Friday, June 2, 2017

Fighting your battles the right way.




                           Be ready to fight your battles. 



Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. (I Tim 6:12)

                              How do I get my prayers answered? That seems to be the enigma within the body of Christ. On one hand, we have the promises of God to bless us but on the other, we have the circumstances talking to us and dictating the opposite. It is a fight, no doubt about it. Many of you may be hitting that wall but there is hope. Let's take a close look about the good fight of faith.
                              First, we are not taking the fight to Satan. Jesus has defeated him at the cross and he has been stripped naked. Our responsibility is to dress for success. Put on the whole armor and be ready to fight. Many times, certain battles just takes speaking the word--It is written and we add a verse to it. Victory comes as a result and we are rejoicing. The next time, another test comes, we use the same technique and nothing happens. We keep speaking the word until we turn blue in the face and nothing happens. Do we give up at this point and make a stupid excuse to justify this defeat? 
                              At this point, we bring this matter to the Lord as a mystery. We pray in tongues over this and listen to his voice. The word of God tells us that when we pray these mysteries to him, we should pray for the interpretation. (I Cor 14:2,13) I guarantee you that when we do this, he will bring an answer to us sooner or later. Brethren, another area to consider is our minds. Renewing the mind is so important to us. Thoughts, feeling and emotions is where Satan manipulates us if we let him. We need to control our thoughts in the heat of battle. 
                         We need to, constantly, fill our minds with the word so that worry nor anxiety does not rob us of our promises with God. We need to allow an image of victory that comes from our inner being (Spirit) and let it override our minds. When the soul (mind) and spirit work together, it is a powerful force.
The enemy wants our mind but we are not going to let him have it because it belongs to Christ. Bind the enemy and put him under your feet. 
                        The next battlefield is in court. Does not the word says enter into his courts with praise? This is the highest place in which you can take your battles. Many precious brethren have had petitions that have not been answered for 20 or 30 yrs. The buck stops at the court but we have to have a proper protocol in which to approach God and argue our case. If you want to learn more about approaching the courts of God, check out my last blog post.(1) It is, truly, an eye opener.  Since I applied this technique, I have seen some breakthroughs taking effect and it can happen to you, too. God bless.


(1) http://wordandgrace.blogspot.com/2017/05/how-well-do-you-know-him.html

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How well do you know him?


 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death (Philippians 3:10) 

The question of the day---How well do you know him? Many reading this might be offended and reply--He is my Savior. To that, I say Amen but what I am talking about is his different characteristics. Do you know him as your Healer, Provider, Peace, etc? We have all heard the song--What a friend we have in Jesus. Surely, he is our friend. He listens to our complaints and concerns. He rejoices with us when we are glad and he weeps with us when we are sad. It is nice to know him as a friend but we need to know him as judge. 

                      No, I am not talking about judgement in a negative way. What I want to illustrate to you is to take your case to court. Recently, the Lord opened my eyes to knowing him as Judge. We are dealing with an outlaw spirit and, many times, we need to take our case to God. Yes, the word says that the enemy has been judged and that is true. Sometimes, speaking the word will settle the problem but when you are dealing with a circumstance that will not go away, that is the time to go to court. Let's look at the verse below....

Put Me in remembrance [remind Me of your merits]; let us plead and argue together. Set forth your case, that you may be justified (proved right). 
                               (Isa 43:26)

Folks, the court is fixed in our favor. The judge is our Father and the Son is our advocate. When we take our case to court, Satan nor circumstances does not have a chance. Recently, I have been blessed to know this and if you want to dig deeper into this, check out this link below and be blessed.

https://sidroth.org/television/tv-archives/robert-henderson-2/#nav
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Stay within your calling.



