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THE NEW LIFE

In 2005 God called me to 1) teach my (God’s) people how to use the Word of God for our healing and 2) teach my (God’s) people who Jesus is and what He did for us.

When I first heard “teach my (God’s) people”, I thought, “God, I am Your people. I know who Jesus is and what He did for me.” Shortly thereafter I was reading a book by Kenneth Hagan Sr about all that God in Jesus Christ did for all of mankind. Brother Hagan said he had found about 137 things. I immediately started writing down my list of things Jesus did for me. After writing 6 or 7 things on my list, I said, “HELP!!!” I was only about 130 things short.

Right then I realized that if I needed to learn more of what Jesus did for me, there must be a lot more of God’s people who have the same need and desire. To assist me in learning the 130 things, God has awakened me every morning since 2005 and taught me. In applying what God has taught me, I have begun to experience THE NEW LIFE.  My desire and prayer is for you also to have and experience THE NEW LIFE.

 

 

 

Do You Have An Identity Crisis?

It has been almost a year since my last writing. This past year has been sooooo eventful. Repair surgery, crawl space encapsulation, and taking 1st year Bible courses are just a few of the things that have taken place in 2018. 2019 is going to be an exciting year.

The first thing I want to talk with you about in 2019 is IDENTITY CRISIS. A person can tell you a great deal about who they are by what they say and do. If a person says they are a doctor and talk and do farming, you can really wonder who they really are.

As a Christian what should we say and do to show who we are? We must first understand who we really are. We are born of God. (John 1:12) We are a new creation. Old things have passed away. All thing have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17) We are Christ in me the hope of glory (nature and acts of God). (Colossians 1:27) We are as He (Christ) is, so are we in this world. (1 John 4:17) These are just a few of the verses that tell us who we are in Christ.

When we really know and understand who we are in Christ, we will begin to say and do the things of our new life in Christ. Although God in Christ has provided EVERYTHING we are and need in Christ, we still must renew our minds and begin to think, talk and act like Christ. Everything that has to do with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit operates by faith, believing the word of God.

For 2019 I am wanting to more and more renew my mind to who I am and begin to think, say and act more like who God says I am in Christ. I hope this will be one of your goals also. Happy New Year 2019!!!

Discipleship – Identity in Christ – Part 2

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Likeness of His Resurrection – Behold All Things Have Become New
*New Creation, Christ in you the hope of Glory (2 Corinthians 5:17) (Colossians 1:27)
*Blessed with every spiritual blessing(Ephesians 1:3)
*Holy Spirit dwells in you  (John 14:16 – 17)
*Eternal life (1 John 5:11-12)
*Peace with God   (Romans 5:1)
*Righteousness (God’s standard of life) is in you (2 Corinthians 5:21)
*Dominion over all God’s creation (Hebrews 2:6-10)
*Sins (Forgiven and Remembered No More) (Hebrews 8:12)
*Authority over the devil  and his works   (Hebrews 2:14-15)
*Child of God   (John 1:12-13)
*Delivered from the authority of darkness and conveyed into the kingdom of His Dear Son (Colossians 1:13)
*Prosperity (2 Corinthians 8:9)
*Complete and perfect (lacking nothing) (Colossians 2:10)
*The Mind of Christ is in you  (1 Corinthians 2:16)
*Created for good works for God  (Ephesians 2:10)
*More than a conqueror in every situation  (Romans 8:37)
We arose with Jesus to newness of life. We were restored to God’s original plan.

What does “in Christ” mean? It means to be totally baptized into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a union with God through what Jesus Christ did for all mankind. Where does this union take place? It takes place in a person’s spirit.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 says, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” At salvation the spirit becomes new. In Greek the word for life is zoe which is God’s life in its fullness. The soul (mind, will, emotions and conscience) must be renew to what God’s word says. Romans 8:11 says, “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal body.” The body will be exchanged for a new body in heaven. John 6:63 says, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” John 4:24 says, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” Prior to salvation ever person has a dead spirit in them. The rest of the Christian life is spent learning what the Word of God says about our new spirit. Victory in the Christian life comes when you are able to look into the Word, which is spirit and life, see who you are, see what God has done, and begin to do and experience it.

Thank you Andrew Wommack and Don Krow for the knowledge and inspiration to write on discipleship. See THE COMPLETE DISCIPLESHIP EVANGELISM, 48 Lessons by Andrew Wommack and Don W. Krow.

