Last month I talked about “Enthusiasm” and pointed out that the Greek word “entheo” means God within. This Summer I have been so enthusiastic about producing “The Galatian Road – A Road Less Traveled,” seminar so others across America (and the world) will have the tools to begin teaching it in their families, churches and communities. I pray big prayers! And now that we are beginning our “Launch” phase, may I also admit a bit of exhaustion? But, it is one of the most enjoyable exhaustion experiences of my life that I and so many helpers have truly felt a “God within” level of enthusiasm as we complete this work.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Many of you have begun to ask, “What can I do to help as you begin your launch?” First of all, you could host or direct a Bible study for family and friends. We will provide you the preparation and tools you need. Secondly, tell others about this study. Perhaps you know a person who would like to financially support the seminar so we can actually give materials away? Whatever your ideas, we would love to hear from you.
Now, one of the most frequently asked questions we get when presenting this seminar is:
How do I know that Jesus Christ is living His life in and through me?
Jesus would probably answer that question with another question (He did that a lot). Jesus might ask, how do you know you are saved? Answer: you know you are saved by grace through faith. (Eph. 2:8-9) By faith you trusted Christ to be your Lord and Savior, and by faith you trust that He is living and expressing His life in and through you. (Col 3:3-4)
Christians can live by one of two methods, by the flesh or by faith in the Spirit. (Gal 5:16) And the key factor is the method we choose to live by; not the results. Example: You can perform an everyday task like driving your car, cooking a meal, or cleaning the house with an attitude of, “You know what, I can do these things myself…I don’t need Christ as life to do these things for me. Although simple things, they are works of the flesh, the wrong method, and will be consumed at the judgment seat of Christ as – wood hay and stubble. On the other hand, you can say, “Lord, I’m going to drive my car, cook a meal, and clean the house believing by faith that your spirit is doing it in and through me.” This is the right method and will be judged at the judgment seat of Christ as gold, silver, precious stones. Remember, method not results is the key. Spirit you win; flesh you lose.
Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
STORY TO ENLIGHTEN
A woman gets a call at work from the babysitter explaining that her son is not feeling well, and to please stop at the drug store to pick up some medicine. Coming out of the drugstore, she notices she locked her keys in the car. She calls a friend who tells her to look around for a clothes hanger to open the car door. She finds an old rusty one but then realizes she doesn’t have a clue how to use it. She stops and prays. Dear Lord, please send someone to help me. My child is sick and I need to get home. Within a minute, a burly looking man, driving a motorcycle pulls up and asks if he can help. She tells him her story, he takes the hanger and in thirty seconds he opened the door. She’s overjoyed, gives him a big hug and tells him what a nice man he is. He says, “Lady, I’m not a nice man as I just got out of prison an hour ago. I was in for auto theft.” She hugs him again and says, “Thank you Lord, you sent me a professional!!!”
Illumination: Well, God sent us a professional so to speak. The perfect, spotless Lamb of God, to live the perfect life in and through us. Scripture tells us, He is our very life and breath and everything else. “For in Him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:25, 28
If we start thinking we can do the little things apart from Christ in us we fall into the devil’s trap. Before you know it, you will build quite a list of things you don’t need Jesus for and pretty soon the enemy will have you thinking you don’t need Him at all.
Remember: “apart from Him you can do nothing.” His method is always rewarding.
Life Lesson: “Any effort to hang on to the least bit of our own strength will only diminish the life of Christ in us.” Oswald Chambers – “My Utmost for His Highest.”
Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
Growing in His Grace,
Len Baker, Director
P.S. We have 3,000 more mini-books being printed