PASTOR'S NOTES



(4/3/22)

In this series of Making Faith Investments, we will be exploring the subject of " Understanding the Teachings of Jesus Christ.”


☆ Jesus Christ’s teachings will set everyone Free who acknowledges Him as Lord in their lives.


John 8:1-11 (AMPC)


1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.


2 Early in the morning (at dawn), He came back into the temple [court], and the people came to Him in crowds. He sat down and was teaching them,
3 When the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery. They made her stand in the middle of the court and put the case before Him.
4 Teacher, they said, This woman has been caught in the very act of adultery.
5 Now Moses in the Law commanded us that such [women—offenders] shall be stoned to death. But what do You say [to do with her—what is Your sentence]?
6 This they said to try (test) Him, hoping they might find a charge on which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger.
7 However, when they persisted with their question, He raised Himself up and said, Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.
8 Then He bent down and went on writing on the ground with His finger.
9 They listened to Him, and then they began going out, conscience-stricken, one by one, from the oldest down to the last one of them, till Jesus was left alone, with the woman standing there before Him in the center of the court.
10 When Jesus raised Himself up, He said to her, Woman, where are your accusers? Has no man condemned you?
11 She answered, No one, Lord! And Jesus said, I do not condemn you either. Go on your way and from now on sin no more.


I would like to discuss what was happening in verse 5 of John 8.


The scribes and Pharisees had planned to stone this woman to death just to silence the teachings of Jesus by employing half of the truth.
Definition of half-truth….
A statement that is only partially true. They are statements which mingles truth and falsehood with deliberate intent to deceive.


☆ 5 Now Moses in the Law commanded us that such [women—offenders] shall be stoned to death. But what do You say [to do with her—what is Your sentence]?


These are key biblical scriptures that give us the unadulterated truth about committing adultery.


Leviticus 20:10 (AMPC)
The man who commits adultery with another’s wife, even his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.


Exodus 31:18 (AMPC)
And He gave to Moses, when He had ceased communing with him on Mount Sinai, the two tables of the Testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.


☆ Jesus' sentence for the woman was, "Go on your way and from now on sin no more.”


Questions To Consider


Do you think Jesus Christ would teach us something that He has not given us the knowledge and wisdom to achieve?

Would Jesus teach us a reality that we could not live in?


Romans 8:1-41 Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior]. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the Law could not do [that is, overcome sin and remove its penalty, its power] being weakened by the flesh [man’s nature without the Holy Spirit], God did: He sent His own Son in the likeness of sinful man as an offering for sin. And He condemned sin in the flesh [subdued it and overcame it in the person of His own Son], 4 so that the [righteous and just] requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us who do not live our lives in the ways of the flesh [guided by worldliness and our sinful nature], but [live our lives] in the ways of the Spirit [guided by His power].




(4/10/22)

In this series of Making Faith Investments, we will be exploring the subject of " Understanding the Teachings of Jesus Christ.”


☆ Jesus, the Light of the World


John 8:12 (NLT)
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to


Psalm 18:28 (GNT)
O Lord, you give me light; you dispel my darkness.


Psalm 27:1 (GNT)
The Lord is my light and my salvation; I will fear no one. The Lord protects me from all danger; I will never be afraid.


Isaiah 9:2 (NLT)
The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.


John 12:46 (NLT)
I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.


Ephesians 5:6-9 (NLT)6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.


Questions To Consider

☆ What are you allowing the Light of Jesus Christ to produce in you which causes others to desire His Light for their lives also?





(4/17/22)


In this series of Making Faith Investments, we will be exploring the subject of " Understanding the Teachings of Jesus Christ.”


Investment is simply taking a valuable asset and giving it into a system that provides increased returns from your valued asset that you invested.


We will take the teachings of Jesus Christ as valuable assets and apply them into our belief system while we study and expect to experience the Faith-filled results Now!!!


☆ Jesus Christ is teaching us to Make Faith Investments in God.


Mark 11:22 (NLT)
Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.


How can we have Faith in God ?


Romans 10:17 (NLT)
So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.


Romans 10:17 (CEV)
No one can have faith without hearing the message about Christ.


☆ Continuously hearing, listening to, and giving attention to the Word of God will provide us with the evidence that we need to have Faith in God.


Hebrews 11:1(NKJV)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.


~ Substance relates to Realization.
~ Evidence relates to Confidence.


☆ Why is Faith in God significant to us?


Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.


☆ It requires Faith in God to believe that He exists and desires to reward us with a Rich and Satisfying life in Jesus Christ.

John 10:10 (NLT)
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.


☆ God invests Faith in us from start to finish so that Jesus Christ’s Righteousness will be accomplished in us.

Romans 1:17 (NLT)


This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”


☆ The only possibility we have to please God is by Faith.


Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)And it is impossible to please God without faith.



Questions To Consider


☆ Why is Faith in God significant to us?





(5/15/22)


Making Faith Investments in
"Knowing who Jesus Christ Is."


Colossians 1:15-20(CEV)
15 Christ is exactly like God, who cannot be seen. He is the first-born Son, superior to all creation.
16 Everything was created by him, everything in heaven and on earth, everything seen and unseen, including all forces and powers, and all rulers and authorities. All things were created by God's Son, and everything was made for him. 17 God's Son was before all else, and by him everything is held together. 18 He is the head of his body, which is the church. He is the very beginning, the first to be raised from death, so that he would be above all others. 19 God himself was pleased to live fully in his Son. 20 And God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God.


☆ "Jesus is Preeminent.”
This means that Jesus Christ is first, in everything. First in importance, first in honor, first in exaltation.


☆ Jesus Christ is Preeminent in all things because…

He is the exact image and likeness of God.


Hebrews 1:1-6 (GNT)
1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors many times and in many ways through the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us through his Son. He is the one through whom God created the universe, the one whom God has chosen to possess all things at the end. 3 He reflects the brightness of God's glory and is the exact likeness of God's own being, sustaining the universe with his powerful word. After achieving forgiveness for the sins of all human beings, he sat down in heaven at the right side of God, the Supreme Power. 4 The Son was made greater than the angels, just as the name that God gave him is greater than theirs. 5 For God never said to any of his angels, “You are My Son; today I have become your Father.” Nor did God say about any angel,“I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.” 6 But when God was about to send his first-born Son into the world, he said,“All of God's angels must worship him.”


☆If we want to see God, keep looking at Jesus Christ.


John 1:18 (NLT)
No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.


John 10:30 (NLT) The Father and I are one.”


John 14:6 (CEV)
“I am the way, the truth, and the life!” Jesus answered. “Without me, no one can go to the Father.


John 8:12 (NLT)Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”


Questions To Consider


 How is Jesus Christ important in your life?





(5/22/22)


Making Faith Investments in
"Understanding who Jesus Christ Is."


Colossians 1:15-20(CEV)
15 Christ is exactly like God, who cannot be seen. He is the first-born Son, superior to all creation.
16 Everything was created by him, everything in heaven and on earth, everything seen and unseen, including all forces and powers, and all rulers and authorities. All things were created by God's Son, and everything was made for him.
17 God's Son was before all else, and by him everything is held together. 18 He is the head of his body, which is the church. He is the very beginning, the first to be raised from death, so that he would be above all others. 19 God himself was pleased to live fully in his Son.
20 And God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God.


☆ Jesus Christ is the Word of God.


Hebrews 1:3 (21st Century KJV)
Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,


John 1:1-5 (21st Century KJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.
4 In Him was life, and that life was the Light of men.
5 And the Light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not.


☆ Jesus Christ is The Way, Truth and Life.


John 14:6 (CEV)
“I am the way, the truth, and the life!” Jesus answered. “Without me, no one can go to the Father.


Psalm 33:4 (21st Century KJV)
For the word of the Lord is right, and all His works are done in truth.


Psalm 33:4 (NLT)For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does.


Questions To Consider


How is Jesus Christ, being the Word of God, transforming your life?





5/29/22


Colossians 1:15-20(CEV)
15 Christ is exactly like God, who cannot be seen. He is the first-born Son, superior to all creation.
16 Everything was created by him, everything in heaven and on earth, everything seen and unseen, including all forces and powers, and all rulers and authorities. All things were created by God's Son, and everything was made for him.
17 God's Son was before all else, and by him everything is held together.
18 He is the head of his body, which is the church. He is the very beginning, the first to be raised from death, so that he would be above all others.
19 God himself was pleased to live fully in his Son.
20 And God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God.


Colossians 1:18(CEV)
He is the head of his body, which is the church. He is the very beginning, the first to be raised from death, so that he would be above all others.


☆ Jesus is exalted as “The Head of His church" which means He is the ultimate authority over His church.


His Church is His Body. When we become Born-again, we become a member of Christ’s body.


It is His will and His word that governs and energizes the life of His church because Jesus Christ is the Exalted Head of His Church!


Matthew 16:13-19 (CEV)
13 When Jesus and his disciples were near the town of Caesarea Philippi, he asked them, “What do people say about the Son of Man?”
14 The disciples answered, “Some people say you are John the Baptist or maybe Elijah or Jeremiah or some other prophet.”
15 Then Jesus asked, “But who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter spoke up, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus told him:
Simon, son of Jonah, you are blessed! You didn't discover this on your own. It was shown to you by my Father in heaven.
18 So I will call you Peter, which means “a rock.” On this rock I will build my church, and death itself will not have any power over it.
19 I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and God in heaven will allow whatever you allow on earth. But he will not allow anything you don't allow.


☆ "The Church is the body of Jesus Christ.”



☆ Ephesians 1:20-23 (CEV)
20 when he raised Christ from death and let him sit at his right side in heaven.
21 There Christ rules over all forces, authorities, powers, and rulers. He rules over all beings in this world and will rule in the future world as well.
22 God has put all things under the power of Christ, and for the good of the church he has made him the head of everything.
23 The church is the body of Christ and is filled with Christ who completely fills everything.


Footnotes….
* At this very moment Jesus Christ is at The place of Power and Honor over the Church.


* Jesus Christ’s Church is completely filled with His Powers.


* Because Jesus Christ is the head of His Church, we do not become discouraged by what we are seeing played out in the world and even with the handling of Church order.


* Jesus Christ is the sovereign, ruling authority over His Church, as well as, the source from which we, His body, derive all spiritual sustenance and power.


Spiritual sustenance is regarded as a source of strength; nourishment.



Isaiah 40:29 (GNT)He strengthens those who are weak and tired.



Questions To Consider


What actions are you taking to assure that Jesus Christ is the head of your life?




6/5/22


Jesus Christ is God's spokesperson for the Holy Spirit.


John 14:16 (Amp)
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever—



John 14:17 (Amp)
The Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive [and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you.


☆ The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. He governs all of the Truth coming out of heaven into earth.
☆ He lives in the Born-again believers forever.



John 14:26 (Amp)
But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.



☆ Jesus Christ has assigned the Holy Spirit to be the Church Master Teacher.


☆ The Holy Spirit reminds us of the Words of Jesus Christ.


John 15:26 (Amp)
“But when the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of Truth who comes from the Father, He will testify and bear witness about Me.


☆ The Holy Spirit is the source of all truth.



John 16:13 (Amp)
But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth [full and complete truth]. For He will not speak on His own initiative, but He will speak whatever He hears [from the Father—the message regarding the Son], and He will disclose to you what is to come [in the future].


☆ The Holy Spirit has been entrusted with the power to reveal, glorify and testify about Jesus Christ.



John 16:14 (Amp)
He will glorify and honor Me, because He (the Holy Spirit) will take from what is Mine and will disclose it to you.


☆ Jesus Christ has spoken but we will receive….



Acts 1:8 (Amp)But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.”



Questions To Consider


How has receiving the Holy Spirit changed your life?



6/12/22


Matthew 16:13-19 (CEV)
13 When Jesus and his disciples were near the town of Caesarea Philippi, he asked them, “What do people say about the Son of Man?”
14 The disciples answered, “Some people say you are John the Baptist or maybe Elijah or Jeremiah or some other prophet.”
15 Then Jesus asked, “But who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter spoke up, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus told him:
Simon, son of Jonah, you are blessed! You didn't discover this on your own. It was shown to you by my Father in heaven.
18 So I will call you Peter, which means “a rock.” On this rock I will build my church, and death itself will not have any power over it.
19 I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and God in heaven will allow whatever you allow on earth. But he will not allow anything you don't allow.


☆ 13 When Jesus and his disciples were near the town of Caesarea Philippi, he asked them, “What do people say about the Son of Man?”


Jesus is referred to as the “Son of Man” 88 times in the New Testament.
In fact, Son of Man is the primary title Jesus used when referring to Himself …
(Matthew 12:32; 13:37; Luke 12:8; John 1:51).


The only use of Son of Man in a clear reference to Jesus, spoken by someone other than Jesus, came from the lips of Stephen as he was being martyred (murdered).


Acts 7:56 (CEV)
Then Stephen said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right side of God!;”


☆ 14 The disciples answered, “Some people say you are John the Baptist or maybe Elijah or Jeremiah or some other prophet.”

The crowds’ viewpoints were all wrong.


☆ 15 Then Jesus asked, “But who do you say I am?”
Jesus focused His question directly at His disciples.
☆16 Simon Peter spoke up, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”


Matthew relates that Peter did more than just identify Jesus as the Christ; he also proclaimed Jesus’ divine nature: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God”


☆ 17 Jesus told him:
Simon, son of Jonah, you are blessed! You didn't discover this on your own. It was shown to you by my Father in heaven.


18 So I will call you Peter, which means “a rock.” On this rock I will build my church, and death itself will not have any power over it.
19 I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and God in heaven will allow whatever you allow on earth. But he will not allow anything you don't allow.


》Keys are used to lock or unlock doors.


》The specific doors Jesus has in mind in this passage are the doors to the Kingdom of Heaven.


》Jesus is laying the foundation of His church.


Ephesians 2:19-20 (GNT)
19 So then, you Gentiles are not foreigners or strangers any longer; you are now citizens together with God's people and members of the family of God.
20 You, too, are built upon the foundation laid by the apostles and prophets,the cornerstone being Christ Jesus himself.


The key of the Kingdom of heaven is the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ, The Son of the Living God.



Questions To Consider


What is your outlook of who Jesus Christ is?






6/19/22


Almost every major religion teaches that Jesus was a prophet or a good teacher or a godly man; but, the Bible tells us that Jesus was infinitely more than a prophet, a good teacher, or a godly man.

Within the Four Gospels, Jesus Christ reveals who He is to everyone that will be willing to believe and receive Him.



John 1:11-12 (NLT)
11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.
12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.


Jesus is revealing an important truth to us within this verse 12.
That everyone who will believe and accept Him will have the right to become children of God!!!


Having the understanding of who Jesus Christ is, is the key investment to experiencing God as our Eternal Father.



John 14:6-7 (Amp)
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
7 If you had [really] known Me, you would also have known My Father. From now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”


☆ Jesus Christ is our only Oneness with the Father.



John 10:30-33 (NLT)
30 The Father and I are one.”
31 Once again the people picked up stones to kill him.
32 Jesus said, “At my Father’s direction I have done many good works. For which one are you going to stone me?”
33 They replied, “We’re stoning you not for any good work, but for blasphemy! You, a mere man, claim to be God.”


☆ Jesus reveals His equality with God.
Our faith in Jesus Christ equality with Father God provides our equality with the Father also.


John 8:58-59 (NLT)
58 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I am!”
59 At that point they picked up stones to throw at him. But Jesus was hidden from them and left the Temple.


Exodus 3:14 (NLT)
God replied to Moses, “I am who Iam. Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you.”



John 1:1 (NLT)
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.


John 20:28 (NLT)
“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.


Titus 2:13 (NLT)
While we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.


2 Peter 1:1 (NLT)
This letter is from Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ.
I am writing to you who share the same precious faith we have. This faith was given to you because of the justice and fairness of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior.


Hebrews 1:8 (NLT)
But to the Son he says,“Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. You rule with a scepter of justice.


Isaiah 9:6 (NLT)
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.


Questions To Consider


Faith in Jesus Christ and what else makes us equal with God?





7/3/22


In this series of Making Faith Investments, we will be exploring the subject of " Understanding the Teachings of Jesus Christ.”

God has sent Jesus Christ to be mankind's Master Teacher in Making Faith investments in the Kingdom of God.



Mark 4:13-20
13 Then Jesus said to the followers, “Do you understand this story? If you don’t, how will you understand any story?
14 The farmer is like someone who plants God’s teaching in people.
15 Sometimes the teaching falls on the path. That is like some people who hear the teaching of God. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the teaching that was planted in them.
16 “Other people are like the seed planted on rocky ground. They hear the teaching, and they quickly and gladly accept it.
17 But they don’t allow it to go deep into their lives. They keep it only for a short time. As soon as trouble or persecution comes because of the teaching they accepted, they give up.
18 “Others are like the seed planted among the thorny weeds. They hear the teaching,
19 but their lives become full of other things: the worries of this life, the love of money, and everything else they want. This keeps the teaching from growing, and it does not produce a crop in their lives.
20 “And others are like the seed planted on the good ground. They hear the teaching and accept it. Then they grow and produce a good crop—sometimes 30 times more, sometimes 60 times more, and sometimes 100 times more.”



Mark 4:13 (ERV)
13 Then Jesus said to the followers, “Do you understand this story? If you don’t, how will you understand any story?


☆ Jesus is saying that this teaching is key to understanding all the teachings concerning the Kingdom of God.


14 The farmer is like someone who plants God’s teaching in people.
15 Sometimes the teaching falls on the path. That is like some people who hear the teaching of God. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the teaching that was planted in them.


" The Path of life"
The definition of a path is a trail, route, course or a line of movement.

An example of a path is what deer follow through the forest.



Psalm 1:6 (NLT)
For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.



Psalm 18:33 (NLT)
He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights.


Our first response after having heard the teaching of God is to keep hearing it until understanding is established in our lives.



Psalm 18:35-36 (ERV)
35 Lord, you have given me your shield to protect me. You support me with your right hand. It is your help that has made me great.
36 You cleared a path for my feet so that I could walk without stumbling.



Psalm 23:3 (Amp)
He refreshes and restores my soul (life);
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.



Psalm 119:101 (ERV)
I have avoided every path that leads to evil so that I could obey your word.



Psalm 119:105(NLT)
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.



Proverbs 4:13-14 (NLT)
13 Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life.
14 Don’t do as the wicked do, and don’t follow the path of evildoers.


☆ God's teachings provide our line of movement.


Acts 17:28 (NLT)For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’



Questions To Consider


What are your personal questions?






7/10/22



In this series of Making Faith Investments, we will be exploring the subject of " Understanding the Teachings of Jesus Christ.”

God has sent Jesus Christ to be mankind's Master Teacher in Making Faith investments in the Kingdom of God.



Mark 4:13-15 (ERV)
13 Then Jesus said to the followers, “Do you understand this story? If you don’t, how will you understand any story?


☆ Jesus is saying that this teaching is key to understanding all the teachings concerning the Kingdom of God.


14 The farmer is like someone who plants God’s teaching in people.


☆ The farmer must be very knowledgeable of the seed that is being planted to have the assured desired results.


15 Sometimes the teaching falls on the path. That is like some people who hear the teaching of God. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the teaching that was planted in them.




" The Path of life"
What does path of life mean?
One's path through life, as determined by the decisions one makes.


☆ Our decisions for living life must be governed by our Faith in God's teachings.



2 Timothy 4:3 (Amp)
For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine and accurate instruction [that challenges them with God’s truth]; but wanting to have their ears tickled [with something pleasing], they will accumulate for themselves [many] teachers [one after another, chosen] to satisfy their own desires and to support the errors they hold,



Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.



Proverbs 3:5-6 (Amp)
5 Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
6 In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].



Footnotes…..
Proverbs 3:6 One of the ancient rabbis said that all the essence of the Torah (Law) depends on this verse.


☆ We must be willing to trust what "The Lord Says'' at all times in every generation.



Psalm 32:8 (NLT)
The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.


Psalm 91:14 (NLT)
The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.


Psalm 1:6 (NLT)
For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.


☆ Jesus Christ is the only Savior that can legally bring mankind back to God.





7/17/22




Mark 4:13-15 (ERV)
13 Then Jesus said to the followers, “Do you understand this story? If you don’t, how will you understand any story?
14 The farmer is like someone who plants God’s teaching in people.

15 Sometimes the teaching falls on the path. That is like some people who hear the teaching of God. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the teaching that was planted in them.


Satan desires to take away the Truth (God's teaching) from mankind.


2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT)
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.


Satan desires to keep us confused about the importance of valuing God's Word (teachings).


Why?


Because within God's teachings, we can know more about His character, His teachings, and His will.

The Power that God has invested in His Word is what satan has blinded our understanding from.

The Bible is not just a book that you read and forget about.

There is transforming power in the Word of God that gives our lives purpose.


Hebrews 4:12 (AmpC)
For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.


Sifting meaning…
To conduct a careful examination of some substance or group in order to isolate or remove.

The power of God’s Word lives in the Truth that it is Eternally alive.

It’s active and effective.


1. God’s Word sustains us.


Matthew 4:4 (AmpC)
But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.

Humans need food and water to sustain ourselves physically every day.

But our spirit doesn’t need food and water.

It needs God’s Word because God is Spirit.

We are supported by His Word in this world.


2. The Word of God purifies us.


Proverbs 30:5 (AmpC)Every word of God is tried and purified; He is a shield to those who trust and take refuge in Him.



7/24/22



In this series of Making Faith Investments, we will be exploring the subject of " Understanding the Teachings of Jesus Christ.”


Mark 4:13-15 (ERV)
13 Then Jesus said to the followers, “Do you understand this story? If you don’t, how will you understand any story?
14 The farmer is like someone who plants God’s teaching in people.
15 Sometimes the teaching falls on the path. That is like some people who hear the teaching of God. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the teaching that was planted in them.

Satan plans are to keep mankind's mind blinded so that we cannot reason with God and believe in Him.


2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT)
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

Satan has confused our belief system concerning the importance of valuing God's Word (teachings).


Why?

Because within God's teachings, we can know more about His will and purpose for our lives.


1. God’s Word sustains us.


Matthew 4:4 (AmpC)
But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.

As Humans we need food and water to sustain ourselves physically every day.
But our spirit doesn’t need food and water. It needs God’s Word because God is Spirit.


John 6:63 (Amp)
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh conveys no benefit [it is of no account]. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life [providing eternal life].


2. The teachings of God Word strengthens our reasoning with Him.

The importance of the Word of God is that as we depend on it and read it daily, we form an unbreakable bond with God.

We understand what He wants us to do, His will and our purpose in life.

The Lord is close to us when we call upon His name in truth.


Psalm 145:18 (NLT)
The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.


(Amp) The Lord is near to all who call on Him,
To all who call on Him in truth (without guile).


3. The importance of the Word of God is that it shows us His will.


By obeying what the Lord says in His Word, we can keep ourselves pure.


Psalm 119:9 (NLT)
How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word.

Meditating on the teachings of Scripture will cause us to prosper spiritually and bring blessings and true success in life.


Joshua 1:8 (NLT)
Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.


James 1:25 (NLT)But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.




7/31/22


In this series of Making Faith Investments, we will be exploring the subject of " Understanding the Teachings of Jesus Christ.”


Mark 4:13-17 (ERV)
13 Then Jesus said to the followers, “Do you understand this story? If you don’t, how will you understand any story?
14 The farmer is like someone who plants God’s teaching in people.
15 Sometimes the teaching falls on the path. That is like some people who hear the teaching of God. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the teaching that was planted in them.
16 “Other people are like the seed planted on rocky ground. They hear the teaching, and they quickly and gladly accept it.
17 But they don’t allow it to go deep into their lives. They keep it only a short time. As soon as trouble or persecution comes because of the teaching they accepted, they give up.

To guard ourselves from trouble and persecution we must be willing to develop a "Deep-Seated Mindset of having faith in God's Teachings.


Words that are associated with Deep-Seated
well established, settled, firm, ingrained, entrenched, unshakeable, irremovable, dyed-in-the-wool, built-in, inbuilt, radical, secure. persistent, long-lasting, abiding, lingering.


☆ Keeping God's Teaching deep within…


Psalm 84:2 (CEV)
Deep in my heart I long for your temple,
and with all that I am I sing joyful songs to you.


Psalm 84:4-5 (CEV)
4 You bless everyone who lives in your house, and they sing your praises.
5 You bless all who depend on you for their strength and all who deeply desire to visit your temple.


Psalm 119:2 (CEV)
You bless all those who follow your commands
from deep in their hearts.


Psalm 119:97 (CEV)
I deeply love your Law! I think about it all day.


John 7:37-39 (CEV)
37 On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up and shouted, “If you are thirsty, come to me and drink!
38 Have faith in me, and you will have life-giving water flowing from deep inside you, just as the Scriptures say.”
39 Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit, who would be given to everyone that had faith in him. The Spirit had not yet been given to anyone, since Jesus had not yet been given his full glory.


Ephesians 3:17 (CEV)
And that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. Stand firm and be deeply rooted in his love.


