Faith, Spiritual Warfare, Walking in the Spirit

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 )

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Be Continually Filled With The Spirit!

The Bible tells us that if we walk after the Spirit then we will not fulfill the desires of the carnal nature or our physical senses. What does it mean to walk after the Spirit?
(Romans chapter 8)

To “walk after” actually means to be joined to or with. Paul differentiates between living in the Spirit and walking after the Spirit. (Gal. 5:25)

A believer can be made alive by the Holy Spirit and “live in” the Spirit or be baptized in the Spirit but not actually walking after the Spirit or walking in the spiritual realm.

Some Christians are still allowing their carnal nature to lead them. They trust in man’s word more than God’s word and they mind the things of the world rather than the things of the Spirit.

Some believers try following the law and discipline of the body to control their carnal nature . This route eventually leads to defeat because while the law many contain sin it cannot conquer it.

God gives us the remedy in his word to crucify the flesh. He says to be filled with the Spirit and then walk after the Spirit. This is not not just a one time thing. We see in Acts chapter 2 that when believers got the Holy Spirit power from on high they waited on the Lord again concerning Peter in Acts chapter 4 and they were all filled with the Spirit again.

This is important to take note of. Believers need to he continually filled with the Spirit in order to overcome the carnal nature and the world. Being filled with the Holy Spirit means to be immersed in or supplied with the Holy Spirit on a continual basis. This comes by seeking God in prayer and spending time in God’s word. When we seek the Lord and call on him to empower us to walk in his Spirit he will always answer!

Just because we got the Holy Spirit one time does not mean that the Holy Spirit is activated in our lives on a continual basis. A good analogy would be that if we are a cell phone and have a battery inside us that does not mean that battery is charged. We have to plug it in to charge it. This takes time. It’s the same with our bodies. The amount of time we spend charging our battery will be the amount of power we get in our lives.

So when we are filled with the Spirit then we can be led by the Spirit. This means that once our spirits are charged up in the Holy Spirit we become more sensitive to the things of the Spirit and can hear his voice and feel his promptings.

As we fill up with the Holy Spirit each day that old person will soon die and be rendered in operative. As we pray in the Spirit and sing in the Spirit which Paul recommends that we do then we will be empowered by the Spirit. That means when we get to the place where our spirit man is more dominant than our carnal nature we will actually be able to demonstrate the power of the Holy Spirit according to our gifts and callings.

Born again believers live in varing degrees of the Spirit. None of us have managed to be as yielded to the Spirt like Enoch where we walked with God straight into glory but we should be moving closer in that direction all the time.

If we are filled with the Spirit then we can walk in the Spirit. When we acknowledge the Lord in all our ways he will direct our paths and then we are guaranteed to be successful by God’s standards. Then we can live as overcomers in this world.

If through the supply of the Spirit we are controlled by the Spirit then it will be automatic to yield to the Spirit. Our spirits being joined to God’s Spirit will enable us to live holy lives.

Those who are led by the Spirit scriptures tell us are the children of God but those who live according to the carnal nature will be defeated. Paul was talking to believers when he said that.

The unregenerate cannot reign in God’s kingdom. The carnal nature must be overcome and the way that we do it is not through rigorous religious exercise but through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 5 tells us that our carnal nature will always fight against the Spirit but there is a remedy and that is being led by the Spirit of God. Being led by the Spirit can only come by being filled with the Spirit. When we fill up on the Holy Spirit every day then the Lord will direct our lives every day.

It is the Spirit that gives us life. It is the Spirit that enables believers to be salt and light in the earth. Without the Spirit we can do nothing for the flesh profits nothing. So as Paul says, let us put off the carnal nature and put on Christ. Let us be filled with the Holy Spirit like Jesus was and let us be empowered by the Holy Spirit to live in victory every day!

When our carnal nature becomes so subdued that Jesus is truly Lord of our lives then as Jesus testified in his word, “Greater works shall you do because I go to the Father. “

Be filled with the Holy Spirit today!

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Sin Shall Not Have Dominion!

