THE LAWS OF SUCCESS PART ll

LOVE THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT

We are in a study in the Word of God concerning the Laws OF God that bring us good success in life. We believe that true success is being in the perfect will of God for your life. True success is also KNOWING what the will of God is for your life. In these studies in the LAWS OF SUCCESS, we encourage you to read the verses that we share with you out loud, pray in the Spirit for a few minutes, and then sit and meditate on these verses at least once a day.

Joshua 1:8

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8This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

3 John 1:2

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2Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Romans 12:2

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2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Ephesians 3:20

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20Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Philippians 4:13

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13I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Confession:

The Word of God will never depart from my heart.

The Word of God will never depart from my mouth.

I will think about the promises of God and meditate on the Scriptures when I get up in the morning, and when I go to bed at night.

This WILL bring me true success in my life!

I will PROPSPER and be in health even as my soul prospers!

In Review:

The Law of Liberty: toward yourself - Romans 14:1-7
The Law of Love: toward other believers
The Law of Expediency: toward unbelievers
The Law of Sacrifice: toward God

Walking in the Law of Love

Love is an amazing commodity! Because God loved us first, because He loved humanity so much that He gave His only begotten Son. The GOOD NEWS is that we cand be called a CHILD OF GOD forever because of His GREAT LOVE.

The word in the New Testament for LOVE is AGAPE. This is the GOD KIND OF LOVE.

Agape = the ability to see people as God sees them, VALUABLE & PRECIOUS.

John 3:16

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16For God so loved(agape) the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

a. God saw the world as VALUABLE & PRECIOUS!

2 Timothy 1:7

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7For God hath not given us the spirit (pneuma) of fear(phobia); but of power (exousia), and of love(agape), and of a sound mind.

a. pneuma = attitude, demeanor, aura

b. phobia = timidity, the opposite of faith, torment, and guilt

c. exousia = authority, to be empowered, the right to action

d. agape = the God kind of love, the ability to see people as valuable & precious, 1 Corinthians 13 describes what AGAPE is.

e. To walk in love is to walk with God. This is an unconditional love.

Romans 14:1-7:

Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

The purpose of receiving everyone into the congregation is not to straighten them out and make them see things our way. When it comes to church, there is something bigger than our own little personal convictions. We have people from every type of denominational background in our church, and the miracle of it is that some of them have been coming for twenty years. I am sure that at some point they did not agree with me on a certain doctrine.

We have to walk in a higher love. Romans 14 begins with the law of love, not with the law of liberty. Something is greater than your liberty, and that is walking in love toward everyone else around you. When someone new comes in to church, you’re not to say, “Ah ha, we have a new person coming to church who believes differently. We’ll straighten him out after a few weeks.” That is not the purpose of church. The purpose of church is to preach what God has told us, minister from the Word, and realize that what unites a church together is vision. We are out to win the lost, disciple believers, and raise another generation for the glory of God so if we pass on before Jesus returns, the next generation will be stronger in the things of God than we were.

Romans 14:13:

Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

The law of love says there is something more important than my liberty. It is the fact that my choices may cause someone else to stumble and prevent them from pursuing the deeper things of God. I do not want to be responsible, through my liberty, for causing another person to stumble. When you are around other believers who are offended by certain things; the law of love chooses not to participate in them.

I have ministered in the past to some who didn’t believe in wearing jewelry of any kind. I could have worn my rings, my big gold watch, and talked about my wife’s jewelry. I could have so offended everyone because of jewelry it could have prevented them from receiving the Word of God. But there was something more important at that time than a ring on my finger. Yes, I had the liberty to wear it, but I simply took it off before I preached because that was not an issue for me.

Many Christians would have made it an issue. “I’ll flaunt it in front of them. I’ll rub it in their faces so they will see it my way,” and they would have turned the people off to receiving the message they had to give.

There is a higher law than the law of liberty; that is the law of love.

Ephesians 5:21:

Submitting yourself one to another in the fear of God.

