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His Indwelling Presence – Part 2

[In part one we considered “His Indwelling-Our Positional Sanctification”] “By that will [God’s will] we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” [positional/spiritual] (Heb. 10:10). “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified“ [experiential/practical] (Heb. 10:14). II. His Indwelling–Our Experimental Sanctification The…
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His Indwelling Presence

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (I Corinthians 3:16). Summary The Apostle Paul; amazed at the inconsistencies existing among the Corinthian Christians, accounts for them in one of two ways: either th ey are ignorant of the fundamental facts of Christian…
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The Two Aspects of the Cross (Part 2)

[Jesus Christ’s Finished Work on the Cross: Substitution and Identification] [“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit…
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The Two Aspects of Christ’s Death (Part 1)

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Heb. 2:9). A young Christian who had been meditating much upon the Redemptive work of Christ, found difficulty in perceiving…
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Living by Grace through Faith

“Oh, foolish Galatians! Who has cast an evil spell on you? For the meaning of Jesus Christ’s death was made as clear to you as if you had seen a picture of his death on the cross … How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now…
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Say ‘No’ to the Scarecrow

“If indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.” (Eph 4:21,22). The issue This text in Ephesians has caused many believers to think that they are simultaneously…
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Victory

“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. [The mortal body] is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, ‘The first man Adam was made a living soul’; the…
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Blue Christmas

My wife and I were invited to speak at a “Blue Christmas” service for those who are grieving the passing of loved ones. The time for reflection, sharing and worship was just as much for us as for the other who attended. Four brief devotions were given as symbolized by the lighting of candles. This…
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Set Apart for God

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; now how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor” (1 These. 4:3,4). 1. Sanctified discernment “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have…
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Obeying from the Heart

Obeying from the heart is… Prophesied in the New Covenant “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My…
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Beyond Self Improvement

Before God could use these [great devotional writers of the past], He had to bring them to the end of themselves. He had to teach them that self-confidence–no matter what it’s form–could only result in defeat. Many of these servants had to spend years of struggling in the “self-life” before they learned to depend on…
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Let Us Run

“Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:3). “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? Even so run, that ye may attain” (1 Corinthians 9:24). “Ye were running well;…
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Self Reflections

What happens to the self under the Christian faith? It is an important question as the self is the only thing we own. It is the only thing we will take out with us when we go out of this world. It is the thing we have to live with while we are here. You…
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Testimony: My Journey to the Cross

Recognition & Celebration of My “Death” in 2005 …”yet I live” (Galatians 2:20) . Being delivered from my Self and coming to the full realization and understanding that God had been preparing me–not punishing me and that He used crisis situations in my life to complete the plan I had given Him permission to accomplish…
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Broken Cisterns

“They have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13). “If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink” (John 7:37). . WHAT AN infinite mistake to miss the fountain freely flowing to quench our thirst, and to hew out…
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A Spiritual Secret from a Senior Citizen

“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing…” Psalm 92:12,14 NKJV His Evangelistic Witness [This unnamed senior citizen] visited every family, prayed in every house, and talked personally with every man, woman and…
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God’s Salvation in a Person

We read in Acts 5:42 concerning the apostles: “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.” They had only one text and one sermon — God’s salvation in a Person. Paul, in Acts 9:20, preached his first Christian message: “Immediately he preached the…
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Saved by His Life

“For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Romans 5:10 . “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.…
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On Asking “Why”?

[“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says 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 55:8,9] Life’s problems do not always have easy answers. Often there is no immediate and…
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The Law of the Spirit of Life

“For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2. The Law of Gravitation The simplest child knows something of the law of gravitation. The word is from the Latin gravitas, which is the attraction of weight by weight. What gravitation…
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The Glory of this Mystery

[“I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the…
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Managing Burdens

”Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law…
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To Me to Live is Christ

“For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by…
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Clothed in Christ’s Righteousness

“For He has made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 . . Mourning Christian! why do you weep? Are you mourning over your own corruptions? Look to your perfect Lord [Jesus], and remember, you are complete in…
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Deeper Experience and Greater Witness

The grand work of the Christian in the spread of the gospel, is to witness for Jesus, to tell the story of the cross. But mark ye! and mark ye well! not that alone. That would be the story of a dead Saviour. Ours, thanks be to God is a living Saviour, ever living to…
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Personal Testimony

About 8 months ago, I was plunged into agonizing suffering involving insomnia, depression, anxiety, and panic attacks, which I have never experienced before or knew existed in this world. In the span of three months, I did everything I could to get better. I read a self-help psychology book, I prayed to God for help,…
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The Cross and the Spirit-Filled Life (part 2)

[“And [the angel] said to me, “What do you see?” So I said, “I am looking, and there is a lampstand of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps. Two olive trees are by it, one at the right of…
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The Cross and the Spirit-Filled Life (part 1)

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth)… And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:8,9,18 . Twofold Aspect of Sanctification…
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Brokenness (Part 3)

Does brokenness still frighten you? I hope not. I pray that you will find the courage to stop resisting God in those unbroken areas of your heart and to invite the Lord to do whatever it takes to break your bondage to self. Start today by asking God to show you the ways in which…
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Brokenness (Part 2)

JACOB EXEMPLIFIES RESISTANCE TO GOD Jacob’s experiences with brokenness confirm this truth. In Genesis 32 we find him prepar­ing to face his twin brother, Esau, for the first time in 20 years since usurping Esau right­ful blessing as the first-born son. Fearing Esau’s wrath, Jacob had fled to the home of his uncle, Laban, who…
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