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Purify Yourself

1 John 3:2-3
2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

The hope we have in Him is that when we see Him we shall become like Him. This hope (confident expectation of good) is the reason we purify ourselves. The words "purifies himself" means to cleanse and to sanctify from that which is morally wrong. This is the responsibility of each individual believer, to cleanse from their life that which is not holy in the sight of God, and to be holy just as He is holy. We cleanse our life from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit awaiting His return. We do so by hiding His Word in our heart that we might not sin against Him. We remove from our life anything that would tempt us to sin. This is what Jesus meant when He said if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. He was telling us to remove things from out of our reach that would tempt us to sin. If you do sin and miss the mark immediately repent and keep chasing after God. To repent means you simply turn away from whatever sin you commit and turn to God. Finally don’t ever allow the devil nor anyone to make you think God does not love you anymore. He loves you with an everlasting love. God does not know how to not love you, for He is love. Let His love draw you to Him so the power of that love can free you from sin.
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Posted by on August 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Walk In His Footstpes

1 John 2:5-6
5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:
6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

Many ministers talk about God's love for us, but what about our love for God? Jesus said if we love Him we would keep His commandments. We walk as He walked, living in obedience to the Word motivated by love, not by law. We don't keep His Word because it's a law but simply because we love Him. Obedience to God's Word is what faith is all about. Faith is an act and faith is revealed to the degree that we trust God. How far can you trust the Lord? That is the extent of your faith. Faith believes, speaks, and acts in line with God's Word, but faith works when motivated through love. Jesus was obedient to His Father and He did so motivated by love. Jesus said that He only did that which He saw the Father doing. How different our lives will be if we would only do what we see in our Fathers Word. His Word is to be a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path. So walk in the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, keeping His Word, motivated by love. It will be a life lived that you won't regret. A life filled with all that God is, and all that God has for you, for He and His Word are one.
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Posted by on August 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Complete In Christ

Colossians 2:10
…and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;

To be complete here means to fill to the full, be satisfied. You will only be satisfied in life when Jesus is what you are focused on. Everything else will leave you feeling empty and unfulfilled. If your happiness and joy in life is found in the things of the earth, what you posses, or in the approval of other people whether they like you or not it will be temporary, for what is seen is subject to change. If we think anything other than Jesus is going to fulfill our life and make us complete we are still living under the deception of Adam and Eve looking to God's creation to find joy and contentment in life instead of the Creator Himself, Jesus Christ of Nazareth through whom all things were created. Don't worship the creation, including other people, for there is only One who will bring full value and worth and satisfaction to your life; the One who gave His life for you. When your heart is set on Jesus you will walk in the only thing that will make you complete, Him.
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Posted by on August 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Learn of Jesus

Matthew 11:29
Take my yoke on you and become like me, for I am gentle and without pride, and you will have rest for your souls;…

Being a Christian does not actually refer directly to being born again, but in fact refers to becoming like Jesus, which begins with being born again. Notice Jesus said here in Matthew to become like Him you must be gentle, which is translated humble; and you must be without pride. When you look to Jesus’ life you find out in several verses what that means. Jesus said He did not come to fulfill His will, but the will of the Father who sent Him. When we choose to not do what God’s Word tells us, which is His will for us, we are choosing our will over His. This is pride, not humility. God resists the proud but gives more grace to the humble (James 4:6). His grace flows to those who are humble, yielded and submitted to His will. This is what Isaiah 1:19 refers to telling us if we are willing and obedient we will eat the good of the land. What determines if we eat the good of the land? Whether you are willing and obedient or not. Jesus gave up His will for the Fathers will, obeying His Word all the way to the cross. So if we quit choosing our way over God’s, we will live in Christ’s example as a Christ follower.
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Posted by on August 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Walk In Him

Colossians 2:6-7
6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

For all who have received Christ and been born again we are to now walk in Him, established in a lifestyle of faith. There are keys to walking by the faith of God that we must know to learn this new walk of faith. Faith is always present tense. Hebrews 11:1 reveals that faith is now (present tense). When we look to God's Word we don't see what Christ has done for us as something in the future, we see His Word as already fulfilled therefore we act upon the Word as if it is so because it is. Faith is the evidence of things not seen, which means we don't base what we believe on what we see in the natural, we base our belief on what God's Word says. His Word is the source of our faith so we feed on the Word of God for this is how faith comes. Faith also calls those things which be not as though they were. Faith does not deny the circumstances we see, but we confess God's Word, magnifying God and His truth instead of magnifying natural circumstances. We do not look to the things which are seen, but to the Word of God our source of faith. We abound in faith with thanksgiving, always grateful for what Christ has done for us. To walk in Him we must be established in bible faith, for this is how Jesus lived His life here on earth.
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Posted by on August 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Found In Him

Philippians 3:8-9
8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ
9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;

In verse 9 the phrase "and be found in Him" means to obtain Christ. When we put our faith in Jesus we should no longer strive to obtain things, or human status, we have obtained all we need in Christ Jesus. Our sole worth in life should now only be found in Him and nothing else, and like the apostle Paul we should count all things loss and focus on knowing Jesus. The apostle Paul before coming to Christ found his worth in how he lived his life. He described himself as a strict Pharisee, someone who was wrapped up in finding his own self worth and believed he was better than other people. But after receiving the gift of salvation he knew that his self worth was no longer to be found in what he had done, for he could not make himself right with God. He realized his worth was now found in who he was in Christ as a child of God and not how he had lived his life. Once you are born again don’t continue to live your life basing your worth on what you have done, but instead on who you are in Christ Jesus. Find yourself “in Christ” by counting all things as loss and focusing you life on getting to know Him. As you do, you will find the new you.
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Posted by on August 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

We Are Righteous

2 Corinthians 5:21
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

By Jesus becoming sin for us we have become the righteousness of God, we now have right standing with Him. This right standing is what gives you the right to all that Jesus Christ has purchased for you. Many times I have asked people when sharing the Word of God if they were working on becoming right with God to raise their hand. Hands always go up when you ask this question. I would then tell them they are trying to do something that is impossible for if you could make yourself right with God you would not have needed Jesus to come and give you His righteousness. This is what hinders many from receiving what God has for them because they don't think they are right with God. But if you are born again you have been given the gift of righteousness. He became sin so that we could become righteous. Once born again we are as right with God as we will ever be. We are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. Walk in your rightful place with God by acknowledging who you, what you have, and what you can do in Christ Jesus.
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Posted by on August 8, 2017 in Uncategorized