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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Happy New Year 2018 How to Keep Your Resolution

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Every new year marks the time of rethinking our lives, we give ourselves over to a new , brighter and determined future. 2018 must be better than 2017, sure, 11017 was good, but the future should always be better, and why not? In order to see to it, we commit ourselves to doing certain things, we are determined, we make New Year’s resolutions.  Our life for the 365 days will be shaped by the very resolution we make.

We write them down, every day go to the page and speak that today will be the day we make it happen. Yet, in a week the resolution gets as cold as a Canadian winter and so it ends, like the winter. What happened? Why did we not stick to that resolution for the year or until it actually took place in our life?  There are many and varied reasons that we fail at keeping that resolution, so before we look at them and see how we can be true to ourselves we must look at what we are doing.

First, what is a resolution?  In its simplest form: its a firm decision to do or not to do something, or, the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter. It’s to be resolute, so look at the meaning of that word. Resolute: determined in character, action, or ideas, convinced; satisfied; sure.from Latin resolutus ‘loosened, released, paid’

Determined in character, what’s your character, are you determined to fulfill your own word. For making a resolution is to give your word to yourself. You have the idea, you’ve taken the action to fulfill it, you’ve convinced yourself it is possible and you are sure that it will be done therefore you will be satisfied with the result of what you resolved to do. That is what your resolution should be.

Look at James 5:12 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) 12 But above all [things], my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath; but let your yes be [a simple] yes, and your no be [a simple] no, so that you may not sin and fall under condemnation.

Do you see the resolution here, if you make it, then that should settle it, you are fixed and cannot waver.  Your resolution is an, oath, your word must be that you fulfill that oath. What happens if you don’t, well, it says here you fall into “sin” wow, a harsh word, sin of course means “to miss the mark” and when you fail at your resolution you have missed the mark. The result of missing the mark, James, says you fall into condemnation. What can be heavier than you condemning yourself.

Condemnation opens the door to so much more, we believe we have failed, therefore what good is it to try again. Condemnation pronounces us a guilty, therefore deserving the sentence of the condemned, the harshest sentence of a condemned person is the death sentence.  Do not be fooled if the enemy can find a way into your heart he will what he can to destroy. That is his resolution and he is very determined to fulfill it. 1 Peter 5:8 King James Version (KJV) 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: John 10:10 King James Version (KJV) 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Your resolution should be to live that life that Christ says He came to give you here. We must define condemnation of self or the enemy which differs from the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Condemnation always leads to feelings of guilt which digs a deeper and ever deeper hole making it difficult to get out of.  Conviction on the other hand bring us to repentance and forgiveness so we can be restored to peace and joy and return to God’s favor.

Condemned people become obsessed with the sentence of their failure, they begin to speak the sentence into their lives and of course we know the law of fulfillment, the spoken word will gain the desired result. They allow their ego to get in the way, look however at an acronym for the word EGO.

E-easing

G-God

O-out

The guilty always eases God out of their lives believing that the condemnation comes from Him. Yet it is satan that condemns and God who convicts, conviction leads to life, condemnation leads to death.

Seriously,” aren’t you getting a little too heavy, its just a New Year’s resolution?”  No, because this shows character, if we learn to speak and keep our word over this part of our life, we will do the same over all parts of our lives. There are stories after stories I could tell of how people fell greatly in their lives by becoming condemned by their own words.

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.

It is condemnation, that will not allow us to feel like the winners at times, even when the Word declares us to be.  Condemnation calls us a failure so we speak as one, conviction will form is into winners and most winners know they are winners.  They rely on the facts and not on their feelings.  Usually, when they win is when they’ve pressed themselves to a point where their feelings cannot shape their thoughts.  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. They can change within seconds, you can’t pay your bills so you feel down, then a check comes in the mail and you feel excited and relieved, but feelings had no bearing on the result, Just as you felt in gaining the result.

So let’s examine the life cycle of being a winner and not living in condemnation. Joshua 1:6-9, King James Version (KJV) “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 stay in the Word of God, to develop what they have been born with, born again that is. When you were born again, you were given the strength of Christ, to never use that strength is tantamount to living a weakly life.  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 to be ”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, yet we listen and do it anyway.  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 the 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. Here is when and why they make their resolution, for here they know that regardless of an attack, they will come through it as the winner.

“Be not afraid”.  Fear will steal all ground gained and place the possessor in a position of lost instead of winning.  Fear is Satans 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,  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.  Notice that all these are the opposite of the meaning of being resolute.

The key to prevent any form of dismay coming upon us is that we must be obedient to God, His leading, 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 are what Satan looks for to capitalize upon so that his weapons of destruction may work they’re worse.  Judges 20:22. King James Version (KJV) “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.” Like minded people, encourage one another, they will not give up holding the place they begin from, on the first day.

Winners, must always exercise patience, without patience, no victory will ever will be possible. Psalms 27:14, King James Version (KJV)  “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. “  Psalms 38:15 King James Version (KJV)  “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 King James Version (KJV)  “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 King James Version (KJV)  “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 King James Version (KJV)  “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.“  When you are on God’s side, know that He is on yours, no need to worry or fear anything. Psalm 118:6 King James Version (KJV) “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 King James Version (KJV) “ 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.”

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.  It is what one uses to formulate a resolution. 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.

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 the fact that 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. If one makes a resolution based on this criteria it is sure to fail.

Emotions? Can our emotions be depended upon so that we may develop a right and true attitude?  Again, the answer would have to be an unchangeable, no.  Why not, because your emotions cannot be trusted by themselves.  They are situational, 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 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.  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 scrutinized 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 package ingredients, we find it say artificial flavoring and no peach was within.  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. 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 upon.  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 a clear and definite answer then and only then can we 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 King James Version (KJV) “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 dependant upon the forces used to change you, but from inside, within the soul and spirit.  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, because I’m right.

James 1:2 King James Version (KJV) “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;” 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 know that if God’s favor is upon us then our attitude toward our situation will be the same as what would God declare it to be.  That should be a part of your resolution.

Temptations, testings and trials, all these will come to attack your attitude.  When we lose our attitude, or lose the truth of the desired 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 be tried by something is not to be defeated and destroyed by 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.  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 too, 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. Is your resolution based on this life style?

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, growing in a life of prosperity, health, deliverance, that you become preserved for the work of the kingdom of God”.

Psalms 51:12, King James Version (KJV) “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit”. With joy and salvation restored in our heart, the gift 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, when asking for the full picture, we will be able to comprehend what is about to take place.  We must “ask”, if we don’t, how then is the answer to come.  If you live with someone, you will ask them to do something or ask them for something, what do they do? They give it to you or perform your request, well, the same holds true for those who live with Christ, He will do it for you, just ask. John 15:7 King James Version (KJV) “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

After we have asked we receive the instruction, then we must be obedient to the instruction.  Many people do not obtain winning attitude because they disobey the instructions they were 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 James1: 8 it says a double minded man is unstable in all his ways.  What’s a double-minded man?  A man 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, then derives or forms 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 in 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.

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.

If our resolution is to work and fulfill what we have spoken then we must have confidence. 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 learn the lesson given us in Hebrews 11:6 King James Version (KJV) “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.” Here there is no option, here we find six things we must do.

  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. c/f 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 having fellowship with the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:1-6 King James Version (KJV) “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.”

So with a winning attitude we can go forth and formulate our resolution, we have sought God, heard from Him and given serious thought and contemplation to what that resolution will be, so we;

Write it down, then place the definition of resolute behind it. Habakkuk 2:2 King James Version (KJV) “And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Isn’t a resolution nothing more than a vision, it absolutely is, so, write it down.

Make it easy, anything in faith is acquired by growth, take small step they will becomes large and many. Same with your resolution, apply faith to it keeping it easy to stay in faith.

Show self-compassion, compassion is defined as, to experience what another undergoes and having the power to change it. When he struggle comes have compassion upon yourself, turn the struggle over to God (you live with Him) because He has the power to change.

Stick with it, one study says it takes 21 days to form a habit, once it’s a habit it is easier to keep at it.

Keep track, then you know your victories, even small ones (which is what you’ll have mostly) help to keep you going in the correct direction. Faith keeps score, for we live from faith to faith. Proverbs 28:20A King James Version (KJV) “A faithful man shall abound with blessings:”

Accept no loopholes or short cuts, these lead to a weakening of faith and missing the goal of the resolution.

Remember why you made your resolution,  the battles you have had, which were the reasons you made the resolution, read again and again the vision. Hebrews 10:32 King James Version (KJV) “But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;” And won!

 

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JOY TO THE WORLD

Joy, To The World

tis the season

So it’s Christmas, the time for good tidings and joy to all men. So we are all to have good “feeling” about everyone and most things right? Wrong. We like to quote Luke 2:10 King James Version (KJV) “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”  Yet do we understand what Christams really means, first it’s good news, not fake news, “Glad-tidings” occurs in the King James Version in the translation of the verb euaggelizo, “to tell good news”  so that good news we now know was the birth of Christ, God’s Annointed One, He who would bring to the world the freedom that had long bound it. Happiness is an emotion and temporary; joy is an attitude of the heart. Joy is not temporal but eternal. However they walk hand in hand, many scriptures refer to the happiness

The angles came and declared that good news, “tidings of great joy” Luke 2:10 King James Version (KJV)10  “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” So everybody is happy, right, no, joy is not happiness But you cannot be happy without joy.) So what is it then, just an emotion that comes from time to time? A feeling that gets you through the hardest times? A sensation you get when the time is exactly right? NO, and no again.

Joy is a power force that dwells deep within the spirit of man. It is part of force that spirit draws upon for your daily walk with the Lord. It is powerful part of the Holy Spirit and as the He has His dwelling within you, then you have joy. Galatians 5:22 Amplified Bible (AMP) “22 But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness,” with these “fruit” your daily walk with Christ will always lead you to where you must be, assisting you in every fashion He may to help you deal with whatever you face in the day. Romans 14:17 Amplified Bible (AMP) 17 for the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking [what one likes], but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

A walk with the Holy Spirit, a life in Christ is how we celebrate Christmas, how we live the life of joy. John 15:7-11 King James Version (KJV) 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.” Here we find that joy is tied to the walk of Christ, living and speaking His words, having the power to ask for what ever  is needful and knowing that we shall receive exactly what we have asked for.  If you ever wanted the keys to never failing, well, here there are laid out for you. The way to a successful life as stated above”

  1. Abide
  2. Ask
  3. Speak
  4. Give
  5. Receive
  6. Walk a strife free life, a love walk.

Romans 15:13 King James Version (KJV)

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.

The walk into joy is not difficult it is a but a few steps away, and every person should have a great desire to achieve this walk above any other. So lets look a little deeper into that walk.

As we have stated the first key is “Abide”, let’s go back to the Gospel of John chapter 15 and begin, well, at the beginning. John 15:1-4 King James Version (KJV) 15 “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.” We may believe we know what the word abide may mean or how it is defined, but lets take a look at nevertheless, one meaning is: to remain stable or fixed in a state, never wavering. This is exactly what our life should be to obtain the joy of the Lord, stable in our walk with Him. We trust in the Lord, therefore we know that our trust never goes unrewarded, in fact that is the “legal” definition of the word abide, “to act or behave in accordance with or in obedience to” so then, if we trust in the Lord, we act and behave in accordance to His Word. Proverbs 3:5-6 King James Version (KJV) 5” Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Jesus says in verse 10 to abide in Him is to keep His commandments (the legal definition) so what are His commandments that we must keep? He only gave one, so we need keep but one. That one, is to Love. John 13:34 King James Version (KJV) 34 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” Abiding requires but this one law.  This walk is as close as the words on the tip of your tongue, you need but ask and by faith you shall receive it.  John 14:12-15 King James Version (KJV) 12 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. 15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

So to to live joy, remember we are not talking about a feeling or an emotion we are talking about a powerful tool that the Holy Spirit places within our spirit so that we may have all that Christ has given to us already. Yes, not in some sweet by and by, but for this very moment in life. That is why the next key is so important, if you want it now, he just showed you to ask, and you shall receive, then speak words that show you have it. Don’t walk by how you feel, but rather by the fact that it is yours now. That is the love walk, it always speaks that which it desires, even the three words “I love you” hide the bad and ugly and see the good and beautiful.  Like we said that was the one commandment Jesus said to live by, love, therefore, that is all that should proceed from your mouth. Speak the Word and so shall you speak what is needful to your situation, Jesus called it sowing the Word.

Mark 4:14-20 King James Version (KLV) 14 “The sower soweth the word.  And these are they by the wayside, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.  And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.  And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceirfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. And these are they which are sown upon good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirty fold, some sixty, and some an hundred.”

And what we want to get is the optimum return.  We want to get the hundred fold.  When it comes to Joy, the good ground is your heart , so you must prepare your heart to receive the word, right?  A farmer just doesn’t go out, throw the seed on the ground and thinks it will grow, no, he prepares the soil first to receive not only the seed but everything that will allow that seed to grow.

First, he plows the ground, ridding it of anything that will hinder the seed from taking root and producing that hundred fold return. So too we must plow our heart and rid it of anything that may hinder the seed of the word from working therein, is there, anger, hate, resentment, greed or any other such seed killing thing therein, clear it out, for your harvest is about to take root.

Your seed (the Word) now planted in good soil begins to grow, we don’t how, we can’t see it, but it is growing, keep speaking the word over it. Just because it is not visible (yet) doesn’t mean it isn’t growing and producing a yield.

Now, look at the stage two.  That means that the plant is in the ground and it’s starting to sprout.  Stage 2 is the plant has come through, shot through the ground and is now subject to the attack of whatever; insects, grasshoppers, bugs, birds, whatever.  It is subject to attack.

And the farmer goes on the offensive, what he will do is go out and he’ll spray the crop, right?  Even though the plants are just barely showing through and are weak at this stage, to prevent something like weeds from coming in, he grows forth and goes on the attack protecting his tender plants. So too must we, attack (with the Word) anything that comes against your seed in your heart. Of course, once this has been done, it is not the end.

Some think they don’t have to take care of that anymore.  “I don’t have a responsibility to that any longer” they say.  They forget the ground they are sowing into is their heart.  That’s the ground.  So as the ground is your heart, then it is you who stills have the responsibility to watch over your heart.  Correct? You have to, if you take the farmer’s analogy, you have to spray that crop, you have to make sure that that crop will sprout and grow and grow a good crop within your heart.  And of course we understand too, that as soon as that crop begins to show itself, (we are in verse 15), these that are by the wayside where the word is sown and when they have heard it satan comes immediately to take away the word that was sown in their hearts.

Satan comes at once, as soon as the little plant shoots its little head up right?  How many people know that, how many know that as soon as that plant shoots it’s little head up bang! Something is there waiting to destroy.  The bugs want to get at it, animals and other enemies want to get at it.  Same thing in the in the ground of your heart, as soon as that plant shoots up its little head up satan wants to get at it and destroy it.

John 10:10 King James Version (KJV) 10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

He wants to destroy it before it has a chance to fulfil its purpose.  That’s the way it works with the planted Word as well.  As soon as it is sown within your heart the enemy comes immediately to take it away.  Well, we want to learn what does it take to spray that crop to protect it in your heart?  What kind of insecticides can we use to keep the enemy away? Right?  What kind of treatment can we give that plant?  What is our fertilizer that is going to protect that plant and cause it to grow? Is it called Miracle Grow?  Yes.  They put that fertilizer, Miracle Grow all around their plants and they get these great big huge tomatoes. Or they get cucumbers 3 feet long , that is what we want to do we want to get the same Miracle Grow power into our heart.   And where does that come from?  Obviously the Miracle Grow power comes from the Miracle Maker, Jesus Christ, and that comes through his word. So let’s take a look at some of the types of fertilizer we are going to use on our plants.

