STANDING IN FAITH – PART 7

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As a believer you must learn how to take a stand in faith. Not everything you believe for happens instantly. Learn from this series some keys that will help you stand in faith and see God’s Word fulfilled in your life.

Use The Name of Jesus

John 14:13-14
13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

In the verse right before this Jesus had declared that those who believe in Him could do what He Himself had done. In the above two verses many think this is referring to making a request to God, but in fact that is not what these verses actually say. The word “ask” means to make a demand. In John 16:23-24 Jesus teaches us about asking the Father in prayer for answers we need. Here in John 14, He is revealing how we can do what He did.

We are not making a demand of Jesus nor the Father for anything, as these scriptures do not say anything about directing this demand to them. When you look at Jesus’ example of what He did, He never prayed to the Father when dealing with the works of satan. Jesus simply used His authority and demanded change. He demanded sickness and disease to go. He demanded demons to leave. When it comes to dealing with the works of satan you don’t pray to the Father, you use your God-given authority and demand it to go.

We do so by using the name of Jesus. Notice Jesus said whatever you demand in my name, I will do it. When you use the name of Jesus and demand the works of our enemy to go, it’s the same as if Jesus is right there Himself, and therefore it will be done. What God has already done for us through Christ we don’t ask Him to do. We go and enforce His victory by demanding the works of satan have to go in Jesus name, for His name is above every name.
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Who He Is

Isaiah 9:6
A child will be born for us.
A son will be given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
He will be named:
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.

The birth of our Savior provided for the rebirth of the human spirit, and in doing so made the way for man to be reunited with God. In providing a way for us to come back into relationship with God, He has also reunited us with the very nature of our God. Isaiah describes this in the above verse, for who He is, we now have access to. Once we have been born again that door is open, we can now step into relationship with God, and through our relationship with Him, receive all He has to offer us.

He is the Wonderful Counselor. One translation says He is an Extraordinary Strategist. There is nothing you will face in this life that God cannot give you the answer to. James tells us if you lack true understanding of anything, ask of God in faith and you will receive. He is also the Mighty God. The word refers to a warrior, a champion. God has never been defeated. When you walk by faith with your God neither will you.

He is the Everlasting Father. God said He will never leave you nor forsake you, you can always count on Him. If you draw near to Him, He will always draw near to you. He is also the Prince of Peace. The word for peace means to be complete. It includes health, prosperity, safety, and harmony with God. He is the One who completes us. So receive all He is through relationship with Him, for our King has come!
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SEARCH FOR SIGNIFICANCE – PART 7

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Learn how to be free to enjoy Christ’s love while no longer basing your self-worth on your accomplishments or the opinions of others. The Search for Significance study shows readers how four false beliefs regarding performance, approval, blame, and shame, have kept you from the joy of abundant life in Christ.

Godly Shepherds Have Sound Doctrine

Jeremiah 3:15
“Then I will give you shepherds who trust and know Me, wise teachers who will impart knowledge and understanding to you.”

It saddens me to see and hear so many believers who are so deceived when it comes to the subject of going to church and having a shepherd in their life. If God did not want you to have a pastor to teach you the Truth of God’s Word, helping to equip you for the work of the ministry, then why did He provide them? But even if you are someone who does believe God wants you in His house, what is one of the signs we are connected to the right shepherd? Good question.

A shepherd who is gifted by God to feed His flock will be someone who not only knows God, but they will impart knowledge and understanding to you. Simply put, they teach sound doctrine. In Titus 2:1, a letter written to Titus who was a pastor, Titus is told to speak the things which are proper for “sound doctrine”. Your pastor should teach sound doctrine. Simply put, he should only teach the Word of God, and not speak contrary to God’s Word. Yet many popular preachers say things contrary to scripture, sharing what is nothing more than their own opinion.

