The Acceptable Offering

In Genesis Chapter 4 we read that Cain brought his offering to the Lord. He brought the work of his hands, the toil of his labor.

God was not impressed with Cain’s offering. The Lord did not consider Cain’s offering to be acceptable.

Able was a tender of sheep. He also gave an offering to God. He took the first born of his sheep and gave that offering to God.

God accepted Abel’s offering but not his brother Cain’s offering.

It is interesting to note that both brothers gave an offering to the Lord. That is they felt the need to have God’s approval in their lives.

They also gave an offering in accordance to their respective vocations.

Cain who labored as a husbandman or a worker of soil produced the fruit of his labor. He was blessed in his vocation or ministry but when Cain tried to earn the Lord’s favor based on that vocation he was rejected.

Cain’s problem was that he thought his fruit came from his own effort. All that hard work he put in. All those hours of toil.

Cain was totally insulted because the Lord rejected his offering.

Cain obviously had good intentions. He wanted to please the Lord but according to the Lord, Cain’s offering was not acceptable. That is it was not considered to be valid, it was unsuitable.

This rejection of his offering caused Cain to go into a depression. That’s what it means to be downcast of soul. Really depressed. That depression ended up turning into jealousy towards his brother.

Why would Cain turn on his brother? Simply because he did not heed the advice God gave him when his offering was rejected.

God told Cain, that if he wanted to do well or what is right and acceptable, then he would be accepted. In other words Cain needed to do things God’s way not his way.

Cain ignored God’s advise we know because he saw that Abel was accepted by the Lord and he was jealous. What happens when a person is accepted by God? They are blessed.

To be accepted is to have favor. Be lifted up in a position of opportunity. To have a good reputation among others. Having worth or value.

Cain refused to do what was right. He refused to humble himself and get a sheep from his brother to present as an offering to the Lord.

That would require admitting failure. Admitting that he wasn’t such a hot shot. It would be like coming to terms with the fact that maybe his younger brother had more revelation in spiritual matters than he did.

God warned Cain. He said that “if you refuse to do well (yâţab) or what is right, what is acceptable then sin or offense lies or crouches like an animal
at your door.

Sin is looking to gain entrance, or place in your life.

If you don’t make it right Cain and do what is acceptable then the devil is going to come a knocking!

Many times we think that God is going to respect us because we are hard workers in his vineyard. So we offer up all our labor hoping for his approval. Just like Cain did.

Then the brother who is a wet behind the ears Christian comes along and lays down his love offering. He just simply relies on grace. Doesn’t do a thing but sit at the cross! Blessings coming out of his ears!

If we try to gain favour with God by our works then sin is crouching at our door! Waiting to spring on us at a weak moment.

We need to do what is right. That is go to the cross and rely on the lamb of God whose offering makes us acceptable. The Lord’s favor is bestowed on those who trust in his way of doing things not our own way.

God tells us to rule over the sin that is crouching at our door.
Don’t let it have any place!

Stick the pride back in our pocket where it belongs and count it all loss for Christ!

Who cares how many hours we have labored in the vineyard. The guy who just gets saved and works for one hour in the vineyard is going to get the same reward anyway! (Matthew 20)

Might as well just join him and sit at the cross because that is what makes us perfectly acceptable in the beloved anyway!

Our labor in the Lord is not in vain. It always produces fruit if we belong to God but our works should never supersede the sacrifice of God’s Son Jesus Christ.

That was the problem with Cain’s offering. Works in the vineyard no matter how noble will not make us acceptable to God.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8,9

POWER FROM ON HIGH

Dead religion comes in many forms. Not just in traditional Christian frameworks but in modern Christian frameworks.

Having a form is to have a physical shape expressing itself through appearance or manifesting an outer exterior.

To appear physically in a religious form gives the impression of holiness but it is only a form or outer exterior.

The religious form in order to appear to be godly or holy may mimic types of godly behavior but in actuality denies or refuses to admit the truth or existence of the power ( dumanis) of the Holy Spirit. That is denies the miraculous power, strength and might of the Holy Spirit for that godly behavior.

If the dumanis is not operating in our framework we need to examine ourselves to see if we are really in the faith or espousing to a dead religious form.

Scriptures tell us about having a form of godliness but denying the power (Dumanis is the Greek translation)

2 Timothy 3:5
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

In order to under stand what is being denied in some religious frameworks we need to look at the concept of power or dumanis in the Bible.

Matthew 6:13
Says that belonging to God is the kingdom, the power or dumanis and the glory.

