Life Solutions

Articles, confessions, and a collection of God’s promises that you need to face any and every situation in life.

What does the devil do to try to tempt us?

1. The devil questions our identity.
You need to know who you are. You’re a child of God. You are the righteousness of God. What did Jesus do? He quoted Deuteronomy. He’s not making up scripture. Whatever He would have said would become scripture, but He held fast to the Word. Go back to the simple truths of the Word.

Romans 12:1-2 says “And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Bring your mind into subjection of the Word by feeding your mind the Word of God. If you’re dealing with smoking and drinking – your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Get in that Word, get your mind renewed, and replace those thoughts with greater thoughts. Open your mouth. Confess any scripture you know and that will consume the thoughts that have consumed you. God has given you this Word so you can be free.

2. The devil tempts us to tempt God.
Tempting God means needing to see God do what He said He would do before we believe what He said. It’s putting God in a position to prove He’s God. He won’t.

Jesus said it is written. It is written. It is written. And the devil left Him. Angels came and ministered to him. Satan leaves, but then you need to be ministered to. It takes energy to resist the devil. It takes persistence. It takes consistency. Build up that habit of speaking the Word.

I John 2:14 says, “I have written unto you young men, because you are strong, and the Word of God abides in you, and you are victorious over the evil one.” You’re strong when the Word of God abides in you. John 15:7 says, “If you abide in Me, My words abide in you, you shall ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you.” God takes that Word that you have abiding in you, and then He has something to work with.

Read 1 Corinthians 10:13. The devil wants you to think “I don’t know if I can handle this temptation.” But this verse says that God will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able. So, if you find yourself in a situation, be encouraged. You can get out of it. It’s not impossible.

Here’s how temptation works:

Fantasy -Flirtation -Fall First, you allow it to grow in your mind. Then you begin to flirt with it. Then you fall.

We need to deal with it in the early stages – of fantasy and thought life. That way if we stumble, we can still pull back. You can’t look at pornography. You have to watch over your heart with all diligence. You have to be careful where you go, who you hang around with, what you watch; because you have a responsibility to watch over your heart.

3. Peter 2:9 says, “The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation.” He gives us the knowledge how to avoid it ourselves. There is only one way to not be tempted – to be dead. Guess what we need to do then – be dead. Your flesh is going to give you impulses – be dead to it. I take up my cross and I die to this.

2 Tim 2:22 says “Flee youthful lusts.” Run with all your might. Run as if your life depended on it. Run with them that call on the Lord from a pure heart. Eccl 4:9 says “Woe to the one who falls and is alone.” Get help when you need it.

Here are a few simple steps to help you:

1. If you’re born again, you are a new creature. God says “Be ye holy, even as I am holy.” He says this over you. He says you already are holy. He made you in His image. If you’ve made Jesus your Lord, then as He is so are you in this world. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives inside you.

2. Repent.
To repent is to change how you think.
When you try to take a shortcut to change on the outward, you’ll never be able to change. Romans 12:1-2 says Be transformed by the changing of your mind. It’s your thought life. As I got my mind renewed, my desires changed. You’re not going to be able to strongwill yourself into doing it. Addictions can be delivered instantly, but sometimes it’s just that you need your mind renewed. It’s like a pig – you can dress him up, make him look good, but when he sees mud, he’s going to jump in. Why? Because he’s not changed on the inside.

3. Know who you are in Christ.

4. Know that the curse is broken.
Addictions are sometimes passed down from generation to generation. The Bible says that God will visit the iniquity of the fathers up into the third and fourth generations. But you can make a decision that you can either be one of the four generations of curses, or you can be the first generation of blessings. You need to make that decision today.

How do we break the cycle of the curse of addiction?

1. You’ve got to sow the opposite of what your parents reaped. If they reaped negative things in their lives, you’ve got to sow the opposite of that, into someone else’s life.

2. You’ve got to identify with the new blood line. I am not a part of the generation of my parents any longer. I’m a part of the new blood line. I’m a part of a new blood line. Jesus became a curse for me. Galatians 3:13 says for cursed is what hangs on a tree. When He died on the cross, the generational curses died on the cross with Him.

3. Don’t retaliate. Don’t react to what people have done to you. Don’t try to get back at somebody, at your relatives or at your parents, or at your kids or at whomever.

4. Accept personal responsibility. It’s your responsibility to drive this mountain out of your life, it’s your responsibility to say to this thing be gone, it’s your responsibility to say to the mountain of curses, be thou removed! And cast into the sea.

5. You’ve got to make different choices than your parents made. If you don’t, then that stuff is going to follow you all the way to your grave. You need to be set free. Now, it’s not a feeling. Breaking free from a curse is not a feeling. It’s a decision. It’s appropriating the blood of Jesus.

Decide to be the first generation of blessing. Decide that from today on, you choose life, and you identify with the bloodline of Jesus. Identify with what He says. He said “It is written,” and you say, “It is written,” He says “You are holy,” and you say “I am holy.” He says, “You’re more than a conqueror” and you say “I’m more than a conqueror.”

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” You already are made free by the blood of Jesus and He became that curse for you. Hallelujah! Receive that for your life TODAY!

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“NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST YOU SHALL PROSPER!”

What a promise from God in Isaiah 54:17!

I want to show you how this promise is more real today than it has ever been so you can walk in God’s divine protection plan in these last days.

The Bible says that the devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). And while he continues to try to bring death and destruction to your life and mine, he has no power to succeed!

Jesus says to you and I in Luke 10:19, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and NOTHING SHALL BY ANY MEANS HURT YOU.”

I like the word NOTHING here. It is similar to the verse in Isaiah 54, where He says, “NO weapon formed against you shall prosper.” It is all-inclusive and definite! It covers every aspect of our lives: whether it be weapons of terrorism, weapons of fear, weapons of sickness and disease, weapons of debt, weapons of emotional pressure – NO weapon can prosper!

Now, let me show you how this promise becomes real in our lives.

1. First, we must understand God’s previous covenant.

In Exodus 12 the children of Israel are commanded by God to kill a lamb and put the blood over the doorposts of their houses so that when the plague of death came to strike down the first born of each house, it would PASS OVER them. “…And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you…” (Exodus 12:13). God honored the blood of a lamb. He brought divine protection to the children of Israel through the blood of the PASSOVER lamb. This is understood as a blood covenant.

2. Next, we need to understand God’s new covenant, which applies to us.

In I Corinthians 5:7, Jesus Christ is called “our Passover lamb.” So He is to us what the Passover lamb of Exodus was to the children of Israel: divine protection and deliverance from plagues, destruction, and bondage.

3. Then, we need to understand the difference between these Passover lambs, or these covenants.

In Hebrews 8:6, it says that Jesus has obtained a “more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a BETTER COVENANT, which was established on BETTER PROMISES.”

Notice, the differences here between the Old Covenant, which was very powerful and effective, versus the New Covenant:

a. The New Covenant is MORE EXCELLENT.
b. It is a BETTER COVENANT.
c. It has BETTER PROMISES.

When I go to the store and see a product like laundry detergent that says it is NEW and IMPROVED, it means that it has to do at least what the OLD PRODUCT did AND THEN SOME. When we accept that we have the Blood of Jesus as our PASSOVER, we must understand that the New Covenant will do at least as much as the old one did, AND THEN SOME.

This is a BETTER covenant, with BETTER Promises, established by BETTER blood; therefore, you and I can expect BETTER results!

The children of Israel enjoyed supernatural protection from the enemies of death and terror. They enjoyed supernatural deliverance from the most ferocious army in the world, the Egyptians. The children of Israel enjoyed the plundering of the Egyptian’s wealth, which was transferred into the hands of Israel. WE CAN ENJOY ALL OF THESE THINGS, and THEN SOME.

Now, how do we walk in this BETTER COVENANT with BETTER PROMISES?

1. We must declare it with our mouths. Romans 10:10 says, “…with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (deliverance, wholeness, protection). We must say that the blood of Jesus protects us, delivers us, and prospers us.

2. We must know that this covenant went into effect the day Jesus died on the cross. “For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives” (Hebrews 9:17).

3. We must come boldly to the throne of God’s grace and make our request known to Him. “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus” (Hebrews 10:19).

4. We must hold fast our confession of faith even when things don’t look good. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering; for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).

5. We must remember this covenant by celebrating communion on a regular basis – reinforcing before ourselves, before God, and before all the devils in this world that we are under God’s divine protection through the blood of Jesus. There is a unique and magnificent power released every time you receive the body and blood of Jesus in communion. You don’t have to wait for a special service. You can receive this right in your home.

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I refuse to throw away my confidence no matter what I see.

I will not allow what I see to discourage me.

I will not allow what I see to pull me down and to make me throw away my confidence.

I make a decision that I will not throw away my confidence, because my confidence has a great reward. (Hebrews 10:35)

It may take a while, but I have patience. For in a little while, what He promised will manifest because I am the just, and I live by faith and because I live by faith, I will not shrink back. Because when I shrink back, God has no pleasure in me and my number one goal is to be pleasing to God. (Hebrews 10:38)

I maintain, therefore, an attitude of faith, a spirit of faith, a position of faith that is always pleasing to God. And, therefore, the manifestation will come; because I maintain my position of pleasing God by using my faith and holding fast to my confession and never letting it go. (Hebrews 11:6)

I will not draw back.

I will not shrink back, but I will have faith until the end, until the outcome, until what I believe is what I see. If I don’t see it, that won’t change what I believe. Because the reason I’m believing is first and foremost to be pleasing to God, then to see the manifestation.

The manifestation will come when I’m pleasing to God. And I choose to hold fast to faith, to confidence in this Word, and I will not let go.

I will not give up.

I will not let go of my confession no matter what I see, no matter what I feel, no matter what other people say or do, no matter how many people shrink back.

A thousand may fall on my side and ten thousand at my right hand, but it shall not approach me. It’s not coming near my dwelling place because I’m holding fast to my confession. (Psalm 91:7)

 

    * I confess I’m blessed.

 

    * I confess I’m healed.

 

    * I confess I have wisdom.

 

    * I confess I’m happy.

 

    * I confess I have the money I need.

 

    * I confess I have the job I need.

 

    * I confess I’m a soul winner.

 

    * I confess I have the right answer in every situation.

 

    * I confess I’m the head and not the tail.

 

    * I confess I will not give up.

 

    * I will not let go of my confession of faith.

 

    * I will not be discouraged when I don’t see results. Therefore, I refuse to throw away my confidence.

 

    * I will not change my confession.

 

    * My love will not grow cold.

 

    * I abide in love.

 

    * I remain in love.

 

God loves me and I love others and, therefore, my faith works. (Galatians 5:6)

And as long as my faith is working, my giving continues.

As long as my giving continues, my harvest is on the way.

As long as my harvest is on the way, bitterness cannot enter in and defile my roots.

My roots are healthy roots.

My roots are productive roots.

I’ve got the Word of God in my roots.

The Word of God is what I meditate on day and night.

And I’m like a tree firmly rooted, firmly planted in streams and rivers of living water and,
therefore, I will bring forth fruit in my season.

My leaf will not wither.

So, I make the confession that bitterness will not be rooted in my life.

In whatever I do, I will prosper. (Psalm 1:2-3)

My harvest will not stop because my giving will not stop, because my faith will not fail, because my love will not grow cold, because my confession will not change, because I will not throw away my confidence.

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I declare this day that no weapon formed against me can prosper (Isaiah 54:17).

Because I am the righteousness of God, favor surrounds me as a shield; divine protection surrounds me as a shield. (Psalm 5:12) I am, therefore, in the right place at the right time.

Every attack that the devil had planned against me is diverted now in the name of Jesus. I use my words to agree with God’s Words, and, therefore, I cannot be defeated and I cannot be terrorized.

Fear has nothing in me because perfect love casts out fear according to I John 4:18. And perfect love has been shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). Perfect Love is God Himself living in me. Therefore, fear cannot live in me because God lives in me. And if God lives in me, then love lives in me, and fear and torment cannot live in me. They cannot even come near my dwelling place.

I will fear no evil because God is with me (Psalm 23:4). And if God is with me, demons tremble, demonic plots fail, and demonic people flee, in the name of Jesus.

As the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21) I can speak the Word of God and it comes to pass. The Word coming out of my mouth is the same as the Word of God coming out of God’s mouth. He is watching over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12) and it will not return void (Isaiah 55:11).

Every time I speak God’s Word, the angels hear it and they hearken to the voice of His word; they hasten to carry out that Word and bring it to pass (Psalm 103:20).

I cannot be defeated or destroyed. In fact, every tongue that accuses me and every tongue that attacks me I condemn with my words. This is my heritage. This is my right as a child of God, made in His image, made with His dominion and authority living in me, coming forth out of my spirit through my words (Isaiah 54:17)!

I condemn right now every tongue of fear trying to speak to me, every tongue of terror, every tongue of disaster, and tragedy. I condemn every tongue of poverty and lack, every tongue of abandonment and rejection, every tongue of inferiority and defeat. I cannot be defeated because God is on my side. And if God be for me, who can be against me (Romans 8:31).

Tribulation can’t defeat me, distress can’t defeat me, and persecution can’t defeat me. Lack and attack cannot defeat me. None of these things can separate me from the love of God according to Romans 8:35-39. None of these things can get between God and me. And if they can’t get between God and me, they cannot affect me. They cannot fulfill their demonic purpose against my life.

In fact, they cannot penetrate my shield of faith because it extinguishes every fiery dart of the wicked one. It stops every attack. It stops every weapon that was designed for my destruction (Ephesians 6:16).

No, the devil cannot have me, my family, my church, my city, my nation, or my earth. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; and He has given it to the sons of men! That’s me. He has given it to me.

He has given me authority and dominion over this earth and every thing in this earth. I have authority over every serpent and scorpion and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt or harm me (Luke 10:19)!

I believe what God says and I will not be moved by what’s going on around me. Jesus rebuked the wind and the storm and they stopped. The storm obeyed Him and, therefore, it has to obey me for these reasons:

  1. Because as He is, so am I according to 1 John 4:17.
  2. Because the works that He did, He said I could do and greater works shall I do according to John 14:12.
  3. Because I am seated with Him in heavenly places far above all rule and principality and over every name that is named according to Ephesians 1:21 and Ephesians 2:6.

Glory to God, I cannot be defeated, I cannot be harmed, and I cannot fail.

Since God did not spare His own Son, according to Romans 8:32, He will not spare anything. He will not spare His divine protection, His divine security, His divine wisdom, and His divine strength. Therefore, I receive that protection, security, wisdom and strength right now; and I act on it in the name of Jesus.

The blood of Jesus is what gives me the right to these things, just as the blood of a lamb gave divine protection and provision to the children of Israel as they were delivered out of Egypt.

And according to Hebrews 8:12, we have a better covenant than they had through the blood of Jesus, and therefore, a covenant with better blood means a better covenant. So, whatever the blood did for the children of Israel, the blood of Jesus does at least that for me, and then some!

Now I declare today that God is on my side, Jesus is Lord, and every mountain of fear, terror, and plots against me is removed right now in the name of Jesus!

I declare today that Satan has no power over my life; that every weapon he has has been defeated, that fear is cast out, that love makes my faith work and therefore I cannot fail. God’s Word cannot fail and that’s what I am made of – His Word; made in His image, after His likeness, with the power of the Holy Spirit and authority of His Words.

Therefore, by the blood of Jesus, I dwell in the secret place of the most High. I abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I say of the Lord, You are my refuge; and my fortress, my God in you I will trust.

For it is You that delivers me from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. You cover me with Your pinions, and under Your wings I seek refuge. Your faithfulness is a shield and a bulwark.

I will not be afraid of the terror by night or the arrow that flies by day; of the pestilence that stalks in darkness or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. For a thousand shall fall at my side and ten thousand at my right hand, but it shall not approach me, my family, my church, my possessions, my body, my future, my city, or my nation. I will only look on with my eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. For I have made the Lord my refuge, even the Most High my dwelling place. No evil shall befall me, nor shall any plague come near my dwelling.

For He gives his angels charge concerning me to guard me in all my ways. They will bear me up in their hands lest I dash my foot against a stone. I shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent I shall trample down.

Because I have loved Him, therefore He delivers me. He sets me securely on high, because I have known His name. I call upon Him and He answers; He is with me in trouble to rescue me and honor me. With long life He shall satisfy me and let me behold His salvation, in Jesus name. (Psalm 91)

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Emotions—we all have them; unfortunately, there are times when they have us! Wouldn’t you like to get control of them rather than them having control of you? You certainly can. But how?

Mastering Life

This whole teaching stems from the revelation that we were designed by God to master life, rather than it mastering us—that we were made in the image of God to reflect His power, His love and His authority in this earth. It starts in our emotions, or our soul, because God says in 3 John 2 “I wish above all things that you would prosper and be in health, EVEN AS YOUR SOUL PROSPERS.” So as your soul goes, the rest of your life follows.

God created us to be in control as He is. However, in our failure to control our own self, we attempt to control others in order to feel the superiority that God created us to be in. Though, perhaps, currently displaced, it is God’s will for us to get back on top in this life—to reign in this life. Mastering our emotions doesn’t mean not having emotions. God designed us to express passion and emotion; but sin, the devil and the curse have perverted these emotions so that they will hurt us and hurt others around us.

Men, Women and Emotions

While women identify with this subject easily, this is by no stretch of the imagination for women only. The fact is, women are blessed to be more aware of their emotions (as your husband may attest, if you are married!)

Men have as many emotions as women. We need to get rid of the notion that women show their emotion more than men. The fact is, that they show different emotions than men, but not more—perhaps simply more recognizable.

Just because you’re a man, you may think, “It’s women that are more emotional than men.” Well, I am going to show you in the Word of God that that’s not true. It’s not true that women are more emotional than men. Women have more of a tendency to be expressive outwardly of their emotions; whereas men have more of a tendency to internalize their emotions and become more quiet and become more melancholy. When they’re emotional, they may become more somber. Now, a woman might have an outburst of her emotions verbally, but a man’s outburst of emotions is a grunt or a sigh.

