Ever feel like a lonely tree on a sand bar in the middle of the ocean, your the only one, whisperers speaking to you words that they say, “You can’t do that.” How often through our lives do we hear those words, how often those words shape who we will become, if believed we soon find ourselves, unable to cope with or manage someone or something and as soon we we failure all about. Failure based upon a lie that we put faith in and then believed and set our confession into making it happen.
My first television show I was told “you can’t do that,” why, I asked? Well you have never done anything to do with television, you don’t know anything regarding broadcasting, they were right, I didn’t, so I went on to find out how and produced the first religious broadcast in my area which opened the doors for many others, I did what they said I can’t. This opened the doors for a few years later when we produced Divine Cuisne which was broadcast on 400 stations and 5 satellite networks, yet they said “I can’t do that”.
I wrote millions of cookbooks, but, I was told, “you can’t do that” why, I asked? Well, you never wrote a cookbook before, you do not know anything about publishing books. They were right, I didn’t, but I can learn, I learned of page layouts, designs, paper weight and quality, I learned of binding options, color plates, shipping and so many other areas of book binding, right down to finding out a very little known sandwich called the bookbinder. Simply 1 was released in 1 million copies, Simply 2 1.7 million in 19 languages and sold in 64 countries. Yet they said “I can’t do that”.
I have heard those words so often, you can’t be minister you are an ex-Jehovah’s Witness, they actually ushered me out of bible school, so I became a teacher, pastor, evangelist. You can’t be a chef, so I become a very good one, today I hold an MBA in hospitality.
Those little words are a trap, anyone who follows them loses, we must decide we cannot lose. Are that is required is instead of listening to what people say, we make the choice, what does God say. In Philippians He gives the key to make it through, 4:13-19 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” King James Version (KJV)
Notice that first word is “I” this scripture is about you, and your ability to accomplish that which is your intent. Some people are gifted to do certain things, athletes, business, science, some are geniuses, but often they too will fail when placed against someone who believes the scripture.
A careful reading and staying context with this scripture Paul is referring to the meeting of financial standing, being poor God will meet the needs, “I can do all things” being rich, money and status shall not change who we are in Christ.
When a great trial comes, we know we will see it through, for we have declared within our heart, “I can do all things, through Christ”. Paul said in verse 19, “My God shall supply all your need”, James said James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” New International Version (NIV)
Joy we see means; “God’s divine favor upon us”, so then we are to walk in the gift of joy. When this joy is upon us, nothing is impossible for us since we are favored by God. I am God’s favorite, but what is really great is that so are you. The practice of living in what Jesus and the Father have said brings their favor upon us, this flows from us causing others to grant us favor as well. Proverb 3:1-4, “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 shall thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and men”.
How then do we maintain this joy at all times? The word gives us the answer to this as well, turn to the book of Philippians 4:4-7, “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing: but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.
Rejoice? What is the meaning of this word? Here the word rejoice comes from the Greek word “Chario”, the word is an ancient greeting, meaning, health and prosperity to you, be calm, happy and well off. The Amplified version of the Word says regarding this passage of scripture. “Rejoice in the Lord always- delight, gladden, yourselves in Him; again I say, Rejoice. Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness-your considerateness, your forbearing spirit. The Lord is near-He is coming soon. Do not fret or have anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition [definite requests] with thanksgiving continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [be yours, that, tranquil state of a soul assured salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with your earthly lot, of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding, shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus”.
Be careful for nothing, have no worry, concerns or apprehension, we face every situation, every circumstance with the power that comes through rejoicing. The circumstance that you are in today, look to it and rejoice, or in other words greet it. For you can overcome it, don’t hear, “you can’t do that.”
Now I did not say welcome it, I said greet it. How? By speaking into it the health and prosperity of the Word, the Words of greeting, thus rejoicing. God will then take and turn it into whatever His Word may declare about it.
This what Paul is expressing in verse 6 of chapter 4, don’t take on any worry, no doubt or confusion when dealing with the problem. When you greet the circumstance with rejoicing you are dealing with faith. Knowing that faith is the substance of the answer for all hope has given, all turning to joy, your greeting will be one of hope rather than despair.
