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Strong In The Lord

Ephesians 6:10

In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].

In the Lord is where a believer can find all the strength they need, the strength to face and overcome any challenge in life. It didn’t say be strong in yourself, but in the Lord. In Ephesians 6 it goes on to tell us to put on the whole armor of God so we can be strong and stand against our enemy. It begins with the belt of truth. Equip yourself with the truth of God’s Word by living in Bible and applying what you learn. Next put on the breastplate of righteousness, living a life of integrity, listening to your heart and obeying your conscience. Be sure to shod your feet with the gospel of peace. Choose to walk in peace with others and follow the inward peace of the Holy Spirit to lead you down the right path. Take up the shield of faith by continually hearing the Word preached with a reverence and a hunger for God. Next use the helmet of salvation by keeping your thoughts in line with the Word of God. Finally take the sword of the Spirit which is speaking God’s Word, especially when circumstances come against you, declare what God has said and therefore use your sword to change those circumstances. We have been given all we need to be strong in the Lord. It is up to us to live in the armor we have been given.

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Posted by on May 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Walk In The Light

Ephesians 5:8

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light…

As a child of God who is now light in the Lord we are to walk in the light as He is in the light. In 1 John 2:10 we are told that if we love our brother we abide in the light and there is no cause for stumbling in us. If you have ever walked into a dark room in which there were obstacles all around and you were trying to find a light switch you probably stumbled as you moved about looking for that switch. So it is for us as believers when we do not walk in love. Before being born again we did not have the love of God within us. We were filled with darkness, but once we receive Christ, God’s love (His light) now resides in us. We have become the light of the world. The wise men were led to Jesus by a shinning star which brought them to the Savior. When we walk in love we are that shinning star leading people to Jesus. His love is an action not a feeling. We walk in love by choosing to treat others the way we would want to be treated. When we walk in love our faith is working for us because faith works through love and this will keeps us from stumbling. So choose to walk in the light you have been given by choosing to act upon the love, His light that He has placed in you.

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Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Accepted By God

Ephesians 1:6

to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

The Father has accepted all who are in Christ Jesus because of what Jesus has done for us. In one episode of the Andy Griffith show, Andy and Barney get an invitation to become a part of a very prestigious men’s club. Barney who was always trying to find his value and worth in what others thought of him tried to act like someone he was not. He tried to impress those in the club to get accepted and they did not get into the club. When we as believers in Christ try and find our worth in being accepted by others it will often lead us to act like someone we are not. In doing so we then begin to drift away from God no longer living as a Christian and we therefore break our fellowship with Him. But God has already accepted us through the blood Christ shed for us. We no longer need to try and find our worth in others, for our sole worth comes from God. So as a born again child of God don’t try to be someone you are not to gain man’s acceptance, and don’t fall for the lie that God has not accepted you. Because of what Jesus did for you, you are already accepted by God.

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Posted by on May 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

The Door of Fellowship Awaits

1 John 5:20

And we know that the Son of God has come, and He has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and He is eternal life.

What was the primary reason Jesus came? So that we through Him being born again could be restored back into a relationship with God. So that we could know God. Far to many believers are satisfied with getting born again and then continuing to live life on their own instead of taking time to get to know their Heavenly Father, who desires to walk with them every day. There is only one way you will experience true peace, joy, and contentment in life, and that is in knowing God; not just knowing about Him. As the scripture above reveals we live in fellowship with God through our fellowship with Jesus. The disciples of Jesus’ day did so spending time with Jesus every day. For us we do so by spending time in the Word each day, for Jesus is the Word that became flesh. When we take time to fellowship with the Lord through His Word, we fellowship with our God and Father. Get to know the Word (Jesus), and you get to know your God and Father who loves you and desires to love on you. There is no one nor anything that will make your life complete except knowing God. So the door of fellowship unto the Father opens to us when we choose to open our Bible, for when we do we open the door to God.

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Posted by on May 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Seek The Kingdom

Luke 12:31

31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.

A powerful and I believe often misunderstood truth. Why do believers worry about finances, or about having what they need in this life? It is quite obvious by this verse that if this be true about our lives then we are not biblically seeking the Kingdom of God for in the previous verses Jesus tells us not to worry about what we need in this life. The word seek simply means to pursue or endeavor to obtain. But what exactly are we in this verse being told what to pursue and obtain? A closer look at the original definition of the Word Kingdom is quite interesting and usually taught differently then it’s actual meaning. Vines expository dictionary defines this word Kingdom as follows: God calls upon men everywhere, without distinction of race or nationality, to submit voluntarily to His rule. Over and over again through different Greek scholars you continually see the word being defined as submitting to the dominion, authority, reign, and rule of the King over that kingdom. You see this truth in the story of a Roman Centurion who came to Jesus wanting Him to heal a servant of his who was at the point of death. He knew if Jesus just spoke the Word his servant would be healed for he to was a man under authority. There is a lot in this account but simply put someone who pursues and obtains submission of their life under the King of the kingdom Jesus Christ will not worry about anything in this life for they know being submitted fully to Him means I now walk in what only I hear and see Him doing, and as I do I will walk in all that is in the Kings domain. Want to never worry about anything in your life again, including what others may think of you? Then pursue to become fully submitted to the King and all that you have need of will be added to you!

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Posted by on May 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Know His Will Before You Pray

1 John 5:14-15

14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

One of the keys to effective prayer is knowing what you have prayed about is in line with God’s will for you. You can’t believe you have received something from God if you don’t know it is God’s will. But when we know we have prayed according to His will we know God not only heard our prayer, we know we have what we have asked of Him. Think of how many times people have prayed and God did not hear their prayer because they were not asking in line with His will. The only prayer God can hear is the prayer of faith, and that is a prayer based on the will of God. All we have to do is go to the Word of God and find out what His will is for us and establish that in our hearts. Then when we petition God according to His Word we will know we have our petition. Some people think God will hear them if they just pray long enough but that is not true either. God has no problem hearing any prayer that is prayed in faith according to His will. So before you petition God for anything find out His will in His word. Settle it in your heart that it is His will for you. Then when you pray you will know He has heard you, and you will know you have what you have asked of Him. Then just keep thanking Him for what He has said is already yours.

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Posted by on May 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

It is Finished

It Is Finished

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2018 in Uncategorized