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~ The Principle of Daily Manna ~

          ~One night I was laying in bed thinking, “why have I felt so dry the last couple days?” I believe the Lord spoke to me and said “you didn’t gather the manna like you were told.”

         ~I had to stop and think about that for a minute. I didn’t remember God mentioning manna to me, not recently, NOT EVER. Then I remembered the children of Israel. While in the Wilderness of Sin, God rained down manna from heaven to sustain them every day, for FOURTY years. They were required to go out daily and gather this manna that fell in the form of little pieces the size of coriander seeds.

You could only gather as much as you could eat in one day. Any more and it would rot and produce worms. It was useless.

Exodus 16:4 ~ Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.

God provided food to sustain them in the natural and to test them. I believe this is a type of what He has done with us spiritually. Many places in the Word we are commanded to DAILY be in His Word. Joshua is my favorite.

Joshua 1:8 ~ This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

I know what the Lord was saying to me. I had not kept His Word in front of my face and in my mouth for the last couple days.

A few days ago I was up early, and while walking around in the dark I stubbed my toe and tore my little toenail completely off. If that has ever happened to you, then you know the degree of pain that kind of injury can produce. Being in pain and limping around, I really didn’t feel like doing anything. Including reading and confessing the Word of God which is my normal routine. I read a little here and there but I did not speak His word which is where the real power is.

           ~ So after two days of the “mullygrubs” I realized that the reason I was feeling dry and empty was not my toe being sore, but my spirit being empty.

         ~When something happens that would tend to throw you out of your daily devotion with God … that is the time that you should really press in. Manna needs to be gathered and digested daily. You can’t get by on yesterdays or last weeks manna, you will starve your spirit and become weak and dry. Furthermore, you can’t consume a weeks supply and expect it to carry you for  days without further exposure to His word.~

The bible is GOD TALKING TO US. His words are Spirit and they are Life. They are needed daily for our spiritual health and development. The Lord feeding the children of Israel with manna is a type of what we should be walking in today. We must put forth DAILY effort to ensure our spiritual health and growth. I love how Job says it:

Job 23:12 ~ I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.

Look at the language, “… treasured the words of His mouth…”  Every day should be a new treasure hunt. The value that you place on God’s Word is evident by the time you are willing to spend on it. One of the greatest investments you can make in this life is the attention that you give to His Word. We all need daily exposure and intake of the Word of God. Have you found your treasure today?

~ The Man Who Talks To Trees ~

Mark 11:12-14 ~ And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: 13And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. 14And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

 In today’s society people who talk to trees run the risk of being put in a straight jacket and labeled a lunatic. In fact, there were many that thought Jesus was a lunatic so this shouldn’t surprise anyone.

The Bible records Jesus speaking to many things throughout the New Testament. In every case, the things He spoke to obeyed Him. What most people don’t realize is that He did this as a man, not as God. Jesus walked this earth and ministered as a man anointed and filled with the Holy Spirit.

Jesus was born of the incorruptible seed of God. That seed was placed in His virgin mother and He was born a man, completely void of any heavenly powers or privileges.

Philippians 2:6-8 ~ Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! ~NIV~

 What we must grasp is that the same incorruptible seed that was in Christ is now in us if Jesus is our Lord. This understanding is essential if we are to function in the authority and power that Jesus did when He was on the earth. When Jesus spoke to things and exercised His Kingdom authority He was not doing it to show off, He was setting an example for His Church to follow. He was demonstrating what could be done as a man so that we would know who we were in Him.

Knowing who you are IN Christ is one of the most important revelations in your Christian walk.

Lets look at another instance of Jesus exercising His authority.

Mark 4:38-40 ~ And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

Now this one really freaked the disciples out! They were fighting for their life while Jesus slept. I wonder how long this went on. I can see the disciples bailing water, tieing down everything that was loose, fighting with the rudder and the rope rigging. All the while, stealing glances at Jesus every few minutes thinking “when is He gonna get up and DO something?” Keep in mind that some of these guys were professional sailors and fishermen, they had been in bad storms before, so this must have been a real doosey!