Some of the Miricale growing Word we are going to spray our plant with begins in Deuteronomy 28  remember, this is to protect our plant and keep it growing, make sure the enemy stays off of it.  It is how do we spray our plant, with the words we speak.

Deuteronomy 28:1-4, 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: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. Blessed shalt thou ve in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and thr furit of thy ground, and the fruit of they cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of they sheep.

If you want to bring that down you can say verse 3 is wherever I go I’m blessed.  Verse 4 is my family is blessed. My home is blessed and my job is blessed.

Verse 5 says: Blessed shall be they basket and thy store.

My cupboards are blessed.  I have sufficient and more in my cupboards.

Verse 6: Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

I can’t move without getting blessed.  However, if I move, whatever I do the blessing of God will come upon me. When you think of the very first thing God spoke to man was the blessing. Although that is entire different study, the blessing of God rests in His anointing and suffice to say now is, Jesus is the anointed of the Lord, and He lives in my heart, yours too.

Verse 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.

Well the enemy is satan and when you start putting this word forth, when you start to spray him with that fertilizer, he is going to run.  He’s has to get out of there.  Have you ever taken an insecticide and sprayed a bug with it?  Did you see how they react?   If they could split their bodies and go seven ways they would, ture?  You’ve seen the commercials on T.V.  RAID ok?  Here is the RAID to use to protect your heart.  When satan comes up against you the word of God is what you use against him.  He can’t handle that.  You spray him with the word of God and he will run seven ways.

Verse 8: The Lord shall command this is a command, the Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, now those are your bank accounts and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

Verse 9   11: 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. And all the people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee.

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.

Now that is a repeat.  Whenever there is a repeat statement in the word of God you not only trust it, you can bank on it. God wants you to realize that this in your heart, becomes reality.  I not only said this once, I’ll say it again so that you get a hold of it, get a grip on it.

Verse 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.

Verse 13: And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only.

…underline, asterisk, bracket that word “only” when life’s circumstances come against you, you should be above only.  You shouldn’t be reply wrong when asked, “how are you doing?” “Not too bad under the circumstances.”  What are you doing under the circumstances?  You belong on top of the circumstances.  That’s when you are in control.  God is looking down and he sees you from a position even if you don’t.  He sees you where he is, on top of the circumstance,in control of the situation because he stands by his word and that word has been placed within your heart, therefore you shall be above only, and you shall not be beneath…  If thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:

Verse 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.

Now that’s just one example of the power of the spray that we are using.  That fertilizer, that word of God that we are putting on our plants.  Once that plant has been sown into the ground, it becomes our responsibility to watch out over and to begin to believe God to expect a return.  When we plant a seed in the ground we expect a seed to come up.

Look at the bamboo tree, when they plant bamboo trees they still expect them to come up.  But they are slow in coming, they need a lot of patience.  The farmer may go out year after  year, he goes out and there is nothing, what does he do?.Gives it another year.

He comes back the next year and nothing.  Better give it another year and come back the third year and still nothing.  He comes back the fourth year and still nothing.  Now most Christians would be digging that plant up by now and saying this word stuff don’t work.  It is worthless, look at that, I planted it 4 years ago and I still haven’t received anything.  I come back year after year, now its the fifth year, and see, I told you, it doesn’t work, still nothing.

But you know in the sixth year that Bamboo will grow 40 feet high. Forty feet.  Then year after year after year the plant will just keep shooting up.  Why?  Because for five years, it shot down and built itself up a strong root system,  by planting the word of God into your ground (which is your heart) you are constantly causing your plant to shoot down and build the strong root system.

If you will allow patience to work you will have what does the word say, you’ll be entire, wanting nothing, lacking nothing.  But you must allow that plant to grow.  So we have to continue to spray it.

Let’s take a look at some of the other parts of our mixture in our spray.

Joshua 1:6 8, Be strong and of good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. 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. 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.

Who causes this to go forth from your mouth?  You do!  You plant it inside of you and you speak it forth.  It is your responsibility to take care of your ground.

Psalm 1 King James Version (KJV) 1 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. 4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

The Word of God is the most powerful resource on the face of the Earth to take care of the plant, that plant of course is what you seeded within your heart. Once you’ve planted it, you must speak the word over it to get a return on it. Remember the return is never a one for one return, it is always greater, Mark 4 says the return can be 30% or maybe it’s 60% and even 100%. It really will be the greatest investment you have ever made.

Mark 4 also shows it won’t be easy, there will be out and out attacks on you, there will be all manner of attack on you to destroy that little seed, but, for God strength living within, the strength He calls the joy of the Lord, that little seed grows into a great producing plant. (Be sure to Mark 4:10-20)

Psalms 35:27

Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favor my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, …let them say continually does it say let them say and forget it?  Let them say it today and forget it tomorrow?  Let them say it today and let them say tomorrow that it doesn’t work?  It says let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which has pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

So I guess if you’re not saying you are not his servant. People have a hard time when they are told in Deuteronomy 26 to speak to the Lord:  Look down from your holy habitation in heaven and bless us your me.  Yet he says let them say it continually, let them say let the Lord be magnified who has pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. Speak, and say, speak, and say, why does the Lord “demand” that from you, because you believe what comes out of your mouth before you will believe anyone else. You must speak this over and over and over, in fact, that is exactly what scripture tells you to do. Psalm 35:27 King James Version (KJV) 27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. Job 36:11 King James Version (KJV) 11 If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

How do you get God to have pleasure in you?  By speaking, saying, and doing what He tells you to do.  It’s not by being poor!  No!  Poverty does not bring pleasure to God.  Riches do not bring pleasure to God.  Prosperity brings pleasure to God.  There is a huge difference in the three.  There are many rich people today, many billionaires who are not prosperous people.  They have a lot of money, but that’s all they have.  They are miserable, sickly, and pathetic.  Poverty is the same way it never, bring pleasure to the Lord. Money, or the lack of does not make you joyful. Prosperity, total 100% prosperity, will cause joy inside you, if you believe that prosperity is just money and how much of you have, then you are confused and need to study deeper into what God calls prosperity.

Proverbs 3:1 10 King James Version (KJV) My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes:  fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

God is interested in you being prosperous.  He is interested in you looking after that plant that’s beginning to shoot its head up out of the ground saying ‘help me, help me, spray me, protect me, keep the enemy off me, help me’ that’s what you are doing.  You are protecting that plant, causing the enemy to keep away.  One more scripture before we move.

III John 1:2 King James Version (KJV) “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” Beloved, that’s you, that’s me, beloved, that’s what God calls us, beloved, I wish above all things that thou may do what, prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers. If your soul is not prospering, any other kind of prosperity will not come.  How do you prosper your soul, where is your soul, what is your soul.  The heart of man is your soul.  Where did you plant your plant?  Within the heart of man.  How do you prosper your soul? By watching over what you place within your heart.  How do you get saved?  Believe in your heart and confess with your mouth and so shall you be saved.  It all happens in the heart, be watchful of it, be sure you speak it out your mouth. It is the same way with the seeds of joy you have planted.  You plant it within your heart, you speak the word of God over it and you watch over it. Think of it as an insecticide for your plants.

If then, this is our insecticide, if this mixture of the Word of God becomes our insecticide that we spray over our plants, constantly, continually the word said.  All the time. When circumstances show their ugly face you speak the word continually, over those circumstances.  Nothing less.  “Oh, I don’t know how I’m ever going to get out of this one, this mess.”  Speak the word.  Speak the word, believe the word. Don’t settle for anything else, never compromise the Word of God for that circumstance.  You’ll cheat yourself and you will rob others.  So our plant is coming up.  It’s growing.  This is the insecticide that we’ve mixed all up and we are ready to spray over it.  Hebrew 11:1-6 King James Version (KJV)  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. 5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 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.

When we talk about hope relating to this topic we are talking about the rewarder part.  Yet what is this? It’s faith, faith is many different things.  Faith is the machinery that pulls the insecticide sprayer.  Faith is what activates the Word that you speak. If the word doesn’t come alive in your heart, it won’t do you any good whatsoever.  If it’s not real, what good is it?  If it doesn’t happen with inside here, you can confess till you are blue in the face or green in the face, it is not going to make one bit of difference. You can go around confessing, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  If you haven’t made that scripture alive inside of your heart, then you can’t do swat, and you won’t.  If it is just coming out of your head, it doesn’t mean anything.  It must come out of your heart, because that is where the ground is.  That is where it has been planted and that is where the seeds are.  That’s where the plants are growing up from.  Right?  So faith is the substance of things hoped for.  That is the first thing you must know and believe.

  1. Hebrew 11:1 Faith is the substance of things hoped for. The energizing force that causes the desire to come into existence.  Faith is the energizing force that causes the desire to come into existence.
  2. Faith is the evidence of things not seen. Well, that is real easy to understand.  If we go and plant a seed in the ground, then we do not see that seed anymore, do we?  It’s gone.  Yet we have faith that that seed is going to germinate, it’s going to grow and a plant will come up, therefore we will get a crop. We do not automatically assume that.  We know that.  So we must do the same thing in the spiritual realm? When we take a seed, we plant it in our heart, we know that immediately that it will take root and grow, it will if you plant it that way.  If not, it won’t.

Faith is the energizing force that causes the desire to come into existence.  And B, it’s the confirmation or proof of that which remains unseen, so far. We don’t go out and dig it up to see if it is growing. We know it is growing.  We know in a short time there will be a plant, that will yield a crop and then we can eat from it.

  1. It’s the creative power of divine works. Hear it again, it’s the creative power of divine works.  In Genesis 1:11 we saw that the power of life of the seed is within itself.  That’s a divine work.  That seed was created by God divinely.  The seed that you plant within your heart, if you have watched over it and planted it the way you have been taught to plant it, it will a divine work.  So faith is C, the creative power of a divine work.  Trust that law.  That’s a law of God, trust it,  put your hope in it.
  2. Hebrews 11:4 faith testifies to the power of the word and the works of God. Faith testifies to the power of the word and the works of God.  We know from Romans 10:8 that the power of the word coming out of our mouth will create faith within our heart and the desired things does take place.

You are always speaking to things whether you know it or  not, so why not speak the Word to it, really according to Isaiah 55:11 when you speak to things you are speaking into existence power.  You are either giving the angels or the enemy legal right to act.  Isaiah 55:11 King James Version (KJV) 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.”   Do you speak to your circumstances that way? Do you tell them to go? Well, that sounds pretty ridiculous.  So what!  So is the circumstance you are in, isn’t it ridiculous? It is not falling in line with the word of God, so speak to it, tell it to leave.  Do it with authority.  Be thou removed and cast into the sea and shall not doubt in your heart, AS Isaiah says, it’s gone, and done, when it returns it has accomplished its purpose. Send it into that soil where the seed has

Be specific in what you pray.  Know what you want.  Know your desire, it says here, therefore I say unto you whatsoever things you desire when you pray, believe that you receive them and ye shall have them.  What did you plant, that is your desired crop, when you plant apples you do not desire a crop of carrots, no, you want apples. So when you use your faith, stay with what you are believing for, do not vacillate, stay with what you have planted in order to receive exactly that,. That is your part of your insecticide spraying machinery that is spraying away the works of the enemy.  Faith is making a way when there is no way. Faith is putting within you an ability where there didn’t seem to be an ability.  Faith testifies to the power of the word of God.

  1. Go back to Hebrews verse 5. Faith cancels out what the senses are saying will happen.  We can see something about to take place, but faith says otherwise. Faith says no! The word of God says …. we see sickness and disease coming, we can either lie down and get sick or we go with the word of God and say by his stripes I was (am) healed.

You have to stand on the Word of God at all times. It says, “Let them say continually” got that, continually.  Do you think God has any pleasure in that?  You better believe He does!  He is like any father, any children who obey Dad gives dad great pleasure. Faith cancels out what the circumstances or the senses have to say.  Faith refuses to allow the circumstances to take hold.  When those insects come out to destroy your plant, and your senses say my plants are about to be eaten, don’t believe those senses, instead chose to believe the word of God and faith will destroy them.

  1. Hebrews 11:6 Faith is the basis to please God. It says here, without it, it is impossible to please Him.  Without it, it is impossible to please Him.  Do you know what you do when you take your eyes off God and put them on the circumstance?  You are saying to God that the circumstances are bigger than He is, therefore you don’t need him.  If you go with the circumstance you are telling God that He can’t change it.  And therefore I don’t need you God, you are not pleasing to God because you have no faith in him.  That is why that it says without faith it is impossible to please God. Choose to go with faith, not with what you see.  God gets pleasure by his children doing well.  God gets pleasure by his children believing the word.  God gets pleasure by his children prospering.  Didn’t we just read that, “let them say continually, let the Lord be magnified who take pleasure in the prosperity of his servants.”  How do you get that prosperity operating? Through faith.  Plain and simple.
  2. Hebrew 11:7 Faith places its dependence upon the word of God to see its results.  Faith is dependent only on God’s word.  If you say I have faith but you do not put forth the word of God, faith does not have anything to root itself on.  It’s certainly not going to depend on your feelings because they will mess you up real fast. Feeling come, they go, they change in an instant, but those fruits of the spirit they are what sustains faith. Remember, love, joy, peace, etc. depend on those to anchor your faith.  Faith depends on that word of God, and that being spoke aloud   As we said, that herbicide coming forth out of your mouth.  It is dependent on it.  It needs that word to be spoken from your mouth always at all times.

Faith depends on the word of God.  Anything less and faith cannot work.  To use anything less on your fields,  you will get a dead or germ infested or weed infested crop, don’t treat your ground properly you will get weeds coming up, you’ve got the enemy coming as a destroyer.

  1. Hebrews 11:8 Faith knows that the future is bright. Circumstances say one thing but faith knows that the future is bright. Faith knows that God shall supply all the needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  That means the future is bright. Faith knows you can quote that kind of the and say it with boldness and walk into the throne room of God and say Lord you promised.  Then the answer is done, it is settled.  It’s in your heart, finished.  Faith knows that the future is bright.

Do you think if God’s has your future in his hands, that it’s not a bright future.  He is in control?  He says he is going to prosper you not harm you.  I guess there goes the teaching that all the bad stuff comes from God.

  1. Hebrews 11:11 12 Faith sees those things which be not as though they were. You have to do the same thing.  When you plant that seed in the ground, if you plant an apple seed in the ground you don’t have an apple tree, you have an apple seed.  But you have forgotten at once that is a seed, because you just know a tree will come out of the ground, so you say you have an apple tree, that seed is an apple tree.  You do not plant, that in the ground and say I’ve got apple seeds, you plant it in the ground and say I’m going to have an apple tree. I am going to have apples for many years to come.  Why?  Because you believe that seed to be an apple tree.  Right?  That is what faith does.  When you sow in faith into an area in your life, count it has done.  It sees those things that be not as though they were.  It’s a finished deal.