 

Discipleship – Identity in Christ – Pat 1

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Likeness of His Death – Old Thing Have Passed Away
*Old Man, Sin Nature (Power of sin) is dead (Romans 6:5-11)
*Sins (the penalty) forgiven.(Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 2:13)
*Death (separation from the life of God) abolished  (2 Timothy 1:10)
*The World crucified to you(Galatians 6:14-16)
*The Law cancelled (Colossians 2:14)
*The Curse of the Law redeemed from. (Galatians 3:13-14)
*Poverty broken (2 Corinthians 8:9)
*The Flesh crucified (Galatians 5:24) (We are to crucify the flesh.)  (Colossians 2:11-12) (2 Corinthians 5:14-16)
*Sickness, disease and infirmities died at the cross (Matthew 8:16-17)  (1 Peter 2:24)
*Devil is defeated and his works destroyed  (Luke 10:19) (Colossians 1:13) (Colossians 2:15). The basics here are with sin came death. In Jesus sin and death and all the by-products of death where TOTALLY done away with. When He died, they died.

We arose with Jesus to newness of life. We were restored to God’s original plan.
What does “in Christ” mean? It means to be totally baptized into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a union with God through what Jesus Christ did for all mankind. Where does this union take place? It takes place in a person’s spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 says, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” At salvation the spirit becomes new. In Greek the word for life is zoe which is God’s life in its fullness. The soul (mind, will, emotions and conscience) must be renew by each person to what God’s word says. The body will be exchanged for a new body in heaven. However, Romans 8:11 says that the Holy Spirit gives life to our mortal body. John 6:63 says, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” John 4:24 says, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” Prior to salvation ever person has a dead spirit in them. The rest of the Christian life is spent learning what the Word of God says about our new spirit. Victory in the Christian life comes when you are able to look into the Word, which is spirit and life, see who you are, see what God has done, and begin to do and experience it.

Thank you Andrew Wommack and Don Krow for the knowledge and inspiration to write on discipleship. See THE COMPLETE DISCIPLESHIP EVANGELISM, 48 Lessons by Andrew Wommack and Don W. Krow.

Discipleship – The Three Baptisms

Introduction
The words “baptize(d)(ing) and baptism(s) are not found in the Old Testament. These are first introduced by John the Baptist in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. However, the stories of Noah and the flood and Moses and the parting of the Red Sea can be seen as types of water baptism. Hebrews 6:2 uses the term “doctrine of baptisms.” There are 3 doctrines of baptism: 1) Baptism in Water; 2) Baptism into the Body of Christ; and 3) Baptism in the Holy Spirit. In the following Scriptures you will find out what the Word of God says about each of these baptisms.

The Three Baptisms
Matthew 28:19 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 19:3-6 And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.”

Teaching
The above tell us through Scriptures about the three baptisms.
Questions: How important is water baptism? Do you need to be water baptized to be saved? What is the baptism that Jesus was baptized with? Why is the baptism in the Holy Spirit important?
Before the Cross there was water baptism. John the Baptist said that he baptized with water but Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit. Before the Cross the Jews were baptized in water. It was an outward expression of dealing with sins. After the Cross the Jews and Gentiles were baptized with the baptism that Jesus was baptized with. Romans 6:10 tells us the baptism that Jesus was baptized with was death to sin (power and penalty of sin) once for all and alive to God. Romans 10:9-14 says nothing about water baptism to be saved. Mark 16:16 says, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved…” This is after the Cross. The baptism here is baptism in the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ. It is the Holy Spirit’s work in us through what Jesus did in His death, burial, and resurrection that provides sozo (saved in every way) for all who believe. It is an inward work, not outward as before the Cross.

All baptism seems to have to do with sin (ridding man of the power and penalty of sin) and eternal life. Water baptism reminds a person of forgiveness of sins. Holy Spirit baptism reminds a person of the removal of the sin nature, baptism into the Body of Christ, and the empowering of the Christian for service in the Kingdom of God.

Two Old Testament types of the baptism are the flood and Noah’s ark and Moses and the Red Sea. Both Noah and Moses were put through water to save them and those with them. Exodus 14 is a great type of what Christ did for us on the cross. When Pharaoh type of Satan) of Egypt(a type of the sin nature -cause of sins) sent the Egyptians (types of sins caused by the sin nature) to attack the Israelites (mankind) in the Red Sea (body and blood of Jesus), all Egypt (cause) and Egyptians (effect) were destroyed and Satan was defeated. An example of the baptism into the body of Christ.

