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Living What You Believe Part 1

Living What You Believe

By Brian Kinsey

Too often we live our lives with a GAP between what we say we believe and what we actually live. The truth is, if we are honest with ourselves, we must admit we all have that gap. But today, God is calling His church to close the gap and start living what you believe.

 

No matter how severe the attack from Satan is, I assure you that contained within the gospel is the power to get back up and declare that Jesus is God.

 

I want your heart to be so insulated by the Breastplate of Righteousness and by the Shield of Faith that there will be no crisis or adversity to arise that can shake you from your Foundation of Truth. For our foundation stands sure. Let it be established in our hearts, as a rock which cannot be moved, in Jesus’ Name.

 

Some might ask, “What is our foundation?” In essence, it is the doctrine of Jesus Christ that we teach and preach.  Paul understood this when he prayed for the church at Ephesus, that the eyes of their understanding be enlightened to “know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward of those who believe according to His mighty power”  (Ephesians 1:18,19).

 

This is what I’m praying for today because I want you to have the same confidence of hope and knowledge so that you can know, “What is the hope of your calling.” The cornerstone of our foundation is the understanding that there is only one God.

 

Deuteronomy 6:4 – “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord.”

 

Why preach the doctrine?  Why are you so firm on this foundation?

1 Timothy 4:16 – “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine, that you may continue in them; for in doing this, thou shalt both save thyself and them that hear thee.”

 

I cannot save you by my opinion, or by what’s popular with society nowadays – that is not going to get you to Heaven. I can’t get you out of your misery and into a victorious life unless I preach the truth that is contained in this Word.

 

I’m not looking for another God – I’ve found the one true God.  I don’t need to go searching for Him. I know that God has requested that we seek him with all our heart. This is in the sense of establishing a covenant relationship that goes beyond the shallow experiences of people who are not grounded in the truth.

 

WE do not need another gospel or another God; we need to deepen our relationship with the One True King, who is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.

 

He is invisible – a spirit that lives within our hearts through the power of the Holy Ghost.  There is none beside Him – He alone is God.  His Name is above every name.

 

We are so privileged to not only know him as the Creator, but we also know Him personally, for we know Him by name. You don’t really know somebody unless you know his or her name.  I want to know when the Lord is talking to me and I want to recognize His voice.

 

It’s impossible to know the Lord if you don’t know His Name. His Name is not Father, Son, or Holy Ghost – these are expressions of how I relate to Him. Yes, He is my Father, and as the Son of God, He died for my sins, and as the Holy Ghost, He lives inside of me. However, there is a NAME that I can call that has power to save me. That Name is above every name.  “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under Heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

 

You can choose to waste your enthusiasm on meaningless trinkets that you can’t take with you to the grave, but my choice is to get excited about the only message that can save our city – about the One who died for my sins, whose Name is Jesus.

 

I think it’s time for the church to get rock-solid on truth so that nothing can shake it.  We don’t need to be confused by every voice/doctrine that is going around. This One True God has the power and the interest to deliver His people, to fight their battles and give us the ability to be, “more than a conqueror.”

 

The church is fighting for her identity and that battle rages continually in both our culture and from within but we must fight the good fight of faith. We do that by standing our ground, speaking the truth in love, and raising the banner high enough so everyone knows we are not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

I don’t know why we fight among ourselves rather than with our true enemy. The fact that we are doing this is profane – the Bible calls it that.

We need to be fighting the devil who is busy deceiving people.

 

You need to understand that this Name is highly exalted.  It is superior to any other name that God has been called.  It is the only Name that Heaven honors. You can’t do spiritual warfare without that Name.

 

That is why we baptize in His Name – to activate the power of God through the Blood of Jesus Christ to remove our sins. It’s the only Name that can break the chains and bring new birth. I wasn’t born again because I’m a Pentecostal – I was born again because I have Jesus in my life.

 

When you’re born again, you receive the spirit of adoption. Through His Name, you become a part of His family. I want to bear the image of my Father, who is Jesus Christ. I want Him to change me from who I am into who He wants me to be. This world will paint a false picture of reality for you. It will take more than it gives. That’s why I say, “Thank God for the Blood and for the Name!”

 

I didn’t get the Holy Ghost from the United Pentecostal Church. I got it from the One who sent it in His Name. I called on the Name of Jesus, and He filled me with His Spirit. How did I know I got the Holy Ghost?  I spoke in tongues as the Spirit gave me the utterance, just like the Bible said I would.

 

I just want you to know that you are a part of this Kingdom. You are a Child of God. God is the same, no matter where you may go. You won’t get more of Him in one place than you will in another.

Transformed Life

Transformed Life

 

When we make the choice to be transformed and to live a life that accomplishes the will of God, it is the greatest compliment we can give to the Lord and His Word. Preaching is nothing but entertainment if it doesn’t change us. Too often we enjoy the presentation of the Word but do not give worth to its superiority because we refuse to apply it.

Sometimes we judge the value of a message by its entertainment quality and even though we feel it is God given, too many times we do not have a strategy to implement that Word in our daily life. Application should trump presentation for every believer.

There is a principle taught in Hebrews 4:2 that we must recognize.  For indeed we have had good tidings preached unto us, even as also they: but the word of hearing did not profit them, because it was not united by faith with them that heard.  In order for the Word to cause transformation in our lives it must be mixed with faith. As Socrates once said, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old but on building the new.”  It is time to build the NEW.

