EXCELLENCE

Recently an event occurred which had me questioning what I do and even my value. After doing all involved in creating a restaurant from scratch: creating the standard recipes, writing the training manuals, bar manual, employee orientation, bar recipe manual, food costing program, photography for and the creation of the build sheets and hiring and training employees, the client decided they simply did not want to pay the contract and simply gave a third of the agreed amount with a thank you and now go away. This was similar to the Branson, Missouri group who used my name and my Chef K trade mark without seeking permission or paying for the use of it to open another restaurant which I never consulted with (a theft.) Both groups, upstanding business leaders in their community but far less in the integrity area, to steal, lie, and cheat does not a success make.

The actions of both these dishonest companies had me double checking myself and questioning as to whether or not I preformed in excellence. So the following is as much for me as it is a sharing with you.

We can (and must) examine what it takes to have a life of excellence. This is not just in one area, but in all areas of life. 1 John 4:17 says that as Jesus “is”so are we in this world. So then how is He? He is the most excellent being alive in the universe, and His desire is that we be exactly the same as He. What is He? His entire purpose is to disciple us in His ways, causing us to become leaders, leading others into the same life of excellence. It is being magnanimous

“Magnanimity” generous in forgiving an insult; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness. High minded, noble. Proceeding from or revealing nobility of mind, character, or spirit. Synonyms: big, liberal, un-spiteful, elevated, lofty.

To become such a person, there is something that we must realize in our lives, that something is the fact that excellence can be learned.. Philippians 4:8-9, 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.  9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you Here we find that the life of a Christian being one displaying magnanimity, being magnanimous. Verse 8 gives what the life should be like, verse 9 however, reveals to us exactly what we need to know.

The life of excellence can be;

  1. A) Learned, Christian practice.

 James 4:7-17 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. 11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. 12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another? 13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.  15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will,  we shall live, and do this, or that. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

B) Received, Christian blessing.

Deuteronomy 11:26-28;

 26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; 27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: 28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.

 Psalm 1:1-3; Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 

 Proverbs 10:6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

C) Heard, Christian doctrines.

 1 Timothy 4:5-6

5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

D) Seen, Christian miracles, mighty power, or mighty works. Galatians 3:1-14 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. 5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.  7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. 10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.                     

 We must always keep in mind that although the life of a Christian be uneven and rocky (it is rarely smooth, when it is challenged, this how you grow) that when trials , testing, and temptations come, it is through the life of excellence that they are defeated. This four elements found within these scriptures show us that excellence is not something far off, but as near as our learning will take us. It is through these elements that those around us will notice a difference and seek out whatever you may have. What you should have is excellence in life, being ready to lead and disciple.

2 Corinthians 4:13-18.

13  We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

It is not a question as to whether or not you have a choice as to living in a life of excellence, it is the simple fact of the spiritual life that you have been called to live this life.

You are of a royal blood line, 1 Peter 2:9, But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: This is not something you should take lightly, nor is it something that you should ever be allowed to be stolen from you. Every attack that Satan brings against you is such an attack. Giving in reduces your quality of life and the excellency of it.

Satan desires that he pull you down and then flaunt you in front of all to declare “see how noble, royal and regal this so called Christian is”. Don’t ever give him the pleasure of doing it to you.

You must come to realize that it is the quality of your spirit that brings this nobility into your life. That which first takes place within the spirit realm will eventually find it’s way into the other realms of your life. Anything that Satan can use to degrade the spirit he will. Ephesians 3:9-21. And to make all men see what is the fellowship (THE STEWARDSHIP) of the mystery( the secret counsels which govern God in dealing with the righteous, which are hidden from ungodly and wicked men but plain to the godly), which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places (angels and demons) might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: 12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. 13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. 14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches (abundance of external possessions) of his glory, to be strengthened with might (dunamis, explosive working of the power contained within)  by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Now it is only through a lifestyle of excellence in the faith that those things that we desire can be found.

We must never compromise our stand of nobility, our integrity must be of the highest order.

Proverbs 11:3-13. The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. 4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death. 5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.  6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness. 7 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth. 8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead. 9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered. 10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting. 11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. 13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. 

To be of a faithful spirit is to be full of excellency. Why is it that a person of the highest orders are called “your excellency” because they stand for their word regardless of circumstances.

Psalms 15:1-4. 1 A Psalm of David. LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?  2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. 3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.  4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

What is it that reduces the Christian to just another religion? Many differing things will, unbelief will, following after the things of the flesh will. Things like lying , stealing, cheating, living in strife, be full of resentment, etc. etc. etc.Ephesians 2:3-5. Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 

2 Corinthians 10:4,  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  Here is where the true test of the life excellency comes in, in what fashion will you respond in your present situation, through the flesh or through the spirit. The magnanimous person will always respond within the spirit.

Webster defines magnanimous as “that elevation of dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence”.

All this can only be completely done within the spirit and through the action of the Holy Spirit. You too can have the life of excellence when you discover that “as He is, so are you in this world”.

Many people today are miserable because they know not what kind of seed they are and they will not know until they plant themselves and begin to grow John 12:24-26, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. 26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be:  if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

Jesus compares his own life to a seed. It had an eight fold purpose. Just as he did, so too do we. It becomes the reason that we live in this life. Verse 24 shows us the eight elements.

A) Necessity; here we see that the life of Jesus was essential, for without it we could not be born again nor have any future. So too are our lives essential, for without us, God can do nothing here on the earth for others. Jesus said “I am the way, truth and the life” and so He is. However, he uses us to bring others to him. We are essential for we bring destruction to the enemy. We are essential to the lives of others, for if we are the body, then they are part of us and we part of them.

B) Cause; The action placed behind us once we find the necessity of living. Another word we could use here is requirement. What are the requirements that we place on Jesus. These same requirements are what we must place upon ourselves in order that we know our cause. Our cause is simply to provide for all who come our way the message of the good news of the gospel.

C) Place; There is a place for every seed. Certain seeds grow only in certain soil, under certain conditions, in selected places. What is your place? It should be exactly where God would have you. When we get out of that place then we fail to bring forth the ideal crop. In some they bring forth no crop at all.

D) Present state; Know that your present state is not relevant to the final outcome, a small ugly seed once it has died brings forth a beautiful flower. Knowing that as a seed that you are going to die is very exciting for once you’ve died only then can you bring forth a crop.

Galatians 2:20,21

20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

2 Corinthians 4:10-11

10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

 E) Unselfishness; When you sow your life in Christ in excellence it becomes the greatest act of unselfishness. Jesus sowed His life into you, you into Him. The seed begins to grow and realizes that in order to live I must continue to draw nourishment from the others around me so I also must put something back into them. Then I will live and be successful.

F) Resurrection; Here we find the reason that we desire to become a seed, which we sow into Jesus, for the seed is resurrected as a thing of beauty, a change took place in you. Now you are new fresh and clean. But that’s not all, in the resurrection you’ve multiplied. Just as Jesus did, so that now more than 1 billion Christians live on earth. We in Jesus multiply as well.

G) Purpose; The very result of our sowing ourselves is that we bring forth much fruit. If our lives are as Christs, then the fruit will be good. If our lives are as our old man then fruit will be rotten.

H) Faith; Without faith none of this would be possible. We must believe that through faith all things are possible. So that when the dying process begins, we believe that we’ll be back only stronger, richer, and with beauty.

John 15:1-8

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

The process of sowing is best summed up here, it is abiding in Christ Jesus. In other words, to have a constant, enduring, eternal, immutable and permanent relationship with Him. To take residence in Him and to never leave home. We do this through many and varied methods, Luke 9:23-27

23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross (take his stand in Christ) daily, and follow me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.

 Here we see that one way is self denial. That does not mean we deny those things that we do. It does mean that we do not allow the things of the flesh to take charge of our lives. It also says here that we are to take up our cross and follow Him. Have ever wondered what that really means. Well, I believe it to mean that we are to live the life of excellence. We are not to live a life of compromise, its God way or no way.

Every day we pick up our cross by sowing our lives into him. Romans 8:29, For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. We conform to his image and away from ours.

 Faithfulness

Faithfulness, the key to maintaining all that is given over to us. One cannot prove faithful to one’s goals and the life of excellence unless one proves themselves faithful. When we examine the faithful, we must conclude that they posses Serval elements in their character the faithful will be found to be; Allegiant, constant, dedicated, devoted, loyal, steadfast, trustworthy and secure. Without these elements no faithfulness can be found within a person.

Many are the examples of the faithful person in scripture, one that I like is the one of David King of Israel. Regardless of who and what he faced, he stayed faithful to God.

 Psalms 31:14-24,  But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God. 15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. 16 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake. 17 Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.  18 Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous. 19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! 20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. 21 Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.  22 For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee. 23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. 24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

David would commit the events of his life over to God and God in turn would lift and encourage David therein. In this passage of scripture, David brings to light why to serve a God such as our Lord.

Verse 14) He trusts in God, why because He is his Lord. This is a statement of the faithful, in it he is saying that all of the elements needful to be found faithful.

Verse 15) My times are in your hands, the events, circumstances, situations of my life are in your hands. Therefore deliver me from those that are contrary to your desires, for it is they that become my enemies. It is their involvement in my life from which my persecution comes.

Verse 16) Make your face to shine upon me, give me your favor. For in your favor I have deliverance, comfort, healing, provision, preservation, protection, assistance and holiness.

Psalms 28:6-9, Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. 7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. 8 The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed. 9 Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever. 

The favor of God v 6) He hears my prayers, v 7) He is my shield, v 7) He is my help, v 8) He is my strength, v 9) He is my salvation, v 9) He is my blessing, v 9) He is my blessing, v 9) He is my food, v 9) He is my support.

Verse 16) Save me for your mercy’s sake, show me all this favor because of the kindness you show to me in all that I am faithful in.

Verse 17) Let me not be ashamed. Do not allow me to be embarrassed, humiliated, guilty of not be faithful to you. If not, then I will not grief stricken or remorseful.

Verse 18) Have those who are found to be unfaithful be put to silence.

Verse 19) Your goodness is far beyond measure, but although it cannot be measured it has been all laid up for me so I receive it. For you have promised it to the faithful.

Verse 20) Psalms 91, Dwelling in the secret place of the Most High.

Verse 20) Strife of tongues, contentious plots.

Verse 21) The trials of the tongue come yet I am blessed for my tongue sings nothing but the praise of the Lord. His favor I have as I dwell within the secret place.

Verse 22) Sure, I said the wrong thing at the wrong time, yet I confessed these before you and you still listen to my prayers.

Verse 23) For those who are faithful and take pride in doing the Word, God preserves them and rewards them.

Verse 24) So be of good courage, and go all out for God, those who are faithful to Him.

1 Timothy 1:11-13

11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. 12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

The Gospel can only be given over to those who show themselves to be faithful.

So why don’t we take a moment to examine the word faithful. To be strict or thorough in the performance of a duty, true to one’s word or promises, reliable, trusted.

Psalm 15:1-5 A Psalm of David.

 1  LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?  2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. 3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.  4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. 5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

How is that one shows themselves faithful?

2 Peter 1:1-10

Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:   2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

V 1) Like faith, what the Lord is, we too are the same.

V 2) Grace, peace, and knowledge all help us to maintain faithfulness.

V 3) His divine power (the gospel, Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. ) Working through us, without this power, faithfulness is hard to maintain. All things that pertain shows us God’s faithfulness to us.

V 4) It is these exceeding great promises that develop with us the capability of a servant and it is the servant of love which remains faithful to God. When are partakers of God, the divine nature, we become the faithful, for we are ever changing our nature to conform to His, in the process as our nature changes, so too will our character. Those things to which we could not be faithful in the changing of our nature our character allows us to do so.

V 5-8) The elements of the faithful. Proverbs 28:20, A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent. 

Excellence in Christ Jesus\Integrity

Integrity: soundness of & adherence to moral principles and character; uprightness; honesty. The state of being whole, entire or undiminished or of prefect condition.

Proverbs 11:3, The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. The integrity of the upright shall guide them.

The just man walks in integrity. Proverbs 20:7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. We must be conformed into God’s image, to conform is to accommodate, adapt, adjust tailor, agree, harmonize, follow, observe, obey and comply with God. In what? Not so much as in what but rather into what. That’s what is His character. One of the greatest character traits of God is His integrity to us and to His Word. What He says He will preform. Romans 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

 Numbers 23:19, God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? God said it, that settles it.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Jesus is ever unchanging, His word will preform for us just as it did for Him. One can place complete and utter trust into the Word of God.

Jeremiah 1:12 Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.  Psalm 119:89-93 Lamsa.

It should be our desire to walk in integrity, then it is our desire to be like Christ. We must then walk after the manner that He walked.

14 ways to be like Jesus (Dakes Annotated Bible).

A) Follow after righteousness as He did. 1 John 3:7, John 15:10-14.

B) Walk free from the world by being in the Word. John 17:14-16.

C) Self crucifixion. Galatians 2:20. Setting aside our desires and seeking after His.

D) Walking in newness of this life. Galatians 5:16-26.

E) Enduring persecutions. John 15:18-20.

F) Being diligent to do the work of God. John 14:12-14.

G) Operating in the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:21-23.

H) Being totally set apart unto God. John 10:36.

I) Walking in the light. 1 John 1:7.

J) Having unity with God. John 17:11.

K) Suffering on the behalf of others. 1 Peter 2:17-24. Lamas

L) Our life and conduct should be in line with His. 1 John 2:6.

M) Enduring temptations. Hebrews 6:18.

N) Manifesting the fullness of God. John 3:34-36.

Psalms 7:8, You are judged according to your integrity.

Proverbs 11:3, Your integrity will be your guide.

Proverbs 19:1, Integrity make’s you a better person.

Proverbs 20:7 Your integrity blesses your children.

Psalm 141:3, Proverbs 18:21; 19:9, Your integrity is seen through the keeping of your words.

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7, Put a guard around your words and your actions.

Quitters never win, Winners never quit.

The life that most Christians lead is not always one of ease. In fact, more often than not we face situations and circumstances that many in the world never have to.  Why, because we do not belong to this world, it belongs to Satan and therefore our presence here is a tremendous threat to him.

Since that threat is constant our need for knowledge to overcome the ever changing threats is also constant. For us to image that we have arrived at the knowledge or in victory can be a fatal mistake.  It is usually this kind of arrogance that leads to the defeat of a person and the backslidden results in their lives.

The simple fact in life is that although most never feel that they are winners just having Jesus Christ in their lives as Lord and Savior makes them such.To possess Christ is to possess His knowledge, strength, abilities, compassions and most importantly His love.

So why then do we not feel like the winners at times when the Word declares us to be. The answer is a very simple one, most winners know they are winners.  They rely on that fact and not on their feelings.  Usually when they win is when they’ve pressed themselves to a point where their feelings are not good but poor. When you rely on your feeling they will speak lies to you and cause your defeat. Feelings or emotions are not a good guide to use when evaluating your situation.

So let’s examine the life cycle of a winner.

Joshua 1:6-9,

6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. 7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.  8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.  9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Here God is giving Joshua the keys to being a winner in Christ. First He tells Joshua to be strong.  But where was he to gather strength from.  Well verse 7 gives us the answer “the book of the law”.  To be strong requires one to exercise the muscles that they have, or to develop what they already have been born with.

When you were born again, you were given the strength of Christ, but to never use that strength is tantamount to living weakly.  To be strong is to be powerful, healthy, more than competent, abundantly supplied with something, solid, easy to defend, capable of exerting influence, tenacious, convincing, moving with a great force,  it is to see the complete work of God protruding from you.

However, there has never been a strong Christian who has never spent a great deal of time in the Word of God and in prayer.  For this is where the power comes from. This is the strength of the winner.

The next thing God says to Joshua is the very courageous.  That is not the same as being strong.  To be courageous is to disregard what we may fear and to follow through on the direction given to us.  Some time what may be required of us is not what we like or want to do.  But the courageous person knows regardless of how they feel it is the right thing to do.  It is the quality of mind and spirit that enables one to meet danger or opposition with fearlessness, calmness, and firmness.  To be steadfastly minded, established and fortified in a direction of life.

Winners must be strong, yet they also must be constant that is why God says to be “very courageous”.  We must set our course and head only in that direction.  The courageous are the ones who know that in the end they will win.  Therefore, they think, talk and act as if they already have won.

“Be not afraid”.  Fear will steal all ground gained and place the possessor in a position of lost instead of winning.  Fear is a Satan, death trap, his strongest desire is to see you dead.  If he can’t then he wants to see you sick, defeated and fearful.  Fear steals faith, paralyses courage and destroys strength.

For all these reasons Gods say “be not afraid”.  The Lord gives us great assurances.

 A) He is with us wherever we go.

 B) His Word is a suit of armor protecting from all the wiles of the devil.

 C) His Holy Spirit lives within and causes all fear to flee in terror from us.

 Next God says to be not dismayed.  To be dismayed is to; live in alarm, have anxiety, to have apprehension, to live in dread and trepidation. To disappoint, have discouragement, disillusionment, to dishearten, to dispirit, to intimidate. There can be no victory in such a life.  In order to live upon this we must take comfort in the fact that everything that God says is so.

The key to prevent any form of dismay coming upon us is that we must be obedient to God, His leadings, and His Word.  Never has God brought disappointment to any of His children who truly followed after Him.

The next key to the life of victory or being a winner is to know that you cannot do it alone.  Those who are loners can not see what surrounds them in all directions.  You need the support of like minded persons.  Not those who will tell you it can’t be done, you already know that.  God only uses those who know they are limited.  So if the victory is going to come it will have to be through the power of God.  When we surround ourselves with others who do not agree with us, their constant negative chiding will place us in a position of weakness.  Weaknesses is what Satan looks for to capitalize upon so that his weapons of destruction may work they’re worse.  Judges 20:22. And the people the men of Israel encouraged themselves, and set their battle again in array in the place where they put themselves in array the first day.

 Winners must always exercise patience, without patience, no victory will ever will be possible. Psalms 27:14, 38:15.

 14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

 38:15 For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.  

 The victor knows that winning comes only through hope, not hope in the desired result but hope in God. Psalms 39:7

7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

The victor knows to win, he or she must get familiar with the name of God, for it is through His name that all power and authority is given.  Psalms 44:5 Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.

 Know that once you are on the side of God that you are not your own any longer, you’re God’s and if you’re His he’ll look after His own.  Psalms 100:3  Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

 Finally believe.  Every person who has ever won anything believed that they could do it. Mark 9:23-24. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

How To Have The Winning Attitude

Before one could have a winning attitude one, one has to understand what is an attitude. An attitude is: an opinion, an outlook, your perspective, any stance taken, a viewpoint.  So it is what you think based on the available facts, senses, emotions, and imaginations.  In order to have a winning attitude, it would be necessary to control these attributes.

Let us look at these closer, remember we said they are facts, senses, emotions and imaginations or fiction.  Fiction or imaginations are just what they say they are, an untruth or lie. To these there is nothing that we can settle upon.  They are ever changing according to the whims and wishes of the holder and his thoughts.  Believable fiction is a lie so attractive that anyone would have faith in it.  Yet it does not change, it is still a lie.

Should one base their attitude upon their imagination or what is fiction?  No, for if they do, they will develop a wrong or poor or even bad attitude toward our own opinion.

