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We Have Been Redeemed

Titus 2:14 (AMP) “Who gave Himself on our behalf that He might redeem us (purchase our freedom) from all iniquity and purify for Himself a people [to be peculiarly His own, people who are] eager and enthusiastic about [living a life that is good and filled with] beneficial deeds.” Jesus gave Himself which indicates it was voluntary. He gave all He could because He gave Himself. He gave Himself for us, He was a substitute for us, a sinful person. It also shows us that He saw our value. It was an act of love that He sacrificed Himself. He redeemed us, that means He brought us out the slavery by paying the ransom for us. He brought us out of slavery to sin. He gave us deliverance from the power of harassing sins.


We are redeemed to live a life that is good and filled with beneficial deeds or good works. We are purchased so we can live with zeal. Will the Lord find us doing good works? Good works deeds done for the benefit of others. Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV) “10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”. We are God’s workmanship created in Christ for good works. He desires for us to have a new manner of life, one of good works. Salvation is not by works but for works. Good works are the fruit of our salvation. He enables us to do good works by the Holy Spirit.


Copyright @February 2020 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center

What are We Known For?

   

Have you ever heard the poem called “The Dash”? It is sometimes read as a person is passing from this life to the next. On a headstone it will give the date of birth, then a dash and finally the date of death. The dash represents our time on earth and how we lived. 


The question to ask now is what are we known for? Are there areas in our life that with the help of the Holy Spirit, we need to change? Are we known as a negative, selfish, sarcastic and angry person? Are we known for being a complainer? Are known as being a taker? Are we known to be rude and not easy to get along with? Are we known for our love of God? Are we known for having integrity, kindness, love and compassion? Are we known for being a giver? Are we know for being people of our word and faithful? Are we known for being concerned for others? Are we know for positive and pleasant? Are we known for being grateful?


Up to this point in time, what have we accomplished in our life? Has it been what God wants us to accomplish? Do we need to be more grateful and appreciative? Do we need to love more and spend time with people more? How are we living each day? Are we making the most of the time we have? Proverbs 20:11 (AMP) Even a child is known by his acts, whether [or not] what he does is pure and right.” Matthew tells us we will know men by their fruits. What fruits are evident in our lives? Our behavior reflects our character. Do we need to allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, if so invite Him today to help us? We need to let our lights shine.


Copyright @February 2020 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center

Power, Love & a Sound Mind

Power, Love & a Sound Mind

Power, Love & a Sound Mind

 The mind feasts on what is focuses on. Fear is being propagated, as it is broadcast hourly through all forms of media. People are feasting on fear and they are full of it. Fear is running rapid in our society today. The devil is having a heyday. We need to remember that God does not give us a spirit of fear. II Timothy 1:7 (AMP) “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.


The first step in dealing with fear is to realize it does not come from the Lord God that we serve. He has given the Holy Spirit to help us with our thoughts. We must control our thoughts and bring them in line with the Word of God. 

The second step in dealing with such fear is understanding and know what God has given us. He has given us a spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind. We have His power supporting us. We are safe in His hands. He has given us a sounded mind. A self-controlled mind by the Holy Spirit, in contrast to panic and confusion that tries to rush in, like in this present day.


Do not accept what God has not given us. Instead by the grace and power of the Holy Spirit, receive and walk in what He has given us a spirit of power, love and sound mind.


Fear will keep us from being a light in this world. We need to take His power, love and sound mind, we can bring calm to those around us.


Copyright @March 2020 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center

Praying in the Spirit

Power, Love & a Sound Mind

Power, Love & a Sound Mind

  As spirit filled believers, praying in tongues is vital to our walk with the Lord. We should be praying in tongues daily, hourly if needed. Praying in tongues will help us navigate through circumstances. It is by praying in tongues that we will hear the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will give us direction, guidance, wisdom, and strength. The Holy Spirit is our enabler, so we need to be in tune with Him. 


Jude 20-21 (AMP) “But you, beloved, build yourselves up [founded] on your most holy faith [make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], praying in the Holy Spirit; Guard and keep yourselves in the love of God; expect and patiently wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)—[which will bring you] unto life eternal.” Praying in the Spirit helps keep us in harmony with the Lord God, and in the love of God. Praying in the Spirit builds up our faith. When we are praying in the Holy Spirit, we are not telling God our views or judgement, we praying to know His opinions, by the Holy Spirit. Praying in tongues will help us see things in a different light. It is easier to pray in the Spirit for long periods of time than it is when we pray in own understanding, natural language as we are not trying to figure out what to speak. As we pray in the Spirit, peace will come which transcends all understanding, we enter into the His rest.


Copyright @March 2020 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center

Drawing Near to God

Drawing Near to God

Drawing Near to God

  How genuine and earnest are we about the Lord? Are we totally loyal and dedicated to the Lord? We cannot be double minded in serving the Lord God and allowing the world to entice us away. Too many people are in the world, and occasionally decide to give attention to God, usually when it suits them. Are we allowing circumstances and other events we deem important keep us from being in church? Are we in church regularly and consistently or are we simply choosing to be absent? If we are not continually drawing near to the Lord God, hearing His Word, and being doers of His Word, we are going backwards. We easily fall back through neglect and not keeping our focus on the Lord.


Just be assured of this, the Holy Spirit is calling us today we just need to respond positively. James 4:8-10 (AMP) “Come close to God and He will come close to you. [Recognize that you are] sinners, get your soiled hands clean; [realize that you have been disloyal] wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts [of your spiritual adultery]. [As you draw near to God] be deeply penitent and grieve, even weep [over your disloyalty]. Let your laughter be turned to grief and your mirth to dejection and heartfelt shame [for your sins]. Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant].” We are to draw near or come close in every area of our life. 


How do we act out our drawing near to God, it most likely in some outward movement? It may mean returning to church after being absent or coming to church consistently with a passion to be involved in every way. The outward only confirms our inward action of seeking first the kingdom of God. Cleansing our hands, you sinners means to change our external behavior or actions. The way we live daily matters. Let’s live totally committed to God, passionate in every way.


Copyright @March 2020 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center

Boldness

Drawing Near to God

Drawing Near to God

  There is a reason the Lord brings people across our path or puts them in our life. Think of the people who you are acquainted with, who need to know Jesus. There are probably numerous people because as we see in society few people are serving the Lord. Have we been bold to share Jesus? We never know when someone will be leaving this world. Are we prepared to touch people’s lives? Acts 1:8 (AMP) “But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.” We are given ability by the Holy Spirit to be witnesses. We need to be like the followers of Jesus in the book of Acts who prayed for boldness to speak the Word. 


I Peter 3:15 (KJV) “ But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” We are not to be fearful to testify about Jesus and explain the hope that is in us. Romans 1: 16 (AMP) “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God’s power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek,” The gospel is more than information or advice it is essential power, power to transform lives. We should be stirred to share the Good News because of what Christ has done for us. Just as Paul was not intimated by the power of Rome or intellect of the time, neither should we be intimated. Even though, it might seem foolishness to some, be passionate about sharing with those who will listen. 


Copyright @February 2020 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center

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