Believe!

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Isaiah 43:10-13 NLT “But you are my witnesses, O Israel!” says the LORD, “And you are my servant. You have been chosen to know me, believe in me, and understand that I alone am God. There is no other God; there never has been and never will be. I am the LORD, and there is no other Savior. First I predicted your deliverance; I declared what I would do, and then I did it—I saved you. No foreign god has ever done this before. You are witnesses that I am the only God,” says the LORD. “From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can oppose what I do. No one can reverse my actions.”

 

God says in this portion of scripture that there are three things that we have been chosen in Him to do: 1) we have been chosen to know Him; 2) we have been chosen to believe in Him; 3) we have been chosen to understand that He alone is God.

 

It’s imperative as children of God, those who are called by His name, His people, His own family, that we know Him, believe in Him and understand that He alone is God! There is no way that we can be effective witnesses and serve the One true and living God without these three things being prevalent in our lives.

 

We must know Him! Jesus said in John 17:3: And this is the way to have eternal life—to know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. (NLT)

 

What does it mean to “know Him”? The Greek word for “know” in that verse is the word “ginosko” and it means a knowledge obtained not by mere intellectual activity, but by operation of the Holy Spirit upon acceptance of Christ. This knowledge is not marked as finality in the fact that there is an initial meeting and a continuous growth process in knowing Him. This verb is the same word used for a husband knowing his wife sexually. It is a progressive knowledge learned through experiencing life with someone. We come to know God initially through accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord, but then we grow in knowing Him through experiencing Him as we fellowship with Him through prayer, Bible study and fellowship with the Spirit of Jesus, the Holy Spirit. There is an intimacy involved in “knowing God” that moves beyond intellect or mental assent into the realm of spiritual intimacy that comes as we grow closer to Him through our relationship with Jesus Christ. We have been chosen to know Him!

 

We have been chosen to believe in Him! The Hebrew word for “believe” in Isaiah 43:10 is the word “aman” and it means to be firm, endure, be faithful, be true, stand fast, trust, have belief, believe. In the passive stem, “aman” has several emphases. First, it indicates that a subject is “lasting” or “enduring”. It also signifies the element of “being firm” or “trustworthy”. In one scripture, Isaiah 22:23, aman refers to a “firm” place, a place into which a peg will be driven so that it will be immovable. The peg will remain firmly anchored, even though it is pushed so hard that it breaks off at the point of entry. The word also means “trustworthy”. In all these different meanings we see one common strand of understanding: we have been chosen to believe in Him because He is the One person that we can know will be faithful to us regardless of what we are experiencing in our lives. He is the anchor that we can ground ourselves to knowing that He will never change; He is always enduring and trustworthy! We can be assured that God will not move away from us or change His feelings about us. He is faithful!

 

The first biblical occurrence for “aman” is found in Genesis 15:6: And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD declared him righteous because of his faith. It was not primarily in God’s words that he believed, but in God Himself. In other words, Abram came to experience a personal relationship with God rather than an impersonal relationship with His promises. We can read God’s word and know that He is faithful to His word and His promises are true, but until we “believe” God, knowing that He will do what He has said in His word and fulfill it to us personally, that we will experience “knowing Him and believing Him. He is a personal God that wants His children to know Him individually and trust Him to do what He has said He will do in each of our lives. We are chosen to “believe in Him” as in “trusting Him”, personally!

 

We have been chosen to understand that He alone is God! When God gives a promise and says He is going to do something, there is no person on earth or demon in hell that can reverse that promise. He is faithful to do what He has said He will do. When we pray and ask God to take care of something for us we can be assured that He will do that. In praying and seeking His will in a situation, when God gives you the scripture that promises His provision for your need ,you can be assured that if you believe, as in “trust” Him by standing on His promise and expectantly waiting for its manifestation, that He will do it. Abram “believed” God; he didn’t just believe “in God”, but he believed that what God said He would do and he waited 25 years for the fulfillment of God’s promise. That doesn’t mean that Abram sat down and didn’t do anything while he waited for God to fulfill His promise. This word “aman” in it’s New Testament counterpart is “pisteuo”. It means to trust in, have faith in, be fully convinced of, acknowledge, and rely on. It expresses reliance upon and a personal trust that produces obedience. It includes submission and a positive confession of the lordship of Jesus. We see “pisteuo” as not just a trust in or reliance upon God, but believing Him so much that we act upon that belief through something that we do. We act as if the promise has already been manifested. We see an example of this in Romans 10:9, 10:

