You Are A Spirit

JOHN 4:24 NKJ 24 “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

GENESIS 1:26-27 NKJ 26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness….” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Because we are created in the image of God, it follows that, since He is spirit — we are also spirit.

To say it clearly, you are a spirit-being, you have a soul (mind and emotions), and you live in a body.

1 THESSALONIANS 5:23 NKJ 23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

According to Scripture, humans have 3 parts: spirit, soul, and body. (Note that spirit and soul are not the same.)

ROMANS 12:1-2 NKJ 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Note that YOU are to do something with your body. So, your body is not the real you, but something that you possess. Also, YOU are to renew your mind (verse 2). You are not told to do anything about your spirit in this passage because your spirit is the part that is born again with new life from God when you receive Jesus.

JOHN 3:6-7 NKJ 6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

From this Scripture we see that when you are born again, the part that is born again is your spirit — not your mind, and not your body.

So, the real you is your spirit — which is born again, right with God, and filled with His life. You are to control your body, and to control what is fed into your mind, so that it can be renewed by the Word of God to know the truth. Then your life will be changed, and conformed to the will of God.

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Actively Receive

In the Greek New Testament there are several words we translate into English using the word “receive.” “Lambano” is the Greek word we could translate as “actively receive.”

It is important for you to understand this word. Many expect things promised in the Bible to just fall on them. But, as you will see from understanding this word, “lambano,” you have a part to play in receiving the Bible promises.

You can passively receive something. An example would be someone throwing a ball through your window into your home. That kind of receiving requires no action on your part.

“Lambano” is not like that. It requires that you do something. Like when you reach out your hands and grab a ball someone threw to you.

For example, the following scriptures contain the Greek word, “lambano.” This may help you get a better understanding of what receive means when it translates this word, lambano.

MARK 12:8 NKJ 8 “And they TOOK him and killed him and cast him out of the vineyard.

JOHN 19:6 NKJ 6 …Pilate said to them, “You TAKE Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him.”

As the above passages show, sometimes lambano is translated as take or took — and is not at all passive, but very active.

JOHN 1:12 NKJ 12 But as many as RECEIVED Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name:

Receiving Jesus and becoming a child of God is not something that happens by accident. Each person has to make the choice to actively choose Jesus.

MATTHEW 21:22 NKJ 22 “And all things, whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will RECEIVE.”

ROMANS 5:17 NKJ 17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who RECEIVE abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

Remember that receiving is something you must actively do.

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Jesus Is Coming Back

ACTS 1:11 NKJ 11 …This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

Jesus of Nazareth, born into this earth by the virgin Mary, who was the pre-existent, eternal, Creator God, and who suffered and died on a cross as mankind’s substitute, is coming back to earth again.

You probably have questions, such as “When?” and “Why?”

Fortunately, the Bible does give us answers, just not as many as most of us would like. (This attitude is really a matter of pride, thinking we know better than God how much information He should share with us.)

Godly people, throughout history, have not all reached the same conclusion by studying Scripture, about the specific timing and events surrounding the second coming of Jesus Christ.

What is crystal clear from Scripture is that Jesus Christ will return to earth in triumph to rule over all. And that all people should live in a state of readiness for His return.

(Since all the details are not clear, let us not fall into the trap of fighting over this doctrine. The Bible does not say that a perfect understanding of this subject is necessary for you to be saved.)

My personal opinion is that the coming of Jesus Christ is drawing very near. (Of course, I have been wrong about other things.) One thing is sure: it will happen some day!

For a believer, the return of Jesus Christ to earth is the most wonderful thing that could happen. Any fearfulness is a sign that you do not know the Lord as intimately as you should.

As believers, we should look forward to the triumphant, physical return to this planet of its rightful owner and ruler: Jesus Christ our Lord.

Here are a few things Jesus said about His return.

MATTHEW 24:3,4,14,27,36,44 NKJ 3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 14 “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. 27 “For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, no, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. 44 “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him.

Jesus will return!

Be ready!

