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Developing Character: Patience and Gentleness

5 Aug

by Jonathan Doctor

The Fruit of Patience (Longsuffering)

Definition of Patience. Patience is a quality of self-restraint in the face of provocation which doesn’t hastily retaliate or is revengeful. Patience is a quality that does not surrender to circumstances or succumb under trial. Long suffering = patience with a purpose. Those that hear the Word with a good heart and keep the Word will bring forth the Fruit of Patience. (Luke 8:15)

Developing the Fruit of Patience The testing of your faith will put patience to work. (James 1:4) Prayer will produce Patience. (Colossians 1:9-11) Staying connected to the Vine – Jesus (John 15) Patience is vital to receiving Patience will cause you to bare fruit. (Luke 8:15) Patience is the power of perseverance. (2 Thessalonians 1:4) Quote from Gloria Copeland – Patience is the force that keeps you from fainting under pressure. Faith and Patience work together, they are called the Power twins. (Hebrews 6:11-15)

The Fruit of Gentleness

Gentleness is power under perfect control. Quote from Donald Gee – “it takes part of the rugged strength of manhood and part of the controlled tenderness of womanhood to make the very finest gentleness. It is kindness in the very best way and fullest sense of the Word,” Gentleness must never be confused with weakness. God is All powerful and Strong but He is also gentle. (Isaiah 40:10-12)

The need for the Fruit of Gentleness.

Gentleness is essentially in dealing with the souls of men.
1. Must be gentle to all men. (2 Timothy 2:24)
2. Gentleness is an essential requirement for a minister of the Gospel.
3. A minister should not drive the sheep, but gently lead them.

Practical areas where gentleness should be employed.
1. Gentleness with our words (Proverbs 15:1,4)
2. Church discipline (Galatians 6:1 Amp)
3. Relationships (Marital) (Colossians 3:19)

Gentleness equips the Minister of God with skillfulness and sensitivity.

The servant of the Lord must not strive, but must be gentle unto all men. (2 Timothy 2:24)
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Uprooting the blessing blocker of unforgiveness

5 Aug

When we refuse to forgive others, we are unable to receive forgiveness and answered prayers from God. But when we set our will to forgive, God forgives us and cleanses us from unrighteousness so that we can escape the guilt, condemnation and fear associated with sin. God forgives, loves and accepts us based on Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross (Ephesians 1:6-7).

Condemnation is an emotion associated with guilt and fear that makes us feel unworthy and undeserving of God’s blessings.

Sin robs us of the boldness and confidence we need to believe that God’s Word will work in our lives.

Sin often stops people from praying, believing and attending church.
God blots out our transgressions so that He can bless us (Isaiah 43:25, AMP).  God cleanses us from unrighteousness when we confess our sins (1 John 1:9).  God erases our sins and promises never to remember them again.  Just as God forgets our sins, we should also forget them. 

Remembering past sins opens the door for condemnation, guilt and lack of confidence toward God.  If you remember your sin and meditate on it, you will eventually repeat it.  God instructed us to remind Him of our merits (Isaiah 43:26, AMP).  Boldly remind God that you are in right-standing with Him through Jesus Christ and that you expect to receive His blessings and favor.  Jesus nailed our sins to the cross and wiped them out forever (Colossians 2:12-14). God requires that Christians forgive those who sin against them (Mark 11:25-26).

If we refuse to forgive others, we will not be forgiven.
Prayers are hindered when unforgiveness operates in our lives.
Unforgiveness is a fear-based stronghold that hinders the blessings of God.

Deliverance, promotion, healing and increase are directly linked to forgiveness.

Forgiveness is an act of faith, given in spite of another person’s actions.

Jesus instructed us to declare our forgiveness for others each time we pray (Matthew 6:12).

God has forgiven our sin debt, so we must forgive each other of all debts, regardless of the severity or frequency (Matthew 18:21-35).  Jesus told Peter that there is no limit to the number of times we must forgive (v. 21-22).  Those who refuse to forgive others are considered wicked (v. 32).  Unforgiveness opens the door to torment (v. 34).

Forgiveness is an act of the will and a decision to walk in the love of God.  Loving others involves forgiving them just as readily as Jesus forgives us (Colossians 3:13, AMP).  Married couples should be mindful to forgive each other instantly so that their prayers will not be hindered (1 Peter 3:7).

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What Grace IS, What it is NOT.

16 Apr

What Grace IS, what is it NOT

By Jonathan Doctor

Grace IS simply a Free Gift. In most cases Grace in the Bible refers to God’s Unmerited Favor; In other words, unmerited is another way of saying Free; or you get it even though you didn’t earn, merit or pay for it. I want to point out that God’s Free Gift of Grace and Favor is NOT a LICENSE to sin.

