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5/27/13 – “REMEMBERING JESUS”

Remembering-Jesus

John 5:23 So that all men may give honor (reverence, homage) to the Son just as they give honor to the Father. [In fact] whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, Who has sent Him.

Honor is a very important thing, and should play a major role in how we live our lives each day. As we just celebrated Memorial Day, it is a time to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms as a nation. To remember the fallen and the sacrifice they made we should always honor their memory and never forget what they have done for us to remain free. So it is in our walk with God. Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice for us, and we should in turn honor Him for what He did to deliver us from sin, and restore our relationship with the Father.

This week I want to share some powerful truths about remembering Jesus by honoring Him. In John 5:23 Jesus even tells us that all men should give honor to the Son just as they give honor to the Father. If we don’t honor the Son, then we are not honoring the Father who sent Him. So what should we do as believers in Christ to honor Jesus and what He has done for us? That is what we will cover this week in our study.

In remembering Jesus let’s first define what the word “honor” means. It is defined as to prize, to value, and to revere. If you honor Jesus you are going to place a high value upon Him and what He has to say. If you revere Him you are not going to take lightly what He has done, nor what He has said in His Word. If we are going to honor Jesus we are going to take Him at His Word.

When the Word of God says we are the righteousness of Christ, then we believe we are the righteousness of Christ. When the Word says we are to forgive, then we forgive. When the Word tells us we are to walk in love, then we choose to walk in love. Just as important, when the Word of God tells us to receive God’s correction, then we willing receive God’s correction as well. A good father is going to build up their children by being a positive influence on their life, setting a good example for them to follow, but they are also going to lovingly correct them when they are wrong. So it is with our heavenly Father.

John 14:15  “If you love me, obey my commandments.

Let me say first that there is no one more for you than God. He loves you and cares about every part of your life, and He wants to help you in every way He can. To do so He is not going to make choices for us, but He is going to give us instructions for our life that we can choose to do or not to do. He is also going to give us commandments. For some reason there are those today who seem to think there is something wrong with saying anything about the Lord’s commandments for our life. First of all a commandment in the eyes of the Lord is not an option in the eyes of God, but He won’t force us to do anything. We have a choice.

When you talk about the commandments that the Lord has given us in the New Testament, people begin to say you are being legalistic. I grant you there are those who preach legalism, but what is it? To be legalistic means that you are saying the only way you get anything from God, including eternal life, you must do so by your own effort. You must earn it. That is what scripture reveals legalism as. Yet today if you tell people Jesus gave us commandments they begin to tell you that you are being legalistic. That is not so if they are not saying you must earn from God what He gives you, but we must walk in the light of His commandments in the New Testament if we want to honor Him. Remember to honor Him means we place a high value on what He has done and what He has said we are to do.

Jesus tells us in John 14:15 above that if you love Him then you will obey His commandments. You don’t have to do so, but if you love Him with the love of God, the agape kind of love, you are going to honor Him by doing what He said. You are also going to honor Him by believing what He said. Jesus did not say if you love me you might consider doing what I have suggested for you to do. He said you will obey His commandments. This is not legalistic, this is valuing what He said, knowing that He knows what is best for our life. So what did Jesus command for us to do?

Matt. 22:37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’
Matt. 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.
Matt. 22:39 And the second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
Matt. 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

When people think of commandments they think of the Ten Commandments. Some will say today that we don’t have to keep the Ten Commandments, because they were given in the Old Testament. But Jesus never said we are not to keep the Ten Commandments. Jesus tells us here that we are to love the Lord our God with all our being, and we are to love one another. In John’s gospel Jesus said to love one another as He has loved us. In doing this He said we would fulfill the Law and the Prophets.

If we walk in love toward God, and we walk in love toward one another, you are not going to violate the Ten Commandments. We are not earning anything from God in doing so, but we are simply honoring Him and what He did for us. If you walk in the love of God you are not going to steal, commit adultery, dishonor your parents, etc., instead you are going to bring God upon the scene for God is love. This love is not a feeling or an emotion, it is an action. God’s love is summed up in what we call the golden rule. Treat others the way you want to be treated. When you do you are fulfilling a commandment given to you by Jesus and in turn you are honoring the sacrifice He made for you and for all of humanity.

