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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Liar, Liar, Pants DEFINITELY on Fire! [re-post]

Updated and improved!

Satan has one objective in mind...to keep us from understanding that we are one Spirit with the Lord, filled up to all the fulness of God. [2 Corinthians 1:20, Ephesians 3:19] He does not want us to know that we are called to reign in life and that the Father has gladly given us the kingdom. [Romans 5:17, Luke 12:32]

He wants us to feel afraid—helpless and alone. To feel separate from God, separate from Jesus. And he really loves to make us feel guilty and unworthy—to keep us beating ourselves up over and over again over some sin. He does not want us to know that we've been forgiven, once for all time, past, present and future, and that God doesn't even remember our sin! [Jeremiah 31:34]

And he really doesn't want us to know we've been strengthened with ALL POWER in our inner man! [Colossians 1:11, Ephesians 3:16]

He will throw everything at us—any circumstance, any weapon—to keep us from finding out who we really are in Christ. His worst nightmare is that we just might find out that Jesus is the Word and we're the Word multiplied! [Acts 12:24] That by believing, we're freed from all things, from which we could not be freed through the Law of Moses! [Acts 13:39]

He knows that He [the Father] Who did not spare His own Son but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him FREELY GIVE US ALL THINGS. [Romans 8:32]

He also knows that we have the power to overcome him by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. He was watching, I'm sure, when Jesus explained that the physical, natural world obeys us! He will do anything to keep us from finding out the truth!

He'll keep preachers preaching all sorts of error and keep us singing songs like 'He gives and takes away'...he'll keep us in Old Covenant thinking as much as possible, where we are 'down here' and God is 'up there.'

Because he knows the truth. He knows exactly who we are in Christ, how powerful we really are and that we are joint heirs with the Heir of all things. [Hebrews 1:2, Romans 8:17]

He knows that we are from God, an that greater is He Who is in us than he [Satan] who is in the world. [1 John 4:4]

He just can't afford for us to find out.

How It’s Supposed to Work
I think this is how it's really supposed to work.

Let's say we are standing in faith for protection from harm [no harm befalls the righteous—Proverbs 12:21 and all of Psalm 91]. But if the destroyer managed to get through, say with sickness or accident aimed at a loved one, we would simply lay hands on them and they would be healed. If he still managed to break through and kill them, we would simply raise them up. Failing that, we would understand that we are already seated with them in heavenly places in Christ anyway. [Ephesians 2:6]

Now that's walking in absolute power and victory! 2 Corinthians says 'But thanks be to God, Who ALWAYS LEADS US IN TRIUMPH IN CHRIST, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.' Satan is a spirit—he sees and knows exactly who we are in the Spirit.

And I do mean all believers walking in this kind of power and victory, not just a few famous preachers on TV! Proving what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God! [Romans 12:2]

Why Did Jesus Come?
Did you know that Jesus already had authority over all the power of the enemy? He came to give that authority back to us...the authority usurped in the Garden of Eden!

In Luke 10, He gave that authority to His disciples—unregenerate men! How much more do we who are one Spirit with the Lord have such authority?

1 John 3:8 tell us plainly that 'The Son of God appeared for this purpose, TO DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL.' And John 14:12 says that we are to do greater works than He did...how? Because instead of one Son of God, working in one place at one time, now there are many sons and daughters, filled with His power, in many places and in many times!

So what's a devil to do? Stop it any way he can! Kill, steal, destroy, deceive...lie, lie, lie. Keep us so confused by sermons like 'sometimes the answer is no...' and funeral messages like 'we don't know why God took this 12 year old...' that we spend all our time in doubt and despair. Attack our bodies, steal our wealth and blame it all on God. What good is a tissue paper helmet of salvation anyway? If we don't think our salvation is anything more than fire insurance, it's not going to protect us from anything!

Ephesians 6 teaches that we struggle with powerful spiritual enemies. Now, if God says that He always leads us in triumph and we overwhelmingly conquer through Him Who loved us [Romans 8:37] than our armor and weapons are designed to work! If it is His will for us to win (and it is), we must be able to!

1 Corinthians 15:57 says

'...but thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Or 2 Corinthians 2:14…

‘But thanks be to God, Who ALWAYS leads us in TRIUMPH in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.

How about 1 John 5:4?

'For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.'

The Bottom Line
The bottom line is John 10:10. "The thief comes ONLY to STEAL and KILL and DESTROY. I [Jesus] came that they may have LIFE, and have it abundantly." [John 10:10]

This is Jesus speaking, giving us a cheat sheet to who's doing what to whom. An interesting aside—this verse can also be translated '...and have abundance.'

If you can keep this always in mind, it will help when the deceiver strikes, whispering that [fill in the problem] is really from God.

Especially when it involves death, either of a loved one, or death in any area of life. God has PLAINLY stated that death is the last ENEMY [1 Corinthian 15:26] and that His will is that His [Jesus] enemies be made a FOOTSTOOL for His feet. [Psalm 110:1, Luke 20:43, Acts 2:35, Hebrews 1:13, Hebrews 10:13]

And this will blow your mind…He’s WAITING for death to be made a footstool! God says in Psalms 110:

“Sit at My [The Father] right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” The Lord will stretch forth Your [Jesus] STRONG SCEPTER from ZION [we’ve already come to Mt. Zion, seated in Him in heavenly places] SAYING “Rule in the midst of Your enemies.” YOUR people will volunteer freely in the day of YOUR POWER, in holy array, from the womb of the dawn, Your youth are to you as the dew.” [Psalm 110:5-7]

HALLELUJAH! Ephesians and Colossians tell us in several place that we are filled with DUNAMIS [gr]—miracle-working power—and we are to release that power to allow God to make His enemies His footstool now by SAYING. It’s all about Him working more than we can ask or think according the POWER that works WITHIN—in, by, with—us! We don’t do it, He does it through us.

That’s why we’re supposed to be reigning in life—Romans 5:17 and healing the sick, raising the dead, cleansing lepers, casting out demons [Matthew 10:7, 8]

So NEVER let anyone, especially a preacher, tell you that God has taken—Christian speak for killed—your loved one because it’s just not true. He considers death an enemy [1 Corinthians 15:26] and so should you!

