Keep Those Feet Up, Move It, Move It!

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Stretch to the left, Stretch to the right! You can do it, do it!

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Our bodies are miraculous and intricate. They are battery factories with the ability to produce volts of energy unlike any other body on the planet. Can we be stronger than a horse? Ask Sampson that question. Could we be stronger than a bear or out maneuver a lion? Ask David that question.

These men of the Bible did amazing things with their physical bodies, and today men and women continue to break new records for strength, health and endurance. But why should we as Christians care about our bodies? I mean, after all aren’t we going to have new spiritual bodies when Jesus Christ returns?

In the lasts few posts, we have talked about leadership from the inside out. Leadership is an inside thing. There are five areas of our lives;

    1. Spiritual
    2. Mental/Emotional
    3. Relationships
    4. Physical
    5. Financial

Yesterday, we talked about financial and today we are working the physical. Having the right perspective about our bodies is paramount, but it will surprise you what that perspective is. (I’m going to shock some of you today…I just know I am.)

“But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own flesh. All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds…” 1 Corinthians 15: 38-39

All flesh, as given by God, is different. Each has a different use or purpose. Animals have only body and soul. People can have body, soul and spirit or our inner man, as God calls it in Ephesians 3:16 as soon as they believe God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.

Massive amounts of research, time and money go into the study of the natural human’s physical body. We study how to heal it, strengthen it and change it. By comparison, not even one-tenth of that much fuss goes into studying the inner man, our spiritual body, and how it affects the physical body. Here’s a statement for you. A strong INNER MAN will inspire, stabilize, strengthen and heal a physical body faster, with more ease and with greater accuracy than natural man could do it alone.

Here’s my wager.

A person who is moderately active but uses his or her strong “inner man” for stability, competence, and mastery is more readily fitted for life and EVEN the tasks of the most strenuous athlete, than a man of just body and soul with no spiritual influence.

Why? Because the man/woman born of God’s spirit and aware of God’s direction has a hidden ability. They have, and depend, on a SUPER human strength and an EXTRA-sensory understanding. What do I mean. Can a man without God’s power heal himself with herbs and medical attention? Yes. It happens time and again. In fact, even animals such as chimpanzees will eat certain leaves to cure intestinal bugs. Natural man has reasoning, he could figure that out. But what if the man was blinded or had a birth defect like a crooked arm?

“And looking round about upon them all, he (Jesus) said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.” Luke 6:10

“Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.” Acts 3:6-8

Okay, so there’s healing. But that’s not the only path to an amazing physical body. What about exercise and eating right? Aren’t those important too Terri? 

Very! But why are you obsessed? Is it because every media images you see communicate to you that your body is not good enough? So many women beat themselves up until they are fighting constant condemnation and criticism in their own mind to the point of sinning against God over it. So I always ask people, first figure out what the motivation is for what you’re doing. Why are you exercising? Why are you punishing yourself mentally? Why are you breaking fellowship with God over eating a cookie? There is NEVER anything so important that it should break your fellowship with God. Condemnation isn’t of God. Guilt is not of God. Accusations are not of God. So where could those things be coming from? The world. And who is the god of this world? Satan. So ask yourself why and really be honest.

Is it okay to be over weight?

Is it okay to be skin and bones? Before you can determine that you must be honest about the “why”. Remember, I said leadership is an inside thing. Here’s the facts. Your thoughts come first before the perfect body, the wealth, the relationships, and the success. All these start with your thoughts and that inner man. Sin is harmatia, or missing the mark which causes broken fellowship with God. Being overweight, of itself, is not a sin, being out of fellowship with God because you’re overweight is. Get that straightened out and you are GOLDEN!

For me, I’ve struggled with weight for a long time. The struggle had control over me. I wanted to be skinnier so I could look like a model, right. Just like everyone else. Then God pointed out one day that my weight, just like all these other areas, was a renewed mind problem. I didn’t have the perspective HE has about it.

He created our bodies for a purpose. What is our purpose?

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2: 4-9

What is our purpose?

