Life in the Spirit: A Few Important Things You Need to Know

Here are a three very important things that you need to know about life in the Spirit

1. Do you know what it means to be living in the Spirit. 

The Bible tells us that they that are in the flesh cannot please God. We see this in Romans 8:8: “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”

Paul goes on later in verse 9 to say that living in the Spirit means that you have put away the things of the flesh, such as the carnal way of thinking and have decided to take on a life where you are full of the Holy Spirit. (But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his – Romans 8:9). In other words you are living in God or with God’s Spirit on the inside, when you are living in the Spirit.

Therefore, when you are living in the Spirit this means that:

  • You have made a decision to accept the Holy Spirit to be an integral part of your life. Why is this so important? According to Galatians 5: 19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God”. A life with these works of the flesh only leads us directly to hell. On the other hand, a life in/with the Spirit, honors God. We see the characteristics of this type of life described in Galatians 5:22-23 says: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

 

2. Did you know that as you live in the spirit, your view of the things must change?

Ephesians 6:12 says: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

There are a set of spiritual forces that come against us in every area of life. There is a demonic war against our lives and the devil will use whoever he will to come against us.

Therefore when we live in the Spirit, we see in the spirit and realise that whatever comes up against, is not an attack on our flesh, but rather something deeper that is happening on a spiritual level.

3. Did you know that there is a set of Spiritual ammunition that help you fight in the Spirit in order to destroy all spiritual/demonic/fleshy attacks?

Our response must therefore be a spiritual response, where we employ the Holy Spirit and His ammunition to help us.

This ammunition is seen in Ephesians 6:13-18:

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;


 

If you remember nothing that I have said in this article, remember this one thing:

If we are living in the flesh (carnal way of life and living in sin) we cannot please God. We have been originally made for God’s pleasure, so if our lives are not pleasurable towards Gods, then this is time for a change. It is time to get back to the original plan for our lives which God has set out. Yes, because we live in a sinful and fallen world, our flesh adopts that nature, but today is the day to make the decision to come back to Christ and live His original plan for us, which is to live in the Spirit, so that we can shun the pits of hell and ultimately have everlasting life.

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The Wrong Associations Can Cause You to Fail…Find The River

Psalm 1:1-3 

1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Psalm 1: 1-3 is loaded with such great revelation about your Christian life. God wants you to have the right associations in this season because prosperity is around the corner waiting for you. Just get in alignment.

Here is a brief analysis of what is being said in this scripture:

This scripture obviously indicates that unblessed is the man who walks in the counsel of the ungodly, who stands in the way of sinners and you sit in the seat of the scornful.

There are so many of us who know the Lord but somehow we are still caught up with the wrong people. We continue to seek the counsel of those who have refused to turn over their lives fully or at all to Christ.

You have given your life to Christ, yet still you are entertaining your sinful friends. You say nothing when they joke about the godly things. You say nothing when they utter the ungodly, but yet you have given your life to Christ. Not to mention the scornful with which you still fellowship. You still call them and find them as a source of entertainment. These are the ones who scorn the godly and the things of God. They also treat you with scorn because you have given your life to Christ and have chosen a different way. It’s time to remove yourself from such company!

It is time to let go of all associations with such people, because the word clearly states that when you keep such company you WILL NOT PROSPER. It is only the godly that flees all associations with these kinds of people who are well known for pulling you back down into the lifestyle from which you had been delivered on the day you gave your life to Christ. These are the ones hindering you from being successful. Time to turn your back and walk away from such persons.

You may be new to Christianity but God wants you to know that His desire for you is to bless you and see you successful.

You are called to be like a tree by the riverside. That means that you are called to flourish. Anything next to a river can never die. As the roots of the tree goes down, they will find their way towards the water and will continue to drink. Animals are never thirsty when a river is around. The ungodly suck us dry and God does not want this for you.

