December 2023 Blog

The Word Made Flesh

Does Jesus dwell in you by his Holy Spirit? If he does, it’s because God wants his Word to become flesh…your flesh. He wants to walk this earth once again, not as a suffering servant but rather as a conqueror. How does that sound to you? God wants you to manifest the life of Christ here on this earth in the victory that he obtained while in his holy flesh.

“And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth” John 1:14

Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus, our Savior. We rejoice with family and friends. We take off from work for a holiday. We engage in intelligent conversation and go to church. It is there, at church, that we hear all the reasons for the season. Things like:

• Without His birth, we would still be waiting for a Savior, separated from God.
• He was born to die for the sins of the entire world.
• He was the Messiah, the fulfillment of Jewish prophecy.
• He is the incarnation of God in human flesh.
• He was the replacement of Adam for the purpose of taking dominion as
God originally intended. (Genesis 1:26)

Jesus is 100% God…He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and he is also 100% man…a human being like us. Christmas is the celebration of this event…when God became like man so man could become like God…. not a god or a deity but in the image of God, as it was in the beginning. (Genesis 1:26-29)

Listen to what John says, (John chapter 1), “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God; and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him. Without him was not anything made that was made.”

Everyone knows that the Word is a reference to Jesus being with God and is God, a member of the Trinity, long before anything came into existence.

The God-man continues.

Verses 11-12 of John chapter one says, “He came unto his own (The Jews) and his own (The Jews) received him not…but as many as did receive him, to them, he gave power to become the sons of God…even to them that believe on his name.” Thus the entry of the Word, into human flesh was to open the door for many to become the sons of God or like Jesus, 100% God and 100% man in one place at one time. The God-man continues.

If you object to this notion, read Romans 8:29, “For whom he did foreknow, he did also predestinate, to be conformed to the image of his Son…that he (Jesus) might be the 1st born among many brethren.”

Our predestination by God the Father is to be like or in the image of his Son, which is…God dwelling in man…the Word being made flesh in not just one Son but many. Did not Jesus tell his followers that they would do greater things than he, because he was to go to the Father?

Now let’s look at two images from the record of his birth.

• Born in a stable…a portrait of our new birth…Jesus entering into our hearts…both were dirty and un-kept.

• A Babe in swaddling clothes, helpless and dependent upon God to accomplish his destiny…a portrait of us…A babe in Christ, helpless and dependent upon God to fulfill our divine purpose…. to be Christ-like…born again into the image of God.

The Body of Christ upon the earth

I am sure you can see more images just by reading the accounts of his birth and other related scriptures. The point is…the Word became flesh in the embodiment of Jesus. He opened the windows of heaven and poured out his Spirit upon all those who would believe on him so that the Word can once again become flesh, embodied in his saints…thus the Body of Christ is born upon the earth.

To be Christ-like

To be “Born Again” then is to be the temple of the Holy Spirit who brings the Word to life in you …thus millions of believers, full of God, a mirror image…endowed with power from on high, after that the Holy Spirit has come upon them…made in his image… to do greater things than he. This is the purpose for his birth and the destiny of every believer…to be Christ-like.

We know that he first needed to be obedient unto death, even the death of the cross before he could redeem us and lead us into our Christ-like destiny. If you want to see a portrait of your Christ-like destiny, read Galatians 5:22 and see all the fruits that belong to the Spirit of God… that is also the very nature of God, who Jesus was, is and will always be.

LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONGSUFFERING, GENTLENESS, GOODNESS, FAITH, MEEKNESS, TEMPERANCE…against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22

The story of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection continues in all of us who have been “Born Again”. We are the Word made flesh to dwell among mankind as a shining light, pointing the way to God the Father through Jesus Christ, his Son.

Isn’t this what life is all about? Isn’t this the purpose for which we were born? Isn’t this the reason we are alive today…here at this point in time?

It’s been said before that the only Bible others may read is you. The only Jesus they may see is in you…. so much more the need to crucify the lustful affection of the flesh and walk in the Spirit…the fruit thereof evidencing its reality.

