Thursday, February 20, 2020

Shalom,

I was really blessed reading THIS from Andrew Womack today!

Drawn By His Power

Mark 1:37, 'And when they had found him, they said unto him, All [men] seek for thee.'

Mark  1:35-39; Luke 4:42-44

This is an amazing statement. Jesus' ministry was only a few months old and the masses of people were already seeking him out.

This is even more astonishing when you realize that Jesus had not used any of the conventional methods of publicity. In fact, Jesus had already rejected publicity during His first ministry in Jerusalem (John 2:24-25). There was no natural explanation for Jesus' success.

God is the one who promoted Jesus. And He used supernatural means to do it. It was not the slick techniques of Madison Avenue that brought the crowds--it was the awesome manifestation of God's power.

Just the day before, Jesus had cast the demon out of a man at the synagogue in Capernaum (Mark 1:21-28). This caused the whole city to gather at Peter's house and Jesus healed every one of them (Luke 4:40).

Jesus' display of the miraculous power of God was the spark that the Holy Spirit used to light a fire in the hearts of these people. Jesus had this power because of His intimate relationship with His father. It is no accident that He was praying while all men were seeking Him.


As you seek to touch others with the new life that you've found in Christ, let God confirm His Word with the miraculous manifestations of His power through you.

AMEN! Dare to believe that YOU are exactly who GOD says that you are in His Word! You HAVE what GOD says that you have in His Word! You CAN DO exactly what God says you can do in His Word! AMEN! Hdere is Hillsong with "Who You Say I AM":


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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Shalom,

Today I want to share agaion from Rick Renner's "Sparkling Gems From The Greek - Volume 2:

Fight the Good Fight of Faith!

Fight the good fight of faith.… — 1 Timothy 6:12

Many believers have the misconception that walking by faith means they should be able to effortlessly glide all the way to God’s destination for their lives with no hiccups or struggles along the way. But the Bible teaches quite the opposite in First Timothy 6:12. In that verse, the apostle Paul wrote, “Fight the good faith of faith….” According to this verse, the path of faith often requires a fight to see it through to completion.

The word “fight” is the Greek word agonidzo, which refers to a struggle, a fight, great exertion, or effort. It is where we get the word agony — a word often used in the New Testament to convey the ideas of anguish, pain, distress, and conflict. The word agonidzo itself comes from the word agon, which is the word that depicted the athletic conflicts and competitions that were so famous in the ancient world. It frequently pictured wrestlers in a wrestling match, with each wrestler struggling with all his might to overcome his opponent in an effort to hurl him to the ground in a fight to the finish.

The very fact that Paul would use this word, a word that was very well known in the world of his time, alerts us emphatically that when we step out to do something by faith, it often pushes us into a previously unknown fight. It throws us into some type of agony — anguish, conflict, pain, distress, or a struggle. It isn’t that God wants us to struggle. Instead, this is a fight that results from:

The flesh that resists the will of God.

The mind that struggles to understand what God has told us to do.

Circumstances that seem to stand in the way.

People who oppose us.

The devil himself who throws his weight against each step of faith we take.

The point you must see is that Paul recognized when we step out in faith, we don’t just effortlessly glide to the destination God is directing us toward. We must fight the good fight of faith to reach the victorious position that allows us to one day hear those cherished words, “Well done!” from our Commander-in-Chief. But rather than shrink from the match that is before us, the apostle Paul urges us to give this fight our best effort! He tells us, “Fight the good fight of faith…” The word “good” is from the Greek word kalos, which denotes something exceptional, of the highest quality, outstanding, or superb. In the context of a fight, it pictures one who has given his best effort to the struggle in which he is engaged; hence, he is one who is doing a first-rate or first-class job at resisting his opponents.

Then Paul repeated the word “fight” a second time in this verse. He wrote, “Fight the good fight of faith.…” This second usage of the word “fight” is also from the Greek word agon — the same word he used when he referred to a “fight” at the first of the verse. It conveys the idea of one who is giving his complete concentration to the conflict and is totally focused on engaging the conflict at hand and achieving victory, regardless how long it takes or how much agonizing effort is required. It is the picture of total commitment to victory.

This is a far cry from simply gliding to God’s destination for your life with no hiccups or headaches along the way! As Paul told us in this verse, anything that is done by faith will require a fight of some sort in order to win. So if you are experiencing a struggle along the path to your personal victory — if you’ve been fighting off some very real mental or spiritual assaults along the way — don’t be taken off guard or by surprise. The Holy Spirit warned in advance through the apostle Paul that you must commit yourself to giving the pursuit of God’s will for your life your very best effort and to doing whatever is necessary to finish the goal set before you!


