The Holy Spirit – Part 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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The Holy Spirit – Part 5

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

                                            Scriptures:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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The Holy Spirit – Part 4

The Holy Spirit – Part 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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The Holy Spirit – Part 3

The Holy Spirit – Part 3

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

Scriptures:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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The Holy Spirit – Part 2

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

Scriptures:

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

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

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

 


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The Holy Spirit – Part 1

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

Scriptures:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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Courage – The Power of Faith

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

Butterflies for God – Part 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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


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Butterflies For God – Part 2

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

Butterflies for God- Part 1

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Deception

Deception keeps you focused on a distraction so you won’t see what is really going on. The main problem with deception is you don’t know you are being deceived. Let’s look at the source of all deception.

Jeremiah 9:6 You dwell in the midst of deception; in their deceit they refuse to know Me, (Berean)

2 Corinthians 11:2-3 I (Paul) am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. For I promised you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. 3 I am afraid, however, that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may be led astray from your simple and pure devotion to Christ. (Berean)

ANYTHING that changes your focus off of Christ is anti-Christ. Greek = antíxristos from antí, “opposite to, in place of” and Xristós, “Christ” the “Anointed One” —  opposite to Christ; someone acting in place of Christ.

1 John 2;15-18 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the worldthe desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of lifeis not from the Father but from the world17 The world is passing away, along with its desires; but whoever does the will of God remains forever. 18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. This is how we know it is the last hour. (Berean)

1 Thessalonians 2:9-12 This man (the Antichrist)* will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. 10 He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them11 So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies12 Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth. (NLT) * my note for clarity

Proverbs 26:24-26 He who hates, disguises it with his lips, but he stores up deceit in his heart. 25 When he speaks graciously and kindly [to conceal his malice], do not trust him, for seven abominations are in his heart.
26 Though his hatred covers itself with guile and deceit,
His malevolence will be revealed openly before the assembly. (Amp) malevolence = malice, spite, hatred, bitterness

Proverbs 6:16-19 There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are abomination to Him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that run swiftly to evil, 19 a false witness who gives false testimony, and one who stirs up discord among brothers. (NKJ) Haughty = self-promoted; self-exalted

Proverbs 14:8 Why is a clever person wise? Because he knows what to do. Why is a stupid person foolish? Because he only thinks he knows. (GWT)

1 Peter 2:1-3 Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. (Berean)

2 Peter 3:17-18 As for you, divinely loved ones, since you are forewarned of these things, be careful that you are not led astray by the error of the lawless and lose your firm grip on the truth. 18 But continue to grow and increase in God’s grace and intimacy with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May He receive all the glory both now and until the day eternity begins. Amen! (The Passion)

John 17:15-19 I (Jesus) do not ask that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from evil. 16 They are not of the world, as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; Your Word is truth18 As You sent Me into the world, I also sent them into the world19 and for them I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. (Berean)

Jeremiah 17:5,7This is what the LORD says: Cursed is the person who trusts humans, who makes flesh and blood his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD. 6 He will be like a bush in the wilderness. He will not see when something good comes. He will live in the dry places in the desert, in a salty land where no one can live. 7 Blessed is the person who trusts the LORD. The LORD will be his confidence.” (GWT)

Isaiah 53:1,4-5 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 4 Surely, He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 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)

Psalm 91:9-10 Because you have made the Lordwho is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; (NKJ) Dwelling = covering, home, tabernacle, tent.

The Message Yes, because God’s your refuge, the High God your very own home, evil can’t get close to you, harm can’t get through the door.

Don’t let doubt and unbelief make you a prisoner. Dare to believe God’s Word and expand your faith!


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Matter of the Heart

Matter of the Heart

Too often we want God to fix the problem around us when He wants to fix the problem within us. It is not enough to deal with the surface. We must get to the root of the problem – the heart.

