Wells Of Salvation

Wells of salvation

Isaiah 12:2, 3 Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’” Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation.

YAH is the shorter form of the Lord’s holy name Yahweh, or Jehovah. It means the self-existent One; the “I AM WHO I AM” He is the eternal I AM, the Alpha and Omega, the same yesterday, today, and forever. All of life is contained in Him. He is our strength and song and through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, has become our salvation!

The Hebrew word for salvation in that verse is ysuwah (yesh-oo-ah). It means aid, victory, prosperity, deliverance, health, help, salvation, and welfare. It is very close to the Hebrew name of Jesus, Yeshuwa, or some spell it Yeshua, meaning “He will save”. Jesus, our Yeshuwa (Yeshua), has become our salvation, our deliverer, our healer, our provider, our help, our health and our welfare. His salvation is more than just forgiveness of sin; it is whatever you need for your provision spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally, financially, and in all areas of man’s spirit, soul and body! When you reach down into the wells of salvation for healing you have joy knowing that by the stripes of Jesus you were healed. (1 Peter 2:24; Matthew 8:16, 17) With joy you reach down into the wells of salvation to find the provision that He has made for you for “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 4:19)

The more that we praise Him the more the awareness of His salvation rises up within us and becomes a well of living water flowing freely from that salvation that He has placed with in us. The joy that comes from this well of salvation within us is said by Jesus in John 7:38 as becoming a river of living water that flows from the Holy Spirit within! When the Holy Spirit comes to live within you He brings His fruit with Him. One of the aspects of the fruit of the Spirit is joy!

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Jesus told the woman at the well in John 4:14 that “whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life”. It is from drawing from the wells of salvation that we find life through His Spirit; the life that brings joy. When a person becomes joyless it is an indication that they are not drawing from the well of salvation within them. Praising God causes that living water to bubble up within us. When we stop to think about all that He has given us in salvation we can’t help but praise Him! He is worthy to receive glory and honor and praise!

In 2 Peter 2 the scripture talks about the characteristics of false teachers and verse 17 says that they are “wells without water”. They have no salvation within them that gives life. They are simply clouds carried by a tempest but have no rain within them. They look good but there is no basis of credibility within them that signifies the life of God. They carry a false and destructive doctrine full of “words of emptiness” as recorded in 2 Peter 2:18:

For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error.

That which appeals to the flesh is in opposition to the Spirit, Who is the author of the wells of salvation within a born again believer. False teachers appeal to a person’s flesh rather than their spirit. Galatians 5:16 says:

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.

When you draw from the wells of salvation you will be drawing from what God has placed within your spirit, not what arises out of the lusts of the flesh. The flesh lusts against the Spirit so you can know when the Holy Spirit rises up within you it will be for God’s glory, not for the satisfaction of your fleshly desires. The Holy Spirit always draws a person closer to Jesus; He magnifies the Lord and glorifies God. The flesh always appeals to what feels good and satisfies the soul of man. The works of the devil always draws a person away from God, to live independent of God, outside of God’s best plan for man.

What well are you drawing from this morning? Are you praising God and depending on His power, life and Spirit within you? Do you have joy that flows from the wells of salvation down deep in your heart? Have you grown stagnant and feel that the life of God has left you?

If you lack joy, begin to praise the Lord. Lift up your voice and sing praises unto Him. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Hallelujah

In the book of Psalm the name YAH is found 44 times. Many of the references in Psalm involve the compound word Hallelu-Yah, translated “Praise the LORD”; the word literally means “You must all praise Yah!” So praising God is not an option; it is a command and as a result of our obedience to praise His name we receive joy unspeakable and full of God’s glory. We draw freely from the wells of salvation to praise Him with our whole being and joy flows freely into our lives. God’s commandments are not burdensome, but are given to us for our own benefit.

