New Beginnings By FAITH
Dr James Sutton II
Walk In Truth Ministries
January 27, 2015
We have now set the foundation for new beginnings described as being born again or regeneration. The definition of regeneration is, when God decides to sovereignly reestablish a living relationship with the separated soul. Now that we have been made alive again we need to ask the question, what is God’s purpose for me in regeneration? For our purposes today we will describe it as being separated and unstable to move physically, emotionally and spiritually. We can deduce that when we are reborn there is an expectation of movement from death into life, darkness into light, old mindset into a renewed mindset. In general terms we call this being regenerated into a new, “creature or creation”.
By now your mind should be asking how do I participate and bring this change into my life; and make it significant enough that it will reflect the fact of my being regenerated and reborn. One way to know if you have been regenerated is that your mindset about sin has changed. More importantly your thoughts about your own sin have changed. Your renewed mind focuses on the grace of God in your pre-regeneration sinful state. Your appreciation for the grace, mercy and goodness of God compels you into the gift of the regenerated soul, “repentance”. (Romans 2:4) By entering into a repentive state you are actually demonstrating the regenerative effect on your renewed mind. You exhibit godly sorrow and more importantly a changed mind. Then there is a parallel move of outward actions that keep you from falling into that scene again. You yield to the Holy Spirit and trust that he will be able to help you in your time of temptation. Your movement is toward the spirit into the hands of the Holy Spirit and belief (having faith) in the Holy Spirit’s ability to keep you from sinning. This is the ongoing war that you will fight for the rest of your life as a believer in Christ. But the good thing is that you and I both will win in the end.
Now let’s look at a little Scripture and since we’re talking about, faith” let’s look at Abraham the father of faith. (Gen 12:1) Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you.
(Gen 12:2) And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.
(Gen 12:3) I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
(Gen 12:4) So Abram went, as the LORD had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
Abram’s name will be changed to Abraham in the future. Abraham has been told by God to,” GO”. Imagine if you can be stirred by God and told it is time for you to move on from the blessings of yesterday to the uncertain present and future of today. Abram was not told to go by a family member or a friend. Abram was not forced out of this community by famine or geopolitical circumstances, God told him to go. Now Abram has been summoned by God to move physically to a new place and leave everything of significance and importance behind. The reason why I say significance and importance is because it’s relative to Abram. Simply put it’s important to him as well as we have some things that are significant to us. The problem with this is that everything that is important to us is not really that important to God. At the time of any significant movement in the word of God by man it was an act of, “FAITH”. (Hebrews chapter 11 the Hall of Fame of faith)
In the economy of God our relationship with Jesus Christ and all significant comings and goings are done in the faith. Our faith is not in the move but it lies in the quality of the person we trust and believe in, Jesus Christ. We do not have faith in abstract inanimate objects, but in the living personage of Jesus the Christ. We believe that we are the creation of Christ and what he creates will fulfill his purpose, because he is God. (Ephesians 2:10, 1 Thessalonians 5:24, Philippians 1:6-7)
God has given every man a measure of faith. That measure of faith is good enough to make you sensitive to God’s beckoning to move. The catch comes in your ability and desire to hear. This is also a sovereign act of regeneration because faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God. (Romans 10:17-18, Romans 12:3)
There is an anointing that is given to all Christians to go out and preach the word of God of grace and faith and by the power of grace and faith. The great commission calls for us to move in and through our places of significance and move outward to new territory. You do not enter into the Abrahamic covenant until you become believers in Christ by faith. We are adopted into the Abrahamic covenant by demonstrating the same faith Abraham did when he was told to go. There are so many scriptures on trusting and having faith in the Lord. Our whole activity and move in the Lord is by faith. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
The challenge in all of our lives is to be conscious and sensitive of the new life of God through our rebirth and now through sanctification. As we read in Hebrews chapter 12 verse 1 in the course of our race through life there will be some bumps and distractions, but we must endure. Endurance only comes by pressing forward and practicing faith every day. If you want your faith to get stronger you must practice living by faith and trusting in God. The Bible tells us that there is a possibility of having great faith all for the asking and practicing by God.
The definition of the church is, “called out people for God.” Just in that definition there is movement of being called. God is trying to move you out of your Egypt and into Canaan. Egypt is a representation of your yesterday and Canaan is always represented as the New Promised Land that God is trying to move you into.
Your challenge is to walk in the new beginning God has for you and trust him. You’re in the race you have been reborn. God is sending you on your course and your example is Jesus Christ and your coach along the way is the Holy Spirit and the owner of the team is God Almighty! Believe and trust that you’re going to finish and finish well.