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12/30/13 – “GET READY FOR THE NEW YEAR”

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Phil. 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; …

As we put a close to 2013 and look forward to the year to come as believers in Christ this is always one of the best times of year to take a look at some key areas of our life and make sure we are on track with God. This is a major part of working out our own salvation with fear and trembling. We cannot work out someone else’s salvation, and we know we don’t work for our salvation, but once we are saved, there is a work to do, for we are now to work out the salvation we have been given.

We are to do so with fear, absolute awe, reverence, and respect for our God. Trembling refers here to an awareness of God’s presence in our life for when people were aware of His presence they often trembled. So if we are going to show respect and reverence for God, then we are going to examine our life and make sure we are showing respect to Him by being obedient to God as Paul states here that the Philippians were in fact doing so. So I want to share with you this week five key areas we should examine that have to do with working out our salvation.

1. WHAT ARE YOU FOCUSED ON
Heb. 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
Heb. 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

We need to make sure we are pursuing God and that in doing so the burning passion of our heart each day is to simply get to know Him better. Even as elementary as that is, many believers are not passionately pursing getting to know God, which is what the heart of Christianity is all about. What we are doing with our life says a lot about what we are pursing. Notice Paul states here that we must lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, looking unto Jesus the originator and the finisher of our faith.

The phrase “looking unto” means to turn away from everything else, and focus on one thing. If we are focused on our relationship with the Lord, then that will be seen by what we do with our time. There are many weights that pull us back from pursuing our God. These weights pull us away from the Word of God, prayer, church, Christian fellowship, etc., and for many they don’t even realize it is happening. Think about how much time people devote in their life to television, Internet, social sites, and hobbies, yet they say they don’t have time to read the Word or come to church. All these things in and of themselves are not necessarily bad, but what we are doing with our time reveals what our hearts are really pursing. There is nothing better in life than getting to know God intimately and personally, but like any relationship that takes time with Him.

We must also lay aside the sin that so easily ensnares us. There are sins that may have us, or sins that we have them. The sins that may have us are strongholds and can be broken, but there are sins that we hold onto that we could lay aside any time we want. Those are the one’s that so easily ensnare us. Sin is the result of desires in the flesh that we become enticed with. We must adjust our focus to the Lord and lay every such sin aside for they are only going to hurt our life and our relationship with God. If we walk in the spirit, obeying the Word of God, we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.

2. LEAVE THE PAST BEHIND – DON’T’ GO BACK TO EGYPT
Heb. 11:15 If they had been thinking with [homesick] remembrance of that country from which they were emigrants, they would have found constant opportunity to return to it.

This scripture refers to those who had come out of Egypt, which is a type of the world, and if those who entered the promise land would have kept thinking about what they had in Egypt, they would have returned and not entered the promise land. Make sure you are not thinking like the world. Keep your mind renewed to the Word of God. Find out and keep meditating on who God says you are, and what God says you have. If you don’t deal with your thought life and you keep looking back to the ways of the world and that becomes the focus of your thinking, you will not enter into all that God has promised you in this life.

3. EXAMINE WHAT YOU ARE HEARING, SEEING, SAYING, AND DOING
Prov. 4:20 My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings.
Prov. 4:21 Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart.
Prov. 4:22 For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh.
Prov. 4:23 Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.
Prov. 4:24 Put away from you false and dishonest speech, and willful and contrary talk put far from you.
Prov. 4:25 Let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and let your gaze be straight before you.
Prov. 4:26 Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright.
Prov. 4:27 Turn not aside to the right hand or to the left; remove your foot from evil.

If you take time to examine these verses you will see that we are told to watch what we hear, see, say, and do. This is what determines the course your life is taking. What you hear, see, say, and do, you think about. If you don’t pay attention to these areas of your life then evil will win. If you don’t think so take a look at Ephesians 5:15-16, for Paul states the days are evil. If you don’t redeem your time you will automatically be influenced by evil. Too many believers live their lives out publically in front of everyone, especially on social sites. When you do you get all kinds of responses given to you, most of which even though the intent is good, it is not biblical and in line with scripture. Christians don’t realize that in reading and listening to such things you then ponder them in your mind and this is not guarding your heart. I have watched believers ignore what I am telling you and they continue to watch movies filled with trash, listen to music full of the world, and listen to friends that don’t give them godly counsel. Scripture is very clear on this subject and a simple way to say it is garbage in, garbage out. It is our choice, not Gods as to what we hear, see, say, and do.

