What Every Christian Needs To Know To Be Free
Copyright © 2013 by Robert Woeger.
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There is a constant war going on inside every Believer of The Lord Jesus Christ. Whether you realize it or not, this battle is for your mind and ultimately your soul. Since Jesus already won the battle defeating the devil, why do so many Christians fight against the devil using their own weapons in a war they do not need to fight? Jesus Christ victoriously defeated the devil, making a spectacle of his rebellion. This book will help you to live victoriously in Jesus Christ in faith and freedom.
"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)" 2 Corinthians 10:3-4.
All Scripture references in this writing are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
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Life Or Death
When someone says that something is a matter of life or death, you normally would do whatever it took to pay attention, and to properly respond to the crises you find yourself in. A crises is a time of great difficulty, danger, or trouble. This applies to the world, and also to the spiritual condition that each person must resolve. People will invest a great portion of the time, that they have remaining in life, to provide for themselves, and for their family's needs. Yet, people tend to overlook the bigger picture of spiritual matters affecting eternity. Many people end up being deceived to accept some material pleasures in this short life for an eternity of hell. Being forever removed and separated from The Creator, is an unbearable thing for any person to experience. God so loved you, that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world, to die a horrible death on The Cross, to pay the full penalty for all your sins, so that you might have access, and right standing with God, The Father. God's Righteousness is freely given to all who truly believe in Christ. Please read my Good News writing. Even one soul who spends eternity being separated from God is too much! This is a matter of life or death.
Always Give Thanks
There is no way that you can earn Salvation, as it is a free gift from God. But just like with any gift, the giver of the gift should be thanked and appreciated by the one who has received the gift. Without an expression of gratitude, the person receiving the gift appears ungrateful and self-centered, and upsets the giver of the gift. Many people seek to know The Will Of God for their life, yet they overlook the fact God has already spoken. "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1 Thessalonians 5:18. God delights in responding favorably to those who are of a humble heart, who appreciate His Precious Gifts.
Many are preoccupied with thoughts of self, sin, and the flesh. Very few are devoted to the pursuit of God. They have abandoned having a relationship with God, and with Jesus, and have replaced it with the desire to please themselves, by seeking after worldly pleasures and material things. They have allowed self to take the place of God in their lives by resisting truth. "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." 2 Timothy 3:1-5. Stop being preoccupied with anyone or anything that is not God's Perfect Will for you. Give thanks, be holy, and be obedient to God. The enemy and the world desire you to be preoccupied with time wasting entertainment and pursuits, instead of you desiring to know God by pursuing after Him. If you want a relationship, time and work are required. Jesus Christ already did the hard work to redeem us from the death curse. Jesus expects you to "...Occupy till I come." Luke 19:13. Be about The Master's Business, faithfully doing what He Has Commanded you to do. "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." James 1:22. "Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful." 1 Corinthians 4:2. Faith demonstrates your faithfulness. Be the best that you can be, and do not not settle for mediocrity. Ask God to help empower you to serve Him. Spend time daily getting to know Him. Be active in prayer, fully believing what He Said in His Word is true. Prepare yourself, daily reading His Word, being equipped to boldly demonstrate unwavering faith in Jesus. Let your thoughts, words, and actions demonstrate Jesus Christ's Victory, of defeating the works of the devil. "...For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." 1 John 3:8.