Luke 24:49
Jesus said to his disciples to tarry until they received power or dumanis from on high.

God’s power was poured out on his church in Acts Chapter 2 after Jesus was risen from the dead. The disciples recieved that power and all after them who recieve that power are made witnesses for Jesus Christ in this world.

God gave his church dumanis power to spread the gospel into all the world. Did the apostles fulfill that great commission? No they began that great commission.

Holy Spirit power is still needed today to complete the great commission. Having the power of God in one’s life is the evidence of true salvation.

God’s dumanis power denied is actually having a form of godliness. That means a religious expression devoid of the miraculous demonstrational power of the Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit power is demonstrated through the miraculous. Divinely inspired preaching and teaching. (Both written and oral)

Divinely empowered evangelism. Holy Spirit miraculous saving of souls.

Divinely empowered healing and prophetic revelation.

Divinely inspired praying, divinely inspired spiritual warfare and divinely inspired apostolic athourity.

Holy Spirit power must be acknowledged in all that the Christian does in order to be effective disciples of Jesus Christ.

Denying Holy Spirit’s power to perform in our lives and ministries will leave us with only a religious form that is dead and void of dumanis power.

Won’t you tarry to recieve Holy Spirit power each day in all that you do for Jesus?

With Holy Spirit power in your life you will be able to do mighty exploits in the kingdom of God!

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8

The Battle Belongs to the Lord!



Psalm 18 reveals how David received deliverance from the enemy.

Let’s examine this Psalm because there are some key points for us to learn about spiritual warfare.

In the beginning of the Psalm David begins by proclaiming his love for the Lord and acknowledging that it is the Lord who is his strength.

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.

In Ephesians chapter 6 Paul shows us that before we put on our armor we need to be standing from a position of the Lord’s strength.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

David does this by reminding himself of the greatness of his God.

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

David stands on God’s word in faith. The Lord who saved him from the lion, the bear and the giant is able to deliver him from this attack.

When we remind ourselves of how the Lord delivered us from past battles our faith rises. Remember when God came through last time? Remember that tough situation I was in? Jesus never let me down! He will deliver me now because I set my love upon him and he will take care of me!

By faith David sees himself surrounded by a fortress of God’s power and himself sitting up high above his enemies with God as his high tower.

He sees the Lord as his buckler warding off the enemy’s attacks. The Lord is his victory and Savior. A very present help in times of trouble.

David is now in a position of faith by acknowledging that the Lord is his strength. He delivered me before and he will do it again ! Then clothed in the full armor of God David calls upon the Lord to enter into the battle with him.

We can see that David is in a battle. He is being attacked by his enemies and he is in distress. (Extreme pain, sorrow and anguish)

So what does he do?
David sees his deliverance taking place by faith. He knows that his prayers are being heard!

He sees the Lord like a mighty warrior coming to rescue him!

David knows that he is secure in the Lord even though the battle rages around him.

By faith David sees the Lord fighting for him in the heavenlies. He sees the Lord sending his angels to battle the powers of darkness on his behalf.

The Lord enters into David’s battle and by his power brings light into the darkness.

From heaven the Lord gives command and scatters the enemy with his arrows of justice!

The Lord brings deliverance because of his love and mercy towards David.

He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.
They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay.


David declares his victory! You have delivered me in the day of trouble Lord! You gave me your strength to make it through this battle!

For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me!

Notice that David reveals how the enemy came upon him to attack him. In the day of his calamity. A moment of weakness. A time when he took his eyes off the Lord! That is when the enemy attacked.

Satan like a roaring lion seeks to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
He knows our weakness but we know the strength of our God!

David knew the Lord’s faithfulness and in the time of trial the Lord would be his stay. The Lord would not let him down!

When we are in the Lord’s righteousness and our hearts are made right with him we can rejoice and praise God for his faithfulness to us too!

For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God?

Then after the trial was over David was set back up again and blessed even more. He was given more wisdom concerning spiritual warfare. David’s understanding was now enlightened.

David tells us that the Lord teaches his hands to war. He strengthens him for the battle. One more battle won means another victory in Jesus! The Lord will show us how to do spiritual warfare for each battle we face in life.

David’s faith then grew even more after the battle. With my God I can run through a whole troop of the wicked. I can jump right over any wall of hindrance!

God’s word will perfectly be fulfilled when put to the test! Our God is an awesome God!

David then shares his testimony with us.

My God delivered me and strenthened me in the day of trouble!

The Lord has set me above my enemies ! I am seated with Christ in heavenly places! That is my position of strength! (Ephesians 2:6)

The Lord has given me the ability to get through those rough places by his mighty power!

