God’s timing…

God’s timing is often much different from ours

What if God says for us to, “Wait a minute?”

A man once asked God: “God, how long is a million years?”

God: “To me, it’s about a minute.”

The man: “God, how much is a million dollars?”

God: “To me it’s a penny.”

The man: “God, may I have a penny?”

God: “Wait a minute.” 😊

“An old Jewish prayer, uttered somewhat wistfully, begins, ‘O Lord, I know that Thou wilt help us; but wilt Thou help us *before* Thou wilt help us?’

It’s not always easy to wait for God, especially when we are in pain or anxiety, but we must never, ever, give up.”

(Hebrew for Christians)

For most of us waiting and having patience is not our strong suit.

What to do when God’s Timing Is Taking Too Long?
by Joyce Meyer

We all want good things to happen in our lives, but too often we want it now…not later.

When it doesn’t happen that way, we are tempted to ask, “When, God, when?”

Most of us need to grow in the area of trusting God instead of focusing on the “when” question.

If you’re missing joy and peace, you’re not trusting God. If your mind feels worn out all the time, you’re not trusting God.

The tendency to want to know about everything that’s going on can be detrimental to your Christian walk.

Sometimes knowing everything can be uncomfortable and can even hurt you.

I spent a large part of my life being impatient, frustrated and disappointed because there were things I didn’t know.

God had to teach me to leave things alone and quit feeling that I needed to know everything.

I finally learned to trust the One who knows all things and accept that some questions may never be answered.

We prove that we trust God when we refuse to worry.

God wants us to live by discernment—revelation knowledge, not head knowledge.

It’s difficult to exercise discernment if you’re always trying to figure everything out.

But when you’re willing to say, “God, I can’t figure this out, so I’m going to trust You to give me revelation that will set me free,” then you can be comfortable in spite of not knowing.

Trusting God often requires not knowing how God is going to accomplish what needs to be done and not knowing when He will do it.

We often say God is never late, but generally He isn’t early either.

Why? Because He uses times of waiting to stretch our faith in Him and to bring about change and growth in our lives.

Wait with Patience
We spend a lot of time in our lives waiting because change is a process.

Many people want change, but they don’t want to go through the waiting process.

But the truth is, waiting is a given—we are going to wait.

The question is, are we going to wait the wrong or right way?

If we wait the wrong way, we’ll be miserable; but if we decide to wait God’s way, we can become patient and enjoy the wait.

It takes practice, but as we let God help us in each situation, we develop patience, which is one of the most important Christian virtues.

Patience is a fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22). It’s developed only under trial, so we must not run from difficult situations.

“But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.”

—James 1:4

As we develop patience, the Bible says we finally feel completely satisfied—lacking nothing.

Even our relationship with God involves progressive changes.

My relationship with God is so much different now than it was in the early days of my Christian experience.

It is not nearly as emotionally exciting…and yet it is better.

Every change I’ve gone through has made me more mature, solid and well-grounded.

We learn to trust God by going through many experiences that require trust.

By seeing God’s faithfulness over and over, we let go of trusting ourselves, and gradually we place our trust in Him.

Looking at it like this, it is easy to see how timing plays an important part in learning to trust God.

If He did everything we asked for immediately, we would never grow and develop.

Timing and trust work side by side.

Accept God’s Timing
God gives us hopes and dreams for certain things to happen in our lives, but He doesn’t always allow us to see the exact timing of His plan.

Although frustrating, not knowing the exact timing is often what keeps us in the program.

There are times when we might give up if we knew how long it was going to take, but when we accept God’s timing, we can learn to live in hope and enjoy our lives while God is working on our problems.

We know that God’s plan for our lives is good, and when we entrust ourselves to Him, we can experience total peace and happiness.

The book of Genesis tells the story of Joseph, who waited many years for the fulfillment of the dream God had given him.

He was falsely accused and imprisoned before the time came for him to do what God had shown him he was to do.

Exodus 13:17-18 tells us that God led the Israelites the longer, harder way on their journey to the Promised Land because He knew they were not yet ready to go in.

There had to be time for their training, and they had to go through some very trying situations.

