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What You Must Unlearn In Order to Live From God

There is nothing more difficult to do than to set aside our resources and choose instead to live out of the resources of God. In today’s short video, Frank shares what we need to unlearn and let go of, in order for us to live from God.


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What You Must Unlearn in Order to Live from God

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As we discovered the New Covenant, there’s one thing I think we specifically have to unlearn, and that is that the Christian life is not a code of ethics. It is no longer an external law where we seek to perform and achieve at life. 

We don't live for God, we live from God. 

The issue now has gone from external to internal. As Christ takes up residence in us through the power of His spirit, His Life is in us, and it wants out. The thing that we must understand, however, is that this is not an easy thing to do. People accuse those of us in the New Covenant economy of “easy believism.” But the truth is, 

There is nothing more difficult to do than to set aside your resources and choose instead to live out of the resources of God. 

“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” 

Colossians 2:6 (NASB)

How did we receive Him? By grace through faith. So, how are we to walk in Him? By grace through faith. 

We are to live from God because that's the only way you and I can live for God. The life that pleases God is His own Life, which He has placed in us to release through us so we can multiply His Life throughout the world. The church is to function like a kaleidoscope, with varying personalities and expressions of the very same Life. The result is that the unbelieving world can look at the church and say, “Wow, so that's what God is like.” 

You are a part of that, beloved, so play your part. Live a life of faith, trusting God to be all that He is to whatever you need. Bless you now, go shine your light.


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Want Others To See God In Your Life? Here’s What Not To Do

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In 1 Thessalonians 5:19 there’s a very curious verse. It says, “Do not quench the spirit.” That’s puzzling because “quench” can be used so often in a very positive way, especially when we’re talking about thirst. When I’m thirsty, what do I want to do? I’m going to quench that thirst. When I have a desire, what do I want to do? I want to quench that desire by fulfilling it. But here it’s being used in a very negative fashion. “Don’t quench the spirit.” What does that mean? I think the key to understanding this verse is to realize that throughout both Old and New Testaments, the Holy Spirit is viewed and represented as fire. Fire is a very powerful commodity. Fire purifies everything that it touches. That’s the important part. The Holy Spirit has come into our life as a fire to empower us so He can purify us in our walk. Wonderful! Do not quench that!

Let’s think about this clearly. Fire has one real enemy and that’s water. Water can put out the fire. The Bible talks about water—living water—and so we want to draw a real life from God as living water but by implication there are other kinds of water. There are other things that can temporarily satisfy our soul, never satisfy our spirit, but certainly satisfy our soul. When we take satisfaction from those things, we are quenching the power of the Spirit to completely satisfy all of my needs. So we’ve got to be very careful here, my friends. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman. He will never overpower your life. He will never overtake you, never control you. And also, He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. He will always be available to you. But in the moment when you quench the spirit, you’re looking to other things than God as a life source, and you’re not allowing His power to transform you into the image of Christ.

Don’t quench the spirit, let Him energize your life in a way that transforms it so that the world will be able to look at you and see you as a letter of God and say, “There goes a man or a woman who knows God. I can see it in the way they live.”

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The Greater Power

There must be a POWER placed in our very core (spirit) that is greater than the power in our flesh, and greater than the power that comes in waves against us from the world and the enemy.

There must be a POWER placed in our very core (spirit) that is greater than the power in our flesh, and greater than the power that comes in waves against us from the world and the enemy.

When it comes to helping people not fall into sin... A COMMAND (LAW) IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH to protect us from the onslaught and allure that comes against us in a fallen world.

The forces that are coming against us, and the cry that comes from within us (the flesh), are too powerful. We get "shocked" when every once in a while the evening news carries the story of a pastor who has run off with the church secretary! If we really understood the issues we should be shocked that there aren't twenty every day!!!

To protect and preserve us from sin and temptation, we need something much greater than a simple command to not do it. There is only ONE SURE PREVENTIVE HELP AFFORDED TO US.

There must be a POWER placed in our very core (spirit) that is greater than the power in our flesh, and greater than the power that comes in waves against us from the world and the enemy.

We need a POWER inside us... WE NEED A PERSON INSIDE US ...
CHRIST IN US... OUR HOPE OF GLORY!

1 Cor 10
"There is no temptation that has overtaken you such as is common to man, BUT GOD is faithful, Who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it!"

That "way of escape" is Jesus...
Who offers to be all that He is
To all that we need
At the moment of faith (dependence)

He puts LIFE on the inside
so we won't settle for the "life" that comes from the outside...