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Alive With Christ

Colossians 2:13
And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,…

One who is in Christ no longer resides in death (separation from God) for Jesus has forgiven us of our sin by becoming sin for us (removing what stood between us and God). We have been made alive together with Jesus Christ. You are one spirit with Him. God told Adam if he sinned he would die. Before Adam sinned all that God had made was good. After he sinned evil entered into the world through the death that came from man’s sin.

Death (all that is not good) reigned in the earth and over man. Jesus has tasted death for all so that man could be restored to life by our union with Him, and now by faith in Christ reign in this life over death and all the evil that came as a result of that death. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Remove the taste of death from your mouth by speaking words of life, declaring what you now have in Christ Jesus.

As a child of God death no longer has dominion over you. See yourself as one with Christ, victorious over death and all the evil that came as a result of that death. For you have been delivered from death and have been made alive together with Christ. Speak God’s Word, declaring who you now are in Christ, speak the Words of life.
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Posted by on November 25, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

You Are A New Creation

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Who is Paul referring to that was crucified? He was of course referring to his spirit man, not his soul, nor his body. The disciples in referring to themselves in the first person referred to their spirit man within, the real you. Most Christians are body or soul conscious because when talking about themselves, that is what they are referring to.

You must become spirit conscious if you want to walk by faith in the body you live in, for faith comes from your heart (your spirit man), not your head. You are a spirit, not a body, nor a soul, you have a soul (mind, will, and emotions) and you live in a body. Once born again we are to walk by faith not by sight. But if we associate ourselves as a body or a soul and we are not spirit conscious, we will walk by sight and not by faith missing out on what God wants to do in and through us.

So go to the New Testament and start meditating on the scriptures that reveal the real you, the “new creation” you became once born again. These are the “in Christ” scriptures just like the one above. This will make you conscious of your spirit man, the new you. As you become more aware of the new man on the inside, it will help you to walk by faith and not by sight.
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Posted by on November 24, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

He Freely Gives All Things

Romans 8:32
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things.

By our faith in what Christ has done, God the Father has given to us salvation by His Son, being delivered up for us, and so will He also freely give to us all things. We receive them by faith as a gift from God just like salvation. All that God has for us is based on what Jesus has already done, there is nothing more for Him to do. It is now up to us to receive what we have in Christ.

Just like being born again, God has already done what is needed for every person to receive the gift of eternal life. Scripture tells us that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. God is not going to do this, He has already done so. It is now up to the sinner to receive what He has provided for him. So it is with all Christ has done for us. Many believers are waiting on God to do something for them, but God is waiting on them.

God has fulfilled in Christ all that is needed for us. We must act in faith based upon the Word of God to receive what we have in Him. As Smith Wigglesworth used to say, “Faith is an act.” In the same way we acted upon God’s Word for salvation, so we must act upon the Word to freely receive from God what He has provided for us. If you are waiting on God guess what, He is waiting on you. Act in faith and you can freely receive all things from God.
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Posted by on November 23, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

No Longer A Slave To Sin

Romans 6:6
We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin.

Once you receive Christ as your Savior the old sinful nature of your spirit man has been done away with, as your spirit man is made new. There is as the above scripture reveals an old unrenewed nature that has to do with the soul (mind, will, and emotions), that James 1:21 tells us must be saved (delivered) from the old natures ways by receiving with meekness the implanted Word of God.

It is this renewal of the mind that helps us to develop our spirit man, and in doing so this new man leads you in victory over the flesh. Walk in the spirit, dominated by your spirit man within, and you will not fulfill the desires of the flesh. For the mind to be renewed you must receive the Word with meekness (complete humility). Simply put, you don’t question, argue with, nor doubt God’s Word.

This means you simply believe what it says and act upon it. As James chapter one goes on to tell us, one who is a hearer of the Word but not a doer deceives themselves. But a doer of the Word will be blessed in what they do. One’s mind is not fully renewed until they begin to act upon the Word of God. As you do, you learn to walk in the spirit, allowing your spirit man to dominate, and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.
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Posted by on November 22, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Live Through Him

1 John 4:9
By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

The word “live” in this verse is defined as, “to enjoy true life”. There is only one way you can enjoy true life. You must live your life through Jesus, not through the old you. Jesus is our example. To live through Him one must learn to walk in the love of God. Jesus told us in His Word that we now have a new commandment to follow. We are to love one another as He has loved us.

