“We preach Christ crucified”
1 Corinthians 1:23

Faith Works Through Love

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith working through love.”   Galatians 5:6

The Bible says true faith only works through love. The Greek word for love used in this verse is agapē.  This is the love that comes from God and is the heart of His Divine Being.  Jesus said agapē love is the primary evidence we are His disciples: “By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another (John 13:35).”  John wrote, “Beloved, let us love (agapē) one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love (1 John 4:7-8).” The Bible says we cannot say we love God if we disdain others (1 John 4:20).  Paul described agapē love this way: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres. Love never fails (1 Corinthians13:4-8).” Whereas God’s love is pure and unselfish, man’s love is soulish and based on mutually beneficial interests.  For example, people who belong to the same club have natural affection for one another.  We might call this “club love” or even “neighborly love.”  This can also be true when people belong to the same church.  However, affection that comes from belonging to the same neighborhood, club or church is not the same as God’s love, which comes solely from our abiding in Christ.  Furthermore, it is one thing to love your neighbor, but what if your neighbor is your enemy?  Jesus taught, “You have heard it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:43-44).”  The Bible says I can have faith to function in the supernatural gifts and to even move mountains, but if I do not have love, I am nothing (1 Corinthians 13:2).  Why is this? There is a difference between the supernatural gift of faith that empowers us to perform miracles, and the fruit of faith that enables us to love others (1 Corinthians 12:9; Galatians 5:22).  Whereas the gift of faith is received and exercised spontaneously (Romans 12:3-6), the fruit of faith (God’s agapē love) is produced over time by abiding and persevering in faith (Luke 8:15).  Therefore, simply exercising the gift of faith to perform miracles does not necessarily reflect someone’s spiritual character and sanctification, whereas expressing spiritual fruit is a reflection of someone’s character and sanctification.  Consequently, Jesus said we may function in the gift of faith to perform miracles, but unless we exhibit the spiritual fruit of faithfulness to Him, we will not enter into our inheritance in heaven (Matthew 7:21-23).  Since faith only works through love, this should surely motivate us to practice loving others (especially forgiving others).  As Paul said, “Let love be your highest aim (1 Corinthians 14:1).”  The Bible says if we do not forgive others, God will not forgive us, and if we mistreat others, God will not hear our prayers (Matthew 6:14-15; 1 Peter 3:7).

Some people are naturally more kind and merciful, but this does not mean they have God’s agapē love.  Since agapē love is the essence of God Himself, it can only be expressed as a fruit of the Holy Spirit, and not as a natural attribute produced by our human efforts (Galatians 3:3; 5:2). We cannot express God’s love by trying harder to be more patient and kind.  How then can we manifest God’s love?  There is only one way.  We must believe and act on what Jesus Christ has accomplished for us on the cross.  When we were born again, God spiritually included us in Christ’s death in order to remove our sinful nature, so that His Holy Spirit could live in us (Romans 6:3-11). Now that we no longer have a sinful nature, we have been freed from the tyranny of sin.  Although we no longer have a sinful nature, our soul (our will, intellect and emotions) was not automatically converted into Christ’s image.  But since we are no longer under the power of sin, our soul-life can now be transformed, so that we can love others with a pure heart as God loves us. The Bible says, “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure (1 John 3:2-3).” Purity means something is wholly of God’s Spirit, whereas impurity means something is a mixture of the unconverted soul and His Spirit.  For example, Paul warned that some ministers “preached Christ out of selfish ambition, rather than from pure motives (Philippians 1:17).” Carrying our own cross and losing our unconverted soul-life by believing and acting on the truth that Christ’s death has done away with our old sinful nature is the way God has designed to purify our soul from impure attitudes, so that we can fully express His agapē love.  As Paul wrote, “The goal of our teaching is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith (1 Timothy 1:5).” And Peter wrote of this sanctification process: “Since you have purified your souls by obeying the truth, so that you have a sincere love for the brethren, then love one another fervently from the heart (1 Peter 1:22).”      If our soul-life is not purified by God’s process of sanctification, it will remain a mixture of impure motives and attitudes that can stop God’s love from being manifest through us.  Even if we try to apply the truth of the cross that we no longer have a sinful nature, our “faith” will not work for us and we will continue to be overcome by sin if we are not motived by God’s love for others.  So faith works through love, and love can only be expressed from a pure heart.  Therefore, after we are saved, we should desire to be progressively sanctified (purified) by the Holy Spirit, so we can love others as God loves us.  Otherwise, we will continue to be entangled in compromising sins no matter how many times we tell ourselves that we are dead to sin, and our so-called faith and holiness will be worthless.  If we want our faith to work, so we know God and live in Him, then let us pursue the holiness which produces His love for others.

“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else… now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”   1 Thessalonians 3:12 & 1 Corinthians 13:13

Justified By His Blood Through Our Faith

“God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.  And since we have been justified (declared righteous) by the Blood of Christ, He will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.”  Romans 5:8-9

What does it mean to be “justified” by the Blood of Christ?  The Greek word for “justify” is dikaioō which Biblically means to declare righteous (in right standing with God). It also means to declare not guilty and completely forgiven.  Justification is the opposite of condemnation. Whereas to condemn is to declare guilty, to justify is to declare not guilty.  The Bible says, “Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect?  God is the One who justifies.  Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us (Romans 8:33-34).”  The Bible says the reason why God can justify us (acquit us of our sins) is because His Son paid the penalty for our sins by His death on the cross.  The Bible says, “Adam’s one sin resulted in condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness resulted in justification of life for everyone (Romans 5:18).” Thus justification (forgiveness of our sins) is God’s free gift (paid for by Christ’s Blood).  The Bible says, “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves. It is God’s gift; not as a result of your works (Ephesians 2:8-9).” This last verse indicates there is one condition we must satisfy to receive God’s gift of justification: we must have faith in His Son’s atoning sacrifice. The Bible says “God justifies those who have faith in Jesus (Romans 3:26).”  Therefore, God declares us to be righteous and not guilty of our sins on the basis of our faith in Jesus Christ.  However, the fact that we must continue to have faith in Christ to be justified (acquitted of our sins) is often left out of today’s gospel. Many people mistakenly believe that once they accept Christ, they are justified for eternity, even if they fall away from the faith.  Some Christians carry this further: since they wrongly think their justification (forgiveness) was unconditional and eternal, they incorrectly think they never have to repent and ask God’s forgiveness whenever they sin.  And many Christians use the misguided belief that they are eternally forgiven as an excuse to keep practicing sin since they erroneously think that their chronic lawlessness will not prevent them from entering the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 7:21-23).  How on earth did they twist the Scriptures to come up with this false gospel?  The Bible says Jesus died “once for all time” to forgive our sins.  Hebrews 9:28 states: “Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people.” However, many Christians mistakenly think “once for all time” refers to their own “one-time” moment of faith when they asked Christ to be their Savior.  They think this one-time act of faith now guarantees them eternal justification (forgiveness) for their sins, even if they fall away from the faith and live in sin the rest of their lives.  But the Bible does not say we can be initially saved by faith and then live the rest of our lives in unbelief; it says we must continuously live by faith to be righteous (Romans 1:17). If justification (forgiveness and right standing with Him) is God’s response to our faith, then we must certainly have to live by faith after we are saved in order to continue to be justified and righteous in God’s eyes. The Bible says, “If we deliberately keep on sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins.  There is only the terrifying expectation of God’s judgment (Hebrews 10:26-27).”  Paul wrote, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?… For we know that our old self was crucified with Him, so that our body of sin (our sinful nature) might be destroyed and we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died has been freed from sin (Romans 6:1-7).”  Many of us who try to walk in Paul’s gospel (God removed our sinful nature when we were saved so that His Son’s Spirit could live in us) may encounter a problem when the Holy Spirit begins to train us to carry our own cross and lose our unconverted soul-life for Christ’s sake.  As a result of this deeper work of sanctification in our lives, our conscience can become highly sensitized, and we can become overly sin conscious and nagged by guilt.  If we are not careful, we can fall into the temptation of thinking we can only have a clear conscience before God by attaining to His higher standard of holiness. This heightened awareness of sin and sense of guilt can become overwhelming and spiritually cripple us. We can even lose sight of the blessed provision of our justification and forgiveness by the Blood of Christ.  Of course, the devil will try to use our guilty conscience as grounds to accuse and condemn us for “failing” God.  Instead of despairing of our sins and inability to maintain this high standard of holiness, we should remind ourselves of the value that God places on the Blood of Christ to both justify us and sanctify us.  We can only approach God based on the Blood of Christ, and never on the daily merits of our conduct and holiness.  Otherwise, we can come under an oppressive cloud of accusation, guilt and condemnation that can rob us of our faith.  We may be weak and we may have sinned, but feeling terrible about our sins and doing penance for them will never make us any holier or improve our fellowship with God.  Whether we have had a good day or a bad day, the basis of our fellowship with God is always the Blood of Christ.  When God reveals our sins to us during this process of sanctification, we do not need to shrink back from His presence out of guilt, shame, fear or condemnation (Hebrews 10:37-39).  The Blood of Christ fully satisfies God’s sense of justice and accountability, and removes our sense of guilt and estrangement from Him (1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 2:1-2).  There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).  The Blood of Jesus enables us to approach God without shame or fear.  The Bible says, “We have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place (God’s presence) by the Blood of Jesus (Hebrews 10:19).”  Therefore, as we work out our salvation by faith through God’s purifying process of sanctification, we must continuously stand by faith in God’s precious gift of justification (Romans 9:30-10:8; Philippians 2:12-13).