Some may ask, “How can I be Christ-Like”? I don’t understand. Let me explain the process. As Jesus was born of a virgin, outside of the Adamic stream that was polluted with sin, (Romans 5:12), so is the Word placed in us…by supernatural overshadowing of the Holy Ghost.

As Jesus had to grow in wisdom and stature, so do we grow in grace. However, the growth is really that of the Word in us. It gets stronger as we are obedient to its call upon our life.

As Jesus had to deny himself, become as a servant, and experience death…so we are called upon to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow him. The more we die, the more the Word lives and grows to maturity on its way to becoming incarnate in our flesh.

Note: The Word in you is like a seed that needs to grow but you must make the choice to allow it to grow and even aid its development. How? By applying the written Word in your life. Read it, absorb it, live it, become it. Clothe yourself with
God’s Word until it rules in your life. To walk in the Spirit is to walk in the Word.

Trying is not the way

Many Christians try to be nice, thinking that this is the way to show that they are Christ-like. Trying is not the way. It will frustrate you and lead others astray because it is not real. However, when you apply the Word, it becomes alive in you and the result is that others see Jesus. Yes, they will still see you but they’ll also sense the presence of Christ in you and the written Word that you absorbed, that changed you, will touch their lives and help them in their time of need. As you move in the Word, the Word moves in you.

Here’s an example: You read in Romans chapter eight, that there is now therefore no condemnation to them that are in Christ, who walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh. It becomes a “Rhema Word” from God, setting you free from guilt, shame and despair. It changes your entire personality from a sad, heartbroken, depressed individual to a positive hopeful excited person who is full of assurance and faith.

This change in you is not a, “try to be good” effort. It is a genuine transformation caused by the Word taking root in your heart and you allowing it to grow up in you by believing it. The result is Christ dwelling in your heart richly.

Christ In You…the hope of glory

Your transformation will have a profound effect on others who know you and yet see Jesus. This is Christ in you…the hope of glory. This is to be Christ-like. This is the process of conformation into the image of God’s only Son. This is the life in abundance spoken of by Jesus in John 10:10. This is what Christianity is all about. This is the Word made manifest in human flesh.

Does the story of Christmas continue in you? Are you full of doubt, fear and worry…or the fruit of his Spirit? Let us make this Christmas a real celebration by opening our hearts to the infilling of his Spirit and allow ourselves to be conformed to his image.

Only then can we see the Word made flesh and the story of his birth continue. Here’s a poem that expresses “Christ In You”

With Earthen Vessels

Earthen vessels have never shown
such glory that once was known.
Through time and all of eternity,
came the glory of his majesty.

Full of love and full of grace,
He dwelt among the human race
to heal the sick, the blind and the lame,
to free mankind from sin and shame.

With earthen vessel he conquered all
by perfect obedience to his destined call.
For this we praise his holy name,
full of grace and full of fame.

The glory of his majesty
still shines through from eternity.
Again and again to meet life’s call,
in earthen vessels to conquer all.

Written By
John Marinelli

Until next time
John Marinelli
www.MarinelliChristianBooks.com

Don’t Give Up

Don’t Give Up

Don’t give up your calling; don’t give up God’s grace.
Don’t give up your smile; put on a happy face.
Don’t give up your dreams and don’t respond in doubt.
Just pick up all the pieces and give yourself a shout.

For when the enemy tries to defeat you
And you’re feeling all alone.
Remember this my friend
There is one that calls you His own.

He will not leave you in fear and doubt,
And will never let you fail.
He along can take your fears
With Him your dreams will sail.

