Imagination – Part 5

What is your mental image of yourself? How do you see yourself? Do you see yourself sick, weak, broke, poor, old with wrinkles? “Well, yea… that’s what I see in the mirror.” But that is not the real you (your spirit), it’s only a reflection. You have never seen your own face with your own eyes; you’ve only seen a reflection or image. You cannot go by the physical (the 5 senses) to evaluate the spiritual. You’re looking into the wrong mirror. Look into the mirror of God’s Word.

James 1:22-25 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 observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (NKJ)

2 Corinthians 3:7-17 Now if the ministry of death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at the face of Moses because of its fleeting glory, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 For if the ministry of condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry of righteousness! 10 Indeed, what was once glorious has no glory now in comparison to the glory that surpasses it. 11 For if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which endures! 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at the end of what was fading away. 14 But their minds were closed. For to this day the same veil remains at the reading of the old covenant. It has not been lifted, because only in Christ can it be removed. 15 And even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His image with intensifying glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (NKJ)

Colossians 3:9-10 … since you have taken off the old self with its practices, 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (Berean)

Ephesians 4:22-23 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like Godtruly righteous and holy. (NLT)

Romans 8:28-39 And we know that God works together all things for good to those loving God, to those being called according to His purpose, 29 because those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom He predestined, these also He called; and whom He called, these also He justified; and whom He justified, these also He glorified. 31 What then will we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 For He who spared not the own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, with Him, grant us all things? 33 Who will bring an accusation against the elect of God? God is the One justifying. 34 Who is the one condemning? For it is Christ Jesus, the one having died, now rather having been raised up, who is also at the right hand of God, and who is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Berean)

Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (NKJ)

Job 33:23-26 Yet if there is a messenger on his side, one mediator in a thousand, to tell a man what is right for him, 24 to be gracious to him and say, ‘Spare him from going down to the Pit; I have found his ransom,’ 25 then his flesh is refreshed like a child’s; he returns to the days of his youth. 26 He prays to God and finds favor; he sees God’s face and shouts for joy, and God restores His righteousness to that man. (Berean)

Psalm 103:1-5 Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (NKJ)

Dare to believe. Don’t limit God. Have the courage to see yourself as God’s Word describes you. Look through your spiritual eyes. See with your spirit using your imagination to receive what God has already provided for you.


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Imagination – Part 4

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

Scriptures:

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Imagination – Part 3

Most people see the imagination as a negative thing such as make-believe or fantasy. We have discovered using our imagination is a good thing when used properly based on God’s Word. Today we will look at some Biblical examples of how people used their imaginations to receive from God.

Mark 5:21-34 When Jesus had again crossed by boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around Him beside the sea. 22 A synagogue leader named Jairus arrived, and seeing Jesus, he fell at His feet 23 and pleaded with Him urgently, “My little daughter is near death. Please come and place Your hands on her, so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him, and a large crowd followed and pressed around Him.

25 And a woman was there who had suffered from bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had borne much agony under the care of many physicians and had spent all she had, but to no avail. Instead, her condition had only grown worse. 27 When the woman heard about Jesus, she came up through the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak. 28 For she kept saying, “If only I touch His garments, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped, and she sensed in her body that she was healed of her affliction. 30 At once Jesus was aware that power had gone out from Him. Turning to the crowd, He asked, “Who touched My garments?” 31 His disciples answered, “You can see the crowd pressing in on You, and yet You ask, ‘Who touched Me?’” 32 But He kept looking around to see who had done this. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him trembling in fear, and she told Him the whole truth. 34  “Daughter,” Jesus said, “your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be free of your affliction.” (Berean)

Mark 5:35-43 While He was still speaking, messengers from the house of Jairus arrived and said, “Your daughter is dead; why bother the Teacher anymore?” 36 But Jesus overheard their conversation and said to Jairus, “Do not be afraid; just believe.” 37 And He did not allow anyone to accompany Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. 38 When they arrived at the house of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw the commotion and the people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead, but asleep.” 40 And they laughed at Him. After He had put them all out, He took the child’s father and mother and His own companions, and went in to see the child. 41 Taking her by the hand, Jesus said, “Talitha koum!” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!” 42 Immediately the girl got up and began to walk around. She was twelve years old, and at once they were utterly astounded. 43 Then Jesus gave strict orders that no one should know about this, and He told them to give her something to eat. (Berean)

How did they receive from God? They stopped seeing their circumstances through physical limitations. They were hoping (expecting) things to change.

Romans 8:24 For in this hope we were saved; but hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he can already see? (Berean) Greek = elpis = to anticipate, welcome; expectation, trust, confidence.

Romans 15:3 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (NIV)

How do we put hope into action?

Lamentations 3:21-24 This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope. 22Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” (NKJ)

Abraham put this into practice by not looking at the physical.

Romans 4:18-24 Abraham, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And thereforeit was accounted to him for righteousness.” 23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. (NKJ)

Abraham was impregnated with the Word before Sarah was impregnated with a child. If he had not acted on hope, birth would not had happened. God told Abraham to use his imagination.

Genesis 15:5 Then the Lord God brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” (NKJ)


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Imagination – Part 2

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

Scriptures:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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Imagination – The Womb of your Mind

Most people see the imagination as a negative thing such as make-believe or fantasy. The Bible has a lot to say about the imagination – the image you have on the inside.

Proverbs 23:7a  For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. (NKJ)

1 Chronicles 28:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve Him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searchs all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek Him, He will be found of thee; but if thou forsake Him, He will cast thee off forever. (NKJ) yetser – a form; figuratively, conception (i.e. Purpose) — frame, thing framed, imagination, mind, work.

1 Chronicles 29:18 O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this forever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee: (KJV)

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. (NKJ)

Psalm 103:13-14 As a father has compassion for his children, So the Lord has compassion for those who fear Him. 14 For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. (NKJ)

Our memories are in pictures. Our dreams are in pictures. Our thoughts are in pictures. We use our imagination to see with our mind.