Colossians 1:23 (CEV)But you must stay deeply rooted and firm in your faith. You must not give up the hope you received when you heard the good news. It was preached to everyone on earth, and I myself have become a servant of this message.



Questions To Consider


The Church that you are a member of--how are you helping it to grow?!





7/31/22


In this series of Making Faith Investments, we will be exploring the subject of " Understanding the Teachings of Jesus Christ.”


Mark 4:13-17 (ERV)
13 Then Jesus said to the followers, “Do you understand this story? If you don’t, how will you understand any story?
14 The farmer is like someone who plants God’s teaching in people.
15 Sometimes the teaching falls on the path. That is like some people who hear the teaching of God. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the teaching that was planted in them.
16 “Other people are like the seed planted on rocky ground. They hear the teaching, and they quickly and gladly accept it.
17 But they don’t allow it to go deep into their lives. They keep it only a short time. As soon as trouble or persecution comes because of the teaching they accepted, they give up.


To guard ourselves from trouble and persecution, we must be willing to develop a "Deep-Seated Mindset of having faith in God's Teachings."


Words that are associated with Deep-Seated…


well established, settled, firm, ingrained, entrenched, unshakeable, irremovable, dyed-in-the-wool, built-in, inbuilt, radical, secure. persistent, long-lasting, abiding and lingering.



☆ How to become and stay well established in our faith in God's teachings?



Psalm 37:23-24 (Amp)
23 The steps of a [good and righteous] man are directed and established by the Lord, And He delights in his way [and blesses his path].
24 When he falls, he will not be hurled down,
Because the Lord is the One who holds his hand and sustains him.


When we are in a Righteous relationship with God, it becomes easy to have faith in Him to sustain us.


We must be willing to believe and ask God to establish us in "His Word."



Psalm 119:133 (Amp)
Establish my footsteps in [the way of] Your word;
Do not let any human weakness have power over me [causing me to be separated from You].


Proverbs 16:9 (Amp)
A man’s mind plans his way [as he journeys through life], But the Lord directs his steps and establishes them.



Colossians 2:7 (Amp)
Having been deeply rooted [in Him] and now being continually built up in Him and [becoming increasingly more] established [a]in your faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing in it with gratitude.


1 Peter 5:8-9 (Amp)8 Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. 9 But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone.]



8/14/22


Making Faith Investments in Understanding…
"The Uniqueness and Power of the Holy Spirit"


☆ The Holy Spirit has a very distinct purpose in helping mankind enter into the place of having a profitable relationship with God.


Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.


☆ Living in Christ Jesus Teachings…


John 14:16-18 (NLT)
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate (Comforter, Encourager) who will never leave you.
17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.
18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.


☆ The Holy Spirit develops our spiritual mind.


Romans 8:5-6 (NLT)
5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.
6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

Romans 8:8-9 (LB)
8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their old sinful selves, bent on following their old evil desires, can never please God.
9 But you are not like that. You are controlled by your new nature if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that if anyone doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ living in him, he is not a Christian at all.)


☆ The Holy Spirit produces God's Unique Character in the Born-again believers’ lives.


Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!


☆ And His Distinctness will Remain in us.


John 15:10-12 (NLT)10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! 12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.



8/21/22


Making Faith Investments in Understanding…
"The Uniqueness and Power of the Holy Spirit"


☆ The Holy Spirit has a very distinct purpose in helping mankind enter into the place of having a profitable relationship with God.


John 16:8-11 (Amp)
8 And He, when He comes, will convict the world about [the guilt of] sin [and the need for a Savior], and about righteousness, and about judgment:
9 about sin [and the true nature of it], because they do not believe in Me [and My message];
10 about righteousness [personal integrity and godly character], because I am going to My Father and you will no longer see Me;
11 about judgment [the certainty of it], because the ruler of this world (Satan) has been judged and condemned.


☆ The world’s sin is unbelief in me, but there is righteousness available for everyone that repents and invest their Faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.


☆ The Holy Spirit gives us the comfort of being confident that God is with us.


John 14:16-18 (NLT)
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate (Comforter, Encourager) who will never leave you.
17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.
18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.


☆ The Holy Spirit will be with us exactly like He was with Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry.

Acts 10:38 (CEV)


God gave the Holy Spirit and power to Jesus from Nazareth. He was with Jesus, as he went around doing good and healing everyone who was under the power of the devil.


☆ The Holy Spirit is mankind's only source of Truth.


John 14:17 (NLT)
He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.


John 15:26 (LB)“But I will send you the Comforter—the Holy Spirit, the source of all truth. He will come to you from the Father and will tell you all about me.



8/28/22


Making Faith Investments in Understanding…
"The Uniqueness and Power of the Holy Spirit".


☆ The Holy Spirit has a very distinct purpose in helping mankind enter into the place of having a profitable relationship with God.

Relationship meaning the way in which two or more people or groups regard and behave toward each other.


☆ The Holy Spirit helps us to regard God in our relationship with Him.

Psalm 66:18-19 (Amp)
18 If I regard sin and baseness in my heart [that is, if I know it is there and do nothing about it], The Lord will not hear [me];
19 But certainly God has heard [me];
He has given heed to the voice of my prayer.


☆ Jesus Christ was sent to reconnect all of mankind back into perfect harmony with God's kingdom and purpose of life.


John 14:16-18 (Amp)
16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever—
17 the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive [and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you.
18 “I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, bereaved, and helpless]; I will come [back] to you.


☆ The Holy Spirit teaches the Born-again believers to remember and value our relationship with God.


John 14:26 (Amp)
But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.


☆ The Holy Spirit has been given the distinct Role of being the Born-again believers Helper who is a permanent Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener and Standby.


☆ The Holy Spirit keeps us focused and established in the truth that is vital to the success of this God centered relationship.


John 15:26 (Amp)
“But when the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of Truth who comes from the Father, He will testify and bear witness about Me.


☆ The Body of Christ (Christ’s Church) is composed of people that have allowed the Holy Spirit to convince and convict them of their need to have faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.


John 16:8 (Amp)And He, when He comes, will convict the world about [the guilt of] sin [and the need for a Savior], and about righteousness, and about judgment:


9/4/22


Making Faith Investments in Understanding…
"The Uniqueness and Power of the Holy Spirit".


☆ The Holy Spirit has a very distinct purpose in helping mankind enter into the place of having a profitable relationship with God.

Relationship meaning the way in which two or more people or groups regard and behave toward each other.


☆ The Holy Spirit Is the Ultimate Author of Scripture and empowers us to maintain our relationship with God through scriptures.


2 Timothy 3:16 (Amp)
All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage];


☆ The Holy Spirit exposes us to the mind of God,that we may speak on His behalf.


2 Peter 1:21 (Amp)
for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

The Holy Spirit Revealed the Truth to the Writers of Scripture.


John 16:13 (Amp)
But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth [full and complete truth]. For He will not speak on His own initiative, but He will speak whatever He hears [from the Father—the message regarding the Son], and He will disclose to you what is to come [in the future].


☆ The Holy Spirit is the One who reveals the truth about God to humanity.


John 16:8 (Amp)
And He, when He comes, will convict the world about [the guilt of] sin [and the need for a Savior], and about righteousness, and about judgment:


Ephesians 1:13 (Amp)In Him, you also, when you heard the word of truth, the good news of your salvation, and [as a result] believed in Him, were stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit [the One promised by Christ] as owned and protected [by God].



9/11/22


Making Faith Investments in Understanding…
"The Uniqueness and Power of the Holy Spirit".


The Holy Spirit provides mankind with the Uniqueness and Power of God's peace.


Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.


Isaiah 26:3 (Amp)
“You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character],
Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].


Matthew 8:25-27 (Amp)
25 And the disciples went and woke Him, saying, “Lord, save us, we are going to die!”
26 He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was [at once] a great and wonderful calm [a perfect peacefulness].
27 The men wondered in amazement, saying, “What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”


☆ The Holy Spirit Helps us to live in Jesus Christ's Perfect Peace.


John 14:26-27 (Amp)
26 But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.
27 Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]




9/18/22


Making Faith Investments in Understanding…
"The Uniqueness and Power of the Holy Spirit.”


The Holy Spirit provides mankind with the Uniqueness and Power of God's peace.


☆ Charles, l have invested My Peaceful future in you.


Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

The Hebrew word translated as peace is shalom (shaw-lome’), and according to Strong’s concordance, it means completeness, soundness, and welfare.


☆ The Holy Spirit works in the Born-again believers to have our minds free from fear, anxiety, depression and oppression. We have been given a sound mind filled with God's peace.


2 Timothy 1:7 (Amp)
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].


☆ As Born-again believers, we must allow The Holy Spirit to begin God's unique and powerful finished work of Jesus Christ in and through us.


Ephesians 1:22-23 (Amp)
22 And He [a]put all things [in every realm] in subjection under Christ’s feet, and [b]appointed Him as [supreme and authoritative] head over all things in the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills and completes all things in all [believers].


Matthew 5:48(Amp)

You, therefore, will be perfect [growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating godly values into your daily life], as your heavenly Father is perfect.




9/25/22


Making Faith Investments in Understanding…
"The Uniqueness and Power of the Holy Spirit.”


☆ The Holy Spirit provides mankind with the Uniqueness and Power of God's peace.


☆ Charles, l have invested My Peaceful future in you.


Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.


☆ The Holy Spirit works in the Born-again believers to keep our minds free from fear, anxiety, depression and oppression. We have been given a sound mind filled with God's peace.


☆ Being free from fear:


2 Timothy 1:7 (Amp)
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].


☆ Being free from anxiety:


1 Peter 5:7 (Amp)
Casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].


☆ Being free from depression:


Isaiah 60:1 (Amp)
“Arise [from spiritual depression to a new life], shine [be radiant with the glory and brilliance of the Lord]; for your light has come, And the glory and brilliance of the Lord has risen upon you.


☆ Being free from oppression:


Psalm 146:5-7 (CEV)
5 The Lord God of Jacob blesses everyone who trusts him and depends on him.
6 God made heaven and earth; he created the sea
and everything else. God always keeps his word.
7 He gives justice to the poor and food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free.


☆ The Lord who is our peace has Freed us in Christ Jesus.


Romans 8: 1-2 (NLT)
1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.

Jesus Christ has silenced the voice of our adversary, satan.




10/2/22


Making Faith Investments in Understanding…
"The Uniqueness and Power of the Holy Spirit.”


☆ The Holy Spirit provides mankind with the Uniqueness and Power of God's peace.


☆ Charles, l have invested My Peaceful future in you.


Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.


☆ The Holy Spirit works in the Born-again believers to keep our minds free from fear, anxiety, depression and oppression. We have been given a sound mind filled with God's peace.


Psalm 62:5-6 (CEV)
5 Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on him.


☆ If we want inward peace, we must be willing to depend upon God and Him only for His Peace.

6 God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe, and he is the fortress where I feel secure.


☆ Only God's peace gives us the assurance of keeping us safe and secure!!!


☆ God's Inward Peace:


Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.


Philippians 4:6-7 (CEV)
6 Don't worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God.
7 Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.


☆ Belonging to Jesus Christ gives us access to God's inward peace.


Romans 8:1-2(CEV)

1 If you belong to Christ Jesus, you won't be punished.
2 The Holy Spirit will give you life that comes from Christ Jesus and will set you[a] free from sin and death.


Romans 8:9 (CEV)
You are no longer ruled by your desires, but by God's Spirit, who lives in you. People who don't have the Spirit of Christ in them don't belong to him.



10/16/22


Making Faith Investments in "Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.”


In this teaching series, we are investing study time into 12 vital Truths that every Disciple of Jesus Christ must have "Accurate Biblical Knowledge" in order to successfully make other disciples.


☆ Why should I be willing to allow Jesus Christ to become the Lord of my life?


1. He is the Only Way to God!


Many people say that there are many paths to God. But our Lord's words are clear that this is a lie:


John 14:6 (Amp)
Jesus said to him, “I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.


Jesus is teaching us that there are no alternate ways to having a relationship with God as our Father.


2. He is the Source of Life


John 1:1-4 (Amp)
1 In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and [b]the Word was God Himself.
2 He was [continually existing] in the beginning [co-eternally] with God.
3 All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him not even one thing was made that has come into being.
4 In Him was life [and the power to bestow life], and the life was the Light of men.


☆ According to the following Scripture, all things were made through and for Jesus as the living Word of God.


3. He is the Source of Truth


John 8:31-32 (Amp)
31 So Jesus was saying to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word [continually obeying My teachings and living in accordance with them, then] you are truly My disciples.
32 And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin].”

