How Can I Follow Jesus In A Relevant Way Today

“Many pastors are making converts, but not disciples.”

“Only 30% of people attend church regularly. Many say they don’t go to church because they don’t find it relevant.”

Practicality. How can I live like Jesus? Over and over we hear messages about salvation. It’s great to be reminded of Christ’s love for us as displayed on the cross at Calvary, but we need relevancy. We need to know how to apply Scripture to our life today. Jesus said His word will never pass away. It’s as relevant in the 21st century as it was 2000 years ago and beyond. So here’s my practical advice from a few verses I read this morning: be ready for what’s coming.

You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives. (‭Luke‬ ‭21‬:‭17-19‬ ESV)

“You’ll be hated by all”; that’s encouraging. Jesus then says, but not a hair of your head will perish. I don’t think He means the hair on these mortal, death-plagued bodies, because two verses earlier He says some of His disciples will indeed be killed, but I believe He’s speaking of our resurrected bodies, reminding us to look ahead to eternity and the Day of the Lord when Christ returns and we all are resurrected into immortal, imperishable bodies. Then Jesus ends with, “by your endurance you will gain your lives.” He is preparing us for hardship, for serious, serious persecution. In order to be prepared for the persecution every Christian will eventually face, we need to set our minds on eternity—not the now.

After continuing His teaching, telling us of all the terrible plagues and famines and wars that are going to happen, Jesus ends with:

“Be on your guard, so that your minds are not dulled from carousing, drunkenness, and worries of life, or that day will come on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come on all who live on the face of the whole earth. But be alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man.” (‭Luke‬ ‭21‬:‭34-36‬ HCSB)

So let’s start to do this now. Why place our hope in a shaky rapture doctrine when Jesus clearly teaches us to put our hope in the resurrection at the last day? We need to be prepared for the worst, not the best or easiest scenario.

We need to:

1.) Be alert at all times

What does this look like practically for you? Stay sober. Don’t get caught up in too much entertainment. Don’t drown yourself in career. Stay in the Word and be aware of what is happening in our world because there are clear signs that show us His return is nearer and nearer and we need to be ready to face Him.

2.) Pray

This is the most practical thing any Christian can do, but many of us don’t pray as fervently as we are commanded to. We need to pray for strength, that no matter what happens, we won’t lose hope, but endure till the end. We need to pray that we are worthy to stand before Christ, because there is a standard, and how unbiblical it is to think confession alone will get us into His eternal presence. I’m not preaching works based salvation, but more so “work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” Don’t take it for granted, don’t think you can sin all you want and still be spotless before God who searches hearts and knows all things. He does say we Christians will be judged too and there are certain sins (1 Corinthians 6:9-11) that will keep us out of heaven, and Hebrews says that we cannot abuse His grace or we can expect a “consuming fire that will devour [God’s] adversaries.”

So stand firm, family. We see our first amendment rights are continuing to be trampled on by the Obama administration. We need to stay alert and keep praying every day. May I and you be found worthy on the Day of the Lord and may I meet all of you in heaven. I pray we all endure, because Jesus says the love of many will grow cold and a great falling away of the church will happen before He returns. I pray you and me are not apart of that falling, but that we rise together in glorious bodies and attain salvation to be with our Lord forever. And may we choose to imitate Jesus today in our pursuit of prayer:

So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed. (‭Luke‬ ‭5‬:‭16‬ NKJV)

Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. (‭Luke‬ ‭6‬:‭12‬ NKJV)

Love you and praying for you,

Natasha

What You Do Can’t Get You Into Heaven, But What You Do Can Keep You Out Of It

For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭8-9‬)

Indeed, no matter how boast-worthy we deem our good works, they can never surpass what Christ did for us: living a morally perfect life and then offering up His perfect life as a perfect sacrifice for our sins upon the cross. But, what we do can most certainly keep us out of heaven—even if we profess Christ as Savior and Lord.

This is a very popular verse in the church today, however, it is only the first half of this verse that is popular, while the second half is usually never even mentioned:

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭1‬ NKJV)

There is an obvious clause in this verse: the necessity for not walking according to our flesh but according to the Holy Spirit.