Matt. 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Matt. 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Matt. 28:20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

The other way we can honor Christ and what He has done for us is to go and fulfill what He has commissioned us to do. Far too many believers today are so wrapped up in their own lives that they are not reaching those around them with the good news. Jesus gave us the authority to go and do the works He Himself did. We are to be a part of making disciples of all people, taking time to show the love of God to others, and to be willing and yielded to the Holy Spirit in using us to minister to others.

Jesus wants us to baptize people (immerse them) in a relationship with the Father, Jesus Himself, and the Holy Spirit. We do this by sharing our story, and showing others that we care about them. Through our relationship with God we are to become an extension of God to those around us. We help make disciples out of others by first, sharing the gospel with them and then second, teaching them to observe all things that Jesus has commanded us. This again is not legalism nor bondage, but helping others to walk in what God has for their life. Jesus has promised us that He will be with us wherever we go, even to the end of the age so we are not alone in doing His work. It is He who does the work through us.

Acts 1:4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;
Acts 1:5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

For us to be successful in fulfilling the commission given to us we need to obey another commandment given by Jesus. Jesus commanded His disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait until they had received the promise of the Father, which He declares is being baptized in the Holy Spirit. This will bring an empowerment from the Holy Spirit to be used by Him in healing the sick, casting out demons, raising the dead, and preaching the gospel, for as Jesus said we have freely received and we should therefore freely give to others what we have been given.

Once baptized in the Holy Spirit if we will begin to yield unto Him every day, we can begin to have a powerful impact on the lives of others. When we are seeing others born again, healed, delivered, and set free from the powers of darkness and the ruler of this world, we are honoring the life of Christ as a memorial that will make an eternal difference in this earth.

Honor Christ by walking in obedience to His commands. Honor Him by doing the works He did through the same Holy Spirit that worked in and through Him. Make the effort everyday to be Jesus’ hands reaching out to others. Show people you care about them and you will see hearts open to receive what Christ has for them.

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May God’s Best Be Yours!

Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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5/20/13 – “HOW TO ENDURE” – PART 2

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Heb. 10:36 For you need endurance in order to do God’s will and so receive what is promised.

Last week we began the first of a two-part series on how to endure. Endurance for a believer is a must if you are going to get through the challenges that will come in life. It is also a must if you want to see what God desires for your life come to pass. Walking by faith takes endurance to get where God wants you to go. When we endure we overcome.

There are ten things I am sharing with you to help you endure. The first five we have already covered. They are:

1. You cannot be spiritually lazy.
2. You must develop and maintain your faith.
3. Have scriptures to stand on.
4. Obey God’s Word.
5. Draw strength from the testimony of others.

This week we will cover the remaining 5 things. The first of these is:

6. Lay aside anything that would hinder your progress as a Christian.
Heb. 12:1  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.

Sin would be an obvious hindrance that would hinder our ability to endure and should be dealt with. God has given us the ability to defeat and overcome the power of sin in our life through Jesus Christ. But the apostle here also tells us that we should lay aside every weight that slows us down if we are going to run with endurance. What are these weights that he is talking about?

Simply put, whatever is hindering our walk with God we need to strip that weight off of our life. Far to often believers are unwilling to let go of things that they want when God knows such things are only hindering us not helping us. This could include of course activities, things, and people. Another way to look at it would be a comparison for example to one’s diet. If you are unwilling to lay down eating every day the things that are not good for your health, you are not going to have the energy and strength you need each day. This doesn’t mean we must never eat things we know are not that good for us, but if we are under their control and unwilling to eat healthy foods we should not expect to have the strength we need physically.

When you look at an Olympic athlete for example they learn to address not only the training they need physically, but also just as important their diet. There are certain things for believers that we should never have anything to do with that are only going to keep us from an intimate relationship with God, but there are other things that are not of themselves bad, but we should never be consumed with them to the degree that such things are more important to us than our walk with God. If you want to endure through this race called life you are going to have to lay some things aside.

