These three words are so powerful when you grasp the full magnitude of what they mean in your life. So many Christians go through life thinking that their life is still the same. Your life changes the day you get baptized both in water and spirit. Yes when you accept Jesus and get baptized to publicly declare it you become new. When you go under the water your old nature, your old self is washed away. The person that comes up out of the water is a new person, with a new nature. All of your sins and the past have been washed away in that one moment. Your old self was crucified with Christ and now Christ lives in you. YES CHRIST LIVES IN YOU.
It is written My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 NLT Or as it is written in the Passion translation. “My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of his cross crucified me with him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives his life through me – we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, and dispenses his life into mine!” Gal 2:20 TPT
Our lives become changed the moment that we accept Christ and get baptized. We are no longer the person that we were before. We are made new, so now we live by faith in Christ. The Holy Spirit is very alive in us and this is the essence of Jesus. As you walk out your new life in Christ the Holy Spirit is intertwined with your spirit. Yes for we are all made up of Spirit, Soul and Body. When we become new in Christ, it is important to grasp that Christ lives in us. For when you start to grasp this one simple concept it brings freedom to stop doing the things that were your old nature. It is written For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. Gal 3:26-27 NLT.
I think those words are powerful, we have put on Christ like putting on new clothes. That tells me that I have been made new, you have been made new. We no longer have to be controlled by our sinful nature. We have been made new and when we realize that the power and life of Jesus lives within us it brings freedom from the lies that we are sinful. We are no longer sinners for we have been saved by GRACE. A grace and love that is amazing, you could never find a vessel to contain the grace and love of God. A love that is so vast it can’t even fill the expanse of the Universe.
I am reminded of the wonderful verse I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. That is just another reminder that Christ is in us. Christ brings us supernatural strength to handle things that would normally be outside of our capacity. When we submit our soul and body to the spirit we see changes happen in our lives. When we bring ourselves into right alignment with Heaven, it allows heaven on earth. We no longer have to walk in slavery to our soul and body. We are free to walk with our spirit leading us, guiding us, teaching us. We bring our soul and body into alignment under the spirit.
As this happens we change from the inside out. We grow in relationship with Jesus, and as we apply Gods words to our hearts we become more Christ like. What I mean is that we start to think about our actions, we start to notice things and to bring them back into alignment with the Spirit. We stop being controlled by our emotions. When we feel fear creeping in we speak the truth that we were not given a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. It is self-discipline that starts to happen when we allow the spirit to guide and direct our lives. We then find peace in the middle of the storm for we know who we are, and we rebuke the fear that comes at us trying to take us down. This is that strength I was talking about. The real strength that we receive is self-control so that we become slow to anger, just like God. We don’t cower in fear, but stand tall with power and authority, declarations of the truth of Gods word pour out of our lips. The love of God starts to flow from within us and to pour out on the people that we are around.
So, you see we are truly transformed and created to be something new and greater when we accept Jesus. We are like a piece of clay that the spirit molds and transforms from a boring lump into a beautiful masterpiece. The changes can be so subtle at times, but then we look back and realize that we have changed and we are no longer that frightened, fearful person but a strong and mighty warrior. We find that we shift thinking about ourselves and we start to think of others. There is no longer anger and hate in our hearts but rather love and peace that fills our hearts and lives.
Realizing the truth of who you really are, a child of God. That you have the spirit of Christ living in you, through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a gift from Jesus. That gift brings us comfort, is our advocate, who will never leave us. The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth. The Holy Spirit is our teacher, and teaches us everything and reminds us of the truth of God. This is the most wonderful gift from Jesus.
These are such powerful words to me. Just knowing that Jesus is unchanging, that he has the same power and authority today as he did yesterday or even 2000 years ago. But I think it is important to remember that it continues on forever. Yes, FOREVER is eternity and Jesus will remain unchanged.
Jesus is the Great I AM, and is part of the wonderful God head Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Jesus was there at the beginning of creation, but to me the greatest works were his sacrifice for you and me. Some may think that Jesus does not hold the same power and authority as when he was here on Earth, but that is so untrue. The Jesus I know sits at the right hand of the Throne of the Father “God”, in a seat of authority over creation.
