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09-26-17 Loved One’s Devotion TOSSED AROUND LIKE INFANTS…

09-26-17 Loved One’s Devotion TOSSED AROUND LIKE INFANTS…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day We are called of God to do works of service so we and those we serve may be filled with the WHOLE MEASURE of Christ

“Then we will NO LONGER BE INFANTS, TOSSED BACK AND FORTH by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming…

If we ignore this calling of God each of us has, to serve others, we will be tossed around as infants because of Satan’s deceitfulness…

“…do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, FORGIVING EACH OTHER, just AS IN CHRIST GOD FORGAVE YOU.” (Eph. 4:30-32)

We need to get rid of all these works of the flesh by FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER

LET’S RECEIVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SON OF GOD AND BECOME MATURE, ACHIEVING THE WHOLE MEASURE OF THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST.

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] “…since God so loved us, WE ALSO OUGHT TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

TOSSED AROUND LIKE INFANTS…

TOSSED AROUND LIKE INFANTS…

“…Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, TO EQUIP HIS PEOPLE FOR WORKS OF SERVICE, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we ALL REACH UNITY IN THE FAITH and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the WHOLE MEASURE of the fullness of Christ

We are called of God to do works of service so we and those we serve may be filled with the WHOLE MEASURE of Christ…

Then we will NO LONGER BE INFANTS, TOSSED BACK AND FORTH by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming…

If we ignore this calling we will be tossed around as infants because of Satan’s deceitfulness…

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect THE MATURE BODY OF HIM WHO IS THE HEAD, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and BUILDS ITSELF UP IN LOVE, as each part does its work.” (Eph. 4:11-16)

We as members of the Body of Christ, must take part in building it up in the Love of God!

“…do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, FORGIVING EACH OTHER, just AS IN CHRIST GOD FORGAVE YOU.” (Eph. 4:30-32)

We need to get rid of all these works of the flesh by FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER

LET’S RECEIVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SON OF GOD AND BECOME MATURE, ACHIEVING THE WHOLE MEASURE OF THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST.

-Bill Stockham

09-25-17 Loved One’s Devotion ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD…

09-25-17 Loved One’s Devotion ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“…I bow my knees before the Father, praying, that you may be FILLED UP TO ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD. Now to Him who is able to do FAR MORE ABUNDANTLY BEYOND all that we ask or think, according to the power that WORKS WITHIN US…” (Eph. 3:14-21)

It is the love of God in us that makes His fullness known in us, so;

since God so loved us, WE ALSO OUGHT TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER. No one has ever seen God; but IF WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (1 John 4:11-12)

How ambitious should we be of this brotherly Christian love, which God releases in us to perfect us! To this John, is making known to us the high favour of God’s dwelling in us; it is by this, we know that we dwell in him, and he in us, because He has given us His Spirit!

THIS LOVE ALLOWS US TO LOVE LIKE GOD LOVES SO THAT WE MAY BE FILLED UP WITH ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] IF WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD…

ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD…

“…I bow my knees before the Father, praying, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be STRENGTHENED WITH POWER through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may DWELL IN YOUR HEARTS through faith;

Paul is praying a passionate prayer for us to be strengthened with God’s divine supernatural power that we would allow Jesus full access to our hearts…

…that you, being rooted and grounded IN LOVE, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to KNOW THE 1LOVE OF CHRIST which surpasses knowledge… 1agapē; the active love of God.

It is so important to God that we understand the fullness of His love, this love allows us to love like God loves…

…that you may be FILLED UP TO ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD. Now to Him who is able to do FAR MORE ABUNDANTLY BEYOND all that we ask or think, according to the power that WORKS WITHIN US, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus…” (Eph. 3:14-21)

It is the love of God in us that manifests His fullness in us, so;

since God so loved us, WE ALSO OUGHT TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER. No one has ever seen God; but IF WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (1 John 4:11-12)

How ambitious should we be of this brotherly Christian love, which God releases in us to perfect us! To this John, is making known to us the high favour of God’s dwelling in us; it is by this, we know that we dwell in him, and he in us, because He has given us His Spirit!

THIS LOVE ALLOWS US TO LOVE LIKE GOD LOVES SO THAT WE MAY BE FILLED UP WITH ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD!

-Bill Stockham

09-24-17 Loved One’s Devotion SURRENDERING MY HEART!

09-24-17 Loved One’s Devotion SURRENDERING MY HEART!

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day “My son [daughter], GIVE ME YOUR HEART and let your eyes delight in my ways…” (Prov. 23:26)

[The word ‘delight’ means bringing “EXTREME SATISFACTION AND GREAT PLEASURE.” Our Abba Father in this appeal speaks to us as His children: “Son, Daughter, give your heart to Me.” Our heart is that which the Lord God Almighty requires and from every one of us; whatever we give to our Abba Father, if we do not give him our hearts, it will not be accepted. We must set our love upon him. Our thoughts must be about Him, and on Him, as our utmost conclusion. The intents of our hearts must be fixed. We must make it our own purpose and plan to devote ourselves to the Lord, and we must be free and cheerful in it. We must not think to divide the heart between God and the world; HE WILL HAVE ALL OR NONE. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with ALL THY HEART!]