Job may have said ‘The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away’ but it does NOT apply to us. We are ONE Spirit with the Lord, His Body in the earth. When we FINALLY realize the we died at Calvary with Jesus [Romans 6:6, Galatians 2:20] and it is He alone that lives in us through the Holy Spirit, we will start to walk in the power, love and dominion that is our birthright. We are heirs of God and fellow or joint heirs with Christ! [Romans 8:17]

One more thing…

‘For in Him ALL THE FULLNESS OF DEITY dwells in bodily form, and IN HIM YOU HAVE BEEN MADE COMPLETE…’ [Colossians 2:9,10]

And…

‘…that He would grant YOU, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power [DUNAMIS] through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that YOU may be filled up to ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD.

‘Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power [DUNAMIS] that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen—SO BE IT.’ [Ephesians 3:16-21]

Finally…

‘By this, love is PERFECTED in us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because AS HE IS, SO ALSO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD.’ [John 4:17]

Yes, that’s the Holy Spirit praying for you, and me, and all the saints…no one left out. Hallelujah!

Okay, I’m back…

It’s A Fact
It's a fact. We've been lied to and those lies have rendered us powerless and defeated.

But now is the time to shake off defeat and rise up in triumph! Think about words like triumph, victory, conquer...these are strong words of successful warfare, and God—GOD—spoke them over us. The same God Who spoke the world into existence has spoken words like triumph, victory and conquer ABOUT US!

But How…
Someone online has called them the 'cursed hows.' I love that! Because if we continually focus on the natural 'hows' we can never fully walk in the triumphs of faith.

What does 1 John 5:4 says is the VICTORY that has OVERCOME the world? OUR FAITH! The real how—how God prepared the worlds [Hebrews 11:3]—is faith!

Faith is the assurance—the SUBSTANCE [existence, foundation, substructure]—of THINGS hoped for, the conviction [proof or evidence] of THINGS not seen. The Greek word for things in this scripture is pragma—that which has been done, a deed, and ACCOMPLISHED FACT; what is being done or accomplished, THAT WHICH IS OR EXISTS, a thing.

Do these things stay unseen? This is a popular argument against using faith to manipulate the natural world—that our blessings and the promises of God are only on the spiritual plane. Are the worlds still unseen? Or were they just unseen in the physical realm before God spoke them into existence by His faith? Did He see them first, before speaking them into natural form or did He create without any idea of what He was creating? Did He see first and then speak? Are the worlds spinning in order or is the universe just some orderless chaos?

We are told in 2 Corinthians 4:18 to look at the unseen—that which is eternal—because that which is seen is temporary. Didn't Jesus demonstrate this by speaking to all kinds of temporary, physical things and telling them what to do? Telling fig trees to die and fish to scoop up coins, and bodies to heal and dead people to rise up? Telling pots of water to turn into wine or storms to cease?

And didn't He then tell us to do the same?

It is our job—our calling and our privilege—to bring the natural world into alignment with the will of God! Jesus told us to pray "...Your will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven..." God Himself said "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea" [Habakkuk 2:14] and "...as I lie, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord." [Numbers 14:21]

Plus, don’t forget [and watch out for villagers with torches]…

“The glory which You have given Me I HAVE given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one…” [John 10]

As the temple of old was filled with His glory, so are we. Jesus said it—it’s in RED— so don’t yell at me.

Now you know why I disabled comments on this site…

Ephesians 1:9,10 says:

'He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an ADMINISTRATION SUITABLE TO THE FULLNESS OF TIMES, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.'

We are to administer His kingdom on the earth! To bring His will into physical reality...His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven!

What is the will of God in Heaven? All of His already finished works! [Hebrews 4:3] Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places! [Ephesians 1:3] Everything pertaining to life and godliness through the true knowledge of Him Who called us by His own glory and excellence—His precious and magnificent promises, by which we become partakers of the diving nature! [2 Peter 1:3,4]

And we are the agents who are to cover the earth with His glory…the very Body of Christ, one Spirit with the Lord, with the Mind of Christ!

Surrounded
Did you know that the Seraphim—majestic beings in Heaven—are continuously calling to each other "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of Hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory." [Isaiah 6:3]

Did you also know that we are surrounded by songs or shouts of deliverance? [Psalm 32:7] Surrounded by His favor like a shield? [Psalm 5:12]

Actually, the Bible says we're surrounded by a lot of things, both good and evil! There's a lot of activity going on around us, and we're meant to know and understand it—see the unseen—and reign in life through the One, Christ Jesus!

Live in the seen, work in the unseen. Dominate the enemy and his works by faith, prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

"No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and EVERY TONGUE that accuses you in judgment you will condemn." [Isaiah 54:17]

Who is the accuser of the brethren? Satan is and he's been thrown down! [Revelations 12:10] His weapons against us are words, just like our weapon against him is the Word—the Sword of the Spirit! [Ephesians 6:17]

2 Corinthians 10:4 says that '...the weapons of our warfare are NOT of the flesh, but DIVINELY POWERFUL for the destruction of fortresses.'

Yes, divinely powerful, for the express purpose of WINNING! In spite of the many, many sermons which have explained over the years that God is glorified in our defeat, we are built to win! To cover the earth with the glory of God! This is His true plan, and Satan knows it.

So Now What?
WAKE UP!! 'Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.' [Isaiah 60:1]

Don't listen to lies...resist the devil, and he will flee! The Greek word for flee is pheugo...to flee away, seek safety by flight, to flee something abhorrent, to escape safely out of danger! He knows that when we finally turn our power toward him, he will have to flee to seek safety from that danger!

He knows we're dangerous...time for us to know it, too.

