The Power Of God’s Word

1 Thessalonians 2:13–When ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
The word of God–God’s word is nothing like the word of mankind. Jesus said, “It is the spirit that quickens; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. Words spoken in the flesh profit nothing but words spoken in the Spirit are spirit and life. The word of God is life and power. It works effectually meaning it produces a desired effect. God said, “So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). God sends forth His word and it accomplishes great and wonderful things and succeeds and thrives where He sends it.

You received it as it is in truth, the word of God–Many receive it as the word of men, they don’t’ believe it, and it does not effectually work in their lives. However for those that receive it as the word of God and believe it, the word of God will accomplish great and wondrous things in them, in their lives, and through them. When God sends his word to a person and that person receives it and believes it, God is able to work in their lives. To receive it and believe it is to open the door to our lives and to say unto God, come in and take up residence, for you are welcome here.

It is all in how we approach the word of God–If we approach it with true understanding that it is indeed the word of God then we have to expect something to happen.

God open our ears that we might hear, our eyes that we might see, our minds that we might understand, and our hearts that we might believe, in the mighty name of Jesus we pray. Amen!

The New Man

Colossians 3:10–Put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him
Put on–This means to clothe, cover, and surround.

Put on the new man–We are to clothe, cover, and surround ourselves with this new man. “Your life is hid with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3). Our old nature is to be hid and covered with Christ in God as we walk in the Spirit. This new man is the new creature in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). It is new; it was not there before. We are his (God’s) workmanship, created in Christ Jesus. This new man is a glorious work of God “which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” (Ephesians 4:24). This new man is created after the spiritual image of God in Godly righteousness and true holiness meant to be displayed by us for all to see. Let it shine! Let it shine!

Renewed in knowledge–This knowledge is more than a mental knowledge. It is a knowledge acquired through the experience of God and His work in us and through us. It is a glorious experience and a glorious knowledge. This knowledge is after and according to the image of God. “Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16). God, who began a good work in us, will continue to perform it, day by day, until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).

Letters From God–Book of 1 Timothy 6:3-5

My child, if anyone teaches things contrary to My teachings and the doctrine which is according to godliness; he is proud, knowing nothing, but speaking foolishly about questions and from which comes envy, strife, railings, and evil opinions. They are men of corrupt minds, who produce disputes originating form ideas that are wrong and without any truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw yourself. 1 Timothy 6:3-5

I Am Crucified With Christ: Nevertheless I Live

Galatians 2:20–I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives 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.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live–”We are dead to the law by the body of Christ” (Romans 7:4). “We are dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:11). When we were baptized into Jesus Christ we were baptized into His death” (Romans 6:3). “We were buried with Him by baptism into death and raised to walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). He died to the physical life and was raised to the spiritual life. We also must die to the physical way of living and live according to the spiritual way of living. We were buried with Him and raised to walk with Him in the Spirit.

I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me–The Holy Spirit of Christ lives in us. We must decrease and He must increase. We must yield ourselves unto Him who lives in us. We must yield our mind, our will and our emotions. We must yield the members of our bodies unto Him; our eyes, ears, mouth, hands and feet. We must let Him be Lord of our lives and put Him in control. He will teach us and guide us into all truth. He will renew our minds, and transform our lives. His character (the fruit of the Spirit) will be manifest in our lives and His power will be manifest in our service to God and our fellow man.

The life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God–We must walk in faith trusting the Christ within to lead us. We must trust Him in the decisions we make.

The Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me–He said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13); and then he died for us. He died for us that we might live for Him.

“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).

God’s Grace, Peace, Mercies, And Comfort

2 Corinthians 1:2-3–Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.
God’s Grace–Grace is an expression of God’s love for us. It is not based on our works or merit but on the divine character of God. It is not because or our goodness but it is the result of the Goodness of God. It is free and universal. It is for everyone regardless of our position in this life. It is for the Jew and the Gentile as well as the rich and the poor. Praise God it is for me and it is for you. God’s grace is expressed through what he does for us. Here we see three expressions of God’s grace–peace, mercy, and comfort. Let us examine these and see what God wants to do for us.

