2016 VISION

                                               On Monday January 4th, I was in prayer and had this vision. 

    I saw a very large tree being violently shaken.  All the dead branches, leaves, and fruit fell to the ground.  Then the shaking             stopped.  The branches that were left, were covered with green bulbs and saplings.  As if this tree was about to burst into life!

  Allow the Lord to reveal to you its meaning (Hebrews 12:27).

 God's Best, Kings and Priests


                                    God Is In Control ..... Really?

     "God is in control." Have you heard that said by others, or even preached? or "If God is really in control, he has things in a real mess."  We   are going to look at some scriptures from the Word of God today.  They will bring more clarity to this religious statement.

    Turn your bibles to Hebrews 2: 7-8 amplified, 'For some little time You (God) ranked him (man) lower than and inferior to the angels; You have   crowned him with glory and honor and set him over the works of Your hands. For You have put everything in subjection under his feet.  Now in putting everything in subjection to man, He left nothing outside (of man's) control. But at present we do not yet see all things subjected to   him.'  The word is saying here, that the authority (dominion) over the earth really belongs to us. Turn to Genesis 1:26, "And God said, Let us   make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over     every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."  Dominion means to prevail against, reign (make to) rule over, take.  God made the earth   and told Adam (mankind) to take care of it. Adam then committed high treason, and gave that place of authority to Satan in Genesis 3. That   transfer of dominion is confirmed in 2 Corinthians 4:4 where it says, 'In whom the god of this world (satan) has blinded the minds of them which   believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.'  In the beginning God gave   dominion of the Earth to Adam, and Adam disobeyed and gave that position to the devil.

    Through the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, that place of Dominion was restored back to man. Matthew 16:19 [amp.] Jesus said, " I will   give you [believers] the keys of the kingdom of Heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is   already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven."  Our restoration of   authority is described in Ephesians 1:19-23. It gives a great description of what happened for us in the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Jesus   is the head and believers are His body. We have the same authority, that Adam did; before he fell. Glory to God!

    So do not blame God for what is happening in the world. Also do not be passive and say, "God has some mysterious reason, why things are   the way they are." Proverbs 18:21, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit therof."  You can   speak God's Word, boldly in faith; and your circumstances will change. Then God can do miracles for You!  This is a "Heavenly Partnership"   and is the best relationship.

     Now if one still believes that God is in control, then think of it this way. Who is in control of Heaven?......God. How is Heaven   operating?.......perfect, prospering, paradise. How is the world operating?..... it's a mess. Then it cannot be God in control.                                     In Matthew 6:10 Jesus prayed,"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven."  This should be our prayer also.



                                                                                   Holiness

     This word once struck a great reverential worship towards the Lord's house, His presence, and the believers life.  Now holiness is just for   those special people in ministry.  In Isaiah 35:8,9 it says, 'And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called   the way of   holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it .... but the redeemed shall walk there ....'   The very way that leads t eternal life, is called   holiness.  This is the way our Heavenly Father speaks and acts from.  One needs to locate their position on the highway of holiness; or be   relocated.

     We see that holiness starts and ends with our Father God.  Psalms 99:9 says, 'Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at His holy hill; for   the Lord our God is holy.'  Psalms 47:8 says, '.... God sits upon the throne of His Holiness.'  When a king is on his throne, any judgment   and decision is going to be set in motion; that will affect the whole kingdom.  The Lord's judgments are not only just, but also holy (Psalms   108:7).  Holiness is also mentioned with God's deliverance of His people.  Obadiah 1:17 says, 'But your mount Zion shall be deliverance, and   there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall posses their possessions.'  In fact holiness is smack down in the middle of salvation, for   all through Jesus Christ.  Romans 1:4 says, 'And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the   resurrection from the dead.'  Holiness  also carries a calling to all who are born again.  1 Thessalonians 4:7 says, 'For God has not called   us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.'

     Holiness means being separated for God.  Since the Lord is holy, men of God should have proofs of His holiness in their life.   Romans 6:22   says, 'But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit unto holiness, and   the end everlasting   life.'   We see again that the path to eternal life, is a path of holiness.  One may ask what is holiness?  The bible describes holiness by listing   what it is not.  In Romans 6:19 it says, 'I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as you have yielded your   members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even now yield your members servants to righteousness and   true holiness.'  Members is one's body and mind, no longer having fruit unto uncleanness and iniquity.  Ephesians 4:24 says, 'And that you   put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.'   One's spirit at the new birth is created to walk on   this path of holiness, but there is still a individual choice.  Either to let the flesh of the past dominate one's future, or the new spirit man in   Christ  Jesus; forever more.  There is a discipline to living holy, that comes from the Father who is holy.  Hebrews 12:10 [amp.] says, 'For [our   earthly fathers] disciplined us for only a short period of time and chastised us as seemed proper and good to them; but He disciplines us for   our  certain good, that we may become sharers in His own holiness.'  We think of holiness as a consecration or separation, like following Jesus   to the Father, and our back to the unholy world (no turning back).

     Every scripture that we have looked at, is written to the believer, not the unbeliever who is unholy.  Holiness is not some moral code of   ethics.  That one has to strive to fulfill with all their might.  Holiness is the root of spiritual character, planted in every child of a holy, righteous,   loving God.  One may be asking why?  Hebrews 12:14 says, 'Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see   the Lord.'

 Holiness is the only way

 To receive one's eternal reward

 From the hand of the Lord.


                           What Do You Have: Religion or Relationship?

     These two concepts have only one thing in common: they both start with the letter R. The differences are great and vastly opposite each   other.  While religion is popular, accepted and comes in different forms; relationship with God is a covenant of gooodness.  Keep this in mind, as   we look at religion vs. relationship in the Word of God.

     The Webster's Dictionary definition of religion is: 'An organized system of beliefs and rituals centering on a supernatural being or beings.'   Jesus gave us a warning a long time ago to watch out for religion, through the prophet Isaiah. In Matthew 15:6-9 Jesus said, ".... You have   made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. You hyprocrites, well did Isaiah prophecy of   you saying, this   people  draweth near unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from   Me. But in vain they do   worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."  Religion says from the pew, "yes, amen, that is the truth;" but when it   comes time to prove it out in one's life, they are full of excuses or human reasonings. Being a hearer only, without intention to do what one   hears  makes one's prayers powerless. Relationship with God brings you to the truth, and the truth will make you free.  Where there is no   obedience, there's no love of God at work in one's heart. There is no heart of love for God in religion. It keeps one lukewarm and distant from   God.

     We see religion defined in Colossians 2:8 [amp.] it says, 'See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his   so called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies, and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men's ideas of the   material rather the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding (the   teachings of) Christ (the Messiah).'   Religion starts in the mind of man and stays there, never connecting to God.  Religion keeps a person   trapped in the soulish realm of the mind, will, and emotions.  Religion is man-made.   Anything made from man has limitations and restrictions.   Relationship with God removes those limitations and restrictions, "But with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)

    The Webster's Dictionary defines relationship as: 'a relation connecting participates together in a relationship or a kinship.  'I heard this   question asked once, "Why did God make us and for what purpose?"  God is a father and He wanted children. God desires to have fellowship   with us as His children.  God is love, and Love needed someone to give to.  He gave His children the world as our inheritance.  In John 14:23,   'Jesus answered and said unto him, "If a man loves me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto   him,  and make our abode with him."   This example of divine relationship can happen on the inside of a believer - 24/7.  Religion knows   about God, but relationship knows God personally.  In fact stop right now and start praising and thanking God.  If you are born again, then talk   to God. He is your Father!

     There are two keys that this divine relationship is based on - love and obedience.  God is perfect, and has done His part; but we have to   participate with Him, by being doers of the Word of God.  Remember the greatest commandment is found in Matthew 22:37, Jesus said unto   him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind."   Real love activates   obedience from the heart.  Just to do a bunch of do's and dont's will create a religious robot, and will not produce relationship.  On the other   hand being born again, is the beginning of a relationship with God. Over time there should be a increase in this sweet, wonderful relationship   from year to year. If not, then we are the ones who need to conform our lives more to the Word of God.  As you read your Bible in the days   ahead, take note to those scriptures that represent religion or relationship.  Here is a example, Romans 8:14, 'For as many as are led by the   Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.' (relationship); and Luke 6:46, "And why call me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things that I say?"(religion).

    The best time is now, to make the change from religion to relationship. Repent and be honest with God, and purpose in your heart to become   a doer of the Word today.


                                                           Love of Money, Root of All Evil

    The money tests.  If one fails, their life could be bankrupt.  If they pass, they are thrust into their destiny in Christ.  1 Timothy 6:10 says, 'For   the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves   through with many sorrows.'  This is a fork in the road of life for all.  Allow the light of God's Word, show us the right way to go.

     Money is just like a hammer, a tool.  One can build something good and sturdy. And yet tear down and destroy.  Thus it depends on how one   uses money, like a hammer.  In Luke 16:13 Jesus said, "No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the   other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and mammon."  Mammon means wealth, assets.  One   loves God, by the building up the Kingdom of God on earth.  Matthew 6:33 Jesus said, "But seek first the Kingdom of God, and His   righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."  Money is just a tool to be used to build God's Kingdom.  When one keeps   first things first, there will never be a shortage.   

     To love money, simply means to be covetous.  When the desire to take from others, is greater than the desire to add to others; no matter the   cost.  In Luke 12:15 Jesus said, "Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consists not in the abundance of the things   which he possess."   Then in verses 16-21, Jesus lays out the perfect picture of a covetous man.  Take time to read and study this passage   of  scripture thoroughly.  It is one's heart connection to money, that our Savior an Lord is warning us about.  Mark 7:20-23 Jesus said, "That   which comes out of the man, that defiles the man.  For from within, out of the heart of man, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornicators,   murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from   within, and defile the man."  The Lord judges the heart not ones outward appearance.  One can be covetous with ten dollars, as well as a   million dollars.

     How does one keep money as a hammer and not a master?  Being led by the Holy Spirit in all decisions, not being led by money.  Romans   8:14 says, 'For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.'  Another fail proof action that can be taken, to keep one from being ensnared by money.  Give. Luke 6:38 Jesus said, "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.  For with the same measure that you mete withal it shall be   measured to you again."  Love for God, will also keep selfish, greedy, evil intentions.  That attach to one's life through the root of loving   money.  Matthew 22:37,39 Jesus said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your   mind.  And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  Money is not a issue with our Heavenly Father, and   neither should it be with His children.

  Do not miss God's Best!

  over green paper, gold coins or stuff.



                                   What Does It Matter What I Say? ....... Everything.

     Our words are very powerful, and are creating our future.  They are not just a bunch of noise or harmless comments or jokes.  In the Word of   God, there is much teaching about the words we say and how we say them.  I encourage you to turn with me in your bibles, as you read the   rest of this blog.

     This is a word planet, created by words. This is proven in Genesis chapter 1, the creation story.  We read in:

 Gen. 1:3 says, "And God said, 'Let there be light': and there was light.''

 Gen.1:9 says, "And God said, 'Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let dry land appear, and it was so."

 Gen. 1:24 says, "And God said, 'Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so."

 And God said, and God said and God said...... over and over in Genesis chapter 1.  He has put that same creative power in our mouths. That is   how we exercise dominion over the earth. This is the same authority God gave to man.

    Proverbs 18:20-21 [amp.] says, 'A man's (moral) self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words   he must be satisfied (whether good or evil). Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit   of it (for death or life).'  We see very clearly here, that it is our mouth that creates our life, present and future. It is not the economy, not   politicians, not family members nor friends; but our own words.  Galatians 6:7 says, 'Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man   soweth, that shall he also reap.'  Sowing and reaping is a universal law.  For example if one says, "This time every year I have the flu, and will   be miserable for three weeks."  Sure enough at that time of year they will get the flu for three weeks, and be miserable. You are the prophet of   your own life!

     Words create the atmosphere around you. You do not need to be a rocket scientist to sense when strife filled words have been spoken in a   place.  Likewise we can also sense when peaceful and loving words have been spoken. Be aware of the words being said around you.  Words   paint a picture on the inside of your heart (or spirit). For example, the news media is filled with negativity; is it no wonder people walk away   feeling anxious or angry after listening. However you can use words to create a positive atmosphere and blessing instead.  When the kids start   having challenges in their school work, do not speak the problem. Do not say, "What's wrong--, why can't you figure it out kid?" Instead speak   the solution and say, "My kids are quick, sharp and bright according to Isaiah 11:3." And watch those grades come up.

     In Proverbs 23:7 it says, 'For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he ...'  What you think is what you say. What you say is what you believe.   What you believe is what you do. What you do is who you become. What is inside, will eventually be seen on the outside.  So check up on   what  you are saying, and ask yourself, "Do I really want that to happen?"  In Matthew 12:34 Jesus says, "...for out of the abundance of the   heart the mouth speaketh."  In fact, read and meditate Matt. 12: 33-37. God created the world and universe with words. We create our world   with our words.

     What we need is to become full of the Word of God. In John 6:63 Jesus says, "It is the spirit that quickenth; the flesh profits nothing: the   words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life."   As you speak the word of God, His words will begin to produce a new life on   the inside; that will be seen on the outside. Jesus said in John 10:10 [amp], "......I have come that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in   abundance (to the full, till it overflows)."  Therefore we have a role to play in how much of this abundant life we experience day to day.  We have   to believe and speak the Word of God out of our mouths or no abundant life.  Here is something you can say right now, "The Lord shall increase   (me) more and more, and (my) children" -Psalm 115:14.

  Remember, God is on the positive channel! So change the words that you say. You have the power to do so. Blessing and life is right   underneath your nose.


                                                                                   It Is A Gift

      In James 1:17 it says, 'Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is   no variableness, neither shadow of turning.'  Gifts from Heaven are freely given to all, and enjoyed to the fullest by all.  One must willingly   receive them by faith, taken as theirs and kept.  Otherwise there is no exchange of a gift from the giver, to the one the gift is for.

     Salvation is a good and perfect gift for all men.  Romans 5:18 says, 'Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to   condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.'  One has to take this great gift of   salvation, Romans 10:9,10 which says, 'That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that   God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.  For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth   confession is made unto salvation.'  One cannot receive this gift or be accounted of being saved; unless they do these scriptures.

     Receiving the gift of salvation, being born again, opens the door to many other beneficial gifts.  Forgiveness of all iniquity and sin (Psalms   103:3). 

 To receive that gift of forgiveness, 1 John 1:9 says, 'If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us   from all unrighteousness.'

