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Old Testament Law – Made to be Broken

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          Understanding the purpose of Old Testament Law is the beginning of understanding your imputed righteousness in Christ.

          I’m going to make a statement that may be foreign to most Christians.

 “God never gave man the Law to keep, He gave man the Law to break!”

          Does that sound contradictory or confusing? It shouldn’t. No man in history was able to keep the Law, except Jesus Christ. Never has any man succeeded in making himself acceptable to God by keeping the Law. Didn’t God know this? Of course He did. So why did God give us a Law that we are unable to keep? So that we would come face to face with the fact that we are incapable of doing anything right or just apart from His grace.

Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.

          The Law exposes our true nature apart from God. It teaches us that we need something far greater than our own strength and will to please God. The Law helps us to see our inadequacies so that we can be honest with ourselves and say: “I am a sinner through and through, and of myself I can do nothing to please a holy God.”

          The Law was not given with the expectation of us keeping it. It was given in the full knowledge that we would break it; and when we have broken it so completely as to be convinced of our absolute need for a Savior, then the Law has served its purpose. It has fulfilled the role of a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, so the He may Himself fulfill it.

Galatians 3:24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 

          We are all sinners by nature because of Adam’s transgression. The Law makes that sinful nature manifest. When a holy Law is applied to a sinful man, then that sinfulness comes out in full display making the fallen nature of that man manifest.

          God knows who we are. the trouble is, WE don’t know who we are. The Law brings us to a place where we see who we are apart from Him and shows us our utter helplessness under the Law, and our need to be saved from it. If not for the Law we would never see how weak we are apart from Christ. We would continue in the futile pursuit of trying to please God with our own righteousness.

          The Law was given to make us lawbreakers, to expose our sin, not to the world, but to ourselves.

Romans 7:7-9 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead. I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died.

          We need to have our weaknesses proved to ourselves beyond a shadow of doubt. It is at that point we are able to understand our need for deliverance from the Law. We must be delivered from the Law to receive the free gift of the righteousness of God.

Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

“The Law shows us our need to be free from it. Free from our own works of righteousness so that we can see our need to embrace the grace of God and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.”

Law vs. Grace

          In a nutshell, Law means that I do something for God. Grace means that God does something for me. If Law means that God requires something from me for it’s fulfillment, then grace means that He no longer requires it from me, but He provides it for me Himself.

          Where we fall into trouble is our tendency to live by Law. We are far more comfortable with a “quid pro quo,” mentality. Do this to receive that, receive something for doing something. This is rational and easy to wrap our head around, but it is not faith. Faith doesn’t come natural because with faith, we don’t have the ability to understand everything. We feel the need to do something to earn what we have been given.

Galatians 3:19-25  What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one. 21 Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. 22 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. 24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

          Once faith in Christ has come, we no longer have need of the Law. We then must transition from operating under the Law of sin and death, to the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 

          Old habits can be hard to break. We are born and raised under the Law of sin and death. Faith in Christ, in His imputed righteousness, in our change of status from slaves of sin to adopted children of God takes a concentrated effort. Learning to live by the new Law of the Spirit is a process. We are born into this new life as infants, and for us to mature properly and thrive under this new Law we must reckon ourselves dead to sin, and alive to God by what Jesus did on the cross.

Romans 6:11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

          So why do we continue to try and live by the Law? Because we don’t understand that the Law was never intended for us to keep. It was intended to show us how futile our efforts are to keep it, and to expose our fallen nature to such a degree that our only option is to believe in our Savior.

JC

~ Bobblehead Christiany ~

So … What is a bobble head Christian? Oh you know a few! The ones with the
head so filled with knowledge about the things of God, the power of God, the
fullness of the Spirit. They know what the word says about virtually any
subject you bring up … yet they have no fruit of it in their life. The have
not walked ANY of it out. Their head is swelled with knowledge yet their
 spiritual feet are small and underdeveloped from not walking in what they know. Big ole head .. Itty bitty feet. BOBBLE HEAD! (Work with me here, I am trying to paint a picture)

Learning is important, knowledge is important, but what is MORE important is that we believe what we have learned enough to step out and walk in it. Not
 just cram our noggins so full of knowledge that our head grows so big we become unbalanced.

