The Covenant

This is not a term we use today other than speaking of the Old or New Covenant. What is a covenant and how is it made? In today’s vernacular, we would use the terms, contract, …

The Sure Foundation

Your position from the starting point is paramount to how you finish the race. 1 Corintihains 9:24-26a Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? …

You Are!

The single most damaging thing for a Christian is not knowing who we are or what has already been provided for us. It causes us to miss out on so many things God has planned and provided for us.

John 1:12 But to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God. (Berean)

The way you become a child of God is the exact same way you receive anything from Him.

Galatians 3:26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. (Berean)

Faith appropiates what God has already provided.

Romans 8:16-17 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 And if we are children, then we are heirs: heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ (Berean)    

The challenge is for us to be “child-like” instead of “childish.”

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. (NLT)

Galatians 4:1-7 What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he is the owner of everything. 2 He is subject to guardians and trustees until the date set by his father. 3 So also, when we were children, we were enslaved under the basic principlesof the world. 4 But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive our adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, you are also an heir through God. (Berean)

Jesus doen’t just love you; He likes you enough to call you His friend.

John 15:15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because everything I have learned from My Father I have made known to you. (Berean)

As a child of God and a joint-heir and friend of Jesus, you are also a citizen of a different kingdom.

Philippians 3:20 But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. (NLT)

1 Peter 2:9-10 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own; that you should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light: 10 Who in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. (NKJ)

Grace has already supplied us with everything we need. Faith doen’t force God to do something. It activates what grace has already provided.

Ephesains 1:3-5 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 4 Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure. (NLT)

Colossians 1:12-14 giving thanks unto the Father, who has made us worthy to participate in the inheritance of the saints in light, 13 who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the remission of sins, (Jubilee)

1 John 5:4-5 For whoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. 5 Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (NKJ)

1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. (NKJ)

Ephesians 3:11-12 According to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: 12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. (NKJ)

2 Corinthians 2:14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. (NAS)

1 Corinthians 3:9;16 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.  16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (NAS)


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The Relationship Between our Flesh and Unbelief

The voice of unbelief tells you the opposite of the truth. It makes you assume the worst. It brings with it fear, depression, and unrest. So, anytime you are afraid, feel depressed or stressed, realize …

Understanding

Proverbs 3:5-10 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. 7 Be not wise in …

Do You Mean What You Say?

Too many times, we speak before we think. Do we really want the things we say to come to pass? Death and life are in the power of our tongue. (Proverbs 18:21) The children of …

Distractions

Distractions come in many forms, but are always aimed at steering us off course. It’s important to understand that the devil is not concerned with what keeps us from completing our assignment. He just wants …

Agree With God

Do you believe God is a righteous judge? Do you trust He knows what He is doing? Do you accept what He says above anyone else? Our thinking must change to line up with His …

Who Is Affected by Sin?

Does sin affect God?

Romans 5:8-9 But God commends His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. (NKJ)

1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, who delivered us from the wrath to come. (NKJ)

You cannot sin enough to change God’s love for you.

Romans 10:3-10 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believes. 5 For Moses describes the righteousness which is of the law, That the man who does those things shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaks thus, Say not in your heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) 7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) 8 But what says it? The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. 10 For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (NKJ)

John 16:8-11 And when he (the Comforter*) is come, he will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on Me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and you see Me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. (NKJ) (*emphasis mine)

Sin does not affect God (other than the sin of rebellion in not receiving Jesus as your Savior), but it does affect you because there are consequences for your actions. Sin opens the door for the devil to have access in your life. We are not free to sin, but free from sin.

Romans 6:15-23 What does all this mean? Does it mean we are free to sin, because we are ruled by God’s gift of undeserved grace and not by the Law? Certainly not! 16 Don’t you know that you are slaves of anyone you obey? You can be slaves of sin and die, or you can be obedient slaves of God and be acceptable to Him. 17 You used to be slaves of sin. But I thank God that with all your heart you followed the example set forth in the teaching you received. 18 Now you are set free from sin and are slaves who please God. (Hebrews 11:6)

19 I am using these everyday examples, because in some ways you are still weak. You used to let the different parts of your body be slaves of your evil thoughts. But now you must make every part of your body serve God, so that you will belong completely to Him. 20 When you were slaves of sin, you were free (exempt*) from righteousness. 21 But what good did you receive from the things you did? All you have to show for them is your shame, and they lead to death. 22 Now you have been set free from sin, and you are God’s slaves. This will make you holy and will lead you to eternal life. 23 Sin pays off with death. But God’s gift is eternal life given by Jesus Christ our Lord. (CEV) (*Greek word for freed)

Sin causes you to pull away, separate yourself, or hide from God just as Adam did in the Garden.

Romans 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (NKJ).0

Sin also affects our relationship with others.

1 Corinthians 6:7-11 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because you go to law one with another. Why do you not rather take wrong? why do you not rather allow yourselves to be defrauded? 8 Nay, you do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. 9 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (NKJ)

1 Corinthians 8:12 But when you sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. (NKJ)

Romans 14:21-23 It is good neither to eat meat, nor to drink wine, nor anything by which your brother stumbles, or is offended, or is made weak. 22 Have you faith? have it to yourself before God. Happy is he that condemns not himself in that thing which he allows. 23 And he that doubts is condemned if he eats, because he eats not of faith: for whatever is not of faith is sin.

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The Conscience

What is the conscience and what role does it play in our lives? 1 Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and …

The Lord’s Prayer

Reciting the Lord’s Prayer is good for our memory, but we cannot stop there. It must be more than a religious recital, construct, meme, or retort. We must understand what we are saying and mean …

Grace, Faith and Works

We want to look at the relationship of grace through faith and how works are involved. Most people think true faith is something they do instead of someone they believe. Grace is given to everyone, …

Protecting the Gates – The Touch Gate – Part 6

Gates are the 1st of defense. They control entrance and exit. Gates can allow a “window” of opportunity or an “open door” for the enemy. Nehemiah 2:17 Then said Nehemiah unto them, You see the distress …

Living on the Right Side of the Cross

Forgiven through death, but Alive by resurrection!  Hebrews 2:3-9;14-16 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto …

Trust Issues

Do you have trust issues? Do you have trouble letting things go or leaving things in God’s hands? Jesus is bigger than ANY problem you could ever have. Stop holding on and just be held. …