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June 12, 2014: 8:18 pm: Sanctification, Your mind

Just exactly how do we use the Word of God to battle Satan? How do we know where a thought has come from? Is it from God, or ourselves, or did the thought get planted in our minds by Satan? We ask God for wisdom to give us understanding and to recognize where our thoughts come from. Then we use the Word to teach us and we bury it in our minds and then we speak it out loud and rebuke Satan as he tries to pull us away from God. First we have to understand the origin of thoughts in our mind and the Word shows us this through Peter.

Matthew 17:2-4
2 As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance changed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothing became dazzling white. 3 Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus. 4 Peter blurted out, “Lord, this is wonderful! If you want me to, I’ll make three shrines, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 But even as he said it, a bright cloud came over them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with him. Listen to him.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Peter, James and John have just seen Jesus transfigured right before their eyes and Peter just blurts out the first thing that comes to his head. But even as he was speaking, God spoke and they all ignored Peter’s statement. This clearly shows the thought he spoke was from himself. Thoughts from ourselves can be either good or bad. We have to sort out what will be useful to bring us closer to being like Christ and what will not.

Matthew 16:21-23
21 From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that he had to go to Jerusalem, and he told them what would happen to him there. He would suffer at the hands of the leaders and the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, and he would be raised on the third day. 22 But Peter took him aside and corrected him. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!” 23 Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The thought that Peter spoke was clearly from Satan. Jesus recognized it and spoke directly to Satan and did not rebuke Peter. Satan was using Peter to try and stop Jesus from going to the cross, because he knew this would destroy his power. So Satan used Peter, a willing subject, and Peter spoke it. Any thought that pulls you away from God and leads you into sin is not from God, but from Satan. He will stop at nothing until he has completely destroyed your relationship with God or at the very least made you ineffective for Him.

Matthew 16:15-17
15 Then he asked them, “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus shows us that Peter did not get this from any other source, but God the Father. Any thought from God will not go against His Word and will build us and lead us into a closer walk with Him. We need to pray for wisdom to know where our thoughts come from and then to quickly deal with the ones that will tear us down and lead us away from our Father. The Word tells us to “take every thought captive.” (2 Cor 10:5) do this through the power of God within you.

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June 6, 2014: 4:40 am: Sanctification

Revelation 1:12-13, & 20

12 When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands. 13 And standing in the middle of the lampstands was the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. 20 This is the meaning of the-seven stars you saw in my right hand and the seven gold lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When Jesus told us He was the light of the world, what He was saying was that there isn’t any light outside of Him. This world would not have light or righteousness without Christ in the world. While He walked on the earth, He was the Light, but when He left, He sent the Holy Spirit to live in us and then we became the Light of the world with Christ living in us. The seven candle sticks represent the Church and Christ stands in the middle of the Church. This means we get our light from Him and apart from Him, there is no light. We have nothing of ourselves to give light, we are like a world without a sun and until Christ comes into us and lives in us, we have no light. How much of you is living in you and how much of Christ is in you. How much light you give out to those around you will answer the question. Go to the only source of Light and become a bigger flame!

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June 5, 2014: 4:34 am: Sanctification

Romans 7:18-25, 8:1,2

18 I know I am rotten through and through so far as my oId sinful nature is concerned. No matter which way I turn, I can’t make myself do right. I want to, but I can’t. 19 When I want to do good, I don’t. And when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway. 20 But if I am doing what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing it; the sin within me is doing it.2l It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another law at work within me that is at war with my mind. This law wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. 8:1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 For the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that leads to death.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When we commit our lives to serving Jesus Christ, the expression of our new character is not being good, but being recreated in His image and His likeness. If the Spirit of God has transformed you by the renewing of your mind, then your behavior will exhibit Christ. If this is not happening for you, then you need to look at how much of your mind is controlled by your old sinful self, of which you have no control. Your lust has control. If your lusts are in control of you, then Christ is not in the thing that you do or what you desire to do. You cannot try to be Godly, you will fail. You must surrender that lust to Him on a continual basis until He is control. Is that easy, not when you have given control to that lust in your life. You must fight to take it back, but not with human weapons, with spiritual weapons. Fight as Christ did when Satan came to tempt Him with power and food. “It is written!” Speak the truth over your lust and lay it before Christ each time it comes to you. You may have to do this many, many times, but you will have victory over it, Christ has promised this. It will be with His power and not yours, because you have none. Give it over to Him today and start the battle to become Christ to the world around you.

