CHURCH = born again believers in Jesus Christ It is the active plan of God for unifying Jesus-believing Jews and Jesus-believing Gentiles into "one body" = the Church of Jesus Christ. (Eph. 3:2-6) How exciting is this?! A unified body of "one" to do the Lord's work!
This mystery was hidden to past generations, a secret; until it was revealed by the Spirit to God's apostles and prophets (for preaching and teaching). (v. 5) (Eph. 2:20)
>>>>> Past Generations: Old Testament
The mystery of the Church was hidden, a secret, in the OT because Jesus had not come, yet. Though, it was prophesied in the OT (Romans 15:9-12) that Gentiles …
Have you ever thought about how washing your face and prayer are synonymous? Neither had I until this morning when the Lord dropped this realization in on me!
When we wash our face, what are we doing? The process of washing is removing the dead skin cells and dirt. It is getting rid of the old, for the new to shine.
>>>> Just like prayer. As Believers, when we pray and ask the Lord for forgiveness, He forgives; washing away the dead skin cells and dirt of daily disobedience. Daily prayer and asking for forgiveness keeps the communication open between ourselves and our heavenly Father. We're not asking for forgiveness unto salvation; that was a one and done -- once saved always saved. Daily asking for forgiveness is so that we can stay in communication with heaven, draw closer to God, become more sensitive to the working of the Holy Spirit, etc. If we carry on with unwashed dirt, it hampers our shine and dulls the voice of o…
What matters is the <<willingness>>, which is the motive of true generosity.And this willingness -- begins in the heart.
It matters not how small a gift of giving you offer; rather, that what is offered is given from the heart. All the wealth in the world that is given out of appearance sake, cannot out-give a poor person's heart of genuine love. Though the widow's offering was meager, she gave out of her poverty. Jesus commended her act of generosity -- which was from the heart. Jesus honors our willingness to genuinely love. "Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box,2 and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins.3 And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them.4 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” (Luke 21:1-4 ESV)
However, giving isn't only financially, but is shown in a myriad of ways. Do you realize th…