Worthy

Posted March 28, 2012 by tibiministries
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Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies ? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.Luke 12:5-7

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny ? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrowsMatt. 10:29-31

Read Ps. 139

Worthy

There is a mindset that is prevalent among born again Christians usually expressed via statements such as “I am not worthy” or “I don’t deserve ______”. I suppose these statement are meant to convey some type of contrition, humility or piety.  Iget that. I understand how easy those words can saturate our thought process and spring forth from our lips. Granted, whilst we were in sin  and after realizing that we has sinned against a Holy and Pure God these thoughts should be uttered. As former sinners we should have felt guilt, remorse and contrition. How ever we are no longer sinners! We are now in right standing with God and He now dwells in us!

Living in Us – Living in Him

I John 4:15 and 16  tells us  “If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him”

Beloved, God loves YOU, He values YOU, YOU have worth and right standing in His sight through Jesus. Before Adam and Eve, before the creation of the heavens and earth, before He spoke ‘Let there be light’ God knew you intimately!  Whiles we were still enimies of God he knew you and loved you and sent His Son to die for you so that you can now be called a friend of God!

A friend, a child an heir has value! They have worth! YOU are important to God, so important that even befor the foundation of the world HE had a plan for YOU!

Grieving the Holy Spirit

Any Father or Mother in their right mind would not tolerate anyone telling us or our child that they are worthless.  Any loving parent would not tolerate being told that our child  was undeserving. We would certainly never tell our child that they do not merit our love or our kindness. In fact, when we hear of such abuse we are grieved and angered. Yet we dare utter to a God that IS Love the same demeaning, abusive words about His children, namely YOU.

IF we, being human, place value on our children, how much more does our heavenly Father value us?? None of us know our children the way God knows you and I. And He knows that we are not undeserving, He knows that we are not unworthy for if we were unworthy and undeserving why would He send HIs only Son to bear the shame of the cross, to take upon Himself all of our sin, to pay the price – once and for all – so that we can now cry Abba, Father?

Fullness of God

We must come to a full understanding  that there is no condemnation, no sense of unworthiness, no thought of not deserving ______ to those that are IN CHRIST! We must stop abusing ourselves and thus grieving the Holy Spirit!

So I echo the prayer of Paul and just as Paul did for the Ephesians  I kneel before the Father,  from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 1may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

The Impossible Life

Posted March 26, 2012 by tibiministries
Categories: Be It, It is written, Rethink Possiable, Think It

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What would you life be like if you could realize all you hopes, dreams, goals and objectives?What would you life be like if you could be stress free?worry free? Fearless? It sounds impossible doesn’t it?

It is not impossible!

  • For it is written”  “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.“ Matt. 19:26
  • It is written, ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes. Mark 9:23,
  • Again it is written, For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need Phil. 4:13
  • And once again it is written: Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. Eph. 3:20

Get what you ask for!

  • 7 “Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks. Matthew 7:7-8
  • 14 And we can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will. 15 And if we know he is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that he will give us what we ask for.  I John 3:14-15

This is God’s Will for you!

    • A Rich and Satisfying Life
    • Peace
    • Joy
    • Rest
    • No stress
    • No worry
    • No fear
    • No panic
    • No anxiety
    • Health

You and I can live the impossible life! Bear in mind that a failure and or a mistake does not always equal sin! If I put too much salt in my soup that may be a mistake sure but not a sin! If i burn the soup that may be a failure but yet no sin has been committed! I am not suggesting that we will not have trials and tribulation (problems) What I am saying that in the midst of the storms of life we can be at rest and at peace!

Jesus Calms the Storm

4:35-41pp — Mt 8:18,23-27; Lk 8:22-25

35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?

 Now I firmly believe that Jesus know the a storm was coming, yet he took a nap. While the storm raged, he rested, slept even though the storm was raging around him. The storm was so fierce that these sea harden men were frightened! Fear compelled them to  wake Jesus up thinking that Jesus did not care that they were in a storm.

We are not unlike these disciples, even though we KNOW what Jesus is able to do we still tend to get stressed, worried, anxious and fearful and like these men we cry out to Him thinking He cares not for us. ANs just as Jesus ask of them he asks of us: “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 

With faith as the grain of a mustard seed we can live the impossible life despite what problems come our way!

IF you think it yow will be it! IF you believe it you will achieve it!

I Am a Christian Saved by Grace – Pt. 2

Posted March 22, 2012 by tibiministries
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OK before we get into the meat of this post I want to make a clarification. A “sinner” IMO, is one who has never made the confession that Christ is Lord. A sinner does not believe that Jesus is God, does not believe that He died for our sins and in some cases does not even believe in sin period. They live a persistent, habitual  life of chronic sin a life  that is contrary to God’s Word.