As bad as it must have been, the truth is, they didn’t need to wake Jesus up. They should have been able to take care of it themselves. In fact Jesus rebuked them for being afraid and having no faith.

Mark 4:40 ~ And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

 If Jesus expected them to exercise that kind of faith and authority BEFORE he went to the cross, how much more does He expect it from us as born again believers? The real question is why don’t WE expect to operate like that? Although the disciples had the power to do just what Jesus did, they were waiting on Jesus to do something.

Many prayers seemingly go unanswered because God has already done everything that He is going to do about the situation. He has given you the authority and power to do something about it yourself so stop waiting on Jesus to wake up and calm your storm, begin speaking to it!

What else did Jesus talk to? We have the account of Peter’s mother in law being healed of a fever. Notice what Jesus does.

Luke 4:38-40 ~ And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house. And Simon’s wife’s mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her. 39And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them. 40Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.

Notice that Jesus did not pray for Peter’s mother in law, He spoke directly to the fever and rebuked it! He exercised His kingdom authority over the fever and the fever had no choice but to obey. Many times Christians are praying when they should have been SAYING.

 You have the same Kingdom Authority to speak to things and get results!

When you get sick do you first run to the medicine cabinet, or the doctor, or do you use words of faith to take authority over the sickness? Don’t get me wrong, I am not knocking medicine. In fact, you will find it easier to stand in faith if you are not fighting as many symptoms. If medicine can calm the symptoms and make it easier to stand in faith, I say go for it! But let the sickness know who is boss and don’t let medicine and doctors be you first recourse.

Here is an interesting account of Jesus speaking to a dead person.

 John 11:42-44 ~ And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. 43And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave-clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

This is an amazing account of Jesus demonstrating His kingdom authority and the power of the spoken word. There have been many confirmed, recorded accounts of people being raised from the dead in Jesus name. 14 accounts in the life of  Smith Wigglesworth alone. This is available to YOU … TODAY!

So we see that He spoke to trees, to the elements, to sickness, and even to dead people. So ask your self this;

“Can a tree, a fever, a storm, or even a dead person hear?” Obviously they can because they obeyed His voice!

These were just some of the mountains that Jesus had to move in His earthly ministry. What mountains are you facing in your life? If you don’t have faith enough to move your mouth, you will never have faith enough to move your mountain.

Your Mountain Should Be Hearing Your Voice!

Mark 11:23 ~ For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

Summary:

Jesus was a man born of incorruptible seed and filled with the Spirit. Because of that He shook the world and performed amazing miracles. Signs and wonders were a way of life for Him after the Holy Spirit came upon Him. If you are Christ’s, then you are born of the same incorruptible seed.

1 Peter 1:23 ~ Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

The signs and wonders that followed Jesus should be following us if we truly believe.

Mark 16 ~ And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

The truth is we should be seeing greater works than Jesus did. That is what He told us in His Word.

John 14:12 ~ Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

The Bible is called the “Cannon” of scripture. Cannon means ruler, or measuring stick. We must judge our own lives and experience by the measuring stick of God’s written Word. If our experience does not measure up to what we see in scripture then we need to make adjustments and pray for God to help us elevate our experience to match His Word, not water down God’s Word to match our lack of experience.

~ Knowing The Source Of Your Problems ~

Ephesians 6:12 ~ For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,  against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

This clearly defines the target; our enemy is spiritual. Be very clear that the cause of most of your problems, and ALL of your attacks have a spiritual source.

So much of a believer’s time is wasted, energy expended, and injury incurred because we exhaust ourselves battling people (flesh and blood) instead of the spiritual forces at work in a situation. In the process of attempting to wrestle believers into defeat in their personal lives, the devil attempts to divert the force of our “spiritual” warfare toward others—in our families, our churches, our work place and community.

The devil knows full well these two things:

(1) if we start fighting other people, they will certainly oblige us and fight back.

(2) that if we start fighting each other, we will never get around to defeating him.

So, whatever (or whoever) you face today, make up your mind about the conflict. Our enemy is the devil. As we make war in prayer and make peace with those around us, the devil stands no chance of succeeding in our lives.