1 Kings 19:1-3 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” 3 And when he saw thathe arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. (NKJ)

How do you see yourself when you get a negative report? The diagnosis is terminal. Do you see yourself dying or maybe even see your funeral? Worry is a negative imagination. Faith is imagining what God’s Word says.

Hebrews 11:1-3 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (KJV)

Hebrews 11:1-3 Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. 2 For by this [kind of] faith the men of old gained [divine] approval. 3 By faith [that is, with an inherent trust and enduring confidence in the power, wisdom, and goodness of God] we understand that the worlds (universe, ages) were framed and created [formed, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose] by the Word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. (AMP)

Most people are seeking a change on the outside – in the physical realm first. You must have a positive imagination (the way you see yourself) on the inside before change will come on the outside.

Stop seeing yourself as sick, poor, or broke. Imagine, what would it look like if you were rich, healthy, prosperous? It is not enough to strongly desire something. You must see yourself (have a mental picture) the way God sees you. How? By seeing yourself in the mirror of God’s Word.

James 1:22-25 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 observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (NKJ)

Psalm 107:20 He sent His Word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. (NKJ)

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he. (NKJ)

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers. (KJV)

Psalm 103:2-5 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases; 4 Who redeems your life from destruction; who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things; so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (NKJ)

1 Peter 2:24 Who His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed. (NKJ)

Psalm 119:15 I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. (ESV)
It is not enough to simply think of God’s Word as fact. You must see it with your mind working in and through you.


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Stewardship – Part 6

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

Scriptures:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Stewardship – Part 5

Stewards are not owners but managers. Once this is realized, it will change our attitude toward money. Prosperity is not greed. In fact, it is greed that keeps people from receiving teachings on prosperity.

1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. (KJV)

Steward = Greek oikonomos (oy-kon-om’-os) the manager of a household, a guardian. A steward is someone entrusted with another’s wealth or property and charged with the responsibility of managing it in the owner’s best interest.

Luke 16:10-13 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own? 13No servant 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)

God owns it all. How can we wihhold what belongs to Him?

Malachi 3:8-11 Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you ask, ‘How do we rob You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, yet you—the whole nation—are still robbing Me. 10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this,” says the LORD of Hosts. “See if I will not open the windows of heaven and pour out for you blessing without measure. 11 I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your land, and the vine in your field will not fail to produce fruit,” says the LORD of Hosts. (Berean)

Hebrew = otsar (o-tsaw’) = treasure, store, a treasury, storehouse, appointed for storing seed and food.

You are to give where you are fed. You don’t eat at McDonald’s and then pay at Burger King.

Galatians 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),(NKJ)

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each one should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not out of regret or compulsion. For God loves a cheerful giver. (Berean)

Some may say, “Well, my hearts not in it so I just won’t give. Don’t change the giving. Change the heart and the giving will be cheerful. Don’t be detached from your giving making it a mechanical performance. Ask God how much you should give and then thank Him for being able to help His work.

Matthew 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: (KJV)

Your heart follows what you treasure the most.

Proverbs 11:24-25 One gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds what is right, only to become poor. 25 A generous soul will prosper, and he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. (Berean)

Deuteronomy 15:10 Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then, because of this, the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. (NIV)

Deuteronomy 16:17 Each man must bring a gift in proportion to the blessings the LORD your God has given him. (GWT)

Philippians 4:18-19 I have all I need and more, now that I have received your gifts from Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Berean)

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in man. (NKJ)

People of faith are givers. Don’t allow the Devil to steal your joy and peace from you. Fear of not having enough robs you from the joy of giving like you really want to.     (helping)

1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are laborers together with God: you are God’s field, you are God’s building. (KJV)

Jeremiah 17:5-8 This is what the LORD says:

“Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind, who makes the flesh his strength and turns his heart from the LORD. 6 He will be like a shrub in the desert; he will not see when prosperity comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. 7 But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is Him. 8 He will be like a tree planted by the waters that sends out its roots toward the stream. It does not fear when the heat comes, and its leaves are always green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease to produce fruit. (Berean)

 People who know they are blessed don’t fear or worry.  If you can’t trust God with your finances how can you truly trust Him with your salvation?


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Stewardship – Part 4

We have been shown how to handle our wealth as stewards (managers) of what we’ve been given, not owners.  We learn to manage what we have and build our treasure in heaven; eternal foundations.  Putting this into practice, cycle’s money back into our hands to do over and over again.  Let’s see how this works.

Scriptures:

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

Psalm 24: 1:   The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, NAS

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

2 Corinthians 9:1-6:   9 Now it is unnecessary for me to write to you about the offering [that is to be made] for the saints [in Jerusalem]; 2 for I know your eagerness [to promote this cause], and I have [proudly] boasted to the people of Macedonia about it, telling them that Achaia has been prepared since last year [for this contribution], and your enthusiasm has inspired the majority of them [to respond]. 3 Still, I am sending the brothers [on to you], so that our pride in you may not be an empty boast in this case, and so that you may be prepared, just as I told them you would be; 4 otherwise, if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we—to say nothing of yourselves—will be humiliated for being so confident. 5 That is why I thought it necessary to urge these brothers to go to you [before I come] and make arrangements in advance for this generous, previously promised gift of yours, so that it would be ready, not as something extorted [or wrung out of you], but as a [voluntary and] generous giftAmp

2 Corinthians 9: 6-9:  6 Now [remember] this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to others] will also reap generously  [and be blessed]. 7 Let each one give [thoughtfully and with purpose] just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift]. 8 And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity. 9 As it is written and forever remains written, “He [the benevolent and generous person] scattered abroad, he gave to the poorHis righteousness endures forever!”  Amp generous/ly-the motive or intention to lay forth something good and well; a matter of a bountiful blessing