 

(NKJV) that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

In this scripture we have a perfect example of “believe”. There is two parts to it: believing in your heart and confessing with your mouth. So, we see that to “believe” is more than just waiting for God to do what He has promised. There is an action that goes with what we are believing in our hearts. In this case, we speak out what we are believing in our heart that He is going to do based on His promises. Many times when Jesus healed someone he would ask them to do something to show their belief in what He was doing in their lives.

 

Matthew 12:13 Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out and it was restored as whole as the other.

 

Jesus often said to those to whom received His healing touch that it was their “faith” that had made them whole. They believed in Him, reached out to him in faith and He proclaimed that it was their action tied to their belief that drew upon His healing power and made them well. We have been chosen to understand that He alone is God and no one can oppose Him or reverse His actions! When we come to Him in faith believing that He will do what He has said we can know that when we act on His promises He is faithful to do them!

 

Do you know God? Are you believing Him for specific promises that He has made to you? Do you understand that He alone is God and what He has said no one can oppose or reverse His actions? God wants you to know these things! He has chosen you to be in Christ Jesus, alive spiritually in Him so you can have a living and vital relationship with Him. These are all promises that are fulfilled as you grown in your relationship with Him. But it begins with an initial introduction to the Lord Jesus Christ. If you haven’t received Him as your own personal Lord and Savior that is where the relationship begins. Ask Him into your heart today and He will come in through the presence of His Spirit to live with you and walk through every day with you.

 

Father, I bring those before You who may not know You personally. I pray that today will be their day of salvation. I ask You to draw them by Your Spirit into a living and vital relationship with Jesus as they pray to ask Him into their hearts. I thank You for touching them, for showing them their need to receive Him as their own personal Lord and Savior. Father, I pray for those who may be struggling with faith issues this morning. I pray that You will show them the promises in Your word that meet the need in their lives and help them to stand firmly as they believe You to bring those promises into manifestation. Father, open blinded eyes this morning to see that You are God and there is nothing too difficult for You. Touch hearts and bring people to salvation, healing, deliverance and freedom through Your Spirit’s power in their lives. Father, move in their lives in ways that they will see and understand that it is You and not any coincidence or chance happening. Bring glory and honor unto Yourself in each person’s life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Love Crucified, Arose!

Love crucified, Arose! Love, Jesus Christ in the flesh, was crucified and arose to life once again, overcoming sin, sickness, disease, poverty and lack, that you and I might walk free, redeemed, bought back from the throes of sin, sickness and poverty, to experience His love in all its fullness!

 

I am convinced as Wayne Jacobsen says in His book, “He Loves Me”, that God’s children live “less loved” because we do not fully understand or receive the love that Jesus died to give us. God is love! There is nothing within Him that could love us any more or any less because His very essence is love. There is nothing that we can do to cause Him to love us any more or any less because He loves to the fullest extent of the word. Love is unconditionally granted to you and me because that is His character and nature.

 

As human beings we often put conditions on our love for each other. Our love is tainted by our feelings, our expectations of the other person and our need for our own selfish desires to be fulfilled. Thus, we put demands and expectations on people that often cannot be attained through our own human abilities. Paul said about the Corinthian church that their love towards him was restricted because of their own affections.

 

2 Corinthians 6:11,12 NLT O Corinthians! We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections.

 

Our own affections for others are often restricted because of unmet expectations that we have that the other person can’t possibly meet. The only One that can truly meet the needs of an empty heart is God. I remember when I was single waiting for God to introduce me to the one that He had picked out for me to marry. During that time He taught me a lot from His word and through fellowshiping with the Holy Spirit about marriage. One of the things that He said to me was that marriage wasn’t about what one person could get from another, but it was all about what that person could give to the other to help them be all that He had designed and created them to be. Love is about giving, not receiving. But our affections often restrict our ability to love unconditionally.

