How to Hear from God – Part 2 of 2

We are continuing this series on how to hear from God.  In Part 1, we looked at the 3 parts of man which we will review because you need to distinguish the 3 parts of who you are.  Today, we will explore further examples of our 3 part being in order to understand more about who we are, and how we operate as human beings so that we understand more how to hear from God.    

Scriptures

1 Thessalonians 5: 22, 23:   22 Abstain from every form of evil. 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

Sanctify – hagiazo – to purify and consecrate mentally; make holy and be holy

Spirit – pneuma – breathing being or human being;

John 4: 24:  God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”  ESV

Worship – proskynéō – to make all necessary physical gestures of obeisance, or obeying.

Soul – psuche – rational and immortal soul; the affections and the will; the mind -> the mind, will and emotions; the root of the english word psyche, where we get the word psychology; deals with our distinct identity, individual personality

Romans 12: 2:  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

Mind – nous – mind, reasoning faculty, intellect; God-given capacity for each person to think or reason; for the believer, your mind is the organ for receiving God’s thoughts.

Body – soma-  body literally

Romans 8: 7The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.  NIV

Mind – phronema- thoughts; that which is in the mind; inner perspective with outward behavior

1 Corinthians 9: 26, 27:   26 Therefore I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight like I am beating the air. 27 No, I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.  Berean

Part 2:

John 3: 1-7:   1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs You are doing if God were not with him.” 3 Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”  4 “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time to be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh is born of flesh, but spirit is born of the Spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes. You hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”  Berean

Luke 16: 19-31:   19 “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’  27 “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’ ”   NKJ


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How to Hear from God – Part 1

This series will help you discover how to hear the voice of God inside of you.  Often we think we are hearing from God, when what we are listening to is our soul realm, or our body; not our inner spirit man who is a spirit.  Once you understand the make-up of who you are; you will be able to distinguish the voice of your spirit versus the voices of this world.

Scriptures:

1 Thessalonians 5: 22, 23:   22 Abstain from every form of evil. 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

Sanctify – hagiazo – to purify and consecrate mentally; make holy and be holy

Ephesians 5: 25,26…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, 27and to present her to Himself as a glorious church, without stain or wrinkle or any such blemish, but holy and blameless.…  Berean

Spirit – pneuma – breathing being or human being;

John 6: 63:  The Spirit gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.  Berean

John 4: 24:  God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”  ESV

Worship – proskynéō – to make all necessary physical gestures of obeisance, or obeying.

Soul – psuche – rational and immortal soul; the affections and the will; the mind -> the mind, will and emotions; the root of the english word psyche, where we get the word psychology or person’s distinct identity, individual personality

Romans 8: 29:  29  For those God foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers.  Berean

Romans 12: 2:  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

Body – soma- the body literally your flesh

Romans 8: 7The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.  NIV

Romans 8: 7 …the mind of the flesh is hostile to God: It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.  Berean

Romans 8: 7:  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.  NKJ

Romans 8:8:  Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.  NIV

Those controlled by the flesh Berean

1 Corinthians 9: 26, 27:   26 Therefore I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight like I am beating the air. 27 No, I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.  Berean


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Putting Faith into Practice – Part 6

Every day challenges come to believers, and we will always be given the opportunity to believe God over our present situation.  Your faith will grow, as you use it, just like a muscle.  Learn to recognize every challenge that comes your way daily, and put your faith to work for you against those challenges.  In other words, choose to believe God over what you are going through.  Then your faith will work and grow.

Scriptures:

 

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

 

Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.  TPT

 

The Scripture is the substance of what you are hoping for.  Or as TPT says, the Scripture would be the foundation to acquire what we are longing for. Remember hope means “expectation,” so faith works by taking the Scripture you are standing on, and putting it before God, by simply confessing it, and holding on to it patiently until it comes to pass.  You must hold onto the Scripture, no matter how things look.  No matter what people say, no matter if the situation looks bleak, or hopeless.  You must trust God over what you see, hear, feel, taste, touch, and even what you think!  You have to believe God over this natural realm.  The natural realm does not look at things through the eyes of faith.  The natural realm is the soul realm.  The soul realm is the part of you that must be conformed into the image of Christ.  And remember, Jesus Christ is the Scripture.  He is the Living Word.  So you must make your soul, which is your mind (thoughts), your will and your emotions, stay in line with God’s word.  This means you must learn to keep your emotions in check, and control your thoughts to think like the Word.  That is why you need to keep the Word in front of your eyes, so that you don’t get distracted by things around you.  Don’t get distracted by what you see, or hear, or anything that is contrary to the Word of God.  Thoughts that would make you think about the opposite of what the Word tells you are thoughts you must cast down, and bring captive to God’s Word.  Sometimes you have to tell your thoughts, “No, God says this, and I cast down that negative thought down.”