God’s Peace–God gives us a freedom from conflict and strife, bringing harmony and concord. It is also a state of mind and emotions. Being God’s peace, it is supernatural, exceeding that normal peace which man experiences, and it passing all understanding.
1. It is a peace related to our relationships with God and with others. He gives this peace that our relationships will be harmonious; that they will be orderly and pleasing through the unity of our feelings, thoughts, ideas, and interests.
2. It is also related to our inward feelings. It is an experience of calmness, quietness, and serenity beyond anything we have experienced naturally. It is a freedom from fear, anxiety, and worry. It is a peace given to us by God; it is God’s peace.

God’s Mercy–Mercy is an expression of God’s kindness and blessing in excess of what we might expect. God’s mercy has two aspects.
1. What He feels for us–He is touched by the feeling of our infirmities, suffering, and misfortune because of His deep love for us. He has sympathy and empathy with the misery we are going through. Because of His love for us there is an intellectual and emotional identification with us on God’s part.
2. What He does for us–He is MOVED to act on behalf of us because of the compassion He has for us. It is the outward manifestation of His pity for us. He ministers to us to take care of our needs. And his resources are more than adequate to meet our needs.

God’s Comfort–God soothes us during our distress and sorrow, bringing relief and ease of mind. He does this in two ways.
1. He does this through the awareness of His presence. God’s presence has a calming effect on us that brings relief from that which is bothering us.
2. He also does this through His word; both the written word and that which the Holy Spirit speaks to us and brings to our remembrance.

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

On What Does Your Faith Stand

  1. 1 Corinthians 2:5–Your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
    Our faith should not stand in the wisdom of men–The wisdom of men is limited. Man’s wisdom is not all encompassing and perfect. Man’s wisdom is not always in agreement with the wisdom of others. The wisdom of men is always changing from generation to generation.  It tends to be earthly, sensual, and devilish, resulting in bitter envying, strife, and division (James 3:14-15).  Our faith needs to stand on a more sure foundation.

    Our faith should stand in the power of God–God’s power is constant and unlimited. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and His power is the same. God’s power created everything that exists, both that which is seen and that which is unseen. God’s power can calm storms, multiply food to feed thousands, heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out evil spirits. God’s power can protect us from the forces of nature, and from the evil of mankind and the devil himself. God’s power can supply all our needs. Our faith needs to stand upon this sure foundation. This faith is received and strengthened through our interaction with God and His word.  Jesus is “the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). This happens when the Holy Spirit speaks the word to us directly or when the word of God is presented under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

    Let us place our faith in the power of God and we shall not be disappointed.

God enables us to live a godly life

2 Peter 1:3–“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.”                                          ********************************************************************************

According as His divine power–By His divine power He has given unto us:
1. All things that belong to an eternal and godlike life.

Through the knowledge of Him—This is the (ἐπίγνωσις): the experiential knowledge and not the intellectual knowledge. It is the knowledge that comes through a personal encounter and experience with God.

That called us unto glory and virtue—God has invited us to receive, experience and live the new life in Christ: a life that conforms to God’s standards and a life that brings glory and praise.

Mortify The Deeds Of The Body

Romans 8:13–If ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
We are to mortify the deeds of the body–We are to put to death the deeds of the body causing them to be inactive in our lives. This includes the misuse of our eyes, ears, hands, feet, mouth, mind, etc., and all the desires in our old nature. This is a spiritual warfare and it cannot be won in the flesh. It must be won through our spirit and the Holy Spirit that dwells in our spirit. The more we put to death the deeds of the body the more our bodies become the Spirit’s temple, the more we will be led by the Spirit, and live in fellowship with God.

We shall live–When we put to death the deeds of the body we shall live out the spiritual life we possess, while we are in this world and will be transported into the heavenly world upon death.

Love Without Dissimulation

Romans 12:9–Let love be without dissimulation.
Let love be without dissimulation–As Christians, our love is to be genuine and true, without hypocrisy. Our love is not to be a superficial display of acts, but is to be an expression from our heart. The deeds that we do are not to be done for show or to gain the respect or goodwill of others. Our love is to be a pure love with no ulterior motives. “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).

Letters From God–Book of 1 Timothy 6:1-2

My child, My children are to show respect to those who are in authority over them. They are to show forth the fruit of My Holy Spirit so that they do not bring dishonor or reproach to Me or My doctrine. They are to be patient, and meek, and show forbearance in the case of all wrong, even though that person in authority is not a Christian. If the one in authority is a Christian, do not despise them but treat them as a brother or sister in Christ for they are partakers of the same benefit and are My children also. These things are to be taught to others, and they are to be encouraged to act accordingly. 1 Timothy 6:1-2