Emotions, can our emotions be depended upon so that we could develop a right and true attitude?  Again the answer would have to be an unchallengeable, no.  Why not, because your emotions cannot be trusted themselves.  They are situational and therefore subject to change according to the circumstance that one would find themselves in.  Emotions such as anger, envy, hate and sorrow will warp our viewpoint and cause us to think only upon them.  All emotions will blind us to what is beyond them and restrict us to only what they want us to see.

Therefore most if not all emotions are lies from the point of view that they are restrictive to only their way.  If the emotion is temporal and consequently subject to change, could not an attitude developed by it also  be subject to fluctuations.  Should our attitude fluctuate it becomes evident that it cannot be depended upon.

Senses, we can readily accept that our senses are not view to assist us in our opinion formation.  When is a rose not a rose, when it is in a can of deodorizer.  We smell roses yet they do not exist.  We may only see a limited amount of persons in a room, therefore our senses say that the world is limited to what we can see, yet we know that to be completely erroneous.  We may hear music from a compact disc, but that does not mean that the band is near by.  We may taste a peach in the center of a dessert, however, in reading the packaging we find it say artificial flavoring.  Our senses cannot be relied upon to help us develop our attitudes.

This leaves us with only one area that requires examination in developing the winning attitude.  That area is a fact.  But what is a fact, it is an actuality, certainty, reality, or truth.  It is exactly this that we need to use to develop our attitude from.  It is these that will cause us to ever have the winning attitude.  We need but ask ourselves such questions as;

Is the situation I find myself in actuality what is happening or is there something beyond this that i cannot yet see?

A certainty is an absolute, is this circumstance absolutely without change?

What is the reality of what I am about to say, do, or think?

Is what I see, feel, think and hear the truth, and should I be examining something beyond this to know what the truth truly is?

Once we get clear and definite answers then and only then can be develop an opinion on that situation and then we will have a winning attitude toward the circumstance.  James 1:2-22 God always works from the inside out, Satan always works from the outside in.

James 1:2-22

2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;  3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. 9  Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:  10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. 11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. 12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13 Let no man say when he is tempted,  I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures. 19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Therefore our attitude is dependent upon the forces used to change your inside.  Use the forces of Satan and your inside will be corrupt and twisted, so too will be your attitude.  Use the forces of the Word of God and your inside will be right and true, so too will your attitude.  You are able to say “I can afford to have a closed mind, I’m right.

James 1:2, Count it all joy.  Joy then cannot be an emotion, it must be something greater. It is a force called, blessedness which is “God’s divine favor on us”.  We must then know that if God’s favor is upon us then our attitude toward our situation will be as God would declare it to be.

Temptations, testings and trials all will come to attack our attitude.  When we lose our attitude or the truth of the outcome, then it is at this time we either stand or fall into them.  Notice that the verse says  “when” you fall, so there is a possibility that we may not fall.  And if we do then there is a way out.

“The trying of your faith”,  not the destruction or downfall of your faith, just the trying of it.  It may burdensome, demanding, exacting, arduous, difficult, strenuous, taxing or an uphill climb, but to try something is not to defeat and destroy it.  The trying of your faith is the keeping of your attitude.

This why the verse says works patience, the word comes from the Greek word “hupomonê” which means to abide under.  Under what, under the joy of the Lord.  In English patience means composure, forbearance, tolerance, diligence, persistence and stamina.  They simply do not get the meaning, for to abide in something is to live in it.  If we are to live in God’s divine favor then the trial, test or temptation cannot live there as well.

Notice to that is not you that is on trial it is your faith.  Your faith in what, in what you are abiding in.  If you are abiding in God then your life in God in on trial.  God cannot fail so therefore neither can your faith. Your attitude is protected by your life in Christ and His Word.

Verse 4, To paraphrase “Let what you are abiding in have complete and full control of your life  so that you may become fully mature and grown into a life of prosperity, health, deliverance and you become preserved for the work of the kingdom of God”.

Psalms 51:12, With joy and salvation restored in our hearts, the gifts of salvation would only naturally lead us to the right attitude. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

The next area to examine in obtaining the winning attitude we find in verse 5 of James 1.  Here it simply says that if any lack wisdom “comes from the Greek word sophia” which means the insight into the true nature of things.  When we can’t see the full intent of the circumstance we are in, we lack wisdom.  Then all we do is go to God and ask for the full picture and we will be able to comprehend what is about to take place.  But we must “ask”, if we don’t how then is the answer to come.

After we have asked we must receive the instruction and we must be obedient to the instruction.  Many people do not obtain winning attitudes because they disobey the instructions they are given to carry out, or they simply do not act upon those instructions.  To be obedient is to stay focused on the instructions given.  To be of one mind, heart and action. Romans 8:5&6  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  

We readily see that the disobedient are in no position to receive from God.  In verse 8 it says a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. What is a double-minded man? A man has two minds, the conscious mind and the subconscious.

The conscious mind is what makes us aware of what is happening around us.  It makes use of the five senses and then derives an attitude and an action based on what it assimilates.  As we have already seen this may not be the correct action.

The subconscious mind is the mind of the spirit.  It is what causes us to act without thought for has been proven to be factual and therefore something that is trustworthy.  Being called by your name causes you to respond without thought.  You don’t check to see if you are really you when someone speaks your name, you know it as fact.  It’s within your spirit, it is correct and that is just the way it is.  It is unchangeable.

The double minded person is the person who attempts to place the things the senses show him are fact.  They are not proven, nor will they work, yet he depends completely upon them for the results that he needs.  He wishes for the provision of both the world of the senses and the world of the spirit, when only one will bring the desired result.

 1 Corinthians 10:13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 

He is the man of “plan B”.  He looks for what God says and if that does not work, then there is always another way to do it.  When it comes to the things of God, there is only “plan A”.  God never has a plan B  because he never requires one.  His plans are prefect a person with the winning attitude gets the prefect plan the first time.

 Romans 13:14. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

 Lusts, anything the flesh desires that counters the word of God.  Formulating a plan B when God gave plan A just in case it doesn’t work.  If it doesn’t work, then God didn’t give it in the first place.  Jeremiah 1:12   Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it. God will watch over His Word to perform it.

Say, the next area we examine in the winning attitude is the area of our mouth.  What is that we are saying, verse 13.  Be sure that we examine our mouths before we go about saying that is God or even that God said it. James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.  Instead of blaming God learn to submit to Him.  That will keep your attitude in check.

The next area to see is that we must “receive the Word”, verse 14&15.  To receive the word is to believe it in the heart and to speak it with our mouth.  For until it is flowing from our mouths we cannot really say that we received it. To receive something is to obtain it and make it your own.

The final area in having a winning attitude is simply to just “do it”, verse 22.  Failure to act on the word is failure to do the things of God.  To not perform the things of God is to perform the things of Satan and with him no one wins.  Only in Christ and His Word is there any victory, and that’s where the winning attitude can be found.

Harden Not Your Hearts

In this life many of the faith people live lives in much victory.  Each has testimony after testimony as to the powerful works that God has performed within their lives.

Yet seemingly for every testimony that comes forth top bring praise to God, there are 20 others sitting in the same church that have nothing to praise God in or for.  Why?  The answer is one main reason, that reason is the hardening of their hearts toward God.

Now not many would readily admit that they have a harden heart, but then not many understand just what exactly is it that has become hardened. The word simply means to make dry.  So then it is to make our heart dry to the things of God.  Okay, we understand that, it’s easy to see, but what is the method of drying up.

Let’s turn to Hebrews 3:7-19 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. 10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. 11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)  12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; 15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. 16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

Here the nation of Israel lived in the very presence of God, Jehovah Himself, yet they disbelieved Him, doubted Him, and this is called a provocation.  They provoked God into taking an action that He had no desire to take.  They died and the plan of God was put on hold for more than forty years.

The hurting of the heart comes through the failure to believe and trust God.  To trust and rely on anything other than the Lord is to fail God and He views it as a great injustice done to Him.

There are those who claim to be standing in faith for many years, yet they are actually provoking God because of their unbelief.  They claim to confess His word, but their tongues do not speak the word of truth.  Their actions are contrary to what scripture says, and are in line with what their flesh dictates to them.

Paul brings a stern warning to the church in this passage.

A) v7, Today hear the voice of God.

B) v8, Harden not your hearts through refusal of the Word of God.

C) v12, Entering into unbelief.

 D) v12, Departing from the living God.

 E) v16, Open rebellion against God.

 F) v17, Open sin, habitual provocation.

 G) v19, Death caused through unbelief, spiritual death.

 Hebrews 10:35-39  Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

Confidence: trusting reliance, an assurance of the mind or firm belief in the integrity or stability of another, or in the truth and reality of a fact.  Belief in ones owns competency. He or that which supports, safety or assurance: security. Boldness, courage.

We must learn the lesson given in Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

A) We must have faith.

  1. B) We must please God.
  2. C) We must come to God.
  3. D) We must believe that He is.
  4. E) We must believe in His reward system.
  5. F) We must diligently seek Him, (this means after the answer comes just as much as before).

We also harden our hearts by not taking up our residence in Him. John 15:1-16 Phillips version.  500 people saw Jesus ascend into heaven, only 120 were left to experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  What happened, they cast away their confidence, they left from fellowshipping with the Lord.

 1 Corinthians 15:1-6. Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.   3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

The Ten Most Common Causes of Failure

1) Blaming Others

A) Who did this to me.

  1. B) What caused this in my life.
  2. C) It’s the other guy’s fault.
  3. D) The other person doesn’t appreciate me.
  4. E) Each of us will answer before God for His own life. 1:4, Matt.7:1-2, 12:37

2) Blame yourself (in private).

A) Why was I so dumb. Job 5:1-4 To consider oneself dumb is tantamount to calling yourself a fool. A fool is; one who is dull or stupid, a heedless one, a blockhead, an idiot.

B) Why do I always do the wrong thing. Romans 14:1-8

C) Self-blame is the cause of self pity which leads to self-condemnation and eventually to self-destruction.

D) Blaming yourself opens the door to feelings of guilt. Romans 8:1

E) Blaming yourself closes the door to self-development.

3) No goals.

A) Habakkuk 2:2, Amplified version

  1. B) Proverbs 29:18, no vision, no life
  2. C) People without goals float through life waiting for the big one to happen.
  3. D) Many peoples only goal in life is to have fun.
  4. E) Remember DEAD FISH DON’T SWIM THEY FLOAT.

4) Choosing wrong goals

A) You must choose your own goals, don’t allow family, friends or circumstances choose them for you.

  1. B) Study your desires, set your path, then don’t waver from it. 2 Tim. 2:15

5) The short cut

A) Taking the path of least resistance is not always the best course to take.

  1. B) There are no short cuts in a life of excellence. Psalms 16:11, Proverb 2:6-15

6) Taking the long road

A) Israel took so long in getting to the promised land that they never did arrive.

B) People die and never enjoy what they worked all their lives to gain. Joshua 1:15

C) Be sure to “stop and smell the roses”. 2:24, 3:13, 5:18-19, 1 Timothy 6:17

7) Neglecting the little things

A) There is no substitute for diligence in our lives. Proverbs 4:23, 2 Corinthians 8:7

B) Proverbs 27:23-24

C) Proverbs 24:3, Living Bible version

D) A misplaced decimal point on a patent application once cost Thomas Jefferson a patent and subsequently millions of dollars.

8) Quitting too soon

A) Men do not fail, they give up. Psalms 126:5

B) Galatians 6:9

9) The burden of the past

A) 2 Corinthians 5:17-18

B) It is easier to lie on a bed digging into the past than to sit in a chair and face the future. Psalms 55:22, Jer.17:24

10) The illusion of success

A) Don’t make the mistake of aiming for what others will approve of. Philippians 1:10

B) There is more to success than what Hollywood and infomercials tell us. Mark 7:21-23,

1 John 2:16

C) Matthew 16:26

Synergism

“The sum total of the whole is greater the sum total of all the parts”.

“Human effort in cooperation with divine grace in the production of salvation”.

Psalms 90:16-17, Colossians 1:10-12, Hebrews 6:9-12

 Psalms 133:1 Living Bible, How wonderful it is, how pleasant, when brothers live together in harmony.

Unity is a key principal to living a life free from frustration, strife and loneliness.  Ephesians 4:3&13

Even Jesus did not attempt to do the work that the Father had given to him alone. The bible records 12 apostles, 70 disciples and up 500 followers. He had many widows and rich support Him so that work could be accomplished. John 5:17,9:4. The results of no unity or harmony is disarray, Luke 11:17, divided means separated into parts, groups or sections, separate in opinion or feelings, to cause to disagree.

To fail means; to be completely overthrown.

Matthew 18:18-19, Agreement, an expression of the love and compassion of God.

Deuteronomy 32:30, Power in agreement.

Isaiah 59:19; the standard is the agreement with the word in our lives proceeding forth from our mouths and by our actions.

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Thoughts & Prayers, Part 2

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You are the Blessed of the Lord. The “Blessed” of the Lord thinks, His thoughts, in doing so, they speak and pray His thoughts as well. Let’s take a side trip for just a moment, look at Deuteronomy 26, here you find a lesson as to how to present your tithes and offering in the fashion God would have you to do. Notice that verse states you are to “Speak and Say” certain things while praying and presenting the offering, so why both. Isn’t speaking and saying the same thing, well, actually not.

You speak so others may hear you. You speak by giving a thought the power to be grasped or comprehended. You speak, so others catch your idea, you are trying to impress it upon them, your giving vision a voice. In doing so “all” others hear and catch that thought, not only those to whom you are speaking but to those who are listening.

Just like speaking and saying are not exactly alike, so too, are hearing and listening. When you are speaking,  those to whom you have targeted your words, will hear them, and when they choose to act on the thought produced by the words they are listening. To hear is to perceive, to listen is to act on what you have heard.

However, there is another group of beings listening to those words as well, both angels and demons occupy the area directly surrounding you, they both hear your words (and therefore your thoughts) and will act according to the words which you have spoken.  Your words carry the power to activate those spiritual beings, they will perform what they hear, for it is their licence to do so.  Look at Isaiah 55:11, So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. King James Version (KJV) The word travels from your heart, empowered by your voice, acted upon by the listener, and when completed in success, it returns to you, for your reward of speaking it. Examine the words you speak, do you want the result they will bring you, if not, don’t speak them.

Speaking is for the listener, then what is saying? Saying, is for you. When you hear your own voice, aloud, you believe you. No matter who or what you put your faith in, nothing is more powerful than you, you build yourself up by saying what you believe.  Look back at the action of the word spoken, it accomplishes “that which I please”, a term that means to delight in, you do that which gives you delight, therefore you will speak that same thing. It is far more than an idea, it is the very thing you believe, it is “how” you think, it is who you are, it is why you believe you, for you believe what you say.

In life we voice to our “sayings”, they are a group of personal truths that we know to work in our lives. The moment that “saying” fails us, we label it a lie, and never utter it again, why? It has lost its power to affect our lives in the manner which pleases us. So we “speak” for others, we “say” for ourselves.

A simple way to understand the value of words, is, to think of a lawyer. They are paid for only two things, time used and words chosen. The one with the finest words (argument) wins, the other loses. One client wins because the lawyer chose the “right” words, the other lost because the words they chose carried less power. God has given us the most powerful Word in the universe, why, would we not make use of it and be constant winners.

We know that prayer is the voicing of thoughts, what we think, we pray. Others do the same, others pray what they think, some of that is against us. Those angels and demons, they are waiting for a call to action.  While the angels can only heed the Word of God spoken, the demons will latch upon anything they construe as a license for them to act. We must learn to pray protection around us so others words will fall flat, they are weapons formed by thought, empowered by speaking to do us harm. Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. King James Version (KJV) What or who has brought a judgement against you? Be the lawyer with the winning word, condemn the judgement and the Judge, God Himself, will find in your favor, why, because you used His Word in the court.

We are to pray what God thinks, or, what He says, for there we have two agreeing together, God and you, you just cannot get better than that. So when praying for answers use His Word for the right results:

Abilities: EX;32:3;  ROM. 12:6; 1COR. 12:1:4

Abundance:  Deut.15:6,7;  Deut 28:1 4; Deut 30:9;  Ps 1:1 3; Ps. 92:12; Matt 4:11; Matt 18:10; Phil 4:10-23: 3 John 2

Assurance: Gen 26:3; Ezekiel 34:16; John 14:18; Rom 8:28; Heb 6:17,18

Authority:  Gen.1:27 28; Gen. 9:2; 2 Sam. 22:30; Luke 10:19; Eph. 6:10 18

Confidence: Isa. 40:31; 2 Cor 3:5; 2 Cor 9:8; Phil 1:6; 1 John 4:4

Deliverance: Exod 3:8; Ps 18:19; Ps 34:9; Isa. 10:27; 1Tim 4:18

Eternal Life:  Job 19:25-26; Matt 16:25-27; John 3:16; Rom 6:23; 1 John 5:11; Rev 22:5

Faith: Mark 9:23; Mark 11:23-25; Luke 17:6; Rom 1:17; Rom 5:1 2; Gal 3:11; Heb 11

Family: Gen 14:4 5; Gen 22:17-18; Gen 28:14; Ps 68:6; Ps. 127:3; Acts 16:31

Favor: Gen 12:2; Ps 5:12; Prov 3:4; Prov 15:15

Forgiveness: Ps 103:3 4; Isa. 43:25; Matt 6:14; Luke 15:20; 1 John 1:9

Freedom From Fear: Ps. 46:1 2; Ps 56:3 4; Ps. 118:6; 2Thess. 3:3; 2 Tim 1:7

Freedom From Worry: Ps. 3:5; Ps 55:22; Matt 6:34; John 14:27; 1Pet 5:7; Rev 1:17 18

Friendship: Prov 18:24; Is 41:8; John 15:13-14

Guidance:  Ps 25:9; Ps 32:8; Ps 73:23 25; Ps 139:10-11; Prov 3:6; Isa. 30:21; Isa 49:10

Happiness: Ps 37:4-5; Ps 63:4-5; Ps 64:10; Ps 84:11; John 10:10; John 13:17

Health:                 Exod 15:26; Ps 103:2 3; Ps 147:3; Jer 30:17; Matt 9:35; 2Peter 2:24

Hope: Ps 71:5; Rom 5:4 5; Rom 8:24; Rom 15:13, Heb 6:19

Joy: Neh. 8:10; Ps 3:3; Ps 16:11; Ps 30:5; Ps 118:24; Ps 126:5-6; Isa 23:3; Isa 51:11; Gal 5:22; Heb 12:2

Love: John 15:10; Rom 8:38-39; 1 Cor 13; 1 John 4

Marriage: Gen 2:24; Ps 128:3; Prov 18:22; Prov 31:11 12; 1 Cor 7:14

Peace: Lev 26:6; Ps 29:11 Ps 72:7; Isa 26:3; Isa 54:13; Phil 4:7; 2Thess 3:16

Power:                 Exod 9:16; Deut 4:37; Deut 11:25; Ps 44:5-7; Isa 59:19; Matt 10:1,8; John 14:12; Acts 1:8

Promotion: Deut 1:10; Deut 28:13; 1Sam 2:8; Ps 71:21; Matt 5:5; Matt 23:12

Prosperity: Gen 13:14,15; Lev 20:24; Lev 26:9′ 2 Chor 26:5; Ps 1:1 3; Ps 35:27

Protection:  Gen 15:1; Deut 1:30; 2 Chro 20:15; Ps 27:5; Ps 91:2 7; Isa 43:2; Nahum 1:7; Luke 12:7

Provisions: Deut 8:7 9; Deut 28:1 14; 1Kings 17:14; Ps 37:3,25; Ps 68:19: Ps 145:15,16

Rest: Ps 4:8; Ps 23:2; Prov 1:33; Prov 3:24; Isa 14:3; Jer 30:10; Matt 11:28,29

Riches: Deut 8:18; 1 Chron 29:12; Prov 8:18,19; Prov 22:4; Eccl 5:19; Isa 45:3; 2Cor 8:9

Security:  Ps 26:1; Ps 57:3; Ps 62:2,7; Ps 105:14,15; Jer 17:8; Matt 7:25

Strength: Josh 1:6 9; Josh 23:9; 1 Chron 16:27; Ps 18:2,29,32; Ps 125:1; Isa 40:29

Victory: Ps 60:12; Ps 108:13; Eph. 6:13-17; 1John 5:4

Wisdom: 1 Kings 4:29; Prov 2:6,7; Luke 21:15; James 1:5

By praying the Word you form a solid, favorable relation with God. John 15:7-8 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. King James Version (KJV) Abiding is living in a place that you cannot be evicted from, it is enduring steadfastly, to remain the same and not being different. So by the Word abiding in you leads to God given results, because Christ is never changing, He has never left and remain in you. Notice that the verse states that those Words gain and produce much fruit and great results.

