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God Is Our Friend

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.

The second 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 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 said He will never leave you nor forsake you. Proverbs 18:34 tells us there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother, and that friend is our God. We may not always act friendly to God, for Jesus said we show our friendship toward Him by keeping His commandments, but God will never turn 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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Posted by on December 31, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Justified Through Faith In Christ

Romans 3:26

It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

One of the most important aspects of our salvation is understanding fully what God has done in us through Christs’ sacrifice for us. Our enemy works at deceiving us in these areas so that he can take advantage of us. There are four key areas of redemption that God worked in us when we were born again. The first is the work of justification.

Justification means to be declared righteous, and therefore approved by God. This gift of righteousness is what gives us the right to what we have available as a child of God. If the devil can convince you that you are not right with God, he can hinder your faith in receiving what you have a right to. God demonstrated His righteousness (right standing with Him) through justification, which we have received through faith in Christ Jesus. You don’t work to get right with God, once you are born again you are right with God.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

As a believer in Christ when we sin, we need to immediately confess our sin and turn to God. When we do God forgives us of our sin and He cleanses is from the sense of unrighteousness. You don’t lose your righteousness for if you did you would no longer be born again. But you lose your sense of righteousness knowing you sinned. Remember as a believer you have been justified, declared righteous, and if you sin, immediately confess your sin and turn to God knowing you have been justified through your faith in Jesus Christ.

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Posted by on December 30, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

More Than Conquerors Through Him Who Loves Us

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Consider Not

Romans 4:19

And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.

Abraham is known as the father of faith, and we can learn much about faith from his example of walking with God. Our faith is based on what God has said about any given situation in our lives, and our faith is in the One who gave us that Word and what He has done for us. One of the areas that is misunderstood about faith is in what we are dealing with or facing in the natural circumstances of life. We don’t deny they exist, but we are not to consider the circumstances.

Notice Abraham here in Romans 4:17 knowing that God had given him a promise that he and Sarah would have a child did not consider or give attention to what was true in the natural. He was almost 100 years old, and Sarah was barren, unable to have children. Abraham did not deny these things to be true, but he did not give his attention to those things. He chose instead to focus on what God had said. Once you know what God’s Word has said about any situation in your life to walk by faith, you must not talk about and think about what is true in the natural. Instead you must line your confession up with God’s Word.

Some think faith is denying what is seen is actually there, but that is not faith. What is seen is true, but God’s Word is Truth (John 17:17), and if you walk by faith and not by sight His Truth will change what is true. Too often you have believers that are denying what is true thinking that is faith, or others who continue to focus on what is seen by confessing it and talking about it. Both are wrong. Faith does not deny that something exists, but faith denies it’s right to stay that way by focusing on the Truth, declaring and acting on God’s Word. Be like Abraham and don’t consider what you see, consider what God said and what is seen will change. What are you considering?

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Posted by on December 28, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Faith Without Works Is Dead

James 2:26

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

One of the most important aspects of walking by faith is found in this verse from the book of James. Many do not realize that believing and faith are not the same thing. It is like a coin, one side is heads and the other side is tails. There is something different on each side of the coin, but together they make up the same coin. So it is when it comes to walking by faith. Believing is one part, but faith is another. Because many don’t understand this they don’t fully walk by faith.

Mark 9:23 tells us that all things are possible to them who believe. It did not say all things will come into manifestation because you believe, but they are possible. Faith is needed to take what you believe and see it manifested in your life. Believing is what we do with the heart. Romans 10:10 tells us with the heart one believes. You must believe in your heart that what God has said is yours. You cannot doubt in your heart, but once you believe in your heart you must then exercise that belief through faith. Faith is acting as if the Word is true.

The great apostle Smith Wigglesworth used to say, “Faith is an act”. For example if you had a man dying of starvation and you brought him some food and asked him if he believed that food would save him he would say yes. But if he sat there and did not act upon that belief in faith and he did not eat the food he would die. Believing is only one part, you must add faith (actions) to what you believe. If you had faith for healing you would not only believe in your heart you are healed, you would declare you are healed and act upon that Word. Many say they are believing God, but that does not mean they are in faith, for if they were their words and actions would line up with what God’s Word has said, for faith without corresponding action is dead.

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Posted by on December 27, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

The Battle of The Mind

2 Corinthians 10:4-5

4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

We have an enemy whom Christ has defeated and therefore is simply trying to seduce or deceive us to believe and act upon what he wants us to do. Christians need to learn that every thought, idea, or suggestion contrary to God’s way of thinking that comes to your mind based on things happening around you in the natural is from the enemy. If he can get you to take these thoughts, he can seduce you or deceive you into obeying your feelings or your flesh and defeat you. If you want to win in life you better learn how to win the daily battle of the mind.

The devil through outward circumstances will suggest things for you to do that will get your mind on thoughts that will depress you or anger you, etc. Many never even realize it is happening, and next thing you know they are depressed, fearful, angry, or frustrated. It all began with a thought, idea, or suggestion from a very subtle deceiver who knows how to take advantage of our thought life. That is why the above scripture teaches us there is a battle for our mind, but we have powerful weapons that will work if we use them. Our weapons are the Words of our God.

To win this battle you have to take every thought that would lead you away from God’s peace, love, joy, and all the fruits of the spirit, and cast those thoughts down. How do we cast thoughts down? With the sword of the Spirit, which is the spoken Word of God. Every time the devil tempted Jesus to take advantage of His life He declared the Word of God. If you do not learn to take the Word of God and counter every thought that is trying to lead you away from walking in the fruit of the Spirit, you will fall prey to this enemy. God gave us the ammunition we need to win everyday, but you must speak it, casting down every contrary thought, idea, or suggestion to win in life. Use you weapons daily.

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Posted by on December 26, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

God’s Gift To Man

Isaiah 9:6

A child will be born for us.

A son will be given to us.

The government will rest on his shoulders.

He will be named:

Wonderful Counselor,

Mighty God,

Everlasting Father,

Prince of Peace.

The birth of our Savior provided for the rebirth of the human spirit, and in doing so made the way for man to be reunited with God. In providing a way for us to come back into relationship with God, He has also reunited us with the very nature of our God. Isaiah describes this in the above verse, for who He is, we now have access to. Once we have been born again that door is open, we can now step into relationship with God and through our relationship with Him, receive all He has to offer us.

He is the Wonderful Counselor. One translation says He is an Extraordinary Strategist. There is nothing you will face in this life that God cannot give you the answer to. James tells us if you lack true understanding of anything, ask of God in faith and you will receive. He is also the Mighty God. The word refers to a warrior, a champion. God has never been defeated. When you walk by faith with your God neither will you.

He is the Everlasting Father. God said He will never leave you nor forsake you, you can always count on Him. If you draw near to Him, He will always draw near to you. He is also the Prince of Peace. The word for peace means to be complete. It includes health, prosperity, safety, and harmony with God. He is the One who completes us. So receive all He is through relationship with Him, for our King has come!

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Posted by on December 25, 2019 in Uncategorized