If you ask any Christian whether they want to see the power of God manifest in their life, they will of course say yes. If that’s you, let me tell you that you can see the power of God manifest wherever you need it, but natural thinking isn’t going to do it for you! We need to be spiritually minded.
I believe that too often we consult with natural resources around us to see whether something is possible in our life or not. If the doctor can fix it, then we feel comfortable that we can be well. If we feel smart enough, then we feel confident the task can get done. If people are favorable to us, then we are at peace that we can prosper.
It’s true that joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of Jesus is always happy and He can produce that through you as well (Galatians 5:22). But the Spirit isn’t just happy. He’s happy for a reason! Notice that even when Jesus rejoiced, in the joy of the Spirit, He assigned a reason for it:
Philippians 4:8 (KJV) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Something that believers don’t talk about too much is the respect and honor that we have from God. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that we’ve done some good work to impress God, but because we have chosen to believe Jesus, the Father respects you for that.
Because our flesh has limitations and we are too used to living in it, sometimes we only think in terms of tasks being easy or hard. But for the power of God, one task is not harder than another (in terms of His power).
Most Christians understand that fear and worry are not from God. But sometimes, if we experience those things, we end up feeling worried about our worry, if that makes sense. We’re distraught because we know fear and worry are not from God, but your feelings are not a problem.
Recently, we have not only been talking about the position Jesus holds, but the position that we hold with Him. We have been made exactly like Jesus now, in our spirit (Hebrews 12:23).
We’ve been discussing how we are just like Jesus now. Inside of you, you have everything Jesus has, you feel everything Jesus feels, you think everything Jesus thinks. No exceptions (1 John 2:20, Hebrews 12:23).
In our last part, we talked about how we are at the “top of the food chain“ (so-to-speak) with Jesus. Many Christians have limited, to no knowledge, that they are the same as Jesus in their inheritance.
If a Major League baseball player goes to a Little League game, does he feel threatened by the 7-year-old players there? Of course not. And why not? He realizes that he plays at a much higher level. He realizes he possesses much more talent and ability than those kids at the Little League game. So, envy and inferiority doesn’t even make sense.
It’s very popular to speak about “loving God with your life“ in the church today. But did you know that you can’t love God with your life? And did you know that “loving God with your life“ is actually not in the Bible? Loving God is simply believing what Jesus did for you!
You don’t need to know everything there is to know to bear lots of fruit! This notion that because you don’t know everything, or because your mind is not fully renewed yet, that you can’t see miracles in your life is simply not true. Otherwise, most, if not all of us, would not be able to see miracles in our life, because we don’t see Jesus perfectly.
It seems like many, if not most Christians, believe that God controls everything in the universe. They feel that God can intervene in situations wherever and whenever He wants. The only way a person can believe this (and I mean the only way), is to first believe that God can communicate good things to mankind apart from Jesus — simply because He feels like it.
Does Jesus like human suffering? Of course not! He came and suffered so that no one else would have to. But it is interesting, when you look at the accounts where Jesus wept or showed concern, it wasn’t over human suffering, but rather unbelief. Let’s explain.
John 11:23-26 (NKJV) Jesus said to her [to Martha], “Your brother will rise again… I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?“
Some people feel very confident in their intellect. They’re very confident in their ability to understand things and speak intelligently about many different topics. Personally, I would rather say something foolish as I’m growing, but know that Jesus is my wisdom, then for everyone to think I’m so intelligent, and yet be a fool to God.
At Reform Church, when we learn about Jesus being our resurrection and life, or about our redemption from this world, or about the authority that we have over this entire universe, it’s needful for us to remember… this is real.
It’s funny when people get so preoccupied with whether they have enough faith or not. It monopolizes the minds of some people, as if that is something useful or profitable.
In any situation that you go through, if you are confused, lacking confidence, discouraged, or just don’t know what to think (which none of us do on our own)… you need the voice of God.
