come our way, we abide in You.  You are the Light of the world.  Darkness cannot overshadow Your light. Fear cannot overshadow Your peace.  Sin cannot overshadow Your grace, mercy, and forgiveness. The enemy cannot defeat us because we are more than conquerors in You.  In You is the fullness of life.  Glory be to God Amen!    SHALOM 2 U

          2Th 3:3-4 NHEB 3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you, and guard you from the evil one. 4 We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you both do and will do the things we command.

         NOTE V3 : ” THE LORD IS FAITHFUL ” .      PAUL IS STATING THAT THE LORD WILL DO IT.      IT TAKES FAITH IN HIM FOR HIM TO DO IT.      OUR PART IS NOT TRYING TO DO IT BY OUR OWN EFFORTS, BUT FAITH IN HIM.      BY GRACE NOT WORKS.      WE MUST BE FAITHFUL IN FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH. ALWAYS DECLARING THAT JESUS DID IT AND THEN IT WILL COME TO PASS.
           NOTE V4 : THIS IS CONTINUING OF THE PREVIOUS VERSE.     AGAIN PAUL IS EXPRESSING HIS CONFIDENCE IN THE LORD.       WHEN HE STATES ” BOTH ” ;  HE IS STATING THAT BOTH YOU WITH FAITH IN THE LORD WILL BRING IT TO PASS.      THIS IS WHAT THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IS ALL ABOUT;  DECLARING WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE BEFORE YOU SEE IT IN THE FLESH.

DEAR JESUS !    AS WE KNOW, BELIEVE AND DECLARE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR US BY YOUR SACRIFICE ; WE WILL RECEIVE OUR ” BREAKTHROUGH “.        IT’S ALWAYS YOU WORKING IN US AND THROUGH US THAT MAKES US MORE THAN CONQUERS.     YOU ARE FAITHFUL !      HAVING DEFEATED THE ENEMY YOU BRINGS LOVE, JOY AND PEACE/SHALOM TO US.       GLORY BE TO GOD AMEN!     SHALOM2U

2Th 3:6 WEB Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother who walks in rebellion, and not after the tradition which they received from us.

1Co 5:11 KJV But now I have written unto you not to keep company if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one no not to eat.

 There are some scriptures in the Bible that tell us not to judge and some that say that we are to judge.  Some say examine yourself- judge.   It’s not easy to rightly divide the word.  The above 2 scriptures say to withdraw from those ” brothers “. Those in the church that act a certain way.  That requires judging.  We don’t see this happening.  It might have to depart from our own family and self.  I believe that the main point is not to associate with them when one is practicing such conduct.  Don’t support their bad behavior and try to encourage them to seek the Lord for the grace that is needed to overcome.  I hear too many times like, ” you can do it “.  That only puts pressure on them.  A lot of times they are really trying not to act that way. Only Jesus’ amazing grace can help them.  So pray for them.  Tell them that it’s only by the grace of God that you are able to walk in the newness of life. 

Dear Jesus!  We are reminded again, that you came to save and not condemn.  Thank you for giving us life and setting us free.  May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be upon us and all our loved ones to set us free and live in the newness of life in Christ Jesus Amen!   Shalom 2 U

1Ti 1:2 WEB to Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Grace, mercy, and peace are what the Gospel is all about. It goes from our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s a gift from God received by faith. Apostle Paul tells us to be aware of those who are teaching a different Gospel.

Paul goes on to say that some are teaching the law but don’t understand what they’re talking about. 1Ti 1:9 WEB as knowing this, that law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, Paul says the law is not made for the righteous. When we were sinners, we were unrighteous. The law convinced us that we needed a Savior. After we repent and ask Jesus to save us, we become righteous: a “born again “, spirit-filled new creation, a child of God. Now we are not under the law but grace. Rom 6:14 WEB For sin will not have dominion over you. For you are not under the law, but under grace. So it’s important for believers to know how to receive and walk in grace. The more you acknowledge who you are in Christ Jesus, the more grace you will receive to become more like Him.

Dear Jesus! Your ways are higher than our ways and your thoughts are higher than our thoughts. What an awesome Saviour you are! It goes way beyond our natural minds. Abiding in You, helps us see with spiritual eyes, hear with spiritual ears, and believe with all our hearts. You empower us to defeat the enemy of our souls. Glory be to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit Amen! Shalom 2 U

1Ti 1:8-11 WEB8 But we know that the law is good, if a person uses it lawfully, 9 as knowing this, that law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for homosexuals, for slave-traders, for liars, for perjurers, and for any other thing contrary to the sound doctrine,

Apostle Paul starts out by saying the law is good. It’s not made for the righteous. Why not? He goes on to say that it’s for the lawless or unrighteous. We all are born with some sinful nature and therefore unrighteous. It’s only when we repent ( admitting that we are sinners) and ask Jesus to save us that we receive by faith His righteousness. Let me repeat again: everyone is born with a sinful nature. We can say that it’s not fair but Adam’s disobedience brought it on. Now God is a just and merciful God. That’s why He gave us His only begotten Son to redeem us from the curse of the law and make us righteous. That being said, let’s look at some sins that are mentioned here. It wasn’t that long ago that most people would agree that these sins are wrong and sinful. Yet today many are saying that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality. They for the most part are trying to be loving and understanding. The problem is if homosexuals believe that it’s not a sin, they will never repent and therefore not be made righteous by faith in Jesus. Many young boys’ lives were traumatized in the boy scouts by homosexual activity and other negative effects but are hardly ever brought up. We don’t condone murder, stealing, lying, infidelity; all of which are part of man’s falling nature.  Our part is not to condemn but to pray that they would repent and come to Jesus. 

Dear Jesus! We thank you for your sacrifice to redeem us from this falling nature. God’s plan for us was to be made in your image and likeness. The devil deceived Adam and he continues to try to deceive us. You came to save us and not condemn us. We only condemn ourselves when we fail to admit that we have sinned and ask you to save us. We truly are saved only by your Amazing Grace. We pray now that: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s love, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit go forth to open the eyes of the blind, deaf to hear, the lame to walk, lepers be cleanse and captives set free.  To God be the glory Amen!  Shalom 2 U

1Ti 1:18 WEB I commit this instruction to you, my child Timothy, according to the prophecies which were given to you before, that by them you may wage the good warfare,

The Apostle Paul is telling us here that Timothy was given a special prophetic word. This prophetic word was given so that Timothy would be able to come against the lies of the devil. Timothy didn’t have the Bible like we have today. The Bible is full of God’s prophetic words. These are the words that we need to know, believe, and declare to fight the good fight of faith. 1Pe 5:8 WEB Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Luk 10:19 WEB Behold, I give you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will in any way hurt you.

Dear Jesus! Your words give us life. Your words give us faith to be more than conquerors when the enemy tries to defeat our plans for our lives.  It’s the sword of the Spirit that we use to stop the enemy from trying to steal and kill the blessings that you have for our lives. Thank you Jesus for living in us and defeating the enemy.  Glory be to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit Amen!  Shalom 2 U

1Ti 2:1-4 WEB1 I exhort, therefore, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men: 2 for kings and all who are in high places, that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and come to full knowledge of the truth.

There is something about praying that goes against the flesh. We get distracted by so many other things. It’s hard to give it a top priority in our lives. Even when we do commit our time to pray, it might be the same old repetition, praying just for our loved ones, our needs, our wants. Apostle Paul tells us to pray for all men ( the good, the bad, and the ugly), especially for those in authority. For sure we don’t agree with all in authority but we are called to pray for them. Pray that they would be saved and given the wisdom to lead our nation according to God’s will. If you think that they are doing wrong, pray that they might repent. This nation has been going away from God, instead of closer. Pray that we would turn back to God.

Lord Jesus! The heavens and the earth belong to you. You are the King of kings and Lord of lords. We pray for all in authority that they would honor you in all that they do. We pray that you will continue to raise up leaders that will walk in your ways and establish your Kingdom here and throughout the world. May the Light of the world shine across America and the world. To God be the glory Amen! Shalom 2 U

1Ti 2:5-8 KJV5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. 8 I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

I realize that many pray to saints. God bless them and I do believe that He honors them. Nonetheless, I believe that the best way to pray is to God through Jesus and His Word. We should be constantly praising Jesus. It is His sacrifice that has redeemed us and brought us into the Kingdom of God. All of us are bond servants because of what Jesus has done.

