Institute of Love

THE PURSUIT OF HOLINESS

March 15, 2019

A Christian is supposed to pursue a lifestyle of living in peace with everyone and to be holy, and not going around pursuing signs, wonders and miracles. (See Hebrews 12:14)

Jesus taught the opposite to His disciples when He told them that miraculous signs will follow or accompany those who believe. (See Mark 16:17-18)

GOD IS NOT UNFAIR

March 14, 2019

Jesus never promised that His followers would be immune from death and grief. Just the opposite He said, 

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.  John‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭NLT

What Jesus did promise His followers was that He give them eternal life, and they will never perish. And that no one can snatch them away from Him! (See John‬ ‭10:28‬)

THE PITFALLS OF COMMITTING ADULTERY

March 13, 2019

The Bible says,

Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.Hebrews‬ ‭13:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

For the Lord sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes. Proverbs‬ ‭5:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Isn’t this the way it often goes?

She threw her arms around you and kissed you, boldly took your arm and said, I’ve come to find you, and here you are! Come, let’s make love all night, spend the night in ecstatic lovemaking! My husband’s not home; he’s away on business, and he won’t be back for a month. (See Proverbs‬ ‭7:13-20‬)

Making love to another man’s wife will cost you everything.Proverbs‬ ‭6:26‬ ‭CEV‬‬

Yes,

The man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys himself. He will be wounded and disgraced.Proverbs‬ ‭6:32‬-33 NLT‬‬

He will come to the brink of utter ruin, and face public disgrace. (See Proverbs‬ ‭5:14‬)

In the end he will groan in anguish when disease consumes his body. (See Proverbs‬ ‭5:11‬)

Lesson

Keep your distance from such a woman. Yes, stay away from [...]

WHAT LIVING FOR CHRIST REALLY MEANS

March 12, 2019

Living for Jesus Christ means that,

I love the LORD my God with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all my strength. And, that I Love my neighbor as myself. (See Mark‬ ‭12:30-31‬)

I received His new life and I no longer live for myself. Instead, I live for Christ, who died for my sin and was raised for me. (See 2. Corinthians‬ ‭5:15‬)

I give my body to God because of all He has done for me. I let it be a living and holy sacrifice, the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. (See Romans‬ ‭12:1‬)

I give up my own way, take up my cross daily, and follow Him. (See Luke‬ ‭9:23‬)

For I don’t live for myself, but I live to please the Lord. (See Romans‬ ‭14:7‬-8)

Even if I suffer for doing what is right, God will reward me for it. So I don’t worry or be afraid of being threatened. Instead, I worship Christ as Lord of my life. (See 1. Peter‬ ‭3:14-15‬)

I have been given not [...]

A CALL TO SALVATION

March 5, 2019

Faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Jesus Christ. Romans‬ ‭10:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

God loved the people of this world so much that He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, so that everyone who has faith in Him will have eternal life and never really die. John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭CEV‬‬

Jesus said,

I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in Me will live, even after dying. John‬ ‭11:25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

And,

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.John‬ ‭14:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

That is why the Holy Spirit says, “Today when you hear His voice, don’t harden your hearts.” Hebrews‬ ‭3:7-8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭3:19‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Yes!

Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭2:38‬ ‭NLT‬‬

If you [...]

THE WAY TO RECEIVE GOD’S BLESSINGS

February 25, 2019

Come close to God, and God will come close to you. James‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

When you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. Mark‬ ‭11:25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. Matthew‬ ‭6:33‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Have faith in God! You can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. (See Mark‬ ‭11:22-24‬)

Keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. Hebrews‬ ‭6:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I AM PREDESTINED

February 19, 2019

Everything has already been decided. It was known long ago what each person would be. So there’s no use arguing with God about your destiny. Ecclesiastes‬ ‭6:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

So God will do to me whatever He has planned. He controls my destiny. Job‬ ‭23:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like his Son. Romans‬ ‭8:29‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We were claimed by God as His own], having been predestined (chosen, appointed beforehand) according to the purpose of Him who works everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His will. EPHESIANS‬ ‭1:11‬ ‭AMP‬‬

In other words,

God chose us in advance, and He makes everything work out according to His plan. Ephesians‬ ‭1:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Yes,

God decided in advance to adopt me into His own family by bringing me to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure. (See Ephesians‬ ‭1:5‬)

WHEN YOUR IDENTITY IS IN CHRIST

February 18, 2019

The Bible says,

Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. 1. Peter‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

This means that when your identity is in Jesus Christ, you’re not impressed with yourself and you do not compare yourself with others. (See Galatians 4:6)

And, you won’t have the need to grade yourself and compete with others. (See 2. Corinthians 10:12)

You don’t brag about yourself, but you let others praise you. (See Proverbs‬ ‭27:2‬)

Those who have their identity in Jesus know that God has chosen them and that they are special to Him, royal priests and holy. They know God brought them out of the darkness into His marvelous light. Now they tell others about all the wonderful things He has done! (See 1. Peter‬ ‭2:9‬)

WHEN GOD SAYS IT, IT WILL ALWAYS HAPPEN

February 14, 2019

Yes, He always does what He says. For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding Yes! 2. Corinthians‬ ‭1:19-20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Why?

Because it is impossible for God to lie. ‬‬Hebrews‬ ‭6:18‬ ‭NLT

Therefore,

If we ask anything according to His will, [that is, consistent with His plan and purpose] He hears us. And if we know [for a fact, as indeed we do] that He hears and listens to us in whatever we ask, we [also] know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted to us] the requests which we have asked from Him. 1. JOHN‬ ‭5:14-15‬ ‭AMP‬‬

THIS IS HOW YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN A CULTIC CHURCH

You know you are in a cultic church when the people happily put up with whatever the pastor or leaders tells them, even if they preach a different Jesus, or a different kind of Spirit, or a different kind of gospel. (See 2. Corinthians 11:4)

You know you are in a cultic church when the people put up with it when the pastor or leaders enslave them, take everything from them, take advantage of them, take control of everything, and slaps them in the face. (See 2. Corinthians 11:20)

But when you are in a godly church, the pastor or leaders takes care of the flock that God has entrusted to them. They watch over the people willingly, not grudgingly, not for what they will get out of it, but because they are eager to serve God. They don’t lord it over the people assigned to their care, but they lead them by their own good example. (See 1. Peter 5:2-3)