The Sand Box

Have you ever noticed boys and girls playing? If you’ve ever noticed a boy and a girl playing like when we were kids, playing in a sand box. And girls, they’ll be in the sand box and they will be talking. They’ll say, “I’m going to play in the sand and build a little neat sand castle, and then I’m going to get the little boys to come and you know help me build this sand castle… and then when I get done with this I’m going to get all clean and play with my little dollies and I can’t wait to get home and play with my dollies.” What is the boy’s response? He grabs a truck and goes “vroom, vroom, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmmm.”

Then the little girl taps her friend and goes, “Little boy, are you listening to me?” And he responds, “Hmmm?” He hardly talks. Girls learn to vocalize themselves a whole lot earlier than boys do. Sometimes boys never do! Some boys never learn to express themselves but they’re always grunting.

A wife says, “What do you want for dinner tonight honey?” Husbands response: “mmhmm” (Translation: “I don’t know.”) Wife: “Why I was thinking about making spaghetti. Would that interest you?” “Mmhmm.” (Translation: “fine with me.”)

Men express themselves differently than women, but both men and women, when they are not born again, are under the curse of being controlled by their emotions. As believers, we are redeemed from this curse; however, we need to learn how to walk out of being emotionally-ruled people.

The “C” Word: Control

The word “control” is one of the most misunderstood words in our language. It usually has negative connotations; yet, its essence is determined by who is actually the one in control.

There has been a lot of Christian and secular writing that condemns the idea of a “controlling” personality. And rightly so, as it usually describes insecure people trying to control others in order to feel powerful or feel value.

People that try to control others are people who cannot control themselves—and usually this is found in the failure to control our emotions. It’s important for us to deal with the root causes of our problems at the onset so we can walk in victory and truly be free.

We all need to feel we are in control. There is nothing necessarily wrong with being in control. The issue is: what it is we are supposed to be in control of. When we get a hold of our thoughts, then we’ll have control of our emotions. When we get a hold of our emotions, we will have peace and security on the inside, eliminating our need to control others.

I want to show you that if you can control your emotions, you can absolutely do anything. Proverbs 16:32 says, “Better is a man who can rule his spirit (emotions, attitudes) than one who can capture a city.” Look at how powerful a person actually is who can control or “master” his/her emotions. He/she is more powerful than an army. In contrast, the person who is under the control of emotions is like a person overtaken by an army. But God made us to be in control—or better said: to walk in our authority.

1. You can have control.
2. You can be in control.
3. Control is a Godly force designed by God to direct circumstances where God has designed them to go.
4. Uncontrolled and unyielded emotions lead to controlling the wrong thing: people.

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Discouragement is something every one of us faces at times. Sometimes it seems like nothing anyone does or says can encourage us.

David went through that in 1 Samuel 30. He was deeply discouraged as his wife, children and possessions were taken from him and his house burned down by fire. At his worst moment, the Bible says he went into God’s presence and received the encouragement he needed. By the blood of Jesus, we have the ability to go to God and receive the encouragement we need as well.

I am praying for you and thanking God that things will begin turning around in your life today! Below I’ve listed 10 reasons to be encouraged from the Word of God. So be blessed and be encouraged and remember to write me as you see things turn around in your life…

BE ENCOURAGED:

1. Because He is with you (Haggai 2:4)

2. Because your sins are forgiven (Matt 9:2)

3. Because God’s calling for you (Mark 10:49)

4. Because Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33)

5. Because He is standing at your side (Acts 23:11)

6. Because God cannot lie! (Hebrews 6:17-18)

7. Because you can enter boldly into the Holy Place by the blood of Jesus (Heb 10:19)

8. Because God will never leave you, fail you or forsake you (Joshua 1:5,6,9)

9. Because He has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom (Luke 12:32)

10. Because He gives you whatever is good if you ask (Matt 7:11)

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II Timothy 1:7
God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a calm, well balanced mind.

Isaiah 12:2
I am not afraid because God is my salvation and I trust Him.

1 John 4:18
I am not tormented because all fear is cast out in God’s perfect love.

Isaiah 41:10
I do not fear nor am I dismayed, because God is with me. God makes me strong and helps me and upholds me with His victorious and righteous right hand.

Isaiah 43:1
I do not fear, for God has redeemed me and called me by name – I am His.

Hebrews 13:6
The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man can do to me.

Proverbs 29:25
I avoid snares because I do not fear man, but I place my trust in the Lord and therefore I am safe.

Deuteronomy 31:6
I am strong and courageous, delivered from fear, because the Lord my God goes with me. He will not fail me nor forsake me.

Romans 8:15

I have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but I have received the spirit of adoption whereby I cry “Abba, Father.”

Proverbs 1:33
I listen to the Lord, therefore, I dwell safely and I am quieted from the fear of evil.

Deuteronomy 1:21
I will not fear nor be discouraged, for the Lord my God has set the land before me – I will go up and possess it.

Deuteronomy 3:22
I will not fear, for the Lord my God shall fight for me.

Luke 12:32
I do not fear, for it is my Father’s good pleasure to give me the kingdom.

Psalm 112:7
I am not afraid of bad news, for my heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.

Isaiah 12:2
I am strong and courageous, not fearful and dismayed for the Lord Jehovah is my strength, my song and my salvation.

John 14:27
I walk in the peace that Jesus has left for me, not peace as the world gives. My heart is not troubled neither is it afraid.

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HOW TO GET FINANCIAL FREEDOM:

It’s time for you and me to have real financial freedom and peace…

Unfortunately, many of us only hope for it!!

For many, Haggai 1:6 is an accurate description of the financial frustration they face:

“You have sown much and bring in little; you eat, but do not have enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes.”

Do any of these financial conditions apply to you? 

1. You sow much, but reap little.
2. You eat, but never seem to have enough.
3. You have clothes and shelter, but it seems like such a struggle.
4. You earn your wages, but the money seems to disappear so quickly.

Well, all of that can change just a few moments from now!

God has called me to give you simple, yet profound, steps to experiencing your financial freedom.

There are very few pressures or points of contention in our lives worse than financial pressure and financial lack. In fact, we are told that FINANCES are one of the main causes of many failed marriages.

Poverty and lack simply means to not have enough. You can have abundance in one area of life and still be experiencing lack in your finances. A person could have enough health, but not enough money. They could have enough friends, but still not enough money. You could spend enough time at your job, or even at TWO jobs and still be lacking.

All of these situations represent poverty or lack, and God never intended for you to live this way. Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.”

You see God is a God of abundance. His name is El Shaddai, which translated means “The God of MORE THAN ENOUGH!” Though the world may have a shortage, your company may have a shortage, your savings account may have a shortage, your checkbook may have a shortage- God never has a shortage!!

He has more than enough for you and me. David said, “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or his seed begging for bread.” (Psalm 37:25)

You are His righteousness.
You are not a beggar.
You are going to prosper.
You are going to make it in difficult times!

Allow me to show you how. But first, let me say that there are no shortcuts – you really don’t need one. The reason people put themselves in a position to be desperate for a shortcut is because they don’t do things God’s way to begin with. Let’s look at an earlier verse in Haggai 1:5.

Before God tells His people their problem, He tells them how to avoid it in verse 5: “Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways!” Again after explaining the problem He repeats Himself in verse 7 saying, “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways!”

So we see here that we need to look at the way we are doing things so we can identify where we are messing up and how we can fix it.

I also want to dispel the myth here that merely giving an offering is somehow a quick fix to all of our financial needs. While giving an offering is surely a part of God’s plan, it cannot stand alone without following the rest of God’s plan for your financial freedom and success.

Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God (His way of doing things) and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.”

Let’s follow some simple steps:

1. Giving and sowing our seed is definitely the first key to doing things God’s way. God is a giver. He gave His Son and received millions of sons back as His harvest. Furthermore, He has made us in His image, and it is the desire of every born-again believer to want to give. It is instinctively inside of each of us consciously or subconsciously that something good always happens when you give.

2. Next, I want to encourage you to watch your spending. We must be careful not to over-spiritualize our financial situation and realize that there are some natural steps we can take to have financial success in troubled times. The key here is to have a simple budget where you are regularly spending less than what you are bringing in. You cannot violate this principle and expect good things to happen. If that means you must give up some creature comforts for a season, that’s okay. Better to pay now and play later, rather that play now and pay later; because when you pay later, the price is always greater. (Some people play now- and then pray later, but prayer without wisdom is not God’s plan!!) Credit cards are a perfect example of this. You always end up paying more when you use a credit card to purchase something that you don’t have the money to buy.

I would encourage you to set some solid boundaries for yourself, like cutting up your credit cards and keeping one in your car for emergency use only. ( A new dress you always wanted does not qualify as an emergency!)

Jesus said the Spirit of the Lord had anointed Him to preach the Gospel to the poor….and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Favor here means “jubilee”, a time in which all debt was canceled and eliminated.

3. Third, I want to show you how to get promoted and how to make it nearly impossible to ever be fired again!

A. Be a servant. In any business, service is the key. If you outdo your competition in service and cleanliness and helpfulness in each situation, you will be hard to get rid of.

B. Attitude. An attitude of genuine happiness, commitment and positive thinking will always keep you in demand.

C. Watch your words. They should always build up-never tear down. Your words should create hope, faith and positive goals for yourself and your company.

D. Never complain. 

E. Be diligent, fast and efficient. Lazy people will always be out of work.

F. Keep your word. Never lie. Every company wants people in it who can be trusted. When trust is broken, so is your value.

4. Re-evaluate your savings and investments. Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 says that you should diversify. Never put all your eggs in one basket. Invest in land if you can. Invest in things that will always be in demand. People will always need to eat. They will always need a place to live, a house or an apartment building. They will always need doctors, lawyers or groceries, etc. Stay away from “get-rich-quick schemes.” Jesus said, “As you are faithful with the little, you will be put in charge over much.” (Matthew 25:21)

5. If you have a job, keep your resume current. Look into starting an honest and legitimate business in your home while keeping your current job.

6. Finally, let me give you five financial secrets from John the Baptist in Luke 3:11-14:

Luke 3:11
A. Start every business or every year of life by giving something away. Realize that what you have been given by God is to share.

Luke 3:13
B. Never take advantage of a person’s misfortune or vulnerable situation.

Luke 3:14
C. Do not pressure people for a sale or make decisions out of desperation or financial struggle.

Luke 3:14
D. Never accuse or criticize employers, employees or your competition.

Luke 3:14
D. Be satisfied with your wages. Always be thankful, never ungrateful or bitter-look to God as your Source, not man!

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Proverbs 22:6
I train my children in the way that they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:15
The rod of correction shall drive foolishness far from my children.

Proverbs 13:13
I do not withhold discipline (or correction) from my children.

Ephesians 6:4
I do not provoke my children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and counsel, discipline and admonition of the Lord.

Ephesians 6:1-3
My children obey me quickly and willingly for it is right, so all is well with them and they have long life on this earth.

Proverbs 13:1
My children are wise and heed my instruction and correction.

Proverbs 13:24
I love my children and diligently discipline them early. Because of that, they give me delight and rest.

Colossians 3:21
I do not discourage my children by provoking them to anger. Rather, I provoke them to love and good works.

Proverbs 20:30
Disciplinary action cleanses away evil from my children, and the correction thereby reaches to the innermost parts.

Isaiah 59:21
For this is the covenant the Lord has made with me, His Spirit that is upon me and His Words which He has put in my mouth and the mouth of my children henceforth and forever.

Isaiah 54:13
My children are disciples taught by the Lord and obedient to His will. Great is their peace and undisturbed is their composure.

Deuteronomy 6:7
I teach God’s Words diligently unto my children, and talk of them when I sit in our house, when I walk by the way, when I lie down, and when I rise up.

1 John 2:13
My children know and recognize and are aware of the Father.

James 1:22
My children are doers of the Word, and not hearers only.

2 Timothy 3:16
I use the scripture to reprove, correct and instruct my children in righteousness.

Proverbs 3:4
My children find favor, good understanding, and high esteem in the sight of the Lord, and in the sight of man.

Isaiah 44:3
God is pouring out His Spirit on my offspring, and His blessing on my descendants.

Isaiah 49:25
The Lord contends with him who contends with me and He gives safety to my children and eases them day-by-day.

Psalm 91:11
The Lord gives His angels charge over my children to accompany, defend, and preserve them.

Deuteronomy 1:39
My children possess the good of the land.

Deuteronomy 28:41
I enjoy my children and they shall not go into any captivity of the devil.

Psalm 112:2
My seed shall be mighty on the earth. My generation shall be blessed.

Deuteronomy 28:4
Blessed shall be the fruit of my body.

Proverbs 11:21
My seed shall be delivered.

Isaiah 32:17
The work of righteousness in my children shall be peace; and the effect of the righteousness, quietness, and assurance forever.

Psalm 118:6
The Lord is on the side of my children-they shall not fear.

Deuteronomy 12:28
I observe and hear all the words that God commands me and I do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord and so it goes well with me and with my children after me forever.

James 1:5
I receive wisdom from God for everything I speak to my children.

Proverbs 31:26
I open my mouth with wisdom and on my tongue is the law of kindness.

Proverbs 2:6

I have skillful and Godly wisdom in bringing up my children.

Ephesians 4:29
When I speak to my children, no unwholesome or worthless talk comes out of my mouth, but only what is good and beneficial to their spiritual progress as is fitting to the need and the occasion that it may be a blessing and give grace to them.

Colossians 2:3
In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Romans 15:14
I am full of goodness and knowledge and competent to instruct my children.

Deuteronomy 28:6
My children are blessed of the Lord all the days of their lives.

1 Corinthians 13:40 – 48 (Amplified)
I endure long and I am patient. I am very kind and look for ways to be constructive. I am not irritable, nor touchy, nor quick to take offense. I keep no record of wrongs. I rejoice when right and truth prevails. I know no limit to my love’s endurance. I always believe the best of my children. My hopes for my children are fadeless under all circumstances. I endure everything without weakening. God’s love inside of me never fails with my children.

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About two years ago the Lord challenged me with this amazingly simple, yet profound, question:

“If I were to give you a platform to speak to every person in America, what one thing would you say that would genuinely set every one of them free? 

Frankly, I was stunned by this question. I’ve been preaching the Gospel since the day I got saved 19 years ago.

But then I thought about all the people who have heard the Gospel – prayed prayers – went to meetings – gave offerings – but still weren’t truly free.

I thought about all the people in churches who are frustrated, hurt, and disappointed. Some so disillusioned that they don’t even dream anymore. Some so hurt that they can’t even laugh anymore. Some so discouraged that they can’t even hope anymore. They’re simply struggling just to survive.

My heart became stirred. “I must find the answer,” I thought. 

Then I thought about how it must have been for Adam and Eve before the fall. How free they must have felt in the Garden of Eden – enjoying any and every harvest they desired.

How blessed and happy they must have been in the green pastures that Moses and David give us a glimpse of…

Yet that seems so far away from us; it’s so difficult to imagine ever recapturing that kind of freedom, power, and joy.

Suddenly, the Lord took me to Genesis 2:7. And He said to me, “Greg, I never destroyed the Garden of Eden when I flooded the earth – I simply relocated it.”

He showed me how He formed man from the soil of the earth (Genesis 2:7). And I said, “Lord, why didn’t You make us out of gold or silver or some other precious material? You made us out of DIRT?”

The Lord replied, “What is soil designed to do? What will it always do?”

Although I’ve never been that great at science, I knew this one thing: soil is designed by God to bring forth a harvest!

Suddenly, it hit me – man’s most certain and secure freedom lies in this one principle: 

YOUR LIFE IS A GARDEN—and you are made of soil!

Your heart is designed by God to bring forth every dream, every promise, and every hope you have ever had.

Now, the Lord confirmed this truth in Deuteronomy 30:11-14 when He said, “…this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you…It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’…the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.”

You see, the promises of God, your healing, your miracle, your children’s protection, your financial freedom, your blessed future are nearer than you think – closer than you think.

YES, YOUR LIFE IS A GARDEN, AND YOU CAN CHANGE WHAT’S GROWING IN IT ONE MINUTE FROM NOW!

Then I began to realize what frustrated so many Christians and non-Christians alike. They see the Bible as a book of rules, rather than what it really is: A BAG OF SEED!

A bag of seed containing every harvest you will ever need.

Every word in the Bible is a seed that will give you a harvest of health, blessing, wisdom, joy, freedom, and genuine happiness.

It’s guaranteed to produce in your life – because every seed needs soil in order to grow and your life is the soil that will grow the GARDEN OF EDEN IN YOU…

Yes, the Garden of Eden still exists! Through the new birth and our covenant with Jesus Christ, we have power over our future, power over our fears, power over our financial struggles.

This is true freedom! 

Are you beginning to sense the power that is in you? 2 Corinthians 4:7 says, “…we have this treasure (garden, wealth, blessing) in EARTHEN vessels…”. The power of God has been placed in earthen vessels – vessels of soil that will produce the impossible, the unthinkable, the unbelievable.

This is your hour, this is your time – your struggle is over!

If you have felt, like me at many times in the past, like you were in the wilderness and in the desert, then this is for you.

Here is the good news Isaiah was talking about when he said: “Your wilderness He will make like Eden and your desert like the GARDEN OF THE LORD.” (Isaiah 51:3)

There is so much more I want and need to tell you about this revelation. I wish I could sit down with you and share this with you personally.

But that’s not possible . . . or is it?

In the coming weeks and months, through our television expansion, I can be right there with you, and you and I can share this freedom with hundreds of thousands of others.

God has called me to spend my life helping you and others put an end to frustration and the disappointing results in your life. You are designed by God to bring forth a harvest!

This principle of seedtime and harvest – that YOUR LIFE IS A GARDEN – will absolutely produce the results that have eluded your grasp long enough!

As I said earlier – you can change your future – NOW – THIS MINUTE! Everything in your life can change today.

Jesus said, “Do not say, ‘There are still four months, and then comes the harvest…the fields (your life)…are already white for harvest! (John 4:35)

The Word declares that as you sow bountifully, you will reap bountifully (2 Corinthians 9:6).

I will minister this principle into your life for as long as you will allow me. I will show you how to get the harvest God meant for you to have. And together, we will experience days of heaven on earth. (Deuteronomy 11:21) 

I want to leave you with this closing thought that continually rings in my ear that the great healing evangelist and university founder, Dr. Oral Roberts, shared with me:

“Even God cannot multiply a seed not sown!” 

