Displaying Christian Sermons by tag: Christ
Joyce Meyer (May-18-2021) Daily Devotional: Your Identity in Christ
The best way to defeat a lie is to know and speak the truth. The next time the enemy lies to you about who you are and accuses. You of being unworthy, declare your identity in Christ. Answer him by saying:
- I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21)
- I am forgiven of all my sins (Ephesians 1:7)
- I am born of God, and the evil one does not touch me (1 John 5:18)
- I am a conqueror through Him Who loves me (Romans 8:37)
Those are just a few of the many things that identify you as a child of God. You are not identified by your background, your level of education, your mistakes, or your friends—you are identified by what God has done for you and in you.
Prayer Starter: Lord, thank You for loving me and saving me. Thank You that I am Your child and that I will always identify as a child of God, first and foremost! In Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Devotional (April-24-2022) Union With Christ
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye” John 15:4
This is a profound truth, that is the key to bearing fruit, but it is so easy to forget. Because the fruit is borne on the branch, it is easy to credit the branch with the fruit, when it is the vine that drew the life from the earth and channeled it through the branch.
Likewise, since we are the branch through which the life of God flows, we sometimes think that it is our own holiness that produces the fruit. The moment we think that way, we are no longer abiding (trusting in; clinging to) in the vine and we will become fruitless if we persist in this mind set.
This is actually a great relief if the believer understands this and applies it properly. It puts all the responsibility on Jesus. Our only responsibility is to respond to His ability. In the same way that you have never seen a branch travailing to bring forth fruit, so all we have to do is labor to enter into His rest (trust and depend) and completely trust Jesus as our source (Heb. 4:11). If we abide in Him, fruit will come naturally.
It's our faith in what Jesus did for us that saved us, and our faith has to continue to be in Christ, not in ourselves, to maintain salvation. Our holiness, righteousness, and justification are gifts that we receive in our spirits through Jesus.
Just like the life of a root is found in the soil, or a branch in the vine, or a fish in the sea, so the believer's true life is found in the union with Christ.
Confession: I am in perfect union with Divinity, the verily life that flows through Jesus, flows through me, therefore l am fruitful and productive in this world.
Billy Graham - Sermon: The Temptations of Christ. Jesus couldn't possibly understand—could He? During His time on earth, Jesus Christ was tempted just as we are. Billy Graham explains in this 1988 message from Rochester, New York.
Rick Warren (March-13-2021) Daily Devotional: You’ve Got the Power of Christ
“He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us safe into the kingdom of his dear Son.” Colossians 1:13 (GNT)
On the cross, Jesus destroyed Satan’s power to control your mind, your life, and your destiny. When Jesus said, “It is finished” (John 19:30 NIV), Satan should have said, “I’m finished.” His days are numbered!
Jesus has won the victory over death and Satan. But if you don’t have the power of Christ in your life, then you are defenseless against the Devil. Satan can manipulate your emotions. He can mess with your mind. He can get you addicted to all kinds of stuff. And you are powerless without Christ!
Satan has two favorite tools to whip you around: temptation and condemnation.
He uses temptation by minimizing sin: It’s no big deal! Everybody does it! You know what will make you happy more than God does! Satan doesn’t have to speak out loud. He just puts these ideas in your mind. When God gives you an idea, it’s called inspiration. When Satan puts an idea in your mind, it’s called temptation.
Then, the moment you do that particular sin, Satan reverses strategy and, instead of minimizing the sin, he maximizes it: You did that! Are you kidding me? God will never love you again. It’s over. God can never use you. That is so big that you could never, ever be forgiven for it.
First, Satan tempts you. Then, he condemns you. See his strategy? Minimize the sin before you do it and maximize it afterwards.
On the cross, when Jesus Christ said, “It is finished,” he defeated temptation and condemnation.
Jesus destroyed the irresistible power of temptation. He now gives you the power to resist it: “He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us safe into the kingdom of his dear Son” (Colossians 1:13 GNT).
Jesus’ death and Resurrection were a fatal blow to Satan.
If you have Jesus Christ in your life, then Satan has zero power over you except the areas that you choose to give him. When you choose to give in to Satan’s temptation through resentment, guilt, worry, or fear, then you give him a foothold in your life. But, if you choose to say no, he can’t touch you.
With God’s power in your life, Satan can’t harm you. You are hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3), and you are protected. You don’t have to listen to Satan. You have the power to say, “No.”
You don’t have to be afraid!
Talk It Over
- In what ways does Satan use popular culture to minimize sin?
