Our Life Is Found In Him

Acts 17:28
For it is in closest union with Him that we live and move and have our being;…

The very existence of our life is found in Jesus Christ. Because of Him we have life. Jesus is the Word that became flesh, therefore He and the Word are one. To truly live we must allow His Word to do its work in us. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 we are told that all scripture is profitable for doctrine, rebuke, correction, and instruction in righteousness, so that we may be throughly equipped for every good work (what God has planned for us).

These four things revealed in 2 Timothy are how we live, move, and have our being in Him, the Word who became flesh. We must continually receive sound doctrinal teaching from the Word of God. False doctrine is the result of man’s opinion, taking scripture out of context. So make sure you are receiving sound doctrine. As we are taught the Word of God rebuke will come, which means a revealing of areas in our life were change is needed.

If we will receive rebuke, not becoming offended by the Word of God, we will then get correction from the Word. This is God revealing to us how to correct the areas in our life that we are not walking in line with His will. As we make these corrections we are instructed in righteousness, doing what is pleasing to God, which brings us into a deeper relationship with Him. Letting the Word do it’s work in your life is how you truly live, move, and have the kind of life God has for you.
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Who Are You Listening To

Acts 27:10-11, 21
10 “Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss,…”
11 Nevertheless the centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship than by the things spoken by Paul.
21 Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss.

In Acts 27 the apostle Paul was being taken by a centurion to appeal his case before Caesar. After having now been placed on a second ship on their journey they come to a harbor near Lasea. Paul warns them they should proceed no further for if they do as he stated in the above verse, it will end with disaster and much loss. Paul perceived this in his spirit by the Holy Spirit. But the centurion was persuaded by the helmsman to go on.

As they continue it first appears Paul may have been wrong as the first part of their trips goes well. But then a massive storm hits and disaster has struck just as Paul had said. Paul tells them they should have listened to him and not incurred this disaster and loss. This still happens today. Spiritual leaders called by God to watch over their flocks who are doing as Paul told Timothy, teaching the whole counsel of God, try to warn their people of decisions in their life that will bring disaster and loss.

Sadly just as in Paul’s situation, people listen to the voice of others instead of the Word of God they are being taught through gifted leaders. They receive counsel from friends, family, or others who are not called by God to lead them. At first it seems they have made the right decision, but the end result is never good. Find the leadership God has called you to and heed the Word they teach you. Doing so can save you from much harm in your life down the road.
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Relationship Through The Word

2 John 1:9
Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son.

To walk with Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father you must abide in the doctrine (the teachings) of the Word of God. You can’t live the way you want to and walk in close fellowship with God. As a great man of God Dr. Roy Hicks said, “God loves everyone the same, but He does not fellowship with everyone the same.”

Jesus provided for us a way back to the Father so we could once again have fellowship with Him, and get to know Him. Coming to God’s Word and learning His ways is how we get to know God, for He and His Word are one. There can be no close fellowship with the Father and with Jesus if we choose to live life the way we want to, ignoring God’s instructions for us that will help us to develop such a relationship.

The great apostle Smith Wigglesworth said, “I can’t understand God by feelings. I can’t understand the Lord Jesus Christ by feelings. I can only understand God the Father and Jesus Christ by what the Word says about them. God is everything the Word says He is. We need to get acquainted with Him through the Word.” The Word of God teaches us how to walk with Jesus and the Father. If we will follow the teachings of God’s Word, we will walk in fellowship with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
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What It Means To Be A Christian

Acts 11:26b – And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

Have you ever looked up the definition here for the word “Christians”? It is defined in the original Greek language as one who follows and adheres to the ways of Christ. Think of how many people today say they are a Christian. Doing so would mean you are adhering to how Jesus set an example for us to live. Let me throw out some questions here.

Did Jesus, who was not married, have sexual relations with other women? Answer is no. Why do many have sexual relationships outside of marriage today and call themselves a Christian? Would Jesus watch such T. V. shows such as Yellowstone or movies filled with profanity and nudity? Obvious answer would be no. Why do so many today, all for the purpose of entertainment do so and gladly tell the world they are a Christian.

Saying your a Christian, one who chooses to adhere to the life of Christ, is something we should not take lightly.

1 Corinthians 6:20 – You have been purchased at a great price, so use your body to bring glory to God!

Choosing not to follow after Christ is choosing not to be a Christian. Being born again is a gift, which enables you to learn the best way to live life, following in the footsteps of Jesus.
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More Grace

2 Timothy 2:1
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

The grace we have in Christ is able to bring great strength to the believer. Grace is help from heaven, what God is able to do in and through your life. The Word of God says that He resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). Pride is a result of focusing on yourself, your own will and what you want. Those who are humble are focused on God and what His will is for them.

Those who are humble remain teachable, and therefore are always looking to God and His Word, fully submitting their lives to God and His desires for their life. Those who are humble recognize they have been bought with a price, the precious blood of Jesus, and their life is not their own, they now belong to God. The humble also see themselves through what the Word of God says about them, agreeing with who God says they are. One who does so is going to be strong in the grace of God, walking in the ability God gives to them.

God resists the proud, those who are living life for themselves and what they desire, who also do not agree with the Word of God. Such people will not receive the help God has for them for they are choosing to live life on their own terms, and this hinders their ability to receive from God. So keep your focus on God and His Word, speaking and acting upon what scripture teaches us, remaining yielded unto His will, and you can receive more grace (help from heaven).
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The Power of Words

2 Timothy 1:13
Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.

Words are powerful. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. We are told in this verse to hold fast, to only speak sound words. Sound words are words filled with faith and love. Faith filled words are based on what God’s Word says. We should do as Jesus did, only speaking in line with what we know the Father has spoken, keeping our words in line with the written Word of God.

