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7-11-17 Loved Ones Devotion YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE!

7-11-17 Loved Ones Devotion YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE!

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“THIS, THEN, IS HOW YOU SHOULD PRAY: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE, on in earth [in us as earthen vessels] as it is in heaven.” (Matt. 6:9-10)

[Jesus started verses 5, 6 and 7 of Matthew with these words: “when you pray…” As important as our next breath, prayer should be JUST AS IMPORTANT for us!]

“…lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matt. 6:13)

[We are tempted by the god of this world Satan, to think and say, “we’ll be ok, the Lord will help us” but, unless we DILIGENTLY SEEK THE LORD in prayer, we’ll be on our own!]

“Our Father…YOUR kingdom come, YOUR will be done…” (Matt. 6:9-10)

[Let this be the theme of our daily prayer!]

“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet (Elisha) answered. “THOSE WHO ARE WITH US ARE MORE THAN THOSE WHO ARE WITH THEM.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills FULL OF HORSES AND CHARIOTS OF FIRE all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:16-17)

[Elisha needed help from the Lord he prayed “thy kingdom come thy will be done” and the Lord filled the area around Elisha with divine help; let this be our prayer, Lord fill the area in and around our homes with your divine presence– “YOUR kingdom come, YOUR will be done”!]

If you say [let this be our prayer], “The LORD is my refuge,” and YOU MAKE THE MOST HIGH YOUR DWELLING [wherever I am], NO HARM WILL OVERTAKE YOU, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you TO GUARD YOU IN ALL YOUR WAYS…” (Psa. 91:9-11)

[Pray this: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh, Oh, Abba Father be with us in every season of our lives,“YOUR kingdom come, YOUR will be done”!]

I HAVE SOUGHT YOUR FACE WITH ALL MY HEART; be gracious to me according to your promise.” (Psa. 119:58)

[Seeking the Lord’s face is how we develop an intimacy with our Abba Father!]  “You have said [Lord], “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “YOUR FACE, LORD, DO I SEEK.” (Psa. 27:8)

[Seek God’s face and pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done!]

WE WILL SEEK THE LORD’S FACE WITH ALL OUR HEART!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] I HAVE SOUGHT YOUR FACE WITH ALL MY HEART; be gracious to me according to your promise.”!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE!

YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE!

 

“THIS, THEN, IS HOW YOU SHOULD PRAY: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE, on in earth [in us as earthen vessels] as it is in heaven.” (Matt. 6:9-10)

[Jesus started verses 5, 6 and 7 of Matthew with these words: “when you pray…” As important as our next breath, prayer should be JUST AS IMPORTANT for us!]

“…lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matt. 6:13)

[We are tempted by the god of this world Satan, to think and say, “we’ll be ok, the Lord will help us” but, unless we DILIGENTLY SEEK THE LORD in prayer, we’ll be on our own!]

“Our Father…YOUR kingdom come, YOUR will be done…” (Matt. 6:9-10)

[Let this be the theme of our daily prayer!]

“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet (Elisha) answered. “THOSE WHO ARE WITH US ARE MORE THAN THOSE WHO ARE WITH THEM.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills FULL OF HORSES AND CHARIOTS OF FIRE all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:16-17)

[Elisha needed help from the Lord he prayed “thy kingdom come thy will be done” and the Lord filled the area around Elisha with divine help; let this be our prayer, Lord fill the area in and around our homes with your divine presence- “YOUR kingdom come, YOUR will be done”!]

If you say [let this be our prayer], “The LORD is my refuge,” and YOU MAKE THE MOST HIGH YOUR DWELLING [where ever I am], NO HARM WILL OVERTAKE YOU, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you TO GUARD YOU IN ALL YOUR WAYS…” (Psa. 91:9-11)

[Oh, Abba Father be with us in every season of our lives,“YOUR kingdom come, YOUR will be done”!]

“I HAVE SOUGHT YOUR FACE WITH ALL MY HEART; be gracious to me according to your promise.” (Psa. 119:58)

[Seeking the Lord’s face is how we develop an intimacy with our Abba Father!]  “You have said [Lord], “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “YOUR FACE, LORD, DO I SEEK.” (Psa. 27:8)

[Seek God’s face and pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done!]

WE WILL SEEK THE LORD’S FACE WITH ALL OUR HEART!

-Bill Stockham

07-10-17 Loved Ones Devotion MEET MY “FAMILY”!

07-10-17 Loved Ones Devotion MEET MY “FAMILY”!