- What are the practical ways the Holy Spirit gives you power to fight temptation?
- How does knowing God’s Word help you with temptation? What can you do today to know the Word better?
Joyce Meyer (March-05-2023) Daily Devotional: You Can Do All Things Through Christ
One thought that has the power to transform your life is simple: Through Christ, I can handle whatever life hands me. I wonder—do you believe you can do whatever you need to do? Or are there certain things that trigger dread, fear, or cause you to say, “I could never do that!” when you think about them?
Whether it’s suddenly losing a loved one, facing a serious unexpected illness, having your adult child with two toddlers move into your clean and quiet house after you’ve had an “empty nest” for years, going on a strict diet because your life depends on it, putting yourself on a budget to avoid foreclosure on your home, or suddenly having to care for a disabled elderly parent—most people have some kind of situation that truly seems impossible to them, something they aren’t sure they can handle.
No matter what that circumstance is for you, God’s Word has good news: even in the most unpleasant and difficult situations, God has provided the strength you need to do whatever you need to do in life. He doesn’t say everything will be easy for us, but He’s promised to stick with us through every moment, so we can enjoy life in the midst of doing hard things (see Deuteronomy 31:6; Joshua 1:9).
We need to understand that Philippians 4:13 does not say we can do anything we want to do because we are strong enough, smart enough, or hardworking enough. God’s grace actually has nothing to do with our effort or striving at all—it’s through His strength alone that we can accomplish anything.
[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. — Philippians 2:13 (AMPC)
What in your life do you need to begin to believe you can do? Know that whatever it is, God is willing and able to work in and through you to accomplish it.
Prayer Starter: Jesus, thank You for making a way for me to accomplish everything that You’ve called me to do. Please help me always remember to lean on Your strength, not mine, because You’re the only One with the power to bring me through this. In Your name, amen.
Joseph Prince (March-01-2023) Daily Devotional: Seated with Christ
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. - Psalm 91:1
There is a lot of fearmongering everywhere you turn today—on the news, in the papers, via social media, and unfortunately, on Christian media as well. However, it is vital that we do not let fear take over our hearts.
As believers, we have no business feeding on fear. If your mind is entangled with knots of anxiety, perhaps it’s time for you to examine your mental diet.
What have you, consciously or unconsciously, been meditating on? Are you ingesting and believing everything you see in the news reports, or are you living by what the Lord Jesus has purchased for you at Calvary?
To help you understand God’s heart for you regarding fear and your walking in His protection, I want to share with you a powerful key from today’s verse, the very first verse of Psalm 91, the prayer of protection. The Hebrew word for “dwell” is yashab, which means “to sit down, to remain, or to settle.”
Notice that the very first thing that God wants you to do to enjoy His protection is to rest. His protection, peace, love, and other blessings flow in your life when you are in a place of rest.
Let’s camp on the word dwell just a little more. Let’s meditate on what it means to rest or “sit down.” The Bible says that we are seated with Christ at God’s right hand (Eph. 2:6, Heb. 1:3). The word “seated” is beautiful—it means that you are no longer standing and working.
Under the old covenant, the priest had to offer the morning sacrifice at 9 a.m., and then remain standing for six hours until after the evening sacrifice at 3 p.m. Our Lord Jesus was crucified at 9 a.m. and He hung on the cross for six hours until He died at 3 p.m., thus fulfilling the type of both the morning and evening sacrifices (Heb. 10:11–12).
Because Jesus became the final sacrifice, the work of the priest is done and he no longer has to stand. Because our Lord cried, “It is finished!” at Calvary (John 19:30), we are today seated in Christ. We can dwell in the secret place of the Most High—a place of peace, safety, and security—and we can live fear-free because the blood of our Lord Jesus has paid for every blessing of protection in Psalm 91!
Today, whether you are dealing with a difficult financial situation, a sleep disorder, or plagued by depressive or even suicidal thoughts, my desire is for you to discover a God who loves you, and whose strong hands of protection are over your entire life and over every area that concerns you.
DAVID OYEDEPO JNR (February-27-2021) Watch Sermon: ABIDING IN CHRIST
The Scriptures make clear that abiding in christ is to be the central aim of any believer – Jn. 15:5
Therefore, the redeemed should have his or her life source from Christ – 1 Jn. 5:12
We are to be containers for the expression of divine life here on the earth – 2 Cor. 4:6-7
However, this life can only be made manifest when we abide in Christ!
What does it mean to abide in Christ?
1. His Word abides in us
2. We keep His commandments
3. We reflect His character