Find yourself next to the riverside instead of next to the ungodly because God has a great purpose to work out in you and it will call for you to fixed next to his river.

Sit beside the still waters so that your soul can be filled with all of Him. Sit beside the still waters of the river and allow your roots to go down. That’s where daily meditation on the word of God as mentioned in verse 2 comes in.

As you meditate on the word of God day and night, you allow the roots of your body, spirit and your soul to find the river of living water, which is Jesus. You allow your roots to drink from the river of living water and as you are nourished with the living water of God, you become automatically filled with the ability to be successful and whatever you touch as mentioned in verse 3, will prosper.

Walk next to the river, stand next to river, sit next to the river and receive the prosperity that God has for you. Anything that sits beside a river will be green and green = prosperity.

 

More than Four Walls

It’s time for christians to see beyond the four walls of the physical church building.
Church is indeed necessary and we see that God commands that we have fellowship with one another in Hebrews 10:25. It reads: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching”.
Miracles, signs and wonders take place in the house of the Lord, but it is time for us to balance the equation out and demonstrate this same power on the outside.
The issue: While constantly sitting inside the church we forget the dying souls on the outside that need to be strengthened and revived. We forget evangelism. We forget that the unsaved needs to know a savior. We get caught up in being amongst our christian friends all the time and we forget that the unsaved also need to see the signs, miracles and wonders as well.
We get so caught up with ourselves and all the different activities inside the house that we forget to GO. Jesus WENT.
We forget to talk to those who don’t know Jesus because we are too caught up with ourselves…
CHURCH IS MORE THAN FOUR WALLS…
CHRISTIANITY IS MORE THAN FOUR WALLS…

WHERE DO YOU STORE YOUR TREASURES…?

Matthew 6 - 19-20
Jesus’ sermon on the mount is one of my favourite Bible lessons. To just sit and listen to what Jesus had to say to His disciples and the multitude is priceless. If only we could have been there to witness it for ourselves… 🙂

In Matthew 6 Jesus continues to tell his listeners that they should not do good to be seen, neither should they position themselves in prayer just to be heard, but rather should consider praying in secret before God and when we do that He will reward us openly. Not that we should not pray loudly,  but Jesus was and still is saying to us today that His people shouldn’t do anything for the personal gain of being seen or heard by men, but everything must be done in sincerity and for God’s true purpose.

He then moves on in verse 9 to give them a model prayer which we today call “The Lord’s Prayer”. Then He begins to tell them about the stance of humility which should be taken when fasting.

Then in verse 19 to 21 He tells us about where our focus should be. Even at this time so many are focused on the gifts, lights, decorations, new furniture, curtains etc. The real question is, are we really focused on Jesus, the reason for His birth? I ask sometimes, are we really focused on God, our creator and what He has done for us?  Where do you store your treasures?

The answer to each of today’s reader will differ, but through all the hustle and bustle, God wants us to have our eyes fixed on eternity because when this world comes to an end, it will no longer be about the material things which will all go up in smoke, but rather about the soul and the state of your soul.

So today God is saying to all of us to remember not only the material aspects of the season, but remember Jesus also. Remember Heaven. Remember the place where He wants us to dwell with Him when all the world is destroyed by fire:

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

God is telling us that if we lay our treasures up on earth, then our focus is not really on Him. Yes we live in a world and we have to exist, but the things of God should always take preeminence. If we are bogged down with things and all the mess that’s happening here on this earth, then we really don’t know Him who says trust in Him and lean not unto our own understanding and also tells us that He will never leave us nor forsake us. That’s why Jesus says in verse 21:

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also

If your heart is with the world and the “things” of the world, then your result will not be as rewarding as if your heart was focused on heavenly things, such as God’s purpose, Jesus and His love, the birth of Christ and what it means to you as Christian etc….

WHERE DO YOU STORE YOUR TREASURES…?