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“For HE CHOSE US IN HIM before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love HE PREDESTINED US FOR ADOPTION TO SONSHIP THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, IN ACCORDANCE WITH HIS PLEASURE AND WILL…(Eph. 1:4-5)

[It is the purpose of God that at just the right time (when we are born again) we would become his adopted children (His “whosoever-will family), and so have a right to all the privileges and to the inheritance of children!]

“…to the praise of his glorious grace, which HE HAS FREELY GIVEN US in the One he loves. In him we have REDEMPTION through his blood, the FORGIVENESS OF SINS, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace…” (Eph. 1:6-7)

[All is OF GOD, and FROM HIM, and THROUGH HIM, and therefore ALL MUST BE TO HIM, and focus in his praise. THE GLORY OF GOD is his own end, and IT SHOULD BE OURS IN ALL THAT WE DO.]

“…God’s grace that he lavished [heaped] on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure…TO BRING UNITY to all things in heaven and ON EARTH UNDER CHRIST.” (Eph. 1:7-10)

[It is our great privilege to be accepted of God, WHICH IMPLIES HIS LOVE TO US and his TAKING US under his care and INTO HIS FAMILY. We cannot be accepted of God, except through Jesus Christ!]

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, THE PROMISED HOLY SPIRIT, who is a deposit GUARANTEEING OUR INHERITANCE until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.” (Eph. 1:13-14)

[Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh, See how this promise is fulfilled…]

“…the Spirit you received BROUGHT ABOUT YOUR ADOPTION TO SONSHIP. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN. Now if we are children, then we are…heirs of God and CO-HEIRS WITH CHRIST…” (Rom. 8:15-17)

…remember…you who are Gentiles…and called “uncircumcised” …at that time YOU WERE SEPARATE FROM CHRIST, excluded from citizenship in Israel…BUT NOW …you…HAVE BEEN BROUGHT NEAR BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. For he himself is our peace, who has MADE THE TWO GROUPS ONE…and IN ONE BODY TO RECONCILE BOTH OF THEM [us] TO GOD THROUGH THE CROSS…” (Eph. 2:11-13, 14-16)

WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN! NOW IF WE ARE CHILDREN, THEN WE ARE HEIRS OF GOD AND JOINT-HEIRS WITH CHRIST!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] “…by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN. Now if we are children, then we are…heirs of God and CO-HEIRS WITH CHRIST…”!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

MEET MY “FAMILY”!

MEET MY “FAMILY”!

“For HE CHOSE US IN HIM before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love HE PREDESTINED US FOR ADOPTION TO SONSHIP THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, IN ACCORDANCE WITH HIS PLEASURE AND WILL(Eph. 1:4-5)

[It is the purpose of God that at just the right time (when we are born again) we would become his adopted children (His “whosoever-will family), and so have a right to all the privileges and to the inheritance of children!]

“…to the praise of his glorious grace, which HE HAS FREELY GIVEN US in the One he loves. In him we have REDEMPTION through his blood, the FORGIVENESS OF SINS, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace…” (Eph. 1:6-7)

[All is OF GOD, and FROM HIM, and THROUGH HIM, and therefore ALL MUST BE TO HIM, and focus in his praise. THE GLORY OF GOD is his own end, and IT SHOULD BE OURS IN ALL THAT WE DO.]  

“…God’s grace that he lavished [heaped] on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure…TO BRING UNITY to all things in heaven and ON EARTH UNDER CHRIST.” (Eph. 1:7-10)

[It is our great privilege to be accepted of God, WHICH IMPLIES HIS LOVE TO US and his TAKING US under his care and INTO HIS FAMILY. We cannot be accepted of God, except through Jesus Christ!]

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, THE PROMISED HOLY SPIRIT, who is a deposit GUARANTEEING OUR INHERITANCE until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.” (Eph. 1:13-14)

[See how this promise is fulfilled…]

“…the Spirit you received BROUGHT ABOUT YOUR ADOPTION TO SONSHIP. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN. Now if we are children, then we are…heirs of God and CO-HEIRS WITH CHRIST…” (Rom. 8:15-17)

…remember…you who are Gentiles…and called “uncircumcised” …at that time YOU WERE SEPARATE FROM CHRIST, excluded from citizenship in Israel…BUT NOW …you…HAVE BEEN BROUGHT NEAR BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. For he himself is our peace, who has MADE THE TWO GROUPS ONE…and IN ONE BODY TO RECONCILE BOTH OF THEM [us] TO GOD THROUGH THE CROSS…” (Eph. 2:11-13, 14-16)

WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN! NOW IF WE ARE CHILDREN, THEN WE ARE HEIRS OF GOD AND JOINT-HEIRS WITH CHRIST!