“Whoever has my commands and KEEPS them IS THE ONE WHO LOVES ME. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I TOO WILL LOVE THEM AND SHOW MYSELF TO THEM.” (John 14:21)

[We demonstrate our love BY OUR OBEDIENCE because I Samuel 15:22 “…to obey IS BETTER than sacrifice…”!]

THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL TEACH YOU ALL THINGS AND WILL REMIND YOU OF EVERYTHING I HAVE SAID TO YOU!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] Whoever has my commands and KEEPS them IS THE ONE WHO LOVES ME.!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

SURRENDERING MY HEART!

SURRENDERING MY HEART!

“My son [daughter], GIVE ME YOUR HEART and let your eyes delight in my ways…” (Prov. 23:26)

[The word ‘delight’ means bringing “EXTREME SATISFACTION AND GREAT PLEASURE.” Our Abba Father in this appeal speaks to us as His children: “Son, Daughter, give your heart to Me.” Our heart is that which the Lord God Almighty requires and from every one of us; whatever we give to our Abba Father, if we do not give him our hearts, it will not be accepted. We must set our love upon him. Our thoughts must be about Him, and on Him, as our utmost conclusion. The intents of our hearts must be fixed. We must make it our own purpose and plan to devote ourselves to the Lord, and we must be free and cheerful in it. We must not think to divide the heart between God and the world; HE WILL HAVE ALL OR NONE. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with ALL THY HEART!]

“I LOVE THOSE WHO LOVE ME, AND THOSE WHO SEEK ME FIND ME.” (Prov. 8:17)

[We know of course, that God SO LOVED THE WORLD that He gave His only begotten Son. When we Love the Lord it is very pleasing to Him to receive our love and devotion!]

Do not love the world or anything in it. IF YOU LOVE THE WORLD, your LOVE FOR THE FATHER IS NOT IN YOU. Here is what people who belong to this world do. They try to satisfy what their sinful natures want to do. They long for what their sinful eyes look at. They brag about what they have and what they do. All of this comes from the world. IT DOESN’T COME FROM THE FATHER.” (1 John 2:15-16)

[The word for this kind of love is “agapao” a love of devotion, we cannot devote ourselves to the world AND GOD, we must devote ourselves to the Lord God Almighty, our Abba Father!]

“Whoever has my commands and KEEPS them IS THE ONE WHO LOVES ME. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I TOO WILL LOVE THEM AND SHOW MYSELF TO THEM.” (John 14:21)

[We demonstrate our love BY OUR OBEDIENCE because I Samuel 15:22 “…to obey IS BETTER than sacrifice…”!]

“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, WILL TEACH YOU ALL THINGS AND WILL REMIND YOU OF EVERYTHING I HAVE SAID TO YOU. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. DO NOT LET YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED AND DO NOT BE AFRAID.” (John 14:25-27)

[We have been given the GIFT of the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us into ALL truth, then to be obedient to that truth!]

“I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world [the devil] is coming. He has no hold over me, but he comes so that the world may learn that I LOVE THE FATHER AND DO EXACTLY WHAT MY FATHER HAS COMMANDED ME…” (John 14:30-31)

THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL TEACH YOU ALL THINGS AND WILL REMIND YOU OF EVERYTHING I HAVE SAID TO YOU!

-Bill Stockham

09-23-17 Loved One’s Devotion JESUS, FAR ABOVE…

09-23-17 Loved One’s Devotion JESUS, FAR ABOVE…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION, SO THAT YOU MAY 1KNOW HIM BETTER.” 1epignōsis: epi; a sign or mark, gnosis; intimacy, so the word means “a mark of intimacy” that mark is the spirit of wisdom and revelation.

Does Paul personally know this power? Yes, remember Eutychus, who was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him, prayed for him and RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD! (Acts 20:10)

“…GOD PLACED ALL THINGS under Christs feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, THE FULLNESS OF HIM who fills everything in every way.” (Eph. 1:17-23)

This is a prayer from Paul that we would know and experience this INCOMPARABLY GREAT POWER…

I PRAY THAT THE EYES OF YOUR HEART MAY BE ENLIGHTENED IN ORDER THAT YOU MAY KNOW THE HOPE TO WHICH HE HAS CALLED YOU!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION, SO THAT YOU MAY KNOW HIM BETTER.”!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

JESUS, FAR ABOVE…

JESUS, FAR ABOVE…

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION, SO THAT YOU MAY 1KNOW HIM BETTER.” 1epignōsis: epi; a sign or mark, gnosis; intimacy, so the word means “a mark of intimacy” that mark is the spirit of wisdom and revelation.

