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“This is how WE KNOW that we love the children of God: by LOVING GOD AND CARRYING OUT HIS COMMANDS. In fact, THIS IS LOVE FOR GOD: TO KEEP HIS COMMANDS. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, EVEN OUR FAITH.” (1 John 5:2-4)

[Our love for our Abba Father is a sign or indication that we have been ‘born again’. We are a ‘BRAND NEW CREATION’, old things about us are gone; we are NEW, and we demonstrate this newness by keeping and practicing the Lord’s commands. It is our NEW NATURE to do what is pleasing to our Father, because it is no longer a burden to do what delights our Abba Father! By faith’ we have the victory!!]

“Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one WHO BELIEVES THAT JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD.” (1 John 5:5)

[When Jesus first announced who He was; the people around Him (His own people, the ones he came to redeem!) tried to kill Him, but thankfully, those of us who have chosen to receive Him; He has empowered us to become THE CHILDREN OF GOD!]

“Whoever has THE SON HAS LIFE; whoever does not have the Son of God DOES NOT HAVE LIFE.” (1 John 5:12)

[Our desire to BE OBEDIENT to God, our desire TO LOVE AND KEEP HIS WORD; is a representation to the world that we are our Abba Father’s children, his heirs and of course joint-heirs WITH JESUS! John says:] “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God SO THAT YOU MAY KNOW THAT YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.” (1 John 5:13)

[We have eternal life!!! There are not many assurances in this life, we need assurance and we need security, something we can have total confidence in!]

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that IF WE ASK ANYTHING ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that WE HAVE WHAT WE ASKED OF HIM.” (1 John 5:14-15)

[Jesus said]ask and ye will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you! (Matt. 7:7)

[HAVE A WONDERFULLY BLESSED DAY! Because, just as we love, nurture, protect and care for our children our awesome, heavenly, Abba Father does for us!]

“Because (you) love me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue (you); I will protect (you), for (you) acknowledge my name.” (Psa. 91:14)


-Bill Stockham