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1/03 "Behold, Thou art fair, my Beloved." --Song of Solomon 1:16

From every point our Well-beloved is most fair. Our various experiences are meant by our heavenly Father to furnish fresh standpoints from which we may view the loveliness of Jesus; how amiable are our trials when they carry us aloft where we may gain clearer views of Jesus than ordinary life could afford us!

We have seen Him from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, and He has shone upon us as the sun in his strength; but we have seen Him also "from the lions' dens, from the mountains of the leopards," and He has lost none of His loveliness. From the languishing of a sick bed, from the borders of the grave, have we turned our eyes to our soul's spouse, and He has never been otherwise than "all fair."

Oh, noble and pleasant employment to be for ever gazing at our sweet Lord Jesus! Is it not unspeakably delightful to view the Savior in all His offices, and to perceive Him matchlessness in each?--to shift the kaleidoscope, as it were, and to find fresh combinations of peerless graces? In the manger and in eternity, on the cross and on His throne, in the garden and in His kingdom, among thieves or in the midst of cherubim, He is everywhere "altogether lovely."

Eternity shall not discover the shadow of a spot in our Beloved, but rather, as ages revolve, His hidden glories shall shine forth with yet more inconceivable splendor, and His unutterable loveliness shall more and more ravish all celestial minds.

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So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. -Romans 10:17

"I just don't have any faith," some Christians say. "I've prayed and fasted for faith, but I just don't have any."

Asking for faith will never produce faith. Faith doesn't come by asking; faith comes by hearing; by hearing the Word of God!

Having to encourage Christians to have faith means that the Word of God has lost it's reality in their lives. The New Testament Epistles do not encourage believers to have faith, because the Epistles were written to the Church. The Church’s individual members are actually born into the family of God. Believers have received the Holy Spirit as their Teacher, Guide, and Comforter. A measure of faith will be the measure of their knowledge of their Father - and their knowledge of their privileges.

This is the measure of your faith too. Simply study the Bible and get acquainted with your heavenly Father. Walk in the closest possible fellowship with Him. Become familiar with your privileges as His child.

As you become one with the Word, and the Word becomes one with you, you will become mighty in faith.

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Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. -Proverbs 3:5

Your own understanding is simply your own mental processes - your own human thinking. In other words, we could read this verse, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own way of thinking.:

Faith will work in your heart with doubt in your head! Many Christians are defeated because when a doubt enters their minds…
“I’m doubting.”

But Jesus didn’t say, “...and shall not doubt in his head.” Jesus said, “...and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe...”(Mark 11:23). It’s heart faith that gets the job done - not head faith. Some of the greatest miracles that have ever happened in my life came when I began to make such faith statements as, “I believe from my heart that I receive my healing” - even though my head was saying, “It’s not so. It’s not so!” Do you ever have trouble with your head? Then just trust in the Lord with all your heart (not your head), and lean not unto your own understanding!

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“When Jesus heard it, He said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance’" (Mark 2:17).

In Mark’s second chapter, Jesus made a very profound statement. He said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician.” This statement may sound simple, but actually has great spiritual depth. Most people I have met over the years are in great need. They need finances, they need friendship, they need healing, and they need love. Most people are in great need.

However, it’s never been God’s plan for His children to live in need of anything. If we need money, then we are not prosperous. If we need healing, then we are not walking in health. If we need hope, then we are not in faith. And if we need love, we are admitting that we do not have love.

God wants us to move from wanting and needing into having and possessing. God is complete in all things. He has no lack and He has no need. Ephesians 5:1 says that we are to be like God. We are to be complete and without need. Even though the scriptures tell us that God knows our needs before we ask, the purpose of asking is to remove the need.

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...the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.-Romans 5:5

"I hate my mother-in-law!" a minister's wife said. "I don't even know if I am saved or not, because the Bible says, 'Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him'" (1 John 3:15) This woman was saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. But she was letting the devil dominate her through her mind and her flesh.

Her minister said, "Look me in the eye and say out loud, 'I hate my mother-in-law.' As you are saying this, check up on the inside of you - because the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts, not our heads - and tell me what is happening."

She did as she was asked and said, surprised, "Something is 'scratching' me down in my spirit!"

"Yes, something on the inside of you is trying to get your attention," Her minister said. "The love of God in your spirit wants to dominate you, but you are allowing your mind - where those thoughts have built up - to dominate you.. In your heart, you actually love everyone."

"Yes, I do," she agreed. "What shall I do now?"

"Act in love. And let your heart dominate you - not your head."

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Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. -Romans 4:18

Read Romans 4 for God’s own account of Abraham and his faith. Here, the 18th verse says that Abraham believed. He believed “...according to that which was spoken...”

Abraham did not believe according to what he could see. Abraham did not believe according to what he could feel. Abraham did not believe according to what his physical senses told him. Abraham did not even believe according to what his mind told him.

Abraham believed according to what was spoken by God!

When opposition and contradicting circumstances have said, “No, you don’t have it,” stand your ground. When feelings have said, “No, you don’t have it,” stand your ground. When sight says, “No, you don’t have it,” stand your ground.

Say from your heart, “I believe according to that which is spoken.” And “that which is spoken” is God’s Word!

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"The trees of the Lord are full of sap." --Psalm 104:16

Without sap the tree cannot flourish or even exist. Vitality is essential to a Christian. There must be life--a vital principle infused into us by God the Holy Ghost, or we cannot be trees of the Lord. The mere name of being a Christian is but a dead thing, we must be filled with the spirit of divine life.

This life is mysterious. We may not understand the circulation of the sap, by what force it rises, and by what power it descends again. So the life within us is a sacred mystery. Regeneration is wrought by the Holy Ghost entering into man and becoming man's life; and this divine life in a believer afterwards feeds upon the flesh and blood of Christ and is thus sustained by divine food.

Our root is Christ Jesus, and our life is hid in Him; this is the secret of the Lord. How permanently active is the sap in the cedar! In the Christian the divine life is always full of energy--not always in fruit-bearing, but in inward operations. The believer's graces, are not every one of them in constant motion? but his life never ceases to palpitate within. He is not always working for God, but his heart is always living upon Him.

As the sap manifests itself in producing the foliage and fruit of the tree, so with a truly healthy Christian, his grace is externally manifested in his walk and conversation. If you talk with a believer, he cannot help speaking about Jesus. If you notice his actions you will see that he has been with Jesus. He has so much sap within, that it must fill his conduct and conversation with life.

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I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I but Christ liveth in me: and the life that I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
-GALATIANS 2:20


When my Father God looks at me, He only sees Jesus! I am so identified with Christ in the eyes of my Father God that when He sees me, He only sees Christ! (When He sees me, He sees the anointed one.)

According to Galatians 2:20 "I am crucified with Christ." (I died alongside Him.) The fact that you see me alive is simply because Christ's Resurrection Life took over when my old self died.

My old self went to the cross with Jesus and died there. (Ceased to exist in that place)

My old self was not worth trying to save, improve, restore, or pretty up. In God's eyes my old self was already dead before the crucifixion. But my old self could never be effectively killed (as far as his control over my life) until my old self went to the cross with Jesus.

My old self had to die because God's Life could not be contained in him. My old self was unable to communicate with the Giver of Life.

Neither Jesus nor my old self survived the cross! We both died!

Jesus so identified Himself with me that death could not tell the difference. I am so identified with Him that life cannot tell the difference.

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For if, because of one man's trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God's] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness (putting them into right standing with Himself) reign as kings in life through the One, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One. -Romans 5:17 AMPLIFIED

One of our greatest problems is relegating everything to the future. Think about the songs we sing: "When we all get to heaven..." Thank God we are going to get there, but we don't have to wait until we get there to enjoy God's blessings. We can have them now!

Yes, we will reign with Christ then. But we don't have to wait until then! When does our text say we will reign as kings? Now! In life! In this life! How? By Jesus Christ!

Paul used this illustration of reigning as kings because in the day in which he lived, they had kings. Each king reigned over his own particular domain. His word was the final authority. What he said went! He ruled. He reigned.

The Word says that we reign in life by Christ Jesus. Why? Because we have been made the righteousness of God in Christ. Our words rule over our situations.

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...and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
-ISAIAH 10:27


The anointing the Bible is talking about here is the manifest power of the Holy Spirit. We can learn an important principle regarding how the anointing works by following the ministry of Jesus. For instance, in Mark 5 we see an illustration of the healing anointing in demonstration in the case of the woman with the issue of blood.

Mark 5:25-34, "And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years… And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him…."

There are two pivotal words in the account of the healing of the woman with the issue of blood. Those words are “virtue” and “faith.” The Greek word “virtue” is translated dunamis or miraculous power.

Jesus knowing immediately that virtue or power had gone out of him, looked around and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” Then Jesus turned around and saw who had touched Him, and said to the woman, “...Daughter, THY FAITH hath made thee whole...” (Mark 5:34).

Some people say, “I thought that the power that flowed out of Jesus - the healing anointing - made that woman whole! But Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has made you whole.” Why did Jesus say that?

When Jesus asked, “Who touched my clothes?” the disciples said to Jesus, “...thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou who touched me?” (Mark 5:31) You know yourself if you were in a crowd of people when everyone was pressing in upon you, you would get touched on every side. But the power of God isn’t activated by just the incidental touch.

I’m sure there were many who reached through the crowd and touched Jesus out of curiosity to see if anything would happen, and nothing did. The power of God also isn’t activated by curious touch. No, Jesus said, “Daughter, THY FAITH hath made thee whole...” (Mark 5:34). It’s the touch of faith that releases the power of God to flow!!

This woman started confessing and building up her faith before she touched Jesus. She kept saying, "If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole." Then she worked her way through the crowd and reached out and touched Jesus' garment. At that point the anointing or virtue flowed into the woman's body and she was healed.

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"By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. -Matthew 12:27

The Lord says, Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Your WORDS are important. Put God's WORDS in your mouth and speak them out.

Joel 3:10 says, Let the weak SAY, I am strong. Not pray but SAY.

If the weak are to ever get help, they must change what they are SAYING! If the sick are to get help, they must change what they are SAYING! If the troubled are to get help, they must change what they are SAYING.

Let the weak say day and night, "I am strong! The Lord is the STRENGTH OF MY LIFE" (Psalm 27:17). Let the sick say, "With His stripes I am healed. Surely He hath borne MY sickness and carried MY pains and with His stripes I am healed. They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover (Mark 16:18).. Hands have been laid on me and I am recovering. The Lord is my Healer - He has taken sickness from the midst of me. Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his BENEFITS: Who forgiveth ALL [mine] iniquities; who HEALETH ALL [my] DISEASES" (Psalm 103:1-3). Praise God, HE said ALL. Say it, and sickness will fade away.

Let the TROUBLED say boldly - "God is [my] refuge and strength, A VERY PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE" (Psalm 46:1). Declare, "God is with me! He is my helper! If God is for me, who can be against me? Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord DELIVERETH HIM OUT OF THEM ALL!" (Psalm 34:19).

Let those who are tormented by the demon of FEAR also begin to SAY. Change what you are SAYING if you want victory. Let the fearful say boldly, day and night, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want...though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I WILL FEAR NO EVIL: FOR THOU ART WITH ME (Psalm 23:1-4). I fear not for Thou art with me. I am not dismayed for Thou art my God. Thou art HELPING ME! Thou art STRENGTHENING ME! Thou art UPHOLDING ME with the right hand of they righteousness!" (see Isaiah 41:10).

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Giving to God is a type of worship. Giving to God is a command of God. We are to worship him with our tithes and offerings; however, we must give with a cheerful heart.

Anytime you talk about giving, there are those who get turned off. Let me say this. I understand.

There have been many abuses by ministries, churches, and church related organizations. I understand why some people are skeptical, but we must not ignore the commands of God because of the abuses of some. Let’s see what God’s Word says. In 2 Corinthians 9:6 the Bible says, “But this I say: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

 Let me clear the air on something else here. God doesn’t need your money. The God who spoke the universes into existence, doesn’t need your money. What he does want, though, is your obedience.

In 2 Corinthians 9:10 the Bible says, “Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,”

 When we give to God, the Bible refers to that as sowing seed. When we sow, we reap, and the harvest is larger than the seed sown. The unique thing about this is that God is the one who gives us the seed to sow. The more we sow, the more we reap. The more we reap, the more we sow, and on and on.

I heard one man say it this way. We keep shoveling to God and He keeps shoveling back. The only difference is, His shovel is bigger than our shovel.

In Luke 6:38 Jesus said “Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use it will be measured back to you.”

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While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal...For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. -2 Corinthians 4:18; 5:1

The outward man is seen.

The inward man is that "hidden man." He is unseen. Paul is still talking about this inward man we read about from yesterday's Scripture text, 2 Corinthians 4:16. Paul is saying that this inward man is unseen - and he is eternal.

Out "earthly house of this tabernacle" is the outward man Paul was talking about in the sixteenth verse. Our earthly house (body) is decaying. When it dies, is put into the grave, is dissolved, and goes back to dust - that is not the end!

The inward man is eternal! The hidden man of the heart is eternal!


You are a spirit - and you are eternal!

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"Go again seven times." --1 Kings 18:43

Success is certain when the Lord has promised it. Although you may have pleaded month after month without evidence of answer, it is not possible that the Lord should be deaf when His people are earnest in a matter which concerns His glory.

The prophet on the top of Carmel continued to wrestle with God, and never for a moment gave way to a fear that he should be non-suited in Jehovah's courts.

Six times the servant returned, but on each occasion no word was spoken but "Go again." We must not dream of unbelief, but hold to our faith even to seventy times seven. Faith sends expectant hope to look from Carmel's brow, and if nothing is beheld, she sends again and again.

So far from being crushed by repeated disappointment, faith is animated to plead more fervently with her God. She is humbled, but not abashed: her groans are deeper, and her sighings more vehement, but she never relaxes her hold or stays her hand. It would be more agreeable to flesh and blood to have a speedy answer, but believing souls have learned to be submissive, and to find it good to wait upon the Lord.

Delayed answers often set the heart searching itself, and so lead to contrition and spiritual reformation: deadly blows are thus struck at our corruption, and the chambers of imagery are cleansed. The great danger is lest men should faint, and miss the blessing.

Do not fall into that sin, but continue in prayer and watching. At last the little cloud was seen, the sure forerunner of torrents of rain, and even so with you, the token for good shall surely be given, and you shall rise as a prevailing prince to enjoy the mercy you have sought.

Elijah was a man of like passions with us: his power with God did not lie in his own merits. If his believing prayer availed so much, why not yours? Plead the precious blood with unceasing importunity, and it shall be with you according to your desire.

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"Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love." --Jeremiah 31:3

Sometimes the Lord Jesus tells His Church His love thoughts. "He does not think it enough behind her back to tell it, but in her very presence He says, 'Thou art all fair, my love.' It is true, this is not His ordinary method; He is a wise lover, and knows when to keep back the intimation of love and when to let it out; but there are times when He will make no secret of it; times when He will put it beyond all dispute in the souls of His people" (R. Erskine's).

The Holy Spirit is often pleased, in a most gracious manner, to witness with our spirits of the love of Jesus. He takes of the things of Christ and reveals them unto us. No voice is heard from the clouds, and no vision is seen in the night, but we have a testimony more sure than either of these. If an angel should fly from heaven and inform the saint personally of the Savior’s love to him, the evidence would not be one bit more satisfactory than that which is borne in the heart by the Holy Spirit.

Ask those of the Lord's people who have lived the nearest to the gates of heaven, and they will tell you that they have had seasons when the love of Christ towards them has been a fact so clear and sure, that they could no more doubt it than they could question their own existence.

Yes, beloved believer, you and I have had times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord, and then our faith has mounted to the topmost heights of assurance. We have had confidence to lean our heads upon the bosom of our Lord, and we have no more questioned our Master's affection to us than John did when in that blessed posture, queried, "Lord, is it I that shall betray thee?" has been put far from us. He has kissed us with the kisses of His mouth, and killed our doubts by the closeness of His embrace. His love has been sweeter than wine to our souls.

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"The glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams." --Isaiah 33:21

Broad rivers and streams produce fertility, and abundance in the land. Places near broad rivers are remarkable for the variety of their plants and their plentiful harvests. God is all this to His Church.

Having God she has abundance. What can she ask for that He will not give her? What want can she mention which He will not supply? "In this mountain shall the Lord of Hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things." Do you want the bread of life? It drops like manna from the sky. Do you want refreshing streams? The rock follows you, and that Rock is Christ.

If you suffer any want it is your own fault; if you are straitened you are not straitened in Him, but in your own bowels.

Rivers were of old a defense. Oh! beloved, what a defense is God to His Church! The devil cannot cross this broad river of God. How he wishes he could turn the current, but fear not, for God abideth immutably the same. Satan may worry, but he cannot destroy us; no galley with oars shall invade our river, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.

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For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
-John 16:27


Nothing can be stronger or more comforting than the fact that the Father Himself knows you, loves you, and longs to bless you! In fact, John 17:23 says that God loves us as He loved Jesus. What a staggering thought! Yet it is true! Jesus said it!

God the Father is your Father! He cares for you. He is interested in you individually-not just as a group, or a body of believers, or a church. God is interested in each of His children, and He loves each one of us with the same love.

Get acquainted with your Father through His Word. It is in His Word that you will learn about your heavenly Father, about His love, His nature, how He cares for you, how He loves you. He is everything the Word says He is. And He will do everything the Word says He will do!

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"For the truths sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever." --2 John 2

Once let the truth of God obtain an entrance into the human heart and subdue the whole man unto itself, no power human or infernal can dislodge it. We entertain it not as a guest but as the master of the house--this is a Christian necessity.

Those who feel the vital power of the gospel, and know the might of the Holy Ghost as He opens, applies, and seals the Lord's Word, would sooner be torn to pieces than be rent away from the gospel of their salvation. What a thousand mercies are wrapped up in the assurance that the truth will be with us for ever; will be our living support, our dying comfort, our rising song, our eternal glory; this is Christian privilege, without it our faith is of little worth.

Wherever this abiding love of truth can be discovered, we are bound to exercise our love. No narrow circle can contain our gracious sympathies, wide as the election of grace must be our communion of heart. Much of error may be mingled with truth received, let us war with the error but still love the brother for the measure of truth which we see in Him; above all let us love and spread the truth ourselves.

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Fight the good fight of faith... -1 Timothy 6:12

The only fight the Christian is called upon to fight is the faith fight.

If you're in any other kind of fight, you're in the wrong fight! There is no need to fight the devil - Jesus has already defeated him. There's no need fighting sin - Jesus is the cure for sin. But there is a fight (and therefore enemies, or hindrances) to faith.

The greatest enemy to faith is a lack of understanding of God's Word. In fact, all hindrances to faith center around this lack of knowledge, because you cannot believe or have faith beyond your actual knowledge of the Word of God.

However, your faith will automatically grow as your understanding of God's Word grows (Romans 10:17). If your faith is not growing, it's because your knowledge of God's Word is not growing. And you cannot grow or develop spiritually if you are not growing in faith.

Be resolved today that your knowledge of God's Word will grow. Then give yourself to the study of the Word. It will automatically follow that your faith will grow. Hence, you will grow and develop spiritually.

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This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. -Hebrews 10:16-17

When God looks at you, He doesn't remember that you have any past - so why should you remember it? It can hinder your faith.

In talking with people, many say, "Before I was saved, I lived such an awful life." Then they have told me they don't believe the Lord will do anything for them, such as heal them, or answer their prayers, because they lived such sinful lives before they were saved. They have a complete lack of understanding concerning the New Birth, and concerning the new creature they have become.

When the sinner comes to Christ, he receives remission - a blotting out - of sins.

And after a person is a Christian, he can receive forgiveness of sins that he may commit: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). How long do you think it takes God to forgive us? Ten minutes? Ten years? No, God instantly forgives us! And He instantly cleanses us when we come to Him according to this Scripture.

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"All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again." --Ecclesiastes 1:7

Everything is on the move, time knows nothing of rest. The solid earth is a rolling ball, and the great sun himself a star obediently fulfilling its course around some greater luminary.

Tides move the sea, winds l stir the airy ocean, friction wears the rock: change and death rule everywhere. The sea is not a miser's storehouse for a wealth of waters, for as by one force the waters flow into it, by another they are lifted from it. Men are born but to die: everything is hurry, worry, and vexation of spirit.

Friend of the unchanging Jesus, what a joy it is to reflect upon your changeless heritage; your sea of bliss which will be for ever full, since God Himself shall pour eternal rivers of pleasure into it.

We seek an abiding city beyond the skies, and we shall not be disappointed. The passage before us may well teach us gratitude. Father Ocean is a great receiver, but he is a generous distributor. What the rivers bring him he returns to the earth in the form of clouds and rain.

That man is out of joint with the universe who takes all but makes no return. To give to others is but sowing seed for ourselves. He who is so good a steward as to be willing to use his substance for his Lord, shall be entrusted with more.

Friend of Jesus, are you rendering to Him according to the benefit received? Much has been given thee, what is thy fruit? Have you done all? Can you not do more? To be selfish is to be wicked.

Suppose the ocean gave up none of its watery treasure, it would bring ruin upon our race. God forbid that any of us should follow the ungenerous and destructive policy of living unto ourselves. Jesus pleased not Himself. All fulness dwells in Him, but of His fulness have all we received. O for Jesus’ heart of love, that henceforth we may live not unto ourselves!

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Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
-Galatians 3:13-14


Our text says, "Christ hath REDEEMED us..." (v. 13). If you ask Christians, even Spirit-filled Christians, "What did Christ redeem us from?" they usually say, "From sin." That’s partly true, but not nearly all of the story.

The rest of verse 13 tells us in no uncertain terms what Christ redeemed us from: "Christ hath redeemed us FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW..." (Galatians 3:13).

The expression "the Law" as used in the New Testament refers to either the Ten Commandments, the first five books of the Bible called the Pentateuch, or the whole of the Old Testament. In the Book of Deuteronomy, which is part of the Pentateuch, Moses stated the blessings and curses of the Law.

In the first part of Deuteronomy 28, God talks to Israel about the blessings of the Law that will overtake them if they obey His commands (vv. 1-14). Then skipping down to verse 15, God says, "But it shall come to pass if thou wilt NOT hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that ALL THESE CURSES shall come upon thee, and overtake thee."

The curse or punishment for breaking God’s commandments is threefold: poverty, sickness, and the second death. In this discussion, we’ll only deal with the curse of poverty.

Deuteronomy 28:16-19, 38-40
"Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store. Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out. Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it. Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them. Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit."

POVERTY A CURSE - NOT A BLESSING

You can readily see these verses are talking about poverty and lack. God said poverty and lack was a curse which was to come upon the people of God because they failed to keep His commandments and His statutes (Deuteronomy
28:15).

The curse of poverty should come upon all of us - Gentiles and Jews alike - because all of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). But Galatians 3:13 tells us that instead of the curse coming upon us, Jesus was made to be a curse for us.

Jesus didn’t go to the Cross for Himself - He did it for us! The curse fell on Him instead of upon us. He bore the curse for us so we wouldn’t have to.

Jesus became our substitute and paid the debt for our sins through His death on the Cross. And God wrote it down as though we had paid the debt for sin ourselves! Now because of Jesus, we aer free from the curse of the Law - and that includes the curse of poverty!

2 Corinthians 8:9
"For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich."

Some endeavor to only put a spiritual interpretation on this verse. They say it’s talking about Jesus becoming spiritually poor so we might be made spiritually rich. But there’s more to this verse than that.

Although Jesus’ needs were always supplied, if He became poor at all, it would only have been from the material standpoint because He never gathered to Himself earthly riches an treasures. For example, Jesus didn’t even have His own home. He said about Himself, "...The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head"(Matthew 8:20).

But Jesus certainly wasn’t spiritually poor. Someone who was spiritually poor could not work miracles, raise the dead, turn the water into wine, feed five thousand with a little boy’s lunch, or heal the sick!

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For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. -1 JOHN 5:7
In the beginning was the Word, and Word was with God, and the Word was God...And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us... -JOHN 1:1,14

How can I make Jesus Lord of my life?

Jesus is the Living Word. And God has given us the written Word to unveil the Living Word to us.

Give the Word of God first place in your life. By doing so, you are putting Jesus first!

Let the Word of God govern your life. Let this Word be the Lord of your life. Let the Word dominate you. By doing so, you are really allowing Jesus to be Lord over you - because Jesus and His Word are One.

We are living in an age when we need to get serious about spiritual matters, and we need to learn what the Bible has to say about love, life, home, marriage, and children.

Let the Word of God be your guide in life. When you do, you are making Jesus the Lord of your life. His written Word becomes the Lord of your life.

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For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. -1 JOHN 5:7
In the beginning was the Word, and Word was with God, and the Word was God...And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us... -JOHN 1:1,14

How can I make Jesus Lord of my life?

Jesus is the Living Word. And God has given us the written Word to unveil the Living Word to us.

Give the Word of God first place in your life. By doing so, you are putting Jesus first!

Let the Word of God govern your life. Let this Word be the Lord of your life. Let the Word dominate you. By doing so, you are really allowing Jesus to be Lord over you - because Jesus and His Word are One.

We are living in an age when we need to get serious about spiritual matters, and we need to learn what the Bible has to say about love, life, home, marriage, and children.

Let the Word of God be your guide in life. When you do, you are making Jesus the Lord of your life. His written Word becomes the Lord of your life.

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Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: -COLOSSIANS 1:12-15

The New Covenant tells us we should be giving thanks unto the Father because He has made us able to be partakers of something. Of what? "...of the inheritance of the saints in light"!

The Amplified Bible translates verse thirteen as, "[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and dominion of darkness..."

God Himself has delivered us from the control of Satan! Satan's kingdom is the kingdom of darkness. God's kingdom is the kingdom of light. The Father has made us able to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us out from under the control and dominion of darkness. Satan has no control over us. He cannot dominate us.

And we are told to thank God for that!

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"The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with My disciples?" --Mark 14:14

Jerusalem at the time of the passover was one great inn; each householder had invited his own friends, but no one had invited the Savior, and He had no dwelling of His own. It was by His own supernatural power that He found Himself an upper room in which to keep the feast.

It is so even to this day--Jesus is not received among the sons of men save only where by His supernatural power and grace He makes the heart anew. All doors are open enough to the prince of darkness, but Jesus must clear a way for Himself or lodge in the streets.

It was through the mysterious power exerted by our Lord that the householder raised no question, but at once cheerfully and joyfully opened his guest chamber. Who he was, and what he was, we do not know, but he readily accepted the honor which the Redeemer proposed to confer upon him.

In like manner it is still discovered who are the Lord's chosen, and who are not; for when the gospel comes to some, they fight against it, and will not have it, but where men receive it, welcoming it, this is a sure indication that there is a secret work going on in the soul, and that God has chosen them unto eternal life.

Are you willing, Christ will be your guest; His own power is working with you, making you willing. What an honor to entertain the Son of God! The heaven of heavens cannot contain Him, and yet He condescends to find a house within our hearts!

We are not worthy that He should come under our roof, but what an unutterable privilege when He condescends to enter! For then He makes a feast, and causes us to feast with Him upon royal pleasures, we sit at a banquet with the immortal, and give immortality to those who feed thereon.

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"I am the Lord, I change not." --Malachi 3:6

It is well for us that, amidst all the variableness of life, there is One whom change cannot affect; One whose heart can never alter.

All things else have changed--all things are changing. The sun itself grows dim with age; the world is waxing old; the folding up of the worn-out vesture has commenced; the heavens and earth must soon pass away; they shall perish, they shall wax old as doth a garment; but there is One who only has immortality, of whose years there is no end, and in whose person there is no change. The delight which the mariner feels, when, after having been tossed about so long, he steps again upon the solid shore, is the satisfaction of a Christian when, amidst all the changes of this troublous life, he rests the foot of his faith upon this truth--"I am the Lord, I change not."

The stability which the anchor gives the ship when it has at last obtained a hold-fast, is like that which the Christian's hope affords him when it fixes itself upon this glorious truth. With God "is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. His power, His wisdom, His justice, His truth, are alike unchanged.

He has ever been the refuge of His people, their stronghold in the day of trouble, and He is their sure Helper still. He is unchanged in His love. He has loved His people with "an everlasting love"; He loves them now as much as ever He did, and when all earthly things shall have melted in the end, His love will still wear the dew of its youth.

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"Unto Thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if Thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit." --Psalm 28:1

A cry is the natural expression of sorrow, and a suitable utterance when all other modes of appeal fail us; but the cry must be alone directed to the Lord, for to cry to man is to waste our entreaties upon the air. When we consider the readiness of the Lord to hear, and His ability to aid, we shall see good reason for directing all our appeals at once to the God of our salvation. It will be in vain to call to the rocks in the day of judgment, but our Rock attends to our cries.

"Be not silent to me." Some may be content without answers to their prayers, but genuine suppliants cannot; they are not satisfied with the results of prayer itself in calming the mind and subduing the will--they must go further, and obtain actual replies from heaven, or they cannot rest; and those replies they long to receive at once, they dread even a little of God's silence.

God's voice is often so terrible that it shakes the wilderness; but His silence is equally full of awe to an eager suppliant. When God seems to close His ear, we must not close our mouths, but rather confess our answers with more earnestness; for when our faith grows shrill with eagerness, He will not long deny us a hearing.

What a dreadful case should we be in if the Lord should become for ever silent to our prayers? "Lest, if Thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit." Deprived of the God who answers prayer, we should be in a more worse than the dead. We must have answers to prayer: ours is an urgent case of dire necessity; surely the Lord will speak peace to our agitated minds, for He never can find it in His heart to permit His own elect to perish.

 

We must believe the whole Word of God. There is no middle ground.

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The Bible tells us in Titus 1:2 and Hebrews 6:18 that it is impossible for God to lie. Every word that proceeds from His mouth is true. Everything that He says will happen, will happen. What He says He will do, He will do. Not only does God not lie, but God cannot lie. It’s impossible.

Satan, on the other hand is a liar. Jesus said in John 8:44 that Satan a liar and he is the father of lies. There is no truth in him. Jesus went on to say that when Satan speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar.

So, here we have it clearly divided. On one hand, we have God who will not and cannot lie. On the other hand, we have Satan who will not and cannot tell the truth.

Now, if someone tells you that something in the Bible is not true, where do you think that comes from? You’re right, Satan. Whenever God speaks, whether it’s through His Word or whether it’s to your heart by His Holy Spirit, as soon as the words leave His mouth, Satan is there to lie and confuse.

That’s what happened in the Garden of Eden. God told Eve one thing and Satan implied that God didn’t really mean what He said. He made Eve think that it was possible for God to lie and it destroyed her. That’s what Satan wants to do to you and me.

Faith is the key to everything in the Bible. Salvation, healing, peace and victory all depend on faith. Believing that God does not lie is the key to faith. If Satan can get us to believe that it is remotely possible for God to lie, then our faith will be small or nonexistent, and that gives Satan an advantage in our lives.

God loves faith and Satan hates it. Faith will destroy Satan’s kingdom.

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"It is a faithful saying." --2 Timothy 2:11

Paul has four of these "faithful sayings." The first occurs in 1 Timothy 1:15, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners."

The next is in 1 Timothy 4:6, "Godliness is profitable unto all things, having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation."

The third is in 2 Timothy 2:12, "It is a faithful saying--If we suffer with Him we shall also reign with Him".

The fourth is in Titus 3:3, "This is a faithful saying, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works."

We may trace a connection between these faithful sayings. The first one lays the foundation of our eternal salvation in the free grace of God, as shown to us in the mission of the great Redeemer. The next affirms the double blessedness which we obtain through this salvation--the blessings of the upper and nether springs--of time and of eternity, and also the blessedness of life now in His holy presence. The third shows one of the duties to which the chosen people are called; we are ordained to suffer for Christ with the promise that "if we suffer, we shall also reign with Him." In this life we will rise from affliction and reign with Him. Praise God! The last sets forth the active form of Christian service, bidding us diligently to maintain good works. Good works of His gospel bring life and health and prosperity to his servants. Not the bad works of sickness poverty and death.

Thus we have the root of salvation in free grace; next, the privileges of that salvation in the life which now is, and in that which is to come; and we have also the two great branches of suffering with Christ and serving with Christ, loaded with the fruits of the Spirit. Treasure up these faithful sayings. Let them be the guides of our life, our comfort, and our instruction. The apostle of the Gentiles proved them to be faithful, they are faithful still, not one word shall fall to the ground; they are worthy of all acceptation, let us accept them now, and prove their faithfulness.

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"He shall gather the lambs with His arm." --Isaiah 40:11

Our good Shepherd has in His flock a variety of experiences, some are strong in the Lord, and others are weak in faith, but He is impartial in His care for all His sheep, and the weakest lamb is as dear to Him as the most advanced of the flock.

Lambs are apt to lag behind, prone to wander, and often grow weary, but from all the danger of these infirmities the Shepherd protects them with His arm of power.

He finds new-born souls, like young lambs, ready to perish--He nourishes them till life becomes vigorous; He finds weak minds ready to faint and die--He consoles them and renews their strength. All the little ones He gathers, for it is not the will of our heavenly Father that one of them should perish.

What a quick eye He must have to see them all! What a tender heart to care for them all! What a far- reaching and potent arm, to gather them all!

In His lifetime on earth He was a great gatherer of the weaker sort, and now that He dwells in heaven, His loving heart yearns towards the meek and contrite, the timid and feeble, the fearful and fainting here below. How gently did He gather me to Himself, to His truth, to His blood, to His love, to His church! With what effectual grace did He compel me to come to Himself!

How frequently has He restored me from my wanderings, and once again folded me within the circle of His everlasting arm! The best of all is, that He does it all Himself personally, not delegating the task of love, but condescending Himself to rescue and preserve His most unworthy servant.

How shall I love Him enough or serve Him worthily? I would attempt to make His name great unto the ends of the earth, but what can my feebleness do for Him? Great Shepherd, add to Your mercies this one other, a heart to love You more truly as I ought.

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"Keep not back." --Isaiah 43:6

Although this message was sent to the south, and referred to the seed of Israel, it may profitably be a summons to ourselves. Backward we are naturally to all good things, and it is a lesson of grace to learn to go forward in the ways of God

Love invites you, the promises guarantee you success, the precious blood prepares the way. Let not sins or fears hinder you, but come to Jesus just as you are. Do you long to pray? Would you pour out your heart before the Lord? Keep not back. The mercy-seat is prepared for such as need mercy; a sinner's cries will prevail with God. You are invited, no, you are commanded to pray, come therefore with boldness to the throne of grace.

Hoard not your wealth, waste not your time; let not your abilities rust or your influence be unused. Jesus kept not back, imitate Him by being giving of self. Keep not back from close communion with God, from boldly appropriating covenant blessings, from advancing in the divine life, from prying into the precious mysteries of the love of Christ.

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For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up...And he [Jesus] said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole... -MARK 5:28,29,34

STEP 1 The steps Jesus gave are simple. They are: (1) Say it; (2) Do it; (3) Receive it; (4) Tell it. Jesus used the healing of the woman with the issue of blood to illustrate these four steps.

Step one: Say It. What was the woman's first step toward being healed? "For she said..." This woman could have made a negative statement instead of a positive one. We really need to be careful what we say. Positive or negative, according to what an individual says, that shall he receive. She could have said, "There is no use. I've suffered so long. All the doctors have given up on my case. I might as well go ahead and die." And that would have been what she would have received. But she made a positive statement - and it came to pass.

What this woman said was her faith speaking.

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What good is it, my brethren, if a man professes to have faith, and yet his actions do not correspond...some one will say, "You have faith, I have actions: prove to me your faith apart from corresponding actions and I will prove mine to you by my actions..." You notice that his [Abraham's] faith was co-operating with his actions, and that by his actions his faith was perfected. -JAMES 2:14,18,22 Weymouth

Step two: Do It. It wouldn't have done that woman with the issue of blood any good to have said, "If I may touch His clothes I shall be whole," if she had not acted on what she said.

Your actions defeat you, or they put you over. According to your actions, you receive, or you are kept from receiving.

The Book of James is written to the believers. James said, "What doth it profit, my brethren..." ; he was writing to the people who are already saved, pointing out that faith without corresponding actions won't work. It is a great mistake to confess faith in the Word of God and, at the same time, contradict your confession by wrong actions. Actions must correspond with your saying and believing in order to receive from God.

This woman said, "If I may touch but His clothes, I shall be whole," and then she acted on that - and she received!

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And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? -MARK 5:29-30

STEP 3 Jesus knew that power had gone out of Him. And that time, Jesus was the only representative of the Godhead at work upon the earth. He was anointed with the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:38). In that day, to get to where the power was, you had to go to where Jesus was. Today, the Holy Spirit is the Person of the Godhead who is at work upon the earth. He is everywhere present - and wherever the Holy Spirit is, there is power.

Nuclear bombs release radioactivity into the atmosphere - a power that can neither be seen nor felt, but a power that is both dangerous and deadly. However, there is a power working upon the earth this moment that is neither dangerous nor deadly; a power that is good, that heals, and that sets men free - the power of the Holy Spirit!

Power is always present everywhere, Faith gives it action, or puts it to work, and uses it as a means for success.

This woman's faith caused the power to flow from Jesus into her. With our faith, we can plug into the power of God that is everywhere present, and we can put that power to work for us!

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O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. -PSALMS 105:1-2

Step four: Tell it. This woman, "...knowing what was done in her, cam and fell down before him, and told him all the truth" (Mark 5:33). Not only did Jesus hear her, but the whole crowd heard her.

There is a difference between this step and the first step. The first is, Say it. The fourth step is, Tell it.

The woman said what she believed. Then, after she received, she told what had happened to her.

1. Say it.
2. Do it.
3. Receive it.
4. Tell it.

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Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers. -EPHESIANS 1:16

Ephesians 1:17-23 and 3:14-21 are Holy Spirit given prayers which apply to the Church everywhere. We need to pray these prayers over ourselves.

We could pray like this:

"Father, I'm praying these prayers for myself. Because they are Spirit-given prayers, this has to be your will for me, just as it was your will for the Church at Ephesus."

Then you can substitute "me," like this:

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto "ME" the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

The eyes of "MY" understanding being enlightened; that "I" may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places...


After a while the revelation of God's Word will come to you!

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In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
-1 Thessalonians 5:18


Notice that this scripture instructs us to give thanks in all things, not for all things. When tragedy or temptation strikes, we are not to thank God for them. He is not their author. He's the One who provides our way of escape from them. That's what we're to thank Him for.

If you read the four Gospels, you'll find that Jesus never gave thanks for sickness or death. Instead, when He encountered them, His response was to overcome them by God's power. So give thanks as Jesus gave thanks--not for Satan's activities but for the victory God has given you over them.

 

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"The Lord reigneth, let the earth rejoice." --Psalm 97:1

As for causes for anxiety there are none so long as this blessed sentence is true.

On earth the Lord's power as readily controls the rage of the wicked as the rage of the sea; His love as easily refreshes the poor with mercy as the earth with showers. Majesty gleams in flashes of fire amid the tempest's horrors, and the glory of the Lord is seen in its grandeur in the fall of empires, and the crash of thrones. In all our conflicts and tribulations, we may behold the hand of the divine King.

"God is God; He sees and hears All our troubles, all our tears.”

In hell, evil spirits own, when permitted to roam abroad, it is with a chain at their heel; the bit is in the mouth of behemoth, and the hook in the jaws of leviathan. Death's darts are under the Lord's lock. The terrible vengeance of the Judge of all the earth makes fiends cower down and tremble.

"Fear not death, nor Satan's thrusts, God defends who in Him trusts;

Soul, remember, in thy pains, God o'er all for ever reigns."

In heaven none doubt the sovereignty of the King Eternal, but all fall on their faces to do Him homage. Angels are His courtiers, the redeemed His favorites, and all delight to serve Him day and night.

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And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power [authority] is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore... -MATTHEW 28:18,19

The authority on earth that is invested in the Name of Jesus Christ and was obtained by Him through His overcoming Satan was then delegated by Jesus Christ to the Church.

Jesus spoke these words in Matthew 28 after His death on the cross, after His burial, after His defeat of Satan in hell, after His resurrection, after His ascension with His own blood to the heavenly Holy of holies - but just before His ascension to be seated at the right hand of the Father. Jesus said that all authority in heaven and on earth is given to Him. Then He immediately transferred this authority on earth to His Church, saying, "Go ye therefore..."

Mark records that Jesus said at this same time, "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:17,18).

 

Behold, I give unto you power [authority] to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. -LUKE 10:19

The Greek word exousia means "authority." However, it is often translated as "power" in the King James Version of the New Testament. Our verse should read, "I give you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy..."

What is the difference between power and authority?

Well, what can one uniformed police officer do to direct the flow of rush hour traffic? He can do a great deal. Is it because the policeman has the power to hold back these mighty machines? No! His most strenuous efforts couldn't stop the swiftly passing cars. He doesn't have the power to do it, but he has something far better. He is invested with the authority of the government he serves. Even a stranger in a city recognizes this authority and obeys that authority.

Authority is delegated power. We have been given this authority over the curse. Sickness poverty and death are subject to our using the authority delegated to us by God Himself. His word is that authority.

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"He that watereth shall be watered also himself." --Proverbs 11:25

 

Here we are taught the great lesson, that to get, we must give; that to accumulate, we must scatter; that to make ourselves happy, we must make others happy; and that in order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others. In watering others, we are ourselves watered.

How? Our efforts to be useful, bring out our powers for usefulness. We have latent talents and dormant faculties, which are brought to light by exercise. Our strength for labor is hidden even from ourselves, until we venture forth to fight the Lord's battles, or to climb the mountains of difficulty. We do not know what tender sympathies we possess until we try to dry the widow's tears, and soothe the orphan's grief. We often find in attempting to teach others, that we gain instruction for ourselves. We discover how much grace there is where we had not looked for it.

Our own comfort is also increased by our working for others. We endeavor to cheer them, and the consolation gladdens our own heart. Like the two men in the snow; one chafed the other's limbs to keep him from dying, and in so doing kept his own blood in circulation, and saved his own life.

The poor widow of Sarepta gave from her scanty store a supply for the prophet's wants, and from that day she never again knew what want was. Give then, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and running over.

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That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection... -PHILIPPIANS 3:10

Paul was actually praying in Ephesians that the Church would receive revelation knowledge of the spiritual things. If you've been praying the Ephesians’ prayers for yourself you know that Paul wanted the believers at Ephesus to know:

...the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.
EPHESIANS 1:19-21


There was such a manifestation of the divine omnipotence of God's power in raising Jesus from the dead that it is actually the mightiest working of God! And God wants us to know what happened when this occurred.

The resurrection was opposed by all the tremendous powers of the air. These evil forces endeavored to defeat the plan of God. But these powers were overthrown by our Lord Jesus Christ, and He has been enthroned far above them, ruling with the authority of the Most High. Thus, the source of our authority is found in this resurrection and seating of Christ by God.

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And what is the exceeding greatness of his power...Which he wrought in Christ, WHEN HE RAISED HIM from the dead, AND SET HIM at his own right hand in the heavenly places...AND YOU hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins. -EPHESIANS 1:19,20; 2:1

Open your own Bible to Ephesians 2:1. A King James Version will look something like this:

CHAPTER 2 :1
AND you (hath he quickened), who were dead in trespasses and sins.

When a word is italicized in the King James Version, that means the word is not in the original manuscripts; the translators have added it.

So the original reads, "And you were dead in trespasses and sins."

I wanted you to see the verb that controls this first verse of chapter two is back in the twentieth verse of chapter one! (Paul didn't write in chapters and verses; men divided Paul's writings later for easy reference.) Our text today makes it clearer for you. Notice the capitalized words: "...WHEN HE [God] RAISED HIM [Christ] from the dead...AND [raised] YOU...who were dead in trespasses and sins."

The same verb that expresses the reviving of Christ also expresses the reviving of Christ's people! So the mighty act of God which raised Christ from the dead also raised His Body!

 

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: -EPHESIANS 2:5,6

The very act that raised the Lord from the dead also raised His Body. (The head and the body are naturally raised together.)

Furthermore, the very act that seated Christ also seated His Body. Where are we sitting? In heavenly places! Right now! We're not going to sit there sometime; God has made us sit together now in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

Christ is seated at the Father's own right hand. Therefore, we are seated at the Father's own right hand! (The right hand is the place of authority. God carries out all of His plan and program through His right hand - through Christ, through His spiritual Body, which is the Church.)

The right hand of the throne of Majesty (Hebrews 8:1) in the heavens is the center of power of the whole universe! The exercising of the power of that throne was committed to the ascended Christ - and that authority belongs to us.

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...and set him at his own right hand in heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. -EPHESIANS 1:20-23

The Church is the Body of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are the Body of Christ.

Now for a question: Where are the feet? Are they in the head, or are they part of the body? They're on the body, of course.

Look again at today's text. It describes where we are seated (or positioned).

God has put all things under Christ's feet. Christ's feet are on His Body. Therefore, all things have been put under our feet!

What are the "all things" Paul is talking about? Principalities, powers, might and dominion. In other words, all the power of the enemy is under our feet!

It has been said if we have anything to say to Satan,
we should
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Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth. But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. And he said unto them, Where is your faith? ... -LUKE 8:22-25

John Alexander Dowie was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and moved to Australia as a young man. About 1875, while Dowie was pastoring a Congregational church in Newton, Australia, a terrible plague swept through that part of the country. It was during this plague that Dowie first received light on divine healing and the authority that believers possess.

Dowie once said, "I have crossed the ocean fourteen times by ship. During those fourteen crossings, many storms arose. But every time a storm came up, I always did like Jesus did: I rebuked that storm. And every single one ceased."

Dowie knew that Jesus had said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also..." Dowie knew that he was linked up with God. You and I are coupled up with God just as much as Dowie ever was.

 

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. -JOHN 14:12

Dr. John Alexander Dowie (1847-1907) was used by God to reintroduce divine healing to the modern church.

Dr. P. C. Nelson, founder of Southwestern Assemblies of God College, said, "You can't follow Dowie's doctrine, but you can follow his faith." Dr. Nelson told about when he himself was a young Baptist minister, he saw Dowie minister to a woman with a purplish-blue cancerous growth that covered most of her face.

Nelson said, "I saw Dowie, in the presence of us six denominational ministers and three medical doctors, just reach out and take hold of that cancer, saying, 'In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ!' - and then strip it off that woman's face. The doctors present examined her immediately, and said the skin on her face was like the skin of a newborn baby."

The reason Jesus gave, that those who believe on Him would be able to do the works He did was, "...because I go unto my Father." It's because of Jesus' seating at the right hand of the Father on High in the place of authority that believers can do these same works.

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We do discuss 'wisdom' with those who are mature; only it is not the wisdom of this world or of the dethroned Powers who rule this world, it is the mysterious Wisdom of God...-1 CORINTHIANS 2:6,7 Moffatt

God's Word teaches that Satan and evil spirits are rebel holders of authority, and that they have been dethroned by the Lord Jesus Christ. Notice how Moffatt's translation calls them "dethroned Powers who rule the world."

God made the earth and the fullness thereof. Then He gave Adam dominion, or authority, over all the works of His hands (Genesis 1:27,28; Psalm 8:3-6). Adam had dominion on the earth. In fact, Adam was made the god of this world. When he committed high treason and sold out to Satan, then Satan, through Adam, became the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4), and a rebel holder of Adam's authority.

But the Bible calls Jesus Christ the last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45). Jesus came as our Representative - our Substitute - and defeated Satan! Jesus didn't do it for Himself; He did it for us! All that Jesus did belongs to us.

We believers are to remember that we are in the world, but we're not of it. Satan is not to dominate us. We are to dominate Satan. We can dominate Satan. We have authority over him. Jesus defeated him for us.

 

The Spirit of God gives us liberty. He first imparts love; He next inspires hope, and then gives liberty, and that is about the last thing we have in a good many of our churches at the present day. I am sorry to say there must be a funeral in a good many churches before there is much work done, we shall have to bury the formalism so deep that it will never have any resurrection.

The last thing to be found in many a church is liberty. If the Gospel happens to be preached, the people criticize, as they would a theatrical performance. It is exactly the same, and many a professed Christian never thinks of listening to what the man of God has to say. It is hard work to preach to carnally minded critics, but ‘Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.’

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“In this condition I went a great while; but when comforting time was come, I heard one preach a sermon upon those words in the

#Solomon 4:1, ‘Behold thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair.’

But at that time he made these two words, ‘My love’, his chief and subject matter; from which, after he had a little opened the text, he observed these several conclusions:

That the Church, and so every saved soul, is Christ’s love, when loveless.

Christ’s love without a cause.

Christ’s love when hated of the world.

Christ’s love when under temptation, and under desertion.

Christ’s love from first to last.

But I got nothing by what he said at present, only when he came to the application of the fourth particular, this was the word he said: If it be so, that the saved soul is Christ’s love when under temptation and desertion; then, poor tempted soul, when thou art assaulted and afflicted with temptation, and the hidings of God’s face, yet think on these two words, ‘My love’, still.

So as I was going home, these words came again into my thoughts; and I well remember, as I came in, I said thus in my heart, What shall I get by thinking on these two words? This thought had no sooner passed through my heart, but the words began thus to kindle in my spirit, ‘Thou art my love, thou art my love’, twenty times together; and still as they ran thus in my mind, they waxed stronger and warmer, and began to make me look up; but being as yet between hope and fear, I still replied in my heart, But is it true, but is it true? At which, that sentence fell in upon me “And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.” Acts 12:9

Then I began to give place to the word, which, with power, did over and over make this joyful sound within my soul, Thou art my love, thou art my love; and nothing shall separate thee from my love;”… John Bunyan

Thus our faith works by this profound love of God, which never ceases to work in our behalf. Neither can it be still but works the end as speedily as love can arise from our worship and praise heavenward toward Him whom we love.

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"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." - #Php 4:19

WITH what confidence the Apostle speaks here! There is not in his mind the shadow of a doubt: but he declares it as a positive certainty, that his God would supply all their need. Where does this confidence come from? Not from the flesh, we may be well certain. But it arose from two causes:

first, from the deep conviction, lodged by the Holy Ghost in the heart of the Apostle, that God would supply all the wants of his church and people;

secondly, because he had himself experienced, in his own particular case, this gracious and perpetual supply.

But why should both these be necessary? Would not one be sufficient? Say that the ground of his confidence was his own personal experience, and disjoin that experience from the truth which I have said was lodged in his heart that God would supply all the wants of his church; take that great truth away, and his experience would afford him no solid ground for confidence that God would supply all their wants.

Or look at the other side of the question: suppose the doctrinal truth only was lodged in his heart that God would supply all the needs of his church, but that he himself had not a personal experience of that supply, there would still be wanting a sufficient ground of confidence.

His confidence would stand upon one foot only if it stood on either of these truths alone, and would thus be liable to be blown down by every gust of temptation. But when his confidence stood in the firm conviction of a general truth on the one hand, and a blessed experience of that truth in his own case on the other, it then stood firmly upon two feet: and no storm or gust that might arise could drive him down from his standing.

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And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. -COLOSSIANS 2:15

And the hostile princes and rulers He shook off from Himself, and boldly displayed them as His conquests... -COLOSSIANS 2:15 Weymouth


The Bible teaches us here that Jesus put Satan to nought and He triumphed over him. Another translation reads, "He stripped him." What did He strip Satan of? His authority over man.

When Jesus put Satan to nought and stripped him of his authority, it was you in Christ who did that work. Christ acted in your stead - in your place. He did it for you.

What Christ did was marked to your credit. He did it as your substitute. (He did it in your place, and God marked it to your credit as though you were the one who did it!)

No, we're not bragging about what you are in the flesh. (You don't amount to much in the flesh.) We're talking about who you are in Christ.

You can say, "In Christ, I conquered Satan. I stripped him of his authority. And when Jesus arose from the dead, I arose with Him!"

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Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. -HEBREWS 2:14

...that He might paralyze him that held the dominion of death, That is the Adversary.-HEBREWS 2:14 Rotherham


Jesus put to naught the hosts of darkness! He paralyzed their death-dealing power! And when Jesus met John the Revelator on the Isle of Patmos, Jesus said, "I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death" (Revelation 1:18).

Keys represent authority. Jesus conquered Satan and stripped him of his authority. Jesus was the master of all heaven, earth, and hell!

But Jesus did not conquer Satan for Himself. He conquered him for us. It was as though you and I personally had met Satan and conquered him, stripped him of his authority, and stood master over him.

SAY THIS:
Jesus is my head. Jesus is lord over all. Jesus conquered Satan for me. Jesus stripped Satan of his authority over me. In the eyes of heaven, hell, and this universe, it was as though I personally had met Satan and conquered him, stripped him of his authority, and stood master over him. Therefore, in Christ Jesus, I am more than a conqueror. I am a holder of authority. I stand a master over Satan and all his evil cohorts!

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And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power...Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you ...hath he quickened together with him...
-COLOSSIANS 2:10,12,13


Notice the expression "through the faith of the operation of God." Jesus was quickened (made alive) by the faith of the operation of God - and we were made alive at the same time. It was God who raised Jesus from the dead. It was God who gave Jesus a Name above every name. It was God who blotted out "the handwriting of ordinances" against us, took it out of the way, and nailed it to His cross (Colossians 2:14). It was God who stripped the powers of darkness of their authority and handed it to the Son (Colossians 2:15). And it was God who quickened us "together with Him."

In the mind of God, legally speaking, it was when Jesus was quickened and made alive, that we were recreated. "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus..." (Ephesians 2:10). This fact of our re-creation becomes a vital reality in our lives when we are individually born again (made new creatures).

Raised with Christ! Quickened with Him! Seated with Him! (Ephesians 2:4-6).

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And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have preeminence. -COLOSSIANS 1:18

Here's where we believers have missed it. We've recognized that Jesus is the Head of the Church, and we've exalted Him to His position of Power. But, we've failed to see that the Head is wholly dependent upon its body for carrying out its plans. We've failed to see that we are seated with Him in the heavenly places. We've failed to see that Jesus has authority over Satan's power.

If this authority is ever exercised, it will have to be exercised through the Body. We've been so sure that we couldn't do anything, that we've left everything up to Christ the Head of the Church - and the Head is powerless without the Body.

Take your own physical head as an example. It is powerless to carry out any of its plans without the cooperation of the body. Your head might see a songbook on a rack in front of you, but unless your body cooperates, your head will never be able to sing from that book.

The ministry God wants to accomplish through His Son in this world will be carried out through the Body of Christ. And we - the Body of Christ - have the same authority the Head has.

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Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. -PSALM 78:41

Can you limit God? The Bible says Israel did. And we have limited Him. We have limited God with our prayer life.

John Wesley, founder of Methodism, said, "It seems that God is limited by our prayer life. He can do nothing for humanity unless someone asks Him to do it."

Why is this?

God made the world and the fullness thereof. Then God made man and gave man dominion over all the works of His hands. Adam was made the god of this world. Adam, however, committed high treason and sold out to Satan. Then Satan became the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4).

God didn't just move in and destroy Satan. If He had, Satan could have accused God of doing the same thing he had done. But God devised a plan of salvation. And He sent His Son, whom Satan could not and did not touch, to consummate that plan. Through Jesus, God redeemed mankind!

Now authority has been restored to us through Jesus Christ - and when we ask God, then He can and will move. That is why it seems He can do nothing unless someone asks Him to do it.

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And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
-GENESIS 18:23-25


God refused to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah until He had talked it over with Abraham, His blood covenant friend!

Abraham's prayer in this eighteenth chapter of Genesis is one of the most suggestive and illuminating prayers in the Old Testament. Abraham was taking his place in the covenant that God made with him.

Abraham, through the covenant, had received rights and privileges we understand little about. The covenant Abraham had just solemnized with the Lord Jehovah gave Abraham a legal standing with God. Therefore, we hear Abraham speak plainly as he intercedes for Sodom and Gomorrah, "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?"

Nearly all the prayers in the Old Testament were prayed by covenant men. Those prayers had to be answered!

The believer today has the same covenant rights as believers who live under the Old Covenant. In fact, we have a better covenant established on better promises. Therefore, we ought to be able to do all that they did and more, because we have a covenant, established on greater promises.

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Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
-ISAIAH 43:26


"Put me in remembrance..." We are to remind God of His promises about prayer.

When you pray, stand before the throne of God and remind Him of His promises. Lay your case legally before Him, and plead it as a lawyer. A lawyer is continually bringing up law and precedent. You bring up God's Word. Bring up His covenant promises.

The margin of my King James Reference Bible shows "set forth thy cause" as another meaning of "declare thou" in this verse. God is asking you to bring His Word; to put Him in remembrance, and to plead your covenant rights. This is a challenge from God to lay your case before Him!

If your children are unsaved - or whatever it is that you are praying about - find Scriptures which cover your case. Then lay the matter before God. Be definite in your requests. Find Scriptures that definitely promise you those things you need. When you come to God according to His Word, His Word does not fail.

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Lion-like qualities… "The righteous are bold as a lion." What is there about a lion that we should see in our lives as righteous people? Surely not just the growl or the roar of a lion.

Consider the confidence a lion has. He is the king of the beasts. When he is hungry, he has confidence; he knows who he is. He knows the strength that he has within himself.

Proverbs 30:30, "A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any." What about us as believers? "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Philippians 4:13); that is my confidence!


Think also of the courage of the lion. A lion is not afraid of any animal. If he is hungry, he'll go after almost anything. Do we have this courage? Think of some of the men in the Word of God, such as Daniel, Moses, Elijah, Paul, Jesus; do we have courage like they manifested?

They knew they were righteous, and so they were bold and fearless as lions. God has not given us the spirit of fear, but He has given us the spirit of love, and of power, and of a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7). Therefore we can be fearless, just like the lion. And daring. We as believers need to have some courage and daring upon the Word of God.

Dare to believe God today… I am healed! God will meet all my needs today! I feel great today!

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"But my God shall supply all you need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:19

There will be no receiving unless there has first been a giving, but remember this, if there has been a giving then there ought to be a receiving. The reason the farmer sows the seed in the ground and spends hours plowing and watering in cultivation is because he is expecting a harvest. While it is true that there is no receiving without giving, because if you give to God nothing, nothing multiplied by nothing still equals nothing, nevertheless The Word is very clear in uniting these two acts. It is the principle of giving and receiving; not just the Biblical way to give, but the way to give and receive what you need.


Now when we come to the time of harvest, this scripture is one great promise of God. As far as our English language is concerned., "shall" is the word of absoluteness, so "my God shall absolutely supply all your need". The supply of our need is wrapped up in what Christ Jesus, the victorious One, did for us. This is a promise in the Word of God, and it is a promise that is true regardless of whether the prices are low or high, it is a promise that is true regardless of whether there is a credit squeeze or inflation is running rampant, it is a promise that is true absolutely regardless of outward circumstances.

One further truth needs to be understood from this verse, and that is to note that God's supply is "according to" His riches. These two words indicate the standard by which we estimate His grace. God is not poor and He does not want us to be poor; God is not poverty stricken, and He does not want us to be poverty stricken.

How rich is God? Then that is the standard of the supply of your need. It is not "out of" His riches but "according to", on the same basis as His riches. The promise of the harvest is: "My God shall absolutely supply all your need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." The enjoyment of that supply is conditional by only one thing -- your believing.

Hebrews 11:6 tells us clearly and distinctly that "without believing it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he rewards them that diligently seek Him." God is the God of the harvest, God is the God who supplies your every need. He will reward those who believe.

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There's an attitude that you must change. Some people quote I Timothy 6:10 in the same way as the popular song, "Money is the root of all evil..." But is that what the verse really says? In my Bible, I Timothy 6:10 reads, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil..."


Many Christians are scared to have money or to talk about it. The verse says the love of money is a root of all evil. It has been well suggested that the lack of money is a root of all evil too. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs" (I Timothy 6:10). Money is neither moral nor immoral. To be amoral is to be neither good or evil. It's neither good nor bad. It has no emotions, it cannot sin or do good, it just sits there.


Money has been defined as a symbol of the stored wealth of a nation. I believe money is more than that: it is a symbol of God's great abundance that is available to you. Money is still just a symbol. And yet most people have taken those symbols and made a god of them, and judge their lives by the total value of their net assets, as if the one with the most toys wins!


The scripture says "the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil". It does not say that money is evil. Money is a necessary. You must see that it is something that is "made round to go round. Nowadays they say it's "made flat to stack." Stack it up and you are not operating God's principle. "In circulation there is life; in hoarding there is only stagnation and loss.”.


You cannot judge prosperity by the possessions you have. If you do, you are in trouble! "... A man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions" (Luke 12:15). Prosperity is greater and deeper than that. Prosperity is better described as a state of mind, an attitude based on God's promises. It is faith in God's unfailing supply regardless of any evidence to the contrary. Change your attitude about money. Money is not evil, and money is not good. Money is amoral, a symbol of God's abundance that you use to obtain items that you need.

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We do discuss 'wisdom' with those who are mature; only it is not the wisdom of this world or of the dethroned Powers who rule this world, it is the mysterious Wisdom of God... -1 Corinthians 2:6-7 Moffatt

God's Word teaches that Satan and evil spirits are rebel holders of authority, and that they have been dethroned by the Lord Jesus Christ. Notice how Moffatt's translation calls them "dethroned Powers who rule this world."

God made the earth and the fullness thereof. Then He gave Adam dominion, or authority, over all the works of His hands (Gen. 1:27-28; Psalm 8:3-6). Adam had dominion on the earth. In fact, Adam was made the god of this world. When he committed high treason and sold out to Satan, then Satan, through Adam, became the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4), and a rebel holder of Adam's authority.

But the Bible calls Jesus Christ the last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45). Jesus came as our Representative - our Substitute - and defeated Satan! Jesus didn't do it for Himself; He did it for us! All that Jesus did belongs to us!

We believers are to remember that we are in the world, but we're not of it. Satan is not to dominate us. We are to dominate Satan. We can dominate Satan. We have authority over him. Jesus defeated him for us.

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Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.-1 Corinthians 12:27

We've sometimes prayed about the Lord's work upon the earth like this: "Lord, You do this or Lord, You do that."

But think about what Jesus said in Matthew 28: "All power [authority] is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore..." The Lord Jesus Christ granted authority upon us in the earth. He commissioned us to go.

Actually, the authority that Christ can exercise on earth has to be exercised through the Church. The Church is His Body, and the Church is here. Christ is the Head of the Church, but all of His orders have to be carried out through His Body.

You're a member in particular of Christ's Body. He has conferred authority upon you over all the power of the enemy!

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And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, Acts 9:11

A Christian who does not pray has been said to be a contradiction in terms. The word of God is food for us but prayer is the breath of God. A believer can no more survive in this world without food of Spirit and breath of Spirit than my physical body can live without the essentials of all life.

Paul had prayed many times in the ritual of the Pharisee but now he has for the first upon conversion breathing the true breath of pray and was alive unto his life in Christ. Even as the newborn draws his first breath upon entering this exhilarating new world so Paul found the secret to fulfillment and accomplishment.

We separate hypocrisy to reality in prayer when God sends to us our answer on the breath better should I say the Holy Spirit of God. For he knows when we draw the breath of the Holy Spirit or when we stand in tradition and formality of address.

Acts 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being;

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...Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.-James 4:7

Every passage in the New Testament that deals with the devil always instructs you and me to do something about the devil. Never are New Testament believers told to pray that God would do something about the devil.

Here in James 4:7 "you" is the understood subject of the sentence. "You resist the devil, and he will flee from you." Notice it's not, "Pray to God for Him to do something about the devil." Nor is it, "Pray that Jesus won't let the devil get you."

Also notice that the Bible doesn't say, "When you feel like it, you can resist the devil, and it will work for you." No. Whether you feel like it or not, the authority still belongs to you. You can't feel authority; you just exercise it!

Act on James 4:7. Don't just consider it as a fairy tale, but as the Word of God, which is to be acted upon. If you'll act on it, the devil and all his cohorts will run from you as in terror!

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And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.-Colossians 2:15

And the hostile princes and rulers He shook off from Himself, and boldly displayed them as His conquests...-Colossians 2:15 Weymouth

The Bible teaches us here that Jesus put Satan to nought and He triumphed over him. Another translation reads, "He stripped him." What did He strip Satan of? His authority over man.

When Jesus put Satan to nought and stripped him of his authority, it was you in Christ who did that work. Christ acted in your stead - in your place. He did it for you.

What Christ did was marked to your credit. He did it as your substitute. Now as His substitute in this earth we must act with His power to continue to hole the territory our Lord has given us.

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Who [his dear Son] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, THE FIRSTBORN FROM THE DEAD... For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself...-Colossians 1:15-20

Although He is coequal with the Father, the eternal Son of God accepted a subordinate place and undertook the task of reconciling the world to God through the blood of His cross.

For this purpose Jesus yielded Himself to death (Matthew 27:50). When Jesus was made to be sin (2 Corinthians 5:21), He was turned over by God to spiritual death, which is separation from God. This occurred when that heart-breaking cry fell from Jesus lips, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Jesus' spirit was delivered up for our offenses, that He might be raised for our justification (Romans 4:25). It was the wisdom of the Father that yielded Jesus, the Righteous One, to death, that our debt might be paid, and Jesus might become THE FIRSTBORN FROM THE DEAD!

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Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.-Hebrews 2:14

...that He might paralyze him that held the dominion of death, That is the Adversary.

-Hebrews 2:14 Rotherham

Jesus put to naught the hosts of darkness! He paralyzed their death-dealing power! And when Jesus met John the Revelator on the Isle of Patmos, Jesus said, "I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive fore evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death" (Revelation 1:18).

Keys represent authority. Jesus conquered Satan and stripped him of his authority. Jesus was the master of all hell!

But Jesus did not conquer Satan for Himself. He conquered him for us. It was as though you and I personally had met Satan and had conquered him, stripped him of his authority, and stood a master over him.

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And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power...Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead...hath he quickened together with him...Colossians 2:10,12,13

Notice the expression "through the faith of the operation of God." Jesus was quickened (made alive) by the faith of the operation of God - and we were made alive at the same time. It was God who raised Jesus from the dead. It was God who gave Jesus a Name above every name. It was God who blotted out "the handwriting of ordinances" against us, took it out of the way, and nailed it to His cross (Colossians 2:14). It was God who stripped the powers of darkness of their authority and handed it to the Son (Colossians 2:15). And it was God who quickened us "together with Him."

In the mind of God, legally speaking, it was when Jesus was quickened and made alive, that we were recreated. "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus..." (Ephesians 2:10). This fact of our recreation becomes a vital reality in our lives when we are individually born again (made new creatures).

Raised with Christ! Quickened with Him! Seated with Him! (Ephesians 2:4-6).

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If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. -Colossians 3:1-2

The elevation of the believer to be seated with Christ at the right hand of the Father took place potentially at the resurrection (Ephesians 2:5,6). Meditate on this verse until it becomes real to you. Every heavenly blessing is yours (Ephesians 1:3). But you have to take your place there to enjoy them. The believer whose eyes have been opened to his throne rights in Christ may: (1) Accept his seat, and (2) Begin to exercise the spiritual authority that seating confers to him.

The devil bitterly resents our entrance into his domain. He has been used to exercising authority and ruling over someone's life, so he will concentrate his forces against us when we come into these mighty truths. And no truth encounters such opposition as the truth of the authority of the believer.

The only place of safety is to be seated with Christ in heavenly places far above all principality, power, might, and dominion. If the believer abides steadfastly, by faith, in this place, he cannot be touched by the enemy.

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But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.-2 Corinthians 4:3-4

No man in his right mind would speed down the highway at 100 miles per hour past flashing red lights and signs that said, "Danger! Danger! Bridge Out!" But a man who was drunk or on drugs would.

Likewise, no man in his right mind would go through life and plunge off into eternity and hell, lost. But people do it. Why? Because the devil has them doped and blinded.

A minister was sharing about his brother's salvation. He said that he realized it was the devil who had his brother bound and was keeping him from being saved. One day the minister said, "Satan, in the Name of Jesus Christ, I break your power over my brother's life, and I claim his deliverance and salvation!"

We do not have control over human wills, but we do have control over evil spirits that blind men.

confession:

THE GOD OF THIS WORLD WILL NOT BLIND THE EYES OF MY LOVED ONES, BECAUSE I WILL TAKE THE NAME OF JESUS AND BREAK HIS POWER OVER THEM!

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And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray...
-Luke 11:1

Someone said, "It is more important that men learn to pray than that they fain a college education." Notice he did not say that having an education is not important; he said that learning to pray is more important.

I feel sorry for those who do not know how to pray. When the crises of life come, they know how to say words - but just spouting off words into the atmosphere isn't praying. Simply talking into the air is not praying. Taking up twenty minutes on Sunday morning giving God a homily on what His duties are toward the church is not praying. And giving the congregation a lecture pretending to be praying to God is not praying.

Christianity, from a practical side, is a living religion whose believers are in touch with the living God who hears and answers prayer. And prayer may defined as joining forces with God the Father - fellowshipping with Him - carrying out His will upon the earth.

It is of utmost importance that all Christians learn how to pray!

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Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. -Psalm: 78:41

Can you limit God? The Bible says Israel did. And we have limited Him. We have limited God with our prayer life!

John Wesley, founder of Methodism, said, "It seems that God is limited by our prayer life. He can do nothing for humanity unless someone asked Him to do it."

Why is this?

God made the world and the fullness thereof. Then God made man and gave man dominion over all the works of His hands. Adam was made the god of this world. Adam, however, committed high treason and sold out to Satan. Then Satan become the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4).

God didn't just move in and destroy Satan. If He had, Satan could have accused God of doing the same thing he had done. But God devised a plan of salvation. And He sent His Son, whom Satan could not and did not touch, to consummate the plan. Through Jesus, God redeemed mankind.

Now authority has been restored to us through Jesus Christ - and when we ask God, then He can and will move. That is why it seems He can do nothing unless someone asks Him to do it.

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But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. -Hebrews 8:6

All through the Old Testament, we find men who understood and took their place in the covenant. Joshua could open the River Jordan. He could command time to stand still. Elijah could bring fire out of heaven to consume not only the sacrifice, but the altar as well. David's mighty men were utterly shielded from death in time of war as long as they remembered the covenant. When you read about them, you think you're standing about "supermen."

Nearly all the prayers in the Old Testament were prayed by covenant men. Those prayers had to be answered!

The believer today has the same covenant rights as believers who lived under the Old Covenant. In fact, we have a better covenant established on better promises. Therefore, we ought to be able to do all that they did and more, because we have a New Covenant, a better covenant, established on greater promises.

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Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified. - Isaiah 43:26

"Put me in remembrance..." What does God mean by that? It means that we are to remind God of His promises about prayer.

When you pray, stand before the throne of God and remind Him of His promises. Lay your case legally before Him, and plead it as a lawyer. A lawyer is continually bringing up law and precedent. You bring up God's Word. Bring up His covenant promises.

The margin of my King James reference Bible shows "set forth thy cause" as another meaning of "declare thou" in this verse. God is asking you to bring His Word; to put Him in remembrance, and to plead your covenant rights. This is a challenge from God to lay your case before Him!

If your children are unsaved - or whatever it is you are praying about - find Scriptures which cover your case. Then lay the matter before God. Be definite in your requests. Find Scriptures that definitely promise you those things you need. When you come to God according to His Word, His Word does not fail.

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For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.-Isaiah 55:10-11

Isaiah 55:11 is a verse you should continually use in prayer. It is the very backbone of the prayer life. No word that has gone forth from God can return to Him void.

God said, "...I will hasten my word to perform it" (Jeremiah 1:12). A marginal note in the King James Version reads, "I will watch over my word to perform it."

God will make His Word good if you dare to stand by it!

The greatest answers to prayer I have received came when I brought God's Word to Him and reminded Him of what He had said. Praise God, He keeps His Word!

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For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.-Isaiah 55:10-11

Isaiah 55:11 is a verse you should continually use in prayer. It is the very backbone of the prayer life. No word that has gone forth from God can return to Him void.

God said, "...I will hasten my word to perform it" (Jeremiah 1:12). A marginal note in the King James Version reads, "I will watch over my word to perform it."

God will make His Word good if you dare to stand by it!

The greatest answers to prayer I have received came when I brought God's Word to Him and reminded Him of what He had said. Praise God, He keeps His Word!

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The Lord is...longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.-2 Peter 3:9

We know that saving the lost is God's will - because it was to save the lost that Jesus laid down His life.

Therefore, knowing this, we should not pray, "God save my mother, if it is your will. If it is not your will, let her to on to hell."

No! Why? Because we know God's will in the matter. God's will - His Word - makes it clear in such Scriptures as John 3:16 and II Peter 3:9 that God's will is for men and women to be saved. Therefore, we can pray for the lost with great boldness.

Believers especially can exercise great authority in praying for the salvation of their families. You can use this when praying for your family members: "This is the confidence that we have in God, that, if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us. What I am asking for is according to God's will; therefore, He hears me. That is what the Word says. 'And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.' According to the Word, then, I have that petition."

At that point stop asking and start thanking God. It's amazing how it works. That doesn't mean that your entire family will necessarily come to the Lord overnight, but as you stand in faith, thanking God, they will come.

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And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.-1 John 5:14-15

People have remembered John's phrase "according to his will," and they had to pray, "Lord, do this or that, if it be thy will." But inserting this expression into a prayer when God's Word already states that what we're praying for is his will - is confessing that we don't believe God's Word. And that kind of praying will not work.

How can we find out what God's will is?

God's Word is His Will! We can find out God's will for us in the Bible - because the Bible is God's will, His covenant, and His testament. And it is God's will for us to have whatever God has provided for us!

First, we must find the Scripture that reveal God's will for us. Then we can go before God with great boldness: "...this is the CONFIDENCE that we have in Him..." When we pray for things that God's Word tells us are His will, we know that he hears us, we know we have the petitions we ask of Him. We know we have them! Praise God!

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But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

-Philippians 4:19

It is God's will that our needs be met. ALL of our needs.

Philippians 4:19 includes all your needs (all means all!), whether spiritual, physical, material or financial.

Believe that!

Lest someone think that God is not concerned about our financial needs, this verse is in a context which discusses material and financial affairs. As you read it you will see that the Philippians took up an offering of money and goods to send to other Christians. Paul told them, "Because you have given to others and have helped them, my God shall supply all your need." So Paul was talking about material and financial matters.

With what boldness, then, can we pray for finances to meet our obligations! Having all or our needs met is according to God's will.

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If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.-James 1:5

When you're facing a problem, the very first thing you should ask God for is wisdom. Not money. Not power. Not even healing. But wisdom.

God's wisdom is the key that will unlock every door in your life. It will turn your every failure into success. So, stop wasting your prayer power begging God for things you think you need and spend some time instead listening to what He has to say about your situation. If you've never tried that before, practically speaking, here's what you need to do.

First: Lay out the entire problem before the Lord, not because He doesn't know what you're going through, but because laying it out helps you. It helps you see things from a more objective point of view.

Second: Listen for the Spirit of God to advise you. Pay particular attention to what He says through the written Word. Most likely, the care of your problem has choked the Word of God right out of your heart (Mark 4:18-19). If so, you need to get the Bible and begin to put that Word back in again. Then the Holy Spirit will begin to speak to you through it.

As you're listening, be sure to remain teachable. Be very honest with God.

Third: Act on the wisdom God gives you. Let go of your own methods and put His methods into operation. Be obedient. If you don't, that wonderful wisdom won't do you any good at all.

As you pray today, set aside your own ideas and start seeking the wisdom of God. It's the only thing that can permanently solve the problems you've been facing. It's truly the most precious gift God has to give.

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If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.-Isaiah 1:19

If you are willing and obedient, it is God's will that you have the best. (Of course, you can't walk in disobedience and enjoy the good things of God.)

God is not a miser or a tightwad. And He didn't put everything here in this world for the devil and his crowd to enjoy.

Some people have the idea that if you're a Christian, you should never have anything, financially or materially speaking. They believe that you should go through life poor and beaten down.

But Jesus said, "If ye then, being evil [natural], know how much to give good gifts unto your children, HOW MUCH MORE shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" (Matthew 7:11).

Oh, God wants to give us good gifts! He wants us to have the best! He wants us to prosper and have the good things of this life! But we must cooperate with Him.

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For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. -John 6:38

Healing the sick is God's will.

Yet Christians who need healing have said, "Maybe God put this sickness on me for some purpose."

Did Jesus ever put sickness on anybody? When people came to Jesus for healing, did He ever turn even one away, saying, "No, it's not my will. Just suffer a little longer. What until your piety gets deepened enough"?

NO! Not once!

Do you want to know what God is like? Look at Jesus. Do you want to see God at work? Look at Jesus! Did Jesus go about making people sick? No! He went about doing good and healing (Acts 10:38). Do you want to know the will of God? Look at Jesus. Jesus is the will of God in action.

We can pray for healing with great confidence - knowing it is the will of God.

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...he that hath seen me hath seen the Father...Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. - John 14:9-10

Many of the laws that govern this earth today came into being when Adam sinned and the curse came upon the earth.

Because people don't understand this, they accuse God of causing accidents, sickness, the death of loved ones, storms, catastrophes, earthquakes, floods, etc. Even insurance policies call things "acts of God." They are not acts of God! They are acts of the devil.

Jesus set aside these natural laws to bless humanity. We don't see Jesus bringing any storms on people. In fact, we see Jesus stilling the storms. Therefore, God didn't send the storm. Jesus wouldn't rebuke something God did!

When you see Jesus at work, you see God at work. Jesus' description of the Father, and His statement that "...he that hath seen me hath seen the Father...," (John 14:9) makes it impossible to accept the teaching that sickness and disease are from God. The very nature of God refutes such an idea!

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And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?-Luke 13:16

The Bible is progressive revelation. It is in the New Testament that we get full light, full truth, and full revelation. There Jesus plainly taught that sickness is of the devil, not of God.

In Luke 13, we see Jesus going into the synagogue on the Sabbath. A woman was there whose body was bowed together in a fixed position. She couldn't straighten up. She may have had arthritis. Jesus called her to come to Him, and said, "Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity!" Then Jesus laid hands on her, and immediately she stood straight. The ruler of the synagogue, like the leaders of some churches today, got angry about it!

Then, as recorded in our text, Jesus elaborated on the fact that Satan is the author of sickness. Jesus made three enlightening statements:

The woman ought to be loosed; she ought not to be bound; she ought to be free from this physical infirmity.

It was Satan who had bound her, not God.

The reason this woman ought to be loosed was because she was a daughter of Abraham.

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How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.-Acts 10:38

Who anointed Jesus of Nazareth? God did! And Jesus said, "...the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works" (John 14:10). The Holy Spirit gives healing power.

What did Jesus do with the anointing that God had anointed Him with? He went about doing good!

And what was the good Jesus did? Healing!

God is in the healing business! He's not in the sickness business!

Who was it Jesus healed? All that were oppressed by the devil. ALL!!

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...he that hath seen me hath seen the Father...Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. - John 14:9-10

Many of the laws that govern this earth today came into being when Adam sinned and the curse came upon the earth.

Because people don't understand this, they accuse God of causing accidents, sickness, the death of loved ones, storms, catastrophes, earthquakes, floods, etc. Even insurance policies call things "acts of God." They are not acts of God! They are acts of the devil.

Jesus set aside these natural laws to bless humanity. We don't see Jesus bringing any storms on people. In fact, we see Jesus stilling the storms. Therefore, God didn't send the storm. Jesus wouldn't rebuke something God did! But Jesus did rebuke what the devil stirred up.

When you see Jesus at work, you see God at work. Jesus' description of the Father, and His statement that "...he that hath seen me hath seen the Father...," (John 14:9) makes it impossible to accept the teaching that sickness and disease are from God. The very nature of God refutes such an idea!

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But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him." -Luke 15:20

How much love do you have for sinners?

That may sound like a strange question, but it's one I want you to think about today. All too often, once we get saved and get our lives cleaned up a little bit, we lose our compassion for those who are still lost. We look at the drunk stumbling down the street or the guy at the office who lies to the boss and tells dirty jokes and turn up our spiritual noses.

But if we ever truly understood the heart of our heavenly Father, we'd never do that again. Jesus told a story that can give us a glimpse of that heart. It's the story we call the prodigal son.

You've probably heard it many times, how the son rebelled and dishonored his father, and how the father, in spite of it all, received him home with joy when he repented. But there's one phrase in it I want to draw your attention to today. It's this one: "But when [the prodigal son] was yet a great way off, his father saw him."

That phrase gives such a moving glimpse of the heart of that loving father. It tells us that even before his boy had repented, even during those long days when he was up to his eyebrows in sin, that father was watching for him, longing for him to come home.

Every morning he scanned the horizon, hoping to see the silhouette of his returning son. And the last thing every night, he'd look again... straining his eyes in hope. His son was constantly on his mind, and his heart was always full of love for him. The kind of gut-wrenching love that, on the day his son came home, drove that father to run to him and kiss him.

That's the kind of heart our heavenly Father has for those who are lost. It's the kind of heart He had for you while you were still wandering in the world. It's the kind of heart that embraced you with open arms even when you were still covered with the grime of sin.

There's a whole world full of weary people out there who haven't yet found that embrace. They're more than just "sinners," they're our potential brothers...lost ones in desperate need of a loving heavenly Father. God forbid we should ever turn up our noses at them. May He help us instead to start bringing them home.

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But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him." -Luke 15:20

How much love do you have for sinners?

That may sound like a strange question, but it's one I want you to think about today. All too often, once we get saved and get our lives cleaned up a little bit, we lose our compassion for those who are still lost. We look at the drunk stumbling down the street or the guy at the office who lies to the boss and tells dirty jokes and turn up our spiritual noses.

But if we ever truly understood the heart of our heavenly Father, we'd never do that again. Jesus told a story that can give us a glimpse of that heart. It's the story we call the prodigal son.

You've probably heard it many times, how the son rebelled and dishonored his father, and how the father, in spite of it all, received him home with joy when he repented. But there's one phrase in it I want to draw your attention to today. It's this one: "But when [the prodigal son] was yet a great way off, his father saw him."

That phrase gives such a moving glimpse of the heart of that loving father. It tells us that even before his boy had repented, even during those long days when he was up to his eyebrows in sin, that father was watching for him, longing for him to come home.

Every morning he scanned the horizon, hoping to see the silhouette of his returning son. And the last thing every night, he'd look again... straining his eyes in hope. His son was constantly on his mind, and his heart was always full of love for him. The kind of gut-wrenching love that, on the day his son came home, drove that father to run to him and kiss him.

That's the kind of heart our heavenly Father has for those who are lost. It's the kind of heart He had for you while you were still wandering in the world. It's the kind of heart that embraced you with open arms even when you were still covered with the grime of sin.

There's a whole world full of weary people out there who haven't yet found that embrace. They're more than just "sinners," they're our potential brothers...lost ones in desperate need of a loving heavenly Father. God forbid we should ever turn up our noses at them. May He help us instead to start bringing them home.

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Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. -James 1:17

What is good?

Acts 10:38 says that Jesus went about doing good and healing. Healing is good! Sickness is not good. Every healing comes down from the Father. Every sickness does not come down from the Father.

God doesn't have any sickness in heaven. The Bible says there is no sickness in heaven. Therefore, sickness can't come from heaven.

What does come down from heaven? Every good gift and every perfect gift!

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...If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.-Exodus 15:26

When Israel crossed the Red Sea and started toward their homeland, the Lord spoke these words to them and revealed Himself as Jehovah- Rapha. Jehovah-Rapha translated is, "I am the Lord thy physician," or "I am the Lord that healeth thee." Jehovah declares He is the Healer.

F. F. Bosworth, in his book "Christ the Healer," said, "This name [Jehovah-Rapha] is given to reveal to us our redemptive privilege of being healed...The fact is, that the very first covenant God gave after the passage of the Red Sea, which was so distinctively typical of our redemption, was the covenant of healing, and it was at this time that God revealed Himself as our Physician, by the first redemptive and covenant name, Jehovah-Rapha, 'I am the Lord that healeth thee.' This is not only a promise; it is 'a statute and an ordinance.'"