In 2 Timothy 4:2 Paul tells this young pastor Timothy to ”Preach the Word”. When you find the pastor God has for you, that pastor will stick to the Word of God. They will not speak contrary to scripture. Some pastors today even say attending church isn’t that important, but that is not what God’s Word says. You need a shepherd God has gifted to impart wisdom and understanding into your life. Such a shepherd will have sound doctrine, teaching in line with all of God’s Word.
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Don’t Fall Asleep

1 Thessalonians 5:6, 8
6 Therefore, we must not fall asleep like other people, but we must stay awake and be sober.
8 Since we belong to the day, we must be sober. We must put on faith and love as a breastplate and the hope of salvation as a helmet.

Those who are born again Jesus has warned in the gospels to watch (stay awake), not to fall asleep, which means to become spiritually lazy. Here in 1 Thessalonians 5, Paul is warning believers about the same thing right before the return of the Lord, not to fall asleep as some do. If you become spiritually lazy and fall asleep not only will you be unprepared for the Lord’s return, you can be taken advantage of by satan through fear and deception. What are some of the key things Paul reveals to stay awake.

In verse eight he reveals three things you must put on and keep on. The breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. It goes without saying you need faith to overcome the things that satan is bringing into manifestation in our world. Many believers are not waking by faith, but are in fear. The key element to maintain your faith walk is hearing the Truth of God’s Word preached. If you do not get under the teaching of God’s Word for your life, you will be weak in faith.

You need to maintain your love walk. The key to doing this is to maintain a close walk with God the Father, for He is love. If you walk in the love of God, that love not only reaches out to others, it is also willing to speak the Truth. You also need to maintain the hope of your salvation, which means to never lose sight of the Lord’s return. Many have, for if they knew how close His return was, they would as scripture teaches, keep themselves purified from the world. Maintain these three key areas for your life and you will not be found sleeping when Jesus returns.
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SEARCH FOR SIGNIFICANCE – PART 6

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Learn how to be free to enjoy Christ’s love while no longer basing your self-worth on your accomplishments or the opinions of others. The Search for Significance study shows readers how four false beliefs regarding performance, approval, blame, and shame, have kept you from the joy of abundant life in Christ.

Love Never Fails

1 Corinthians 13:8a
Love never fails.

In 1 John 4:8 we find out that God is love. When we walk in love we are walking with God, and if we are walking with God we cannot fail. There is much emphasis placed upon walking by faith in the Christian life and rightfully so, but there should be just as much if not even more emphasis placed on the importance of walking in the love of God.

Galatians 5:6 reveals that faith works through love. In other words you can have faith to move mountains as Paul states in 1 Corinthians 13:2, but if you do not have love, your faith will not work. When we are born again God’s love is poured out into our hearts, it is already in there. We need to act upon that love for our faith to work.

The love of God is not an emotion or a feeling, but a fruit of the new recreated human spirit. Practice waking in the love of God, for what you practice you get good at. God’s love is simply treating others the way you want to be treated, no matter how they treat you. Choose to act upon His love within you, for your faith depends on it.
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STANDING IN FAITH – PART 6

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As a believer you must learn how to take a stand in faith. Not everything you believe for happens instantly. Learn from this series some keys that will help you stand in faith and see God’s Word fulfilled in your life.

Obedience Through Love

John 14:23
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; …

God has revealed His love for us by sending Jesus to the cross. There is no doubt about how much God loves us, for that love was revealed to us when Christ bore our sin, sickness, punishment, and shame on the cross. Greater love has no one then to lay down their life for another. But how is our love for Jesus revealed. Jesus tells us in the above verse.

If we truly love Him we will keep His Word. When you talk about obedience to the Word of God today, many say you are teaching legalism and bondage. But obedience to God’s Word brings liberty not bondage. Jesus said if you become one with His Word, you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free. God’s love for us is the motivator that causes us to be obedient to His Word.

In the Old Testament they were to obey God’s Word because it was the law. In the New Testament we obey the Word of God because of love. Faith works through love. Faith is acting upon and in line with the Word of God. But our faith only works when we do so because we love Him. Our love for the Lord is revealed in our obedience to Him, for if we love Him, we will keep His Word.
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