God’s Spirit

A lack of peace and victory in our life occurs when we severe our connection with God’s Spirit by sinful behavior (Ephesians 4:30). If we will allow Him to do so, God’s Spirit will deliver us from the temptation of sin (Matthew 4:4). Christ’s victory on Calvary’s cross set us free from the power of sin and death (Romans 7:24-25). Christ in us is our only hope of eternal glory (Colossians 1:27).

Without the Trinity, we struggle to maintain victory in this sin-cursed world. As Christians, we often rely more on our own efforts in this world, than in relying on God’s Spirit within us. We are God’s handiwork, and He wants us to do only the works, which He created for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). We do not need to earn our connection with God, it is guaranteed (Ephesians 1:14).

The Kingdom of God cannot be found in our carnal attempts to please God, but lies in our righteousness, peace and joy, which comes from abiding in the Holy Spirit within us (Romans 14:17). God’s Spirit gives us everlasting life (Romans 8:13). He does not come and go in our life, reserved just for special occasions; but He is constant and reliable, always available to us through every moment of the day (Romans 8:9).

We did not earn our salvation by our human effort and we cannot walk in sanctification by human effort either (Galatians 3:1-3). The Spirit of God rebirths our spirit, which was dead in Adam’s sin. Then, He sanctifies our soul from one level of maturity to a higher plane of spirituality (2 Corinthians 3:18). Unless we live by the power and direction of God’s Spirit, we will not walk in fulfillment and victory in this life.

Prayer:
Father God, remind us to trust in You to bring us into Your will for our life. You give us the faith of Christ and the power of Your Spirit, so that we can walk uprightly in this world. Thank You that we are no longer a part of this world, even though we still have to live in it. Our flesh is crucified with Christ in baptism, and we are raised to walk in new life with You (Romans 6:4). Remind us that Christ is our life (Colossians 3:4), and nothing on this earth can satisfy the longing in our soul.

Thought for the Day:
If we trust in our self, we fail. Only God can work out His will for, in and through us. – Philippians 2:12-13

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The Anchor for our Soul

Eternal life is God’s promise (1 John 2:25), which enables us to know God intimately (John 17:3). This takes place both now and in eternity. It requires no self-effort, just total rest in His presence (Hebrews 4:10). God’s promises also provide pardon for sin, support in trials, the glorious resurrection, and eventually, immortality. God’s promises encourage us to cleanse our self of every evil desire (2 Corinthians 7:1).

When we choose not to live in God’s Will during each moment of our day, we lose the power of Christ in us. It is only through total surrender to His will that we accomplish all that He prepared for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). God shrouds us with His divine nature, which is the fruit of His Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, meekness, self-control and faith (Galatians 5:22-23).

As we mature, we increase in the measure of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13). God disciplines us to enable us to share in His holiness (Hebrews 12:10). This empowers us to put on our new self, which is created to be like God in both righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24). Our humanity is dead and we are hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). As we walk in God’s promises, we receive His divine nature (2 Peter 1:4).

Confidently, we cling to God’s promises in tribulation. They are the anchor of our soul and the foundation for our hope. God keeps all of His promises (2 Corinthians 1:20). The nation of Israel wandered from God; yet, God is faithful and is keeping His promises to them (Zechariah 13:8-9; Romans 11:25-26). God guarantees His Body freedom from the law, sin and death. He freely provides us with eternal life in Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

We partake in the divine nature of God through Christ who dwells in our spirit. When we indulge in fleshly pursuits, the divine nature of God is grieved. However, as authentic Born Again Believers, we cannot continue to live in sin (1 John 3:9). God’s Spirit gradually makes all things new (2 Corinthians 5:17), and we bear His image through continual transformation (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Prayer:
Father God, Your Holy Spirit teaches us to deny unholy conduct and lust, at the same time He encourages us to live serious, blameless and holy lives (Titus 2:12). As we do, we inwardly partake of Your divine nature; which causes us to refrain from outwardly partaking in sin and degradation. Our body houses Your (1 Corinthians 6:15). We are members of Christ’s body, flesh and bones (Ephesians 5:30; John 14: 16-17, 17:20-23). You make Your home in those who love and obey You (John 14:23).

