Faith Tactic #73 Live by the Spirit

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Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1-4

I haven’t kept up with this blog for a whole week now. And I was tempted to stop altogether because I was starting to get used to the sleeping in again. However, I am not governed by the flesh. I am governed by the Spirit of God and He said, “get up”. 🙂

In the past, I have struggled with inconsistency and I would beat myself up over it all the time when I got off track. Now I am realizing, life happens, and we all get off track and instead of focusing on what I haven’t done, I can just wake up today with a fresh outlook and keep going. His mercies are new every morning and I am going to rejoice that He helped me pick it up again.

I truly believe that it is God who called me to blog these faith tactics that will aid to building His kingdom. So when God calls you to do something, then He will equip you to do so. I live by the Spirit of God. He is my Abba Father and so I am His child. He doesn’t condemn me for missing a few days, so why should I? He gives me life, and set me free from the law that says “YOU CANT MISS ANY DAYS”.

The child of God is completely freed from the law of sin and death, and from the condemnation that comes with it. Only because the Spirit of Christ is our freedom. Our union with Him breaks off the power of sin. This makes us secure. So this verse does not apply to the one who is governed by the flesh. If the Spirit of God has not made His indwelling inside of you then you condemn yourself.

Those of us who do who have the Spirit of God in us, we may be chastened or receive discipline of the Lord, but we will not be condemned with the world. There is a big difference.

How do these verses help me to expand His Kingdom? It is usually new believers who quickly fall away when they mess up. The new believer is going to mess up and they will fall many times before getting back up. The enemy is quick to whisper in their ear to just lay there and die. He will say things like, “You will never be able to walk in the Spirit”, or “You are a horrible Christian”. He will stop at nothing to try to keep a new believer from growing and rising up. So for me, I think these new believers need to be surrounded by believers who live by the Spirit and can reach down and pick them up and dust off the dirt of the world and encourage them to keep going.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?

In case you missed what this is all about, visit the introduction. Click this link 180-days 2018  to print out the 2018 calendar that I created for this strategic plan to expand His kingdom. And don’t forget to subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss any days.

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Faith Tactic #72 Keep it Shut

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Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9

My friendships are so sweet. Praise God!

As a child I didn’t have any friends, and the ones I do remember were not good influences for me. They were those who set their hearts on evil, and every unclean practice known to man. Out of all the ugliest things I have ever been a part of, I would have to say that when I repeated the offense of someone I loved to every ear that would listen. What did that do to our friendship? Sadly, it destroyed it.

Thankfully it was a hard lesson learned. Since then, over twenty years now, I am much more careful to restrain my tongue from anything that could damage a friendship.

When you repeat a matter, it is usually something that is already dwelling inside you, and the more you repeat it, the more it sinks down inside you. It is already doing the work of separation, as it works to change your mindset into believing you are better off without that person in your life, (most often it is your own husband or wife). It is like a bitter root that is planted deep within your heart and the only way to freedom is to forgive.

The love that is spoken about here is a love that doesn’t see faults. And when we can honestly get to a place where love covers over everyone’s offense, it would truly be a force to be reckoned with. This is my goal. I want to love like Jesus loved.

The opposite of separate is unify, so if we could just shut the trap, and cover over the offense with a loving compassion that we are all sinners saved by grace, the glory that will shine in our lives would be something that brings us all together in unity and Jesus’ prayer that we would be one, even as He and the Father are one, would be answered.

How do these verses help me to expand His kingdom? Well we already established that repeating a matter has the potential to separate close friends, so any separation in His kingdom is an open window for the enemy to separate more people, and divide His people from not only each other but from His will, His purpose, and His kingdom. There is no place for gossip in God’s kingdom. So if we are going to expand His kingdom, there must be a love inside of us that will cover over the offense of others, and not repeat a matter, even if it is because so and so needs prayer. Just keep the offense between you and God.

United we will stand together in His Kingdom. Love each other deeply from the heart and you will have sweet friendships like I do.

What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?

