March 2nd, 2015
We live in a house made of thoughts! If you think no one will like you, they probably won't, if you think you will always be poor, you probably will be, if you think you will always fail, you probably will! Whatever you think about yourself, so will you be! (Prov. 23:7) You have to tear down the negative thinking and build a new house based on the truth of God's Word! What kind of house do you want to live in? Maybe you were taught to think lousy thoughts, had a negative environment or had bad things to happen in your life. Take the Word of God and change your mind to conform to what God says about you, create new thoughts, a new way of thinking about yourself. Find the will of God for you! God's word has the power to change, heal and restore you! (Romans 12:2) If you are saved, has your salvation reached your mind? If you want what God has for you, the promises, your inheritance as His child, then you will have to think like Him! Conform your thinking to His! God sees what you can become and He wants you to see it! Stop agreeing with the thoughts of the devil and get in agreement with God! "Where the mind goes, the man will follow"! If you do not like your life, change your thinking! (Ephes. 4:22) Our thoughts are like bricks that that build our life. Renew, change your mind to conform to the Word of God and build a different house, a different world for you!
As Christians, we are the Bride of Christ but when we mingle with the world, have a love affair with the world, we are committing spiritual adultery! You cannot have a good natural marriage without working at it, it will cost you your attention and time! Your commitment to Christ will cost you! He wants and deserves your love, your time, your life! If you make a sincere commitment to Him, God will empower you to be able to do it! He will give you the grace and the anointing! David said in Psalms 37:3-6 that if we commit our ways to the Lord that He will give us the desires of our heart! God is committed to you but how committed are you to Him? Leave no room in your mind for a thought to come in and break up your commitment to God! Commitment means "no compromise"! As Christians, we are in this world but not of this world! Are you committed with "no compromise" to Christ, to his Word or are you committing spiritual adultery with the world? (James 4:4)
Dying to "self" is a lonely time but the results are to be honored by God! When God honors you, it is good! (John 16:32-33) While our Savior, Jesus Christ was dying on the Cross he cried, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me"? He died alone so that you and I would never have to! He was forsaken so they we would never be forsaken! When we are left with nothing and no one to turn to, Jesus is there! Jesus knew He would be alone on the Cross, dying to self, dying for our sins! He knew people would scatter, friends would leave, he knew that you would feel like that at some point in your life! The process of "dying to self" will put you in the wilderness and on the mountain top to pray alone as Jesus did! It is in those lonely times that you can clearly hear the voice of God. Those that stay in the process, willing to die to "self", will have a place by God, as Moses did, they will be called "the friends of God " and will have a place of honor!
A roaring, hungry lion will hunt for the vulnerable prey, the weak, defenseless and immature! (1 Peter 5:8) Satan is hunting those children of God that have no knowledge of who they are in Christ, what authority has been given to them, what their inheritance is, what the promises of God are and that makes them easy prey! Hosea 4: 6 says that "God's people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge"! Getting saved is just the beginning! John 8:32 says "you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free"! When you have knowledge of God's word you become much harder prey for the enemy! Satan will get an advantage over you if you are ignorant of his devices! (11. Cor. 2:11) Some of his devices are spiritual ignorance, no knowledge of the Truth, deception, condemnation, lies and strife. If the enemy has been trying to devour your life, has brought in destruction and used devices against you, you can turn things around! Get spiritual knowledge, mature in the Word, build your faith and get persuaded about what God has promised! Retain that knowledge! Hear the Word, believe the Word, receive the Word, guard the Word in your heart and you will no longer be vulnerable to be devoured! (Romans 10:17)
What does the word "holy" mean in reference to a Christian? It means sanctified, pure, devoted, separated and dedicated! We are to yield our body, mind, will and emotions to God and to living a pure life. (Rom. 6:17-23) We all sin and there is none perfect but we should be striving toward perfection (completeness)! The Spirit of God on the inside of us is pure and holy and we cannot disregard that purity in our lives! (l Thes. 4:3-8) Our "holiness" comes from God! We cannot do anything in the natural to make ourselves "holy", how we dress or act does not make us "holy"! It is our relationship with a "holy" God! It comes by our salvation through Jesus Christ! The new nature, or the new creation we are in Christ Jesus should be producing right actions and "holy" living! (Ephes. 4:22-24) You have a "holy" calling as a child of God to live a holy life, not because of what YOU can do but by what HE can do through you! (11Tim. 1:9) When we get born again our obedience is to God and our conduct, how we live, should show forth HIS holiness through us! (1Peter 1:14-19) We are not saved by what we do but by what HE DID! It is the same with holiness; we are not holy, sanctified, righteous, a saint by what we do, but rather because we are in relationship with a "holy" God! Jesus is coming soon! Live your life pure from evil conduct, be obedient to the Word of God and follow Christ's example! Turn away from such things that dishonor God and His gospel! (11Peter 3:10-11) Maranatha!
