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I Believe in My Team

When it comes to sports, many people get excited and pumped about it. They buy their favorite team’s jersey number and wait in long lines for drinks and hot dogs and at sporting event. There is nothing can change their minds to support the other team. Their hearts are sold out for their team. There do whatever is necessary to make sure they see that game. They believe in their hearts their team is the best and is going to win the Super Bowl.

Most important than the Super Bowl is what you believe in your heart about Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, most people are NOT sold out for Jesus, just fans of the Lord from afar, not up close and personal.

There are so many people who believe by mere saying that they believe Jesus is the Son of God grants them salvation, and they continue to live their sinful lifestyles. I’m sorry to tell you that you will not find this anywhere in the Bible.

You must believe in your heart that Jesus died for your sins, and your spiritual heart is the core of your emotions, thoughts, ambitions and your conscience. This belief must cause change.

Now, if you believe God raised Jesus from the dead you must believe Jesus died. If you believe Jesus died, then He died from some reason or purpose. For example, some people die from car accidents, drugs, cancer, drinking, heart attack, or just old age, just to mention a few.

The next logical question is: Why did Jesus die on the cross?

We find in Romans 3:25 that God has set forth His Son Jesus to be a substitute through faith in his blood, to declare His righteousness for the forgiveness of sins that are past, though the forbearance of God. (Stop collection of debt; patience and tolerance)

1 John 4:8-15 -…For God is love. In this was manifested (made clear or obvious) the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation (substitute) for our sins… And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

Jesus gave His life to pay the debt you owe to God for sin. And the wages of sin is death Romans 6:23.

Because there are NO EXCEPTIONS TO GOD’S LAW, therefore Jesus came to seek and search for everyone who was lost and blinded by sin; He came to save us and to extend His hand to ALL and bring us back into the right standing with God the Father.

There are many that have reduced Salvation to a check list of statements that you agree to, and have told you it is OK to continue to live your life your way under your terms. This, my friends, is a lie from the devil. This is the lie that has crept into the church and has weakened it. It has made people complacent and apathetic. Here is the good news: It doesn’t have to be this way. Today is a new day, a day anew and fresh. However, it is your choice.

The question is: will you choose Jesus who says, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life and NO man come to the Father but by Me”; or choose the ways of the world that will lead you to death and Hell? If you choose Jesus, repent towards God for your sins and confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Authority of your life, and put your faith and trust (which is all confidence) in Jesus whom God raised from the dead, then you will be saved.

A Confession of the Heart

 

What do you think of when you hear to confess? Have you heard the phrase, “Confession is good for the soul?” That’s not just an old wise tale and something the old folks used to say. Have you ever poured your heart out to someone? Many of us are consumed with fear and are scared to be open, honest and vulnerable to “bare their souls”, not even to their spouses. A spouse is supposed to be a confidant and a best friend, someone you can trust your deepest, darkest secrets. On the other hand, you may think of a family secret, something you don’t want anyone to know; it may be something that you would only share with your closest friend.

A better question would be: How will confession help and improve my life? Let’s take a moment to see what confession means in the Greek:

In Greek, the word confession means “to say the same” and signifies an agreement or consent. It is used often in a legal context in which a man agrees with the statement of another such as conceding or confessing to something before a judge. Likewise, confession is an act of agreement or promise in a court or legal contract.
Now this is something we can relate to, right?

For example: The police officers bring in a suspect for questioning about a robbery at the First American Bank on 15th Street. The officers escort the suspect to the interrogation room, and ask him a series of questions. The first two hours, the suspect denies any wrong doing and holds strong to his story. However, the police officer finds a witness, the wife and the child of the suspect. The witness identifies the suspect and recognizes the tattoo he had on his left hand. They bring the wife and child in: when the suspect sees his family, a feeling of great shame and remorse comes over him. After an hour, the suspect is ready to plead guilty to the bank robbery, and is willing to write a confession statement. He is willing to write down the details of the crime and his involvement, plead guilty to the robbery, and accept the consequences and responsibilities of his actions. He is now at the mercy of the judge.

Does this give you a clear picture of what a confession is? This is the message Paul is relaying in the scripture. This is the kind of confession Paul is speaking about. We can see the suspect gave a confession: He changed his mind, and decided:
1. To acknowledge that he has committed a crime or
2. To admit you are at fault in some way (you’re wrong)

Also, you can see that the Bible confirms God’s Word:

Psalm 32:5 says: I acknowledge my sin unto you, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and YOU forgive the iniquity of my sin.

Psalm 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Psalm 86:5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plentiful in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

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.

When You Hear the Enemy Coming

When you hear the enemy is coming, take God at His Word, believe, receive and act upon this: Ephesians 6:12 King For we wrestle not against flesh and blood (human beings), but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

There are four things the devil does not want you to know: The power of repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, the power of forgiveness to close the doors in your life; the power of prayer and the power of the written and spoken of God

Remember who is in control of all things: Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment you shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.

Luke 9:1 Jesus Christ gave them (those who follow and obey Him) power and authority over all devils.

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

2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds)

Fight on your knees in repentance, faith and prayer, and watch the devil flee. There is power in the Name of Jesus!

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Philippians 2:9-11
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Anything brought before the Throne of Heaven in faith in Jesus Christ will be heard and answered! It’s time to active our faith and cause the devil and his minions to run and tremble at the Mighty Eternal Name and Power of Jesus Christ!