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August 2019 - God Is Working In You

   Since I had the privilege of driving my kids, Aaron and Alicia, to school when they were young, I wanted to make the most of our time together. So, I taught them these Bible verses: Philippians 1:6; 2:13; 4:13 and 4:19. We memorized them, discussed them and to this day, they remind us that God is doing an ongoing, successful work in us.  Let’s look at Philippians 2:13 in some different translations: 

 God will continually revitalize you, implanting within you the passion to do what pleases Him.  (TPT) 

it is God who is all the while supplying the impulse, giving you the power to resolve, the strength to perform, the execution of His good pleasure.  (Way)  

[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. (AMP) 

   Notice the word “worketh” because when you understand it, your expectation and hope will be limitless!  The Greek word for “worketh” is energeo, which is where we get the English word energy.  Energeo means: “the divine energy put forth to effectually bring about a tangible, noticeable change.”  It literally means it is the will of God to put forth power constantly, in every moment, active at every second that will change our behavior permanently.   

God is the One who is constantly putting forth His energy in you. (Wuest) 

   God Himself is personally working in you.  This takes you out of the trying department and into the doing department!    When you don’t have the energy or you don’t “want to” press on, just keep saying, “God is working in me.”  In the middle of trouble, God Himself is working. He has plans, purposes and divine appointments for you. God will get you in the right place, at the right time, with the right people. 
   God has made the plans for you and He Himself is working with His energy in you to accomplish them.  For He performs what is appointed for me... Job 23:14. You are the believer and God is the performer.  Ephesians 2:10 (AMP) says,  For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live. 

YOU WORK IT OUT 

   People who are serious about their physical development or a sport will hire a trainer, stick to a schedule and will even eat a certain kind of diet.  They may have a natural talent for a sport, but they must develop their skills and strengths with certain workouts, even when there is pain.  Pain is really a sign that weakness is leaving your body.  1 Tim. 4:8 (AMP) says, Physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come. 
   God is working in you, but you must personally work it from the inside to the outside.  Philippians 2:12 (AMP) says, …work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).  God’s working in you. Now you work it out.  
   You might be weak in walking in love or being patient.  However, as you begin meditating on the Word and acting on it, you will strengthen yourself in God’s love.  Love is in you – you just have to work it out.  God has a reputation for working with real losers and making them champions! 
   At age 17 I got into some trouble with my friends, so my parents sent me to Africa to work with missionaries for the summer.  That meant I no longer had those friends, TV, rock music and a car.   One night I had a powerful encounter with God - God was working in me.  I knew when I got back home, I told my friends I wasn’t going out with them because I needed to study my Bible - I had to work it out They thought my mom was making me do it, but I wasn’t doing this for mom.  Instead, God was working new desires in me. This was serious spiritual training!  These are the areas I worked out:  1) Bible Meditation 2) Prayer in the Spirit 3) Identification with Christ 4) Walking in Love and 5) Generosity. 
   I was never voted the most likely to succeed in my 1973 high school annual, but now I’m the only one in my class to fly over our town in a jet! God has done a good work in my life and I can testify it doesn’t cost to serve God; it pays!  

WORK IT OUT 

   This month we want to offer you some tools that will help you with your spiritual training.  We have a brand-new 2 CD set called, “Work It Out.” Along with that we have a wonderful set called, “North Side of the Mountain.” God can make the sweetest music out of the greatest times of adversity in your life. For your offering of $25 or more we will send you these outstanding messages.  The love of God will never fail in any situation. It’s shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Ghost and will cause you to walk in victory.   
We recently returned from Kenya in East Africa. It was a wonderful time in the presence of the Lord with pastors, ministers and Bible School students who were so hungry to receive from God. We are also anticipating outstanding meetings in Sao Paulo, Brazil September 27 - 30, 2019.    
   Thank you once again for your faithful partnership with us in World Missions as we spread this message together! We agree with you for a harvest on your seed sown. One thing my daddy said was, “With God payday isn’t always on Friday, or the first, or the fifteenth, but God’s paydays always come (Hebrews 6:10)!”  

