Alan Strudwick ()Alan Strudwick, October 2, 2016
Part of the Visitor Speaker series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
"In Him". There are promises in the bible that say I will have them if I remain in Him. Provision, healing, happiness, joy. Just some of the promises!
Being in the world vs being In Him. Jesus gave his life on the cross, so we could go from being in the world, to being in him. Talking about position. We now live "in Christ". Every time I do something, go to the word of God to see what it says I need to do in Him. Some people find worldly wisdom, and then wonder why they don't have the ultiimate promises of God. God, the ultiimate creator of the universe, has given us the ability to live In Him. These things affected by what we do in the world: business, work, family, social, finances, dreams, body, marriage/relationships -> seeking worldly wisdom in the past.
In Him we have soul - mind, will, emotions. We have spirit. Our spirit communicates with God's spirit, and through that God has supplied all the wisdom for all these things. So, we just need to learn how to do this stuff: business, work, family etc. Purpose is powerful, but position is vital.
Story of Daniel. Kidnapped from his homeland into another land. But, he knows his position in God, so when he is put into the training ground of psychics, magicians etc, they remain In Him. When the king receives a dream, answer comes from God. As a result, he is given governance and rule over the country because of his position. Q; why doesn't he get retribution for being kidnapped? Q: why didn't he just leave? Instead he governs for 80 years, and influence 10 kings - affected the land. As a result, those kings declared that Daniel's God is the God to follow! I want to remain in the business world, so that the people that I influence will say that my God is the God to follow. King Cyrus gets a vision and proclamation from God to build a temple to God. Daniel staying there influences nation apon nation.
If that happened today - "I don't like my boss". When you understand your position, you find out the word of God, what it says in that position. Serve your boss as unto the Lord. Positioning in him does that. Daniel stayed in position and helped the kings rather than hating them.
The things that God tells us to do isn't always easy.
Diagram: Belief -> Hear -> Think -> Action/Behaviour. We need to determine how to change what we hear, so we change what we think. God has a greater wisdom. eg The world believes that if you change your thinking in 21 days, you will change. Bible says that 40 days it the number. Why? 21 days mind emotions and will, will change. But your spirit won't. But in 40 days, everything about you will change. The world is about maintenance so you won't have to struggle. God is about victory, so you'll have freedom!
If we want biblical promises, then we need to look at biblical things.
Heb 4:12. Word of God is alive and active, dividing soul and spirit. If I have this mindset developed from the world, then I need to look at: how do I change my thinking?
2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. Kainos = creation. New in quality and innovation - never been done before. Not just a new car, a brand new brand. Fresh in development and opportunity -> we become a new species. Old things have passed away, all things have become new. Think apon this scripture for 40 days.
As a new creation, what do I do when doubt comes? Rom 12:2. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. God is practical! We need to renew our thoughts - what we tell ourselves, what we see, what we hear. What is God's will? Stop doing the world's stuff! But when your mind is transformed, different thoughts, you start to know the will of God. Transformed = metamorphasis eg caterpillar comes out of the cocoon as a butterfly. If God can do that in his creation, he can do that in us!
What do we renew it with? God's word, not the world. Eg healing. Eg business. Eg childbirth. Eg healing from cancer. We need to change our mindsets, choose to believe God instead of listening to the world. Daniel stayed in the not very nice place, but stayed true to God, and did not succumb to those around him.
Business story. Take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. Casting down arguments and anything that sets itself up against God. Make it obedient to Christ - how do we do that? Find out what the word of God says.
Trust God! Not just enough to get theological. Get practical.
Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart
Psalm 91:2. I will say to God you are my refuge
Prov 35: Every word of God is pure. A shield.
2 Sam 22:31 As to God, his ways is perfect. HIs ways is proven, and he is a shield to all who trust in him.
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