The Power of Words

What we say matters because we speak the things we truly believe.

Matthew 12:33-37 Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by its fruit.

34 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.

36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

37 For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned. (NKJ)

Do you speak what you see – the things that are happening to you or do you speak what you desire?

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (NKJ)

John 10:10 The thief comes not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, AND that they might have it more abundantly. (NKJ)

Proverbs 21:23 He who guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from distress. (NKJ)

Proverbs 13:3 He who guards his mouth protects his life, but the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin. (NKJ)

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (NKJ)

John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed on Him, If you continue in My word, then are you My disciples indeed;

32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (NKJ)

Only the truth of God’s Word you know makes you free.

Ephesians 1:16-23 I (Paul) cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him:

18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what is the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

19 And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power,

20 Which God performed in Christ, when He raised Jesus from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places,

21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come:

22 And has put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the Head over all things to the church,

23 Which is His body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all. (NKJ)

Ephesians 3:20 Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, (NKJ)

Hebrews 3:1 Therefore, holy brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling, carefully consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession. (Berean)

Apostle = someone sent (commissioned), focusing back on the authority of the sender.

High Priest = a leader among priests. The One who entered the Holiest of Holies offering atonement for the people. Presided over judicial deliberations. One who was authorized to administer, to execute, to implement, and to carry into effect.

Confession = speak to a conclusion, lay to rest – properly, a conclusion embraced by common confession (profession, affirmation); acknowledgment, an agreement.

What are we to confess?

Psalm 107:20 He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. (NKJ)

Psalm 103:20 Bless the LORD, you His angels, that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His word. (NKJ)

Mark 4:23-25 If any man has ears to hear, let him hear. 24 And He said unto them, Take heed what you hear: with what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. 25 For he that has, to him shall be given: and he that has not, from him shall be taken even that which he has. (NKJ)

Romans 10:17 Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (NKJ)

Doubt, unbelief, and skepticism also come by hearing which turns into believing the wrong things.


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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 Revelation of the Cross – Pt. 2

We have been looking at the details of what the work of the cross entailed.  As we unpeel the onion of Scripture, we find many things restored to man from the work of the cross.  God has two creations in this universe; angels and man.  The old creation of both were done away with through the cross, and the new creation is what we live in now.   Today we will see how Jesus made all things new.  Are you walking in the new creation, or do you still walk in the nature of the old creation?

1)  Lucifer and fallen angels produced Satan and his kingdom->
       Part of the old creation Jesus removed from power.

 Luke 10: 17, 18:  17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in Your name.” 18 So He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heavenBerean                                            

Revelation 12: 3-5:    3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. 4 And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.  5 And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne.  NAS   diadems – a crown worn by royalty, sovereignty or regal powers

Isaiah 14: 12-1712 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!  13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:  14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.  16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; 17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?  KJ

1 John 3:8:  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. KJ

John 12: 31:   “Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.   NAS   world – system orderly arrangement ruler- archon – the first in rank and order; chief magistrate, prince
Colossians 2:15:  And having disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.  Berean Study

2) God created man in His image and likeness as good.  Man fell becoming fallen man.  Man’s pure body became “sinful flesh.”  Man’s pure soul focused on God became self-willed focused on “self.”  Men who follow God’s redemptive plan of salvation through Jesus Christ become new creations.  Men who refuse continue living blinded by the world system following worldly rules, principles, ideologies, schemes, tactics, laws, thinking processes, fear-based antics and distractions.

2 Corinthians 4: 4:   In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. KJ     world – kosmos – “system” orderly arrangement; God created the earth, Satan created a system

Colossians 1:13:  He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of His beloved Son. Berean    dominion also referred to as kingdom, domain, power

Colossians 2: 11-15:   11 and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; 12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.  NAS

Galatians 2: 18-21:   18 “For if I rebuild what I have once destroyed, I prove myself to be a transgressor. 19 “For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God. 20I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. 21 “I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”  NAS

Romans 3:20:   Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. NIV  declared righteous- regard as just or innocent


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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.

Grace, Faith and Works

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