John Nunnikhoven

John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.

Jude 1:5

February 21, 2018

Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.

If I'm looking for proof that belief and obedience are tightly woven together, I need look no further than Exodus and Numbers. The story of Israel's flight from Egypt to the Promised land is filled with examples. Ex. 32:26-28 when 3000 died for worshipping the golden calf. Num. 11:31-34 as the Israelites craved other food than the manna provided. Or Num. 14, the record of Israel's rebellion and banishment to the wilderness until all had died who refused to obey the LORD and trust Him by entering the Promised Land.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 10

Mid-day: 119:81-88

Evening: Psalm 85

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1 John 5:13

February 20, 2018

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.

A sampling of what John wrote to guide me:

Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. 1 John 2:10

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.1 John 2:15

And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us. 1 John 3:23-24

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 1 John 4:7-13

 

1 John 5:10

February 19, 2018

Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son.

This passage begins with a very interesting sentence. The witness (other translations) is in me; the evidence that the belief cycle is active and effective in my life. The righteousness, peace, and joy, to the extent that it characterizes my life, is the witness. The compulsion to know the LORD, God, the Almighty more deeply is the witness. The desire to live according to His Law is the witness. The transformation that has taken place in my life is the witness. I am the witness and am continuously growing into that witness in all aspects of my life.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 8

Mid-day: 119:65-72

Evening: Psalm 83

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Psalm 119:165

February 18, 2018

Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.

Amen and amen. The love of Your word is the perfect guard against sin entering into my life and spoiling my walk with You.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 7

Mid-day: 119:57-64

Evening: Psalm 82

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1 John 5:1-5

February 17, 2018

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

What does it mean to be an Overcomer? It means that I live by the tenets and precepts of the belief cycle. It means that I trust in the promises and provisions of the LORD, God, the Almighty. It means that I trust in the LORD with all my heart and lean not upon my own understanding. It means that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. It means that if I acknowledge Him in all my ways, He will guide my every step.

IT MEANS TO LIVE A LIFE OF FAITH!

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 6

Mid-day: 119:49-59

Evening: Psalm 81

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1 John 5:1-5

February 16, 2018

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obeyhis commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keephis commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

This is a very interesting passage for, there are times, when I wonder if I really love God? Am I still, deep down inside, that little boy who just wants to please his parents? NO! John tells me, one of the proofs is that I find great pleasure in living according to His Word and disappointment when I fail. There is an upwelling of gratitude for the grace, mercy, and love that has been shown to me, that drives me to seek to live in accordance with His Word. I want to keep them. They are a joy, not a burden. I am filled with a realization of a life of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Hallelujah.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 5

Mid-day: 119:41-48

Evening: Psalm 80

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1 John 5:1-5

February 15, 2018

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

There are two significant consequences of the conviction that Jesus is the Christ. One is that I am being regenerated by the LORD, God the Almighty. I am a new man and have entered into the transformation process. I am being made holy. Secondly, I have been brought into a community that is defined by mutual love. A very special love, one which is characterized by sacrificial love for each other and for our neighbors.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 4

Mid-day: 119:33-40

Evening: Psalm 79

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1 John 4:16

February 14, 2018

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

I get a sense of the permanency of the relationship that I have entered into with the LORD, God the Almighty. John writes throughout 1 John of various tests and conditions regarding the state of my abiding in the LORD. But the culmination is here, if I abide in agape love, I am assured (can believe, be convicted, have trust, can commit, will obey, and have faith) that I abide in the Lord and He in me.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 3

Mid-day: 119:25-32

Evening: Psalm 78

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I get a sense of the permanency of the relationship that I have entered into with the LORD, God the Almighty. John writes throughout 1 John of various tests and conditions regarding the state of my abiding in the LORD. But the culmination is here, if I abide in agape love, I am assured (can believe, be convicted, have trust, can commit, will obey, and have faith) that I abide in the Lord and He in me.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 3

Mid-day: 119:25-32

Evening: Psalm 78

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1 John 4:1-3

February 13, 2018

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.

The world assaults me continuously with alternate belief systems, cleverly packaged and served with fancy garnishes. I remember the hucksters at the state fair, promoting their wares with cleverly turned phrases and promises. If I bought one of these whiz-bangs, my mother would never need another utensil in her kitchen. Her laughter was the confirmation that I had been taken.

However, the LORD, God the Almighty provides a simpler and far less embarrassing test. Does the prophet acknowledge that the LORD sent His Son, born of a virgin, to live as a man among us, to suffer and die for my sins and to prove the efficacy of that sacrifice by His resurrection and accession to the right hand of the LORD, God, the Almighty?

Pass the test—open arms. Fail the test—run for the door.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 2

Mid-day: 119:17-24

Evening: Psalm 77

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1 John 3:23-24

February 12, 2018

And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.

When belief leads to trust and trust leads to commitment and commitment leads to obedience and obedience leads to faith, the results produced by the indwelling Spirit are the evidence of my transformation. The essence of James 2:18. A sweet, sweet aroma unto the LORD, God the Almighty.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 1

Mid-day: 119:9-16

Evening: Psalm 76

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Psalm 119:156

February 11, 2018

Great is your mercy, O LORD; give me life according to your rules.

Set my life according to Your instructions. That I would live in the House of the Lord forever and walk in Your Way. Do not let my feet stray to the right or left but keep steadfastly on that path which is life in the Kingdom of God.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 150

Mid-day: 119:1-8

Evening: Psalm 75

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1 Peter 4:18-19

February 10, 2018

And “If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

Therefore let all of us, who have entrusted our souls to the LORD< God, the Almighty, turn to Him for direction and bend our efforts to those tasks which He selected for us from before the beginning of time. (Ephesians 2:10)

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 149

Mid-day: 119:169-176

Evening: Psalm 74

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