Unmerited Favor

Great Joy in Samaria

Posted by richieg on September 17, 2013
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thCA8S0GLT  When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.  When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.  Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.  –  Acts 8:14-16  (In other words these new believers in Samaria who were saved and water baptized had not yet  been baptized in the Holy Spirit.)  Peter and John addressed this situation:  “Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.”  Then, and only then, were these new Christians fully equipped to be all God called them to be.  –  The God I Never Knew, by Robert Morris

Have you asked Jesus to baptize you into the Holy Spirit daily?  If not, in whose power are you attempting to live the Christian life? 

                                                             Believers’ Filling of the Holy Spirit
Lord Jesus, I realize my own weakness and inability to walk daily in the fullness of the fruit of the Spirit.  Lord, you placed me into the body of Christ when I put my trust in You as my Savior. I now pray that you fill me with your Spirit.  It is my desire that your Spirit  descend on me so that I may experience power from on high.  I want to be able to walk in love right now in the place and time in which you have put me.  My need is for Holy Spirit supernatural empowerment to do all that God has called me to do.  Amen.
A real friendship with the Holy Spirit can change your life.

Three baptisms:  Salvation, when the Holy Spirit baptizes us into the body of Christ; water baptism, when we are baptized in water after we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior; and Spirit baptism, when Jesus baptizes us with power from on high, the Holy Spirit.

The God I Never Knew, by Robert Morris        

The Power Transfer

Posted by richieg on September 09, 2013
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thCA3FLDBD  Holy Spirit Filled

The believer’s ultimate source of truth and comfort.

The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth.  –  John 16:13

Discover how wonderful it is to have a friend and helper.  

Believers’ Daily Filling of the Holy Spirit:   “Lord Jesus, I realize my own weakness and inabillity to walk daily in the fullness of the fruit of the Spirit.  Lord, you placed me into the body of Christ when I put my trust in You as my Savior.   I am now pray that you fill me with your Spirit.  It is my desire that your Spirit descend on me so that I may experience power from on high.  I want to be able to walk in love right now in the place and time in which you have put me.  My need is for Holy Spirit supernatural empowerment to do all that God has called me to do.  Amen.

A real friendship with the Holy Spirit can change your life.                 Isaiah 42:1-9

Pastor Robert Morris
Senior Pastor, Gateway Church                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

                                                                                      

Bread and Cheese Delivery!

Posted by richieg on August 12, 2013
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bth_BasketofBreadCheeseThe Israelites and Philistines had agreed to each send a warrior who would represent their nation.  The defeated warrior would commit his entire nation to become servants to the other nation.  It would be an understatement to say that a whole lot was riding on this one fight.  And who does God send to represent Israel?  God sends probably the most under qualified person anyone could think of, he sends a shepherd boy who was not even a soldier in the army of Israel!

The shepherd boy whom God sent was a teenage boy named David who had ended up at the battlefield because he was delivering bread and cheese to his brothers who were in the army.  David found himself standing on the battlefield as Israel’s representative against the haughty Goliath.  From delivering bread and cheese, he was now called upon to deliver the entire nation of Israel.

David was in the right place at the right time because he humbled himself and submitted to his father’s instructions to deliver bread and cheese to his brothers.  This story in God’s Word teaches about submission to God-appointed leadership.  There is nothing glamorous about delivering bread and cheese, but David did not dispise it..  And that put him right in the valley of Elah.  This is what God loves to do.  He loves to take the foolish and weak things to shame the wise and mighty things of the world.  When you are faithful to carry out small tasks assigned to you, God’s  favor is released in your life and you might just find yourself doing great exploits for God!

Source: Joseph Prince, 100 Days of Favor

When Push Comes To Shove.

Posted by richieg on July 18, 2013
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The Grace of God is the unearned, undeserved and unmerited favor of God.  When God answers you in your most undeserving moment, that is grace.  That is His amazing, unmerited favor!  At your lowest point, in your darkest hour, His light shines through for you and you become a recipient of His unmerited favor, and a recipient of favor can’t help but want to extend God’s love to your family and to others.

There are clearly two types of righteousness in the Bible.  1.  A righteousness attitude that comes from you trying to earn right standing in the world.  2.  A righteousness that comes from your faith in Jesus Christ.  Only one of these has a solid, unshakable foundation.  One built on you, while the other is built upon the rock of all ages–Jesus Christ.  His righteousness is your right to God’s unmerited favor!

What do you want your family to depend on when push comes to shove? – your own self-righteousness or the perfect, rock-solid righteousness of Jesus?  It is your choice to put your faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, that He died to pay your sin debt, was buried, and that God raised Jesus from the dead that gives you right standing with God.  

Don’t let any voice tell you otherwise!

Our Part In The New Covenant Of Grace

Posted by richieg on July 14, 2013
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CB100391 Our part in the new covenant of grace is to simply believe!  What should we believe?  We are to believe in Jesus!  Now this answer may not be as straightforward as it seems.  If you were to ask people on the streets if they believed in Jesus, you would probably get all kinds of answers.  There would be those who believe that Jesus existed as an historical figure, moral philosopher, religious leader or a prophet.  Sadly, the truth is that believing all these things about Jesus will not save them.

So let’s establish what it means to believe in Jesus.  To believe in Jesus is to believe that Jesus is the only way to salvation and that once you receive Him, you receive the gift of eternal life.  Furthermore, to believe in Jesus is to believe beyond the shadow of a doubt the penalty of your sins–past, present and future–were all paid for on the cross and that today all your sins and lawless deeds He remembers NO MORE!

The new covenant’s emphasis is to believe that you are forgiven of every sin and that God has erased them from His memory.  If you don’t believe this, it will be impossible for you to depend on and expect God to protect, provide for and prosper you.  If you don’t believe this, it will rob you of the ability to receive His goodness, blessings, unmerited favor and success in your life.  So believe.  Only believe!  Believe that Jesus became flesh, went to the cross, shed His Blood, and died for your sins and that He rose from the dead.

Joseph Prince, 100 Days of Favor.