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Are You A True Christian

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.

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 get offended, 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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Posted by on May 22, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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 that 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 to not do what we know God has shown us 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 how a believer in Christ should live but we choose not to do so your hearts 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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Posted by on May 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 7

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-wqrkn-b1e4e1

Scripture teaches us that we are not to be ignorant about the gifts of the Spirit. This refers to not only lacking understanding about them, but includes ignoring the gifts. God wants us to fully understand these gifts so we can see Him impact our world through us.

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – PART 6

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-fr38n-b1e41f

Scripture teaches us that we are not to be ignorant about the gifts of the Spirit. This refers to not only lacking understanding about them, but includes ignoring the gifts. God wants us to fully understand these gifts so we can see Him impact our world through us.

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

God Loves 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 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. 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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Posted by on May 20, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Do You Love Him

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.

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 the Lord 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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Posted by on May 19, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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, 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 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. For all who will put their faith in what God has available for them, they can receive through us by the Holy Spirit what He has provided.

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Posted by on May 18, 2019 in Uncategorized