Living in Christian Victory

Gal 6:8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

Matt 26:41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Eph 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Prov 8:36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.

Eph 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

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Thanksgiving Message by Reinhard – Sunday, Nov. 29

Ps 100:4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

Jonah 2:7 “When my soul fainted within me,  I remembered the Lord; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple.  8 “Those who regard worthless idols Forsake their own Mercy.   9 But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.” 10 So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

Phil 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Heb 13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. 16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

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God’s Promise to Strengthen you, Help you and Uphold

Message from today by Reinhard – God’s Promise to Strengthen you, Help you and Uphold you

Isa 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.   I will strengthen you,  Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Isa 43:1   But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel:  “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.

Isa 54:4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.

Luke 12:7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

2 Tim 1:12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

Jude 24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,


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Speak To Your Mountain

Message on ‘Speak to Your Mountain’ by Reinhard, Sunday, Oct. 18.

Mark 11:22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.  23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

2 Kings 4:8 Now it happened one day that Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman, and she persuaded him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food. 9 And she said to her husband, “Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. 10 Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.”

11 And it happened one day that he came there, and he turned in to the upper room and lay down there. 12 Then he said to Gehazi his servant, “Call this Shunammite woman.” When he had called her, she stood before him. 13 And he said to him, “Say now to her, ‘Look, you have been concerned for us with all this care. What can I do for you? Do you want me to speak on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?'” She answered, “I dwell among my own people.”

14 So he said, “What then is to be done for her?”  And Gehazi answered, “Actually, she has no son, and her husband is old.”  15 So he said, “Call her.” When he had called her, she stood in the doorway. 16 Then he said, “About this time next year you shall embrace a son.”   And she said, “No, my lord. Man of God, do not lie to your maidservant!”

17 But the woman conceived, and bore a son when the appointed time had come, of which Elisha had told her.  18 And the child grew. Now it happened one day that he went out to his father, to the reapers. 19 And he said to his father, “My head, my head!”

So he said to a servant, “Carry him to his mother.” 20 When he had taken him and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. 21 And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him, and went out. 22 Then she called to her husband, and said, “Please send me one of the young men and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and come back.”

23 So he said, “Why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath.”

And she said, “It is well.” 24 Then she saddled a donkey, and said to her servant, “Drive, and go forward; do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you.” 25 And so she departed, and went to the man of God at Mount Carmel.

So it was, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to his servant Gehazi, “Look, the Shunammite woman! 26 Please run now to meet her, and say to her, ‘Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?'”

And she answered, “It is well.” 27 Now when she came to the man of God at the hill, she caught him by the feet, but Gehazi came near to push her away. But the man of God said, “Let her alone; for her soul is in deep distress, and the Lord has hidden it from me, and has not told me.”

28 So she said, “Did I ask a son of my lord? Did I not say, ‘Do not deceive me’?”

29 Then he said to Gehazi, “Get yourself ready, and take my staff in your hand, and be on your way. If you meet anyone, do not greet him; and if anyone greets you, do not answer him; but lay my staff on the face of the child.”

30 And the mother of the child said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So he arose and followed her. 31 Now Gehazi went on ahead of them, and laid the staff on the face of the child; but there was neither voice nor hearing. Therefore he went back to meet him, and told him, saying, “The child has not awakened.”

32 When Elisha came into the house, there was the child, lying dead on his bed. 33 He went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the Lord. 34 And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands; and he stretched himself out on the child, and the flesh of the child became warm. 35 He returned and walked back and forth in the house, and again went up and stretched himself out on him; then the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. 36 And he called Gehazi and said, “Call this Shunammite woman.” So he called her. And when she came in to him, he said, “Pick up your son.” 37 So she went in, fell at his feet, and bowed to the ground; then she picked up her son and went out.

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The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

Recent message by Reinhard on ‘The Joy of the Lord is my Strength’   The phrase is from Nehemiah chapter 8 where the people were celebrating the feast of tabernacles.

