It Is Impossible To Love “The Lost.”

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

You may have clicked on the link because you thought, “that’s not right, what do you mean Kevin that it is impossible to love the lost?” Well, it’s not as it appears of course. I’m very into evangelism and I think all believers are called to share their faith with their family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, school peers, and yes even strangers. We’ve been given the ministry of reconciliation,

All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

2 Corinthians 5:18-20

So you have just read above that you have the ministry of reconciliation. So what do I mean when I titled this blog post, “It is Impossible To Love The Lost.” Read the following,

“Have you ever wondered what it feels like to have a love for the lost? This is a term we use as part of our Christian jargon. Many believers search their hearts in condemnation, looking for the arrival of some feeling of benevolence that will propel them into bold evangelism. It will never happen. It is impossible to love “the lost”. You can’t feel deeply for an abstraction or a concept. You would find it impossible to love deeply an unfamiliar individual portrayed in a photograph, let alone a nation or a race or something as vague as “all lost people”.

Don’t wait for a feeling or love in order to share Christ with a stranger. You already love your heavenly Father, and you know that this stranger is created by Him, but separated from Him, so take those first steps in evangelism because you love God. It is not primarily out of compassion for humanity that we share our faith or pray for the lost; it is first of all, love for God.”

― John Piper

Something to think about the next time you have an opportunity to bring up the things of God and share the gospel (good news) with someone at someplace.

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

Kevin Nunez

A Contented Mind

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

I’ve been on the topic of “contentment” for the last few days. I desire to have a contented mind. I admit it’s a struggle at times but I don’t want to be a person who murmurs and complains to God. So what is contentment and how do we attain it?

“I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.”
Philippians 4:11 ESV

Paul says that he had “learned” this. Probably by nature he had a mind as prone to impatience as others, but he had been in circumstances fitted to produce a different state of feeling. He had had ample experience,

I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not.
2 Corinthians 11:26 NLT

In his life of trials (The Apostle Paul’s life was full of trials as we read the passage above), he had acquired invaluable lessons on the subject. He had had abundant time for reflection, and he had found that there was grace enough in the gospel to enable him to bear trials with resignation (God’s grace is at our disposal). The considerations by which he had been taught this, he does not state; but they were probably such as the following: that it is wrong to complain at the allotments (giving out of) of Providence (from God); that a spirit of impatience does no good, remedies no evil, and supplies no want; that God could provide for him in a way which he could not foresee, and that the Saviour was able abundantly to sustain him.

A contented mind is an invaluable blessing, and is one of the fruits of faith in the soul. It arises from the belief that God is right in all his ways (Do you believe that?). Why should we be impatient, restless, discontented? What evil will be remedied by it? What want supplied? What calamity removed?

All the days of the afflicted are evil, but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.
Proverbs 15:15  ESV

One of the secrets of happiness is to have a mind satisfied with all the allotments (giving out of) of Providence (from God).

Let’s incorporate the following into our daily prayers:

“Give us minds always contented with our present condition.”

No prayer can be offered which will enter more deeply into all our happiness on earth.

Source: Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

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

God’s Superlatives

 

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

Writers are supposed to avoid superlatives. The textbooks tell us that authors who use extreme adjectives like “fabulous,” “magnificent,” and “splendid” are usually overstating the case. These graphic superlatives are to be reserved only for occasions that actually merit their use, and then they are to appear very seldom.

But when the writers of the Bible spoke of the blessings of God upon His children, they used the strongest of terms. So marvelous are the riches of Christ enjoyed by His own that the Holy Spirit, the author of God’s Word, used the most extravagant language to describe them. Here are a few examples:

—God’s pardon is “abundant”

(Isaiah 55:7 ESV)

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—His love “surpasses knowledge”

(Ephesians 3:19 ESV)

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—His gift of salvation is “inexpressible”

(2 Corinthians 9:15 ESV)

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—His life is “more abundant”

(John 10:10 ESV)

Paul, writing to the discouraged Corinthians, said that through God we are,

“enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God”

(2 Corinthians 9:11 ESV).

Feeling poor of spirit?

Wishing you had more of the riches of this world?

Remember the superlatives of God!

—David C. Egner

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

Kevin Nunez

Pyramid Of Provisions

 

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

Many have gazed in wonder on the pyramids in Egypt. Some have admired displays of gymnastic pyramids. Here are samples of Scripture Pyramids that the believer can contemplate with wonder and admiration:

 Glory.

 Weight of glory

 Eternal weight of glory

 Exceeding and eternal weight of glory

More exceeding and eternal weight of glory

 A far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

 (II Cor. 4:17)

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Ask

All that we ask

Above all that we ask or think

Abundantly above all that we ask or think

Exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think

Able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.

(Eph. 3:20)

Let’s believe God’s word! He is faithful and listens to our prayers!

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

Kevin Nunez