Word Power With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Walk In the Spirit 2.0

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Dr. Jerry Miah Williams Gospel preaching and teaching of the Word of God for your encouragement and inspiration.

In It to Win It!

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12 NKJV

In the race of faith (Heb. 12:1), you have to fight for your rights, and for what is right in Christ. You need to be in it to win! It’s like what the character, Sofia, said in that award winning movie: “All my life I had to fight” (The Color Purple, 1985). For some, this is true in life, but it is also true for every believer in their Christian faith. In the above text, the word “Fight” does not mean combat, but rather, it means to contend (Jude 3). The word is not taken from the battlefield, but from an athletic contest. The fight is the race connected with your faith in God.

We are told by the Apostle Paul to “fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life . . .” (Text). What does this mean? Why is it a “good fight”? To fight the “good fight of faith” means to stand firm and to stay anchored in the Word of God, and fight against the enemies of faith: yourself, other people, and the devil. It is a good fight because you always win; it means to be in it to win it!

First, fight the good fight against yourself by reckoning yourself to be dead to your un-regenerated feelings and human reasoning that is not in line with the Word of God. You must resist ungodly thoughts, desires, and affections, and unpack all of the old baggage that you’ve carting around from your sinful past (Rom. 12:1-2). Be in it to win it; therefore, do not run this race of faith like a man running aimlessly; do not fight like a man beating the air. Land your spiritual punches! Keep yourself under subjection to God and His Word so that when you have preached and witnessed the faith to others, you will not be disqualified for the prize, i.e., eternal life (1 Cor. 9:26-27).

Secondly, fight the good fight against others. Run well and do not let anyone hinder you (Gal. 5:7), neither let anyone throw you into confusion by perverting the good news of the Gospel of grace. Stand firm in your faith—stand on God’s Word. Resist all unscriptural ideas, advice, and opinions (See Gal. 1:7-10).

And thirdly, fight the good fight against the devil, just like Jesus did. Jesus fought the good fight with the Word of God (Matt. 4).  Remember, our struggle is not always against “flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Eph. 6:12). To be in it to win it, requires that you first be submitted unto God, then you can resist the devil and he will flee from you (Jas. 4:7). To resist is to stand against; stand against demonic thoughts, lies, and deceptions; and, fight against the “ifs” of the devil, just like Jesus did (See Matt. 4). Be in it to win it!

 

 

 

Word Power With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Walk In the Spirit

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Dr. Jerry Miah Williams Gospel preaching and teaching of the Word of God for your encouragement and inspiration.

The Race of Faith

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV

Your life following Christ is like a race—a race of faith. Like a good athlete, you must refuse anything that will hinder your pace or endurance. The object of this spiritual race is to run as fast as you can in order to win, and to give great witness of your faith.

The race of faith is different from a natural race. In a natural race, only one runner wins the prize. The Apostle Paul reminded us that “that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.  Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air” (1 Cor. 9:24-26).

In the race of faith, we need to take off all unnecessary clothing and jewelry. Such things will hinder the runner. We must take off every weight and sin in order to run more quickly because a weight hinders and sin entangles. Even small weights are a hindrance because small weights, unaddressed, can morph into sins. In Christ, many weights are not wrong in and of themselves, but they can still hinder us in our spiritual race—be careful. And remember, hindrances are not the same for everyone (Gal. 5:7).

We must “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14), and never look back.  To press is to “exert effort” (strive and struggle).  But do we really need to exert such effort if we are living under grace? We are saved by grace, justified and sanctified by grace. But unlike “fruit” that naturally ripens on a tree, we will not naturally become just like Christ, because man has free-will and must actively and intentionally submit and obey God. Thus, we must press; we must work out our salvation as we run this race (Phil. 2:12).

Put your eyes on Jesus and do not be distracted (Heb. 12:2). Gazing off to the left or right at the world’s pleasures, and looking back will cause you to wander from side to side (Phil.3:13). Wandering from side to side slows you down and may jeopardize you from finishing your course. Just forget what is behind you (Luke 9:62; 2 Tim. 4:7). The mature in Christ will forget what is behind and press forward to win the race of faith!

 

 

Word Power With Dr. Jerry Maih Williams – The Candle of the Lord

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Dr. Jerry Miah Williams Gospel preaching and teaching of the Word of God for your encouragement and inspiration.

Don’t Quit!

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9 KJV

Never get so discouraged to the point of giving up on God and yourself. Perhaps you’ve have sown seeds of righteousness, finances, faith, etc.; yet seemingly, there is no manifested harvest, no measurable return on your giving, and no answers to your prayers—what ever you do: don’t quit!

