The Holy Spirit – Part 7

In this final message on the Holy Spirit, we will look at the role the Holy Spirit plays in the life of the believer.  In the audio, we will receive the baptism into the Holy Spirit through impartation.  You do not have to have anyone lay hands on you to receive.  You can receive by faith in God’s Word as we will see today.

 Acts 2: 1, 4:   1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.    Berean

John 16: 13:   But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.  NIV

Acts 10: 27-48:   27 As Peter talked with him, he went inside and found many people gathered together. 28 He said to them, “You know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with a foreigner or visit him. But God has shown me that I should not call any man impure or unclean. 29 So when I was invited, I came without objection. I ask, then, why have you sent for me?” 30 Cornelius answered: “Four days ago I was in my house praying at this, the ninth hour.  Suddenly a man in radiant clothing stood before me 31 and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your gifts to the poor have been remembered before God. 32 Therefore send to Joppa for Simon, who is called Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner, by the sea.’  33 So I sent for you immediately, and you were kind enough to come. Now then, we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has instructed you to tell us.”  34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism, 35 but welcomes those from every nation who fear Him and do what is right. 36 He has sent this message to the people of Israel, proclaiming the gospel of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You yourselves know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee with the baptism that John proclaimed: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, because God was with Him.  39 We are witnesses of all that He did, both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. And although they put Him to death by hanging Him on a tree, 40 God raised Him up on the third day and caused Him to be seen— 41 not by all the people, but by the witnesses God had chosen beforehand, by us who ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead. 42 And He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that He is the One appointed by God to judge the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about Him that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.” 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard his message. 45 All the circumcised believers who had accompanied Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and exalting God.  Then Peter said, 47 “Can anyone withhold the water to baptize these people? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have!” 48 So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.    Berean

Acts 8: 29-35:   29 The Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to that chariot and stay by it.” 30 So Philip ran up and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. 31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.   32 The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture:
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the shearer is silent, so He did not open His mouth. 33 In His humiliation He was deprived of justice. Who can recount His descendants? For His life was removed from the earth.” 34 “Tell me,” said the eunuch, “who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with this very Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. Berean

Acts 13:1,2:    1 Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch), and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

 

Act 16: 6-10:   6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. 7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. 8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.  NKJ


Acts 16:7:
  7 And when they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not permit them.  Berean


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The Holy Spirit – Part 6

In Part 5, we saw that baptism by water is a separate event from the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.  When we get saved, or born again, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit.  After He went to the cross, Jesus explained why He went to the cross, and then blew on the apostles to receive the Holy Spirit.  We are sealed with the Holy Spirit when we are saved.   Today we will look at the power we receive when we are baptized with the Holy Spirit.

 Acts 2: 1, 4:   1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.    Berean

Acts 2: 12-41:   12 Astounded and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocked them and said, “They are drunk on new wine!” 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, lifted up his voice, and addressed the crowd: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen carefully to my words. 15 These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It is only the third hour of the day! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out My Spirit on all people.  Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on My menservants and maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.  19 I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.  20 The sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the coming of the great and glorious Day of the Lord. 21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

22 Men of Israel, listen to this message: Jesus of Nazareth was a man certified by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs, which God did among you through Him, as you yourselves know. 23 He was delivered up by God’s set plan and foreknowledge, and you, by the hands of the lawless, put Him to death by nailing Him to the cross. 24 But God raised Him from the dead, releasing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for Him to be held in its clutches. 25 David says about Him:  ‘I saw the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will dwell in hope, 27 because You will not abandon my soul to Hades, nor will You let Your Holy One see decay.  28 You have made known to me the paths of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence.’ 29 Brothers, I can tell you with confidence that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that He would place one of his descendants on his throne.  31 Foreseeing this, David spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did His body see decay. 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, to which we are all witnesses.  33 Exalted, then, to the right hand of God, He has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend into heaven, but he himself says:  ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand 35 until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” ’ 36 Therefore let all Israel know with certainty that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ!”  37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and asked Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 This promise belongs to you and your children and to all who are far off—to all whom the Lord our God will call to Himself.”  40 With many other words he testified, and he urged them, “Be saved from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who embraced his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to the believers that day.   Berean

Galatians 5: 16-21:  16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh craves what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are opposed to each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; 20 idolatry and sorcery; hatred, discord, jealousy, and rage; rivalries, divisions, factions, 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.   Berean

Galatians 5: 22, 23:   22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Berean

Romans 8: 26, 27:  26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.   NLT

1 Corinthians 14: 14, 15:   14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.  15 What then shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind. I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.  Berean


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The Holy Spirit – Part 5

Continuing our study about the Holy Spirit, we saw that Jesus, after rising from the dead, went up into heaven, and then came back and taught 40 days the message of salvation and about the kingdom.  When He first returned, He breathed on them and they received the Holy Spirit understanding salvation.  Following that, before He ascended into heaven; He told them to wait for the Promise of the Spirit.  Today, we will talk about the baptism in the Holy Spirit; a separate event from being saved.

                                            Scriptures:

John 20: 18-23:   18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.  19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.  21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. NKJ
Luke 24: 44-49
:  44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.  46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things. 49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”  NKJ

Acts 1: 1-5:   1 In my first book, O Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach, 2 until the day He was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles He had chosen. 3 After His suffering, He presented Himself to them with many convincing proofs that He was alive. He appeared to them over a span of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 And while they were gathered together, He commanded them: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift the Father promised, which you have heard Me discuss. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”  Berean

Acts 1: 12-15:  12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is near the city, a Sabbath day’s journey away. 13 When they arrived, they went to the upper room where they were staying: Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 With one accord they all continued in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers. 15 In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (a gathering of about a hundred and twenty) and said,    Berean

Acts 2: 1-4:   1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like a mighty rushing wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw tongues like flames of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.    Berean

Acts 2: 5-11:  5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound rang out, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking his own language.

7 Astounded and amazed, they asked, “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8 How is it then that each of us hears them in his own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and converts to Judaism; Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Berean

Acts 8: 14-17:  14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 15 On their arrival, they prayed for them to receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For the Holy Spirit had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.   Berean

Acts 19: 1-6:   1 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the interior and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?”  “No,” they answered, “we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 “Into what, then, were you baptized?” Paul asked.  “The baptism of John,” they replied.    4 Paul explained: “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the One coming after him, that is, in Jesus.”  5 On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve men in all.    Berean


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The Holy Spirit – Part 4

The Holy Spirit – Part 4

We have been learning about the Holy Spirit.  We looked at how Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit often before He went to the cross.  He told them the Holy Spirit would come after He left the earth.  Today we’re going to look at the Scriptures where Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit after He went to the cross, during the time He taught them 40 days.

                                            Scriptures:
1 Thessalonians 5:23:  
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your entire spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Berean

Luke 24: 1-7;    1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women came to the tomb, bringing the spices they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were puzzling over this, suddenly two men in radiant apparel stood beside them. 5 As the women bowed their faces to the ground in terror, the two men asked them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you while He was still in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.’” 