The miracles, signs and wonders that Jesus did, still continue to this day. They did not end with Jesus dying on the Cross. They did not end when Jesus rose to be with the Father. No we were sent the Holy Spirit, “the spirit of God” that resides in each of us. Yes God lives in us when we are in relationship with Jesus. With that gift is the same power that Jesus had when he was on earth. The disciples continued on with miracles, signs and wonders but they did not stop when they died either. For as you read the new testament you see the Holy Spirit baptizing every new believer. That did not stop back then. The gift of the Holy Spirit the blending of God’s spirit with our spirit still continues. We are children of God, and as children we are in close relationship with the Father and the Son. We have the DNA of God in each of us.
That DNA of God empowers us to walk in freedom and truth of “The One True God”, our unchanging and powerful God. All of creation knows of the “True God”, this is the Father of Creation. A Father that has so much love for his children that the Bible is a love story of a Father chasing after his lost children to bring them back to him.
In Hebrews the scriptures read “You made him lower than the angels for a little while. You placed your glory and honor upon his head as a crown. And you have given him dominion over the works of your hands, For you have placed everything under his authority.” Hebrews 2:7-8 TPT
All control is in the hands of the son, Jesus Christ our Lord. We may not see the final accomplishment, but DO NOT EVER think that Jesus has lost power and authority. It is time that we start to realize that we are sons and daughters of God the Father. We have been brought under this same power and authority through Jesus Christ. We are not slaves to sin, fear, anger, unforgiveness, or despair. No we walk in the light of Jesus Christ. The Jesus that still has the same power and authority for all time.
Our accuser the enemy aka the devil, has no power and authority over us or this world. As Romans 8:1 in The Passion Translation puts it. So now the case is closed. There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in life union with Jesus, the Anointed One. When I think of this I think of a court room and Father God is the judge. The accuser is the prosecuting attorney, but our defense attorney is Jesus. When the accusations are made about us the Father does not hear them for Jesus is speaking on our behalf. The Father sees us through Jesus, not through the accuser.
Romans 8:17 puts it so well. Since we are children of God, we are qualified to share all his treasures. We are joined with Christ, so we inherit all the he is and all that he has. At times we will suffer just as he did, but we walk in a new freedom. Jesus has set us free from the power of sin and the desires of the flesh. It can seem hard at times to overcome the desires of the flesh, but when you grasp that you are a son or daughter, you are not an orphan, you have power and authority over the flesh because you are made new. When we receive Jesus in our heart, when we allow Jesus to take up residence in our heart, we are changed. We are made new for our spirit is joined with the Holy Spirit. We are a new being and we are set apart as Gods children.
That freedom breaks the control of our fleshly desires. It starts as a gradual change as we seek to know Jesus better. We start to shift what our desires are. I know for me I can look back on my life and over the last 10 years I can see how I have changed. As I have applied God’s word to my life, as I have walked and grown in relationship with Christ, I take control over my thoughts. I recognize when I am having thoughts that are not of God. I used to dress like the world, for I knew no better. But as I have grown spiritually with Jesus, and with the teachings of the Holy Spirit, I look at things through different lenses. I now ask myself what would Jesus do.
The power and authority of God are unchanging and that is truth and fact. The light will always win over the darkness. God is always at work even though we may not see it directly. But our hope comes from having faith and trust in our Mighty and Powerful Father God. Our hope does not come from what we see around us, it comes from a higher power and authority. Our joy does not come from this world, but it should always come from Jesus and the love of God.
God always wins in the end. Read the book of Revelation if you don’t believe me. God has a great and mighty plan. God still walks in full authority and Jesus is at his right hand. Miracles, signs and wonders are still happening, they did not end thousands of years ago. The power and glory of God is everywhere. It is time for us to truly embrace our identity in Christ and to walk in the fullness of what that is.
We all have things that we are dealing with. Some of those things are small and then some of them are large. But those struggles can be a little easier when we just stop and take some simple steps. I would like to say that I discovered these a couple of weeks ago, but the truth is that the bible points out time and again these are steps that we should be taking.
You say WHAT there are steps that can help in the struggles of life? Yes there are steps that can bring peace and comfort in the middle of the struggle. I am in the middle of a struggle to get guardianship of my Mother that has Alzheimer’s but I have had roadblock, after roadblock because of her boyfriend. Just to understand he has been living with her for 15 years for free, so he is afraid he will lose a place to live. So because of his fear he has not been willing to work with my sister and I on appointments that we needed our Mother to go to.
