God in us


March 9, 2016: 8:17 pm: God in us

Isaiah 48:9-11
9 Yet for my own sake and for the honor of my name, I will hold back my anger and not wipe you out. 10 I have refined you but not in the way silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering. 11 I will rescue you for my sake-yes, for my own sake! That way, the pagan nations will not be able to claim that their gods have conquered me. I will not let them have my glory!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Faith in Christ does not guarantee personal prosperity, and lack of faith does not guarantee troubles in this life. If this were so people would believe in Him simply to get what they want. Faith based on rewards or prosperity is hollow. To be unshakable, faith must be built on the confidence that God is sovereign. Believing and obeying God does not shelter us from life’s calamities. Matthew 5:45 tells, us “For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Suffering in this life is a fact and our faith in God does not shelter us from it. While God may allow us to suffer for a reason beyond our understanding, He is never caught by surprise by our troubles and is always with us through the storm. We must remember that we live in a fallen world where good behavior is not always rewarded and bad behavior is not always punished. Not that we can see in this world, but sin will always be punished and our faith in Christ will always be rewarded by Him Who will judge us all. But in this life we will not always see or understand why things happen. Sometimes it is not for us to understand. God may allow us to suffer for a reason beyond our understanding. It is our faith in Him that will strengthen us and see us through to the end. It is always within God’s power to meet our need, but it is not always done by Him the way we think it should be. We need to trust that He is in control and that He will work all things out for our good. This is the test in suffering, “Will we trust Him?” Will we keep on praising Him when life is not fair? Will we believe that He will never leave us and that He will keep us safe in His love? Don’t allow Satan to overcome your faith in God by allowing your troubles to cause you sin. Continue to believe that God will do everything He said He would do and endure to the end even though you do not understand.

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March 8, 2016: 9:23 pm: God in us

 

2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, 14 to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. 16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

As a believer in Christ, we must put aside sinful desires. But doing so is a by-product of our new life in Christ, not the reason for our new life. Our salvation does not depend on our own discipline and rule-keeping but on the power of Christ’s death and resurrection. Keeping rules and requirements cannot change a person’s heart. Only the Holy Spirit can do that. Still we should not expect instant maturity in our walk with Christ or in others who have stated this journey. The process of having our soul (mind, will & emotions) being fully sanctified only begins at being fully justified by believing in Christ. We should not expect instant maturity in ourselves or others. Christian growth is a life long process. Although we have a new nature, we don’t automatically think all good thoughts and have all pure attitudes when we become a new person in Christ. But if we keep listening to God we will be changing all the time. The more of God we know, the more of Him will show in our lives. As you look over the last year, what changes for the better have you seen in your thoughts and actions? What attitudes have changed? Change may be slow, but your life will change significantly if you trust God to change you.

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February 26, 2016: 9:28 pm: God in us

Ezekiel 11:18-21
18 When the people return to their homeland, they will remove every trace of their detestable idol worship. 19 And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their hearts of stone and give them tender hearts instead, 20 so they will obey my laws and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God. 21 But as for those who long for idols, I will repay them fully for their sins, says the Sovereign Lord.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

“Singleness of heart” indicates a unanimous single purpose. No longer will God’s people seek many gods; they will be content with God. Their hard, immovable hearts of stone will be radically transplanted with a tender, receptive heart of flesh. This is what happens to the heart of a person when they finally accept Christ as Lord and Savior. When we recognize and turn from our sin, new life is given to us. Our hearts and minds are renewed by a work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It is God’s work in us but it happens because we believe and turn from self to Him. When we do, God gives us new motives, new guidelines and a new purpose. If you have not received a new heart, do so by believing that God sent Jesus Christ to take the place of judgment for your sins. No matter how impure your life is right now, Jesus Christ can offer you a fresh start. You can have your sins washed away, receive a new heart from the lord, and have His Spirit within you, if you accept God’s promise. He will remember your sin no more and you can begin a new life in Christ by His power.