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Make Room For Jesus

LUKE 2:7 KJV 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

You probably think it was terrible that there was “no room in the inn” and the baby Jesus had to be born in a stable and lay in a manger.

If the people then truly understood who Jesus was, no doubt they would have gladly opened their homes and provided much better for Him. But do we not often make the same mistake?

The situation for Jesus today must be even more sad. Most of us still do not make room for Jesus in our lives.

For some the reason is busyness, just being so caught up in making a living and trying to take care of things that they feel they just don’t have time. (The truth is that with Jesus’ help, life will be better and easier.)

For others, it is fear: fear of what Jesus might think, or say, or do, if He were invited, or even allowed access, into their lives. (This fear is baseless because Jesus does not wreck things but improves them. They need to know Jesus truly loves them and desires the best for them, which He does.)

For some the reason is just lack of knowledge: they don’t know about Jesus and His love. (For these people, you are the answer. You can share the wonderful story of God’s love for mankind.)

REVELATION 3:20 LB 20 “Look! I have been standing at the door, and I am constantly knocking. If anyone hears me calling him and opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with him and he with me.

Jesus is persistent and still reaches out in love, expecting that someday people will see Him as He truly is, overcome their busyness and fear and ignorance, and enthusiastically invite Him into the center of their lives.

Jesus does not enjoy being ignored, or being put in an inferior place. Surely Jesus would like for us to accept and appreciate Him for what He truly is: the Central One, Creator and Sustainer of all, who knows more and can do more than we can even imagine.

You may acknowledge Jesus and claim He is your Lord and Savior, but do you neglect Him, or give Him a central place?

Do you talk to Him about everything? Do you thank Him for everything good? You should.

Jesus does not want you to feel guilty about neglecting Him. He loves you and just wants you to return His love. Jesus desires a central place in your life so He can bless you more.

Don’t ignore Jesus.

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God’s Word In Your Mouth

EPHESIANS 6:17 NIV 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

The sword, or weapon, of the spirit is speaking the Word of God. Left sitting in a book on your shelf, it does you no good.

A weapon must be used against an adversary to be of any benefit. Our adversary is the devil and a weapon he uses is doubt. We must speak God’s Word to actively resist doubt, so it won’t defeat us.

JAMES 1:22 NIV 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

We need to personalize the Bible, and act on it. The first, and main, way to accomplish this is to speak in agreement with what the Bible says.

For a short basic confession to get you started, look at http://www.believers.org/helps/basiccon.htm

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Light And Easy

MATTHEW 11:30 KJV 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Christians often struggle in their walk with the Lord, but it should not be so. Have you ever thought, “It’s so hard to be a Christian!”?

I have.

At one time I believed it was so difficult being a Christian that I had no motivation to tell others about the Lord. Living for Jesus just seemed too hard for normal people.

How wrong and deceived I was!

Never forget that the message about Jesus Christ is the gospel — which means good news!

If you are having a hard struggle, it’s not because of what the Lord is requiring of you. The problem lies with yourself — in ignorance, pride, or unbelief, which the Lord will help you overcome.

Walking with the Lord is meant to be a joy, not a burden. Yes, there are trials and difficulties. But the Lord always helps us and delivers us. (Even if it results in martyrdom, we will be delivered!) Therefore, we can always trust in the Lord and rejoice in Him. When we do that, every day can be a joyful day.

Living the Christian life is not supposed to be just a matter of our willpower, but a matter of trust — faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the One who carries the load. We are not qualified and capable of saving ourselves by our own effort. That’s why we need a savior.

Too many people are trying to save themselves, instead of trusting in Jesus to save them and make them into what He wants them to be.

PHILIPPIANS 2:13 NKJ 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

We do need to change — to do better and be better. But our focus needs to be on Jesus and not on ourselves. We need to ask Him and expect Him to work in us and change us. The Christian life is meant to be a constant fellowship with Jesus and looking to Him in faith. Otherwise, in our own ability, it is impossible.

Remember, Jesus is not out to condemn us, but to help us. He loves us, and proved it by dying in our place.

