Ask, and it shall be given you, seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knock it shall be opened (Mathew 7:7-8). In the Christian community, you will sometimes hear, if you pray more than once for a thing, then you don’t have faith; this misleading information has made many stop contending with God until they receive an answer. In this scripture, Jesus is telling us to be persistence in our pursuant of God. It’s not like God doesn’t hear our prayers, and it may get discouraging to continue to do right, praying consistently and not see tangible results, but that’s the time we need to continue to pursue Him. We shall reap the benefits of our prayer, if we faint not. God has instructed us to delight ourselves in Him and as we delight ourselves in Him, He would give us the desires of our heart. To delight in someone means to experience great pleasure and joy in his or her presence, we get into God’s presence by prayer and praise. We are the children of God and just like in the natural when our children ask for something, if the answer is no, they will return and ask again; it should be the same way when we go to our Father in prayer; we pray until we receive an answer to what we’re praying for. As born- again Christians, we never ask the Father for something that is contrary to the Word of God, so when we pray and we pray according to God’s Word, we will receive an answer. Jesus said, whatever we ask the Father in His name, that would He do that the Father may be glorified in the Son. When you pray, believe God will hear and answer your prayer, ask in faith.Read More
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation); old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2nd Corinthians 5:17) There is a difference from one being a Christian and one just being religious. Religion is either trying to make yourself righteous or one who acknowledges there is a God, but rejects the Bible’s instructions; they pick and chose what scripture of the Bible they will submit to. Religion doesn’t have principles to follow as Christianity. With religion you can do what you want and yet call yourself a Christian or a religious person. True Christianity brings about a change in the person’s behavior and character, the Holy Spirit give them new life, and they are not the same anymore. The Christian is not reformed, rehabilitated, or re-educated, the person is a new creation, living in vital union with Christ. Christians aren’t someone who merely turned over a new leaf, we are beginning a new life under a new Master.
Christianity comes with a sanctification, Christians are once and continually set apart and kept. As Christians, we abide by the doctrine of Christ and will not follow no other doctrine. Christians are born again in their spirit, their spirit has been transformed by the Spirit of God and they become one with God and His Son. Christians take on the nature of their Father, whereas religious people nature, behavior and character will stay the same, not reflecting the nature of the Father. Christians don’t practice sin, for whatever is opposite of the instructions God has given us through His written Word is sin.
Many have lost their souls because they wanted to gain the world through their beauty and talents, desiring popularity; whereas the Bible has states ”What would it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul”, to gain the world is to be an idol, having glory and honor going to the individual, and God has forbidden the Christian to have no other gods before Him, an idol is not just a statue, its people and things, anytime a person wants to be glorified and worshipped, this isn’t the Spirit of God being manifested in them.
There is no way the Spirit of God is indwelling our human spirit, and we haven’t changed in our behavior and character. If were still doing the same thing we were doing before we became Christians the Spirit of God hasn’t come in our being, when He comes, He makes changes. God wants us to be Christians, not religious, this is why He instructed Nicodemus he had to be born-again, meaning being born from above, its nothing we can do of ourselves.
It’s not God’s desire for anyone to perish, but He will not push Himself on anyone who don’t desire to be a follower of Christ.Read More
But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified (John 7:39). The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is a gift from the Father to the believer to enable them to live a successful Christian life. One of God’s purposes since the beginning has been to dwell with humanity. He walked and talked with Adam in the Garden of Eden, and after the fall of Adam and Eve, it has been God’s desire to fellowship with His creation. The Holy Spirit is a gift from the Father, it’s nothing we can earn, but a gift we can receive. The Holy Spirit’s indwelling will motivate the believer to be careful not to harm his body nor indulge his body in sin. It assists the individual to produce fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. The gifts of the Spirit are productive when operated by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is how we communicate with God in prayer as well as building up our faith by praying in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is something every believer needs, its not by denomination, but who desires to receive the Spirit of the Living God.Read More
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God should shine unto them (2nd Corinthians 4:4). The gospel is the preaching of the Good News of Christ, the one who came to redeem man from the sins of the world. The Good News is open and revealed to everyone except those who refuses to believe. Someone can believe there is a God and another can believe there is no God, but both are believers. So when someone states he or she is a believer, we need to get an understanding of who they’re believing in; God, Satan or themselves, for many have made themselves god. Satan’s work is to deceive and blind those who don’t believe in Christ as well as those who merely believe there is a God, but haven’t committed themselves to the instructions of the Bible.Read More
So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:33). Forsaketh means literally to renounce or give up. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we have to make a commitment to live according to the instructions that has been given us through the written and spoken Word of God.Read More