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  Being a Champion for Christ   The baptism of the Holy Spirit is to empower one to become a Witness, not just do witnessing.  A believer is called to die to the self-life of Jesus.  Oh that His life would be seen through our lives. Doing witnessing is telling someone something about Jesus.  But if I am being a witness, I am demonstrating what Jesus would do and say in every situation. Living it!  “My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go start with what you’ve been given.  You’ve received Christ Jesus, the Master: now live for Him.  You’re deeply rooted in him.  You’re well constructed in Him.  You know your way around the faith.  Now do what you’ve been taught.  School’s out:  quit studying the subject and start living it!  And let your living spill over with thanksgiving.”  Col. 2:6,7 You are Responsible!  “Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters.  And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by.  Do your best.  Work from your heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance.  Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ.  That sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible.  Being Christian doesn’t cover up bad work.”  Col. 3:22-25 The Father wants to Give You the Very Kingdom ITSELF!  “He said unto His disciples, therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, neither for the body, what you shall pout on.  The life is more than meat, and the body more than raiment.  Consider the ravens for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouses nor barn, and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?” Luke 12:22-24 Conclusion  “Then He said, “Go into the world.  Go everywhere and announce the message of God’s good news to one and all.  Whoever believes and is baptized is saved; whoever refuses to believe is damned.”  Mark 16:15-16 We are called beyond the realm of blessing.  May the Christ within be manifest and revealed in character, mercy, compassion and power as we yield to His perfect will. In His Service,   Pastor Jay T. Francis 10/13