1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. (NKJ)

Jeremiah 17:9-10 The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. 10 But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be. (MSG)

Jeremiah 17:5-10 Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength,
whose heart departs from the Lord
. 6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited. 7 Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit. 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? 10 I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.” (NKJ)

Galatians 6:1-10 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass (sin or fault), you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For each one shall bear his own load. 6 Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. (NKJ)

One of the biggest indicators of where our heart is is our own mouth.
Luke 6:43-45 Jesus said, “For there is no good tree producing bad fruit, nor again a bad tree producing good fruit. 44 For each tree is known by its own fruit. For they do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. 45 The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and the evil out of the evil brings forth that which is evil. For out of the abundance of his heart, his mouth speaks. (Berean)

Don’t be a prophet for the devil. Don’t speak for the enemy. Don’t declare negative words over yourself or anyone else. Don’t be ignorant of the devil’s devices. He is a bully.

2 Corinthians 2:9-11 Paul said, “For this indeed also did I write, so that I might know the proof of you, whether you are obedient to everything. 10 Now to whomever you forgive anything, I also do; and indeed to whom I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, it is for the sake of you, in the person of Christ, 11 so that we should not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his schemes.” (Berean)

The Passion Paul said, “You see, I wrote previously in order to see if your hearts would pass the test and if you were willing to follow my counsel in everything. 10 If you freely forgive anyone for anything, then I also forgive him. And if I have forgiven anything, I did so for you before the face of Christ, 11 so that we would not be exploited by the adversary, Satan, for we know his clever schemes.

It is obvious from this Scripture unforgiveness is a scheme or device the devil uses against us in order to divide us.

Luke 11:17 Since Jesus knew what they were thinking, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is ruined. A house divided against itself falls. (GWT)

The devil knows about the love of God because he hates everything God loves. The devil knows about the wrath of God because he is experiencing it already. But the devil knows nothing about the mercy and grace of God. That is why he works so hard to keep us in unforgiveness.

Proverbs 28:13 He who conceals his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them will find mercy. (Berean)


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

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

Scriptures:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

On earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

13 And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

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

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

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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Fulfill Your Prescription

What is a prescription? According to Webster, “a written direction for a therapeutic or corrective agent; specificallyone for the preparation and use of a medicine.” It also means, “The action of laying down authoritative rules or directions.” It is also defined as, “the process of making claim to something by long use and enjoyment.”

The first reason people are not healed is they don’t take time to plant God’s Word deep down in their hearts.

Proverbs 4:20-22 My son, pay attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not lose sight of them; keep them within your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them, and health to the whole body. (Berean)

Luke 8:11b-15 The seed is the Word of God. The seeds on the road are those who hear the Word, but no sooner do they hear it than the Devil snatches it from them so they won’t believe and be saved. 13 The seeds in the gravel are those who hear with enthusiasm, but the enthusiasm doesn’t go very deep. It’s only another fad, and the moment there’s trouble it’s gone. 14 And the seed that fell in the weeds—well, these are the ones who hear, but then the seed is crowded out and nothing comes of it as they go about their lives worrying about tomorrow, making money, and having fun. 15 But the seed in the good earth—these are the good-hearts who seize the Word and hold on no matter what, sticking with it until there’s a harvest. (The Message)

Psalm 107:19-21 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. 20 He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. 21 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! (NKJ)

The second reason people are not healed is they don’t do what the Word tells them to do.

We understand when a doctor writes a prescription, we must follow those instructions in order for the medicine to work as it should. If the prescription says, “Take orally twice daily,” you wouldn’t rub it on the bottom of your foot and expect the same results. Yet, many of us have this same approach to the Word of God and then wonder why it didn’t work?

If we use the Gospel (God’s pill) the way He prescribed it, it will work every time.

James 5:14-16 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord15 And the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick. The Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power to prevail. (Berean) Elders in Greek = experienced.

Mark 9:21-24 So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (NKJ)

Mark 11:20-25 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 him24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for 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)

Psalm 103:20-22 Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word. 21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, you ministers of His, who do His pleasure. 22 Bless the Lord, all His works, In all places of His dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul! (NKJ) Heeding in Hebrew = to hear.

Isaiah 55:10-11 For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return without watering the earth, making it bud and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat, 11 so My word that proceeds from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please, and it will prosper where I send it. (Berean)

If you don’t want your words to return to you void and without effect, speak His Word and believe.