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Romans 5:1

Our New Birth
The Miracle of the Cross

Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”  “But how can anyone be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked Him.  “He cannot enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born?”  Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.  Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not be surprised that I said, You must be born again.”   John 3:5-7

What did Jesus mean that you must be born again to enter the kingdom of God?  The Bible says when we were physically born, we were born with a sinful nature that separated us from God (Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 59:2).  Our sinful nature was like a “sin factory” within us, continually producing sinful attitudes and actions. This was our spiritual condition before we were born again.  We were sinners by nature and no matter how hard we tried, we could not escape the destructive effects of sin.  God’s solution to our sin problem was to get rid of the “sinner,” or the “sin factory” within us.  Since we were born into sin, the only way we could be freed from sin was through death. God’s remedy was to spiritually include us in His Son’s death in order to remove our sinful nature, so that the Spirit of His resurrected Son could live in us (Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 1:27).  The Bible says, “God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ (Galatians 4:6).”  This death of our sin nature was not merely symbolic.  When we were saved, God actually removed our sinful nature, which was at the core of our inner being and the root of our self-identity and rebellion toward God (Romans 6:6; Colossians 2:11).  Since our sin nature died when we were born again of God’s Spirit, we have been set free from sin’s dominion and destruction. The Bible says, “Whoever has died has been freed from sin… count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:7, 11).” Thus, when we received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, God performed what we might call a “divine heart transplant.”  God used His Son’s eternal sacrifice to spiritually remove our terminally sin-sick heart and replace it with His Son’s divine heart (Romans 6:6; 2 Corinthians 13:5).  This New Covenant divine heart transplant was foretold six centuries before Christ’s birth when the Old Testament prophets declared that God would remove our sin-hardened heart and replace it with a new spiritual heart when He put His Spirit within us (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:26-27).  Thus God delivered us from the power of sin by removing our sin nature, so that Christ could live in us (Romans 6:7; 8:9; Galatians 2:20).  This divine heart transplant is the promise of the New Covenant, the purpose of Christ’s Atonement, and the cornerstone of God’s church. We see that God’s way to permanently deal with our chronic sinning was to remove the sinner (the sin factory) from within us and substitute Christ in its place.   This is the miracle of our new birth made possible by Jesus being willing to die in our place. Whereas we were once sinners by nature, God now calls us His saints or “holy ones,” who are partakers of Christ’s nature and members of His heavenly family (1 Peter 2:5 & 9).  

The New Testament Greek word used for eternal life is zoē.  Of the two kinds of life, psychē or soul-life originates from man, but only zoē-life originates from God and is divine.  This is the divine life Jesus described when He said, “I have come that they may have zoē-life, and have it more abundantly (John 10:10).”  This is the life that John referred to when he wrote, “He who has the Son has the zoē-life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the zoē-life (1 John 5:12).”  Before Jesus saved us, we did not have zoē-life.  Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat of the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no zoē-life within yourselves (John 6:53).” Consequently, our life before Christ consisted of our psychē soul-life (which we inherited from our natural parents) and our inward sinful nature (which we spiritually inherited from Adam, the first man).  However, when we were born again of God’s Spirit, we received Christ’s resurrection zoē-life into our spirit.  As Jesus said, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit (John 3:6).” In God’s divine order, everything reproduces after its own kind.  Plants reproduce plants, animals reproduce animals, and humans reproduce humans.  In the same way, just as earthly seed reproduces the image of the earthly, only heavenly seed produces the image of the heavenly (1 Corinthians 15:45-49).  According to God’s plan of redemption, Jesus Christ is the heavenly seed that reproduces His church.   Jesus said, “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains only a single seed; but if it dies, it produces much fruit (John 12:24).”  Jesus spoke here of His death on the cross by which He would birth His church and bring many new-born sons and daughters into His divine glory (Hebrews 2:10).  The Bible says, “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God (1 Peter 1:23).”