My Mother is at a point where she is very confused and does not understand things, so someone has to make appointments and take her to all of them. It took 2 months before I was able to get her to a lawyer appointment, but I really just want you to understand some of the ongoing struggle. Two weeks ago my husband so kindly called to talk to her boyfriend and to see if he had made a doctor appointment for her that we needed, so that we could go to court for Guardianship. He said No, and she is not ready for that, and I am not going to do that to help you out.
When my husband got off the phone he looked at me and said he is not going to do anything to help you in this process. I looked at my husband and said we need to pray. He looked at me and said yes, like OK we will later on tonight. I again looked at him and said we need to stop and pray. My husband looks at me and said “Oh you mean now”. I said yes NOW, God knows our hearts and God knows the situation. This is something that we are unable to change, but God can change this situation. I said this needs to be Gods will not our will, even though we want the best for my Mother.
At that moment we stopped everything we were doing and got down on our knees. I prayed fervently and called out the truths of what God had shown me. But I said I surrender this to you Lord and I trust that you will take care of everything. I said Lord you know our hearts and I know you will do what is best in your plan for this situation.
The next day I was at a Youth Conference and the first speaker has a message about when Jesus walked on the water and Peter stepped out of the boat. Now I have heard these verses discussed in many different ways, but that night it was different. Jesus told the disciples to get in the boat and that he would meet them on the other side. Even though he was not in the boat he never said that he would not be with them. Suddenly I had an aha moment. You might say WHAT!!! Jesus had told me to get in the boat on this journey with my Mother, and he said that he had laid my path to walk. But he never said that it was all going to be easy, in fact the BIBLE says we will face trials and tribulations. But that does not mean that Jesus is not walking with us and it surely does not mean that he won’t be on the other side of the lake.
The rest of the weekend and into the next week I kept thinking about these things and I would continue to talk to God and reaffirm that I trusted that God had this situation with my Mother taken care of. Then less than 5 days later I get a message from my Mother’s boyfriend. He is being driven by fear which I know is not of God, but I know God allows confusion just like what God did with the Egyptians when the Israelite’s were fleeing Egypt. Suddenly he has made a doctor appointment for my Mother and he is desperate for me to go to court to get Guardianship for my Mother. In fact he was telling me I needed to go to court as soon as possible.
The hardest thing for many of us to do is to stop and surrender what ever is going on in our life. We want to help our kids find salvation, we want to see our families do better, the struggles of life are many. But what if you stop struggling and stressing about those things, you start getting on your knees and surrendering them to God. God knows your struggles, but if you are anything like me you want to fix things yourself. It can seem really hard to just stop and surrender. But I think that if we would all stop trying to fix things ourselves and instead we would get on our knees and surrender things to God we will see change. Stop trying to make everything our will and instead ask God to interject his will into our struggles. We may start to find peace and comfort. We may start to find out that life is not as much of a struggle. We may really discover what it means to rest in the Lord.
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Let’s face it: Over the past few decades, films touted as “faith-based” have gained a reputation for being less interesting and lower quality than their secular counterparts. In some cases, such criticism has been undeniably warranted.
Thankfully, all of that is changing.
Today, faith-based and inspirational films are some of the most successful at the box office; the Pure Flix original “God’s Not Dead” was made for the low amount of $2 million and raked in more than $140 million in international revenue. Similarly, made on a meager $3 million budget, the Kendrick brothers hit “War Room” made over $12.6 million opening weekend.
While the numbers speak for themselves, many recently-released faith-based films have also received increasingly positive feedback from secular critics and viewers. Last year, “The Case for Christ” film, based on the best-selling novel of the same name from ex-atheist-turned-Christian author Lee Strobel, scored a rare “A+” audience…
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We have a powerful and loving God that looks at us as his children. Our God is the creator of all things and there is nothing that is impossible for his power. For there is nothing that is more powerful than the one True God. Just take a moment and think about the power to be able to speak creation into existence. The song “So Will I” says our God that has no reference that was there before the beginning of time. God that spoke and galaxies were formed, planets came into existence. There is no one or anything else that has the power of creation, only our wonderful, amazing God.