There seems to be a great lack of lifting up holy hands. God’s presence only comes alive when we give Him praise and thanksgiving. Praise and worship like you do watching your favorite sport and see how He comes alive in you.

Dear Jesus! You are worthy of all praise and thanksgiving. You are the Prince of Peace. When we come to You in praise and thanksgiving, You come with all Your love, peace, and joy to still the storms in our lives. Psa 22:3 WEB But you are holy, you who inhabit the praises of Israel.  Blessed be the name of the Lord,  Jesus! Glory, Glory, Glory to the King of the world.  Light Be in Jesus’ name Amen!   Shalom 2 U

 1Ti 3:1-3 WEB 1 This is a faithful saying: someone who seeks to be an overseer desires a good work. 2 The overseer, therefore, must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, modest, hospitable, good at teaching; 3 not a drinker, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous;

 No one is perfect in the flesh but God calls leaders to a high standard.  It seems that for the first two thousand years, the church was maintaining that standard.  Today we see that standard being discarded.  We are called all kinds of names and not compassionate if we object to these low standards for leaders.  When we allow leaders who practice sin and are not repented, we let the blind lead the blind.  Jesus came to save.  If we are continually sinning, then we really don’t understand and believe what Jesus does.  They are in bondage and not seeking the Lord to set them free.  A repentant sinner knows how the Lord sets them free.  It’s all by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  When we ask Jesus to save us, He comes into our hearts to save us.  Now it’s our fellowship with Jesus, knowing, believing, and declaring who we are in Him.  Jesus gets all the glory and we become a new creation set free from the bondage of sin.  So beware of those false teachers and leaders that are living like the devil but saying it’s okay.  We will have leaders that will fall but if they are really believing in Jesus, Jesus will pick them up and bring them back to His righteousness.

Dear Jesus!  You came to save us and set us free.  You know that we are too weak to save ourselves.  You sacrifice your life for us and when we believe in Your works, not ours, you give us life and set us free.   May your Good News go out throughout the world.  We pray that you will raise up leaders that will proclaim the Good News of your amazing saving grace.  To God be the glory Amen!   Shalom 2 U1

1Ti 4:1-6 KJV1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving: 5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. 6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

Apostle Paul is instructing Timothy to stay true to the Gospel- Good News. He talks about ladder days but we see it already happening in the book of Galatians. We must continually seek the Holy Spirit to reveal to us what is true and what is false. We see today some of the things that Paul warned against being practiced today. They seem good but is it faith or work?

Dear Jesus! We will keep our eyes and hearts on you. It’s only you working in us that really counts.   Phi 2:13 KJV For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.  May you continue to work in us for your Kingdom to come and your will be done.  To God be the glory Amen!   Shalom 2 U

1Ti 4:14-16 KJV  Neglect, not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself and them that hear thee.

    So Timothy received a special gift when he was prayed over by the elders.  As Christians, we also need to be prayed over the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  At thirteen, I was confirmed and prayed over.  It didn’t seem to change my life any.  At the age of 33, I was again prayed over.  This time I did sense a stronger presence of God’s Spirit but was still at a loss of what my gift or calling was.  I believe most Christians have similar experiences.  We want to feel something, hear something, see something with our natural senses. It can but usually doesn’t work that way. For years I was seeking and believing, but too many other things were taking first place in my life.  Retiring was the best thing but for a while, I was still into my own thing.   Unlike me and so many others, Timothy didn’t neglect the presence of the Holy Spirit in his life and so he produced much fruit for the glory of God.   As they say, better late than never.  The more we pursue the Holy Spirit, the more he can work through us. 

   Dear Jesus!  We thank you for the helper, the Holy Spirit.  As we honor you, your word, and the Holy Spirit; we will be equipped to give honor to you and the Kingdom of God.  To God be the glory Amen!

1Ti 5:20 WEB Those who sin, reprove in the sight of all, that the rest also may be in fear.

Apostle Paul seems to be double-minded at times. This is a good example. In a different letter, he tells us: Gal 6:1-2 WEB 1 Brothers, even if a man is caught in some fault, you who are spiritual must restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to yourself so that you also aren’t tempted. 2 Bear one another burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  The two don’t seem to agree with each other.  In verse 5:20 Paul is very harsh and condemning.  In verses 6:1-2, Paul is more compassionate.  It’s not easy to rightly divide the word.  2Co 3:6 WEB who also made us sufficient as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.  As for me, I side with love and grace.  To me openly rebuking a sinner would do more harm than good.  But I will say that we have leaders in the church that are openly sinning and show no signs of repentance and are teaching others that it’s okay.  God wants us to restore sinners.  To me, this is done by revealing God’s grace that helps sinners to repent and act righteously.  

Dear Jesus!  Let us never forget that it was your amazing grace that set us free and saved us.  We couldn’t do it on our own.  Only when we heard the truth that you came to save and not condemn, were we able to receive your grace and be set free.   May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you Amen!  Shalom 2 u

1Ti 6:12 WEB Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you confessed the good confession in the sight of many witnesses.

1Ti 6:12 KJV Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

I have 2 versions of the same verse. They are similar but different. I don’t always agree ( BUT USUALLY DO) with the KJV but here the Greek word is translated better. We are called to profess our faith. ( we are called to confess our sins). The following are explanations of the word profess.

Profess instead of confess.

PROFESS: To say the same thing as another, i.e. to agree with, assent

to concede, not to refuse, to promise, not to deny, to confess, declare, 

to confess, i.e. to admit or declare one’s self guilty of what one is accused of, to profess, to declare openly, speak out freely, to profess one’s self the worshipper of one, to praise, celebrate

When we agree with what God’s word says; we are making a good profession of our faith and thus fighting the good fight of faith. Unfortunately, many of us confess what one sees in the flesh instead of professing what God’s word says. Once we have repented and became born again, we are a new creation in Christ Jesus. This is what we need to profess. Now if you want to confess something, say it’s the old man but profess that he is dead.

Dear Jesus! You did amazing work in our lives. By Your sacrifice and grace, we are a new creation: a child of God, sanctified, redeemed, healed, made whole, delivered from the power of darkness, more than a conqueror, filled with the fruits of the Holy Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentlenesses, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law. This is what we profess Lord Jesus.  All honor, praise, and Thanksgiving to You.  Glory be to God Amen!  SHALOM 2 U

2Ti 1:1 WEB Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, according to the promise of the life which is in Christ Jesus,

  In the body of Christ, the church you have some leaders appointed by man and some appointed by God.  Appointed by man is somewhat a necessity but I think that we would like all appointed by God.  Paul is a good example.  The Apostles chose someone else to replace Judas. Most Christians don’t know his name or what he accomplished.  Apostle Paul on the other hand, just about everyone, believers and non-believers heard of Paul and know what he had accomplished during his ministry.  The point I would like to make is don’t judge someone because the church didn’t officially appoint them.  Ask yourself, what kind of fruit are they producing?  As the word says: Matthew 12:33 darby  Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt. For from the fruit the tree is known. We are called to be fruit inspectors.

    Dear Jesus!  You are “The Tree of Life “. We know that anyone abiding in You will produce good fruit.  We declare that as we continue to abide in you, we will produce much fruit for your honor and glory.  We pray that you will continue to call, anoint, and bless many more into ministry to serve Your Kingdom. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, Amen!  Shalom 2 u

2Ti 3:16 KJV All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

We here this a lot when someone is trying to prove a point.   That why we have to be diligent in rightly dividing the word.  2Ti 2:15 KJV Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD IS A MAJOR PROBLEM. WE MUST BE ABLE TO SEPARATE THE OLD COVENANT FROM THE NEW. WE MUST NOT TAKE 1 VERSE OF SCRIPTURE WHILE IGNORING WHAT OTHER VERSES SAY ABOUT THAT TOPIC.
The Gospel is a gospel of grace and not works. Grace received by faith in what Jesus has done and who we are in Christ. This has to come first. Then ” in Christ ” , we become empowered to live righteously in the flesh. Too many believers are trying to live righteously in the flesh first thinking that this will make them righteous. It’s all about receiving Jesus righteousness by faith: declaring it by faith and then we start living righteously in the flesh.

Rom 7:6 KJV But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

        Dear Jesus     we know that we can do nothing without you.   Thank you for saving me,  never leaving me.  You are the one that gives life,  gives us your righteousness so that i am empowered to live righteously.
Amen.

      2Ti 1:6-10 WEB 6 For this cause, I remind you that you should stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and self-control. 8 Therefore don’t be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner; but endure hardship for the Good News according to the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before times eternal, 10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the Good News.