When our heads are puffed up with knowledge and we try to take a step on
those tiny atrophied feet … we fall. Then we realize that we are immobilized
by our lopsided development. Some of us are just going to have to step out at
the risk of falling on our face just to get our WALK developed.

We live in the information age. Google any subject you want and you will
find countless “experts” on any given topic. Folks in general don’t know the difference between true revelation and mere head knowledge. when YOU experience God unveiling a truth to YOU personally, THAT is TRUE revelation. Getting true revelation for yourself will empower you to walk in it. We must not confine the demonstration of the Holy Spirit to mere intellect. That is RESISTING the Holy Spirit. We must submit ourselves to Jesus command.

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

God wants to show up BIG right where we are! We need to be willing to let the Spirit lead us, even into situations that we don’t understand and trust Him to back our play. Have the courage to step out and actually DO what you believe to be true.

~ 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;

hard shoes

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;

~ Releasing God’s Grace With Your Words~

In the early 90’s I was just beginning to really get stirred up about confession of God’s Word, mainly because I was beginning to understand the principles behind it, and not just mindlessly reciting something that I had no understanding of.

I had an 8 page list of confessions from God’s Word that I would read out loud and declare over my life almost daily. One morning as I was making these declarations the Lord spoke to me and asked, “What are you doing?” I was quiet for a few seconds and then answered, “well, ummmm… I am confessing your Word Lord.” He replied, “You are applying Truth Pressure.” That was the end of that conversation.

That was a new term for me, a new concept. I knew that particular phrase was not in the bible, but to validate what the Lord had just spoken to me I knew I must find the principle in His Word. Any Word that you hear by the Spirit must line up with the written Word or it is not valid.

I knew that God’s Word had power and I knew there was great power in the spoken word, but it wasn’t until I began to understand the grace of God that I saw what Truth Pressure meant and understood why confession works. So lets take a few moments to make sure we understand grace and how it is connected to what we say.  In the book of Ephesians, we see a wonderful truth concerning our speech.

 Ephesians 4:29 ~ Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

This verse is talking about words, that minister grace to the hearer. Since we are always the first one to hear our words, I recommend we take a long look at what is coming from our lips. Is it corrupt or is it grace? Is it faith, or is it fear? Is it blessing or is it cursing? Does it edify or tear down? What kind of influence are we having with our words?

 What exactly is grace? The best definition that I have found is, “The divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life.” Grace is Gods way of working on you from the inside out. The word of God that is spoken ministers to us on the inside in such a powerful way that it begins to show up in our life.

Everything that God has prepared and provided for you, can be found in His Word. His words are words of truth and grace, filled with divine influence that will change and affect you in such a way that it begins to show up and be reflected in your life. We need to be speaking His words, if we are going to experience the fullness of His grace and be ministers of His grace to the world.

I want you to look at verses 29 again and we will add verse 30 and 31.

 Ephesians 4:29-31 ~ 29Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

In other words, if you are not speaking words that edify, (God’s WORD) and ministering grace to those who hear them, including yourself, you are grieving the Holy Spirit. I know,………….OUCH!

The most frequent sins are sins of the mouth. How we control our mouth and how we bridle our tongue is a direct reflection on how mature we are spiritually. The truth is, if you sin with your mouth daily, you are but a child, regardless of how long you have been a Christian or how much knowledge of God’s word you have. It is not the word that you know that brings maturity, but the word that you DO.

James 3:2-4 ~ 2For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. 3Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 4Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

The word “perfect” in verse two simply means mature, or of full age. maturity is measured, in great part, by your mouth and how you control it.

The bible is very clear that our words have tremendous power, and when it is God’s Word we are speaking, they have the power to minister His grace.

Confession of God’s Word applies “Truth Pressure” to your heart. God’s Word is filled with divine influence (grace) that feeds and strengthens your spirit man until it that truth shows up in your soul and body and is reflected in your life for all to see. Change will always come first in the heart before you see it manifest in the natural.

