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'MANIFEST'


 
By Gene Johnson
 
1-15-2006
 
John 14:21-24

Here in the gospel of John Jesus gives us the primary key to being in on Gods full favor. That is to love God so much we actually do what He commands. So much has been spoken about the favor of God in recent months and years. Let me say this...there is no magic wand, there is no quick fix or short-cuts. This is the 'methodology'! Obey!

Jesus said, 'if you love me, keep my commandments'. He also said that to hear His words and do them/live them was like building your house of life on a firm foundation that no storm of life could destroy the house. James tells us to hear the truth and not live it is self deception. To be hearers only and not doers of the word was more or less a joke. And the joke is on us when we don't do what we are taught.

Don't get me wrong I know God really does love us all unconditionally. But what Jesus is saying here deals more with our response to that love. If we want God to 'like' us, not just love us there is a price to be paid. The price? A Godly affection and sincerity that moves us to obey Him at any cost. We ourselves may love people we know dearly that we struggle all the time to come to a place of really 'liking'.

I mean if God loves us no matter what we do already, what is Jesus getting at here in John 14? He says, he who has my commands and 'keeps them', it is he who loves me and he who loves me, 'will be loved' by my Father and I will love him and MANIFEST my self to him'. This word in the Greek (emphanidzo) literally means: to cause to shine; to appear; to reveal; make visible; to present oneself to the sight of another! Wow! What a promise! Now that's the greatest favor of all!

Tommy Tenney says the 'one nod from God' will change your life forever! If we want His favor in life, health, finances and ministry this is the way through the door. But if we start from a place of pure devotion in simply wanting to please Him we will find that the greatest reward of all was not in getting something that pertains to earthly things but instead the awesome wonder and favor of seeing Him, 'face to face'!

 

+++MANIFESTO+++

 

WE SEEK HIS MANIFESTED GLORY

HE SEEKS OUR MANIFESTED SON-SHIP

TOGETHER WE MEET IN THE MIDDLE

OUR HUNGER, THIRST

FOR MORE BREAD, MORE OIL, HIS

MORE LIVING WATER, NEW WINE

HIS DESIRE?

OUR MATURITY, OUR FULL GROWTH

OUR CONFORMITY

TO THE IMAGE OF HIS # 1 SON

THEN...TO OUR APPROVED RELEASE

AND TO BE, AS HE, WELL PLEASING

TO THE FATHER

OUR MUTUAL MANIFESTO, WED

JOINED, LIVED, WALKED OUT

INTO THE DESPERATE WORLD

LOVE FACING LOVE

IN EQUAL FIDELITY

SHINING BRIGHTLY

FOR ALL EYES TO SEE...

 

GENE JOHNSON (COPYRIGHT 2006)

 

 

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