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Why Was Jesus in Human Form? (Number 3 of a Series)

A message summary of December 24, 2017 from Pastor Gus Brown:

 

Jesus came in human form in His timing, and not ours.

Genesis 3:15

I will put hostility between you and the woman,

and between your offspring and her offspring.

He will strike your head,

and you will strike his heel.

 

Man could not redeem himself…we needed a Redeemer.

God’s purpose is to restore His creation to Himself.  He is out to restore the relationship with mankind as He originally had with Adam.

Man was given the opportunity to redeem himself.  The great powers of the earth could not meet God’s standards.

It is what Scripture says:

Romans 3:10-12

as it is written:

There is no one righteous, not even one.

There is no one who understands;

there is no one who seeks God.

All have turned away;

all alike have become worthless.

There is no one who does what is good,

not even one.

 

While man is always in a rush, God is never in a hurry.

 

  1. When the time had fully come, God acted.

Galatians 4:4-7

When the time came to completion, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

God has always worked in His time.  When He is ready to act and not at the time which we desire Him to perform.

The fullness of time is when He is ready to act.

Ephesians 1:9-10

He made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he purposed in Christ as a plan for the right timeto bring everything together in Christ, both things in heaven and things on earth in him.

 

God works within your life with one thing at a time.  He is doing a magnificent work—one layer at a time.

He is never out of order.  Everything is always in His order and according to His purpose.

There is an appointed season and a proper time when and where He does His work.

Titus 1:3

In his own time he has revealed his word in the preaching with which I was entrusted by the command of God our Savior.

 

1 Timothy 2:5-6

For there is one God and one mediator between God and humanity, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, a testimony at the proper time.

 

Acts 7:23-25

When he was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites. When he saw one of them being mistreated, he came to his rescue and avenged the oppressed man by striking down the Egyptian. He assumed his people would understand that God would give them deliverance through him, but they did not understand.

 

Moses made an assumption here that the people would see that he was there as God’s deliverer.  He needed to see God for Himself to understand how it was to be accomplished.

Acts 7:30-34

After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning bush. When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight. As he was approaching to look at it, the voice of the Lord came: I am the God of your ancestorsthe God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob. Moses began to tremble and did not dare to look.

The Lord said to him: Take off the sandals from your feet, because the place where you are standing is holy ground. I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt; I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. And now, come, I will send you to Egypt.

It was all to be accomplished in God’s time and in His timing.  God is the One who sends people along and to be His witness.  It’s one thing to go out before others (Matthew 28:19-20), but it is another to be sent before others.

 

  1. In the fullness of time He sent His Son.
  • It shows the pre-existence of Jesus.
  • It reveals the intimacy and confidence the sender has in the one being sent (He was sinless).

John 17:18

As you sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.

Jesus describes how He was following the example of His father.  He sent His disciples into the world.

The purpose of His coming:

Romans 8:3-4

What the law could not do since it was weakened by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh as a sin offering, in order that the laws requirement would be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

He came to take the curse from us and represent the curse for us.

Galatians 3:13

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, because it is written, Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.

He tasted death for us.

Hebrews 2:9

But we do see Jesusmade lower than the angels for a short time so that by Gods grace he might taste death for everyonecrowned with glory and honor because he suffered death.

He came to destroy the one who held death.

Hebrews 2:14-17

Now since the children have flesh and blood in common, Jesus also shared in these, so that through his death he might destroy the one holding the power of deaththat is, the deviland free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death. For it is clear that he does not reach out to help angels, but to help Abrahams offspring. Therefore, he had to be like his brothers and sisters in every way, so that he could become a merciful and faithful high priest in matters pertaining to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people.

He is our High Priest.

 

  1. He was born of a woman.

Romans 1:1-4

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle and set apart for the gospel of Godwhich he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scripturesconcerning his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who was a descendant of David according to the flesh and was appointed to be the powerful Son of God according to the Spirit of holiness by the resurrection of the dead.