~ What Is Character? ~

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. Excellence in character does not come from a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do. 

Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.

Character is who you are when no one else is looking. Character is what YOU know you are. Character is the sum total of all of your choices to this point in your life.

The quality of your life is tied to the strength of your character.

 Character is developed by thoughts, words, actions and habits and is defined by your consistent behavior. 

 It is hard to talk your way out of what you have behaved yourself into.

Watch your thoughts because they become words.

Watch your words because they become actions.

Watch your actions because they become habits.

Watch your habits because they become your character.

Watch your character because it shapes your destiny.

Truthfulness is the main element of character. ~~~ Jesus Christ is THE TRUTH.  ~~~ The more truthful you are, the more like HIM you shall be.

Remember, there is no studying for a test of character, it is always a pop quiz.

Character poem

You must maintain your strength of character to make right choices in life,

For tests will come when you least expect it to tempt you to get into strife.

When difficulties arise and the choices get tough, decisions must be made on the spot.

You will surely see when it comes to character it is better to have it than not.

Strength of character is not just an item that can be purchased right off the shelf.

It comes from years of doing what is right and constantly dying to self.

Our example for character is the Lord Jesus Christ, our life should always model His

For you cannot study for a test of character, it will show up as a pop quiz.

~ Our Kingdom Authority ~

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Self discovery is a powerful thing. Finding out who you are in Christ is THE most powerful revelation you can attain after salvation.

Most of the Apostle Paul’s writings were focused on helping believers understand who they are in Christ.

In Christ you have been repositioned, relabeled, renamed, re-categorized, and redeemed. You have a new family, a new status, a new nature, a new purpose, and a new destiny. You have a new heritage, a new identity, with new rights, new power, new authority, and new responsibilities. The old is passed away, and all things are new!

2 Corinthians 5:17 ~ Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

The New Testament reveals the model of who we are supposed to be, what a living church should look like, and yet, if you search the earth you find very few bodies of believers living up to that model. Why? I believe that it stems from an identity crisis.

We, the church, don’t really know who we are. We don’t understand our heritage and the royal bloodline that we were birthed into when we made Jesus the Lord of our life. Jesus emptied himself of all His kingly privilege and power and LIVED HIS LIFE for us … then he GAVE HIS LIFE for us. Now He wants to live His life through us as the KING of KINGS!

We must awaken to the marvelous truth, that Christ is not in the heavens only, seated at the right hand of the Father, but Christ is in us. Our main function in this life is to manifest Christ to the world in all His glory. It is Christ’s body that validates Christ to the world. Without His body reigning in life as a king the world will be limited to only hearing about Christ instead of experiencing Him. There must be a SHOWING FORTH as well as a TELLING ABOUT. To Show Forth the kingdom we must function in the authority that has been given us.

1 Peter 2:9  ~ But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

Romans 5:17 ~ For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.

Revelation 5:10 ~ And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Revelation 1:6 ~ And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

The life that Christ lived qualified Him for the death that He died …. and the death that He died qualifies us for the life we now live … as Kings and Priests unto our God. Are you living like a King, with a King’s authority and resources? That is available to YOU AND I.

~ understanding The Kingdom ~

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  Understanding the kingdom will not only help you understand the parables of the kingdom spoken by Jesus, but help you see how the kingdom functions and grows in your life. 

Without going into a lot of detail I think I can give you a couple of observations that will help you define exactly where YOUR rule and reign as a King is to be.

 “The Kingdom of God is not just the place where God dwells, but the place in which, at any given time, God’s rule and reign is acknowledged.”

 Luke 17:20-22 ~ 20And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. 22And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.

When we hear the phrase;  “kingdom of God”, our minds immediately think of another place such as heaven. The truth is, according the verse above, the kingdom is within you.

Because of God’s grace and goodness, he has allowed me to experience some wonderful, supernatural, and even spectacular demonstrations of His Spirit. One was an open vision that I had in the middle of a home fellowship. It was about the kingdom of God and it helped me understand some principles of His kingdom. I think it is pertinent to this teaching so I will share it.

