Key Verse

Isaiah 60:1- Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you-rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of hte Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! (Amplified Version)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Bible Study: Like Christ Series Week One-Abide In Him

Week One: Like Christ: Abide In Him

1 John 2:6- Whoever says he abides in Him ought [as a personal debt] to walk and conduct himself in the same way in which He walked and conducted Himself. (Amplified Version)

Abiding in Christ and walking Like Christ:
These are the two blessings of the new life which are here set before us in this essential unity. The fruit of a life in Christ is a life Like Christ.

We are to abide in Christ. What does it mean to abide in Christ?

To “abide” means to live, continue, or remain.

So to abide in Christ is to live in Him or remain in Him. When a person is saved, they are described as being in Christ.

Romans 8:1- Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty or wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit. (Amp)

2 Corinthians 5:17- Therefore, if any person is [in grafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creation altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual conditions] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come! (Amp)

Therefore, abiding in Christ isn’t a special level of Christian experience, available to only a few; rather it is the position of all true Believers. The difference between those abiding in Christ and those not abiding in Christ is the difference between the saved and the unsaved.

The phrase “abiding in Christ” pictures and intimate, close relationship, and not just a superficial acquaintance. In other words, abiding in Christ is more than going to church every time the doors are opened. It is more than only calling on Him when you need something. It’s more than doing only what you can in your Christian lifetime to get by and go to heaven. It’s a personal one on One with God.
We’ll get into that in a little while.

John 15:4-7- Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in me. I am the Vine, you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned. If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My Words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. (Amp)

Jesus tells His disciples that having salvation is essential, using the picture of branches united to a vine. Without that vital union with Christ which Salvation provides, there can be no life and no productivity.

There are proofs of one who abides in Christ (Proof that one is truly saved and not just pretending):

1) Obedience to Christ Commands.
John 15:10- If you keep My commandments [if you continue to obey My instructions], you will abide in My Love and live on in it, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commandments and live on in His Love. (Amp)

1 John 3:24- All who keep His commandments [who obey His orders and follow His plan, live and continue to live, to stay and] abide in Him, and He in them [They let Christ be a home to them and they are the home of Christ.] And by this we know and understand and have the proof that He [really] lives and make His home in us; by the [Holy] Spirit Who He has given us. (Amp)

2) Following Jesus’ Example.
1 John 2:6- Whoever says he abides in Him ought [as a personal debt] to walk and conduct himself in the same way in which He walked and conducted Himself. (Amp)

3) Living Free From Habitual Sin.
1 John 3:6- No one who abides in Him [who lives and remains in communion with and in obedience to Him--deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] commits (practices) sin. No one who [habitually] sins has either seen or known Him [recognized, perceived, or understood Him or has had an experiential acquaintance with Him]. (Amp)

4) The Awareness Of A Divine Presence Within One’s Life
1 John 4:13- By this we come to know [perceive, recognize, and understand] that we abide (live and remain) in Him and He in us; because He has given (imparted) to us His [Holy] Spirit. (Amp)
As the fruit of our surrender to live wholly in Him, His life works so mightily in us, that our walk, the outward expression of the inner life, become like His.

The abiding in Christ always precedes the walking Like Christ. And yet, the aim to walk Like Christ must equally precede any large measure of abiding. Only then is the need for a close union fully realized, or is God free to bestow the fullness of His Grace, because He sees that the soul is prepared to use it according to His Design.

The life of the vine and the branch is so completely identical, that the manifestation of that life must be identical too.

When the Lord Jesus redeemed us with His Blood and presented us to the Father in His Righteousness, He didn’t leave us in our old nature to serve God as best as we could. No, in Him dwelt the Eternal Life, the Holy Divine Life of Heaven, and every one who is in Him receives from Him that same Eternal Life in its Holy Heavenly Power.

This Mighty Life of God in the soul, doesn’t however, work as a blind force, compelling us ignorant or involuntary to act Like Christ. Walking Like Him must come as a result of a deliberate choice, sought in strong desire, accepted of a living will.

God showed us in Jesus’ life what the life of heaven would be when it came down into the conditions and circumstances of our human life. And with Jesus, when we receive the new life from Him, and when He calls us to abide in Him, that we may receive life more abundantly points us to His own life on earth, and tells us that it is to walk even as He walked that the new life has been bestowed. “Even as I, so you also,” that Word of the Master takes His whole earthly life and very simply makes it he rule and guide of all our conduct. If we abide in Christ, we may not act like He did. “Like Christ” gives one shout out all-inclusive Word the Blessed Law of the

Christian Life. We are to think, to speak, to act as Christ did, as Christ was, even so are we to be.
He that seeks to Walk with Christ---Must Abide in Him!