 

   The gift of God is the Gospel. It’s all about what Jesus has done for us and who we are because of Him.  Paul says to stir it up.  It reminds me of how we must meditate on the word.  When we do we are focusing on what Jesus did for us. It energizes us to believe and declare what Jesus has done.  It helps our faith to grow. Because it is Good News, it blesses our day. 

Apostle Paul is telling Timothy that he received a gift of God when he was prayed for with the laying of hands.  This is one way that God uses to anoint someone to be used in a certain way to spread the Good News of the kingdom of God.  Some churches practice laying on of hands and some don’t.  The main thing is to seek God’s will for your life. This requires meditation and fellowshipping with God.  God has a plan for everyone but we must seek Him to reveal it and run with it in faith believing. 

   Dear Jesus!  You came and declared the Good News of God’s grace and love. As we freely received,  you call us to freely give.  In Christ, the anointed one we are empowered to spread the Good News and be a blessing to others.  May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you now and forevermore Amen!  Shalom 2 U

2Ti 2:1 WEB You, therefore, my child, be strengthened in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Apostle Paul is reminding us that Grace is the Gospel, not the law. Grace gives us strength and victory. The Law is weak because it relies on us to fulfill it. Paul says that grace is in Christ Jesus. When we know, believe, and declare who we are in Christ Jesus we become strengthened to keep the law. Then we can say like Paul: Gal.2:20 Darby I am crucified with Christ, and no longer live, I, but Christ lives in me; but in that, I now live in flesh, I live by faith, the faith of the Son of God, who has loved me and given himself for me. This is the Gospel, Good News. Paul is telling Timothy to stay strong. It’s easy to preach the Law.  The natural man sees it as a way to become righteous.  God’s ways are higher:  Isaiah 55:9 Darby For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 

   Dear Jesus!  You came to save us.  You came to make us righteous. You came to redeem us from the curse of the law: Galatians 3:13 Darby  Christ has redeemed us out of the curse of the law, having become a curse for us, (for it is written, Cursed is everyone hanged upon a tree,) Everything that we need comes from you.  You are the Savior of the world. Glory be to God Amen! SHALOM 2 U

  2Ti 2:15 WEB Give diligence to present yourself approved by God, a workman who doesn’t need to be ashamed, properly handling the Word of Truth.

   Rightly dividing the Word is a major problem.  We must be able to separate the Old Covenant from the New Covenant.  We must not take one verse of scripture and ignore what other verses have to say about it.  

The Gospel is a gospel of grace and not works. Grace is received by faith in what Jesus has done and who we are in Christ. This has to come first. Then ” in Christ “, we become empowered to live righteously in the flesh. Too many believers are trying to live righteously in the flesh, thinking that this will make them righteous. It’s all about receiving Jesus’ righteousness by faith: declaring it by faith and then we start living righteously in the flesh. Read the book of Romans.  Compare what it says about the Law vs Grace.  Grace wins.  Grace is received by faith in Jesus Christ.  

  Dear Jesus!  It’s always about you and your amazing grace.  We will continue to look to You, abide in You and declare that we are righteous in You.  This is amazing grace.  Glory be to God Amen!  SHALOM 2 U

Rom 7:6 KJV But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

2Ti 3:1-4 WEB1 But know this: that in the last days, grievous times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 without natural affection, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, not lovers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

When we look at the world today, it’s hard not to see all the darkness around us. It’s a lot like the Apostle Paul is stating here. It’s a sign that we have to be aggressive in fighting the devil, not flesh and blood.

Dear Jesus!  Only You and the Holy Spirit can overcome the darkness in this world.  You gave us Your name and Your authority, help us as we seek Your Kingdom to be faithful in fighting this darkness.  Send forth Your ministering angel as we declare peace on earth, goodwill to all. Light Be in Jesus’ name Amen!   Shalom 2 U

   2Ti 3:5 WEB holding a form of godliness, but having denied its power. Turn away from these, also.

   When we deny God’s power to make us righteous, the result is false godliness and only self-righteousness.  Jesus is the power of God to make us righteous.  We receive this righteousness through grace by faith in Jesus Christ.  We deny who we are in the flesh.  This is how we crucify the flesh.  We declare who we are in Christ Jesus.  This is how we walk in the Spirit. Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 

  Dear Jesus!  You came to save us.  You came to make us righteous.  Because You came into our hearts, we received Your righteousness. Philippians 3:9 KJV and be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:  We praise You, honor You, adore You, worship You and glorify Your name, Jesus.  You are the Saviour of the world.  Glory be to God Amen!  SHALOM 2 U

     2Ti 3:12 WEB Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

    We all want to live godly but true godliness is only found “in Christ Jesus “.  Those words in Christ Jesus are very important.  There are many religions proclaiming godliness but none suffer more than the Christian Faith.  You can talk to anyone about godly living, especially the self-help group.  Just bring up the name of Jesus and you will be persecuted. 

   Dear Jesus!  You said that they would hate us as they hated you.  We know that the devil is all behind it. He will not prevail because You have defeated him.  You have all power and authority in heaven and on earth. You have given us your name and authority.  In Jesus’ name, we declare all lying and rebellious spirits go. Shalom/ Peace on earth and goodwill to all.  To God be the glory Amen!  Shalom 2 U

     Tit 1:2 WEB in hope of eternal life, which God, who can’t lie, promised before time began;

Num 23:19 NHEB God is not a man, that he should lie, nor the son of man, that he should repent. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not make it good?

   I declare all the time : 2 corth.1:20 kjv For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.  This is what faith in Jesus is all about.  Christians Faith, means faith in Jesus Christ.  It’s so simple to see but very difficult to live by.  There seems to be a never ending battle going on, and there is.  Galatians 5:17 Darby  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these things are opposed one to the other, that ye should not do those things which ye desire;

     Our part is to get filled with the Holy Spirit so that we can defeat what the flesh is telling us.   

Dear Jesus!  Thank you for giving us the Holy Spirit to help us know you more and defeat the enemy of our souls.  As we battle against the flesh, we pray Holy Spirit that you would help us to remember how Jesus defeated the enemy.  We are not that “old man ” that has died with Jesus on the cross.  We are the “new man “, that “new creation ” that was raised with Jesus,  when He was raised from the dead.  Now we are “in Christ ” and more than a conqueror.  We declare “light be” and SHALOM/ Peace to all in Jesus name Amen!  Shalom 2 U

Tit 1:4 WEB to Titus, my true child according to a common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.

This is all Good News:grace,mercy ,and peace. We all want it but it only comes by faith in Jesus Christ. Many are trying to get it by their own way, doing their own thing. God’s way is by faith in Jesus Christ. It’s believing that Jesus is your Saviour. He saves you, not yourself.  We declare our faith in Him by saying who we are “in Christ “, not who we are in the flesh. 

Dear Jesus!  Thank you, thank you, thank you! Glory be to God!  In ourself, there is no good thing, but in You there is all we need.  You are our Saviour.  You give us your righteousness, love, joy, peace and so much more.  You are the “Tree of Life ” that produces all the Fruits of the Spirit in us. To God be the glory Amen!  Shalom 2 U

GRACE, MERCY AND PEACE COMES FROM GOD TO US BY FAITH.

DECLARE: 2Ti 1:7 KJV For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.


DON’T CONFESS YOUR FEAR BUT CONFESS GOD’S WORD. JOHN 6:63

Tit 1:16 WEB They profess that they know God, but by their deeds they deny him, being abominable, disobedient, and unfit for any good work.

No one is perfect. I believe that those that are close to God get tempted more by the devil. In my over 70’S years, I have witnessed a few very, very, very anointed leaders fall into temptation. Their ministry was producing much good fruit for the glory of God. Many were saved, healed, and delivered because of the anointing on them. They weren’t false teachers, just normal human beings that can fall into temptation. Remember, King David was anointed, a man after God’s own heart; yet he committed some pretty big sins.

Apostle Paul is saying that false teachers deny Jesus.  We can profess that we know and believe in Jesus, yet deny Him.  The  whole point of being saved is confessing who we are “in Christ Jesus “. Not who we are in the flesh.  Saying who we are in the flesh is denying that Jesus saved us. 

Dear Jesus! We will only profess You living in us. We profess Your righteousness not our own.  As we abide in You, You transform us from glory to glory, into Your image and likeness.  Your ways are higher than our ways and your thoughts are higher than our thoughts.  To God be the glory Amen!  Shalom 2 U

   Tit 2:11-15 WEB 11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we would live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age; 13 looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify for himself a people for his own possession, zealous for good works. 15 Say these things and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one despise you.