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Read Lies, Lies, LiesFear—The Deadly EnemyFearWhat Are the Giants Saying to YouWow! [That's all I could think of...]Camping in the DesertBoundGod Isn't Holding Back 2

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Safe

Here is some excellent Word to pray and say over yourself and your family…remember, you’ve been made the righteousness of God in Christ! [2 Corinthians 5:21]

‘For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.’ [Psalm 27:5]

‘You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues.’ [Psalm 31:20]

‘You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.’ [Psalm 32:7]

‘I have called upon You, for You will answer me, O God; incline Your ear to me, hear my speech. Wondrously show Your lovingkindness, O Savior of those who take refuge at Your right hand from those who rise up against them. Keep me as the apple of the eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings from the wicked who despoil me, my deadly enemies who surround me.’ [Psalm 17:6-9]

‘He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.’ [Psalm 40:2]

‘He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!" 

‘For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper And from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark. 

‘You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day; of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.

‘A thousand may fall at your side And ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not approach you. You will only look on with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. 

‘For you have made the LORD, my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place. No evil will befall you, nor will any plague come near your tent. 

‘For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, that you do not strike your foot against a stone. 

‘You will tread upon the lion and cobra, the young lion and the serpent you will trample down.’ 

"Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation.” [Psalm 91]

‘You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait [hope, expect] for Your Word.’ [Psalm 119:114]

"No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD. [Isaiah 54:17]

"No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.” [Joshua 1:5]

‘For it is You Who blesses the righteous man, O Lord, You surround him with favor as with a shield.’ [Psalm 5:12]

‘You have enclosed me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me.’ [Psalm 139:5]

‘But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One Who lifts my head.’ [Psalm 3:3]

'The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe.' [Proverbs 18:10]

"Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, now I will arise," says the Lord; "I will set him in the safety for which he longs." [Psalm 12:5]

'The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted—set safely on high.' [Proverbs 29:25]

‘Uphold me that I may be safe, that I may have regard for Your statutes continually. [Psalm 119:117]

‘…and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…’ [Ephesians 2:6]

Meditate on your complete safety in Christ Jesus. We are in Him, made complete in Him. 

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Meditations & Confessions

Meditate and confess one or more of these out loud as many times as you need to calm your spirit and boost your faith...they are all directly from the Word.

I am One Spirit with the Lord, filled with His Spirit...the Father and Son dwell in this earthen vessel by the power of the Holy Spirit. I am the temple of God, filled with His glory.

I am the righteousness of God in Christ—I have been MADE the righteousness of God in Christ, and my righteousness is of HIM. I am established in righteousness and I DO NOT FEAR.

I have received the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness and I reign IN LIFE through the One, Christ Jesus. I am filled with the Glory of God.

God my Father accomplishes what concerns me and removes every obstacle from my way. He is my Deliverer and the lifter of my head. He is the God of hope Who fills me with ALL joy and peace in believing so that I abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

My way is built up and every obstacle is removed from my path. The Lord goes before me and Himself fights on my behalf; He is my rear guard and angels protect me in all my ways. The evil one DOES NOT TOUCH ME.

Death and life, blessing and cursing, are all in the power [hand] of my tongue, for me to choose. Therefore I choose life and blessing and prosperity! I walk in the blessings of Abraham and of Deuteronomy 28 daily, and I am redeemed from the curse of the Law. I am the head and NOT the tail, blessed coming in and going out.

Jesus has become to me Wisdom—I have the mind of Christ. I have an anointing from the Holy One and I know—understand—all things.

I am surrounded by favor as a shield…everything I touch prospers, and ALL things work together for my good. Every promise of God is YES for me, and I believe that what I say happens.

As He is, so am I in the earth. I am born of God and have overcome evil spirits. Greater is He Who is in me than he who is in the world. I am more than a conqueror through Him Who loved me.

I am a descendant of the righteous—all who see me says “Surely that one is blessed of the Lord.” I am mighty in the earth—I am taught of the Lord and my SHALOM well-being is great.

God Himself continually grants me peace—shalom—in every circumstance! He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that I ask or think according to the power that works in me.

The Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord gives grace and glory. No good thing does He withhold from me because in Jesus, I am upright before Him. He Who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give me all things?

God is my refuge and fortress...I trust in Him. Angels have been given charge over me and guard me in all my ways. No evil shall befall me, no plague shall come near my dwelling. I tread upon the lion and cobra, the young lion and the serpent I trample down. Because I have loved Him, He has delivered me; He has set me securely on high, because I have known His name. I call upon Him and He answers me; He is with me in trouble; He rescues me and honor me. With a long life He satisfies me and lets me see His salvation.

I have been strengthened with all miracle-working power in my inner man...I am rooted and grounded in love and I know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge. I am filled up to all the fullness of God.

I am blessed with Abraham the Believer. The promises were spoken to him and to his seed...I belong to Christ and I am Abraham's descendant, an heir according to promise. His blessings of favor, strength, and wealth are mine every day.

If God is for me, who can be against me? No man can stand before me any of the days of my life...just as He was with Moses and Joshua; He is with and in me.

No weapon formed against me shall prosper and every tongue that accuses in judgment I will condemn. No harm befalls me because I've been made the righteousness of God in Christ. He strengthens me and protects me from ALL evil.

HALLELUJAH!!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Ever Wonder Why...

…you feel the same as you did when you were young, as though you’ve never aged? Then you look in the mirror and WHOA! Who IS that old person?

I was having this discussion with my family over Thanksgiving and the answer came out of my mouth before I realized it…

Your spirit is eternal! Backwards, forwards, up, down—eternal! NOT linear, although we count the years in a straight line from birth to death.

But that’s just the physical reckoning, based on the physical rotation of a physical earth around a physical sun, creating day and night—time. It has NOTHING to do with the spirit within.

Luke 11:50 says the blood of the prophets were shed since the foundation of the world! Ephesians 1:4 says that we were chosen IN HIM before the foundation of the world. And He told Jeremiah that He knew him BEFORE He formed him in the womb! [Jeremiah 1:5]

That spirit is the one who was crucified with Jesus, buried with Him in baptism, raised up together with Him and seated with Him in heavenly places…right now! [Colossians 2:12,13; Ephesians 4:3-7]

If you are in Christ Jesus, you have been born again—not of seed which is perishable but IMPERISHABLE, that is, through the living and enduring Word of God… [1 Peter 1:23] But it is not your body, or even your mind, that has been born again—it is your eternal spirit, now born from the seed of the Word of God. The same seed planted in the womb of a young virgin girl…He is the Word, we are the Word multiplied! [read One with the Word, The Jesus Blueprint, Thoughts on the New Birth]

Don’t get mad at me…this is Bible truth!