Romans Chapter 6:14 tells us that sin shall not have any dominion over us.

To have dominion over means to exercise Lordship, ownership, to be ruled by.

If in fact scriptures tell us that sin shall not have dominion over us then why does sin have dominion over some Christians?

Why are some Christians living very much like they are not much different than the unsaved?

Let’s take a look at what scriptures tell us about the matter.

We find out in the next verse that sin has no dominion over Christians because we are not under law but under grace.

In other words Christians now have a new Lord. The Bible tells us that prior to salvation sin was our master. We were under the control of the devil through the sin nature. Sin is the devil’s nature. That is why Jesus pointed out to the Pharisees who were under the law that they had the devil’s nature.

Continuing on in the chapter we can find the remedy for the sin nature. Verse 15 makes it clear that just because we are under grace or favor from God through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ that does not mean we are free to continue to sin.

Verse 16 tells us that whoever we yield ourselves to obey is whose servant we are to whom we obey. If we yield to sin it is because we have sin as our master. If we yield to the Holy Spirit it is evident that God is our master.

Yielding to sin produces death. That means our fruit will be rotten, leading to decay and death. In other words our lives will produce defeat, sickness, poverty, and all kinds of ailments which may lead even to eternal death.

That is why Jesus said to test the fruit to see if someone really belongs to Jesus. If our lives are producing bad fruit then it is because of one or two things. Either there is no real salvation experience or their is ignorance of God’s word.

Vrs. 17 tells us that if we obeyed the teaching we received about salvation then we are free from the dominion of sin and are now become servants of righteousness.

Righteousness in this verse is translated as justification. Made in right standing with God. Now some Christians will stop there BUT it does in fact not end there.

This verse goes on to say that if we have been made righteous then our fruit will be unto holiness. In other words the fruit of our lives will be producing a sanctified purified life.

Now what is the key here to going from the righteous of God in Christ Jesus to holiness or godly living?

The key is in this word. YIELD. If indeed we have received Jesus Christ and are justified by his blood then we will be servants of that righteousness producing holy living.

Under the sin nature we yielded to sin. It was our master. But now we belong to another, born of his Spirit and are become servants of righteousness. If we are servants then we are not free to live any way the old flesh or earthy senses try to dictate.

We are now called to yield to God. That is to the Holy Spirit given to us at the new birth which makes his will know to us by revelation of the word of God. To yield means to give way to, adhere to. Submit to.

Verse 23 declares that the wages or earnings of obeying the sin nature will produce death but the gift of God which is salvation through Jesus Christ freely given to us produces eternal life.

Those under the dominion of sin are the slaves to sin but those under the dominion of the Holy Spirit are now become servants of righteousness unto holiness.

Yield or give way your vessel to the Holy Spirit and he will empower you to live a life that pleases God!

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Idle Words !

Jesus told his disciples in Matthew chapter 12 that everyone will have to give account for every idle word that they speak on the day of judgment.

The word idle is argos in the Greek which means to be lazy, inactive, barren, non productive or slow.

Jesus spoke this after having encounters with the religious people of his day. What words were these religious leaders speaking to Jesus that caused him to say this? Let’s take a look at Matthew Chapter 12.

The religious leaders in this chapter’s account were accusing and condemning Jesus. They were also using scriptures to try to entrap him. Then when Jesus answered with wisdom this really irked the religious leaders and so they conspired to stop Jesus from performing his ministry. They wanted to destroy him.

On top of all that the religious leaders began to call his miraculous works of the devil. Jesus told them that they were committing blasphemy by attributing his miracles from a demonic source. He also told them that by speaking against the Holy Spirit when they saw the miracles that they were in danger of hell fire.

Jesus explained to his disciples that what the mouth speaks is what is in the heart. Words spoken reveals the spiritual condition.

If the words spoke are negative, non productive, ungodly then that’s because of the condition of the heart.

An angry bitter person speaks negative critical words. An unbelieving heart speaks doubt and unbelief.

A faith filled heart speaks uplifting encouraging words.

