Wait on the Lord!

The Bible reveals to us that in order to receive anything from the Lord we must accept it by faith. The salvation gift is free but even with that it is still up to us to receive. That requires acting in faith and surrendering our lives to Jesus Christ. ( Hebrews 11:6)

Spiritual laws work much like natural laws. They have a cause and an effect. In other words if said thing is initiated then said thing will occur. For example, if the right environment is cultivated a garden will grow. If you plant the seeds and continue to apply specific conditions then you will reap a harvest. Again, if you modify your portions, eat healthy and exercise then you will loose weight and if you surrender your life to Jesus Christ and recieve his salvation you can be forgiven and inherit eternal life.

Scriptures always give us conditions to the promises of God. After we have fulfilled the conditions such as give to recieve or seek to find then according to the Bible what is required is to wait.(Matthew 7:7,8)

Waiting is a cruscial part of getting our prayer request granted. 
Scriptures tell us not to throw away our confidence because in due time we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up. 
By faith and patience we inherit the promises of God. (Hebrews 6:12)

Faith is trusting with confidence and assurity in something without any material evidence and patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.

So in other words we need to be waiting in confidence and patience with continual endurance in looking for something we hope for with expectation.

God’s promises are a part of our inheritance in Jesus Christ. Promises are divine assurances of good.

Scriptures tell us that the promises given to us at salvation are the forgiveness of sin and the born again experience but the Bible is loaded with many promises we can inherit if we will apply the preequist.

For example if we wait on the Lord and seek his face in prayer we can experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit and if we hold on to our faith until the end we can be saved from this earthly body and given a new heavenly body.

Another example is that if we watch our words and order our conversation properly we can reap a long life. (Proverbs 13:3)

All God’s promises are yes and amen, guaranteed as an inheritance to those who belong to him but they don’t come automatically. In fact sometimes the waiting is a long period of time but nevertheless he who has promised is faithful to fulfill his promises.

The promises of God are fulfilled according to timing and therefore faith and patience is required. One other ingredient which brings God’s promises to fruition is Grace. How could we even have faith or patience without his mercy bestowed upon us in the process ?

Waiting on the Lord requires faith and patience and in the right timing we will inherit the promise if we don’t give up. Wait on the Lord with joyful expectation. (Hebrews 6:12)


A New Standard of Living

The New Covenant given through Jesus Christ has a new standard with new laws and commands.

(Hebrews 10:20)

We are not under the law of Moses which was the written code of standards given to the Jews for behavior, religious conduct and rites. These are now done away with because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The old has passed away and the new has come.

No longer do we have to observe the OT law including the ten commandments for our justification.

We are now justified by faith in Jesus Christ and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise. However, the Bible tells us that if we are truly born of God our life will reflect it by our behaviour. We now are held to a new standard. (Romans 5:1)

The old covenant has been replaced with a new covenant. A covenant is an agreement between two parties. Instead of trying to live up to the letter of the law in our own power through the fallen human nature and then having to have animals sacrificed on our behalf because we have blown it we can now live as new creatures in Jesus Christ under the new system set up for us by God. (Hebrews 10:19-25)

This might surprise some but we can’t become a Christian and then live any way we want to!

In fact Christians now have been given a new standard of living according to the Bible.

The sacrifice of Jesus Christ was the way in or entrance to a new way of living. Our justification was through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Some Christians stop there but in reality the resurrection of Jesus Christ brought a new and living way for the Christian to live by. (Hebrews 10)

But does that mean we are still under laws? Yes! What are laws anyway you may be wondering ? A law is a regulation or a principle. A standard in which we conduct our life. If we obey a law there are benefits but if we disregard a law there is always a consequences.

According to the Bible Christians are now under the law of the Spirit of life and liberty in Christ Jesus and the law of faith.

