WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST

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As a believer it is critical for you to understand who you have become in Christ Jesus. Knowing this will help make all the difference in how you live out your life every day.

Do Not Worry

Philippians 4:6
Don’t worry about anything; on the contrary, make your requests known to God by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving.

The beginning of worry is the end of faith. The beginning of faith is the end of worry. Worry is never good for your life, but a lot of believers do not realize that where worry exists in one’s life, faith does not. Worry is without a doubt one of the biggest faith robbers there is. Faith and worry are like water and oil, they do not mix. How do you get rid of worry? Walking by faith.

It is not possible to believe in what God has said or promised, and to worry at the same time. If you know what God has said is true, then why would you worry. If for example you truly believe that God will supply all your need, then why would you worry about getting your bills paid or needs met. If you believe God’s Word on healing, knowing you are already healed by the stripes of Jesus, how could you worry about sickness or disease if you truly believe He bore all your sickness and disease.

If you look at the above verse you will see this proven. As Paul states do not worry, on the contrary, make your requests known to God with thanksgiving. This is a prayer spoken in faith believing it has been received, for you don’t give thanks unless you have already received something. So if you have any worry in your life, that indicates you need to develop your faith more by feeding on what God’s Word says until it becomes a reality in your heart. The beginning of faith is the end of worry, and the end of a defeated life.
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One With The Word

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.”

A disciple of Jesus is more than just someone who is born again. Being born again is just the beginning. The word disciple means one who learns through instruction under a teacher, with the purpose of adhering to their example. Many who say they are Christians seem content just to be born again, but the purpose was to become one who learns from and adheres to the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We should look and sound like Him.

Here in the above verses Jesus gives us another key nugget of what it takes to be His disciple. We must abide in His Word. What exactly does it mean to abide in His Word? The word abide means to remain and become one with. We are to become one with the Word of the Lord. You cannot do that if you do not live in His Word. Many today rarely pick up their Bibles, and modern day teaching says it’s bondage to try and live according to the Word of God, but that is not what Jesus said. He said if you become one with the Word it would bring liberty.

You see the devil doesn’t want you set free from sin and carnal fleshly ways, so he has deceived many saying that obedience to the Bible is bondage. But he is a liar. Stop listening to the voices of those who say such things. They are deceived themselves and trying to lead you away from the liberty and lifestyle of Jesus. If you renew your mind to the Word of God it will transform your life to live like Jesus (Rom. 12:2). If you want to become who Jesus made you to be, abide in His Word, become one with the Word, and you can follow in His footsteps as a disciple of Christ.
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The Cost of Discipleship

Luke 14:33
In the same way, if you want to be My disciple, it will cost you everything. Don’t underestimate that cost!

Before Jesus left He gave a clear mandate to His disciples, go and make disciples of all people. To be a disciple of Jesus takes more than just a born again experience. To not become a disciple of Jesus Christ is to come short of what He desired for you to be. One thing you don’t hear much teaching on today is the cost of becoming a disciple, and sad to say the reason this is true is because many don’t want to pay the price it takes to become one. Why would we not want to become a true disciple, one who lives like Jesus after all He has done for us.

As Jesus stated in the above verse it will cost you everything to become what He desires for you to be. The early disciples of Jesus knew this. Think about all they gave up in exchange for following Him. They walked away from their jobs, their families, the comfort of their own homes, walking into an uncertain future with a certain Savior. They did not know what all lay ahead of them, but they knew who they were headed down that road with. How does the example of the early disciples compare with us today?

You should not make your job your god and focus only on “your career” and not on serving the Lord. Many do, putting money or their position in life before the Lord. Jesus even said in Luke 14:26 if anyone loves their family or even their own life more than Him, they cannot be His disciple. Many today allow family to determine if they go to church or serve God or not. The other thing many do not want to do today is leave their comfort zone in life. They are unwilling to give up things they want to do for what God wants them to do, such as being involved with outreaches or soul winning.

The goal is to become a disciple of Jesus, not just to be born again. To be a disciple of Jesus takes complete abandon of self to the person and the presence of Jesus Christ. Anything less is not fulfilling what He has planned for our life, which is the greatest life you could live, following in His example.
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The Sacrifice of Praise

Hebrews 13:15

Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

There were different types of sacrifices offered in the Old Testament, some of which were simply to be a thank offering unto God. In the New Testament we are told in this verse from Hebrews we are to now offer a sacrifice of praise, and we do so through thanksgiving. Giving thanks to His name is giving thanks for all that the Lord has done for us, having fulfilled all that is needed. There is nothing else the Lord needs to do in providing for us all things that pertain to our life. He has already done His part.

Too often believers are still asking God to do for them what He has already accomplished in Christ Jesus. We simply need to have sincere gratitude in our hearts for all Christ has done, and we need to express that gratitude in giving Him thanks, instead of bawling and squalling about our circumstances. Doing so does not change things for the better. God responds when genuine thanksgiving is offered up to Him. If you recognize that the Lord has done His part, then you can get in faith and begin to thank Him for what He has done.

Acts 16:25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

Paul and Silas chained in stocks and in prison knew the power of the sacrifice of praise. I don’t think they felt like praising God at that moment, but they did with all their hearts. As you read the rest of the story the earth shook and the jail cell flew open. God inhabits the praise of His people. So remember to always offer thanksgiving unto the Lord for what He has already done, and you, like Paul and Silas, can see God move in your life.