Jesus said that the words we speak from our mouths reveal our heart condition. In other words we are what we say.

This is why we will be judged by our words. If we breath out cruelty, meanness and criticism then we will eat the fruit of our words. Jesus did say that we will have what we say. We become in our actions the condition of our hearts verified by the words we speak.

If however as Jesus said, we have good things in our heart then we will produce good things. The word of God living in our hearts will bring forth much fruit.

This means that when situations arise in our lives we will automatically draw from the word of God we have put in our heart.

For example, if we loose a job we can say, “My God shall supply all my needs according to his riches in glory through Jesus Christ.”

If we have someone oppose us we can say, “No weapon formed against me shall prosper and every tongue rising up against me shall be condemned.”

We speak what’s in our heart when situations arise. Faith filled hearts speak faith filled words but hearts filled with dark things speak dark words.

This is what the Lord means by “A pure heart will see God.” A heart filled with the word of God will see God’s hand at work in every situation. (Matthew 5:8)

Idle words are non productive words in the Kingdom of God. Words of no spiritual good. Words that speak contrary to sound doctrine and have no faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:1 Mathew 21:22, 23)

God’s word is like a fire in the heart’s of his people. These hearts bring life and liberty in Jesus Christ through their words. A pure heart sees God’s divine intervention in every situation and declares God’s word into the situation.

God’s words spoken are words seasoned with salt bringing grace to the hearers. (Jeremiah 20:29, Colossians 4:6)

So put God’s word in your heart and speak God’s word in every situation. Then you will find the Lord bringing his miracle working power into all your situations.

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Fear Not !

God commands his people not to fear or be dismayed. Rather he says to be strong and of good courage. (Joshua 1:9 )

What exactly is fear and why is it important not to be afraid?

The definition of fear is believing that something or some one is dangerous, likely to cause pain or is a threat.

Dismayed means to be distressed or filled with anxiety and worry. A form of fear.

Simply put, fear is Satan’s weapon. His whole kingdom of darkness is run by fear. To fear is to agree with the devil. To side with his kingdom and agenda. To believe in his power in the circumstance.

Satan uses intimidation, lies, deception in order to control. He is the ultimate rebel and sorcerer. He bewitches people to believe his lies.

When we fear we are believing in Satan’s deception. We are putting our feelings and trust in Satan’s power and ability.

Faith is the opposite of fear. Faith is the key principle on which the kingdom of God operates. Faith trusts God in the face of difficulties and unsavory circumstance. Faith in God releases the power of the Holy Spirit and the angelic realm to work on our behalf.

Faith believes in God’s remedy even though fear says the opposite.

To exercise faith is to choose to agree with what God says in his word and not in the devil’s projection of facts. The devil’s facts can change and be removed when faith in God is exercised.

Faith is not feelings and emotions. Faith is a choice. Faith refuses to side with the devil’s facts and chooses to agree with God’s word.

Let’s look at God’s remedy for fear.

Scriptures tell us not to fear because God is with us. He is on our side! God says he will give us strength in our situation. He promises to uphold us with his victory. (Isaiah 41: 10)

Jesus gave us his victory! He won the battle and his victory is our victory. The new covenant of promise is ours if we believe it to be so. Remember Jesus said “according to your faith be it unto you” (Matthew 9:29)

God commands us to be strong. That is not an option but an order. Scriptures tell us that we are strong in the Lord through HIS mighty power! (Ephesians 6:10)

God also commands us to be encouraged. How do we do that? Just like David did and the children of Israel did! They encouraged themselves in the Lord. They sang songs declaring the victory YHWY brought to them. They declared his word and all his mighty deeds.

Encouraging ourselves in the Lord brings faith to our heart. We stop looking at the devil’s puny power and look at the greatness of our God and his power to heal, set free and deliver. Remember that scriptures tell us that those who put their trust in the Lord will NEVER BE DISAPPOINTED. (Isaiah 49:23)

In fact the Lord says that those who put their trust in him WILL BE BLESSED! (Jeremiah 17:17)

Never is never! We don’t give up! We know who we believe! We know who sits on the throne!