 

Luke 3:31-32

son of Melea, son of Menna, son of Mattatha, son of Nathan, son of David, son of Jesse, son of Obed, son of Boaz, son of Salmon, son of Nahshon,

In Luke you see the lineage of Mary.  In Matthew, you see Joseph’s lineage.  Both are within the line of David.

Mary’s role is very important.  Blessed is she would has believed.  To be highly favored is to be given a special honor.  It is what God had decided for her life.

Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgins name was Mary. And the angel came to her and said, Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you. But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be. Then the angel told her: Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will have no end.

Mary asked the angel, How can this be, since I have not had sexual relations with a man? 

The angel replied to her: The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. And consider your relative Elizabetheven she has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called childless. For nothing will be impossible with God.

I am the Lords servant, said Mary. May it be done to me according to your word. Then the angel left her.

 

Mary knew that Elizabeth, a woman who was barren, was having a child well beyond her child bearing years.

Luke 1:39-45

In those days Mary set out and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judah where she entered Zechariahs house and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Marys greeting, the baby leaped inside her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she exclaimed with a loud cry: Blessed are you among women, and your child will be blessed! How could this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For you see, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped for joy inside me. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill what he has spoken to her!

God was speaking to Mary and Elizabeth to just believe in Him.

You likely will not understand everything that is happening (Mary didn’t have complete understanding), but Jesus will make it all known to you in his timing.

And you will praise Him for His goodness.

Luke 1:46-55

And Mary said:

 My soul praises the greatness of the Lord,

and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

because he has looked with favor

on the humble condition of his servant.

Surely, from now on all generations

will call me blessed,

because the Mighty One

has done great things for me,

and his name is holy.

His mercy is from generation to generation

on those who fear him.

He has done a mighty deed with his arm;

he has scattered the proud

because of the thoughts of their hearts;

he has toppled the mighty from their thrones

and exalted the lowly.

He has satisfied the hungry with good things

and sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel,

remembering his mercy

to Abraham and his descendants forever,

just as he spoke to our ancestors.

 

When you acknowledge Jesus Christ, you will walk by faith knowing that He will accomplish what He sets out to do.

 

  1. He is to be born under the law.

Luke 2:21-24

When the eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesusthe name given by the angel before he was conceived. And when the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were finished, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every firstborn male will be dedicated to the Lord) and to offer a sacrifice (according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons).

 

His parents were carrying out the law.  They were raising their child according to the law, and it is relevant today in that we are to worship and serve the Lord according to your household because it is the proper thing to do.

 

Luke 2:25-35

There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israels consolation, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lords Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, he entered the temple. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him up in his arms, praised God, and said,

Now, Master,

you can dismiss your servant in peace,

as you promised.

For my eyes have seen your salvation.

You have prepared it

in the presence of all peoples

a light for revelation to the Gentiles

and glory to your people Israel. 

His father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and told his mother Mary: Indeed, this child is destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be opposedand a sword will pierce your own soulthat the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

 

Jesus came to fulfill the law.

Matthew 5:17

Dont think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.

 

He came to be our Guardian–the Shepherd who watches over our souls.

Galatians 3:23-29

Before this faith came, we were confined under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith was revealed. The law, then, was our guardian until Christ, so that we could be justified by faith. But since that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for through faith you are all sons of God in Christ Jesus.

For those of you who were baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ. There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male and female; since you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abrahams seed, heirs according to the promise.

 

He came to do what the law could not do.

Romans 8:1-4

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. What the law could not do since it was weakened by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh as a sin offering, in order that the laws requirement would be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.

John 3:16-17

For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

 

As we celebrate Christmas, let us remember who Jesus Christ is—the perfect gift for us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jesus was Sent to Us at a Specific Time

Today’s message summary of December 21, 2014 from Pastor Gus Brown:

Why was Jesus sent to us when He was? What was the purpose for the specific place and time for His appearance.

Genesis 3:15 is the promise of Jesus’ coming–thousands of years before He was born. Why so long?