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The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ...-Romans 8:16-17

Do you think the people who lived under the Old Covenant could be more blessed than those in the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ?

Do you think that the Church, the Body of Christ, the Body of the Son of God, the Body of the Beloved, would struggle through life poverty- stricken, emaciated, wasted away with starvation, sick and afflicted.

Away with such ideas! The Bible declares that we are joint-heirs with Christ! Sons of God! Children of God! In the Kingdom of God!

We're not beggars! We're new creatures.

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He brought them forth also with silver and gold; and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.-Psalm 105:37

You can see from the Scriptures that it was God's plan for everything connected with Israel to bear the stamp of prosperity and success. Furthermore, disease and sickness were not to be tolerated among them.

And so it should be with the Church. Everything connected with the Body of Christ, the New Testament Church, should bear the stamp of prosperity, success, healing, surplus, and health.

Romans 1:16 says, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation..." Scofield's footnote on the word "salvation" states that the Greek and Hebrew words translated "salvation" mean deliverance, safety, preservation, healing, and health (soundness). The Gospel of Jesus Christ, then, is the power of God unto deliverance. It is the power of God unto safety and preservation. It is the power of God unto healing and health.

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Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases. -Psalm 103:3

Disease came upon the children of Israel when they disobeyed the law. Forgiveness for their disobedience meant the healing of their diseases.

It was when the children of Israel took themselves out from under the protection of their covenant by wrongdoing that their distresses came (Psalm 107:11, 17, 18). But when they cried unto the Lord, "...he

saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions" (Psalm 107:19, 20).

We have protection under our better covenant - but it is possible to take ourselves out from under the protection of our covenant.

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He was despised and shunned by men, a man of pains, and acquainted with disease; and as one who hid his face from us was he despised, and we esteemed him not. But only our diseases did he bear himself, and our pains he carried: while we indeed esteemed him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. Yet he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement for our peace was upon him; and through his bruises was healing granted to us. -Isaiah 53:5-6 Leeser, Hebrew Publishing Co.

I want to boldly state that it is not the will of God my Father that we should suffer from cancer and other dreaded diseases that bring pain and anguish. It is God's will that we be healed!

How do I know? Because healing is provided for us under the New Covenant.

Isaiah 53 gives us a graphic picture of the coming Messiah. This chapter deals with the disease problem which confronts the Church today, as well as the sin problem.

God dealt with man's body, as well as with his spirit and soul. God laid our iniquities and our sins upon Jesus - and Jesus bore them. God laid our diseases and our sicknesses on Jesus - and Jesus bore them. Why? So that we might be free!

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For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. - Romans 8:2

Dr. John G. Lake went as a missionary to Africa in 1908. The deadly bubonic plague broke out in his area. Hundreds died. He cared for the sick and buried the dead. Finally the British sent a relief ship with medical supplies and a corps of doctors. The doctors sent for Lake to come aboard. They asked him, "What have you been using to protect yourself?"

"Sirs," Lake replied, "I believe the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death. And as long as I walk in the light of that law of life, no germ will attach itself to me."

"You had better use our preventatives," the doctors urged.

"No," Lake said, "but I think you would like to experiment with me. Take some of the foam that comes from the victim's lungs after death and examine it under a microscope. You will find the masses of living germs remain alive for a while after a man is dead. Full my had with the foam and examine it under the microscope. Instead of remaining alive, the germs will die instantly."

The doctors made the experiment and what Lake said proved true. When the doctors expressed wonder at what caused it, Lake told them, "That is the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus."

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“Then Daniel distinguished himself above the governors because an excellent spirit was in him: and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm.” Daniel 6:3


A young man, actually a teenager named Daniel was deported to Babylon. Thousands of captives had been taken from Judah to Babylon. The treasures of Solomon’s palace and the temple were also transported. The Babylonians had subdued an empire into an area that covered much of the Middle East.

To govern this mass kingdom, slaves who had been educated or who possessed exceptional skills were used by the Babylonian government. Only the sharpest minds, only those with wisdom and understanding were placed in leadership roles. Daniel was one of those men. He was selected for the leadership training program.

Here we are told that Daniel impressed the king of Babylon so much that the king even considered putting Daniel as the governor over the entire kingdom. Isn’t that amazing? Remember, Daniel was a slave. But, even though he was a captive and the normal way of thinking would be that he couldn’t be trusted, in Daniel’s case, it was just the opposite. Daniel was extremely trusted.

What was it about Daniel that made him different from the other captives? What was it that gave him more favor with the king than all the other governors of Babylon?

The Bible says that Daniel distinguished himself above the governors “because an excellent spirit was in him.” Daniel had an excellent spirit. Well, let me give you an example of his excellent spirit.

Because Daniel was favored over the other governors, they became jealous and devised a plan to trick the king into executing Daniel. King Darius fell for the plan and Daniel was scheduled for execution.

The method of execution prescribed in this plan was for the convicted person to be thrown into a den full of lions. When the execution time came, Daniel was cast into the lions’ den. A stone was placed at the mouth of the den and the king himself sealed it with his own signet ring.

The next day the king went to the den of lions and he cried out with a loud voice asking Daniel how he was doing.

We would expect Daniel to curse the king, but he didn’t. “Then Daniel said to the king, O king, live forever!” Even after all that he had gone through, Daniel still had an excellent spirit. He had a good attitude. He was not affected by the things around him.

We must have an excellent spirit. As Christians we must have a positive attitude. Positive thinking is better than negative thinking. However, positive believing is excellent.

Daniel was distinguished above everyone in the kingdom because an excellent spirit was in him.

Distinguish yourself today.

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Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. -Romans 8:37

If God's Word had just told us we were more than conquerors, it would have been enough - but it tells us that we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ.

Rather than saying, "I'm defeated," rise up and say what the Bible says about you. Say, "I am a conqueror!"

It may not seem to you that you are a conqueror, but your confession of it because of what you see in God's Word will create the reality of it in your life.

You will become what you confess!

You will not be afraid of any circumstances, if you make the right confession.

You will not be afraid of any disease, if you make the right confession.

You will not be afraid of any conditions, if you make the right confession.

You will face life fearlessly, as a conqueror!

Say this:

In all things I am more than a conqueror through him that loves me. I am not afraid of any circumstances. I am not afraid of any Disease. I am not afraid of any condition. I face life fearlessly, A conqueror! I am a conqueror! In fact, I am more than a conqueror!

 

"The Lord reigneth, let the earth rejoice." {#Ps 97:1}

On earth the Lord’s power just as readily controls the rage of the wicked as the rage of the sea; his love as easily refreshes the poor with mercy as the earth with showers. Majesty gleams in flashes of fire amid the tempest’s horrors, and the glory of the Lord is seen in its grandeur in the fall of empires, and the crash of thrones. In all our conflicts and tribulations, we may behold the hand of the divine King.

In heaven none doubt the King Eternal, but all fall on their faces to do him reverence. Angels are his servants, the redeemed his favorites, and all delight to serve him day and night. Soon we reach the city of the great King!

 

"In Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him." --Colossians 2:9, 10

All the attributes of Christ, as God and man, are at our disposal. All the fulness of the Godhead, whatever that amazing term may comprehend, is ours to make us complete. He has done all that can be done, for He has made even His divine power and Godhead subservient to our salvation. His omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, immutability and infallibility, are all combined for our defense. Arise, believer, and behold the Lord Jesus yoking the whole of His divine Godhead to the chariot of salvation!

How vast His grace, how firm His faithfulness, how unswerving His immutability, how infinite His power, how limitless His knowledge! All these are by the Lord Jesus made the pillars of the temple of salvation; and all, without reduction of their eternal provision, are covenanted to us as our perpetual inheritance.

The fathomless love of the Savior’s heart is every drop of it ours; every sinew in the arm of might, every jewel in the crown of majesty, the immensity of divine knowledge, and the sternness of divine justice, all are ours, and shall be employed for us.

The whole of Christ, in His endearing character as the Son of God, is by Himself given to us most richly to enjoy. His wisdom is our direction, His knowledge our instruction, His power our protection, His justice our surety, His love our comfort, His mercy our solace, and His immutability our trust.

He makes no reserve, but opens access to us of the Mountain of God and bids us dig in its mines for the hidden treasures. "All, are yours, be ye satisfied with favor and full of the goodness of the Lord." Oh! how sweet to behold Jesus, and to call upon Him with the certain confidence that in seeking the insertion of His love or power, we are but asking for that which He has already faithfully promised.

 

"Delight thyself also in the Lord." --Psalm 37:4

 

The teaching of these words must seem very surprising to those who are strangers to essential godliness, but to the sincere believer it is only the doctrine of a recognized truth.

The life of the believer is here described as a delight in God, and we are then certified of the great fact that true religion overflows with happiness and joy. Ungodly persons and mere professors never look upon religion as a joyful thing; to them it is service, duty, or necessity, but never pleasure or delight. If they attend to religion at all, it is either that they may gain thereby, or else because they dare not do otherwise.

The thought of delight in religion is so strange to most men, that no two words in their language stand further apart than "holiness" and "delight." But believers who know Christ, understand that delight and faith are so blessedly united, that the gates of hell cannot prevail to separate them.

We who love God with all our hearts, find that His ways are ways of pleasantness, and all His paths are peace. Such joys, such bursting at the seams delights, such overflowing blessednesses, do we saints discover in our Lord, that so far from serving Him from custom, we would obediently follow Him though all the world. We do not fear God because of any compulsion; our faith is no restraint, our profession is no bondage, we are not dragged to holiness, nor driven to duty. No, our devoutness is our pleasure, our hope is our happiness, our duty is our delight.

Delight and true religion are as allied as root and flower; as indivisible as truth and certainty; they are, in fact, two precious jewels glittering side by side in a setting of gold.

 

He restoreth my soul...-Psalms 23:3

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. -Romans 12:1-2

Paul, writing to the born-again, Spirit-filled Christians in Romans 12, tells them to do something with their bodies and their minds. Man's spirit is born again at the New Birth - but he still has the same old body and the same soul. He is to present his body to God, and he is to see to it that his mind is renewed.

The Hebrew word translated "restoreth" in Psalm 23 and the Greek word translated "renewed" in Romans 12:2 have just about the same meaning. For example, a valuable antique chair which looks like a wreck can be restored. Afterwards it's still the same chair, but it has been renewed. A man's spirit is never restored; it's born again, or recreated. But his soul is restored when his mind becomes renewed with the Word of God.

The greatest need of the Church today is for believers to have their minds renewed with the Word of God. It is the Word of God that restores the soul, renews souls, and saves souls!

 

"Straightway they forsook their nets, and followed Him." --Mark 1:18

 

When they heard the call of Jesus, Simon and Andrew obeyed at once without reluctance. If we would always, punctually and with resolute zeal, put in practice what we hear upon the spot, or at the first fit occasion, our attendance at the resources of grace, could not fail to enrich us spiritually.

One will not lose his loaf if he has taken care to eat it at once; neither can he be deprived of the benefit of the doctrine who has already acted upon it. Most become moved so far as to purpose to amend; but… the proposal is a blossom which has not been knit, and therefore no fruit comes of it. They wait, they waver, and then they forget, till, they are only thawed in time to be frozen again.

That fatal tomorrow is blood-red with the murder of fair resolutions; it is the slaughter-house of the innocents. We pray that readers may not be readers only, but doers, of the word. The practice of truth is the most profitable reading of it.

Should the reader be impressed with any duty while perusing God’s word, let him accelerate to fulfill it before the holy glow has departed from his soul, and let him leave his nets, and all that he has, sooner than be found rebellious to the Master's call.

Do not give place to the devil by delay! Hurry while opportunity and quickening are in happy union. Do not be caught in your own nets, but break the meshes of worldliness, and hasten to where glory calls you

 

...I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

-John 10:10

Why did Jesus come?

Did Jesus come to provide us a creed to live by? Did He come to present us a code of ethics - a list of "do's and don'ts" - to straighten us out?

No! Jesus came for one purpose: That we might have life, and that we might have it more abundantly!

This word "life" is the most prevalent word of the Gospel. Man required life, because he was spiritually dead. Spiritual death was passed on to man at the fall of man, when Adam sinned. The eradication of this devil-nature is what God has worked toward in all the ages. This was the reason why Jesus came to earth. Jesus stated, "...I am come that ye might have life..."

The only thing that will meet man's need is the nature of God: eternal life. Nothing can take its place.

When a person receives eternal life, he receives the nature of God, the life of God, into himself. This is that divine act that changes a man from the family of Satan to the family of God instantly.

 

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

-2 PETER 1:4

When you became a child of God, God imparted His own nature - eternal life - to you. This life, this nature, this being, this substance of God, instantly changed your spirit.

You passed out of spiritual death - the realm of Satan - into life, which is the realm of God (1 John 3:14). You passed out of the dominion of Satan into the dominion of Christ.

When you received eternal life, the satanic nature passed out of you. The corruption from which you have escaped (2 Peter 1:4) is spiritual death, the satanic nature.

The satanic nature passed out of you, not theoretically, but actually. 2 Corinthians 5:17 states, "...old things are passed away..." And God's nature came into you.

Now you are a partaker of God's divine nature - the nature of God - the life of God!

 

And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. -JOHN 20:30-31

Jesus did many things that are not recorded in John's Gospel, or in the other Gospels. But the things that are recorded in the Gospels are recorded for a purpose. What is the purpose? "...that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have zoe through his name."

The object is that we might receive eternal life!

As a Christian you need to know how to help others receive eternal life. The first step is to get them to read or hear what is written in the Gospels so they may know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that as the Son of God, He has made spiritual life available to spiritually dead men.

John 3:15-16 shows us how: "That whosoever believeth in him [Jesus] should not perish, but have eternal life [zoe]. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life [zoe]."

 

"Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called 'Today,' lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." Hebrews 3:12-13

We who are believers need to encourage each other daily in order to keep unbelief out of the church. It is our duty to encourage one another.

We know there is power in the spoken word. What we say in the natural realm, what we say with our mouths, has great impact in the spiritual realm and in the physical realm. Your words make a difference here on earth.

We must encourage one another in order that there we will not be an "evil heart of unbelief" within us. We must lift each other up and encourage one another in order to combat doubt. Speak the encouraging promises of God instead of the discouraging problems.

A person might have doubt from a lack of the knowledge of the Word of God. That's why our encouraging words must be Bible based.

When I say we should encourage one another, I am not saying we are to lie or try to deceive ourselves. I'm not talking about empty flattery. But what I am saying is we must speak God's Word daily to each other. Whether we see the promise or not, we must speak the promise. Speaking the promise is a key ingredient in faith.

Doubt feeds on ignorance. When you don't know God's Word or His will, you will feed your doubt. That is the opposite of what God told us to do. We are to increase our faith, not our doubt. The Word contains faith.

 

"The only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." --John 1:14

 

The Only Begotten of the Father has done for me what none but a God could do. He has captured my stubborn will, melted a unyielding heart, opened gates of brass, and snapped bars of iron. He hath turned for me my mourning into laughter, and my desolation into joy; He hath led my captivity captive, and made my heart rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Let others think as they will of Him, to me He must be the only begotten of the Father: blessed be His name. He is full of grace. Had He not been I would never have been saved. He drew me when I struggled to escape from His grace; and when I at last came all trembling with tears like a condemned culprit to His mercy-seat He said, 'Thy sins which are many are all forgiven thee: be of good cheer.'

He is full of truth. His promises have been true, not one has failed. This servant bears witness that there has never been as good a master as I have; as brother I have never had so close a kinsman as He has been to me; never has been a spouse with such a husband as Christ has been to my soul; never sinner a better Savior; never mourner a better comforter than Christ has been to me.

I want none beside Him. In life He is my life, and in death He shall be my freedom; in poverty Christ is my source of riches; in sickness He comforts and raises me up; in darkness He is my star, and in brightness He is my sun; He is the manna of the camp in the wilderness, and He shall be the new corn of the host when they come to Canaan.

Jesus is all grace to me and no wrath, all truth and no falsehood: and of truth and grace He is full, infinitely full. My soul, always has found blessing with all my might 'the only Begotten.'"

 

"Thou art My servant; I have chosen thee." --Isaiah 41:9

If we have received the grace of God in our hearts, its practical effect has been to make us God's servants. We may be unfaithful servants, or we may be unprofitable ones, but yet, blessed be His name, we are His servants, wearing His insignia, feeding at His table, and obeying His commands.

We were once the servants of sin, but He who made us free has now taken us into His family and taught us obedience to His will. We do not serve our Master perfectly, but we would if we could. As we hear God's voice saying unto us, "Thou art My servant," we can answer with David, "I am thy servant; Thou hast loosed my bonds."

But the Lord calls us not only His servants, but His chosen ones--"I have chosen thee." We have not chosen Him first, but He has chosen us. If we are God's servants, we were not always so; to His grace the change must be credited. The eye of sovereignty singled us out, and the voice of unchanging grace declared, "I have loved thee with an everlasting love."

Long before time began or space was created God had written upon His heart the names of His people. He had predestinated them to be conformed unto the image of His Son, and ordained them heirs of all the fulness of His love, His grace, and His glory.

What comfort is here! Has the Lord loved us so long, and will He yet cast us away? He knew how stiff-necked we should be, He understood that our hearts were evil, and yet He made the choice. Our Savior is not a fickle lover. He did not feel enchanted for awhile with some gleams of beauty from His church's eye, and then afterwards cast her off because of her unfaithfulness. No, He married her in old eternity; and it is written of Jehovah, "He hateth putting away." The eternal choice is a bond upon our gratitude and upon His faithfulness which neither can disown.

 

Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life [zoe] also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life [zoe] also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.-2 Corinthians 4:10-11

Paul is talking about zoe being manifested in our mortal bodies. But he's not talking about the resurrection of the body, for mortal means "subject to death." When we're raised up, we'll have an immortal body.

No, Paul is talking having this zoe life of God which came into us at the New Birth manifested during this life - in our death- doomed mortal flesh!

I am convinced that if we learn how to walk in the light of life, and let that life which came into us at our New Birth dominate us, there is no reason at all why we can't live to a great age, if Jesus tarries his coming. I know the outward man is decaying, but the zoe life of God can be made manifest in our mortal flesh!

 

“The things impossible with men are possible with God!” Luke 18:27

God has given us a supernatural method of getting wisdom. “Revelation Knowledge.” But the people in the world who are not Christians live according to a different kind of knowledge. They live by “Sense Knowledge.”

 God created us to live in union with Him. We are supposed to function on God’s level of ability. When Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, man’s union with God was severed, man’s abilities also became separated from God. Mankind fell from the realm of God’s ability, to the realm of man’s ability. Without the direction of God to lead and guide us, our five physical senses became the doors of our mind.

At that point in history REASON was born! This is SENSE KNOWLEDGE.

Romans 8:11 reveals that the natural man’s walk in life is ordered by his senses. Romans 8:6 says that the mind of the flesh is enmity against God. This way of thinking draws information and forms conclusions from the information we acquire only through our senses.

Mankind was designed to live in a world where nothing is impossible. But without God’s ability flowing in our lives, we have learned to see anything above man’s ability as impossible.

Luke 18:27 says, “The things impossible with men are possible with God!”

God wants us to walk with man, in the spirit realm; the realm of faith. This is the realm where omnipotent power speaks words into being and substance. It is the realm of God, who calls the things that are not as though they were! Hebrews 11:3.

Jesus said that to enter the kingdom of God we must first be born again! We have to learn once again, to partake of God’s nature. We have to live as God originally designed for us to live. We must live by FAITH!

“Now, faith is the substance
of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

As Christians we must learn to live by the revelation of God in His Word and by His Holy Spirit. That’s called, walking by faith and not by sight. When we walk by faith, all things are possible.

If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 8:23

So we have a choice to make. Do we live in this world with our sense knowledge and be restricted by what we see, or do we live in the realm of revelation knowledge by faith with God where all things are possible? The choice is ours.

 

...that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life... -1 John 5:11-12

Jesus said, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature...And these signs shall follow them that believe..." (Mark 16:15,17). One of the signs Jesus said would follow believers - not the Early Church, no apostles, not pastors, not preachers, but believers - is, "...they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:18).

Why? Because the life of God in believers!

Sometimes people are specially anointed to minister healing, but that isn't what Mark 16 is talking about! Every born-again believer has the life of God, the nature of God, the God-kind of life, in him - and by the laying on of hands, that life can be imparted to the physical bodies of others!

That's why you should lay hands on the sick. When you do, that life of God in you is conducted through your hands to others. You have the life of God in you! You have the nature of God in you! Put God's power to work. That's how God works - through your hands. God's not here on earth in Person, but He is in you by His Spirit.

 

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.-Romans 6:4

Some translations of Romans 10:9 read, "...if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in they heart...thou shalt be saved." That means you must confess Jesus as your Lord and acknowledge His Lordship over your life in order to be saved.

The reason for this is obvious. We've been the servants and the subjects- as well as the children- of Satan, the enemy of God. We have belonged to the kingdom of the devil. Now we want to leave that kingdom and become "naturalized citizens" of God's kingdom. But before we can do this, we must swear allegiance to the new

homeland, so to speak. We must make an absolute, unconditional break with our old fatherland. So, the Bible says, we must confess Jesus Christ as Lord. He is the new Ruler of our intellectual life as well as our heart, or spiritual life.

Some want to have Jesus as Savior, but not as Lord. They want Him as their Savior from hell, but they don't want Him as their Lord and Ruler on earth. You can't really have one without the other. Choose Jesus as your Lord right now in all situations and circumstances in your life today!

 

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.-Colossians 3:23-24

When Jesus becomes your Lord, He will want to have something to say about the kind of books you read - about the amusements you enjoy - about the governing of your physical body.

If Jesus is your Lord, He will want to have something to say about your finances - how you make your money - and how you use your money.

If Jesus is your Lord, He will want to have something to say about your marriage - about your children - about your home. He will want to help you regarding your vocation in life and where you live.

Yes, Jesus will enter every area of your life, if He's your Lord. I want Him to be my Lord, don't you? That's what makes the Christian blessed. The lordship of Jesus strips life of its weakness, frailty, and human guidance. It elevates life out of the realm of the natural and into the supernatural.

 

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. -1 John 5:7

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us... -John 1:1, 14

How can I make Jesus Lord of my life? Jesus is the Living Word. And God has given us the Written Word to unveil the Living Word to us.

Give the Word of God first place in your life. By doing so, you are putting Jesus first!

Let the Word of God govern your life. Let this Word be the Lord of your life. Let the Word dominate you. By doing so, you are really allowing Jesus to lord over you - because Jesus and His Word are One.

We are living in an age when we need to get serious about spiritual matters, and we need to learn what the Bible has to say about love, life, home, marriage, and children.

Let the Word of God be your guide in life. When you do, you are making Jesus the Lord of your life. Then His written Word becomes the Lord of your life.

 

The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. -Proverbs 20:27

One translation of this verse reads, "The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord..." To put it into modern speech, you would say, "The spirit of man is the light bulb of the Lord..."

What this Scripture means is that God will enlighten us - He will guide us.

Christians, however, seem to seek guidance in every other way except the way God said it is going to come! They judge how God is leading by what their physical senses tell them; but nowhere does the Bible say that God will guide us through our physical bodies! They look at things from a mental standpoint; but nowhere in the bible does God declare that He will guide us through our mentality, our intellect, or our minds!

God said that it is the spirit of man that is the candle of the Lord. So God will guide us through the spirit.

 

The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. -Proverbs 20:27

One translation of this verse reads, "The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord..." To put it into modern speech, you would say, "The spirit of man is the light bulb of the Lord..."

What this Scripture means is that God will enlighten us - He will guide us.

Christians, however, seem to seek guidance in every other way except the way God said it is going to come! They judge how God is leading by what their physical senses tell them; but nowhere does the Bible say that God will guide us through our physical bodies! They look at things from a mental standpoint; but nowhere in the bible does God declare that He will guide us through our mentality, our intellect, or our minds!

God said that it is the spirit of man that is the candle of the Lord. So God will guide us through the spirit.

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Galatians 3:13-14 "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith."

"Christ hath REDEEMED us..." (v. 13). If you ask Christians, even Spirit-filled Christians, "What did Christ redeem us from?" they usually say, "From sin." That's partly true, but not nearly the entire story.

The rest of verse 13 tells us in no uncertain terms what Christ redeemed us from: "Christ hath redeemed us FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW..." (Galatians 3:13).

The expression "the Law" as used in the New Testament refers to either the Ten Commandments, the first five books of the Bible called the Pentateuch, or the whole of the Old Testament. In the Book of Deuteronomy, which is part of the Pentateuch, Moses stated the blessings and curses of the Law.

In the first part of Deuteronomy 28, God talks to Israel about the blessings of the Law that will overtake them if they obey His commands vv. 1-14). Then skipping down to verse 15, God says, "But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt NOT hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that ALL THESE CURSES shall come upon thee, and overtake thee."

The curse or punishment for breaking God's commandments is threefold: poverty, sickness, and the second death. In this discussion, we'll only deal with the curse of poverty.

Deuteronomy 28:16-19, 38-40 "Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store. Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out. Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it. Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the

grapes; for the worms shall eat them. Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit."

 

Hebrews 11:1: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

Hebrews 11:3: "By faith we understand that the worlds have been framed by the Word of God, so that what is seen hath not been made out of things which appear."

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for. It is a conviction of things not seen. Faith is giving substance to things hoped for.

Hope is definitely not faith. Faith is always present; it is now! Hope is always in the future.

God said, "Let there be," and the sun, moon, and stars came into being... He said, "Let there be light," and there was light.

Faith is the mightiest force in the universe. No other force can generate this kind of reaction.

Faith is the creative ability of God. It is also the creative ability of man. Man alone of all God's creation can act by faith. Man was created in the image of Love. But you see, Faith Works by Love. Man's entire life, from the time he becomes conscious as a small baby, until he steps off into eternity, is a faith life. One has faith in his senses, another in God.

 

Faith is the result of that action.

Jesus acted on the Word of His Father. He said, "The words that I speak unto you are not mine but my Father's" John 14:10.

All of the works of Jesus were the result of His words.

Matthew 8:5-13 gives us a record of the Centurion. 8th verse, "But only say the word, and my servant shall be healed."

Jesus spoke the Word.

The healing of the leper, the healing of the woman with the issue of blood, and the healing of the man mentioned in Mark 2:3-12 are miracles performed by His Word.

Matthew 14:23-33 is the story of Peter's walking on the waves.

Peter said, "If it be thou, bid me come." Jesus simply said one word, "Come." When He did, the waters sustained the weight of Peter.

Again we see Jesus quieting the sea. It was words that quieted it. He simply said, "Peace, be still."

Jesus' faith was in His Word.

 

The reason faith is so difficult is that Sense Knowledge has gained the ascendancy in our educational and religious life. Sense knowledge has all come through our physical contact with the world. We have learned to trust so utterly in our eyes, our ears, the sense of touch, of smell, and the sense of taste that spiritual things are hard for us to understand. It is easy to believe in things you can see. The crowd said about Jesus, "We see the miracles; now we believe in thee." Thomas fell down at His feet when he saw the wounded side and the holes in His hands and feet. He said, "Lord, I believe." Jesus responded, "Blessed are they who have not seen, yet believe." The Master touched the true heart of things there. True Faith is independent of Sense Knowledge. The antagonism of the scholastic world to the Revelation called the Bible is that the Bible demands faith in things the Senses cannot apprehend.

Hebrews 11:3 tells us that the worlds have been framed by faith through the Word of God. "By faith we understand that the worlds have been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen hath not been made out of things which appear."

That explains the first verse, "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen," or "Faith is giving substance to things hoped for."

Hope is not faith.

Faith is always now.

Hope is in the future.

Atheism says that God does not exist. The two of them are twin enemies of success and mental spiritual progress of the age. The agnostic makes no contribution, but only confusion.

God is love. He works by faith. It is faith that works by love.

He is the faith God. Man is the crowning work of faith. Being created in the image of love, he must live by faith.

