"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2 Corinthians 3:18 KJV)
We all want to improve, to become better and to see our progress toward that goal that (for me) Our Awesome God has set and we want it to be a steady improvement. We may want, possibly, an improvement in our being kind to others, an increase in the amount of love we show others, we may want an improvement in our fruits of the spirit, and/or just to be good to others all the time.
Most of us try improving or changing things by ourselves but this either works for only a short time or doesn't work at all. We find ourselves in deeper than before we started and, therefore, usually find it harder to break that bad habit and improve. Jesus said the Holy Spirit would be with us to help us and we need to use Him. And praying helps get Our Awesome God involved in helping and providing ideas to help you overcome those unwanted habits that need improving. We should believe "...If God is for us who can stand against us?"(Romans 8:31 KJV) Our God is in the business of improving His children and preparing them for heaven and eternity.
Improving takes time, determination and help from Our Awesome God. It rarely happens over night but it requires a determination on your part and help from the Holy Trinity to really improve. If you do it by yourself, you will decide you did it and you can do it again (pride) without help. Now you are in trouble. You have a lot of improving to do!
The amount of time it will take you to improve depends upon you. Just like when you were saved, you need to realize you have a problem you can't solve by yourself and ask for Our Awesome God to help you. Then really turn the problem over to Him without guilt or excuses on our part, following His leading after repenting and confessing it. He loves you, His child! Improving is important because none of us is perfect yet.
Our Awesome God accepts anyone who realizes that they are sinning and is ready to stop sinning and do it God's way. Come tell Him just as you are. All Christians have, because only our Lord can get rid of sin for you permanently. Don't wait!
Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Praise/Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. And there is more during the week. We love visitors!
"Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
(Isaiah 55:6-9 KJV)
Let's begin by stating that transcendence is the aspect of God's nature and power that is completely independent of the material universe and beyond all of its physical laws. We often contrast it with the immanence that says God is completely present in the physical world which makes Him accessible to man in various ways. Both are characteristics of Our Awesome God. Having both characteristics, God is able to communicate through prayer, "dreams" and "visions," and even make Balaam's donkey to "talk".
By now you should realize that Our Awesome God is completely free of creation. Our finite minds and experiences make it very hard to define and grasp who He is and what He can do because God is in all things around us but cannot be equated with all things.
Our Awesome God is a spirit because He is not made up of matter nor does He possess a physical nature as we do and the things around us do. He is free to do whatever He wants. He is only restricted by His perfection and His laws of judgment. He is our example of perfection and true judgment.
How can our perfect God co-exist with evil? God has allowed evil because without it there can be no recognition of God's perfect holiness and God's perfect love. He has allowed it to show more of His character for mankind. He loves His creations and wants them to love Him.
When we say God is transcendent, we mean that He is separate from His creation and not dependent on the created order in any way. Our Awesome God made the universe and He is therefore its sovereign ruler (Gen. 1:1). He has given us certain characteristics and knowledge, and has allowed us to use them for good or evil. So, depending on the choices we make, we can live forever, in heaven with Him - or in hell if we reject His salvation.
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and how to teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets along with AWANA for children, which goes until 7:30 PM. There is more during the week. We love visitors!
"For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith."
(Galatians 6:8-10 KJV)
The idea in this Scripture is not clock time but opportunities to Touch A Life for Christ. Those openings for ministry that often come at inconvenient times such as a friend who wants to talk, a child who asks a question, or the chance to lend a hand to someone in need. Paul is telling us to keep our lives in order such that we can respond when the chance arises to help. These opportunities will be left out of an overly tight schedule.
You could say that opportunity is a time favorable for a purpose. This passage could be interpreted as referring to the present life that Our Awesome God gives us in order that we can learn to sow and do good things. We should not worry about the opportunities we missed today for we can do nothing about them. Today has passed, but we can decide to be alert for the opportunities to Touch A Life that Our Awesome God will give us tomorrow.
Paul called it doing "good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.".(Galatians 6:10). We can help shape another person's life by showing an interest and taking action. Check the people around you. Is there someone who needs your touch in their lives that Our Awesome God has given you the opportunity to touch with your words or actions? Be ready to respond to the opportunity to Touch A Life for our God!