In Christ, 
Mark and Trina 

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November 2018 - What Happened in Christ

When Trina and I went on a tour of Israel we visited the security wall in Jerusalem.  It was built to protect citizens from terrorists who were coming in and killing innocent people. This wall is 26 feet high and 330 feet wide in some places.  It has an intricate network of technology to alarm and stop any incoming enemy.

Like that wall, the cross has formed a barrier to protect anyone who is “in Christ” from the strategies of the enemy. Galatians 6:14 says, “But far be it from me to boast about anything except the cross of our head Jesus Christ: that cross forms a permanent barrier (to erect a fence) between the world and me, and between me and the world” (Bruce).  Acknowledging your identification with Christ is the way to separate yourself from sin and its power in your life. The cross brings sin to an end and the old man is destroyed (Romans 6:6).  There is a resurrection provided which brings a complete continuation of Christ’s victory.

In the human body, one drop of blood contains the history of any disease an individual has overcome.  The antibodies in the blood are also called memory cells.  Those antibodies carry the memory of how it defeated any disease. One drop of Jesus’ blood contains the total history of all He has overcome for us.  His blood contains the memory cells of how it defeated sin and all its consequence. When sin or Satan try to enter your life, you apply or plead the blood and it breaks the power of the enemy. 

 

SANCTIFIED BY THE BLOOD AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit and the blood always go together. In 1 Peter 1:2, it says it is “through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.” The blood of Jesus cleanses your conscience by the power of the Holy Spirit.  There is wonder-working power in the blood!

 

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. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?   - Hebrews 9:12–14

 

NOT MY WILL

When Jesus prayed in the garden, “Not my will, but Thine, be done” (Luke 22:42), He was sanctifying His own will and humbling Himself to the plan of redemption. His obedience broke the curse that came from Adam’s disobedience. Now, like Him, we sanctify our will and present our bodies for Him to use—a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God (Rom. 12:1).

We must humble ourselves in order to go higher. Even the Apostle Paul practiced this lifestyle.  He said in 1 Corinthians 9:27, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”  When we submit ourselves to Him for cleansing, we can move into new territory in our prayer lives, personal lives, relationships, work, and ministry.

 

HOW TO BECOME A VESSEL OF HONOR

 

We must take responsibility to separate ourselves from iniquity and become vessels of honor. Look at what Paul told Timothy:

 

…let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.    - 2 Timothy 2:19–21

 

We are empowered by the Holy Spirit and the blood of Jesus to be obedient to the will of God.  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all,” Hebrews 10:10.  1 Peter 1:2 says, “through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.”  You can see the blood of Jesus and the Holy Spirit working together enabling the believer to surrender to and obey the will of God. 

All Jesus did for us in redemption is in His blood. Naturally speaking, our DNA (our identification) is in our blood. But when the blood of Jesus cleanses us, it purges and washes our “genes.”  Hebrews 10:22 says, “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” Jesus makes us brand new!

 

NOT VICTIMS, BUT VICTORS

In the letters to the Church, the Epistles, no one is called a victim. Instead, Paul tells us we have the power to purge ourselves. That means you and I are not helpless victims. In Christ, we are no longer victims. Jesus became sin and through His blood broke the curse and purchased our complete freedom from Satan’s power. In Him, we are victors!

A victor is one who defeats the enemy or opponent.  Start declaring that today. “I am victorious in Christ!”  You overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of your testimony (Rev. 12:11). Your testimony releases sanctifying power. As 2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMP) says, “The old previous moral and spiritual condition has passed away. Behold the fresh and new has begun.” JESUS CHRIST MAKES YOU NEW!

2018 is almost over, but God is not finished doing NEW things in your life!  This month we have 3 BRAND NEW messages titled, What Happened in Christ and the book, Paul’s System of Truth for your gift of $25 or more.  What happened in Christ is greater than anything that has ever happened to you.  We believe these messages will strengthen and feed your faith. 

May God abundantly bless you for your partnership with us as we continue to train and equip pastors and leaders around the World.  Just as Paul did in the book of Philippians, we declare to our partners, “My God shall supply all your need, according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.”

 

In Christ,
Mark and Trina

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