Father, I thank You and praise You today for the great salvation that You have provided for us through the crucifixion of Your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. He is our Yeshuwa; our Savior! Father, I thank You for the joy that comes as we praise You and draw freely from the wells of Your salvation. I pray that all who reads this will enter into that covenant of salvation with You that fills them with all that they have need of from forgiveness of sins to physical and emotional healing. May they find You, the Savior today, Lord Jesus, and experience the freedom of Your salvation. Father, open the eyes of their understanding to see that they need the salvation that You so freely offer. May today be their day of salvation, the day that they receive Jesus as Savior and Lord and walk in the fullness of all that You have planned for their lives. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

I will praise You, Lord!

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The Rock Of My Salvation

 

Psalm 71:15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And Your salvation all the day, For I do not know their limits.

I’m so thankful that I know the Lord and that every day something new about Him unfolds before my very eyes. The Psalmist said of the Lord’s righteousness and salvation: “For I do not know their limits.”

God is so vast and multifaceted that we can never exhaust His greatness. We can never know Him completely. There is always something new and exciting that He wants to reveal to us.

Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah

God daily loads us with benefits! Every day is a new day with the Lord, filled with His goodness that He longs to bestow upon His children!

Lamentations 3:22-24 Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed,Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”

It’s easy with all the turmoil that is going on around us for us to take a negative outlook at our future. It’s at these times that we need to look into God’s Word and see His character and nature. He is a loving Father who longs to bless His children. When it looks like things are going down the tube, we need to reach out and take the hand of the One who loves us the most and died that we might live!

Psalm 91:1, 2 HE who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

Do you dwell in the secret place of the Most High? That simply means that you have a living and vital relationship with Him; that you know Him and commune with Him regularly; that you share your heart with Him and seek Him as your all in all and live your life as unto the Lord. God desires that we trust Him; that we look to Him for direction and seek His face, His will and not just come to Him in the time of trouble. He wants to commune with His children! We can trust Him to take care of us!

Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”

The word “deliver” in Psalm 91:14 means “to carry over the trap to a safe place; to a high place. When we come to the Lord in fear of what is happening to us or around us and place our trust in Him, He comes on the scene to help us. Now in verse 15 we see the same word “deliver”, but this is a different Hebrew word and it means “to equip for victory in battle.” God not only runs to our rescue in the time of trouble, but He equips us to win the battle; we are assured of the victory when we place our trust in Him.

When the battle is raging around you; run to the Rock of your salvation!

In my younger years when I was just beginning to walk by faith, when I would be afraid, I would find scriptures that told of God’s goodness and faithfulness and highlight them in my Bible. Then I would read them out loud to strengthen my spirit man. It’s what you focus on that will become the biggest in your mind. If you don’t stop the negative, fearful thoughts from coming into your mind and replace them with positive, faith-filled thoughts, you will find yourself fearful and expecting the worst all the time. Fear opens the door for the enemy to come in because it is like faith to him. Job feared what would happen in his life and then said that it was his greatest fear that had come upon him.

Job 3:25, 26 For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me. I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, for trouble comes.”

Are you expecting bad things to happen in your life? Or, are you placing your trust in the Rock of your salvation?

I got up this morning with this song on my heart. I pray that it will bless you as much as it has me.

Psalm 118:21, 22 I will praise You, For You have answered me, And have become my salvation. The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone.

Jesus was rejected as Messiah by His own and yet He died to save each and every one of us. He has become the chief cornerstone; the One on which all of salvation is built. His gift of redemption is so vast we can’t, in our finite minds, even imagine the broad scope of it. But, even though we might not comprehend it intellectually that doesn’t stop us from receiving it because everything that we receive from God comes through faith. Faith is not an intellectual assent or knowledge that we possess, it is a trust that believes what God says over our circumstances and then acts on that belief until we see it with our natural eyes.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.

Are you safe in the strong tower of the Lord this morning? Or do you feel like you are out there in enemy territory just waiting for your demise? Run to the Lord; He will save you!