This world is filled with misinformation meant to distract and deceive. But God is not the author of confusion. In the Bible, we learn the way to clarity:


Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”


☆ Jesus Christ welcomes His disciples to come to Him for wisdom:


James 1:5 (Amp)
5 If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him.

Because we do not know everything, then it makes sense to seek wisdom from the One who does!


☆ But this we Do know…


Ephesians 1:17-21 (NLT)
17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom[a] and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. 21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.




10/23/22


Making Faith Investments in "Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.”


In this teaching series, we are investing study time into 12 vital Truths that every Disciple of Jesus Christ must have "Accurate Biblical Knowledge" of in order to successfully make other disciples.



He is the Source of Life's Light:


John 8:12 (Amp)
Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”



Following Jesus will provide us with two promises.


☆ Promise # 1
His followers will never walk in darkness which is a reference to the assurance of salvation that we enjoy.
As true followers of the Light, we will never follow the ways of sin, never live in a state of continually sinning.


1 John 1:5-7 (Amp)
5 This is the message [of God’s promised revelation] which we have heard from Him and now announce to you, that God is Light [He is holy, His message is truthful, He is perfect in righteousness], and in Him there is no darkness at all [no sin, no wickedness, no imperfection].
6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness [of sin], we lie and do not practice the truth;
7 but if we [really] walk in the Light [that is, live each and every day in conformity with the precepts of God], as He Himself is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another [He with us, and we with Him], and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin [by erasing the stain of sin, keeping us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].


We repent of our sin in order to stay close to the Light of the world.



☆ Promise #2 We will reflect the Light of Life.
Just as He came as the Light of the world, He commands us to be “lights,” as well.


Matthew 5:14-16 (Amp)
14 “You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;
15 Nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven.




2022 CONFERENCE…


Making Faith investments in being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.


☆ Discovering who Jesus Christ is, is the key purpose of discipleship.


It is designed to help the Born-again believers to understand who Jesus is and how you can be like Him.


Why is it necessary to Make Faith investments into discipleship?


Because people need to know Jesus personally.


Jesus commanded His disciples to make disciples of all nations so that others could know Him.


To grow into maturity and experience being transformed into the person of Jesus Christ, who we are created to be like.


Discipleship is also necessary for people to get sound doctrine, love God and others, raise leaders and create disciple-making movements all over the world.


Discipleship includes not only studying God’s Word but living a life of faith in Jesus Christ and walking in obedience to God.


Entering into discipleship is a life-long committed process. Without Jesus, you cannot know how to be a disciple, get discipled or disciple others.


1. He is the Only Way to God!


John 14:6 (AMP) Jesus is Teaching His Disciples

Jesus said, “I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Jesus is teaching us that there are no alternate ways to having a relationship with God as our Father.
Jesus Christ is the "only way possible to have and keep an eternal relationship with God.”


2. He is the Source of Truth!

This world is filled with misinformation meant to distract and deceive, but God is not the author of confusion. In the Bible, we learn the way to clarity:


John 8:31-32 (AMP) 31 So Jesus was saying to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word [continually obeying My teachings and living in accordance with them, then] you are truly My disciples.
32 And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin].”


John 6:35 (AmpC)Jesus replied, I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst any more (at any time).





11/13/22 


Jesus Christ is "The Bread of Life."


Mankind allowed satan to deceive and confuse them concerning God being their only source and sustainer for life.


Genesis 3:19 (Amp)
“By the sweat of your face You will eat bread Until you return to the ground, For from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.”


Deuteronomy 8:3 (Amp)
He humbled you and allowed you to be hungry and fed you with manna, [a substance] which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, so that He might make you understand [by personal experience] that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.


Deuteronomy 16:3 (Amp)
You shall not eat leavened bread with it; instead, for seven days you shall eat the Passover with unleavened bread, the bread of affliction (for you left the land of Egypt in haste); [do this] so that all the days of your life you may remember [thoughtfully] the day when you came out of the land of Egypt.

Because yeast ferments and spreads throughout the dough, it was used symbolically to represent the spread of sin.


☆ God has sent Jesus Christ to take away the sweat of sin in our lives.


John 6:48-54 (Amp)
48 I am the Bread of Life [the Living Bread which gives and sustains life].
49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
50 This is the Bread that comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.
51 I am the Living Bread that came down out of heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior], he will live forever. And the Bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh (body).”
52 Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?”
53 And Jesus said to them, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood [unless you believe in Me as Savior and believe in the saving power of My blood which will be shed for you], you do not have life in yourselves.
54 The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior] has eternal life [that is, now possesses it], and I will raise him up [from the dead] on the last day.


Matthew 4:3-4 (Amp)
3 And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
4 But Jesus replied, “It is written and forever remains written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.”


Luke 22:44 (NLT)He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.




11/20/22 


Jesus Christ is "The Bread of Life."


John 6:48-54 (Amp)
48 I am the Bread of Life [the Living Bread which gives and sustains life].
49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
50 This is the Bread that comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.
51 I am the Living Bread that came down out of heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior], he will live forever. And the Bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh (body).”
52 Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?”
53 And Jesus said to them, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood [unless you believe in Me as Savior and believe in the saving power of My blood which will be shed for you], you do not have life in yourselves.
54 The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior] has eternal life [that is, now possesses it], and I will raise him up [from the dead] on the last day.


Jesus Christ is the living Bread that gives and sustains the New Life that mankind is so desperately in need of.


☆ The Bread of Life that sustains New Life in Christ.


2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!


Colossians 3:11 (NLT)
In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free.

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.


☆ Christ Jesus lives His life in and through all Born-again believers so that God may be Glorified.

In our New Life in Christ, we are sustained with heavenly Bread daily.


Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV)
9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.


Praying gives us access to our Daily Bread that our New Life is nourished by:

1. We live in our Heavenly Father's forgiveness and His power to forgive others.
2. We are delivered from satan’s influences and power.
3. We are given legal access to enjoy our Heavenly Father's Power and Glory forever.


☆ Let's Pray. Heavenly Father, we Thank you for feeding us Your Bread of Heavenly Life today and everyday in Jesus name Amen.






11/27/22 


Making Faith investments in understanding Who Jesus Christ is:
"The Bread of Life."


Jesus Christ is refocusing our understanding of living in God's provisions.


Bread from Heaven that will sustain our heavenly life.


John 6:32-34 (Amp)
32 Then Jesus said to them, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven.
33 For the Bread of God is He who comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”
34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”


☆ It is God's Bread out of heaven that will sustain our heavenly lifestyles.


☆ Jesus Christ is God's Bread of Truth for mankind and provides us with the realities of the kingdom of heaven.


John 6:35 (Amp)
Jesus replied to them, “I am the Bread of Life. The one who comes to Me will never be hungry, and the one who believes in Me [as Savior] will never be thirsty [for that one will be sustained spiritually].


☆ Our Born-again spirits become hungry for the Bread of heaven that sustains spiritual nourishment now and forever.

Nourishment means the food or other substances necessary for growth, health and good condition.

The Bread of life is key for our Spiritual growth.


Ephesians 4:12-14 (CEV)
12 so his people would learn to serve and his body would grow strong.
13 This will continue until we are united by our faith and by our understanding of the Son of God. Then we will be mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him.
14 We must stop acting like children. We must not let deceitful people trick us by their false teachings, which are like winds that toss us around from place to place.


Colossians 1:10 (Amp)
So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord [displaying admirable character, moral courage, and personal integrity], to [fully] please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing in the knowledge of God [with deeper faith, clearer insight and fervent love for His precepts]


2 Peter 1:7-8 (Amp)
7 and in your godliness, brotherly affection, and in your brotherly affection, [develop Christian] love [that is, learn to unselfishly seek the best for others and to do things for their benefit].
8 For as these qualities are yours and are increasing [in you as you grow toward spiritual maturity], they will keep you from being useless and unproductive in regard to the true knowledge and greater understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ.


2 Peter 3:18 (Amp)But grow [spiritually mature] in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory (honor, majesty, splendor), both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.





12/4/22


Making Faith Investments in "Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.”


John 6:67-69 (NLT)

67 Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?”
68 Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life.
69 We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.

In this teaching, we will be Making Faith Investments into understanding 5 new behavioral practices that will establish our belief in Jesus Christ.


1. Follow Jesus:


Mark 1:16-18 (NLT)
16 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living.
17 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”
18 And they left their nets at once and followed him.


2. Learn from Jesus:


Matthew 11:29 (AMP)
29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls.


3. Continually obey His teaching:


John 8:31-32 (AMP)
The Truth Will Make You Free
31 So Jesus was saying to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word [continually obeying My teachings and living in accordance with them, then] you are truly My disciples.
32 And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin].”


4. Give the love that Jesus has given us to our neighbors:


John 13:34-35 (AMP)
34 I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another.
35 By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.”


Footnotes:
John 13:34 The key to understanding this and other statements about love is to know that this love (the Greek word agape) is not so much a matter of emotion as it is of doing things for the benefit of another person, that is, having an unselfish concern for another and a willingness to seek the best for another.


5. We bear much fruit through Christ and by the power of His Spirit:


John 15:5-8 (AMP)
5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.
6 If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken off] branch, and withers and dies; and they gather such branches and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If you remain in Me and My words remain in you [that is, if we are vitally united and My message lives in your heart], ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.
8 My Father is glorified and honored by this, when you bear much fruit, and prove yourselves to be My [true] disciples.

Jesus Christ is Teaching us a key truth in understanding the nature of His relationship with us who commit to being His disciples.


Galatians 5:22-23 (AMP)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.


Father God, thank you for letting us become disciples.
As disciples, please help us to be fruitful and to always give you the glory. In Jesus' name we pray.




12/4/22


Making Faith Investments in "Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.”


In this teaching, we will be Making Faith Investments into understanding 5 new behavioral practices that will establish our belief in Jesus Christ.


Follow Jesus:
Mark 1:16-18 (NLT)


Learn from Jesus:
Matthew 11:29 (AMP)


Continually obey His teaching:
John 8:31-32 (AMP)


Give the love that Jesus has given us to our neighbors:
John 13:34-35 (AMP)


We bear much fruit through Christ and by the power of His Spirit:
* Jesus Is the Vine—Followers Are Branches

John 15:1-8 (AMP)


1 "I am the true Vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that continues to bear fruit, He [repeatedly] prunes, so that it will bear more fruit [even richer and finer fruit].


☆ The vine is what gives life to the branches, making them capable of bearing fruit that remains.


3 You are already clean because of the word which I have given you [the teachings which I have discussed with you]. 4 Remain in Me, and I [will remain] in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself without remaining in the vine, neither can you [bear fruit, producing evidence of your faith] unless you remain in Me.


☆We must remain in Christ's teachings to bear much Fruit.

Remain means to continue to possess a particular quality or fulfill a particular role.


5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.
6 If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken off] branch, and withers and dies; and they gather such branches and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.


☆ When we bear much fruit, we glorify and honor Father God and prove to be true disciples of Jesus Christ.


7 If you remain in Me and My words remain in you [that is, if we are vitally united and My message lives in your heart], ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.
8 My Father is glorified and honored by this, when you bear much fruit, and prove yourselves to be My [true] disciples.

Being Jesus Christ’s true disciples requires us to remain in Him.




12/18/22


Making Faith Investments in "Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.”


In this teaching, we will be Making Faith Investments into understanding The Key to bearing much fruit as a disciple of Jesus Christ.


John 15:4 (Amp)
Remain in Me, and I [will remain] in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself without remaining in the vine, neither can you [bear fruit, producing evidence of your faith] unless you remain in Me.


Some interesting facts about our natural fruit.

One of the main functions of a fruit is to spread the seeds and allow the plant to reproduce.


☆ Jesus Christ is The True Vine (The Plant).


John 15:1 (AMP)
"I am the true Vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.


☆ The Born-again disciples' purpose is to bear fruit and spread the seed.


John 15:5 (Amp)
I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.


☆ Remain means to continue to possess a particular quality or fulfill a particular role.


Matthew 28:19-20 (Amp)
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.”


We are to acknowledge and allow the Holy Spirit to teach us to be Christ branches; perpetually revealing His nature and character to everyone that is living in satan’s kingdom of darkness.


Christ-like fruit can only be produced in us through the Holy Spirit.


Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!





12/25/22


“Making Faith Investments in "Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.”


In this teaching, we will be Making Faith Investments into understanding The Key to bearing much fruit as a disciple of Jesus Christ.


John 15:1-2 (AMP)
1 "I am the true Vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that continues to bear fruit, He [repeatedly] prunes, so that it will bear more fruit [even richer and finer fruit].


Cultivate means:
To protect and encourage the growth of being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
To cause to grow by special attention or by studying, advancing, developing, practicing, or publicizing.
To improve by labor, care, or study.