 

J Hebrews 11: 17 19  Faith is our assurance in God that he fulfills his promises and keeps them. Faith shows Jehovah as the great I am.  Jehovah means what?  The God of the covenant, who keeps his promises. If it’s in His Word, then, it is a covenant between God and us, he is going to keep it. Are you? Faith does that, keep covenant.  Faith has complete confidence in that covenant. It is the assurance that God will keep his promises. Romans 8:35 -39 you can cross reference that.  It says there is nothing that can separate us from the love which is in Christ Jesus.  Nothing!  That is covenant, a covenant of faith, our assurance that nothing will be able to change, extract, eradicate, that covenant.

  1. Hebrews 11:20 31 Faith has complete confidence in the answer coming. To faith, it is inconceivable that the answer would not come. To those who walk by faith, it is totally inconceivable that it won’t happen.  Just as I know that I know that I know, an apple tree will sprout out of the ground because I planted apple seeds, I know that whatever I have planted from the Word will also spring forth.  It’s settled.  It is done.  I will show, are you saved, is name written in the book of Life? It is settled, right.  It’s a done deal.  You know you are going.  How?  By faith.  So take the same faith and apply it to all the other promises of God and it will work for you. That is what it is designed to do.  Ephesians 3:12 King James Version (KJV) In whom we boldness and access with confidence by faith of him.

Believe, and say, “I know God that you are going to do it.”  Whatever your need may be, if comes from God and you have seeded for it then consider it done.  I have every confidence in you.  The answer is done.

  1. Hebrews 11: 32 12:2 Faith is the stimulus that causes the plant to grow. What do we call this a herbicide, and insecticide that we are spraying on our plant?  Well, this is the stimulus that causes the plant to grow. Faith quickens, vitalizes, arouses the plant into activity to grow and to bring forth the fruit desired. Faith excites the plant and causes a great expectancy in the plant so that it can push forth through the ground, have you ever thought about that?  You know that little tiny tender plant has to push its head through the ground, it’s been rained on, probably, been walked on, animals and insects have come and attacked it, it’s had a hard life and what is more it’s got to push its head through the ground. But faith vitalizes it and causes it to come alive and shoot up through that hard ground.  It wants to get to that sunlight to grow and to quickly fulfil itself.
  2. In Hebrews 10:38 Faith is the life blood of the just. To draw back or withdraw from faith is to give God displeasure. We better look at that Hebrews 10:38 “Now the just shall live by faith” who’s the just? I am the just, you are.  The just shall live by faith, you are the just, if you operate faith the way we have been describing it.  The just shall live by faith.

“But if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.”  Draw back from what?  Draw back from God, draw back from faith.  Withdraw my statements of faith, say something foolish like “I knew it wouldn’t work anyway.”  “Oh, that works for Pastor Ron and Dianna but it won’t work for me. “ Then, you are drawing back from faith, God says and he has no pleasure in you and therefore faith won’t work in you. If you get God’s against you then you can’t expect anything to work.  Right?  If you draw back from faith, it says he doesn’t have pleasure with you. We found out that it is faith he has pleasure in you, that through faith he has great pleasure in you. He takes delight in you.  That’s when faith inspired prosperity comes it gives him pleasure and you get prosperity through faith. Yet if you withdraw from faith he has no pleasure in you.  You need to get forgiveness quickly and get back to faith and start walking by it. Faith is the life blood of the just, to draw back or withdraw from faith is to give God displeaure.

Just as photosynthesis is what causes a plant to get its energy and to grow, the word of God sown in faith causes the just to grow and the Son provides the just with the energy to grow.  The Son is Jesus, He causes the energy within you to grow, to those who believe will receive all that faith can do.

  1. Ephesians 6:16 “And above all, taking the shield of faith wherein ye are able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” Here we are talking about the armor or God.  It says the shield of faith.  What does the shield of faith do?  The shield of faith protects you or your plant from harm. The shield of faith protects you from the cold bite of the enemy.  The arrows of the enemy.  The shield of faith makes your life a lot easier. The shield of faith guards the heart just as it guards the seed where it’s sown in the heart.  It guards the seed, it guards the heart. It guards both.  Just as many farmers spray their crops, they have to do that with a powerful herbicide, it’s a powerful concentrate of poison isn’t it?  If you were to take a glass full of that or get it on you, it could burn you,  it could probably kill you. But once it is diluted and sprayed across those plants it helps those plants.  It keeps them, protects them. Right?  Well the same way with faith, you see the farmers wearing these funny little moonwalking suits, with masks over their faces, they don’t want to breath in any of that stuff.  But they are protecting their plants. You need to wear a funny little moonwalking suit and face protectants.  What is that?  That means the armor of God.  You are putting on the armor of God. You are taking the shield of faith to come against your land to protect your plant. So that when the enemy comes agains you you have already looked after it.  It’s a done deal.

Isaiah 54:17 says no weapon formed against me shall prosper and every tongue that rises against me in judgement I shall condemn this is the heritage of the servant of the Lord.

Faith is our guarantee.  Remember that a guarantee is said to be only as good as what it is written upon. Right?  Guarantee is only as good as it’s written upon or the person who will honor it.  Faith’s guarantee is written on the word of God. It has been written on the blood of Jesus, it is sealed with the broken body of Jesus and through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Our faith in God will provide the things hoped for when we apply it this way.  Amen?

Hebrews 12:2 King James Version (KJV) 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

It was the spiritual force of JOY that let Jesus go through he endured so that you and the Father could have the powerful relationship you have now. His joy is yours, take it, run with it, use it to overcome all that may be against you. John 15:11 King James Version (KJV) 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. John 16:24 King James Version (KJV) 24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

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The Cross, Its Blessings, They Are In You

They Are In You

Grade two, do you remember yours, I certainly remember mine, in fact, it was so interesting I decided to stay there for a second year. Life during those two years of grade two was hard, harsh, lonely, hurtful and full of hurt. Yet I believe that one of the greatest events of my life happen in grade two.  As a Jehovah’s Witness we were required to remain out in the hallway of our classroom while the morning exercises were taking place, the Lord’s Prayer, the singing of the national anthem, God Save The Queen, a scripture reading, daily announcements and then the singing of a hymn.

One day before school had begun once again, I had been beaten, actually this day tied to a fence near the school and whipped until I bled with weeping willow branches, (both the tree and I cried that day.) It is very hard for a young seven year to understand why he is hated for his religion but even more difficult for that little one to be brutally beaten day after day. We hear today very much about bullying in the media, being bullied would have been far better than what I endured during my years at C.R. Judd in Caperol . But as horrible as these years were (and still they would become worse), something would occur that not only would give me the power to endure, but would be the seed for something of far greater and be the most important event in my life. So this day began like so many others (not well) as soon as the teacher dismissed me out to the hallway, I began to cry for I knew that soon recess would be here and that meant a time of hiding and avoiding others are suffering another beating. The principal came on the PA system and began the morning exercises, “Let’s all stand for the Lords Prayer, now all sing God save the Queen. Now open your Gideon bibles Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. Now finally please turn in your hymn books and let us sing George Bernards The Old Rugged Cross.

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,

The emblem of suffering and shame;

And I love that old cross where the dearest and best

For a world of lost sinners was slain.

Refrain

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,

Till my trophies at last I lay down;

I will cling to the old rugged cross,

And exchange it some day for a crown.

O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,

Has a wondrous attraction for me;

For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above

To bear it to dark Calvary.

Refrain

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,

A wondrous beauty I see,

For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,

To pardon and sanctify me.

Refrain

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;

Its shame and reproach gladly bear;

Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away,

Where His glory forever I’ll share.

Refrain (Copywrite. George Bernard 1913)

 

(Hear Dallas Holm’s version at: bibleshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfziScGwdkg&feature=related)

When this song ended, I shook, something very deep within me had occurred and I knew that I knew I was changed. All the hurt and hateful emotions I had for my tortures seemed healed and I knew that God now had something very important for me to do. I was only eight but I knew I was changed. That Cross had something to do with it and I would spend many years seeking what. A difficult task to say the least for a person who was being raised in a faith that does not believe in the cross or the power therein.

The Cross is not just a Christian symbol that has become “as the song says” so despised by the world, but it is in fact the very essence of Christianity. For without the deeds of what took place upon the cross, Christianity would not be.  The Cross was the very plan of God, a secret held only to the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:7-9 (NKJV) 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

The Devil and all his hordes could not, would not be able to cease the plan that God had placed in motion on the Cross to provide life eternal to those who would choose Him as their Lord and Saviour. Becoming born again into a brand new life in Him.

I Peter 1:3-5; 18-23 (NIV):

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 

18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

 22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

Colossians 1:15-17

15Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  16For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

“By Him all things consist” nothing exists except through Jesus, He is not only the one who has redeemed us but He is God. From this one scripture we see that nothing can be except through Him.  Here Paul tells of many realms and that fact that all realms are created realms, none can be without the power of Christ holding them together. As we see in John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2The 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.  4In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Take special note of the words “In Him was life” In Him the life that Jesus wanted to give was one of victory over the works of Satan, one of health and healing, prosperity so He placed that “In Him” then via the cross He placed that life “in us”.  John 10:10, The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

This life could come to us, but by only one way, that of the cross. The cross that Jesus gave His life for foiled  the plans of the devil and brought to us the plan of redemption in our very beings. 1 Corinthians 2:8-12,  8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  9But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  10But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  12Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. The Cross becomes the symbol that the enemy hates the very most, it is the reason so much opposition is made against.

The cross contains some very powerful freedoms for us. Beyond marking time BC (before the cross) and AD (after death upon the cross)

                                 The Works and Words of The Cross         

Upon the cross, Jesus, gave His life as ransom for many – Matthew 20:28  Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Mk 10:45; For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.  I Tim. 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. This word “ransom” is used twice in the New Testament and carries with it the following meanings, 1) the price for redeeming, ransom, a) paid for slaves, captives, b) for the ransom of life, 2) to liberate many from the misery and the penalty of their sins. So we find liberty, freedom, from the enemies of God and ourselves, but freedom too from that which torments us inside. How great was the price that Jesus paid upon the Cross for this freedom, the ransom paid, no longer are we slaves to the whims of hose who desire only death and destruction for our lives. John 10:10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. The ransom paid, the life abundant now ours, take hold of it and enjoy.

This redemption from death, hell and grave was hid from Satan and he could not see what was about to walk into his realm and bring utter destruction to him and his hordes. Hosea 13:14   I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes. The Cross was the tool from which Jesus would bring such destruction, take a look at swords of the time. Shaped like the Cross so any who would wield it would bring the same destruction that Jesus brought against the devil upon the Cross.

We know that the Word of God is referred to as the Sword of God.  Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. As Jesus walked into hell with the Sword of God He absolutely knew He could not fail and brought destruction upon the very enemy who would torment those for whom He had just paid the ransom price for.  So we need but adorn ourselves with the amour of God and Satan see Jesus and trembles with the memory of that day the ransom was paid and therefore he flees, seeing only the armor knowing not who wears it, it is God’s and that is sufficient for him.  Ephesians 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

From the cross Jesus exclaimed, “It is finished” – John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. In the Greek translated here these three words are actually only the one “finished” the work of redemption now complete, freedom for all who would choose to partake therein. The fight for man now complete and completely won. Justice served, the price paid, no longer could any charge God or any of His followers with the cost of anything that was lost at man’s fall.

All that was lost at the fall of Adam was regained in one word uttered by Jesus, finished, now the plan of restoration could begin and man could be bold to enter into the place that they could not go before the Cross, the very throne room of God. Prayer now became what God had lost with Adams fall, fellowship.

The heart of God for man is fellowship, His desire is just to meet with and walk and talk with you and I. Given that Jesus is everything and that He created all things (that means you and I) and in Him all exists then this fellowship is utterly important to us as to Him. John 1:1-6 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend [a] it. (NKJV) Colossians 1:16-18 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (NKJV)

The answer to everything is within the fellowship you have with Him and if it had not been for the death of Him upon the Cross then that fellowship would never, could never have happened. You have a father who freely gave up that which He loved most so that you may be brought into that same level as Jesus on the throne, that you may have the most intimate fellowship with God, far beyond that which you may have had with any other. 1 Corinthians 1:8-9 who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (NKJV) truly finished was the plan to bring you back to God and great was the cost that Jesus paid for the completion of that plan upon the cross.

Paul uses the word “cross” to refer to “finished work” of God in Christ. What is it that is finished but the extracting of the power that flowed from the cross to us. 1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God And what power it is this, it is the Greek word Dunamis which carries the following meaning:

1) Strength power, ability

2) Inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth

3) Power for performing miracles

4) Moral power and excellence of soul

5) The power and influence which belong to riches and wealth

6) Power and resources arising from numbers

7) Power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts

The power of the Cross brings to us the victory over the enemy, it brings strength to us when we are weak, it infuses the Love of God upon our hearts and raises us up to the highest places both on earth and in heaven. Ephesians 3:14-20  For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Now look to definition number 2, (Inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth) the very nature of the Cross was torture and death but the power of that brought to us the best in life. First Jesus endures that horrible scrouging, one lash for every disease known to man (we are the healed see a list at https://chefk.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/angels-watching-over-me/) Isaiah 53:5
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. (NKJV) The power of the Cross was the freedom the conclusion of our newer more abundant life. Look at this verse in context from the Message Bible (MSG) Isaiah 53:2-6 The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,  a scrubby plant in a parched field. There was nothing attractive about him, nothing to cause us to take a second look. He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away. We looked down on him, though the was scum. But the fact is, it was our pain she carried— our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us. We thought he brought it on himself,  that God was punishing him for his own failures. But it was our sins that did that to him,  that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed. We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him.

This power touched the heart of a grade two student banned from partaking in a song, yet the song and the message of it still reached in and tugged on a small heart which would lead to a redemption of a soul, a life, 12 years later. I could not escape that experience many times I would think of this experience and wonder, yet no one would explain the cross to me in discussions.

The power of the cross is locked in our hearts and cannot be taken away from us in fact we find there are certain molecules within our body that cause each cell to adhere the other actually shaped like the cross. That molecule is called “laminin” and is described as part of a family of proteins that “hold us together.” Websters Medical Dictionary defines it as a “glycoprotein that is a component of connective tissue basement membrane and that promotes cell adhesion.” Take a look,

Is it possible at creation that God knew that the power of the Cross would be required so He implanted us with it? Look at the right hand side illustration, you have three strands interwoven around a fourth, a great way to look at this is God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) interwoven around you, becoming impossible for you to be separated from the Love of God. Right into the your very being, held completely together by the power of the Cross. Read again Colossians 1:12-20 then get ready to shout for this is the power of the Cross. We need to be totally convicted of this truth so much so that it is impossible for anything to divide on this power, on this love. Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The crucifixion of Jesus upon the cross draws us into a life that frees us from all sin, sickness, disease and like our laminin molecule we are held together in spirit to Jesus. Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Think about all that is unholy, unworthy, and unwanted, that which brings you into a state without joy, hope or what may be good and healthy for you. Then think that all this destruction was nailed to the Cross in the body of Jesus and there he destroyed it all, crying aloud “FINISHED”.

Notice Paul lets us know when this life is to be lived, now, in the flesh, not when we get to heaven, or in some sweet by and by, but right now. Just as the laminin holds us together in the body, the crucifixion holds us together in life to live in this body. Your faith in God is what ignites the power to perform what is required when it is required.

caduesus

Another view of the laminin molecule (and that of the Cross) could be an example of the doctors symbol known as the caduceus.