Proverbs 18:21 ~ Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

 

 

~ You Need A Comforter ~

So …why did God leave us a comforter? He DIDN’T. He left us        THE Comforter.

John 16:7 ~ Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

Jesus said it was “expedient for you” (that means us) for Him to go away so He could send the Comforter. Most folks, including His disciples, would argue that it would be better for Jesus to stay. They really didn’t know what He was talking about when He mentioned the Comforter.

The word expedient means: suitable for achieving a particular end in a given circumstance. Jesus knew that it would be necessary to have the Comforter if we were going to fulfill the Lord‘s plan. So why is that? Why would we need a comforter? God obviously foresaw that we would need to be comforted. Why? 

Because God will call you to do things that are, or seem to be, beyond your ability to accomplish. Because of this, you need the Comforter to constantly testify to you that you ARE doing the right thing, you ARE on the right path, and you did hear My voice or obey My leading. Without this comfort we would be at the mercy of our doubts and the knowledge of our own limitations.

If your vision can easily be accomplished in your own strength and efforts I would question if it actually came from the Lord.

God gave you the Holy Spirit to comfort you, to teach you, and to bring you to remembrance of what the Lord has spoken to you in His word and by His Spirit. If you are not living in constant need of a comforter then chances are, you are falling short of fulfilling His purpose and plan for your life.

 To know who you are in Christ is to know that you will be called to do the seemingly impossible at times, and to do this, you WILL need the Comforter.

John 14:16 ~ And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

 We have the Comforter for eternity but we need to learn to depend on Him and cooperate with Him NOW. Earth is “Faith School”. If you don’t learn it here, you will have to learn it in heaven. Why wait when you can enjoy a supernatural life here? Cooperate the Holy Spirit … The Comforter.

~ Silence is Golden, Duct Tape is Silver! ~

 ~~~~   Are you wise in your communications? Or are you one of those that need to carry a roll of Duct Tape around with you to keep you from sinning with your mouth?  ~~~~

 

~~~~  Oh, I am not pointing fingers at anyone, I have been known to need some of that miracle-working, silver sticky stuff myself. J 

~~~~  If you truly are a servant of Christ, you immediately feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit when you say something that hurts people or tears them down. If you go long periods of time and don’t experience those little pricks of conviction and correction in your heart, I would suggest to you that you are not even trying.

~~~~  We all have room to grow in this department; I don’t care how mature we are. One of the most important things I have learned is to trust your heart. Your heart (spirit man) has a direct line to God’s heart and mind and the source of all wisdom and knowledge. If we take a moment to check up on the inside before we speak, we would see an immediate change in the quality of our communication. This is a principle that Proverbs makes very clear.

Proverbs 15:28 ~ The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

~~~~  In others words, give your heart a little time to tell your mouth what to say. 🙂

~~~~  Our words carry enormous weight. More than we sometimes think. They have the ability to impact people for a very long time, shaping and molding who they are and influencing the direction and path that they take.

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  ~~~~  Words can provide  courage and strength or they can discourage and weaken. They can minister grace and life, or pain and death.

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Luke 6:45 ~ A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

~~~~  What treasure have you been storing away in your heart? Did you even know that you had a store? Whether you know it or not, your heart is being filled with something. The things that you give attention to, look at, and hear fills your heart, and whatever you are full of comes out when you speak. A minister once told me, ” When you get squeezed with problems, what’s inside you WILL come out.” It is so true.

~~~~   God’s Word is the obvious choice if we are to store treasure in our heart. His Words are spirit and life, they are health and medicine, they are full of grace and they are truth. When you are full of God’s Word your communications carry a part of HIM with it. Your speech becomes a tool that God can use to build you up and impart grace to others.

Ephesians 4:29 ~ Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

~~~~  My favorite definition of grace is: “The divine influence on the heart, and its reflection in the life.”

~~~~  There are few things more rewarding than to know that you have been used by God to influence another person for HIM.

~~~~  “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). Every day, we are shaping reality for ourselves, and others who hear our words. The choice is ours. How will our words impact others? How will your words impact YOU and your family? Are you determined to make progress in this area? Do you see the need?

