Posted by: dhkrause | October 21, 2017

Overcome Evil with Good

John 1_17

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth
came through Jesus Christ. – John 1:17 (NIV)

God’s truth and grace are alive in His people, as Jesus teaches in John 14, enabling us to overcome evil with good.  He promises to anyone who loves Him and keeps His word, that the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, will dwell in him, and that He and His Father will make Their home in him:

 John 14 (NKJV)
15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

We now have the distinct privilege of overcoming evil with good, as 1 John 4:4 declares: “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

Matthew 5_16

The life of Joseph in the book of Genesis gives a wonderful picture of overcoming evil with good.  There are significant parallels between the mission of Jesus and the life of Joseph.  For example, God planned the suffering of Joseph in advance to save many (Genesis 50:20), and Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)  Both were tempted but without sin, staying focused on giving glory to God in every circumstance, as Jesus describes in Matthew 5:

Matthew 5 (NKJV)
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

In every circumstance, Joseph prospered because the Lord was with him.  His jealous brothers had sold him as a slave to Ishmaelite traders who later sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and captain of the guard.  Even as Potiphar’s slave, everything prospered in his hand.  Seeing this, Potiphar made him the overseer of his house.

Genesis 39 (NKJV)
Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority. So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field. Thus he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand, and he did not know what he had except for the bread which he ate.

Genesis 39_3

Later, Potiphar’s wife falsely accused Joseph of attempting to lie with her, and succeeded in arousing Potiphar’s anger, resulting in Joseph being put into prison.  Once again he prospered because the Lord was with him.

19 So it was, when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, saying, “Your servant did to me after this manner,” that his anger was aroused. 20 Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison. 21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. 23 The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.

One day, Joseph interpreted the dreams of the Pharaoh’s chief butler and chief baker in prison: that the butler would be restored to his position and the chief baker would be executed.  Both of these predictions came true soon afterward.

Two years later, Joseph was brought out of the prison to interpret Pharaoh’s two dreams.  These interpretations predicted that after seven years of great plenty, seven years of severe famine would arise.  Then Joseph advised Pharaoh on what to do, and the king decided to make Joseph his executive ruler over all of Egypt.

 33 “Now therefore, let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt. 34 Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, to collect one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven plentiful years. 35 And let them gather all the food of those good years that are coming, and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. 36 Then that food shall be as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which shall be in the land of Egypt, that the land may not perish during the famine.”

37 So the advice was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants. 38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?”

39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” 41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”

Later, in Genesis 50:20, Joseph tells his brothers, “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

Genesis 50_20

The missionary, Bruce Olson (Bruchko) likewise has a testimony of overcoming evil with good.  He followed the leading of the Holy Spirit to go to the native Columbians  in the jungles of South America.  When he met up with the Indians, one of them suddenly stabbed him in the side with a spear causing him to lose consciousness.  Upon awakening, he found himself in the care of a teenage Indian who had been assigned as his caretaker until he returned  to health.  He prayed asking God, “Did I truly hear you correctly, when You directed me to come here?”  The Lord replied, “Yes, you are doing exactly what I want you to do.”  Much fruit has resulted from his ministry with the Motilone Indians in the Jungles of Columbia beginning in 1961.

Darlene Rose, missionary to New Guinea, experienced the fruit of obeying Jesus’ command to “pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you”.  She prayed for the mean officer over of the woman’s prisoner-of-war camp in New Guinea in the Second World War, and  God answered her prayers by changing his heart.  This commander later saved her life, and after the war went on to preach the gospel over Japanese national radio.

Matthew 5 (NKJV)
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

As His sons and daughters, we have the privilege and power to overcome evil with good, because “greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”  (1 John 4:4 KJV)  When we do, His light shines through us and our Father in heaven is glorified.  (Matthew 5:16)

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, 10/21/2017, https://compellinglove.net/

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Posted by: dhkrause | October 8, 2017

Eternal Life

Psalm 16_11

Psalm 16 portrays David’s close relationship with God, and his faith in God’s promise of eternal life.  He also prophetically points to the Resurrection of God’s Holy One, the Messiah to come.

