Saturday, January 19, 2019

Shalom,

We started our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan for today with a powerful TRUTH! Psalm 1:1-4:

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows and proclaims His handiwork. Day after day pours forth speech, and night after night shows forth knowledge. There is no speech nor spoken word [from the stars]; their voice is not heard. Yet their voice [in evidence] goes out through all the earth, their sayings to the end of the world.

These verses are explaining to us that the evidence of Who God is is seen in the heavens! I know some people who are very quick to judge those who are watching the stars and recording what they are seeing as it pertains to Bible prophecy. Some people think that these are date setting for the catching away of the Church. There may be some who have done so, but for the most part this is simply not true! These are doing, with their knowledge of the stars AND of the Word of God, exactly what the 'wise men' who came from the East looking for the King Who was to be born were doing! They were checking evidence in the stars with what the Word of God says will happen. They are watching, praying, recording and warning that what they see beginning to come to pass should have all of us keeping ourselves ready to go! This also includes warning that our opportunity to tell the world about JESUS may be running out! So, rather than judge others for THEIR calling and anointing, let's simply be about fulfilling OURS! AMEN! And let THIS be our prayer before our God: Psalm 19:14:

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, impenetrable] Rock and my Redeemer.

AMEN! Here, to encourage YOU, is Hillsong with "Tell The World":


Shalom in Him!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Shalom,

Psalm 18:45-50 is a declaration by David, who had sinned against both God and his fellow man, of Who his God IS! 
46 The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted, 47 The God Who avenges me and subdues peoples under me, 48 Who delivers me from my enemies; yes, You lift me up above those who rise up against me; You deliver me from the man of violence. 49 Therefore will I give thanks and extol You, O Lord, among the nations, and sing praises to Your name. 50 Great deliverances and triumphs gives He to His king; and He shows mercy and steadfast love to His anointed, to David and his offspring forever.

David grasped what many born again believers fail to! Our God is NOT measured by human standards! He IS the STANDARD! Once David repented before the Lord for his sin (a selfish decision to do things MY way rather than God's way), he knew that His God was not a man that He should ever lie! David knew that the Covenant keeping God would ALWAYS have his back! Today's born again, spirit-filled believers NEED to get these TRUTHS firmly down on the inside of us! We CANNOT operate successfully in this world without knowing and having confidence in who WE are: IN HIM! And WE have a Covenant that is SO MUCH BETTER than David had! So, let's get busy studying to show ourselves approved unto God, rightly dividing the Words of HIS TRUTH! Then, once we have settled it in our own hearts that we ARE who HE says we are, let's start acting like the SAVED, ANOINTED, CALLED, SEPARATED, GIFTED, MIRACULOUSLY FORMED  and CELEBRATED vessels of HIS glory! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Who You Say I AM":


Shalom in Him!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Shalom,

At the end of Matthew 16, from yesterday's Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan, JESUS said THIS in verse 28:

28 Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in (into) His kingdom.

We see this fulfilled in today's Bible Reading in Matthew 17:1-8:

 And six days after this, Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And His appearance underwent a change in their presence; and His face shone clear and bright like the sun, and His clothing became as white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, who kept talking with Him. Then Peter began to speak and said to Jesus, Lord, it is good and delightful that we are here; if You approve, I will put up three booths here—one for You and one for Moses and one for Elijah. While he was still speaking, behold, a shining cloud composed of light] overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, This is My Son, My Beloved, with Whom I am [and have always been] delighted. Listen to Him! When the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were seized with alarm and struck with fear. But Jesus came and touched them and said, Get up, and do not be afraid. And when they raised their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

This was quite the experience for these three trusted disciples! We know that they were trusted by JESUS because He tells them in verse 9 not to mention what they saw to anyone until after He had been raised from the dead. I imagine that this last statement went right over their heads! They could not understand at all what the great plan for our Salvation entailed! Everyone ran scared when the soldiers took JESUS from the Garden! But it all made sense once He was raised up and they were born again! There is SO much in the Word of God that we do not yet know and understand, no matter how much we DO know or how long we have been studying the Word! There is ALWAYS something knew to learn or a new way to look at something we've already learned! Make studying and meditating the Word of God your top priority every day and you will never stop learning and growing! And the results are well worth it all! Look at Joshua 1:8:

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 is that we will not only learn and grow, but we will have the needed wisdom to prosper and to deal wisely and have GOOD success, in every area! Grab THAT promise! Also, as you do study the Word of God, you will sometimes find things that are not quite what you have always heard or been taught! Take a look at Matthew 17:20:

20 He said to them, Because of the littleness of your faith [that is, your lack of firmly relying trust]. For truly I say to you, if you have faith [that is living] like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.