Luke 24: 13; 17-21:   13 That same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 And as they talked and deliberated, Jesus Himself came up and walked along with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing Him.  17 He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?”  They stood still, with sadness on their faces. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked Him, “Are You the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in recent days?”  19 “What things?” He asked. “The events involving Jesus of Nazareth,” they answered. “This man was a prophet, powerful in speech and action before God and all the people. 20 Our chief priests and rulers delivered Him up to the sentence of death, and they crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping He was the One who would redeem Israel. And besides all this, it is the third day since these things took place.  Berean

Luke 24: 27-32:    27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was written in all the Scriptures about Himself.  28 As they approached the village where they were headed, He seemed to be going farther. 29 But they pleaded with Him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” So He went in to stay with them. 30 While He was reclining at the table with them, He took bread, spoke a blessing and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Jesus—and He disappeared from their sight.  32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us as He spoke with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”  Berean

Luke 24: 33-43:  33 And they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem.  There they found the Eleven and those with them, gathered together 34 and saying, “The Lord has indeed risen and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the road, and how they had recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread.  36 While they were describing these events, Jesus Himself stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 37 But they were startled and frightened, thinking they had seen a spirit. 38 “Why are you troubled,” Jesus asked, “and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Look at My hands and My feet. It is I Myself. Touch Me and see—for a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” 40 And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and feet. 41 While they were still in disbelief because of their joy and amazement, He asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and He took it and ate it in front of them.  Berean

Luke 24: 44-49:  44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.  46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things. 49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”  NKJ

John 20: 18-23:   18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.  19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.  21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”   NKJ


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The Holy Spirit – Part 3

The Holy Spirit – Part 3

We’re continuing our study on the Holy Spirit, and the critical role He plays in the life of every believer.  An alarming number of Christians are not aware of the Holy Spirit’s role and they are not connected with the Holy Spirit.  This teaching will show you how to walk with God through the Holy Spirit every day.

Scriptures:

John 14: 21-26:    21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”  22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.  25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

John 1:1; 14:   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.   NKJ

2 Peter 1: 19-21:  19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.   KJ

Psalm 139: 3-5; 13, 14: You are so intimately aware of me, Lord.  You read my heart like an open book and you know all the words I’m about to speak before I even start a sentence!

You know every step I will take before my journey even begins.

5 You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way, and in kindness you follow behind me to spare me from the harm of my past.  13 You formed my innermost being, shaping my delicate inside and my intricate outside, and wove them all together in my mother’s womb.  16 You saw who you created me to be before I became meBefore I’d ever seen the light of day, the number of days you planned for me were already recorded in your book.    TPT

 John 15: 26, 27:  26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.   NKJ

John 16: 5-15:   5 “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.  12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.   NKJ


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The Holy Spirit – Part 2

Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit often.  We now understand the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us when we are saved, or born again.  Now we need to understand how the Holy Spirit works on our behalf.  We will look closer at the Holy Spirit’s role in our daily lives.

Scriptures:

John 14: 15-30:    15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.  19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”  22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.  25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 28 You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.  29 “And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. 31 But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.   NKJ

2 Peter 1: 16-21:  16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.  19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.   KJ

Revelation 22:16:   “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the bright Morning Star.”   Berean Study

 


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The Holy Spirit – Part 1

Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit while He was here on earth.  The Holy Spirit is mentioned and referred to often in Scripture, but much of the Church still does not know Him.  This series is going to help you understand who the Holy Spirit is and the role He plays in your life. 

Scriptures:

Mark 1: 9-12:   9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 As soon as Jesus came up out of the water, He saw the heavens breaking open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”  12 At once the Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness, 13 and He was there for forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and the angels ministered to Him    Berean Study

Genesis 1: 2, 3:   2 Now the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.  3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.…  Berean Study

Luke 1: 34, 35: 34 “How can this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. Berean Study

Matthew 28: 19:   Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit:   KJ 2000

2 Corinthians 13: 14:   The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.  ESV

1 Corinthians 12: 13: For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one SpiritKJ

John 7:37-39:  37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those [g]believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.    NKJ

John 3: 3-8:   3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”  5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”    NKJ

Ephesians 1: 13, 14:   13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.  ESV

 

John 14: 15-30:    15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.  19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”  22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.  25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 28 You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.  29 “And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. 31 But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.   NKJ


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Courage – The Power of Faith

God expects His children to walk in faith.  Walking by faith takes courage.  Faith is the key to unlocking all the promises of God, but it must be mixed with corresponding action and a strong …

Butterflies for God – Part 3

We have been talking about the divine nature of God. The Lord wants the Church to function in the divine nature like Jesus did.  Remember, Jesus is coming back for a Church that is without spot or blemish.  He is looking for a body of believers who are replicating Him; copying Him.  A butterfly for Christ is a believer who walks, talks and functions firsthand in the Word of God, by acting on the promises that are in the Word, so the divine nature flows through them.

2 Peter 1: 3, 4:  3 Everything we could ever need for life and complete devotion to God has already been deposited in us by his divine power. For all this was lavished upon us through the rich experience of knowing him who has called us by name and invited us to come to him through a glorious manifestation of his goodness.  4 As a result of this, he has given you magnificent promises that are beyond all price, so that through the power of these tremendous promises you can experience partnership with the divine nature, by which you have escaped the corrupt desires that are of the world.  TPT

2 Corinthians 1:20:  For all the promises of God are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him, our “Amen” is spoken to the glory of God.  Berean

20 For all of God’s promises find their “yes” of fulfillment in him. And as his “yes” and our “amen” ascend to God, we bring him glory!  TPT

John 14:15, 23, 24:  If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.  23 Jesus replied, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love Me does not keep My words. The word that you hear is not My own, but it is from the Father who sent Me.   Berean

1 John 5:3:   For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.  NKJ

John 15: 1-4:   “I am a true sprouting vine, and the farmer who tends the vine is my Father. 2 He cares for the branches connected to me by lifting and propping up the fruitless branches and pruning every fruitful branch to yield a greater harvest. 3 The words I have spoken over you have already cleansed you. 4 So you must remain in life-union with me, for I remain in life-union with you. For as a branch severed from the vine will not bear fruit, so your life will be fruitless unless you live your life intimately joined to mine.  TPT

James 4: 7, 8:   7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  NAS

Hebrews 3: 12:  Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; NKJ

12 So search your hearts every day, my brothers and sisters, and make sure that none of you has evil or unbelief hiding within you. For it will lead you astray, and make you unresponsive to the living God.  TPT

 Matthew 16: 24, 25:  24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 25 “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If you truly want to follow me, you should at once completely reject and disown your own life. And you must be willing to share my cross and experience it as your own, as you continually surrender to my ways. 25 For if you choose self-sacrifice and lose your lives for my glory, you will continually discover true life.  But if you choose to keep your lives for yourselves, you will forfeit what you try to keep.   TPT

 

God’s divine nature and His tremendous promises, all the promises (Scriptures) in the Word, are yours! When you accepted your responsibility for your sins, acknowledged you needed a Savior, and asked Jesus to save you, by submitting your will to Him.  Then all those precious promises in the Word of God became yours instantly.  The price you pay for them is to submit yourself and your will to God.   You must deny your own life, take up your cross every day, and follow Jesus and His commands, which are not burdensome.  How do you do that?  Turn your heart to Jesus.  Let Him be your vine and you learn to be His branch.  Every morning say, “Lord, not my will, but thy will be done through me today, here on earth as it is in heaven.  Take my life Lord; feed me as Your branch.  Direct me into Your perfect will.  Speak to me what I am to do today.  Teach me Your Word as I read it.  Fill me with your wisdom.  Help me keep a watch over my tongue and the words I speak, so they bring you glory.”

