TWEAKING YOUR DISCERNER

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LAST DAYS SURVIVAL GUIDE – In this series of messages learn critical things you need to know to survive the last days. In this message you will gain insight into how you can have better discernment so you will not be deceived by anyone.

You Shall Receive Power

Acts 2:4
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

A sign to a healthy church is a church that believes in, teaches, and leads others into receiving the promise of the Father, which is being filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. This promise spoken of by Jesus in Acts 1:4-5 is not salvation, but to receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon you to be His witnesses through this power. This is what the word “filled” means. It refers to “overflowing”.

In John 20:22, Jesus having risen from the dead appeared to His disciples and breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit”. This is when the disciples got born again. He breathed this new life into their spirit. Then right before ascending into heaven in Acts chapter 1 He tells them to wait in Jerusalem until they receive the Promise of the Father, being empowered to be His witnesses as they are filled (overflowing) with the Spirit that would come “up on” them. He was already in them.

Any church that does not teach in this Promise and actively see this in their church is denying one of the most important elements for believers. There were 120 in that upper room, and they were “all filled” with the Spirit and the evidence of speaking in tongues. Peter went on to preach in Acts chapter 2 this promise is for all. This initial yielding to the baptism of the Holy Spirit is how a believer begins to learn to yield to this power so that they can do the same works Jesus did as Jesus stated we could do in John 14:12. A healthy church teaches people to receive this power.
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THE POWER OF UNITY – PART 9

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Unity within the church is a powerful thing. It brings supernatural strength to fulfill the task at hand. Learn in this series the power of unity, and how we walk in that unity.

No Condemnation

Romans 8:1
THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.

Once you are born again there is no condemnation for the believer who does not denounce Jesus Christ. The word condemnation is defined as a damnatory sentence or judgement of guilt. The reason is because the old sinful man within has been done away with and we are made new. Jesus on the cross not only bore our sin, He bore the punishment our sin deserved.

This is why in Isaiah’s prophecy about Jesus, he said that Jesus was stricken and smitten by God. Jesus then went into hell itself paying the full price for our sin and the judgement that is to come for the sin of man. So the damnation (separation from God) that man deserved has been taken away for those who receive Christ as their Savior, as long as they do not lose their confidence steadfast to the end as revealed in Hebrews 3:14.

If we still focus on and see ourselves through the fleshly man on the outside, we will feel condemned. But if we see what God sees, our new spirit man on the inside, and we choose to not live according to the flesh but live in accordance with this new nature within us, we will not feel condemned for we will see our new nature. Become spirit conscious and spirit led, governed by your new nature, and you will not fall prey to feeling condemned.
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God Does Not Change

Malachi 3:6
“For I am the LORD, I do not change;…”

In this day in which we live we have certainly seen things change very quickly in our world today. I have seen things happen I never thought I would see in my lifetime. In the midst of this ever changing world, there is one thing we can secure ourselves to Who never changes, our God. Here in Malachi God stated the fact that He does not change. In Hebrews 13:8 we are told Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Let me share a couple of powerful truths about our never changing God.

First of all because God never changes we don’t have to keep buying a new and different Bible to try and figure out how God does things. All we have to do is go to His Word, learn of God and His ways, and adapt our life to Him, and see our lives change for the better. Many times people say certain things that happen are from God or are His doing, but once you get in the Word and learn of Him you can know what is of God and what is not of God. Many are deceived because they have not come to know Him through His Word.

Another powerful truth about our unchanging God as stated in 2 Corinthians 1:20 is that every promise He has provided in Christ is available to us. Some still do not know that all the promises of God are for everyone, to which we are to exercise our faith to receive them. He does not have favorites. We simply have to believe in what Jesus has already done for us. He does not change His mind about any of His promises. So in this ever changing world choose to look too and walk with our unchanging God, who never changes. You will be glad you did.
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THE POWER OF UNITY – PART 8

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Unity within the church is a powerful thing. It brings supernatural strength to fulfill the task at hand. Learn in this series the power of unity, and how we walk in that unity.

Our Redemption Paid In Full

Romans 3:24
being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;

In Christ we have justification given to us as a gift. You don’t earn a gift you simply receive it. Justified means you have been “Declared Righteous” (made right with God). This was all made possible through the redeeming work of Jesus our Lord and Savior. Redemption refers to an exchange, or a release, provided by the payment of a ransom.

