God calls YOU righteous

There is a personalized scripture sheet entitled “I am the righteousness of God” you can print off our scripture page to accompany this blog post, and we also have a video teaching on this topic available to watch as well. If you are a born-again Christian who has received Jesus as their personal Lord and savior, then it is important you believe you are the righteousness of God as He says you are in 2 Cor 5:21.  You’re not righteous because of any good things you’ve done or because you deserve the right to be called the righteousness of God; but you are righteous solely because of the blood of Jesus that has qualified you. 2 Corinthians 5:21: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be MADE the righteousness of God in him. It is because of God’s love and mercy and grace towards us that we get to receive such a GIFT of righteousness (unearned) Romans 5:17 speaks about this GIFT of righteousness given to us making it clear that we do not BECOME righteous (as some translations say), but we are MADE righteous by receiving it by faith as a gift, even when we don’t feel like it, but choose to accept what God says about us and believe it to be true, just as we choose to believe anything else His word speaks to us. Romans 5:17: For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) When we RECEIVE the gift of righteousness given to us through God’s abundant grace (unearned favor towards us), we position ourselves to reign in life through Christ! (Romans 5:17) Woohoo!! Receiving God’s grace AND His gift of righteousness is what sets us up to reign over sickness, disease, poverty, oppression, etc. But as long as we still see ourselves as UNrighteous OR we are SELFrighteous (doing things to try and earn God’s blessing)…we will not be reigning in life through Christ over anything. Righteous behaviors (like going to church, reading your bible, feeding the poor) will never produce righteousness. These things cannot MAKE you righteous…only the blood of Jesus can make us righteous when we accept His finished work on the cross on for us – having led a perfect sinless life and then taking upon our sins on the cross and paying the price for us. So righteous behaviors cannot make us righteous, BUT righteousness DOES produce right behaviors. God FIRST calls us righteous, and THEN we start acting rightly. As we see ourselves righteous as He declares we are (even if we just messed up 5 minutes ago) that image of ourselves as righteous gets in our heart, and we start seeing changes happening in our lives…we start having the right behaviors and no longer wanting to do the things we used to do. If we are striving to earn something from God through “righteous deeds” or “good works” we are striving in vein…when we receive the GIFT of righteousness, we WANT to do good things just because we want to, because it’s God’s nature working in us and causing us to have His love for the people around us. That’s why there’s no fear in the message of grace, because grace teaches us to say no to ungodliness and sin and worldly passions and to live a self-controlled, upright and holy life (Titus 2:12). Someone who receives the gift of grace AND the gift of righteousness doesn’t WANT to do those wrong behaviors anymore…when you’re loved by God and forgiven and receive Him living inside of you, you naturally begin to mirror who He is. We’re not perfect and still fall short, but more and more, the GIFT of righteousness has its way in us as we keep receiving it. That’s why Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:33 to seek FIRST His kingdom AND His gift of righteousness and then everything else will follow (all your needs will be met etc)…many of us are good at seeking and receiving God, but not near as many have been seeking and receiving His righteousness. We must begin to see ourselves righteous (made right with God, holy and blameless in His sight, able to have intimate fellowship with Him with nothing separating us) in order to reign in life through Christ. If we can’t see ourselves righteous, then we aren’t able to accept the spiritual identification God has given us which gives us access to the heavenly storehouse of blessings He’s has stored up for us to make withdraws from in this life time. (Deut 8:12) If we want to receive His healing in our body, His provision in our finance, favor, any promise you find in the bible, it all starts by first receiving him AND His gift of righteousness…you need to first accept your ID card before you can go to the bank and make a withdraw. If we are still seeing ourselves as too far off from God for Him to ever be able to bless us, then we are unable to believe or receive anything God promises us or make withdraws from His heavenly storehouse, because we don’t even believe we have access to it. If we mess up and think God has now shut the heavens up above us, then we can’t access what He has stored up for us because we are full of doubt and fear. It requires faith to believe you are the righteousness of God as He declares you are and to boldly come before His throne as His word tells us to in order to obtain His grace and mercy and to make those withdraws from His heavenly storehouse of love, joy, peace, healing, provision, whatever we have need of. (Hebrews 4:16) The enemy has been robbing Christians from their identity since way back in the garden, and when he […]