Begin planting today and get ready for the harvest of your life!

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Alcoholism & Heart Disease
Psalm 27:14
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.

Anger
James 1:19-20
But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.

Arthritis
Job 4:3-4
Behold you have admonished many, and you have strengthened weak hands. Your words have helped the tottering to stand and you have strengthened feeble knees.

Back Pain
Psalm 145:14
The Lord sustains all who fall and raises up all who are bowed down.

Blood Disease
Joel 3:21
And I will avenge their blood which I have not avenged, for the Lord dwells in Zion.

Cancer
Mark 11:23-24
Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be taken up and cast into the sea” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him. Therefore, I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you.

Depression
Psalm 42:5
Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed with me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence.

Poverty
III John 2
Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life and might have it abundantly.

Selfishness
Proverbs 11:24
There is one who scatters, yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, but it results only in want.

Smoking & Addictions
Psalm 55:18
He will redeem my soul in peace from the battle which is against me, for they are many who strive with me.

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Romans 12:1-2
Father, I present my body to You as a living and holy sacrifice acceptable to You, which is my spiritual service of worship. I will not be conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of my mind, that I may prove what the will of God is.I Corinthians 2:16
I have the mind of Christ; therefore I can know the thoughts of my Lord that He may instruct me.Ephesians 4:23-24
I am renewed in the spirit of my mind and I put on the new self, which in the likeness of God, has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.II Timothy 1:7
Father, I thank You that I do not have a spirit of fear, but I have a spirit of power, a spirit of love and a spirit of a sound, strong, firm, safe, stable and disciplined mind which produces Godly thoughts.I Corinthians 13:7
I set my mind to believe, bear, hope and endure all things.Colossians 3:2
I set my mind on things above, not on things on the earth.Joshua 1:5-9
I am strong and courageous, I will not fear or tremble or be dismayed. God’s Word will never stop being spoken out of my mouth, for I meditate on the Word of God day and night and I am careful to do all that God commands, therefore success and prosperity are mine now!Isaiah 54:14, 17
I am established in righteousness. I am far from oppression in my mind; and fear and terror will not come near me to control me. No weapon formed against me shall prosper and every tongue that accuses me in judgment shall be shown to be in the wrong.Colossians 3:15
I let the peace of God rule in my heart and mind and I am thankful to God in all things.Philippians 4:7-8
Father, I thank You that the peace of God, which surpasses all knowledge, is guarding my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. I command my mind to dwell only on that which is true, honorable, pure, lovely excellent and worthy of praise.I Corinthians 2:16
I have the mind of Christ.

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Genesis 39:2
Father, I thank You that true success and prosperity is You being with me.2 Peter 1:3
I thank You that Your “divine power has given me all things that pertain to life and godliness.”2 Corinthians 9:8
And that I “having all sufficiency in everything may have an abundance for every good deed.”3 John 2
I thank You, Father, that I am prospering and in good health just as my soul is prospering.Deuteronomy 8:18
Father, I remember today that it is You, the Lord my God, Who is continually giving me power and ability to get wealth that Your covenant may be confirmed on the earth.Deuteronomy 28:2
Father, I thank You that all the spiritual and material blessings in Your Word shall come upon me and overtake me because I obey the Lord my God.Joshua 1:8
I meditate in the Word day and night and I do according to all that is in it, therefore I make my way prosperous and I have great success.Psalm 112:2-3
Father, I thank You that my descendants will be mighty upon the earth and that I am blessed…I thank You that wealth and riches are in my house and my righteousness endures forever.Proverbs 3:9; 10:4, 22; 11:24, 25; 13: 21, 22
I honor the Lord from my wealth and from the first of all my produce, and my barns are filled with plenty and my vats are overflowing…I am diligent in all my work and I am made rich…I thank You, Father, that it is Your blessing that makes me rich and no sorrow comes with it…Father, I thank You that as I scatter I will increase all the more…I am a generous man and I will be prosperous. I water others and I, too, will be watered…thank You that adversity pursues sinners, but I, a righteous man, am rewarded with prosperity…I call forth the wealth of the sinner into my life, for it is stored up for me…Luke 6:38
As I give it is given to me; good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, men will pour into my lap.2 Corinthians 8:9
Jesus, I thank You for Your grace, for though You were rich You became poor, that I through Your poverty might become rich.Psalm 65:11
“Thou hast crowned my year with Your goodness and all of my paths drip with abundance”.

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Everyone would agree that the ultimate goal of every Christian is to find the will of God. Why don’t they then? 

1. They think it is going to be confusing or hard to understand.

2. They think God is going to tell them to do something that they don’t want to do.

The will of God is the greatest wealth you can have –if we find the will of God. Hebrews 10:7 says that Jesus came to the earth to do God’s will. The reason we need to discover the will of God for our lives and do it is because the greatest wealth and power is in the will of God. There is joy, peace, fulfillment, blessing and abundance in the will of God.

Hebrews 10:36 says in order to do the will of God we need patience – “hang in there power” – the power to stick it out. That kind of power is going to bring you into the will of God. If we’re going to find the will of God, we need to take the first step. Don’t despise the day of small beginnings –don’t be discouraged. Chip away at it. Finding the will of God is a step-by-step process. Fighting and going through the daily trials – that is when you develop that strength. Why should we find the will of God for our lives? Because when you find the will of God for your life, you’re going to experience the promises of God. At the end of holding on, standing there and believing God, you’re going to experience God’s promises for your life.

So let’s find out how to do the will of God. Romans 12:2 says, “Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove (or execute) what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.”

Finding the will of God is a process: Good will – Acceptable will – Perfect will. There are three stages of the will of God. There are steps or stages to being in the will of God. Let’s use money as an example because it’s something we all can relate to. Three stages of the will of God for your finances are:

The Good Will of God: taking in more than is going out. Keeping your expenses below your income. You’re not in the will of God at all if you spend more money than you make.

Acceptable Will of God: your assets outweigh your liabilities. This is one step better. You own more than you owe. If I wanted to sell my house, it has more value than what I owe on it, so now I’m in the acceptable will of God.

Perfect Will of God: Not only do I have more coming in than what’s going out, and not only do I own more than I owe, but I don’t owe anybody anything, except to love them. That’s the perfect will of God concerning money.

That’s why I don’t want anyone to be condemned if you owe some money to somebody. You can still be in the will of God and have debt. You might be in the good will of God, or the acceptable will of God, but the perfect will of God where money is concerned is to have no debt.

If you find the will of God, that’s where you’ll find your spouse, the job you need, and all that God has for you. So now let’s find out how we experience that.

Steps to Finding the Will of God:

1.Change by changing the way we think. Romans 12:2 says to be changed by the renewing of your mind. That’s where change begins. When you change the way you think, then you’ll change your behavior. John 5:5 says “And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity 38 years,” and goes on to describe his thinking. He thinks, “If I’m the first one in the water, I’m going to be healed.” Jesus challenges his way of thinking and He will challenge the way we think, because when we change the way we think –it will be easy to change our actions.

2. Have the desire. Jesus said to him, “Will you be made whole?” We have to change what we are desiring. When we have desire, and when we change the way we think, that’s when we will be willing to do whatever it takes. A lot of Christians like the path of least resistance. Often times the path of greatest resistance yields the greatest reward.

3. Stop blaming other people. Jesus asked, “Will you be made whole?” And the impotent man said, “I have no man.” In other words, he says, “Nobody loves me. Nobody cares.” Blaming other people is a way of thinking. When we stop blaming people in our thinking, then we’ll experience the miracles God wants us to have.

4. Jesus said, “Rise, take up your bed, and walk.” Jesus said you’ve got to take the first step. He didn’t say run yet. He didn’t say fly. He just said, “Get up.”

Good Will of God: Rise Up!
Acceptable Will of God: Take up Thy bed.
Perfect Will of God: And Walk!

If you want to be in the perfect will of God, first rise, take up your bed, and then walk. Do these little things to add up to absolute success – in your finances, your marriage or any other area in your life. It wasn’t just one thing that got you in this situation. There was an accumulation of things that got you there; and, therefore, it’s going to take an accumulation of things to bring you a breakthrough. A breakthrough is a series of right decisions added one upon another. Start taking the little steps and making the right decisions that will bring the will of God and the promises of God into your life TODAY!

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Everybody has a defining moment that will determine whether they will be great or whether they will be mediocre. You can’t have great things or do great things until you are a great person, and great faith will make you great.

When Jesus was on this earth, there were two people in the Bible that He described as having great faith. 

Matthew 15:21 describes the event when the Canannite woman, whose daughter had a demon, approached Jesus. He answered her not a word. Sometimes when you ask God for something, you don’t hear anything. Jesus tells her, “I’m sent to the lost sheep of Israel.” What did she do? She came and worshipped Him. When you hear something that isn’t the way you wanted, worship God anyway. You may find something in the Bible that sounds like it disqualifies you, but I know that Jesus says in John 6:44 that if anyone comes to Him, He will in no way cast him out. To as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God. You need to understand more than just one verse. He’s testing her faith. He’s seeing what this girl is made of. He didn’t say I can’t or won’t heal your daughter, so she presses in.

Great faith is worshipping God in spite of your feelings. 

Then Jesus calls her a dog. She says, “Truth, Lord, yet the dogs eat off the crumbs, which fall from their master’s table.” You may call me a dog, but you’re still my master. When it looks like the door is shut here, go around and look for another door. There is a way. The Bible has a doorway for your miracle if you’ll only keep looking.

Great faith has great persistence.
Great faith is undeniable.
Great faith will be tested.

Then Jesus said to her, “Woman.” This is a big promotion. Every time there’s a little progress, thank God for it. Jesus then said “Great is thy faith. Be it unto thee even as thou wilt.”

That was great faith. The second place in the Bible where Jesus shares that someone has great faith is the centurion in Matthew 8:6-10. The centurion tells Jesus to “Just say the Word….”

Great faith is not deluded by a sense of personal importance. 

The centurion says, “I don’t need to have dinner with you. I don’t require much. I just need you to speak the Word.” Great faith is believing it when you don’t see it. Great faith respects the authority of the spoken Word.

Jesus says of this man, “I have not found so great faith, not even in all of Israel.” Jesus says, “Go thy way and as thou has believed, so be it done unto thee,” and the servant was healed at that very moment.

Great faith caused it to happen that very moment. 

Work on having great faith. Don’t work on having the thing you’re believing for. Work on believing what Word God says, and when it becomes great faith, you’ll have it momentarily.

The common thread that ties these two people’s situations together is that both of them directed their faith for somebody else.

Great faith isn’t great faith until it touches someone else’s life – when it does something for someone else.

We’re stepping out of good faith – how to believe God for our deliverance, our healing, and our prosperity; but now we need to demonstrate that we are in this thing to be a blessing.

Hebrews 11: By faith, Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain. Abel said with his offering, “I offer you the first fruits.” Cain gave over a course of time. He said “I can’t afford to give God the first fruits.” Abel offered the first of everything he had.

Great faith gives sacrificially.

Great faith for every day:
Now, as you continue to build your faith by hearing the Word of God, enemies of faith will try to come in and keep your faith little; and we need to know the schemes of the devil. What are those enemies?

Worry
Fear
Doubt
Condemnation
Hard Heart

How do you win over these enemies?

1. Make time for the Word.
In the first few moments of your day. Jesus says in Rev. 3:20 “Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.”

2. Free your heart from clutter.
Many times there is too much interference and we busy our lives with so much, that we can’t hear God’s voice. You need to free your heart from the cares of this world, concerns, and even some relationships that aren’t godly. You need people who are running to God’s Word. Tune in so you can hear Him.

2. Under pressure, say what God says.
Speak His Word. Say what He says. Believe like the centurion. Jesus only had to say the Word. He’s given you His Word. All the promises of God are yes and with you is the amen. Speak it and agree with it.

3. Resist the devil.
And resist until he’s gone. David in Psalm 18:37-42 shows us we are to crush our enemies – we need to utterly destroy those enemies of fear, condemnation and a hard heart, so there is no way they can rise again.

4. Guard your thoughts.
You’ll never gain victory over your word life until you gain victory over your thoughts. Think God’s thoughts. Renew your mind with the Word of God.

Believe you are who God says you are, and that you have all that God says you have. Faith is the way we access the invisible and turn it into the visible. You have in you all that you need already. Make a decision that you are going to take the simple steps to be a man or woman of great faith TODAY!

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I set the course of my life today with my words:

I declare today that I will not be defeated, discouraged, depressed or disappointed today.

I am the head, I have insight, I have wisdom, I have ideas, I have authority.

I exercise my authority today with my words and I decree a thing and it is so.

Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4)…the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, lives in me… (Romans 8:11)

As I speak words today, they come to pass (Job 22:28); they go before me, they bring the things to pass that I desire; and they stop all attacks, assaults, oppression, and fear from coming to my life.

God is on my side today and, therefore, I cannot be defeated.

His favor surrounds me today as a shield. (Psalm 5:12). I expect favor today from heaven and from the earth.

Jesus had favor with God and man (Luke 2:52), and as He is so am I on this earth. (1 John 4:17)

Therefore, I have favor today with God and man.I expect and receive favor in my home, favor in my job, favor in my business, favor in my ministry, favor with my finances, favor in every deal I am involved in.

I have the wisdom of God today. I will think the right thoughts, say the right words and make the right decisions in every situation I face today.

My mouth speaks wisdom and my heart is filled with understanding. (Psalm 49:3)

I ask for, and receive, an abundant supply of wisdom and understanding today from God (James 1:5)…wisdom from above, wisdom that is pure, peaceable, gentle, unwavering, willing to yield, without hypocrisy. (James 3:17)

Wisdom and understanding are better than silver and gold and nothing I desire can compare with them; therefore, I make it my ambition and desire to have understanding and wisdom; therefore I know I will have all of the other desires of my heart. (Proverbs 8:10-11)

My words go before me in securing my divine health and healing…

I will not be sick today; I will not be sad today; I will not be broke today; I will not be confused today.

I have health today; I have joy today; I have all the money I need in the name of Jesus.

My steps are ordered by the Lord… (Psalm 37:23)

I have a covenant with God and by the blood of Jesus I release my divine protection and divine provision.

My angels are carrying out the Word of God on my behalf.

I receive supernatural strength and encouragement from God and my angels. Angels carry out the Word of God and every word that I speak that lines up with the Word of God is being carried out by angels, even now as I speak. (Psalm 103:20)

I expect to have divine appointments today, to run into the right people, and to be delivered from the wrong people.

Any adversity, attack, accidents and tragedies that were headed my way are diverted right now in Jesus’ name.

I speak to the raging waters in my life: Peace, be still.

I say to my emotions, peace, be still.

I say to my mind, peace, be still.

I say to my body, peace, be still.

I say to my home, peace, be still.

I say to my family, peace, be still.

Now I speak to:

every mountain of fear

every mountain of discouragement

every mountain of stress

every mountain of depression

every mountain of lack and insufficiency

And I say, “Be removed and cast into the sea in Jesus’ name!” (Mark 11:23) I expect the best day of my life spiritually, emotionally, relationally and financially today in Jesus’ name!

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Isaiah 53:4-5 Surely He has borne my griefs and carried my sorrows and pains. He was wounded for my transgressions; He was bruised for my guilt and iniquities. The chastisement needful to obtain peace and well-being for me was upon Him and with the stripes that wounded Jesus, I am healed and made whole.

Psalm 119:28 My life dissolves and weeps itself away for heaviness; raise me up and strengthen me according to the promises of Your word.

Psalm 18:50 Great deliverances and triumphs He gives to me; and He shows mercy and steadfast love to me, His anointed.

Psalm 34:17-18 When I cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers me out of all my distress and troubles. The Lord is close to me who has a broken heart and saves me.

Job 33:28 God has redeemed my life from going down to the pit and my life shall see the light.

Psalm 51:12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives power to the faint and weary, and to me who has no might He increases strength (causing it to multiply and making it to abound). I wait for the Lord (look for and hope in Him) and shall change and renew my strength and power; I will lift my wings and mount up close to God as an eagle mounts up to the sun; I will run and not be weary and I shall walk and not faint or become tired.

Job 5:11 God sets me on high, and those who mourn He lifts to safety.

Psalm 30:11-12 You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, to the end that my heart and everything glorious within me may sing praise to You and not be silent.

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.

Nehemiah 8:10 I will not be grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is my strength and stronghold.

Psalm 43:2-5
You are the God of my strength (my stronghold–in whom I take refuge) Why have You cast me off? Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? Send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling. Then will I go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy. Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, who is the help of my sad countenance and my God.

Psalm 94:19 Lord, when my heart is in turmoil, quiet me and give me renewed hope and cheer.

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 May my Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God my Father, who has loved me and given me everlasting comfort, which I do not deserve, comfort my heart and be my portion forever.

Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (curing their pains and sorrows).

2 Corinthians 7:6 Thank you Father that your word says that you comfort and encourage and refresh and cheer the depressed and the sinking.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy and the God who is the source of every comfort, who comforts me in every trouble, so that I may also be able to comfort those who are in any kind of trouble or distress with the comfort with which I am comforted by God.

Psalm 119:50 This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction, that your Word has revived me and given me life.

Isaiah 51:3 For the Lord will comfort me. He will comfort all my waste places and He will make my wilderness like Eden, and my desert like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in me, thanksgiving and the voice of song of praise.

Isaiah 60:1 Arise from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you; rise to a new life. I shine and am radiant with the glory of the Lord, for my light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon me.

Psalm 25:15-18 My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He will pluck my feet out of the net. Lord, turn to me and be gracious to me for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are multiplied; bring me out of my distresses. Behold my affliction and my pain and forgive all my sins of thinking and doing. O keep me, Lord, and deliver me; let me not be ashamed or disappointed, for my trust and refuge are in You. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for and expect You. Redeem me, Father, out of all my troubles.

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I declare today that death and life are in the power of my tongue and I use my tongue to produce the life of God in my body. (Proverbs 18:21)My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and I glorify God in it by walking in divine healing and divine health.

