Just in case you thought we were teaching the same thing as everybody else. You might want to check this out:
Just because you have not seen the full manifestation of God’s power in one area of your life, does not mean you cannot, and should not, prosper like crazy in your life!
I’m sure you’ve read the passage where Jesus asks the Father if there is some way to let His suffering pass from Him. He then follows that up by saying, “Not as I will… Your will be done“ (Matthew 26:39, 42). You never have to pray a prayer like that.
When a believer goes through trouble, your average Christian is going to tell them to keep believing the Lord for the victory! “The battle is the Lord’s! Keep believing until you overcome your giant!” But I think they’re reading an old newspaper, because victory happened a long time ago and there’s nothing left to overcome.
All our lives, we have been trained on what so-called “normal“ reactions are to various circumstances. Through TV, family, friends, and even by the impulses of our own unrenewed mind, we have been trained on what “normal” is.
Virtually everyone in the world, and unfortunately every single believer that I’ve ever heard outside of Reform Church, believes in this statement… “Everybody dies.” You yourself may very well agree with that statement. But does God agree with it?
How many times have you heard about repentance at church? Usually, the church’s definition of repentance is turning your life around for the Lord or at least feeling sorrowful for what you’ve done. But neither of these definitions fit the bill.
When people don’t seem to be enthusiastic about God, when things feel “dry“ (as they say), or if nothing much seems to be happening in our lives, what does the church say? “We need revival!” That’s the church’s word for needing a move of God to spice things up again! And as much as God has nothing against reviving people, we simply don’t understand, that for every believer, you’ve already been revived!
Unfortunately, when believers sin or aren’t mindful of God, they relate to the parable of The Prodigal Son. But this parable is not written about a believer. Here is the truth…
Unfortunately, when The Prodigal Son parable is read by believers today, they relate to it, and apply it to themselves when they mess up or are not mindful of God. But this parable is not about you, as a believer.
I’m sure you’ve heard it at church before, “When you mess up or stray from God, the Lord is always there to welcome you back with open arms, like a loving Father — just like in the parable of The Prodigal Son.” The problem is, The Prodigal Son is not written about a believer. So, these things are simply not true for you. It’s much better than you think.
Believers may think that there are times where the power of God is moving through them and other times when it’s not. This simply contradicts everything scripture says.
If you’re a believer, there is never a time when you are void of the power of God. I’m not talking about the power of God inside of you. I’m talking about the power of God manifesting tangibly through you.
When a believer makes a mistake, hits a rough circumstance, isn’t feeling well, or finds themselves in a situation that they know is not God‘s will, many feel that their circumstance is void of the power of God. They feel like currently, the power of God just isn’t flowing. This is completely untrue.
Take a look at this Old Testament commandment:
Exodus 20:7 (KJV) Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain…
You have doubtless heard a preacher, at some point, say “I haven’t arrived yet.“ This is super common to say in the church. But this is simply not true, at least not the way that they’re saying it.
Some Christians find themselves in a strange position. They feel like they lack desire and enthusiasm for God, but they truly want to desire Him more. You could say, they “want to want God more,” if that makes sense.
Being a “new creation” is a bigger deal than you think!
Let’s take a moment to look back on our article series and make a few very important points. This will encourage you!
In our last two articles, we have been explaining how we can see everything that Jesus put in us, manifest tangibly. Jesus told us that if we believe, we would see the glory of God manifest (John 11:40). This assurance that Jesus gave us, that we would see the glory of God, is called “hope” in the Bible. Hope is the sure expectancy that what we ALREADY have will manifest physically (Romans 8:24). That’s biblical hope.
In our last article we said that whatever we want to see manifest in our lives — as long as Jesus provided it — we can see it!
What Jesus did for us is meant to manifest in our lives. Whatever you need to see manifest, you can see it! Let me explain:
Mark 16:17-18 (NKJV) And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
When you talk to the world about the resurrection of the dead, healing of the sick, or anything that you have in Christ, most people will look at you sideways (even many Christians will).
Unfortunately, a lot of people have been hurt by preachers that pretend to be ministers of the gospel but are just after money. It’s a shame that those things happen, but unfortunately they do.
I’m sure we are all extremely familiar with the concept that Jesus is preparing for us a mansion in Heaven, for when we get there. I’m sure you’ve heard the concept that there are many mansions in Heaven and Jesus went to prepare one for you. Unfortunately, none of that is true.
If I were to ask you, “How do you obey God?“ You would probably say “Well, by doing whatever God says to do.“ And you would be correct. More specifically, if God gives a law and you perform that law, that is biblical obedience.
Hopefully you are the kind of person that just wants to know what scripture says, even if you’ve never heard it before, because I’m fairly certain you’ve never heard what we are about to tell you.
You don’t need to talk to unbelievers to try to convince them about creationism versus evolution. Evolution neither saves a person nor condemns them. The thing that saves or condemns a person is whether they know what Jesus did or not.
Every portion of Scripture is expressly written for the purpose of revealing what Jesus provided us at the cross.
John 5:39 (NKJV) …the Scriptures… these are they which testify of Me.
What does Reform Church think about funerals? Well, it’s not a matter of what a person thinks about funerals, it’s a matter of what a person believes about death. Whatever you believe about death is going to form your opinion on funerals.