Thought for the Day:
We are now the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be, but when we see Him return in the clouds, we will be exactly like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. – 1 John 3:2

Every Thought Captive

We live in this world in our body with all of its carnal appetites; however, our true battle is not in our body. The battle is not earthly or human, but spiritual. The divine power of Christ in us is capable of destroying every fortress, which Satan builds in our soul with his lies. God’s Spirit in us is capable of destroying every assumption and haughty thought, which tries to replace our knowledge of God’s Truth (2 Corinthians 10:3-4).

This only happens when we take every thought captive and force it into obedience to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). We cannot overcome Satan’s stranglehold in our mind with our carnal resources. His strongholds are catalogued in our subconscious mind through our lifetime of experiences (www.theophostic.com). Our thoughts control what we say and how we act. We need the divine power of Christ in us to set us free.

Do we speak unholy words and do carnal deeds, or is our behavior Christ-like and holy? Do we feel negative emotions fueled by the disappointments and discouragement in our life, or do we feel positive emotions emerging from the mind of Christ within us? Do we pursue God’s will for our life, or are we immersed in our own goals and aspirations?

Do we insist on our own way, treat God like a magic genie and retain the control over our life? God encourages us to ask for what we need (John 15:7), but only as His Words abide in us and we walk in His will. We are the servants, and Jesus is our Lord. We have no rights and privileges other than what He grants to us. He is the potter, and we are the clay (Isaiah 45:9).

As we center our thoughts on Him and His will, we start to think only about what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8). We rejoice in Him, as He makes us complete in Him. We are comforted by His presence and we live in peace in His everlasting arms (2 Corinthians 13:11). God is the beginning and the end of our existence (Hebrews 12:2).

Prayer:
Father God, You keep us in perfect peace as we focus our mind on You (Isaiah 26:3). Through Your power, You produce in us every good thought, word and deed, which pleases You. We trust in You implicitly, and we look to You for all of our needs. We give you all the glory both now and forever (Hebrews 13:21).

Thought for the Day:
God equips us with everything we need to do His will.
– Hebrews 13:21

Jesus Messiah

There is much disparity today among people who claim to believe that Jesus is the Messiah and those who claim He was nothing more than a good man, teacher or heretic. However, there is more evidence to prove the reality of the fact that He is our Messiah than there is to prove He is not. Any one of the following points is enough to verify this claim.

There are over 60 similar prophecies, which the Old Testament prophets recorded, which were fulfilled by Jesus’ life, crucifixion, death, resurrection and ascension. In the seventh century Micah prophesied that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). This occurred over 600 years before Jesus was even born.

Although Jesus’ parents lived in Nazareth, the Roman census forced them to make the trip to Bethlehem to pay their taxes just in time for His birth. Matthew records the fulfillment of this prophecy (Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1). Jesus was also born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18). Jesus came from the lineage of Abraham (Genesis 12:3, 22:18; Matthew 1:1, Romans 9:5). Our Messiah is heir to King David’s throne (2 Samuel 7:12-13, Isaiah 9:7; Julie 1:32-33, Romans 1:3).

He healed the sick (Isaiah 35:5–6; Matthew 11:5). The soldiers beat and spat upon Jesus (Isaiah 50:6; Mark 14:65). He hung crucified on the cross next to sinners (Isaiah 53:12; Mark 14:65). A rich friend allowed his family and disciples to burry Jesus in his tomb (Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 27:57–60). The money paid to Judas for betraying Jesus ended up being used to by a potter’s field (Zechariah 11:12-13; Matthew 27:9-10).

