Saturday, December 31, 2011

THE POWER OF CHRIST IN US IN 2012.

A BOLD, STRONG, POWERFUL, COURAGEOUS 2012.
THIS IS WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST.
A. Brother

Who are we, brothers and sisters?

          We are the bold!

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity,
but a Spirit of power, love, and self-discipline.”
2 Tim. 1:7

            We are the strong!

“It is God who arms me with strength
and makes my way perfect…
He trains my hands for battle;
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.”
2 Samuel 22:33-35

            We are the powerful!

“…who through faith…shut the mouths of lions,
quenched the fury of the flames…
escaped the edge of the sword;
weakness was turned to strength…
who became powerful in battle
and routed foreign armies.”
Heb. 11:33,34

           We are the courageous!

“Have I not commanded you?
Be strong and courageous.
Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged,
for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9

            Brothers and sisters who truly seek Christ, it is time.

          Time for the redeemed of the Lord to say so, and come out of hiding.  To gather together and seek Christ Jesus, and His face continually.  To forsake the world and hold only to the Lord our God.

“Strengthen the feeble hands,
steady the knees that give way;
say to those with fearful hearts,
‘Be strong, do not fear; your God will come’…”
Isaiah 35:3,4

            Who are we?

          We are the remnant.  We are the remainder who will not bow the knee to Baal.  We are those who love and seek the Lord alone, and do not love the world, or worship its false gods.  We take root by the Holy Spirit and bear the Spirit’s fruit in our lives.  We live the life of Jesus on earth.  We are His Body, His Temple, His Flock.  We are those who live by faith and not by sight.  Faith in the Son of God, who died and rose and lives eternally for us.
          We are those who do not by our own efforts or our own righteousness try to rescue or redeem ourselves.  We wait upon the Lord to do that.  We wait on Him to renew our strength.  We are the descendants by faith of Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Joseph, David, the prophets, the apostles, and all our brothers and sisters through the centuries who’ve followed in Jesus footsteps.

          Who are we?

          We are fellow citizens with God’s people and members of the household of God.  (Eph. 2:19)
          We are not American or British or Mexican or French or Japanese or Gambian or Pakistani or Brazilian.  We are not slave or free.  We are not male or female.  We are not rich or poor.  We are not black or brown or white.  We are not educated or uneducated.  We are not farmers or politicians or doctors or laborers.
          We are all one in Christ Jesus, a great fellowship of those who love Him first, and give living proof of His existence over the entire face of the earth.  (Gal. 3:29)

          We are the justified!
          We are the free!
          We are the loved!
          We are the conquerors!

“…in all these things we are more than conquerors
through Him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future,
nor any powers, neither height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Rom. 8:37-39

            Brethren, let us stop hiding, cowering, whimpering.  Today we must pray and seek the face of the Lord and not stop until He fills us with His Holy Spirit and gives us the powerful gifts He has promised.

“But you will receive power
when the Holy Spirit comes upon you;
and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem,
and in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.”
Acts 1:8

            Like the small remnant of people who were left after Jesus ascended to His Father, we must pray and wait upon God until He answers us.  We cannot become powerful and courageous ourselves, because as Jesus said, we can’t do anything apart from Him.  We must let the Lord change us and work in us and empower us with His own Spirit within us.

          Brothers and sisters, let us band together and be who God made us to be!

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