Understanding How God will protect and encourage our growth in Jesus Christ.


☆ God will protect.


Psalm 18:2 (NLT)
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
My God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.


Psalm 18:30 (NLT)
God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.


Psalm 91:4 (NLT)
He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.


☆ We must be willing to do what it takes to grow.


1 Peter 2:1-2 (NLT)
1 So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech. 2 Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment,


☆ God will keep us encouraged.


Romans 15:4-6 (Amp)4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope and overflow with confidence in His promises. 5 Now may the God who gives endurance and who supplies encouragement grant that you be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify and praise and honor the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.







1/8/23


“Making Faith Investments in "Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.”


Jesus Christ has given us three major teachings to focus on. They are The Kingdom of God; Having Faith in God; and, Studying the teachings of Jesus Christ so that we may be His Disciples that make disciples.


God is speaking to me to be mindful that there will be no greater or lesser approaches to understanding this Teaching. God has designed it to manifest His Seamless Understanding of eternal love for mankind.


For now, let us put our focus on “Understanding The Kingdom of God.”

Mark's Gospel provides us with insight that Jesus is the Messiah and Son of God, whose death and resurrection paid the penalty for our sins and achieved victory over Satan, sin, and death.
With this joyful truth comes the call to all believers to be disciples.


Mark 1:14-15 (Amp)
14 Now after John [the Baptist] was arrested and taken into custody, Jesus went to Galilee, preaching the good news of [the kingdom of] God,
15 and saying, “The [appointed period of] time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life] and believe [with a deep, abiding trust] in the good news [regarding salvation].”


We must repent to comprehend the Goodness of the Kingdom of God.


Mark 4:11-12 (Amp)
He said to them, “The mystery of the kingdom of God has been given to you [who have teachable hearts], but those who are outside [the unbelievers, the spiritually blind] get everything in parables,
12 so that they will continually look but not see, and they will continually hear but not understand, otherwise they might turn [from their rejection of the truth] and be forgiven.”


Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.


Matthew 16:18-19 (CEV)
18 So I will call you Peter, which means “a rock.” On this rock I will build my church, and death itself will not have any power over it.
19 I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and God in heaven will allow whatever you allow on earth. But he will not allow anything you don't allow.




1/15/23


“Making Faith Investments in "Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.”


The Kingdom of God…


We must repent to comprehend the Goodness of the Kingdom of God.


Mark 1:14-15 (Amp)
14 Now after John [the Baptist] was arrested and taken into custody, Jesus went to Galilee, preaching the good news of [the kingdom of] God,
15 and saying, “The [appointed period of] time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life] and believe [with a deep, abiding trust] in the good news [regarding salvation].”


☆ The Kingdom of God is hidden to the unteachable.


Mark 4:11-12 (Amp)
He said to them, “The mystery of the kingdom of God has been given to you [who have teachable hearts], but those who are outside [the unbelievers, the spiritually blind] get everything in parables,
12 so that they will continually look but not see, and they will continually hear but not understand, otherwise they might turn [from their rejection of the truth] and be forgiven.”

We must live righteously before God and mankind.


Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.


Acts 1:1-4 (Amp)
1 The first account I made, Theophilus, was [a continuous report] about all the things that Jesus began to do and to teach
2 until the day when He ascended to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given instruction to the apostles (special messengers) whom He had chosen.
3 To these [men] He also showed Himself alive after His suffering [in Gethsemane and on the cross], by [a series of] many infallible proofs and unquestionable demonstrations, appearing to them over a period of forty days and talking to them about the things concerning the kingdom of God.
4 While being together and eating with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Of which,” He said, “you have heard Me speak.


Footnotes
Acts 1:1 Luke is referring to his gospel.
The gospel tells us what Jesus began to do and teach,
The book of Acts tells what He continued to do and teach by His Holy Spirit operating in and through His Born-again disciples.

Jesus Christ’s disciples are different from other disciples because they are Born-again.


1 John 3:9 (CEV)
God's children cannot keep on being sinful. His life-giving power lives in them and makes them his children, so they cannot keep on sinning.


1 John 3:9
Amplified Bible
9 No one who is born of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, because [a]God’s seed [His principle of life, the essence of His righteous character] remains [permanently] in him [who is born again—who is reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose]; and he [who is born again] cannot habitually [live a life characterized by] sin, because he is born of God and longs to please Him.





1/22/23


“Making Faith Investments in "Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.”


Jesus Christ has given us three major teachings to focus on;


1. The Kingdom of God.
2. Having Faith in God.
3. Studying the teachings of Jesus Christ that we may be His Disciples that make disciples.


The Kingdom of God must be taught and understood.


Matthew 4:17 (AMP)
From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life], for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”


Jesus Christ is calling all of mankind to repent and begin to understand God's purpose for our lives.


Repentance means changing your inner self—your old way of thinking, regretting past sins, living your life in a way that proves repentance.


Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV)
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he………

The word “heart,” when viewed in Holy Scriptures, can be referred to as spirit. With that being understood, we must think according to our Born-again spirit. Remember, Jesus taught Nicodemus the following:


John 3:3 (AMP)
Jesus answered him, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a person is born again [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified], he cannot [ever] see and experience the kingdom of God.”


In this scripture, Jesus Christ is revealing to mankind that there is only one way that any person can ever see and experience the Kingdom of God. Our thinking must be rooted and grounded in the reality of being “reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified” and our faith must be in Jesus Christ and Him only.


Repentance empowers us to live free from our old way of thinking.


Romans 12:2 (NLT)Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.



1/29/23


“Making Faith Investments in "Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.”


Jesus Christ has given us three major teachings to focus on:

1. The Kingdom of God.
2. Having Faith in God.
3. Studying the teachings of Jesus Christ that we may be His Disciples that make disciples.


The Kingdom of God must be taught and understood.


☆ God's teachings will challenge us to think differently from our old way of thinking.


John 6:45-47 (NLT)
45 As it is written in the Scriptures,‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.
46 (Not that anyone has ever seen the Father; only I, who was sent from God, have seen him.)
47 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life.


John 6:45-47 (AMP)
45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they will all be taught of God.’ Everyone who has listened to and learned from the Father, comes to Me.
46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He [who was with the Father and] who is from God; He [alone] has seen the Father.
47 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, he who believes [in Me as Savior—whoever adheres to, trusts in, relies on, and has faith in Me—already] has eternal life [that is, now possesses it].


Jesus Christ is paraphrasing an Old Testament passage.


Isaiah 54:13 (AMP)
“And all your [spiritual] sons will be disciples [of the Lord], And great will be the well-being of your sons.
(well-being or success)


Isaiah 54:13 (GNT)
“I myself will teach your people and give them prosperity and peace.

We have assembled ourselves together today to be taught by God.

John 6:45 (Amp) It is written in the prophets, ‘And they will all be taught of God.’ Everyone who has listened to and learned from the Father, comes to Me.


How do we get to a place where we are experiencing God teaching us, listening and learning from Him as our Father?


Proverbs 5:7 (CEV)
My son, listen to me and do everything I say.


We must be Born-again.


John 3:3 (AMP)
Jesus answered him, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a person is born again [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified], he cannot [ever] see and experience the kingdom of God.”


1 John 3:9 (Amp)
No one who is born of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, because God’s seed [His principle of life, the essence of His righteous character] remains [permanently] in him [who is born again—who is reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose]; and he [who is born again] cannot habitually [live a life characterized by] sin, because he is born of God and longs to please Him.


Footnotes…..

1 John 3:9 I.e. in human terms, God’s seed is like a divine “genetic code” which is passed on to His children and produces in them the desire to live in a way which pleases Him.


Jeremiah 3:19 (CEV)
I have always wanted to treat you as my children and give you the best land, the most beautiful on earth. I wanted you to call me “Father” and not turn from me
.




2/5/23


“Making Faith Investments in "Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.”


Jesus Christ has given us three major teachings to focus on:


1. The Kingdom of God.
2. Having Faith in God.
3. Studying the teachings of Jesus Christ that we may be His Disciples that make disciples.


The Kingdom of God must be taught and understood.


☆ God's teachings will challenge us to think differently from our old way of thinking.


John 6:45 (NLT)
As it is written in the Scriptures,‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.


Let these scriptures enlighten our understanding to listening and learning from God as being our Father.


Jeremiah 3:19 (CEV)
I have always wanted to treat you as my children and give you the best land, the most beautiful on earth. I wanted you to call me “Father” and not turn from me.


Proverbs 5:7 (CEV)
My son, listen to me and do everything I say.


How do we get to a place where we are experiencing God teaching us; and, we are listening and learning from Him as our Father?


We must be Born-again.


John 3:3 (AMP)
Jesus answered him, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a person is born again [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified], he cannot [ever] see and experience the kingdom of God.”


John 3:7 (Amp)
Do not be surprised that I have told you, ‘You must be born again [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified].’


1 Peter 1:23 (Amp)
23 For you have been born again [that is, reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose] not of seed which is perishable but [from that which is] imperishable and immortal, that is, through the living and everlasting word of God.


1 John 3:9 (Amp)
No one who is born of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, because God’s seed [His principle of life, the essence of His righteous character] remains [permanently] in him [who is born again—who is reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose]; and he [who is born again] cannot habitually [live a life characterized by] sin, because he is born of God and longs to please Him.


Footnotes…..
1 John 3:9 I.e. in human terms, God’s seed is like a divine “genetic code” which is passed on to His children and produces in them the desire to live in a way which pleases Him.


Luke 8:11 (NLT)
“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word.


God's seed is the Word of God that we receive from listening and learning which gives us understanding concerning the Kingdom of God.




2/12/23


“Making Faith Investments in "Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.”

Biblical Keys that allow God to treat mankind as His Children and have access to His Kingdom.
God is the creator of everything.


Jeremiah 3:19 (CEV)
I have always wanted to treat you as my children and give you the best land, the most beautiful on earth. I wanted you to call me “Father” and not turn from me.


Do you believe that when you hear and study the Holy Word of God that God is speaking to you personally?


Proverbs 5:7 (CEV)
My son, listen to me and do everything I say.


How do we get to a place where we are experiencing God teaching us; and, we are listening and learning from Him as our Father?


Key takeaway: #1
We must Repent.


Matthew 4:17 (AMP)
From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life], for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”


Jesus Christ is calling all of mankind to repent and begin to understand God's purpose for our lives.


Repentance means changing your inner self—your old way of thinking, regretting past sins, living your life in a way that proves repentance.


Acts 2:37-38 (Amp)
The Ingathering
37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart [with remorse and anxiety], and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what are we to do?”
38 And Peter said to them, “Repent [change your old way of thinking, turn from your sinful ways, accept and follow Jesus as the Messiah] and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ because of the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.


Key takeaway #2 Born-again.


John 3:3 (AMP)
Jesus answered him, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a person is born again [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified], he cannot [ever] see and experience the kingdom of God.”


John 3:7 (Amp)
Do not be surprised that I have told you, ‘You must be born again [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified].’


1 Peter 1:23 (Amp)
23 For you have been born again [that is, reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose] not of seed which is perishable but [from that which is] imperishable and immortal, that is, through the living and everlasting word of God.


1 John 3:9 (Amp)
No one who is born of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, because God’s seed [His principle of life, the essence of His righteous character] remains [permanently] in him [who is born again—who is reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose]; and he [who is born again] cannot habitually [live a life characterized by] sin, because he is born of God and longs to please Him.


Footnotes…..

1 John 3:9 I.e. in human terms, God’s seed is like a divine “genetic code” which is passed on to His children and produces in them the desire to live in a way which pleases Him.




2/19/23


“Making Faith Investments in "Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.”


John 8:38-45 (Amp)
38 I tell the things that I have seen at My Father’s side [in His very presence]; so you also do the things that you heard from your father.”
39 They answered, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you are [truly] Abraham’s children, then do the works of Abraham and follow his example.
40 But as it is, you want to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God. This is not the way Abraham acted.
41 You are doing the works of your [own] father.” They said to Him, “We are not illegitimate children; we have one [spiritual] Father: God.”
42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father [but He is not], you would love and recognize Me, for I came from God [out of His very presence] and have arrived here. For I have not even come on My own initiative [as self-appointed], but He [is the One who] sent Me.
43 Why do you misunderstand what I am saying? It is because [your spiritual ears are deaf and] you are unable to hear [the truth of] My word.
44 You are of your father the devil, and it is your will to practice the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar and the father of lies and half-truths.
45 But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me [and continue in your unbelief].

These are very “religious,” Jews rejecting Jesus Christ and He identified them as children of the devil.


