In Everything We Are Enriched

1 Corinthians 1:4-5—The grace of God is given you by Jesus Christ; that in every thing you are enriched by him.

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The grace of God is given by Jesus Christ:

1. God’s Grace–the unmerited, undeserved divine assistance of God is given to us. It comes to us as a friendly, loving act of God’s kindness.  God’s grace is the channel through which all of his blessings are bestowed upon us.  By His grace we are saved and sanctified to a life that is higher and nobler than that of the flesh.

2. By Jesus Christ—God’s grace is in Jesus. He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).  If we abide in Christ Jesus then we are partakers of God’s grace.  Our living spiritual connection with Jesus affects the flow of God’s grace into our heart and life.  Maintaining this relationship is by faith and obedience.

That in everything we are enriched by Him—We are made rich through God’s grace and by Jesus Christ with a spiritual, eternal life.  The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.  We are enriched in everything; in every part of our life and in every day.

Trust In The Lord

Nahum 1:7–The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knows them that trust in him.

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The Lord is good–”Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17).  “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:11).

1. A strong hold in the day of trouble–When trouble comes our way, the Lord is our secure refuge and defense. He is our shelter and protection against the evil that comes our way.  We are sheltered in the arms of God.

2. He knows them that trust in Him–He knows when we are truly trusting in Him. He not only knows when we are trusting in Him but He knows us.  He also knows the trouble we might be in.  Without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6), however, He is pleased when we place our faith in Him.  He will respond to our situation and our need because God is love.  He will not neglect those that trust in Him.

“The Lord is near unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth” (Psalms 145:18).  

So “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6).

The Person That Is Blessed

Psalms 1:1-3–Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

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If we want to be blessed then we must follow the instruction of the Lord.

What the blessed person does not do:

1.  Walks not in the counsel of the ungodly–There are ungodly people around who are ready to counsel us in the decisions we need to make, the things we should do and the direction our life should take. We must not live our life according to ideas, advice and recommendations of these people.  They don’t have the insight of God’s word nor do they have the mind of Christ and they don’t have the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

2.  Stands not in the way of sinners–Following the counsel of the ungodly will cause us to stand in the way of sinners. We must not live our life in the way that sinners do.  They are guided by the lusts of the flesh the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.  They are hindered by the cares, the riches, and the pleasures of this world.  “They walk according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience”.

3.  Sits not in the seat of the scornful–The scornful feel anger and look down on or in a negative way toward others.They see themselves as being better than others.  They express these feelings and attitudes towards others in words and actions.

What the blessed person does:

1.  Delights in the law of the Lord–These find great pleasure in the word of God. They spend a great amount of time in the word of God.  They seek counsel from the word of God as to the decisions they should make, the things they should do and the direction of their life.  We must live our life according to the word of God and be guided by the Spirit of God.  We place our faith in God and walk by faith when we follow God’s word and His Spirit.

The results–The blessed person will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water; having their needs met and prospering spiritually.  The blessed person will bring forth fruit and accomplish that for which they are intended.  They shall not be hindered and suffer lose.  They shall thrive and succeed.

Running The Race

Hebrews 12:1-2let 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.

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Life is like race with hurdles.  We must run this race that is set before us.  The race is God’s will for us within the circumstances of our life.  In order for us to run the race we must remain focused.  In our life we face obstacles, difficulties, problems, and barriers.  These are things that would distract us and weigh us down, thus hindering us from living a Christian life.  We must lay these aside along with the sin, both of which so easily beset us.  We must run the race with perseverance, not allowing anything to hinder us.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith–Jesus is our example.  He lived his life according to the Father’s will and completed his mission and stated such when he said, “I have finished the work which you gave me to do”.  Jesus is the origin and the maker of our faith.  He brings our faith into existence.  He is the giver of our faith.  He also is the finisher of our faith.  He increases our faith as it is needed and He brings it to completion.  We must look to Jesus for our help.  He is our ever-present help in our time of need.

Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross– He did not allow any weight or sin to hinder him in living his life in accordance to the Father’s will and with perseverance he finished his race in victory.  He despised the shame but He endured.  We can endure, hold up, continue and be victorious because He is with us.  The joy was set and prepared before Him.  It was His resurrection, ascension, glorification, and sitting down at the right hand of the throne of God.  There is a joy that is set before us and we must never forget that.  The joy set before us is a new body, our ascension into heaven, a new home, reunion with friends and loved ones, and the presence of God to name a few.  “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” (1 Corinthians 2:9). There is more joy set before us than we can imagine so let us run the race with patience.