A group of about 12 of us met for the fellowship at a friend’s house. We were worshipping the Lord with songs that were picked by an associate pastor. All of the songs were about The “King” or the “Kingdom”. After worshipping through 5 or 6 songs the presence of the Lord was very strong and everyone got quiet. After about a minute of the silence I see this picture materialize in front of me.

It was like a transparency that you would use in a projector. You know the clear plastic sheets with words on them? It looked similar to that, only it was in color and alive! hard to explain.  As I was looking at this “transparency”, I reached up my hand to touch what I was looking at and my hand passed right through it and back. I could see this thing clearly yet I could see everyone in the room at the same time. Strange, but very cool. I had not experienced anything like this before or since. 

 In this vision I was looking down from a bird’s eye view, very high in the air. What I saw was an enclosure with high walls like you would see at a castle. Inside these walls were lush green vegetation, flowering plants and trees that were healthy and full of life and crystal clear streams. Not a blemish on any leaf, not one sign of decay on anything, absolutely perfect. Outside these walls was a dry desert with no sign of life as far as you could see.

As I looked I saw these huge letters appear written from one end of the enclosure to the other:  “KINGDOM” Suddenly it was as if I was flying down or zooming into this enclosure and as I got closer I saw that the high wall had many doors at intervals all around it. On each door was written the same word: “OBEDIENCE”.

 As soon as I saw this, the Lord spoke to me and said; “This is the Kingdom of God in every believers heart. Every time my people obey my word, whether written or spoken, a door of obedience opens and my kingdom is expanded in their heart”. Then I saw one of the doors open up and all of the beautiful life filled scenery flooded like water immediately into another area and the same kind of walls, with the same doors of obedience, were raised up around it. I spoke this out to the group and the vision ended.

 Note: Any vision should be judged in light of God’s Word and you should judge this one accordingly.

There have been many kings throughout the ages. Some with vast kingdoms, and some with very small kingdoms. The size of the kingdom determines the power of the king. The kings with the most land, resources, influence, and people were the most powerful and were able to overcome and overthrow other weaker kings and thereby expanding their own kingdom. The most powerful kings were respected and feared. Those with small kingdoms, very little resources, very little land and fighting men were not feared or even respected by some.

The point is: You have complete control over how big the kingdom of God is in your life. The King lives in you, but He is not a tyrant. He will only reign where His rule is acknowledged. If you acknowledge His rule in EVERY area of your life, then 100% kingdom authority resides in you and Jesus will be manifest to the world. The Kingdom of God is within you!

The expansion and advancement of the Kingdom of God on earth is directly tied to our obedience to His Word and the leading of His Spirit. We are instruments of His Kingdom. He bought us so that He could live through us. For Him to do that we must walk in obedience. How much Jesus we can expose people to can be helped or hindered by how much obedience we are walking in.

We must be carriers of the Kingdom of God, knowing that everywhere we go, people can encounter the King.

Luke 11:2 ~ And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

For the church to awaken out of their religious stupor that has the form of godliness but denies the power thereof (2 Timothy 3:5 ) we must embrace this truth and act on it. 

I will leave you with a quote from one of the greatest healing evangelists of recent times. A person who really understood kingdom authority.

“I surrendered unto Him all there was of me; everything! Then for the first time I realized what it meant to have real power.”   ~Kathryn Kuhlman~

~ Don’t Vex Your Soul~

“Don’t break bread with a jackass!”

If you were raised in the country like myself, you may be familiar with this old saying. When I first heard it, I really didn’t know what it meant. I thought, “Why would anyone want to eat with a Jackass?” But then I realized, people do it all the time. The old saying simply means, don’t associate with fools, and don’t hang out with bad company.

I am not sure where this saying originated, but it is biblical. What we see and hear does have spiritual implications, and if we are hearing and seeing it constantly, being affected is inevitable whether it is good or bad.