 Healing from all diseases (Psalms 103:3).  To receive the gift of healing, one must believe 1 Peter 2:24 which says, '..... by whose stripes we   were healed.' 

 Being redeemed from destruction (Psalms 103:4).  The gift of divine protection, Psalms 91:10 which says, 'There shall no evil befall you,   neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.'

 A renewed life (Psalms 103:5).  The gift of a strong and renewed life, Isaiah 40:31 says, 'But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their   strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.'  Waiting for   the Lord's guidance causes the gift of a good, renewed life to spring forth.

     Even though one has received these gifts and walking in them, these gifts have to be honored and valued.  Philippians 3:12 (amplified) says, 'Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestion], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence   but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe   and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, shrinking from whatever might   offend God and discredit the name of Christ).'  To continually experience the benefits of these gifts: Simply Love God with All and Fear the Lord.

  Every Good and Perfect Gift, Can be yours for ALL TIME!

 

                                                                                               

                                                                                               Where Is Your Trust 

     In the world that we live in today, this question needs to be settled. We seem to trust in what temporarily calms our fears, or what has worked   in the past.  A true trust is found in the Word of God. Trust means absolute confidence in the word of another; that those words will not fail. The   Word of God always has the answer.

     Some trust in the government, their job, their family, their wealth, their church denomination, their friends, or their own ability to save them.   People put their trust in a lot things that are temporal.  However, there is a strong warning in Jeremiah, about where we should put our trust. In   Jeremiah 17:5 [amp.] says, 'Thus says the Lord: "Cursed (with great evil) is the strong man who trusts in and relies on frail man,   making weak (human) flesh his arm, and whose mind and heart turn aside from the Lord.'   This verse is talking about someone who   knows the Lord, but has chosen to turn away from trusting in God.  When circumstances give us the option not to step out in faith upon the   promises of God; we now have a choice.  At this point we can either do it the world's way or God's way.  For example, we say God is our   source, yet we go to the bank for another loan or make another purchase on credit. Instead of obeying God's steps, we choose the easy way   out.  The person who does will put themselves into a vulnerable position, and may experience the curse in their life. 

      However, Jeremiah 17:7-8 [amp.] says, '[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope   and confidence the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, that spreads out its roots by the river; and he shall see   and fear when heat comes; but his leaf shall be green. He shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall he   cease yielding fruit.'   We see that trust in God will produce peace, abundance, freedom from fear, and prosperity in the midst of hard times.   These blessings of trust in God, far outweigh anything the world can give.  Let these verses be your reality check.  For where you choose to put   your trust, will affect your life.

     The Word of God is true and trustworthy. Psalm 18:30 [amp.] says, 'As for God, His way is perfect. The word of the Lord is tested and   tried; He is a shield to all those who take refuge and put their trust in Him.For centuries God's word has always worked for those who   put their trust in Him. The earth and sun were created by God's words. See Genesis chapter one.  We are not staying up at night worrying if the   sun is going to come up in the morning.  We subconsciously trust that it will, and it does; because God said "Light be!"  We should put this same   trust in what God's word says about our health, finances and family.

     The benefits of trusting in God include blessing, protection, strength and salvation. The Lord has blessed us with heavenly blessings. Proverbs  28:25 [amp.] says'....But he who puts his trust in the Lord shall be enriched and blessed.'  He has also given us divine   protection.  Psalms 91:4 says,'He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings shall you trust; His truth shall be thy shield   and buckler.'  He has also given us supernatural strength and salvation.  Isaiah 12:2 says, 'Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not   be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation.'  God and His benefits are unlimited.   Trusting in God, is a key to bringing these benefits into manifestation in your life.

     There are some anxious days coming on the earth, but do not let circumstances, pressure or fear dictate where you put your trust.  Isaiah   26:3 says, 'You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Him: because he trusteth in God.'   Trust in God and His word to   uphold you, and you will live on the victorious side of life! In First Corinthians 15:57 it says, 'But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory   through our Lord Jesus Christ.'

  I trust God with my all!


                                                                        Do Not Be Moved

     What is happening in the earth today?  Everything that was stable seems to be shaking.  What is good, is being called evil and what is evil,   being called good.  So what is the position a man of God is to take today?  The apostle Paul in Acts 20:24 says, 'But none of these things   move me ..... '  What a place of strength Paul stood in!  When the whole world seemed to be against him, he having the Holy Spirit and the   Word of God, was not moved.  Second Corinthians 4:18 says, 'While we look not at the things that are seen, but at the things that are not   seen: for the things that are seen are temporal; but the things that are not seen are eternal.'  Nothing that can be seen, felt or reasoned   out in our mind. Can compare to the eternally established and unchangeable truth of God's Word.  When this truth becomes more real in your   heart than the screen you are looking at.  Then you will not be moved by the ever changing, temporal shifts in the world or society.  If these   things did not move apostle Paul, they do not have to move us either.

     Our trust in God cannot be moved.  Psalm 125:1 says, 'They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed,   but  abides for ever.'   Zion is not only a natural mountain, but also a spiritual mountain.  This image of trust, God uses for the believer to have   in Him.  Trust on the inside of us like a unmoveable mountain, always stands strong against the tide of circumstances.  All we have to do is be   engaged and focused on trusting in the Lord.  Second Corinthians 1:10 says, '..... in whom we trust that He will also deliver us.'  When trust   in the Lord is more real than what we see or hear then deliverance is assured.  You will not be shaken by the seen, but secured in the unseen   trust in God.

      Our joy in God cannot be moved.  John 16:33 Jesus said, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace.  In   the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."   Jesus said; rejoice, be happy, laugh ha ha ha ho   ho ho he he he!  Christ is in us and He overcame the world.  This makes us world over - comers (1John 5:4).  Nehemiah 8:10 says, '.... for the   joy of the Lord is your strength.'  The strength that will carry you through any tough time you may find yourself in, is in the joy of the Lord.  So   let that joy bubble up from your heart and you will be clothed with supernatural strength.

      Our faith in God cannot be moved.  First John 5:4 says, 'For whosoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory   that overcomes the world, even our faith.'   When one is born again, we have access to world overcoming faith.  What an insurmountable   force is our faith in God.  A great man of God named Smith Wiggelsworh said this, "I am not moved by what I see or feel, I am moved only by   what I believe."  This would be something to write down and put in a place you can read daily.  Habakkuk 2:4 says, '..... but the just shall live   by faith.'  Our abundant life in God is released by our faith in His Word.  We are in this world, but not of it.  Every so often look up and read only   scripture that talks about faith.  This will create an "I - cannot - be - moved" faith in you.

      Our peace in God cannot be moved.  Isaiah 26:3 says, 'You [God] will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Him [God]:   because he trusts in Him.Keeping your mind on the Lord is not some positive thinking tactic.  This peace is a lifting up, a place beyond the   world.  Where we can actually live in perfect peace, undisturbed.  Philippians 4:7 says, 'And the peace of God, that passes all   understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.'   The peace of God that keeps the heart and mind, happens   when we cast all our care upon the Lord.  This truth is a peaceful reality, every believer can walk in.

     Our trust, faith, joy and peace in God cannot be seen; but are unseen forces which are eternal.  Do not let the seen temporal world move   you, but allow the Holy Spirit and the Word of the unmovable God establish you forever.  Then your testimony and life will shine bright for Christ.

  None Of These Things Move Me!


                                                 Be Kind, Tenderhearted, Forgiving

     Three big words, that can be hard on the flesh and mind to practice.  This is the fruit of God's nature towards mankind.  Ephesians 4:32 says, 'And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you.'   As born again   men with the same nature as Father God. Then these fruits should be more and more manifested in their life.  With no compromise of holiness,   godliness or uprightness, in their walk with Christ.

     Be kind, means to be gracious, good towards another.  Luke 6:35 Jesus said, "But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for   nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and you shall be children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the   evil."  Why be kind to our enemy?  Romans 2:4 [amp.] says, '.... that God's kindness is intended to lead one to repent (to change their mind   and inner man to accept God's will)?'  Bible kindness is to be used as the Holy Spirit leads, for the purpose of salvation of another.  Not to lay   down, roll out the red carpet, and let your enemy take whatever they want.  2 Peter 1:7 says, 'And to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to   brotherly kindness, love.'   We see that kindness is next to godliness, they go together.  Otherwise kindness is just a good work with no change   of heart of life. 

     Be tenderhearted, means being compassionate.  The action of God's love towards us, causes a dramatic change in us.  Matthew 14:14 says, 'And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.'  Jesus the   healer is in each of us to heal others.  Tenderhearted is an unction from the heart, that carries a powerful effect, not just feelings and good   wishes.  Jude v.22 says, 'And of some have compassion, making a difference:'

     Be forgiving, means to cancel one's debt.  The very heart of the Gospel is to forgive.  Exodus 34:7 says, 'Keeping mercy for thousands,   forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin...'   So it must be an act from the heart of a believer, to forgive and forget.  Colossians 3:13 says, 'Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do   you.'  Forgiveness is not just a light matter one can just brush off, because they have heard it said over and over again.  Mark 11:25-26 Jesus   said, "And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have ought against any: that your Father also which is in Heaven may forgive you   your trespasses.  But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in Heaven forgive your trespasses."   The Father has   forgiven all men through Jesus.  They just have to receive it and be born again.  But when one is saved, they now have a responsibility to   forgive others.  Unforgiveness is sin and like all willfull unrepentant sin: leads to eternal damnation.  One may be saying, "But God is merciful   and forgiving."  The mercy and love of God, will not change His Word.  We have been commanded to be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving one   another.  My pastor said he has made a new law for himself called: predetermined forgiveness.  He has already forgiven those he meets, before   anything has been said or done against him.

   Let one be quick to obey this truth

   And secure their eternal destiny.

  

                                                                       Need A Oil Change

     Just like our vehicles need a 3,000 mile oil change, so the engine runs at its peak performance; our soul and spirit need a fresh refilling and   cleansing from the Word of God on a regular basis.  Each day the world tries to contaminate and break down our faith in God. The best place   one can go to get this spiritual oil change, is to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. We know that 'God is Love' (1 John 4:8) and 'faith worketh by love' (Galations 5:6). To keep functioning at a high spiritual level, we need a constant renewing of the love of God. All you have to do is read it,   meditate upon it and do it. So pull up to the station and let the word of God clean you out, fill you up with divine love, and keep your faith   working at its peak performance. So let's get that spiritual oil change right now, Amen.

     1 Cor.13:4 says, 'Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or   vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.'  Endurance is needed during a span of time in which circumstances and/or people are   irritating to our flesh. At times change for the better comes at a very slow rate.  If you can identify with this, feel free to say Amen.  Patience and   kindness are high octane additives that keep your endurance running smoothly.  Oh, and do not forget to avoid the bad driving habits of envy   and jealousy.  If your neighbor is driving the car you always wanted, then praise God and be happy for him. Sow your seed, stay thankful and   believe you have received (Mark 11:23-24) and God will lead you to a car that is better than you could imagine - debt free. Then you will have a   testimony for your neighbor of how good God is!

     1 Cor.13:5 says, 'It [love] is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not insist on its   own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [ it   pays no attention to a suffered wrong].'  Natural love is always selfish and fickle, but divine love always wants to help the other guy succeed   also.  This is a lifestyle of forgiving and forgetting.  When you choose not to forgive, bitterness and anger set in. Letting anger and   unforgiveness fester can harden the heart and cause serious issues down the road of life.  It may even cause you to get stuck on the side of the   road.  You may have to flush your radiator (mind and heart) out, with 1 Cor. 13: 5 several times a day.

     1 Cor.13:6 says, 'It [love] does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.'   This is a   another high octane additive to our oil change. Negativism is a result of what we think and fellowship with.  For example, you can overhear a   conversion at the water cooler and walk away being mad at someone you do not even know. Now the "check engine" light comes on   unexpectedly.  The "check engine" light says "walk in love, you do not know all the details."  Monitor the type of intake you allow yourself to be   exposed to.  Remember God is on the positive channel.

     1 Cor.13:7 says, 'Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its   hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].'  Bearing up under anything and everything   that comes, takes faith. You will have to 'walk by faith and not by sight' (2 Corinthians 5:7). Meditating on God's promises will keep that red light   of worry and fear from coming on in your mind. And it will keep the fluid level gauge always set at, 'Now thanks be unto God, which always   causeth us to triumph in Christ ...' ( 2 Corinthians 2:14).

     1 Cor. 13:8 says, 'Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]....'  Now this is the warranty that comes   with every step of obedience. So do not put off this oil change; but read, speak and do the Word of God today. Romans 5:5 says, '... the love of   God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost ...'.  Keep the love of God flowing and leave a mark in the earth for Christ. 

  Regular Maintenance - Better Results

  Praise God for His Love! 


                                                           Why So Far Away?  Draw Near

     We men strive to do our best in all the roles we fill.  Spiritual head, husband, father, leader, provider, protector, etc.  James 4:8 says, 'Draw   nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.  Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.'  One can say,   "See God, I am doing all that is good and right."  Even though their heart if far from Abba Father.  A great man of God said, "God doesn't need   me for anything, but I need Him for everything."  Only Father God can take care of everything, but will we allow Him to be near?

     Before one can draw near, one must remove what separates them from God.  Sin always causes a separation between us and a Holy God.   Even Father God turned away from Jesus, when He became sin for us, on the cross.  Matthew 27:46 says, 'And about the ninth hour, Jesus   cried with a loud voice, saying, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?"  Another sign that sin is separating one from God, is their   prayers are not answered.  Psalms 66:18 says, 'If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.'  Before one can draw near to   God, they have to clean up their life.  This starts by being a doer of 1 John 1:9 it says, 'If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to   forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.'

     How does one draw near to God?  Psalms 51:7 says, 'The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You   will not despise.'   A humble and honest heart will always have the Father's attention.  Psalms 100:4 says, 'Enter into His gates with   thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.'  This should be a daily occurrence in one's life; not just   at 10:20 am Sunday.  Hebrews 4:16 says, 'Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to   help in time of need.'  Run to God, for He is your Father and He loves you.  Even if one has to fall down on their knees, lift up their hands and   cry out; "Oh God, I need You to help me, thank you and bless Your Holy Name!"  Hebrews 11:6 says, 'But without faith it is impossible to please   Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a re warder of them that diligently seek Him.'  One has to believe to   receive all that God has said and promised, He will do.