Apostle Paul begins this chapter like he is laying down the law.  He actually is exhorting Christians to act like they are Christians.  The world looks at us to see how we behave.  Now when Paul gets to verse 6 and the rest of the chapter, he is talking about how we are saved by the grace of God. 

Dear Jesus!  We thank you again for carrying our burden of trying to keep the law and live righteously.   You give us abundant life.  Grace after grace and more grace to live above the Law. We declare: Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ, and no longer live, I, but Christ lives in me; but in that I now live in flesh, I live by faith, the faith of the Son of God, who has loved me and given himself for me. Glory be to God Amen! SHALOM 2 U

Tit 3:5 WEB not by works of righteousness which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy, he saved us through the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,

Most of my life and I see most people doing the same thing, I was trying to live righteously. That’s a Herculean task! There is only one that succeeded in that task. His name is Jesus. We receive His righteousness by faith in Him. First we are washed by the blood of Jesus. This is done when we ask Jesus to save us.  We are regenerated and renewed by the Holy Spirit.  It’s all done by grace through faith in Jesus.  You are a new creation in the image and likeness of God.  Knowing, believing, and declaring who you are in Christ Jesus allows the Holy Spirit to change you from glory to glory in the image and likeness of God.   When we declare who we are in the flesh, it empowers the flesh to act accordingly. 

Dear Jesus!  Again we are told how it’s not our works that make us righteous.  Believing and declaring what you have done for us by your sacrifice is what makes us become more like You.  We pray that all might see and believe this wonderful Good News.   May the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, lepers cleanse, and captives set free in Jesus name Amen!   Glory be to God Amen!  SHALOM 2 U

Phm 1:6 WEB that the fellowship of your faith may become effective in the knowledge of every good thing which is in us in Christ Jesus.

   Apostle Paul is telling Philemon and the other believers, how to make your faith become effective.  We go around declaring a lot of things.  Believing that our prayers will be heard.  Some things that we confess about ourselves seem very sincere and humble.  For an unsaved person, this is good.  Once you confess that you are a sinner and ask Jesus to save you, Jesus comes into your heart to save you.  Now you have to apply this verse to grow in Christ Jesus.   It’s all by grace through faith in Jesus not our own works.   1 John 4:17 Darby  Herein has love been perfected with us that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, that even as he is, we also are in this world.  Declare who you are, the new man, the new creation in Christ Jesus.  Most of us declare who we are in the flesh, so nothing changes.  

   Dear Jesus!  We are complete in You.  You are our wisdom, righteousness, holiness, and Redeemer.  In You we boast.  Glory be to God Amen!  SHALOM 2 U

1 Corinthians 1: 29 so that no flesh should boast before God. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who has been made to us wisdom from God, and righteousness, and holiness, and redemption; that according as it is written, He that boasts, let him boast in the Lord.

Heb 1:1 WEB God, having in the past spoken to the fathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways,

The main purpose of a prophet is to speak God’s will to man. He can declare blessings and curses on man. God’s main will is to bless man. We see that in Gen. 1: 27 Darby- And God created Man in his image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them; and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the heavens, and over every animal that moveth on the earth. Since Adam and Eve didn’t believe God, they were cursed. When we don’t believe in the goodness and love of God, we fall into a curse. This is because we are on our own, instead of being in the presence of God. If Adam and Eve really believed in the love of God, they never would have been under the curse. They were deceived and so are we when we fail to believe the sacrifice of the cross. The sacrifice of the Lamb of God, Jesus. I like what Romans says: Darby Rom. 1 There is then now no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and of death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, having sent his own Son, in the likeness of flesh of sin, and for sin, has condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law should be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to Spirit. When we believe who we are “in Christ Jesus “, we are walking in the Spirit.

    Dear Jesus!  All that you did by Your sacrifice on the cross is exceedingly, abundantly more than we can comprehend with our natural senses.  We thank You for the Holy Spirit, Your word, and those prophets that declare Your Good News.   May the blind see, deaf hear, the lame walk, lepers cleansed, and the captives set free in Jesus’ name Amen!   To God be the glory Amen! Shalom2u

Heb 1:2 WEB has at the end of these days spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds.3 His Son is the radiance of his glory, the very image of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, who, when he had by himself purified us of our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high,   Jesus was always the son of God but in the Spirit. God is Spirit: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When Jesus came here on earth, He became a human being. He often referred Himself as the son of man.  As the son of man, Jesus was totally righteous.  He was without fault and spotless.  He was the only sacrifice that could redeem mankind. He fulfilled all the requirements of a Holy God.  He did what we ourselves couldn’t do.  All He asks is to believe in Him.  Once you ask Jesus to save you, He is in you and you are in Him.  He took our sins and we received His righteousness.   All of that is hard to believe but God’s blessings never end. Jesus became heir of this world and we are co-heirs with Him. Romans 8:17 Darby  And if children, heirs also: heirs of God, and Christ’s joint heirs; if indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him.

Dear Jesus!  All that you did for us is hard to take in.  Our own minds and wisdom will tell us that it’s all foolishness.  But we believe in You, who does exceedingly, abundantly above all that we could ask. Eph. 3:20 Darby. But to him that is able to do far exceedingly above all which we ask or think, according to the power which works in us,   Continue to work in us and all honor and glory to You Lord Jesus Amen!   Shalom2u

    Heb 1:3 WEB His Son is the radiance of his glory, the very image of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, who, when he had by himself purified us of our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high,

    As the Father is full of glory, so is His Son.  “In Christ Jesus ” we are children of God and give glory to God when we act in faith in His Son.  Everything we do on our own is self-righteousness and we receive no honor or glory.  God’s word contains power. Jesus and His Word are one.  We are purified, not by our works but by knowing, believing, and declaring the word of God.     John 6:63 KJV It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.    Psalm 103:20 KJV Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.    These are just 2 of many verses that express the power of God’s word. Psalm 103:20 is telling us that God’s angels do what we command when we declare God’s word.  This isn’t just a one-time event.  There is a spiritual battle going on and we have to continue to use the sword of the Spirit – the word of God. 

   Dear Jesus!  You are all that we need to have an abundant life, an overcoming life, a more than conqueror’s life.  Your Word has the power to produce life and to defeat the power of the enemy.   We shall continually declare your word.  We command the blind to see, deaf hear, the lame walk, lepers cleansed, and the captives set free in Jesus name Amen! To God be the glory Amen! Shalom2u 

   Heb 1:9 WEB You have loved righteousness and hated iniquity; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.”

This verse is talking about Jesus, how He was anointed because He loved righteousness and hated iniquity.   It’s not easy to hate iniquity.  The world seems to be having a good time doing it.  For years I would be in that group, convincing myself that it wasn’t really that bad.  Compromising God’s word will never help us to receive God’s best for us.  The more that we abide in Jesus, He will help us to love righteousness and hate iniquity.  Then we will begin to flow in the anointing of the Holy Spirit. 

Dear Jesus!  We thank You for what you have done for us.  Like the Psalmist we give you praise.  Psalm 51:9 Darby   Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not the spirit of thy holiness from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and let a willing spirit sustain me. I will teach transgressors thy ways, and sinners shall return unto thee.  To God be the glory Amen! Shalom2u

Heb 1:14 WEB Aren’t they all serving spirits, sent out to do service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?

 

Psalms 103:20 Praise the LORD, you angels of his, who are mighty in strength, who fulfill his word, obeying the voice of his word.

When was the last time that you put the angels of God to work? Probably a long time ago and not too often. We are in the Kingdom of God. We are supposed to fight against the kingdom of satan . God’s angels are called to help us do that. When we know, believe, and declare God’s word and use the name of Jesus, the angels are called to harken to that word. I’m told that the angels aren’t doing too much. They aren’t hearing any commands. God has given us the authority. We must use it to defeat the enemy.

 

Dear Jesus!  You said on the cross:  It is finished.  You left us comments to bring Your Kingdom here. You gave us Your name and authority to do that.  Help us Holy Spirit to declare the Kingdom of God here on earth so that You and the angels of God can bring it to pass.  Peace on earth and good will to all in Jesus name Amen !  Shalom2u

Heb 2:1-4 WEB1 Therefore we ought to pay greater attention to the things that were heard, lest perhaps we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty, 3 how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation—which at the first having been spoken through the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard, 4 God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders, by various works of power and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to his own will?