God is calling upon you to stand up and fight — giving your concentrated efforts to stand firm for what you believe. Fight in a manner that is noble, admirable, and worthy of the reward that awaits you. And remember — the greater reward usually requires a greater fight. Keep this in mind as you press forward to be first-class in your determination to overcome every obstacle and resistance along the way. Stay in the fight until you can shout, “The fight is finished and victory obtained!”

I don't know a soldier anywhere who wouldn't be excited if they KNEW that they could not be defeated! This 'fight' that we are in is one that has already been won FOR US by the KING of all kings and the LORD of all lords! JESUS! There is nothing left to be done except to occupy our place in this earth until JESUS comes for us. To occupy means to be busy DOING what God has already called us to do! Let's get busy! Amen! Here is Hillsong with "No Reason To Hide":


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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Shalom,

Today I want to share again from The Spoken Word Church website devotional.

Taking the Initiative Against Despair

Rise, let us be going. —Matthew 26:46

In the Garden of Gethsemane, the disciples went to sleep when they should have stayed awake, and once they realized what they had done it produced despair. The sense of having done something irreversible tends to make us despair. We say, “Well, it’s all over and ruined now; what’s the point in trying anymore.” If we think this kind of despair is an exception, we are mistaken. It is a very ordinary human experience. Whenever we realize we have not taken advantage of a magnificent opportunity, we are apt to sink into despair. But Jesus comes and lovingly says to us, in essence, “Sleep on now. That opportunity is lost forever and you can’t change that. But get up, and let’s go on to the next thing.” In other words, let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him.

There will be experiences like this in each of our lives. We will have times of despair caused by real events in our lives, and we will be unable to lift ourselves out of them. The disciples, in this instance, had done a downright unthinkable thing— they had gone to sleep instead of watching with Jesus. But our Lord came to them taking the spiritual initiative against their despair and said, in effect, “Get up, and do the next thing.” If we are inspired by God, what is the next thing? It is to trust Him absolutely and to pray on the basis of His redemption.


Never let the sense of past failure defeat your next step.

AMEN! Don't waste another moment dwelling on mistakes. Instead, learn how to bounce back up every time you miss it and the enemy will be thwarted in his attempts to steal your joy, which is your strength, and from stopping you from being the LIGHT, which is his ultimate goal! Never let him winb. Instead, along with this song from Hillsong, tell him "Not Today"!


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Monday, February 17, 2020

Shalom,

We have been reading through Kenneth E. Hagin's "Faith Food" devotionals in Morning Prayer this year and I vae really been loving his teaching on walking in love, which never fails! Here is today's lesson:

Love Arises
"Love is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly" (1 Corinthians 13:4-5).

It's always flesh that is boastful, haughty, conceited, arrogant, inflated with pride, rude, and unmannerly.

And by an act of your own will, you can decide not to give in to these fleshly temptations. You can decide rather to walk in love—to walk in the Spirit.

The battle is there between your human spirit and your flesh. But the Bible says, "Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16).
Decide to allow your spirit to dominate. When the temptation comes, stand still a moment and begin to speak the Word of God. Begin to say, "I am born of love. I will allow the love of God within me to dominate."

And the love of God will rise up big within you!

Confession: I am a love person. Therefore, I am not boastful or vainglorious. I do not display myself haughtily. I am not conceited—arrogant and inflated with pride. I am not rude. I am not unmannerly. I do not act unbecomingly. I act in love.
AMEN! And the best thing about choosing the love walk is that our faith will work, because faith ONLY works by love (Galatians 5:6)! Love energizes faith! So let's ALWAYS choose the love way! Here is Hillsong Young and Free with "Real Love":


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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Shalom,

Today I want to share another very vital message from Jerry Savelle's devotional!

PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT

First Corinthians 14:15 teaches us that we can pray both with our understanding (our mind) and out of our spirit: “What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding” (NKJV). There are several great reasons why you need to pray in the Spirit:

•   It builds you up spiritually (see 1 Corinthians 14:4; Jude 1:20).

•   It enables you to pray the will of God when you don’t know what to pray or how to pray for a particular situation (see Romans 8:26-27).

•   It refreshes and brings rest (see Isaiah 28:11-12).

One of the greatest benefits of praying in the Spirit is that by doing so we can obtain wisdom from God about how to pray even as we’re praying. “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries” (1 Corinthians 14:2 KJV).

First Corinthians 2:6-7 explains this even further: “However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery [or in the Spirit], the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory” (NKJV). This “hidden wisdom” translates into God’s perfect will. It may not be known to your understanding when you first began to pray, but the Holy Spirit through you and in you is helping you to pray it to the Father.