TODAY’S PRAYER

Heavenly Father I first want to thank You for sending Jesus Christ to be the saviour of this world. I thank You for life and all things that you have done for me throughout this year. Father I recognise the need to be more focused on all heavenly things; to be focused on You and the purpose that You have placed me on this earth to fulfil. I recognise also that storing us treasures in heaven means having new outlook on life, where You are first. Father I am sorry for the times where things and the treasures of this world have taken place before You, but I confess I need You to help me refocus. Thank you in advance for helping me and may 2015 be a year of rededication to You and the things of Heaven. All this I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Amen

May you have a joyful and prosperous New Year!

JESUS SURELY IS THE ONLY WAY

Is Jesus the Only Way?

Our pluralistic culture offers a variety of “ways” to heaven. Many of the so-called truths overlook the need for Jesus-or a savior of any kind. God’s Word, however, reveals Jesus as the only way to salvation. He is:
  • God’s Son sent to earth by a loving Father (see John 3:16)
  • God’s plan to save that which was lost (see Matt. 18:11)
  • God incarnate, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin (see Luke 2)
  • The second person of the Trinity, endorsed at baptism by the Father: “And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased'” (Matt. 3:17, NKJV).
  • God’s perfect sacrificial lamb to redeem humankind: “‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!'” (Rev. 5:12). “‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!'” (John 1:29).

Jesus’ role as the only way to salvation is confirmed in numerous Bible passages. One is Galatians 3:13: “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law [Adam’s original sin], having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’).” Jesus Himself declared: “‘For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me'” (John 6:38).He also said: “‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me'” (John 14:6). Jesus even revealed His unique role as humankind’s only Savior to Pilate: “‘For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world'” (John 18:37).

God’s Word further testifies that Jesus is our only Savior, describing Him as “the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:1-2).

In his book So What’s the Difference? Fritz Ridenour boldly endorses Jesus’ unique and singular role as the only way to salvation: “Mohammed is dead. Buddha is dead. Confucius is dead. But the Bible affirms that Christ is alive; and because He lives, the Christian will live also, eternally.”

No one other than Jesus can claim to have risen from the dead. No other name is “above every name” (Phil. 2:9)-save that of our only Lord and Savior.

If you have any question about whether Jesus is the only way to salvation-look to God’s Word. As God-breathed (see 2 Tim. 3:16), the Bible is infallible (without error) and inerrant (never failing). It can be trusted to be true in its endorsement of Jesus as the singular way to gain eternal life.

Read the words of Jesus: John 6:48John 10:9 and John 14:6.

In each of the above Scriptures, Jesus presents a word image (or metaphor) of Himself that illustrates His position as the only way to salvation. Note-preceding each of the metaphors is the article “the.” This article establishes that the description is unique to Jesus—the bread, the door and the way.

John 6:48-Here, Jesus says of Himself: “‘I am the bread of life.'” In the previous verse (47), He reveals His divine authority—the one and only authority that can offer us everlasting life: “‘Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.'”

In calling Himself “the bread of life,” Jesus teaches that it is He-and only He-who can offer us life now and life to come. Confirmation of this truth is found in John 6:51: “‘I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.'”

John 10:9-In this verse, Jesus says: “‘I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.'” Only through the one door (or gate, as some Bible versions say)—through Jesus our Savior—can any of us enter into heaven.

John 14:6-Jesus claims: “‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'” His statement-“‘No one comes to the Father except through Me'”—confirms His position as God’s Son, the only way to salvation.

Memorize each of the preceding Scriptures. Get each one inside you so that when you are presented with offers of “other ways to salvation,” you will be fully armed to counter with the truth—Jesus, the one and the only way to salvation.

Read more: http://www.charismamag.com/index.php/bible-study/23390-is-jesus-the-only-way#ixzz1G0Uio54y

 

Jesus Light of the World

Jesus The Light Of The World!

