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Friday, November 30, 2012

Made Righteous Through Christ

2 Corinthians 5:21

For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteous of God in Him.

Let us take an in-depth look at our scripture and analyze the "He", "Him" and "us" in today's topical discussion. The "He" is God the Father and the "Him" is Jesus Christ our Savior and the "us" is all humanity. For mankind to be made righteous we have to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. The work of God the Father and God the Son encompasses John 3:16 because it includes everyone, but to receive salvation one must believe.
With that being said, let's look at the love that was on display in that Jesus Christ took on the sins of the world so that all who believe would be made righteous in Him so that when God looks on all believers He sees the righteousness of His Son. Another school of thought is that Jesus Christ willingly gave up His seat in heaven to come to earth as man and be subjected to human limitations and humiliation for mankind knowing that He would have to sacrifice His life in order to meet God's requirements in providing salvation.
Given what God and His Son done for all believers is worthy of all songs of praise, worship and thanksgiving as a way of saying "Lord, I thank You for making me righteous through Your Son's shed blood."
Believers, we are the righteous of God through Jesus Christ.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Believers Kept By God Through Faith

1 Peter 1:5

Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Today's topical discussion provides some compelling facts regarding believers' safety from God's wrath as a result of one's faith. We will outline some of the facts as it relates to the believer's faith which the believer's have salvation and they are:
a)      It is God through the Holy Spirit who keeps believers from the sinister attacks brought on by Satan as he seeks to destroy the lives of all believers and hinder kingdom building. Satan you are a defeated foe.
b)      Believers are kept by God's grace which is granted to all believers as a result the believer's faith in Jesus Christ. Every believer's responsibility is to have and maintain a living faith in Jesus Christ and continue in God the Father's protective grace.  A continued living faith in Jesus Christ is accomplished by yielding to the indwelling Holy Spirit as He protects, instructs and guides all believers into all truths.
c)      The goal of God's grace is salvation to all who believe and establish an intimate relationship with Him and receive His blessings as part of believers' inheritance.
Believers, your faith will be tried; therefore, hold fast to your faith as you have a helper, the Holy Spirit. God does not loose whom He has saved. He is the doctor that has never lost patient, the lawyer who has never lost a case.
Faith and grace are essential to salvation.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord He is God; it is He that made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep are His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.

For today's discussion I was led by the Holy Spirit to outline Thanksgiving from this perspective:
T is being thankful to God for all His blessings.
H is reverencing His holy name.
A is our Anointed Savior Jesus Christ who saves all who believe.
N is God's never ending love.
K is the kindness of God as His mercy reigns supreme.
S is singing praises to His holy name for He is worthy.
G is God's free gift of salvation.
I  is Immanuel which means God with us.
V is victory in Christ Jesus as He defeated sin and Satan on Calvary's cross.
I  is the personal relationship every believer has with God.
N is being near to God through prayer, praise and worship.
G is God's grace, love and mercy which endureth for ever.
Therefore, as we celebrate Thanksgiving reflect on it in the above terms and give God our heart-felt praise and worship.
Giving thanks to God is a daily ritual.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Total Praise

Psalm 148:1-14

Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens; praise Him in the heights. Praise ye Him, all Hi angels; praise ye Him, all His hosts. Praise ye Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all ye stars of light.

The psalmist is encouraging all to offer praises to the Lord God as He is worthy of all praise, honor and glory. If all of nature, His angels and the heavenly host can offer praises to God why not you and I. Verse 5 answers the implied question of why praise God by simply stating that God commanded and everything was created; therefore, this makes Him praise worthy as He is the one true God.
There is no praise like offering heart-felt praises to God as our praises are expressions of expressed gratitude of thanks for His love, grace, mercy and faithfulness to His promises. These questions come to mind, How do you praise God? Do you acknowledge God as your strength, refuge, and horn of your salvation and high tower? Do you praise God for His goodness and compassion? Do you offer God praises of thanksgiving? Will you say like David, "I will praise the name of God with a song; and will magnify Him with thanksgiving" (Psalm 69:30). However, you praise God; praise Him in sincerity and with your mind, body and soul. Just praise Him.
Whenever sincere praises go up to God, He is pleased and blessing flow like a river.
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Friday, November 2, 2012

Give Thanks

1 Thessalonians 5:18

In every thing give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

As we approach the Thanksgiving season I am reminded of the many blessings bestowed upon us in times past until now and we as believers have the assurances that God will continue to shower us with His blessings. For this we are encouraged to give thanks to God continually and for every thing.
There are many times when many of our desired wants are missing or not as we would like for them to be, but God's blessings are still upon us. We may not have the job or any other material things we desire, but still give thanks unto the Lord. Through it all God supplies all our needs according to His will and promises (Philippians 4:19).
Heart-felt thanks to God expresses our gratitude for His goodness in our lives; therefore, be thankful.
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