Monday, July 25, 2011

believe what God says

I am excited about the coming days, but I also know who is in control.  This is one of the busiest times of the year for our church family, but we will also serve more people the first of August than we will almost the entire rest of the year.  Why is this true?  It is because we chose to step up and share what we have AND what we believe with others.

That is why I want to start this week a bit different than others.  My Scripture reading yesterday was powerful, and one portion of Romans has stuck in my head.  Therefore, you are getting it this morning.  Read on, and I pray each of us will be re-enforced, re-energized, re-freshed and re-newed by God as we see the truth and believe it too.

1  Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.3  For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,4  so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.5  For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.6  For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,7  because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8  and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Pull that a part and find that God has done some significant things in our lives that sets us up to win.  Did you hear me right?  He set us up to win!!!

1.  We are forgiven.  There is "now condemnation" for us because Jesus has saved us and lives in us.

2.  There is a difference between the law of sin and the law of the Spirit.  The Spirit frees us.  Sin ties us up, traps us and reminds us that we need God.

3.  Jesus, the Son of God fulfilled the law and freed us from the law.  We are now under grace and walk by the Spirit.

4.  The mind set free by the Spirit is powerful and even dangerous.  Believing God gives us peace and makes us friends with God.

5.  We can and do please God as we believe what He has done for us.

Knowing what we believe and who we believe in makes life so much better.  Are you under a load os stress?  Are you worried or afraid?  There is freedom in Jesus.

Thanks for allowing me to share these powerful truths with you.  My prayer is that we will allow this to sink into our brains and into our hearts and into the way we talk and walk. Jesus is not a good idea.  He is everything.  He is not only the Savior of the world, but He is our friend and guide.  He not only forgives us but gives us daily power to live successful lives.  That happens as we believe what God says.

I challenge you.  Believe what God says!

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