Genesis 3:15

I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.

  1. Why not have Him sent a few years after Adam and Eve were put out of the garden?
  2. Why not have Him come after Noah’s survival of the flood?
  3. Why not right after the deliverance of the Israelites’ delivery from Egypt?
  4. Why not after God had provided the law and shared it with the people?

Matthew 1:20-21

But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”

God is saving us from what?

Luke 2:8-11

In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David.

Why at this time?

Between the last book of the Old Testament (Malachi) and the New Testament book (Matthew), there are 400 years of silence from God. Why?

Many things take place during that time:

  1. Alexander the Great
  2. His five generals fought until there were only three (over a thirty-year period).
  3. Last empire from Alexander was Seleucid, which was founded by the last general, Seleucus. His dynasty lasted from 312 to 64 B.C. The Roman general named Pompey defeated him.
  4. The Greek culture that took root beyond Greece is called Hellenism (Greek civilization). From this formed the Roman army, the Egyptian army and Mark Antony. Israel was fighting with the Roman army to defeat Egypt. From here emerged Antipates and Herod the Great. Herod built temples to worship Augustus as a god. Daniel’s Abomination of Desolation was when the god of Zeus was set up in the temple (168 B.C.). Mattathias, a priest, and his five sons started the war of the Maccabees.

In Acts 6:1, we see the results of all of these changes in the Grecian Jews (Hellenists). During this time Herod through Roma appointed the high priest. Some of these appointees were not Jewish but they were most likely in positions of wealth.

God sent His Son because of the culture of this time. Why did God go silent for 400 years? What actions were taking place. These matters were being revealed in Malachi:

  1. There was a failure to truly worship God (Malachi 1:4-8). This matter of worship was regarded as a burden (v. 12).
  1. The heart of man was set on not honoring God (Malachi 2:2).

Malachi 2:1-2

“Therefore, this decree is for you priests: If you don’t listen, and if you don’t take it to heart to honor My name,” says Yahweh of Hosts, “I will send a curse among you, and I will curse your blessings. In fact, I have already begun to curse them because you are not taking it to heart.”

  1. The people turned away from Him, and the priests were not following Him (Malachi 2:7-9).

Malachi 2:7-9

For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and the people should seek instruction from his mouth, because he is the messenger of the Lord of Hosts. “You, on the other hand, have turned from the way. You have caused many to stumble by your instruction. You have violated the covenant of Levi,” says the Lord of Hosts. “So I in turn have made you despised and humiliated before all the people because you are not keeping My ways but are showing partiality in your instruction.”

  1. Those who were doing evil were regarded as good (Malachi 2:17).

Malachi 2:17

You have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet you ask, “How have we wearied Him?” When you say, “Everyone who does what is evil is good in the Lord’s sight, and He is pleased with them,” or “Where is the God of justice?”

  1. Those who are doing what is wrong have no fear of Him (Malachi 3:5).
  1. God is not worthy of our giving (Malachi 3:7-9).
  1. It is futile to serve God (Malachi 3:14-15, 18).
  1. Every evildoer will be nothing more than stubble (Malachi 4:1).

Can you see these matters today in America? Can you see how this applies to the lost generations of people who live according to what they deem is right?

2 Timothy 1:15-17

This you know: All those in Asia have turned away from me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he diligently searched for me and found me.

John 14:8-9

“Lord,” said Philip, “show us the Father, and that’s enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been among you all this time without your knowing Me, Philip? The one who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words I speak to you I do not speak on My own. The Father who lives in Me does His works.

Hebrews 2:14

Now since the children have flesh and blood in common, Jesus also shared in these, so that through death He might destroy the one holding the power of death–that is, the Devil.

The people who believe in God and His Word will be blessed. God held this as a promise to the people referred to in the book of Malachi and it also applies to those who have faith and trust in Him today.

Malachi 3:16-17

At that time those who feared the Lord spoke to one another. The Lord took notice and listened. So a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who feared Yahweh and had high regard for His name. “They will be Mine,” says the Lord of Hosts, “a special possession on the day I am preparing. I will have compassion on them as a man has compassion on his son who serves him. So you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.”