(Roman’s 8:2, Romans 3:27)

Upon these two principles the Christian must conduct their lives. Through life and liberty in the Holy Spirit by the principle of faith a born again believer now becomes a living epistle read by all. (2 Corinthians 3:1-3)

In other words if the Christian yields to the Holy Spirit who dwells in them then they will live a life that pleases God and reap all the benefits of obedience but if the Christian quenches the Holy Spirit, forbids him from operating, insults him, grieves him, resists him then the Christian will find himself or herself living a defeated life bound up by sin and reaping all the consequences of disobedient behaviour.(Galatians 5)

Disobedience will find themselves in the fire being refined, going through endless trials and hardships and maybe eventually die if there is no repentance.

The Holy Spirit is speaking to you today. Do not harden your heart in the wilderness of your life experience.

It is only the yielded to the Holy Spirit life that brings God’s blessings. Only through the Holy Spirit of promise given to the believer can we overcome the flesh and the devil. (1 John 5:4)

If we continue to do our own thing even if we use God’s name in vain in order to justify it then we will find ourselves in a whole heap of trouble.

Things may look alright now but the Bible is clear that whoever sows to the flesh will of the flesh reap corruption. In other words our own ways will come back to bite big time. (Galatians 6)

How can I know God’s will? One good indicator of whether we are in the truth or not is to examine ourselves in light of the scriptures and that is the scriptures illuminated by the Holy Spirit as we spend time in his presence seeking him.

Reading the Bible is not an indication of being in the truth. Remember that Satan can quote scripture. He will even twist it to fit into his agenda. Human nature does that too. We can find all kinds of scriptures to twist for our own benefit.

That is why the Bible says that the Spirit and the word always agree together.

Not many Christians have wanted to live the surrendered life and that is why we have lived such defeated lives void of Holy Spirit power. The church has made a lot of noise but not a lot of impact. (James 1:22-25)

For a time the Lord has let us go our own way. This was to show us that doing things our own way leads only to failure. Are we ready to listen now?

Another law that we need to adhere to in order to live a life that pleases God is to operate by the principle of faith. (Hebrews 10)

The Bible says that faith is the substance or physical material construct of things hoped for but not yet realized. In other words, when God says something to us through his Holy Spirit and confirms it by his written word then we believe it to be true regardless of whether we see it manifest for a time.

Faith in God will always be tested according to the Bible but God has declared his promises to be Yes and Amen.

When we believe God’s word without actually seeing with the natural eye then faith in God ignites the reality of the thing hoped for to be manifest in our natural world in God’s time.(Hebrews 11)

Doubt and unbelief is the enemy of God. It says, “Has God really said?” Satan’s lie received by people is what causes sin, death and destruction in their lives. That age old lie limits God so that he CANNOT do any mighty works.

So then as Christians under the new covenant we are called to adhere to the law of faith and the law of the Spirit of life and liberty in Christ Jesus. When we follow these two principles we will not only reap eternal rewards but live in godly freedom under an open heaven of both spiritual and material blessings.

Galatians 5
2 Corinthians 3
Romans 8
Romans 3 
Hebrews 11

Baptism By Fire

Jesus said that he would baptize his followers with the Holy Spirit and with fire. (Mathew 3:13)

While many Christians see this fire as a type of anointing that is not the only thing that the fire represents.  Let me explain.

Jesus told the sons of Zebedee that he had a baptism to be baptized with and then he asked them if they would be able to be baptized the same way. (Luke 12:50)

The disciples agreed. Jesus confirmed that those men would indeed go through the same baptism that he was going to go through. 

The scriptures tell us that the fire will come to test every person’s work in the Lord to see what it is made of. (1 Cor. 3:23)

History tells us that James was killed by the sword and John was imprisoned for the rest of his life. 

Why this testing or baptism ? God allows it to determine if we really belong to him or not.  Are we really a true disciple of Jesus Christ or an impostor?

Jesus was led of the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tested of the devil scriptures tell us. What was the test about? To determine if Jesus was who he said he was. (Matthew 4:1)

The Father knew who Jesus was but Satan and his cronies weren’t sure. After the testing they soon found out what Jesus was made of! 