Praying the Word or God’s thoughts will help keep your mind from drifting off and thinking upon those things that are not helpful or will get any results in your life. Praying what you think always leads to praying error, praying the Word is to pray the truth.  We tend to speak what we see, therefore we pray what we see, why, don’t we already have that? By praying the Word we speak what God sees, and that is the result we want.

We hear all the time, “if it’s God’s will” by choosing to think the thoughts of God, then you are assured of knowing the will of God at any moment.  Matthew 6:9-13 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in 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 lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. King James Version (KJV) The will of God is that which is found in heaven, what evil is there in heaven? None. How many are sick and diseased in heaven? None. How many are begging on the street corners? None. How many families are breaking up in heaven? None. The simplest way to know if it is the will of God is to ask, is this what heaven is like? If the answer Is no, then change it to how it would be in heaven. How? By thinking and speaking (praying) for how it is in heaven. Jesus made it really simple,why, so there could be no disagreement, “Let your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven”. Earth, your world, this is where the will of God can, and should, be found.

So the next time you hear someone say our thoughts and prayers are with you, be sure those thoughts and prayers line up with the Word of God, for they are the only thoughts and the only prayers that become effectual.

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Thoughts & Prayers Part 1

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After every trauma, after every tragedy, the politician comes forth with a statement that is supposed to be comforting but rings hollow when spoken by lying lips.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with you”, what thoughts? What prayers? If we really are operating in the gift of compassion, then we must know what is needful for our thought life, for our thoughts will actually control our prayer life.

The challenge then is to train our mind to think that which will actually bring us into a place where our thoughts will be spoken into our prayers that actually bring God’s will or God’s results.

Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. King James Version (KJV) We must think on these things, notice that when God thinks of you, He thinks thoughts that are going to give you a great life. When you face those circumstances that will help shape who you will become, know that most often, if they are adverse, they do not come from God.  His thoughts bring peace, He has no desire to bring something evil to, or, upon you.  Look at the same verse from the Amplified Version: Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Amplified Bible (AMP) No, God’s thoughts for you are always good.

Notice the word “toward”  it means aimed at you. God’s thoughts are targeted at you. He never misses. His good thoughts, His plans, His devices, His inventions are going to hit their target and that is you. Therefore, expcet the good and not the evil.

If, God’s thoughts are good, then we must have been given the same thought pattern at the new birth, for we are created in His likeness. Our minds too can think thoughts that good and not evil. 2 Timothy 1:7 King For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. James Version (KJV) If, you’re thinking like God, and do what he thinks, then you need to know,  He has targeted you to do His thoughts, therefore, He must equip you for the battle of the mind, He has given you what you need to win it. There is power in your mind, fear is defeated, your mind is sound, your thoughts produce the Love of God.

The enemy will try to bring thoughts that are not in line with what God says, He will try to defeat you by sowing thoughts of doubt and failure in your mind. He will send you whispering liars who will tell you “it will never work” or, “you can’t do that” or, “you’re out of your mind.” Just say thanks, yes, I am out of my mind because I have the mind of Christ. Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. King James Version (KJV) When we receive His thoughts then it’s His mind and our way of doing things changes, for the better, even though others may not see as so at the moment. When the whispering liars come, pay no heed to them, cast down their words, do not accept them and continue on with what God has spoken into your mind. 2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; King James Version (KJV)

Your thought life is not your battlefield, you defeat the enemy simply by speaking Gods Word into your mind all day long, and soon, you begin to think the God kind of thoughts. 1 Chronicles 28:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. King James Version (KJV) Solomon choose God’s way and he did well for himself. Solomon mind was filled with God’s thoughts, he was the wisest man ever to live, God’s wisdom brought him all he became.  He thought God’s thoughts and so live a God kind of life. Right thinking allows God to make evident all the good things He has for our life.

You may not think highly about yourself, and, that is wrong,  for The Most High thinks very highly regarding you. Psalm 40:17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God. King James Version (KJV) You must stay steadfast in your thought life, when doubt shows it ugliness (and it will) just stick with what you know to be so, what the Word of God has shown you, do not be double mind. Two minds are not better than one when both minds are in you. One mind, the mind of Christ is all you need and require. Keep the faith, ask what you will but ask in faith and God will reward that faith with the answer to your need, just do not waver. James 1:6-8  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. King James Version (KJV)

Focus, that’s what you need to do, focus on God, His Word and His promises, He will see you through. 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. King James Version (KJV) How are you going to prove that “prefect”will? Ask yourself, is this what God would be thinking toward me? The qualification of the “prefect” will is found right there in the verse, all you need do is ask, is this good? Is this acceptable?  Ask yourself, is this what God is, because what God is, we are.  1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. King James Version (KJV) In this world, not in some sweet bye and bye, but here, now, in this world. How is He, sick, in pain, broke, homeless, penniless, broken hearted, of course not, He has defeated all those and He rules the universe, and the scripture says that as He is so are we in this world.

Once you have captured the thoughts of the Lord, meditate upon them, constantly, for in those thoughts are the gifts of freedom you are seeking.  Meditate on the thoughts of God and speak only that, do not allow words that are contrary to the thoughts proceed from your mouth, speak the Word, the Word is always what God thinks. Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. King James Version (KJV)  So what’s an acceptable thought, a thought that gives pleasure, delight, or favour to God, it possesses goodwill, has acceptance to all that are concerned, it is the will” in it we have the assurance of God’s favour. If you want to see success, then think like Christ, why not, you have His mind. 1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ. King James Version (KJV)

By staying focused on the Word of God you will create that new spirit within, a renewed mind, a mind that controls the tongue to speak only what is according to the Word.  You can be just like Joshua, Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. King James Version (KJV)

Why are God’s thoughts better, just because He is God? Let see Him and why we should want His thoughts,

He is, Omniscient, God knows everything and His knowledge is complete.

He is, Omnipotent, God is able to bring to pass everything that He chooses.

He is, Omnipresent, God’s omnipresence speaks to the fact that He is present in all places at all times.

He is, Immutable, By nature, God is absolutely unchanging, therefore completely trustworthy.

He is, Holy, therefore pure, the purity of His thoughts are why we desire them.

He is, Righteous, God’s holiness is manifested in His righteousness.

He is our, Sovereign, God’s sovereignty is how He rules His creation. This is what makes Him free to do what He knows is best for us

He is, Love, His love defines for us His mercy, grace and loving-kindness.

He is, Merciful , God’s mercy has been defined as God not giving us what we deserve, but rather, giving us what He deserves..

So this is God, we can know that what He thinks toward us will be found within, who He is. By thinking God’s thoughts and following God’s way, you will find only blessing, and those are thoughts you will want to extend when you are speaking to one who is hurting and needs your true thoughts and prayers.

Deuteronomy 28:1-14 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. 3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. 4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. 5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. 6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. 7 The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. 8 The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. 9 The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways. 10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee. 11 And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee. 12 The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. 13 And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them: 14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them. King James Version (KJV) Living the blessed life will always see it you think the blessed thoughts.

The Blessed always have thoughts in line with the Word of God, you in agreement with God, therefore your thoughts are of HOPE,  an acronym for hope.

Harmony

Optimism

Prospect

Expectancy

Harmony: to be in accord or in agreement with

Matthew 18:18  Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. King James Version (KJV) Well, you could say if two of you are in harmony, together, touching  anything, it shall be done unto you. If two of you have hope, together, it will be done unto you.  When one is in complete agreement with the Word, hope becomes the action by which faith works.  We know that the words of your mouth and the meditations of your heart harmonize together to fulfill and bring the substance of which your faith is believing for. Together, you and God can do anything, and, believe it or not, that’s is what God wants, you and He make a winning team. Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. King James Version (KJV)

You were saved how?  By believing in your heart and by confessing with your mouth.  The two got together and made a harmony, and, that harmony was sung to God, with I’m saved, I’m saved, I’m saved. Thank you Lord Jesus for healing me.  Thank you Lord Jesus for saving me. Thank you Lord Jesus for redeeming me.  I am saved.  They harmonized together.  They formed an agreement.

The prayer of agreement gets its power from people harmonizing together, agreeing that God’s word will create a desired answer.  What is the desired answer.  Faith is the substance of things hoped for.  That’s the desired answer, the thing hoped, the thing hoped or is the thought that was placed there in your spirit. That’s harmony.

OPTIMISM:  This doctrine is, that everything is ordered for the best. In other words, it’s a tendency to look on the bright side. Why see death and destruction, see the life and the liberty. Why see the failure when you can see the victory. Why see  the loss when you can see the success. That’s optimism, when everything looks its worse, you go to God’s word, he says “you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.”  When everything is piling up on top of you, you go to God’s word,  it says “my God shall supply all my needs according to his riches and glory by  Christ Jesus.”  That’s optimism.  It’s part of hope,  a hopeful person is an optimistic person.  They’re always looking at, and for the best.  Sometimes they need to go to the Word of God and satisfy themselves of what the best is, when they get in the Word of God  they find out something like this:

Colossians 1:15-19 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven and that are in earth visible and invisible whether they be thrones or dominions of principalities or powers.  All things were created by him and for him and he is before all things, and by him all things consist. He is the head of the body of the church who was the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he might have pre-eminence for please the father that in him should all fulness dwell.  King James Version (KJV)

Who is the best?  The best is Christ Jesus. Christ is the best. You can’t get any better, you become what you believe you are.  You can’t convince an optimist of anything less than that.  Someone who receives a healing will not go back into sickness.  Someone who experiences God’s kind of prosperity will not go back into lack. Someone who gains financial benefits will not go back into poverty. Here I am , here I stay, I go beyond.  I’m an optimist

PROSPECT:  A future probability based on present indications.

Sounds like a good guess. Right.  A future probability based on present indications.  You must understand when you begin to believe God, when you’ve planted your seed, your not going to see a plant (snap) right away. It’s going to take a little while for that plant to grow. Right.  It’s probable that some time in the near future, I’m going to get a plant, its a future probability based on present indications.   In God, we not only have the hope and the probability, it becomes a fact, it does happen.

What are some of the present indications that our future is looking better and better all the time.

  1. a) Satan has already been overthrown. He’s a defeated foe. So the prospect of him defeating us, are very poor, in Christ Jesus. We let him defeat us if we don’t use that authority that we know we have,then the prospects are good for him. Use that authority; stand up; and in the Name of Jesus command him to go. What happens?  He must go. Satan has been overthrown.
  2. b) Sickness and disease has no hold on us now. So the future probability of that is we are going to stay healthy.
  3. c) We are seated on the right hand of Jesus on high, therefore, we can boldly into the throne room of grace.

So what’s the future probability of that.  It’s probable that God is going to listen, the future probability of God hearing us is very good, why, because we know who we are in Christ.  We have no need for worry or fear; they were defeated by Christ and everything  that is named in heaven and on earth must bow at the name of Jesus. Now that’s a present indicator of what’s going to happen in the future. When we speak against the enemy, in the Name of Jesus, worry and fear have to go. So as worry and fear go, what has to go along with them … doubt… and if doubt goes, then my faith can work.  So the future looks bright.

  1. e) We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

That’s an indicator of what the future is looking like.  Now we can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens us, how?  Its comes out of the heart. That’s where we planted the seed,it’s going to grow. We’re going to reap a harvest of what we’ve planted in here.  The future looks good.

  1. f) Every earthly and spiritually blessing is ours because of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

We can say: “that As He is, so am I in this world. 1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. King James Version (KJV )  As he is so are we in this world. So how is Christ Jesus is right now; not as he was hanging on the cross or in hell , but as he is, now,  a king, a priest, a son, victorious. He defeated the cross. He defeated hell.  AS HE IS, SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD. WE ARE OVERCOMERS, NOW.

So our future does look bright, stay with hope.

EXPECTANCY: Is to look forward to as a certainty.

Every working person that on a certain day they’re getting paid. It’s a certainty. I’ve done my job, payday is today. We expect that check. That’s what expectancy is. It’s going to happen. Now you don’t have that check for two weeks,  you don’t have it in our pocket right now, but we are already thinking on how your are going to spend it, you are already thinking of what bills you have to pay with it, or where you are going to use to go on vacation with. It’s a certainty. You will have it.  There’s no doubt that you will not  get that check, in fact, even if you were laid off or fired today, you know that check is a certainty, because they have to give you a severance pay and or vacation pay. So it is a certainty, it is yours.  Nothing and nobody can take it away from you. The same thing applies with the word of God. It’s a certainty, when you apply it, do the things that you know to do with the word , it’s a certainty. It is going to happen, there are no and’s, if’s or buts, it’s a certainty.

When I lay hands on someone and expect them to get healed. What happens?  They get healed. But do you know what the greater thing is, when they go to God first and expect God to heal them and He does, that’s greater.  They can get healed by their faith, time and again Jesus said, “it’s your faith that made you whole”  they were absolutely certain that Christ would do what they had asked,  that’s the expectation that you have to develop inside yourself.  You become absolutely certain that regardless of the situation the word of God will rule, the word of God will succeed, and it’s a certainty that it is done.

There is no situation in your life; none, zero, zilch; there isn’t a situation that you can face without one of the promices of God working for you.  When you have that kind of hope; when you harmonize; when you are optimistic; when you have the prospects that things are looking good and that you expect it to be a certainty, you’ll have the answer.  That’s what hope is. That’s why hope allows faith to become its substance You use that kind of hope.  Wishful thinking will get you nowhere, the God kind of faith will.

So your thoughts are filled with hope, faith, they’re infused by the Word and they display the power of God.  Proverbs 16:3 Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established. King James Version (KJV)

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IN THE BEGINNING

in the Beginning

John 1:1-4 King James Version (KJV) “ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”

On October 14, 1975 at 10:00 pm in the Fort Point Lodge, Jasper Alberta room 201 I said a simply prayer in faith and life in the way began for me. This was the moment I walked out of death and into life, a everlasting and joyful life in the anointing of Jesus. I had questions, I needed answers. I came from a religion with very poor examples of what a Christian is supposed to be, the examples of Christians I needed  had to have a better answer to my question than Jehovah’s Witnesses’ offered.

That better answer came in the form of a man stricken with MS, a wealthy man, my employer, a man I would like emulate, his challenges were great, his heart was greater.  It was at his feet I sat, during a bible study. He turned to me and asked one simple question, What came before the beginning”, “Ron“ he said, not debating John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God” (was a god, NWT) just answer, “what came before the beginning?” Therefore, if Jesus is the Word (and He is) He was already there (past tense) at creation, making Him the creator, and not the one who was created, as the Jehovah’s Witnesses teach. He handed me a small booklet which I read, when I return back to room 201. At the back of the booklet was a prayer which simply said if you believe in Jesus say this prayer. He will come into your heart and you will be changed forever, I did, and, Jesus did. My conduct was mine, the Jehovah’s Witnesses and they’re scourge no longer mattered, I found the Way.

Throughout scripture we are inspired to live in the “way,” perhaps our expression should not be “get out of the way” but rather “get in the way, stay in the way”. We should never have a desire to depart from the way in Jesus,  Romans 3:12, “They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable, there is none that doeth good, no, not one”. There is a life outside of Jesus that becomes heavy, dreary and distasteful. The Amplified version of this verse says, “they have gone wrong and have become unprofitable and worthless”, self worth, self satisfaction, and fulfillment only come through remaining in “the way”.  The way of life is eternal, it was set before us from before creation.

John 1:1A “In the beginning was the Word” The beginning is the great question, a study of Genesis reveals creation of all, this then was the beginning. However this verse makes a very bold statement, when the beginning began, already, the Word “was”.  The Word already existed before creation, at the beginning when the Genesis of man begun, Jesus was. Past tense, before anything, visible or invisible, Jesus was already there.  He was not, could not be, a part of what was being created, otherwise He would be part of “the beginning”, no, instead He was already, making Him the Creator.

He was (Is) the Word, He was (Is) the Logos of God, properly defined as “the essential Word of God,” He was (Is) the very essence of creation. All the power of God is embodied within Him, which is the reason the Christian walk is that of being in the Word. When we speak the Word, we speak creation.  Our situations and circumstances are changed according to the Word spoken and if the solution requires something to be created then that creation is found in the Word. Isaiah 45:12 King James Version (KJV)

“ I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.”  A closer study of this scripture from the language which it was written (Aramaic) is more accurate with “by My Word” again here we see Jesus, the Word of God completing creation. “By My Word have I made the earth, and created man upon it” the power of all life is in the Word.

Our acceptance and life in the Word is made greater when we know that the walk in “The Way” is reciprocal, Deuteronomy 26:17-18 King James Version (KJV) “Thou hast avouched the Lord this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice: 18 And the Lord hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments;”  Again we see that Aramaic word in that we can read this passage accurately as “You have declared the Word today to be your God, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments and live by His judgments, to listen to His voice. And, the Word declared you will be His particular treasure, as He has promised you” What do you do with a particular treasure, but keep from any harm, protect it, preserve it, you are that treasure of God because the Word of God declared it so.  Peter knew this to be, 1 Peter 2:9 King James Version (KJV) “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;” The Word has chosen you to be His own by the Word before He (The Word) even created you. How?

John 1:1B “and the Word was with God,” If you are with someone, you are not against them; you walk side by side, what one does the other does as well.  We see how powerful this relationship is within God, Genesis 1: 26 “Let Us make man”  this is plural, more than one, God and Word along with Holy Spirit creating all creation then together made man, and did so how they knew best, in their very image. How is we may do what Jesus did, because we are made exactly like He is.  Before creation, The Word was in close intimate fellowship with God, so close He was God.  He understood that if we learn to walk with Him as He did with His Father then that same anointing, that glory could and does flow from Him through the Holy Spirit in to you. He knew this Glory was hoe creation came and it is how we too may create the solution to what we face. John 17:5 King James Version (KJV) “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”

John 1:1C “and the Word was God.”  Not “a god” as I was raised to believe, but God, the Living Creator of all. Logos, the very essence, the heart, the fundamental nature of God, Look to more of the first chapter of John, verse  2 “The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” The Word the creator, all things and everything were made by and for Him.  Only God could perform this, the difference between God and “ a god” is vast, God creates, a god is created, God is All in All, a god is but a piece of clay, a chunk of wood, or a shape of metal.