It seems that most Christians are neglecting God’s great message of salvation.  We are content to just believe in Jesus enough so that when we die, we will be with Him in heaven.  That is great but God’s will is to bless you so much more.  The more we meditate on the word and fellowship with Jesus, the more we will receive His exceedingly, great and precious promises.  Signs and wonders, gifts of the Holy Spirit will manifest. 

Dear Jesus!  As Your word declares: 2PETER 1:2 grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

It’s all about you.  What you did for us so that we would be full of your grace and peace.  To God be the glory Amen! Shalom2u

Heb 2:10 WEB For it became him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many children to glory, to make the author of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Jesus as the son of man became the perfect sacrifice for us through His sufferings. Only through His sacrifice could we become righteous and a child of God.  As a child of God we are glorified.  There is no greater glory than to be called a child of God. 

Glory: when Adam sin, he died spiritually. HE became human; he lost the glory of. GOD on him. When we are born again, we receive the glory of GOD on us- being in Christ Jesus.

John 17:22And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

Dear Jesus!  We are in awe of You.  There is no greater love than to give Your life for others. Even though it caused You much pain and suffering, You joyfully suffered for us.  We pray for the grace to be willing to lay down our lives so that others would become a child of God.  All praise, honor and glory to you Lord Jesus Christ Amen!   www.Shalom2u.org

     Heb 2:12-16 WEB 12 saying, “I will declare your name to my brothers. Among the congregation I will sing your praise.” 13 Again, “I will put my trust in him.” Again, “Behold, here I am with the children whom God has given me.” 14 Since then the children have shared in flesh and blood, he also himself in the same way partook of the same, that through death he might bring to nothing him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and might deliver all of them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For most certainly, he doesn’t give help to angels, but he gives help to the offspring of Abraham.

  Jesus makes us children of God.  First Jesus reveals the name of God- Abba Father.  This is what He declared throughout His ministry.  He became like one of us. He suffered and died for us, so that we could become a child of God and live forevermore.

 Dear Jesus!  When we have faith in You, like the faith of Abraham; we are blessed.  There is no greater blessing than being a child of God and having eternal life.  You came to give us life and life more abundantly.  To God be the glory Amen!      www.Shalom2u.og

Heb 2:17-18 WEB17 Therefore he was obligated in all things to be made like his brothers, that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.

Throughout Jewish history there have been many high priests, some good and some bad. The High Priest job is to represent the people to God. Unlike the Prophets who represent God to the people.

Jesus is our High Priest. He is the only One that can make atonement for our sins and present us faultless before the Father.  

 Dear Jesus!  As our High Priest you intercede for us.  Only your sacrifice can cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  It’s abiding in You that makes us righteous.  To God be the glory Amen!    www.Shalom2u.og

Heb 3:1 KJV Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

In the Old Testament, a sinner would come with a spotless lamb. They would lay their hands on the lamb and confess their sins. Therefore the spotless lamb would take the sins in its body while the sinner receives the lamb spotlessness. Now in the New Testament, it’s different. Jesus is the spotless lamb. When we come to Jesus, we confess that we have sinned and need Jesus to save us. He already died, once for all for those that believe in Him. Heb 10:10 WEB by which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Once we are sanctified it’s forever. It’s our New Man,our born again spirit, our New Creation not our flesh. We died to the flesh by acknowledging who we are in Christ Jesus. We then start living like Jesus by the power of our words and the Holy Spirit.  Jesus gets all the honor and glory because He is living in us.

Dear Jesus!  I’m reminded that your  wordsays: Zechariah 4:6 KJV This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

Thank you for the Holy Spirit, our helper that puts life into our lives when we declare You in us.   To God be the glory Amen!   www.Shalom2u.og

Heb 3:10-13 WEB10 Therefore I was displeased with that generation, and said, ‘They always err in their heart, but they didn’t know my ways.’ 11 As I swore in my wrath, ‘They will not enter into my rest.’” 12 Beware, brothers, lest perhaps there might be in any one of you an evil heart of unbelief, in falling away from the living God; 13 but exhort one another day by day, so long as it is called “today”, lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

  God told the Israelites, time and time again, that He would be with them.  Time and time again they experience God’s miraculous ways, yet they fail to rest in His promises.   It’s like that today when we fail to believe God but continue in unbelief, fear, and try to do it through our flesh. 

    Dear Jesus!   You said when you were on the cross, it is finished.  You achieve eternal salvation for us.  There is nothing more for us to do but believe and declare what You have done for us.  We declare our righteousness in you.  We rest in what you have done for us.  To God be the glory Amen!   www.Shalom2u.og

Heb 3:14 WEB For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence firm to the end,

 

So we are partners with Jesus if we continue believing in Him.  It’s always faith in Him.  Declaring what He has done for us and who we are in Him.  It’s also about declaring His name against the darkness in the world.  

 

   Dear Jesus!  Your name is above all other names.  You have all power and authority in heaven and on earth.  Thank you for making us partners with You.  You give us enormous blessings and joy when we defeat the enemy and restore the lost through You working in us.  We command “light be ” and Peace/ SHALOM to all in Jesus name.  To God be the glory Amen!    www.Shalom2u.og



PARTAKER WITH CHRIST: WE MUST ALWAYS BELIEVE THAT IT’S NOT US BUT CHRIST IN US DOING WHAT WE CAN NOT DO ON OUR OWN

Heb 3:14 WEB For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence firm to the end,

So we are partners with Jesus if we continue believing in Him.  It’s always faith in Him.  Declaring what He has done for us and who we are in Him.  It’s also about declaring His name against the darkness in the world.  

   Dear Jesus!  Your name is above all other names.  You have all power and authority in heaven and on earth.  Thank you for making us partners with You.  You give us enormous blessings and joy when we defeat the enemy and restore the lost through You working in us.  We command “light be ” and Peace/ SHALOM to all in Jesus name.  To God be the glory Amen!    www.Shalom2u.og

PARTAKER WITH CHRIST: WE MUST ALWAYS BELIEVE THAT IT’S NOT US BUT CHRIST IN US DOING WHAT WE CAN NOT DO ON OUR OWN

  Heb 3:18-19 WEB 18 To whom did he swear that they wouldn’t enter into his rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 We see that they weren’t able to enter because of unbelief.

    Sometimes we are told to work and sometimes we are told to rest.  It certainly can be confusing.  When it comes to spreading the Gospel and building the Kingdom of God, we work.  But before we can effectively do any work, we have to rest.  The rest that we enter into, is what Jesus has already done for us.  His sacrifice did it all for us who believe.  So we rest knowing that we are righteous.  We don’t work trying to make ourselves righteous. It can’t be done. Righteousness is a gift, received by faith in Jesus Christ.  

     Dear Jesus!  As Your word declares:    But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who has been made to us wisdom from God, and righteousness, and holiness, and redemption; that according as it is written, He that boasts, let him boast in the Lord.1 Corinthians 1:30‭-‬31 DARBY

And so we boast in all that we are “in You “.  We pray that many will see You in us and want to enter into eternal life with You.  To God be the glory Amen!    www.Shalom2u.og

WE BELIEVE;THEN WE REST AND ALLOW JESUS TO DO IT.

      Heb 4:1 KJV Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
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WE MUST BELIEVE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD’S PROMISES TO ENTER HIS REST. IT’S NOT BY OUR WORKS OR EFFORTS, IT’S RESTING IN GOD & HE WILL DO IT.
2Co 1:20 KJV For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
Believing and declaring and resting in the promises of God.
Psa 95:11 NHEB Therefore I swore in my wrath, “They won’t enter into my rest.”
Why should we fear.   It’s not God’s will for us to be fearful. 
2Ti 1:7 KJV For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
But if we don’t enter His rest ( believing in Him, what He has done for us,  His promises) then some evil from the devil can come upon us.   That is what you should be fearful of.   To often we keep looking at the trials and declaring the worst instead of looking at God’s great and precious promises.

      Lord Jesus.  I thank you for all that you have done by your sacrifice on the cross.   You are my rock, my refuge,  my healer and deliverer.   I focus my eyes on you and  not the raging storm.   I  declare to the storm ” be still in the name of Jesus “.    Shalom Shalom in the name of Jesus.     Thank you Lord Jesus for bringing it to pass.   Amen.