     Now do not make drawing to God, a seven step do it yourself home project.  One draws near to God out of a whole hearted love for the   Father.  Psalms 42:1-2 says, 'As the deer panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.  My soul thirsts for God,   for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God'  Draw near with an intense, driving love.  To walk and talk with God in the   cool of day, like Adam did.  Whatever the Father commands of you do it with exceeding great joy.  No bible outlines, devotionals, study material;   just be a man after God's own heart.  Psalms 73:28 [amp.] says, 'But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord   God and made Him my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.'

  I will never be drawn away -

  When pursuing to be near, my Father God.


                                                                    What Are You Thinking?

     The battle field of the mind is a daily battle. The world, people and circumstances battle for our thoughts and attention. These distractions can   draw our attention away from, and keep us thinking contrary to the Word of God. Hebrews 4:12 says, 'For the word of God is quick, and   powerful, and sharper than any two- edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a   discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.'  Only feeding on the Word of God, can give us a strategy to win this battle of the mind. When   we change those old thought patterns and get the mind of Christ, then we can dominate by thinking God thoughts. So let's get God's thoughts   flowing.

     In Proverbs 23:7 it says, 'For as he thinks in his heart, so is he .....'  Life happens from the inside out. Our thinking paints an image on the   inside, that is eventually seen on the outside. Someone who sees themselves as poor on the inside, will make choices that keep them in lack.   On the other hand, someone who sees themselves as successful will have a hard time failing. If we want to change the outside, we have to   change the inside first by renewing our mind. Romans 12:2 says, 'And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of   your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.'  A mind conformed to the world's thoughts brings   weakness, uncertainty and a lot of, ... "I'm afraid so." Renewal of the mind begins by meditating in the Word of God. This action gives vision to   what God's will for your life is. Meditation brings revelation. Revelation activates a transformation on the inside. This transformation creates a   strong, growing faith in God.

     There are clear steps in the Word of God, one can take to renew the mind. The first step is 'casting down' thoughts that are contrary to the   Word of God. 2 Corinthians 10:4, 5 says, 'For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of   strongholds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every   thought to the obedience of Christ.'  I know it seems extreme to take every thought and see if it lines up with the scripture. But to have God's   best in your life, that is what you must do.  For example, I say this when negative thoughts come, "I rebuke that thought in the name of Jesus.   The thoughts of the Righteous are pure and true, and I am the righteousness of God in Christ."  My mind becomes clear and those negative   thoughts leave.  Sometimes those negative and unbelieving thoughts are persistent.  Then you have to be even more persistent in your   confession of the Word of God. Hebrews 4:14 says, ......'let us hold fast to our profession (confession)."

     The next step is replacing negative thoughts with God's thoughts. Philippians 4:8 says, 'Finally, brethern, whatsoever things are true,   whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever   things are a good report: if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.'  This is God's strategy to win the battle   over the mind and create a life that glorifies Him!  We can replace the negative thoughts with God thoughts and have victory everyday. The Holy   Spirit will help and teach you how to think this way.  Praise the Lord! Think on these things!

     What is the benefit to changing the way we think? Romans 8:6 says, 'For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is   life and peace.'  I think all of us could take some more life and peace, right about now. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, 'For God did not give us a spirit of   fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.'   That is a calm, well balanced, disciplined and self-controlled mind. This path of victory is   for everyone who will believe and do these steps.  I cannot think of any reason not to put these truths into practice every day. 

     Until next time, be a do-er of Colossians 3:2 [amp.] which says, 'And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher   things), not on the things that are on the earth.'  Think of the word 'set', like cementing a post in the ground. You and your thoughts cannot   be moved.

   Higher thoughts lead to a higher life.


                                                      Transformed Into Another Man

     When the Spirit of the Lord comes upon a man, for a period of time, they appear to be another man.  A vessel totally used and filled by God.   1 Samuel 10:6 says, 'And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you shall prophesy with them, and shall be turned into another man.'   This was a prophecy by Samuel to Saul, who later become the king of Israel.  Are you a transformed man, since being born again?  And   continually being transformed?

     In 1 Samuel 10:9 it says, 'And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those   signs came to pass that day.'  That is what happens when one is born again.  The very Spirit, nature, person of Abba Father is birthed in them.   Ezekiel 36:26,27 says, 'A new heart will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your   flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall heed My   ordinances and do them.'  Even with all those supernatural signs Saul experienced.  He still ended up going down a path of disobedience and   early destruction.

     A believer today can fall away, it that transforming experience doesn't continue.  Romans 12:2 says, 'And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.'  The   mind is in the soul part of man, and needs to be renewed on a daily basis, with the Word of God.  Otherwise being conformed to this world; will   be the end result.  Renewing one's mind is a two step process, to being continually transformed.  The first step is meditation.  Joshua 1:8 says, 'This book of the law shall not depart out of my mouth; but you shall meditate it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is   written: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and have good success.'  Meditating the Word, is simply taking one verse from your bible   reading and thinking and saying it all day long.  The second is obeying what God's Word says.  Day by day one begins to think and act more   and more like their Heavenly Father.

      In Ephesians 4:23-24 it says, 'And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that you put on the new man, which after God is   created in righteousness and true holiness.'  This is how the Lord is going to use us in powerful ways; by the renewing of one's mind for   transformation.  2 Corinthians 5:17 says, 'Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are past away; behold, all   things are become new.'   Going from the old man to the new man is a miracle.  The complete transforming of one's total being is a work, a   task, an assignment.  After a few weeks, one will not recognize themselves, and likewise those who knew them from before.

   Do not fall into conformity.

   Rise to be transformed in Jesus Christ!


                                                               How Do You See Yourself

    Much of what our lives look like is a result of how we perceive ourselves. Proverbs 23:7 says, 'For as he thinks in his heart, so is he!'  That   self image, either positive or negative, is created through different channels.  Image is created by what we see, hear, our past experiences, our   culture and people we associate with. Over time what we believe and what we say produce the boundaries or limitations in our lives.  Life flows   from the inside, the 'unseen'; to the outside, the seen. The Word of God can create a heavenly image, that is extremely different from the   world's image for you. Genesis 1:26 says, 'And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.....'  Come let us get back to looking   at the Word, and living like our Creator desires for us to live.

     Many people suffer from a poor self image. Now if we have a self image that is negative and not positive, then let's look at the source. The   world says positive thinking, exercise and a healthy diet can help to change a poor self image. The truth is that our self image starts on the   inside not the outside.  What you do in your own strength cannot bring eternal change inside. Only the Word of God can bring a total   transformation of one's inner self image.

     The Bible's step by step, daily program, for image change is found in Proverbs 4:20-27:

 'My son attend to my words; incline your ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your   heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the   issues of life. Put away from you a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from you. Let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids   look straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left:   remove your foot from evil.'

 Step 1. 'Keep the Word of God in the midst of your heart.'  Prayerfully spend time seeing, hearing and doing what the Word of God tells you   daily. (Joshua 1:8.)

 Step 2. 'Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life.'   A continual upkeep and strengthening of this godly image is a   must. Our life's success, increase and prosperity flows from the heart. This image building has to be priority, even more important than old   associations that were negative. (Psalm 115:14.)

 Step 3. 'Put a froward mouth away from you.'  Our mouth is a amplifier of what is on the inside.  A negative mouth can hinder the building of a   positive godly image. (Matthew 12:34.)

 Step 4. 'Remove your foot from evil.'  Make your decisions on what the Word of God says, and not on your own understanding or the opinions   of others. (Psalm 119:11)

 There is so much more that can be shared about these scriptures. I do encourage you to take these verses before the Lord. Let the Holy Spirit open up your understanding, and apply them in your life. You will begin to live a life that is beyond anything you could imagine.

      Here is another powerful key, to creating a royal godly image. Romans 13:14 amplified says, 'But clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus   Christ (the Messiah), and make no provisions for [indulging] the flesh [put a stop to thinking about the evil cravings of your physical   nature] to [gratify is]  desires (lusts).'  I am not telling your what you can or cannot do. You humbly go to God yourself and ask Him to show   you those things that hinder your relationship with Him. Be bold enough to make the change. These changes will open your eyes to see yourself   as God sees you.  James 4:6,10 says, 'But He gives more grace. Wherfore he says, God resisteth the proud, but gives grace unto the humble.   Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.'   As you conform your life to the Word of God, the supernatural grace and   favor of God will manifest in your life.  Meditate and confess Philippians 4:13 which says, 'I can do all things through Christ who   strengthens me.'  Until next time, keep your eyes on the Word of God, and be conformed to the image of Christ, (Romans 8:29).

   Praise God for His image of me.

                           

                                                                      Are You Born Again?

       This is not some esoteric, theological, uninterpretable question with some ulterior meaning.  Are you born again?  Yes or no, that is all that   needs to be said. If the answer is yes, then a confident smile should be seen on your face. If the answer is full of explanations such as, 'I go to   this church', or 'My family history has been in a certain denomination', or 'I believe there is a God', or 'I have a bible' ..... and so on; then the   need  to get this eternal question answered is of high priority. 2 Corinthians 6:2 says, '...behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is   the  day of salvation.'   Praise the Lord!  There is good news in the third chapter of the book of John for you today.

       In the gospel of John 3:1-21, Jesus is having a conversation with a Pharisee leader named Nicodemus. In John 3:3 Jesus says, 'Verily,   verily,  I say unto you, except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.'  The Kingdom of God does not make sense to     our five natural senses or to our mind. Being born again is what happens to our spirit on the inside. In the miracle of the new birth, the Holy   Spirit recreates your spirit (the real you) into a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, 'Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new   creation: old things are past away; behold, all things are become new.'   That is not just made over, but made totally brand new. You are   not just a old sinner saved by grace.  You are saved by grace through faith, and now you are more than a over-comer in Christ. Now you have   the very life and nature of God in you.

       Nicodemus could not understand this truth with his highly trained religious mind. Nicodemus's spirit was not reborn, or made new. If it had   been, then the reality of the kingdom of God would not have been a mystery to him. We could say that he did not have his radio (or spirit) tuned   to the God station. In John 3:6 Jesus says, 'That which is born of the flesh is flesh: and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.'  You   cannot contact God in fellowship using your mind only. God is a spirit, not a state of mind or a feeling. In John 4:24 Jesus says, 'God is a spirit;   and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.'  Remember that we are created in the image and likeness of God   (Genesis 1:26). God is spirit, and so are we. We are either spiritually dead or spiritually alive in Christ.

       You may be asking, how do I become born again? Romans 10:9-10 says, 'That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus,   and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart, man believeth unto   righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.'  Think of your relationship with God like a partnership. We do the   natural and God does the supernatural. In the new birth, we believe with our heart, and confess with our mouth Jesus is Lord and then we   receive righteousness and salvation from God. Second Corinthians 5:21 says, 'For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we   might be made the righteousness of God in Him.'  You have to believe the Word of God in your heart by faith, and believe that it is the truth.   Then you confess with our mouth: "Father God, I come to You in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I repent and ask You to forgive me of my   sin  and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Come into my heart and be my Savior and Lord. And by the power of the Holy Spirit, I will live   my life for you, forever! Amen and Amen! Now you immediately inherit eternal life and your spirit is reborn. 1 Peter 2:9 says, '{He}...who has   called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.'

       Now Jesus shows Nicodemus the heart of God. In John 3:16 Jesus says, 'For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son,   that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.' This everlasting life does not just mean some day, way up in   heaven, but it's for you today. That means zoe life - the God kind of life, right here and right now for you. What a new birth! What an amazing   love! What a new life! Stay saturated with the Word of God daily. Keep as much of this world's words, thoughts and beliefs far from you. In John   6:63 Jesus says, '...the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.'

 Can I get a witness?   

                                      Filled With The Holy Spirit?

        There is a dimension of God's presence and power, a deeper walk that happens after the filling of the Holy Spirit.  Acts 9:17 says, 'And       Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, "Brother Saul, the Lord even Jesus that appeared   unto you in the way as you came, has sent me, that you may receive your sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit."  The infilling of the   Holy Spirit is an experience that even Apostle Paul needed to fulfill God's plan for his life, and also His plan for our own lives.  Every believer   has access to the deeper dimension of God's presence and power in their lives.  Let us allow the Word of God to enlighten us on the Holy Spirit   and His benefits.

        When we are born again, the Holy Spirit comes to live in our spirit.  The new birth is the most important event one needs to have, for   a relationship with God: but there is more.  In Acts 1:8 Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for a endument of power, when the   Holy Spirit comes upon them.  Even though all of the 120 in the upper room were believers, yet they still needed something more to     quip them to proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth.  Acts 2:4 says, 'And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and begun to   speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.'  Only a believer can receive this experience, since the Holy Spirit has   to be on the inside already.  In Acts 19:1-6 Apostle Paul meets some disciples who have repented and believed in Jesus.  And in verse 6   it says, 'And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spake with tongues, and   prophesied.' 


       These believers received the Holy Spirit and spoke with tongues.  Can you live a good life, serve God, and go to heaven without   being filled with the Spirit?  Yes, but to walk in the greater works (John14:12), the power of the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:8) is needed to have a   deeper dimension of God.  Philip, a man full of the Holy Spirit, in Acts 6:3-5 went to Samaria and revival broke out.  People were healed   and delivered from unclean spirits.  In Acts 6:8 it says, 'And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the   people.'  This is not just for a select few, but for all.  Both Phillip and Stephen were serving tables but with the empowerment of the Holy   Spirit, their lives were changed.  In Mark 16:17 Jesus said, "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they   cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;"  That means everyone that believes is eligible for this infilling. Glory to God!


        The sign that reveals that the infilling of the Holy Spirit has happened to a believer, is speaking in tongues.  Speaking in tongues is a   heavenly prayer language, given by the Holy Spirit, we give articulation, by yielding our tongue to the utterance.  First Corinthians   14:2,14 says, 'For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth   him;  howbiet in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.  For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is   unfruitful.'   Our mind, and other people, will not understand what is being said.  When we are speaking in tongues by the Holy Spirit,   we  are speaking to God only.  The gift of tongues referred to in first Corinthians 12:10, can also manifest as another known language as   the Spirit wills.  But more often this heavenly language that comes from the Holy Spirit through your spirit and out of your mouth.  These   tongues will sound very strange to your ear, but on the inside of you a river of joy, peace, and boldness for God will flow (John 7:38).