1 John 5:14-15 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)

His Word is His will!


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Faith Demands the Right Action in Order to Work

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

Scriptures:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

13 And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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Grow Up

What does spiritual maturity look like?

Ephesians 4:11-15 It was He who “gave gifts to people”; He appointed some to be apostles, others to be prophets, others to be evangelists, others to be pastors and teachers. 12 He did this to prepare all God’s people for the work of Christian service, in order to build up the body of Christ. 13 And so we shall all come together to that oneness in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God; we shall become mature people, reaching to the very height of Christ’s full stature. 14 Then we shall no longer be children, carried by the waves and blown about by every shifting wind of the teaching of deceitful people, who lead others into error by the tricks they invent. 15 Instead, by speaking the truth in a spirit of love, we must grow up in every way to Christ, who is the head. (GNT)

1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, (NKJ)

Hebrews 5:11-14 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain, because you are dull of hearing. 12 Although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to reteach you the basic principles of God’s Word. You need milk, not solid food! 13 For everyone who lives on milk is still an infant, inexperienced in the message of righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained their senses to distinguish good from evil. (Berean)

Inexperienced and unqualified; their spiritual diet deprives them of reaching further for more of God and His Word. Because of their limited spiritual diet, they lack the ability to know the difference between what is helpful or harmful to their souls. So, what is the difference between meat and milk?

John 4:32-34 But Jesus said to them, “I have meat to eat that you know not of.” 33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, “Has any man brought Him ought to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work.” (NKJ)

Milk is the Word. Meat is doing what it says.

1 Corinthians 3:1-3 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; 3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? (NKJ)

John 16:12-14 Jesus said, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore, I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. (NKJ)

John 15:1-16 Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the keeper of the vineyard. 2 He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, and every branch that does bear fruit, He prunes to make it even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me. 5 I am the vine and you are the branches. The one who remains in Me, and I in him, will bear much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers. Such branches are gathered up, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, proving yourselves to be My disciples. 9 As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Remain in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. 11 I have told you these things so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because everything I have learned from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will remain—so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. (Berean)

Isaiah 28:9-13 They complain about me. They say, “Who does that man think he’s teaching? Who needs his message? It’s only good for babies that have just stopped nursing! 10 He is trying to teach us letter by letter, line by line, lesson by lesson.” 11 If you won’t listen to me, then God will use foreigners speaking some strange-sounding language to teach you a lesson. 12 He offered rest and comfort to all of you, but you refused to listen to Him. 13 That is why the Lord is going to teach you letter by letter, line by line, lesson by lesson. Then you will stumble with every step you take. You will be wounded, trapped, and taken prisoner. (GNT)

Don’t remain on the same spiritual plateau – complacent and satisfied. Spiritual babes fail to realize that with advanced revelation and understanding of His Word and His Ways come more opportunities to be used by Him.


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Divine Nature – Part 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

Self-will must be dealt with:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

 

 


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Divine Nature – Part 2

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

Divine Nature – Part 1

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

Scriptures:

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

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


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Born Again


What does it mean to be Born Again? Where did the term come from?

John 3:3-6 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, except anyone be born from above, he is not able to see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus says to Him, “How is a man able to be born, being old? Is he able to enter into the womb of his mother a second time, and to be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless anyone be born of water and of the Spirit, he is not able to enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That having been born of the flesh is flesh, and that having been born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said, ‘You must be born again.’ (Berean)

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (NKJ)

What became new and what didn’t? To fully understand this, we must first understand that we are created in the image of God as a 3-part being – spirit, soul, and body.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NKJ)

Our bodies have not been born-again, changed or renewed, only our spirit.

1 Corinthians 15:50-57 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (NKJ)

NLT 50 What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever. 51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.

Romans 6:4-14 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised up out from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have become united in the likeness of His death, certainly also we will be of the resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, so that the body of sin might be annulled, that we are no longer enslaved to sin. 7 For the one having died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised up out from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer rules over Him. 10 For that which He died, He died to sin once for all; but that which He lives, He lives to God. 11 So also you, consider yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but living to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, in order to obey its desires. 13 Neither yield your members to sin as instruments of unrighteousness, but yield yourselves to God, as living out from the dead, and your members to God as instruments of righteousness. 14 For sin will not rule over you, for you are not under law, but under grace. (Berean)

How do I keep sin from ruling over me? Our soul is made up of our mind, will, and emotions which did not become saved, changed, or born-again. That means every thought, desire, or emotion you have must be changed by the Word.

