Simply due to lack of knowledge of what Jesus has done, sometimes as believers, we think we’ve got such big problems. We magnify the things we go through until we have blown them so out of proportion. All the while, you have the solution to every problem in the universe right inside of you. You’re the envy of all creation.
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.
I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times: “Everyone has their cross to bear.” That phrase is almost universally used for some kind of suffering. “Taking up your cross” is also constantly interpreted in the church as “dying to self” or “bringing your flesh into submission.” Where is that interpretation in the Bible? Your guess is as good as mine. “Taking up your cross” is actually referring to rest from your works and your salvation.
Unfortunately, it is almost common knowledge in the church that when we get to Heaven or when Jesus comes back again, we will all be rewarded for our actions. Supposedly, all of our actions will be tested by fire, and we will be rewarded for the good ones that we’ve done. None of this is even close to being true.
As a believer, if you find yourself envious of what someone else has or what someone else can do or if you find that you’re disappointed in yourself because you’re comparing yourself to somebody else, here are two biblical principles that will remedy that with some time and meditation.
If a pastor is caught in adultery, what do we say? “Well, he’s not a man of God. After all, ‘you shall know them by their fruits.’” If a person is caught in sin routinely, what do we say? “You shall know them by their fruits.“
The title of this article may shock some people because it is so prevalent in the church today to call Jesus the “Lord of your life.“ But did you know that this term is not found in the Bible? More importantly, the concept of Jesus being Lord of your life is not taught in the Bible either.
At Reform Church, we teach what the Bible teaches regarding death and eternal life. Jesus came to redeem us from physical death (that’s why He died physically) and Jesus came to give us eternal life (which is in us) that is meant to be given to our mortal bodies (Romans 8:11) to cause our bodies to live forever.
Let’s clarify something right from the start, grace includes “unmerited“ (undeserved) favor, but the Bible does not define grace as “unmerited favor.“ It defines grace as “unworked-for favor.“ Let’s explain.
God is good all the time? That’s actually not true; at least not the way that people say it. And I know you are probably curious about this article, but before we go any further, we need to establish some common ground.
Is it worth believing something just because you’ve been taught it for years? Or would you rather have what the Bible says?
If you’ve been learning with us at Reform Church for a while, you know that we believe what the Bible says, namely that we have everything that Jesus has now. We are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ. Part of that inheritance is eternal life.
What You Were Taught
Allow me to show you what you were most likely taught about fasting. It usually goes something like this:
“Fasting is a way to deny your flesh and put your flesh in submission. It’s something you do to focus solely on God and deprive your flesh.”
As a believer, should you have a clean conscience if you tell a lie? Should you have a clean conscience if you steal something? Should you have a clean conscience if you hurt someone’s feelings? You can.
If you call yourself a Christian — well, even if you’ve ever been to church before — for that matter, even if you’ve ever been to a home decor shop, I’m sure you’ve heard of the phrase “love is the greatest of these” or seen it stitched on a pillow somewhere.
Today let’s address the misconception that “we are all sinners.“ Many Christians say this, but it’s simply not true.
Ever been to church and heard the word “hypocrite“ used before? It’s a pretty common word we use in the church for people that don’t practice what they preach. If we see a preacher caught doing something wrong, lots of people would call him a hypocrite. And likewise, when a preacher sees sin prevalent in the church, he might look at that and call that hypocrisy.
Why does God say to live by faith instead of by what you see? Well, you have everything in Christ. You have everything going for you. God has redeemed you, provided for you and has qualified you to walk in all of it! But guess what? Your eyes could never tell you that. Never.