Nicodemus comes to Jesus in the night…

What does it mean to be born again? This is a question asked by a religious leader of the day, Nicodemus, during the time Jesus walked on the earth…Well known among the Pharisees, being a member of the Sanhedrin himself, Nicodemus comes to Jesus during the night to seek the truth from Him, because He recognizes Him as a God-sent teacher whose signs bore witness to the presence of God…He might not yet be ready to call him Lord and Savior, but something in him is pulled to know more….There is so much about this story that I love. First, the fact that Nicodemus comes to Jesus in the night – a little timid, unsure…afraid of what his peers might think…but nonetheless, he goes to Jesus and Jesus meets him right where he is at! Such a picture of God’s love and grace for us. Jesus replied that Nicodemus could never see the kingdom of God without being “born again” (John 3:3 ) or “born of water and of the Spirit” (John 3:5 ). Nicodemus could only marvel at the impossibility of such a thing (John 3:4, John 3:4, 3:9 ), but the text does not indicate whether Jesus was finally able to make it clear to him. However, we do see that something has changed in his heart because, true to his name, Nicodemus defended Christ before his peers (John 7:51 ). I was led to study this story out a few days ago and I found it awesome that Nicodemus’ name means: “innocent of blood.” And the picture we see of his transformation produces I believe just that…he could have stayed on the side of disbelief with all the other Pharisees and religious leaders of the day who were more concerned above puffing themselves up and caught up in pride and thinking since Jesus wasn’t what they expected that He couldn’t possibly be the Messiah…Nicodemus could have stayed in that circle — always wondering if he should have gone to Jesus himself, and then having blood on his hands by being a part of having him crucified…but instead, he chose to seek the truth himself. He chose to set aside all he thought he knew, all he’d heard his whole life, and his own pride…and he went to Jesus, a bit timid and ashamed probably wondering what both sides would think of him, but ultimately, the result was life changing. Instead of him having blood on his hands, he was one who defended Jesus at the crucifixion, finally making a public display, out in the open that He believed Jesus was who He said He was – “I am.” Savior and redeemer sent to die for the sins of mankind. He experiences his friends turning on him and questioning who he is: “Are you a Galilean peasant?” and “Are you ignorant of the Scriptures?” (John 7:52 ). They were putting him down for believing which in the end proved to be the truth when Jesus rose from the dead just like He said He would! And not only did Nicodemus publicly defend Jesus, but he was also a part of preparing his burial. What an honor and memory he would have had after Jesus rose from the dead to look back on and marvel at how He had made the right choice to believe. John 19:39-41 tells of Nicodemus’ contribution that was enough aloes and spices to prepare a king for burial, “and so he did” says the text. On one level, the burial was a simple act of Pharisaic piety, but on a deeper level, it recognized that in His suffering and death, Christ fulfilled His role as King of the Jews. Are you believing on Jesus even when others aren’t? Whether it means going to him in the night, a little timid, embarrassed, or afraid for the first time, or renewing yourself in your relationship with Him daily, despite others telling you what the Word says isn’t true, in the end the only thing you’ll look back on and be thankful about is having believed!

FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real

Fear is nothing more than a negative emotion produced as a result of believing a lie…the simple antidote is to encourage yourself in the truth until you believe it more than the lie. When you’re standing in a dark room in the middle of the night, everything can look and sound scary….In the darkness, your natural senses are often at their peak, screaming thoughts into your heart and mind, causing you to believe all kinds of crazy things that aren’t true. But if you simply turn on the light, you see that the truth is, there’s really nothing to be afraid of… Sometimes we just need to turn on the light. Fear is often the only thing standing between us and what God has for us on the other side of it…God told Joshua 3 times to be “strong and courageous” before he went in to take possession of the Promised Land. He knew fear was the biggest obstacle Joshua would face and he told him how to conquer it – by being strong and courageous. Joshua 1:9: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” The way Joshua gained strength and courage is the same way we gain strength and courage today – by meditating on the truth, on what God’s Word has spoken to us. God told Joshua the land was theirs and he kept believing that, telling himself and others what God had said…even though everything in the natural looked like that was just plain crazy. There he and the other Israelites were, standing in front of the huge wall of Jericho, with armed forces all around…imagine what that might look like today in a foreign country. Then every day for 6 days, they marched around it…then on the 7th day, they marched around it 7 times and on the 7th time the priest blew their ram’s horns (probably like a trumpet sound). That would have taken some guts! Who knows what kind of thoughts were going through their heads as the Philistines were mocking them with weapons in their hands. BUT they obviously chose to believe what God had said MORE than what the mockers were saying, and more than what their natural senses were telling them. No guts, no glory, right? Glory = victory! But having guts doesn’t mean you have to look like Rambo, or try to muster up some kind of strength on your own (that would be works and works always fail on their own anyway). True strength and courage simply comes from having a solid core belief operating within you that no person or thing can sway you from believing. God reveals this to us in Joshua 1:8 (the verse right before he tells Joshua to be strong and courageous) Joshua 1:8: Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. It’s meditating on the truth, the Word of God, day and night that causes us to be strong and courageous, to prosper and to have success! If fear is standing in the way between you and something God has promised you in His word and spoken into your heart – maybe He’s even give you a dream or a vision…take head to the word God gave to Joshua. Mediate on what God has spoken to you through His Word. Remind yourself, tell the people around you that will believe with you! Think on what He has said day and night…and you will find you have a strength and courage developing within you from God himself. His Word is alive in you and will keep you fueled with all the fire and momentum you need to keep going forward. Before you know it, that wall will come down just like God said it would and you’ll find yourself standing in the places He told you He had prepared for you. Here are some personalized scriptures you can meditate on and pray forth to “turn on the light” when you feel like you’re standing in the middle of a dark room. Deuteronomy 20:3-5 – I am not afraid, for God is with me and gives me victory. Psalm 149:4 – I am humble and God crowns me with victory. 1 John 5:3-5 – I believe in Jesus Christ; I have overcome the world and I have victory. 2 Timothy 1:7 – I have not been given the spirit of fear; but God has given me His spirit of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Joshua 1:8: I keep the Word of God always on my lips; meditating on it day and night; I am careful to do everything written in it. I am prosperous and successful. 1 John 4:4 Greater is He who lives in me than he who is in the world. Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against me shall prosper. 1 John 1:5 God is light and in Him there is no darkness. I am in Christ who is the light of this world. I walk in light and not in darkness.

Our God is a miracle-working God

Kathryn Kuhlman: “I believe in miracles, because I believe in God.” Psalm 77:14 You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. Psalm 72:18 Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only does wondrous things. Psalm 86:10 For you are great, and do wondrous things: you are God alone. Psalm 105:5 Remember his marvelous works that he has done; his wonders… Psalm 136:4 To him who alone does great wonders: for his mercy endures for ever. The author of Psalms, King David, had certainly seen a few miracles in his lifetime…and he reminded himself often of all the great things God had done in his own life and in the lives of others. Let’s face it, with all he faced daily as a king, he probably needed some reminding to keep his heart and mind in check, and to never forget how he had become king in the first place — only God could have anointed Him and empowered him to defeat Goliath like he did. Only God could have led him to safety time and time again when people were out to kill him. Only God could have taken this smallest of 8 sons shepherd boy and made him a king! So what was David’s part in all this? He simply believed God. David is said to be a man after God’s own heart by God himself in 1 Samuel 13:14 and again he is spoken of in Acts: Acts 13:22: After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ David wasn’t the guy with the strongest looking physique, he didn’t have superhuman powers or some physical ability beyond everyone else…what he did have was a heart after God. He believed God and took him at his word and meditated on what God said and did… over and over and over again. As we pray and mediate on the word, let us be reminded of all the great things God has done! Our God is a miracle working God! He is a wondrous-working God; a good God; a God who needs no help from us – just a willing, believing heart for Him to work through. Believe in miracles…believe in God.

Giant? What Giant?

