I Believe, I Receive

I Believe, I Receive

Introduction

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. Mark 11:24

O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made  perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain-if indeed it was in vain? Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?- just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. Galatians 3:1-7

God does things and works miracles amongst us not by the works of the law but by the hearing of faith for only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham and heirs to the blessings of God! God promises salvation, healing and prosperity in His Word, but it is only for those who believe. It is only for those who have faith in His Word and those who believe that He did not lie and then act on that belief. Jesus died for the sins of the world, but only those who believe in Him will reap the benefits of His death and resurrection. God only responds to faith. Doubt and unbelief does not move Him. That’s why Satan continually tries to put doubt in the minds of men. Where there is doubt, there is no faith. And according to Hebrews 11:6, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him.”

When man ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil he became a rational being rather than a spirit being. The mind of man rather than his heart (spirit) became the mechanism by which he lived. But Jesus Christ, who ministered out of the emotions of His Spirit (i.e. compassion – Matt. 14:14), through His death on Calvary, restored to man the ability to live by his heart rather than his mind.

In His ministry Jesus Christ did everything out of faith, not the mind. He tapped into the anointing (the River of God) that was upon Him to preach good tidings to the poor; to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified (Isaiah 61:1-3). Jesus understood that whatever wasn’t of faith was sin and that faith pleased God.

Through the avenue of faith there is a rest and prosperity for the people of God who will seek the Lord their God and take by force all that He has for them in His word. God has pleasure in the prosperity of His servants and wants to bless them greatly. He wants to take care of all their needs, fight all their battles, and give them victories over all their enemies whoever or whatever they might be. He wants them to serve Him so that He could bless their bread and their water. And He will take sickness from their midst and fulfill the number of their days

God, who has unlimited riches, resources and power, rewards people who seek Him with miracles including spiritual, physical and financial! The blind men in the bible received their sight from Jesus because they used their faith. And because Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever, He is more than able and willing to do wonderful things for those who believe, exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask, pray or think according to the power that works in us. But if some people are not receiving their miracles it is probably because they don’t use their faith and believe God that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.


Chapter 1

“Peace, Be Still!”

When I said, ‘This far you may come, but no farther, And here your proud waves must stop!’ Psalm 38:11

On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. Mark 4:35-39

The worldly life is an evil one. It is full of troubles and sufferings. Yet, those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing (Psalm 34:10). The good news is that God has the power to say to the waves, “This far you may come, but no farther, and here your proud waves must stop!” (Job 38:11). What He speaks will be done. What He commands will stand fast (Psalm 33:9). In our life also, afflictions and problems may rise like the waves of the sea. Storms may lash and waves may strike. But, we are never to lose heart. Our Lord rules over the raging of the sea and stills its rising waves (Psalm 89:9). We are to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ at all times. Just as He delivered Job from his many afflictions, the Lord will deliver us from our afflictions. Peace and joy shall abound in our life.

Job was a devout man who shunned evil. The Bible says he was the greatest man in the East. God had blessed him because he feared God and followed His ways diligently. But he lost all his children, possessions, and cattle in a day! Like adding fuel to the fire, he was struck with painful boils all over his body. His pain and agony was indescribable. But, Job was steadfast in his faith and said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15). This indomitable faith in God made Him give Job twice as much as he had before (Job 42:10).

Because of Jesus, in all our trials and struggles, we can be more than conquerors through the Lord Who died on the cross to save us from the schemes of the devil and his wicked people (Romans 8:36, 37). God’s word is true:

I will lift up my eyes to the hills-From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore. Psalm 121:1-8

Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the LORD our God, Until He has mercy on us. Psalm 123:1-2

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15

The word of God is clear that we walk by faith in God and His word rather than by sight. We believe what God’s word says rather than what the enemy, the world and negative circumstances say. And God’s word also tells us that God hears and answers our prayer because salvation, healing, deliverance, prosperity, victory and good things are His will. God’s word is unchanging:

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 3 John 1:2-4

God wants us well! He wants us healthy and strong in every single area of our life. He wants us to be spiritually strong. Strong in faith. Strong in the Word. Strong in redemption. Strong in the love of God. He wants us to be well in our mind, to be strong and stable emotionally. He wants us to have a healthy will, a will that’s aligned with His will. He wants our body to be well. He wants us free from the bondages of pain, sickness, and care. Free from the worries and woes of this earthly life. Our heavenly Father wants us well! By faith we are to receive Jesus’ healing power in every area of our life and resist all negative things including the devil. We are to commit ourselves to getting well and growing strong in every area of our life! We are to ask and expect nothing but the best from God in all things for He loves us and wants the best for us including total liberty. God’s word is true:

Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

In righteousness you shall be established; You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; And from terror, for it shall not come near you. Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake. “Behold, I have created the blacksmith Who blows the coals in the fire, Who brings forth an instrument for his work; And I have created the spoiler to destroy. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the LORD. Isaiah  54:14-17

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed- always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you. And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. 2 Corinthians  4:7-14

Because we have this treasure in earthen vessels, excellence of the power may be of God and not of us we don’t give up or quit no matter even if we are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. . And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you.

During the time of Isaac, the economy was in total devastation. There was a famine in the land. But Isaac sowed in this time of famine and became so prosperous that he was envied by the Philistines. The Bible tells us that he harvested a hundredfold even though his sowing was done during a time of economic crisis. (Genesis 26)

During the Great Depression of the 1930′s countless people lost their life savings. But what has often gone unreported is this. Many millionaires were made at the same time. There is no less or no more wealth in the earth today than there was a year ago. It’s only in different places.

The difference between Isaac and the others of his day is that he would not allow the conditions of the world to affect his determination to sow and even though there was poverty all around him, he became exceedingly wealthy because he did not abandon the principle of sowing and reaping.

As believers in these last days, we must be examples. Instead of drawing back because things look bad, we must continue in faith and cast all of our fear and anxiety upon Him. The result will be great victory and increase when it looks like failure.

When our back is against the wall and it looks like imminent defeat, God has a better plan. It’s called imminent victory.

The Bible tells a story about a young man named Daniel. Daniel was taken as a slave into a foreign land. He was in completely new surroundings and was told that he could not follow any of the traditions of his homeland. Things looked bad.

But God prospered Daniel anyway. The Bible tells us in Daniel 6:28, “So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius  and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.”

Daniel prospered in spite of his surroundings. In fact, he prospered through two kings. One of the kings, King Darius, was so impressed with Daniel that he commanded that the entire kingdom of Babylon must worship the God of Daniel. God prospered Daniel where he was. We are not to limit God. He can prosper us where we are, and according to His Word, He will. His word is unchanging:

And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. “But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. “For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. “And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. “So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt. Genesis 45:5-8

“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Genesis 50:20

“And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him “and delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house. Acts 7:9-10


Chapter 2

Woe To Them!

But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. Jude 1:10-11

The American Heritage Dictionary defines ‘woe’ and ‘calamity’ as:

woe n. 1. Deep distress or misery, as from grief; wretchedness. 2. Misfortune; calamity. –woe interj. Used to express sorrow or dismay.

ca·lam·i·ty n., pl. ca·lam·i·ties. 1. An event that brings terrible loss, lasting distress, or severe affliction; a disaster. 2. Dire distress resulting from loss or tragedy.

‘Woe to you’ doesn’t mean that ‘something good is going to happen to you?’ It’s a phrase that Jesus loved to use when He cursed, not blessed, His antagonists and said to them:

“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. Matthew 23:13-15

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. “Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. “Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. “Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.  Matthew 23:23-28

Jesus Christ, the epitome of love or Love personified, called his antagonists fools, blind guides, hypocrites, blind Pharisees, brood of vipers, sons of hell, dead men, etc. He didn’t say nice things about them publicly? And Jude the half brother of Jesus talks about certain men” have gone in the way of Cain and also said Woe to them! David Guzik, the director of Calvary Chapel Bible College, Germany, in his commentary on the book of Jude and ‘woe to them’ states:

a. The way of Cain: Cain’s story is found in Genesis 4. There, we find that each of the sons of Adam and Eve brought an offering to the Lord. Cain (being a farmer) brought an offering from his harvest. Abel (being a shepherd) brought an offering from his flocks. God accepted Abel’s offering, but not Cain’s.

i. Many people assume that because Abel brought a blood sacrifice and Cain brought a grain sacrifice, that the difference between the two offerings was sacrificial blood. But the real difference was between faith and unbelief.

ii. Hebrews 11:4 makes this plain: By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.

iii. Cain’s sacrifice was probably more pleasing to the senses than the carcass of a dead lamb. But his sacrifice was offered without faith, and therefore it was unacceptable to God. You can give to God whatever you have, or whatever you are, but you must offer it in faith.

