Waters

2019/02/05

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Genesis 1:2 NIV

When God asked us to launch out into a new area, there may not be much to go on. If God has called us to be a forerunner, then there may be no established plan – there may be no proven plan by man to get the job done. It may mean God has called us to something new. Even so, be sure God has a plan.

The Bible says that the Earth was formless and empty, and darkness was over the face of the deep. There was something there. It was the waters. Water covered the surface of the Earth. It was formless, empty and dark.

But the spirit of God was hovering over the waters. The word hovering can also be translated brooding or fluttering. The Spirit of God was energizing the waters. Even though there were still darkness, God was putting energy into the waters.

To do something, if we don’t have any idea what we’re supposed to do, then we need to pray. We need a season of prayer. It may be a month, a day, a week – there’s one way to find out and that is to start praying.

Then we need to speak the word. The Bible tells us to let our light shine before men. When God spoke, Let there be light, there was light.

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Believing

2019/02/05

Jesus put a premium on believing. That’s what he did. The Good News of the New Covenant is that it’s not a covenant of works, but of faith.

Yes, there are faith-works, works that go along with faith. But you have to have faith. Faith expresses itself in two ways. One is in what you say, the other in what you do.

There is faith, and there are works. In 1 Corinthians, the Bible tells us that everything we do since becoming a believer in Jesus Christ is counted either positively towards our account or negatively.

First, we have to have faith in Jesus Christ. We enter the kingdom of God by being born again. Second, once we have faith in Jesus Christ, what we do afterwards is either credited to our account, or we suffer loss.

The highest thing we can do and the greatest is to fulfill our destiny. That means finding out what God has called us to do and doing it. But not just doing it. It’s not just the action but the faith. It’s believing.

Health, healing, salvation, prosperity, destiny – all these things God has called us to. He has also called each one of us to fulfill a purpose. 1st Corinthians chapter 12 makes that clear. We are all the same Spirit, though in the body of Christ, we fulfilled specific functions.

God has a purpose, destiny and a plan for each one of our lives.

The most important thing is love. 1st Corinthians 13 says gospel can be reduced to three things: faith, hope and love.

End from the Beginning

2018/12/02

The Bible says that God knows the end from the beginning. He knows what’s going to happen.

Jesus said we must have the humility of a little child to enter the kingdom of God.

What is God’s end-game?

God’s end-game is we become children of God.

The purpose of everything is that we become children of God and live with God forever as part of the family of God.

God’s end-game is not the end. It is the beginning. It is the beginning of eternity.

It may be the end of this world, but it is the beginning of eternity.

Life of Faith in Jesus Christ

2018/12/02

Cross + Resurrection

Cross = death of sin.

Resurrection = life and righteousness.

Jesus died to sin.

Jesus lives in righteousness.

Accepting Jesus

When a person accepts Jesus they are made righteous.

Sin is removed.

They live in him.

He is righteous; and therefore, they are righteous.

In Jesus = life

In Jesus = righteousness

Body

Earthly body is destroyed

Glorified body lives on forever.

The Bible says:

He [Jesus] who knew no sin, became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

If Jesus was buried in death, how can we live in him and be righteous?

The reason is Jesus did not stay dead.

He was raised in a glorified body.

Death and Resurrection

The reason for the Cross was to die for the sin of the world.

But it wasn’t to stay dead.

Jesus had to be resurrected for us to be forgiven and to receive eternal life.

Purpose

Jesus came into the world that we might have life and have it more abundantly.

Jesus never died to stay dead.

Jesus died to be resurrected.

Therefore, we can inherit eternal life.

Ascended

Jesus ascended back to the place he was before the foundation of the world.

He went back to the right hand of God the Father.

I Am

Jesus said, “Before Abraham, I am.”

Jesus is The Great I Am.

Jesus created everything.

God the Father created everything through him.

Everything in Jesus lasts.

Jesus existed before the creation of the universe.

Adam, Sin, Fall

Adam sinned.

He fell from a state of grace.

Adam, Clay, Life

God made Adam.