2 Corinthians 9: 1-14:   10 Now He who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed for sowing [that is, your resources] and increase the harvest of your righteousness [which shows itself in active goodness, kindness, and love]. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you may be generous, and this [generosity, administered] through us is producing thanksgiving to God [from those who benefit]. 12 For the ministry of this service (offering) is not only supplying the needs of the saints (God’s people), but is also overflowing through many expressions of thanksgiving to God. 13 Because of this act of ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to the gospel of Christ which you confess, as well as for your generous participation [in this gift] for them and for all [the other believers in need], 14 and they also long for you while they pray on your behalf, because of the surpassing measure of God’s grace [His undeserved favor, mercy, and blessing which is revealed] in you Amp

Luke 16: 1-13: 1Now He was also saying to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and this manager was reported to him as squandering his possessions. 2“And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an accounting of your management, for you can no longer be  manager.’ 3“The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig; I am ashamed to beg. 4‘I know what I shall do, so that when I am removed from the management people will welcome me into their homes.’ 5“And he summoned each one of his master’s debtors, and he began saying to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6“And he said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ 7“Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ And he said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 8“And his master praised the unrighteous manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the sons of this age are more shrewd in relation to their own kind than the sons of light. 9“And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by means of the wealth of unrighteousness, so that when it fails, they will receive you into the eternal dwellings. 10He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. 11“Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? 12“And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 13No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”   NAS

Luke 6: 37, 38:  37Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”  ESV


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Stewardship – Part 3

Stewards are not owners but managers. Once this is realized, it will change our attitude toward money and bring about a course correction in our giving.

1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. (KJV)

Steward = Greek oikonomos (oy-kon-om’-os) the manager of a household, a guardian. A steward is someone entrusted with another’s wealth or property and charged with the responsibility of managing it in the owner’s best interest.

Ephesians 4:28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing good with his own hands, that he may have something to share with the one in need. (Berean)

Luke 16:10-13 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own? 13No servant 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) Greek = Master = Lord — supreme in authority, i.e. (as noun) controller.

Malachi 3:8-11 Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you ask, ‘How do we rob You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, yet you—the whole nation—are still robbing Me. 10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this,” says the LORD of Hosts. “See if I will not open the windows of heaven and pour out for you blessing without measure. 11 I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your land, and the vine in your field will not fail to produce fruit,” says the LORD of Hosts. (Berean)

Hebrew = otsar (o-tsaw’) = treasure, store, a treasury, storehouse, appointed for storing seed and food.

LORD = Yahweh (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah.

Galatians 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),(NKJ)

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each one should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not out of regret or compulsion. For God loves a cheerful giver. (Berean)

God is more concerned with the attitude (reason) for sinning than He is with the sin itself. Sin has already been dealt with on the cross but our attitude reveals our position.

Proverbs 3:5-10 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil. 8 This will bring healing to your body and refreshment to your bones. 9 Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your harvest; 10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.(Berean)

Haggai 2:19 Is the seed still in the barn? As yet the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have not yielded fruit. But from this day I will bless you. (NKJ) A barn (storehouse) is where you store seed and food.       

Matthew 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: (KJV)

 Your heart follows what you treasure.

You are to give where you are fed. You don’t eat at Chick-fil-a and then pay at KFC.

 

1 Corinthians 9:7-14 Who at any time serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat the fruit of it? Or who shepherds a flock and does not drink from the milk of the flock? 8 Do I speak these things according to man? Or does the Law not also say these things? 9 For in the Law of Moses it has been written: “You shall not muzzle an ox treading out grain.” Is there care for the oxen with God? 10 Or is He speaking because of us entirely? For it was written for us, because in hope the one plowing ought to plow, and the one threshing, in hope to partake. 11 If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it a great thing if we will reap material things from you? 12 If others partake of the authority over you, should we not more? But we did not use this right. Instead, we bear all things, so that we should not place any hindrance to the gospel of Christ. 13 Do you not know that those working in the temple eat the things of the temple; those attending at the altar partake in the altar? 14 So also, the Lord has prescribed to those proclaiming the gospel to live from the gospel. (Berean)

 

1 Corinthians 9:14 In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it. (NLT)


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Stewardship – Part 2

We will continue our study in the Word to understand how every believer is called to be a steward of his money. I used to make plans of what I would do with “my money.” But what does that mean? As a believer, money isn’t mine in the sense I own it; it’s mine in the sense I’m responsible for managing it.  Once we start to see we are stewards we change from an owner to a manager.  That is where real freedom occurs.

Scriptures:

Genesis 1: 28:  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.  KJ fruitful- bring forth fruit; grow, increase; multiply-  be in authority and bring in increase and abundance; replenish- gather to fill and be full of;  subdue- conquer; bring into subjection

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

Genesis 2:15:  And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep itKJ

 Matthew 25:14-29:   14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.  20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your  lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ 

26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. 

29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’   NKJ

1 Corinthians 10: 26:  For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.  KJ

Luke 16: 1-13:   1 He also said to His disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. 2 So he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’ 3 “Then the steward said within himself, ‘What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.’ 5 “So he called every one of his master’s debtors to him, and said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 And he said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ So he said  to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ 7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ So he said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 8 So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light. 9 “And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when  you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home. 10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?  13 “No servant 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-wealth or money

 Matthew 6: 19-24:   19 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  22 The eye is the lamp of the body. If your vision is clear, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your vision is poor, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 No one can serve two masters: Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.   Berean

 


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Stewardship

I don’t teach on healing so I can get healed. I’m already living in divine health. Likewise, I’m not teaching on giving so I can get, but for your benefit. Thinking you know all of this will not benefit you. If you think you’ve already arrived then you’re not going anywhere.