The bible is clear:

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (‭Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭19-21‬ NKJV)

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭5-9‬ NKJV)

“Once saved, always saved,” is a pervasive false doctrine that has infected the church and defiled her. This notion proposes that no matter what, when you give your life to Jesus, you are going to heaven. But we must abide in Christ, we must continue fighting the good fight if we are to be with our Lord. Even Jesus affirmed this truth when He said in both Matthew 10:22 and 24:13, “But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”

We must endure. Jesus says in the previous verse in chapter 24 that the love of many will grow cold. You can start strong on the narrow path of life, but end up on the wide road of destruction. Jesus also affirmed this in His parable of the seeds; some seed (the gospel) fell on rocky ground and these are those who accept Christ immediately, but do not have their roots grown deep in the faith so when trials come they fall away, and for others, the seed falls among thorns and after a while, the cares of this life and the deceitfulness of riches draws them away.

Jesus was ardent about His disciples abiding in Him, remaining in His teaching, strengthening their faith and producing good fruit. But how many hear the gospel and “accept it,” only to continue doing the same sins they did before, but believe they’re still going to heaven because, “once saved, always saved?”

Salvation is not empty, it is not ineffective. Salvation brings about transformation in the life of the surrendered, and the fruits of his salvation become evident to all.

May we take heed this warning from our brother, Paul, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified (II Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭5‬), and: “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;” (Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭12‬)

Jesus Is Supposed To Transform You

“Abstain from every form of evil.” (I Thessalonians 5:22 NKJV)

When I looked up the original word for “form,” I discovered it included the outward appearance of something. This verse isn’t just speaking about avoiding being involved with evil, but even just the appearance of evil; if it can look like you’re doing evil.

I would say that’s a pretty high standard, wouldn’t you? But if you are familiar with Scripture, you’d know there’s an emphasis on “walking worthy of the Lord,” and being “blameless.” Another verse says we are Christ’s representatives. That’s a big deal, a huge deal.

Jesus was morally perfect, completely blameless in all of His conduct. To represent that can seem impossible to many people, and it is—if you don’t have the Holy Spirit.

Christ came to utterly transform us, but, there is one major obstacle to the process of complete transformation: self.

Jesus told His audience that whoever wanted to follow Him needed to pick up his cross, deny himself, and follow Him. There is a prerequisite before a person can be transformed by Christ’s indwelling Holy Spirit: surrender. And I’m not talking partial surrender or lip-service, but true-blue, Jesus have it all, I’m done with my sins, my ideas, my desires, and I’m going to let You be my Master surrender.

I think there’s a few kinds of people. There are those who are interested in what Christ has to offer. Maybe they hear a sermon, or a friend tells them about Jesus, and they like the sound of forgiveness, grace, love, purpose, and escape from hell. But they are not aware of the depth of Christ’s love for them, and His perfect goodness, so they doubt if the Christian life is really all that satisfying, or they believe Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and that no one can get to the Father except through Him, but they’re afraid of the unknown. Both have the solution to their problem in truly grasping that God is not a mean dictator, but rather a loving Father. And like loving earthly fathers discipline their children for their benefit, God even more so disciplines out of complete knowledge and understanding of what is absolutely best for you. Once this truth is grasped, it is easier to surrender.

But then there are those who truly just want fire-insurance. They believe in hell and don’t want to live there for eternity, so they confess Christ as Savior and Lord, but they never surrender. They maybe start a religious routine of attending church and going to a bible study, but they continue sinning and doing what they want to do. Tragically, Jesus says of these kinds of people:

Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭22-27‬ NKJV)

Jesus didn’t come just to save people from hell, He came to save them from being bound by hell. He defeated sin by the power of the Holy Spirit, and expects those who follow Him in surrender to do the same, not relying on their strength, but on His.