Why?
Because they opposed and rejected Him rather than receiving and loving Him.


We will be learning in this teaching that how we respond to Jesus Christ determines, if we continue to have Satan as our “father,” or if we become children of God, the Father, through faith in Jesus Christ.


1 John 3:9-10 (Amp)
9 No one who is born of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, because God’s seed [His principle of life, the essence of His righteous character] remains [permanently] in him [who is born again—who is reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose]; and he [who is born again] cannot habitually [live a life characterized by] sin, because he is born of God and longs to please Him.
10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are clearly identified: anyone who does not practice righteousness [who does not seek God’s will in thought, action, and purpose] is not of God, nor is the one who does not [unselfishly] love his [believing] brother.


Here is further light on this distinction.


Key takeaway:
John points out the fact that the children of the devil “do not practice righteousness.”


Just as Jesus had said, John clearly identifies all people as either “children of God” or “children of the devil.”


Acts 13:9-10 Amplified Bible
9 But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit and led by Him, looked steadily at Elymas,
10 and said, “You [Elymas] who are full of every [kind of] deceit, and every [kind of] fraud, you son of the devil, enemy of everything that is right and good, will you never stop perverting the straight paths of the Lord?
The unrepented wickedness of Satan would be manifested in the lives of his spiritual children.
As the old saying goes, “like father, like son.”Matthew 13:37-39 (Amp)
37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man,
38 and the field is the world; and [as for] the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the weeds are the sons of the evil one;
39 And the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels.


This means that on Earth, good and bad people will grow and live together.


God's children and Satan's children will grow and live together on earth.



2/26/23


Making Faith Investment in ….
Understanding Jesus Christ teachings of being His disciples.



how God being our "Spiritual Father" relates to us in being disciples of Christ Jesus.


John 6:45(AMP)
It is written in the prophets, ‘And they will all be taught of God.’ Everyone who has listened to and learned from the Father, comes to Me.


Jesus is teaching from an O.T. teaching to provide understanding for generations of Born again, Spirit filled, faithful disciples of His.


Isaiah 54:13 (AMP)
“And all your [spiritual] sons will be disciples [of the Lord], And great will be the well-being of your sons.
(well-being or success)


Discipleship is necessary for us to grow into maturity and transform more into the person He has created you to be. That person is Jesus Christ.


Grow into maturity.


1 Peter 2:1-2 (NLT)
1So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech. 2 Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment,


Romans 12:1-2 (NLT)
1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.





3/5/23


Making Faith Investment in ….
Understanding The key purpose of discipleship.


It is to help the "Born-again Believers to understand who Jesus is and how we can be like Him.


Jesus modeled discipleship over 2,000 years ago. He had anywhere from 4 to 120 disciples at different points in the Bible. These disciples followed Him anywhere and listened to all of His teachings.


All that Jesus taught led to Himself and His Father.


John 14:1-6 (CEV)
1 Jesus said to his disciples, “Don't be worried! Have faith in God and have faith in me.
2 There are many rooms in my Father's house. I wouldn't tell you this, unless it was true. I am going there to prepare a place for each of you.
3 After I have done this, I will come back and take you with me. Then we will be together.
4 You know the way to where I am going.”
5 Thomas said, “Lord, we don't even know where you are going! How can we know the way?”
6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life!” Jesus answered. “Without me, no one can go to the Father.


Jesus Christ's teachings delivers us from the spirit of worry and fear.


Matthew 6:31-34 (CEV)
31 Don't worry and ask yourselves, “Will we have anything to eat? Will we have anything to drink? Will we have any clothes to wear?”
32 Only people who don't know God are always worrying about such things. Your Father in heaven knows you need all of these.
33 But more than anything else, put God's work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well.
34 Don't worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself. You have enough to worry about today.


Philippians 4:6. (CEV)Don't worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God.





3/12/23


Making Faith Investment in ….

Understanding The key purpose of discipleship.


The key principle of discipleship centers around the reality of Born-again Believers being like Jesus Christ.


As Born-again believers, we must understand who Jesus is and how we are to be like Him.


☆ We must be willing to follow Jesus Christ.


Matthew 4:18-19 (AmpC)
18 As He was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He noticed two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, throwing a dragnet into the sea, for they were fishermen.
19 And He said to them, Come after Me [as disciples—letting Me be your Guide], follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men!


☆ Jesus Christ gives His disciples power and authority.


Matthew 10:1 (AmpC)
1 And Jesus summoned to Him His twelve disciples and gave them power and authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out, and to cure all kinds of disease and all kinds of weakness and infirmity.


Disciples of Jesus Christ are Loving and Obedient followers.


John 14:15 (AmpC)
15 If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands.


John 14:21 (AmpC)
21 The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]





3/19/23


Making Faith Investment in ….
Understanding The key purpose of discipleship.


Jesus Christ has given us three major teachings to focus on:

The Kingdom of God.


Having Faith in God.


Studying the teachings of Jesus Christ that we may be His Disciples that make disciples.


☆ There is only one way of having a relationship with God as our Heavenly Father.

This relationship must be founded on the teachings of Jesus Christ.


John 14:6 (AmpC)
Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.


Mark 11:22 (Amp)
Jesus replied, “Have faith in God [constantly].


John 10:30 (AmpC)
I and the Father are One.


John 17:11 (AmpC)
And [now] I am no more in the world, but these are [still] in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep in Your Name [in the knowledge of Yourself] those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We [are one].


Jesus Christ is our only way of having faith in God.


Romans 10:9-10 (Amp)
9 because if you acknowledge and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord [recognizing His power, authority, and majesty as God], and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For with the heart a person believes [in Christ as Savior] resulting in his justification [that is, being made righteous—being freed of the guilt of sin and made acceptable to God]; and with the mouth he acknowledges and confesses [his faith openly], resulting in and confirming [his] salvation.




3/26/23


“Making Faith Investments” in Understanding The key purpose of discipleship.


Having Faith in God requires that we have an intimate relationship with Him.


☆ This relationship must be founded on the teachings of Jesus Christ.


Having Faith in God requires us to get a biblical understanding of God's Love for us.


John 3:16 (AmpC)
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.


God's love for mankind is unmatched by any other love entanglements.


Romans 5:8 (NLT)
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

It is because God's Love for us is unparalleled and unequaled to any relationship that we have and may experience.


God's Love is just that–“God's Love.”


Romans 8:28 (CEV)
We know that God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves him.They are the ones God has chosen for his purpose,


Footnotes for this scripture.

We can say:
“God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves him;” or “All things work for the good of everyone who loves God;” or “God's Spirit always works for the good of everyone who loves God.”


☆ As His disciples, our love for God must be rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ's love that is in us.


John 14:15 (AmpC)
If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands.


John 14:21-23 (AmpC)
21 The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]

22 Judas, not Iscariot, asked Him, Lord, how is it that You will reveal Yourself [make Yourself real] to us and not to the world?

23 Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.





4/2/23


“Making Faith Investments” in Understanding God's key purpose in discipleship.


Discipleship requires that we have an intimate relationship with God through our faith in Jesus Christ only.


☆ This relationship must be founded on Jesus Christ’s teachings exclusively.


Having Faith in God requires us to get a biblical understanding of God's Love for us and remain there.


John 3:16 (AmpC)
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

God's love for us is greater than any other relationship that we will ever experience.


Romans 5:8 (NLT)
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.


It is because God's Love for us is unparalleled and unequaled to any relationship that we have and may experience.


1 John 3:1-5 (AmpC)
See what [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! The reason that the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him.


2 Beloved, we are [even here and] now God’s children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [as God’s children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He [really] is.


3 And everyone who has this hope [resting] on Him cleanses (purifies) himself just as He is pure (chaste, undefiled, guiltless).



4 Everyone who commits (practices) sin is guilty of lawlessness; for [that is what] sin is, lawlessness (the breaking, violating of God’s law by transgression or neglect—being unrestrained and unregulated by His commands and His will).


5 You know that He appeared in visible form and became Man to take away [upon Himself] sins, and in Him there is no sin [essentially and forever].


6 No one who abides in Him [who lives and remains in communion with and in obedience to Him—deliberately, knowingly, and [f]habitually] commits (practices) sin. No one who [habitually] sins has either seen or known Him [recognized, perceived, or understood Him, or has had an experiential acquaintance with Him].

(TPT) of this 6 verse… But the one who continues sinning hasn’t seen him with discernment or known him by intimate experience.

Discipleship requires an intimate Relationship with God through obedient Faith in Christ.




4/9/23


“Making Faith Investments in Understanding God's Spirit of Resurrection.”


☆ God's Resurrection raises us up into living a "New Life in Him through being Born-again in Christ.


John 5:29 (AmpC)
And they shall come out—those who have practiced doing good [will come out] to the resurrection of [new] life, and those who have done evil will be raised for judgment [raised to meet their sentence].


☆ Jesus Christ is God's voice that speaks the Spirit of God Resurrection life in us.


John 5:25 (AmpC)
Believe Me when I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the time is coming and is here now when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear it shall live.


Romans 5:10 (AmpC)
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more [certain], now that we are reconciled, that we shall be saved (daily delivered from sin’s dominion) through His [resurrection] life.


Being Reconciled to God through our faith in Jesus Christ, is our first level of understanding God's Spirit of Resurrection living in us.


Romans 8:11 (TPT)
Yes, God raised Jesus to life! And since God’s Spirit of Resurrection lives in you, he will also raise your dying body to life by the same Spirit that breathes life into you!


Romans 6:5-6 (AmpC)
5 For if we have become one with Him by sharing a death like His, we shall also be [one with Him in sharing] His resurrection [by a new life lived for God].


☆ God's Resurrection plan is for us to live a New life in Christ !!!


6 We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin.


☆ Our old way of living is (disobedient, unfaithful and rebellious).


Philippians 3:10 (AmpC)
[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]




4/16/23


“Making Faith Investments in Understanding The Crucified and Resurrected Jesus Christ."


As we invest in this Teaching, we will gain a profitable understanding of "Living a Crucified and Resurrected life in Christ.”


The Crucified Life in Jesus Christ.
Why was Jesus Christ Crucified?


1. Jesus Christ was crucified according to the Lord's Good Plan.


Isaiah 53:10-12 (NLT)
10 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands.
11 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins.
12 I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death.


He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.


2. God's plan of Christ being crucified made it possible to be counted Righteous with God.


☆ God's Good plan is always revealed in Scriptures.


God's plan is always Good and provides us with foundational understanding of Truth.


Revelation 13:8 (NKJV)
All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.


3. Jesus Reveals that He will be crucified to His disciples.


Matthew 26:1-4 (NLT)
1 When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples,
2 “As you know, Passover begins in two days, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”
3 At that same time the leading priests and elders were meeting at the residence of Caiaphas, the high priest,
4 plotting how to capture Jesus secretly and kill him.


4. There is Good News in being crucified with Christ.


Galatians 2:20 (TPT)
“My old identity has been co-crucified with The Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of his cross crucified me with him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives his life through me—we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, and dispenses his life into mine!


● Our old identity has been crucified with Christ.
● We live in union as one with Christ!
● We are empowered by the faith of Jesus Christ.


5. Our Crucified life in Christ has set us free from the power of sin.


Romans 6:6-8 (NLT)6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him.




4/23/23


Making Faith Investments in"Possessing a Profitable Understanding of Living a Crucified and Resurrected Life in Christ.”


God has given us His plan for "Possessing a Profitable Understanding of Living a Crucified and Resurrected Life in Christ.”


☆God's understanding of what is profitable:


2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God (disciples of Christ) may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.


The Bible was written by faithful followers who allowed God to divinely inspire them to reveal Himself to mankind.


The Bible is profitable, meaning it is beneficial or useful in allowing the disciples of Christ to Understand how to live a Crucified and


Resurrected Life in Christ.

》 The word profitable《
comes from a root word that has the idea of heaping up or accumulating something that will give you a benefit or an advantage.

God’s Word is profitable in four areas of life:
1. Doctrine (what is right).
2. Reproof (what is not right).
3. Correction (how to get right with God).
4. Instruction in righteousness (how to stay right with God).
They are uniquely designed and inspired to build upon each other, equipping us to understand and live a faithful crucified and resurrected life in Christ. The more you study and obey, the more profitable we become.


“Possessing a profitable understanding of living a crucified and resurrected life in Christ.”


Isaiah 53:10-12 (CEV)
10 The Lord decided his servant would suffer as a sacrifice to take away the sin and guilt of others. Now the servant will live to see his own descendants. He did everything the Lord had planned.


Jesus Christ was sent by God to suffer and be crucified to take away the sin and guilt of mankind.


What is sin and guilt?


