August 20, 2014

How to Train the Human Spirit

I Peter 2:1-3 says, "1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.As believers it is absolutely vital that we grow and develop ourselves spiritually. John 4:24 says, "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."  God, who is a Spirit, always works with us and leads us by contacting our spirit.  So, it is to be our goal to grow and become more spiritually sensitive to God in our heart or spirit.

If we continue to stay carnal and immature in our Christian walk, we will miss out on much the Lord has for us.  Fortunately for us, God has provided Biblical principles we can learn that will help us to grow and train ourselves in spiritual things.

I want to give you four Biblical keys that you can use to help you to train your spirit to be more sensitive to God.  These are proven truths that will work if you will study them and put them to work in your life.  It's time to grow up spiritually, so get started today

How to Train the Human Spirit 

Text:  I Thessalonians 5:23 - spirit, soul, and body sanctified and preserved blameless

I)     God Guides Us By Our Spirit

A)    Proverbs 20:27 - Candle of the Lord is man’s spirit.  God enlightens us through our spirit.

B)    Romans 8:14-16 - As sons of God, we are to be led by the Spirit of God.

II)     How We Can Train Our Spirit to be Sensitive to God

A)    Give the Word First Place

1)    John 6:63—God’s Word is spirit food.

2)    Psalm 119:130—God’s Word gives light and understanding to us.

3)    Proverbs 4:20-22When we put the Word first over flesh, circumstances, or problems, the Word will produce life and health in us.

B)    Meditate in the Word

1)     Joshua 1:8—Meditation in the Word of God will bring success and cause us to prosper. 

A)  Meditate—(to mutter) Speak the Word to yourself.

2)     I Timothy 4:14-15Meditate upon who you are in Christ.  Meditate upon your calling and what God has told you to do.  It will cause you to profit and people will see the difference.

C)    Practice the Word - Be a doer of the Word

1)    James 1:21, 22-25—We must receive the Word, and practice the Word.

v. 25—Only by continuing with the Word, and doing it, will we reap the blessing.

2)    Hebrews 4:1-2—Mix faith with the Word.

D)    Instantly Obey Your Spirit

1)    Romans 9:1—“...my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost.”

2)   Romans 8:14-16—The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit.  Follow the witness of the Spirit and you won’t go wrong.

 

 

August 13, 2014

Be Led by the Spirit

In John 16:12,13, The Lord Jesus said, "12 I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come."  The Lord let us know the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  We as believers do not have to go through the struggles of this life in our own power or strength.  When we need help, guidance and revelation, the Holy Spirit is here to help us.

Romans 8:14 says, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God."  For us to be successful in our Christian walk we must learn how to be led by the Spirit of God.  In this week's lesson, I lay out some powerful truths that will help you to learn how to receive God's help as you live this great life of faith.

Be Led by the Spirit

Text:  I Thessalonians 5:23 - Spirit, Soul and Body 

1)    Spirit - The part of man that deals with the spiritual realm.  The part of man that knows God and is born-again.

2)    Soul - The part of man that deals with the mental realm.  Our mind, will and intellect.  The part that reasons and thinks.

3)    Body - The part of man that deals with the physical realm.  The house in which we live.

I) The Holy Ghost Guides Us In Our Spirit

A)    John 16:13-16 - The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth and He is the one who reveals to us the things of God and God's direction for our lives.

B)    Romans 8:14-16 - v. 14 - as many as are led by the Spirit of God.  The Holy Spirit is sent to be our guide.

v.16 - The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit.  (This is the number one way that God guides us.)

C)    Is Our Spirit a Safe Guide?  Yes, if we are born-again.

1)   I John 3:9 - we now have the seed of Christ in us.

2)   I John 5:10-12 - we now have eternal life dwelling on the inside of us.

II) God's #1 Way of Leading Us is by the Inward Witness

A)    I John 2:20 - ye have an unction from the Holy One and know all things.  (God will show you what to do in every situation if you will learn to follow the unction.)

B)    What is the unction?

1) The unction is a push, witness, an inward revelation that guides us as to what to do.

2) The unction can be a check, or red light telling us what not to do. 

C)    I John 3:19-21 - How to follow the unction of God in your spirit.

 

August 04, 2014

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August 01, 2014

Bringing Forth Good Things

In Mark 11:22,23, The Lord Jesus said, "22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.  23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith." Notice the Lord begins by telling us to have faith in God. If we don't believe and trust God, then nothing else will work.  Everything we believe, say, and do should come out of our deep trust and conviction in God. Faith is simply taking a stand that God will do for us exactly what He said in His Word.

The Amplified Bible says verse 22 like this "...Have faith in God constantly."  Faith is to be our lifestyle and not just what we do when we have a need. Galatians 3:11 says, "...The just shall live by faith."  Every day of life should be a day of faith and putting our trust in the Lord.