You are walking today in what you have said in your yesterday’s, for James chapter three teaches us that our words determine the path our life takes. Words are like the bit in the horses mouth, or like a rudder on a ship. They determine the direction your life will go. Words filled with fear, worry, doubt, and unbelief will produce exactly that in our life; but so will words of faith, victory, and peace, for you will reap what you sow.

We should also speak the Truth (God’s Word) in love with others. We should not slander or speak gossip, but as scripture teaches us our words should be a gift to one another. To change your words you must change what you hear, for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. So check up on what you have been saying. Fill up on the truth of God’s Word and you will change what you speak, and in doing so you will change your future to line up with the Word of God.
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The Prodigal Son – Part 2

Luke 15:29-31
29 So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.
30 But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’
31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.

THE PRODIGAL SON – PART 2

As we looked at the prodigal son story yesterday we see the younger son who came home realizing he had been living wrong, and upon approaching his father said he was no longer worthy to be called his son. He was trying to get his worth from what he had done, not from who he was as this man’s son. The older son actually does the same thing, but instead of belittling himself, he exalts himself, doing just the opposite of the younger son.

The older son comes in from working and hears a party going on. He finds out his younger brother had come home and his dad was celebrating his return. The older son got angry and would not go inside. The father comes and pleads with him to come in and celebrate with them. The above verses reveal his response. He got angry, declaring he had never transgressed his father’s commands, and his father had never thrown a party for him, but the moment this wayward son came home he has a celebration.

This older son believed he deserved this because of what he had done, not because of who he was as a son to this father. His father responds and tells him that all he has was available to him. Why had this older son not enjoyed what was his by birthright? Because he was trying to earn what was already his. In the same way, we don’t earn our worth and what belongs to us because of what we have or have not done. It is ours because we have been born into the family of God, and therefore it is available to us by faith in who we now are in Christ Jesus.
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Prodigal Son – Part 1

Luke 15:21
And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

THE PRODIGAL SON – PART 1
Many have read or heard of the prodigal son story Jesus shared in Luke 15. Often the emphasis is on the son who had received his inheritance from his father and he went away and wasted his inheritance. But something that is rarely seen and I believe is one of the most important parts of the story is revealed in both of these brothers.

This younger son who took his inheritance went to a far country, and after he had spent all his inheritance, he got a job feeding another man’s pigs. He would have gladly eaten the pigs food, but he was given nothing to eat. Realizing his fathers servants ate better than him, he goes home but he makes a powerful statement to his father in the above verse. He repented for what he had done, but he said he was not worthy to be called his son. The father surprises him by putting a rob, a ring, and new sandals on his son, and he even throws him a party.

The father was glad his son was home. He did not treat him like a servant, because he was still his son. This young man was trying to find his worth in what he had done. He belittled himself for how he had been living. No matter what we have done if we have been born again, we are still sons and daughters of God. We should repent for wrong living and return to our Father, but our worth is found in who we are as God’s children, not in our actions. What we do does not change who we are once we have been born again.
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Redeem Your Time

Ephesians 5:15-16
15 Therefore, pay careful attention to how you conduct your life — live wisely, not unwisely.
16 Use your time well, for these are evil days.

When you look at men and women of God who walk in great faith, and who understand and use their God-given authority, many wish they could be like them. Guess what, you can. So many Christians fail to recognize the key area to deal with in their life that is needed to attain that walk with God they say they want. What is that key ingredient? Time.

We choose every day things that determine what we do with the time we are given. If you look at any person from the natural standpoint that has gotten good at something, they did so because they devoted much time to that area of their life. What many don’t know is that devoting time to spiritual development makes a powerful impact on every part of your life. Many today will not take the time to get to church services, or spend time in prayer, reading the Word, etc. What the devil and your own flesh will do is to get you to be foolish with your time.

Often the reason many have to work so much is because of all the things they want in the natural, so they work countless hours to pay their bills because of all these things. Others are busy with their hobbies and other things that will never help them develop their walk with God. Put the kingdom first on your time list and all the things you need will be added unto you. Ask God to help you to balance the use of your time. The difference between those who have a close walk with God, strong faith, and are spiritually mature, is how they use their time.
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Life and Peace

Romans 8:6
For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

A believer who is “carnally minded” is being controlled by their soul, which is their mind, will, and emotions. When you are being dominated by your soul, you are separating yourself from the new way of life God has for you to live. When someone is born again they receive a new spirit within that is now alive to God. The moment that happens God wants us to learn how to be spiritually minded, yielding our soul to our new spirit man. This is becoming spiritually minded.

Those who learn how to become spiritually minded, now dominated by the new spirit within them, they live in the life and peace God has provided. That word life is the word Zoe, and it means the God-kind of life. Your soul is made up of your mind, will, and emotions. Your mind is your human reasoning. When you allow your soul to rule you instead of your spirit man, you continue to live by the old adamic fallen nature instead of this new Zoe life of God.

To yield to this new spirit man within you must renew your mind to the Word of God, learning of this new spirit inside. You must develop your prayer life, allowing the spirit to dominate. You also need to be in church connected to a pastor who knows these things and can help you develop in this new life God has for you. The things of God must become a priority in your life or you will miss out on this new Zoe life and peace God has already provided within you.
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