Faith is now, or in the presence, hope is future, so by greeting your circumstance with faith you bring the future into the now, thus gaining the desired result both now and in the future.
We push forward into a very special “Koinonia”, Koinonia’s primary meaning is “fellowship, sharing in common, communion. It is through this joyful Koinonia that God’s peace may come upon you, for through faith you are greeting the answer into your life. There should be no worry in your life when you know that the answer to your problem is already met. If you get a bill for $100 dollars and you have a $1000 in your bank account, you greet the bill with words such as, “well, I’ll just sit down and write out a check for this right now”. No worries, you are rejoicing in the bill, not because of it, but because you can pay it. We need to learn to do the same in faith when we get the $1000 dollar bill and only have the $100 in the bank. For faith will cause it to be paid. We see this in verse seven. God’s peace keeps us rejoicing in Him. Greeting or welcoming Him into our circumstances.
Now there is another Greek word for rejoice in the Bible it is the word; “euphraino”, it means; “to be put in a good frame of mind, to be merry”. Look to, Acts 2:25-28, (Amplified version), “For David says in regard to Him, I saw the Lord constantly before me, for He is at my right hand that I may not be shaken or overthrown or cast down [from my secure and happy state]. Therefore my heart rejoiced, and tongue exulted exceedingly; moreover my flesh also will rest in hope-will encamp, pitch its tent and dwell on hope [in anticipation of the resurrection]. For you will not abandon My soul, leaving it helpless in hades [the state of departed spirits], nor let Your Holy One know decay or see destruction [of the body after death]. You have made known to Me the ways of life; You will enrapture Me-diffusing My soul with joy-with and in your presence”. Here all the keys of defeating life’s circumstances are given over to us. They all come through rejoicing or from having a good frame of mind through a life in Christ Jesus the risen Lord of Glory.
Key 1, Constantly have the Lord before you. This means in every situation and every circumstance. How can you not be in a good frame of mind? Learn to take up your residence in Him, He said to abide in Him meaning to live in Him, to settle down (as if you have made a homestead) in Christ Jesus. Have Him in the foremost part of your heart and mind daily. Learn to do as David did, rejoice in the Lord at all times. There can be no better definition of Koinonia than this.
Key 2, Allow the Lord to stand with you when you are faced with your decisions. The results will be that you will not be shaken, overthrown or cast down. You will be safe and secure, happy and merry.
Key 3, Allow your heart to be in a good frame of mind, in other words be at peace. Take no worry upon yourself, no need to when God is in control.
Key 4, Speak the Word of a peaceful merry heart. What is this word, it is the Word of praise. Why do we sing the praises of God, because He has sung the praises of us. He makes such declarations as “this is my son, he loves me and spends his time in my presence, I rejoice in his faith in Me”. So we too should be making equally high praises to and of God.
Key 5, Move your flesh from what can be seen, into the realm of hope in God. In other words “don’t believe what you see, see what you believe”.
Key 6, Know that God will never abandon you, backslidden people abandon God not the other way around. A backslidden person is simply a person that has allowed Satan to defeat him. I wonder how many Christians in churches every week are really backslidden because they live lives of defeat? Know that God will never leave you so why should you or would you leave Him. He’ll bring us into victory when we rejoice in Him. Hebrews 13:5 (KJV) 5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Key 7, Study God’s Word so that the ways of life are made known unto you. Joshua 1:8 (KJV) 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.
Now you have discovered what it means to rejoice from the New Testament. Let us now look at the Old Testament meaning. The first word is “Samach”, this word means to “brighten up”. Allow the brightness of the glory of God to shine through you. Deuteronomy 30:8-10, And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the Lord, and do all His commandments which I command thee this day. And the Lord thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the Lord will again rejoice over thee for good, as He rejoiced over thy fathers: If thou shalt harken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul”. Our obedience to the Lord causes Him to be joyful and bright, giving us His blessing. We in turn brighten up (become encouraged, hopeful and happy) in knowing that our God is ever pleased by us through our faith in Him.
