Don’t Fall Asleep

1 Thessalonians 5:6, 8
6 Therefore, we must not fall asleep like other people, but we must stay awake and be sober.
8 Since we belong to the day, we must be sober. We must put on faith and love as a breastplate and the hope of salvation as a helmet.

Those who are born again Jesus has warned in the gospels to watch (stay awake), not to fall asleep, which means to become spiritually lazy. Here in 1 Thessalonians 5, Paul is warning believers about the same thing right before the return of the Lord, not to fall asleep as some do. If you become spiritually lazy and fall asleep not only will you be unprepared for the Lord’s return, you can be taken advantage of by satan through fear and deception. What are some of the key things Paul reveals to stay awake.

In verse eight he reveals three things you must put on and keep on. The breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. It goes without saying you need faith to overcome the things that satan is bringing into manifestation in our world. Many believers are not waking by faith, but are in fear. The key element to maintain your faith walk is hearing the Truth of God’s Word preached. If you do not get under the teaching of God’s Word for your life, you will be weak in faith.

You need to maintain your love walk. The key to doing this is to maintain a close walk with God the Father, for He is love. If you walk in the love of God, that love not only reaches out to others, it is also willing to speak the Truth. You also need to maintain the hope of your salvation, which means to never lose sight of the Lord’s return. Many have, for if they knew how close His return was, they would as scripture teaches, keep themselves purified from the world. Maintain these three key areas for your life and you will not be found sleeping when Jesus returns.
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SEARCH FOR SIGNIFICANCE – PART 6

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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.

Love Never Fails

1 Corinthians 13:8a
Love never fails.

In 1 John 4:8 we find out that God is love. When we walk in love we are walking with God, and if we are walking with God we cannot fail. There is much emphasis placed upon walking by faith in the Christian life and rightfully so, but there should be just as much if not even more emphasis placed on the importance of walking in the love of God.

Galatians 5:6 reveals that faith works through love. In other words you can have faith to move mountains as Paul states in 1 Corinthians 13:2, but if you do not have love, your faith will not work. When we are born again God’s love is poured out into our hearts, it is already in there. We need to act upon that love for our faith to work.

The love of God is not an emotion or a feeling, but a fruit of the new recreated human spirit. Practice waking in the love of God, for what you practice you get good at. God’s love is simply treating others the way you want to be treated, no matter how they treat you. Choose to act upon His love within you, for your faith depends on it.
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STANDING IN FAITH – PART 6

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As a believer you must learn how to take a stand in faith. Not everything you believe for happens instantly. Learn from this series some keys that will help you stand in faith and see God’s Word fulfilled in your life.

Obedience Through Love

John 14:23
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; …

God has revealed His love for us by sending Jesus to the cross. There is no doubt about how much God loves us, for that love was revealed to us when Christ bore our sin, sickness, punishment, and shame on the cross. Greater love has no one then to lay down their life for another. But how is our love for Jesus revealed. Jesus tells us in the above verse.

If we truly love Him we will keep His Word. When you talk about obedience to the Word of God today, many say you are teaching legalism and bondage. But obedience to God’s Word brings liberty not bondage. Jesus said if you become one with His Word, you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free. God’s love for us is the motivator that causes us to be obedient to His Word.

In the Old Testament they were to obey God’s Word because it was the law. In the New Testament we obey the Word of God because of love. Faith works through love. Faith is acting upon and in line with the Word of God. But our faith only works when we do so because we love Him. Our love for the Lord is revealed in our obedience to Him, for if we love Him, we will keep His Word.
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STANDING IN FAITH – PART 5

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As a believer you must learn how to take a stand in faith. Not everything you believe for happens instantly. Learn from this series some keys that will help you stand in faith and see God’s Word fulfilled in your life.

Hold Fast Your Declaration of Faith

Hebrews 10:23
We must continue to hold firmly to our declaration of faith. The one who made the promise is faithful.

Many still do not understand the power of their words. They don’t realize for example when they say things like my arthritis, my cancer, my diabetes, etc; it is the same as a package being delivered to your front door and you sign for the package accepting it as yours. Once you do the devil has the right to leave it with you. For faith to work you must believe in your heart what God has said and you must then speak in line with His Word, holding fast to your confession of faith.