        Some of the benefits of praying in tongues is are edification and greater boldness to witness for the Lord.  In First Corinthians 14:4 it   says, 'He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifies himself .....'   In a world of negativity, this is good news.  You can speak in   tongues anytime and anywhere and be edified.  In Jude v.20 it says, 'But you, beloved building up yourselves on your most holy   faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.'   When you pray in tongues, it is like your faith grows roots, so that you will be anchored when the   winds of life blow.  Another benefit is that when you study and read the Word of God, those verses that seemed to be a mystery will   become crystal clear.  The Holy Spirit will guide us into the truth of God's Word (John 15:26, John 26:13,15).  The Holy Spirit empowers   us to be bold witnesses for Christ.  In Acts 1:8 Jesus said, "But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you:   and you shall be witnesses unto be both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the   earth."  One becomes a more effective and bolder witness for God, after the infilling of the Holy Spirit, in word and in deed.

  It is the same Holy Spirit, just a different life experience!                                                                                                                              

                               You Have Resurrection Benefits

    We are getting to that time of the year, when the story of our Lord's death, burial, and resurrection is in the forefront of our thinking again.   Why do we need a special day on the calender to stir us up about God's love? Colossians 3:2 says, 'Set your mind on things above, not on   things on the earth.'  Let us set our minds to remember what Jesus did for us on the cross and the meaning of His resurrection from the dead.   Join me in meditating on this living truth and its benefits today.

      In Psalms 103:2-5 it says, 'Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all our iniquities; who heals all   our diseases. Who redeems our life from destruction; who crowns us with loving kindness and tender mercies; Who satisfies our   mouths with good things; so that our youth is renewed like the eagle's.'  What a prophetic psalm the Holy Spirit gave to King David. This   Psalms speaks of the benefits that Jesus paid the price for us to have today. These promises are made available to us by faith in Jesus Christ   and in His resurrection. I want to look at each of these benefits in the light of the new testament. How these benefits work in our relationship   with God (spiritually) and with others (naturally).

     'Who forgives all our iniquities.'  Iniquity is the same as sin, committed against God and others, in disobedience to the Word of God. In the   resurrection our past sins are wiped away by the atoning blood of Jesus (Heb. 9:22). Romans 4: 7,8 amplified says, 'Blessed and happy and to   be envied are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered up and completely buried. Blessed and happy and to be envied   is the person of whose sin the Lord will take no account nor reckon it against him.'  Our wonderful God not only forgave us, but also forgets our   wrong doing.  Ephesians 4:32 says, 'And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christs sake has   forgiven you.'   Whatever wrong has been done to you, forgive and forget it. Having a chip on your shoulder or wearing your feelings on your   sleeve, only leaves one weak and hindered in life.

      'Who heals all our diseases.'  Yes, God said, "All of them!" That means all disease, from a headache to the incurable disease. Matthew   8:17 [amp.] says, 'And thus He fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah. He Himself took [in order to carry away] our weaknesses and   infirmities and bore away our diseases.'  At the cross, Jesus took all pain and suffering that disease causes, so we do not have to have it. The   healing power of God is available all the time. Confess, "By His stripes I am healed according to 1 Peter 2:24." And believe in your heart, that   this promised benefit is yours. Hold fast to what you say and believe, until your healing manifestation comes. James 5:16 says, 'Confess your   faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.'   Sometimes receiving our healing can be hindered by unforgiveness towards another.  "Forgive and be healed."  Then you can be used by God   to minister healing to others.

      'Who redeems our life from destruction.'  In the resurrection, Jesus took our place, bore the curse of the law and redeemed us from   destruction.  With this promise, everything now comes out for our good, not for evil. Galatians 3:13 says, 'Christ has redeemed us from the   curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree:.'  That curse is not on us or in us any   longer.  We are redeemed from the curse.  Praise the Lord!  Colossians 4:5 says, 'Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the   time.'  Our witness to this living truth can draw those without Christ to Him - out of darkness into His marvelous light.

       'Who crowns us with loving kindness and tender mercies.'  In the resurrection, we were made alive together with Christ and crowned   with His unmerited favor (Eph 2: 4-6). God has given us undeserved favor and blessings. Titus 3:5 says, 'Not by works of righteousness which   we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.'  God's love and   mercy for us is always available to us. In Matthew 5:7 Jesus says, "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy."   We reap mercy from   others, when we sow mercy to others.

       'Who satisfies our mouths with good things.'  Through the resurrection, the curse was destroyed that the blessing of Abraham could   come upon believers in Christ (Gal 3:14).  By faith, we have no more lack or need, for we have more than enough in Christ. Second Corinthians   8:9 says, 'For we know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His   poverty might be rich.'  This is not to be covetous, but to give much to bless many. Acts 20:35 says, 'I have showed you all things, how that so  laboring you ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." '

       'Youth is renewed like the eagles.'  This is a supernatural strength. Romans 8:11 says, 'But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from   the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.'  Meditate   on this verse, and weariness will leave.  Hebrews 10:24 says, 'And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.'  Encouraging each other to pursue God, can also renew our strength.

        By faith, the benefits of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross and resurrection flow from God to us and through us to others.   Everyone is blessed and becomes a beneficiary of the love of God.  Here is a quick review of our Godly benefits in Christ.

 1.  Practice forgiveness, for God forgave you.

2. Do not accept any disease or sickness, for by Christ's stripes you were healed.

 3.  Stand firm in your faith, that you will always be delivered and put out of harms way.

 4.  If you fall, you can always get back in fellowship with God. God's mercy and love is always there for you.

 5.  Declare that, "Good, great and marvelous things are always happening for me. God is good and He loves me!"

 6.  You are a lot younger on the inside, than how you may feel, despite your age. The supernatural life of God is in you now.

 John 10:10 Jesus says, "The thief comes, but to steal, and kill, and destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might   have it more abundantly."

  Live the Resurrection Today!

  God's best be yours.


                                                                 What Is Your Position?

        Being born again puts your life in a special place in God, where you never were before. Colossians 1:3 [amp.] says, '[The Father] has   delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the Kingdom of the   Son of His love.'  Being born again puts you in the kingdom of God, and no longer under the authority of darkness. You have switched     completely from one side to the other. We all start from the same position in the Kingdom of God. Oh! and what a high and glorious position it is.

        When you are born again you now occupy a new spiritual position in Christ. Colossians 3:3 [amp.] says, 'For [as far as this world is   concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.'  Let's compare this verse with the sport of baseball.   Imagine a baseball, a glove and a fielder. The baseball is flying through the air and is caught by a fielder with a glove. The baseball is us flying   through the air of life. The fielder represents God reaching up with His glove. The glove represents Jesus Christ catching us as a fielder catches   the baseball.  You cannot see the baseball after it goes into the glove. The fielder pulls the glove to Himself, and wraps His arms around the   glove. Your life is now hidden in Christ in God, just like that baseball in the glove. Your position has changed. You now dwell in Christ in God.   Praise the Lord!

        Having your life hidden in Christ, makes the Lord your caretaker. Now you have access to His strength, His ability and His wisdom. An   image of your life being hidden in Christ in God, is seen in Ephesians 2:4-6 where it says, 'But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love   wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace you are saved;) And has   raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.'   This is a truth that we need revelation knowledge to   begin to see and live.  Revelation knowledge comes by meditating in the Word of God daily. Did you see that three letter word in verse 6...'made   us SIT in HEAVENLY PLACES'?  Not only are we in heavenly places by faith, but we are also sitting down. We are no longer strangers, but now   we are of the family of God. Everything Father God gave Jesus to have, we have in the name of Jesus.

        This is not a passive position, sitting on a cloud up there somewhere. This is an active position of authority which covers all areas of our   lives.  Exercising this authority produces a victorious, overcoming, prosperous life.  And how high is this position in Christ, compared to   everything else?  Ephesians 1:21 says, 'For above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named,   not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.'  This is a place of authority and rulership in Christ Jesus where we are seated in   heavenly places. In Christ in God you can handle anything. In Christ in God you are far above it all. This is your born again position now and   forever. Do not let anyone talk you down.

         Being seated in Christ in heavenly places does not mean you can coast through life challenge free. No, the tests and trials of life come to   everyone.  In Matthew 7:24-27 Jesus said,"Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a   wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that   house; and if fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be   likened unto a foolish man, that built his house upon the sand; And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew,   and  beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it."  The rock is the Word of God, and the Word is Jesus. (John 1:14.) This is   why it is so vital that you conform your life to the Word of God. This is done by daily bible reading, praying, meditating scripture; as well as   getting quiet to listen to God and doing all that He tells you to do. When the rain is coming down, the wind is blowing and the floods are arising   in life; you can have a dry and secure place to stand. Psalm 34:19 says, 'Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him   out of them all.'  This is a good time to shout!

        Hear, believe and obey the Word of God today.  In Deuteronomy 28:13 it says, 'And the Lord will make you the head, and not the tail;   and you shall be above only, and shall not be beneath; if you hearken unto the commandments of the Lord your God, which I   command to you this day, to observe and to do them.'  Amen. Until next time, meditate and speak Deuteronomy 28:1-14 over your life,   again and again.

   Praise The Lord! Mighty Men of God.

         

                                                                       Is God With You?

     We hope and pray that God is with us; in our plans and life goals.  1 Chronicles 17:2 says, 'Then Nathan said to David, "Do all that is in   your heart, for God is with you."  There are biblical signs in one's life that prove, God is with them.  As their savior and lord.  Let one examine   this question personally, or be fooled by assumption, that God was with them.

        There is favor and prosperity, to bless others.  Genesis 39:2,21 says, 'And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and   he was in the house of his master Egyptian.'  'But the Lord was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the   keeper of the prison.'  Favor and prosperity was in Joseph's life, whether in prison or the palace.  That sounds great, but how does one know   that God is with them?  Luke 17:21 Jesus said, "Neither shall they say, look here: or, look there: for behold, the kingdom of God is within   you."   God being with us is not for some select chosen few.  Divine favor and supernatural prosperity is already loaded into every born again   man.  A steady proof should be seen by all.  Zechariah 8:23 says, '..... we will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.'  When   people see God's favor on one's life, they want to be around them.

         God is with one in protection.  Isaiah 8:10 says, 'Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.'   Whatever the threats or plots of the enemy against one, they shall all come to nothing.  Romans 8:31 says, 'What shall   we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can stand against us?'   There is nothing in the Earth or Hell that can defeat those, God   is with.

         There is a display of power, authority, and dominion in one's life, just like Jesus.  John 3:2 says, 'The same came to Jesus by night, and   said unto Him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that you do, except God be with   him.'   Miracles are not uncommon for the man God is with.  Acts 10:38 says, 'How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and   with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.'  Evil has no right to afflict the   one who the Lord most high is with.  Who resists the devil in faith.

         Even though one has God within them. The outward proof of favor, protection, and power is still the responsibility of the believer.                    2 Chronicles 15:1-2 says, 'And the spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Obed: And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, "Hear   me Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; the Lord is with you, while you be with Him; and if you seek Him, He will be found of you; but if   you forsake Him, He will forsake you."  God's ways and words have not changed. They are eternally just and true.  Seek, love, obey, and   stay true to God; and He will be with you always.

   God is with me!

   Shall be your testimony today.

                                 

                                                                        Can You Forget?

     How do you keep the past from limiting your future? This is one of those "easier said than done" things. We all have a past and there are   things said and done, that we would rather not think about. Yet there are days when those past images or actions, greatly effect the present and   the future. The Word of God imparts to us a supernatural forgetting ability, that overrides past facts with bible truths. As we look into the Word of   God today, receive God's empowerment to forget the past and remove all limitations out of your life.

       One of the definitions of the word "forget" in the Webster's dictionary is, 'To be unable to remember'. Isaiah 43:25 [amp] says, 'I, even I, am   He who blots out and cancels your transgressions, for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins.' Wow! Father God who knows   everything about everything, decided to forget our past sins, shortcomings and mistakes. God chooses to remember only good things about us.   Jeremiah 29:11 says, 'For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an   expected end.'  This sounds like a loving parent talking about their children. God thinks and plans His best for us; not according to what we   have done, but according to His love for us. Amen!

       In Philippians 3:13,14 it says, 'Brethern, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things that   are behind, and reaching forth unto those things that are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in   Christ Jesus.'  This is the Apostle Paul writing to the Philippian's church, telling them what he does about his past. We know that Paul was   once a murderer and zealous persecutor of Christians. He tried to stomp out the preaching of Jesus.  After he was born again on the Damascus   road, he had to forget all that he had done, and others opinions of him, in order to obey God. Past failures can cause one to live within the   boundaries of inferiority and condemnation. Thus making what the Word of God says about them; hard to believe, act upon and experience its   reality.

       One can find ourselves just hearing the Word and not doing the Word. James 1:25 says, 'But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty,   and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the wor[d], this man shall be blessed in his deed.'  Nobody drives their car   forward looking in the rear view mirror, right?  When we set our focus on who God says we are, not what the past mistakes say we are; then we   are doing the Word. Colossians 3:2 [amp] says, 'And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the   things that are on the earth.'  Consistently believing, saying and doing what the Word says, will wash away all of the limitations of your past   for good.

       This action of forgetting our past allows 'the Love of God that is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost' (Romans 5:5) to manifest in   our relationships with others. First Corinthians 13:5 [amp] says, '...Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own way, for it is not self-   seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].'   When we forget our past, then we also can forget how others have wronged us in the past.  Allowing negative past experiences to linger in our   memories, causes unforgiveness, bitterness and envying to harden our hearts against others. An antidote is found in Romans12:2 that says, 'And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and   acceptable, and perfect, will of God.'  Renewing our minds with the Word of God will cause that forgetting power to manifest. Now, thoughts   of unforgiveness if not dealt with by forgiving and forgetting, will ultimately separate us from God. The bible definition for forgiveness is to forget.   In Mark 11:26 Jesus says, 'But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your tresspasses.' This is no light   matter!!

       A great verse to meditate on is 2 Corinthians 5:17 which says, 'Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are   past away; behold, all things are become new.'  

   Let this Truth set you free!

 

                                                                 Trouble?  Sin or Ignorance

       We know in this temporal world, there is going to be trouble.  Also the easiest way to explain the trouble, is to blame somebody else.  While   doing some self examination and increasing one's understanding, of how the spiritual realm works.  A lot of those constant nagging troubles can   be removed from any one's life.  Psalms 46:1 says, 'God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.'  Let us receive help to   remove trouble by God's Word and the Holy Spirit.

        Sin is the open door for trouble.  Especially when one knows, that their actions are biblicaly defined as sin. There are lists of sinful actions   in Galatians 5:19-21 or 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, and others in the Bible.  Romans 6:23 says, 'For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is   eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.'  The wages of sin can be paid out in many troubles in one's life.  Galatians 6:7 says, 'Be not   deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.'  Why would one keep sinning and adding more trouble   to their life? So repent, get it under the blood of Jesus, and make those righteous changes.  1 John 1:9 says, 'If we confess our sins, He is   faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.'  The greatest help one can have in the midst of trouble, is   the good shepherd. Psalms 66:18 says, 'If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.'  The Lord will not hear one's prayer for   help, and be of any help; if known sin is still being willfully practiced.