When Jesus was at the cross, He said, “It is finished.” That means that Jesus was finishing ALL of our problems! But so many people will tell you, “Oh, Jesus wasn’t taking ALL of my problems at the cross. There are still problems we will go through until Jesus comes back again. Jesus was ONLY finishing the punishment for sin at the cross!“
Don’t daydream about something off in the future. Don’t fantasize. Don’t use your imagination to picture what things could be like. As a believer, your reality is much better than anything you could dream up, even if you don’t think so.
So many believers allow their circumstances to dictate to them how well they do in life. That doesn’t have to be your story! The Lord doesn’t call you a tree planted by a river of water for no reason (Jer. 17).
Enjoy the fact that Jesus is still seated today. That means that all your problems are still solved, otherwise He would have to come back and fix them again. He is still seated though! Which means that His work at the cross for you is still complete. It needs nothing additional, so He remains perfectly content at the right hand of God. No more work to do.
If someone cuts their hand, gets the flu, or has a stomachache, even the world doesn’t worry about it too much. But why? Isn’t it uncomfortable? Well, yes, but they know that it usually doesn’t last long, and they will be feeling better soon.
If you can’t feel confidently righteous when you do something wrong, then when? Only when you do right? You could’ve done that if Jesus never came. Jesus’ atonement is useless then.
When you pray, when you’re meditating, or even when you’re speaking to other people, remember the positive things that Jesus actually gave you, not just what He redeemed you from. What do I mean by this? Take a look at this statement:
Positive thinking is of no use. Being optimistic is just another way of saying that you’re lying to yourself (only seeing the good side of things). The Gospel is not based on optimism but on facts — not seeing the rosey side of things, but seeing the full scope of things and how good all of it is.
If you’ve been around Reform Church for a while, you know that Jesus has redeemed us from this present earth, and instead, put the image of the new earth in us.
If you ask literally any Christian today, “Are you a Bible-believing Christian?“ They will undoubtedly tell you, “Yes!“ I think that most Christians BELIEVE that they are Bible-believing, but I think it’s less common than you might suppose.
Nobody is perfect. Everybody is flawed. Ever heard that before? Guess what? It’s not true. The Bible says that there are people that have been made perfect.
Back in the day, people used to call preachers when someone died so that they could raise them back up again. Now we call preachers when someone dies so we can finalize their death with a funeral. I think we’re missing something.
The world has disabilities, grey hair, belly fat, wrinkles, pains, and personality flaws. Believers? Nah! Believers only have unrenewed minds.
We’ve got everything we need inside of us, through Jesus. That includes the anointing (one who reveals) that teaches us everything we need to know. Any external teacher is just a help to us, not the way we hear from God for ourselves.
How many times have you heard that your joy should be unconditional? That you should be happy no matter what happens? They say, “If somebody wins and you lose, just be happy anyway.“ They say, “If somebody has more than you, at least be happy for them.” They say, “Even if your life is hard right now, just be happy and praise the Lord regardless of what’s going on.”
We speak a lot about what Jesus provided, but recently we explained WHY Jesus provided us what He did. We said that His motivation was for your enjoyment — simply to make you happy. This is not just something to make you feel better. This is, in fact, a biblically proven fact. God shared everything He has with you to make you happy! That’s the real reason.
This may sound overly simplistic, but it’s a heck of a revelation. Do you know why God provided what He provided for you? We talk about WHAT God provided through Jesus — life and immortality, righteousness and rest from your works. But do you know WHY God wanted to provide these things to you? Do you know what his motive was? Here it is:
When Jesus is teaching you it’s going to sound a lot different than what the world is saying. But I would rather be sane, with everyone thinking I’m crazy, than to be crazy and the whole world agree with me.
1 Corinthians 2:14 (KJV) But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him…
There was a time in the Bible, when Elisha and his servant were surrounded by an opposing army. Here’s what happened:
We don’t sugarcoat the truth of Jesus at Reform Church. It’s already sweeter than any coat we could put on it. Whoever said the truth hurts? Impossible. There’s no bad news with Jesus.