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  • Happiness is not Love - but many think so!   by  kerminator     5 mon     253       3 Messages Shown       Blog: My Unusual Road of Life....
    While I do not agree with the complete statement that seeing happiness will bring love - it is imperative that you single out the right source of love. Happiness is a state of being which may or may not involve or constitute love! The Greatest source of Love in the Universe is that of the Lord God Almighty - because He first loved us, therefore, we can love!

    ** if you never get this understanding - you will fail to have and enjoy a full life.
    Life in not about being happy - rather living so you can help and benefit those whom God place upon your pathway of Life!

    ** Read the attached article for another view on the condition of love and happiness!

    You are in the world but not of the world - so do not chase after the frills of this life!

    HomeDecision MagazineFebruary 2016A Classic Billy Graham Message: In the World, But Not of It

    At a meeting of church leaders in Seattle, Washington, one member of the group reportedly said that if the church is to make its greatest impact on our generation, it must become more worldly minded. While in one sense that may bear some truth, in the biblical sense it is false.

    As we read the New Testament, it is clear that we are not to become entangled with the world. Now at first glance, a new Christian might shrink from this idea. But the question I want to ask today is, “What is the world?” There are at least three meanings attached to the word world.

    First, the Bible says that there is the created world. “God … made the world and everything in it” (Acts 17:24).

    Second, there are the inhabitants of the world, whom God loves and for whom Christ died. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” (John 3:16).

    Third, there is the cosmos, the world system, which is headed by Satan and based upon self, greed and pride. This is the world that God warns about, and it is this world system and philosophy that Christians are to shun and remain free from.

    Clear Signals
    The warnings are clear. The Bible says in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world.” The Bible teaches in Galatians 1:4 that, “[Christ] gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age [cosmos].” In other words, the world was such a great danger to our souls that this danger caused Christ, the Son of God, to go to the cross to deliver us from it.

    Throughout the Bible, the lines are definitely drawn between the world of unbelievers and the world of the children of God. “Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4). Jesus Himself said, “The world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world” (John 17:14-16). Again Jesus said, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you” (John 15:18).

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    The Bible also teaches that the Christian will face opposition in the world. “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution,” said the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3:12. Just as Christ’s life with all its love, concern and selflessness was a rebuke to the cosmos of His time, so our lives with Christ abiding in us today bring about criticism, opposition and persecution from those who cannot comprehend the mystery of God’s redemptive grace.

    The Bible teaches that we are not to be discouraged by this belligerence. We are to consider it evidence that we are identified with Christ. Jesus said, “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven” (Matthew 5:11-12).

    Don’t Be Deceived
    In this complex generation in which we live, it is not easy for the Christian to distinguish between that which is spiritual and that which is worldly. In the Bible, Satan is called an “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). He is a great imitator, and it is not always easy to distinguish between Satan’s world and the realm where God reigns. Jesus said that if it were possible, Satan would deceive even the elect (see Matthew 24:24).

    This cosmos has its own entertainment and diversions that so permeate the atmosphere that it makes the way of the cross seem antiquated and irrelevant. In much of the entertainment media fostered by the cosmos, the name of God is profaned, sex is glamorized, and high, ethical living and Christian moral standards are laughed at.

    Even many Christians are tricked into believing that they cannot enjoy life except as a member of the cosmos crowd. However, the happiest people I know are separated followers of Jesus Christ. They are not dependent upon artificial stimulants. They do not have to abuse their bodies to relax their minds. The Bible says, “In Your presence is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11).

    Christianity is not a long list of restrictions. It flings open the windows to the real joy of living. The cosmos would have us believe that following Christ is nothing but “thou shalt nots.” The cosmos would have us believe that Christianity is a killjoy, a stolid kind of life, unnatural and abnormal.

    But the evidence in the Bible is to the contrary. Christ said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). And those who have been truly converted to Jesus Christ know the meaning of abundant living.

