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Varieties of gifts and manifestations!

Scripture reading for July 22nd: 1st Corinthians 12, Psalm 145, Proverb 21

Key Scriptures:  1st Corinthians 12:3-7 “Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.  Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord’ and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.  To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”  

Paul explained the gifts of the Holy Spirit to the church at Corinth.  The Holy Spirit enables believers to say “Jesus is Lord” from their heart.  The Spirit will never curse Jesus.  The Spirit gives varieties of gifts as Jesus our Lord and God the Father empowers and directs Him.  All manifestations of the Spirit are given to bring good and blessing to Christ’s Body, the Church.

Faith Confession:  Being filled with the Holy Spirit, I declare “Jesus Christ is Lord!” and accept the gifts and manifestations of the Spirit in my life and in the church.  I invite His Word to be ready in my heart and on my lips.

Proverbs 21:17-19 “Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to My knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips.  That your trust may be in the Lord, I have made them known to you today, even to you.”

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Believe and Confess!

Scripture reading for June 26th:  Job 11-14, Romans 10

Key Scriptures: Romans 10:8-11  “But what does it say?  “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved for the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.”  

Faith gives all men a pathway to salvation.  You hear the Word of God concerning the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead.  With your mouth you confess “Jesus is Lord” and are saved.  Job of ancient times longed to be justified and sought it by faith.

Job 14:14-15 “If a man dies, shall he live again?  All the days of my service I would wait, till my renewal should come.  You would call, and I would answer you; you would long for the work of your hands.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the simplicity of salvation by faith.  Open doors today for me to proclaim this glorious truth!  Amen.

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Thankful for Faith’s Confession!

Scripture reading for November 21st:  Romans 10-13

Key Scriptures:  Romans 10:8-11  “But what does it say?  “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”  that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming:  That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,: and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.  As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.”  

Paul continues to teach the simplicity of faith to his fellow Jews.  Using background from Deuteronomy, Paul quotes Scripture to seek to see his brothers and sisters come to the simplicity of faith.  It involves the heart where the choice to believe God’s word takes place.  It is confirmed by the mouth where the confession of “Jesus is Lord” is spoken in faith held by the heart.  All who put trust in Jesus Christ will never be put to shame!  Hallelujah!

The simplicity of faith:  “Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.  It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?”  Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?”  No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.”  (Deuteronomy 30:11-14)

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“I AM THE LORD”

Scripture reading for January 18th:  Exodus 5-8

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 6:6-9  “Therefore, say to the Israelites:  I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.  I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.  I will take you as My own people, and I will be your God.  Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.  And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob.  I will give it to you as a possession.  I am the Lord.”  

God is The Lord!  He will do as He says!  Nothing will deter His word and will. He desires to be our Lord and us to be His people.  He has promised His people a land as an everlasting possession.  He will deliver us from our enemies.  He will bring it to pass!

Cause for thankfulness and joy:  God is faithful and true to His promises, what He says, He will do.  “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.”  (Matthew 24:35)

 

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Call on the Lord and be saved!

Scripture reading for November 21st: Romans 9-11

There are some people in religious circles who believe in universal salvation.  In other words, God is good and He would never send anyone to hell.  However, this is not the teaching of the Scripture!  Paul explained in Romans 9-11 how God plans to save the Jews.  They were a religious people who had the right of adoption as sons, the covenants, the law, temple worship, and all the promises.  Although they had all this, they still needed to come to God for salvation!

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.  As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in Him will never  be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9-13

Salvation begins in the heart.  It is with the heart that we believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead.  We believe that He died for our sins on the cross as the Son of God, descended from Abraham.  We believe in God’s mercy through Christ, not in our works.   Our believing is counted as righteousness because of what Christ has provided through His death, burial and resurrection.

When we believe in our heart, we can confess with our mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord!  Confession is not a work that we must do.  It is the natural flow of a heart that believes and is fully persuaded about Jesus Christ!  It is an outworking of faith.

Faith puts both Jew and Gentile on the same level at the foot of the cross.  Believing opens the door to all who will call on the Lord for saving!  In this manner, all will be saved who call on the Lord!  If you will not believe and confess Jesus as Lord, you will be lost eternally!  If you have called on Jesus for salvation, take time and thank Him for His marvelous gift.  If not, today is a great day to do so!

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Concerning spiritual gifts!

Scripture reading for August 19th: 1st Corinthians 12:1-26

The Corinthians evidently loved the spiritual gifts.  But the problem was that they were ignorant of these gifts and how to properly use them to build up the body of Christ.  Many had come from pagan backgrounds.  Paul stressed that only those who could confess “Jesus is Lord” were speaking by the Holy Spirit.

