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Doing the first works

Bible_man_reading_1“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works…” – Revelation 2:4-5.

Jesus is speaking to many of us through this letter to the Church of Ephesus who had “lost their first love.” These Ephesians church members were still blood-washed, born-again believers, but they had lost the excitement and devotion they once had for Jesus. Remember when you first got saved; how excited you were about God?

Spiritual backsliding is a common problem in the church. After years of walking with God, many of us may slowly begin to neglect spending quality time with God or even going to church. Our faith becomes lukewarm and we might also backslide morally. The solution for correcting this problem, Jesus said, is to remember therefore from where we have fallen; repent, and do the first works again.

Since the first step is to repent, we need to acknowledge our sins to God and ask Him to forgive us. He is always merciful and faithful to forgive us, and to cleanse us, once again, from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Secondly, we must start from scratch in our faith and “do the first works” we once did in the beginning. What are the first works?

  • Studying the Bible daily.
  • Spending quality time in prayer and hearing God’s voice.
  • Going to church regularly and saturating your spirit with sound biblical teaching, and collective praise and worship.
  • Fellowship regularly with other believers.

If you have lost your first love, or drifted away from God, or fallen into immoral sins, don’t give up on Jesus, because He hasn’t given up on you. He still loves you dearly and desires to restore you back to Himself. All He asks is that you Repent, Confess, and “Do the first works” again. He will restore your life with His abundance of peace and joy.

– Luis JosephusRealJesus Logo+75x75

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comment_smComment from Pastor Emeka: “Dear Pastor Luis Yosefus, thanks for your newsletter. I am inspired and encouraged by your messages and revelations of the word of God. I am a pastor of a small fellowship in Corby, United kingdom (People for Christ Ministries).

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Is it now lawful to eat all types of meats?

Yes. Under the New Covenant that Jesus instituted, all dietary prohibitions against unclean meats have been removed. However, it is important that all foods should be received with thanksgiving and prayer. The apostle Paul declared that all creatures were created by God to be received with thanksgiving of them that believe and know the truth.

“For every creature of God is good, and not to be rejected, if it be received with gratitude: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” – I Timothy 4:4-5

First of all, we must give thanks to God for every meal we partake each day, recognizing that without our heavenly Father’s loving provision of health, work and finances, we could not survive or provide for our families. Secondly, through prayer, any harmful chemicals, bacteria or toxins that our food might contain is eliminated.

A proper prayer over our meals might include, “LORD, we thank you for providing this meal we are about to eat. We ask that you purify it and sanctify it, make it nourishing to our bodies, In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

Also, it is important to consider that our Christian liberty is never license for failing to maintain certain health precautions. Common sense and wisdom, as well as modern scientific evidence dictates that we follow the following guidelines:

  • Eat a healthy diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as meats.
  • Cook foods properly.
  • Avoid overeating and gluttony.
  • Eliminate high fat and sugar intake.
  • Do not abuse drugs or alcohol.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain good habits of cleanliness and hygiene.
  • Allow for ample rest.

If you observe the above guidelines as well as praying over each meal with thanksgiving, you shall do well. God desires that all His faithful children should be in good health and prosper, as well as live long lives.

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

REAL JESUS MINISTRIES
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FOR FURTHER STUDY:

Jesus said that what defiles a man is not what he eats, but what comes out of his heart.
Mark 7:18-19

What God has cleansed, let no man call unclean or common.
Acts 10:15

Let no man judge you in food or in drink.
Colossians 2:16

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Comment from Cygnet: “Exactly! I think that people who try to follow the old covenant are people much like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day. They were prideful that their actions were to the letter of the law than they were receptive to God’s love. Salvation is not contingent upon what I do, but upon what He [Jesus] has already done for each of us. Praise God for His Grace!”


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Get over past failures

www.RealJesus.netI have never met a perfect Christian, have you? Jesus was the only man that ever lived that did not sin. He was tempted in all points as ourselves but without sinning. The rest of us are imperfect (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise). But though we are “sinning saints”, we should be striving to become more like Jesus. We should love God with all our hearts and endeavor to please Him in everything we do and say.

The fact is that in the real world, we all still sin. Big time.

We fail ourselves, we fail in our relationships with others, and most importantly, we fail in our Christian testimony. But that doesn’t surprise our heavenly Father; He knows our weaknesses, and He is always willing to forgive us – no matter how grievous the sin. He says we can always run to Him and His throne of grace to receive more grace and mercy in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16). He also says that if we honestly confess our sins, He is faithful and just to cleanse us, once again, of all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).  The blood of Jesus atones for past, present and future sins.  God’s mercies are new every morning.

Keep moving forward.

So when we sin and fail as Christians, we need to honestly admit it to ourselves, confess it to God, and keep moving forward. Although we may understand this, many times we still have a hard time forgiving ourselves. Understand that you cannot change what has been done in the past. But you can change the future. Get up from your failures and get back in the race. Keep “pressing on” and moving upwards towards Christ and perfection.

“Dear brethren, I have not achieved it yet, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards perfection – the goal of winning the supreme prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14 (JCV)

Remember that God will never leave you nor forsake you. And, He will be faithful to complete the good work He has started in you. Do you believe that? Then be at peace. Be encouraged. God still loves you. Amen.

–         Luis Yosefus

REAL JESUS MINISTRIES
www.RealJesus.net

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