In case you missed what this is all about, visit the introduction. Click this link 180-days 2018  to print out the 2018 calendar that I created for this strategic plan to expand His kingdom. And don’t forget to subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss any days.

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Faith Tactic #71 Commit and Trust

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Commit your way to the Lordtrust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.

Psalm 37:5-6

What does it mean to truly commit something to God?

All the cares and business of the world, and all your desires need be yielded unto Him. That is to commit. It is where we let go of control and allow Him to do what He does best. It is where we roll the whole burden of life upon the Lord.

It is very easy for me to try and control a situation. I have the tendency to be a control-freak. 🙂 In fact, as a leader it is often frustrating when things do not go my way. It is in these times, as often as they are, when I have to learn to let it go, again.

To commit is to pledge or bind (a person or an organization) to a certain course or policy. So when I commit to the Lord, I am committing to His course. I am pledging that His way is the best way and I should therefore let go of my way.

Do you see the result of letting it go, and yielding to Him? He says when we commit to Him, and trust Him then He will bring forth our righteousness and we will shine. We will stand out as light in the darkness. Why? Because we are not carrying the heavy burden it takes to keep the cares to ourselves.

It is so much better to commit to God.

How do these verses help me to expand His kingdom? As I commit my way in what I must do for His kingdom, I must not carry any burden that is meant for Him to carry. He will always do what I cannot. I must not be led by my own wisdom, but I will obey God and He will finish His work in me.

What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?

In case you missed what this is all about, visit the introduction. Click this link 180-days 2018  to print out the 2018 calendar that I created for this strategic plan to expand His kingdom. And don’t forget to subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss any days.

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Faith Tactic # 70 Be a Conqueror

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35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

Romans 8:35, 37

It is not even conceivable how these afflictions should have any tendency to alienate Christ’s love from us. However, these tribulations do have the potential turn our love away from Him. If there is an attachment to Christ, these afflictions are bound to occur. The persecutions and trials to which Christians must endure on the account of their professed union with the Savior are inevitable.

Some will grow weary of a service that involves so many trials. But then there are some like Paul who will stand firm because their love for Him will be so strong that they are willing to bear all.

In the United States, we are a blessed nation. We don’t have to fear being beheaded for sharing our faith with our neighbor. Of course, they might throw a tomato at you and reject the message but you don’t have to fear that you will be imprisoned for it. However, there are nations around the world who are experiencing these afflictions daily, and the more affliction they receive from their enemy the stronger their faith becomes to endure such evil. These are those who are named Conquerors.

To be a conqueror means that your enemies are dead to you, and they don’t have any effect on you or the peace God gives you. Even more than that, these enemies will not only bow, they will get up and serve you.

For example, say trouble and hardship came over to your house, and you did not give them their desired outcome of fear, worry and anxiety. Instead you invited them in with peace in your heart. Trouble and hardship see that their plan is not working and a greater source of power is at work in your heart, so they start to work with you instead of against you. Now trouble takes you higher and hardship calls you deeper. And only the true conquerors will understand this.

The enemies plans against us will always turn out for our good, and His glory.

How do these verses help me to expand His kingdom? There are hurting people all around us, being afflicted on a daily basis. We have an enemy. Satan is roaring around like a lion seeking whom he may devour. People need to know there is One who is greater, and when they accept Jesus in their heart as their Savior, He becomes greater than the forces of evil on this planet. God can turn all things around. He can use trouble, hardship, famine, nakedness, danger, the sword, and any other affliction the enemy brings your way for your good. He can turn them into more than a conqueror. Jesus is the ultimate conqueror, and when you come to know Him, you too can endure all things.

What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?

In case you missed what this is all about, visit the introduction. Click this link 180-days 2018  to print out the 2018 calendar that I created for this strategic plan to expand His kingdom. And don’t forget to subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss any days.

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Faith Tactic # 69 Spread Love

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For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 1 John 3:11

From the beginning we have had problems with loving one another. Remember the story about Cain and Abel. Murder and hate have been around a lot longer than we realize. The same kind of temperament that dwell in Cain remains in the the carnal part of mankind everywhere. We see it in the news. We hear about it in almost every conversation. One topic that is rampant right now is that school shootings have increased.

