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BE STRONG

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 HOW TENDER IS GODS HEART TOWARD YOU

Ephesians 2:7 – that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Have you ever blown things out of proportion and gotten angry with God when you were going through a trying time? This happened to Jesus disciples when a storm hit them hard. In their fear of drowning, they cried out to Jesus, who was getting some much-needed sleep in the boat, Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing? (Mark 4:38)

For accusing Him of not caring, you would think that they received a rebuke from Jesus. But it was the wind which received His rebuke, and a great calm followed. (Mark 4:39) Because of His tenderness toward His own, Jesus did not waste time taking offence. Instead, He wasted no time taking care of the problem that had caused His disciples so much anxiety and fear.

This also happened to two sisters, Martha and Mary, who did not hesitate to let Jesus know how they felt when He finally showed up days after their brother Lazarus had died. Both sisters made the same remark to Him: Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. (John 11:21, 32)

Both sisters had seen Jesus miracles of mercy and love. Now, in their grief, they focused on how He could have prevented their brothers death, but did not. They did not know His heart how tender it was toward them and how His help would never fail them, but would even extend to raising their dead brother. (John 11:4144)

Beloved, your heavenly Father sees you trying to stay afloat when you are in the midst of a storm. He sees you trying to provide for yourself and your family, and thinking, If I don’t take care of these things, no one else will! And He wants you to know how tender His heart is toward you, how He is not offended by all the bad things you have ever said of or to Him. He wants you to know how much He wants to and will help and bless you. So let go and experience afresh the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward you!

Victory is not dependent on the pressures without, but rather on the Holy Spirit within.

YOU WILL NEVER CHANGE YOUR LIFE UNTIL YOU CHANGE YOUR CHOICES.

If you want something in your life to change, then you’ll have to change your choices and actions. That is because doing the same thing will never get you different results.

In other words, what you do — the choices you make, the way you treat people, the attitudes you have — all impact your life. If, by your actions, you’re sowing bad seeds, then you’ll reap a harvest of those things. 2 Corinthians 9:6 says, Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

Therefore, if you want to reap abundant harvests in your life, start sowing abundant seeds. That may require changing your choices; but until you change your choices, you’ll never change your life.

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We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. —Ephesians 2:10
For 3 weeks every fall season, our city becomes an art gallery. Nearly 2,000 artists from around the world display their creations in galleries, museums, hotels, parks, city streets, parking lots, restaurants, churches, and even in the river.

Among my favorite entries are mosaics made from small pieces of colored glass. The winning entry in 2011 was a 9 x 13-foot stained-glass mosaic of the crucifixion by artist Mia Tavonatti. While viewing the artwork, I heard the artist discuss how many times she had cut herself while shaping the pieces of glass for her mosaic.

As I gazed at the beautiful rendition of what was a horrific event, I saw more than a representation of the crucifixion—I saw a picture of the church, the body of Christ. In each piece of glass I saw an individual believer, beautifully shaped by Christ to fit together into the whole (Eph. 2:16,21). In the artist’s story, I recognized the shedding of Jesus’ blood so that this unity could take place. And in the finished artwork, I saw the act of love required to complete the project despite pain and sacrifice.

We who believe in Christ are a work of art created by God to show the greatness of a Savior who makes something beautiful out of the broken pieces of our lives.

The church’s one foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord,
She is His new creation,
By water and the Word.

Christ gave everything to make something beautiful of His church.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE ETERNAL LIFE TODAY

John 17:3 “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

In order to fully understand what eternal life is, it is helpful to understand what it is not. Eternal life is not living forever. Everyone lives forever in either heaven or hell. Also, eternal life is not living forever in the blessings of heaven as opposed to being tormented in hell.

John 3:36 and 5:24 show that eternal life is a present tense possession of the believer.

Here, Jesus defines eternal life as knowing God the Father and Jesus Christ.

As we have already discussed, the word “know” is speaking of intimacy instead of mere intellectual knowledge. Therefore, eternal life is having an intimate, personal relationship with God the Father and Jesus the Son.

According to John 3:16, this intimacy with God is what salvation is all about. Forgiveness of our sins is not the point of salvation: intimacy with the Father is. Of course, Jesus did die to purchase forgiveness for our sins because unforgiven sins block us from intimacy with God. Sin was an obstacle that stood between us and God. It had to be dealt with and it was. Anyone who views salvation as only forgiveness of their sins and stops there, is missing out on eternal life.

Salvation is intended to be the way to come back into harmony with God.

Instead, it is often presented as the way to escape the problems of this life and the judgment of hell later.

Most non-believers are so occupied with their “hell on earth” that they don’t really think or care about their eternal future. They are fed up with religion and are looking for something that will fill the emptiness inside.

Only intimate relationship (eternal life) with our Father can do that.

 GRACE FOR YOUR DARKEST MOMENTS

And when the dew fell on the camp in the night, the manna fell on it. -Numbers 11:9

Look at today’s verse and notice that the manna fell on the camp of the Israelites during the night.

My friend, night speaks of the darkest moments in one’s life. This means that in your darkest moments, God is still supplying you His “manna” or grace. He has not abandoned you and left you to your own devices. No, He is still there with you, caring for you, watching over you and working things out for your good.

So beloved, rest in God’s love for you and let Him sort things out for you. Stop trying to solve the problem in your own strength and wisdom—let God be God to you. He is with you, for your success and will provide for your needs. His grace for you falls afresh every day. His mercies that are new every morning will also see you through the darkest nights!

Today, just see His grace upon you and all around you. Be conscious of it, thank Him for it, and see His grace do wonders for you!

THE POWER OF PRAYER

‘Pray without ceasing.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV

When the Bible says, ‘Pray without ceasing,’ that means pray every day, not just periodically or when you’re in trouble. ‘The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.’ (James 5:16 NKJV) The word ‘fervent’ means passionate, persistent and determined. It’s not the number of our prayers, how many they are; nor the rhetoric of our prayers, how eloquent they may be; nor the geometry of our prayers, how long they may be; nor the music of our prayers, how sweet our voice may be; nor the logic of our prayers, how argumentative they may be; nor the method of our prayers, how orderly they may be; nor even the theology of our prayers, how good the doctrine is, that God responds to. Fervency of spirit is what ‘avails much’. The most powerful thing you can do is pray! And when you join with a prayer partner, your potential is awesome. ‘If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that [you] ask, it will be done for them by My Father in Heaven.’ (Matthew 18:19 NKJV) It works like this: the less you pray, the less you want to pray; the more you pray, the more you want to pray. Nothing will motivate you to pray like answered prayer. But you can’t start with the answer; you’ve got to start with the prayer! Here’s a fact of life: we only keep doing what rewards us. So the key to building a great prayer life is to pray until you get answers. Think how deeply rooted doubt has actually become in our hearts when we’re surprised to find our prayers answered! So pray in faith and expect God to answer!

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Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, “which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”John 16:33

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

Carl Giordano in his article “Sow Your Seed To Meet Your — Greed!” has brought out very well the false teachings by many prominent ministries  about sowing a money seed to get victory  or see your need met when Jesus Christ won it all for us on Calvary and we don’t have to pay a penny or do anything but just believe and trust God!

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some  coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced  themselves through with many sorrows” —1st Timothy 6:10

Do you remember the “good ol’ days”, when amongst Christians who knew their Bibles, the “Seed” used to be–The Word of God ?

Well, lo and behold, while nobody was looking, all of a sudden  somebody changed the “Seed” into—MONEY !

It seems in our modern day church, especially the “Charismatic”  version ( of which I am one, so to speak ), it does not matter so much what The Word of Almighty God says, as much as what the slick talking Evangelist / Bible Teacher says. In other words, the Holy Bible teaches that the Seed to be sown is—The Word of God.  But, if you have watched “Christian TV”  any time, in the last few years, you may have noticed that the slick talkers –who call themselves “Minister” “Reverend” “Doctor” “Bishop” “Evangelist” “Pastor” “Teacher”– have now  changed the Seed  from the Word of God into —Money !  And, boy oh boy, they want you to sow a whole lot of this new seed into their “ministry”  ( pockets ) .

It’s kind of a neat little Magic Trick! You know, where the magician  turns his empty hand upside down, and then back again, and now there is a coin in it ! Abra-Cadabra ! Bingo !  “Now there is nothing in my hand, as you so plainly see….but, a little ‘slight of hand’ ( slick talking ) and now my hand is full of — Money– Your Money ! ” And “God’s People” keep on being ignorant enough to say—” That’s neat ! Let’s see that trick again, and again, and again “….

In the book of Exodus Pharaoh had a lot magicians in his court… and we have a whole lot of them in our churches, and on “Christian TV” . They say, so to speak,—“You thought these Bible verse meant this — but I have had a ‘new revelation’ and Wallah!–now they mean something altogether different–and if you’re smart, you will get in on the action ! ”

Now, hopefully, I’m going to make this present message of mine  short. Basically, what I want to get across to you, the reader, is this—Beware!  Wolves still do dress up in sheep’s clothing! You  may have heard the old saying–“If it waddles like a duck, quacks  like a duck, swims like a duck and flies like a duck–that’s because –It’s a DUCK! ” I’d like to warn you, today, that if it looks like a False Teacher, acts like a False Teacher, lives like a False Teacher, talks like a False Teacher, and TWISTS SCRIPTURE  like a False Teacher –that’s because–It’s a FALSE TEACHER !

Study. I said Study. Study the Bible for yourself. Stop being lazy wanting somebody else (the Reverend, Doctor, Bishop, Pastor, Teacher etc. ) to do it for you.  The SCRIPTURE TWISTERS are counting on you being ignorant of the Bible; because, if you are not ignorant of the Bible, they will not be able to CON you.

Now, the worst part of all this is not so much that the seed is now money, whereas it used to be The Word of God–this is sure enough blasphemous enough–but, along with the “Sow your Seed” ( Money ) teaching is the grandiose, as well as blasphemous promises made to you–“That if you will just sow that One Thousand Dollar seed, my friend, then God will surely bring salvation your way and all your kids, grand kids, and your grandma will surely be swept into the kingdom ! Yes Sir ! My Brother and My Sister, go to that phone right now! Call i ! Don’t Doubt! Get that seed sown into ‘good ground’ ( MY POCKET ) and God will save everybody you know… and don’t know; and then, guess what, —God will make you RICH! “…..  ( and then you can send in some BIGGER seeds )

Let’s go to the BIBLE. What a novel idea. The BIBLE?  Well, ok…guess it can’t hurt.

Now, when we open our Bibles, rather than turn on Christian TV,  we see that THE LORD JESUS CHRIST says that the SOWER   SOWS the SEED and that the SEED is—THE WORD OF GOD!

So, put your check book away. Get out a PACK OF GOSPEL TRACTS , instead, and start SOWING! Go over to your neighbor’s house, hand them a TRACT, then open your BIBLE, and get to SOWING!  Go to a street corner, open your Bible and let er’ rip! Throw those SEEDS all up and down the streets, on your job, at your neighbors! Throw some SEEDS at your friends! Chuck a bunch of them at your enemies! SEEDS ! SEEDS! SEEDS! Go and show “Johnny Apple Seed ” that he ain’t got nothin’ on you! He threw his seed, everywhere, and grew trees. You go and throw your SEED, everywhere, and GROW DISCIPLES for JESUS!

Amen !!! If I have to shout it myself ! Glory !!!!!!!!

Now, let’s calm down, Brother Carl, and actually quote some SCRIPTURE here. Ok ? Ok.

Jesus said—  ” A sower went out to sow his seed “….Luke 8:5 ( later, during your study time, read the rest down to verse 11 )

In verse 11 of Luke 8 we see that Jesus says— ” Now the parable is this: The seed is the Word of God.”

“But, brother Carl ?! Evangelists Slick Sam, Brother Twister the  Teacher, and Dr. Dumbbell, all said that the SEED is– my LOVE  OFFERING –sent in to them…and that if I would just ‘have enough faith to obey ( them ), then God would get my son and daughter off of drugs, and all, and everything else I ever wanted will be mine. ”

….. ” I sent my thousand dollar seed in…my kids are still on drugs…I’m still broke….but, maybe, it will take a LARGER SEED  …ok…ok…ok…Where’s my Check Book !? ”

Do you want your loved ones saved? ASK JESUS to SAVE THEM. He doesn’t NEED your SEED—It’s only HIS SEED that will get the job done– and His SEED is—FREE OF CHARGE!  So, don’t send any “seeds” to Jesus…( or those who pretend to work for Him)…rather, ASK JESUS to send HIS SEED ( the Word of God ) to your loved ones.

Again, what a novel idea. Jesus IS the seed and HAS the seed?  Yes, a thousand times–Yes!

Do you or your loved ones need a healing in body. I’ve got GOOD NEWS! You can keep your money in the bank and your pocket. Don’t send any SEEDS to anybody. Don’t send for your lucky  handkerchief, or rabbit’s foot ( it’s almost become this bad ) but  rather just KEEP ON sending UP your PRAYERS to—THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!!!  HE IS WHAT HE IS!!! He said- “I AM”. Brother ! Sister !—He ( JESUS ) is—the SAVIOR, the HEALER, the BAPTIZER with THE HOLY GHOST and FIRE, and THE SOON COMING KING of all kings, and LORD of all lords !

Now, in closing, let’s be fair and balanced. ( “But, brother Carl all these CAPITAL LETTERS and EXCLAMATION POINTS— !!!!!! —Brother Carl, you don’t write, nor act like one who is very–‘BALANCED’ ?! ” )

Yeah, Yeah, I know. I get a little carried away…I even bounce up and down, sometimes, as I sit on my chair, while I type here at the computer.  But, still, we will now briefly mention something, in the name of balance…. so that, hopefully, we ( me ) will not become a Scripture Twister ourselves—

In God’s Word ( Bible ), we DO find reference to money–a LOVE OFFERING–being SEED SOWN. But these are the very Scriptures that the SCRIPTURE TWISTERS–TWIST–in order to line their OWN POCKETS.

Because I’m tired of typing, I’ll let you STUDY it out for yourself. In 2nd Corinthians chapters 8 & 9, we find the Apostle Paul lifting a Love Offering and he does refer to it as– SEED SOWN.  See Chapter 9 verse 6 etc. etc..  But, Paul was NOT lifting this offering for himself nor to enrich himself . He WAS taking this offering from one particular church group to HELP OTHER POOR CHRISTIANS who were SUFFERING because of their faith in The Lord Jesus.

Now, again, let’s be fair and balanced. Should we SUPPORT true  Ministers of The Gospel with our MONEY ???  Of course !!! That’s also BIBLE. Study it out. “The laborer is worthy of his reward” etc. etc. etc.. All over the BIBLE we are taught to GIVE to help the TRUE man or woman of God.  But, a REAL man or woman of God will not suck you dry like some sort of foul leech! They will feed you ALL THE COUNSEL OF GOD, and they will NOT major on LOVE OFFERINGS, TITHES, etc. BUT, rather they will FEED YOU GOD’S WORD, AS HE GIVES IT TO THEM, AS THEY FAITHFULLY STUDY  HIS WORD AND SEEK HIS FACE IN PRAYER.

If these “preachers” and “teachers” would REPENT of their CON GAMES, and get on TV and in their pulpits, and PREACH and TEACH so as to get PRECIOUS SOULS delivered, saved, healed and ready for the soon coming KING—Then I believe ALL THE MONEY–that they  would ever NEED– would come FLOWING IN like a MIGHTY STREAM.

Let’s stop all the BEGGING. Let’s stop giving to all the Beggars.

Let’s stop PLAYING CON  GAMES. Let’s stop being CONNED.

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LOVE

ABWHAT LOVE IS

God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. —Romans 5:8

Years ago I asked a young man who was engaged to be married, “How do you know that you love her?” It was a loaded question, intended to help him look at his heart’s motives for the upcoming marriage. After several thoughtful moments, he responded, “I know I love her because I want to spend the rest of my life making her happy.”

We discussed what that meant—and the price tag attached to the selflessness of constantly seeking the best for the other person, rather than putting ourselves first. Real love has a lot to do with sacrifice.

That idea is in line with the wisdom of the Bible. In the Scriptures there are several Greek words for love but the highest form is agape love—love that is defined and driven by self-sacrifice. Nowhere is this more true than in the love our heavenly Father has shown us in Christ. We are deeply valued by Him. Paul stated, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8).

If sacrifice is the true measure of love, there could be no more precious gift than Jesus: “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son” (John 3:16NLT).

Amazing love!
How can it be
That Thou, my God,
Shouldst die for me?

The measure of love is what you are willing to give up for it

HE IS THE GOD OF YOUR VALLEYS TOO

1 Kings 20:23 – Then the servants of the king of Syria said to him, Their gods are gods of the hills. Therefore they were stronger than we; but if we fight against them in the plain, surely we will be stronger than they.

In 1 Kings 20, we find the Syrians being defeated by the Israelites. Then, some of the Syrian kings advisers gave the king what they thought was the reason for their defeat. They said that they had fought on the hills and lost because Israels God is the God of the hills. So if they were to fight the Israelites on the plains or in the valleys, they would win.

What stupid advice! They thought that the God of Israel only helped His people up in the hills and mountains, and not down in the valleys.

Now, mountains refer to our good times, and valleys, our bad times. Some people have this idea that God is the God of our good times, but He is not there when we are going through bad times. They think that He leaves us helpless in the valleys, especially when the troubles are of our own making.

My friend, I want you to know that our God is the God of the mountains, but He is also the God of the valleys!

God the Son laid aside His crown of glory, His royal majesty and came down for us, stepping into a human body as a baby. He came down to where we were for the sole purpose of dying on the cross for our sins, so that He could bring us up to what God the Father has for us at His right hand. Jesus came down to crown us with glory and honor, to clothe us with robes of righteousness and make us His bride, sharing everything that He has with us. That is the grace of God. He came down to our valley.

So whatever you are going through right now, know that God is right there in your valley with you. He is holding you in His arms and carrying you through the valley. Victory is already yours. Just as the Israelites were also victorious in the valley (1 Kings 20:2829), so will you be because the God of the valleys is right there with you!

THREE ALL-IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

‘So be careful how you live… Make the most of every opportunity…’ Ephesians 5:15-16 NLT

Following a plan is like using a GPS device (Global Positioning System). If it knows where you are, you tell it where you want to go, and it creates a personalised road map. The difference between a GPS and you is you have to create all your own turn–by–turn directions. Mark Twain said, ‘The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting the first one.’ To reach your destination you must ask yourself three questions:

(1) What’s my present position? It’s impossible to ignore the reality of where you are right now and still be successful. The former CEO of General Electric observed, ‘Strategic management is trying to understand where you will sit in tomorrow’s world, not where you hope to sit; it’s assessing where you want to be, and where you can be.’

(2) What’s my desired destination? Write down what your dream will look like when you’ve achieved it. Henry J. Kaiser, founder of Kaiser–Permanente health care system, said, ‘The evidence is overwhelming that you cannot begin to achieve your best unless you have some aim in life.’

(3)What are the in–between steps? Don’t expect them to be quick or easy. Creativity is messy. It’s far from an exact science. But unless you know where you want to go and identify the steps that will get you there, ten years from now you’ll still be where you are today. So the word for you today is: Make the most of every opportunity.’

OVERCOME WITH GOOD :

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. – Romans 12:21, NIV

The scripture says, “We overcome evil with good.” In other words, when somebody’s rude or inconsiderate, don’t sink down to their level. Don’t be rude and inconsiderate back to them. No, if you are going to rise higher, if you are going to overcome, you have to do just the opposite. You have to show kindness, grace and mercy. It isn’t always easy; in fact, it’s almost never easy. It takes a lot of humility to treat someone with respect who is disrespecting you. But do you know what happens when you walk in humility? God gives you His grace. He empowers you to walk in His goodness. Scripture plainly says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Today, walk humbly with God and overcome evil with good. Show mercy and sow mercy. Receive His grace, receive His power, and receive His strength to be everything He’s called you to be.

REJOICE IN THE LORD – ALWAYS

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

The world experiences joy and happiness in direct proportion to their circumstances. Bad circumstances produce depression and sorrow, while good circumstances produce joy and peace. That’s bondage, and does not have to be the case for a Christian. Our joy is not dependent on things, but rather on the person of Jesus Christ. He is our peace and joy.

The way we take advantage of this joy and peace in the midst of tribulation, is to have our minds and hearts stayed on things above and not on things of this earth. The invisible things of God are eternal while the visible problems on earth are only temporary. All the problems of this life grow very dim when we compare them to the glory of God that is ours through Jesus.

We can rejoice in the Lord always (Phil. 4:4) because rejoicing is an action, not a reaction to our environment. Joy is a gift from God that was given to us at salvation. It was placed within our born-again spirit and it doesn’t fluctuate or diminish; it is constant. The Lord has put the joy inside us and we are to “work it out” by choosing to obey this command in scripture.

We are commanded to rejoice “IN THE LORD.” Many people are not experiencing true joy because their joy is in their circumstances. That is, they are waiting to rejoice when things in their lives are going good, and that doesn’t happen very often. We are suppose to “rejoice in the Lord always.”

That means we are suppose to rejoice in who the Lord is and what He has done for us. He never changes (Heb. 13:8) and His mercies and compassions are new every morning (Lam. 3:22-23).

 THE SPIRIT OF SONSHIP

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.” – Romans 8:15, NIV

The Spirit of sonship which we have received from God is the Spirit by which we cry, “Abba, Father.” Have you ever cried to God like He is your Daddy? Yes, He is El Shaddai. He is Elohim. But in the new covenant He is Daddy! The Holy Spirit put the Aramaic word “Abba” there, which means “Daddy” or “Papa” in English, and didn’t have it translated because He wants us to know that God is not a distant,
impersonal being, but a close and intimate Daddy! That is the Spirit of sonship.
My friend, when you pray, learn to say, “Dear Daddy God…” Forget the formalities and traditions of man. Just call Him “Daddy”, and sense His closeness to you. You can bring all your cares, worries and anxieties to Him, knowing that the all-powerful King of the universe is your Daddy!

At the cross, Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46). For the first time, He addressed His Father as “God.” He experienced distance—in fact, a cutting-off—from the Father because He was carrying all our sins upon Himself. Why? So that you and I can experience closeness and intimacy with the Father, and cry out “Daddy!” from our hearts.

A child who cries “Daddy!” belongs in his daddy’s embrace. So when we cry out, “Daddy God!” we take our place as His beloved children, and find our strong and loving Daddy rushing in to embrace, protect and deliver us!

TRUE CHRISTIANS DON’T LASH OUT AT OTHERS

Romans 13:10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

1 John 4:8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

When a Christian lashes out at others to hurt them they are not walking in love. They are walking in hurt and bitterness and need healing and deliverance. God’s word tell us that the person who is lashing out has real serious problems and will not see the Lord but hell

Acts 8;20 But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!
21 You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God.
22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.
23 For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”

Romans 3:12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.”
13 ” Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; ” The poison of asps is under their lips”;
14 ” Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 ” Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
17 And the way of peace they have not known.”
18 ” There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.

Hebrews 12:14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:
15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;
16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.
17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.

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 CLOTHED WITH JESUS ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

Leviticus 1:6 – And he shall skin the burnt offering and cut it into its pieces.

Do you know who first clothed man with coats of skin? It was God Almighty Himself, when He found Adam and Eve hiding behind the bushes because they were afraid of Him. They had become fearful and conscious that they had sinned against God. In their sin-consciousness, they realized that they were naked and that the glory of God, which had been their covering, was gone.

So God killed an animal to clothe Adam and Eve with coats of skin. (Genesis 3:21) An animal had to die and its bloodied skin became their covering. This speaks of the blood of Jesus that covers you when He became your burnt offering. The Lamb of God did not just take away your sins. He also gave you His righteousness.

Beloved, you are covered by Jesus blood. You are righteous by His blood. God has clothed you with the robe of righteousness, which was paid for by Jesus blood. I am not talking about a physical robe made of cloth. I am talking about the robe of righteousness that was on Jesus when He said to the storm, Peace, be still! and there came a perfect calm (Matthew 8:2327), when healing flowed from Him to the sick and when He raised Lazarus from the dead. (John 11:3844)

When you believe that you are righteous because of Jesus blood, you will see the effects of wearing His robe of righteousness. You will see miracles happening before your very eyes. You become a blessing magnet, a favor or grace magnet. It is not your own righteousness, but the righteousness of Jesus which you have put on, that is attracting all these blessings of God into your life.

My friend, have the consciousness of being clothed with Jesus robe of righteousness. Every day, come to God and say, Father, I thank You that Jesus is my burnt offering. He covers me from head to toe with His righteousness. What He is to You, I am. As He is now, so am I. I am in Him. And you will see the manifestations of the blessings of health, wholeness, protection and provision that the robe attracts!

Jesus said, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23.) In many churches across the nation, good Christian people die prematurely because pastors teach their flocks that healing is not for today. Many years ago, I was one of those pastors. However, today I teach healing and physical deliverance from sickness and disease. My belief system changed because of the revelation of the Word of God.

We have a responsibility in these last days to walk in total redemption. That means we are to be full gospel people–we believe the whole Bible. We believe in life, healing, and prosperity and stand against death, sickness, and debt. Life and the blessing, death and the curse have been placed before us, but God gave us the answer in His Word. Choose life! (Deut. 30:19.)

 MUSIC AND MEGAPHONE

We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. —2 Corinthians 4:7

Christopher Locke buys old trumpets, trombones, and French horns and transforms them into acoustic amplifiers for iPhones and iPads. His creations are modeled on the trumpetlike speakers used in the first phonographs during the late 1800s. Music played through Christopher’s AnalogTelePhonographers has a “louder, cleaner, richer, deeper sound” than what is heard from the small speakers in the digital devices. Along with being interesting works of art, these salvaged brass instruments require no electrical power as they amplify the music people love to hear.

Paul’s words to the followers of Jesus in Corinth remind us today that in living for Christ and sharing Him with others, we are not the music but only a megaphone. “For we do not preach ourselves,” Paul wrote, “but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Cor. 4:5). Our purpose is not to become the message, but to convey it through our lives and our lips. “We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us” (v.7).

If an old horn can amplify music, then perhaps our flawed lives can magnify the goodness of God. We’re the megaphone; the music and the power come from Him!
Thank You, Lord, that You can take our lives and use them in ways we never thought possible. Help us to be the instruments that convey the music of Your love.
Nothing is unusable in God’s hands.

LET GOD’S WORD LEAD & GUIDE YOU

Have you ever sat down to read the Bible and felt like you were trying to force something to happen? I have. I’ve opened my Bible and said, “God, I need a word from You today.” Then I close my eyes, twirl my finger around and land on a scripture, hoping it’s exactly what I need. But then it turns out to be something like “God reigned down fire from heaven.” And I say, “Not that word, God. I need another word!”

We’ve all been there, trying so hard to make a connection with God and sometimes ending up frustrated. But God doesn’t want His Word to make us feel pressure; He wants His Word to make us feel pleasure. He doesn’t want us to come to Him feeling stressed. He wants us to come to Him feeling blessed and knowing that His Word is making a difference in our lives beyond what we may feel in the moment.

God’s Word is more than an instruction manual. His Word is a love letter! When we read it, His love empowers us and deposits His strength in us. That’s because His Word is alive, and it will change your life! It’s a seed that, when planted in your heart, yields an abundant harvest of righteousness.

All scripture is God-breathed. When we open it to read, we have to know that God is breathing His life into us. He is refreshing our spirits and directing our paths. Think about this: John chapter one says that the Word became flesh and walked among us. When you open the Bible, let your prayer be, “Lord, let Your Word walk in me. Let Your Word come alive in me. Let it lead me and guide me in every area of this life.” Then realize that when you are finished reading and close the book, His power doesn’t stop working. Just like a seed in the ground continues to root and grow even when we can’t see it, God’s Word is growing in you even when you can’t see it. Faith is rising in you, and you are being transformed. Don’t ever feel intimidated by the Word of God. Don’t run from the Bible; run to the Bible and receive His love because God wants to do something great in you!

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12, NIV)

GOOD MEDICINE:

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. – Proverbs 17:22, ESV

Throughout life, there will always be something that will try to take our joy. If it’s not a grumpy sales person, it’s a family member aggravating you, traffic is backed up, your flight is delayed, or your spouse is taking too long. Don’t go the next 20 years allowing the same people and the same circumstances to frustrate you. Change your approach. What’s upsetting you now doesn’t have to upset you anymore. You can choose to keep your cool and stay calm and steady. Remember, a relaxed attitude is going to lengthen your life. The next time you’re tempted to be upset, ask yourself, “Is this really worth giving up my joy over?”

If you’ll make this decision not to give away your joy and live each day happy, God promises you’ll be strong; you’ll have more peaceful relationships, and you’ll accomplish more. He says a joyful heart is good medicine! Hold on to your joy and let it heal your heart so you can experience the blessings He has in store for you!

GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES

It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep His promise. – Hebrews 11:11, NLT

How do you continue to believe God for the breakthrough that you need when you don’t feel that you have the faith to go on?

My friend, the answer lies in today’s scripture. Sarah was “barren and was too old” to have a child, but “by faith” she received strength to conceive and gave birth to Isaac. Her faith was involved. How did Sarah exercise her faith to receive her miracle? She simply “believed that God would keep His promise.” In other words, she banked on the faithfulness of God. Her eyes were not on her faith or lack of it, nor were they on how tough her natural circumstances were.

When you feel that your faith has run out, just rest in how God is always faithful! Count on His faithfulness, not your faithfulness. Lean hard on the fact that He remains faithful even when you’re wavering in faith (2 Timothy2:13).

Beloved, once God gives you a promise from His Word, it’s not for you to struggle and conjure up faith to make His promise come to pass. You cannot make the miracle happen—only God can. You are to rest in Him who has promised, rest in His faithfulness, and you will experience your miracle!

OVERCOME TRIBULATION …

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

Jesus said we would have tribulation. He did not say that He was the one bringing the tribulation or what the tribulation would be, but He said it would come. Then He made the amazing statement that in the midst of tribulation we were to be of good cheer.

Tribulations exist because there is a battle between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the devil. When we operate in faith, God is able to grant us such victory that we are actually better off because of the battle. It’s just like when a army goes to war. If they win, they gain spoils. But if they embrace their enemy because of the spoils they were expecting to receive, they will be killed instead of blessed. First, you have to fight and win the war and then, and only then, will the spoils be available. The enemy doesn’t come to be a blessing, but a blessing can be obtained from the enemy if we are victorious.

Likewise, tribulations and adversities are not blessings from God. They are attacks from the enemy intended to steal the Word of God out of our lives. No man should say that the temptation came from God, for God is not the one who tempts any man (Jas. 1:13).

If problems were what perfected us, then most Christians would have been perfected long ago and those who experienced the greatest problems would be the greatest Christians. However, that’s not the way it is. God’s Word is given to us to make us perfect, and thoroughly furnished unto every good work (2 Tim. 3:17). God’s Word does not need to be supplemented with problems to accomplish its work.

SHADOWED

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? —Psalm 27:1

Someone was shadowing me. In a darkened hallway, I turned the corner to go up a flight of stairs and was alarmed by what I saw, stopping dead in my tracks. It happened again a few days later. I came around the back of a favorite coffee shop and saw the large shape of a person coming at me. Both incidents ended with a smile, however. I’d been frightened by my own shadow!

The prophet Jeremiah talked about the difference between real and imagined fears. A group of his Jewish countrymen asked him to find out whether the Lord wanted them to stay in Jerusalem or return to Egypt for safety because they feared the king of Babylon (Jer. 42:1-3). Jeremiah told them that if they stayed and trusted God, they didn’t need to be afraid (vv.10-12). But if they returned to Egypt, the king of Babylon would find them (vv.15-16).

In a world of real dangers, God had given Israel reason to trust Him in Jerusalem. He had already rescued them from Egypt. Centuries later, the long-awaited Messiah died for us to deliver us from our own sin and fear of death. May our Almighty God show us today how to live in the security of His shadow, rather than in shadowy fears of our own making.

Trust when your skies are darkening,
Trust when your light grows dim,
Trust when the shadows gather,
Trust and look up to Him.

Under the protecting shadow of God’s wing, the little shadows of life lose their terror.

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DIVORCE

anything too hardGod Hates Divorce

“For the LORD God of Israel says That He hates divorce,  For it covers one’s garment with violence,”  Says the LORD of hosts.  “Therefore take heed to your spirit,  That you do not deal treacherously.” Malachi 2:16

Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband.  But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife.  But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. 1 Corinthians 7:10-14

God Who is a God of peace, health and prosperity, hates divorce for many reasons including the real damages and hurts it causes to many people and that it denies His Lordship and Miracle working power to fix and change all things. God’s word is unchanging:

“Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” Genesis 18:14

‘Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. Jeremiah 32:17

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? Jeremiah 32:27

Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.  When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. John 5:5-9

God is and always will be God, a great and wonderful Miracle Worker, and the Healer. He stands ready to save, heal, deliver and make whole anybody and everybody who calls upon His name.  Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today and forever, immediately healed the man who had an infirmity thirty-eight years after he answered Jesus’ question “Do you want to be made well?” with a yes!

The problem with seeing healing and miracles in the current time of life in our lives is never on God’s side but on man’s. Jesus later told this instantly healed man, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you” (John 5:14). In this particular case the sickness was a result of sin and the man would have to change his ways lest a worse thing come upon him. He had to take responsibility for his actions or the lack there of.

It’s a fact that some people love being sick because they receive attention and care and they don’t have to be responsible any more to do things like work. Being sick is an easy way to escape things they don’t like. While they say they want to be healed in reality they do not! And that is why the question  “Do you want to be made well?” is very important be answered truthful by each individual for God’s word is unchanging:

…”If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.” Exodus 15:26

Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Psalm 103:3

But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; And you shall go out And grow fat like stall-fed calves.  You shall trample the wicked, For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet On the day that I do this,” Says the LORD of hosts. Malachi 4:2-3

God has given men a free will and freedom to have the desires of their hearts including being sick even though He has made provision for their total and complete healing and deliverance.  And some of His people do choose sickness over health and others become sick because they have disobeyed God’s word. His word is true:

Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.  For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.  For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. 1 Corinthians 11:27-32

“And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, ‘    These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass: “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.  “Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.  “And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. “Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. “I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works. Revelations 2:18-23

Yes, the word of God teaches that unrepentant sins brings sickness and even death, even though God’s word tells us that by Jesus stripes we were healed (1 Peter 2:24 ). Besides faith in God repentance is a very useful thing in receiving healing from God. God’s word is unchanging:

“When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:13-14

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. James 5:14-15

Yes, the LORD makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory.  God doesn’t have a problem in making His people rich and prosperous. Jesus Christ suffered on the cross intense pain and shame to set us free from sickness and poverty. By His stripes we were healed in every sense of the word.  Jesus was made manifest to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8) including sickness and poverty. He is still the great Savior, Healer, Deliverer, Provider and Miracle Worker. It’s Satan, our arch enemy, who wants God’s people to suffer spiritual, physical and financial insufficiency and be sick and weak for he is a thief, a murderer and a destroyer  (John 10:10). God’s word is unchanging:

Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.  And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up.  But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.”  And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.”

The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? “So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound-think of it-for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”  And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him. Luke 13:10-17

Yes, the devil kept this woman sick for eighteen years and Jesus delivered her from her bondage. And because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever He can and will deliver any one from any bondage. There are many forms of bondage besides sickness. A person could be physically well but be bondage in his finances. But God who owns the cattle on the thousand hills and all the silver and gold will deliver him from his or her bondage (Isaiah 51:1-3, 61:1-5). The lack of money is a great bondage but Jesus delivers from all forms of bondage.

Contrary to what some people believe money is not the root of all evil. The LOVE of money is the root of all evil! Money is just a means of payment.  It’s is neutral. What a person does with money makes it either good or evil.  What is important is does a person possess money or does money possess the person?

Now the devil wants God’s people to be blind and ignorant about God’s desires for them to be healthy and wealthy and powerful. The devil is not stupid and he knows that whatever part of the Word of God is rejected by God’s people it will not become a reality in their lives. So he causes many religious folks to believe that sickness and poverty are the will of God and that prosperity and wealth and prosperity are from the devil. But all this is nothing but a lie from the father of all lies – the devil.

Poverty is like an infectious disease. It is like a virus Satan brings upon the Body of Christ. He has infected many individuals, families and whole churches with the “poverty virus”.  As a result for them poverty and sickness have literally become a way of life.

But the truth of the matter is that Jesus had died on the cross to give us 100% victory over all things including setting us free from sickness and disease and poverty. He doesn’t want us to be even 1% sick or poor. He gave His blood for us. He purchased us. We are His own and all that belongs to Jesus belongs to us- all of it!  That is the reason why Jesus wants us to live a 100% healthy life. Every sickness in our life and poverty is defeated by the blood of Jesus. Jesus gave His blood — He died naked on the cross — to set us free from sickness or poverty. Every financial lack in our life is defeated by the blood of Jesus. He wants us to live 100% wealthy and healthy lives. and All we have to do is to receive and confess God’s Word concerning our health, healing, blessings  and prosperity and to act according to it. God’s word is unchanging:

“And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:18

The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.  The voice of rejoicing and salvation  Is in the tents of the righteous;  The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.  The right hand of the LORD is exalted;  The right hand of the LORD does valiantly. Psalm 118:15-16

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:11

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17

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RECEIVE

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 RECEIVE GOD’S BLESSINGS!

God wants to take you to levels higher than you have ever been before.

When you begin to understand the levels of favor, opportunity, influence, promotion, health and creativity God has for you, you’ll never be the same.

Obstacles won’t intimidate you. Naysayers won’t discourage you. Limitations won’t hold you back.

No matter what the circumstances around you look like, I want you to get this down in your spirit today…

God wants to bless you in every area of your life! You aren’t called to barely get by. You weren’t created to struggle through each day, barely paying bills, frustrated at work, unhappy at home.

As a child of Almighty God, you are a joint-heir with Christ Jesus. Every good and perfect gift from the Father is available to you.

Success is your birthright!

That means that every setback is temporary. Every roadblock is artificial. Every limitation can be overcome.

I want to encourage you that we serve a God who strategically orders our steps. He is not random — He is precise and accurate.

God has already laid out His good plan for your life… down to the smallest detail.

Just as God will strategically use good breaks, promotions and the right people, God can also use adversities, disappointments and closed doors to move you toward your destiny. It might seem difficult right now, but if you’ll keep moving forward, one day you will see how God can use it for your ultimate success.

You may never know why you’re going through a challenging time, but you can come back to this core truth that God knows what He is doing. His plan for your life is better than you can imagine.

God is bringing you to a place of unprecedented success.

Make this declaration a part of your daily life:

I am blessed for success. I am in it to win it. I will not let what somebody said about me, this rejection, this breakup, this closed door, this disappointment, or this sickness cause me to get sour. God strategically placed me here. I will succeed because God is for me, and He will provide everything I need.

Remember, God has a great plan for your life and He will never leave you or forsake you. He wants to make you an example of His goodness!

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 2).

A prosperous life begins with a prosperous soul (the place where your mind, will and emotions reside)—one focused on God’s Word and aligned with His will. When your soul prospers, you are positioned to receive unlimited prosperity in every area!

BLESSED IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE

Romans 5:1 – Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

We are not trying to get peace with God. We already have peace with God, having been justified by faith through our Lord Jesus Christ. This peace with God brings us the peace of God, which guards our hearts and minds. (Philippians 4:7) Then, the peace of God inside us will also translate into the peace of God outside usin all our outward circumstances.

Firstly, we will find that what would normally cause us much care and anxiety will no longer be the case. Secondly, not only will everything turn out well, but we will also be blessed in more ways than one. This is what happens when Jesus, the Prince of Peace, is our peace.

A church member, though stricken with cancer, enjoyed the peace of God, knowing that He was her healer. She later received confirmation from two different doctors that she had been completely healed of cancer. In addition to receiving her blessing of complete healing, she also received from her insurance company a critical illness claim of S$50,000!

Another church member, upon hearing news of her retrenchment, committed the matter to God, believing that He would work all things out for her, especially her loss of a regular income. Shortly after, she received her retrenchment packaged a substantial five-figure sum. And within days of her retrenchment, she received calls from her contacts in the industry, offering her jobs, two of which were jobs in well-known multinational corporations (MNCs).

At that time, she had not yet started looking for a job, so the calls were unexpected but welcomed. She finally opted to work for one of the MNCs a dream come true for her at a salary that was 30 per cent more than her previous one! When she simply prayed, Abba Father, I trust You to look after me, and rested in His love and peace, she was abundantly blessed.

Beloved, because Jesus is your peace, you are blessed in more ways than one. Your soul will prosper. Your health will prosper. Your finances will prosper. Your loved ones will be taken care of. Your relationships will flourish. You will enjoy the favor of God. All because you have the Prince of Peace!

Jesus said it is more beneficial for us to have the ministry of the Holy Spirit than it was to have Jesus present with us in His physical body! John 16:7

God doesn’t want you to just read about His promises. He wants you to receive and experience each one. Today, I’m declaring that you are favored to win! (Job 10:12 NKJV)

KNOW WHO YOU ARE :

If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. – 1 Corinthians 12: 17–18, NIV

In the New Testament, John was baptizing a crowd of people and drawing a lot of attention. Somebody came up and said, “John, are you the Christ or should we keep looking?” Without missing a beat, John said, “No, I am not the Messiah.”

See, John knew what he was, but he also knew what he was not. It’s just as important to know what you’re not because if you don’t realize your limitations, you’ll get drawn into areas that may look impressive and may feed your ego, but they are outside of your gifting and calling, outside of what God anointed you to do. Anytime you go outside of your limitations, it will be a constant struggle. Don’t let that be you! Instead, stay focused on what you’re good at. Follow peace in your heart and know who you are because God created you just the way He wants you to be!

HEALTH THROUGH THE OIL, BREAD AND WINE

The Lord will answer and say to His people, “Behold, I will send you grain and new wine and oil, and you will be satisfied by them… – Joel 2:19

A brother from New Zealand shared an amazing healing testimony with me. After undergoing two surgeries, he was diagnosed with grade eight prostate cancer and given a grim report by his specialist.

A couple, who were elders from his church, anointed him with oil and prayed over him. He felt God’s power go through him. Following this, his wife would anoint him every night with a bottle of oil, and they would pray and take the Holy Communion together. His symptoms started to disappear and he began to feel so much better. At his next checkup, his specialist was amazed. She proclaimed his blood test report ‘‘fantastic” because it showed all indicators in the normal range!

Beloved, the oil, bread and wine represent Jesus’ finished work at the cross. Jesus provided His own body to be punished for the healing of your diseases and afflictions. Rest in the reality that by His stripes you are healed!

BE A WITNESS, NOT A JUDGE

John 16:8 “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:”

It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to reprove sin, righteousness, and judgment. It is not our ministry. We are simply witnesses. A witness is not the judge or the jury. A witness simply relates what he has experienced, thereby providing evidence to the truth of something. We are to witness in word and deed, to the truth of Jesus being alive in us and let God be the one who convicts. We are simply to testify to what we have seen or to what has happened to us.

Some people in their zeal, have gone beyond the witness stage and have tried to bring people under conviction themselves. This is assuming the job that belongs to the Holy Spirit alone. This not only frustrates the witness but it drives many people away from God. We make a very poor Holy Spirit; therefore, we should stick to our job of being a witness and let the Holy Spirit do His job.

Jesus specified an orderly progression in the way we should witness. First we start in Jerusalem (i.e. where we are). Then we go to those nearby (Judaea).

Finally, we take the gospel to every religious and racial group (Samaria) throughout the whole world.

There are some very practical reasons for becoming witnesses in this way.

Jesus testified that a prophet is honored everywhere except in his home town among his family and friends. Typically, at home is the hardest place to witness. Starting with those who know us best will cause us to humble ourselves and give God all the glory. Also, if rejection comes, this tempers us and our witness, so that we will be more effective and more resilient when we go to the outer most parts of the earth.

ARGUING AGAINST RESURRECTION

Matthew 22:23-30 That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. ‘Teacher,’ they said, ‘Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for him. Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother. The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh. Finally, the woman died. Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?’ Jesus replied, ‘You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.’ (NIVUK)

In Jesus’ day, the religious leaders were in two main groupings: Pharisees (who believed in an afterlife with a bodily resurrection), and the Sadducees (who did not). Jesus had been saying that He would rise from the dead (Matthew 16:21, 17:9, 17:23, 20:19), and therefore threatened the theology and credibility of the Sadducees in the eyes of the people. Those leaders wanted to discredit Jesus and so invented a story in the form of a riddle to trap Jesus and prove that they were right.

In the Old Testament, if a man died without having children, his brother had the responsibility to marry the widow and give her children who would run the brother’s estate (known as levirate marriage – Deuteronomy 25:5-6). So the Sadducees made up a scenario in which seven brothers married a widow, asking whose wife she would be at the resurrection. They assumed that Jesus would not be able to answer this riddle.

It was an elaborate story, but it did not faze Jesus. He told them that they did not know what they were talking about because the Scriptures make clear that marriage is only for this life: heaven does not need sex for procreation, comfort or enjoyment. All the attention will be on the Lord, and we will be fully satisfied in serving and worshipping Him, as the angels are now.

The resurrection is still very important in spreading the gospel. The resurrection of Jesus showed that death had been defeated and sin had been fully atoned for. It also pointed the way to the resurrection of every believer (1 Corinthians 15:20-23). Indeed the whole of creation will be transformed when the church is raised with new bodies (Romans 8:19). Yes, some clever people like to argue against the possibility of resurrection: but Jesus was raised and seen by so many eye witnesses. He also solemnly promised to raise all those who believe in Him (John 6:39), and His example secures our confidence. Of course, those who do not want to be judged by Jesus might like to think that there is no afterlife at all: but they are wrong. So spread the good news that those who believe in Jesus will meet Him and be with Him for ever!

Prayer: Living God. Thank You for being the life-giver, and for proving that in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Forgive me for sometimes being so engrossed in my life now, that I fail to look forward to being welcomed in Your heaven. Help me to know and spread this good news. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;  In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.  Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.  Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase;  So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3:5-10

Many Christian marriages fail because the spouses look to each other for support instead of looking to Jesus who is the Third Party in every marriage and the glue that holds it together! Jesus Christ alone is  your source of total supply, your healing, your wealth and your success. He is the sum total of every blessing and no other! You were created to know and fellowship with Jesus above all others! You were created to walk, live and talk with Jesus about everything. He is your first love! God’s word is unchanging:

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!  Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

“To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘ These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;  “and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.  “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place-unless you repent. “But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” ‘ Revelation 2:1-7

Victory in and over all things comes from Jesus Christ who is Victory, Health, Healing, Blessings, Prosperity and every good thing that we need! The greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty and all that is in heaven and in earth is the LORD’s. His is the kingdom, O LORD, and He is exalted as head over all.  Both riches and honor come from Him, and He reigns over all. In His hand is power and might;  in His hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. In His hand is the ability to heal the sick, and to do and give great and wonderful miracles! And the truth of the matter is that God is still with us as strongly as He was with His disciples in the Holy Land and that  every single area of the world should expect the same  miracles from God today that we read about in the Bible from so long ago. He is God and there is no other. God’s word is true:

“My heart rejoices in the LORD; my horn is exalted in the LORD. I smile at my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation. “No one is holy like the LORD,  For there is none besides You, nor is there any rock like our God. “Talk no more so very proudly; let no arrogance come from your mouth, for the LORD is the God of knowledge; and by Him actions are weighed. “The bows of the mighty men are broken, and those who stumbled are girded with strength.  Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, and the hungry have ceased to hunger. Even the barren has borne seven, and she who has many children has become feeble.

“The LORD kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and brings up.  The LORD makes poor and makes rich;  He brings low and lifts up.  He raises the poor from the dust And lifts the beggar from the ash heap, To set them among princes And make them inherit the throne of glory. “For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, And He has set the world upon them. He will guard the feet of His saints, But the wicked shall be silent in darkness. “For by strength no man shall prevail. The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken in pieces; From heaven He will thunder against them. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth. “He will give strength to His king, And exalt the horn of His anointed.” 1 Samuel 2:6-10

In every situation and circumstance our help comes from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.”  When a real need arises and there seems to be no one around that can help, we lift up our eyes to heaven where real guidance and wisdom come from.  We look to the One who spoke this world into existence and hung the earth upon nothing. God’s ears are open to the cry of the righteous, and He hears, He understands and He knows just what to do.  We are to have faith in God; hold to His hand.  Our every care He understands. And God is not a man.  He does not have the limitations of a man. Ephesians 1:19 says, “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power!

Hence we can look to God through Christ Jesus for our complete healing and restoration, spirit, soul and body as well as for our loved ones and the restoration of all our losses. We can pray according to Paul’s prayers in Eph. 1: 17-19; Eph. 3: 17-20; Col. 1: 9-12. We can rejoice in the fact that God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3) and that Jesus became a curse for us so that we can walk in total freedom and wholeness (Galatians 3:13-14). And God is a compassionate God. His word is true:

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.  But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.  Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.  “Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:35-38

Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him. And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”  Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”  So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him. Matthew 20:29-34

Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. Mark 1:40-42

Jesus Christ Who is the same yesterday today and forever doesn’t have a problem healing every sickness and every disease or responding to cries of  “Have mercy on us”  or “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”He is still the compassionate One! And He is able to give victory, salvation, healing, deliverance, and prosperity no matter what the situation. God’s word is true:

This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.  Save now, I pray, O LORD;  O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.  God is the LORD,  And He has given us light; Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.  You are my God, and I will praise You; You are my God, I will exalt You. Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!  For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 118:24-29

Jesus Christ alone is and remains the only answer the men will ever need! Evangelist Peter Capil  Hansen  of Gospel Miracle Ministries http://www.gospelmiracle.org/   writes in his article “WHERE DID the GOSPEL GO??”:

A Desperate World in Need of the Pure Gospel!

The world is in deep trouble!

Billions of people are living in poverty around the world. About 2.8 billion people are living on less than two dollars a day. Millions are dying from starvation and diseases in the Third World. The global financial crisis has caused millions to lose their home and the world has probably just seen the beginning of a major global crisis that not even the financial experts could have foretold. The threat of nuclear war is hanging in the air and the most powerful nations of the globe are fighting for the last reserves of oil.

While some families can’t even afford a single meal on the table each day, others are addicted to drugs, gambling and alcohol.

Millions in the west are so mentally depressed that they try to escape this world of loneliness in alcohol, drugs, perversions and suicide. The world is screaming for help and solutions for a messed up society that has nothing to offer but endless talk shows and online entertainment.

People are seriously desperate for finding a deeper meaning, hope and inner peace.  This world seems to have everything to offer, but in reality is more out of  control morally and spiritually than ever. I can boldly say that this world needs the full gospel message of Jesus Christ. Not another sermon or conference about self happiness, but the pure full gospel of salvation. That is the one and only thing that can bring peace to the mind and restore the soul.

But how sad it is that the preaching of the full gospel has been downgraded to some cultural light gospel show with fancy stage performance and blinking lights! Where are the full gospel preachers who dare to stand up for the truth, who dare to preach salvation, hope, hell, holiness and grace. Where are those who proclaim that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven?

The problem is that millions of people have been deceived and blinded with a feel good gospel, a light lukewarm message that only talks about happiness, prosperity, self-development and “me, me and me” instead of “Him, Him and Him!”

Where did the gospel go?

Is today’s modern church really afraid of teaching the full living gospel? Is it afraid of being politically incorrect and offending the masses? Many churches are on a very dangerous path. A path that will only lead to possible destruction. Let me point out, that if there is no gospel message of sin, grace, repentance and salvation there is zero!

And while thousands of churches are playing “seeker sensitive churches” and being politically correct, millions of non-believers are screaming for spiritual truth that can give them real hope and reality based on the word of God. The truth of the gospel will set them free, but if there is no one preaching the truth of the gospel, many will go to hell, believing in a different gospel (2 Corinthians 11:3-4) (Galatians 1:6-7) . That is the hard facts.  A very good place to read and study what Jesus is saying is in Matthew chapter 24. Jesus mentions here in chapter 24 that many will be deceived by false prophets and teachers.

It is so easy for self-proclaimed prophets to make up weird crazy doctrines and get thousands of followers, because in many churches there is a great lack of Christian discipleship based on the word of God. The focus on Jesus and his teaching and discipleship has been replaced with “feel-good teachings” that totally lacks the important teachings about repentance, sin, hell, grace and holiness.

On a five week mission trip to Ethiopia recently I was scheduled to speak in different churches. In my sermon preparation I felt a deep conviction to preach and focus more on the gospel that Jesus taught and His life, more than I had ever done before. And the pastors and local evangelists were amazed and almost shocked by the clear gospel teaching, because they were not used to that!

We have to remember that the gospel is what sets us free. We need to bring the full gospel back in our churches, mission fields and to a desperate seeking world. There is only one hope and that is Jesus Christ. We have to renew our passion for being in the presence of Jesus. We must take up our cross and lay down our lives and follow Christ and be filled with the Holy Spirit. We must renew our minds daily in God’s presence. We must study the life of Jesus and the Word of God and let it become part of us, inside out.

The living word of God will change your life and you will see its powerful effects, and not only will you be empowered by his Word, the world around you will experience the saving and healing power of Jesus Christ. Make the gospel the focus of your life and ministry and tell others as well.

Peter Capili Hansen testifies  he has as seen several thousand people healed from various afflictions and diseases. We have prayed in the name of Jesus Christ and seen people being healed and claimed being healed from:
Chronic Back Pain Healed, Healed Of Diabetes, Heart Condition Healed, Leg Lengthened, Sinus And Emotional Problems healed, diabetes healed, osteoporosis healed, arthritis healed, deafness healed, cancer healed, blindness healed (left eye) , bad backs, crippled legs and arms stretch out, lupus recovery, allergies healed and eased, asthma healed, colds and flu totally healed, lame in left side healed, stroke healed, severe migraine healed, anxiety attacks healed, and other physical and mental traumas healed, inner healing, spiritual deliverance/ exorcism, finding mission people, personal prophecy, healing of cyst, healing of low energy, knee pain problems healed, shoulder problem healed, neck pain healed, inner peace. Some have claimed they were healed from HIV. The greatest miracle is spiritual, when someone becomes a believer in Jesus Christ and receives eternal life..

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