Jesus is God’s Gift to Us

Today’s message summary of December 14, 2014 from Pastor Gus Brown:

It’s not too much longer from right now before we will be opening presents from under the tree.

Have you considered what happens when someone presents to you a gift? The gift is an expression of a person who is communicating to you something of value. Opening the gift is the completion of this expression of thanks or gratitude.

There is something to be said about unwrapping a present to see what you are receiving. When it comes to Jesus Christ, who is our ultimate gift from God to each of us, have you accepted the gift appropriately?

Do you understand His gift? Do you understand its richness and its magnitude?

He is an indescribable gift (2 Corinthians 9:15). He can only use the words we know and understand to begin to describe Him.

Isaiah 9:6

For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

 

God, in various ways, has repeatedly revealed His love for us.

We still do not comprehend His love for us, nor can we understand all that Jesus is to us, or all that He will be for us in the future.

In Isaiah 9:6, it’s important to see that the child is not born for Himself. He is born for you and me. The child is born in place of you and me because of our sin. His Son was sent for you and me in order for us to see how we are supposed to live before God.

Romans 8:32-33

He did not even spare His own Son but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything?

  1. As a child doing the will of His Father (John 6:38)
  1. He wanted to please the Father (John 8:29)
  1. This child set the example for me (Romans 8:29)

 

John 6:38

For I have come down from heaven, not to do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

 

Jesus, God’s Son, was given to us with a purpose (John 3:16). The purpose was that people might believe in Him and that those people would have eternal life.

He gave His Son in order to show His love for us (Romans 5:8).

Romans 5:8

But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!

 

He gave that we might be reconciled to Himself (Romans 5:18).

Romans 5:18

So then, as through one trespass there is condemnation for everyone, so also through one righteous act there is life-giving justification for everyone.

 

Jesus was born and given to us to govern over the people of God. The purpose of a government is to exercise authority over a group. It is a system of rule, in this case, to control the affairs of God’s kingdom (Ephesians 1:22; 1 Corinthians 11:3; Colossians 2:10).

Ephesians 1:22-23

And He put everything under His feet and appointed Him as head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of the One who fills all things in every way.

 

Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor (Psalm 73:24).

Psalm 73:24

You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will take me up in glory.

 

Jesus is the Mighty God (Matthew 19:26; Luke 1:37; Psalm 24:8, 93:1-5).

Matthew 19:26

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

 

Jesus is the Everlasting Father (Psalm 68:5). He is our Provider (Matthew 6:9).

Jesus is the Prince of Peace (John 14:27, 16:33; Isaiah 26:3).

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.

 

Isaiah 26:3

You will keep the mind that is dependent on You in perfect peace, for it is trusting in You.

 

His government is growing and will continue to grow.

He will sit on the throne of David and will rule with justice and righteousness.

Psalm 89:14

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; faithful love and truth go before You.

 

 


After Salvation–What Comes Next?

Today’s message summary from Pastor Gus Brown:

Today, we are starting a new series pertaining to salvation, but this series is more about how one is to behave after one gets saved. Salvation, in itself, helps to remove some of the struggles of life. It doesn’t remove them completely, but now we have, along with the ability to endure life as it happens and to see the hope through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. There must be a desire to grow in your salvation; otherwise, you will miss out on the blessings that God bestows upon you and the maturity that comes with a healthy relationship in Jesus Christ.

Salvation is real. It is real if you allow yourself to experience the goodness and blessings of God.

Why were you born?

Were you born to carry on a name or to be a part of a family? Was it to be a great professional or something like that?

Do you know that you were born with a real purpose?

Your purpose for being born the first time and the second time is that you might know God. The second time is your salvation–to be born again for the purpose of having a real relationship with God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

To be born again is a real privilege. You are born again because God reveals Himself to You for who He really is.

