Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;
13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
14 Do all things without complaining and disputing,
15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
The Scriptures Establish repeatedly that God is Our Father.
__1 John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed,
we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
__Gal. 3:26 For you are all sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus
__Rom 8:16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
__Rom.1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
__1 Cor. 1:3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
__2 Cor. 1:2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
__Eph. 1:2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
__Phil. 1:2 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
__Col. 1:2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
__1 Thess. 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus,
and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father
and in the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
__2 Thess. 1:2 Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
__1 Tim. 1:2 Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
__Philemon 1:3 Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Gen 1: 26
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
1. Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
Eph. 5:1 (AMP) THEREFORE BE imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father].
Anytime you see a therefore, go back and see what it is there for….
Eph 4:29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Doing As Our Father Does, Shows Who Our Father Is!
John 8: 39 They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.”
Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham..
John 8:39 (AMP) They retorted, Abraham is our father. Jesus said, If you were [truly] Abraham's children, then you would do the works of Abraham [follow his example, do as Abraham did].
God is Merciful
Psalms 103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’
“Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘ Execute true justice, Show mercy and compassion Everyone to his brother.
_Psalm 100:5 for the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting
To be like God we must be merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy.
_Nehemiah 9:17 ...But You are God, Ready to pardon, Gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, Abundant in kindness...
_Psalm 116:5 ...our God is
_Luke 6:36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.
_Hebrews 8:12 (God Says) For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.
_James 5:11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.
Do we forgive them and then remember their mistakes aloud?
Matt 6:14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
We Must Sow Mercy to reap Mercy
(how many need mercy? Liars keep your hands down)
_Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
_Psalm 18:25 With the
merciful You will show Yourself merciful; With a blameless man You
will show Yourself blameless;
(26) With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.
_Matthew 7:1 “Judge not, that you be not judged.
2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?"
_Gal 6: 7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
God Wars against the enemy
Exodus 15:3 The LORD is a man of war; The LORD is His name.
To be like God we must be warring against the enemy and fighting the good fight of faith.
_1 Cor 9:25 And everyone who competes for the prize is
temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we
for an imperishable crown.
__26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.
_27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
_1 Tim 1:18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,
_1 Tim 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
_2 Tim 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
_Eph 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
_2 Cor 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…
_Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
We are to fight with the Word of God, IT And IT alone is
our Sword in the Spiritual Battles that we face..
We must follow Jesus’ Example of How to Fight
Matt 4:1 Then Jesus was led up by the
Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
(bad news: The Spirit Himself leads us into situations where we can overcome)
2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.
3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
(At the Baptism in the River:
Matt:3:17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
devil=nothing new. Same thing
in the garden of Eden…”did God really say?.”)
4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple,
6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:
‘ He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘ In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”
(The devil quotes the Word also, “It’s not good for man to be alone…He who finds a wife, finds a good thing…..better to marry than to burn”)
7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’”
8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”
10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”
11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
God is ONE
Deut 6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!"
To be like God we must be one with our brothers, of one mind, one accord, no schism or division
_John 17:11 Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are (one).
__20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;
__21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
__22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:
__23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,
(that means you are going to have to put up with some stuff. – whether you know it or not , there are people putting up with stuff from you!)
(we look at ourselves thru rose-colored glasses, we look at others through a magnifying glass!!)
3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
_1 Cor. 1:10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
_2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
_Philippians 1:27 Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel...(striving for Faith another study)
_Philippians 2:2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
_1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;
_Mark 3:25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
_Luke 11:17 But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls.”
Rom 12:16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
God is Peace
Judges 6:24 So Gideon built an altar there to the LORD, and called it The-LORD-Is-Peace.
To be like God, our Father, we must be at peace within ourselves and with our brethren.
You can’t give something you don’t have. To BE PEACE in a Situation, you must already HAVE peace within to give.
__Matt 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
_Rom 12:8 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
_Eph 2: 14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation..
God helps the hurting
Psalm 34:18 The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
Rom 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
God is our Deliverer and our Protector
Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
To be like God we must be a fortress and a shield to our brethren to stand up and protect them when they are oppressed in the natural or in the spiritual.
God is Strength and Protection for His Anointed
Psalm 28:8 The LORD is their strength, And He is the saving refuge of His anointed.
To be like God we must be ready and willing to protect His anointed, with our words and our actions.
_1 John 2:20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.
_John 2:27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
_Matthew 12:32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.
_Luke 12:10 And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.
__Psalm 54:4 Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is with those who uphold my life.
God IS TIMELESS
A day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as a day….
God is not traumatized by your home situation.
God is not traumatized by your severe loss.
God is not traumatized by your ….whatever
God is Love
1 John 4: He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
1 Cor 13:4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails.
God Speaks and Things are Created (God Said - It Was - God Saw)
Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 The earth was without form, and
void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God
was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.
(note: The Spirit of God is Present but nothing happens until God Spoke)
Isaiah 59:21 “As for Me,” says the LORD, “this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth...
For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
2 Cor. 4:13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak.
Josh. 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Jer 1:12 Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”
Psalm 103:20 Bless the LORD, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
Hebrews 1:1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,
2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,