On the day of Pentecost the church received power to go and be a witness for the Lord, revealing the Father to the world. We are to receive this power so that we can go and do the works Jesus did, so that the world can see our heavenly Father through us. Find out more about this important topic “The Power of Pentecost”.

Receiving Abundant Life

John 10:10
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

We know God is not a thief, so anything that involves stealing, killing, or destroying is not from God but from the thief himself, satan. It is interesting to note this verse in it’s context. If you read the previous nine verses you find out Jesus begins by teaching us that any shepherd who did not come through the gate, which Jesus tells us He is that gate, is a thief. Jesus, according to Ephesians 4 is the One who gives us the five fold ministry gifts, which includes the pastor or shepherd. What Jesus is teaching us is that any pastor not gifted (ordained) by Him is a thief.

In 2 Corinthians 11:15 we find out that satan has his own ministers who appear as ministers of righteousness, but they are under his control. This is the primary way satan steals, kills, and destroys through false and deceptive teaching mixed with some truth. Throughout the New Testament we are warned of such ministers, those who speak false doctrine, and those who water down the Word of God.

So if you don’t want to be taken advantage of and you want to experience the life God has for you, an abundant life, you need a shepherd who will teach us, as Paul said, the whole counsel of God. Beware of having your ears tickled and only hearing what you want to hear but not receiving all of what scripture teaches. In knowing the Truth through the shepherd Jesus has for you, you will be set free from the destructive works of the thief and experience life more abundantly.

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Stay Hungry For God

Psalms 107:9
For He satisfies the longing soul,
And fills the hungry soul with goodness.

I was in a service years ago in my church that I was a member of at the time and I will never forget this encounter I had with the presence of God. It was during our worship service. I was lifting my hands and just loving on God with all my heart. All of a sudden I was unaware of anyone or anything else around me. God’s presence was so real, and it was an experience of love I cannot describe. This went on for several minutes and actually I lost track of time.

Since that encounter I have had several times as a pastor in the pulpit where God’s presence was more real to me than anything around me. Do you desire to have such encounters with God? To be so full of His presence that nothing else can compare to Him? He desires this more than we do. The lacking element is a true heart hunger for God. A hunger that cannot be satisfied by anything else. God longs to fill the hungry soul with goodness. What is that goodness? God Himself. Why do we seem to be lacking in a hunger for God?

It’s really simple. The primary reason someone is hungry is because they are not full. To many are filling their lives with other things, and this keeps us from having a hunger for Him. God wants to move in and through His people. He desires for us to have times of refreshing in His presence, but until we have the same desire and longing for Him, we will miss out on what He has for us. Make a change. Don’t fill up on other things. God is waiting on us to draw near to Him, and when we do He will draw near to us!

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Speak To Your Mountain

Mark 11:23
“Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.”

In Christ Jesus you have the ability to move mountains. Jesus did not say to ask God to move the mountain, you command it to move. A mountain represents any obstacle that stands between you and that which God has promised is yours in Christ, or that which tries to stop you from carrying out His will for your life. Jesus gave an example before He spoke this to His disciples.

He had spoken to a fig tree that was producing no fruit and He declared that no one would eat fruit from that tree again. At that moment it didn’t look like anything had changed. But the next day when they passed by that tree, Peter noticed that it was now dead. It had died from the roots up. When you speak to any mountain in faith using the authority we have been given through the name of Jesus, you know the work has begun from the roots up.

We have been given authority, God’s delegated power through the name of Jesus to use in this earth, and we must use that authority against whatever may stand in our way that is trying to keep us from seeing God’s will being done. When that delegated power is released in faith, know that it is working, for just like the fig tree it died from the roots up. Learn to use the name of Jesus and command that mountain to move.

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When we understand Bible faith, we understand how we can live a life chosen for us by God in which we can change the world we live in. Find out more in this important series on Bible faith.

Made Righteous In Christ

Corinthians 5:21
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

It is important as a believer in Christ to fully understand and have revelation in your heart of what the blood of Jesus accomplished for you if you want to be a partaker of what Jesus purchased for us. But something that is just as important and even more so is understanding what the blood of Jesus accomplished in you as well. This is an area where many fall short. Let me explain from the above verse of scripture.