7. Give Jesus your undivided attention.
Heb. 12:2 Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Keeping your focus on Jesus is a big help in finding the strength and ability to endure. He is the source of our faith and the One who helps bring our faith to maturity. When you look to Him and keep your focus there, you are not looking at yourself, nor your problems and challenges. I assure you He is a lot better to look at. When we get focused on ourselves this will hinder our ability to endure because we begin to see our limitations as a human and that begins to bring doubt and unbelief.

When we look to our problems in life they can begin to look a lot bigger than we are. All through the Bible you see people who endured by keeping their eyes on God. David was not focused on Goliath, but on his God who had delivered him from the bear and the lion. History tells us that a shepherd would carve such images in their staff after obtaining victory over them, and David was holding up that staff in front of him when he took on Goliath. He declared, “This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand.” His focus was on the Lord. When you are looking to Him you see His strength and ability, not your inability.

8. Set your mind on things above.
Col. 3:2 Keep your mind on things above, not on worldly things.
Col. 3:3 You have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Another way to say this is that you need to see things from heavens viewpoint, not the earths. Have you ever heard the saying, “You can’t see the forest for the trees.” When you are in the midst of a forest you cannot see the entire forest because the trees are blocking your view. But when you get a different vantage point in life you see things you did not see before. That is what God wants us to do. If we will see things from heavens perspective it will change not only how we view things here on earth, but it will give us a power we did not have before. We have the mind of Christ, which means we have the God-given ability to see things from God’s perspective.

Years ago I was dealing with some challenges and like many crying out to God about them. In the midst of me doing so the Lord spoke to my spirit telling me to stop looking at my situation from the earth’s perspective, but instead, look at what I was dealing with as if I were already in heaven looking back over my life. All of a sudden I realized that what I was dealing with that had seemed to become so overwhelming didn’t any longer seem like such a big deal. This began to bring great strength to keep going forward and as I did of course things changed.

9. Look to Jesus as your example.
Heb. 12:3 Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds.

Another powerful key to endurance is looking to Jesus as the example we have to follow in the footsteps of. Jesus shows us through His life a personal testimony of endurance and how He did so. When you use Him as your example you are walking in a pathway of victory. Jesus when facing going to the cross in the Garden of Gethsemane taught us something very powerful about times of trial. He taught His disciples to watch and pray. He told them they would be tempted to give up on doing God’s will and to overcome those times of temptation (to endure through them) watch and pray.

To watch means to pay attention. The devil comes with deception and schemes to try and get us to quit on God. He will bring false teachers, deceptive thoughts, and the wrong people across our path to try and lead us away from God. If we pray as Jesus taught, we are not going to fall for these works of satan. The key to praying that He was speaking of is simply staying connected to God.

When you truly are close to Him you won’t blame God for destructive works thinking it is all in God’s plan. We are in a fallen world and we will face storms in life, don’t blame God for the storms; He is the strength to overcome them. Jesus did not blame God for what we did as sinners; He simply found strength in the Father to get through what He was faced with. Follow His example.

10. Don’t despise godly discipline.
Heb. 12:11 Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness for those trained by it.

Last but not least don’t reject godly discipline, because even though the flesh doesn’t like not getting its way, you will become stronger spiritually. God’s discipline comes through His Word, the Holy Spirit, our conscience, and godly leadership. He does not discipline us by wreaking havoc with our life; there is a devil who will work to do that. God brings discipline to show us how to become more spiritual so we walk in His enduring power, always triumphing through Christ Jesus.

Endurance is a necessity if you want to obtain what Christ paid for you to walk in and walk out. God gave us the ability to endure. If we walk out what His Word teaches we will endure. As we do then we are going to see what He has promised fulfilled, for those who endure are those who never give up on God nor His ways. In due season you will reap, don’t lose heart, endure!

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Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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5/13/13 – “HOW TO ENDURE” – PART 1

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Heb. 10:36 For you need endurance in order to do God’s will and so receive what is promised.