All true spiritual gifts come from the Holy Spirit through relationship with Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit gives to each person a manifestation of the Spirit to help in the function of Christ’s body, the church.  (1st Corinthians 12:7)  Paul listed the gifts as follows:  “To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. (1st Corinthians 12:8-10)

We might look at these nine gifts in groups of three’s.  Three gifts reveal something from God’s mind.  The message of wisdom and message of knowledge reveal hidden information to help individuals or the body of Christ understand hidden truth and how to apply it successfully.  The discerning of spirits reveals what spirit is behind something in order to protect or give insight for ministry to an individual or situation.

Three gifts release power into the believer’s life.  The gift of faith enables a person to supernaturally believe God for impossible things.  The gift of miraculous powers works with faith to enable miracles to confirm God’s word and presence when ministering.  The gift of healing brings God’s power to heal sickness and disease, even raise people from death!

Three other gifts are speaking gifts.  Prophecy is the ability to speak God’s mind and word into a person’s life or proclaim God’s will and word in a ministry setting.  The gift of tongues is the ability to speak in an unknown tongue in a public setting.  This must always be interpreted!  The gift of interpretation enables the person to successfully interpret the unknown tongue.

All the gifts are given by the Holy Spirit as He wills.  They are for the edification of Christ’s body.  We are not to be ignorant of His gifts!

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Jesus is Lord!

Scripture reading for July 26th: Romans 9:25-10:12

It has been noted that Paul quoted from ten different Old Testament books in chapters 9-11 of Romans.  Paul’s thorough knowledge of Scripture enabled Him to write thirteen of the letters in the New Testament and be used by God as an apostle and missionary church planter all over the known world of that day.

Paul had a first-hand encounter with Jesus Christ and learned that Jesus Christ was Lord on the Damascus road.  (Acts 9:3-5) He was a pious Jew who was zealously persecuting Christians and having them put to death!  He had a zeal that was not in accordance with knowledge.  (Romans 10:1-4)  Just like his own past life, Paul’s own countrymen were seeking to establish their own righteousness through zealously trying to keep God’s law instead of submitting to God’s righteousness through Christ.  “Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness of everyone who believes.” (Romans 10:4)

Faith in Christ is God’s prescribed path of righteousness for all men.  “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and heart,” (Deuteronomy 30:14) that is is the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with  your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Romans 10:8-10)   None of our works can save us.  It is faith in our heart that Jesus Christ is God’s way of righteousness because of His sinless life and sacrificial death for us that is our way of salvation.  This is expressed by a verbal confession: “Jesus is Lord!”

It is simple and easy to become righteous in God’s sight.  “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” (Romans 10:11) (Isaiah 28:16)    Both Jew and Gentile have the same way of faith.  “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13) (Joel 2:32)  (Acts 2:21)  Paul preached from the same text that Peter used on the day of Pentecost!  Salvation has been made available universally to all who declare: “Jesus Christ is Lord!”  He alone is able to save us from the power of sin and the penalty of sin which is eternal death in the Lake of Fire.  Make that declaration today with your mouth!

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Everyone Who Calls on the Lord Will Be Saved!

Scripture reading for November 21st: Romans 9-11

There are some people in religious circles who believe in universal salvation.  In other words, no one will be lost.  They contend that God is good and He would never send anyone to hell who is made in His image.  If you take only the verses on God’s love and twist your reading of Scripture, you could justify this position.  However, this is not the teaching of the Scripture!  Paul is explaining in Romans 9-11 how God plans to save the Jews, a very religious people who had the right of adoption as sons, the covenants, the law and temple worship, and all the promises.  Although they had all this, they still needed to come to God by faith in His Son Jesus Christ!

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.  As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in Him will never  be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9-13

Salvation begins in the heart.  It is with the heart that we believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead.  We believe that He died for our sins on the cross as the Son of God, descended from Abraham in the flesh through the son of promise, Isaac.  We simply believe in God’s mercy through Christ, not in our works to be right or righteous. When we believe, we are justified by faith just like Abraham and Sarah.  Our believing is counted as righteousness in our heavenly account because of what Christ has provided in His death, burial and resurrection.

Because we believe in our heart, we confess with our mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord!  This is the confession that can save us.  Confession is not a work that we must do.  It is the natural flow of a heart that believes and is fully persuaded about Jesus Christ!  It is an outworking of faith.  We confess Jesus as Lord and live in submission to Him and His word.

Faith puts both Jew and Gentile on the same level ground at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ.  Believing opens the door to all who will call on the Lord for saving!  In this manner, all will be saved who call on the Lord!  If you will not believe and confess Jesus as Lord, you will be lost eternally!  It is really simple.  If you have called on Jesus for salvation, take time and thank Him for His marvelous gift.  If not, today is a great day to do so!  It’s available to everyone who will!

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