Romans 12:1-2 Therefore I exhort you, brothers, through the compassions of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy to God, well-pleasing, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind, for you to prove what is the good and well-pleasing and perfect will of God. (Berean)

Ephesians 5:25b-27 Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water by the word, 27 so that He might present to Himself the church in glory, not having spot or wrinkle or any of the such things, but that it would be holy and blameless. (Berean)

Our born-again spirit is as perfect as it will be in heaven.

1 John 3:9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. (NKJ)

1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever. (NKJ)

1 John 4:17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. (NKJ)


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The Importance of Believing God

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

Scriptures:

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

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

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

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

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


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The Torment of Fear

Fear is a tool used by the enemy to stop us from using our faith to receive from God the things we need. Fear is designed to cause us to relinquish our God-given purpose.

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

This tells us two things. Fear is a spirit and God did not give it to us. It also tells us 3 aeras where fear attacks us.

1) Fear comes from not knowing the POWER given us.

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

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give you the authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and upon all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

2) Fear comes from a lack of trust because of insecure LOVE.

No one likes to be told they have insecure love. But that is exactly where fear comes from. Trust and love are synonymous. Lack of trust enslaves you to fear and shackles you to a problem. The insecurity is not on God’s side.

Romans 5:8 But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Berean)

Romans 8:15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery that returns you to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. (NKJ)

Fear = Greek = The word we get phobic from; to flee, panic, or withdraw because of feeling inadequate (without sufficient resources).

Torment = Greek = penal infliction in a way that restrains, impedes, restricts, or incapacitates; hence, to punish (cause agony), or to curtail.

MSG There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. (NLT)

3) Fear comes from fiery darts that come in the way of thoughts from the enemy designed to remove a SOUND MIND.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds😉 5 Casting down arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

A sound mind thinks on the truth; not on the lie.

John 17:16-17 Jesus said, “They are not of the world, as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.” (Berean)

Psalm 119:160 The entirety of Your word is truth, and all Your righteous judgments endure forever. (Berean)

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) anxious = Greek = “a part, as opposed to the whole” – properly, drawn in opposite directions; “divided into parts”; “to go to pieces” because pulled apart (in different directions).  An old verb for worry and anxiety – literally, to be divided and/or distracted.

How to be delivered from fear. Get the Word inside you.

Psalm 34:1-4 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise will always be on my lips. 2 My soul boasts in the LORD; let the oppressed hear and rejoice. 3 Magnify the LORD with me; let us exalt His name together. 4 I sought the LORD, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. (Berean) Magnify = Hebrew = To be causative and make large, advance, boast, bring up, grow(up), increase, lift up, nourish (up), promote.

We use a magnifying glass to see thing more clearly. Too often we magnify our problem instead of magnifying our Problem-solver thus making a mountain out of a molehill.

Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvationso why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?
(NLT)

Isaiah 35:4 Say to those with anxious hearts: “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance. With divine retribution He will come to save you. (Berean)

Proverbs 1:33 But whoever listens to me will dwell in safety, secure from the fear of evil. (Berean)

Fear is the devil’s faith. You must rid yourself of all ambiguity concerning the Word of God. Trust God! He cannot lie.


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The Other Side of the Cross

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

                                      Scriptures:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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What is NOT in Heaven

Many of us have heard or read stories about people who have seen Heaven and we all conjure up ideas of what we think Heaven is like.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. (NKJ)

It is hard to imagine streets of gold, walls of jasper and precious stones, and a crystal sea. (Rev. 21:19-21; 4:6)

Our focus in this message is Jesus’ teaching on how to pray.

Matthew 6:9-10 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (NKJ)

How can we pray for His will to be done here on earth if we don’t know how it is in Heaven? Let’s look at just a few things that are NOT in heaven.