God Himself didn’t call Jesus a god, but rather He called Him God, called Him Lord, God Himself saw the Word as God.  Hebrews 1:1-10 King James Version (KJV) “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high: 4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. 7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. 10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:” This is how God saw His son and so should we, the All powerful creator of heaven and earth, the very friend that you need to walk side by side with.

He took on flesh so that same walk He had with God He could have with you, that’s right, God became a man so that He could be your friend. John 1:14 King James Version (KJV) “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” He is all you need in your life, your path, so walk with Him have that same fellowship He had in Heaven only now with you, look back at verse 4, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” He is not second to God or a created Son of God but He is God, each with their personality but equal in power, equal in character, equal substance, and equal as God.

When we choose Christ as our God then our Way is made clear, our daily walk is “the Way” to the life the Creator has made for us. Psalm 119:1, “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord”. This scripture reveals three principles by which we may continue living successful lives:

  1. A) Blessed, to be blessed is to be supremely happy, regardless of all the circumstances, trials and situations that will arise, by living for, and in, The Word, we are given the promise of being blessed. To be supremely happy we will have to have been granted power. All power has been given unto Jesus in heaven and earth and He in return has given that same power unto us. To be blessed is to “have power in you, on you, and around you to prosper”, and certainly this is an accurate definition of being supremely happy. No matter what the enemy may throw against us, we through the power, (which comes through the application of His name and the use of His redeeming blood) drive all of the evil assignments and weapons far from us.
  2. B) Undefiled, To be defiled is to be; dirty, spoiled, stained, tarnished, degraded, disgraced, dishonored and violated, all of which we were BEFORE we committed our lives to The Word and made an unchangeable decision to walk in the way. That life changing decision caused the blessing to flow and the power to perform its cleansing ability within us. We become undefiled, which is to be; clean, pure, spotless, unsullied, unadulterated even virtuous. We may best call it “living in grace”, receiving that which we were not entitled to have, but having it granted unto us anyway.

 

  1. C) The law of the Lord, No matter what we require, whether an answer to a prayer, healing, financial release, or just day to day fellowship with God will not be accomplished unless the law of the Lord is deep within our hearts. We must get over that word “law” as something harmful, it is not. Its purpose is not to bring us into some kind of heavy bondage but rather just the opposite of that, the bringing of release from the hardship of Satan’s bondage.

The law is the Pentateuch or the first five books of the bible, contained therein are many blessings and yes, some curses, but Jesus, as The Word, bore and destroyed all the curses for us, doing away with them forever. However the blessings of the law are still enforced, for those who will walk in the way. Listening and following after the life style that is rich and fulfilling. Deuteronomy 28:1-14, gives us a list of great blessing that we will live in for heeding the lifestyle of the way. There is no other way than living in The Word.

VANITY, ALL NOT OF GOD IS VANITY

From verse 37 of Psalm 119 we learn yet another key of walking in the way, or, The Word, which when given heed, keeps us free and open to what God would reveal unto us. “Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way”. Vanity becomes the downfall of many persons, once they have tread in its lifestyle all other things begin to fade and unfortunately one of the first to go is the revelation of the Lord.

The Hebrew word for vanity is, “shav'”, which means; ruin, guile, destructive evil, desolation all of which is caused through the leaving of the way of Jesus and living in the way of the devil. His ways are those of vanity, ways of; conceit, egotism, narcissism (the love of self), pride, strife, futility, uselessness and folly.

Yet because a person says, “I am an individual” they are lead through their vanity into destruction. To keep their individuality they trust in themselves, deceiving themselves into believing that alone they can become all their vain heart desires, they’re trust is misplaced. Job 15:31, (Amplified version), “Let him not deceive himself and trust in vanity-emptiness, falseness and futility; for these shall be his recompense [for such living]”. When one spends his life seeking those things which are empty and futile then the only revelation that they will gain is how to continue in the empty things. God creates each person in His likeness, therefore we should all be striving to obtain the life style that He has for us, in other words to go His way. When we do, we achieve the greatest level of individuality that one may have, an individual completely sold out to God Himself.

Too much time is spent in the pursuit of the things of life, the simple fact is that these pursuits are also vanity, for all belongs to God. Psalm 24:1-5, “The earth is the Lords, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For He hath founded it upon the seas, and established upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in the Holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation”. We need not spend our lives searching out those things of life, for but one thing is necessary, that is living in the way of The Word. His ways will lead, guide, teach and reveal how we are to go so that revelation knowledge flows from us.

Pursuing the things that leaves one shallow and empty with the things that are vain only leaves you shallow, empty and vain. Ecclesiastes 2:26, ” For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.” What a price one must pay for rebellion to God, the very work of ones hands given over to the righteous because one could not seek and serve the Lord. Proverbs 13:22 King James Version (KJV) “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.”

The way of God is the way of life, the way of the vain is that of death, one need but choose which they will serve, then do so, knowing the consequences of their decision. Deuteronomy 30:19-20 sum up the choice that we face best, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that mayest obey His voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto Him: for He is thy life, and thy length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob to give them”. All heaven and earth stand as witness as to what you decide daily to follow, God or that which is vanity. Choose God, choose life, choose blessing and live, it is His way. Swallow your pride, evict strife, leave folly behind and go the way of life, so that all may be well with you. Revelation knowledge can only be found through a life completely sold out to God, this is His way.

THE WAY OF PEACE

The way is Jesus, He is The Word, His is the way of peace, it is only those who live in the peace of God who receive the revelation knowledge of God. The quite spirit is the spirit that is trained to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit by whom revelation knowledge comes.

It seems like mans quest on earth is find where peace lays and then to go and live in that place.  Peace is no further away than the prayer of faith and a confession that Jesus is the way. Peace is a servant, given over to man to help him establish himself in The Word.  John 14:26-27, ” But the Comfortor, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”. He says here, “in The Word, in me there are no worries”. Here Jesus is not only leaving us in peace but also giving us His. Peace therefore is transferable, almost contagious, when you leave the presence of another there should be great peace experienced by both, that’s the way of the Spirit. However if we have no understanding of what exactly peace is, we will have no possible way to live within it. So let’s examine peace to know what Jesus really did give us.

The word peace is translated comes from several different words in the bible. The Hebrew word for peace is, “shalom”, it means; to be safe, well, happy, to have health, prosperity, and to fare well. The Greek words for peace are; phimoo (fee-mo-o) which means to muzzle, Mark 1:25.  Siapao (see-o-pah-o) which means a involuntary stillness, a hush Mark 4:39.  Eirene (i-ray-nay) which means; A) a harmonious relationship, B) friendliness, C) freedom from molestation, D) to have rest and contentment, E) to be prosperous. So then when Jesus said that His peace He was leaving us, He was leaving us all these attributes. To live in less is to live outside of the goodness of God Himself, it is to exist within the turmoil of the of a Satanic controlled world.

To have peace we must live in the way of The Word.  His Word is to abide in us. Look at John 15:4, Amplified version, “Dwell in Me and I will dwell in you.-Live in Me and I will live in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me”. Peace is a fruit produced by the living and dwelling within The Word, made possible through the Comfortor or the Holy Spirit of God. Galatians 5:22-23, “Now the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law”. None of these may be separated from the other therefore the living in The Word would enable us to experience and use all these as required. Peace flows in conjunction with all the others. Once, one is at peace or flowing in that harmonious relationship then and only then is one ready to have revelation knowledge given over to them.

Some people look to others who call themselves prophets for revelation knowledge but if the prophets life is without the peace of God therein, do not trust what he or she may speak and say. Peace is the result of every prophetic statement given via the Holy Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 14:3, “But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation and comfort”. There is no other reason to speak a prophesy other than for these reasons and each one of these will minister peace to the recipient of the prophesy. So too, revelation knowledge will bring admonishment, guidance and contentment.

The operation of peace comes to us in the form of what we develop in Him when we are abiding in Him, to understand peace we must know our place of residence. Just we know the home that we dwell in we must come to know our spiritual address or residence equally as well. Our sense are so well refined in our home that even with lights off we know exactly where things are placed and what to do to avoid them in order that we do no harm to ourselves. So too, Jesus would have us understand the way to His lifestyle and His dwelling place of peace. It is what we have in Him?

IN HIM

Romans 3:24, In Him we have redemption.

Romans 8:1, In Him there is no condemnation.

Romans 8:2, In Him is freedom from sin and death.

Romans 8:39, In Him is perfected love.

Romans 12:5, In Him is oneness.

1 Corinthians 1:2, In Him is sanctification.

1 Corinthians 1:30, In Him is wisdom, righteousness and sanctification.

2 Corinthians 2:14, In Him is triumph over the enemy.

2 Corinthians 5;17, In Him old things die away.

Ephesians 1:3, In Him are all spiritual blessings.

Ephesians 2:6, In Him we are seated in heavenly places.

1 Thessalonians 5:18, In Him is Gods will for you.

To abide outside of Christ is to choose confusion over peace, and that of course will never do. Psalms 37:11, Amplified, “But the meek [in the end] shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace”. The “meek” refer to those who have a good and positive attitude toward the Word of God, and then perform from within that attitude without disputing or resisting. Peace in abundance gives us great assurance that when we face difficult times and trials God is going to see us through them.

We know that Satan is the enemy that seeks to steal, kill and destroy and he may do so if we follow any other way other than “The Way”, allow your ways to be those of The Word, then Satan will not be able to create havoc within your life. Proverbs 16:7, “When a mans ways please the Lord, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him”.

The quickest way for one to lose his peace is for that one to enter into a life of compromise.  Colossians 2:9-10, “For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power”. There was no compromise with God toward Jesus, all that the Father is Jesus is. Therefore there is no compromise in The Word toward you, He has made you complete, that means there is nothing lacking in your life. If you “feel” that there is, you simply have not learned to receive from Jesus that which you require to overcome the lack, yet. If you are complete, then you completely go to Him and find out what you need, receive it, then put it in operation in your life at once.

There is also no compromise in the attitude and actions that Jesus took against the devil, assuring that we would be able to live the peaceful life in Christ, Colossians 2:14-15, “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against you, which is contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross. And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it”. If Satan wants a fight give it to him. Don’t settle for less than the best, that is what Jesus bought for us upon the cross. Be single minded about the quality of life that you expect to live, Jesus as The Word never compromised in His actions, giving His very life so that you could have the best life possible, His. Meet every challenge that the devil places before you with the Word that God has placed in you.

To live without compromise is to live by faith. 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we live by faith not by sight”. Forget what it looks like; see what Jesus has already done and said about it, then His peace will give you the ability to walk in your faith, not compromising it due to what the devil may show or tell you. Simply decide that no manner what, Gods Word is the only way to go; peace will give you the assurance that your decision is the right one.

Hebrews 10:35-39, “Cast not away your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him”.  To compromise is to cast away your confidence, (your beliefs, trust, faith or your reliance), all of which is Jesus, so then with each compromise we walk away from the way, The Word, and into danger. Compromise means to; discredit, endanger, jeopardize, risk, concede, and yield; what is that you are putting at risk? It is “your faith”. Notice verse 38 says that if any man draws back that Gods soul is given displeasure. There can be no peace in the soul of the compromising person.

By not compromising we find that we are able to live free from worry, stress, and all anxiety that comes from attempting to go another way other than Jesus’ way. Philippians 4:4-7, “Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”. Peace of God can only come as one decides that there can be no compromise in His life. Dwelling in The Word and meditating on all that is healthy for spirit, soul and body as we see in verse 8, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, 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”. Surly as we place all that is honorable in our lives, dwelling in the Prince of Peace we come to know His way and through that knowledge, revelation knowledge is given to us. Isaiah 9:6 King James Version (KJV) “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Once again the The Word is shown as the mighty God, Father and our Prince of Peace.

THE WAY OF SALVATION

On that fourteenth night in October I got saved. None could ever change that nor take it away from me. No one ever comes to any revelation knowledge of Jesus Christ, His Father or His Word had it not been for His provision of salvation. Acts 16:17, “These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation”. Although Paul was at the moment being harassed by a demonically controlled girl, what she was saying was nevertheless true. He did have the way of salvation to offer to any who would receive it. That way is Jesus Christ.

In order to appreciate salvation we must have a full understand as to what exactly it is. We find the words salvation or saved are translated from three Greek words: A) Soteria; which means to rescue, bring to safety, deliver and be in health, B) Soterion; the one who rescues, delivers or produces health, C) Sozo; to deliver, protect, heal, preserve, do well (prosper) and to be made whole. So then Jesus is the Soterion who delivers us, protects us, heals us, preserves us, causes us to prosper and makes us whole. All these working together within us constitutes our being a complete and finished work of God able to walk in the ways of our Soterion.

Closer examination of our salvation by the Soterion, Jesus, shows to us that these gifts of deliverance are not just for the moment of regeneration but are designed to carry on within us until we step into the heavenly kingdom of God and receive the fullness of them there.

As Soterion, Jesus’ first concern was that He put to flight the works of the enemy of God in man. No longer would we serve the destroyer, instead willingly, and freely, we choose to serve on the side of the one who brings to us deliverance, the Soterion, Jesus. Luke 1:71-74, “That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To preform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember His holy covenant; The oath which He sware to our father Abraham, That He would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve Him without fear”. Any who discredit the ministry of deliverance have not come to the revelation knowledge of the Soterion Jesus. His heart’s desire is that all be delivered from all bondages that come from within the realm of darkness. Salvation is deliverance, so go free.

We see that salvation, as provided by Jesus, shows us the great mercy that is within the heart of the Father. Titus 3:4-7, “But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved (sozo) us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour. That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life”.

The mercy of God in offering us salvation is fivefold, 1) Kindness, 2) Love, 3) The washing, regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 4) Justification by grace, 5) We become heirs. We are seeing that God loved us so greatly that He was willing to show us the greatest kindness ever offered to man, the redeeming power of Jesus as offered to us through His death and resurrection. In order to secure us and give us confidence in His work of salvation He poured out generously His Holy Spirit. Knowing that we could never do anything that would be worthy of vindication from sin, He simply forgave us, showing that although He is a just God, He is also a gracious God, one worthy of all love, praise, adoration and faithfulness. Once He gave us His grace, He then brought us into His covenant and granted unto us all the benefits that are within that covenant.

Salvation is shown by His mercy, it is not something we turn and walk away from, rather we seek ways as to how to deepen it within us. Romans 1:16, “for I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power unto salvation to everyone who believeth”. How could anyone be ashamed of the which provides deliverance, heal, prosperity, wellness and wholeness? Shame only will come when God is rejected and envy is then free to take root in ones heart.

SALVATION & FAITH

We also know that way of salvation is the way of faith. Faith in all that God has promised in His Word and faith in all the Jesus provides through His redeeming work on Calvary. Galatians

3:9-14, “So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. For as many as are the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for the just shall live by faith. And the law is of faith, the man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the cruse of the law, being made a cruse for us; for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth upon a tree. That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles, through Jesus Christ, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith”. Being set free from malediction found within the stringent rules set out for all, yet no-one ever being able to obtain or fulfill them. Christ came and took upon Himself the entire curse, freeing us into the blessing of the law.

Does this now mean that we need not do that which pleases God? Of course not, the freedom Jesus offers to all who call upon His name for salvation is that of living by faith. The exoneration that faith brings from the worse sin can only be found in the acceptance of the shed blood of Jesus Christ which may be received by any who may call upon Him through faith. The goal of all who walk in the redeeming power found in that blood is to do at all times that which pleases the Father. In order to please we must go to Him, believing all that His Word demonstrates in love, power, strength and victory. The rewards of faith can never be outweighed by the rewards of anything the systems of the world may have to offer. Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him”.

This faith is a most powerful key to the gaining of revelation knowledge through salvation, we must not let the principals set forth within this verse of scripture to ever slip from us. We see four simple yet profound fundamental truths for those of faith.

1) Please God, Acceptance of the way of salvation is the beginning of pleasing God, God is not interested in your past as much as He is in your future. In the past you could do nothing that was pleasing to Him for you were not of faith. Once you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, faith recreated your heart and God then granted forgiveness, cleansing the heart and justifying you through your Soterion Jesus Christ. Deliverance came into the heart and no longer can Satan whisper condemnation into the heart, freeing you to take faith to new realms using it as a tool that at all times in all situations pleases God. 1 John 3:18-24, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. For if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. But if our hearts condemn us not, then we have confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. And this is His commandment, That we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment. And he that keepeth His commandment dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And thereby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us”.

2) Come to God, It is the fallen nature of man that keeps man from coming to God, he thinks (mistakenly) that he has no need for God, or anything else, he’s a man, he can make it on his own. He cannot, for those who will not come to God for salvation will be held in captivity by Satan and forced to do his will, ever living a life locked in strife, confusion, destruction and eventually death. 2 Timothy 2:24-26, “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient. In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will”. One translation says, “to do his will”, those locked in strife are nothing more than puppets on a string controlled by Satan himself. This certainly is not the plan of God, He would have us come to Him in all circumstances and in every situation. Just as Jesus is the Soterion equipped to deliver, heal, protect, preserve and heal, He is also the one who seeks a very close fellowship with Him in all matters, great and small. In order for us to do so we must come to Him.

All too often men will accuse God of not fulfilling His word, yet, we find their request has gone unanswered because of their own failure to come to God and release the entire situation to Him. However for the answer to manifest we must release all of the circumstance to Him right down to the worry and concern over the situation. To hold onto the worry is to say that God is not capable of answering; therefore we actually stay away from God instead of doing what His word says, come to Him. In all things, run to God, come boldly to the throne room, jump into the arms of love and receive healing and freedom, just come. Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in a time of need”.

3) Believe that He is, Is what? Everything you require, when you require it. Moses and the Israelites first knew Him not as Jehovah but as the great “I AM”. To them He would say, “I AM all” you will ever need or require. Today He is still the same. As the Soterion Jesus brings to all the power of salvation, He becomes the one ever able to deliver, protect, heal, preserve, cause to do well (prosper) and to be made whole. We are able, through faith, to ask of the Great I AM and know with full assurance that the request is executed and completed just as His Word has promised. John 16:23-24, “And in that ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, He will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name, ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full”. There is no revelation knowledge available to those who will not come to God, ask and believe that He will provide for them.

4) Believe that He is a “rewarder” of those who diligently seek Him. Make fellowship with Christ Jesus your primary goal in life, all else should become secondary to your life in Christ. As Soterion He has all that one requires therefore it should be common sense to seek only Him. Too many have taken their eyes off Jesus and placed them upon their need, seek not the provision but rather seek the provider. For when the provision has comes the relationship with the provider will have deepened, but if you seek just the provision then the relationship will be shallow and less gratifying. He is the rewarder, but the rewards do not flow simply because one has a need, they flow because of the faith that one has placed in Him to answer the need. Seeking the provision will always cause one to be in a place of searching for the answers to the needs, seek the Soterion who is the answer. Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. Matthew 6:33, (Amplified version), “But seek for (aim at and strive after) first of all His Kingdom, and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right], and then all these things taken together will be given you besides”.

