Archive for April, 2013

April 30, 2013: 9:12 pm: God in us

Good Morning!

1 John 5:18-21 18 We know that those who have become part of God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot get his hands on them. 19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the power and control of the evil one. 20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we are in God because we are in his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life. 21 Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts. Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

John presents a clear picture of Christ. What we think about Jesus Christ is central to our teaching, preaching, and living. Jesus is the God-Man, fully God and fully human at the same time. If He was not human, He could not have died for our sins and if He was not God, He could not have been without sin. He came to earth to die in our place for our sins.  Through faith in Him, we are given eternal life and the power to do His will.  What is your answer to the most important question you be could ever ask: Who is Jesus Christ?  Your answer will determine where you spend eternity.  It will determine how you live in this world.  Your answer will speak about what you are really made of and who you really are.  Are you Christ’s or are you of this world?

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April 29, 2013: 6:18 pm: God in us

Matthew 5:13-16
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it useful again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. 14 You are the light of the world-like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. 15 Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Luke 8:16-18
16 “No one would light a lamp and then cover it up or put it under a bed. No, lamps are mounted in the open, where they can be seen by those entering the house. 17 For everything that is hidden or secret will eventually be brought to light and made plain to all. 18 So be sure to pay attention to what you hear. To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But to those who are not listening, even what they think they have will be taken away from them.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus told us after He left, that we would be the light of the world, and that we would be the salt of the earth. We are Jesus Christ in the flesh to all of our world. When we tell others about our faith, they are seeing Christ in you. To fully understand how much God loves us is our mission. We are to do only what we saw Jesus doing and He did only what He saw the Father doing. We are to align our will with His and receive understanding from His Word. When we say, “Yes” to God, we will receive more of Him. We will receive more understanding of His Word, and more understanding of His love for us. When we are enveloped in His love, the world cannot harm us, we are safe in His arms and know, “That we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!”

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April 22, 2013: 8:07 pm: Sanctification

Romans 8:31-39
31 What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? Will God? No! He is the one who has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us. 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? 36 (Even the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day: we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. 39 Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Word of God illuminated by the Holy Spirit is the one of the ways we can know Who God is and understand how much He loves us.  This is the only way to transform a human heart. Our minds are renewed by this transformation. The love of God penetrates every fiber of our being and we are transformed. While this transformation is a continual process, we continue on to the goal, because we know, “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” There is no one to accuse us and there is not one thing that can separate us from God’s love. This is the scripture to use as a sword against the enemy when he comes at you with discouragement. Pick up your sword and fight. Speak this verse out loud and repeat it to yourself over and over until you feel the power of the Holy Spirit covering you with the love of God. Yes, you will need to keep it handy and use it a lot. Satan does not give up on us and will keep trying to tell you that God does not love you. But don’t believe his lies. He is the father of all lies. But you have the Light of the World living within you and Satan has no power over you. Period!

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April 10, 2013: 7:39 pm: Sanctification

Hebrews 12:1-4
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven. 3 Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don’t become weary and give up. 4 After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When we accept Christ as Lord and Savior, believing that He died for our sin, we begin our race in this world toward the prize of heaven. Even though we are assured we gain the prize, the Devil tries to pull us off track and down his path of destruction. And we also have our own evil desires to deal with. It seems that everything around us would try and pull us away from the One true source of truth. Sometimes we fail, sometimes we trip and fall, but the key is getting back up and to keep on moving down the path that God has set before us. Sometimes, God will show us very clearly when we are being tempted and pulled from His truth. When we know God’s truth and we are tempted to put it aside and say this one does not apply to me in this situation, it will always lead to more pain and struggle for us. We need to trust that God will make a way of escape. As stated in, 1 Corinthians 10: 13, “But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.” We must set aside everything that prevents us from running the race God has set before us. This includes sin that He has revealed in your life. Whenever you are tempted, it is always with sin. God will make a way. Trust Him with all of your heart, soul and mind!

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April 8, 2013: 6:23 pm: Sanctification

Proverbs 3:24-26
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; For the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught. The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

1 John 5:14-15 14
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

The word confidence comes from two words: con, which means “with,” and faido, which means “faith.” The word confidence means living with faith. So when we live with confidence, it allows us to take advantage of opportunities and live an effective Christian life. Faith is important for successful Christian living. So how do we keep “running the race” and live with confidence when Satan is coming after us like a roaring lion? How do we press on and become the person Christ knows we can be in His power? First we trust the Word of God. Even though we don’t “feel” it, we believe with our heads, because He is our God. We repeat the Word over and over in our minds and repeat it out loud especially when we are discouraged or face difficult circumstances. And we never quit! It’s not who starts the race, but who finishes. So keep on believing, keep on reading, and keep on talking to God. Endure to the end. We “do” all of this because we know that God will never turn His love away from us, no matter what we do.  It is not about being it is about believing. The answer to your prayer is just around the corner, don’t give up! Stop making excuses. “I’m too busy”, I’m too tired, and I don’t ‘feeeeel’ like it!” Everything around you will try and prevent you from moving forward for God, everything in this world is against you growing more spiritually sound, but remember 1 John 4:4, “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” You can have confidence in Him!

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April 3, 2013: 5:46 pm: God in us

Matthew 12:33-37
33 “A tree is identified by its fruit. Make a tree good, and its fruit will be good. Make a tree bad, and its fruit will be bad. 34 You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. 35 A good person produces good words from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil words from an evil heart. 36 And I tell you this, that you must give an account on judgment day of every idle word you speak. 37 The words you say now reflect your fate then; either you will be justified by them or you will be condemned.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” is not true. Words will hurt you. The words that you say will effect the person they are said to for good or bad. And the words that are said to you will effect you. We need to be careful of what we say and how we say it. Christ tells us that what is really in a person’s heart will come out in what they say. A good heart will produce good words and an evil heart will produce evil. If you have the Spirit of God living in you by accepting Christ as Lord and Savior, then you have a good heart. That means giving control of your life to God, and as you do this, His words will come through you. You cannot hide what is really in your heart, it will come out in what you say. If you are growing more in the Lord, it will reflect in what you say.  As you spend time with Him and read His Word, you will reflect more of Him in what you say. This is our mission as followers of Christ, to become more like Him. We want to know Him more because we know how much He loves us. Understanding His unlimited grace and love will show in what you say. Do not get discouraged if you do not show Him all the time. Just recognize your error, ask for wisdom to know how to resist doing it again. Your words have more power than you know, so use them to declare God’s love for you and not who you are at the moment of failure. Continue to speak the truth and it will be reflected in your behavior.

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