They wasted a lot of time wondering about God’s timing, but God never failed to take care of them and show them what He wanted them to do.

The same is true in our lives. It was many years after I received my call from God in February of 1976 before I finally began to see major fulfillment of what God had called me to do.

God’s training period simply requires us to do what He tells us to do when He tells us to do it…without questioning or trying to figure everything out.

Learn to Rely on God

Proverbs 16:9 says, A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.

Proverbs 20:24 says, Man’s steps are ordered by the Lord. How then can a man understand his way?

When God directs our paths, He sometimes leads us in ways that don’t make sense to us so we’re not always going to understand everything.

If we try to reason out everything, we will experience struggle, confusion and misery—but there is a better way.

Proverbs 3:5-6

“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.”

This sounds so simple, yet too many people make the mistake of trying to figure everything out themselves.

Most of us have spent our lives trying to take care of ourselves, but when we accept Christ as our Savior, we must learn to trust our lives to His care.

When we do, we can say with the psalmist,

“…I trusted in, relied on, and was confident in You, O Lord; I said, You are my God. My times are in Your hands…”

—Psalm 31:14-15

First Peter 5:5 tells us that

“…God sets Himself against the proud (the insolent, the overbearing, the disdainful, the presumptuous, the boastful)—[and He opposes, frustrates, and defeats them], but gives grace (favor, blessing) to the humble.”

Anyone who thinks they’re a self-made man or woman has a rude awakening coming because Jesus said,

” …apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.

—John 15:5

Humility is a covering that draws the help of God into our lives to protect us.

When we humble ourselves by saying, “God, I don’t know what to do, but I’m trusting You,” God gets in gear to help us.

God won’t allow us to succeed at anything unless we’re leaning and relying on Him.

But when we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, in due time, He will exalt us (see 1 Peter 5:6).

“Due time” is God’s time, when God knows we’re ready, not when we think we’re ready. The sooner we understand and accept that, the sooner God can work His plan in our lives.

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The Bereans got it right…

Let God’s Word be a lamp unto our feet (Ps 119:105)…

The Berean church (from the city of Berea – in Macedonia, northern Greece) set the right example.

It can be very difficult to know what is true and what isn’t.

We often can feel a bit overwhelmed and exhausted by all the fact checking that is required for us to discern what is true.

First of all the Bible tells us that TRUTH is a Person (see John 14:6), and so in our quest to decern TRUTH we need to start with the Living Word Himself, who is Jesus the Christ (Messiah).

We are CONSTANTLY receiving new information: articles shared over mass media and on social media – from Facebook, opinions on Twitter, advertisements on Instagram, books, movies, app notifications…the list goes on and on.

Let’s look at Acts 17:10-12 and see how the Bereans handled all the information they were receiving.

“As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.”

— Acts 17:10-12

The Bereans weren’t unaware of the pressure to have correct information.

With the news Paul and Silas were spreading about Jesus, everyone was on edge.

The Gospel challenged the current thought trends on religion, politics, socioeconomics, and more.

So, choosing sides was a lot more threatening than picking Democrat or Republican.

This decision was religious rulers versus Jesus, Rome versus Jesus, cultural values versus Jesus…and behinds the scenes, Satan versus Jesus.

But in Acts 17:10-12, we see Luke write something attention-grabbing. He lifts the Berean Jews up as an example for all of us to follow.

Why did he choose to say this, out of all the people they met on their journey?

A very important characteristic stood out to him, when it came to the Berean Church — a very important one.

The scriptures tell us,

Acts 17:11

“These were more NOBLE than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

When everything they were taught was challenged by the Gospel, they didn’t run away plugging their ears or start shouting over Paul and Silas.

No, rather with eagerness and a willing mind they began the process of fact checking, to see by examining the scriptures themselves, whether the Old Testament (Tanakh) really did prophecy Jesus to be the Messiah.

In the end, they discovered the Gospel to be true and became followers of Jesus.

How can we be like the Bereans in times like this, where sometimes our long held doctrinal and religious beliefs and values are being challenged?

