HIPP VISUAL MINISTRIES - LOVE IS - ALTAMONT, TN
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                                              LOVE IS


1st John Ch. 4:1-9

1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
 
Brothers, we are told here not to believe every spirit of man, but rather we are to try every spirit of a man to determine whether they are of God. Not every man that says he knows God actually knows God.

We are told that there are many false prophets who have gone out into the world.

Remember that the bible tells us that the devil comes to still, kill and to destroy. That is who the devil is. Some professed men of God have been deceived by satin, and have believed a lie.
 
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
 
Brothers the spirit of antichrist was already in the world in Jesus' day, and is many, many more times in this day that we now live. 

Try every spirit to see it is of God.

We are told in verse 2 above how that we are to try those spirits who say they are of God and are not. If the spirit of man professes that Jesus Christ came in the flesh is of God. AMEN!

The spirit of antichrist will not confess that Jesus Christ  has come in the flesh because this spirit who can not confess Jesus is not of God.
 
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

You and I who confess Jesus Christ as having come in the flesh and died for our sins have overcome the antichrists of today. Praise God!
 
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
 
Brothers the lost of this world can not hear us. They can only hear what the world tells them. 

They have not yet received the conviction of the Holy Spirit and accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior of their life as you and I did. 

Pray daily for these lost and misguided souls. As we know the day of Jesus' appearing is at hand.
 
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
 
Jesus abides in us and we abide in Him. God is love. Love your brothers in Christ Jesus and love the lost person as you pray for them. Don't love what they do, but rather love the person as God loved us when we to were yet lost.

Just as we are told in the eleventh chapter of Mark we must forgive if we want God to forgive us. This was very hard for me for many years. I looked at the evil acts done by the lost.

I heard what both the lost and some of my brothers in Christ said about me.

Finally I got it!

Just as we are to love the person we also are to forgive the person, NOT THE ACT, but the person who committed the act. We might over time actually forgive the evil act that they did and do, but the person is the one that we must both forgive and love.

Brothers, we are commanded by Jesus to love one another. We who try to walk Christ like each day will fall short some days. But, we confess that failure and get up, dust ourselves off, and keep walking Christ like through this world.

God bless you my brothers in Christ, and remember to walk in Love and Forgiveness each and every day, and when you forget to do this, simply confess this to God and he is faithful to forgive us. 

Then forgive yourself of the failure, and go about walking in love. It is important for you to forgive yourself. It is so much harder for you to love others if you don't forgive yourself of your failures. 

Remember that it is satin who brings your past failures to your fleshly mind. He will also use your co-workers, friends, and family to bring those failures to you.

He is a liar and can not tell the truth.

The only thing that matters in this world is that God first loved us. Now love as God loves.

Bless you my brothers.

John Hipp
HVM - C52619









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