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June 4, 2014: 4:25 am: Sanctification

Hebrews 4:12-16

12 For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are. 13 Nothing in all creation can hide from him. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes. This is the God to whom we must explain all that we have done. 14 That is why we have a great High Priest who has gone to heaven, Jesus the Son of God. Let us cling to him and never stop trusting him. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When we continue to do the things we don’t want to do, we become less like Christ and more like the world. And none of us can say this does not happen. We are all alike, because we live in a world of sin. On a constant basis, we are being pulled from all directions. And the pull is away from becoming more like Christ. We must swim against the stream and do the un-natural. When we come before God and when we read His word, it cuts through all of our excuses and bargaining. It exposes us for who we really are and that makes most of us uncomfortable, so we tend stay away. No reading, no prayer, and we grow weaker and weaker. We unplug from the only source of power that will enable us to live effectively in this world of sin. Jesus understands. He has been where we are, He has been human and knows our weaknesses, and yet He loved us and died that we may be reconciled to God our Father. And right now, He is standing before the Father and interceding for you to plug into Him. Swim against the flow and become connected to the Source of Life and see what a difference it makes for you.

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June 3, 2014: 4:25 am: Christian Love

Psalm 99:5

Exalt the Lord our God, And worship at His footstool- He is holy.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Psalm 100
Make a joyful Shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Only the life lived in the light of God’s Word will be lived wisely. For this reason, our study of the Bible must constantly be accompanied by our petition before God to give us wisdom and understanding when we study His Word. We ask for wisdom to learn to live in a way that pleases Him and not ourselves. This is maturity. We do the things we know we need to do, even though we do not feel like doing it. Too many adults today have not learned this concept and only do what feels good to them, pleasing only themselves. Too many forget that God made us and too many have made God into what serves their needs. God is God and we cannot change Him through our ignorance of Who He really is. He sets the rules, He tells us how we are to live and not the other way around. Ask God to teach you and lead you in performing His will. Daily ask God to open your heart and mind through the power of the Holy Spirit to show you who He really is.

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June 2, 2014: 10:00 pm: Sanctification, Your mind

1 Timothy 1:6-10
6 This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 8 So you must never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for Christ. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the proclamation of the Good News. 9 It is God who saved us and chose us to live a holy life. He did this not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan long before the world began-to show his love and kindness to us through Christ Jesus. 10 And now he has made all of this plain to us by the coming of Christ Jesus, our Savior, who broke the power of death and showed us the way to everlasting life through the Good News
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Because God saved us to live a holy life, we have nothing to be ashamed of. Our salvation is nothing we did or even could do. God planned to send Christ before time began and He agreed to come to give us life. So we must never be ashamed to tell others about Christ, no matter what they may think of us. When they reject the power of Christ working in you, they are not rejecting you, they are rejecting God. We have been commissioned by Christ to preach the gospel to every living person. His last instructions before leaving the earth were for the disciples to go out and tell what Christ had done for them. Then He said He would return. So before He comes back, we all have the same mission of reaching others for Christ. And it is the power of God working in you that will draw them to Christ. Jesus Christ broke the power of death and gave us the keys to the Kingdom. The keys are the power of the Holy Spirit in us to empower us to be like Him. Give others the chance to receive Him by letting them see Christ in you and then tell them the power is from God.

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