God’s remedy for our circumstance is also to pray and bring our needs before his throne. To praise him until the answer comes! He has promised deliverance if we trust in him and surrender our hearts to him! (Philippians 4:6)

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24:

If God is for us then no one can be against us! God will defeat every demonic power set against us if we chose to trust him and reject Satan’s lies.

Satan says….”there is no way out. No deliverance for you. No healing, no provision, no peace.”

God says… Fear Not! I will help you! I will deliver you! I will show myself strong on your behalf! I am on your side!
Psalm 118:6

God loves us and his love for us casts out all fear! (1 John 4:18)

The scriptures tell us that fear is not from God. Fear is debilitating. Fear brings bondage. Fear brings sickness, depression and even physical problems. Fear is the devil’s power.

Faith or trust in the Lord is the nemesis of fear. Faith in God is to have his power, his love and his soundness. Faith in God is the healing balm of Gilead. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Fear not says the Lord! It is your Father’s pleasure to give you his kingdom! God is our salvation! He is our light in the darkness! He is our fortress and deliverer! (Psalm 27:1, Psalms 34:4, Luke 12:32)

I will not fear because he is with me through every darkness. His authority is over me! I will fear no evil!( Psalm 23:4)

Be not afraid, only believe ! Mark 5:36

Trust in the Lord and be saved! (Acts 18:31)

Trust in the Lord and be healed!   “Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for you are my praise.” Jeremiah 17:14 

Trust in the Lord whose promises are Yes and Amen! (Roman’s 8:15, )

“So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me?” (Hebrews 13:6)

Faith in God is the answer to every difficulty. No exception. When we exercise faith in God then fear must flee! Fear has no power over God’s love for us! His perfect love for us will cast off every fear!

FEAR NOT SAYS THE LORD FOR I AM WITH YOU!

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His Mercy Endures Forever!

The greatest remedy for our sins, failures, bad choices, and mistakes is God’s unfailing love in which he demonstrated to us through the gift of the Savior Jesus Christ.

This love undeserved is called grace but did you know that grace and salvation stem from God’s heart of compassion in which he releases to the undeserved his mercy.

Mercy called chânan in the Hebrew means to bend in kindness to an inferior; to bestow favor upon. To have pity. Eleeō in the Greek means mercy is the divine grace of almighty God. Mercy is in effect the Lord’s compassion.

Mercy according to the Bible triumphs or is victorious over judgment. All sin is judged by God whose throne is established in justice and righteousness.

Legally speaking God’s laws when broken must be judged. That judgment always leads to death. Christians many times want to blame the devil for every thing but it is not the devil who activates God’s judgment upon us when we sin. It is in fact our own doing.

What the devil does is take advantage of a legal precedent. Sin is an open invitation for Satan to have access to a person’s life. That is why Paul said. Don’t give Satan any place!

Satan is always looking for some one to devour. He wants to kill, steal and destroy in any way he can. So what can we do against this formidable foe who is a merciless devourer that takes advantage of our weakness?

Scriptures give us the answer! Yes, it is God’s mercy! When we confess our sins and ask for help in our weakness the Lord has a legal precedent that triumphs over the law of judgment.

Symptoms of emotional and physical distress often stem from sin and are projected through Satanic attacks. When we suffer from these symptoms we need to look into our hearts and find out how we let Satan get an advantage of us. Then we need to repent.

Whether personal or generational sin has a penalty. That penalty is death. Not just eternal death but non life or dark consequences both material and spiritual. These consequences are manifest through various kinds of torments, afflictions and lack.

Mercy does not need a price for it to bring the remedy for our sins.
Mercy is bestowed freely to the contrite and broken heart of repentance from a loving God. Mercy is not given to the proud or self righteous but to the humble who recognize their weakness and desire help from an all powerful God.

James 4:6
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

Mercy from the Lord comes also when we are persecuted, misunderstood, and attacked by unscrupulous people.

Let me show you from scriptures how the mercy of God can be applied to our lives.

