Discovering The Blessings Of God Through Troubles

by csnyder 24. February 2010 06:40
This is a part of a chapter from my book "Overcome By His Love".

In Genesis 28:10-22 we are going to see how God reveals himself to us in ways we may not expect. We see that Jacob is running from Esau. Jacob was wise in the world's eyes to run from Esau. Esau was a hunter and outdoorsman. Jacob would have been considered a mama's boy. Esau was Isaac's favorite son; he was the kind of son that every father wanted. He was strong, able to provide, able to lead and defend. Jacob unlike Esau was his mother's favorite. He was not someone who loved the outdoors or was considered a man's man. Most of us have known people just like Jacob and Esau, and most of us would choose one we liked better than the other.

In Jacob's mind, he did not measure up to what he thought his father wanted. There are many people today who don’t measure up, in their own mind, to what they feel others think of them. The problem is not what others think, but the problem sometimes is what they think others think. As a result of this, they spend a great deal of time running and hiding. Whether they measure up or not is not the problem, the problem is, they don't think they measure up.

I want you to hear this: in Jesus you do measure up. You are in Christ; and He is in you. Why do you want to be measured by things that are going to perish? Don't you know that you have been created in the image of God? Jesus himself has measured you, and you have been found righteous. You are in the process of being conformed to His image; He is not finished yet, but He now sees you as complete. Whom are you going to believe? Are you going to believe the world and its false standards, or are you going to believe what the Word of God says? The Word of God says you are holy and you are righteous. You are loved by God and are seated with Christ on His throne. If you are seated on a throne, then that makes you royalty. You are as much royalty as Christ because He is in you and you are in Him. When you finally realize this truth, it will change the way you think about everything.

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Freedom Fighters

by csnyder 23. February 2010 03:40

Freedom Fighters

 

Matthew 18:18 "Truly I say to you, whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

The prayer of the child of God is intended to release heaven's mighty acts. We need to know that there is always more power than the measure of our asking. There is always more to be bound or loosed in heaven than we ask for down here. Many times, God's children are taken up with far to small things. Does that mean that Jesus does not care about small things? Of course not, He cares about everything that concerns you. We need to know this; everything is a small thing to Him.

As we realize how much He loves us and how much He cares about us, it will lead us to believe not only for our own lives, but for the lives of others. When we realize that we have truly been set free, we will begin to believe God for the freedom of others. The church will become the channel for the release of God's power, for the accomplishment of God's purpose. Sadly, in most places this has not happened. The church has not yet prayed the release of all the power of heaven on earth.

As I travel, I see the church still in bondage. They are still bound from what they have been set free. Well then, from what have we been set free? First of all, Galatians 5:1 says we have been set free for freedom. That would mean we are set free from the law. The law has done it's job, it has brought you to Christ. Christ is now our life. We have been set free from the law of sin and death, Romans 8:1,2. We are now free to be loved completely by the Trinity of God. Because we are free to be loved, we are now free to love. We are free to forgive because we are totally forgiven, past, present and FUTURE.

Most people that are saved are still trying to do something to get God to love them. How sad! You could even say that most people don't even believe that God even likes them all the time.

I want to bind the strong man with God's authority which is now mine, and I am going to proclaim freedom to those who have been held captive. Not everyone is going to like this freedom. Those who are still captives will not. There is some twisted comfort in being locked up. At least you know your boundaries.

You will never be able to preach release to the captives and believe it until you have received and walk in your own freedom in Christ. When prison doors are opened, those locked up inside may not believe they can be free. We must call to them from the outside to come out. We must call to them from our freedom to walk free in Christ.

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Freedom

by csnyder 22. February 2010 04:35

FREEDOM 

Christians today I am afraid are living like captives and are trying to talk about freedom and set people free when they are not free themselves.

The Bible says in Matthew 12:29, "How can anyone enter the strongman's house an carry off his property unless he first binds the strong man and then he will plunder his house.  People try to plunder the house of the strong man without first dealing with the strong man.

How do we deal with the strong man, well, we don't.  We don't have power to deal with Satan or his demons.  We don't have power, we have something better.  We have authority.  We are in Christ, Christ has already dealt with the Devil.  He has defeated him on the Cross.  Satan's power is already broken, it was broken at the cross.  We don't pray for power, HE has power, we pray as one with authority.  We remind Satan of his present position, defeated and that he has no choice but to loose those he has held in bondage. 

If a child of God walks according to the flesh in this area, and tries to do things himself,  he will know only defeat, discouragement and despair.  God never intended for you to do what has already been done; He intended for you to walk in what He has already done.

We are not to try to persuade God to join us in our service for Him, we are to join God in His ministry.  How will we know how and what to pray?  He will tell us in our Spirit.  The way you can know is to pray for whoever and whatever God puts on your mind. By faith we lay hold of the property of God that Satan clutches.  How long will we pray?  Until Satan turns loose.

If you don't believe that you have been set free for freedom, then you will have a hard time calling people to freedom in Christ.  Christ wants you to KNOW that you are free indeed.  You call captives to come out of that which has bound them.  If you yourself are bound with the bonds of the law which brought you to Christ, from which you have now been set free,  then those who are still captive will not hear your cry. 

