USING GOD’S PROMISES TO BREAK OFF SIN

By on May 30, 2017

There are many Christians who are living, not under the power of the Holy Spirit, but under the power of their drives and desires. We went in our Bibles to where Jesus spoke the Word, and the evil spirits left the man who had been bound and robbed of everything of value in his life.

We’re going to begin to look at how to be in the place where God is bringing His promises to pass in our lives. We don’t have to live under the weakness of our flesh, because God has given us great and precious promises.

There are more than 7,000 promises for you in the Word of God. There are promises for your salvation, for your healing, for your material needs and financial needs – God has promises for every need that you or I could ever have.

A promise from God is really a “self-fulfilling prophecy.” In other words, it does nothing, it is idle, until you believe it, speak it and act on it. For example, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” “If you believe in your heart, and confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, you shall be saved.”

Those promises are just inactive until you believe, speak and act on them. But, thank God, when you DO believe, speak and act, God’s promises burst into your life and begin to bring the blessing of Heaven to you.

The problem for most people is they never feed on the Word of God enough to get Heaven’s faith in their hearts. Because of that, they don’t even know the promises, so they never speak nor act on the Word of God. So, they don’t receive the fullness of God’s blessing in their lives.

That’s the reason so many Christians are living in known sin and compromise. When you’re living in known sin, the enemy has a wide open door to rob and defeat you. Sin in your life as a direct result of not applying the Word of God to your heart.

2 Corinthians 7:1 says, “Having these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

See, God’s done His part. He sent Jesus to die for us. He raised Jesus from the dead and brought Him up to the right hand of the Father where He prays for us day and night. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to live on the inside of us. He gave us the Word of God to bring us His will, and faith to activate blessings from Heaven.

This is the key to Philippians 4:19. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” You have faith from God, (Romans 12:3), power from the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8), you’re supported by the prayers of Christ Himself.

Hebrews 7:25 says that Jesus is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.
The condition is that WE have to be willing and obedient, like it says in Isaiah 1:19. “If you be willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.” You have to be willing, and you have to be obedient.

Willing to be blessed, strengthened and prospered by God. Willing to call sin for what it is, and leave it at the feet of Jesus. Matthew 1:21 says that Jesus SHALL save His people from their sins. That’s a promise you can receive – to be saved from your sins.

Nowhere does the Bible teach any other way! Every saint in the Bible loved and obeyed God! Not one saint ever said he or she was unable to do what God required. Or that they HAD to keep on sinning.

The devil wants you to stay weak and ineffectual. He whispers to you that nobody really obeys God. Or, that your situation is different, and your sins don’t really count. He lies to you that God doesn’t really expect you to obey Him. He deceives you that, for some unknown reason, you MUST sin.

Think about it: What commands of God MUST you break? MUST you have other Gods? Or, do you HAVE to swear? Can’t the Lord keep you from bearing false witness and lying? Is it NECESSARY to covet and want what belongs to someone else? MUST you steal? MUST you dishonor your parents? Do you HAVE to lust after your friend’s wife? MUST you cuss and swear? OF COURSE NOT!

But the enemy keeps telling you those things are natural and must be a part of your life. Well, what’s good news about THAT?

Thank God, for His promises! You do NOT have to live a life being held under and tripped up over and over again! Your past does NOT have to equal your future! Romans 6:14 says that “sin shall NOT have dominion over you!” Colossians 1:13 says that “He has (already) delivered us from the powers of darkness!”

Those are promises of God you can use as a sword of the Spirit against the enemy! You have to USE the Word of God! Ephesians 6 tells us that the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God! You take those promises of God, and speak them, and act on them!

Why do you think the enemy tries so hard to keep you out of the Word of God? Because it is the Sword of the Spirit! That’s why he keeps trying to get you to drop your sword! That’s why he keeps trying to get you to drop your sword! That’s why he keeps telling you it won’t work! That’s why he keeps telling you to leave it in its sheath! And, that’s why you MUST NOT do ANYTHING the enemy tells you to do!

You take that sword and learn how to use it! Learn how to apply it to the enemy’s inroads in your life! You take the Word of God, which is the sword of the Spirit and let it bring you to victory!

Learn to believe what God says is true about you, and then act on those things! You aren’t put here to live like an animal – to live by your urges and appetites! You’re a born again, Spirit-filled child of God! You have an authority over the devil! You have victory over the world, the flesh and the devil! It’s the Word of God that cleanses you! Jesus said in John 15:3, “Now ye are clean through the Word which I have spoken unto you.”
You need to read the Word, talk it, act on it and let it renew your mind and spirit. That’s what our text, 2 Corinthians 7:1 is saying. It will bring you to holiness and power in THIS life! You’re not afraid of the devil any longer! He’s afraid of the devil any longer! He’s afraid of YOU! (“Resist the devil and he will flee from you!” James 4:7)

You are the temple of God! That’s why He says “Come out from among them (people living after the world and the flesh) and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing; and I WILL receive you!” what a promise!!! Thank God for His promise to receive us!

He continues, “And I will be a Father to you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty!” All that’s in 2 Corinthians 6:16-18.

Break the enemy and his curses off your life! Pick up the sword of the Spirit and use it against him! Then, you’ll find God’s strength and blessing flowing in your life!