Press on oh, man of grace and delight
And women that are in a dreadful fright.
For God will supply your every need,
If on Him you do believe

By Marilyn Marinelli

Covered

Covered over by a blinding light
Twisting me to things no right
Nor right for me
I turned all about
Feeling alone and desperate for flight

Covered in fear and all alone
Covered in cover, cover
No where to roam
Caged By the blinding light

Years of, darkness no light
Sitting and hoping things would be right
Shrouded in pain and fear
screaming but no one could hear

Covered
Wanted to be needed and loved bound by fear
Covered in shame for nothing I did
Yet living a life being hid
Screaming in the night, running in the dark
Screaming and yet no one hears

Covered
By the light that was not right
Covered as if living in the night and thinking it was alright
Covered and shrinking away to be left by a darkening light
Beware that the light in you is not darkness.

Throw off the covers of this darkened light
Throw off the shame of things not right
Scream, scream for the struggle to be free
Realizing that the light that is darkness is not right

Covered
Deliver me Lord Jesus from this shame and deceit
Give me the true light and help me up on my feet
I shall not sit in this darkened light
For it is not of you

Where are you my fair one?
I am hidden in fear …I am hidden because no one would hear
I am hidden
Hidden from the ones that say they care
Hidden to live in heartache and despair

I am hidden
No one sees the beauty in me
They tell me I’m wrong so they can be free

Hidden
They are just lost in broken dreams
Running from hurts that cannot be seen.

Hidden
These are the covers that k ill their life
The covers of brokenness that are not all right
Darkened light

Hidden
s is not for you my child to sit in hidden array
For it was not meant for you to stay hidden from the day

My child of light it will be all right as you sit by my side
Never more to run and hide from the darkened light.
Rise up and be heard
Don’t be ashamed of what you have heard

Uncover yourself from this darkened state
I will walk with you in true light if you have heard
Lighting your path to a new life and way
It’s time to come out of the saddened array

Covered, Hidden,
In heartache and despair
Sitting and hoping that changes would be there.
Bound and destroyed they all come to me
Wishing and wishing they would be set free.

Step out into the light of day
Where we can plan each new day
Don’t sit with the lies of men and
Stay away from those that walk in this sin
Hidden state of darkened light.

Written by
Marilyn Marinelli

Where Are You My Lord My Savior My King

I sit beside you watching as you struggle through your night.
I watch you turn and toss, to the things that grip your sight.
For all alone I watch you, with a watchful eye,
Feeling the sadness that surrounds your ever turning tide.

The waves have lifted up upon your sadden soul …
yet you seem to ignore the truth to make you whole.
You struggle in your darkness holding on to your despair.
I told you that I loved you, that I would watch and be there.

But, you have wonder in your darkness never allowing the light to shine.
So instead of gladness, you have been covered with this sadness all the time.
Don’t watch me when you want me, watch me because I care.
Don’t you know I’m the one that can get you out of this snare?

What happened to your once upon a time, with all its hopeful thoughts.
It was stolen from you with lies of different sorts.
So turn away, Turn away, from the gloom of your night.
Sit up my child …. of sadness this day you are reborn.

Don’t sit alone and wonder about this lonely silent storm.
Reach out to higher ground where the light does shine.
For I told you, your once upon a time is where you belong.
Don’t run and hide from light that is shed as a beam for you,
for your tomorrows will be bright and brand new.

Sit at night and rest your head upon your pillow sleep.
And remember, I am with you, my salvation you can keep.
Look up to heaven, to the brightness of the sky and remember I am near,
never more to wander in this darkness and fear.

You alone are worthy of my hand at times like this,
for you alone have reached out in search of care and bliss.
Reach out your arms to heaven and seal a fate that soars,
to the highest help from heaven your life to you restored.

Written By
Marilyn Marinelli
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My Prayer

Jesus, my love, how can I explain
the misery and doubt, that has plagued my mortal plain.

The hurts, the fears, the doubt, the tears,
since I walked away that day,
and reached out to do my own thing,
in my weak and shallow way.

The road I walked away from you,
was not a pretty sight.
I cried and cried and pleaded,
“Lord, help me see the light.”

I promise I’ll not wander,
and promise not to fight.
Lord, help me to walk with you,
in your glorious shining light.

I know that I’m not perfect,
and know that I can’t be,
the wonderful creation
that you want for me to be.