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ALL THE PROMISES

 

ALL THE PROMISES

We stated in the previous writing that there are more than 5400 promises of God listed in scripture, every one is true, everyone is a fact, everyone God will fulfill. Have no doubt what God says, He does, why?  Hebrews 6:18-19 King James Version (KJV) “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: 19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;” Did you know that this is the only thing that is impossible to God, that is to lie, why? Good question, He has created everything in heaven, earth and under the earth, so why would something as simple as lie, be impossible for Him, because, everything He says, every word of His mouth, happens. What God says, happens.

Paul calls it an “immutable truth” something immutable is something that cannot be changed, no matter what it will take place. He gives us two immutable truths, the Promise, and then an Oath. The very name of God, Jehovah, means just that, The God who makes covenant (a promise) and fulfills it.” Psalm 83:18 King James Version (KJV) “That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth.” In the Lords prayer, Jesus taught us, Holy is your name, why, because it is perfect in goodness and righteousness, it is completely trustworthy. If God says it, He will do it. He gives His promises and then swears, gives an oath, that He will do it. That was why Paul taught us to simply have faith in it and trust God will do it.

2 Corinthians 1:20 King James Version (KJV) “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” So with may think of it this way, God promises and guarantee’s  it’s completion.

Now go back and re-read that, did you notice the words “in Him” there is the key you need to acquire all the promises of God, stay, in HIm . Acts 17:28 King James Version (KJV) “For in him we live, and move, and have our being;” we must live, in him, to have the God kind of life we may seek after.  Remember the “What would Jesus do” movement, well that is all that movement was about, being “In Him”. Take the time to read all the following scriptures for the promises that are yours:

IN CHRIST

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: – Romans 3:24

[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. – Romans 8:1

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

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:39

So we, [being] many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. – Romans 12:5

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: – 1 Corinthians 1:30

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. – 1 Corinthians 15:22

Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. – 2 Corinthians 5:19

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:26

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails  any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. – Galatians 6:15

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: – Ephesians 1:3

That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; [even] in him: – Ephesians 1:10

Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places], – Ephesians 1:20

And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus: – Ephesians 2:6

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10

IN HIM

In him was life; and the life was the light of men. – John 1:4

That whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. – John 3:15

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believesh in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. – John 4:14

He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him. – John 6:56

For neither did his brethren believe in him. – John 7:5

For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. – Acts 17:28

But to us [there is but] one God, the Father, of whom [are] all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom [are] all things, and we by him. – 1 Corinthians 8:6

For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. – 2 Corinthians 5:21

For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you. – 2 Corinthians 13:4

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: – Ephesians 1:4

That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; [even] in him: – Ephesians 1:10

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: – Philippians 3:9

For it pleased [the Father] that in him should all fullness dwell; – Colossians 1:19

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk ye in him: – Colossians 2:6

For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. – Colossians 2:9

And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: – Colossians 2:10

That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. – 2 Thessalonians 1:12

But whoso keeps his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. – 1 John 2:5

But the anointing which ye have received of him abides in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. – 1 John 2:27

And he that keeps his commandments dwells in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. – 1 John 3:24

Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. – 1 John 4:13

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God. – 1 John 4:15

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him. – 1 John 4:16

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us: – 1 John 5:14

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. – 1 John 5:20

IN THE BELOVED

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. – Ephesians 1:6

IN THE LORD

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] light in the Lord: walk as children of light: – Ephesians 5:8

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

And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed [are] the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yes, said the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them. – Revelation 14:13

IN WHOM

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; – Ephesians 1:7

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will: – Ephesians 1:11

In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, – Ephesians 1:13

In whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto an holy temple in the Lord: – Ephesians 2:21

In whom ye also are built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. – Ephesians 2:22

In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. – Ephesians 3:12

In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the forgiveness of sins: – Colossians 1:14

In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. – Colossians 2:3

In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: – Colossians 2:11

Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: – 1 Peter 1:8

BY CHRIST

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds by Christ. – 2 Corinthians 1:5

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19

THROUGH CHRIST

And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: – 2 Corinthians 3:4

Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. – Galatians 4:7

That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. – Ephesians 2:7

And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7

I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13

THROUGH JESUS

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. – Romans 6:11

That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. – Galatians 3:14

Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen. – Hebrews 13:21

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God gives: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. – 1 Peter 4:11

THROUGH HIM

The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all [men] through him might believe. – John 1:7

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. – John 3:17

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. – Romans 5:9

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. – Romans 8:37

For of him, and through him, and to him, [are] all things: to whom [be] glory for ever. Amen. – Romans 11:36

For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. – Ephesians 2:18

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. – 1 John 4:9

BY WHOM

By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: – Romans 1:5

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. – Romans 5:2

And not only [so], but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. – Romans 5:11

God [is] faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. – 1 Corinthians 1:9

But to us [there is but] one God, the Father, of whom [are] all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom [are] all things, and we by him. – 1 Corinthians 8:6

Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; – Hebrews 1:2

FROM WHOM

From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. – Ephesians 4:16

BY HIMSELF

Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; – Hebrews 1:3

OF CHRIST

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. – Romans 1:16

Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, [even] to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. – Romans 7:4

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. – Romans 8:9

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? – Romans 8:35

For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. – 1 Corinthians 2:16

Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. – 1 Corinthians 12:27

[Inasmuch as ye are] manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. – 2 Corinthians 3:3

And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:19

But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. – Ephesians 4:7

For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: – Ephesians 4:12

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: – Ephesians 4:13

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: – Philippians 3:9

That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; – Colossians 2:2

Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [is] of Christ. – Colossians 2:17

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? – Hebrews 9:14

The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: – 1 Peter 5:1

Whosoever transgresses, and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. – 2 John 1:9

Blessed and holy [is] he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. – Revelation 20:6

OF HIM

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you. – Romans 8:11

For of him, and through him, and to him, [are] all things: to whom [be] glory for ever. Amen. – Romans 11:36

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: – 1 Corinthians 1:30

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will: – Ephesians 1:11

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: – Ephesians 1:17

Which is his body, the fullness of him that fills all in all. – Ephesians 1:23

In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. – Ephesians 3:12

And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: – Colossians 3:10

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: – 2 Peter 1:3

But the anointing which ye have received of him abides in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. – 1 John 2:27

If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that does righteousness is born of him. – 1 John 2:29

And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. – 1 John 3:22

Whosoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loves him that begat loves him also that is begotten of him. – 1 John 5:1

And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. – 1 John 5:15

WITH CHRIST

Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: – Romans 6:8

And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together. – Romans 8:17

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) – Ephesians 2:5

For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: – Philippians 1:23

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. – Colossians 3:1

For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. – Colossians 3:3

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. – Revelation 20:4

WITH HIM

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. – Romans 6:4

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. – Romans 6:6

Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: – Romans 6:8

And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together. – Romans 8:17

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

We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. – 2 Corinthians 6:1

For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you. – 2 Corinthians 13:4

Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with [him] through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. – Colossians 2:12

And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; – Colossians 2:13

When Christ, [who is] our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. – Colossians 3:4

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. – 1 Thessalonians 4:14

Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. – 1 Thessalonians 5:10

If we suffer, we shall also reign with [him]: if we deny [him], he also will deny us: – 2 Timothy 2:12

And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty [and] four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. – Revelation 14:1

These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful. – Revelation 17:14

Blessed and holy [is] he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. – Revelation 20:6

BY ME

As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eats me, even he shall live by me. – John 6:57

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. – John 10:9

Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me. – John 14:6

IN ME

And blessed is [he], whosoever shall not be offended in me. – Matthew 11:6, Luke 7:23

He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him. – John 6:56

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: – John 11:25

And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this? – John 11:26

At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. – John 14:20

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. – John 15:4

I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. – John 15:5

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. – John 15:7

 

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. – John 16:33

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. – John 17:21

I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. – John 17:23

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20

Where unto I also labor, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily. – Colossians 1:29

IN MY LOVE

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. – John 15:9

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. – John 15:10

IN MY (HIS) NAME

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. – Matthew 18:20

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; – Mark 16:17

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. – John 14:13

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do [it]. – John 14:14

But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. – John 14:26

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. – John 15:16

And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give [it] you. – John 16:23

Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. – John 16:24

At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: – John 16:26

The following verses do not use specific “In Him” phrases, but they do convey the message of who you are, what you have and what you can do because you are in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 8:17

And thus He fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, He Himself took [in order to carry away] our weaknesses and infirmities and bore away our diseases.

Matthew 11:28-30

  1. 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] v. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.
  2. 30 For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good–not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.

Matthew 18:11

For the Son of man came to save [from the penalty of eternal death] that which was lost.

Matthew 18:18-20

  1. 18 Truly I tell you, whatever you forbid and declare to be improper and unlawful on earth must be what is already forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit and declare proper and lawful on earth must be what is already permitted in heaven.
  2. 19 Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven.
  3. 20 For wherever two or three are gathered (drawn together as My followers) in (into) My name, there I AM in the midst of them.

Matthew 28:18-20

  1. 18 Jesus approached and, breaking the silence, said to them, All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.
  2. 19 Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
  3. 20 Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be).

Mark 1:8

I have baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.

Mark 9:23

And Jesus said, [You say to Me], If You can do anything? [Why,] all things can be (are possible) to him who believes!

Mark 11:23-24

  1. 23 Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be lifted up and thrown into the sea!” and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.
  2. 24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].

Luke 10:19

Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you.

John 4:14

But whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall never, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life.

John 6:40

For this is My Father’s will and His purpose, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up [from the dead] at the last day.

John 10:10

The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

John 14:12

I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.

John 14:23

Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.

John 17:23

I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me.

Galatians 3:29

And if you belong to Christ [are in Him Who is Abraham’s Seed], then you are Abraham’s offspring and [spiritual] heirs according to promise.

Galatians 5:1

In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off].

Philippians 2:5

Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility.

Philippians 2:13

[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.

Colossians 1:13

[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.

Colossians 1:26-27

  1. 26 The mystery of which was hidden for ages and generations [from angels and men], but is now revealed to His holy people (the saints),
  2. 27 To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory.

Titus 2:14

Who gave Himself on our behalf that He might redeem us (purchase our freedom) from all iniquity and purify for Himself a people [to be peculiarly His own, people who are] eager and enthusiastic about [living a life that is good and filled with] beneficial deeds.

Titus 3:7

[And He did it in order] that we might be justified by His grace (by His favor, wholly undeserved), [that we might be acknowledged and counted as conformed to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action], and that we might become heirs of eternal life according to [our] hope.

Hebrews 2:9-11

  1. 9 But we are able to see Jesus, Who was ranked lower than the angels for a little while, crowned with glory and honor because of His having suffered death, in order that by the grace (unmerited favor) of God [to us sinners] He might experience death for every individual person.
  2. 10 For it was an act worthy [of God] and fitting [to the divine nature] that He, for Whose sake and by Whom all things have their existence, in bringing many sons into glory, should make the Pioneer of their salvation perfect [should bring to maturity the human experience necessary to be perfectly equipped for His office as High Priest] through suffering.
  3. 11 For both He Who sanctifies [making men holy] and those who are sanctified all have one [Father]. For this reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.

Hebrews 2:14-15

  1. 14 Since, therefore, [these His] children share in flesh and blood [in the physical nature of human beings], He [Himself] in a similar manner partook of the same [nature], that by [going through] death He might bring to nought and make of no effect him who had the power of death–that is, the devil–
  2. 15 And also that He might deliver and completely set free all those who through the [haunting] fear of death were held in bondage throughout the whole course of their lives.

Hebrews 2:18

For because He Himself [in His humanity] has suffered in being tempted (tested and tried), He is able [immediately] to run to the cry of (assist, relieve) those who are being tempted and tested and tried [and who therefore are being exposed to suffering].

Hebrews 4:14-16

  1. 14 Inasmuch then as we have a great High Priest Who has [already] ascended and passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith in Him].
  2. 15 For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning.
  3. 16 Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].

Hebrews 7:19, 22

  1. 19 For the Law never made anything perfect–but instead a better hope is introduced through which we [now] come close to God.
  2. 22 In keeping with [the oath’s greater strength and force], Jesus has become the Guarantee of a better (stronger) agreement [a more excellent and more advantageous covenant].

Hebrews 8:6

But as it now is, He [Christ] has acquired a [priestly] ministry which is as much superior and more excellent [than the old] as the covenant (the agreement) of which He is the Mediator (the Arbiter, Agent) is superior and more excellent, [because] it is enacted and rests upon more important (sublimer, higher, and nobler) promises.

Hebrews 9:24, 28

  1. 24 For Christ (the Messiah) has not entered into a sanctuary made with [human] hands, only a copy and pattern and type of the true one, but [He has entered] into heaven itself, now to appear in the [very] presence of God on our behalf.
  2. 28 Even so it is that Christ, having been offered to take upon Himself and bear as a burden the sins of many once and once for all, will appear a second time, not to carry any burden of sin nor to deal with sin, but to bring to full salvation those who are [eagerly, constantly, and patiently] waiting for and expecting Him.

Hebrews 10:14

For by a single offering He has forever completely cleansed and perfected those who are consecrated and made holy.

Hebrews 13:5b-6

  1. 5b For He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] v. 6 So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?

Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages).

James 4:7

So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

1 Peter 2:21, 24

  1. 21 For even to this were you called [it is inseparable from your vocation]. For Christ also suffered for you, leaving you [His personal] example, so that you should follow in His footsteps.
  2. 24 He personally bore our sins in His [own] body on the tree [as on an altar and offered Himself on it], that we might die (cease to exist) to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.

1 Peter 3:18

For Christ [the Messiah Himself] died for sins once for all, the Righteous for the unrighteous (the Just for the unjust, the Innocent for the guilty), that He might bring us to God. In His human body He was put to death, but He was made alive in the spirit.

1 Peter 5:7

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

1 John 1:9

If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

1 John 2:1

My little children, I write you these things so that you may not violate God’s law and sin. But if anyone should sin, we have an Advocate (One Who will intercede for us) with the Father–[it is] Jesus Christ [the all] righteous [upright, just, Who conforms to the Father’s will in every purpose, thought, and action].

1 John 3:2

Beloved, we are [even here and] now God’s children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [as God’s children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He [really] is.

1 John 3:14

We know that we have passed over out of death into Life by the fact that we love the brethren (our fellow Christians). He who does not love abides (remains, is held and kept continually) in [spiritual] death.

1 John 4:4

Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.

1 John 4:10

In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins.

1 John 4:15

Anyone who confesses (acknowledges, owns) that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides (lives, makes His home) in him and he [abides, lives, makes his home] in God.

1 John 5:1, 4-5

  1. 1 Everyone who believes (adheres to, trusts, and relies on the fact) that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah) is a born-again child of God; and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of Him (His offspring).
  2. 4 For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith.
  3. 5 Who is it that is victorious over [that conquers] the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on that fact]?

1 John 5:11-12

  1. 11 And this is that testimony (that evidence): God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
  2. 12 He who possesses the Son has that life; he who does not possess the Son of God does not have that life.

Revelation 1:5-6

  1. 5 And from Jesus Christ the faithful and trustworthy Witness, the Firstborn of the dead [first to be brought back to life] and the Prince (Ruler) of the kings of the earth. To Him Who ever loves us and has once [for all] loosed and freed us from our sins by His own blood,
  2. 6 And formed us into a kingdom (a royal race), priests to His God and Father–to Him be the glory and the power and the majesty and the dominion throughout the ages and forever and ever. Amen (so be it).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DISASTER OR EAR (part 1)

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The lawyer didn’t even have enough courage to call, just a certified letter in the mail “your visa renewals have been denied, you must leave the USA by December 30, 2001” and so our dream came to crashing end. No, we were not illegal, or criminal or any other danger to the country, we were very good corporate and individuals building the “American Dream” but 9-11 changed that, a technicality with the visa and out we must go. Businesses lost, ministry lost, home lost, we had arrived in the US pretty well off, not so much leaving, this was a disaster.

We moved to Penticton, BC in Canada, to begin anew, in 2002 a fire swept through the Okanagan destroying more than 500 homes, displacing so many families, and ruining their lives, disaster struck.

Every person throughout their lives will face some kind of disaster, what that may be to one may be quite different to another, but a disaster is still a disaster.  The question is what does one do in the midst of the disaster? Is God to blame, for He surely gets the blame. So really who is to blame, a tornado, hurricane, fire, earthquake or some other crushing force.

John 10:10  King James Version (KJV) “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Here we have the classic battle, Satan brings death and destruction, Jesus brings life and liberty, it matters not the form the disaster may come in, the fact is it comes to bring destruction, when it comes it is our action that will determine whether we are crushed by it or we come through in victory.

We do our part, during those fires, we organized help in any manner we could for the families, had 60 restaurants donate an entire days sales to the Red Cross, held a celebrity auction with Ronnie Prophet, with artwork donated by Will Enns (Fireman & Boy above) and others. Every disaster brings two things destruction and fear. The disaster is an event, fear is a choice, don’t choose it.

Pick up faith in the middle of a disaster, Satan wants to crush you, God wants to lift you. 2 Corinthians 1:20 King James Version (KJV) “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” Whatever you may be facing in your, daily living, heavy burdens or a disaster, turn to the promises of God for in them you will find the answer that you require.

It’s not a hard thing to find those promises, the bible list’s some 5467 promises that God will complete. Some are completed and ready to use, some are just for you and there as you need them. Put on the armour of God in your daily living, Satan doesn’t know who is within that armour, is it you. Or, is it God, he will think twice regarding attacking. Our weapons that we make use of, is that of the “armour of God Ephesians 6:10-17 King James Version (KJV) “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” Upon careful examination of the armour reveals that all parts of it are made up by the Word of God. This armour is both defensive and offensive.

The helmet, covers and protects the head.

The girdle, supported all the other parts, to it were attached the daggers, swords, and other weapons.

The breastplate, had two parts, one covered the front and the other the back. It hung down to the knees to offer protection to that part of the body.

The feet shod, were boots of brass or bronze, used to protect and to crush.

The Shield, protects the body and interlocked so that it protects others as well.

The scripture says that with these we stand against the “wiles” this word means, methods, plans and schemes of the devil that he uses to entrap, deceive, enslave and ruin the souls of men.

The soul is the area that the enemy seeks to control. The soul is made up of the mind, will and the emotions, these are what the enemy seeks to bring into bondage.

Once our weapons are in full use, then we begin to develop them in conquering the enemy, this then becomes our testimony. Your testimony is always what the Lord has done on your behalf. Every time you speak it, you are reminding the devil of his loss at the hands of Jesus through the power that is within you.

The word of your testimony is Jesus Himself. John 15:5-8 King James Version (KJV) “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.Jesus’ words flowing from your mouth with the power that we just spoke because of your taking your stand or living within Him.”

