CHANGING THE WORLD

SO YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD? In John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world that he gave…….only begotten son. Reading through the bible you will see a reoccurring theme throughout that God IS love. If you wish to experience love the first thing you must do is to experience God as a person. If you do not experience God then you cannot experience love for they are one and the same. God shows us his love for us and then what we have seen in Him loving you and me, we go out into the world to show others how His love can change humanity. Love is not a feeling but a choice otherwise God could not command it to be done. He says, ” if you love me keep my commandments.” Note the action on our part to keep his commandments. Also look at the great love chapter in the bible.

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:1-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬
You see in the verses above it is a choice a decision on our parts to be patient, kind, not envy, not boastful, nor arrogant or rude, nor insisting your own way, nor irritable, resentful, no rejoicing at wrongdoing. Please notice the following will pass away prophecies, tongues, and knowledge but love never ends. Jesus loved 12 men and by showing them His love and truth about life itself through these men changed the world. 2,000 years later we are still talking about his great sacrifice on the cross in dying for our sins. Jesus The Christ changed the world through love!!! If we wish to do the same we will take 1 Corinthians 13 seriously to heart. The world is in constant search for love and fulfillment but they will only find it in Christ. Change the world through Jesus Christ, experience him in order to change everyone you meet.

Over Coming Obstacles

Revelation 3:21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

We have to keep pushing forward in seeking Christ every day of our life. In so doing we are overcoming the obstacles we confront in our life through Christ. Ironically, the more we seek Christ the more he empowers us to live out His truth. We have to keep our sights on heaven; we must stay the course and keep our mind on Christ. He is our stability of assurance in this chaotic world that we live in.

Romans 8:31 If God is for us, who can be against us? 

God is on our side so who in this world would dare come against us. But we know that they will but regardless of what happens to this body, we win. We win in this life but we also win in the next life in eternity in heaven with Jesus.

Romans 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 

Through Christ we are more than conquerors but these three words actually means in the Greek language to overwhelmingly conquer over the evil one. Why? Because of our relationship to Jesus Christ as he overcame all things so will we as well. 

Richard Wafford

Lightning Bug

2 Corinthians 4:6–7 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 

In one Sense we are lightning bugs in a dark world. We are lighting the world right where we are in our little dark space of life. Because of the grace of Christ, we are jars of clay with the treasure of His light shining in our hearts. We were once dead to anything spiritual our understanding of God darkened until in believing faith in Jesus caused his light of knowledge to shine upon us and in us. God empowers us daily to overcome hardships, attacks from the evil one, trials and at times persecution. This power to overcome and persevere against all odds comes from God to help us on our journey home to heaven.  

Richard Wafford 

Walking by Faith

2 Corinthians 5:7 we walk by faith, not by sight. 

We walk by faith in his truth in our day to day activities. We walk not by sight for our security lies not in what we see because we are secured by his truth. His truth gives us the confidence that he will always be there for us, for it is written I will never leave you nor forsake you. Just knowing that we have the God of all creation inside of us gives us the surety that no matter what the world throws at us, we are more than conquerors over every trial or heartache or setback from the enemy of our souls. This world as nothing on us for in Christ we are unstoppable and unmovable rock of his truth. 

Richard Wafford