It is vital that when faith is released through our words to stay in faith. That is what this verse in Hebrews is telling us. We must hold fast to our declaration of faith. You must say what God has said. Every promise God has given us through Christ Jesus God has said is already yours. You must, like God, call those things that be not as if they are already so. Faith believes it receives when you pray, and therefore you declare you already have what you have asked of God.

You never stop declaring what God’s Word says. Your confession does not change. When God gave Abram a promise to be a father of a multitude He changed his name to Abraham, which means father of a multitude. Abraham never went back to calling himself Abram after that. He kept saying what God had said, and he became exactly what God and he had said. Faith will not work unless you hold fast your confession, saying the same thing God says about you.
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Regeneration

Titus 3:4-5
4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,
5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

The fourth work of redemption that Christ has completed within the heart of every believer is the work of regeneration. Regeneration is the new birth, the rebirth of the human spirit. When someone puts their faith in Christ and calls upon Him for salvation with repentance, there is a rebirthing of a new spirit man within them. The washing away of the old man and the renewing of the Holy Spirit coming to live within us takes place.

In this area of a believers life the devil tries to convince us that we are who we are, we cannot change. He tries to get us to fall for this lie so that we continue to live by the old natures habits and ways so that he can keep us in bondage to that old nature. But once the spirit on the inside becomes new, we can now as scripture teaches us, walk in newness of life. Anything about our outward behavior and way of living can change.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence.

You can change anything about your life for you are not who you used to be. A new way of living has come for the believer. We should not continue in our old ways, but begin to walk in the footsteps of our Savior. Romans 12:1-2 tells us how. We are to present our bodies unto Him as a living sacrifice, and we are transformed by renewing our minds to the new man on the inside. We are no longer who we used to be!
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Propitiation

1 John 2:1-2
1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

Another important part of our redemption that Jesus completed for us is in the work of propitiation. This is one of the areas that satan lies to believers the most, convincing them that God is mad at them and must be punishing them. Many Christians do not understand this redeeming work of propitiation. It means to satisfy the wrath of God by taking the punishment our sin deserved.

Because of the sin of Adam in the garden, punishment for that sin had to come. But Jesus was the One who took our punishment. He satisfied the wrath of God toward sin as Isaiah 53:5 tells us, that He was wounded for our rebellious acts, and He was punished so that we could have peace with God. In the above scriptures it declares we have an Advocate with the Father, Who is the propitiation for our sin, taking our punishment. When we sin we may reap bad consequences for sowing to the flesh, but God is not punishing us.

In Isaiah 54:9-10 the Word declares that just as God promised to never flood the earth again, He has also promised not to be angry with nor punish those who have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus. He has given us a covenant of peace. The devil loves to convince believers God is angry with them and therefore punishing them so they will accept their circumstances, and not draw near to the One who has delivered them. Don’t fall for this lie that God is mad at you and punishing you. Jesus already took the punishment we deserved.
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Reconciliation

Romans 5:10
For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Another key area of redemption that refers to what God has done within us when we were born again is the work of reconciliation. Notice in the above verse it refers to the fact that we were enemies of God, but God reconciled us through the death of His Son Jesus. An enemy is not your friend. The word reconcile means to make a friend out of an enemy. Once born again, we now have the best friend we could ever have, God.

The devil tries to convince believers that God is not our friend, and you even hear believers say they feel God is far from them, but He is as close as their next breath. When we say we feel like God is far from us, we are going by feelings and not by faith. This is what satan wants us to do. Once you start believing this lie, you will struggle to believe in God’s love and in His desire to help you. Your circumstances in life have nothing to do with how close God is to you.

Hebrews 13:5b – For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

God has promised to never leave us. Proverbs 18:34 tells us there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother, and that friend is our God. We may turn away from God, but God has not turned His back on us. He is a friend through reconciliation who will never leave you nor forsake, so don’t fall for the lie that God is far from you. If you are born again, He is residing in your spirit man right now.
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