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Strive to be mature in Christ Jesus

Talk to me about your understanding of how a person “transitions” from being a babe in Christ to being mature, using this Scripture as our backdrop:

“We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn.  In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again.  You need milk, not solid food!  Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.  But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”  Hebrews 5:11-14 (NIV)

Share you insight…

Trust in God

With the changing of seasons in our lives we can often times lose sight of the anchor we hold onto. It doesn’t mean He’s not there, it just means we don’t see Him. Things seem to be falling apart and you can’t make any sense out of what is going on around you or to you. Well this issue of 70×7 Forgiveness wants to exhort you to remember to trust in God no matter what life throws your way. Remember He loves you and will carry you through all adversities. Draw closer to Him and He will draw closer to you in your trying times. Be blessed.

The battle is not yours…

When an offense happens to you, there are many emotions you find yourself going through.  Your “flesh” gets busy and wants to enact a form of justice that belongs to your own system of “self righteousness”.  Through your hurt you believe you are justified in your thoughts and desires to seek revenge or at least to get back at the person who did this to you.  God wants you to know that this is not the mindset He wants you to entertain.  He wants you to be reminded of the promise He’s made to you…Romans 12:19  “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.”

I pray that you will listen to this song and gain a fresh perspective on the circumstance you find yourself dealing with today… Be blessed!

Just Give Me Jesus

Forgiveness is available because of the work of Jesus Christ.  

Nothing in this world is more valuable or precious than to have Jesus in your life and to be hidden in Him.  

Listen to this message and be blessed.  

Healing involves restoring the mind…

When an offense happens in our lives it can leave us with deep emotional pain.  This pain is real and carries with it a plethora of thoughts that fuel those emotions of hurt, pain, depression, loss, and grief – to name a few.  The process of healing deals with a restoration of those thoughts; though this is not always an easy process to go through.  The clip below gives a glimpse of this truth.  Take a moment and listen, then give your insight.  Be blessed.

Healing involves restoring the mind

Forgiveness Removes All Guilt…

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This is a powerful article that describes how forgiveness can release and remove the guilt an offender carries within themselves for the offense they committed against someone else.  We must always remember that we as born again believers are commanded to forgive – there is so much divine power to deliver someone from their shackles of guilt that is contained in this command.  Be blessed.

Works won’t work…

“Can we boast then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on our good deeds.  It is based on our faith.  So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law”(Romans 3:27-28 NLT).

You see, God takes away any and all attempts at man trying to gain access to Him through works of righteousness.  Nothing we try to do through our own effort will bring us into a right relationship with God.  How refreshing this is and at the same time how humbling, it is.

Only through faith can anyone gain access to God.  Moreover, that faith is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  “For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us (Romans 3:25 NLT).

So stop trying to work your way to heaven, it will not happen.  Believe (have faith) in Jesus Christ and receive forgiveness for sin and gain new life in the Holy Spirit.

If you knew…what would you do?

Everyone wants to be accepted by God, and everyone wants their sins to be forgiven of God.  Surprisingly, not everyone knows how to achieve this end.  Listen to this segment of the Elder’s Corner to find out how one can receive the eternal forgiveness God the Father holds in store for everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

What is repentance?

Repentance is not a word that is used frequently in everyday language, so to some, even the sound of the word is awkward, but to a born again believer in Jesus Christ, this word should be as familiar as “please” and “thank you”.

Now in its most simplistic and basic form repentance means to change.  That is right it, means to change.  Many people carry the wrong perspective though; they put the emphasis on the “what” of the change instead of on the fact that “change” is the perspective and emphasis of the word.

So if repentance means to change, then what exactly is change?   Listen closely to this contextual definition; change means to undergo transformation, transition, or substitution.  Change implies making an “essential” difference – often amounting to a loss of original identity or a substitution of one thing for another.

So tell me, are you saying that if I change I am different from what I was before I changed?  That is right.  It means that whatever you have changed – it could be your looks, your clothes, your thoughts, your mind, your plans, your job, the way you do things, etc. – whatever it is, it means that “you” or “it” are not the way they were after you change.

Now the Bible speaks to two areas of change or repentance.  One area, called Metamelomai, is concerned with our feelings and sentiments.  The other area, called Metanoe, is concerned with our mind, our thinking, and our comprehension.  As it pertains to God, the area that gets 91% of scriptural attention in the language of the Bible is Metanoe, the area that is concerned with our mind, our thinking, and our comprehension.  Only 9% of scriptural attention in the Bible pertains to Metamelomai, changes in our feelings and sentiments.

Therefore, God desires a repentance from us that is Metanoe, a transformation, transition, or substitution of our minds, thoughts, and comprehension as it pertains to Him.  God desires for this change to make an essential difference in the area of our thinking such that there is a loss of original sinful thoughts for His godly thoughts.

Now before I go any further let us take a moment and reflect on this point.

Everything you do begins with some form of thought.  Every action you do, every emotion you feel, every decision you make, every memory, every dream, every desire, every visual perception you have – all are generated from some form of thought.

What is interesting to note about thougths is that they operate in an invisible realm, an unseen realm.  For you cannot see thought.  You cannot see comprehension. You cannot see reasoning. Therefore, when a person repents, (that is goes through change), there is transformation in their unseen thought pattern which becomes manifest in their outward behaviors.  The repentant person makes a transition from an unseen sinful thought pattern to an unseen godly thought pattern and the result of these changes are seen tangibly in their changed physical behaviors.

Now, not everyone is amenable to repentance.  I mean, not everyone believes their thoughts, motives, and actions are necessarily wrong in God’s sight and need changing.  Though this may be true for some aspects of one’s life, there are always areas of our lives that need repentance; that need different thought paradigms.  For repentance is a basic component to one’s life journey.  Repentance is a basic element in the fabric of life.  For God tells us in His Word that our thinking has become futile, darkened, depraved and reprobate since all have sinned and fall short of the glorious standards of God, therefore, we should always be cognizant of our thought patterns and be willing to subject them to the filtering process of the Word of God.  If they don’t align properly, we need to change them.