       One can say, "Why is this happening to me?"  Hosea 4:6 says, 'My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, because they have   rejected knowledge ......'  One cannot claim ignorance for their trouble, when knowledge has been rejected.  One has to make it their   personnel priority to know the truth. There are a lot of christian influences one can have in their life.  Even though those people want to help,   they are limited to what they know.  James 1:5 says, 'If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and   upraideth not; and it shall be given him.'  Ask, study the Word of God, seek through prayer, and revelation by the Holy Spirit. In 2 Corinthians   2:11 which says, 'Lest satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.'  The devil is always looking for cracks of   ignorance in one's knowledge of the Truth, and their rights in Jesus Christ. One has to be aware and alert of those 'devices'; in thoughts,   assumptions, lies, feelings, and temptations.

   Jesus is the answer to all trouble.


                                                                     Check Up On Your Focus


       The changes in this present day seem to be coming at us like water through a fire hose. Day to day needs are shouting at us for our   undivided attention. The believer has to be vigilant in keeping his focus on what is really important; that is, the advancement of the kingdom of   God in the earth. In Matthew 6:33 Jesus said, "But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be   added unto you."  This phrase "seek first the kingdom of God" from our Savior and Lord was not a suggestion, but a command. If we have   allowed anything else to steal our focus, then let us make those adjustments by looking into the Word of God for clarity.

       Focus is defined in the Webster's dictionary as 'a center of interest or activity.' Where we place our attention is where we direct our focus.   Jesus tells us where to place our focus - 'to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.'  This is the core or bedrock of our christian   life. Here are some questions that will help locate our center of focus. Am I doing everything I can to help spread the gospel over all the world?   What is my part in God's master plan? Am I renewing my mind to think God's thoughts? The answers to these focus questions can bring peace   and direction to our lives. When our lives become too busy then our focus gets distorted. James 1:8 [amp.] says, '[For being as he is] a man of   two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].'  You may   have so many irons in the fire, that you find yourself asking if you will ever have enough time to seek God and obey Him. This is a place of   instability and unanswered prayers. James 1:6-7 says, '..... for he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.  For let   not that man think that he will shall receive anything of the Lord.'  Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place. Focusing on what   God's Word has all the answers to lifes problems.

        One the ways of spreading the gospel is by giving finances to the gospel. The kingdom of God operates by sowing and reaping. We give to   God not when we can, not when its convenient, not when we win the lottery; but as the Holy Spirit directs. Follow the leading of God, and do not   let needs or pressures change your giving to God. Philippians 4:19 says, 'But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in   glory by Christ Jesus.'  If the Holy Spirit tells you to give a certain amount to a ministry, then obey and allow God to bless you. God can   handle the rent and the light bill. In Luke 6:38 Jesus said, "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken   together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete withal it shall be measured to   you again."  If you focus on the kingdom of God, then He becomes your care-taker. First Peter 5:7 says, 'Casting all your care upon Him; for   He careth for you.'

       The kingdom of God is all about people coming to a saving knowledge of God. In Matthew 9:37,38 Jesus said, "...the harvest truly is   plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest."  Focus on your witness for Christ, in word and deed. Whether you are near or far, whether you send or go; it is all for one purpose, for others to know Christ!

        Is your focus in this life a little hazy and is it hard to see clearly? Hebrews 12:1,2 will clear things up, 'Therefore seeing we also are   compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin that so easily beset us, and let us run   with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set   before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.'  Heaven is full of those   who did not lose their focus on the kingdom of God. They made it, so can we.

   Let your focus be a Heavenly focus!


                                                                        Biblical To Do List

       With fall approaching, comes a list of things to do before winter. In following the Lord, we also get a to-do list and a not-to-do list. Often with   more emphasis on the 'not-to-do list'. This not only invites rebellion, but can lead to condemnation. These things short circuit the power of God   in our lives, preventing us from doing the 'to-do list' successfully. Focus on doing the "do's," and you will not do the "don't's".

        Let's look at I Thessalonians 5:15-22 [amplified version]. Here is a 'to do list' that will keep one far away from trouble and problems. Verse   15 says, 'See that none of you repays another with evil for evil, but always aim to show kindness and seek to do good to one another   and to everybody.'  Approach every one with the thought of blessing them, no matter what they did or said to you. For our heavenly father acts   and thinks this way towards us. Jeremiah 29:11 says, 'For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and   not of evil, to give you an expected end.'

        In verse 16 it says, 'Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always).' So lift up your hands and shout,"   Praise The Lord, God is so good to me!"  This keeps you strong and unmovable in this life. Nehemiah 8:18 says, '... for the joy of the Lord is   your strength.'

        In verse 17 it says, 'Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly].' Stand in faith believing what the Word of God says in prayer, until   the answer shows up. In Mark 11:23 Jesus says, "...and he shall have whatsoever he saith."

        In verse 18 it says, 'Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is   the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [The Revealor and Mediator of that will].'  We are not to be thankful for the negative and   evil things. We are to be thankful for the promises and the goodness of God. If you are weak, say "I am strong in the Lord." If you are sick, say   "By Christ's stripes I am healed." If you are in lack, say "God is providing abundantly for me."

        In verses 19-20 it says, 'Do not quench (surpress or subdue) the [Holy] Spirit. Do not spurn the gifts and utterances of the   prophets [do not depreciate prophetic revelations nor despise inspired instruction or exhorting or warning].'  Check everything you   hear by the Word of God. Check your own heart to see if that word brings life and blessing or not. Stay teachable and humble. The best way to   flow with the Spirit of God, is to be a doer of the Word of God (James 1:22).

        In verse 21 it says, 'But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast.'  We are encouraged in   Hebrews 10:23 says, 'Let us hold fast the profession of our hope without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised).'  Hold fast to God's Word   no matter what may come your way. In John 8:32 Jesus said, "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

        In verse 22 it says, 'Abstain from evil [shrink from it and keep aloof from it] in whatever form or whatever kind, it may be.'  You will   be swimming up stream on this one. You may even find yourself standing alone. James 4:4 says, '..... know not that the friendship of the world   is enmity with God?'  We must stay on God's side on all the issues of life in these last days. Deuteronomy 30:19 says, 'I call heaven and earth   to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed   may live:'

        What is the benefit if one consistently does this to-do list in their life. Look at I Thessalonians 5:23,24 it says, 'And the very God of peace   sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus   Christ. Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it.'  This to-do list will set you free, not stress you out.

  Meditate Joshua 1:8

  Be Blessed!


                                                                          Turn The Light On

         Have you ever said to anyone or had it said to you, "Turn the light on!" When the light was turned on you found what you were looking for.   The word light is used in many ways. Today I want to use the word "light" to describe the Word of God.  Psalms 119:105 says, 'Your   word is a   lamp to my feet and a light to my path.'  There are answers to life's challenges when we look at them in the light of the Word of God. So join   me today in getting rid of those shadows and seeing more clearly the way we should go.

         I find it odd how those of us who are Christians, will go to great lengths to try solve our own problems. Despite our failed attempts, we   continue to do the same things over and over, thinking next time it will work. We stub our toes, twist our ankles only to later fall on our faces.   Then finally we turn to the Word of God as a last resort; when that should have been the first place we looked. Psalm 119:130 [amp.] says, 'The   entrance and unfolding of Your words give light; their unfolding gives understanding (discernment and comprehension) to the   simple.'  Every time you open your Bible to read, you are receiving light and understanding from God. Yet we treat the Word as a 'ten minute   devotional' in our daily routine - like brushing our teeth. This is like trying to find something in a dark room by turning the light on and off over   and over. We have to keep the light on to really see. Psalm 119:133 says, 'Order my steps in thy word ...'  Spend time in the Word until the   Word speaks back to you. Then up from your spirit you will hear "Yes I can see that now." Praise the Lord! You have turned the light on. Now   you know what to do, where to go and what to say.

         When you have the "light" on, it shines in your spirit and causes the life of God (or zoe) to be activated in you. "Zoe" is the divine   empowerment of God within us or the God-kind of life.* In John 6:63 Jesus says, '.... the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and   they are life.'  There is life in the Word of God. A chain reaction occurs when the light of the Word of God hits your spirit. When we receive the   Word into our heart and mix it with faith, then revelation comes forth. God's revealed Word produces direction, wisdom and blessing   immediately  in our spirits. In John 10:10 Jesus says, '.... I am come that they might have life (zoe), and that they might have it more   abundantly.'  This abundant life is found in the light of the Word of God.

         Now this verse about the light will "light" you up. First John 1:7 [amp.] says, 'But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He   [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses   (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].'   Walking in the light is simply   walking in obedience to the revelations that we have received from the Word. We receive a two-fold benefit by walking in the light. First is   fellowship with one another in a honorable, pure, and holy way. Second is a continual cleansing by the blood of Jesus that we may not even be   aware of. Things begin to work for our good. We begin to have favor with others. Our negative attitude turns positive, and discord turns into   peace - effortlessly. It's just like flipping on the light switch. Glory to God!

         In First Peter 2:9 it says, 'But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should shew forth   the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.'


 Keep walking in the Light.

 Hallelujah!

*(See Kenneth Hagin's book "Zoe: The God-Kind of Life)



                                                                          " No Offence"

        As believers we have great liberty in Jesus Christ.  Yet now we are examples to the world; what a changed man speaks and acts like.  A   misrepresentation can cause others to be offended, and turn their back on God.  Acts 24:16 says, 'And here in do I exercise myself, to have   always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward man.'  There is a responsibility to one's testimony, not to offend.

        It is somewhat accepted as a social rule, not to offend others.  In Acts 24:16 we are instructed not to be an offence towards God first, and   towards man second.  In Matthew 22:37-38 Jesus said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all   your mind. This is the first and great commandment."  Loving God is obedience and walking in the truth.  Offending God is disobedience   and living in sin.  Psalms 66:18 says, 'If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.'  Known hidden sin is a offence towards   God, leaving prayers unanswered.  Romans 6:1-2 says, 'What shall we say then?  Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God   forbid.  How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?'  Less of God's grace and favor, when sin is unchecked in one's life.   Offence towards God, leads to a offence towards others. Just like no love for God, no true love for others.

        Men who are unbelievers expect a believer in Jesus to act, talk, and live.  In a complete opposite way of themselves or others; who follow   the world's standards.  Romans 4:17 says, 'Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.'  Now when one   represents the truth in word and deed, not everyone is going to be happy.  Luke 17:1 Jesus said, "It is impossible but that offences will   come: but woe unto him, though whom they come."  Let the world be mad at the Jesus in you, and keep walking in the truth.  One way to   keep from offending others, is a forgiving conscious.  Luke 17:3-4 Jesus said, "Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother tress pass against you   seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turns again to you saying, I repent: you shall forgive him."  The other way to be offence proof is   in words. James 3:2 says, '..... If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able to bridle the whole body.'

        To maintain Heaven's help in this life and a impactful testimony for Jesus Christ to others.  First no offence towards God and second no   offence towards man. Is a life of true freedom and liberty.

   No offence towards no one

   Is our standard of living.

    

                                                         Spirit, Soul and Body (part 1)        

        Have you heard of the three part nature of man? Do you know and understand what each part of you is? Are spirit and soul the same?   What part of you is the real you? In these next few blogs, these questions will be answered from the Word of God. First Thessalonians 5:23   says, 'And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless   unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.'  This verse makes it clear that there are three parts to every human being: spirit, soul and body. I   am going to say it this way, "I am a spirit, I have a soul, and I live in a body." (See Kenneth E. Hagin's mini book, (The Threefold Nature of Man.)   By the time we are done, there will be changes in your personal relationship with God, in your study of the Bible, and in how you see the world.   Warning! this may up-end your theology. Oh, well. What has theology done for you lately, anyway?

        Proverbs 20:27 says, 'The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.'  You are a spirit, your   spirit is the real you. In John 4:24, Jesus says, "God is a spirit ...."  We know from Genesis 1:26 that God made man in His own image and   likeness. From birth we are spirit beings born of the Spirit of God. Hebrews 12:9 refers to God as, 'the Father of spirits.'  Our spirit is like a hand   in a glove. The glove represents the body and the hand the spirit. The glove cannot do anything without the hand empowering the glove to   move. Likewise the body is lifeless without the spirit. In First Corinthians 9:27 it says, 'But I keep under my body, and bring IT into subjection...'  Apostle Paul is talking about his spirit when he says, "I". But when his refers to the body, he says, "it." He is saying the real   Apostle Paul is not a body, but a spirit man. Therefore the real you is an unseen spirit on the inside. You are more than just just flesh and blood,   you are a spirit.

        Just like the body and mind develop from childhood to adulthood, our spirits must also develop and mature. In the New Birth, when our   spirit is born again, we arrive as spiritual babies. Our spirits must develop into spiritual maturity. We know, even naturally, that what we eat has a   lot to do with our development. In John 6:63 Jesus says, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I   speak  unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."  The Word of God is the best food for our spiritual growth.  A daily diet of the Word of God   will feed our spirits. Exercise is also needed for proper spiritual development. We exercise our spirit by doing the word of God - by putting it into   practice. Galatians 5:16 says, 'This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.'  What we eat and how we exercise   our spirits is critical to our spiritual development. To develop your spirit is simply to read, read, read the Word of God and to do, do, do the Word   of God.

        The recreated, or born again, spirit is the only part of us that makes contact with God. Our spirit is where we are going to be guided by the   Holy Spirit in every area of life. Romans 8:14 says, 'For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.'  The Holy Spirit   will lead you through your spirit. The voice of your spirit is your conscience. Romans 8:16 says, 'The Spirit itself beareth witness with our   spirit, that we are the children of God:.'  Down on the inside of you, in your spirit, there will be an 'unction' or leading from the Holy Spirit.   First John 2:20 says, 'But you have an unction from the Holy One, and you know all things.'  This unction is like a green or red traffic light on the   inside telling you to "stop" or "go".  At times the Holy Spirit will speak specific words to you in your spirit that you can hear with your mind. The   key is to stop and listen to your spirit. Listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit inside you. Remember the Holy Spirit's unctions will always lead   you in line with the Word of God.  Proverbs 4:23 says, 'Keep your heart (or spirit) with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.'   Everything in life flows, from the inside out.

   Make this confession often: "I am a spirit, I have a soul and I live in a body."

