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FAITH IN GOD’S POWER

“And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (NKJV) How many Christians do you know today who have their faith in man’s words concerning God? A lot of people love to teach God’s Word like a history book where it’s no longer relevant and helpful for today’s challenges. They may be correct teachings of the history of God’s Word, but they lack the demonstration of the Spirit and God’s power. God didn’t deliver us from sin so that we could live in bondage to fear, sickness, or our present situations and circumstances, and yet many Christians live that way. Jesus said, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). Those who don’t believe in the power of God often look for remedies in other things. They’ll visit psychics, read horoscopes, delve into witchcraft or other ungodly supernatural encounters. Perhaps the Christians they know and surround themselves with have only put their faith in human wisdom and man’s philosophy and not in the demonstration of the Spirit and of God’s power. The Bible says there will be those who are “having a form of godliness but denying its power. From such, turn away!” (2 Timothy 3:5). God would like every one of you to operate in His supernatural power. Some

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NOT DELIGHTING IN EVIL

“[God’s Love] does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth” 1 Corinthians 13:6 (AMPC) I am guilty of being a very passionate football fan. I watch 16-17 weeks of games of my team trying to make the playoffs and hopefully they get a chance at the championship. Week in and week out I am not just cheering for my team to win, but quietly and very discreetly I am hoping that the other teams in our division lose, so we have a better chance to make the playoffs. Off course I don’t show it, but secretly I am rejoicing in their defeat. Love does not delight in evil. Is there a part of us that gets happy if something bad happens to someone else? If you answered YES, that’s not Love, that’s evil and love doesn’t delight in evil. For some people, in order for them to succeed, others have to fail. They are secretly cheering for others fall or failure. That’s not love. Love does not take delight when people are guilty of a wrongdoing, or when they fall into sin. Love does not find pleasure in hearing others accused of sin and it’s proved that they committed it. It does not find malicious pleasure in hearing that others have done wrong. Love does not desire that an enemy, a persecutor, or a slanderer who acts evil disgraces and ruins himself. Love does not rejoice in evil but grieves when a personal friend or foe has done

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AN INCONCEIVABLE LOVE

“Love (God’s love in us)…is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].” 1 Corinthians 13:5c (AMPC) The love of God is sometimes challenging for the heart to understand. When we’ve experienced a deep hurt or suffered a gaping wound, it can be difficult for the heart to contemplate or even imagine a demonstration of God’s love. When we believe we’ve been taken advantage of, falsely accused, wrongfully persecuted or afflicted, and it seems that an offering of love would be unreasonably or unjustifiably given, it is then that the extension of God’s love becomes more complicated for us to fathom. But to what extent has God called us to love? For some of us, the degree of our love is too easily called into question. We stop loving the moment we deem someone to be unlovable, at the very moment they begin to act outside of the character of God (Matthew 5:46). And yet, God’s character is love, and this love, pure and unrestrained, eternal and holy, remains unquestionable. It is all by itself unreserved and complete and is dispensed without respect to any artificial or man-made condition. It is extended to the just and the unjust, the deserving and the underserving, to those who do good and to those who do evil (Matthew 5:45). It is the single most influential force in the heavens and in all the earth. It is life’s

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LEGACY

MEMORY VERSE“I hereby make this covenant—this HOLY bond—between Me and you and all of your children and their children’s children throughout the coming generations. It will be an eternal covenant. I will be your God and the God to all who come after you!” (Genesis 17:7, The Voice) Hey Kids! This week, on Kidz Life Hawaii Live, we learned about great heroes of faith that changed History. If you missed it, you can watch it here. The greatest hero of them all is Jesus! If it were not for Jesus, we would be forever separated from God. Ughhh!!!!…that’s gotta hurt, separated FOREVERRRRRR! But, because of God’s love for you and Jesus’ obedience to His Father, we have a way to be together forever with God. Yesssss! Foreverrrrrr!!! Which means for eternity! When Jesus died on the Cross, He took my place and your place for all the bad things we did, which is called sin. Sin separates us from God. But Jesus made a way so that all we need to do is admit that we have sinned and ask God to forgive us. Then we need to ask Jesus to be the Lord and Savior of our lives. And He definitely will because He made that promise to us. God always keeps His promises. And even better than that, He promises to not only be my God and your God, but the God of your children and your children’s children foreverrrrrr. God is so COOL! He thinks of everyone!

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THE POWER OF GOD’S LOVE IN US

“Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking.” 1 Corinthians 13:5b (AMPC) The Bible says that when we are born again, the Holy Spirit comes and pours the love of God into our hearts (Romans 5:5). Isn’t this amazing? The love of God is already in us! So why do some of us have such a challenge with it? Could it be we don’t know or understand the meaning of God’s love? Do you know what kind of love God is talking about here? He’s talking about “agape”, the God kind of love. God’s love is unconditional. He loves us with absolutely no conditions. He loves us whether we are born again or not. He loves us whether we are good, bad, ugly, nice, lovely or unlovely. He loves us no matter what we do, think or say. It’s not based on a feeling. It’s a love that loves by choice and ALWAYS chooses to love. It’s the kind of love that seeks the highest good of the OTHER person or persons. It is the love that gives. It doesn’t seek its own way. It puts others first. Wow! So how are we supposed to love like that? The answer is at the Cross of Jesus and His Resurrection. God loved us so much He gave His Son to die for our sins. Jesus loved us so much that He willingly laid down His life for us.

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