There’s loads of Scriptures on us being holy and different from those who do not know God, primarily how we love Him and one another. But love doesn’t harm, it isn’t selfish, it isn’t lustful or envious or prideful. Love keeps its clothes on and hands off until marriage. Love respects and does not belittle. Love doesn’t lie. Love doesn’t steal, it gives. Love isn’t out of control.

I feel for my generation because there’s so much blasphemy in “churches” today; people getting drunk, having premarital sex, dressing immodestly, cussing, lying, gossiping. These are not fruits of the Holy Spirit, but of the flesh, and it all leads to death. There’s these buildings with pastors who use Jesus’ name and some of the bible and then call themselves His church, when really, their heart isn’t surrendered. They treat His grace as something common and abuse it by continuing to sin and leading their congregation to sin. They talk about reaching the world, but they are still of it! They cannot save souls, but only draw them to themselves. They aren’t bringing people to Christ, they’re bringing them to themselves. It seems the majority of church-goers act like, look like, and talk like those who don’t know Jesus. They don’t realize that there is supposed to be a genuine life transformation; mind, heart, and soul, from the inside out we are truly new. Therefore, they not only miss out on genuine communion with God, but they also are on the wide path of destruction, rather than on the path to life.

The bible speaks of a “great falling away” of the church, and I believe this is the time it speaks of. More and more pastors are rising up, twisting or denying scripture, accepting sin and rejecting the power of Christ to really transform lives. Many are being led to hell and don’t even know it. Then, when someone confronts these pastors or the sin in their congregations, they are called judgmental and shooed out or silenced. The bible says those who do this have their just judgment coming.

But I know God is good. He seeks the heart that is truly hungry for Him, the person who is sick of following their own way and really wants to know Him. These He delivers, He “exalts the humble and gives them grace, but resists the proud.” Jesus visits these people and they surrender and become transformed. And that’s my prayer for you: that just like He visited me on February 22nd, 2009 and began radically transforming my life, that the same would happen for you. That you would come to know the depth and height and length and width of Christ’s love for you, and discover His good, pleasing, perfect and acceptable plans for your life. That by His power, you will be healed and through His Holy Spirit, be able to defeat the sin in your life. Then you too can be able to share Him with others and partner with Him in truly saving souls, storing up great rewards in heaven. But the best reward will be experiencing God here on earth, really experiencing Him; His love, His joy, His power, His grace, His leading, His favor.

If you’ll only surrender.

The New Way To Handle Sin In Other’s Lives

A number of people in the Church have created a new system of getting people out of sin, and too many good-willed Christians are buying into this unbiblical notion of “encouraging the sinner.” Speaking life is good yes, but in what context? When someone is sinning? Paul addressed the Corinthians very sternly about their acceptance of someone sinning among them. He didn’t tell them to speak life over them. He told them:

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. (I Corinthians 5:4-5 NKJV)

When you sin, you are in death because the bible itself says sin brings death. Those in sin need to know they are not walking in life and need to repent from their sin that is destroying them in order to begin walking in life. There is a time to be more firm and a time to be more gentle, depending on the sinner, but you are never to avoid speaking the truth about sin and how the Holy God hates it. Mind you, He hates it because it is the greatest offense to Him and His purpose for us as living beings: to glorify and imitate Him, to be like Him. Whenever we sin, we misrepresent God and slander His holy character. God is love, God is good, God is many wonderful things, but He particularly emphasizes His holiness.

Hearing the truth doesn’t cause people to stay stuck in their sin. There is freedom in the truth. Jesus taught that light exposes darkness and those who love darkness will stay there by their own choosing, not because the truth of their sin made them stay there. Once light is shed on darkness, a choice is to be made that all of us, by God’s granting, are able to make, for He gave us free will: Choose Him or choose self.

I know people who stay stuck in sin because they don’t fear God because no one has really confronted them on it, but only encouraged them. But when God sent His prophets to the Jews because they were sinning against Him, God had the prophet call out ALL of their sins. God labeled them and then delivered harsh judgment.

People must be warned. There is a time for everything, and when someone is sinning, it is NOT the time for encouragement.