Then sit still for a while, and learn to be quiet.  As you train your senses to do this, you will learn to hear the inner voice that whispers on the inside of you direction.  Or you may just have a knowing; this knowing comes with a peace, and a green light, a smooth velvety feeling saying, “Yes or go!”


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Butterflies For God – Part 2

The Lord is calling His true Church to wake up!  Let go of   beliefs that do not line up with His Word. Therefore, labor to believe the Word to set you free from religion, traditions, …

Butterflies for God- Part 1

The Church needs to realize we have been freed from this world, from religion, the guilt of our sins, along with past, present, and future mistakes.  When the body of Christ realizes their position and authority in Christ, and how they have been freed from the system of religion;  they will come out of their cocoon as caterpillars, and become a butterfly for God.   It is time we become free in Christ!

 

Colossians 1: 3-6:   3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard about your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all the saints— 5 the faith and love proceeding from the hope stored up for you in heaven, of which you have already heard in the word of truth, the gospel 6 that has come to you.  All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood the grace of God.   Berean

 

Colossians 1: 12:   giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.  Berean

I pray that you will be grateful to God for letting you have part in what he has promised his people in the kingdom of light.  Contemporary English Standard

Colossians 1:13: He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of His beloved Son, Berean

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  KJ

Colossians 1:14:  in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.  NKJ

He in whom we have salvation and the forgiveness of sins; Aramaic in Plain English

Ephesians 1:13, 14:  13 And in Him, having heard and believed the word of truth—the gospel of your salvation—you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the pledge of our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession, to the praise of His glory.  Berean

John 16:13:   However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. NKJ

Colossians 1: 21-23a:   21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, …NKJ

 Colossians 1:17-20:  17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and firstborn from among the dead, so that in all things He may have preeminence. 19 For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through the blood of His cross.  Berean

Colossians 2: 8-10:  8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power NKJ

 

Colossians 2: 11, 12:   11 In Him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of your sinful nature, with the circumcision performed by Christ and not by human hands. 12 And having been buried with Him in baptism, you were raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead.  Berean

11 and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; 12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.  NAS

11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh b was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.   NIV

 Colossians 2: 13, 14:  13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.  NAS

Colossians 2: 15:  Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.  NKJ

He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; he triumphed over them in him.  Christian Standard

Romans 8:2:   For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.  NKJ


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Faith Demands the Right Action in order to Work – Pt 2

A lot of people claim they have faith.  They say they believe God.  They confess His Word is true.  They say, “Amen” during the services, but when it comes to actually putting the word into practice, they don’t. Then they wonder why their prayers are not answered when they say they believe God, but don’t act on it.  Faith is not what the world thinks it is; it is based on God’s definition, and we are going to look carefully at it.  Faith always demands action.

Scriptures:

James 1: 2-82 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces [endurance, perseverance] patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be [mature] perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.  NKJ  emphasis added

Hebrews 11:1:  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.   NKJ

-Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see.  Contemporary English

Galatians 5:6:  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love. NAS

Matthew 6: 22, 23:   22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.  If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!  NKJ


Proverbs 20: 27:   The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the innermost parts of his being.  NAS

 Matthew 6: 9-15:  Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  10 Your kingdom come.  Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

13 And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.  14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.   NKJ

James 1: 22-25:   22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.  23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.  ESV

Romans 8: 1, 2:  1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set you free from the law of sin and death. Berean


1 Thessalonians 2:13:  And we continually thank God because, when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as the true word of God—the word which is now at work in you who believe.  Berean

 

James 2: 14-17:  14  What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.    ESV

 

Galatians 6:7:  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.  NKJ

 

Mark 11: 25:  Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him [drop the issue, let it go], so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions and wrongdoings [against Him and others].   Amp


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Faith Demands the Right Action in Order to Work

A lot of people claim they have faith.  They say they believe God.  They confess His Word is true.  They say, “Amen” during the services, but when it comes to actually putting the word into practice, they don’t. Then they wonder why their prayers are not answered when they say they believe God.  So let’s explore this issue and see what the Word tells us we need to do in order to make our faith work, and get our prayers answered.

Scriptures:

James 1: 2-82 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces [endurance, perseverance] patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be [mature] perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.  NKJ  emphasis added

Hebrews 11:1:  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.   NKJ

-Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see.  Contemporary English

-Now faith is the conviction concerning those things that are in hope, as if it were these things in action, and the revelation of those things that are unseen;   Aramaic

James 1: 19-21:   19 My beloved brothers, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger, 20 for man’s anger does not bring about the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and every expression of evil, and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save your souls.   Berean

Ephesians 5: 25-27:   25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her 26 to sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to Himself as a glorious church, without stain or wrinkle or any such blemish, but holy and blameless.   Berean

Galatians 5:6:  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love. NAS

Matthew 6: 22, 23:   22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!  NKJ

 Matthew 6: 9-15:  Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  10 Your kingdom come.  Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

13 And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.  14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.   NKJ

James 1: 22-25:   22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.  ESV

Romans 8: 1, 2:   1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set you free from the law of sin and death.  Berean

 

James 2: 14-17:  14  What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.    ESV

 

Galatians 6:7:  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.  NKJ

 

Mark 11: 25:  Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him [drop the issue, let it go], so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions and wrongdoings [against Him and others].   Amp


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Divine Nature – Part 3

Believers need to become aware God has called us to walk in His divine nature.   In order to partake of the divine nature, we have to learn how to yield to the Holy Spirit.  When we yield to the Spirit we can perceive what we are supposed to do each day.  In order to yield to the Spirit, we need to do two things:  get our hearts right, and teach our minds to think like God.  When we get our hearts right, and think like God, then God’s divine nature gently leads us by the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit guides us in a gentle pulling movement, where the flesh causes a forced pushing of our own will.  The Spirit is peaceably gentle.             