The word of God never comes back null or void, God is always faithful and keeps his promises. When we seek God and we hear his promises they will be returned but we must keep our faith and trust in God. When God makes promises he does not say that we won’t hit rough spots along the way, but the word says that we keep our Faith and believe that God will be there at the end and in the middle. In Matthew 14 is the story of Jesus walking on the water. In this story Jesus tells the disciples to get in the boat and to go to the other side. This are instructions, and with these instructions he does not say the sailing will be smooth, he just instructs them to get in the boat and go to the other side. Does not Jesus do the same thing with us in our lives? That is where faith steps in. When Jesus sent them to the other side he implied he would meet them on the other side. They had just seen Jesus feed the 5,000 with a few fish and some bread. Yet doubt still stepped in when the seas were rough and they saw Jesus walking on the sea.
As I have gone through life there have been many times that I had to get in the boat and sail across the sea. On those journeys some of them have been smooth sailing and others have been on rough seas. However, when I have hoped on what God has told me and I keep my faith that he is good to his word and that all of his promises are AMEN, I have made it to the other side. Jesus never tells us that things will always be rosy and uneventful on our journey through life. But he does tell us to keep on our Faith in him. When we keep our eyes on God then in the middle of the storm the path that seemed impossible suddenly becomes possible. Suddenly there is a solution, a ram is provided for the sacrifice because you trusted God and his word just as God did for Abraham.
I have watched in my own life God turn the completely impossible that I could see no solution at hand. But when I stopped trying to do it on my own. When I stopped and humbled myself to the Lord God. When I called out in my brokenness that I can’t do this but you can. When I surrendered control over to the higher power of God. Then light would begin to shine on the storm I was in. The winds would calm, the seas would calm and I could see Jesus standing there taking control. Reminding me that he never breaks his promises. I have openly said to God I know you will provide a way and suddenly there was evidence that he was listening as I watched things change suddenly before my eyes.
Life is full of storms, trials and tribulations. Some of them are small and some of them are enormous. But this I know God can make things change that seem humanly impossible. When we surrender our control, God will amaze you every time. Sometimes we look with expectation for a major change when we should be celebrating with thanks and reverence the small things that are happening, that will lead to the major change in our battle. I speak of these things from experiencing first hand the ways that God has done this in my life.
I should not be amazed but every time I am. I can see time after time that God has brought a solution and breakthrough. But, first I had to surrender my battles to him. I have had to learn to trust on the Lord, to go to his word that tells me he is faithful and he is always good to his promises. Time and time again God shows his Glory, Love, and Grace as things change on this journey of life.
I watched in 2012 as I was looking for a job clear across the country and trying to sell my house. I put my faith in God, and I prayed every day that he would make things happen. Then on the day that I declare “I have Faith that you will provide a job and that you will sell my house”, I received a job offer and I received an offer on my house. Yes it took 6 months instead of my 6 weeks but God was faithful along the way and I always kept my faith. In 2015 when my husband and I said God we will go where ever you send us, we trust you and will go no questions asked. Bam! Suddenly my husband gets a job offer for a temporary job, that then turned to a permanent job. When we said we will sell everything we have to follow you Lord. God started to send people to our house and they would walk through the house and buy things as they went.
God is amazing and powerful, nothing is to great for God to handle even the craziness of the world. Remember God is overseeing everything, even the governments of the world. Maybe we should stop focusing on everything that is wrong with government and start praying for God to bring change and reform to our government. When you are having struggles with that person at the office, or the family member, maybe you should ask God what he says about the situation. Then hand over the control to the true authority and let God take care of things his way.
I just can never say enough about the goodness of God and his faithfulness. I have seen over and over the impossible achieved and I am left with no explanation other than it was God at work. Open your hearts and cast all your fear and worries at the feet of Jesus. Let Jesus handle those issues, those struggles, relinquish control. There are some things that are just flat-out humanly impossible to change, but God can always make changes.
This is such a good truth and at times I think some struggle with grasping this truth. It is written “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” That is right God is for us and he has always been for us. God has been for us since the beginning of creation. God has such a strong love and desire for us that he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all. With that said I believe that God’s greatest desire is to have us in right standing with him. If Papa God our wonderful Heavenly Father did not want us as his children he would never have sacrificed his only son to bring us into freedom and right standing.
