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Saturday, December 2, 2017

How to Free up Your Faith to Work for You

Free up Your Faith to Work for You 

In Jesus’ Name! It’s more than a phrase that we tack onto the end of our prayers. All that God is and does is represented in the Name of Jesus. The amplified Bible says when you ask in His Name, you present your requests to the Father on the basis of all that Jesus is. So you can boldly expect to have those requests granted, not because you’re worthy, but because He is!

What’s more, the Name of Jesus carries authority over all other names. In Philippians 2:9-11, the Apostle Paul tells us, “God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.”

The Bible says that faith comes from hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17). Therefore, get into the word daily; "let the word of Christ dwell in you richly" (Col. 3:16), don't let your word level fall off, since low word level equals low faith level. Jesus assures us in John 14:14, "If you ask anything in my name I will do it." So, what could possible be hindering your blessings? Jesus said He'll do it!

Faith and Forgiveness Connection
But, few people realize just how closely connected faith and forgiveness are. Jesus taught that connection in His sermon on mountain-moving faith that’s recorded in Mark 11:22-26. He said, “What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive.”

Jesus put those two sentences together on purpose. He wanted us to know that releasing those who have wronged us is fundamental to receiving from God. He wanted to impress on our hearts the fact that we cannot have our prayers answered and hold a grudge in our hearts at the same time. Unforgiveness blocks the faith channel and keeps you powerless against the mountains in your life!

Watch this video "The Unforgiving Servant" and note the verdict. (Matthew 18:21-35 KJV)

Faith and Love Connection
Have you ever wondered what faith and love have to do with one another? How are they connected? This is what Galatians 5:6 says about faith, “It works by Love;” that means, it is energized by love. Faith is put into motion when love is present.

Why is that so? We are to be in love at all times; walk in love, which covers a multitude of sins. In fact, we see in Galatians 6 that our love walk is connected to everything we do in life as believers, including our faith. Paul makes it quite clear that faith without love is going nowhere; because it is dead (James 2:14-26).

It's already done! Jesus has already made the provision available for you. He said, "I will do it." Now you can take Him at His word. So, if you’ve been praying for something and you just can’t seem to get an answer, check your heart for unforgiveness. Ask the Holy Spirit to bring any grudge that’s hidden there to light. Unclog the channel of faith and you will soon see things you’ve been praying for come to pass.

God bless you.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

God Wants You Praying for Leaders

Why should we pray? We should pray because God has given us great and glorious promises and when we pray and ask for things that are in accordance with His will , He will give us what we ask for (1John 5:14-15).

The idea of praying for leaders is not new, the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 2:1-4, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people; for kings, and all those I authority, that we may live quiet and peaceful lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Peace and Prosperity
God told the Israelites living in exile to pray for Babylon: “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper” (Jer. 29:7).

Think about that for a moment! God has reserved the right to override the will of leaders, if needs be, to ensure that His people are governed according to His will. What’s more, God will hear the prayer of any government leader; even if he is the worst reprobate in the whole world. He heard the prayer of king Nebuchadnezzar; and believe me, that mean He will listen to any leader.

God pleads with Leaders
You see, Nebuchadnezzar was king of Babylon. He was an ungodly ruler of an ungodly nation. However, he had taken captives from the land of Judah, and had some of God’s people under his authority; so, God began to deal with him.

Again and again, God warned him, “Nebuchadnezzar, you’re going to lose your mind if you don’t straighten up.” And sure enough, he went just as crazy as could be. He stayed that way for years too. Then one day he cried out to God and God heard him.

Despite his status as a heathen king of a heathen nation, God intervened repeatedly in Nebuchadnezzar’s life and heard him when he finally cried out for help. Why? Because he had God’s people under his rule! That same principle still holds true today. If we’ll open the way through prayer, God will deal with our leaders.

How to Pray for our Leaders 
First, if we’re uncertain that they know Jesus, we should pray for their salvation. But whether or not our leaders are Christians, we should pray that God would guide them as they serve us. We should pray that they be wise and discerning, and surrounded by helpful advisers.

We know that God has placed our leaders in authority over us (Rom. 13:1), and we can ask Him to use them to perform His will. Romans 13:1 say “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

We should also pray for their protection. When praying for pastors or ministry leaders, we can pray for them to have strength in the midst of spiritual warfare and to remain encouraged in the Lord. We can pray for their families, who often feel scrutinized and bear an extra load.

Pray God’s Will
Let us not have selfish motives as we pray for our leaders, but pray so that our leaders can affect the conditions we live in and have an impact on our families, our churches, our workplaces, our cities, and our countries. When those in authority are obeying the will of God, it is easier to “live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Tim. 2:2).

If we’ll humble ourselves in unity and pray, God can change the injustice and corruption that exist in our country, or any country for that matter. He’ll change the hearts of everyone to ensure that His children are governed justly, and prosper in every area of our lives. Rise up and be a Prayer!

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?

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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!

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