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Quality Time With God

By: Online Pastor Dianne Ashton


Contributor: Rev. Dianne Ashton

May 10, 2022

John 17:20-22 says “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:”

We find Jesus praying for His followers, what we must see is that He is not praying that they become one but rather they may be one. He is praying that we are continually being one. This oneness that He is praying for is based on our relationship to God the Father and the Son, on having the same basic attitude towards the world, His Word and our responsibility to reach out to the lost.

The unity that Jesus was praying for is spiritual unity (oneness) by living in Christ, knowing and experiencing the unconditional love of God the Father, being in fellowship with Christ, being separated from the world, being sanctified in the truth, believing and receiving the truth of the Word, being obedient to the Word and the desire to bring the Word to the lost. When any one of these is missing it is not possible to bring about the oneness that Jesus is praying about.

If we try to create a fake unity by having meetings and conferences it can result in a betrayal of the very unity for which Jesus prayed. We can come together and sit through a meeting but it does not mean that we are unified. He was not praying for unity meetings He was praying for unity of the heart, mind, purpose and will in those who are fully devoted to Christ, the Word and holiness.

He has given us the glory which the Father gave Him through His life of self-denying service and His dying on the cross so that we may be redeemed. Therefore the glory of His believers must be the way of humble service, denying ourselves and bearing our own cross. Humility, self-denial and the willingness to suffer for Christ will bring about the true oneness that Jesus was praying for and also lead to the true glory of the Father in and on our lives. We must know that Jesus loved us so much that He sent up this special prayer for His people. Let us be the answer to His prayer by being one.

Prayer for Week:

Father God, we acknowledge that we have not operated in oneness. We keep talking about becoming one but your prayer was that we may be one. We must continually be one and we now know that came only be when we have spiritual unity of heart, purpose and mind. We surrender our will to your will and we will make every effort to remain one through living in Christ, knowing and experiencing the unconditional love of God the Father, being in fellowship with Christ, being separated from the world, being sanctified in the truth, believing and receiving the truth of the Word, being obedient to the Word and the desire to bring the Word to the lost, In Jesus Christ name we pray. Amen.

“His Peace”

Contributor: Rev. Dianne Ashton

May 3, 2022

Philippians 6:7 says “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

It is through living by faith, that we experience God’s nearness and constant presence in our lives. Through prayer and faith we receive God’s joy and peace. These do not automatically come; they are gifts from God and come by way of having the right relationship with and being in Christ Jesus.

In the new international version instead of saying shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus, it says shall guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Note that Apostle Paul uses a military term, guard which implies that the mind really is a war zone, a battlefield and needs protecting. In times of spiritual warfare we need the peace of God to stand guard at our hearts and minds. It is when we call upon God with hearts that remain in Christ and in His Word that the peace of God keeps us. When we are troubled God’s peace will flood our souls like a river. This peace assures us that God is near and that His love is active in our lives for the good.

John 14:27 says “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you, not as the world giveth, give I unto you, let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

When Jesus uses the phrase my peace, this is His personal peace that he gives the believer. It is a peace that banishes all fear. The peace that comes from God is an inner tranquility that transcends words or expressions. The peace that comes from God surpasses one’s own understanding of the problem and trouble and his ability to cope with or solve the problem or trouble. God’s peace allows us to trust in Him and depend solely upon Him.

When we carry our trouble before God in prayer this peace will stand guard at the door of our hearts and minds preventing the cares and heartaches of this life from upsetting our lives or under minding our faith in God. Oh what peace we often forfeit oh what needless pains we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Prayer for the Week:

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your peace. In times of trouble and spiritual warfare we can come before you in prayer and be assured that your peace will keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. As we maintain the right relationship with you we will not allow our hearts to be troubled in the midst of trouble and we will not be afraid for we know that you are with us and for us, in Jesus Christ name we pray. Amen.

Living Out G0d's Love

Contributor: Rev. Dianne Ashton

April 26, 2022

1 John 4:20-21 clearly says “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”

Loving God is proven in how we love one another. See not one of us have physically seen God at any time, not one of us has physically touched or hugged the invisible God nor have we been able to bow down in the presence of a visible God. But we are privileged to touch, hug and submit ourselves one to another and if we cannot love those that we are privileged to visibly see then how can we profess to love the invisible God.

If we want to walk in the fullness of God’s blessings we must fulfill all the law therefore we must have this unconditional and unselfish love one for another. We must genuinely be concerned about the wellbeing of the whole man. Surely first and foremost we must be concerned about the spiritual wellbeing of others but we must also be concerned about the physical, mental, emotional and financial wellbeing of others. We must desire to see all areas of man’s life made whole through the love of Christ Jesus.

1 John 4:7 reads “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.”

If we really love God, if we really rest and delight in all that God is to and for us, if we delight in all of His amazing promises and blessings in our lives, then we will love our brothers and sisters with the love of God. See we will be so full of hope and joy and be so free that we will love spreading the love of God that flows down from God to us and out from us to others.

God is love. This is where walking what we are talking comes into play. Loving God commands that we love one another. These are not options for those born of God. We must love them with a love like that described in 1 Corinthians 13.

We cannot profess to be in an intimate relationship with God and yet not love others. When our relationship is right with God then our relationship with one another will be right. Remember to say we love God and hate our brothers and sisters is to lie and to lie is to sin which is a transgression against God’s divine law (in other words it is to be disobedient to God’s command). Obedience to God’s commands is His prescribed means by which we express our love and worship back to Him.

Prayer for week:

Father of all grace and everlasting mercy forgive us for not loving you and others as you have commanded in your Word. We have come to understand that the way we treat others is direct proof of our love for you. Holy Spirit teach us to love others as God have loved us. Let all that we do be done in the name of love. Lord we choose to love others for it is our heart’s desire to walk out the fullness of your commands and blessings in our daily lives. The more we come to know you the more we desire to know you in the fullness of your love, in Jesus Christ name we pray. Amen.