The Holy Spirit reveals the things of God unto a person's heart and not to their head. Many people are led by their mind, will, and their emotions. Following God has nothing to do with reasoning ability or how you feel. Many are confused about The Will Of God, because they try to reason God out with their own minds, instead of spiritually discerning Him. "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." 1 Corinthians 2:14. Desire to be led by The Holy Spirit and not by your flesh. "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil." Proverbs 3:5-7. "Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me." Psalm 51:9-11. Desire for God to cleanse and prune you, removing all dead branches from your life, so you are no longer led around by your desires, lusts, and emotions. See John 15:1-5, Galatians 5:16-26. You must get to the point where you desire God's Will, and not your own will. Abiding in Christ requires love, faith, commitment, and spending time with Him. "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples." John 15:7-8. Abiding requires that you remain steadfast and unchanging in your faith and your belief in God and in Jesus. The enemy will try to get you into fear, doubt, and unbelief, so you are unfaithful by denying God and Jesus. When you stop believing in God's Promises, you show you are a rebellious, unfaithful, disobedient steward. You are commanded by Jesus to: "...Have faith in God." Mark 11:22, without doubting or wavering in your faith. "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." James 1:6-8. Just like a spouse who is unfaithful to the marriage covenant, so are we, when we go astray and stop abiding in faith in God. Jesus willingly paid a great ransom price to redeem you from the penalty of sin, disease, and sickness. "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53:5-6. Faith demonstrates that you love God. "...He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments." John 14:12-15. You must always guard your heart, making sure life is flowing to your body. "My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Proverbs 4:20-23. So "Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment." 1 John 3:21-23. What you believe will control you. Faith believes what God, Jesus, and God's Word says, above everything and everybody else. Never believe something that is contrary to what God said, or you will deny your faith. Examine your heart, to see if it is agreeing with fear, hurts, lies, and unbelief, or if it is being led by faith. "...out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh...But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." Matthew 12:34-37. See also Matthew 15:18-19.
Prayer Changes Things
God's Word is your spiritual food and is not to be neglected! God is seeking if you will believe Him and His Son Jesus Christ in all areas of your life! Faith is trusting God, even when you do not see the desired results. You have been blessed as a Christian Believer to have direct access to The Heavenly Father through prayer. Not only can you talk to God and tell Him how you feel, but you can take authority through prayer to change people and situations that are going on in the world. If there is a natural disaster, crises, problem or any need, pray. Pray in both the good times and the bad times. Do not be a stranger to talk with God through prayer. He awaits you spending time with Him. Pour out your heart to Him. Expect, in faith, for things to change for the better. Prayer is very powerful. The enemy does not want you to pray, as it causes confusion and damage to his kingdom. Prayer is mighty through God and it pulls down strongholds. Pray, at all times, without ceasing. Prayer will cause you to stop focusing on your self, and will cause you to focus on what is important to God. Remove all sin and distractions from your life, that are preventing you from hearing God and obeying Him. Through The Precious Holy Spirit, Jesus gave us power, to perform many works In His Name, by faith. The purpose of ministry is to preach The Gospel to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, preach deliverance to those in bondage (captivity), recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty (free) them that are bruised, and to preach the acceptable year of The Lord. See Luke 4:18-19. You have been anointed to do great exploits! Expect God to confirm His Word through signs, wonders, and miracles. Never doubt. Always believe in God.
Seedtime And Harvest
Everything in God's Kingdom operates by faith, and works by seedtime and harvest. Read Mark Chapter 4. "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." Genesis 8:22. "Give, and it shall be given unto you..." Luke 6:38. "Be not deceived; God is not mocked...whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." Galatians 6:7-8. This important principle applies to health, finances, and to all areas of your physical and spiritual life. Be careful with every word, and with every action, as they all are seeds, destined to produce a future harvest. You get faith by spending time reading God's Holy Word. The Word Of God is good seed, which the enemy desires to steal right away, before it can produce its intended harvest. Never give up on God's Word. Cover it with prayer and expectancy, believing that The Word will produce the intended harvest. You plant the seed of God's Word into your heart, and then you must water the seed, by attending to it. You are responsible to tend and care for the garden which is your heart. It is your job to plant good seeds, and remove evil or bad seeds before they produce a corrupt harvest. You will reap what you sow and allow to grow. See Proverbs 4:20-23. You must read and hear The Word, then attend, meditate on, and guard God's Word in your heart, so that it is not stolen, neglected, or discarded. What you value, you hold on to. God's Word produces the fruit of faith. Many Christians miss out on the blessings God has prepared for them in The Seed of His Word because they stopped believing in The Promises of God's Word, therefore aborting the delivery of the fruit of God's Word. "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit..." 1 Corinthians 2:9-10. "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17. The condition of a person's heart, determines whether they will receive or reject The Word, or permit God's Word to be stolen from them once they have received it. Faith grows as you believe and receive God's Word. Continually plant God's Word in your heart, by repeatedly hearing it. Keep out all bad seeds and bad reports. Read God's Word and make a decision to believe what it says, which activates the grace to receive by faith.