Jesus did not have a sinful nature.  He was born with a human body and soul (his will, intellect and emotions).  However, since Jesus was born of a virgin, God was His Father and He was indwelt by God’s Spirit.  Jesus did not inherit Adam’s sinful spiritual nature like we did.  This is why He was able to obey God and live a sinless life.  If Jesus had a sinful nature, even He would not have been able to overcome sin.  Now that we are born of God and indwelt by God, we no longer have a sinful nature and are capable of obeying God and not practicing sin (1 John 3:6-9).  Whereas Adam was the first born of God’s old creation of humanity, Jesus is the first born of God’s new creation of a divine race indwelt by God (Colossians 1:18).  But before God could make us His new creation in Christ, He had to first deal with the old Adam creation.  Thus God used the death of His Son to not only deal with the fruit of the old fallen creation (by forgiving our sinful deeds), but to also get rid of its root (by removing our sin nature). The Bible says, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old life is gone, a new life has begun (2 Corinthians 5:17).”

 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”  1 Peter 1:3

God’s Atomic Bomb The Blood of Christ

“And they overcame him (the devil) because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.”  Revelation 12:11

The message of the blood of Christ speaks of the totality of Christ’s triumph over Satan and sin through His crucifixion and resurrection.  It also speaks of our victory over Satan and sin through our union with Christ’s death and resurrection when we were born again.  For when Jesus Christ died and rose from the dead, He conquered sin, disease, death, and the devil.  Jesus said, “The ruler of this world has already been judged and condemned (John 16:11).’’ By His blood shed on the cross, Christ completely conquered Satan and stripped him of his authority and power (Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 3:8).  After He had risen from the dead, Jesus declared, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18).”  The crucifixion of Jesus Christ was not just an historical event that took place two thousand years ago on a bluff outside the gates of old Jerusalem.  Christ’s death was a holy and divine sacrifice that took place in God’s eternal, heavenly tabernacle (Hebrews 9:11-24).  Therefore, Christ’s death on the cross transcended all physical time and space and was a heavenly act with spiritual power that reverberates throughout eternity.  The crucifixion of Jesus Christ was like a spiritual “atomic bomb” detonated in the heavenly realm, and His blood is the eternal basis for Satan’s total defeat.  For by His blood, Jesus Christ not only freed us from the penalty of sin, by forgiving our sins (Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 1:7-9); He also freed us from the power of sin, by completely removing our sinful nature (Romans 6:6-7; Colossians 2:11).

Although this twofold divine provision of the cross of Christ is God’s “atomic bomb” that He gave us to overcome Satan and sin, most Christians only apply the first provision of the blood of Christ: forgiveness for their sins.  They do not know that, through Christ’s death on the cross, God removed our sinful nature when we were saved, so that His risen Son could sovereignly live in us. The result is that most Christians are severely hard pressed and handicapped to resist Satan’s temptations and attacks. They believe their sins are forgiven, but they do not know how to stop practicing sin and live by faith in Christ who indwells them by His Spirit.  What sort of salvation would we have if God only saved us from the penalty of our sins, and then left us on our own to deal with the demonic power and oppression of sin?  How could God have destroyed Satan’s foothold in us if He left a hostile and evil sinful nature living within us?  How could we spiritually overcome our enemy, the devil, if we still had an enemy allied to him waging guerilla warfare within us?  This would be a pitiful and incomplete redemption that would not fulfill God’s eternal purpose to have a glorious and victorious church who overcomes the devil and sin by the blood of the Lamb.  Yet most Christians are defeated by Satan and sin because they think this is as far as God went when, in actuality, this is as far as their knowledge of the truth of the gospel has gone.  Consequently, many Christians do not understand why they are entangled in compromising sinful habits; or plagued with bouts of fear, anger and depression; or trapped in food, alcohol, drug, and sexual addictions.  As God has said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6).”

Although most Bible translations confusingly use the term “flesh” for both the sinful nature and the unconverted soul-life (the unrenewed mind), there is a crucial difference.  Our unrenewed mind is not like the sinful nature, which was a powerful entity – a “sin factory” within us that continuously produced sinful attitudes and actions and, therefore, had to be destroyed by Christ’s death on the cross. Now that we no longer have an indwelling and controlling sinful nature, the spiritual battleground has shifted to our mind (2 Corinthians 11:3).  However, our unrenewed mind can be transformed and submitted to Christ’s sovereignty if we believe and act on His finished work on the cross.  As a result, we are now able by faith to put to death (and rid ourselves of) the carnal mindset of our unconverted soul-life, and put on the mind of Christ and His way of thinking and acting (Romans 8:13; 1 Corinthians 2:26).

