Inspiration Vs. Divine Power

Just because someone is inspiring, does not mean God is the one behind the inspiration.

Someone may inspire you, but inspiring you to do or be what?

There’s many inspirational speakers; some are new age, some are Christian, some are Buddhist, and some are atheist.

As born-again followers of Christ, we should not seek to merely inspire, but rather, to transform and equip by the power of the Holy Spirit. I can inspire someone to do or say something, yet it wasn’t Christ in me doing the inspiring, but myself.

We must be very careful what we are inspiring others to do. You can “be positive” and encourage a non-believer to go after his dreams, but what if those dreams are shallow, or used to promote and advance immoral messages that cause many to sin?

What we want to do instead is first be filled with the Holy Spirit so we ourselves are inspired and empowered by Him to direct people in the right direction: toward Christ. But how do we get filled with His power?

First, we must surrender.

If there is anything we have yet to repent of, we deal with that first. We stop ignoring, we stop justifying, we stop quenching the Holy Spirit and put that sin to death like the bible commands. That could mean completely cutting off a relationship, stopping your pursuit of riches, or no longer flirting (remember how high God’s standards are: let there not be a hint of sexual immorality among you; Ephesians 5:3-5).

Once our sin(s) are repented of, we diligently seek Christ.

For the eyes of Yahweh roam throughout the earth to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are completely His. You have been foolish in this matter. Therefore, you will have wars from now on.” (‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭16‬:‭9‬ HCSB)

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭22‬:‭36-38‬ NKJV)

The Father sent His only begotten Son to earth for thirty-three years and He was brutally beaten and crucified for you. He died for you. He gave everything for you. Do you think He will be satisfied with a portion of your heart, and a religious routine? Jesus wants completely devoted followers. It’s all or nothing. You either understand and agree that He is totally worthy of your full love and dedication for all that He did for you while you were still sinning against Him, or you don’t agree with that and continue on your own path that will inevitably lead to death and destruction. There is no middle-ground. Jesus told the Laodicean church in Revelation that because they were lukewarm for Him, and not cold or hot, He was going to vomit them from His mouth. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be vomited from Christ’s mouth. I want to be embraced by Him, always enraptured by His love.

If you do these two things: repent and really seek to know and love Christ, you will be led and empowered by Him and will be able—by His Spirit—to inspire others to draw closer to Him.

Love and grace to you,

Natasha

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)

How To Be A Powerful Christian

Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be serious and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. But as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy. And if you address as Father the One who judges impartially based on each one’s work, you are to conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your temporary residence. For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was chosen before the foundation of the world but was revealed at the end of the times for you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 1:13-21 HCSB)

Holiness isn’t a very popular teaching. I think many churches are big on God’s grace (which they twist to mean forgiveness and blindness), and His love.

However, they teach His love as something shallow. Many preachers equate God’s forgiveness with His love and end there. They do not talk about how He disciplines those whom He loves, and how His love is what carries us through the various trials we will face. They steer clear of common biblical truths like tribulations and the expectation of holiness in those professing Christ as Savior. And we see the outcome of this willful avoidance: worldly, weak, and ignorant Christians who rather than growing to a place of holiness and powerful transformation, remain as infants who regularly attend service on Sunday, maybe hang out for a little after, and then go about doing whatever they want.

God is not pleased with mere church-goers. He’s looking for powerful witnesses. (Side note: power comes from the Holy Spirit, but sin puts a lid on the flow of His power through the believer’s life.)

If we are trained up to be holy, to fear God, and to obey Him, this is where power derives. It is not derived from repetitious and shallow sermons on God’s grace and love. It is the hard work of practically removing sin from your life, renewing your mind by delving into the Scriptures daily, rejecting your old lusts, disciplining yourself in prayer, and allowing yourself to be discipled by godly believers.

I promise you: power will not come from attending services twice a week. It will not come by just doing charitable events. It must come from what I previously described.

1.) Genuine repentance

Real repentance isn’t a simple “sinner’s prayer.” It is choosing to side with God, and confess that you’re wrong, and He’s right. It is choosing to walk away from the sins in your life, and chasing after Christ and His righteousness.

2.) Mind renewal

Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1, 2 HCSB)

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 NKJV)

When you choose to open up the bible and let God teach you, you will discover His word is alive. It will reveal any wicked motives or thoughts you may have so you can renounce them and replace them with the wholesome teaching of Christ. It will expose any false beliefs you have that are of the world and satan, and renew your mind to believe the truth and nothing but the truth.

Also, getting into His Word will show you what God’s will for every area of your life is. You will receive wisdom and not be a wave tossed to-and-fro by everyone’s unbiblical opinions. You will know what your God wants from you.

3.) Rejecting your former lusts

Now that you’ve repented and accepted Christ as both Savior and Lord, and thus have received His Holy Spirit, and now that you’ve been reading the bible, whenever satan tempts you with things of the past, you reject those things by the power of the Holy Spirit and by knowing the truth. The bible teaches:

I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh … those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires … Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. (Galatians 5:16, 24, 25 HCSB)

4.) Being disciplined in prayer

Jesus was a straight prayer warrior! The bible says He would always go to a mountain and spend hours in prayer. Sometimes all night! Now if God in the flesh prayed that much, how can we think we’re good if we pray five minutes a day? Do you think that’s “fervent” prayer (James 5)?

If you’re a new Christian, from one day to one year walking with Christ, I’m not saying you must pray five hours a day. I don’t even pray that long. However, you should be building your prayer muscles, meaning, over time, you should see that you pray longer and more often, and desire to pray more. Think of prayer like this:

In the military, there’s a General, he plans the strategy of attack, and then there’s a colonel. The colonel gets the orders and leads a group of soldiers. God is our commander, and we are His colonels. We go to Him for orders, and then we lead others to victory. But what happens if we do not go to our Commander for help? How will we be victorious without His aid? A weak prayer life equals a weak Christian. A strong prayer life equals a strong Christian.

5.) Get discipled

Even colonels aren’t called to war on their own. The body of Christ, the church, is called to battle together as one. We do life together. You pray and read on your own, but you also pray and study the word together. You serve and preach together (Jesus sent His disciples out in pairs). You eat together. You share everything. You hold one another accountable. This is real church. It’s not sitting in a service for an hour and then leaving. It’s family.

When you become a Christian, you become a part of the family of God. We all need each other to grow. We all have something to bring to the table, and bring we must. The bible teaches that our gifts are not for us, or even for the world, but for the church. Our gifts are meant to build up and encourage other Christians. They are not to entertain others, to receive accolades, or riches. They are for our family in Christ, and if we refuse to share and use our gifts for them and thus for God, we will be judged for that.

So these are the essentials in becoming holy, in becoming a powerful weapon of righteousness, useful for Christ.

Do you wanna be mighty for God, in the front lines of battle, shaking the gates of hell alongside your brothers and sisters, or do you want to be in the side-lines, or worse, a lone ranger who eventually gets shot down and buried?

As always, the choice is yours.

Christians, Pick Up Your Swords!

“His head and hair were white like wool — white as snow — and His eyes like a fiery flame. His feet were like fine bronze as it is fired in a furnace, and His voice like the sound of cascading waters. He had seven stars in His right hand; a sharp double-edged sword came from His mouth, and His face was shining like the sun at midday.” (Revelation 1:14-16)

“He wore a robe stained with blood, and His name is the Word of God. The armies that were in heaven followed Him on white horses, wearing pure white linen. A sharp sword came from His mouth, so that He might strike the nations with it. He will shepherd them with an iron scepter. He will also trample the winepress of the fierce anger of God, the Almighty.” (Revelation 19:13-15)

“For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

“Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.” (Ephesians 6:17)

I think many of us disciples of Jesus don’t take God’s word seriously enough. We don’t realize the dire need for it. I’m preaching to myself too here. The Word is specifically regarded in Scripture as an offensive weapon. Jesus used it to defeat Satan’s cunning and lies in the wilderness before Christ began His public ministry. Who are we to think we can just pick up the sword a couple times a week for a few minutes and be set?

I think we neglect it because we’re ignorant as to just how insanely powerful it is. Proverbs 18:21 tells us the power of life and death is on the tongue. If our words have power, can you imagine God’s words?

In fact, didn’t God create the entire universe with His Word alone? It’s so powerful, the residue of the words He spoke thousands of years ago to create everything still resonate throughout our universe in the form of sound waves.

So why aren’t we spitting His incredible Word that He has so incredibly preserved for us over millenniums?

“Faith comes by hearing, hearing the Word of God.”-Romans 10:17

Let’s choose to walk in His power every day.

But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating [speaking] on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. (Psalms 1:2, 3)

An Easy Way To Empower Your Life

“But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.” (Psalms 1:2, 3)

Meditate means to speak. So King David is saying those who love God’s law, or His word, talk about it, they say it to themselves, in the morning and at night. And those who do this will prosper, they’ll be successful.

So when you read the bible, try to read it out loud. you can just quietly say it. Then remind yourself of it and say it aloud throughout the day. There is literal power when we speak God’s word. “Faith comes by hearing, hearing the Word of God,” (Romans 10:17) and let us never forget, “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith,” (1 John 5:4 NLT).

Love you guys!