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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Obey My Voice


God said, “Obey My Voice”
Do you ever have trouble hearing from God? Do you find yourself caught in confusing circumstances needing guidance, and yet even after praying and reading the Word; you’re still not sure what God wants you to do?

I’ve had that experience. I knew His written Word and acting on it changed my life. But I was uncertain when I had to make decisions about things the Word didn’t specifically address. Things like whether to change from one job to another, or to relocate from one place of residence to another, for example.

An Inward Witness
What held me back was my inability to know for certain that I was doing the right thing. You see, God’s written Word and the inward witness are two different things. However, they never contradict each other, but they’re both vital to our walk with God.

In the Old Testament for example, God expected Israel to obey His written Word. But He also said to them, “Obey my voice” (Jer. 7:23) because He wanted them to know His Will in specific situations. That’s just what happened when Israel invaded Jericho. They heard God’s voice and acted upon it with astounding success.

Where else do you believe they would have gotten that outlandish battle plan? It wasn’t written in the Law of Moses; and certainly, no four-star general would suggest a “seven day march around a city” as the most effective form of invasion!

How does God speak to us?
But exactly how, you may wonder, does God speak to us? Does He just shout down to us from heaven? Not usually! Romans 8 says the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit; that means, God’s directions come from inside, not outside, of you. Follow God’s instruction to Joshua (Jos. 1:8), get familiar with God’s voice by meditating and studying the word of God.

At times when you receive His guidance, you may even wonder, “Was that me, Lord, or was that you?”  That’s because God doesn’t normally inject thoughts directly into your mind from the outside. Instead, He speaks to your spirit, and your spirit translates it into a thought.

Here’s what you can do! Tune in today to that inward witness, to that quiet knowing, that urging, prompting and leading arising within you. If when you hear it, it sounds like you, don’t be surprise; it is you! It is your spirit being influenced by the Spirit of God!

After you’re born again, your spirit begins to receive guidance from God because you are born of God’s Spirit. You have His nature; and the Holy Spirit lives in your spirit to teach you and to give you direction. 

When young Samuel heard is name called he thought it was Eli calling for him because he had not yet known the Lord. But after he was instructed how to recognize God’s voice, his response was different and thereafter, his life was changed forever. Your life is about to change for the better! God is speaking, are you listening?

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

You Can Be Healed Now!


Why do so many believers fail to receive their healing that they were promised in the Bible? It’s because they don’t believe and agree with the Word of God. Jesus said, “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.” (Matt. 18:16 NKJV)

You’ve been there many times, standing in the valley of decision, perched precariously between victory and defeat. On one side of you is the word of the world authored by Satan that says, for example, “You’re not going to get healed.”

On the other side of you, the Word of God is saying, “My Word is yea and Amen” and “By His stripes, ye were healed.” So, who will determine how it will all turn out? You will! You’re the established witness!

A brother once shared this conversation, “I remember a fellow who once wanted me to pray for him. I said, “Now the Word said you’re healed.” He interrupted me and said, “Yeah, I know it says that, but I’ve got this terrible pain here...”

I looked him in the eye and said again, The Word says, “By His stripes, you were healed.” “I know it,” he answered, “but I’ve got this terrible…” He turned beet red. “I KNOW IT SAYS THAT, BUT I’VE GOT THIS…”

Finally, he stopped and starred at me. He didn’t realize it, but he’d allowed his physical symptoms to become his evidence. It was what he believed. No matter what the Word said, he believed the thing he could see and feel.

But when he got quiet, I said to him, “look, you want me to agree with you and you’re mad because I won’t. But if I agree with you, you’re going to die. Now, if you’ll agree with me and the Bible, you can get healed.”

Suddenly, he saw it, his eyes lit up. “Oh, praise God! I see what you mean. I agree with the Word of God!” I put my hands on his head and God healed him instantly.”

You see, when he finally decided to get in agreement with God, he could have received in his bedroom or driving down the road or anywhere else. He could have received any time he decided to become the establishing witness.

 You pray and establish your witness; that’s your part. If you’ll do it, God will back you… and when He backs you, everything else either has to get in line or get out of the way. You’re the deciding witness. You can be healed right Now! What do you say?