Your spirit—the one who feels ageless—is in fact, ageless! And living in multiple dimensions at the same time! Trapped in an aging, earthen vessel while at the same time seated with and in Him in heavenly places!

And that same spirit is one Spirit with the Lord! ONE SPIRIT WITH THE LORD!!

Here’s how Paul puts it:

“I have been crucified with Christ; and 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 up for me.” [Galatians 2:20]

And it’s good for your body, as well:

‘But if the Spirit of Him Who raised Jesus from the dead DWELLS IN YOU, He Who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also GIVE LIFE TO YOUR MORTAL BODIES through His Spirit WHO DWELLS IN YOU.’ [Romans 8:11]

‘Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit Who is in you, Whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?’ [1 Corinthians 6:19]

Just stop and think about Who is looking out through those eyes of yours…

Spirit
Furthermore, words are spirit, spoken forth into the natural, or physical, realm. Furthermore, words are spirit, spoken forth into the natural, or physical, realm.

We know this because Jesus said that His words were spirit [John 6:63] and we know that unclean spirits come out of the mouths of the dragon, the beast and the false prophet as well. [Revelations 16:13]

It’s not just Jesus’ words that are spirit…ALL words are spirit. And they have a creative effect in the natural, physical world. But His words are LIFE as well…zoe, the absolute fulness of life, belonging to God, real and genuine [from NAS Greek Lexicon].

In Job 26:4, Job asks “To whom have you uttered words? And whose spirit was expressed through you?”

The reason you feel ageless is that your spirit IS ageless, eternal…and it reigns upon the earth by words.

That ageless, eternal spirit that is looking through your eyes is one with Jesus, one with the Father, by the Holy Spirit within! [1 Corinthians 6:17; John 14:20,23]

Put that together with Ephesians 3:14-21…

‘For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, TO BE STRENGTHENED WITH POWER THROUGH HIS SPIRIT in the inner man, so that CHRIST MAY DWELL IN YOUR HEARTS THROUGH FAITH; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and length and height and depth, and TO KNOW THE LOVE OF CHRIST WHICH SURPASSES KNOWLEDGE, THAT YOU MAY BE FILLED UP TO ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD.

Now to Him WHO IS ABLE TO DO FAR MORE ABUNDANTLY BEYOND ALL THAT WE ASK OR THINK, ACCORDING TO THE POWER THAT WORKS WITHIN US, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. AMEN.’

That one looking out through your eyes is strengthened with ALL POWER and filled up to ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD! And that power is there to do FAR MORE ABUNDANTLY BEYOND ALL THAT WE ASK OR THINK!

I don’t know about you, but I can ask and think quite a bit…

HALLELUJAH!!

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Grace

The Greek word charis, or grace, is used 148 times in the NT. Ask any Christian what grace is and they will probably parrot ‘God’s unmerited favor.’

Yes, this is part of it, but if you look at a NT lexicon or dictionary, you will find that it is so much more!

It also means that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness; good will, loving-kindness, favor; benefit, bounty, recompense, reward.

John 1:14 says that Jesus was full of grace and truth…John 1:16 tells ‘For of HIS FULLNESS we have ALL received, and grace upon grace.’ No second-class Christians here, just temples of God, full of HIS fullness and grace! Meditate on THAT for awhile…

Then, of course, there’s Colossians 2:9,10…

‘For in Him ALL THE FULLNESS OF DEITY dwells in bodily form, and in Him YOU HAVE BEEN MADE COMPLETE…’

Paul's Thorn
When Paul asks to be delivered from the demon sent to torment him, God tells him “My grace is sufficient for you, for power [dunamis] is perfected [fulfilled, finished, completed, paid] in weakness.’ [2 Corinthians 12:9]

Prevailing heresies tell us that this means he had to live with some disease or affliction, even though the Word clearly says it was a MESSENGER of Satan…a demon sent to torment him. And according to Luke 10:19, we have authority over ALL the power of the enemy and nothing will injure us! Psalm 91 says we will tread upon the lion and cobra and TRAMPLE THEM DOWN.

This lie has been repeated over and over again to keep us in bondage—if God wouldn’t deliver Paul and wanted him to continue to suffer with some sort of mystical band aid to help him bear it, then there’s a good chance we won’t be healed or delivered either.

Sufficient
Another interesting word in this verse is the Greek word for sufficient…arkeo. We think it means ‘that’s good enough for you’ or ‘learn to live with it, you’ll get by.’

Back to the lexicon! Arkeo means TO BE POSSESSED OF UNFAILING STRENGTH! To be strong, to suffice, to be enough, to defend, ward off, to be SATISFIED or CONTENTED!

God was telling Paul that His GRACE—joy, pleasure, favor, delight, loveliness, good will, benefit, bounty, reward—was sufficient, or possessed of UNFAILING STRENGTH! For POWER, or dunamis [the miracle-working power that upholds the world] is perfected [complete, finished, fulfilled—TO CARRY OUT THE CONTENTS OF A COMMAND] in weakness.

In other words, where Paul was weak, the miracle working power was full of unfailing strength to do whatever needed to be done, to overcome in any situation.

Hallelujah!

His grace—that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness; good will, loving-kindness, favor; benefit, bounty, recompense, reward—possesses unfailing strength for us! Because His power—the miracle-working power, the power with which Jesus UPHOLDS ALL THINGS [Hebrews 1:3]—is made perfect or complete in our weakness.

Don’t forget…according to Colossians 1:11 the Holy Spirit prayed that we would be strengthened with ALL POWER! The very same dunamis with which Jesus is upholding all things. Not just a drop or two…ALL POWER! [read Dumanis]

And we have this treasure IN EARTHEN VESSELS! So that the surpassing greatness of the POWER [dunamis] will be of God and not from ourselves...[2 Corinthians 4:7]

There’s another prayer, prayed for us by the Holy Spirit though Paul, in Ephesians 3.