2 Peter 1: 2-4   2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  3  His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 Through these He has given us His precious and magnificent promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, now that you have escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.  Berean Study

2 Peter 1: 5-8:   5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities and continue to grow in them, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.   Berean Study

Psalm 139: 23, 2423 God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart.  Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me.  Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares.  24 See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on, and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways— the path that brings me back to you. TPT

Psalm 139:16:   Your eyes saw my unformed body; all my days were written in Your book and ordained for me before one of them came to be.   Berean Study

Jeremiah 29:11:   For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.    NIV

Self-will must be dealt with:

Romans 5:19:   For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.  NKJ

 Isaiah 1: 19, 20:   19 If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; 20 But if you refuse and rebel,

You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.  NKJ

 John 6: 26, 27:  Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not work for food that perishes, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on Him God the Father has placed His seal of approval.” NKJ

John 6: 53-57:  53  So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of Man, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For My flesh is real food, and My blood is real drink.  56 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him. 57 Just as the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your fathers, who ate the manna and died, the one who eats this bread will live forever.”  Berean Study


Romans 12:2:
   Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.  Berean Study

Romans 12:2  Ask God to sift through your anxieties, cares and fears and find out why you are acting a certain way, and keeping yourself from moving forward into the things God has for your future.   TPT

John 10:10:   The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.  NKJ

John 14:12:  “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.   NAS

 

 


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Divine Nature – Part 2

Believers need to become aware God has called us to walk in His divine nature.   In order to partake of the divine nature, we have to learn how to yield to the Holy Spirit.  When …

Divine Nature – Part 1

Believers need to become aware God has called us to walk in His divine nature.   In order to partake of the divine nature, we have to learn how to yield to the Holy Spirit.  When we yield to the Spirit we can perceive what we are supposed to do each day.  In order to yield to the Spirit, we need to do two things:  get our hearts right, and teach our minds to think like God.  When we get our hearts right, and think like God, then God’s divine nature gently leads us by the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit guides us in a gentle pulling movement, where the flesh causes a forced pushing of our own will.  The Spirit is peaceably gentle.             

Scriptures:

2 Peter 1: 2-4   2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  3  His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 Through these He has given us His precious and magnificent promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, now that you have escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.  Berean Study

2 Peter 1: 5-8:   5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities and continue to grow in them, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.   Berean Study


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The Importance of Believing God

It is so important we put our faith and beliefs in God.  The quality of our lives depends on it.  Using Daniel as our example, we can learn many things about faithfulness to God, and in God.  Especially if we want to live the kind of Christian life God expects from His children.  Let’s see how we can please God.                                     

Scriptures:

Hebrews 11:6And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who approaches Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.  Berean Study

Hebrews 11:1Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.   NIV

Daniel Chapter 61 Now it pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, 2 and over them three administrators, including Daniel, to whom these satraps were accountable so that the king would not suffer loss. 3 Soon, by his extraordinary spirit, Daniel distinguished himself among the administrators and satraps. So the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.  4 Thus the administrators and satraps sought a charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom, but they could find no charge or corruption, because he was trustworthy, and no negligence or corruption was found in him. 5 Finally these men said, “We will never find any charge against this Daniel, unless we find something against him concerning the law of his God.”  6 So the administrators and satraps went together to the king and said, “O King Darius, may you live forever! 7 All the royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers, and governors have agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce a decree that for thirty days anyone who petitions any god or man except you, O king, will be thrown into the den of lions. 8 Therefore, O king, establish the decree and sign the document so that it cannot be changed—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.”  9 Therefore King Darius  signed the written decree.  10 Now when Daniel learned that the document had been signed, he went into his house, where the windows of his upper room opened toward Jerusalem, and three times a day he got down on his knees, prayed, and gave thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel petitioning and imploring his God. 12 So they approached the king and asked about his royal decree: “Did you not sign a decree that for thirty days any man who petitions any god or man except you, O king, will be thrown into the den of lions?”  The king replied, “According to the law of the Medes and Persians the order stands, and it cannot be repealed.”   13 Then they told the king, “Daniel, one of the exiles from Judah, shows no regard for you, O king, or for the decree that you have signed. He still makes his petition three times a day.”  14 As soon as the king heard this, he was deeply distressed and set his mind on delivering Daniel, and he labored until sundown to rescue him.  15 Then the men approached the king together and said to him, “Remember, O king, that by the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or ordinance established by the king can be changed.”  16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the den of lions.  The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!”  17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that nothing concerning Daniel could be changed. 

18 Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting. No entertainment was brought before him, and sleep fled from him.  19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the den of lions. 20 When he reached the den, he cried out in a voice of anguish, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”  21 Then Daniel replied, “O king, may you live forever! 22 My God sent His angel and shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, for I was found innocent in His sight, and I have done no wrong against you, O king.”  23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den, and when Daniel was lifted out of the den, no wounds whatsoever were found on him, because he had trusted in his God.  24 At the command of the king, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought and thrown into the den of lions—they and their children and wives. And before they had reached the bottom of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.  25 Then King Darius wrote to the people of every nation and language throughout the land: “May your prosperity abound. 26 I hereby decree that in every part of my kingdom, men are to tremble in fear before the God of Daniel:  For He is the living God, and He endures forever; His kingdom will never be destroyed, and His dominion will never end.  27 He delivers and rescues; He performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth, for He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”  28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.    Berean Study

Ephesians 1:17-21:   17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.  NKJ


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The Other Side of the Cross

We celebrate Easter every year, and it’s good to remind ourselves of what Jesus did.  However, Jesus really wants us to take what He did on the cross, and use it for His glory in this day and hour.  He didn’t die in vain on the cross; He did it to bring man back into right standing with God, and empower him against Satan and the demons.  So let’s examine the other side of the cross and make sure we are using our God-given authority in the Name of Jesus.

                                      Scriptures:

Isaiah 53:1-9:   1 Who has believed our message?

And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no stately form or majesty to attract us, no beauty that we should desire Him.  3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.  Like one from whom men hide their faces, He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.
4 Surely He took on our infirmities and carried our sorrows; yet we considered Him stricken by God, struck down and afflicted.  5 But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.  6 We all like sheep have gone astray, each one has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.  7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth.  He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth.   8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away, and who can recount His descendants?  For He was cut off from the land of the living; He was stricken for the transgression of My people. 9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in His death, although He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. Berean Study  arm-zrowa-stretched out in force to help having mighty power and strength; iniquitiesavon-to make crooked; do amiss; mischief; bow down; perversity; infirmities-strengthless; feeble of mind or body; malady; sickness; disease; sorrows-makowb- anguish; pain, grief, affliction; transgressions-pesha-revolt, rebellion, sin, trespass

Isaiah 53: 10-12:  
Isaiah 53: 1,2 ->John 12: 37,38:
 37 Although Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still did not believe in Him. 38 This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet:

“Lord, who has believed our message?  And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”  Berean Study

Isaiah 52:10:   The LORD has bared His holy arm in the sight of all the nations; all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.   Berean
NLT:  The LORD has demonstrated his holy power before the eyes of all the nations  arm-zrowa- stretched out with force to help having mighty power and strength
John 14: 12: He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. KJ
Isaiah 53: 4-> Matthew 8: 17:  This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”  ESV
Isaiah 53:5-> 1 Peter 2:24:  He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. “By His stripes you are healed.”  Berean Study