Unless I reach for your hand,
and your gentle loving way.
Or I may find myself wandering,
being forever led astray.

Written By
Marilyn Marinelli

Christmas Now & Then

What happened to that happy glow that streamed from within your heart? When did it leave? When did it depart? When Christmas meant so much to you and brilliant lights shined? Is it just a memory of a passing time? When did the joy leave from your heart and sadness take hold? How can it be that your steps of joy were lost and you lost your glow?

Christmas time used to be the most wonderful time of year for me. It lightened my steps, put a song in my heart and joy just streamed from me. But then came the storms of such saddening woes, and attacks upon my soul. A saddened heart replaced the joy. Instead, darkness filled the spot where light had shinned so bright. I couldn’t see the joy anymore. Only darkness filled the void in me and a great sadness took hold. Where is the light that shined so bright? My eyes filled with tears of the joy of times past. But the darkness and fear to rejoice through the years crushed my joyful song and in the midst of saddened dreams my heart yearned for the joy to return.

Oh no, not Christmas once again, when I lost my song of joy. Do I have to try and rejoice again when the memories of saddened times reappear? My stomach churns with doubt and the fear that joy will be removed once again…. But isn’t it true that once your joy is gone that nothing more can be done?

Where Is Your Light Lord?

Times have cast their ancient blows of woe. Yet, in the midst of brokenness, my love will unfold. Don’t you remember what Christmas is all about? In the darkness of humanity, I sent my Son. One bright light shined in the sky and drew men to Him. Think of it…one great light in the sky drew men to leave their darken state.”

“As they drew near to the light of that one star and followed after that one glimmer of light and hope, they came to a place were my Son laid in a manager. When they beheld my Son, the Light of Life shined with their life. Joy filled the air and they who sought after the one bright light in the sky were filled with the wonder and joy that my love can only restore.

This Christmas let the light of God’s love permeate your soul and let the light of Jesus shine amidst your darkened soul. Rejoice, rejoice and look around and see the blessings of God’s love. Just take a peek at the small light that still flickers within your soul, and you will see the love of God. Once you see how His care and love has sustained you through the years, you will be able to see the star that will guide you back to Jesus. Come on back to the light of life.

“There is so much to be done…so many hearts to touch…so much joy given to you by my Son. For I am the light of life. I Am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. I sit and watch over you as a father with loving arms and I ask you to come back to the light of life. Rejoice this Christmas, knowing that the light will shine again within your heart. As you reach out your hand to me, I will restore your brokenness.”

“Shine on shine in your broken dreams in the midst of change. It only seems that all is lost. Behold all is not lost for I hold your future in My hands and your broken dreams are but footsteps to things yet unseen. New dreams I will give you and a new walk-in time. Remember to shine. You will always be mine.”

His star shines so bright in the dark midnight sky. Let the same light shine in your heart this Christmas, for it is the light of the love of God.

Until Next Time
Rev. Marilyn Marinelli
[email protected]
www.marinellichristianbooks.com

A Circle of Love

Introduction

Love springs forth from the arms of God. How many times have you seen the Love of God? What special times has He embraced you with Special blessings that only you can really appreciate and enjoy? God is love. Cannot He paint a picture in the sky at dusk? Or place a special gift in your heart? It says in the bible “God gives us the desires of our heart.”

If I look back over the years of walking with Jesus, I could tell you many love stories between the Lord and myself. He has always given me the desire of my heart. They may not be the way you would want things to be. But, they are the filling in of holes that have destroyed me from before I was saved. Isn’t that real love…that our Father would not forget what we went through and be able to fill the hurts with His love?

How does God do this? I have found that He sometimes uses people… A friend to be our sister, stepchildren to be our children, older women or men to be an aunt or uncle we missed somehow along the way. Sometimes God uses circumstances to bring about a change in a family member that we didn’t think we would ever be able to have a relationship with again…. A special little dog or cat. God’s wisdom and love is so great that we sometimes over look His care for us.

