Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Faith begins where the will of God is known



Rom. 10:17 tells us, “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” If you don’t know if it is provided through the covenant, you will not have faith to see it manifest in your life. Why? Because the very faith it takes to bring the promise becomes ours, when we know the word of God for that promise!

In other words, “Your Word level is your faith level”! If you know the truth, you can have that truth manifest in your life. The level of truth known and believed, is the level of freedom you will experience.

So I encourage you to stay in the book that brings faith, and stay in it daily. We must hear the word, read the word, study the word, memorize the word, meditate the word, and then apply the word daily if we expect to prosper through the Word. As you develop your Word level watch your faith soar! You will become fully satisfied by His Word promises!

Blessings friend, Karl

Friday, February 11, 2011

You Owe Someone!

I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise. I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Romans 1:14-16 NKJ

3 things that motivated Apostle Paul's life, and could be a catalyst for ours!
  1. ver 14 – I AM A DEBTOR!
I have an obligation to carry out... why? Because Jesus gave everything for my purchase and equipping... I owe it to the lost to tell them what I know! Look how Paul puts it...
Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me... I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me... I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. Acts 26:16-19 NLT
  1. Ver 15 - I AM READY!
Paul was always ready to Obey God... he understood Lordship! When he was struck down off his horse he ask two very important questions... “Who are You, Lord?” and “What do You want me to do?” Great questions... first question, Who! Second one, What?
  1. ver 16 – I'M NOT ASHAMED!
Paul knew the power of the Gospel!
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Cor 1:17-18 NKJ
And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 1 Cor 2:4-5 NKJ

So where are you today? If you are a Christ follower then you too are... A debtor; You're ready; and you're not ashamed! Go for it!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

CONTENTMENT!

Contentment is simply... Knowing God's plan for your life, having the conviction to live it, and being thankful and at peace with where you are!
Satan's ploy is to use wealth and the riches of the world to keep people from Salvation! If that doesn't work then he simply uses it to steer believers away from God's path for them!
CHRISTIANS can get trapped into discontentment by disregarding God's goals and adopting worldly ones!
Paul understood this area of Christian living. In Philippians 4:11-13 he wrote,Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
GOD has a plan for contentment! To find true CONTENTMENT we must establish some guidelines... here are 5 to consider!
1) Establish a reasonable standard of living! Work on developing your life style based on conviction, not circumstances.
2) Establish a habit of giving!
3) Establish priorities!
4) Develop a thankful attitude!
5) Reject a fearful spirit!
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Tim 1:7NLT
These are some notes from a series called Moneyology that I never got to this last Sunday at my church... enjoy and blessings, Karl