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Destroyed For Lack Of Knowledge

Hosea 4:6 KJV 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge . . . .

Are people’s lives destroyed because God does not love them? Do people come to ruin and live in misery because God is callous and uncaring?

NO!

People are destroyed for lack of knowledge — even God’s people. What kind of knowledge? Knowledge that is available in the Bible: how to walk in faith, how to overcome, how to get prayers answered, how to resist the devil, etc.

God is not to blame for our troubles. God has already made provision for us. But we must avail ourselves of what God has provided.

How can we benefit from God’s great provision if we don’t even know about it? So, we should seek the knowledge of God on our own, and receive teaching from others, also.

There is not one among us who does not have much to learn. No one yet is walking in the absolute fullness of what God has provided.

This must be one of the saddest verses in the Bible. To think that God’s people are destroyed simply because of a lack of knowledge. As God’s children, they are our brothers and sisters. It is our relatives being destroyed, and we should do what we can to stop it.

Let’s quit giving place to the devil by our lack of knowledge of God’s Word. And, as we learn from God’s Word we should share our knowledge with others, so they can walk in freedom and victory, too.

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Jesus Is The Only Way

JOHN 14:6 NKJ 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

The word translated “way” means road. Jesus is the road to God.

The Bible is clear. Jesus did not lie. There is no salvation or access into Heaven without receiving Jesus Christ.

ACTS 4:12 NIV 12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

The Bible clearly teaches there is only one name by which people can be saved. That name is not Buddha, Confucius, or Mohammed, but the Lord Jesus Christ.

There is no other way to God than through Jesus Christ.

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God Is Just

PSALM 89:14 NIV 14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.

Every decent human being deeply detests injustice. When we see it in life, or even in a movie, it agitates us. Nothing makes our blood boil more than injustice.

We instinctively know injustice is wrong because God put that within us when He made us in His image. You can be sure that God’s reign will never involve injustice of any kind.

PSALM 11:7 ICB 7 The Lord does what is right, and he loves justice. So honest people will see his face.

While we may not understand all that God might do in judging the human race, surely we can be confident with Abraham who said in Genesis 18:25, “Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”.

God is fair. God is just. God does what is right. God is righteous. All these statements are equivalent.

People who would condemn God now are judging Him before the time — before all the evidence is in — before God has finished His great work with mankind. Then, and then only, shall we see and understand fully the greatness of the mercy and the justice of our wonderful God.

ISAIAH 9:7 NIV 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

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God Is Not Poor

PSALM 50:12 NASB 12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is Mine, and all it contains.

HAGGAI 2:8 NASB 8 `The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ declares the LORD of hosts.

You probably knew that God is rich. But have you thought about what that means?

Since God is not poor, surely He would not desire His children to suffer poverty.

Misunderstanding has developed because most Christians think Jesus was poor and that His followers should also be poor. Not necessarily true, but a strong tradition.

Why did God create all the wealth of this world? Surely not for the devil and his crowd.

God does not withhold good from us but desires blessing for all His children. If it were otherwise, God would not even be as good as earthly parents.

Any court would condemn an earthly father, who, although rich, withheld support from his children. Should we think our Father God is any less loving and caring and giving than an earthly father? NO! Jesus taught that our Heavenly Father is much more gracious and generous than any earthly father.

MATTHEW 7:11 NASB 11 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

Just because you have not yet received the fullness of God’s blessing does not mean God does not desire that you have it. We must grow up and quit blaming God. Instead, we should seek Him for understanding and help so that we may receive all God has for us.

Yes, God warns against trusting in riches or being deceived by them. Anything can be dangerous if not used properly. Fire can maim and kill, yet properly controlled it is a great blessing. So it is with money.

God is not against His children having wealth. He just does not want us to trust in it and worship it.

PSALM 35:27 NASB 27 . . .”The LORD be magnified, who delights in the prosperity of His servant.”

Let’s line our thinking up with the Bible and quit letting the devil rob us of the blessings God intends for us.

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