There are times when we are to submit one to another. Don’t argue about doubtful things. Don’t flaunt your liberty.

Romans 14:15:

But if your brother be grieved with your meat, how walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.

The word “charitably” is the word “agape.” There is something more important than the food on your plate, and that is the fact that Jesus Christ died for the Christian sitting across from you. The purpose of the cross was so they could also go on in the deeper things of God.

We are not to preach on issues the Bible doesn’t talk about. However, if the Bible does talk about something and we preach on it, we are to walk charitably with one another.

Romans 14:21-23:

It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby your brother stumbles, or is offended, or is made weak.

Hast thou faith? Have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemns not himself in the thing which he allows.

For he that doubts is condemned if he eats, because he eats not of faith: for whatsovever is not of faith is sin.

Eating meat and drinking wine were major issues back then too. The object in the Christian life is not to force someone else to eat the meat we are eating or to eat the vegetables we are eating. There is something higher in the Christian life than making someone else do what we are doing. We’re going to get to heaven one day where we won’t eat at all, but until that day comes we need to walk in love and in faith with one another.

1 Corinthians 8:9-13:

But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.

For if any man see you which have knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him that is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols.

And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?

But when you sin so against the brother, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.

Wherefore, if meat makes your brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world stands, lest I make my brother to offend.

Meat is not the issue. The issue is our brother. When we sin against him by forcing him to do something, we actually sin against Christ. Paul isn’t saying that once he leaves this man, he’ll never eat meat again. Paul ate meat on many occasions. He is simply saying, “On every occasion where I recognize my liberty can cause someone to stumble or be offended, I will not do that as long as this earth stands.” There comes a time when the law of liberty has to be overridden by the law of love.

Our daily prayer should not only be that we see people come to a knowledge of Jesus Christ and be born again, but that our life also becomes an example to other Christians around us. Paul said he would be a Roman to the Romans, a Galatian to the Galatians, a Barbarian to the Barbarians, and he simply meant that in certain things, he would do whatever it took to see to it the person came to know Jesus Christ or to expand their walk with Him.

There was a core group of mature believers in Corinth and in Rome. Paul discovered that oftentimes when a person becomes mature in the things of God that it goes to their head and they become arrogant. God doesn’t want Christians to be arrogant and puffed up, but rather to walk in humility before Him. God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

Walk in love toward one another, toward those Jesus Christ shed His blood for so you can grow together in the things of God. Realize the mission He has given you is bigger and greater than anything else there is in the Christian life.

Love and Grace are true friends. They go together. Grace is unmerited favor. The grace of God is for NOW! We are in the DISPENSATION OF GRACE!

We all actually have a relationship with TIME. Every moment we live, our relationship with TIME really matters. There will be a TIME in the future when we will be judged what we did with our TIME. Ask yourself, what do I do with my TIME?

We are living in the TIME, or dispensation of grace. We are at the end of the Church Age. The CHURCH AGE began on the Day of Pentecost. God’s GRACE was already at work when Jesus hung on the cross. Jesus took the sin of the whole world and paid the penalty of sin. Like the old song said, “he paid a debt, He did not owe, I owed a debt, I could not pay, I needed someone, just to wash my sins away. And now I sing a brand new song, AMAZING GRACE. Christ Jesus paid the debt, that I could never pay!”

Mark 16:15

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15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

The Gospel is the telling of GRACE. We received the GRACE of God when we were born again. We are never to take that for granted. The ONLY door that opens Heaven’s gates is the GRACE of God.

Any DENOMINATION that stops reaching out to the LOST is going to die. Any CHURCH that stop GOING and witnessing to the lost is a part of a dying church. It is not about you keeping your favorite pew clean. Its not about someone coming and sitting in your chair at church.

The last great COMMAND that Jesus gave us was to GO. The LOVE OF GOD compels us to go!

David P. Ward

New Creation Missions International

Legacy Family Church & World Outreach Center, Inc.

Wagoner, Oklahoma

www.ncmitraining.com

References:

Pastor Bob Yandian

www.precepts.com