Saturday, November 17, 2018

Shalom,

We are reading Psalm 138 in our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan for today. When you have been going through the Bible plan for more than 30 years, you will find that you have found very many 'favorite' verses! Especially if your church has a Pastor who teaches the Word of God boldly, accurately, uncompromisingly, and under the Anointing of Holy Spirit! You will have developed an intense love and respect for the presence of the Lord and for His mighty Word! So, there are a couple of my favorite verses found in this Psalm! Remember that the Old Testament comes alive with powerful meaning when we know who we are IN HIM, what we have IN HIM and what we can do IN HIM! We have every good thing that they had and SO MUCH MORE! AMEN! Let's look at verses 1-2:
I will confess and praise You [O God] with my whole heart; before the gods will I sing praises to You. I will worship toward Your holy temple and praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth and faithfulness; for You have exalted above all else Your name and Your word and You have magnified Your word above all Your name!

Did you see that? HE, Who has been given a Name that is above every other name that can be named, was given that Name by the mighty Word of the living God! So whatever your need, find out what the Word of God says about it. Meditate (Joshua 1:8 AMP) on that TRUTH (John 17:17) until you 'know that you know', and then begin to speak, declare and proclaim that Word as the answer over your life. Refuse to be moved by any other report, because they are all UNDER the NAME and the WORD! Thank You, JESUS! Now for another favorite, verse 8:

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever—forsake not the works of Your own hands.

"Perfect" here is the Hebrew word "gamar", which means: to complete, finish, perform. This is telling us that when we commit our lives, our hearts, our cares and concerns, our families and everything we care about into His hands, HE will cause everything to fall abundantly into the right places so that we can continue to give HIM glory, honor and praise for it all! Have confidence! After all, He who watches over you never sleeps or slumbers! (Psalm 121:4) He is ALWAYS on the job of showing Himself strong on the behalf of His own! AMEN! Here is Hillsong Kids with "Voices of Freedom":



Shalom in Him!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Shalom,

I really love the Gospel of John. To me the message of who WE are - IN HIM - is so very clear and powerful here. Especially when you do Word studies. The Amplified Bible is not perfect, but in this book it does SO much for expounding on the REAL meanings of these Scriptures! We are reading John 14 today in our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan. You can read along with us through our website (link on the left) or purchase one to use for yourself (also available on the website). Look at verses 1-3:
Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me. In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you. And when (if) I go and make ready a place for you, I will come back again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also.

It says not to "let" our hearts be troubled. It is OUR choice and OUR responsibility to maintain a heart that is not troubled by everything around us! Jesus goes on to tell us that we need never fear or be troubled because THIS is not our home! HE has prepared our place in Heaven with Him! That's our HOME! That's where we REALLY belong! What we are doing here and now is fulfilling our Father's desire that everyone has an opportunity to choose LIFE! HE desires that everyone lives, BUT, He has given US the free will choice to choose HIM. Or not! REJOICE! Soon and very soon we are going to see our KING! HALLELUJAH! Then JESUS tells us this in verse 6, erasing any doubt whatsoever that there will ever by any other WAY to the Heaven of the Bible! 

Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me. 

AMEN! So be prepared, everywhere you go, to preach JESUS! And we will never have to do so alone! JESUS promised THIS in verses 16-17:
16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever— 17 The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you.

And then this in verse 26:

26 But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.

AMEN! What an awesome promise and provision HE has made for US! And JESUS is also expecting something from us! Look at verses 11-13:
11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me; or else believe Me for the sake of the [very] works themselves. [If you cannot trust Me, at least let these works that I do in My Father’s name convince you.] 12 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father. 13 And I will do [I Myself will grant] whatever you ask in My Name as [presenting all that I Am], so that the Father may be glorified and extolled in (through) the Son. 

HE expects US to rely on HIM to work through us to carry this all out! And it is ALL for reaching the unreached and seeking and saving the lost! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Who You Say I AM":


Shalom in Him!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Shalom,

Today I want to share Rick Renner's "Sparkling Gems 2" devotional. Rick is an excellent teacher of the Word of God and a Greek scholar! His insight into the history behind the words themselves is a priceless gift to the Church!

‘Hankerchiefs and Aprons’

So that from his [Paul’s] body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. — Acts 19:12

As we saw in yesterday’s Sparkling Gem, a time came when God instructed the apostle Paul that it was time for him to start his ministry in the local school of Tyrannus. Rather than fight the opposition in the synagogue — unbelieving Jews who were raising their voices against him — Paul had the wisdom to know it was time to withdraw, break camp, and relocate to new territory. Although it looked like a significant door was closing, another door was opening for him that would prove to be even more significant. And at the moment that new door swung open, it would initiate the most wonderful season of miracles Paul had ever known in his ministry!

That next season in Paul’s life literally overflowed with the supernatural. Although God had performed a great number of miracles through Paul in different phases of the apostle’s ministry, the miracles that occurred in Acts 19 were simply spectacular. During this new season in Paul’s life, special miracles exploded in his ministry. God’s power was even being released through articles of his clothing when they were laid upon the sick and those oppressed by evil spirits.

Acts 19:12 refers to this supernatural phenomenon: “So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.” The Greek word for “handkerchief ” is soudarion, a word used to describe a garment that is wrapped about one’s head, such as the richly decorated head garments men in the Middle East wear today.

In the First Century, it was customary for wealthier, sophisticated men to wear beautifully patterned pieces of material around their heads, especially if temperatures were hot. The headdress provided protection from the sun, kept the head cool in hot weather, and soaked up sweat that would otherwise stream down the brow and face. The word “handkerchief ” in all likelihood refers to such a headdress since that was the way this particular Greek word was most commonly used.

The word “apron” is simikinthion — and it depicts a decorative garment worn around the waist for wealthy, educated, and sophisticated men. Those who gathered near the School of Tyrannus — where Paul was conducting his ministry during this time — were sophisticated intellectuals who congregated to show off, to prove their wealth, to communicate new ideas and concepts, and to share new philosophical hypotheses with others of the same socioeconomic status.

The people who gathered in this section of the city were from the “upper crust” of society and dressed appropriately for their rank. In hot temperatures, the majority of these men wore stylish headdresses with brightly colored patterns and elegant wraps around their waists. This type of clothing was a status symbol for the rich and sophisticated. It is probable that Paul was likewise dressed suitably in an expensive headpiece with an elegant wrap tied about his waist.
Some have speculated these were workers’ rags that Paul might have worn from laboring in the leather industry. However, such common worker’s attire would be completely inappropriate for the prestigious corner of Ephesus where the School of Tyrannus was located. This view is very unlikely to be true. The facts seem to point to elegant clothes that Paul wore as he taught in one of the most prestigious schools in one of the most prestigious neighborhoods of Ephesus. This is my personal view, as I believe Paul would have been appropriately dressed for the audience he was trying to reach with his message. Few of those who were gathered would have had any interest in listening to a common worker in rags. This was simply unfitting for the vicinity near the School of Tyrannus.

But what is known about these garments — whatever kind of garments they were — is that they were saturated with the anointing of God! These articles of clothing, infused with divine power, were taken from Paul’s body to be laid upon people too ill to make the journey to where the apostle was ministering. Although the text doesn’t explicitly state the details, it seems logical to assume that these articles of clothing were cut into smaller pieces so they could be taken to larger numbers of sick, diseased, and demon-possessed people who lived throughout the city of Ephesus.

This is the only record of “prayer cloths” being used in the book of Acts, so there must be a logical reason as to why this particular manifestation of God’s power happened in Ephesus. When people in Ephesus visited a pagan temple, it was common for them to “take home a piece of the power” by purchasing a fetish. They believed objects carried power.
So it seems that God met these pagans at the point of their faith. Because they believed that objects could transmit power, they believed that if they could take home a piece of Paul’s clothing, they would “take home a piece of the power” that operated in his ministry. Consequently, it is probable that these pieces of clothing were cut into smaller pieces and shared among listeners, who took them home and laid them on the sick and diseased with outstanding results. Many were miraculously healed and delivered as evil spirits went out of them.

If Paul had remained in the synagogue — arguing and debating with people who opposed him — it is likely that this flow of divine power would have never manifested in his life. But after Paul took the big step of faith, withdrew from that environment, and stepped by faith into a new territory — that’s when God unleashed levels of power that Paul had never seen or experienced theretofore. Even his clothes carried the anointing of God to the sick, diseased, and demon-possessed — and they were healed!


Just think what could happen if you moved into the next season of your life where God is calling you! You may not see the miraculous results yet, but you could be getting ready to move into the most miraculous season of your life. Just as Paul would never have dreamed God would use his clothes to transmit the anointing, it may be that God has things planned for you that are beyond your wildest imagination. He simply needs you to be in the right place at the right time — and that depends on your willingness to follow and to obey!

AMEN!!! Dare to BELIEVE that the same God Who did this through Paul will also work HIS works through YOU, when you surrender to His calling and get busy with HIS work! AMEN! Here is Hillsong UNITED with "Children of the Light", which is WHO we are, and this is WHAT we are called to do! AMEN!!!!


Shalom in Him!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Shalom,

Today I want to share Kenneth E. Hagin's "Faith Food" .

Agreement

"Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 18:19). 

You won't be able to get someone healed if you're believing that they will live, but they're believing they will die! There's no agreement there. When praying for others, it is important to get them to agree. 

Usually, when someone comes to me with a prayer request, I say (if I can agree with it), "Let's join hands now and agree. Listen while I pray, and agree with my prayer. Because if we both pray at once and we don't pay attention to each other, you may be praying in one direction and I may be praying in another." 

Once a woman came for prayer for a financial need. I prayed, "Father, we agree concerning the $100 this family needs by the first of next month. We agree that by the first of the month they'll have this extra $100. You said that if two of you agree as touching anything they ask, it shall be done. We agree that it is done, and we thank You for it now, in the Name of Jesus. Amen." 

I looked at the woman and asked, "Is it done?" 

She started crying, "I hope it is," she said. 

It wasn't. There was no agreement. 

Confession: If there are two of us...and we're on earth...and we agree as touching anything we ask in line with God's Word...it shall be done for us of our Father in Heaven! 
One of the most powerful prayers is the prayer of agreement. That's why the enemy tries so very hard to cause strife and division among the Body, among families, friends and in marriages. He has seen how powerful the prayer of agreement has been against him and his works of darkness! Walking in love will help to maintain the right attitude for this prayer to work. The other requirement is that we have to be in agreement and in one accord about what we are asking for. The Amplified Bible says it best:

19 Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven.

What that means is that the prayer of agreement is only effective when both or all parties involved are in complete agreement. If I have faith in God's Word to believe for something and someone else has not yet developed their faith in that area, then the agreement will stop at the lowest faith level. We cannot pray a prayer of agreement beyond our faith level, but we CAN ask for help in prayer from others. The very best is for the child of God to find out what belongs to us as His children and then to stand on that promise as though we REALLY believe that He cannot lie! Because He CANNOT! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Be Still":


Shalom in Him!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Shalom,

We read Psalm 134 in our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan for today. 

A Song of Ascents.

Behold, bless (affectionately and gratefully praise) the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, [singers] who by night stand in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in holiness and to the sanctuary and bless the Lord [affectionately and gratefully praise Him]! The Lord bless you out of Zion, even He Who made heaven and earth.

It is said that  that the fifteen psalms known as the “Songs of Degrees or Ascents” were sung by the caravans of pilgrims going up to attend the annual feasts at Jerusalem. If this is true, and I believe that it is, then the people were preparing their hearts to go into the Temple where the presence of God resided. How did they prepare their hearts? By singing songs of praise, thanksgiving and worship! The born again believers that make up the Body of Christ, the Church, today would do well to make sure that WE are doing the same! We now ARE the temple of the Living God. We need go no further than to close our eyes and get along with Him! But we should make sure as we do that HE is our focus and our highest priority! Since HE is enthroned on the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). lets flood the very atmosphere with the sounds of high praises, thanksgiving for every good thing, and powerful and personal worship! Here, to help you with that, is Hillsong with "Behold - Then Sings My Soul":

Shalom in Him!

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!