Faith must be both present and acted upon. If somebody is weak in faith, they can build it up by hearing The Word and by praying in The Holy Ghost. "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost," Jude 20. You must receive everything by faith, which requires that you decide to believe God, and not believe in your own abilities of efforts. Your works serve to confirm what you have already decided to believe. Grace to receive is not the result of your works, so you will not take the glory. "...by grace are ye saved through faith; and...Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9. Sin is being independent from God. "...whatsoever is not of faith is sin." Romans 14:23. "...the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him." Hebrews 10:38. Have faith in God at all times. It is when people stray from faith, and rely on self, that they break fellowship with God. Faith is in the heart, hope is in the mind. Many people hope or wish for things to happen. Faith is a decision to believe in God, and in The Promises in God's Word. Faith stands on what God Said. It is not moved by feelings or circumstances. "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1. Faith will transform you. If you will truly believe, you will be changed by what you believe. Faith must be applied, believed in, and acted upon, to produce the desired results. Boldly declare your faith. You apply your faith by discovering what God says about a matter, then you stand in faith upon His Word, even if you do not yet see the desired results. Faith is deciding to believe in God, regardless of the situation. The evidence of faith is total dependence on God, acknowledging the need for Him with words and actions. It is when you doubt or waver in your faith that you become independent, and abort the results of your faith. God desires to spend eternity with those who will truly believe Him. No one wants to spend time around a person who does not believe them. Faith will confirm that you believe in God. Lack of faith shows disbelief. Unfortunately, many people choose to reject God by their actions and their words. "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God." Psalm 14:1-2. God seeks those with a pure and contrite heart, who truly will believe in Him. Life is all about who you choose to trust and believe. "If ye love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15. "...without me ye can do nothing." "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." Jesus said, "...love one another, as I have loved you." John 15:5,7,12. "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7. If you will trust and believe in God, in every area of your life, God will cause you to walk in straight paths. Abandon yourself to God, choosing to be obedient to His Will and His Ways, and allow Him to direct you.
What you confess, you become, so be sure to have a positive confession, using positive and uplifting words. Words either confirm, or reject, your faith in God, and in Jesus Christ. "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer." Psalm 19:14. "Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." "But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night." Psalm 37:4, 1:2. "(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)" 2 Corinthians 5:7. Always properly acknowledge Him. Desire right standing with God. Always have your words line up with what God The Father Said, what The Word Says, and what Jesus Said. God gives instructions, when properly believed, and acted upon, will produce the expected, promised results. The joy in seeing God Keep His Word is unbelievable! Your faith is energized when you see others receive. Since God is not a respecter of persons, what He has done for others, He will do for you, if you only believe.
Patience is not cared for by many Christians. They view it as an unwelcome thing. I have heard many people say, "Do not pray for patience." Yet, patience is required, if you want to experience the deeper things of God. Patience is a good thing, but few Christians discover it. Impatience leads to being focused on self. Patience will lead you to trust, believe, and depend on God as your source. "I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry." Psalm 40:1. You need to repent for the times you have judged and been critical of God, for His lack of speed that He does things. To hurry God is to find fault with Him. Who are you to find fault with God? The devil tries to get Christians to find fault with God's Faithfulness and Timing. God promises blessings to those who wait upon Him. "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31. Strength from God comes by patiently abiding with Him, with unshakable faith. "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 91:1. God is very patient toward us. He waits for us to draw near to Him. "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9. "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded." James 4:7-8. Yield, repent of all your sins, and draw near God. The enemy of God's Glory is man's glory, pride, and self-exaltation. Stop being used as an adversary of God. Flee from all rebellion and impatience. Stop trying to find fault with God and trying to control your own life. Reverence and appreciate God. "...God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." James 4:6. God will not give His Glory to another! Instead of having rebellion and pride, ask for a heart to know God.
