Face to Face: It Starts Here

The Beginning

Face to Face

The Beginning

Freely accepting, by an act of your own free will, the FREE GIFT from Jesus Christ. That He paid for your sins – past, present and future when He died on the cross. He shed His blood to save you and that blood is what washed us clean. He nailed your sin debt in full to the cross. That’s it. You do not have to earn a gift. He freely gives it to you.

Now your choice is to turn away from sin and ask Him to change you from the inside out. As He changes you, your heart changes and you do not want to sin. We are called to be set apart to Him and love Him more than we love the world. As we do this we chose to put Him first in our lives, the choices we make and He becomes the focus of our lives – not ourselves, not work, not kids, not jobs and not the busy-ness of the day. (Being busy and distracted from His Word and His guidance for our lives daily, hourly – minute by minute, as one of the pastors we once had said it is Being Under Satan’s Yoke.)

It is not what we do but what HE DID FOR US!

2 Corinthians 5: 14-21 ESV The love of Christ controls us because we have concluded this: that One has died for all, therefore all have died; and He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for Him Who for their sake died and was raised. From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trust passes against them, and interesting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake He made Him to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

As we change we want to do things for Him because we realize the truth about what He did for us and we are forever grateful for the price He paid for us to be saved and changed into His likeness. This is called fruit. We begin to do and act as Jesus did and display the fruits of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness and Self-Control. Every time we fail, repent, get up and ask Him to keep changing us! He does!!!

The Icing on the Cake (so to speak) is that He is COMING BACK to get us! There is a Great Tribulation which is the judgement upon those whom have rejected Jesus as their Lord and Savior. All of the signs prophesied in the Bible show the time is short and in our lifetime. And even if it is not, the Bible tells us to always be living as if HE is coming any day. Be ready. (Matt. 24:42, 44; 25:1-13; Mark 13:33, 37; Luke 12:35; 21:19, 34-36; Rom. 13:11; Phil. 4:5; 1 Thess. 1:10; 4:16-18; 5:6-11; 2 Tim. 4:8; Titus 2:13) Jesus returns to grab us up to save us from that Great Tribulation and judgement – The Rapture. (Luke 21:36; John 14:3; 1 Thess. 1:10; 4:15-17; 2 Thess.2:1; Rev. 3:10-11) So choose to live your life for Jesus Christ of Nazareth and no other and He will save you for eternity!

Derick Prince has a FREE great teaching on Salvation.

Billy Graham has this FREE teaching on Salvation.

Salvation Scriptures

Romans 3:23
Romans 8:28-29
Romans 10: 9-10
Isaiah 57:12
Luke 3:8
Hebrews 7:27
Matthew 19:25-26
Ephesians 2:8-9
2 Corinthians 5:21
Acts 16:30-31
Acts 4:12
John 5:24

If you have never given your life to Jesus Christ of Nazareth, or you choose to rededicate your Life to Him, let’s do it now!

You can simply ask Jesus to be Your Lord and Savior. It is that simple or you can say what He did for you like below. There is no set way to do it – it is your heart change that matters.

Just say, “Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God (Yahweh). I believe You died on the cross to save me from my sins – past, present and future. I believe you came to earth to live as a man, and came to teach us how to live a righteous life. I believe you were crucified, died and rose again. I believe you are seated at the right hand of Yahweh in Heavenly places, forever interceding for me. I surrender my life to You, Jesus Christ of Nazareth and You alone. Today I make You my LORD and Savior. Amen.” (It is not possible to accept the salvation from Jesus without making Him the LORD of your life first.)

Now, tell everyone you want to that you have given your life to Jesus Christ and READ YOUR BIBLE! Do not buy books and read books rather than the Bible. Read your Bible!!! The Holy Spirit is our teacher. (John 14:26; 1 John 2:27) Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal all truth (John 16:13, 14:17, 15:26; 1 John 4:6, 1 John 5:6) to you and then read your Bible.

FREE BIBLES (online & phone app) If you do not know what version of the Bible to get, start with any one of them! As you grow, you will find that you like one over another. I always used NASB version, but I love the AMPLIFIED and have just found the Fire Bible Study Bible ESV and I love this one as well. Many people love the KING JAMES – as it uses the MT vs. CT. (majority text vs. critical text) See the following web site for a great comparison on the texts in the different versions of the Bibles to decide which Bible is for you. This is a great Resource!