How important is water baptism? For a Christian it is a reminder that God has forgiven our sins. The real question is- How important is Holy Spirit baptism? In Christ the Holy Spirit does the work to cause death to sin (power and penalty of sin to be done away with) and made alive to God (baptism into the body of Christ). (Romans 6:3-11) Then we can have a good conscience toward God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, so that we may serve Him. Hebrews 9:13 – 14 says, “For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purging of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself with out spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (baptism in the Holy Spirit with power)

Do you need to be water baptized to be saved? No. Again Romans 10:9-14 tells us what we must do to be saved- believe with our heart and confess Jesus Christ with our mouth. What Jesus did for you in His death and resurrection is sealed into you by the Holy Spirit when you accept Christ. (Ephesians 1:13-14) The Holy Spirit does the work in the process of being saved.

What is the baptism that Jesus Christ was baptized into? He was baptized into the death of sin/sins and death and arose to give us newness of life. (Romans 6:3-4, 10- 11)

One last thing that has puzzled me. The testimonies of many Christians over the years have been that until they had received the baptism of the Holy Spirit they could never really understand the word of God. Why? Romans 6:3-4,10 says, “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,…For the death that He died He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

When you are baptized with the Holy Spirit into Christ’s death, all of Christ becomes available to you and alive in you as you believe. Then the Holy Spirit becomes your teacher, guide, and empower. Also, your new man has the ability to communicate with God through speaking in tongues. (1 Corinthians 14:2-4)

Thank you Andrew Wommack and Don Krow for the knowledge and inspiration to write on discipleship. See THE COMPLETE DISCIPLESHIP EVANGELISM, 48 Lessons by Andrew Wommack and Don W. Krow.

Discipleship – Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Matthew 3:11 and Acts 1:5 say, “I (John) indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:8, Luke 3:16, and John 1:32-34 say, “And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me. “Upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is He, who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”

Acts 1:4-5, 8 and Luke 24:49 say, “And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now…. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 2:1-4 say, “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

Thank you Andrew Wommack and Don Krow for the knowledge and inspiration to write on discipleship. See THE COMPLETE DISCIPLESHIP EVANGELISM, 48 Lessons by Andrew Wommack and Don W. Krow.

Discipleship – Baptism into the Body of Christ

1 Corinthians 12:12-13 say, “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free – and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.”

Galatians 3:27 says, “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

Matthew 20:22-23, Mark 10:38-39, Luke 12:49-50 tell us that Jesus said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?…You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with;… I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished!”

Acts 19:3-6 And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.”

Ephesians 4:4-6 says, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
Mark 16:16 says, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved (sozoed = save to the fullest)…”

Romans 6:3-4,10 says, “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father even so we also should walk in newness of life…. For the death that He died He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God.”

Colossians 2:11-12 says, “In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.”

Thank you Andrew Wommack and Don Krow for the knowledge and inspiration to write on discipleship. See THE COMPLETE DISCIPLESHIP EVANGELISM, 48 Lessons by Andrew Wommack and Don W. Krow.

Discipleship – Baptism in Water

Introduction
The words “baptize(d)(ing) and baptism(s) are not found in the Old Testament. These are first introduced by John the Baptist in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. However, the stories of Noah and the flood and Moses and the parting of the Red Sea can be seen as types of water baptism. Hebrews 6:2 uses the term “doctrine of baptisms.” I want to talk with you about 3 doctrines of baptism: 1) Baptism in Water; 2) Baptism into the Body of Christ; and 3) Baptism in the Holy Spirit. In the following Scriptures you will find out what the Word of God says about each of these baptisms.

Scriptures
Baptism in Water
Matthew 3:11 and Acts 1:5 say, “I (John) indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:8, Luke 3:16, and John 1:32-34 say, “And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me. “Upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is He, who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”

Mark 1:4; Luke 1:77; Luke 3:3 say, “John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.”

Acts 2:38 says, “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remissions of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

1 Peter 3:20-21 says, “…when once the Divine long-suffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is , eight souls, were saved through water. There is also an antitype which now saves us – baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,…”

1 Corinthians 10:2 says, “Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.”

Matthew 3:13-17 says, “Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.””