To walk in the good works which God before ordained that we should walk. God knew in His foreknowledge that we’d choose HIM. So even with our bodies we must choose Him. We let Him help us make our bodies well enough, fit enough and healthy enough to do those good works. That’s all. This body is just a vessel. It is not something to worship. It just has to carry us around for the next lifetime. Everyone’s assigned “good works” are different. For instance. What if you have a marathon ministry? Wouldn’t it be ideal if you had a strong enough set of legs to take you to the end of that marathon? What if you didn’t have a marathon ministry but just enjoyed a good long run? Is that okay? ABSOLUTELY! Here’s what you do.

ASK:

God if you were me, what weight would you strive to get to?

God if you were me, what training would you put your body through?

God if you were me, what food would fuel your body with?

God if you were me how would you think about your physical body?

Do you get the idea? Let God have some say in this “program”. Then you are making the most of your super human and extra-sensory powers. You are now employing GOD’s wisdom, instead of just the worlds’.

I’ll leave you with this.

14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Ephesians 3:14-21

God bless you today!

When Will You Inherit Durable Riches?

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Today, I’d like to talk about prosperity. Financial prosperity is a subject that could fill whole libraries all by itself. People fight their whole life and never gain true wealth. Maybe they don’t know the second definition of wealth.

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There are two kinds of wealth.

The kind where the person who has money, but has no peace, and the person who has no need.

 

“The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.” Psalms 34:10

“But my God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:13

Need is a heavy burden. Need differs from person to person. I may need $3000/mo. to pay my business mortgage when someone else only “NEEDS” $1200. Needs are determined by the one with the need. Then what? How do you bring this to pass?

Believe

The world is full of negative believing; fear, doubt and worry. I have a friend who was told by the college staff that it was completely impossible to go to school and stay debt free in today’s environment. Guess what, God told her it was available. Who should she believe? God or Man? GOD or the circumstances surrounding her? Should she have believed God, or what she heard, saw, felt, or understood through her limited understanding? What would you do? My friend decided to believe God. She decided to believe the wisdom from Him. Today, she has a college degree and a law degree without one cent of debt!! WOW! What a miracle! Do you think she was tempted to run and get a loan at times or doubt what God had told her during those seven long years? OH YEAH! But she stayed her mind on the truth of what God said and overcame the fear by believing.

You can do that to! After your need is all met and all those fires in your life are put out, then “God does ya one better”, as my friend likes to say.

“Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it….” Proverbs 8:11-12

See God gives you wisdom over and over to put out the financial fires in your life. You get addicted to His wisdom till there is nothing that compares to it. Let’s read a little further down in this chapter in Proverbs 8.

God is telling us what He will do.

“Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles even all the judges of the earth. I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, year than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I fill their treasures.”  vs. 14-21

Did you see the words, “durable riches” and “my revenue” and “substance”. This is whole section talks about stuff. Your life doesn’t have to be overflowing with money to be satisfied. But when you seek God, He can fill it with plenty and abundance. Here is a couple tips on getting you to this point.

Get quiet. Go to God with pen and paper in hand. Ask a question then write down the very first answer that comes to mind. God will talk directly to your mind and will sound exactly like your own voice. His voice is there but He is working within your like it says in Philippians 2:13. The way you can tell if it’s Him or you is by the content of the answers. Often times God says things to me that I would never have thought of before, mainly because I don’t hold that opinion. Also, God will never contradict His own Word. So He will never tell you that He wants you to suffer need, when clearly here we see He says He wants those who seek Him to prosper.

Here are some great starting questions.

  1. Is it available for me to have all my need met today?
  2. If you have a specific need, like rent, ask Him: God if you were me how would find the money to pay rent?
  3. God if you were me what would you do to believe in prosperity?
  4. God if you were me what would you think about prosperity?
  5. God if you were me what would say about my prosperty?

These are just examples in a long line of great questions. As you think and receive the answers write them down. Feel free to ask God again if you think you got the wrong answer. I try to never move out on something unless I know it’s Him, but in some cases you’ll only be sure if you move out on the revelation you received. Then you can look at the results. God’s results are always positive. They do not cause more worry, doubt or fear ever. Perfect love casts out fear, so when you walk on God’s direction, it’s perfect love resulting in no fear. Action guided by God crushes and delivers you from fear. Here’s the thing, sometimes it takes balls of steel just to step out in that action. Remember, that verse in 1 John?

“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous.” (hard to do) 1 John 5:3

There is always a prize at the end of doing His requests and the prize is way bigger than you’ll ever expect. You’ll overcome the world’s doctrine, the world’s theology. You’ll be literally doing what God asks. That is HUGE!!