As you pray in the Spirit, you may not have immediate understanding of what you are saying; but when you pray in faith in the Spirit, the wisdom will come.

Take advantage of this powerful gift God has given you and spend time daily praying in the Spirit.

Confession: As I pray in the Spirit, I am praying God’s perfect will for my life and I believe I receive wisdom, revelation, and insight.

Praying in the Spirit has been one of the greatest gifts in my life! To have the conifdence that I am praying God's perfect will without my own thinking getting in the way is such a blessing! Praying in the Spirit has also opened my life up to the other gifts of the Spirit and to a more intimate fellowship with HIM! I encourage you to pray in the Spirit more AND to listen to HIM more as you do. Those mysteries and secrets that come right from the heart of God will be the asnwers you need to lead that abundant life that JESUS wants for us according to 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).

AMEN! Here is Hillsong Worship with "Upper Room":



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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Shalom,

Today I want to share the devotional from The Spoken Word Church website. 
Opposition gives birth to opportunity. Adversity reveals the location of your enemy. It forces you to evaluate what you really believe.
Do not be timid. Do not fear. Observe. Analyze. Make your decision boldly. God will lead, guide and direct you. Every achiever recalls that adversity unlocked doors to his greatest acheivements.
"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." (2 Corinthians 4:17)
"No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord." (Isaiah 54:17)
"So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him." (Isaiah 59:19)
AMEN! Romans 8:37 tells us that we are MORE than conquerors:

37 Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.

There is no need for conquering without something to conquer! Learn to look at every situation, every circumstance, every trial, test or tribulation as an opportunity to show forth the wonderful works of God and give HIM all the GLORY! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Desert Song":


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Friday, February 14, 2020

Shalom,

Today's message, as the world celbrated Valentine's Day, is Psalm 45, which is called a Messianic Psalm because it is speaking of the MESSIAH of Israel and the SAVIOUR of the world! JESUS! Here is this entire Psalm from the Amplified Bible!

Psalm 45

To the Chief Musician; [set to the tune of] “Lilies” [probably a popular air. A Psalm] of the sons of Korah. A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem. A song of love.

My heart overflows with a goodly theme; I address my psalm to a King. My tongue is like the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the children of men; graciousness is poured upon Your lips; therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O mighty One, in Your glory and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on triumphantly for the cause of truth, humility, and righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God); and let Your right hand guide You to tremendous things.
Your arrows are sharp; the peoples fall under You; Your darts pierce the hearts of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; the scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You love righteousness, uprightness, and right standing with God and hate wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness above Your fellows.
Your garments are all fragrant with myrrh, aloes, and cassia; stringed instruments make You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your honorable women; at Your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.
10 Hear, O daughter, consider, submit, and consent to my instruction: forget also your own people and your father’s house;
11 So will the King desire your beauty; because He is your Lord, be submissive and reverence and honor Him.
12 And, O daughter of Tyre, the richest of the people shall entreat your favor with a gift.
13 The King’s daughter in the inner part [of the palace] is all glorious; her clothing is inwrought with gold.
14 She shall be brought to the King in raiment of needlework; with the virgins, her companions that follow her, she shall be brought to You.
15 With gladness and rejoicing will they be brought; they will enter into the King’s palace.
16 Instead of Your fathers shall be Your sons, whom You will make princes in all the land.
17 I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore shall the people praise and give You thanks forever and ever.

Today, and EVERY day, make JESUS your FIRST and TRUE LOVE! HE will NEVER leave YOU! Now it is up to you to reciprocate! Here are Hillsong Kids with a great song to JESUS called "My Number One":

Shalom in Him

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Shalom,

Kenneth E. Hagin's "Health Food" devotional for today is excellent for keeping us inthe right mindset to receive health and healing from the Lord!

Casting Down Reasonings

Casting down imaginations [reasonings], and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Many people's minds have never been renewed with the Word of God. They may be saved, filled with the Holy Ghost, and members of a Full Gospel church, but their minds still need to be renewed with the Word of God.

Second Corinthians 10:4 and 5 says, "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."
Many people are in a battle between their head and their heart. This is spiritual warfare, and these verses say that our weapons are not carnal, or natural. They're not guns, swords, or even fists. But our weapons are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4).

Paul is referring to "casting down imaginations." Imaginations can also be translated reasonings, which involve people's minds.

As long as Satan can hold you in the arena of reason, he'll defeat you in every battle. But if you hold Satan in the arena of faith, you'll defeat him in every battle. How do you do that? The Scripture says to "cast down imaginations (reasonings)."

I cast down imaginations and reasonings. I bring every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ. If the thought doesn't line up with the Word of God, I reject it. I believe and think on only what God's Word says.
AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Not Today"!



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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Shalom,

In our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan for today we read Psalm 43. The psalmist here begins by complaining to the Lord about what he is going through, but then he begins praying to and encouraing himself in the Lord! Verses 3-6
O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling. Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my exceeding joy; yes, with the lyre will I praise You, O God, my God! Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, Who is the help of my [sad] countenance, and my God.

There is a great saying I have heard and used that says: Don't speak to God about the problem, speak to the problem about your God! God already KNOWS what is happening in your life and what you are facing. HE wants YOU to  know that He has already provided the answers in His Word and He wants to hear YOU speak what HE has said about it! THEN He can confirm HIS WORD with signs, wonders, miracles and ANSWERS! AMEN! So, let's declare God's Word and REJOICE in what HE is going to do next! Here is
Hillsong UNITED with "Shadow Step":


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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Shalom,

Today I want to share from Jerry Savelle's daily devotional!

YOU ARE JUSTIFIED

[All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:24 AMP)

I want to focus on two particular words found in the scripture verse above: justified and redemption.

The word justified is not one we commonly use in everyday English, but the essence of its simplest biblical definition is “just as if I’d never sinned.” In other words, because of the redemptive work Jesus did at the cross, God now looks at you just as if you’d never sinned.
The word redemption means “to buy back.” Just as an individual who was kidnapped is bought back from their captor with ransom money, so Jesus bought you back from the hands of the devil with His shed blood.

The Bible says, “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin” (Romans 4:8 NKJV) and God is “the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:26 NKJV). Never again will your sins be counted against you.

Receiving this justification and redemption does not depend on your performance; it depends on your faith in Jesus and the fact that you are “in Him.” And the good news is, because you are in Him, you are justified!

Confession: Thank You, Father, for treating me just as if I’d never sinned. I cast down all thoughts of condemnation, and I meditate instead on the free gift of redemption that is mine because I am in Christ Jesus.

Amen! Keep reminding yourself that you ARE who GOD says that you are! This from Hillsong should help remind you of that! "Who You Say I Am":


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Monday, February 10, 2020

Shalom,

I really LOVE today's "My Utmmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers! We all have been around people who are so caught up in something that they don't even see what's happening right in front of them, and they miss out on so much! THIS is what is being discussed here today!

Is Your Imagination Of God Starved?

Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things. — Isaiah 40:26

The people of God in Isaiah’s day had starved their imagination by looking on the face of idols, and Isaiah made them look up at the heavens; that is, he made them begin to use their imagination aright. Nature to a saint is sacramental. If we are children of God, we have a tremendous treasure in Nature. In every wind that blows, in every night and day of the year, in every sign of the sky, in every blossoming and in every withering of the earth, there is a real coming of God to us if we will simply use our starved imagination to realize it.

The test of spiritual concentration is bringing the imagination into captivity. Is your imagination looking on the face of an idol? Is the idol yourself? Your work? Your conception of what a worker should be? Your experience of salvation and sanctification? Then your imagination of God is starved, and when you are up against difficulties you have no power, you can only endure in darkness. If your imagination is starved, do not look back to your own experience; it is God Whom you need. Go right out of yourself, away from the face of your idols, away from everything that has been starving your imagination. Rouse yourself, take the gibe that Isaiah gave the people, and deliberately turn your imagination to God.


One of the reasons of stultification (having a dulling, inhibiting or emptying effect)  in prayer is that there is no imagination, no power of putting ourselves deliberately before God. We have to learn how to be broken bread and poured-out wine on the line of intercession more than on the line of personal contact. Imagination is the power God gives a saint to posit himself out of himself into relationships he never was in.

Let's STOP being so busy with worldly 'busyness' and begin to really press in to the presence of God! Wisdom is found there! Guidance is found there! Hope is found there! Love is found there! PAY ATTENTION! LOOK UP! BE AWARE! Don't miss getting in on what God is doing right now because you are too focused on things that have no eternal worth or value! Let's be about our Father's business! HIS is much more exciting! Here is Hillsong Worship with "See The Light":


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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Shalom,

Today I want to sharre again from Joseph Pince's "Grace Inspirations". This message it so powerful and you should really know this if you are ministering to anyone who needs to be set free from any bondage of the enemy!

Luke 19:8 Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.”

Zacchaeus was a tax collector. He was despised because he was a deceitful man, cheating people of their money and resorting to false accusations to get what he wanted.

One day, Jesus visited him. The Bible makes no mention of Jesus rebuking him for his dishonest lifestyle the whole time they were together. Instead, Jesus showed him grace and honor by spending time with him. Before long, Zacchaeus stood up and declared to Jesus that he would restore fourfold to anyone he had taken from illegally, and would even give half of his goods to the poor.

A moment with Jesus completely changed Zacchaeus’ heart. A moment with grace in person—without accusations, condemnation or judgment—caused such an inward transformation that in a short time, Zacchaeus was doing outwardly what was right and in a measure no man would have expected of him!

Many people want to live right. Their concern with right living makes them focus on themselves and the things they struggle with. But it is right believing that produces right living. If you are trying to break free from an addiction that has bound you for many years, believe that Jesus loves you so much that at the cross, He paid the price for you to be completely free from any addiction. Believe that by His stripes you are healed and delivered.

One member in our church had a smoking addiction. But each time he lit up a cigarette, he would believe that God was not judging or condemning him, and that he was still the righteousness of God in Christ. One day, he woke up impressed by the Spirit that that day would mark the start of a smoke-free life. Expecting to be assaulted by the usual cravings to smoke, he prayed this throughout the day: “Thank You, Jesus, for by Your stripes I am healed.” Before he knew it, the day passed without him lighting up or suffering any withdrawal pangs! And since then, he has been totally free of this addiction.

Today, if you want to experience right living, find out what Christ has done for you and what you have in Him—and believe it!

AMEN! Remember that there is now NO condemnation to htose who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1)! Knowing what JESUS has already accomplished for each one of us is the only thing that will set someone TRULY free! Here is Hillsong with one of my favorite and a most powerful song! "Say The Word":


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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Shalom,

Today's "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers contains a very important message, but we must really meditate on it with the assistance of the Spirit of God Who lives IN us in order to see what GOD is saying here!

Instantaneous And Insistent Sanctification

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly. — 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

When we pray to be sanctified, are we prepared to face the standard of these verses? We take the term sanctification much too lightly. Are we prepared for what sanctification will cost? It will cost an intense narrowing of all our interests on earth, and an immense broadening of all our interests in God. Sanctification means intense concentration on God’s point of view. It means every power of body, soul and spirit chained and kept for God’s purpose only. Are we prepared for God to do in us all that He separated us for? And then after His work is done in us, are we prepared to separate ourselves to God even as Jesus did? “For their sakes I sanctify Myself.” The reason some of us have not entered into the experience of sanctification is that we have not realized the meaning of sanctification from God’s standpoint. Sanctification means being made one with Jesus so that the disposition that ruled Him will rule us. Are we prepared for what that will cost? It will cost everything that is not of God in us.

Are we prepared to be caught up into the swing of this prayer of the apostle Paul’s? Are we prepared to say — “Lord, make me as holy as You can make a sinner saved by grace”? Jesus has prayed that we might be one with Him as He is one with the Father. The one and only characteristic of the Holy Ghost in a man is a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ, and freedom from everything that is unlike Him. Are we prepared to set ourselves apart for the Holy Spirit’s ministrations in us?

Realize that this is NOT saying that we will EVER be perfect while here in this life, but it IS saying that IF we desire to be used mightily by Holy Spirit, then we will have to have THAT as our priority and NOT just an addition to everything else we have 'on our plate'! In just the same way that an athlete who desires to be the very best at whatever sport they are competing in must decide how much they want it, there WILL BE a requirement to focus on whatever is necessary to accomplish that goal! THAT is what THIS above is speaking of! God will use every one of us just as much as we allow Him to, in doing the job of 'seeking and saving the lost'! If we desire to be used MORE, then it is required of us to give HIM more time and access to us! As in everything that God has promised us in His Word, the CHOICE is OURS to make! Refuse condemnation, but NEVER blame someone else for your own decision NOT to give your all! We can have as much of HIS PRESENCE as we desire! How much do YOU desire HIM? Here is Hillsong UNITED again with one of the very best songs of true commitment to God's plans and purposes! "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)":



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Friday, February 7, 2020

Shalom,

Today I want to share again from Kenneth and Gloria Copeland's "From Faith To Faith devotional!

Thank God Instead

If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with every one. Romans 12:18, The Amplified Bible
When I was a new Christian, it was almost impossible for me to live at peace with anyone! Almost every time I opened my mouth, I said something ugly. I was constantly hurting the people I was close to. In fact, I spoke more harshly to them than to anyone else.
I criticized Gloria's driving so much that she nearly refused to drive while I was with her. I criticized my children so much that they began to avoid me. I didn't want to be so insensitive, but I couldn't help it. I had a well-developed habit of speaking harshly and didn't know how to change it.
Then I found Ephesians 5:4. It said, "[Let there be] no coarse, stupid, or flippant talk; these things are out of place; you should rather be thanking God" (New English Bible). When I read that, I realized I needed to replace the words I was used to saying with words of thanksgiving. That would solve my problem. After all, I couldn't speak harshly and thank God at the same time. I couldn't criticize those around me if I had a thankful attitude about them.
I immediately decided to put this principle to work in my life. Rushing into my son's room one day ready to lambaste him about something he had done, I recognized my old behavior pattern. I just stopped and said to myself, "The Word says this kind of behavior is out of place, so I am going to stop and thank God." I wasn't nearly as angry after I spent a few minutes praising and thanking the Lord.
If you've developed the habit of speaking harshly, start changing that habit today. When someone crosses you on the job, at school, or wherever, and you're tempted to tear into them with cruel words, stop! Then take a few moments to give thanks and praise to God. Once you begin thinking about how good God is, more often than not, those harsh, angry words will just slip away unspoken.
Instead of using your tongue to tear people down, train it to lift God's praises up. Then living at peace with others will come easily to you!
AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "Thank You, Lord":


Shalom in Him!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Shalom,

Today I simply want to share, again, from Kenneth E. Hagin's "Faith Food" devotional. I learned so much from these as a young believer and today's is one of the best lessons!

Strengthened

"The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1).

"Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed" (Romans 9:33).

The language of faith says:
I can do all things in Christ. The Lord strengthens me. I cannot be conquered. I cannot be defeated. If a natural force comes against me, it can't defeat me, because there aren't enough natural forces in all the world that could conquer the Christ who dwells within me!

Greater is He who is in me, than he who is in the world. I am fortified from within. I've learned how to put Christ to work for me and in me. I have, dwelling in me, the Spirit of God who raised Jesus from the dead! I have God's wisdom, strength, and ability in me. I'm learning how to let that wisdom govern my intellect. I'm letting God speak through my lips. I'm daring to think God's thoughts after Him.

He is the strength of my life, whom shall I fear? God has made me greater than my enemies. God has enabled me to put my heel on the neck of weakness, fear, and inability. I stand and declare that whosoever believeth in Him shall not be put to shame. Therefore, I cannot be put to shame.
Confession: (Make up your own confession from today's scriptures and faith thoughts.)

AMEN! The instructions in the confessioon for today is exactly what we each need to do in order to walk in the fulness of all that God has prepared for us! We must first of all KNOW what He has proomised us in His Word and then we must OWN it! Meditate (Joshua 1:8 AMP) until you KNOW that you KNOW what the Word says, and then speak it with authority over your life and the lives of your loved ones! Here, to encourage you in this, is Hillsong with "Say The Word":


Shalom in Him!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Shalom,

I have awlays loved this testimony from Kenneth E. Hagin in today's "Faith Food" deovtional concerning worry!

I Can

"I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).

Many years have come and gone since I cast my cares upon the Lord, and although I will confess that I've been sorely tempted, I have not worried. I have not fretted. I have not had the blues. I have not been discouraged, no matter what. (Some people said I didn't have enough sense to worry. But, thank God, I had too much Bible-sense to worry!)

Worry was the most difficult sin for me to give up. Worry is the greatest temptation you will ever face too. But you can resist it. And you must.

Your worst enemy is the flesh. The flesh and natural human reasoning would limit you to your own ability. You look at the circumstances, influences, problems, cares, tests, storms, and winds, and you say, "I can't."

The language of doubt, the flesh, the senses, and the devil is, "I can't. I don't have the ability, the opportunity, or the strength. I'm limited."

But the language of faith says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Confession: I can! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
AMEN! I LOVE this verse from that Amplified Bible!

13 I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

HALLELUJAH! This IS how God sees us operating! Let's go for it and watch what only HE can do! AMEN! Here is Hillsong with "So Will I":


Shalom in Him!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Shalom,

I really identify with today's "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers.

The Overmastering Majesty Of Personal Power

For the love of Christ constraineth us. — 2 Corinthians 5:14

Paul says he is overruled, overmastered, held as in a vice, by the love of Christ. Very few of us know what it means to be held in a grip by the love of God; we are held by the constraint of our experience only. The one thing that held Paul, until there was nothing else on his horizon, was the love of God. “The love of Christ constraineth us” — when you hear that note in a man or woman, you can never mistake it. You know that the Spirit of God is getting unhindered way in that life.


When we are born again of the Spirit of God, the note of testimony is on what God has done for us, and rightly so. But the baptism of the Holy Ghost obliterates that for ever, and we begin to realize what Jesus meant when He said — “Ye shall be witnesses unto Me.” Not witnesses to what Jesus can do — that is an elementary witness — but “witnesses unto Me.” We will take everything that happens as happening to Him, whether it be praise or blame, persecution or commendation. No one can stand like that for Jesus Christ who is not constrained by the majesty of His personal power. It is the only thing that matters, and the strange thing is that it is the last thing realised by the Christian worker. Paul says he is gripped by the love of Christ; that is why he acts as he does. Men may call him mad or sober, but he does not care; there is only one thing he is living for, and that is to persuade men of the judgment seat of God, and of the love of Christ. This abandon to the love of Christ is the one thing that bears fruit in the life, and it will always leave the impression of the holiness and of the power of God, never of our personal holiness.

AMEN! Here are  Hillsong Kids with "As The World Shakes":


Shalom in Him!

Monday, February 3, 2020

Shalom,

Today I want to share from Kenneth E. Hagin's "Health Food" devotional. 

The Ministry of Jesus

And he [Jesus] could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. (Mark 6:5)
Many people are healed by a mutual faith - by their faith and the faith of whoever is ministering to them. Most people are healed by knowing and receiving for themselves what the Word of God says. You see, that's the way the majority of people were healed under the ministry of Jesus.

Some people say, "Oh, if only I could have been there when Jesus was on the earth, I would have been healed because everybody always got healed under His ministry, regardless of their faith."

A person who says that has never read the Bible very closely. Mark 6:5 in the Greek reads that Jesus could do no mighty work except lay His hands on a few sick people with minor ailments. Those are the only ones who got healed under the ministry of Jesus in His hometown of Nazareth.

Well, why didn't others get healed? Let's look at the next verse. "And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching" (Mark 6:6). The reason they failed to get healed was because of their unbelief.

So what did Jesus do? He went about their cities and villages teaching in their synagogues. He began to teach, because faith comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17).

Confession

I can be healed by simply knowing and receiving what the Word of God says - that healing belongs to me. I receive healing based on the Word of God.
The reason that many people fail to receive their healing is that they are depending on the faith of someone else instead of truly believing that the Word of God will bring that same faith to them! Find out what the Word of God has to say about health and healing, then meditate on those TRUTHS until they rise up inside of you with the faith that cannot be denied! Remember, Jesus never refused to heal anyone, but always said: "Your faith has made you whole."! Here is Hillsong with "You Are Life":


Shalom in Him!

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Shalom,

We read Psalm 33 in our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan for today. Look at verses 6-9:
By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all their host by the breath of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea as in a bottle; He puts the deeps in storage places. Let all the earth fear the Lord [revere and worship Him]; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.

I LOVE this! The instruction is given to the entire earth to fear (revere and worship) the Lord and to stand in awe of Him! He is the One, True, Most High, Living, Almighty God of the Bible! The God of all creation! The God of our Salvation! He warrants our complete worship, devotion and allegiance even if He had never done anything for us personally because HE IS! But then we see what He will do for those who DO put Him first place! Verses 18-22:
18 Behold, the Lord’s eye is upon those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe], who wait for Him and hope in His mercy and loving-kindness, 19 To deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. 20 Our inner selves wait [earnestly] for the Lord; He is our Help and our Shield. 21 For in Him does our heart rejoice, because we have trusted (relied on and been confident) in His holy name. 22 Let Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, in proportion to our waiting and hoping for You.

AMEN! While you Worship together today, meditate on this AWESOME GOD Who loves us with His everlasting, all-consuming, never failing LOVE! Then sing THIS song, by Hillsong, called "What A Beautiful Name":


Shalom in Him!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Shalom,

I want to share some very powerful verses from our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan  for today! The first are found in Psalm 32:10-11
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but he who trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on the Lord shall be compassed about with mercy and with loving-kindness. 11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you [uncompromisingly] righteous [you who are upright and in right standing with Him]; shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Notice that it is a forgone conclusion from the Word of God that the wicked, who sometimes SEEM to be getting all of the favor and recognition and prosperity BUT, we are told here, WE, when we rely on and lean on the Lord our God, will be surrounded by God's MERCY and LOVINGKINDNESS! So, let's be obedient here and REJOICE in the Lord and SHOUT FOR JOY! Amen! 

Then in Acts 4 we see the disciples bringing healing to a lame man and, of course, the religious leaders were NOT happy about that! They detained them and questioned them. I LOVE Peter's answer to to them on how the man came to be healed! Verses 9-12:
If we are being put on trial [here] today and examined concerning a good deed done to benefit a feeble (helpless) cripple, by what means this man has been restored to health, 10 Let it be known and understood by all of you, and by the whole house of Israel, that in the name and through the power and authority of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Whom you crucified, [but] Whom God raised from the dead, in Him and by means of Him this man is standing here before you well and sound in body. 11 This [Jesus] is the Stone which was despised and rejected by you, the builders, but which has become the Head of the corner [the Cornerstone]. 12 And there is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by and in which we must be saved.

This was the same Peter who had denied that he even knew JESUS before! NOW listen to him preach! What happened? He was reborn by the Spirit of God and then, two chapters ago, he was filled with Holy Spirit and anointed with POWER from on high! HALLELUJAH! Because the religious leaders had no answer to Peter's declaration, they told them to stop using the Name of JESUS and I also LOVE their answer here! Verses 19-20:
19 But Peter and John replied to them, Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you and obey you rather than God, you must decide (judge). 20 But we [ourselves] cannot help telling what we have seen and heard.

AMEN! And they never stopped! They ran their race. They finished their course! Can WE do less? NO! Let's be actively about our Father's business and get the job done! Here is Hillsong with "No Reason To Hide":


Shalom in Him!

Friday, January 31, 2020

Shalom,

Today I want to share again from Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost For His Highest". This is a very vital message for every bron again believer!

Do You See Your Calling?

…separated to the gospel of God… —Romans 1:1

Our calling is not primarily to be holy men and women, but to be proclaimers of the gospel of God. The one all-important thing is that the gospel of God should be recognized as the abiding reality. Reality is not human goodness, or holiness, or heaven, or hell— it is redemption. The need to perceive this is the most vital need of the Christian worker today. As workers, we have to get used to the revelation that redemption is the only reality. Personal holiness is an effect of redemption, not the cause of it. If we place our faith in human goodness we will go under when testing comes.

Paul did not say that he separated himself, but “when it pleased God, who separated me…” (Galatians 1:15). Paul was not overly interested in his own character. And as long as our eyes are focused on our own personal holiness, we will never even get close to the full reality of redemption. Christian workers fail because they place their desire for their own holiness above their desire to know God. “Don’t ask me to be confronted with the strong reality of redemption on behalf of the filth of human life surrounding me today; what I want is anything God can do for me to make me more desirable in my own eyes.” To talk that way is a sign that the reality of the gospel of God has not begun to touch me. There is no reckless abandon to God in that. God cannot deliver me while my interest is merely in my own character. Paul was not conscious of himself. He was recklessly abandoned, totally surrendered, and separated by God for one purpose— to proclaim the gospel of God (see Romans 9:3).

So much of the early teaching that I received as a new believer was all about how to 'be a better Christian'. That is SO NOT what Jesus instructed His disciples to do! He sent them out to proclaim the Gospel! Why? Because, as He said Himself in Luke 19:10, He came for THIS reason:

10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.

We are sent to be the Lightbearers! To be the living witnesses of all that JESUS came and accomplished on our behalf! The only way to effectively do this is to get to know JESUS more intimately, and to do so consistently, day by day. He will lead, guide and direct us by His Spirit in all of the ways to carry out this commission that He has given us. Begin right now to get to know HIM better, and to care more that people see JESUS than what they think of you! Here is Hillsong with "King of Kings":



Shalom in Him!

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Shalom,

Today I want to share from Joseph Prince's "Grace Inspirations" devotional. You can find it every day on his website!

The Teacher of All Things Is In You

John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things…

If you are asking whom or where you can go to to get the help you need, ask no more. Just turn to God who has already promised you the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom He has sent in Jesus’ name to dwell in you.

The Holy Spirit will teach you all things. Yes, teach you all things! Do you really believe that? Or are you like some who believe that you seek God’s counsel only for spiritual things, but consult “professional” help for all other things in your life?

God does not want you to run to and rely on worldly wisdom. Now, there is nothing wrong with going to a doctor or engaging a financial consultant, but God wants you to come to Him first for counsel and direction. That is why He has sent the Holy Spirit, the Counselor (see John 16:7, NIV), to teach you all things. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth and He will guide you into all truth (see John 16:13).

The apostle John said, “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things…the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things” (1 John 2:20, 27).

So the way God teaches you is through the anointing within. It is a continuous anointing. In any particular situation, He is anointing you from within, teaching you by the presence or absence of His peace.

For example, a deal you are considering may sound very reasonable. But if you don’t have the peace in your spirit, don’t sign on the dotted line. Sign only when you have the peace. Be led by His peace and you will find that your heart will not be troubled, neither will it be afraid (see John 14:27).


When you follow that peace which only God can give to you as an inward witness, good things and even miracles will come forth!

AMEN! HE always and only leads us by His Spirit and in line with HIS PEACE and JOY! Get ready to be led intimately by Holy Spirit within you! Here is Hillsong with "Here's To The One":


Shalom in Him!