Monday, November 12, 2018

Shalom,

Today I want to share THIS from Jerry Savelle to encourage YOU that you can walk in the supernatural protection of Almighty God!

SUPERNATURAL PROTECTION

He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Psalm 91:11 and Matthew 28:20 NKJV)
Your faith is the spiritual force that activates the supernatural protection that is yours in Christ. As a child of God, you have your Father’s promised presence and protection.
The only thing that can undermine your faith is fear, which can be described as “faith in the devil.” The devil has always tempted believers to fear, because fear gives him an open door into their lives and circumstances. That’s why, before Joshua went in to possess the Promised Land, God said, “I will not fail you or forsake you. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:5, 9 AMP).
Joshua could only take the Promised Land by refusing to fear, and to believe instead that he had the supernatural protection of His God, who would never fail or forsake him.
God has a plan and a purpose for your life. He has a land for you to take, a mission for you to accomplish. His promise is that He will be with you every step of the way to see you to your promised land.
You can rest secure in this promise of supernatural protection knowing that He is with you always—even to the end of the world.
Confession: I refuse to allow the devil to tempt me into fear about my present or future situations. God has a plan for me, and a promised land for me. God is with me every step of the way, providing His supernatural protection now and throughout the entire length of my days.
AMEN! God's plans for us are ALWAYS good and FOR our good! Trust Him! Here is Hillsong with "For Who You Are":

Shalom in Him!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Shalom,

Today's blog will be a bit longer than usual as I want to share from Rick Renner's Sparkling Gems 2. This is SO good!

The High Priestly Ministry of Jesus

And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.— Revelation 1:13

When John received his vision of the exalted Christ while imprisoned on the island of Patmos, the elderly apostle took note of several prominent features of Jesus’ appearance. One such feature was His garment. In Revelation 1:13, he wrote that Christ was “…clothed with a garment down to the foot….” Today we will take a careful look at this phrase and see what it tells us about the Person of Jesus and why it matters to you as a child of God.

The word “clothed” is derived from the Greek word enduo, a term that referred to one who is dressed in a garment. But it must be noted that the Greek tense used in Revelation 1:13 implies that this particular garment was conferred upon Christ once and for all. He was given this garment by the Father and will be thus clothed forevermore. The Greek tense literally means Jesus was clothed; He is clothed; and He will always be clothed with this particular garment that reaches “down to the foot.”

The phrase “down to the foot” is a translation of poderes, a Greek word used only this one time in the entire New Testament. It describes a robe that flows all the way down to the ankles but leaves the feet exposed. The word poderes is also used seven times in the Old Testament Greek Septuagint to describe the attire of the high priest.

Perhaps the best example of this word poderes is found in Exodus 28, where God told Moses how to make “holy garments” for Aaron and his sons, who would serve as priests. The priestly garment was to be made of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread and fine woven linen. It was to reach down to the ankles, exactly like the robe Christ was wearing in John’s vision. For this reason, one symbolic meaning of the garment Jesus wore in John’s vision was to portray Him in His role as our Great High Priest!
  • Hebrews 3:1 (NKJV) declares that Jesus is the “High Priest of our confession.”
  • Hebrews 4:15,16 describes Jesus Christ as the High Priest who can be touched with the feelings of our infirmities, a truth that has been a comfort to believers throughout the In these verses, God calls each of us to come boldly before the throne of grace to obtain mercy and to find help in our time of need from Jesus, our High Priest.
  • Hebrews 5:5,6 reveals that the office of High Priest was conferred upon Jesus and that His priesthood will remain “forever” after the order of Melchizedek.
  • Hebrews 7:24 states that Jesus’ role as our Great High Priest is “unchangeable.”
  • The ministry of Jesus Christ as our High Priest is one of the most important themes of the New Testament. Jesus was clothed with priestly garments; He is clothed with priestly garments; and He will always be clothed with priestly garments — because He is forever the High Priest of our confession
The way Jesus was clothed when He appeared to John sent an extremely important message to the apostle and to the Church at large. John was about to receive Jesus’ messages for the seven churches in the Roman province of Asia, some of which would contain correction and stern yet loving rebukes from Christ in response to wrong beliefs and behaviors that were emerging in these congregations. However, by appearing to John as High Priest, Jesus’ intercessory ministry was the prominent feature the apostle noticed before anything else. It proclaimed that Jesus was the Great High Priest who was praying for the churches.