“For whatsover is born of God overcometh the world: and this the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” vs. 4

Our faith, our believing overcomes the world. Faith and believing are both action words, they require our taking action. So get moving. Don’t doubt, just go!

“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he hearith us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsover we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired fo Him.” vs 14-15

Have faith and get moving. The more you move the closer you’ll be to inheriting substance, and revenue, and real riches.

God bless you today!

 

Below I’ve linked some older posts. These all talk about the process of receiving answers to your prayers. It’s a powerful process that I have used for 20 years and seen miracles because of. Each posts leads to the next step so don’t miss one.

ENJOY!!

:001 The Power of Prayer

:002 How Can I Get a Miracle?

:003  Procedure is No Laughing Matter

:004 Tipping the Scales in Prayer

:005 The Final Blow to the Devil

:006 How to put rocket fuel in your Prayers

 

Also we are still in the “Leadership Rocks!” series so check the other posts to that below.

Leadership Rocks! 101

You Don’t See That Everyday…

 

You Don’t See That Everyday…

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Did you know there are five areas to life?

  1. Spiritual
  2. Mental/Emotional
  3. Physical
  4. Relationships
  5. Financial

These areas surround us like five spokes on a wagon wheel. When one breaks or weakens, the wagon must stop and work out the issue.

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These supports must be there and in good condition for a person to succeed in any endeavor they have. For instance, I’m passionate about ART and the ART business, but if I cannot make any money selling my art, I can’t keep doing it. I need financing. Or I have a problem. Or another example, I have a close relationship criticizing every piece I produce. That relationship would be crumbling in that part of my wheel. Disaster!

Just think for a minute, if any one of these spokes where missing, or unattached, it poses major problems and possible threat for the wagon. A wagon’s purpose is to get somewhere, for protection from the elements and enemies. It hauled their belongings and hopes over long distances. Our lives are similar, we start out in one place and hopefully we follow our dreams forward and pioneer our own journey into the wild unknown. I see people trying to make this work all the time with broken wheels and broken lives. Imagine trying to lead!

The great thing is, God covers every single area in the Bible. He tells us how to be more than conquerors and victorious with each one. He tells us how to fix our spokes! HOW COOL IS THAT!? This wagon comes with a manual. Over the course of the next few posts in this series on “Leadership Rocks!”, I’ll go over each spoke in our wheel.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Do you know what you don’t see everyday?

A working wagon with all the working wheels. That person is rolling in style. When you do, it blows everyone’s mind.

God bless you today!

 

To catch up on the series, click on the posts below.

Leadership, The Uncommon Way

Leadership Rocks 101

Leadership Rocks! 101

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Very few people know how to lead.

Can you identify my understanding of leadership in this story?

“Stressed-out Susan, lived in the big city and had never experienced the woods, camping or fishing. She desperately wanted to give her two children Sour Sally, and Bully Benny, some memories. So her and husband, Clueless Clive packed up their mini van and took the children out to the nearest National Forest looking for adventure.

On the way there, teenager, Sour Sally complained about the drive. Susie, wanting to please her traded her front seat for the back. Sally complained about the temperature of the car, that she was bored and that little Bully Benny was touching her hair.

Bully Benny wanted to stop at every restaurant they passed and get something to eat and screamed until Clive pulled over. Stressed-out Susie decided to give them their medication (Ridalin and anti-depressants) and cross her fingers. Maybe that would calm them down.

They finally stopped at their rustic campsite and pulled out the tents. Then the, slightly more mellow, children began chanting in unison, “Take us home, take us home, take us home!” Susie finally had enough and screamed at them, “Shut up. Shut up! This is a special place, your going to scare the animals!”

Clive and Susie argued through the entire tent setting process, until the sun went down and finally gave up and started the fire. Susie told the kids they should eat, they didn’t. She told them to turn off their video games and enjoy nature, they didn’t. But they did, however, lock themselves in the van after stealing the keys.

Stressed-Out Susie cried, Clueless Clive glared at the kids because this was all their fault.”

DOES this sound like fun?

Stressed-Out Susie looks like she has her hands full. But does she really?

Let me explain.