When we entertain evil or negative thoughts, they take root in our hearts and produce sin! (Matt. 15:16-20) The thoughts of our heart, good or bad, will determine who and what you are! "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he"! (Prov. 23:7) The Apostle Paul said in Romans 12:1-2 to not be conformed to this world but to be transformed by the renewing of your mind! Re-new means to renovate, restore, clean-up or make better by removing faults! That will mean adjustment of your moral and spiritual vision and thinking to the mind of God, which is designed to have a transforming effect on your life! CHANGE YOUR THINKING and it will change your life for the better! Paul said in Ephesians 4:22-24 to be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind! In other words, it is not a one time deal! The battleground in your life is your mind and the enemy is CONSTANTLY coming against you in your mind! You must learn to take your thoughts captive and think on the truth of God's Word! ( 11Cor. 10:3-5) "You shall know the Truth and the Truth will set you free!"
It is easy to sing in the rain when everything is going good but do you sing in the fire? How we re-act in adversity tells us who is in control, us or the enemy! When you can praise and worship God in the fire, you are in control! The Apostle Paul was content in the fires of adversity; beaten, ship wrecked, imprisonment, stoned, persecutions, trials and tribulations! (Phil. 4:11-13) A song in the fire does not come from what God is doing for us but from a close relationship with Him! We KNOW that we can trust Him, no matter what! The 3 Hebrew children's relationship with God was first and fire could not touch them! They had a song in the fire! If you only sing in the rain, the fire may touch you when it comes! Do you praise Him in the bad as well as the good? Keep a praise on your lips, sing in the fire, whether you feel like it or not!
Praise brings God to the battle you are facing! What is your position when the battle seems too big for you? Jehoshaphat in 11 Chron. 20:1-22 got before God, began to thank and praise God for all He had done for him in the past and his fear turned into faith! Praise releases faith! It gets your eyes on something bigger than the problem and brings it down to size! The plan of God for Jehoshaphat's battle was to send the "praisers" out first! A crazy sounding plan but when the praises went up, the glory came down and the enemy scattered! The battle belongs to the Lord! Praise and worship totally confuse and binds the enemy! (Ps. 149:6-9) David knew how to get in God's presence through praise and worship! He sang praises TO God ABOUT God and when the battles came up he was ready! His faith was already built from his praise! So, when you are in a battle, send your "praises" out first!
Jesus ask the impotent (powerless) man in John 4:6-8 "Wilt thou be made whole?" The man immediately went to telling JESUS what he needed, how it should be done and how nothing had ever worked! Do YOU want to argue with God (the Power) and His Word or are you willing to give up your "rights" for a miracle? Do you want to be "right" or do you want your marriage to be healed? Do you want a miracle in your finances, in your body or in your problems? Quit denying what God can do and swallow your pride! Start denying doubt and un-belief access to your mind and get in agreement with God! Your future depends upon it! You can stay powerless and never change, it is your decision BUT God is asking "wilt thou be made whole"?
January 18, 2015
King David was hunting for descendants of Saul or Jonathan in 11 Sam. 4 because he wanted to bless them out of the covenant that he had made with Jonathan!Mephibosheth, Jonathans son was not aware of the covenant with the King, therefore he was living in poverty, crippled from a fall while escaping, he had a poor self-image, felt handicapped! He had a "dead dog" mentality! How many of God's children feel that way about themselves? Do you feel handicapped because of your up-bringing, do not feel smart enough, are you crippled from the past? Do YOU have a "dead dog" mentality? Are you living in spiritual, emotional and physical poverty? Mephibosheth did not know what he was and who he was! Hosea 4:6 God says that His people are destroyed from a lack of knowledge! If you do not know that you are in covenant with the King, you will never dine on God's best for you, you will never obtain the promises of God that are in the covenant! Your "dead dog" mentality will put you under the table eating the crumbs instead of sitting at the table with the King! I Peter 2:9 and Rev. 5:9-10, we are called Kings and Priests unto God, a royal Priesthood! What are Kings and Priest doing under the table when the King has give them the invitation to "come and dine"? Find out what your covenant with God means and stop living with a "dead dog" mentality!
