No fear exists where his love is. Rather, perfect love gets rid of fear, because fear involves punishment. The person who lives in fear doesn’t have perfect love.
We love because God loved us first.
Whoever says, “I love God,” but hates another believer is a liar. People who don’t love other believers, whom they have seen, can’t love God, whom they have not seen.
Christ has given us this commandment: The person who loves God must also love other believers.
Philip said to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will satisfy us.”
Jesus replied, “I have been with all of you for a long time. Don’t you know me yet, Philip? The person who has seen me has seen the Father. So how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? What I’m telling you doesn’t come from me. The Father, who lives in me, does what he wants. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and that the Father is in me. Otherwise, believe me because of the things I do.”
“Use the truth to make them holy. Your words are truth. I have sent them into the world the same way you sent me into the world. I’m dedicating myself to this holy work I’m doing for them so that they, too, will use the truth to be holy.”
People who lack self-control try to control other people.
Why would you try to control someone?
Even God gives us free will to make our own decisions.
Excel in showing respect to one another.
A controlling spirit is a spirit of witchcraft.
It’s an evil, demonic force that wants to enslave others into bondage to the devil.
Christ came to set us free.
And whom the Son sets free is free indeed.
You’re not going to counsel a demon out of someone.
You need to cast them out in the power and authority of the Name of Jesus.
He gave deliverance and healing ministries to all believers.
If your local church isn’t equipping you to walk as a believer in this world, find one that does.
Then Jesus said to them, “So wherever you go in the world, tell everyone the Good News. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
“These are the miraculous signs that will accompany believers: They will use the power and authority of my name to force demons out of people. They will speak new languages. They will pick up snakes, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them. They will place their hands on the sick and cure them.”
After talking with the apostles, the Lord was taken to heaven, where God gave him the highest position.
The disciples spread ⌊the Good News⌋ everywhere. The Lord worked with them. He confirmed his word by the miraculous signs that accompanied it.
It’s very clear from reading the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles what Jesus commands us as disciples to do.
Our local churches are infested with demon filled people.
Do you have sin in your life?
Then you’re leaving the door wide open for Satan and his minions to come in and setup shop.
The Lord’s prayer even addresses this issue.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
That’s to be part of our daily prayer.
Why would He teach us to pray that if we didn’t need deliverance?
Deliverance is for believers.
If you cast a demon out of an unbeliever, it’ll come back with seven more wicked than itself.
We need to be preaching the Gospel to everyone everywhere.
The Holy Spirit will cause some to be convicted of their sinful nature and lead them to repentance.
Once you come to faith everything doesn’t magically get better instantly.
Well, sometimes it does.
But most of the time, it’s a process.
People are usually unaware of all the demonic influences in their life.
Just look at their fruit.
Now, the effects of the corrupt nature are obvious: illicit sex, perversion, promiscuity, idolatry, drug use, hatred, rivalry, jealousy, angry outbursts, selfish ambition, conflict, factions, envy, drunkenness, wild partying, and similar things.
I’ve told you in the past and I’m telling you again that people who do these kinds of things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the spiritual nature produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There are no laws against things like that.
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their corrupt nature along with its passions and desires.
If we live by our spiritual nature, then our lives need to conform to our spiritual nature.
We can’t allow ourselves to act arrogantly and to provoke or envy each other.
It’s time to walk in faith.
It’s time to demonstrate the Gospel with power.
It all starts with love.
Set people free and heal them.
They’ll want to know this Jesus who lives inside you.
Father in Heaven,
Forgive us for trying to build our own kingdoms while Your House lies in ruins.
Thank You for sending Your Holy Spirit.
Fill us afresh with Your power and love.
Give us wisdom and revelation.
Help us to follow You in all that we do.
In the Name of the Risen Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, we pray.