As you read in Romans 8 so many good and wonderful truths are revealed. Romans 8:31-39 speak of just how true it is, nothing can separate us from God. We have been chosen for his own. God has put us in right standing when we are followers of Christ. Christ Jesus died for you and me. But then he was raised to life and he now sits in a place of honor at God’s right hand. I like to think of Jesus as a brother but also as my lawyer pleading my case before God. When we are washed by the blood of Jesus we are pure. Our sins are washed away. There is no longer a record of those sins. When Father God looks at us he sees us through Jesus and we are clean and pure.
Just because we face trouble, calamity, are persecuted, hungry or destitute, in danger or threatened with death we are not separated from the love of Christ. No it is written “No, despite all things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” I know that no matter what may come my way it is not going to separate me from the love of Christ. Jesus paid the ultimate price for you and me. Jesus would not do that if he was going to abandon us in our struggles whatever they may be. No instead Jesus stands strong with us and no matter how things may seem in the world, in the heavenlies Jesus is battling for us.
As it is written in Romans 8:38-39 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If you had any doubts about God’s love those words from Romans should be confirmation of how great that love really is. If Papa God did not love us he would not have sent his only son to be a sacrifice to bring us into right standing. As I read the words above I am reminded that things that go on around me are not caused by God, but by other powers in the world. However, I have a great and powerful God. I am not separated from God even when I am facing trials and tribulations. In fact, because I am in right standing with God my Faith grows stronger during those trials and tribulations. For instead of cowering in fear I stand tall and lean in to Jesus. I reach for the word and I apply the truth of God’s word in my heart. I lock God’s word in that special place in my heart. Then I pull it out and use it against the lies that come against me. When that does not seem to be enough I reach out to my sisters in Christ who will pray and speak the truth of what God says, not partner with the lies of the enemy.
I don’t know about you, but I am going to stand on the truth that Paul writes in Romans. Here is someone who had his life radically changed after encountering Jesus. Paul discovered just how good the love of Papa God is. Paul speaks of the overwhelming victory that we have through Christ, who loved us. Paul realized this love first hand as he saw where he had been to where Christ had taken him.
When I think about the love that Paul writes about I see a picture of a waterfall of love falling down from Heaven. I am standing in the waterfall and the love of God is falling upon me. I feel the loving arms of the Father hold me close when I face fears and worries of the world. It is this love that gives me strength to stand strong. It is this love that brings hope and joy into my life. It is this love that makes me want to shout from the mountain tops that I am a child of God. The love of Christ is unending, it cascades down around us filling the voids in our lives.
Stand strong my sisters and brothers in Christ. For we were chosen. Papa God has given us right standing. No one can be against us when we have Father God for us. We stand in victory of the things that come against us. And above all else remember that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. NOTHING, and I mean nothing.
I had a young student ask me that question the other day at our youth group. She was being honest when she asked me “Did God create evil”. It caused me to pause and to think carefully about how to respond so that she would understand. God is a good and loving father. God did not create evil and sin, those are something that our enemy Satan is responsible for. She was trying to process when sin was introduced through the Serpent because God created everything.
This made me think about giving her a good response so that she could understand but this morning it made me think that others may be just as confused. No God did not create evil or sin. Evil and sin were introduced in that moment when Eve ate from the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. But it was Satan that brought sin and evil into the world.
Yes God created everything including the angels. Yes Satan was an angel that was cast out of heaven. But this I know God is good and loving. God is constantly fighting to win us back into relationship with him. Just as Jesus said “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed.” The same would be true for the Kingdom of Heaven as for the Kingdom of Darkness. God did not create sin and evil just so that his glory could be shown when it was overcome. No just as Jesus says “For who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like Satan and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger – someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house.”
Our strong and mighty God is more powerful than Satan, and it is because of this that sin and evil can be overcome. It is the light of our powerful and mighty God that puts out the darkness that sin and evil linger in. It was pride and a desire for power that caused Satan to be cast out of heaven. It was not because God created evil or sin.
I may not have all the answers and the only one that does is the Holy Spirit. But this I do know, God is Good and loving. God created man so that he could have a relationship with us. That relationship was broken with sin. But ever since sin entered the world God has been trying to bring his children back into right standing with himself. God introduced the law and the 10 commandments after rescuing the people of Israel from Egypt. This was done to bring freedom, but as it says in Romans 8:3-4 “The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.”
