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Know the Truth

Know the Truth

“If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32 NASB

Adolf Hitler had a famous saying, “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” As we first see in the Garden of Eden then throughout the rest of scripture this is a tactic used by Satan himself. Jesus called Satan “the father of lies.” (John 8:44) This reminds us of why it is so important to stay in God’s Word and question everyone. By everyone I mean your pastor, (including me if I am your pastor), your church, your denomination, (even if you are in the denomination of non-denominationalism), your friends and family, even your own mama. If they don’t line up with what the bible teaches, they are wrong. If you discover they are wrong, don’t walk away from their teachings-run.
Today many of the prominent preachers you see are dangerously practicing Hitler’s motto that originated from Stan himself and selling you a bill of lies that does not line up with the truth of God’s word. Along with the bad teachers and preachers out there today there are also many good ones, but, how do we know who’s who? The Word of God! Jesus said if you continue, or abide in His word you will know the truth. Don’t blindly follow people. Know the truth. Open your bible and read the word so you won’t be caught in a trap. Only the truth will set you free and the Word of God is our only source of truth.

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2016 in Devotional, Uncategorized

 

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We Know God Hears Us and Will Answer Us

We Know God Hears Us and Will Answer Us

“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” I John 5:14-15 NASB

Once again we are reminded of the confidence we have, through Christ, to approach God. This time we are told that we can have confidence to ask God for anything that is according to His will and it will be done. When we enter into fellowship with God, we are in a relationship with Him. As in any relationship there must be clear communication. God has given to us His word, the bible, that clearly expresses His will. God communicates to His children trough the means of His word and we communicate to God through the means of prayer.

What is the will of God? It is clearly God’s will to save sinners from their sins. In fact when we hold this text of scripture into its context we see salvation as being the central focus of John’s words of assurance that God will answer any request that is of His will. He wrote in the verse prior to these, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” Then he basically said, if you ask God for salvation, He will give it to you, since that is the will of God.

Is it God’s will to save you? He sent His Son to die for you. Clearly it is His will. In the context of this scripture we see John saying, I wrote these things to assure you of salvation, now if you ask in faith you can have confidence that God will hear you, and answer you. What an amazing promise.

Once we become a Christian we abide in Christ. We are of Christ and seek His will. Jesus explained in the fourteenth chapter of John that He and the Father are one. Then in the next chapter He declared Himself as the vine and his disciples as the branches. He said if we abide in Him we will bear fruit. If we are abiding in Him we will be one with Him. Just as Jesus exclusively sought the Fathers will, we will exclusively seek Jesus will, if we abide in Him and are one with Him. Jesus said in John 14:13, again in 15:7, and again in 16:23 that whatever we ask of the Father in His name will be given. Since we abide in Christ, we can directly call to the Father in Jesus name.

There are many promises in the Word of God. Salvation is one of those promises. We have the full assurance, and promise of God, that if we ask God for those promises to be fulfilled within our lives, they will. John said, “This is the confidence we have.” Confidence in God is faith. If we have faith in God, and believe His word is true, we can ask Him for anything according to His will. Having a gold plated Rolls Royce is probably not in God’s will. That would be your selfish will that is probably not intended to honor God. Yet when we ask in faith, and according to His will, the promise is, that He hears us, and will grant the request.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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We Know We Have Confidence Before God

We Know We Have Confidence Before God

 “We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God.” I John 3:19-21 NASB

Who is the devil? He is the accuser of the brethren. He loves to remind us of our past by bringing up our former failures and shortcomings. He would love nothing more than to place doubt and fear in the heart of the believer. In fact, the whole world is under the control of Satan. For this reason, the world is influenced to bring condemnation upon the believer. Condemnation that will bring doubt to God’s promises. Condemnation that will bring doubt to God’s work. Why else do you think Christians are so prone to being called hypocrites?

The world has rejected the truths of God. When Christians walk in that truth they stand opposed to it and fiercely attack it. Just as they did with Christ, the world tried to condemn Paul, accusing him of wrong doing. Yet, when Paul stood before the Jewish council he said, “Brethren, I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day.” (Acts 23:1). Though the world condemned him, he had a clear conscience before God. When all is said and done a clear conscience before the world means nothing. The world is not our judge-God is. Therefore, a clear conscience before God means everything.

As repentant Christians who have been washed clean by the blood of Christ we walk in the truth. Jesus Himself is truth. (John 14:6). The major theme of I John is fellowship with Jesus, walking in the light as He is in the light. If we are walking in the light, we are abiding in the truth and the truth sets us free. (John 8:32). If we have indeed been set free we no longer stand in condemnation. Romans 8:1-2 says, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” Since we are not condemned, we have the freedom to have confidence before God.

Hebrews 10:19-20 tells us that we can have confidence to enter the presence of God because of the blood of Jesus and His flesh He gave as a means of an atoning sacrifice. The next verse tells us where our confidence comes from. It comes from our great High Priest, which is Jesus. Jesus as our great High Priest is continually before the Father making intersection for His Children. Since we have the blood of Christ, the flesh of Christ, and the intersection of Christ we are able and invited to, “draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience.” (Hebrews 10:22). We can draw near to God.

If we attempt to put confidence in the flesh or the things of the world we will never have a clear conscience before God. We will live in condemnation and be eternally condemned. However, Christian don’t put confidence in self or the world. By faith, they put their confidence in Christ. This is faith in Christ. Through our faith in Christ and His work our hearts have been made pure, our conscience has been made clean, and we have confidence before God. What an amazing act of assurance the Father gives to His children through His Son.

