7-1-16 You Are a Divinely part 1
In the words of one of my favorite musical groups in high school – Journey – “Don’t Stop Believing!” Except rather than believing for emotion and a “feeling” as they sang about, let us believe God and His Word and receive the manifestation of His promises as tangible realities in our every day life. Let us continue to see Jesus before us and believe upon Him and His finished work on the cross that freed us from the curse and gave us access to the throne room of God. Don’t stop believing upon Jesus in your mind…let go of all those wearisome and burdensome thoughts and lies of the enemy and receive, instead, the word of the Lord for life. I am continually encouraged to hear of the testimonies that keep coming in of God’s love and faithfulness as you are continuing to believe (agree with AND rely on) His Word. I know I said that in the beginning of last week’s email, but since then, I’ve had 2 more testimonies come in from people who have been believing God in a particular area…I think there have been at least 5-6 I can think of specifically in the area of employment alone within these past few months. Some have been regarding new jobs, pay raises, new perks within the same company…God’s faithfulness continues to pour out upon us through His grace, and He is no respecter of persons. His Word remains true for all, and ANYONE who believes upon Jesus receives! (Mark 11:23-24) We discussed the “process” of believing last week in class as we looked at the example given to us through the Samaritan woman at the well. I encourage you to watch last week’s teaching if you missed it and to take notes as I went through many of the things we can often experience in the process of believing upon Jesus as He is presenting Himself to us…We saw that it took some uprooting of things in her thinking and some redirecting to truth at her core, but through conversation with Jesus (just as we have with Him today in the scriptures), she was set free! The conversation between Jesus and this woman who would have been considered at the very “bottom of the bottoms” continued long enough for Jesus to reveal Himself to her as Messiah and she accepted Him. It was at that moment of acknowledging and seeing Jesus as Messiah that she was set free! First on the inside, and then on the outside!! She was likely freed from the emotions that held her back in life and kept her facing the same broken circumstances over and over…she was broken on the inside, so her life continued to be broken on the outside. Jesus set her free from self condemnation and worthlessness and came to a woman who would have been considered as a woman of inferior status. According to historians, it was most often the young, strong women in the household that came to the well to draw water, and she wasn’t in this category. She was older, married 5 times, and now with another man she wasn’t married to. This was a picture of her not having provision or covering in her life…likely no one was caring for her. The man she was with when Jesus met her may have even been someone else’s husband…we don’t know the details, but we do know that Jesus was more concerned with getting a hold of her heart than he was about any of it! He came to this older, lower class woman, and introduced Himself as the “gift of God”…she didn’t see him that way initially, but she soon through this conversation, came to receive that gift of God and realized he came for her, and to give to HER…it was never about the water she could give him out of the well. She may have come at the later hour because it was a time less likely to have had other people there at the well…she may have had embarrassment, insecurity, and was certainly in the middle of sin…but when she met the Messiah face to face and He revealed Himself to her, her heart was open and she received Him. Then she RAN into town in front of everyone!!!! My oh my how we change once Jesus gets a hold of us on the inside!!! What this woman likely had once feared (the townspeople), she went running toward full speed! How we believe in our hearts – about Jesus, about ourselves, about others – influences what we do greatly. This woman considered insignificant to many was shown great value by Jesus, and she went down in history as having the longest recorded conversation in the whole bible with Jesus. A woman who was likely full of much shame was forever changed by the Messiah, and everyone began to see her in a whole new way. She saw the message she had received from the Lord as being of value, and she also saw herself as having value in carrying that message. Others listened to what she had to say, and as John 4:39 tells us, “many believed in him because of the woman’s testimony.” That’s what happens when we get Jesus inside our heart!! She hadn’t listened to hours of sermons; she hadn’t confessed scriptures; but she HAD met with the Messiah face to face and that’s what believing is all about!! Prayer is about meeting with God face to face in conversation. We have access to The Father through the Son, so it always begins with seeing Jesus (the Word, the scriptures) and holding Him in our heart, and He brings us before the Father (they are of course united together as one). Know that when we read the bible, have a prayer confession sheet, attend church – whatever it is we do in our Christian life to “grow up into Christ” (Eph 4:15) – our primary target is to simply […]
