Thursday, December 16, 2010
“The ‘New’ Christian – 101” …Blog. [1/?]
*** (2Corinthians 5:17) So that if anyone is in Christ, that one is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
*** (1Corinthians 6:9-10-11) You know that wicked people will not inherit the kingdom of God, don't you? Stop deceiving yourselves! Sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals,
(1Cor 6:10) thieves, greedy people, drunks, slanderers, and robbers will not inherit the kingdom of God.
(1Cor 6:11) That is what some of you were! But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
*** (Luke 15:10) Likewise I [Jesus] say to you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
Perhaps a ‘review’… as many that have been in Christ for a while have forgotten this…? When ‘one’ comes to Christ; we come… “Just as we Are!” He is the One; Who works in our lives, as we become ‘obedient’ to the Holy Word of God and to the leadings of His Holy Spirit [Romans 8:14]. Remember the “Will of God”… is always… the “Word of God!” “Nothing More… Nothing Less!” “How can it be ‘wrong’… when it ‘feels’ so right”…? Because God said So! Now that we are in Christ… we do not please ourselves; but Jesus!
*** (Hebrews 9:14) How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, = purge your conscience from dead works = to serve the living God?
*** (1Peter 2:1-2-3) Therefore, rid yourselves of every kind of evil and deception, hypocrisy, jealousy, and every kind of slander.
(1Pe 2:2) Like newborn babies, thirst for the pure milk of the Word so that by it you may grow in your salvation.
(1Pe 2:3) Surely you have tasted that the Lord is good!
*** (Colossians 1:12-to-15) giving thanks to the Father, Who has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.
(Col 1:13) For He has delivered us from = the power of darkness = and has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son;
(Col 1:14) in Whom we have redemption through His blood, the remission of sins.
(Col 1:15) Who is the image of the invisible God, the First-born of all creation.
The first thing… that Satan does; when he loses one from his kingdom of darkness… to the Glorious Kingdom of Christ… is to get them to “Discount” their ‘profession’ for Christ. He will get them confused by bring up memories; of their “Past Sins!” He is the father of all “Lies”… and so does not hesitate, to share his ‘lies’ with them. When Christ Jesus was tempted by Satan; He simply responded… “It is Written!” The Holy Word of God… tells us ‘of & about’ our position in Christ and so we must learn… “What is Written!”
*** (Ephesians 6:16-17-18) Above all, take the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
(Eph 6:17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God,
(Eph 6:18) praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching to this very thing with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
*** (Proverbs 28:13) He who covers his sins shall not be blessed; but whoever confesses and leaves them shall have mercy.
*** (1John 1:5-to-10) This is the message that we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness-none at all!
(1Jn 1:6) If we claim that we have fellowship with him but keep living in the darkness, we are lying and the truth is not in us.
(1Jn 1:7) But if we keep living in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
(1Jn 1:8) If we say that we do not have any sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
(1Jn 1:9) If we make it our habit to confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us those sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(1Jn 1:10) If we say that we have never sinned, we make him a liar and his word is not in us.
Forgiveness - 101…
Please read this blog on “Forgiveness”…? Many that come to Christ never understand what Forgiveness really is. It has ‘Two’ parts. Positional, for ‘time & eternity’ in Christ. Then there is the ‘Practical’ practice of Forgiveness which has; confession, repentance and forsaking that sin. Those ‘Who’ do not practice these three… are sure to be “Spanked”… by God their Heavenly Father.
*** (1Corinthians 11:30) That's why so many of you are weak and sick and a considerable number are dying.
*** (Hebrews 12:6-to-9) For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he punishes every son he accepts."
(Heb 12:7) What you endure is for the sake of discipline. God is treating you as sons. Is there a son whom his father does not discipline?
(Heb 12:8) Now if you are without any discipline, in which all sons share, then you are illegitimate and not his sons.
(Heb 12:9) Furthermore, we had earthly fathers who used to discipline us, and we respected them for it. We should even more submit to the Father of our spirits and live, shouldn't we?
*** (John 15:1-to-5) "I [Jesus] am the true vine, and my Father [God] is the vinegrower.
(Joh 15:2) He removes every branch in Me that does ‘not’ produce fruit, and He cleanses every branch that does produce fruit so that it might produce more fruit.
(Joh 15:3) You are already clean because of the Word that I [Jesus] have spoken to you.
(Joh 15:4) "Abide in Me, and I will abide in you. Just as the branch cannot produce fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in Me.
(Joh 15:5) I [Jesus] am the vine, you are the branches. The one who abides in Me while I abide in him produces much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
So “How” does one… “New in Christ”… ‘know’ what to do and ‘how’ to do it. All they need to know… is in the Holy Word of God; the Bible. It is most important… to learn ‘of’ God and ‘about’ God… from His Word. When one is “Born Again”… they are given God’s Holy Spirit… to make His Word; come alive to them. It is the Holy Spirit that ultimately teaches you… from the Word… and matures you Spiritually. Daily reading His Word… is the Spiritual Food you and I both need daily… to grow mature in Him!
*** (Matthew 4:4) But He [Jesus] answered and said, It is written, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."
*** (2Corinthians 4:16) For this cause we do not faint; but though our outward man perishes, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
*** (John 15:3) Now you are clean through the Word which I [Jesus] have spoken to you.
*** (Psalms 119:11) I have hidden Your Word in my heart, so that I might not sin against You.
Which Bible - 101 Blog… about the Bible.
What about ‘your’ Heart…? That is where Jesus lives, controlling your desires and drives. When you submit to His Holy Word… so too your ideas change; about things you ‘once’ thought to be ok. This is an ongoing; ‘continual’ work of the Holy Spirit in your life. The Holy Spirit empowers the Word to change your life… from the inside… to the outside. May I say… before any Spiritual activity; Prayer, Bible Study or Worship… you must ‘prepare’ your heart to receive God’s Truth from His Word.
*** (2Chronicles 12:14) And he did the ‘evil’ = because = he ‘did not’ = prepare his heart to seek Jehovah [God].
*** (Ezra 7:10) For Ezra had = prepared his heart = to seek the Law of Jehovah, = and to do it, = and = to teach statutes = and judgments in Israel.
*** (2Corinthians 10:3-to-6) Of course, we are living in the flesh, but we do not fight in a fleshly way.
(2Cor 10:4) For the weapons of our warfare are not those of the flesh. Instead, they have the power of God to demolish fortresses. We tear down arguments
(2Cor 10:5) and every proud obstacle; that is raised ‘against’ the knowledge of God, = taking every thought captive = in order to ‘obey’ Christ.
(2Cor 10:6) We are ready to ‘punish’ every act of disobedience = [Proverbs 28:13 & 1John 1:5-10] = when your obedience is complete.
This ‘battle’ for your heart… begins in your ‘mind’. Start reading through the Bible, beginning in the ‘Gospel of Luke and then John’. As you read, the Holy Spirit will show you verses that speak to your soul. As the Living Word of God… becomes a part of you… it will change you from the inside to the outside. When I was a new Christian… I started on a Scripture ‘memorization’ program. I simply had a note book… and wrote down those ‘Special’ verses that addressed a particular area in my life. During the day, I would review those verses. Soon I found them in my mind changing my actions.
*** (2Timothy 3:12-to-17) Yea, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
(2Tim 3:13) But evil men and seducers will go forward to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
(2Tim 3:14) But continue in the things that you have learned and have been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,
(2Tim 3:15) and that from a child you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
(2Tim 3:16) All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
(2Tim 3:17) that the man [woman] of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good work.
Continued next blog. [2/?]
Thanks, In Christ, Roger / Jeremiah 20:9.