'For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with POWER [dunamis] through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints [most holy ones], what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be FILLED UP TO ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD.

'Now to Him Who is able to do FAR MORE ABUNDANTLY beyond ALL that we ask or think, according to the POWER [dunamis] that WORKS WITHIN US, to Him be the glory [splendor magnificence, most glorious condition or exalted state] in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen—so be it, may it be fulfilled, truly.'

Now that’s grace!

Full of God, full of His power, one Spirit with the Lord. Not some hackneyed phrase that nobody stops to think about, not some meaningless church buzzword.

HALLELUJAH!!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Father Within

Wait a minute...I might have just seen something amazing here...
'"Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works."' [John 14:10] 
'Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.' [John 14:23] 
'Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.' [Ephesians 3:20,21]

Yes, it's true. The Father is within, and He works through us, just like He did through Jesus.

Put that together with these verses, and you'll see something wonderful!
'The Lord your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf, just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes...' [Deuteronomy 1:30] 
'...for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.' [Deuteronomy 20:4]

'Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the Lord, and said, "I will sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted; the horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea. The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise Him; my father's God, and I will extol Him. THE LORD IS A WARRIOR; the Lord is His name. Pharaoh's chariots and his army He has cast into the sea; and the choicest of his officers are drowned in the Red Sea.' [Exodus 15:1-4]

'The Lord will go forth like a warrior, He will arouse His zeal like a man of war. He will utter a shout, yes, He will raise a war cry. He will prevail against His enemies.' [Isaiah 42:13]

'The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.' [Zephaniah 3:17]

The Lord is within us, and He is a warrior! He IS the power that works within—He IS mighty and He will fight for us!

What's more, we are IN HIM...one Spirit with the Warrior Lord! 

'But the one who joins himself to the Lord is ONE SPIRIT WITH HIM.' [1 Corinthians 6:17]

'But by HIS DOING you are IN CHRIST JESUS, Who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption...' [1 Corinthians 1:30]

'For IN HIM ALL THE FULLNESS OF DEITY dwells in bodily form, and IN HIM YOU HAVE BEEN MADE COMPLETE, and HE is the head over ALL rule and authority...' [Colossians 2:9,10]

And don't be afraid.

'When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you. 
"When you are approaching the battle, the priest shall come near and speak to the people. He shall say to them, 'Hear, O Israel, you are approaching the battle against your enemies today. Do not be fainthearted.

'Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble before them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.' [Deuteronomy 20:1-4]

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Schrodinger's Cat

A very famous Quantum Physics experiment called Schrodinger's Cat illustrates the principle that there is no single outcome unless it is observed. The cat is either alive or dead—2 probable universes, 2 different realities. 
We know from the Bible that multiple realities exist—the natural, physical plane and the spiritual realm. Even within that there appears to be different levels—the heaven where God dwells [and us, too, according to Ephesians 2:6] and a spiritual plane in the earth to which Satan fell when he was thrown down to the earth. [Luke 10:18, Revelation 12:9]
Paul talks about being caught up into the third heaven. [2 Corinthians 12:2]
We know that we are spirits living in earthly bodies—that in our hearts are the highways to Zion. [Psalm 84:5] We know that there is both an earthly and a heavenly Jerusalem and that we're ALREADY there! [Hebrews 12:22]
We walk on the earth yet are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus! [Ephesians 2:6]
In fact, there are many places in the Word where the veil is pulled back and we see multiple realities intersect—the mountain of transfiguration, Jacob’s ladder, the angels in Bethlehem, and of course, the well of Hagar.
What, Me Worry? 
Anyway, I was worrying about money...again!
I had already confessed several wonderful scriptures regarding blessing, abundance and wealth. According to Matthew 16 and 19, I had already bound the enemy and forbidden him to withhold what Jesus had already bought and paid for. I confessed my redemption from the curse.
I particularly confessed that...
  • Jesus became to [made unto, wrought, come to pass] me wisdom and righteousness [1 Corinthians 1:30]
  • Great wealth is in the house of the righteous [Proverbs 15:6]
  • Wisdom endows me with wealth, filling my treasuries [Proverbs 8:21]
  • Long life is in her [Wisdom's] right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor [Proverbs 3:16]
  • Riches and honor are with Wisdom; therefore they are with me [Proverbs 8:18]
  • The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor and life. [Proverbs 22:4]
  • I know the grace of my Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, for my sake became poor, so that through His poverty I might become rich [2 Corinthians 8:9] 
Yet I was still feeling extremely anxious, and I know that is usually a sign that my mind is in full rebellion against my reborn spirit, which is full of God. And the rebellion is usually instigated by the deceiver, who shows me all sorts of horrible outcomes and points to seemingly intransigent circumstances.
Which of course leads to the mind loop "I can't see any way...what am I going to do...I can't see any way...what am I going to do...ad infinitum"
And Then I Heard... 
I heard/felt/saw/knew that familiar voice, saying "Oh...so you really think the money is not there..."
I knew immediately what He meant. Even with all my dutiful confessions, I didn't really believe that anything was happening. Instead of believing that what I say is going to happen, I was speaking in fear and unbelief. Instead of believing I received when I prayed, I got up from prayer and immediately started worrying.
What I failed to remember was Hagar's well. And the Palm Sunday donkey...and the fish with the coin in its mouth. Isaac's ram, Elisha's army, the lunch that fed 5000...not to mention all the things the Word says we're surrounded by! [read Decreed]
I forgot that all things already belong to me, and I belong to Christ, and Christ belonged to God. [1 Corinthians 3:23] I forgot that the spiritual plane of existence is real and complete and finished. That I am in Christ, and in Christ is a completely different place than just being in the world by myself.
To be more specific, my needs were met before the foundation of the world, because God said they were...and His works were finished from the foundation of the world!
Choices 
So I have two choices in every situation. I can choose to believe God's forever settled Word, complete and finished in heaven, in the Spirit where I am seated in Christ. I can choose to believe that my faith in His Word—seeing it and speaking it as already done—brings spiritual realities into physical manifestation. I can believe Jesus when He told me to speak to circumstances and they would obey.
Or, I can choose to believe my circumstances and satan's lies, even though I know he's a liar, a killer and a thief. [John 8:44; 10:10] Even though I know that the things which are seen are temporal—temporary—while the things which are not seen are eternal. [2 Corinthians 4:18]
Even though we are told explicitly to look NOT at the things which are seen but at the things which are NOT SEEN. To walk by faith and NOT sight...[2 Corinthians 5:7]
I can choose to listen to the liar and give in to the fear...even though I know that what I fear comes upon me and what I dread befalls me. [Job 3:25]
Believe You Receive 
As always, the bottom line is faith.
To believe you receive when you pray, or to believe that what you say is going to happen, you must have an acute awareness of the reality of the Kingdom of Heaven. You must know for a certainty that God's Word is forever settled and His works finished from the foundation of the world.
You must see the unseen when you pray or speak in faith. You must believe that if Jesus told you to speak to physical reality and it would obey you, He was telling the truth.
You must know that your bank account is filled with wealth by Wisdom the moment you agree with God's decree that it is. Technically, it was filled before the foundation of the world, just like Hagar's well.
Don't Waver 
Finally, don't waver in unbelief. Speaking of Abraham, Romans 4:20 says '...yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God.'
Giving glory to God is very important. In this context, it means to give Him glory and honor and praise for the thing already done. That's what Abraham did. He didn't waver in his faith. [He wavered in his behavior, alright, because he thought he had to make it happen...and what a mess!]
But he never lost sight of the promise! And once he started calling himself Father of Nations, the promise came to pass almost immediately. [Hmmm...]
Don't waver. See the promised of God as finished for you according to 2 Corinthians 1:20—see the unseen forever settled Word as complete in your life. See it with the eyes of your heart, then speak it. It is finished
Hallelujah!