Read about: The Centurion's Faith - Matthew 8:5-13.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

If You're Not My Enemy Then Who's!

Do you know why so many believers are losing the battles in their lives? It’s because they’re fighting the wrong enemy! They’ve been deceived to believe that just because a person said or did something to hurt or offend them; that person is the one they need to fight. But they’re wrong!

You see, the Bible says that we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood; and since people are definitely flesh and blood, they’re never the source of our problem. So, if you waste your time fighting flesh and blood, your “real enemy” will get away scot-free. So, stop the divisive rhetoric!

Who is that real enemy? You’ll find the answer in Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Satan and his demons are our lifelong enemies! They’re behind every personal and national outrage we encounter. They’re hell-bent to kill, steal and destroy! The people who hurt you and persecute you are only Satan’s tools, and sadly, many believers have joined forces with the devil to carry out his bidding. When he wants to strike out at you, he uses them to get the job done.

But it doesn’t have to be that way; we can fight back with prayer for ourselves, our family, and our nation. You may be thinking, “Can a few people like us actually change a whole nation?” Let me ask you this, “Can one demonic person change a nation for the worse? Absolutely, Hitler did it and plunged Germany into a world war, didn’t he?

If the devil’s power resting on one man can change a nation for the worse, you can be sure that a group of men and women with God’s power resting on them can change a nation for the better. No nation is so far gone that God can’t change it. Israel proved that. Why, even when it didn’t exist, the devil couldn’t destroy it; God raised it back up before his very eyes.

I want you to notice something in this passage of scripture taken from 2 Chronicles 7:14; it says, “If MY people, which are called by MY name …” God didn’t say it would take everybody in the nation to get things turned around, He said, “If MY people…” So, if you’re God’s child, then it includes you!

Notice also that He didn’t say, “If my people will get out there demonstrate and sign petitions and drum up a majority vote…” He said, we should “Pray.” In other words we’re going to have to quit trying to work this thing out by ourselves. God Himself will do the healing in our lives and this land.

Our job therefore, is to “Humble ourselves and Pray,” to believe and to seek God’s intervention, because the problem is a spiritual one; the solution is not in a man, a group or an institution. Only God can bring the healing that we so desperately need!

When you get into the word of God and start activating God’s promises, using it like the sword of the Spirit, the enemy gets scared. So, when someone hurts you, don’t become sidetracked into fighting them; bind the spirit, put flesh and blood battles behind you, and war with the weapons of the Spirit of God. Zero in on Satan, with the authority given to you from God’s word, and bring your real enemy down.

Using the Scriptures to expose Satan’s lies and temptations is the most effective way to strive against and defeat them. “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). It is important to read the whole verse! Resisting the devil must be accompanied by submitting to God. A disobedient or unsubmissive believer will not see victory.

Remember this, Persecution is not the manifestation of another person’s hate for you; but rather it’s a manifestation of Satan’s fear of what you can do! Therefore, stand up and fight the good fight of faith, putting on the whole armor of God that you’ll be able to stand in this evil age. Seek God today and pray; prayer changes things!


Saturday, August 5, 2017

How to Evangelize Family and Friends without turning them off!

Sharing the gospel with others can be difficult, and it can become even more difficult when it involves someone with whom we have close emotional ties like our family and friends.

The Word of God tells us that some people will be offended at the gospel (Luke 12:51–53). Nevertheless, we are charged to share the Good News (Matthew 28:19–20; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 3:15).

So, how can we evangelize our family members, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances? The most important thing we can do is pray for them.
  • Pray for wisdom to know how to best minister to them (James 1:5). 
  • Pray that God would convince them of His love for them, and their need for salvation through Jesus Christ (John 3:16).
  • Pray that God would change their hearts and open their spiritual eyes to the truth of the gospel (2 Corinthians 4:4). 
We must be eager and bold in our actual sharing of the gospel. Always be ready to speak of our faith (1 Peter 3:15), doing so with gentleness and respect; proclaiming the message of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9–10).

There is no substitute for personally sharing the gospel: the bible says “Faith comes from hearing the word of God,” and the word is about the Good News of Jesus Christ (Romans 10:17).

