An International Fellowship of Spirit-Empowered Believers
166 Another Surprise
Linda Carol Baker aka Belle
August 9, 2017
Have you ever felt resistant to something someone asked you to do? That happened to me this week. I am doing a study called 4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice by Mark and Patti Virkler. The lesson said prayerfully consider I Corinthians 1:18-2:16. I thought, NO! I want to study Colossians1:13-14. But, I dutifully read the required Passage. "See there Lord? It doesn't mean anything to me right now!" So, I put it aside for awhile.
God did not let me off the hook. He drew me back to the assigned passage. This time the reading was different. Father started to draw my eyes to certain key words and had me start making a summary of them below.
I Corinthians 1:18-20 through 2:16
18. the word of the cross is powerful to the saved
22. Jews ask for signs, Geeks search for wisdom
30. by Gods doing you are in Christ who became righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.
2:5 Your faith rests not on wisdom of men but on the power of God
12. now we have received not the spirit of the world but the Spirit of who is from God so that you may know the things freely given to us by God
13. we speak words taught by the spirit combined with spiritual thought with spiritual words
16. We have the mind of Christ
Colossians 1:13 &14
For God himself rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved son in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins
Father was showing me a pattern of how His words fit together.
For the past year I have been struggling with failing health. Wondering how to fight the battle and learning more about spiritual battle than I had wanted to know. I just felt powerless and frustrated. I felt like I needed solid ground to fight a truly effective battle confidently. My faith was feeling pretty puny! Then, Father began to speak to my heart:
The words in this lesson combine perfectly with the words I have been teaching you in Colossians. Write them down. Again? Yes, again.
The words of the cross are powerful to the saved. The Jews seek a sign and the Greeks search for wisdom. In Me, Christ, is the power and wisdom of God. By my doing, Linda Carol, you are in Christ who has become your righteousness, sanctification and redemption. Your faith doesn't rest on the wisdom of men but on the power of God. My power. You have NOT received the spirit of the world but My Spirit, Holy Spirit, from Me so you may freely know the things I give to you. You speak with words I teach you, (when writing, mentoring, teaching) combining spiritual words with spiritual thought because I have given you the mind of Christ. I, Myself, have rescued you from the domain of darkness and transferred you to the kingdom of my beloved Son. In Him you have redemption and forgiveness of sins. Darkness has no power over you. Curses have no power over you. From this platform do your spiritual warfare.
The very lesson I had been resisting was the lesson that our Father wanted to use to build my confidence so I could stand firm against the Enemys fiery darts.
The reassurance that He had rescued me from Satan's dark domain proved to me that Christ in me was indeed stronger than the enemy. God Himself put me In Christ's kingdom and only Jesus is Lord over me now. He is Lord over my health, my marriage, and every aspect of my life. When the Enemy tries to claim authority anywhere in my life, I know he is trespassing and a liar! Through Christ I have the power to say NO! Then I send him away! Praise God! I love His persistence to get His message through to me!
These words are true for your life too, if you love Jesus.
Are you investing time to be quiet with God, listen for His voice speaking spontaneous words in your heart or guiding you to scriptures? Are your eyes and ears open to seeing and hearing what He has for you? Are you acknowledging that His ways are better than your ways? Are you writing down the thoughts He guickens to your heart? Do you care about Him? Please, take time to listen to Him. He is speaking to you every day.
Jesus loves you so much. Please, take time to love Him back!
©2017 Linda Carol Baker