Satan asked Jesus . If you really are the Son of God like you say you are then….don’t fast….stop praying…rise up and eat. Perform a selfish act. Make these stones bread and oh yeah how about jumping off a cliff? Prove it if you are who you say you are. Give up….don’t take the hard way….come and serve me instead. (my paraphrase)

Jesus’ temptation was part of his baptism of fire. The same test which happened to the three Hebrew guys who refused to bow to the king of Babylon. It’s also the same baptism of fire all Christians will go through. 

Why you ask does God allow this baptism of fire to happen? Simply because this test by fire will prove that you are who you say you are. Are you really a child of God? Will you cave under pressure? Give up when it gets tough? Run away when the fire gets too hot? 

There are many tares among the wheat the Bible informs us. False brethren are everywhere in the church but they are soon discovered when the fire comes to test them. Not only do we find out who were are during the fire but so does every one else around us. (1 Corinthians 3:13)

The outcome of the fire testing will determine whether you really are a child of God or not. Hirelings always run away when persecution and affliction comes. The false Christian will backslide, turn away from God, become bitter and angry. Many atheists consider themselves to have been Christians at one time but were they really? 

A true Christian comes forth out of the fire victorious. Job said that after he had been tried he would come forth as pure gold and he did.  That doesn’t mean a Christian won’t have questions or feel pain but the fire will purify the true Christian to become even more holy and devoted to the Lord. (Job 23:10)

When the fire falls upon the false Christian, the fire reveals their true nature. They may fall away, get angry, bitter, even in some cases turn to the dark side. Some hard core famous atheists were once preachers. (1 Peter 4:12)

Are you going through the fire right now? Is your faith being tested?

Then look to Jesus the author and finisher of your faith! Don’t give up. Fast and pray. Endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Trust in the Lord and be patient for his deliverance. Stand on his promises that are yes and amen. (Hebrews 12:2, 2 Corinthians 1:20)

If you really belong to the Lord you will come through your baptism of fire as pure gold and be prepared as a vessel refined for the service of good works in the kingdom of God. Tested and tried by fire!


Is it God’s Will For You to Prosper?

Is it God’s will for you to prosper? Let’s examine this controversial topic based on the Bible. First of all let’s define prosper. In the Greek the word is euodoō and it means to be successful and in particular in business affairs.

3 John 1:2 John says that he prays for the brethren to prosper and be healthy in body according to the prosperity of their spirit man. 

In other words if the spirit man is prospering then that prosperity will be evident in the natural realm as well. 

Jesus never said money or wealth was evil. In fact what he did say was to make use of mammon or worldly money for good purposes, make wise investments with money and be faithful with it. This your faithfulness with money will return to you a benefit. Matthew 6
Luke 16

God said the love of money was the root of all evil. To serve money and put it before God is the sin. Not having money. I Tim 6

If we use money for fleshy indulgences and greed this is sin but to use money for God’s kingdom this is not sin. 
James 4

Matthew the tax collector restored what he stole and when he repented he said to the Lord that he would give of his riches to help the poor. This pleased Jesus. Mark 2

According to the Bible poverty is a curse. Many times Christians are dirt poor because of un dealt with sin in their lives, mismanagement of what they did have (story of the talents) or simply because of ignorance of the Bible.

Deuteronomy 28
Galatians 3

Prosperity is also relative. A person living in a western nation may have to make more money than a person from a third world nation in order to live. For example the price of a days wages in one country may be the cost of a loaf of bread in another. The cost of a rental house for one month in one country may be a years wages in another. 

The point is that prosperity and health while relative is a sign of God’s blessing. Many sickness and diseases are caused by sin and demonic power such as unhealthy life choices, occult practices, generational sins, and word curses. 

Exodus 15
Deuteronomy 7
1 Peter 3
Colossians 4

God says that his people perish for lack of knowledge and so many Christians suffer at Satan’s hands due to their ignorance of God’s word. Hoses 4:6

Does God allow suffering sometimes? Yes he does and scriptures tell us some reasons that he does this; such as for his glory to be revealed, to further the work of God, and chastisement for disobedience.