Know today that God has already provided everything you need…and even if you haven’t seen the provision yet with your eyes, KNOW that he HAS provided it for you. Here are a few scriptures to remind you that God prepared everything you would need at the creation of the world, before time began…WAY before you and I were ever born. His promises are real and they simply exist in the supernatural realm first before they manifest here on earth. We know and believe that God dwells in the unseen, that angels and heaven are in the unseen, and we understand they are real and have very real shape, form, and existence. Therefore, so does every provision God has made for you. IT ALREADY EXISTS in the supernatural and has a very real shape, form and existence. Everything we see with our eyes first originated from the unseen. Allow the Holy Spirit opportunity to lead you into all truth in this area, because as you understand in your core this truth, it makes trusting in God and believing (agreeing with AND relying on) His word simple and easy. God is always faithful and He will never let you down!!! His word NEVER returns up void but accomplishes the purpose for which it was sent — and Jesus (the Word) tells us His purpose in John 10:10 when He says: “I came to give you life and life more abundantly.” As you believe (agree with AND rely on) God’s word, you will receive the manifestation of that provision of life into your life here on earth. God already has provision waiting for you in the supernatural realm, and He thought of it well before you ever knew you would need it. He made it out of love and gave that provision the very best shape and form possible for you. He thought of you the whole time He shaped it and made it perfect for you. Here are some scriptures to be refreshed in that we’ve gone over in class before showing us that God has made every provision for us BEFORE THE CREATION OF THE WORLD: [Rev 13:8 NIV] 8….the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. (This shows us that Jesus was first slain before the earth ever existed…the cross was not the first time…that was just the natural manifestation of what already existed in the supernatural.) [Tit 1:2 NIV] 2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, (God’s promise of eternal life for us didn’t first become available to us the day we invited Jesus into our heart. His promise for eternal life existed in the supernatural before the beginning of time!!! We simply received the manifestation of it in the natural the day we decided to agree with and rely on Jesus as our personal Lord and savior.) [Col 1:15-18 NKJV] 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (This scripture is of course speaking about Jesus (the Word)…and reveals to us that everything that God has made was made through Jesus (the Word) and that He made visible AND invisible things for us.) [2Ti 1:9 NKJV] 9 who has saved us and called [us] with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, (This scripture reveals to us that God’s purpose and plan to save us from the curse and to provide us salvation through His grace in Christ Jesus was in His heart and in His plan and in His provisions BEFORE TIME BEGAN.) [1Co 2:7 NKJV] 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden [wisdom] which God ordained before the ages for our glory, (This scripture reveals to us that all the wisdom of God has been hidden FOR OUR GLORY … He did not hide His wisdom from us, but instead FOR us and for our glory (victory, manifestation of His promise) and He put it all in place for us “before the ages”) Personal Prayer for today: Father God, I thank you for your great love for me. I thank you that your love is so great for me that before you ever made me, before you even made the earth for me, you thought of everything I would ever need or desire. I thank you for being my provider. I acknowledge you as my provider. I repent from anyplace I have doubted you or sought to provide for myself or sought another source. I thank you that you have made every provision of life abundantly for my life here on earth and I receive it today through Christ Jesus. In His Name I pray, believe and receive, Amen.