Mega Church Vs. Home Church

It is truly an incredible blessing to have a pastor who could easily follow the recent trend and form a mega church, but who instead desires intimate discipleship and fellowship and to see God move powerfully through us, to love and serve practically the community and one another. It’s not about numbers, it’s about making solid, strong disciples. He’d rather have ten on fire for Jesus, than ten thousand faithful church service attendees who are not on fire for the Lord.

Many (not all) pastors are so concerned about bringing in the masses that they neglect the few they have now, thinking a forty minute sermon is enough when truly, christianity is about family; extremely close relationships with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, being there for one another, holding each other accountable, building each other up. It’s not about spoon-feeding a message and then going about your day. I think a lot of these pastors have unwittingly turned church into a business rather than a loving and close-knit community of transformed lives.

Family, pray. I hope you aren’t in a church with leadership that doesn’t truly care tenderly for the flock. I pray you’re involved with a group of believers that meet at someone’s home, where it is more intimate and people can receive prayer and deliverance and personal encouragement, not just an often times generic sermon for thousands.

If you don’t have that, maybe pray about starting one of your own. That’s how the first church did things. They met at people’s homes and built strong relationships with their family in Christ and truly loved one another. Jesus said the world will know we’re His disciples by the way we love one another. But how can we do that in a mega-church setting where you go to service and then leave right after? Unless you serve there, then it becomes a little more intimate but even then, it’s not like you’re truly getting built up and ministering to each other, you are serving others which is great, but the body of Christ is supposed to build each other up too.

This close friendship and accountability is largely missing in our current church culture, but it is vital to our growth in the faith and in love. What do you think? Do you agree? Are you apart of a large church and feeling lonely? Are you in the service-attending routine, but don’t have genuine, close friendships with other believers that you can confess to and count on? Or are you also apart of a wonderful and thriving home church?

As the end draws near, the day gets darker. I highly doubt when anti-Christ shows his true colors there will still be public church buildings. I believe the church will be forced to go underground, like many today and in the days of the apostles. What a tragedy it will be if you have no one to cling to in that time, no one you know who has an open home for believers to gather together. I pray you find that, or create your own home church before it’s too late.

Do You Know What God Has Chosen You For?

I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭42‬:‭6-7‬ KJV)

I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭6-7‬ KJV)

Is it not mind-blowing that God actually has good plans for us before we are born? Christians should gape in awe at God, struck silent with humility and unsurpassable honor at the fact that the Loving and Almighty Creator of the universe has chosen them before they breathed their first breath.

I heard a christian hip-hop song and the chorus said we are lucky. At first, I wasn’t sure I agreed with this notion, but I sure do now. We are extremely fortunate that for whatever reason, we were not destined for dishonor and destruction, because some are (Romans 9:10-29). I personally believe this may have something to do with God’s foreknowledge, that He knows who of His creation will—by their free will—choose to love Him or choose to hate Him, although I am not sure.

But either way, He chose //me//, He chose /us/ before we chose Him! And what did He choose us for? To merely inherit heaven? No, not to simply inherit heaven, although that’s a wonderful truth, but to be mighty lights in this ever-darkening world: to be a light to the lost, to open blind eyes with the truth of the gospel and set captives free by it.

Many have heard that we are “ambassadors of Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20), but I don’t think all of us grasp the weight, the high honor, the amazing glory that entails. We are messengers and representatives of the only God, the First and Last, the Alpha and Omega, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who by the mere breath of His mouth, the thunderous quaking of His voice, created the entire universe. Who destroyed the first world with a flood of water that drowned the highest mountain peaks (and you think tsunamis are bad), who promises to dissolve this current earth with raging fire.