"And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the Lord, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from the Lord God.
 Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house of the Lord, from beside the incense altar.
And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon him, and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they thrust him out from thence; yea, himself hasted also to go out, because the Lord had smitten him."
                                     (2 Chronicles 26:18-20)

                        The word for today is find your calling and stay in it. We, all, have a calling and assignment in our lives. As we study 2 Chronicles 26:18-20, we see an example of entering into the wrong calling. King Uzziah was a great king who was used of God in a mighty way. His calling was to be a King and use his leadership skills to bless Israel but something happened along the way. He, got sidetracked. I, personally, believe that he, probably, observed the Aaronic priesthood and their ways of worship. 
                             This, most likely, fascinated him. He, probably, felt like he should bring the censer to burn incense unto the Lord. His intentions might have been good but he forgot that this privilege was given to the descendents of Aaron, who were called to the priesthood. After a while, he took upon himself the duties of the priesthood. The priests, observing this, stood in his way. They tried to prevent the King from making the greatest mistake of his life.  Seeing this, pride rose up in King Uzziah's heart and he become angry. Suddenly, something happened---leprosy started to form in his forehead. 
                            How does that applies to us? Brethren, if you feel a calling for ministry, do not, just, jump in and do it. Our feelings can trick us much like King Uzziah. Our soul (Mind, will and emotions) need to fall in line with the word. (Heb 4:12) Hebrews 4:12 clearly tells us that God's word is like a sword and it separates soul and spirit. In other words, it is the final authority. 
                                 Next, confirm your calling with the church leadership. Finding a good church and Pastor is important because it keeps us from error. The word says that in the multitude of counsellors, there is safety. Do not take it upon yourself to start a ministry without taking the time to wait and confirming your calling. Take heed of what happened to King Uzziah. 
                                 Another way to confirm your calling is through the gifts that God has given you. Whether it be natural,spiritual or both, you have been endowed with special gifts,talents and skills to fulfill your calling. Once you enter into your calling and domain, you cannot help but excel.  Some people are like a fish out of water. They think because they have a desire to sing, they should sing in the choir but upon hearing them, it is plain that they do not have the gift to sing. Where he leads, he provides. 
                            God wants us to offer the best that we have in us to him. So, in this day, if you do not know your calling and assignment, find out. If you do know your calling but you feel led to enter another field of ministry, take heed. Talk to God about it and avoid a costly mistake. 

Bible reference provided by www.biblegateway.com

Thursday, February 9, 2017

It's time to be joyful. - LiteracyBase

Please click---It's time to be joyful. - LiteracyBase: ” …The  joy of the Lord is your strength(Neh 8:10) ” What is joy?  Some would say being happy.  Happiness can be associated with joy but it goes beyond that. Joy denotes festive gaiety. Sometimes, laughter can be involved with joy. We see an example in Psalms 2:1-4, where the Lord is laughing at …(For more, click on the title link above --It's time to be joyful )

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The wisdom of God. |




                              Greetings. I have a word from the Lord that will help you to overcome life's toughest problems, especially in the area of finances. Are you looking for answers? Seek wisdom! Many Christians are hitting their heads against a wall.
                             Kingdom principles will help you. Tests and trials will come but God has a promise for us. He has made us more than conquerors. His spirit lives in us so we need not despair. We have a genius on the inside of us. The mind of Christ is available to us but we need to learn how to tap into it. God has designed us to be problem solvers instead of ending in despair and letting circumstances get the best of us.
                            Make a decision today that you are going to be a problem solver. Christ lives inside of you and is waiting through the Holy Spirit to show you the way out! Click on the link below to find out how God delivered Jesus from a tax bill. Yes, friends, Jesus had bills just like you and I. Wisdom is the principal thing---God bless.
                                                               The wisdom of God. |

Monday, October 31, 2016

Is there Mixture in the body?


By Patnac - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1023571(1)

 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  (2 Cor 6:16)

                         I am about to share some very important facts about communion. At the risk of being called a legalist, I want to sound the alarm. There is mixture in the body especially in the celebration of communion. If you are a Pastor of a church, this is for you. The round communion wafer which came from the Catholic church has its roots in Paganism. Now, hear my heart, I realize that there are many Catholic brethren who are, truly, born again and love Jesus. I, also, realize that tradition and error are in every church in some measure or another, but this theme is so serious that I needed to share what the Lord placed in my heart. 