After JESUS and His disciples had come down from their mountain top experience, they were confronted by a man whose son was demon possessed and the other disciples who had not gone with them had not been able to cast the demon out. JESUS told them that it was because of the littleness of their faith that the demon did not obey them! They had NOT grown their faith to that point yet! Verse 21 speaks of prayer and fasting, but that is NOT in the original language. I'm sure that the translators thought that they were helping with that addition, but prayer and fasting does NOT bring faith! Faith COMES by hearing and hearing and hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17)! Prayer and fasting is needful for US to get in position to learn and grow in the things of God, but the devil MUST leave at the mention of the NAME of JESUS! Meditate on the verses that speak of the Name of JESUS and our authority by and through that Name! THAT is what is needful to put and keep the devil in his place! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Not Today":



Shalom in Him!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Shalom,

Today's "Faith Food" by Kenneth E. Hagin is a simple and yet very profound look at the Name of JESUS! 

By Inheritance

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. (Hebrews 1:1-4)


We cannot measure the vastness of the power and authority in the Name of Jesus without realizing that He inherited that Name from God the Creator.

Jesus is the brightness of God's glory.

Jesus is the express image of God's Person - the very outshining of God the Father. Jesus is the heir of all things. And Jesus inherited His Name. The greatness of His Name is inherited from His Father. So the power of His Name can only be measured by the power of God.

And every believer has inherited the legal right to use the Name of Jesus!

Confession: I know the Name of Jesus has within it the power and authority of the Creator! I know the power in the Name of Jesus can be measured only by the power of God. And I know I have a legal right to use that Name! 

One of my favorite Old Testament verses is found in Psalm 138:2:

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!

We see in Hebrews, above, that our God upholds ALL THINGS by the WORD OF HIS POWER! JESUS has been given the NAME that is above every name that is named! It is the WORD of God's power that has given that NAME! And HE has given US (every born again believer) the right to use that NAME as though it is our own, and it IS! We are called by HIS NAME! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "What A Beautiful Name":


Shalom in Him!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Shalom, 

Kenneth E. Hagin's "Faith Food" devotional for today says this:

Mighty Weapon


"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds" (2 Corinthians 10:4). 
Although we have been made new creatures - created by God in Christ Jesus; and although we are transferred out from under Satan's authority, we still live in a world ruled by Satan. 

The Bible calls Satan "the god of this world" (2 Corinthians 4:4) and "the prince of the power of the air" (Ephesians 2:2). Christ also called him "the prince of this world" (John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11). 

According to the Word of God, the very air about us is filled with hostile forces attempting to destroy our fellowship with God the Father, and to deprive us of our usefulness in the Master's service. 

But our Father God, in His great provision and plan of redemption, has given us a weapon to use against Satan. That weapon is given to us not only for ourselves, but also for the benefit of the Satan-ruled men and women around us. That weapon is the Name of Jesus! 

Confession: The weapons of my warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Where Satan's forces have built strongholds, I can pull them down with the mighty Name of Jesus. Satan is no match for that Name. And that Name is a mighty weapon given to me to use against the forces of the enemy. 

To HAVE weapons and to USE weapons are to very different things! God has given us HIS authority to use over all the power of the enemy! He has given US His very own Name to enforce that authority!  BUT, we MUST take action in implementing our weapon of Godly authority in and through the very NAME of JESUS! AMEN! Here is Don Moen with "I Have Given You Authority"":


\Shalom in Him!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Shalom,

People say that atheists do not believe in the God of the Bible! Well I can assure you and them that the God of the Bible does NOT believe in atheists! Look at today's Psalm from our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan! Psalm 14:1 says:

The [empty-headed] fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable deeds; there is none that does good or right.

God Himself calls those who CLAIM that there is no God are "empty-headed fools"! Refuse to be 'empty-headed' and refuse to be anybody's fool! YOU were created in the image of God with the opportunity to be recreated as a child of God! If you already have, then REJOICE! The BEST is yet to come! If you have not, then I invite you to pray THIS prayer with me now and know for CERTAIN that you have Heaven as your home and source of supply!

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! Now that you are a genuine child of the Living God, you, too, can grow up into His Word! You can meditate on it day and night (Joshua 1:8) until you are able to confidently put that Word into practice!  Be a DOER of the Word and not simply a hearer who is deceiving himself  concerning the Word of God (James 1:22)! HE WILL confirm HIS Word with signs, wonders and miracles (Mark 16:20)! Remember always that God does NOT want anyone to perish, but all to become members of HIS family! Not all WILL, but that will be THEIR own choice and NOT His! Here is Hillsong with "No Reason To Hide":


Shalom in Him!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Shalom,

Today I want to share the devotional from our Spoken Word Church website!

Wash Your Mind With the Word of God

The Bible is God's blueprint for mankind. It defines His purpose for creating, as well as, His covenant to bless us. God promised that meditation on His words would produce the miracle of prosperity.
Nothing will ever dominate your life that doesn't happen daily. So, meditate on God's Word, daily. One of your greatest discoveries will be the principle of seed faith.
"That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word." (Ephesians 5:26)
"Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do." (Deuteronomy 29:9)
The top priority at The Spoken Word Church is to teach and train born again believers to be bright lights in and to the world. Then those 'bright lights' can go out into their worlds preaching the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST through their lives AND their words! The ONLY way to accomplish that is to train these believers to put the Word of God  first place in their lives! God's Word is the legal basis for all of the promises of God found in the New Covenant that we have that is based on new and better promises (Hebrews 8:6)! Spend time everyday in the Word of God and get that Word IN you! Amen! The promise that JESUS gave us for this is found in John 15:7:

If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.

AMEN! Now you have it, straight for the mouth of JESUS! So now let's get busy with THIS, our Father's work! Here is Hillsong with "Your Word":


Verse 1
Before the earth knew its foundation
You spoke the dust into creation
Until the end when all has withered
Then still Your Word will endure forever
Pre-Chorus
The lamp unto my feet
The light unto my path
Chorus
Your Word will not be shaken
Your Word will never fail me
Like a fire in my bones
Like a whisper to my soul
Your Word is revelation
Verse 2
Deep calls to deep within Your presence
When I hear You speak my soul awakens
Your Spirit leads my heart to worship
As Your Word reveals the light of Jesus

Shalom in Him!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Shalom,

Today we will look again at Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost For His Highest".

Have You Ever Been Alone with God?

When they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples. —Mark 4:34

Our Solitude with Him. Jesus doesn’t take us aside and explain things to us all the time; He explains things to us as we are able to understand them. The lives of others are examples for us, but God requires us to examine our own souls. It is slow work— so slow that it takes God all of time and eternity to make a man or woman conform to His purpose. We can only be used by God after we allow Him to show us the deep, hidden areas of our own character. It is astounding how ignorant we are about ourselves! We don’t even recognize the envy, laziness, or pride within us when we see it. But Jesus will reveal to us everything we have held within ourselves before His grace began to work. How many of us have learned to look inwardly with courage?


We have to get rid of the idea that we understand ourselves. That is always the last bit of pride to go. The only One who understands us is God. The greatest curse in our spiritual life is pride. If we have ever had a glimpse of what we are like in the sight of God, we will never say, “Oh, I’m so unworthy.” We will understand that this goes without saying. But as long as there is any doubt that we are unworthy, God will continue to close us in until He gets us alone. Whenever there is any element of pride or conceit remaining, Jesus can’t teach us anything. He will allow us to experience heartbreak or the disappointment we feel when our intellectual pride is wounded. He will reveal numerous misplaced affections or desires— things over which we never thought He would have to get us alone. Many things are shown to us, often without effect. But when God gets us alone over them, they will be clear.

The moment that we received JESUS as Lord and Saviour, Holy Spirit recreated our own human spirit in the very image of God! Our spirit man is PERFECT! We cannot sin with our spirit. We no longer have our previous 'sin  nature'! But we DO have the nature of the flesh to deal with while we are here on earth. That is why we must be continually renewing our minds with the Word of God so that Holy Spirit can teach us the difference, and show us how to walk in His will and His ways! Stay in continual fellowship with HIM and you will never go wrong because HE never allows His righteous ones to 'slip, fall or fail' (
Psalm 55:22 AMP)! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "I Am Who You Say I Am":


Shalom in Him!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Shalom

We have been teaching how to live and walk by faith since before the beginning of The Spoken Word Church! It IS what JESUS said is essential! HE said "The just shall live by faith" (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38)! Today's "Grace Inspirations" by Joseph Prince is another example of this very thing!

BELIEVING IS RECEIVING

Mark 5:28–29 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” 

Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.

You have heard people of the world say, “I will believe it only when I see it.” Generally, that is the way the world thinks. But God’s ways are not like the ways of the world. The world says, “If I can’t feel it or see it, I cannot believe the miracle is here.” God says, “If you believe it before you feel it or see it, you will see your miracle.”

Believing first before seeing the evidence of what we are believing for is called faith. Faith is like a spark and Jesus is the dynamite powder.

In the story of the healing of the woman with the issue of blood, there were many people who touched Jesus (see Mark 5:31), but nothing happened to them. They didn’t touch Him in faith. But when the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years came to Him and touched Him in faith, He felt power leave His body (see Mark 5:30), and it sparked off an explosion of healing in the woman’s body!

Hearing about how good, kind and loving Jesus was fired her faith to believe that He could and would heal her. So convinced was she (even when the condition in her body was still evident) that she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Did she experience her healing first before she believed? No, she believed first in Jesus’ goodness and power, acted in faith and only then felt the healing in her body.

In the same way, God wants you to believe in His goodness and love toward you. He wants you to know how willing He is to act on your behalf to bless you, and how, with Christ, He will freely give you every good thing (see Romans 8:32).


He wants you to declare by faith that all is and shall be well with you, and to expect to see just that. And then, no matter how long you have had the problem, no matter how bad the experts say it is, an explosion of healing and restoration will take place, and you will receive what you are believing for!

AMEN! Faith IS the SUBSTANCE of things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1)! THAT means that FAITH, which comes by hearing (and hearing and hearing) the Word of God (Romans 10:17) GIVES substance to our hope, causing the manifestation of what we believe! SO, find out from the Word of God what belongs to you as a child of God and then hear and hear and hear that WORD over and over and over until YOUR faith grows. Then speak the WORD and watch God work! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Say The Word":


Shalom in Him!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Shalom,

We have learned at The Spoken Word Church that when someone speaks of Christians, they may be speaking about true, biblical Christians, or simply religious Christians,who are not really Christians at all! Today's "My Utmost For His Highest" covers this very well!

The Opened Sight

To open their eyes…that they may receive… — Acts 26:18

This verse is the grandest condensation of the propaganda of a disciple of Jesus Christ in the whole of the New Testament.

The first sovereign work of grace is summed up in the words — “that they may receive remission of sins” (RV). When a man fails in personal Christian experience, it is nearly always because he has never received anything. The only sign that a man is saved is that he has received something from Jesus Christ. Our part as workers for God is to open men’s eyes that they may turn themselves from darkness to light; but that is not salvation, that is conversion — the effort of a roused human being. I do not think it is too sweeping to say that the majority of nominal Christians are of this order; their eyes are opened, but they have received nothing. Conversion is not regeneration. This is one of the neglected factors in our preaching today. When a man is born again, he knows that it is because he has received something as a gift from Almighty God and not because of his own decision. People register their vows, and sign their pledges, and determine to go through, but none of this is salvation. Salvation means that we are brought to the place where we are able to receive something from God on the authority of Jesus Christ, viz., remission of sins.


Then there follows the second mighty work of grace — “an inheritance among them which are sanctified.” In sanctification the regenerated soul deliberately gives up his right to himself to Jesus Christ, and identifies himself entirely with God’s interest in other men.

To make this even more clear, what he speaks of as 'conversion' is actually realizing that you are a sinner who needs a Saviour! Once you realize that, then you MUST follow that with a decision to BELIEVE that JESUS IS that Saviour, then to accept and receive HIM as YOUR Saviour! THAT is the very moment of your New Birth! Holy Spirit then enters that believer, recreating that previously dead human spirit into the image of God, making an entirely new being! A born again child of the Living God! NOW you are eligible to receive the INFILLING of Holy Spirit, giving HIM total access to you and being anointed with power from on high! Now you are fully equipped to minister God's LIFE to others! 

Another, even simpler, way of looking at this is to say: going to/belonging to a church doesn't make one a Christian any more than sitting in a garage makes one a car! Biblical Christians are those who have been born again by receiving JESUS a Saviour! Biblical Christians are the only ones who have Heaven as our home when we leave this earth! What 'type' of Christian are YOU? Make certain that you are the RIGHT kind! Your eternity depends on that decision! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Alive":

Shalom in Him!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Shalom,

Today I want to share another of Rick Renner's teachings from Sparkling Gems From The Greek - Volume 2. These  devotionals are SO thorough and well taught that those of us who are not Greek scholars can easily understand what the Word of God is telling us! 

Where Is Your Faith?

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. — 1 Corinthians 2:5

I was speechless the first time I attended a meeting where I saw the power of God in demonstration! The reason I was so shocked was that from childhood, my denomination had taught me the age of miracles had passed. We had been indoctrinated that miracles such as the ones we read about in the New Testament had ceased and passed away with the death of the apostles. “Miracles were part of the apostolic age,” we were told, “and they no longer occur in today’s world.”

So you can imagine how stunned I was when I saw miracles happening right before my eyes! At that service I was attending, I remember feeling like a whirlwind of power passed through that auditorium — and with my own eyes, I saw miracles happening all around me! A miracle of healing happened here, there, and everywhere. Soon people were lining up near the stage to testify about what had happened in their bodies. Wheelchairs were emptied; paralyzed people got up from their stretchers and walked; blind eyes were opened; deaf ears were unstopped; and the mute were starting to speak!

All my doubts about God’s miracle-working power still being in operation on the earth today were eradicated that day as I watched those wheelchairs being emptied and people who had been brought in on stretchers walking and even running from one end of the stage to the other. Soon the entire front of the auditorium and the aisles were jammed with people who had come forward to give their lives to Christ.

In a matter of hours, all my denominational teaching about the lack of miracles in this present age melted away. As much as I loved my denomination, I could see with my own eyes that I had been wrongly informed my entire life. After that experience with the power of God, I was changed, altered, and forever impacted because of what I witnessed. When I went back to my church and told them what I had experienced, they tried to talk me out of it. But all of their talking was a lost cause! It was too late, because I had personally seen and experienced the power of God!

There is nothing like an encounter with the power of God to alter one’s way of thinking and believing. Often we preach and appeal to people with all the right words, but we stop short of the one thing that will put an end to all doubts: one outstanding demonstration of God’s power. A real miracle or healing demonstrated right before the eyes of doubters can have a greater impact than years of coaxing and begging. The fact is, there is NOTHING more gripping than an actual, personal encounter with the power of God! When we allow God to “show off,” that supernatural manifestation drives the message deeper into people’s hearts and makes a far greater impact than we could ever achieve with mere words.

When the apostle Paul first started preaching to the Corinthians, who were deeply pagan and immersed in gross darkness, he knew words alone would never do the job. To reach them, he would need a demonstration of God’s power. In First Corinthians 2:4, he reminded them about the manner in which he first preached to them. He said, “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.”
In the next verse, Paul continued to tell them the reason he wanted them to see a demonstration of God’s power. He wrote, “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:5).

Just as I was so deeply impacted by the miracles I saw in that meeting many years ago, the apostle Paul knew that miracles, healings, and other displays of power would have a great impact on his listeners. If all he offered them were “enticing words of man’s wisdom,” they could argue, disagree, or debate with him. But if an unquestionable miracle happened right before their eyes — a demonstration of supernatural power that literally knocked them off their feet — they would know that God Almighty was behind the message Paul was preaching!
I’ll never forget what one great man once told me about the power of God. He said, “You can’t win an argument with a man who has had a supernatural experience.” This is true! When people have an encounter with the power of God, it puts an end to all speculation and all arguments.

Paul knew that a display of God’s power would have a great influence on his audience, so in addition to carefully crafting a message that would touch their hearts, he took it one step further and made the choice to allow the power of God to do its unparalleled work. Paul knew the power of God would melt away every doubt and put an end to all debate, so he stepped aside and allowed God’s power to show off and thus confirm that the message he preached was indeed the truth!

Paul later told the Corinthians the reason he took this approach: “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” The word “stand” in this verse is the little Greek word en, which simply means in. As used here, this word describes the medium in which faith is rooted. It could be translated, “I took this approach so your faith would not be rooted in the wisdom of men….” Then he continued to write, “…but in the power of God.”
The word en is used again when Paul referred to the power of God, which lets us know that Paul wanted his listeners’ faith to be rooted deeply in the power of God. The word “power” in this verse is the Greek word dunamis. This well-known, often-used word denotes the mighty power of God. In this verse, it denotes not merely power, but tremendous power. This word dunamis denotes God’s supernatural power, which is explosive, mighty, and awe-inspiring to those who see it or experience it.

Paul’s words in First Corinthians 2:5 could thus be paraphrased:

“I took this approach so your faith would not be rooted in the wisdom of men, but so your faith would be steadfastly rooted in the power of God.”

Don’t make the mistake of taking only a mental approach when you preach the Gospel or share the Word with people who are less informed than you are. Of course, you must use your mind to its maximum capacity. God gave you your mind and expects you to use it as you share Christ and His Word with others. But you should always get quiet in your heart first and ask the Holy Spirit what He would like to do in those moments. What needs in the lives of your listeners would He like to step in and meet supernaturally to reveal His great love for them? He’ll lead you each step of the way if you’ll stay sensitive to Him.

And if you ever come to a standstill in a conversation — when it is your word against another person’s — that may be the golden moment when you need to step aside and allow God to step in and do what only He can do! Give His supernatural power an opportunity to intervene and confirm the truth you are attempting to drive into that person’s heart.


When you come to one of those moments when the greatest efforts of your mind seem futile, yield to the power of God that resides within you and allow the Holy Spirit to do what you could never do by yourself. When the Spirit of God is finished confirming the Word with supernatural demonstrations of power, all arguments will cease, the case will be closed, and the person you are trying to reach will be convinced!

AMEN! Never listen to anyone who tries to tell you that God has changed! HE CANNOT CHANGE! The WORD that He spoke during creation is still producing today! HIS Word WORKS and will never stop working! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "The Lost Are Found":


Shalom  in Him!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Shalom,

Today I want to share a very good "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers!

Does My Sacrifice Live?

And Abraham built an altar…and bound Isaac his son. — Genesis 22:9

This incident is a picture of the blunder we make in thinking that the final thing God wants of us is the sacrifice of death. What God wants is the sacrifice through death which enables us to do what Jesus did, viz., sacrifice our lives. Not “I am willing to go to death with Thee,” but, “I am willing to be identified with Thy death so that I may sacrifice my life to God.” We seem to think that God wants us to give up things! God purified Abraham from this blunder, and the same discipline goes on in our lives. God nowhere tells us to give up things for the sake of giving them up. He tells us to give them up for the sake of the only thing worth having, viz., life with Himself. It is a question of loosening the bands that hinder the life, and immediately those bands are loosened by identification with the death of Jesus, we enter into a relationship with God whereby we can sacrifice our lives to Him.

It is of no value to God to give Him your life for death. He wants you to be a “living sacrifice,” to let Him have all your powers that have been saved and sanctified through Jesus. This is the thing that is acceptable to God.

So many times we hear of martyrs who have given their lives for the 'cause of Christ' and are made to feel that we should all be willing to do so. The TRUTH of the matter is that we are MUCH MORE valuable to God and His Kingdom by being alive in HIM and carrying His LIFE to the lost! That's why we MUST learn who we are - IN HIM! We need to know our authority so that we can rebuke the enemy and death and live out our full life, running our race and finishing our course! Heaven is our FUTURE and ETERNITY! Let's stay alive and filled with HIS LIFE in the here and now so that there is something for the lost to see that points them to JESUS! AMEN! "STAYING ALIVE" should be OUR theme song! Dig in to the Word of God with a purpose to find out who YOU are, and into intimate fellowship with Holy Spirit so that you can be led, guided and directed every moment of this life! This IS our one and only opportunity to do so! And while we're at it, let's leave a powerful legacy to those we will eventually leave behind, if JESUS doesn't appear for the church in our lifetime. Be HEARD! Be KNOWN! Be SEEN! Be remembered as having been with JESUS! AMEN! Here is a children's song from the new Hillsong Kids album called "I Give You My Hallelujah":



Shalom in Him!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Shalom,

Today's Mathew 7 from our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan addresses just as clearly as is possible what the Lord our God thinks about all of the biting, devouring, criticizing and condemning that is going on WITHIN THE CHURCH! Verses 1-5:
 Do not judge and criticize and condemn others, so that you may not be judged and criticized and condemned yourselves. For just as you judge and criticize and condemn others, you will be judged and criticized and condemned, and in accordance with the measure you [use to] deal out to others, it will be dealt out again to you. Why do you stare from without at the very small particle that is in your brother’s eye but do not become aware of and consider the beam of timber that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, Let me get the tiny particle out of your eye, when there is the beam of timber in your own eye? You hypocrite, first get the beam of timber out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the tiny particle out of your brother’s eye.

DO NOT!!! JESUS could not have made that any clearer! DO NOT JUDGE!! There is ONE Judge Who judges all and it is NOT YOU! Or ME! WE are called to love each other, pray for each other. encourage each other, exhort each other unto good works! We are NOT to hold ourselves above others and recount all of their faults and failures! THIS is the only instruction that we have concerning this! Galatians 6:1:

 Brethren, if any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual [who are responsive to and controlled by the Spirit] should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and with all gentleness, keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also.

The first sign that YOU are not the 'spiritual one' this is referring to? The 'spiritual one' will NOT WANT to go! They WILL go, in obedience to the LORD JESUS, but they will take no delight in doing so! Let's just get back to the LOVE message and major on that one! After all, 1 Corinthians 13:8 tells us all that LOVE NEVER FAILS!!! AMEN! Here is  Hillsong Young and Free with "Let Go":


Shalom in Him!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Shalom,

THIS, from today's "Grace Inspiration" by Joseph Prince, is SO vital for us to get inside! We CANNOT live truly free until we realize that the WORK in us is HIS! 

YOU HAVE FIRST-CLASS RIGHTEOUSNESS

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

Some Christians believe that they have to work at becoming more righteous. And they kick themselves when they do wrong. They don’t realize that by doing these things, they are not seeking God’s righteousness, but are trying to establish their own righteousness by their law-keeping and right conduct.
Righteousness is not about right conduct. It is a gift from God to us through Jesus. And since it is a gift, we cannot earn it by our law-keeping and right conduct. We can only receive it!

How do we receive this gift? We receive it through the cross. God made Jesus “who knew no sin to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” So today, we are the righteousness of God in Christ. We are as righteous as Jesus is!

But some of us think that in the body of Christ, there are different classes of righteousness, like the seating classes in an airplane. They think that some of us have economy-class righteousness, others have business-class righteousness and a select few have first-class righteousness.

That is nonsense! When God gave us Jesus, He became our righteousness. So we have His righteousness. This means that we are 100 per cent righteous in God’s eyes! We cannot but have first-class righteousness!

You might say, “Pastor Prince, I don’t understand. How can I be righteous when I have done wrong?” Think about this: Jesus, who knew no sin, became sin for us. Jesus knew no sin, did no sin and in Him was no sin. But at the cross, He received our sin and became sin for us.

Likewise, we, who were sinners, knew no righteousness, did no righteousness and in us was no righteousness. But at the cross, we received His righteousness and became the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

At the cross, the divine exchange took place. Jesus took our place so that we might take His place. He did not deserve to be made sin, but He was made sin in our place. We did not deserve to be made righteous, but we were made righteous because we received His righteousness. What good news! What amazing grace!

AMEN! And THIS TRUTH is what give us the freedom to walk out this life in complete confidence that HE, Who began this 'GOOD WORK' in us, will continue and complete it! HALLELUJAH! And He ALWAYS gets it right! Here is Hillsong with "I Am Who You Say I Am":



Shalom in Him!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Shalom,

Today I want to sharer THIS from "My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers.

The Life of Power to Follow

Jesus answered him, "Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward." —John 13:36

“And when He had spoken this, He said to him, ‘Follow Me’ ” (John 21:19). Three years earlier Jesus had said, “Follow Me” (Matthew 4:19), and Peter followed with no hesitation. The irresistible attraction of Jesus was upon him and he did not need the Holy Spirit to help him do it. Later he came to the place where he denied Jesus, and his heart broke. Then he received the Holy Spirit and Jesus said again, “Follow Me” (John 21:19). Now no one is in front of Peter except the Lord Jesus Christ. The first “Follow Me” was nothing mysterious; it was an external following. Jesus is now asking for an internal sacrifice and yielding (see John 21:18).

Between these two times Peter denied Jesus with oaths and curses (see Matthew 26:69-75). But then he came completely to the end of himself and all of his self-sufficiency. There was no part of himself he would ever rely on again. In his state of destitution, he was finally ready to receive all that the risen Lord had for him. “…He breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’ ” (John 20:22). No matter what changes God has performed in you, never rely on them. Build only on a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ, and on the Spirit He gives.

All our promises and resolutions end in denial because we have no power to accomplish them. When we come to the end of ourselves, not just mentally but completely, we are able to “receive the Holy Spirit.” “Receive the Holy Spirit” — the idea is that of invasion. There is now only One who directs the course of your life, the Lord Jesus Christ.

I LOVE this! It is NOT possible for us to think, speak and act like JESUS in THIS life without being born again by the Spirit of God, Who continues ti live IN every believer! When we receive the INFILLING of Holy Spirit, then WE give HIM freedom and access to every part of us so that HE can lead, guide and direct US and our steps to be in line with His will and His WORD, which are one and the same! Be born again! Be filled with Holy Spirit, NOW you can fulfill God's plans and purposes for you, your life and your family! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "No Reason To Hide":


Shalom in Him!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Shalom,

Today's "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers is one I particularly love because this WAS the message that the Lord Himself gave to me in a meeting where Ii was once again wondering WHEN I would begin to minister the way He was showing me that I would! 

Why Cannot I Follow Thee Now?

Peter said unto Him, Lord, why cannot I follow Thee now? — John 13:37

There are times when you cannot understand why you cannot do what you want to do. When God brings the blank space, see that you do not fill it in, but wait. The blank space may come in order to teach you what sanctification means, or it may come after sanctification to teach you what service means. Never run before God’s guidance. If there is the slightest doubt, then He is not guiding. Whenever there is doubt — don’t.

In the beginning you may see clearly what God’s will is — the severance of a friendship, the breaking off of a business relationship, something you feel distinctly before God is His will for you to do, never do it on the impulse of that feeling. If you do, you will end in making difficulties that will take years of time to put right. Wait for God’s time to bring it round and He will do it without any heartbreak or disappointment. When it is a question of the providential will of God, wait for God to move.

Peter did not wait on God, he forecast in his mind where the test would come, and the test came where he did not expect it. “I will lay down my life for Thy sake.” Peter’s declaration was honest but ignorant. “Jesus answered him…The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied Me thrice.” This was said with a deeper knowledge of Peter than Peter had of himself. He could not follow Jesus because he did not know himself, of what he was capable. Natural devotion may be all very well to attract us to Jesus, to make us feel His fascination, but it will never make us disciples. Natural devotion will always deny Jesus somewhere or other.

God's message to ME at the time I referred to above, was that I was meant to walk WITH Him! NOT ahead of Him OR behind Him! Simply walk out every day the instructions for THAT day, and HE would show me the 'things to come' at the proper time! HIS timing is rarely early, but NEVER late! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Seasons":



Shalom in Him!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Shalom,

Today I want to share from Kenneth E. Hagin's "Faith Food" devotional again. These lessons are so straight forward and vital to know!

Know You're New

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17). 

Today's text is one of my favorite scriptures. I got ahold of it while I was still a bedfast teenager. And when I came off that bed healed, I told everyone I met, "I am a new creature!" 

Meditate on this verse today, because if you do not understand the truth of what the New Birth is, it will hinder your faith and will keep you from receiving the blessings God intends you to have. 

The spiritual nature of man, you see, is a fallen nature - a satanic nature. Man received this satanic nature from Satan when Adam sinned. And no man can change his own human nature. But God can! 

When you were born again, something went on inside you - instantaneously! That old, satanic nature went out of you. And the very life and nature of God came into you! God created you as a brand-new creature - a new creation. The man on the inside - the real you, which is a spirit man - has already become a new man in Christ. 

So don't look at yourself from the physical or the natural standpoint. Look at yourself from the spiritual standpoint. See yourself as a new creature in Christ. That's how God sees you! 

Confession: I am a new creature. Old things inside me passed away. All things inside me became new. I have a new life. I have a new nature. I have the life of God! 
AMEN! Knowing who we are in Christ is so vital to being able to stand confidently on His Word! We have the right to do so! Be BOLD and be STRONG in the Word of God! Speak it over every situation and circumstance that you face. HE confirms His WORD! So SPEAK it! Here is Hillsong with "Say The Word":


Shalom in Him!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Shalom,

I LOVE today's "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers. It is all about living that life of surrender to the will, the plan and the purposes of God! HE has plans for your blessing and well being that are waiting on your surrender to HIS will in order to manifest! Remember, God is  not holding ANYTHING back of all that he has already blessed you with! HE is waiting on YOU to get in position to RECEIVE! AMEN! 

Will You Go Out Without Knowing?

He went out, not knowing whither he went. — Hebrews 11:8

Have you been “out” in this way? If so, there is no logical statement possible when anyone asks you what you are doing. One of the difficulties in Christian work is this question — “What do you expect to do?” You do not know what you are going to do; the only thing you know is that God knows what He is doing. Continually revise your attitude towards God and see if it is a going out of everything, trusting in God entirely. It is this attitude that keeps you in perpetual wonder — you do not know what God is going to do next. Each morning you wake it is to be a “going out,” building in confidence on God. “Take no thought for your life,…nor yet for your body” — take no thought for the things for which you did take thought before you “went out.”
Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you Who He is. Do you believe in a miracle-working God, and will you go out in surrender to Him until you are not surprised an atom at anything He does?


Suppose God is the God you know Him to be when you are nearest to Him — what an impertinence worry is! Let the attitude of the life be a continual “going out” in dependence upon God, and your life will have an ineffable charm about it which is a satisfaction to Jesus. You have to learn to go out of convictions, out of creeds, out of experiences, until, so far as your faith is concerned, there is nothing between yourself and God.

AMEN!!! This is the life of complete surrender to God, KNOWING that every thing that He is planning to bless your life with is FAR, FAR better than ANYTHING that you could dream up yourself! AMEN! So, to get you more and more ready for THAT day; here is Hillsong UNITED with "Oceans"!


Shalom in Him!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Shalom,

Our God is a God of His Word! He IS the God of Promise! He IS the God of the Covenant! His plans for us are phenomenal and beyond all that we could even ask of think (Jeremiah 29:11)! BUT, He has put the conditions for being in position to receive all that He has given in His Word! The condition for eternal Salvation believe in JESUS and what He did for us personally on the cross, then accept and receive that for ourselves (John 3:16-17; Romans 10:9-10; 1 John 5:10-13). No one can do that FOR us, but they can pray that our hearts be ready to receive and that those who share the Gospel will come into our lives! I said all of that to say THIS: We begin our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan again today and Psalm 1:1-3 gives us some conditions for walking in the blessing of God!
Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather. But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].

Now THAT is a tremendous promise! And all that WE must do is to stay away from evil influences and pay attention to the Word, the Voice and the Spirit of God! And be DOERS of all that we see and hear from HIM! Read the rest of
Psalm 1 to see what the alternative ending is if we should be foolish enough to choose that path! Make a determined purpose today to live the rest of your life, until JESUS appears for us, actively seeking JESUS and His Word and being obedient to both! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Your Word" again! BECAUSE!


Shalom in Him!

Monday, December 31, 2018

Shalom,

We read Psalm 119 on our last day in this year's Bible Reading Plan! Look at verses 1-2:


1 You’re only truly happy when you walk in total integrity, walking in the light of God’s word. 2 What joy overwhelms everyone who keeps the ways of God, those who seek him as their heart’s passion!

Learning, knowing and obeying the Word of God puts us in position to receive the greatest blessings of our lives! Look at these verses from the
Amplified Bible!
Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the undefiled (the upright, truly sincere, and blameless) in the way [of the revealed will of God], who walk (order their conduct and conversation) in the law of the Lord (the whole of God’s revealed will). Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are they who keep His testimonies, and who seek, inquire for and of Him and crave Him with the whole heart.

Note that under our new and better Covenant, the 'undefiled' are NOT those who never miss it or make a mistake! They are those who are 'upright and blameless' because they have received JESUS as Lord and Saviour, and the Blood of JESUS continually cleanses them from all sin as they confess (acknowledge and admit) that sin to the Father (1 John 1:9)! And we all are 'blessed, happy, fortunate and to be envied' when we make the Word of God our standard and order our lives by it! All of  Psalm 119 is referring to the Word of God and how indispensable it is to our success in everyday life! I encourage you to read Psalm 119 on a regular basis and allow Holy Spirit, who lives IN every born again believer, to show you more and more Wisdom from it! Make a commitment to put the Word of God first place this year, and next year on this last day of the year, YOU will look back on a year of unprecedented growth in the things of God and in usefulness to the Kingdom of God! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Your Word":


Verse 1
Before the earth knew its foundation
You spoke the dust into creation
Until the end when all has withered
Then still Your Word will endure forever
Pre-Chorus
The lamp unto my feet
The light unto my path
Chorus
Your Word will not be shaken
Your Word will never fail me
Like a fire in my bones
Like a whisper to my soul
Your Word is revelation
Verse 2
Deep calls to deep within Your presence
When I hear You speak my soul awakens
Your Spirit leads my heart to worship
As Your Word reveals the light of Jesus

Shalom in Him!