But tragically, so many who profess to be His children, His devoted followers, are not truly committed to following His will. They are selfish, content with receiving heaven, but not desiring to give up all to passionately pursue their alleged Master. The fruit of their life is the fruits of the flesh; sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar to these, and though they think they’re getting away with these sins, they actually won’t receive the kingdom (Galatians 5:19-21). They go to church and think God’s grace and love is all they need and they’re good to go, but this is a destructive lie that now taints the Church and many are walking on the road to destruction without knowing it. They don’t fear God, who promises those who sow to the flesh will reap corruption and death—not eternal life—and that everyone, including professing Christians, will be judged by their works. They do not know that Jesus said:

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’ Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!'” (Matthew 7:21-23)

But for those of us who love and fear Christ, let us never forget that though we suffer affliction, though our spouse or job or family may leave us, Christ never will. Though we may go into foreclosure, we have an everlasting home created by Christ Himself that will never be taken from us. Though we are in physical pain, we will receive new immortal and glorious bodies. Though we suffer persecution and hatred from our enemies, one day God Himself will praise us and the angels will rejoice as we enter through the pearly gates of the New Jerusalem and crowns are given us to adorn our heads, and shining bright robes of white to clothe our shining, heavenly bodies.

Let us remember the promises of our King, that we are a royal priesthood, a chosen people, a holy nation, set apart for the gospel of our God that we may bring others who are called into God’s kingdom with us where we will rejoice for all eternity and be surrounded by love, joy, and glory forever and ever.

May we deny ourselves every day and live for the kingdom to come. Amen.

I Have Everything I Need In Christ. Do You?

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭19‬ NKJV)

Do you believe this? And this:

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭33‬ NKJV)

If you’re a Christian, a person who has repented of your sins and trusted in Christ as your Savior and Lord, these promises are yours.

The bible says God cannot lie. If He promises He will supply all of your need by Christ Jesus His Son, He will do it.

Now here’s the awesome thing: He already has.

Some think because they’re single, God hasn’t supplied everything they need, but that isn’t true. In whatever circumstance you’re currently in, God has provided you with everything you need. Apparently, if you’re still single, you do not need a husband right now. Maybe you’re not ready, maybe the man is not ready, and thus God in His infinite wisdom keeps you apart for now, knowing you two do not need each other at the moment. In fact, putting you together would actually do more harm than it would good.

Maybe you don’t have or realize you have everything you need, and this can be because you aren’t doing your part: seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

Every Christian wants God to hook them up, to give them everything they need and want. But, how many are actually pursuing God the way He commands us to? How many of His children are actually seeking Him and His righteousness above all else?

I think it’s safe to say the vast majority of self-proclaimed Christians are not seeking God first. They’re seeking career, relationship, fame, you name it, above their pursuit of God. Then, when God is not answering their prayers, they get angry with Him.

We have to understand God’s promises are conditional. If you seek God first and His righteousness, everything you need will be added to you.

It takes two to tango. God is in a relationship with us. He is not a genie who is under us. We are beneath Him. He is Lord, He is Master, He is Father, we are supposed to do what He says. He does not have to do what we say, and every time He does it is a gift, a benefit, not a right.

Some of us just need to be patient with God, knowing He tests hearts to determine who is truly faithful to Him. Others of us need to repent from a mindset of entitlement and a lack of obedience to and pursuit of our self-professed God. We need to lay down the idols: the money, the career, the fame, the boyfriend, and seek God above all of those things, and not only seek, but obey and become righteous before Him.

God does makes lots of promises, but notice who they’re to:

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled … Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.(‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭6, 8‬ NKJV)

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (‭Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭9‬ NKJV)

Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death. (Proverbs 10:2)

Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. (Psalms 55:22)

Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous. (Psalms 37:16-17)

For the Lord loves the just
and will not forsake his faithful ones. Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed; the offspring of the wicked will perish. (Psalms 37:28)

Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked. (Proverbs 10:6)

There’s so many more promises to the righteous, the upright, those who fear God, those who love Him, who obey Him. But these promises are not for those who put Him in second place. These blessings are not for sinners.

So truly consider your walk with God. Do you think your ways are holy and pleasing in His sight? Remember, God is holy to the third power. He hates all forms of wickedness which is disobedience to His commands, and repays each according to his works. The Bible promises we reap what we sow. What are you sowing?

Everyone Needs To Know This, Or They’ll Die

How tragic that so many pastors stand before thousands and do not tell them the need for grace, but only tell them about grace.

My generation needs salvation, not a pep talk.