    The Bible teaches that worldliness is a force, a spirit, an atmosphere of the cosmos that is in opposition to all that is godly and Christian. Its goal is selfish pleasure, material success and the pride of life. It is ambitious, self-centered. God is not necessarily denied; He is just ignored and forgotten.

    No Neutral Ground
    The Bible is clear that the world’s inhabitants are either under the influence of this cosmos with its cunning, deception and spell; or they are in Christ and under the direction of the Spirit of God. There is no neutral ground. The lines are drawn by the Bible.

    Paul wrote to the Ephesians, about the sins “in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience … Even when we were dead in trespasses, [God] made us alive together with Christ” (Ephesians 2:2, 5).

    The words course of this world carry the meaning of current or flow. There is an undertow, a subtle current that runs against and in contradiction to the will and the way of God. Its eddies are deep and treacherous. They are stirred and troubled by Satan and intended to trap and ensnare those who would walk godly in Christ Jesus.

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    Satan employs every device at his command to harass, tempt, thwart and hurt the people of God. His attack is relentless. Paul wrote, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

    However, the Christian is not left defenseless in this conflict. God provides the power to give us victory over Satan. Paul said, “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

    How Do We Win?
    We can overcome the onslaught of Satan and the power of this world system of evil by the blood of the Lamb. We will never overcome by mere human effort. We will never overcome by our deeds of righteousness, however commendable they may be. We will never overcome by mere social concern or by identifying ourselves with various social revolutions. The Bible says, “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony” (Revelation 12:11).

    We are involved in a spiritual conflict. This is a battle between the forces of God and the forces of Satan, and we are involved in it. We are asked to choose sides.

    The Bible warns us about being taken in by the evil of this cosmos. Satan’s lies are cleverly mixed with truth. When he tempted Christ, he was convincingly logical and even quoted Scripture. So the Bible instructs Christians to make a clean break with all the evils of the world and that we be separated from them. The Apostle Paul said, “Therefore ‘come out from among them, and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you’” (2 Corinthians 6:17).

    Jesus ate with publicans and sinners (Mark 2:16). Nearly everyone He associated with was an outcast. But His relationship with them was not purely social; it was redemptive.

    Christians are like the gulf stream, which is in the ocean and yet not part of it. This mysterious current defies the mighty Atlantic, ignores its tides, and flows steadily upon its course. Its color is different, being a deeper blue. Its temperature is different, being warmer. Its direction is different, being from south to north. It is in the ocean, and yet it is not part of it.

    So we as Christians are in the world. We come in contact with the world, and yet we retain our distinctive kingdom character and refuse to let the world press us into its mold.

    The world is keenly aware of its emptiness, of its unfulfilled dreams, of its failure to cope with life. The world system is inadequate to meet the deeper needs of the human heart. This is ideal soil for implanting the Gospel. God has seen fit to entrust the work of His kingdom to us. If the world system is changed, it will be through our witness.

    God Loves You
    The primary responsibility of the Christian is to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel—that God loves the world, has redeemed it through the cross of our Savior, and seeks to save it.

    Then, after men and women have come to Christ, they go back into the world to live for Christ as a witness to the world; they become salt and light (Matthew 5:13-14), and they have their sociological, political influence upon the world.

    We are not to hold the world in contempt. We are to obey its laws. We are to love those for whom Christ died. We are to pray for them, witness to them, and help in all worthwhile social projects that we can. But we are to achieve that most difficult of all tasks, not to be conformed to the world. This is the Christian’s stand; this is the Christian’s job. ©1968 (revised 1998) BGEA

    Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version.
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    • Re: Happiness is not Love - but many think so!   by  NathanielShoemaker     5 mon     253
      I remember waking up once before dawn, and there was such a feeling of unlimited possibilities. And I remember thinking then: "Here it is - the beginning of happiness, And, of course, it will be more further." But then I did not understand that this was not the beginning. That was happiness itself. Right then, at that moment.
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      • Love is is a state of being!   by  kerminator     5 mon     247
        Matthew 6:1-13:
        Happiness is not Love - but many may think so!