Susie wants control of the situation and the other people in her family. When they don’t feel, act or say what she thinks they should, she stresses out. Where is she getting her perceptions about what the perfect family should look like? From her favorite Mom magazine, from her favorite sit com, and from the hundreds of other media outlets subliminally mentoring her in her “Mom/Wife Roles”. In fact, her mental circuits are so jammed with unhealthy expectations, she has had to start on new blood pressure pills.

 

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Here comes the million dollar question.

Who is the only person Susie can control?

Yep. Herself!

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” 2 Corinthians 10:5

 This is our mission, to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. (Christ as you know is that anointing, or mark of the Christian. It is the gift God gave when we became born-again.)

I hear all the time, and thought myself, “WHAT! That’s impossible! EVERY THOUGHT! Do you know how many thoughts run through my mind a day?”

Let’s think of it this way, if it says it in the Word of God, it must be available. God is good, His commandments are not “barys” (Greek) meaning, hard to do.

“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous (barys, hard to do).” 1 John 5:3

That is a promise. Anytime God makes a promise He makes it with your blessing and protection in mind. But we can’t do it all by ourselves. We have to depend that God will help us. God cannot steer a parked car. The moment you get moving and take action, things will begin to change.

So, our first leadership lesson for leaders around the world starts by leading ourselves.

Here’s an old adage I’ve heard. People who try to control your life, 99 times out of 100, do so because they cannot control their own. Control and leadership is an inside job. It starts with simple exercises like this one.

“FREEZE”

Have you ever played “Freeze Tag” with your kids. Well this is very similar, but with your mind. Your mind is a muscle. It will race, or stop racing, at your freewill decision. You always have a choice. So try this exercise I like to call “FREEZE”.  Sit down in a quiet place and “FREEZE” your thoughts. Have a clock nearby so you can time yourself. Try to “not think” for thirty whole seconds. When you break the freeze, start over until you’ve done it for thirty seconds. This is like mental push ups because your mind isn’t used to freezing on command, but it will get used to it. Remember YOU are the boss of your own mind. Try to FREEZE get up to five minutes at a time. 

What will this do for you? Strengthen your will, and your mind. It will also build confidence. Your mind is a logic receptacle. It reasons out sensory facts and details received by your five senses. It is a database that reacts to what is put in it or to memories of past experiences. But  your “will” should be the one that decides the next step. Our “will” takes information from your heart and from God.

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3

The FREEZE exercise is a way to “stay your mind”. BUT a mind cannot operate in a vacuum. That’s why the freeze exercise is simply that, an excercise. There is a next step, and it is vitally important!

I know this seems hard, but trust God in this. Practice the “FREEZE” game four times a day. See how long you can go. Lead your mind and strengthen it. In the next post, we’ll go over the next powerful step to Leadership 101.

God Bless You today!

 

Leadership Rocks 101 is in a series of posts. Catch up by clicking the link below.

Leadership, The Uncommon Way 

 

Leadership, The Uncommon Way

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I think we can all say we’ve had experience with leaders. I met a young man recently who demonstrated a propensity for mentoring young people. He wants to inspire them and impact them positively with a humility I found rare and refreshing. The greatest part about it was, he couldn’t put into words all passion he felt. He just knew he wanted to help people, in his words, “just Be 1% better today than yesterday.” Those simple words drove this six foot stranger to leadership and he has  become 1%percent better himself everyday as an example to those in his sphere. What if we all just tried for 1% everyday.

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I heard a simple statement the other day.

“Be the person, you want to be.”

The key to that statement is the very active verb “Be”. A huge part of being that person, is learning who you want to be. Hold that vision in your head and do the actions that require that person to become a reality. All that “being” starts with our thoughts, but nothing moves without you first taking action.

What does that mean to a Christian? Many believers get caught in the snare of, trying to fit the image they see at church, into their life’s goals. They think that the pastor, the choir director the leader at church is who they want to be. Teenagers often idolize people in this way. We all know how confusing that can be. So what does God really want for our lives and leadership?

I am starting a new series posts called,

“Leadership Rocks”.

This series of posts will go through leadership from three different view points.

