Dear brother and sisters, I would like to start this with the most powerful words spoken by the apostle Paul. Grace and peace to you from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace the transforming Power of God, and Peace that comes from our Lord Jesus.
Peace being the shalom, meaning wholeness and completeness. That is the will of God our Father that we abide in every day all day. Sometimes I think we as the children of God can take on a self martyrdom complex because we believe we are as sheep led to the slaughter, BUT that is not the truth.
Romans 8:36 as it is written, for thy sake we are killed all day long; we are counted as sheep to the slaughter, ever hear that? Yes, we all have, BUT read verse 37, a great big NAY [no indeed] in other words ‘no way’. Another way to say it would be no chance, that is not the will, passive will of God for his children. We are not in the hands of the devil or the world to be disposed of whenever they so felt like it. You, yes you, are sons and
daughters of the Most High God. We need to get that in our head and heart.
1 John says, if we are in Him, we should walk as He walked. Did Jesus walk in fear of man or the Devil? No, a thousand times no, and neither should you!
In these days of turmoil and deception we are living in, we the believers, the ones who are one with Christ, called by his name, we must get to the place where we live by the Word of God who is our Father no matter what else is going on around us.
Back to Romans 8:37 we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. If you have committed your life to Him and are not content to just passively live your Christian life as a bystander in Christ, you are in the safest place you could ever dream to be in.
Does this mean nothing will ever try to harm you? No, that is false doctrine; but what it does mean is it will never conquer you. Whatever is challenging you or your family cannot win unless you let it. How? By giving up and believing the lies of the world, the devil or religion. That is the only way you can be overcome.
So it comes down to this; do you believe God actually is God alone, and there is no other God? Satan is not a God, he is called the god of this world, or to put it plainly, the god of the unsaved, deceived, blinded men of this world. Always remember he is a created being. He is nowhere near God our Father in class or ability, and he does not have the final say in your life, Jesus does. So, brothers and sisters put on the whole armor of God and stand, stand on or in what you ask! Stand in the truth that you are Gods, and He is well able to keep you no matter what comes your way.
So back to where we started: Grace, Gods amazing power in you to do what you cannot do on you own, and His peace, a tranquil state of being. Why are these so important that Paul started almost all his Epistles with this phrase? Because it is imperative that we know we are not left alone powerless in our own ability. You are loved and cherished by your Father in Heaven. Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son how much more shall he freely give us all things?
In closing, the new birth is real, God is your Father, Jesus triumphed over death, hell, and the grave, over all the kingdom of darkness.
Adam is no longer your Father; you died and were buried with Christ and were raised from the dead with Him! You are a new creation, a Son of the living God (son means bearer of the family name) male or female. So as 1 John says, as He is so are we in this world. Wow, yes wow.
Eph 4:1 are you ready for this? Paul said I beseech you brethren; He is saying I am commanding your attention to what I am about to say. Walk worthy of a lifestyle you have been given, or walk worthy of who you are, walk as an actual real Son of God because you really are a true son.
1 John tells us, whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world. That’s you!! You're a whatsoever!!!
In closing do not allow yourself to be drugged with religious apathy into a slumber, take hold of your Fathers word about you. He is not a man that He should lie. Live as a new creation empowered by God, loved by Him and alive through Him and for Him, you are not a failure or alone in this fight, you are born of God.
Blessings to all of you - may we all take hold of who we are in Him!
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