To brighten up means; to experience the glory of God. We’ve heard that people have aura’s, well if they do, they don’t compare with the person who shows forth the glory of God. Moses spent so much time in God’s presence that his face literally shone with God’s glory. What Moses experienced was to be only a prelude to the glory that Jesus chose to leave upon all those who had Koinonia Him. How much more should we receive that glory, knowing that the glory of God, Jesus, His Son indwells us? John 17:20-24, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which believe on me through their word: That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory that thou gavest me I have given them; that they be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou hast loved me before the foundations of the world”.
There is still another meaning for the word rejoice in the Old Testament and that is “giyl”, this word means to “spin around”. When the divine favor of God is shown upon you, in you and around you, you will rejoice in Him, spinning and dancing in the Lord for joy. It is called rejoicing in the Lord. Let’s return to Psalm 16:8-9, “I have set the Lord always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope”. In God’s glory we rejoice, God’s glory as we have seen is Christ Jesus. As the glory of God comes upon us, we will live a life of utter joy, even when we face the most difficult of trials, we will do more than just succeed. We will glory in the presence of God, rejoicing for He has become our joy. 1 Thessalonians 5:18-23, Amplified version, “Thank [God] in everything-no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks; for this is will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will]. Do not quench (suppress or subdue) the (Holy) Spirit. Do not spurn the gifts and utterances of the prophets-do not depreciate prophetic revelations, nor despise inspired instruction or exhortation or warning. But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast. Abstain from evil-shrink from it and keep aloof from it-in whatever form or whatever kind it may be. And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through-that is, separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God-and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah”.
To have relief from unbelief, worry, frustration we need but follow the life advise given within this scripture:
Thank God, praise and rejoice is an incredible key to life’s success. Notice that the circumstances could not be a reason or an excuse to not be thankful, but thankfulness drives away all circumstances including worry.
Koinonia with the Holy Spirit, He is the best way to keep one’s mind safe and free from depression, we may quench the Holy Spirit simply by not heeding His advice. Whether it comes directly from Him or through prophetic utterance listen carefully and act attentively to what He may say. Certainly test and prove the Spirit, but once you have it confirmed within yourself, act quickly upon it.
Keep free from sin, sin will destroy all that you are trying so hard to achieve in Christ. Sin is Satans way of causing one to live far below the best of God. So separate yourself, whatever may be seen as sin in you, keep free from.
The application of the peace of God, is the walk in the Koinonia you have with God, seek always to deepen it in with pure fellowship. Never get too busy for God, plan your schedule around the time you spend with God, all else may wait as you wait upon the Lord. The fellowship you spend with God will assure His peace in you.
The result will always be a worry free life in your entire being, spirit, soul and body.
The Art of Giving and Receiving
Koinonia is the energy field of fellowship, of that there can be no doubt. Our fellowship lay in the hands of the creator, through our close fellowship with Him, walking and communing with Him then His creative force is transferred to us. We see this type of Koinonia with God and Adam until that relationship was severed, Adam flowed with God’s creative ability, so can (must) we, as we flow in fellowship with God.
Within that energy field is all of creation, “energy flows where attention goes”. This is much more than a key in the law of attraction. The law of attraction will have you focus upon a desire and through some marvelous workings of the universe it will become yours. Focus your energy on the desire and soon it is complete, attention that is frayed and become distracted splits the energy needful to accomplish anything creative. Your creative energy is in the fellowship you have with Christ. For we know that Koinonia is the walk of love, fellowshipping in Christ
Colossians 1:16 “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” New International Version (NIV)
A desire to present and a desire to receive.
Circumstance: is just evidence of current reality, therefore subject to change.
Gratitude, think about it, thank about it = brings about it.
Visualize, feel it = materializes.
Believe you deserve it. When you see it, it is already yours. If you are thinking debt (even thinking of getting out of it) you will have debt. Focus on the opposite of debt, think on that and you will be free from debt. Focus on the fight, the fight remains, what you resist, persists. What ever your anti it remains, be pro instead of against. Surround yourself, within and without with your belief. What you believe you are, that is what you are. You need to Love you. Others cannot create your happiness, just as you cannot create theirs, we are required to create our own happiness, what makes you happy, then work toward it. You can do it, forget “you can’t.”