There is no sin nor sickness in Heaven.

Isaiah 33:24 And no resident of Zion will say, “I am sick.” The people who dwell there will be forgiven of iniquity. (Berean)

Matthew 4:23-24 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about Him spread all over Syria, and people brought to Him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering acute pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed—and He healed them. (Berean)

 There is no crying, death, sorrow, or pain in Heaven

Revelation 21:4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. (Berean)

Isaiah 25:8 He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; for the Lord has spoken. (NKJ)

There is no curse or darkness in Heaven

Revelation 22:1-5 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. 4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. 5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. (NKJ)

There is no fear, lack, or poverty in Heaven

John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (NKJ)

 There is no corruption, contamination, nor fading away in Heaven

1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power for the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. (Berean)

As His ambassadors – His representatives here on earth; we are to seek for and expect His Kingdom to begin manifesting here on earth as it is in Heaven. 

Matthew 10:7 Jesus said, “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” (NKJ)

Other things that are not in Heaven:

There are so many other things that are not going to be in Heaven. Here are just a few more to think about. As you do, realize these do not have be a part of your life any longer. The Kingdom of Heaven is within your reach. Take it. It is your inheritance now.

In Heaven there is no failure, aging, guilt, condemnation, or limitations. No doubt, strife, stress. No lack of peace or unrest, no fighting, arguing, or unforgiveness. No sadness or depression, no discouragement, anxiety, hatred, lying, selfishness, or pride. No mistakes, no trying, confusion, boredom or coincidences. There is nothing random in Heaven. Everything has a purpose. Your life here on earth has purpose too. Let’s not miss our purpose. May His will be done in us and through us on this earth today as it is in Heaven.


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The Lifestyle of Faith

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

 Scriptures:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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What is your Problem? – Part 2

In review, what problem or circumstance are you facing? If you don’t know your problem, then you certainly don’t know the answer. You don’t have a health problem. You don’t have a financial problem. You …

The Battle of the Mind: Shut the Enemy Out

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

What is your Problem?

What problem or circumstance are you facing? If you don’t know your problem, then you certainly don’t know the answer. You don’t have a health problem. You don’t have a financial problem. You don’t even have a devil problem. Your problem is NOT the circumstance. You have a knowledge problem.

Hosea 4:6a My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: (KJV) destroyed = Hebrew = A primitive root; to be dumb or silent; hence, to fail or perish; trans. To destroy, cease, be cut down (off), be brought to silence, be undone.

MSG My people are ruined because they don’t know what’s right or true.

AMP My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge [of My law, where I reveal My will].

How do you know things? You do research – study. Spiritually speaking, don’t study the problem; study the Problem Solver. Get to know Jesus intimately – the Word.

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (NKJ) Study = Greek = be swift (go fast, be speedy); to move speedily by showing full diligence (fully applying oneself); acting fervently (speedy commitment) to accomplish all that God assigns through faith.
There has to be intimacy with Him to produce life.

John 8:31-33 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 “We are Abraham’s descendants,” they answered. “We have never been slaves to anyone. How can You say we will be set free?” (Berean)   Be consistent. Not standing on the Word one day and doubting the next. Not on again, off again.

Denial causes you to miss the truth and miss being set free. You do not know anything you have not learned. We learn spiritual matters through the Word of God.

John 6:63-64 It is the Spirit giving life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit and they are life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (Berean)

Don’t just know about Him. Know Him intimately.

Romans 8:1-17 So now the case is closed. There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in life-union with Jesus, the Anointed One. 2 For the “law” of the Spirit of life flowing through the anointing of Jesus has liberated us from the “law” of sin and death. 3 For God achieved what the law was unable to accomplish, because the law was limited by the weakness of human nature.

Yet God sent us His Son in human form to identify with human weakness. Clothed with humanity, God’s Son gave His body to be the sin-offering so that God could once and for all condemn the guilt and power of sin. 4 So now every righteous requirement of the law can be fulfilled through the Anointed One living His life in us. And we are free to live, not according to our flesh, but by the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit!

