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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Like Father, Like Son

Recognizing the Christian’s DNA – We should reflect our Father.

Let us first take a quick look at DNA and what it means for us as humans:

  • Genetic code for all living things
  • Stores biological information
  • Pivotal for building and maintaining an organism
  • Blueprint for your life

Just as our DNA defines how we will look and act, God created us with a Christian’s DNA to both look and act like HIM!

Genesis 1:26a Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” (NKJV)

His image refers to our appearance. His likeness refers to our personality. As God’s children, we physically look like Him and His Word has plenty to say on this topic.

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Short-sightedness

Not too long ago, I suffered from an eye infection. Not only did it hurt, but I looked like a demon had taken over half of my face! The visit to the eye doctor was unpleasant, but I knew that the symptoms were temporary. At the same time, I struggled with other vision issues. I had a hard time seeing things in the distance, and I had to hold things close to my face to be able to read them. I just couldn’t see clearly which was very frustrating.

This reminded of the story of Jacob and Esau: twin boys, born to Rebekah, who had distinctly different temperaments. One of those boys suffered from a moment of short-sightedness and it affected his life forever.

Genesis 25: 27-34 As the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter. He was an outdoorsman, but Jacob had a quiet temperament, preferring to stay at home. 28 Isaac loved Esau because he enjoyed eating the wild game Esau brought home, but Rebekah loved Jacob. 29 One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home from the wilderness exhausted and hungry. 30 Esau said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew!” (This is how Esau got his other name, Edom, which means “red.”) 31 “All right,” Jacob replied, “but trade me your rights as the firstborn son.” 32 “Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now? But Jacob said, “First you must swear that your birthright is mine.” So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate the meal, then got up and left. He showed contempt for his rights as the firstborn. (NLT)

Esau’s actions are short-sighted. He forgets about his long-term promise in the face of an immediate, temporary need.

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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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The Holy Spirit is a Person

The God I Never Knew
The Holy Spirit is a Person
Paul Foslien, Senior Pastor, Living Word Family Church, Naples, FL
June 19, 2017

The Holy Spirit is our go-between. He takes the things of Christ and reveals them to us, for us, and through us.

Dr. Max I. Reich put this beautifully when he said, “If we make room for the Holy Spirit, He will make room for the Lord Jesus.” The converse is also true, that if we do not make room for the Holy Spirit, He cannot make room for the Lord Jesus.

The “secret sauce” to a believer’s life is learning to make the correct adjustments to the Holy Spirit’s leadings so Christ can be formed in us.

The denial of the “person” of the Holy Spirit has been denied throughout church history, but evidence exists for His personhood.

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The Holy Spirit

The God I Never Knew

The Holy Spirit

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

June 13, 2017

In order to grow as a believer, it is important to understand the role of the Holy Spirit.

To be effective in walking a Christ-Centered Life, we must adjust our lives to what the Holy Spirit wants to do in, for, and through us.

IN a believer, the role of the Holy Spirit is to transform us to be Christ-like. This is what I refer to as living a Christ-Centered life!

I Corinthians 2:9-10 NLT No eye has seen, nor ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.

FOR a believer, the role of the Holy Spirit is to help and guide us.

John 14:26 NKJV But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom my father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

THROUGH a believer, the role of the Holy Spirit is to reveal God’s revelations through us!

Act 1:8 NKJV But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem [family, home], and in all Judea [our community] and Samaria [across cultures], and to the end of the earth [missions].

All of this is done through us, when we possess and tap into the power of the Holy Spirit.

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