~~~~  The Word of God if full of commands to keep God’s word before you and in your mouth. I will leave you with two of my favorite, Be blessed!

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.

Proverbs 4:20-22 ~ My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21  Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; 22  For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. 

JC

~The Most Important Thing You Can Know In This Life ~

Back in early 1996, I was single and living in a small three-bedroom house. At the time I had taken in some Christian brothers that needed some help and I let them stay in the extra bedrooms. I was used to living alone and so, having two other single men living in the house, coming and going all the time, pulling on me for advice and help, had put a serious cramp in my life style. It seemed that I could never find an island of time in my house where I could just be alone with God and enjoy His presence.

I came home from work one day and was almost knocked over by the total silence in my house. No one was home but me! It had been weeks since I had the house all to myself. I remember grabbing my bible, pen and paper as I sat down on the couch. I finally had some peace and quiet and I was going to make the most of it.

I lifted my bible up to God and said “Lord, show me something cool in your Word”. Now, I know that doesn’t sound like the most spiritual of prayers, but I said it in faith and I launched it from my heart. Quite to my surprise, God spoke to me in a strong inward voice. The Lord said to me “Jack, what would you like to know?”

God had not spoken to me that strong and that clear for a long time. This wasn’t just the inward witness, it was so strong it shocked me and took me a little off guard. I got completely still. I was in the presence of God! I knew that at that very moment I could ask God any question about His Word and I would get a clear and definite answer.

What an opportunity! What an honor! For a few seconds my mind was racing through all these big questions that have been argued over by theologians for centuries. (and a bunch of useless questions about alien existence, dinosaurs and how to become rich by tomorrow.) Then this one thought arrested me. (thank God for the Holy Ghost!)I spoke it out even as I thought it, I said “Lord I want you to show me what YOU know I need the most”. I had scarcely finished my request and God spoke to me again in that strong inward voice. He said    “1 Corinthians 13”. I began flipping through my bible at light speed and was half way to the verse when it hit me. That’s the love chapter! I smiled and.looked toward heaven and said “you got me.”

The Lord then spoke to me again and told me to get my Amplified bible and read it like I had never seen it before. So I did just that. I slowly began to digest the exhaustive description of love that the Amplified bible gives. I let God speak to me through His word. When I got to the end of the chapter and I was reflecting on how much I lacked in the love department, I was about to close the book and the Lord spoke yet again and said: “Read the next verse”. So I read on to 1 Corinthians 14:1 in the Amplified bible and this is what it said:

 1 Corinthians 14:1 EAGERLY PURSUE and seek to acquire [this] love [make it your aim, your great quest];….

I knew that I had heard from heaven that day. God just told me by His Spirit, and through His word, that this was the one thing that I needed to know about the most. Then I realized that love is what we all need the most. It is the New Testament command to all believers.

Although this is something very personal to me, I believe it applies to everyone in the Body of Christ. I am still learning about the subject of love, and particularly how to love God, but I have realized this. Love is the most powerful thing you can acquire. It is the unfailing force that defines Gods character. It is the foundation of our faith. It is the one sure key that will open the door to the supernatural in your life. Love is a person. Love is God Himself!

1 John 4:8  ~ He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

The title of this post is: “The Most Important Thing You Can Ever Know”. That may seem to be a pretty “all-inclusive” statement, but take a look at the verse in 1 John 4:8 again. “He that doesn’t love … doesn’t know God”. Is our knowledge of God, our understanding of Him, tied to how much we know about love, how we express it, how much we walk in it? Look at the commandment we have in the New Testament, I think it answers the question.

Mark 12:29-31 ~ 29And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

I truly believe that the reason we don’t see more signs, miracles and wonders in the church now is because the church is weak and we have such little knowledge and understanding about love, which is God’s nature, His personality, His very being. We have a promise in the book of Daniel that really stirs me up to pursue this love:

Daniel 11:32 ~ Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.