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February 24, 2016: 8:55 pm: God in us

1 John 5:6-13
6 This is He who came by water and blood,Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. 9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. 10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

Understanding God as three persons can be difficult to explain. But John gives us a clear picture of who God really is. The Jewish people knew that God was going to send a “man” to save them from the curse that was placed on man after the fall. But they did not fully understand that the Man would also be God. So after Jesus Christ came, they had to change the way they thought about God. They were familiar with the Holy Spirit working in and through people. But they only knew Him to work in the lives of a few people at a time and not in everyone who would welcome the Son. So John explained the Father as the God head and the Word was the Son as John 1:1 tells us. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are best explained as being one, as water can be explained in its different forms of liquid, ice or steam. All have a different function and purpose, but all are the same and are really one. So God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit all have different functions but are really one. God the Father gives us our direction. We can communicate with the Father because of what the Son has done for us. Because Jesus came to the earth as a Man and died as a sinless Man for our sin, we can have communication with the Father. We move in the direction of the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit that now lives in us because we have accepted the Son. Our direction comes from the Father, we know Him because of what the Son has done for us and then we do His will by the power of the Holy Spirit in us.

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February 19, 2016: 8:56 pm: God in us

Psalms 91:1-7

1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. 4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

When we see ourselves as created beings and we see God as our creator, we can understand how He can protect us. But before we know He can protect us, we have to know that He wants to and that He loves us enough to do so. We must have faith in our mighty God to know that He has the ability and the concern to keep us from danger. God is our refuse and He is our strength in times of trouble. It is because of His love for us that God will protect us. He keeps us safe from the evil that is around us. But God is not as interested in our comfort as much as He is interested in our growing relationship to Him. His goal is to make us more like Christ, so the protection He gives is in keeping us close to Him. Sometimes we want protection from the pain of life, but God’s main protection is in keeping us safe in Him. We put our trust in Him to protect our relationship with Him from all of the evil that would separate us from Him. It is our trust in Him that keeps our relationship with Him safe regardless of our circumstances. We believe that He cares for us and will keep His promises. What fear are you facing today that you need to trust that God will keep you safe from? Make Him your refuge and your shelter and He will keep you from the harm that Satan would have for you.

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February 16, 2016: 12:45 am: God in us

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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February 1, 2016: 10:49 pm: God in us

1 Peter 1:17-21
17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites when he judges. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as foreigners here on earth. 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him for this purpose long before the world began, but now in these final days, he was sent to the earth for all to see. And he did this for you. 21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And because God raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory, your faith and hope can be placed confidently in God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Because God is judge of all the earth, we dare not ignore Him or treat Him casually. It is understanding His immeasurable love for us and the grace given to us by the sacrifice of Christ that drives us to reverent fear of Him. And it is not our human understanding of fear, but a fear that He could have just let us die in our sins. But He didn’t. He ransomed us with His Blood, and we are to be ever grateful to Him. Christ’s sacrifice for our sins was not an afterthought. The plan was set in motion by the all-knowing God long before the world began. He desires and wants to be in communion with us because we love Him, not because we fear Him. What a comfort for those who accept this love because we know that He has always had and will always have everything under control. We can confidently place our trust in Him, as we respect Him for who He is. We may not always understand we can know His love. As we walk through eternity with Him, He will be the only one there with any imperfections, the scars. Christ will carry the scars from Calvary for eternity and every time we see Him, we will see the scars and know how much He love us to sacrifice His own Son to have us with Him. Only Jesus Christ is worthy of our praise!