FAITH…

By on May 23, 2017

2 Thes. 1.11,12… that God may count you worthy of His calling and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith…so that the name of Jesus may be glorified in you in Him according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

This is God’s will for every believer. No man is justified by the works of the Law. Rom. 3.20 – By the deeds of the fix shall no man be justified in His sight. None is righteous on his own. Some try to mix things under the law with things of the Spirit, under the new covenant. It doesn’t work. False cults try to mix things of the Spirit with their cult. It doesn’t work. When you believe God, He justifies you. How do you get righteous? Instead of trying to stop sinning, you lose that desire. Believe, and you begin to receive the fruit of righteousness in your life.

Rom. 10.8 – the word is nigh thee. Jesus and the Word are inseparable. It is near you, in your mouth, and in your heart. Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

2 Pet. 1.10 – be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome with the Word of God. The problem is to get your MIND to know it is true. If you don’t walk with Jesus, you will not make it. If you don’t make Him No.1, you are not a Christian. You cease from your own works to do the works of Him who sent you. You do the works of God.

Col. 2.7….As you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him… built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught and overflowing with thankfulness. Many believers will read and pray but not LISTEN. Know for certain. Be immovable. He will live and work in you. God’s will is for you to have even more faith than you have.

Don’t stand on anything but Word of God. In Christ, all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form and you have been given fullness in Christ…Believe and He will speak. DESIRE the Word of God. Desire the sincere milk of the Word.

1 Tim. 4.5 – everything God created is good. Col. 3.16 – Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly. When Jesus dwells in you he will recall the words to your remembrance. Lord wants you grounded in ENTIRE Word of God. Some people don’t let it change the way they think, respond, the way they think about themselves and others. You can’t walk with Jesus if you are not in agreement with Him. Can two walk together if they don’t agree?
Luke. 17.21 – Kingdom of God is within you. He is right there to give you whatever you need. He will function through you. If people lived that now, it would be equally revolutionary. You have the calling. Let your good deeds shine. You become salt and light.

1 Cor. 14.12 – Try to excel in gifts that build up the church. You build through the Word of God and the Spirit. Lift up the person who is falling. Tell him you believe God has a plan for him. Reconcile. If you don’t reconcile, you are not Christ-like. Don’t point out problems. All things should be done to edify. You need to build and strengthen people. Encourage them to yield to the Lord.

2 Thess. 3.1 – …that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored. Let the Word of God have free course in you. 1 Thess. 4.1 – We instructed you how to live in order to please God. As you minister to others, you grow. When you feel down, tell someone else about Jesus. Give out of your need, and God will bless you.

2 Thess. 1.11 – it doesn’t have free course unless you let it out. Don’t stop up your pipeline. God wants you to do what Jesus would do if He were here. that God would fulfill His good pleasure in you. Say, “God speak through me.”

THE APOSTLE PAUL WAS SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE OF 2 THINGS HE NEVER DID!

By on May 16, 2017

When I read about the Apostle Paul in the Bible, I get charged up and all excited! He was just a regular person like you and me, and still he was so incredibly used by God!

I think that the Apostle Paul was one of the most successful people who ever lived. When you think about his walk with God, his revelations from God, all the people whose lives he impacted, and churches he planted…no wonder he had such great faith!

It’d be EASY to be full of faith with a life like that! When you read some of the things he wrote, you sort of catch yourself saying, “Easy for HIM to say; look how God was using him!”

But, Paul faced problems, lots of them. People were jealous of him. Others hated him. People misrepresented him. They wrote letters to his friends and converts and forged his name on them. You wouldn’t believe some of the things that they wrote and signed his name to! Can you imagine what stunts like that to your reputation?

Then, there were gangs that tried to murder him…and other people who were determined to wreck his reputation and have him locked up in prison. (They succeeded.)

Besides people problems, he had a lot of what some people would call bad luck. He was in three shipwrecks. Spent more than 24 hours floating at sea. He was robbed. Set up by his own people. Even by some of the church people.

No, Paul didn’t have it easy. He had problems. Lots of them. In Phil. 3:14, he says that he has to forget all the things he’s gone through and as far as the Kingdom of God goes, he has to PRESS…make an EFFORT.

He passes on to us this tidbit: If you want to keep your faith growing and if you want to have a satisfying, full, productive life, you have to PRESS, to PUSH, to TRY, AND KEEP ON TRYING.

Two things that Paul never did, that explain his incredible success – That’s right, it’s two things he NEVER did that made him a success in God. HE NEVER QUIT TRYING AND HE NEVER TRIED QUITTING!

Here’s the image that came to my mind when I pictured “pressing” in. First was a wine press, where grapes are pressed so that what’s on the inside of them can be brought out. The second one was more down home.

Have you ever wrung out your washcloth? Where you’re squeezing it and twisting it to try to bring out every bit of water that you put in it in the first place? The picture that came to me was of the hands of God wringing out a washcloth…except it wasn’t a washcloth, it was a Believer…and He was bringing forth every bit of living water that He had put on the inside of us! I bet you’ve felt like God was wringing you out more than once. Matter of fact, He seems to wring us out every time He uses us! (Sort of like you do with your washcloth.)

Like Paul, whenever you start believing God, and ACTING on your faith, things will start coming against you. YOU NEVER GET ANYTHING WORTH HAVING WITHOUT A STRUGGLE. You have to contend for it, …fight for it…press, or wring out when you DO, people will come against you. Misunderstood. Called a phony. AND THAT’S WHAT CAN BRING OUT THE VERY BEST IN YOU, if you never do what Paul never did.

See, the devil is out there trying his hardest to wear you down, frustrate you and get you to back down, to quit. He’s looking for your weakness. And if he can find it, that’s where he’s going to set up camp; at the door of your weakness.

And, if you’re going to make it, in this life or the next, there are things that the Lord will have to do in your spirit man…and you’re going to have to LET Him.