Isaiah 53:7-> John 1: 29:  The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!  KJ

 Isaiah 53:8-> Acts 8: 33:  In His humiliation His justice was taken away, And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth.”   Berean Study

Isaiah 53:8->Daniel 9: 26a:  And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself  NKJ

Isaiah 52: 13-15:  13 Behold, My Servant will prosper; He will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.  14 Just as many were appalled at Him — His appearance was disfigured beyond that of any man, and His form was marred beyond human likeness— 15 so He will sprinkle many nations. Kings will shut their mouths because of Him.  For they will see what they have not been told, and they will understand what they have not heard.  Berean Study

Isaiah 52:13->Philippians 2: 9-11:  9 Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name above all names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.   Berean Study

Luke 10: 17-20:   17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in Your name.”  18  So He told them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19  See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm you. 20  Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”   Berean Study

Ephesians 1: 13,14:  13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guaranteed of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.  ESV


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The Lifestyle of Faith

The Word of God is all about faith.  We are taught to walk by faith, not by sight.  Therefore, we have to remind ourselves and encourage ourselves sometimes daily of what faith is and that it is a lifestyle we live; it’s not a passing phase we try.

 Scriptures:

2 Timothy 2: 1-4:   1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.  NKJ

2 Timothy 2:4:   No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.  NAS
2 Corinthians 10: 3, 4:  
3 For though we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh. 4 The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. Berean Study

2 Corinthians 10:5   We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  NIV

ESV:   We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.

Berean Study:  We tear down arguments and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

King James:   Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Ephesians 6:10:   Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  NKJ

 2 Corinthians 10:6:   And after you have become fully obedient, we will punish everyone who remains disobedient.  NLT

Numbers 13: 1, 2:  1 And the LORD said to Moses, 2 “Send out for yourself men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each of their fathers’ tribes send one man who is a leader among them.”  Berean Study

Numbers 13: 25; 27-33:   25 And they returned from spying out the land after forty days.  27 Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly [g]flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” 30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”  31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” 32 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. 33 There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”   NKJ

Numbers 14: 1-4:   1 So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. 2 And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! 3 Why has the Lord brought us to this land to [a]fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” 4 So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.”   NKJ

Numbers 14: 27-31:  27 “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who complain against Me? I have heard the complaints which the children of Israel make against Me. 28 Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you: 29 The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above. 30 Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in. 31 But your little ones, whom you said would be victims, I will bring in, and they shall know the land which you have despised.  NKJ


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The Battle of the Mind: Shut the Enemy Out

We have been speaking about our mind and how the devil manipulates our thoughts.  Today, we are going to focus on our position of authority in our mind so we shut the enemy out. Scriptures:  …

The Battle of the Mind: Control Your Thoughts

Many believers characterize their faith by how they think.  Last time we spoke of how we feel, and today we are going to focus on what we think.   Believers today are depressed, they have anxiety, they can’t sleep at night, they are fearful, and many other negative things.  This should not be so.  Let’s find out how to control our thoughts to live in peace.

Scriptures:

Romans 12:2:   And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.   KJ

NLT:  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. 

Romans 8:6:   The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.  NIV

NLT:  So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.  Mind phromena-feelings guided by inclination and purpose; opinion

Ephesians 6: 10-13:  10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.   NKJ  wiles-methodeia- accompany in a journey by lying in wait to trick; trickery

Ephesians 6:16:   In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Berean Study

KJ:  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  KJ

Darts – missiles, spears, arrows

NLT:  In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.

Luke 10: 17, 18:   17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in Your name.”

18 So He told them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”   Berean Study

Mark 16: 17a:   And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons…   NKJ

2 Corinthians 10: 3-5:   3 For though we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh. 4 The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. Berean Study   strongholds-fortresses of human reasoning reinforced by subtle arguments in the mind; false beliefs against God

2 Timothy 1:7:   For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  NKJ

Berean Literal:   For God has not given us a spirit of cowardice, but of power, and of love, and of self-control.

 

Psalm 91:  I remain settled in a protective state of mind focused on the Most High; therefore, I stay permanently safe under the defense of the Almighty.  I say, “Lord, You are my confidant and my defense: My God, in You I trust.”  Surely You deliver me from the snare of all entrapments, and from the destroying plagues.  You fence me in with Your feathers, and under Your wings I take shelter.  Your Word surrounds me with a prickly guard of protection.  I am not afraid of objects that startle at night, or of wounding weapons that fly by day, nor of the plague that walks in darkness, nor of destroying things that ruin and lay waste at noonday.  A thousand may fall at my side, and ten thousand at my right hand, but it shall not come near me! Only as an onlooker will I observe the reward of the wicked.  Because I have made the Lord, my shelter of hope and trust, and the Most High, the place where I dwell, no evil shall befall me, nor any contagious epidemics come near my home.  For the Lord has given His dispatched deputy of angels command over me, to hedge me about with guarded thorns everywhere I go.  In their hands they bear me up, even if I dash my foot against a stone.  I shall tread on the fierce roar of the enemies fake alarms against me and the adders’ twisted truths.  The gates of hell and the serpent I trample under my feet.  Because I love You Father, You always carry me to safety, and set me on high because I know Your Name.  I will always call on You, and I know that You will always answer me; and be with me in all tight spots.  You equip me with the strength to escape every situation, and You always honor me.  With long life you continue to give me plenty, and You deliver me victoriously in every situation through Jesus (Yeshua Messiah)!


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The Battle of the Mind: Feelings Versus Faith

Many believers characterize their faith by how they feel.  God gave us emotions, to exhilarate, warn, direct and inspire us. However, we must always examine our feelings based on the state of our heart, which can be tainted by our sin nature.  Emotions/feelings can come from the enemy, and mislead us.   Let’s learn to control our soul realm (feelings/emotions) so that we think and act in line with God; not the enemy.

Scriptures:

Romans 12:2:   And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.   KJ

NLT:  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. 

Jeremiah 17: 9, 10:   9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure—who can understand it?  10  I, the LORD, search the heart; I examine the mind to reward a man according to his way, by what his deeds deserve.  Berean Study heart- leb- feelings, will and intellect

Romans 6: 2-4:   How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  NKJ

Romans 6: 12-14:   12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.  NKJ  members-melos-limb or body part

Romans 8:6:   The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.  NIV

NLT:  So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.  Mind phromena-feelings guided by inclination and purpose; opinion

Ephesians 6: 10-13:  10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.   NKJ  wiles-methodeia- accompany in a journey by lying in wait to trick; trickery

Mark 16: 17a:   And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons…   NKJ

2 Corinthians 10: 3-6:   3 For though we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh. 4 The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, as soon as your obedience is complete.   Berean Study   strongholds-fortresses of human reasoning reinforced by subtle arguments in the mind;  false beliefs against God 

James 4:6-8:   “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”  7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  NKJ   hearts-kardia-feelings, thoughts, mind

 

James 1: 19, 20:  So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.  NKJ   wrath-stretching forth excitement of the mind from indignation, punishment; violent passion, anger

Joshua 1: 6-9:   6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall give these people the inheritance of the land that I swore to their fathers I would give them.  7 Above all, be strong and very courageous. Be careful to observe all the law that My servant Moses commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in all you do.  9 Have I not commanded you to be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”  Berean Study
2 Timothy 1:7:   For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  NKJ

Berean Literal:   For God has not given us a spirit of cowardice, but of power, and of love, and of self-control.