When bad things happen in life, or when it seems like nothing is happening, don’t get weary, or weak in faith, discouraged and exhausted. Never lose courage; never lose heart; never give up; never quit. Just know that this season will change and you will bring forth good fruit in your season (Gen. 8:22; Ps. 1:3). “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise” (Heb. 10:35-36).

The Scriptures offer you at least three good reasons to never quit: (1) All Heaven is watching you, and waiting for your completion of the “race of life” (Heb. 11:39-40; 12:1); (2) Your circumstances are subject to change. Bad things don’t last always (2 Cor. 4:16-18); and, (3) The Lord Himself will renew your strength if you wait on Him, i.e., place your hope and trust in Him (Isa. 40:31).

Don’t ever quit. Continue to cast your seeds of faith in the “ground” and leave it there. Your due season will come with a mighty harvest (Mark 4:26-29). Harvest is the manifestation of the seeds that you have sown; it is the fulfillment of everything you need and desire; and, harvest is manifested wholeness that comes to all who overcome weariness. Don’t quit!

God Is Up to Something Good!

Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who only does wondrous things!  And blessed be His glorious name forever! And let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen. Psalm 72:18-19 NKJV

God is a good God, and does only wondrous things—that which is wonderful, marvelous, and awesome. Even when you incur the bad and evil, God is still a good God. He is always up to something good. So, don’t give up on your dreams and visions, because your dreams and visions haven’t given up on you. Could it be that God is getting you ready for the fulfillment of your vision? While the vision is ready for you, you may not be ready for the vision. When it seems like nothing is happening, don’t quit—just feel the joy because God is up to something good!

The life of Joseph reminds us that God is always up to something good. Joseph was hated by his brothers, thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, and falsely imprison; notwithstanding, God was up to something good (See Genesis 37:3-11). The same way God brought Joseph out and fulfilled his dream, God will surely bring you out, too. No matter your circumstance; no matter what evil and evil people come against you, God is working on your behalf, in the background, to manifest your dream and vision. Others may have meant it for evil, but God intends it for your good (Genesis 37:23; 50:20).

Because God is up to something good, all things work together for your good (Rom. 8:28). “Surely the wrath of man shall praise You; with the remainder of wrath You shall gird Yourself” (Ps. 76:10). No matter what evil befalls you, man can only do to you and against you what God allows—no more, no less! Nothing shall circumvent your God-given dream and vision. In due season, it shall come to pass (Gal. 6:9). So, “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:18).

God doesn’t speed up difficult trying season, but joy makes the time seem so much shorter. And remember, the greater the vision, the more thorough the preparation. Preparation is never lost time because God is up to something good!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Word Power With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Listening With the Third Ear 2.0

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Dr. Jerry Miah Williams Gospel preaching and teaching of the Word of God for your encouragement and inspiration.

In the Darkroom

 For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5 NKJV

Before the advent of smart-phones and computerized tablets, people could only use cameras to take pictures. After the picture was taken, the film in the camera had to be developed in a “darkroom.” A darkroom is a room made completely dark to allow the processing of the light-sensitive photographic film.  Once the film is developed, it can be seen in the light as a picture or photograph.

In the Scriptures, night speaks of darkness, and morning and day symbolize light (Gen. 1:3-5). When you’re trusting God for a manifestation of a promise, and you’re standing on His Word and nothing seems to be happening but silence, inactivity, and a loss of vision—don’t panic!—you’re having a darkroom experience.

God-given dreams and visions are developed in the darkroom (Prov. 29:18). After pictures are taken in the light, they are developed in the darkroom—even though you don’t see anything, God is developing you and your dream (2 Cor. 4:18). God is faithful. “His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life” (Text) and He who gave you the vision in the light will encourage you with His promise in the darkroom (Isa. 41:10).

In the darkroom, keep saying what you see by faith. Confess it with confidence while being patient (Heb. 10:35-36). True confidence is continuing to be outspoken, with bluntness and assurance about what you believe. Then combine this confidence with patience (hupomone, Greek), i.e., steadfastness,, constancy, and endurance. Don’t give up! Endure the process because “weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Text).

So, in the darkroom what is God doing? God is getting you ready for the fulfillment of the vision. While the vision is ready for you, you’re not ready for it. When nothing seems to be happening, feel the joy! (James 1:2-4). God is up to something good (Jas. 5:11; Job 42”10). Just like He did for Job; He will turn your captivity; He will turn your night into day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORD POWER With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Listening With the Third Ear

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Dr. Jerry Miah Williams Gospel preaching and teaching of the Word of God for your encouragement and inspiration.