Psalm 61:3,4 For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah

Father, I come before You this morning to declare that You are my hiding place. You are the Rock of my salvation, my stronghold in the time of trouble, my refuge from the storm and my high fortress in which I hide from my enemies. I thank You for providing so great a salvation that I can run to You and be safe. Thank You for loving me and saving me. Thank You for daily loading me with good things to benefit me. Thank You for being my God, the One that I can run to when I am afraid. Thank You for delivering me from my enemies and for protecting me from those who seek to harm me. Thank You, Lord, for being the chief cornerstone upon which I can build my faith. You are worthy to be praise and adored, for You are My Savior and my Lord!

Father, I lift up to You those who may be in harm’s way this morning; those who are fearful and distressed over what is happening in their lives or to their loved ones. Father, I ask that You would give them peace in the midst of the storm; that You would protect them from their enemies and deliver them from harm. Father, I pray for peace in the Middle East and that Your people would be able to dwell in safety! I ask You to stop the fighting and establish harmony in those countries. I pray that they would turn to the One true God and accept You, Lord Jesus, as their Prince of Peace, their Savior and Lord.

Father, I thank You for watching over Your children and for providing for their every need. I give You praise because I know You; I can trust You to rescue and deliver from harm. Thank You for hearing and answering the prayer that I offer up to You in the name of Jesus! Amen.

Reminder: Live By Faith

 

I think at this time in our lives, especially in light of what has transpired in the United States this week with the elections, that people are fighting to stay positive and look forward to the blessings that God still has in store for us. It is not the end of the world yet! And how we view where we are at this point in time will determine how we meet the challenges of the future. It is important that we continue to do what God has called us to do, to spread His gospel to the world and to stand firm in our faith knowing that only He knows the day and hour of Jesus’ return and until that happens we are to continue to occupy the land and live for Him. We cannot allow a defeatist attitude of no hope to come upon us. With that in mind I want to remind you of the glorious days that God has said will happen before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.

Acts 2:16-21 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above And signs on the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved.’

The day of Pentecost ushered in the church age that takes place before the return of Jesus Christ. This is what is referred to as the “last days”. They are an overlap of this age and the Age to Come. The Prophet Joel prophesied that there would be a great outpouring of God’s Spirit upon all flesh during the days before the return of the Lord. That is what Peter is speaking of in this portion of Scripture. In Old Testament days, because the Holy Spirit had not yet been given, He came upon people instead of living within them. His presence was reserved for those who would need to lead the people spiritually and nationally. Thus, in important times when the people would seek the Lord for direction He would come upon a prophet, priest or king to lead them in the way they needed to take. But when Jesus died on the cross and paid the payment for mankind’s sin He opened the way for all people who would receive Him into their hearts to be lead by His Spirit who would come to live within them. Now the Holy Spirit directs us by His presence within, and through His word as well as the times of special outpouring where He speaks through people and reveals Himself through dreams, visions, signs and wonders.

Since we are living in the last days we can expect to see more of an outpouring of God’s Spirit upon his children as spoken of by Peter on the day of Pentecost. This is a promise that if we receive by faith will give us a hope and excitement about Him flowing through each one of us as His children to bring salvation into the hearts of unbelievers before His return. It is another indication of the soon coming of the Lord Jesus and is an exciting time in which to live. We have been granted the privilege of being a part of the great outpouring of God’s Spirit in these last days.

To me this is exciting and gives me a positive focus upon which to set my eyes instead of thinking about how bad things are becoming in our world. It is important that we do not take a defeatist attitude about the negativity of where our nation is headed. People should not lose hope because of what has taken place in the past, but understand that it is simply an indicator of where we are in the time-frame of God’s plan to send Jesus back to earth again. We are living in the days of spiritual awakening in our world and we should expect to see the things that have been prophesied to be taking place in our lives in this great time. Faith is how we access the things that God has in store for us. If we do not believe that God will flow through us and speak in dreams, visions and signs and wonders then we will not be one of those that He uses to bring salvation in this manner.