In our distress or trouble we can call on the Lord for his mercy and he will hear us and deliver us.

When we are weak and suffering with affliction we can call on the Lord for his mercy. When we are hated and persecuted we can ask for God to pour out his mercy. When we are poor, depressed and alone we can also appeal to God for his mercy for God’s mercy endures forever.

God’s mercy will bring us forgiveness and deliverance. His mercy sent from the throne of Grace will gives us strength and empowers us to live a life that pleases him.

God’s mercy will protect us and defend us from our enemies. God’s mercy will preserve us from trouble and keep us from the power of the wicked one.

God’s mercy will make us stand and be strong in his mighty power.

God’s mercy will teach us Biblical truth and cause us to walk in his ways.

Are you in need of God’s mercy today? Call upon him in your brokenness for he will bend his ear down to hear your cry. He will come to your rescue and save you out of all your trouble for whoever calls on the name of the Lord in sincerity shall be saved!

Psalm 4:1
When I was in distress have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

Psalm 6:2
Have mercy on me in my weakness and suffering and heal me.

Have mercy when I suffer from those who hate me. Lift me up out of death. Psalm 9: 13

Through the mercy of the Lord I shall not be moved. Psalm 21:7

For your mercy’s sake don’t remember my sins
Psalm 25:7

Remember mercy because I am desolate. Left alone. Forsaken. And afflicted. Depressed, needy and poor. Psalm 25:16

Have mercy. Be my helper. Psalm 30:10

Have mercy for I am in trouble and sorrowful. Psalm 31:9

Those who trust the Lord will have mercy. Psalm 32:10

Send forth your mercy to me from heaven. Psalm 36:5 psalm 57:3

Gods mercy has been my defense and refuge in trouble. Psalm 59:16

Your mercy and truth preserve me. Psalm 61:7

Show mercy and bring deliverence psalm 85:7

In your mercy give me strength and save me
Psalm 86 :16

Let your mercy keep me and your covenant stand for me
Psalm 89:28

Extend your mercy to my children psalm 103:17

Let your mercy deliver me because you are good. Psalm 109:21

According to your mercy teach me your word. Psalm 119:24

Deliver me from my enemies in your mercy. Psalm 136:26

Hope in his mercy.

The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. Psalm 147:11

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Don’t Be Ignorant!

Ignorance of Satan’s devices according to the Bible will give him access in our lives to kill, steal and destroy. It is not true that once we get saved then God will automatically keep us safe from demonic attacks.

The Lord Jesus specifically says that MY PEOPLE are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Hoses 4:6

2 Cor. 2: 10,11 tells us that in order for Christians to not be taken advantage of by Satan then we need to know how he operates.

To “take advantage of” means to have power over …have a hold…to prey on

If we are ignorant of Satan’s schemes…plots…plans …operations, then he will take advantage of us. Christians who are ignorant of Satan’s devices can become victim to his attacks.

So what are some of Satan’s schemes? The Bible reveals many and you will have to read the Bible for yourself to find out all of them but I will show you a few main ones.

Just prior to Paul mentioning Satan’s ability to deceive us if we are ignorant he reveals something important. He says that forgiveness was needed for some one so Satan would not have an advantage.

Being unforgiving is one way that the door will open to demonic activity operating in our lives. Not only that but holding on to grudges will keep us out of heaven. Jesus said that if we do not forgive others then he will not be able to forgive us. If our sins aren’t forgiven then we cannot go to heaven.

Another device Satan uses is hindrance. Unless we are on guard and watchful unto prayer, Satan will come and try to put a wrench in anything we do. We need to be in the Spirit at all times.

Satan hindered Paul from his ministry assignment the Bible says . Once Paul was on to what Satan was up to then he prayed and the doors opened for him to carry on his assignment but nevertheless Satan gave it a shot to try and stop Paul’s outreach ministry.
1 Thess. 2:18

Another advantage Satan uses is our weakness. Satan knows how to hit below the belt so we need to know what our weakness is and ask God for his help in that area. Otherwise Satan will have a hey day with us. He will move on that weakness to try and bring destruction.

