Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God; Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
4You, dear children are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listen to them. 6We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recongnize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
I never had the priviledge of knowing the man who concieved me and as a child I often wondered why he never made any attempts to be part of my life or if he ever thought of me. You know, maybe wondered what I was like, or how did I look? Maybe even think to find me through this great tool called, "Cyberspace"
So I grew up as a step-child; never really belonging to anyone.
When I was fifteen I became pregnant with my son; and he too was set aside by the man who concieved him. But never did Jess make him feel like a step-child!
I don’t really know why I am writing this, but it’s very heavy on my heart and it may not make any sense to you at all, but I need to jot this down.
Jess and I just celebrated our 25th Anniversary on the 20th of this month. Before we were married, he had two children and I had my one. We both knew this was a package deal and that it was not going to be easy but we loved eachother and that was all we needed to bind our family together.
And it has, even when times were tough, and believe me, it’s been hard these past few months and lately I have been feeling like a step-child lately, but not by God, but by those who say they belong to God.
The reason I stated the years of my marriage, is just recently my sister-in-law made this statement to Jess about my son and his children. She said, "they are not your blood, they are just your step-children." And by her statement I thought after all these years is this what we are to her, and she herself is a Christian!
When she said that, it really didn’t upset me as it should of and I was a bit surprised that I didn’t pick up the phone and give her a piece of my mind. In fact, it really surprised me that her words didn’t offend me at all. I even went to the Lord and ask him if something was wrong with me that I didn’t tear her to pieces for speaking against my children! You see, no body in thier right mind messes with my children!
That day her words kept coming into my mind and still it didn’t really affect me; but this time I said, Lord, "why did she say that, what are you teaching me in this, it doesn’t hurt me; but I know you want me to see this in your perspective."
Jesus said, "You were once a step-child, an illigitament child, before you gave your life to Me. I allowed this to show you that My Perfect Love covered your heart and guarded it from hating your sister."
Her words still don’t really bother me; but what does bother me right now is that time is getting close for the coming of our Lord. We see the birthing pains, and still God’s family is not binding themselves in love. They are giving birth to lies that were not concieved by God. Read Is. 59.
Jesus says, if you don’t love your brother, then you are not his. But if you love your brother, then you are born of God and that makes you, His child! Born through the His Blood, we are His. But if you hate your brother then you are not his. So, when you pray and have hatred in your heart for your brother and say, "Our Father" I have to wonder, "Who is your father?" and when you call someone else a step-child and you claim to belong to God, i wonder what god do you belong too?
I know that from my own heart it is impossible to love, because love doesn’t come easy those who have been discarded like a filthy rag and tossed to the wayside like a piece of garbage. I know that love doesn’t come easy to those who never experienced true love from thier daddy, or mom or sister or brother. I know that love is impossible for those who falsely accused and mistreated and misunderstood. But remember, Love Came in the flesh, lived with brothers and sisters’ that called him a step-child and even mocked him. Still it was His Perfect Love that was nailed to the Cross and it is His Perfect Love that casts out all fears and covers over a multitude of sins. Go to the Cross and ask the Lord to give you His Perfect Love!