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Always Give Thanks

1 Thessalonians 5:18

…in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

God’s desire for us is to see His will manifested. A key to seeing God’s will manifested is in thanking Him for what He has done for us through Christ Jesus. Thanksgiving is a key to faith. To walk in God’s promises you must see what He has promised in His Word as already done for in the eyes of God everything you have in Christ is already an established fact.

You are the redeemed of the Lord, you are not going to be. What God promised us in Christ was established 2000 years ago through His death, burial, resurrection and ascension. So to live a life of thanksgiving don’t focus on what you see in the natural, focus on what God’s Word has said, and start thanking Him for what He has already done for you through Christ Jesus. Those who are grateful (full of gratitude), will be faithful (full of faith).

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Posted by on September 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Keep Your Lamp Full

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

There is no doubt that Jesus will return to catch away those who are ready. Jesus said to watch and pray to be ready. He taught a parable of 10 virgins that relates to His return to catch away those who are wise. Five were wise and five were foolish. To become a virgin (pure) one must be born again. The wise virgins not only had their lamps lit (which represents one who is saved) but they also had an extra jar full of oil.

The foolish had their lamps lit, but their jars were not full. This jar being full means they remained active in pursuing God and the things of God. The foolish were instead consuming their time with worldly things and not actively pursuing God. Jesus called such believers lukewarm for the things of God were no longer a priority to them.

These foolish virgins tried to get the wise virgins to give them some of their oil, but you can only get by pursuing God for yourself. The wise were ready for Christ’s return and where caught up with Him when He came, but the foolish were left behind. Don’t be a foolish virgin who has accepted Christ but is not walking with God but instead chasing after this world. Jesus is coming!

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Posted by on September 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Complete In Christ

Colossians 1:28

Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.

The word “perfect” means complete. It is not other people, things you own, nor your status in life that makes you complete. It is Jesus Christ and Him alone that makes your life complete and that is why they preached Christ to everyone. Ever since the fall of man in the garden when Adam and Eve sinned and turned away from God man has been incomplete without God and always will be. The Creator Himself who brought us into existence is the only One who can make us complete.

When we try to find our worth in what we do, what other people think of us, or in what we have in this world, we are always going to feel incomplete because in doing so we are trying to find our worth in the creation and not our Creator. It’s not a selfie you take that everyone likes, nor getting compliments on something you’ve accomplished that gives you value and worth.

Our value and worth comes from the One who loves you and gave His life for you so that you could be reunited with your heavenly Father, that is where true value and worth are found. It is through Jesus Christ that we can regain our worth by finding our identity in our Creator once we are born again, for we become a new creation. So look to Jesus and Him alone, not the world, not other people, nor the things in this world, and you will have all that completes you.

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Posted by on September 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Know The Truth

John 8:31-32

31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.

32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

God’s Word will only help you to the degree that you hear, receive, and act upon it. God’s Word spoken brought into existence everything we see. There is nothing more powerful than the Word of God. His Word is a prevailing force. The word prevail means to prove more powerful than any opposing force, to be victorious. In Acts 19:20 scripture says that the Word continued to grow mightily and prevail. This was a result of the disciples teaching the people what God’s Word said.

The more that Word grew and came alive in the hearts of those who heard it, the more that Word prevailed in and through their lives. To get God’s Word in us we must hear it, speak it, meditate on it, and live it. For those who do this prevailing force, the Word of God, will work in and through your life proving itself more powerful than any opposing force; and it will help you to live a victorious life for you shall know the truth, and that truth shall set you free.

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Posted by on September 10, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Don’t Look Back

Philippians 3:13-14

13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,

14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

A key to moving forward into all God has for your life is to forget what is behind. If you hold on to your past you will remain there. In the Old Testament the first generation of the children of Israel once delivered out of Egypt keep looking back to Egypt and they did not go forward into the promise land God had for them. Only Joshua and Caleb let go of the past and went forward into what God had awaiting them.

Stop thinking about, talking about, and focusing on your past and what is behind you. Stop seeing the person you used to be and start seeing in scripture who God has made you to be. Leave the past, yours and others where it belongs, behind you. Don’t allow past hurts and failures to get your attention. Forgive everyone and release them for any wrong they may have done. Don’t beat yourself up for wrongs you have done, just repent and move forward.

Paul knew this all to well for his past life was one where his faith was in his own righteousness and not God’s. He also had been a major player in persecuting the church until Jesus revealed Himself to Paul. If you hold on to the past you only hinder your ability to enter into what God has ahead for you. When you let go of the past you can then move forward by faith into all God has planned and waiting for you.

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Posted by on September 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

You Are Never Alone

Ephesians 2:13

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

No believer should ever feel like God is far from them, for we have been reunited with God through Christ Jesus. We are one spirit with the Lord and He will never leave you nor forsake you. The sin nature that stood between us and God has been washed away by the blood of Jesus. It was this sin nature that separated us from God, and all that He is.

Jesus said that for those who put their faith in Him that He and the Father would come and abide in them. He has done so by sending the Holy Spirit to come and live in us. This is one of the reasons we no longer have any reason to live in fear, for greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. The devil and all his demons are no match for God, and God lives within every born again believer.

So there is no reason to live in fear of the powers of darkness, nor should you ever feel alone, so don’t fall for these deceptive lies, for all who have received salvation have the Spirit of God living in them. God is with you and will never leave you nor forsake you. Walk in the realty of the truth by declaring to yourself that the greater One lives in you, you are never alone.

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Posted by on September 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Walk In God’s Plan

Ephesians 2:10

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

God has already prepared a good plan for you to walk in. To walk in God’s plan all we have to do is follow the pattern we have in Jesus. Jesus thought, spoke, and acted like the Father. We need look to God’s Word and begin to think like God thinks. We need to see ourselves as God sees us as revealed through the Word of God.

We need to recognize who we have now become in Christ Jesus, meditating on and seeing ourselves in the light of His Word. This renewal of the mind is seeing the new spirit man within, the real you on the inside who has become a new creation. In doing so we need to begin to talk like God talks, declaring who we are in Christ Jesus, and declaring what we have in Christ as well.

Scripture teaches us our words are a major part of determining the outcome of our future here on earth. We also need to act like our Heavenly Father. His Word reveals to us how we as born again children of God should live. When we start thinking, talking, and acting like God does, we can learn of and walk in the plan He has already prepared for us.

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Posted by on September 7, 2018 in Uncategorized