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Deeply Rooted in the Word of God

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Paul addresses the importance of knowing the Word of God so the body of Christ can recognize false teaching.

Ephesians 4:14

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.

Paul is now addressing the spiritual maturity of the church. He wants them to be deeply rooted in their faith so they won’t be easily influenced by the world. If they are not deeply rooted, they will be easily swayed. The analogy Paul uses is being “tossed back and forth by the waves”. When you think about something being tossed by the waves, it is total at the whim of the waves. It will go wherever the waves take it. Paul wants the people to go wherever the Lord leads them and not the world.

One of the ways we can fall prey to the ways of the world is to be susceptible to false teaching. There is a lot of misinformation out in the world about Christianity and how to walk by faith. We may be swayed by some of this teaching if we do not know what the Word of God says for ourselves. We need to read and study the Bible for ourselves so we can recognize the truth from a lie or a distortion.

For example, how many of you have heard the saying “God helps those who help themselves”? That is a saying that attributes something to God that is not found anywhere in Scripture. In fact, Scripture teaches us just the opposite. God helps those who love Him.

Psalm 109:21

But you, Sovereign Lord,
    help me for your name’s sake;
    out of the goodness of your love, deliver me.

How well do you know the Word of God? Do you think you can recognize the truth from Scripture from a lie or a distortion? I highly recommend you start a Bible reading plan. There are a lot available online to help you read the Bible on your time table. The important thing is to read and study it for yourself!

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Spiritual Boot Camp Day 34

Sorry for the late post. I have had some technical difficulties.  Hard to believe only two more days and we will have wrapped up our spiritual boot camp through the book of James.  Hang in there – you can do it!

James 5:13

13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 

Regardless of what we are facing in our lives, times of sorrorw or times of joy, the Lord wants us to share it with Him. He wants us to actively engage Him in every part of our life. When we are in need we can call out to Him in prayer and when we are happy, we can share our joy with Him. In doing so we will be acknowledging our dependence upon Him and giving Him glory through our praises.

James 5:14-15

14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

James is encouraging the people to reach out and pray for one another’s needs. Whether it is praying for someone who is ill or praying for someone who is struggling with sin in their life, there is power in prayer. It is humbling to ask someone to pray for you because it means you know you can’t do it on your own and are enlisting the help of other believers and the Lord. When prayers are answered it is uplifting for the one who sought prayer and the one who interceded in prayer. 

When was the last time you sought the Lord’s help in times of trouble? Can you think of the last time you were really happy? Did you give the Lord praise for your happiness and glory for His invovlement in your life? What challenges are you facing right now? Are you willing to humble yourself and seek others to intercede to the Lord on your behalf? Who do you need to be interceding for in prayer?

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You’ve Got the Power

God has given us everything we need to live the lives He created us to live, but do tap into what He has given us?

2 Peter 1:3

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

We have access to His divine power through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and with it we have EVERYTHING we need to live our lives according to His plan. We don’t just have some of the things we need, we have EVERYTHING we need; but do we live our lives with that kind of confidence? Often we live our lives feeling defeated by our circumstances or  as if we are lacking or missing something, but this verse makes it very clear that we have everything we need because we have Him.

On our own, we lack everything we need but with the power of His Holy Spirit dwelling within us, we have everything. The other part of this verse says it is “through our knowledge of him”. We have to know the Lord intimately to be able to tap into His power. We need to spend time with Him in prayer to develop a personal, intimate relationship. The more time we spend with Him, the more we come to know Him and recognize His voice. He has also blessed us with His Word to help us get to know Him, His character, how He operates and what’s important to Him.

If you are feeling defeated by life’s circumstances today, take heart and know as a believer in Jesus Christ, you have EVERYTHING you need to get through it. You are not facing anything alone because His Spirit dwells within you and is with you every minute of every day. Tap into His power that already exists within you today!

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Once Again

We sang “Once Again” by Matt Redman at church on Sunday. It really spoke to me from the very first statement, “Jesus Christ, I think upon Your sacrifice”. With Holy Week and Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins and my sins still fresh in my mind, it really got me thinking about how many times I have “once again moments”.

Once again, I was tempted and fell into sin and Your forgiveness was there. How often do we do commit the same sins over and over again? How many times do you seek the the Lord and repent only to do it again? How many times have you felt His leading in one direction only to take your own direction?

Once again we seek the Lord in prayer and He not only hears but He answers. His answers may not come in the form we want or the timing we want, but they do come. May we all have eyes and ears to see and hear His answers.

Once again we find ourselves in the midst of chaos and He provides His peace. Once again we are in need and He meets us where we are and ministers to us in ways only He can.

As a parent, I have experienced many “once again” moments with my daughters where I wonder if they ever listen to me or if anything I say ever gets through to them. I wonder if the Lord feels the same thing about me? Once again He speaks and I don’t hear Him. Once again He moves in my circumstances and I don’t recognize it’s Him. 

The chorus of the song “Once Again” 

And once again I look upon the cross where You died
I’m humbled by Your mercy and I’m broken inside
Once again I thank You
Once again I pour out my life

Let this be our prayer today. Let’s focus on His cross and His sacrifice on our behalf. Allow the Lord to humble us and remind us to thank Him for all He has done, is doing and will do in our lives. Let us be reminded of His unwavering faithfulness in the face of our faithlessness. Once again, offer yourself as a living sacrifice to the Lord today and walk out your faith.

Lamentations 3:22-23

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

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Sensitivity to the Spirit

Paul had such a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit that he knew when the Spirit wanted Him to go somewhere and when it didn’t.

Acts 16:6-7

 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.  When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.

Paul not only knew where he was supposed to go and not go but he also knew what the Holy Spirit was leading him to do and not to do. He knew he wasn’t to preach in Asia and that he wasn’t to enter Bithynia. Paul was so close the the Lord that he was very sensitive to the leading of His Spirit.

How sensitive are you to the leading of the Holy Spirit? Do you know where the Holy Spirit wants you to go or not go? Do you know what the Holy Spirit wants you to do or not to do?

In order to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, you have to spend time with the Lord in prayer and His Word. He speaks to us through our prayer time if we take the time to listen and also speaks to us through Scripture when we take the time to read it. The key to increasing your sensitivity is twofold, to spend time with Him and to be obedient.

Paul and his companions were obedient to not preach in Asia and to not enter Bithynia. Are you obedient when the Lord tells you to do something or do you delay your obedience? Do you doubt what you are supposed to do and, therefore, end up not doing it? The more time you spend with the Lord the better you can recognize His voice and know what He wants you to do.

Spend time with the Lord in prayer and His Word today. Ask Him what He wants you to do or what you are doing that He doesn’t want you to do and then respond with immediate obedience. Increasing our sensitivity to the leading of His Spirit is how we will be able to follow His will and His plan for our lives. 

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