ESTABLISHED IN GOD'S WORD
Pastor Roger Anghis
In studying what the Word says about being established in the promises of God we can look at the Old Testament saints and see how they reacted to the circumstances they were faced with. David is one of the best examples of a person who believed that what God promised He would fulfill. Before the age of sixteen David had killed a lion and a bear defending his father's sheep. In the Psalms we see how David looked at the promises: Psalms 112:1 "Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall
David understood that God's Word was the final authority. Consider his attitude towards Goliath: 1 Samuel 17:26 "And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?" He knew that God would back the man who would stand up to this warrior who was defying the army of Israel.
When we look at all of the great men and women of the Bible they all did one thing, believed what God had declared. Some had to be convinced like Moses and Gideon but others like David, Solomon and Paul simply believed and acted and when they did, God backed up His Word. The saints of today lack knowledge of how and why we have all authority. To help understand who we are there are things that we need to know.
The reality of Redemption
We have been redeemed from the curse of this earth. We are still here but we don't have to put up with sickness and disease, poverty and oppression. It may try to come upon us but we have not just the right but the power to resist it. Hebrews 9:11 "But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
(12) Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us." Until we understand this we will never accomplish much. We will continually settle for the status quo and never reach out for what God really has for us. Colossians 2:15 "And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it." Because He has the victory over the principalities, we have the victory as well. Hebrews 2:14 "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." If Christ has not done this we would have no power at all. Revelation 1:18 "I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death." Without His resurrection we would have no eternal salvation. That act was the final defeat of satan that gave us all power over him. We have to know we have that power and then use it. We also must remember that the power is not ours but God's. Galatians 3:13 "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:" Everything bad is included in the curse. Sickness, poverty, relationship problems, anything that is apart from God. That redemption allows us to walk in divine health, divine wealth, divine protection, divine direction, divine wisdom and divine provision.
The New Birth
Because we are born again we cannot look at ourselves as we once were, sinners. I know many songs that you find in hymnals remind us that we are all sinners saved by grace but ones we have become born again we are no longer sinners. We may sin but we are forgiven. That doesn't give us the right to continue to sin because unsaved people cannot be forgiven unless they accept Jesus as savior. 2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." Our spirit has been reborn. The old man has died and a new man is in his place. We were born into this world as sinners but now we are born of God and anything born of God overcomes the world: 1 John 5:4 "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." Before we were born again we had to live with whatever the world threw at us but now we have the power and authority to overcome everything that is in the world.
The new birth gives us a great advantage over our enemy. Colossians 1:18 "And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence." We are the body of Christ on this earth. He is the head and directs what we are to do. Because He has the power, we walk in it. 2 Peter 1:2 "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain
unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called
us to glory and virtue:
Being new creatures we no longer have to look to ourselves for our needs but we look to God and He will supply them. We no longer live by our ability but His. Notice that Peter state that we have been given all things that pertain to life. This includes, provision, wisdom, health, knowledge, protection and everything else needed to live an abundant life. Jesus bought all of this for us at the cross. 2 Corinthians 9:8 "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:" I like this verse in the Amplified: "And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]." That is living in the power of God.
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Pastor Roger Anghis is the Founder of RestoreFreeSpeech.org, an organization designed to draw attention to the need of returning free speech rights to churches that was restricted in 1954.
President of BuildingtheTruth, BuildingtheTruth.org, which has a stated purpose of teaching people the need of the churches involvement in the political arena and to teach the historical role of Christianity in the politics of the United States. Married-42 years, 3 children, three grandchildren.
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we look at all of the great men and women of the Bible they all did one
thing, believed what God had declared. Some had to be convinced like Moses
and Gideon but others like David, Solomon and Paul simply believed and
acted and when they did, God backed up His Word.