(I Corinthians 6:19)According to Romans 8:11, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in me and gives life to my mortal body.  I realize that I will be given an immortal body when the Lord returns, but in the meantime I receive the Life of God in my mortal body!Jesus Himself was pierced for my transgressions, crushed for my iniquities, the chastening for my well-being fell upon Him and with His stripes I am healed! (Isaiah 53:5)Through the cross of Jesus, the Lord has removed all sickness from me; He will not allow any of the harmful diseases of Egypt to be upon me, according to Deuteronomy 7:15; and according to Exodus 15:26 He is My Healer.No curse of sickness and disease can dwell in my body or in my life, because according to Galatians 3:13 and 14, Christ redeemed me from the curse of the law, having become a curse for me. For cursed is one who hangs on a tree; therefore, the blessing of Abraham comes to me now in Jesus’ name!And according to Proverbs 26:2, a curse without cause cannot alight.  There is no cause for a curse to light in my life, since Christ redeemed me and became that curse for me; therefore, I have divine healing and divine health in my body.The Lord has sent His word and healed me and delivered me from destruction. (Psalm 107:20)I am free from every sickness, disease, and calamity that would try to affect my body and my health.I bless the Lord with all that is in me and I forget none of His benefits.  He pardons all my iniquities and heals all my diseases. (Psalm 103:1-3)In fact, they are not my diseases any more!  I am healed by the stripes of Jesus. (Isaiah 53:5)

I will not take into my body a deadly or debilitating disease.  For no evil can come near my dwelling place, nor can any plague come near my tent. (Psalm 91:10)

Sickness and disease are evil and, therefore, they cannot come near my dwelling place.

My body is my dwelling place.  It is an instrument that I present to God as a living sacrifice. (Romans 12:1)

My spirit dwells in my body and the Holy Spirit dwells in my body.  I have the life of God in me.  I speak to my body now in the name of Jesus, and I command it to come in line and stay in line with the Word of God.

I declare that I have divine health from the top of my head to the soles of my feet and I refuse to accept so much as a cold in my body.  Every germ, bacteria and virus of sickness must die right now in the name of Jesus.

When sickness even gets near my body, it flees.  The wicked flee when no one is pursuing and sickness is wicked. (Proverbs 28:1)  It flees from my body.  I submit to God, resist the devil and he (and all that he authored) must flee.

Now, I declare that Jesus went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil.  He healed every manner of sickness and every manner of disease. (Acts 10:38)

According to Matthew 4:23 and 24, Jesus went about teaching, preaching, and healing.  And the news about Him went out into all Syria, and they brought to Him all who were ill, taken with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics, and He healed them.

According to Matthew 8:16, 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 ill; in order that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, “He Himself took away our infirmities and carried away our diseases!”

Now, if Jesus did all those things in Matthew then He still does them today, because He is the same yesterday, today and forever, according to Hebrews 13:8.  He is no respecter of persons.  If He healed them all yesterday, He has to heal them all today!

In fact, according to John 14:13, Matthew 18:19 and John 15:7, He said if I ask anything in His name, He will do it, that if two agreed about anything they ask, the Father will do it, and that if I abide in Him and His Words abide in me, I can ask anything I wish and it will be done.

Therefore, I ask for supernatural healing and health to come upon me and overtake my very physical and emotional life in every way in the name of Jesus.

I thank God that I have received His supernatural health in my body.  It is a fact that I am healed by the stripes of Jesus through the covenant blood of Jesus, and I refuse to doubt for one second that I am what God says I am–healed. (Isaiah 53:5; I Peter 2:24)

According to Mark 11:23-24, I can say to the mountain to be removed and it must obey me; therefore, I speak to every symptom of sickness and pain in my body and I command it to be removed and cast into the sea.  I do not doubt, but I believe that those things which I say are granted to me in the name of Jesus!

According to Mark 16:15 these signs follow them that believe, I cast out demons in the name of Jesus, I speak in new tongues, if I drink any deadly poison or am attacked by a serpent, it shall not harm me.  And I can lay hands on the sick and they shall fully recover.

I declare full recovery over my body and I exercise the authority that Jesus gave me in Luke 10:19 when He said, “Behold I give you authority to trample upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy (which includes sickness, disease, and infirmity) and nothing shall by any means injure you.”  Therefore, nothing shall my any means injure, harm or defeat me.

I give attention to the Word of God. I incline my ear to His sayings. I do not let them depart from my sight. I keep them in the midst of my heart.  For they are life to me and health and healing to all my whole body!
(Proverbs 4:20-22)

Now, I declare that my immune system is strong; that faith in the Word of God is my shield and no sickness or disease can live in my blood-bought, faith-fought, body in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

And He healed them All! (Matthew 8:16; Matthew 12:15; Luke 6:19)

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If you feel like you’re about to lose hope and you don’t know what to do, let me encourage you. Look at 2 Corinthians 4:8-9. Paul was a man of great faith, and he says, “We are hard-pressed (troubled) on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” All of us have felt like Paul did at one time or another.

It says we’re troubled on every side – yet, not distressed. Being distressed is when the stress and pressure on the outside get on the inside. It is possible to have stress come against you but to not be distressed by it.

Perplexed is not being sure what to do. He says, “But not in despair.” Despair is when you don’t know which way to turn. Ask God and He’ll show you what to do.

Faith doesn’t say “I never have trouble.” Faith say, “Trouble doesn’t have me.” Faith doesn’t say bad things never happen.” It says, “I’m going to win. Jesus is on my side.”

Now in 2 Timothy 3, it says, “In the last days there will be trouble.” The devil is trying to defeat us and destroy us. First Timothy 4:1 says in the latter days some shall depart from the faith. Whenever you’re going through a trial, your faith is on trial. The devil’s trying to damage your faith.

If you depart from the faith, then the great trouble in the last days — the hard to bear problems — will defeat you. God has provided something to handle the stress and trouble – the ability to walk by faith.

There is no better way to get out of stress, to handle how to deal with people and problems, than to believe God. All things are possible to them who believe. In the last days trouble will come, and faith will come. The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy but Jesus came that we would have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10).

Look at 1 Peter 1:7. What’s on trial? Your faith is. Why? Because the devil wants your faith to fail. When your faith fails, you can’t do anything. Satan tells you – “Go ahead and put your shield of faith down. It doesn’t work anyway.” He’ll try to penetrate your hope. So we need to learn how to not depart from the faith.

When you’re dealing with difficulty, stress, and discouragement follow these steps:

1. When you haven’t seen it yet, stay in love. The Bible says, “Whom having not seen, love.” When you don’t see your miracle, you tend to stop walking in love and stop loving people.

2. We begin to judge those that are getting their miracle – “They must have done something wrong to get it.” The good news is if they’ve received it, you can receive it, too. You’re going to receive it, too. Having not seen, you love. Love anyway.

3. Stay believing “Though now you see Him not, yet believing….” Keep believing even when you don’t see it.

4. Stay rejoicing. Rejoice with joy unspeakable.

Love makes our faith work. The devil wants you to get mad. He wants you to lose hope. Stay focused on your job. Walk in love, and you’ll never fail. The devil is trying to get you in strife. He’s working overtime to create strife.

The key to living victoriously is to stay in love even when you don’t see God – when you haven’t seen Him come through for you.

Faith isn’t about what you’ve done or believed in the past. It’s what you believe now. Faith is now. It’s not about how you used to rejoice. Are you rejoicing now? It’s not what you said, read, or believed. It’s what you’re saying, reading, believing and doing now.

5. People leave their first love. Love makes faith work. It causes our faith and hope to arise. Love causes us to never give up on God and what He said. I’m staying in love. I’m believing.

We’re troubled on every side, but not crushed… I might be persecuted, but God never left me.

6. Receiving the outcome of your faith. And, in the end you will receive what you were hoping for. Stay in love. Keep believing. Keep rejoicing anyway. If you stop the process, you stop the end from coming. Keep the process working so you don’t depart from the faith. Love people that aren’t lovable. Keep rejoicing, and you will receive the outcome of your faith!

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Many Christians see the Bible as a list of commandments – do’s and don’ts. That’s not going to make them have a great desire to pick it up. As a result, it sits on the shelf and gathers dust.

Second Timothy 2:15 says to “study to show thyself approved unto God.” So, the focus of our study is to show ourselves that we’re approved by God. Don’t look for its judgment. Look for God’s acceptance and approval.

Look for scriptures that show you are the righteous, healed, and blessed. Show yourself what God already said about you. You don’t study to find out what God’s Word is telling someone else – look for what God is telling you. “You’re approved.” “You’re accepted.” “God loves you.” This is what I study.

We live in a condemned body of Christ. Stop letting the Word condemn you. It wasn’t written to point out how bad you are. It’s written to show us we’re new creatures. If you study it for any other reason, it won’t be correct and it won’t help you.

John 8, verse 32 says, “The truth shall set you free.” And John 17:17 says, “Thy Word is truth.” The Word should bring freedom. If it’s putting you in bondage, you’re not reading it correctly.

How to study the Word of God:

1. Study to show yourself that you are approved. Look for scriptures and stories that show God is for us, with us and in us. Study to show yourself you are already forgiven, healed, and more than a conqueror.

2. Study to become a doer (a workman that does not need to be ashamed.) Study to find out WHO YOU ARE – what God already said about you. Then, you know what to DO! You’ll have the knowledge of what to do in any circumstance. When you find out who you really are, you’ll talk to Him like your Father.

3. Study to understand the concept of God (His character). Find out who God is – what is He like – His attributes. Get a Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance and look for these things:

A. He is Father (Matthew 6:9).

B. He is Love (I John 4:8).

C. He is Lord (Phil 2:10; Rom 10:9-12). That means He has authority. In Matthew 28:18 Jesus said, “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.” And in Luke 10: 19 He says, “Behold, I give unto you power…over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Jesus has authority and He’s given you authority.

D. He is my source (my Shepherd). Study in the Bible where God demonstrated Himself as their source. He’s not your judge. The blood of Jesus has been shed over our lives, so God is passing over the judgment we deserve – that’s called mercy. God judged people in the Bible because they rejected Him or they rejected His Word – not because they fell short or sinned.

If you see a verse that shows God as a God of wrath, remember He poured out His wrath on Jesus on the cross. Jesus took our punishment and nailed it to the cross. If you sin, go to the blood. Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as east is from west, so far has He removed our sins.”

I Corinthians 11 says people will preach a different Jesus. If someone preaches something other than those characteristics, don’t listen. Don’t follow the masses. Follow Jesus.

E. Understand what the Bible is.
(1) It’s a bag of seed. So, when you read the Bible, you’re looking for seeds.
(2) It’s a will or a covenant. It’s the “New Testament.” It’s God’s “Will and Testament” with extensive explanation of the conditions of that “Will” – of what’s rightfully yours if you belong to Christ.

Look for the “if you’s” in the Bible when you study. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best of the land. If you belong to Christ, you are Abraham’s seed. The “if you’s” show you how many things God wants for you.

Go to the Word of God concerning the area of your life you’re dealing with or desiring to obtain.

Identify what you’re dealing with. The problem you’re dealing with is only temporary. That means it’s subject to change. God’s Word is eternal. That means it’s not subject to change. Find the scriptures. Meditate and confess them. Apply the Word, which is not subject to change, to the thing that is subject to change – and it will change!

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I am a disciple of
Jesus Christ.

I am a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I will not look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.

My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is secure. I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, position or popularity. I don’t have to be right. I don’t have to be first. I don’t have to be recognized. I don’t have to be praised. I don’t have to be regarded. I don’t have to be rewarded.

I am committed to the Lord Jesus Christ. I now live by faith. I lean on His presence. I walk with patience. I live by prayer. I labor in love. My face is set. My road is narrow. My way is rough. My companions may be few, but my Guide is reliable. My mission is clear. I cannot be bought, deluded or delayed.

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice. I will not hesitate in the presence of adversity. I will not negotiate at the table of the enemy. I will not meander in the maze of mediocrity. I won’t give up. I won’t shut up. I won’t let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up and preached up for the cause of Jesus Christ.

I am a disciple of the Lord Jesus. I will go till He comes. I will give till I drop. I will preach till all know. I will work till He stops me. And when He comes, He will find faith and commitment in my life. When He comes, He will have no problem recognizing me, in Jesus’ name. Lord, use me. Amen.

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Romans 10:6-10
“The righteousness based on faith speaks…’The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.’…that is the Word of faith which we are preaching…for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”II Corinthians 5:17
I am a new creation – a new person altogether in Christ Jesus. Old things have passed away; all things have become fresh and new!John 15:9
I am already cleansed because of the Word Jesus has spoken to me.Romans 5:1, II Corinthians 5:21
I have been made the righteousness of God. I am completely justified by faith apart from the works of the law. Therefore, I have peace with God today and I can stand in His presence without guilt, shame or a sense of inferiority.Colossians 1:22-23
Jesus has reconciled me by His death and presents me to the Father unblameable, unaccusable and without reproach, since I continue in faith firmly established and steadfast, not moved away from the truth of God’s Word that I have heard.Colossians 1:12-13
The Father has qualified me to share in this inheritance and has drawn me to Himself out of the control and dominion of darkness and has transferred me into the kingdom of the Son of His love.I Corinthians 1:30
Since I have been raised with Christ to a new life, I aim at and seek the rich eternal treasures that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. I set my mind and keep it set on what is above, not on the things that are on the earth. For as far as this world is concerned, I have died and my new real life is hidden with Christ in God.Colossians 3:5, 8
Therefore, I have considered the members of my body dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and greed. I put away and rid myself of anger, rage, bad feelings toward others, curses and slander and abusive speech from my mouth.Colossians 3:12
I let my speech at all times be gracious, pleasant and winsome, seasoned with salt, so that I may never be at a loss to know how I ought to answer anyone who puts a question to me. I clothe myself, as God’s chosen one, purified, holy and well loved by God Himself by putting on behavior marked by tender hearted pity and mercy, kind feelings, a lowly opinion of myself, gentle ways and patience which is tireless and long suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper.Philippians 4:5
I let all men know and perceive and recognize my unselfishness, my considerateness, and my forbearing spirit.Ephesians 5:15-16
I look carefully how I walk. I live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as a wise sensible, intelligent person, making the very most of the time, buying up each opportunity because the days are evil. Therefore, I am not vague, thoughtless, and foolish but I understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is.Philippians 4:13
I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me. I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me; I am self sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.Isaiah 54:14
I will establish myself in righteousness and I will be far from even the thought of oppression or destruction for I shall not fear, and far from terror for it shall not come near me.Proverbs 1:33
I listen to God’s Word, therefore, I live securely and I’m at ease from the dread of evil.Philippians 1:9
I thank You, Lord, that my love abounds still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that I approve the things that are excellent and that I am sincere and without offense until the day of Christ.Galatians 3:26
I am a child of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

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II Corinthians 5:17
A new Creation in Christ Jesus.Ephesians 2:10
God’s workmanship created to do good works which you have prepared for me.Romans 8:17
Heir of God in Christ Jesus.II Corinthians 5:21
The righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Reigning in life by Christ Jesus through the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness…and I am a king and priest unto God.I Peter 2:9
A royal priesthood, a holy nation, a person for God’s own possession.Romans 8:1 and II Timothy 1:7
Free from condemnation and the spirit of fear.II Timothy 1:7
Filled with a spirit of power, love and sound, disciplined mind.

Romans 8:37 and I John 5:4

A conqueror and a world overcomer.Ephesians 1:3
Blessed with every spiritual blessing.Philippians 4:19
Free from want and lack, for God has liberally supplied my every need.John 15:5
A branch of the vine and I bear much fruit.I Corinthians 3:16 and 6:19
A temple of God and the Holy Spirit dwells in me.I John 4:4
Indwelt by the Greater One and I have overcome the evil one.Galatians 3:13
Redeemed from the curse of the law.III John 2
Prospering and in exceeding abundant health as my soul is prospering.Ephesians 4:24
Created in righteousness and true holiness.I Corinthians 15:58
Steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.Acts 13:52
Continually filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.II Peter 2:24 and Is 53:5
Healed by the stripes of Jesus and free from pain in my body.Ephesians 6:14
Standing and acting on the truth of God’s Word.Ephesians 4:29
Speaking words of faith, which edify and minister grace to the hearer.II Corinthians 5:20 & Rom 8:14
An Ambassador for Christ Jesus and I am led by the Holy Spirit.II Corinthians 5:7
Walking by faith and not by sight.II Peter 1:4
A partaker of God’s divine nature and have escaped the corruption of
the world.II Corinthians 2:14
Always triumphant in Christ Jesus.I Corinthians 15:57
Always having and living in victory through my Lord Jesus Christ.Matthew 5:13-14
The salt of the earth, the light of the world.Isaiah 54:14
Far from oppression and fear; and terror shall not come near me.Psalm 1:3
A tree of righteousness which yields much fruit and I am prospering.Philippians 4:6-7
Free from anxiety and care.Ephesians 6:10
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If you need help overcoming lust in your life, it’s not a lust problem. It’s a lack of Word problem. As you meditate on God’s Word and His promises for you, you will see that He has provided for you everything you need.

First of all, lust isn’t just lusting after a person. I Corinthians 10:6 says, “Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.” So lust isn’t just for a person. It can be a thing.

Second, lust produces lack. James 4:2 says, “You lust and have not.” The harvest of lust is lack. When you plant the seed of lust, you end up without the thing you want. “You have not because you ask not.” The solution is, instead of lusting for something, ask for it.

James 4 also says in verse 3, “You ask and receive not, because you ask amiss that you may consume it upon your lusts.” So when you desire something, it should be “I want not what they have, but what You have for me, Lord.” Lust is just feeling the desire for that thing. Instead, find a promise in God’s Word that says you can have it. He’s got to keep His promise. He watches over His Word to perform it, Jeremiah 1:12 says.

Now, God gives a principle of how to ask properly. He says in James 1:6, “But let him ask in faith, without any wavering or doubting. Let that man not expect to receive anything…” How do you know when you’re doubting? You’re doubting when you resort to some other way than God’s way.

Seek first His kingdom…God’s way is to ask Him for it. Ask without any doubt. If you lust, it reveals that you don’t believe God’s going to do what He said He’d do. If you don’t believe, meditate on His promises, and thank Him for doing what He says He’ll do.