1 Corinthians 15:33 ~ Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

Living in the communication age, we are constantly bombarded with various forms of media designed to shock, stimulate and influence you to think and feel certain ways. It is extremely effective, and mans carnal nature hungers for this kind of stimulation. The more it is stimulated, the more it wants. The lust of the eyes and the lust of the flesh are never satisfied. (Proverbs 27:20)

Proverbs 13:20 ~ He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a
companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Certainly the company we keep matters. When I was first saved in 1988, I knew the Lord was leading me to separate from my old friends. However I did not obey those leadings and soon fell right back into my old destructive lifestyle. I had to learn the hard way. Later on, after I did separate myself from the “fools.” I took comfort in seeing examples of it in the Word. Samson was a great example of what NOT to do. 

Judges 16:15-1715 Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and have not told me where your great strength lies.16 And it came to pass, when she pestered him daily with her words and pressed him, so that his soul was vexed to death, 17 that he told her all his heart, and said to her, “No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”

We are not supposed to be “like any other man,” we are called to be different. We should stand out. It should be easy for people to identify us at work or in the marketplace. We should be the ones that leave a conversation when it becomes inappropriate, take a stand for what is right, and refuse to take part in filthy conduct and things that are ungodly. If we don’t, we open ourselves up to torment and oppression. Not to mention bring a reproach on Christ.

Look at what happened to Lot:

2 Peter 2:6-8 ~ 6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; 7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked 8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)—

Lot CHOSE to dwell among the ungodly and it cost him big time. If it were not for Abraham, it would have cost him his life. We have a choice too, we always have a choice, remember that. If we are seeing and hearing filthy conduct and lawless deeds all the time, our soul will be vexed and tormented. The more we allow, the less sensitive we will be to the Holy Spirit.

Don’t be afraid to be different and take a stand for Christ. Don’t break bread with Jackasses, you have a choice. Instead, choose to enjoy the bread of life.

John 6:35 ~ And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life.” He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

JC

~ Why Is Peace On Your Feet?~

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How does Peace fit into Spiritual warfare? It almost seems like a contradiction in terms doesn’t it? Without this vital part of your armor you are at a terrible disadvantage when engaged in a battle for you and your family’s life. Know that your enemy is real… and the battle is real!

Let’s define Peace so that we understand what we are dealing with.

Peace has similar meanings in the Old and New Testament. The Hebrew word “shalom” and the Greek word “Irene” are beautiful words and do not translate into the English language with anything less than a paragraph or two to give them justice.

Basically, “shalom” (Hebrew) means complete wholeness and oneness with God, nothing missing and nothing broken. “Irene” (Greek) means oneness with God and comes from a root word that means “one”. It also means “to set at one again.”

The point is, everything that Peace does or produces in your life has just one purpose: To create a oneness, a unity and an intimacy with God. That being said, we should desire Peace to be in full operation in our lives at all times so that we are prepared for any battle that may arise.

Peace is a manifestation, a ministry, and a fruit of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is called “the Helper,” (John 14:26) so it makes sense that the number one thing He wants to help you with is your relationship with God. Your unity with God is the single most important thing you need when facing the enemy. Peace is the way the Spirit helps you with that.

Years ago, while seeking the Lord for more understanding on Peace, He showed me that peace has a “position” in your life. That position is always in front of you. You should always be pursuing Peace and following His lead. Lets look at some scripture that verifies this.

Isaiah 55:12 ~ “ For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with
peace; …

Psalm 34:14 ~ Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue
it.

Luke 1:79 ~ To give light to those who sit in darkness and the
shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”

 1 Peter 3:11 ~ Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.

Hebrews 12:14 ~ Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without
which no one will see the Lord:

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

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See the pattern? Seek Peace, follow after Peace, pursue Peace, be led out with Peace. These scriptures indicate the position of Peace, the position of a guide, a leader, and a point man. Peace should have the final say in every decision we make. Colossians 3:15 says we are to let Peace rule. That means that we should always take a position to submit to and Follow His leading.

Ephesians 6:15  ~ and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

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I wondered why something as important as Peace was put on our feet,. It is a “not so pretty” body part, I knew there had to be a reason. When I questioned the Lord about it, He asked me, “Why do you wear shoes?” I immediately knew what He was talking about. We wear shoes to protect our feet when we walk. Peace protects us in our walk with God, steering us away from things that hurt or hinder us in any way. This only works if you give Peace the proper position in your life, as your guide, your point man. By giving Peace the proper place, you HAVE shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace.