 

                              

                                                          Spirit, Soul and Body (part 2)

        We are going to continue our study of the three fold nature of man. Remember our confession, "I am a spirit, I have a soul and I live in a   body." The soul is the gate between the spirit and the body. We are often taught the soul of man is the real man; and that the soul and spirit are   the same thing. The truth is God is a spirit, and He contacts us by our spirit only. Say with me now, "I receive understanding and revelation   about my spirit and soul in Jesus name."

        The soul is the gate between your spirit and your body. Hebrews 4:12 says, 'For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper   than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner   of the thoughts and intents of the heart.'  This verse tells us that the soul and the spirit can be divided, so they can not be the same thing.   Kenneth E. Hagin writes, "The voice of the spirit is the conscience, the voice of the soul is the intellect."  The soul is our mental realm and   consists of our mind, our will and our emotions. This is where our intellect, will and feeling reside. The truth is God is a spirit, and He contacts us   by our spirit only. The Holy Spirit tells our spirit what to do, and then our spirit reveals that to our mind. Although God does not contact us   through our souls. We still need our mind to read, understand and share God's Word with others.

        You may have heard it said that many souls were saved last year; but scripturally, we should say, many were born again last year. The new   birth happens only in our spirit. The soul is not changed at all with the New Birth experience. For instance, many believe mentally that Jesus is   the son of God, yet their spirit has not been born again. They still have the same fallen nature, and continue to live as sinners without God in   this world. Ephesians 2:12 says, 'That at that time we were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from   the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.'  When one believes from the heart and confesses with their mouth the   Lord Jesus Christ, they receive the nature of God in their spirit. Then there is an inner change that can be seen on the outside. First John 3:14   says, 'We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loves not his brother abides in death.'

         Remember our soul, or mental realm, does not change with being born again. God gives us the responsibility of renewing or changing our   own souls. Romans 12:2 says, 'And be not conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may   prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God'  We are going to have to choose to renew our minds. Our mind, a part of   our soul, makes decisions based on our senses, environment, training and experiences. Now as a born again believers, 'we walk by faith and   not by sight' (2 Corinthians 5:7). We can no longer be guided only by our physical senses and past experiences. We must learn to follow the   leading of the Holy Spirit in our spirit. We renew our own mind through studying, mediating and obeying the word of God. Why do all that? So   you will know what the will of God is about every situation and detail of your life. As you obey God's will, the blessings follow. The renewing of   the mind is a life long process. You can enjoy more of the goodness of God, by how diligent you are in the renewing of your mind.

         With a renewed mind to God's Word and a born again spirit, the body is under control. When a christian's mind is un-renewed, the carnal   or un-renewed mind along with the flesh, dominate that person's born again spirit. Romans 8:6 says, 'For to be carnally minded is death; but   to be spiritually minded is life and peace.'  I do not know about you, but I am taking life and peace. I have heard it said like this, "You pursue   your mind set!"  Where ever you set your mind, is where you will go. If you think negative, you will speak negative, and then you will experience   negative circumstances. When you think God's Word, you will speak His Word, and you have what it says: life and peace. The sooner we get   working on the renewing of our mind, the more life and peace we will enjoy!

   Keep the soul gate open to God and closed to the enemy of our soul.



                                                                  Spirit, Soul and Body (part 3)

        We are going to wrap up our study on the three fold nature of man. Remember the main truth: you are a spirit, you have a soul and you live   in a body. In this blog we will focus on the physical body, the third part of man. The voice of the body (or flesh) is the feelings or emotions. The   word of God is very clear that there is something we have to do with the body, not God. Romans 12:1 says, 'I beseech you therefore,   brethern, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable   service.'  So we have a job to do if we want God's best in our life. Men it is time to stand and take dominion over your body.

        First Corinthians 6:19-20 [amp.] says, 'Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit who lives   within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, You were brought with a price [purchased with a   preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.'  We cannot take the attitude of , "It   is my body, and I can do whatever I want with it;" or "I am not hurting anyone else, so what does it matter."  As a born again believer the fear   and reverence of God should be your mind set. Jesus was crucified, not you. Jesus went to hell so you can be redeemed by His blood. We are   not our own. This means a believer cannot see, hear, speak or do what the unbeliever does with his body. You may be thinking, this sounds like   a holiness message, or more do's and dont's. No it is the word of God. Romans 8:13 says, 'For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you   through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live.'  Stay with me now.

        First Corinthians 9:27 says, 'But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection; lest that by any means, when I have preached   to others, I myself should be a castaway.'  The Apostle Paul is talking about his spirit, dominating his flesh, through his renewed mind. The   attitude towards the flesh has to be very strong, even violent. I do not want to tell you what you can or cannot do. You will have to work this out   one-on-one with God. It is hard to say no and walk away from the desires of your flesh, especially when it comes to controlling the tongue. The   main reason to keep the body under is so that our witness for Christ is powerful. The world will watch you a whole lot closer than it will listen to   you.

        Galatians 5:16 says, 'This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh'  The definition of walking in the   spirit, is simply being a doer of the Word of God. This is a consistent obedient walk with God daily. Every time you resist the flesh you get   stronger. In time you learn how to let your spirit dominate. The question on the table is, how much of the goodness of God do you want. God is   fair and just. Why let this "earth suit" keep us from experienceing the glory and benefits in Christ now. We are not natural, having a spiritual   experience. We are a spirit having a natural experience. Glorify God in your body everyday.

  Say, "I am a spirit, I have a soul and I live in a body."       


                                                                         Longsuffering    

        Truly this is not a top ten subject, most Christians want to hear preached.  Yet longsuffering is one of the biblical characterists of a born   again believer.  Galatians 5:22 says, 'But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.'  I know the   flesh will groan, but the spirit will be glad to exemplify longsuffering.

        In the Word of God, one will see longsuffering right next to mercy, patience, gracious, or slow to wrath.  Praise God, He is longsuffering and   holding back what mankind deserves.  Exodus 34:6 says, 'And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed.  The Lord, The Lord God,   merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.'  One may have a few people in their life that cause some   longsuffering.  Yet the Lord has been trying to get man to follow Him and His ways; from the beggining.  After three months one may say, "Thats   it, I have had it with them, it is over."  Psalms 86:15 says, 'But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, lonsuffering, and   plentous in mercy and truth.'

        Why does God put up with all of us?  2 Peter 3:9,15 says, 'The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count   slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  And account   that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation....'  Longsuffering is in the very plan of God in saving the whole world.  So for the Lord to ask   us to be longsuffering with others, so they may be saved: is worth it.  How does one practice longsuffering?  Colossians 3:12-13 says, 'Put on   therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forebearing one   another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do.'  God has already been   longsuffering and forgiving towards you, so any excuse for one to be also, is removed.  A disciple of Jesus Christ is one who conforms all their   ways, to God's ways. Longsuffering is God's way. 

   "Longsuffering, Oh Lord I need grace and help to be the man You want me to be."       


               

                                                                 God's Armor - Put It On!      

        There is a protective outfit that soldiers wear in a battle called armor. We have an adversary in the battle of life and God has prepared   armor for us; but we have to put this armor on. As we put on God's armor by faith, we cannot lose in life. Ephesians 6:10-17 gives a look at this   armor we are to put on to walk victoriously. What benefit is this spiritual suit of armor? Ephesians 6:10-11 says, 'Finally, my brethern, be   strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of   the devil.'  So putting on the armor of God is how you stay strong in the Lord, and how to stand against the strategies of the devil. In the world,   they say "Dress for success." Men of God, let's suit up into God's armor. We need to put it on every day to walk in success.

        Ephesians 6:13-14 says, 'Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and   having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;'   We are standing on the truth of the Word of God. We plant the truth in our hearts by meditating, confessing, obeying and believing God's Word.   When we conform our life to the truth, then we can have what we say according to Mark 11:23. The belt of truth keeps us balanced and steady.   This causes Godly character to rise up in us and be seen by others around us. The breastplate of righteousness is a revelation of who we are in   Christ through His blood sacrifice. We are able to have right standing with God without the sense of guilt or condemnation. Second Corinthians   5:21 says, 'For He has made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who know no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.'

        Ephesians 6:15 says, 'And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;'  This peace gives great direction and sure   footing when everything else is shaking. 'All of wisdom's paths are peace' (Proverbs 3:17b). When you follow the peace of God, you will make   wise decisions. The devil likes to get us in a hurry to steal our peace. As we walk in peace, God is seen in us.

        Ephesians 6:16 says, 'Above all, taking the shield of faith, where with you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.'   The devil and the world are firing at us over and over again. So there is great advantage to having your shield of faith up. The enemy is after   one thing, and that is your faith. Second Corinthians 5:17 says, 'For we walk by faith, not by sight.'  We have to use the shield of faith or life will   be limited. When we call those things that be not as though they are (Romans 4:17). Then they shall be done. That is living! Remember Noah   preached that a flood was coming and built a ark in a drought. The world thought he was crazy, but who was riding the waves of the flood. It   does not matter what anyone else thinks or says about you.

        Ephesians 6:17 says, 'And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God:'  Salvation means   complete wholeness: spirit, soul and body. Nothing missing and nothing broken. When I am putting on my helmet of salvation, I like to meditate   on 2 Timothy 1:7 which says, 'For God has not given us the Spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.'  Finally we are told to   take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. This is the only offensive weapon in God's armor, the rest are defensive. Hebrews   4:12 says, 'For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder   of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.'   The sword of the Spirit cuts   the devil and spoils his plan against you. The sword of the Spirit also changes us from the inside out. Faith and obedience will help you in using   your sword effectively. Now having put on the whole armor of God, we are ready to stand and take dominion today and every day, in Jesus   name!

  Put on God's armor, keep the devil under your feet.



                                                                            The Marriage Gate

    Today sexual immorality is prevalent in all areas of society: even the church.  There is a gate that will keep this sin out of one's life, home,   church and community.  Hebrews 13:4 [amp.] says, 'Let marriage be held in honor (esteemed worthy, precious, of great price, and   especially dear) in all things.  And thus let the marriage bed be undefiled (kept undishonored); for God will judge and punish the   unchaste [all guilty of sexual vice] and adulterous.'  Marriage between a man and a woman, when honored, will keep all sexual sins at bay.

        Marriage is a God idea, from the beginning with Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:21-25).  Marriage between a man and a woman only, is a   covenant. Father God is a covenant keeping God: so should we with our marriage covenant.  With any covenant both parties have a   responsibility to do, for the benefits are experienced.  Ephesians 5:25 says, 'Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the   church, and gave himself for it.'   A selfless love; looking for ways to better one's wife. The wife has her part to do also, but the man is the   head. So when it comes to maintaining this gate, starts with the man.

        Honoring marriage in all things. Happens when one esteems, cherishes, values and jealously guards their marriage always.  1 Peter 3:7   says, 'Likewise, husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as   being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.'   Anything that would violate honoring one's wife, either by   what one watches, listens to or presents themselves: publicly or privately.  A good rule of thumb is to ask oneself.  "How does this decision or   action affect my marriage?"  And if we are really walking in the love of God.  One asks, "How does my actions or appearance, affect other   marriages?"  In a pure, holy and honourable way?  The world consistently ponds our flesh to lust after, not love; in thoughts, words and   eventually actions. Yielding to the world and flesh defiles the marriage bed.  One cannot control every situation or environment.  However self   control is a fruit of the born again child of God (Galatians 5:23).

         Now the fear of the Lord part in Hebrews 13:4 is this.  Adulterers and other sexual sins willingly committed will be judged.  1 Corinthians   6:9,10 [amp.] says, 'Do you not know that the unrighteous and wrongdoers will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God?  Do not be   deceived (misled): neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, not those who participate in homosexuality, ...... will not inherit   or have any share in the kingdom of God.'  Those who knowingly defile their marriage, are not going to heaven.  Jesus took honoring marriage   a step further. In Matthew 5:28 Jesus said, "But I say unto you, that whosoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed   adultery with her already in his heart."  It all starts in the heart, where the Judge only can see. The consequences are eternal, unless there is   a complete change.  Honoring marriage today will bring blessings to the next generation and not judgement.


 Raise this Gate

 Remove the Shame



                                                                       Taking Dominion Daily

         As men we have a place of authority in God, that is given to us to rule and reign in this life. We must step in and fill that place. Then the   Holy Spirit can bring the manifestation of God's goodness into our lives and areas of influence.  Just like climbing a ladder, we have to take the   first step. This will be our focus today, 'First things first.'  We find the first step in Isaiah 26:9 that says, 'With my soul have I desired You (O Lord)   in the night; yes, with my spirit within me will I seek You early.'

         How the day is started makes all the difference in what direction your day will go. Jesus is our example, so lets look at Mark 1:35 that says, 'And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.'  Rising early   to pray was of high priority to Jesus. Then this should also be a high priority for us. In Genesis we learned that God gave man dominion and   authority over the earth. When we stand in that place of authority and speak in faith, then all circumstances have to obey what we say. Mark   11:23 [amp.] says, 'Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but   believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.'  We can rise up early to pray and declare blessing over ourself, family,   business, nation.. etc. We are saying to the spiritual and the natural realms that Jesus is Lord over me and mine today.

         Let me describe what I am saying this way. Imagine a city that has a wall around it, and a large plain of land surrounding the city. The city   represents your life, the wall is your protection from the evil one. When you rise up early to pray, you walk out of the city with the armor of God   on (Ephesians 6:13-17), out in to the plain of life. You make your declaration of faith, of how the day will go according to Romans 4:17 by , '......   call[ing] those things which be not as though they were.'  You let the devil know that he is under your feet. In Luke 10:19 Jesus says, "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any   means hurt you."  The enemy tries to move in from the plain to hang around the walls of your life unchecked. If you are distracted and   unaware, the enemy can slide in through an opening in the wall of protection; using the world, others and sin to cause problems in your life.   Rising up early to pray keeps the enemy out in the plain, while you stand in your God-given authority in Christ.

         I am not talking about some fictional battle strategy. This comes from personal experience, over and over again. We are called in Romans   5:17 [amp.] to, '... reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).'  A king rules and reigns over   what is his territory, so must we.  Dominion and authority is available for every born again child of God. Unless we step up into that place of   authority and declare the truth of God's word; we can become subject to what should be under our feet. Arise and meet the devil in the plain,   instead of letting him sit on your couch and relax.  A ten minute devotional and a short distracted prayer is not going to do it.  A blessed,   victorious day, is so much better than struggling and being frustrated.  I challenge all men of God, to take their God given dominion today!