Psalm 16 (NKJV)
I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel;
My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope.
10 For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
11 You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

In His prayer in John 17, Jesus describes the Son of God as the giver of eternal life.  He further declares, “this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

John 17 (NKJV)
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

John 17_3

To understand these statements, it is helpful to carefully read and understand the prologue to John’s gospel (John 1:1-18).  He begins by declaring the eternal existence of the Son of God (portrayed in this passage as “the Word”) and His relationship to the Father, with whom He shares deity:

John 1 (NKJV)
The Eternal Word
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.

The eternal Word, the Son of God, is declared to be the Creator, through whom all things were made:

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

The Son of God, the eternal Word, is the source of all life, and the source of the light of consciousness in every person:

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

John 1_4

When this light of life shines in the darkness of this world, people do not readily understand and comprehend it.

And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

When Jesus begins His ministry, John the Immerser bears anointed witness of Him:

 John’s Witness: The True Light
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.

Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word, came into the world that He had made, and people did not know Him.  He came to His own, a nation specially called to be God’s people, and most did not receive Him:

10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.

John 1_12

But those who did receive Him, those who believed in His name, were born from above by the Spirit, as children of God:

12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

In summary, the Word became flesh (incarnate) and dwelt among His people.  Those who beheld His glory saw Him to be the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth:

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

When Jesus begins His ministry, John points his own followers to Him saying that although “He comes after me”, “He was before me.”  John meant that though Jesus was born after him, and  began His public ministry after him, Jesus was before him – eternally existing as the Son of God:

15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’”

Jesus was the fullness of God in human flesh, and those who followed Him received of His fullness, and grace upon grace.

16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.

John 1_16

God gave the law through Moses, and through Jesus Christ He gave grace and truth to fulfill the law.

17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Though none of us has seen God, the Son of God who is continually with the Father, has declared and revealed Him.

18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

1 John 5 declares that He came so that we may know the true and living God: “Him who is true” and His Son Jesus Christ.  “This is the true God and eternal life.

1 John 5 (NKJV)
20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, 10/7/2017, https://compellinglove.net/

Photo credits:
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Posted by: dhkrause | September 24, 2017

Unstoppable Faith

Faith Unlocks Victory

According to 1 John 5:4, faith is the victory that overcomes the world.  This is the inspiration for the grand old hymn with that title:

Faith is the Victory
(Song Lyrics, verse 4 and refrain):

To him that overcomes the foe,
White raiment shall be giv’n.
Before the angels he shall know
His name confessed in Heav’n.
Then onward from the hill of light,
Our hearts with love aflame,
We’ll vanquish all the hosts of night,
In Jesus’ conqu’ring Name.

Faith is the victory! Faith is the victory!
O glorious victory, that overcomes the world.

Faith is the victory that overcomes the world!  Here is the context for this thought provoking declaration:

1 John 5 (NASB)
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Born Again

To better understand what believing in Jesus Christ has to do with being “born again”, we turn to the beginning of John’s gospel:

John 1 (NKJV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

We learn more about what it means to be “born again” in John chapter 3, just before the famous verse, John 3:16: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

John 3_16

John 3 (NKJV)
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Believing in Jesus and receiving Him is much more than a mere mental assent that He is the Christ, the Savior sent from God.  It means putting your whole trust in Him to keep every promise, and walking with Him in loving obedience.  It is said that the longest distance in the universe is the distance between the head and the heart!Bruce OlsonThis was illustrated by an interaction missionary Bruce Olson (Bruchko) had in Columbia with a young Indian lad named Bobby who was helping him during his recovery from some injuries.  All the people in the village slept in hammocks, so he had to do the same.  However, to keep from falling out while sleeping, he kept one leg out of the hammock with his foot on the ground.  This was causing him to wake up with serious aches and pains.

Bobby advised him, “Bruchko, you need to have complete trust in the hammock, and put both feet in!”  He summoned up the courage and tried it, and it worked!  Later Bobby told him he wanted to come to Jesus but was afraid to trust Him completely with his life.  Bruchko replied, “Bobby, you just need to jump in with both feet!”  The young man returned later and declared, “Bruchko, I get it!  I’m trusting Jesus with my whole heart!”

Complete trust is shown by acting on your faith, as in the story about an acrobat preparing to ride a bike over a tightrope strung between two cliffs. He turned and asked a young male onlooker, “Do you believe I can do this?”  The boy answered, “Yes I do!”  The man replied, “Great, hop on!”