 -Bill Stockham

07-09-17 Loved Ones Devotion ABOUT THESE “SIGNS”!

07-09-17 Loved Ones Devotion ABOUT THESE “SIGNS”!

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every dayAnd THESE SIGNS WILL ACCOMPANY THOSE WHO BELIEVE: in my name, they will CAST OUT DEMONS; they will SPEAK IN NEW TONGUES; they will LAY THEIR HANDS ON THE SICK, AND THEY WILL RECOVER.” (Mark 16:17-18)

[“Signs” comes from the word; sēmeion: distinguishing mark, miracle! These “SIGNS” will “GO WITH” with believers!]

Very truly I tell you, WHOEVER BELIEVES IN ME WILL DO THE WORKS I HAVE BEEN DOING, and they WILL DO EVEN GREATER THINGS than these…” (John 14:12)

[“Works” from the word ergon; action, behavior or deed!]

And I will do WHATEVER YOU ASK in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me FOR ANYTHING in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)

[Why will we do these things? TO GLORIFY THE FATHER; because these “signs” could only be done supernaturally, to indicate a miraculous event!]

“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and YOUR JOY WILL BE COMPLETE.” (John 16:24)

[Qualifier: We are to ask so we may do THE WORKS THAT JESUS DID: NOT new, airplanes, boats and the like! Where do these miraculous signs come from? The Holy Spirit of God in us! To show the world and to remind us of who we are which will make our joy complete!]

“…you WILL RECEIVE POWER when THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES ON YOU; and you will be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

[Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh, The Holy Spirit is anxiously awaiting our ACCEPTING AND BELIEVING these wonderful promises from the Lord!]

“His divine power has given us EVERYTHING WE NEED for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may PARTICIPATE [take part in] IN THE DIVINE NATURE…” (2 Peter 1:3-4)

[What is the divine nature? For us to FINISH THE WORK AS JESUS WOULD DO IF HE WERE STILL ON THIS EARTH! Now we are here as:] “…Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us…” (2 Corin. 5:20)

[We are Christ’s representatives so LET US DO AS HE WOULD DO: take part in His divine nature by believing and doing miraculous signs!]

WE ARE CHRIST’S AMBASSADORS, HERE ON EARTH; TODAY!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may PARTICIPATE [take part in] IN THE DIVINE NATURE.!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

ABOUT THESE “SIGNS”!

ABOUT THESE “SIGNS”!

And THESE SIGNS WILL ACCOMPANY THOSE WHO BELIEVE: in my name, they will CAST OUT DEMONS; they will SPEAK IN NEW TONGUES; they will PICK UP SERPENTS WITH THEIR HANDS; and if they drink ANY DEADLY POISON, IT WILL NOT HURT THEM; they will LAY THEIR HANDS ON THE SICK, AND THEY WILL RECOVER.” (Mark 16:17-18)

[“Signs” comes from the word; sēmeion: distinguishing mark, miracle! These “SIGNS” will “GO WITH” with believers!]

Very truly I tell you, WHOEVER BELIEVES IN ME WILL DO THE WORKS I HAVE BEEN DOING, and they WILL DO EVEN GREATER THINGS than these…” (John 14:12)

[“Works” from the word ergon; action, behavior or deed!]

And I will do WHATEVER YOU ASK in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me FOR ANYTHING in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)

[Why will we do these things? TO GLORIFY THE FATHER; because these “signs” could only be done supernaturally, to indicate a miraculous event!]

“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and YOUR JOY WILL BE COMPLETE.” (John 16:24)

[Qualifier: We are to ask so we may do THE WORKS THAT JESUS DID: NOT new, airplanes, boats and the like! Where do these miraculous signs come from? The Holy Spirit of God in us! To show the world and to remind us of who we are which will make our joy complete!]

“…you WILL RECEIVE POWER when THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES ON YOU; and you will be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

[The Holy Spirit is anxiously awaiting our ACCEPTING AND BELIEVING these wonderful promises from the Lord!]

“His divine power has given us EVERYTHING WE NEED for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may PARTICIPATE [take part in] IN THE DIVINE NATURE…” (2 Peter 1:3-4)

[What is the divine nature? For us to FINISH THE WORK AS JESUS WOULD DO IF HE WERE STILL ON THIS EARTH! Now we are here as:]

“…Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us…” (2 Corin. 5:20)

[We are Christ’s representatives so LET US DO AS HE WOULD DO: take part in His divine nature by believing and doing miraculous signs!]