1 Corinthians 4:1-2 Let a man so account of us, as of the servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. (KJV)

Servants = Greek hupéretés (hoop-ay-ret’-ace) an underling, a servant, an attendant, an officer. (from hypó, “under” and ēressō, “to row”) – properly, a rower (a crewman on a boat), an “under-rower” who mans the oars on a lower deck; (figuratively) a subordinate executing official orders, i.e. operating under direct (specific) orders.

Steward = Greek oikonomos (oy-kon-om’-os) the manager of a household, a guardian. (Often functioned as the “steward” of a household, and was generally a freedman – i.e. a slave released from forced, legal servitude. A steward is someone entrusted with another’s wealth or property and charged with the responsibility of managing it in the owner’s best interest.

Deuteronomy 8:17-18 then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ 18 And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. (NKJ)

God is your source. It is His money. He gives you the ability, talents, and capability to get everything you have. 

Ephesians 4:28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing good with his own hands, that he may have something toshare with the one in need. (Berean)

Give more than you consume. Too many people get all they can. Can all they get, then sit on their can. Prosperity is not selfish. Only wanting enough for you and yours is.

Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you measure with it shall be measured to you again. (NKJ)

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. (Berean)

Money is not evil. If it were, the devil would make sure you had plenty of it. However, if you are giving to God what is leftover after all the bills are paid, all needs are met, and all wants are fulfilled then you’re not trusting God.

1 Timothy 6:9-10  But those who [are not financially ethical and] crave to get rich [with a compulsive, greedy longing for wealth] fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction [leading to personal misery]. 10 For the love of money [that is, the greedy desire for it and the willingness to gain it unethically] is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves [through and through] with many sorrows.

Luke 16:1-13 He also said to His disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. 2 So he called him and said to him,

‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’

3 “Then the steward said within himself, ‘What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.’

5 “So he called every one of his master’s debtors to him, and said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 And he said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ So he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ 7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ So he said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 8 So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light. Shrewd = wise, clever, crafty.

9 “And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when it fails, they may receive you into an everlasting home. 10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?

13No servant 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)

We cannot serve our own self-interest and God’s at the same time. 

 


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How to Operate in the Righteousness of God

The Bible tells us we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  How do we act and live righteously?  By understanding what true righteousness is, and how true righteousness acts.  

                                             Scriptures:

2 Corinthians 5:14-21:   14  For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.  16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him NKJ righteousness- right, self evident of being holy, innocent, and justified – > right standing with God

Isaiah 53: 4-64 But [in fact] He has borne our griefs, And He has carried our sorrows and pains; Yet we [ignorantly] assumed that He was stricken, Struck down by God and degraded and humiliated [by Him]. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing]; The punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him, And by His stripes (wounds) we are healed. 6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, We have turned, each one, to his own way; But the Lord has caused the wickedness of us all [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing] to fall on Him [instead of us].  Amp


Romans 3: 20-27:   20 For no person will be justified [freed of guilt and declared righteous] in His sight by [trying to do] the works of the Law. For through the Law we become conscious of sin [and the recognition of sin directs us toward repentance, but provides no remedy for sin].  21 But now the righteousness of God has been clearly revealed [independently and completely] apart from the Law, though it is [actually] confirmed by the Law and the [words and writings of the] Prophets. 22 This righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ for all those [Jew or Gentile] who believe [and trust in Him and acknowledge Him as God’s Son]. There is no distinction, 23 since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are being justified [declared free of the guilt of sin, made acceptable to God, and granted eternal life] as a gift by His [precious, undeserved] grace, through the redemption [the payment for our sin] which is [provided] in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God displayed publicly [before the eyes of the world] as a [life-giving] sacrifice of atonement and reconciliation (propitiation) by His blood [to be received] through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness [which demands punishment for sin], because in His forbearance [His deliberate restraint] He passed over the sins previously committed [before Jesus’ crucifixion]. 26 It was to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the One who justifies those who have faith in Jesus [and rely confidently on Him as Savior].  27 Then what becomes of [our] boasting? It is excluded [entirely ruled out, banished]. On what principle? On [the principle of good] works? No, but on the principle of faith.  Amp

Hebrews 2: 5-18:   5 For it is not to angels that He has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. 6 But somewhere it is testified in these words: “What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You care for him? You made him a little lower than the angels; You crowned him with glory and honor 8 and placed everything under his feet.”  When God subjected all things to him, He left nothing outside of his control. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. 10 In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting for God, for whom and through whom all things exist, to make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 For both the One who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. 12 He says:  “I will proclaim Your name to My brothers; I will sing Your praises in the assembly.” 13 And again:

“I will put My trust in Him.” And once again: “Here am I, and the children God has given Me.” 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, 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not the angels He helps, but the descendants of Abraham. 17 For this reason He had to be made like His brothers in every way, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, in order to make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.   Berean Study

 

Ephesians 2:4-6;10:   4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  NKJ


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The Fruit of the Spirit

This is not a list of options to choose from whenever you want. These are not fruits (as in different types) but fruit (singular) as a whole.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, self-control: against such there is no law. (NKJ)

Are these just a list of different emotions? Is not joy an emotion? Can’t we get that peaceful easy feeling? Most Christians only experience the fruit of the Spirit on an emotional level. Therefore, they love only when they feel like it.  They  have self-control when they are in the mood. They have faith when they can see or feel something happening.

The Greek word used here for fruit is karpós – the result, work, deed, action, profit, or gain; that which originates or comes from something;  an effect.

Ephesians 5:8-11 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. (NKJ)

Emotions are good and given to us by our Creator. However, we must experience this fruit on more than just an emotional level.

The emotion of love is lust. Saying, “I love you but…”

Luke 6:32-35 But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. (NKJ)

The emotion of joy is happiness. Thinking the acquisition of things will make us happy.

John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. (NKJ)

The emotion of peace is self-satisfaction. Feeling like the only way I can have peace is if I get my way.

