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Encouragement


If we walk in the light

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 As we look at the verse above, several obvious observations occur worth our consideration; first of which is the apparent choice we must make. “If we walk in the light,” is clearly suggestive that the decision rests solely upon us. Now while no one ever awakens to say, “I think I’ll go out and sin today,” we...

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Does the Spirit of God dwell in me

“But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you …” Romans 8:9 A profound question that really must be resolved for every heart, “Does the Spirit of God dwell in me?” It’s interesting to me just how many people I talk to who consider themselves Christians and yet seemingly seek to live their lives in the flesh. In the Greek we find the translation of a “Christian” back in the first account of Acts 11:26 is to be a “follower of...

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Walk in the Spirit

Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16 From the apostle Paul’s letter written primarily to the church in Galatia, yet to all Christians, we have wise words on how to avoid those areas of desire which are contrary to the heart of God. Paul goes on to tell us that, “Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires”, which concurs with the following verse, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit,” Galatians...

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Always According to Christ

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. Colossians 2:8 One of the largest growing sections in book stores today is in the area of self help. People want to find answers for the problems they are currently facing, regardless of whether it has to do with relational issues, overcoming fears, breaking through barriers, becoming all that you can be, the list goes on and on. Typically this search for answers...

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God Is Always With Us

“… and behold I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 That is a promise given by our King and Savior, Jesus Christ, upon which there exists no expiration date. This initial declaration was given to the remaining eleven disciples, with implication extending to all who name the name of Jesus as Lord. “Promise,” as defined by Webster’s Dictionary: “declaration or assurance which God has given in His Word of bestowing blessings on His people.” To think that the Creator of the universe has given a...

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God Has Ordained You: A Devotional by Pastor Chuck Smith

Then the Word of the Lord came to me, saying “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” Jeremiah 1:4-5 Jeremiah’s life and ministry began in the mind of God before Jeremiah was ever born. The same is true of each of us. Before we were conceived, God knew us and prepared a perfect plan for each of us—a purpose we are to fulfill for His glory. As we age, we can look back and see how...

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