The Presence Of God
Having a heart to know God is essential for a blessed Christian life. Intimacy with The Presence Of God is reserved for those who diligently seek after God, who deny self, and place God and His Glory above all else. The Knowledge Of God is to be desired, so you can properly commune with God. No sin is allowed to enter into God's Presence. You must be thoroughly washed by Jesus' Blood and prepared by His Spirit, before you can enter into His Presence. Ask God to reveal all areas of sin and all evil covenants, that you must renounce and repent of. Seek The Knowledge Of God through the revelation of God to your heart by the Holy Spirit. The Knowledge Of God is given to those who highly value, earnestly desire, and diligently seek after It. God delights in being sought and known. "Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD." Jeremiah 9:23-24. Pray to Father God, asking Him to give you the ability and capacity to know Him, with a heart to know Him. To know God, is to patiently wait for Him. Never try to force, or demand, God to move. Seek after His Will. Abide in His Presence, hungering and thirsting to be filled with more of His Righteousness and His Presence. Anything worth doing properly requires pursuit. Pursue after The Presence Of God, and after deep intimacy. Private times are where your intimacy with God is developed. Your lifestyle demonstrates your relationship. You are to live what you believe. You will either honor or reject God. Never fear the enemy. "...When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him." Isaiah 59:19. "The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant." Psalm 25:14. God delights in you experiencing His Presence. He is a personal God, and wants to manifest His Presence.
Hearing From God
Christians are expected to strive to hear directly from God, so that they will not be deceived by the wolves in sheep's clothing that are rampant today in the world and in the churches. If you do not personally know what God's Word says, you may be deceived by what others tell you God is saying. "...the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow..." John 10:4-5. This may take time, but the more time you spend reading God's Word, and in prayer, the better you will hear God's Voice. The more time that you invest in your relationship with God, the stronger your relationship with Him will be. The world and the enemy will attempt to distract you, to keep you preoccupied with thoughts of self, sin, and the flesh, so that you will not spend time in intimacy, developing a relationship with God. You must drown out all the world's noises and cares, and enter into the peace that comes from Resting in Jesus Christ. "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:1-2. Since Jesus is the author and the finisher of your faith, abide and rest in Him, not allowing distractions or people to steal your peace. Pray, and ask that The Holy Spirit comfort you and tell you things that are to come, so you are not deceived. "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come." John 16:13. Only speak God's Words, that you hear from Him, and read in His Word. Be totally led by The Holy Spirit. Do God's Word. "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." James 1:22. "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." John 6:63. God is pleased when you believe, love, and treasure His Word. He delights in manifesting His Presence in your life. He wants to be believed, trusted, and respected by you. You will find the deep secrets of God contained in His Word, only if you hunger and seek after them and treasure them. "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." Matthew 5:6. To hear God's Voice: Get alone with God and quiet yourself in His Presence, look for His Vision as you pray, by looking to, and fixing your eyes upon Jesus, waiting to hear God Speak to you by spontaneous thoughts, and then write out the flow of thoughts and visions that are within you. You respond by recording what God has said to you. This lets God know that you have accurately heard Him. God should do most of the talking. You should speak with few words. "Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few." Ecclesiastes 5:1-2. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:9. Presumption is the enemy to hearing God's Voice, when you think or reason that you are better, or that you know better, than God. Admit to God how much that you do not know, and how dependent you truly are on Him for everything! You will know when a stranger or enemy tries to impersonate God's Voice because you will not have peace, and what they said will not agree with God's Word. God's Spoken Word never violates His Written Word. The more you practice hearing God's Voice the easier it will be for you to spot the enemy's counterfeit voice. The keys to hearing God's Voice are stillness, vision, thoughts, and recording. Test everything you hear by God's Word. "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7. "For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace..." Isaiah 55:12. Keep hearing from God, removing all sin, fears, doubt, and unforgiveness.
