Body of Christ, let’s remember that physically we are in the world but spiritually we are in the Kingdom of God. Thanksgiving is a gigantic part of the Kingdom lifestyle.
Gratitude is a feeling but thanksgiving is an action. Thanksgiving is expressing to God the gratitude that is in our hearts. We express it to God through prayer, song, and bringing sacrificial gifts to Him. When we fail to express thanksgiving to God, we take God’s favor, grace, mercy, and blessings for granted.
Let’s remember to continually express the gratitude that is in our hearts to God for…
- the body and blood of Jesus when we celebrate Communion
- daily blessings (soteria, Greek word for salvation includes forgiveness of sin, healing, deliverance, guidance, provision, protection, and preservation)
- the possibility of having the abundant life
- grace, mercy, favor, and help
- the Word of God
- the local church
- our spiritual gifts and the opportunity to serve Him and man
- the privilege of prayer 24/7
- the fact we will live eternally with God the Father and Jesus
- the empowerment and leading of the Holy Spirit
- the love and support of family and friends
- all things and in all things
The season that the world calls “the Christmas holidays” begins the day after Thanksgiving. Let’s remember God commands us to overflow with thanksgiving to Him and that Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let’s give thanksgiving to God for salvation, the greatest gift the world could ever receive made available through God’s Son Jesus!
The world has labeled this time of year as the “holiday season.” It is Veterans Day and already it has begun preparing for Christmas and New Years. Stores are decorated and full of items for gift giving and celebration. I even saw a roadside Christmas tree market the other day.
Body of Christ, let’s join them! Let’s not wait til December but let’s NOW begin our annual observance of Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Jesus! Let’s…
- walk in love in greater measure
- shine the light of Christ in our hearts brighter than ever
- tell those we encounter that God loves them, sent Jesus to save them from their sins, offer them the gift of salvation, and lead them in the Sinner’s Prayer
- embellish our dwellings with Christ-honoring decorations
- maintain our Christian witness during this season
After you lead a person to jesus…
- tell them that if they said the Sinner’s Prayer sincerely from their heart and in faith, God has saved them that fast
- rejoice with the angels in heaven that they have been born again, are now a Kingdom Citizen, and a member of God’s family! Hallelujah!
- encourage them to go tell someone they just got saved.
- advise them that this Christmas season will hold new meaning for them as a Christian
- suggest to them to include the greatest gift of all–salvation through Jesus the Christ in their gift giving
- remind them that Jesus is not a baby, is not in the manger, but in heaven praying for them
- pray for God to direct them to the bible-believing, bible-teaching Church of His choice so they can grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Body of Christ, TODAY, let’s begin our celebration of the greatest gift of all!
The last diagnosis I want to teach you is being a mature Christian. Just as a child desires to be a grownup; likewise, every Christian should have a goal of being a mature Christian.
A baby and a carnal Christian’s lives exemplify the Greek term “kata sarka” which means abnormal, out of harmony with their new identity. As they grew spiritually, they put off the old man (practicing sin) and put on the new man (practicing righteousness). In addition to Jesus being their Savior, He is now their Lord. They are led by the Holy Spirit and have grown into a mature Christian. Now their lives exemplify the Greek term “kata pneuma”, normal and in harmony with their new identity.
Mature Christians are “souled out” to God and have a vibrant, intimate relationship with Him. They pray without ceasing as commanded in 1 Thessalonians 5:15 and have become prayer warriors. Hebrews 5:14 says, “solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Because of a steady diet of the solid food of the Bible, they are able to operate in discernment. In obedience to Joshua 1:8, they meditate and do God’s Word day and night resulting in a prosperous and successful life.
Mature Christians are active church members. They attend Christian Education classes, prayer meetings, and are cheerful givers and willing servants in the House of the Lord. They know what God has anointed them to do and use their spiritual gifts to serve in God’s Kingdom. They are “nevertheless Christians” and are working to fulfill God’s unique purpose for their life. Mature Christians are living to hear God say to them one day “well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou has been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of the Lord.”
Mature Christians exude forgiveness and love for God and all people in their walk. They exhibit an uncompromised lifestyle and are consistent faithful witnesses that glorify God. Keep doing what you are doing so others will be inspired to continue to grow to spiritual maturity also.
This concludes the It’s Time for your Spiritual Checkup series! Its purpose was to help you truthfully reflect and examine yourself. If you self-diagnosed yourself as a baby, carnal, or a maturing Christian, follow the treatment plans and prescriptions given for each diagnosis. As people get older in the natural, people may say “you look like your father or mother.” It is my prayer that all Christians will grow into a mature Christian that resembles God, our spiritual Father. God is willing and able to help all Christians grow as they seek, discover, and fulfill His unique purpose for their lives!