WE ARE CHRIST’S AMBASSADORS, HERE ON EARTH; TODAY!

-Bill Stockham

WHAT ARE THESE “GIFTS”?

WHAT ARE THESE “GIFTS”?

“Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I DO NOT WANT YOU TO BE UNINFORMED.” (1 Corin. 12:1)

[Paul now comes to teach us of spiritual gifts, which flourished then, SHOULD flourish NOW!]

“There are VARIOUS KINDS OF GIFTS, but the SAME SPIRIT distributes them.” (1 Corin. 12:4)

[Gifts and graces, charismata and charis, greatly vary. Both indeed are FREELY given BY GOD!]  “Now TO EACH ONE the manifestation of the Spirit is given FOR THE COMMON GOOD.” (1 Corin. 12:7)

[Gifts are given BY GOD, activated by the HOLY SPIRIT; for the benefit and redemption of others!]

“To one there is given through the Spirit a message of WISDOM, to another a message of KNOWLEDGE by means of the same Spirit, to another FAITH by the same Spirit, to another gifts of HEALING by that one Spirit, to another MIRACULOUS POWERS, to another PROPHECY, to another DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN SPIRITS, to another SPEAKING IN DIFFERENT KINDS OF TONGUES, and to still another the INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES.” (1 Corin. 12:8-10)

[Notice, there are nine spiritual gifts listed here; who decides what gift is to be used? GOD does! Where does the power come from to operate these gifts? The Holy Spirit of God in us!]

“All these are the WORK OF ONE AND THE SAME SPIRIT, and he distributes them to each one, JUST AS HE DETERMINES.” (1 Corin. 12:11)

[The Holy Spirit works the godly effects and distributes the godly gifts AS HE WILLS, BY HIS OWN POWER, and according to HIS OWN PLEASURE, without dependence or control. But though he distributes these gifts freely and uncontrollably, they are intended by Him, not for private honor and advantage, but FOR PUBLIC BENEFIT, for THE EDIFICATION OF THE BODY OF CHRIST, His church!]

“And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. NOW EAGERLY DESIRE THE GREATER GIFTS.” (1 Corin. 12:28, 31)

[Where are these gifts today? My question is; where is our EAGER DESIRE for these gifts to be used in and through us?]

WE MUST NOW EAGERLY DESIRE THE GREATER GIFTS!

-Bill Stockham

07-08-17 Loved Ones Devotion WHAT ARE THESE “GIFTS”

07-08-17 Loved Ones Devotion WHAT ARE THESE “GIFTS”

My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I DO NOT WANT YOU TO BE UNINFORMED. (1 Corin. 12:1)

[Paul now comes to teach us of spiritual gifts, which flourished then, SHOULD flourish NOW!]

“There are VARIOUS KINDS OF GIFTS, but the SAME SPIRIT distributes them.” (1 Corin. 12:4)

[Gifts and graces, charismata and charis, greatly vary. Both indeed are FREELY given BY GOD!]

“Now TO EACH ONE the manifestation of the Spirit is given FOR THE COMMON GOOD.” (1 Corin. 12:7)

[Gifts are given BY GOD, activated by the HOLY SPIRIT; for the benefit and redemption of others!]

“To one there is given through the Spirit a message of WISDOM, to another a message of KNOWLEDGE by means of the same Spirit, to another FAITH by the same Spirit, to another gifts of HEALING by that one Spirit, to another MIRACULOUS POWERS, to another PROPHECY, to another DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN SPIRITS, to another SPEAKING IN DIFFERENT KINDS OF TONGUES [different languages], and to still another the INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES.” (1 Corin. 12:8-10)

[Notice, there are nine spiritual gifts listed here; who decides what gift is to be used? GOD does! Where does the power come from to operate these gifts? The Holy Spirit of God in us!]

“All these are the WORK OF ONE AND THE SAME SPIRIT, and he distributes them to each one, JUST AS HE DETERMINES.” (1 Corin. 12:11)

[The Holy Spirit works the godly effects and distributes the godly gifts AS HE WILLS, BY HIS OWN POWER, and according to HIS OWN PLEASURE, without dependence or control. But though he distributes these gifts freely and uncontrollably, they are intended by Him, not for private honor and advantage, but FOR PUBLIC BENEFIT, for THE EDIFICATION OF THE BODY OF CHRIST, His church!]

