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On our own we are nothing

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He takes all our sins, faults, weaknesses, and failures, and gives us His ability, His righteousness, and His strength. He takes our diseases and sicknesses and gives us His healing and health. He takes our messed-up, failure-filled past and gives us forgiveness and hope of a bright future.

“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
Isaiah 64:6.

But in Christ, we have a beautiful future, one worth looking forward to. In Christ means that we have placed all our faith in Him in every aspect of our lives.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the bright future we have in your son Jesus Christ.

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Roots and Fruits – Children of God

Advertisements Are you experiencing the deepest intimacy with God that you can? Do you soar in the heavens with Holy Spirit? If your answer to this kind of life is no, it is because barriers are chaining you down. If you are not soaring through this series, I will help you to understand what chainsContinue reading →

The Importance of Fellowship

Advertisements The Cancer of Sin In this series of posts, we will look at the New Testament book of 1 John. A letter written by John to the church. Through this letter, we can understand that as Christians we can be certain of our salvation and our position before God. We have been forgiven andContinue reading →

Move far away from the shallow

Advertisements Reflecting on the last wrote on this subject, I spoke about a song, an earworm, that I had playing in my mind over and over. Well, 2 days later and it’s still there. The song, “Shallow,” a duet by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper from the movie “A Star is Born“. To view the firstContinue reading →

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Roots and Fruits – the Child of the Devil

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If you plant a fruit tree, let’s say an orange tree, you will expect oranges to grow. An orange tree will not produce pears. It is not part of the orange tree’s nature to produce a different fruit. This is a good way to imagine how the natural is a resemblance of the Spiritual. Just as a physical seed cannot produce something outside its genetic code, so God’s seed cannot produce something opposing to His nature. John shares a powerful and profound message that can help us to better understand our nature in Christ and to identify and be aware of the work of the Devil. 

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The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister. 1 John 3: 8‭-‬10

The child of the Devil cannot produce divine fruit: “The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work” (1 John 3:8‭). This is saying, satanic roots will produce satanic fruit. Someone who is doing the works of the Devil must have a nature within him like the Devil’s. 

The sinful nature we have today is one of the results of the fall of Adam. Adam was not created sinful, but his choice to defy the Lord and sin somehow twisted his make-up, and this twisted nature has been passed down to the human race through his seed (Psalm 51:5). It is therefore logical to conclude that an unbeliever cannot stop from producing the works of the Devil—it is in the unbelievers nature. 

Thankfully and blessedly, a child of God cannot remain in sin. John tell us in verse 9, “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.” You might ask yourself at this point: “Wait, I still sin, does this mean that I am not a child of God?” If you read Paul’s parallel statements in Romans 7:14-25, the evil which I do, although is done my me, it is from my sinful nature. Therefore, the divine good I do is not done by me, it is done by my Spiritual, divine nature. Both of these natures dwell in the child of God simultaneously. 

14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. Romans 7:14-25

However, a new person in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) knows that when he knowingly sins, he is not acting in accordance with the change that took place when he was born-again. As he has the mind of Christ, he acts in harmony with his new identity in Christ. We tend to act in accordance with how we see ourselves, that is why it is fundamental to understand who we are in Christ. 

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As children of God, we make visible, or demonstrate (manifest), who we really are when we produce divine righteousness. On the contrary, when we sin we are hiding God’s glory. So, remember who you are. You were created for God’s glory, so manifest God everywhere you go. Wherever you are, manifest who you really are as a child of God. Manifest God’s glory.

Believe in Christ! Receive Christ! Become a Child of God!

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Roots and Fruits – Children of God

Advertisements Are you experiencing the deepest intimacy with God that you can? Do you soar in the heavens with Holy Spirit? If your answer to this kind of life is no, it is because barriers are chaining you down. If you are not soaring through this series, I will help you to understand what chainsContinue reading →

The Importance of Fellowship

Advertisements The Cancer of Sin In this series of posts, we will look at the New Testament book of 1 John. A letter written by John to the church. Through this letter, we can understand that as Christians we can be certain of our salvation and our position before God. We have been forgiven andContinue reading →

Move far away from the shallow

Advertisements Reflecting on the last wrote on this subject, I spoke about a song, an earworm, that I had playing in my mind over and over. Well, 2 days later and it’s still there. The song, “Shallow,” a duet by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper from the movie “A Star is Born“. To view the firstContinue reading →

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Roots and Fruits – Children of God

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Are you experiencing the deepest intimacy with God that you can? Do you soar in the heavens with Holy Spirit? If your answer to this kind of life is no, it is because barriers are chaining you down. If you are not soaring through this series, I will help you to understand what chains are preventing you from soaring.  

You were designed to fly according to your new birth in Christ.

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Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister. 1 John 3:7-10

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One of the most difficult sections of the Bible to interpret is 1 John. This is the second look at the purpose of right living. We already looked at right living (1 John 1:5−2:2) and we learned that known sin in the life of a believer is a barrier to a close walk with God, but through genuine confession of that sin, the barrier is removed. 

In this further development of right living (1 John 2:29−3:10) we can see that when a Christian knowingly sins, he is acting out of character. He is living contrary to God’s design for him. He’s a golden eagle living like a prairie chicken, chained to the earth. 

So, if a Christian who knowingly sins is acting out of character and does not enjoy fellowship with our Lord, our question should be, “What does a child of God do, then? What is the sign or fruit of his or her actions?” The answer is found in verse 7: “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous” (1 John 3:7). Just as God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all, because it is His nature, in the same way, if you see someone doing divine righteousness you can know it is coming from God’s divine nature in that person. In other words, the person doing divine righteousness is born again, he has God’s divine nature. John goes from the deeds to the character, from the fruit to the root. 

Divine roots produce divine fruits.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Galatians 5:22
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Having God’s divine nature does not mean that we are exactly like God. We have some of His nature which was given to us when we were born again. He shares some of His nature and through us He can produce the fruits of the Spirit in us.

As children of God, we were designed to soar in the sky, to display God’s essence all around us. God is love, His Spirit in us produces love. God is holy, that is why He wants us to be holy, just as He is holy. God living in us produces divine fruit. It is natural, it is not mechanic, it is not something that we can produce out of our own strength. It comes from God.

Be who you were designed to be, do not allow sin to hinder you from experiencing maximum joy.

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Holy Spirit Fruit

Advertisements The Greek word for fruit is καρπός, (or figuratively) everything done in true partnership with Christ. The fruit of the Spirit is used to describe to us the produce or product of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in each of us. We cannot produce this fruit ourselves, only the Holy Spirit can produce this fruit.Continue reading →

The greatest of these

Advertisements 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.Continue reading →

The Importance of Fellowship

Advertisements The Cancer of Sin In this series of posts, we will look at the New Testament book of 1 John. A letter written by John to the church. Through this letter, we can understand that as Christians we can be certain of our salvation and our position before God. We have been forgiven andContinue reading →

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