With some there is the earnest desire to follow Christ’s example without any sense of the impossibility to do so, except by deep, real abiding in Him. They fail because they seek to obey the high command to love Like Christ, without he Only Power to do so---the Living in Christ. With others it is the opposite: they know their own weakness, and count the Walking Like Christ an impossibility. As much as those who seek to do it and who fail, do those who do it seek because they expect to fail, need to understand this. To Walk Like Christ one must abide in Him; he that abides in Him has the power to Walk Like Him, not by or in himself or his own efforts, but in Christ, who perfects His strength in our weakness.
If you’re falling into temptation and sinning continually, doing the same old stuff over and over again---ask yourself this question: “Am I truly Abiding in Christ?” Go even deeper ask yourself, “Am I reading, studying, and meditating on the Word of God. Am I spending time with God daily in prayer and getting to know Him on a personal level? Do I know more of Him than I did when I first received Christ? Have I grown in Christ? Am I obeying what He tells me to do and what not to do?”


Dear Lord,
I come to you right now and I give You my life. I long to abide in You and have You abide in me. I long to follow You in all that I say and do in this life. I desire to Walk Like Christ and to Abide With Christ. I desire to do as You have done. Lead me and guide me. Help Me as I strive to remain in You constantly every day. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

We will continue this Bible Study next week in my home.  But after I'm done with these I will try and post them on here as well.  I pray that this Series draws you closer and closer to Christ and what He has planned for your life. If you would like to know more about Christ or need prayer, contact Minda at 573-421-5024.

God Bless,

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year 2011 Message

What's your new year's resolution? Do you long for change? Do you long for a fresh new start? Do you long to be a better person than you have been? Why not try Jesus this year and grow closer and closer to Him and see what God can do in your life?! If you do have Christ in your life, remember this: you are NOT what you have done...You're what you've overcome! If you were an addict, you are not addict anymore you are an overcomer by the blood of Jesus Christ! Call us at 573-421-5024 for prayer or just to talk, we're here for you!

On a personal note, my name is Minda, if you're just tuning in to Arise Ministries.  We started this on Septembe 20, 2010 to touch young girls and women for Christ.  We've had several rededicate their lives to Christ, and some come to Christ for the first time.  I'm excited to see what God is doing through this ministry.  I owe everything to God and God alone.  He's the One who has all power and authority to change people's lives.  I'm just an instrument for God.  My plans this year, my New Year's Resolution is simply this: Draw closer to God and touch other's lives for Christ and help them get on the right path to FREEDOM in Christ!  How do we obtain this FREEDOM?  Simple. We ask Christ into our lives and give Him full control...if He says "NO," it means "NO."  If He says, "YES," then it means "YES."  We let Him direct our steps.  As long as we REMAIN in Christ, He will guide us and lead us into EVERLASTING joy, peace, and so much more than we can ever imagine possible.

Starting January 8th, 2011, at 5 pm at my home (for info call 573-421-5024) we will be hosting a Bible Study.  Our first Study series is on "Like Christ."  I'm so excited about this...and I pray that others are as well.  I know a few of you are.  I so can't wait until this study gets going.  I feel God's gonna do some amazing things this next year, not only with this ministry, but so much more, our personal lives, our church families, and so much more. But in order to recieve His gifts and everything He has in store for us, we have to draw closer and closer to Him.  And that's what this study is all about.  Again, as I've said in status updates, if you don't have a ride, we will do our very best to get you a ride.  We will aslo have refreshments as well.

In closing, I would like to pray for you.  Each one of you are dear to my heart, but there's someone who loves you much more than anyone on this earth could.  I love you and am praying for you all daily.  I'm also praying for the ones that God hasn't even sent our way just yet!


I thank You so much for each one of these young girls, women, even the guys, whose lives are represented in this Ministry, God.  I pray that You pour out Your Spirit upon each one and let them know that they are valueable to You.  They are precious.  They are Yours, Lord.  You Love them with an unconditional love...that means, You love them regardless of their past, regardless of what they have done, You still love them, Lord.  I pray that You help each and everyone.  To those battleing addictions, depression, anxiety, whatever it may be, Lord.  I rebuke these strongholds, in the name of Jesus.  I ask that You give them the strength, knowledge, and willpower Lord to combat and overcome whatever it is that may be holding them back from You and what You have called them to do.  I ask that You be with each person this year and may they advance in You, grow in You and be strong in You!  I thank You again, Lord for using me and speaking through me, to these people and I pray that You continue to touch people's lives, Lord.  It's only by You that I can even do this.  I pray blessing upon each individual and I thank You for sending them our way and I pray that they recieve a mighty outpouring of Your anointing and that they in turn touch other people they come in contact with.  In Jesus' Name, I pray....AMEN.

God Bless each and everyone one of you, I love you and God loves you!