Paul goes on: I pray that THE EYES OF YOUR HEART MAY BE ENLIGHTENED in order that YOU MAY KNOW THE HOPE to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and HIS INCOMPARABLY GREAT POWER for us who believe.

Paul is praying for us to be well informed, personally knowing the matchless awesome power of God, which is: “…THE SAME as the mighty strength he exerted when HE RAISED CHRIST FROM THE DEAD and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms

Does Paul personally know this power? Yes, remember Eutychus, who was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him, prayed for him and RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD! (Acts 20:10)

This power is: FAR ABOVE ALL RULE AND AUTHORITY, POWER AND DOMINION, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also IN THE ONE TO COME. That’s our realm…

“…GOD PLACED ALL THINGS under Christs feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, THE FULLNESS OF HIM who fills everything in every way.” (Eph. 1:17-23)

This is a prayer from Paul that we would know and experience this INCOMPARABLY GREAT POWER

I PRAY THAT THE EYES OF YOUR HEART MAY BE ENLIGHTENED IN ORDER THAT YOU MAY KNOW THE HOPE TO WHICH HE HAS CALLED YOU!

-Bill Stockham

09-22-17 Loved One’s Devotion SET FREE…

09-22-17 Loved One’s Devotion SET FREE…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day “Even now,” declares the LORD, “RETURN TO ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH FASTING AND WEEPING AND MOURNING.” Rend your heart and not your garments. RETURN TO THE LORD YOUR GOD, FOR HE IS GRACIOUS AND COMPASSIONATE, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he 1relents from sending calamity.” (Joel 2:12-13) [1become mild, compassionate, forgiving.]

[We are being called to repentance, for this is what our Abba Father calls for if we have turned away. HE DOES NOT SHUN US OR TURN HIS BACK ON US. With loving, gracious compassion He pleads for us to return to Him. WE MUST BE TRULY HUMBLED FOR OUR SINS; we must be sorry that we have offended God, and ashamed we have because of sin, wronged ourselves, both wronged our judgments and wronged our interests. There must be OUTWARD EXPRESSIONS OF SORROW AND SHAME!]

“For the wages of sin IS DEATH, but THE GIFT OF GOD is ETERNAL LIFE in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23)

[Freely receive this wonderful gift from God!]

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through CHRIST JESUS the law of the Spirit who gives life HAS SET YOU FREE FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH.” (Rom. 8:1-2)

[If you are already born again, share this with someone you are praying for!]

WE HAVE BEEN SET FREE FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] “…THE GIFT OF GOD is ETERNAL LIFE in Christ Jesus our Lord.”!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

SET FREE…

SET FREE…

“Even now,” declares the LORD, “RETURN TO ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH FASTING AND WEEPING AND MOURNING.” Rend your heart and not your garments. RETURN TO THE LORD YOUR GOD, FOR HE IS GRACIOUS AND COMPASSIONATE, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he 1relents from sending calamity.” (Joel 2:12-13) [1become mild, compassionate, forgiving.]

[We are being called to repentance, for this is what our Abba Father calls for if we have turned away. HE DOES NOT SHUN US OR TURN HIS BACK ON US. With loving, gracious compassion He pleads for us to return to Him. WE MUST BE TRULY HUMBLED FOR OUR SINS; we must be sorry that we have offended God, and ashamed we have because of sin, wronged ourselves, both wronged our judgments and wronged our interests. There must be OUTWARD EXPRESSIONS OF SORROW AND SHAME!]

“Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; STOP DOING WRONG. LEARN TO DO RIGHT; SEEK JUSTICE. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, THEY SHALL BE [white] LIKE WOOL.” (Isa. 1:16-18)

[These two verses are Old Testament calls to repentance, but sound so ‘new’. The temptation to sin has been around since Adam, the ‘deceiver’ our enemy, knows how to trap us and lead us astray so WE MUST ALWAYS STAND GUARD.  I thank you Abba Father that you are so long suffering and care so deeply for your created beings!]

“So repent [change your mind and purpose]; turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased [blotted out, wiped clean], that times of refreshing [of recovering from the effects of sin] may come from the presence of the Lord; And that He may send [to you] the Christ (the Messiah), Who before was designated and appointed for you–even Jesus…” (Acts 3:19-20) AMP

[Thank you, Abba Father, for ‘blotting out’ ALL our sins!]

“For the wages of sin is death, but THE GIFT OF GOD is ETERNAL LIFE in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23)

[Freely receive this wonderful gift from God!]

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through CHRIST JESUS the law of the Spirit who gives life HAS SET YOU FREE FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH.” (Rom. 8:1-2)

[If you are already born again, share this with someone you are praying for!]

WE HAVE BEEN SET FREE FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH!

-Bill Stockham