John 14:27 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. (NKJ)  

The emotion of longsuffering is tolerance. I’ll forgive but never forget.    Longsuffering in the Greek is makrothymía (mak-roth-oo-mee’-ah) (makrós, “long” and thymós, “passion, anger”) – properly, long-passion, patience, i.e. waiting sufficient time before expressing anger. This avoids the premature use of force (retribution) that rises out of improper anger (a personal reaction).

1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. 15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. (NKJ)

The emotion of gentleness is how we treat others.

The Greek word for gentleness is xrēstótēs (khray-stot’-ace) (“useful kindness”) refers to meeting real needs, in God’s way, in His timing (fashion). With the believer, xrēstótēs (“divine kindness“) is the Spirit-produced goodness which meets the need and avoids human harshness (cruelty).

Colossians 3:12-13 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do you.(NKJ)

The emotion of goodness is what do I get out of it?

2 Thessalonians 1:11 Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of what He has called you to do, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, (NKJ)

The emotion of faith says “Seeing is believing.”

Hebrews 11:1-3 Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their realityfaith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. (AMP) 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. (NKJ)

The emotion of meekness is weakness. The Greek word for meek is praýs (prah-ooce’). Having strength under control.

James 3:13-18 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (NKJ)

The emotion of self-control is what feels right.

2 Peter 1:5-9 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. (NKJ)


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Power of Prayer – The Power to Believe – Pt. 5

We have been teaching on the power of prayer.  How to have effective prayer and get our prayers answered.  In order to do that, we have learned we must get our hearts right.  We know our hearts constitute our mind, will and emotions.  Our heart is the working center of our entire being.  It controls what we think, what we believe, and how we respond.  Today, we are going to look at how to develop the ability to believe.

                                             Scriptures:

Matthew 28: 16-2016 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.    NKJ

Matthew 10:1:   And calling His twelve disciples to Him, Jesus gave them authority over unclean spirits, so that they could drive them out and heal every disease and sickness.  Berean Study authority- exousia- outward superhuman power, ability, strength, mastery; influence, jurisdiction

Luke 10: 17-20:   1 After this, the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of Him to every town and place He was about to visit. 17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in Your name.18 So He said to 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   authority-exousia-delegated superhuman power and jurisdiction

Revelation 1: 17, 1817 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. But He placed His right hand on me and said, “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last, 18 the Living One. I was dead, and behold, now I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of Death and of Hades.    Berean

Colossians 2: 6-15:  6 Therefore, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him, established in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, which are based on human tradition and the spiritual forces of the world rather than on Christ. 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity dwells in bodily form. 10 And you have been made complete in Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. 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.  13 When you were dead in your trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our trespasses, 14 having canceled the debt ascribed to us in the decrees that stood against us. He took it away, nailing it to the cross! 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.    Berean Study  philosophy-philosophia-fond of wise things -> educated intellects

Matthew 21: 28-3228 “But what do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first one and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ 29 ‘I will not,’ he replied. But later he changed his mind and went. 30 Then the man went to the second son and told him the same thing. ‘I will, sir,’ he said. But he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?”  “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in a righteous way and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.    Berean Study

Mark 11: 12-14:  12 The next day, when they had left Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if there was any fruit on it. But when He reached it, He found nothing on it except leaves, since it was not the season for figs. 14 Then He said to the tree, “May no one ever eat of your fruit again.” And His disciples heard this statement.

20-25:   20 As they were walking back in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from its roots. 21 Peter remembered it and said, “Look, Rabbi! The fig tree You cursed has withered.” 22Have faith in God,” Jesus said to them. 23 “Truly I tell you that if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and has no doubt in his heart but believes that it will happen, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  25 And when you stand to pray, if you hold anything against another, forgive it, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your trespasses as well.”  Berean Study mountain-oros-rise or rear above truth

1 John 5:2, 3:  2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.  3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.  And His commandments are not burdensome.  NKJ  keep-tereo- guard from loss by keeping your eye on; hold fast, look closely at

John 14: 15:   If ye love me, keep my commandments.  KJ keep-tereo

1 Corinthians 11: 1:   You are to imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.  Berean Study


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Train Your Mind

Words have power.  If you don’t believe that, then why speak at all?  Do you consider a mute person to have a better, more productive life than you? No, we consider such a person as having a defect. The best way to control your words are by controlling your thoughts.

Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (NKJ)

An out-of-control mouth is proof of uncontrolled thoughts.

James 3:2-10 For in many things we all offend. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. (NKJ) 3 By putting a bit into the mouth of a horse, we can turn the horse in different directions. 4 It takes strong winds to move a large sailing ship, but the captain uses only a small rudder to make it go in any direction. 5 Our tongues are small too, and yet they brag about big things. It takes only a spark to start a forest fire! 6 The tongue is like a spark. It is an evil power that dirties the rest of the body and sets a person’s entire life on fire with flames that come from hell itself. 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and sea creatures can be tamed and have been tamed. 8 But our tongues get out of control. They are restless and evil, and always spreading deadly poison. 9 My dear friends, with our tongues we speak both praises and curses. 10 We praise our Lord and Father, and we curse people who were created to be like God, and this isn’t right. (CEV)

James 1:22-26 But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a mirror: 24  For he beholds himself, and goes his way, and immediately forgets what manner of man he was. 25 But whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues in it, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 26 If any man among you seems to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. (NKJ)

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. (NAS)

Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (NKJ) issues = source

Ephesians 4:17-24 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you no longer walk as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto licentiousness (evil vices), to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But you have not so learned Christ; 21 If so be that you have heard Him, and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That you put off concerning the former way of life the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (NKJ) vanity = aimlessness due to lacking purpose or any meaningful end.