Read whatever Bible you can get. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to you and He will! The Bible, no matter the version, is Inspired by God and alive and He will work through whatever version you read to reveal secrets to you. He will show you where you need to repent and reveal Who He is to you. It is the most incredible book ever and it is all we need!

Bibles for AmericaBible online,   Fire Bibles,   Bible Gateway

Faith

Oh Lord, Increase Our

Faith

”Emunah”(Hebrew) & “Pistus”(Greek)

1 Cor. 13:12 For now we see through a mirror with dimness but then, *face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
i.e.. An imperfect reflection vs. seeing The LORD directly and clearly in heaven

*face to face: Gen. 32:30: So Jacob named the place “Peniel” (Face of God), for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been preserved.”

Hab. 2:4 …But the righteous (just, virtuous, upright, honorable, pure) will live by their faith.

Matt. 14:31 Jesus said to Peter, “ye of little faith, why do you doubt?”

Matt. 9:22 He said, “Your faith has healed you.”

Matt. 9:29 According to your faith it will be done to you.

Matt. 15:28 Then Jesus said to her, “O Woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish. And her daughter was healed at once.

Matt. 17:20 And Jesus said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there, and it will move, and nothing will be impossible to you.’”

Matt. 9:2 and Mk. 2:5 And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

Mk. 5:34 “Daughter, your faith has healed you (made you well). Go in peace and be healed of your affliction.”

Mk. 4:40 and He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no (little) faith?”

Mk. 9:23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes (has faith).”

Mk. 16:14 He rebuked them for their lack of faith. (Unbelief and Hardness of heart)

Luke 5:20 When the man brought the man on a stretcher to Jesus, seeing their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.”

Luke 7:50 And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Luke 17:5-6 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said if you have faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’ and it would obey you.

Luke 18:8b However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith (belief and trust) on the earth?”

Luke 22:32 but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

Jn. 8:30 As He spoke many put their faith (belief, trust) in Him.

Acts 11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed (had faith) and turned to the Lord.

Acts 11:24 Barnabas sent Antioch to preach the Word for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and several (considerable numbers) were brought to the Lord.

Acts 14:27 When they had arrived and gathered the church together, they began to report all things that God had done with them and how He had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.

Acts 26:18 …to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’

Rom. 1:12 Paul said, “That I might be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the others faith, both yours and mine.”

Rom. 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith.”

Rom. 3:28 & 31 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the law….31.) Do we then nullify the law through faith? May it never be. On the contrary, we establish the law (by our faith).

Rom. 5:1-5 (1) We have been justified through (by) faith, we have peace of God through our LORD Jesus Christ.

Rom. 10:17 So faith comes from hearing and hearing by the Word of Christ.

Rom. 12:3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

1 Cor. 12:9 …to another, faith by the same Spirit,… (Gift of Faith – See Spiritual Gifts from God)

1 Cor. 13:2 …And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

1 Cor. 15:12-19 (14) and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.

2 Cor. 5:7 We live (walk) by faith, not by sight.

Gal. 2:20 Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me,”

Gal. 3:1-14 (7) Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.

Eph. 2:8…For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

Eph. 6:16…Paul said: “Take up the Shield of Faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”

What is FAITH?

Putting your trust and reliance (with confidence) with your heart, mind, soul and strength in the LORD JESUS CHRIST who has authority over all because He is the creator of all – THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD (sovereign). Walking with God – daily seeking Him, living minute by minute in conversation with Jesus and surrendering to His will for our lives as we wait patiently upon Him to guide us and answer our prayers. We must have a personal relationship with Him knowing He hears us and answers our every prayer. He may not do as we ask or answer our prayers as we expect Him to BUT because of His faithfulness, righteousness, goodness, and love for us, His plan for our lives is better than anything we can imagine. Everyday with Jesus is an adventure!

The more we spend time in the Word of God, daily, the more we learn how faithful The LORD is to us. Confidence in Him grows as we read and learn about Him and His nature and then so does our faith. We can also ask The LORD to give us the “gift of faith” (See the Bible study on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit) and to “help our faith”.
If you wish, at the end of this study there are prayers you can pray based on scripture.
When all else fails, cry out to Him. He hears. He answers. He loves you!

Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. It is impossible to please God without faith. When Jesus returns He will be looking for anyone whom has faith in Him as their Savior. Will any be found on this earth? Luke 17:5-6

Hebrews, chapter 11, is known as the faith” chapter and is an excellent source on this subject. I will highlight a few of these verses.

Heb. 11: 1: Now faith is the substance (assurance) of things hoped for the evidence (conviction) of things not seen. 2)For by it the men of old gained approval. 3) By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the Word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. 4) By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain…5) By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. 6) And without faith it is impossible to please God. 7) By faith Noah built an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became the heir of righteousness which is according to faith. 8) By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive an inheritance; and he went out not knowing where he was going.   9. By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise…10) for he was looking for the city which has foundations whose architect and builder is God. 11) By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised. 17) By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Issac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son.

James 1:3 Count it all joy my brethren when you encounter various trials; 3) knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4) And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing, 6) But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 12) Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

James 1:6 But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.

James 2:14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 15.) If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16.) and one of you says to them,”Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17.) Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. (Intellectual faith void of a heart change.)

James 5:15 and the prayer offered in faith will (make the sick person well) restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.

1 Peter 1:3-5 (5) who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Rev. 13:10 If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints.

Job 39:12 “Will you have faith in him that he will return your grain and gather it from your threshing floor?

Psalm 146:6 Who made heaven and earth, The sea and all that is in them; Who keeps faith forever;

Col. 2:5…For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.

1 Thes. 5:8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.

2 Thes. 3:2 and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith.

1 Tim. 4:12 Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.

2 Tim. 2:18 men who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset the faith of some.

2 Tim. 4:7 I have fought the good fight . I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8.) in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to those who have loved His appearing.

Titus 2:10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith so that they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect.

Heb. 4:4-6 Paul said: “For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5.) and have tasted the good Word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6) and then have fallen

Heb. 10:22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Heb. 10:38 But My righteous one shall live by faith; And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.

 

FAITH

Faith is trusting God and taking Him at His Word immediately, obediently, without any hesitation.

 

Love

Never Fails

Love

Love is not an emotion, it is a choice. I recently saw the movie, “Dan in Real Life”, and in the movie they say that Love is an ability and I have come to understand that this is more true than I realized. This ability is given to us by The Holy Spirit of Yahweh as we ask for more, we get more! We can not love in our own effort. It takes Jesus’ agape love for us to love the unlovely. We were once unlovely and He first loved us. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can love the unlovely and help them by praying for them as Jesus Christ has done for us.

Have you tried to love people in your own effort? I have. It is not possible! It takes Jesus’ Love in us to be able to truly love people.

LOVE

Today we use the word “Love” freely. We love family, friends, homes, restaurants, stuff, vacation spots, music, holidays…it is endless. The love we have for each one is a different love. In the English language “love” encompasses all kinds of feelings. In the greek (the original language of the new testament) there are 4 different words used for love. Each word conveys a different type of love. These words differentiate and are more specifically descriptive of kinds of love.

In the natural, not based on God’s love, we do so in our own ability and love is based on our expectations, feelings, emotions, what we and others do and say. Because of this, we can be easily *offended manifested in anger, jealousy, hurt, frustration, etc. – based upon another’s actions and words.

 

 

(*Offense is a trap of the enemy to create division between us and God as well as between our brothers and sisters. This is when we take something personally when another person does something to hurt us. Offense in the Bible means “ the part of a trap to which the bait is attached”. Once we become offended, we are in captivity, prison, caged, confined, under lock and key by the enemy. Quarrels, opposition, anger, jealousy and strife, are some of the “feelings” or fruits that are flags telling us we are offended. We must go to God and give him the person and situation that has occurred and let Him take care of the it. Pray for the person whom has done wrong to you.)

Types of Love

STORGE LOVE

“Storge”: Protective type of Love. Natural Instinct and a strong sense to nurture and shelter a child. The feelings of a mother and a child, husband and a wife and his family.

“Storge” love equips parents to shield and defend and care for their families but this must be in balance with God’s love as its foundation. When out of balance, this love can become self serving, suffocating and controlling. This happens when the children or spouse are expected to meet a need that only God can meet.

Natural love: Human nature

PHILEO LOVE

“Phileo”: A friendship love often based on mutual interests and like-mindedness. We form close relationships with others in our same church, social group, age group, school and work together, hobby or same interests or even common enemies.