“And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. NOW EAGERLY DESIRE THE GREATER GIFTS.” (1 Corin. 12:28, 31)

[Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh, Where are these gifts today? My question is; where is our EAGER DESIRE for these gifts to be used in and through us?]

WE MUST NOW EAGERLY DESIRE THE GREATER GIFTS!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] All these are the WORK OF ONE AND THE SAME SPIRIT, and he distributes them TO EACH ONE [of us], JUST AS HE DETERMINES.!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

07-07-17 Loved Ones Devotion THE PURPOSE OF GOD’S CHURCH!

07-07-17 Loved Ones Devotion THE PURPOSE OF GOD’S CHURCH!

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every dayHE [Jesus] GAVE some, APOSTLES; and some, PROPHETS; and some, EVANGELISTS; and some, PASTORS and TEACHERS; For the PERFECTING OF THE SAINTS, for the WORK OF THE MINISTRY, for the EDIFYING OF THE BODY OF CHRIST:” (Eph. 4:11-12)

[Jesus gave various ministry positions (remember HE CALLS US to this work!) To complete us unto the callings He has for us, so His church (body of Christ) CAN BE BUILT UP!]

“Till we all come in the 1unity of the faith, and of the 2knowledge of the Son of God, unto A 3PERFECT MAN, unto 4the measure of the stature OF THE FULNESS OF CHRIST:” (Eph. 4:13)

[1unity of the faith: we must be united in our understanding of the scripture! How?

“…God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God…the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.” (1 Corin. 2:10-11),

[2knowledge of the Son of God: the work “knowledge” literally means “a mark of intimacy” to know in a very intimate way. By the Spirit of adoption Christ is our “Brother” and our brother loved us so much that He gave Himself for us!]

“…Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and…the two SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.” This MYSTERY IS PROFOUND, and I am saying that IT REFERS TO CHRIST AND THE CHURCH.” (Eph. 5:25, 31-32)

[For us to know what Christ expects from us we must know Him intimately!]  

[3a perfect man: we will be complete in Christ, doing His will, not ours] 

“You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matt. 5:48)

4the measure of the stature OF THE FULNESS OF CHRIST: we look at Christ in the word and that is what we measure up to! Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh]

“…that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that SHE MIGHT BE HOLY AND WITHOUT BLEMISH.” (Eph. 5:27)

WE MUST BE PERFECT AS OUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS PERFECT; IS ANYTHING TOO HARD FOR THE LORD?

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] Your word is: “…God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God…the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God” (!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

THE PURPOSE OF GOD’S CHURCH!

THE PURPOSE OF GOD’S CHURCH!

“…HE [Jesus] GAVE some, APOSTLES; and some, PROPHETS; and some, EVANGELISTS; and some, PASTORS and TEACHERS; For the PERFECTING OF THE SAINTS, for the WORK OF THE MINISTRY, for the EDIFYING OF THE BODY OF CHRIST:” (Eph. 4:11-12)

[Jesus gave various ministry positions (remember HE CALLS US to this work!) To complete us unto the callings He has for us, so His church (body of Christ) CAN BE BUILT UP!]

“Till we all come in the 1unity of the faith, and of the 2knowledge of the Son of God, unto A 3PERFECT MAN, unto 4the measure of the stature OF THE FULNESS OF CHRIST:” (Eph. 4:13)

[1unity of the faith: we must be united in our understanding of the scripture! How?

“…God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God…the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.” (1 Corin. 2:10-11),

[2knowledge of the Son of God: the work “knowledge” literally means “a mark of intimacy” to know in a very intimate way. By the Spirit of adoption Christ is our “Brother” and our brother loved us so much that He gave Himself for us!]

“…Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and…the two SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.” This MYSTERY IS PROFOUND, and I am saying that IT REFERS TO CHRIST AND THE CHURCH.” (Eph. 5:25, 31-32) [For us to know what Christ expects from us we must know Him intimately!]  [3a perfect man: we will be complete in Christ, doing His will, not ours 4the measure of the stature OF THE FULNESS OF CHRIST: we look at Christ in the word and that is what we measure up to!]

You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matt. 5:48)

“…that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that SHE MIGHT BE HOLY AND WITHOUT BLEMISH.” (Eph. 5:27)

WE MUST BE PERFECT AS OUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS PERFECT; IS ANYTHING TOO HARD FOR THE LORD?

-Bill Stockham