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Colossians 2:6-7 Therefore; as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Just because we’ve accepted Christ, doesn’t mean we’re automatically sold out for Him. We have to make the decision and put forth the effort to live a life where our foundation and our future are in Christ.

This scripture says, as we received Christ, we should walk in Him, be rooted and built up in Him, and established in our belief in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. How did we receive Christ? By faith. So, by faith (belief in what Jesus accomplished for us) we should walk in Him, be rooted and built up in Him, and be established in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

God gave us free will and it’s our choice to apply our faith in this area. If our faith is not applied, we cannot, in our own strength, walk in Him, be rooted and built up in Him, and be established in the Gospel of Jesus Christ; making life a bit more challenging. If our faith is applied to anything else, outside of Jesus, our faith in that thing is destined to crumble.

Jesus is a firm foundation. Isaiah 26:4 calls Him the rock of ages. Let’s place and keep our faith in Jesus to live a victorious life, operating in our authority, and fully convinced in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

 

Job 36:11 If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

After learning about grace, there are some who have a misconception that obedience is not important. They have a deceived thought that all their sins are forgiven, therefore, they don’t have to obey the audible and written Word of God. There are benefits to obedience.

Obedience to God’s Word, promises us prosperity and pleasure. God wants all of us to experience His prosperity and pleasure, but we must obey. If obedience promises us prosperity and pleasure, disobedience brings us hardship and displeasure. It’s foolish to think we can blatantly disobey God’s Word and expect prosperity. Yes, grace has forgiven us of all of our sins, but disobedience still has consequences.

If we assemble a newly purchased table, the prosperity and fulfillment of that table comes when we follow the instructions in the manual. If we can understand the benefit of following the assembly instructions for a table, surely we can understand the benefit of following God’s instructions for our lives.

Our responsibility is to honor God with our lives by obeying His Word. Grace is made available so that if we miss the mark, we have an advocate in Jesus, Who has paid the price so that we can be forgiven of our past, present, and future sins. Enhance the quality of life through obedience.

 

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.

One of the hardest things for some of us to do is cast our cares and concerns on the Lord. A lot of us believe we can handle our problems using our own strength and logic. It’s as if we don’t trust God to handle our issues correctly. For those who do cast their cares on the Lord, one may ask, “Now what?” We give it to God, but the problem is still staring us in the face.

Once we give our cares to God, God promises to perfect the cares and concerns we’ve given to Him.

Psalms 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerns me: your mercy, O LORD, endures forever: forsake not the works of your own hands.

When we give our care of lack to God, He can perfect our lack into abundance. When we give our concern for our children’s future to God, He can perfect our children’s future into success. When we give our care of a recurring disease to God, He can perfect that disease into divine health.

If we don’t ever give our cares to the Lord, we don’t give Him a chance to perfect the things that cause us concern. Have faith to know when we give our cares to God, He will perfect those cares into successes.
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There are times where our desires are so strong for something until it becomes deafening. We’re not listening to God, wise counsel, or even sound logic. We want our desire and we want it now.

We have to be in control of our flesh when these desires come because some of our desires can be harmful to us. The desire could be more expensive than we thought, it could require more maintenance, or it could be so distracting until it prevents progress in our lives.

Instead of making a quick decision, seek God numerous times to determine if He wants us to have the desire (James 1:5). The first couple of times we seek God, we may hear “get it” because our flesh is louder than the voice of God. Eventually, we will get a consistent answer from God. After seeking God, it would be beneficial to seek wise counsel from responsible people (Prov. 15:22). Wise counsel provides a right now audible answer that should align with God’s answer. Finally, there should be peace in our hearts regarding all our decisions (Col. 3:15).

Don’t allow flesh and feelings to overpower the voice of God and wise counsel. Quiet the flesh, receive the wisdom of God, and make wise decisions in every area of life.

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

-I should have prayed for that guy.

-I should have asked if she knew Jesus as her Lord and Savior.

-I should have told them there’s a better way through Christ.

These are the things we really desire to do, but the fear of man prevents us from completing our God-given tasks. What is it about the fear of man? Are we so concerned with our reputation or what people think about us until we don’t fulfill our God-inspired assignments?

Our reputation for a day is not worth the eternal destruction of someone’s soul. We may be the only genuine representatives of Christ someone encounters. They know the religion of Christianity, but they have not been introduced to Christ. We can be that vessel. So many people are lost, hurting, and sick and we have the solution through Jesus, but if Christ is not demonstrated, it’s just a fairytale in the Bible.

Breakthrough that fear of man and let’s make no reputation of ourselves. The world is getting darker and we are the light, love, and hope people from all backgrounds can consistently experience. 

Psalm 56:11 In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?

There are a lot of methods people use to look and feel young again. They exercise, use creams, and diet in a particular way to remove harmful toxins from their system. A lot of these methods are debatable, but the Word of God has a sure method to maintaining our youth. 