Jesus was made to be sin by shedding His blood on the cross so that everyone who is truly born again would be made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. That simple truth means that one who has repented and made Jesus the Lord of their life now has right standing with God. Another word we see in scripture for this is the word justified. His shed blood cleansed us from the old spirit man within and made us brand new. When this happens you are now right with God because you have become a son or daughter of God.

When you are made right with God you now have rights as a child of God. You become an heir of God and a joint heir with Jesus. As His child if you understand who you now are, you begin to realize what now belongs to you. When God looks at you He sees this new inward person who is in right standing with Him. We need to wake up to this reality and begin to see ourselves as God sees us. This will not only change how we live, but how we look at the promises of God. Every promise is now available to us because of who we have become, a child of God who is in right standing with Him.

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All Things Are Possible To Them That Believe

Mark 9:23
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

There is nothing impossible for those who walk in Bible faith. Faith does not deny the existence of a problem or obstacle, but faith does not focus on these things in the natural, but instead on the Word of God. So faith does not look at what is seen, it does not become occupied with what you are facing, but it looks at and becomes occupied with what is not seen, the promise of God’s Word that is not yet manifest.

Faith believes in the heart not the head what God has promised us. Once you have faith in your heart, faith then speaks in line with what one believes, and then faith acts upon the Word of God. Begin by finding scripture that gives you the promise of what you are believing for. Meditate on those verses until they become real to your inner man (your spirit man). One does this by declaring those truths to yourself continually, proclaiming them as scripture revels as already yours.

Keep declaring God’s Word until you believe it, and then when you believe it keep declaring it. Faith also acts upon the Word of God, for faith without corresponding action is dead. We must act upon what God’s Word says. Begin taking steps of faith in line with His promises. What man says is impossible, God says is possible to them that believe. Just believe!

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Abounding In Faith

Colossians 2:7
rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

God’s desire is for us to be “established” in the faith, walking by faith, and not by sight. One of the most important lifestyle changes that must take place in the life of a believer to stop waking by sight; talking about and being focused on what one see, always speaking defeat, negative, and magnifying what one sees instead of what God has said and done through Christ is thanksgiving.

Notice in the above verse the apostle Paul tells believers in Colossians that they had been taught how to be established in the faith, abounding in it (faith) with thanksgiving. For you to abound in faith, believing in what Christ has already provided for you through His death, burial, and resurrection all that is needed in this life you are living, you are to thank Him for what He has already done.

If you develop in a life of thanking God for having made you more than a conqueror, redeeming you from the works of darkness, etc, your focus is on what God’s Word declares, and not on what is happening around you. You cannot live a life of thanksgiving toward God and be focused on things in the natural . Faith will change what is seen, for all things are possible for them who believe. Develop a daily life of thanksgiving toward God, and you can see your faith abound more and more.

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When we understand Bible faith, we understand how we can live a life chosen for us by God in which we can change the world we live in. Find out more in this important series on Bible faith.

Baptism of The Holy Spirit

Mark 1:8
“I baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Jesus desires for us to be more than just born again, it is His desire that we be immersed in the presence of God. If we will ask Him in faith, it is He who will baptize (immerse) us in the Holy Spirit. In Acts 1:8 Jesus told His disciples that they would receive power (be empowered) after the Holy Spirit came upon them and they would be able to go and do the works Jesus did. Acts 10:38 declares that Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit and power, and He went about doing good and healing those oppressed of the devil.

There is more than a born again experience for the believer. When you are born again, your spirit is made new and the Holy Spirit comes into your spirit. But when you are baptized in the Holy Spirit you yield yourself unto the presence of God within you, and He comes upon you to empower you to set people free, following in Jesus’ example. Jesus Himself said in John 14:12 that the works He did we can do also.

This is a missing element in many believers lives. There are many churches that do not teach the “Full Gospel”, for being baptized in the Holy Spirit is a part of the good news, available to every believer. If you have not been baptized in the Holy Spirit find a church that believes in all that Jesus taught, and learn how to receive this power for your life. Once you have received this power from on high, learn to yield unto Him every day by praying in your heavenly language, building yourself up on your most holy faith (Jude 1:20).

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