4. EXAMINE YOUR MONEY
Matt. 6:19  “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where they can be eaten by moths and get rusty, and where thieves break in and steal.
Matt. 6:20 Store your treasures in heaven, where they will never become moth-eaten or rusty and where they will be safe from thieves.
Matt. 6:21 Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.

The word “treasure” here refers to the place where we keep our money. Many believers don’t like this subject, but again scripture is very clear. God is not actually after your money, God wants your heart, and He wants to see us use our resources to reach the lost with the gospel. As Jesus goes on to state in verse 24 of this same chapter you cannot serve God and mammon. I used to serve mammon just like everyone has at one time or another in their life. I found out it is better to serve God. If we want to keep our heart where it needs to be, we must make sure we are not serving money, but in fact doing with our money what the Bible clearly states.

If you believe in the kingdom of God you will invest in the kingdom of God. Jesus, Paul, Peter, James, and all the disciples had to have money to preach the gospel. As Paul told the Philippians in writing to them they were the only church that consistently gave to help him preach the gospel. Because they had done so he declared that His God would in turn supply all their need according to His riches in glory. If our money is right with God our heart is right with God.

5. FAST AND PRAY TO GET GOD’S PLAN
Matt. 6:17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
Matt. 6:18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Fasting and praying is a great way to begin the New Year seeking God and putting your flesh aside so you can get God’s plan for your life. Proverbs 19:21 declares that there are many plans in a man’s heart, but the Lord’s counsel will stand. As you set time aside to seek God in that secret place, drawing close to Him, He will reveal His counsel to you. God’s plans always work, so take time to seek Him through prayer and fasting. He will reward you openly. Take a look at these areas in your life and you can be ready for all God has for you in the New Year.

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May God’s Best Be Yours!

Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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12/16/13 – “WHY JESUS CAME TO EARTH” – PART 3

Nativity

Luke 2:10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
Luke 2:11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

We began two weeks ago talking about “Why Jesus Came To Earth” in honor of celebrating our Saviors birth. I am sharing with you six different reasons as to why He came. We have already covered the first four, and this week we will see the final two. Here is what we have already looked at:

1. JESUS CAME TO SAVE SINNERS
2. JESUS CAME TO DELIVER HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS
3. JESUS CAME TO DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL
4. JESUS CAME TO GIVE US LIFE

5. JESUS CAME TO BRING GOVERNMENTS
Is. 9:6 For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, …

Another reason Jesus came to earth was to establish His rule upon the earth, and in the hearts of man. When Adam sinned in the garden he actually took the authority he had over all the earth and he relinquished that authority over to satan, not only that but he also yielded himself unto satan as well. But praise God when Jesus came He got our God-given authority back, and He once again can become the One whom we are now governed by.

God’s very presence resided in man when He breathed into Adam the very breath of life. At that moment the spirit and soul of man entered into the body God had formed from the dust of the ground. Within that breath was the very DNA of God Himself. God and man were one. Man was created in the image and likeness of God, and because God’s very presence was a part of man, God and man had an intimate relationship they walked out everyday. That was all disrupted because of sin.

God is holy, and therefore sin cannot reside in the presence of God. When Adam and Eve sinned, it was like giving God an eviction notice, as He could no longer dwell within man, and therefore could no longer rule in man’s heart. Because of this man’s thoughts and ways turned evil as the influence of God’s presence was no longer within the heart of man. When Jesus came He provided the way for us to once again have the divine influence of God imparted back within the heart of man. When we become born again scripture reveals we are a “new creation” and the old nature has passed away and a brand new spirit, recreated in the image of God, resides within the heart.

Rom. 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Through this new life that has been breathed back into the heart of all who are born again, God can and desires to once again have an intimate relationship with man, and to govern man’s life. This is a part of the work that Jesus accomplished in bringing governments through the sacrifice He would give on behalf of man. To be born again and not allow the Father to govern your life is to live life fallen man. God wants to father us. That is what this verse above refers to. When the Spirit of God leads us, we are fathered by God, and there is no better father on the planet.