Galatians 5:16-17 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would. (NKJ)

Romans 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. (KJV)

Romans 8:1-8 There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. (NKJ)

Proverbs 14:12;16:25 There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

1 Peter 1:13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (NKJ) loins = Greek = osphýs (os-foos’) “the seat of generative power. “To smite the loins” referred to a fatal blow – “forever ending” anything that would (could) come from the slain.

Philippians 3:12-14 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have laid hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly calling in Christ Jesus. (Berean)

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


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Power of Prayer – The Deceitful Heart – Part 4

We have been teaching on having effective prayer.  A prayer is only as effective as our hearts are toward God and others.  Often our thoughts and attitudes have taken on a life of their own inside our mental world.  We train ourselves to believe our own self-centered ways.  Prayer should always begin with an evaluation of self.  How we think toward and treat others is directly proportionate to how God responds to us.
                                                   Scriptures:

Jeremiah 17: 5-10:   5Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind, who makes the flesh his strength and turns his heart from the LORD.  6 He will be like a shrub in the desert; he will not see when prosperity comes.  He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.  7 But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is Him8 He will be like a tree planted by the waters that sends out its roots toward the stream.  It does not fear when the heat comes, and its leaves are always green.  It will not worry in a year of drought or cease to produce fruit.  9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure—who can understand it?  10 I, the LORD, search the heart; examine the mind to reward a man according to his way, by what his deeds deserve.  Berean heart-leb- feelings, will, mind (intellect)

Proverbs 23: 6, 7:   6 Do not eat the bread of a miser, Nor desire his delicacies; 7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.  “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you. KJ  1. heart – nephesh-breathing bodily person with a mentality of greed; 2. heart-leb-feelings, will, mind

Hebrews 3: 12:  Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. KJ

 Hebrews 3:12:  Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.  NAS heart – kardia-thoughts, feelings; mind

 Psalm 12: 1-4:   Help, O LORD, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men.  2 They lie to one another; they speak with flattering lips and a double heart. 3 May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaks proud things.  4 They say, “With our tongues we will prevail. We own our lips—who can be our master?”  Berean

James 1: 26:    If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.  NKJ  heart-kardia; thoughts, feelings, mind

James 1: 2-8:   2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  5 Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But he must ask in faith, without doubting, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.   Berean   minded-dipsuchos- double rational soul; vacillating in opinion and purpose

Isaiah 29: 13:  Therefore the Lord said: “These people draw near to Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. Their worship of Me is but rules taught by men.  Berean  hearts-leb-feelings, will, mind
Isaiah 29:13:  The Lord said, “These people claim to worship me, but their words are meaningless, and their hearts are somewhere else. Their religion is nothing but human rules and traditions, which they have simply memorized.  GNT

Matthew 7: 21-23:   21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  KJ

1 Samuel 7:3:   Samuel told them, “If you are returning to the LORD with all your heart, get rid of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths that are among you, dedicate yourselves to the LORD, and worship only him. Then he will rescue you from the Philistines.”   CSB  Ashtoreths – god of the Philistines   heart- lebab- feelings,will, intellect

1 John 2: 3, 4, 9,10:  3 By this we can be sure that we have come to know Him: if we keep His commandments. 4 If anyone says, “I know Him,” but does not keep His commandments, he is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 

9 If anyone claims to be in the light but hates his brother, he is still in the darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no cause of stumbling in him. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness. He does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyesBerean keep- guard from loss by keeping eye upon and holding fast to; hates-miseo-to detest, to persecute, to love less  

Proverbs 25: 26:   Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.  Berean

Proverbs 25: 26:   A good person who gives in to someone who is evil reminds you of a polluted spring or a poisoned well. GNT

 Revelation 3: 14-21:   14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16  So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—   NKJ


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What Value Do You Place on God?

What Value Do You Place on God?

Do you ever feel like you’re on an emotional rollercoaster? One day you’re on the mountain top believing there is nothing God won’t do for you and the next day wondering what will you do next? With your heart you believe but your mind keeps screaming, “yea, but…” Look at where you place most of your attention.

Isaiah 53:3-5 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.

4 Surely, He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

5 But He was wounded for OUR transgressions, He was bruised for OUR iniquities: the chastisement of OUR peace was upon Him; and with His stripes WE are healed. (KJV) Esteemed = Hebrew = chashab (khaw-shab’) = to think, account, conceive, consider, regard, value, find out, hold, imagine, or impute.

The value we place on God is determined by our thoughts.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;

5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (NKJ)

 Your imagination was given to you by your Creator. You need it in order to think and reason.

Romans 1:21,28 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not proper; (NKJ) reprobate = Greek = adokimos (ad-ok’-ee-mos) not standing the test, not approved; properly of metals and coin, hence, that which does not prove itself to be such as it ought: sterile soil.  Mind = thought, feeling, or will; understanding.

Philippians 4:6-8 Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (NKJ)

Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; 26 That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word,

27 That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (KJV)

 Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You: because he trusts in You. (NKJ)

Your thoughts are a very accurate representation of what you choose to focus your attention on. Whatever is more valuable to you will be your focal point.

Matthew 6:19-24 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (KJV)

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (KJV)

You are where you are in life based on the choices you make. How much value you place on God’s Word is the same value you place on God Himself and will determine what those choices will be.

Deuteronomy 30-19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.


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Power of Prayer – How to Know God Hears – Part 3

As we continue our study into effective prayer, we have to peel the onions of our souls to find those beliefs, attitudes and thoughts that block our prayers.  In order to get our prayers answered, we must be sure God is hearing us.  How do we know God hears us?  The Word tells us how God hears us.