It is important to note that the Word will either transform us or it will judge us. When the Word transforms us, our mind is renewed, we receive a better perspective, and it helps us to bring our thoughts into captivity unto the obedience of Christ. When the Word is preached, faith is ignited.  When truth is embraced we are freed from the past, our chains, and our present bondage and are now free to pursue our destiny. John Maxwell said, “We cannot become what we need by remaining what we are.”

As Acts 26:18 promises, this truth will, ….open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

If we reject the Word it will stand against us in judgment. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day (John 12:48).

Whether the Word changes us or judges us is a choice we make. The Word is always going to accomplish God’s will. It is up to me and it is up to you if we are going to benefit from it. I must be determined to rejoice in my rebukes, learn to heed divine warnings, and receive correction with gladness. Remember, the Bible is firm and stern in its warning of our tendency to be stubborn and stiff-necked. He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy (Proverbs 29:1).

God’s word will be fulfilled one way or the other. So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it (Isaiah 55:11).  Those who are out of shape mentally usually fall victim to ideas and systems that are destructive to the human spirit and to human relationships. They are vulnerable because they have not been taught how to think, nor have they set themselves to the life-long pursuit of the growth of the mind. Not having the facility of a strong mind, they grow dependent upon the thoughts and opinions of others. Rather than deal with ideas and issues, they reduce themselves to lives full of rules, regulations, and programs (Gordon MacDonald).

Transformation is elevation; it is advancement, and restoration which is the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition. For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after (Jeremiah 30:17).

God’s purpose is to elevate us to a higher place of relationship with him. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places (Habakkuk 3:19).

Transformation gives us an advantage over our enemies and we will be victorious. It is the only way to advance in the Kingdom and to promote the cause of Christ until the day He returns and His plan is fulfilled. Paul says it like this, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).

You can be born again and still be an emotional wreck. You need restoration. Break free from the emotional bondage and scars of past sins so you can develop into what God wants you to be.

As true transformation begins in our life, we become renewed, restored, and refreshed. We can then fulfill our destiny, experience victory and fully realize that we have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.

That is what the New Birth is all about. It is about walking in the newness of life. For we have been reborn.

He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God (John 1:10-13 – (NLT).

Our born-again experience is transformational.  His blood remits our sins. They are just not covered…they are gone!   The Holy Ghost fills us with the very essence of God and leads us into all truth. His Spirit gives us the ability to continually grow and produce the fruit of the Spirit. For every tree is known by his own fruit… (Luke 6:44)

As Yehuda Berg said, “We need to realize that our path to transformation is through our mistakes. We’re meant to make mistakes, recognize them, and move on to become unlimited.”

What are the results of transformation?  

  • Becoming Christ like in every aspect of our lives.
  • Developing the fruit of the Spirit.
  • Being led by the Spirit.
  • Becoming the example/witness that makes a difference in the world.

Let God Transform You

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:1-2 – NLT).

Our transformation is only possible if we “let God” do it. In order for Him to do it, we must allow Him permission to change the way we think. For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: (Proverbs 23:7).

If we are truly transformed we will be changed into another form; by definition, transform is to make a thorough or dramatic change in the form, appearance, or character of. Change completely. (Transformed as stated in Romans 12:2 is from the Greek: Metamorphoo “to change into another form” –Strong’s Concordance; meta, implying change, and morphe, “form:” –Vines)

As believers if we submit to a complete change in obedience to Romans 12:2, that change will occur in our character and conduct. The last part of the word “transformed” is morphe and it emphasizes the inward change. The first part of the word emphasizes the outward change. True transformation is a complete change with both inward and outward implications and it is a continual process.

A caterpillar enters a cocoon and in the secret of its own demise a metamorphosis takes place and transformation into a beautiful butterfly is completed.

Remember that death is always painful, especially when you are dying to appetites and passions that are destructive but so tempting to give into. However, as Arthur Burt stated, “NOTHING HAPPENS until the pain of REMAINING THE SAME outweighs the pain of CHANGE.”

You may feel like you have the reached the end, but the end is nothing more than an opportunity for a new beginning. “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” – Richard Bach

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image (JESUS) from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18).

We have been transformed – so walk in Newness of Life.

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).

Paul says we are to walk in “newness” of life and serve in “newness” of the Spirit (Rom 6:4; 7:6). A new creation formed by the Spirit releases us from bondage to sin and law, and gives us a new quality to life and service.

Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new (II Corinthians 5:17).

Let Christ be formed in you. My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you (Galatians 4:19).

Jesus prayed and the fashion of His countenance was altered. We have often heard the wise adage, “Prayer changes things,” however, the truth is, prayer does much more than that; prayer changes you, and you change things.

….And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering (Luke 9:29).

And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light (Matthew 17:2).

Change of Lifestyle is Transformation

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:22-24).

We need to put off the old ways of the world and put on the new behaviors exampled by Jesus.

But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.  9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: (Colossians 3:8-10).

Renewed: To cause to grow up, new, to make new. What used to be in the beginning is being restored and transformed back into the original image in Genesis 1:2, So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

As we read in Jeremiah 18: 1-6 regarding the potter’s house, God is a master of restoration.  We were all fearfully and wonderfully made, but living in this world can cause damage to our souls.  He sees us marred and damaged, takes our lump of clay, and He re-works us with tender hands as we are molded…transformed…into His image.

His delight is in the fact that we want Him to transform us.  As Watchman Nee said, “It is a fact that God wants to destroy every work of our flesh, but He never desires to destroy our personality. He takes no pleasure in transforming us into automata; rather does He delight in having us cooperate with Him.”

It is time for us to be re-imaged; completely cleansed and start over.

Revelation 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.