Faith is involved.  Faith is believing God for whatever He says.  You can't even believe in your own power.  You ask Him for the ability to even believe Him. You are believing in His power.  I am not suggesting that you do anything.  I am saying that you need to know what has already been done.

Christ has defeated the prince of this world.!  We in Christ are more than conquerors, we have become possessors.  What good is it to be a conqueror if you haven't possessed what you have conquered in Christ.

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Walk Before Me And Be Blameless

by csnyder 18. February 2010 05:40

Genesis 17:1  Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless".

 

When YHWH who is the LORD, appeared to Abram, He did not appear to a young and vibrant man.  He appeared to a man that was too old to father children with a wife that was too old to bear children.  Abram already had a son not of the promise named Ishmael.  He was born of a servant and was a child of the flesh. Abram was trying to help God produce an heir of the promise.  We always get into trouble when we try and help God.  God had waited until there was nothing Abram could do before unveiling Himself as God Almighty.

Abram had not repented of having Ishmael, the child of the flesh, in fact scripture shows that he had grown very precious to him.  Did god love Ishmael, yes He did and He did bless him.  Was it YHWH's will that the seed of Abraham be brought forth through the child of the flesh?  No!

Abram had not sought after God and repented, he had not even realized his error.  His hope did not depend on whether he wanted God, but rather on the fact that God wanted him.  This is unreal.  God certainly did want him and He was still at work in Abram, in spite of Abram's actions.  The covenant of God did not depend on Abram being faithful in the flesh, in fact, he could not.  The covenant of God depended on His faithfulness to Abram.

Folks the same is true for us.  Our hope does not depend on whether we want God, but on the fact that God wants us.  When we have come to the end of ourselves, we can learn what Abram did when YHWH said to him, "Learn that I am all powerful and then walk in the light of that knowledge".  

The message for you and me is, be perfect in our weakness letting God Almighty do it all through you.

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Jesus Is Our Peace

by csnyder 14. February 2010 06:55

Inward peace always marked Jesus.  He could sleep through storms; he was not jostled even when crowds were pushing in on Him.  He even knew when power had gone out of Him.

We are troubled when things go wrong.  Jesus was never troubled when things went wrong.  We can say this about Jesus, "He knows".  You may say, "If I knew I would not be troubled either, but I just don't and that is many times the source of my trouble".

There is a greater problem here; we are troubled not because He in fact does not know what is going on.  We are troubled because we don't believe He knows or we think that He doesn't care what our trouble is.  Therefore, we don't have peace.  The problem is unbelief.

Jesus is not troubled because He knows everything and how it is going to work out.  He is Lord of all and He is in control of everything.  We must not be troubled because we truly believe He knows and that He loves me and He cares.

Just like everything else, He gives us Peace, His Peace.  He is peace.  Walk in who you are, believe who you are in Him.  Ask Him to show you who you are and ask Him to give you the ability to believe who you are.

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God Called Lot Righteous 2 Peter 2:7 So Are You

by csnyder 10. February 2010 01:14

As I travel I see people that are trying to live righteous lives based on what they do or have done.  They think that being righteous is up to their measure of performance.  As a result of living life in this manner people go through life feeling like failures not understanding that righteousness is a gift and it is based on the finished work of Christ on the cross and not on what they do.

 An example of this is found in 2 Peter 2:7 when God called Lot righteous.  When God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah the Bible says that God, "delivered righteous Lot".  Lot's righteousness was given and determined by God and had nothing to do with Lot's actions.  The same is true with you.   God declares you righteous just as He gives you the ability to believe and receive Him.  In fact His very righteousness became yours when you believed Him.

 In 1 Cor. 1:30 the word says, "But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption".  In the Greek language the word in, or with, or to could be interchangeable based on context.  If we insert the word in where we see the word to us, it would read, "who became in us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption".

 This is saying when we are in Christ He become wisdom from God in us.  We have His mind.  He also became righteousness in us.  His very righteousness is ours, not close but He Himself is our righteousness.  He became sanctification, set apart, holy in us.  He also became redemption in us. 

 Praise the Lord, all that is His has become ours.  Who He is has become who we are.  All this because of His covenant of Grace, a better covenant He made with the Father on our behalf.  All we do is receive this gift and believe that what He did on the cross was and is enough.  It is finished.  Believe it.

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Building

by csnyder 5. February 2010 19:39

I am still in the process of building and testing this site.  We will be sharing posts on this website on a regular basis.  

I pray that the Lord continue to reveal to you your true identity in Him.

 

www.craigsnyder.us

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About the author

Craig Snyder has been married to Jonni Gooden Snyder for 37 years.  He has three grown sons and one grown daughter.  He has eight grandchildren.

Craig has been in full time ministry since 1974, having been on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has pastored for over 25 years.

Craig has ministered  with Grace Walk Ministries since 2001 and serves as Director of Missions and also pastors a home church.  He travels extensively in Latin America, and the U.S. and Canada sharing the Grace Walk of our Lord Jesus Christ.