The Power of God Almighty

We need to give the world a better Christian!!!

The world sees a Christian that’s no better with sin than those people who are unbelievers. I’m not advocating that we will be perfect I’m just saying we can give them a better class of Christian than what they have been seeing.
In order to give the world a better class of Christian God will have to allow us to go through trials, tribulations and persecutions. We will experience the testing of our faith and at times we will fail but it will produce a steadfastness in us that will bring about a maturity thereby perfecting and completing us.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4 ESV)

We are only as powerful over sin as we think we are; knowing the truth gives us that power to succeed, to overcome, and to conquer. Know God’s truth and become a power house for Jesus Christ.
“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.”(Ephesians 1:19-23 NLT)

Jesus came to earth not only to give us a personal intimate demonstration of the reality of who He is as the Son of the Living God of heaven. He not only came to reveal to us the truth of the mysteries of God but to show us by example that through the grace of God we too can conquer over sins destruction in our lives.

Sins ultimate and permanent goal is separation, not only from all those you love because of your extreme selfishness to gratify your lustful desires but from the God of heaven in the lake of fire, which is the second death and second death meaning a complete permanent separation from all of Gods goodness (Rev. 20:12-15). A separation from God’s goodness is an unimaginable torment of all your senses.

As Christians all across the known world we often make excuses to sin and as to why we keep committing acts that keeps us weak as Christians as well as robbing us of all peace, joy and abundant life.

Paul strongly tells us what place sin should be in our lives.

“Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.” (Romans 6:12-18 NKJV)
So who is your true master is it Satan or is it God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ?

Keep in mind what the Apostle John tells us ……………. “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (I John 3:8 NKJV)

So if Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, how much more should we keep sin out of our lives and quit making excuses that its just our nature. Jesus destroyed the works of satan on the cross and his resurrection so therefore he has given us the power to overcome.
“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.” (I Corinthians 10:13 NKJV)

He has given us everything we need to be Victorious in todays battle for our souls.
“No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” (Romans 8:37 NLT)
Let us stand tall in the face of adversity constantly reading, studying and ruminating of His word along with worshiping Christ through praises and thanksgivings all throughout each and every day.
Intimacy With Christ is a must!!!
“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” (Matthew 7:13, 14 NLT)
Please do not come to the end of your life only to stand before God to hear him say, I’m sorry but I never knew you!

Love and Prayers
Richard

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A Dog on a Leash

leash |lē sh | a strap or cord for restraining and guiding a dog or other animal. Satan’s nothing more than a dog on a leash, he cannot do anything without permission from God the Father. Remember Job? Satan could only do what God allowed him to do, no more, no less. However, don’t ever take Satan for granted for if faith the size of a mustard seed can move a mountain then we better start trusting in the Lord for we’ll never know what will come our way? Whether God will send boulders our way or Mount Everest Mountain down our way. Whatever comes our way God has just as much confidence in us as he did on Job when Satan inflicted him with several mountains in a row. Remember troubles and trials are never easy and they are always meant to stretch our faith to the limit in order to make our faith more stronger. Look at what Satan wanted to do with Simon Peter and God granted his request, but then look at the verse, “when you have turned back strengthen your brothers. What Simon Peter went through strengthen his faith enough so he could strengthen the faith of his brothers.

Luke 22: 31 Simon, Simon Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.

It is interesting to note that Satan still has to ask permission just like he did with Job 1: 7; 2: 2 God has and always will be in control. Always!

However, Satan is a powerful adversary who was once the highest-ranking angel in heaven. We are no match for this fallen angel of light who seeks to devour, rip to shreds or sift as wheat any believer of Jesus Christ. He will deceive, masquerade or disguise himself as an anointed one from God using powerful words that will stir the emotions, excite rage and anger. He will entice you to do something without praying first or comparing to God’s word, it will feel right and sound good but his deception is without equal. He is one not to be trifled with but is an enemy we cannot fight alone without the aid of Jesus Christ through the power of His word.

Satan will entice us to be like him. We will stand to defend God’s honor and His word, but in our haste and lack of waiting upon the Lord we will destroy and devour one another. For when you attack another person you will be thinking you are doing the very works of God, you will think that God himself told you to attack, however, a season mature Christian who rightly divides the word of truth knows that all we do is to be done through prayer and love. We are to be wise as a serpent but harmless as a dove in dealing with any person in the affairs of spiritual enlightenment. We are to have the perspective of hating the sin but loving the sinner. We are to be seasoned with salt so that those who have not tasted of the Lord knows not how good he is and can be to those who are spiritually discerned or even those weak in the faith who have not seen the power of God move through their life.

We are ambassadors, representatives of the most High God. We are to mirror the truth of His word, surrender to the power of His might and to be led by the Holy Spirit of God. We must do all things to the glory of God and we must at all cost forbid to do anything in our own strength. We must allow the master to use us as a vessel of honor as living sacrifices for him. Remember when the mountain comes your way I’ll pray that your faith fails not and when you have turned back strengthen your brothers and sisters in Christ when you do.

Intimacy with Christ,

Richard