"That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:10-14
Zeal has been described with words like Enthusiasm, Eagerness, Strong Desire, Strong will, Determination, Deep Love and Strong Feeling. Man has the innate (natural) ability potential to express any of these related characteristics...
"And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." - Romans 5:5
DEFINITION: Hope is reliance, expectation of faith in a promise, someone or something.
In Hebrew it is rendered - quawah- which means wait for with eager expectation. In Greek scriptures, it is - elpis- which means expectation of good, which also means "confident expectation" in certain future events based on the integrity of God.
"Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." 1 Peter 2:4-5 (KJV)
"In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit." - Ephesians 2:22 (KJV)
The word of God teaches that the body of the believer is a spiritual temple. A temple is a place of worship where God is exalted and praised. Because the building is dedicated to the worship and service of God, it is not available for any secular use. Therefore, anything that does not glorify God nor is used for his worship or service, is never brought in there. It is unlike the case of a public building where anything could be done inside as long as it is paid for.
"We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not: but he that is begotten of God KEEPETH HIMSELF and that wicked one toucheth him not." - 1 John 5:18.
There is nothing anybody can do to save himself from sin and its consequences. We are saved only by the grace of God through faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Nevertheless there is a lot we need to do to maintain our salvation and holiness of life. This is why continuous PERSONAL DEVOTION becomes essential in the life of the believer. The Bible says "We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not." - 1 John 5:18.
Before we begin this week, we have an important word for you from the Holy Spirit regarding these messages. Every time you see scripture quoted to in the text, don't just read it, SPEAK it out. It is time to use the power of your tongue to do good and not evil. God did not think the universe into existence, he SPOKE it into existence. All of Jesus' miracles were performed by him SPEAKING what he desired and then expecting it to be so. Remember, ANYTIME you read a scripture, don't just read it, SPEAK IT OUT and watch the power of God manifest it in your life.
This, then brings us to our first proof of this word from God. "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God" - Romans 10:17 "Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." - Hebrews 7:25
"Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God" - Romans 10:17
Definition: Biblical Faith is the spiritual quality by which men are held in a relationship of confidence in God. It is the practical submission of the entire man to the guidance and control of divinely revealed truth and this truth is contained in the Holy Bible. - (James 2:17, 19). When God created Adam and Eve, they did not need faith in God because they were already in fellowship with and totally submissive to his will. (1 Corinthians 13:12-13). But God has given man WILL POWER, i.e. the ability to decide or determine to do what he wishes or desires. What man does or desires is based, to a large extent, on the knowledge acquired through the use of the five senses - hearing, smelling, seeing, tasting and feeling. His reasoning therefore operates within the realm of his senses. The Bible also tell us that: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." - Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
"Pastor Wales - Beloved! I come under the BLOOD of JESUS! We come under the BLOOD of JESUS! The BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST speaketh for us! "And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel." -Hebrews 12:24"