We just need to love another. However, we can not truly love each other without being born again. Our sin nature is in a state of spiritual death. When we are born again in the Spirit, then and only then can we truly love each other the way God loves us.

This is what the world is missing. Love.

How does this verse help me to expand His kingdom? Spread love everywhere I go, and teach about the kingdom of God and to be born again of the Spirit. The more people we reach for the Kingdom, the more love will be saturating our cities, and nations.

What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?

In case you missed what this is all about, visit the introduction. Click this link 180-days 2018  to print out the 2018 calendar that I created for this strategic plan to expand His kingdom. And don’t forget to subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss any days.

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Faith Tactic #68 Be Love

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“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35

There are so many people that are surrounding us who have never been shown love. It is amazing how we can be so blind to it. Partly because so many people wear the mask that they don’t need your love. And then there is our own selfishness that keeps us from seeing the needs of others.

Loving each other is what separates the true believers from the so-called Christians. When you truly love another you actually start to look like Christ. You may say, oh I love everyone. So many people SAY they love you. However to truly love someone you love them with action.

Jesus didn’t just say He loved me (you). No, He sacrificed Himself on my (your) behalf. He loved with more than words. This is the example of loving in deed and in truth. Christ did not please Himself, instead He set the pattern for us all with a self sacrificing love.

How does this verse help me to expand His kingdom?  I have received love from above and therefore I am going to give this love away. There are people who have shut love out and their hearts are real hard to receiving love. However, the more love they receive even when they are trying to push you away, the cold wax eventually starts to melt and when they open up just a little you have your chance to Be Love to them. Be someones love today.

What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?

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Faith Tactic # 67 Believe in Him

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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

God loved. God gave. There is no love which does not delight in giving and there is no love that does not delight in the sacrifice of depriving one self in what it gives.

He has done His part. Our part is to believe. There is no eternal life outside of believing that God loved you enough to send His one and only Son to die for you that you would have eternal life.

This verse is the only verse that I remember as a child. I was in kindergarten and 1st grade and I went to a christian school. I don’t have a lot of memories of my childhood, but there are 2 things I remember from that school. One is that I learned how to spell RESPONSIBILITY, and the other thing I learned is John 3:16. It is funny how they connect. For it is my responsibility to believe in Him.

My mom left home soon after and we never went back to church. And I don’t remember believing in Him anymore either. All I remember about God was that He died on the cross. That’s it. There was no story of redemption in just knowing that He died on the cross. Therefore I didn’t have a reason to live. I didn’t know the rest of the story until I was 20. I went my whole childhood and adolescent years living under a cloud. Until God sent someone my way to tell me the rest of the story. The SON shined in my darkness.

Finally John 3:16 started to make sense. I believed in Him, and what He did for me. WOW am I so thankful. Because He lives I have reason to live and now I live in Him. I want to share this love with everyone I meet.

How does this verse help me to expand His kingdom? I guarantee this verse is known among all. There are very few people I have ever known who do not know this verse. God seems to plant this verse in our hearts early on, so that eventually it will take root and when I am led to the one He sends me to, then I can water that Word, with more of His Word, and it will grow to produce more souls for His kingdom.

What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?

In case you missed what this is all about, visit the introduction. Click this link 180-days 2018  to print out the 2018 calendar that I created for this strategic plan to expand His kingdom. And don’t forget to subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss any days.

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Faith Tactic # 66 Love the Truth

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Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:6-7

This is the kind of love that makes a difference. When we can truly look at our enemy or a loved one who has hurt us, with compassion and take no pleasure in seeing them fall into an error of sin, then we are being influenced by God’s love.

Basically, to exhibit God’s kind of love, we must have God’s perspective on sin and righteousness. The better we understand love, the more we will sorrow over those who commit sin. The more we love the truth, the better we can love those around us.

