Summary: Love is preferring Your Brother
Abounding in love PT 1 – Preferring Your Brother
T.T. 1 Thessalonians 4:9
The bible says
Romans 5:8 (KJV)
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Ephesians 2:10 (KJV)
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Knowing that we are his workmanship
And that God commended his love to us
That we were ordained to walk in Jesus Christ’s good works
What are his good works…..
1. Thank god we have authority over the devil
2. We are to rule in reign in life
3. Were to have of the abundant life
4. And do the works of Jesus
You remember a passage of scripture that we looked at a few weeks ago
Mark 4:16-17 (KJV)
16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.
I had been meditating on this passage of scripture
…that the finished work of Jesus has been sown on stony ground
People have heard the message and received it with joy
But have no root in themselves
And when persecution in affliction came because of the word’s sake
And they became offended
Not allowing themselves to stand in the finished work of Jesus
I had come to realize there is a full attack on the finished work of Jesus
And began to read the Ephesians prayer that we may know him
Ephesians 1:17-23 (KJV)
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
I remembered Paul talking about
how I may know him and the power of his resurrection
Psalm 103 verse four
Then I came to this scripture
1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (KJV)
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
And came to realize
People had their eyes on things other than Jesus
Just as Jesus said in john chapter 3
John 3:14 (KJV)
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
Hebrews 12:1-2 (KJV)
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
I ask of the Lord how can the body of Christ increase in your power
How can they do the works of Jesus
How can we walk in the things that were foreordained
Then I came to the scripture in1 Thessalonians 4:9
And I saw clearly
All the things that we desire relate to god’s command a loving one another
2. Gifts of healing
3. Financial blessings
4. Outpouring of god’s spirit
5. Experiencing the great presence of god
When god does something it’s an extension of his love
So I want to teach on the subject of Abounding in love
T.T. 1 Thessalonians 4:9
If we love the Lord we will obey him.
You remember john chapter 14, the bible says