To be led by the Spirit of God is as simple as obeying God’s Word, and learning to follow the inward witness of the Holy Spirit within. Jesus said in John 6:63 that the Words He spoke are Spirit and life. So when we walk in obedience to His Word we are being led by the Spirit of God. We also need to learn to listen to and immediately obey this inward witness of the Spirit. When we take the time to listen to and follow that inward leading we are allowing our heavenly Father to once again govern the affairs of our life, and His plans are always good for us.

Luke 10:19 Look, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions and on the full force of the enemy, and nothing will hurt you.

Jesus also reestablished in our lives the authority that man had to govern in the earth that was relinquished to satan. We now once again have the authority to tread upon the full force of our enemy. We have been made more than conquerors and as children of the Most High God, we should not be walking around defeated and overcome by the forces of darkness. We must learn about our God-given authority and how to use it. If for example you had a weapon to protect you from someone who may want to do you harm it wouldn’t do much good if you did not know how to use it. We need to know how to use our authority and tread upon every work of the enemy, putting him in his rightful place, under our feet.

6. JESUS CAME TO PREACH THE KINGDOM OF GOD
Luke 4:43 But he said to them, “I have to tell the Good News about the kingdom of God in other cities also. That’s what I was sent to do.”


Luke 4:17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
Luke 4:19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”
Luke 4:20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.
Luke 4:21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.

Once Jesus was baptized in the Holy Spirit, and came out of the wilderness being tempted by the devil, He then came to Nazareth where He was raised and He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood to read from the book of Isaiah. Here in Luke 4 we have recorded what Jesus read. From this moment forward these prophetic scriptures that spoke of Jesus were now fulfilled. Jesus went about declaring these truths everywhere He went. He also went about declaring that the kingdom of God was now at hand, or within reach. The kingdom of God in scripture is a very vast subject, but one of the most important truths has to do with this prophecy from Isaiah of what the Messiah would come to do in establishing God’s kingdom.

Jesus was anointed to preach the good news to the poor. This refers to both spiritually poor, as well as those who lacked anything in life. The good news is you don’t have to live with lack anymore. Man could become complete in Christ through the salvation He provided. For all who are born again they are poor no more. He is also anointed to heal the broken hearted. In life there are many things that people face that can be heart breaking, but the greatest healer and truly the only One that has the ability to heal a heart that has ever been broken through the storms of life is Jesus Christ of Nazareth. You hear believers who have faced adverse conditions say all the time, “How does anyone get through such tragedy without God?” Unfortunately many do not. With Christ in your life you have a peace that passes all understanding, and it will guard your heart and your mind. There is no better healer of the heart than the Lord Jesus.

He is also anointed to proclaim liberty to those who have been taken captive by anything in life. There are many things that can control people’s lives that may seem impossible to get free from. But no matter what someone may be bound by, the anointing of God removes every burden and destroys every yoke of bondage. Jesus is anointed to bring liberty to the captives. He is also anointed to bring recovery of sight to the blind. This is both spiritual and physical as we see Jesus healing many who were blind. But He will also open our spiritual eyes to see things we would have never seen. This brings great liberty from the deceiving works of our enemy for when you know the truth, the truth will set you free.

Jesus also came to liberate all who are oppressed by the devil. In Acts 10:38 scripture reveals how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil. Our Savior also came to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, or the restoration of all things. God came in the form of His Son to restore us completely. Through Christ we have received the work of regeneration so we can be restored spirit, soul, and body.

We have a reason to rejoice everyday because of all that Jesus came to bring mankind. During this Christmas season my prayer for you and all your family is that you will experience more of His presence than you have ever had before. What a wonderful Savior we have, and like the heavenly hosts let us declare, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

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May God’s Best Be Yours!

Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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7/9/13 – “WHY JESUS CAME TO EARTH” – PART 2

Nativity

Luke 2:10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
Luke 2:11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

As the Christmas Season is upon us I started last week sharing some of the main reasons Jesus came to earth. We have already covered the first two and this week we will cover two more. Next week we will conclude this series with the final two key points as we rejoice in what Christ has done for us. The first two we already covered are:

1. JESUS CAME TO SAVE SINNERS
2. JESUS CAME TO DELIVER HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS

 

3. JESUS CAME TO DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL
1 John 3:8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

Here we have the third reason Jesus came to earth, to expressly deal with the destruction of the works of our adversary the devil. He did not come to appease satan, He came to destroy, dissolve, and do away with the works of the devil in our lives. The first key to walking in victory over what Jesus has done for us is to understand what the works of the devil are. This is something that unfortunately many today are still not understanding, either as the result of wrong teaching, or a lack of study in finding out just exactly what is a work of satan and what are the works of God.

A key verse, which we will study further in just a moment, is John 10:10. I call it the dividing line of the Bible. Jesus tells us in this verse that the thief comes to steal, kill, and to destroy. In it’s context it is interesting to note that what Jesus was talking about had to do with the difference between those who have been called by Him to preach the Word of God, and those who have not. Those who have not Jesus describes as the thieves, who will rob people by teaching things that are not true, and therefore not in line with the scriptures. We know the principle of applying the ultimate blame as the thief would be attributed to the devil, and God is certainly not a thief. Yet He gets blamed for a lot of things He has never done.

For example there are those who have been taught all their lives that God uses sickness, hardship, storms, etc, in our lives to teach us things. What is interesting is when you talk to such people; ask them if they would do this to their own children. What parent is going to intentionally make their child sick to teach them something? Not a parent who loves their child. Jesus even said if you being evil, or in other words having a fallen nature, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will our heavenly Father not give good things to those who ask? God does not use anything that has to do with stealing, killing, or destroying to teach us things. He is not a thief and anything that would have to do with those three things Jesus said is the work of a thief.

Then there are those who may believe or even teach that God allows these things in our life, or that the promises we see fulfilled in the New Testament were only for them in their day, but have since passed away. First off when you say God allows these things to happen there is a partial truth to that. God has given man a free will, and God will not violate the choices we make because of that free will. If we choose to do things that are destructive to our life then God has no choice but to allow that unless we turn to Him and put our faith in the blood Jesus shed for us.

Secondly none of what happened in the New Testament has passed away, for if it had there would be a New, New Testament. The Word “testament” means covenant. God did establish a New Covenant through what Christ has done for us that did away with much of the Old Covenant, but we are told in the New Testament that we have a better covenant than they had, and even they were promised health, blessing, and God’s help in their lives. So the promises of the New Testament have not passed away. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The key is we are in a fallen world but Christ has provided us victory over it, if we learn to walk by faith and not by sight.

So we must clearly recognize based on the Word of God, not based on some man-made tradition or teaching, what does scripture reveal is a work of satan. Again Jesus tells us anything that has to do with stealing, killing, and destroying. We have been given authority in Christ to overcome all such works. In Revelation 12:11 we are told that we overcome satan’s works by the blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony, and we love not our lives to the death. Simply put, we must understand fully what the blood of Jesus has purchased for us, we must continually confess in faith what we have a right to, and use our faith against the devil; and we must recognize we are a new creation in Christ Jesus. The old man has passed away; don’t hold on to the old way of living and thinking.

4. JESUS CAME TO GIVE US LIFE
John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

So here we have the flip side of what the thief does, and that is what Jesus came to provide for all mankind. Jesus came to provide us with abundant life. That word life is “Zoë” in the Greek, and it means absolute fullness of life. This fullness of life is everything that we find spoken of throughout the New Testament. It includes healing, deliverance, love, joy, peace, a sound mind, faith, blessing, favor, and on and on. God is a giver of life, not a taker. In the Old Testament there were those whose physical lives were lost through some form of judgment, such as the earth swallowing up people, but these were people in rebellion against God who were being judged for their rebellious ways, not being killed by God.

Now we see Jesus in the New Testament anointed of God going about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38). It is interesting to note here that scripture reveals that sickness is a work of the devil, not of God. We can still receive God’s goodness today through our faith in what He has done for us. Many are still trying to get God to do something about their situation, but on the cross Jesus stated that it is finished! There is nothing more that He needs to do for us to have abundant life. Now it is up to us to simply put our faith in what Christ has done and receive it as a little child.

Psa. 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; …

I referred to this last week and mentioned that we would cover it this week. If you are going to a Christmas dinner where all the food is prepared and laid out for you to enjoy, you simply go and sit down at that table and become a partaker of what has been prepared for you. So it is with God. Many don’t know that Psalm 23 is a prophetic Psalm of the day in which we live. It begins by saying the Lord is our shepherd, which is a reference to Jesus Christ, who is the shepherd of us all. Through what Christ has done God has prepared a table for us right in the midst of our enemies, satan and all of his cohorts.

Another word for table used in Psalm 23:5 is a feast. Many other translations use the word feast instead of table. You don’t prepare this feast, nor do you pay for it. God through Christ His Son has already paid for this feast, and has spread the table. You need to come sit down in faith, taking your eyes off of all the things that your enemy does to distract you from that feast. He works to get us focused on the problems and challenges so that he can get us in fear and defeat us, but we are to resist him steadfast in the faith. Scripture clearly states that if we will resist him he will flee from us. Christians need to do more resisting and start sitting down at the table getting focused on what God has set at the table for them. Remember we obtain through the blood of the Lamb, the Word of our testimony (what we are saying consistently), and not loving our lives to the death.

So rejoice in the fact that Jesus has destroyed the works of the devil when it comes to our life and what God has for us. We need to know what his works are and recognize the authority we have been given as believers over all the powers of darkness, and then exercise that authority. We can also rejoice in the abundant life Christ provided for us. The table is set, the feast paid for, you must come in faith to sit and dine!

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12/2/13 – “WHY JESUS CAME TO EARTH” – PART 1

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Luke 2:10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
Luke 2:11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

The Christmas season is upon us and it really is one of my favorite times of year. It is a time when people’s attention gets drawn to our Savior. This is also a great time to reach out to others in sharing our faith and letting all known the true reason for the season. I want to begin this week a series for the next several weeks of sharing some key things as to why Jesus came to earth. In sharing these simple but powerful truths of why Christ came, we can renew our hearts to why we received Jesus into our lives when we were born again. I pray you will be blessed as we talk about these truths, and I pray your Christmas will be filled with the presence of our Savior.

Before we get started with the first of these truths I want to draw your attention to our foundation text above. The proclamation from the angel to the shepherds in the field was the best news ever given to mankind.  The angel declared, “I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord”. The good news has come and for all who receive Christ as their Savior they can experience all of what Christ has done for them. For all who have received Him, we have a reason to celebrate this good news every day of our lives. Let us rejoice for our Savior has come.

1. JESUS CAME TO SAVE SINNERS
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3:17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

This is the primary reason Jesus came was to save sinners from their fallen state and restore them back to the Father. There are several key things to make note of when talking about being “saved”. The first thing to make note of is that Jesus in coming to earth to save man was the greatest proof of God’s love for all of humanity. God so loved the world that He was willing to send His Son to take our place. Another key to recognize is what scripture reveals about how someone receives this salvation, and not what man says about it. Unfortunately there are those who did not base their salvation on what scripture says and without doing so one is not truly saved.

Scripture reveals that for someone to be born again they must have what 2 Corinthians 7:10 states as godly sorrow. Paul states that godly sorrow produces repentance, and leads one to salvation. There must be godly sorrow for someone to be saved. Godly sorrow is seen in the heart of someone who knows they have sinned, and they don’t want to continue to live a life of sin. They have a desire to turn from their sinful ways. Worldly sorrow that Paul goes on to speak about does not produce repentance. Instead it produces death.

Worldly sorrow means the person is sorry they got caught, but they don’t really have a desire to change the way they are living. This is what repentance is all about. Repentance simply means to do a 180. It means to have a change of mind, change of heart, and therefore a change of lifestyle. If someone has godly sorrow they will want to be saved. To do so one simply fulfills what Romans 10:13 declares. All who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. This is how someone initiates true salvation. What it means is all who invoke the Lordship of Jesus Christ over their life, they shall receive new life. It is a choice to no longer be the lord over your life, but instead receive the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Another very important point about being saved has to do with more than just the initial born again experience. The word that is used in the Greek language for the word saved is Sozo. When Jesus came to save sinners He did far more than just pay the price for their sin. He paid the price for them to be made complete, spirit, soul, and body. If you just become born again that is good, but there is much more God has for us through what Christ has done. Salvation is a complete plan, not just a way to go to heaven. This word Sozo means: to save, i.e. deliver or protect, to heal, preserve, be (make) whole. This is all of what Christ has done in saving the sinner.

When someone is saved from something they are saved from something to something. When we get saved we are saved from all that is evil and all that came as a result of evil, to what Christ has done for us. We are not just born again, we now have available to us deliverance, protection, healing, preservation, and the ability to be whole or lack nothing. But just as one does not enter into the kingdom of God without acting upon their faith, so must we act upon our faith in what Christ has done for us to receive all that we have as a part of our salvation. If someone was to invite you over to their house for supper, and they are the ones who purchased the food, prepared the meal, and set the table, all you have to do is come and sit at that table and partake of what they have provided. So it is with God. We will cover this area more next week.

2. JESUS CAME TO DELIVER HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS
Matt. 1:21 She will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus [He Saves], because he will save his people from their sins.

Not only did Jesus come to save sinners, He also came to deliver us from our sins. This is more than just a removal of the old sinful nature that is within man. In John 16:9 Jesus revealed the one sin that would stand between God and man is the sin of not believing in Jesus. When someone turns to Him that is the sin that is dealt with so that man can be born again. But notice in the above verse it reveals that He will also save (this word here means deliver) His people from their sins. Jesus has come to empower us so that we are no longer bound by sinful ways. Sin is still destructive and you can’t name one sin that is not going to end up in pain, whether emotionally, physically, or otherwise. Scripture clearly states that we do not want to continue in a lifestyle of sin after being born again. The great part is Jesus did something about this to deliver us from walking in sin.

Jude 3  Dearly loved friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the truth of the Good News. God gave this unchanging truth once for all time to his holy people.
Jude 4 I say this because some godless people have wormed their way in among you, saying that God’s forgiveness allows us to live immoral lives. The fate of such people was determined long ago, for they have turned against our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

First and foremost to guard against living a life thinking it doesn’t matter if I sin or not you must pay attention to who you are listening to, and make sure that what they are saying lines up with scripture. Jude was warning the believers in his day that there where those who wormed their way into the body of Christ teaching them that since they are saved by grace, that God’s grace allows us to live immoral lives. There are many believers today who come against anyone who talks about sin, and how you can get free from a sinful lifestyle. They say such people are legalistic. If that is true then Jude, Paul, James, John, Matthew, Mark, Jesus Himself and others were legalistic. Anyone that knows the scriptures, clearly knows that we are not saved through any works of our own, but this does not mean it’s to continue in sin.

1 Cor. 15:33 Don’t let anyone deceive you. Associating with bad people will ruin decent people.
1 Cor. 15:34 Come back to the right point of view, and stop sinning. Some people don’t know anything about God. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

Here are two important keys to getting out of sin. Watch who you are associating with, for evil company corrupts good habits. This means we should be careful who we choose as friends in our lives. This does not mean we are not friendly nor that we are not to reach out to sinners, but we are to be careful who we allow to influence our lives. Also notice Paul states here that a part of the problem with the Corinthians is that they did not know anything about God. The more you get to know God, the less desire you are going to have for sin. God and His nature will begin to rub off on you. Galatians 5:16 also tells us if we walk in the spirit we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. To do so means we are governed now by our inner man, our spirit man, the real you. There is no sin in the real you for he has been made a new creation in Christ.

So rejoice that Jesus not only came to save all sinners, but He also came to deliver us from the very works of sin. As we continue to focus on our walk with God we will look away from the things that are harmful to our lives. When you turn to the Lord you turn away from the things that are destructive and harmful. He will help you in every part of your life to walk in the freedom He has given us to be saved and to be delivered from sin!

See You Again Next Week For More “Weekly Wisdom”

May God’s Best Be Yours!

Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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