Saturday, June 23, 2018

Shalom,

I want to share Andrew Womack's devotional for today! 

LOVE CONQUERS FEAR

John 9:27 "He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?"

JOHN 9:6-27

This man showed great courage in confronting these religious leaders. Even Peter later backed down for fear of this same group of men (Luke 22:54-62). Certainly one thing that gave him this boldness was that he knew what Jesus had done for him. And even beyond the physical healing, he knew that Jesus had healed him because He loved him. It's our security in the Lord's love for us that gives us the strength to face rejection from others. As Proverbs 28:1 puts it, "the righteous are bold as a lion." The antidote for fear of men is a large dose of the love of God.
One of the greatest truths of the Bible and one of the hardest to comprehend, is that we are the objects of God's love. God didn't just pity us or feel some sense of moral obligation to save us. He saved us because of His infinite love for us (John 3:16). An experiential understanding of God's love is the key to being filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19).

Paul prays in Ephesians 3:19, that we would experience the love of God which passes mere knowledge about it. How can we know the love of God if it passes knowledge? This sounds like a contradiction. It's not. The knowing is experiencing it. 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. God's love is the key that opens the door to everything that God is. God is love (1 John 4:8).


It's not just a casual acquaintance with God's love that we need, but an intimate understanding and experiential knowledge of the depths of God's love. Just as a tree's roots provide stability and nourishment for the tree, so our revelation of God's love is the foundation upon which everything else we receive from God is built.

NEVER give in to fear! It is a spirit, and YOU have been delivered from all fear! Here is Hillsong with "Not Today!":


Shalom in Him!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Shalom,

I really love Kenneth E. Hagin's "Faith Food" devotional. I have used this for many years and never get tired of hearing his accounts of faith and power that come from standing, and acting, on the Word of God! I hope that this one encourages you as much as it does me!

Development

"In him [Jesus] was life [zoe]; and the life [zoe] was the light of men" (John 1:4). 

The life that came into you at the New Birth can affect your mental processes by governing your thinking and your intellect. It certainly did mine. 

I received eternal life as a teenage boy on the bed of sickness, April 22, 1933. Then on August 8, 1934, I was healed by the power of God through faith and prayer. 

After my healing, I returned to high school. During the sixteen months I had been bedfast, I missed one school year. And in the two years of high school I had completed before, I had been a "D" student. 

At that time, I didn't have a Greek concordance, so I didn't know about zoe. But I had my Bible, and the Spirit of God led me. Every day as I went to school I would say this: 

"In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. That life is in me. The life of God is in me. That life is the light. (I knew light stood for development.) That life is developing me. That life is developing my spirit. That life is developing my mentality. I've got God in me. I've got God's wisdom in me. I've got God's life in me. I've got God's power in me." 

Confession: (Make your own confession today based on John 1:4, and confess the life of God within you as your light.) 
AMEN! As a born again believer, YOU have the Spirit of God living IN you! Meditating on that TRUTH will change your entire perspective on everything! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Who You Say I AM":


Shalom in Him!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Shalom,

I LOVE this from "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers:

The Ministry Of The Interior

But ye are…a royal priesthood. — 1 Peter 2:9

By what right do we become “a royal priesthood”? By the right of the Atonement. Are we prepared to leave ourselves resolutely alone and to launch out into the priestly work of prayer? The continual grubbing on the inside to see whether we are what we ought to be generates a self-centred, morbid type of Christianity, not the robust, simple life of the child of God. Until we get into a right relationship to God, it is a case of hanging on by the skin of our teeth, and we say — “What a wonderful victory I have got!” There is nothing indicative of the miracle of Redemption in that. Launch out in reckless belief that the Redemption is complete, and then bother no more about yourself, but begin to do as Jesus Christ said — pray for the friend who comes to you at midnight, pray for the saints, pray for all men. Pray on the realisation that you are only perfect in Christ Jesus, not on this plea — “O Lord, I have done my best, please hear me.”

How long is it going to take God to free us from the morbid habit of thinking about ourselves? We must get sick unto death of ourselves, until there is no longer any surprise at anything God can tell us about ourselves. We cannot touch the depths of meanness in ourselves. There is only one place where we are right, and that is in Christ Jesus. When we are there, then we have to pour out for all we are worth in this ministry of the interior.