Yes the law of Moses was unable to bring the salvation we needed because of our sinful nature. But when we allow the Holy Spirit to guide our lives it leads us to life and peace. The control of sin is broken, and we change our thinking not because we are forced to but because we are children of God, and we desire to walk in right standing with the Father. I don’t know about you, but I know that this is true. When I was allowing my sinful nature to control my life it brought so much suffering into my life. But when I started a relationship with Jesus that all started to change. It was not anything that was forced, but a gradual change from within. I stopped thinking about sinful things and my thoughts changed to Godly things.
I also know that God does not desire for us to be punished for doing things that are wrong or sinful, rather that is the consequence of our own actions. God does always give us the option that will provide a better outcome and keep us in right standing but it always really comes down to our free will. How will I handle my free will? Will I allow the Holy Spirit to guide me in making good and wise decisions with my free will, or will I allow the enemy to guide me in making poor choices and unwise decisions with my free will? I once was a slave to sin, but now I am a child of God. That is my declaration that I make over myself.
When you choose to follow Jesus then you have become a child of God. Yes you are no longer a slave to fear or sin. But you are now an heir of God’s glory. When you choose to follow Jesus you start to change, you find that shift in your thoughts. It is a gradual change but it can be a radical change as well. We have a powerful and mighty Father in Heaven. He is the God that makes impossible suddenly become possible. He is the God of miracles. He is a loving and caring Father that chose you and I long before anything was even created. Yes you were chosen before creation.
Ask Holy Spirit to help you have a deeper understanding of the goodness of Father God, and the truth will be revealed to you. Holy Spirit will take you through the word and will reveal the truth to you. Remember those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. But those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things. “For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.” But if you belong to Christ then you have the Spirit of God living in you. The Spirit gives you life and freedom. It is the power of Christ that helps you to overcome your sinful nature and to put your sinful nature to death.
We have all heard the story of Adam and Eve and how sin entered the world in the Garden of Eden, but let’s take a closer look at how choices affect us. There Adam and Eve were, they had the perfect relationship with God. Think about God walking with them in the Garden and spending time with them. The Lord God placed man in this wonderful garden that was watered by the rivers running through it and water coming up from the ground. I can see a wonderful love that God had for man, that he created a wonderful and perfect place for man to dwell. There was just one simple restriction. Do not eat from the tree of good and evil.
Then the snake comes along and starts to talk to Eve. Now really think about this, if a serpent comes along and starts talking to you, do you think this is really who you want to listen to? I liked the way our Youth Pastor put it this is like a scene in a horror movie that everyone is saying don’t do it. At that moment it came down to making a choice. The first choice was to have conversation with the serpent. Do you see the yellow hazard lights flashing as this is happening. Warning alarms going off saying this may not be a good idea.
But Eve did not heed the warnings and she had the conversation with the serpent. She listened to the truth get shifted that 1%. She already had a perfect relationship with God, and God had provided everything for them to live. They had dominion over the animals and birds. But when that seed of un-truth was planted it caused her to wonder, even though I am sure warnings were blaring in her spirit Eve choose to ignore them and she didn’t check up even when the red flashing lights were saying stop don’t do this. She took a bite of the forbidden fruit and sin was introduced into our lives. One small act brought sin upon the world. Those are some heavy consequences for your choices.
As I think about this we all face similar choices as we go through life. Oh I really want to go to that movie because everyone else is. Ignoring the warnings in your spirit that it goes against your moral compass. When you are in that relationship or marriage and you choose to look at someone else rather than your spouse. When you make that decision you are saying yes to something but you are also saying no to something. When Eve said yes and ate the forbidden fruit she choose sin over God. With that choice came consequences for her actions. The same thing happens for us in our lives.
For every one of us our moral compass may be slightly off kilter because of how we were raised and the influences we have had in our life. But when you spend time around fellow Christ followers. When you spend time reading your bible so that you know the difference between right and wrong choices. Then your moral compass begins to align with God. As your spirit comes into right alignment with God you start to think differently about things. Your spirit helps to guide you in the decisions that you make.
I heard it put so well the other day listening to Priscilla Shirer, she called it our knower. And we know when our knower thinks it is a bad idea. When your friends say hey let’s go watch the latest horror flick, or something that is filled with raunchy language or sex scenes, will you say yes to what they are saying or will you say yes to Jesus. I am not telling you what to do, I am just asking you to start thinking about how Jesus would react. What choice would Jesus make if he were asked the same question. What is your knower in the pit of your stomach saying to you.