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Faith & Patience – Part 3

Hebrews 6:12
…imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

PART THREE: In the first two parts of how to obtain the promises of God we talked about walking in Bible faith, and persevering in faith. You cannot just start to walk by faith, you must stay in faith. The third area to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises is walking in love, and the source of that love is love Himself, which is God. Galatians 5:6 tells us that faith works through love. So if you want your faith to work you must walk in the love of God.

1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. Notice this verse clearly tells us that God is love. When you have known of and believed in the love God has for you, you will not question His Word, but have complete confidence in what God has promised. You will also in turn walk in love toward others, which we are commanded to do so, and don’t forget faith and obedience go hand in hand.

So how do we walk in the love of God? Look at the last part of that verse. To abide in love we must abide in Him and He in is. When you become born again He comes to abide in you, but you must also abide in Him. Simply put, you need to daily spend time with God, in His Word, and through prayer. Whoever you spend time with they begin to rub off on you. God is love and when you spend time with God, He rubs off on you, and you will walk in His love. You to can obtain the promises of God by imitating those who through faith, perseverance, and love have obtained God’s promises.
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Faith & Patience – Part 2

Hebrews 6:12
…imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

PART TWO: In part one of how to obtain the promises of God we learned that you must be walking in Bible faith. The second thing you must do is persevere. As our foundation scripture teaches, you are to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. The word patience means to persevere. You don’t change your course, you keep acting in faith, walking in obedience to what God’s Word says you are to do to obtain His promises. A great example of perseverance is the apostle Paul.

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Notice Paul tells Timothy here that he “kept the faith”. Simply put, he never swayed from what the Lord had told him. It is one thing to get in faith, it is another thing to stay in faith. Often believers who begin in faith change their confession and actions, acting contrary to the Word of God. You will not obtain your inheritance unless you stay in faith.

Acts 20:24
But none of these things move me…
Paul learned that to obtain the promises of God he could not allow other things to change what he was doing, walking in obedience to what God said. You cannot allow your reasoning, emotions, how your body feels, what others may say, etc, to move you to stop walking in line with God’s Word. Remember faith, as Hebrews 11 reveals, is acting upon what God has said, but you must never stop doing so to obtain your inheritance. Abraham did not consider his own body nor Sarah’s body, he only considered what God said and acted upon it. You must stay in faith if you are to receive God’s promises.
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Faith & Patience – Part 1

Hebrews 6:12
…imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

PART ONE: If you want to inherit the promises of God in your life we are told to imitate those who through faith and patience have inherited those promises. I want to share with you three key things you must do to inherit the promises of God. The first as revealed in the above verse is to walk in Bible faith. Many believers will tell you they are walking by faith, but when you look at Bible faith they are not.

Romans 4:19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb

Abraham, known as the father of faith, is one of our greatest examples of what it means to walk by faith and not by sight. Notice he did not consider what was true in the natural realm, but instead only considered the Word he had from God. You see to walk by faith means your words and actions fully line up with what God said and not what you see.

To do this we must have complete understanding of what God has said in His Word, and then walk in obedience to that Word or promise we have been given. This is the first step to your inheritance. If Abraham had not obeyed God to go into the desert and follow after God, he would have never obtained God’s promise. You must listen to and then walk in line with what God’s Word says. Obedience and faith go hand in hand.
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Write The Vision

Habakkuk 2:2
Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.

The Word “Vision” here means revelation, or what has been revealed. God has always emphasized writing things down. The reason we are to do so is revealed in the later part of this verse of scripture, so that you may run with it, or simply put, become a doer of what God has revealed to you. How can you be a doer of what you have not retained knowledge of? This verse if followed can make a huge impact on changing your life.

Statistics say that the average person only retains around 5% of what they hear. What is one of the primary purposes of hearing God’s Word proclaimed? It is so that you will become a doer and not a forgetful hearer of the Word as James 1:22 tells us. The doer of the Word James said will be blessed. Why are many believers not doers of the Word? One reason is because they don’t take notes on what they hear. When you take notes on key points of what you hear, your retention rate goes up to around 50%. If you review those notes within 24 hours you retention rate goes up to 70%.

Think of how many hours are wasted by people who hear God’s Word preached or even read the Bible, but because they do not take notes they only retain about 5%. To live a transformed life you must have your mind renewed to God’s Word so that you can become a doer. Many assume what they hear they are doing. But to retain what you have heard as God has said, you need to write down what He is revealing to you when you hear or read God’s Word. Doing so will help transform you life.
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Don’t Grow Weary

Galatians 6:9
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.

One of the most important things to walking in victory as a believer in this life is to never quit. Our adversary knows if he can get us to stop walking by faith and give up on God He can defeat us. But if we will not grow weary in doing what we know that scripture teaches us in living a life of faith, we will be victorious in life.

In the preceding verses here in Galatians 6 scripture teaches us we will reap what we sow. If we sow to the flesh we will reap corruption, but if we sow to the spirit we reap the kind of life God has for us. Don’t spend your time consumed with fleshly things that will not build you up spiritually. Maintain a consistent walk with God by making time for His Word, His house, and the things of God. To often the devil gets believers weary by simply pulling them away from spiritual things that would bring great strength to their life. God is the strength of our life but when we no longer put God’s things first, we will grow weary for there is no other source of sustaining strength.

So maintain your spiritual walk as a believer by seeking first the things of God, and don’t fall for the deception of looking to the world for your happiness in life, for it is God who completes you, and He is the source of your strength. Quitters never win and winners never quit.
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