 

It is only as we understand and receive the unconditional love of the Father that we can pass that love on to others.

 

1 John 4:16-19 NLT We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in Him. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face Him with confidence because we are like Christ here in this world. Such love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of judgment, and this shows that His love has not been perfected in us. We love each other as a result of His loving us first.

 

As we receive God’s love the fear of being taken advantage of leaves because we know we are secure in the Father’s love and there is nothing that can change that for us. His love expels the fear in our hearts that we will not have our needs met because He is the need-meeter, not the other person. As His love is perfected in us we are free to be ourselves and to pass that love on to others. His love overcomes all obstacles in our path and sets us free from fear and torment.

 

Romans 8:35-39 NLT Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? (Even the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from His love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

God’s love is all-encompassing; it completes us. It is through our union with Christ Jesus, love personified, that we are complete and lack nothing in our ability to love others as He loves us.

 

Colossians 2:9, 10 For in Christ the fullness of God lives in a human body, and you are complete through your union with Christ. He is the Lord over every ruler and authority in the universe.

 

Even though we are complete in Christ Jesus the manifestation of all that that encompasses is a process that He works in us as we grow in our level of maturity in Him. We are a work in progress!

 

Paul said in Ephesians 3 that He prayed for the Christians at Ephesus that they would know God’s love completely and in experiencing that love they would grow into the fullness of the life and power that comes from God.

 

Ephesians 3:17-19 And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

 

It is through trusting Christ Jesus to fulfill the deepest longings of our hearts that we come to know God’s love. As we experience His love He imparts His supernatural ability to love others and it flows from us as we are secure in the love of God as our supply, not another person. He works that in us through His Spirit as we fellowship with Him through prayer and Bible study.

 

Are you lonely and feeling unloved today? God loves you with an everlasting love. He has lavished His love upon us through the giving of His Son, Jesus Christ, as the payment for your sin and mine. Jesus was crucified to give us life and that more abundantly. Are you living “less loved” because you don’t fully understand and receive His love? May you come to know Him personally and experience the love of God that passes all understanding that you may find your fulfillment in Him and Him alone.

 

Father, I thank You for the great love that You have demonstrated towards us in giving Your very own Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sin. I pray that You will open the eyes of our understanding to see and receive Your love, Father, that we might all be filled with the fullness of your power and ability to love others. Father, I pray for those who may be lonely and hurting today, that You might show them in ways that they will understand Your love and be warmed by Your embrace. I ask You, Father, to help us to release the love that You have placed in our hearts to those around us. May we not be critical and judgmental, but open and loving. Thank You for giving us Your Spirit to work in us to effect the fullness of Your love in our hearts. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

Victory In Christ Jesus!

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Jesus proclaimed victory for those who would be “in Him” even before He won the victory.  The victory was won and secured for all who would place their trust in Him when He hung on that cross, crucified, buried and resurrected on the third day!  And yet even before He went through the tribulation of the cross, He proclaimed the victory!

Romans 4:16, 17 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed–God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;

God proclaimed Abraham to be the father of many nations even before he had placed the seed of a son within the womb of Sarah his wife.  In view of the impossibility of that child ever being born, God proclaimed it as so!  He calls those things which do not exist as though they already are in existence!

Hebrews 11:1, 3  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

Framed – Greek word katartizo — means to arrange, set in order, equip, adjust, complete what is lacking, make fully ready, repair, prepare.

What is it in your life that you need to see as completed, repaired, or set in order?  Have you placed your trust in Christ Jesus?  If so, you have the same Spirit within you that raised Christ Jesus from the dead.  That same Spirit that speaks life into dead things!  That same Spirit that causes you to be an overcomer even before you’ve gone into the battle!

Romans 8:11  But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

What are you saying about the mountain of opposition that lies before you?  Are you speaking about your mountain or to it?

