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March 12, 2018 10:13 AM PDT

IT’S NOT FAIR! Part 2

Matthew 26:57-66 57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. 58 But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.
59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60 But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward.
Finally two came forward 61 and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’”
62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 63 But Jesus remained silent.
The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”
64 “You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66 What do you think?”
“He is worthy of death,” they answered.

Jesus should have been the one to CONDEMN, not be condemned.

Caiaphas is US.

Romans 3:10-24 10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”
13 “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.”
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 ruin and misery mark their ways, 17 and the way of peace they do not know.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.
20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

We condemned Jesus by our own choice to SIN.

Jesus’ condemnation is our JUSTIFICATION.

All of this points to one truth: God LOVES you.

March 12, 2018 10:13 AM PDT

IT’S NOT FAIR! Part 1

Not only did Jesus’ own family not believe or support Him, but His closest disciples BETRAYED and ABANDONED Him.

Matthew 26:14-16, 14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
55 In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

Jesus was betrayed and abandoned so we may experience His RANSOM and faithful RELATIONSHIP.

1Timothy 2:5-6 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.

1Corinthians 6:19-20 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

As King, Spouse, Father, Sibling, and Friend God uses each of these relationship examples to communicate His love and unwavering FAITHFULNESS. (Psalm 74:12, 95:3; Revelation 19:11-16; Isaiah 54:5; Ephesians 5:31-32; Revelation 19:5-9; 2Corinthians 6:14-18; Romans 8:29; Hebrews 2:10-12; John 15:14-15; James 4:4)

Hebrews 13:5-6 5 ...God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

March 05, 2018 02:23 PM PST

Different - Making the most of our differences (Part 4) Every person is created different, ON purpose FOR a purpose. God intentionally created us different to fulfill a specific PURPOSE, ROLE, and FUNCTION in the home, society, and Kingdom of God. Romans 12:4-8 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. God wants us to VALUE who He made us and others to be. We are to COMPLEMENT not COMPETE with each other. Every gift has a unique function and CONTRIBUTION. Different implies VARIETY in how it performs and what it offers. 1Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. God made us INTERDEPENDENT. Every gift has its LIMITATIONS, its strengths and weaknesses, and we need every gift to cover and carry. We are to be FAITHFUL managers of the gift God made us. For life to go well and right, we must function within the parameters of God’s DESIGN and STRUCTURE in relationships; MARRIAGE (Genesis 2:23-25, 3:16; 1Corinthians 11:3, 11-12; Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18-19; 1Peter 3:1-7), FAMILY (Matthew 15:3-6; Ephesians 6:1-4; Colossians 3:20-21), SOCIETY (Mark 12:31; Romans 12:13-18; 1Timothy 5:1-3; James 2:1, 8; 1Peter 3:9), EMPLOYMENT (Ephesians 6:5-9; Colossians 3:22-25; 1Peter 2:18-21), SPIRITUAL Leadership (1Timothy 5:17-20; Hebrews 13:17; 1Peter 5:1-5), government LEADERSHIP (Romans 13:1-5; 1Peter 2:13-17), Even our ENEMIES (Matthew 5:43-48; Romans 12:19-21). When you abandon or abdicate who God made you to be, you introduce CHAOS, BROKENNESS, and PAIN. With REPENTANCE, God is in the business of HEALING and RESTORING right relationships. Matthew 4:17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

February 26, 2018 11:05 AM PST

Different - Making the most of our differences (Part 4)

Every person is created different, ON purpose FOR a purpose.

God intentionally created us different to fulfill a specific PURPOSE, ROLE, and FUNCTION in the home, society, and Kingdom of God.

Romans 12:4-8 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

God wants us to VALUE who He made us and others to be.

We are to COMPLEMENT not COMPETE with each other.

Every gift has a unique function and CONTRIBUTION.

Different implies VARIETY in how it performs and what it offers.

1Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

God made us INTERDEPENDENT.

Every gift has its LIMITATIONS, its strengths and weaknesses, and we need every gift to cover and carry.

We are to be FAITHFUL managers of the gift God made us.

For life to go well and right, we must function within the parameters of God’s DESIGN and STRUCTURE in relationships;

MARRIAGE (Genesis 2:23-25, 3:16; 1Corinthians 11:3, 11-12; Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18-19; 1Peter 3:1-7),
FAMILY (Matthew 15:3-6; Ephesians 6:1-4; Colossians 3:20-21),
SOCIETY (Mark 12:31; Romans 12:13-18; 1Timothy 5:1-3; James 2:1, 8; 1Peter 3:9),
EMPLOYMENT (Ephesians 6:5-9; Colossians 3:22-25; 1Peter 2:18-21),
SPIRITUAL Leadership (1Timothy 5:17-20; Hebrews 13:17; 1Peter 5:1-5),
government LEADERSHIP (Romans 13:1-5; 1Peter 2:13-17),
Even our ENEMIES (Matthew 5:43-48; Romans 12:19-21).

When you abandon or abdicate who God made you to be, you introduce CHAOS, BROKENNESS, and PAIN.