Psalms 103:2-5 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 

1. Who forgives all. Condemnation, guilt, and shame have been proven to produce harmful toxins in the body causing the body to rapidly deteriorate. As believers, we don’t have to stress over our sins because God has forgiven us of our past, present, and future sins through the sacrifice of Jesus.

2. Who heals all. We are healed. Knowing we are healed of all our diseases, in spite of how we feel, allows our bodies to function, even in old age, the way God intended for our bodies to function.

3. Who redeems. There’s no need to fear about the next life. Through Jesus, God has redeemed us from our original punishment, the pit of hell. Therefore, we have joy knowing our final destination is with the Lord.

4. Who Crowns With Love and Mercy. There’s something about knowing God loves with an everlasting love and is merciful towards us that brings us a sense of peace. No matter what we’ve done or who else loves us, God loves us and He is not holding anything against us.  

The freedom of no condemnation because we’re forgiven, the divine health through the stripes of Jesus, the stress-free feeling of redemption, and the knowledge that we are loved renews our youth. Stay healthy and continue to look and feel young by receiving this Word from God.  

The term “illegal immigrant” has become very popular in politics in the United States. The President has vowed to stop non-United States residence from unlawfully entering the country and he has vowed to remove illegal immigrants from this country.

As passionate as he and other people are about illegal immigrants entering the U.S., from a spiritual perspective, illegal immigrants have been tolerated for the past 2000 years. Devils, imps, and demons are the spiritual illegal immigrants. For the believer, and for the believer alone, they don’t belong in our lives. They have no right in our homes, in our families, at our jobs, or in our marriages.

Jesus sacrificed His life, stripped Satan of His power, and gave us dominion over all the power of the enemy. If there’s trouble in any area of our lives (marital, financial, health, etc.), that’s Satan and his demonic forces attempting to illegally infiltrate and wreak havoc in our lives.

Research God’s Word. Find out what belongs to you. If you don’t have it, use your authority, in the name of Jesus, to remove those illegal immigrants and receive every blessing from God.

Hebrews 2:14 Because God’s children are human beings–made of flesh and blood–the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

God has a plan to prosper us, but a plan without execution is just a dream. Some of us know God has called us to a certain career, ministry, or assignment, but, for various reasons, we haven’t executed the plan of God. God is not going to force His plan on our lives. He simply waits until we’re ready to submit our will to His will.

God’s plan is linked to pure prosperity. Sure, we can go the opposite direction from God’s plan and potentially experience the world’s definition of prosperity, but with God’s plan, there’s always more, better, and we’re able to be a blessing to others.

The only way to know God’s plan for our lives is to seek Him, remove every preconceived notion of prosperity, and allow God to place His plan for our lives in our hearts. It’s time to execute God’s plan to reach maximum prosperity.

 

Romans 12:1 (NCV) So brothers and sisters, since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship.

After we get saved or rededicate ourselves back to the Lord, at some point, we have a desire to give God our all. We think of His goodness and His mercy and all He’s done for us and we become so overwhelmed until we make statements like, “God, You can have all of me.”

Giving God our all is good until it becomes inconvenient. God may want us to serve in a certain area of ministry at our church, but that area requires us to stay 2 hours after church on Sunday which impedes on our time to relax. God may prompt us to give an additional $200 of offering we weren’t planning on spending. Did we really mean all or was that all predicated on our convenience? Being inconvenienced, some of us exchange the word “all” to “some.”

Here’s how to continue giving God all. Giving God our all will require some sacrifice. We don’t want our all to become legalistic where we feel guilty or condemned if we didn’t do a certain thing, but some sacrifice is necessary. The freedom of giving God our all resides in being led by the Holy Spirit. If the Holy Spirit prompts to do a certain thing or give a certain amount, do it. But, if a similar circumstance occurs again, consult the Holy Spirit again because He may lead you to relax or not give.

When we align our will to the will of God, being led by the Spirit of God, we are conveniently giving God our all.

People in the world and some believers become upset when they hear ministers or people voice their disapproval of homosexuality or transgender individuals. They feel like the people who voice their disapproval are being judgmental and are quick to label them homophobic.

First of all, phobia has to do with an extreme fear of something. Just because a person disagrees with something, doesn’t mean they have a phobia. Here’s the second issue. When people are labeled homophobic, a hater of love, or archaic because they don’t agree with the popular idea, they’re actually being judged by the world. Just because the believer disagrees with something, doesn’t make them judgmental. It lets the world know that they have an opinion and their opinion is based in the Word of God.

Should people of the world be condemned, Bible beaten, or shamed because of their lifestyle choice? Of course not, but it doesn’t mean it has to be embraced.

People of God, we don’t have to compromise on our beliefs or become silent because an idea is popular in the eyes of many. With LOVE and GRACE, we can express our beliefs, encourage someone else, and let them know the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Romans 14:13 Therefore let us stop judging one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.

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