Mark 11:22-24  So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.  “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.  “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

Father, I thank You for making me an overcomer in Christ Jesus!  I thank You that the victory has already been secured for me to walk it out!  I will take my rightful place in Him knowing that because He went to the cross on my behalf I can can overcome all the challenges in life that rise up in opposition against me.  Thank You for giving me life in Christ Jesus!  I will speak to the mountains and not about them!  I will call for life to enter into the dead places in my life!  I will reign in Christ Jesus because of what He did for me on the cross!  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

The Zoe Kind Of Life

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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 my have it more abundantly.”

Jesus talked about the one who comes to steal, kill and destroy a person’s life and we know and understand that He is describing Satan, better known as the devil. But then He tells us of the kind of life that we would have if we embrace all that He died to give us. It is life in abundance.

 

Life – Greek word zoe – means life as God has it, that which the Father has in Himself, and which He gave to the Incarnate Son to have in Himself. From this life man has become alienated in consequence of the Fall, and of this life men become partakers through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Zoe, the God kind of life in abundance, excessive to overflowing; surplus, over and above, more than enough, profuse, extraordinary and more than sufficient is the kind of life that Jesus died to give us. It begins in our lives when we invite Him in to be our Savior and Lord. Then it continues by faith as we come into the understanding of that kind of life that God has and has given us.

 

When God created man in the very beginning Genesis 2:7 says that He formed him from the dust of the ground and then He “breathed into his nostril the breath of life; and man became a living being.” When we invite Jesus into our hearts to become our own personal Lord and Savior God once again breathes new life into us and our spirit that was created to inhabit His Spirit comes alive spiritually. He gives us His breath, His life, His overflowing surplus of everything that we have need of, body, soul and spirit. We can life healthfully; full of heath in all areas of our lives because God has given us His kind of life. There is no sin with God; there is no sickness with God and there is no lack with Him. He is full of health within Himself. That is the life that He has given us through the relationship that we have with His Son, Jesus Christ.

 

Healthfully – full of health.

 

John 3:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

 

What does it mean to prosper. The word “prosper” used in this verse is the Greek word “euodoo” and it means “to help on one’s way”; “to have a prosperous journey”; to have prosperity of physical and spiritual health. This word clearly implies that divine prosperity is not a momentary, passing phenomenon, but rather it is an on-going, progressing state of success and well-being. It is the zoe kind of life that God has, that He has intended for us to have in every area of our lives. It is living healthfully; full of health, spirit, soul and body.

 

Seed from God’s word for today: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8

 

 

God said in John 3:2 that John was praying that they would prosper in all things and be in health, just as their soul prospers. The soul is the mind, will and emotions. That means that a person cannot live healthfully as God intended without knowing what God has given them in this zoe kind of life. If the mind doesn’t understand, the will refuses to receive and the emotions go by how they feel instead of the truth of God’s word the person will not prosper. The only way to understand all the benefits of life in abundance that Jesus died to give us is to get into His word and read about the covenant that God made with Jesus through His blood that was shed on Calvary, of which He has made us heirs. The book of Hebrews tells us about how Jesus went to the cross to purchase a better covenant than what they had in Old Testament days. The blood of bulls and goats were needed to cover their sin in the Old Testament, but the blood of Jesus washes away our sin, once and for all! His blood provides life for us because the Old Testament tells us that the life is in the blood.

 

Leviticus 17:11 ‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’

 

The blood that Jesus shed for us gives us life; His life, the zoe kind of life! When we accept Jesus as our own personal Savior and Lord, His life begins flowing through our veins. It is clean and pure and full of health! We no longer have to live under sin, sickness and poverty. He died to give us abundant life, full and overflowing in all areas of our lives. The only way we experience the thief stealing our life is when we don’t understand what all Jesus died to give us and so we mistakenly accept the thoughts that come to us that we are no good, that we have to live under our circumstances, and that we have no power over sin, sickness and lack. But that is the devil coming to steal our health!

