All Christians face spiritual battles, but the WAR has been won by our Great God & Savior, Jesus Christ. The battles are a reality whether you like it or not. And I can only fight & win the battles if I understand what is happening in the Spiritual realm. In the same way, the law of gravity is real whether you understand the science or not. Regardless of how much you know about gravity, you can feel the effect. It is the same in the spiritual realm, you can’t see it, but you can sure feel it. The Bible is very clear that there’s a war going on, and you are at the center of it whether you know it or not. However, God tells us how to win the battles (Eph.6). 1. Stay in prayer (1 Thess 5:17) 2. Walk in the spirit (Gal 5:16) 3. Meditate on God’s Word (Ps 1:1-6) 4. Quit empty entertainment (Jas.4:4) 5. Worship & praise God (Heb 13:15). 6. Don’t Plan to SIN (Heb.10:29) Rebuke demonic activities, like drugs, porn, & all types of sorcery that this world hides in plain site. (Gal. 5:19-21)
All Christians try to love as Christ loved, (Eph.5) but we all fall short. I can no more do justice to His amazing love than I can grasp a star. Still, by reaching toward the star I may call attention to it. So, as I stretch my heart toward the high, shining love of Jesus Christ, someone may be encouraged to look up and be touched by His Love. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love cast out fear.” (1 John 4) To know that love of God and to experience leaning on the arm of the Beloved—this and only this can cast out fear. Let a person become convinced that nothing can harm them and all fear leaves. The natural reflex to pain may be felt, but the deep torment of fear is gone. Gods’ love has caused Him to desire our eternal good, and His sovereign power enables Him to secure it.A.W.Tozer
Paul spent the first three chapters outlining the doctrine & glorious calling of the Christian. He lists all our possessions, and our standing because of what Jesus has done for us. He takes the Ephesians, and us, into the heavenlies, with truths of the mystery of the gospel of Christ. Now, he turns to the practical matter of applying these teachings to the Christian life, saying: “Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.” What calling? We have all been called to be saints of God. We have also been called to be children of God by faith. We have been called to be heirs of salvation. So, walk worthy of your calling, as a saint, as a child of God, and as an heir of God.
ISAIAH 9: 6-7 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this”.
In Christ we have boldness, and access to the Father with confidence through faith in Jesus Christ. When Jesus died, the veil in the temple was torn in two, from the top to the bottom. And by Christ’ death we received access to the presence of God. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace; that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb.4:16). Our access to God the Father, only comes through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3). There is only one Mediator between God and man, and that is Jesus Christ. The Catholic Church has decided that Mary is a co-redeemer with Christ. However we believe the Bible is very clear that Jesus Christ is the only Redeemer, the only Mediator, and the only Savior. Christ living in you gives you the righteousness to go boldly into the presence of God.
No one was ever saved other than by Grace (Eph.2). Since man was banished from the Garden, no one has ever returned to Divine relationship except through the sheer goodness of the Father. And Grace always came by Jesus Christ. Grace did not wait for His birth, His death, or His resurrection before it became active. In Old Testament times people of Faith looked forward to Christ’ saving Grace; in New Testament times we look back upon it. But people must always come to a Divine relationship by God’s Amazing Grace & Faith.
And remember that the Grace of God is infinite. It has no beginning or end, it is vast and immeasurable.
We who see ourselves separated from God can now raise our heads, and look up. By virtue of Jesus’ atoning death the cause of our exile is removed, and we may return as the Prodigal returned, and be welcomed. A. W. Tozer
If you are a Christian, you are living “In Christ”, and that is only because God chose you. When we read John 15:16, we discover that He chose us. This confuses many people because they realize that we all have the ability to choose, and that is true. But God, who knows all things, knows what we will choose; and God doesn’t pick losers. God picks winners! (Ephesians 1) Some people may say, “But that isn’t fair – What if God didn’t choose me?” Have you accepted Jesus Christ in your heart? If you have, then He chose you. If you haven’t accepted Christ, do it now, and you will find out that you were chosen. If you don’t want to accept Christ, then why do you care if you were chosen or not? Pastor Chuck Smith
When I was Born Again by God’s Holy Spirit I trusted in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, my personal Savior. My depression & suicidal tendencies were miraculously gone, along with the addictions & lust. I was glorying in the Cross of Christ. I was resting in Jesus’ Love. I had discovered the wonderful grace of God. But I didn’t understand the Spiritual war that was raging for my soul. (Galatians 6) Sometimes I would go to the many so-called Christian conventions and concerts there in Southern California, and there were very many. Satan planned to destroy my life in Christ by introducing me to legalism through popular false teachers that were at those meetings. Now these heretics did not require circumcision or keeping of the Sabbath laws, as the heretics did who were in Galatia, but instead they required faith in man-made “Quick Fix” laws. I know the only reason I never fell for their lies was because every day I was Sowing to the Spirit, being immersed in Bible study, Fellowship & Prayer. My Beloved Brothers & Sisters in Christ, continue steadfast in Acts 2:42. Pastor Gary
Mankind is a trinity made up of body, mind, and spirit. Mankind, basically, is a spirit, living in a body, possessing a consciousness or mind. Now my mind is either going to be controlled by fleshly, bodily desires or by spiritual desires. If I am walking in the flesh, giving in to the passions of my body, then the result will be that I will have a carnal mind. Paul said we are to bring “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor.10:5). When we find our minds absorbed in the things of the flesh, it’s important to take control and say: “I don’t want to think on those things.” Start to sing a worship song and meditate on Jesus your Savior. Get into the Scriptures. We want to live in the Spirit. We want to Walk in the Spirit. If we Walk in the Spirit we will not fulfill the lust of our flesh (Galatians 5).Pastor Chuck Smith
“Abba” is the Hebrew word for Daddy, because it’s a term of endearment. It is a term meaning a very close relationship (Galatians 4). “Father” can be a formal relationship. When I think of “Father,” I think of sitting up straight. I think of a formal, don’t- speak-until-you’re-spoken-to kind of thing. However, with “Daddy” we think of climbing on his lap, listening to stories, and getting hugs. Both are appropriate. God wants to have a close relationship with us, where He touches us, and can be touched by us. At the same time we realize who God is: The awesome creator, with power and authority; The eternal, omnipotent, omniscient God – there is a reverence and respect that also comes with Father”. Pastor Chuck Smith