David then in a position of renewed faith attacks his enemies. He prays against the evil one’s plans and schemes! He routes them out and commands them to flee. He stomps on the head of the serpent and crushes his stronghold!

David knows that God’s authority is greater than the evil one and his henchmen.

Then David subdues his enemy. He binds them up in fetters. Their power in now broken. David is in the Lord his head and all his enemies are the tail. They are defeated completely!

David then praises the Lord for his goodness and rejoices in the God of his salvation. The enemy is now under his feet.

When we make the Lord our strong tower and fortress of defense like David the Lord will train our hands for war and strengthen us for battle. He is faithful to his word and will always give us the victory as we put our trust in him !

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.


Are you in a battle today? Remember that the battle you face belongs to the Lord. Call on him to save you. Ask Jesus to gird you with his strength and fill you will his mighty power to overcome!

The Lord will not fail you! Look how he has brought you to victory so far!

Ephesians 3:21,22

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages
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Walking Wise

David walked wise before the Lord and he was blessed with God’s favor.

And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the Lord was with him. Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him. But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them. 1 Samuel 18:14-23

That was until David fell into temptation.

And it came to pass in an evening, that David arose from off his bed, and walked on the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look on. 2 Samuel 11:2

What happened to cause this change? Lets take a look at what it means to walk wisely with the Lord.

Wisely in Hebrew is ώâkal and it means to make or act circumspectly with intelligence, prudence and understanding, skillfully, considerately and self controlled.

What triggered David to sin and fall away from the Lord? What caused him to behave so foolishly?

Was it really his lust for Bathsheba or was it something even deeper?

The manifestation of our sin is only a symptom of a deeper heart problem that we have. So we need to take a closer look at our heart. Lets look at David’s sin a little deeper.

When David had all the women he could ever ask for why did he want this one? Being beautiful is not really why David was tempted. He was surrounded with beautiful women. He could have any virgin in the land and even in another land.

Was David’s sin really a pride issue? After all why should a Hittite have something that he didn’t? That guy is only a Hittite not a King like me! He doesn’t deserve a beautiful woman like that! I’m the king of Israel for goodness sake! That woman ought to be mine!

Wasn’t there someone else who said that?

Blinded by his gifting. Wanting more than he was given? Jealous because a mere mortal was given stewardship over the garden of God? Wanting to change the order of things? Who was God to tell him that he didn’t deserve a higher place?

I will ascend up high!
I will walk on the mountain of God!
I’m just as gifted as that guy! Why look at how beautiful I am?

Yes, I’m inclined to think that it was really pride that caused David to fall.

Pride comes in many forms but if there is one thing that will make us fall flat on our backsides its self exaltation.

Thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought to think! (Romans 12:3, Proverbs 3:7)

Envy is the rottenness of the bones. It will eat away at the heart like a cancer. (Proverbs 14:30)

Godliness with contentment is great gain the Bible tells us. (1 Timothy 6:6)

But I am so gifted! You might be inclined to say. I have a theology degree after all and not to mention a powerful anointing!

I deserve to be promoted! I worked hard to be where I’m at!
Why should that guy have a higher position than me?

That’s just the point! Our gifts can blind us to our real position in the Kingdom of God. One of being a servant to the most high God!

Do you really think God needs us to get his work done? Do we see our importance as being essential in the big scheme of things?

When David walked wisely before the Lord he was blessed. When he submitted to doing God’s work God’s way he prospered.

That’s where the blessing lies! Being small in our own eyes and great in faith towards the one who deserves all the glory and the honor! Pride will always lead to a fall! (Proverbs 16:18)

Pride is the root of discontentment. Not being joyful in where we are at!

Sometimes it takes a fall like David had to make us see our foolishness. God is gracious however because when we recognize our sin and confess our pride to him, he will restore us. (1 John 1:9)

The Lord restored David and he wants to restore us too.

Then like David we can be content and say. “The Lord is my portion says my soul and my cup.” Psalms 16:5

Be content and walk wise before the Lord then you will be blessed in all you do!

The Lord’s Direction

In Proverbs 3:5,6 the Lord tells us that if we trust in him with all our heart, leaning not to our own understanding but acknowledging him in all our ways then the Lord will direct our path.

Notice that there are two principles at work here which must occur in order for us to recieve direction from God.

The first is to trust in the Lord with all our heart.

Trust in the Hebrew is bâţach which means to
Make your refuge, to trust, be confident in and to hope in.

That little word has a big picture.

Let’s start with making the Lord our refuge. A refuge is a sheltered place from danger or trouble.

