Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. (I John 3:1-3 NKJV)

All men and women are the offspring of God, for He is the Creator of all things! And one day soon those who have been faithful will become just like Him! But in order for that to happen we need to become true children of God! We need to be transformed! We need to be born again! We need to remove ourselves from the bondage of sin and purify ourselves just as Jesus was pure! We need to cleanse ourselves from the inside out! “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:22 NKJV) Pray to God and ask Him for Help, ask Him to remove the dirt from within you! Ask Him to clear the dirt from your heart and mind! Ask to be washed clean! Jesus tells His disciples, “Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God!” (Matthew 5:8 NKJV) If we are to be blessed by God we need to purify our hearts! The Psalmist poses two serious questions and then gives us something serious to think about, “who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” (Psalm 24:3-5 NKJV) Know this, if we want to see the kingdom of heaven most of us have a lot of work to do! Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV) Invite Jesus in and ask Him to take the lead in all that you do and you will be blessed, you will see the kingdom of heaven!

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your loving kindness; thank you for your faithfulness; thank you for your blessings that you so easily give to your children! Thank you for providing to those who have faith and change their lives a way to be a part of your family! Thank you for sacrificing your one and only Son so that we can have life! We invite Jesus in, we ask that He take the lead in our lives, we ask to be cleansed from the dirt within! We ask that you help us purify our hearts! Father, we are sinners that need all the forgiveness that we can get! Father Cleanse us! Give us life! Give us the key to your kingdom! It is your will that be done! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Craig L Bradshaw Jr – September 12, 2013

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