Satan cannot stand to hear the name of Jesus spoken by someone who knows who they are in Jesus. This is the reason that he has perverted Jesus’ name into profanity. Yet the profane person once saved can use the same name and bring great destruction in the realm of the devil. Ephesians 1:21 King James Version (KJV) Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:” Every disaster, problem  or attack has a name, every name is subject to the power in the name of Jesus. Nothing can withstand that name when spoken in faith.

We must keep in mind that Satan just waits for an opportunity for us to slip. When we do he seeks to take out his revenge upon us. Our testimony must be that God will protect, preserve and deliver us from the onslaught of the enemy. Jeremiah 20:10-11 King James Version (KJV) “For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say they, and we will report it. All my familiars watched for my halting, saying, Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him. 11 But the Lord is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten.” We have this confidence in our God toward Satan, his plans and his bondages:

A) The Lord is with us as a mighty terrible one to our bondage. Keep in mind the results of disaster can hold us in some form of bondage for years (if we ever recover) but for Lord.

B) Our persecutors will stumble. Psalm 27:1 King James Version (KJV) “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

C) They will not prevail. Isaiah 41:13 King James Version (KJV) “For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”

D) They will be greatly ashamed. Jeremiah 20:11 King James Version (KJV) “But the Lord is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten.”

E) They will not prosper. (See D above)

F) They have everlasting confusion, which will never be forgotten, in others words, is an everlasting reminder of their defeat. (See D above)

G) The Lord tries the righteous and see’s the reins and the heart. (God will investigate the cause and see the very truth of the spirit and how the heart stands. Whether in faith or in unbelief.

H) Then He brings His vengeance upon the enemy and freedom for us. Isaiah 59:17 King James Version (KJV) “For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.”

Now you are dressed for the battle, and yes, there will be a battle, so keep in mind what God said to Joshua about the fight, Joshua 10:25 King James Version (KJV) “And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the Lord do to all your enemies against whom ye fight.” You cannot be defeat if  you use the weapons of warfare 2 Corinthians 10:4 King James Version (KJV) “ (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)” Paul even told us the outcome, 1 Timothy 6:12 King James Version (KJV) “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” What kind of fight, a good fight, so whats a good fight? The one you do not lose. With the promises of God, you cannot lose.

While you place the word of God in your mouth you begin to take shape in your spirit and you soon see who you really are, so that you may stand and say, “I am”.

Matthew 5:13              I am the salt of the earth.

Matthew 5:14              I am the light of the world.

John 1:12                     I am a child of God.

John 15:,5                    I am part of the vine, and Christ’s life flows through me.

John 15:15                   I am Christ’s friend.

John 15:16                   I am chosen by Christ to bear fruit.

Acts 1:8                       I am Christ’s personal witness sent out to tell everybody about Him.

Rom 6:18                    I am a slave  of righteousness..

Rom 6:22                    I am a slave to God, making me holy and giving me eternal life.

Rom 8:14,15               I am a child of God; I can call Him my Father. Gal 3:26; 4:6

Rom 8:17                    I am a coheir with Christ, inheriting his glory.

1 Cor 3:16;6:19           I am a temple-a dwelling place-for God, His Spirit and His life live in me.

1 Cor 6:17                   I am joined forever to the Lord and am one spirit with Him.

1 Cor 12:27                 I am a part of Christ’s Body.

2 Cor 5:17                   I am a new person.  My past is forgiven and everything is new.

2 Cor 5:18,19              I am at peace with God, and He has given me the work of helping others find peace with Him.

Gala 3:26,28                I am a child of God and one with others in His family.

Gala 4:6,7                    I am a child of God and will receive the inheritance He has promised.

Eph 1:1,                       I am a saint, a holy person. C\f Phil 1:1, Col 1:2

Eph 2:6,                       I am a citizen of heaven seated in heaven right now. Phil 3:20

Eph 2:10                      I am God’s building project, His handiwork, created in Christ to do His work.

Eph 2:19                      I am a citizen of heaven with all of God’s family.

Eph 3:1, 4:1                 I am a prisoner of Christ so I can help others.

Eph 4:24                      I am righteous and holy.

Col 3:3                          I am hidden with Christ in God.

Col 3:4                          I am an expression of the life of Christ because He is my life.

Col 3:12,                       I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. C\f 1 Thes 1:4

1 Thes 5:5                    I am a child of light and not of darkness.

Heb 3:1                        I am chosen to share in God’s heavenly calling.

Heb 3:14                      I am part of Christ; I share in His life.

1 Pete 2:5                    I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house.

1 Pete 2:9,10               I am a member of  a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a special treasure a people belonging to God.

1 Pete 2:11                  I am only a visitor to this world in which I temporarily live.

1 Pete 5:8                    I am an enemy of the devil.

1 John 3:1,2                 I am a child of God, and I will be like Christ when He returns.

1 John 5:18                  I am born again in Christ, and the evil one cannot touch me.

Revelation 12:11         I am a overcomer, by the blood of Jesus, this is my testimony.

If there was ever any confusion as to who you are, let it be put to rest now. Look for the next writing when we get into the very promises that God has given us to defeat every area in life the is not in line with the Word of God and who you are in Christ.

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When God is Silent:

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A television program called “The View” mocked Vice President Mike Pence’s Christian faith earlier this week, with co-host Joy Behar saying it was indicative of “mental illness” to think Jesus was talking to him. This got me thinking, assorted and many things, some of which I must admit were not nice, Christians always under attack by the left, from late night comedians, to afternoon talk show hosts, to Hollywood actors, to very leaders of the our countries like our Canadian PM. Many claim to Christians, but are simply religious and have no relationship with Christ at all, for those who can deny Christ (as the girls of The View did) are in danger of being denied by Christ as well.

To “hear” from God is the essential key to walking in victory in a world that those listed above desire after. When God speaks, we listen, this is not mental illness, but certainly can protect us from mental or any other illness that may come our way. We remain thankful when we hear from God, Matthew 12:32 King James Version (KJV) “And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.”

Pointing out how those who are like “Joy” never attack those of other religious faiths has no value nor will it ever win an agreement with them, we must know and have settled in our hearts that no matter what, God is on our side, and barbarian (a uncivilized and hurtful remark made by a heretic) statements can never dissuade us from our stand in Christ. Romans 8:31-38 King James Version (KJV) “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,”

Yet do barbarian statements have any value in building faith? Most want to say no, however, they can. While they generally cause one to examine their faith and therefore build it up, they can also assist in helping us question that will draw closer to the Lord. While the statement was a direct attack on hearing from God, one may ask, why has God been silent with me? Why haven’t I heard from Him for some time? So let’s examine that question instead of the heretic’s one. Keep in mind 2 Timothy 3:16-17 King James Version (KJV) “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” For we want that to be our guide, and not just opinion.

Is God ever silent, sometime we look and our problem is just too great, the circumstance overwhelming, the pressure so great that any voice is screaming out and hearing it is nearly impossible. We allow too many factors to take away the one voice that could and will help, we need but listen. How great is that circumstance, is it earth shaking, is it a mighty inferno, a hurricane of trouble? Then that is when we must withdraw from the situation, take the time and hear from God, then whatever He may say we must act upon that. 1 Kings 19:11-13 King James Version (KJV) “And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: 12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? ” The great prophet had to get to a place where he could He the Lord. The enemy threw all he could at the prophet, it didn’t work, God still came, softly, gently, and personally. Asking Elijah what he doing, then giving instruction. Elijah, like other before him knew that God would do whatever He instructed, He is the Great I AM, I am what, whatever you need. Exodus 3:14 King James Version (KJV) “And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.”

HE HAS ALREADY SPOKEN, BUT YOU DIDN’T LISTEN.

We train our children to listen to us, when? The very first time we speak, why? We want our child to know our voice and receive the goodness that is in store for listening to us. If we have to say “clean your room” fifteen times, eventually we just give up on them and let them live in a messy room. They soon learn this is not good and then they clean it and keep it clean and soon we are not giving that instruction again. The other benefit of teaching a child to listen the “first” time is, when they need to hear from God, He will speak, they will heed His instruction the first time. So if we are not hearing from God, we must ask, has he already spoken to us?

He may not have been silent, we may not have liked what He said and therefore we do not act. Sometimes what the Lord asks of us seems rather strange to us and we just don’t want to look foolish in people’s sight. Yet it is far better to look foolish in their sight and do what God has said, then look foolish in God’s sight and be of no help to others or ourselves. 1 Corinthians 1:27 King James Version (KJV) “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;” Here are two “prowerful kingdom keys for us to learn in listening to God.

  1. “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world” the answer to the need is already here, given most of our situations and circumstances deal with need’s of the here and now, He says He has given you the answer in this world. We may see them as foolish, but they are already here. When ask “if the Lord will” we see here that He has placed the answer already within our world. You can’t “figure” it out, if those who are wise can’t, then we need, but trust God and do as He says.
  2. “God hath chosen the weak things of the world” when circumstance gets us down, we are weak, our strength has been depleted, we walk on the edge of depression, faith seemly is lost and long gone. Yet He says the weak things still get the answer, strong faith is great and strong faith helps many, but sometime we are weak, God says even the weak will He listen to and He will answer.

We need not worry if God will perform, He always does what He says He will do. When we hear from the Lord we must act like our Father and do also all He says for us to do. Hebrews 1:3 King James Version (KJV) “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:” The word of His power, Jesus word is the power we need to listen to and act upon.

We must train ourselves to listen the first time, God never takes what He says back, its eternal, He backs that word with all power, nothing in heaven or upon the earth can stand against the Word of God. Matthew 24:35 King James Version (KJV) “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

Hearing from God is to do what He has said, there is no need to worry about whether or not what you say will happen, if you are speaking the Word of God into a situation then you know without doubt God will do it. Mark 16:20 King James Version (KJV) “And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” Notice that the Lord was working with them, you’re never alone in the walk with God. There is no need to worry what others may call you, that’s not relevant to getting the answer to the need you are facing, whether it be yours or another’s. God will work with you, in what you are doing, then too, He confirms His Word, our circumstance gets resolved by the speaking of what God says in the situation not what we think or say, but what the Word has to say about it.

God may seem silent because we haven’t responded to the last thing he said. James 1:5 King James Version (KJV) “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” Hearing and listening are two different things. Let’s go back to speaking to our children, “clean your room” they answer you with “yes” so then they heard you. Yet, you pass by the room a few hours later and it is still messy, why? Yes, they heard you, but they didn’t listen to you. Listening is placing action to hearing. When we hear God, we must listen as well, the expression, “God said it, I believe it, that settles it” is untrue, the truth is God said it and that settles it, we need but listen and act upon it, that is when I believe becomes a requirement.  When we examine Mark 4 we learn that we do not take action, or listen, to the Word of the Lord because we get bogged down with so much more in the world. Mark 4:18-19 King James Version (KJV) “And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” Here we see the most powerful reason that the Word (as seed) does not produce for us. We are not listening because to much is stealing that Word from our hearts. Being deceived by wealth, lusting  after other things, usually what another has (keeping up with the Jones’ syndrome) but the greatest reason is “the cares” of this world. The simple act of living day to day steals the word. You ask “isn’t that reason we need the Word, just to get by daily”? Yes, it is but look again, what has stolen the word, it is the “cares”. Care means; worry, grief, frustration, anguish, mental anxiety. When you are focused on these “cares” it is not possible for you to listen to God. You are placing the cares above the word and the word will remain undone.

Once you become a Christian you no longer are an earthly creature, you belong to heaven, so hearing from it is by far easier. Look to heaven for the answer, Yes it is in the world, but it may not be earthly.  The two are very different, Colossians 3:1-3 King James Version (KJV) “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”  Just as Jesus stand s for you in heaven, God sees Jesus in your circumstance and answers Him, fulfills His word.

The sense ruled mind always stands against receiving from God, the Word ruled mind always “listens” to the Word. 2 Corinthians 5:7 King James Version (KJV) (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We have heard seeing is believing, yet this scripture is saying, believing is seeing. Faith always comes first for those who will listen to God. God will never let you down when you listen to Him, He has spoken you need but listen and act. Psalm 37:18-19 King James Version (KJV) “The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever. 19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.”

Get acquainted with silence is intimate, silence can also be a sign of confidence. Listening to God takes time, we can ask and He will act, but more often than we like we do not listen because we have not become intimate with God, we haven’t trained ourselves to know His voice, so He speaks and we do not hear.  Your need has not gone by His throne and He has just let it fly by, no, He responded, but it was us who didn’t hear the answer.

We can’t get into the many truths found in Phillipians 4 but there are a couple of things very important to us in these scriptures. Philippians 4:10-19 King James Version (KJV) “But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. 15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. 16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. 17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. 18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. 19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Verse 13 is the one that teaches us how important it is to listen, “I can do all things through Christ.” What is that needs to be done, the message of this passage is dealing with finances, but Paul says all things, what is that you are facing today. Get God’s Word on it, then do it, for you too can do all things through Christ, who gives you the strength to do it.  Like we said , even the weak can do what is required in faith, for your strength will be in Christ and not in you. The last verse sates clearly, “my God will supply” your listen, trusting has the assurance of God suppling. So Listen.

Remember that silence is action too, Hollywood says “quite on the set” why, because the action is about to begin. We saw with Elijah that the action wasn’t in the troubles, but rather in the quietness. In the legal sense, silence is consent, “Pure and simple silence cannot be considered as a consent to a contract, except in cases when the silent person is bound in good faith to explain himself, in which case, silence gives consent. But no assent will be inferred from a man’s silence, unless, 1st. He knows his rights and knows what he is doing and, 2d. His silence is voluntary.” Bound in good faith, there isn’t any better type of faith, than that, of being bound to Christ. Faith in the Word, we believe and therefore we receive. We need not be running around speaking thing that are against our faith, in silence we know know that which we believe will be what takes place. So too, once God has said something to you, He believes you, He trusts you will do what He has said, why does He need to repeat Himself?  Notice it says He knows his rights, your righteousness is in Christ, His rights are yours, know your rights, Romans 10:4 King James Version (KJV) “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”  It also says he knows what he is doing, that faith. Faith will lead you, guide into all that is right.

So we don’t have a silent God, we may have listening problem, but no longer.

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Keys of the Kingdom

bruce viewSitting on the top of a mountain in Jamaica, overlooking the beauty that is that country, we asked, in such a time as these are how does one not believe in God? In Him lay all the keys to a life that is superior. I find it rather difficult for any reasonable thinking person not to see the need for God in their life. Not religion but that soul saving relationship with the very King of the Universe.  John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Perhaps it is time more ministers return to this verse, for there are so many people who do not know Jesus as the one who loved them so much that he gave his life for them. What is so amazing is that if you were the only one in that universe He would have come and preformed the same action just for you.

Recently on a trip to Jamaica, Dianna (my wife) and I were asked how we first met in June of 1976. Our conversation was always upon Christ, His goodness, His love, His walk within us.  We simply were not interested in anything else. Jesus could be coming today and we wanted to be right there, ready to go.

She had grown up in the church and received Christ as a child; I was but months old in Him. The need for Him in both our lives was great. I believe in God but more than anything else, I wanted Him to believe in me. Give me an opening and I turn any conversation to my life in Christ. It didn’t matter how little I knew, it only mattered that the little I knew I was going to make use of it. I wanted to be an established soul for the one who gave His life for me. 2 Chronicles 20:20B Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. Ask of me Lord and I will perform to the best I can. I believed the bible as it was written, therefore whatever I saw, I did. It said preach the gospel (good news) so I would preach what little I knew, if I had never learned another verse except John 3:16, It would be enough, for within it is the entire gospel. 1 Timothy 3:16  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. I just thank Him I was one of those preached to.

There is the great thing however, the more you gain knowledge of Christ, the more you seek to find. Dianna just assumed that all she knew, I also knew, because there was no other conversation, but of Him.

God of course had been working on my heart for some time prior to my receiving Him. A friend or two which were saved, a landlady who insisted on receiving her rent only on Sunday and only after we were made to watch Oral Roberts and Rex Humbard. She never once preached to me, but daily she showed her life as one which anyone would want to emulate. Many other small things, all added up to seeing Christ for who He is. Like a small poem prayer written on the side of a lonely stretch of highway while hitchhiking to no place in particular. 1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. He so wants to show you His love, check out those small things in your life and see Him there, crying out to you “come to me and I will hold you close and under my wings shall you be safe”.

Psalm 91:4  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.  Psalm 17:8  Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings. There is nothing that should take from us the love, joy, hope and peace there is in Christ Jesus. Romans 15:13  Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Dianna and I would sit on her backyard picnic table and do nothing but talk of God until her neighbors would yell out to us to stop talking, 2AM, looking up at crystal clear nights in the Rockies and seeing all those stars the conversation would always be about Him.

Our world was (and is) about Christ, The world has psychoanalysis to assist them in life’s troubles, but the world is not free. The world has the greatest medical minds, but the world is sick. The world has the money, yet the world is breaking and in debt. The world has success and motivational teaching, yet failure is the rule by which the majority live. The world has a thirst for life, they exercise, diet, take pills yet death is overtaking them. What the world has great need for peace yet they live in fear and turmoil.

So as Christians what do we have? The best place to answer such a question is to turn to scripture, look at Ephesians 1:1-23. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;  Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

 

Here we see exactly what we have, but the first order is to know what we have, we must know who it is coming from. Ephesians 1:1‑2 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:  Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (KJV)

What we have is from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. This is important for us to understand that, for it represents the fact that the fullness of the old and new covenants are found therein, both in scripture and in us. What the Father promises as Jehovah (the God who fulfils covenant and keeps promises) will be in your life, for the work of the cross is complete and fulfilled. We must always keep in mind that what we have from the Father and from Jesus came to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus and therefore came at highest price ever paid, and can never be taken back or revoked.

The first thing we find that is ours is Grace and Peace. These set the pace to which we will live, they make everything else well worth having.

GRACE: [charis]: it means that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, good will and favor. So the first assurance in possessing what you already have is to know that it will be good for you. Many people have much that is neither good for them or worth having, yet what God offers is Grace that which is good for you. You can have delight and pleasure in the Father and Jesus. Grace will sustain you in the face of every adverse circumstance; you can go through because Grace is with you. The best way to remember what exactly you have with grace is to use it as an acronym:

Gods, Riches, At, Christ’s, Expense

Next we see that we have been given peace, but not the peace that worlds, which is a peace from outer strife, but a peace that will encompass every area of life, spirit, soul and body. This kind of peace can only cause you to be a winner as a total man.

PEACE [eirene]: which means: A) a harmonious relationship, B) friendliness, C) freedom from molestation, D) to have rest and contentment, E) to be prosperous.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (KJV)

So then when Jesus said that His peace He was leaving us, He was leaving us all these attributes.  To live in less is to live outside of the goodness of God Himself.

To have peace we must live in Christ Jesus.  His words are to abide in Him. Turn to John 15:4-11, AMP, Abide in Me (this is a command not just a good idea). Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

The operation of peace comes to us in the form of what we have in Him, when we abide in Him. So to understand peace we must know our place of residence. We reside In Him:

Romans 3:24, In Him we have redemption.

Romans 8:1,  In Him there is no condemnation.

Romans 8:2,  In Him is freedom from sin and death.

Romans 8:39, In Him is perfect love.

Romans 12:5, In Him is oneness.

1 Cor. 1:2,  In Him is sanctification.

1 Cor. 1:30, In Him is wisdom, righteousness and sanctification.

2 Cor. 2:14, In Him we are triumphing over the enemy.

2 Cor. 5;17, In Him old things die away.

Ephesians 1:3, In Him are all spiritual blessings.