Look deeply within your own life and relationship with God and see the miracle, the blessings of love that He has shown towards to you. If your eyes are on other things, you will miss the simplicity of the blessings of love that God has been trying to bless you with?

I know God gave me my husband, my children, my cat, dogs, home and much, much more. Every time someone says to me, “How did you meet your husband”, I have a testimony to tell. Every time someone asks me about my cat or dogs, home, car, or children, I have a testimony to tell. If someone speaks to me of my dad or brother, I have a testimony to tell.

Isn’t it amazing how God’s love for us goes full circle? God blesses us so that we in return can turn it all back to Him for His glory. That’s the circle of love.

The best thing I could say to you is to take the time to seek Jesus and reflect upon the many blessings that God has placed in your life. Truly you are His witness of the Love of God.

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Until next time
Rev Marilyn Marinelli

A Word From The Lord To All of Us

Introduction

The following scripture passages tell a story. They constitute a Word from the Lord to all of us. Let them speak to you and savor the truth that rises up from each verse.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 “Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.”

Jeremiah 10:10-12 “But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.”

Jeremiah 10:11-12 “Thus shall ye say unto them, the gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even thy shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.

Jeremiah 10:14-16 “Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them. They are vanity and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish. The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: The Lord of hosts is his name.”

Notice God’s provisions for you this day, my friend:

Isaiah 40:29 “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.”

Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.”

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed: for I am they God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will up hold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Isaiah 41:17 “When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.”

Isaiah 42:6 “I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;”

Isaiah 42:7-9 “To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.”

Behold the former things are come to pass…..”

Isaiah 42:16 “And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not for sake them.”

Isaiah 43:10 “Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord and my servant whom I have chosen.”

Isaiah 43:18 “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

Isaiah 43:21 “This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.”

Isaiah 45:12-13 “I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded. I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the Lord of hosts.”

Isaiah 45:20 “Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.”

Isaiah 49:16 “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.”

Isaiah 53:9-10 “Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.”

Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.”

Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Isaiah 58:12B “thou shall be called, the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in.”

Isaiah 601-2 “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.”

May God Bless you this day with His words of love and encouragement.

Until next time,
Rev. Marilyn Marinelli

And The Truth Shall Set You Free

John 8:32

Introduction

And the battle goes on for your soul. Who will win? …You, if you’ve given your life to Jesus. I heard a preacher teaching on who you and I really are. We are made up of a body, soul and spirit.

What spirit dwells in you? If the Holy Spirit, then you have the ability to discern other spirits that are good or evil. But, don’t be deceived because some spirits can be in your mother, brother, friends, business associates etc. Jesus said, “Who is my mother and brethren but those that hear God’s Word and does it.” In other words, if someone… anyone… does not line up with the word of God, cast him or her away from your world. That does not mean you never speak to them again, but it does mean… you are to keep them from controlling your life and making you think you need to be someone else or somewhere else other than serving God and being led by His spirit.

This is the time to know the truth … and the truth shall set you free. This does not mean that you know the truth and automatically you are free, though in some cases, all you need is to know the truth to go on standing. But, if you have not been standing in the truth and God gives you His revelation of the truth or truths that you need to become free, then you must apply, apply, and apply the truth to your situation(s). If you do, you will find yourself walking in the light and great strength. Joy and peace will once again, flood your soul.

By the way… the soul is made up of your Mind, Will and Emotions… So if you find yourself confused, tossed to and fro and your emotions are out of whack, you know that you are not applying God’s truth to your situation and you are not standing on His revelation.

Example: If you have been praying and praying that a situation would turn around and God shows you plainly in His Word, (the bible), giving you a scripture to stand on and a truth for your situation, then you have to do something. You don’t just keep praying and praying and saying, ”o.k. I read the truth but I am not free.” Of course not, you have to apply the truth to your situation in order to be free. Here is one we received. Flee the Chaldeans. The Chaldeans represented family ties and flee means to run. Don’t look back and try to figure everything out… just get out of their presence and go on with your life. Don’t let them have authority over you. So we did and the truth of God’s Word to us set us free.