For example in a movie where someone is taken captive by evil men, they may require a ransom to be given for the release of the one that they have taken. Through the fall of Adam, sin has taken mankind captive and held them in bondage to it’s destructive ways. Jesus came as our payment, our ransom, to deliver us from sin and it’s destructive ways. We could not free ourselves, but He had the power to free us.

Jesus died and went into hell paying the ransom for our deliverance. For all who receive Him, they can now be free from the power of sin and darkness. He did not die so that we could claim to be like Him and yet choose to live with sin. He died so that we in accepting His payment for us could choose to walk away from sin, being liberated from that old sin nature, and now live for and with God, because we have been given right standing with Him. Choose to walk in the liberty you have been given by walking with God, not with the world from whom Jesus paid the price to liberate you from.
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More Than Conquerors

Romans 8:37
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

God sees everyone who is born again as more than a conqueror because of what Christ has done. This simply means we are able to overcome all things. One who is just a conqueror may be able to overcome some things, but those who are more than conquerors are able to overcome any challenge they may face. Why then do many believers seem to be overcome instead of overcoming in areas of their life?

Notice it says we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. One translation of this verse says we overcome all things through His love. You see a key to overcoming in life is not just knowing God loves you, but believing in the love He has for you. There is a difference. In 1 John 4:16, John said that he knew and BELIEVED in the love God has for him. To know God loves you is head knowledge, but to believe God loves you is revelation of this truth in you heart. This word believe means to trust in obtaining or doing something.

If we believe God truly loves us in our hearts we will have absolute trust in His Word, knowing every promise is yes and amen. Many do not walk in the surpassing victory they have in Christ because they lack faith in how much God loves them. If you believe He loves you, God’s perfect love casts out all fear. You will never question God nor doubt His Word when you have faith in His love for you. He proved His love on the cross. Know and believe in His love for you, as you are more than a conqueror.
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Using The Name of Jesus

John 14:13-14
13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

In the verse right before this Jesus had declared that those who believe in Him could do what He Himself had done. In the above two verses many think this is referring to making a request to God, but in fact that is not what these verses actually say. The word “ask” here means to make a demand. In John 16:23-24 Jesus teaches us about asking the Father in prayer for answers we need. Here in John 14, He is revealing how we can do what Jesus did.

We are not making a demand of Jesus nor the Father for anything, as these scriptures do not say anything about directing this demand to them. When you look at Jesus’ example of what He did, He never prayed to the Father when dealing with the works of satan. Jesus simply used His authority and demanded change. He demanded sickness and disease to go. He demanded demons to leave. When it comes to dealing with the works of satan you don’t pray to the Father, you use your God-given authority and demand it to go.

We do this by using the name of Jesus. Notice Jesus said whatever you ask (demand) in my name, I will do it. When you use the name of Jesus and demand the works of our enemy to go, it’s the same as if Jesus is right there Himself, and therefore it will be done. What God has already done for us through Christ we don’t ask Him to do. We go and enforce His victory by demanding the works of satan have to go in Jesus name, for His name is above every name.
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I Will Give You Shepherds

Jeremiah 3:15
“Then I will give you shepherds who trust and know Me, wise teachers who will impart knowledge and understanding to you.”

It saddens me to see and hear so many believers who are so deceived when it comes to the subject of going to church and having a shepherd in their life. If God did not want you to have a pastor to teach you the Truth of God’s Word, helping to equip you for the work of the ministry, then why did He provide them? But even if you are someone who does believe God wants you in His house, what is one of the signs we are connected to the right shepherd? Good question.

A shepherd who is gifted by God to feed His flock will be someone who not only knows God, but they will impart knowledge and understanding to you. Simply put, they teach sound doctrine. In Titus 2:1, a letter written to Titus who was a pastor, Titus is told to speak the things which are proper for “sound doctrine”. Your pastor should teach sound doctrine. Simply put, he should only teach the Word of God, not his personal opinion or man’s philosophy. Yet many popular preachers say things contrary to scripture, sharing what is nothing more than their own opinion.

In 2 Timothy 4:2 Paul tells Timothy, who was also a pastor to”Preach the Word”. When you find the pastor God has for you, that pastor will stick to the Word of God. They will not speak contrary to scripture. Some pastors today even say attending church isn’t that important, but that is not what God’s Word teaches. You need a shepherd God has gifted to impart wisdom and understanding into your life. Such a shepherd will have sound doctrine, teaching in line with all of the Word of God.
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