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Liar, Liar, Pants DEFINITELY on Fire!

Updated and improved!

Satan has one objective in mind...to keep us from understanding that we are one Spirit with the Lord, filled up to all the fulness of God. [2 Corinthians 1:20, Ephesians 3:19] He does not want us to know that we are called to reign in life and that the Father has gladly given us the kingdom. [Romans 5:17, Luke 12:32]

He wants us to feel afraid—helpless and alone. To feel separate from God, separate from Jesus. And he really loves to make us feel guilty and unworthy—to keep us beating ourselves up over and over again over some sin. He does not want us to know that we've been forgiven, once for all time, past, present and future, and that God doesn't even remember our sin! [Jeremiah 31:34]

And he really doesn't want us to know we've been strengthened with ALL POWER in our inner man! [Colossians 1:11, Ephesians 3:16]

He will throw everything at us—any circumstance, any weapon—to keep us from finding out who we really are in Christ. His worst nightmare is that we just might find out that Jesus is the Word and we're the Word multiplied! [Acts 12:24] That by believing, we're freed from all things, from which we could not be freed through the Law of Moses! [Acts 13:39]

He knows that He [the Father] Who did not spare His own Son but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him FREELY GIVE US ALL THINGS. [Romans 8:32]

He also knows that we have the power to overcome him by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. He was watching, I'm sure, when Jesus explained that the physical, natural world obeys us! He will do anything to keep us from finding out the truth!

He'll keep preachers preaching all sorts of error and keep us singing songs like 'He gives and takes away'...he'll keep us in Old Covenant thinking as much as possible, where we are 'down here' and God is 'up there.'

Because he knows the truth. He knows exactly who we are in Christ, how powerful we really are and that we are joint heirs with the Heir of all things. [Hebrews 1:2, Romans 8:17]

He knows that we are from God, an that greater is He Who is in us than he [Satan] who is in the world. [1 John 4:4]

He just can't afford for us to find out.

How It’s Supposed to Work
I think this is how it's really supposed to work.

Let's say we are standing in faith for protection from harm [no harm befalls the righteous—Proverbs 12:21 and all of Psalm 91]. But if the destroyer managed to get through, say with sickness or accident aimed at a loved one, we would simply lay hands on them and they would be healed. If he still managed to break through and kill them, we would simply raise them up. Failing that, we would understand that we are already seated with them in heavenly places in Christ anyway. [Ephesians 2:6]

Now that's walking in absolute power and victory! 2 Corinthians says 'But thanks be to God, Who ALWAYS LEADS US IN TRIUMPH IN CHRIST, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.' Satan is a spirit—he sees and knows exactly who we are in the Spirit.

And I do mean all believers walking in this kind of power and victory, not just a few famous preachers on TV! Proving what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God! [Romans 12:2]

Why Did Jesus Come?
Did you know that Jesus already had authority over all the power of the enemy? He came to give that authority back to us...the authority usurped in the Garden of Eden!

In Luke 10, He gave that authority to His disciples—unregenerate men! How much more do we who are one Spirit with the Lord have such authority?

1 John 3:8 tell us plainly that 'The Son of God appeared for this purpose, TO DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL.' And John 14:12 says that we are to do greater works than He did...how? Because instead of one Son of God, working in one place at one time, now there are many sons and daughters, filled with His power, in many places and in many times!

So what's a devil to do? Stop it any way he can! Kill, steal, destroy, deceive...lie, lie, lie. Keep us so confused by sermons like 'sometimes the answer is no...' and funeral messages like 'we don't know why God took this 12 year old...' that we spend all our time in doubt and despair. Attack our bodies, steal our wealth and blame it all on God. What good is a tissue paper helmet of salvation anyway? If we don't think our salvation is anything more than fire insurance, it's not going to protect us from anything!

Ephesians 6 teaches that we struggle with powerful spiritual enemies. Now, if God says that He always leads us in triumph and we overwhelmingly conquer through Him Who loved us [Romans 8:37] than our armor and weapons are designed to work! If it is His will for us to win (and it is), we must be able to!

1 Corinthians 15:57 says

'...but thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

How about 1 John 5:4?

'For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.'