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    Heb 4:1-3 WEB 1 Let’s fear therefore, lest perhaps anyone of you should seem to have come short of a promise of entering into his rest. 2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, even as they also did, but the word they heard didn’t profit them, because it wasn’t mixed with faith by those who heard. 3 For we who have believed do enter into that rest, even as he has said, “As I swore in my wrath, they will not enter into my rest;” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

There’s that dreaded word:fear.  It’s not about fearing God for God wants us to see and believe in His love for us.  We should fear not believing and receiving His love.  In Him, we are safe and secure.  We can rest.  Without Him, there is no peace and there is no rest. 

Dear Jesus!  You are the Prince of Peace.  You are our Good Shepherd.  By watching over us, leading us, protecting and feeding us; we are at rest.   We pray that others will come to know you as their Good Shepherd.  May the grace of God and the Lord Jesus Christ be with us all in Jesus name Amen!  To God be the glory Amen!    www.Shalom2u.og

    Heb 4:2 WEB For indeed we have had good news preached to us, even as they also did, but the word they heard didn’t profit them, because it wasn’t mixed with faith by those who heard.

Many are hearing the Gospel, but few are really believing. There were many Israelites that got free from the bondage of the Egyptian. They experience the power of God, but fail to believe God to enter the promised land. Our “promise land ” is believing in the promises of God.  Once you ask Jesus to save you, that’s what He did.  You became a new creation,  a  new spirit being, born again.  The flesh, the outer man, the old man, is still there.  When we declare who we are in the Spirit, our Spirit man, our New Creation being will cause the old man to decrease.  The flesh will act more like Jesus and all things become new.   Unbelief is when we continue to declare who we are in the flesh, the old man.  The old man, the old nature doesn’t die because we keep acknowledging it instead of the new creation being in Christ Jesus. 

Dear Jesus!   No matter what my old being tries to tell me, I cast it down.  I only acknowledge who I am in You.  You living in me.  You abiding in me and I abiding in You. It’s all Your grace that gives me life.  The flesh, the old man is dead to me and I am alive in You.  To God be the glory Amen!  www.Shalom2u.og   So if any one be in Christ, there is a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold all things have become new:    2 Corinthians 5:17 DARBY

Heb 4:3 WEB For we who have believed do enter into that rest, even as he has said, “As I swore in my wrath, they will not enter into my rest;” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

God is using some strong words here. This is what our testing here on earth is all about. God shows us time and time again, how great and loving He is. Just like Adam and Eve, we fail to believe and thus He is greatly displeased. Jesus’ sacrifice did it all. Our part is to believe and declare our righteousness and all the other things that Jesus did for us.

Dear Jesus!  We believe that you paid our debts.  The requirements of holiness and righteousness were too much for us to obtain.  We tried and tried but something always got the better of us.  Your free gift of righteousness made the difference.  Now we rest in knowing that we are complete by faith through grace in You. You paid the price.  Your sacrifice did it all. Glory, Glory, Alleluia!  To God be the glory Amen!    www.Shalom2u.og

John 19:30 KJV When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up  the ghost.

      Heb 4:6 WEB Seeing therefore it remains that some should enter into it, and they to whom the good news was preached before failed to enter in because of disobedience,

Unbelief causes disobedience.

Disobedience is also translated into unbelief,  the two go hand in hand. God wants us to believe what He has done to save us, instead of us trying to save ourselves. Dear Jesus!  You are our Saviour, our Redeemer, the author and perfecter of our faith.  Abiding in You allows you to work in us.  Our hope is in you Lord Jesus.  Continue working in us for your honor and glory. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14 DARBY Amen!   www.Shalom2u.org

Heb 4:11 WEB Let’s therefore give diligence to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience.

     The kjv says labor instead of diligence but the principle is the same.  How can we labor and rest at the same time?  It seems to contradict one another.  It’s the difference between physical labor and spiritual labor.  When we try to keep the law by ourselves, this is physical labor.  When we believe who we are in Christ Jesus and He will work in us; this is faith: spiritual labor. 

    Dear Jesus!  As Your word says,  the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.  You give strength to our flesh by dwelling in us.  Now we can do the things that you desire us to do.  We pray that Your will be done in us and that all praise, honor and glory goes to You.  May the LORD bless us and keep us.  May His face shine upon us in Jesus name Amen!   www.Shalom2u.org 

Heb 4:14 WEB Having then a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let’s hold tightly to our confession.

Here the word confession is used. Normally we would confess our sins to the priest, but that’s under the Old Covenant. The kJV translated the word confession to profession.  Profession is like declaring something.  Now once we are saved, we should profess or declare who we are in Christ Jesus.  You’re a new creation, created in Christ Jesus.  1 John 4:17 DARBY Herein has love been perfected with us that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, that even as he is, we also are in this world.

If we keep confessing the ” old man “, then you will never grow into the ” new man ” in the image and likeness of God. 

Dear Jesus!  You came to save us.  You came to make us whole.  You cleansed us from all unrighteousness. 1 JOHN 1:9 WEB  9. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.    In You we are made into your image and likeness.  We declare that we are righteous through faith in You.  May we continue to grow in Your grace to the glory of God. Amen!   www.Shalom2u.org

PROFESSION: WHAT WE SAY THAT WHAT JESUS SAYS.

    Heb 4:16 WEB Let’s therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace for help in time of need.

Grace is not works.  We are saved by grace, not works. Jesus did the work for us.  When His sacrifice was over, just before He gave up His Spirit; Jesus said it is finished.  Now we can receive all of His exceedingly, abundantly, and great precious promises by faith not works. One of them is the free gift of righteousness. 

  Dear Jesus!  We are in awe of your love and sacrifice for us.  Surely Your ways are higher than our ways.  We rest in what you have done for us. To God be the glory Amen!    www.Shalom2u.og

   Heb 5:7 WEB He, in the days of his flesh, having offered up prayers and petitions with strong crying and tears to him who was able to save him from death, and having been heard for his godly fear,

   I have a hard time believing that we should fear God.   Jesus didn’t fear God.  He had great reverence and love towards Father God.  He revealed to us an image of a loving, caring Father.  One good example is ” the prodigal son”.  Here we see the Father’s great love and compassion for the son.  If the son feared the Father, he probably would never think about returning.  As a child, I feared my father.  That fear keeps me from having a closer relationship with him.  Jesus had a very close relationship with His Father, our Father.  It wasn’t until I saw the love of Father God,  that I was able to draw near to Him. 

Dear Jesus!  Thank you for revealing the Father to us.  You opened up our eyes and hearts to see His great love, mercy and patience that He has for us.  Perfect love casts out fear and now we can come boldly to the throne of grace.  May the grace of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all in Jesus name Amen!  www.Shalom2u.org

   Heb 5:13-14 WEB 13 For everyone who lives on milk is not experienced in the word of righteousness, for he is a baby. 14 But solid food is for those who are full grown, who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil.

  We have too many baby Christians.  We go to church and keep on hearing a very basic word spoken about our faith.  Actually there is little talk about faith and little talk about Jesus.  It mainly talks about the church or how you should live.  I attended churches that talk more about the church than Jesus.  I listen to more sermons about how I should live instead of how to believe in Jesus.  It’s no wonder it took me over 60 years to start to grow ” in the Lord “.  If they’re not talking about Jesus, about faith, about grace; I can’t see how one will mature. 

      Dear Jesus!   You are the bread of life.  You are the Tree of Life.  We feed off of Your life given words.  Words that give us grace.  Words that increase our faith in You and who we are in You.  It’s all about You, Lord Jesus.   We give You all the praise, honor, and glory Amen!   www.Shalom2u.org 

WE HAVE TO GO DEEP INTO THE WORD OF GOD. THIS IS ACHIEVED BY MEDITATION ON THE WORD.

   Heb 6:1-2 WEB 1 Therefore leaving the teaching of the first principles of Christ, let’s press on to perfection—not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works, of faith toward God, 2 of the teaching of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

  In the previous chapter, Apostle Paul talked about getting off the milk of the word and starting eating meat.  Spiritually speaking, Paul is saying to start believing more of God’s word.  There are some basic truths to know and believe.  There are also some hidden truths ( meat of the word) that need to be learned and believed.  This is why we have so many baby Christians.  We hear the same basic messages,  more about ourselves and less about Jesus.   Until we can really believe that Jesus saves and not ourselves, we will remain immature Christians.  Dear Jesus!  As we abide in You, helps us to receive the revelation of who we are in You. Your Word tells us;  Rom. 5:17 darby For if by the offence of the one death reigned by the one, much rather shall those who receive the abundance of grace, and of the free gift of righteousness, reign in life by the one Jesus Christ.  May we grow in the knowledge of Your abundant grace, Your free gift of righteousness, and reign in life for Your honor and glory Amen.   www.shalom2u.org

    Heb 6:6 WEB and then fell away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance; seeing they crucify the Son of God for themselves again, and put him to open shame.

 This is one of those verses that can put fear into your heart and make you uneasy.  I  used to wonder about this verse.  Am I committing an unpardonable sin?  I would confess my sin but would do it again.  It wasn’t until I learned about Grace and what Jesus really does.  Now if I left Him, I would be committing the unpardonable sin.   Jesus is the source of grace needed to live like we should.

Dear Jesus!  You are everything to us.  We can do nothing without You.  You save. You redeem.  You give us life and everything that we need.  You cleans us and give us Your garment of righteousness.  To God be the glory Amen!  www.shalom2u.org

I will greatly rejoice in Jehovah, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with a garland, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

Is. 61:10 ASV

Heb 6:10 WEB For God is not unrighteous, so as to forget your work and the labor of love which you showed toward his name, in that you served the saints, and still do serve them.

People are very generous a lot of the time. There are numerous good charities that we give to. Unfortunately given to the saints, it isn’t our top priority. I have seen and heard of many abuses. This happens in other charities as well. Don’t stop giving but find that ministry that is producing good fruit; lifting up Jesus,saving souls, feeding the poor, and even having the blind see, deaf hear, lame walk, and the captives set free. They will be blessed and God will not forget your service to the saints.

Dear Jesus!  All good things come from you.  You are the source of all our heavenly blessings.  We give You honor and glory by blessing others in Your name.  Thank You for all the blessings in our lives.  To God be the glory Amen! www.shalom2u.org

     Heb 6:12 WEB that you won’t be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and perseverance inherited the promises.

  It seems that a lot of times we believe but our perseverance fades away.   I used to think that I was a patient person but waiting on God will surely test one’s patience. I keep telling God that I believe and don’t know how I can believe any more.  Our faith is surely tested: 1 Pet. 1:7 ASV  that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold that perisheth though it is proved by fire, may be found unto praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ: 

Dear Jesus!  You sacrificed so much and You waited so long for us to believe in You.  As we abide in You,  You open up our eyes to see Your glory, Your love, and Your faithfulness.  You are the author and perfecter of our faith and so it shall be done according to Your word.  To God be the glory Amen!  Www.Shalom2u.org 

Heb 6:15 WEB Thus, having patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

Heb 6:18 WEB that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have a strong encouragement, who have fled for refuge to take hold of the hope set before us.

First we hear that we must rest.  Then we hear about the promises of God.  God wants us to rest in these promises. When we know, believe, and declare these promises, we are not laboring to obtain them.   It’s all about faith and grace in believing what Jesus has done for us. 

Dear Jesus!   The devil would like to deceive us by thinking that Your sacrifice wasn’t enough to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Your sacrifice wasn’t like in the Old Covenant where the spotless lamb’s sacrifice would be good for only a year.  Your perfect sacrifice is eternal, forever and ever. Hallelujah!   To God be the glory Amen!   Www.Shalom2u.org 

 

By which we will have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.    Heb. 10:10 ASV

Heb 7:25 WEB Therefore he is also able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, seeing that he lives forever to make intercession for them.

We take it for granted that Jesus saves.  Do we really believe it?  Most of my life, I tried to do the right thing, live the right way.  I  see most Christians trying to do the same thing.  Grace is about Jesus saving us.  The law is about you trying to save yourself.  

Dear Jesus!   We are complete in You.  In You we receive grace.  We receive Your righteousness.  We receive forgiveness because you ever make intercession for us.  You give us life.  You living in us causes us to live more like You.   Thank you Lord Jesus for never leaving us or forsaking us. To God be the glory Amen!   Www.Shalom2u.org 

 

Rom 8:1 KJV There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Heb 8:12 WEB For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness. I will remember their sins and lawless deeds no more.”

The book of Hebrews is all about Jesus, our High Priest and His once for all eternal sacrifice.  When we believe what Jesus has done for us and not ourselves, God is merciful to our unrighteousness.   

Dear Jesus!   Again and again we are reminded of what your sacrifice has done for us.  You came to save all who believe in You.  Because of You, we are redeemed and God is merciful to our unrighteousness.  To God be the glory Amen!   Www.Shalom2u.org 

Heb 9:12-15 WEB12 nor yet through the blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood, entered in once for all into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify to the cleanness of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without defect to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 For this reason he is the mediator of a new covenant, since a death has occurred for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant, that those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

We see the words “eternal ” redemption and eternal inheritance.  This is what we receive when we believe.  Many look at it that when we sin and confess it, we receive forgiveness.  That is man’s way of thinking.  For one you will never be able to confess every sin in your life.  There are sins that we commit but there are sins because we fail to do something.  James 4:17 asv To him therefore that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.  And Romans  14:23 asv But he that doubteth is condemned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith; and whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

There is no way we are going to confess all our sins. 

Thank God, His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts.   Jesus really came to save.  The way He does it is by faith in Him.  We come to Jesus and confess that we have sinned and need a Saviour.  We ask Him to come into our hearts and save us.  This is what He does and now it’s up to us to believe.  We have to see ourselves as a New Creation in Christ Jesus.  We don’t go on confessing the Old Man.  That’s not faith.  Faith is saying who we are in Christ Jesus. 

Dear Jesus!  You saved us.  You gave us eternal redemption.  You have made us in your image and likeness.     Acts 17:28 ASV for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain even of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.  To God be the glory Amen!   WWW.SHALOM2U.ORG 

   Heb 10:9 WEB then he has said, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He takes away the first, that he may establish the second,

Jesus does away with the old covenant, the law & established the new covenant – grace.  It’s the Gospel of Grace not the Law.  We keep hearing about the law and about what we should do and very little about Grace and what Jesus has done for us.   But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. (Galatians 5:18|NIV)

Dear Jesus!   You did the will of the Father by Your sacrifice.  You have redeemed us.  You have made us righteous. You have sanctified us. It’s all in the New Creation,  the New Man that we are in you.  We shall walk in the Spirit and thereby not fulfill the lust of the flesh.     So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16|NIV-   In You Lord Jesus,  we are more than conquerors.  To God be the glory Amen!   Www.Shalom2u.org 

Heb 10:14 NHEB For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

FOREVER SANCTIFIED – MADE PERFECT : NOT THAT WE LIVE PERFECT LIVES BUT, ” IN CHRIST JESUS ” THE FATHER SEES AND ACCEPTS US AS PERFECT.
BEING SANCTIFIED: OUR NEW MAN, OUR BORN AGAIN SPIRIT, IS SANCTIFIED BUT OUR OUTWARD MAN, THE FLESH IS BEING SANCTIFIED.    THIS COMES ABOUT NOT BY OUR OWN EFFORTS BUT BY GRACE.     THAT’S WHY WE NEED A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS.    CONFESSING WHO WE ARE IN HIM, PRAISING HIM FOR HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. GIVING HIM ALL THE HONOR AND GLORY.    THIS IS HOW OUR FLESH IS SANCTIFIED.    AGAIN IT ALL GOES BACK TO:  Eph 2:8 NHEB for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
DEAR JESUS!    YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.    OUR LIGHT SHINES AS WE ABIDE IN YOU.    WE, THE BODY OF CHRIST, CONTINUALLY NEED YOUR PRESENTS IN OUR LIVES FOR THE WORLD TO SEE YOUR GLORY.    ALL HONOR AND GLORY BE TO YOU, LORD JESUS AMEN ! SHALOM2U

Hebrews 11:1 NKJVNow faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

I like the kjv because it uses the word “substance”. As I was meditating on this verse, I kept asking myself. What is the substance of my faith? I thought about Abraham the father of faith. What was his substance that helped him to believe? Then it hit me. The substance of his faith was whatever God spoke to him or promised him. So the substance of my faith is whatever God says.  Whatever God promises. 

Dear Jesus!  Because of what you did,  we have many exceedingly great and precious promises.  2 Peter 1:4 NIV

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.   In You,  we are righteous,  a new creation.  You said it and I believe it. To God be the glory Amen!   Www.Shalom2u.org

Heb 11:3 WEB By faith, we understand that the universe has been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen has not been made out of things which are visible.