THE REAL “WHY” BEHIND TAKING COMMUNION…AN IN-DEPTH BREAK DOWN OF TRUTH & RELIGIOUS MISCONCEPTIONS (Sharing this break down for the purpose of believers gaining understanding so they can RECEIVE by faith all God has powerfully made available to us through communion – namely physical healing & wholeness as well as spiritual benefit) Let me begin by sharing a bit of sentiment from Joseph Prince, Senior Pastor of New Creation Church. “Misconceptions about the Holy Communion have robbed many believers of an important God ordained avenue of healing and wholeness.” “Jesus did not walk on water all the time, He did not calm storms all the time, but He healed all the time.” Our God is a healer!!!! And we know that Jesus remains the same yesterday, today and forevermore (Heb 13:8). Therefore, once a healer, always a healer! His character never changes. Father God is so loving and faithful towards us that out of His great mercy and grace, He reveals His healing nature to us through: His written Word, His spoken Word, His Son as the manifested Word, ministering angels, the Holy Spirit, the laying on of hands, prayer, anointing oil, and even a gift of healing to work through one member of a body to another. Additionally, He has also made His healing power available to us through partaking in communion and eating of the resurrected body of Jesus Christ. I want to focus specifically on 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 where Paul is speaking to the church of Corinth regarding “The Lord’s Supper”: [1Co 11:17-34 NIV] 17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval. 20 So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, 21 for when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one person remains hungry and another gets drunk. 22 Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter! 23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. 32 Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world. 33 So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together. 34 Anyone who is hungry should eat something at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment. And when I come I will give further directions. We see that in verses 17-22, Paul is addressing the behavior of the church in HOW they are taking communion…they aren’t really connected with what they are doing. Some are caught up in divisions, some are having their own private party within the church, some aren’t getting anything at all, and others are getting drunk. He is calling them out on not really connecting with the Godly purpose behind what they are doing. Before we break down the meaning in verses 23-26, let us recognize that in context, Paul is briefly sharing with them the purpose behind what they are doing and what taking communion is supposed to be about, and he says in verse 34 that he will give them further directions when he comes to them. So now looking at all these verses in context, we can see that what we are about to look at in verses 23-33 is in the middle of Paul addressing the church regarding their lack of understanding in the purpose behind what they are doing. There was no benefit being received in what they were doing, because of their lack of understanding; for we know that everything we receive from God is by faith, and faith requires having a confident expectation of something…there was no confident expectation here, because there was no purpose they were connected to behind what they were doing. People were getting together and filling their bellies…missing out on powerful divine provision that God had made available to them if they had understood the “why” in what they were doing. Paul, and even more so our Lord, wanted the people to receive. The “why” and divine benefit God has for us to receive in taking communion is physical healing to our bodies (through eating of the body of Christ/the bread) and spiritual healing and forgiveness of sins (through the blood/the wine). These are 2 separate things not […]
Be encouraged to know that with God all things are possible! Know that there is nothing too hard for God and therefore nothing is too hard for you when you’re WITH Him!! No matter what the situation looks like, no matter what man has said, God spoke FIRST and His word remains supreme (Psalm 138:2); His Word hold everything together (Col 1:17); His word never fails! WHEN WE BELIEVE, WE RECEIVE! (Matthew 21:22) Here are a few more verses to wash our minds with the truth about what God has said to us in the area of challenging circumstances: Jeremiah 32:27: “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? Matthew 19:26: Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Mark 9:23: “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” God clearly wants us to continue to believe on Him in the midst of every challenging circumstance…His desire is that we wouldn’t be swayed by what our eyes see, by what someone else says, or by the emotions of our flesh. Instead, His desire is for us to come to Him in those very moments that present us with a challenge, so that He can remind us of who HE is and what HE has said. He will also remind us of who WE are in HIM. What we are experiencing in the challenging situation is temporary but God’s promises are eternal. When we go to The Holy Spirit with an open heart, He reminds us of God’s character – of His unconditional love towards us, His compassion and kindness, and His constant faithfulness to what He has spoken in His Word. He will remind us that God already went ahead of us and made provision for us for that very circumstance! In those moments where you’ve done everything you