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I’ve Got the Power!

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Acts 1:8, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
 
Just prior to Jesus’ ascension, He shares with the disciples that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes… a power that will allow you to be an effective witness where ever you go.  A power that will allow you to impact others for God’s Kingdom.
 
A power that will help you through every problem, circumstance, or demand.
A power that will enable you to know, experience, and follow Jesus Christ.
 
Are you consistently experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit? 
 
 
Have you called on the name of Jesus today
 
As you seek the Lord and call on Him, the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit will equip you with all that you need for any situation or circumstance!
 
Do you have the Power?
 
If not, ask the Lord to release His power, the Holy Spirit so that you will be enabled by His strength to handle any task or work through any situation.
 
I’ve Got the Power!
 
 


Walk in the Spirit

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Galatians 5:16-17, 25, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.”  “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”
 
Christlike character is reproduced in the life of every believer as you live and walk by the Spirit.  
 
To walk in the Spirit, you must consciously depend on the power of Holy Spirit to guide all areas of your life.
 
As you walk in the Spirit, He will reveal specific areas in your life that He wants to change.  He will transform your thoughts and conduct producing the kind of fruit that glorifies God.
 
Bearing and displaying Christlike character is not automatic; the process is conditional!
 
Only as you live and walk in the Spirit will you be transformed and conformed to the image of Christ.
 
As you struggle with the opposition of the corrupt nature of the flesh, it will NOT have dominion over you if you live, act, and walk under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  
 
When you give yourself up and are led by the Spirit, He will bring about a desire of holiness rather than carrying out the desires of the flesh.
 
“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” 
 
 


Parakletos

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Who doesn’t need an Advocate or Helper in navigating through life?
 
All who put their faith and trust in Jesus can experience peace, comfort, strength, encouragement and so much more through a personal representative, Parakletos.
 
Parakletos is a Greek word which means Advocate or Helper; Comforter.  In Christianity, the term Paraclete refers to the Holy Spirit.
 
John 15:26,When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me.”
 
The identity of the Holy Spirit rests on these truths:
 
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity, referred to as the Spirit of God, and He is God.  He possesses the inherent nature and character of God.
 
The Holy Spirit is our Guide to all truth and our Advocate and Comforter before the throne of God.
 
In John 14:16-17, Jesus, promises and shares the role of the Holy Spirit.
 
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.” 
 
Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the abundant life can experienced in a new way, every day!
 
Seek the Lord and through His Spirit be transformed in thoughts and actions.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


The New Life

 
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There is new life in Christ!  As you take the time to reflect on the freedom you have in America, know that there is a freedom that is pure and true…but it’s only found through a relationship in Jesus Christ. 
 
2 Corinthians 3:17, Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
 
The message of Christ from today through eternity is hope and freedom for all who trust in Jesus!
 
Colossians 3:1-2, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
 
The New Life in Christ allows you to walk through this life without second guessing which way to turn or who to trust!
 
Set your mind on the things of Christ and experience the “new” abundant life in Him.
 
 


Proclaim Jesus!

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Proclaimto declare officially or publicly to be, to tell others.
 
Though the apostle Paul dealt with suffering and affliction, he had an unwavering desire to proclaim Jesus, the Christ to the world.
 
It is difficult to effectively proclaim Jesus if your heart is divided between Christ and the world.  It is so easy for us to get caught up with telling others about our passion for sports teams, favorite foods, and achievements and overlook proclaiming Jesus.
 
Colossians 1:28-29,We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.”
 
God is concerned with how we interact with others.  In Matthew 22, Jesus commands us…love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind; love your neighbor as yourself.  
 
He then commissions believers in Matthew 28.
 
Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
 
Proclaim Jesus today! 
 
 


Passion to Press On

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Philippians 3:12, “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.”
 
Paul shares about the trials he faced as a result of his passion for Christ in 2 Corinthians 11.  He was beaten, ridiculed, and rejected as he traveled to and fro to spread the gospel and further the kingdom of God.  
 
Paul had a passion for Christ that helped him press on no matter how much heartache and trouble he experienced.
 
2 Corinthians 11:21b, 24-25, “But in whatever respect anyone else is bold—I speak in foolishness—I am just as bold myself.”  Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes.  Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep.”
 
His passion for Christ sustained him regardless of the circumstances.
 
Do you have the passion to press on?
 
Do you consider what the Lord wants for your life above your own desires?
 