Endurance is an absolute necessity if you are going to walk out God’s will for your life and receive what He has given us promise of in His Word. This is not something people often think about when it comes to walking by faith, for most think that walking by faith is receiving immediately whatever I am believing God for. But walking by faith in many things of this life, and especially in relationship to our entire life here on earth requires that we do so with endurance. As Hebrews 10:36 clearly states that in order for us to do God’s will, endurance is a necessity, not an option.

This week I want to begin a two part series on ten things that will help you to endure. The word endurance itself is defined as one who is unswerving from their deliberate purpose and loyalty to faith even by the greatest trials and sufferings. Endurance does not mean we just put up with trials that come and hope to get through it, it means we will fight the good fight of faith and victoriously overcome any challenge we may face. In this first of two parts I will cover five of the ten things needed to endure.

1. You cannot be spiritually lazy.
Psa. 63:1 O God, you are my God. At dawn I search for you. My soul thirsts for you. My body longs for you in a dry, parched land where there is no water.

One of the most important keys to endurance is not becoming spiritually lazy. To endure we need the strength of God. We need His insight and wisdom, which comes from staying connected with Him. Spiritual laziness simply means we are not taking time to draw near to God, instead we are becoming to focused on fleshly things and we are not staying connected with Him.

To keep from being spiritually lazy really comes down to establishing time with God as a priority every day. If we don’t do so, it is easy to become sidetracked with other things and before you know it the day is over and we haven’t taken any time to connect with God. This is why David in this Psalm declares to God that He would take time to seek Him out at dawn. Simply put, David is giving us a powerful truth about staying connected with God. Make time at the start of each day to spend some time with God. The best way to do so is in the Word of God. God’s written Word reveals the living Word, Jesus Himself. Even if at times it may only be 15-30 minutes, that time with God will help bring a strength to you that will help you to endure because you are staying connected with Him. If we don’t make God a priority everyday, other things will take His place in our lives.

2. You must develop and maintain your faith.
James 2:17 So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead).

Another key thing to endurance of course is faith. Faith is much like a muscle that must be exercised. It is probably one of the most overlooked keys to what faith is and how faith works. Everyone who is born again has been given a measure of faith. What we need to do is start using the faith we have. Start acting upon the Word of God knowing it is so. If we don’t exercise our faith it is not going to become developed, no different than a muscle that has to be developed. But not only is it important to develop our faith but we must maintain our faith as well. You may even have a muscle you have developed but if you quit using that muscle it won’t be long before it begins to become weaker. So it is with faith as well. Exercise the faith you have and it will help you to endure.

3. Have scriptures to stand on.
Eph. 6:17 … and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

When you look to all of the armor of God described in Ephesians 6 you find that there is only one part of that armor that is offensive, the Word of God. To have the endurance to face storms head on and make it through those storms you are going to need to have specific scriptures to stand on. Having knowledge of God’s Word and then using it as a sword in your time of trouble is a powerful force to help you keep moving forward and seeing God’s promises manifest in your life.

Think about all the times when you felt like giving up based on what you were facing or dealing with. What were the thoughts going through your mind focused on? Not the Word of God. When those times come these fiery darts of the enemy are designed to wear you down and get you to give up on God. A winning Christian is one who never gives up. They are persistent and they keep moving forward in the battle. To do that you need to counter those thoughts that are trying to get you to give up with scriptures that tell you who you are in Christ, what you have in Christ, and what you can do in Christ. Find scriptures that are filled with the promises of God. When you have scripture to stand on you have at the ready your sword to pull out and attack these contrary thoughts. Doing so will bring great endurance in your walk of faith.

4. Obey God’s Word.
Luke 21:33 Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will remain forever.

Obedience to God’s Word is another powerful force that helps us to stay on the path to see God’s will fulfilled. Just as Jesus spoke here in Luke’s gospel, heaven and earth will pass away, but the Word of God will never pass away. God’s Word is the one constant you have in your daily life that you can know will never change. When we choose to walk in obedience to the Word of God we are also aligning ourselves with God. God has promised to be strength in our life, but for us to walk in that strength we need to walk in the light of His Word. God and His Word are one. Whenever you choose obedience to the Word of God you are assured of your victory.