We need someone to be real with us.

Tell us no, God hates sin. He hates premarital sex. He hates lying. He hates stealing. He hates homosexuality. He hates it so much He sent His only perfect Son to be brutally beaten and crucified for sin so we who give up those things and turn to God can be cleansed and forgiven by the precious blood of Jesus.

That is the grace of God! He sees our evil, our dirtiness, and He deals with it. He sacrifices Himself upon a rugged cross and says, “Follow me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light. I will heal you. I will give you power over satan and the sin that has enslaved you. I will wash you and make you my child.”

Praise God He paid the price for our wickedness. Praise God He gives those who repent His Holy Spirit so they can be made whole and live a joy-filled, God-honoring life.

This is the gospel. This is grace. This is true, unfailing love.

Do you have it? Do you know Jesus?

If you want to be made new, if you want to start over, and if you want to be saved from hell, all you need is Christ and His Spirit. If you confess that Jesus is Lord, and trust in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved from both sin and death, and receive eternal life. God’s Holy Spirit will come into your heart and make it clean. He will empower you and give you everything you’ve ever needed and more. How do I know this? Because He did it for me, He did it for my husband, my sister, and so many others I know. None of us are who we used to be. We’ve been made new. We know God loves us and has empowered us to defeat sin and eventually be with Him in heaven for ever. I pray you also embrace Christ and all He died to give you.

An Easy Way To Become Powerful In Christ

It is time for a mind renewal.

As Christians, the devil is always trying to deceive us. Too many of us have bought into those lies, losing faith in what the Scriptures say about who we are in Christ. We have immense, undefeated power over satan and all of his might. All he can do is trick us into thinking we don’t.

Before I ask you to do something, let me reassure you that it is not prideful to proclaim and believe what God says about you, His precious and beloved child and heir. In fact, God wants us to profess and believe His word. Romans says faith comes by hearing, hearing the Word of God.

So I’m going to share with you a number of God’s promises about who you presently are in His Son Christ Jesus. Not who you will be, not who He hopes you to be, but who you are and the power you currently possess.

This is a simple but powerful faith-building routine, and understand that faith is our shield and by it we literally defeat satan. So it it is crucial—vital—for us to build up our faith.

What I want you to do is read these Scriptures out loud. Read them over and over until you believe them. Renewing our mind is a process, so do not read them just today, but every day until you trust they are true and you begin to see victory over whatever is not godly in your life.

Here they are:

You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭4‬ HCSB)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭13‬ NKJV)

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭11‬ NKJV)

For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden, because whatever has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith. And who is the one who conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (‭1 John‬ ‭5‬:‭3-5‬ HCSB)

We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. (‭I John‬ ‭5‬:‭18‬ NKJV)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (‭II Timothy‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬ NKJV)

I labor for this, striving with His strength that works powerfully in me. (‭Colossians‬ ‭1‬:‭29‬ HCSB)

For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (‭Galatians‬ ‭2‬:‭19-20‬ NKJV)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (‭II Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭17‬ NKJV)

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. (Romans. 8:37)

Christian, The Battle For Your Soul Starts In The Mind

As Christians, the battle for our soul begins in the mind. Satan’s first attack in history against God’s children, Adam and Eve, was to deceive the mind.

Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’? ” (‭Genesis‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬ HCSB)

“Did God really say?”

Then satan continues this attack with a lie:

“No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (‭Genesis‬ ‭3‬:‭4-5‬)

First, he tries to instill doubt, then he flat out deceives, and if you do not know the Word of God well and fully trust it, you are prime bait for the devil’s lying cunning.

As Christians, we cannot be lazy when it comes to personal bible study. We must understand that satan prowls our lives and seeks opportune moments to trick us, so if we aren’t in the Word and building up our faith by it, we make ourselves weak and susceptible to deception.

So please, study your bibles! Know them well! Read God’s truth in its entirety, not just portions or verses here and there, five minutes each morning, but read as if your soul depended on it—because it does!

All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3‬:‭16-17‬ HCSB)

Much love to you all,

Natasha