b. Genesis 4:5 says that after God rejected his sacrifice, Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. He became angry because he knew he was rejected by God. In a fit of anger Cain murdered Abel, and then he lied about it to God. 

i. 1 John 3:12 tells us that Cain murdered his brother because Abel’s works were righteous (by faith), while Cain’s own were wicked. Cain’s lack was not in works, but in faith.

c. The way of Cain: Jude says that Cain typifies a way that the certain men follow in. It is the way of unbelief and empty religion, which leads to jealousy, persecution of the truly godly, and eventually to murderous anger.

i. There is no greater curse on the earth than empty, vain religion; those having a form of godliness but denying its power. (2 Timothy 3:5) No wonder Paul added, and from such people turn away!

ii. Many Christians are deathly afraid of “secular humanism” or atheism or the world. But dead religion is far more dangerous, and sends more people to hell than anything else! These certain men were in the way of Cain.

It appears the both Jesus and Jude disliked certain men who followed in the way of unbelief and empty religion, which leads to jealousy, persecution of the truly godly, and eventually to murderous anger causing Jesus and Abel to be murdered. Jesus warned these certain main that they would pay for their foolishness even in the current time of life. The bible records:

Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus. And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also mourned and lamented Him. But Jesus, turning to them, said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. “For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, wombs that never bore, and breasts which never nursed!’ “Then they will begin ‘to say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!” ‘ “For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the dry?”

There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots. Luke 23:26-34

It is very foolish in any generation to reject God’s true apostles and prophets who usually are not dressed in fine line and drive luxury cars (1 Corinthians 4:0-13). Jesus as the Chief Apostle and Prophet, judged the false ones of His day and He publicly did not say nice things about them but told them that their end would be worse than their beginning. He told them they were hypocrites, blind guides, serpents, brood of vipers, and lawless ones, who would not escape the condemnation of hell and there would be a day of judgment for them. He told them,”Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, “that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. (Matthew 23:34)

And because God was with Jesus, God would honor His words and they would not fall to the ground. The Jewish religious and political leaders of Jesus day along with their followers would not escape the condemnation of hell in the speedy ensuring judgments that followed in 70 AD for whatsoever a man sows so shall He reap! Flavius Josephus  in writing about “The Siege of Jerusalem, AD 70” testified:

Throughout the city people were dying of hunger in large numbers, and enduring unspeakable sufferings. In every house the merest hint of food sparked violence, and close relatives fell to blows, snatching from one another the pitiful supports of life. No respect was paid even to the dying; the ruffians [anti-Roman zealots] searched them, in case they were concealing food somewhere in their clothes, or just pretending to be near death. Gaping with hunger, like mad dogs, lawless gangs went staggering and reeling through the streets, battering upon the doors like drunkards, and so  bewildered that they broke into the same house two or three times in an hour. Need drove the starving to gnaw at anything. Refuse which even animals would reject was collected and turned into food. In the end they were eating belts and shoes, and the leather stripped off their shields. Tufts of withered grass were devoured, and sold in little bundles for four drachmas. http://www.loyno.edu/~rspipes/chicken/seige.htm

There is a real price to be paid for rejecting truth and doing injustice, even in the current time of life, as the people of Jerusalem who murdered Jesus could testify. By 66 AD Life in Jerusalem had become a nightmare, it was so full of violence and misery. Famine and food shortages become an everyday problem.

Then in 70 AD Titus marched against the city with four legions of the Roman army. They laid siege to Jerusalem and using their battering rams they breached the walls of the city. Fleeing citizens of Jerusalem were caught by the Romans and were tortured and crucified. Later the whole city was destroyed and the people of Jerusalem paid the price for ignoring Jesus warning about what would happen to them. These kinds of things do happen even in the current time of life!

TITUS now promised that the Temple should be spared if the defenders would come forth and fight in any other place,  but John and the Zealots refused to surrender it. For several days the outer cloisters and outer court were attacked with rams, but the immense and compact stones resisted the blows. As many soldiers were slain in seeking to storm the cloisters, Titus ordered the gates to be set on fire. Through that night and the next day the flames raged through the cloisters. Then, in order to save the Temple itself, he ordered the fire to be quenched. On the tenth of August, the  same day of the year on which Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the Temple built by Solomon, the cry was heard that the Temple was on fire. The Jews, with cries of grief and rage, grasped their swords and rushed to take revenge on their enemies or perish in the ruins.