God instructs every Christian to obey His Voice. Stop identifying with yourself. Instead identify with Christ. "I can of mine own self do nothing..." "...without me ye can do nothing." John 5:30,15:5. You, apart from Jesus Christ, can do nothing. You must decrease, so He may increase, and enlarge Himself in you, to crowd out anything that is not pleasing to God. He desires you to attain to the measure of the fullness of the stature of Christ, abiding in Christ, decreasing yourself, and truly desiring Christ to enlarge in you. "Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:" Ephesians 4:13. You must die to self and allow Christ to indwell you. You either belong to your self, or you belong to Christ. Your life is not your own, to do with it as you will. Too many people get entangled with the world. "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." 1 John 2:15-16. In life, you will be battling three things: the flesh, the world, and the devil, but Christ overcame all of these. When you are born again, you have received a new life, through Jesus Christ, and Christ lives inside you. You are expected to walk worthily with this new life, of Christ living within you, by being a good steward. "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. Take care of your body and spirit, with good stewardship. Beware of having divided loyalty with God's Property. "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20. "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof." Romans 6:12. God desires you to have a deep revelation of Jesus, so that you can walk in His Fullness. "...greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." 1 John 4:4. You must guard yourself from the enemy, who takes advantage of every ignorance, innocence, and rebellion. The enemy has been defeated by Christ. The only power the enemy now has, is any power you give to him. Lies, fear, unbelief, deceit, unforgiveness, or pride operating in your life, gives him a foothold into your life. When you condemn other people, you are guilty of unforgiveness. God desires that you minister to Him. If you want The Holy Spirit to move in your life or in your meetings, get rid of doubt, lies and unforgiveness. Decide to believe and hold on to God's Word. Love others, live holy. The Holy Spirit is The Spirit Of Truth. Never take the credit or the glory for anything, as all glory and credit are reserved for, and belong to, God. Only those things that you do for the glory of God will pass through the fire. Every other thing is burned up. God will manifest His Presence in your life, as you make the decision to live holy and give Him all the glory. Many Christian Believers err, by trying to please others, and by caring about what people will think of them. Faith and obedience please God. Your main purpose in life is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever. You glorify God by your faith and obedience, and the thanks and appreciation that you demonstrate to Him. To glorify God is to acknowledge Him as God, and Jesus as Lord in every area. A good and faithful steward always acknowledges and honors his Master. God's Will is that you give thanks in all things. This will show Him that you reverence Him and are humble. It is when a person tries to take something that is not theirs, that pride has overtaken them, and they begin to think more highly of themselves than they ought to. Man was created to glorify God, not to receive the glory that alone belongs to God! God does not want to spend eternity with rebels who despise Him. "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." Matthew 5:8. Yielding to God, so that His Will is done in, and through, your life, is very important. People get into trouble when they stop consulting God. "For in him we live, and move, and have our being..." Acts 17:28. Apart from Jesus Christ, you can do nothing. Everything you receive needs to come through Jesus Christ by faith.