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Isaiah 54:17
No weapon
formed against __________________’s and my marriage will prosper and every tongue raised against our reconciliation, God is showing in the wrong, for this is my heritage as a child of God and my righteousness is from Him.Jeremiah 1:12
Father, I thank You that You are hastening Your Word in my marriage in Jesus’ name.Luke 18:8
I thank You, Father, for speedily avenging Your Word in my marriage in Jesus’ name.II Chronicles 16:9
I thank You, Father, for showing Yourself strong on behalf of my marriage and reconciliation with _____________________ for I am perfect in Jesus.Joel 2:25; Isaiah 61:7; Proverbs 6:31
I praise You, Father, in Jesus’ name for restoring to _____________________ and me everything the enemy stole, including our (list what Satan has stolen from you), and I thank You that instead of shame we have a double portion. I see everything restored with the eye of my faith according to Your Word.Luke 21:15
Satan cannot overcome me for You have given me a mouth and wisdom. The enemy cannot gainsay or resist in Jesus’ name.Matthew 16:18; Acts 19:20
I thank You, Father, that the gates of hell are not prevailing against me and my marriage, for I am the church, and Jesus said that the gates of hell would not prevail against me. Therefore, the Word of God is prevailing in _____________________’s and my marriage, according to Your promises in these scriptures in the mighty name of Jesus.

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The Essential Ingredients of a Godly Home 

Matthew 10:11-13 says, “Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there till you go out. And when you go into a household, greet it. If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.” This is how God blesses homes.

Your house needs to be a house worthy of the blessing of God. So I want to give you Five Essentials to a Godly Home.

1. You need prayer in that home. In Luke 19:46 Jesus says, “My house will be a house of prayer.” Teach your children that God will answer their prayers. If God’s house is a house of prayer, yours should be one too.

2. Speak the Word in that home. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 says, “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

3. Make it a house of humility. James 4:6. God can bless humility. He resists the proud.

4. Make it a house of giving. Malachi 3:10 says, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

5. You need leadership in your house. Joshua 24:15 says, “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” Take a stand, and have leadership in that home.

The Four Stages of Raising Children

As you train your children in the way they should go, it’s important to understand The Four Stages of Growth in Your Children so they will grow up to hear God’s voice and make right decisions

1.Discipline Stage 0-5 years 

CREATE CLEAR AND VERY STRICT BOUNDARIES – no choices; you’re teaching them to yield their will to your will so they will eventually be able to yield to God’s will.

WHEN YOU’RE SPEAKING TO THEM EXPECT A RESPONSE – otherwise you’re teaching them not to have regard for your commands. Your children will rise to the level of your expectation. One of the reasons God chose Abraham was because “he will command his children,” Genesis 18:19 says.

MAKE YOUR INSTRUCTION CLEAR – Colossians 3:21 says don’t exasperate your children. Warn them that the command is coming. “In 5 minutes, I’m going to call you and I want you to be finished…”

2. Training stage 6-12 years

This is where you are training your children to be young adults. They are pretending to be in that role. Give them some grace. Give them more choices. For example, “Here are 3 choices, but remember when you make a decision, you’re not going to change it.”

Teach them to make their bed and clean their room. Now let them do it. Check it. Show them where they need to improve.

3. Coaching stage 13-19 years

During this stage, you let them be the quarterback of their life. You’re the coach, but you let them play. You’re not driving them. They drive. You coach. You call some plays, but let them call some.

When they make a decision, you ask “So what did you decide?” Then you say, “let me give you some pros and cons about that…” You still give them your advice.

4. Fellowship stage (friendship)

You’ve done your job. You give advice only when they ask for it. You can’t try to be their friend during the Discipline and Training stages. This is the time you can be their friend, when you’ve done your job correctly in the earlier stages. It’s tragic if we don’t honor the Discipline stage. It affects the rest of their life and yours too.

Now that you have these practical stages of how to teach your children as they mature, remember what sets it all up is when your house has the 5 Essentials for the Blessing of God. God will bless and honor you as you honor Him and put Him first in your home.

Other Suggested Teachings: Marriage and Family Series; What to do when you’re under attack 02-10-02 (relates to family-more of a critical emergency type of situation)

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Prov. 30:5, 12:6
I thank You, Father, that every Word of God
is pure.John 6:63
That Your words are Spirit and life.John 14:17
I thank You that Your Holy Spirit dwells inside of me right now. I thank You that with His help I can control my tongue. My mouth can be used to tell of Your mighty works, sing Your praises and declare Your Word at all times.Prov. 4:24, 15:4; 17:20
From this moment forward, in Jesus’ name, I do not speak perversely.Prov. 17.7
Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.PS. 12:2-3
Or flatter people with my words.2 Cor. 10:4-5
I do not think wicked thoughts but think about things that are true, or honest, just, or pure, lovely, or of good report.Phil.4:8
If there is anything of virtue and anything of praise… this is what I will think of.Ps. 15:1-3; Prov. 17:9; 18:8-9
I do not whisper or gossip or repeat a matter.Prov. 17:28
Instead of spreading gossip, I will shut my lips because the Word says if I do I will be considered perceptive.Prov. 17:27
I spare my words because I have knowledge; and because, I am a person of understanding, I am of an execellent spirit.Prov.29: 20; James 1:19
I am slow to speak, slow to anger and quick to listenProv.18: 13; Col.4:6
I will always listen to a matter before answering.Prov. 15:28
I will study a matter before giving someone counsel.Rom. 15:2; Eph. 4:29
I speak only what is useful to edifying others.Eph. 5:4; Prov. 15:2
I do not participate in joking, talking about filthy things or speaking foolishly.Prov.4:20 -1
Instead, I will attend to Your words and listen to Your sayings and keep Your Word in my heart.Is. 42:20; James 1:22
I have ears to hear Your Word.Prov.4:23
I will keep my heart pure with all diligenceProv.15:23
The words that come from my mouth will bring me joy.

Prov. 15:26; Prov.31:26

Whatever I say is pleasant and kind.Prov.15:7 and Prov.18:4
I speak with knowledge and wisdom,1 Cor. 2: 6-7
not the wisdom of this worrld, however, which will come to nothing, but the wisdom of God which comes from His Word.Prov.30:32;Ps. 12:3
I cover my mouth before pride or evil thoughts come out.Prov. 16:28
I do not sow strife,Prov.15: 1; James 1:20
but will respond to others with a gentle answer which turns away wrath.1 Peter 1:14
I do not fashion myself according to my former lusts,2 Cor.5:17
for I am a new creation in Christ Jesus.1 Peter 1:15-16
All things have become new! I will be holy in all manner of conversation, just as You are holy.1 Tim 4:12
I will be an example to the believers in word, conduct, love, spirit, faith and purity.Ps 17:3
I will not let my mouth transgress.Ps.17:4; Prov.18:6-7
My words will keep me from the paths of the destroyer.James 1:26; 3:2-13
I will bridle my tongue which is able to bridle my whole bodyEph.4:29;5:20;1 Thes.2:13
If my body gets out of line with the Word of God, I will correct it with my mouth. At all times I will give thanks and speak with grace.Prov. 16:6
Father, I praise You and thank You that from now on, with Your help, my mouth will be used to speak forth Your Word. I thank You that the fear of the Lord will cause me to depart from all evil, especially evil that comes through my mouth.Matt. 12:34-6
As I put Your Word in my heart, that is what will come out of my mouth.Is 58:9
As I take this yoke away from me, stop pointing the finger and speaking vanity, I can call to You, Lord, and You will answer me.Ps. 16:3
So, Father, I am waiting in expectation and anticipation to hear from You. I thank You that as I set You always before me and because You are at my right hand, I shall not be moved.Prov. 18:21
I know that death and life are in the power of the tongue and I choose life. I choose to speak Your Word. I choose You, Lord!

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I am a capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman.

I am far more precious than jewels.

My value is far above rubies or pearls.

My husband trusts in me confidently so that he has no lack of gain.

I comfort, encourage and do my husband only good all the days of my life.

I focus on the good in everything.

I work with willing hands, sowing and cultivating my seed. (verse 13)

I do whatever it takes.

I go the distance.

I obtain spiritual food for my household no matter what it costs and
delegate tasks.

I do business wisely and carefully, expending my life prudently without neglecting my present responsibilities.
(verse 16)

I gird myself with strength spiritually, mentally and physically so that I may accomplish my God-given tasks today. (verse 17)

I taste and see that the gain from my work with and for God is good.
(verse 18)

My lamp does not go out but burns on continually through the night (of trouble, privation and sorrow) warning away fear doubt and distrust.

I make my arms strong and firm. I grab hold of the plow and do not turn back nor look back. Whatever I put my hands to prospers. (verse 17, 19)

I open my filled hands to the poor and needy whether it be in body, mind or spirit. (verse 20)

I fear not the cold snow for my family, for all of my household are doubly clothed in scarlet. We have a double portion of God’s goodness and we are covered by the blood of Jesus.

I use my hands to create a beautiful atmosphere in my home. (verse 22)

I am clothed with righteousness and royalty.

My husband has a good strong reputation and sits among the influencers in our city. (verse 23)

I am the righteousness of God. My mind thinks righteous thoughts and therefore:

I produce acts of righteousness and lead others to them as well. My anointing helps relieve others of their burdens so that they may serve God whole-heartedly. (verse 24)

Strength and dignity are my clothing, and my position is strong and secure. (I am crowned with beauty and compassion). (verse 25)

I smile at the future knowing that my family and I are ready for it.

I open my mouth in skillful and godly wisdom (confessing God’s Word consistently).

The law of kindness is on my tongue

I look well to how things go in my household. I am not ignorant, thoughtless or foolish but I understand the will of God.

I do not eat the bread of idleness, gossip, discontent and self-pity.

Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but I am a woman who fears the Lord and I shall be praised. (verse 30)

I will enjoy the fruit of my hands and my works will bring me honor in the gates of the city.

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He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and My fortress, My God in whom I trust!” (verse 1,2)

Father, I thank You that because I take up permanent residency in You, I live in the protection of El Shaddai, God Almighty, whose power no foe can withstand!

For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper; and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark. (verse 3,4)

Because I say with my mouth, “You are my refuge,” then You will deliver me from everything designed to hurt me, my family and my loved ones!

You will not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day; of the pestilence that stalks in darkness nor of the destruction that lays waste at noon. (verse 5,6)

Because I say with my mouth, “You are my God,” I will not fall, for You are able to make me stand no matter what is going on around me!

No evil will befall you, nor will any plague come near your tent. For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and cobra, the young lion and the serpent you will trample down. (verse 10-13)

Father I thank You that my trust is in You and Your Word. I trust in You. I attach myself to You. In You I have divine protection. No evil will come upon me, no plague, calamity, or disaster can come near my body, my home, my finances or my possessions. In Jesus Christ I have authority over all the power of the enemy!

Because he has loved Me, therefore, I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high because he has known My Name. He will call upon Me and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him; with a long life I will satisfy him. And let him behold My salvation.
(verse 14-16)

Father, I thank You that You are with me in trouble and You deliver me. I walk securely in an insecure world because You set me on high and because You said You will never leave me nor forsake me, no never! In Jesus name, Amen!

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Have you ever gotten discouraged or frustrated by the apparent lack of results when you pray? 

We’ve all been told our blessing is coming. We’ve gotten excited; preachers have promised us it’s coming. But friends, let’s face it – there are more people who don’t receive what they’ve prayed for than those who do.

What’s the problem? 

Many Christians have prayed, tried, and cried because they haven’t seen any results. They have just given up on expecting much from God. Others blindly expect the moon but have no idea that we have as much to do with receiving from God as God has!

I Corinthians 3:9 says we are co-workers with Him! Our relationships with God should be like any other good relationship – it’s a partnership. You have a part, and God has a part.

We can be sure that God will keep His part of the deal since He is unchanging, never fails to keep His promises, and He is not a respecter of persons (which means He has no favorites!).

So, if there is a failure and we don’t get results – the problem HAS to be on our side of the deal!

What we fail to understand is that almost all of His promises are conditional. We will receive what He has for us – when WE do our part. Results depend on some choices we make and some actions we take.

I want to help you put an end to the frustration of unanswered prayer and the disappointment of unreceived promises from God.

I often hear of ministers who are called upon to give comfort and encouragement to people who are hurting; and they simply say, “Everything is going to be all right.” and “Everything’s going to get better.”

I don’t know about you – but that sort of response is not really helpful. I want to know when! When will things get better? I want to know how! HOW will things change?

What has to happen? 

I want to get to the point where I can say: “Things were not right – and I was in trouble, but when I learned how to receive from God, I received and everything changed!”

Let’s get some answers! What is our part? (This will work every time.)

1. Believe that receiving your full inheritance from God is as important to Him as it is to you. In Acts 26:17-18, Jesus told Paul to “Teach people to receive forgiveness of sins and their inheritance.” You see, we have all believed it’s the will of God and it’s essential to receive forgiveness of sins, but did you know Jesus said it’s just as much His will for you to receive your inheritance? We must believe it’s His will and His desire for us to receive everything He has for us.

2. Ask God for the thing you need and desire. Be specific! If you need an unsaved loved one saved, be specific – name that person to God. If you need a job, be specific about what kind of job, how much money it will earn, and where it will be located. Jesus said in John 16:24, “Ask and you shall receive.” James 4:2 says, “You have not because you ask not.”

3. Be sure you’re asking for the right things. James 4:3 says, “You ask and do not receive because you ask amiss.” He tells us that when we miss the mark in what we ask for, we will not receive.

How can we be sure of the right things to ask for?

A. Is it good? (Every good gift comes from God. James 1:17)

B. Is it in the Word of God? Can you find two or three Scriptures to support what it is you’re asking for? John said in I John 5:14, “If we ask anything according to the will of God, He hears us….” The Word of God is the will of God. A will is a testament – it is a list of promises that a person who dies leaves for his loved one. When Jesus died, all His promises became legally available to us. The promises in His Word are His will. His will is not a mystery as so many Christians have thought.

C. Are you capable of being responsible with it when it comes? This point is so very important. If I ask God for one million dollars for a business idea that will help millions of people, I am fooling myself if I expect to receive it while I have been irresponsible and unwise with the $1,000 that I have already received.

Many people want to jump from $10 faith to $10 million faith, and it doesn’t work that way. You have to be faithful so God can give you more. If my nine-year old son asked me for a car – as much as I want to give it to him, I can’t because he’s not ready for it. Even if he were 16, I wouldn’t necessarily give it to him, unless he had been faithful with his bicycle! Did he take care of it? Did he keep it clean? Had he been reckless with it? If he had, why would I think he would act any differently toward more powerful equipment?

This is called faithful stewardship and is mandatory if you want to receive the blessing of the Lord. Proverbs 28:20 says “A faithful man will abound with blessing.” You can’t give a loaded gun to a child – and quite literally much of our failure to receive has to do with the immaturity in our lives. If we’re acting like spiritual babies – not controlling our tongues, sinning all the time, or are irresponsible with our stuff – God will not be able to entrust us with more. It would be poor stewardship on His part.

But the good news is we don’t have to stay babies…we can grow up. How?

I. Control our mouth and words. Make sure that the things that come out of our mouths line up with God’s Word (James 3:2).

II. Be thankful in everything. Grumbling and complaining is one of the chief reasons the children of Israel did not enter the Promise Land (I Corinthians 10:10).

III. Be responsible now for our lives, our money, our bodies, and our possessions. Be good stewards of the things we already have (Luke 12:42). Don’t expect God to give you more until you care for what you have!

IV. Now, once we have asked according to God’s will…

The next thing we need to do is…

4. Believe you received it the moment you ask, no matter what you see or feel (Mark 11:24). This is walking by faith, not by sight (II Corinthians 5-7). You have to break the habit of only believing something when you see it. You must see what is invisible NOW and believe that it is yours – just as a pregnant woman knows there’s a baby in her womb because she has received the seed. And the doctor has confirmed there is life inside – she hasn’t seen anything – but it’s there. She knows it’s there.

5. That leads to the next critical ingredient. Luke 6:38 says, “Give and you shall receive.” Your seed is so vital to receiving what it is you have asked for. Galatians 6:7 says, “Let no one be deceived, whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.” We must take action if we want to see results. James 2:20 declares “Faith without works is dead.” Again, let me remind you, Abraham demonstrated his faith by the offering of his son. While it is obvious God is not requiring your son of you, the principle is the same.

We must back up our need with some seed – an offering! Not just any old offering, but one that is valuable to us. Plant a financial seed toward the need you have. You may ask, “What if the need isn’t financial? Why would I plant a financial seed for a spiritual or emotional need?” Simply because money is a proof of trust. God doesn’t need your money. But, when you give, it shows God He can trust you because you can let go of one of the most valuable things you have.

An example of this is the widow in Elijah’s day who gave financial seed and reaped the miraculous harvest of her son’s resurrection from the dead (I Kings 17).

I am convinced that if you follow these simple steps you will put and end to the disappointment of unanswered prayer. Remember, though, God can’t give you something He doesn’t have. He doesn’t have poverty, sickness, disease, and sadness so don’t bother asking Him for any of those. And He won’t hurt someone or take something from someone in order for you to have it. However, He has plenty of “every good thing” for anyone who will ask.

Follow these steps in every area of your life, and you will wish you had understood this years ago.

Here is what I ask:

1. Sow understanding into your life by purchasing the audio series bundle, “Freely Receive Collection“.

2. Sow a seed into the work of God – and get God involved in your problem.

As you take these two steps, you will receive from His hand.

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Exodus 2
There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfill.Deuteronony 7:14
Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.Psalm 37:5
Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.Psalm 113:9
He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.Matthew 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these thing shall be added unto you.Matthew 7:11
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?Luke 13:37
For with God nothing shall be impossible.Luke 1:45
And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.Philippians 4:6
Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.1 Thessalonians 2:13
For this cause also we thank God without ceasing, because, when ye received the Word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.Psalm 37:26
He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.Psalm 127:3
Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.Psalm 127:4
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.Psalm 127:5
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.Isaiah 44:3
For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour My spirit upon thy seed, and My blessing upon thine offspring.Isaiah 61:9
And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

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“I never seem to have enough!”
“It seems like I’m just living from paycheck to paycheck!”
“I know God loves me, but why do bad things keep happening to me?”
“I can’t seem to make ends meet.”
“Why are my kids such a challenge?”
“Why don’t things seem to be getting better?”
“I can’t seem to shake off this sickness.”

