Sunday, June 23, 2019

Shalom,

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

Heart Purpose

"But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself" (Daniel 1:8). 

I had two favorite scriptures I either read or quoted to the Lord and on which I based my confession every morning as I walked to school. The first was John 1:4. The second was Daniel chapter 1

Read Daniel chapter 1 and see how Daniel and the three Hebrew children, although they were captives, were chosen as students in the king's college. 

The Bible says that Daniel "purposed in his heart." I used this phrase with the Lord. I knew that even though I wasn't living under the Old Covenant, there still was a principle here I could abide by. 

You see, the Jews weren't supposed to eat certain meats, but that's not so with us. The Word of God says under the New Covenant, 
"Every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer" (1 Timothy 4:4-5). 

So I acted upon the same principle Daniel did. I said this to the Lord every morning: "I purpose in my heart to walk in the light of life." 

Confession: I purpose in my heart to walk in the light of life. I purpose to walk in the light of the life of God in me. 
What changes do you want to see happen in your life and in your walk with the Lord? Find what the Word of God has to say about each situation and then purpose in your own heart that THIS is what you will walk in! EXPECT Holy Spirit to complete this work IN you! Here is Hillsong UNITED with "Shadow Step":


Shalom in Him!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Shalom,

As one who has refused to judge others, but rather has chosen to pray, I have taken a LOT of criticism from others who like to believe that it is OUR business to correct other believers! (Guess what? Correction of believers is the job of JESUS, by His Spirit! No, we do not qualify!!!) Today's "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers addresses this very thing!

The Undeviating Test

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. — Matthew 7:2

This statement is not a haphazard guess, it is an eternal law of God. Whatever judgment you give, it is measured to you again. There is a difference between retaliation and retribution. Jesus says that the basis of life is retribution — “with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” If you have been shrewd in finding out the defects in others, remember that will be exactly the measure given to you. Life serves back in the coin you pay. This law works from God’s throne downwards (cf. Psalm 18:25-26).

Romans 2 applies it in a still more definite way, and says that the one who criticises another is guilty of the very same thing. God looks not only at the act, He looks at the possibility. We do not believe the statements of the Bible to begin with. For instance, do we believe this statement, that the things we criticise in others we are guilty of ourselves? The reason we see hypocrisy and fraud and unreality in others is because they are all in our own hearts. The great characteristic of a saint is humility — “Yes, all those things and other evils would have been manifested in me but for the grace of God, therefore I have no right to judge.”


Jesus says — “Judge not, that ye be not judged”; if you do judge, it will be measured to you exactly as you have judged. Who of us would dare to stand before God and say — “My God, judge me as I have judged my fellow men?” We have judged our fellow men as sinners; if God should judge us like that we would be in hell. God judges us through the marvellous Atonement of Jesus Christ.

AMEN! If YOU have been involved in doing this, I advice you to stop immediately and to begin, instead, to pray for those whom YOU think are missing God somehow. Correcting, instructing and guiding THEM is GOD'S business ALONE!!! One thing to remember when the enemy is tempting you to get into judgement: YOU (I) are NOBODY'S Holy Spirit!!! Allow them to be led by God in HIS timing and and YOU concentrate on becoming the very best YOU that you can! THAT pleases God like nothing else! AMEN! Here is Hillsong reminding us of who WE are - "Children of the Light"


Shalom in Him!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Shalom,

Today's "Grace Inspirations" by Joseph Prince is an excellent and very vital message for walking in healing and divine health!

LOOK TO THE WORD, NOT NATURAL FACTS

Numbers 21:9  So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

“Pastor Prince, I know that God is my healer. But why is this sickness and pain still in my body?” If you have been looking at your sickness and pain all this while, stop looking at yourself and start looking at Jesus. Did He or did He not take upon Himself your sickness and pain?

God’s Word declares, “Surely our sicknesses he hath borne, and our pains—he hath carried them” (Isaiah 53:4, YLT). Since Jesus has already taken your sickness and pain at the cross, then He cannot “untake” them. Even if you find it hard to believe that Jesus has paid for your healing, especially when the pain is unbearable, the truth is that it is still paid for. It is a finished work!

God is not saying that your sickness does not exist, nor is He asking you to pretend that it is not there. He is asking you to look away from the sickness, painful as it may be, and look to the truth that it has already been judged at the cross in the body of His Son.

Once, while still in the wilderness, the children of Israel were bitten by deadly desert serpents. The serpents were real. The bites were painful and deadly. So God told Moses to point the people to the bronze serpent put on a pole—a picture of the cross (see John 3:14). Bronze signifies judgment. In other words, the serpent—their problem—was already judged at the cross.