As we walk with God things that used to be acceptable no longer become acceptable. It is not because we are forced to change it is because of a willingness to change. I can speak for myself that as I have grown in my relationship with Jesus it has changed me from the inside out. No I am not perfect and I still stumble along the way, but the stumbles change over time. I know that things that were acceptable to me 5 or 10 years ago are no longer acceptable to me. I have gotten where I choose to say yes to Jesus more than I say no to Jesus. As I do that my moral compass has changed and my spirit gives me warning signs when I might be making a bad choice.
Yes everything you do in this world comes down to choices. Just think about the choices that you are making. Who are you saying yes to and who are you saying no to. What are the consequences of my choices. Ask Holy Spirit to show you areas in your life where you may be making incorrect choices and choosing the world over Jesus.
Father God I ask you to bless the readers with wisdom and understanding. Lord bring them into a new awareness of you. I pray that they will start to ask the simple question “What would Jesus do”. Fill their lives with hope and wonder as they go through their days. Amen.
Have you ever just felt that overwhelming fear that does not want to go away? I am struggling with a fear that just keeps coming at me in waves like a battering ram striking at the innermost part of me my spirit. I keep speaking out the truth that Jesus is mightier, and that I was not given a spirit of fear. The fear will subside for a moment, but then it strikes again trying to drive me into a pit of despair.
I can feel it trying to rip at my inner spirit and trying to break down the truths that I know. I am thankful, that Holy Spirit is right there making declarations of the biblical truths that I know. As I battle and try to keep my sanity all together in this inner turmoil, it feels like I am sinking but then Jesus says no I have you for you are standing on the rock of truth which is me. When my eyes are closed I can see this swirling chaos all around me, but I fight to stand strong in this battle.
My encouragement to all is that there will be a time in many of our lives where we all may face similar struggles. Where fear is trying to convince us that we are falling into a pit of despair that you can not crawl out of. But this I do know, I was not given a spirit of fear for it is written. I am a child of God for it is written. I have been given a sound mind for it is written.
Stand strong my friends and don’t be afraid to fight the spirit of fear. It tries to mask itself in so many different ways. A million different scenarios playing in your head of the what if’s. Or your life will never be the same if you do this. That may be true, but instead of it being worse it may be better if you are listening to God and following what God is telling you. Don’t be afraid to reach out to others when you are facing these struggles, your Christian friends can help lift you up in these times. It is important to have the ones you can go to that will declare Gods truth, and not weigh in with the spirit of fear.
Are you facing struggles that seem overwhelming and your mind is twirling around in a million different directions trying to figure out what to do. Today I was hit with some overwhelming news about my Mother, suddenly all the things I thought I had a year to take care of have been condensed into 2 months or 6 weeks. My mind started to spin, thinking of all the things I would have to take care of. It was like waves crashing in on me, or as I told God I felt like I was in quicksand and was sinking quickly wondering how I would get it all done in time.
But in the middle of this storm that was coming at me I took a moment to stop and call on God. Our wonderful and powerful God that controls the wind and the waves. Yes God even controls the quicksand and can pull us up out of it onto solid ground again. I started asking God to pull me out of the quicksand, to take control of the situation, and speaking out the truth that God had told me a few months ago.
You see God has moved many mountains in my life and it has always happened and I have always given God praise. But I have been facing some stumbling blocks of late until a powerful message at church today. I was quickly reminded this morning that God has moved my mountains and that it was not a matter if he would move the mountain but when he would move the mountain. I was reminded that no mountain is to great for my mighty and powerful God. That my Heavenly Father wants good things for me and he does not throw the mountains in my path, but he does move the mountains in my path.
Our Heavenly Father is loving and after what Jesus suffered on the cross we don’t walk powerless, but rather we walk powerfully. God does not test us and thrown obstacles in our paths, but when we trust God, and we walk with God, then we walk powerfully. I am a daughter and this mountain does not have control over me and it certainly is not greater than the name of Jesus.
So, yes I may be struggling with some legal items such as guardianship of my mother and powers of attorney, I will walk strong and I will lean into God when the mountain seems to high. I will not sink in the quicksand but stand on the solid rock of Jesus in the midst of my struggles. I know that God is walking this path with me and is like a wrecking ball knocking things out of my way on this journey I am on.
Yes it really is a matter of when the mountain will move, but always trust that God will move the mountain.