Thank you Andrew Wommack and Don Krow for the knowledge and inspiration to write on discipleship. See THE COMPLETE DISCIPLESHIP EVANGELISM, 48 Lessons by Andrew Wommack and Don W. Krow.

Discipleship – Commitment

Luke 14:25-26, 33 says, “ Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned, and said to them, “If anyone comes to me, and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, and brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.…So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.”

The word “hate” means hate. This is interesting because Jesus keeps commanding us (a strategy for victory and success) to love God and love your neighbors as ourselves. Does Jesus mean hate or love? Actually He means put everything and everyone including yourself second to God. Do not put anyone ahead of your relationship with God. God must be preeminent in your life.

This is one of the most important things that I have learned from studying God’s Word. God must be NUMBER 1 in my life. When I put Him NUMBER 1, all other relationships and things will fall into place. Three examples talk about this commitment. Psalms 91:1-2 says, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” God then proceeds to provide and protect that person including “with long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.” Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all the things shall be added to you.” 1Peter 5:5b-7 says, “…and be clothed with humility, for “God resist the proud, but give grace to the humble.” “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares of you.” “Humble” means total dependence on God.

When I put God first in my life which is Christ in me the hope of glory, I and others will see His life in me. I will experience God’s life (zoe = God’s life in its fullness).

Thank you Andrew Wommack and Don Krow for the knowledge and inspiration to write on discipleship. See THE COMPLETE DISCIPLESHIP EVANGELISM, 48 Lessons by Andrew Wommack and Don W. Krow.

Discipleship – Repentance

Growing up I was taught that ever time I sinned, missed God’s mark of right behavior, I was to repent. I was to beg and plead with God to forgive me. I was to do this because God would be mad at me until I did and even punish me. Later in life I found out what Jesus Christ really did for me on the cross. Jesus took my judgment for my sins on Himself. (John 12:31-33) My sins were forgiven and remembered no more. (Hebrews 8:12)

What is true repentance? Repentance is a change of mind and a change in actions. Today when a Christian sins, the Holy Spirit will bring it to their attention and lead them into the truth. (John 16:7-13) They will immediately change their minds and change their actions. There is no need to beg and plead with God for forgiveness when Jesus has already bought with His blood forgiveness with God. (Hebrews 8:12)

One thing that will help limit the need for repentance is renewing the mind with the Word of God. A new Christian has a new nature but a mind that must be renewed to experience the new nature. Otherwise the new Christian will continue to act the old way which is dead. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Thank you Andrew Wommack and Don Krow for the knowledge and inspiration to write on discipleship. See THE COMPLETE DISCIPLESHIP EVANGELISM, 48 Lessons by Andrew Wommack and Don W. Krow.

Discipleship – The Nature of God – Part 2

I last wrote about the nature of God from a righteousness perspective.To have a real relationship with God, you must know His nature and His real character. It is His righteousness, His standard of life in its fullness. It is a trust issue. It is a faith issue.

The Old and New Testament seem to give two different views of God. I talked about them from two perspectives. One was visualizing a child, young person, and adult through growing stages. The other was to understand the use of law in the growing process. See The Nature of God – Part 1 for more on these perspectives.

In this writing I want to talk about three Scriptures that tell about The Nature of God. First, God is Spirit. John 4:24 says, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth.” Our relationship to God must be built in spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:17 says, “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit – Him.” When a person accept Jesus Christ, they receive a new spirit – Jesus Christ Himself. This new spirit has a relationship with God the Father. (Romans 6:10)

Second, in Exodus 33 and 34 God and Moses have a conversation. During that conversation God tells Moses He is going to show Moses who He really is. Exodus 34:5-7 says, “Now the LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, …” The name of God, LORD, means One who is truth, just, and righteous. God is good all the time.

Finally, 1 John 4:7-11 & 16 tells us that God is love and what He does is love. That is righteousness, God standard of life.

So we can see that God’s basic nature is love, goodness, truth, and righteousness. All God does agrees with His nature and visa versa.

In the New Testament God in Jesus Christ is able to totally show His righteousness. God takes full responsibility in giving mankind all he needs for life and godliness. Mankind now has authority and responsibility to live the life of God in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thank you Andrew Wommack and Don Krow for the knowledge and inspiration to write on discipleship. See THE COMPLETE DISCIPLESHIP EVANGELISM, 48 Lessons by Andrew Wommack and Don W. Krow.