Archive for May 2016

James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Don't Hesitate

What happens when you hesitate to do something God has told you to do? Your adversary takes the first step. 

If you want to live by faith, hesitation is one of the most hazardous habits you could ever have. It comes from being indecisive. The Bible says a man like that is “unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything he thinks, feels, decides” (The Amplified Bible).

When you are double-minded, You try to live by faith and protect your fear at the same time. 

1 Corinthians 5:7, For we walk by faith, not by sight.

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Regenerated Generation

 Reconnected for Purpose, Recreated for Greatness and Renewed in the Holy Spirit.

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 

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"Deep Cleaned, Re-Created & Renewed"

How to Stay Connected to the Finished Work Christ Inside you
In Christ, we have already been washed, re-created, and renewed! This reality is the basis for having confidence, living in the fullness of your purpose, and doing great things for the Lord!

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
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Hebrews 10:14, "For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified"

1 John 1:7-9, "But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Jesus paid the full price of our redemption. “He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” This seems like a contradiction to say we are “perfected forever” and that we are still being sanctified. 

This is not a problem as long as we consider this text in light of other Scriptures, and in the light of growing up in Christ.

“Perfected” means  “carry through completely, to accomplish, finish, bring to an end.” Jesus perfectly redeemed me.

I have been perfectly human since the say I was born, but I need to grow and learn in order to become all that I was intended to be.

Make no mistake, people who are saved are supposed to work or do Christian service, but none of that work is related to salvation. It is related to growing, becoming more effective in our service, and holding ourselves accountable to God, to our spiritual overseers and to one another.

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Mary was chosen to be the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. She expressed her praise of being chosen by sharing a “song” or testimony called the “Magnificat." Because life is a gift, God has chosen mothers to bring the gift of life into the world. 

Everyone born of a mother is also chosen to fulfill special purpose in life. You are God’s gift!  You have a “song” or testimony that will carry you through life and over the hardships of life. God’s goodness provides you with a “new song."
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1 John 5:1, Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
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Faith + Love + Obedience = Grace to Overcome

Love is the basis for everything God does. It should be the basis for everything we do.

Jesus said in Mark 12:30-31: “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’This is the first commandment. 31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.””

Overcoming is not based on what you can get or take. Overcoming is based on what you give...starting with love.

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