The season of Christmas is all about a gift from God to His creation. Christmas to me is all about Jesus coming to us and living in us. Let’s open this letter by stating that Jesus came not only to give us eternal life but also to save us from Satan’s deceptive practices. Believing in Christ is what the “born-again” experience is all about.
Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life.” A life in Christ is a life directed and guided by the Holy Spirit. Christ came to give us “life and life more abundantly.” Yes, because of Jesus’s birth, death, burial and resurrection, we now have the gift of the Holy Spirit guiding and directing us into all truth. As a believer we have an assurance of the hope of an eternity together with Jesus Christ and other believers. Christ in us the hope of glory.
Salvation is to be a life changing experience, forever. This includes winning over Satan in all areas of life through Jesus Christ; for Jesus already won the battle over Satan for us over 2000 years ago. It can be as simple as believing and receiving. Don’t misunderstand me, the Christian life will have its times of testing, trials and tribulations.
Knowing who you are in Christ Jesus will help you win over the attacks of Satan. Jesus gave authority to all “believers” to use His name when we come into contact with Satan and His evil ways. Believing and praying the promises of His Word over every situation is a must. The believer must use that authority in times of trouble.
Authority is simply knowing who we are in Christ Jesus, asking, believing, and standing until we receive God’s best for us, His answer-His Word, by faith. Faith in Christ is to know Him (building a relationship) thru Bible study, prayer and applying the promises of God’s Word in our everyday living.
Below is one of my favorite scriptures on faith. Jesus exhorts his disciples to the steadfastness of faith, and to forgive their enemies.
- Mark 11:20 – 26 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire (ask), when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them]. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Faith is truly a heart/mind relationship with Jesus. God looks at the very depth of the heart, or the meaning of the heart. To believe is to see it as a finished product what you have desired (asked for). When it is settled in your heart/mind it will be a done thing. Do you know in your heart (knower) that it is done?
I guess the real question would be do you really believe what you have asked for will happen? What you desire (ask for) must line up with God’s Word. With that said, we as believers must have the Word in us and know what the Word of God states in regards to what we desire or have asked for. This is what makes Mark 11:24 become a reality.
Remember, to apply is to do. The Christian life is a life in Christ, keeping our defenses up against the works of Satan. We must always have our defenses in place if we are to overtake and win an attack from Satan.
In other words, be on your guard at ALL times. Be prepared to take action when God speaks. Apostle Paul in Ephesians chapter 6 speaks of the very weapons the believer is to put on for combat and preparation for warfare against Satan. The Bible tells us what weapons we must use to combat Satan in times of attack.
Let’s read some of them: We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.
- 2 Corinthians 10:4 and in Ephesians 6:10 – 18 (NLT)…Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.
- Colossians 3:12 (NLT)Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
- Matthew 15:19 (NLT) For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.
To put on God’s armor we must repent of all known sin, surrender our carnal, fleshly sinful ways to God and allow the Holy Spirit to be in command of every area of our lives. Allow God’s Spirit to cleanse us.
Another very important factor in being prepared for an attack of Satan is that of “the church” the people, being unified together as one, for God’s purpose.
“Unity” is that of working in harmony with each other as one. An example in the Bible was when they were building the tower of Babel. They were one nation, unified together for one purpose, their own purpose. God caused this one unified nation to be broken into many nations (one language broken into many), throwing every one into confusion – resulting in a loss of power and purpose.
In Acts Chapter two, we see how God unified the people and brought them together for His purpose (this came to be known as Pentecost). Many nations and tongues were represented but they were unified for one purpose and those present were able to experience an outpouring of the power of God’s Spirit. Signs and wonders followed the disciples and believers.
- Acts 2:12 (NLT) They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other.
- In Acts 2:41 – 42 (NLT) Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all. All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
Just as in the day of Pentecost, the various “tongues” that were spoken were languages known in that day so is “tongues” that of languages known somewhere in the world today. The Gift of tongues is for every believer whom would believe and is a language between man and God.
Simply put, the gift of tongues is supernatural utterance by the Holy Spirit spoken through a believer in a language, which the believer has never learned.
God’s GIFT to the believer…
- the very POWER of God…
- working in us…
- through us
- and among us.
Man’s spirit is weak, because of the dominion of satanic power for so many centuries, but God made provision for man to communicate and edify man’s spirit and strengthen the inner man through “tongues” or unknown languages.
Yes this impartation to man, from God His Spirit, to man’s spirit, brings supernatural power and strength. Sometimes man cannot articulate and put into words what he wants to say to God but the Holy Spirit knows what to say what is in your heart. So it can be said that the Holy Spirit is the voice between man and God and God and man.
“Tongues” or “speaking in tongues” is one Bible doctrine that has been the ridicule, slander and object of blasphemy on the part of man, yet it is God’s very way to communicate to and through man. Can we afford to reject this blessed gift given to man? The blessings of the Holy Spirit given to us, our helper.
Just because we are ignorant of its purpose or benefits, does not make it wrong or to be ignored. When it comes to spiritual matters, God’s Word must be obeyed and followed in order to receive the blessings of the promise. Even the “Gifts of the Holy Spirit” has become a forgotten teaching and not necessary in today’s churches.
May I ask the question, where is the “power” of the church? The “church” is the people. If we “the people” “the church” are not accepting and allowing the “Holy Spirit” free reign in our lives, in our church; we will not and have not the power of “the church” of Acts. We will become a people, a church without power.
Remember God’s ways are not our ways. Let’s begin to let God do in us what He desires to do in us and be that vessel in which He has created us for. Believe His Word and apply His Word for today.
- In Hosea 4:6 (NKJV) God says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”
Just because man cannot understand God’s ways does not make it right.
Do we lower to the human plane before we can believe that He has a better way, a good purpose in them? When discussing the various gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians, chapter 12, Paul referred to that prophecy and pointed out that it foretold the coming of the gift of tongues to the New Testament Church. He also made mentioned of the prophecy in Isaiah, and gave one of the great purposes of the gift and that it should be a sign to unbelievers.
- Isaiah 28:11 (NIV) Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people, to whom he said, “This is the resting place, let the weary rest”; and, “This is the place of repose (trust or rest)”— but they would not listen.
You might say the in-filling of the Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit alive in us. The church of Acts were brought together, unified, even though they spoke several different languages, for the purpose of “Evangelizing the Gospel” spreading the good news of Christ. The speaking in “Tongues” is an outward sign of one “filled with the Holy Spirit” which also bears witness with your spirit for strengthening an individual and edifying the body, “the church”. This is a mystery to the world but it is God’s divine plan for “the church” and all mankind. Yes, the Holy Spirit directing and empowering one’s life!
Love in Christ Jesus,