                       Idolatry has crept into the body of Christ. Every Sunday, we celebrate the communion elements with a round wafer. This is wrong and I will share some main points with you about this. First, it is, clearly, written that when Jesus celebrated communion with his disciples, he broke the bread-


For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.  (I Cor 11:23-24)

                It is written that he broke the bread, the round wafer is not broken so that is the first point. Second, communion was celebrated with unleavened bread (2). A wafer is not bread. The round wafer dates back from Babylonian times in which they worshiped the sun God. Thru time and cultures, there was more added to the round wafer. Some cultures in the past believed that eating the round wafer(Called cakes in the Bible--Jer 7:17-19, Ezekiel 8: 15-17, Jer 44:16-19 ) gave them the God power of the Sun. Even now, some churches, believes that the round wafer and the cup turns, literally, in the blood and body of Christ.
                 
                 Folks, we need to get back to the Jewish roots. Communion should not be perverted with mixture. Some may say it makes no difference but think about this---this wafer which some churches celebrate communion with, has Babylonian roots!  Would the Lord accept this as the new covenant? I believe that not only would he reject it but it would open the door for Satanic attacks upon us and our families.

                Again, I know that this is, not, a popular subject but consider this--When eating food, there are some items that I, personally, don't care about but eat them anyway because they are good for you....i.e. carrots. This may be food that you may not care about but is good for you. It may,even, increase our blessing a hundredfold. Let's serve God and get mixture out of our life, today. God bless. 

(1) Author does not necessarily agree nor endorse this message.
(2) Unleavened bread---https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matzo#/media/File:3matzot.jpg

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Original Rocky!

   
                               
                          Image courtesy of vectorolie at FreeDigitalPhotos.net


And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matt 16:18)

              For this Bible study, let's focus on Peter. His original name was Simon but Jesus changed his name. Why? Because he wanted to speak some things into existence in Simon's life. Up to now, Peter was shaky in his faith. He was a tough guy, no doubt about it. Fishermen in those days were a tough breed, braving storms and going days without sleeping trying to catch fish but Jesus wanted to speak spiritual strength and firmness in Simon's life. 

          The name Peter means "Petros" or a Stone. Some theologians believe  that it may have included the name Rocky. Whether this is true or not, I like to think of Peter as the original Rocky. Think about it, Peter had a quick temper and was a tough guy. He was the first to try to walk on water but he failed. He got rebuked by Jesus by talking without thinking. He, even, denied Jesus, backslid and went back fishing, but Jesus did not give up on him.

           Thank God for grace. When Jesus rose from the dead, he went after Peter. He did not give up on him. Look at the words that he spoke to him below as he ministered to him---

And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. (Luke 22:31-32)

Notice something peculiar? He called him Simon. Why? Because he forgotten that he was Peter(Rocky). He was allowing his flesh to control him that is why Jesus called him Simon. Jesus wanted him to recognize his present situation. Peter, also, had a hard time forgiving himself for having denied Jesus. Therefore, he was not working in love. The word says faith worketh by love. (Gal 5:6)

Not working in love towards yourself or others can hinder your faith. I have talked to many Christians who are beating themselves over a sin that they have confessed. They have had a hard time forgiving themselves. One point to remember is that Peter wept bitterly. (Luke 22:62) Thank God for grace! Thank God for the love of God. Jesus had told him that his faith was not going to fail. There was healing of a broken heart, restoration and conversion. Hallelujah! God is a good God. 

We, too, have a Rocky spirit. Let us learn from Peter's example that no matter how hard you have fallen, you can come back and move mountains with your faith. Instead of saying--"Yo', Adrian, I did it", We can say---I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. God bless.