God’s Word has not nor will it ever fail us. God’s Word works, we just need to work it. If God said it, you can believe it. Our obedience to walk in line with that Word puts us on a rock that cannot be shaken. Even Jesus said if we come to Him and hear His Word, apply it to our lives, storms will come but we will not only overcome the storms but won’t even be shaken by them. That is an enduring power that can only come through our obedience to the rock of His Word that you can always know will give you a solid foundation on which to stand.

5. Draw strength from the testimony of others.
Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.
Acts 10:35 But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.
Acts 10:36 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all—
Acts 10:37 that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached:
Acts 10:38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

Another great strength to our lives is the testimony of other believers and what God has done in their life. The reason this can help us to endure in whatever situation we are faced with is because in hearing those testimonies we can rest assured that God is no respecter of persons. As Peter stated in Acts 10:34 above that God shows no partiality. What God has done for one He will do for another. God is not a respecter of people, but a respecter of faith.

Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit and power and He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil. That refers to the fact that what Jesus did for one He will do for all. Hearing someone’s testimony helps us to sometimes receive that little extra nudge we needed to keep on keeping on. Many testimonies reveal that others who have faced similar battles and did not give up or quit got a hold of what God had promised. So realize that no matter what you are faced with it is the Lord’s desire to see you obtain all He has done for you through His redeeming work at Calvary.

Endurance is vital for us to walk in and walk out God’s will for our life. It is a necessary part of our walk of faith in seeing God’s promises manifested in our life. Not everything we believe God for is manifested instantly, and if we are going to see what God has planned for us come pass we will need endurance to get there. Many believers who at one time in their life started out in faith may not realize how close they were to obtaining what God had for them, but gave up before they got there. Don’t give up on God, just do what is necessary to have the endurance you need in this life and you will see what God has for you come to pass.

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Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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5/06/13 – “CONSIDER HIM”

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Heb. 12:3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

I have recently finished a series on “What Is Faith”. I simply went through Hebrews 11, the hall of faith, and we examined what God calls faith. Then in Hebrews 12:1-3 we come across three powerful truths that are necessary for us to walk in faith. Those three things are:

1. Lay aside every weight that would hinder your walk of faith.
2. Lay aside every sin that would ensnare you and hinder your walk of faith.
3. Consider Jesus, never forgetting what He did for you.

On this final point as I was studying for this message the Holy Spirit gave me a powerful truth that is difference between victory or defeat in the life of the believer. It all had to do with what we are considering in our lives. The phrase that I got from the Holy Spirit went like this.

“What you say you hear. What you hear you begin to think about. What you think about you begin to believe. What you believe determines your outcome in life.”

This is a powerful truth that really will determine what happens in our lives as we face the battles of the day. It will be the difference between just surviving or overcoming. Many believers today are living with a “survival mentality”. This is what our culture even depicts to us continually. I know currently there is even a popular show among many called, “Survivor”. But Jesus did not die on a cross for us to just survive, but to thrive. Everyone who is born again is not recognized in scripture as a conqueror, but more than a conqueror. That doesn’t sound like just a survivor to me.

When you go into survival mode you just do what you can to hang on in life and try to make it through. As a survivor you are not thinking about going on the offensive and “taking your mountain”, but instead you are just hunkering down in a hole hoping to get through life. There are no verses in the entire Bible that say we are to dig a hole and wait for the rapture. We are the light of the world. We are the ones called by the name of the Lord to push back darkness and go on the offensive, living like Jesus lived. Don’t live in survival mode, shake that off and become the David God called you to be taking on any Goliath that may come knowing you have the authority to take that giants head off.

What is it that causes us to get into a survival mode? Many think it is because of the circumstances they are facing. But scripture reveals that there is nothing new under the sun, and that others face the same sufferings we face in this world. Yet many in the Bible who faced challenging odds overcame, they did not just survive. The key for us as New Testament Christians is to consider Him, Jesus our ultimate champion, above everything you see in the natural. Let’s take a closer look at what it means to consider Him.

