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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Surrender - let God do the work in us

Santification - it's the impudent righteousness of Christ in a believer.

For santification to work in our life we have to surrender to Christ.

We are given the gift of legal perfection before God in the death of Christ on the cross.  When God looks at you, you are not a sinner.  Yet we struggle with this.   Hebrews 10:14

We trust Jesus in the finished work on the cross.   We are saved through faith alone.  Ephesians 2:8-9  We become set apart (greek: hogihi).

God does not give His justification or santification to do with what He wants.  This generation God is looking to for change  - to be His hands and feet.  We are to live growing up in Christ.  We do this because we are made fit to go into heaven.  If we are not saved, no works will save you.  This is a mark of legalism.   We who are saved, do good works.  Jesus is our advocate in heaven.  He pleads our case before the Father.   When the Father looks at you; he sees you as righteous.   To do deny the work of the Holy Spirit in raising Christ from the dead is the unpardonable sin.

When we put our faith in Jesus; we are fit to be called a child of God.   We are then called to grow up.  Temper tantrums are not the mark of someone who has grown up.  They are a mark of a immature child.  Being offended shows the mark of immaturity.

1 Corinthians 15: 51-57

Even when we do the things we don't want to do; if we are a child of God we are not a sinner.   Matthew 6:41; 2 Timothy 4:8.  Phil. 4:8

Paul did not give licence to give into sinful nature but to surrender completely to Christ.

Romans 8:5 - be after the Spirit of God.

Surrender to the Lord; not self-improvement.

What does it mean to pray for God's will to be done?

Sunday, March 4, 2018


We are justified by our faith in Jesus Christ.

Santification - living our lives in Christ Jesus daily.

Hebrews 13:12
1 Corinthians 6:11

We are sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

We are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus went down and buried our sin in victory.   We often see life as a hard slog but it shouldn't be.
We can't earn anything through our own effort - it can only be accomplished through surrender.
Surrender isn't what we like to do.
Once we do we will see God at work in our life. It is a matter having to do like a judicial standing before God.   Not because of what we have done but what He has done.  We believe in Jesus Christ alone and put our faith in Him.  God wants us to know Him; spend time with Him.   God doesn't just want to save us but make us fit for heaven.

John 17:19 - with  Jesus santification is part of his deal.

Santification is a gift given exclusively through the cross.

Hebrews 10:10
1 John 1:9

Our faith in Jesus Christ brings us through.

Acts 26:15

Blood - justifies us.  The blood of the animal in OT covered their sin.  Jesus' blood washes our sin away- once for all.

Water  - sanctifies us.  The Lord is our righteousness and sanctification.
1 Corinthians  1:30

Jeremiah 23:6  my righteousness is because of God, not by anything I have done.  We should live this out.

Romans 4:5-6
Jesus is our sanctification.   We are his saints.  "Hagioi'  (greek)  means sanctified once.

Jesus has done the work.  Accept it.   We're all priests and that is strictly by faith in the blood of Christ alone.

God sanctifies you so you are fit to live in heaven.

It's the time of the booths  - the Holy Spirit lives in us. 

Psalm 15

Lord , who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?  The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart;  whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others;  who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord ; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind;  who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.
Psalm 15:1‭-‬5 NIV

Friday, March 2, 2018

Paul, Apostle of Christ

Coming to the cinema "Event Cairns City" is Paul, Apostle of Christ on 29th March, 2018
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...PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, who is held captive in Nero’s darkest, bleakest prison cell. But Nero is determined to rid Rome of Christians, and does not flinch from executing them in the grisliest ways possible. Before Paul’s death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church.

Bound in chains, Paul’s struggle is internal. He has survived so much—floggings, shipwreck, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure—yet as he waits for his appointment with death, he is haunted by the shadows of his past misdeeds. Alone in the dark, he wonders if he has been forgotten . . . and if he has the strength to finish well.

Two men struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world...

Sunday, February 25, 2018

United Walk With Jesus

Excerpt from walk with Jesus...

"Local Cairns Pastor Dave Drage is responding to a call on his life to GO and ENCOURAGE the churches of Australia. With one significant difference. Dave believes God has called him to walk! Yes physically walk the Approx 14,500km of the National Highway One around Australia. While visiting the towns and cities along the route, Dave will stop and share with churches and communities this simple message.‘’It’s Time. The Kingdom is here!”

It’s time to:

    •Rise Together – As Christian’s of Australia to show our nation that Jesus is our King, our country’s hope and future.
    •Stand Together – in unity declaring Jesus as the head of His Church in all its diversity and many parts.
    •Act Together – To function as the Body of Believers that Christ has called us into. To walk with Jesus, being led by The Holy Spirit in displaying His Kingdom rule and reign to all people. So that the nation and people of Australia may experience the salvation, love, peace, compassion, freedom and prosperity that God designed for us so long ago..."

"As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.  But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.”  (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions ? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work."     Ephesians 4:1‭-‬16 NIV

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Friday, February 23, 2018

A Great Way to share the Word


1) FaithWriters has adopted Matthew 6:33 as our site verse.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” We encourage you to read Matthew 6:25 -34 so you will better understand why we chose this verse. It always applies but we feel that it is especially applicable in these trying times. To date 78 people from around the world have told us they have accepted Jesus as their Savior from the videos on the site. Together we are making an impact for Christ.

2) BIG NEWS - Silver Members Can Now Enter the Writing Challenge.

Silver members can now enter the Writing Challenge once a quarter starting with the October 4th topic. We could give you pages of quotes from current and past members who love what the Weekly Challenge has done to improve their writing. Give it a try.

3) FaithWriters E-book Store –easily increase your e-book sales.

If your e-book is in our store this is a MUST DO! You can now make your book available to buyers in all the popular download formats. All you need to do is log in as an Author in our e-book store and then go to manage ebooks. Add the URL’s for your book on Amazon and Smashwords in the box where requested. We are investigating adding Lulu also. Do it before we start the promotion of the store for the holidays. Please only add Smashwords and Amazon URL’s currently. Others will be removed.

4) Letter from Mike & Bea Edwards about FaithWriters status and future plans.

Thank You All for Your Articles that Lead People to the Site and for your Support and Prayers for FaithWriters.

God Bless,
Mike & Bea Edwards