In scripture, we are admonished to RIGHTLY divide the truth:

2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17

15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Here are some other recommendations that might be helpful;

  • Don’t lose your temper
  • Have a willing mind
  • Listen to what others are saying
  • Evaluate the claims others make
  • Compare what we hear with Scripture
  • Consider if some of your long-held interpretations of Scripture need to be re-examined
  • Ask some friends to join you in your research
  • Rinse and repeat

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The back side of Calvary…

Why do some question whether it’s God’s will to heal us?

We discussed this subject on yesterday’s PRAYER CALL, while taking Communion, in how Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary’s cross, as our Passover Lamb, paid for both our HEALING and our REDEMPTION.

They were BOTH paid for in full, by the stripes on Jesus’ back and the blood that He shed, so why wouldn’t He want us to be healed, as well as forgiven from our sins?

Yet so many Christians today would still question that fact – as they often pray, “Lord, if it be thy will, Heal this person.”

However, I never hear anyone say “if it be thy will Lord save this person.”

The scriptures tell us,

1 John 5:14-15
14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask ANYTHING according to His will, He hears us.

15 And if we know that He hears us, WHATEVER we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

Matthew 8:16-17
16 When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed ALL who were sick,

17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

“He Himself took our infirmities
And bore our sicknesses.”

1 Peter 2:24
24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you WERE healed.

The Spirit-Filled Believer

SALVATION: IT’S ALL-INCLUSIVE
by Dick Mills

“Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases”
— Ps. 103:3

Salvation and healing are inseparable. The same Lord who forgives our sins, heals our diseases.

In both the Old Testament and the New Testament, the word “salvation” is all-inclusive, including within its meaning forgiveness, reconciliation, deliverance, healing, safety, rescue, setting at liberty.

When Israel left Egypt, the sacrificial lamb slaughtered before their departure served two purposes.

1) The blood of the lamb sprinkled on the doorposts protected the people from the judgment of sin that came that passover night.

2) The flesh of the lamb was eaten to provide sustenance and strength for the journey ahead.

The physical benefits were so great that Psalm 105:37 (NKJ) states of God’s people:

“THERE WAS NONE FEEBLE AMONG HIS TRIBES.”

One lamb covered both SPIRITUAL and PHYSICAL needs.

Jesus went about forgiving sins and healing the sick (Acts 10:38).

He told the twelve to do the same. He told the seventy to do the same. He could have told the five hundred to do the same.

Everyone called to preach the Gospel of forgiveness of sin is also told to heal the sick.

The two are inseparable.

Every time we take Communion, we are reminded of man’s two areas of need: spiritual health and physical health.

The cup reminds us that the blood of Jesus takes away all our sins.

The wafer, or broken bread, reminds us that with His stripes we are healed.

Salvation and healing come to us through the life and death of Jesus Christ. You can claim them both!

Source: The Spirit-Filled Believer’s Daily Devotional by Dick Mills
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What is God’s purpose for our life…

Jesus did not come to give us a happy life, nor did He come to give us an easy live…

He did come however to give us an abundant life (Mat 6:33), which only can happen when we plug into God’s purpose for our life.

God’s first purpose is that we be conformed into the image of His Son and also to train us to do spiritual warfare, in order that we may effect a rescue mission to save as many as we can, snatching them out of Satan’s hands, with the Gospel; and in the process to take authority over the “turkey” and put him under our feet (Rom 16:20).

Jesus speaking: “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!”
— John 16:33

“For those whom He foreknew, He predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He (Jesus) might be the firstborn among many brothers.”
— Romans 8:29

MAY 31
My Utmost for HIS Highest

PUT GOD FIRST

Jesus did not commit Himself to them…for He knew what was in man.
— JOHN 2:24-25

Put Trust in God First. Our Lord never put His trust in any person. Yet He was never suspicious, never bitter, and never lost hope for anyone, because He put His trust in God first.

He trusted absolutely in what God’s grace could do for others. If I put my trust in human beings first, the end result will be my despair and hopelessness toward everyone.

I will become bitter because I have insisted that people be what no person can ever be— absolutely perfect and right.

Never trust anything in yourself or in anyone else, except the grace of God.