This love can be rich and deep. This love is the same love depicted between David and Jonathan in 1 Samuel 18: 1 & 2, 1 Samuel 20 & 1 Samuel 23:14 – 18. Please read these scriptures out loud.

EROS LOVE

“Eros”: We derive our word “erotica” from the Greek word “eros”. This means a passionate, exhilarating love or a sexual love, based on physical attraction. “Eros” creates a very powerful emotion within us. This is often our “first-love” – consumed with thoughts of that special someone. When we fall in love and have thoughts that we are in love, this is “eros” love.

Without God’s love as our foundation, “eros” love is not always wonderful. Because this is a human love, it can become deceptive, distorted, and damaging. This kind of love has caused more harm and ruined more lives than any other form of natural love.

AGAPE LOVE

“Agape”: This is Divine love (Nature of God) and transcends human love. “Agape” love is so vast that it is difficult for us as humans to understand or put in words a description of His love.

Undeserving: It is a love that is unearned and unwarranted. We are not “good- enough” to deserve this type of love.

Not only are we loved by God, but He demonstrated His love for us by sending His son to die for us, in our place, while we were yet sinners. “Agape” love is the cross of Christ! When we think we are not lovable, have been rejected by others or criticized, remember His love and what He has done for us – before we were born, He chose us.

He created a way for us to be without any blemish or sin because of the blood He shed for us on the cross. The blood of Jesus covers us and washes us as white as snow. His desire is to be the love of our lives. He wants us to seek Him first and live our lives for Him – daily. He wants us to have a personal relationship with Him. We are special and loved by the Lord, equally, and He desires us to be His friend and the lover of our soul. He is God.

Unfailing: It is a love that is unfailing and unending.

This means that “Agape” love cannot be diminished, disappear or be removed from us. It cannot be ineffective or unproductive. Jesus does not give His love and take it away. He loves us. Once we give our lives to the Lord and our hearts – dedicating our lives to Him, He hears our prayers, He becomes active in our lives. He will never take away His love for us.His love is not based on what we do or say – He is grace. We do not deserve His love, He freely gives it to us.

Love never fails; It never ceases; It never ends! God is love and “agape” love is eternal.

Unfathomable: God’s love for us is so vast, it is difficult for us to measure or comprehend.

Unselfish: God’s love is totally selfless. It is a giving love, always with the good of another in mind. It gives sacrificially – offering, giving up, abandonment, gift, surrender…

To be selfish, means to put yourself above and before another and their welfare – to seek ones own good, advantage, pleasure or well-being, disregarding others. Jesus does not love Himself more than He loves us. If this were true, He would not have died on the cross to set us free! Jesus is the ultimate representation of “agape” love. He is God’s love. God came to earth in the flesh, lived selflessly without sin, gave the ultimate sacrifice for the good of us all, His life. Now as Christians we are to model His love for others.

Unconditional: God’s love has no conditions imposed upon it. It is not influenced by us; what we say or do. It comes from God freely and depends solely on Him in all of His perfection. This is grace – unmerited favor.

“Agape” love is more valuable than any thing we own. It is more valuable than any person, thing or feeling. It is deeper, stronger and everlasting – it can not be compared to any “thing”.

Jesus is the ultimate representation of “agape” love. He is God’s love. He came to earth, lived selflessly, gave the ultimate sacrifice for the good of us all. His life. Now as Christians we are to model His love for others, to others. Love is not a feeling as the world teaches. Agape love is treating others as Jesus treats us; Doing for others as Jesus did for us; and Being His hands and feet on this earth. He lives in us and we bring Him to others as we live our lives and walk as He walked.

Agape love, loves God’s way! God restores the expression of natural love to their proper order in our lives and we are then able to manifest love to others. Without “agape” love, our love expressions will be conditional, based on emotions, circumstances, and selfish desires.

Joy

Never-Ending

Joy

Do you know what Joy is?

Joy is the contentment you have during any situation, trial or celebration provided to us by Jesus through His Holy Spirit. I would even go as far as saying that to me the Holy Spirit’s presence is Joy.

 

JOY

This is the fullness of the Holy Spirit. He fills us up and we have contentment in every circumstance with a peace that surpasses all understanding.