"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)
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace." - Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Time and time again, God tries to incubate us for a greater result before releasing us into the world. God wants us to learn from all things and in all seasons of our lifetime. It is not for us to just enjoy or complain throughout the season, but to find out the purpose of that season and to learn the lessons that come with the season and make use of them as we move on to a breakthrough.
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." - Matthew 28:18-20.
God has conferred authority and power in the name of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. The same power and authority Jesus conferred upon His Church and upon as many that believe in HIM. The Bible says: "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." - John 1:12-13
"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ." - Galatians 3:16. "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts." - James 4:3.
God has blessed us with the "Seed" of Abraham which is more than gold and this is the key to ask right from God. (Galatians 3:16) The world has chosen not to believe God and looks for alternatives to fill their emptiness with something else thus trying to put God in a position of a ceremonial King.