Put God’s Will First. “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God” (Hebrews 10:9).

A person’s obedience is to what he sees to be a need— our Lord’s obedience was to the will of His Father.

The rallying cry today is, “We must get to work!

The heathen are dying without God. We must go and tell them about Him.”

But we must first make sure that God’s “needs” and His will in us personally are being met.

Jesus said, “…tarry…until you are endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:49).

The purpose of our Christian training is to get us into the right relationship to the “needs” of God and His will.

Once God’s “needs” in us have been met, He will open the way for us to accomplish His will, meeting His “needs” elsewhere.

Put God’s Son First.

“Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me” (Matthew 18:5).

God came as a baby, giving and entrusting Himself to me. He expects my personal life to be a “Bethlehem.”

Am I allowing my natural life to be slowly transformed by the indwelling life of the Son of God?

God’s ultimate purpose is that His Son might be exhibited in me.

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Importance of our learning to fight God’s battles God’s way…

Putting on the mind of Christ, for Christians, is especially important at times like this…

Right is still right and wrong is still wrong!

And the Bible says, in Isaiah 5:20,

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

The young man in the video is obviously acting out his anger and feelings of frustration, and understandably so, of a long line of injustices, against a seemingly prevailing and precieved ideology (from the Black point of view) that, to quote the modern phrase, “Black lives matter,” with the obvious preceved intent that, at least from the white perspective, that the opposite is true, that their lives don’t matter.

There is an old saying that, “You can’t understand someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.”

The person who first uttered this American saying is lost to history; but the fact that it’s so well known is a good indication of the importance of our learning to empathize and try and identify with that other person before judging them, be they male or female and regardless of the color of their skin.

The point is, you can never really understand a person until you consider things from their point of view, until you climb inside of his or her skin and walk around in it for a while.”

As Christians, I believe that we’re called to do just that.

Matthew 5:9
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”

Is that not what Jesus did, when He humbled Himself and became a part of His own creation, in order that He may give His life as a propitious offering for OUR sin?

Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Church, in what our attitude should be at times like this — times exactly like what we’re going through now.

In all things in life, Jesus is our example; and the admonishment of scripture is that we learn each day to put on the mind of Christ.

The Apostle Paul put it this way:

Philippians 2:1-18
J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

Above all things be loving, humble, united
2 1-4 Now if your experience of Christ’s encouragement and love means anything to you, if you have known something of the fellowship of His Spirit, and all that it means in kindness and deep sympathy, do make my best hope for you come true!

Live together in harmony, live together in love, as though you had only one mind and one spirit between you.

Never act from motives of rivalry or personal vanity, but in humility think more of each other than you do of yourselves.

None of you should think only of his own affairs, but should learn to see things from other people’s point of view.

Let Christ be your example of humility
5-11 Let Christ himself be your example as to what your attitude should be.

For He, who had always been God by nature, did not cling to His prerogatives as God’s equal, but stripped himself of all privilege by consenting to be a slave by nature and being born as mortal man.

And, having become man, He humbled Himself by living a life of utter obedience, even to the extent of dying, and the death He died was the death of a common criminal.

That is why God has now lifted Him so high, and has given Him the name beyond all names, so that at the name of Jesus “every knee shall bow”, whether in Heaven or earth or under the earth.

And that is why, in the end, “every tongue shall confess” that Jesus Christ” is the Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

God is himself at work within you
12-13 So then, my dearest friends, as you have always followed my advice—and that not only when I was present to give it—so now that I am far away be keener than ever to work out the salvation that God has given you with a proper sense of awe and responsibility.

For it is God who is at work within you, giving you the will and the power to achieve His purpose.

14-18 Do all you have to do without grumbling or arguing, so that you may be God’s children, blameless, sincere and wholesome, living in a warped and diseased world, and shining there like lights in a dark place.

For you hold in your hands the very Word of Life. Thus can you give me something to be proud of in the day of Christ, for I shall know then that I did not spend my energy in vain.

Yes, and if it should happen that my life-blood is, so to speak, poured out upon the sacrifice and offering which your faith means to God, then I can still be very happy, and I can share my happiness with you all.