Caduceus Symbol of Medicine, is a connection that can be traced back to 1902, when the U.S. Army adopted the caduceus as the insignia of its Medical Corps, which had previously used the cross. The symbol was first representative of wisdom, eloquence, and communication, thus became the common logo for those in the health profession.

In Numbers 21 we see how Moses was instructed by God to create what may be considered the beginning of the caduceus, a serpent wrapped around a pole which brought life to an inflicted person. 8 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

roman helmet

The pole of the caduceus is representative of an individual (you and me).  On the top is a round helmet. Helmets were of course worn as protection, the easiest killing blow comes against the head thus the helmet provided a measure of protection against such blows. The killing blow stopped by a helmet meant one was saved from death thus salvation was earned. Life gained, the ability to live on and fight to victory. Greek and Roman helmets often had metal covering most of the face. This was to protect the nose, cheeks and temples but still provide visibility during combat.

Scripture admoshes us to take the whole armour of God to face the battles before us, and the helmet of salvation is a very important part of that amrour Ephesians 6:16-18 Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

We mention how the cross looks also like the sword, notice we are to take the sword of the spirit, a powerful sharp sword that can divide the soul from the spirit and do great destruction to the enemy. Our laminin molecule also takes on the same appearance. So the body infused with the power of the cross to do the battles that are required to defeat the works of the enemy.
laminin1For the Romans, the caduceus served as a symbol of moral equilibrium and of good conduct. The wand represents power; the two snakes wisdom; the wings diligence; and the helmet is the emblem of lofty thoughts.

The wings of the caduceus are said to those of the dove the spiritual symbol of Grace. Gods grace, give the ability to to overcome whatever one may be facing. It is strength from which man may draw in a time of great need. The Grace of God is all that sufficient for you. When you face hardships, or that which seemly just won’t leave you. Look to the Cross and the Grace of God which come with it.  2 Corinthians 12:8-10  Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (NKJV)

The Greek word for Grace is “Charis” which has these meanings attached to it:

1) Grace, a) that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech

2) Good will, loving-kindness, favor, a) of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues

3) What is due to grace,

  1. a) The spiritual condition of one governed by the power of divine grace
  2. b) The token or proof of grace, benefit
  3. c) A gift of grace
  4. d) Benefit, bounty
  5. e) Thanks, (for benefits, services, favors), recompense, reward

Why would Paul boast in his infirmities because with grace he knew that his victory in these was already complete. How, when Jesus spoke the word Finished upon the Cross. So fly high with the wings of the caduceus since it is the Grace of God which lifts you there.

Charisma, and is also defined as, “a gift of grace.” In ancient Greek, it was a phrase that a conquering general, giving a gift to the people he had just conquered as a symbol of their dependence upon the conqueror, would use. When Christ died upon the Cross He departed into the Satanic realm and utterly defeated death, hell and the grave conquering all that stood in His way. His Charisma gift to us was the ability to also defeat all that those crushed and defeated enemies would throw against us. Paul takes joy in this Grace because he knows it works and it works because of the gifting of that grace.

Powerful are our weapons that we use in the battle against Satan. 2 Corinthians 10:2-5 But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

I sure you have seen the word Grace used as an acronym (Gods Riches At Christs Expense) it is the pouring out of God’s favor upon you because Jesus bought and paid for that favor upon the Cross. It is not God who is against, but Satan.

Who is Really Behind all Your Troubles

 

Who really is behind all your problems in life. Many believe that God is the one who causes things to go wrong. Others believe that although God did not make the problem he certainly knew about it and he should have put a stop to it, but because he did not, it had to be okay by him.

Psalms 46:1-3,   To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.1  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;  3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

How is it that a God who is a help in a time of trouble could possibly be the same one that causes the trouble. Wouldn’t that mean He would be of two minds. Which of course is impossible with God.

The verse says that He is our refuge, this means that He is our escape, haven, resort, retreat, sanctuary and shelter. Which is exactly what one would seek in the midst of trouble, not the source of the trouble.

Notice too, the word “Selah” this word means, stop, wait a moment and contemplate, view the trouble from all points of view. Get a clear picture on the situation before making any kind of decision.

Back in verse 1 the next word we need to examine is the word strength, He is our energy, courage, fortitude, effectiveness, concentration, foundation, and our ability.

“A very present help” always near, why? To enforce His word against the trouble that you are in. But from where will His word proceed, from your mouth of course. If you speak that God has done this trouble to you then how is He going to solve it. For then you will be siding with the one responsible for your problem, Satan.

“Therefore we will not fear”, we are not alone in this problem. God is with us leading and guiding us, what can cause us to fear in the very presence of God? Nothing, Romans 8:37-39 sums it up in another way. We win.

 

Romans 8:37-39 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, 39 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.

So then if it is not God who is responsible for all the problems that we face on the earth today, and if is not God who allows them, then who? The word of God declares the troublemaker to be Satan, the god of this world system. We must understand that there is a difference between an instrument and a culprit.

Mark 8:31-33 Peter was the instrument, satan the culprit.

Luke 13:10-17, Satan had bound this daughter of Abraham 18 years.

John 6:70, Judas was an apostle with all the power and abilities of the apostle (Matthew 10:1) yet Satan could take him.

Acts 5:1-11 Ananias & Sapphira spirit filled members of the first church, yet lost their lives because they became instruments of the devil. In some cases it is not enough to just blame the devil, we need to own up to our own involvement with him so that we might get free.

2 Corinthians 12:7 A messenger of Satan sent to cause Paul trouble.

1 Timothy 5:9-15 Women who turned aside after satan, called silly.

1 John 3:8, If you commit sin it is of the devil.

WHEN YOU BEGIN TO BLAME SATAN FOR YOUR PROBLEMS THEN YOU ARE ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY.

But why all the problems, the answer is simply jealousy, Satan is jealous of man because of all God has given to man, all of what was once Satans.

Ezekiel 28:11-19: (Lamas Translation ) Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the Lord God: You were the seal of wisdom and the crown of beauty. You have been in Eden, the Garden of God; you were decked with every precious stone, the sardius, the topaz, and the emerald, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire and pearls; and have filled your treasuries with gold and your chests with precious stones; you had all these things from the day you were created. You were with the anointed cherub that shelters; and I have set you on the holy mountain of God; ad you were safe in the midst of the stones of fire. You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created till iniquity was found in you. By the multitude of your merchandise you have filled your land with iniquity and you have sinned therefore I will cast you from the mountain of God; and I will destroy you, O sheltering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Since your heart was lifted up because of your beauty, now your wisdom and your beauty are corrupted; I will cast you to the ground before kings, that you may be a spectacle before them. By the multitude of your frauds, and by the iniquity of your traffic, you have defiled your sanctuary; therefore I will bring forth a fire from the midst of you, and it shall devour you, and I will reduce you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all those who see you. All who know you among the people shall be astonished at you; you shall be brought to destruction and you never shall be any more.

The entire battle continue’s to blaze or the anointing. For as  the verse describes the entire purpose of the anointing is to shelter, shelter you from all the problems and situations of life. As Satan twisted his purpose he also twist the reason he was created from sheltering to bring destruction. That was the reason for Jesus to come and bring back the anointing to man.

Luke 4:18-19 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

The anointing releases you from all your troubles and come to bring you into life, not just the get by kind of life, but the ZOE life of God. The God kind of Life. All burdens and yoke are destroyed and you walk in victory.  Isaiah 10:27

27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

John 8:30-32,  As he spake these words, many believed on him.

31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

It is not the truth that makes you free, it is the truth that you know that will make you free. So go to the light of the world and use His words and come to know them then you truly will be free.

You have the power to render the trouble that Satan brings in your life powerfully.

Luke 10:19 

19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Speak the word and Satan must obey.

It is the speaking and living in the Word that God use to bring you into victory.

Mark 16:15-20

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 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.

19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

We have read it before but read once again showing us the power of the Grace, the power of the Cross.

Romans 8:37-39. 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, 39 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.

The Cross is the pathway to heaven for any who desire to journey there, without the sacrifice that Jesus made thereon no one could ever or would ever find their way into the realm of heaven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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God’s Defense Plan Against Failure

Failure, most people come face to face with it some time in their lives. No one enjoys failing. Yet it is what you do in the middle of apparent failure that will decide whether you emerge in victory or crushed. Many emotions are felt in failure such as:

Loss of self-confidence

Inferiority complex

Self directed anger

Fear of the future

Low and demoralizing self esteem

Paralysis of your creativity

Vulnerability to self destruction leading to possible suicidal thinking

Loss of favour with so called friends

Missing the will and plan of God for your life

The facts are in and they speak clearly for themselves. The person who undergoes some kind of failure or even perceived failure will suffer all of these experiences if the failure goes unchecked.

Careful examination of the above conditions will reveal that all can be eradicated if only the one within the failing mode will respond to the others. Many however cut themselves out from association with others, believing the lie of “No one wants to be around a failure”. This lie created by the greatest and most consistent failure history has ever known keeps the victim of failure from the positive association they desperately need. Failure can be reversed into success with positive associations.

 Let us now examine each of the negative emotions that we listed and see exactly how unity or positive associations can change a person life. Rescuing them from sure ruin and placing them into infinite victory.

 Loss of self confidence.

 What is self-confidence, isn’t it really self-worth? These are good questions; yes self-worth is partially a correct answer to what is self confidence. However confidence is far greater than worth. Your worth is subject to your confidence. Worth is; importance, merit, significance, virtue and price. However once you’ve lost self confidence you will also lose all your self-worth, placing no value or importance upon yourself.

Self confidence is established through faith or reliance upon oneself to believe oneself. It is made from the trust that you have with yourself. If you have no faith in yourself you will convince yourself that the circumstance you are about to face cannot be completed by you, therefore your trust in yourself is shattered.

Self confidence is the assurance, conviction or determination that you will see a situation through to the end regardless of the outcome.

When one loses this conviction they lose their ability to believe in themselves and thus this lack of faith in self deters them from having any faith in anyone else, especially God. Scripture gives many examples of those who lost confidence in themselves and eventually lost it in others as well. One of the best examples of this is King Solomon. Look at Proverbs 1:1, “The Proverbs of Solomon the son of David, King of Israel”. Here was a man in all his glory ready to take on the world. Gifted with supernatural wisdom from God, nothing could stand in his way. Wealth, riches, women, houses, seemingly he had it all. Yet somewhere along the line Solomon lost his confidence in himself and in the God he served. He was swayed from serving Jehovah and went to serving the Gods of his 800 wives. It took some time for failure to show its way into the life of “the King of Israel” but it did and when it did Solomon lost confidence.

Notice his next book Ecclesiastes 1:1 “The words of the preacher, the son of David, King in Jerusalem”. No long King of Israel he is now only King in Jerusalem. He is still a King yet for the most part he is a King without a kingdom. Ten of the twelve tribes of Israel had now left and Solomon was left to rule over a very rebellious group of people.

Depression had set into him and his confidence was waning. This is evident from the main theme of the book of Ecclesiastes, “vanity, vanity all is vanity”. These are not words from a man gifted with the wisdom of God but rather words of a man who has lost confidence in all. The more he lost of his confidence the greater he slipped until in the final chapter he say’s 12:11-12 “The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies which are given from one shepherd. And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end: and much study is a weariness of the flesh”. Depressed, alone and mostly forgotten Solomon turns his back on his own wisdom and all that had been granted to him by God. These are not the words of the same King who in Proverbs 4:5-7 “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing: therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding”.

Truly losing your self confidence is the first step to complete failure. Worst than viewing yourself worthless it is not to view yourself at all. This is contrary to what God and His Word has to say regarding you.

I can remember back to when I had lost one my restaurants, house, savings and more. How terribly depressed I was. Dianna asked me “have you given up on God” and I had to respond “no, I’ve given up on myself”. Without knowing it, that acknowledgement of not giving up on God brought me back to believing in myself. For when all else fails you, God will not. Psalms 27:10 “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up”. There is never a place to stand in loss when God takes you up. If the entire world were to desert you know that God never will. You are ever on His mind. He wants to know all that concerns you so that He can see to it that you never fail. Psalms 138:8 “The Lord will prefect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth forever: forsake not the works of thine own hands”. The Word is saying here “not to worry what you do, I’ll see to it that it does not fail”. Keep working at it; don’t give up what you’ve dedicated your life to, God is right there beside you making sure that it will come out right.

So then the first main key to unity that prevents failure is: We are never alone in this, God is always right beside us. If this be true, then we need to learn to hear and listen to what God is saying in a our circumstance and allow Him to see us through it. If we are not unified with God then we will not hear from any other as well. Remember to hear and to listen are two different actions, we must complete both.

Look at Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: you have not seen what the whole matter it may be that it is not completely over, so why give up until then Fear God, (stay in fellowship with God) and keep His commandments: follow what He says in His Word for only in there is success for this is the whole of man. Forget the word duty it is not in the original, God wants the whole man enriched by Him, spirit, soul, and body. Mentally, physically, financially every way, where ever he may be. Keeping God’s Word or commandments makes you whole, nothing less. For God shall bring every work into judgement, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. God will see that proper direction is given to a person so that their works will be good.

Solomon although in a depressed state kept this in mind: that if we stay in God, God will stay with us so that in the end God will be glorified and we will be raised up by Him. Be sure that if God lifts you up you will not fail. Solomon’s father David had some thing to say about this very matter, Psalms 37:23-25 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he deligtheth in His way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken, nor His seed begging bread. 

You may go through some rough times, you may even fall but know in your heart that God has a hold on you and you will not fail. There is a great difference in falling and failing. Those who have a heart for God, will serve God and God will place in them His plan and His plans do not fail.

In the New International Version of the Bible they translate this matter up like this “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11. God has great things planned for you and failure is not one of them.

It certainly is not hard to conceive that when a person enters into the mode of failure that the feeling of being inferior will appear. They form a complex, you become focused on your failures, and you form an obsession on your failures. You become preoccupied by the mistakes that were made in bringing you to a place of failure. So then an inferiority complex is to be obsessed with feelings of being second rate or substandard.

This is often found in the poor of the nations. As they focus upon their problems that keep them in poverty instead of looking for the answers that will move them into prosperity. They are often those who find security in hum-drum daily routines afraid that if they should ever experience any success they will lose it to failure in one fashion or another. They become dependent upon governmental support, lethargic and fear filled, should they venture out they could lose the meagre handouts the governments dole out. (Why it is called living on the dole.) God’s plan is always greater than any a government may conceive, all the desires people on the dole seek are found in the Word of God and are obtain by faith. Poverty, sickness, disease, insufficiency, addictions are all ended when God is the centre of one’s life.

However, even people who seemingly are well to do suffer with this crushing complex from time to time. Should they not achieve the goals or quota’s set out for them, they feel inferior. Those who are employed by the professional sports often require treatment for this from the team or a personal psychiatrist, should they happen to have an extended losing streak. No one seems immune, from the best educated to the person digging his way out of homelessness. All can have that sinking feeling of inferiority.

It must be understood that this is a robber and is very much the work of Satan and his cohorts. John 10:10a “The thief cometh not but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy”. This very much the way that inferiority works its dirty work. The thief will come, but it is how we are prepared to defeat him that matters, the scripture states why he comes, it is the alarm system of your soul. We alarm our homes and cars with alarms to prevent the thieves from doing just what this scripture says, so alarm your soul and spirit too, and prevent the thief when he comes.