You must learn not to speak out thoughts that are opposite of the Word of God.  Remember, the Word of God is your substance. The Word of God is Scripture.  It is your foundation of what you are believing for.  The Word of God is going to bring what you are believing for, out of the unseen world into the seen visible world.  So learn to control your tongue by not speaking out thoughts that come into your mind against the Scripture.  Believe the Word of God over your own thoughts and wait with patience for the answer to come.

 

Romans 8:25:  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait eagerly for it with patience and composure.  Amp

 Hope is a verb – elpizomen- to expect, to trust

 You must learn to wait eagerly for whatever you have prayed for, but you must also do it with patience and composure.  Keep your peace of mind.  You cannot allow the circumstances around you to steal what you are believing God for.  It takes being vigilant, and being aware of your thoughts and aware of what you are hearing, because the devil is always on the alert to trip you up.

 

1 Peter 5:8:   Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.  NKJ

 1 John 3:8:   Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.  ESV

 

You must watch what you say, because if you speak words contrary to God’s word, then you are in essence, agreeing with the devil.  You must speak your words in line with God’s word.  Don’t speak contrary to God’s word.  Don’t speak in opposition to God’s Word.  Speak in agreement with God’s word.

Let’s take the example of salvation.  We believe for our salvation, the same way we would believe any Scripture promise in the Word.  Scriptures that speak of healing, or prosperity, we believe them the same way we believe in salvation.

Romans 10: 6-10:   6 But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows: “DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, ‘WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN?’  (that is, to bring Christ down), 7or ‘WHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE ABYSS?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).” 8 But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.  NAS


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Putting Faith into Practice – Part 5

We are continuing our study on how to put faith into practice.  If you want the supernatural lifestyle, with miracles and the power of God’s Word working through you, then you must accept the Word of God into your mind (intellect), your will and your emotions.  The Word must become the most important thing you put your thoughts and beliefs in.

     Scriptures:

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

Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.  TPT

 

Matthew 13: 3-9:  3 And He told them many things in parables, saying, “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 And as he was sowing, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.  5 Some fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun rose, the seedlings were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.  7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the seedlings.  8 Still other seed fell on good soil and produced a crop—a hundredfold, sixtyfold, or thirtyfold.  9 He who has ears, let him hear.”     Berean

 Matthew 13: 18-2318 Consider, then, the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the message of the kingdom but does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since he has no root, he remains for only a season. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. 22 The seed sown among the thorns is the one who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

23 But the seed sown on good soil is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and produces a crop—a hundredfold, sixtyfold, or thirtyfold.”  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


Matthew 7: 24-27:
  24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”  ESV

 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

 2 Corinthians 10: 4, 5:   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

 

Philippians 4:8:   8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me, put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.   Berean Study


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Putting Faith into Practice – Part 4

We are continuing our study on how to put our faith into practice.  As we are learning, we realize faith won’t work without action.  Our actions must counteract our unbelief.  Let’s see how this works.

                                                          Scriptures:

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

Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.  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

 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

 2 Corinthians 10: 4, 5:   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

Philippians 4: 6-8:  6  Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. 7 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].  8 Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].    Amp

Philippians 4:8:   8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me, put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.   Berean Study

1 Peter 5:6, 7:   6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, so that in due time He may exalt you. 7 Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

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


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The Resurrection Life

We are in the season of the Resurrection.  The accumulation of 3 days that ushered in eternal life for all of mankind.  We often overlook the great things Jesus accomplished for us by going to the cross.  This message will reflect on the resurrection, and emphasize the accomplishments Jesus resolved for all of us. 

 Isaiah 53: 1- 5:  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.    Berean Study 

infirmities-Heb. maladies, anxieties, calamities, diseases, sicknesses, griefs;  sorrows-Heb.anguish and afflictions; transgressions: to break away from moral authority; sin, transgress; iniquities: root to be crooked; mischievous, morally evil, perversity; choose a crooked perverse path

Matthew 8:16, 17:  16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to Jesus, and He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. 17This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took on our infirmities and carried our diseases.”   Berean Study

 

1 Peter 2: 24, 25:  24 He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross [willingly offering Himself on it, as on an altar of sacrifice], so that we might die to sin [becoming immune from the penalty and power of sin] and live for righteousness; for by His wounds you [who believe] have been healed. 25 For you were continually wandering like [so many] sheep, but now you have come back to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.  Amp

 

I Peter 2: 18-25:  18 Those who are servants, submit to the authority of those who are your masters—not only to those who are kind and gentle but even to those who are hard and difficult. 19 You find God’s favor by deciding to please God even when you endure hardships because of unjust suffering. 20 For what merit is it to endure mistreatment for wrongdoing? Yet if you are mistreated when you do what is right, and you faithfully endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 In fact, you were called to live this way, because Christ also suffered in your place, leaving you his example for you to follow. 22 He never sinned and he never spoke deceitfully.  23 When he was verbally abused, he did not return with an insult; when he suffered, he would not threaten retaliation.  Jesus faithfully entrusted himself into the hands of God, who judges righteously. 24 He himself carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we would be dead to sin and live for righteousness. Our instant healing flowed from his wounding.  25 You were like sheep that continually wandered away, but now you have returned to the true Shepherd of your lives—the kind Guardian who lovingly watches over your souls.  TPT