know to do and the situation still hasn’t changed, a door still hasn’t opened, a loved one still hasn’t turned their life over to The Lord…whatever the challenging circumstance is, it’s time to see God in your midst and to let go of the steering wheel. Rest in His faithfulness and in the provisions of His grace. See Jesus. See God’s spoken Word. See what Jesus did on the cross. See even before the cross…see that God spoke His Word over you and your life and already made every provision for you before the foundation of the world!! (Ephesians 1:4, Ephesians 1:11, 1 Peter 1:20, Titus 1:2). God’s promises and provisions for our lives were made WAY before we were ever born! He spoke His faithful provisions into our lives even before He ever made the earth!! Before he made us, He made every kind of provision for us – supernatural as well as natural. Prayer is simply about coming into agreement with God and allowing His Word to bring us into that place of perfect alignment with what ALREADY IS in the supernatural. We need the Word (Jesus) who is truth to lead us into that place where we can see as God sees through the power of the Holy Spirit working in us. God really really wants us to receive what He took the time to personally prepare for us. In Christ, we freely receive what was already prepared for us thousands of years ago in the supernatural realm. There is NO lack in the kingdom. There is nothing God didn’t think of, nothing He has forgotten. No ounce of love He spared. We don’t have to beg and plea with God for anything, for He thought about those provisions way before we ever knew we would need them…He thought about them before we were ever born…He thought about them before He created the world, because that’s when He first thought about US. Before He made us, He made everything for us. Be reminded today, whether in the middle of your own challenging circumstance or standing with someone else in the middle of something they are experiencing, that OUR GOD IS THE CREATOR OF THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH AND THE WHOLE UNIVERSE!!! NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR HIM!! (Luke 18:27) See that God already gave Himself, and He made healing provisions for our physical bodies as well as salvation for our souls…heaven is holding the supply in God’s storehouse of grace for us. Since God took the time to make those provisions out of His love for us, let us not miss out on receiving them…let us turn to Him and allow Him to wash us in His word so that we are cleansed from all doubt and unbelief, from all lies of the enemy, from all conditioned thinking of this world, and let us be free from everything that is contrary to what God’s Word speaks to us. We meditate on God’s Word so that it can work in our hearts, in our minds, in our souls and in our physical body how we need it to! Whether as fuller’s soap (Mal 3:2), a refiner’s fire (Mal 3:3), the sword of the spirit (Heb4:12), or a hammer (Jer 23:29) to break up that gigantic rock that keeps getting in the way… If you’re in the middle of a challenging situation, I encourage you to skip your favorite t.v. show this week and take a bath in God’s word instead. 🙂 You’ll come out feeling even more refreshed and fulfilled than you do after washing your favorite show. It even seems like a shallow comparison to type that, but sometimes our flesh needs convincing…you can always watch your show too if you get time for that after you’ve had a good bath!! By the grace of God given to us in Jesus Christ, let us come BOLDLY to God’s throne of grace with confidence (full expectation that we have already received), so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our […]
Proverbs 4:20-23New King James Version (NKJV) 20 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 For they are life to those who find them, And health (marpe: medicine and a cure) to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. God has made provision for us in His Word for divine health. As His children, having been made righteous in Christ, we have the RIGHT to divine health and to live free from all sickness and disease. In John 14:6, Jesus reveals to us that He IS life: “I AM the way the truth and the life.” When we keep the Word (Jesus) in front of our eyes, in our ears and in our mouth MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, we are receiving LIFE into our eyes, ears and mouths more than anything else. Life produces life, and therefore what continually goes into our heart is LIFE, and what continually flows out of it is LIFE. God’s ways for man are simple…He gives us life and then says now choose life. He gave us Jesus and man has a choice whether or not to choose Him. God tells us to pay attention to Him — give attention to HIS words, incline our ears to HIS sayings…not to our own thoughts and words, not our neighbor’s words, not our spouse’s words, not to our friend’s words, not to the words we read on facebook, not to our doctor’s words…He says give attention to GOD’S WORDS in your ears and keep GOD’S WORDS in front of your eyes. With very clear instruction, the verses go onto say, DO NOT LET THEM DEPART FROM YOUR EYES…what often happens is Christians say they believe God, but then when it comes to the ratio of what they are thinking on or putting in front of their eyes, God’s words fall into the 10% or less percentage range (I just threw that number out there). I looked at some research online of the average number of thoughts a person has a day and it is reported that the number is 50,000–70,000 thoughts per day! This means between 35 and 48 thoughts per minute per