One God & One Standard

Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Ephesians 4:3-6, KJV

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True Prosperity

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (St. John 10:10, KJV)

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (3 John 1:2, KJV)

According to the Word of God, true prosperity is not of money, but of the soul. Jesus said, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21, KJV) 

Jesus also said, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24, KJV) 

Jesus summed it all up concerning true prosperity by saying, “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Matthew 6:30-34, KJV) 

The Gift of Will

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them. (Deuteronomy 30:19-20, KJV)

Since the beginning of time, God has given us a gift to make our own choices. This gift from God of making our own choices started with Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve was giving a commandment and was provided with abundant life. Out of the abundance of God’s provision there is life, but God made only one thing that could bring forth death. That one thing was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in which God commanded not to eat the fruit thereof. While we are in these days and times under the dispensation of God’s grace through His Son Jesus Christ, let us take advantage of God’s goodness and abundance of provision to repent and to make the right choice for the glory God. 

What’s In A Name?: Christopher

“From the Late Greek name Χριστοφορος (Christophoros) meaning “bearing Christ”, derived from Χριστος (Christos) combined with φερω (phero) “to bear, to carry”. Early Christians used it as a metaphorical name, expressing that they carried Christ in their hearts.” (http://www.behindthename.com/name/christopher)

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:24-26, KJV)

As Jesus spoke to His disciples concerning those that would follow Him and to take up their own cross, He makes reference to a cross meaning death. He speaks of a cross because each of us should have our own cross for the death of our carnal, sinful, and worldly ways while bearing the faith that is of God in our hearts. He was teaching His disciples to learn to hold to that which is the faith that is of God while suffering persecutions so that sin and unbelief will remain dead to them as they were spiritually persevered.

The name Christopher should apply to every believer of Jesus Christ. We should all be Christ-bearers in our hearts. If we truly bear Christ in our hearts, it will show in our character and in the choices that we make. When we have endured through our sufferings carrying the faith and nature of Christ within us, we are rewarded in the this life and in the one to come.

And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. (Mark 10:29-30, KJV)