Another tactic the devil uses is enticement to lure us away from what God wants us to do and direct us through our weakness to disobey God to further our own agenda.

This can be seen in 1 Chronicles 21:1 where Satan rose up against David and enticed him to sin.

How do we stay safe against the satanic agenda? By being guarded in our minds. That is keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus. Walking in forgiveness towards others at all times. Forgiveness is an act of the will and we operate in forgiveness by not retaliating but rather giving ourselves to prayer.

Keep alert ! Be on the watch for Satan is always seeking to devour. Know who your enemy really is and take authority over him in Jesus name when he tries to have any place!

Give no place to the devil. Ephesians 4:27

Sin will open a door for Satan to prey on us. Giving Satan place is translated in the Greek as giving the devil a home or room of occupancy.

Let us also call on the Lord Jesus to help us in our weak areas. He will always make a way of escape out of our temptations if we ask for one!

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My Words are Spirit and They are Life

In John 3:23 Jesus said that his words are Spirit and they are life.

What Jesus was saying was that the words which he spoke into the natural realm originated from the spiritual realm and were able to quicken or make alive unto God.

Jesus as the word of God made flesh was able to perform great and mighty works by the Holy Spirit which dwelt in him. In effect, Jesus personified in human form the very life giving words of God to humanity. John 3:34

The flesh according to Jesus gives no profit. That means that the natural man cannot bring life but only death. Human ability or human resources or human words cannot give any one benefit. This is because of the sin nature and the sin which exists in the earth because of the curse. Humans can have a form of knowledge and a form of life and healing but death will ultimately in the end be the final outcome.

Jesus was trying to tell us the way to life. Not only eternal life but abundant life while we are in the earth. Unfortunately for us we have not took Jesus’ words seriously. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit that dwells in the born again person can bring life to the mortal body ,(Romans 8:11) and is able to give us all things that pertain to life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3)

Jesus wants us to have an abundant life. Now that does not mean that we will not have challenges because the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. That’s what he does. However, in the same way that Jesus overcame the devil while he was in his earthly body so can we be over-comers in this life.

Jesus would not have told us to overcome if it was an impossible feat. In fact, Jesus gave us a formula in order to live an abundant life. A pattern to follow if you will. Its in the Bible.

Jesus said that his words produced life because he spoke God’s word by the Holy Spirit. If you are born of the Holy Spirit you too can speak words by the Holy Spirit to produce life. The Bible tells us that our tongue can produce life or death and whatever we speak will be the outcome.

Oh, that’s foolish some may say. You are being too mystic. Well, think about it this way, if Paul speaking by divine inspiration said that the natural or earthy human cannot understand the things of the Spirit realm because they are spiritually discerned then how can we using human intellect or understanding really know the things of the spiritual realm?

I can tell you how! Simply by reading the Bible. Jesus said MY WORDS ARE SPIRIT And THEY ARE LIFE. Now if the same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives in you is it not possible that the same Spirit can produce an abundant life for you? Were you not baptized into Christ’s death so that you could be raised with him in newness of life?

Oh, but that’s the resurrection of our body he’s talking about. Yes, true but if as scriptures tell us we are to put to death our natural human bodies by the Holy Spirit so that Christ can live his life through us does that not include our mouth?

It stands to reason that the mouth is a part of the body. So if Jesus tells us that we will give account for every word uttered out of our mouths then there must be a good reason for it. Indeed there is! Our words can bring life or death according to Proverbs 18:21 .

Science actually attests to the effects of the words we speak and you may want to study up on recent findings conserning the utterance of negative and positive words.

Even the unsaved who are created in God’s image have the ability to alter their reality by the words of their mouth. How much more the Holy Spirit filled mouth of a born again Christian ?

Now for my point. Jesus said his words were from the spiritual realm and produced life. So what we need to do as Christians is get some Holy Spirit words into our mouth.

Religious Christians may not agree with Jesus in scriptures or science but it is what it is!

