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Ten Characteristics of all your 101 Riches

What Your Positions and Possessions Have in Common

As we get ready to move into this study, let’s take a quick look at the characteristics that all of your 101 Riches in Christ share in common.

1.They are known to us only through God’s inspired, infallible, authoritative Word. We become aware of these gifts only through God’s revelation, by “sola Scriptura” – by Scripture alone. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17) “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:17)

2. They are the result of God’s work, not by the efforts of men, churches, or governments. They are solely and completely a work of God. They are the result of monergism, i.e., the work of One. They are NOT the work of synergism, or combined and cooperative effort and energy. “But as many as received (Jesus), to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13)

3. They are the result of God’s sovereign volition, not man’s volition. It was God who chose to give you these gifts. “It is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13) “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” (John 6:37)

See Me, Free Me, Be Me part 1

When I am making a motivational presentation, I often talk to the audience about a journey of discovery that I call: “See Me, Free Me, Be Me”

“See Me, Free Me, Be Me”

I like to encourage people to stand on a solid core of Christian doctrine and belief. My doctrine and my faith are like the pedestal that supports a statue. If my pedestal of doctrine and faith is strong and solid and wide, the statue will stand tall and straight, solid and secure. Children may climb upon the statue, heavy winds and rain may pound upon it, tree limbs might even come crashing down upon it, but the statue will remain upright, sturdy and formidable. But if the pedestal on which the statue rests is made of inferior materials, if it is weak or crumbling, a relatively slight push will cause the statue to topple over, possibly to shatter into pieces.

Doctrine and Devotion

Doctrine and Devotion

This is doctrine. There is nothing to do in these doctrinal truths. We are to believe and count as true what God calls to be true. What God says about me is more real than what I see in myself! These possessions and positions are to be apprehended by faith, not by feeling. This program is an unfolding and an explanation of what God has done for us in Christ.

Your 101 Riches

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2Corinthians 3:18

One of my favorite stories about the power of identity is a story that comes from the pages of history. Helen of Troy often used to go out on campaigns of conquest with the ships of her mighty fleet. One day, while the fleet was in the port to take on provisions, Queen Helen somehow became separated from the other members of her party. Through a series of terrible mishaps she lost all memory of who she was or where she had come from. In her confused state, she became easy prey for the evil elements on the waterfront, and soon she had been put to work as a prostitute in a filthy hovel. This powerful woman, who possessed the authority to command an entire navy to conquer nations, had absolutely no memory of her former great position of wealth and power! She looked at her current condition of degradation and despair, and took her personality cues from that.

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