If your heart is divided between worldly passion and God, you will never fulfill your purpose or fully experience Christ.
 
We are called to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength…doing so will unleash a passion that will allow you to press on so that you may lay hold of all that is in Christ Jesus.
 
Be passionate in Christ and press on!


Out with the Old, In with the New

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2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
 
The word “therefore” is in reference to verses 14-16 when Paul says that all believers have died with Christ and no longer live for themselves. Your life is no longer worldly; but now spiritual.  The old things that passed away were nailed to the cross with Christ.
 
Sin separated all mankind from God, but Jesus defeated the power of sin through His death, burial, and resurrection.  If you have accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord, you are reconciled to God and can live an abundant life through the transforming work of Christ.
 
Wouldn’t it be great as you get older if you could get new parts?  With the magic of modern medicine, there are plenty of things you can have stretched, pulled, pinched, tucked, tweaked, enhanced, suctioned and peeled. But all of it is only a matter of moving parts so that no one can see the effects of  how you may have treated your “old” body.
 
Out with the Old…passed away; love of self, self-righteousness, self-promotion, and self-justification.
 
In with the New…the new creature; looking to Christ instead of toward self. 
 
If you are in Christ – You are in a relationship.  You have a close, intimate, real relationship with Him.
 
You ARE a New Creation – RADICALLY Changed.  This is not a minor modification it is a major overhaul.
 
Changes by God are not hidden or glossed over. When God is at work, the changes are new, you are not the same as you were. 
 
So…Out with the Old, In with the New!  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Servanthood; a Christian distinction

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In a commercial world where the quality of service and attention toward consumers has a major focus, Christians are called to serve.  
 
Not for a great tip or to receive the praise of man, but because it is distinctly Christian.
 
If given the choice to be served or to serve others, many people would choose to be served.
 
In John 13, Jesus gives us a picture of this distinction.  As He spends time with His disciples during Supper, He shares of the betrayal to come.   He tells them His Father has given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God.  Jesus then gets up from Supper, takes a towel and begins washing the disciples’ feet.
 
Jesus, the Christ, even to the point of death gives us an amazing picture of servanthood.  Jesus declared, He came not to be served but to serve.
 
Servanthood was part of the fulfillment of His mission.  He showed us how to love through serving one another.
 
John 13:34-35,A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
 
When you minister to others, you do so in Jesus’ name, and show the world the reality of Christ.
 
As you spend time with the Lord, ask Him to show you where you can serve that others might see the reality of His presence.
 
 


Stay Committed!

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If your desire to follow Christ, you must remain committed to His mission for your life.
 
In Luke 9 Jesus reveals what commitment looks like for those that desire to follow Him.
 
Luke 9:57-62, “As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”  And He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.”  But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.” Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
 
True commitment to Christ can not be centered in emotions or based on feelings at the moment.  It will require you to count the cost and understand that God’s plan must receive priority over anything else.
 
This approach is so important in staying committed to His mission because strong feelings will not sustain you in times of trial.  It will take faith, trust, and obedience.  The three of these go hand in hand in shaping your life and character in becoming more like Christ.
 
Jesus told His disciples, “No one who puts his hands to the plow and then looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God.”  Commitment is absolutely important to God!
 
At times, it may seem to difficult of a task, but be assured, He has a purpose and plan that will not fail.
 
When you get to the point of wanting what God wants more than what you want or desire, your commitment to Him will never be in question.
 
Are you committed?  
 
If not, pray and ask the Lord to give you the strength to fulfill the mission He has for you.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Security: It’s Not Found By A Checklist

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Have you ever made a checklist as a way of helping you feel you’re in better control of the things around you?
 
Or maybe you make statements like; my ________(you fill in the blank) will be proud of me, if/when I….
 
The problem is, there will never be an end to those types of lists or statements because it depends on how other people receive it.  
 
The harder you work at trying to make things perfect, the more frustration that will result from it.  Only God is perfect! Security and peace are only found in Him.  
 
However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do your best!  
 
Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.”
 
We live in an imperfect world.  The checklist you create for worldly satisfaction will never be enough.
 
However, when you turn your lists over to God and ask Him to manage the things ahead, He will help you sort out what is important and what is not. 
 
2 Corinthians 4:17-18, “For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
 
So don’t focus on the things that you think may bring security now.
 
Fix your eyes on what cannot be seen because the things that you cannot see will last forever.