Numbers 13:33: “We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” Have you ever been praying over a situation that just seemed so huge? Like you were facing a giant? Maybe your thought was even, “Wow, this is really going to require some serious prayer.” I’ve been there…but what I love about God is how much bigger He is than me, and how through prayer, His Holy Spirit completely changes my perspective when it needs changing. Here I am calling down this big ugly giant, and the Holy Spirit says to me, “Hey, ya know…that thing has already been defeated…it’s really not so big.” And then I’m like, “Oh yeah…you’re right!” It’s so much easier to live in the victory when you remember it’s already yours – not something you have to try to obtain, but instead something to defend so-to-speak. Giant? What giant? That “giant” is already under my feet…it just takes clear perspective (being reminded of the truth) to keep it there. There are different names of God mentioned in the bible when we study it out in the original language, each revealing a part of God’s divine nature to us. One of those names is: “Jehovah Nissi” which means our “banner of victory.” When you pray, just remember the Lord has got you covered, literally…by his banner of victory. Jesus already put that “giant” under your feet. He already defeated it for you. Our part is simply to believe on Him, keep our eyes on Him and remember that what He did was a finished work. We simply proclaim that through Christ we already have the victory, and then we rest in Him, KNOWING it. Prayer = intimate interaction and communication with God through His Word and His Holy Spirit that involves exchanging your thoughts, images and emotions for God’s thoughts, images and emotions. The Holy Spirit will always lead you into that clear and true perspective which involves seeing Jesus and His great victory, and then seeing yourself as being one with Him! All that is His, He has freely given to us. [Jhn 16:13 NIV] 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. [Jhn 14:26 NIV] 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. [2Co 2:14 NIV] 14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. [Rom 8:32 NIV] 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? [2Co 1:20 NIV] 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

God’s love is unchanging – He remains faithful even when we are faithless

God is love (1 John 4:16). God is merciful (Ephesians 2:4). He is full of compassion for us (2 Corinthians 1:3). He lavishes us with His grace (Ephesians 1:7). Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. We are called to have faith in God, absolutely! And this is pleasing to God, for us to believe His word is true! What I want to address today though is how faithful God remains even when we are faithless!! When we pray, we must know that God’s love, mercy, grace and compassion for us and for others remains true, regardless of our own shortcomings. I’ve been sparked for the past month or so to watch youtube videos of a leading female evangelist of the 20th Century named Kathryn Kuhlman. I’ve felt prompted you might say by the Holy Spirit to listen to some of her teachings and to watch these videos of Spirit-filled meetings where so many healings took place. I am currently reading one of her books as well. She was wonderfully submitted to the Holy Spirit and He used her mightily to bring healing to hundreds of thousands of people. If you know Benny Hinn, you might also know that he first encountered the Holy Spirit in one of Kathryn’s meetings when he was 20 years old. The healing power of God of course has nothing to do with the vessel themselves (Kathryn or Benny or anyone else) other than a yielding to the Holy Spirit and a specific call and anointing on their life to be used in such a way. All glory, thanks and praise, however, goes unto The Lord Himself for His marvelous works. As I watched videos of these healings taking place, one thing kept standing out to me over and over again: it was all about God’s love, mercy, grace and compassion for His people, and it had nothing to do with the recipient’s faith, expectancy or anything having to do with their own merit. People who received healing were Baptist, Methodist, Protestant…even a Mormon came to one of the meetings and received healing! One young mother and father came up to give testimony of how their blind baby had been healed. Kathryn always asked the people where they went to church, and if they were expecting this to happen. Countless times the people said they were not expecting, or hadn’t been to church, or were part of a church (even a few were pastors) who didn’t believe in healing! As Kathryn was talking with this young couple, the father began to cry and said he had been so mad at God (as if He had something to do with his child being blind). These young parents didn’t have great faith…it wasn’t because they had so believed God that their baby received healing…it was because of God and God alone in His amazing, unconditional love, grace, mercy and compassion towards us that this baby was healed. Here is an excerpt from Kathryn’s book THE GREATEST POWER IN THE WORLD (speaking of the Holy Spirit): “The longer I live, the more I am aware of His grace. His grace amazes me.” “Take for example a man or woman who has never served God a day in their life. I have seen such people instantly and gloriously healed by the power of God. But not only is the body touched, their sins are forgiven and the joy of the Lord floods them body and soul. It was not because of any merit or any goodness on the part of that person, but the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.” “Neither can we fathom the love of God. No human tongue or pen can tell or describe the depth of the love of God. He loves us with an everlasting love, a love that forgives, a love that protects, a love that surrounds, a love that provides, a love that defends, a love that adopts, a love that has made you and me His heirs and joint-heirs with His only begotten Son. If only we could catch a vision of the love of God, and you and I as Christians and God’s children could somehow show the world an example of His love because we’re a part of Him and a part of His nature, countless others would be led to Christ. We represent Him before the world: ‘For to me to live is Christ’ (Philippians 1:21) You and I are often the only Jesus the sinner sees. Therefore, for us to live is Christ, and through our lives we must show His love in the things that we do.” When you pray for yourself and for others, always remember that God is love. He is merciful. He is full of compassion for us, and He lavishes us with His grace! God never changes! (Malachi 3:6). Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, and today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Hallelujah! Praise the Lord for His goodness and for His faithfulness towards us!! Always remember who it is that you are praying to! He is the God who heals, restores, forgives, forgets, loves, gives, and takes all sickness and disease away from us! He is the Lord God Almighty, the Alpha and Omega (beginning and end). He is GOOD and has only GOOD things for us ALL THE TIME!! In Jesus’ Name, Lord I pray we come to know you more and more through the knowledge of your son and through the fellowship with your Holy Spirit (2 Peter 3:18).