Mark 11:22-26 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. “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

Have faith in God! Believe what He has said and respond in obedience to it. Look up instead of looking inward or around you at what is going on in world events. He has not given up on us; we are in His plan to bring salvation to the world but if we don’t receive by faith what He has said we won’t see it happen in our own lives. When you pray, believe that you have what you’ve asked of Him. The difference between having and not having happens in your heart. This is not a formula to receiving from God; it is a lifestyle of living by faith. Walk in forgiveness to others so the channel to God is open for Him to receive your prayers; believe in your heart that He hears and answers and confess with your mouth what you have asked of Him. Align the confession of your mouth with the belief in your heart. If it is based on God’s word and asked according to His will then there is nothing to stop you from receiving except doubt and unbelief. Stay in faith and you will see it’s manifestation.

Be willing to be used of God. Expect Him to speak to you by His Spirit, through His word, and even through dreams and visions. There is no limit to what God wants to do in and through His children in these last days. Believe Him, step out in faith and be a vessel of honor that He can flow through to touch those around you and bring salvation into their lives!

Father, I come before You this morning to give You praise for where we are in Your plan for Jesus’ return. I thank You for choosing me to live in this day and hour and to see the great outpouring of Your Spirit upon all flesh. Father, I look forward to seeing many saved, healed, delivered and set free from sin and Satan’s bondage in these last days! Thank You for fulfilling Your word to us as we eagerly await the return of our Lord Jesus! May we each one be willing and ready to be a vessel that You can flow through. Help us to look at our future with great anticipation of what You are going to do in the lives of those around us. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Let The River Flow

John 7:37-39 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

 

“There is a fountain within you, Child, that, when you draw from it, will provide everything that you have need of. It is the river of My Spirit within you. I am the life-giving Spirit; the one who fills you to overflowing with my provision. You will never thirst when you rely on My Spirit’s water of life. I am the Living Water; the Bread of Life; the Manna sent down from Heaven to do My Father’s will. Turn to Me and be filled with My life; My sustenance, My ever-living Spirit. I will teach you all things; I will bring back to remembrance the things that you need to remember; I will help you, for I am all things to you. There is no need or lack in Me; I am the Everlasting Father; the Prince of Peace; the Comforter, all in One; I am God. Learn to listen to My voice and follow My directions and I will lead you and guide you into all peace and truth. I provide a well of salvation for you to draw from. There is healing and deliverance in it; there is strength and understanding; there is hope and faith; there is life in abundance. The well of salvation flows from My Spirit within. Draw from it and be filled with a river that will flow freely from you to those around you. Let My water of life flow freely through you to water the dry ground of your life. Open your heart to Me and I will fill you to overflowing. Turn away from the distractions of the world and look unto Me for life; abundance, healing, prosperity, and wholeness.”

 

“Tell the world of My salvation; tell the people of My river that they, too, may receive from Me! The great exchange has been made; their sin for My forgiveness; their sickness for My healing; their lack for My riches; all has been provided on the cross where I shed My blood. All has been paid for and is freely given. Tell the people of so great a salvation that has been given to them. Warn them of the days ahead and share My love with them so they may be saved, healed and delivered from the kingdom of darkness. Tell the people how I paid the price for their salvation for I am the Savior of the world!”

 

 

Friend, I must share with you this morning of the Father’s love that was demonstrated for you when He gave His very own Son to die for you and for me. He paid the price for our redemption through shedding His blood on the cross when He was crucified. The debt that we owed for our sin was canceled; paid in full through His crucifixion. If you have never received Jesus into your heart to be your own personal Lord and Savior I plead with you today to do that. Time is running short; we don’t know how much more time we have before He returns for His church. That choice must be made on this side of eternity. None of us are promised tomorrow; we never know when we will cross over into eternity. Choose Jesus and live forever in His presence; put it off and you may not have another opportunity. If you have never invited Jesus into your heart and would like to do so, please pray this prayer with me and mean it sincerely as you pray:

Father, I confess my need for Jesus. I confess that I was born into sin and that I have chosen sin over Your ways by living my life for my own selfish desires. I have sinned against you and I ask You to forgive me, to cleanse me from all sin and to save me. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God; that He was crucified for my sin, that He went to hell in my place and that You raised Him to new life. He is alive today. I confess Him as my own personal Savior and Lord and I vow to live for Him every day of my life. Thank You for saving me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Father, I thank you for those who have prayed that prayer to receive Jesus into their hearts. I pray that You will now assure them of Your presence within by filling them to overflowing with Your Spirit. I pray that they will yield themselves to You that You might lead them and guide them through their lives. Fill their hearts with Your peace that passes all understanding and place people around them that they can trust to help them and encourage them in Your ways. Give them close contacts with others that are strong in faith that will be an example to them of walking by faith. Help them to trust you with their cares and to lean on You in all the days of their lives. Thank You, Father, for saving them. Thank You for filling them and for giving them the sweet presence of Your Spirit within. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

 

You Are; Simply YOU ARE!

You are, Lord Jesus, the bright and morning star. You are the reason that I live. You are the One that I adore, that I lean on, cling to, rely on, and trust in. You are everything to me; my life, my breath and my reason for living. You are the One that I look to for the answers to life’s questions. There is none above You or beside You. It is through You that all things were created and they are held together by the word of Your power. You are the greatest, most awesome person in my life. You are; simply YOU ARE!

“My Child, you are the object of my affection. You are the reason that I went to Calvary. Yes, I looked down through the ages to when you would be born and I knew you would need a Savior; that you would need a Healer; a Deliverer; One who would rescue you from the kingdom of darkness. It is true that I had you on My mind when I went to that cross. You and the millions of others that have gone before you and that will follow after you. I died that all people might have life. But so many reject Me, Child. They have turned their backs on Me and gone the way of the world around them. They are like sheep without a Shepherd; caught up on the world’s pleasures that only last for a season. My heart is grieved over the loss of even one little one. I long for them to come into My sheepfold. They are lost sheep, Child. Who will tell them of My salvation? Will you tell them, child? Will you share the way of salvation with them? Will you spread the good news that I died that they might have life? You are My mouthpiece; You are My example; You are My hands and feet. You are; simply YOU ARE!”

My friend, if you have never received Jesus in your heart, may today be your day of salvation. He died for you that you might be spared from an eternity apart from Him; separated and alone. He died that you might live! Won’t you give your heart to Jesus today? If you desire to make Him your Lord and Savior please pray this prayer with me and sincerely mean it in your heart:

Father, I come before You this morning recognizing and acknowledging that I am a sinner; both by birth and by choice. I need You in my life. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died for me and was raised from the dead by the Holy Spirit. I believe that He is alive today and sits at Your right hand in heaven. I ask You to forgive me of my sins and I invite Jesus into my heart to be my own personal Lord and Savior. I vow to live every day of my life for You, Lord Jesus! I receive You into my heart and I thank You for saving me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Romans 10:8-10 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 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.

Romans 10:13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

 

 

You Are Special!

John 3:16-21 NCV God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him may not be lost, but have eternal life. God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through Him. People who believe in God’s Son are not judged guilty. Those who do not believe have already been judged guilty, because they have not believed in God’s one and only Son. They are judged by this fact: The Light has come into the world, but they did not want light. They wanted darkness, because they were doing evil things. All who do evil hate the light and will not come to the light, because it will show all the evil things they do. But those who follow the true way come to the light, and it shows that the things they do were done through God.

God loved people so much that He gave the ultimate gift to mankind; the death of His one and only Son to pay the price for our redemption.

Redemption – Greek word apolutrosis – Strong’s 629 A release secured by the payment of a ransom, deliverance, setting free. The word in secular Greek described a conqueror releasing prisoners, a master ransoming a slave, and redemption from an alien yoke. In the New Testament it designates deliverance through Christ from evil and the penalty of sin. The price paid to purchase that liberation was His shed blood.