Paul said, “The weapons of our warfare are not natural, but divinely powerful to demolish strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4).”  By applying God’s spiritual atomic bomb, we can demolish the strongholds of sin in our lives that have habitually defeated us in the past.  Paul further said, “We cast down vain imaginations and every barrier of pride that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).” As we renew and fortify our mind with the truth of God’s Word that we are dead to sin but alive in Christ, we are able to resist the devil and forcefully reject all sinful attitudes and soulish fantasies that would try to undermine our faith and ensnare us in sin.  As Paul said, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so you may prove what the will of God is (Romans 12:2).”

The bride of Christ who crushes Satan under her feet wears the full armor of God over her wedding dress.  This is the bride who deploys God’s atomic bomb, the blood of Christ, in spiritual warfare.  The unstoppable shock waves of God’s power and light that radiate out into the heavenly and earthly realm from the divinely powerful, eternal explosion of the cross of Christ will inevitably demolish all the walls of the dominion of darkness into the dustbin of history!  As each successive generation of God’s warrior-saints lays hold of and deploys the divine power that emanates from the cross of Christ to advance the kingdom of God, they will totally demolish Satan’s strongholds of sin – first in their own lives, and then by helping others find God’s deliverance from sin.

“Now have come the salvation and power and kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before God day and night, has been thrown down… the kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and His Christ and He will reign forever.”  Rev 12:10; 11:15

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Gospel for the Saved

If you received Jesus Christ as your Lord and
Savior, then you know Jesus died on the cross for
you so that your sins would be forgiven.
“Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
“For by the death of Christ we are set free, that is,
our sins are forgiven.” Ephesians 1:7

Do you also know you died on the cross with Jesus?
Not only were your sins forgiven, but your old
sinful nature died with Christ. Water baptism
outwardly demonstrates this vital truth.
“We have died with Christ.” Romans 6:8
“Our old man was crucified with Him so that our
sinful nature might be removed.” Romans 6:6

Because your sinful nature is dead and gone, you
are freed from sin’s power. You now have a new
nature capable of obeying God and overcoming sin.
“Because anyone who has died has been freed from
the power of sin.” Romans 6:7
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old
has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

You can know you are free from sin’s power the
same way you know your sins are forgiven –
by believing what God’s Word says is true.
“In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin
but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:11

When you believe and act on the truth that you died to
sin, then Jesus can powerfully live His life through you.
“I have been put to death with Christ on His cross,
so that it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who
lives in me. The life that I now live, I live by faith in
the Son of God.” Galatians 2:20

God doesn’t improve your old nature. He got rid of it
completely, nailing it to the cross. You overcome sin
and walk in this new life by believing what Jesus did
on the cross – not by trying harder in your own strength.
“After beginning by the Spirit, are you now trying
to attain your goal by human effort?” Galatians 3:3
“We should rely, not on ourselves, but only on God.”
2 Corinthians 1:9
“We glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in
our natural ability.” Philippians 3:3

God used the death of His only Son to perform a
divine heart transplant and save you not only from
the penalty of sin but also the power of sin. When
Jesus Christ died on the cross, God exchanged your
terminally sin-sick heart with His Son’s divine
heart. God removed your old sinful naturenature; you
now have Christ’s holy nature. This is the divine
exchange that occurred within you when you were
born of the Spirit. This is the whole gospel!

“For you have died and your life is now hidden with
Christ in God.” Colossians 3:3

Jesus Christ died on the cross in your place.
Do you want Him to live His life through you?
Here is a suggested prayer:
“Jesus, I believe You died on the cross for me. Thank
You that my old sinful nature also died on the cross
with You and I have been freed from sin’s power.
I will no longer rely on my natural ability to live the
Christian life. Jesus, I now ask You by faith to live
as Lord and King in me.”