Happy New Year to all readers. I felt like sharing this with you this morning. Blessed reading!
A Word From
Richard Shakarian


Jesus . . .  He is your sunrise to your darkest night.

God said, “Let there be light,” and the world has never been the same again.

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world”

God is using FGBMFI in a great way to expand the light – and darkness cannot stop the light from shining! In 8,000 chapters, thousands of men and women are shining the light of Christ through their anointed testimony of a changed life by the power of Jesus Christ.

Light = Life!

What does light produce?

Light enables – Vision
Light produces – Clarity
Light gives – Understanding
Light provides – Guidance (In the natural world, light is used to signal cars, trains, and airplanes) If natural light can do this, think how much more the light of Christ can give you the signals you need in your life.
Light produces – Energy
Light produces – Growth (All living things are able to grow and live because of light and heat. People are the same way, they come alive and grow as they receive the light of Christ through your anointed story.)

Light travels forever (We can see stars from 10 billion years ago! Your story of a better life through Christ is forever! Yes, forever is even longer than 10 billion years.)

Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world. John 8:12; 9:5 A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.

Surviving Life’s Challenges

Today’s sermon was indeed based on yet another interesting topic:  Surviving Life’s Challengeschallenges

There are so many challenges which we experience on a daily basis; whether it be at work, at home or even at church. Life is just full of challenges.

God never told us it would be easy, but in His Word He gives us some instructions on how to deal with our challenges.

Today, Pastor Murrell (Pegwell Community Church) pointed out some of the verses in the Word and gave some very helpful tips to surviving life’s challenges and I find these to be excellent tips because  I can identify with many of them and indeed they have been useful and continue to be useful to the challenges which I battle on a daily basis.

I do not know what challenges you have but here are some tips to overcoming them:

  • Eliminate the word “PROBLEM” out of your vocabulary – See every “problem” as a challenge and not as a problem and never give up. Remember that with God all things are possible (Mark 9:23, Mark 10:27, Mark 14:36)
  • Always put God first
  • Don’t demand to understand what is going on in your life – Very often we ask: Why me? But only further down the road we see what God was protecting us for or preparing us for to even make us stronger. So it is important to trust in God for He knows what he has planned for you, He knows what type of character he wants to develop in you. (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“.
  • Be faithful even in the unfair situation
  • Trust God’s timing
  • Don’t let people disillusion you
  • Learn to accept the circumstances which you are dealing with – Don’t get negative as this will not change anything or make anything better.
  • Reverse the negative thought pattern that you are stuck where you are – The Bible tells us that words carry life. Begin right away to speak life into your life, marriage, situation or even church to see change. (Proverbs 18:21 – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”). Yours words are carriers, so let’s begin to not only think but say positive things into our lives and the lives of others
  • Be careful who is close to you hen you are in trouble or in difficult situations – There are people who have nothing good to say at any time so we must ensure that we do not draw close to these sort of people when we are in any situation whether good or bad
  • If you want to be it, you have to see it – See yourself in your dream and you will become what you desire
  • Live in gratitude – Have the mindset of appreciation and practise the attitude of gratitude – The pastor made reference to the ‘Feed the Children’ programme – We have so much and we don’t show any gratitude, but now is the time to be thankful for what we have. Even at a time when we ‘ have much we should also be thankful because God tells us in everything gives thanks. (1 Thess 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you)
  • Develop a personal safety net – This is a cadre of people  that you can call upon in difficult or down times. These would be positive people who would be able to strengthen your life with the help of God. Following are some situations in which you would need a safety net:
  1. An unexpected accident
  2. A transfer or move form one particular locality or employment
  3. A crisis for your parents, children or other members of your family
  4. A major job change
  5. During the period of a divorce and the things which follow
  6. When a disaster in your community or country occurs

I hope that these points have been useful to you in better understanding how to deal with the challenges which you encounter.

I urge you to use some of these tips ; act on them and integrate them into your prayer life and you will become a greater conqueror.