                                                   Scriptures:

 1 John 5: 1-41 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of Him *(the Father). 2 By this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God and keep His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome, Berean     *emphasis added   keep-tereo-to guard from loss; keep an eye upon; hold fast to; note a prophecy and fulfill it

1 Thessalonians 2:12, 13 12 We encouraged you and comforted you as we urged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.  13 And we continually thank God that in receiving the word of God from us, you did not accept it as the word of men, but as the true word of God—the word now at work in you who believe. Berean

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 *(Jesus) 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.  NKJ

Hebrews 11:6:  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  NIV

Romans 10: 16, 1716 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of GodNKJ

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

1 John 5: 14, 15:    14 And this is the confidence that we have before Him: If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we already possess what we have asked of Him.   Berean

1 John 4: 7, 10, 11:  7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  10 And love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. Berean

Romans 12: 1, 2:  1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.  NIV

Romans 12: 9-21:   9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,  13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. 20 “BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.   NAS

1 Peter 3: 1,2,7:  1 Wives, in the same way, submit yourselves to your husbands, so that even if they refuse to believe the word, they will be won over without words by the behavior of their wives 2 when they see your pure and reverent demeanor. 7 Husbands, in the same way, treat your wives with consideration as a delicate vessel, and with honor as fellow heirs of the gracious gift of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.   Berean

1 Peter 3: 8-12 8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded and sympathetic, love as brothers, be tender-hearted and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech11 He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are inclined to their prayer.  But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”   Berean


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Hindrances to Prayer

The reason for unanswered prayer is not because God doesn’t want to give us what we want. He has already provided everything we need. WE block the provision from reaching us. What are some of those things that stop the flow of God’s resources to us?

  1. Not knowing who you are or what has already been provided for you.

John 8:32 You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (NKJ)
2 Corinthians 5:21 For God has made Him, who knew no sin, to be sin for us; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. (NKJ)

Romans 3:21 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith in Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: (NKJ)

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For in it is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (NKJ)

Matthew 16:19 And I will give unto YOU the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever YOU shall bind on earth shall be what has been bound in heaven: and whatsoever YOU shall loose on earth shall be what has been loosed in heaven. (NKJ)

Romans 8:32 He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (NKJ)

  1. Faithlessness

 Hebrews 11:6 And 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)

Mark 11:22-24 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. (KJ)

Matthew 13:58 And He (Jesus) did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. (KJ)

Some say, “I’ll pray for them, but I doubt it will do any good.” Stop speaking negative words about someone, then expect change.

Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by love. (NKJ)

  1. Lack of Love

Romans 13:8 Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loves another has fulfilled the law.

Galatians 5:14-15 The entire law is fulfilled in a single decree: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out, or you will be consumed by each other. (Berean)

  1. Doubt or unbelief questioning God’s Word.

2 Peter 1:20-21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (NKJ)

John 1:14 And the Word was made 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. (KJ)

  1. Lack of Expectation

Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 62:5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him. (KJ)

  1. Being offended and holding on to the past through unforgiveness.

Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they who love your law: and nothing shall offend them. (NKJ)

Matthew 18:34-35 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35 So likewise shall My heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. (KJ)

Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against any: that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. (NKJ)

  1. Asking for the wrong things.

James 4:3-4 You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your lusts. 4 You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (NKJ) amiss = wrongly because of inner malice


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Power of Prayer – Character – Part 2

As we continue our study into effective prayer, we will look at the necessary character a believer must maintain in order for prayer to work. 

1 Timothy 2: 1-6, 8:   Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, 8 I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;  NKJ 

supplications – deesis – root -> to beg or bind oneself with a request; asking or begging earnestly and humbly for something or someone
prayer- proseuche- an oratory; chapel of private worship facing God.  We are the temple of the living God, so we are the chapel of private worship, and we face God when we pray.
intercession– an intermediate between;  action of intervening on behalf of another whether for or against; an interview. 
giving of thanks – give (dosis)- gifting something; thanks- (eucharistia)- grateful language to God as an act of worship. Gifting grateful language to God as an act of worship.

James 1:6-8:   6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. ESV

Acts 1:14; 2: 1:  1  And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. KJ

Acts 8: 5-8:   5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. 6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. 8 And there was great joy in that city.  KJ

 Luke 11: 12, 14, 15:   12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  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 yoursBerean  debt-opheilema-idea of something owed, under obligation; a fault; something due that is accruing

1 John 4:7, 8:    7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  Berean

1 John 4: 9, 10:   9 This is how God’s love was revealed among us: God sent His one and only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. 10 And love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Berean

1 John 4: 11-13; 16:  11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. KJ

dwelleth– meno- root to stay, abide, remain in a given relation or state

1 John 4: 18-2118 There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. The one who fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because He first loved us.  20 If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21 And we have this commandment from Him: Whoever loves God must love his brother as well.  Berean

Matthew 7: 5-13:  5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose one of you goes to his friend at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6 because a friend of mine has come to me on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him.’  7 And the one inside answers, ‘Do not bother me. My door is already shut and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up to provide for him because of his friendship, yet because of the man’s persistence, he will get up and give him as much as he needs. 9 So I tell you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”   Berean

Luke 11: 6-8:  6 But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.  7 And when you pray, do not babble on like pagans, for they think that by their many words they will be heard. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.   Berean

James 5:16:   Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.   NAS  righteousness-a self evident right of being innocent and holy

Romans 3:22:  And this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  Berean righteousness-  self evident justification of innocence


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What Prayer is Not

To understand what true prayer is, we must rid ourselves of false notions and traditions. Prayer is not so you can tell uninformed God all about your problems.

Matthew 6:7-8 And when you pray, do not babble on like pagans, for they think that by their many words they will be heard. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. (Berean)

Prayer is not so you can give God your advice or instruction. Many Christians spend half their time telling God all THEIR plans and the other half trying to get God to bless those plans. Jesus set forth the outline of prayer by saying “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” Jesus also lived what he taught saying, “not My will but…  

John 5:30 Jesus said, “I can of my own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not my own will, but the will of the Father who has sent me.” (NKJ)

Prayer is not a one-sided discussion, that’s a monologue. Prayer is a conversation. Not only do you talk, but you also listen.

