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Working In Us

Hebrews 13:21

…working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

By our submission to Jesus Christ our heavenly Father is able to work in us to do that which is pleasing in His sight. Our transformation does not take place by our ability, but God’s ability through our availability. For this to happen we must present our bodies as a living sacrifice unto God. To do so we have to redeem our time, giving attention to our spiritual growth by going to the Word of God. As we do we need to renew our minds to who we now are in Christ.

The renewal of the mind involves four things. 1. Reading the Word of God, and to truly read the Word we must hear what the Lord is saying to us. 2. Meditating on God’s Word. Taking the time to ponder what is being said and how it applies to you. 3. Studying God’s Word. We need to become good students of the Word so that we are rightly dividing the Word of truth. 4. Acting upon God’s Word. One’s mind is not fully renewed without acting upon what we see in the Word of God.

When we are born again that is where the work of God in us begins. When Lazarus was raised from the dead Jesus told His disciples to go and take the grave clothes off of him. Like Lazarus we have come out of the grave, and now through us presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice unto God and having our minds renewed to God’s Word, He can complete His work in us by taking off the grave clothes, the old way of living.

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Posted by on April 23, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

The Power of The Tongue

Proverbs 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Words – whether we want to admit it or not they are powerful. They can bring forth life into every part of our existence, or they can bring forth death, the choice is up to us. The devil knows all to well the power of words and this is why he works so hard to get people to speak words of death. James 3:2- “For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.”

Even the third chapter of James tells us that this little tongue of ours boasts great power. It goes on to tells us that no man (human effort alone) can tame the tongue. Christians will curse others and bless God, which James tells us should not be so. How then do we deal with our tongue if we want to reap life and not death? There are two primary keys. Matthew 12:34 Jesus said that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Simply put, garbage in, garbage out. Change what you listen to if you want to speak life and not death.

Galatians 5:16 also tells us if we walk in the spirit, governed by our spirit, we will not go the way of the flesh, which will speak words of death when ruling our decisions. Jesus said His Word is Spirit and it is LIFE. Choose to yield unto the Word of God and you will not be controlled by your flesh, and you will speak Words of life. Do these things and the Words of life can come forth from your mouth bringing forth the very life of God for you.

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Posted by on April 22, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Follow Jesus

Matthew 16:24

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.

Are you a Christ follower? Before you answer that question think about the words of Jesus here in Matthew 16:24. I am very concerned based on what Jesus has said for the future of many who say they are born again, who claim they love Jesus, but are you basing your love on what you say, or what Jesus said? Why is this important? Because one of the many examples in scripture is the church at Laodicea that had a totally different view of themselves then what Jesus did. In fact they are completely opposite views. Without going into a lot of details which you can read about them in Revelation chapter 3, Jesus said when He returned that He would vomit them out of His mouth. These are believers He is speaking to.

What does it take to be lukewarm? Simple, do little to nothing for the kingdom of God. If you take a hot cup of coffee, set it down and do nothing with it, it will turn lukewarm. It is amazing to me how many believers who say they know Jesus don’t really follow Him according to His own words. What was the purpose of giving your life to Him if not to follow Him? Jesus said if you want to be His follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow Him. To give up your own way means to stop living life for you, the way you think you should live, and instead follow His example. Jesus went to church. That’s right, and even with people that wanted Him dead. Many believers are not consistent at all in going to church. It is not about attending a service, but being equipped for the work of ministry. Learning how to give up your ways for His. Yet many have no problem living out their lives committed to other activities, but church is not one of them.

Jesus walked in love, Jesus did only what He saw the Father doing, Jesus said only what the Father wanted Him to say, and to summarize His life He was focused on using His gifts and abilities to build God’s kingdom. Jesus said we are to seek first the kingdom of God, that would mean we take up our cross, giving our lives as a living sacrifice to build God’s kingdom. How much of your time, money, and giftings are used to help build God’s kingdom? If we truly are “Christ Followers”, then we are taking the new life He gave us and using it to bring glory to God. Sad to say not everyone who just prayed a prayer and attends church now and then and gives occasionally to God’s work will hear, “Well done good and faithful servant”. If you are not giving up your way to follow Christ’s example, why then did you call upon Him to be the Lord of your life? To live a life that really will mean something in the end, you must choose to “Follow Him”.

