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Victory over Sin. Part 2

Sin, no matter how private we think it may be, always has public consequences. And sin, no matter how “small” we convince ourselves it is, affects our relationship with God. For this reason, Paul said we are not to offer any parts of our bodies for sin’s use.
Instead, Paul instructed us to “yield ourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead.” As we surrender ourselves daily to Christ, He not only gives us power to overcome temptation, He continually works in us to heal our desires. As we grow in Him, we simply no longer want what sin has to offer. As we follow Him, the temptations of sin and death no longer grab our attention.

Adding up for Maturity. Part 1

Our lives may be cluttered with many things, and it may be lacking in many important things too, of which we may not be aware. In case this is so, Apostle Simon suggests that we start adding. This takes diligence and hard effort. A Christian doesn’t become mature and worth something to the Lord’s work by dozing or being lazy. It rather takes diligence, discipline and dedication.

We are Called as Witnesses

What we proclaim comes out of the overflow of our own relationship with Jesus Christ. We live in a time when it seems like everyone is hustling for something. If our witness isn’t genuine, then no one will listen. But as followers of Jesus Christ, we are genuine witnesses of the resurrection of Christ. We preach and teach what we know and have experienced in our own lives.

God called, he answered!

Philip teaches us to be sensitive to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We need to stay plugged in through prayer, meditation and spiritual reflection. We need to be ready to go without delay, but we also need to go where God calls, not where we desire. The problem for many of us is that we are not always clear about God’s instructions as Philip seemed to be.

Victory over Sin. Part 1

If you are a Christian, sin can’t tell you what to do. You are no longer under it’s jurisdiction. Sin has no authority over our lives. Sin can’t make us do anything anymore. We are no longer trapped in this endless cycle  of guilt and shame, of promising to do better only to fail again.  The bottom line for us is that we are dead to sin but alive to God in Christ. Those are the facts. We have only to live our lives in line with those wonderful facts. Just as Jesus lives a God-focused life, we are to do the same.

Love does not Prejudge

Too often we Christians are content talking about love as if it were only a noun, but love is also a verb; it is something we do. When we recognize Jesus as our High Priest who died on the cross on our behalf, we have to do something. The something we have to do is keep God’s commandments. Jesus taught us that we should begin by keeping the first and the second which is the greatest of all.

Love as a Moral Agent and a Check

We sometimes use the word “love” quite casually; for example, “I love ice cream.” We use even use the term “making love” to refer to a sexual act that may have nothing to do with real love. The writer warned in Hebrews 13:4 that engaging in sex outside of marriage invites God’s judgement.
We are reminded in the next verses that the love of money is also a temptation to which we must not succumb.

The Power of Peace

The peace of God is part fruit of the Spirit that holds others together. That is why almost every attack of the enemy is designed to steal our peace first. Satan knows if he can rob us of our peace we will quickly lose our patience, love, faith, and so on. That is why we are told in Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” As long as we abide in the peace of God, our hearts and minds will remain in Christ Jesus.

Understanding Ministry Gifts

Ministry gifts are people with a divine call, empowered to fit into a particular work. They are gifts given by God Himself through His son. This divine call upon ones life is the anointing or power to to do. Ministry gift is not based on once natural abilities or talents, but on the Power of God. 

The Gospel is Good News

Simon  believe in Philip’s God, he had acted on that belief. But the question, however, was whether he was willing to follow Christ Jesus and live for the glory of God or try to use this power only for his own benefit.
The lesson is very clear, God can and does release great power through the Holy Spirit. God can use you and me to accomplish great things for the kingdom. God will always look at our heart as we desire His power, wealth, healing and all he can offer.

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