Men of God

It’s inspiring to read the Old Testament word of God. It contains  so many great stories of God intervening for his people, and those individuals he was working with, and through. Noah was instructed to build an arc, and saved mankind from extinction. Abraham and Sarah were promised a child well after their childbearing years, and Abraham was told he would become the father of many nations. Moses was told he would lead his people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and posses the land promised to Abraham their father. Gideon defeated the Midianites, whose host was as the sand by the sea in number, with three hundred men. David when he was still a young man, rescued his sheep from the mouth of a bear and a lion, and defeated the mighty Goliath in battle.

All these stories, and many more, are recorded in the Bible to inspire us. But if we read them as mighty tales of old, and think that they are not meant as examples for us today, then they are just dead words on a page. Could God possibly work such mighty miracles through anyone today? As a Christian we have the mighty power of God that raised Jesus from the dead, living inside of us.   Jesus spoke these words concerning John the Baptist,

Matthew 11:11
Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Jesus states here, that John the Baptist was greater then any of the old testament prophets or heroes, and that we as Christians, are greater still. You might be wondering, how God could see you this way? Perhaps you don’t feel as holy, or as worthy, as these great men of God.  We see what is on the outside, but God sees what is inside of us. By believing in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, God looks at us, and sees Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

We are a new creature. In Gen. 1.26 God said let us make man in our image. We were created in the image of God. Then sin came into the world, and man was no longer in Gods image. But now, through the blood of Jesus, by simply believing that Jesus was God, and died for our sins, we are this new creature.

1 John 4:17
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

We are greater then the old testament prophets and heroes of old, because we are as Jesus is now, seated at the right hand of God the father.

1 Peter 1:10
Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

The old testament prophets enquired, and searched diligently, of the grace we have received through our faith in Jesus. Satan wants to steal from us our inheritance, that we received when Jesus died for us on the cross. Satan knows he has no power to actually take anything from us, that was purchased for us, by Jesus. So the only thing he can do to rob us of our inheritance, is to make us believe that we never received it in the first place. Satan is the father of lies. He lied to Eve in the Garden of Eden, and he has been lying to man ever since. Whatever limits keep us from working the mighty works of God, are not placed on us by God, but by ourselves because we don’t believe.

Mark 11:23
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

If we keep our hearts and minds fixed on the finished work of our Lord Jesus, and not on the lies of Satan, then nothing is impossible for us.

Matthew 19:26
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Finally anything we do, any success we have in life, any great thing that is done by us, is done through us by God, and not by ourselves. To God the Father, and the Lord Jesus, be all the glory.

John 14:13
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

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