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January 28, 2016: 9:18 pm: God in us

 

John 3:5-18
5 Jesus replied, “The truth is, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. 6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven. 7 So don’t be surprised at my statement that you must be born again. 8 Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” 9 “What do you mean?” Nicodemus asked. 10 Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? 11 I assure you, I am telling you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe us. 12 But if you don’t even believe me when I tell you about things that happen here on earth, how can you possibly believe if I tell you what is going on in heaven? 13 For only I, the Son of Man, have come to earth and will return to heaven again. 14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so I, the Son of Man, must be lifted up on a pole, 15 so that everyone who believes in me will have eternal life. 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it. 18 “There is no judgment awaiting those who trust him. But those who do not trust him have already been judged for not believing in the only Son of God. 19 Their judgment is based on this fact: The light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 They hate the light because they want to sin in the darkness. They stay away from the light for fear their sins will be exposed and they will be punished. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light gladly, so everyone can see that they are doing what God wants.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

“For God so loved the world…” Probably the most known scripture verse, and yet people who do not know God will ask, “If God loves me so much then why did so and so die, or why is there sickness, or why do bad things happen to good people?” Have you ever been asked this question and not known how to answer? Well, you are not alone. But to explain to the unsaved why these things happen is a very important concept in understanding the grace of God. What Adam and Eve did not understand when God told them, “If you eat of the fruit of this tree, you will surely die,” was that every person born after them would also die. Every living thing around us is dying. From the moment of conception, we all start to die. And because of sin in this world, nothing is perfect. So things go wrong in our bodies, people get sick or are born defective. The greatest lie Satan tells people, is that, “If God loves you so much then why did you your child die, or mother, or whoever?” And we believe him. But God never promised us our bodies on earth would never get sick and die, only that He would bring us through it and we would be with Him after we leave this world. So the rain falls on the just and the unjust. Everyone is subject to death. Living with faith in a world of death cannot be done without the power of the Holy Spirit. Once we believe in Christ and are saved from our sin, there is no judgment for sin for us ever. Believe Him and trust Him to bring you through what ever it is you will face in this world!

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January 22, 2016: 12:19 am: God in us

Ephesians 5:15-20
15 So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, let the Holy Spirit fill and control you. 19 Then you will sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And you will always give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

One of the keys to success is to live what we know. Many of us know a lot of things but only live a small portion of our knowledge. Being wise is to apply the things that we know. It is very easy to take the path of least resistance and let our emotions and feelings dictate how and what we will do. Our behavior shows what is controlling us. It is far too easy to just do what “feels” good and only those things that give us pleasure. This is the aspect of a child. It is adult to do the things that are not fun or easy but need to be done anyway. So it is with our walk with God. Christianity is not the easy road. We must die to self and let Christ live through us. We must be Christ to the world. This means living the things we know, applying His truth. The Holy Spirit controlled Christian is the Christian at peace. This doesn’t mean we never fail it only means we keep learning and living what we have learned. Take a small step today and apply one thing you know is true. Focus on that one small thing every day and see what a difference it will make in your life.

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January 20, 2016: 10:12 pm: God in us

 

Habakkuk 2:9-14
9 “How terrible it will be for you who get rich by unjust means! You believe your wealth will buy security, putting your families beyond the reach of danger. 10 But by the murders you committed, you have shamed your name and forfeited your lives. 11 The very stones in the walls of your houses cry out against you, and the beams in the ceilings echo the complaint. 12 “How terrible it will be for you who build cities with money gained by murder and corruption! 13 Has not the Lord Almighty promised that the wealth of nations will turn to ashes? They work so hard, but all in vain! 14 For the time will come when all the earth will be filled, as the waters fill the sea, with an awareness of the glory of the Lord.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Today many live in fear of war, financial disaster and disease. Terrorist attacks are on every mind. The world has nothing to offer but pain and destruction. And yet many continue to trust in the things that their hands have made. Idolatry may seem like a sin that modern people do not commit. But it is not just bowing down to idols, it is trusting in what one has made. If we trust in what we have made, we are trusting in our own power as creator and sustainer. If we say we worship God but put our trust in bank accounts, homes, businesses and governments, than we are idolaters. We must live above the circumstances of this world and everything it has to offer. It is all corruptible and will someday be gone. The only thing that will last is the love that flows through us from God the Father. Habakkuk 2:4 states, “Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked; but the righteous will live by their faith.” Do not put your trust in the gifts God has given you. Recognize the Giver and put your trust in Him and Him alone. Do not let your feelings be controlled by the events happening in the world today but by faith in God’s ability to direct all things according to His purpose and His ability to give you strength.

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