Institute of Love

HERE IS WHY I AM FREE! ARE YOU?

By Edwin Christiaan | June 26, 2019

“Christ gave His own body to destroy the Law of Moses with all its rules and commands.” Ephesians‬ ‭2:14-15‬ ‭CEV‬‬

“My friends, you were chosen to be free. So don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do anything you want. Use it as an opportunity to serve each other with love. All the Law says can be summed up in the command to love others as much as you love yourself.” Galatians‬ ‭5:13-14‬ ‭CEV‬‬

“God wiped out the charges that were against us for disobeying the Law of Moses. He took them away and nailed them to the cross. There Christ defeated all powers and forces. He let the whole world see them being led away as prisoners when He celebrated His victory. Don’t let anyone tell you what you must eat or drink. Don’t let them say you must celebrate the New Moon festival, the Sabbath, or any other festival. These things are only a shadow of what was to come. But Christ is real!” Colossians‬ ‭2:14-17‬ ‭CEV‬‬

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IN GOD’S EYES

By Edwin Christiaan | June 20, 2019

You are more valuable than a whole flock of sparrows. (See Matthew 10:31)

You are loved and chosen as His own special people. (See Colossians‬ ‭3:12)

You are royal priests, God’s very own possession to show others His goodness, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light. (See 1. Peter‬ ‭2:9‬)

You will be a special utensil for honorable use, if you keep yourself pure. (See 2. Timothy‬ ‭2:21‬)

Your life is a Christ-like fragrance rising up to Him. (See 2. Corinthians‬ ‭2:15‬)

BECOMING FREE FROM CORRUPTED LEADERS

By Edwin Christiaan | June 19, 2019

In the Bible book of 2. Corinthians 11 verse 3 it says that when your pure and undivided devotion to Christ is corrupted, the following will happen to you:

“You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.” 2. Corinthians‬ ‭11:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“You put up with it when someone enslaves you, takes everything you have, takes advantage of you, takes control of everything, and slaps you in the face.” 2. Corinthians‬ ‭11:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Therefore,

“Do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.” 1. John‬ ‭4:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Remember,

“Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness.” 2. Corinthians‬ ‭11:14-15‬ ‭NLT‬‬

What you should do,

“Watch out [...]

WATCH OUT FOR FALSE MOVE OF GOD

By Edwin Christiaan | June 19, 2019

Jesus said,

“For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. See, I have warned you about this ahead of time.” Matthew‬ ‭24:24-25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

And these are the same people who on judgement day will say to Jesus,

Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.

But Jesus will reply to them, I never knew you. Get away from Me, you who break God’s laws.‭‭(See Matthew‬ ‭7:22-23‬)

I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU

By Edwin Christiaan | June 18, 2019

The Bible says,

“Fix your thoughts on what is true, …” Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

And the truth is,

“Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.” Matthew‬ ‭6:32‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“God will take care of all your needs with the wonderful blessings that come from Christ Jesus!” Philippians‬ ‭4:19‬ ‭CEV‬‬

Therefore,

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” 1. Peter‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all Him has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

No matter the difficult circumstances you might be in,

“God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“His power at work in us can do far more than we dare ask or imagine.” Ephesians‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‭CEV‬‬

Yes!

“What is impossible for people is possible with God.” Luke‬ ‭18:27‬ ‭NLT‬‬

By Edwin Christiaan | May 16, 2019 

“Where will I find help? It will come from the Lord, who created heaven and earth.” Psalms‬ ‭121:1-2‬ ‭CEV‬‬

“I am exhausted from crying for help; my throat is parched. My eyes are swollen with weeping, waiting for my God to help me.” Psalms‬ ‭69:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Please, Lord, rescue me! Come quickly, Lord, and help me.” Psalms‬ ‭40:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Help me, O Lord my God! Save me because of your unfailing love.” Psalms‬ ‭109:26‬ ‭NLT‬‬

DO THIS 

“Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him, and He will help you.” Psalms‬ ‭37:5‬ ‭NLT‬

“Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.” Psalms‬ ‭146:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” Psalms‬ ‭46:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” Hebrews‬ ‭13:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

MY TASK AS A HUSBAND

By Edwin Christiaan | May 14, 2019

My task as a husband is to be the head of my wife, as Christ is the head and the Savior of the church, which is His own body. In other words, as a husband I must provide leadership to my wife just the way Christ does to His church, not by domineering but by cherishing. 

It means that I should love my wife as much as Christ loved the church and gave His life for it. He made the church holy by the power of His word, and He made it pure by washing it with water. Christ did this, so He would have a glorious and holy church, without faults or spots or wrinkles or any other flaws. 

I should love my wife as much as I love myself. The Bible says that a husband who loves his wife shows that he loves himself. No one hates or abuses his own body. No, he feeds and takes good care of it. That’s how Christ treats us, the church, since we are part of [...]

STOP THE WORRY!

By Edwin Christiaan

Don’t worry and ask yourselves, “Will we have anything to eat? Will we have anything to drink? Will we have any clothes to wear?” Only people who don’t know God are always worrying about such things. Your Father in heaven knows you need all of these. But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what He wants. Then the other things will be yours as well. Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself.Matthew‬ ‭6:31-34‬ ‭CEV‬‬

Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭CEV‬‬

In other words,

Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.1. Peter‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

HOW TO DEAL WITH ANGER AND BITTERNESS

By Edwin Christiaan

“Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.” Ephesians‬ ‭4:26-27‬ ‭NLT

“If you are angry, you cannot do any of the good things God wants done.” James‬ ‭1:20‬ ‭CEV‬‬

“Stop being bitter and angry and mad at others. Don’t yell at one another or curse each other or ever be rude. Instead, be kind and merciful, and forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ.” Ephesians‬ ‭4:31-32‬ ‭CEV‬‬

“You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” James‬ ‭1:19‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Bottomline,

“You must quit being angry, hateful, and evil. You must no longer say insulting or cruel things about others.” Colossians‬ ‭3:8‬ ‭CEV‬‬

WAYS OF GENUINELY ASKING GOD AND PEOPLE FOR FORGIVENESS

By Edwin Christiaan

Please forgive me Lord, even when I sin without knowing it.

What I did was stupid and terribly wrong. Please forgive me. I am so sorry.

Please be kind and forgive me, especially for those sins I didn’t mean to commit. I repent Lord Jesus.

Please forgive me for doing you wrong.

Please forgive me if I have offended you in any way.

I am so sorry for the evil things I said about you. Please, I ask you to forgive me. I was wrong.

I ask and beg you to forgive me for the hurt and pain I have caused you.

I have sinned against God and you. I am so sorry.

I ask for your forgiveness for the lies I spread about you. 

Please forgive for me for the bitterness and hatred toward you. 

I am so sorry for holding a grudge in my heart against you. 

Please forgive me Lord for not having forgiven others for the wrong they have done to me. I am terribly sorry.‭‭I confess I was jealous at you, please forgive me.

I ask you to please forgive me for taking revenge [...]