The slaughter was continued while the fire raged. Soon no part was left but a small portion of the outer cloisters, where 6,000 people had taken refuge, led by a false prophet who had there promised that God would deliver His people in His Temple. The soldiers set the building on fire and all perished. Titus next spent eighteen days in preparations for the attack on the upper city, which was then speedily captured. And now the Romans were not disposed to display any mercy, night alone putting an end to the carnage. During the whole of this siege of Jerusalem, 1,100,000 were slain, and the prisoners numbered 97,000.

If we examine the Jewish people and their religious leaders, they were sincere and arrogant in that they were right to crucify Jesus. After all Jesus was in their opinion and according to their theology a false prophet and their leaders told them so. As a matter of fact their leaders told them that Jesus was a Samaritan and had a demon. They were God’s chosen people who thought they had surrendered to Him but in reality denied Him. They refused to see the plain truth that surrender is more than lies. It is a deep desire to surrender all the lies. Most men look how they can carry on without surrendering their will to God. They seek a sign rather than the truth. That is why Jesus told them:

Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven.

He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; “and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’

Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. “A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed. Matthew 16:1-4

Jesus called them hypocrites and a wicked and adulterous generation. They thought they could see what they cannot see at all. They heard what they desired to and refused to surrender all. They thought and therefore god has spoken. They thought it went that way. They forgot the lilies of the valleys were created before them. They could not see the winds of change were blowing and sweeping across their land. They thought they were secure and continued in their traditional ways not know that the strong winds would be blowing and devastating the land. It was coming nearer and nearer to the hour of their demise. They mindlessly went on in life thinking themselves very spiritual and assuming that sincerity and presumption where a guarantee of salvation. They did not tune their heart and mind and spirit to God’s s still small Voice. They did not take action in their limps and heart toward God’s intentions and not theirs. They assumed they knew everything and did not turn it all to the Lord. They were proud of what they had achieved. After all, it was theirs?

They never anticipated that the word of the prophets would come to pass just as Jesus prophesied and there were real consequences to their sin, rebellion and deeds. As a result of the Romans laid siege to Jerusalem in 70 AD. The number of people who perished by famine were enormous and the miseries they underwent were unspeakable. Finally on the order of Titus Caesar the entire city of Jerusalem and its temple were demolished except for three towers.

It did not pay to reject and murderer God’s true prophet and Son. A whole nation and its capital were destroyed in the ensuing judgment of God that followed. As God’s word is true even this day:

‘I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. ‘And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him. Genesis 18:18-19

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:24-25


Chapter 3

Sown In Weakness, Raised In Power

Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, “which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32

And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, “and should sleep by night and  rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. “For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. “But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” Mark 4;26-29

There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 1 Corinthians 15:41-44

Jesus likened the Kingdom of God to seed that someone scatters on the ground. Then, day by day, the seed grows into a mature plant, which eventually produces grain ready for harvest. Jesus noted in His parable that the growth happens even when the sower is sleeping, “he himself does not know how. “For the earth yields crops by itself.” Growth itself still remains a deep mystery, ultimately rooted in God, the author and sustainer of life.

Sometimes the growth is so prodigious that it has an almost miraculous quality to it. Consider the mustard seed, Jesus declares. It is “is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.

Similarly when we claim a promise in the word of God for our need and sow and water it in prayer, we get miraculous results which benefits all. Our needs results in something being sown in weakness, and is raised in power. Hence apostle Paul knew the importance of prayer for those who have become Christians and stated:

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. Ephesians 1:15-21

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height- to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church Ephesians 3:14-21

God didn’t create us to live in the world alone depending on our own efforts and wisdom devoid of His wisdom, miracle working power, and the love of Christ. Hence Apostle Paul prayed for the Christians in Ephesus that God would give “you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe. ” And Paul prayed with great boldness and assurance that Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. Paul knew that “the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16).

God is never too busy not to hear the prayers of the righteous and is always very excited about moving for those who prayed. Nothing is too big or too small to bring to God for Him to deal with. Prayer can do all things – for God can do all things. Nothing is impossible for Him! Where the need is greatest, His power will be greater. He can perform all things for us as well. As we acknowledge Him in all our ways and lean not to our own understanding, He will direct our steps. God will save, heal, deliver and guide as we look to Him in faith and obedience.

