Spiritual Living – God’s Will

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“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 This scripture tells us God’s will for us. Rejoice always: Not only rejoicing in happy things, but in sorrows also. The Christian can rejoice always because their joy isn’t based in circumstances, but in God. Circumstances change, but God doesn’t. Pray without ceasing: Christians are to pray continually. We can’t bow our heads, close our eyes, and fold our hands without ceasing, but those are customs of prayer, not prayer itself. Prayer is communication with God, and we can live each minute of the day in a constant, flowing, conversation with God. In everything give thanks: We don’t give thanks for everything, but in everything. We recognize God’s sovereign hand is in charge, and not blind fate or chance. For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you: After each one of these exhortations – rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks – we are told to do this because it is the will of God. The thought isn’t “this is God’s will, so you must do it.” The thought is rather “this is God’s will, so you can do it.” It isn’t easy to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks, but we can do it because it is God’s will. Do not quench the Spirit: We can quench the fire of the Spirit by our doubt, our indifference, our rejection of Him, or by the distraction of others. When people start to draw attention to themselves, it is a sure quench to the […]

Spiritual Living – Repentant

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“Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them.  But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.” Hosea 14:9 Discernment is not just about discerning false prophets, but it is about listening to God and what He wants us to do. This story in Hosea is about Israel turning back to God. Leave their idols and worshiping the true God. Hosea accuses Israel of breaking their covenant with God, and warns them of the tragic consequences to follow. More than any other prophet, Hosea linked his message closely with his personal life. By marrying a woman he knew would eventually betray his trust and by giving his children names that sent messages of judgment on Israel, Hosea’s prophetic word flowed out of the life of his family. The cycle of repentance, redemption, and restoration evident in Hosea’s prophecy—and even his marriage remains connected to our lives. This sequence plays itself out in the lives of real people, reminding us that the Scriptures are far from a mere collection of abstract statements with no relation to real life. No, they work their way into our day-to-day existence, commenting on issues that impact all our actions and relationships. We see God calling back the nation of Israel to follow Him and repent. This is what God is telling us today about America. We must return to God. He is waiting on us to act. People that have discernment must listen carefully and let others know this message that God has for us today. Do you know the saving power of God, now offered to us through His Son, Jesus? If so, as a redeemed child of God, have you offered […]

Spiritual Living – Appearance

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“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 God has rejected Saul as king and God had told Samuel to anoint another king. Samuel knew the family that the new king was to come from, but not which son. Samuel just knew that he had picked the right son until God spoke and said that he was not right. Samuel was doing what most of us do. He was looking at the outward appearance. He just knew what a king should look like. When David showed up, Samuel thought this can’t be the new king, but God spoke and Samuel anointed David as king. I don’t know about you but this is one of my faults. I look too much on outward appearance. Many times I have made a mistake with thinking something about someone just by their appearance and being totally wrong. I think at times I have a discerning spirit, and then I act like Samuel and look at the appearance. We need to be very careful with discernment. There is a difference between discernment and judgment. So many times we judge someone when we really don’t know enough to even speak about the matter. I feel that having a discerning spirit is so important; we just need to pray and ask God to speak to us about how we discern situations. We don’t need to speak until we are sure that our discernment is right and God is the only one that can help us to be sure. Today’s Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Spiritual Living – Discerning Spirit

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“Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.” 1 John 4:1 There are many false prophets in the world. This is such a true statement and there are many people that are lead astray by these false prophets. This is the reason that we need to have spiritual discernment. This is a very important part of living in the spirit. We need to be able to identify the presence of God so we will not be listening to a false prophet. How can we have a discerning spirit? Spend time with God every day. “For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6-7) We must be sure that our idenity is in Jesus Christ. Knowing that we have the victory because we are seated with Christ.  Read and study the Bible daily. Scripture is God’s Word and needs to be read.  “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” (2 Timothy 3:16) Being immersed daily in Scripture makes one more sensitive to the Holy Spirit. When a person knows the Spirit of truth, they quickly identify the source that is attacking and follow the biblical guidance and locally established procedures to ensure Jesus is glorified. Make everything a place for God’s presence. Be intentional in saturating your home and car with worship music, teachings, Scripture and interactions with others. “Don’t […]

Spiritual Living – Our Authority

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“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 1:19-20 This authority that I have been writing about belongs to every Christian that is born again and walking with God in obedience. It is not a special gift that is imparted in answer to prayer. We have this authority because of Jesus Christ. It is ours simply to recognize the fact of this position and take our place in humble acceptance, giving all the glory and honor to God. To receive this authority we must first believe. If we do believe that this authority is ours, we should wake up each morning taking our seat with Jesus Christ in heaven. Letting Jesus rule our day. If we could just believe and act on our authority that God has given us, we could turn the world upside down for God. Wherever we walk, the Spirit of God would be with us. Yes, our believing is very important for having the authority of God but we must have humility to ensure our retaining it. So many times when we see God moving, we get spiritual pride. Pride will stop the move of God more than anything else. We need to have the boldness to use our authority for God. When Satan is fighting us, it takes boldness to use our authority against his advancements. To fight Satan we must always use our full armor against Satan. I will be writing more on spiritual warfare at a later date. Just as Paul writes in Ephesians, we need to understand the greatness of God’s power that […]