With REPENTANCE, God is in the business of HEALING and RESTORING right relationships.

Matthew 4:17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

February 22, 2018 06:49 AM PST

Different - Making the most of our differences (Part 3)

Psalm 139:13-14 13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

EVERYONE is uniquely, fearfully (awesomely), and wonderfully created by God.

PERSONALITIES vary in expression, emotional wiring, perception, and cognitive process.

Personalities provide lots of opportunity for MISUNDERSTANDING and TENSION.

3 Things to remember to live in HARMONY with different personalities:

1. Take the relationship seriously, find the value in their personality, and be a STUDENT of one another.

2. Keep a RIGHT perspective of your own personalities strengths, weaknesses, and uniqueness. (Romans 12:3)

3. God expects EVERY personality to be conformed to and controlled by the character of Christ.

Galatians 5:22-26 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

1Corinthians 13:4-8 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails.

The ultimate goal is for every personality to be a unique expression of GOD’S love and truth. (Romans 12:2; 8:29; Ephesians 4:20-24; Colossians 3:12-14; 1Peter 1:13-16)

February 12, 2018 10:34 AM PST

Different - Making the most of our differences (Part 2)

Philippians 2:1-16 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Relationships, more than anything else are the refining fires that God uses to MATURE us to be more like Him.

SELFISHNESS (preferring self) is hurtful and divisive.

HUMILITY is the “making low” of one’s self.

God wants us to VALUE and be valued by one another.

5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

LOVE is demonstrated when we lay aside our own wants and interests and serve others.

Love is SACRIFICIAL.

Love is MORE than WORDS.

This is more about YOU than THEM.

This is a CHOICE to value and honor or not.

9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

When we humble ourselves, God EXALTS us.

You must decide who is in CHARGE of your relationship.

When Jesus is LORD over our relationships, we experience all the fullness and soundness that He brings.

February 05, 2018 10:31 AM PST

Different - Making the most of our differences (Part 1)

Genesis 1:26-27, 31 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

Different is a part of our WORLD and RELATIONSHIPS.

Different is by God’s intentional DESIGN.

Different is very GOOD!

Sometimes our greatest STRENGTH is also our greatest WEAKNESS, but our differences balance each other out.

Different can be very BAD.

The area where difference will have the broadest and deepest negative impact is SPIRITUALITY.

Another name for the human “spirit” is “HEART”.

Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 27:19 As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.

Spirituality is the SOURCE of your values, worldview, and the attitudes, words, and behaviors that flow from them.

Spirituality defines your PARADIGM for life.

Amos 3:3 Can two walk together except they be agreed? (GNV)
Do two people walk hand in hand if they aren’t going to the same place? (MESSAGE)

Division - TWO visions.

2Corinthians 6:14-17 14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
17 Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”
18 And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

At best, spiritual division/difference will cultivate a SHALLOWNESS and a battle of INFLUENCE.

We value the differences except when they are a difference in VALUES.
That's what DIVIDES a team and DEFINES whether hero or bad guy.

February 05, 2018 10:30 AM PST

UNLEASHED - Living The Spirit-Filled Life (Part 4)

John 14:12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

The difference maker is the HOLY SPIRIT.

John 14:15-18 15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

Luke 24:49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Acts 1:4-5, 8 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

The Holy Spirit is our new PARACLETOS (Helper, Counselor, Comforter, etc.).

The Holy Spirit is both IN and ON us; He seals us INWARDLY and baptizes us OUTWARDLY.

The Holy Spirit’s presence, ministry, and power are a PROMISED GIFT.

The relationship and experience with the Holy Spirit is so serious that Jesus COMMANDED his followers to wait and not do anything until they received Him.

1Corinthians 12:31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

The relationship with the Holy Spirit is to be INTERACTIVE.

These texts give us insights to the BARRIERS to the MOVE of the Holy Spirit.

1. Do we LOVE the Lord?

2. Who’s WILL are we trying to achieve? Are we trying to USE the Holy Spirit or allowing Him to use US?

3. Are we intentional about OBEDIENCE? Do we walk in TRUTH?

You can GRIEVE the Spirit. (Ephesians 4).

4. Do we TRUST/BELIEVE God’s promise (aka: lack of FAITH)?

The opposite of love and trust is FEAR.

5. Are we willing to step into OTHERWORLDLINESS?

You can QUENCH or RESIST the Spirit. (Acts 7; 1Thessalonians 5)

6. Do we ACTIVELY WAIT on the Lord?

7. Are we intentional about GROWING?

8. Do we have a LIMITING doctrinal position?

9. Who are we trying to GLORIFY?

The gift and power of the Holy Spirit is to be a WITNESS.

Witness is the Greek word MARTYR (A person who dies to self and to the world for their faith).

For most, the biggest issues are not…
what they don’t KNOW, it is what they know, but don’t TRUST and therefore do not ACT on.
that they do not want more OF God, it’s just that they want something else more THAN God.

Isaiah 61:1-4 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.

January 22, 2018 01:25 PM PST

UNLEASHED - Living The Spirit-Filled Life (Part 3)

John 14:12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

Many get stuck on the question of QUALITY or QUANTITY, but either way at a minimum we should be doing what Jesus did.

Things to know regarding the SUPERNATURAL works of God:

1. God worked supernaturally with signs, wonders, and spiritual gifts through His people throughout the entire OLD Testament.

2. God worked supernaturally with signs, wonders, and spiritual gifts through His people throughout the entire NEW Testament.

Through JESUS.
Through the 12 apostles. (Matthew 10; Luke 9)
Through the 72 disciples. (Luke 10)
Through the first church ministry WORKERS; Phillip & Stephen. (Acts 6 & 8)
Through other CHRISTIANS and Leaders; Paul, Barnabas, Agabus, Lucius, Manaen (Acts 11, 13, 14, 21)

3. God worked supernaturally with signs, wonders, and spiritual gifts through His people (individuals and groups) throughout church HISTORY; Justin Martyr, Tertullian, St. Francis of Assisi, Waldensian Community, Martin Luther, Quakers, John Wesley and the Methodists, Edward Irving, John G. Lake, Smith Wigglesworth, F.F. Bosworth, William Branham, A.A. Allen, Oral Roberts, Jack Coe, Gordon Lindsay, T.L. Osborne, Morris Cerullo, John Wimber, Reinhard Bonnke, Todd White, to name a few from each century.

Jesus taught that all believers were to live SUPERNATURAL lives.

Mark 16:15-18 15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

Note the CANDIDATES and the CONTEXT.

4. Signs, Wonders, and Spiritual Gifts are testimonies and CONFIRMATION of God’s truth and power.

1Corinthians 2:4-5 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

There’s always the potential of being argued out of an argument, but it’s hard to be argued out of an EXPERIENCE.

Hebrews 2:1-4 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

Note: We don’t USE the Holy Spirit, He uses us; “as He wills” not as we will.

We do not exalt experience over TRUTH. Experience must always be filtered through and contextualized with God’s Word, otherwise it can be misleading.

We do not chase or worship WORKS or MESSENGERS, only the triune Godhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). The point is never a gift or experience; it is JESUS!

5. God WARNS about the dangers and deception of chasing and exalting works or messengers, and that satan will do supernatural things to lead astray even the sincere.

Matthew 24:24-25 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.

There are REAL and FALSE versions of everything God has made.

Don’t allow the false and abuse to DISCREDIT the true and real, but be on guard.

2Thessalonians 2:9-10 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

You can RECOGNIZE the false by:
1) Does it GLORIFY Jesus Christ as Lord or someone/something else?
2) Does it ALIGN with or against truth/God’s Word?
3) Does it SERVE [move people forward in] the truth?

Hebrews 12:3 ...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith...

At ALL times and circumstances, keep your FOCUS on JESUS.

January 18, 2018 07:32 AM PST

UNLEASHED - Living The Spirit-Filled Life (Part 2)
John 14:12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
John 3:3-8 3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.
So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
1. There is a SPIRIT component to Christianity.
2. There is a new BIRTH into a new person.
3. There is a MYSTERY to it; an unknown, an unsafeness, a scariness, an adventure.
2Timothy 1:9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.
Leviticus 11:44 I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.
1Peter 1:14-15 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy. ”
HOLY - different, abnormal, peculiar, separated, set apart, stands out, awesome (inciting awe), amazing, magnificent, mysterious, scary, feared, otherworldly || the word has no innate or inferred moral position.
As we’ve lost sight of who and what GOD is, we’ve lost sight of who and what WE are.
“Holy” is the new person/creature/life of the Christian IDENTITY.
Ephesians 2:19 So then you are no longer foreigners and noncitizens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household (NET)
The word “Saints” (AKA: God’s people/people of God) is literally the word HOLY.
We are to be DIFFERENT than everyone else. There is to be an OTHERWORLDLINESS to our life.
God is a “COME as you are” God, but not a “STAY as you are” God. He loves you too much to let you stay the SAME.
Jesus/God isn’t an ADDITIVE to your life, He is your life (Deuteronomy 30:20; Colossians 3:3).
Christian faith is a process of being CONFORMED to the likeness of God (Romans 12:1-2).
1Peter 2:2-11 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—
5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering
spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires,which wage war against your soul.
1. We are in a progression of MATURITY in conformity to being like JESUS as living stones.
2. We have a new IDENTITY to live out and live in, being in but not of the world.
John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
Before we can walk in the POWER we must walk in the PERSON of the Holy Spirit.

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Plug your mobile device (iPhone, iPad, iPod) into your computer with the Dock Connector cable, and click the device in iTunes's left navigation bar.

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Once you have your device highlighted, click "Podcasts" in the top navigation bar and sync the podcasts you want on your device. Click "apply" and the episodes you have downloaded on your iTunes software will sync with your device.
that's it!

The beauty of this process is that now, every new episode of your subscribed podcasts will automatically sync to your device every time you plug it in and open iTunes. You can now take your favorite shows with you everywhere you go.

Enjoy!
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