Established In Faith

Colossians 2:6-7
6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

For all who have received Christ and been born again we are to now walk in Him, established in a lifestyle of faith. There are keys to walking by the faith of God that we must know to learn this new walk of faith. Faith is always present tense. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is…”, which is present tense. When we look to God’s Word we don’t see what Christ has done for us as something in the future, we see His Word as already fulfilled, therefore we act upon the Word as if it is so because it is.

Faith is the evidence of things not seen, which means we don’t base what we believe on what we see in the natural, we base our belief on what God’s Word says. We walk by faith and not by sight. We are unaffected by what is seen or felt, and like Abraham we consider not the circumstances, we only consider God’s Word. His Word is the source of our faith so we feed on the Word of God, for this is how faith comes.

Faith also calls those things which be not as though they were. Faith does not deny the circumstances we see, but we confess God’s Word, magnifying God and His truth. We abound in faith with thanksgiving, always grateful for what Christ has done for us. Once faith in the Word of God has been released, believing we receive His promises when we pray, we then continually give thanks to God that we have what He promised. To walk in Him we must be established in bible faith, for this is how Jesus our example lived His live here on earth.
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GRATITUDE – IT CHANGES EVERYTHING – PART 2

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Many today do not understand gratitude when it comes to God. Gratitude has to do with who God is, not what God does. Gratitude will impact every area of your life. Learn more in this powerful series.

Count All Things As Loss

Philippians 3:8-9
8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ
9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;

In verse 9 the phrase “be found in Him” means to obtain Christ. When we put our faith in Jesus we should no longer strive to obtain things, or human status, we have obtained all we need in Christ Jesus our Lord. Our sole worth in life should now only be found in Him and nothing else, and like the apostle Paul, we should count all things loss and focus on knowing Jesus. Paul knew something about pursuing the wrong things in life.

From an early age Paul thought what he was pursuing in life was the right thing. Raised in a culture where knowing and keeping what had become a man-made religion, as the Jews had added many of their own laws to what God had given them, this was considered a life to be envied. It was a deceiving way to live life thinking if you could live up to the standards that man had made, you could become righteous and know God. Paul upon meeting Jesus on the Damascus road found out he had placed his value in life on the wrong thing.

Many believers still do so today. They may value their possessions, money, or their status in a position as something to chase after. Paul found out all such things including man-made religion were as rubbish compared to knowing Jesus, for they cannot give you what really matters in life, being found in Him. It comes from faith in Christ, and a daily pursuit of knowing Him. All other things will simply leave you empty. But knowing Jesus personally and pursuing Him will fill your life to the full, to overflowing.
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Gratitude – It Changes Everything

Hebrews 12:28
Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;

As a born again believer our life should reflect our gratitude for what our God has done for us. Gratitude leads us to live a life that is acceptable to Him, with reverence and awe of our God. Giving thanks to God is a result of a heart of gratitude. When one is grateful to God, they will be thankful. Our thanksgiving is based on who He is, not on what we may have in the natural, because gratitude comes as a result of focusing on Him, not on what we have.

Psalms 118:1 – Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Remember, giving thanks is the result of a heart of gratitude. Gratitude is the result of focusing on our God, not what we have been given. When you focus your life on God, you will see how good God is. Looking to Him we see that He is a merciful God. Mercy means to show compassion or kindness to someone, not because they deserve it, but because of your love for another. Our God is good because He has been merciful to us, showing His kindness through the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

When you get your focus off of this world, your ways, and the things of this world, and just focus on your God, you will see just how good He is. Doing so leads to a heart of gratitude. The result will be giving thanks to Him because of His goodness to us. Thanksgiving scripture reveals magnifies God, not our problems. It leads to a life of abundant faith. It also makes us aware of the very presence of God Himself. So focus your life fully on Him, and you will live a life of gratitude because of who He is, a good God!
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Choose Him

Ephesians 1:4
just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

God in Christ chose us for Himself, and He has called us to live a holy life with Him. Holy means set apart unto Him. We are called to be holy as He is holy, walking with Him. We are in the world but not to be of the world. We don’t live holy because of God’s law, but because of our love for Him. There are several reasons God calls us to live a holy life.

One reason is because the consequences of sin are destructive. The wages of sin is death. Death is being separated from the God-kind of life that our Father desires for us to live. Sin robs us of the life God has for us to live. Another reason to live a holy life is so that we do not break fellowship with God. He loves us and wants to have fellowship with us, helping us through this life we live. But if we choose to turn away from Him He cannot help us.