The Bottom Line
The bottom line is John 10:10. "The thief comes ONLY to STEAL and KILL and DESTROY. I [Jesus] came that they may have LIFE, and have it abundantly." [John 10:10]

This is Jesus speaking, giving us a cheat sheet to who's doing what to whom. An interesting aside—this verse can also be translated '...and have abundance.'

If you can keep this always in mind, it will help when the deceiver strikes, whispering that [fill in the problem] is really from God.

Especially when it involves death, either of a loved one, or death in any area of life. God has PLAINLY stated that death is the last ENEMY [1 Corinthian 15:26] and that His will is that His [Jesus] enemies be made a FOOTSTOOL for His feet. [Psalm 110:1, Luke 20:43, Acts 2:35, Hebrews 1:13, Hebrews 10:13]

And this will blow your mind…He’s WAITING for death to be made a footstool! God says in Psalms 110

“Sit at My [The Father] right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” The Lord will stretch forth Your [Jesus] STRONG SCEPTER from ZION [we’ve already come to Mt. Zion, seated in Him in heavenly places] SAYING “Rule in the midst of Your enemies.” YOUR people will volunteer freely in the day of YOUR POWER, in holy array, from the womb of the dawn, Your youth are to you as the dew.” [Psalm 110:5-7]

HALLELUJAH! Ephesians and Colossians tell us in several place that we are filled with DUNAMIS [gr]—miracle-working power—and we are to release that power to allow God to make His enemies His footstool now by SAYING. It’s all about Him working more than we can ask or think according the POWER that works WITHIN—in, by, with—us! We don’t do it, He does it through us.

That’s why we’re supposed to be reigning in life—Romans 5:17 and healing the sick, raising the dead, cleansing lepers, casting out demons [Matthew 10:7, 8]

So NEVER let anyone, especially a preacher, tell you that God has taken—Christian speak for killed—your loved one because it’s just not true. He considers death an enemy, and so should you!

Job may have said ‘The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away’ but it does NOT apply to us. We are ONE Spirit with the Lord, His Body in the earth. When we FINALLY realize the we died at Calvary with Jesus [Romans 6:6, Galatians 2:20] and it is He alone that lives in us through the Holy Spirit, we will start to walk in the power, love and dominion that is our birthright. We are heirs of God and fellow or joint heirs with Christ! [Romans 8:17]

One more thing…

‘For in Him ALL THE FULLNESS OF DEITY dwells in bodily form, and IN HIM YOU HAVE BEEN MADE COMPLETE…’ [Colossians 2:9,10]

And…

‘…that He would grant YOU, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power [DUNAMIS] through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that YOU may be filled up to ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD.

‘Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power [DUNAMIS] that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen—SO BE IT.’ [Ephesians 3:16-21]

Finally…

‘By this, love is PERFECTED in us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because AS HE IS, SO ALSO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD.’ [John 4:17]

Yes, that’s the Holy Spirit praying for you, and me, and all the saints…no one left out. Hallelujah!

Okay, I’m back…

It's A Fact
It's a fact. We've been lied to and those lies have rendered us powerless and defeated.

But now is the time to shake off defeat and rise up in triumph! Think about words like triumph, victory, conquer...these are strong words of successful warfare, and God—GOD—spoke them over us. The same God Who spoke the world into existence has spoken words like triumph, victory and conquer ABOUT US!

But How...
Someone online has called them the 'cursed hows.' I love that! Because if we continually focus on the natural 'hows' we can never fully walk in the triumphs of faith.

What does 1 John 5:4 says is the VICTORY that has OVERCOME the world? OUR FAITH! The real how—how God prepared the worlds [Hebrews 11:3]—is faith!

Faith is the assurance—the SUBSTANCE [existence, foundation, substructure]—of THINGS hoped for, the conviction [proof or evidence] of THINGS not seen. The Greek word for things in this scripture is pragma—that which has been done, a deed, and ACCOMPLISHED FACT; what is being done or accomplished, THAT WHICH IS OR EXISTS, a thing.

Do these things stay unseen? This is a popular argument against using faith to manipulate the natural world—that our blessings and the promises of God are only on the spiritual plane. Are the worlds still unseen? Or were they just unseen in the physical realm before God spoke them into existence by His faith? Did He see them first, before speaking them into natural form or did He create without any idea of what He was creating? Did He see first and then speak? Are the worlds spinning in order or is the universe just some orderless chaos?

We are told in 2 Corinthians 4:18 to look at the unseen—that which is eternal—because that which is seen is temporary. Didn't Jesus demonstrate this by speaking to all kinds of temporary, physical things and telling them what to do? Telling fig trees to die and fish to scoop up coins, and bodies to heal and dead people to rise up? Telling pots of water to turn into wine or storms to cease?

And didn't He then tell us to do the same?

It is our job—our calling and our privilege—to bring the natural world into alignment with the will of God! Jesus told us to pray "...Your will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven..." God Himself said "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea" [Habakkuk 2:14] and "...as I lie, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord." [Numbers 14:21]

Plus, don’t forget [and watch out for villagers with torches]…

“The glory which You have given Me I HAVE given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one…” [John 10]

As the temple of old was filled with His glory, so are we. Jesus said it—it’s in RED— so don’t yell at me.

Now you know why I disabled comments on this site…

Ephesians 1:9,10 says:

'He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an ADMINISTRATION SUITABLE TO THE FULLNESS OF TIMES, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.'

We are to administer His kingdom on the earth! To bring His will into physical reality...His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven!

What is the will of God in Heaven? All of His already finished works! [Hebrews 4:3] Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places! [Ephesians 1:3] Everything pertaining to life and godliness through the true knowledge of Him Who called us by His own glory and excellence—His precious and magnificent promises, by which we become partakers of the diving nature! [2 Peter 1:3,4]

And we are the agents who are to cover the earth with His glory!

Surrounded
Did you know that the Seraphim—majestic beings in Heaven—are continuously calling to each other "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of Hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory." [Isaiah 6:3]

Did you also know that we are surrounded by songs or shouts of deliverance? [Psalm 32:7] Surrounded by His favor like a shield? [Psalm 5:12]

Actually, the Bible says we're surrounded by a lot of things, both good and evil! There's a lot of activity going on around us, and we're meant to know and understand it—see the unseen—and reign in life through the One, Christ Jesus!

Live in the seen, work in the unseen. Dominate the enemy and his works by faith, prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

"No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and EVERY TONGUE that accuses you in judgment you will condemn." [Isaiah 54:17]

Who is the accuser of the brethren? Satan is and he's been thrown down! [Revelations 12:10] His weapons against us are words, just like our weapon against him is the Word—the Sword of the Spirit! [Ephesians 6:17]

2 Corinthians 10:4 says that '...the weapons of our warfare are NOT of the flesh, but DIVINELY POWERFUL for the destruction of fortresses.'

Yes, divinely powerful, for the express purpose of WINNING! In spite of the many, many sermons which have explained over the years that God is glorified in our defeat, we are built to win! To cover the earth with the glory of God! This is His true plan, and Satan knows it.

So Now What?
WAKE UP!! 'Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.' [Isaiah 60:1]

Don't listen to lies...resist the devil, and he will flee! The Greek word for flee is pheugo...to flee away, seek safety by flight, to flee something abhorrent, to escape safely out of danger! He knows that when we finally turn our power toward him, he will have to flee to seek safety from that danger!

He knows we're dangerous...time for us to know it, too.


Read Lies, Lies, LiesFear—The Deadly EnemyFearWhat Are the Giants Saying to YouWow! [That's all I could think of...]Camping in the DesertBoundGod Isn't Holding Back 2

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Friday, July 18, 2014

The Yad of God 2 [re-post]

The way God works in the earth is through the yad or hand of His mouth!

The Hebrew word yad is translated several ways: hand, power, strength...when you research how it is used in the Old Testament, it is obvious that it is the powerful, strong hand which accomplishes things in the earth. The power, or hand [yad] of life and death is in the tongue [Proverbs 18:21], which could alternately be translated ‘Death and life is in the hand of the tongue…’ [From Yad]

John 1:3 says 'All things came into being through Him [The Word, v.1] and apart form Him nothing came into being that has come into being.'

Verse 10 continues: 'He [The Word] was in the world, and the world was made through HIm...'

Jesus IS the Yad of God. 'His Name is called The Word of God.' [Revelations 19:13]

And guess what? He is The Word, and we are The Word multiplied! [Acts 12:24]! We are His Body in the earth, one Spirit with Him, His joint-heirs! [1 Corinthians 12:27, 1 Corinthians 6:17, Romans 8;17]

God works through His yad in the earth, which is the Body of Christ, corporately and individually! He is the yad of God, and we are fellow yads! Born to reign in life, to bear fruit in the earth through the hands of our mouths!

[Read Yad and The Yad of God for a more-in-depth study]

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Yad of God [re-post]

Pre-Reading
Psalm 136 [key verse is 12, but read the whole chapter]
Isaiah 59:1
Isaiah 49:22
Isaiah 50:2
Isaiah 60:21
Isaiah 66:22

Also, please refer to an earlier post, Yad, for important background...

Yad
We know that, for man, the power [or yad, which means 'hand' in Hebrew] of life and death is in the tongue. [Proverbs 18:21] Two other frequently quoted meanings of yad are 'strength' and 'power.'

So we know that man can work either with his physical yad, or hand, or the yad in his mouth. But we are made in God's image, and He does all things with the yad of His mouth!

Think about it...all the verses that talk about the hand of God are the Hebrew word yad! And how does He do things? Does He use physical hands, or does He accomplish all things by His forever settled word? His yad is in His mouth, too!

He formed the world with His mouth! He delivered Israel with His mouth! He sent Jesus with His mouth! And when, by faith, we receive His word as being true for us, it is accomplished. Actually, to be technical, it is already accomplished, because His works were finished from the foundation of the world and He has already rested from His works [Hebrew 4:3,10].

From the website Hebrew for Christians comes a great explanation...

"The Hand of God metaphorically speaks of Adonai’s power. In Adonai’s Hand are power and might (1 Chronicles 29:12). His hand is not "shortened" that it cannot save us (Isaiah 59:1), but is Mighty to save to the uttermost all those who call upon Him in humility and truth (Hebrews 7:25). God demonstrated His Hand through His deliverance of Israel from Egypt (Exodus 13:3-16; Num 33:3). Indeed, the Hand of God (Yad ha Elohim) created the universe itself (Psalm 8:6; 95:5). Moreover, Adonai upholds the righteous with his Hand (Psalm 37:24; 139:10) and continually lifts up his hand on our behalf (Psalm 10:12). The Hands of Adonai were also pierced for us." (Psalm 22:16, John 20:27).

Like Him
And He did all these things, not with a yad of flesh but with His mouth! And He said the yad, or hand, of life and death is in our mouths! We are like Him! This is what Jesus tried repeatedly to tell us—use your mouth, there's a hand in there! You speak to mountains, trees and sick people's bodies...you still the storm...you control your body with your tongue! Impossible things that you couldn't possibly do with hands of flesh you can do with the yad of the mouth.

Think about it. Jesus said all things were possible for us, nothing would be impossible to him who believed. But we know that many things are physically impossible for us—impossible with the yad of flesh. But the yad of the mouth can accomplish anything, because the yad of God said so!

Don't forget the Tower of Babel...they were going to accomplish the impossible with the yad of flesh because they had first used the yad of the tongue!

He knew that we would be reborn...not just made in the image of God, but filled with Him, just like He was. As older brother, He was demonstrating how to live...how to reign in life through the One, Christ Jesus. [Romans 5:17] Unregenerate men, using the yad of the tongue to accomplish the impossible—why? Because they were created in the image of God and knew it...they were only a few generations removed from Noah.

Now what?
Meditate on the yad [hand/power/strength] in your mouth...your tongue. Think about how God uses His mouth, and how we are instructed to use ours. Read Proverbs, chapters 10-23, 18—if you have time, read the whole book. Understand how things really work...the wisdom of God.

Hallelujah!

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