Jesus bought us back from the kingdom of darkness with His precious blood. He purchased our redemption with His life. The only way to have eternal life is to believe in your heart that God sent Jesus to pay the price for your redemption and then confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior. (Romans 10:9, 10)

Colossians 1:13, 14 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

Ephesians 1:7, 8 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,

Praise the Lord! Jesus made it possible for us to be washed clean of all our sins. He laid down His life for us that we might experience life through Him. He established peace between us and God.

Ephesians 3:14-18 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

There was a wall that stood between us and God. It separated us from the Father. Jesus broke that wall down when He sacrificed His flesh and blood for our sins. He joined us to the Father through His sacrifice on the Cross of Calvary. Now we belong to the family of God.

I just feel like I need to reiterate to someone this morning that God is not mad at you. He loves you. He gave His all that you might have life. We have an enemy who is the accuser of the brethren. He will accuse you to yourself and make you feel like you are not worthy of God’s love and that He is angry with you. That is not true. Satan is the accuser of the brethren. He will always try to get you to believe his lies by making you feel bad, like you’ll never be worthy of God’s love. But God has already demonstrated His love for you by giving Jesus to die for you when you were yet a sinner.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

If God gave Jesus for you while you were at your worst, a sinner, why would He be angry with you or love you any less after you received Jesus and were forgiven of your sins? There is nothing that you could do that would be any worse than what you were before you were forgiven of your sins and born again. There is nothing that you can do to make Him love you any more or any less than what He did when Jesus died for you on the Cross. The accuser of the brethren has fed you a lie. Do not believe it!

Romans 8:1-4 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. 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 in 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.

Condemnation does not come from God; it comes from the devil. He will try to make you feel like you do not deserve God’s love. But God’s Son, Jesus Christ paid the price for your righteousness. You are now worthy in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

God made Jesus to be sin for us. He traded places with us. He became our sin so that we could become His righteousness. It is a free gift with no strings attached; just believe and receive it.

John 1:12, 13 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Satan will not stop trying to deceive you into believing that you are not worthy of God’s love until you put your foot down on his neck and stop him from lying to you. You must resist him. He will not go until you tell him to leave.

James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

When you begin to take a stand on what you believe about God’s word, the devil will become less able to deceive you. If you will submit yourself to God first, then resist the devil, he will have to leave you alone. Take your rightful place in Christ Jesus and stand up to the enemy and command him to leave you!

Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

Jesus has given you authority over the power of the enemy! He cannot harm you when you realize who you are in Christ Jesus and take your rightful place as a child of God standing against the enemy! The only ground that Satan can have is the ground that we relinquish to him. Jesus calls him the thief in John 10:10 because he comes to steal, kill and destroy. He uses illegal means to steal from people, kill their dreams and their lives if possible, and tries to destroy them.

1 Peter 5:8, 9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

The Word says we are to be on the alert for the devil because he tries to paralyze his prey by roaring at them. He tells them lies; he tries to get them to think things are worse than what they are. He constantly looks for the weak ones on the outer edges of the sheepfold that are easy prey for him to grab. But when you resist him in the faith, standing strong on God’s word, his lies are subjected to the light and no longer have any power over you.

As I was praying this morning, I felt the Lord wanting to share something with me so I got out my pen and paper and began to write. I feel He has a message for someone this day, so here it is:

 

My Child, I have loved you with an everlasting love. When you go through the fire of life I will be with you. The floods shall not overtake you for I am there to lift you above them. Look to Me for I am there. I will carry you through the difficult times. Do not feel as if you are forsaken, just look to Me and live. I will not fail you. I love you. You are Mine. I have called you by your name. I know everything about you. You are My ‘lovely one’ for I love you.”

 

Friends, God is not like people. He doesn’t hold grudges or get mad and not speak to you.

Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”

God loves you with an everlasting love. He has shown it to you this morning through His word and by His Spirit. He delights in you.

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Can you see the great love that He has for you. Don’t let the enemy tell you that God is mad at you or that He doesn’t love you because of what you may have done. God loves you! Receive His love and forgiveness and go on and have a blessed life!