Those who kept their eyes on the bronze serpent lived. Those who focused on their wounds died. So stop looking at your sickness. Instead, look to the cross and see your sickness already judged in the body of Jesus. Surely He has borne your sicknesses and carried your pains! That is the truth of God’s Word. And His Word supersedes natural facts.


My friend, you let natural facts rule or establish God’s truths over your problem by what you choose to focus on. So decide today not to focus on the facts concerning your problem. Instead, establish the truth of God’s Word and Christ’s finished work over your problem—and live!

AMEN! Remember always that God's Word is TRUTH (John 17:17)! Whatever is contrary to God's Word in our lives, as 'real' as they may seem, are only FACTS! FACTS are ALWAYS subject to change! The only unchangeable thing is the Word of the Living God! And the TRUTH will change the FACTS every time we stand on it and refuse to give up or give in! AMEN! Here is Hillsong UNITED with "Here's To The One":


Shalom in Him!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Shalom,

I really like today's "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers:

Have You Come to “When” Yet?

The Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. —Job 42:10

A pitiful, sickly, and self-centered kind of prayer and a determined effort and selfish desire to be right with God are never found in the New Testament. The fact that I am trying to be right with God is actually a sign that I am rebelling against the atonement by the Cross of Christ. I pray, “Lord, I will purify my heart if You will answer my prayer— I will walk rightly before You if You will help me.” But I canno make myself right with God; I cannot make my life perfect. I can only be right with God if I accept the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ as an absolute gift. Am I humble enough to accept it? I have to surrender all my rights and demands, and cease from every self-effort. I must leave myself completely alone in His hands, and then I can begin to pour my life out in the priestly work of intercession. There is a great deal of prayer that comes from actual disbelief in the atonement. Jesus is not just beginning to save us— He has already saved us completely. It is an accomplished fact, and it is an insult to Him for us to ask Him to do what He has already done.


If you are not now receiving the “hundredfold” which Jesus promised (see Matthew 19:29), and not getting insight into God’s Word, then start praying for your friends— enter into the ministry of the inner life. “The Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends.” As a saved soul, the real business of your life is intercessory prayer. Whatever circumstances God may place you in, always pray immediately that His atonement may be recognized and as fully understood in the lives of others as it has been in yours. Pray for your friends now, and pray for those with whom you come in contact now.

The most important TRUTH to know about you who have been born again, receiving JESUS as Lord and Savior, is that you are no longer who you were! You are NOW who HE says you are! The work was finished 2000 years ago when JESUS GAVE His own life to buy ours back! Holy Spirit began His GOOD WORK in us by recreating our dead human spirits into the image of God, making us those new creations that never existed before (2 Corinthians 5:17)! Stop striving to look, sound and act like someone else's idea of what a Christian is supposed to be like and really become the very best YOU that God has for you to be! HE does the work when WE put our trust in Him and simply obey the Word and follow the leading of Holy Spirit Who lives IN us! THEN, and ONLY then, will we be able to run our race and finish our course! We are unique and uniquely positioned to fulfill what GOD has called us to do. AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Who You Say I AM":


Shalom in Him!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Shalom,

We read Proverbs 19 in our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan for today. Look at verse 8:

He who gains Wisdom loves his own life; he who keeps understanding shall prosper and find good.

We know that the Word of God contains knowledge and that Holy Spirit turns that knowledge into Wisdom when we meditate on the Word. This verse tells us something more! By CHOOSING to go after the Wisdom of God, we are loving our own life! We are tending to the life that HE gave us by applying ourselves to seeking TRUTH! And, if we USE that Wisdom, putting it into practice, then we WILL prosper and find good things happening! Then we have verse 23:

23 The reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it rests satisfied; he cannot be visited with [actual] evil.

Here is that promise again that when we do things God's way, as His children, we will NOT suffer ACTUAL evil! That means that even if something appears to be dire, refuse that evil report, because it cannot actually touch us when we trust in Him. What if we are attacked with evil things, with the enemy seeking to steal, kill and destroy? The Word of God tells us that if WE are submitted to God, obeying His Word, then we can resist the enemy and he will HAVE to flee from us (James 4:7)! He has no choice in the matter. In order to walk in the freedom and the fullness of these promises, we MUST put JESUS as the #1 priority in our lives, and we MUST spend time reading, studying, meditating on and DOING His Word! Our part is easy! God does the rest! AMEN! Here is Hillsong UNITED with "Good Grace":



Shalom in Him!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Shalom,

Today I want to share Jerry Savelle's website devotional again!

TAKE DOMINION!

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father” (John 14:12 NKJV).

When God created the first man and woman, one of the blessings He bestowed on them was dominion (see Genesis 1:26). We know, of course, that because of disobedience they failed to walk in that blessing.

We also know that because Jesus remained obedient to His Father, He walked in complete dominion throughout His earthly ministry.

Jesus knew who He was and the dominion He had in the earth. He was the Master, which meant that neither sickness nor disease—or even death—could stand before Him.

At the tomb of His deceased friend Lazarus, Jesus stood before God, man, and the devil with complete confidence as He boldly commanded Lazarus to come forth. Sickness and death had to obey Jesus because He was the personified righteousness of God.

If you are in Christ, then you too are the righteousness of God. It is just as ridiculous to think that Satan can succeed in putting sickness on you as it is to think he can put it on Jesus.
The righteousness of God has been given to you as a free gift; it has nothing to do with your works or performance. When you unreservedly accept your righteousness in Christ, you will walk as Jesus did—in complete dominion.

The only hindrance to walking in dominion is doubt. If you doubt the righteousness that is yours in Christ, focusing instead on your sin, you will forfeit dominion. Sin consciousness focuses your mind on your own works and ability, which always produces defeat.

However, when your righteousness in Christ becomes so real to you that you are only conscious of Him, walking in dominion will come as naturally as breathing. So … take dominion!


Confession: I am the righteousness of God in Christ, therefore I can walk confidently in His dominion. Just as sickness and disease cannot stand before Jesus, they cannot stand before me. I choose today to take dominion, and walk in victory in every area of my life!

AMEN! Dare to believe that you ARE who HE says you are! You HAVE what HE says you have! You CAN DO what HE says you CAN DO! Encourage yourself daily in the Word so that faith will continue to rise, higher and higher! THEN you will never again be intimidated by that old defeated foe, the devil! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Who You Say I Am":


Shalom in Him!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Shalom,

Today I want to share again from Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost For His Highest". This is EXCELLENT!


The Uncritical Temper

Judge not, that ye be not judged. — Matthew 7:1

Jesus says regarding judging — Don’t. The average Christian is the most penetratingly critical individual. Criticism is a part of the ordinary faculty of man; but in the spiritual domain nothing is accomplished by criticism. The effect of criticism is a dividing up of the powers of the one criticised; the Holy Ghost is the only One in the true position to criticise, He alone is able to show what is wrong without hurting and wounding. It is impossible to enter into communion with God when you are in a critical temper; it makes you hard and vindictive and cruel, and leaves you with the flattering unction that you are a superior person. Jesus says, as a disciple cultivate the uncritical temper. It is not done once and for all. Beware of anything that puts you in the superior person’s place.

There is no getting away from the penetration of Jesus. If I see the mote in your eye, it means I have a beam in my own. Every wrong thing that I see in you, God locates in me. Every time I judge, I condemn myself (see Romans 2:17-20). Stop having a measuring rod for other people. There is always one fact more in every man’s case about which we know nothing. The first thing God does is to give us a spiritual spring-cleaning; there is no possibility of pride left in a man after that. I have never met the man I could despair of after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God.

I have been mocked, ridiculed, yelled at and lectured to by those who want to retain what they believe is their right to judge other people! The above and the Scriptures shared make it extremely obvious that we are NOT to judge others. If you desire to give yourself the 'right' to judge others, then there is something very wrong in your understanding of the Word of God and in your fellowship with HIM! WHEN we see a brother or sister in the Lord sin, we are instructed to PRAY for them! THEN, Galatians 6:1 in our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan for today says THIS:

 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.

There is NO place given here for the attitude that is revealed in the devotional above! Keep yourself in the Love of God by refusing to judge! Your LIFE will be so blessed for it! AMEN! Here is  Hillsong with "Starts and Ends":


Shalom in Him!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Shalom,

If  there  is only one TRUTH that you glean from today's Proverb in our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan, let it be THIS from Proverbs 16:3:

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.

When WE decide to be obedient to the conditions of this promise, then God WILL do His part! He WILL cause OUR thoughts to agree with HIS thoughts. That means that we will find ourselves thinking, speaking and acting JUST LIKE JESUS! THEN our plans will have the blessing of the LORD on them and they WILL come to fruition! AMEN! And when we do these things, we are pleasing to God! Verse 7 tells us this!

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

Our #1 priority every single day SHOULD be to KNOW HIM MORE! When we do, LOOK OUT WORLD! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "No Reason To Hide!":


Shalom in Him!


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Shalom,

Today I want to share Rick Renner's "Sparkling Gems From The Greek Volume 2" from Thursday, because it was SO good!

The Reminding 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, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. — John 14:26

Have you ever wondered how the four gospel writers separately recorded four gospels with no contradictions? With all the countless words the disciples heard Jesus speak, how did they ever remember them all accurately? It is absolutely remarkable to me when I think about each apostle’s fantastic ability to remember what Jesus said and did. This leads us to the next responsibility God gave to the Holy Spirit — to bring to our remembrance all the things Jesus said or taught.