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How to Become a Christian

Do you know God loves you?
“For God loved the world so much that He gave
His only Son, so that everyone that believes in
Him may not die but have eternal life.” John 3:16

But man is sinful and separated from God.
“Everyone has sinned and is far away from God’s
saving presence.” “Your sins separate you from
God.” Romans 3:23 & Isaiah 59:2

Jesus Christ is the only way to God.
Jesus died on the cross for you.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
“God has shown us how much He loves us – it
was while we were still sinners that Christ died
for us.” John 14:6 & Romans 5:8

You can receive Christ by faith through prayer:
“Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God and You
died on the cross and rose from the dead. I receive
You as my Lord and Savior. Forgive me for my
sins and take control of my life.”

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Be Anxious For Nothing

Based on Philippians 4:6-7
© 2016 Samuel House Ministries
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There are numerous times in every believer’s life when the circumstances, stresses and fears of life become overwhelming.  Without knowing the truth that we are dead to fear, and no longer have a sinful nature, we will succumb to those fears and be overcome by them,making it impossible to experience “the peace that passes all understanding” that Jesus enabled us to have when He died on the cross.  I often sing this song during those difficult times, and the Lord carries me on the wings of faith.

Be Anxious for Nothing

Be anxious for nothing
But by prayer and supplication
Make your requests known unto God
And the peace that passes all
All understanding
Shall guard your hearts and minds
In Christ Jesus

The Song of Moses

Based on Exodus 15:11, 2, 6 (KJV) © 2014 Samuel House Ministries www.ChristCrucified.info

In 1974, my husband and I belonged to a church in Virginia.  One Sunday, there was an older Jewish man visiting, with whom we struck up a conversation.  This man loved to put scriptures to music, and he taught me this song.  When we parted, he said, “I believe you are the person that is supposed to share this song with the body of Christ.”  Now, many years later, I am finally getting around to it!  This song is taken from the Book of Exodus.  Moses sang this song after the Israelites had crossed the Red Sea, to celebrate their deliverance from slavery to Pharaoh and Egypt.  This song has always been one of my favorites because it seems to capture a sense of God’s holiness, awesomeness and power towards those who “prepare Him an habitation.”  When I sing this song of Moses, I remember to be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10).

The Song of Moses

Who is like unto Thee, O Lord among gods
Who is like unto Thee, glorious in holiness
Fearful in praises, doing wonders
Who is like unto Thee?

O Lord, you’re my God, O Lord, you’re my strength
O Lord, you’re my song, you’re my salvation
You are my God and I will prepare You an habitation

Thy right hand, O Lord, is glorious in power
Thy right hand, O Lord, is righteous in mercy
This is why I sing this song of Moses
To You, my Lord and my God

He Is All That I Need

© 2008 Samuel House Ministries 
www.ChristCrucified.info

My husband and I were driving in our car one early evening, discussing a problem that seemed overwhelming.  As I was speaking, I began to sing this song, composing it as I went along.  The melody came to me right away and so did the words, without any hesitations or corrections.  It was a victory song from the Holy Spirit, to cheer us and encourage us in the face of discouragement and difficulty.

He Is All That I Need

He is all that I need
All that I need
Jesus is all that I need
He is all that I need
All that I need
Jesus is all that I need

He is Counselor
Prince of Peace
Bright and Morning Star
He is King of Kings
Lord of Lords
Everlasting Father

I will praise Him
Praise Him
Praise the King of Kings
I will praise Him
Praise Him
Praise the King of Kings

Come Lord Jesus!
Lord Jesus!
Maranatha!
Come Lord Jesus!
Lord Jesus!
Maranatha!

Even Though The Fig Tree Does Not Blossom

Based on Habakkuk 3:17-19
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When I read this in the Old Testament, I could deeply relate to the prophet Habakkuk’s anguish of heart and disappointment.  I put these words to music during a time of great heartache and sorrow, when it looked like our whole lives had been of waste of time, for it surely appeared that our “fig trees” were not blossoming, our “vines” were producing no fruit, our “olive trees” were barren, our “fields” produced no food, and our “lambs and ewes” had definitely gone astray.  Then came this marvelous, “tone of victory” word: “Yet will I exult in the Lord and yet will I rejoice in God my Savior!”  Then once again, I was seated in “heavenly places with Christ Jesus” and looking at the situation through His eyes, not mine.

Even Though The Fig Tree Does Not Blossom

Even though the fig tree does not blossom
And there is no fruit upon the vines
And though the olive tree is barren
Yet will I exult in the Lord

Even though the fields produce no food to feed us
Even if the lambs and ewes have gone astray
Yet will I rejoice in God my Savior
For He alone is my strength

Chorus
He makes me to walk
With the feet of a deer
On places too high for me

Because He dwells in me
I never will fear
For He is all I need

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