If you’ve ever thought any of these things, you are not alone!

These are some of the many questions I hear from Christian people whose daily struggles in life seem to be a continual problem…without a solution in sight.

Have you ever known someone who always seems to have something bad happening to them? If it’s not money problems, then it’s family problems; if it’s not family problems, then it is an accident or tragedy or sickness.

Maybe you have felt like that at times – that just when it seems like you’re getting some momentum, just when it seems like something good is about to happen, you’re hit with an unexpected bill or sickness or job loss or family problem that seems to complicate everything.

Why is that? The answer is: it’s a curse! Genesis says that ever since Adam’s sin, the earth and mankind have been under a curse.

The curse in its simplest definition is summed up in Murphy’s Law: Whatever can go wrong will go wrong.

Can we ever be truly free from it? The answer is YES! YES, you can absolutely be free! In fact, you already are!

Listen to what God says in Galatians 3:13-14: “Christ has redeemed us from THE CURSE of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree), that the blessing of Abraham might come…”

I want to show you how to reverse the curse so that this pattern of failure, or lack for what you need, never happens again!

You can get to the point where EVERYTHING THAT CAN GO RIGHT, DOES GO RIGHT!

As I have studied the Word of God concerning the curse and why bad things happen to good people, I found that there are 7 areas of our lives that it affects. I listed them here for you because I want to show you how to walk in total freedom beginning TODAY!

According to Deuteronomy, chapter 28, the curse brings the following things to mankind (pinch yourself and say, “ That seems like me!):

1. Poverty – v.29,38 (Poverty simply means not having enough)

2. Emotional problems – v. 28, 65

3. Family problems, including marriage problems and problems with our children – v. 30-34, 41

4. Sickness, disease, cancer – v. 22,27,35

5. Terrorism – v. 49-50 (yes, it’s in this Scripture!)

6. Failure and Defeat – v.20, 25

7. Fear – v. 65-67

The good news is that if any of these things are operating in your life, they don’t have a right to operate any more, and you can experience real freedom!

When Jesus went to the cross, He nailed these curses to it! He redeemed you. He bought you back from the bondage of the curse. He paid in full for every punishment, problem, and curse that should have fallen on you and me.

Most Christians tolerate bad things happening in their lives because they think that they are unavoidable. They expect it. THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND what they are really free from.

Imagine being jailed for a crime or accident you unintentionally committed. Regardless of your innocence, the jury finds you guilty. You would be frustrated, bitter, and confused.

That is what the curse is like – you don’t intend for bad things to happen, but they do. This confuses and frustrates you, which so often leads to emotions such as bitterness, fear and anger, just to name a few.

Here is an answer to your problems. Here’s how you can reverse this and stop these things from happening in your life:

1. Be convinced you are redeemed. Take a look in the mirror and tell yourself what Job proclaimed: “I know that my redeemer lives” (Job 19:25). We are also reminded in Galatians 3:13 that Christ redeemed you. Ephesians 1:7 tells us that we have redemption through the shed blood of our Savior.

2. Declare who you are in Christ. Psalm 107:2a: “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so! You have to use your words to declare who you are. You are redeemed, so say it. Say it when you feel like it; and say it when you don’t feel like it. Use your words to direct the outcome of your life. Proverbs 18:21 reminds us that life, blessing and prosperity are in the power of the tongue.

3. Stop expecting bad things to happen to you. Sometimes we “brace ourselves” for bad news and bad things so they don’t jolt us as much. Stop conditioning yourself to expect negative things to happen. Your spirit has enough energy and chemistry in it to bring those things upon you. That’s what Job meant when he said, “The thing I greatly feared has come upon me” (Job 3:25).

4. Finally, let me share with you how to deliver an absolute knockout blow to these nagging curses and see them reversed in your life. 

The first thing God asked of Adam and Eve’s sons after the curse came was a sacrificial gift (Genesis 4:3 -12).

REMEMBER THIS SPIRITUAL KEY TO VICTORY!
A gift always acts as a point of contact.

But when you bring a sacrificial gift to God, it’s not as if God needs it – but you do! Your gift or your seed releases your faith to get God involved in your situation.

Throughout Scripture, it was a way in which man approached God – and rightly so. We should never approach royalty without a gift. It demonstrates respect, honor and CONFIDENCE in that person’s power and ability.

So today, follow these steps to claim your freedom from poverty, emotional problems, family problems, sickness, terrorism, failure, and fear:

1. PLANT A SEED – GIVE A SACRIFICIAL GIFT TO GOD AS A POINT OF CONTACT. What a time of the year to give to the one who has given so much to us! An offering activates your faith and releases God’s power to give back – good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.

2. AS A CONFIRMING ACT OF FAITH in the redeeming blood of Jesus. TAKE COMMUNION, right there in your own home. 1 Corinthians 10:16 calls communion “THE CUP OF BLESSING.” When you receive the body and the blood of Jesus, you are receiving the BLESSING in your life and driving out the curse!

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Did you know the devil is better at friendships and relationships than most Christians?

Do you remember when Jesus talked about a demon leaving a man? He said that when the devil leaves, he roams the earth to find some friends and then brings seven demons worse (stronger) than him to occupy that man again.

Isn’t that amazing? The devil will roam the earth to find seven strong friends to overcome a situation, but Christians will hardly roam a street block to find strong relationships to help them overcome their situations!

It’s time we rise up, saints. The devil wants to divide us, so he can conquer us. He stops at no length to destroy our relationships with God, with our spouses, with our kids, with our pastors or churches.

The most meaningful relationships in our lives are often the hardest ones to maintain, but if we learn to do so, we will tap into a power rarely seen in this earth. Jesus put it this way: “If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19).

Notice, the Father loves our agreement so much that He’ll give us anything for it – that’s powerful! 

The purpose of marriage or any Godly relationship is to produce power. When two people are in agreement about what they believe for, nothing will be impossible for them.

The Christian life is often a lonely life. We see betrayals and competitions, people feeling used or disposed of for someone else’s gain – and it doesn’t happen only in the world! It’s in the church, and it hasn’t crept in – it has stormed in, designed by the devil to keep us powerless.

Look at what God said in Genesis 11:6 when the people were of one mind and heart: “…Nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.” That’s the power of relationships, or better said, that’s the power that God wants in our relationships.

Not only do I want to show you how to walk in this kind of power, but I want to offer myself to you – join myself with you in producing that sort of power – it’s called a covenant relationship. It’s not just me sending you tapes, and you sending a monthly gift. It’s us joining together to release God’s unlimited power and blessing in every area of our lives.

But first, let me show you what it takes to have power-filled relationships in your life.

1. First of all, we must understand the purpose of the relationship. 

As with anything, when the purpose of a thing is not understood, that’s when you will abuse that thing. (An example of this is money. People abuse money when they don’t understand its purpose.) I have found that the purpose of a relationship is to create a power or a strength that was not there before.

As I mentioned earlier, Jesus said if two shall agree, they can ask anything, and it shall be done for them. So the purpose of a relationship is to create an agreement that releases power in our lives – the power to receive anything!

Can you see why the devil works so hard at destroying or damaging your relationships?

Why does he divide people through offense, divorce, jealousy, strife, bitterness, and so many other forces? Because he wants to keep them from walking in the agreement that produces the supernatural power we’re talking about.

2. We must get rid of all strife and unforgiveness in our lives. 

When we are offended at somebody, we prevent the flow of power that comes from our agreement. We also open the door to a root of bitterness in our heart which hinders our ability to hear from God and again, prevents God’s power from flowing in our lives. In Mark 11:25, Jesus said, “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”

Forgiveness is one of the most important ingredients in relationships. People fall short; people hurt us; people mistreat us – we must forgive them.

3. Lower your expectations of people and raise your expectation of God. 

One of the main reasons we have problems in our relationships is that we put too much dependence on people coming through for us or providing something for us. If you allow that to happen, then it puts too much power in other people’s hands. They can then control your emotions, your happiness, and your decisions with that power. If someone disappoints you or lets you down, it can hurt really badly – but if you put your trust in God coming through for you, rather than people, you can eliminate the disappointment and hurt.

We have it backwards. We believe too much of what people say and not enough of what God says. Change that, and you will find yourself freer and happier than you have been in years.

4. Understand the secrets to effective communication. 

Follow this process:

A. In order to have a powerful relationship, you must have clear and effective communication.

B. In order to have great communication, you must have understanding. One of the biggest problems in our relationships is feeling misunderstood. You want someone to understand you, understand where you are coming from and not judge your motives or intentions, right?

C. Well, in order to be understood, the other party needs to listen. If they aren’t listening, they’ll never understand you. If they’re already thinking about what they’re going to say while you are talking, they will not understand you. 

I want to encourage you – if you need a harvest of someone listening to you, sow the seed by becoming a listener. The most successful parents, teachers, and salesmen are those who learned to listen. This is our seed – listening. Our harvest will be that others listen to us; they will understand us; we will build a great relationship.

D. Now, you will not listen to someone you don’t respect – so the next key here is respect. How do you gain or give respect? Very simple. 

You must trust. This is very hard when you have been lied to or lied about. But if you are to have the building block of respect, it must be built on trust. Broken trust produces broken relationships, and broken trust in the result of broken promises.

E. Therefore, the final ingredient, which in essence is the first ingredient, is integrity. To have a great relationships there must be truth in that relationship. Broken relationships, broken marriages, and broken people are the result of broken promises. 

So let’s put it together:
When a person has integrity (keeps their word), you can trust them.
When you trust them, you can respect them.
When you respect them, you will listen to them.
When you listen, you will understand them.
When you understand them, you will have great communication.
And when you have great communication, you can come into agreement with them.

When you come into agreement with them, you can ask for anything, and it will be done for you (Matthew 18:19).

Now I want to come into agreement with you.

Whatever you are struggling with, whatever you are dealing with today, I want to agree with you. In order to do so, I need you to communicate with me. Send me your prayer requests so I can come into agreement with you, and together, we can rejoice in your miracle.

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Did you know there is ONE pursuit above all others that this world is after?

More that money, more than sex, more than anything…it is the pursuit of the ages – it is the PURSUIT OF POWER!

In one form or another, everything this world seeks boils down to the pursuit of power.

In Acts 8:9-24, Peter and the other apostles were experiencing signs, wonders, and miracles after the resurrection of Jesus. A wealthy man named Simon, recognized with worldly power, saw the real power of God flow through the apostles’ hands and then offered MONEY to HAVE THE POWER OF GOD. Of course, Peter, in his own subtle and soft-spoken way, responded by saying, “ May your silver perish with you for thinking that you can obtain the gift of God with money!”

So we see her that the Power of God is far more valuable than money. In fact, people often use money to obtain power. The Power we’re talking about here, however, is priceless.

The Lord put on my heart to write you about how to release the Power of the Holy Spirit in your life every day and in every situation.

In a sense, there’s nothing wrong with the world seeking power – it’s something God intended for us to walk in. However, He didn’t intend for us to get it the way the world does.

True power – the power to be healed, the power over life’s circumstances, the power over our enemies, the power to have joy, peace, and prosperity – COMES FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT.

“And you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…” (Acts 1:8) The word “power” here comes from the world “dunamis” – the root word for our word, “dynamite.” It means ability, might works, miracles, strength, dominion, and authority.

Why is it so important that we have power? 

First, because every negative emotion that we face in our lives comes from a sense of powerlessness.

For example, if we don’t feel we have the power to change something, it can caused depression. If we don’t have the power to reconcile a relationship, it can cause anger or bitterness. If we don’t have the power to get ahead, it can turn into jealousy.

Secondly, every negative circumstance we face in life comes from this same powerlessness…

…the inability to do anything about the situation we’re in; the inability to change things.

The Holy Spirit solves our deepest need in our emotions and in our circumstances: to be free from powerlessness!

Look at John 16:13: “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own authority; but whatever he hears He will speak; and he will tell you things to come.”

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can know what is to come. Think of the benefits of knowing the things that are going to come:

1. You will be free from fear and stress, because uncertainty is eliminated.

2. You can know what to pray about and how to pray effectively.

3. You can change the things that the Holy Spirit shows you to change.

4. You can help others prepare for the future by knowing what is to come.

Often, the Holy Spirit will show us what is to come so we can pray and change it. There are certain things He is warning us of that we have power to do something about through prayer.

The Holy Spirit is the very presence of God in our lives! When God said, “I will never leave you or forsake you”, He had His Holy Spirit in mind. The Holy Spirit is: God with us…God in us…God for us…God through us.

And when He is operating in our lives the way He desires, several things happen. Let me show you some of them and then let me show you how to release His power in your life.

Six results of the presence of the Holy Spirit in you life:

1. The blessing of God in your household. (2 Samuel 6:1-11) When the Ark of God’s presence was in the house of Obed-Edom, his whole household was abundantly blessed.

2. Supernatural guidance and fellowship with God. (Exodus 40:36-38; Exodus 25:22)

3. The hard-to-move mountains in your life will melt like wax. (Psalm97:5)

4. Joy, laughter, and pleasure will be yours. (Psalm 16:11 and 21:6)

5. Your enemies will fall and perish. (Psalm 9:3)

6. Times of refreshing and restoration will come. (Acts 3:19-20)

Now, how do we RELEASE THIS POWER AND PRESENCE in our everyday lives? Very simply:

1. By our words. As we speak the Word of God out of our mouths on a regular basis, the Holy Spirit takes those words and brings them to pass. Acts 10:44 says, “While he spoke these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening…”

2. Pray in tongues. 1 Corinthians 14:2, Romans 8:26-27 As we pray in tongues, the Holy Spirit is strengthening us and praying God’s perfect will through our lives! The will of God in heaven penetrates and invades the earth as we pray in our heavenly language, even in the face of earthly circumstances and uncertain times.

3. Obedience to God. Acts 5:32 says He gives the Holy Spirit to those who obey Him. Of course, we know that the Holy Spirit is a gift, but as we obey God, the Power of the Holy Spirit is released into our lives.

4. Giving. In Acts 10:3-4, Cornelius gets the attention of God through his prayers and his continual giving of alms. It was through his giving that the Gospel was brought to his household and the non-Jewish world. It was in this chapter that Cornelius became the first Gentile believer to be filled with the Power of the Holy Spirit! As a result, and entire region of the world was opened up to the Gospel through his giving!

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We all know what it’s like to have years taken from us – to lose precious time, relationships, money, opportunities, health, even hope. Regardless of what it is that has been broken, stolen or lost – IT’S TIME TO GET IT BACK… and GOD PROMISES WE CAN AND WILL!

In Samuel 30, David’s city was attacked and plundered by the Amalekites. Verses 1-3 say that the city was burned with fire and their wives, sons, and daughters were taken captive.

I believe this gives us a picture of the 3 primary areas the devil attacks in our lives: 

1. The city was burned with fire. This is our possessions, our protection, our finances.

2. Their wives were taken. This is our relationships. Satan has taken so much in this area, damaging our homes with heartache, misunderstandings, divorce, abuse, alcohol, hurt, and rejection.

3. Their sons and daughters were taken captive. This represents our future. The devil is trying to snuff out our future before it even comes to pass – before it matures. And he’s definitely trying to keep our children from experiencing God’s perfect will for their lives as well!

Well, the good news is found in this marvelous promise God made to David after everything he had was taken from him: “…you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all” (I Samuel 30:8).

And so shall YOU! 

God would not lie, and He is no respector of persons. Put your trust in the God of integrity Who keeps His promises to a thousand generations.

Whatever is missing, stolen, broken, or damaged in your life was done so by the devil. Jesus said in John 10:10, “ The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.”

Well, let’s find out how to get it all back. In Proverbs 6:31 it says clearly, “…when he (the thief) is found, he must restore sevenfold.” Restore means “to put back, to give back, to repair to perfect order.”

We want our health in perfect order, and we want the same for our finances and our families. But the key is: the thief must be found. We have to find out where the thief got in, and by doing so, we catch him. It is at that point he must restore sevenfold.

How do we do that? 

Well, when David discovered that the enemy had raided his city and family, he did several things:

1. He encouraged himself in the Lord (I Samuel 30:6). Sometimes when we face the toughest situations or the most difficult losses in our lives, other people will not always know how to help us or encourage us. We must look to God! We must look at how God is on our side. Begin to praise Him no matter what you’re going through. Don’t wait for things to change Praise him now, and things will begin to change. Tell yourself you’re going to make it – that you are the head and not the tail. Tell yourself that God is on your side; therefore, you can’t fail. Tell yourself that things are turning around for your good. Begin now!

2. David asked for the priestly garments (I Samuel 30:7). A priest would put on the holy garments and then have the right to go directly into God’s presence and receive from Him what was needed.

Well, as a born-again believer, you are a new creature in Christ, and you can now go before God with the holy garments of righteousness. And you have the right, through the blood of Jesus, to receive God’s help and direction. Hebrews 4:15 says we can come boldly to His throne to receive mercy and grace in a time of need. When you have lost something, you are in a time of need, and you can go to God. He will show you what to do. So many Christians have little confidence in their ability to hear from God. You can hear His voice!

3. David asked God, “Should I pursue them, shall I overtake them?” (verse 8a). Often times you are faced with two options, and you’re trying to figure out which to do. It’s o.k. to ask the Lord, “should I choose option A or option B?” Then you follow the peace of God in your heart. Colossians 3:15 (Amplified) says “…the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds…”Whichever one you have peace about is almost always the one the Holy Spirit is showing you. Keep in mind though, the one you have peace about will not always be the easiest one to choose. Now notice what God says to David when he asks Him specifically what to do. (You must be specific; James 4:2) I Samuel 10:8b and God said, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them AND WITHOUT FAIL RECOVER ALL.”

4. Finally, David did what God told him to do! (verse 9). “So David went…” And in Verse 18: “So David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away…” David brought it all back. Well, it’s time for you to bring it all back, and if you follow this simple process, you, too, shall recover all!