Disease = dis-ease, anything you are not at ease with, stress is the enemy, stress brings dis-ease. Focus on wholeness, remove the stress and the dis-ease goes, incurable no hope (place a hyphen) in-curable now the word means curable from within, all has hope.2 Corinthians 8:7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. (KJV)
Have you ever wondered how it was that the Apostle Paul could say to this church that they abound in EVERYTHING. That is a real commendation. Everything is an all encompassing word.
This church had many differing problems, many that would destroy most Christians today, yet he say’s that they abound in everything. There just must have been something great happening in the church, or maybe they were just special, or maybe they had learned just what to do in all areas of faith.
No, it was none of these things, we are missing examining one small word, “AS”. He said as they abound, therefore the work was a growth process, and the church was encouraged to continue therein. Growing and reaching forth in all areas of faith. So too is the church today encouraged to do the same, push it forward in the gifts and abilities of God. No where in scripture does God say “you can’t”.
Paul didn’t tell them they had arrived and had no need to continue to do that which had brought them into victory. He said AS you abound, so then what does it mean to abound.
Abound comes from the Greek words:
1) to superabound
1a) of things
1a1) to exist in abundance
1a2) to increase
1a3) be augmented
2) to make to increase: one in a thing
1) to exceed a fixed number of measure, to be left over and above a certain number or measure
1a) to be over, to remain
1b) to exist or be at hand in abundance
1b1) to be great (abundant)
1b2) a thing which comes in abundance, or overflows unto one, something falls to the lot of one in large measure
1b3) to redound unto, turn out abundantly for, a thing
1c) to abound, overflow
1c1) to be abundantly furnished with, to have in abundance, abound in (a thing), to be in affluence
1c2) to be pre‑eminent, to excel
1c3) to excel more than, exceed
2) to make to abound
2a) to furnish one richly so that he has abundance
2b) to make abundant or excellent
So then Paul had it in his heart that the church would grow and become prosperous in the areas that he lists within this verse. Those areas are: Faith, Utterence, Knowledge, Diligence, Love and Giving.
In order to be an abounding church we must become masters of these areas. To leave one of them out in our lives is to give a mandate for failure to occur in that area. We must settle in our hearts forever that we want to succeed and be an abounding, superabundant person so that the church may be likewise, for the church is made up of individuals and when one is not abounding then it becomes the responsibility of the others to lift that one up and see that they excel and exceed as well. It becomes the responsibility of the entire church to furnish one richly so that he has abundance.
How, by taking hold of the promises of God that have been given to us freely through the shed blood of Jesus.
2 Peter 1:4‑8 “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. (KJV)
Once again Peter is sharing the same encouragement as did Paul in order that one may abound in all the promises of God.
These men had keyed into the fact that the life spend for Jesus was the life of success, they niether complained nor gave up on what they had come to value above their very lives. The walking in the promises of the blood covenant. Nor should we. As we push forward in faith, we develop our lives in fellowship, we are the redeemed of the Lord, and if so, then we are the ones with the abounding lifestyles.
Proverbs 28:20, “A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.” (KJV)
Once we have developed the areas of Faith, Utterence, Knowledge, Diligence, Love and Giving we must always be found faithful. Never is the quality of faithfulness of greater importance than that of standing in faith for the abounding lifestyle, (we’ll examine this closer when we discuss faith in later notes). For now know that Solomon in his wisdom shows that faithfulness is the road to the blessings of God.
Be found faithful, it means that you are steadfast in that which you believe, nothing and no-one may steal it from you, there is a great steadiness and firmness in the faithful’s stand. You hold the ways of God with all fidelity.
Romans 15:13 “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” (KJV)
The best way to hold onto the life that abounds is to remain in the hope that is developed within the Holy Spirit. Notice too that this passage of scripture tells us that God will fill us with joy and peace while we are in the process of believing Him for the abounding life of hope. So then we must also add to our list of areas required for the abounding life, hope.
This list of areas are not works that we must perform in order that the blessings of God come upon us, but rather they are graces of God that we may accomplish within we live, and we do need to accomplish them.
2 Corinthians 9:8 “ And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:” (KJV)
Finally, look at Psalm 118:6 “ The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” and Hebrews 13:6 “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” King James Version (KJV) There should never be anything you cannot do, forget those who tell you so, for in God, we can do it, He is on your side.