We saw in the September 6 Sparkling Gem that Jesus revealed Himself in Revelation 1:5 first and foremost as the Prince and Supreme Sovereign of the kings of the earth. But in Revelation 1:13, He appeared as High Priest, thus affirming that He was standing in His priestly role, interceding for the churches He was about to discipline and correct. Before He appeared with feet of bronze, representing judgment, He appeared as the Great High Priest who was praying for them — that they might repent before He needed to apply His feet of judgment.

But John’s description of Jesus’ “garment down to the foot” also portrayed the intercessory ministry of Jesus, which will never change. This is an office that was once and for all conferred upon Christ and is unchangeable. Jesus was, is, and will always be interceding on behalf of the Church that He purchased with His own blood.

Hebrews 7:25 declares that Jesus lives to make intercession for us. Dressed in His high priestly garments, He sits in the holy presence of the Father and intercedes on our behalf.

That means Jesus is praying and interceding for you right now. So what is stopping you from coming to Him today with the needs and desires that are on your heart? Jesus was, is, and forever will be your Great High Priest. He is waiting for you to come boldly into His presence to present your needs and desires!

Allow JESUS to be YOUR High Priest! When you and I DO that, then every situation that we face meets HIM first! And the devil, no matter how long or loud he 'squacks', will NEVER be able to stand up against the mighty power of the Risen Saviour, that is also present in YOU, because HE lives in you! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Who You Say I AM":


Shalom in Him!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Shalom, 

John 8:31-32, from today's Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan, is a favorite of mine. 
31 So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. 32 And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.

We must CHOOSE to be a disciple of JESUS! We make that choice when we make God's Word our final authority, and when we spend time in it, learning it, speaking it, and DOING it! That is what abiding means! We can only 'hold fast' to God's Word when we meditate on it (Joshua 1:8 AMPC), causing the understanding to come.

8 This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success. AMP

The promise of John 8:31-32 is so powerful, but it has often been misquoted. Many people will say "The truth will set you free." This is NOT accurate! It is only the Truth that you KNOW that will set you free and keep you free! So, put the Word of God as your #1 priority! THEN the understanding will come you will be able to act on it! AMEN! Here is Hillsong UNITED with "GO!":


Shalom in Him!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Shalom,

I REALLY love today's "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers!

Sacred Service

I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ… Colossians 1:24

The Christian worker has to be a sacred “go-between.” He must be so closely identified with his Lord and the reality of His redemption that Christ can continually bring His creating life through him. I am not referring to the strength of one individual’s personality being superimposed on another, but the real presence of Christ coming through every aspect of the worker’s life. When we preach the historical facts of the life and death of our Lord as they are conveyed in the New Testament, our words are made sacred. God uses these words, on the basis of His redemption, to create something in those who listen which otherwise could never have been created. If we simply preach the effects of redemption in the human life instead of the revealed, divine truth regarding Jesus Himself, the result is not new birth in those who listen. The result is a refined religious lifestyle, and the Spirit of God cannot witness to it because such preaching is in a realm other than His. We must make sure that we are living in such harmony with God that as we proclaim His truth He can create in others those things which He alone can do. 

When we say, “What a wonderful personality, what a fascinating person, and what wonderful insight!” then what opportunity does the gospel of God have through all of that? It cannot get through, because the attraction is to the messenger and not the message. If a person attracts through his personality, that becomes his appeal. If, however, he is identified with the Lord Himself, then the appeal becomes what Jesus Christ can do. The danger is to glory in men, yet Jesus says we are to lift up only Him (see John 12:32).

The powerful Christian life is NOT a religious show, but a close and intimate relationship with the One, True God! When we have been born again by the Spirit of God, then HE lives IN us! HE is who people 'see' when they come in contact with us. SO, just continue, every day, to spend time in HIS presence and to get to know HIM better! People will take note of you, that YOU 'have been with JESUS'! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Children of the Light":



Shalom in Him!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Shalom,

Today I want to encourage you with Kenneth and Gloria Copeland's "Faith To Faith" devotional!

