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Living Through Love

1 John 4:9

By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

The word “live” in this verse is defined as, “to enjoy true life”. There is only one way you can enjoy true life. You must live through Jesus, not through the old you. Jesus is our example. To live through Him one must learn to walk in the love of God. Jesus told us in His Word that we have a new commandment to follow. We are to love one another as He has loved us. When we walk in love we follow His example and are therefore living our life through Jesus. Scripture teaches us that faith works through love. Jesus lived a life of faith because Jesus lived a life of love. To walk in the love of God is a choice we make, and it takes practice. It is something we choose to do. The love of God is in our new recreated spirit man. Walking in love is choosing to walk in the new you instead of the old fleshly outer man. To walk in the love of God simply means you treat other people the way you want to be treated, no matter how they treat you. Jesus on the cross looked to the very ones who crucified Him and asked the Father to forgive them for they did not know what they were doing. Choose to walk in love and you will live your life through Jesus Christ. In doing so we can enjoy “true life”, the kind of life Jesus lived.

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Posted by on September 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

God Working In Us

Hebrews 13:21

…working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

By our submission to Jesus Christ our heavenly Father is able to work in us to do that which is pleasing in His sight. Our transformation does not take place by our ability, but God’s ability through our availability. For this to happen we must present our bodies as a living sacrifice unto God. To do so we have to redeem our time, giving attention to our spiritual growth by going to the Word of God. As we do we need to renew our minds to who we now are in Christ. The renewal of the mind involves four things. 1. Reading the Word of God, and to truly read the Word we must hear what the Lord is saying to us. 2. Meditating on God’s Word. Taking the time to ponder what is being said and how it applies to you. 3. Studying God’s Word. We need to become good students of the Word so that we are rightly dividing the Word of truth. 4. Acting upon God’s Word. One’s mind is not fully renewed without acting upon what we see in the Word of God. When you present your body unto God and fully renew your mind to God’s Word you allow Him to work in you to see the new man on the inside transform your life on the outside.

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Posted by on September 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Consecration

Hebrews 10:10

By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Sanctification is what God did to separate us unto Him. Our spirit man within was sanctified (separated) from sin because we were given a new spirit. The old sinful spirit is gone. Consecration is our response to sanctification. Because of God’s work of sanctification we now consecrate ourselves, separating ourselves unto God to have fellowship with Him in the beauty of holiness. Without consecration you cannot have intimate fellowship with God. God loves everyone the same, but He does not fellowship with everyone the same. As 1 Peter 1:15-16 tells us, because God who called us is holy we to should be holy in all our conduct. If we do not consecrate ourselves from sin we will harden our heart toward God. God is a Spirit and He bears witness with our spirit. If we don’t consecrate ourselves from sin we sear our conscience (the voice of our spirit man) and that will hinder our ability to hear from God. So live a consecrated life in gratitude of the sanctified work of Christ and you can develop an intimate walk with God.

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Posted by on September 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Strong In Christ

Philippians 4:13

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

It is through our reliance on Jesus that we have the strength for all things because we are self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency. Don’t try to be strong, rely on His strength. When we are weak, then we are strong. We are weak when we are not trying to be strong in ourselves but draw upon His strength within us. Believers often say they are trying to be strong but the Bible does not teach us to find strength in ourselves. All who trust in the Lord shall renew their strength and they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and shall not faint. When we choose to put our full trust in God, He becomes our strength. We are no longer relying on us but on Him. Be strong in the Lord not in yourself. Put your trust in God. Take Him at His Word acting upon what He has said. Refuse to worry about anything. Believe the Word of God and His strength will put you over.

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Posted by on September 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Live Carefree

Phil. 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

Phil. 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

We are not to be anxious (worry) about anything yet many Christians do. Worrying robs your faith. You cannot be in faith and worry at the same time. So how can we live a care free life? We take every care that would try to take hold of us and we cast that care over onto God because He cares for you. You do this in prayer until you have released it to God. Then keep your focus on what God has said in His Word. Continue to confess the Word over your circumstances. When the temptation comes to take that care back, resist that temptation by giving God thanks for what He has promised in the Word of God. Maintain a confession of thanksgiving instead of talking about and magnifying the problem. In maintaining a confession of thanks to God for His promises, the peace of God will guard your heart and mind from worry. This will keep you in faith and your faith will lead you to the victory in Christ Jesus.

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Posted by on September 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Amazing Grace

Ephesians 2:7

He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor) in [His] kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus.

Our heavenly Father demonstrated His goodness toward us through what Christ has done for us. This is grace revealed for Jesus is that grace. How good is our God? So good that He has given us what we did not deserve. This influence of grace on the heart of man is what leads him away from ungodliness and to our God. Grace is heavens help that we receive, undeserved, and not earned. Grace is what empowers us to live free from sin. It empowers us to be partakers of all we have in Christ Jesus. Scripture teaches us that there is more grace to be received from God once we are born again, which means more of heavens help. James tells us God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. The very next verse tells us how to walk in humility. Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Simply put, do what God says in His Word and you are submitting to Him. When you do you are resisting the devil. As you submit to God His grace empowers you to overcome anything the devil throws at you. So don’t live in pride choosing your own way. Submit to God and receive even more grace and experience the goodness of your God.

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Posted by on September 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Son of God

Galatians 4:7

Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.

We are heir’s of God (one who receives his allotted possession by right of sonship), through our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ. As sons and daughters of God our inheritance is based on what Christ has done for us, not what we have done, and we receive that inheritance by faith. One who is a part of a family and given an inheritance is written in the will of that family member. That inheritance is theirs by birthright. God has written us in His will, the will and testament of the New Covenant. We are written in His will because once born again we are part of His family. So every promise He has given to the children of God is a part of our inheritance just waiting for us to claim it. So go to God’s Word and find out what belongs to you in Christ. Then lay claim to it by faith in what Jesus has done for you, not what you have done. It is yours by birthright.

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Posted by on September 24, 2017 in Uncategorized