In John 14 and 15 Jesus tells us that when he spoke by the Holy Spirit then life occurred in the natural realm. He also said that if we spoke God’s word through prayer we could have whatever we ask for. John 14:13 Mark 11:22,25

So speaking the scriptures in prayer is speaking God’s word into the natural realm. Remember God watches over his word to perform it. (Jeremiah 1:12)

Another way to speak God’s word is through praying in the Holy Spirit through tongues and interpretation as well as prophecy. If you think the gifts have past away then think again. (1 Corinthians 14:2)

No where in scriptures does it say that. Now natural men who live by natural inclinations may twist a scripture or two to fudge their doctrine but there is a whole lot about the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Bible that tell us other wise.

But even if you don’t want to go there, fair enough, you still have scriptures to speak so speak them out loud and pray them over your home and your family. Watch the change that will occur in your life!

Scriptures tell us to open our mouths and God will fill it. If his Holy Spirit lives in us we have God’s word available to us. Remember that without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) Scriptures tell us that ver bateum, so speak the scriptures in faith and wait patiently for God to produce his life results. That’s his job. You just be obedient to do your part and the Lord will always honor his word.

Jesus said in scriptures that, ” If MY WORDS abide in you then you shall have whatever you ask for. “

Its God’s word that is Spirit which gives life and that more abundantly ! When we have God’s word in our mouths we are sure to be over-comers in this life! So, Speak the word of God only and you shall be healed and have whatever you ask for as long as you ask with pure motives! (James 4:3)

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Faith, prayer, Spiritual Warfare

Put Down Those Carnal Weapons!

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal.

The Bible tells us that we are in a spiritual war. Not only with the devil but with our flesh or carnal nature. In order to fight that war we need supernatural weapons.

Ephesians 6 tells us that faith, truth, righteousness, salvation, the word of God , proclaiming the gospel and prayer are our weapons of war that are mighty through God to take down all enemy devices.

However, many times we try to use carnal weapons to fight a spiritual war. This strategy will always lead us to failure.

Let’s look at some of our carnal weapons so we will then be able to put our lives into proper perspective.

“When things get tough the tough get going.” Sounds like a plan right? Wrong. Bad plan. The Bible says that when we are weak then God can be strong on our behalf.

Recognizing our human limitations is the best way to come to a victory. When we acknowledge our inability, our weakness, our ignorance and humble ourselves before the Lord asking for his help in the situation we are always going to get the victory.

Oh, it may not come in the way that we expect because our pea brains don’t know what’s good for us but God knows. He has a plan. A master plan.

If we trust in our own directive we are sure to fall off a cliff but trusting in the Lord will bring us to the place that we need to be.

“It’s my way or the hyway.” Sounds like a plan? Yeah, I don’t think so. Self sufficiency always goes hand in hand with pride and we know where pride leads. Not a good place.

The key to conquering self will is to surrender to the Lord. But it’s too hard you may say. You don’t know my situation!

True but I do know one thing and that’s that the Lord knows your situation and he says in his word that nothing is impossible to those who put their trust in him.

So give up ! Toss aside the carnal weapon of self will and stubborn pride! Instead seek the Lord in prayer. He will always change the bad places into blessed places. God has promised and he never breaks a promise.

What about worry and fear? What carnal weapon do we use?

If you look at the Bible it clearly says fear and worry come from a lack of faith in God. Bottom line. I’m not going to soft soap it for you.

What about God’s remedy? Its reading the word to build up our faith. Seeking the Lord till he pours out his Holy Spirit power on you and delivers you. Basking in worship till you feel like a marshmallow. Sound like a plan? It is for those who choose to trust in the Lord above their circumstance or feelings.

The world will give you all kinds of carnal weapons to use in the day of trouble but God says that those who put there trust in him will never be disappointed. So who are you going to believe?

“I can handle this! ” I don’t know about you but that one never worked for me. If my hand’s in it …yeah…a flop.

God’s word tells us that if we put our plans aside and seek his wisdom to lead us then we will have success. Our ways are not God’s ways the bible says. What seems like a genius plan to us may not be to God and unless God builds our house it will end up sinking into the sand.