 

When Jesus died on the cross for us at that moment we had forgiveness of sin, freedom from sickness and disease and prosperity in all areas of our lives. It becomes ours when we appropriate it in to our lives; when we receive the free gift of life that He died to give us. We make it ours through faith in His finished work on the cross of Calvary! Then when the devil comes delivering a package that is the opposite of what Jesus gave us we can let faith answer the door. Faith does not receive accusations of a no good life of sin because the word says there is no condemnation in those who are in Christ Jesus who walk not according to the flesh but according to the word! (Romans 8:1) Faith doesn’t receive sickness because the word says that Jesus Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses and by His stripes we were healed! (Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24) Faith doesn’t receive lack because God says in His word that He provides for our every need. He did this by becoming poor that we might through His poverty become rich. (Philippians 4:19; 2 Corinthians 8:9) Having faith is not denying that you have symptoms of sin, sickness and lack; it simply looks at the word of God instead of the symptoms and declares what the word says rather than what the person feels. It is walking according to God’s higher law of prosperity; wholeness in spirit, soul and body, rather than identifying with the old sin nature of man that we had before we received Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord. Faith is not denying a problem, but speaking of the solution to the problem more than the problem itself.

 

Are you living healthfully today? Are you experiencing all that Jesus die to give you? If not, will you ask Him to fill you with His zoe life? The only way we receive from God is by faith because without faith it is impossible to please Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

 

 

Father, I come before You this morning in faith believing that You gave Your Son, Jesus, to be beaten and crucified that I might have life, the zoe kind of life, Your very own life flowing through my veins. I ask You to touch those who may not be experiencing Your life this morning. I pray that those who have never received Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord will pray to receive Him today. May this be their day of salvation! I ask You to show them that You love them by convicting them of their need for Him as Savior. I pray that they will ask Jesus into their hearts and be born again so that the life that You died to give them will be activated within their spirits. Father, I also lift up those who may be experiencing sickness and lack in their bodies and other areas of their lives. I pray that they will see the goodness of Your sacrifice on the cross for their health. I pray that they may prosper in all things and be in health as Your word declares. May they receive by faith all that You died to give them, Lord Jesus. I declare that Your blood was not shed in vain, but that it cleanses and washes away all sin, sickness and disease and poverty and lack. And I thank You for it! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

Free In Christ Jesus!

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Romans 8:1 NKJV There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Condemnation comes from the evil one, the devil, Satan, also known as the accuser of the brethren. He accuses us to ourselves, to others and to the Father.

Revelation 12:10 NKJV Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.”

You can tell which voice you are hearing by the tone and message of the voice. If it is condemnation, accusation, and offers no hope for redemption, then it is the voice of the enemy, the accuser of the brethren. If it convicts you of sin and gently prompts you to repent then it is the voice of the Holy Spirit and needs to be heeded. God paid the price for our sin through the precious body and blood of Jesus so that we could be free from the accusations of the enemy!

Romans 2:4 NKJV Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and long-suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

The Holy Spirit woos us to repentance with God’s goodness, not with words of our unworthiness or condemnation for what we have done. The presence of the Holy Spirit within us has set us free to be ourselves, to be free from the dominion of sin and the accusations of the enemy.

Romans 8:2-4 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

The life that Christ Jesus died to give us sets us free from the principle, or law, of sin and death. We no longer are tied to sin. Before Jesus died for our sin we couldn’t help but sin. We were controlled by sin and had no other way out. But Jesus died that we might be set free from sin’s control. Now when condemnation comes to a child of God it is an immediate indication that the enemy is working in his/her life. Conviction is from the Holy Spirit and always comes with a way out of the situation; He always gives hope and a solution to the problem. If you have sinned, confess the sin to God, ask Him to forgive you and receive His forgiveness and cleansing. If it is condemnation, rebuke the enemy, resist the condemnation and know that God sees you through the blood of His Son. He sees you as the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus! Hold your head up high and go on with your life. The devil has no hold over a child of the King! We have the power within us by His Spirit to win over sin!