The Bible says the love covers a multitude of sins. This love conceals the failings and faults of others. It is ready to believe the best about everyone, and when it can no longer believe well, it hopes God will give repentance unto life. And until that happens, love endures as it is also called long suffering.

I am truly thankful for those God put in my path to love me with this kind of love. I am so glad the woman who took me into her home when I first got saved didn’t treat me as I deserved. Instead she loved me as if I had never done anything wrong. She showered me with this kind of love even when I gave her no reason to love me. This love changed me.

How does this verse help me to expand His kingdom? By this description of love it prepares others for the coming King, and to be ready when He comes. People just need a little love to get them through the muck or mess they find themselves in. It is my goal to love a little more today. To love people as God as called them to be, and not as they are now. To love the truth is to believe what God says about them and treat them as such. Love someone like this today!

What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?

In case you missed what this is all about, visit the introduction. Click this link 180-days 2018  to print out the 2018 calendar that I created for this strategic plan to expand His kingdom. And don’t forget to subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss any days.

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Faith Tactic #65 Love Like Christ

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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

This kind of love is the love God has for us.

He is so patient with us. With all the malice and wickedness of this world, the love of God endures all this not only for a time, but to the end.

God is so kind to us. He is so mild and gentle. He inspires us with His sweetness.

There is no envy in God. Of course not, He need not envy when He himself is all things. He doesn’t envy the advantages, or gifts of others, instead He takes pleasure in them and participates with them. I love that about God.

He does not need to boast. He never acts or behaves in a headstrong manner, as if He was unapproachable. No we can come to Him anytime and as much as we want.

He is definitely not proud. He is not swelling with high conceits of Himself, even though He is God all of creation.

God’s love for us does not ever dishonor others. He is not rude, or willingly offensive to anyone.

His love for us is not self-seeking. He does not seek His own pleasure. He seeks to save the lost and bring in the remnant that is not yet in His grasp.

He is not easily angered. Oh how wonderful this is, that God is not as easily angered as I can be.

And best of all, He does not keep a record of our wrongs. The love in His heart towards us casts out all evil surmises, and instead works towards making us new.

How does this verse help me to expand His kingdom? If I can love like that, then so many people would be knocking at my door to know where this love came from. People are hungry for this love. They are looking for it in so many places, including the church, that fail them daily. How excellent would Christianity appear to the world if those who profess it were living under this divine principle of love? It would truly change the world.

What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?

In case you missed what this is all about, visit the introduction. Click this link 180-days 2018  to print out the 2018 calendar that I created for this strategic plan to expand His kingdom. And don’t forget to subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss any days.

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Faith Tactic # 64 Love One Another

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We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing. 2 Thessalonians 1:3

Faith and love work together, but faith always comes first. You can’t truly love someone unconditionally without faith. The more faith you have the more your love for others increases. The Bible says that faith comes by hearing the Word, so the more you stay in His Word, the more your love for God and others will increase.

I love you my friend.

Some of you I know real well and its easy to love you, and there are some of you I barely know. But because I love God, the love I have for you is increasing. I show this love to you in the way I am writing with you in mind. You are so special to me and God and I want you to be a part of all that God is doing in and for His kingdom. He wants us to be apart of it. He desires that we all increase in faith, and love for another because this is what expands His kingdom.

That is the whole point of these 180 days, isn’t it? To prepare our hearts with the washing of the Word daily to increase our faith, and to love another deeply from the heart.

I do thank God for each of you joining me, for the love and support you have given me already and we are only 1/3 of our way there. After the 180 days it is my prayer that you and I will be equipped with all that we need to expand His kingdom. It will be a glorious day when we all will meet face to face and the love we have for each other will be evident that we grew in our faith together.

Have a beautiful day my friend. I love you more and more each day.

What do these verses speak to you? How will these verses help you to expand His Kingdom?

In case you missed what this is all about, visit the introduction. Click this link 180-days 2018  to print out the 2018 calendar that I created for this strategic plan to expand His kingdom. And don’t forget to subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss any days.

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