Neta Monroe column: Do you need a sign?
While listening to my Joseph Prince CDs, I heard him make a comment that when man speaks, people believe, but when God speaks we want a sign.
I find it amazing how true that statement is, especially with Christians.
We say we believe the word of God, but yet let someone tell us something that is contradictory to the word and we easily believe it. Not only do we easily believe but we tend to readily believe.
I believe it all comes down to us seeing who we really are in Christ Jesus.
He also made the comment about when there was a sacrifice before the cross, the offering was examined by the High Priest to make certain that the offering was good enough for what it was to atone for.
When Jesus was offered up on the cross, God did the examining himself. Jesus was the sacrificial lamb once and for all. When Jesus cried out ěMy God, My God, why has thou forsaken me,î it was the first time that he called him God instead of Father. Why? Because he became us on the cross, he took on all of our sins, diseases, sickness, poverty, unrest. He was not the sin; he took on our sin and was the perfect atonement.
Now, our Father God in heaven sees us as Christ. Our righteousness, peace, prosperity, health is seated at the right hand of God the Father.
When someone tells you, you are sick, go to the throne and ask him who is seated at the right hand of God your Father if he is sick or did his blood cover all sickness? (1 Peter 2:24, Isaiah 53:5) When someone tells you that you will always be poor, go to the right hand and ask him who is seated there, did he not become poor so that we might be made rich? (2 Corinthians 8:9) When someone tries to steal your peace, go and ask him where can you find peace? (Isaiah: 26:3, John 14:27)
He said my peace I give to you, not as the world gives but my peace I give you. His peace, his shalom means wholeness, completeness, peace, prosperity, health, righteousness.
Next time someone tries to give you a bad report, donít just readily agree, instead remember who you are in Christ Jesus. Remember what he died for on the cross for you. He not only died for your salvation, He also took on all your sickness, disease, poverty, all sin. Remember that his blood has already paid the price so that you would not have to. Remember that his word is the truth.
John 17:10-11: ěAnd all mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to you. Holy Father, keep through your name those whom you have given me, that they may be one as we are…î
John 17:16: ěThey are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by your truth. Your word is truthî …
Jesus is praying to the Father here in these passages and he declares that we as believers are in this world but we are not of this world. In other words, we do not belong to this world, but to him and the Father, and we are not subject to the things of this world.
We have his peace. Where do you find this peace, this wholeness, this completeness?
Donít let any reasons or excuses keep you from going this Sunday to hear how much God loves you and how he wants you to experience his peace. Come visit us this Sunday if you do not have a church home. You are welcome at our church no matter where you are in your life. Come and let the love of God fill your hearts, and his peace fill your minds. Come expecting to receive his blessing. Come expecting to feel his love. We love you and would welcome you at our church.
Life Way church is located at 7621 Old Mocksville Road in Salisbury. Service times are 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
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