“I’ll show them ! “

Putting some one in their place usually ends up with me on my backside. I don’t recommend it.

Leaving vengeance to the Lord however will eventually lead us to coming out on top. Being the head is much better than being the tail.

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal weapons. They don’t work. Carnal weapons will always lead to disaster. It is written. It is written.

So put down your carnal weapons ! Take up the shield of faith, pray in the Holy Spirit and stand in the power of the Lord’s might. Stand on God’s word and you will be guaranteed the victory!

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Spiritual Warfare

Blessing and Cursing

A curse is a verbal invocation or utterance to bring harm, or evil to another person. A curse is a proclamation invoking power to make a desired harm occur.

To bless is to verbally prophecy good things into a person’s life or divine favor upon a person.

Both blessing and cursing while invoked or uttered by people are carried out by either God or demonic influence.

The Bible says that when God’s people are obedient to him he blesses them by releasing his favor and goodwill but when God’s people are in rebellion they come under a curse. It is not God who does the cursing because God does not commit evil. 
Disobedience simply puts man outside God’s hedge of protection and that removal of blessing will allow evil things to occur in one’s life. (Isaiah 1:19,20 Deuteronomy 11)

Jesus made it clear that his people were not to curse or in other words not to invoke ill will on another person because cursing is speaking evil on another and that means invoking demonic powers to be released into another person’s life. God’s people are not to use demonic powers to deal with our enemies.

On the other hand when we bless our enemies who are doing evil to us we are asking God through benediction or prayer to change them and give them opportunity to repent. If they do not repent then coals of fire will be upon them or in other words they are in danger of eternal damnation. ( Romans 12:20 Mathew 5:44)

When Jesus spoke to the fig tree and commanded that it bear no fruit what he was doing was prophesying not cursing.

Since the fig tree represented Israel, Jesus was prophesying the outcome of the result of Israel rejecting him. While the disciples thought he was pronouncing a curse he actually was prophesying. (Mark 11:12,25)

The prophets in the old testament prophecied judgments that were a result of Israel’s rebellion but the evil which occured came about by evil people. God himself did not harm his people but because of Israel’s sin he turned them over to their enemies.

A Curse without a cause will always return to the sender the Bible says. David prophesied that the curses of his enemies would fall back on their own heads. He declared that those who set nets for him would fall into it themselves. Simply because this is a spiritual law. Evil returns to its perpetrator. Touching God’s anointed will result in evil befalling the attacker.

(Proverbs 26:2)

Negative words in actuality are curses. That is why God said that life and death are in the power of the tongue. When we speak evil of another person we are pronouncing a curse in their lives and bringing judgment on ourselves.

(Proverbs 18:21)

When someone does us wrong we do good to them and pray for them to repent because if they don’t repent their actions or words will return to them. Since God wants all to repent we are called to pray for them to have opportunity to repent.

Now we most certainly can pray for an evil action to be thwarted. God’s people are called to stand up for justice and take authority over evil. We can bind or render powerless evil devices. We can command in Jesus name all evil plans and schemes to be stopped but we are not to invoke evil on the person directly. We pray for them to repent.

(Mathew 18:18, Luke 10:19)

However sometimes people will not repent even if we pray and the evil they do may return to them. If we witness this happen we are to pray that God’s chastisement leads them to repentance. (Hebrews 12:6-11)

In psalm 69 David cries out to God when he is attacked by his enemies. He says that his enemies have no cause to attack him and because he is innocent concerning them he declares that the evil done to him would return to them. This of course is a prophecy as well about the Lord’s suffering and the results which occur to those who reject him.

When Jesus said to the Jewish nation that he would bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel he was talking about a spiritual law. This same law applies to the Christian. Those who bless you will be blessed but those who do evil to you if they do not repent that evil will return to them. ( Genesis 12:3 Galatians 3:14-29)

That is why Jesus asks us to intercede for our enemies like he did to the Father because unless our enemies repent they will end up being cursed which could result in eternal separation from God. (Luke 13:3-5)

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