When Jesus taught about the ministry of the Holy Spirit, He said that bringing what Jesus said to remembrance would be a part of the Holy Spirit’s ministry. In John 14:26, Jesus said, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things and will bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

The word “remembrance” is a translation of the Greek word hupomimnesko, which is a compound of the words hupo and mimnesko. The word hupo in this particular case means by — as to place something alongside of something else. The word mimnesko means to remember, to recollect, to remind, to regather, or to recall. When these two words are compounded, the combined nuances depict someone whose memory is awakened or one who is enabled to call something to mind.

This is truly amazing to me. When I read the gospels and I see how the Holy Spirit brought explicit, vivid details to the remembrance of four gospel writers, I know that it would have been naturally impossible for all four of these men to so precisely recall everything they remembered on their own. However, the fact is that they were all listening to the same Holy Spirit who was bringing to their remembrance everything they had experienced with Jesus.

The Bible gives us a very clear example in John 12 of this “reminding work” of the Holy Spirit. In this account, Jesus was entering into Jerusalem triumphantly as people joyfully proclaimed, “Hosanna, Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord” (John 12:13). At the time this was happening, the disciples didn’t realize Old Testament Scripture was being fulfilled before their eyes. But John 12:16 goes on to say, “These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.” This very clearly refers to the reminding ministry of the Holy Spirit.

After the Holy Spirit was poured out upon those who prayed in the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost, one of the ways the Holy Spirit taught the apostles about Jesus was by tying Old Testament Scripture into events they had experienced with Him. Many things that hadn’t been clear or hadn’t made sense to them while Jesus was on earth were now being explained and defined as the Holy Spirit led them in Old Testament verses. As He inspired the apostles to write the New Testament, He clarified and revealed to them the significance of the Old Testament as it related to Jesus’ ministry and calling, the newly emerging Church, and the future.

Furthermore, the gospels contain no errors. What we have in them is exactly what Jesus said and did. They were written as the Holy Spirit put Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in remembrance of what Jesus said and did. How marvelous and fantastic it truly is to see how the Holy Spirit illuminated their minds to recall vivid details from Jesus’ life and ministry. It is due to this wonderful reminding work of the Holy Spirit that we have the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in our Bibles today.

This makes me know that we can never claim ignorance for not knowing Scripture. Part of the Holy Spirit’s ministry is to bring to our memory exactly what verses we need — when we need them. If our partnership with the Holy Spirit is strong, we can lean upon Him the moment our memory fails us, because it is His responsibility to remind us of the Word of God. When we are in the midst of a difficult situation and don’t know what to do, the Holy Spirit will reach into the Word of God that is stored in our hearts and minds, and He will withdraw the exact verse or truth we need and put us in remembrance of it at just the right moment.

Perhaps this particular reminding work of the Holy Spirit is best illustrated in parts of the world where the Bible is illegal. My family lives in the former Soviet Union, where the Bible was forbidden for more than 70 years. I am constantly in awe as I meet leaders and entire churches that had only one Bible over a span of many years. Sometimes it was a hand-copied version with torn and tattered pages from decades of use. Those yellow, tattered pages of the Word of God meant everything to them.

It is the most amazing thing to see people who have had limited access to the Bible and yet know it so well. They can quote it and remember it better than people in free countries who have several Bibles in their homes and the opportunity to read them every morning and every night. There is only one explanation: the Holy Spirit. He is doing exactly what Jesus said He would do — putting them in remembrance of the Word of God. This is especially true where the Word of God, although it may be scarce, is embraced and esteemed. When a person has given precious care to reading and meditating on the Word day and night, the Holy Spirit has the wherewithal to call to remembrance what that person has read and assimilated in the deepest parts of his being. That is one of the Holy Spirit’s responsibilities as our Partner in this world.


Today I want to encourage you to open your heart to this reminding ministry of the Holy Spirit. If you say you have a difficult time memorizing Scripture, open your heart to the ministry of the Holy Spirit because He wants to put you in remembrance of everything that Jesus said. And He will help you recall everything you need to remember that Jesus said to you — exactly on time and exactly at the right place. That’s part of His reminding ministry to you and to me.

Today I want to encourage you to get Sparkling Gems volumes 1 & 2! Rick Renner is an excellent student of the Greek and and excellent teacher of the Word! You will be blessed beyond measure and encouraged every day! Here is Hillsong with "Remembrance":


Shalom in Him!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Shalom,

Today I want to share Kenneth and Gloria Copeland's "Faith To Faith" devotional. This message is very important in finding and fulfilling God's will for our lives!

Know God's Will

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it. Psalm 127:1

What a time of monumental decisions and changes we’re living in. If there ever was a day when you and I must know God’s will and purpose for our lives, it’s now.

In fact, nothing else is going to work! God is changing and rearranging things, lining them up for the end-time move of the Spirit. If you’re going to keep up, you must know God’s perfect plan for your life—and how to carry it out in His power!

How do you do that? Through prayer.

In fact, God has provided us a prayer in His Word that we can use to receive the wisdom and understanding we need for this critical time we live in. You’ll find it in Colossians 1:9-11.

“For this cause we...do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of [God’s] will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.”

In recent months, God has instructed Gloria and me to pray that prayer for our ministry Partners and for ourselves every day. It’s a powerful, Holy Ghost-inspired prayer that will not only enable you to know what God’s will is, but to have the wisdom and understanding to carry it out.

That’s where most failure comes in Christian endeavors. We get a glimpse of God’s will for our lives in the spirit, but then we mess things up by trying to carry it out in the flesh. Instead of letting the Lord build the house in His power, we try to build it ourselves and end up doing it all in vain.


Don’t make that mistake in the days ahead. Instead, pray this prayer that God has given us. It was written in the New Testament for you. Put your name in it. It’s a prayer you can be sure God will answer. Put it to work in your life daily and God will fill you with His knowledge and understanding!

AMEN! True prosperity is being where God wants you to be, doing what God wants you to do! Praying this prayer will give you the confidence to go forth boldly! Here, to encourage you further, is Hillsong with "Who You Say I AM":


Shalom in Him!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Shalom,

One of my very favorite devotionals over the years has been Kenneth E. Hagin's "Faith Food". In the course of a year he covers every aspect of walking in faith in a very simple and straight forward format! Today's is very good!

Restoring The Soul


"He restoreth my soul" (Psalm 23:3).

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" (Romans 12:1-2). 


Writing to born-again, Spirit-filled Christians in Romans 12, Paul tells them to do something with their bodies and their minds. Man's spirit is born again at the New Birth, but he still has the same body and the same soul. 

He is to present his body to God, and he is to see to it that his mind is renewed. 

The Hebrew word translated "restoreth" in Psalm 23 and the Greek word translated "renewed" in Romans 12:2 have just about the same meaning. 

For example, a valuable, antique chair which looks like a wreck can be restored. Afterwards it's still the same chair, but it has been renewed. A man's spirit is never restored; it's born again, or recreated. But his soul is restored when his mind becomes renewed with the Word of God. 

The greatest need of the Church today is for believers to have their minds renewed with the Word of God. It is the Word of God that restores souls, renews souls, and saves souls! 

Confession: I see to it daily that my mind is renewed with the Word of God. Therefore, I am not conformed to this world. My mind is renewed to think like God thinks. 

It is vital that we spend time daily meditating on the Word of God. Meditation takes the Word off of the page and gets it right into our hearts so that we can put it into practice and begin to see the results promised! Joshua 1:8 tells us exactly what meditation accomplishes! 

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.

What a powerful promise! I hope that YOU will begin doing this, if you haven't already, and continue if you have! Music always helps me, so here is Hillsong with "Say The Word":


Shalom in Him!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Shalom,

I have two things to share today from our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan! The first is found in Proverbs 12:21:

21 No [actual] evil, misfortune, or calamity shall come upon the righteous, but the wicked shall be filled with evil, misfortune, and calamity.

I have always loved this verse! We KNOW that as born again believers we will still face tests, trials, temptation and persecution in this life. The Good News is that God has promised that He will ALWAYS provide a way of escape in all of these (1 Corinthians 10:13)! What I want to emphasize from this verse in Proverbs 12 is that it says that we, the righteous (in right standing with God through the Blood of Jesus) cannot be touched by ACTUAL evil! We can be TEMPTED to accept evil, but if we will stand strong in God's Word, then ACTUAL evil CANNOT touch us! And THIS was an Old Covenant promise!!! OUR Covenant and promises are even BETTER than theirs was (Hebrews 8:6)! EXPECT the escape, rescue, resolution, redemption and even the vengeance of the Lord on our behalf! AMEN! The second thing I want to share is found in Galatians 1:1.

Paul, an apostle—[special messenger appointed and commissioned and sent out] not from [any body of] men nor by or through any man, but by and through Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and God the Father, Who raised Him from among the dead—

Paul says very clearly here that he was an apostle! Not picked by man by the drawing of straws or even by an election. No, Paul says that he was appointed and commissioned by God the Father and by JESUS Himself! What I want to emphasize here is that GOD is in charge of the calling and separation of every born again person into the areas of personal ministry, and sometimes public ministry, that HE has for-ordained for them to walk in! And this means YOU, too! Never allow man to put you in a position that God has not already revealed to you, Spirit to spirit! Follow ALWAYS peace and joy! If you are asked to go somewhere, or do something, speak to your Father and let Him know that you believe you are to do the particular thing. If you immediately are aware of peace and/or joy in the very center of your being, then go ahead and do it with all your heart! If, on the other hand, you do NOT experience peace and/or joy, then make up your  mind that you will NOT do this unless and until Holy Spirit directs you to it and then HE will give forth peace and joy! This is a very simple and profound method of determining God's will so that you can go forward in faith! AMEN! In the meantime, stay full of the Word, filled with Holy Spirit, full of faith and full of power! Be ready at a moment's notice for what God has for you, and then, again, do it with your whole heart! THAT is where our Heavenly rewards will come from! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Who You Say I Am":


Shalom in Him!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Shalom,

We read John 21 in our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan for today! I LOVE verses 21-22! JESUS had just given Peter the opportunity to acknowledge his sin of rejecting Him on the night that JESUS was being held captive. Peter received his forgiveness. Then JESUS proceeded to tell Peter of things that were to come in his life. As soon as JESUS finished, Peter looked at John behind him and asked THIS:
21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, Lord, what about this man? 22 Jesus said to him, If I want him to stay (survive, live) until I come, what is that to you? [What concern is it of yours?] You follow Me!

I LOVE the response of JESUS! "What is that to you? [What concern is it of yours?]! In other words, JESUS was saying to Peter: Mind your own business!!! THAT is the best advice that can be given to a born again believer who REALLY desires to grow up in his or her walk with God! MIND OUR OWN BUSINESS!!! Far too much time, energy and resources are being wasted by those who are trying to control the 'culture' by enacting laws. The ONLY thing that will change the mindset of this, or any other country, is the HEART CHANGE that comes only withe the New Birth! We each have more than enough to do to stay full of the Word and filled with Holy Spirit so that we can run our own race victoriously! Let's make it our 'determined purpose' to simply pray for others and major on what God has called US to do! He does not want copycats! He has planned and purposed for each and every believer to be anointed and appointed and fully equipped by HIMSELF to flourish where HE has planted us and bring many into the Kingdom of God by our obedience! Let's GO FOR IT! Amen! Here is Hillsong UNITED with one of my very favorite 'get going' songs! "GO":


Shalom in Him!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Shalom,


We read Proverbs 10 today in our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan. This Proverb points out with vivid clarity the differences between those who are hungry for the things of God and those who do not want to have anything to do with Him! Read and meditate on these differences and purpose in your own heart that you will ALWAYS go after intimate fellowship with the One, True God and that you will NEVER be as those who do not! Now I would like to share today's "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers:

The Next Best Thing to Do

Seek, and ye shall find. — Luke 11:9

Seek If You Have Not Found

“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss.” If you ask for things from life instead of from God, you ask amiss, i.e., you ask from a desire for self-realisation. The more you realize yourself the less will you seek God. “Seek, and ye shall find.” Get to work, narrow your interests to this one. Have you ever sought God with your whole heart, or have you only given a languid cry to Him after a twinge of moral neuralgia? Seek, concentrate, and you will find.

“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters.” Are you thirsty, or smugly indifferent — so satisfied with your experience that you want nothing more of God? Experience is a gateway, not an end. Beware of building your faith on experience, the metallic note will come in at once, the censorious note. You can never give another person that which you have found, but you can make him homesick for what you have.

“Draw nigh unto God.” “Knock and it shall be opened unto you.” Knock — the door is closed, and you suffer from palpitation as you knock. “Cleanse your hands” — knock a bit louder, you begin to find you are dirty. “Purify your heart” — this is more personal still, you are desperately in earnest now — you will do anything. “Humble yourself” — it is a humbling business to knock at God’s door — you have to knock with the crucified thief. “To him that knocketh, it shall be opened.”

AMEN! Every born again believer will be in Heaven when they leave this earth! BUT, the quality of our life here on earth and the rewards waiting for us in Heaven are ALL determined by what we do with what HE has given us HERE and NOW! AMEN! Seek HIM with your whole heart and be unwilling to settle for anything less than God's very best! HE desires that for you and for me! AMEN! Here is Hillsong UNITED with a song that I have begun to love about how our life here should look NOW! "Echoes (Til We See The Other Side)":



Shalom in Him!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Shalom,

We read John 19 for today's Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan. Look at verses 1-6:

 1 So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged (flogged, whipped) Him. And the soldiers, having twisted together a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and threw a purple cloak around Him. And they kept coming to Him and saying, Hail, King of the Jews! [Good health to you! Peace to you! Long life to you, King of the Jews!] And they struck Him with the palms of their hands. Then Pilate went out again and said to them, See, I bring Him out to you, so that you may know that I find no fault (crime, cause for accusation) in Him. So Jesus came out wearing the thorny crown and purple cloak, and Pilate said to them, See, [here is] the Man! When the chief priests and attendants (guards) saw Him, they cried out, Crucify Him! Crucify Him! Pilate said to them, Take Him yourselves and crucify Him, for I find no fault (crime) in Him.

Notice that Pilate had already had JESUS beaten. Now the soldiers further torment JESUS by twisting together a crown of thorns. This was NOT something simply made with little rose bush thorns! Look at these two pictures of what they would have used:




Can we even imagine the torment that just this would have caused? Do you REALLY think that they gingerly set this on the head of JESUS? This was all after JESUS had been whipped horrendously with the weapon of severe torture that the Roman 'whip' was! Notice, also, that it was the chief priests who cried out for JESUS to be crucified. These were those who SHOULD have recognized Who JESUS was! Instead they begged that JESUS be crucified. Do you want to know why? Because JESUS was OUR 'Passover Lamb'! HE was the sacrifice for the sin of all mankind and in order for the Law to be fulfilled and a new and better Covenant be in place there had to be the perfect Sacrifice for sin! AND, the only ones qualified by the Law to offer the Passover Lamb was the High Priest! They did not even realize that they were fulfilling the Law by doing this that would set into motion God's great and wonderful Plan to buy us back and make us His very own! HALLELUJAH!!! So, thank YOU, Lord JESUS, for all that YOU have accomplished on our behalf! Thank YOU for giving us Holy Spirit to live IN us so that we can communicate spirit to Spirit with YOU and have YOUR life, in abundance, to the full, til it overflows (John 10:10 AMP)! We are, of ALL people, MOST BLESSED! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Grace To Grace":



Shalom in Him!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Shalom,

I really like our devotional on The Spoken Word Church website! Today's says this:

A habit is any action, conduct or behavior that you do over and over again. It may be a bad habit, like smoking, or a good habit, like brushing your teeth. This means anything you do twice becomes easier. It is God's way of helping you succeed.
Some experts believe that when you do a specific thing repeatedly for 21 consecutive days, it will become a lifetime habit for you.
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." (James 1:17)

Begin making YOUR new and better habits today! Don't put it off any longer! Holy Spirit within you will help you every step of the way! Here is Hillsong UNITED With "Here's To The One":


Shalom in Him!

Friday, June 7, 2019

Shalom,

I have two really good points to share with you from today's reading in John from our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan. John 17:14-17:
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.

Notice that JESUS was praying to the Father for His followers who remained with Him! He prayed that God would protect US from the evil one! We'll look at the proof of that further on here. He prayed for God's protection for HIS people. He also prayed that God's Word, which is the only REAL TRUTH, would purify them and set them apart from the world. JESUS was sending US into the world that He died and rose again for, to tell them the vital TRUTH that God wasn't holding anything against them because JESUS has already paid the highest price! Our Salvation is FREE to US, but cost God everything! He did it all for a purpose! US! Verse 20:

20 Neither for these alone do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching,

JESUS was praying for US at the same time that He was praying for those there that day! Learn to know who YOU are - IN HIM! What He as called, equipped, anointed and appointed YOU to do! Now let's get to it! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Who You Say I Am ":


Shalom in Him!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Shalom,

As Jesus was preparing His disciples for His departure from the earth, He said THIS to them in John 16:6-7:
But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts [taken complete possession of them]. However, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you].

The entire plan of God for our eternal salvation was in place before He ever created Adam and Eve! He created mankind knowing that we would fail so that He could provide a salvation that the enemy could not stop and that would make us God's very own family! These things were all hidden so that the enemy could not know what was happening! Why? Because 1 Corinthians 2:8:

8 None of the rulers of this age or world perceived and recognized and understood this, for if they had, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory.

Our God IS GOD! The ONE and ONLY! He is wise beyond our understanding and He ALWAYS has His plan working. It is up to us to get with HIS program! AMEN! Jesus went on to explain to His disciples what this Comforter Who was coming would do! John 16:12-13:

12 I have still many things to say to you, but you are not able to bear them or to take them upon you or to grasp them now. 13 But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future].

Jesus was explaining these things even though His disciples could not yet understand and comprehend what He was actually saying! Once He rose from the dead and they believed on HIM and became those new creatures that had born again spirits, recreated in His image, THEN they had the ability to understand the Word of  God. This was especially true once they had received the infilling of Holy Spirit, increasing their capacity to hear and see the Truth and to be taught by the TEACHER Himself! AMEN! Then Jesus left them with this from verse 33:

33 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

AMEN! Now it is our responsibility to continue walking our HIS glory here on earth, ever watching for His appearing! Soon and VERY SOON, we are going to see our KING! HALLELUJAH! Here is Hillsong UNITED with "Echoes (Til We See The Other Side)":


Shalom in Him!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Shalom,

Proverbs 4-5 tells us this:
Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.

One of the most important Truths that a born again believer should know is that we are NOT our own anymore! We were bought with a very high price! Our Father gave His ONLY Son so that He could gain MANY sons (male and female)! JESUS paid the price required for our freedom from the devil and we CAN operate at a very high level, with our citizenship being in Heaven, IF we stay vitally connected to Him through prayer, praise & worship, study & meditation of His Word and intimate fellowship WITH Him! THEN we can do those things that He has called us, anointed us and appointed us to do! But, as the last of verse 5 tells us plainly, without Him we can do NOTHING! It is HIS ability in us, by HIS SPIRIT Who lives in us, that we have available to use. We must stop relying on the finite abilities of our flesh and fully rely on HIS infinite Wisdom, knowledge and ability! Through HIM, we can do ANYTHING (Philippians 4:13 AMP)! AMEN! Here is Hillsong UNITED with "Search My Heart":


Shalom in Him!


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Shalom, 

We began going through Proverbs again in our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan and I LOVE it! There is so much practical knowledge and Wisdom in every verse! Proverbs 4:7-9:
The beginning of Wisdom is: get Wisdom (skillful and godly Wisdom)! [For skillful and godly Wisdom is the principal thing.] And with all you have gotten, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation). Prize Wisdom highly and exalt her, and she will exalt and promote you; she will bring you to honor when you embrace her. She shall give to your head a wreath of gracefulness; a crown of beauty and glory will she deliver to you.

Is there anything more practical and to the point than verse 7? What is the first thing we must do in order to 'get' Wisdom? GET IT! That means that we must maintain a hunger and a thirst for the Wisdom of God! We MUST have that attitude in order to even recognize the Wisdom that is contained in these verses, and then we must DO what we see here to do. So, if we want Wisdom - GO GET IT! AMEN! And what is the great result of going after getting this Wisdom? Look at verse 18:

18 But the path of the [uncompromisingly] just and righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines more and more (brighter and clearer) until [it reaches its full strength and glory in] the perfect day [to be prepared].

That 'perfect day' is the day when we see HIM face to face (1 John 3:2)! And then we have these great instructions in verses 20-27:
20 My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life. 24 Put away from you false and dishonest speech, and willful and contrary talk put far from you. 25 Let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and let your gaze be straight before you. 26 Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright. 27 Turn not aside to the right hand or to the left; remove your foot from evil.

When we DO this, then we are increasing our capacity to receive more and more of what God has for us! With the Word before us and Holy Spirit IN us, there is no one that can stop our growth except ourselves! Make time for God and His Word, today and every day, and KNOW with confidence that you will become wiser every day and have GOOD success in every area (Joshua 1:8)! Here is Hillsong UNITED with "Here's To The One":


Shalom in Him!


Monday, June 3, 2019

Shalom,

We are reading Proverbs 3 today in our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan. Verses 5-7 give us very important instructions for walking in victory in this life!
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil.

Our God has designed us for victory! He has fully equipped every born again believer to walk in success, prosperity and favor IF we will do things His Way! That means KNOWING God's Word, and DOING God's Word consistently! With such great plans and provision, why would any of us EVER try to choose a different way? Find out what the Word of God says about YOU, then step into your God-given role, certain of the success that only God can give! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Who You Say I Am":


Shalom  in Him!

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Shalom ,

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

Don't Be Discouraged

Proverbs 28:20 says, “A faithful man shall abound with blessings.”

Abounding would imply that increase has taken place. But notice it didn’t take place overnight. It was the result of faithfulness and faithfulness takes time.

Let me define faithful for you. It means:
1) Sticking with God and His Word no matter what happens in your life
2) Being steadfast in your allegiance to God
3) Unwavering loyalty
4) A firm resistance to the temptation to give up, draw back, or to compromise.

God promises that if you will stick with Him and His Word, then you will abound with blessings.

God promises that if you will be steadfast in your allegiance to Him, then you will abound with blessings.

God promises that if you have unwavering loyalty to Him, then you will abound with blessings.

God promises that if you will develop a firm resistance to the temptation to give up, draw back, or compromise then you will abound with blessings.

Hebrews 10:39 says, “We are not of them who draw back.”

The Message Translation says, “We’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it . . . trusting God all the way.”

I want to encourage you today, don’t get discouraged if you don’t see things happening in your life immediately, have faith that God is working behind the scenes on your behalf. Your due season will come. It will happen.

Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” The key word there is “IF.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To every thing there is a season…”

According to God, there is an appointed time to reap the harvest. So don’t be discouraged. 

Your harvest time will come. Our part is to not become weary and quit.


Confession: “I will not grow weary in well doing. My harvest time is coming in Jesus name!”

AMEN! GOD's timing is PERFECT!!! Trust Him! Here is Hillsong UNITED with "Ready Or Not":


Shalom in Him!