HOW TO BE STILL AND WAIT ON THE LORD

Wait for the Lord; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord. – Psalm 27:14
God tells us in James that we should be slow to speak and quick to hear. I know the consequences of being slow to hear and quick to speak. I’ve hurt relationships with a mouth on the run and it slows the spiritual transformative work that God is doing in me.
God wants me to pour out my heart to him, but then He wants to pour His into mine. But my mile-a-minute conversations don’t allow Him the freedom to show me His heart.
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The Cost of Disobedience

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. – 1 Peter 5:8           
I believe God wants you to get a snapshot of that lion in 1 Kings 13 imprinted in your mind.  He wants you to understand that if you willfully disobey God, your adversary, the devil, is not going to just be roaring at you.  Like that lion, he is going to be putting a paw on you.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want his paw on my finances, on my family, on my health, or on anything else.  I don’t want him sinking his teeth into my marriage.  But disobedience opens the door to that.

James 4:7 says, Therefore submit to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
You see, you have been given authority in your life over the devil.  This verse makes it clear–you can resist him.  But your authority in Christ as a believer only operates as you have submitted yourself to God’s authority through obedience. If you are disobedient in areas of your life, knowingly disobedient, your authority in Christ will not work.
So here is the question:  Today are you being willfully disobedient to God in any area of your life?  If so, confess and repent.  Otherwise you can be sure the devil will get a paw on your life.

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THE COST OF OBEDIENCE

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. – 1 Peter 5:8           
I believe God wants you to get a snapshot of that lion in 1 Kings 13 imprinted in your mind.  He wants you to understand that if you willfully disobey God, your adversary, the devil, is not going to just be roaring at you.  Like that lion, he is going to be putting a paw on you.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want his paw on my finances, on my family, on my health, or on anything else.  I don’t want him sinking his teeth into my marriage.  But disobedience opens the door to that.

James 4:7 says, Therefore submit to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
You see, you have been given authority in your life over the devil.  This verse makes it clear–you can resist him.  But your authority in Christ as a believer only operates as you have submitted yourself to God’s authority through obedience. If you are disobedient in areas of your life, knowingly disobedient, your authority in Christ will not work.
So here is the question:  Today are you being willfully disobedient to God in any area of your life?  If so, confess and repent.  Otherwise you can be sure the devil will get a paw on your life.

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HOW TO RECEIVE GOD’S SALVATION AND BECOME A CHRISTIAN – CONT’D

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”  – 2 Cor. 5:17
God has chosen to draw us to Himself by getting rid of our sinful nature and replacing it with His own righteousness. He does that through Jesus Christ who as we read in 1 John 2:2 “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”

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HOW TO RECEIVE GOD’S SALVATION AND BECOME A CHRISTIAN

“And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.”  “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. All Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.”  For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, for, “Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.”  – Rom. 8:9b & Rom. 10:9-13 (NIV)               Who is a Christian?

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GRACE TO KEEP GOING

After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.  Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear?  No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.” – Acts 15:7-11As believers, we readily attribute our salvation to God’s grace, but what does “this grace in which we stand” mean to us now ()? How does it work out in everyday life, especially when we’re going through periods of trial or suffering?

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GOD’S WILL IS WORTH THE WAIT

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. – Psalm27:13-14Waiting is one of the most difficult disciplines Christians are called to practice. This is especially true when a heart’s desire is within reach and we feel sure God is about to come through with that blessing. But the Lord always has a good purpose when He asks us to wait, even when we cannot discern His motive for months or even years. Although difficult, waiting is essential to living a successful Christian life of obedience and reaped blessing.
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FEED YOUR MIND WITH GOD’S WORD

“I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me” (Psalm 101:3 ESV).
You’ll hear a lot of concern these days about water pollution and air pollution. And those concerns are important.
But there may be a more important pollution in our lives: mind pollution.
The Bible tells us that what we feed our minds is just as important as what we feed our bodies.

Psalm 101:3 says, “I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me” (ESV).
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