I don’t know about you, but I choose to do exploits! … I choose Love … I choose God!

~ Don’t Get Too Comfortable ~

Philippians 4:11 ~ Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have
learned in whatever state I am, to be content:

Contentment comes from being comforted by THE Comforter, the Holy Spirit. Being comfortable is NOT the same as being comforted.

Comfortable is: Being free from stress or tension and enjoying the security of your current state.

Christians are not called to be “comfortable,” if we were, we would have no need for a Comforter. (the Holy Ghost) In fact, if you find yourself too comfortable, you are probably not obeying God in some areas of your life.

Notice that Paul had to “learn” how to be content? That indicates a process. He lived a life that was full of excitement, miracles and wonder, but you never see him comfortable. Yet he learned to be content.

The big questions are this: Was he believing to rise up out of those hard places? Was He believing to be set free from prison? Was his disciple Timothy comfortable with his stomach problems? Do you think that Paul and Timothy prayed for Timothy’s healing that they both knew was provided in Christ’s redemption? Or were they so comfortable being sick and in prison that they chose to not excersise their faith to recieve deliverence and healing, deciding to be “content” with where they were?

When we see promises from God that we are not walking in fully, be it healing, peace, wisdom, the fullness of the Spirit, or material and financial blessing, it is wrong to be passive and “comfortable” with where we are and not put forth the effort to increase our faith to recieve it ALL. That is being spiritually irresponsible and spiritually lazy.

Learn to be “content” where you are, but if you are comfortable staying there, you are probably not stretching your faith like it needs to be.

God is always moving up and forward, there is no status quo with Him. He will
constantly be asking you to do things that are beyond your capabilities. When you are involved with doing something that you know you are incapable of, YOU WILL NEED A COMFORTER. If you are not living every day with a need for the Comforter, You are not living life to its fullest.

~ Faith Confessions For Your Children ~

Children are a heritage from the Lord. God says they are like arrows in the hand of a warrior. What a powerful statement!

~ Psalm 127:3-5 ~ 3 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. 5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

We have a responsibility to raise up our children in a way that they become our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Our children have a will of their own. Sometimes that will can be very strong. Normally, your faith cannot override another persons will if they refuse to agree with you in faith, however your children are under your covering and you DO have spiritual authority over them wether they are grown up and running from God or being raised in your home as a child.

God has some things to say about your kids. Promises that are eternal and available, but you must obtain them by faith. Speaking HIS words over their life will build your faith for these promises and help shape and mold them into what He intended them to be.

Like “arrows in the hand of a warrior,” you can launch them into adulthood with confidence that they will hit their mark, find their place, and be an effective, productive brother or sister in Christ.

SAY THIS ~ All of my children are taught of the Lord, and great is their peace. ~ Isaiah 54:13 ~

SAY THIS ~ Behold, I and the children the Lord has given to me are for signs and wonders. ~ Isaiah 8:18 ~

SAY THIS ~ God said that this is His covenant with me: His Spirit that is upon me and His words which He has put in my mouth, will not depart out of my mouth, nor out of the mouth of my seed, nor out of the mouth of my seed’s seed. ~ Isaiah 59:21 ~

SAY THIS ~ I am blessed because I fear the Lord and delight greatly in His commandments. My descendants will be mighty on the earth and be blessed. Wealth and riches are in my house and my righteousness endures forever. I am gracious and full of compassion. I guide my affairs with discretion. I will never be shaken. I am not afraid of evil tidings. My heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.          ~ Psalm 112:2-4 ~

SAY THIS ~ I am the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and my offspring with me. ~ Isaiah 65:23 ~

SAY THIS ~ The Lord will contend with him who contends with me, and He will save my children ~ Isaiah 49:24-26 ~

SAY THIS ~ According to God’s everlasting covenant, my offspring will be known among the nations and their descendants among the peoples. All who see them will recognize and acknowledge that they
are the people whom the Lord has blessed ~ Isaiah 61:8-10 ~

SAY THIS ~ The seed of the righteous shall be delivered.                         ~ Proverbs 11:21 ~

~ 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.