It is missing God's marked plan for mankind to live in His image and likeness. Genesis 1:26-28
●We must recognize that sin seeks to dominate our life.
● Sin doesn’t come in to be nice. Sin comes in to take control.
● Sin is a relentless master that looks to deceive and direct every aspect of a person’s life.


☆Jesus Christ has set us free from the power of sin.


Romans 6:6-8 (NLT)
6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.
8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him.


☆Jesus Christ was Crucified and Resurrected so that we can give our lives completely to God.


Romans 6:12-14 (NLT)
12 Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires.
13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.
14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.





4/30/23


Making Faith Investments in"Possessing a Profitable Understanding of Living a Crucified and Resurrected Life in Christ.”


● Possessing meaning to have ownership and control of something.


● God has given us His plan for "Possessing a Profitable Understanding of Living a Crucified and Resurrected Life in Christ.”


●Possessing a Profitable Understanding..


2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God (disciples of Christ) may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.


■ God Word empowers us to be profitable in four areas of our lives.


1. Doctrine (what is right).
2. Reproof (what is not right).
3. Correction (how to get right with God).
4. Instruction in righteousness (how to stay right with God).


■ Doctrines are established through teachings that we study and obey.

Today, when we repent and ask Jesus Christ to come and live his life in us, we can live in the expectation that sin no longer dominates our lives because now we are living a crucified and resurrected life in Christ Jesus.


■ Job is a type and shadow of living a crucified and resurrected life in Christ.


Job 22:21-23 (Amp)
21 “Now yield and submit yourself to Him [agree with God and be conformed to His will] and be at peace; In this way [you will prosper and great] good will come to you.
22 “Please receive the law and instruction from His mouth And establish His words in your heart and keep them.
23 “If you return to the Almighty [and submit and humble yourself before Him], you will be built up [and restored]; If you remove unrighteousness far from your tents,


■ The Crucified and Resurrected life that we live is Seated and Determined in our Faith in Christ.

John 16:32-33 (CEV)
32 The time will come and is already here when all of you will be scattered. Each of you will go back home and leave me by myself. But the Father will be with me, and I won't be alone.
33 I have told you this, so that you might have peace in your hearts because of me. While you are in the world, you will have to suffer. But cheer up! I have defeated the world.


Galatians 2:20 (CEV)I have died, but Christ lives in me. And I now live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave his life for me.





5/7/23


Making faith investments in understanding "Who is your Creator?"


Who is your Creator?


Ecclesiastes 12:1 (AmpC)
12 Remember [earnestly] also your Creator [that you are not your own, but His property now] in the days of your youth, before the evil days come or the years draw near when you will say [of physical pleasures], I have no enjoyment in them—


The Word remember can be understood to mean to have in or be able to bring to one's mind; an awareness of (someone or something that one has seen, known, or experienced in the past).


Even today, understanding our origin remains our deepest need of being satisfied while living.


Ecclesiastes 3:11 (Amp)
He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end.


God has planted His divine purpose in us so that we may understand His purpose and will. It is to satisfy our need to know "Who is your creator?”


The Word of God provides us with the evidence of who created us, but this kind of evidence must be understood by faith.


Hebrews 11:3 (Amp)
By faith [that is, with an inherent trust and enduring confidence in the power, wisdom and goodness of God] we understand that the worlds (universe, ages) were framed and created [formed, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose] by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.


This is mankind's biblical evidence for getting a faithful understanding of "Who is your Creator?”


Genesis 1:26-28 (Amp)
26 Then God said, “Let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) make man in Our image, according to Our likeness [not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness]; and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, and over the entire earth, and over everything that creeps and crawls on the earth.”
27 So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.
28 And God blessed them [granting them certain authority] and said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subjugate it [putting it under your power]; and rule over (dominate) the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and every living thing that moves upon the earth.”


Ephesians 2:10 (AmpC)
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), [a]recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].





5/14/23


Making faith investments in understanding "Who is your Creator?"


Who is your Creator?


This is mankind's biblical evidence for getting a faithful understanding of "Who is your Creator and what was His purpose in creating us.


Genesis 1:26-28 (Amp)
26 Then God said, “Let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) make man in Our image, according to Our likeness [not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness]; and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, and over the entire earth, and over everything that creeps and crawls on the earth.”
27 So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.
28 And God blessed them [granting them certain authority] and said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subjugate it [putting it under your power]; and rule over (dominate) the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and every living thing that moves upon the earth.”


Ecclesiastes 12:1 (AmpC)
Remember [earnestly] also your Creator [that you are not your own, but His property now] in the days of your youth, before the evil days come or the years draw near when you will say [of physical pleasures], I have no enjoyment in them—


We must be willing to "Realize Now" our need for God.


The Word remember can be understood to mean to have in or be able to bring to one's mind; an awareness of (someone or something that one has seen, known, or experienced in the past).


An awareness means to have concern about and well-informed interest in a particular situation or development.

Even today, understanding our origin remains our deepest need of awareness of our purpose in life.


Ecclesiastes 3:11 (Amp)
He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end.


God has planted His divine purpose in us so that we may understand His purpose and will. It is to satisfy our need to know "Who is your creator?”


Meanings of the word Satisfy:

● To supply fully what is necessary and demanded to fulfill one's greatest needs.


Psalm 22:26 (AmpC)
The poor and afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; they shall praise the Lord—they who [diligently] seek for, inquire of and for Him, and require Him [as their greatest need]. May your hearts be quickened now and forever!


● To address all our concerns about God being mindful of caring for and about us.


1 Peter 5:7-8 (AmpC)
7 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
8 Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.


● God reveals the purposes we must choose from to obtain a Rich and Satisfying Life.


John 10:10 (NLT)
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.





5/21/23


Making faith investments in understanding "Who is our Creator?"


Who is our Creator?


Mankind is constantly seeking for the evidence of our origin and purpose that we obtain clarity of understanding in our lives.

This is mankind's biblical evidence for getting a faithful understanding of "Who is our Creator?” and what was His purpose in creating us.


What is Biblical Evidence?


1. It is God inspired evidence.


2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2. It is the evidence that fully supports our understanding of having faith in God.


Hebrews 11:3 (Amp)
By faith [that is, with an inherent trust and enduring confidence in the power, wisdom and goodness of God] we understand that the worlds (universe, ages) were framed and created [formed, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose] by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.


3. Biblical Evidence provides detailed knowledge of God's creation and purpose for mankind.

God has planted His divine purpose in us so that we may understand His purpose and will. It is to satisfy our need to know "Who is our creator?”


Ecclesiastes 3:11 (Amp)
He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end.


Meanings of the word Satisfy:

● To supply fully what is necessary and demanded to fulfill one's greatest needs.


Psalm 22:26 (AmpC)
The poor and afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; they shall praise the Lord—they who [diligently] seek for, inquire of and for Him, and require Him [as their greatest need]. May your hearts be quickened now and forever!


● To address all our concerns about God being mindful of caring for and about us.


1 Peter 5:7-8 (AmpC)
7 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.8 Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.





6/4/23


Making faith investments in "Being Faith Ready."


● The word “ready” means to be in a suitable state for an activity.

For this Teaching, we will be focusing on the persistence of being actively involved in Living the Life of Faith in Christ.

What is Faith?


Faith is a must-have to connect with the realities of God.


● Mankind is being constantly challenged by satan, relating to understanding the reality of God.


2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT)
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.


●The realities of God will remain hidden from us until we access them by Faith in Jesus Christ to reveal God to us.


1. Praying and never giving up will keep us in a suitable state of "Being Faith Ready.”


Luke 18:1-8 (CEV)
1Jesus told his disciples a story about how they should keep on praying and never give up:
2 In a town there was once a judge who didn't fear God or care about people.
3 In that same town there was a widow who kept going to the judge and saying, “Make sure that I get fair treatment in court.”
4 For a while the judge refused to do anything. Finally, he said to himself, “Even though I don't fear God or care about people,
5 I will help this widow because she keeps on bothering me. If I don't help her, she will wear me out.”
2. We must be persistent in our prayers to maintain our Faith Readiness.

6 The Lord said:Think about what that crooked judge said.
7 Won't God protect his chosen ones who pray to him day and night? Won't he be concerned for them?
8 He will surely hurry and help them. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find on this earth anyone with faith?


3. This is who God is and we can Make investments of Faith in Him.


Psalm 18:46 (TLB)
God is alive! Praise him who is the great rock of protection.


Psalm 62:7 (TLB)
My protection and success come from God alone. He is my refuge, a Rock where no enemy can reach me.


Proverbs 19:23 (TLB)
Reverence for God gives life, happiness, and protection from harm.


Proverbs 30:5 (TLB)
Every word of God proves true. He defends all who come to him for protection.


Ephesians 6:13-15 (ERV)
13 That is why you need to get God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil, you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.14 So stand strong with the belt of truth tied around your waist, and on your chest wear the protection of right living. 15 On your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong.





6/25/23


Making Faith Investments in "Being Faith Determined.”


How Faith Determined are you willing to leave here, today, with living your life Transformed by hearing the message about Jesus Christ?


Key takeaway #1
Determined Faith begins with hearing and accepting the message about Christ.

Romans 10:17 (CEV)


No one can have faith without hearing the message about Christ.

Key takeaway #2


God is not a respecter of persons. He only accepts people that have faith in Jesus Christ.


Romans 3:22-24 (CEV)
22 God treats everyone alike. He accepts people only because they have faith in Jesus Christ.
23 All of us have sinned and fallen short of God's glory.
24 But God treats us much better than we deserve, and because of Christ Jesus, he freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins.


Key takeaway #3…
We must be determined that our Faith in Christ has placed us in Righteous standing with God.


Galatians 2:16 (Amp)
16 Yet we know that a man is not justified [and placed in right standing with God] by works of the Law, but [only] through faith in [God’s beloved Son,] Christ Jesus. And even we [as Jews] have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the Law. By observing the Law no one will ever be justified [declared free of the guilt of sin and its penalty].


Key takeaway #4…
Determined Faith will only assist and confirm God's perfect will for our lives.


Romans 12:2 (Amp)
And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].

Our Faith in Christ demands that our relationship with Him is taken seriously and fully supported by Determined Faith.


Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.




5/7/23


Making Faith Investments in"Possessing a Profitable Understanding of Living a Crucified and Resurrected Life in Christ.”

Charles with a Crucified and Resurrected life in Christ l have given you My Strength to endure.


● Possessing meaning to have ownership and control of something.


● God has given us His plan for "Possessing a Profitable Understanding of Living a Crucified and Resurrected Life in Christ.”


●Possessing a Profitable Understanding..


2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God (disciples of Christ) may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.


■ God Word empowers us to be profitable in four areas of our lives.


1. Doctrine (what is right).
2. Reproof (what is not right).
3. Correction (how to get right with God).
4. Instruction in righteousness (how to stay right with God).


■ Doctrines are established through teachings that we study and obey.

Today, when we repent and ask Jesus Christ to come and live his life in us, we can live in the expectation that sin no longer dominates our lives because now we are living a crucified and resurrected life in Christ Jesus.


■ Job is a type and shadow of living a crucified and resurrected life in Christ.


Job 22:21-23 (Amp)
21 “Now yield and submit yourself to Him [agree with God and be conformed to His will] and be at peace; In this way [you will prosper and great] good will come to you.
22 “Please receive the law and instruction from His mouth And establish His words in your heart and keep them.
23 “If you return to the Almighty [and submit and humble yourself before Him], you will be built up [and restored]; If you remove unrighteousness far from your tents,


■ The Crucified and Resurrected life that we live is Seated and Determined in our Faith in Christ.

John 16:32-33 (CEV)
32 The time will come and is already here when all of you will be scattered. Each of you will go back home and leave me by myself. But the Father will be with me, and I won't be alone.
33 I have told you this, so that you might have peace in your hearts because of me. While you are in the world, you will have to suffer. But cheer up! I have defeated the world.


Galatians 2:20 (CEV)I have died, but Christ lives in me. And I now live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave his life for me.



7/16/23


Making Faith Investments in Understanding the Ten Spiritual Laws that govern Prayer.


We will be investigating Ten Spiritual laws that govern prayer. This is to assist us in communicating with our Father God in confidence.


Psalm 119:111 (NLT)
111 Your laws are my treasure; they are my heart’s delight.


Luke 18:1 (NLT)
One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.


1. Our prayers must be offered on the foundation of faith in the"Blood of Jesus Christ.”

Hebrews 9:11-14 (NLT)
11 So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world.
12 With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.
13 Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity.
14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living


God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.


2. The law of Boldness.


Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Hebrews 10:19-22 (NLT)
19 And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.
20 By his death Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place.
21 And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house,
22 let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.


