Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Jesus said in John 18 :9-10
" I did not lose a single one of those you have given me."
Then the scripture goes on to say that Simon Peter drew a sword and slashed off the right ear of Malchus the high priest but Jesus said to Peter..
"Put your sword back into it's sheath ..shall I not drink from the cup of the suffering the Father has given me?"
I love the part of the scripture where Jesus says, "I did not lose a single one of those you have given me.."
As Jesus is in the world so are we ...1John 5:14-15
So as Jesus ...we do not have to lose a single one that was given to us either..
We do not have to lose a single one of our children to the secular world , we do not have to lose loved ones to the plans of the enemy. We do not have to lose peace, health,joy, finances.. or anything else The Lord had given us.
The enemy comes to steal kill and destroy...
But Jesus came that we might have abundance and have blessings favor and live life to the fullest in complete wholeness in every way.
We need to understand what we have available to us through the Word of God...
So we can claim that scripture ( as Jesus is, so are we) along with how Jesus did not lose a single one of what was given to Him.... Imagine this revelation..
Together this is an amazing combination of favor, of wisdom and the brilliant knowledge that we have available for us to speak over our lives and the lives of those we love...
The next thing that happens in this scripture is Peter leaping forward to (take matters into his own hands) by trying to defend Jesus..
How many times do we do that?
How many times do we step out and try to do it ourselves and force the issue?
Many times that leads us straight into sin... We must get out of our own way and trust that God's plans for us are always the best plans no matter what it looks like, no matter how bleak the circumstance...
We may have good intentions but sometimes we act so abruptly, we get into the flesh we lose our peace and our self-control and then it is "score one for the enemy..."
If Peter had had his way, Jesus would not have gone to the cross..God's plan for us of complete redemption would've been thwarted...
I ask you, where would we all be if Peter's plan was successful..? there would be
No hopes of ever
living in eternity with God..
But Jesus took the cup ..that cup of suffering that is so hard for us to ever even fathom, the magnitude of what He went through for us is incomprehensible
It was ultimately God's plan that prevailed!
So Father we thank you that your plan will prevail.. we thank you for the finished work your Son did on the cross and because of that,
We know what power and blessings we have available to us...
And we, being like Jesus in the world
Will not ever lose a single one of what you have given to us because we are as Jesus is ...
We will not take matters into our own hands...
But, we will trust you with every second of our lives ..thank you Father! we praise you..we worship you ...and we glorify your name! hallelujah! hallelujah! in Jesus name we pray
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Doesn't it always seem like we're continually waiting on God for something ..we have prayed and prayed some more and it seems we're just endlessly waiting for God to move...
But I feel God saying that many times, He is having to wait on us!
He is having to be patient with us ... Often times He's having to remove something from us, shape us, bend us, move us, prepare us and change us to be able... well able ...to handle our purpose in Him...
To whom much is given much is expected ...
It's a give-and-take ...
He is waiting for our obedience.... Our complete reliance.. Our determined trust..
God is standing there with open arms ready to unleash the blessings of His brilliant favor to us, ready to open the doors of opportunity ,but ...we are too fleshly and we get caught up in the things of this world.. the aimless sidetracks, and the snare of the enemies detours.. We bind the very hands of God through our sheer disobedience...
We think we have to do everything on our own .. We become self appointed "know-it-alls"
We get so busy running around the mountain again and again and jumping over the same old hurdles ...
We are afraid to fail and afraid to succeed at the same time... So we do nothing.. We get so busy being busy
So, there begins the vicious cycle and the very definition of One more trip around the mountain...
We lose our trust, we lose our patience and we fail to surrender our circumstances to God
Friends I ask you to search your heart and ask God to reveal where it is that you need to start being obedient what things do you need to lay down on His alter? What do you need to fully surrender to the Lord?
We need to surrender daily ..we need to constantly be in complete submission to the will of God for our lives..
Move, step out in faith! Be boldly determined! Do it afraid...give it to God.. Wave the white flag and surrender to Him!
Do not make God wait on you one more second..!
He is so determined to bless you!
No more trips around the mountain ..don't let it take 40 years for you to get to the promised land ...don't take an 11 day trip and turn it into your lifetime ...
Obey now and enter the land God has promised to give you ... Enter now!
Deuteronomy 4:1 “And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules that I am teaching you, and do them, that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you.
Galatians 5:13-14 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Spiritual warfare is not continually Engaging in the constant combat of the enemy who has already been defeated..
but...it is living in the victory of the ONE who has already defeated him!
Our emphasis has been wrong.. Our thinking has been skewed..
We don't have to live in a constant battle zone.. We can Declare ourselves victorious through the Word of God and the blood of Jesus and His finished work on the cross... IT IS FINISHED!
Know who you are in Christ and understand the power and the authority that comes with being a child of the King!
Just before Jesus was being tempted in the desert by satan, His Father spoke to Him in Matthew 3 and said, "This is my child with whom I am well pleased.."
Jesus did not have an identity crisis..He knew who his Father was and we need to fully comprehend that too..
We are in covenant with Jesus, we are heirs to the throne and we share the same heavenly Father ..understand that identity...
Jesus did not put up with the enemies temptations.. and we don't have to either
Jesus said "IT IS WRITTEN!"
He used the power of the Spoken Word of God to win the battle and to silence the enemy and we can do the same thing..
The Spoken Word of God is the Truth! The enemy is the father of lies and satan is powerless when the truth of the Father is present..
The enemy cannot answer back to the Spoken Word of God so he had to flee, and when he fled from Jesus..
the Angels came and took care of Him.
The Bible says in 1 John 4:17
As Jesus is in the world so are we ...
we have that same authority over the enemy ..we have the exact Biblical principles and the same unprecedented Spoken Word of God and all the power that comes in that package to do just as Jesus did..
Declare victory..speak with the sword of truth!
Take the nails from the crucifixion and the blood of Jesus on the cross and let them puncture the enemies lies, deflate them and bind him and he will fall...at the utterance of the name of Jesus the enemy has to flee...declare the truth before the lie ever becomes a reality in your life..
Hold every thought captive to the obedience of Gods Word! Know the Word... Know the Truth!!
We are fully authorized by the Lord Jesus Christ and empowered by the power of Holy Spirit to be, speak and act in His name, we can exercise the kind of dominion He exercised, and be agents of His kingdom here on earth.
Your VICTORY is blood bought
JESUS is our Battle cry!
This dominion is about continually doing the Father’s will and manifesting the Father’s perfect love in this world. That unequivocally is what Jesus came to do, and what He has brilliantly authorized, equipped, qualified and empowered us to do as well.
If we want to know what that looks like, all we have to do is look at Jesus, because as He is, so are we in this world.
All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:18-20)
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion … over all the earth.” (Genesis 1:26)
Monday, May 11, 2015
The Green lifesaver...
When I was a kid my grandmother always had a roll of multicolored life savers in her purse.. I remember asking her why they were called lifesavers?
She thought carefully and then answered, "Well, they are perfect for children because if you happen to choke on a lifesaver there's a hole in the middle designed to help you breathe so your life will be saved."
This of course made perfect sense to me and I thought about how brilliant the candy makers were that designed the special candy for grandmothers to give their grandkids without worry.
However, as great as I thought these Lifesavers were there was still a huge problem with them...
When my grandmother would offer us one we had to take the next one in line in the roll.
I remember closing my eyes and secretly praying against the dreaded green one.
"God please don't let me get a green one.. Let my brother get that one!"
My brother equally despised the green ones and we each took turns wishing them on each other.. A nice game for 6 and 7 year olds.
The green one seemed as though it was always a consolation prize or gasp a punishment... had I done something wrong? Was God mad at me? Why do I always have to get the green one and worse yet why does my brother always seem to NEVER get the green one?
After all.. I was so much better behaved than him? I continued my rationalization speech to God..
I instead would hope and pray for orange or...wait for it... Ahhh yes the bright, shiny, brilliant, red, cherry one..the absolute jackpot of the lifesaver world! The bonafide "God loves Me!"
Today's a great day Cherry one!" Joy!
I laugh looking back at this ... Such would be so seemingly important to a child ..I remember thinking how funny this all was ...but life is still kind of like that... Has much changed?
We often times do feel like we have the consolation prize in life.. We let our Joy be based on how well our lives are going at the moment, and we set limits and place constraints on God..We often feel as though God is not there.. He's left us because so much is not going as planned.. We let our Joy be conditional..
Sometimes we look around and all we see are green Lifesavers ...worse yet.. it appears that everyone else is overflowing in the red ones!
We ask ourselves if we have been forgotten about or if God really cares about our problems our issues our needs or wants.
We sometimes ask why...? Especially when we have self proclaimed that those seemingly blessed people don't half live right.....but who are we to judge? We do not know the reasons for everything nor would we want to..
We must look at life through the eyes of faith and proclaim the Word and victory over our lives .. We can Have Joy.. Everyday Joy.. No matter what!
I am reminded that life is truly like this roll of Lifesavers, there are many different colors and flavors in our lives and we must take the good with the bad.. But our attitudes in the tough times can determine how quickly we are to get through it..we must stay in peace and keep our Joy in the tough times.. The Joy of The Lord is our strength.
God reminds us that no matter how many green Lifesavers you have to choke down, the bright, red, cherry, ones are coming ..we will always get to those good moments, those happy times...peel the paper back and let God reveal the blessings..
The good is coming.. We live in this world and in this world we will have trouble but God has not left us.. He's preparing the way.. He's still on the throne and His arm has not been shortened.. He's saying "hold on"... "Trust me"....."The red lifesaver is next!"
If we never experience disappointment, how would we fully appreciate our blessings..?
Have a blessed day! May it be filled with Cherry lifesavers!!
God Will Perfect That Which Concerns Me
The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
your love, O LORD, endures forever—
do not abandon the works of your hands.
Friday, May 8, 2015
BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING!
We must be so careful not to get so caught up in the materialism of this world. We must remember to always seek God first and His kingdom and then everything else will be added unto us.
Many people think that they need certain material things to be happy.. so begins the endless pursuit of bigger houses and more cars and many luxury items... but, no matter the purchases, it seems one thing that money always fails to buy is Joy... Happiness..or the ability to realize any true peace.
Real happiness and pure joy come from knowing Jesus and having a true relationship with our Heavenly Father. We will continually try to fill the void endlessly and unsuccessfully until We have personally hailed an invitation to and have called on the name of Jesus and have let Him fill our hearts and fill our void's.
The enemy loves keeping us distracted with the things of this world...He loves distracting us with the desire to have it all, and all the temptations of our selfish wants; because anything that comes before God will keep us on a detour from a sinless life and a life of blessings and sincere Joy.
We must be very diligent and stay on guard.
Many times I believe this is the reason God has us wait for our prosperity. I believe we need to grow up in Him and be mature enough to handle wealth and prosperity. We must give to God what is His, after all He owns everything, He made everything.. but He wants to trust us...that we may have a complete knowledge and understanding of His Word concerning this matter. God wants our Hearts in complete surrender to him ..He wants to be our everything!
Do we know for certain what it means to give? It is the law of reciprocity..give and it shall be given unto you. We cannot out give God. In fact, the Bible even says in Malachi to to try it and see if God will not bless you for being a blessing and for being obedient to His Word.
Do not be tricked by the temptation of wealth..God blesses us to be a blessing, when our mindset is on helping others and knowing the reasons for our blessings, God will pour prosperity into your life ... True prosperity comes wrapped up in enormous Grace... It comes disguised in parcels of Joy and bundles of God's peace that will surpass understanding. We simply cannot out give God!
Trust Him with everything including your prosperity..including your wealth..we were born to be a blessing.
Give God shouts of praise and thanksgiving for every blessing you have today! God loves a cheerful giver and a grateful heart... God wants to use you. How have you let God use you? What God wants to do in your life is only limited by your willingness to surrender to Him. How do I know that? Because the biggest obstacle in my life has been me and my own limited thinking...
We were born for times such as this!
be blessed today!!
1 John 2:15
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”
Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.
He said, "I came naked from my mother's womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!"
"For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
DO NOT BE DECEIVED!
No matter what is going on in the world, we must believe that regardless of the difficulties we face, the church can rest assured that Christ has not ever moved from His exalted seat. He has full power and authority.. He holds His Sword in His hand and He is fighting for us. The Gospel will prevail.
It's time to start praying against deception, the Bible tells us that in the last days we would be greatly deceived..you were born for times like these, you are here for a reason!
There is no time to ride the fence and be double minded. We must get on board with the Revival that God is stirring up in each of us, the world is a mess right now, we must decide if we are going to accommodate the world and what's happening in it, or we can refuse to compromise our beliefs and our behaviors and live in the absolute assuredness of following the Word of God.
Every word in the Bible is God breathed and is alive and well, it is our blueprint, it is the promise.. we must get on board.
The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy but Jesus came that we might have life and have it to the full..
He has sent us the Holy Spirit and those who do not compromise the Truth of Gods Word will experience a great victory and an empowering strength of the spirit without limits. Beyond anything that our generation has ever known will we see God's supernatural glory rain down in astonishing revival if we do not grow weary in well doing.
So many strong Christians are being deceived by others, even fellow Christians saying,"shouldn't we be more tolerant of other faiths?..shouldn't we be tolerant of other's beliefs? Shouldn't we all just try to love one another for our differences?" "To each his own..."
We back off and we have failed to declare the truth.. we fail to witness and be a doer of the Word, we fail to preach the Gospel in its pure truth.. Yes we are called to love everyone ... It's a commandment..we are to love as God loves, even our enemies..but not for their differences....
The truth sets people free.. Love them and tell them the Truth.. It's not God's will that any man should perish.
The enemy loves tolerance because tolerance doesn't spread the Gospel, tolerance backs away, tolerance is afraid of conflict, tolerance is non-controversial.
When we walk in truth spreading God's Word, God will make ways, the seeds of salvation are being planted.
God can reach anyone..He is God, but we are His army and we are called forth to witness, to tell the truth in all diligence and to deliver God's message of salvation and eternal life with Him.
Tolerance is such a trendy buzzword that the enemy uses for deception by discounting the truth. The Word of God is very clear about the one and only way for us to receive eternal salvation.. so we ALL must be clear on that..there is no pushing the envelope, there is no deciding, "well I don't think God thinks this way or that way", or "don't you think if they're a good person regardless of whether or not they are a believer that they will get to heaven?"
We don't get to change God's mind or rewrite the Bible by inserting our own thoughts, believing we can do a better job than God did... God's Word is very specific for a reason ..so that there is a line that absolutely cannot be crossed ..it's simple, we either believe God or we don't!
Look, this is not open for debate... The Bible is very clear and it says that in the end times even Christians will FALL AWAY.. They will perish! ... Yes Christians... Many are deceived by thinking they can live in sin and keep asking for forgiveness with no harm done! That is a huge misconception. Every action has a consequence even if the consequences are not immediate.. I guarantee you our sins do not go unnoticed we must repent and turn away from our sins!
We must get a strong knowledge of the WORD and stand! TRUST and believe in it! Defend it! Be an advocate and an accomplisher of the Word...There is no compromise.. get off the fence, decide what you're going to believe... do it now before it's too late!
Meditate and declare this promise to God...
I will not compromise with the words and the actions and the deception of this world ..Lord help us to be bold for you. Help us to put away all fears and anxieties so that we might fully receive the manifested presence of the Holy Spirit of God in full operation in our lives
In Jesus Name
13 “I know that you live in the city where Satan has his throne, yet you have remained loyal to me. You refused to deny me even when Antipas, my faithful witness, was martyred among you there in Satan’s city.
14 “But I have a few complaints against you. You tolerate some among you whose teaching is like that of Balaam, who showed Balak how to trip up the people of Israel. He taught them to sin by eating food offered to idols and by committing sexual sin. 15 In a similar way, you have some Nicolaitans among you who follow the same teaching. 16 Repent of your sin, or I will come to you suddenly and fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,