Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Come to God humbly in prayer.



It is very important how we come to God in prayer. God loves the humble and hates pride so let us be very careful how we come to Him!

Luke 18:14b For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

Galatians 6:3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

James 4:6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

How do you come to God when praying? Think about that. Humble, humble, humble! In Christ is how we become great! Nothing of ourselves. 

Tom

God will uphold us. 5-25-16

Monday, May 23, 2016

We are His! 5-23-16

Genuine Salvation



In the book “The battle plan for Prayer” by the Kendrick brothers they list 7 indicators for genuine salvation. Have you ever wondered if you were truly saved or not? Well these may help you. Remember when you have a genuine relationship with Jesus you are a new creation! Life will be different. 

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

So here are the indicators you are saved!

1. A lifestyle of obedience to God. We all make mistakes and fall from time to time but the overall picture of your life should be submission and obedience to God and His will.

1 John 2:3-6 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

2. Confessing Jesus Christ is Lord and God’s only Son. No shame here!

1 John 2:22-23 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

3. Repentance! You must confess your sin and repent of them. Which means turning away from them and walking in the other direction to do no more.

Luke 13:3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.

1 John 3:9-10 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

4. Genuine love for others. Other Believers to enemies.

1 John 3:14-15 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. 15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

Matthew 5:43-44 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,

Obviously, we can only love our enemies by the power of the Holy Spirit. If you do this it is a clear sign you are saved!

5. Being disciplined by God the Father. I have had times in my life where there was no doubt God used a life lesson to get my attention and I knew it! I knew the area in my life that needed correction.

Hebrews 12:7-8 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.

6. The Holy Spirit dwelling in you.

1 John 3:24 Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

Some things the Spirit does while living in you...convict of sin,comfort you in troubling times, reveal what God’s Word says while reading it, help you live out fruit see Gal.5:22-23.

7. Faith in Jesus alone for salvation....not self!

1 John 5:12-13 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

Philippians 3:9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;

It is all about Jesus not us for salvation! I hope this helps you to know without a doubt about your salvation!

Tom

Friday, May 20, 2016

Be strong! 5-20-16

A reminder of my/your walk



It is all about Christ in me/you!! Listen, enjoy, reflect, praise and then live it out!

Jeremy Camp-Christ in me