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Over the Top Good News!   Leave a comment

Over-the-Top Good News!

Creflo Dollar

Have you ever heard something that was just too good to be true? Well, there is some news that seems too good to be true, but it’s the ultimate truth. Let me tell you what it is: The Gospel of Christ is the Gospel of grace. There is no other Gospel! Grace is the entire Gospel! In Galatians 1:6-7, Paul writes, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.”

The word Gospel means nearly too good to be true news. Grace is the unmerited, undeserved, favor of God, which you didn’t earn, work for, or deserve, that He wants to lavish upon you. In times past, when we heard Gospel, it was a general reference to the whole Bible. However, the Gospel is not the whole Bible. We also treated grace like it was a subject, or a curriculum. But grace is a Person! Grace and truth came in the Person of Jesus Christ (John 1:17). The grace message is the genuine Gospel, which is over-the-top good news!

So why is the Gospel of grace seemingly too good to be true? Because of Christ, God is showing up and making men righteous, without them having to work to earn righteousness (Romans 5:19). You’ve been made the righteousness of God, not because of the goodie-goodie things you’ve done, but because you believed in Jesus, and therefore, you were made righteous. That’s too-good-to-be-true news!

God has forgiven you of your sins-past, present, and future! He is not imputing sin on you (2 Corinthians 5:19). When you sin, He’s not charging it to your account. The grace of God has shown up to solve the sin problem. That’s too-good-to-be-true news!

Christ died for the whole world, which means salvation is available to everyone (1 Thessalonians 5:9). He offered to save you when you knew there was absolutely nothing you could possibly do to deserve salvation. He showed up and gave you something that was too good to be true!

When you get a revelation of God’s grace, it will set you free. Free from condemnation, free from guilt, free from beating yourself up, free from the fear of dying and going to hell. People don’t go to hell because of sin; they go to hell because they reject Jesus (Psalm 9:17)! That’s the Gospel! That’s over-the-top good news!

Then, on top of all that, God says, I’ll heal and deliver you! I’ll set you free! I’ll prosper you! I’ll do all those things you’ve been trying to work to deserve and earn. In return, all He needs you to do is believe in the finished work of Jesus Christ (John 19:30).

So whenever you think you don’t deserve what God wants to do for you, remind yourself that you have been given an abundance of undeserved favor (Romans 3:24, AMP). The Gospel of grace has made available to you everything that pertains to life and godliness. That’s over-the-top good news!

Are you ready to receive some over-the-top good news? You’ve been made the righteousness of God by faith in Christ Jesus! Period! 

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Grace to Live a Fearless Life   Leave a comment

Grace to Live a Fearless Life

by Creflo Dollar

Did you know that fear is the number-one enemy to your faith? If you allow it in your life, it will connect you with the very things you fear most. For this reason, it is absolutely vital that you uproot the spirit of fear and get it out of your life for good. Living a fearless life gives your faith free course, and allows you to access the grace of God for successful living. By eradicating fear, you are able to walk in total victory over Satan. There is a grace, or empowerment from God, to live life free from fear. You do not have to tolerate it!

The most powerful weapon of the devil is suggestion. If he can get you to receive words that oppose God’s Word in your heart, he can wreak havoc in your life. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God, and fear comes from hearing the words of Satan.  Because of this, it is critical that you immediately cast down every thought and suggestion that is fear-based and tap into the grace of God by declaring what God has said about you. Every time you speak the Word, you are releasing your faith and connecting to the ability to overcome fear.

The book of Job shows us that fear is a connector to the things we don’t want to happen to us. Job 3:25 says, “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.”  Job feared that something terrible would happen to his children. He cut a covenant with God every day out of his fear for their safety. Unfortunately, the very thing he feared would happen, did—his children all died. Not only that, Job also lost his possessions. The enemy was allowed access into his life because of his own fears.

Satan is using the same fear tactics he used back in Job’s day. By getting you to have fearful thoughts, he is able to connect you with your fears. You don’t want the things you fear to happen, but when your thoughts and words are fear-based, spiritual laws are set in motion. Satan uses your fearful thoughts and words as tools to steal, kill, and destroy your life. 