In Mark 11:23, the Lord Jesus gives us two principles that faith works through. These principles of faith are believing in your heart and confessing with your mouth that which you believe in your heart. So, we see that faith is released by believing and saying what God says.  We must believe like God believes about the situation.  Then, because we believe like God does we say what God says about it.  Jesus said that when we believe right and confess right, the mountain or problem will be moved.  Once we move the mountain out of the way, we can then bring forth the breakthrough and good thing that God has for us.

This week, study this outline, "Bringing Forth Good Things."  I believe you will discover faith principles that will change your life.

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Bringing Forth Good Things

I)     We Must Believe It and Speak It, to Have It

A)    I Corinthians 3:10-12 - Christ is our foundation but we have a vital role in how we build our Christian lives.

1)   Everything in the foundation flows up into the building.

2)   v. 12 - We build either good or bad in our lives.

B)   Matthew 12:33-37 - What we really believe and continually say creates the reality of the things we have in our lives.

v. 33 - We have a vital part in the kind of life we live.

v. 34 - Our words and confession have creative power.

v. 35 - Because of sin and Adam's fall, we can now bring forth both good and bad.

1)   Proverbs 18:21 - Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

v. 34, 35 - What we put into out heart will control our confession.  What controls our heart, controls our confession, and our confession controls us.

v. 37 - What you believe and say will put you over or put you under.

C)    Philemon 6 - Our faith becomes powerful when we acknowledge every good thing God says about us and begin to speak it out in faith.

1)    Faith never rises above your confession.

2)    Manifestation comes after you agree with God and begin to confess it is yours.

D)   Romans 10:8-10 - Law of faith, believe in your heart, confess it.

v. 10 - Possession of the blessing comes after the confession.

E)    Hebrews 10:35-38 - Stay in faith, don't draw back.  Stay confident and hold fast your confession.

1)    Proverbs 4:20-22 - If your faith begins to weaken go back to the Word.

v. 22 - Keep taking your medicine until all the symptoms are gone.

2)    Hebrews 4:14 - Hold fast to saying the same thing Jesus says.

 

 

July 22, 2014

More Than Conquerors

It is always God's Will that we be more than conquerors in this life.  To be more than a conqueror means that we accept all that Jesus did, and now put it to work in our daily life.  The Bible teaches that Jesus conquered sin, satan, and every enemy to God and man.  Jesus was then crowned King of Kings and made the universal supreme head of the Church.  After Jesus received all authority and power, He then delegated to His Church, every Believer, the right and privilege to exercise that authority and power on earth.  So we can now say Jesus is the conqueror of all things; and, because He has delegated His authority to us, we are now more than conquerors in Him.  We are more than conquerors because we don't have to conquer sin, satan, and the curse.  We now have the authority to enforce the victory of the Lord Jesus in our lives.

Romans 8:37 says, "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."  When we live our lives in the Lord Jesus, nothing is too big or impossible for us to overcome.  For us to walk as more than conquerors we must apply three things to our lives.  We must have desire, decision, determination.  I encourage you to study this outline, More Than Conquerors, and let these truths transform your life.  Remember, you are already more than a conqueror.  All you need to do is to put it in action.

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More Than Conquerors

I)     The 3 D's to Being More than a Conqueror

A)    Romans 8:35-37 - All of these things come to defeat us and separate us from our fellowship with Christ.

v. 37 - It is God's Will that we overcome every attack and have victory over every battle.  To do this we must stay with Jesus and follow Him.

B)   John 5:1-9 - Three things we must do to be a conqueror.

vv. 1-5 - (Describes the conditions.)  These people came there with hope and vision of being healed.

v. 5 - (38 years) - When we have a dream the enemy will try to defeat it with environment and time.  If not careful, we let people, environment, and time affect our attitude and expectations.  We give in to our surroundings, compromise our vision and accept what we've got.

vv. 6, 7 - This man was no longer depending on his vision; he was looking for somebody else to make it happen for him.

1)    v. 6 - (will you be made whole) - #1. Desire - Do you still have that desire and passion to make your vision come true?

a)   Mark 11:24 -  What you desire is what you will pursue in faith and prayer.

b)  Proverbs 13:12 - Desire is your hope, hope feeds your faith, faith makes things happen.

Jesus first had to know if the man still had a desire to be healed.

2)   v. 8 - (Rise up, take thy bed and walk.)  #2. Decision

We have to decide that with or without anybody else we are going to believe God and make our vision happen.  You must get up, you must pray, you must decide to do it.

a)   Philippians 2:12-14 - You decide to make it happen by your faith and don't fuss about other people not helping you.  You take responsibility.

3)   v. 9 - #3. Determination - (Be determined that you are going to have it and nothing will stop you.)

a)   Hebrews 12:1-3 - Keep your eyes on Jesus and stay with it.  (Determination takes endurance.)

b)   II Timothy 1:6-7 - stir yourself, walk in faith.

July 17, 2014

Living By Faith

Galatians 3:9,11, says "So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham." "11 But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for 'the just shall live by faith.'"  In these two verses, Paul gives us two great truths we must learn.  First, if we are to be blessed and walk in the blessings that Abraham walked in, we must have believing faith.  What is believing faith?  Believing faith is when you go beyond just knowing God's Word to embracing and acting on God's Word.  To truly believe is to be a doer and not just a hearer of the Word.