Man is a faith creation. When reason usurps the seat of faith, man becomes a failure.

 

"My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh."-Proverbs 4:20-22

"...the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are LIFE." -John 6:63

God wants us to understand the life and the power that's in His Word. When God made the world, He created the earth, sky, and the great expanse of the universe with words.

But God's words are a never-failing remedy for any situation or circumstance that might come your way in life, including sickness and disease. Proverbs 4:22 says God's words "...are LIFE unto those who find them, and HEALTH to all their flesh." God's words are full of life, health, and healing. God's words act like medicine for all our flesh!

Proverbs 4:20 says, "...attend to my WORDS..." That means give God's Word your undivided attention. In other words, put God's Word into your heart, and put out of your heart everything that exalts itself against the Word.

The rest of verse 20 says, "...incline thine ear unto my sayings." That means take in God's Word through your ear gates. Open your ears to God's sayings. If you are attending to God's Word and opening your ears to God's sayings, you're closing your ears to the other sayings, such as fear, doubt, and unbelief.

We are to look at God's Word as well as to listen to God's Word. Proverbs 4:21 says, "Let them not depart from thine eyes..." This scripture doesn't mean we are to be continuously looking at the Word so that we never do anything else. It means we are to always look to the Word instead of at the circumstances. In the good times and in the bad, we are to just keep looking at God's words - at His sayings.

There's power in God's Word!! There's healing in His Word too.

MORE HEALING SCRIPTURES

Exodus 15:26 Exodus 23:25-26 Psalm 103:1-5 Psalm 107:19-20 Proverbs 4:20-23 Isaiah 53:4-5 Jeremiah 1:12 Jeremiah 30:17 Matthew 8:17 Matthew 15:30-31 Matthew 18:18-19 Mark 11:23-24 Mark 16:17-18 Luke 9:2 Luke 13:16 Acts 10:38 
Galatians 3:13-14  James 4:7 James 5:14-15 1 Peter 2:24

 

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

-COLOSSIANS 3:1,2

The elevation of the believer to be seated with Christ at the right hand of the Father took place potentially at the resurrection (Ephesians 2:5,6). Meditate on this passage until it becomes real to you. Remember, every heavenly blessing is yours (Ephesians 1:3). But you have to take your place there to enjoy them. The believer whose eyes have been opened to his throne rights in Christ may:

(1) Accept his seat, and
(2) Begin to exercise the spiritual authority that seating confers on him.

The devil bitterly resents our entrance into his domain. He has been used to exercising authority and ruling over someone's life, so he will concentrate his forces against us when we come into these mighty truths. And no truth encounters such opposition as the truth of the authority of the believer!

The only place of safety is to be seated with Christ in heavenly places far above all principality, power, might, and dominion. If the believer abides steadfastly, by faith, in this place, he cannot be touched by the enemy. So take your seat in heavenly places and keep it!

 

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. -Hebrews 11:6

God has told us that without faith it is impossible to please Him, but He has also told us how to obtain faith. He has told us how faith comes. 
ROMANS 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

If we don't have faith, it is not God's fault. God has provided the way whereby everyone can have faith.

Faith for Salvation

Faith for salvation "cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." The Apostle Paul said that we are saved by faith. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8).

But how do we get faith to be saved?
ROMANS 10: 8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the hearth man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

We see here that faith for salvation comes by hearing the Word of God. Now relate that with Acts 11:13-14, "And he shewed us how he [Cornelius]

Cornelius was a good man, but he was not saved. Jesus said, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). As Cornelius had not as yet heard this glorious Gospel, he was not saved.

God told Cornelius to send for Peter in order to learn the plan of salvation. The angel could not preach to Cornelius (Angels cannot preach - God sent men to preach.) But the angel could tell Cornelius where to go to get somebody "...who shall tell thee words whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved."

Men are saved by hearing words. And that is because "...faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." You cannot believe without hearing the Word.

 

Wherefore remember, that...at that time ye were without Christ...having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. -Ephesians 2:11-13

Have you ever really reflected on what it truly means to be in Christ Jesus? Have you ever received a clear revelation of this? It will revolutionize your life.

You see, it's in Him that we're raised up from our sins. It's in Him that we're made to sit in heavenly places so that God can show us the exceeding riches of His grace. It's in Him that we're made the righteousness of God!

If you want this revelation to burst out in you, start searching the scriptures that refer to being in Christ. Watch for the words in Him, with Him, through Him, or in Whom. Mark these scriptures and meditate on them until the truth finds its way into your spirit. They'll give you an overcoming arsenal against the onslaught of Satan.

For instance, when the devil tries to tell you that you're just a sinner and God doesn't want to be bothered with your problems, you'll know he is lying. You'll be able to answer him boldly and say, "Thank God, I was a sinner, but now I'm the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. I've been raised up to sit with Him in heavenly places. Now I'm in Him and devil, you can't touch me at all!" Be prepared the next time Satan comes at you with doubt, unbelief, and condemnation. Be ready to fight back with the scriptures about who you are in Jesus. You're sure to win once you truly know you're in Him!

 

For if, because of one man's trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God's] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of

righteousness (putting them into right standing with Himself) reign as kings in life through the One, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One. -Romans 5:17 AMP

One of our greatest problems is relegating everything to the future. Think about the songs we sing: "When we all get to heaven..." Thank God we are going to get there, but we don't have to wait until we get there to enjoy God's blessings. We can have them now!

Yes, we will reign with Christ then. But we don't have to wait until then! When does our text say we will reign as kings? Now! In life! In this life! How? By Jesus Christ!

Paul used this illustration of reigning as kings because in the day in which he lived, they had kings. Each king reigned over his own particular domain. His word was the final authority. What he said went! He ruled. He reigned.

Because we have been made the righteousness of God in Christ the Word says that we reign in life by Christ Jesus.

 

For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
-Romans 3:3-4

To establish a firm foundation for your faith, I suggest you adopt the following motto:

The Bible says it.
I believe it.
And that settles it.

Determine to always do these two things: (1) Accept God's Word for what it says, and (2) Walk in the light of what the Word says. Don't try to get around certain things or explain them away. Don't try to read things into the Word just because you want to believe those things that way. Study the Word - and accept it just as it is written.

The denomination that Kenneth Hagin was reared in did not teach faith and healing. He was bedfast sixteen months as a teenager, and five doctors said he had to die. But he turned to the Word of God, and the more he studied, the more he saw that the Word is true. He declared, "I am going to walk in the light of what the Word says, regardless of church teaching, because the Word of God is God speaking to me today." When he settled that issue in his mind, 60 percent of the battle was won: He was on the road to divine healing.

 

Yea and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.  -2 TIMOTHY 3:12

 Did you catch that? He said all who live godly lives are going to suffer persecution. Not just the super-saints, not just the missionaries in hostile lands--but ALL.

 If you're going to live for God, you're going to run into persecution somewhere along the line. The devil's going to make sure of it!

 I'm not saying that to frighten you or to depress you.  I'm saying it because it is important to be prepared.

 When you're wise to the strategies of the devil, it's harder for him to use them successfully on you to confuse you and get you off track.

 Second Corinthians 10:4 says, "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds." So stay armed and ready for Satan's attack. Then, whenever and however it comes, it won't bring your life to a halt or even slow you down.

 That's especially important right now because we're living in the last days. The devil's time is drawing short. He is desperate. He is going to do everything he can to stop the Church. But Jesus said the gates of hell would not prevail against His Church!

 Remember the more we grow to be like Jesus and the more God's glory is revealed through our lives, the bigger threat we are to Satan's kingdom. Jesus said, Rejoice and be glad at such a time, and exult and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is rich and great and strong and intense and abundant in heaven"
(Luke
6:23 Amplified Bible.)

 So, when persecution comes your way, and you know it will, rejoice and be glad. Take the Jesus cure and begin to leap and jump and praise God! There is no way persecution will hurt you if you do what the word teaches us!

 

...The just shall live by faith -Romans 1:17

 The faith life is the most beautiful existence in the world! It is the life God wants us to live, and the walk God wants us to walk (2 Corinthians 5:7). 

 Let both your words and your actions agree.  If you talk faith, you must walk faith - you must act faith. Your actions and your words must agree that you are a believer.  It won't do any good to talk faith if you are not going to act faith.  And if it were somehow possible to act faith without talking faith, that wouldn't do any good either, because your words and your action must agree.

 Some people declare one minute, "I'm trusting God to meet my needs..."  Then, with the next breath, they say, "Well, it looks like I'm going to lose my car. I can't make the payments."  One minute it sounds like they are talking faith, but in a few moments their actions prove otherwise.
 Philippians 4:19 says, "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." 
 We need to agree with that Scripture and then act like it.  We must start acting like God's Word is true.

 

Christianity is called the great confession, but as someone so aptly stated, many Christians are defeated in life because they believe and confess wrong things.

 There are so many that don't understand what it means to confess God's Word.  They have always associated confession with confessing their sins or weaknesses.  When I refer to confessing God's Word, I mean to say the same thing that God said about you, regardless of what your physical senses say.  What God said is truth whether you have experienced it or not.

 Your confession makes a demand on the provisions God has already made through His exceeding great and precious promises. (2 Peter 1:3-5)

 Faith is the substance of things not seen.  By faith must be in the heart, it won't work in your head.  "For with the heart man believeth."  So how do we get what we know in our head into our heart?

 Paul gives us the answer in Romans 10:8 "...The word (promise) is nigh thee, (even) in thy mouth, and in thy heart..."
 Then in verse 17 He said, "So then faith (cometh) by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
 God said through Isaiah: "I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to (him that is) near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him." (Isaiah 57:19)
 Proverbs tells us: "A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of (his) mouth..." (Proverbs 12:14)

 In Isaiah 43:26 God said, "Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified."   God has not forgotten what He had said; but it is for your benefit.  He wants you to hear yourself speak His Word, because faith cometh by hearing.

 God gave Joshua this command:  "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is

written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."  (Joshua 1:8)

 Notice that Joshua was to keep God's Word in his mouth, so that he would observe to do all that was written therein.  In other words, speak it and meditate on it until you can see yourself doing it. Doing the Word, makes your way prosperous, then you will do wisely.  One translation says, "...you will deal wisely in all the affairs of life."

 When you are confessing the Word of God, the words you are speaking are setting your goals, and planting the seed that will produce in the soil of the heart.  It gives you direction and it establishes the destination.  If you don't know where you are going, how would you know when you arrived?  How long would it take you to get there? As we confess God's Word, we establish God's goals by His own Words.

 

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. -Romans 10:17

 "I just don't have any faith," some Christians say.  "I've prayed and fasted for faith, but I just don't have any."

 Asking for faith will never produce faith.  Why not?  Because faith doesn't come by asking; faith comes by hearing.  By hearing The Word of God!

 Having to encourage Christians to have faith means that the Word of God has lost it's reality in their lives.  None of the New Testament Epistles encourage believers to have faith. The Epistles were written to the Church. And its individual members are actually born into the family of God.  Believers have received the Holy Spirit as their Teacher, Guide, and Comforter.  And the measure of faith will be the measure of their knowledge of their Father - and their knowledge of their privileges.

 And that will be the measure of your faith too.  Study the Bible and get acquainted with your heavenly Father.  Walk in the closest possible fellowship with Him. Become familiar with your privileges as His child.

 As you become one with the Word, and the Word becomes one with you, you will become mighty in faith.

 

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.  -Joshua 1:8 

 How can your spirit be educated and trained?  How can your spirit be built up in strength?  There are four steps: 

  1. Meditating in the Word;
  2. Practicing the Word;
  3. Giving the Word first place;
  4. Obeying your spirit. 

 What God said to Joshua will work for everybody.  If God didn't want Joshua to be prosperous, why did God tell him how to prosper? If God didn't want Joshua successful, why did God tell him how to have success?  But God wanted Joshua to be prosperous and successful. And he wants you to be prosperous and successful too!  Furthermore, God has given us direction in today's text.

 Paraphrasing this truth into New Testament language, God simply said, "The Word of God particularly the New Covenant, or New Testament] shall not depart out of your mouth.  But meditate therein day and night...for then you shall make your way prosperous, and you shall have good success in life."

 

By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." -Matthew 12:27

The Lord says, Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Your WORDS are important. Put God's WORDS in your mouth and speak them out.

Joel 3:10 says, Let the weak SAY, I am strong. Let the weak SAY - not pray but SAY.

If the weak are to ever get help, they must change what they are SAYING! If the sick are to get help, they must change what they are SAYING! If the troubled are to get help, they must change what they are SAYING.

Let the weak say day and night, "I am strong! The Lord is the THE STRENGTH OF MY LIFE" (Psalm 27:17). Let the sick say, "With His stripes I am healed. Surely He hath borne MY sickness and carried MY pains and with His stripes I am healed. They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover (Mark 16:18).. Hands have been laid on me and I am recovering. The Lord is my Healer - He has taken sickness from the midst of me. Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his BENEFITS: Who forgiveth ALL [mine] iniquities; who HEALETH ALL [my] DISEASES" (Psalm 103:1-3). Praise God, HE said ALL. Say it, and sickness will fade away.

Let the TROUBLED say boldly - "God is [my] refuge and strength, A VERY PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE" (Psalm 46:1). Declare, "God is with me! He is my helper! If God is for me, who can be against me? Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord DELIVERETH HIM OUT OF THEM ALL!" (Psalm 34:19).

Let those who are tormented by FEAR also begin to SAY. Change what you are SAYING if you want victory. Let the fearful say boldly, day and night, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want...though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I WILL FEAR NO EVIL: FOR THOU ART WITH ME (Psalm 23:1-4). I fear not for Thou art with me. I am not dismayed for Thou art my God. Thou art HELPING ME! Thou art STRENGTHENING ME! Thou art UPHOLDING ME with the right hand of they righteousness!" (see Isaiah 41:10).

 

The law itself is not a curse. As a nation the Hebrews had few rules and regulations to protect them. God’s law as given to Moses would help maintain an abundant and blessed lifestyle for all who would follow the law. It was only a curse to the disobedient.

The purpose of the law is to protect. Speed limits on the highway are a law. They are a blessing to those who drive the speed limit safely and a curse to those who disobey the speed limit and have an accident. Blessings and safety come through obedience. Destruction comes through disobedience.

The curse of the law as described in the New Testament, is usually referring to the blessings and cursings described in the first five books of the Old Testament. These five books, specifically Deuteronomy chapter 28, list blessings for obeying the law and curses for disobeying the law.

When Adam and Eve sinned, their separation from God’s provision brought them poverty, sickness, and spiritual death. In their own strength, there was no way out.

From Adam and Eve until the sacrifice of Christ, people were under the curse of poverty, sickness, and spiritual death. There was no way man could pay the price for healing, poverty, or spiritual death. The law required a perfect sacrifice and no man was perfect. God had made a way through the law where the priest could cover sin by the blood sacrifice of animals. Once a year he would go into the Holy of Holies and the presence of God. The priests also offered daily sacrifices for the atoning or covering of the people’s sins during the year. The ritual was long and had to be carefully executed.

Jesus came to earth and became our substitute sacrifice that once and for all, broke the curse of the law. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice which broke the curse of the law for all who believe.

Jesus cleansed us of our sins. He remitted our sins and He made reconciliation between man and God. Once He redeemed us from the debt we couldn’t pay, it allowed the cleansed, born-again believer into the Holy of Holies and the presence of God.

 

God hath not given [me] the spirit of FEAR; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 

-2 Timothy 1:7

 Let those who are haunted by fear say, "God hath not given [me] the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."  Declare it!  "I have no spirit of fear.  I have the Holy Spirit of power!  I have the spirit of love!   I have the spirit of a sound mind!" Confess this to everyone.  Don't talk about your fears, but talk about what God says about you.  Act the part as you confess, and fear will melt away like the mist before the rising sun.

 Let the weak SAY! Let the troubled SAY! Let the sick SAY! Let the fearful SAY! Let those in need of a miracle SAY!

 What shall these needy people SAY?  What shall you SAY?  SAY WHAT GOD SAYS!  Take His promises and climb up to His throne, through the Lord Jesus, and "put Him in remembrance."  Confess that they are coming to pass right now.

 Hebrews 13:5, 6 says, He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

 This is a most remarkable scripture!  Notice that it says- He hath said, THAT WE MIGHT BOLDLY SAY. God did not give us hundreds of promises just to believe them.  He gave them to us that we might boldly say them in our confession unto deliverance.

 

BOLDLY declare to all - This is what God,  my Father, has said - and I believe it!  It is mine now! Hold on to it and declare it in pain, trouble, fear, sickness, and need.  Jesus is the "High Priest of our confession," and He will surely see that it becomes a reality in your life!

 

Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it."  -Jeremiah 1:12

 God watches over His Word to perform it. There are three voices that speak to you:

 First; the voice from the pit cries out when cancer, disease, blindness, and trouble come into your life.  It cries out in powerful and thundering tones:  "You're sick! You're in trouble!"

 Second; the voice from God, in His Word tells us, "With His stripes we are healed.  He bore our sicknesses.  He took our curse, being made a curse for us.  He bore our sins (see Isaiah 53:4,5).  My God shall supply your every need" (see Philippians 4:19). 

 Symptoms and disease say one thing and God says another thing.  The whole crux of the matter is-

Third; what are you going to say about it? Whose side are you going to take?  Are you going to get over here and confess what the devil has done to you?  Or will you take your stand by the Word of God and confess what God has said.

 The Bible says, "Let the weak say" - not pray.  Let the weak say, I am strong (Joel 3:10).  This is what God teaches us.

 Let the weak say - they must say something.  Let the sick say, "I am healed."  Let the troubled say, "I am delivered."  Let the demon oppressed say, "I am free."  Say it on the basis of the great and holy work of the Son of the Living God who shed His blood to purchase these things for you.

 Look at the little woman with the issue of blood.  She said something!  In Matthew 9:21, she says, “If I may but touch his garment [if I can but touch Him] I shall be whole.”

 Look at David as he faced Goliath.  He said something!  He said, “This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand” (1 Samuel 17:46).

 

Behold, I give unto you power [authority] to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. -LUKE 10:19

 The Greek word exousia means "authority."  However, it is often translated as "power" in the King James Version of the New Testament.  Our verse should read, "I give you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy..."

 What is the difference between power and authority?

 One uniformed police officer can do a great deal to direct the flow of rush hour traffic?   Is it because the policeman has the power to hold back these mighty machines?  No! His most strenuous efforts couldn't stop the swiftly passing cars.  He doesn't have the power to do it, but he has something far better.  He is invested with the authority of the government he serves.  Even a stranger in a city recognizes this authority and obeys it.

 Authority is delegated power. We have delegated power over all the enemies that would try to hurt or rob from us. We can direct the affairs of our life.

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For we walk by faith, not by sight. - 2 Corinthians 5:7

 Something Smith Wigglesworth said in one of his books really blessed me.  He said:
q    I am not moved by what I feel.
q    I am not moved by what I see.
q    I am moved only by what I believe.

Then he went on to say:
q    I can't understand God by feeling.
q    I can't understand the Lord Jesus Christ by feelings.
q    I understand God by what the Word says about Him.

 I understand the Lord Jesus Christ by what the Word says about Him.  He is everything the Word says He is.

 You will not be able to understand yourself by feelings. Instead, understand yourself as a born-again, Spirit-filled Christian by what the Word of God says about you.

 And when you read what the Word says about you - whether you feel like it or not - say, "Yes, that's me.  I have that.  The Word says I have that.  I can do what the Word says I can do.  I am what the Word says I am."

 As you do this, you will begin to develop spiritually.

 Say this: I walk by faith and not by sight. I am not moved by what I feel. I am not moved by what I see.  I am moved by only what I believe. I can't understand God by feeling.  I can't understand the Lord Jesus Christ by feeling.  I understand God by what the word says about Him. I understand Jesus Christ by what the word says about Him.  He is everything the word says He is.


How does faith for healing come?  You can see in the following passage.

 ACTS 14:7-10 And there they preached the gospel. And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked: The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

 A casual reader of the Word might say, "It is wonderful how Paul healed that man!"  But Paul did not heal the man.  The man was not healed because Paul was apostle, nor was he healed by Paul's faith. The man himself had the faith.

 Paul did three things:

1.  He preached the Gospel (verse 7).

2.  He perceived that the man had faith to be healed (verse 9).

3.  He told the man to stand up and walk (verse 10).

 The man did three things:

1.  He heard Paul preach (verse 9).

2.  He had faith to be healed (verse 9).

3.  He leaped and walked (verse 10).

 This man was not healed by some power which Paul had.  The man himself had faith to be healed.  And how did he get the faith to be healed? He got it from what he heard.  He heard Paul speak.

 This crippled man at Lystra had faith to be healed.  How did he get faith to be healed?  From what he heard.  And what he heard was the Word of God, the Gospel

 ROMANS 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 

 

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  -Hebrews 11:1

 In Hebrews 11:1 God tells us what Bible faith is.  Moffatt's translation of this verse reads, "Now faith means that we are confident of what we hope for, convinced of what we do not see." Another translation says, "Faith is giving substance to things hoped for."  Still another translation reads, "Faith is the warranty deed, the thing for which we have finally hoped is at last ours."

 There are a number of kinds of faith.  Everyone, saved or unsaved, has a natural, human faith.  But here God is talking about a scriptural faith.  He is talking about Bible faith, about believing with your heart.  And there is a vast difference between believing with your heart and just believing what your physical senses tell you!

 Faith is grasping the unrealities of hope and bringing them into the realm of reality.

 For example, you hope for finances to meet the obligations that you have to pay.  Faith gives you the assurance that you will have the money when you need it.  "Faith is the evidence of things not seen." You hope for physical strength to do the work that you must do.  Faith says, "The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid" (Psalm 27:1).  Faith will say about itself everything that the Word says, for faith in God is simply faith in His Word.

 

The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen  the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his  hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the  print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will  not believe.  And after eight days again his disciples were  within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being  shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side:  and be not faithless, but believing.  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.  -John 20:25-29

 Thomas' faith was head faith.

 And Jesus did not commend Thomas for it.  Jesus said, "You have believed because you have seen."  Anyone can have that kind of faith. Head faith believes what your physical senses tell you. Jesus commended heart faith. He said, "...blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."

 To believe with the heart means to believe apart from what your physical body or physical senses may indicate.  The heart believes the Word of God regardless of what the physical senses say.

 

...the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.-Romans 5:5

 "I hate my mother-in-law!" a minister's wife said.  "I don't even know if I am saved or not, because the Bible says, 'Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him'" (1 John 3:15)

 This woman was saved and filled with the Holy Spirit.  But she was letting the devil dominate her through her mind and her flesh.

 Her minister said, "Look me in the eye and say out loud, 'I hate my mother-in-law.'  As you are saying this, consider the inside of you - because the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts, not our heads - and tell me what is happening."

 She did as she was asked and said, surprised, "Something is 'scratching' me down in my spirit!"

 "Yes, something on the inside of you is trying to get your attention," Her minister said.  "The love of God in your spirit wants to dominate you, but you are allowing your mind - where those thoughts have built up - to dominate you.  In your heart, you actually love everyone."

 "Yes, I do," she agreed.  "What shall I do now?"

 "Act in love.  And let your heart dominate you - not your head."

 Say this: I let the Love of God shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit dominate me.

 

Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.  -ROMANS 4:18

 Read Romans 4 for God's own account of Abraham and his faith. Here, the 18th verse says that Abraham believed.  What did Abraham believe?  He believed "...according to that which was spoken..."

 Abraham did not believe according to what he could see.  Abraham did not believe according to what he could feel.  Abraham did not believe according to what his physical senses told him.  Abraham did not even believe according to what his mind told him.

 Abraham believed according to what was spoken by God!

 When opposition and contradicting circumstances have said, "No, you don't have it," stand your ground.  When feelings say, "No, you don't have it," stand your ground. When sight says, No, you don't have it," stand your ground.  Say from your heart, "I believe according to that which is spoken."  And "that which is spoken" is God's Word!

 

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.-PROVERBS 3:5

 Your own understanding is simply your own mental processes - your own human thinking.  In other words, we could read this verse, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own head.

 Faith will work in your heart with doubt in your head!  Many Christians are defeated because when a doubt enters their minds, they say, "I'm doubting."  But Jesus didn't say, "...and shall not doubt in his head." Jesus said, "...and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe..."(Mark 11:23).  It's heart faith that gets the job done - not head faith. Some of the greatest miracles that have ever happened in my life came when I began to make such faith statements as, "I believe from my heart that I receive my healing" - even though my head was saying, "It's not so.  It's not so!" Do you ever have trouble with your head?  Then just trust in the Lord with all your heart (not your head), and lean not unto your own understanding!

 

But what saith it? The Word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that is the word of faith, which we preach.-ROMANS 10:8

 God's Word is not a far away, unreachable goal for you to grasp. Romans 10:8 tells us no matter what you are going through, regardless of the lies of the devil, God can be relied upon to bring His Word to pass.

 In Luke 21:33 Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away but My Words shall not pass away." There is nothing more secure, nothing more powerful and nothing more enduring than God's Word.

 Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the Word of the Lord is "...alive and full of power." Isaiah 40:8 says, "...the Word of our God will stand forever." And in 1 Peter 1:25 we know that "...the Word of God lives and abides forever...endureth forever, And this is the Word of God which By the Gospel is preached to you."

 We need to make quality decisions. Words of failure, lack and confusion don't have to dominate our lives. We can walk in victory, abundance and peace each and every day. When we make a quality decision that God's Word is the final authority, we shut the door to failure and open the door to victory.

 Jesus stood on God's Word found in Deuteronomy 8:3 and made it the last Word when He was in the wilderness and tempted by the devil to turn stones into bread. He said, "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matt. 4:4).

 Bartimeaus heard that Jesus had come to town, began shouting out for mercy. He refused to be quieted by the crowd, got the attention of God and was healed of blindness (Mark 10:46-52).

 The centurion knew the power of God's Word and asked Jesus to "...speak the word only..." and his servant was healed (Matt. 8:8).

 Mary, the mother of Jesus, said, "Be it unto me according to thy Word." and was blessed above all women (Luke 1:42).

 The Bible is full of examples of great men and women like these that made God's Word the last word and received the miraculous. When you make God's Word the last word, you will see the invisible, believe the incredible and receive the impossible. You can shut the door to failure & open the door to victory.

 

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. -EPHESIANS 6:10

 Do you know your own strength? Weightlifters are always trying to become stronger . They spend plenty of time developing their muscles in order to increase their strength.

 The secret to our victory, however, is not in how strong we are ...it's in how strong our Lord is! We need not try to get stronger or bigger than our enemy ...we are to be strong in the Lord! 

We are to stand in a victory already won!

 Satan's most powerful way of keeping you weak is to keep you from knowing the truth, for when we know the truth we are free! (John l0:l0)  We become "strong in the Lord", no longer "weak in faith". 

The Bible tells us in II Corinthians 2:11 to learn to recognize your enemy. He is the "Devil", which means he is your "accuser". He is also called "Satan", which means he is your "adversary". He is also called a tempter, murderer, thief and liar and deceiver. When you are "strong in the Lord" you can stop him from having any power over you!

 Be "strong" in the authority that has been given to you In Christ Jesus! When your accuser tells you a lie, you tell Him the truth!

 When your enemy tries to tell you you're a prisoner of your past, your failures, your sins or sorrows, be strong in the Lord and declare that you are free in the Name of Jesus! You have the authority!

 "For God has rescued us out of the darkness and gloom of Satan's kingdom and brought us into the kingdom of His dear Son ....And the Son forgave our sins and set us free"! (Col. 1:13-14) (Living and Translators)

 

Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.  The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?...Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:  But whosoever drinketh of the  water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water  that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing  up into everlasting life.  -John 4:10,11,13,14

 Bible scholars know that water is a type of the Holy Spirit.

 Jesus Himself used water as a type of the Spirit.  When Jesus told the woman at the well of Samaria that He was the Giver of Living Water, she got it confused with the water in the well - natural water. 

Then Jesus said, "The water that I shall give...shall be...a well of water springing up into everlasting life." 

He was talking about the New Birth, the well of living water within the believer.