He formed Adam out of the clay.

He placed Adam in the garden.

He breathed the breath of life into Adam.

Adam became alive and was a living being.

Adam, Innocent

Adam lived in a state of grace.

He did not have to be righteous: he was already righteous.

Adam was innocent.

He did not have knowledge of sin.

Good and evil was not known to Adam.

If there is no evil, there is no need for there to be the knowledge of Good and Evil.

Tree of Life

Adam = living being

God breathed life into Adam.

Adam existed in the garden.

The garden was called Eden.

Eden means paradise.

Living Life

Adam was alive.

He lived life.

He lived in a state of grace.

Adam was already righteous.

He did not have to try and become righteous. He did not even know what that was.

Garden

Adam lived in a garden.

The garden was Paradise.

Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil

TKGE vs TL

Sin, Strife, Work

Sin came into the world.

Work came with it.

Strife followed.

Love, Grace, Truth

God is love.

God sent Jesus into the world.

He sent Jesus into the world to save the world.

Grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ.

As many as believed in him

As many as believe in him, he gives the right to become the sons of God.

Justified, Saved

Heart –> believe –> justified

Mouth –> confess –> saved

Say, Saved

Say with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord.”

Believe in your heart God raised him from the dead

You will be saved.

Rom 10:9

Statement of Faith

I believe that Jesus died for the sins of the world.

On the third day he rose from the grave.

He ascended to the right hand of God the Father to the glory he had before the world was made.

He overcame death.

I believe in Jesus.

I confess him as Lord.

It is through the finished work of the Cross I am forgiven.

On the Cross, Jesus said, “It is finished.”

It is through the resurrection that I receive new life.

The life that I now live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God, in Jesus Christ.

I am not saved by works, but by grace.

I am saved by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Jesus ascended to the right hand of God the Father.

There, he lives forever more to intercede for me.

I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

I am saved, empowered to live a Godly life, and given an eternal purpose.

I am not boasting about what I have done, but about what Jesus has done through the cross and resurrection.

The life that I now live I live by faith in the son of God.

It is no longer I that live, but Christ lives in me. Therefore, I have the Life of Christ.

The Resurrected Life 2

2018/12/02

There is another aspect to God bringing back to life in your life good things.

The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. (Proverbs 10:22, NLT)

1st, Beneficial

God is not going to bring back to life anyting that will harm you. He does not want you to lose anything, so he is only going to bring back those things which are part of your life eternally or help you to achieve what God wants you to achieve in life.

A minister try to start a company that had to do with airplanes. He wanted to be a pilot. The company went broke.

He got saved, became a minister and has flown planes all over the world as part of his ministry to preach the gospel.

He gave up planes to serve the Lord, and the Lord brought flying back into his life without any sorrow.

2nd, Purpose

You have a purpose in life. God is not going to bring back to life those things which are not part of your purpose. There may be a few things that you want to do, that you like to do, that is a gift in the natural, that God has given you. But you may have to lay them down in order to fulfill those things God wants to fulfill in you.

Someone has given the testimony that they have a gift of photography. They have laid it down to pursue those things and to take up those things which God has for them in this life. They say in heaven the gift they will have is photography. For now they let it go for the greater that God has for them.

They don’t look sad. They don’t look defeated. Quite the opposite. They seem to be having a great time in the Lord.

3rd, Resurrected

God only brings back the things in your life in a glorified form. That does not mean in this world they may be visually glorified, but Jesus said “my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

If there is something that goes against your purpose in life, accomplishing it, while possible, may be very painful.

There is another phrase in Proverbs: it says, “It is hard to kick against the goads.” A goad is a cattle prod, a stick with a metal tip. That is a very painful thing to kick against.

4th, Cross

Jesus said that we have to bear our cross. The cross is a symbol of death. Jesus suffered on the cross and died. Three days later he was resurrected. He came back to life in a glorified body, having accomplished the thing that God wanted him to accomplish.

Putting away what we want to do may seem painful at first, but in a short period of time God raises us up to new life.

The benefit of living the crucified life is a resurrected life.