The Hidden Things of God

Blessed art thou...for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 16:17

Remember when you went to school and learned your ABCs? You learned them by using your five senses and your logical abilities to gather information and sort it out. That kind of knowledge is called natural knowledge and it's the only kind most people know anything about.
But in the kingdom of God, there's another kind of knowing. One that works its way from the inside out instead of from the outside in. It's called revelation knowledge.

Jesus spoke about this kind of knowledge in Matthew 16. He'd just asked the disciples, "Who do you say I am?" Peter had answered Him by declaring, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

"Blessed are you, Simon," Jesus responded, "because flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father which is in heaven."

In other words, Jesus was saying, "Peter, you didn't learn this information through your physical senses. You received it another way. You received it directly from God."

If you've ever had a revelation like that, you know that when it comes, it changes things. It makes you see old things in an entirely new light. It gives you such unshakable confidence that, as Jesus said to Peter, "The gates of hell can't prevail against you."

But revelations like that don't come easily. You have to meditate the Word and search the Spirit of God for them because they are "hidden" in Him. The Bible says God has hidden His wisdom for the saints (1 Corinthians 2:7-9). Notice, He's hidden it for you, not from you. He wants you to have it.

Don't think, however, that God is just going to drop great revelations into your lap while you're watching television. You have to seek Him.


If you're hungry for revelation knowledge, get yourself in a position to receive it by meditating the Word, praying and fellowshiping with the Lord. Begin to receive those revelations from Him. It's the most exciting kind of learning there is.

AMEN! There is really no such thing as "Name it and claim it", as some unbelieving believers have accused us of saying. What there IS available to us is the wonderful Word of God with all of the promises to born again believers. We won't know what those promises are until we diligently study the Word. Study until it becomes real and alive to us! How long does it take? As long as it takes! As long as it takes for the Word that YOU meditate on to be revealed by Holy Spirit, your Teacher within! Faith COMES when we get God's Word IN us, and faith WORKS when we understand how to put it to use! How to be DOERS of that Word! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Say The Word":


Shalom in Him!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Shalom,

Today I want to share from Kenneth E. Hagin's "Faith Food" devotional again! It is so powerful and concise! 

A Good Report

"And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it" (Numbers 13:30).
And Joshua...and Caleb...spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.

If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not.
(Numbers 14:6-9)
Joshua and Caleb were the two spies who had a good report. They didn't deny that giants were in Canaan; they simply added that the children of Israel would be able to overcome the giants. 

"We are well able to overcome them,"
they said, "for the Lord is with us!" That was their good report. 

Similarly, we believers must not stick our heads in the sand like ostriches and deny that problems and difficulties exist in our lives. Yes, the "giants" are there - but we are well able to overcome them, because the Lord is with us! 

When you face the giants of life, don't have a negative confession. Don't talk doubt and have an evil report. Faith always has a good report! 

Confession:
 I am well able to overcome the giants in my life - because the Lord is with me! Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world. 

The only question we must ask ourselves, and ANSWER, is: Whose report will YOU believe? Once we know what God's Word says about us, then we must renew our minds by meditating on the promises in the Word so that faith can come. Then we must continue with that meditation so the faith that comes with the Word can grow! AMEN! The choice for how much of God's Word ever manifests in our lives is OURS! God has already given us the instructions! Joshua 1:8(AMPC), John 15:7(AMPC), and 1 John 14-15 all point us to the Word of God for the promises for every area! FIND them, OWN them, SHARE them, and then walk in them, receive from them and TELL THE WORLD about them and HIM! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Tell The World":


Shalom in Him!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Shalom,

I have always loved Psalm 127:1-2
Except the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; except the Lord keeps the city, the watchman wakes but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to take rest late, to eat the bread of [anxious] toil—for He gives [blessings] to His beloved in sleep.