 

"Thy gentleness hath made me great." --Psalm 18:35

 The words are capable of being translated, "Thy goodness hath made me great." David gratefully ascribed all his greatness not to his own goodness, but the goodness of God.

 "Thy providence," is another reading; and providence is nothing more than goodness in action. Goodness is the bud of which providence is the flower, or goodness is the seed of which providence is the harvest.

 Some render it, "Thy help," which is another word for providence; providence being the firm ally of the saints, aiding them in the service of their Lord.

 Or again, "Thy humility hath made me great." "Thy condescension" may, perhaps, serve as a comprehensive reading, combining the ideas mentioned, including that of humility. It is God's making Himself little which is the cause of our being made great. We are so little, that if God should manifest His greatness without condescension, we would be trampled under His feet; but God, who must lean to view the skies, and bow to see what angels do, turns His eye yet lower, and looks to the contrite, and makes them great.

 Yet other readings, as for instance, the Septuagint, which reads, "Thy discipline"--Thy fatherly correction--"hath made me great;" while the Chaldee paraphrase reads, "Thy word hath increased me."

 David ascribes all his own greatness to the pending goodness of his Father in heaven. May this sentiment be echoed in our hearts while we spread our crowns at Jesus' feet, and cry, "Thy gentleness hath made me great."

 How miraculous has been our experience of God's gentleness! How gentle have been His corrections! How gentle His patience! How gentle His teachings! How gentle His drawings! Let gratitude be awakened; let humility be deepened; let love be quickened.

 

"They gathered manna every morning." --Exodus 16:21

 Labor to maintain a sense of your entire dependence upon the Lord's good will and pleasure for the persistence of your richest gratifications. Never try to live on the old manna, nor seek to find help in Egypt. All must come from Jesus, lest you will never find hope or change or miracle.

 Old anointings will not serve to impart unction to your spirit; your head must have fresh oil poured upon it from the golden horn of the sanctuary, or it will cease from its glory. Today you may be upon the summit of the mount of God, but He who put you there must keep you there, or you wilt sink far more speedily than you dreamed. 

Your mountain only stands firm when He settles it in its place; if He hides His face, you will soon be troubled. If the Savior should see fit, there is not a window through which you see the light of heaven which He could not darken in an instant.

 Joshua bade the sun stand still, but without Jesus we are shrouded in total darkness. We loose the joy of our heart, the light of our eyes, and the strength of our life; in His hand our comforts lie. Thus we are warned do not grieve the Holy Spirit.

 This hourly dependence our Lord is determined that we shall feel and recognize, for He only permits us to pray for "daily bread," and only promises that "as our days our strength shall be." Is it not best that it should be so, that we may often stream to His throne, and constantly be reminded of His love?

 Oh! How rich the grace which supplies us so continually! The golden shower never ceases the cloud of blessing tarries evermore above our habitation. O Lord Jesus, we would bow at Your feet, conscious of our utter inability to do anything without You, and in every favor which we are privileged to receive, we would adore Your blessed name and acknowledge Your unexhausted love.

 

"His camp is very great." --Joel 2:11

 Consider, my soul, the mightiness of the Lord who is your glory and defense. He is a man of war, Jehovah is His name. All the forces of heaven are awaiting His call, legions wait at His door, cherubim and seraphim; watchers and holy ones, principalities and powers, are all attentive to His will.

 If our eyes were not dimmed by the limited vision of our flesh, we should see horses of fire and chariots of fire round about the Lord's beloved.

 The powers of nature are all subject to the absolute control of the Creator: stormy wind and tempest, lightning and rain, and snow, and hail, and the soft dews and cheering sunshine, come and go at His decree. The band of Orion He looses, and binds the sweet rest of the Pleiades in Cassiopeia's chair.

 Earth, sea, and air, and the places under the earth, are the barracks for Jehovah's great armies; space is His camping ground, light is His banner, and flame is His sword. When He goes forth to war, famine ravages the land, pestilence smites the nations, hurricane sweeps the sea, tornado shakes the mountains, and earthquake makes the solid world to tremble.

 As for breathing creatures, they all own His dominion, and from the great fish which swallowed the prophet, down to "all manner of flies," which plagued the field of Zoan, all are His servants, and like the palmer-worm, the caterpillar, and the cankerworm, are squadrons of His great army, for His camp is very great.

 My soul, see to it that you be at peace with this mighty King. All the more, be sure to enlist under His banner, for to war against Him is madness, and to serve Him is glory.

 Jesus, Immanuel, God with us, is ready to receive recruits for the army of the Lord: if I be already, a soldier of the cross let me be of good courage; for the enemy is powerless compared with my Lord, whose camp is very great.

 

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified)-John 7:37-39

 Jesus used water as a type of the Holy Spirit.

 Notice that there are two different experiences referred to in our texts. One, the New Birth, is a well of water in you, springing up into everlasting life. The other, the infilling of the Holy Spirit, is rivers. Not just one river - but countless rivers.

 The water in the well (salvation) is for the one intention: It blesses you. It is for your benefit. His grace is free, it is effectual in its operation, and its results are abiding, elevating, purifying, and saving. It is your new life in Christ.  

 But the rivers (the infilling of the Holy Spirit) flow out of you to bless such a one who is in need of grace. The purpose of being filled with the Holy Spirit is so that you have power to be a blessing to others. Living water, running water, which the Hebrew language calls living, because it is in motion. Active quickening principles as comfort flows, preaching flows, healing and miracles flow to the need our Savior’s love would touch.

 Some people say, "If you are born of the Spirit, you have the Spirit, and that's all there is." But, on the contrary, just because you've had one drink of water is not evidence that you're full of water. There is an experience subsequent to the New Birth of being filled with the Holy Spirit - and as a result of being filled, rivers of living waters flow out of the belly (the inner man).

 

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost... -Acts 2:4
 ...they sent unto them Peter and John:  Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost.  -Acts 8:14-16
...Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?   -Acts 19:2

 In New Testament times, it was the exception for believers not to have received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit with the supernatural signs.  The Epistles were written to believers who knew Jesus as Savior and who had been filled with the Holy Spirit.

 Thank God, the Holy Spirit is in us too.  But too often people who have been born again and then filled with the Spirit just think of themselves as having received a blessing or some kind of experience - and they miss entirely what the Word of God teaches!  A divine personality actually comes to live in us!  God Himself in the Person of the Holy Spirit indwells us! He empowers us to do the work of the ministry.

 In Acts 2 this Baptism began with visible evidence "the fire-like appearance presented itself at first, as it were, in a single body, and then suddenly parted in this direction and that; so that a portion of it rested on each of those present" (Hackett). The idea is not that each tongue was cloven, but each separate tongue looked like fire, not real fire, but looking like fire. The audible sign is followed by a visible one (Knowling). "Fire had always been, with the Jews, the symbol of the Divine presence.

 This powerful visible and audible presentation of the Holy Spirit continues in the life of the Spirit filled believer with audible and visible manifestations of God’s presence. Miracles and signs and wonders always follow and should properly be expected to follow the preaching of the word. 

 Tongues are an audible sign to the unbeliever that God is presenting himself to all. Where God is miracles continue to fill the needs of each following the preaching of God’s word all are directed to salvation spirit soul and body.  A complete gospel designed to meet our earthy and eternal needs.

 

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.-ROMANS 3:28
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. -ROMANS 8:7
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.-ROMANS 10:17

 Faith is of God. God is a faith God. Without faith it is impossible to please Him. Faith is a law. God's laws work. They were designed to work – not fail. Whether others believe or don't believe will not stop God's laws from working.

 "…what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written. That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged" (Rom. 3:3-4).

 Faith Comes From a Supernatural Seed The Faith of God does not fail. Faith comes by the Word of God. The Word of God is incorruptible seed. A natural seed will sometimes fail: God's Word never fails. 

"And the Lord said, if ye had faith as a grain mustard seed, ye might say to this sycamine tree, be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it shall obey you" (Luke 17:6). "We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak" (2 Cor. 4:13).

 Satan Hath Demanded To Have You… Although you have faith, evidently it is possible for it to fail to produce the desired results. We see this possibility of failure in Luke 22:31-32: "And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not…"

 Notice, it does NOT say, "God hath desired to sift you," but "Satan hath desired to sift you." Satan had demanded to have Peter that he might sift him as wheat.

 Some believe that God is doing the sifting and trying of their faith, so they just bow down to it.  They go ahead and suffer through because they believe it is God perfecting them. They say "You know the Bible says, 'All things work together for good..."

 Yes, Paul did say that in Rom. 8:28, but let us keep it in the context of what Paul was teaching. "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Rom. 8:26-28).

 Paul said after you have prayed in the Spirit, then you know that all things you prayed about the Spirit of God by interceding will work together for good.

 The Greatest Enemy of Faith The greatest enemy of faith, the most subtle and the most devastating, is the lack of knowledge of the Work of God. To believe the devil's lie that, “that God is putting you through trials and tests," will neutralize your faith. Through religious tradition Satan has blinded the minds of Christians to what the Word says. Jesus said, "Satan hath desired to...sift you."

 James 1:2 says, "…count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations," This verse is often misquoted as, "The trying of your faith perfects it." But the Word says, "The trying of your faith works patience."

 Patience is a spiritual force that will support your faith like a pile under a bridge. Satan tries that which you call "faith" to see if it is true faith, or if it is mental assent. The force of patience will under gird your faith and cause you to be constant - holding the same confession through the trial Satan brought.

Satan Is Out To Destroy Your Faith.  Peter said, "...think it not strange concerning the fiery trail which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings…" (1 Peter 4:12-13).

 No, it's not strange that these things happen. Satan is not out to perfect your faith. If the trying of your faith perfected it, we would all have it made. Our faith would be perfect. I don't know anyone who hasn't had ample trials or tests!

 I'll admit that if you win out with your faith, you will be stronger. If you'll put your faith into action through the Word, you will come out with a determination to not let Satan win another battle. But that is not what Satan designed it to do. He designed the trial to put you under, not over.

 Trials are a design of Satan. If you believe that God sends trials, this is a devastating blow to your faith. 

 If God is doing it, certainly you don't want to resist God.  For instance, in the area of sickness, if it's God's will for you to be sick, why go to a doctor and try to get out of God's will?

 It is God's will that you be well.

 "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth" (3 John 2). God wants you healed, and He will go any way you choose: through doctors, through the Word, or both. But, if you fall for Satan's lie, your faith is in neutral.

 You cannot use your faith to get rid of something you believe God gave you.

 Satan is not the finisher of your faith, and if trials and tests perfected faith, Satan would be the finisher of it. Heb. 12:2 declares that Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith.

 

Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.-PROVERBS 20:5

 Although God does lead through visions and other supernatural manifestations, I would encourage you not to seek a vision. Do not seek visions or similar experiences.  Why?  Because you might get beyond the Word, where the devil can deceive you.

II Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

 On occasion some would prefer to have a more direct word of guidance.  But, we don't always get it.  It is very important not to manufacture one if it doesn't happen.  Nowhere does the Bible say that believers sought these experiences, or that they were seeking visions when they came.  The visions simply happened without people seeking them.

 Be content if all you ever have is the inward witness.  Be content to follow that witness.  But educate, and train, yourself so that your inward witness becomes more and more real to you.

 Then, if God gives you supernatural visitations and manifestations, just thank Him for them. They will come but, make certain you can tell the difference between God’s word and a lie (no matter how the devil bejewels it.)

 

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. -PHILIPPIANS 4:6

 The Amplified translation of this verse begins, "Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything..."

 Christians usually practice only part of this verse; the part that says to pray.  But, if we practice that part and dismiss the part about refusing anxiety, then we're not observing the Word.  We're not being a doer of the Word.

 First, God's Word says, "Do not fret..."  If you're going to fret and be anxious, it won't do you any good to make requests.  Your prayers will not work.

 There was a man, his wife and grown son who were all out in the field chopping cotton.  The son wasn't quite right mentally.  Storm clouds appeared, and it began to thunder, but the old man wanted to hold out to the end.  Then the lightning became increasingly more frightful.  The family panicked and ran for shelter.  When it looked as though they weren't going to make it, the parents fell to their knees and began to pray.  "Come on Ma and Pa," the boy cried.  "A scared prayer ain't no account."

 This is what the Spirit of God is saying through Paul.  So, when you pray, "Be careful for nothing..."

 

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. -PHILIPPIANS 4:6
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.-PHILIPPIANS 4:7-8

 Many people want what verse seven talks about, but they do not want to do what verse six says to do in order to get it.  In order to get what verse seven says, you have to practice the sixth verse. Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts. Be not careful, but prayerful.  Prayer is the cure for care. Pray the answer in faith not the problem.

 People who worry and fret, continually are thinking on the wrong side of life.  They persistently talk unbelief.  If something isn't true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of a good report, then don't consider it.  Make your thoughts meet all these qualifications.  Some things you hear may be true, but they may not be pure and lovely - so don't dwell on them.  To do so is to give place to the devil, who is always seeking to enter your thought life.  That’s why the Bible says, "Think on these things." Concentrate your life’s thoughts to the remedy not the symptom. Choose ye this day who you will follow…

 Meditate and feed on the letters written to the Church.  Through them, God speaks to His Church.

 

Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counselors. -PSALM 119:24

 When the crises come - when the tests come - too many Christians say, "What are we going to do now?"

 The crises of life come to us all.  But if you are Word oriented, the first thing you will think about is, "What does the Word say about it?" 

 Churches have problems just like families do.  There are discipline problems, financial problems, etc...

 Never discuss the church problems with the people, because the more you talk about problems, the bigger they seem to get. Sometimes the board and church members talk about church problems.  The more they would talk about them, the bigger the problems get. 

 Inevitably someone will say, "Oh, what in the world are we going to do?"
 Smile at them and say, "We're just going to act like what the Bible is true!"
 Making that little statement would cause those on the board to sigh with relief. 

 It is amazing how things straighten out when you act like the Bible is true!

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For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.-HEBREWS 4:12

 To be strong in faith, the first thing you must settle on is the integrity of the Word of God.

 You must know that the Bible is exactly what it declares itself to be - God's Word - a revelation from God to us!  It is God speaking to us now!  It is not only a book of the past and the future; it is a book for now.  It is a God-breathed, God-indwelt, God-inspired message.

 Moffat's translation of Hebrews 4:12 reads, "For the Logos [Word] of God is a living thing... Quick!  Alive!  Living!  But it will come alive to you only as you accept it and act upon it.

 Since salvation’s work is complete, let us hold to it and enjoy the consequent blessings.  We should be foolish indeed to leave such riches of grace.

 

Then said Jehovah...I watch over my word to perform it. -JEREMIAH 1:12 ASV

In all probability, you have faith in your employer.  You believe what he says, and you act on it.  If he promises to raise your salary, you don't question him.

 Also, you and your word are one.  You stand in back of your word and your promises.  If your word is no good, then you are no good.

 But God's Word is more reliable than the word of man!  God's Word and God are one.  If God's Word is no good and it cannot be relied upon, then God is no good.  But God can be relied upon!  He stands behind HIS WORD!  He stands behind every Word He promises!

 You come to know Jesus through the Word of God.  Jesus introduces you to God the Father.  Then you begin to act upon God's Word.  You test it.  After a time of acting upon what God says in His Word, it becomes as natural to you as acting upon the word of the man for whom you are working.

 

"Are they Israelites? So am I." --2 Corinthians 11:22

 We have here A PERSONAL CLAIM, and one that needs proof. The apostle knew that His claim was indisputable, but there are many who have no right to the title who yet claim to belong to the Israel of God.

 If we are with confidence declaring, "So am I also an Israelite," let us only say it after having searched our heart as in the presence of God. But if we can give proof that we are following Jesus, if we can from the heart say, "I trust Him wholly, trust Him only, trust Him simply, trust Him now, and trust Him forever," then the position which the saints of God hold belongs to us--all their enjoyments are our possessions; we may be the very least in Israel, "less than the least of all saints," yet since the mercies of God belong to the saints AS SAINTS, and not as advanced saints, or well-taught saints, we may put in our plea, and say, "Are they Israelites? So am I; therefore the promises are mine, grace is mine, glory will be mine."

 The claim, rightfully made, is one which will yield untold comfort. When God's people are rejoicing that they are His, what happiness when they can say, "So AM I!" When they speak of being pardoned, and justified, and accepted in the Beloved, or when they speak of being given power with all saints to gain wealth, by his stripes I too am healed, I how joyful to respond, "Through the grace of God, SO AM I."

 But this claim not only has its gratification and privileges, but also its conditions and duties.  We must share with God's people in cloud as well as in sunshine.  When we hear them spoken of with contempt and ridicule for being Christians, we must come boldly forward and say, "So am I." When we see them working for Christ, giving their time, their talent, their whole heart to Jesus, we must be able to say, "So do I." O let us prove our gratitude by our devotion, and live as those who, having claimed a privilege, are willing to take the responsibility connected with it.

 

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater...And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life...-1 JOHN 5 :9,11,12

 Faith will say about itself everything the Word says, because faith in God is simply faith in His Word.

 Study God's Word with this determination:  Decide to find out what God says and agree with it.  You can't expect the things of God to work for you if you take sides against His Word.  This may mean unlearning certain "religious" ideas.  Too often we've been religiously brainwashed instead of scripturally taught.

 Find out what God says in His Word regarding: 

(1)What God has wrought for us in His plan of redemption?
(2)What the Father is to you?
(3)What Jesus is doing for you at the right hand of the Father?
(4)What the Holy Spirit is doing in you?

 Then find out from His Word what God thinks about the following: 

(1) What He says you are in Christ;
(2)Who you are in Christ;
(3)What you have because you are in Christ. 

Even though it may not seem real in your life, start confessing, "Yes, this is mine, according to God's Word."  You will then find that faith's confession creates reality.

 

In whom [Jesus Christ] we have redemption through his blood... -EPHESIANS 1:7

 Webster’s defines the word "redeem" as

(1)"To buy back";
(2)"To free from captivity by payment of ransom."

 To walk in the highest kind of faith, you must know the reality of your redemption in Christ not as a philosophy, or a creed, but as an actual redemption or freeing you from the authority of Satan.

When Adam fell, mankind went into captivity.

 But God had a plan - A GREAT PLAN OF REDEMPTION!  And He sent the Lord Jesus Christ to consummate it.  (Webster defines "consummate" as "complete in every detail: perfect.")

Now God's Word tells us "In whom [Jesus Christ] we have redemption..."  How thankful we can be that we're not trying to become redeemed.  We already have redemption!  We are redeemed and delivered now from the authority of darkness; from the power of Satan!

 If you have not received Jesus as your personal Savior now is a good time to ask Him to forgive you of your sin and come into your heart thus freeing you from the dominion of Satan.

 

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood...-Colossians 1:13-14

 Darkness is the kingdom of Satan.  Everything Satan is— is "darkness".

 Light is the kingdom of God.

 By means of the New Birth, you were translated out of the kingdom of darkness - and into the kingdom of God's dear Son; the kingdom of God; the kingdom of light.

 Our heavenly Father has fitted His children (or made them "meet") to partake of an inheritance - "the inheritance of the saints in light!"  Part of your inheritance is that God has delivered you out of Satan's authority of darkness, and He has now translated you into the kingdom of His dear Son!

 God has made you meet...He has delivered you...He has translated you.  Thank God, you can partake of your inheritance now! Do not relegate it to the future. Stand by faith and receive the promises of the saints healing, prosperity, eternal life reigning with Christ now, and this life more abundantly.

 

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony...-REV.12:11

 Because Satan is the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4), he will try to exercise authority over you in this life.  He will try to dominate you.  He will try to keep you from walking in your redemptive rights.

 But you can overcome the devil every time, no matter where you meet him, and no matter what the test.  You can overcome him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of your testimony!

 You simply have to know what the blood has bought for you:  deliverance from the power (authority) of darkness (Satan) and translation (by virtue of the New Birth) into the kingdom of light.  Then you have to add your testimony to that knowledge.

 Stand your ground.  Confess what the blood of the Lamb has wrought.  Thank God, there is power in the blood!  But the power in the blood won't just work automatically - you have to add your testimony to it. Words of Faith in God’s power heal and save.

 

Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,  Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.-Ephesians 1:20-23

 Regeneration is as great a wonder as if the corpses in the churchyard should burst from their graves and begin life again.  Grace is life, sin is death, and conversion is a resurrection. Once we are new creatures in Christ Jesus, Satan's dominion over us ended.  Jesus is the Lord and Head of this new Body - the Church.

 We are the Body.  Christ is the Head.  The Church is the Body.  Christ is the Head.

 The whole Body of believers - all the born-again ones - are new creatures in Christ Jesus.  Then each of us individually is a new creature, too, because all of us are members of that Body.

 Satan has no right to rule over the Body of Christ - and he has no right to rule over us individually.

 Christ is the Head of the Body.  He is the One who is to rule and dominate the Body of Christ.  Satan has lost his dominion over our spirits, our bodies, our minds, our finances, and the circumstances of our lives, because God has put all things under Christ's feet.

 

What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.-1 Corinthians 6:19-20

 God's Word tells us that not only your spirit, but your body as well, is bought with a price.  Therefore we are told, "Glorify God in your body..."

 Does God get glory out of the devil dominating us physically?  Does God get glory when the temple of the Holy Spirit is being defaced with disease?  No.  Certainly not.

 Why is it permitted, then?  It is because you are the custodian of your body, the temple of God's Spirit.  God said for you to do something about your body. 

Learn to take a stand against anything that attacks your body.  Simply say, "Satan, you don't have any right to put sickness on my body.  My body belongs to God."

 

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature [creation]: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. -2 CORINTHIANS 5:17

 My heart delights in the verity that I am a new creation.  I was 23 years old when I received Jesus as my personal savior, and I knew something took place inside of me.  Not only did something depart from me - but something came into me!

 The moment you accept Jesus as your Savior and confess Him as your Lord (Romans 10:9-10), you, too, are recreated.  Instantaneously, the redemption which Jesus provided 2,000 years ago became reality to you.  At that instant, the very life and nature of God was imparted to you.  You were recreated - born again!

 The New Birth is not an exercise.  It is not a religion.  It is not joining a church.  It is an actual birth.

 When you are born again, old things pass away.  In the sight of God, all your sin is blotted out.  It ceases to exist.  And you became a new man in Christ Jesus.  God sees nothing in your life before the moment you became born again.

 All things about you become new.  You pass from death unto life (1 John 3:14).

 

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.-John 1:12-13

 No truth in all the Bible is as far reaching as the blessed truth that when we are born again we come into the family of God!  God the Father is our Father!

 He affectionately cares for us!  He is interested in us - each of us individually - not just as a group, or a body, or a church.  He is interested in each of His children, and He loves each of us with the same love.

 However, our heavenly Father is not the Father of everyone, as some suppose.  Jesus said to some very religious people, 'Ye are of your father the devil..." (John 8:44).  Yes, God is the Creator of all mankind, but a man must be born again to become His child.  He is God to the world, but Father only to the new creation man.

 God can be your very own Father.  You can be His very own child.  And if He is your Father, you can be assured that He will take a father's place and perform a father's part.  You can be certain that as your heavenly Father, God adores you, and He will cherish and take care of you.

 

I [Jesus] in them [believers], and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.-John 17:23

 When you know - really know - that God is your very own Father and you are His very own child, this knowledge will have the following effect on you:  You will have as much freedom and fellowship with the Father as Jesus had in His earth walk, because God the Father loves you even as He loved Jesus!  John 17:23 says so: "...and hast loved them, as thou has loved me."

 "I just can't believe that God loves me as much as He loved Jesus," some may say.

 Thank God, I can.  I believe it, because the Bible says it, and that settles it!

 You and I can say with Jesus, "...I am not alone, because the Father is with me" (John 16:32).  Because if God loves me as He loved Jesus - and He does - then He is with me as He was with Jesus.  I am never afraid.  There is nothing to fear.  What can anyone do to the man or woman whom God loves and protects?

 

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.-2 Corinthians 5:21

 These verses are wonderfully weighty: do we understand them by personal experience?  Are we new creatures, reconciled by Jesus' blood, accepted in the Beloved, and one with him? These are points which demand immediate inquiry. 

A preacher reading this text in one of his services read, "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin..."  The minister asked how many believed that to be true.  Everyone in the building raised their hands.  Then he read the other half of the verse, "...that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."  Then the preacher said, "Therefore, we - you and I - are the righteousness of God in Christ.  How many believe this to be true?" About half raised their hands on the last part of that verse.

 If the first half of this Scripture is true, then the other half must be true too!

 We are the righteousness of God in Christ.  How many of you believe and have experienced this is true?

 Note "become." This is God's purpose in what he did and in what Christ did. Thus alone can we obtain God's righteousness.  Have we broken his royal and righteous law? Yet Christ has kept it and fulfilled all righteousness. Have we sinned against mercy? Yet Christ has suffered without mercy: and all this by the ordination and appointment of God the Father.

 We need to apprehend this truth that we are entirely the righteousness of God in Christ!

 

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.-Romans 5:17
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness...-Romans 10:10

 Most people think righteousness is a state of spiritual development which you cultivate by right living.  The Bible teaches right living - but right living alone will never create righteousness.  (If it were possible, you wouldn't need Jesus.)

 Righteousness means rightness, or right standing with God.

 Ruined by one man's sin, restored by one man's righteousness.  The rise will be greater than the fall. Righteousness is a gift.  It is not necessary to Paul's argument to make "the many" in each case correspond, one relates to Adam, the other to Christ.

A gift is something you receive now - entirely complete.  A fruit, on the other hand, is a condition of spiritual development – as a fruit on the vine it grows and develops.  We are grateful to God that we can grow spiritually - but scripturally we cannot grow in righteousness.  In fact, you won't be any more righteous at what time you get to heaven than you are right now.

 Then how did we get to be righteous?  We were born that way! Righteousness comes through faith in the New Birth.  With our heart we believe unto righteousness.  When we were born again, we have received from the second Adam Christ grace for grace! As a God of love he delights much more in showing mercy and pardon than in giving just punishment. The gift surpasses the sin.

 

For if, because of one man's trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God's] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness (putting them into right standing with Himself) reign as kings in life through the One, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One.-ROMANS 5:17 Amplified

 One of our greatest problems is relegating everything to the future.  Think about the songs we sing: "When We All Get To Heaven..."  Thank God we are going to get there, but we don't have to wait until we get there to enjoy God's blessings.  We can have them now!

 Yes, we will reign with Christ then.  But we don't have to wait until then!  When does our verse say we will reign as kings?  Now!  In life!  In this life!  How?  By Jesus Christ!

 Paul used this illustration of reigning as kings because in the day in which he lived, they had kings.  Each king reigned over his own particular domain.  His word was the final authority.  He said it and it happened.  He ruled.  He reigned.

 The Word says that we reign in life by Christ Jesus.  Why?  Because we have been made the righteousness of God in Christ. We are in right standing with God and are thus enabled by His power to rule.

 

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. -JAMES 5:16

 Jesus who is righteous became your Righteousness (1 Corinthians 1:30).  Your standing with God is secure.  Therefore, you can stand in the presence of God as though you had never sinned!  Without a sense of condemnation, and without a spiritual inferiority complex!  No wonder Hebrews 4:16 says, "Let us therefore come BOLDLY unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help us in time of need."

 When you know these powerful spiritual truths, you won't have to search for somebody else to pray for you.  You'll know that God the Father will hear you as quickly as He hears any other believer.  Why?  Because you have just as good a standing with God as any other Christian has.  God doesn't love one member of His Body more than another.

 If I could just get So-and-so to pray, his prayer would work.  He's a real man of God.  NO, that Christian may have learned how to take advantage of what belongs to him a little better than you have, but he's not any more righteous than you are.  And God won't hear him pray any quicker than He will hear you pray.

 

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost...-ACTS 2:4

 ...they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost.-ACTS 5:14,15

 ...Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?-ACTS 19:2

 In the New Testament times, the average Christian received and operated in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  The Epistles were written to believers who knew Jesus as Savior and who had been baptized with the Holy Spirit.

