Ephesians 5:3-23. The Apostle Paul tells us repeatedly that salvation is not something we work for. It is a free gift. But becoming Christ-Like is hard work and requires a continual filling of the Holy Spirit. That is another way of saying that we are living a life submitted to the Holy Spirit..... or Putting on the New Man.
When we reach the point of letting Christ dwell in us, we begin to comprehend the height, the depth, the width, and breadth of the marvelous love of Christ. The story of St. Patrick exhibits how an ordinary person was used of God to do extraordinary things. Patrick let Christ dwell on the throne of his heart. The results in the Kingdom of God were stunning.
Paul writes this beautiful passage to the church in Ephesus, telling them that we don't have to add anything to Jesus to be saved. We are not saved BY our works, but we are saved to DO good works that God has planned for us before the beginning of time. As we work those things out, we are the Masterpiece of God being crafted into the image of Jesus. We hope you'll enjoy this podcast.
This teaching includes more RED SEA RULES : rules we learn about the Israelites when they found themselves trapped at the Red Sea. They were only trapped in their own minds. God had already provided a way of escape for them to make their way to the Promised Land.
When we are under spiritual attack, God gives us an arsenal with which to fight the "fiery darts of the devil". This podcast looks at the Belt of Truth, The Breastplate of Righteousness, and having our feet shod with the Gospel of Peace.
You have a double-agent inside of you. It is your old man. You were born in sin, and that old man remains there until you take your last breath on planet earth. When you came to the Lord by faith in Jesus, you were filled with the Holy Spirit who empowers you, illuminates scripture to you, and He whispers to you, teaching you how to apply God's word to your life. When you walk in the Spirit. When you live moment by moment trusting in Him and His word, the flesh within you becomes impotent.
This podcasts looks into ways in which "the world" influences our minds. That is one of the three frontal attacks we receive as warriors in the great Spiritual Battle. Praise God! We're on the winning side.
Choices have everlasting consequences. Lucifer was created to be the most beautiful of all of God's creatures. He was assigned to attend to the throne of God and to cover it with his wings. (He is a cherub) When Lucifer CHOSE to glorify himself and rebel against God, he became Satan which in Hebrew means "The Accuser". When men and women were created, appearing as a serpent, he beguiled them and tempted them to be disobedient. They too CHOSE to rebel, and sin entered the world. With sin, entered the influences of the world, the flesh, and the Devil on each of us. God give us weaponry with which to engage in spiritual battle, and this gives us the ability to win. Choices have consequences. Today, you and I have the CHOICE to serve a wonderful God who came in the form of a man called Jesus. Serving Him is the ONLY way to be on the winning team in spiritual battle. Through Him, we are more than conquerors. We are on the winning team!
In beginning a serious study of Spiritual Warfare, we must be careful to focus on what scripture says about the subject. Many modern writers focus on experiences they have had that may or may not be biblical. Join us in this study as we look to see what the Bible says. The big ideas of today's message are 1) We should be aware that we are in a Spiritual War, 2) We are on the winning side, and 3) The Bible gives us the correct teaching and instruction to understand the war and how to do battle properly in it.
Whether you know it or not, as a Christian you are involved in a great spiritual war. Satan has lost the war, but he has been given a time to operate as prince of this world to work at upsetting and disrupting the believer's walk with Christ. The forces are threefold: 1) The world, 2)The flesh, and 3) The devil.
Join us in this podcast as we begin to unpack the biblical pieces of this whole struggle. Satan is not equal with God. He is a fallen creation of God. The Bible explains to us what the spiritual war is and also how we are to engage in combat.
Over the next few weeks I will be teaching on such topics as: Can a Christian be demon possessed and/or demonized? Can the devil make you sin? Is there a demon of lust, adultery, gluttony or any other such thing? Can you bind Satan? Can you expel demons from a geographical area? We will not be looking at what I have to say about this but rather we will be looking at what the Bible says about it as it is the ONLY source of such information upon which we can depend.
As Believers, we are no longer under the Mosaic Law. We are instead under the Law of the Spirit. God's law has been placed in our hearts. Through study of His Word and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit through study, prayer, reflection, and listening, we are able to walk in the Spirit and not according to the flesh.
We are inheritors of the Abrahamic Covenant but not the Mosaic Covenant which came almost 1,000 years later. It did not replace the promises made to Abraham and the standard or "Belief" that God looked to in Abraham to consider him righteous. It was Abraham's faith alone. We are however told that "if we love Him we will keep His commandments". This podcast looks at some of those "Commandments" that Jesus is talking about.
This is a look at the first few verses of chapter 3. This might be called "toilet paper and paper towels". I make that reference because it is the sort of thing people have been trusting in during the covid-19 crisis. It is always a good thing to plan for emergencies, but we must never put our confidence and trust in provisions we have made.
This is our intro into the Book of Galatians. Pastor Faber takes a look at the Apostle Paul's conversion, calling, and message. The gospel is clearly presented as being JESUS PLUS NOTHING. This was the message atUnion Grove Baptist Church Father's Day Service, June 20, 2020
Don't wait to come to the end of yourself to call on God in prayer, and beware of folks who come into the body who are loafers. God's word is clear that if a "person doesn't work or want to work, neither should they eat". There is no room for laziness in the believer's life.
Paul is encouraged by the faith of the little church in Thessaloniki. He is also thrilled at how they have come to love one another, and how they have learned to persevere through hardships of all kinds.