When Jesus said, in 1 Peter 5:7 (AMPC), that we are to cast every care and worry over on Him, He meant that we are NOT to bear them! When we get with God's program, instead of trying to fit God into OURS, then the care and worry and responsibility for the outcome is on HIM! The Lord revealed to me, many years ago now, when we owned a catalog ordering and receiving store, that God is NOT obligated to pay for something that He didn't order! When we plot and plan our own ways, then He will step back and let us have at it! BUT, when WE find out HIS agenda and plan, and get into agreement with Him, then HE is responsible for carrying it all out! Now doesn't THAT sound much better than bearing the responsibility of it ourselves? Of course it does! So, heed what Psalm 127:1-2 is saying, above, and then count on HIM to give you sweet, peaceful sleep, and to give into your spiritman the Wisdom, knowledge and understanding needed to fulfill YOUR part in HIS plan! AMEN! 

As you continue in your study today, read John 4 again! Read it to capture the tone and attitude that JESUS took with the Samaritan woman! He revealed that He knew of her life situation. He knew that she was 'living in sin', yet He NEVER took a condemning attitude toward her! His focus was to bring LIFE to her, her family, her city and to whosoever would receive Him! At first the people she told about JESUS came to see Him because of her testimony. But then they came because of JESUS Himself! Verses 39-42:
39 Now numerous Samaritans from that town believed in and trusted in Him because of what the woman said when she declared and testified, He told me everything that I ever did. 40 So when the Samaritans arrived, they asked Him to remain with them, and He did stay there two days. 41 Then many more believed in and adhered to and relied on Him because of His personal message [what He Himself said]. 42 And they told the woman, Now we no longer believe (trust, have faith) just because of what you said; for we have heard Him ourselves [personally], and we know that He truly is the Savior of the world, the Christ.

AMEN! Make sure that you are not telling people about their sin, but about the LIFE that is available in JESUS! THAT is our message! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "No REason To Hide":



Shalom in Him!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Shalom,

Today is 'Back To Basics' day on the blog! Our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan for today takes us to John 3Verse 1 says this:

Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God.

The New Birth is the essential prerequisite for operating in the Kingdom of God on the earth, and in having Heaven as our home when we leave here! We MUST be 'born again'! Born from above! Born anew by Holy Spirit recreating our dead human spirit into that New Creation of 2 Corinthians 5! How do we do that? Verses 16-18:
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him. 18 He who believes in Him [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him there is no rejection, no condemnation—he incurs no damnation]; but he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ’s name.]

Our second 'witness' for this is found in 1 John 5:11-12:
11 And this is that testimony (that evidence): God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who possesses the Son has that life; he who does not possess the Son of God does not have that life.

So, if you have never received JESUS as Lord and personal Saviour, and want to, pray this prayer with me right now and enter into and eternity with GOD!

Almighty God, I am a sinner. I believe that Jesus Christ came to this earth, died on the cross for me, was raised from the dead, and is now seated at Your right hand. I accept and receive Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour and I invite Him to come into my heart and become Lord over my life. I thank You now Father, for welcoming me into Your family. You are my Father. I am Your child. Jesus is my Lord. Amen!

AMEN! Welcome to the FAMILY! Now get yourself into a good local church that teaches the Word of God without compromise! Spend time in the Word of God every day, in prayer every day, in praise and worship every day, and in fellowship with like-minded believers! EVERY DAY! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with that very song! 

Shalom in Him!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Shalom,

Today I want to share from Andrew Womack's daily devotional!

FILL UP WITH GOD

John 17:23 "I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me."

God loves us the same as He loves Jesus. A true revelation of this will quicken our faith and allow us to walk in the fullness of God. God's love is the key that opens the door to everything that God is. "God is love" (1 John 4:8).

God's love is not one dimensional. There is width, length, depth and height to it, which can only be comprehended through the revelation and knowledge of the Holy Spirit. Those who only have a superficial knowledge of God's love are like a person who looks at a one dimensional picture of the real thing.

In Ephesians 3:19, Paul prays for us to know the love of God which passes knowledge. How can we know the love of God if it passes knowledge? This sounds like a contradiction. The Greek word that is translated "know" in this verse is GINOSKO, which is a verb expressing experiential knowledge. The Greek word that is translated "knowledge" is GNOSIS, which is a noun denoting the act of knowledge. Simply, Paul is praying that we will experience the love of God which passes mere knowledge of it.


Since a true revelation of God's love makes us full with the fullness of God, then a lack of being full of God must mean that we lack understanding and experience of God's love. The end result of having understanding and experiential knowledge of God's love is that we will be filled with all the fullness of God.

In fact, the Amplified Bible says exactly what he is saying about Ephesians 3:19 (above)! Here it is:

19 [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!

AMEN! There is SO MUCH MORE for us to know than what we now know! Let's keep searching the Word and seeking the TRUTH every day! Meditating on that Word (Joshua 1:8) so that Holy Spirit can make it REAL to us, to that we can be DOERS of it! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Your Word":


Shalom in Him!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Shalom,

I love two things about today's Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan! The first is found in Psalm 124:1-6:
If it had not been the Lord Who was on our side—now may Israel say— If it had not been the Lord Who was on our side when men rose up against us, Then they would have quickly swallowed us up alive when their wrath was kindled against us; Then the waters would have overwhelmed us and swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us; Then the proud waters would have gone over us. 6 Blessed be the Lord, Who has not given us as prey to their teeth! 

And here it is from The Passion Translation

A song of the stairway, by King David
What if God had not been on our side? Let all Israel admit this!
2–3 What if God had not been there for us?
    Our enemies, in their violent anger,
    would have swallowed us up alive!
4–5 The nations, with their flood of rage, would have swept us away
    and we would have drowned,
    perished beneath their torrent of terror!
We can praise God over and over that he never left us!
    God wouldn’t allow the terror of our enemies to defeat us.


Remember! If God is FOR us, then it doesn't do ANYONE, ANY good to come against us! The biggest key to walking in this type of Victory is to meditate on the wonderful promises in God's Word and then to EXPECT them to manifest in YOUR life! AMEN! The second thing that I love is found in John, my very favorite of the Gospels! John 1:1-5:
 1In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being. In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it].

In the beginning! Or from the very beginning! God has ALWAYS been the LIGHT! Now He has appointed US to get out there and BE the LIGHT! Are YOU ready to do so? If not, what in the world can be holding you back? I am urging you to renew your intimate fellowship with the One Who loves YOU MOST and BEST! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "No Reason To Hide":


Shalom in Him!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Shalom,

I think that today's "My Utmost For His Highest"  by Oswald Chambers contains a very simple, yet important message!

Authority And Independence

If ye love Me, ye will keep My commandments. —John 14:15 (RV)

Our Lord never insists upon obedience; He tells us very emphatically what we ought to do, but He never takes means to make us do it. We have to obey Him out of a oneness of spirit. That is why whenever Our Lord talked about discipleship, He prefaced it with an IF — you do not need to unless you like. “If any man will be My disciple, let him deny himself”; let him give up his right to himself to Me. Our Lord is not talking of eternal positions, but of being of value to Himself in this order of things, that is why He sounds so stern (cf. Luke 14:26). Never interpret these words apart from the One who uttered them.

The Lord does not give me rules, He makes His standard very clear, and if my relationship to Him is that of love, I will do what He says without any hesitation. If I hesitate, it is because I love some one else in competition with Him, viz., myself. Jesus Christ will not help me to obey Him, I must obey Him; and when I do obey Him, I fulfil my spiritual destiny. My personal life may be crowded with small petty incidents, altogether unnoticeable and mean*, but if I obey Jesus Christ in the haphazard circumstances, they become pinholes through which I see the face of God, and when I stand face to face with God I shall discover that through my obedience thousands were blessed. When once God’s Redemption comes to the point of obedience in a human soul, it always creates. If I obey Jesus Christ, the Redemption of God will rush through me to other lives, because behind the deed of obedience is the Reality of Almighty God.

*mean: as used here, something or someone ordinary, common, low, or ignoble, rather than cruel or spiteful.

This is so simple! God has NOT given us a set of "Christian rules and regulations"! He has given us His TRUTH (His Word - John 17:17), and when we are DOERS of His Word, we will have the results and promises of that Word! AMEN! So let's just LOVE JESUS! LOVE His WORD! DO His WORD and LOVE people! THEY will see JESUS in us and will want HIM! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Look To The Son":



Shalom in Him!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Shalom,

With all of the talk going on in these days about the USA moving our embassy in Israel to the TRUE capital, Jerusalem, I thought I would share THIS today from our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan! Psalm 122:5-9:
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May they prosper who love you [the Holy City]! May peace be within your walls and prosperity within your palaces! For my brethren and companions’ sake, I will now say, Peace be within you! For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek, inquire for, and require your good.

These are GOD'S plans and instructions for US concerning Jerusalem! I don't care one bit what the world thinks or says! The world system has notoriously and always been contrary to God's plan! As for me and my house: WE WILL SERVE THE LORD and OBEY GOD'S WORD! AMEN! There is no doubt about God Almighty's plans and purposes for the nation of Israel, the city of Jerusalem and HIS people! Don't ever let yourself get caught on the wrong side of God's plans! You will NOT like the results of that choice! Now, for another plan and purpose that God has for HIS people, let's look at one of our New Covenant blessings found in another of today's readings. 3 John 2:

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.

That is the Amplified Bible and I also like The Passion Translation:

Beloved friend, I pray that you are prospering in every way and that you continually enjoy good health, just as your soul is prospering.

God's plans and purposes for us are for health, wealth and prosperity (being in control) in every area of life! Now let's continue to dig to the Word of God so that we can discover more of how to do just that! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Let There Be Light":


Shalom in Him!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Shalom,

Jerry Savelle's devotional for today is a very important lesson! 

GET REVELATION

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him (Ephesians 1:15-16 NKJV)

The apostle Paul knew firsthand the importance of revelation knowledge from the Lord, which is why is why he placed such importance on it in his letter to the church at Ephesus. When God reveals to you a truth from His Word, that revelation always causes you to become positive.
Revelation knowledge of the Word of God determines how you react to the situations you are currently facing. For instance, do you really believe that …
  • You are special to God?
  • You are God’s most prized possession?
  • You are washed by the blood of Jesus from every sin, weakness, and failure?
  • You are holy, blameless, and above reproach in His sight?
  • You are crowned with glory and honor?
  • You have authority over every circumstance in your life?
  • God wants to turn every adversity into a victory?
  • God wants to turn every stumbling block into a steppingstone?
  • God wants to give you good things?
If you don’t have a revelation of a particular Bible truth, then you can’t walk in it. Mental assent to truth is not enough. Without revelation knowledge, you will always live way below your privileges in Christ.

Revelation knowledge comes through reading and meditating on the Word of God, and then choosing to believe that what God says is true. Once you have revelation of how special you are to God, you will be able to walk in every good thing He has for you.

Confession: As I read and meditate on the promises of God found in His Word, the spirit of wisdom and revelation will open my eyes to receive all of the good things God has in store for me.

My favorite Scripture for revelation knowledge is Joshua 1:8 from the Amplified Bible:

This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.

When we meditate on the Word of God we are able to SEE more clearly as Holy Spirit will cause the understanding to come to us uniquely and individually in the way that each of us can understand for the purpose of DOING what we see and hear. THAT brings success in every area! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Your Word":



Shalom in Him!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Shalom,

Today I want to share "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers.

Faith

Without faith it is impossible to please Him. —Hebrews 11:6

Faith in antagonism to common sense is fanaticism, and common sense in antagonism to faith is rationalism. The life of faith brings the two into a right relation. Common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense; they stand in the relation of the natural and the spiritual; of impulse and inspiration. Nothing Jesus Christ ever said is common sense, it is revelation sense, and it reaches the shores where common sense fails. Faith must be tried before the reality of faith is actual. “We know that all things work together for good,” then no matter what happens, the alchemy of God’s providence transfigures the ideal faith into actual reality. Faith always works on the personal line, the whole purpose of God being to see that the ideal faith is made real in His children. For every detail of the commonsense life, there is a revelation fact of God whereby we can prove in practical experience what we believe God to be. Faith is a tremendously active principle which always puts Jesus Christ first“Lord, Thou hast said so and so” (e.g., Matthew 6:33), “it looks mad, but I am going to venture on Thy word.” To turn head faith into a personal possession is a fight always, not sometimes. God brings us into circumstances in order to educate our faith, because the nature of faith is to make its object real. Until we know Jesus, God is a mere abstraction, we can not have faith in Him; but immediately we hear Jesus say — “He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father,” we have something that is real, and faith is boundless. Faith is the whole man rightly related to God by the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.

I LOVE this! The underlined parts are especially REAL to me today! We are told in the 1 Timothy 6:12 that faith is a FIGHT!

12 Fight the good fight of the faith; lay hold of the eternal life to which you were summoned and [for which] you confessed the good confession [of faith] before many witnesses.

It is a fight to lasso our minds and bring them around to consistently feed on the Word of God! Then it is a fight to believe what we hear rather than what our natural eyes tell us! It is a fight to stand when it LOOKS like nothing at all is happening. It is a fight to rejoice at that same time! But every faith fight is one that we ALWAYS WIN, IF we refuse to quit! AMEN! So stir up your faith and your joy. Refuse to quit or to believe anything that is contrary to the promises of God's Word! AMEN! You CAN do this! You have God the Holy Spirit living IN you and you CAN do ALL things! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with a pretty old song called "FAITH":



Shalom in Him!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Shalom,

Today we are reading 1 John 4 in our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan. We move right on from what we looked at yesterday! Verses 18-19:
18 There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection]. 19 We love Him, because He first loved us.

Loving God FIRST, as our FIRST LOVE, is essential for being able to love others! We do that by spending time in intimate fellowship with Him, just as we would with anyone that we love. Spending time meditating on all that He has already done for us, along with all that He has promised that He will do, will establish and maintain a thankful and very grateful heart. The first steps to really loving HIM! Here is a song from Hillsong that will also really help develop and maintain that special and very personal 'love affair'! "Love So Great":


Shalom in Him!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Shalom, 

1 John 3:1-3 is a portion of Scripture that I use regularly in teaching, exhorting and encouraging other born again believers. I like the Amplified Bible for the expanded understanding it gives!
 See what [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! The reason that the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him. Beloved, we are [even here and] now God’s children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall as God’s children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He [really] is. And everyone who has this hope [resting] on Him cleanses (purifies) himself just as He is pure (chaste, undefiled, guiltless).

We ARE who God says that we are! Dare to believe this about yourself. Right here and right now! Other people can see, yet, what GOD sees when He looks at us, but if we are learning and doing His Word, then they will see HIM, and that is what we REALLY want, anyway! AMEN! Here is that same portion from
The Passion Translation:

 Look with wonder at the depth of the Father’s marvelous love that he has lavished on us! He has called us and made us his very own beloved children. The reason the world doesn’t recognize who we are is that they didn’t recognize him. Beloved, we are God’s children right now; however, it is not yet apparent what we will become. But we do know that when it is finally made visible, we will be just like him, for we will see him as he truly is. And all who focus their hope on him will always be purifying themselves, just as Jesus is pure.

Meditation involves studying out the Word of God, and then thinking about it from every angle, with Holy Spirit teaching us personally, and individually! Then the greater understanding gained helps us to be DOERS of that Word, and not hearers only (James 1:22)! Here, to further help your meditation, is Hillsong with "Who You Say I Am":



Shalom in Him!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Shalom,

Today I want to share from Jerry Savelle's website devotional:

SICKNESS AND DISEASE IS PART OF THE CURSE


Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (Galatians 3:13).
Sickness and disease were never part of God’s plan for mankind. When He created the garden and placed Adam in it, life was perfect just as God planned it to be; there was no sickness or disease. But because Adam sinned and opened the door to the devil, mankind was subjugated to all that was part of the curse.
Until, that is, Jesus broke the power of the curse when He died on the Cross and rose again, destroying all the power of the devil. This is good news, because sickness and disease no longer have a right to be in your body.
Just as sickness and disease had no right to come on Jesus’ physical body when He walked on the earth, so it has no right to come on your body today. However, the devil will attempt to bring the curse upon your life and he will push you as far as you will allow him to. He will stay as long as you let him.
The devil will not leave you voluntarily—you must evict him from your life! It will be necessary that you tenaciously voice your rights as a child of God, enforce God’s Word against him, and use your faith and the authority Jesus has given you to cast the devil out. Then, speak to that sickness and disease and command it in the name of Jesus to leave.
Jesus paid the price for you to live in freedom from sickness and disease. So stand firm, speak God’s Word, and enjoy the fullness of your redemption from the curse.
Confession: Because Jesus Christ has redeemed me from the curse, I have been set free from all sickness and disease. I am full of the life and power of God.
I have nothing to add to this simple, yet powerful teaching today except: DO THIS! Here is Sarah Hart Pearsons with "It Is Finished":


Grace says, "You are loved"
In response I say, "Thank You, thank You Lord"
This is sweet salvation, this is sweet salvation
Grace says, "You are healed"
In response I say, "Thank You, I receive"
This is sweet salvation, this is sweet salvation
Grace says, "You are loved"
In response I say, "Thank You, thank You Lord"
This is sweet salvation, this is sweet salvation
Grace says, "You are healed"
In response I say, "Thank You, I receive"
This is sweet salvation, this is sweet salvation
I believe because You said it
But I trust because I know You
It is finished, it is done
You have risen, I have won
It is finished, it is done
Now I'm singing hallelujah
Grace says, "You're redeemed"
In response I say, "Thank you I believe"
This is sweet salvation, this is sweet salvation
Grace says, "You are cleansed"
In response I say, "Thank you, I forgive"
This is sweet salvation, this is sweet salvation
I believe because You said it
But I trust because I know You
It is finished, it is done
You have risen, I have won
It is finished, it is done
Now I'm singing hallelujah
It is finished, it is done
You have risen, I have won
It is finished, it is done
Now I'm singing hallelujah
Grace says, "You are loved"
Grace says, "You are healed"
Graces says, "You're redeemed"
Grace says, "You are clean"
It is finished, it is done
You have risen, I have won
It is finished, it is done
Now I'm singing hallelujah
It is finished, it is done
Jesus said it, the work is done
It is finished, it is done
Now I'm singing hallelujah, hallelujah
Oh yeah!!! ... Hallelujah!
It is finished, It is finished, it is done
It is finished, It is finished, it is done
Grace says, "You are loved"
In response I say, "Thank You, thank You Lord"
This is sweet salvation, this is sweet salvation

Shalom in Him!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Shalom,

We read 1 John today in our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan. Verse 9 has always been a verse that set me free! Recently I have had discussions with people who believe that we do not need to confess our sin. They say that God's grace means that we don't have to even confess our sin. The first problem with that thinking is that the Epistles were written to the churches! They were written to born again, Spirit-filled believers who were being taught the Word of God! 

Actually, the root of the problem is a lack of understanding of understanding of the original language here! "Confess" is the Greek word "homologeo", which means: to assent, acknowledge, to say the same thing as another, to agree with, to concede, to admit. In other words, to confess when we sin simply means to recognize that what we have thought, said or done is contrary to God's Word! It is NOT sobbing, wailing, tearing your clothes or your hair, weeping for hours, or standing in front of people and giving a play by play of everything you've done wrong. Confession is prerequisite for RECEIVING the forgiveness that has been freely given. THIS is a SET FREE verse! 

1 John 1:9 If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

Now look at verse 10 and see what God thinks about not confessing (acknowledging) sin!

10 If we say (claim) we have not sinned, we contradict His Word and make Him out to be false and a liar, and His Word is not in us [the divine message of the Gospel is not in our hearts].

God's Grace is POWERFUL and it is OURS! Recognize when you have missed it in thoughts, words, or actions. Then receive the already provided and continually cleansing forgiveness that JESUS paid for! AMEN! Here is Hillsong UNITED with "Splinters and Stones":


Shalom in Him!