Kingdom Losses

“But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as loss for Christ’s sake.” Philippians 4:8

Some who have chosen to receive the Salvation of Christ have experienced loss, the kind of loss when family rejects them, friends mock them and co-workers call them fanatics. Some may even stop communicating with them all together.  If this happens you must understand that the value of knowing Christ and having him in your life are far greater. Never view your salvation as a negative, as I have seen so many do.  They seem to be focusing on all the things they can no longer do or have now that they are believers. Here is the key if you’re going to live a life of freedom in Christ, count all your past pleasures as rubbish, just as the apostle Paul did. His focus was on Jesus and once his gauge was on Him he never turned back to ponder on the past.  Whereas, Lots wife who turn once more to see what she was missing, looking back and was turned into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19).  She allowed her desires of this world to cause her demise. The past pleasures did not benefit her and it certainly will not benefit us.  Take joy in knowing that your minor sufferings are no comparison to the glory and blessings that the Lord has in store for you.  Continue to grow in your relationship with God and focus on His word.  As you do you will reap the harvest of your labor and draw others to Christ’s saving grace. Remember, there is no loss in the Kingdom of God.

Scripture references:  Hebrews 11:24-26  Rev. 17:14  Psalm 37:3-7

You’re Born Victorious

“For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4

God has already given us the victory over the enemy of this world.  Even when we don’t see it we have it, we’ve already won.  We were victorious in Christ even before the foundations of the world.  Our Father God has set us up for greatness in advance to achieve what he has called us to do, even to the point of conquering over our doubt when we have lack of faith to believe (…even our faith.”) So the next time you’re feeling defeated just look to the cross and know that it is finished, you have the victory.

Speak Life

“And this is the confidence which we have in Him: that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will, He listens to and hears us.  And if we know that He listens to us in whatever we ask we also know that we have the requests made of Him.” 1 John 5:14-15

The last part of 1 John 5:15 says that, “…we have the request made of Him.” speaking to the believer to say that when we are so connected to Him, Jesus, our request are according to Gods will.  Therefore whenever we pray we have whatsoever we say because he is speaking through us by the Holy Spirit.  He request what we ask for through us by a foreknowledge of Him who created us.  So we speak what He had already ordained for us.  This is why when the scripture says, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness…” (2 Peter 1:3) it rings true to the believer, because He has, and we receive it by faith until it manifest.  By the Holy Spirit we are prompted to speak into life what this world needs, it is our duty as believers in Christ. “For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.” (Romans 8:19)  Just as God gave the reigns to Adam in the Garden of Eden to speak life, so He has also ordained us to do the same. God has not changed His mind; we just need our minds to be renewed by the blood of Christ.  God expects us to follow through in our calling and fulfill the destiny he has for us. All you have to do is speak.

Stand Your Ground

I remember as a youth when I would sit down with my brothers and reluctantly watch a horror movie.  I’d jump in terror with my eyes peeking out from the blanket that I held so tightly over my head.  When the movie was over I was in such fear as I slowly went up the stairs to head off to bed.  When I finally made it to my bedroom, which seemed like hours, I was so afraid to turn out the light fearing that a monster or some evil being would get me.  It took me ages to fall asleep and when I woke up in the morning I was relieved that I had made it through the night.

Fast forward to my adulthood, while watching another scary movie, which was not my norm since I became a Christian, when the movie was over that same spirit of fear crept up in me.  I would start worrying about the door being locked, someone breaking in or being attacked. Then the Holy Spirit spoke to me.  He first reminded me of who I was in Christ and the Fathers love and protection over me. Scripture started flooding my mind, “You’re more than a conqueror in Christ”, “No weapon formed against you shall prevail,” and on and on.  Then I heard Him say, “Why are you afraid? Were you in fear before you watched the movie?” I said, “No.” Then I heard Him say, “Then why are you afraid now?” Then I said out loud, “That’s Right! Your Right God, why was I afraid!?”  I thought to myself, this is ridiculous and silly for me to allow some powerless tool of the enemy to control how I feel, and move me off of my position in Christ!  All of a sudden I was filled with this overwhelming bold faith.  The spirit of fear fled and the truth of God’s love remained.

I resolved from that day forward to never allow any threat of the enemy, be it financial, emotional, physical or whatever the case, to move me.  I was and still am determined to stand my ground with God’s Word to guide me and protect me daily.

So I say to you my fellow believer, when an unexpected disaster or problem comes, don’t be shaken, keep your position.  God has not left the throne, he sees the end from the beginning and has you covered.  Don’t run in fear, but face the lies of the enemy knowing that Jesus has already won the battle for you.  Stand Your Ground.

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13

Truth of Obedience

Hebrews 3:18
“And to whom did He swear that they should not enter His rest, but those who disobeyed. ”

Through obedience we can enter into Gods rest. This rest provided us with peace for each day. As trials of life come forth we know that it’s with Jesus we find our joy. So that when we have those trials we will not fall apart or be dismayed. Because we know the Truth we can stand our ground in the assurance that our God is faithful. He causes all things to work together for our good.
So stand firm in the Word of God and use it as your shield, rear guard and buckler! Then when the arrows fly by day and pestalines provoke at night you can truly say, “When I am afraid, I will have confidence in and put my trust and reliance in the Lord” (Psalm 56:3) and see the manifestation of His Truth abound.

This entry was posted on September 27, 2016.
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