 2 Peter 3:14 ~ Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;

~ Are We Making Jesus An Invalid? ~

While praying in the spirit one morning this phrase came out: “I thank you Lord for the body of Christ that validates you to the world.”

That was a new thought to me, however it makes perfect sense. He is the head. We are the body. Without His body, He is incomplete. As I thought on this and asked the Lord what He was trying to show me, I thought of a person that was an “invalid,” with no use of his limbs, paralyzed. Then I thought of the word “invalid”. NOT VALID!

I realized that this is a picture of the present day body of Christ. Without power. Not valid in the worlds eyes.

The body does not have the understanding, nor the power, to carry the Head to a lost and dying world.

We MUST become the body of Christ that we were designed to be. We must walk in the fullness of the Spirit. We must stop thinking and acting independent of the Head.

If I want a drink of water, My head tells my hand to pick up the water bottle and put it to my mouth. If Jesus (the head) wants to heal someone and he tells you (the hand) to go and minister to that person and raise them up by His power  … and you don’t do it … You have just made Him an invalid, and to the world, you have just made Christianity “NOT VALID.”

Jesus is very clear on what He wants us to do:

Matthew 10:8 ~ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

Do you really have the guts to walk that out? Do you have the faith to take Him at his word and believe that He will back you up? I am not pointing fingers, I am asking myself. You ask yourself.

JC.

How God’s Love Works With Your Faith

Your ability to live and operate by faith, is in direct proportion to your revelation of the Love of God.

 1 John 4:19 ~ We love Him because He first loved us.

          Concerning faith, we must believe first before we receive. Our ability to believe and receive by faith is tied to how much Love we have for God.

Some people have a real problem receiving anything from God, while some receive virtually everything they pray, and believe for. I have never been able to answer the question; “Why?” until the Lord revealed to me a powerful truth about His Love.

We are all probably familiar with this passage:

Galatians 5:6 ~ For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth
any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

I have been taught that if you want to have strong faith then you must have a strong love walk. And that is true, but what does a strong love walk look like? You can learn about love, read books on how to express love, try to love more or love better, but all those efforts are vain if don’t know how to RECEIVE love. This is tied directly your understanding of how much He loves you.

If you judge God’s love for you on the basis of how you are performing, you will never be able to receive His unconditional love.

Receiving love always comes before giving love. God set it up this way. Your ability to receive things by faith is in exact proportion to your ability to receive God’s love.

Romans 5:5  says: “the love of God is poured out in your hearts by the Holy Spirit…” but you must learn to receive that love before you can enjoy it or give it away. It is the same with healing; 1 Peter 2:24  says: “By His stripes you WERE healed.” Past tense! But you will NOT enjoy healing UNLESS you RECEIVE it.

Do you see the correlation? Healing is an expression of His love for you. To receive healing is to receive His Love. If you can’t receive His love, you cannot receive His healing. It is not a faith issue, it is a love issue. This works the same for peace, prosperity and every other promise in the bible. His promises to us are expressions of His love for us. We MUST receive His love if we are to receive His promises.

Folks tend to get stuck in condemnation and a twisted, self-inflicted torment. Thinking that God is upset with them and is withholding from them because of their poor performance. That is such a lie of the enemy. The Devil wants to erode your self-image to the point that you see yourself as a worthless piece of wasted flesh with no value what so ever.

Remember that the value of a thing can only be determined by how much someone is willing to pay for it. God loved you so much that he paid the highest price imaginable for you.

You have been BOUGHT OUT by the blood of Christ, so don’t beat yourself up because you are not sold out to Him.

Know that you are always God’s Priority, not His option.

          We serve a good God! A loving God! I see now how faith and love work together. I am clear why faith works by love and this is what the Lord said to me:

“I have commanded you to love Me with ALL your heart, soul, mind and strength. (Mark 12:30) Understand that this is the same way I love all my people … with all My heart, all My mind, all My soul and ALL My strength. Your ability to receive anything from Me hinges on your ability to believe and receive the love I have for you.”

