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Monday
Feb182019

Boldness and Confidence—They’re Yours!

Proverbs 28:1, New King James Version

The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion.

(Emphasis added)

From my umbrella-shaded lounge chair, I found myself watching a spirited, curly-haired toddler as she broke away from her father’s attempts to clothe her. She dashed naked through the sand toward the shallow ocean waves, gleefully unaware that she was undressed. Reaching the ankle-deep water, she jumped and splashed, unaware of any dangers that the ocean might hold.

As I was taking it all in, I couldn’t help but think about Adam and Eve before the Fall. Naked before God, they lived their lives without shame—until they forfeited their righteousness through sin. Disconnected from God, they became fearful. They tried to cover their shame and nakedness with fig leaves, wrongly believing they needed to flee from their loving Creator.

Thankfully, that wasn’t the end of the story for Adam and Eve or the rest of humanity. God sent His Son to deliver His creation from sin and shame. Through Jesus Christ, our righteousness has been restored, and we can now approach God with confidence. In fact, because of Christ and His redemption, we are now:

1. Adopted. No longer spiritual orphans, we have a heavenly Father who calls us His own, and He will never leave us (Heb. 13:5). The love He has for Jesus is the love He has for us. We have received His Spirit, which is not a spirit of fear and slavery but of boldness and freedom. Now we can call Him “Abba, Daddy!” (Rom. 8:15-16).

2. Accepted. In His love, God always knew that He would restore us to a state of blameless innocence. Forever without fault, we are accepted in the Beloved (Eph. 1:6) and encouraged to come boldly before His throne to receive all the help we need (Heb. 4:16).

3. Approved. Through the abundance of grace and the gift of God’s approval, we are now equipped to rule and reign in life (Rom. 5:17). The God of the universe, our Father, views us with a deep, abiding, never-ending delight. If God is for us, who could possibly be against us (Rom. 8:31)?

4. Authorized. Not only can we come confidently before God’s throne, but we can also stand boldly before our Adversary. In Christ, we are not victims but victors. God has authorized us “to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy” (Luke 10:19, New International Version [1984 edition]).

I recently heard someone say that an attitude of faith will cause a believer to swing out over hell on a cornstalk and spit in the devil’s eye. That’s a great picture of how bold we should be as children of the most High. Proverbs 28:1 says that the righteous—that’s us—are bold as a lion!

Looking for wisdom? Be sure to tune in to the Gospel Truth broadcast all this week, where Andrew is sharing insights from his teaching Proverbs: Timeless Wisdom for a Life of Blessing.

Written by Sylvia F. Wells

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Monday
Jan142019

Power of Partnership

You’ve heard it before: there is strength in numbers. But implicit in that statement is that these numbers work together for mutual advantage. At minimum, there has to be agreement among them; otherwise, they cannot walk together (Amos 3:3). Ideally, an amiable relationship would make their strength even greater. The stronger the relationship, the greater the things they can accomplish together.

For example, when the people of earth gathered together to build a temple up to heaven, the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them” (Gen. 11:6, NKJV).

And then read this passage:

“Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. . . . Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 and 12, NKJV

These examples communicate a very simple principle of how things work in the natural. But this is also how they work in the spiritual.

Jesus said,

“If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

Matthew 18:19-20, NKJV

When brethren dwell together in unity, that is where God commands the blessing (Ps. 133)! Perhaps a good example of this is partnership. You see, partnership is two or more people coming together for mutual advantage. They want to accomplish something that they could not accomplish alone or separately. More often than not, it will take finances. Look at what Andrew says in his Power of Partnership teaching:

“Did you know that you can’t really accomplish God’s will in your life without finances? I know that that may be an offensive statement to some people, but it costs money to live, to travel, to minister to people, to put out products, to have employees. Whether it’s a church, whether it’s a ministry, anything that is preaching the Gospel, you cannot accomplish it without money, and somehow people think, Well, no, I’m just going to do what God tells me, and I don’t ever have to think about money. You need money to accomplish what God told you to do . . . . It’s a heart attitude that you don’t want to prosper just for yourself; you want to prosper so that you can accomplish God’s will, so that you can touch people, so that you can be a blessing.”

Ultimately, what we can accomplish through partnership is discipleship. Because it is a spiritual bond, Jesus is in the midst of it, and there God commands the blessing. It really isn’t about money; it’s about relationship. And that is what makes partnership powerful!

Written by David Moore II

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Monday
Dec242018

Aggressive Rest

It’s normal, especially in today’s culture, to strive for everything. But how much striving would you do if you knew God was on your side?

I used to get in there and strive for what I wanted. But now I know my battle is the Lord’s battle, so I can sit back and rest. It gives me great comfort.

Here’s a thought: When we’re striving for things, it’s because we don’t trust God to do it. In other words, whether we realize it or not, we don’t see God as on our side. There has even been teaching to justify striving. I’ve heard ministers point to Mark 11:24 as their text, which says,

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

Mark 11:24 (New King James Version)

The Greek word for “receive” in this verse can mean “to take” (Strong’s Concordance), so it’s easy to draw the conclusion that we as Christians should be more aggressive in receiving. But that’s not true. That’s the trap I see so many Christians get into. What happens is their need to strive for things outweighs their trust in God and their patience for Him to bring something to pass. But Scripture says that through faith and patience, we inherit the promises of God (Heb. 6:12). That’s a big deal. God’s way of receiving is not through aggressively going after something. It’s through aggressive peace and rest.

“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”

Hebrews 4:11

Laboring to enter the rest of God may sound like a paradox, but it takes effort not to strive. However, when you’re striving, it’s hard not to live with fear. Look at this passage.

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. [32] For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. [33] But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Matthew 6:31-33

Do you see how that if God is on your side, you don’t need to fret? Worry leads to trusting yourself and earning things with God. Look at what Andrew said about this in his teaching The War Is Over:

“The only way you ever have peace with God is when you quit trusting in yourself and quit thinking that you have to earn the blessing of God, and you just rest in what Jesus did.”

Let’s all breathe a sigh of relief. Jesus has got this. God has made you promises, and through Jesus, you will receive them. But it’s by aggressively resting in Him.

Learn more in Andrew’s teaching The War Is Over. He taught on it all last week and will be continuing to do so next week. If you have a testimony of how this has worked for you, please share in the comments below.

Written by David Moore II

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