Oh, I can’t do that, you may be saying… but let me ask you a question. Do you want to stay stuck where you are, being slowly destroyed? In God’s Word it says, “My people perish because of a lack of knowledge” “Seek ye first the kingdom of God.” So stop the depression, the anger, the sadness and indecisions. Make a decision to stand on the Word of truth from your Heavenly Father and the truth shall set you free.

Until next time,
Rev. Marilyn Marinelli

Are You Walking In Faith or Under The Law?

Galatians Chapter Three

Introduction

The first question was Galatians 3:2 “This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” This is the first question God asked me as I sought Him just recently.

The second question was Galatians 3:3 “Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh?”

Galatians 3:5 is the third question He asked me. “He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”

God continued to speak to me through His word …Galatians 3:6-9 “Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they, which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, “In thee shall all nations be blessed.” So then they that be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Notice what Galatians 3:10 says, “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.” What about Galatians 3:11 & 12? “But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, the just shall live by faith. And, the law is not of faith: but, the man that doeth them shall live in them.”

The importance of walking in faith is more than we realize. We all seem to say yes we are walking in faith but are we? Let’s go on and see what else God showed me.

Galatians 3: 22-26 “But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith, which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

I would hope, as you can see by now, it is only through faith in Jesus that we are children of God and not because of our works. Where are we going with all this you may be asking? We are to examine ourselves by what God just showed us. Are you trying to live up to others expectations in church, at bible study, or at any other meeting of a Christian nature? Know that when you accepted Jesus and gave your life to Him that it was by faith not of works. Where are you today? Have you found yourself hindered by others in the Christian community? The following is a question to us from God.

Galatians 5:7 & 8 “Ye did run well; who did hinder you that you should not obey the truth? This persuasion (belief) comes not of him that called you.” Galatians 5:9 “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.”

Have you been walking in the Spirit by faith and someone or many others have, because of their persuasions, caused you to trip up and start walking in the flesh? Or shall I say challenged your authority and caused you to question your walk with the Lord thereby, causing you to stumble and try to explain how important you are? A little doubt can cause more doubt until you find yourself in the flesh. Leaven is like putting yeast in the dough when making bread. It looks real small but enough of it will cause the dough to rise.

Yet, God has a word of encouragement in Galatians 5:10 “I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.”

Get away from or do not give place to those that would question your faith in God and try to put you on a spot in an effort to pull you into the flesh and under the law.

Remember Galatians 5:16 “This I say then, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”

Ephesians 4:17-19 “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart. Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.”

Though a person is a Christian, it does not mean that they are not walking in the vanity of their own mind or that their understanding is darkened. It says, in the bible that we are to try the Spirits to see if they are of God.

See? There is a way out of this dilemma. You do not have to walk around questioning whether others around you accept you or not. You are accepted in Christ through faith and not of works. God can do more things through you as you walk in faith with him than can be accomplished through all the works one can try do.

A final reminder: Romans 8:14-21 “So that they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”

Why should we walk by faith? First, we are saved through our faith in Jesus, secondly, II Corinthians 5:7 says, ”For we walk by faith, not by sight.” Finally, We can conclude that there is hope for us to go on walking in faith not by the law.

Romans 8:14-21 “For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cay, Abba, Farther.”

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Hallelujah! We can go on because we realize that our faith in Jesus and walking by faith keeps us free from the bondage of the law. So when someone tries to question your positioning or your walk with the Lord, you can say… I have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear… that I do not live up to your expectations. My expectation is from God. As long as I walk with Him in faith then I have all the acknowledgement I need, thank you.

Even more, God wants us to know Romans 8:19 “For the earnest expectation of the creature waitheth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly; but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” The animals are looking for the manifestation of the sons of Gad…Us… to walk in faith so that they can also be blessed. So come on, what do you say? Let’s get out from under the bondage of the law and walk by Faith.

Until Next Time,
Rev. Marilyn Marinelli