Before you get discouraged, I want you to know that there is a way to get fear out of your life. The Bible says that perfected love is the key to casting out fear (1 John 4:18). Since fear is based in selfishness, when you develop in the love of God (which is the opposite of selfishness) you will begin to completely flush fear out of your life. The more you exercise love toward God and others, fear will begin to dissipate. Every time you feel it rising up in you, begin to confess God’s love for you and your love for Him. Declare that you possess the grace to walk in love at all times. God’s power and comfort is immediately available to you when you release your faith.

Fear can take many forms. For example, worry is a form of fear. Criticism, inferiority, and even the negative expression of anger are all fear-based. Sometimes parents can operate in fear and not even realize it when they are overly protective where their children are concerned.  Instead of worrying and being afraid that something bad will happen to them, pray for them, speak positive confessions over their lives, and believe that their lives are redeemed from destruction. 

So who do you believe? Do you believe the words of Satan and the negative reports that you hear, or do you believe God and His Word?  If you find your mind being bombarded by fearful thoughts, recognize that they are coming from the enemy, not God. Cast them down by speaking what God has said in His Word, and be selective about the words you allow yourself to receive. This may mean separating yourself from people who plant seeds of fear, doubt, and worry in your mind. Do what you have to do to remain fear-free.

In these last days, fear will be at an all-time high. In fact, the Word says that men’s hearts will fail them because of fear (Luke 21:26). Guarding against this wicked spirit is going to be a key to having victory over it.

Remember that God’s grace working in your life will keep you from going down the path of fear. When you know God loves you, it becomes very difficult to fear anything. Whether it is protection, healing, or deliverance in some area of your life, continue to believe the love of God more than anything you see or hear in this natural world.

Renewing your mind with the Word of God is critical. God will give you the answers you seek, and His peace will rule in your heart. When you allow His Word to control your thinking, He will eradicate worry and fear. David said in Psalm 34:4, “I sought (inquired of) the Lord and required Him [of necessity and on the authority of His Word], and He heard me, and delivered me from all of my fears” (Amplified Bible).  You must believe that He will deliver you from all your fears.

Any fear you have must submit to the Word of God. Jesus told us to speak to mountains, and they would have to obey us. You can speak to the mountain of fear in your life. Tell fear what the Word of God says about it—it will have to leave. You can live a fearless life.

The Heart of Many Colors   Leave a comment

Psalm 139:23-24 (KJV); Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Luke24:38; And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?

Colors in a Heart:

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On 7/10/2012 my grand-daughters Angel and Sanai were coloring inside a heart. I noticed them coloring different colors. But I really noticed Angel’s picture because she was being very detailed in her colors and where she put them (see above picture). I thought it was weird that she was drawing many colors and not one color. But I just assumed that was her being artistic in her 4 year old mind. She had several colors but I noticed her coloring black inside the heart. I started to stop her (because black represents evil) but the Lord Jesus told me “no, let her”. Then He started telling me so many of us have so many things in our heart that makes it hard for us to serve Him. We have colors that represent good and some colors that represent evil. But if we don’t deal with the evil, it will over take us. Good and evil cannot dwell in one place. It’s like we cannot serve God and satan. Although there is a portion of good, it will be so small for us to even realize it’s there. We need to be healed in our hearts through Jesus Christ; who is the Bishop of our souls (1 Peter 2:25).

The Lord Jesus said there is so much in the hearts of His people that is killing them. Which they have allowed to remain; even after salvation. Some have and do come to Him and trust Him for healing their heart. However, so many refuse the Lord’s treatment and continue holding on to things that only caused them more hurt, and eventually death (spiritual and natural). They feel they are justified, but they don’t realize how those things are killing them. So many have bitterness that came from being abused, molested, raped, etc. Maybe someone cheated on you. The Lord has compassion for what happened to you, but He also know those ungodly things in your heart is slowly killing you. THE FOLLOWING VERY POWERFUL AND EYE OPENING: How do you think rapist, abusers, molesters are created? Because they didn’t allow their hearts to be healed; so they followed the evil that was put in their hearts because of some painful, awful, traumatic experience that happened in their lives. It’s a cycle that continues. But you can make the choice to stop the cycle and allow Jesus to heal you. Jesus said to come as you are. He does not refuse a broken and contrite (sorrowful/remorseful) heart. If your heart isn’t remorseful, ask Him to put it in you. He will. He did it for me and He will do it for you. Jesus IS NOT a respecter of person. He has no favorites. Again, He did it for me, He WILL do it for you.

Jesus says, “Yet you try to place a small part of Me somewhere in your heart thinking that will do it. It will not. I need your whole heart and not some. I CANNOT heal you if you won’t let Me have your whole heart. My relationship with you is hindered and I am your God. Your Lord and SAVIOR. The only One who can help you. I am not an evil God; I am a loving God. Look at your true enemy; satan. You listen to satan and allow yourself to be angry even with Me because of what happened to you. If you allow Me to heal you, you will know Me as your Healer. Let Me take out the bitterness, help you to forgive, take out the hatred, lust, jealously, envy, strife, pride, shame, love of money, disobedience, rebellion; all of it. You cannot survive with just a little of Me in your heart. Trust Me and believe I will heal you.”

Proverbs 23:7; For as he thinketh, in his heart so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.Galatians 5:19-21 (NKJV); Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Let’s not hide evil in our heart. The Lord God knows what’s in it already:

Jeremiah 17:9-10; (KJV); The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

Hebrews 4:12; For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Romans 8:27 (NKJV); Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

1 Corinthians 14:25 (NKJV); And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.

Psalm 44:21; Shall not God search this out? For He knoweth the secrets of the heart.

HOW TO GET HEALED IN YOUR HEART: Give your heart to Jesus. In order for us to be healed in our hearts, we have to allow God to show us the things in our heart. God tells us to have a broken and contrite (repentant) heart. Let Him show you everything that’s ungodly in your heart and go to His Word. When you read His Word, read it knowing He loves you and it’s used to free you. The devil uses the Word of God to accuse and bind you. When you read the Word of God knowing everything He tells you is in love, you will receive it. Pray before you read and ask Him to help you believe and receive His help. John 14:1; Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me.

Psalm 51:17 (Amplified Bible); My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent (repentant; sorry; regretful)], such, O God, You will not despise.

***Beloved, I beg you to heed to this warning. We have to be extremely careful not to justify our actions because a wrong was committed toward us. Jesus have compassion on what was done to you, but also know how justifying your actions will damage you. When we justify and make excuses why our hearts are the conditions it’s in, we are not allowing ourselves to be sorry or have sorrow for our actions. We make excuses for why we are the way we are. That keep changes from taking place. That keeps the Lord from helping you.

GOD CAN WORK WITH US IS WE HAVE A SORROWFUL HEART… PRIDE REMOVES ANY CHANCE TO BE SORROWFUL… PRIDE CAUSES YOU TO MAKE EXCUSES AND JUSTIFIES WHY YOUR HEART IS IN THE CONDITION IT’S IN…

Psalm 34:18 (KJV); The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Hebrew meaning for SAVETH is: To be safe; To free; Avenging, defend, deliver, help, preserve, rescue, be safe, bring (having) salvation, save(-iour), get victory.

How to get delivered from all that’s ungodly in our hearts is to allow God to heal us. Believe in His Words and His promise. When we doubt God we are calling Him a liar and we know He is not. God has done nothing to us but love us. Everything He does is for us. Forgiving the trespasses you carry in your heart is apart of salvation. Healing hurts; but in the end, you walk in victory. The truth of the matter is, if you continue in this state, you will ALWAYS suffer. Why suffer for unrighteous sake??? Are we going to suffer for doing evil and end up in hell or suffer for righteousness and go to HEAVEN. Let’s chose Heaven. Let’s chose eternal glory; eternal love; eternal peace; eternal freedom. What satan has to offer us is eternal suffering; eternal torment; eternal hate; eternal burning; eternal death. That enemy, satan will offer you things that makes you feel good in the flesh, which only brings spiritual and physical death. What satan brings make us feel good in our flesh and sometimes make us feel like we’ve overcome. BUT THAT’S A LIE. He blinds us with these things to lure us into hell with him. Misery do love company and that exactly what satan is; a miserable, evil, ugly spirit who hates every last one of us. That evil devil is jealous of us because we have to opportunity to go to Heaven. That’s a privilege he LOST; now he is like a whining brat, mad because he can’t have it his way; so he wants to take Heaven away from us. Why continue serving evil (satan) when we can have what God offers. So we’ll go through temporary sufferings on earth. Sometime the healing process may hurt. But the rewards for our sufferings is greater than ALL the money and things in the world satan offers us.

Ephesians 3:14-19 (NKJV); For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in Heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Psalm 112:7 (KJV); He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.

With all that said, let’s trust God to take out those things in our hearts which only take us from Him. Let’s rebuke pride so we can have a broken and contrite heart which will allow God access to come in and heal.

What ever is in your heart; NO MATTER what it is, allow God to remove it. Cry out to Him; go on a fast to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke (Isaiah 58:6). Read His Word and BELIEVE. Examine yourself. Ask God to show you yourself.

GOD HAS TO HAVE OUR WHOLE HEART. If He has our whole heart, we are made whole in Him. Our hearts will have ONE COLOR and the RIGHT COLOR. Take this journey with Him so you can be made free and whole.

1 Peter 1:22-25 (NKJV); Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

As you take this journey, be encouraged. During this process, there will be some corrections; but DO NOT FRET. The Lord God chastens those He love. Have an open heart to receive His correction. When God corrects me, His love is ALWAYS there to help me through. His correction made me feel loved. God is not like man. When some people correct you, it makes you feel less and small about yourself. When God corrects and you accept it, you will not feel like you’re nothing. You’ll feel better. You’ll feel cleansed. You’ll feel free.

Revelation 3:19; As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Hebrews 12:3-11 (NKJV); For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

1 Corinthians 11:32; But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

2 Corinthians 6:9; As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;

We are to have the Heart of Christ. What’s found in the Heart of Christ can be read in Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV); But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

***PROMISES OF GOD IF YOU ALLOW HIM TO HEAL YOUR HEART:

Psalm 147:3 (KJV); He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

Philippians 4:7 (KJV); And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 3:13 (KJV); To the end He may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.

2 Thessalonians 3:5 (KJV); And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

***WHAT WILL CAN IF YOU REJECT HIM HEALING YOUR HEART: Jeremiah 13:10 (KJV); This evil people, which refuse to hear My words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing.

SERVE GOD WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART:1 Samuel 12:24; Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

TAKE HEED FROM THE TEACHINGS FROM THE LORD JESUS: Hebrews 2:1; Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

Fight From Victory, Not For Victory   1 comment

Fight From Victory, Not For Victory – From Joseph Prince Ministries

Ephesians 6:11; Put on the whole amour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

God does not need you to defeat the devil today. Jesus has already done it and given you the victory. (Colossians 2:15, Romans 8:37) Your part is to enforce the victory by simply standing your ground, which is victory ground. In other words, you “fight” from victory ground by standing. You don’t fight for victory.

In Ephesians 6:10–18, the passage on spiritual warfare, the word “wrestle” appears only once (verse 12), while the word “stand” appears four times—“stand against the wiles of the devil”, “withstand in the evil day”, “having done all, to stand”, “Stand therefore”. (Verses 11, 13–14) Four times the Holy Spirit tells us to stand. Yet, many Christians are focusing on wrestling their way to victory!

My friend, you are already on victory ground. You already have everything in Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:21, 23) You are already blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3). The devil knows this. And that is why his tactic is to deceive you and make you think that you don’t have the victory.

So when he attacks you by saying, “Look at that small sum in your bank account! How are you going to pay the bills?” stand your ground. Declare, “I am not trying to be rich. I am already blessed in Christ!” It doesn’t matter how much you have in the bank. You are richly supplied because you are in Christ. And as the need arises, the supply will be there if you believe it.

It is the same with healing. The devil will try to attack you with symptoms in your body. He will try to put pain in your body, and make you feel weak here and there, so that you think that you are still sick. He is trying to make you believe that you don’t have your healing. That is the time to be conscious of Jesus’ finished work and declare, “I am not trying to get healed, I am healed! I am standing on the victory ground which Jesus has given me!”

Beloved, it makes a world of difference when you fight from victory and not for victory!