After study of the Word of God I am a firm believer that Once your saved YOU ARE NOT ALWAYS SAVED. Unfortunately people CAN walk away from Christ After they received Him. Why anyone would want to walk away from their Salvation I don’t know, perhaps it is because they have been taught that God’s Grace justifies their sinning. In fact God’s Grace does not justify you to sin. God’s Grace is part of God’s Character,

 Jesus is a perfect example of the Character of Grace. Lets look at the Word to see my point.

John 8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

John 8:4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

John 8:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

John 8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with [his] finger wrote on the ground, [as though he heard them not].

John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

John 8:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

John 8:9 And they which heard [it], being convicted by [their own] conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, [even] unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

John 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Now lets go back to John 5

John 5:5 NLT One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty- eight years.  

John 5:6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, He asked him, “Would you like to get well?”

John 5:7 “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”

John 5:8 Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”

John 5:9 Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath,  

John 5:10 so the Jewish leaders objected. They said to the man who was cured, “You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat!”

John 5:11 But he replied, “The man who healed me told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.'”

John 5:12 “Who said such a thing as that?” they demanded.

John 5:13 The man didn’t know, for Jesus had disappeared into the crowd.

John 5:14 But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.”

I want you to notice that Jesus Restored the woman in Adultery and forgave her and did not condemn her but said “go and sin no more“. You see Grace will Forgive and Restore a person BUT Grace also says “Go and sin No More”. Also notice the paralyzed man who was made whole, Grace Healed him but Grace also said “Stop sinning or something worse will happen“.

 You see the problem in some churches today is that they go too far to the right or too far to the left. They either Condemn a saint for their sins, or they make Grace a License to sin and do whatever because they believe that “Once saved Always Saved”. The True Meaning of Grace is Restoration, Healing and ‘Go sin no more’, live a Holy life.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Tit 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Tit 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Tit 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

So the balanced teaching and definition of Grace when related to sin is to Restore, Heal, Deliver and then Go and sin no more. Correction has its place, but don’t let Condemnation keep you or anyone else from Restoration, Healing and every other benefit of Grace. Grace Teaches us to Live Holy Lives.

The Once saved Always saved teaching cannot be a correct aspect of Grace. Just like a man and a woman come together in Holy Matrimony; as they do, they make a commitment to be together until death if need be. Unfortunately many marriages end up in divorce even though they made a commitment to be united forever. Someone in that marriage walked away from that Covenant, in the case of Marriage, sometimes they both walk away from their Covenant and Commitment to God and each other. Our God does not walk away from His Covenant with us; man always is the one to walk away from God. 

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Living the NEW LIFE with a NEW LOVE

15 Nov
By: Dr. J. Doctor
 When we are born again and become New Creations in Christ we receive a new nature; We pass from death to life, our hearts are changed. The Bible says we receive the Love of God, the Faith of God and all the fruits of the Spirit; Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Gentleness, Goodness and Faith. We do not receive the spirit of fear; but we Do receive the Spirit of Power and of Love and of a sound mind. In this lesson we will look at our New nature, our new heart and allow our New heart from God to lead us. 
 
Allow the Love of God to govern our life. The God-kind of love is not human. (John 3:16). His love is supernatural and “Holy Spirit-injected.” The human kind of love is conditional. God’s love is unconditional. When you become born again, the Holy Spirit “injects,” or pours, God’s love into your heart (Romans 5:5, AMP).

 

Loving others even when it hurts positions you to live the “too much” lifestyle-a life of too much favor, anointing, wealth, goodness and health.

Love will always quench the spirit of strife.
  

 

Controlling your tongue is part of walking in love (1 Peter 3:10-14).
In these scriptures we see that if we control our tongue we will see “good days”. Love always refrains from talking evil. Love speaks no guile or evil about others. The God kind of Love seeks peace with every person. God will not allow anyone to harm you as you walk in love.
 

Make it a point to greet those who dislike you with a hug, a kiss or with words that will edify them. God’s love in you will compel your enemies to constantly seek after you. They will want to be in contact with that love. Don’t allow the fear of rejection to stop you from loving anyone.

You receive power-ability, efficiency and might-the moment the Holy Spirit takes up residence within your born-again spirit (Acts 1:8, AMP). You receive an endowment of power enabling you to do anything. Love is the power that you receive (Romans 5:5, AMP). Love demands a positive change in how you relate to others.

Others will recognize that you belong to God because of your love walk. The level of excess and abundance you experience will be determined by the love that is at work in you.

Living a life of love will give you access to heaven and enable God to recognize you as His. Recognize that the Greater One (Love) lives in Love (God) is a “nuclear weapon” against forces, because darkness cannot gain the upper hand when love is in control of your life.  As you perfect your love walk, make plans to receive your end-time harvest.