John 9
Job 42
Dan 4

God promises to supply our needs. Not our greeds. If he wants to give someone a lot of money in order to further the kingdom of God then that’s his buisness but if some of us have to pray for our needs to be met every day because the Lord wants to increase our faith then again that is his buisness. We each have been given different gifts and we should just accept that.

Phil. 4
Romans 12
1 Corinthians 12 Ephesians 4

It is not wrong to pray for your needs to be met but you don’t have to live up to the Jones. A guy with a ministry to the poor may not need a Cadillac but an ambassador to the rich and famous maybe he does. 
2 Cor. 10 :12
1 Timothy 6

Paul said that he became all things for all people that he might win them to Jesus Christ. We need to take that into consideration. 

1 Corinthians 9

Paul also said in the Bible to be content in your situation whether you have a lot or not. 

Phil. 4

The important thing is to live for Jesus and be in the center of his will. 

Matthew 6

Heaven’s streets are paved with gold and all God’s children have shoes so in eternity we have an inheritance incorruptible to look forward to and since that’s the final outcome we all prosper in the end anyway . 
(1 Peter 1:4 )

Things God Cannot Do

Did you know that even though God is sovereign (omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent) that there are certain things that he cannot do?

The Bible tells us that God can be limited and grieved. When we doubt God we limit him and make him sorrowful. He is sad because he cannot do any mighty works on our behalf. 
(Ps. 78:41)

All heaven is blocked by unbelief. Angels can’t move and God can’t move. Faith is the vehicle in which the miraculous moves. Without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God but with even just a tiny bit of faith God will move a mountain on our behalf. (Heb. 11:6 Mark 11:23)

There are two kinds of faith that the Bible talks about. Our faith and God’s faith. When we trust God to work on our behalf he will do great things for us. Faith is not a feeling. It’s an action word. I believe therefore I have spoken. I believe therefore I take up my bed and walk. (Mark 5 :34, John 5 :8)

God’s faith is much more powerful. It is a supernatural endowment to believe a specific thing. Sometimes in order to do a supernatural feat we need a supernatural faith. (1Cor. 12:9)

Faith comes by hearing. Taking time to bend our ear to heaven. Hearing or getting the answer to our seeking comes from getting a word from God. We need to seek God through prayer, fasting and Bible reading to get a word from heaven. (Romans 10:17)

When we get a word from heaven faith comes. We know that we know that we know we have our petition granted.

Another way that God is limited is through unforgiveness. If we do not forgive others then God will not forgive us. 
(Matt. 6:15)

Sometimes the reason we don’t get our prayers answered is because we are still holding on to grudges and offense. Forgiveness is not a feeling either. It is also an action word. I choose to pray, bless and do good regardless of feelings.

Now that does not mean we have to be a carpet for other people to walk on. If there is no repentance from the other party we separate ourselves from the relationship and just continue to pray for them. That is Biblical protocol.

(2 Thess. 3:6)

Another way that God is limited is by failing to give. When we do not give the Bible says that he shuts the window to his blessings. When we give he gives back to us in good measure. (Mal. 3:10)

What we give, how we give and by our heart attitude determines the out come of the measure of blessing we get from God as well.

Another way we limited God is by our speach. God says that he will honour those who honor him. If we have wholesome conversation then the Lord will bless us. He says that by our words we will either be justified or condemned. By our words we will be blessed or cursed. (Ps. 50 :23 Matt. 12:23
Prov. 18:21)

Our speach reflects our heart attitude. What ever comes out of our mouth is what’s in our heart. When will fill our heart with God’s word and line up our conversation according to his agenda we will find ourselves walking in victory. (Luke 6:45)

Praying the word is a powerful weapon of faith against demonic powers. When we walk in forgiveness and pray for others we will live victorious in this life. When we give into God’s kingdom for his purposes we will be blessed. We will be more that conquerors because the battle is already won! Jesus defeated Satan and all we have to do is walk it out by faith in his victory. (Rom. 8:31 -39)