God knows who you are, but now you have to get to know them (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Your real purpose in life is to have a relationship in which you learn and experience the person of God.

  1. The first blessing that God grants us is to know Him and to experience Him.

Psalm 14:1-4

1 The fool says in his heart, “God does not exist.”

They are corrupt; they do vile deeds.

There is no one who does good.

2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the human race

to see if there is one who is wise,

one who seeks God.

3 All have turned away;

all alike have become corrupt.

There is no one who does good,

not even one.

4 Will evildoers never understand?

They consume My people as they consume bread;

they do not call on the Lord.

 

Psalm 40:1-3

1 I waited patiently for the Lord,

and He turned to me and heard my cry for help.

2 He brought me up from a desolate pit,

out of the muddy clay,

and set my feet on a rock,

making my steps secure.

3 He put a new song in my mouth,

a hymn of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear

and put their trust in the Lord.

 

God helps us to see the purpose of life. Without the first birth, we could never experience the second birth.

John 17:3

This is eternal life:

that they may know You, the only true God,

and the One You have sent—Jesus Christ.

 

God blesses a person with life and the ability to experience it.

John 17:4

I have glorified You on the earth

by completing the work You gave Me to do.

 

Romans 5:1-2, 10

1 Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 We have also obtained access through Him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

10 For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life!

 

  1. To know and to be known by God is very important. To not do this is to not experience His blessings.

Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.

 

In order to see God’s blessings in big things, we need to see how he blesses us in the smallest of things. It’s all about appreciation for what you have.

Psalm 73:25-26

25 Who do I have in heaven but You?

And I desire nothing on earth but You.

26 My flesh and my heart may fail,

but God is the strength of my heart,

my portion forever.

 

Jeremiah 1:5

I chose you before I formed you in the womb;

I set you apart before you were born.

I appointed you a prophet to the nations.

 

Exodus 33:17

The Lord answered Moses, “I will do this very thing you have asked, for you have found favor in My sight, and I know you by name.”

 

John 10:14

“I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they know Me.

 

2 Timothy 1:12

and that is why I suffer these things. But I am not ashamed, because I know the One I have believed in and am persuaded that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day.

 

  1. Too many people live life in a state of failure. Why?

There is an absence of a relationship with God.

 

John 17:15-17

15 I am not praying

that You take them out of the world

but that You protect them from the evil one.

16 They are not of the world,

as I am not of the world.

17 Sanctify them by the truth;

Your word is truth.

 

Philippians 1:6

I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

 

John 14:16, 18, 26

16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.

18 I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.

26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit—the Father will send Him in My name—will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.

 

  1. There are two concepts that determine your experience of victory and blessings in your life–maturity and freedom.

Ephesians 4:13-15

13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. 14 Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. 15 But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head—Christ.

 

Luke 22:31

Simon, Simon, look out! Satan asked to sift you like wheat.

 

John 10:10

A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.

 

2 Peter 1:3

His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.

 

1 Corinthians 10:23

“Everything is permissible,” but not everything is helpful. “Everything is permissible,” but not everything builds up.

 

When we acknowledge the truth and wisdom of Jesus Christ, we mature in the faith.

Satan knows how to block out growing and blessings in the faith:

  1. To be against the things of God. Satan tries to make you believe that God wants you to have it.
  2. He keeps your mind on your past life. You are to forget the past and press on.
  3. Keep you prone to failure.
  4. Controlled by your bad habits. The fact is that you can change your habits.
  5. Confusion. Remember that God is not the author of confusion.
  6. Blinded to the truth.
  7. Refuse to listen to or hear the truth. Faith enables you to receive truth.
  8. We will not speak truth to self. You have to accept the truth when other people give it to you.
  9. We choose to believe a lie. Remember that Satan lies all of the time (John 8:44).
  10. He wants you to believe that you don’t have a godly inheritance. You do have a hope and a future.

Always remember that God is able to guide you into a better life. He is the Author and Originator of your faith, and He delivers on His promises. You have to trust that He can and will do these things for you.