 Thank God, the Holy Spirit is available to us too.  To often people who have been born again and then filled with the Spirit just think of themselves as having received a blessing or some kind of experience - and they miss entirely what the Word of God teaches.  A divine Personality actually comes to live in us!  God Himself in the person of the Holy Spirit indwells us!

 I am so thankful for this experience.  Since I was born again it took me many years to find out the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for us today just like it was at the beginning of the church.  I found it is one thing to receive Jesus as my personal Savior and he actually came to live in my heart and there was another special blessing to be received.  

 I was first lost in doubt until I studied God’s word and found the truth.  Having received faith from God’s word I received by faith the infilling of the Holy Spirit.  He is real and He will endow you with power to transfer the power of the Holy Spirit to others through the Gifts of the Holy Spirit which demonstrate and confirm God’s word.

 As I said it is one thing to receive the life of God but another thing to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to give this the Spirit to those who are in need of God to intervene in their lives with His power. 

 What a wonderful experience to have God’s miracle working power available to your personal ministry.  You can know that when you lay hands on the sick, you are transferring the power of the Holy Spirit to them and they will be healed.

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Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.-1 John 4:4

 It should be common practice for you to say in every crisis of life: "I am a victor.  I am more than a conqueror.  The Creator dwells in me.  The Greater One lives in me.  He can put me over.  The Greater One will make me a success.  I CANNOT fail!"

 That's not boasting on yourself; it's boasting on the Greater One who is in you.  And it will put Him to work for you!

 If you are a born-again, Spirit-filled believer, you have in you, ready for your use, everything you will ever need to put you over in life.  The divine potential of all this power that exists in heaven earth and under the earth, indwells in you! 

 If you will believe the Bible and begin to confess what it says, the Greater One will rise up in you and give enlightenment to your mind, direction in the spirit, health to your body, and help in every aspect of life.

 Say This: Greater is He Who is in Me than He that is in The World.  The Greater One is Greater than the devil, greater than disease, greater than poverty, greater than death, greater than all the power of the enemy.  And He lives in me!  The Greater One can make me a success. 

I Cannot Fail!

 

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.  And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith.”  1 John 5:4

 Understanding the spiritual things of God is impossible without faith.  Likewise in order to navigate through our daily lives and understand what God has for us to do, we must daily walk in faith.  Faith is the key ingredient in understanding.  Without faith, we see only the superficial outward appearance of knowledge.  In order for a Christian to be successful, he must walk daily in faith.  Through faith, there will be greater accomplishments in life.  Whether we are at home or at work, our lives can be greatly enhanced if we can just grab hold of the truth and realize that faith in God’s Word will improve our daily lives. 

We must believe what God says about us.  He says in his Word that when we accept His Son Jesus as our Lord and Savior, then we are also His children.  Then, in His Word He gives promises to His children.  He promises health, peace and prosperity.  Isn’t that great?  As Christians, God our Father wants us to succeed in life and live for Him in peace and health.  He wants the best for you and for me.  However, in order to receive completely, we must believe completely.  We must believe He is telling the truth and act on our belief. 

 That’s called faith!

 

...for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. -2 Corinthians 6:16 

Few Christians seem to be conscious of the fact that God lives in them.  They couldn't be and still talk the way they do.

 For example, when a need arises in their life, some Christians are quick to say, "No, I can't do that."  Why?  Because they're trusting in themselves, or the flesh, to try and be successful.  They know they don't have the ability in themselves to do it.

But if we are conscious that God is in us, then we know He has the ability to do anything.  So we can stop saying, "I can't," and we can begin saying with confidence, "I can - because I am trusting God!  I can - because God is in me!  I can - because greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world!"

 No matter what you face - and you may be facing seemingly impossible obstacles in your life - you can say, "God will put me over!  He'll make me a success!  The Greater One indwells me!"

 That's scriptural believing.  That's faith talking.  And it will put the Greater One to work for you!

 

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Higher, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener and Standby) that He may remain with you forever.  -JOHN 14:16 Amplified

 It is sad to realize that some Christians ignore the Holy Spirit who is dwelling within them.  I believe they mistakenly think He will come in, take control of their lives, and make them do whatever needs to be done automatically with no effort on their part - but He won't.

 The Holy Spirit is a Gentleman.  He will never force you to do anything against your will.  In the Scriptures we see that the Holy Spirit leads, guides, prompts, and urges.  He may give you a gentle "push," but He will never force you to act.

 Some complain, "Why doesn't God do this or that?"  The Holy Spirit won't do anything until you put Him to work for you!  He is sent to be your Helper.  He is not sent to do the job for you, but to help you do it.

 When you know the Holy Spirit is in you, then you can act on God's Word intelligently, and the Holy Spirit will work through you.

 

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. -ROMANS 8:11

 The term "mortal bodies" in this verse does not refer to our resurrected bodies in the future; it refers to our mortal bodies now!  (Mortal means death doomed.)  Our bodies will not be mortal in the grave.  They are mortal now.  The Spirit will not dwell in them then.  The Spirit of God dwells in them now.  Now is when we need our mortal bodies quickened by God's Spirit which dwells in us.

 One of the reasons for the Holy Spirit's indwelling our mortal bodies is to heal us of the diseases which are continually trying to attach themselves to us.

 Healing is a part of God's plan or covenant for us today.  Healing is part of His provision for His children - His Body - upon the earth. We must continue to live under The Holy Spirit’s influence a life of obedience to the Divine will of God. Under the gospel, by the influence of the Spirit, the entire man will be made alive in the service of God.

 If we could recognize God's plan of healing as we ought to identify with it, the sick will be healed!

 

May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the (Holy) Spirit [Himself] - indwelling your innermost being and personality.  May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell - settle down, abide, make His permanent home - in your hearts! -EPHESIANS 3:16,14 Amplified

 How does Christ actually dwell, settle down, and make His permanent home in your heart?  Through your faith.

 God wants to make His permanent home in your heart!  But some don't allow Him to do that.  (Remember:  This Scripture was written to born-again, Spirit-filled Christians.)

 Christians sing, "Come by here, Lord, come by here," implying that the Lord's not here - but if we could just get Him to come by, He might do something for us.  And we sing, "Reach out and touch the Lord as He passes by."

 All of these sentiments are based on physical sense knowledge.  I don't have to reach out and touch the Lord, because He lives in me!  What do I want with touches when I have the Holy Spirit inside me?

 Trust God who already dwells within you!  Learn to become "God-inside-minded"!

 

God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.-1 CORINTHIANS 1:9

 The highest honor God has conferred upon you is to be in joint- fellowship with God the Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit in carrying out God's plan for redemption of the human race.

 By virtue of the New Birth, you become related to the Creator of the universe!  You become God's child.  You have a relationship with Him.  But relationship without fellowship is a lifeless thing.  It's like a marriage without love or fellowship.

 Fellowship with God is the mother of faith.  And God has called you individually into fellowship with His Son.

 The faithfulness of God is a favorite expression among the ancient Jews; and by it they properly understand the integrity of God in preserving whatever is entrusted to him.  And they suppose that in this sense the fidelity of man may illustrate the fidelity of God, in reference to which they tell the following story. 

 "Rabbi Phineas, the son of Jair, dwelt in a certain city, whither some men came who had two measures of barley, which they desired him to preserve for them.  They afterwards forgot their barley and went away.  Rabbi Phineas each year sowed the barley, reaped, thrashed, and laid it up in his granary.  When seven years had elapsed the men returned, and desired to have the barley with which they had entrusted him. Rabbi Phineas recollected them, and said, 'Come and take your treasure,' i.e. the barley they had left, with all that it had produced for seven years.  Thus, from the faithfulness of man ye may know the faithfulness of God."

 

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full...But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.-1 JOHN 1:3,4,7

 If you have fellowship with God, and you're walking in the light as He is in the light, then prayer becomes one of the greatest assets you have inherited in Christ. Fellowship with Jesus and joy lie so closely together, that we can aim at both at the same time.

 Prayer is joining forces with God the Father.  It is fellowshipping with Him.  It is carrying out His will upon the earth.

 Prayer should never be a problem or a burden to you.  It can be a joy!  Prayer - real prayer - won't take anything out of you; it will always put something into you, because you are fellowshipping with God when you pray!

 

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? -Romans 8:31-32

 God and you are working together in carrying out His plan for the redemption of the world.  God can't get along without you anymore than you can get along exclusive of Him.  That's one reason why Jesus gave us the illustration of the vine and the branches.  The vine can't bear fruit without the branches, and the branches can't live without the vine.

 This passage shows us the unconditional oneness of the Father God with His children.  It shows us the perfect fellowship and cooperation God's children enjoy with their heavenly Father.  It shows the mastery God's children have over the forces of darkness and circumstances.  And God climaxes this passage with verse 37: "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us."

 God is working dynamically on your behalf.  He is standing up for you.  He is aggressively fighting for you.  He is supplying all of your needs.  Out of the treasury of His abundant grace, He is giving you His wisdom and His ability!

 

And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament [New Covenant]...-2 Corinthians 3:4-6

We aren't ordinary people.
We're filled with God’s Omnipotence.
We're united with God Himself.
We're carrying out God's will here on earth.
We're the channels through whom God is pouring Himself out upon the world.
 

It is perfectly normal, then, that God should become our sufficiency - that His ability should become our ability.

 We now can understand 1 Corinthians 3:9, "For we are labourers together with God..."  That's fellowship with the Father!  He supplies strength, wisdom, grace, and ability - the supernatural tools with which we work as able ministers of the New Covenant.

 

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore...-Matthew 28:18-19
And these signs shall follow them that believe; IN MY NAME... -Mark 16:17

 What effect would it have on your life if a wealthy man were to give you a legal document, telling you to use it to supply every one of your needs?

 Yet we have been given something even greater that that!  God has given us the power of attorney to use the Name of Jesus!  And that Name has authority in this earth.  The use of that Name is not a matter of faith, actually, but rather it is a matter of assuming your legal rights in Christ, taking your place as a son of God, and using what belongs to you.  His Name belongs to you!

 We have the right to use that Name against our enemies.  We have a right to use that Name in our praise and worship.  We have a right to use that Name in our petitions.  Praise God! Use of that Name that Name belongs to us!

 That Name has been given to us that we might carry out the will of God the Father in this dispensation in which we live.  The Early Church used this authority.  They acted for Jesus in His stead.  And we are to use His Name and act in His stead today!

 

And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.-MARK 11:22

 More accurately stated "Have the faith of God."  Greek scholars tell us the literal translation of what Jesus said here is, "Have the God-kind of faith."  Some modern translations also show the verse this way.

Even if you know nothing about Greek, you can readily see that this would be a correct translation of this verse, because Jesus had just demonstrated to the disciples that He had that kind of faith: the God-kind of faith, the kind of faith that God used to create the world in the beginning.

 Earlier in this chapter, Jesus had spoken to the barren fig tree.  He hadn't prayed.  He had simply said to that tree, "...No man eat fruit of thee hereafter forever" v. 14).

 The next morning, as Jesus and the disciples passed by the same place, they saw that the fig tree had dried up from its roots.  Peter, remembering, said, "...Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away" (v. 21).

 Jesus demonstrated the God-kind of faith for us.  Then He told us to have it.

 

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. -MARK 11:23

 Just after Jesus had demonstrated the God-kind of faith, He defined it.  Mark 11:23 is Jesus' definition of the God-kind of faith.  He described it as the kind of faith in which

(1)A person believes in his heart,
(2)Then, a person says with his mouth what he believes in his heart,
(3)And, it comes to pass.

God used that kind of faith to create the world in the beginning.  God believed that what He said would come to pass!  So He said, "Let there be light."  And there was light.  In fact, He created everything - the sun, the moon, the stars, the plants and animals - everything except man - by believing what He said would come to pass.  Then God said it.  And it came to pass.  That is the God-kind of faith!

 

For verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.-MATTHEW 17:20

 Want of faith is the great cause of failure among Christians, both as to themselves and their work for others. In the mission field, mountains of exclusiveness which shut out missionaries have been removed. In ordinary life, insurmountable difficulties are graciously dissolved. In a variety of ways, before real faith hindrances disappear, according to the word of the Lord Jesus — "Nothing shall be impossible"

 Someone said to me once that they didn't have the faith I had because they thought I had special faith. But that's just not true! I don't have special faith. God has given me the same measure of faith He's given to you and every other believer. The only reason my faith looks like it works better is because I use it!

 If you've been living in the shadow of a mountain, waiting for God to give you some kind of special faith, make a change today. Step out and put the measure of faith you have to work moving the spiritual, physical, mental, or financial obstacles Satan has brought against you.

 Romans 12:3 says, God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Believe Him! Step out in faith about your faith!

 

...I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. -II TIMOTHY 1:12 

I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. The decision has been made. I have stepped over the line. I won't look back, let up, slow down, or back away.

 My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I'm finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap giving and dwarfed goals.

 I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits or popularity. I don't have to be first, recognized, praised or regarded or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk with patience, live by prayer and labor with power.

 My face is set, my gait is fast, my home is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is glorious, my Guide is reliable and my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

 I won't give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and spoke up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Christ. I must go `till He comes, ...and preach `till all know.

 When He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My banner is clear: I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed.

 

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.-ROMANS 12:3

 We are to think soundly of a right mind.  It is not the ordinary faith that saves the soul, but the extraordinary faith, which was accompanied by supernatural gifts, that is meant from which all other gifts and graces flow.

 "Faith - that's what I want!" many say.  "And I'm praying that God will give it to me."

 If that's what you're doing, you're wasting your time.  It would do no more good to pray that God will give you faith than it would to twiddle your thumbs and recite "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."  Praying for faith is lost motion and wasted time, because every believer already has the measure of the God-kind of faith.  You don't have to get it.  You don't have to pray for it.  You don't have to fast for it.  You don't have to promise to do better and be good to get it.  You already have it.

 Paul wasn't writing to sinners, but to believers, in this verse in Romans.  He said, "I say...to every man that is among you [not to every man in the world], ...God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith."

 All believers have faith!  God gave it to them! Use it!

 

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. -ROMANS 10:17

 As if the apostle had said, "It is very evident, and these testimonies show, that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the preaching of the word of God." The grace of faith is wrought by the Spirit in the act of hearing: and the matter heard by which this faith is wrought, is the word of God preached. We must hear, that they may believe; and God's word must be preached, that they may hear.

 A non-preaching minister then is no minister; he is like a bell without a clapper, or a crier without a voice; he neither answers the design of his commission, nor the end of the gospel's institution, which was to be the instrumental mean of faith.  Faith cometh by hearing.

 On the converse the ear that will not hear will never find the faith given.  Whether pride of not needing to consider or thinking we already know. The ear that will not hear is deaf to the voice of God and can soon loose the reality of His presence. Thus an empty house of God void of those in need of salvation and healing.

 Notice that the faith you are saved by is "not of yourselves."  In other words, it's not a natural, human faith.  It's the gift of God!  That agrees with Romans 12:3, which states, "...God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith."

 Yet Christians will say, "I just don't have any faith."

 If you don't have any faith then it is time to get saved.  Saved people have faith!  You cannot be saved without faith!

 All believers have faith.  The Bible says they do! 

 God's Word is God speaking.  God and His Word are one:  If God's Word says something, that is God saying it.  And God's Word says that God has dealt to you the measure of faith.  It has to be the God-kind of faith - because that's the only kind of faith God has.

 

We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.-2 Corinthians 4:13

 Paul wrote, "We having the same spirit of faith..."

 He didn't say, "to earnestly try to have," or "sacrificially praying for," or "your sincere attempt at hoping for"; he said, "having"! 

 Having what?  The same Spirit of faith. And what manner of faith is that?  The kind that: (1) believes, and (2) therefore speaks. Believe, and... speak; the truths of the gospel, without being disheartened by any trials we are exposed to.

Like the psalmist (Ps 116:10) we are moved by the power of faith; That is, I trusted in God, and therefore he has put this song of circumstance changing praise in my mouth. Faith led them to give utterance to the motivations of their hearts.

 Isn't that the same kind of faith Jesus is talking about in Mark 11:23?  Mark 11:23 "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

 

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, 2 THESSALONIANS 1:3

 Their faith, and their love, together with the evidence of the sincerity of these graces namely, that their faith was a growing faith, their love an abounding and overflowing love: Your faith grows exceedingly, and your love abounds.

 Hence that as the saving graces of faith and love do admit to degrees, and do not come to their height and perfection at once; so all other graces do either increase or decrease, grow or fade, together with these; strengthening or decay of these principal graces have an influence upon all our other gifts, whether healing, giving, loving, peaceable living, etc.

 God starts all believers off equally with the measure of faith after they are born again.  He doesn't give one baby Christian more faith than He gives another.  After we are born again, however, it is up to each of us to learn to use the measure of faith that has been given to us.

 Too many have done with their faith what the fellow did with his one talent:  He wrapped it in a napkin, hid it, and didn't use it.

 Your measure of faith can be utilized to its utmost level.  But you are the one who exercise it - not God!

 Your measure of faith can be exercised by doing these two things:

(1) Feeding it on the Word of God, and
(2)By putting it into practice.

 

When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.-MATTHEW 8:10

 A centurian came to Jesus on behalf of his sick servant.  When Jesus said, "I will come and heal him" (Matthew 8:7), the centurian answered, "...speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed" (V.8).

 Jesus said to him, "...Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee" (v. 13).

 Turing to His disciples, Jesus said, "...I have not found so GREAT faith, no, not in Israel" (v. 10).  Therefore, it is possible for a person to cultivate great faith.

 On the other hand, an example of little faith is seen when Peter began to sink after having walked on the water.  Jesus chided Peter, saying, "...O thou of LITTLE faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" (Matthew 14:31).

 If faith can be great, and faith can be little, then faith is measurable!

 Here are some Scriptures of measurable faith:

Growing faith - 2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other,

Weak faith - Romans 4:19

Strong faith - Romans 4:20

19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah's womb.

 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,

Rich faith - James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?

Full of faith - Acts 6:5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch,

Perfect faith - James 2:22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?

Unfeigned faith - 1 Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

Shipwrecked faith - 1 Timothy 1:19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:

Overcoming faith - 1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

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But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. -MATTHEW 4:4

 Here, Jesus is using a natural human term to convey a spiritual thought.  He is saying that what bread, or food, is to the body, the Word of God is to the spirit, or heart, of man.

 You can feed your spirit.  You can feed your faith.  God's Word is faith food.

 Smith Wigglesworth, the great English Preacher under whose ministry fourteen people were reportedly raised from the dead, is called an apostle of faith.  He said, "I never consider myself thoroughly dressed unless I have my Testament in my pocket.  I would as soon go out without my shoes as without my Bible!"

 In Wigglesworth's travels over the world, he stayed in many homes.  People have reported that after every meal, even in restaurants, he would always push back from the table, get out his Testament, and say, "We have fed our body; now let's feed the inward man."  Then Wigglesworth would read something about faith, usually winding up giving a little faith message.

 

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.-HEBREWS 11:6

God demands faith of us.

 If God demands that we have faith when it is impossible for us to have faith, then we have a right to challenge His justice. But if God places in our hands the means whereby faith can be produced, then the responsibility is up to us as to whether we have faith or not.

 God has given us His Word, and He has told us that. "...faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17).

 F.F. Bosworth, an authority on healing and the author of the book 'Christ the Healer', said, "Most Christians feed their bodies three hot meals a day, their spirits one cold snack a week, and then wonder why they are so weak in faith."

 

...According to your faith be it unto you.-MATTHEW 9:29

 If you eat natural food regularly and don't get any exercise, you'll grow fat and flabby.  Likewise, if you don't exercise your faith, your "faith muscles" will be flabby.

 Exercise your faith on the level where you are.  Some Christians are beyond others in development of their faith.  As you feed and exercise your faith, it will grow.  Remember, nobody climbs the ladder by starting at the top rung.

 Some people have become defeated because they tried to believe beyond their level of faith.  They heard faith taught, and they tried to start at the top of the ladder.  Because their faith wasn't at that level, faith didn't work for them, and they said, "That faith message doesn't work.  I tried it, but it doesn't work."

 Faith will work for you as you exercise it.  After a while you'll be able to believe God for things you never dreamed you could.  According to your faith be it unto you.  If you request is based on God's Word, and you believe God to do it, God will do it.

 Wherever you are in faith, keep your attitude right.  Keep a positive attitude - and keep the switch of faith turned on.  Keep believing God and using your faith.

 

The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. -John 20:25-29

 Thomas' faith was head faith.

 And Jesus did not commend Thomas for it. Jesus said, "You have believed because you have seen." Anyone can have that kind of faith. Head faith believes what your physical senses tell you.

 Jesus commended heart faith. He said, "...blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."

 To believe with the heart means to believe apart from what your physical body or physical senses may indicate. The physical man believes what he sees with his physical eyes, hears with his physical ears, or feels with his physical senses.

 But the heart, on the other hand, believes the Word of God regardless of what the physical senses say.

 

Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. -ROMANS 4:18

Read Romans 4 for God's own account of Abraham and his faith. Here, the 18th verse says that Abraham believed. What did Abraham believe? He believed "...according to that which was spoken..."

Abraham did not believe according to what he could see. Abraham did not believe according to what he could feel. Abraham did not believe according to what his physical senses told him. Abraham did not even believe according to what his mind told him.

Abraham believed according to what was spoken by God!

Knowing this Scripture has brought me through many hard places. When opposition and contradicting circumstances have said, "No, you don't have it," I've just stood my ground.

When my feelings have said, "No, you don't have it," I've just stood my ground. When my sight said, "No, you don't have it," I've just stood my ground. I've said from my heart, "I believe according to that which is spoken." And "that which is spoken" is God's Word!

 

(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
-ROMANS 4:17

God, who quickeneth the dead;  God is the only perfect object of trust and dependence; for being almighty, eternal, and unchangeable, he can even raise the dead to life, and call those things which be not as though they were.  He is the Creator, he gave being when there was none; he can as infallibly assure the existence of those things which are not, as if they were already actually in being.  And, on this account, he can never fail of accomplishing whatsoever he has promised. His Divine nature operates within His spiritual laws of faith.

Learn for this reason, that it is a noble act and exercise of faith, to believe God.

If Abraham believed according to what was spoken, exactly what was spoken?  What did Abraham believe?

When Abram (as he was then called) was 99 years old, the Lord said to him, "Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee" (Genesis 17:5).  Notice that God did not say, "I'm going to do it"; He said, "I have made thee."

When God made Abraham that promise, Abraham was childless.  But Abraham was told he was not to believe he was "going to be" (future tense) a father.  (Those who are always logically delaying what they desire from God never get it.  It is the same with the ones who say, "I’m going to get saved sometime." Or, "I’m going to get my healing sometime." They would teach that faith would rather desire to be excused.)

No, faith is always present tense!  Abraham had to believe he "was made" the father of many nations.

For, you see, faith calleth those things which be not as though they were.  That's what causes them to come into being.

 

Therefore be imitators of God - copy Him and follow His example - as well-beloved children [imitate their father].-EPHESIANS 5:1 Amplified

Abraham believed something he couldn't see.  Thomas refused to believe something he couldn't see.  Thomas' name isn't listed in the gallery of heroes of faith in Hebrews 11.  But Abraham's name is.

Someone might say, "Well, it would be all right for God to call those things which be not as though they were, because He's God.  But it would be wrong for me to do that."

It it's wrong for you to do it, it's wrong for God to do it!  Children of the devil act like the devil.  Children of God are to act like God. Such as lay claim to a relation to God, without imitation to him, are not children, but bastards: they may be of his family, but not of his household; of his family by instruction, but not by descent. There is no implantation into Christ without an imitation, both of the Creator and Redeemer, Christ as a Son over his own house: whose house are we.

God is a faith God.  And we are faith children of a faith God.  Because we are faith children of a faith God, we are to act in faith.  And faith calls those things which be not as though they were!

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.-MARK 11:25

 Jesus had just made those marvelous, thrilling, amazing, astounding statements recorded in Mark 11:23 and 24.  But at the same time - at the same scene - and with the same breath - Jesus said, "And when ye stand praying, forgive..."

 If there is an air of unforgiveness about you, your faith won't work!  Your prayers won't work!

 Unforgiveness is the only hindrance to faith that Jesus ever mentioned.  Therefore, the subject of unforgiveness must be of primary importance.  (If my prayers and my faith didn't work, the area of unforgiveness would be the first place I would examine my life.)

 We should not permit unforgiveness about anyone to enter our minds at all.  We should refuse to think about anything evil.  Remember this when anger tries to hold you in its evil power.  Flee from it as from your mortal foe. We must refuse to be resentful toward anyone.  No matter what they have done to us - no matter what they may say about us - we cannot permit it to affect us.

 Even as we believe without doubt to receive promise we must forgive without doubt lest doubt overtake us in everything.

 

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.-1 John 4:4

 What is the Holy Spirit doing in you? 

 Is the Holy Spirit just a "spiritual hitchhiker"?  Is He just some excess baggage for you to carry through life?

 No!  The Holy Spirit lives within you to help you!

 He lives within you to strengthen you!

 He lives within you to comfort you!

 He lives within you to make you victorious in life!

 Proverbs  6:2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.

 Deliver Thyself from those bad confessions by making positive confessions. Stop talking failure and doubt.

 

And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. -Numbers 13:30

 

And Joshua...and Caleb...If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defense is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not. -Numbers 14:6-9

 Joshua and Caleb were the two spies who had a good report.  They didn't deny that giants were in Canaan; they simply added that the children of Israel would be able to overcome the giants.

 "We are well able to overcome them," they said, "for the Lord is with us!"  That was their good report.

 Similarly, we believers must not stick our heads in the sand like ostriches and deny that problems and difficulties exist in our lives.  Yes, the "giants" are there - but we are well able to overcome them, because the Lord is with us!

 We shall destroy them as easily as we eat our bread. The Bread of God’s word is easily eaten and in fact it is no harder to destroy the worst enemy than to read and absorb God’s word. For in the word is your victory.  In speaking God’s word you release the sword of the Lord.

 When you face the giants of life, don't have a negative confession.  Don't talk doubt and have an evil report.  Faith always has a good report!

 

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. -MARK 11:23, 24

 What latitude is here given us in prayer!  How slow we are to use the power thus entrusted to us!  Believe that ye receive them. That they are yours from the time you ask for them. Not a single act of doubt, but continued faith.

 Faith will work by saying without praying (notice Mark 11:23 doesn't mention praying), but faith also works by prayer.

 However, when you pray it, you still have to say (or confess) it. Faith will work by saying it, or it will work by praying it, but when you pray it, you still have to say it.

 

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. -MARK 11:24

 The rule is, indeed, liberal, gracious, just, and reasonable. "What things soever ye desire..."

 No, not what things soever your grandpa desires.  Not what things soever your aunt desires.  Not what things soever your husband desires.  Not what things soever your wife desires.

 You can have your desires.  However, if what you desire is not what someone else desires, you won't be able to push your desires off on them.  Why?  Because when somebody else is involved, their will comes into play on the situation.

 Your faith will always work for you in your own life.  And sometimes - not always - you can make your faith work for someone else.

 

We need to make one statement up front that we all accept is true. God hears and answers prayer! It does work.

 Even though there are a lot of people who most of the time just make a stab in the dark at praying. They just go to God complaining about their problems and then beg Him to take care of them. Then they call that praying and let it go at that. They are hoping against hope that somehow their prayers will get answered some way or the other.

 But.....the truth of the matter is that to pray successfully, we have to take our stand on God's Word and let heaven, hell, and earth know that God's Word is true and we believe it.

 We had better be growing in prayer. God often condescends to meet us on an elementary level when we first begin to learn His ways. But He wants us to grow up and meet Him on His own level. That is when we will see consistent success in prayer. According to the Bible there is a similarity between physical growth and spiritual growth

 1 Peter 2:2 (Authorized KJV) As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

(New Revised Standard Version) Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation—

 No one is born a fully grown adult. Each person is born a baby and grows up. As we mature in the Word we should be able to improve our prayer life.

 The child prays "Now I lay me down to sleep...." but the adult doesn't (or shouldn't) pray that way anymore. God will require more of us now than He did even a few years ago. When light comes and teaching is given, God requires us to walk in the light of it.