A key to walking in a holy life is to choose Him instead of the sin. He chose us, we can now choose Him. We make choices every day, and our choices will determine the type of life we live. Choose to live a life set apart to God. Choose fellowship with Him instead of sin. Don’t turn away from the One who loves you with an everlasting love. Walk with Him and you can live the God-kind of life He has for you.
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The Choice Is Yours

Hebrews 13:17
Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.

Ever since I began my walk with God, I have seen the impact of this verse over and over again. There are three types of people in the body of Christ. There are those who have never really acknowledged who their spiritual leaders are because they have no connection with a spiritual leader. There are those who have found such leadership and biblically submitted to them, and there are those who have not submitted to the leadership God has provided for them.

All who have never established who these leaders are, and all who may have done so but do not submit to the Word of God they are taught, do not experience the profitable life God has for them. They don’t get stronger spiritually, and they tend to stay in spiritual limbo. Why? Because God’s Word teaches that you cannot fully mature without the spiritual leadership He has provided for you, and by submitting to the Word of God He brings to you through that leadership.

But I have seen many examples of believers in my own life, and in other churches where people have obeyed this verse and the results are obvious. They continue to grow spiritually, their marriages become better, their children walk with God, and they live a much more stable life. They have built upon the rock of God’s Word and their foundation is solid. Our spiritual welfare in life has much to do with having spiritual leadership, and submitting to the truths God brings to us through those who watch out for our souls.
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Yes & Amen

2 Corinthians 1:20
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

Everything we have been promised through Jesus Christ is available to us. Many people today think God only heals or blesses certain people, as if He shows favoritism toward some, but that is not what scripture reveals. In Acts 10:34 the bible reveals that He does not show special favor to anyone. If you have ever had questions concerning any of God’s promises, wondering if they are available for you, the answer is yes.

Every promise we have in Christ is available to anyone. We must give our “Amen” to receive it. The word amen means, so be it unto me. This is a statement of faith. You see, God is no respecter of persons, but He is a respecter of faith. To walk by faith you have to see the promises of God as a present day reality, for faith is present tense. Hebrews 11:1 declares, “Now faith is…”. You have to act upon the evidence of God’s promise, His Word. God’s Word is the evidence you base your faith on.

Many believers are not walking in bible faith. Many put what they say they are believing God for off into the future. For example when someone says they are believing for God to heal them, that is future tense, and that is not faith. The bible says you were healed. When you give your amen to what God has promised, you see it as already done, for God Himself calls those things which do not exist in the natural as though they did. Go to God’s Word and meditate on His promises until they become real to you. Once they do, you can give your amen to His promises and receive what He has already done for you.
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GRATITUDE – IT CHANGES EVERYTHING – PART 1

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Many today do not understand gratitude when it comes to God. Gratitude has to do with who God is, not what God does. Gratitude will impact every area of your life. Learn more in this powerful series.

The Gift of Righteousness

2 Corinthians 5:21
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

By Jesus becoming sin for us we have become the righteousness of God, we now have right standing with Him. This right standing is what gives you the right to all that Jesus Christ has purchased for you. Many times I have asked people when sharing the Word of God to raise their hand if they were working on becoming right with God. Hands always go up when you ask this question.

I would then tell them they are trying to do something that is impossible, for if you could make yourself right with God you would not have needed Jesus to come and give you His righteousness. This is what hinders many from receiving what God has for them because they don’t think they are right with God. But if you are born again, you are as right with God as Jesus Himself.

He became sin so that we could become righteous. He took our sin and He gave us the free gift of righteousness. Once born again we are as right with God as we will ever be, for our spirit man has been made new. We are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. Walk in your rightful place with God by acknowledging who you are, what you have, and what you can do in Christ Jesus.
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What Is Eternal Life

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

When man sinned in the garden his relationship with the Father was broken. He could not have intimate fellowship with God because of the sin nature that was now separating him from the Father. But that is why Jesus hung on a cross and bore our sin, and the punishment our sin deserved. In doing so He provided the way for that old sin nature to be removed, and for us to receive a new spirit within so God the Father and man could once again be resorted to have intimate fellowship.

Jesus tells us in John 17:3 that eternal life is to know the Father, not just know about Him, but to know Him intimately. That was the primary reason Jesus came. Eternal life does not mean to exist forever, for all will do so, but those who know Christ will not face separation from the Father. Once we have been born again we have received eternal life, the opportunity to know Him intimately. We don’t have to wait until we get to heaven nor should we, for He wants us to get to know Him now.

James tells us when we draw near to Him, He draws near to us. We can do so through His Word, through prayer, and by coming to His house and worshipping Him, being equipped to go out and work together with Him. So don’t put off getting to know your heavenly Father. Take the time to draw near to Him. You will find that your life will be so much better if you do. Your heavenly Father awaits. Draw near to Him today and He will draw near to you.
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