3. The law of Righteousness.


2 Corinthians 5:21(NLT) For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.




7/23/23


Making Faith Investments in Understanding the Ten Spiritual Laws that govern Prayer.
We will be investigating Ten Spiritual laws that govern prayer. This is to assist us in communicating with our Father God in confidence.


God's Laws help us to avoid spiritual and natural conflicts in our relationship with our Father God.


Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV)
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’


CEV
Ask me, and I will tell you things that you don't know and can't find out.


God's knowledge, wisdom and understanding can not be stumbled upon. It must be Asked for and valued.

How we value God's counsel is revealed in our obedience to Him. Yes, prayer allows us to experience God's counsel to us.


 Psalm 119:111 (NLT)
111 Your laws are my treasure; they are my heart’s delight.
 


Luke 18:1 (NLT)
One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.


1.The Law of Repentance.


Repentance is the law that satan does not want us to keep activated in our prayer life.
That’s because when we repent and acknowledge Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, our thinking begins to change.


Acts 3:19 (AMP)
So repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins] and return [to God—seek His purpose for your life], so that your sins may be wiped away [blotted out, completely erased], so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord [restoring you like a cool wind on a hot day];


Because we have repented, we have been given the liberty to pray and be free of all our past sins.


Repentance empowers us to be in the presence of God and get refreshed.


Job 15:6 (Amp)
“Your own mouth condemns you, and not I;
Yes, your own lips testify against you.


2. The Law of the Blood of Jesus Christ.


Our prayers must be offered on the foundation of faith in the"Blood of Jesus Christ.”


Hebrews 9:11-14 (NLT)
11 So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world.
12 With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.
13 Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity.
14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.


•The cleansing power of the blood of Jesus Christ is vital to our approach to God.
• Christ's blood has purged us from having a sin consciousness and given us access into the Holy of Holies in Heaven.


3. The law of Boldness.


Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

We can pray with boldness and confidence every time we pray because it is based upon God's mercy and grace toward us in Christ.


Hebrews 10:19-22 (NLT)
19 And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.
20 By his death Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place.
21 And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house,
22 let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.


The throne that Born-again believers approach in heaven is the throne of our Father's grace and mercy.


4. The law of Righteousness.


2 Corinthians 5:21(NLT) For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.


Our Faith in Christ allows us to pray and be in standing with God to receive what we are asking for.


1 Corinthians 1:30 (NLT) God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.God's Righteousness is a free gift from Him. It is paid for by the shed blood of Jesus Christ and must be received by faith.



8/13/23


Making Faith Investments in Understanding the Ten Spiritual Laws that govern Prayer.


"The law of the "Integrity of God's Word.”


☆ Truth is always associated with integrity.


Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

God chose to create us. He made no mistakes concerning our creation because He created us in His image and likeness and gave us Dominion over all the earthly kingdom.


* God created us with a unique plan in mind. Scripture tells us that God, not only created us, but has a plan for us and gives us hope and a future.


The Faithfulness of God's Word is based upon His Integrity.

Deuteronomy 7:9 (AMP)
Therefore know [without any doubt] and understand that the Lord your God, He is God the faithful God, who is keeping His covenant and His [steadfast] lovingkindness to a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

While we are praying (meditating) with our Heavenly Father and studying Deuteronomy 7:9, we must be willing to believe that God is intentionally inspiring us. That way, all doubt (double mindedness) will be eliminated from our thinking and understanding which satan desires to use against us to cause confusion in our spirits.


Psalm 119:112-114 (AMP)
112 I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes Forever, even to the end.
113 I hate those who are double-minded, But I love and treasure Your law.
114 You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word.


Psalm 100:4-5 (AMP)
4 Enter His gates with a song of thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, bless and praise His name.
5 For the Lord is good;
His mercy and lovingkindness are everlasting, His faithfulness [endures] to all generations.


James 1:7-9 (AMP)
7 For such a person ought not to think or expect that he will receive anything [at all] from the Lord,
8 being a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways [in everything he thinks, feels, or decides].
9 Let the brother in humble circumstances glory in his high position [as a born-again believer, called to the true riches and to be an heir of God];


James 4:8-10 (AMP)8 Come close to God [with a contrite heart] and He will come close to you.Wash your hands, you sinners; and purify your [unfaithful] hearts, you double-minded [people]. 9 Be miserable and grieve and weep [over your sin]. Let your [foolish] laughter be turned to mourning and your [reckless] joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves [with an attitude of repentance and insignificance] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up, He will give you purpose].



8/27/23
Making Faith Investments in Understanding the Ten Spiritual Laws that govern Prayer.


1. God is anticipating hearing our voices in morning prayers with Him.


Psalm 5:3 (NLT)
Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.
Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.


2. God is looking forward to us utilizing His grace in answering our prayers.


Psalm 6:9 (AMP)
The Lord has heard my supplication [my plea for grace]; The Lord receives my prayer.


3. God has authorized prayer for us to realize that His presence is our greatest need.


Psalm 27:8 (AMP)
When You said, “Seek My face [in prayer, require My presence as your greatest need],” my heart said to You,“Your face, O Lord, I will seek [on the authority of Your word].”


4. God's high hopes in prayer for us is to be glad as we go to His House to pray.


Psalm 122:1 (AMP)
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”


5. God's desire for us is to approach Him in prayer with confident faith that we are asking Him for what He wants us to have.

Mark 11:24 (AMP)
For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you.
6. God is expecting us to forecast into our prayer life persistent devotion with an attitude of thanksgiving.

Colossians 4:2 (AMP)
Be persistent and devoted to prayer, being alert and focused in your prayer life with an attitude of thanksgiving.


7. We forecast the outcome of our prayers based upon our knowledge of God's will for us in Christ Jesus.


1 Thessalonians 5:17-22 (AMP)17 be unceasing and persistent in prayer; 18 In every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.





9/3/23


Making Faith Investments in Understanding the Ten Spiritual Laws that govern Prayer.


What are you willing to talk with God about?


Praying is being in a conversation with God.


Are you willing to get into a conversation with God about His thoughts and plans for you?


God's thoughts are key to getting our prayers answered.


Psalm 10:4 (AMP)
The wicked, in the haughtiness of his face, will not seek nor inquire for Him; All his thoughts are, “There is no God [so there is no accountability or punishment].”


Proverbs 15:26 (AMP)
Evil plans and thoughts of the wicked are exceedingly vile and offensive to the Lord, But pure words are pleasant words to Him.


Isaiah 55:7-8 (NLT)
7 Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.
8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.

Let's talk with God about His plans and thoughts for us.


Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP)
For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.


Faith in Christ will guard His plans for us.


Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.








9/24/23


Making Faith Investments in understanding our New Life in Christ.


This Teaching is designed to encourage and strengthen everyone with accurate biblical knowledge who desires by faith to become a Born-again believer with a New life in Christ that is governed by the power of the Holy Spirit.


When we become a Born-again Christian, we begin our New life in Christ.


2 Corinthians 5:17 (LB)
When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!
We must have confidence that God has recreated a brand New person inside of us.


Our New life in Christ must have faith that pleases God.


2 Corinthians 5:7 (AMP)
for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]—


Hebrews 11:6 (GNT)
No one can please God without faith, for whoever comes to God must have faith that God exists and rewards those who seek him.


☆ How do we access Encouragement and Strength into our New life in Christ?


God's encouragement and Strength comes to us through our prayers and dependence on the Holy Spirit.


Psalm 138:3 (NLT)
As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength.


We are encouraged to believe and receive the Holy Spirit and the evidence that He gives us.


John 7:38-39 (AMP)
38 He who believes in Me [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Me], as the Scripture has said, ‘From his innermost being will flow continually rivers of living water.’” 39 But He was speaking of the [Holy] Spirit, whom those who believed in Him [as Savior] were to receive afterward. The Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified (raised to honor).


Luke 11:13 (AMP)
If you, then, being evil [that is, sinful by nature], know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him!”


Acts 2:1-4 (NLT)
1 On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. 2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. 3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. 4 And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.


1 Corinthians 14:4 (NLT) A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally,...







5/5/24

M.F.I. Spiritual Growth.

After being Born-again and submitting our lives to having faith in Jesus Christ, we must further our faith investments in God's plan of “Spiritual Growth” for us to be developed in.


1. God's Truth is vital to our spiritual growth.

Proverbs 23:23 (CEV)


Invest in truth and wisdom, discipline and good sense, and don't part with them.


The book of Proverbs uses these terms in characteristic ways:


"Truth" is that which accurately describes reality; it is something factual.

"Wisdom" is a capacity to act according to truthful information.

"Instruction" is the general practice of acquiring knowledge and wisdom, usually by learning from a more experienced person.

"Understanding" suggests someone experienced enough in their wisdom to teach those principles to others.


Proverbs 1:7 (AMP)
The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] is the beginning and the preeminent part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; But arrogant fools despise [skillful and godly] wisdom and instruction and self-discipline.


Footnotes:
In Proverbs various kinds of fools are discussed.
• Those who are closed-minded, over-confident, and reject instruction and correction—the unteachable.
• Those who lack spiritual insight—the spiritually blind.
• Those who are flippant, hardened, and who deliberately and arrogantly choose to reject God and His wisdom.


2. God has made “His qualities of Truth and Wisdom” available, free for everyone.


Isaiah 55:1 (AMP)
“Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;
And you who have no money come, buy grain and eat.
Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost [simply accept it as a gift from God].


James 1:5 (AMP)
If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him.


Psalm 111:10 (AMP)
The [reverent] fear of the Lord is the beginning (the prerequisite, the absolute essential, the alphabet) of wisdom; A good understanding and a teachable heart are possessed by all those who do the will of the Lord;
His praise endures forever.


John 17:17 (AMP)
Sanctify them in the truth [set them apart for Your purposes, make them holy]; Your word is truth.


Colossians 1:9-10 (AMP)9 For this reason, since the day we heard about it, we have not stopped praying for you, asking [specifically] that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [with insight into His purposes], and in understanding [of spiritual things], 10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord [displaying admirable character, moral courage, and personal integrity], to [fully] please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing in the knowledge of God [with deeper faith, clearer insight and fervent love for His precepts];





5/12/24

M.F.I. Spiritual Growth.


After being Born-again and submitting our lives to having faith in Jesus Christ, we begin investing into our “Spiritual Growth” development.


Proverbs 23:23 (CEV)
Invest in truth and wisdom, discipline and good sense, and don't part with them.


As Born-again Believers, we must seek to gain knowledge of God's Truth and Wisdom.


• To achieve this, we must recognize God's Truth and Wisdom.


Proverbs 2:10-13 (TLB)
10 For wisdom and truth will enter the very center of your being, filling your life with joy.
11-13 You will be given the sense to stay away from evil men who want you to be their partners in crime—men who turn from God’s ways to walk down dark and evil paths


1. God's Truth and Wisdom will fill our life with His Joy.


• Accurate Biblical Truth provides us with only one realization of Truth and God has chosen to reveal it in and through Jesus Christ.


John 14:6 (AMP)
Jesus said to him, “I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.


2. Jesus Christ is the Born-again Believers’
*Only Way to God.
*The reality of God.
*Only Way of experiencing a relationship with God.

• Jesus Christ is the truth that sets us free.


John 8:32 (AMP)
And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin].”

3. Only the Truth and Wisdom that we know about Jesus Christ can set us free from the penalty of sin.


John 3:16-18 (AMP)
16 “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.
17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him.
18 Whoever believes and has decided to trust in Him [as personal Savior and Lord] is not judged [for this one, there is no judgment, no rejection, no condemnation]; but the one who does not believe [and has decided to reject Him as personal Savior and Lord] is judged already [that one has been convicted and sentenced], because he has not believed and trusted in the name of the [One and] only begotten Son of God [the One who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, the One who alone can save him].


Footnotes:
John 3:16
Jesus, God’s only Son, the One who is truly unique, the only one of His kind.


John 3:18 The Greek refers to an unsaved person who has made the decision not to believe in the Son, Jesus Christ, that is, not to accept the salvation offered by the Son and commit to follow Him.
Such a person stands condemned by God unless he changes his mind.


4. Truth and Wisdom instructs us to Repent and our old way of thinking.


Acts 2:38 (Amp)
And Peter said to them, “Repent [change your old way of thinking, turn from your sinful ways, accept and follow Jesus as the Messiah] and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ because of the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.


1 Corinthians 1:30 (Amp)
But it is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God [revealing His plan of salvation], and righteousness [making us acceptable to God], and sanctification [making us holy and setting us apart for God], and redemption [providing our ransom from the penalty for sin],