What the Lord is saying is that we need to make Jesus our refuge. He must be our covering. Our fortress in the storm and strong tower from the enemy.

We make the Lord our refuge because we trust and have confidence in him. He is our only hope.

We must trust in him with our whole heart. That is with all our mind, will, emotions, and understanding rather than relying on our own understanding.

Secondly, we must acknowledge the Lord in all our ways. Acknowledge is yâda in the Hebrew.

Yâda‛means more than just giving an acknowledgement.

It means to know, to understand, to perceive to consider.

This speaks loud of intimate relationship.

In fact the word yâda‛ is the same word used in Genesis 4:1 Adam knew or yâda‛ his wife and she bore a son.

To acknowledge is to know intimately. Yâda‛

In order for the Lord to direct our life we must be in a trusting relationship that is so intimate that it’s like the relationship between a man and a woman in marriage.

Christians or even non Christians complain that God is not directing them. He doesn’t care about what happens to their lives. Why did God allow this or that? Where is God? They often ask.

For God to direct our life then we must be in a marriage relationship with him. We must be intimate with him.

A marriage relationship isn’t a once a week commitment or a half hearted relationship. It is a full time commitment! One based on love and respect. Time put in and much sacrifice.

It’s about having conversation and spending time together. Having romantic experiences in the Spirit and cuddling up with the good book.

It’s about acknowledging or yâda in all our ways. All our customs, traditions, manners and behaviors. (Derek in the Hebrew.)

When we make the Lord our refuge and dwelling place, it is as his bride. In him, with him, trusting in him and acknowledging him.

Then the Lord will direct our paths. He will lead us in the way that we should go, for we are going with him, following his voice and keeping in step with his Spirit.

Trust in the Lord. Put your hope in him. Be intimate with him in everything you do and how you do it. Then he will lead you and guide you on your journey towards eternity.

The Law of Faith

According to scriptures faith is a law. (Romans 3:27)

That means that the law of faith is a regulation or principle.

Natural laws describe natural phenomena but spiritual laws describe spiritual phenomena.

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (HEBREWS 11:3)

The principle of faith produces results in the natural realm.

God created the natural realm by faith. He spoke into existence what was not there.

In other words God had confidence in his word that what he said or commanded would be done.

Faith requires an action just like natural principles require an action.

The law of motion requires something to move. If it doesn’t move it is in a state of inertia and goes no where.

It is the same with faith. If it doesn’t move it goes no where!

Faith must be acted upon. Without works faith is dead. (James 2:14-26)

God’s Holy Spirit moved upon the face of the deep. God performed action. Then he said, “Let there be light and there was light.” Genesis 1: 1-3

Action is required in order for faith to be true faith. Intellectual belief is not faith. The devils believe in Jesus Christ. (James 2:19)

Faith is an attribute of God. Originating from him and finishing from him. (Hebrews 12:2)

All men do not have God’s kind of faith. They may have intellectual belief but not faith. (2 Thessalonians 3:2)

God’s faith trusts and relies upon him regardless of what natural circumstances say. (Hebrews 11:1)

Examples of faith and action in work are when Jesus told a sick man to take up his bed and walk, the roof was opened to bring the sick man in his bed to Jesus for prayer and the woman pressed through the crowd to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment to receive a healing. (John 5:8, Luke 5, Matthew 9)

The Bible tells us that faith works by love.
Love is the spiritual principle that activates faith. God is love. Every thing we pray for must be out of love or our prayer request will not be answered. (James 4:3)

Love from God’s perspective is unselfish. It desires for other people to be blessed with salvation, healing, deliverance, and provision.
(1 Corinthians 13)

We need to examine why we are praying.

Do we want financial success to consume on our lusts or to benefit others?

Do we want to be healed so we can sit on the couch and continue to watch TV or is it to be in health to do work in the kingdom of God?

You see many times we don’t get our prayer answered because they are actually selfish prayers. It’s to benefit us. To boost our ego in some way. We need to examine our hearts when we pray. (2 Corinthians 13:5)

Unless the word of God is mixed with faith, God cannot perform any miracles. Jesus could not do any mighty works in Nazareth because of their unbelief. It does not say that Jesus would not do but rather he could not do. (Matthew 13: 58)

Hebrews 4:2 tells us that the word of God did not bring the Israelites any profit because it was not mixed with faith. (Hebrews 4:2)

You can hear the word of God but not receive the benefits of that word because of lack of faith in that word.

Faith is a spiritual principle which needs to be activated in order to receive anything from God.