Letters From God–Book of 1 John 5:4-6

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My child, There is a conflict between My children and the world.  Jesus said, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you.  If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you”.  The pressures of the world hinders people from obeying My commandments and living a life that is pleasing to Me.  They live their life according to the course of the world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.  They are driven by the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the mind, the lusts of the eyes and the pride of life to be disobedient.  But whoever is born of My Spirit overcomes the world. Now this is the source of victory that overcomes the world, even your faith. Those that overcome the world are those that believe that Jesus is My Son and that he came in the flesh and died to pay the wages of man’s sin.  It is My Spirit that bears witness with your spirit of these things because the Spirit is truth.  He teaches you all things and guides you into all truth.  1 John 5:4-6

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Our Relationship With God

2 Corinthians 6:16–Ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

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We are the temple of the living God–A temple is a meeting place of God and man. We are a place of communion and fellowship with God. “Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in us” (1 Corinthians 6:19).

We are His people–We belong to God for we are His. “We are not our own for we have been bought with a price. Therefore we are to glorify God in our body and in our spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:20).

He is our God–He is the all powerful one to and for us. He is all knowledge and wisdom to and for us. He has given Himself for us and to us.

He dwells in us and walks in us–He has come to stay. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He will be with us always, even to the end of the world. He is with us when we lie down at night and when we get up in the morning. He is with us as we go our way through each day and when we come back in. He is here for us. Our awareness of Him is up to us. What do we do each day to awaken to and enjoy His presence?

Beware

Colossians 2:8–Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

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Beware–This comes as a warning. We are to be cautious and take heed.

Lest any spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit–We must be on guard as others try to lead us away from the truth through the wisdom of man and of the world or through their unprofitable deceiving lies and dishonesty.

After the tradition of men–These include man’s interpretations that have been handed down from generation to generation. These consist of beliefs and ways of doing things. “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days” (Colossians 2:16). “These things are a shadow of things to come” (Colossians 2:17).

After the rudiments of the world–These are delusive speculations of cults and other religious theories.

And not after Christ–The teachings of Christ and the word of God are to be our one true source of authority for our beliefs and practices. Our intellect, traditions, and experiences must be in agreement with Christ and the word of God or we need to forget them and turn away from them. We are to “try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

God’s Thoughts and God’s Ways

Isaiah 55:8–My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

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My thoughts are not your thoughts–This is especially true of the unsaved and the carnal Christian. They tend to think the same and have the same thoughts. “The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God” (Romans 8:7-8). To be carnally minded is to mind the things of the flesh instead of the things of the Spirit. To be carnal is to live ones life according to the flesh and to be controlled by and governed by the human nature instead of the Spirit of God. Even a spiritual Christian must remember that God’s thoughts are not his thoughts. When seeking direction for our lives we must keep this in mind. We must seek God’s will and direction for our lives with an open mind.

Your ways are not my ways–The way God directs us to do things may be very different than the way we would do them. Here again we must be open to God and wait on Him to reveal how He wants us to do things.

As the heavens are higher than the earth–The difference between God’s ways and His thoughts and our ways and our thoughts is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. God desires to lift us up to a higher plane in our thoughts and our ways. He wants us to operate on a higher level. Our minds are to be renewed by the Holy Spirit and our lives thus transformed (Romans 12:2). We are to have the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5).

 

Be Brave, Hope In The Lord And Be Strengthened

Psalms 31:24–Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.

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This verse is for those difficult times when we must face or deal with something that scares us, something that we don’t want to experience or go through.

Hope in the Lord–To hope in the Lord is to place our faith in Him.  It is to trust in Him, in His wisdom, knowledge, power, and presence.  God honors and responds to faith that is placed in Him.

Be of good courage–God instructs us to be brave, to face it and deal with it.  We are to walk in faith.  It is one thing to place our faith in God and another to walk in that faith.  Faith without works is dead.

He shall strengthen your heart–The Lord will not let us down.  He will be there with us and for us.  He will give us strength to do what we need to do.  He has made us more than conquerors through Jesus.

Love The Lord And Be Faithful

Psalms 31:23–O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserves the faithful.

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Love the Lord–”Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38).  Notice the emphasis on all in the previous verse; with all, with all, with all.  The first and foremost thing that we are responsible for in our life is to love the Lord our God with everything we have.  We are to long for Him and find pleasure in Him.

Be faithful–We are to keep the faith, to be loyal to God, to be reliable and dependable.  Our faithfulness issues from our love for God.  If we love Him we will not want to let Him down.  If we get too wrapped up in the affairs and problems of this world our faithfulness will begin to decrease.  We must watch the focus of our life.  To be faithful means to find time for Him.

The Lord will preserve you–If we love Him and are faithful to Him He will protect us.  God takes care of all who stay close to Him.

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