Hebrews 12:25 See to it that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if the people did not escape when they refused Him who warned them on earth, how much less will we escape if we reject Him who warns us from heaven? (Berean)

How does God speak to us? He speaks to our inner-man (spirit) and through Scripture.

Romans 7:22 For I delight with the law of God with the inward man, (NKJ)

Ephesians 3:16    I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit,  (HCSB)

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (NKJ)

Prayer is not so we can force God into doing something He really doesn’t want to do or talk Him out of something He is about to do.

Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (NKJ)

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (NKJ)

Matthew 7:11 So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! (NKJ)

We don’t need to beg God to do something. He has already given us what we need. Just receive it by believing.

2 Peter 1:3-4 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)

 1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us: 15 And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we desired of him. (NKJ)

God is not angry or even in a bad mood. His wrath was poured out on Jesus Christ.

John 3:36 He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him. (NKJ)

Romans 5:8-10 but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life. (ESV)

1 John 2:2 He (Jesus) is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. (ESV) propitiation = an offering to appease (satisfy) an angry, offended party. Atonement.

We do not need to beg God to save people. God loves them more than you do.

Matthew 9:38 Pray you therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into his harvest.
We do not need to beg God to send revival or to pour out His Spirit.

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (NKJ)


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Power of Prayer-Setting the Tone-Pt. 1

    

Today we’re going to begin a study on prayer.  Prayer is spoken of by believers often, yet do we really understand the significance of it; the value behind its potential?  Do we understand the power a believing heart has before God; power to change our situations, live quiet and peaceable lives, be whole and healed, and make a difference for others?  Today we are going to set the tone for prayer.  We are going to open our spiritual eyes, change our attitudes and become effective prayer warriors for Christ and His kingdom.
                                                   Scriptures:

Matthew 6: 5-85 And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. Truly I tell you, they already have their full reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not babble on like pagans, for they think that by their many words they will be heard. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.  Berean

Luke 11: 1b, 2:  1 …“Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”  2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say:  ‘Father, hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come. NAS

Matthew 6: 9, 10:   9 “Pray, then, in this way:  ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  10 ‘Your kingdom come.            Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.    NAS

Psalm 100: 4:  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and bless his name!  Aramaic

Psalm 95:2:   Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!  ESV

When we come to God for prayer, start out praising Him.  Thank Him for many things, as you begin to thank Him for what He’s done in your life, you will begin to repent.  Find places your attitude is wrong, you’ve complained, haven’t forgiven, lost patience, doubted, were discontent. Once you do this, then state, “Lord, cause Your will to be done in my life.  What do You need me to do for You today.”

Luke 22:42:  “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me. Yet not My will, but Yours be done.”  Berean

Luke 9: 23:   And he said before everyone, “Whoever is willing to come after me, let him deny himself, let him take up his cross everyday, and let him come after me.”  Aramaic

Acts 17: 28“For it is by him that we have life and we move and exist; so also some of the wise men among you have said: “Our lineage is from him.”  Aramaic

 John 1:4:  In him was The Life and The Life is The Light of men. Aramaic
Luke 11:3:  
Give us each day our daily bread.  NAS

Matthew 6: 11‘Give us this day our daily bread.  NAS

Matthew 6: 25-33:   25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28 “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.   NAS

Luke 6: 38:  Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”  NLT

Luke 16: 13:   No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”  Berean

Luke 11:4a:   And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.   Berean

Matthew 6: 12:   And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.   Berean  debt-opheilema-idea of something owed, under obligation; a fault; something due that is accruing

Romans 13: 8:   Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. KJ

Matthew 6: 13:  And lead us not to temptation but deliver us from evil, for yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, for the eternity of eternities.’  Aramaic

Luke 11:4b:   And lead us not into temptation.’”  Berean
James 1: 13-15:   13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.   NAS

 Matthew 6: 13, 14:   14 “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 “But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

 


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The Power of Words

What we say matters because we speak the things we truly believe.

Matthew 12:33-37 Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by its fruit.

34 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.

36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

37 For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned. (NKJ)

Do you speak what you see – the things that are happening to you or do you speak what you desire?

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (NKJ)

John 10:10 The thief comes not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, AND that they might have it more abundantly. (NKJ)

Proverbs 21:23 He who guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from distress. (NKJ)

Proverbs 13:3 He who guards his mouth protects his life, but the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin. (NKJ)

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (NKJ)

John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed on Him, If you continue in My word, then are you My disciples indeed;

32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (NKJ)

Only the truth of God’s Word you know makes you free.

Ephesians 1:16-23 I (Paul) cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto 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, and what is 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 God performed in Christ, when He raised Jesus from the dead, and set Him at His own 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:

22 And has put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the Head over all things to the church,

23 Which is His body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all. (NKJ)

Ephesians 3:20 Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, (NKJ)

Hebrews 3:1 Therefore, holy brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling, carefully consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession. (Berean)

Apostle = someone sent (commissioned), focusing back on the authority of the sender.

High Priest = a leader among priests. The One who entered the Holiest of Holies offering atonement for the people. Presided over judicial deliberations. One who was authorized to administer, to execute, to implement, and to carry into effect.

Confession = speak to a conclusion, lay to rest – properly, a conclusion embraced by common confession (profession, affirmation); acknowledgment, an agreement.

What are we to confess?

Psalm 107:20 He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. (NKJ)

Psalm 103:20 Bless the LORD, you His angels, that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His word. (NKJ)

Mark 4:23-25 If any man has ears to hear, let him hear. 24 And He said unto them, Take heed what you hear: with what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. 25 For he that has, to him shall be given: and he that has not, from him shall be taken even that which he has. (NKJ)

Romans 10:17 Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (NKJ)

Doubt, unbelief, and skepticism also come by hearing which turns into believing the wrong things.


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