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Faith and corresponding action: part 2

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“Time and time again, we see countless examples in scripture of people talking action in accordance with their beliefs. This can work in both a negative and positive way. One of the most tragic occurrences of the negative way is revealed in Numbers 13 where the children of Israel were about to enter the Promised Land but their actions were not based on faith but fear. They gave an evil report back to God. An evil report is saying what they saw and heard instead of what God said about the situation. If we give in to fear, we will be overcome by our obstacles instead of us overcoming them.

Let’s read about it now in Numbers 13:30-32…
And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel

Friend, an evil report is one of fear… It looks at the circumstances and pronounces that God can do nothing. An evil report is repeatedly saying what the circumstances are saying instead of what God said about the topic. Fear causes us to shrink back and our God becomes very small… ”

– Pastor Carl

 

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Faith and confession

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“As believers, we are held to a higher standard of what comes out of our mouths because the words we use as Christians have more authority behind them than others. The tongue is very influential even though it is such a small member in relation to our entire body. In the case of the bridle of the horse and rudder of the ship, both of these are instruments of guidance. In other words, the tongue sets the course for our entire lives, even though it is such a small member and guides us to smoother waters or dangerous rocks.

Friends, chart a good course with your tongue. Starting today, let it guide you in the right places. Remember the tongue is not meant to be reactive but pro-active, we are to speak blessings over our lives in line with God’s word in order to see them manifest.”

– Pastor Carl

 

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What can shut down your faith?

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“In the book of Titus it talks about our consciences being defiled and in 1 Timothy 4:2 it talks of searing the conscience.

A seared conscience didn’t start out that way, it was sensitive at first and receptive to God in its original state but once it became wounded, it gradually became callous. There’s an old saying, “hurting people hurt people”. In their wounded state they’re unable to heal themselves and their means of relief is to wound other people, which in turn is an attempt to make themselves feel better. This friend is a vicious cycle that only Jesus can break. Doesn’t the Bible say that Jesus came to heal the broken hearted (Luke 4:18)? Friend, it’s time to admit that there can be wounding in our lives that we need to let go of some stuff.”

– Pastor Carl

 

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Jesus: the forgiver and healer

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“Colossians 1:19-22
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

Did you catch that, friend? We were reconciled to the Father by the precious blood of Jesus. Jesus was punished for us. Notice we are Holy, unblameable and unreproveable by what He did, not by what we did, so there is no boasting then on our part but by the law of faith we can boast on what Christ did for us.”

– Pastor Carl

 

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The power of the cross

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“2 Peter 3:18
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever.

We are to grow in grace and knowledge, friend. As we gain understanding we can partake of all the benefits of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Some call this ‘appropriation’, which really means to take on board for yourself. But without knowledge of what Christ did for us, we have no capacity to take advantage of what is already granted to us. As your knowledge of God’s word increases and especially what Christ did for you on the cross, you will identify yourself with Him instead of your old fleshy nature and live a victorious and abundant life.”

– Pastor Carl

 

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Praying beyond God’s ability

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“As long as we follow God’s statutes and obey His instructions, we will prosper in due season despite trials, temptations and persecution which may come our way. Certain limitations are set by God for our own benefit or protection and for others, which is an act of His mercy and He is long-suffering towards us. Not all prayers keep God’s uppermost, nor do they seek His Kingdom first. With hindsight, there are some prayers down the years that I’m glad were never answered with a ‘yes’!”

– Pastor Carl

 

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The Dangers of the New Age Movement

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“As the saying goes, “if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything,” and truly the collective movement of the New Age is the ‘anything’ in this statement…

If we attempt to contact the spirit realm outside of Christ, we will not only be deceived, but come to great spiritual harm and ultimately perdition. The New Age Movement also likes to use terms such as ‘love,’ ‘acceptance,’ and ‘inclusivism,’ which sounds benevolent, but the true mantra of the New Age is that you must conform to their dogma, or risk being an outdated bigot.”

– Pastor Carl

 

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Is God Sovereign?

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“Where the rubber meets the road in the discussion of sovereignty is where exactly are the boundaries of God’s jurisdiction and where does the role of human responsibility come in? The Prophet Daniel describes a day in the future when the Son of Man will ride upon the clouds and receive all authority, glory and a kingdom (Dan 7:13-14). The implication of course is that not all glory and authority are in His hands presently.

When the seventh angel sounds, “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever“(Rev 11:15). This clearly demonstrates not all kingdoms are currently in the Lords possession but His total dominion or theocracy will be a future event occurring in the millennial reign after Satan has been cast out of the second heaven (Rev 12:9). However during this specific epoch of time, the church age, God can still influence rulers and that is not in question. Although Satan may be called the ruler, prince or god of this world (little g), the final outcome is still in God’s hands albeit not necessarily in all the details. Indeed, it’s the Lord God who holds the ultimate say in geopolitics and the extent of empires but this does not negate the numerous choices man has made along the way to forge these empires. Herein lies the tension between what extent God’s sovereignty encroaches upon man’s free will and where exactly that encroachment ends.”

– Pastor Carl

 

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Is your heart hard?

As 2016 comes to a close and 2017 is unveiled, we at the Denver House of Prayer believe in starting this year off right with firm footing in your relationship with Christ. One of the primary ways that the relationship between you and the Lord can become distant is due to hardness of heart. Take 15 minutes to ensure you are set up for success into 2017 and beyond.
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“We become unaware of “the heart’s” hardened condition because along the way we might receive a scratch here and a scar there, or let the sun go down on our wrath and begin to lose feeling in that area all together. The best illustration of this I can offer is the branding of an animal. When I was growing up, several of our extended family members were farmers and I would often witness the branding of sheep or cattle by my uncle or grandfather. When the searing hot poker touched the animal’s skin the animal would wince in enormous pain. But amazingly in time, because the nerve endings were damaged in the area of the brand, they would have no feeling whatsoever from that point onward in that area. This is what it’s like with our heart, the more and more we go through life without correcting our heart issues, we can become more and more desensitized to the voice of God and the promptings of the Holy Spirit. In fact, the bible talks of this as a seared conscience in 1 Timothy 4:2: “Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” Remember, the conscience is the voice of the human spirit and we should never ignore it. To give you another illustration, I had an uncle growing up in Wales in the UK who could boil a kettle, make a boiling hot cup of tea, and drink it straight down without taking a pause. Why? Because he had scarred his throat to the point where it no longer hurt.”

– Pastor Carl

 

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Do all things work together for good?

Believers commonly comfort each other by quoting Romans 8:28 that states “all things work together for good” but the context of that passage may be misunderstood. Pastor Carl tackles this topic with his findings from the word of God.

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“We should realize that we can gain a better understanding of God’s ways by reading His word particularly; consequently, His ways will not be so mysterious to us after all. A cursory knowledge of the Bible reveals that God never sides with evil to produce His desired outcome but there are certainly bad consequences from poor decisions in this life. People have unfortunately been severely and emotionally traumatized and their trust in God shattered by religious quips at funerals… God gets blamed for so many things in this world that He has nothing to do with. ”

– Pastor Carl

 

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