person. God desires for us to think on Him and His Words because He is LIFE and He wants life for us! Nothing but God’s word has the ability to give us life, and He desires that we wouldn’t wait to think on Him more intently just when we have a need, because He never wants us to be running on empty. The truth is that what often happens when God’s thoughts are ranking up on the percentage scale in our thought life on a daily basis, is that we have far less personal needs, because we’re no longer living from crisis to crisis and our needs are regularly met in abundance…Our life begins to transition into a place where we’re in the business of being a vessel for God to help meet the needs of others, because ours have already been met. Society is so inundated with words coming at us from every angle — through television, facebook, radio, people talking wherever we go, and those words we open our ears and our eyes to and start “spinning our wheels about” are seeds that have opportunity to come into our thoughts and into our hearts…even if they aren’t necessarily “bad,” they are taking up space in our minds. Though we may be thinking on God’s word some of the time, once all those other things start coming into our minds, we begin to experience “run on sentence syndrome” LOL! that may sound something like this in a Christians’ mind: “God’s word is life to me who finds them (Proverbs 22)….I’ve been saying that for almost a week now and this symptom hasn’t left my body yet, and this person says I should really get it checked out so I think I should get it checked out…I got it checked out and the doctor gave me this prescription and it helped for awhile, but now I’m battling the same thing again…I’m tired…this thing just won’t leave my body…they laid hands on me at church tonight and I received my healing…oooh not again, that headache came back….I guess the prayer Sunday night didn’t work. Maybe there’s something else God wants me to be doing…God, I believe, by your stripes I am healed…(1 Pet 2:24)..I just need to take a rest…what’s on t.v….Oh I have to finish doing that thing for tomorrow…what am I making for dinner?…I wish I could sleep in tomorrow…I have that meeting at 9:00…”Ring, ring…hey! Do you have time to chat? Sure….they did what!?” There is absolutely NO condemnation for us in Christ Jesus!!! And this is not to make any of us feel bad about our thought life! We have ALL fallen short in this area. Instead, this is the time to simply see that God has a clear pathway to the promises that He has prepared for us, and if we really want to be living in them on a daily basis, that pathway comes from HIM occupying the most space in our minds as well as in our hearts. While every promise is already yes and Amen (so be it!) unto us in Christ as 2 Corinthians 1:20 tells us, WE are the ones to say the Amen (so be it!) And sometimes those thoughts in our minds want to try to rob us of what is already ours in Christ by taking up too much space and stealing space away from life-giving thoughts in us. Proverbs 4:20-23, involves embracing God’s Words more than anything else and that takes discipline of the Holy Spirit and a choice and willingness on our part to submit ourselves to Him on a daily basis. BUT IT’S NOT A HARD THING! And God wouldn’t give us instruction that we couldn’t […]
Did you know there is a river in the bible called God’s “river of delights” that is continually available for us to drink? We don’t have to wait in line or rush to get there first, and we can drink from this river morning, noon and night…and as often as we desire, because it flows within us by the Holy Spirit. [Psa 36:7-9 NLT] 7 How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. 8 You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights. 9 For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see. We see it revealed to us in the New Testament as well that out of a Jesus believing heart flow rivers of living water by the Holy Spirit: [Jhn 7:38-39 ESV] 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. Through what I would call a “Holy Spirit rabbit trail,” I was out walking and it was in my thoughts of us drinking from “heaven’s mercy stream”… I followed the trail and it led me to Psalm 36:7 and God’s river of delights…This was wonderful, but there was something even more beautiful He revealed as He drew my attention to the word “delights.” Read the scripture again, only this time personalized: [Psa 36:7-9 NLT] 7 How precious is your unfailing love towards me, O God! I find shelter in the shadow of your wings. 8 You feed me from the abundance of your own house, you let me drink from your river of delights. 9 For you are the fountain of life, the light by which I see. The word “delights” stood out to me to look up and I learned that the Hebrew word is “eden.” Does that sound familiar? It’s of course the name for the region of Adam and Eve’s home in the garden that God had made for them and called the Garden of Eden. We know that in the beginning the garden was perfect and encompassed every kind of provision of which Adam and Eve could ever have need. This Hebrew word means: delicate, delight, pleasure and luxury. Each one of these words gives us a clear picture of God’s great love and desire for us to receive in abundance…He wants us to take delight in Him, to receive pleasure and luxury. We can all have a singular idea of something of delight and pleasure, but luxury is a word I believe we can all agree signifies in abundance. God has an abundance of delight for us…an abundance of pleasure for us…an abundance of love, an abundance of joy, an abundance of peace… Meditating on