 

DEPEND UPON THE HOLY SPIRIT IN YOUR PRAYER LIFE

 

Ephesians 6:18 (Authorized KJV) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

 Moffatt's translation of the above verse says, "praying at all times with all manner of prayer." Another modern translation says, "praying with all kinds of prayer." The King James Version, even though it does not say "all kinds of prayer," says "praying always with all prayer," inferring that there is more than one kind of prayer. If there were not, it would merely have said, "praying always," and would have stopped there. 

Romans 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

 1 Corinthians 14:14-15 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

 Christians everywhere pray with the understanding, but not all pray in the Spirit, as Paul speaks of in the verses quoted above. Many do not know that it is even possible to do so. Some in their haste and misunderstanding of the scriptures have said that tongues have been done away with. But if that be the case, how are we going to "pray with the spirit" today?

 Surely the Corinthian Christians did not have a means of praying that we cannot have. We have the same means available to us today. Paul said that when he prayed in an unknown tongue his spirit prayed. When you pray in tongues, it is your spirit praying by the Holy Spirit within you. You are groaning by the Holy Spirit within you groaning. There are times when you are so burdened in prayer that you do not have adequate words to express the prayer. Paul says that these groanings which escape our lips come from our spirit, from the innermost being.

 The literal Greek translation of Romans 8:26 says, "The Spirit Himself maketh intercession for us with groanings that cannot be uttered in articulate speech. Articulate speech means your regular language in speech. Speaking in tongues is not your regular kind of speech, so this verse includes speaking and praying with other tongues.

 Paul said that the Holy Spirit would help us in our prayer life.

 Why? "...For we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us..." (verse 26). We do not always understand the entire situation surrounding the matter we are praying about. But the Holy Spirit does. And when we allow Him to pray through us, to help us in our prayer life, we will see amazing answers to our prayers.

 

PRAY THE PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

 Romans 8:26 "...The Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." The prayer of intercession is not for yourself. An intercessor is one who takes the place of another. You are interceding for someone else.

 Every Spirit-filled believer can expect the Holy Spirit to help him in making intercession. This intercession can be in the area of the Spirit where it deals with salvation. It can deal with healing. It

also includes praying for things about which we do not even know, but the Holy Spirit has knowledge of them.

 It is our great infirmity that we cannot tell what blessing we most require. What a mercy it is that the Holy Spirit knows all things, and moves us to ask in the Spirit following his guidance. We then shall go in unto the King with an acceptable petition. After a time of praying in the Spirit we will know whether we are praying in tongues as a means of building ourselves up spiritually (edifying ourselves) and worshiping God, or whether it is intercessory prayer.

 We need to move from the necessary imperfection of all human language as a vehicle for expressing the subtle spiritual feelings of the heart to the prayer of the Spirit into an unknown idiom.

 On Occasion and sometimes over a period of time I have had a burden of intercession before I even know for whom I am praying. I can tell when I am in intercession for someone who is lost. If you are taking the place of a lost one, you may have that same lost feeling. And as we pray in the Spirit, interceding for that one, the Holy Spirit will deal with their heart and bring them under conviction of sin.

 "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints." Ephesians 6:18

 

EDIFY YOURSELF BY PRAYING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

 Jude 1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith praying in the Holy Ghost.

 1 Corinthians 14:4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself...

 Holding fast the Divine influence which you have received, and under that influence making prayer and supplication to God.  The prayer that is not sent up through the influence of the Holy Ghost is never likely to reach heaven.

 There is one phase of speaking with tongues in our prayer life that is not praying for someone else. It is purely a means of personal spiritual edification. It aids us spiritually and edifies us. We all need this kind of praying. We cannot help others; we cannot edify others unless we ourselves have been edified.

 Praying in this manner has a three-fold value.
First, it is a means of spiritual edification. It affects us individually.
Secondly, it is a means of praying for things about which we do not know.
Thirdly, the Holy Spirit helps us make intercession.

 Speaking in tongues is not only an initial evidence of the Holy Spirit's empowerment, but it is a continual experience for the rest of one's life. It is to assist in the worship of God. It is a flowing stream that should never dry up. It will enrich your life spiritually.

 

Full of Joy

John 16:24 "...Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full."

 Doesn't it make you full of joy when you receive God's answer to your prayers? It certainly makes us full of joy just knowing He will answer our prayers.

 In fact, sometimes it is necessary to have the joy before you will have what you are praying for. If you are trying to figure out a way to make matters work out in spite of asking God to do it, you are probably hindering His helping you. The reason for that is that you are still trying to carry the load instead of casting it on Him. If you are going to go ahead and struggle with the problem, it won't do any good to ask Him to handle it because you won't be praying in faith.

 Philippians 4:6-7 (Good News Bible in Today's English Version) Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.

 (Authorized Version (King James)) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 (Moffatt) Never be anxious, but always make your request known to God in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving; so shall God's peace, that surpasses all our dreams, keep guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

 To be successful in praying we have to be thankful and full of joy even before what we are asking is manifested in the physical realm because we know He heard us. We have His Word on it ... "Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full."

 Ephesians 5:20  (Authorized Version (King James)) Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

 (Moffatt) "and render thanks to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ at all times and for all things."

 In all of our real praise and thanksgiving the name of Jesus is the access to the heart of the Father. If it didn't make any difference the way that you pray, why would Father God have inspired Paul to write these things in his epistles? Do we say that these particular verses in the Word aren't important and yet John 3:16 for example is important? We must believe that all scriptures are important and for our instruction in our walk with God.

 It is not by our own power or holiness that we get our answer to prayer. God doesn't answer our prayers because we are so good. Prayers are answered because of Jesus. He is the one with standing in heaven. He is our only way or approach to the Father. We cannot get there any other way. It is only in His name that we can come to God. Jesus gave us the right and the authority to use His name. The key to seeing answers to our prayers is through the mighty Name of Jesus.

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I Must Read the Word to Find My Answers!

 Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Good News Bible in Today's English Version) Be sure that the book of the Law is always read in your worship. Study it day and night, and make sure that you obey everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

(Young's Literal Translation) the book of this law doth not depart out of thy mouth, and thou hast meditated in it by day and by night, so that thou dost observe to do according to all that is written in it, for then thou dost cause thy way to prosper, and then thou dost act wisely.

 Jesus always used the Word to defeat the devil. We have that same weapon to fight the good fight of faith. All we have to do in the face of temptation and doubt is to say, "It is written..."

 If the Word is firmly fixed in our hearts, we are prepared for anything the devil might throw at us. We can also find Father God's will for our life in that Word. We can trust it for guidance. It is the Word that gives faith.

 (Romans 10:17) As I read God's Word and learn His will, I can appropriate His promises for every need I might have.

 

I Must Believe in Order to Receive!

 Mark 11:23-24 (King James) For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have[them].

 You must understand that there are two kinds of truth: sense knowledge truth and revelation knowledge truth. Some think that truth means anything you can see, hear, touch, taste, hear. (sense) But the things of the Spirit cannot be touched with the senses.

 All that we need, all that God's provision gives to us comes from the spiritual realm. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3)

When the knowledge that I gain from my senses is in opposition to the knowledge I receive by revelation from God, I choose to believe the revelation from God. It is the superior truth. I walk by what God says. Faith takes hold of it and creates the sense reality of it in my life.

 So... when I pray, I believe that I receive that which I am asking for and I shall have it. My natural thinking may not understand it, but I choose to walk by faith and not by my natural thinking.

 Matthew 7:7-8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

 

REFUSE TO MISTRUST THE WORD OF GOD

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 I refuse to let any thought linger in my mind that comes against what I have asked my Father in prayer. I constantly affirm and thank Him that I do have the answer. If a doubt persists, I rebuke it in the Name of Jesus and command it to be gone. I keep my mind on the answer.

 Because doubt is of the devil, I resist it!

 He cannot conquer you if you continue to resist.  Strong as he is, God never permits him to conquer the man who continues to resist him; he cannot force the human will.  He who, in the terrible name of JESUS, opposes even the devil himself, is sure to have a speedy and glorious conquest.  He flees from that name, and from his conquering blood.

 I obliterate every mental picture, suggestion, feeling, notion or thought that does not foster my faith that I will have what I ask. I enjoy only those things that do contribute to my faith.

 Our thoughts are governed by observation, association and teachings. We have to guard against every evil thought and every doubt that comes into the mind. We must stay away from all places and things that do not support the affirmation that God has answered prayer. Sometimes this means we have to stay away from those that teach more doubt than faith.

 Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.

 

Matthew 9:35 “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”

 Once a man told my wife he was sick and he knew God had made him that way. His reasoning was this. He said God had given him stomach problems so he wouldn’t eat too much and gain weight. He reasoned if he gained weight, he would develop a heart problem and could die. So, in order to keep from dying of a heart problem, he reasoned, God had made him sick so he couldn’t eat and get fat.

 This may sound strange, but unfortunately, many Christians believe that God makes them sick for a purpose.

 It is true that God can and will cause all things to work together for good for those who love Him and who seek Him by the Spirit. The Bible tells us that in Romans 8:26-28. However, God’s Word does not say that God causes bad things. It simply says He causes them to work together for good for those who love Him and those who are the called according to His purpose.

 We must understand the root sources of healing and sickness. The One who heals us does not make us sick and the one who makes us sick does not make us well. We must discern “right thinking” from “wrong thinking.” We must quit blaming God for the works of Satan.   

Let’s examine the truth. What does the Bible say about God’s view of sickness?

 In Psalm 103:3 it says that He is the One “who heals all our diseases.”

 Matthew 4:2 says, “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.”
 Matthew 10:1 “And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.”
 Matthew 12:15 “But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.”

  Everywhere Jesus went, He healed people. Let’s look at what He said. In John 5, Jesus said that He didn’t do anything unless God His Father instructed Him to. So, what does that tell us about God? It tells us that He wants us well and He wants to heal us.

 Jesus said He came to earth to destroy the works of the devil. He said in John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

 Who is the thief that steals health, kills bodies and destroys life with sickness? The devil. Who gives life? Jesus.

 Thank you Jesus for healing me now!

 

I Must Clearly SEE What I Desire From Father God!

 JAMES 1:6-8 (Authorized KJV) But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind & tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. (Today's English) But when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind.

 I must be specific and clear about what I am seeking from God. If I want my prayer to be answered, I have to know what it is I need or want.

 There are other kinds of prayer. I can worship the Lord and praise Him. I can go into His presence to fellowship with Him. But in a prayer where I am wanting an answer, I must be definite.

 This type of prayer does not take hours to pray. I just decide what it is that I desire from God and make my request definite. I spend the longer time in the type of prayer where I fellowship with Him, praise and adore Him.

 

Praise God for the Answer!

 Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

(Moffatt) Never be anxious, but always make your requests known to God in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving;

Another way to say this is "Do not fret about anything." If we worry, fret, and are anxious, praying just won't work. Praise and thanksgiving is supposed to follow the supplication and prayer. We should thank the Father God as soon as we ask, not after our physical eyes see the manifestation of it. It does not take very long to ask the Father to take care of a situation or need, but we can spend a lot of time praising Him and worshiping Him for meeting the need as well as all the other things He has done for us.

 When we pray about what we have asked for, we need to make that prayer a statement of faith and thanksgiving instead of asking for it again. To keep asking would be unbelief. Speaking the Word over the matter and making statements of faith about it and praising God will keep our minds out of defeat and lead us to victory! We must not accept defeat. We will not be denied. It is our redemption right as part of the family of God to possess what He has promised in His Word.

 Andrew Murray said, "It is not good taste to ask God for the same thing over and over again. If, when you do pray again, what you've prayed for hasn't materialized, don't pray for it again in the same way because that would be unbelief. Remind God that you asked for it and what His Word says, and tell Him that you are expecting it. Then thank Him for it.

 We must remember these words:

 (John 15:7) If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."

 

"The glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams." --Isaiah 33:21

 Broad rivers and streams produce fertility, and abundance in the land. Places near broad rivers are remarkable for the variety of their plants and their plentiful harvests. God is all this to His Church.

 Having God she has abundance. What can she ask for that He will not give her? What want can she mention which He will not supply? "In this mountain shall the Lord of Hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things." Do you want the bread of life? It drops like manna from the sky. Do you want refreshing streams? The rock follows you, and that Rock is Christ.

 If you suffer any want it is your own fault; if you are straitened you are not straitened in Him, but in your own bowels.

 Rivers were of old a defense. Oh! beloved, what a defense is God to His Church! The devil cannot cross this broad river of God. How he wishes he could turn the current, but fear not, for God abideth immutably the same. Satan may worry, but he cannot destroy us; no galley with oars shall invade our river, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.

 

"The trees of the Lord are full of sap." --Psalm 104:16

Without sap the tree cannot flourish or even exist. Vitality is essential to a Christian. There must be life--a vital principle infused into us by God the Holy Ghost, or we cannot be trees of the Lord. The mere name of being a Christian is but a dead thing, we must be filled with the Spirit of divine life.

 This life is mysterious. We may not understand the circulation of the sap, by what force it rises, and by what power it descends again. So the life within us is a sacred mystery. Regeneration is created by the Holy Ghost entering into man and becoming man's life; and this divine life in a believer afterwards feeds upon the flesh and blood of Christ and is thus sustained by divine food.

 Our root is Christ Jesus, and our life is hid in Him; this is the secret of the Lord. How permanently active is the sap in the cedar! In the Christian, the divine life is always full of energy--not always in fruit-bearing, but in inward operations. The believer's graces, are not every one of them in constant motion? However, his life never ceases to palpitate within. He is not always working for God, but his heart is always living upon Him.

 As the sap manifests itself in producing the foliage and fruit of the tree, so with a truly healthy Christian, his grace is externally manifested in his walk and conversation. If you talk with a believer, he cannot help speaking about Jesus. If you notice his actions, you will see that he has been with Jesus. He has so much sap within, that it must fill his conduct and conversation with life.

 

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

 What we say is very important. According to the Bible, we see that death and life are in the power of the tongue. Words, are containers. They can contain faith or doubt. What you say today is not only important to you, but can affect the world for years to come. Your words are important.

 Now, here is a spiritual law:

God is a faith God and he releases His faith in words. In the beginning, God spoke and the universe was formed. God said, “Let there be light” and there was light. Throughout the creation until now God has spoken and whatever He spoke came to pass.

 When Jesus was here on the earth, the Bible tells us that He spoke to the winds and sea and they obeyed Him. He wasn’t fearful, nor did He panic. He simply said, “Be still!” He believed what He said would come to pass. He knew His authority and He spoke in faith.

 It took faith to calm the sea – not fear, but faith! The disciples were fearful. However, when Jesus came on the scene and He commanded the wind and the sea – and faith was present, the miracle happened.

 Ephesians 5:1 tells us to be imitators of God as children imitate their parents. As Christians we are to be Christ-like. We are to make Jesus our example. We are to live, speak, and do as He did.

 He walked in faith and we are to walk in faith. When Jesus spoke to the, sick, demons, and winds. They obeyed and did as He said. When Jesus spoke, the power of God was in His words. And that’s the way we are to be.

 If our words contain either faith or doubt, and if it is impossible to please God without faith (and according to Hebrews 11:6 it is impossible), then we are to speak words of faith. By speaking faith words, we are speaking the Word and will of God. Listen to yourself. Are you speaking faith and agreeing with God? Are you speaking His promises or are you speaking the problem? Agree with God.

 

...and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
-ISAIAH 10:27


The anointing the Bible is talking about here is the manifest power of the Holy Spirit. We can learn an important principle regarding how the anointing works by following the ministry of Jesus. For instance, in Mark 5 we see an illustration of the healing anointing in demonstration in the case of the woman with the issue of blood.

Mark 5:25-34, "And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years…  And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him…."

There are two pivotal words in the account of the healing of the woman with the issue of blood. Those words are “virtue” and “faith.” The Greek word “virtue” is translated dunamis or miraculous power.

Jesus knowing immediately that virtue or power had gone out of him, looked around and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” Then Jesus turned around and saw who had touched Him, and said to the woman, “...Daughter, THY FAITH hath made thee whole...” (Mark 5:34).

Some people say, “I thought that the power that flowed out of Jesus - the healing anointing - made that woman whole! But Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has made you whole.” Why did Jesus say that?

When Jesus asked, “Who touched my clothes?” the disciples said to Jesus, “...thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou who touched me?” (Mark 5:31) You know yourself if you were in a crowd of people when everyone was pressing in upon you, you would get touched on every side. But the power of God isn’t activated by just the incidental touch.

I’m sure there were many who reached through the crowd and touched Jesus out of curiosity to see if anything would happen, and nothing did. The power of God also isn’t activated by curious touch. No, Jesus said, “Daughter, THY FAITH hath made thee whole...” (Mark 5:34). It’s the touch of faith that releases the power of God to flow!!

This woman started confessing and building up her faith before she touched Jesus. She kept saying, "If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole." Then she worked her way through the crowd and reached out and touched Jesus' garment. At that point the anointing or virtue flowed into the woman's body and she was healed.

 

Hebrews 3:12 & 13 “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”

 On the surface this verse may seem complicated, but the theme is really quite simple.  Here the writer is telling us that we who are believers need to encourage each other daily in order to keep unbelief out of the church.  It is our duty to encourage one another.

 We know there is power in the spoken word.  There are many scriptures that tell us that what we say in the natural realm, what we say with our mouths, has great impact in the spiritual realm.  But did you know your words also have great impact in the physical realm?  That’s right!  Not only do your words carry power into the spirit world, but they make a difference right here on earth.

 Hebrews 3:12 &13 tells us that we must encourage one another in order that there we will not be an “evil heart of unbelief” within us.  We must lift each other up and encourage one another in order to combat doubt.  Combat doubt through speaking the encouraging promises of God instead of the discouraging problems. 

 One of the main reasons a person might have doubt is from a lack of the knowledge of the Word of God.  That’s why our encouraging words must be Bible based.  When I say we should encourage one another, I am not saying we are to lie or try to deceive ourselves.  I’m not talking about empty flattery.  But what I am saying is we must speak God’s Word daily to each other.  Whether we see the promise or not, we must speak the promise.  Speaking the promise is a key ingredient in faith.

 Doubt feeds on ignorance.  When you don’t know God’s Word or His will, you will feed your doubt.  And, that is the opposite of what God told us to do.  He said we were to increase our faith, not our doubt.  That’s why we are to encourage one another with the Word of God.  The Word contains faith. 

 Too often Christians will speak what they see instead of what the Word says.  That shouldn’t be.  We are not of this world, but we are now living in it.  We will always see the negative.  That’s why we are told in God’s Word to walk by faith and not by what we see.

 

In Matthew 14, Jesus fed 5,000 men and their families from five loaves and two fish.  After this was accomplished, Jesus made His disciples get into a boat and go to the other side of the sea while He sent the large group of 5,000 families away.  After He sent the multitude away, Jesus went up on a mountain, by Himself, to pray.

 During the fourth watch of the night, which is between 3 am and 6 am , the Bible says that the disciples were in the middle of the sea and the sea was rough.  The ship they were in was being tossed about by the tremendous waves and the winds were high. 

 In another account of this same story recorded by Mark, the Bible says that Jesus saw them straining at the oars.  Here we have a great and often overlooked miracle.  The sea was several miles wide.  The disciples were in the middle, several miles from Jesus on the mountain.  There was a great storm and the waves and winds were contrary.  It was between 3 and 6 am .  And because of the storm, it was probably extremely dark.  Now listen.  The Bible says that Jesus, from over 2 miles away under those conditions, saw the disciples rowing the boat.  Now that’s a miracle! 

 Well anyway, Jesus went walking on the water.  According to Mark 6:48, Jesus would have walked past the disciples.  Evidently He was going to the other side of the lake.  But when the disciples saw Jesus walking on the sea, they became afraid.  They were so afraid that they were screaming out in fear.  They thought they had seen a phantom or a ghost.  They were as the Bible says, “greatly troubled.”

 When they cried out in fear, immediately Jesus spoke to them.  He said, “Be of good cheer, it is I, be not afraid.”  Then Peter answered Jesus and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”  What else could Jesus say?  So, He said, “Come.”

 Peter climbed down out of the boat and stepped on the water.  Then, he headed toward Jesus, walking on the water himself.

 Everything seemed to be fine.  Jesus was standing on the water.  Peter was walking on the water toward Jesus.  Then, Peter began to look around.  He saw that the wind and waves were still raging and he began to sink.  The Bible says we are to walk by faith and not by what we see, but Peter was trying to do both.  It didn’t work.  He began to sink. 

 Peter, however, had enough presence of mind to cry out to Jesus and say, “Lord, save me.” When he cried for help, Matthew 14:31 says that immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him.  Jesus looked at Peter and said, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

 Here we have an insight into the nature of Jesus.  He said that Peter had little faith.  But even though Peter had little faith, when he began to sink, Jesus immediately stretched out His hand and caught him anyway.

 Peter and Jesus then got into the boat and another great and often overlooked miracle occurred.  As they entered the boat, John 6:21 says that they and the boat were instantly on the shore and the sea was calm.  Remember, that was two miles away.

 Hebrews 13:8 says Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Receive your miracle today!

 

"I will strengthen thee." --Isaiah 41:10

 God has a strong reserve with which to discharge this engagement; for He is able to do all things. Believer, till you can drain dry the ocean of omnipotence, till you can break into pieces the towering mountains of almighty strength, you never need fear. Think not that the strength of man shall ever be able to overcome the power of God.

 While the earth's huge pillars stand, you have enough reason to abide firm in your faith. The same God who directs the earth in its orbit, who feeds the burning furnace of the sun, and trims the lamps of heaven, has promised to supply you with daily strength. 

While He is able to uphold the universe, dream not that He will prove unable to fulfill His own promises. Remember what He did in the days of old, in the former generations. Remember how He spoke and it was done; how He commanded, and it stood fast.

 Shall He that created the world grow weary? He hangs the world upon nothing; shall He who does this be unable to support His children? Shall He be unfaithful to His word for want of power? Who is it that restrains the tempest? Does not He ride upon the wings of the wind, and make the clouds His chariots, and hold the ocean in the hollow of His hand? How can He fail you? When He has put such a faithful promise as this on record, will you for a moment indulge the thought that He has outpromised Himself, and gone beyond His power to fulfill? Ah, no! You can doubt no longer.

 O you who are my God and my strength, I can believe that this promise shall be fulfilled, for the boundless reservoir of Your grace can never be exhausted, and the overflowing storehouse of Your strength can never be emptied by Your friends or rifled by Your enemies.

 "Now let the feeble all be strong, And make Jehovah's arm their song."

 

"The spot of His children." --Deuteronomy 32:5

 What is the secret spot which infallibly promises the child of God? It is vain presumption to decide this upon our own judgment; but God's word reveals it to us, and we may tread surely where we have revelation to be our guide.

 Now, we are told concerning our Lord, "to as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to as many as believed on His name." Then, if I have received Christ Jesus into my heart, I am a child of God. That reception is described in the same verse as believing on the name of Jesus Christ.

 If, then, I believe on Jesus Christ's name--that is, simply from my heart trust myself with the crucified, but now exalted, Redeemer, I am a member of the family of the Most High. Whatever else I may not have, if I have this, I have the privilege to become a child of God.

 Our Lord Jesus puts it in another shape. "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me." Here is the matter in a nutshell. Christ appears as a shepherd to His own sheep, not to others. As soon as He appears, His own sheep perceive Him--they trust Him, they are prepared to follow Him;

 He knows them, and they know Him--there is a mutual knowledge--there is a constant connection between them. Thus the one mark, the sure mark, the infallible mark of regeneration and adoption is a hearty faith in the appointed Redeemer.

 Are you in doubt, are you uncertain whether you bear the secret mark of God's children? Then don’t let an hour pass till you say, "Search me, O God, and know my heart." Please do not trifle with this most important decision. If you must trifle anywhere, let it be about some secondary matter: your health, if you will, or the title deeds of your estate; but about your soul, your never-dying soul and its eternal destinies, I implore you to be earnest. Make certain work for eternity.

 

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.  Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.-John 14:21-23

 Two things are emphasized in this text:

 1.  "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them...," Jesus said.  Keep in mind what Jesus' commandments are.  Jesus said, "A new commandment I give unto you.  That ye love one another; as I have loved you..." (John 13:34).  There's no reason for you to worry about any other commandments.  Walking in love sums it all up, because the Word of God says, "...love is the fulfilling of the law" (Romans 13:10).  (If you keep Jesus' commandments, you will have fulfilled the rest of the commandments.)

 2.  "...shall be loved of my Father..."  If you walk in love, you are walking in God's realm, because God is love.  God's very nature, because He is love, compels Him to care for us, protect us, and shield us!

 

"Grieve not the Holy Spirit." --Ephesians 4:30

 All that the believer has must come from Christ, but it comes solely through the channel of the Spirit of grace. Moreover, as all blessings thus flow to you through the Holy Spirit, so also no good thing can come out of you in holy thought, devoted worship, or gracious act, apart from the sanctifying operation of the same Spirit.

 Even if the good seed be sown in you, yet it lies dormant except He works in you to will and to do of His own good pleasure.

 Do you desire to speak for Jesus--how can you unless the Holy Ghost touch your tongue? Do you desire to pray? What dull work it is unless the Spirit makes intercession for you! Do you desire to subdue sin? Would you be holy? Would you imitate your Savior your Master?

 Do you desire to rise to excellent heights of spirituality? Are you wanting to be made like the angels of God, full of zeal and passion for the Master's cause?

 You cannot without the Spirit--"Without me ye can do nothing." O branch of the vine, you can have no fruit without the sap! O child of God, you have no life within you apart from the life which God gives you through His Spirit!

 Then let us not grieve Him or provoke Him to anger by our sin. Let us not quench Him in one of His faintest motions in our soul; let us foster every suggestion, and be ready to obey every prompting.

 If the Holy Spirit be indeed so mighty, let us attempt nothing without Him; let us begin no project, and carry on no enterprise, and conclude no transaction, without petitioning His blessing.

 Let us do Him the due homage of feeling our entire weakness apart from Him, and then depending alone upon Him, having this for our prayer, "Open my heart and my whole being to your incoming, and uphold me with Your free Spirit when I shall have received that Spirit in my inward parts. Baptize me in the fire of your love."

 

Once I was visiting a church in a major city when the minister got up to take the offering.  And that’s just what he did.  He took it.  He started by saying that God loves a cheerful giver.  Then he went on to say that even though God loves a cheerful giver that he liked any kind. He just wanted the people to give to his church. 

 Another time I attended a convention where a strange offering was taken.  The convention speaker was from out of state and was relatively well known.  When he took the offering, he told the people that God would only speak to them if they gave him seven dollars each.  He had all the people leave the meeting one row at a time.  They filed past  him and gave him seven dollars each.  Because it was a convention, the crowd was quite large.  It took several hours for all the people to get out of the building.  What a joke!

 Giving to God is a type of worship.  Giving to God is a command of God.  We are to worship him with our tithes and offerings; however, we must give with a cheerful heart.

 Anytime you talk about giving, there are those who get turned off.  Let me say this.  I understand.

 There have been many abuses by ministries, churches, and church related organizations.  I understand why some people are skeptical, but we must not ignore the commands of God because of the abuses of some.  Frauds and thieves will be with us until the return of Jesus.  The con artists were here on earth 2,000 years ago when Jesus was here and they are still here today.  Things have not changed much, but let me say this.  God’s Word has not changed at all.  So with this in mind, let’s see what God’s Word says.

 In 2 Corinthians 9:6 the Bible says, “But this I say: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

 Let me clear the air on something else here.  God doesn’t need your money.  The God who spoke the universes into existence, doesn’t need your two dollars and fifteen cents.  What he does want, though, is your obedience. 

 In 2 Corinthians 9:10 the Bible says, “Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,”

 When we give to God, the Bible refers to that as sowing seed.  When we sow, we reap, and the harvest is larger that the seed sown.  The unique thing about this is that God is the one who gives us the seed to sow.  The more we sow, the more we reap.  The more we reap, the more we sow, and on and on.

 In Luke 6:38 Jesus said “Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom.  For with the same measure that you use it will be measured back to you.”

   

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