Seed from God’s word for today: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:17; 21

Jesus was made sin for us. He didn’t just carry our sin on His back; our sin permeated His whole being! He BECAME sin that we might BECOME His righteousness! Sin in its entirety was crucified with Him so that we could become dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus! (Romans 6:1-14) Now when the devil comes with condemnation that you are no good or what you’ve done cannot be forgiven, tell him to go back to hell where he belongs! That is a lie from the pit of hell! Jesus took our sin and gave us His righteousness! The only time sin can have control over us is when we yield to it. We have the power within us, through the Holy Spirit, to resist sin and win!

Prayer for today: Father, I thank You for Jesus who was made sin that I might be made Your righteousness in Him! Thank You for the blood that You shed for me, Lord Jesus, and the price that You paid that I might go free! I choose today to rest in Your salvation; to know that I am free from the dominion of sin that I might live to You; that I might say “no” to the temptations of the enemy and “yes” to walking in the fullness of Your Spirit. Holy Spirit, I invite You to lead me through this day. Have Your way in my life and show me those areas that need Your special touch in my life. I am free in Christ Jesus to be all that Father has created and called me to be. Thank You for the power of Your Spirit within me to enable me to walk in Your ways, according to Your Spirit today, Father! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

I am free in Christ Jesus

Seeds For Success

Seeds for success

Mark 4:14-20 NKJV The sower sows the word. “And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. “These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; “and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. “Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, “and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. “But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit; some thirty-fold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”

God’s word is the seed that is sown into the hearts of people. It is when it reaches the heart that action takes place. The seed, God’s word, is good, but the heart of people sometimes impede it from taking action, growing and bearing fruit. It is up to the person to make sure that their heart is ready to receive the seed. We plow up the fallow ground of our hearts through prayer, asking God to show us things that would hinder the growth of His word. We also prepare our hearts to receive by yielding to God’s Spirit within us and telling Him He is welcome to come and convict us of sin that might stop us from receiving the Word of God. Holy Spirit also fellowships with us as we spend time with the Lord in prayer. We prepare our hearts to receive the seed of God’s word and then when it falls on good ground it bears fruit in our lives.

One of the things that works against us in receiving the seed into our hearts is the devil, Satan, who comes only to steal, kill and destroy. Verse 15 says that he comes immediately to try to steal it away from us. We protect the word that has been sown in our hearts by submitting to God and resisting the devil. (James 4:7) Our hearts are also protected through watching, being self-controlled, and resisting him being steadfast in the faith. (1 Peter 5:8, 9) Faith in God and exercising our ability to believe and receive His word prepares our heart to receive the good seed that is sown in our hearts. The walk of faith becomes a fight when the devil comes to steal God’s word out of our hearts. We must protect the seed!

When the word falls on stony ground it’s like a flash in the pan, so to speak. The person is excited about what God has just spoken to them, but because they haven’t taken the time to develop what they already know about God the new seed has a slim chance of surviving. When trouble comes they stumble because they haven’t developed a deep enough root bed for the seed to develop and grow. They don’t have the tenacity to fight the good fight of faith and win the battle. Obstacles in their path become bigger than the God that they serve. Trouble becomes the focus instead of Jesus who has overcome the world for us! Freedom lies within our relationship with Him, but it’s what we set before our mind’s eye that we will follow. If the vision that we have is that of trouble and having no way out, then we will follow that path. But if God’s word and the strength that comes from drawing from the Lord Jesus’ ability to empower us to win becomes our focus then we will succeed.

Then we see the cares of this world and the desire for material blessings choking the word that has been sown in the hearts of those who are described as having thorns, or what I see as mixed beliefs. The person with this heart doesn’t know for sure what they believe. They flit from one hot spot to another, not taking the time to focus on the truth of God’s word and allow it to judge between what they are hearing and believing from each different teaching. God’s word is sharper than a two-edged sword dividing between the soul and spirit and it judges even the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12) It is as we allow the Holy Spirit to bring life to the Word that we know is true that we find freedom from the cares of this world. That comes through diligently studying and applying God’s word to our lives. There are many false teachings that have come from different groups through the years that brings thorns into our lives when we receive them as truth!