this verse and seeing the river of God’s delight, Eden flowing from within us by the Holy Spirit is refreshing and powerful alone, but there was one more beautiful picture that also unfolds to us in looking at this word “delight.” I pondered about the word delicate being one of the Hebrew meanings for the word delight…thinking it didn’t seem very synonymous to me…in my mind I only thought of delicate as being something fragile, which is certainly true…Yet, there is another meaning for delicate in the dictionary that says: very fine in texture or structure; of intricate workmanship or quality. I now understood how delicate could be used alongside God’s delight, pleasure and luxury for us… I realized God’s love for us is so great, that He has ever so intricately — with great care and detail — with intricate workmanship and quality — personally prepared for us a place in Him that is full of every kind of delight, pleasure and luxury our hearts could want for. God gave us His Holy Spirit so that we could drink of that river of delights (eden), 24/7 from the abundance of His own house as Psalm 36 says. God opens His house to us, invites us in, and leaves the door open…we have full access to Him and everything in His house. Now THAT’S something to rejoice about. 🙂 Whether we’re hungry or thirsty, tired or weak, challenged, confused, or just wanting some intimate fellowship time with our Father in heaven, we can freely come to Him and receive in abundance. We see God’s desire to refresh us and sustain us with the supply from his own house mirrored also in Ephesians 1:23 when the scriptures speak of Jesus being the head over the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. God desires that through Christ we be filled all in all…His love for us is so great and He never wants us to run dry or empty, so He has given us His Spirit and river of delights to drink from often. Know God’s great love for you that compelled Him to so intricately make provisions for you. Drink deeply of His river of delights today and experience the refreshing and abundant provisions of eden full of God’s delight, pleasure, and luxury that He has so intricately prepared for you. Personal Prayer: Father God, I thank you for your unfailing love towards me. I take shelter in your love. I thank you that your love protects me and feeds me out of the abundance you have prepared for me in your house. I receive through Christ and drink from your river of delights in the Holy Spirit. I take pleasure in you and in the luxury you provide me in your presence. By grace I receive the delight, pleasure and luxury you have so intricately prepared for me today, and […]
Jesus IS the resurrection… Our faith need not rest on anything other than Jesus, for He alone reveals the glory of The Father to us. We aren’t called to try and “figure God out” but instead to put our TRUST in Him by believing upon His son, Jesus. And not just once, but on a daily, minute-to-minute basis. There is much to be gained from meditating on what Jesus says in John 11:25: ” I am the resurrection and the life.” I encourage you in your prayer time to pray in the Spirit, and as it rises up from within you, begin to call upon the Name of Jesus and confess He is the resurrection and the life…speak out “resurrection power” as you are thinking on Him and allowing the Spirit to lead you and be filled. More times than I could count, I’ve often asked the Holy Spirit, “what’s on your heart” when I’ve been praying and immediately I will hear “resurrection power.” It’s not at all like it’s in my head or that I even remember I asked Him and heard it before countless times. I’ve meditated on His dunamis power for a number of years and there is much to be received in that as well. I’ve spoken and received His “resurrection power” as the words have come into my head from the Holy Spirit before, but something different was being awakened within me this morning as I allowed the Spirit to lead me in prayer. In my heart I connected to Jesus saying “I am the resurrection” and it came out of me over and over to say….”I am the resurrection”…”I am the resurrection.” It seemed every time I spoke it the influence of the Spirit on me grew stronger and stronger and I could sense The Lord had something in mind to reveal to me. The context of where this verse appears in the book of John is that Jesus has been told Lazarus is dead and he come to raise him from the dead, though the people did not understand that’s what he was coming to do. They didn’t even understand it when He plainly told him that’s what he was coming to do. They didn’t get it because though they believed He was the Christ, they didn’t fully conceive all of what that meant and really couldn’t have except by revelation from the Holy Spirit which they received after Jesus died and the Spirit came upon all who believed. [Jhn 11:11-16 NKJV] 11 These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.” 12 Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” 13 However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15 “And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.” 