  Rise up early. Pray. Declare. Walk in victory!

  Give God all the Praise, Amen!  


                                                                Victory Is In Your Mouth

         We are going to look at what can break us out of defeat and into total victory. This victory is found just under our nose.  Proverbs 18:20   [amp.] says, 'A man's [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequences of his words he must be   satisfied [whether good or evil].'  You can locate where someone is at and where they are going in life.  Just by listening to the words that   come out of their mouth. The door of victory in our life will open, when we take responsibility, for what comes out of our own mouth.

         In Mark 11:23 Jesus says, "For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be removed, and be cast into the sea;   and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things he says shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he says."  We   all have challenges that are confronting us internally and externally.  Allowing words of doubt and defeat to come out of our mouth, is not going   to change negative situations into a positive ones. Doubt-filled words only solidify unbelief in our heart.  But when we speak words of faith and   victory, we can turn any hopeless circumstance around. In Matthew 12:34 Jesus says, "......for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth   speaks."  Also Proverbs 4:23 says, 'Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.'  We solidify our victory by diligently   keeping our hearts full of the word of God. Then out of this abundance of the word in our heart, the victory report comes flowing out of our   mouth. Hebrews 10:23 says, 'Let us hold fast the profession (confession) of our hope without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised).'

         The words we speak give us victory in the battlefield of the mind. Second Corinthians 10:4-5 says, 'For the weapons of our warfare are   not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. Casting down imaginations and every thought to the   obedience of Christ.'  Satan brings negative thoughts and images to our minds to hinder our victory. We have to cast down these negative   thoughts and images.  By speaking the word of God, to win the battle within.  Let's say I asked you to count in your mind to 100. While you are   counting mentally; I shout, "Say your name!" You would have to stop counting mentally in order to say your name out loud.  The best way to   bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, is to say out loud a scripture that is the opposite of the negative thought. For   example, when the negative thought, "I just can not do anything right" comes into your mind, you cast that thought down by saying out loud, "I   can do all things through Christ who strengthens me according to Philippians 4:13."  Remember the key is you have to speak it, not just think it.

         The word of God is full of faith and faith is the victory. When you speak the word of God, you have the victory. Hebrews 10:23 says, 'Let us   hold fast the profession (confession) of our hope without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised).' Salvation comes through the   confession of one's mouth (Romans 10:10).  Healing comes by confessing "By Jesus' stripes I am healed (1Peter 2:24). Prosperity comes by   confessing "All my needs are supplied (Philippians 4:19)." Every other spiritual blessing is manifested the same way. In Mark 11:23, Jesus said   you have whatsoever you believe and say. The word believe is written once, while the word say is written three times. The more the word of   God comes out of our mouth, the more Godly change we will see in our lives. Let's stop all the doubt, negativity and defeatist talk. Let's allow   faith, life and victory to flow out of our mouth.


  Total victory is just under your nose.

  Thank God for the truth!

           

                                                                              Go Sin No More

         One may wonder, how in the world can that happen?  "Go sin no more", was not said by some out in the desert too long; wild eyed   prophet.  John 5:14 Jesus said, "Behold you are made whole: Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto you."  Jesus Christ the son of   God said, "go sin no more."  Let us deal with sin, instead of sweeping it under the rug.  Where eventually   everyone near will know and see.

         The word of God never asks us to do something, one cannot do.  In 2 Corinthians 5:17 it says, 'Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a   new creature: old things are past away; behold, all things are become new.'   Also John 1:12 says, 'But as many received Him, to them gave   He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.'  The new birth is the very nature of God, possesing and   empowering them to be like Him.  Changed from a sinner (a child of the devil), to a saint (a child of God).  The word is not saying one can   never sin or they have no sin (1 John 1:8).  In 1John 3:9 it says, 'Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin; for His seed remains in him:   and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.'   The desire, the want to, the I just don't care if my actions are sinful - 'I am going to do it': is not   there any more in the heart.  There is a Holy Spirit stop sign on the inside of the saint saying, 'Stop'.

         In John chapter 5, Jesus healed a man who was crippled, and he walked.  Jesus later told him to 'sin no more'.  When the Almighty God   does miracles for people, He is justified to demand something of them.  Jesus died on the cross, and went to hell to destroy the works of the   devil.  So anyone who believes in Christ will be saved and destined for Heaven (Ephesians 2:20-22 / Colossians 2:11-15).  In Genesis 17:1 it   says, 'And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before   Me, and be thou perfect.'   In the old covenant God asks His people 'to   be perfect.'   In the new covenant, God asks His people 'to go sin no   more.'   These commands are all just and fair.  One will always have 1John 1:9 to confess when they miss the mark and sin; that says, 'If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.'  Amen!


  Always absolute perfection - no

 Revealing one's sonship in Christ - yes

 'Go sin no more'


                            Does Association Equal Relationship With God?

         It is easy to be a part of a group or an event, and to follow a great preacher; and mistakenly think that one has a relationship with God   because of it.  Surprisingly these outward experiences, however great they may seem, can cause many to lose hope and make their faith   ineffective.  Romans 8:14 says, 'For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of  God.'  As a born again man, you have a   direct connection with God.  Assuming you know the Lord through a preacher or church association can have negative eternal consequences.   Make strengthening your personal connection with God your highest aim in life.  A person who does not know God, becomes just another fae in   the crowd.  Let's look into the Word of God, to see some examples.

         Just to be born in a family that has a Godly heritage does not equal having a personal relationship with God.  In Exodus 3:16 says, '... the   Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob ....'  Even though Abraham knew God, and Isaac had a personal   encounter with God.  Jacob decided he wanted to have the same blessing and success like his grandfather and father had, without knowing   God himself.  After being deceived and stolen from, he repented and called out to God for wisdom and help; and God answered.  These three   each had a relationship with God, through their obedience to God's voice to them.  So one's family history does not equal a personal walk with   God.  Even though the Israelites knew about their forefathers, and saw the great miracles God did through Moses.  They still disobeyed and   rebelled against God's law and words.

         Following the common sense opinions of others around you; does not translate into a daily walk with God.  In Numbers chapters 13 and 14   give the account of when the twelve spies went to spy out the Promise Land. Ten brought back a evil, unbelieving report, about how they could   not take the land.  Instead Joshua and Caleb, had a good report of faith, because they had a different spirit (Numbers 14:24).  They choose to   believe and hang onto what God had spoken through Moses, no matter what anyone else said.  John 10:27 Jesus says, "My sheep hear my   voice, and I know them, and they follow me."  It is the hearing of the voice of the Lord that signifies one is a believer, not hearing the doctrine   of men.  It is a personal choice to follow Christ.

          Association with a powerful man of God, over years, does not substitute for having a personal relationship with God.  Judas Iscariot was   by Jesus side for three years.  Hearing every sermon and seeing all the great miracles, and even went out and proclaimed the good news.  He   still betrayed Jesus for some coins.  While Peter denied Jesus, he repented and followed God, and became a great leader of the early church.   Any man of God that one considers a spiritual leader cannot save them, or hear God's voice for them, or provide and protect them from harm.   Psalm 37:4,5 says, 'Delight yourself also in the Lord; and He shall give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way unto the Lord;   trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.'  Only God can be the center and source of one's life.

         Just filling a seat, being active in a group or swept up in a movement, will not translate into having a relationship with God.  For God calls   individuals not groups. Daniel 11:32 says, '..... but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.'  Being strong and   doing exploits are two characteristics of those who truly know God.  One can religiously follow a denominational teaching, family tradition or an   anointed leader of God closely, and still have no personal relationship with God.  Not all of those who called themselves disciples of Jesus   continued to follow Him.  John 6:66 says, 'From that time many of His disciples went back, and walk no more with Him.'  Men of God let's get   back to walking and talking with God, being strong and doing exploits, in Jesus name.

  Stay close to God and leave the crowd behind.


                                                                                          Beware

         God says in His word to walk by faith and have no fear.  The Word also says to beware; to His people directly (14 times).  2 Peter 3:17   says, 'Ye therefore, beloved, seeing you know things before, beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall   from your own steadfastness.'


         Even though one is born again and does all the weekly religious program.  The demands of life, can make the Lord's words an after   thought.  Deuteronomy 6:11-12,8:11 says, 'And houses full of all good things, which filledst not, and wells digged, which you digged not,   vineyards and olive trees, which you planted not; when you shall have eaten and be full; Then beware lest you forget the Lord, which brought   you forth out of the land of Egypt, from the houses of bondage.'  'Beware that you forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping His   commandments, and His judgments, and His statutes, which I command you this day.'   When the Lord God has saved, healed, delivered, and   blessed one beyond imagination.  Do not forget to keep following God and His ways, or else one could end up back in bondage again. 


         Jesus preached beware in Matthew 7:15 saying, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are   ravening wolves."  This is happening right now, today (I have had personal experience).  Matthew 10:16-17 Jesus said, "Behold, I send you   forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be therefore wise as servants, and harmless as doves.  But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to   the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues."  Trust and follow only Jesus, for He cannot fail or turn on you; but man can.  Luke   12:1 Jesus said, ".... beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy."   Those ministers who appear that they know the Truth by   appearance, education, or personality; the truth they speak is only a lie to ensnare one's soul.  Luke 12:15 (amplified) says, 'And He said to   them, Guard yourselves and keep from all covetousness (the immoderate desire for wealth, the greedy longing to have more);  for a   man's life does not consist in and is not derived from possessing overflowing abundance or that which is over and above his   needs.'  Covetousness is one of the devil's big arrows - beware!


         In Colossians 2:8 it says, 'Beware last any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the   rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.'   This is like wild fire attacking the church today, on all sides. 


  Fear Not

  Believe Only

  but Beware




                                                        Church Man or Spiritual Man

    

         As men we like to think, or have others think, that we are more spiritual then we really are.  First Samuel 16:7 says, '.... for the Lord sees   not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.'   There are two kinds of men that go to   church; church men and spiritual men.  A church man is a man who does not know God personally but wants to appear to others as if he does.   A spiritual man is a man who has a living fellowship with God and that relationship with God is obvious in his life. We cannot fool God. So let's   be honest with ourselves, then we can go forward and do exploits in Jesus name.

         James 1:22 [amp.] says, 'But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into   deception by reasoning contrary to the truth].'  The church man goes to church with a religious checklist, checking off each religious task he   has done during the week, and particularly on Sunday.  For example: he says to himself, "I have a suit, my bible and my offering, but that guy   looks like a backslider because he has no suit, no bible and no money."  The church man loves to arrogantly compare himself to others. The   church man is not a doer of the word. He sees what areas he needs to do better in, but has no real intention to change. On the other hand, the   spiritual man comes to church with a desire to hear from God. He seeks to honor God, and not himself, through willing obedience to do the   Word of God daily.  For example: the spiritual man goes out of his way to give an encouraging word to a brother in need. By Sunday night the   church man has totally forgotten about Sunday morning's message; but the spiritual man is still meditating on the word of the Lord, and how he   is going to diligently do what he has heard.

          In John 15:7, Jesus says, "If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto   you."  To the church man, reading God's Word is treated like a daily chore; such as walking the dog, or taking out the trash. He attempts to   understand the bible with his natural mind, but cannot since the Word of God is a spiritual book. Therefore the church man's prayers are shallow   and do not produce answers. So he substitutes his own natural efforts for God-given results and declares, "Look what the Lord has done!,"   when God did not do anything at all. The spiritual man abides in the Word of God by meditating in it day and night. He believes in his heart and   says the Word with his mouth and he has whatsoever he says (Mark 11:23). The spiritual man calls things that be not as though they are, and   they become reality for him (Romans 4:17).

          Romans 12:2 says, 'And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove   what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.'  The church man tries to conform the Word of God to fit his way of thinking and   lifestyle.  While the spiritual man is conforming his thoughts and life to the Word of God.Romans 13:14 [amp.] is one of those scriptures where   the rubber meets the road. Verse 14 says, 'But clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and make no provision for   [indulging] the flesh [put a stop to thinking about the evil cravings of your physical nature] to [gratify its] desires (lusts).'  The church   man backs away from such a commitment, because it is hard on the flesh and he is simply lazy.  The spiritual man allows his born again spirit to   dominate his flesh and he does not let up. He does this by walking in the spirit out of obedience to the Word of God.

           An great description of the church man versus the spiritual man is found in First Corinthians 2. Look at verses 13-15, 'Which things also   we speak, not in words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.   But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them,   because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.'  The church man   attempts to interpret spiritual things using soulish reasoning. He applies his own natural understanding to what he hears and reads in the Word   of God. Therefore he is moved by circumstances, and spiritual things become foolish to him. The spiritual man receives wisdom and revelation   by the Holy Spirit as he hears and reads the Word of God. When circumstances come, the spiritual man speaks boldly by faith and those   circumstances are changed. The church man sees God afar off and worships Him by feelings and experiences. The spiritual man truly knows   God and worships Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).


  Are you a church man?  Make the change to be a spiritual man today.




                                                                  Abominations (part 1)

 

        We are not going to talk about all the things labeled abominable in the old testament.  Revelation 21:8 says, 'But the fearful, and   unbelieving, and the abominable, and murders, and whoremangers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars; shall have their part in the lake   which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.'   If one does not repent for any of these, "sins of abomination", and change.   Then the temporary separation one has between them and God now; will become an eternal separation later.


        Abomination means anything that is detestable and loathsome.  When the Almigthty says this conduct is abominable to Him, case closed.   All justifying, tears or laws made by man will not change the guilty verdict.  Proverbs 26:25 says, 'When he speaks kindly, do not trust him,   for seven abominations are in his heart.'  God looks on the heart, when judgment is made.


 1. The fearful is the opposite of faith.  Hebrews 11:6 says, 'But without faith it is impossible to please God .....'   2 Timothy 1:7 says, 'For   God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.'   There is no power, love, or sound mind in fear.  In Luke   8:50 Jesus said, "Fear not: believe only ...."   Repent, get the fear out and please God.


 2. The unbelieving is a hardness of heart, "I will not believe."  Mark 16:14 says, 'After ward Jesus appeared unto the eleven as they sat at  meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen Him after He was risen.'    Hebrews 3:12 says, 'Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.'  Repent   and believe in God's word, with obedience in word and deed. 


 3. The abominable is not the only list of  "sins of abomination."  Proverbs 6:16-19 says, 'These six things does the Lord hate: yes seven are   an abomination unto Him. A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked   imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that sows discord among brethren.'   1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (amplified) says, 'Do you not know that the unrighteous and the wrongdoers will not inherit or have any share in the   kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived (misled): neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in   homosexuality.  Nor cheats (swindlers and thieves), nor greedy grasper's, nor drunkards, nor foulmouthed revilers and slanders, nor   extortioners and robbers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God.'