Hope is not faith. Wishful thinking is not faith, intellectual belief is not faith.

Faith is an attribute of the Holy Spirit and must be given. (2 Corinthians 4:13)

When we receive a living word from the Holy Spirit (rhema in the Greek) by meditating or thinking on the (logos written word of God) then
faith will come. God’s word has the answer to every problem!

God will give us direction on what he requires us to do and as we are obedient to act on what he tells us to do then he will release our need from his heavenly throne of grace.

By patience and faith we will inherit the promises of God. (Hebrews 6:2)

As we draw near to God with full assurance of faith he will supply all our needs. (Hebrews 10:22)

Without faith it is impossible to please God. Whoever comes to him must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

Have faith in God the Bible says. (Mark 11:23,24)

Trust him to honor his word. Wait on his timing.He will never disappoint those who trust in his word! (Psalm 25:3, Romans 10:11 )

LOGOS: THE WORD OF GOD

John 1:1 says that in the beginning of creation (for God has no beginning or ending) was the Word. That is the Logos in Greek.

The Logos means: something said, thoughts, reasoning, motives, divine expression, communication, speaking.

And the Word or Logos was with God. The word was side by side with God. THEOS in Greek which means diety, supreme dignity. (God the Father)

And the Word or Logos was God. (The Logos was also God)

And the Word Logos was made flesh.

God’s thoughts, reasoning, motives, divine expression, communication, speaking or Logos became flesh. (Sarx, a body with emotions and intellect)

And dwelt or skēnoō (which is to hover like the presence of God hovered in the Old Testament tabernacle.)

Among us. And we beheld his glory, or divine majesty.

The glory or divine majesty of the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that is born of God, proceeding from God the Father directly.

Full of grace or divine influence and full of truth. The truth which proceeds and originates from God, THEOS which is diety, supreme dignity. (God the Father)

Jesus in effect was God’s Word or Logos incarnate.

Scriptures tell us that God spoke under the Old Testament through his prophets but now he has spoken under the New Covenant through his Son the LOGOS who is the exact express image of God.
(Hebrews 1:1-3)

Since Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead and is sitting at the right hand of the Father we have now been given the Holy Spirit which reveals to us the Logos.

How does the Holy Spirit do this? Through the divinely inspired scriptures.
The Holy Spirit speaks to us by the Logos. (John 13:16 )

When the Holy Spirit reminds us of what God said it is through the Logos. All prophecy if it is Holy Spirit initiated will be found in the LOGOS.

The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth. The LOGOS is all truth. (John 17:17)

Even specific prophecies or words of knowledge or any gift of the Holy Spirit will have a scriptural precedent. They must be tested to see if they conform to the Word of God.(1 John 4:1 Galatians 1:6-8)

Revelation 19:10
And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

All scriptures the Bible clearly says in 2 Timothy 3:16 are GOD BREATHED!

That means the scriptures are (theopneustos in the Greek) divinely breathed – given by the very inspiration of God.

The Word and the Spirit are always in agreement.

And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. 1 John 5:8

The Word of God the Logos was made flesh and dwelt among us.

When Jesus Christ was here He was the manifestation of the very words of the living God.

In the Old Testament prophets were given God’s very words which they wrote down.

They wrote what God told them to write.

If I write a journal and someone reads it then the person reading would know my very thoughts, my desires, my personality, likes, dislikes and even commands if I so wrote.

God in the Old Testament gave the prophets his very words. They wrote them down ver bateum. Even all the historical records.

It is the same as if God himself is speaking in person.

Under the New Testament Jesus Christ was sent as God manifest in the flesh. He was the embodiment of God himself.

Everything written down by the disciples are God inspired. Jesus Christ was speaking himself through his disciples.

They were only the microphone for God’s Holy word.


When Paul and other Apostles wrote down what the Holy Spirit spoke to them, their words were God breathed.

God himself inspired those words.

ALL SCRIPTURES ARE GOD BREATHED. DIVINELY INSPIRED.

When we read scriptures we are reading God’s own words. Scriptures are not just an historical record. Scriptures are the very words of God himself.

You can not separate Jesus Christ from his word. He is his Word.

To do so is to create your own Jesus. One according to your imagination and opinions. Jesus reveals himself by Holy Spirit revelation through the Logos.

Disregard of Holy cannon as God breathed is a dangerous prescident.
It leaves room for all kinds of doctrinal error with opinions, false beliefs and even apostacy.

Jesus is the Word of God made flesh. The very Logos of God himself who dwelt among his creation.