Nothing To Do, Only Believe   Leave a comment

Nothing To Do, Only Believe – From Joseph Prince Ministries

John 6:28–29

28…“What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” 29Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

When I was a young Christian, I attended a seminar on what we must do to “work the works of God”. I was told that we had to pray more, fast more, know our enemy and so on. I came away from the seminar confused. Then one day, I found the same question in the Bible. But the answer was very different!

In the Gospel of John, we find Jesus being asked the same question by the multitude who had been awed by His miracles—“What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” The people had seen Jesus healing the sick, and feeding 5,000 men with only five loaves and two fish.

Notice how Jesus answered them: “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” My friend, the greatest doing is believing—believing in Jesus the sent one, who has done it all for you at the cross!

If you are asking, “What must I do to receive my healing?” the answer is this: Believe in Jesus, who “Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses”. (Matthew 8:17) We have seen members of our church delivered from life-threatening conditions such as cancer and kidney failure. They had simply believed that Jesus bore their diseases on His own body. There was nothing for them to do, except to believe.

When the jailer asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:30–31) The greatest miracle in your life happens not by you working and trying to save yourself, but by you simply believing in Jesus who died to save you from eternal damnation and to give you eternal life. Why then, should the lesser miracles of healing or financial breakthroughs be any different?

Beloved, what is the miracle you need today? There is nothing left for you to do, but everything for you to believe, because Jesus has done it all for you!

God is our refuge and strength   Leave a comment

Psalm 46: 1-11;

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Are You at War with Your Flesh?   Leave a comment

Are You at War with Your Flesh?

Creflo Dollar

Why does a Christian who’s born again and the righteousness of God still sin? The answer to that question goes back to the fact that man is a tri-part being. Man is a spirit being, who possesses a soul and lives in a physical body. Now, let me explain the significance of that, as it relates to sin.

When you made Christ the Lord of your life, the real you, your spirit man, got born-again. Your spirit was perfected by the blood of Jesus (Romans 5:5). God now lives in your spirit man. But what happens to your soul, which consists of your mind, your will, and your emotions? Nothing! Unlike your born again spirit, your soul wasn’t created brand new the day you became born again. It has to be renewed with the Word of God. Likewise, your body has to be brought into subjection, because it will follow whoever’s in charge–your spirit or your soul (1 Corinthians 9:27).

So this is where the battle comes in. The devil is not so much your enemy; your flesh is. The flesh (the soulish part of you) is a mindset that goes against God’s Word. The struggle develops when you begin the process of renewing your mind in line with the Word, because the flesh still wants to govern your life. The Bible tells us that the flesh lusts against the spirit (Galatians 5:17). It literally desires what your spirit has. Let me explain.

Your born-again spirit, and the resources of the Holy Spirit, have given you a new nature in Christ. God is your source for everything you need in life. It is a finished work. But your unrenewed flesh still wants to be your source. It still wants to provide for you. Despite your new identity in Christ, your flesh still wants the opportunity to give you an identity as well.

Unlike your spirit, your flesh wishes to provide your identity based on your intellectual attributes, your physical characteristics, and your social status (i.e., how smart you are, how strong you are, and how popular you are). For example, the spirit has an anointing to heal. But the flesh says, “Wait a minute, the world has medicine.” There’s nothing wrong with taking medicine. But at every turn, the flesh uses worldly, fleshy things to try to duplicate what the spirit does through the anointing. But how many of you know that you can’t duplicate God?

Ultimately, the flesh wants to coerce you into sinning against God. But you’re not in the prison of sin anymore, so you don’t have to sin if you don’t want to. If you’re born again, you’re under grace. Now, God’s grace is not an insurance policy to sin; it’s the ability to help you overcome your shortcomings. Through grace, you can receive what the blood of Jesus has accomplished for you and learn how to effectively war against the flesh. You can choose whether you will have confidence in who you are in Christ or who you are in the flesh.

Sin does not have to have the upper hand in your life any longer. You now have the grace of God, which gives you victory over the flesh. The key is to stop trusting in your own self-effort and ability. Set your mind to agree with God’s Word and live according to it. The Word tells us that God has begun a good work in us, and He is committed to our spiritual growth and development until Jesus returns!

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

***Please watch this message on youtube titled “Warring Against the Flesh”:

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