How do we love the “unlovable”? How do we PRAY for the “unlovable”?

How do we love the unlovable? How do we PRAY for the unlovable?Anyone in your life you’re a bit challenged to be around, let alone “love” them? I’ve certainly been challenged myself, and I’d find it hard to believe there’s anyone on the planet who hasn’t been… The truth is on our own, we fall short and our love runs out fast…especially in a situation where someone has hurt us or we never seem to be good enough, we’re criticized, we’re made fun of…whatever the case may be. BUT, once again, I’m so thankful for how much bigger God is than me! And I am so thankful that He didn’t leave me (or YOU!) here on this earth alone! So Jesus tells us in John 13:34 that we really just have one commandment that sums up everything else and it’s greater than all the others…a command to “love others as He has loved us.” WOW, how can we possibly love others like Jesus loves us? Well, Galatians 5:22-23 tells us that one of the fruits of the Spirit is love..Ah! So that tells me love itself comes from the Holy Spirit! It’s not something we can create on our own…and that of course rings true with 1 John 4:8 that tells us God IS love. AND we know that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one with each other, so in essence, He’s given us Himself as our source to fulfill what is required of us. So, it’s like He tells us to love others as He has loved us, then He gives us Himself so we can do it. He’s genius! So what that means to me is to remind myself in any moment that I am challenged, to be very quick to surrender myself to the Holy Spirit and know that I can’t do it on my own. Don’t even try…otherwise you’ve failed before you even really began. BECAUSE love comes from the Holy Spirit and we have to first RECEIVE His love for someone before we can give it to them. When we surrender and let go of all those things we’re holding onto, he takes them from us and then fills us up with Himself in those places, and with HIS love for that person! I’ve experienced this miracle and I must say the love of God is quite simply a miracle in itself. But we have to first surrender to Him. He’s such a gentleman. We are filled with God’s love when we fellowship with His Holy Spirit and we do that through the Word of God and by surrendering our hearts to Him. True, agape/unconditional/self-less/life-giving love can come to us in no other way than from God Himself who is love. It doesn’t come from us trying our hardest to love someone or mustering up enough of something on our own, instead, we must first RECEIVE in order to give, and really this is true of anything good that comes from God. We can only share with another that which we first received ourselves. Drink deeply of His Spirit and receive His love for YOU today. Then receive HIS love for those you have deemed as unlovable, a hard case, someone who has done something to hurt your heart, someone who is abounding in sin… Once you’ve received HIS love for that person, THEN you can begin to pray for them. Pray for HIS thoughts, words and images to flood your heart for that person and come into agreement with what His desires for them are…which are found in His word (the bible). He promises the exact same things to them as He does to you (health, wealth, joy, peace, favor, forgiveness, redemption…it’s a long list of good things). My prayer for all of us and something for us to pray and confess over ourselves regularly based on 1 Thessalonians 3:12: I thank you Lord that you make my love increase and overflow for others. I thank you that through your Holy Spirit and Jesus Himself, I have the ability to love everyone! A good one to accompany that as well is: I thank you that you help me keep my heart and mind guarded in Christ Jesus (Proverbs 4:23). Keeping our hearts guarded from things like offense helps His love to flow freely in us more and more and more!! We surrender to you Holy Spirit! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Life and life more abundantly (John 10:10)