By the Word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. Psalm 33:6

God’s word according to the book of Revelation given to John by the Holy Spirit must be kept in high regard. To add to his word or take away from his word is a serious thing.

Revelation 22:18-19

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

God’s promises in his word are Yes and Amen. Never will they fail you for they are God’s very words.

Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Psalm 107:6,7

Declaring God’s Word!

Declaring God’s word is an important aspect of spiritual warfare.

To declare, confess or preach God’s word is a scriptural concept throughout the Bible. It is the literal use of the sword of the Spirit used in offensive warfare.

To declare in Hebrew is nâgad which means to announce out of the mouth. This can be done in various ways. Such as making a decree or prediction of what God is going to do, (a forth telling prophecy) to praise or declare who God is, what he has done and what he will do, to expound upon a revealed word or message God has given, to profess or testify, to make a report or declare God’s message or to prophecy.

The term confess (homologeō) is used in the New Testament. This means to declare, give thanks or praise, to make a legal declaration.

To preach in the New Testament is euaggelizō, which means to declare, to announce, bring forth God’s message.

(Psalm 9:11, Psalm 22:31, 1 Chronicles 16:24, Isaiah 12:4, Isaiah 21: 6, Jeremiah 51:10, John 17:26, Acts:20:27, 1 Corinthians 15:1, Hebrews 2:12, 1 John 1:3)

All this must be uttered through the mouth to be a declaration but that declaration can be written down as a testament or legal documentation.

We can see this spiritual principal operating in the book of Genesis when God created everything.

Notice that in Genesis Chapter 1: 1 that darkness was on the face of the deep. Some Bible scholars believe that a chaotic event occurred in which God had to create the earth from out of a place of darkness but whatever that may or may not be, what we do know is that darkness was there in the beginning of creation.

Out of that darkness God’s Holy Spirit began to move and then God said “let there be light” and then there was light.

Notice how God’s Spirit had to move first before God spoke. Many times Christians or those claiming to be Christians want to declare their word. Then they hope it will come to pass if they just say it enough.

In order for God’s word to bring forth life it must be initiated by the Holy Spirit. This may come through divine inspiration but it can also come by declaring what God has already said in his written word.

Keep in mind though that because God is perfect and he adheres to all his spiritual principles, his word spoken out of his mouth will always come to pass.

However out of someone else’s mouth many times there are conditions to the fulfillment of God’s word. Some examples from the Bible are, “If my people shall…if you are willing and obedient…if you go and sin no more…if you open wide your mouth…if you give then it will be given to you,” and many more.

(1 John 5:14, Isaiah 1:19, Roman’s 8:13, Ephesians 4: 27-30, John 8:11, luke 6:38)

A divinely inspired utterance through the mouth of a child of God will come to pass if conditions are met. These conditions are set out in scriptures.

There are times however when the Holy Spirit will move on someone to say…”This is what I am going to do or I will do.”

(Genesis 26:27, Isaiah 41:4, Genesis 28:13, Psalms 46:10)

Every time you hear the word” I AM GOING TO”
Then most probably that word is straight up with no conditions attached. The person bringing the word may be an imperfect vessel speaking the word of God but still that word will come to pass if it’s a Holy Spirit word.

God declared his word into the darkness in order to create the natural realm. His said, “Let there be light.” In other words he declared or made a decree.

God’s word declared into a dark situation can change the situation. With faith in God’s inspired word life will be brought forth out of the darkness .

In John 1 it says that in the beginning was the word. God’s word was made flesh. God declared his word into the natural realm through Jesus Christ.

Jesus also declared God’s word to the devil, “It is written!” he said.

After Jesus rose from the dead he commissioned his people to declare his word into the natural realm. (Luke 9:60, Acts 16:10, Galatians 1:16, 2 Timothy 4:2)

By declaring God’s word into the darkness of this world we are agreeing with what God says about a situation and if God said it then his word will come to pass. ( Isaiah 43:26)

Many times people want to know God’s will for their life and how to get help for their problems but they have no faith or trust in God’s word.
They run around to counselors, prophets and even secular so called experts but they don’t realize that God said in the Bible that HE has given us everything that pertains to LIFE and godliness.
(2 Peter 1:3)

God does and can use prophets, teachers and even secular people at times to help us but if we are living on just that then we are not going to live victorious in Jesus Christ. We are then chronically dependent on another person’s walk with God. (Ephesians 4:12, 1 Peter 2:2)

We can’t survive on just ice cream! Running to meeting sand conferences all the time to get a spiritual pill to see us through. It’s nice here and there but God wants us to drink the milk of his word, eat his bread, drink his wine and even go on to chew a steak!

