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The Joy of our Salvation

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There are many benefits of being a discple of Christ. But we have to learn what they are and how to keep them.

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The Benefits of a Disciple

Psalm 23 NIV
A psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23

Provision

God provided for Abraham, he provided for the Israelites with manna and water, he provided for Elijah in the drought through a widow, He provided for the 5,000.

Rest

Matthew 11:28 NIV
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
God sometimes make us lie down in green pastures, because he knows how easily we get tired. Sometimes our routine does not help us, but God promises us that he give us rest in this hectic world. Many of you will go to school soon and you experience tiredness and fatigue, but you should know that God is in your side.

Peace

Philippians 4:6 NIV
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
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Jesus would walk in a room and tell his disciples peace be with you. He is a God who gives us peace. In circumstances that make no sense.

Guidance

The Holy Spirit is described as our councilor and our advisor. So many of us call ourselves Christians but we walk like we are lost, like we don’t have a sense of direction. God is willing to guide is in good situations, into good jobs. He is the one that guides in the path of righteousness. There is no better example then God taking the people out of Egypt and guiding them through the desert, with the cloud and the pillar of fire that was constantly with them. He is the type of God that is willing to Guide you in your circumstance.

Protection

Romans 8:31 NIV
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
God promises to protect us in every situation. We should not fear anything because he is protecting us in every situation.

Victory

1 Corinthians 15:57 NIV
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
What a better way to declare victory then to have a feast.

Authority

Matthew 16:19 NIV
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Favor

Eternal Life

Romans 8:23 NIV
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.
Romans 6:23 NIV
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Beware of the Thief

John 10:9–11 NIV
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Jesus Himself talks about how he is such a good shepherd. But he also warns us about the thief.
James 4:7 NIV
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Thankfully God tells us how we have to resist the enemy. It is through surrender.
Sometimes we expect to live lives of victory, live lives in God's favor, live lives free from bondage, without fully surrendering to God. In order to take full advantage the benefits of the Gospel we must fully surrender who we are to God. In other words, your victory wont come without your surrender. Victory from that sin will not come until you give everything up. We expect to resist the enemy without God's help, we expect to resist the enemy, and we say to God, " I will give you everything but not this part". We tell God come into my house, but not this room, not this closet. I want to keep this burden, I want to keep this anger, this grudge, I want to keep this addiction, I want to keep myself in comfort.
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