 

Ephesians 6:16: Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  KJ

Darts – missiles, spears, arrows


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The Power of Love

We are going to delve into the power of love.  We talk about love a lot, but we don’t fully understand the power behind it, and the extreme importance of meditating on it.  You have to know how much God loves you before the power of the Spirit works in your life.  Faith only works when it operates through love.  Knowing God loves you will cause you to be elevated to a new spiritual level of peace, contentment and miracles.

Scriptures:

I Corinthians 13: 1-3:  1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a ringing gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and exult in the surrender of my body, but have not love, I gain nothing.   Berean Study

1 John 4: 15, 16:  15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.    NKJ

Meditate:  “I know and believe the love God has for me.”

Psalm 139: 1-3:   Lord, you know everything there is to know about me. 2  You perceive every movement of my heart and soul, and you understand my every thought before it even enters my mind.  3 You are so intimately aware of me, Lord.

You read my heart like an open book and you know all the words I’m about to speak before I even start a sentence! TPT

Psalm 139: 4-8:   You know every step I will take before my journey even begins.  5 You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way, and in kindness you follow behind me to spare me from the harm of my past.  With your hand of love upon my life, you impart a blessing to me. 6 This is just too wonderful, deep, and incomprehensible! Your understanding of me brings me wonder and strength. 7 Where could I go from your Spirit?

Where could I run and hide from your face? 8 If I go up to heaven, you’re there!  If I go down to the realm of the dead, you’re there too!  TPT

Isaiah 45:7:   I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.  KJ

Psalm 139: 9-12:   9 If I fly with wings into the shining dawn, you’re there!  If I fly into the radiant sunset, you’re there waiting!  10 Wherever I go, your hand will guide me; your strength (right hand) will empower me.  11 It’s impossible to disappear from you or to ask the darkness to hide me, for your presence is everywhere, bringing light into my night.  12 There is no such thing as darkness with you.  The night, to you, is as bright as the day; there’s no difference between the two.   TPT

Psalm 16: 7, 8:   7 I will bless the LORD who counsels me; even at night my conscience instructs me.  8 I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  Berean Study

Psalm 139:  13-16:   13  For You formed my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.  14 I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Marvelous are Your works,

and I know this very well.  15 My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was woven together

in the depths of the earth.  16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all my days were written in Your book and ordained for me before one of them came to be.   Berean Study

TPT:  13 You formed my innermost being, shaping my delicate inside and my intricate outside, and wove them all together in my mother’s womb.  14 I thank you, God, for making me so mysteriously complex!  Everything you do is marvelously breathtaking.  It simply amazes me to think about it!  How thoroughly you know me, Lord!  15 You even formed every bone in my body when you created me in the secret place, carefully, skillfully shaping me from nothing to something. 16 You saw who you created me to be before I became me!  Before I’d ever seen the light of day, the number of days you planned for me were already recorded in your book.

John 13: 31-35:   31 So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. 32 If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately. 33 Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you. 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”   NKJ

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8:  4 Love is patient and kind, never jealous, boastful, proud, or 5 rude.  Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered. 

It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do.  6 Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil.  7 Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting.  8 Love never fails! CEV

Meditate:  Put your name in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 in the place of love.  Repeat this over and over as a mantra.

Galatians 5:6:   For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. KJ

Philippians 3: 12-14:  12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.   Berean Study


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Jesus Dispenses Power to the Church

In this message, we will look into the Book of Ephesians and discover how the power of God works through us. The ability to believe God brings the supernatural upon our lives.  Jesus wants every believer to have spiritual wisdom and revelation knowledge of Him so that we allow the supernatural power of Christ to work through us.  The power we have now.

 

Ephesians 1: 3-6:   3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. 4 For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His presence. In love 5 He predestined us for adoption as His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the Beloved One.    Berean Study

Matthew 3:17: And behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, “This is my Son, the beloved, in whom I was well pleased.”  Berean Literal

Ephesians 1: 7-10:   7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.   NKJ

Ephesians 1: 11,12: 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.   NKJ

Ephesians 1: 13,14:   13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the [e]guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.   NKJ

Ephesians 1: 15-21:   15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.   NKJ

Colossians 2:15:  And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.   Berean Study

1 John 3: 8:   He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.  NKJ

NLT:   But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.

2 Corinthians 4:4:   In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.   ESV

Ephesians 1: 22, 23:   22 And God put everything under His feet and made Him head over everything for the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.   Berean Study

John 15:5:   I am the vine and you are the branches. The one who remains in Me, and I in him, will bear much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.   Berean Study

Ephesians 2:  1-3:  1 As for you, you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you used to walk when you conformed to the ways of this world and of the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit who is now at work in the sons of disobedience. 3 At one time we all lived among them, fulfilling the cravings of our flesh and indulging its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature children of wrath.  Berean Study

Ephesians 2: 4-7:   4 But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ, even when we were dead in our trespasses. It is by grace you have been saved! 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages He might display the surpassing riches of His grace, demonstrated by His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.  Berean Study

Ephesians 2: 8, 9:   8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.  NAS


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Commit Your Works Unto the Lord

It is important for believers to develop healthy habits.  Let’s learn how to develop new habits where we commit every work we do to the Lord.  The Father cares about everything we do.

Scriptures:

Proverbs 16:3:   Commit your works to the LORD, And your thoughts will be established.   NKJ  works-action good or bad; activity; primary root: to do or to make