        Interesting - because true happiness is just a state of being at some place in time.

        Our experience is the result of personal views and at times certain happening in your recent life! Happiness is conditional and not always present in our lives.

        We experience many different emotions and actual deeds in this earthly existence - yet not all are beneficial or necessary to our well being!

        Seek your true calling with or thru the light of God in your life and all other things will tend to fall into place.

        If you only read the 6th Chapter of Matthew and it may open your spiritual eyes. Eternity looms ahead of us all and you should be prepared!


        *Let's start with Matt 6:1.

        Matthew 6
        Matthew 6:1
        Note on Matthew 6:1
        This is saying that the motives behind our actions are more important than the actions. This is the same point of 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. If the motive for our good works is the praise of men, then the little pat on the back that we get from people is all the reward we will get. We will miss out on God’s blessing.

        Life For Today Study Bible Notes
        Note 25 at Matthew 6:1: Jesus’ teaching on the giving of alms refers directly to money or goods given to the poor. However, the point He was making applies to all of our acts of righteousness. Our acts of love and charity should be done with the pure motive of blessing others. If our hidden motive is to gain self-recognition, God will not reward us (this verse). The pat on the back that we gain from people will be all the reward that we get (Matthew 6:2), thus making the promise of Proverbs 19:17 of no effect.

        Matthew 6:2
        Note on Matthew 6:2
        This is not a hyperbole. The Pharisees actually had trumpets blown to attract people’s attention as they would give alms. They didn’t care at all for the people they were giving to. They were using those people to gain approval from those who watched. What hypocrisy! Jesus is saying that type of good works has no reward from God.

        Matthew 6:3
        Note on Matthew 6:3
        This is simply stating that we should not do our good works for the praise of men. It is not always possible or necessary to keep our good deeds totally anonymous. But we should not seek praise from men. John 5:44 says, “How can ye believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that comes from God only?”

        Life For Today Study Bible Notes
        Note 26 at Matthew 6:3:
        “Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand does” is simply a metaphor used by Jesus to stress secrecy (Matthew 6:4). Of course, it is not possible to have one member of the body function independently of another
        (1 Corinthians 12:26), and so it is not always possible to conceal our alms. As stated in Matthew 6:1, it is not the fact that we do alms before men that is wrong, but rather that the motive is to be seen by men.

        Matthew 6:4
        Note on Matthew 6:4
        God sees everything we do and doesn’t need to be informed of anything. If we seek His honor only, we will get it. And when the Lord rewards us, it will not be done secretly. It will be open, if front of everyone.

        Matthew 6:5
        Note on Matthew 6:5
        The little bit of admiration these hypocritical actions produce is all the benefit they will get from such prayers. God will not respond positively to such negative motives.
        There is an amazing statement by Jesus is this verse: hypocrites love to pray. Many people feel that all prayer is good. That must not be so since hypocrites love to pray. There is right and wrong praying. Wrong praying can actually make the situation worse and contribute to spiritual pride or, as Jesus termed it, hypocrisy.

        Matthew 6:6
        Note on Matthew 6:6
        This is not literally saying we have to pray in a closet. What if a person doesn’t have a closet? There are hundreds of scriptural examples of people praying wherever they were. This is simply saying we should not pray for show. Our prayers should be sincerely addressed to our heavenly Father and not to the people who listen.

