Three Keys to Enjoying the Fullness of the New Life

2 Jun

from “BORN ANEW – Living the New Life with God’s Prevailing Purpose by Dr. Jonathan Doctor

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A vast majority of Christians are living beneath their priv­ileges. What do I mean by that? I’m referring to the fact that as born-again believers, we have inherited enormous rights and privileges. We’re children of the King!

Yet far too many believers are content to trudge through life like lowly beggars, consoling themselves in the knowledge that they’ll go to heaven by and by.

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You don’t have to live that way. Jesus said He came to bring you abundant life. The following three keys will help you appropriate all the benefits the new birth brings.

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1.Unlocking God’s Promises

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God’s Word is literally filled with promises to you as a believer. However, those great and precious promises will not become a reality in your life automatically. You must unlock them with the key of faith.

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Yes, to receive the fullness of God’s promises in your life, you must have faith, and the only source of faith is the Word of God: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).

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When you focus your time and attention on God’s Word, faith is the result. I’m talking about the kind of faith that will bring God’s promises down from the realm of the spirit right into your life.

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We get a glimpse of how faith works in Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for.”

When you first read a promise in God’s Word, it enters your mind as hope. This begins the process of faith. Then as you meditate on that promise and confess it over your situation (saying what God’s Word says about it), hope drops down into your heart and becomes faith.

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2.Understand the Enemy of Your Faith

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In discovering the wonderful truth about faith, don’t make the mistake of thinking all your problems will instantly vanish the moment you are born again. Many new Christians see God’s promises in the Bible and assume they can simply float around on a “faith cloud.”

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The Bible, however, makes it very clear that we have a real enemy to contend with in this life: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

Satan will try to come against you with sickness, oppres­sion, and poverty—the very things Jesus died to redeem

you from. But if you’ll refuse to listen to his lies and stand firm on God’s Word, you’ll rise above every circumstance.

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The most important thing a new believer needs to be aware of is that Satan’s favorite and most insidious tactic is to steal the Word from your heart. Jesus exposed this method in the parable of the sower and the seed: “When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understand­eth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart” (Matthew 13:18, 19).

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It is vital that new believers recognize that they have an enemy who is out to steal the Word from their hearts.

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3.Be Built Up in God’s Word

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There is a reason Satan is so determined to steal the Word before it can take root in your heart. That Word will cause you to grow in power, faith, and authority.

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“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow by it.” (1 Peter 2:2)

In this respect, a brand-new Christian is no different than a newborn baby. Both must eat in order to grow and gain strength.

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Once your spiritual growth and development begins, the new life that is yours in Christ through faith will begin to open to you. Before long, the memory of your old life will begin to seem like nothing more than a bad dream. You’ll wonder how you could have ever lived without the joy that is available to you through the new birth.Be sure to be diligent in your study of God’s Word. It’s your source of spiritual nourishment.

www.jonathandoctor.net

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