Spiritual Warfare (Hebrews 2:14-15)

May 23rd, 2022

We are in a spiritual battle and it's foolish to think otherwise. But this is certainly not to suggest that we are helpless victims in this battle. We have all the resources necessary to win.

  • But we have to choose to use those resources.
  • We have to use those resources that are provided to us.

We are never promised automatic protection from spiritual warfare. We are never promised automatic protection from the Devil and his attacks just because we are Christians. We are never promised automatic victory.

  • We have to live by faith.
  • We have to walk by faith.
  • We have to trust the Lord by faith.
  • We have to obey the Lord by faith.
  • We have to put our spiritual armor on by faith.
  • We have to get in the battle by faith.
  • We have to go through spiritual warfare against us by faith.
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Saul’s New Beginning (Acts 7, 8 & 9)

May 16th, 2022

Everyone can have a new beginning in Christ no matter their background, no matter their past - everyone can have a new beginning with Christ. 

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More Thoughts on Prayer

May 14th, 2022

We need to pray. We need to take prayer seriously. We have not because we ask not. Let's become better at praying. We need to pray more. We need to faith more. We need to trust God more. We need to get busy praying. 

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SafeGuarding Prayer - Ask…Seek…Knock (Matthew 7:7-12)

May 2nd, 2022

Our prayers are precious to the Lord. He wants us to bring all things to Him in prayer (Philippians 4:6a - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication).

We should not take our prayer life for granted. We need to pray; we need to be praying always for everything. God answers our prayers; sometimes the answer might be “not yet”, or even “no”, but He will answer. We need to also understand that faith is a great and significant aspect of successful prayer.

Never quit, never give up on your faith in God. Faith tested is faith that is strengthened. All things in our life, including our prayers should be built upon faith. Faith knows there will be delays. Faith accepts God’s conditions and timing. If faith is exercised and holds fast through the waiting, the delays, the trials – the answer to our prayer, when it comes, will be that much sweeter and miraculous.

Faith is taking your eyes off of self, not trusting in your own abilities, and placing your gaze exclusively on God and totally trusting in Him. Faith is foundational to a successful prayer life and a successful Christian walk. Prayer exercised through a true and strong faith in Christ is true fellowship with God.

  • How is your prayer life?
  • What are you faithing God for?
  • Are you asking, are you seeking, are you knocking?
  • Are you staying focused on God in your prayers?
  • Are you daring to pray for great and miraculous things?
  • How is your faith?
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The Offence of the Cross (Galatians 5:11)

September 28th, 2021

The One who died for my sins, and died for your sins, the One who died a painful and bloody death on the cross. That is our one way to Heaven – through Him – He is the Door. Belief in Christ, faith in Christ, trusting in His life, His death, His burial, His resurrection for our salvation is the key - that is the one way to Heaven. That is the offense of the cross.

The offense of the cross is that your wisdom, is that your righteousness, is that your integrity, is that your good works – are all in God's sight as a pile of filthy rags. That is what can be offensive to the unsaved person. That is what can be offensive to the person that is not a Christian.

We need to put ourselves on the altar, and we need to put Christ on the throne of our life. We need to accept the cross gladly, and as we do, we should die to self as we magnify Christ.

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Brotherly Kindness (II Peter 1:3-8)

September 17th, 2021

Has someone hurt your? Has someone close to you hurt you or let you down? How we react to that hurt is very important. Do we react with brotherly kindness? Do we react with love? In our relationships do we demonstrate the Christian characteristic of brotherly kindness - even if someone has greatly wronged us? Bitterness can grow and can be stoked when we do not have brotherly kindness in our spirits and in our actions. We need to freely forgive all offenses, instead of planning revenge. Do not waste another moment thinking about self and dwelling on the offense - instead demonstrate the grace of God  by forgiving, by loving, and by displaying Christian brotherly kindness. 

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Enter into Rest (Hebrews 4:1-11)

August 19th, 2021

We need to enter into the rest that only God through Jesus can provide us. There is rest available to the weary and burdened soul: rest for your spirit, the rest of salvation, the rest of submission and the rest of service.

All this is available to the Christian who just seeks to acquire it.

Faith in Christ should equal rest in Christ; but this is not always the case. Too many times Christian do not progress in their walk with Christ. We need to be very careful and diligent about not missing out on the rest that is available to every Christian if we would only pursue to acquire it.

We need to choose to enter into this rest with Christ. We should not just be content to be saved from Hell, but we should be choosing to live for Heaven.

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Being Careful with the Word of God (Tradition vs. God’s Word) (Mark 7:1-13)

July 22nd, 2021

This Word of Truth is about our care in the handling of the Word of God. We must make sure we are getting it right. We must make sure we are not elevating the teaching or the tradition of men over God's Word. Jesus speaks very strongly against putting traditional teaching on a pedestal higher than God's Word. It is extremely important that we interpret Scripture carefully and correctly. We must compare Scripture with Scripture. It is a terribly sinful thing to teach and preach tradition that is in conflict with the Word of God. We must study out and own doctrine and own standards and own convictions for ourselves, and not just because it has always been taught that way. We need to make sure we are being Biblical, and not traditional in our thinking and in our application of Scripture. 

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“Hearken… to do them” (Deuteronomy 4:1-6)

July 16th, 2021

What the Bible teaches us is of utmost importance in our life. We need to determine to live by its teaching and principles. We need to "hearken... to do them." We need to hearken to live out God's will in our life. We need to hearken to live out the word of God in our life. As part of this hearkening we need to have an understanding of the word of God, and that understanding needs to be growing and maturing. We also need to make sure we have the pure word of God, not a corrupted version of it, but the pure word of God in our life. In order for us to have true freedom we need to live under the authority of God and His word. We need to hearken to His authority in our life and to His sovereignty in our life. 

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Given a Charge (Numbers 27:18-23)

July 8th, 2021

We have all been, like Joshua, given a charge from the Lord for our life. Are we living out that charge? Are we living out God's will for our life? Are we living out the charge of being witnesses for Him? Are we living out the charge of bringing others to Jesus? Are we living out the charge of sharing the gospel to the world? We have all been given a specific charge for our life as well - are we living out that charge from God? 

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