I should like to feel that you could be glad about this too, and could share with me the happiness I speak of.

The teaching of the Bible and more specifically from the Apostle Paul’s perspective (found in 2 Cor 2:11) is that, as Christians,

Lest Satan should get an advantage over us, that we should not be ignorant of Satan’s devices (his strategies and modus operandi).

And Ephesians 6:12 tells us:
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Who is the real “instigator” behind racial bigotry and prejudice, in order to cause this division and separation between the races?

As Christians, we already know the answer to that question — it’s Satan!

As Watchmen on the Wall prayer warriors, we should be able to see what the enemy’s strategy is and what he is doing in our society today, to put forth his agenda.

Divide and Conquer
To divide and conquer is one of the oldest strategy of War that we have.

In political and sociological warfare, it entails the gaining and maintaining of power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into smaller pieces that individually have less power than the one implementing the strategy.

The use of this technique is meant to empower the instigator, which in this example is Satan, to control the population, or factions of different interests, who collectively might be able to oppose his rule and authority.

What about the black on black violence, that we see in certain places across our country.

[NOTE: According to the FBI’s uniform crime-reporting data for 2016, 90.1 percent of black victims of homicide were killed by other blacks, while 83.5 percent of whites were killed by other whites.

While no life is inconsequential, the statistical evidence shows that—just as for blacks when it comes to black-on-black crime—whites are mostly victimized by other whites, with the vast majority of white murders committed by whites]

Also there are strong indicators that many of the agitators, in these inner-city conflicts are paid and come from outside the area.

As happened in Ferguson, MO a few years ago, in the inner-city rioting that took place there.

The following was taken from an article from the Kansas City Star:

“The people causing all the trouble, they aren’t from Ferguson,” said resident Mike Marion, 26. “They’re from all over.

They’re not trying to make things better or stand up for Michael Brown. They’re just taking advantage of the situation.”

It was a sentiment shared by dozens of residents interviewed by The Star on Monday afternoon after arguably the worst violence in a week of unrest broke out the night before.

While laying much of the blame for the strife at the feet of police, they say peaceful protests are being hijacked by people with other agendas.

“People of Ferguson are getting punished for the actions of outside agitators,” said Kenny Murdock, 47, who hosts a show on a St. Louis radio station.

Antonio French, a St. Louis alderman who had been documenting the protests and the security response on social media, pointed via Twitter to a small group of people who “cannot be defined as protesters/demonstrators. They are more like fighters/rebels/insurgents.”

[https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article1251108.html]

Who’s the source of this wanton violence and where are these paid outside agitators getting their funding?

Does the name George Soros ring a bell?

No, as Christians we need to have a more discerning spirit, in order that we recognize what’s really going on, and not let the enemy manipulate us; and divide us.

The scripture tells us that Jesus came to undo ALL the evil works of the Devil, but we as Christians must learn to resist and do spiritual battle with the enemy the way Christ instructs us.

1 John 3:8b
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy ALL the works of the devil.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5
J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

“The truth is that, although of course we lead normal human lives, the battle we are fighting is on the spiritual level.

The very weapons we use are not those of human warfare but powerful in God’s warfare for the destruction of the enemy’s strongholds.

Our battle is to bring down every deceptive fantasy and every imposing defence that men erect against the true knowledge of God.

We even fight to capture every thought until it acknowledges the authority of Christ.”

Jesus told the following parable, discribing the cunningness of the enemy and his worldly followers, in devising wicked schemes:

Luke 16:1-8

The Parable of the Unjust Steward
16 He also said to His disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods.

2 So he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’

3 “Then the steward said within himself, ‘What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me.

I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg.

4 I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.’

5 “So he called every one of his master’s debtors to him, and said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’

6 And he said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’

So he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’

7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’

So he said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’

And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’

8 So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly.

For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.

And Jesus also said,

Matthew 10:16
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”

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The Lord is all around His people…

He both precedes and follows us wherever we go…

Listen to what Paul said,

Acts 17:24-28
New Life Version (NLV)

24 “The God Who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth.

He does not live in buildings made by hands. 25 No one needs to care for Him as if He needed anything.