Don’t let the thief hold on to your stuff one second longer! Take these steps to see it happen in your life.

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Psalm 5:12
For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.

Psalm 11:7
For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.

Psalm 34:15
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.

Psalm 34:17, 19
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

Psalm 34:21
Evil shall slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous shall be condemned

Psalm 37:17
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.

Psalm 37:29
The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever.

Psalm 37:30
The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom.

Psalm 55:22
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

Psalm 64:10

The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and trust in Him. And all the upright in heart shall glory.

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Can you be sure you will go to heaven when you die?

Yes, in fact, the most important question anyone could ever ask is: “How do I get to heaven?” People have been asking this question since man was created. First of all, God wants  you with Him forever! And fortunately He answers this life-changing question simply and clearly.

Christianity is not a religion. It is a relationship with God. And from the beginning of Creation, God has wanted to have a relationship with His highest creation—mankind. But religion has confused the matter, and told people that they can earn salvation, or work hard enough to get it; or follow certain rules, and then God would accept them. But that’s not the gospel at all. “Gospel” means: Good news. And the good news is: SALVATION IS A FREE GIFT. Going to HEAVEN is a free gift! God offers this free gift of salvation because He is madly in love with YOU! He wants to be in a love-relationship with you.

That’s why He sent Jesus Christ to the earth, to die on a cross as a substitute for you and me; for our sins; and the sins of this world. Jesus paid the price to create a bridge between God and man. A perfect man, Jesus, took the place of imperfect man—you and me; and He exchanged His innocent life, for our guilty life.

Salvation—God’s plan for eternal life!

We understand God’s plan of salvation through His explanation in the Bible. God has given us The Bible—His written Word to mankind—to communicate His amazing plan of salvation.

It contains 66 books, written over a period of 1500 years, by 39 authors, who were inspired by the very breath of God to write His Words. Its authenticity is validated HISTORICALLY, ARCHEOLOGICALLY, & PROPHETICALLY. Its truth and veracity are unrivaled by any other historical or religious document. The Dead Sea Scrolls are an example of its consistency in the process of passing down the letters, so that they maintain their original meaning and words.

The Bible can and should be taken literally, except where it states that it is speaking symbolically. Adam & Eve were real. Sin was real. The devil is real. The fall of man is real. And Jesus is REAL.

In fact, you are about to experience Him today, as you continue reading!

THE PROBLEM:

The Bible makes clear in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” The problem is clear: Romans 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death.” So, simply put: we have all sinned (and were born into sin, because of Adam), and we all deserve eternal death. In God’s universal justice system, someone has to pay the price for sin.

THE SOLUTION:

But the second part of Romans 6:23 GIVES US HOPE: “but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.” So God offers us forgiveness. How? Through faith in His Son. Jesus pays the price, through His blood for our sins. Romans 10:9 says, “That if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.”

One of the most well known verses in the Bible is John 3:16-17, where Jesus said:

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world might be saved, through Him.”
God also states His plan of salvation very clearly in Ephesians 2:8-9.8 “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”See how simple God’s plan of salvation is?
Grace! Not Works!

“What Must I Do To Be Saved?” someone asked in Acts 16:30. Paul’s answer was simple: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, and your family.” No list of do’s and don’ts?  No way to earn or deserve it?  No. Salvation is a free gift. A priceless gift, that no one could ever be good enough to earn or deserve. This free gift is referred to as “grace.”

While we should obviously obey God’s Word and live by sound moral code and conscience, none of that saves us. God explains that further in Titus 3:5-8

5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

7 That being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.”

You see? We are NOT saved by our good works, but since we ARE saved (by grace through faith) already… our desires change and we end up wanting to do what’s right.

We do the good things out of a grateful heart for the gift we have received—not to earn the gift.

God’s “grace” literally means “His unmerited favor” & “His undeserved love.” God makes clear that no one is saved, or forgiven, or justified by their good works. He offers you eternal

life as a gift. But that gift is found only in Jesus Christ.  In Acts 4:12 Peter (talking about Jesus) tells the religious rulers, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other

Name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved.” I Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

Jesus clearly said in John 14:6, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man comes to the Father, but by Me.”

Through Jesus, God takes away our sins, and gives us His gift of salvation and righteousness. This gift of salvation is like an exchange. Many refer to it as, the Great Exchange. He exchanges your old life… for His new life.  Your sin… for His righteousness! Many people try to get their life straightened out before they come to God. But we can’t change spiritually, until we are born-again. (John 3:3). We could never get clean enough to stand in the presence of a sinless, spotless, holy God. That’s why He cleanses us of our sin through the blood of Jesus!

I John 1:7-9 says:

7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

YOU ARE READY!

If you’ve never accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior & Lord, He invites you NOW. Revelation 3:20, says that Jesus is standing at the door of your heart–waiting for you to invite Him in.Just pray from your heart, out loud:

“Heavenly Father, I accept Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord. I ask you to forgive me of my sins. I receive the gift of salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ.I believe Jesus died for my sins and rose from the dead.  I accept your loving invitation to become born again and be your child. Though I was born a sinner, I believe I am born again NOW, and made righteous by You, through Jesus’ precious blood. By your grace, I am now saved. I accept your Son, Jesus, as my Lord, and as my Savior. From this day forward, You will never leave me nor forsake me, in Jesus’ Name” If you prayed that from your heart and believe it, God heard you and answered! You are NOW a child of God!

I John 4:15 says, “If you will confess that Jesus is the Son of God, then God will come and dwell in you, and you will dwell in Him.”

What’s Next? Click the section “Salvation? What’s Next” below to find out now!

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Salvation? What’s Next

Once you’ve accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord, I encourage you to do the following things:

*Tell someone. As you share what just happened, you will find yourself invigorated, and you will be spreading God’s love & plan of salvation, simply by telling someone what happened to you.

*Get baptized in water. By doing so, you are symbolically identifying with Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. Baptism means ‘immersion’. By being baptized you are declaring outwardly, what has happened to you inwardly. Jesus said to be baptized in His Name—in the Name of the Father, Son & Holy Spirit—Matthew 28:19

*Come to church and ask to be baptized. If you are not in our area, find a Bible-believing, love-filled, grace-centered church and ask to be baptized there.

Lets Grow!

In order to grow as a new Christian, I encourage you to take advantage of the following 3 God-given tools for a victorious walk with God:

Read & Study the Bible

I started in the Book of John, when I first got saved. And I kept reading through the New Testament. I encourage you to do so, as well. Perhaps read one or two chapters a day, to get started.

The Old Testament is GREAT, as well; however, its important to understand, we are not under the Old Covenant any longer, where we are commanded to fulfill all the laws, in order to be accepted by God; but rather we are placed into the New Covenant, where we are saved by God’s grace; therefore I encourage you to study the New Covenant (New Testament) first.  You will definitely want to study the Old Testament, because it is rich in wisdom, psalms and prophecy; and explains the history of God’s plan. But its important to understand that the Old Covenant Laws were fulfilled by Jesus, as He nailed all the decrees and curses against us– to the cross. So its important to read the Old Testament, armed with that knowledge.

Also, get a good Bible translation. I use the King James, New King James, New American Standard, and the Amplified Bible. I also like to read out of the Message Translation. Some people argue about which translation; but I believe reading from all of them, as we have such access online, is a good thing.

We have a wonderful teaching resource you can get, called: How to Read & Understand the Bible. You can call our ministry office at 888-438-5433.

Pray

Talk to God every day. Some people wake up and say, “Good God, its morning! But I encourage you to wake up and instead say, “Good Morning God! Thank You for loving me! I love you! Lead me today, by your Holy Spirit.” Wake up and say, “Good Morning Lord! Remember this: Christianity is not a religion. It is a relationship with God. That involves communication.

I encourage you to spend the first 10 minutes or more, praying and thanking God. Ask Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit. Thank Him for all the good in your life. Ask Him for wisdom. Pray for your family member’s salvation. Ask Him to lead you to the right people and deliver you from the wrong people! Ask Him to guide you. The Bible says, “man plans his ways, but God orders His steps.” Proverbs 16:9. Ask Him to order your steps every day.

And take a moment and listen to what He might say to your heart. He speaks from His Word, so that’s why its so vital to read the Bible. Jesus said, you can hear His voice. John 10:27.

Here is another great resource you can get about prayer… Why Your Prayers Will Be Answered Collection.

Get plugged into church!

Jesus said, “The gates of Hell cannot prevail against the Church.” Matthew 16:18. God has designed each of us to be connected to a church, the way each part of our body, is connected to our whole body. Some people will try to say that we don’t need to be committed to a church; but that’s like arguing that we don’t need to grow up in a family. While many have overcome great pain, after not growing up in a healthy family, that’s not God’s best plan. Its God’s desire that we grow together with other spiritual brothers and sisters, in God’s purpose for our lives, and in fulfilling a God-ordained mission together

When we are connected to a healthy church:

We have greater power. Matthew 18:20.

We have greater love. John 13:34-35.

We have greater purpose. 1 Corinthians 12:18.

We have greater growth. Psalm 92:13.

By being connected to a church:

We are FED THE WORD OF GOD, consistently by our God-ordained pastor. 1 Peter 5:2

We are covered with godly protection. Acts 20:28.

We are able to fellowship as a part of a spiritual FAMILY. Acts 2:42.

We find our purpose in SERVING. 1 Peter 4:10.

We are a part of an evangelistic plan, to bring others to Jesus and to His family. Acts 2:42-47.

Well, Congratulations!

You’ve just made the greatest decision of your life; and though there will be challenges, you are not alone. God is with you and He will never let you go!

Your greatest days are ahead! If you desire prayer from someone or just need a friend, call our church office and simply ask. Or click here to contact us.

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Proverbs 4:20-23
20 My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart.
22 For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their whole body.
23 Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.Joshua 21:45
45 Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.Philippians 2:13
13 For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.Romans 8:11
11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you.2 Corinthians 1:20
20 For as many as may be the promises of God, in Him they are yes; wherefore also by Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.Matthew 8:2-3
2 And behold, a leper came to Him, and bowed down to Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, you can make me clean.”
3 And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.Exodus 15:26
26 And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer.”Exodus 23:25
25 But you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water; and I will remove sickness from your midst.Deuteronomy 7:15
15 And the LORD will remove from you all sickness; and He will not put on you any of the harmful diseases of Egypt which you have known, but He will lay them on all who hate you.Malachi 3:10
10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.”Psalm 103:1-5
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name.
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits;
3 Who pardons all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases;
4 Who redeems your life from the pit; who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
5 Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.Psalm 107:20
20 He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.Psalm 118:17
17 I shall not die, but live, and tell of the works of the LORD.Deuteronomy 30:19
19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants.Psalm 91:16
16 With a long life I will satisfy him, and let him behold My salvation.Isaiah 53:5
5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.Jeremiah 30:17
17 “For I will restore you to health and I will heal you of your wounds,” declares the LORD, “Because they have called you an outcast, saying: ‘It is Zion; no one cares for her.”‘Matthew 18:18
18 Truly I say to you, whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.Matthew 18:19
19 Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.Mark 11:24
24 Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you.Isaiah 43:25-26
25 I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.
26 Put me in remembrance; let us argue our case together, state your cause, that you may be proved right.Mark 16:17-18
17 And these signs will accompany those who have believed in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues;
18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it shall not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.John 9:31
31 We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing, and does His will, He hears him.John 10:10
10 The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.Galatians 3:13-14
13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us– for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”–
14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.Hebrews 10:23
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;Hebrews 10:35
35 Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.Joel 3:10
10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, “I am a mighty man.”Hebrews 13:8
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.3 John 1:2
2 Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.James 5:14-15
14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;
15 and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.1 Peter 2:24
24 He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.I John 5:14-15
14 And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.I John 3:21-22
21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God;
22 and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.2 Timothy 1:7
7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.2 Corinthians 10:4-5
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.
5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.Ephesians 6:10-13
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might.
11 Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

Revelation 12:11

11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death.Nahum 1:7-9
7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.
9 What do ye imagine against the LORD? He will make an utter end; affliction shall not rise up the second time. (KJV)

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Psalm 91:10-11
I will not fear for my child’s safety, no harm will befall me or my children, no disaster will come near my tent. For He will command His Angels concerning me to guard me in all my ways.

Psalm 91:1, 4-7
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of The Almighty. He will cover me with His feathers, and under His wings I will find refuge; His faithfulness will be my shield and rampart. I will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at my side, ten thousand at my right hand, but it will not come near me

James 1:5
I receive wisdom from God for everything I speak to my children.

Philippians 4:6-7
I will not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present my requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus.

Joshua 1:9
I will not feel anxious or worried because God’s Word says to be strong and courageous. I will not be terrified. I will not be discouraged, for the Lord, my God, will be with me wherever I go.

Philippians 4:19
God will supply all of my needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Deuteronomy 28:41
We beget sons and daughters and enjoy them for they shall not go into any captivity of the devil.

Matthew 28:20
I will not feel lonely because God’s Word says that He is with me always, to the very end of the age.

Joshua 1:5
And no one will be able to stand up against me all the days of my life. As God was with Moses, so He will be with me; He will never leave me nor forsake me.

Psalm 42:1
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul (mind, will, and emotions) longs for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

John 14:1
I will not let my heart be troubled. I will trust in God.

Psalm 118:6
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid of what man can do to me. The Lord is on the side of my children, they will not fear.

I Corinthians 13
I will endure long and be patient. I will not be irritable or touchy or take offense. I will always believe the best of my children. My hopes for my children are fadeless under all circumstances.

Psalm 32:6-11
Lord, You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. You will instruct me and teach me in the way that I should go; You will counsel me and watch over me. I will not be like the horse or mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come. Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the woman who trusts in Him.

Isaiah 40:31
I will wait upon the Lord and my strength will be renewed. I will mount up with wings as eagles. I will run and not grow weary. I will walk and not faint.

Ephesians 5:19
I make a decision to rejoice in the Lord and be glad. I will sing and make melodies to the Lord.

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You’ve heard of the lifestyle of the rich and famous. This is the lifestyle of the saved—the lifestyle of the believer—the lifestyle of the child of God. What are we to do once we say in our heart, “I want to follow You, Lord. I just don’t know where to go. I just don’t know what to do. I just don’t know what to say or how to live. What are the next steps?”

God wants you to grow. He wants you to move forward. He doesn’t want you to live like you used to live. When we get born again we have a new life, but with that new life we need a new lifestyle. There’s a new way of living now. It’s a new code of conduct. It’s not keeping all the commandments. It’s not keeping all these rules. It’s following the Word of God and following Jesus’ system—the new system of living, or, in other words, the new lifestyle.

Follow the pattern of the lifestyle of the book of Acts in Chapter 2. Peter says in verse 36 as he finishes preaching the gospel after he had been baptized in the Holy Spirit, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made that same Jesus whom you’ve crucified, both Lord and Christ.” God made Jesus Lord and God made Him the Anointed One.

If Jesus is just a good teacher to you, He’s not going to bring any power in your life. Remember when they were at the table at the Last Supper? (Matthew 26) Jesus said to the disciples, “One of you is going to betray me.” The first 11 asked, “Lord is it I?” “Lord, am I the one that’s going to betray you?”

The first 11 disciples called him “Lord” and they said, “Is it me?” Then it came to Judas. Do you know what Judas said? He said, “Teacher, is it I?” To the other 11 disciples Jesus was Lord and they didn’t betray Him. But to Judas, Jesus was just a teacher and he betrayed the Lord. If Jesus would have been the Lord of Judas’ life, Judas would have never betrayed Jesus. But Jesus wasn’t Lord to Judas—Jesus was just a good teacher.

Listen, is Jesus teacher to you? Or is Jesus Lord? If He is Lord, you will never betray Him. You don’t ever have to be afraid wondering, “Will I turn against Him?” If Jesus is Lord of your life, you’ll never turn against Him.

In Acts 2, in verse 37, it says they (those who gathered on the day of Pentecost and heard Peter preaching the gospel) were pricked to the heart and they said to Peter and to the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Oftentimes we want to justify what we’ve done. We want to say, “I never really did anything wrong.” “I was never really that bad.” But not these men. They said, “Peter, what are we supposed to do now? We realize that we were sinners and what do we do now?”

What do you do after you get saved?

1. Repent.
Acts 2, in verse 38, Peter said to them, “Repent.” Repent means to turn, to change your mind and to change your direction. If you’ve made Jesus the Lord of your life, you’ve repented. That means you’ve turned from you being Lord and you’re going to allow Jesus to now be Lord of your life. He said, “Repent” and then what?

2. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Peter says, “And be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” There’s a gift God wants to give you. Isn’t it amazing the first thing God wants you to do when you get saved is He wants you to receive a gift. Doesn’t that show a picture of how good God is? He wants to bless you. He wants to give you the gift of the Holy Spirit. The gift of the Holy Spirit is called the baptism in the Holy Spirit. And the first evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is not what most people think it is. Jesus said in Acts 1:8 that you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. Yes, you’re going to receive the gift of speaking in tongues. but the first thing you’re going to receive is power. If there is anything we need in our lives, it is power, and the Holy Spirit gives us power. That’s why God wants us to pray in the Holy Spirit and yield to Him. That’s why God wants us to develop the fruits of the Holy Spirit, because that produces power.

3. Get Water Baptized
And then in Acts 2, verses 40-41, “With many other words, Peter testified and exhorted them saying, save yourselves from this ungodly generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized.” Don’t reject this Word, but if you receive this Word, get baptized. I’m talking about being baptized after you got saved. I was baptized as a baby but then I got born again and I got baptized all over again. It was the real thing this time because I had truly made a decision to let Jesus be the Lord of my life.

4. Join a Church
“They were baptized and in that same day there were added unto them about 3000 souls.” (Acts 2:41) That same day there were added to them 3000 souls. Isn’t it funny how we’re so picky about when we’re going to join a church? You need to join a church the day you get saved. You ought to make sure you’re in the church that is going to feed you and teach you and help you grow in your relationship with God. If you haven’t joined this church yet, join it today. And if this is not the church for you, go find a church today. Find the church that God’s called you to be at, and commit yourself to that church. Make it your home. Make it your family. We’re not going to beat you. We’re going to feed the sheep and we’re all going to grow together in God.