John 10:10 **Attached here to this post is a word study/prayer confession sheet based on John 10:10 and the original meaning for the word “life” in the Greek and Jesus’ words saying: “I have come to give them life and life more abundantly.” I believe the Word of God is true – not based on what I have experienced or not experienced, but based on what the Word itself tells me is truth. In fact, there is no other truth, and therefore nothing else upon which I can stand. Jesus (the Word of God come in the flesh) IS the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6) and He came to give us LIFE and life more abundantly. It’s through Jesus and Jesus alone that we receive the abundant life that God has prepared for each one of us on this earth. Life in any area of our “life” can only come from the life-giver Himself. It’s calling upon the Name of Jesus and receiving from Him (through His word and His Spirit) that brings about fullness in those empty areas of our life. God is no respecter of persons and has abundant, ever-lasting life for whosoever calls upon the Name of His son and believes upon Him and opens their heart to receive. No one is greater than another. Jesus came to give us Himself and all that belongs to Him to “whosoever will believe” (John 3:15, Romans 10:11)…His Holy Spirit is longing for us daily to receive this Word of truth into our hearts. It’s not through a program, a list of “how to’s”, or any other regimented scheme or device that we shall receive what our core being desires the most. Only the creator is capable of satisfying His creation. Only the creator Himself is able to truly fulfill the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4). It is through Christ that we receive LIFE and life to the FULL. His desire is that we overflow with His love, joy, peace, health, wealth, kindness, gentleness, favor, etc. and He is continually pouring Himself out to us. As we eat and drink of Him through His word and His Spirit, we continue to receive. When we are FULL, then we have much to give as well, and this is His desire for us. Jesus doesn’t tell us that becoming a Christian means we will never encounter challenges or difficulties on this earth, but He does tell us to take heart and know that He has overcome the world, which also of course means that through Him, so have we! John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” There is an enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy, but through Christ he is powerless against us, for Christ has already defeated the enemy on our behalf and put him under our feet. All he can do is lie to us in hopes that we don’t really know the truth about who we are in Christ and all that is already ours as victors, so that like Adam and Eve did in the garden, we would give up our position by believing that lie and forfeiting what was already ours. When Jesus was faced with the enemy in the wilderness for 40 days, he didn’t have to fight the enemy, shout loudly at him or do any strange and cooky things…He knew who He was and what The Father had already said in His Word…so every time the enemy tempted Him with a lie in hopes of opening up a path of destruction for Him, Jesus simply responded with, “it is written…” (AKA: The Word says…) We must KNOW that we have LIFE and life to the full and that the enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy has NO RIGHT to take anything from us when we have received this life through Christ. Colossians 2:10: …and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. Colossians 2:15: And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. When we keep our eyes on Jesus (the Word of God) and remember all He has done on our behalf, He keeps us rooted in Himself, in the truth. As we remain strong in Christ, He enables us to resist the lies of the enemy and his attempts to steal, kill or destroy in our lives. For He has already given us LIFE and life to the full and no enemy has the right to take anything away from us! Not our health, our joy, our peace, our wealth – whether we are seeing fullness in these areas now or not, we must know the truth is that through Christ all these things and more are already ours! As we believe this in our hearts and speak it forth, Jesus Himself (the word) will cause those areas to line up and reflect that which is truth. 2 Corinthians 1:20: For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. Let us meditate and pray on the Word together and receive all that God says is already ours when He declares that through Christ we have received life and life more abundantly. And may we overflow with all of His goodness so that we can’t help but share Him and all He has given us with everyone around us.