He is the One who gives life and breath and everything to everyone.

26 He made from one blood all nations who live on the earth. He set the times and places where they should live.

27 “They were to look for God. Then they might feel after Him and find Him because He is not far from each one of us.

28 It is in Him that we live and move and keep on living.

Some of your own men have written, ‘We are God’s children.’

Read the lyrics:
As the mountains are around Jerusalem,
The Lord is all around His People.

As the mountains are around Jerusalem,
The Lord is all around His People.
From this time forth, and forevermore,
The Lord is all around His People,
From this time forth, it shall always be,
The Lord is all around His People.

Like Mount Zion in the midst of Jerusalem,
We cannot be moved, we cannot be moved.
Like Mount Zion in the midst of Jerusalem,
We cannot be moved, we cannot be moved.
From this time forth, and forevermore,
The Lord is all around His People,
From this time forth, it shall always be,
The Lord is all around His People.

From this time forth, and forevermore,
The Lord is all around His People,

From this time forth, it shall always be,
The Lord is all around His People.
The Lord is all around His People.

Wherever you are and whatever you’re going through, know that God always surrounds His covenant children.

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Don’t ignore God’s presence in your life…

Jesus’ invitation is that we come follow after Him…

John the Baptist said, “It is necessary for Him (Jesus) to increase and for me to decrease.”

If we are so full of ourselves — our thoughts, our habits, our way of doing things — then we have no room to grow.

We must of our own free will and volition empty our vessel in order that Jesus may fill it.

Another way of putting it is, we must learn to relinquish more of our self nature in order that we may experience more of God’s nature and God’s power in our lives.

He’s the Good Shepherd and we must choose each day to trust in Him, with all of our heart (not leaning on our own understanding); and then to follow Him, by faith (meaning we cast the whole of our life and our life’s circumstances upon His reliability and trustworthiness), because He alone knows the path that He has destined for us to follow (see Rom 8:28-29; Eph 1:11).

As Christians, we are no longer guided by our self interest, because we realize that because of Christ’s propitious sacrifice on Calvary’s cross, our life no longer belong to ourselves.

Galatians 2:20
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”

Every Christian is now called to live by FAITH, which by definition is the action we take, based upon our belief and reliance upon God and the truth of His Word; which action is sustained by our confidence that when God promises something He is well able to perform.

His promise is that He is with us ALWAYS, to help us in our daily problems and difficulties; but we must learn to cooperate with Him, taking His yoke upon us daily (Mat 11:28-30), meaning we must sign over the deed of our life and give Him the keys to our life, making Him Lord over every area of our life.

Jesus’ promise is that He never leaves us, but we must learn to cooperate with Him each day, through the Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 13:5-6
Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

5 Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have];

For He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support.

[I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

6 So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?

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Living for Christ…

Christianity is a way of life…

And our Marching Orders require that we strive each day to become more like Christ.

Romans 8:29
“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”

As we grow closer to Jesus, as we daily are growing in our knowledge of Him and His work, by our daily immersing ourselves in His Word, then we will find ourselves having a longing to become more like Him; and this is God’s goal for all of us, in our preparation for eternity.

The Bible tells us that our purpose in life is that we become like Jesus, to be conformed to His image — to think like Him, to speak like Him, and to behave like Him in every area of our life.

Living a Repentant Life
We do this by allowing the Holy Spirit, each day, as we immerce ourselves in God’s Word, to rewrite the corrupt programing we’ve all have received from this corrupt world system.

By our practicing the presence of God, in our lives each day, we are putting away our old habits, patterns, and passions and are replacing them with new and better habits, patterns, and passions.

We need to learn to live for Christ, from the moment we wake up each day to the moment we fall asleep; to live in such a way that we draw attention to Jesus and bring glory to His name.

We need to learn to live as Christians, to love as Christians, and to serve as Christians — and to do all we do in a distinctly Christian way.

1 John 2:6
“Whoever claims to abide in Him (Jesus) must walk as Jesus walked.”

This is our God given assignment each and every day — To Practice the Presence of God and to learn to walk as Jesus walked, as we meditate and study in His Word.