The only ground that provides a good seed bed for the Word of God is the ground that is steeped in humility, ready to receive and act on the seed that is sown into the heart. 1 Peter 5:5 says “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” It is a heart that is after God’s heart; humble and ready to receive that makes good ground that when the seed is sown into it becomes a fruitful field. It is a heart that has died to it’s own desires in order to live for the desires of the heavenly Father. A life that is lived for the world is a life that will be lost, but one that has made the choice to live for God will live.

John 12 24

John 12:24 -26 NKJV “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. “He who loves his life will lost it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

The Word of God is filled with seeds for success. What will we do with them? Will we be a people with a good heart that is ready to receive His word and act on it so it will bear a good harvest?

Father, I thank You for Your Word. I pray that my heart may be good ground for it to grow in and that when the seed of Your word is sown into my heart it will take root and grow and bear a hundred fold harvest in my life. Father, I ask You to help me see the areas that I need to submit more to You. I pray that Your Spirit might convict me of those things that are hindering me from being a person with a heart that is ready to receive Your word. Show me, Father, what I need to change to be more ready to receive and bear a fruitful harvest through my life. Thank You, Father, for Your grace, mercy and love! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

Fire And A Hammer

Jeremiah 23 29

Jeremiah 23:29 “Is not My word like a fire?” says the LORD, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?”

God says that His word is like fire and a hammer that breaks the rock into pieces! What situation are you facing today that seems like a rock that is too big and strong for you to break through?

In Isaiah 55:11 the Lord says that when His word goes forth from His mouth that it does not return unto Him void, but it accomplishes that which He sent it out to do.

As ambassadors of Christ we have the ability to speak His word into our lives and watch Him change those situations to bring honor and glory to His name through the power that is available in His word to right the wrongs and break down the barriers.

God told Joshua that if he would not let His word depart from his mouth, but that he would meditate in it day and night and do what it said that he would have great success and prosper in all that he chose to do. (Joshua 1:7-9)

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

God’s word is living and powerful. When released from our mouths through faith it has the power to act as a two-edged sword. It cuts going in and coming out. It goes deeply within a person’s heart to change their thoughts and divide and conquer that which is wrong; to bring it into alignment with His will and ways.

We see an example of the power that is in the spoken Word of God when Jesus was in the wilderness being tempted by the devil. He fought the devil’s attacks with the word of God and then went on to say than man’s sustenance is not just through food, but that he would live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

Matthew 4:3, 4 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”

You might be saying, “well, that was Jesus; He was the Son of God”! And that is true, but He came to earth as a man who lived under the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit and accomplished all that His Father asked Him to do through that empowerment. He was fully God and fully man; the man Christ Jesus was described as Jesus of Nazareth in His humanity.

Acts 10:38 “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”

Jesus, in His humanity was a man who depended on the Holy Spirit to do the work through Him that God asked Him to do. He depended on the Holy Spirit for His empowerment.

We who have invited Jesus into our hearts to be our Lord and Savior are also called “sons of God”.

Galatians 3:26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

When will we begin to act like sons of God? Will we speak His word in the authority that He has given us as His sons and daughters to see the same effect that Jesus had when the devil tempted Him in the wilderness, or will we sit silently by and watch the enemy steal, kill and destroy our lives? The choice is ours today!

Confession for today based on God’s word: I will speak forth God’s word that applies to the rock of difficulty in my life and watch Him change it for me. I will cooperate with God’s Spirit within me to effect change in my life and see Him do the work through me that needs to be done to bring glory and honor to His name as I represent Him in my world.

Prayer for today: Father, I thank You for Your word. And I thank You that it is powerful and active and sharper than any two-edge sword and when I apply it to my life it becomes like a fire and a hammer that breaks the rocks of adversity into pieces before my very eyes. I will take Your word and use it today in faith believing that what I speak will carry the power that is needed to change my life and to bring honor and glory to Your name as a representative of Yours. Thank You, Father, for Your Spirit who is within me who directs my thoughts to the right Word that needs to be spoken over my life. May You receive glory and honor through my heart and my actions. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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