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.  NIV

Psalm 37: 3-40:   3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.  4 Delight yourself in the LORD,

and He will give you the desires of your heart.  5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will do it.  6 He will bring forth your righteousness like the dawn, your justice like the noonday sun.  7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; fret not when men prosper in their ways, when they carry out wicked schemes.  8 Refrain from anger and abandon wrath; do not fret—it can only bring harm.  9 For the evildoers will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.  10 Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.  11 But the meek will inherit the land and delight in abundant prosperity.  12 The wicked scheme against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them, 13 but the Lord laughs, seeing that their day is coming.  14 The wicked have drawn the sword and bent the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright.  15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,  and their bows will be broken.  16 Better is the little of the righteous than the abundance of many who are wicked.  17 For the arms of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.  18 The LORD knows the days of the blameless, and their inheritance will last forever.  19 In the time of evil they will not be ashamed, and in the days of famine they will be satisfied.  20 But the wicked and enemies of the LORD will perish like the glory of the fields.  They will vanish; like smoke they will fade away.  21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,  but the righteous are gracious and giving.  22 Surely those He blesses will inherit the land, but the cursed will be destroyed. 23 The steps of a man are ordered by the LORD who takes delight in his journey.  24 Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, for the LORD is holding his hand.  25 I once was young and now am old, yet never have I seen the righteous abandoned or their children begging for bread.  26 They are ever generous and quick to lend, and their children are a blessing.  27 Turn away from evil and do good, so that you will abide forever.  28 For the LORD loves justice and will not forsake His saints.  They are preserved forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off.  29 The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.  30 The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.   31 The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not falter.  32 Though the wicked lie in wait for the righteous, and seek to slay them, 33 the LORD will not leave them in their power or let them be condemned under judgment.  34 Wait for the LORD and keep His way, and He will raise you up to inherit the land. When the wicked are cut off, you will see it.  35 I have seen a wicked, ruthless man flourishing like a well-rooted native tree, 36 yet he passed away and was no more; though I searched, he could not be found.  37 Consider the blameless and observe the upright, for a posterity awaits the man of peace.  38 But the transgressors will all be destroyed; the future of the wicked will be cut off.  39 The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their stronghold in time of trouble.  40 The LORD helps and delivers them; He rescues and saves them from the wicked, because they take refuge in Him.    Berean

Proverbs 3: 1-12:    1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; 2 for they will add length to your days, years and peace to your life.  3 Never let loving devotion or faithfulness leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.   4 Then you will find favor and high regard in the sight of God and man.  5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.  7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil.  8 This will bring healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.   9 Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your harvest; 10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.  11 My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD, and do not loathe His rebuke; 12 for the LORD disciplines the one He loves, as does a father the son in whom he delights.  Berean   keep-natsar-root ->to guard; protect and preserve; fear- revere; reverence

Psalm 119: 105:   Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  ESV

Jeremiah 29: 11:  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  KJ

1 Peter 5:7:  casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].   AMP

Matthew 11: 28-30:  28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.”   AMP


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Bearing Fruit – Part 3

We have been talking about bearing fruit and we’ve discovered we can’t bear fruit without Jesus.  Scriptures shows we were created to be fruitful.  One of the main reasons believers are not fruitful is because they operate in “dead works.” Today, we will reveal what dead works are, and how to turn from them so that we live the rest of our life bearing fruit.

Scriptures:

John 15: 1, 2:   1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. NKJ

John 15: 5:   I am the vine and you are the branches. The one who remains in Me, and I in him, will bear much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.    Berean

Genesis 1:28a:   God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it  KJ

Genesis 9:7:   And as for you, be fruitful and multiply; Bring forth abundantly in the earth And multiply in it.”   NKJ

John 15:7:  If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. NKJ

Matthew 7: 24-29:   24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.  26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” 28 And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, 29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribesNKJ

Hebrews 6:1: Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith in God, Berean

We should not lay again the foundation of turning away from useless works and believing in God   Good News

Philippians 3: 2, 3:  2 Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved. 3 For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort 

Philippians 3:9:  not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; NKJ

Ephesians 2:8-10:  8 For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life.   Berean

Matthew 23:2-7; 13, 15, 23, 25-28:   2 “The scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So practice and observe everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4 They tie up heavy, burdensome loads and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.  5 All their deeds are done for men to see. They broaden their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. 6 They love the places of honor at banquets, the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 the greetings in the marketplaces, and the title of ‘Rabbi’ by which they are addressed.  13 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let in those who wish to enter.  15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You traverse land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you  are.  23 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You pay tithes of mint, dill, and cumin. But you have disregarded the weightier matters of the law: justice, mercy, and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.  25 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, so that the outside may become clean as well. 27 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside, but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and every impurity. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to be righteous, but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.   Berean
Luke 20: 46:   Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts;  KJ

Hebrews 9:14:   how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead worksESV

His blood will purify our consciences from useless rituals, so that we may serve the living God.   Good News

James 2: 21-23:  21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”  NKJ

John 8:31:  So He said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples.   Berean


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Bearing Fruit

In order to receive anything from God, we have to be bearing fruit.  Bearing fruit is an absolute necessity for getting our prayers answered and seeing results! Every believer is supposed to live a life bearing fruit. In order to bear fruit, we must lean into times of pruning. Let’s take a look at this today, and see how to adjust our lives so we bear fruit.

Scriptures:

John 15: 1-4:   1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.  NKJ

John 15: 5-8:   5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. NKJ

Matthew 3: 1,2, 5-9:    1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”  5 Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him 6 and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.  7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, 9 and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.   NKJ

Hebrews 12: 5-11:  5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:     “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;       6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.” 7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.   NKJ

James 1: 13, 14:   13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when by his own evil desires he is lured away and enticed.  Berean Study

Galatians 5: 22,23:   22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.  NKJ

 Mark 2: 3-12:   3 Then a paralytic was brought to Him, carried by four men. 4 Since they were unable to get to Jesus through the crowd, they uncovered the roof above Him, made an opening, and lowered the paralytic on his mat.  5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”  6 But some of the scribes were sitting there and thinking in their hearts, 7 “Why does this man speak like this? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 At once Jesus knew in His spirit that they were thinking this way within themselves. “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?” He asked. 9 “Which is easier: to say to a paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, pick up your mat, and walk’? 10 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…” He said to the paralytic, 11 “I tell you, get up, pick up your mat, and go home.”  12 And immediately the man got up, picked up his mat, and walked out in front of them all. As a result, they were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”   Berean

John 14: 30:   “I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in MeNAS

he has no claim on Me.  Berean

 

How can I bear fruit?  The fruit of the Spirit comes forth only through the Vine.  The Vine activates the power of the Spirit inside of you when you reach in and embrace God’s Word (Jesus)!  No amount of self-effort will bear spiritual fruit. Spiritual fruit requires total surrender of your will to God.  This means obeying Jesus’ Word over your own nature, so that the fruit of the Spirit can come forth.  Total surrender can only occur when Jesus is our first love.  This means staying attached to the Vine.  His Word must rule your heart and mind.  When it does, bearing fruit—the fruit of the Spirit will come forth naturally!  When you read a Scripture, think about it, meditate on it, and when you finally get it say, “I believe I receive!”

 

Revelation 2: 4, 5:    4 But I have this against you: You have abandoned your first love. 5 Therefore, keep in mind how far you have fallen. Repent and perform the deeds you did at first. But if you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.   Berean


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Imagination – Part 4

We’ve discovered our imagination is the home of our dreams; the place where we create our destiny.  Right there in the pictures of your mind.  The Spirit guides us to think like God and the imagination brings the pictures to life. That’s why it’s very important we use our imagination with the mind of our spirit, not the mind of our flesh. Today we will practice this principle.

Scriptures:

Genesis 1: 26:  Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”NIV image: resemblance; representative figure; likeness: like mannered; similitude

Genesis 1:28a:  God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it;  Berean   subdue-kabash-bring into subjection; govern

John 15:8:   This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, proving yourselves to be My disciples.  Berean Study

 

Matthew 11:12:   And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.  NKJ

Matthew 11:12: and the violent lay claim to it.  Berean

Luke 16: 16:  “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.  NKJ

Luke 16:16:   everyone is forcing his way into it.   NAS

James 1: 2-42 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4  Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.     Berean Study

John 10:10:  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantlyKJ

John 10:10:  and have it in all its fullness.   Berean

1 John 5:4:  For everyone having been born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory having overcome the world: our faith.  Berean Literal

1 John 5:4:    For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.   NLT

Romans 4:17:  As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the presence of God, in whom he believed, the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being what does not yet existBerean Study

Romans 4: 18-21:   18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21  being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. NIV hope-anticipate with pleasure; expectation   unbelief – disbelief;  without faith; heathen

EXERCISE #1:  Using your imagination with faith focused on the Spirit not flesh.  We will imagine our bodies healed.

Like Abraham at age 100 imagining he had a child, let’s imagine we are healed. Follow the principle. Do not waver in your faith by focusing on how you feel, or what you have been told.  Instead, decide to be fully persuaded to believe God, who is Scripture.  Jesus is the Word, so Scripture is Jesus and Jesus is Scripture.  Let’s practice by imagining ourselves completely well as I read Isaiah 53:5 and 1 Peter 2:24.   Instead of focusing on the flesh, focus on the spirit.  Close your eyes, and form the image of you healed with your spiritual mind.

 

Isaiah 53:5:   But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.   NKJ  

1 Peter 2:24:  He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. “By His stripes you are healed.”  Berean Study

1 Peter 2: 24:  By his wounds you are healed.  NLT

Exercise #2:   The Father told us to bring our tithes into the storehouse so there is meat in His house.  He said we should prove Him to pour blessings on us we could not receive.  Jesus told us to give, and it would be given to us, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over. Jesus fed 5000.  He lifted the seed up before God and asked Him to bless it.  God created His disciples to be fruitful and bear fruit. Close your eyes.  As I read Malachi 3, Luke 6 and Mark 6.           Imagine yourself fruitful and multiplying, as God multiplies your seed.  Imagine being His disciple bearing much fruit. See yourself this way always.  (Ref:  Gen. 1:28; John 15:8)

Malachi 3:10:   Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this,” says the LORD of Hosts. “See if I will not open the windows of heaven and pour out for you blessing without measure.  Berean Study

Luke 6:38:   Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”  Berean Study

Mark 6: 41-44:  41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, Jesus spoke a blessing and broke the loaves. Then He gave them to His disciples to set before the people. And He divided the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 44 And there were five thousand men who had eaten the loaves.    Berean


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Imagination – Part 2

We have discovered using our imagination is a good thing when used properly based on God’s Word.  It was given to us by God; the ability to dream the desires of our heart.  So we will look at how to use our imagination and how not to use it.   Today we’re going to learn how to train our thoughts with pictures in our imagination to line up with God’s Word, not with our flesh, and not with how the world thinks.

Scriptures:

Genesis 1: 26:  Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”NIV image: resemblance; representative figure; likeness: like mannered; similitude

Romans 4:17:  As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the presence of God, in whom he believed, the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being what does not yet existBerean Study

Romans 4: 18-21:   18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21  being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. NIV

Proverbs 23:7:  For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.     NKJ

Job 3: 25:  For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me.  NKJ

Philippians 4:8:  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,  whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.    KJ

James 4: 1-4:   1 What causes conflicts and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from the passions at war within you? 2 You crave what you do not have; you kill and covet, but are unable to obtain it. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3 And when you do ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may squander it on your pleasures. 4 You adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore, whoever chooses to be a friend of the world renders himself an enemy of God.    Berean Study

Philippians 2:12:  Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and tremblingNKJ

Hebrews 10:14:   For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.  ESV

1 John 5: 1-5:  1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of Him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God and keep His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome, 4 because everyone born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith.  5 Who then overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God       Berean Study

Psalm 37: 4:   Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart Berean Study  heart – labe – mind, will, emotions

Romans 12:2:   Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.   NIV

 1 John 5: 9-12; 19:   9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. 10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.   19  We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. NKJ    life  zoe– literally to live and breathe; vitality

Acts 17: 28a:  For in him we live, and move, and have our being KJ   live- comes out of zoe life, to live life

Proverbs 4: 23:   Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.  NIV   heart – labe -mind, will, emotions

2 Corinthians 10: 5:  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; KJ

Joel 2: 28:   “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.   NKJ

Proverbs 29: 18:   Where there is no vision, the people perish NKJ

Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint   Berean Study

 

Prov. 15:26:   Evil plans are an abomination to the LORD, But pleasant words are pure.  NAS


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Stewardship – Part 6

Scripture shows clearly we are called to be stewards.  A steward is a manager.  A manager looks after what he is put in charge of.  Today we are going to look at everything we possess as a seed.  Seeds come in all forms, but in this series we have been focusing on the seed of wealth.  Stewardship is nothing more than managing all seeds placed in our possession based on God’s principles and God’s instructions.

Scriptures:

Genesis 1: 28a:  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: KJ fruitful- bring increase  multiply-  be in authority to bring in abundance; replenish- gather and fill to full;  subdue- conquer; bring in subjection to

Psalm 24: 1:   The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it. NAS

Genesis 8: 22:  While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”   ESV

Genesis 1: 11, 12:   11 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  NKJ

2 Corinthians 9: 10-13:   10 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your store of seed and will increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous on every occasion, and your giving through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 12 For this ministry of service is not only supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanksgiving to God.  13 Because of the proof this ministry provides, the saints will glorify God for your obedient confession of the gospel of Christ, and for the generosity of your contribution to them and to all the others   Berean Study

Luke 12: 13-21:   13 Someone in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed Me  judge or executor between you?” 15 And He said to them, “Watch out! Guard yourselves against every form of greed, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16 Then He told them a parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced an abundance. 17 So he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, since I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and will build bigger ones, and there I will store up all my grain and my goods. 19 Then I will say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take it easy. Eat, drink, and be merry!”’ 20  But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be required of you. Then who will own what you have accumulated?’ 21 This is how it will be for anyone who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich toward God.” Life-zoe to live a lifetime

Mark 6: 30-44:   30 Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. 33 But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to Him. 34 And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things. 35 When the day was now far spent, His disciples came to Him and said, “This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. 36 Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat.” 37 But He answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat.”  And they said to Him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?”  38 But He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they found out they said, “Five, and two fish.”  39 Then He commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties. 41 And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all. 42 So they all ate and were filled. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish. 44 Now those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand men.   NKJ

Luke 21: 1-3:   1 Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, 2 and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins.  3 And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. 4 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”   ESV

Luke 16: 10, 11, 13:  10 He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. 11“Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? 13 No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”   NAS

Luke 6: 37, 38:  38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”  ESV


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