16 Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.” So we see in this passage above that first the disciples think Jesus is telling them Lazarus is sleeping and not dead, then he plainly tells them he is dead (having said prior He was going to wake him up) but their minds can’t even fathom what that looks like, so they don’t even think of him raising him from the dead right there on the spot as being a possibility, but instead Thomas’ mind connects to them all going to die with him and he is willing….there’s a whole sermon on this itself I believe — how man with his own ideas can get so far off track with even the best intentions – that’s where I believe many “religious” things are birthed…but that’s not where the Spirit was taking me this morning so that’s not what I want to focus on in this share…instead, let’s get back to “I am the resurrection and the life…” Jesus first identifies himself as “the resurrection and the life” to Martha in John 11:20-27: [Jhn 11:20-27 NKJV] 20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 21 Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 “But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” Once again, there is so much to gain from this passage of scripture and we can see by Martha’s response that she confesses Jesus as the Christ and that she believes in Him, but like Tomas, her mind can’t understand what Jesus is speaking to her in saying the he is the resurrection and the life. What is awesome though is rather than going down her own rabbit trail or trying to figure out on her own what Jesus is really saying here, she simply proclaims what she DOES KNOW to be true, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world” (John 11:27) Has God ever spoken something to you that you haven’t quite understood but you know it’s Him speaking to you? Has something in the bible ever jumped out at you […]
God is so good ALL THE TIME, and I am continually amazed by His goodness. Whether you are a midst a challenging situation or already in the celebration of a victory, I pray this post and attached sheets of scriptures bring encouragement to your soul as you meditate on the goodness of our God. His love for us is unconditional, unending and all powerful, and His desire for us to receive His goodness in our lives is FAR BEYOND our own. We need not try to convince Him to bless us, for He already has (Gen 1:28). He desires for us to receive His grace, His love, His joy, His peace, His provision, His healing and wholeness in our physical body, restoration in our relationships and every other good thing…and He has had this desire for you well before you were even born! (Jer 1:5) Prayer is about opening our hearts to God to receive all that He has in HIS heart for us (which is only good: John 10:10, James 1:17). It’s about heart to heart communication with your creator who has MADE you and cherishes you and knows even more about you than you know about yourself. Through an open heart, we receive HIS thoughts, HIS words, HIS images, and HIS emotions. When we come into agreement with what HE has to say in His Word about a situation, regardless of what things look like temporarily, we release His provision from the supernatural into the natural through our agreement. We’re given a free will and a choice…though God has provision for us in every way as we trust in Him, we have to CHOOSE Him and His provision…it means going to Him, and surrendering ourselves to Him – surrendering our thoughts, our emotions, our ideas, our dreams, our desires, to Him. Sometimes we can get caught up in going our own way or in doing what we think is best or striving to make something happen, even without realizing it, and that’s never fruitful, at least not in the way we had hoped. Our only true hope, the only hope that is certain and is meant to be the anchor for our soul is in Christ Jesus, the Word (Heb 6:19). For no word from God will ever fail (Luke 1:37). One of the most powerful types of prayer is a prayer of praise and worship! When we simply enter into the joy of who God is and invest time in our relationship with Him, just meditating on who He is and all He has already done in our lives, not because we have all these petitions to bring before Him, but just out of a heart desiring to know Him more and to give thanks and worship Him, we in essence open our hearts wide to receive! For the Lord is worthy to be praised and His love endures forever! (Psalm 106:1) When we seek first His kingdom, all the rest is added unto us (Matt 6:33). I often find that things get done on my behalf for the day while I’m in prayer…when thoughts come trying to tell me I have this to get done and that to get done, or that my agenda for the day is too full, but I call them down and enter into praise all the more…it’s those days that I’m amazed at how light and easy things were and how much MORE actually got done that day! It’s an inexplicable truth. His love has made the way for us to receive, and no greater love could He have shown us than by giving us His one and only son, Jesus. It’s through Christ (the Word of God) and the gift of the Holy Spirit working in us, that enables us to receive ALL that God has already stored up for us before we even ever had a need for it. Just this morning I experienced this…His provision and grace for something I didn’t even know I would have need for…and there it was. His provision saved me a whole lot of time and extra work. He cares about the things you care about, even those things that may seem small. He has gone ahead of you and there is provision of grace and salvation in every area for you…take time to look upon Him this morning and to be reminded of His goodness and of His great love for you. Open your heart to receive every treasure that has been laid up for you in Christ Jesus, and as you are journeying through life, look expectantly for the provision God has promised you in His Word, no matter what you are faced with in the natural. Here is a personalized scripture sheet entitled “The Lord is good and loves me to help get you going in your prayer time and meditating on God’s goodness and His love for you!