Spiritual Living – Showing Authority

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“But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this. “John 11:4 We all know the story of Lazarus and that He died. When Lazarus got sick, Jesus was not in a hurry to return to Judea and His disciples did not want Him to return because the people in Judea had wanted to kill Him. With the delay Lazarus died and was in the grave for four days. Mary, Martha and the disciples did not believe that Jesus had control of this situation. Jesus told them that Lazarus died so that God would be glorified. Jesus was showing them the authority of God. That God had authority over everything, even death. They believed Jesus for some things but death was final and they did not believe that Jesus had authority to raise the dead. It was just too big of a miracle. Aren’t we that way today?  We believe that God can do some things but not everything. We believe that there is a limitation to God’s authority. We just don’t trust God enough. The scripture tells us. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:4-5) This story of Lazarus shows us that God has control of the larger things as well as the small things. We can trust God with everything. “For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit, you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans 8:13) Today’s Bible Reading: John 11:1-44

Spiritual Living – Authority and Power

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“Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.” Romans 13:1 Authority is the freedom to decide or a right to act without hindrance. All authority begins with God. There is no authority except from God. God has the right to mold the clay as He wishes. “When a potter makes jars out of clay, doesn’t he have a right to use the same lump of clay to make one jar for decoration and another to throw garbage into?” (Romans 9:21) God has the authority to set the dates and time. “He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know.” (Acts 1:7) God gave Paul the authority to preach the gospel. “What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel.” (1 Corinthians 8:9) God gives the believers the right to become children of God. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:12) Authority without the power to make it happen is not authority. God has the authority and the power to make it happen. He wants to give us this authority and power here on earth so that we can enlarge His Kingdom on earth. When Jesus was sitted with God in heaven we were given the authority to live the abundant life and to enlarge His kingdom here on earth.

Spiritual Living – Submission

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“But Samuel replied,“What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices  or  your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.” 1 Samuel 15:22-23 The greatest demand God has on man is not bearing the Cross, offerings, consecration, or self-sacrifice. God’s greatest demand on man is submission. God commanded Saul to smite the Amalekites and utterly distory all that they had. But Saul did not obey God. He spared Agag the king of Amalek. He did not destory their best sheep and the best oxen. Saul was going to sacrifice these to God, but the problem was that God told Saul to destory everything. He did not do God’s will. He was not in submission to God’s authority. “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” (Luke 22:42) The prayer in Gethsemane is the same principle as what is recorded in 1 Samuel. Jesus was in submission to God’s authority. He earnestly sought to know God’s will and to obey. Jesus was saying if it be your will let this cup pass from me. He was talking about His death on the Cross. Jesus’ example here is showing us that God’s will is most important and our submission to that will is us being in submission to God’s authority. God’s authority only comes to us as we are obedient to God’s will. This is getting self out of the way and allowing God to work in our lives. I know […]

Spiritual Living – Satan’s Authority

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“Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say,‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him. ’Matthew 4:10 Satan became Satan because he overstepped God’s Authority. He wanted to compete with God and to stand in opposition to God. Rebellion is the cause of the fall of Satan. Rebellion was the cause of the fall of Adam and Eve. “Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.” (Matthew 4:8-9) Then Jesus told Satan, these Kingdoms are not your’s to give. We must worship and serve God not Satan. Satan has no authority over God. All the kingdoms of this earth belong to God. The center of dispute in the whole universe relates to who has authority. We have to contend with Satan by asserting that the authority is with God. We have to set ourselves to submit to God’s authority and to uphold God’s authority. We must meet God’s authority face to face and have a basic realization of it. Paul on the road to Damascus had an encounter with God’s authority. Paul just knew that he was doing God’s work by destroying the church, but God’s authority showed him otherwise. Paul was trying to fight against God’s authority. At that moment on the road, Paul accepted God’s authority. This is the only reason that he could accept his healing from Ananias. Ananias had the authority of God to heal Paul. Paul submitted to God’s authority. If we are going to have the power of God in our work for Him, we must submit to His authority. Today’s Bible Reading: […]

Spiritual Living – God’s Authority

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“Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.” Luke 9:1 One stands at the corner of two busy streets. Crowds of people are standing on the corner. Cars rush by in the street. Suddenly, a man in uniform steps into the street and raises a hand. Instantly the cars in the street stop. He beckons to the waiting people to come across the street. What is the explanation? The traffic officer has very little power. His most strenuous effort could not hold back one of the swiftly passing cars. But he has something better. He is invested with the authority of the city that he works for. The moving crowds and the cars recognize this authority and obey it. Our authority is the same; we have no power without the authority of God. God has all authority in the universe. There is nothing in this world that has the same authority as God. We have some powerful people in office, but they only have the authority that God has given them. Nothing happens in this world that God does not control. God’s work issue from God’s throne. God’s throne is established upon His authority. All things have been created by His authority. All laws on earth are held together through God’s authority. The Bible tells us that God upholds all things by His power. God’s authority represents God Himself; God’s power only represents God’s works. “The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.” (Hebrews 1:3) If […]