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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So Many Christians Still Don’t Get It

So Many Christians Still Don’t Get It

For quite a while now Satan has been very successful at getting Christians distracted with their eyes focused on the works of man rather than the root of the problem. As a result they blame Obama, the judges, government as a whole, the LGBT community and Hollywood for the moral decay of our society. They are not the problem, they are only the symptoms of the problem. They are the fever allowing us to know the body is sick.

Ephesians 6:12 reminds us of where the battle is and is not. It starts off telling us, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood.” We can wage war against man if we wish, but we will lose every time. Why? Because that’s not where the battle is. Ephesians 6:12 not only tells us where the battle isn’t it tells us where the battle is, stating, “but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Our battle is a spiritual battle. Yes, it manifests itself in the flesh but those are only symptoms, the true source is spiritual.  Satan will simply sit back and laugh if he can get us to fighting man rather than him and his minions. If we do that, he wins.

How then do we fight this spiritual battle? With the divinely powerful weapons of warfare God has given. We start with the blood of Jesus, then we walk in the Spirit, while walking in the Spirit we step into the throne room of the Father through the blood in fervent prayer, then we step out in faith through God’s anointing with the sword of the Lord, which is the Word of God. And, we must do this with a unified body of believers. When we fight this spiritual battle with the spiritual weapons God has given, Satan and his minions have no chance. After all, they are already defeated. We just have to remind them from time to time.

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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God’s Still on His Throne

God’s Still on His Throne

The death of King Uzziah left the nation of Israel vulnerable and uncertain about its future. At that time, the prophet Isaiah went to the temple to seek God for strength and direction. When he did he was blessed with one of the most magnificent visions of the throne of God recorded in scripture. Isaiah recorded in Isaiah 6:1, “I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple.”

God’s people will face many trials and uncertainties in life. Psalm 34:19 says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.” When we face uncertainties like the nation of Israel faced what are we to do? We are to do just as Isaiah did and seek the face of God. When we do we will learn the same lesson Isaiah did-God is still on His throne. Not only is God on His throne, He is lofty and exalted. Not only is God still on His throne He is there to stay. Who can dethrone Him for He is almighty God?

When we realize this simple fact we are strengthened and encouraged. We know that we are children of God and He is still in complete control. When our eyes are focused on the chaos of the world we are easy discouraged. For this reason, God calls us to keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2).

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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Who’s In Control?

Who’s In Control?

“A man’s pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor.” Psalm 29:23

Years ago I saw a bumper sticker that said, “God is my Copilot.” If God is your copilot you better switch positions in a hurry because you are about to crash. He is Lord. Since He is Lord He isn’t co to anything nor is He in need of a copilot. Imagine if you were a passenger in a plane and you found out that there was a master pilot onboard with a flawless record along with a flunky pilot who has already crashed and burned repeatedly. Now you’ve just learned that the flunky pilot is in control of the plane while the master pilot is just along for the ride. The next question will be, “Where is the nearest exit?” The fact is, we are the flunkies, and God is the master.

Pride is the sin that rises up in our life that leads us to assume the position of control. The bible repetitively warns us of the danger of pride. There is no doubt that pride is one of, if not the, most destructive force on this earth. The bible teaches that pride will bring us down but humility will lift us up. I Peter 5:6 says, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.” Humility before God is total dependence and total obedience.

Think about this for a moment. What in life are you actually in control of? Your breath? Nope. I know plenty of people who would love to breathe. What you eat or drink? Nope. Millions of people would love something to eat or drink. You don’t even have control over your life or death. The truth is the only thing you have control over is your decisions, and, the only decisions you have control over are the ones you are making right now.

On the other hand, God is in complete control. He is in control of today and tomorrow. He knows the beginning and the end because He is the master of the beginning and the end as well as everything in the middle. With this knowledge, why would we, the flunkies, not want to submit full control to God, the master?

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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All That Wasted Time and Energy

“How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? “A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest” Your poverty will come in like a vagabond and your need like an armed man.” Proverbs 6:9-11

Since the past is the past and there is nothing we can do to go back and change it I usually don’t encourage people to look backwards. Rather, I try to encourage people to look forward. If we have confessed our sins of the past they are forgiven and blotted out. Now we can move forward. However, if you are still in your sin I would encourage you to look backwards. Look into your past and ask yourself, how much energy have you lost chasing after the lusts of your sinful lifestyle?” How much time have you lost, how much money have you lost, how many relationships have been destroyed, how many bridges have you burned, how much pain has it caused? Has it been worth it? Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” The thief is Satan. Unfortunately, we have opened the door with our choice of sin and invited him into our lives to steal and kill and destroy.

Again, the past is the past and there is nothing we can do about it. God can and will forgive us of the sins of the past but we can’t go back and change anything of the past. It’s done. However, we have a future. The question now is, “Are we going to continue to allow Satan to destroy us or are we going to allow God to bring healing and restoration?” Jesus finished John 10:10 by saying, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Which is the better choice?

Just as we have invited Satan into our lives to destroy us with our choice of sin we can invite Jesus into our lives by repenting of our sins, asking Him to forgive us of our sins, and making Him the Lord of our lives. Now, all of the time and energy we wasted on serving Satan we should spend serving God. Satan cursed you yet God will bless you. Therefore, we should give even more time and energy to God. Moreover, I can promise you, there is not a second we will spend serving God that will be a waste.

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Posted by on June 12, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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