In You For Me

Col 1:27
To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory.(AMP)

God’s spirit is in you for your glorification. What God expects from you since inception is for you to know what he has in stock for you so as to become a wonder to your world. There is more in stock for us in the secret place of our spirit man. Your manifestation is not in the qualification of what background you are from, what church you attend, whether you are walking in the path of the just, whether you speak in tongues or not but the secret that he unveils is that because Christ lives in you; therefore because he is the vine and you the branch the same virtue that runs through him runs through you therefore you have an inheritance of living in the consciousness of taking part of all that Christ has in his Father. God wants you to acknowledge and walk in the fullness of who you are. It doesn’t matter how long you have been in Christ or given your life to him but what matters is the acknowledgement of his good works which lies within you. He expects that the life that we live is what inspires people to come into his kingdom for he says that men shall see you and glorify the father that is in heaven. Therefore you must realize that what you have been looking for is right there inside you looking for a way to express or manifest itself. Because as he is so are you, therefore people begin to marvel at the wonder working of God upon your life because you decided to stay in him so as to bring for his glory in the land of the heathen.
The father by revealing his son Jesus Christ in us has given us the opportunity to tap into greatness and accomplish more than we could ever imagine. But here’s the key: “Christ in You”. Thus the more we have Jesus living BIG in us the more greatness we have in his kingdom. Now that Christ has died and sent his holy spirit to live in us, we are as close as we can get to God. It is one thing to acknowledge Christ in you, and it is quite another to allow him to manifest through you. Your revelation of Jesus, who he is and what he can do through and for you is the key to success in life. Jesus in you is much bigger than any circumstance or problem that comes your way. We must not limit the Jesus in us for he is Huge! Look at the description of Christ in you for just a few verses later. Col 2:9-10 “For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature]. And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead — Father, Son and Holy Spirit — and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].” (AMP)
Think about it, the creator, God himself, resides in us and everything that He is resides in us!!!! Where will sickness, failure, poverty, depression… come from when all that make Him is available also to us!!! Nothing is impossible for Him (Matt. 19:26) or for us, if our focus is on Him. Therefore we must tap into His life residing in us… First John 4:4 says: Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world. (AMP). Therefore I charge you that from the moment you receive this revelation you should be say to every challenge and circumstance that greater is he that is in me than any form of challenge or circumstance. Halleluyah!!!!!!!!!!!

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Turning failure into achievement

Is it even possible? Can you really turn failure into achievement?
What is it that makes the difference? Why are there some who seem to accomplish so much with their lives?
Is it…

Family Background – Having a good family growing up is something to be grateful for, but it’s not the reliable indicator of accomplishment. High percentages of great men have come from broken homes.

Wealth – Some of the greatest men of accomplishment have come from households of average to below-average means. Wealth is not an accurate indicator of high achievement, and poverty is no guarantee of low achievement.

Opportunity – Opportunity is a very peculiar thing. Two people with the similar gifts, talents, and resources can look at a situation, and one person will see tremendous opportunity while the other sees nothing. Opportunity is in the eye of the beholder.

High Morals – I wish it were that simple and that these were the key, but it’s not. I’ve known people with high morals but was low achievers and I have known scoundrels… rats who were high producers.

The Absence of Hardship – For every success who has avoided tragedy, there’s a Helen Keller who overcame extreme difficulties or a Viktor Frankl who survived absolute horrors.

None of these elements are the key. The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.

Nothing is great in the beginning stages of when God first starts working in a man’s life. That man’s prayers will be elementary. His efforts will be clumsy and uncoordinated. His whole sense of walking with God will be spent in the shallows. But if that man refuses to give up or if he refuses to give in, if his desire and determination and his sense of purpose will capture his emotions, then God will work with his life.

It takes time, persistence, and desire. These elements become the fuel for revivals, energy for relationship with God, and absolute authority in the Kingdom of God.

There are endless ways by which God shapes the soul of a man. For some all it takes is a look, as with Zacchaeus. For some all it takes is for them to be blinded by light, as with Paul. For some it takes a midnight confrontation, as with Nicodemus. For some it takes a noonday conversation, as with the women at the well.

The only growth worth investing in is that which grows slowly. Great men are made in stages. Not overnight.
“It is not what a man keeps but rather what he gives that makes him great. It is not what a man possesses but rather what possesses the man.”
Remain Blessed