If you are walking in righteousness, or right standing with God, through Jesus Christ, you can ask anything, and God will do it. Authority flows from God through Jesus Christ to all who believe in Him and serve Him. Authority is maintained by faith, for the purpose of helping other people, demonstrating God's Love to them. God's Kingdom works through love, and is received by faith. "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33. You are to love God and love other people, always bearing good fruit. You show God you love Him, by demonstrating your love and faith working together to affect the lives of other people, by giving to help bless them, and not withholding things. God has promised to supply all your need to do His Work helping people. "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19. Receive everything through Christ. Minister to people through faith and authority. God's Authority flows from being in right standing with Him, through having faith in Jesus Christ, believing everything that God Said in His Word. "Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." Mark 9:23. "The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel." "And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour." Matthew 8:8-10,13. God is waiting for you to answer and speak in faith to whatever mountains or obstacles that are preventing you from freedom and victory. Many people have been deceived into engaging in sin, doubt, and unbelief, instead of authority. Jesus has given you His Authority to act In His Name, to demonstrate God's Love to those who are deceived, lost, confused, hurting, and blind. You must always maintain faith in Him in order to receive His Promises. God never promised to bless independent and rebellious people who claim to follow Him, but disobey Him. His Authority and Promises apply to you, if you truly believe in Jesus, and also have repented of your sins. "And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses." Mark 11:22-25. "In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee." "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD." Isaiah 54:14,17. It is reserved for God alone to judge people. You do not have authority to judge or condemn. Jesus was not sent to condemn people. "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." John 3:17-18. Your job is to help free people from judgment and condemnation through sharing Jesus Christ and His Gospel with them. You will know people by their fruits, but that does not mean you are to judge or condemn others. See Matthew 7:15-20. Pray for them and love them. God can get their attention and convict them of their sins. God waits for a person to repent of their sins, and believe upon Jesus, so they may be restored back to Him. You should have patience with them, even when they mistreat or ignore you. You are to forgive people, without condemning or judging them. See Mark 11:26, Matthew 7:1-2, Romans 2. Authority must be exercised to have an effect. Unused authority will not change situations. Authority which is exercised in faith will. "For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch." Mark 13:34. The Christian Church has fallen asleep, and has not expectantly been keeping watch for The Lord's Return. Disobedient and unwatchful servants play and allow themselves to be preoccupied while The Master is away. They will one day be judged by God, according to their actions, stewardship, words, and works. It is good to pray. Prayer has a vital place in the life of every Christian Believer but it is not a substitute for exercising the authority that God has given to them through Jesus Christ. Many Christians pray and ask God to bail them out of situations which God designed for them to deal with by exercising authority they have In Jesus' Name. Jesus never left His Stewards powerless. Use God's Authority to defend His Property, others, and yourself. Diligently tend the area of The Lord's Vineyard He has given you stewardship over, doing the assigned tasks. Authority is exercised by the words you speak, as exemplified by the faith of the centurion in Matthew 8. If you allow thieves, squatters, criminals, and murderers to defile a place you are steward over, without doing anything, you are a poor steward, and will be punished for your poor stewardship. "Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful." 1 Corinthians 4:2. Authority commands! Jesus went around and did things with authority, and people were amazed. See Matthew 8:16, 28:18, Mark 1:27. Also Proverbs 18:21. Authority is accessed In Jesus' Name, and comes by faith. Many do not exercise authority due to a lack of faith. God has given Christians authority over all of the ability of the enemy and He expects them to use it. God expects you to take dominion over the enemy by speaking with authority what God Said you can do. Jesus has given to you, as a Christian Believer, the keys to The Kingdom Of Heaven: binding and loosing. "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Matthew 16:19. You need God's Knowledge and Wisdom, to properly know what to bind and loose, so that it glorifies Him. What you do not understand the enemy will steal, including The Word Of God that you do not understand. Pray in faith, asking God to give you the understanding of His Word to protect it from being stolen from you. There is an unseen spirit realm that operates all around us, whether you believe in it or not. Ignorance of this realm will not make it go away, or cause it to have less of an effect on you. In fact, the enemy would prefer that you deny that this realm exists at all, so he, and his agents, can work evil in your life, and in the world. Sins, such as unforgiveness, can open people up to be manipulated by the enemy. God expects you to forgive others, and repent of your sins, having faith in Jesus Christ. "To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." 2 Corinthians 2:10-11. See Hosea 4:6. Learn from Jesus, so that you may be victorious over every obstacle and all of the enemy. Get rid of all roots of offense, bitterness, condemnation, greed, fear, doubt, and unforgiveness that you may have working inside you. Repent and renounce everything that is sin and that is not pleasing to God. Use the authority you have In Jesus' Name to bind the enemy from working in your life, health, finances, job, church and in your family. If people only knew the great power and authority they had to do great exploits In Jesus' Name! "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." Galatians 5:16. The key is to be spirit led, and not flesh led. Your mind is an enemy of God. It must be tamed by The Spirit. The more you hunger and thirst after God's Righteousness, and you renew your mind with the washing of God's Word, the more you will be led by The Holy Spirit instead of by your mind and flesh. See Romans 12:1-2. Resist the devil. "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Luke 10:19. Be careful what you allow, and tolerate, as God will not violate your free will. "...whatsoever is not of faith is sin." Romans 14:23. Never tolerate sin, evil, or disobedience to remain in your presence. Remove all mixture and anything that compromises your faith.