 

Father, I thank You for Your great love for us. You don’t think like we do and you don’t stay angry with us. Thank You for forgiving our sins and for blessing us with good lives. Father, I pray for my friends this morning who may be struggling with guilt and condemnation. I pray, Father, that You will reveal to them that You are not condemning them for what they have done, but forgiveness from You is freely given when they confess their sin to You and turn to walk with You according to Your ways. Give them peace in their hearts today, Lord, and fill them with a new sense of Your presence with them. Thank You, Father, for hearing and answering my prayer. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

 

The Power of God!

Romans 1:16, 17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ! Why? It is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.  Please notice that in order to receive God’s salvation you must believe! Faith is the vehicle that brings God’s salvation into your life.

This is such a power-packed couple of verses.  Let’s look at a few of the Greek words in this scripture to get a good understanding of what the Word is saying:

Ashamed – Epaischunomai – the feeling of shame arising from something that has been done.

Gospel – Euangelion – “good news” of salvation; not only the promise of salvation, but it’s fulfillment by the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.

Power – Dunamis – energy, power, might, great force, great ability, strength. Dynamic; dynamite.

Salvation – Soteria – deliverance, preservation, soundness, prosperity, happiness, rescue, general well-being. The word is used both in a material, temporal sense and in a spiritual, eternal sense.

Believes – Pisteuo – to trust in, have faith in, be fully convinced of, acknowledge, 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.

Righteousness – Dikaiosune – the character or quality of being right or just; right actions. It is used to tell of that gracious gift of God to men whereby all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ are brought into right relationship with God. It is unattainable by obedience to any law, or by any merit of man’s own, or any other condition than that of faith in Christ.

Okay, so now let’s think about what Paul is really saying in these two verses. He is not feeling any shame towards the good news of Christ, for it is the might, strength and great force of God resulting in deliverance, preservation, soundness, prosperity, happiness, rescue and general well-being of everyone who places their trust in Him and is fully convinced that He will do what He has promised. It results in acting out that trust and speaking positively of the Lordship of Jesus Christ in their life. The picture that we see here is of a person understanding that salvation is all-inclusive of whatever he needs for the well-being of his person; spirit, soul and body. It is placing trust in Christ Jesus as Lord knowing that He has purchased the salvation that you may need and you are willing to obey Him whatever the cost in order to receive what He died to give you.

Jesus, when He began His ministry, gave it’s description in Luke 4:18,19:

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”

He preached the gospel, the good news, then He demonstrated by healing those who were oppressed of the devil with sickness and disease and demonic possession.

The good news of salvation to the person who needs to be spiritually re-born would be forgiveness of sin. It means that in order for the person to receive that salvation he must place His trust in Jesus, confess Him as Lord and receive His forgiveness.

Romans 10:9, 10: 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.

The good news of salvation for someone who is sick would be that God heals and Jesus purchased that healing for him through the stripes that He took on His back in the crucifixion.

Matthew 8:16, 17: When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.”

The good news for salvation for someone in poverty and lack would be that Jesus became poor that he might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9: For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

There is a promise in God’s Word for every need that we have. It has been purchased for us through the covenant that Jesus sealed with His very own blood. It’s a matter of getting into God’s Word, finding what applies to your life and believing it in your heart, confessing it with your mouth and acting on the promise to receive it. Sometimes we must “war” to receive it. If a sick person stands on God’s word for healing he will have to fight in faith to stay firm until the manifestation of the healing appears. It is a real battle against fear, symptoms of illness, pain, others who may not support you in believing and a negative doctor’s report. But Paul told Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:12 that he should “fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life”. A good fight is one that you win and it is a fight of faith to “lay hold” on eternal life. It is a faith fight that gives us the victory!

1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Father, I thank You for providing for whatever we have need of in our lives. I thank You that the blood of Jesus purchased our redemption, full and free, and provides salvation for the total man; spirit, soul and body. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for dying for us, for shedding Your blood that we might experience life. I pray for my friends this morning, Father, that You would show them the scriptures that apply to their needs, Father, that they might trust You to bring the provision that they have need of. Thank You, Lord, for meeting their every need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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