In His earthly ministry, Jesus focused on reaching “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 15:24).  However, he had great compassion for gentiles who came to Him in faith.  In the following incident, the woman asking for help believed not only that He could help her, but that He would. So even when Jesus seemed to be denying her request, she took heart and persisted with unstoppable faith!

Great is Thy Faith

Matthew 15 (NKJV)
A Gentile Shows Her Faith
21 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.”

23 But He answered her not a word.

 And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.”

24 But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”

26 But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”

27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”

28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, https://compellinglove.net/, 9/23/2017

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http://www.breakthroughforyou.com/faith-is-our-victory/
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Posted by: dhkrause | September 9, 2017

The True Shepherd

God loves and guides His people just as a true shepherd loves and guides his sheep.  As with sheep, the members of His flock learn to know His voice and follow Him.  God also raises up leaders to shepherd His people with love and humility, completely  dedicated to their well being.  Members of local congregations follow both the lead of righteous shepherds, and of the “Chief Shepherd” who is Jesus Christ.

The first mention of God as “the Shepherd” is in Jacob’s last words to his sons. Speaking of Joseph he declares, “But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel” (Genesis 49:24 NIV).

Genesis 49

Four centuries later, God raised up Moses to be a shepherd over Israel, leading them out of Egypt and preparing them to enter the Promised Land.  After forty years, God led Moses to anoint Joshua as the next shepherd over Israel:

Numbers 27 (NKJV)
15 Then Moses spoke to the Lord, saying: 16 “Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, 17 who may go out before them and go in before them, who may lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be like sheep which have no shepherd.”

18 And the Lord said to Moses: “Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him; 19 set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation, and inaugurate him in their sight. 20 And you shall give some of your authority to him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.

Psalm 23_1

David describes his close walk with the Lord as his Shepherd, exemplifying the relationship that God desires to have with each of His people.

Psalm 23 (NKJV)
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

The Lord also made David a shepherd over Israel.  The Lord told Nathan the prophet, “Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel.” (2 Samuel 7:8) 

Psalm 78_70

Asaph describes how God took David “from the sheepfoldsto shepherd  Jacob His people”.

Psalm 78 (NKJV)
70 He also chose David His servant,
And took him from the sheepfolds;
71 From following the ewes that had young He brought him,
To shepherd Jacob His people,
And Israel His inheritance.
72 So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart,
And guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

Even as David was shepherding the nation of Israel, he prayed that the Lord Himself would shepherd them and “bear them up forever”.  He declared, “The Lord is my strength and my shield” and also, “The Lord is their strength”.  His desire was for each person to know the Lord personally as their Shepherd.

Psalm 28 (NKJV)
Blessed be the Lord,
Because He has heard the voice of my supplications!
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I will praise Him.
The Lord is their strength,
And He is the saving refuge of His anointed.
Save Your people,
And bless Your inheritance;
Shepherd them also,
And bear them up forever.

1 Peter 5_4

1 Peter 5 describes true shepherds of God’s people: overseers who are willing and eager to serve, “being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.”

1 Peter 5 (NKJV)
The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.

I am the Good Shepherd

In John 10, Jesus describes His own mission as the good shepherd who gives his life for the sheep, and He also predicts his resurrection.  He also says, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” (v. 27-28)

John 10 (NKJV)
14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.
17 “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. 18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”

27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and My Father are one.”

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, 9/9/2017, https://compellinglove.net/

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Posted by: dhkrause | August 26, 2017

Repentance and Grace

Great peace have those who love Your law,
And nothing causes them to stumble.”  (Psalm 119:165)

We can obey God’s law without stumbling, with His help!

Jude 1 24Jude, the brother of Jesus, writes:

Jude 1 (NKJV)
24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
25 To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.  Amen.

Jesus Christ gave Himself as an atoning sacrifice for our salvation, which we receive by repentance, faith and ongoing obedience to God’s commands.  The first step is to turn around and give oneself to Him, confessing and repenting of sins, and committing oneself to follow Him.  God promises to respond with grace, forgiveness and cleansing:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) 

1 John 1_7 (2)

Thus begins a victorious ongoing walk with God in light,  in fellowship with Him and with one another:

5This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:5-7) 

True repentance is necessary for the blotting out of our sins.  Peter, after healing the lame man at the Gate Beautiful, exhorted the people:

Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.
(Acts 3:19)

Jesus’ parable of the lost son illustrates how repentance is the key leading to grace and forgiveness.  Spiritually, this son was dead.  After he came to his senses, repented and returned home, he found grace and forgiveness from his father.  His joyous father declared, “this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found”.  This is a picture of how repentance leads to grace.