Mixture contaminates your relationship with God. Mixture allows a spirit of error to lie and deceive you. The Bible says a little leaven contaminates the whole. Mixture combines God's Truth with profane things, doctrines, teachings, and practices. It allows sin to defile the Holy things of God. God will not tolerate sin in His People or in His Presence. Do not compromise, or defile, the purity of anything that God designed. When you accept a lie in place of the truth, you insult God, by denying what He Said. If you accept rejection, offenses, or other words or things, that are contrary to what God Said, you are guilty of sin, believing a lie. "...The just shall live by faith...the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness..." Romans 1:17-32. "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" 2 Corinthians 10:5. Be Holy. "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" Isaiah 5:20. You are to give no place to the devil, to his lies, or to evil. Do not give the enemy a foothold or entrance in your life. "Neither give place to the devil." Ephesians 4:27. God is Holy! Everything about Him is Holy! When man or the enemy tries to touch or take something, that is reserved for God, they sin, because they are denying God the holiness, reverence, and glory, that He is due. "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:" Hebrews 12:14. See 1 Peter 1:15-16. Cults, secret societies, religions, and other organizations may foster mixture. You must pray and guard yourself from all mixture, and give no place to the devil. Anything not of faith is sin, and leads to rebellion against God and Jesus. Whenever you compromise God's Standards, you allow the enemy to seduce, deceive, and destroy you. Never allow anyone to hoodwink you into making unholy vows or oaths. A common way the enemy gets you to sin against God, is to get you to worship idols and follow other gods. If you are ever asked to make a covenant, that is punishable by death for exposing secrets, you are probably binding yourself, and future generations, with many curses, and with a satanic agreement that must be kept. The only way for you, your family, and future generations to get free from these evil covenants and curses is by applying The Name and The Blood Of Jesus Christ, by believing Christ, and repenting and renouncing all of your sinful agreements and thoughts, breaking all hold that they have over you. This is called deliverance. Receive deliverance from pride, fear, confusion, and being judgmental, which work together to add poison and mixture into your words, your activities, and your thoughts so you have a corrupt testimony for God. Always watch out for unbelief, unforgiveness, fear, doubt, and hate, which serve to compromise your faith. Many Christians are not protecting themselves. If they submit to God, and resist the devil, he will flee! Start speaking God's Promises over your life from God's Word. Do not speak words of death over your life. Give no place to the devil by engaging in mixture, sins, and lusts. You are seated in Heavenly Places with Christ, and have been given His Authority. The enemy is below you, if you abide with Jesus Christ. "If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:" "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:6,9. God desires that you have and maintain a proper relationship with Him, including having deep intimacy. The enemy will fight hard to get you to sin, to separate you from Jesus Christ, so he has access to attack you. Many people may seem religious, and do good works, but Salvation is not earned by works. It is God's Gift that must be received by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Faith will unlock the door to God's Heart, and is accepted by God, if it is holy, without having mixture or doubt. "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." John 4:24. There is only one way to God, through Jesus Christ. Jesus is your righteousness. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:9,13. See John 14:6, 1 Timothy 2:5, Hebrews 11:6,12:1-2.