In addition to praying and sharing our faith, we must also live godly, sober Christian lives in front of our family, friends and acquaintances; so they can see the change God has made in our lives (1 Peter 3:1–2).

At the end of the day, we must leave the work of salvation in the lives of our loved ones to God. It is God’s power and grace that saves people, not our convincing words or articulate delivery.

The best we can do for them is to pray, witness to them (John 3:16 and Acts 2; 38), and live the Christian life so that they will see Christ in us the hope of glory. The bible says it is God who gives the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6). God bless you!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Prayer of Faith Gets the Job Done

Are all your needs met today? If not, why not? According to the Word of God, it’s either because you’re not praying about them at all or because when you do pray, you’re praying incorrectly.

So, what does it mean to pray incorrectly? In many cases it means to pray without expecting results. Many believers do that, you know. They use prayer as a kind of spiritual wishbone; in other words a ritual. “This probably won’t do much good,” they think, “but who knows? It won’t hurt to give it a try.”

If you want to test whether someone believes that God will answer the prayer they just offered on your behalf, ask them “what’s going to happen now?” If they respond, “We’ll have to wait and see.” Then you know it’s a futile prayer. But if they say, “God is going to answer” or “God is going to meet your need,” then you know, it was a prayer of faith (Heb. 11:6).

If uncertainty has been your attitude to prayer, then change it; else, you’re just wasting precious time beating the air! Start getting serious about prayer.
  • Stop praying just because it’s proper. 
  • Stop praying just because someone insisted you do when you were a child growing up.
Start praying to get results! Pray “in the Name of Jesus” according to the Word of God and begin expecting to receive what you ask for every single time. You may be thinking, “Isn’t that a little presumptuous?” No! But it’s bold, and you’ve a scriptural right to be bold. Let me tell you something I know about Prayer, if it doesn't change your circumstance, it will change you!

According to the Word of God, you have a standing invitation from your heavenly Father to “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16). Who would not take up that offer? I think you should do just that! Now having boldness by a new and living way, let’s draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith for He’s faithful that promised (Heb. 10:19-23).

So, did you know that, according to the Word of God, there’s no lack in the body of Christ? Everything we could ever need, every problem we could ever face has been covered by the blood of Jesus. His “exceeding great and precious promises” (2Pet.1:4) have supplied it all.

Why then do so many of us keep on suffering lack? Because we haven’t, as Hebrews 5:13 says, become skillful in the word of righteousness. It takes skill to apply the Word of God. Sometimes we just sling the word around and try to use it any old way.

According to Ephesian 6:18, prayer is a weapon for the believer. Who wants to be careless with a weapon? But isn’t that what we do? We must however; use the weapon wisely against the enemy to get results. Instead, we pray some ignorant prayer and then say, “Oh well, God knows what I mean” then expect it to be answered. Oh no, that kind of approach will not yield results!

Consider this, we live in an “instant” society where everything is quick and easy; and too many of us are letting that instant mentally penetrate into our walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. When someone needs healing, we dab a little oil on the forehead and say, “Glory to God!” then move on to something else. Often it doesn’t take any longer than “In the name of Jesus be healed!” But sometimes there’s something else that must be done.

The time has come for us to shake off that “instant” mentality and realize that there’re situations where we’re going to have to take some time to pray in the Holy Ghost; times when we’re going to have to sit and listen for God’s instructions.

So, if you’ve come up short in any area of life, whether it’s healing or finances or anything else, determine to develop your word skills where that area is concerned. Get out your bible,
  • Read through all the Healing scripture,
  • Read through all the Miracle scriptures.
  • Read through all the Promises of God.
  • Read through all the Blessings of Abraham.
Meditate on them. Ask God to speak to you through them and to enlighten you about the situation you’re facing. Don’t just sling the word around; dig into it. Fellowship with your Father over it and let Him show you how to apply it skillfully and faithfully, and eventually, you’ll lack no good thing.

Finally, when you go to God in full assurance of faith, with Spirit inspired prayer; you do know what He’s going to do, right? He’s going to answer you. He’s going to meet your need exactly as you asked Him. Start expecting Him to do it today. God bless!

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