Another possible diagnosis from a spiritual checkup is being a growing Christian. They have had a revelation of what it means to be a Christian. Developing their relationship with God is now important so they spend time with Him consistently in prayer and in His Word. As a result, their knowledge of who God is and who they are in Him is growing. Their belief and trust in God are also flourishing.
Because growing Christians have experienced some spiritual growth, a hunger and thirst for the Word and the things of God are being cultivated. They have established a daily time of devotion. Recurrent attendance at Christian Education classes has become their norm. Using their spiritual gifts and talents in willing service at church has caused them to seek God for their purpose.
Growing Christians have become a living epistle of 2 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV), “your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.” It is evident to all that they have changed. Their concern for the salvation of their family members, friends, and others is ever-increasing. They are learning how to witness and share their faith with others and have begun to live a consecrated life unto the Lord.
If you are a growing Christian, it is my prayer that you will continue on your journey until you reach spiritual maturity!
stay tuned for part 7 of it’s time for your spiritual checkup for one more possible diagnosis!
Upon physical examination and reading of your tests results, your doctor will diagnose your physical condition and give you a treatment plan. We, too, must read the results of the spiritual tests that Apostle John administered to us in Part 2 and self-diagnose our current spiritual condition.
The first possible diagnosis may be that you are a sinner (sin-sick) and need salvation. The prescription for that spiritual condition is to accept Jesus as Savior. If this is your diagnosis, please pray the following sinner’s prayer:
“Dear God, I Acknowledge that I was born a sinner. I need your mercy, forgiveness, and grace. I Believe Jesus is your son who died on the cross in my place for my sins, was buried, and arose rose from the dead. I Confess Jesus as my Saviour and Lord. I invite you to take control of my life and to help me to know and obey you. Thank you for saving me, giving me new life in Christ, and filling me with the Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ name, Amen”!
If you have prayed this prayer sincerely from your heart for the first time, you are now a Christian. Just that quick, God performed spiritual surgery on you, took out your hard heart, and replaced it with a soft heart. Welcome to the Body of Christ!
I pray that God will lead you to the bible-believing, bible-teaching church of His choice so you can grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. In John 10:10 Jesus said, “…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Remember, the abundant life starts with faith in the finished work of Jesus on the cross! Go, run, and tell someone that you just got saved!
Hallelujah! I am rejoicing along with the angels in heaven that you are now a Christian, a Kingdom citizen, and a child of God! You have just begun the most exciting journey that God has planned for you! Email us and we will send you information to help you in your new life in Christ!
Stay tuned for it’s time for your spiritual checkup – part 4! you will learn about another possible spiritual diagnosis.
One of the missions of “God Is” Ministries, LLC is to teach you who God is. As we get to know who God is, we begin to discover who we are in God.
There is only one true and living God and His name is Jehovah, which means eternal God. The Bible declares in John 4:24 that, “God is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” God is an incorporeal being. God is Elohim, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth. He created everything–the earth, the animals, fowls, fish, and mankind.
We become a Christian by establishing a relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. By faith, we accept the gift of salvation based on the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Once we establish this relationship, we must then develop this relationship by getting to know who God is.
Though we cannot expect to know everything about God, He has revealed Himself through general and special revelation. God reveals Himself through nature. Psalm 19:1 says, “the heavens declare the glory of God…” Look at the leaves on trees in the Fall with its variety of hues and shapes. Every year without fail, this abundance of leaves returns. How can we not realize that only God can do this!
God has also revealed Himself through His Word. The Lord said in Psalm 40:7, “Lo, I come in the volume of the book it is written of me.”
Additionally, God revealed Himself through His Son. Jesus said in John 14:9 “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father.”
Let’s look at some of the things God has revealed about Himself and what it means to His people:
- God is a trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; I am a trinity: I am a spirit, I have a soul, and I live in a body.
- God is a good Father. He meets my needs, protects, guides, and corrects me.
- God is the source and the strength of my life, so since I’m made in His image I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
- God is omnipresent. I’m never alone because He is always with me.
- God is a giver of good things. Good things are coming to me and happening to me.
- God is Alpha and Omega. He will continue to work in me until it is completed upon Jesus’ return.
- God is gracious. He can give me the things I don’t deserve.
- God is merciful. He can spare me from getting those things I do deserve.
- God is omniscient. When I call on Him, He shows me great and mighty things that I don’t know.
- God is love. His love is the greatest love I will ever experience.
- God is faithful so I can trust Him when I can’t trace Him.
- God is omnipotent. He has given me power over serpents, scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy.
- God is immutable. Because He does not change, I can believe all His promises.
- God is infinite. There is no limit to what He can do for me and through me.
- God is eternal; I’m His child and we will be together forever.
- God is truth so I can stand firm on everything in His Word.
- God is just, therefore, I always expect Him to do the right thing.
- God is sovereign. I can rest in Him because He is large and in charge of everything.
- God is perfect; therefore, I do not put Him on the same level as mankind.
Stay tuned for more teaching on who God is!