August 23, 2018: SOAP #3185:  Jeremiah 31-32; 1John 4 Scripture:  1John (NIV) 4:13 We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If […]

August 23, 2018: SOAP #3185:  Jeremiah 31-32; 1John 4

Scripture:  1John (NIV) 4:13 We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

Observation:   Many times I can remember my dad saying that we must have a 'know-so' relationship.   It is not enough to hope that we are saved.   No one should be satisfied with hoping they are going to heaven.   It is too important; we must know.  The truth is that it takes a 'know-so' relationship to make it into heaven.

When we are born again and God's Holy Spirit comes to live within us, it is a noticeable change.   We know something happened!   Many times, the moment we surrender ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus and accept His forgiveness"at that moment we have a sensation that things are right!     But if there is no physiological sensation, we still know it because the God who does not lie has written it in His Word!     His Word is more trustworthy than feelings!

Application:   Great feelings, or no feelings, God's word is true.   If I confess my sins He is faithful and just to forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness! (1John 1:9)    I know I can trust Him!   I know He has forgiven my sins!

Prayer:      Thank you, Heavenly Father, that our relationship is not based on guessing or hoping.   In faith, we can claim what you have provided.   Thank you for forgiving me and making me your child!   Amen

Pastor Leon
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