Jesus resurrected from the dead (Psalm 16:10; Mark 16:6). He ascended into heaven (Psalm 68:18; Mark 16:19). God exalted Him at His right hand (Psalm 110:1; 1 Peter 3:22). These are just some of the prophecies, which prove that Jesus is our Messiah, and which validate the authenticity of the Bible. These facts certainly strengthen our faith, fulfill our life and promise us a fantastic future.

Prayer:
Father God, we pray for those people who are blinded by pride and rebellion from seeing the wonderful truths of Your Word. We ask You to meet them face-to-face on their road in life and to remove the scales from their eyes as You did for Paul. Draw them ever closer to Your wounded heart and humble them, as you did those who already Believe, by allowing them to feel the pain their sin caused You. Thank You for becoming a man, Emmanuel, for our sakes and for dying on Calvary’s cross to set us free from the bondage and degradation of sin.

Thought for the Day:
With forty authors writing from three continents over a span of nearly two thousand years, the Bible maintains that Christ’s work on the cross was ordained by God to bring Salvation to anyone willing to repent and believe.

For more prophecy fulfilled by Jesus:
http://christianity.about.com/od/biblefactsandlists/a/Prophecies-Jesus.htm

Why Don’t I Feel Joy?

God did not intend for us to live life on this earth in depression and fear. He delights in us and wants His righteous children to be glad, and to rejoice before Him with contentment and joy (Psalm 68:3). There are several roadblocks in this modern world, which prevent our soul from experiencing the joy that is our heritage in Christ, and several keys for living a joy-filled life.

There is no scenario on earth that can entirely eliminate stress. We are going to experience the complexities of providing for our self and our family. There is only one solution to this problem, and that is to simplify our belongings and expenses. The more we have, the more we have to work to pay for it, and the more we want. Everything we own in this life actually owns us and holds us in bondage.

Allowing our soul to grieve our losses is another key to joy (John 16:22). If we hold grief inside, it discolors the joyful circumstances in our life. By suppressing sadness, we also suppress joy. Consider your own needs. Otherwise irritability, depression and even anger or bitterness develop. Commune with your self and meet your needs, so you feel more satisfied and joyful. Show compassion to other people too.

Let go of every toxic, negative emotion plaguing your soul. Change any of your concerns you can. Let go of the issues, which you cannot change, and rely on God to free you from their bondage (Romans 8:28). Put all of your hope in the Lord, instead of in circumstances. Set goals, which are meaningful to you. Surround yourself with positive people. Praise the Lord all day long, so your soul shouts out with joy (Psalm 71:23).

Make more free time in your day. Do not overly schedule each moment with chores and responsibilities. Plan outings or events, which you can look forward to enjoying. Schedule some playtime into every day. Take a few moments at the end of each day to journal and relieve your mind of clutter. Every night, list five different things that you are grateful for and praise God for them as you fall asleep.

Prayer:
Father God, trials work patience into our life, which leads to contentment and fulfillment. Thank You that we can joyfully traverse trials, because we dwell in Your presence (James 1:2-8; Psalm 16:11; Isaiah 12:6). We find joy in the shadow of Your wings, because in your unfailing love we shall never be shaken (Psalm 21:5-7). Remind us to take time to list the blessings You bestow on us each day and to allow Your joy in us to demolish Satan and all negative emotions.

Thought for the Day:
As we trust every area of our life to Him, our God of Hope fills us with all joy and peace, so that we abound with hope by the power of His Spirit. – Romans 15:13

Wings of the Wind

God covered the earth with water as a garment. In the beginning, water even covered the mountains; but at His word, it fled. At the sound of His thunder, the water hurried away and flowed over the mountains and into the valleys, which is where He designed for it to reside. The water cannot cover the earth any longer, because God set a boundary, which it cannot cross (Psalm 104:5-9 NKJV).