I especially love those underlined parts! As long as we concentrate so heavily on trying to look, think, speak and act like a 'good Christian' on the outside, we will never have time to actually be 'about our Father's business'!  HE has already made us perfect where it counts! In our spirit man! Our souls are renewed on a daily basis as we spend time in prayer, praise & worship, study and meditation of His Word and intimate fellowship with Him! Our bodies will be perfect when we are changed in the twinkling of an eye at His appearing! Until then, we are to BE the Body of Christ on the earth, doing the works that JESUS did Himself when He was here! We are now His hands and feet! Let's get going, doing the job we were left here to do! AMEN! Here is Hillsong UNITED with "Go":



Shalom in Him!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Shalom,

Ephesians 3 contains one of the prayers that Paul prayed for the believers in Ephesus, and in the world! It is a very powerful prayer that you should consider praying over every person you care about! Remember that 1 John 5:14-15 tell us this:
14 And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. 15 And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.

When we pray according to God's will, which is His Word, then we KNOW that we have the answers! So take this prayer in Ephesians 3 (along with the one in Ephesians 1 and in Colossians 1) and replace the 'you' with the name of the person for whom you are praying. Do this for at least 30 days and then check and see what has happened in their lives! Here is Ephesians 3:14-21:
14 For this reason seeing the greatness of this plan by which you are built together in Christ], I bow my knees before the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ15 For Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named [that Father from Whom all fatherhood takes its title and derives its name]. 16 May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality]. 17 May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, 18 That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; 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]! 20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams — 21 To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).

Praying for others is one of the most selfless and the most powerful things that you can do! It is seed well sown that will bring a bountiful harvest into your own life! Know this: if you are faithful to pray for others, God will have someone, or many someones, praying for YOU! HALLELUJAH! Here is Hillsong with an older song called "Desert Song":



Shalom in Him!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Shalom,

I LOVE this from Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost For His Highest"!

Service Of Passionate Devotion

Lovest thou Me?…Feed My sheep. — John 21:16

Jesus did not say — Make converts to your way of thinking, but look after My sheep, see that they get nourished in the knowledge of Me. We count as service what we do in the way of Christian work; Jesus Christ calls service what we are to Him, not what we do for Him. Discipleship is based on devotion to Jesus Christ, not on adherence to a belief or a creed. “If any man come to Me and hate not…, he cannot be My disciple.” There is no argument and no compulsion, but simply — “If you would be My disciple, you must be devoted to Me.” A man touched by the Spirit of God suddenly says — “Now I see Who Jesus is,” and that is the source of devotion.


To-day we have substituted credal belief for personal belief, and that is why so many are devoted to causes and so few devoted to Jesus Christ. People do not want to be devoted to Jesus, but only to the cause He started. Jesus Christ is a source of deep offence to the educated mind of to-day that does not want Him in any other way than as a Comrade. Our Lord’s first obedience was to the will of His Father, not to the needs of men; the saving of men was the natural outcome of His obedience to the Father. If I am devoted to the cause of humanity only, I will soon be exhausted and come to the place where my love will falter; but if I love Jesus Christ personally and passionately, I can serve humanity though men treat me as a door-mat. The secret of a disciple’s life is devotion to Jesus Christ, and the characteristic of the life is its unobtrusiveness. It is like a corn of wheat, which falls into the ground and dies, but presently it will spring up and alter the whole landscape (John 12:24).

This is SO true! Being a disciple of JESUS means being devoted to HIM< and desiring to know HIM more! THIS line is especially true of so many in the church today!

To-day we have substituted credal belief for personal belief, and that is why so many are devoted to causes and so few devoted to Jesus Christ. 

Our sole responsibility as a member of the family of God is to love the Lord our God with everything within us, and to love our neighbors as ourselves! How do we do that? By being devoted completely to JESUS, and then loving people! Love people enough to tell them the hard things, but do it in love and patience! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "One Thing", which is exactly Who JESUS should be to us! 

Shalom in Him!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Shalom,

I really like today's "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers because it addresses something that I have thought a lot about! 


Don’t Think Now, Take The Road

And Peter…walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid. — Matthew 14:29-30

The wind was actually boisterous, the waves were actually high, but Peter did not see them at first. He did not reckon with them, he simply recognised his Lord and stepped out in recognition of Him, and walked on the water. Then he began to reckon with the actual things, and down he went instantly. Why could not our Lord have enabled him to walk at the bottom of the waves as well as on the top of them? Neither could be done saving by recognition of the Lord Jesus.

We step right out on God over some things, then self-consideration enters in and down we go. If you are recognising your Lord, you have no business with where He engineers your circumstances. The actual things are, but immediately you look at them you are overwhelmed, you cannot recognise Jesus, and the rebuke comes: “Wherefore didst thou doubt?” Let actual circumstances be what they may, keep recognising Jesus, maintain complete reliance on Him.

If you debate for a second when God has spoken, it is all up. Never begin to say — “Well, I wonder if He did speak?” Be reckless immediately, fling it all out on Him. You do not know when His voice will come, but whenever the realisation of God comes in the faintest way imaginable, recklessly abandon. It is only by abandon that you recognise Him. You will only realise His voice more clearly by recklessness.

I have thought about this a lot because so many times the emphasis of lessons on Peter are about the fact that he got out of faith and began to sink. (But what a safety net he had!) The point that is made in the very first paragraph above is that the wind WAS boisterous and the waves WERE high when Peter stepped out of the boat to begin with! Peter was just SO focused on JESUS and what HE could do that he never even noticed the waves! But as Peter was WALKING ON WATER, he took his focus OFF of JESUS and on to the natural world around him! THAT is when Peter began to sink. And THAT is what happens to us when we determine to take God at His Word and step out in faith! We must train ourselves to NOT be moved by anything other than the Word of the Living God! THEN we will NOT sink, but continue on in OUR walk of faith, right to the end, the fulfillment, the target, the goal! Let's be at least as bold and confident of JESUS as Peter WAS and get ourselves out of that boat! When Oswald Chambers speaks of being 'reckless' above, he is speaking of going all out on God's Word with abandon, TRUSTING completely in JESUS to be true to His Word! Let's go for it! Who knows, YOU just might walk on water! OR preach the Gospel, heal the sick, raise the dead, multiply the food, all the while lifting up the mighty Name of JESUS! AMEN! Here is Hillsong UNITED with "Children of the Light", which is who we really are! 


Shalom in Him!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Shalom, 

Proverbs 17:27-28 is great advice for us!
27 He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding has a cool spirit. 28 Even a fool when he holds his peace is considered wise; when he closes his lips he is esteemed a man of understanding. AMPC

People who talk continually usually have a problem keeping their words good words, AND their emotions! The Amplified  Bible says this:

When there are many words, transgression and offense are unavoidable,
But he who controls his lips and keeps thoughtful silence is wise.


Words are so vitally important to our success and prosperity in life that our Father does not hesitate to keep us informed, in His Word and by His Spirit, on ways to guard those words! It takes a diligent commitment to LIVE in the Word of God for the Word of God to really take root and grow in us! As we do this, and God does His part, then we become strong and skillful in using the Word! Galatians 6:9 reminds us to never quit, no matter what things 'look' like! There is a sure reward for never giving up! 

And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.

AMEN! Never give up! Never give in! Your harvest of good and godly things is just about break loose in your life! Because it doesn't cost to serve God. It most definitely pays! Big time rewards! HALLELUJAH! Let's praise Him with Hillsong and "What a Beautiful Name":


Shalom in Him!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Shalom,

There is so much Wisdom to be found in the Book of Proverbs! Today we read Proverbs 16. Let's look first of all at verses 1-3:
 1 The plans of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man, but from the Lord comes the [wise] answer of the tongue. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits (the thoughts and intents of the heart). Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.

We ARE supposed to gain knowledge and to use that knowledge to be successful at whatever God has called us to do. MOST believers will not carry out their personal ministry (the ministry of reconciliation, from 2 Corinthians 5) from the pulpit. Most ministry is done one on one with people we know, or people we come to meet and to know through going about our everyday lives! When we do this, we can count on the Anointed One within us to speak through us as verse 1 says! We can trust the Lord to lead and guide us into these situations, and in every area of life! Just roll your works, cast your cares, over on Him and HE will lead you every step of the way of success! AMEN! And now to verses 7!

When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

AMEN! When WE follow JESUS, making HIS #1 priority to be OURS, also, then He WILL do what this verse promises! We can walk on in HIS peace, fully expecting HIS favor to go before us! We WILL succeed, IF, w do not quit! AMEN! Here is Hillsong Worship with "Look Too The Son":


Shalom in Him!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Shalom,

Today we read Galatians 4 in our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan. Let's look at verses 4-7:
But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born subject to [the regulations of] the Law, To purchase the freedom of (to ransom, to redeem, to atone for) those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us [and be recognized as God’s sons]. And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the [Holy] Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba (Father)! Father! Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ.

I have encountered SO many people who do not yet realize that not only did God create mankind with the ability to sin, but He did it on purpose, with His plan for our salvation already in place! His purpose? To have a people of free will who would choose HIM! He KNEW that we would eventually fall, and that this would give the enemy entrance into our world. But what the enemy, the devil, didn't know, and still cannot comprehend, is that God's Salvation Plan put US in position to become  God's SONS (and daughters!) and not just His creation! Once then enemy had JESUS crucified, which he could NOT have done without JESUS being in agreement with it, he was about to discover that he had played right into God's wonderful plan for all of mankind! Because JESUS had no sin of His own, when he was crucified (illegally) He BECAME sin with all of our sin! He bore it all and deposited it all in hell where it belongs, along with all sickness, disease, weakness and infirmity! When Holy Spirit blasted JESUS out of hell, the enemy was, and still is, beside himself with his failure (1 Corinthians 2:8)! 

The GOOD NEWS is posted above! Verse 6 says that we REALLY ARE God's very own children! HE is our very own FATHER, when JESUS is our LORD! AMEN! Spend this entire weekend meditating on this wonderful goodness of God! Here is Hillsong with "Who You Say I AM":


Shalom in Him!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Shalom,

I really like today's "Faith Food" by Kenneth E. Hagin!

Why Did Jesus Come?

"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). 

Why did Jesus come? 

Did Jesus come to give us some creed to live by? Did He come to give us a code of ethics - a list of "do's and don'ts" - to straighten us out? Did He come to start a new religion, or to found a new church? No! Jesus came for one purpose: That we might have life, and that we might have it more abundantly! 

This word "life" is the biggest word of the Gospel. Man needed life, because he was spiritually dead. Spiritual death, which is the nature of the devil, was imparted to man at the fall of man, when Adam sinned. 

The eradication of this devil-nature is what God has worked toward in all the ages. It was the reason why Jesus came to the earth. Jesus stated, "I am come that they might have life." 

The only thing that will meet man's need is the nature of God: eternal life. Nothing can take its place. When a person receives eternal life, he receives the nature of God, the life of God, into himself. This is that divine act that changes a man from the family of Satan to the family of God instantly. 

Confession: The life of God has been imparted to my spirit. I am alive unto God. The life of God - the nature of God - is imparted to my spirit. I will let the life and nature of God that's in me, dominate me. 
The word "life" in John 10:10 is the Greek word "zoe". It means: life in the absolute sense, life as God has it, that which the Father gave to the Incarnate Son to have in Himself, and which the Son manifested in the world. That LIFE is IN us as born again believers! Meditate on the LIFE is in you until the TRUTH of that Word rises up and overflows, affecting every area of your life! The Amplified Bible says this for John 10:10:

10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). AMP

THAT is God's very best plan for YOU! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Life":


Shalom in Him!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Shalom,

Today I want to share "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers. As I have mentioned before, some of his writings are worded differently than we are used to, but the message is right on point! 

Getting There

Come ye after Me. — Mark 1:17

Where the Selective Affinity Dies and the Sanctified Abandon Lives

One of the greatest hindrances in coming to Jesus is the excuse of temperament. We make our temperament and our natural affinities barriers to coming to Jesus. The first thing we realize when we come to Jesus is that He pays no attention whatever to our natural affinities. We have the notion that we can consecrate our gifts to God. You cannot consecrate what is not yours; there is only one thing you can consecrate to God, and that is your right to yourself (Romans 12:1). If you will give God your right to yourself, He will make a holy experiment out of you. God’s experiments always succeed. The one mark of a saint is the moral originality which springs from abandonment to Jesus Christ. In the life of a saint there is this amazing wellspring of original life all the time; the Spirit of God is a well of water springing up, perennially fresh. The saint realizes that it is God Who engineers circumstances, consequently there is no whine, but a reckless abandon to Jesus. Never make a principle out of your experience; let God be as original with other people as He is with you.

If you abandon to Jesus, and come when He says “Come,” He will continue to say “Come” through you; you will go out into life reproducing the echo of Christ’s “Come.” That is the result in every soul who has abandoned and come to Jesus. Have I come to Jesus? Will I come now?

I LOVE that he says, of our (God-given) gifts, that we cannot consecrate then to God! How many times have we heard that we SHOULD take out gifts and present them before the LORD? The reality is that HE, Himself, has given those gifts! In fact, EVERY good thing in our lives has come from HIM! What He really desires is for US to present ourselves to Him! COMPLETELY and without reserve! THEN He can direct the use of those gifts, talents and anointings that HE has placed inside of us as He had planned from before the foundation of the world! Do you see that? I hope so! Give Him all that you are and allow HIM to make all that you are, more than enough! AMEN! Here, to encourage you in this, is Hillsong Worship with "New Wine":


Shalom in Him!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Shalom,

Today I want to share from Rick Renner's "Sparkling Gems Volume II" devotional.

The Teaching Ministry of the Holy Spirit

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things…. — John 14:26

As Jesus continued teaching the disciples about the various roles the Holy Spirit would soon have in their lives, He told them that the Holy Spirit would also “teach” them. Let’s look at that word “teach” in today’s Sparkling Gem and see what Jesus meant when He chose this word.
This word “teach” is the Greek word didasko — a word that is used approximately 200 times in both the Old and New Testaments. It is used so often, in fact, that its meaning is very well established. But to make sure we hit the target correctly, we will take our meaning of didasko from The NIV Theological Dictionary of New Testament Words, which gives the primary meaning of this word as “to teach, inform, instruct, demonstrate, and prescribe.” It continues, “The word is used typically for the relationship between teacher and pupil, instructor, and apprentice. What is taught may be not only knowledge, opinions, or facts but also artistic and technical skills, all of which are to be systematically and thoroughly acquired by the learner through the activity of a teacher.”

Thus, in the context of John 14:26, we see that the word didasko means the Holy Spirit has taken on the role of a Teacher, just as Jesus was a Teacher to the disciples. The Holy Spirit has become our Teacher, and we are His pupils. He is our Instructor, and we are the apprentices. Furthermore, the full extent of the Holy Spirit’s teaching is deep and multifaceted. Not only was He sent to us to impart knowledge and facts, lessons from Scripture, and theological truths, but He also teaches us how to live our Christian lives with divinely artistic skill. Instructed by the Teacher who lives within each of us as believers, we receive lessons imparted as we spend time in the Word or prayer or through any aspect of our innumerable life experiences. If we are listening, the Holy Spirit is teaching us constantly. Our responsibility is to listen, to obey, and to internalize and put into practice the truths He is teaching us.

There are always people who claim that if you haven’t been to Bible school, you are untaught and ignorant and therefore unable to be used significantly by God. However, this is simply not the case. It’s true that Bible school can be an immensely beneficial experience, and it’s good for you to read every book that you can read. But if you never go to a Bible school or read a teaching book, the Holy Spirit will still teach you, because He is ordained by the Father to do just that. Teaching is a fundamental part of the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus told His disciples that when the Holy Spirit came, He would teach them, and today the Holy Spirit has been sent to teach you. If you’re seeking the best Teacher in the world, look no further! If you are born again, you have the Holy Spirit — the greatest Teacher in the history of the world — living inside you. If you’ll see yourself as His apprentice and cultivate your partnership together, He’ll teach you everything you need to know to live successfully and victoriously for Christ!

MY PRAYER FOR TODAY:   Lord Jesus, You said that when the Holy Spirit came, He would teach me all things I need to know. I am thankful for my pastor, my church, my books, and my various teaching materials — but there is nothing that could ever replace the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit in my life. I admit that I’ve leaned on my own understanding on too many occasions, but starting today, I sincerely dedicate myself as a pupil and apprentice to the Spirit of God. I pray this in Jesus’ name!

MY CONFESSION FOR TODAY:   I confess that I am in need of the Holy Spirit’s teaching in my life. I am thankful that I don’t need to beg for it or work to earn this work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus knew I needed divine instruction, and that is one reason why He prayed for the Father to send the Holy Spirit into the world. He is my Teacher, and I am His pupil. He is the Instructor, and I am the apprentice. I am serious about learning, and I take it as my responsibility to internalize and put into practice what He teaches me through diligent study and by application of His words in my life experience. I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name!

AMEN! How extremely blessed we are to had God the Holy Spirit living IN us, as our personal Teacher, as well as our Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener and Standby (John 14:26)! Dare to BELIEVE and to RECEIVE all that your Father has prepared for you and put into place for YOU to be able to grow and mature IN HIM! Amen! Here is Hillsong with "Shadow Step":


Shalom in Him!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Shalom,

Today I want to share Kenneth E. Hagin's "Health Food". This just may help some of you who may have had trouble receiving, or keeping , your healing!

It Pays To Obey God

And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22)

I remember a dear, precious saint of God. She was saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. It was a joy to sit down and talk to her about the things of God.

I don't know how many times over a period of several years that I prayed with that dear woman for healing. I could help her momentarily, but I never could get her completely healed. She would be all right for a little while, and then she would lose it. I wondered why she had been in such bad health for so many years. She was eighty years old, and for many years, she had never really lived. Sickness and disease had incapacitated her. 

One day while standing over her bedside, she said, "I never did what God asked me to do. I wasn't willing. God called me to be a missionary when I was twelve years old." She loved the Lord, but she was never willing to obey Him. She was never willing to do what He wanted her to do. That hindered the flow of God's healing power. I understood it all then. 

You see, disobedience opens the door to the enemy. Satan has a right to come in if the door is open. I've heard people talk about what it costs to serve God. It doesn't cost to go all out - it pays! But it will cost you to disobey God. It will cost you not to be in the will of God. It will cost you heartache and sadness. It will cost you sickness and disease. It will cost you money. Sometimes, it will cost you premature death. 

If there is something you need to deal with, deal with it. If there is something hindering the healing flow, get it unstopped. Be willing to do anything God wants you to do. 

Confession: I am willing to do anything God wants me to do. Father God, show me any area of my life that is not right with You, and I will correct it. I will line my life up with You and Your Word.

Refuse to let anything keep YOU from obeying what the Lord is calling you to do! Remember, it doesn't cost to serve God, even though the enemy would like you to believe that! It ALWAYS pays huge rewards! Here in this life, and in the life to come! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "One Thing":


Shalom in Him!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Shalom,

We have been reading in Proverbs for 10 days now with our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan. I hope that YOU have been gaining great Wisdom, on both what to do and what NOT to do! I really like verse 17!

17 He who heeds instruction and correction is [not only himself] in the way of life [but also] is a way of life for others. And he who neglects or refuses reproof [not only himself] goes astray [but also] causes to err and is a path toward ruin for others.

As with most of Proverbs, there is a positive promise for those who will obey God's Word and the negative results of NOT doing so! Here we see that if we will obey God's Word, then WE will be in a place of LIFE! Do you remember what JESUS said in John 10:10?

10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). AMP

AMEN! So when the Word of God instructs you to DO something, then JUST DO IT! The rewards will most definitely follow! Now let's look at Proverbs 10:22:

22 The blessing of the Lord—it makes [truly] rich, and He adds no sorrow with it [neither does toiling increase it].

"Blessing" here is the Hebrew word "berakah", which means benediction, prosperity, a gift, peace. The LORD Himself will bless us this way when we do things His way! The key is: WHEN you miss it (not if, but when) then acknowledge that 'sin' (confess = recognize, acknowledge) and HE will forgive and restore to right fellowship with Himself so that we can continually walk in the freedom and the Blessing that HE intends for us! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "The Freedom We Know":



Shalom in Him!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Shalom,

Today I want to share from two different devotionals that share similar, yet different messages! First I want to share this from Andrew Womack's devotional "One Year With Jesus":

LIMITLESS FORGIVENESS (Matthew 18: 21-35)

Matthew 18:33 "Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?"

Peter thought he was being very generous by offering to forgive his brother seven times in one day, but Jesus said he should forgive him 490 times in one day. It would be impossible to have someone sin against you 490 times in one day. Jesus is actually saying that there should be no limit to our forgiveness.

When we are offended or hurt, we often feel justified in holding a grudge. The Old Testament law expressed this when it stated, "Eye for eye, tooth for tooth" (Exodus 21:23-25). Until the offense was paid, we did not feel free to forgive. However, God dealt with all men's offenses by placing sin upon the perfect Savior who was judged in place of every sinner of all time. To demand that others now earn our forgiveness is not Christ like. Jesus died for every man's sins, extending forgiveness to us while we were yet sinners, and we should do the same.

The main thrust of this parable is that when we have people who wrong us, we should remember the great mercy that God has shown to us and respond in kind. Any debt that could be owed to us is insignificant compared to the debt we were forgiven. We should have compassion on others as Christ had on us.

If God expects us to forgive our brother who has trespassed against us 490 times in one day (actually an unlimited number of times), certainly He who is love will do no less with us. The forgiveness that we have received from the Lord is infinitely greater than any forgiveness we could ever be asked to extend toward others.

Forgiving others is extremely vital for the born again believer! Unforgiveness will hold us back from walking in the fullness of all that God has prepared and provided for us to walk in - here, in THIS life! Have you heard this: Forgiveness sets a prisoner free - YOU! It is TRUE! When we, in faith, forgive others, then we are SO free to walk boldly and confidently in the promises of the Word, as children of the Most High God! AMEN! Now here is Joseph Prince with "Grace Inspirations" and  an explanation of what really happens when we choose forgiveness! 

CLAIM OF GOD ON YOU

Leviticus 1:5 He shall kill the bull before the Lord; and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall bring the blood and sprinkle the blood all around on the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of meeting.

When the children of Israel were in the wilderness, God instructed them to set up a tabernacle as a place of meeting between Him and them. Near the door of the tabernacle was an altar. It speaks of the claims God makes on the righteousness of man. For this reason, an offering had to be killed, its blood sprinkled all around on the altar and its body burnt on the altar before one was counted worthy to go into God’s presence.

The sprinkling of the blood of a bull or goat all around on that altar meant that the Israelites were under the covering of the blood of that animal. Even when they sinned, their sins were covered by the blood until the next sacrifice.

The blood speaks of Jesus’ blood shed for us at the cross. Yet, His blood is worth so much more than the blood of bulls and goats because His blood is effective forever! In fact, His blood has met every single claim of God on man to the point that God is so completely satisfied that He now enjoys the savor of rest in what His Son has done.

You too can rest knowing that God is fully satisfied with you because of Christ’s perfect sacrifice. Even if you fall into sin, you can turn to the blood of Jesus. Your sins are not merely covered by His blood, like how the blood of bulls and goats covered sins. No, your sins have been washed away by His blood! (Revelation 1:5) In fact, your sins and lawless deeds God remembers no more! (Hebrews 8:12; 10:17)

Jesus was your perfect offering placed on the altar of sacrifice. By just one offering of Himself, “He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified”. (Hebrews 10:14, KJV) Jesus has not only sanctified you or made you holy, He has perfected you forever! Today, you can enter boldly into God’s presence because He sees you the way He sees Jesus. He sees you perfected forever because you are in Christ!

AMEN! Walking in forgiveness with others demonstrates to God and to others that we have truly embraced the new Life that we have IN HIM! REFUSE to hold anything against anyone! The freedom you will experience is unlike any other! Try it! HE will never fail to confirm His Word! Here is Hillsong UNITED with "So Will I":



Shalom in Him!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Shalom,

I love using different translations of the Bible in my private study time. Not all are completely accurate, but there is something to be learned by using these! We read Proverbs 18 in today's Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan and I REALLY like The Passion Translation for this! Let's look at verses 1-9:

Can’t you hear the voice of Wisdom?  From the top of the mountains of influence
  she speaks into the gateways of the glorious city. At the place where pathways merge,
  at the entrance of every portal, there she stands, ready to impart understanding,
  shouting aloud to all who enter, preaching her sermon to those who will listen.
“I’m calling to you, sons of Adam, yes, and to you daughters as well.
Listen to me and you will be prudent and wise. For even the foolish and feeble can receive an understanding heart that will change their inner being.
The meaning of my words will release within you revelation for you to reign in life.
 My lyrics will empower you to live by what is right.
For everything I say is unquestionably true, and I refuse to endure the lies of lawlessness—
 my words will never lead you astray.
All the declarations of my mouth can be trusted; they contain no twisted logic or perversion of the truth.
All my words are clear and straightforward to everyone who possesses spiritual understanding.
 If you have an open mind, you will receive revelation-knowledge.


This is showing me that Wisdom is NOT hiding in some dark corner! God has His Wisdom calling out to each of us, but WE have to come forward seeking searching for Wisdom in order to have it! There is a clear difference between the nonsense of the world and the WIsdom of Almighty God! When people see the fruits of Wisdom in a believer's life, they are inclined to want to know more! THAT is when we must be ever ready to give an answer! Of particular importance is the last line. An open mind to the Word of God can only be found in born again believers. 1 Corinthians 2:14 tells us this:

14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Only Holy Spirit, Who live IN every believer, can cause the understanding of the Word to come! BUT, those believers MUST have a mind that is open to Him and desiring the TRUTH! Now let's look at this wonderful promise from Proverbs 18:33-35 of The Passion Translation:

33 Listen to my counsel,  for my instruction will enlighten you.
You’ll be wise not to ignore it.
34 If you wait at wisdom’s doorway,  longing to hear a word for every day,

 joy will break forth within you as you listen for what I’ll say.
35 For the fountain of life pours into you every time that you find me, and this is the secret of growing in the delight and the favor of the Lord.


AMEN! It is SO worth every effort we can make to spend time in HIS presence every day, diving into the WORD! I hope that YOU will make this YOUR determined purpose for the rest of this year, and forever! Here is Hillsong with "Greatest of These":


Shalom in Him!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Shalom,

The Gospel of John is my favorite Gospel. Today we read in John 17 for our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan and I LOVE it! Here is what JESUS prayed to the Father about His disciples! Verses 13-17:
13 And now I am coming to You; I say these things while I am still in the world, so that My joy may be made full and complete and perfect in them [that they may experience My delight fulfilled in them, that My enjoyment may be perfected in their own souls, that they may have My gladness within them, filling their hearts]. 14 I have given and delivered to them Your word (message) and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world [do not belong to the world], just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that You will take them out of the world, but that You will keep and protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world (worldly, belonging to the world), [just] as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth.

JESUS was imparting the Word into His disciples so that after they were filled with Holy Spirit (on the Day of Pentecost), HOLY SPIRIT could bring this Word back to their understanding and then HE could teach them what it meant to them, personally! That IS one of the responsibilities that Holy Spirit has! To bring back to our remembrance the Word that has been sown in our hearts! WE must give HIM something to work with! When we do that, then HE is able to teach us how to put it into practice on a uniquely personal level! AND, Holy Spirit NEVER lets up on the job! Let's make sure that we don't either! AMEN! JESUS went on to pray for OUR protection from evil and for our soul sanctification which comes through God's Word, which IS TRUTH!!! AMEN! Let's treasure His Word in our hearts (spirit/soul combination) and allow Holy Spirit to continue to work HIS perfect work in us daily! AMEN! Here is Hillsong UNITED with "Future Marches In":


Shalom in Him!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Shalom,

Today I want to share, again, from Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost For His Highest".

Work Out What God Works In

Work out your own salvation. — Philippians 2:12-13

Your will agrees with God, but in your flesh there is a disposition which renders you powerless to do what you know you ought to do. When the Lord is presented to the conscience, the first thing conscience does is to rouse the will, and the will always agrees with God. You say — “But I do not know whether my will is in agreement with God.” Look to Jesus and you will find that your will and your conscience are in agreement with Him every time. The thing in you which makes you say “I shan’t” is something less profound than your will; it is perversity, or obstinacy, and they are never in agreement with God. The profound thing in man is his will, not sin. Will is the essential element in God’s creation of man: sin is a perverse disposition which entered into man. In a regenerated man the source of will is almighty. “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” You have to work out with concentration and care what God works in; not work your own salvation, but work it out, while you base resolutely in unshaken faith on the complete and perfect Redemption of the Lord. As you do this, you do not bring an opposed will to God’s will, God’s will is your will, and your natural choices are along the line of God’s will, and the life is as natural as breathing. God is the source of your will, therefore you are able to work out His will. Obstinacy is an unintelligent “wadge” that refuses to be enlightened; the only thing is for it to be blown up with dynamite, and the dynamite is obedience to the Holy Spirit.

Do I believe that Almighty God is the source of my will? God not only expects me to do His will, but He is in me to do it.

I LOVE this! Note the underlined verses. He is NOT saying that we are to 'work' salvation for ourselves, but that we are to work the salvation that HE has already placed inside of us, out of us! We ARE who God says that we are! We HAVE what God says that we have. We CAN DO what God says we can do! This is referring to born again believers who have received JESUS as Lord and Saviour and Holy Spirit to live within! Everything we need to succeed was placed within us at our new birth! NOW we are to find it in the Word of God, believe it, receive it as ours, and then operate in what is coming from the inside of us and NOT in what the world tries to put into us! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Salvation Is Here":



Shalom in Him!