Angels are mentioned 235 times in the Bible, they are created beings but they are not in the God-class as we are, as being created in God's image. They are servants of God and for God and they have a great interest in man's redemption, salvation and human affairs. There are several different classifications of angels; archangels, cherubims, seraphims, watchers, messengers, informers, guards, destroyers, warriors and worshippers. Their original purpose was and still is to declare God's holiness! When God's glory and power is manifested, angels show up! Any big spiritual event will bring angels on the scene! They are NOT fat little babies, nor beautiful women as portrayed by human but always appear or are named in the masculine sense or gender. They are beyond number, they battle for us and will ultimately cast the devil and his fallen angels into the lake of fire! In Matt. 18:10 it tells us that we have personal angels assigned to us as the heirs of salvation in Heb. 1:13-14. They minister to us and for us! They are NEVER to be worshipped! (Rev. 19:10 & 22:9) Angels respond to and listen for the word of God, doing what God commands and when they hear believers speaking the word. That is what moves them, sends them to work for us! ( Ps. 103:20) They have been sent by God to see that our covenant with God is carried out! So, what needs to come out of your mouth, as a child of God, when you need healing, provision, situations to change and etc.?? THE WORD!!! Put your ministering angels to work with the word of God! "Do not let the Word of God depart from out of your mouth!" (Prov. 4:21)
Dis-obedience to God's word produced sin, sickness, poverty, pain, shame and lost fellowship with God in Adam and Eve! Sin interrupted God's plan for man and it still does! Sin will interrupt God's plan for YOU, all the good plans that He has for your life! (Jeremiah 29:11) God hates sin and what it does to His children! Does sin separate you from God's love? No, He will never stop loving you! (Rom. 8:38-39) Jesus became our sacrifice for sin; He who knew no sin became sin for us! (Heb. 9:22) (11Cor. 5:19-21) God does not want us to be deceived about sins effects in our lives! Whatever we sow, (sin or obedience) we will also reap! Sowing to our flesh (sin) will reap corrupt things but sowing into our spirit will produce LIFE! (Gal 6:7-8) Hebrews 11:25 says that there is pleasure in sin for a season but then you will start reaping what you have sown, which is destruction! There is always a price to be paid for sin, naturally and spiritually! The wages (cost) of sin is death! Sin is deadly! (Rom. 6:23) God wants to walk with you, talk with you, fellowship with you. He asked Adam and Eve "where are you"? Sin will cause you to try to hide from God! Get rid of the sin, acknowledge, it, repent of it and turn away from it! It isn't worth it! (Ps. 51:1-2)
Jan 1st, 2015
If you do not know the Word of God, do not have it hidden in your heart, you will believe what the devil tells you! When you hear the Word of God and do it, you will build a strong foundation to build your life upon and when storms, temptations or deception comes, you will keep standing! (Matt. 7:24-27) Many have no strong foundation in the Word and are un-stable, have no victory nor strength in temptations! BUT it does not have to be that way! You can be free, walk in victory, live in blessings, live a stable life, pray in faith, have peace in the storms and live out of your God-given inheritance! God's Word produces (zoe) life, healing, comfort, conviction, counsel, wisdom, power, strength, deliverance, EVERYTHING you need for your life! You cannot substitute anything for the Word of God, not church meetings, prophetic words, music and etc.! Many try to do that but we must have the Word of God in us, we must continually be renewed in the spirit of our minds! (Rom. 12:2) (Col. 3:10) "You will know the Truth (God's Word) and the Truth (God's Word) will set you free!" (John 8:32) BUT IF you do not know the Truth (God's Word), the devil will hold you captive in areas, deceive you and steal from you! God said in Hosea 4:6 that His people were destroyed for a lack of knowledge! Knowledge of what?? His Word! The entrance of God's Word produces"light" but the absence of it produces darkness! (Ps. 119:130) Your choice, light or darkness!