Time and time again the Bible talks about words. The Gospel of John states: John 1:1niv In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Genesis 1 tells us that Creation was created by the word of God. Proverbs 18:21 asv Death and life are in the power of the tongue; And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

2Cor. 4:18 ASV while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Faith is all about declaring who we are in Christ Jesus.   We can’t see it in the flesh.  We have to see it in the word first. In the Spirit, then we’ll see it in the flesh. 

Dear Jesus! You save us when we invite you into our hearts to be our Saviour. We declare who we are in You and then You manifest Your presence in our lives. To God be the glory Amen! Www.Shalom2u.org

 Heb 11:4 WEB By faith, Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he had testimony given to him that he was righteous, God testifying with respect to his gifts; and through it he, being dead, still speaks.

   Righteousness is what we seek.  It’s what we need to enter the presence of an Almighty and Holy God.  Remember that there are 2 forms of righteousness.  Sometimes you can’t tell them apart.  You have “self righteousness “, trying to keep the Law.  This type will not allow you to enter into the presence of God.  Then there is RIGHTEOUSNESS by faith.  Here Abel was declared righteous by faith.  When we read the story of Abraham’s life, he also was declared righteous by faith. 

   Dear Jesus!   Your word tells us that we are declared righteous by faith in You. Philippians 3:9 asv  and be found in him, not having a righteousness of mine own, even that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith:  We are complete in You.  To God be the glory Amen!   www.Shalom2u.org

Heb 11:5 WEB By faith, Enoch was taken away, so that he wouldn’t see death, and he was not found, because God translated him. For he has had testimony given to him that before his translation he had been well pleasing to God.

  Here we see the first person that never died.  His name is Enoch, which is translated: DEDICATED.  God never wanted mankind to die.  Because of sin, death was brought into the world. 

Dear Jesus!   Because of Your sacrifice, death has been defeated.  Our natural bodies may die but in You we shall live forever.  You give us hope and peace, as we wait until the day when we will be with You forevermore.  To God be the glory Amen!   Shalom 2 U

 Heb 11:6 WEB Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to him, for he who comes to God must believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him.

    What does God really want from us?   

    We are taught to believe that it is all about how much we love God. What it’s really about is how much we believe that God loves us. The more we know, believe, and declare God’s love for us; the more we will receive His love and grace to overcome the darkness that tries to overcome our lives.  When we are diligent in seeking God, it tells God that we really believe in Him.  He then rewards us.   It’s like a parent-child relationship.  The more our children appreciate what we do for them,  the more we delight in blessing them. 

  Dear Jesus!   You have already done exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask and yet you continue to bless us more.  May we be more like You and bless others with the blessings that You give to us.   To God be the glory Amen!    Shalom 2 U

Heb 10:38 KJV Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draws back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

1Pe 5:7 KJV Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

THE WORLD IS FULL OF THINGS TO FEAR AND BE WORRIED ABOUT. Joh 16:33 KJV These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.. JESUS KNOWS ALL THE PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH BUT HE SAYS ” BE OF GOOD CHEER “.      I WONDER HOW MANY ;” YOU MUST BE CRAZY LOOKS ” JESUS GOT AFTER SAYING THOSE WORDS.     HE MIGHT NOT HAVE GOTTEN ANY. BY THIS TIME,    THE APOSTLES WERE WITH JESUS A LONG TIME. THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO DO; SPEND TIME IN JESUS PRESENTS. MEDITATE ON HIS WORDS,  TO YOU. TALK TO HIM AND GIVE HIM PRAISE.     THEN YOUR FAITH WILL GROW TO BELIEVE.
DEAR JESUS ! THANK YOU FOR CARING FOR ME SO MUCH THAT BY YOUR SUFFERING , I CAN RECEIVE YOUR PEACE.      YOU ARE JEHOVAH SHALOM.      YOU TAKE MY CARES AWAY AND GIVE ME YOUR PEACE. GLORY BE TO GOD. AMEN !
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       2Pe 1:3 KJV According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
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HIS Divine power: GOD’s Word, GOD’ s Holy Spirit, GOD’ s Son-Jesus Christ , the name of Jesus.
Psa 8:6 KJV Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

      God’s initial plan and purpose was to make man into His image and likeness . 
Gen 1:26 KJV And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
     This was God’s plan but man was deceived by satan and lost his identity with God.   Now God had to come up with another plan that would once again make man into His image and likeness.   Jesus sacrifice on the cross is how God would reconcile man to Himself.   Man had nothing to do with him being made in the image and likeness of God.   His lack of faith in God was the reason that he lost his identity with God.   Now God is requiring us to have faith in Him by believing in the sacrifice of His Son.   That’s why we are saved by grace not works.   The scripture says “His divine power ” has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness.   His power not our works.   It goes on to say through the knowledge of Him.   Again not our works but knowing all that Jesus did by His sacrifice.   We only get to know Jesus by inviting Him into our heart and have a personal relationship with Him.   We already know that we are sinners.   Too weak to save ourselves.   It’s all about knowing Jesus and how He saves us by grace though faith.   A good place to start is knowing that we are righteous not by our actions but by faith.   Rom 5:17 KJV For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.  We believe  and declare that we are righteous by faith in Jesus and the Holy Spirit will quicken our body into His image.   It’s a evolutionary process .  Day after day believing not what we see or feel but only by faith in what Jesus has done.   Remember,  His divine power does it all.

        Lord Jesus.  I thank for bringing us back to the Father into the Kingdom of God,  making us once again a child of God.    Saved by grace not works; your Devine power.   Glory be to God! Amen.

 

1Jn 4:9 KJV In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

THAT WE MIGHT LIVE THROUGH HIM.      THIS IS WHAT MOST CHRISTIAN ARE FAILING TO BELIEVE.       WE ARE NOT TAUGHT TO BELIEVE THIS.      WE ARE TAUGHT TO OBEY THE LAW. WHERE DOES JESUS. WHO CAME TO SAVE US, COME IN ?      WHERE DOES FAITH AND GRACE COME IN ?     IT DOESN’T !    BECAUSE WE ARE WALKING AFTER THE FLESH TRYING TO LIVE RIGHT.      IT’S WALKING IN THE SPIRIT, DECLARING JESUS IN YOU, THAT EMPOWERS YOU TO LIVE RIGHTEOUSLY.     MEDITATE ON THE FOLLOWING VERSES UNTIL YOU GET THE REVELATION, AS TO HOW JESUS SAVES YOU.

Phm 1:6 NHEB that the fellowship of your faith may become effective, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in us in Christ.

Phi 2:13 KJV For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Gal 2:20 NHEB I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me. That life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me.

Eph 2:10 WEB For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.

DEAR JESUS !    HELP US HAVE EYES TO SEE, EARS TO HEAR. AND A HEART TO BELIEVE THE GOOD NEWS.      IT’S ALL ABOUT    JESUS ÷ GRACE ÷ FAITH = SHALOM/PEACE ; BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE  ” IN US ”  AND WE ARE  ” IN YOU ”       GLORY BE TO GOD. AMEN. SHALOM2U

1Jn 5:14 KJV And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

” ACCORDING TO HIS WILL ” !        WE MUST KNOW GOD’S WILL TO HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT HE HEARS AND WILL ANSWER OUR PRAYERS.     WE MUST ALSO ASK: GOD KNOWS AND HIS WILL IS FOR ALL TO BE SAVED; BUT WE MUST ASK IN ORDER TO BE SAVED.      WE MUST KNOW, BELIEVE AND DECLARE HIS WILL FOR IT TO COME TO PASS.      KNOWING ALL THAT JESUS DID FOR US; HELPS US TO ASK IN FAITH.     THAT’S WHY WE NEED A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS.  2Co 1:20 KJV   For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
We must know His promises to know His will.       God has many promises for us in the Old and New testament.      I’m not talking about the law.    The law is not a promise of God.      A promise of God is like:Joh 3:16 KJV For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. This is the main promise of God; that He would give a Savior .
DEAR JESUS !   THANK YOU FOR REVEALING THE LOVE OF THE FATHER AND YOUR LOVE ; HIS WILL AND YOUR WILL.     WE ASK AND BELIEVE THAT YOU SAVE US TOTALLY;  BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT FOR THAT IS WHAT YOUR SALVATION IS ALL ABOUT.     THANK YOU FOR YOUR SHALOM/PEACE.  AMEN.         SHALOM2U