First, the thief will steal the dream and the belief in that dream. More people have lost sight of their God given ideas than those who have achieved them. Inferiority has come along and whispered the thought into their minds that they weren’t good enough, smart enough, talented enough or educated enough to complete the dream and see it through. So they just give up on it Satan then has stolen it and replaced it with hopelessness. When the thief terminates, cancels or annuls the dream within them their future always looks its worse. Those who dare to dream know that the fulfilment of the dream will see obstacles, if they will see it through however they will see the rewards as well. Those who allow their dream to be stolen because of an inferiority complex are ever bound into a life of failure until they break the cycle which then will revive life into their dreams. Dare to dream big, be superior instead and see the great rewards that go along with that thinking. Proverbs 8:12 “I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions”. Allow wisdom to indwell you and witty or intelligent dreams will be fulfilled. Prudence is the ability to apply wisdom in the best manner, to obtain the best ends. God desire is that you achieve the best ends in all you do, this cannot be inferior. It must be superior to all else for the wisdom of God is indwelling you.

Secondly, “the thief cometh but to kill” if Satan can’t steal the dream from you he will attempt to kill it and all that may be related to it. You may require a certain amounts of money to achieve what you dream. Only to find prices higher, cost overruns, equipment failures, etc. etc. etc. The more you do the worse it seems to get. This is Satan killing it from you and you must put a stop to his thieving ways. Proverbs 6:30-31 “Men do not despise a thief if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; But if he be found, he shall restore seven fold: he shall give of all the substance of his house”. If Satan has been killing your dreams and the ability to make them happen, put a stop to him. Demand that he return to you sevenfold of all that he has stolen. Those who continue to look at the successes of others and mope or wallow in their failures have been killed in the heart. They need to pick themselves up and demand they’re return.

The last thing the verse says is that Satan will destroy. To destroy is to demolish, devastate, ruin or wreck you. Satan desires to do exactly that to you. Once he has either killed your idea or stolen it from you he desires to completely ruin you. How many bankruptcies happen every day because Satan was able to devastate someone? When you leave the bankruptcy court you don’t leave feeling that you have a new start on life, but rather feeling very inferior to everyone that you meet on the street.

You enter into a belief system of one of two areas:

  1. A) You’ll believe that this will be your forever and that it is your lot in life to live below everyone else. Or, B) you’ll believe that you will recover and that you will be back better than ever. The thief will attempt to keep you believing (A) while God has already given you (B) look at the second part of John 10:10.

  John 10:10b “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”.

 “I AM”, those who find that they feel inferior to others need to meet the Great I Am. For within Him are the answers to everything that we require. When the Israelites were in bondage to the kings of Egypt they knew that only the “I Am” could save them. They knew God by the name “I Am” because to them God was everything they required. Moses didn’t show up on the scene with the name of God (Jehovah) he came with the name “I Am”.  God said to Moses that I Am the ever present and living God, so go to the people with the good news that I will be with them in all they face. I will remove them from their inferior position in Egypt and make them a superior people around the world. This He has done. Now Jesus is saying that He too is the “I Am”, and He has come for exactly the same reason, and you are the one He is speaking it to, He say’s “I Am” your answer in every need”.

Notice that He qualifies His reason for His presence. “That they might have life“, not the things that Satan has to offer, but life. What kind of life though, just the getting by kind, or perhaps the kind that offers some good days and some not so well. Maybe it’s the kind of life that is just always at an even level, no problems thus no troubles. No, that is not the kind of life that Jesus came to offer us. The word for life here is the Greek word “Zoe“. Zoe means; life as God has it. We need but examine whether or not God is superior to what our situation is and then put His life into it: how can we possibly feel inferior with the God kind of life running thorough our very beings?

Jesus wanted us to realize that this isn’t just for when you get to heaven but it is for the here and now, He continues to say that we should have this Zoe kind of life, have it in abundance. It helps us to look to the Greek to study the word abundantly, and its meaning. Abundantly in the Greek is the word “perissos” which means superabundant in quantity and superior in quality, far exceeding in measure. Jesus wants to bring the God kind of life into ours in a superabundant quantity and then see to it that we enjoy a superior quality of life. Look at the people, who live life to its fullest, they never view themselves as inferior. Their lives are always rich and full and that is exactly the type of life Jesus has prepared for you when you live in Him. Jesus never had a single day that He felt inferior so if you will live in Him He’ll see to it that every day you live is one of superabundance in quantity and superior in quality. He’ll give you the life that God has for you.

We not are promising you a life without problems. Why even God has problems, He’s got Satan still running around beating up on His kids, but the day they learn who they are in Christ Jesus is the day God gets rid of His problem. He has given man all authority to completely demolish Satan for Satan is inferior to those who live in Christ. The day you get a revelation of this in your heart will be the day that you will no longer believe yourself to be inferior.

The day Adam sold out his authority to Satan was the day that man became inferior to Satan. However the day Jesus died upon the cross we stopped being inferior and became superior. The only way to gain a grasp on this is to study out the life of Christ then make an unchangeable decision to live in it.

We must also look at righteousness; those who live in a life of inferiority never believe that they stand right in anyone’s sight, let alone God’s. The word righteousness is an old English word for right standing or a better definition is our bill of rights.

All that Christ Jesus has given us is the ability to stand right. He made for us a way when there was no way. He brought us from inferiority to superiority. Phillipians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”. Only a person of a superior thinking can make such a statement. Paul was such a person, earlier in the chapter he says that we should act in certain ways, look at verse 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”.

We must see the valuable lesson that Paul is teaching us here;

  1. A) We must learn, learn the life of Christ. Learn the word of God. Learn what it means to live a superior life. For a person who has always lived an inferior life this may be a difficult lesson to learn. Yet if that person will learn from the Word God, God will place His life into them causing them to rise up against all that holds them in inferiority and bringing them into superiority.
  1. B) We must receive the life of Christ into ours. That means be ready to receive from His word. Receive His instruction and wisdom. Apply it to our lives. Receive every gift that He has given beginning with His Holy Spirit.
  1. C) Hear what the Spirit is saying to you. This can only be done by spending time with Him. By staying in His word, in prayer, in fellowship with Him, you will develop your faith in God. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” this not just a good saying but rather Gods way of developing your trust and reliance in Him.
  1. D) See to it that you see the life of God in all that you do, or don’t do it. The greatest cause of failure is to try to do something that you have not seen. See it in your spirit, believe it in your heart, once you’ve done this no-one will ever cause you to feel inferior to anything, for you believe in yourself and in the One who placed the vision in you. Remember all tryer’s are liars. To try is to fail, to do is to succeed. Do not act until you see it.
  1. E) Do, do, do. Once you’ve developed a right life style in God, do it. Don’t allow anything to ever steal it from you. This is accomplished by being a doer. In the Greek a doer means “to be a poetic practitioner” or in other words someone who has done something so often and with such precision that they are poetry in motion. That is what a doer is, a superior type of person. We have all said of someone “they do it so well they can do it in their sleep” this is a poetic practitioner, it is as if you were born doing it, but it came by doing it over and over and over again. This is how faith works, by trusting God over and over and over again, believing for the greater every time you believe God for something. Trust small and eventually you will receive the great.

Now look at Genesis 1:26-27 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them”.

It is very important that those who suffer with the inferiority complex understand fully this scripture. Above all that has already been discussed this one verse has enough power to break the curse of the inferiority complex.

“God said” whatever God says “goes”, all else is secondary. We need to come to the place where that statement burns in our spirit. It means that whatever I face I go to God knowing that whatever He say’s settles the situation once and for all. There is no greater assurance offered to anything than that of the Word of God, everything He has ever said has to take place just as He said. So it would behove us to get into His Word and see what He is saying regarding our circumstance, then that is what we should be saying to the circumstance. Examine His word regarding yourself and see if He says your inferior (you just can’t find that in scripture) if His Word say’s you are not inferior then you are not, so there is no need to live in it. It is His confession coming out of your mouth that will lift you up above your inferiority complex.

“Let us make man in our image” stop and consider that point. You are made in the very image of God. The Hebrew word for image is “tselem” which means; an exact resemblance. You are exactly like God, that is why when you put on the armour of God (Ephesians 6:11-17) it fits. It also means that there is no inferiority complex with God, who would God feel inferior to? That is the reason that Satan brings the inferiority complex upon you, he knows that if he can cause you to feel inferior or to fail then he has caused God to suffer. God’s desire is that none of His children suffer. That was why he gave them dominion. “Let them have dominion”, notice that this is given to man as a whole not just to Adam. Adam lost it, Jesus bought it back. Today all God’s children should have dominion over the earth and the things upon the earth. There is no inferiority complex when you have dominion. To have dominion is to; tread down, to prevail against or to reign over. This is exactly what we do to Satan and his army. We rule over him not vice-versa. We are the superior created beings to Satan, therefore we reign. Notice that scripture say’s “over every creeping thing” that gives us the knowledge that Satan can’t raise above the surface of the earth, that he has to creep along on it. Let him creep while you stand and walk upon him. You are the superior not the inferior.

Verse 28, “And God blessed them” You have had this blessing poured out up you. Adam may have had the curse placed upon him after he fell, but you have been redeemed from that curse and have been restored to the blessing of creation. Galatians 3:13 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: Yet there is an even greater blessing in you, that of the infilling of the Holy Spirit of God. Now there is no need to concern yourself as to whether you are inferior, for the very Spirit of God lives within you bringing all the superior blessings of creation to you and into you. Look at yourself, now you can have a high and mighty attitude, for you are seat seated with Jesus Christ on the right of Majesty on High, and you are Mighty to the pulling down of strongholds in Christ Jesus. You are no longer inferior but from now on “superior” in Christ.

Overcoming Self Directed Anger

 Should we not overcome our feelings of inferiority they will lead us into the next phase of failure, that being self directed anger. When failure creeps its way into our lives we begin to see certain emotions that we are not accustom to dealing with come rushing into our lives. One such emotion is that of being angry. Not just angry at the world or the circumstances but being angry at ourselves for allowing failure when we were convinced of complete success.

Anger can be described as many things such as: fury, ire, outrage, wrath, exasperation, indignation, resentment, annoyance, displeasure, irritation, hostility and so on. Notice that there is not a single positive emotion listed here, they are all negative, so this should give us an idea that anger either against ourselves or others is negative and therefore not uplifting or Godly.

When we examine scripture we find that anger is called a violent passion, a reflex (or something that we’ve trained ourselves to do), a desire caused through the excitement of the mind. The word comes from the Greek word orge, where our English word orgy comes from. We when hear or read this word we immediately think of a wild drunken group of people in illicit sexual activity, and it does carry that meaning. We readily see that such activity is Satanic and partaking in it will lead to death and destruction. Only a very foolish person would submit to such imprudence.  However the word orgy also means “any proceeding marked by unbridled indulgence of passions” anger is such an indulgence. To overcome anger we need to reverse the foolish proceedings that we are in. Ecclesiastes 7:9 “Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools”. Scripture provides us a warning not to be alarmed or agitated by anger or quickly rush in anxiously to embrace anger, or take it into the inner most regions of our being, for if we do we are counted with the foolish of the world, lost in their destructive passions.

To be hasty in your spirit is the same as seeking revenge, upon whom do you seek such revenge when the anger is directed toward yourself. You seek it upon yourself, looking for ways to bring destruction upon yourself. This is a suicide spirit driven on through the passion of anger. When this occurs we must at once seek help and deliverance for this. We must refresh ourselves in the Word of God that says Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord”. Romans 12:19. We must believe within ourselves as Jeremiah the prophet did. “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 upon him. 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; their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten”. Jeremiah 20:10-11.

Jeremiah knew that his problems were caused in the spiritual realm, and that the spirits (familiars) would be there hoping that they could trap him and bring his ultimate destruction. We need to get a grip on this as well and don’t be so down on ourselves but rather step down upon those who Jeremiah called persecutors. Let God prefrom His vengeance upon those in the spiritual realm. Every assigned spirit (which a familiar is) will be brought to their knees by the name of Jesus and through the blood of Jesus. We need not be angry  with ourselves, but rather be angry with Satan and watch God bring destruction on him. This is what the scripture means when it says ” Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath: Neither give place to the devil”. Ephesians 4:26-27. There is no need to be angry with yourself or anyone else God is in control, He’ll meet out the vengeance. When begin do so you are giving the devil (place) an opportunity to bring you into strife. (We’ll examine strife later on in this series). There is a justifiable anger, that is the anger one has against Satan and his works. To tear down all of them through the heat and the passion for righteousness in the power of Christ with love for any person that may be trapped by the circumstance.

Notice we called it a violent passion. So in anger we put a wild destructive force behind an obsession to bring hurt to ourselves. We find scripture tells us not to let our flesh (passion’s) to get away with us. If we are in a violent passion then we have not only allowed our flesh to take control but it has taken off and is running away from us. It’s become wild; we become blinded to all that is around us and only see what the wild violent passion of anger will allow us to see. We have heard of being so angry (mad) we only see red, well this is what happens. The red you see is the heat from your anger fuelled through your passions of the flesh, rooted by the will of Satan.

 Colossians 3:8, “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth”. All the actions that follow anger quoted in this verse are those that the angry persons will take part in. Right down to losing control of his or her mouth. Now scriptural law is that you will receive what you speak from your mouth. If your mouth is speaking ungodly words of anger, wrath and malice (or cursing) you will gain in yourself the fruit of your words. (Study Isaiah 55:11, Romans 8, Mark 11:22-24, James chapters 1-3 and Deuteronomy 26 for more on law of words).

More than anything Satan desires to gain control over your mouth for this gives him legal right to do to you what you speak from your mouth. So put a guard over your mouth and speak only those things which are going to cause victory to come to you. In other words speak the Word of God over your situation.

We also described anger as a reflex, or something that we have trained ourselves in so well that it is an automatic reaction to a circumstance. If we know anger to be destructive then we must come to grips that it is also a sin, (sin means to miss the mark, fall short.) When the anger that is within is so well trained as to come out when we miss the mark, then we enter into a negative trap that will keep us in the mode of sin until freedom comes. If we will but pass it by then we cover or live free form this kind of sin. Proverbs 19:11 “The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression”. When we walk with prudence and caution we will prevent situation that will tend to lead to anger due to our failing in them. If we will but follow our hearts, then we will not find ourselves in circumstances that will be destructive to us. We should follow then scriptural advice is to walk away from them, pass them by and we will leave sin (transgression) behind.

Don’t just react to everything that may come your way. Stop, think, plan, seek wisdom and guidance and then you will be prepared to defeat the enemy when he comes, because you will have considered all the choices that will bring you into victory. Discretion is intelligence, knowledge and policy. In order to make an intelligent decision you must have knowledge. Seek out every wise counsellor that you may know and gain their input. Forget those who will just agree but look toward those who will show you both the good points and the bad ones. Once you’ve made an intelligent decision set yourself policies (standards) that cannot be varied but live by them. Apply them to every circumstance and situation that may arise. Make them your guide lines for life. Be sure that they include the study of the Word of God, prayer, praise and fellowship with the Lord daily. For in that God is well pleased, and scripture tells us that when we please God He gives us rewards.

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 is the guide lines to begin every day with. Have faith that God can keep you free from all anger. Please Him by fellowshipping with Him. Believe that He is all that He says He is regarding your every situation in life. Receive His rewards; He desires greatly to give them to you. Then always diligently (work hard) at seeking Him out.

Lastly we said that anger is a desire caused through the excitement of the mind. In other words there are those who receive pleasure from being angry. They receive a mental high from the multitude of emotions that anger causes in them. Those who are driven with this are upon the road to self-destruction.  Strangely enough these people will only become free through the power of the prayer of deliverance. This kind of anger is rooted in the spirit of hate, a controlling spirit of the heavenlies that is manifest in outrage, violence, hostility, fury and indignation. This is the person who is meddling with a life filled with strife, friction, conflict and turmoil. Poverbs 15:18 “A wrathful man stirreth up strife, but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife”. The person that is constantly stirring the boiling pot of strife is sure to get burned. The deepest cause for such a person is that they at one time failed self then anger with self came and they were not set free from it. Had they fulfilled the latter part of the verse they would have moved into a realm of peace, contentment and joy?

To meddle with strife is to lead you into the very depths of Satan and become a captive or prisoner of his, to perform as he would does call. 2 Timothy 2:22-26 “Flee also youthful lusts; but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord with a pure heart. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must 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 the acknowledging of the truth; And that they recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will”. The new King James reads the last phrase as “to do his will”.

Notice that it is the foolish and unlearned who are entering the beginnings of strife by pressing in on matters that are not of righteousness, faith, charity and peace. If pressed in areas that are important, strife will come and anger is sure to accompany it. They press because their hearts are not pure; they do not seek answers only to justify some strange doctrine that they may be following. When you avoid them and their foolishness they become angry gendering strife actually enjoying the fact that they were able to cause a problem in another’s life. A hateful desire caused through the excitement of the mind. Excitement means: delight, electrify, inspire or thrill. They go in their anger gendering strife for they are thrilled with their evil actions.

We need to be gentle and kind with them, teaching them what truth with patience and with what love is. Yet if they will not receive, we cannot be responsible, for they must come to repentance on their own learning what truth is. Should they rebel their anger will become all consuming and their strife filled lives will be the ruination of them as Satan commands, and they follow like marionettes on unbreakable strings.

These people become very envious of what others have or of the success found in the ones they feel they are in strife with. Know this, that strife does not begin with another person, it first begins within yourself and because it is very contagious others will be affected by it, possibly even entering into it with you. Those who chose not to enter into strife will actually cause the strife bound to become envious of their righteous ways, they will become desirous of a strife free life and run to you for help and freedom.

James 3:14 “But if you have bitter envy and strife in your hearts glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual and devilish. For where envy and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” Angry people believe that they were right and the every other is wrong. Once you enter into anger it will no longer matter who is justified or not, you’ve entered into strife and the results are sure to be disastrous. Do not take pride in the fact that you were right, either, for pride comes before the fall and you will surely fall. The envious and strife filled people, always fall and fail. James says if you are living a life of confusion, which an angry person cannot see or will not choose to admit even if they could soon they are full of lust and are warring with all who come near, going head long into destruction.

James chapter four continues with these thoughts and informs us that this is the reason we do not receive answers to our prayers. How much better would it be just to let it go and move on in our lives? James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you”. Verse 10 reads “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up”. When anger and strife comes, don’t run from God but rather run to Him and He will cause you to be healed and give you good success. 

Overcoming The Fear of the Future

 Edwin Rand once said “An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail” true, yet creativity is stifled by imaginative people often because of exactly this reason, failure. What they have is a fear of the future. Under the constant pressure to produce, high stress comes, so they then fill their lives with stress reducing activities believing that these will relieve the anxiety. It cannot, only redemption from the fear of failure will project a bright and happy future.

A man driven by the fear of the future causes him to search many differing avenues to know what the future may hold. He begins with a desire to know what may take place in the distant future and ends with a drive to know what will happen in the next five minutes. To find these, he seeks out the so called wisdom of soothsayers. Today they come packaged under many differing names or titles such as; fortune tellers, horoscope readings, biodex readings, modern day prophets, occult teachers, new age religions, astrologers, magicians, wizards, necromancers and many others. To seek knowledge of such will lead one into the clutches of the satanic realm and eventually into death. The Bible gives clear warning as to not to have anything to do with those who practice such “dark or black arts”. (They don’t call these the dark arts for nothing). To seek knowledge of one of these defiles, adulterates and befouls the soul of the seeker. Leviticus 19:31 “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God”. The Lord is saying why seek these out? I’m God, and I am the one who knows what your future will be, what you will need when you arrive there, so seek after me.

What part would a person, who has been sanctified by the living blood of Jesus, have with something that is unholy and foul? No part, unless they have forgotten that sanctification means ” a setting apart”. They are set apart to the things of God. We need not seek after the foul base things (or persons who practice such) of the world to gain their knowledge. We need to have the same attitude that is found in Deuteronomy 18:10-12 “There shall not be among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination to the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before you”. Those who seek after these demonic persons for knowledge will have their end in complete and utter darkness.                             

An acronym has been given to the word, fear: False Evidence Appearing Real. What we believe to be real will cause us to make our decision for the future. If it is false then we set ourselves up for failure in the future, not understanding that our decision was based upon inaccurate information.  Fear moves in and gives a deceiving report of what reality will truly be. We need to be more like the prophet Isaiah when he said “Who hath believed our report, and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed” Isaiah 53:1 The report that we need to believe when it comes to our future is the report of the Lord, not the report of what fear brings. God’s arm reveals His strength to us in protecting our future.

There really isn’t any need to be fearful of what may take place in the future, as it is completely possible to control the events, and consequences, of the future. God say’s that He has a plan for you and that it is a plan of success. Jeremiah 29:11-13 N.I.V. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Then will you call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart”.  We have no reason to fear what the future may bring when we understand that God’s intent is to bring us into a very bright future. Not only has God a bright future planned for us, but it is His plan He has for us. Nothing God has ever planned failed, it always comes into success.

We must “get with” the plan of God to prevent fear from taking root. If we allow fear to whisper in our ear’s we will soon learn that anything that looked attractive has been twisted into something repulsive and offensive.

Fear:

Is faiths greatest enemy.

Put’s distance between God and man.

Places one in reliance on his own works.

Is rooted in self, activated by concentration upon self.

Denies God and His power.

Saps away courage and makes one spineless.

Places irrational thoughts in one, then drives them to carry them out.

Believes the lies it implants into its victims.

Causes hopelessness to cover and control.

Keeps one feeding it by causing that one to speak in accordance with the fear.

Fear knows that once it has been revealed it will be defeated unless it performs some of the ingredients listed above.

To defeat this kind of fear we must go to the word of God and begin to allow it to flow from our mouths with the power and anointing of Jesus. Knowing that in the Name of Jesus and with The Blood of Jesus every fear can be defeated.

Don’t look anywhere but to the Lord for knowledge regarding the future, trust His word. You search the Word and find scripture such as:

Psalms 20:4 “May He give you the desire of your heart and cause all your plans to succeed”. N.I.V.

 Proverbs 12:5 “The plans of the righteous are just”. N.I.V.

 Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the Lord, whatever you do, and your plans will succeed”. N.I.V.

Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails”. N.I.V.

 Proverbs 21:5 “The plans of the diligent lead to profit”. N.I.V.

Jeremiah 29:11 comes very much alive when it is committed to us in faith. God’s plan is for a bright future. Once we’ve developed the plan and know that it is from God, and then we need to be sure that we establish our life in Christ so that we stay free from fear.

1 Peter 5:7-9a “Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walketh about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith”.

Here is an absolute key for overcoming fear of what the future may bring. Cast all your care upon him. To cast is to throw away. That is what needs to be done to your cares, set up a catapult if need be and hurl them into Jesus’ lap. He’s big enough to destroy them. Understand what a care is: the definition of care is, worry, grief, anxiety mental anguish, concern and solicitude. When we give these over to Jesus He makes sure that all the frustration that goes along with them goes as well. Care is an evil scourge that the devil use’s to cause the destruction of many.

 Mark 4:18-19, “And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the Word, and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the Word, and it becomes unfruitful”. Many are caught in this trap; although they may hear the Word of God they don’t receive it in their hearts. Their many worries keep them from the freedom that they so greatly desire.

The cares of this world are usually those of the necessities of life. Are you worried about housing, food, automobiles, how to dress ourselves and our children, these are basic’s for life, so why shouldn’t we be concerned over having them? Because the Word of God say’s that He will provide them, and if God is going to supply them, there is no need to get worried or anxious about them. From the everyday needs, we learn that if God is taking care of them, then He will also look after the large future needs as well.

Why is it such a terrible thing to worry, after all everybody has the same problems and don’t we all worry about them? No, everybody may be faced with the same situations, yet not everyone enters into worry over them. They have learned that worry is a satanic tool used to take their eyes off Jesus and place them upon the problem that they are worried over. Anything that will remove Jesus as your prime concern is sinful and needs to be eradicated from your life.

 Matthew 6:33-34, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you, (all the requirements that you have need of).  Take therefore no thought (don’t receive any thought of care, concern or solicitude) for tomorrow; for the morrow will take thought for the things of itself. (Tomorrow’s problems need to be left until then, deal with those as they arrive in the same manner as today’s). Sufficient unto the day is the evil there of. (Prepare thoughtfully for the future but do not enter into fretting over it, each day has its own situations to master via the Word).

Your future can be worry free and very bright when your total and complete reliance is placed in Christ Jesus. Jesus said “If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed” John 8:36. Fearing the future is nothing more than bondage of Satan, Jesus came that you might be free from all bondage’s. Why fear something that has already been destroyed by the one who rules over all. Which is a valid point in itself? If Jesus rules over all and you say He is Lord, does not that give Him rule over your future and your worries? If so, do you actually think that He will not resolve them, and in your favour?

When we have developed trust in His Words, we latch onto them and know that we will never stumble. Sixty three times in scripture the phrase “fear not” appears. Revelation 1:17b “Fear not, I Am the first and the last”. If He is the first and the last then He is everything in between, He covers it all including your future and your worries. (That’s better than one fear not a day for two months). If you were to speak to your soul (the mind, will and emotions) to fear not for two months, fear would not exist in your life. The problem would be solved and the future very bright.

Other examples are: Isaiah 41:13 “For the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand saying unto thee, fear not; I will help thee”. Isaiah 43:1 “Fear not; for I have redeemed thee”. Isaiah 54:4 “Fear not; for thou shall not be ashamed: neither shall thou be confounded; for thou shall not be put to shame”.

Here are great promises regarding the things of the present and the future. God is always by our side holding our hands to see to it that we succeed. He has redeemed (or saved) us from our own foolishness and from Satan’s destruction. We have no shame, humiliation or chagrin in Jesus because He sees to it that we flourish in Him. In Jesus we cannot fail, shame comes because of failure. Fearing of failing in the future has just come to an end by staying in Jesus Christ.

Low and Demoralizing Self-Esteem

When failure happens in our lives we believe that it is a natural emotion to place ourselves in a low position, to get down on ourselves, to live in a depressed state of mind. However reality is that it is never a natural emotion. What we are actually suffering with is a spirit of rejection, the very worst kind, rejection of self.  Low and demoralizing self esteem will cause one to live in an array of very confusing “feelings”, these are in actuality darts (spirits) of the devil used to bring destruction upon his prey, which is you. Some of this darts are: covetousness, indecision, procrastination, compromise, confusion, forgetfulness, indifference, insecurity, inferiority, self-pity, loneliness, timidity, inadequacy, shyness, ineptness, retaliation, spite, hatred, sadism, hurt and cruelty.

So to explain how the enemy use’s these in his battle against us, first, he will set up a circumstance by which we begin to enter into a failing mode. When we don’t act on the Word of God at this point, the devil knows that he is on the right track, and then he begins to introduce his next attack.  Usually it will consist of one of the first six darts we just listed. For example when he can get us to procrastinate on our next move with a thought like “Oh I’ll get into God’s Word later, I’m just too busy working out this problem just now”, he will introduce trouble into our lives. The more you delay the harder it becomes to enter into the Words of life.

Once he has you in a delaying mode, he will stick you with the next dart which could be one like inadequacy. You begin to “feel” that you are just not good enough to accomplish the job, or see the situation through. You begin to doubt your ability, your faith in God, yourself, and even whether or not you should have been doing this in the first place. You switch from faith to doubt, from knowing that you’re well able to perform to being inept in all you do. This is where you fail, however it is not where the enemy stops in his attack.

Next he whispers lying thoughts into your soul, so that you will not examine him or even yourself, but rather you begin to cast your eyes upon others, to judge them, their success, their faith, their love for God is a thorn ever digging deeper into your mind. Soon their prosperity is too much to deal with so you isolate yourself from them. The same pattern happens with the next person, then the next, and the next, so that loneliness sets in.

Loneliness keeps you away from any and all who may want to assist you or help you to recover. At any given moment anyone of them may suffer the wrath of a loose mouth. The prey (of the devil) falsely believes that they have been wronged by those who are desirous to help, so the prey strikes out in retaliation, except there is nothing to retaliate against so a great frustration comes in. The person begins to “feel” spiteful toward others. They feed that spite with animosity, they become resentful and soon bitterness is the way of life they have chosen.

The bitter person is not far from self-destruction, but they will not go alone. They enter into hatred, their thoughts are constantly hurtful and sadistic, their actions very cruel. Life becomes worthless and the grip of death has taken root.

All this because the person suffered a minor setback (or maybe a major one) yet put off drawing unto the healer, Jesus Christ.

How does one overcome low self-esteem, go to the Word of God and see what it has to say about you. Not when things are going good, but rather when you are in the midst of your trial. Believe that God is God, and He still can do anything. Set for yourself a daily pattern, perhaps much like the following.

A) Set your mind on God at all times. Isaiah 26:3 “Thou will keep him in prefect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee”.

 B) Make a quality decision not to listen to reminders of past failures, leave the past in the past.

Philippians 3:13 “but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind”.

 C) Receive the plan of God in your life (Jer.29:11 N.I.V.) then run toward it. Pray, Study the Word and spend time in the presence of God through praise. Philippians 3:13b-14 “reaching forth unto the those things which are before, I press toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus”.

 D) Know that you can do “it”, allow old failures to die away, you are a new person.

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new”.

E) Speak good and encouraging words, regarding yourself and those who are around you.

Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will it’s fruit”.

 F) Know that there is no other person just like you, therefore there is no need to compare yourself with any other. 2 Corinthians 10:12 (Wuest) “For we are not daring to judge ourselves worthy to among nor compare ourselves with certain ones of those who are commending themselves. But they themselves, measuring and comparing themselves with themselves, are without understanding”.

 G) Be selective as to your associates, choose only those who will build you up in faith, you building them up as well. Know that friendship means that you need to be friendly. 1 Corinthians 15:33 (Amp) “Do not be so deceived and mislead! Evil companionship’s, (communications, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character”. Protect yourself, there use to be a saying “I don’t smoke, drink or chew, and I don’t go with girls that do”. Set your standard then never let it down.

H) Keep your mind and thoughts on what is good and positive. Philippians 4:8 (Phillips) My brothers I need add only this. If you believe in goodness and if you value the approval of God, fix your minds on whatever is true and honourable and just and pure and lovely and admirable”.

If you will follow after a pattern like this you will never experience low self esteem again. You may have down days but the spirit of depression will never be able to defeat you.

Overcoming Paralysis in Creativity

  One of the events that takes place in failure is the loss of your ability to create. Creativity is instilled into your heart by the Lord. When failure succeeds in our lives, creativity is stifled, shelved and eventually destroyed. This is of course not the plan of God. Gods will, His very intent is for His creations to succeed, and so the creative flow has been placed within you.

Creativity in its simplest form is the ability to think for oneself. In its truest form is the power to create or to be productive. It proceeds from originality of thought or expression. Creativity is best summed up as the expression of the heart’s desire, issuing forth into abundance.

The artist with the brush or pallet is creating what he sees only through the eyes of the heart. The poet speaks through the language of heartfelt words. The chef creates cuisine with expressions flavour upon taste buds gone wild with delight. No matter what the person may do to provide for themselves, when done with creativity, that person pushes self into personal excellence. The most gratified person is the one who knows that they have performed well, this is usually achieved through creativity.

This is the reason Satan is hell bend on destroying ones creativity when one fails to accomplish a task or succeed in an effort. Satan has never (in his entire existence) had one creative thought. He is not capable of creating anything, not even a new thought. This is a tremendous irritation to Satan. In 1 Corinthians 10:13a, we read “There hath no temptation taken but such as is common to man”, here we find that the enemy has been limited to what is common to man. The interesting thing is that the “man” is Jesus, and whatever the devil used against Him has been destroyed by Him. Therefore if the devil uses a weapon on you, know that it is one that is old, bend, dull and useless. To come against the creative person is come with weapons that have no power, and will not produce, unless we give the weapon power through a lack of faith in what the Lord Jesus has done. We on the other hand are not limited,

Think of the terabytes of information stored for your access within the internet which is just a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of the information found within the Lord, stored in the Holy Spirit which can be downloaded within you for free.

All creative flow, a language developed by The Master which can only be read by you and He and of course it always remains virus free.

Thousands of year before the internet the bible had already predicted its coming, so it would be much wiser to the take heed to the one who knew and had the knowledge of the coming out pouring of knowledge found within the terabytes of the internet. There is nothing on or in the internet that God hasn’t already spoken of. Creative people know to go to Him first, they perhaps he will guide you the right information on the internet.

Daniel 12:3-7 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.5 Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.6 And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

Look how The Voice Translation translate this passage, Daniel 12:3-7 The Voice (VOICE)

 3 Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky at midday, and those who make the many righteous will shine as the stars forever and ever. 4 As for you, Daniel, keep these visions and their meaning a secret. Write down what you have seen and heard, then seal the scroll until the time of the end. Many will wander here and there, and knowledge will expand.

 5 Then I, Daniel, stood on the bank of the Tigris River and looked as two others appeared, one on my side of the river and the other on the far side. 6 One of them spoke to the man dressed in linen clothing, who was upstream.

 Heavenly Being: How long will it be until these disturbing events come to an end?

 7 I watched and listened carefully. The man dressed in linen clothing who was upstream raised both of his hands into the sky toward heaven. He swore an oath by Him who lives eternally that these disturbing events would last for a time, times, and half a time; and that when the shattering of the power of God’s holy people comes to an end, then all of this will be over.

 In verse 4 we see people are at their wits end in search of the knowledge that brings freedom. The scroll (the internet) is locked they simply cannot find the freedom they seek even though knowledge has been poured, wisdom has not. Wisdom can only be found when knowledge is applied, knowledge found within the terabytes of the internet is not wisdom it is simply facts, or as the rage is now “fake news” no creative force was required.

God takes creativity and places in you, creativity is His gift of success, why not ask and receive it today. Exodus 31:1-6 -Then the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts — to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given skill to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you.”

“To make everything I have commanded you” His command to you is to be creative and He has given you the ability to be just that. He has gifted you you, ask the Holy Spirit what that gift is and download it today for free.

 

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THE JUICE IS  IN THE SQUEZZE

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I have not written much regarding personal events in our lives, however recently after a conversation with my wife we decided there may be some small benefit to our readers that they may glean from reading of these stories.

This lesson was inspired by US  Senator Bernie Sanders when he stated  “When you’re white you don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto. You don’t know what it’s like to be poor,” Poverty knows no race, it has no boundaries, it has but one purpose, destruction of all who are caught within its grip. Ghettos hold anyone who live therein, color of the skin is does not make the ghetto. Poverty is the task master and the ghetto is his home. Slums are his housing and destruction his goal.

Poverty is a ruling spirit which targets anyone.  Government cannot fix poverty, they throw billions of dollars into repairing the problem but until the spiritual destruction of poverty happens it will continue and grow.  Government cannot repair it, but the church can, yet instead of teaching the way out of poverty they teach how to stay therein. They in fact get angry and preach against any who are bold enough to say “you do have to poor no more”.  A ghetto is any place that poverty can cause you to reside therein.

May 18, 1980, a major volcanic eruption occurred at Mount St. Helens in Washington state, ash poured down on Northwest Washington state along with southern British Columbia in Canada, the hopes of many seemed lost, the world darkened for a moment.  Conspiracy theorist preached doom and gloom, the ignorant declared that Christ had returned, or, Japan caused the explosion, or even that the eruption was caused by the military to destroy a Bigfoot breeding ground. Yet the world moved on.

I wondered as I watched that eruption if perhaps the mighty mountain was speaking to me as well, what I faced now could it really be as bad as all that ash pouring down upon the earth, my heart certainly seemed that way.  Unemployed (again) recouping from the lost of our first restaurant, a wonderful beautiful wife and two babies but that darkness floated literally above.

We found a job that provided both housing and a meager income; we became managers of a slum motel. Rooms that rented by the hour (shocking to my wife) a strange and bizarre clientele, sex trade workers on the job, some looking to avoid the law or their wives, or others who were just eccentric and vastly different. Like Fred, a guy who wanted roller skate across Canada, but before he left he had to discard a small bundle, he decide to skate into the motel and leave the bundle with us. He hadn’t stayed there but for some reason he chose us to discard that bundle.

I asked him “why” he answered “because you will do what’s right with it”.

“What will you do now” I inquired.

“I’m rolling skating across Canada” then off he headed on his skates down Lougheed highway.

What to do, I opened the bundle of course. It was a old burlap coffee bean sack which had been tied together with chicken wire and held together with duck tape. Once in I found, three switch blades, two sets on numb chucks, three brass knuckles (one with blades) but the prize was a sawed off double barrel shot gun.  These were not the type of gifts I possibly could have hoped for, certainly not what I wanted around the motel given my young family or even the type of clientele we had staying there.  I called police who came quickly in two squad cars, I showed them our “gift”, one set of officers questioned us further and the second sped down the highway in search of Fred. They found him (roller shaking along) and returned him to the motel where he repeated what he did and said to us. He actually thanked us for calling law enforcement stating he just couldn’t turn himself in.  After much questioning of Fred the officers let him go and they departed with weapons in hand. I asked Fred “what now” he answered “I am rolling skating across Canada” and off he went. (I never did find out if he made it.)

We had stopped all of the hourly rentals and all of the known sex trade workers, we began to rent by the week and quickly filled all rooms with good paying customers but everyone had a story that could break the hardest heart.  I didn’t want those weapons around, one day a young lady came to the office in desperate need, she had been cut from her forehead to her waistline by her boy friend in a fit of rage. He had broken a mirror and used a shard of glass as a knife to slice her up.  There was no need to risk any event occurring while weapons may be at someone’s disposal, in fact I was happy to know they had been disposed of.  This was just one day, every  day there were events big and small, horrific and laughable occurring, we had no knowledge how to handle them but in each one we came through with a little more knowledge, closer to each other and closer to the Lord.

As difficult as our circumstances were, and they were, our restroom had a ceiling that literally had caved in and we could watch the sun rise or set from therein, we didn’t need the shower, we just had wait until it rained and stand in the restroom.. Ants had infested the apartment so badly that one night we awoke to our baby sons cries finding him completely covered by them. Six inch slugs, snakes, rats, mice and wild dogs all had to be contended with alongside the drug and alcohol addicts, hookers, crooks and thieves, this is where God had placed us? At least that is what we thought, how could God allow this to happen, and what was He trying to tell us? How strange it is, when adversity comes we blame others, we blame God and find that we begin to hear Him clearer, or, refuse to hear Him at all.

Psalm 34:3-5 (KJV) O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.5 they looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

Ignorance, desperation and fear, when poverty moves into your life then so too do these other spirits, and eventually God gets blamed.  Poverty brings spirits of destruction with her, addictions (drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, etc.) higher crime rates, higher death rates, all are within the power of poverty, she is the ruling spirit of destruction and her rule is extremely harsh.

You with God are always greater than your circumstances.  Circumstances gives character an opportunity to shine.  Those who have traits that embody those of Christ will go through the circumstance with peace ruling their hearts. Those whose character is situational focused will struggle as they seek to overcome, and those who are just ego will find failure and are doomed to repeat the circumstance until they have seen the way out.  Circumstances come, regardless of who you may be, it is within your spirit that the situation is resolved for good.  We can’t always control what happens to us, but we can always control how we choose to respond. Looking to God is not just a way of comfort but it is the best way to eliminate every situation that may give place to fear. The Psalmist (above) states He will deliver us from “all” our fears. Sure the devil is there to rob, kill, destroy and bring complete destruction but his spirits of fear have no place. We have been greatly delivered from all fear.  Notice the verse says our heart is lightened, the burden is taken; shining faces of victory can be seen by all.

When God is glorified in the midst of dire times, He gives the victory and gains the glory as we declare to others His goodness. His will is never to bring any hurt or harm, that is what Satan does. His will is to walk you through in victory.  We give thanks in the circumstance (not for it) because we know He is bringing through. Many were the times we spend weeping at that No-Tell motel slum, but that is just a relief mechanism because deliverance would come, we just had to remain in attitude of prayer and thankfulness. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Remember that your struggle always leads to might within the spirit and soul. Might is an explosive power, it is the ability to use Gods power in any situation; it is the believers power to achieve. What? Anything that is required, poverty desires destruction but God instills His ability to overcome such.  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 It is not that all things are good but rather that good will come within that circumstance.

Gods plan is always perfect. The best of the Lord comes with attack, God wants the best for you but there are enemies that want the worse.  In cooking we like to say “the juice is in the squeeze” in order to get the most juice from a lemon or lime you must apply pressure to it. Roll it under pressure, then cut it in half and squeeze. It will run freely with its reward, sweet delicious juice. You gain much more juice by applying the pressure.

As the enemy attacks pressure is applied to us, poverty wants our destruction. However as we allow God to lead and guide through that pressure we will come through with something far greater than what we could have thought or dreamed of, a very sweet result.

While seeking the prefect plan of God to lead us out from poverty we know that trouble will come we must keep our eyes upon the Lord, it is His plan that will lead us in hope, that will give us the kind of future that is one of His goodness.

We call Him Father, why, because a father loves and cares for his children. He keeps them from harm and defends them with his life. He always wants only the best for his family. God is the greatest example of what a father is to be.

It is beyond stupidity and very insulting to the Lord when you hear people who say “God did this” some evil twisted thing. Poverty is an evil twisted thing and does not flow from a God who is the great Father.  God does not bring sickness and disease to teach us anything, nor does he sent disasters of any fashion, he does not place His children in destructive situations or kill man, women or babies. It is wrong for someone to says “God took him or her” scripture tells exactly who is the killer and thief: 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.”

To steal: is to scuttle our dreams, dash into pieces our hopes and excitement of God goodness and to crush any action us that will cause us to do better.

To kill: To devastate us through the power of belief in the ability of the enemy, to coerce and force us into deaths grip.

To destroy: To destroy our faith, who we are, our very being, to annihilate our family, to completely crush our relationship with God through extremely harsh circumstances.

That is the squeeze by poverty, but what follows is the promise, that abundant life in Christ.  When the love of God moves upon your heart and into your life all else must move out, and the ruling spirits are driven out as well, including poverty.  Begin to believe the love of God for you, learn and follow His plan and not that of poverty, for God’s plan is always good. Poverty wants you to believe the squeeze is all there is, God knows it’s the juice.

God and you are a winning team. Think of juice as an acronym:

J-Join

U-Us

I-In

C-Creating

E-Excellence

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

Learn in your heart that God will never leave your side. Psalm 118:6 King James Version (KJV) “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” How can you fail, lose, or come to destruction when the creator of heaven and earth is on your side. God and you are winning team.

Excellence is achieved by having a spirit of excellence, how, by and with the Lord. Focus yourself completely on the Lord and what would He do in any and every situation or circumstance.  Colossians 3:23 –“ And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men. Keep your focus on the Lord, when you are joined in spirit with the Lord then excellence flows to you.”   Philippians 4:8 – “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.”

Jesus, Jehovah and The Holy Spirit are all on your side, you are not going through your circumstance alone; God is on your side.  Just stay resolute on the Word, it is your guide into victory and out of poverty. No matter how bad it may look for you stay with the Word and stay in faith. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

Do not stray from what you know to be the goodness of God. Affliction, death and destruction are in the hands of the enemy and the enemy looks for those who stray from the Word and quickly moves to crush them so that they continue to wander away from the Lord. Yet when you fall (falling is not failing) and we all do, run to God, seek his Word for He forgives, He loves and it is He who will pick you up.

Psalms 119:67-68 “ Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word. You are good and do good; teach me your statutes.”

Proverbs 3:5-6  “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”

Isaiah 55:6  “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near.”

Psalm 34:17 “When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.”

2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”

Colossians 1:13 “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.”

We overcome poverty and the spirit of poverty by forcibly driving him out of our lives. Yes by the Word and in the name of Jesus we command it to leave, but we must back that command with our actions. Faith is a force and the application of faith is the weapon that destroys poverty.  We put on that might and do warfare against poverty. Just because you are living within it does means you have to stay in it. All the weapons that the enemy uses against you are completely destroy by staying in the Word, staying in faith.  In faith the question must be asked, who can stand against me, and the answer of course, no-one and nothing, all come to destruction when it is against the Lord, His Word, and His children, those who stay in faith.

Romans 8:37-39 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) “Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors [a]and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things [b]impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,39 Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We were in a horrible place, poor, without proper housing, living a rat infested life. Yet by keeping faith and applying the Word we soon turned that situation around, the No-Tell  motel became a residence  for some under crushing needs, those in turn heard the Word and the slum became repaired to the point where the landlord sold the property. We moved on to another town and our circumstances improved. No, we hadn’t conquered poverty yet, not completely, but by faith life improved.

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:”

Biblical joy is the knowledge that God is in control of your circumstances and allows only that which is good for you into your life. Joy is an established position of contentment, confidence and hope. For most the lie of the enemy is “trials and tribulations draw you closer to God” it is not the trial, the tribulation or the circumstance that draws you closer to the Lord, but rather what you do within those circumstances.  1 Peter 1:6-9 King James Version (KJV)  “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 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: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”

Keep the Word, stay in faith and walk in joy and you with God (your team) will defeat poverty in your life and then have the power to defeat it in others lives as well. Keep these final scripture as your starting point in the destruction of poverty in your life.

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?

Isaiah 41:10 King James Version (KJV) Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Acts 27:25 King James Version (KJV) Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 King James Version (KJV) And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Be alert and on your guard; stand firm in your faith ([a]your conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, keeping the trust and holy fervor born of faith and a part of it). Act like men and be courageous; grow in strength!

