July 17, 2015

Remember Your Benefits

Ephesians 1:3 says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” Everything we could ever need has already been provided for us in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.  Being saved is more than just getting your sins forgiven and then hanging on till you get to Heaven.  Colossians 1:12-14 says, "...giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins."  Thank God we are redeemed and made partakers of the inheritance that God has provided for all of His Saints that have been brought into His Kingdom.

If we are to live in victory in this life, we must know what God has provided for us and then claim it in our lives. If we find our self in a test, it is important to remember our benefits we have in Christ. If the devil can't steal God's Word from you, he can't defeat you with his test.

Study this message and meditate on your benefits in Christ; stand strong, act in faith and receive your victory today.

 Remember Your Benefits

I)     To walk in victory, God's Word must stay fresh in our lives.

A)    Hebrews 2:1 - Give earnest heed to God's Word.  Keep the Word alive in you.  Don't drift away from God's Word.  Hold it fast in your heart.

1)    Mark 4:15 - Don't let the devil steal the Word from your heart.

B)    II Peter 1:2-4, 8-9, 12-13

vv.2-4 - God has provided all we need to live victorious.

vv.8-9 - If they stay alive in you, you're blessed.  If you let them slip away, you forget what God has done for you.

vv.12-13 - Peter put them in remembrance.

C)    Psalm 103:1-5 - Our Benefits

vv.1-2 - David stirs his soul or mind up to praise the Lord and remember all He has done for him.

vv.3-5 (AMP) - Our Benefits

1)    v.3 - He forgives all of your sins.

a)  Romans 5:20 - Where sin abounded, God's grace does much more abound.

2)     v.3 - He heals all diseases.

a)  I Peter 2:24 - by whose stripes you were healed

3)    v.4 - He redeems your life from destruction, and from the pit of corruption.

a)  Psalm 91:7-12 - no evil shall befall you

4)    v.4 - He crowns with lovingkindness and tender mercies.

a)  Psalm 106:7 - All of God's miracles are acts of His mercy.

5)    v.5 - He gives us victory and supplies our need at every age.

a)  Hebrews 13:5-6 - The Lord will never leave us or forsake us; we boldly say the Lord is my helper.