Ephesians 2:6, In Him we are seated in heavenly places.

1 Thessalonians 5:18, In Him is Gods will for you.

To abide outside of Christ is to choose confusion over peace, that of course will never do.

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: (KJV)

The next thing we have is the security of being blessed, blessed means to be supremely happy, or the power in you, on you and around you to prosper. Notice that nothing is left out, all in the Greek means all, you can’t miss out on any spiritual blessing.

Did you know that what happens first in the spirit will take place in the soul and the body? So as the spirit is empowered with blessing, the other gifts will also come with blessing. This is plainly seen in 2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: (KJV) This divine power is the dunamis power, or the power that reproduces itself, miracle working power, power for ability, talent, strength, and all wonderful works of the Spirit.

Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: (KJV)

What we have now is the fact that we are chosen, many feel alone and left out, never favoured or belonging, yet God says that He has chosen us. To be chosen is to be favoured above all others, so just think you are one of God’s favourites. When were you chosen, before the worlds were formed; now the interesting thing is that word worlds? The earth, the heavens, no, this is not the word for earth or heavens, it is the word Kosmos which means: a harmonious arrangement or constitution, a government. So before any governmental system, including that of Satan, you were already chosen. Some say that the nation of Israel is God’s chosen, that is a fact, but according to this scripture, God had you on His mind, even before their governmental system was established in the heart of Abraham. You were chosen but not as a terrible sinful person but rather one who was spotless and clean, holy.

Ephesians 1:5-6 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (KJV)

You have a destiny, one of success, one of joy, one of love. Your future looks very good because it is planned, one that is intended to bring you into His will, there providing Him with pleasure in seeing His will done in your life.

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; (KJV)

You have been redeemed from all your past, it is forgotten, thrown into a lake of forgetfulness, God placing a sign there on saying “NO FISHING”.  Once again it is through that grace that you become the favoured of God.

Ephesians 1:8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; (KJV)

He has provided you abundance, with wisdom in the supernatural knowledge of God, working it to the fullest within your situation or circumstance. Prudence is: practical wisdom applied in the best time and manner to secure the best results, knowledge and a holy love for the will of God. It is not common sense, for it will take one beyond the senses into the realm of faith, remember common sense can only work for those to whom it is common within. If one has never heard of something it is not common to that one. Great chefs know certain techniques to achieve certain results, these are common to the chefs, for a chef not to use them would be against their senses. Yet for the average cook they may have never have heard of such tricks and thus they are not common to them. So the same applies to the things of God, in order for them to be common you must have the knowledge of the Word, this can only happen if you spend much time in the Word.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. (KJV)

The most holy knowledge one can have is that of the covenant, the one has in Jesus Christ, knowledge of the anointed one and His anointing.

This brings us the next thing we have in God, Ephesians 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: We know the will of God through the knowledge that we have of Him. There can never be a time that we should wonder what is the will of God for us in any situation, we have already been given the answer to the circumstance. Once again notice that God will forgive, and that gives Him pleasure. We know that only faith pleases God, therefore what His will for us is revealed to us but we must perform that will through faith.

The word mystery is the Greek word “musterion” which means: to shut the mouth, to reveal something that was previously hidden. God great plan for your life had been kept secret until now, now it has been revealed to you for His pleasure. One might be wise in asking oneself a simply question, “what I am about to do, will it give pleasure to God?” If the answer is no, then it is not the plan of God for your life.

Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: (KJV)

Now by following His will we find that we obtain a better life giving Him pleasure. We already have been given our inheritance, an inheritance is something we obtain after the death of someone. Well Jesus died then rose again to make sure your inheritance was given over to you. What are the terms of His inheritance given to you? 1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. (KJV)

Your inheritance is, just what Jesus is, everything He is today we are today, how you see Jesus is how you should see yourself.

Everything you have in Jesus is sealed right there within you. Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, (KJV) You are sealed for security sake, secure in Jesus, secure in His anointing, secured through the Holy Spirit.

Sealed, you are concealed from the attacks of the enemy, you are a chosen people, remember 1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: (KJV) Now did you know that that word here for peculiar means: God’s own special treasure. That’s you, God’s own special treasure, sealed to Him forever to be secure and confident that you are and will be, just as He is.

Sealed, confirmed or approved by your testimony, what is your testimony? The Word of God in Revelation 12:11 says, And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (KJV) Your testimony should always be the Word and nothing less.

I believe in God,  Mark 16:15-20  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached ever where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen

I believe in God, but does He believe in me? He said go, so why do we stay? When I received Christ I just believed Him and I wanted everyone I met to know, so I went. There is nothing I agree with in the religion in which I was raised, (Jehovah’s Witness’) but they have a song which partly says:

“Lord here I am send me, send me, I will preach the gospel faithfully, no greater honor could there be, Lord here am I send me, send me” When I sang this in the kingdom hall I believed it, I still do, except now I have the right message.

When He said Go into the world you must do so with excellence. There are two words in the church that bring much confusion and misunderstanding; these words are discipleship and leadership. However both are summed up with a way of life, that way is called having excellence in Christ. Jesus said “follow me and I will make you fishers of men”. So then great leaders are first great followers, why even the Lord himself followed after what he saw the Father do. He said “I do nothing except I first see my Father do it”. So He leads by example, He became a disciple of His Father, before He lead by experience raising disciples of His own. Great leaders must first be great followers.

When we examine what it takes to have a life of excellence, it is not just in one area, but in all areas of life. 1 John 4:17 says that as Jesus “is” so are we in this world. So then how is He? He is the most excellent being alive in the universe, and His desire is that we are exactly the same as He. What is He? His entire purpose is to disciple us in His ways causing us to become leaders, leading others into the same life of His excellence. It is being magnanimous

“Magnanimity” generous in forgiving an insult; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness. It is being high minded, noble, proceeding from or revealing nobility of mind, character, or spirit. Synonyms: big, liberal, un-spiteful, elevated, lofty.

Becoming such a person is something that we must realize in our lives, that something is the fact that excellence can be learned.. Philippians 4:8-9,  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.  9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you Here we find that the life of a Christian being one of magnanimity (magnanimous). Verse 8 gives what this life should be like, verse 9 however reveals to us exactly what we need to know.

The life of excellence can be;

  1. A) Learned, it is Christian practice, James 4:7-17

7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. 11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. 12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another? 13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.  15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will,  we

God, which I command you this day: 28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other shall live, and do this, or that. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

  1. B) Received, it is Christian blessing. Deuteronomy 11:26-28;

26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; 27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your gods, which ye have not known.

Psalm 1:1-3; Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Proverbs 10:6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

  1. C) Heard, it is Christian doctrines. 1 Timothy 4:5-6

5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. 6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

  1. D) Seen, it is Christian miracles, mighty power, or mighty works. Galatians 3:1-14 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? If it be yet in vain. 5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.  7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. 10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

We must always keep in mind that although the life of a Christian be uneven and rocky (it is rarely smooth, when it is challenged, this how you grow) that when trials, testing, and temptations come, it is through the life of excellence that they are defeated. These four elements found within these scriptures show us that excellence is not something far off but as near as our learning will take us. It is through these elements that those around us will notice a difference and seek out whatever you may have. What you should have is excellence in life, being ready to lead and disciple.

2 Corinthians 4:13-18.We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

It is not a question as to whether or not you have a choice as to living in a life of excellence; it is the simple fact of the spiritual life that you have been called to live this life.  Live it, then boldly speak it.

You are of a royal blood line, 1 Peter 2:9, But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: This is not something you should take lightly, nor is it something that you should ever be allowed to be stolen from you. Every attack that Satan brings against you is such an attack. Giving in, reduces your quality of life and the Excellency of it. At times we must refer to very bad people as “Your Excellency” because of the position they hold, you however, are a very good person, called into Royalty, so begin to call yourself “Your Excellency” for it is who you are. Excellency: the title of someone in an important official position, especially someone, such as an ambassador, who represents their government in a foreign country.

You are Christ’s ambassadors, made righteous, therefore administering the same to all you meet, an ambassador of heaven. 2 Corinthians 5:19-21 King James Version (KJV) 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Satan desires that he pulls you down and then flaunt you in front of all to declare “see how noble, royal and regal this so called Ambassador of Christ is”. Don’t ever give him the pleasure of doing it to you.

You must come to a realization that it is the quality of your spirit that brings this nobility into your life. That which first takes place within the spirit realm will eventually find its way into the other realms of your life. Anything that Satan can use to degrade the spirit he will. Ephesians 3:9-21. And to make all men see what is the fellowship (THE STEWARDSHIP) of the mystery( the secret counsels which govern God in dealing with the righteous, which are hidden from ungodly and wicked men but plain to the godly), which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places (angels and demons) might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: 12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. 13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. 14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches (abundance of external possessions) of his glory, to be strengthened with might (dunamis, explosive working of the power contained within)  by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Now it is only through a lifestyle of excellence in the faith that those things that we desire can be found. We must never compromise our stand of nobility; our integrity must be of the highest order. Proverbs 11:3-13. The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. 4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivers from death. 5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.  6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness. 7 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth. 8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead. 9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered. 10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting. 11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked. 12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbor: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.  13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

To be of a faithful spirit is to be full of excellence. Why is it that a person of the highest orders are called “your excellency” because they stand for their word regardless of circumstances. Psalms 15:1-4. 1 A Psalm of David. 1  LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill?  2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. 3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.  4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

What is it that reduces the Christian to just another religion? Many differing things will, unbelief will, following after the things of the flesh will. Things like lying, stealing, cheating, living in strife, be full of resentment, etc. etc. etc.      Ephesians 2:3-5. Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

2 Corinthians 10:4, (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  Here is where the true test of the life excellence is, in what fashion or manner will you respond in your present situation, through the flesh or through the spirit. The magnanimous person will always respond within the spirit.

Webster defines magnanimous as “that elevation of dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence”.

All this can only be completely done within the spirit and through actions of the Holy Spirit. You too can have the life of excellence when you discover the power of “as He is, so are you in this world”.

Many people today are miserable because they know not what kind of seed they are and they will not know until they plant themselves and begin to grow. John 12:24-26, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. 26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be:  if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

Jesus compares his own life to a seed. It had an eight fold purpose. Just as he did so too does ours. It becomes the reason that we live in this life. Verse 24 shows us the eight elements.

  1. A) Necessity; (except) Here we see that the life of Jesus was essential, for without it we could not be born again nor have any future. So too are our lives are essential for without us God can do nothing here on the earth for others. Jesus said “I am the way, truth and the life” and He is. Yet he uses us to bring others to him. We are essential because we bring destruction to the enemy. We are essential to the lives of others, for if we are the body then they are part of us and we part of them.
  2. B) Cause; (fall into the ground) The action placing things behind us once we find the necessity of living. Another word we could use here is requirement. What are the requirements that we place on Jesus. These same requirements are what we place upon ourselves in order that we know our cause. Our cause is simply to provide for all who come our way, which is the message of the good news of the gospel.
  3. C) Place; (into the ground) There is a place for every seed. Certain seeds grow only in certain soil, under certain conditions, in selected places. What is your place? It should be exactly where God would have you. When we get out from that place then we fail to bring forth the ideal crop. In some they bring forth no crop at all. Have you ever had someone say to you “you need to know your place” generally trying to put you down, as the enemy would do. Yet Jesus gave you have another place with Him, the highest of all places. Hebrews 1:3 King James Version (KJV) 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
  4. D) Present state; (death) Know that your present state is not relevant to the final outcome, a small ugly seed once it has died brings forth a beautiful plant full of it’s own fruit, be that seed. Knowing that as a seed that you are going to die is very exciting for once you’ve died only then can you bring forth a crop.

Galatians 2:20,21 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

2 Corinthians 4:10-11 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

  1. E) Unselfishness; (not alone) When you sow your life in Christ in excellence it becomes the greatest act of unselfishness. Jesus sowed His life into you, you into His. The seed begins to grow and realizes that in order to live I must continue to draw nourishment from the others around me so I also must put something back into them. Then I will live and be successful.
  2. F) Resurrection; (bring forth) Here we find the reason that we desire to become a seed which we sow into Jesus, for the seed is resurrected as a thing of beauty; a change took place in you. Now you are new fresh and clean, that’s not all, in the resurrection you’ve multiplied, just as Jesus did, so that now more than 1 billion Christians live on earth. We in Jesus must multiply as well.
  3. G) Purpose; (much fruit) The very result of our sowing ourselves is that we bring forth much fruit. If our lives are as Christ’s then the fruit will be good. If our lives are as our old man then fruit will be rotten.
  4. H) Faith; Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Without faith none of this would be possible. We must believe that through faith all things are possible. So that when the dying process begins, we believe that we’ll be back only stronger, richer, and with beauty.

John 15:1-8 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

The process of sowing is best summed up here; it is abiding in Christ Jesus, in other words to have a constant, enduring, eternal, immutable and permanent relationship with Him. We take up residence within Him, to never leave home. We do this through many and varied methods, Luke 9:23-27 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross (take his stand in Christ) daily, and follow me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.

Here we see that one way is self denial. That does not mean we deny those things that we do. It does mean that we do not allow the things of the flesh to take charge of our lives. It also says here that we are to take up our cross and follow Him. Have ever wondered what that really means. It means that we are to live that life of excellence; we are not to live a life of compromise, its God way or no way.

Every day we pick up our cross by sowing our lives into him. Romans 8:29, For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. We conform to his image and away from ours.

Faithfulness

Faithfulness, the key to maintaining all that is given over to us. One cannot prove faithful to one’s goals and the life of excellence unless one proves themselves faithful. When examining the faithful we must conclude that they posses elements in their character. The faithful will be found to be; Allegiant, constant, dedicated, devoted, loyal, steadfast, trustworthy and secure. Without these elements no faithfulness will be found within a person.

Many are the examples of the faithful person in scripture; one that I like is the one of David King of Israel. Regardless of who and what he faced he stayed faithful to God. Psalms 31:14-24, But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God. 15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. 16 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake. 17 Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.  18 Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.  19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! 20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. 21 Blessed be the LORD: for he hath showed me his marvelous kindness in a strong city.  22 For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee. 23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. 24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

David would commit the events of his life over to God; God in turn would lift and encourage David, in this passage of scripture David brings light why we serve a God such as the Lord.

Verse 14) He trusts in God, why because He is his Lord. This is a statement of the faithful, in it he is saying that all of the elements needful to be found faithful.

Verse 15) My times are in your hands, the events, circumstances, situations of my life are in your hands. Therefore deliver me from those or that which may be contrary to your desires, for it is they that become my enemies. It is their involvement in my life from which my persecution comes.

Verse 16) Make your face to shine upon me, give me your favour. For in your favour I have deliverance, comfort, healing, provision, preservation, protection, assistance and holiness. Psalms 28:6-9, Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. 7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. 8 The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.   9 Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.  The favour of God v 6) He hears my prayers, v 7) He is my shield, v 7) He is my help, v 8) He is my strength, v 9) He is my salvation, v 9) He is my blessing, v 9) He is my blessing, v 9) He is my food, v 9) He is my support.

Verse 16) Save me for your mercies sake, show me all this favour because of the kindness you show to me in all that I am faithful in.

Verse 17) Let me not be ashamed. Do not allow me to be embarrassed, humiliated, guilty of not be faithful to you. If not then I will not grief stricken or remorseful.

Verse 18) Have those who are found to be unfaithful be put to silence.

Verse 19) Your goodness is far beyond measure, but although it cannot be measured it has been all laid up for me so I receive it. For you have promised it to the faithful.

Verse 20) Psalms 91, Dwelling in the secret place of the Most High.

Verse 20) Strife of tongues, contentious plots.

Verse 21) The trials of the tongue come yet I am blessed for my tongue sings nothing but the praise of the Lord. His favour I have as I dwell within the secret place.

Verse 22) Sure I said the wrong thing at the wrong time, yet I confessed these before you and you still listen to my prayers.

Verse 23) For those who are faithful and take pride in doing the Word, God preserves them and rewards them.

Verse 24) So be of good courage and go all out for God, those who are faithful to Him.

1 Timothy 1:11-13 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. 12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

The Gospel can only be given over to those who show themselves to be faithful. So why don’t we take a moment to examine the word faithfully which is to be strict or thorough in the performance of a duty, true to one’s word or promises, reliable, trusted.

Psalm 15:1-5 A Psalm of David. 1  LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill?  2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. 3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.  4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. 5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

How is that one shows themselves faithful, 2 Peter 1:1-10 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:   2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

V 1) Like precious faith, what the Lord has and is, we too are should have and be the same.

V 2) Grace, peace, and knowledge all help us to maintain faithfulness.

V 3) His divine power (the gospel Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. ) Working through us, without this power faithfulness is hard to maintain. All things that pertain shows us Gods faithfulness to us.

V 4) It is these exceeding great promises that develop with us the capability of a servant and it is the servant of love which remains faithful to God. When are partakers of God divine nature, we become the faithful, for our ever changing nature is conforming to His, in the process our nature changes, so too, will our character.

V 5-8) The elements of the faithful. Proverbs 28:20, A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

Excellence in Christ Jesus\Integrity

Integrity: soundness of & adherence to moral principles and character; uprightness; honesty. The state of being whole, entire, undiminished, of prefect condition.

Proverbs 11:3, The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. The integrity of the upright shall guide them.

The just man walks in integrity. Proverbs 20:7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

We must be conformed into Gods image, to conform is to accommodate, adapt, adjust tailor, agree, harmonize, follow, observe, obey and comply with God. In what? It is not so much as in what but rather into what. That’s what His character is, one of the greatest character traits of God is His integrity, to us and to His Word. What He says He will perform. Romans 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Numbers 23:19, God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? God said it that settles it.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Jesus is ever unchanging; His word will perform for us just as it did for Him. One can place complete and utter trust onto the Word of God.

Jeremiah 1:12 Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.  Psalm 119:89-93 Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.91 They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.92 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.93 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me. It should be our desire to walk in integrity then it is our desire to be like Christ. We must then walk after the manner that He walked.

14 ways to be like Jesus (Dakes Annotated Bible).

  1. A) Follow after righteousness as He did. 1 John 3:7, John 15:10-14.
  2. B) Walk free from the world by being in the Word. John 17:14-16.
  3. C) Self crucifixion. Galatians 2:20. Setting aside our desires and seeking after His.
  4. D) Walking in newness of this life. Galatians 5:16-26.
  5. E) Enduring persecutions. John 15:18-20.
  6. F) Being diligent to do the work of God. John 14:12-14.
  7. G) Operating in the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:21-23.
  8. H) Being totally set apart unto God. John 10:36.
  9. I) Walking in the light. 1 John 1:7.
  10. J) Having unity with God. John 17:11.
  11. K) Suffering on the behalf of others. 1 Peter 2:17-24. Lamas
  12. L) Our life and conduct should be in line with His. 1 John 2:6.
  13. M) Enduring temptations. Hebrews 6:18.
  14. N) Manifesting the fullness of God. John 3:34-36.

Psalms 7:8, You are judged according to your integrity.

Proverbs 11:3, Your integrity will be your guide.

Proverbs 19:1, Integrity makes you a better person.

