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THINGS WE NEED TO KNOW
by Rev Steve Forrester

Things we need to know we have.

1 Corinthians 2:12
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

Ephesians 1:17-20
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us- ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

Philippians 3:9-11
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

Apparently Paul thought that he and we needed to know some things, things God has done for us and that we need to know Him.

Notice in 1 Cor 2:12 that it was God who gave us His Spirit that we might know the things given to us. Not only did Paul want us to know, but more importantly God wants us to know.

2 kings 6:24 - 7:9 (please read this story)

These were dire times ... But God was faithful ...
The King was messed up ... But God was faithful
God is still faithful


SAY IT ... GOD IS FAITHFUL TO ME ... HE WILL ALWAYS BE FAITHFUL TO ME ... GOD IS FAITHFUL TO ME IN ALL WAYS

The people were delivered and didn't even know it.
Everything they needed was theirs but they didn't know it.
Because they didn't know what they had they couldn't take advantage of the provision.

2 Kings 7:9
Then they said one to another, We do not well:this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace:if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us:now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king's household.

We need to be telling others what we have been provided with ... But first we need to know ourselves.

Things we can know we have.

#1 I Am Saved

Romans 10:8-10
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart:that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Whose idea was this yours or Gods?

Gods of course ... This is HIS SALVATION PLAN


John 1:12
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

You have received Jesus, correct?
SAY SO ... I have received Jesus.


You have a scriptural right to say you are a child of God
SAY SO ... I have received Jesus and I am a child of God.

1 John 3:1

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God ...


John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.


Personalize that familiar verse ... Say it.

John 5:24
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

You have already passed into life! You and I are not waiting for eternal life, we have it now.

1John 5:13
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

SAY IT ... I confess Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior. I believe God raised him from the dead, that my sins are forgiven. I have received Jesus and I am saved, I have the right to call myself a child of God because God loves me and in Christ I am his child. I am saved and I have eternal life. Thank you Jesus!

SELAH

#2 I am Born Again

John 3:1-7
-- There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God:for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

Nicodemus came because he knew there was more.
Have you ever sensed there was more? … That's because there is. Praise God there is much more.
Say it … Lord I want and will receive all You have given me.

Verily, verily .. Truly, truly .. Surely, surely .. Certainly, certainly Jesus (The Truth) said to him, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Nicodemus looking at this from the natural point of view ask, how is this possible? 

Again Truth answers emphatically, Except a man be born of water (natural birth) and of the Spirit (the new birth / born again) he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

Truth said … Jesus said … God in the flesh said … You must be born again.
.. Must be .. not its a good idea, or I strongly suggest, … you and I … a man, a woman or a child MUST be born again, in order to see, to perceive and enter the kingdom of God.

Thank God when we received Jesus, when we were saved we were born again. 

John 1:12-13
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

God gave us the opportunity to receive Jesus, to receive His life. It is God's will that no man perish but that comet know Jesus and have eternal life.
We were born of God!
When accept Jesus as our Lord we experience a new birth in our spirit. We receive His life and nature, we are made able to be His children.

Say it … I am born of God, I am born again. Thank you Lord!

1 Peter1:23
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

The Word of God is seed, good seed, incorruptible seed but as in the natural it must be planted.
No seed planted in the womb, no baby.
No seed planted in the ground, no crop.
But once the seed is planted harvest begins to be expected.

There was a day when we heard about what Jesus had done for us, what we could have through receiving Him, that day we heard the Gospel, that day seed was planted.
When we decided to believe what we heard and act upon it, we mixed faith with Word / Seed of God and the new birth took place in our spirit. God gave us eternal life in our spirit.

The next day our bodies were the same and for the most part our minds were the same, but something was new inside. The real man, the inner man, the hidden man of the heart, our spirit man was born again. Something happens on the inside and our desires are different, we don't want to do the same old things anymore.

Say it .. I am saved, I am born again … I am saved, I am born again.
I am born of the spirit, I am born again by the Word of God. I am saved. I am born again, I have eternal life in me now, I have everlasting life abundantly … Now.

Thank you Jesus, Thank you Father, Thank you Holy Spirit.

Don't let anyone talk you out of your confession.
Say it again boldly … I am saved, I am born again according to the Word of God.

If you stumble and sin. You have an Advocate, Jesus Christ the righteous and if we sin we then confess our sin He is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. if you sin, go to God get it right with Him and declare, I am forgiven, I am saved, I am born again I am a child of God.

One more time .. Say it .. I am saved, I am born again 

Now give Him thanks

SELAH