Luke 15
The Parable of the Lost Son
11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. 13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. 14 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15 Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.

Luke 15 24

17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’

20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

 22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.

David found grace and forgiveness after he repented and confessed his sins.

Psalm 51 (NKJV)
Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.

Psalm 51 9 10

Hide Your face from my sins,
And blot out all my iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.

Grace is costly, as Jesus shows in the parables of the Treasure Hidden in a Field and the Pearl of Great Price.  “Selling  all that one has” is a picture of being sold out to God,  living fully for Him.

Treasure Hidden in a Field

Matthew 13
The Parable of the Hidden Treasure
44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

Pearl of Great Value

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Jesus, our Redeemer and Lord, comes with grace and forgiveness to those who renounce their sins, and keep obeying to win the kingdom of heaven:

 “The Redeemer will come to Zion,
And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,”
Says the Lord.  (Isaiah 59:20)

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, 8/26/2017 https://compellinglove.net/

Posted by: dhkrause | August 13, 2017

Endure Till the End

Jesus consistently teaches that faithful obedience brings glory to God and yields the good fruit of eternal life.  In Jesus’ Parable of the Sower, we see the ones who bear fruit are those “who, having heard the word with an honest and good heart, hold on to it and by enduring, bear fruit.”

Seed on Good Soil

Luke 8 (NKJV)
The Parable of the Sower
As a large crowd was gathering, and people were flocking to Him from every town, He said in a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed. As he was sowing, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the sky ate it up. Other seed fell on the rock; when it sprang up, it withered, since it lacked moisture. Other seed fell among thorns; the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. Still other seed fell on good ground; when it sprang up, it produced a crop: 100 times what was sown.” As He said this, He called out, “Anyone who has ears to hear should listen!”
The Parable of the Sower Explained
11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 The seed along the path are those who have heard and then the Devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the seed on the rock are those who, when they hear, welcome the word with joy. Having no root, these believe for a while and depart in a time of testing.

14 As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who, when they have heard, go on their way and are choked with worries, riches, and pleasures of life, and produce no mature fruit. 15 But the seed in the good ground — these are the ones who, having heard the word with an honest and good heart, hold on to it and by enduring, bear fruit.

Stay connected to the vine

In Jesus’ metaphor of the vine and the branches, we see once again that our abiding with Him brings glory to God and yields the good fruit of eternal life.

John 15 (NKJV)
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

In John 10, Jesus taught that if we keep on listening and keep on following, then we shall not perish and shall not be taken out of His hand.

John 10 (NKJV)
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.   …  27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.

My sheep hear my voice

We can see from Jesus’ own words that a onetime commitment to follow Him does not automatically result in eternal life.  Some maintain that John 3:16 implies that a simple affirmation of beliefs about Jesus assures eternal life, but this is a shallow understanding the verse:

John 3 (NKJV)
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

The word, “believes” in this verse carries the meaning of keeping on believing and obeying.  Analyzing the original Greek in depth,  Douglas J. Del Tondo, in his book,  “Jesus’ Words on Salvation”, contends that a more accurate translation of John 3:16 would be:

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever keeps on obeying unto Him should not perish but should have eternal life.

This is a companion verse to John 8:51:

Most positively, I say to you, if anyone keeps on obeying (tereo) My word, he should never ever see death into eternity (ainon) [fig. forever]!  [John 8:51]

(Douglas J. Del Tondo, Esq., Infinity Publishing.com, 2008, “Jesus’ Words on Salvation”, p. 514)

In his book, “Jesus’ Words Alone”, Del Tondo describes Jesus’ view of faith:

For Jesus, faith was something you exercised earnestly toward God in prayer, never giving up in your confidence God will answer.”