Proverbs 20:7 Your integrity blesses your children.

Psalm 141:3, Proverbs 18:21; 19:9, Your integrity is seen through the keeping of your words.

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7, Put a guard around your words and your actions.

Quitters never win, Winners never quit.

The life that most Christians lead is not always one of ease.  In fact more often than not we face situations and circumstances that many in the world never have to.  Why, because we do not belong to this world it belongs to Satan and therefore our presence here is a tremendous threat to him.

Since that threat is constant our need for knowledge to overcome the ever changing threats is also constant.  For us to image that we have arrived at the knowledge or in victory can be a fatal mistake.  It is usually this kind of arrogance that leads to the defeat of a person and the back slidden results in their lives.

The simple fact in life is that although most never feel that they are winners just having Jesus Christ in their lives as Lord and Savior makes them such.  To possess Christ is to possess His knowledge, strength, abilities, compassions and most importantly His love.

So why then do we not feel like the winners at times when the Word declares us to be.  The answer is a very simple one, most winners know they are winners.  They rely on that fact and not on their feelings.  Usually when they win is when they’ve pressed themselves to a point where their feelings are not good but poor.  When you rely on your feeling they will speak lies to you and cause your defeat.  Feelings or emotions are not a good guide to use when evaluating your situation.

So let’s examine the life cycle of a winner. Joshua 1:6-9, Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.  7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.  8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.  9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Here God is giving Joshua the keys to being a winner in Christ.  First He tells Joshua to be strong.  But where was he to gather strength from.  Well verse 7 gives us the answer “the book of the law”.  To be strong requires one to exercise the muscles that they have, or to develop what they already have been born with.

When you were born again you were given the strength of Christ, but to never use that strength is tantamount to living weakly.  To be strong is to be powerful, healthy, more than competent, abundantly supplied with something, solid, easy to defend, capable of exerting influence, tenacious, convincing, moving with a great force, it is to see the complete work of God protruding from you.

However there has never been a strong Christian who has never spent a great deal of time in the Word of God and in prayer, for this is where the power comes from, this is the strength of the winner.

The next thing God says to Joshua is the very courageous.  That is not the same as being strong.  To be courageous is to disregard what we may fear and to follow through on the direction given to us.  Some time what may be required of us is not what we like or want to do.  The courageous person knows regardless of how they feel, it is the right thing to do.  It is the quality of mind and spirit that enables one to meet danger or opposition with fearlessness, calmness, and firmness.  To be steadfastly minded, established and fortified in a direction of life.

Winners must be strong, yet they also must be constant, that is why God says to be “very courageous”.  We must set our course and head only in that direction.  The courageous are the ones who know that in the end they will win.  Therefore they think, talk and act as if they already have won.

“Be not afraid”.  Fear will steal all ground gained and place the possessor of fear in a position of lost instead of winning.  Fear is Satan’s death trap, his strongest desire is to see you dead.  If he can’t then he wants to see you sick, defeated and fearful.  Fear steals faith, paralyses courage and destroys strength.

For all these reasons Gods say be not afraid.  The Lord gives us great assurances.

  1. A) He is with us wherever we go.
  2. B) His Word is a suit of armor protecting from all the wiles of the devil.
  3. C) His Holy Spirit lives within and causes all fear to flee in terror from us.

Next God says to be not dismayed.  To be dismayed is to; live in alarm, have anxiety, to have apprehension, to live in dread and trepidation and care. To disappoint, have discouragement, disillusionment, to dishearten, to dispirit, and to intimidate. There can be no victory in such a life.  In order to live upon this we must take comfort in the fact that everything that God says is so.

The key to prevent any form of dismay coming upon us is that we must be obedient to God, His leadings, and His Word.  Never has God brought disappointment to any of His children who truly followed after Him. Jesus said it was the “cares of this world” that steals our faith seed, it does grow and therefore we gain nothing. Mark 4:19 King James Version (KJV) And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

The next key to the life of victory or being a winner is to know that you cannot do it alone.  Those who are loners cannot see what surrounds them in all directions.  You need the support of like minded persons.  Not those who will tell you it can’t be done you already know that.  God only uses those who know they are limited.  So if the victory is going to come it will have to be through the power of God.  When we surround ourselves with others who do not agree with us, their constant negative chiding will place us in a position of weakness.  Weaknesses are what Satan looks for, to capitalize upon, so that his weapons of destruction may work they’re worse.  Judges 20:22. And the people the men of Israel encouraged themselves, and set their battle again in array in the place where they put themselves in array the first day.

Winners must always exercise patience, without patience no victory will ever will be possible. Psalms 27:14, 38:15. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. 38:15 For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.

The victor knows that winning comes only through hope, not hope in the desired result but hope in God. Psalms 39:7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope is in thee.

The victor knows to win he or she must get familiar with the name of God for it is through His name that all power and authority is given.  Psalms 44:5 Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.

Know that once you are on the side of God that you are not your own any longer, you’re God’s and if you’re His he’ll look after His own.  Psalms 100:3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  Psalm 118:6 King James Version (KJV) 6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

Finally believe.  Every person who ever won anything believed that he could do it. Mark 9:23-24. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

How To Have The Winning Attitude

Before one could have a winning attitude one, one has to understand what an attitude is. An attitude is: an opinion, an outlook, your perspective, any stance taken, a viewpoint.  So it is what you think based on the available facts, senses, emotions, and imaginations.  In order to have a winning attitude it would be necessary to control these attributes.

Let us look at these closer, remember we said they are facts, senses, emotions and imaginations or fiction.  Fiction or imaginations are just what they say they are, an untruth or lie.  Of these there is nothing that we can settle upon.  They are ever changing according to the whims and wishes of the holder and his thoughts.  Believable fiction is a lie so attractive that anyone would have faith in it.  Yet it does not change, it is still a lie. Should one base their attitude upon their imagination or what is fiction?  No, for if they do they will develop a wrong or poor or even bad attitude toward our own opinion.

Emotions, can our emotions be depended upon so that we could develop a right and true attitude?  Again, the answer would have to be an unchallengeable, no.  Why not, because your emotions cannot be trusted them self.  They are situational and therefore subject to change according to the circumstance that one would find them in.  Emotions such as anger, envy, hate and sorrow will warp our viewpoint and cause us to think only upon them.  All emotions will blind us to what is beyond them and restrict us to only what they want us to see.

Therefore most, if not all, emotions are lies from the point of view that they are restricted to only their way, they are only related to the moment.  If the emotion is temporal and consequently subject to change, could not an attitude developed by it also be subject to momentary fluctuations.  Should our attitude fluctuate, it soon becomes evident that it cannot be depended upon.

Senses, we can readily accept that our senses are not the way to assist us in our opinions formation.  When is a rose not a rose, when it is in a can of deodorizer!  We smell roses yet they do not exist.  We may only see a limited amount of persons in a room, therefore our senses say that the world is limited to what we can see, yet we know that to be completely erroneous.  We may hear music from a compact disc, but that does not mean that the band is nearby.  We may taste a peach in the center of a dessert, however in reading the packaging we find it say artificial flavoring.  Our senses cannot be relied upon to help us develop our attitudes.

This leaves us with only one area that requires examination in developing the winning attitude.  That area is fact.  Yet what is a fact, it is an actuality, certainty, reality, or truth.  It is exactly this that we need to use to develop our attitude from.  It is these that will cause us to ever have the winning attitude.  We need but ask ourselves such questions as;

Is the situation I find myself in, actuality what is happening, or, is there something beyond this that I cannot yet see?

A certainty is an absolute, is this circumstance absolutely without change?

What is the reality of what I am about to say, do, or think?

Is what I see, feel, think and hear the truth, and should I be examining something beyond this to know what the truth truly is?

Once we get clear and definite answers then and only then can be develop an opinion on that situation and then we will have a winning attitude toward the circumstance.  James 1:2-22 God always works from the inside out, Satan always works from the outside in.

James 1:2-22 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;  3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. 9  Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:  10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. 11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. 12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13 Let no man say when he is tempted,  I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. 19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Therefore our attitude is dependent upon the forces used to change you inside.  Use the forces of Satan and your inside will be corrupt and twisted, so too will be your attitude. Use the forces of the Word of God and your inside will be right and true, so too will your attitude.  You are able to say “I can afford to have a closed mind, I’m right.

James 1:2, Count it all joy.  Joy then cannot be an emotion it must be something greater. It is a force called, blessedness which is “God’s divine favour on us”.  We must then know that if God’s favour is upon us then our attitude toward our situation will be as God would declare it to be.

Temptations, testing’s and trials all will come to attack our attitude.  When we lose our attitude or the truth of the outcome then it is at this time we either stand or fall into them.  Notice that the verse says “when” you fall, so there is a possibility that we may not fall, and if we do then we know there is a way out.

“The trying of your faith” not the destruction or downfall of your faith, just the trying of it.  It may be burdensome, demanding, exacting, arduous, difficult, strenuous, taxing or an uphill climb but to try something is not to defeat and destroy it.  The trying of your faith is the keeping of your attitude. We have heard “try, try, and try again” faith will continue to try until it finds it’s way.

This why the verse says “works patience,” the word comes from the Greek word “hupomonê” which means to abide under.  Under what, under the joy of the Lord.  In English patience means composure, forbearance, tolerance, diligence, persistence and stamina.  They simply do not get the meaning, for to abide in something is to live in it.  If we are to live in God’s divine favor then the trial, test or temptation cannot live there as well.

Notice to that is not you that is on trial it is your faith.  Your faith in what, in what you are abiding in.  If you are abiding in God then your life in God in on trial.  God cannot fail so therefore neither can your faith. Your attitude is protected by your life in Christ and His Word.

Verse 4, To paraphrase “Let what you are abiding in have complete and full control of your life so that you may become fully mature and grown in a life of prosperity, health, deliverance and you become preserved for the work of the kingdom of God”.

Psalms 51:12, “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.“ With joy and salvation restored in our hearts, the gifts of salvation would only naturally lead us to the right attitude.

The next area to examine in obtaining the winning attitude we find in verse 5 of James 1.  Here it simply says that if any lack wisdom “coming from the Greek word sophia” which means the insight into the true nature of things.  When we can’t see the full intent of the circumstance we are in, we lack wisdom.  Then all we do is go to God, ask for the full picture, then we will be able to comprehend what is about to take place. We must “ask”, if we don’t, how is the answer to come? There are no foolish or faithless questions that we ask of God. James 1:5 King James Version (KJV) 5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

After we have asked we must receive the instruction, we must be obedient to the instruction.  Many people do not obtain a winning attitude because they disobey the instructions they are given to carry out, or they simply do not act upon those instructions.  To be obedient is to stay focused on the instructions given, to be of one mind, heart and action. Romans 8:5-6 King James Version (KJV)  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace..

We readily see that the disobedient are in no position to receive from God.  In verse 8 it says a double minded man is unstable in all his ways.  What’s a double-minded man?  A man has two minds, the conscious mind and the subconscious. The conscious mind is what makes us aware of what is happening around us.  It makes use of the five senses and then derives an attitude and an action based on what it assimilates.  As we have already seen this may not be the correct action.

The subconscious mind is the mind of the spirit.  It is what causes us to act without thought for it has been proven to be factual and therefore something that is trustworthy.  Being called by your name causes you to respond without thought.  You don’t check to see if you are really you when someone speaks your name, you know it as fact.  It’s within your spirit, it is correct and that is just the way it is.  It is unchangeable.

The double minded person is the person who attempts to place the things the senses show him into his spirit as fact.  They are not proven, nor will they work, yet he depends completely upon them for the results that he needs.  He wishes for the provision of both the world of the senses and the world of the spirit, when only one will bring the desired result.

1 Corinthians 10:13  “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

He is the man of “plan B”.  He looks for what God says, if doesn’t like it, or if that does not work then there is always another way to do it.  When it comes to the things of God there is only “plan A”.  God never has a plan B because he never requires one.  His plans are prefect and the person with winning attitude gets the prefect plan the first time.

Romans 13:14. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Lusts, anything the flesh desires that counters the word of God.  Formulating a plan B when God gave plan A just in case it doesn’t work, it is a plan of the flesh, a plan B.  If it doesn’t work then God didn’t give it in the first place.  Jeremiah 1:12   Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it. God will watch over His Word to perform it.

Say, the next area we examine is the winning attitude in the area of our mouth.  What is that we are saying, verse 13.  Be sure that we examine our mouths before we go about saying that is God or even that God said it. James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.  Instead of blaming God learn to submit to Him.  That will keep your attitude in check.

The next area to see is that we must “receive the Word”, verse 14&15.  To receive the word is to believe it in the heart and to speak it with our mouth.  For until it is flowing from our mouths we cannot really say that we received it.  To receive something is to obtain it and make it your own.

The final area in having a winning attitude is simply to just “do it”, verse 22.  Failure to act on the word is failure to do the things of God.  To not perform the things of God is to perform the things of Satan and with him no one wins.  Only in Christ and His Word is there any victory, and that’s where the winning attitude can be found.

Harden Not Your Hearts

In this life many of the faith people live lives in much victory.  Each has testimony after testimony as to the powerful works that God has performed within their lives.

Yet seemingly for every testimony that comes forth to bring praise to God there are 20 others sitting in the same church that has nothing to praise God in or for.  Why?  The answer is one main reason, that reason is, the hardening of their hearts toward God.

Now not many would readily admit that they have a harden heart, but then not many understand just what exactly is it that has become hardened. The word simply means to make dry.  So then it is to make our heart dry to the things of God.  Okay we understand that, it’s easy to see, but what is the method of drying up.

Let’s look at Hebrews 3:7-19 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. 10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do always err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. 11 So I swore in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)  12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end; 15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. 16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? Was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

Here the nation of Israel lived in the very presence of God Jehovah Himself, yet, they disbelieved Him, doubted Him, and this is called a provocation.  They provoked God into taking an action that He had no desire to take.  They died and the plan of God was put on hold for more than forty years.

The hurting of the heart comes through the failure to believe and trust God.  To trust and rely on anything other than the Lord is to fail God and He views it as a great injustice done to Him.

There are those who claim to be standing in faith for many years yet they are actually provoking God because of their unbelief.  They claim to confess His word but their tongues do not speak the word of truth.  Their actions are contrary to what scripture says, and are in line with what their flesh dictates to them.

Paul brings a stern warning to the church in this passage.

  1. A) v7, Today hear the voice of God.
  2. B) v8, Harden not your hearts through the refusal of the Word of God.
  3. C) v12, Entering into unbelief.
  4. D) v12, Departing from the living God.
  5. E) v16, Open rebellion against God.
  6. F) v17, Open sin, habitual provocation.
  7. G) v19, Death caused through unbelief, spiritual death.

Hebrews 10:35-39 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

Confidence: trusting reliance, an assurance of the mind or firm belief in the integrity or stability of another, or in the truth and reality of a fact.  Belief in one’s own competency. He or that which supports. Safety or assurance: security. Boldness, courage.

We must learn the lesson given in Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

  1. A) We must have faith.
  2. B) We must please God.
  3. C) We must come to God.
  4. D) We must believe that He is.
  5. E) We must believe in His reward system.
  6. F) We must diligently seek Him, (this means after the answer comes just as much as before).

We also harden our hearts by not taking up our residence in Him. John 15:1-16 Phillips version.  500 people saw Jesus ascend into heaven, only 120 were left to experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  What happened, they cast away their confidence, and they left from fellowshipping with the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:1-6 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.   3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

The Ten Most Common Causes of Failure

1) Blaming Others

  1. A) Who did this to me.
  2. B) What caused this in my life.
  3. C) It’s the other guy’s fault.
  4. D) The other person doesn’t appreciate me.
  5. E) Each of us will answer before God for His own life. Eph.1:4, Matt.7:1-2, 12:37

2) Blame yourself (in private).

  1. A) Why was I so dumb. Job 5:1-4 To consider oneself dumb is tantamount to calling yourself a fool. A fool is; one who is dull or stupid, a heedless one, a blockhead, an idiot.
  2. B) Why do I always do the wrong thing. Romans 14:1-8
  3. C) Self-blame is the cause of self pity which leads to self-condemnation and eventually to self-destruction.
  4. D) Blaming yourself opens the door to feelings of guilt. Romans 8:1
  5. E) Blaming yourself closes the door to self-development.

3) No goals.

  1. A) Habakkuk 2:2, Amplified version
  2. B) Proverbs 29:18, no vision, no life
  3. C) People without goals float through life waiting for the big one to happen.
  4. D) Many peoples only goal in life is to have fun.
  5. E) Remember DEAD FISH DON’T SWIM THEY FLOAT.

4) Choosing wrong goals

  1. A) You must choose your own goals, don’t allow family, friends or circumstances choose them for you.
  2. B) Study your desires, set your path, then don’t waver from it. 2 Tim. 2:15

5) The short cut

  1. A) Taking the path of least resistance is not always the best course to take.
  2. B) There are no short cuts in a life of excellence. Psalms 16:11, Proverb 2:6-15

6) Taking the long road

  1. A) Israel took so long in getting to the promised land that they never did arrive.
  2. B) People die and never enjoy what they worked all their lives to gain. Joshua 1:15
  3. C) Be sure to “stop and smell the roses”. Eccl.2:24, 3:13, 5:18-19, 1 Timothy 6:17

7) Neglecting the little things

  1. A) There is no substitute for diligence in our lives. Proverbs 4:23, 2 Corinthians 8:7
  2. B) Proverbs 27:23-24
  3. C) Proverbs 24:3, Living Bible version
  4. D) A misplaced decimal point on a patent application once cost Thomas Jefferson a patent and subsequently millions of dollars.

8) Quitting too soon

  1. A) Men do not fail they give up. Psalms 126:5
  2. B) Galatians 6:9

9) The burden of the past

  1. A) 2 Corinthians 5:17-18
  2. B) It is easier to lie on a bed digging into the past than to sit in a chair and face the future. Psalms 55:22, Jer.17:24

10) The illusion of success

  1. A) Don’t make the mistake of aiming for what others will approve of. Philippians 1:10
  2. B) There is more to success than what Hollywood and infomercials tell us. Mark 7:21-23,

1 John 2:16

  1. C) Matthew 16:26

Synergism

“The sum total of the whole is greater the sum total of all the parts”.

“Human effort in cooperation with divine grace in the production of salvation”.

Psalms 90:16-17, Colossians 1:10-12, Hebrews 6:9-12

Psalms 133:1 Living Bible, How wonderful it is, how pleasant, when brothers live together in harmony.

Unity is a key principal to living a life free from frustration, strife and loneliness.  Ephesians 4:3&13

Even Jesus did not attempt to do the work that the Father had given to him alone. The bible records 12 apostles, 70 disciples and up 500 followers. He had many widows and rich support Him so that work could be accomplished. John 5:17,9:4. The results of no unity or harmony is disarray, Luke 11:17, divided means separated into parts, groups or sections, separate in opinion or feelings, to cause to disagree.

To fail means; to be completely overthrown.

Matthew 18:18-19, Agreement, an expression of the love and compassion of God.

Deuteronomy 32:30, Power in agreement.

Isaiah 59:19; the standard is the agreement with the word in our lives proceeding forth from our mouths and by our actions.

We serve a great and wonderful God. I believe in God and He believe in me.

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