Neh 8:10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

 We have joy when we are saved out of the power of darkness and transferred into the kingdom of His Son.    Isa 12:3 Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.  Col 1:13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,

We keep our joy by:

1.  Following close behind our Great Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ.  One of the primary ways to do this is spending time in God’s Word, the Bible.   Ps 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.  John 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

2.  Quickly confessing and turning away from any known sin.                                      Ps 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,  And renew a steadfast spirit within me.           11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.       12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.

3.  Loving right things and hating wrong things.  Heb 1:9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”

Jesus Christ is the example for us by ‘who for the joy set before Him’ endured the cross and suffered the reproach of men.   We look forward to one day being in heaven.  In the meanwhile, we can endure occasional discomfort as we live for Jesus and tell others about Him.

Heb 12:1   Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Our joy can be full:      John 15:11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

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God Answers Prayer

Praying to Our Heavenly Father, In the Name of Jesus                                            

We can pray specifically.    John 15:7   “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. (NKJ)

God promises to answer.  Mark 11:24   “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. (NKJ)

In Secret  Matt 6: 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.  NKJV

God promises to show us the way to go.   Ps 32:8               I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. (NKJ)    1 Cor 14:33      For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. (NKJ)

God promises to strengthen us.   Isa 40:31     But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (NKJ)

Boldly  Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

In Faith Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

With Thanksgiving             Psalms 100:4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,  And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.


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Be an Overcomer

Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.  

Each Christian can be victorious over temptation and sin.  This is not to say we will never sin, but we don’t plan on sinning.  If we do sin, we simply ask God to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We can be pro active in our abiding in Jesus Christ.   Matt 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

We trust God to keep us from falling and to present us faultless before His presence.     Jude 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

We are persuaded that God will keep us safe in Him.  2 Tim 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

We trust God to help us avoid all temptations.   1 Cor 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

We realize the seriousness of sin, that it is not only against God, but hurts ourselves.   Prov 8:36a But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul:

We can resist the devil.  In the Name of Jesus, we can command the enemy to leave our lives and thoughts.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

2 Cor 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

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righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit

Acts 13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. (NKJ) 

Rom 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (NKJ) 

Being filled with the Holy Spirit and having joy in our lives goes hand in hand together.

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Ps 103:4a Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;

Ps 103:4a  Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;

By purchase and by power the Lord redeems us from the spiritual death into which we had fallen, and from the eternal death which would have been its consequence. Had not the death penalty of sin been removed, our forgiveness and healing would have been incomplete portions of salvation, fragments only, and but of small value, but the removal of the guilt and power of sin is fitly attended by the reversal of the sentence of death which had been passed upon us. Glory be to our great Substitute, who delivered us from going down into the pit, by giving himself to be our ransom. Redemption will ever constitute one of the sweetest notes in the believer’s grateful song.

From his earliest days the Psalmist was the child of Providence. Many were the hairbreadth escapes and the wonderful deliverances, which he experienced. Dangers of various kinds presented themselves as his years advanced. The jaw of the lion, and the paw of the bear, at various times threatened to terminate his existence, and at others the ruthless hand of man. The same God who delivered him from the sword of Goliath, rescued his life from the javelin of Saul. The Almighty Friend who had covered his head in the day of battle, delivered him, at one moment, from the lords of the Philistines, saved him at another out of the hands of the men of Keilah; and again preserved to him his life and throne from the unnatural rebellion of his own son. Well, therefore, might the Psalmist stir up his soul, and all that was within him, to bless the Lord with most fervent gratitude, who, by so many signal deliverances, had “redeemed his life from destruction.” John Stevenson.

Preservation from destruction, redemption of life by the kinsman; possibly looking forward, in the spirit of prophecy, to him who became partaker of our flesh and blood, that he might have the right to redeem our souls from death by dying in our stead. Adam Clarke.

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Healing in the Name of Jesus

Ps 107:20a  He sent his word, and healed them,

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