The Disadvantages of the World Is Your Supernatural Advantage

We live in a world of disadvantages. We live in a world that often holds the upper hand to our dreams, our desires, and ultimately to our destinies.
Oftentimes men allow their entire minds to be set at doubt and discouragement because of the seeming disadvantages their life seems to bring.
The truth is that Homer who wrote the Odyssey and John Milton who wrote Paradise Lost were blind. Beethoven was deaf when he composed some of the world’s greatest symphonies.
Every church body has disadvantages. The building is old. The congregation is discouraged. The finances are short. Every church member has disadvantages. Their time is limited. Their walk with God is not what it should be. Their family does not support their decision to attend the church. These disadvantages serve only to spur us on to greater victories if we refuse to be discouraged by them.
The greatest Christians are often those who did not grow up under the pews. Their disadvantaged childhoods did not involve weekly church attendance. Theirs were abusive homes where alcohol and neglect were the rule. However, they did not let their situation decide their outcome. In fact, it usually energizes their resolve to change not only their own life, but also many of those around them.
T.D. Jakes once preached, “Our greatest choir directors are not sitting in church pews tonight. They are sitting on bar-stools.”
When you release the creative power of God’s Spirit in someone’s life through prayer and faith, anything is possible. If there is one thing that this world is not short of it is disadvantage. It’s everywhere. But turning that disadvantage into advantage, now that’s the challenge. Enabling and empowering people. That’s what this is all about.
Jesus realized it when he told a fisherman that he would make him a fisher of men. It’s still the same today. Our job is to enable people. If we get caught up or if we allow them to get caught up focusing on their disadvantages, the Church will never grow beyond its dis-function. If, however we can empower them with the hope of overcoming their situations and circumstances, we can then have true revival. Cause someone you minister to have found his place in the Kingdom.
Let them know that the disadvantages of their life can become advantages for the Kingdom of God.

Man’s Responsibility Toward God

Man’s Responsibility Toward God
Key Verses: Rom 12:1-13

I. God’s Sovereignty Does Not Absolve Man of His Personal Responsibility
A. One truth clearly taught in Scripture is that God is sovereign in His thoughts, plans, and executions. This was elaborated by Paul in Rom 9-11, especially as he deals with God’s relationship with Israel and the Gentiles. In His sovereignty it is impossible for God to be unjust toward anyone.
B. A second related and parallel truth is that man is responsible for all that God has given him, as shown in the Parable of the Pounds (Luke 19:11-27) and the Parable of the Talents (Matt 25:14-30). It is true that God by His grace affects a work of regeneration in us (1 Peter 1:3; Rom 5:10; 2 Cor 5:18). But as a new creature in Christ, a believer becomes personally responsible for his actions and the impression that he makes on the world around him. In other words, the believer must make his own decisions and be held accountable for them. In Rom 12, Paul stresses that the believer’s main responsibility is to live a holy life.
II. We Must Consecrate Our Bodies to Christ
A. When we become Christians, we must recognize that we do not automatically get rid of our corruptible, mortal bodies (Rom 6:12; 1 Cor 15:53,54; 2 Cor 4:11; 5:4); this transformation will not occur until the final resurrection (Rom 8:23).
B. It is the indwelling Spirit of the crucified and resurrected Christ (Rom 6:6; Gal 2:20) who gives us the power to voluntarily refrain from sin (Rom 6:14). And, thus, only as a Christian am I in a position to present my body unto the Lord instead of unto sin.
1. This act of consecration discussed in Rom 12:1 takes two forms. This indicates one’s act of surrender of the body. A daily, moment by moment denial of our body to be used for unrighteousness can only be achieved by this once-and-for-all presentation of us unto God as being alive from the dead. In the phrase “now yield your members servants to righteousness . . .” (Rom 6:19 indicates a once-and-for-all presentation or voluntary crucifixion with Christ (Gal 2:20).
2. The second form this consecration of our bodies takes after our initial dedication to Christ is called “a living sacrifice” (Rom 12:1). The participial meaning of “living” means something that is the result of our present will and which is done constantly without ever becoming dead or losing its vibrancy. A “sacrifice” is something that we give up in order to please God. Such a sacrifice does not mean the privation of the legitimate needs of our body within the realm of prescribed Christian conduct. This unselfish yielding must not only be living, conscious and constant, but also holy, separated from sin and attached to God. It must also be well-pleasing or acceptable unto God and it must have a calculated or reasoned-out purpose and public usefulness. That is what ‎ “service,” is. Our sacrifice must also be ‎”reasonable, logical, well-planned and calculated.” God will not accept as service that which has selfish motives and neglects our duty toward our family and society.
III. We Must Be Non-Conformists
A. “And be not conformed to this world or age . . .” (Rom 12:2). We must remain apart from the world because this age does not have the mind of Christ. We should not dress or behave as the people of our age if they do not conform to God’s standard. The verb is in the present imperative indicating that we should constantly refuse to conform to the age.
B. “. . . but ye be transformed by the renewing of your mind . . .” (Rom 12:2). Paul is denoting change of condition, and ‎ “to form.” It ‎refers to the inner disposition of the heart versus “the outward”. When we bring about an inner change of mind, there will be a difference in the way we behave outwardly.
Walk towards this perfection and you will see God’s hand upon your Life!

The Holy Spirt As A Symbol Of Fire

Fire is a type of the Holy Ghost. Stir it up. You can stir up the anointing. Paul wrote to the church at Rome and he said, “Be fervent in spirit.” Moffat’s translation says, “Maintain the glow.”
He gave you this fire and this anointing. But it’s up to you to do something about it. It’s up to you to maintain the glow. You need to stir up the embers and the inner fire. It’s up to you to stir Him up.
The Amplified translation of Romans 12:11 says, “Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.” Be aglow and afire with the Spirit. The Spirit is fire.