We all want blessings, happiness, and fulfillment, and we associate a happy condition with a certain amount of ease.

Jesus promises blessings and fulfillment to those who follow Him (John 4:14), but many people have been surprised that the way of Christ is not as easy as they had hoped.

Sometimes, following Christ can be downright difficult.

John 16:33
Jesus speaking: “I have told you these things (in the Bible) so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!”

So let’s get our heads on right this morning and every morning that to follow Christ means that we must learn the importance of denying ourselves and living for Him — living for Christ every single day.

Matthew 16:24
Jesus speaking: “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross (symbol of our death to self will) and follow Me.”

This is what it means to be a follower of Christ — it means as act of our will, by faith — that we, by faith, seek to live for Him every day.

This is our mission and our assignment today and every day, if we choose to accept it, which means that we each have to choose to die to our self will daily, and to live for Christ.

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Just give me JESUS…

The time is NOW, the place is WHEREVER YOU ARE…

Just give me JESUS!

Isaiah 55:1-7
New Century Version (NCV)

God Gives What Is Good
1 The Lord says, “All you who are thirsty,
come and drink.
Those of you who do not have money,
come, buy and eat!

Come buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.

2 Why spend your money on something that is not real food?
Why work for something that doesn’t really satisfy you?

Listen closely to me, and you will eat what is good;
your soul will enjoy the rich food that satisfies.

3 Come to me and listen;
listen to me so you may live.

I will make an agreement with you that will last forever.
I will give you the blessings I promised to David.

4 I made David a witness of my power for all nations,
a ruler and commander of many nations.

5 You will call for nations that you don’t yet know.
And these nations that do not know you will run to you
because of the Lord your God,
because of the Holy One of Israel who honors you.”

6 So you should look for the Lord before it is too late;
you should call to him while he is near.

7 The wicked should stop doing wrong,
and they should stop their evil thoughts.

They should return to the Lord so he may have mercy on them.
They should come to our God, because he will freely forgive them.

God’s Word to you today…

The Oracle: The Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled
by Jonathan Cahn

“Now,” he said. “Never another time. Never tomorrow.

You can only come to Him when the time is now. No other time is real. So the only one who can come is you . . . the only place is here . . . and the only time is now.

“And so the voice of God would now call to the one who is here and now and to each one who would hear His voice wherever and whenever they are . . . The voice of God would say to you this . . . I have known you from the beginning, from before you took your first step, before you breathed your first breath, before you were even conceived.

I have seen all your tears and have known all your sorrows and wounds and pains, all your longings and hopes, all your fears, your dreams and heartbreaks, your burdens and weariness, your times of asking Me why, your cries of loneliness and emptiness, your times of separation, your mourning for what was lost, your weaknesses and failings, your wanderings, your sins and shame . . . And I have still loved you with an everlasting love . . . And now I call you to leave the darkness and all that is passed and all that I never willed or purposed for your life . . . that the days of your separation would come to an end. It is time now to return. It is time to come home . . . to enter the inheritance of blessing you never knew but were born to enter. It is time for your Jubilee.

Come to Me. And I will not turn you away but will receive you. And I will wipe away all your tears. I will forgive all your sins. I will heal all your wounds. And I will turn all your sorrows into joy.

And you will forget your days of darkness and wandering, the days of your separation.

And I will make all things new. And I will bring you into a land where the crippled walk, where deserts bloom, where the blind see, where the defiled become pure, and where that which was lost is found again.

I will bring you to a place you have never known and yet have always longed to be, to your Promised Land.

And I will never leave you. And you will never again know what it is to be lost. For in that day, you will have come home. You will be Mine, and I will be yours . . . forever.”

“He didn’t say a word after that. Nor did I. I couldn’t. It was enough to just take it all in.

And there was nothing I could think of to say that wouldn’t have sounded inappropriate or inadequate in the wake of what had been spoken.

There was nothing else to say. “So we just sat there in silence as the wind swept over the mountaintop and as the light of the rising sun broke through the cloud beneath us.”

(from The Oracle: The Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled – pages 269 – 270)

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The Name of Jesus (Heb = Yeshua) is a STRONG TOWER…

JESUS (Heb: Yeshua) is Our Savior, Our Refuge and Strong Tower…

Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.