Second, you must develop a lifestyle of faith.  Faith can't just be something you do when you have a need.  Faith must become your daily way of living.  Paul said,"The just shall live by faith."  From the time we get up until we go to bed at night, we should live in the realm of faith and trust in God.  When we make faith our lifestyle we will be ready for whatever challenges life will throw at us.

Study the outline on "Living By Faith."  Put these faith principles to work in your daily life and experience the blessings the Lord has provided for you.

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Living By Faith

I)     The Life of Faith is a Process of Steps to Your Desired Goal

A) Galatians 3:11 (The just shall live by faith.) - Living is movement, if it's alive there is movement in it.

B) II Corinthians 5:7 - For we walk by faith, not by sight.

To walk you must take steps.  There are steps to faith.

II)    Three Steps to Faith that will get Us to Our Victory

1)  Romans 10:17 - All faith must be established on God's Word.

     To walk by faith our first step must begin with God's Word.  There        can be no faith without God's Word.  Faith is a product of God's              Word.

a)  Proverbs 4:20-22 (v.22) - You must find God's Word that gives you the right to have what you need.

b)  Romans 4:18 - Abraham's walk of faith began with God's promise to bless him.

Our first step of faith is to find God's promise for the blessing we desire then claim it and embrace it as ours.

2)    Mark 11:22-23 - You must believe God's promise in your heart.

v. 23 - You must believe God's Word in your heart until it becomes so real it drives doubt out of you.

a)   Romans 4:17-22 - Abraham refused to be focused on the problem.  He kept his focus on God's promise.

To believe we must spend more time with God's promise than with the problem.

3)   Mark 11:23 - You have to say it.

v. 23 - You have what you say.  You must release the blessing in your life with your words.

a)    Romans 4:20 - Abraham kept his faith strong by constantly saying and praising God for the promise.

vv. 20-22 - He conformed his attitude, words, and actions to God's Word and not the problem.

 

July 09, 2014

Continual Spiritual Refreshings

Psalm 34:19 says, "Many evils confront the [consistently] righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all."  I am often amazed when I hear Christians complaining and bewildered because something goes wrong in their life.  It seems as though the false idea of that now that you're a believer, nothing wrong or bad is ever going to happen to you.  This thought or even teaching is contrary to God's Word.  David brings out this truth and lets us know that as we set ourselves to live righteous and holy before the Lord we will face many afflictions, evils, and troubles.

I Peter 4:12 says, "Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you."  Here again we are being warned of fiery trials that will come our way.  Notice that David said tests would come to the consistently righteous and here Peter says tests come to the beloved.  This tells me that a test doesn't mean I am missing it or I've fallen into sin.  It means that my adversary, the devil, is doing all he can to discourage me and to keep me from fulfilling God's Will in my life.

So what am I to do?  The answer is in God's Word.  Psalm 34:19 also says, "...but the Lord delivers him out of them all."  Thank God that for every test the devil throws at me, God has already prepared a way for me to overcome it.  I Corinthians 10:13 says, "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it."  No matter what you're facing today, God has already set up an escape route for you and you can be victorious.

The key now is for you to keep your heart full of faith and spiritually strong.  To do this, the Lord has prepared continual spiritual refreshings for us so we won't grow weary and faint.  So today, I encourage you to take your eyes off the test and put them on God's provision.  Set yourself to receive a fresh anointing of God's Spirit.  To help you do this, I encourage you to study the outline and listen to the message, "Continual Spiritual Refreshings."

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Continual Spiritual Refreshings

I       How to Stay Spiritually Refreshed in Troubling Times

A)    II Corinthians 4:16-18 - Every day we will face afflictions, but every day our inward man can be renewed.

Why it is important to renew our inward man.

1)    Proverbs 4:23 - Out of our heart, inward man, spring issues of life.

2)    Proverbs 20:27 - Spirit of man is the candle of the Lord.

3)    Matthew 12:35 - A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things.

vv. 17,18 - Two things to know and do to stay spiritually refreshed.

1)    v. 17 - The affliction, hard time, problem is temporary.

a)    Psalm 34:19 - Many are afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

2)    v. 18 - Get your eyes off of problems and on to God's provision.

a)    Number 21:4-9 - Many times after a great victory we will face a great test.

vv. 4-6 - The trip took longer.  They got tired and discouraged and complained.

vv. 7-9 - They repented, changed their attitude, got their eyes back on God and redemption, and got delivered.

B)    Isaiah 40:28-31 - God renews us when we turn to Him.

C)    Psalms 92:8-15 - (v.10) God will give us fresh anointing and strength.

vv. 12-15 (AMP) - We are to flourish, grow in grace, and be fruitful.

1)    Acts 3:19 - (AMP) Times of refreshing, continual refreshings are available to us from the presence of the Lord.