5 Those who are motivated by the flesh only pursue what benefits themselves. But those who live by the impulses of the Holy Spirit are motivated to pursue spiritual realities. 6 For the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set controlled by the Spirit finds life and peace.

7 In fact, the mind-set focused on the flesh fights God’s plan and refuses to submit to His direction, because it cannot! 8 For no matter how hard they tryGod finds no pleasure with those who are controlled by the flesh. 9 But when the Spirit of Christ empowers your life, you are not dominated by the flesh but by the Spirit. And if you are not joined to the Spirit of the Anointed One, you are not of Him. 10 Now Christ lives His life in you! And even though your body may be dead because of the effects of sin, His life-giving Spirit imparts life to you because you are fully accepted by God. 11 Yes, God raised Jesus to life! And since God’s Spirit of Resurrection lives in you, He will also raise your dying body to life by the same Spirit that breathes life into you!

12 So then, beloved ones, the flesh has no claims on us at all, and we have no further obligation to live in obedience to it. 13 For when you live controlled by the flesh, you are about to die. But if the life of the Spirit puts to death the corrupt ways of the flesh, we then taste His abundant life. 14 The mature children of God are those who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit. 15 And you did not receive the “spirit of religious duty,” leading you back into the fear of never being good enough. But you have received the “Spirit of full acceptance,” enfolding you into the family of God. And you will never feel orphaned, for as He rises up within us, our spirits join Him in saying the words of tender affection, “Beloved Father!” 16 For the Holy Spirit makes God’s fatherhood real to us as He whispers into our innermost being, “You are God’s beloved child!

17 And since we are His true children, we qualify to share all His treasures, for indeed, we are heirs of God Himself. And since we are joined to Christ, we also inherit all that He is and all that He has. We will experience being co-glorified with Him provided that we accept His sufferings as our own. (TPT)

 


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The Battle of the Mind: Control Your Thoughts

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

Scriptures:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Darts – missiles, spears, arrows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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Humility

What does it mean to humble yourself? Is it a posture – an attitude, or a mental thought? No, it’s much more! It is the actions you take toward yourself, others, and God.

James 4:6-10 But He gives more grace. Therefore, He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. (NKJ) Humble = the person who depends on the Lord rather than self-reliance or self-government to rein in the mind or feelings.

Resist = a military term in classical Greek meaning “to forcefully take a complete stand against an opponent”

Double-minded = vacillating like a “spiritual schizophrenic.”  This causes relapses of disordered thinking, social withdrawal, decreased emotional expression, disorganized speech and lack of motivation.

1 Peter 5:5-9a Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting ALL your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, (NKJ)

TPT In the same way, the younger ones should willingly support the leadership of the elders. In every relationship, each of you must wrap around yourself the apron of a humble servant. Because: God resists you when you are proud but multiplies grace and favor when you are humble. 6 If you bow low in God’s awesome presence, he will eventually exalt you as you leave the timing in his hands. 7 Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you. 8 Be well balanced and always alert, because your enemy, the devil, roams around incessantly, like a roaring lion looking for its prey to devour. 9 Take a decisive stand against him and resist his every attack with strong, vigorous faith.

Humility is to relinquish your own control, thoughts, choices, and emotions over to God.

Luke 22:24-26 A dispute also arose among the disciples as to which of them would be considered the greatest. 25 So Jesus declared, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in authority over them call themselves benefactors. 26 But you shall not be like them. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who leads like the one who serves. (Berean)

TPT  25 Jesus interrupted their argument, saying, “The kings and men of authority in this world rule oppressively over their subjects, claiming that they do it for the good of the people. They are obsessed with how others see them. 26 But this is not your calling. You will lead by a different model. The greatest one among you will live as one called to serve others without honor. The greatest honor and authority is reserved for the one who has a servant heart.

You must rule your feelings instead of your feelings ruling you.

1 Peter 8-9 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. (NKJ)

MSG Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.

Love is the key to the power of God working in your life. Faith works by love.

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. (NKJ)

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

TPT When you’re placed into the Anointed One and joined to him, circumcision and religious obligations can benefit you nothing. All that matters now is living in the faith that is activated and brought to perfection by love.


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