God Bought You

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Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

I just want to share some Scripture today on God owning us as Christians.

for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

1 Corinthians 6:20 NLT

 

God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world.

1 Corinthians 7:23 NLT

 

For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

1 Peter 1:18-19 NLT

 

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:9 NLT

 

And they sang a new song with these words: “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.

Revelation 5:9 NLT

 

Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.

Acts 20:28 NIV

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

You’re On the Planet to Make God Look Good

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Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

Today I want to share a short video from John Piper on the supremacy of God in all things!

The title of the blog post can make you squirm because you are probably thinking to yourself, “gee no my life is messed up, I can’t possibly make God look good.” But remember the gospel and also the work God is doing in you,

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”

-Philippians 2:13 ESV

Tomorrow I will write and comment more on the verse below so stay tuned! Let’s hear Pastor John Piper share on how we make God look good in our lives.

Everything in your life. Everything you say, everything you do, think, you feel, all the relationships you have, it all has to do with God.

God has ordained your existence and everything you do, everything you say, you feel, everything you think, and all the relationships you have been ordained so that they may make God look good.

You are on the planet in order to say things, do things, think things, feel things, be in relationships, in such a way, as to make Jesus Christ look like he really is namely supremely valuable!

Do I devote my life, down to the details, the way I study, what I eat, what I drink, what I wear, how I do my hair, what movies I watch, what websites I go to and how long I stay there, what car I drive, where I live, how I do my work, where I work, what jokes I tell and like to hear, what kind of language I use, who my friends are and why, and how I spend my leisure time. Are you asking how  do all those things spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all people? How do I do all those things so that I make Christ look really great? So that I do it in a way that communicates He is more valuable to me than all those things, than anything else!

Something to think about, right?

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

Another Year For Thee 2013

Happy_New_Year_2013-1Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

Another Year For Thee

Another year is dawning: Dear Father, let it be,

In working or in waiting, another year with Thee;

Another year of progress, another year of praise,

Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.

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Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,

Another year of gladness in the shinning of Thy face;

Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast.

Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

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Another year of service, of witness for Thy love;

Another year of training for holier work above.

Another year is dawning: Dear Father, let it be,

On earth or else in heaven, another year for Thee.

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-Francis Ridley Havergal

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

FOR WE WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT.

Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

For we live by believing and not by seeing.

2 Corinthians 5:7 NLT

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If I really, really trust Him,

Shall I ever fret?

If I really do expect Him,

Can I e’er’ forget?

If by faith I really see Him,

Shall I doubt His aid?

If I really, really love him,

Can I be afraid?

-anonymous

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For we walk by faith, not by sight. 

2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV

For we walk – To walk, in the Scriptures often denotes to live, to act, to conduct in a certain way; (see Romans 4:12; Romans 6:4.) It has reference to the fact that life is a journey, or a pilgrimage, and that the Christian is traveling to another country. The sense here is, that we conduct ourselves in our course of life with reference to the things which are unseen, and not with reference to the things which are seen.

By faith – In the belief of those things which we do not see. We believe in the existence of objects which are invisible, and we are influenced by them. To walk by faith, is to live in the confident expectation of things that are to come; in the belief of the existence of unseen realities; and suffering them to influence us as if they were seen.

The people of this world are influenced by the things that are seen. They live for wealth, honor, splendor, praise, for the objects which this world can furnish, and as if there were nothing which is unseen, or as if they ought not to be influenced by the things which are unseen.

The Christian, on the contrary, has a firm conviction of the reality of the glories of heaven; of the fact that the Redeemer is there; of the fact that there is a crown of glory; and he lives, and acts as if that were all real, and as if he saw it all. The simple account of faith, and of living by faith is, that we live and act as if these things were true, and suffer them to make an impression on our mind according to their real nature.

It is contradistinguished from living simply under the influence of things that are seen.

God is unseen – but the Christian lives, and thinks, and acts as if there were a God, and as if he saw him.