If you have a problem expressing love, then you need to receive HIS love for you. If you have a problem receiving things by faith, then you need to receive HIS love for you.

 Don’t measure and judge God’s love for you on your limited experience with it. Even an earthly parent’s love pales in comparison to His great love for you.

Now we can better understand Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3.

Ephesians 3:17-19 ~ that Christ may dwell in your hearts through
faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

To be filled with all the fullness of God, you must receive the fullness of His Love.

Blessings to all, 

~ Jack ~

~ God said: “You Are A Dirt Bag?” ( it’s not what you think :)~

YEP! That’s what He said.

First let me explain what “dirt bag” is in this context. As you may know, you are a spirit being, with a mind and soul, and you exist on this earth in a body, your “earth suit” so to speak. Your earth suit is made up of basic elements that are found in dirt. (Remember, God created Adam from the dust of the ground so this should make sense.)

Your skin, the largest organ of your body, is the “bag” that all of this “dirt” is contained in. That being clear, let me share an important revelation that can help you in your walk with God.

Years ago I remember struggling with this one particular sin that I just COULD NOT seem to overcome. I was praying and asking forgiveness for the umpteenth time and being disgusted with myself I said “LORD, I am such a DIRT BAG!” The Lord spoke back to me very strong and said: “Yes Jack, you ARE a dirt bag. As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.”

I was shocked!
All I could think about was that the Lord called me a “dirt bag” and then gave
me scripture to back it up by quoting Proverbs 23:7 ! I was like … Lord!? … for real!?

It was at that moment that it seemed like He downloaded this huge revelation into my “hard drive” about how we see ourselves. What you are mindful of has tremendous impact on our spiritual growth and our ability to walk in the spirit. Today I saw how it impacts our ability to minister to the needs of others. Romans 8 holds the key to understanding this.

Lets break it down.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

(You see, it is not enough to just “be saved” (in Christ Jesus) but you must be “after the Spirit.” Notice the capital S in Spirit? We must be ever conscious of the Holy Spirit and His agenda.)

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  3For what the law could not do, in that
it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 
 4That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

There are two laws mentioned here; the law of the Spirit of life in Christ and the law of sin and death. We are FREE from the second law because God CONDEMNED SIN IN THE FLESH.

When the devil is successful in getting you into self-condemnation and thinking of yourself as a “Dirt Bag,” you are in essence saying: “What God did was not enough, I have to condemn sin myself.” This can be as simple as you just focusing on the carnal, fallen nature most of the time instead of being mindful of spiritual things. This renders you helpless and powerless. (Which is the devils goal if he can’t kill you.)

 5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

We understand that actively pursuing sin brings death, but did you know that condemnation does the same thing? Condemnation IS “minding the things of the flesh.” We can’t be effective at helping others with death working in us.

 7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Having the “Dirt Bag” (carnal) mindset is enmity against God. You cannot please Him. It reminds me of another scripture.

Hebrews 11:6 ~ 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.

It takes faith to break free of the “Dirt Bag” mindset.

 9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the
Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.

Do we really get it? That we are NOT in the flesh? Just because we live in a flesh and bone “earth suit” and walk around in a fallen world does not mean we can’t be spiritual. Obviously I did not get that when the Lord spoke this to me.

Condemnation quenches the Spirit and puts the focus inward instead of upward and outward. It renders the Christian powerless, ineffective and no threat to the devil.

We MUST walk in power. That power is for OTHER PEOPLE. It is not for you. It is not for you to execute your own agenda or for you to market it so you can be financially secure. It is not to play with or for you to draw attention to yourself. The devil tries to keep you from walking in this power by substituting it with an
opposite power, the power of condemnation. He tries to get you focused on the
“DIRT BAG” so much that it is all you can see. Instead of being mindful of
spiritual things that can help others, you become only mindful of you, and you
can’t even help yourself.

DON’T BE A DIRT BAG! (CARNAL)  BE  SPIRITUAL!

1Corinthians 2:15 ~  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is  judged of no man.