(Douglas J. Del Tondo, Esq., Infinity Publishing.com, March 2007, “Jesus’ Words Alone”, p. 399)

To those facing persecution, Jesus promises, “he who endures to the end will be saved.”  (Matthew 10:22)   “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Revelation 22:10)  James 1:12 says we are blessed if we endure temptation, looking forward to this promised reward:

James 1:12 (NKJV)
Loving God Under Trials
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

James 1_12

With God’s help, we can endure as overcomers to the end.  In Matthew 24, Jesus contrasts  the one whose love has grown cold with the one who endures to the end:

Matthew 24 (NKJV)
12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

Paul advises believers in Philippians 2:12 to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”.  Some express concern that if we earn eternal life by faithful obedience, we would be inclined to boast.  However, this need not be the case, considering the example of high achievers who refuse to boast, giving all glory to God.

Ray Knight

One memorable example of this occurred in the 1986 World Series, when the New York Mets were one pitch away from losing to the Boston Red Sox, and somehow pulled out the game.  Later in the series, in the seventh inning of the seventh game, Ray Knight of the Mets hit a line drive over the centerfield fence sparking a rally that led his team to victory.  When asked what he was thinking when he stepped up to the plate, he replied, “I was feeling physically exhausted.  I prayed that God would give me strength to do my very best, and He did!  I give all the glory to Him.”  Ray Knight refrained from boasting, giving God all the glory, but he had to swing the bat.

In Revelation 21, Jesus describes the destiny of those who endure till the end in faithful obedience:

Revelation 21:7
He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, 8/12/2017, https://compellinglove.net/

Posted by: dhkrause | July 30, 2017

Be Doers of the Word

Psalm 119_45

Jesus, His brother James, and the Apostle John all strongly emphasize that true faith will be accompanied by loving obedience to the commandments of God, as the writer of Psalm  119 so beautifully describes:

44 So shall I keep Your law continually,
Forever and ever.
45 And I will walk at liberty,
For I seek Your precepts.
46 I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings,
And will not be ashamed.
47 And I will delight myself in Your commandments,
Which I love.

93 I will never forget Your precepts,
For by them You have given me life.

Where there is true faith, the hearing and the doing go together.  This is seen in the following  exchange between Jesus and one of the scribes:

Mark 12 (NKJV)
28 Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?”

29 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. 31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

In Matthew 5:16, Jesus tells the disciples, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Then in the strongest possible terms, He enjoins them to keep all the commandments of God:

Matthew 5
17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

James 1_22

In John 6:63, Jesus tells the disciples, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”  Speaking of eternal life, He promises in John 8:51, “Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.” 

Speaking of a deep relationship with His followers, He says in John 14:23, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”

Hearing and doing God’s word are the two wings by which a believer rises into the perfect liberty God has planned for us.  James exhorts believers,

be doers of the word, and not hearers only”. He then explains that God’s commands are “the perfect law of liberty”, and meant to be a blessing.

James 1 (NKJV)
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

1 John 1_7

The Apostle John contrasts walking in darkness, with walking in God’s light, where we have fellowship with Him and with one another:

1 John 1 (NKJV)
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Trust and obey: love God and keep His commandments.  As the song says, “ there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.”
John assures us, “And His commandments are not burdensome.
This is the living faith, “the victory that has overcome the world”.

1 John 5 (NKJV)
1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Faith is the Victory (2)

James asks, can faith without works save a person?  He answers no, “as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

James 2 (NKJV)
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?

17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Matthew 19_26

Jesus tells the rich young ruler in Matthew 19:17, “if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”  Later, speaking of the deceptiveness of riches, and of the challenge of walking in full obedience to God’s commands,  He gives us the key to victory: “with God all things are possible.”

 Matthew 19 (NKJV)
23 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
25 When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”
26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, 7/29/2017, https://compellinglove.net/

Posted by: dhkrause | July 15, 2017

Truth, Freedom, Love and Joy

Walk Humbly in Truth and Freedom

1 John 1:7 declares that “if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”  We then are no longer slaves to sin – we are free to sin no more!  Freely obeying Him in love, His joy remains in us and our joy is fulfilled.  This is dramatically illustrated in John 8, where Jesus tells the woman caught in adultery, “Go and sin no more.”  He then gives the key for living victoriously: “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

John 8 (NKJV)
1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”

11 She said, “No one, Lord.”

And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Later in verses 31 and 32, Jesus explains, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  In the ensuing discussion, He makes it  clear that He is talking about no longer being a slave of sin. Those who abide in His word are free indeed, free to sin no more.

31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”

34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

­­­­­Abiding in His word means demonstrating our love by obeying His commandments.  Jesus promises those who do so, that the Spirit of truth will come and dwell in them.  He comes to us, and we are never alone.

John 14 (NKJV)
15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

Jesus promised that the one who obeys His commandments with a heart of love “will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments 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 Myself to him.” [AMP: “I will make Myself real to him.”]

Jesus promises to the one who lovingly obeys Him, “My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?”

23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.

Abiding in Jesus means being continuously connected with Him, as the branch is connected to the vine. He tells the disciples, “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

John 15 (NKJV)
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

Abiding in Jesus, with His words abiding in you, He promises, “you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

By walking in the light as He is in the light, our love and joy will be perfected.

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

Let God Take The Lead

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, 7/15/2017  https://compellinglove.net/

Posted by: dhkrause | July 2, 2017

The God Who Restores

He restores my soul

God is in the business of restoring lives!  We are made in the image of God, but that image, character, has been marred by sin.  Because of man’s rebellion against God, we are all born with a selfish and rebellious nature.  The Bible’s history is HIS STORY, recounting how God prepared the way and in the fullness of time sent the promised Savior to restore people to right relationship with Him, in spirit, soul and body.  The story begins in Genesis:

Genesis 1 (NKJV)
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. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Genesis 3 describes the rebellion of our first ancestors in the garden of Eden, and the consequences of their sin.  This account includes both judgments and a redemptive promise, particularly in these words God speaks to the devil who had deceived Eve into sinning against God:

Genesis 3 (NKJV)
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent:
“Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed
;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”

The “seed of the woman” has long been understood by scholars to denote a Savior born of a virgin.  The bruising of the devil’s head is seen as referring to the Savior’s taking authority (headship) away from the devil.  The bruising of the Savior’s heel is a reference to His suffering and dying, taking the judgment of sins upon Himself.  This is further detailed in many prophecies, perhaps most notably in Isaiah 53:

Isaiah 53 (NKJV)
Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed
.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all
.

Restoration begins with repentance.  David’s prayer of repentance and plea for forgiveness and restoration sets an excellent example for all to follow.  After acknowledging and repenting of his sin, he prays that God will restore him spiritually, and vows to then help others to be likewise restored.

Psalm 51 (NKJV)
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.

King David and the prophets of old looked forward to the coming of the Messiah, the Savior, who would bring true salvation to Israel and to all who believe in Him.  Also, in Psalm 110, David appears to be listening in to a conversation between the Father and the Son of God:

Matthew 22 (NKJV)
41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?”
They said to Him, “The Son of David.”
43 He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying:

       44 ‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”’?  [Psalm 110:1]

45 If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?” 46 And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.

The central message of the New Testament is that the way back to right relationship with God is through receiving and walking with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, as succinctly stated in Romans 3:23-24 and John3:16:

Romans 3 (NKJV)
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

John 3:16 (NKJV)
1For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Like King David in Psalm 51, when we ourselves have been restored, we can then lead others to be restored as well.  As new creations in Christ, we are called to be ambassadors for Him.

2 Corinthians 5 (NKJV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

The restoration God brings to those who are fully set apart for Him is for the whole person: spirit, soul and body, as Paul so aptly prayed:

1 Thessalonians 5 (NKJV)
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

Come to Me

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com,7/1/2017  https://compellinglove.net/

Posted by: dhkrause | June 15, 2017

Christ’s Love and Call (Song with Video)


This is a video of a song I wrote out of gratitude for brethren who reach out to others with Christ’s love. These are the lyrics:

Christ’s Love and Call

  1. Beloved, Beloved,
    Christ loves you and calls you
    To be His own.
    Brother, Sister,
    He loves you and calls you
    To be His friend,
    Strong and pure,
    Ambassador,
    Reaching out to others,
    That they may know Him too,
    And they may be His friend.
  1. Yeshua Messiah,
    You love us and call us
    To be Your own.
    Master, Savior,
    You love us and call us
    To be Your friend,
    Strong and pure,
    Ambassador,
    Reaching out to others,
    That they may know You too,
    And they may be Your friend.

David Krause, 2016

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