Heb. 3:1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus,

Here in Hebrew chapter 3 we get some insight as to what it means to consider Jesus. Here we are told to consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession. Remember what we say we are going to hear. What we hear we are going to think about (consider). What we think about we are going to begin to believe, and what we believe will impact our lives.

First and foremost consider the Apostle Jesus. The word apostle here means one sent with orders. Jesus came with orders from the Father to carry out His ministry here on earth. What was Jesus’ ministry? He came as a High Priest. This term High Priest means our Mediator who redeemed us. This actually means He made an exchange with us. When you ask Jesus to become the Lord of your life you make an exchange, your life for His. He took our sin, punishment, death, sickness, pains, etc., and in exchange He gave us His Spirit so that we could receive victory in every area of our life.

When you consider His Apostleship, did He fulfill all of His High Priestly ministry? Yes He did! There is nothing else that Jesus needs to do to redeem us for He has already provided what is needed for us to make this exchange with Him. Since He fulfilled His ministry as the High Priest of our confession what do we now need to do so that we can walk by faith in what Christ has done for us? We need to consider our High Priest. To consider our High Priest means we need to think about what He did, not what we are facing in the natural.

Stop and think about what happens whenever we are faced with a battle of some kind, what is the first thing we tend to do? We begin to speak about how difficult this situation is, or what we think about it in the natural. When you do so guess what you are thinking about (considering)? We are not considering the High Priest of our confession; instead we are considering our circumstances. Doing so will lead to survival mode where we just try to get by. What do we need to do in our daily walk to change this?

Heb. 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
Heb. 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Here in verse 14 we find a key statement that will make the difference between us considering Him, or considering our battles. It will be the difference between living in a survival mentality, or taking the head off your giant. Notice we are told here that since we have this great High Priest who has passed through the heavens (fulfilled all that is needed for us), we are to HOLD FAST OUR CONFESSION. You see it is not enough to just start saying what Jesus did for you when you face a battle. You need to start confessing what your High Priest did every day.

Our military would not be very effect in winning battles if they did no training, but simply waited until we are attacked and then try to fight back. No, they are effective because of the continual training they go through. They never stop training, even though much of what they do the have done before. If you want to stop living as just a “survivor” and become more than a conqueror you need to start confessing over you life every day three very important truths.

You need to look to the scriptures and find verses that reveal these three things about your life and confess them every day. They are:
1. Who you are in Christ.
2. What you have in Christ.
3. What you can do in Christ.

The more you do this the more roar you will get back in your spirit. Instead of digging a hole and hoping to just survive you will not only be prepared and trained for any attack, you will go on the offensive. This is the difference between victory or defeat just as for our military. If they stop training and doing the same things they have always done over and over again, they will be far less prepared to overcome our enemies. It is this continual training that makes them such an elite fighting force. So it is for us as believers. As Hebrews 4:15 tells us, Jesus understands our weaknesses as He Himself dealt with similar challenges in life, but He was victorious over them and so can we be victorious as well. But to do so we must consider our High Priest every day.

King David in walking with God and watching over his father’s sheep had written many songs about Him. These songs as he sang them were what he was considering. As he was constantly singing of the greatness of his God he was hearing about Him. This led to David thinking about how great and powerful God is. This thinking led to what He believed about Him. That belief was the difference between a defeated Goliath or a defeated David.

He had experienced previous victories in protecting his father’s sheep. He recalled his victory over the bear and the lion when they had come and tried to kill those sheep. David knew it was not his strength that had won those battles, but the hand of God had delivered him. That deliverance came because David believed in His God. That belief came because David considered His God by continually singing about Him and how mighty His God was.

1 Sam. 17:46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

Don’t live the life of a survivor, become who Christ made you to be. Take the time to dig in the New Testament epistles and learn who you are in Christ, what you have in Christ, and what you can do in Christ. Hold fast to your confession of these things daily. As you do you will consider Him, and you too will rise up to be more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus!

See You Again Next Week For More “Weekly Wisdom”

May God’s Best Be Yours!

Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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