God’s word spoken through our mouth has the power to change our life! If we believe his word then we will have what we say or declare into the darkness of this present world! (Mark 11:23)

Speak God’s word into your dark situation and believe that his promises are yes and amen. Light will surely come by Holy Spirit power and change your life!

ANSWERED PRAYER

Hear My Prayer Oh Lord! Psalm 86:6

Scriptures tell us that if we ask anything in his name if it is according to his will then he hears us. (1 John 5:14,15)

If he hears us then with confidence we can be assured that we have the request in which we have petitioned. (John 14:14)

That means in essence that if we know God’s will in a matter then we can be confident or know that our prayer is answered when we petition for it.

God’s Kingdom though not of this world is a government. Ruled by a King with a court over his subjects. A King is also a judge. One who presides over all petitions to the court. (Psalms 84:10-12, Philippians 4:6, Daniel 7:9,10, Hebrews 4:16)

When a person or subject of the Kingdom of God (better yet a group of persons) come together before the court of God in heaven and they bring forth a petition or request for the King to grant it is done in the same way a petition is put forth in an earthly government.

The king or magistrate first of all examines the document. Does the request coincide with a legal precedent ? (Nehemiah 9, Exodus 34:6, Acts 4)

Does the request line up with any scriptural principle? (John 15:7,8)

If so then is there a legal precedent for the case?

Does the petition line up with scriptural protocol? (John 15:7,8)

If so then the prayer request is guaranteed to be answered.

In an earthy government the petition has a waiting time and requires patience. (Psalms 40:1-3, Psalms 27:14 Hebrews 6:15, )

In order to get equity or relief for the petition request one must wait for government to go through a process.

Sometimes there may be opposition to a request. The opposition may want to examine the petition looking for any loopholes or president case that is in opposition. Maybe even look to see if the petitioner has any legal requirements left undone so that the request can be hindered or delayed.

( Philippians 4:6, Matthew 6:5, Psalm 66:18, James 4:3)

The opposition then explains to the court why the request should not be granted.

Then if there is found to be an unfulfilled legal requirement the court may deny the request if the legalities are not dealt with.

Many times people want to blame God for unanswered prayer when the problem actually lies with them.

For example if I pray and have unforgiveness in my heart my prayer will not be answered. I must forgive even if it’s my enemy. I must be reconciled to my brother or sister too. (Matthew 6:12, Mark 11:25)

There are several reasons laid out in scriptures why petitions are not granted from God’s court.

Another hindrance to answered prayer is unbelief. Interesting enough but some people pray even though they don’t really expect an answer. They have no understanding of who it is they are actually praying to. (Isaiah 33:22, Psalms 75:7, Revelation 20)

Scriptures tell us to HAVE FAITH IN GOD. ( James 1:6,7, Matthew 11 and 21:22 Philippians 4:6,7 Hebrews 10:22 )

That means if we come before God with a request we must believe that he is going to answer. A judge of a court has power to make a court order.

Another denial to a prayer request is asking outside the will of God.

How can I know if it is God’s will ? The Bible sets out all legal presidents.

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7

Examination of motive is best done before putting forth a petition before God’s court. Why do we want the petition to be granted? (James 4:2)

For God’s glory and purpose or for our selfish motive? (James 4:3, 1 Peter 3:12)

The opposition or devil does not want our prayer requests to be fulfilled. He is our adversary. Scriptures tell us he can hinder our prayers. He is like any prosecutor lawyer trying to find something on you. It’s what he does. (1 Chronicles 21: 1, Zechariah 3:2, 1 Thessalonians 2)

Another important factor to consider is another person’s will.

When interceding on behalf of another person this takes great patience as God has a lot of work to do in getting that person to a place of receptivity to receive from him. (2 Corinthians 4:4, 1 Thessalonians 2:18)

This is why we must continue in prayer with perseverance. Sometimes even fasting. There is a spiritual war going on to keep that person from getting what we are praying for. A lot of legal precedents need to be dealt with. (Luke 11:9,10 Luke 18, Acts 1:14, Ephesians 6:18, I Thessalonians 5:18, )

The good news is that Holy Spirit is working to convince the person of their need. We must keep praying and never give up as the Bible exhorts us! (Psalms 27:14, Psalms 37:7)

In getting our prayers answered there is legal protocol. One of the best ways when petitioning any court is to have a lot of signatures on a petition. That is why the prayer of agreement is so powerful. The prayer of agreement is like having a petition of signatures on a legal document. In this case it is an oral document. ( Matthew 18:19, 20, James 5:16, 2 Chronicles 7:14)

When we line up with God’s will then we can be guaranteed that our request is being answered. All we have to do is to wait patiently on the Lord. (Psalm 40)

Women Preachers

What does the Bible say about women preachers and teachers?