Hearing God’s voice… One of the greatest privileges we’ve been given on this earth is to hear the voice of the one who made us…He alone has the ability to lead us along the best pathway for our lives (Psalm 32:8). Without Him, it’s easy to be led on a path of our own emotions, our own ideas, emotions or ideas of someone else…eventually we end up wishing we never set foot on those paths that may have at one time seemed so great to us…I find such clarity comes during that time of fellowship with God in prayer that is beyond what you can really even explain. Sometimes “His voice” speaks in words, sometimes in pictures, sometimes with an impression or strong pressing around something, sometimes “His voice” speaks through the quiet, bringing peace right when you need it. Often for me, the Holy Spirit will bring a scripture to mind for me to think on and come into agreement with as I speak it out, whether over my own life or someone else’s. However God has spoken to us, we can rest in knowing it was exactly what we needed to hear and how we needed to hear it. He’s really awesome like that…He doesn’t deliver based on what we think is best, He delivers based on what HE KNOWS is best and our measuring stick isn’t even worth comparing with His. God is love and He only has good things on His mind for us and stored up for us to release from the supernatural into the natural as we simply say yes to His thoughts, words, images and emotions rather than our own (1 John 4:8, Psalm 100:5, John 10:10), and the way we do this is through prayer. When we pray and have a conversation with God, the most powerful life changing results take place when we agree with what He has already spoken in the scriptures. The bible is full of God’s thoughts, images and emotions for us, so anytime we want to hear His voice, we can read what He spoke before we were even born, and pray for His Holy Spirit to make those words “rhema” to us. That’s the key to a changed life or situation on this earth…when a word becomes RHEMA (living, alive!) in our hearts. When we not only read it and say, “Yes I agree,” but the day we really KNOW it’s true on the inside and experience the victory of it if-you-will before anything has even changed in the natural, then that’s when we can rest assured that what is believed in our hearts on the inside will also be reflected on the outside in our lives. The amazing thing is that God is speaking things to us every day…desiring to lead us along a path that is continually straight, leading into the continual fulfillment of His promises in our lives on this earth. He’s so persistent and He never gives up! To even the hardest hearts, He is still speaking…Jesus is in CONSTANT intercession (prayer) for us…so longing for us to receive God’s goodness into our lives (Heb 7:25). He longs for us to draw near to Him…just imagine having a child that never calls you or hangs out with you and is too busy going His own way for you. As a parent, you just sit and watch his/her life in shambles, or the many hurts and just so want to help them and provide for them, but you can’t because they won’t let you. God is a gentleman and will never force Himself upon anyone. He loves us deeply. Isaiah 55:8-9 says: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” God desires to lead us by His thoughts daily, and if we let Him, He will. Psalm 68:19 tells us that He loads us DAILY with benefits. It may take a little time to get to know His voice, like it would any new friend, but it doesn’t take long after hanging out together a few times. AND it’s easy to identify His voice when you always remember that God is love (patient, kind, does not envy, does not boast, is not rude, is not selfish, is not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs, doesn’t delight in evil, rejoices in the truth, always hopes, always perseveres and never fails). SO whatever GOD speaks, will always line up with His character. We can think of it kind of like a unique accent on His voice. If we have a British friend, we can quickly identify them on the phone, a Spanish friend, etc. in comparison to others who don’t share that same dialect. The longer we’ve been in fellowship with Him, the better we know His character and the easier it is to recognize His voice…much like it is with any other friendship on earth. We also learn to recognize the voice of a stranger, especially one trying to imitate our friend….if someone got on the phone with us trying to pretend to be a close friend of ours, we’d know right away it wasn’t them, and the same is true when we know God through His Word and our fellowship time with Him. Then when the enemy or someone else tries to sneak in a little, “thus sayeth the Lord,” we’ll know something is off because no one but God Himself can give off that accent of love..and only when we are in Him do we get the ability to share in that accent. If it isn’t love, it isn’t God. Love doesn’t make people sick, love doesn’t bring condemnation. Love heals. Love restores. Love forgives and forgets. Love is good and brings trust, hope and perseverance into people’s lives. So if we hear the voice of a stranger trying to […]