 

Hebrews 2: 14, 15:  14 Now since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity, so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.  Berean Study

 Revelation 1: 17, 18:  14 Now since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity, so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.  Berean Study

 1 John 3: 8:  The one who practices sin [separating himself from God, and offending Him by acts of disobedience, indifference, or rebellion] is of the devil [and takes his inner character and moral values from him, not God]; for the devil has sinned and violated God’s law from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. Amp

John 10: 1-10:  1“Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever does not enter the sheepfold by the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 But the one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen for his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will flee from him because they do not recognize his voice.”  6 Jesus spoke to them using this illustration, but they did not understand what He was telling them. 7 So He said to them again, “Truly, truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before Mea were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the gate. If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved. He will come in and go out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness.  Berean Study

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


   


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Putting Faith into Practice – Part 3

We are now into part 3 of the series on putting faith into practice.  Today, we are going to continue to look at how to deal with unbelief.  We have to learn how to conquer it so that our faith can be effective. 

Scriptures:

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

Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.  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

 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

2 Corinthians 10: 4, 5:   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

Ephesians 6: 10-12:   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 [schemes] 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.  NKJ

2 Corinthians 10: 5:  overthrowing arguments, and every high thing lifting itself up against the knowledge of God… Berean Literal
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,  NKJ

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God,   ESV

Ephesians 6:16:   In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;  ESV

above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  NKJ

 In every battle, take faith as your wrap-around shield, for it is able to extinguish the blazing arrows coming at you from the evil one!  TPT

Philippians 4: 6-8:  6  Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. 7 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. 

8 Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].    Amp

Philippians 4:8:   8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me, put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.   Berean Study

 1 Peter 5:6, 7:   6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, so that in due time He may exalt you. 7 Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.


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Putting Faith into Practice – Part 2

In this series, we are learning how to put our faith into practice.  As we do, we will understand what real faith is, and how it works even better.  Today we will look at what unbelief is.  We have all heard about unbelief, but what exactly is it?  Today we will understand what real unbelief is and how it affects our faith.

Scriptures:

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

Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.  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

Matthew 17: 14-21:   14 And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” 17 Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. 

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”  20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”  NKJ

 Mark 9: 14-27:   14 And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them. 15 Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him. 16 And He asked the scribes, “What are you discussing with them?” 17 Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. 18 And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.” 19 He answered him and said, “O faithless[b] generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I [c]bear with you? Bring him to Me.” 20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. 21 So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”  25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” 26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. NKJ

Luke 9: 37-42:   37 Now it happened on the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, that a great multitude met Him. 38 Suddenly a man from the multitude cried out, saying, “Teacher, I implore You, look on my son, for he is my only child. 39 And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out; it convulses him so that he foams at the mouth; and it departs from him with great difficulty, bruising him. 40 So I implored Your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” 41 Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” 42 And as he was still coming, the demon threw him down and convulsed him. Then Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the child, and gave him back to his father. NKJ

 


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Putting Faith into Practice- Part 1

Believers sometimes have trouble knowing how to use their faith.  We are told in the Word the definition of faith, but often we don’t seem to understand how to put our faith into practice.  In this message, we will focus on practicing faith for healing and finances.

Scriptures:

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

Now faith is the assurance of what we hope for and the certainty of what we do not see.  Berean

Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.  TPT

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  NKJ

 

Ephesians 2: 8, 9:  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.   Berean

Romans 10: 8-10:  8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: 9 that if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with your heart you believe and are justified, and with your mouth you confess and are saved.    Berean

HEALING: 

 Isaiah 53: 1-5:  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.  Berean

1 Peter 2: 24:  “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”  NIV


The burden of our sins He Himself carried in His own body to the Cross and bore it there, so that we, having died so far as our sins are concerned, may live righteous lives. By His wounds yours have been healed.   Weymouth

24 He himself carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we would be dead to sin and live for righteousness. Our instant healing flowed from his wounding.  TPT

 

FINANCES:

 

Matthew 6: 24:  “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.  NIV

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.  NKJ  mammon-aramaic term for money

How could you worship two gods at the same time? You will have to hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You can’t worship the true God while enslaved to the god of money!”  TPT

 

Ecclesiastes 5:10:   He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.  ESV

 

Ecclesiastes 2: 10, 11:  10 Anything my eyes desired, I did not deny myself. I refused my heart no pleasure. For my heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor. 11 Yet when I considered all the works that my hands had accomplished and what I had toiled to achieve, I found everything to be futile, a pursuit of the wind; there was nothing to be gained under the sun.    Berean

 Luke 6: 37, 38:   37 Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 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.”

 

Malachi 3:10: Bring all the tithes (the tenth) into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you [so great] a blessing until there is no more room to receive it.  Amplified


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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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