Touching others with the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ is why we are here on earth. There are always people who have never heard about are wonderful God who created us and loves us. Our Awesome God wants us to know Him well enough that we will Touch A Life with the Words of Jesus Christ, God's Son, everywhere we go.
Come as we reach out to Touch A Life for Jesus Christ in our community and the world. Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for Worship Service. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets along with AWANA for children, lasting until 7:30 PM. And Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM there are Prayer Requests and Bible Study. We love visitors!
"Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?"
(Matthew 6:27 KJV)
Think of the above scripture carefully for a few minutes for Our Awesome God had Jesus say it for a purpose. We are not a relaxed society. We are always rushing and trying too hard to be better than we have been. Jesus, when He said the Scripture above, might have been thinking about some little boys, wanting to be bigger than they were, with bursting cheeks and bulging eyes as they tried to grow bigger. But He was speaking to the adults about the folly of it all. The bigger would come if it was to be but we can't make it happen because we want it. Live relaxed. You might even live longer if you relax.
A very gifted musician said that her teacher insisted that every muscle must be relaxed, so that her very soul could come into her fingertips to play her best. This is mastery. Some people live spiritually that way. They let the very power of Jesus Christ into every cell of their body. Oh, it is so relaxing. But so hard for some to do and so effective if they accomplish it.
Jesus Christ was so relaxed that the power of Our Awesome God had an unhindered channel within Him. Spiritual relaxation means spiritual release. The machinery of life can be oiled by the peace of Our Awesome God so that it runs without friction. But we need to lean on God and Jesus Christ to take care of the problems and cares of life. The best way to relax is to allow Jesus to take your problems from you. You will not do a better job at work all tense and tight trying to do a better job than someone else. Relax! Pray! Study the situation to make things run smoother and do your best to do it in the best way, God's way. But when problems arise, stop and pray quietly for Our Awesome God's help with the problem. He has the best answers. He wants the best for you!
Try "Being Relaxed" for three weeks and see if you can make it a habit. See me in church this week and tell me how your "Being Relaxed" is progressing. Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His salvation. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. Our programs include Bible Study groups along with AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM. Let's see what we can do and learn!
"For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke."
(Isaiah 59:17 KJV)
As we put on the last two parts of our armor, we need to remember that our conflict with Satan is spiritual which means we protect ourselves every day with this armor from Our Awesome God. But know what each piece of protection is for and use it.
5) Helmet of Salvation---protects the mind, which is the battleground of salvation, from the fiery darts of Satan. This helmet protects your mind from the doubts and lies (fiery darts) that Satan will give you to make you wonder if you are saved and Our Awesome God's child. Know your Holy Bible to stengthen the helmet!
6) The Sword of the Spirit---is the Word of Our Awesome God that comes out of your mouth with power and authority when you have the Holy Spirit in you and you know God's Word. The sword of the Spirit -- the sword is the Word of God, your weapon against Satan. But in order to use your weapon well, you have to practice with it. A soldier never wants to go into battle with an unfamiliar weapon or without practicing.
Ephesians 6:12, written by Our Awesome God, clearly indicates that the conflict with Satan is spiritual, and therefore no tangible weapons can be effectively employed against him and his minions. We are not given a list of specific tactics Satan will use. However, the passage is quite clear that, when we follow all the instructions faithfully, we will be able to stand, and we will have victory regardless of Satan’s strategy. The good news is that none of these six pieces of the Full Armor of God require power on our part. Jesus Christ has already won our victory through his sacrificial death on the cross. We only have to put on the effective armor he has given us.
You now have the full armor of Our Awesome God who has already won against Satan. But you need to stand firm in your love and faith in God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Don't doubt when confronted by others disbelief, you have the more than adequate Armor of Our Awesome God. You know He is right! Fight for what?
Come join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others about His story, Jesus Christ's Salvation, and our eternal home with Him, trying to help them to understand Our Creator better. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour with a program for children called AWANA that lasts until 7:30 PM. We have an Prayer Meeting that meets at 7:00 PM On Wednesday. Learn with us how to use and invest your time with wisdom for Our Awesome God!
" Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
(Ephesians 6:11-13 KJV)
On May 28, 2015, in this column, we began a three part discussion of battles that are constantly being fought in the war between God and Satan. The prizes in this war are the souls of men. Christians are warriors of God on earth.
