Faith – Peeling the Orange

As a mother and her son are walking along a sidewalk, a man approaches them and asks if he may give an orange to the young boy. After the mother agrees, the boy excitedly receives the piece of fruit. The mother, prodding her son, says, “Don’t you have something to say?” The boy, looking at both adults, replies, “Yeah, peel it!”

Just as the boy should have said ‘thank you’ and proceeded to peel the orange, too many people walk through life expecting God to peel the fruit that He has given to them!

Where does Faith begin?

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Claim Your Authority

Let us start this discussion with a very important question: why did Jesus come to earth?

1 John 3:8-10 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. (NKJV)

This scripture tells us that Jesus, the Son of God, came to the earth so that He may destroy the works of the devil. However, there is a condition which follows this statement in 1 John where we must be born of God and not of sin. Whether you agree with the Bible or not, if you are not saved and born of God you will be dominated by darkness and the nature of sin and death. As 1 John describes, sin is of the devil – Satan.

Let us look at a few characteristics of Satan:

1. He controls the world.

1 John 5:19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the power and control of the evil one. (NLT)

2. He operates in darkness.

John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (NKJV)

3. He encourages evil deeds.

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (NKJV)

Even as a Christian, you will yield to the nature of sin if you don’t make an effort every day to walk in the spirit of life. However, as a Christian, we do not have to yield to our sinful nature and desires, nor do we have to submit to what Satan dictates on this earth.

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Paid in Full

Jesus died on the cross to restore the rights and privileges we have as God’s children.

We cannot “do” anything to change our DNA; it is what gets restored/changed through grace. Our God-connection was lost when Adam and Eve sinned — a sinful nature replaced God’s nature. Our DNA changed in the garden because of sin; Jesus died on the cross to restore our DNA as children of God.

Galatians 2:16 …knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified (NKJV)

In this verse, “justified” means to be declared righteous in God’s sight and vindicated of any charge of sin in connection with failure to keep God’s law.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (NKJV)

In this verse, “crucified” means that I am crucified with Christ. Crucifixion with Christ means “death to or separation from the reigning power of the old sinful life and freedom to experience the power of the resurrection life of Christ by faith.”

Although by nature we are children of wrath and disobedience, we become children of love, and partake of the nature of God because of grace. Grace is GIVEN, not EARNED!

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Can I Lose My Salvation?

The book of Hebrews warns Christians about the security of their salvation.

Hebrews 6:4-6 reads, “For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come— and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.” (NLT)

Since this book is written to Christians, why would the word of God warn us about falling away if that was not a possibility?

Let’s take a look at other warnings from the Scriptures.

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The Holy Spirit’s Actions

The God I Never Knew

The Holy Spirit’s Actions

Paul Foslien, Senior Pastor, Living Word Family Church, Naples, FL

June 26, 2017

The Bible clearly explains that the Holy Spirit is a person. As a person, He moves in our lives in several ways. These actions are always active, meaning that they are on-going.

The Holy Spirit never stops working in our lives; He is always present and active.

  1. The Holy Spirit guides

He hears, speaks, and shows.

John 16:13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. (NKJV)

  1. The Holy Spirit convicts of sin.

He knows the heart of God and tells us when we have gone against His will.

John 16:8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. (NKJV)

  1. The Holy Spirit performs

He works in the supernatural to fulfill the desires of God’s heart.

Act 8:39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. (NKJV)

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