  1. Leadership The Inside Story.
    • There are five areas of life, once these areas are addressed with God and you personally, many things fall into place.
  2. Leadership for the People
    • Other people are what makes you a leader. If you look back and no one’s following, not even your own self, then leadership suffers from what I call positional authority, and not true leadership.
  3. Leadership for God.
    1. Every part of this series will cover how God forms you as a leader and helps you be a better leader, but there are also “gift ministries” within the Church of God. God calls these five gift ministries “gifts”, because they are gifts to the body of believers. I will cover specific areas in this part that help a leader with a gift ministry calling to be there best and expand their walk with God to new heights.

Our next post will cover the first part of the series, “Why leaders can’t fake it till they make it.”

Until then, God bless you today.

What if God Sneezed?

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If God breathed and we received a soul,

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7

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what would happen if God sneezed?

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:1-2

I’m kidding! I’m sure that God didn’t sneeze. But sheesh, IF that were the case, I’m glad God doesn’t have allergies. Lol…The first breath and mankind received a soul, or breath-life, the next time he received life quickening spirit!

That life quickening spirit is as universe altering in its reality and ability to change our lives, as the first man as he lay in the dirt as a clump of skin and bones. When Adam opened his eyes and looked around for the first time he was a whole man. He had fingers, toes and probably even a naval. He was just as whole. God didn’t give him one arm and two legs and say, if you’re good, you can earn your other arm. He was a whole man, just the way he was created.

When we receive our inner man, that life-quickening spirit it is like the moment Adam opened his eyes and found he was whole and ready to run. We have all nine manifestations of the spirit, all the appurtenances and abilities of a whole inner man. Look at this beautiful verse in Corinthians.

“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” 1 Corinthians 12:7

I bolded the “profit withal” so we could look closer at it. The sentence hardly makes sense to our modern English-speaking ears and tongue because the King James is try to interpret one Greek word with two English words. The Greek word there  is “sympherō” which means, to bring together for a profit. We get our English word “symphony” from this word. The beauty is there are many parts of a symphony, but all the oness is on the end result, the end sounds and music. The end manifestation of that one “bring together of” sounds.

“Manifestation” is just the outward proof and acts of the inner reality/symphony going on. Spirit is invisible. So is the wind. When we see the trees move, we know that it is windy. When we see people manifest their gift of holy spirit, we know they are born-again. So as I look here at the Greek Interlinear Bible, here’s how it should be interpreted directly from the Greek.

“But to each is given the manifestation of the spirit for profit.” vs 7

The amazing reality here is, we were given the whole inner man, the whole package and why? For a profit a benefit, for a use and purpose. What is the purpose? Well, why did Adam get two arms and one nose? Why did he get two lunges and one mouth? It was God’s pleasure to give him everything at one time that he needed to survive this life and prepare him for every circumstance he could possible run into.

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13

Why would God give one person speaking in tongues, and then another working of miracles? Why would He give one person healing, but then not give him word of wisdom word of knowledge? Wouldn’t that be favoritism? God is no respecter of persons. Or why would God tell us all about these manifestations and then make them not available to us at all? What kind of loving God would give us a human physical body and then say…you can’t use that. The use of those legs I gave you “died with the apostles”? Which is a common argument against speaking in tongues. No. Let us not be tricked into a lie, and the error of our beautiful inner man.

You have a very whole and very real spirit. It’s all yours, you have all of it, and you can do all nine all the time. What are all nine manifestations of the gift of holy spirit?

    1. Speaking in Tongues
    2. Speaking in Tongues with Interpretation
    3. Prophecy
    4. Word of Wisdom
    5. Word of Knowledge
    6. Discerning of Spirits
    7. Faith
    8. Gifts of Healing
    9. Miracles

Now it’s just a matter of learning HOW to use them properly and by God’s direction. Now it’s time to learn how to walk and how to RUN with God.

God bless you today!

 

 

7 Perks and 2 Ways to Abide in Him

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“ABIDE IN HIM”

I’ve seen those words written on banners, benches and buses. But what does it mean? It seems simple enough to say, just stay put on God’s Word. If that were enough more people would see the perks in their life.

Loving someone means you care enough to pay attention to the details in their life.

When they hurt, you pray. When they have victories, you celebrate. You just want to know because you care. You want them in your life, not because you need them, but because you want them there.

Selfishness, or immature love on the other hand, is when you want some one in your life because you need them. Children have this quality to their love. Children need adults/parents, therefore they love us. This is not wrong, it’s just immature. At some point that changes and when that love matures, a magnetic, beautiful transformation occurs. Suddenly, they want to be with you, not because they need you anymore, but because they want you there, they care about you. With some children parents wait a lifetime for this transformation, others see it occur when their children have children of their own, or move out on their own. Suddenly, the children realize how much they have in common with their parents and everything changes.

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So why am I talking about this transformation, in reference to abiding in Him? I’m so glad you asked. 

You see God cares enough to pay attention to EVERY detail in His kid’s lives. He is there, protecting and blessing more than we will ever begin to understand or comprehend.

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5

God is light, and in Him is NO darkness at all. He loves us with that pure, real deal light and mature love. When we were born-again of God’s Spirit or the anointed, He wrapped us up into His family and adopted us. Christianity is simply the way of a Father with His Children. Therefore, we abide in Him. The fact that we are forever His children now and will never lose the incorruptible seed of His Spirit makes us a family. By default, we “abide in Him.” Yep. Pretty big statement I know. Let me prove it to you.

“But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.” 1 John 2:27-28

Isn’t that a relief? I’d say it is. But God has more to say on this subject. Just like a child can be a biological member of a family because of his DNA and still live his life outside of his biological father’s will and break fellowship with him, a child of God has the same choice. Yes, we have spiritual DNA marking us forever as God’s children, but that does not mean we will walk, abide, or always fellowship with Him. What breaks fellowship with a biological father?

“Harmatia”. This is a Greek word. It means, “missing the mark”. Like an archer who aims at the bull’s eye on a target and misses by one inch, he/she “misses the mark”. In our walk and fellowship with God we can miss the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus as well. We sin. Another word to describe sin is, offend, trespass, error, to be mistaken, do wrong and act in contradiction to God’s Will. Harmatia, breaks our fellowship with our earthly relationships too. What mends that relationship? Owning up to the missing of the mark. We have to realize we broke that fellowship and take responsibility for it. It should surprise us that God has the same process, He created us, He created relationships and He is the master at understanding what He created. What does He say about this process?

“If we confess (own up to) our sins, (harmatia) He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

It is the identical process. When we walk in perfect fellowship with God, we walk in the Light, because God is Light. We abide in Him.

Yes, we have the spiritual DNA to abide, or be a member of God’s family, but there is also another way to abide.

It’s a freewill choice.

As you saw above in 1 John 2:27-28 the anointing we received of Him abides in us, and we in Him.

Let’s read the very next verse.

“And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before him at his coming.” 1 John 2:29

Abide in him, means we choose to stay in fellowship or maintain our fellowship with God through the anointing that we received by way of Christ Jesus.

Choosing to Abide in Him has its perks. Here are seven such perks! I’ll number them so you can see what I’m pointing out better.

  1. Ye are of God, little children, and
  2. have overcome them: because
  3. greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.
  4. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
  5. We are of GOD: he that knoweth God heareth us;
  6. he that is not of God heareth not us.
  7. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” 1 John4:4-6

Some of these perks include knowing what is NOT of God. Like number four, “they are of the world and the world heareth them”. If someone is the biggest music artist in the world? The “world” hears them. This is very good for you to know, because you are not of this world and neither is God. Do you see what I mean? It just helps us know who to listen to and who not to. Or another one is, “whereby we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” What is harmatia again? Oh, sin and error. We cannot “abide in Him” when we walk in sin or error. Error is erosive and sneaky. It can suck the power of the rightly divided Word from your fellowship with God. At one point during my walk with God, I asked Him to help me rid my life of error. There is error everywhere. Error is sin. Sin leads to fear, and fear has torment.

“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect (mature) love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. he that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:17-19

Ha! I had to add that last verse because it ties in so beautifully with my first point. We love Him because we needed Him. He pulled us out of the soup with His love. We were immature but He, God, just kept right on loving us. Now, we love Him back because we were first loved. Mature love is the transformation from need to want. We want to please, want to love, want to be in fellowship with that person. Right? Look at this last verse. Ha! SOOO COOOLLL!

“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments, for this is the love of God (agape), that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not grievous (hard to do).” 1 John 5:2-3

Abiding in Him is keeping His commandments. It’s asking the question, “God if you were me what would you do in this situation?” When we do that, we have all the perks that come with it.

God bless you today!