Our Awesome God does not leave His warriors defenseless. He has provided the protective equipment and the weapons we need for battle and He guarantees that they will be effective. Although often overlooked, Ephesians 6:11-13 contains the orders for Christian warriors to prepare to use the equipment before actively joining in the battles. Failure to do so will severely limit your individual effectiveness for God and you may become a casualty with no effect at all.
The armor is likened to that worn by a Roman soldier, even to being heavy and cumbersome. Our spiritual armor should serve us in the same way---protection from the "evil one" (Satan). Like the Roman soldier, you need to work in your armor and teach yourself to use it correctly to protect you from attack by Satan. Remember, it is important that you wear and use your spiritual armor because you are in full-time service to Jesus Christ if you are a Christian! You are in the Army of God! So when you get up in the morning PUT ON THAT SPIRITUAL ARMOR! Pray, asking Our Awesome God to put on each piece of the Armor as you go. The armor will help against Satan's lures and lies each day you put it on. Then put the armor on each member of your family using your prayers, because this is WAR, 24/7!
This is a continuing war between Our Awesome God and Satan that has spanned the life of earth itself (Isaiah 14:12-15), and will continue until events in Revelation have been accomplished. This war has already been won by Jesus Christ's death on the cross so Satan is trying to take as many souls as possible to hell with him. It is called a Spiritual Battle (Ephesians 6:12). Be sure you put on the WHOLE armor of God for protection, your conscious and unconscious being. Leave nothing of yourself open to attack but have all of you guarded with His armor.
Though you cannot see it, this war is a real battle of spirits and we can win the one on earth (see this column for May 29. 2015) with Our Awesome God's help against Satan and his demons (fallen angels who rebelled against God). Read your Holy Bible in Ephesians 6, pray and read #2 Arming Yourself, on our website for tomorrow, 6/06/15. If you are not a Christian, become one and win the war against Satan for your place in eternity! Heaven!
Our church is a loving church that wants to help others to a better understanding of Our Awesome God and His love, mercy and grace for all of mankind. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we love others while preaching and teaching from our Holy Bible about God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Our church has a Bible Study at 9:30 AM on Sunday and Worship Service at 10:30 AM and then at 6:00 PM there is another Bible Study with a program for children called AWANA which goes to 7:30 PM. We love visitors!
"Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:"
(Romans 7:20-22 KJV)
We will suffer in our flesh, whether we feed our bodies desires or deny its pleasures. We are constantly fighting between what we want to do versus what we know that Our Awesome God wants us to do. "All have sinned and fall short," but the blood of Christ has saved us from destruction. The battle is raging because we are given the power to overcome sin's grasps through the blood of Jesus Christ. There is no battle when there is no opposing side. It takes two, at least, to fight. When we are dead in our sins, there is no spiritual battle within us because there is not any spiritual life. The Spirit of God brings us to life spiritually, but we live in these bodies of flesh that still have a sinful nature. Thus, the battle rages in the lives of believers but the victory is assured because we are in Christ. This is our constant inner battle!
There is a coming "evil day," when the spiritual war will expand and the problems for believers will increase (Ephesians 5:15-16). This time will come in that future day when Satan's opposition will intensify, leading to the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and the final destruction of Satan and his hosts (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Revelation 12, 20).
The Christian warrior is to be characterized by vigilance, so that he will not be caught off guard by Satan’s schemes, and so that he will be able to stand in the final days of confrontation. Therefore he needs to be aware of the Spiritual Battles that are raging in and around him.
Don’t you desire to be all that God wants you to be because He is so good that He only gives you good things? And don’t you want to have all that God wants you to have because He wants the best for you? If so, then you have to accept that there are forces set against you to prevent you from having any of these things fulfilled in you. And we must fight those forces in spiritual battles, in earthly battles and in inner battles.
[Adaptations and ideas taken from "Spiritual Warfare (Ephesians 6:10-20)" A study by Bob Deffinbaugh from the Series, "Ephesians: The Glory of God in the Church."]
This article seems to include what needs to be known by Our Awesome God's Christian children. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church at 9:30 AM every Sunday for Bible Study, Worship at 10:30 and another Bible Study is at 6:00 PM on Sunday evening. We have an Intercessory Prayer Team and Bible Study at 7:00 PM Monday and Wednesday. Learn with us how to use and invest your time with wisdom for Our Awesome God!
Flo & Bill