 Repent on Earth and

 Miss the Lake of Fire

 Forever



                                                                     

                                       Abominations (part 2)


        As we continue looking at 'sins of abomination', I pray that the fear of the Lord is stirring in one's heart.  In Revelation 21:8 it says, 'But the   fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars; shall have their   part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.'  If one finds themselves on this list. Then their time on earth,   is the only place they can get off this list (Repent)!

  

        The murderers, is not just an evil action towards others physically, but also eternally.  1 John 3:15 (amp.) says, 'Anyone who hates   (abominates, detests) his brother [in Christ] is [at heart] a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding   (persevering) within him.'   Those who are born again, make up the body of Christ.  Hating one's brother is an act of murder towards Jesus.   "Lord God forgive us!"


        The whoremongers, is every sexual act, outside of the marriage covenant, between a man and a woman.  Any lewd, impure, ungodly,   sexual (fornication, adultery, homosexual) act will be judged.  Hebrews 13:4 says, 'Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but   whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.'  One's feelings will not matter when God judges.  In Matthew 5:27-28 Jesus said, "You have   learned that is was said by them of old time, Thou shall not commit adultery: But i say unto you, That whosover looketh on a woman to lust after   her has committed adultery with her already in his heart."   One needs to keep themselves pure inside and out, fervently.


        The sorcerers, is every form of magic arts, witchcraft, spells: one must flee.  Revelation 9:21 (amp.) says, 'And they did not repent of their   murders or their practice of magic (sorceress) or their sexual vice or their thefts.'  One must repent or else their is no entrance into Heaven.  1   Samuel 15:23 says, 'For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft...'


        The idolaters, is any image being lifted up or worshiped.  Let us go beyond a graven image made of stone, and see what else is considered   idolatry.  1 Samuel 15:23(amp.) says, '.... And stubbornness is as idolatry and teraphim (household good luck images).  Because you have   rejected the word of the Lord....'  In Ephesians 5:15 it says, 'For this you know no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man who   is and idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.'   How can covetousness and stubbornness, be the same as idolatry?   In Matthew 6:24 (amp.) Jesus makes it clear, 'No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and lose the other, or he will stand   by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other.  You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money,   possessions, or whatever is trusted in).' 


        The liars, is every deceitful, untrue, exaggeration or assumption of facts. This is a slippery sin to fall into.  Since we are surrounded with   many lies in the world today.  Proverbs 19:9 says, 'A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.'  In 1   John 2:4 it says, 'He that says, I know Him, and keeps not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.'  God is Truth (Romans 3:4),   the devil is the father of lies (John 8:44).


        Jesus set the record straight for all time.  Who will enter Heaven's gate and who will be left out.  Revelation 22:14,15 Jesus said, "Blessed   are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.  For   without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie." 



 Repent on Earth and

 Miss the Lake of Fire and

 Gain Heaven Forever


                

                                                                  Can Your Faith Be Seen?

  

        We hear the term faith a lot in our churches, but the world only believes what they can see in the natural. How do we show them that faith   in God is real and not some made up religious idea, for weak minded people? Praise the Lord, the Word of God has the answer.


         In Hebrews 11:1 it says, 'Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.'  Faith is in the spiritual   realm, not the natural realm. Yet the natural was made by the spirit. Unless one's eyes are opened to this, through the new birth and a renewed   mind, then faith is a mystery. The promises of God should not be only manifested in the great by and by, but here right now by faith. Most   people believe only in what they can see, but the Christian 'walks by faith, not by sight' (2Corinthians 5:7).


        In James 2:17-18,26 it says, 'Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone. Yet, a man may say, You have faith, and I have   works: show me your faith without works, and I will show you my faith by my works. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so   faith without works is dead also.'  The works here is not talking about some religious busy body, doing things so others will see them. These   are works of obedience to the Word of God. For example: The news at work is that more cuts are coming at the end of the month. Everyone is   on pins and needles, and tension is thick, but you are smiling and at peace. The reason is because you have faith in Philippians 4:19 it says, 'But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.'  And Isaiah 26:3 says, 'You will keep him in perfect   peace, whose mind is stayed on You (God): because he trusts in You.'  Your faith can be seen in this situation by others. What if you have made   it known at work, that you are a Christian.  Even though you are just as tensed and worried about the future, as everyone else. Your faith is not   working, but paralyzed. Those that have faith that is manifested, are not moved by their senses, but are moved only by what they believe.


        First Corinthians 2:4,5 says, 'And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration   of the Spirit and of power. That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.' No wonder church   attendance is like a roller coaster. The world has no respect for the church. The reason many have fallen away is because there is no   demonstration of the power God. The world needs God to show up and do what only He can do. Instead they hear a ear full of human   philosophy, rules and regulations. You can forget it if you need a miracle. When you go to God's house you should see God. The book of Acts is   a demonstration of the early church's faith. The same should be happening today. In the same way those Christians used their faith to see the   power of God, so should we now. The world will not be amazed by our programs or celebrity preachers. The world will come to see our invisible   God revealed when the blind sea, deaf hear, lame walk and the dead are raised.


        Mark 11:23 [amp.] Jesus says,"Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not   doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him."  Who said this? Jesus our Savior and Lord.   If you believe in your heart and say with your mouth, then your faith will be seen by all.


  A natural demonstration by faith, is a conformation of a spiritual reality.

  Glory to God!



                                                                                   Flattery

   

        The flattering tongue is smooth and deceitful, causing great harm.  Men of God need to put a guard over their mouth, so not to speak this   way.  Flattery is nothing but the language of the devil.  Proverbs 26:28 says, 'A lying tongue hates those that are afflicted by it; and a   flattering mouth works ruin.'  Therefore if these poisonous darts hit the heart, they can corrupt anyone entirely: be aware.  


        Like gasoline on a fire, is flattery words to a mans prideful estimation of themselves.  In Proverbs 20:19 it says, 'He that goes about as a   talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flatterth with his lips.'   Flattery is not based in truth, but to lead one into   assumptions.  Proverbs 28:32 says, 'He that rebukes a man, afterwards shall find more favor than he that flattereth with the tongue.'  We   want to encourage others and let them know they did a good thing.  However, when one is told how great they are; and no one else could have   done that in the whole world (warning). In Proverbs 29:5 it says, 'A man that flattereth his neighbor spreadeth a net for his feet.'  Flattery   can be released by improperly giving honor praise to men; because of their titles, positions, or accomplishments.  Job 32:21-22 [amplified]   says, 'I will not [I warn you] be influenced by respect for any man's person and show partiality, neither will I flatter any man.  For I know not how   to flatter, [wasting my time in mere formalities, for then] my Maker would soon take me away.'    


       The devil chooses this arrow of flattery to trap one in pride and rebellion.  For that was what got the devil kicked out of Heaven (Ezekiel   28:12-17).  In Proverbs 16:18 it says, 'Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.'  One cannot afford to be used to   speak words of flattery; and be vigilant not to receive words of flattery.  Psalms 12:1-3 says, 'Help, Lord; for the godly man ceases; for the   faithful fail among the children of men.  They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do   they speak. The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaks proud things.'  The end game of flattery is found in   Proverbs 26:28 it says, 'A lying tongue hates those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth works ruin.'


  Humility, Honesty, and Truth will preserve you.

  Flattery, Lies, and Pride will ensnare you.



                                                                             Judge Yourself


       Those who judge others, and others who think they are being judged; are both wrong.  1 Corinthians 11:31-32 says, 'For if we would judge   ourselves, we should not be judged.  But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with   the world.'   We need our judging finger to be pointing the right way.  So we miss the world's sentence of being condemned.  


       There is only one just judge in all the Earth, that is Almighty God.  Hebrews 12:23 says, 'To the gerneral assembly, and the church of the   first born, which are written in Heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect.'  In Ecclesiastes 3:17 says, 'I   said in my heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked .....'   Even when Jesus was on the Earth, did not judge.  John 12:47,48 Jesus   said, "And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world."  Judgement will take place at the endtime, but today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).


      Let us hear the word's of the Master about judging others.  Matthew 7:1-5 Jesus said, "Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with that   judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.  And why do you look at the   speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, 'Let me romove the   speck from your eye?' and look, a plank is in your own eye?  Hyprocrite!  First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you   will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."   All I can do right now is pray, "Father God forgive me for judging, critizing,   and condemning my brother in the Lord.  When I have bigger failures, and character flaws in my own life.  I repent and change in Jesus name   Amen."


      We will be judged by the Word of God that we hear and obey (Matthew 7:24-27).  A wise man judges himself and the foolish man judges   others.  In 2 Timothy 3:16 (amplified) says, 'Every Scripture is God - breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for   reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in   conformity to God's will in thought, purpose, and action)'.  There is a standard in the Word to keep anyone willing to obey, on the straight   and narrow, judging themselves.


 Get rid of the plank

 And Help a brother up!



                                                                        Standing In Victory

   

     Let us look at the place the born again man stands in, and what he sees. First John 5:4 says, 'For whatsoever is born of God overcometh   the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.'  Jesus is our victory over sin, the devil and the world.  Faith in   God and His word turns that victory into a reality in the natural.


     In Colossians 3:3 [amp.] it says, 'For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ   in God.'  We can say our life is hidden in victory and there is no safer place than that. In Jesus nothing is missing and nothing is broken. This   includes everything in one's life. The location of this hiding place is in Ephesians 2:6, 'And has raised us up together, and made us sit   together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.'   You cannot get any higher than that, Amen.  See yourself standing there in heavenly places   with the trophy, like they do in the championship game. Do the winners have a look of anxiety and disappointment? No. They do not even have   a care on their minds. They are jumping around, smiling, laughing and having a good time. That is a temporary victory. We have the ultimate   and eternal victory in Christ.  We should be acting the same way, every day.


     In John 16:33 [amp.] Jesus says, "I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the   world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain,   undaunted]! For I have overcome the world.  [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you]."  Come on men   of God get your shout of victory on! "Glory to God! Glory to God! Glory to God! Praise the Lord for overcoming victory." Jesus equals victory.   The world equals defeat. Colossians 1:27 says, 'To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the   Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:'  The victorious one is in you and you are in Him. You do not have to wait until heaven for   victory; have it now, it is yours.


     Victory in health? Yes! Exodus 23:25 says, 'So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will   take sickness away from the midst of you.'  When something is taken away from you it is no longer yours.  First Peter 2:24 says, 'Who His own   self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes you   were healed.'  Divine health is not wishful thinking, but an attainable reality for all believers.


     Victory in finances? Yes! Psalm 115:14 says, 'The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children.'  There is a steady   increase in prosperity for believers.  This is not an up and down, in and out, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose prospect.  Second   Corinthians 9:8 says, 'And God is able to make all grace abound towards you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound   to every good work:'  There is no room for lack, just a steady flow of blessing going out to others.


     Victory in protection? Yes! Psalm 91 and Romans 8:31 says, 'What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against   us?'   As long as one stays close to the Lord, the Good Shepherd, then no evil shall befall him. That is a insurance policy that cannot be found   in the world.


      Victory in relationships? Yes! Proverbs 3:4 says, 'So you shall find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.'  Divine favor   can open doors for the believer that money or associations cannot. In Luke 6:38 Jesus says, "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good   measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your life. For with the same measure that you   give out into shall be measured to you again."  When you show peace, honesty, and goodwill towards others; that is what you will receive in   return.


       Are you seeing how wonderful and swet-less victory is, in Jesus our Lord and Savior? First Corinthians 15:57 says, 'But thanks be to God,   who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.'  Meditate and rejoice in this truth all your days. As you stand in faith on the Word   of God, you will experience total victory.


 I believe your life will go from Victory to Victory!

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                                                                                   It Is Impossible

 

        This marvelous salvation, that God has offered to mankind; through Jesus Christ His son.  In Philippians 2:12 says, '....... work out your   own salvation with fear and trembling.'   There is a place where one has known the truth and slipped away: to a point of no return.  Hebrews   6:4-6 lays out what happens in this somber outcome.  All believers should pause, fear, and tremble when reading these verses.


       Salvation is a free gift.  One can personally choose to receive this gift at anytime.  Also one can reject this gift at any time; even after   receiving this free gift.  In Hebrews 6:4-6 it says, 'For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the   heavenly gift, and were made partakers fo the Holy Ghost.  And have tasted the good Word of God, and the powers of the world to   come.  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God a fresh, and put   Him to an open shame.'


    Enlightened - To have one's eyes opened, to see clearly with spiritual eyes.  Ephesians 1:18 says, 'The eyes of your understanding be   enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.'  To see what   really happened for us in Jesus Christ death, ressurection, and coming again.  Now in this life and the eternal life in Heaven.

    Tasted - Even the words and thoughts of God's goodness, literally tastes good to the whole of man.  Psalms 34:8 says, 'O taste and see that   he Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.'  That Heavenly gift is salvation, peace, and fellowship with God.

    Partakers - To come in association with and connected personaly.  2 Peter 1:4 says, 'Where by are given unto us exceeding great and   precious promises: that by these you might be partakers fo the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.'  Partaking with the Holy Ghost in the born again experience.  And the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:1-6).

    Good - That which is excellent, proper, and well.  Psalms 119:103 says, 'How sweet are thy words unto my taste!  Sweeter than honey to my   mouth!'  The Word of God is the very food, and substance to anyone's life in Christ.

    Powers - Beyond natural ability.  There is power displayed from Genesis to Revelation; and in the Earth today.  1 Corinthians 4:20 says, 'For   the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.'   The worlds to come, can also be translated ages.  The Kingdom of God is ageless,   forevermore. God's power is displayed in peoples lives, in multitude of ways forevermore.


        Even when one experiences God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit personally.  They still can turn and willfully deny, rebel, mock, and disobey the   Word of the Lord.  When the works of the flesh become more a priority, then demonstrating the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:19-25).  When the   Christian acts just like the ungodly, it brings shame to God's name.  Thus this image appears to the world, that there is no power in the gospel,   to change man's nature.  When the Holy Spirit is dealing with one to change, or put away, or cut something off from their life, year after year.  I   urge them to make that change now.  Even the mercy of God has a tipping point.  Where there is no repentance, in coming back into fellowship   with the Lord again.


        Hebrews 3:12-14 says, 'Take heed, brethern, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in daparting from the living God.   But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceit fulness of sin.  For we are made   partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end.'