God covers Himself with light as His garment. The heavens are His tent. The beams of His upper chambers are in the canopy of water above the earth. He set the earth on its axis, so that it can never be moved, unless His chooses. He travels on the clouds as His chariot and strides on the wings of the wind. The winds are God’s messengers and the flames of fire are His servants (Psalm 18:10, 104:2-4 NKJV).

The Lord is like an eagle, using the winds beneath His wings. He teaches us to fly in the Spirit, like the eagle teaches its young to fly. The eagle stirs up the nest and hovers over its young. If they falter in flight, the eagle spreads its wings and swoops down to catch them and carry them aloft (Deuteronomy 32:11). In this same way, God speedily comes to our rescue in any time of need (Psalm 40:13).

This same Lord is our dwelling place throughout every generation. He birthed our earth and created the mountains on it, proving that He is God from beginning to everlasting. At our death, He turns us back to the dust from which He created Adam. He has power and dominion over the whole earth and all of its inhabitants. God does not dwell in finite time (Psalm 90:1-3 NKJV). He is from everlasting to everlasting (Psalm 90:2, 103:17; Isaiah 40:28).

Prayer:
Father God, in Your sight, a thousand of our years passes like one day, or as quickly as a single night watch (Psalm 90:4). We are but grasshoppers in Your sight; yet, you care for us as Your own children. You walk on the wind; yet, You control every aspect of our life on the earth. You are rich in mercy and great in Your love toward us. Even when we were dead in sin, You loved us. By Your grace, You made us alive together with Christ (Ephesians 2:4-5).

Thought for the Day:
In God’s wisdom He creates and casts down, and the earth is full of His possessions. – Psalm 104:24

A Paradigm Shift

Prior to coming to Christ, we determined our daily routine by our priorities. We valued, worked toward and pursued anything that would assist us in reaching our goals. We developed these habits, day in and day out, living by our human reasoning and working to please our self and to secure our future. We focused on our success and make sure we came out on top (Romans 1:25; 2 Corinthians 5:15).

Our flesh formed habits as we trained our thoughts, attitudes, words and actions to respond and react in certain ways to the challenges and trials of life. We are used to living independently of any restraints or parameters on our behavior (Romans 8:7-8). We do good deeds for others, but we want the praise. However, when the Spirit of God comes into our life, He encourages us to entirely shift our mind-set.

This sets up a dichotomy in our life, which causes a tug-of-war within our soul. God wants us to put to death the carnal deeds of our flesh, so that we can live an abundant spiritual life (Romans 8:13-14). Yet, our flesh wants to maintain the status quo, so that we can retain control. The tie-breaker is God’s Spirit. He resurrects our spirit, which was formerly dead in sin (Ephesians 2:5).

Our spirit is Born Again and Spiritually alive (Colossians 3:3). Then, He crucifies our old nature with Christ, and we partake in the divine nature of Christ (2 Peter 1:4). The fruit of the Spirit replace our formal carnal character (Galatians 5:22-23). We no longer live independently, but in dependence on God’s love and will. Yet, some of the former traits, alien to God’s ways, still influence our thoughts, words and behavior.

Gradually, we experience a shift in our paradigm. As we lay down our independent and willful tendencies on a daily basis (Matthew 16:24-26), and obey the will of God instead, we willingly submit our old fleshly habits to the work of God’s Spirit within us (Romans 8:12-13). Each day we walk in more and more victory over the flesh (Romans 7:14 – 8:12). We eventually abide in God’s Spirit and daily follow God’s desires for our life (Galatians 5:16-26).

Prayer:
Father God, Your saving faith, a gift to us from Your mercy and love, comes from Your Holy Spirit and influences and transforms us. You draw us to Your heart and You renovate every aspect of our life by Your Spirit. This free gift is priceless, and we thank You for the sacrifice Jesus paid for our eternal life (Ephesians 2:8). We give You all of the praise, honor and glory for what You accomplish in our life.

Thought for the Day:
We overcome the deeds of our flesh by renewing our mind and surrendering our life to Christ. – Romans 12:2; Mark 10:28-29