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We Have A Living Hope

1 Peter 1:3

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,…

Because of what Jesus did in restoring our relationship with God we now have a living hope, for our hope is in Him. Hope means a confident expectation of good to come. As a believer we should be living in hope every day. We can do so by first looking to hope past. The children of Israel had a promise given to them by God of good to come. A Messiah would come and deliver them from their sin.

That expectation of good came to pass just as God had said. We can now live in hope present looking at all that scripture teaches us that Christ has fulfilled for us and therefore we can expect good to come to pass based on all that He has done. Learning of the promises of God we have available in Christ by faith we can expect those promises to be fulfilled in our lives now.

We can also live in hope to come as we know Jesus will return for His church and we will ever be with the Lord. All who are born again are no longer without hope for God is their hope. Don’t live a hopeless life. Look to His Word and expect what He has promised to come to pass in your life for God is good to all who call upon Him in faith, knowing that what God has promised He is able to perform in your life.

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Posted by on March 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Filled With The Fruits of Righteousness

Philippians 1:11

…being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

All who are born again have been filled with the fruits of righteousness known as the fruit of the spirit revealed to us in Galatians 5:22-23. They are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To bring that fruit to maturity we are told if we will walk in the Spirit we will not fulfill the desires of the flesh but will see theses fruits manifest.

Once you are born again your spirit being made new has all theses fruits within. That is why when we choose to live ruled by our spirit these fruits will be the result. One way we walk in the spirit happens when we become one with the Word of God. Jesus said His Word is Spirit. To become one with the Word we take time to read and meditate on scripture, especially the New Testament. As it begins to dominate us, we begin to walk in line with the Word of God.

A second key to walking in the spirit is to take the time to listen to the voice of your spirit known as your conscience. Before you speak or act if we take time to listen to this inward voice we will either have a check about doing what is not right, or a peace about what is right. This will lead to us obeying our spirit and the result will be the fruit of our spirit man. Walking in the fruits of righteousness will lead us to live a spirit lead life, dominated by our spirit and not our flesh.

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Posted by on March 20, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

No Longer Slaves

Ephesians 1:5

He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,…

We are not adopted into the family of God we are born again by His Spirit into God’s family. The term “adoption as sons” refers to us being placed in a position of sonship, which we did not have before being born again. The children of Israel once taken captive in Egypt were slaves to Pharaoh and lived their lives under his control, but God sent Moses and delivered them.

Moses was a type of Jesus, and Egypt a type of the world. Like the children of Israel we have been delivered through Jesus Christ from Egypt (the world), no longer slaves to the world and it’s ways. But the first generation of Israel did not enter the promise land, the new way of living God had for them except for Joshua and Caleb. The problem was God had gotten them out of Egypt, but He could not get Egypt out of them. Their thinking had not changed and they did not see themselves as sons and daughters of God. This hindered their faith in God and His ability.

Scripture tells us they limited God. Why? Because they did not renew their minds to who they now were, no longer slaves but sons and daughters of the Most High God. So it is with many born again today. They have been taken out of Egypt, but if they will not renew their minds to who they have become in Christ they have not gotten Egypt out of them. Romans 12:2 tells us not to be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Doing so will help every believer to rise up into the promise of the new life God has provided for them.

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Posted by on March 19, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Justified By Faith

Galatians 2:16

…nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.

We were justified (given right standing with God) not by works, but through faith in Christ. Justified means God declares you righteous or right with Him. God sees you just as if you had never sinned for you are a new creation in Christ Jesus. As Romans 5:1 tells us, we having been justified by faith now have peace with God.

The wrath that God has toward man because of sin is taken away in Christ for all who have received Him and continue to walk with Him, they will escape the wrath to come. The devil will try to get us to pull away from God because of our past sin. Don’t fall for this lie. Because we have peace with God we can draw near to Him. We choose to do what is right in God’s sight because of what He has done for us.

As a believer if you do sin don’t run from God repent, acknowledge the sin, turn from it and run to Him. You have been given peace with God because of justification. Peace means harmony between God and man. God is for us, so don’t fall for the lie that God must be against you. Because of justification through Christ Jesus we now have peace with God and He is for us because we are one spirit with the Lord.

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Posted by on March 18, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

The Ministry of Reconciliation

2 Corinthians 5:18

Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,…

Through Jesus Christ we have been reconciled to God. Reconciled means to restore relationship, and to make an exchange. He took our sin on the cross so that we could receive His righteousness. It is this righteousness (right standing with God) that gives us the right to all that we have in Christ. We now have a ministry to go and reconcile others to God.

In the verse that follows the above scripture it goes on to tell us that God was in Christ Jesus reconciling the world to Himself, no longer counting their sins against them. To reconcile others to Christ we need to let people know that God has already dealt with their sins through the cross. It is not all their sins that is now separating them from God, but in fact in John 16:8-9 Jesus tells us that there is one sin that is hindering man from receiving the reconciliation that God has provided, and that is the sin of not putting their faith in Jesus Christ.

In the eyes of God the world has been reconciled to Him for there is nothing more that He needs to do. They simply need to turn to God and put their faith in Him, receiving Jesus as the Lord of their life. Time for the church to go and shine their light to those in darkness and to let them know God is waiting on them to receive them back into fellowship with Him.

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Posted by on March 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Bearing Godly Fruit

Romans 7:4

Likewise, my brethren, you have undergone death as to the Law through the [crucified] body of Christ, so that now you may belong to Another, to Him Who was raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God.

Once born again we now belong to God, we are not our own, we have been bought with a price. Because we are His we should no longer look like, sound like, nor act like the world. We should bear godly fruit. You are in the world but no longer of the world. We don’t become born again to keep living the way we have always lived, but to now follow in the Lord’s example for our life.

To do so we see in scripture that Jesus did not come to do His will, but the will of the Father who sent Him. Jesus said that He only did that which pleased the Father. We are to walk in His example no longer fulfilling our own will, but the Fathers will for us and in doing so we will bear fruit unto Him, shinning as a light in a dark world. Jesus purchased our lives with His shed blood so we should no longer be calling the shots, but instead should be fully yielded to God.

As John Osteen once said, “At all costs, and at all times obey God. One thing I have learned is that God knows more than John.” God has your best interests in mind, so remember Who you belong to and always choose to walk in the will of the Father following after Him. His ways are not our ways, they are a much better way to live life. You will be glad you did.

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Posted by on March 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Reigning In Life

Romans 5:17

For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

Those who are in Christ Jesus are not to be ruled by what happens in life, but to rule in this life they live. We can reign in life because of our right standing with God and through His grace (heavens help) which we received through Jesus Christ. God gives grace to the humble. Simply put, as we humble ourselves before God we choose to yield to the grace He has given to us.

Grace teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, to live soberly, righteously, and godly lives (Titus 2:11-12). This will lead us away from the rule of evil. Yield to God’s grace by denying ungodliness and you can rise above it. To reign in this life we must also recognize our right standing with God. We receive this the moment we are born again through this gift of righteousness.

This gift is what gives us as children of God the right to our authority in Christ Jesus. By exercising our authority through faith in the name of Jesus, we can trample on the powers of darkness. As we remain humble yielding to God’s grace, and use the authority God has given to us through His gift of righteousness using the name of Jesus, we can reign victorious in this life.

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Posted by on March 15, 2019 in Uncategorized