Christ is unseen now by the bodily eye; but the Christian lives and acts as if he were seen, that is, as if his eye were known to be upon us, and as if he was now exalted to heaven and was the only Saviour.

The Holy Spirit is unseen; but he lives, and acts as if there were such a Spirit, and as if his influences were needful to renew, and purify the soul.

Heaven is unseen; but the Christian lives, and thinks, and acts as if there were a heaven, and as if he now saw its glories.

He has confidence in these, and in kindred truths, and he acts as if they were real. Could man see all these; were they visible to the naked eye as they are to the eye of faith, no one would doubt the propriety of living and acting with reference to them.

But if they exist, there is no more impropriety in acting with reference to them than if they were seen. Our seeing or not seeing them does not alter their nature or importance, and the fact that they are not seen does not make it improper to act with reference to them. There are many ways of being convinced of the existence and reality of objects besides seeing them; and it may be as rational to be influenced by the reason, the judgment, or by strong confidence, as it is to be influenced by sight. Besides, all people are influenced by things which they have not seen. They hope for objects that are future. They aspire to happiness which they have not yet beheld. They strive for honor and wealth which are unseen, and which is in the distant future. They live, and act – influenced by strong faith and hope – as if these things were attainable; and they deny themselves, and labor, and cross oceans and deserts, and breathe in pestilential air to obtain those things which they have not seen, and which to them are in the distant future.

And why should not the Christian endure like labor, and be willing to suffer in like manner, to gain the unseen crown which is incorruptible, and to acquire the unseen wealth which the moth does not corrupt? (GOOD QUESTION!) And further still, the people of this world strive for those objects which they have not beheld, without any promise or any assurance that they shall obtain them. No being able to grant them has promised them; no one has assured them that their lives shall be lengthened out to obtain them. In a moment they may be cut off and all their plans frustrated; or they may be utterly disappointed and all their plans fail; or if they gain the object, it may be unsatisfactory, and may furnish no pleasure such as they had anticipated. But not so the Christian. He has:

(1) The promise of life.

(2) he has the assurance that sudden death cannot deprive him of it. It at once removes him to the object of pursuit, not from it.

(3) he has the assurance that when obtained, it shall not disgust, or satiate, or decay, but that it shall meet all the expectations of the soul, and shall be eternal.

Not by sight – This may mean either that we are not influenced by a sight of these future glories, or that we are not influenced by the things which we see. The main idea is, that we are not influenced and governed by the sight. We are not governed and controlled by the things which we see, and we do not see those things which actually influence and control us. In both it is faith that controls us, and not sight.

Source: Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

YOUR GLORY IS HIGHER THAN THE HEAVENS

 

Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

“The world appears very little to a soul that contemplates the greatness of God.”

-Brother Lawrence (1614-1691), author, The Practice of the Presence of God

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“O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens.”

-Psalm 8:1 NLT

Your majestic name fills the earth!- How illustrious is the name of Jesus throughout the world! His incarnation, birth, humble and obscure life, preaching, miracles, passion, death, resurrection, and ascension, are celebrated through the whole world. His religion, the gifts and graces of his Spirit, his people – Christians – his Gospel and the preachers of it are everywhere spoken of. No name is so universal, no power and influence so generally felt, as those of the Savior of mankind. Amen.

Your glory is higher than the heavens.- The heavens are glorious, the most glorious of all the works of God which the eye of man can reach; but the glory of God is infinitely above even these. The words also seem to intimate that no power, earthly or diabolical, can lessen or injure that glory. The glory and honor which God has by the Gospel shall last through time, and through eternity; and of that glory none shall be able to rob him, to whom majesty and dominion are eternally due. This has been applied by some to the resurrection of our Lord. He rose from the dead, and ascended above all heavens; and by these his glory was sealed, his mission accomplished, and the last proof given to his preceding miracles.

Source: Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible

Picture: www.heartlight.org

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez