Monday, March 28, 2011

Who Ya Gonna Trust?

READ:  Psalm 20: 7,8

Trusting in chariots (man’s ingenuity), or putting your confidence in horses (God’s resources) can have devastating results.   
But when a follower of Jesus Christ meditates on what God has done, and on what He says He will do, then the enemy will do exactly what the Scripture dictates: he will be brought down and will fall!  When you trust in God’s Word, you unleash a faith that sets in motion the resources of heaven.  
And when the power of God is unleashed on your behalf, the powers of hell cannot stand.   
Yes, God wants you to use the gifts and talents that He has given you. He wants you to use the natural resources He’s created. He wants you to use your mind. Just remember where it all comes from.  The bottom line, depending upon Him instead of ‘chariots’ or ‘horses’ is an issue of trust.  Where’s your trust? 
When David stood before Goliath, he wasn’t trusting in his skill, his slingshot, or in Saul’s armor. Instead, he reached into his mind and recounted how God delivered him from the lion and the bear. As David remembered the Lord, his faith in God’s promises grew.  And we all know the outcome: God delivered him! 
What about you? Who ya gonna trust?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Who are you?

READ:  John 1:19-23


Many people, both real and imagined, believe they know who they are.  But the question I want to focus on today is WHO ARE YOU? 

John knew who he was and … Jesus Knew who he was!

Joh 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life:
Joh 9:5 I am the light of the world.
Joh 10:7 I am the door of the sheep.
Joh 10:11 I am the good shepherd:
Joh 11:25 I am the resurrection, and the life:
Joh 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven:
Joh 10:36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
Joh 15:1 I am the true vine.

One of the saddest things in the church, is that religion has so blinded the body of Christ that we spend most of our lives, praying for and striving for and working for that which is already ours by our spiritual birthright.

According to the word of God we are:


Gal 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

We are Righteous:

2 Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

We are Bold:

Eph 3:12  In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

We are Strong:

Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

We are the habitation of God:

1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

We are blessed:

Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

We are healed:

1Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

This is a key to Spiritual maturity, You have got to know your Spiritual Identity-It’s your spiritual Identity that connects you to your destiny, and your Heritage.

Your spirit knows who you are, there is no Identity crisis in your spirit, but it is your mind that must come to this knowledge. You must have your mind renewed by the word of God, to bring your mind into agreement with your new creation spirit.

We are a son or daughter of God:

1 Jo 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God,
1 Jo 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:
Ro 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

If you do not know that you are a son of God, (you have no spiritual authority) If you are ashamed to confess your spiritual son ship (you have no spiritual authority).
We have the same son ship positioning with God that Jesus had, and when we stand into that position we also have the same authority.

We are In Christ:

Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

So what do you say about yourself? Who do you think you are?  WHO ARE YOU?


You are redeemed, you are a new creature, you are the righteousness of God, you are the head and not the tail, the lender and not the borrower, the healed of the Lord the salt of the earth, the light of the world.

You are more than a conqueror, you are blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places.

You have been given all things that pertain to life and godliness.  You are a branch of the true vine

You are a son or a daughter of God with all the rights and privileges and authority of that position.

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.

As a man thinketh in his heart so is he (Pro 23:7)

Monday, March 14, 2011

It's closer than you think!

READ:  2 Kings 4:1-7
This woman wanted the prophet to do something for her, to help her out of her dilemma, some kind of blessing to help her out of her mess.  
She had reached the place of desperation and cried unto the prophet!  There comes a point where you don’t have time to be cute anymore, and you don’t care who sees you cry!
Desperation has a way of getting rid of foolish pride.
I believe desperation can be a good thing.  Desperation pushes you to do things you wouldn’t normally do.  Desperation pushes you past your comfort zone.
When you get desperate for a miracle, you don’t worry if someone likes the way you shout or not, you don’t care if they roll their eyes at you.  Desperate people do desperate things.

Desperate people break religious traditions, risk their lives, climb a sycamore tree, jump out of a boat and onto a lake, crawl on their hands and their knees, get their fingers stepped on and their feelings stepped on and keep on coming.

There’s something about desperation that lights a fire inside you.
When you get desperate you don’t care if you look stupid.  Desperate people aren’t worried about being dignified!  If you’ve ever been in an emergency situation you know that when it’s a matter of life and death dignity is no issue.

By the time people reach desperation they’re willing to try anything.  Desperation is the breeding ground for miracles.  It was her desperation that brought her to the prophet.  The prophet represents the Word of God.  What you need is a word from God, one word from God can completely change your world, get you out of your mess and transform your life.

The prophet didn’t give her anything except a Word!  What do you have in the House?
What do you have already?  She underestimated what she had in the house: She said (nothing except a pot of oil)

The oil represents the presence, power and anointing of the Holy Spirit.  Don’t underestimate the anointing; everything you need is in the anointing.  Your miracle is in the anointing, Your joy is in the anointing, Your answer is in the anointing.  Your deliverance is in the anointing. Your coming out is in the anointing.
David said: Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over.
If you are not careful you could miss this revelation:
Every empty vessel that was filled that produced a total change for this woman and her sons, came from a little pot of oil that was already in the house.
There’s a miracle in the House!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What to do when the battle goes long!

READ:  Daniel 10

Spiritual battles are never short enough.  As well, there are struggles that all of us face privately that go on so much longer than we had prayed they would. For example, we received a promise from God and we’re certain He’s spoken to us—faith rose, anticipation, but then things don’t seem to happen.

The message was true; the appointed time was long

Let’s bring it down to you and me: I know God gave me a word of promise, but now I discover that it will be longer in coming about than I had hoped or prayed. And that brings conflict. Not animosity toward God but a wrenching within the soul. In this situation, Daniel’s response teaches us five things to do when the war goes on longer than expected:

Make it a time for humble soul-searching

·         You can face long-term difficulty one of two ways: you can wait for things to happen or you can wait on God.

·         If you wait on things, you will be confined to the changing circumstances of things that never seem to satisfy.

·         If you wait on God, you find a place of permanency, sustaining and confidence, no matter what’s going on around you.

Expect God to show you things that other people might not see

(v. 5) Daniel describes a vision. God has given His Holy Spirit to us for many reasons (Acts 2). He gives the Holy Spirit according to the prophecies of the Scripture, that every one of us who have received the fullness of His Spirit will receive visions and dreams; He will show you things that have to do with you. When He speaks to you by dreams or visions it’s always in line with the Scripture.

It’s important to know that when the Lord speaks to you, He doesn’t give you the dream or the vision in order to show you something that feeds your ego or inflates you with a sense of spiritual superiority. He doesn’t show you things to necessarily have you tell them to anybody else. Believe that if it happened to Daniel, you can expect God to show you things too.

Listen to God’s message of certainties you can cling to

(vv. 10-12) Three things are said to Daniel:

    * You’re greatly loved;
    * Your prayer has been heard;
    * I am here because you prayed;
    * But it’s not all over yet.

Every struggle involves the resolution of more than just your dilemma

You are always dealing with satanic obstruction when it comes to the blockage of human will. The heavenly visitor refers to “in the latter days.” Some things have to do with appointed times. You are dealing with times, people’s will, and satanic opposition. There are things that we want to happen quickly, but you don’t just throw a switch in heaven and make everything melt into a critical mass that explodes and becomes the answer to your prayer.  Remember!  Everything is not just about you!  God is at work redeeming all of creation!

Let the peace of God rule in your heart

(v. 19) In our weakness, we’re wondering and waiting, but we need not fear. Let God’s peace make you strong, and let His Spirit refresh you.

Phillipians 4: 6, 7 says:  Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks.  And God's peace which is so great we cannot understand it, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus!