The Blessing Blocker of ANGER and STRIFE

Before revealing the evidences I uncovered in God’s Word, about living a life of anger and strife, I wanted to give you some key definitions of where I am heading in all of this. 

EMOTIONS:  “Strong feelings on the inside caused by pain or pleasure that moves you in a direction.”

How true that definition is!  In this blog, I will attempt to uncover and dig up the root of where negative emotions originate from; examples of negative emotions and what happens when they are exposed.  Your emotions will always follow your way thinking and your thinking won’t be in the will of God.

The BLESSING:  “An empowerment to succeed in everything you do”; God’s super on your natural.

I want to point out a possible misunderstanding of God’s blessing that comes to us who believe in His Son. In The Book of Proverbs, turn to page 919 [10:22]; know and understand:

“The blessing of the Lord — it makes …”

There is a difference between “The Blessing” and “A Blessing”; A blessing comes from “The blessing”. In Genesis 12:1-2, Abraham had to be blessed first before he received “a blessing”.

We have already been “BLESSED”:

Ephesians 1: 3  “May blessing be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who has BLESSED US in Christ with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm!”

Galatians 3:13-14; 29  “Christ purchased our freedom from the curse of the Law by becoming a curse for us…  To the end that [through receiving] Christ Jesus, THE BLESSING [promised] to Abraham might come upon the Gentiles, so that we through faith might [all] receive [the realization of] the promise of the [Holy] Spirit.   And if you belong to Christ [are in Him Who is Abraham’s Seed], then you are Abraham’s offspring and [spiritual] heirs according to promise.”

Based on the verses given, you now can say with your mouth,  “The Blessing of God is in me, on me and around me.”

Is something blocking The Blessing?

There is no such thing as a “causeless curse”.  In a previous blog, I discussed four ways to make a withdrawal from The Blessing:

1.  Obedience [to the Word, specifically to LOVE].

2.  Faithfulness.

3.  Pure Heart.

4.  Tithe exchange.

The four opposite ways or the reciprocal to BLOCK The BLESSING:

1.  Disobedience

2.  Unfaithfulness.

3.  Not a pure heart.

4.  No tithe exchange.

Deuteronomy 11:26-28 gives us a choice to follow,  “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse — The Blessing if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day;  And the curse if you will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God …”

Sin is a BLESSING BLOCKER:

Is then ANGER, which is an emotion, really be a curse and a Blessing Blocker?  Turn to Matthew 22:36-40 for the answer.

Verse 36,  “Teacher, which kind of commandment is great and important (the principle kind) in the Law?

Verse 37,  “And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).

Verse 38,  “This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment.

Verse 39-40,  “And a second is like it:  You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.  These two commandments sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

“I LOVE my God, but my neighbor … not so much”.  If that is in your thoughts, your are in disobedience; a “Blessing Blocker”.  It doesn’t matter if it’s your neighbor, or the person in the car that cuts you off in traffic, or …fill in the blanks. The question you shold ask yourself is, “Is my LOVE being displaye?  “Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy …”  1 Corinthians 13:4.

SELF-CONTROL:

Your emotions will follow your thinking and, when that thinking doesn’t line up with the Word of God, you are not in His will.   SELF-CONTROL (“temperance”) is of God.  It heads you in the direction you know God wants you to go. If self-control is a problem in your life, ask God for His help as you are moving in that direction.

THE ROOT is “powerlessness”:

In every negative emotion that is uprooted in your life will leave you powerless.  Anger is an emotion rooted in a need to control or  manipulate. Anger can and will take charge of your life and if you have to make someone feel guilty to do what you want them to do through your anger ….it’s manipulation. If your emotions have control over you, you have become “powerless”.  God’s blessing that empowers you to succeed has been “blocked”.

SELFISHNESS at the center of The Blessing Blocker: 

“Yeah but…you don’t know what they have said about me, or done to me. They deserve my anger!”

The devil tries to convince of;

1.  Our circumstances.

2.  Our personality.

3.  Our weaknesses; they can’t be changed. Afterall, that’s who we are. It’s in our genes.

JEALOUSY delivered; “It just isn’t fair!” :

Proverbs 6:34 says,  “For JEALOUSY makes [the wronged] man furious; therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance [upon the detected one].”

Proverbs 15:1 says,  “A SOFT answer turns away wrath, BUT grievous words, stirs up anger.”

“Grievious” means, “harsh, extreme” words that are coming out of your mouth. If anger is present in the heart of man, then what comes out of the mouth-tongue-heart connection, “stirs the pot” of anger. It boils over! 

When you get out of control; angry at another person, whether they hear your words or not, is not LOVE.  As Pastor Andrew says, “It’s the Matter of the Heart”.  It’s not the words you speak.  It’s the heart condition; the attitude that is blocking “The blessing”!

Proverbs 15:18 says,  “A hot-tempered man stirs up strife [fighting in disagreement because ofselfishness“] but he who is slow to anger appeases contention.”

Our Authority Given in PRAYER:

Have you ever experienced seeing a child throw himself down on the floor in a temper tantrum, because he isn’t getting his way?  I have seen it in the grocery store, shaking my head in disgust from the display of “selfishness” and “anger”.  And yet, as an adult, I throw a “temper tantrum” when I don’t get my way in a given circumstance and toss it off as righteousness. I don’t find myself on the floor but in defiance and stuborness,I certainly can demonstrate my anger.  Because of the Holy Spirit living inside of me, reminding me who I am in Christ, I repent.  Repent doesn’t say “I am sorry”.  It means I confess that I am turning myself away, 180 degrees from my selfishness.

Through prayer we are given authority to change things; our selfishness, our lack of love for others, our quilts, our anger, our strife, even our negative emotions.

Say to yourselves, “I have authority over the earth because” :

1.  God’s AUTHORITY over the earth in Genesis 1, was given to Adam.

2.  Adam gave his AUTHORITY to SATAN.

3.  JESUS took the AUTHORITY away from SATAN by His death on the cross.

4.  JESUS then gave AUTHORITY over the earth to us.

The baton of AUTHORITY has been passed to us!

Matthew 28:18  “Then Jesus came to them and said,  “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go …”

“I have THE WORD SEED”.

“I have THE AUTHORITY”; the power.

Satan has tried to rob us of our authority over ANGER and STRIFE ; causing “powerlessness” over our emotions.

Is ALL anger bad?  How about “righteous anger?”  

Psalm 4:4 says,  “Be angry [or stand in awe] and sin not; commune with your own hearts upon your beds and be silent (sorry for the things you say in your hearts).  Selah [pause, and think about that]!”

Does that answer your question regarding “righteous anger?  “Sin Not!”

RELEASING YOUR AUTHORITY:

1.  Know who you are in Christ — Acts 19:13-16.

2. The first Adam didn’t know his identity.  SATAN still tries to rob us of our identity.

Withdrawing from The Blessing; knowing who your are in Jesus, when ANGER and STRIFE  are “stirred up”.

1.  I am a son of God:  John 1:12-13.

2.  I am a “joint heir”… :  Romans 8:16.

3.  I am the seed … :  Galatians 3:29.

4.  I am the “righteousness of God”:  Romans 3:22.

5.  I am more than a conqueror or overcomer:  1 John 5:3-5.

6.  I am part of a Royal Race; a Priest of God:  Revelation 1:6.

Two of the most important decisions in your life:

1.  Accepting Jesus as your personal Saviour and confessing Him as Lord over your life. Passing out of death and into eternal life; receiving The Blessing over the curse:  John 3:16;  Deuteronomy 30:19.

2.  The second most important decision in your lives is often overlooked. When ever I feel overwhelmed, when ANGER and STRIFE boils over in my selfishness, I go to the Word of God.  This verse is rooted in my heart and should be in yours:

Romans 12:2  “Do not be conformed to this world, BUT BE TRANSFORMED (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourself Mel] what is the good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].”

The first decision that you make; “born again” in the spirit, is a one time decision.  The second decision should be done over and over again; the “renewal of your mind” when it comes to the flesh; your anger and strife issues, a new attitude over anger and strife.

 

God’s Word Conceived (Part 3)

God’s Word-SEED Conceived in your HEART

The Greek word for SEED is “speiro” or “sperma”.  In the above reference photo, you can see male sperm coming in contact with the female egg. And we know this is where conception takes place.  In scripture “speiro” is used metaphorically to indicate “sowing the seed” of God’s word in the hearts of human beings (cf. Matt. 13:19ff;  Mark 4:14ff;  John 4:36ff;  1 Cor. 9:11).  Luke 8:11 takes this concept further when in reads,  “Now the meaning of the parable is this: The seed (Greek word used is “sperma”) is the Word (Greek word used is “logos”) of God.”  No Word-seed, no conception.

The Tongue – Heart Relationship  (JAMES 1:26):

Faith has to be into two places according to Scripture:

1.  In your heart.

2.  In your mouth.

Luke 6:45 speaks about the mouth, heart connection:

The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright, and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth [tongue] speaks.”

The Kingdom of God System — The World’s System

Our dominion is in our mouth.  Ignore this Law, the Word of God, and you lose the power; that’s the ability of God that is formed inside of us.  There is a big difference of the mental assent of the Word and the reality that resides on the inside; the “sperma” or the word-seed.  Religion talks the talk but has not received the “sperma”; God’s word. NOTHING just happens.  When a woman becomes pregnant, what does she do first of all?  She announces it!  Idle words speak aloud without being pregnant with the word.

In the Gospel of Luke, there is a detailed explanation of how a young virgin conceived the Saviour of the world.  In chapter 1:35, it begins with the spoken word of the angel.

Then the angel said to her…”  [Words] “…and so the holy (pure, sinless) Thing (Offspring) which shall be born of you will be called the Son of God.”

Has Mary conceived yet?  After hearing the word from the angel; the “sperma” or word-seed was received into heart. Verse 38 makes an announcement:  “Then Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord, let it be done to me according to what you have said.  And the angel left her.”  When the young girl said, “let it be done to me“, conception took place. God’s word, spoken through the angel Gabriel, received by Mary, then announces, “I am pregnant; “let it be done to me”.  JESUS was born the same way the Universe was born.  “God said…”  God’s Word only works when you agree with it, as Mary also agreed.

Establishing the WORD

1.  THE ENEMY KNOWS WHAT HE IS GOING TO DO.

2.  GOD KNOWS WHAT HE CAN DO.

3.  WE ESTABLISH THE WORD WHEN WE SPEAK IT WITH OUR MOUTHS.

Turning Healing Word On:

The enemy will give you suggestions and words to turn on things with your mouth; that’s what the devil wants you to do. An example might be;  “I think I’ve got the flu!”  Either you have the flu or you don’t.  Since we have learned that “words are things”, by saying the words with your mouth, you are establishing it.

The Word is already settled:

Psalm 119:89  “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven [stands firm as the heavens].”

Speak the Word out of your mouth and by doing so, you have established the word that’s already settled in heaven.

1.  Your prosperity.

2.  Your deliverance.

3.  Your wellness.

4.  Your peace.

“I am an ambassador of heaven on earth.  Healing is not up for a vote; it’s already settled in heaven”.

The seed always works:

1 Peter 1:23 says,  “You have been regenerated (born again), not from a mortal origin (seed, sperm), but from one that is immortal by the ever-living and lasting Word of God.”

Five practical ways of applying WORDS:

Before listing 5-practical ways of applying the “established word”, turn to The Gospel According to MARK, Chapter 11 and follow along in your Bible with me as I point out some evidences of applying the establish word.

Verses 11-14: Jesus was on His way to church;  “…entered the temple”.  He arrived in town, at the church late and after looking around, tells the Twelve they will stay the evening in the suburbs of Bethany. The next day, they awoke and were hungry for breakfast, and seeing in the distance a fig tree that was covered with leaves.  Although they couldn’t see the figs, they knew that when a fig tree leaf’s out, the fruit appears simultaneously.

Verse 13,  “…BUT when He came up to it [fig tree], He found nothing but leaves, for the fig season had not come.”

Talk about disappointment!  I remember on Saturday morning, I had taken my wife to work mid-morning and decided I would stop at a near by fast food chain for a delicious breakfast sandwich.  My mouth was watering in anticipation as I drove up to the ordering speaker box. The conversation went like this:  “May I take your order?” I leaned out the car window and shouted plainly,  “I’ll have a breakfast sandwich and a coffee”.  I then waited for the dollar amount to come back so I could hurriedly drive to the “give me the stuff” window. BUT to my surprise, the voice from the box said,  “We don’t serve our breakfasts after 10 O’clock”.  “NO THANKS!” and I drove straight through the narrow pathway and said to myself, “That is it! I’ll never go back to THAT place again! And I hope they go out of business because of their policy on serving breakfast.”  Did I just curse that place with my mouth?  Two years afterword, the location closed. Did the fastfood chain change their policy regarding the times they serve breakfast? No, they haven’t but were the words that I spoke, perhaps closed the restaurant location?

Look at Jesus’ reaction and His words after finding the fruit tree without the fruit:

Verse 14,  “And He said to it [the fig tree],  No one ever again shall eat fruit from you.  And His disciples were listening [to what He said].

I am getting to the application of words I promised you, but I wanted to show you two more verses in Mark 11.  After Jesus and His disciples left Bethany without breakfast, they went back to Jerusalem.  That evening, they left the temple area which had been quite an experience for them that day [verse 15-18].  The next morning, after awakening and ready to start their next adventure, they came upon the same fig tree from the day before.

Verse 21-22,  “And Peter remembered and said to Him, Master, look!  The fig tree which you doomed has withered away!    And Jesus, replying, said to them,  Have faith in God [constantly].”

Am I telling you that if you are disappointed in the results of lack, you should curse the fast food restaurant?  No, I am saying learning to talk to “it” and the faith behind your words will produce results.

1.  Learn to talk to “it”.  Like maybe your checkbook.

2.  When you speak with your mouth to the “its”,  it releases new “its”.

3.  You have authority over the “its”.  Words can change the “it’s”, because of your words.

4.  How did Jesus curse the fig tree?  He spoke negative words to things that were in the natural.

5.  Learning by example,  you need to be careful with the words that are formed with your tongue and spoken aloud with your mouth.  “I need to quit cursing people”.

Applying Your Faith With Your Words:

Mark 11:23  “Truly I tell you, whoever SAYS [words] to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.”

Everyone has been given by the grace of God, the SAME MEASURE of faith (Romans 12:3). Guard yourself against the enemy’s suggestion; that your faith isn’t as strong as it should be when it comes to healing. Ask someone else to pray for your neighbor or yourself.  We all have the SAME MEASURE, so begin today to speak your authority over disease, lack, deliverance, doubt and the list goes on.

 

 

 

The Creative Power of the WORD (Part 2)

Words Are A Creative Force
Psalm 145:5
 
“On the glorious splendor of
Your majesty and on Your wond-
drous works I will meditate.”
 
 
“Works”  in the Hebrew language is,  “debar”  (pronounced “davar“), which means things or words [word-things].
 
As the self-proclaimed Word Detective, I have grown in my spirit, diving into the Word of God. The more I dig for the truth, the more I need. In my searching for a local church to serve and worship in, up till now, my priority was based on a WORD Church; a church whose priorities were based on the WORD of God.  Out of frustration, I was beginning to wonder about what the verse in Amos that says,  “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord God, when I will send a famine in the land, not famine of bread, nor thirst for water, but [a famine] for hearing the WORDS of the Lord (Amos 8:11).  Then verse 12 brought back some of the concerns I had experience in the past:  “And [the people] shall run to and fro to seek the WORD of the Lord [inquiring for and requiring it as one requires food], but shall not find it.”  It definitely made be balk in looking to say the least.  Recompense arrives to those who don’t “give up, cave in and quit” in looking for “word-things” demonstrated by hope.   In Amos 9:13 the word says,  “BEHOLD, the days are coming, says the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine and all the hills shall melt.”   I like the way the Amplified version ends verse 13;  “…that is, everything heretofore barren and unfruitful shall overflow with spiritual blessing.”  That “everything” is “debar” or “wordthing” and the days are here!
 
What is the “THING” ?
 
Turn to the Book of Samuel Chapter 3, verse 17.  Let me bring you up to speed with some information about why and where Samuel has found himself. 
 
1.  Samuel’s mother, Hannah had asked the Lord in fervent prayer [she poured out her soul to the Lord — 1 Samuel 1:15] for a son.  Because of her asking, a son was born and Samuel’s mother gave her son to the Lord;  “Therefore I have given him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is given to the Lord.  And they worshiped the Lord there” [verse 28].
 
2.  That brings us to Chapter 3, where “The boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli”; ministry training school with Eli his teacher. His teaching location was at the church; 1 Samuel 3, verse 3, “…in the temple of the Lord”.  Samuel was getting room and board, with his schooling at this time.  1 Samuel 3:1 says,  “NOW THE boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli.  The word of the Lord was rare and precious in those days, there was no frequent or widely spread vision.”
 
Because God’s Word was not spoken and hard to come by, the boy Samuel was serving but did not know the Lord at this point [verse 7].  Have you ever been around this situation before?  Church people who are serving but lacking in the Word; knowledge and understanding. Now with this information about Samuel, we come to verse 17.  God has already spoken to Samuel in verse 4, 6, 8, and finally in verse 10 [Samuel finally understands what Eli’s was saying in verse 9].  Verse 11,  “The Lord told Samuel, Behold, I am about to do a THING in Israel…”
 
1 Samuel 3:17  “Eli said,  WHAT IS IT He told you? Pray do not hide IT from me. May God do so to you, and more also, if you hide ANYTHING from me of all that He said to you.  So, in verse 18 Samuel’s replay was,  “And Samuel told him EVERYTHING, hiding nothing…”
 
WORDS ARE THINGS
 
Words are the origin of all things.  “GOD saidthere was light”.  What I have discovered in my word search for this blog is, just because you know, doesn’t mean you will experience it.  When I am driving on the highway in my car, I might know the speed limit because it is posted. If the State Troopers catch me going over the speed limit, I will get a substantial ticket; I was breaking the Law.  I know the penalty is there, but that doesn’t mean I will experience it; at least I hope I won’t experience it!
 
WORDS in the Bible are Spiritual Laws:
 
Proverbs 18:20-21 says,  (20) “A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil].”   (21)  “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].”
 
Your words have consequences, “good or evil”.  Dominion or authority is in your mouth and that’s what the devil doesn’t want.  That’s why he perverts every word.
 
“Things are heard before they’re seen”
 
The things that you see came from the things (WORDs) that you have spoken.  Turn to the New Testament in your Bible and go to the Letter to the Hebrews.
 
Hebrews 11:1-3  “NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title-deed) of the THINGS [we] hope for, being the proof of THINGS [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].   (verse 2)  For by [faith–trust and holy fervor born of faith] the men of old had divine testimony borne to them and obtained a good report.  (verse 3)  By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the WORD of god, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible.”
 
This Law was used to create the heavens and authority.  God gave man the authority to use the WORD that God created the Universe.  This is a Law of the Kingdom of Heaven or God.  The WORD’s that you say with your mouth will frame your world.
 
Satan tried to use this principle:
 
Isaiah 14:12-15  speaks about the “The worlds are framed by the words we speak” Law.  Verses 13 says,  “And you said in your heart…”  (The heart is who you are, your entire being);  “Out of the heart comes the issues of life”.  Because of the “I wills” in verse 13 and 14, we see the framing of Satan’s world by the words he said in his heart.  In verse 15:  “Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol (Hades), to the innermost recesses of the pit (the region of the dead).”  So we should understand that the Law of the Kingdom of God doesn’t work for angels; it works only for man.  Satan injects in our minds a sense of “false humility”; not worthy; I deserve hell because I deserve it.  We don’t even believe it but the devil wants your vocabulary.
 
An Evil Congregation:
 
Numbers 14:26-27  Moses released the WORD, then he saw it;  “And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron,  How long will this evil congregation murmur against Me?  I have heard the complaints [their words] the Israelites murmur against me.
 
“An evil congregation” is one who is constantly murmuring and complaining about something. “I don’t like the music”, “I don’t like the sound system”, “I don’t like the people”, “the Pastor is too young or too old”.  I had a Pastor years ago who once said in his Sunday message,  “We have decided to put tables outside of the sanctuary before entering.  On the tables will be “hearing aids for those people who complain about “they can’t hear”; “Cotton balls” for those who say “it’s too loud in church” and so on. That’s murmuring and an evil congregation.  The results of those kind of words spoken with the mouth and tongue is “evil” according to God’s word.  So STOP it, if this is you.
 
Verse 28,  “Tell them, As I live, says the Lord, what you have said in my hearing I will do to you:”
 
Be careful of what you say with your mouth and tongue.  Your WORDS are “debar” or “things” or “its”.  We say things we don’t mean but they are still “things”.  Have you ever heard someone say with their mouth,  “That food was to die for!”; watch your words!  Or,  “That just kills me it was so funny!”; watch your words!
 
In Part 3 of my detective work, I will discuss “How God’s Word is Conceived”.
 
 
 
 

“May The Force Be With You” ; The Secret of the Tongue (Part 1)

"May The Force Be With You" ; The Power of the Tongue
 
I was 35 years old in 1977 and had been a Christian for five years. Two of my best friends and I decided we were going to take our wives out for the evening to see the first showing of Stars Wars in our city.  Actually, it was pretty much a “guy thing” to go that night but the ladies wanted to show us they too were interested in seeing, if it was up to all the media hype or was this just a  “guy action flick”.  When we all arrived, there was a waiting line that went around the entire theater and part of the parking lot.  “Do we want to see Star Wars that bad?”  We waited in that line for two hours [I was a lot younger on May 25th, 1977]. After the movie was over and the crowds began to disperse, are exuberance was encapsulated as we got into our cars with this familiar expression:  “May The Force Be With You” , then we all left in separate cars in different directions. 
 
THE SPIRITUAL FORCE OF GOD’S WORD:
 
What is a “FORCE”:  A force is when things are re-arranged and changed, like dynamite.
 
James 1:26  “If anyone thinks himself to be religious (piously observant of the external duties of his faith) and does not bridle his tongue but deludes his own heart, this person’s religious service is worthless (futile, barren).”
 
James 3:5-7,  “Even so the tongue is a little member, and it can boast of great things. See how much wood or how great a forest a tiny spark can set ablaze!    And the tongue is a fire.  [The tongue is a] world of wickedness set among our members, contaminating and depraving the whole body and setting on fire the wheel of birth (the cycle of man’s nature), being itself ignited by hell (Gehenna).”
 
Verse 8,  “BUT the human tongue can be tamed by no man.  It is restless (undiscipled, irreconcilable) evil, full of deadly poison.”
 
Fire is neither good or bad. It how it’s used — The Good Kind of Fire
 
God’s Word is conceived in your heart, formed with your tongue, then released out of your mouth.  What is released is the ability of God that is within you; it’s a spiritual force released.  Healing, prosperity, deliverance can be  conceived in your heart when you have the confidence that originates from God’s Word; conception then occurs. 
 
WHERE DOES CONFIDENCE COME FROM?
 
Joshua 1:8 says,  “This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night…  For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.”
 
How long should you MEDITATE on the Word of God?  Till you hear something, even if it takes “day and night” or more!  Someone once said, “You have to work on something before something happens”.  You are going to have to work or labor in God’s Word for something happens (B.Y.O.W.D.). [ Be your own Word Detective].  “Meditate” can mean “when you speak the Word”.
 
TheCREATIVE POWERin you:
 
Creative  power happens when Word-seed is conceived in your heart, meditated on and formed, then released by your tongue and mouth.  The Apostle Paul had God’s ability formed in his entire body, soul and spirit.
 
Philippians 4:13  Paul says,  “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].”
 
In verses 11, 12, 13,  Paul explains how he lived;  “I have learned how to…” ;  “I know how to…“,  “I know also how to…”;  “I have learned in any and all circumstances…”,  “I have strength for…”  because of Christ’s ability on the inside by:
 
1.  CONCEIVED in His Word.
 
2.  FORMED with his tongue.
 
3.  SPOKEN with his mouth.
 
Then the Spiritual Force happened in Paul’s life.
 
WHAT IS THE MOST POWERFUL THING IN THE WORLD?
 
The answer is in your Bible, “Words are the most powerful thing in the world”.   John 1:1 says,  “IN THE beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.”
 
THE BEGINNING.  Learning to be a co-Creator with  your “Daddy”.
 
Genesis 1:1-2 teaches us God’s example on how Words get rid of the mess; the chaos between verses 1 and 2:
 
“IN THE beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep.  The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.”
 
In Verse 3, we can see how God fixed the mess — “And God said, …”  Words are spiritual containers.  God’s confidence is instant (verse 4, “And God saw …); not like our confidence which is lacking.  As an example of “lack”, you shouldn’t say, “I need an increase in my job”.  You should say,” I need an increase in me!” Then, you can be reaching out of your heart what was already there with strong confidence.  When THAT happens, Life happens!
 
UPHOLDING ALL THINGS by the Word of His Power:
 
Hebrews 1:3  “He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty WORD OF POWER…”
 
Everything in the Universe is held up by His Word!  The attacks that come into your life are just to identify the things in you that need to be changed.  Genesis 1:3 reads,  “And God said, …”  then we see it.  God said, … EVERYYTHING!  It was invisible first but it was still  “a thing“.  It might be invisible first, but it still is “a thing“.
 
The Spoken Authority and Dominion given:
 
Genesis 1:26  “God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over…all the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.” 
 
In verse 26, God is saying,  “let’s make man-kind like God-kind” —  you can make a duplicate but not the original.  Psalm 104:30 says,  “When You send forth Your Spirit and give them [man] breath, they are created, and You replenish the face of the earth.”
 
In Genesis 2:7, the “TORA” (the Hebrew text) says, “man became a living being” or “speaking spirit”.  Since God is spirit and breathed the breath or spirit of life into man’s nostrils, man became a “speaking spirit”, with authority and dominion over all “things”.  Man-kind became a “co-Creator” on earth; man was made a god (small “g”) on earth.
 
My next blog,Part 2,  will be about “The Creative Power of the Word”.  Words are a creative FORCE.
 
 
 
 

Debt Slavery or Debt Freedom? Some Answers

Is it wrong to be in debt? 

That depends on the way it’s used.  Is “fire” wrong?  That also depends on the way it’s used.  

Matthew 25:15-30 [READ] shows an intelligent use of debt.

Unwisely use of debt is “bondage”. You can’t let greed guide your borrowing or let selfishness guide your borrowing money.

Let me start you out with this experiment before continuing what I was to uncover on being in debt, getting out of debt and staying free from debt. 

List every bill you owe by writing them down on a piece of paper. To write across the paper boldly with these two words:  DEBT FREE!

Everything hangs on LOVE:

Romans 13, Verse 8  “Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor [who practices loving others] has fulfilled the Law [relating to one’s fellowmen, meeting all its requirements].” 

Verse 8 isn’t about finances; make sure you don’t owe anyone LOVE.

Debt Slavery:

“Debt is dumb. Most normal people are just plain broke because they are in debt up to their eyeballs with no hope of help.

If you’re in debt, then you’re a SLAVE because you do not have the FREEDOM to use your money to help change your family tree.”  –by Dave Ramsey

When I refer to Debt Slavery, I am referring to excessive debt; excessive debt is “surety”.  Surety is a situation of being in debt without a sure way to repay. 

Proverbs 22: 7 says it this way:  “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is a servant to the lender.”  Debt limits Godly opportunity in your life.

My Personal Story–

Dianne and I were married in 1964.  I had been employed with the same company for over five years and felt that stability was in place to get married; to start a family right away. My wife had been brought up in a family where they paid for things with cash; no credit cards, no check writing, just cash.  Her folks never discussed finances openly, so she knew nothing about budgeting our income.

On the other hand, I came from a family that lived paycheck to paycheck. If we didn’t have the money to spend on a vacation, a new car or any luxury items, my mom was an expert in budgeting and knowing how to “Rob Peter to pay Paul”; and she always paid Peter back.

Shortly after we were married, my mom cornered Dianne at their house one night and asked her, “Do you know how, as anyone explained to you how to budget your household expenses?”  It caught her by surprise, because she figured if you had cash — you bought and paid for it right there! God bless my mom. 

To this day, Dianne says she will never forget the day mom sat at the kitchen table and explained how family finances work in a practical, organized system. 

Six months later, I was let go from my job and was unemployed for over six months.  We now had a baby, furniture, car payment, rent, utilities, food, etc., etc..  Here is where Budgeting 101 was put to use…everyday! 

Almost 47 years later, after raising three children, no mortgage, no car payments, etc., etc., we are still using and living by mom’s budget instruction manual and it still works.

TURN TO  the Letter of James 1:1-4  Amplified Version:

JAMES, A servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes scattered abroad [among the Gentiles in the dispersion]: Greetings (rejoice)! 

Getting out of DEBT and KEEPING OUT OF DEBT:  “Debt Freedom” 

Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.  Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.  But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be a [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.

Psalm 37:21, 22  “The wicked borrow and pay not again [for they may be unable], BUT the [uncompromisingly] righteous deal kindly and give [for they are able].  For such as are blessed of God shall [in the end] inherit the earth, BUT they that are cursed of Him shall be cut off.”

THE “BLESSING” and a “CURSE”:

The first thing and the last thing man will hear is, “Be blessed, be fruitful and multiply”.  What is The Blessing? It’s an empowerment from God for you to succeed in your health, your longevity, your marriage, even your finances.

A Curse is an empowerment to fail in your health, your longevity, your marriage and your financial security.

Deuteronomy 28 is the chapter to re-read on “BLESSINGS” and “CURSES”.  Deuteronomy 28:58, 59 says, If you will not be watchful to do all the words of this law that are written in this book [the Word of God], that you may [reverently] fear this glorious and fearful name [and presence] — THE LORD YOUR GOD — Then the Lord will bring upon you and your descendants extraordinary strokes and blows…” 

Don’t block the BLESSING with your DEBT!

GOD is your SOURCE:

Proverbs 8:20, 21  “I  [Wisdom] walk in the way of righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation), in the midst of the paths of justice.  That I may cause those who love me to inherit [true] riches and that I may fill their treasuries.”

2 Corinthians 9:8  “And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnish in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].”

Philippians 4:19  “And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Remember what James 1:2, 3, says about trials and temptations, and believe me when I say, being in debt can be started by temptations that will lead to trials.  And when you give in to those various temptations, you will eventually have to “pay Peter back what you robbed him of”. 

Learning to be “Content”:

Hebrews 13:5 says,  “Let your character or moral disposition BE FREE from LOVE OF MONEY [including greed, jealousy of others, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support, [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)!  [Assuredly not!]  [Josh. 1:5]”

It is a worthwhile saying to remember “contentment” in your temptation.

To be “wholly joyful in” not be “wholly joyful FOR” your trials; to “have”, not “have not” when you’re facing a trial of “Debt Slavery”.

Contentment means to, “use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without”.

Seeking Godly Counsel:

“A person needing financial advice should not go to someone who makes his living selling the very thing he’s contemplating buying.”

Psalm 1:1  “BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather.”

Proverbs 15:22  “Where there is no counsel, purposes are frustrated, BUT with many counselors they are accomplished.”

The “Debt Slavery or Debt Freedom” question has an obvious answer;  “Give me Freedom from Debt”. 

I have given you just a few WORDS from God’s Word in what you can do to get free and stay free from DEBT.  I want to leave you with 10-Biblical Principles by George Fooshee and what my family has used as a practical way of staying in Debt Freedom:

1.  God is your source.

2.  Give first [Proverbs 3:9, 10; II Cor. 9:6-10].

3.  Live on a margin. (write out your income and expenses; stick to the budget!)

4.  Save money [Prov. 21:20; 22:3]. Have something, like $25.00 automatically taken out of you paycheck to savings.

5.  Keep out of debt.

6.  Be content with what you have.

7.  Keep records of your spending. (Even a small business can’t stay in business without keeping records).

8.  Don’t co-sign.

9.  Work hard.

10.  Seek Godly counsel.

 

A Church of GARDENERS

After Pastor Andrews message last week, regarding The Matters of the HEART, the Lord gave me a bible verse in Proverbs to share with the church on Facebook.  [Joel 2:8] “…your old men shall dream dreams,

Proverbs 28:19  He who cultivates his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless people and pursuits [or worthless projects] will have poverty enough.”

In my quiet time this week, I was reading and meditating in the first chapter of James, in the New Testament. I focussed was led specifically to James 1:4:

“But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [churches people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.

In reading through the Book of James I feel it is as though I was being advised how to prune a shrub.  Since the weather has been nice as of late in the Northwest, I have been weeding the garden and snipping off this twig and that twig; this branch and that branch.  I do this in the garden either for appearance or, in the case of pruning, to develop and improve the fruit-bearing or flower-bearing value.  My wife and I find ourselves cutting off dead material and triming out the excess branches on a daily ritual during the growing season. We cut them off one by one, whether they are big or little we trim them off one at a time.

This seems to be the situation in the book of James. A sentence here, a sentence there, a verse here, a verse there, yet each one important in itself as it snips or cuts off something. Sometimes something is added as if it were grafted in and is important. Thus I find the book is like a manual of instructions for a gardener. So in my detective work today, I found this subject of GARDENING especially helpful; for the local church who perhaps is promoting the development and the growing of spiritual life and spiritual experience in their city and in their church growing.

How many projects have been begun in the community church but have become a total loss because they have never been finished! It’s the give up, cave in and quit syndrome.  No doubt many a woman will be reminded of making a dress or in my wife Dianne’s case,  “Headboard Cushions” that will eventually hang above our bed.  She will smile as she remembers a half-finished dress tucked away in a dresser drawer. Maybe it’s almost finished — but it is not complete, not really finished.  She can not wear it. All the time spent on it so far does not help at all. It takes that last trimming, that last stitching, that last fitting, to make the dress or “Headboard Cushions” what it was meant to be.

The same holds true in the raising of a crop or a garden. When the farmer wants to raise a crop he must prepare the soil at the proper time of year.  He must plant the seed in the right way. Next, he must “cultivate his land”.  He will then hoe and trim and spray his growing plants. He will try to keep the neighbor’s dogs away, so that his garden and his flowers will have a chance to grow. After over sixty years of experience in gardening, this is how its done.

The farmer or gardener’s complete attention must be given to it in what ever way is needed. He watches over his garden and protects it all summer long. Why does he protect his crops all summer long? The answer is easy — because he wants the harvest that he has worked and watched for.

Harvest Time is the best time.

It is the time the farmer looks forward to when he is planting to raise a crop. It’s the finish that counts. How farmers watch their grain grow all summer waiting for harvest time. When the grain turns yellow they feel at last the time has come. They eagerly hope they will have a great harvest, because this was their purpose in all that they did.

It seems that during the summer months in todays churches, the Pastors and the people have come to a false realization of gardening in their surrounding cities. Explanations of, “people go on vacations during the summer”, “tithing always drops in the summer”, “all classes are called off until further notice”.  Then comes the Fall, and everyone begins to be impatient and disappointed for the lack of a harvest of people. So they go to the dresser, pull out the unfinished dress and start over again. What has happened? The answer is most often overlooked in every church in the land. The summer months have gone; no pruning, no grafting, no thinning, no dead-heading, and lack of cultivation of the land.  Proverbs 28:19 became clear in my spirit this week.  If we all cultivate the city, not just the Pastors, there will be plenty of bread [life] to be found. If we spend our time on worthless campaigns, worthless projects, and worthless ideas, we will only harvest poverty. It was pretty clear and I hope it has been for you in reading the blog. 

START DIGGING IN THE SOIL, PLANTING THE WORD SEED, TENDING THE CITY GARDEN , CULTIVATING THE GOOD SOIL –then watch the grain grow ripe for the harvest.  Now is the time for churches to plant the seeds, then “endurance, steadfastness and patience“, then a rich harvest.

Glory Heart

I had been asked to give an introduction to a well-know evangelist at a large arena in our city.  I was told by the organizers, after the singing had finished, I was to walk to the platform on the stage, give a short bio and then take my place in a row of chairs behind the platform.  When the time arrived, I walked to the podium and stared into the thousands who were standing in attendance and I said in the microphone,  “You are not here today by accident. God has brought you to this moment to accept His Son Jesus as your Saviour. Raise your arms and hands up high if you are here today for this special moment in your life.”  A large grin came upon my face as hundreds raised their hands. I stood there beaming, while the organizers on the platform seemed shocked by their expressionless faces.  As I turned and started to take my place in the row of chairs, a man whispered to me, “you do know that you weren’t supposed to give an invitation to accept Christ, just an introduction of the guest speaker.”  My smile disappeared and instead of sitting down, I left the platform, feeling like a young school boy who had just been ostracised by his school teacher for being a show-off in class.

Did this experience  really happen to me? No, I had this dream at 4:30 AM and God spoke to my spirit and said I should come in the computer room and repeat the story before it left my consciousness.  I’ll continue with my dream:  After leaving the stage and going down a back hall, a man came running up to me with a glow on his face. He said, ” All of the events that had occurred just now had gone out over the radio. People were calling in to the radio station and confessing Jesus as their Saviour”. My chest expanded and my smile returned because of my boldness in the auditorium.  As I lay awake in bed after the dream, a feeling of shame came into my hearing.   I was accepting the glory due His Name instead of giving Him the glory! How evident is this in our everyday lives.

“It’s not enough to just understand what the Glory of God is; we must also actively glorify Him”.

Head knowledge is fine but it is much better when it is followed by action.  Action is actually taking what you know and understand, and putting it into practice; it’s more than an emotional response.

I grew up in Southern California and spent hours at the local beaches during the summer.  Many times when I arrived, there would be red warning flags stuck in the wet sand, which meant “riptide” was here.  But people would often ignore the warnings, go out into the surf and the riptide would carry them out to sea.  I would see the Life Guards running towards the water with life buoys around their necks and plunge into the surf rescuing the swimmer from drowning. They would bring them onto the sand and perform lifesaving recessatation, then have an ambulance standing byif needed.  They had saved the swimmer from death.  Now if that situation happened to you, would you look at that lifeguard somewhat differently than before?  Would you hold the lifeguard in higher esteem than before your almost death ending experience? After someone saved you from drowning, what would you be willing to do for that person?  Jesus not only saved you from death, He died in the process!  What actions are you going to take for the Son of the living God, Jesus Christ?

God’s Commands:

Leviticus 10:1-2 (KJV):  “AND NADAB and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.  And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.”

VERSE 3,  “Then Moses said to Aaron,  This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified…”

Notice who God is addressing in verse 3,  “By those who come near to Me…all the people will glorify Me.” 

Psalm 50:14-15, 23  “Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High,  And call on Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall HONOR and GLORIFY ME.” ; “He who brings an offering of praise and thanksgiving HONORS and GLORIFIES ME…”

Psalm 9:1 says “I WILL PRAISE YOU, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth (recount and tell aloud) all Your marvelous works and wonderful deeds!”  All of Psalm 9 says that ‘my glory’ is my inner self; my GLORY HEART and I am to give Him praise.

Psalm 86:9, 12  “ALL nations [people s] whom You have made shall come and fall down before You, O Lord; and they shall GLORIFY Your name.”   “I will confess and praise You, O Lord my God, with my whole [GLORY] heart; and I will GLORIFY Your name forevermore.”

Psalm 87:3 “GLORIOUS THINGS are spoken of you, O city of God. Selah [pause, and calmly realize what that means]!”

WAYS to “glorify” God with GLORY WORDS:

1.  OFFERING A SACRIFICE OF THANKSGIVING.

2.  HONOR HIM WITH PRAISE.

3.  SPEAK OUT LOUD WITH MAGNIFICATION OF HIS  MARVELOUS WORKS AND DEEDS.

4.  CONFESS WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART THE GLORIOUS THINGS HE HAS DONE FOR YOU.

5.   GIVE HIM PRAISE IN YOUR SINGING AND YOUR PRAYING.

Glory Heart’s Responsibilities as His Priests:

1 Peter 2:5 says,  “[Come] and, like living stones, be yourselves built [into] a spiritual house, for a holy (dedicated, consecrated) PRIESTHOOD, to offer up [those] spiritual sacrifices [that] are acceptable and pleasing to God through Jesus Christ.”

1 Peter 2:9 continues with,  “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

Where and when to Glorify God:

Hebrews 13:15   “Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice…”

What is meant by a “sacrifice“?  You might have been thinking, “I thought sacrifices were stopped in the Old Testament offerings. I thought Jesus was the last “sacrifice” mentioned in the bible.”  Well, you partially correct in your saying.  A SACRIFICE is something given that comes with a cost.  NO cost; NO sacrifice!  Verse 15 goes on to say,  “a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and GLORIFY His name.”

The three “W’s”

1.  Where then do we glorify God?   We glorify Him every where our heart is;  in church, in prayer, in our homes, in our cars, everywhere!

2.  When do we glorify Jesus?  We glorify Him, “constantly and at all times” with GLORY WORDS. 

3.  What kind of GORY WORDS?  His word that is written on your Glory Heart; open up the word and pray verses dealing with His Glory.

The fruit of your lips:

Verse 15 tells us God is looking forward to the “fruit of lips”.  That means He is listening to your confession. Confessing with your lips should be a celebration; an open acknowledgement that you are His worshipper, His servant and His follower. I know that this can be a hard thing to do in busy lives.  BUT, that is why Hebrews 13:15 calls it a sacrifice; NO cost, NO sacrifice.

GLORY WORD Definition:

I am not, at this point in my blog, going to give you the English word definition out of Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary for GLORY.  I will give you the Greek word for GLORY; “doxa“. We get the word “Doxology” from the Greek word.

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;  Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. A-men.”

PRAYER

To be there before You, Lord, that’s all.

To shut the eyes of my body, To shut the eyes of my soul.

And be still and silent, to expose myself to You who are there, exposed to me.

To be there before You, the eternal Presence.

                                                                                                                                                                                       —Michel Quoist

 

 

The Heart of A Prayer Warrior

Wrong words, wrong thinking.  Right words, right thinking.

For 39 years now, as a believer in Christ Jesus as my Saviour, I’ve been told by well-meaning Christians there were people in the church who were “prayer warriors”; most often women “prayer warriors”.  Why is that do you suppose?If you had a specific need like healing, deliverance from bondage, death in your family or whatever, contact the church office and they will advise the “prayer warriors” for intercession in your time of need.   After spending weeks of detective work on the subject “The Heart of A Prayer Warrior”, I came to this earth shattering conclusion.  If you are a believer in Jesus, you are a “Prayer Warrior”, or should be. We should quit ‘passing the buck’ to other when it comes to confidence in praye.r

What Do I Mean, “A Prayer Warrior”?

It has been said that, “prayer warriors” are people who are known for regularly interceding on behalf of others before God.  To “intercede” means to come between, so “prayer warriors” are, in effect, coming between God and the trouble in another person’s life.  To be a prayer warrior then is like “a defense attorney, appealing to the Higher Court on behalf of the defendant”.

Two Biblical Examples:

#1.  2 Chronicles 20:1-21:  Jehoshaphat

Verse 3,  “Then Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself [determinedly, as his vital need] to seek the Lord; he proclaimed a fast in all of Judah.”

War was about to break out against the king of Judah (Jehoshaphat) and the people under his watch. The king and God’s people were about to come under attack from unbelievers and they knew what to do.  The all gathered together’ “…all the cities of Judah came to seek the Lord [yearning for Him with all their desire]” (verse 4).  I want to point out that they “all gathered together“, not just a certain group of “prayer warriors”.

Now Jehoshaphat was their nations spiritual leader and king, a man of God, who steps up to pray for all of their need; protection from the enemy (verses 6-12).  After coming in prayer with boldness, confidence and humility their confession was, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You” (verse 12). We see how God responds in verse 14:  “Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon…”  God reminds all of the people who had gathered in His Name,  “…the battle is not yours, but God’s”.  I wanted to point out to you,  not only was Jehoshaphat and Jahaziel the Levite involved in a prayer need, BUT  “…the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the Lord, worshipping Him (verse 18)”. That is worship and prayer; they go together!

#2.  Ephesians 3:14-21:  Saul of Tarsus; the Apostle Paul

There are many examples of  an “intercessors” in the Bible who could be called “Prayer Warriors”, but Paul stands out as an example for all of us to follow; not just some people.  In verse 16, Paul starts with,  “May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality].”  STOP RIGHT THERE!  If we, as believers, have the power or ability living inside of us, in my opinion and Paul’s, shouldn’t we ALL be equipped to be “prayer warriors”? And if, that given power is “…at work within us, is able to [carry out His purposes and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] to ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]”,  then we should all have the “prayer warrior” capability, not just a select few in the church.

“The Heart” Qualifications of “A Prayer Warrior”:

Do you, like want to pray more passionately, more powerfully, and more often…but don’t know how?  It’s time for all of us to begin “warfare school”; “a program of tough training and discipline that turns untried civilians into warriors”.

STEP #1.  A Heart that is rooted and established in LOVE for others. That is not a suggestion but our Lords commandment.  And when it comes to loving others, Romans 15:2 says,  “Let each one of us [not just designated “prayer warriors” of the church] make it a practice to please his neighbor for his good and for his true welfare, to edify him [to strengthen him and build him up spiritually].”

STEP #2.  To have a heart that is FAITHFUL   Matthew 21:21-22  “…Truly I say to you [Church], if you have faith ( a firm relying trust) and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea, it will be done.  And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive.” 

STEP #3.  Being earnest, unwearied, steadfast in heartWhat’s the condition of your heart in praying?  Colossians 4:2, says  “Be earnest and unwearied and steadfast in your prayer [life], being [both] alert and intent in [your praying] with thanksgiving.” Are the instructions of Paul, inspiried by the Holy Spirit just for a designated small group of “prayer warriors”, or the entire church in Colossae?  Also remember that Paul’s written letters of spiritual instruction was circulated to ALL the churches.  Who is the Church? We are the Church!

STEP #4.  To be effective in prayer, we must have God’s Word abiding in us;  Abide = living.  Jesus  tells us in John 15:7, “If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.”  You can’t pray about healing for someone if you don’t have the knowledge of God’s Word on healing.  God’s Word is God’s language.  Praying then to God is praying what He has already said in His Word.

The Prayer Warriors Prayer:

There are times in my day, that I just don’t feel like praying for someone other that my own self.  I know, that’s selfish and I am asking for God’s help.  I say things to the Lord like,  “I’ll pray about the situation later, when I am feeling more spiritual”.  Prayer doesn’t come from “feelings”. It comes from your Father/son or Father/daughter relationship. The quickest way to kill a relationship is NOT talking to the other person.  NO conversation, NO relationship and the same can be said about prayer;  your relationship with your heavenly Father. Why do we feel distant and dry during certain periods of our spiritual maturity in Christ; not abiding in Him?  The answer is  confession of “selfishness“; getting rid of our quilt.  Reading and praying Ephesians 6:11-18 is meant to encourage us, giving us strength in our everyday abiding in Him for strength.

“Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed WARRIOR which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] strategies and the deceits of the devil.  For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents] but against the powers, against [the master spirits who are],the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in heavenly supernatural sphere.”  (Verses 11-12).

Is Paul speaking only to a specific group of people in the church or is he speaking to ALL believers.  It’s not that you are  “A Prayer Warrior” in the body of believers, that isn’t the issue today.  It about your “hearts love” condition as a believer. It’s a “heart issue”.

If you need more encouragement in your participation of intercessory prayer, I’ve listed some biblical reference points for you read. Pray these verses when Holy Spirit reminds you to do so. It will encourage your hearts.

Psalm 5:3

Psalm 37:7

Psalm 50:15

Psalm 145:18

Mark 11:17

Luke 18:1-10

Romans 8:26

I Corinthians 14:15

Ephesians 6:18-19

Colossians 4:2

I Timothy 2:1-4

Hebrews 3:20

James 1:5-6

 

The Knowing of God’s Will When You Pray

My life has been filled with music ever since I can remember.   Listening to and trying to direct an orchestra, playing classical music on the radio in the late 1940’s.   My parents were the second people in their neighborhood to have a television; black and white of course.  From 1950 to 1959, I laid on the carpeted floor in front of the television watching The Hit Parade with pop singers; doing their arrangements of the pop hits of that period. This fondness of music continued during the 1970’s; I became a born-again believer in 1972 and immediately joining the church choir. In 1976, I sang with a Country Gospel Men’s Trio in southern California called The Fischerman’s Trio; that’s the correct spelling because the group leaders last name was Fischer and we sang whenever we had the opportunity.

So what does my music background have to do with Knowing You Are In God’s Will When You Pray?  It’s about the lyrics; the words!  Let me  reference a song favorite of mine when I was a in high school.  The lyrics are by Phil Spector and sung by the Teddy Bears.  It reached Billboard”s Top 100 as the number one song in 1958. I am going to take the liberty of capitalizing the word Him for emphasis and, then get back the subject at hand.

“To Know Him”

To know, know, know Him

is to love, love, love Him

Just to see Him smile makes my life worthwhile

To know, know, know Him

is to love, love, love Him

And I do

II Corinthians 5:21  “For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God.”

What is does it mean to be “righteous” or “the righteousness of God”?  The Amplified Version of the bible gives an explanation of the verse quoted:  [What we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].  You can’t have a relationship without knowing the person. 

Right Relationship

“To know Him is to love Him” and Love is the beginning of your relationship with Jesus.  That is why I began my detective work in the blog with a popular song of the 1950’s.  All prayer begins with your relationship with Jesus and knowing that you are in God’s will in doing so. Turn to I John 5 in your Bibles and I begin my uncovering of the truth  in God’s Word.

Verse 14,  “And this is the confidence which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make a request) according to His will, He listens to and hears us.”

In the Amplified Version, after the words “according to His will” it adds, “in agreement with His own plan”.

Verse 15,  “And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the request made of Him.”

The Will of God is the Word of God

If you know God’s Word, you know His will; you are “in agreement with His own plan”.  His plan is in His word, and knowing this truth should lead you back to verse 14; God will hear you… if you ask in His Word (or will).

When Doesn’t God hear us?

He doesn’t hear us if we don’t pray with boldness or confidence.  Proverbs 3:32 says,  “…but His confidential communion and secret counsel are with the righteous.”  That verse is all about a special relationship that can give us “confidence” in praying His Word.

Where Does Confidence Come From?

Romans 10:17  “So FAITH comes by hearing [what is told–Words], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself].”

Never, ever pray in weakness or darkness.  Pray His Word every time, because His Word brings us out of our human weaknesses and darkness.  I found the evidence in this principle in the Book of Psalms.

Psalm 119:105   “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  WHAT IS THE LIGHT?  God’s Word.

Psalm 119:130   “The entrance and unfolding of Your words gives light; their unfolding gives understanding (discernment and comprehension) to the simple.”  WHAT IS YOUR WAY OUT OF DARKNESS?  God’s words.

Go to God’s word first before you pray and see what God has to say about it; and then you can pray! Of course I’m not talking about S.O.S. type of prayers. Besides, you already know God’s will, if a 18 Wheeler is coming up from behind you at 60 mph in a 45 mph road.  (check out my blog on “Getting Results In Prayer; A Foggy Day Part IV”)

“If You Are Willing; I AM Willing”

Mark 1:40-42  “And a leper came to Him (Jesus), begging Him on his knees and saying to Him, IF YOU ARE WILLING. You are able to make me clean.  And being moved with pity and sympathy, Jesus reached out His hand and touched him, and said to him, I AM WILLING; be made clean.  And at once the leprosy [completely] left him and he was made clean [by being healed].”

Your approach is always important before prayer!

Verse 40:  In your coming to prayer.

1.  The man who needed healing came to Jesus asking on what?   His knees. He is an awesome God!

2.  Faith and confidence in knowing that Jesus would heal.

Praying in Faith and Confidence can bring…?

1.  Complete; not partial healing.  If it wasn’t in Jesus’ will, the leper wouldn’t be clean. NO DOUBT HERE!

The will of God concerning “salvation” for others.

Over the years, I have heard people pray for non-believers in accepting Jesus as their Lord and Saviour by saying, “If it be your will O Lord, please save him or her”.  Is that prayer correct in asking God for salvation for others?  Turn to II Peter 3 before giving you an answer to chew on.

Verse 9,  “The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, BUT He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, NOT DESIRING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, but that all should turn to repentance.”

1.  What is God’s will in asking for salvation for others?  He doesn’t desire that any should perish; that’s His will and His Word says so and I’m sticking with what He says!  So should you.

Acts 16:31  “…Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ [give yourself up to Him, take yourself out of your own keeping and entrust yourself into His keeping] and you will be saved, [and this applies both to] you and your household as well.”

“If it be your will Lord, save him or her or them”. That IS NOT correct in asking for salvation in prayer.  The right way to pray for salvation would go something like this:  “Father, send laborers!”  You already know God’s will when you pray for salvation.  STOP asking with, “if it be…”  “Your Word says it!”

Quit looking in the natural to see if you’re praying really works.  “We walk by faith and not by sight”. Fear based prayer never sees results and that might be the reason people ask people to pray for them.  It’s because of fear; the confidence isn’t there.  Ephesians 3:12 talks about boldness, courage and confidence when we are praying.  Proverbs 28:1 tells us that we should be “bold as lions“.  Have you ever prayed around others so bold that they thought you were like a lion?

APPROACH in The Knowing of God’s Will When We Pray

1.  Ephesians 3:12  “In Whom, because of our FAITH in HIM, we dare to have boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear).”

2.  Hebrews 4:16 tells us our approach before praying is important:  “Let us fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near the throne of grace…”

3.  How do we confidently know we are in God’s will?  Hebrews 10:19 it’s BECAUSE OF THE BLOOD:  “Therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and confidence to enter into the [Holy of] Holies [by the power and virtue] in the blood of Jesus.”

Don’t cancel out your prayer with fearing and doubting when you are asking in God’s will.  Start praying God’s word and then you can say,

“I prayed it!”

“He heard it!”

“I’ve got it!” 

 

 

 

 

 

“True Worshipers” Are Paying the Price

If we are true “genuine” worshipers, according to John 4:23, we must bow down our lives so God’s will can be expressed through us.  Are you willing to pay the price of a true worshipper?

Luke 9:22 in saying,  “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be [deliberately] disapproved and repudiated and rejected on the part of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be put to death and on the third day be raised [again].”

Luke 9:23 continues in saying,  “…If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself [disown himself, forget, lose sight of himself and his own interests, refuse and give up himself]”

STOP right there!  Jesus has presented us a decision to make; coming to Him in worship.  Remember Hebrews 13:15 says, we are to constantly and at all times be offering up a sacrifice of worship and praise. Luke gives us points of preparation in paying the price of “true worshipers”. 

#1.  “Deny oneself; forget your outside interests”, quit giving attention to others around you in church services.

Jesus continues preparing us to worship in verse 23:  “…take up his [our] cross daily and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, dying also.”

#2.  Follow Jesus’ example in living, by dying, if needed to “self”.

Romans 12:2  “take up our cross daily and deny self”.  “Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the (entire) renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude]…”

#3.  Get a new attitude about being a “True Worshiper” in Christ Jesus.  How? By the “daily” renewal of your mind.

Leaving ALL your STUFF outside before worshipping!

Luke 5:11,  “And after they had run their boats on shore, they left everything and joined Him as His disciples…”

If you are a believer in Jesus and a “True Worshiper“; not a pretending worshiper, you are a follower of Christ; a disciple. You are going to have ‘leave everything that is in your boat on shore and join Him in worship’.  The leaving it all behind continues in Luke 5:27-28.  The tax collector named Levi, leaves his lifestyle behind, to follow Jesus as His disciple.

The Cost of discipleship in Luke 14:26:

If anyone comes to Me and does not hate hid [own] father and mother [in the sense of indifference to or relative disregard for them in comparison with his attitude toward God]…”   Amplified Version.

“If people come to me and are not ready to abandon their fathers, mothers, wives, children, brothers, and sisters, as well as their own lives, they cannot be my disciples.”  God’s WORD translation.

God is telling all of us that if we want to truly be His disciples and be true worshipers of Him, you are going to have to pay the price of separation; not in a corporeal, but in a spiritual way.

Going after it!

Luke 14:27 goes on to say to us that  “Whoever does not persevere and carry his own cross and come after (follow) Me cannot be My disciple.”

If you are reading this blog, desiring to be a “True Worshiper” of Jesus and you are willing to pay the price of discipleship this next Sunday, you’re going to have too have, an attitude change; not give up, cave in and quit.  If you still don’t feel acceptable to God after your formal worship time, don’t give up.   Jesus says you are to “persevere” which means you’re to be “resolute, persist in doing, be stubborn” in “Going after it”; to be a true worshiper in Christ Jesus.  Verse 28 tells you to “calculate the costs” to see if your willingness is sufficient to finish what you started.

Spiritual Maturity

I was part of a men’s bible study a few years back in my neighborhood.  One morning, a study participant asked this question to discuss.  “What does it mean to be spiritually mature?”  There were several different answers given but I like the answer that was given that brought the discussion back to the Word of God.

Matthew 19:20-21,  “The young man said,  I have observed all these things [read verses 18-19] from my youth; what do I still lack?   Jesus answered him,  If you would be perfect [that is, have that spiritual maturity which accompanies self-sacrificing character], go and sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven; and come, be my disciple [side with My party and follow me],”

I like how Kenneth Wuest, Word Studies and the Amplified Version of the Bible defines “being perfect”:  “have that spiritual maturity which accompanies self-sacrificing character”.  Jesus is saying that your good works, your church title, your college degree in ‘church stuff’ won’t make you perfect for following Christ and in worshipping Him. 

What is CHARACTER?

Character is:  Doing what is right, not because of what society says is right; what’s right is what God’s Word says is right!  It’s not what I feel is right about worship and praise and serving God based on others definitions.  Also, when you do right because of what’s right, God’s word says you will prosper;  “have riches in heaven”.  “You will never rise above your limitations of your character”.  If your character doesn’t want to give up anything, then there isn’t a sacrifice in worship; no price is paid.

Releasing your Benjamins

In Genesis 43-45, we see the principle of releasing your Benjamins in discipleship and spiritual maturity.  It becomes “sacks full v.s. wagons full“.  In todays vernacular it would be “trailers full“.  The rich man in Matthew 19, wouldn’t give up his “Benjamin” (verses 23-26).

Who are the “everyone’s” in Matthew 19?

Matthew 19:29  “And  everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My sake, shall receive many times as much…”  NAS version.

The “everyone’s” are you and me.  If you are “persevering”,  if you are self-sacrificing in character and your desire to worship and serve the risen Saviouris in your spirit, you have planted a seed.  Christians today live in “hope deferred”.  You will have to plant your best seed to reap the fruit harvest of worship.  Now is the time, not next time you enter the sanctuary of your church.

Hebrews 13:15  “Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His Name.”