1 Timothy 2:11-15 scripture is used by some Christians to forbid women to have preaching and teaching positions in the church.

On closer examination of scriptures we see another position entirely.

1 Timothy 2:11-15 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

This verse seems to be saying that allowing women to teach men would be giving them “authority over a man” but on closer examination we can see something else entirely is being presented.

The Greek word authenteo for authority occurs in this verse but no nowhere else in the New Testament. While the word authenteo has been translated by the word “authority” in nearly all English versions of the Bible, it is not the same word as exousia, the word used for “authority” in many other passages in scripture. Let us look at the difference in these words.

authenteo

one who with his own hands kills another or himself one who acts on his own authority, autocratic an absolute master, to govern, exercise dominion over one

exousia

power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases leave or permission,physical and mental power the ability or strength with which one is endued, which he either possesses or exercises the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege) the power of rule or government (the power of him whose will and commands must be submitted to by others and obeyed) universally authority over mankind, specifically the power of judicial decisions of authority to manage domestic affairs, a thing subject to authority or rule, jurisdiction one who possesses authority, a ruler, a human magistrate,the leading and more powerful among created beings superior to man, spiritual potentates.a sign of the husband’s authority over his wife the veil with which propriety required a women to cover herself,the sign of regal authority, a crown

Now why do you think the word authenteo is used instead of the more common usages of exousia ?

According to Gnostic teaching Eve was not deceived because she was the illuminator and all-wise mother goddess and was before man.

Timothy corrects this false teaching by saying that only One is all-wise, and that is God Himself. So what Timothy was saying is this .

I am not allowing (present tense for that situation) a woman to teach or to proclaim herself the originator of man (authenteo). Adam was formed first, then Eve.”

This mother-goddess heresy and emerging Gnosticism in First and Second Timothy and Titus, makes it clear that Paul was bringing correction in 1 Timothy 2:11-15.

He was correcting women who were teaching this heresy

If this scripture was meant universally rather than to a specific situation it would have been stated more in the rest of scriptures, (1 Corinthians 2:13) and it was not. In actuality women did teach men and held significant places as leaders in the church (Acts 18:26;21:9; Rom. 16:1,3,7).

In the Old Testament, we find women teaching men. (2 kings 22:14; Proverbs 1:8;31:26; and Micah 6:4.)

So we can see that women can teach both men and women in the scriptures but they are not to be over men in a superior position as the Gnostic doctrine elevates women.

For more information about the eve goddess of wisdom heresy check out this link.

Lets take a look at what the Bible has to say about women preaching the word of God in other scriptures. Remember in discerning the truth we must always compare scriptures with scriptures.

Scriptures tell us that in the last days women will prophecy. What does it mean to prophecy? To speak under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; Acts 2:17

Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners. They are well known to the apostles, and they were in Christ before me. Romans 16:7

Junia is a latin Femle name.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28

I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. Philippians 4: 2,3

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. Proverbs 31:26

And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. Luke 2:36-38

Prophetess speak on behalf of God. They speak his words to the people. Men and women.

Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, Romans 16:3

A husband and wife team in the ministry

The Lord gives the word; the women who announce the news are a great host: Psalm 68:11

To announce is to preach and teach. To proclaim.

And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord after Ehud died. And the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. The commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-hagoyim. Then the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help, for he had 900 chariots of iron and he oppressed the people of Israel cruelly for twenty years. Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the people of Israel came up to her for judgment. Judges 4:1-24

To bring “judgment” is to teach and instruct in righteousness.

Lastly let us not forget the Samaritan women who was not only a sinner, rejected by the religious people of Jesus’ day but a woman that Jesus ministered to at a well. She went about proclaiming the gospel.

“Come and see a man who told me everything I have done. Could he possibly be the Christ?” (John 4:29).

Many “began to believe in him because of the word of the woman who testified, ‘He told me everything I have done’” (John 4:39).

Historically speaking it was mostly women who went out on the mission field to preach the gospel. They preached to both men and women.

For more information click on the links below.

https://www.wms-amec.org/wms-history.html

https://christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/article/baptists-attempting-great-things-for-god

For more information about the eve goddess of wisdom heresy check out this link. http://newlife.id.au/equality-and-gender-issues/1-timothy-212-in-co&#8230

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