Monthly Archives: July 2011

~Building A Stronghold Of Faith~

~ Mark 11:23 ~ For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Just because you’ve tried faith confessions for a few weeks and didn’t see any results, doesn’t mean that nothing is taking place.

You released creative power the first time you spoke the word, the creative power that builds faith in the human spirit, the power  to establish a mighty stronghold of faith in your own heart.

Before you see any manifestations in the physical realm, you must first get the word established in your heart. The heart is the first place that you will notice results from confessing truth. Furthermore, things are always won in the spirit before they are seen in the natural. Gods Words are SPIRIT and LIFE. When you speak His Word into any situation you are speaking to the spirit realm and giving life to the situation you are speaking to and giving life to the faith in your heart.

If you make a decision to confess God’s word consistently, and not just “try it” for a few days or a few weeks, you will see God’s power begin to remove the mountains in your life. To establish truth in your life, you have to keep after it, no matter what you see, and no matter what your situation looks like.

     Consistent confession produces the  stronghold of faith required to move your mountains.

~ Snow Day ~ poem

SNOW DAY

Stuck in the house with snow on the ground,

It stormed all night and its still coming down.

The temperature dropped to 20 below,

The pot bellied stove has a nice orange glow.

 

We sit around waiting for the storm to unwind,

As stir crazy children drive us out of our mind.

We really weren’t thinking when the cocoa was made,

That caffeine and kids could be trouble in spades.

 

So next time it snows and we’re all stuck inside

With three crazy kids with eyes opened wide,

We’ll make better choices about what we shall serve,

So three crazy kids are not on my last nerve.

JC

~The Most Powerful Faith Confession You Can Make~

~ Because the love of God is in my heart, I am patient and kind. I do not envy or boast and I am not proud. I do not dishonor others, I am not self-seeking, I am not easily angered and I keep no record of a suffered wrong. I do not delight in evil but I rejoice in the truth. I always protect, hope and persevere. I am always willing to believe the best of every person. I never fail. ~

1Corinthians 13:4-8 ~ NIV

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  8 Love never fails….

~ Wisdom ~ Faith confessions

 

Got Wisdom? Wisdom only comes from ONE place. The ONLY wise God. Read His word and declare His wisdom.

Proverbs4:7
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get
understanding.

Proverbs 3:5
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own
understanding.

(confession)
I trust in you Lord with all my heart, and I lean not to my own understanding.

Proverbs 3:6
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

(confession)
In all my ways I acknowledge you Lord, and I thank you that you direct my path.

Romans 12:2
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of
your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect,
will of God.

(confession)
I am not conformed to this world, but I am continually transformed by renewing
of my mind, that I may prove what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect will
of God.

Psalm 138:8
8 The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth
for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.

(confession)
I thank you Lord that you perfect that which concerns me, your mercy O Lord
endures forever.

John 14:26
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my
name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance,
whatsoever I have said unto you.

(confession)
Father I thank you that you have sent the Holy Ghost to teach me all things,
and bring all things that you have said to my remembrance.

 

~ Overcoming Anxiety And Fear ~ confessions

1 John 4:4
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

  (confession)
I am a child of God, and I overcome, because greater is he that is in me, than he that is in the world.

Isaiah 54:14
14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.

     (confession)
I thank you Lord, for establishing me in righteousness. I am far from oppression, fear, and terror, and it shall not come near me.

Isaiah 54:17
17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

     (confession)
I thank you father that no weapon formed against me shall prosper, and every tongue that rises against me in judgment, you condemn. I thank you Lord that this is my heritage because I serve you, and my righteousness is of you Lord.

Psalm 23:4
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort
me.

     (confession)
I will fear no evil Lord, for you are with me, you rod and your staff they comfort me.

Psalm 91:10-11
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

     (confession)
I thank you Father that no evil befalls me, neither does any plague come near my dwelling, for you have given your angels charge over me, and they keep me in all my ways.

James 4:7
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

     (confession)
Lord, I submit myself to you, and I resist the devil, and he flees from me.

~ Peace Confessions ~

Are you looking for Peace? Have you lost your Peace? Are you struggling with worry, torment or fear and find it difficult to believe God? Read these passages and say the confessions out loud on a regular basis and establish a Peace in your heart and in your life that cannot be shaken.

Philippians 4:6-7
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

     (confession)
I am careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, I let my requests be known to God, and I thank you Lord for the peace of God that passes all understanding to keep my heart and my mind through Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:15
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

     (confession)
I let the peace of God rule in my heart because that is what I am called to do, and Lord I thank you for peace.

Jeremiah 29:11
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

(confession)
I know the thoughts you think toward me Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give me an expected end.

John 14:27
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

     (confession)
I thank you Lord for leaving me your peace. I do not let my heart be troubled, and I am not afraid.

Isaiah 26:3
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

     (confession)
I keep my mind stayed on you, and I trust in you Lord. I thank you for keeping me in perfect peace.

Psalm 34:14
14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

     (confession)
I depart from evil and do good, I seek peace and pursue it.

~Peace Confessions~

This is the Word of God concerning Peace.  If you need peace in your life or want to establish a stronghold of Peace that can’t be shaken, read these scriptures and say the confession out loud daily.

Colossians 3:15

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

  (confession)

I let the peace of God rule in my heart because that is what I am called to do, and Lord I thank you for peace.

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

  (confession)

I know the thoughts you think toward me Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give me an expected end.

John 14:27

27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

   (confession)

I thank you Lord for leaving me your peace. I do not let my heart be troubled, and I am not afraid.

Isaiah 26:3

3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

     (confession)

I keep my mind stayed on you, and I trust in you Lord. I thank you for keeping me in perfect peace.

Philippians 4:6-7

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

   (confession)

I am careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, I let my requests be known to God, and I thank you Lord for the peace of God that passes all understanding to keep my heart and my mind through Christ Jesus.

Psalm 34:14

14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

(confession)

I depart from evil and do good, I seek peace and pursue it.

~ Establish Truth In Your Heart, Establish It In Your Life ~

I am totally convinced that speaking Gods word consistently WILL bring change to your life. You have the ability to shape your future with the words that you are speaking today. You should be declaring today the things that you desire tomorrow.

Job 22:28  Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.

You don’t just establish something overnight, it takes consistency. You must discipline yourself to speak the truth of Gods word on a regular basis.

Consistency is the one factor that will always poke a hole right in the devils kingdom, he has no defense against a man who will speak the truth of the word and be consistent. Consistency is a spiritual force that can be effective in many areas of your life.

My grandmother is a great example of what consistency can produce. Several years ago ( when she was only seventy six years old ) she had ten large oak trees cut down on her property. When the trees were down and all of the stumps hauled away, she was left with a pile of limbs and sticks that was over 100 ft. long, 50 ft. wide, and 15 ft. tall. I’m talking, “a huge pile of brush.” Well, to make a long story short, she wouldn’t wait till the end of the summer until my uncle came back to haul the pile away. Instead, every day, that whole summer, she would break up some sticks and burn them in a 55 gallon drum. By the time my uncle returned six months later, she was burning the last few sticks that she had raked up. That old woman’s consistency had literally removed a mountain.

If you make a decision to confess Gods word consistently, and not just “try it” for a few days or a few weeks, you will see Gods power begin to remove the mountains in your life and establish strongholds of truth and a depth of faith that no devil in hell can possibly breach.

To establish truth in your life, you have to keep after it, no matter what you see, and no matter what your situation looks like.

Consistent confession produces the faith to move your mountains.

What Jesus said about the removal of mountains:

  Mark 11:23

23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

According to Jesus, the way to remove mountains is to speak to them. No bulldozer, no dynamite, just that little opening right under your nose, your mouth.

Christians in general, have a misconception of what this verse means, and

it sets them up for disappointment an discouragement.

The picture that most believers have in there mind is of  a person walking up to a mountain, standing with feet spread apart, pointing a finger at the mountain, and yelling “be thou removed and cast into the sea in the name of Jesus.” Then the earth shakes, the mountain splits, and with a great explosion is hurled into the sea. Then the person walks away with a little strut in there step and says “now that’s faith folks, and that’s how its done.”

Now, I’m not saying that it can not happen like that, it has , and it still can. But the truth of the matter is, that for most people, most of the time, after speaking to the mountain, the mountain is still there. This is the point where most Christians lose heart and faint.

Then the devil comes and tells them that “this faith stuff is for the birds. You know it works for brother and sister so and so, but it will never work for you.” And the devil beats them before they ever get started.

Let me paint a different picture for you, one that is a little more realistic.

You walk out your door one morning and you see this huge mountain looming in front of you. You point to the mountain and say with authority “mountain be removed in the name of  Jesus Christ and be cast into the sea!” And the mountain does not move. You get your bible out, you look up half a dozen scriptures that tell you that you HAVE BEEN REDEEMED from this particular mountain and you speak them out loud and declare that you recieve that promise from the Lord.

You get up the next morning and you see that the mountain is still there, but you are not moved by what you see because you’re a person of faith and you are standing on the unchangeable authority of the word of God. You speak to the mountain again. “Mountain I said for you to go in the name of Jesus Christ and be cast into the sea. You are removed from my life according to the word of God.” The mountain doesn’t move. So you go to work and come back and the mountain is still there. Two months go by and you are speaking to that mountain every day, you’ve posted sticky notes of all the scriptures that you are standing on all over the house and yet you still see no change. Six months go by with you still speaking to that mountain and you don’t see any difference at all.

Then one day your friend stops by and says, “ Did you know that the mountain outside your door is only half the size it was six months ago?” You just smile and keep right on speaking to the mountain every day. A few more weeks go by and you’re coming home from work and you see a bunch of people surveying that mountain so you stop to ask,  “what’s going on?” The surveyor says, “something funny is going on inside this mountain, the ground is shifting and we can’t figure out why.” You just smile and drive away, and that’s when the Lord gives you a song in your heart about the mountain being removed. So the days roll by and you just keep speaking to that mountain and eventually the mountain erodes away, is washed into the small creeks and then into the bigger rivers, and from the rivers, is washed into the sea.

Welcome to the real world.

Just because you’ve tried faith confessions for six weeks and you don’t see any results, that doesn’t mean that nothing is taking place.

You released creative power the fist time you spoke the word, the creative power that builds faith in the human spirit. The power  to establish a mighty stronghold of faith in your own heart.

  Before you see any manifestations in the physical realm, you must first get the word established in your heart. The heart is the first place that you will notice results from confessing truth.

Proverbs 18:20

20 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

When Proverbs talks about the belly, its  not talking about the place you stuff food in three times a day. Its talking about the core of your being. Its talking about the inner man, the heart, your soul and spirit.

If you can be diligent enough to speak Gods word until your own heart is filled, no devil in hell can keep you from obtaining the promise of God.

Satan wants to do one of two things, to keep you out of faith. He wants to either starve you or poison you. I hate to give Satan any credit, but he has done a fair job of both. I see people all the time that have great potential, they even know the word, but they don’t take the time to keep themselves filled, so they walk around starved in their spirit. And then I see other folks that are constantly filling themselves, but they fill up on poison, bad doctrine, and half truths, and they are just as bad, if not worse, than the first bunch.

If you truly want to see change in you life it is going to require some diligence and some perseverance.  (hey, I didn’t say it was going to be easy) You are going to have to take time to know the word. You have to know how to rightly divide the word so that you know what you’re speaking and understand it.

Sometimes it isn’t easy to do what you know pleases the Lord, but the rewards far outweigh the sacrifice.

”What pleases God is faith, plain and simple. And the time that it takes each day to build  faith in your heart, is a small price to pay to please Him.”

Hebrews 11:6

6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

~ Spiritual Warfare ~ So what does that look like?

SPIRITUAL WARFARE, like anything else in the Kingdom of God, starts out as a seed. We are so “externally minded” being aware of cause and effect that we don’t realize how powerful a small seed can be.

          To engage in true SPIRITUAL WARFARE you must resist the temptation to believe that the small seed that you have to contribute is insignificant. You MUST believe in the POWER OF THE SEED TO PRODUCE FRUIT! Your seed is significant!  I am not talking about finances here either, although it would apply, I am talking about living with an awareness of “the other person in the room” The Holy Spirit. I am talking about being obedient to follow those little promptings in your heart and pursuing them even when they don’t make perfect sense. Those are seeds.

We think of SPIRITUAL WARFARE as praying for long periods of time, making requests of God, interceding on behalf of others, and we limit it to JUST THAT. Those things are valid and important but it is not the be all and end all of SPIRITUAL WARFARE. Walk in living contact with the Master and you will be engaging in SPIRITUAL WARFARE all the time. I will give you an example:

I was coming home one day and was really hungry so I decided to stop at the burger joint that was close to the house. As I pull in the parking lot I feel a check in my heart so I waited a sec before I got out of the car and felt impressed that I should go to this certain burger joint that was all the way across town. I was like 2 blocks from my house and this other place was about 6 miles away. It did not make sense to me, I was tired, however I drove across town. When I get to the drive through window I hear a woman speaking very angry  and aggressive to someone else. She obviously did not know her intercom was on. I said “hello” and she was quiet for a sec and asked me in a very rude tone “can I help you”? I placed my order and drove up to the window still not knowing what to do. She took my money, was visibly angry and had a terrible attitude. As I waited for my food the Lord told me to say something to her.

When she handed me the bag I looked at her and said: “The Lord sent me here to tell you something” Her face immediately changed, her lips started to tremble. I took the bag and smiled at her and said: “The Lord sent me here to tell you that He loves you very much and He is waiting for you.” She put her hands over her face and began to cry, after a few seconds she looked up at me and said “thank you”.  That was it, that was the whole story. It seemed crazy, it seemed insignificant but I am telling you that woman knew she had an encounter with God that day, so did I. That is SPIRITUAL WARFARE:

Bind your faith to the seemingly insignificant seed and it becomes MIGHTY to the pulling down of strongholds. Seeds sown in faith ALWAYS produce results.

Be Blessed!

~ The Power Of Our Words ~

CREATIVE OR DESTRUCTIVE POWER IS RELEASED WITH OUR MOUTH.

Proverbs 18:20-21: 20 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

We see in this verse that the tongue releases phenomenal power, the power of “life and death”. How we steward this power, is going to determine the course of our lives.

Lets look at what else the word has to say about this power.

Proverbs 12:14: 14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.

This verse says that we are going to be “satisfied with good,” but only if our mouths are bearing the proper fruit. However, If nothing but negative words are coming out of our mouth you will bear the negative results of your negative words.