SEARCH FOR SIGNIFICANCE – PART 1

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Learn how to be free to enjoy Christ’s love while no longer basing your self-worth on your accomplishments or the opinions of others. The Search for Significance study shows readers how four false beliefs regarding performance, approval, blame, and shame, have kept you from the joy of abundant life in Christ.

Follow Jesus

Matthew 16:24
Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also].

What exactly is a Christian? If you ask most believers today they would tell you that a Christian is someone who is born again. But the first time the word is ever used is in Acts 11:26 where the disciples where seen doing what Jesus had done, and they called them Christians, or Christ followers. Jesus wants us to be Christ followers, not just born again.

The first thing from the above verse we learn about being a Christ follower is that you must have a desire to follow Him. If you truly have such a desire then you must deny yourself, and this is where many believers miss the mark of being a Christ follower. To deny self means you don’t live your life according to your will. You choose to give up your will and instead walk in His will for your life, loosing sight of your own interests. Then you wholly conform your life to His. Jesus Himself did not get His own will. He declared in the garden of Gethsemane, “Not my will Father, but yours be done”.

For example Jesus went to God’s house on their day of worship, and yet many believers today do not. Jesus forgave everyone, but there are believers today who still hold grudges. Jesus did not take offense, but many believers are offended because they identify with self and not with Christ. If you want to be a Christian (Christ follower), you must not only desire to do so, you must give up your will to wholly follow after His example, not getting your own way. This is what Jesus died for, so we could become like Him and change our world.
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WHO ARE YOU – PART 1

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One of the most vital truths we need to learn as a believer is who we are once born again. As you will see scripture teaches we are the “Breath of God” Himself. Think about that. Every born again believer is the breath of God, a part of Him. Find out how important that truth in your life as a child of God is in this series.

Don’t Harden Your Heart

Hebrews 3:7-8
7 That is why the Holy Spirit says, “Today when you hear his voice,
8 don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled, when they tested me in the wilderness.”

Scripture teaches us that the way God gives direction for our lives is through the inward witness, His Spirit bearing witness with our spirit. One of the things that will hinder our ability to know this inward witness is when our hearts become hardened. Here in Hebrews we are told when we do not respond to what God is showing us, we harden our hearts toward Him. This will hinder our ability to be led by God in making right choices.

Delayed obedience is still disobedience, and when we choose not to do what we know God has revealed to us that we should be doing, we are turning away from following the path He has for our life. For example when you read the Word of God and see clearly what scripture teaches of how a believer in Christ should live but choose not to do so, your heart is becoming hardened.

The more hardened our hearts become, we not only become more dull to God’s leading for our life, but this now makes us more susceptible to the deception of our enemy who wants to lead us down a path of destruction. He desires to kill, steal, and destroy. He often does so by leading us astray without us even knowing it because we have become insensitive to God’s leading. When God leads us He leads us into an abundant life. So don’t delay in obeying God, and you can follow His leading for your life into all He has planned for you.
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God’s Love For You

John 17:23
I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.

Do you think God the Father loves His Son? How much do you think God loves His Son? No one would probably question the love God has for His own Son, but many question God’s love for them. Yet Jesus reveals to us in this verse that the Father loves us the same as He loves His Son Jesus. Many would question if that is true, but if you believe the words of Jesus that is exactly what He said.

Some would say they don’t feel like God loves them but that is where they make the mistake of walking by sight (feelings) and not by faith (His Word). The greatest proof God loves you is seen in the picture of Jesus on the cross, for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life.

The reason it is so important for us to know and believe the love God has for us is because perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). If the devil can keep you in fear your faith won’t work. Settle it in your heart once and for all, God loves you with an everlasting love just as He loves Jesus. Walk in the reality of that love and you can walk free from fear.
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WALKING WITH JESUS – PART 12

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What do you delight in? Jesus wants us to delight in Him. His desire is for Him to be our best friend, walking with Him everyday. Find out more in this powerful series.

Obedience Brings Blessing

Luke 11:28
Jesus replied, “Rather, how blessed are those who hear and obey God’s word.”

One thing that has and never will change, if you want to live a blessed life you need to hear what God’s Word has to say, and to obey God’s Word. Sadly when you talk about obedience to the Word of God today, many say that is putting people in bondage. But Jesus nor the Word of God ever tells us that obedience brings bondage, just the opposite, it brings liberty.

James tells us that if you are a hearer of God’s Word but not a doer, you deceive yourself. But for those who hear and do God’s Word, they will be blessed in what they do. We are not earning what God has for us, but learning how to walk in His ways which leads us into what is available for us. For example, God’s Word teaches you must believe you receive when you pray. If you don’t learn from God’s Word how to walk by faith biblically, you could not receive from God without believing. This is God’s way for receiving.

In Isaiah 55:9 God tells us that His ways are not our ways, they are much higher. If we want to live a higher life in the blessings of God, we must learn to listen and obey. If we want to live a stress free life, we must listen to what scripture teaches and obey. If we want to raise blessed children, we must listen to God’s Word on how to raise them and obey. If you want to live a blessed life you need to hear what God’s Word says, and you need to obey the Word. We are not earning but learning how to walk in what He has available for us.
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We Can Do What Jesus Did

John 14:12
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”

Jesus said it was not Him but the Father in Him that did the works He did. In Acts 10:38 we are told that God anointed Jesus with the Holy Ghost and power who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil. Jesus did not do the miracles He did because He was God, if that were true then we would not be able to do the works He did for we are not God. Jesus most certainly is God who came in the flesh to the earth, but He did the works by the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Upon putting our faith in Jesus Christ we can do the same works Jesus did, because it is the same Holy Spirit living in us that was with Him. He has given us a Helper to do the work. Now all we have to do is have faith in Jesus, faith in what He has said to us, and have faith in what we have seen Him do by the Holy Spirit within Him, and we too can do the same works.

He is the Head, we are the body. We are His hands and feet, and His Word spoken in this earth. Step out in faith and know that you have the same Holy Spirit in your life to do the work. As Jesus said in Matthew 10:8, freely we have received, freely give. It is through the name of Jesus, faith in His name that you can set the captives free.
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WALKING WITH JESUS – PART 11

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What do you delight in? Jesus wants us to delight in Him. His desire is for Him to be our best friend, walking with Him everyday. Find out more in this powerful series.

You Need A God-Ordained Pastor

John 10:10
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

We know God is not a thief, so anything that involves stealing, killing, or destroying is not from God but from the thief himself, satan. It is interesting to note this verse in it’s context, if you read the previous nine verses you find out Jesus begins by teaching us that any shepherd who did not come through the gate, which Jesus tells us He is that gate, is a thief. Jesus according to Ephesians 4 is the One who gives us the five fold ministry gifts, which includes the pastor or shepherd. What Jesus is teaching us is that any pastor not gifted (ordained) by Him is a thief.

In 2 Corinthians 11:15 we find out that satan has his own ministers who appear as ministers of righteousness, but they are under his control. This is the primary way satan steals, kills, and destroys through false and deceptive teaching mixed with some truth. Throughout the New Testament we are warned of such ministers, those who speak false doctrine, and those who water down the Word of God.

So if you don’t want to be taken advantage of and you want to experience the life God has for you, an abundant life, you need a shepherd who will teach us, as Paul said, the whole counsel of God. Beware of having your ears tickled and only hearing what you want to hear but not receiving all of what scripture teaches. In knowing the truth through the shepherd Jesus has for you, you will be set free from the destructive works of the thief and experience life more abundantly.
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