Proverbs 18:10
The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe.

Understanding the POWER in the Name of Jesus

The name of Jesus is so powerful that ignorance of it is robbing many of God’s blessings and fulfilment in life.

The enemy will do anything to keep man in the dark so that he can continue to oppress him. The truth is that the power in the name of Jesus brings deliverance from all oppression of the devil and delivers dominion to mankind.

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved
— Acts 4:12

And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
— Acts 3:16

God understanding the power of names carefully chose the name of Jesus to reflect His purpose while on earth and after resurrection. The name of means saviour

Salvation means

Deliverance from sin and its consequences.

Preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss.

Therefore, there is no deliverance from sin and its consequences nor preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss except through the name of Jesus.

For you to enjoy the benefits, including healing in the name of Jesus you need to understand the power in the name.

Therefore what to know about the name Jesus:

1. His name gives us our identity

“… And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” Acts 11:26

As a Christian, you are identified with God because you believe in the name of Jesus and are expected to live like Him

2. Jesus’ name is above every other name.

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philip 2:9-11 (KJV)

The name of Jesus is above the name of any sickness or disease or situation. Whatever has a name is below the name of Jesus and must give way to it, no matter where it may come from: heaven, earth or hell.

3. Only through His name can you get anything from God

And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full – John 16:23-24 (KJV)

God has designed it that after the death and resurrection of Jesus, no man can relate with Him for any reason whatsoever except through Jesus. He is now the gateway to God and His blessings: you can only go in and get your blessings, including healing through Him.

4. Everything Jesus is and carries is in His name

And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover – Mark 16:17-18 (KJV)

Whatever Jesus can do, the power in the name will do it when you use it. Whatever God can do you can do in the name of Jesus. You can say – let there be in Jesus name and there will be. We exercise our God-given authority only in the name of Jesus.

5. His name is at work 24/7

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death – Revelations 1:18 (KJV)

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen – Matthew 28:20 (KJV)

Because Jesus lives forever and He is with us always, His name is never on break. Look for Him, or call Him anytime, anywhere and the power in the name will work.

6. The enemy knows and understands the power of names, most especially the name Jesus.

He trembles at the name Jesus.

And behold, they shrieked and screamed, What have You to do with us, Jesus, Son of God? Have You come to torment us before the appointed time?

— Matthew 8:29 (AMP)

The devils trembled at the presence of Jesus. They still tremble at the name of Jesus

And she did this for many days. Then Paul, being sorely annoyed and worn out, turned and said to the spirit within her, I charge you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her! And it came out that very moment

— Acts 16:18 (AMP)

Command healing or deliverance over your life or loved one in the name of Jesus and the spirit of infirmity will leave immediately.

7. The name of Jesus is a strong refuge.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe – Proverbs 18:10 (KJV)

The power in the name provides protection, covering for them that believe in it. When you call His name in time of danger, Jesus quickly shields you from any imminent evil.

8. His name commands instant delivery.

And Peter said unto him, Æneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.

— Acts 9:34 (KJV)

When you call His name for help, the answer is dispatched immediately.

Most of the time you see instant manifestation but some other times you see the result after a while as you walk in obedience to God’s word.

9. The power in the name of Jesus is invoked through faith

And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

— Acts 3:16 (KJV)

If you call Jesus’ name in unbelief or carelessly, it will not work.

Therefore, anytime you are mentioning Jesus’ name do it in faith and with the understanding of the power that lies in His name.

Don’t call His name in vain; it is not acceptable unto God.

10. You are qualified to use His name only if you are born again

Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying,

We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.

And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?

And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified

— Acts 19:13-17 (KJV)

It is very dangerous to use the name of Jesus if you have not identified with Him. You have to give your life to Jesus first before you can exercise the power in the name.

In conclusion, there is healing, deliverance among other things in the name of Jesus.

With all you have read above, you are now in a better position to exercise authority over that illness or situation in Jesus name.

Do so today and your testimony is the next.

[http://stepswithgod.com/understanding-power-jesus/]

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