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Draw Near To Him

1 John 1:6, 2:1
6 If we say, “We have a relationship with God” and yet live in the dark, we’re lying. We aren’t being truthful.
1 My dear children, I’m writing this to you so that you will not sin.

One of the struggles believers may face is overcoming sin in their lives. I have heard many different teachings on how one gets free from sin, but one of the most powerful truths in overcoming sin is found here in the book of 1 John. The first chapter tells us that the disciples had seen Jesus for themselves and had developed an intimate relationship with Him and with the Father also. John goes on to tell us that there is no darkness in God for He is light.

In verse 6 he tells us that if we say we have relationship with Him, which this word is also translated fellowship and it refers to an intimate relationship with God, and yet we walk in darkness we are lying and not speaking the truth. You see if we have an intimate relationship with Him, He will rub off on you, and He is light and there is no darkness in Him. It is the same in any relationship where someone spends a lot of time with another person and as they do, they are going to have an influence on you.

So it is with God. This is why in chapter 2 verse 1 he tells us that he wrote this to us so we would not sin. The most important key to getting free from sin is to get close to God. If you do you will come under His light, and that light will influence how you live, causing darkness to go from you. So if you want to be free from sin and remain free, stay close to God. As you do, God and His very nature will rub off on you.
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Posted by on August 4, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER – PART 7

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-bf5cn-e58818

One of the most important and needed truths in the body of Christ is understanding the authority you have been given. What it is, and how it works. Without this revelation you cannot trample over the powers of darkness. Learn all about your authority in this powerful series.

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

The Parable of The Sower – Part 4

Mark 4:20
20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.

Part 4: Whenever the Word of God is preached faith is present but it is not always received, and this is why many believers are weak in faith. In the parable of the sower Jesus teaches this truth as He reveals the Word is the seed, and the ground is the heart condition of man. The only way that faith will grow is the seed must be planted (received) in good ground.

As we have already seen seed on wayside soil will not produce faith, for that seed is immediately taken by the devil. Wayside hearts are those who do not plow up their harden heart. They are not giving full attention to the Word when it is proclaimed. Then there is the stony ground heart, which is the believer who is not a doer but a hearer only of the Word. Next is the thorny ground believer whose priorities are on other things. The fourth heart condition Jesus reveals is good ground, which receives the seed and produces faith.

The good ground believer does not just hear the Word, they accept it. This means they take it as their own. They don’t question God’s Word, they simply believe what it says and they act upon the Word of God as if it were already so. They do not walk by sight, what they see in the natural, they walk by what God’s Word says. This is a believer who gives full attention to God’s Word, applies what they hear to their life, and God is the priority of their life every day. If you want to see faith developed and working in your life, become good ground for the seed of God’s Word.
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Posted by on August 3, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER – PART6

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-m53ux-e569a2

One of the most important and needed truths in the body of Christ is understanding the authority you have been given. What it is, and how it works. Without this revelation you cannot trample over the powers of darkness. Learn all about your authority in this powerful series.

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

The Parable of The Sower – Part 3

Mark 4:18-19
18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word,
19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

Part 3: In the parable of the sower we have already seen that those whose hearts are wayside soil or stony ground when they hear the Word of God preached, there is no faith produced because the Word cannot fully grow. So it is also with this third type of heart condition known as thorny ground. This person like the first two hears the Word, but notice after the Word begins to grow it is choked out by the thorns. What are these thorns?

Jesus teaches us these thorns are the cares of this world, deceitfulness of riches, and the desire for other things. This is a believer whose priorities are on the things of this world. Because their heart is set on worldly things, they are someone who may get caught up with the cares of life, and therefore they worry. Worry and faith do not mix. Worry will choke out faith every time. We are told to cast our cares upon Him for He cares for us.

The deceitfulness of riches is someone who thinks money is their answer, but money cannot fix all things in our life, God can. The desire for others things happens when God takes a back seat in our lives. When God is not our priority in life these thorns begin to grow and they will choke the Word in our hearts and keep it from producing faith. They will cause us to speak words of doubt and unbelief, speaking contrary to the Word of God. If you don’t want to be thorny ground, God must be your priority in life everyday.
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Posted by on August 2, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

The Parable of a The Sower – Part 2

Mark 4:14, 16-17
14 The sower sows the word.
16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.

Part 2: For faith to be received when the Word of God is preached we must make sure our heart is good ground to receive the seed of the Word so it produces faith. We don’t want to be wayside soil for the devil comes immediately and snatches away the seed. The second type of heart condition Jesus spoke about was stony ground.

Stony ground in a farmers field is where there are rocks in the soil on which the seed falls, and as Jesus reveals these are people who hear the Word and receive it immediately with gladness, but because they have no root in themselves, when persecution comes they immediately stumble. The comparison He gave is like seeing a plant growing on a rock, which is not rooted in the soil so when the sun comes up it withers away.