The Gospel means "Good News." Jesus Christ made a huge sacrifice so you can be restored back to God. The Gospel defined by Apostle Paul is "...how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. The Gospel is simple and powerful. Simply believe in Jesus Christ, obeying what He commanded you to do. Some people today are preaching some other gospel, not mentioning the 3 powerful facts Paul preached. God's Word is the final authority on all matters of faith. It attests to The Gospel. God's Righteousness will be imputed and credited to you if you will receive these simple facts by faith without trying to earn it by works. You are justified by faith, and reconciled back to God through Jesus Christ. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:8-10. "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." Romans 4:5. Live life maintaining your belief in Jesus. Never deny Christ, nor preach a different gospel. Galatians 1:6-9. 1 Corinthians 1:17-18. 2 Timothy 4:1-5. Your works will confirm your belief. "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Hebrews 11:6. Some people are legalistic, and try to achieve righteousness by keeping a set of rules. The Law was given to convict people of their sin, but only through grace can forgiveness of sins be received. See Romans 3:20-4:8. Jesus desires you to always believe and love Him. "If ye love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15. "Awake to righteousness, and sin not;..." 1 Corinthians 15:34. God desires you to change and to live holy. Repent and receive forgiveness for your sins. Always ask for the help of The Holy Spirit to do God's Will. The Gift of God is eternal life, to them that choose to truly believe in Him, and in His Son, Jesus Christ. We have all earned the death penalty, as a result of our sins before God. "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23. See also Ezekiel 18:4,18:20,33:8. There is only one way to God, through Jesus Christ. "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6. To follow after God, and Jesus, you must exclude all other gods, religion and beliefs. "...I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." John 10:10-11. Your words and actions will confirm or deny your faith in God, and in Jesus Christ. God requires obedience. You must always believe and glorify God, walking in enduring faith. Sin is the lack of faith and trust in God and Jesus. You must be born again. See John 3:3-36. Repent, turn away, from all wrong thinking and sins. Believe this Good News. "...repent ye, and believe the gospel." Mark 1:15. "...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." Acts 16:31. Sin causes a person to be separated from God. Without shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price to redeem you from the penalty of sin into having right standing with God. See Hebrews 9:22-28. Jesus' Blood Sacrifice is not to be taken lightly. You must repent of your sins and believe upon Jesus. Belief in God, and in Christ, is not a one time act, but is evidenced by a lifestyle of continuing in that belief. Your life demonstrates whom you believe. Be led by The Spirit not by flesh. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." Romans 8:14. Deny yourself. Always walk in love to God and love other people. See Luke 10:27. "...Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 2:37-38. See Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-20. Be baptized to identify with Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Romans 10:9. Live faithfully following Jesus.
Daily Faith Checklist
( ) Start your day, and continue throughout the day, giving thanks to God. "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1 Thessalonians 5:18. Faith involves continually believing, hearing and acknowledging God. "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6.
( ) Give God your time, by abiding with Jesus, instead of being preoccupied with worldly entertainment, money, people, pleasures, and material things. Pray and stay focused on God's Kingdom. See Matthew 6:33.
( ) Daily build up your faith by diligently reading and hearing God's Word. Ask God for understanding.
( ) Test all that you do and say to see if it glorifies God. "...not my will, but thine, be done." Luke 22:42.
( ) "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness..." Ephesians 5:11. Walk in the light. Have no dealings with sin, idols, or anything that allows in mixture or causes you to compromise your faith.
( ) Walk in The Spirit, always producing The Fruit Of The Spirit. "...Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance..." Galatians 5:16,22-23. Be led by faith, not by sight. "(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)" "...bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" 2 Corinthians 5:7,10:5.
( ) Get rid of pride. Do not lift yourself up, or seek after attention, recognition, or credit for your actions.
( ) Daily receive God's Forgiveness for all of your sins, through Jesus Christ. "Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me." Psalm 51:9-11. See 1 John 1:9.
( ) Continually sow good seeds. Expect a good harvest. Stop sowing to your flesh. See Galatians 6:7-8. Be a good and faithful steward of all that God has entrusted you with, including your body, mind, and time.
( ) Share The Good News of The Gospel with as many people as possible. Salvation is God's Free Gift.
( ) "Pray without ceasing." 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Stay focused on God with continual communication.
( ) "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." Exodus 20:3. God requires faith and undivided loyalty. "...Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself." Luke 10:27. Perfect love casts out fear. See 1 John 4:18. "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." Matthew 5:6.Seek after Truth. Exercise authority and have faith. Flee from sin and deception. Resist the devil and his devices. You are known by your fruits. "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Matthew 7:20-21. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Romans 10:9. Pray.