The Lifestyle of a Christian

1. Be Committed to the Apostles’ Teaching.
In Acts 2:42 it says, “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine,” which is the apostles’ teaching. So they were committed to the teaching of the Word of God, the apostles’ doctrine. Be committed to attending church. Continue to hear the Word.

2. Be Committed to Fellowship with Other Believers.
It goes on to say they continued to devote themselves “to fellowship.” That means coming together and sharing our lives with one another. Develop relationships with other godly people.

3. Be Committed to the Breaking of Bread.
They continually devoted themselves to “the breaking of bread,” which is communion.

4. Be Committed to Prayer.
They were continually devoted to prayer. They were committed to praying together and to the lifestyle of prayer.

5. Be Committed to a Life of Generosity and of Respect/Fear of God. 
When they did these things, a godly fear or reverence came upon every one of them. “Fear (respect) came upon every soul and many wonders and signs were done. And all that believed were together and had all things in common and they sold their possessions and their goods and they parted to them to all men as every man had need.” (Acts 2:43-45)

Notice, one of the first evidences of being truly converted was they no longer were selfish people, but they gave generously.

We are to be committed to generosity and committed to a life of respecting and fearing God and worshipping God and the Lord will add to our numbers daily those who are being saved.

Are you ready to commit to these things?

Make this declaration:

“I devote myself as a believer to the apostles’ teaching, the Word of God, to fellowship with godly people, to the breaking of bread and I devote myself to prayer and a lifestyle of generosity. I turn away from a life of selfishness. I turn away from a life where I am my own Lord. Jesus is my Lord and I will follow Him all the days of my life. Amen.” 

Praise the Lord! Something supernatural has happened in your life today. Now you need to commit yourself to these things that we just agreed about. Be devoted to the apostles’ teaching, devoted to fellowship, devoted to breaking bread, and devoted to prayer.

We’ve got too many spiritual honeybees just flying wherever the nectar is sweetest—butterflies just flying around here and there but not plugging themselves into the family of God. It’s time to plug in. It’s time to plug into a vision. It’s our vision to reach the world for Jesus Christ and we do that in two ways. We do that by building healthy churches and we do that by reaching the world through television, missions, and outreaches. I’m telling you, you can be a part of something that is changing the world. We’re ready to move forward, but it’s time for us to band together, to commit ourselves together to love one another, and to live this Christian life out with each other. No man is an island. You can’t do it by yourself. We need each other. We need God, His Word, and we need each other. Every one of us is going to make it. Get plugged in. Come to our church services, or if we don’t have a church in your area, become a partner with our ministry. We want to welcome you into the family of God!

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What you think about will ultimately result in your future. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind.” I want to zero in on that third one—sound mind. God wants you to have a sound mind because your mind is the access point by which Satan gains entrance into your life. He does not gain entrance through your body. He does not gain entrance through your spirit. He does not gain entrance through your finances or sickness. Satan gains entrance or access into your life through the thoughts that you are thinking.

The battle that we are facing is the battle in our minds. It’s the battle between our ears, folks! That is where the battle is won—that is where the battle is lost. It is between our ears—it’s in our heads. This is why Satan fights so much in our thought life, and he understands the root to everything in our lives is what we think about. Let me show you how your thoughts will ultimately result in your future. This is the path of progression:

Your thoughts will determine you decisions;
Your decisions will determine your actions;
Your actions will become your habits;
Your habits develop your character; and
Your character will determine your destiny.
Thought life—Decisions—Actions—Habits—Character—Destiny

If you’re at all concerned about your destiny, and I believe every one of us should be, then you need to get a hold of this. Isn’t it important that we fulfill God’s destiny for our life?

Yet, our destiny is not at all what we need to be concerned about. Let me put it to you this way: If you’re concerned about your destiny or your habits or your actions or decisions, you only need to work on one thing—your thought life. Because your thought life is the root of all those other things. Those other things are the fruit.

The devil is trying to get your thought life. We’ve got to take it back. You can control what you think. Every thought needs to be checked in at the registration desk, checked against the image of God, and the Word. You need to be brutal with your thought life.

II Corinthians 10:3-5 is a key verse when dealing with your thoughts. We do not war in the flesh, but we bring every thought into the captivity to the obedience of Christ. We need to have mercy on people, not our thoughts. You need to take that negative thought captive; pursue it with the word of God. “Neither did I turn until it was consumed.” Read Psalm 18:29-38.

Mark 7:21-23: The root to everything sinful starts with evil thoughts. The gateway to every sin starts with a thought. And the gateway to every good thing in our life starts with a thought. If we want to grow in godliness, we’ve got to grow our thought life.

Real quickly, I want to give you Five Wrong Patterns of Thinking and how to change them.

1. The first thought of defeat: You Can’t Do It. The root that empowers: Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me; I CAN DO IT!

2. Second thought: You Have the Wrong Motive. The thought comes to you ‘You just want to be blessed because you’re selfish. Who do you think you are? God says He wants me blessed! God calls me blessed, so that I can be a blessing.

3. Third thought: You’re not worthy—you don’t deserve to be blessed. Look at all the mistakes you made; you don’t deserve it. You say, I’m not worthy through my works; I am worthy through the BLOOD of Jesus. I do deserve it because God is a good God. I’m worthy because of Jesus’ past.

4. Fourth thought: It’s not going to happen for you. It doesn’t work for everybody. You say, you shut up devil! He did it for Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and so He’s got to do it for me. God is no respecter of persons and He says whosoever believes shall have what they say, and I’m one of those whosoevers who believes!

5. It’s Too Late. You can’t recover. Look at how much ground you’ve lost. Everybody is ahead of you. You say NO! In Jesus’ Name He that began a good work in me is faithful to complete it! Jesus is the author and finisher of my faith. It wasn’t too late for Abraham, Peter, Sarah, or Rahab the harlot. We’re not too discouraged, too broken, or too sick to be healed. BUT JESUS can take every sickness, financial problem or negative situation and restore it.

You have the power to determine your future by deciding to think right thoughts. Begin TODAY taking captive those wrong thoughts and putting God’s thoughts from His Word in your mind. Listen to teaching on what God thinks of you and how you can be free from wrong thinking. You will see your life change as you begin to put these principles to work in your life!

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Have you ever gotten discouraged or frustrated by the apparent lack of results when you pray?

We’ve all been told our blessing is coming, we’ve gotten excited; preachers have promised us it’s coming, but friends, let’s face it – there are more people who don’t receive what they’ve prayed for than those who do.

What’s the problem? 

Many Christians have prayed, tried, and cried because they haven’t seen any results; they have just given up on expecting much from God. Others blindly expect the moon but have no idea that we have as much to do with receiving from God as God has!

I Corinthians 3:9 says we are co-workers with Him! Our relationships with God should be like any other good relationship—it’s a partnership. You have a part and God has a part.

We can be sure that God will keep His part of the deal since He is unchanging, never fails to keep His promises, and He is not a respecter of persons (which means He has no favorites!)

So if there is a failure we don’t get results—the problem HAS to be on our side of the deal!

What we fail to understand is that almost all of His promises are conditional. We will receive what He has for us—when WE do our part. Results depend on some choices we make and some actions we take.

I want to help you put an end to the frustration of unanswered prayer and the disappointment of unreceived promises from God.

I often hear of ministers who are called upon to give comfort and encouragement to people who are hurting and they simply say, “everything is going to be all right” and “everything’s going to get better.”

I don’t know about you—but that sort of response is not really helpful. I want to know when! When will things get better? I want to know how! HOW will things change? What has to happen?

I want to get to the point where I can say: “Things were not right—and I was in trouble, but when I learned how to receive from God, then I received and everything changed!”

Let’s get some answers! What is our part? (This will work every time.)

1. Believe that receiving your full inheritance from God is as important to Him as it is to you. In Acts 26:17-18 Jesus told Paul to “teach people to receive forgiveness of sins and their inheritance.” You see, we have all believed it’s the will of God, and it’s essential to receive forgiveness of sins, but did you know Jesus said it’s as much His will for you to receive your inheritance? We must believe it’s His will and His desire for us to receive everything He has for us.

2. Ask God for the thing you need and desire. Be specific! If you need an unsaved loved one saved, be specific—name that person to God. If you need a job, be specific about what kind of job, how much money it will earn, and where it will be located. Jesus said in John 16:24, “Ask and you shall receive.” James 4:2 says, “You have not because you ask not.”

3. Be sure you’re asking for the right things… James 4:3 says, “You ask and do not receive because you ask amiss.” He tells us that when we miss the mark in what we ask for, we will not receive

How can we be sure of the right things to ask for?

A. Is it good? (Every good gift comes from God. James 1:17)

B. Is it in the Word of God? Can you find two or three Scriptures to support what it is you’re asking for? John said in I John 5:14, “If we ask anything according to the will of God, He hears us…” The Word of God is the will of God. A will is a testament—it is a list of promises that a person who dies leaves for his loved ones. When Jesus died, all His promises became legally available to us. The promises in His Word are His will. His will is not a mystery as so many Christians have thought.

C. Are you capable of being responsible with it when it comes! This point is so very important. If I ask God for 1 million dollars for a business idea that will help millions of people, I am fooling myself if I expect to receive it while I have been irresponsible and unwise with the $1,000 that I have already received.

Many people want to jump from $10 faith to $10 million faith, and it doesn’t work that way. You have to be faithful so God can give you more. If my nine-year-old son asked me for a car—as much as I want to give it to him—I can’t because he’s not ready for it. Even if he were 16, I wouldn’t necessarily give it to him, unless he had been faithful with his bicycle! Did he take care of it? Did he keep it clean? Had he been reckless with it? If he had, why would I think he would act any differently toward more powerful equipment?

This is called faithful stewardship and is mandatory if you want to receive the blessing of the Lord. Proverbs 28:20 says “a faithful man will abound with blessings.” You can’t give a loaded gun to a child—and quite literally much of our failure to receive has to do with the immaturity in our lives. If we’re acting like spiritual babies—not controlling our tongue, whining all the time, or are irresponsible with our stuff—God will not be able to entrust us with more. It would be poor stewardship on His part.

But the good news is we don’t have to stay babies… we can grow up. How?

1. Control our mouth and words. Make sure that the things that come out of our mouths line up with God’s Word. (James 3:2)

2. Be thankful in everything. Grumbling and complaining is one for the chief reasons the children of Israel did not enter the Promised Land. (I Corinthians 10:10)

3. Be responsible now for our lives, our money, our bodies, and our possessions. Be good stewards of the things we already have (Luke 12:42). Don’t expect God to give you more until you care for what you have!

Now, once we have asked according to God’s will, the next thing we need to do is…

4. Believe you received it the moment you ask, no matter what you see or feel (Mark 11:24). This is walking by faith, not by sight (II Corinthians 5:7). You have to break the habit of only believing something when you see it. You must see what is invisible NOW and believe that it is yours—just as a pregnant woman knows there’s a baby in her womb because she has received the seed, and the doctor has confirmed there is life inside—she hasn’t seen anything—but it’s there. She knows it’s there.

5. That leads me to the next critical ingredient. Luke 6:38 says, “Give and you shall receive.” Your seed is so vital to receiving what it is you have asked for. Galatians 6:7 says, “Let no one be deceived, whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.” We must take action if we want to see results. James 2:20 declares “faith without works is dead.” Again let me remind you, Abraham demonstrated his faith by the offering of his son. While it is obvious God is not requiring your son of you, the principle is the same.

We must back up our need with some seed—an offering! Not just any old offering, but one that is valuable to us. Plant a financial seed toward the need you have. You may ask, “what if the need isn’t financial? Why would I plant a financial seed for a spiritual or emotional need?” Simply because money is a proof of trust. God doesn’t need your money, but when you give, it shows God He can trust you because you can let go of one of the most valuable things you have.

An example of this is the widow in Elijah’s day who gave financial seed and reaped the miraculous harvest of her son’s resurrection from the dead (I Kings 17)

I am convinced if you follow these simple steps, you will put an end to the disappointment of unanswered prayer. Remember though, God can’t give you something He doesn’t have. He doesn’t have poverty, sickness, disease, and sadness so don’t bother asking Him for any of those. And He won’t hurt someone or take something away from someone in order for you to have it. However, He has plenty of “every good thing” for anyone who will ask.

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II Timothy 1:7
God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a calm, well balanced mind.

Isaiah 12:2
I am not afraid because God is my salvation and I trust Him.

1 John 4:18
I am not tormented because all fear is cast out in God’s perfect love.

Isaiah 41:10
I do not fear nor am I dismayed, because God is with me. God makes me strong and helps me and upholds me with His victorious and righteous right hand.

Isaiah 43:1
I do not fear, for God has redeemed me and called me by name – I am His.

Hebrews 13:6
The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man can do to me.

Proverbs 29:25
I avoid snares because I do not fear man, but I place my trust in the Lord and therefore I am safe.

Deuteronomy 31:6
I am strong and courageous, delivered from fear, because the Lord my God goes with me. He will not fail me nor forsake me.

Romans 8:15

I have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but I have received the spirit of adoption whereby I cry “Abba, Father.”

Proverbs 1:33
I listen to the Lord, therefore, I dwell safely and I am quieted from the fear of evil.

Deuteronomy 1:21
I will not fear nor be discouraged, for the Lord my God has set the land before me – I will go up and possess it.

Deuteronomy 3:22
I will not fear, for the Lord my God shall fight for me.

Luke 12:32
I do not fear, for it is my Father’s good pleasure to give me the kingdom.

Psalm 112:7
I am not afraid of bad news, for my heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.

Isaiah 12:2
I am strong and courageous, not fearful and dismayed for the Lord Jehovah is my strength, my song and my salvation.

John 14:27
I walk in the peace that Jesus has left for me, not peace as the world gives. My heart is not troubled neither is it afraid.

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If you’re having trouble with lust, temptation, pride, or maybe you just want to learn how to hear God’s voice, you need to learn how to walk in the Spirit. We all face temptation and trials, and your life depends on whether you follow your Spirit or your flesh. So let’s learn How to Walk in the Spirit.

1. First of all, you have to be aware of the conflict. It’s one thing to be in a battle, but when the battle is in you, life will be very difficult. You’re made up of three parts. You are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body. Now, your body is not your flesh. You always should take care of your body, but you should never take care of your flesh.

Your spirit and your flesh are vying for the control of your soul and your body.

Whichever gets control of your soul and body will declare victory. Follow these simple steps to give your Spirit the advantage. If you can learn to walk in the Spirit, it will protect you, provide for you and empower you.

2. You must put first things first. Gal 5:16 says, “I say walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” He doesn’t say overcome your flesh so you can qualify to walk in the Spirit. He says the exact opposite.

Religion says as we stop sinning, then the Holy Spirit will come and live in us but that isn’t what the Bible says. It’s our union with the Holy Spirit that overpowers sin. It’s as you walk in the Spirit. The Spirit is the Word. The Word is light. Darkness left when the light came.

When you walk in the Spirit, sin is overpowered. All of your striving won’t get sin to leave. The entrance of His Word brings light. Walking in the Spirit means: yielding yourself to God’s Word and walking in love.

When you walk in love, the Spirit drives out and overpowers the dictates of the flesh. As soon as the lights are on, darkness leaves. Walk in the Spirit and you won’t fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Walk in the Spirit and the flesh dies. The flesh resides in your thinking. Overtake it with thoughts that yield to the Spirit—God’s Word. The flesh loves drugs which in the Greek is the word, pharmakea—which means witchcraft. Galatians 5 lists the works of the flesh including idolatry and witchcraft. You can destroy those cigarettes, speak over those cigarettes, but it doesn’t mean you’ve overcome it. Walk in the Spirit and you won’t want to smoke anymore. You can’t just say, “I’m never going to smoke anymore.”

James 4:6-7 says, “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil.” The key to the devil fleeing is first submitting to God. As you submit to God, His Spirit, and His Word—then the devil will flee. The devil comes to someone yielded to their flesh. The flesh is a way of thinking that’s contrary to God’s way of thinking.

Walk in the Spirit—and then you won’t fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Think God’s thoughts. Submit to God. Then the devil will flee.

Draw near to God. Then you’ll purify your hands and hearts. How do you draw near? You worship and praise and love God. You believe His Word, and act on His Word. God accepts you right now. God says just draw near to me.

3. You’ve got to realize—You are not alone. You’re not the only one battling the flesh. Romans 7:21-22 in the Amplified Bible says “So I find it to be a law (rule of action of my being) that when I want to do what is right and good, evil is ever present with me and I am subject to its insistent demands.” Paul, the greatest apostle, dealt with this. You feel these thoughts and feelings, and you think, “I’m not saved” or “I’m not spiritual.” It’s not how much knowledge you have. It’s speaking, meditating on the Word to the point where it causes us to overtake the flesh.

Identify what is flesh and what is Spirit. There are 3 characteristics of a jelly flesh that are like the flesh.

1. It has no backbone. The flesh doesn’t stand for anything. It just cares about now. That’s a Christian with no convictions.

2. The prevailing currents carry it. That’s like Christians who just follow the crowd or just follow the most popular minister. Your flesh wants to try and do spiritual works so you can feel spiritual. Get planted. Get established in a church. Have backbone. Be someone who is established, connected and come hell or high water, follow the Word.

3. The jelly fish’s only defense is its sting. The flesh is the same way—we hurt others to protect ourselves. God protects us, so we don’t have to. Our flesh’s retaliation is to say something worse to them. Retaliate with God’s retaliation. Pray for them.

4. Recognize Your Flesh is not the real you. 2 Corinthians 5:17 If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. I’m not connected to my past. Honor the new in you. You have a new Spirit. You have love, the Father, a new covenant, a new name, a new family, and you have a new way of doing things. As we feed and honor the new man in us, we starve the old man.

When you realize there is a battle inside you, and you realize you’re not the only one who has dealt with this, you can win the battle by walking in the Spirit, which is yielding to God’s Word, walking in love, and by drawing near to your Father. You are a new creature, and you have a new Spirit inside you. Meditate on the Word, and as you do, you’ll no longer fulfill the lust of the flesh.

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