Psalm 23 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

Psalm 23

A Psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.

2 He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.

3 He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.

4 Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with [a]oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.

6 Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.

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TRUST: MORE VALUABLE THAN GOLD

We have all heard the quotes “honesty is the best policy” or “walk the talk” however, at times our policies are too self centered and the honesty is to oneself only, or the talk is so foul that even the speaker wouldn’t dare attempt to walk it.  The life free from a broken heart must be one of integrity. Policies that cannot be adhered to, will be broken, speech that causes one to stumble from integrity is not worth voicing. The walk is about honesty and therefore it is about trust, trusting in our word so that others may trust in ourselves.

Let’s just look at the definition of trust before we proceed:

1) reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.

2) confident expectation of something; hope.

3) confidence in the certainty of future

4) a person on whom or thing on which one relies:

5) the condition of one to whom something has been entrusted.

6) the obligation or responsibility imposed on a person in whom confidence or authority is placed:

So then simply put, trust is the combination of the only two things a person actually owns, your name and your word. The breaking of either destroys the other and dissolves all trust, sows doubt and brings disappointment, pain and betrayal to the circumstances in life and will rob you of your joy.

Every relationship requires a high level of trust to flourish, when that trust is broken a withering process takes place and if not acted quickly upon to bring restoration the trust will become destroyed and the betrayer of that trust has broken a part of the implied agreement that forms their relationship. The loss of trust means the loss of safety, security, respect, love and friendship these should be too valuable to anyone to gamble with them.  As we break trust we infuse into a relationship (that once may have been great) anger, insecurity, anxiety and fear, the betrayer of the trust goes quickly from companion to friend, from friend to acquaintance, from an acquaintance to a stranger and soon there is no relationship whatsoever all, they can no longer be trusted.  Their word is worthless, their name becomes abhorrent. As soon as another speaks their name thoughts of evil and anger flood into our mind, a name once thought of in glowing auras now is considered in malevolence. Those two possessions, no longer have value.

Trust between spouses, with parents and children, employers and employees with friends and even with animals is based strictly upon our word and the action we place behind those words. You cannot build a relationship or operate effectively in the absence of trust. Trust is not a product, a service or some kind of good,  trust is not something to be dismissed as futile or immaterial. Trust is the keystone of every relationship. “Mark 3:25 (KJV) And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” Houses of any name or type when they become divided fall and fail because of the loss of trust.

Trust is lost for a host of reasons and attempting to reasoning it out may be an exercise in futility, energy must be spent in the attempts of repairing that trust, if in fact, it can be repaired.  In order to repair it we must trust again, not in oneself or in the one by whom you have been betrayed, but with God, “Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”  Healing for any hurt, or any forgiveness required that needs to be applied, can only proceed from God, He is the only one with whom our trust can be repaired and even replaced.  Our minds are screaming “no” I will never trust that person again,  but that is our understanding talking to our minds loudly and forcibly, the scripture says do not lean upon that understanding for it will not support you, you will fall. Take those thoughts and give them to God He knows how to heal you and bring wholeness to your heart and mind.

We tend to think thoughts that are unhealthy while we hurt, our thoughts tend to be destructive and are not healthy so we must not depend upon those thoughts, but turn them over to God and allow His thoughts and actions to lead us in ours. “Isaiah 55:8-12 (KJV) For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: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.12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” By allowing God to take charge of the hurt and wounded heart we see that trust is restored, healing comes, a washing of the hurting heart is completed so that a need is met and the result is the restortation of our joy.

None of us may fain innocence, we all have broken trust with another, intentionally or not we all stand guilty of the destruction of anothers trust. Therefore, we all must work toward restoration of that trust, capturing the good will of our name and hence the value of our word.  So what do we do, what action must we take to bring repair and restorations to the hearts and minds of those with whom we have broken trust.

1) Understand a violation has occurred.  Regardless of how minor we may view the breach of trust, it is with those whom that breach has occurred that really matter, we may see it small, they see it great, look at it from their point of view and do all you can in your power to repair it. Find common ground to build upon, spoken assurances will only matter when your actions show that your trust can once again be relied upon.  Forgiveness always begins with a willingness to trust again.  Forward is but trust in action.

2) “Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” Maya Angelou. We are human and as such we will make mistakes, the quicker we repair those mistakes the less likely our trust will be destroyed. If we act not upon our hurting heart the break will fester and soon become infected with anger and resentment and trust is destroyed.  Forgiveness is never about being right but rather in doing right, Kenneth Copeland, “Do what is right, do it because it is right, then do it right” this is trust in action.  When trust is broken it requires the action of righteousness to keep one going forward. Righteousness is not just being right, but more powerfully, it is the action of walking right. Look to the politician, they say what is right, but walk in deception, none trust the politician because they do not walk in righteousness.  To walk in righteousness is to allow people to make mistakes, then as they do, we lift them up and lead them in a way in which trust remains. People take risks, they make mistakes, why they even have differing opinions, righteousness, helps you to overcome their errors and allows you to compromise with them while in the midst of conflict. This is called “grace” which always finds a way through. “Psalm 28:7 (KJV) 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.”

Are you willing to walk away or will you look for a small grain of grace and hold on. Grace loves, grace builds, grace forgives, grace encourages, grace restores.  God had lost trust in man and was ready to destroy the entire world for that loss of trust, yet one man, weak, imperfect, bold and brash still found grace in the eyes of the Lord and the world was saved from sure destruction. The ability for God to trust Noah was accounted to Noah as grace and so the world was saved.  Your world too may be shaken, but apply trust and grace will bring restoration.

Trust is the author of patience, trust will wait, for what has been spoken surely will take place. Trust painted with time sees a work of the heart completed.

Trust and integrity are twins, for without one the other cannot be.  As an employer, many are the times people have offered to work for cash, “just keep it off the books”  they say, that way neither employer or employee pay the government the taxes due.  We on the other hand, expect that the government does all they say they will do for us, yet without the funds they cannot and quickly the debt grows. Cheating the government seems like a small thing yet it shows a person’s integrity and the fact that they are not trustworthy.  ”Mark 12:17 King James Version (KJV) And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.”  Here we see that it is a person of integrity  that earns the trust, by simply doing the right thing then God can work through him/her. Trials and judgments should not sway your integrity, stand firm through what the world and the devil may throw at your integrity. You will see that trust will carry you through. God sees that doing right in even the smallest things is part of who you are, a person grounded in integrity and therefore one whom is trustworthy and trusting. “Psalm 26:1 (KJV) Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.” The government may not see our lack of integrity or trustworthiness but God does and our reward is in God and not the government.

We pay the government to do that which the church has not done, therefore we must show integrity so the Lord may bring His blessing upon us. “Deuteronomy 10:16-19 Amplified Bible (AMP) So circumcise [that is, remove sin from] your heart, and be stiff-necked (stubborn, obstinate) no longer. 17 For the Lord your [a]God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, the awesome God who does not show [b]partiality nor take a bribe. 18 He [c]executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and [d]shows His love for the stranger (resident alien, foreigner) by giving him food and clothing. 19 Therefore, show your love for the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” The person of integrity shows it, from a good heart, here we see the reason we should tithe, but as the people of the church do not tithe (only 17% of the church does) the government must step in to do this work and they demand from us much more than the tithe.  So a person of integrity would not do that which may harm another and to cheat the government surely brings harm to others.  Give what belongs to the government and that to which belongs to God, tithes and alms so both may work freely on your behalf. “Matthew 6:1-4 (KJV) Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.”

“The essence of trust is not found in its bind, but in its bond” There are four factors that seal the bond of trust, but before we see those lets look at in the bind of trust.  Think of it as a string tied around the heart, sure it is together, but the hurt is still there.  Have younever cut yourself badly enough to require stitches, after that thread was removed, there was still a scar that reminds you of the injury. The same holds true when we bind our hearts in trust, we want a whole heart, not just the ones which are tied together, yet, even that is better than a heart that has completely lost trust in all. The bond of trust however is so much more.

Look at BOND as an acronym:

B-Believable

O- Objective

N- Nourishing

D- Dependable

Trust is first believable, it keeps confidence, it is honest and sincere.  It is believable because it will not lie, it can lie but it will not.

Trust is objective, it resolves problems, develop the skills required to gain confidence, it will do the right things just because it is the right thing.

Trust is nourishing,  its goal is to see a life is growing in faith, sustained by what is good and never brought down by an action that will hurt, it becomes strong as it is rooted in integrity. It listens well, praises others, encouraging them to move forward, it shows you completely as who you are and says “discard my weaknesses and draw from my strengths.

Trust is dependable, your word is everything, you will fulfill whatever you say even if you are placed at a disadvantage, you are your word.  You are responsible, consistent and what’s more, you are accountable.  You are on time, every time.

So when its all done, your word is your bond, you can trust that.

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Hoodwinked

Have you been hoodwinked, or, perhaps you don’t know what that means, so here is the definition: bamboozled,  tricked, fooled, dupe,  cheat,  conned,  deceived,  ripped off,  scammed,  mislead.  So I ask again, have you been hoodwinked? The answer of course is that we all have, at different times for various reasons. However, there is great deception running rampart in this world. Speaking, whispering lies, attempting to bring us into a place that we no longer can see God, or, even believe in God. Such lies are designed to zap your strength, crumble your faith and dissolve the love that God has for you.lonely isalnd

The enemy (Satan) has designed theselies, they begin as small, little ones, so we will speak them, giving them creedance, then as we speak, so we believe. For we believe that which wehear and of course we believe ourselves first and foremost, even when it is a lie coming from our own mouth. Those little lies like “I don’t feel”, or, “I can’t”, or, “nobody loves me” every confession seals that lie within and soon they grow and become much larger stealing from the very fabric of our faith, are we believing the lies rather than what is the truth.

So let us ask what really is the response of scripture to those little lies, “I don’t feel” well what do your feeling have to with anything at any rate. We believe, feelings change moment by moment, so we must base our faith upon a feeling. One moment someone speaks something that causes our feeling to be assaulted, simply speak the truth and the feeling will change, check your feeling with your mouth, speak what the Lord has spoken over your situation knowing that He has already experienced exactly what you are dealing with. Hebrews 4:14-16 Amplified Bible, “Inasmuch then as we [believers] 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 and cling tenaciously to our absolute trust in Him as Savior]. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin. 16 Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].”  Don’t be hoodwinked, squash what you feel when it is contrary to the love of God, when it does not fall in line with God has said.

What then, when we face situations that appear too great for us. Should we crumble and say “I can’t” or see that there is a better way, don’t be hoodwinked, God is greater. Philippians 4:4-13 Amplified Bible “Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience] be known to all people. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. 7 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].

8 Finally, [a]believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]. 9 The things which you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things [in daily life], and the God [who is the source] of peace and well-being will be with you.

10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord, that now at last you have renewed your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned about me before, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 Not that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances. 12 I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret [of facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need. 13 I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]”  Your needs are already met, whatever you face in life, God is showing you here it is all good, you can do it, regardless of the situation, attacks on your health, attacks on your finances, attacks upon your family, attacks upon your faith, Christ is the way for you to overcome those situations, so stop being hoodwinked by the enemy and saying “I can’t”. Change that to a confession into one of faith by saying “I can do ALL things through Christ who is my source, my strength, my power, the very answer to whatever my need may be, therefore I can.”  We rejoice because we know He has kept His word to be our very help in ANY trouble.

Have you had those failed relationships, you caused them, or, another failed you, time after time you have given your heart only to have it broken in many pieces, and now you are convinced that you are unlovely and unworthy of any kind of love? Well, you have been hoodwinked, you have been deceived, you are loved and as such will be loved and be loving, just change the lie that you see to the truth that is. 1 John 4:10-12 Amplified Bible “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation [that is, the atoning sacrifice, and the satisfying offering] for our sins [fulfilling God’s requirement for justice against sin and placating His wrath]. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us [in this incredible way], we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time. But if we love one another [with unselfish concern], God abides in us, and His love [the love that is His essence abides in us and] is completed and perfected in us.” Consider that God lives and is alive within you, as He lives within you then you are lovely, loving and worthy of being loved. Set aside and forget what you have been told and believe, believe God, it is impossible for God to lie to you Hebrews 6:18 Amplified Bible “so that by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge would have strong encouragement and indwelling strength to hold tightly to the hope set before us.”  He cannot lie, He has given us His promise, so He keeps it, He has given us His oath, therefore it is true.  God promise is a legally binding declaration that gives the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act. The He swears an oath to make it sure.  Learn quickly that as God speaks so it is, yes, in your life.  Nothing, no-one can take from what the Lord has spoken: Psalm 33:6-9 Amplified Bible “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, And all their host by the breath of His mouth.7 He gathers the waters of the sea together as in a wineskin; He puts the deeps in storehouses. 8 Let all the earth fear and worship the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. 9 For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” He spoke and it was complete, boom, complete in you. None can stand before Him, not Satan nor those who have been charged to lie to you, believe God when He says He Loves you. Jesus was sent to live, die and rise again just because He loved you. If you are that special to Him how much more are you to the person God places into your life.

Do not fall for the greatest hoodwink of all time, The Holy Spirit no longer works miracles as he did in the days of the apostles, the day of miracles died when the last apostle died. This is a great lie, it is passed along by educated religious people who know of God but do not know God. Many can study theology and speak long flowing sermons as to why God is no longer the Lord or why He is no longer what He says He is. Are they holy phyciatrictrist?  Well, guess what, God doesn’t need one. He cannot go back upon His Word, so if He has declared or promised something within His Word then He will fulfil it.

Do not be hoodwinked, you are not a lonely tree surrounded by waters of hopelessness. You are a child of the living God, alive within you, your every need is there in the living Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit and He lives in you.  If you consider yourself an island, then be the island of the Lord. Isaiah 60:9 Amplified Bible “The islands and coastlands will confidently wait for Me; And the ships of Tarshish will come first, To bring your sons from far away, Their silver and gold with them, For the name of the Lord your God, For the Holy One of Israel because He has glorified you.”

The Holy Spirit has been given to us today, to live daily, in victory. Regardless of what the “holy phyciatrictrist” may say. God’s commission has not and will never change, that being to give us the mind of Christ so we may think exactly as He does. Allowing us to have victory in our daily lives. 1 Corinthians 2:10-16 Amplified Bible “For God has unveiled them and revealed them to us through the [Holy] Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things [diligently], even [sounding and measuring] the [profound] depths of God [the divine counsels and things far beyond human understanding]. 11 For what person knows the thoughts and motives of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So also no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the [Holy] Spirit who is from God, so that we may know and understand the [wonderful] things freely given to us by God. 13 We also speak of these things, not in words taught or supplied by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual thoughts with spiritual words [for those being guided by the Holy Spirit].

14 But the natural [unbelieving] man does not accept the things [the teachings and revelations] of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness [absurd and illogical] to him; and he is incapable of understanding them, because they are spiritually discerned and appreciated, [and he is unqualified to judge spiritual matters]. 15 But the spiritual man [the spiritually mature Christian] judges all things [questions, examines and applies what the Holy Spirit reveals], yet is himself judged by no one [the unbeliever cannot judge and understand the believer’s spiritual nature]. 16 For who has known the mind and purposes of the Lord, so as to instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ [to be guided by His thoughts and purposes].

 

 

 

 

 

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