        Life For Today Study Bible Notes
        Note 27 at Matthew 6:6: Jesus was certainly not speaking against public prayer, as can be seen by His example (Luke 23:34; John 11:41-42, 12:26-30, and 17) and the examples of many other great men of God (David - 1 Chronicles 29:10-19; Solomon - 2 Chronicles 6:12-7:1; Jehoshaphat - 2 Chronicles 20:5-13; Ezra - Ezra 9:4-10:1; Daniel - Daniel 6:10; the disciples - Acts 1:24, 4:23-30, 12:12, and 13:3; and Paul and Silas - Acts 16:25). He was simply stressing that our motivation behind prayer should not be to gain recognition from people (compare with note 26 at Matthew 6:3).

        Matthew 6:7
        Note on Matthew 6:7
        This is forbidding the use of insincere words–specifically, repetitious words. The amount of time or words in prayer is not important. It is the sincere heart communication with the Lord that counts. Sometimes the best prayers are the shortest. “HELP!” is a good prayer. Today many standardized religious prayers fall into the category of prayer that Jesus was rebuking here.

        Matthew 6:8
        Note on Matthew 6:8
        Prayer is not an opportunity to inform poor misinformed God of our needs. The Lord knows what we need better than we do.

        Matthew 6:9
        Note on Matthew 6:9
        This was never intended to be a prayer that we recite word for word. It is more appropriately a model prayer rather than the Lord’s prayer. It guides us into the different parts of prayer. As valid as the truths of this prayer are to us today, it is not a N.T. prayer. It is not prayed in the name of Jesus, taking advantage of His role as mediator.

        The first thing we are to do is enter into God’s “gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (Psalms 100:4).
        By referring to God as our Father, we are calling on His love, mercy, and grace. This reminds us that He is our Father, not our judge. As we magnify God, our problems shrink. Therefore, we should always take this approach with the Lord.

        Life For Today Study Bible Notes
        Note 28 at Matthew 6:9: The word “manner” is translated from the Greek adverb “HOUTO,” and it means “in this way” (Strong’s Concordance). It is different from the Greek noun “ETHOS” that is also translated “manner,” and it means “habit” or “custom” (Vine’s Expository Dictionary).

        Some have adopted the reciting of this prayer and made it nothing more than custom or a “vain repetition,” which Jesus was teaching against. This prayer, commonly called the Lord’s Prayer, is more accurately called the model prayer. It was given as a model of what prayer should consist of.

        First, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name” admonishes us to recognize our relationship with God and praise Him for it.

        ** Matt 6:10 - 13
        Second, Matthew 6:10 shows us to intercede for the furtherance of God’s kingdom in the hearts of people (Luke 17:21) and their affairs.

        Third, Matthew 6:11 tells us to ask for our daily needs (John 16:24).

        Fourth, Matthew 6:12 shows us to confess our sins (1 John 1:9) for the purpose of forgiveness and that we should also forgive others (Mark 11:25-26).

        Fifth, Matthew 6:13 says to resist the devil (James 4:7) by receiving God’s protection (Psalms 91).
        And finally, the prayer should be ended with praise once again (Matthew 6:13), because if we ask, we receive (Matthew 7:7-8).

        Note 29 at Matthew 6:9: Although God is referred to as Father twelve times in the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 32:6; 2 Samuel 7:14; 1 Chronicles 17:13, 22:10, 28:6; Psalms 68:5, 89:26; Isaiah 9:6, 63:16, 64:8; Jeremiah 31:9; and Malachi 2:10), Jesus’ frequent use of this title brought in a whole new understanding of our relationship with God.

        Jesus referred to God as His Father over 150 times, and He spoke of God as being our Father 30 times. This infuriated the religious Jews of Jesus’ day who considered it blasphemy to call God their Father, because they understood that to mean they were equal with God (John 5:17-18).

        This title has become so common in the church today that many times, we don’t perceive its real significance. The revelation that we are instructed to call God our Father reveals the kind, gentle, loving nature of our God (1 John 4:8).
        Paul amplified on this by using the term “Abba Father” (Romans 8:15 and Galatians 4:6), which is an affectionate term that young children would use for their fathers, corresponding to our term “daddy.” “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God” (1 John 3:1).

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