Conversely a Christian is one who believes in their heart and has confessed with their mouth that Christ is risen and is Lord. They belive in the deity of Jesus Christ and believe that he died for our sins. And while it is possible to commit a sin post Salvation a Christian does not live a persistent, habitual life of chronic sin, therefore a Christian is NOT a sinner, saved by Grace or otherwise, rather we are a Christian, saved by Grace.

 

As I stated in my previous post, It is possible for a born again Christian to sin however, as Christians we are no longer defined by a sin or even sin itself. Rather our idently comes from and in Jesus Christ. See Just Who Do You Think You Are?

Not only forgiven but forgotten!

The Bible teaches us that when we confess our sins He will forgive us and forget them or not hold them against us.

·         But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. I John 1:9

·         If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. Romans 10:10

Look at the underlined passage. First we must believe in our heart and second confess with our mouth. What we believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths creates life or death! When we apply this towards Salvation we create everlasting life, when we apply this toward sin (In the statement “I am a sinner”) we create death!

Romans 8:5-7 renforces this:

5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.

Forget about it

When we confess Christ as Lord we enter in to a new life, we are “reborn”. HE forgives; he does not hold our sins against us.

12 But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand.13 There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet.

14 For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.

15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. For he says,
16 “This is the new covenant I will make
with my people on that day,t says the LORD:
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”t

17 Then he says,
“I will never again remember
their sins and lawless deeds.”

18 And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.

If God, being Holy and Just, will never again remember our sins, who are we to constantly, persistently claim and confess that “I am a sinner??

I echo the words of Paul in Romans 6:16: “Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.”

Also, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? (Romans 6:1-2)

So stop choosing death by saying I am a sinner saved by grace! You are not a sinner! Choose life by saying I am a Christian, saved by Grace!

Hold Fast!

We are dead to sin and alive in Christ! Sin is not our master, therefore we have no business as born again Christians claiming we are sinners!

11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.

14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.

We are no longer controlled bu our sin -, we have been released and are no longer captives, we are no longer sinners!!

 

4 So, my dear brothers and sisters, this is the point: You died to the power of the law when you died with Christ. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God.5 When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced a harvest of sinful deeds, resulting in death.

 But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit. Romans 7

Instead of professing we are sinners saved by Grace we should be professing we are Christians saved by Grace and we should hold on to this profession as if our very lives depended on it because, frankly, it does!

23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

 

In conclusion

There are just too many Scriptures that point to the final and irrevocable remissions of  sin and to the breaking of sin’s power over us for one to continue thinking “I am a sinner saved by grace.”

Thinking this way is unhealthy and destructive and only leads to death. IF one persists in this  way of thinking God may very well abandon you to this type of thinking and I can promise you nothing good will come of that. (See Rom 1:28-31)

So I encourage you to think in terms of life, shift your focus from what you were to what you are tight now in Christ – A Christian saved by Grace!

I am a Christian Saved by Grace – Pt. I

Posted March 21, 2012 by tibiministries
Categories: Salvation, Sin

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What we think about a lot we have a tendency to talk about a lot, and what we talk about a lot we become. If we think about sin a lot we tend to talk about it a lot and if we talk about it enough we live it.

I have often heard the adage “I am a sinner saved by Grace”. This statement has been around for a hundred years, at least, and is meant to convey, I suppose, a sense of gratitude for His saving Grace.

However, adopting this sentiment as a base for persistent thought and speech is not only unhealthy and dangerous it is Biblically incorrect.

 

Not only incorrect, but a lie

 

I could tell people that I am 24 but I’m not I’m 44. I was 24 but now I’m not. I could tell people that I’m single, but I’m not, I’m married. I used to be single but now I’m not. If I told people these things I would be lying, yes it was true, but now it is not.

It is no different with sin, I was a sinner but now I’m not and for me to claim “I am a sinner” is wrong. it would be better to state “I am a Christian, saved by Grace”

 

Our Sinful Nature

 

One thing we cannot deny is that we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Nor can we deny the possibility of sinning, post Salvation. However the possibility alone does not make one a sinner!

It is possible for me throw a football or baseball, that does not make me a Football or Baseball player. I have the ability to shoot a firearm but that does not make me a soldier, Police Officer or a Hunter.

Just because I have the ability or because it is possible for me to do some thing does not make me that thing and to claim I am a professional athlete just because I could throw a ball is a deception and a lie.

So to claim “I am a sinner” just because I might sin is wrong, plain and simple. The paradox is that if we continue thinking “I am a sinner” we will become just that – a sinner thus nullifying the latter part of that adage “saved by Grace.”

 

More to come


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