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Posted by on April 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Sanctification Leads To Consecration

Hebrews 10:10

By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Sanctification is what God did to separate us unto Him. Our spirit man within was sanctified (separated) from sin because we were given a new spirit. The old sinful spirit is gone. Consecration is our response to sanctification. Because of God’s work of sanctification (giving us a new spirit man within) we now consecrate ourselves (dealing with outward actions), separating ourselves unto God to have fellowship with Him in the beauty of holiness.

Without consecration you cannot have intimate fellowship with God. God loves everyone the same, but He does not fellowship with everyone the same as 1 Peter 1:15-16 tells us, that as God who called us is holy, we too should be holy in all our conduct. Consecration is what holiness is all about, for to be holy means you now set yourself apart from the world unto God.

If we do not consecrate ourselves from sin we will harden our heart toward God. God is a Spirit and He bears witness with our spirit. If we don’t consecrate ourselves from sin we sear our conscience (the voice of our spirit man), and that will hinder our ability to hear from God and to therefore be led by Him. So live a consecrated life in gratitude of the sanctified work of Christ and you can develop an intimate walk with God.

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Posted by on April 20, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Strong In The Lord

Philippians 4:13

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

It is through our reliance on Jesus that we have the strength for all things because we are self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency. Don’t try to be strong, rely on His strength. When we are weak, then we are strong. We are weak when we are not trying to be strong in ourselves but draw upon His strength within us.

Believers often say they are trying to be strong but the Bible does not teach us to find strength in ourselves. All who trust in the Lord shall renew their strength and they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and shall not faint. When we choose to put our full trust in God, He becomes our strength. We are no longer relying on us but on Him.

As scripture teaches we need to trust in Him with all our heart by acknowledging Him in all our ways and He will direct our steps bringing great strength to our lives. Take Him at His Word acting upon what He has said. Refuse to go your own way. Believe the Word of God and His strength will put you over for all things are possible to them that believe. Just believe.

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Posted by on April 19, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Care Free Living

Phil. 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

Phil. 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

We are not to be anxious (worry) about anything yet many Christians do. Worrying robs your faith. You cannot be in faith and worry at the same time. So how can we live a care free life? Begin by going to God’s Word and find scripture that gives you the promise of God to deal with your circumstances. This will be vital to not allow worry to overtake you.

Once you have scripture go to God in prayer letting your request (what you are needing) be made known to Him. Supplication means to bring your petition to God, but do so with thanksgiving, thanking God for what He has promised in His Word about your situation. Faith always sees His promises as already fulfilled. So thank Him for what He has already done through Christ Jesus to change that situation.

Once you have prayed maintain a confession of thanks to God for His promises, the peace of God will guard your heart and mind from worry. When thoughts come refuse to think about and meditate on what leads you to worry by confessing and meditating on God’s Word. Worry will only keep you in defeat, but you don’t have to worry. You can master what you choose to think about and when you do you can be free from worry.

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Posted by on April 18, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

God’s Goodness Revealed

Ephesians 2:7

He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor) in [His] kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus.

Our heavenly Father demonstrated His goodness toward us through what Christ has done for us. This is grace revealed for Jesus is that grace. How good is our God? So good that He has given us what we did not deserve. This influence of grace on the heart of man is what leads him away from ungodliness and to our God. Grace is heavens help that we receive, undeserved, and not earned. Grace is what empowers us to live free from sin. It empowers us to be partakers of all we have in Christ Jesus.

Scripture teaches us that there is more grace to be received from God once we are born again. James tells us God resists the proud but gives more grace to the humble. The very next verse tells us how to walk in humility. Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Simply put, do what God says in His Word and you are submitting to Him and receiving more grace. When you do you are resisting the devil.

Titus 2:10-11 tells us His grace appeared to all men, teaching us to deny all ungodliness and worldly lust, and to live a godly life. The grace that appeared to all men was Jesus. So as you submit to God, following after Jesus who is the Word made flesh, you overcome anything the devil throws at you. So don’t live in pride choosing your own way. Submit to God and receive even more grace and experience the goodness of your God.

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Posted by on April 16, 2019 in Uncategorized