If you are someone who hears the Word preached but you are not a doer of that Word when challenges in life come, you stumble because faith without corresponding action is dead. In another parable Jesus taught that if you hear His Word but don’t apply the Word storms will come, but the storms will knock you down because in not doing the Word you did not dig deep and lay a good foundation. If you don’t want to be overcome in life you are going to need faith, and for faith to work you must be a doer of the Word of God and not a hearer only.
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Posted by on August 1, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER – PART5

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-hi3ta-e531e3

One of the most important and needed truths in the body of Christ is understanding the authority you have been given. What it is, and how it works. Without this revelation you cannot trample over the powers of darkness. Learn all about your authority in this powerful series.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

The Parable of The Sower – Part 1

Mark 4:14-15
14 The sower sows the word.
15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.

Part 1: Do you desire your faith in God to work? I would say the obvious answer would be yes. One of the areas that can be overlooked when it comes to faith is in the condition of your heart. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Kenneth Hagin who was a great man of faith once said, “Faith always comes, but faith is not always received”. When the Word is preached, faith is there, but if the heart upon which the Word comes is not good ground, that seed of the Word does not get planted and will not produce faith.

In the parable of the sower you see this truth. The first thing Jesus refers to is the Word of God as the seed that produces faith. The first of the four soil or heart conditions Jesus mentions is wayside soil. Wayside soil is the outer perimeter of the farmers field. This soil becomes hardened because it was not plowed like the rest of the field. Because the ground was hardened the birds of the air would come and immediately take the seed that was scattered their. Jesus compares this to satan, who does the same thing with believers whose hearts are not plowed and prepared for the Word.

This happens to many in church. They are not listening intently when the Word is preached. Many today are on their cell phones, or day dreaming about other things. Many just can’t wait to go home and sleep the rest of the day. Christians whose hearts are set on other things don’t produce faith, because what they heard is snatched away from them. Jesus said to take heed HOW you hear, for to him who hears more will be given, but to him who does not hear, even what he has will be taken away. If you heart is set on God, you are excited when you hear God’s Word preached.
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Posted by on July 31, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

You Are Valuable To God

1 Peter 1:18-19
18 Realize that you weren’t set free from the worthless life handed down to you from your ancestors by a payment of silver or gold which can be destroyed.
19 Rather, the payment that freed you was the precious blood of Christ, the lamb with no defects or imperfections.

Several years ago I was watching a car auction and they had a very rare car that sold for 1.2 million. Because it was rare, someone was willing to pay a lot of money for it. What makes something valuable? There are basically two things that determine value. One is how rare something is, and the other thing that determines value is what someone is willing to pay for it. How valuable are you to God? According to verse 19 above, very valuable.

The most valuable thing ever known to man was the precious blood of Jesus. The word precious means very valuable. That is the price God paid for every human to be liberated from their old lifestyle. How valuable does that make you to God. Many who are born again do not truly understand how valuable their life is to Him. There has never been a higher price paid for anything than what Jesus was willing to pay so that you could become a child of a God and live a new life.

In verse 18 above it says you were set free from a worthless lifestyle that came from our fathers, which was passed down from Adam because of his sin. The word used for set free is redeemed. It means to be set free by the payment of a ransom. The payment Jesus made by shedding His blood for us was all that was needed to free us from a life that had no true value to it. Stop trying to find you worth in this world. Find your worth in Christ Jesus, and you can live a life that is worthy of Him, for you are very valuable to God.
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Posted by on July 30, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

You Will Have What You Say

Mark 11:23b
…but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

Many believers do not realize how powerful their words are. When you believe something in your heart and you confess it as yours, Jesus said you will have whatever you say. Notice He didn’t say you would only have what God’s Word says, but that you would have whatever you say. Because many do not understand this spiritual law, they continue to live with and put up with things that really don’t belong to them as a believer.

When you say things like my arthritis, my anxiety, my depression, my (name a sickness), etc, you are going to continue to have what you say. Here is what this is like. It is similar to when a package is delivered to your home, your confession that is saying it’s yours is like signing for the package, and you give satan the right to leave it with you. You must learn to agree with what God says about you, change what you believe in your heart and what you speak with your mouth, and get in agreement with God.

Romans 4:17 tells us that God calls those things which do not exist as though they did. God says you are healed. God says you have peace. God says you have the joy of the Lord. You must start saying what God says and believe it in your heart. Doing so you are now agreeing with what God says about you, and you are now signing for the package God has given you and rejecting what the devil wants you to have. What are you claiming in your life? You will have what you believe in your heart and speak with your mouth.
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Posted by on July 29, 2020 in Uncategorized