When we walk in love we follow His example and are therefore living our life through Jesus. Scripture teaches us that faith works through love. Jesus lived a life of faith, because Jesus lived a life of love. To walk in the love of God is a choice we make, and it takes practice. It is something we choose to do. To walk in the love of God we must also spend time with love Himself, our God. 1 John 4:16 tells us God is love, and when you fellowship with God He rubs off on you.

The love of God is in our new recreated spirit. Walking in love is choosing to walk in the new you, instead of the old fleshly outer man. To walk in the love of God simply means you treat other people the way you want to be treated, no matter how they treat you. Make the choice to walk in love, and to fellowship with God, and you will live your life through Jesus Christ. In doing so we can enjoy “true life”, the kind of life Jesus lived.
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Posted by on November 21, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

What Are You Claiming

Romans 8:17
and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

Did you know once you are born again you are an heir of God and a joint heir with Jesus? What does this mean exactly? Well it means you now have ownership to all that God has ownership of. This is important to understand because far to many believers are still being deceived in taking ownership of something that does not belong to them instead of taking ownership of what does. Let me explain.

Anything that the Bible says we are redeemed and liberated from is no longer something we should take ownership of. Satan is a deceiver, and what he continually tries to do is to get believers to accept ownership of what actually belongs to him and not to us. The things that do not belong to God we need to stop falling for the deception of owning as ours, and the things that do belong to God we need to realize that is what we now have ownership of.

For example when a believer refers to a sickness, or any part of the curse that came as a result man’s sin as theirs, they are allowing those things to manifest in their life. When someone says, “My diabetes, my cancer, I’m broke, I’m afraid, I’m worthless, etc”, they are taking ownership of something that is not God’s and therefore not theirs. Stop taking ownership through your words of that which does not belong to God. Instead, ask yourself, “Does this belong to God?” If it doesn’t don’t accept it as yours. Instead claim what is yours based on what belongs to God. It will change your life.
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Posted by on November 20, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

God 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.

  1. Meditating on God’s Word. Taking the time to ponder what is being said and how it applies to you.
  2. Studying God’s Word. We need to become students of the Word so that we are rightly dividing the Word of truth.
  3. 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 begins in us. 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 November 19, 2020 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 says, “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.”

This third chapter of James goes on to tell us that this little tongue of ours boasts great power. 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. In 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, for if we are ruled by our flesh we will speak words of death. As scripture teaches, be quick to hear and slow to speak. Listen to your conscience, the voice of your spirit before you speak and this will help you declare life giving words. 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 November 18, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

His Ways Are Higher

Isaiah 55:8-9
8 “Indeed, my plans are not like your plans,
and my deeds are not like your deeds,
9 for just as the sky is higher than the earth,
so my deeds are superior to your deeds
and my plans superior to your plans.”

One thing that has always been true about our God and the most forgotten fact among His people is that God does not think like you and I, and He does not do things our way. Why? Because you and I are so inferior in understanding compared to God, who knows and sees all things. Verse 9 above God clearly states that God’s ways are superior to ours. We look often at only what we immediately see in front of us, but God sees far beyond that.

Many times believers who pray according to God’s will believing in line with His Word don’t realize God answers those prayers prayed in faith, He just doesn’t do it they way you think it should be done. Don’t take that to mean God brings about evil works in our life to fulfill His ultimate will for scripture clearly does not teach that. But my point is to say we are simply to pray in line with God’s will, and we are to pray in faith. Once you have done so you need to guard against expecting God to do things the way you expect.

Psalms 5:11 – But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also be who love Your name be joyful in You.

What are we to do after we have prayed in faith? Trust God, rejoice, and remain full of joy. This is not what many do, but it is imperative if you want to see God work. God made the universe, I think you can trust Him. Rejoice as if you have in the natural received the victory, because in Christ you already have. Remain full of joy. In His presence is fullness of joy. Remain where you should always be, close to God. Never forget, His ways are superior to ours!
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Posted by on November 17, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Follow Me

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. If any of you “want to” be my follower, you must give up your own way. What is your “want to”? Is it to follow in the footsteps of your Saviour and live a life like Him? Every believer needs to examine what their “want to” in life is. If you do not “want to” follow after Him, sadly then you would be considered a lukewarm believer. 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 after 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 living for Him. In following His example the key is God wants us to “want to” follow Him, not feel like we “have to”.

If we truly are “Christ Followers” then we are taking the new life He gave us and using it to bring glory to God. It begins by renewing your mind to who you have become in Christ Jesus. This needs to be your focus as a believer in Christ. Renewal of the mind requires both a new way of thinking and also putting into practice this new way of living empowered from within. To live a life that really will mean something in the end, you must have the “want to” to follow Him.
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Posted by on November 16, 2020 in Uncategorized