Jesus who was going about doing His Father’s will started and finished each day with prayer. So above all God’s people must pray about everything for prayer really changes things and makes real and true the promises of God including:

“And it shall be, when you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, and you possess it and dwell in it, “that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground, which you shall bring from your land that the LORD your God is giving you, and put it in a basket and go to the place where the LORD your God chooses to make His name abide. “And you shall go to the one who is priest in those days, and say to him, ‘I declare today to the LORD your God that I have come to the country which the LORD swore to our fathers to give us.’ “Then the priest shall take the basket out of your hand and set it down before the altar of the LORD your God. “And you shall answer and say before the LORD your God: ‘My father was a Syrian, about to perish, and he went down to Egypt and dwelt there, few in number; and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous. ‘But the Egyptians mistreated us, afflicted us, and laid hard bondage on us. ‘Then we cried out to the LORD God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice and looked on our affliction and our labor and our oppression. ‘So the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders. ‘He has brought us to this place and has given us this land, “a land flowing with milk and honey”; ‘and now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land which you, O LORD, have given me.’ Then you shall set it before the LORD your God, and worship before the LORD your God. “So you shall rejoice in every good thing which the LORD your God has given to you and your house, you and the Levite and the stranger who is among you. Deuteronomy 26:1-11

“Also today the LORD has proclaimed you to be His special people, just as He promised you, that you should keep all His commandments, “and that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, in praise, in name, and in honor, and that you may be a holy people to the LORD your God, just as He has spoken.” Deuteronomy 26:18-19

There is no one like the LORD who loves deliver and promotes His trusting ones just like He delivered Daniel from the den of lions and destroyed his enemies along with their families in the same then of Lions. He is the one about whom David testified, I cried out to God with my voice-To God with my voice; And He gave ear to me. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; My soul refused to be comforted. I remembered God, and was troubled; I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah (Psalm 77:1-3).

He is the God of all and unlimited power, mercy, grace, goodness and love! He is the God who loves justice, righteousness and truth! He is the God about whom the children of Israel sang and said, “I will sing to the LORD, For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea! The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him. The LORD is a man of war; The LORD is His name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea; His chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea. The depths have covered them; They sank to the bottom like a stone. “Your right hand, O LORD, has become glorious in power; Your right hand, O LORD, has dashed the enemy in pieces. (Exodus 15:1-6). Yes God has no problem with His right hand dashing the enemy in piece! Men refuse to consider the fact that what God has done before He can and will do again – He will destroy those who do not believe. God’s word is unchanging:

“Only fear the LORD, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you. “But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king.” 1 Samuel 12:24-25

“Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?” They said to Him, “He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.” Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD’S doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes’? “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. Matthew 21:40-42

But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. Jude 1:5

Yes God can and does marvelous and great things for those who believe and for those who don’t believe. The difference being the end outcome is positive or negative! In essence we are the strongest when we are the weakest because have to totally depend upon the LORD. And the opposite is true we are the weakest when we are the strongest because we depend totally upon ourselves instead of God. And that is why Apostle Paul stated:

We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now 1 Corinthians 4:10-13

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Christ has 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”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:13-14


Chapter 4

The Lord Is My Provider

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3

Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5

For those who trust in the LORD He is the all sufficient One, including their provider and healer. In Psalm 23 we find the seven names of God:

1.JEHOVAH-RA

2.JEHOVAH-JIREH

3.JEHOVAH-SHALOM

4.JEHOVAH- TSIDKNELL

5.JEHOVAH-NISSI

6.JEHOVAH-RAPHEGA

7.JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH

In verse we have The Lord is My Shepherd- “SHEPHERD”-JEHOVAH-RA (Jehovah the Shepherd). If the Lord is our shepherd, then we own this Psalm 23 as ours. And as our LORD He forgives all our iniquities, heals all our diseases, redeems our life from destruction, crowns us with lovingkindness and tender mercies, and satisfies our mouth with good things, so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s. When the Lord is our Shepherd, we don’t lack in anything. HE is our Provider – JEHOVAH-JIREH. God’s word is true:

Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of The LORD it shall be provided.” Genesis 22:9-14

Whatever we need God will provide. He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? We shall not want… JEHOVAH-JIREH (JEHOVAH is our Provider). When we know the Lord as our ‘Shepherd’ He will be our provider, all sufficient-one. Therefore, we shall not lack or want anything because nothing is impossible with God

And because JEHOVAH- SHALOM, The-LORD-Is-Peace, He makes us to lie down in green pastures; He leads us beside the still waters. The sheep are very happy. Lying down in Green pastures and still waters (not turbulent waters) all speak of peaceful conditions. God’s word tells us that Isreal was in turbulent condition. The Midianites surrounded them. At that time, they cried. God gave a deliverer called ‘GIDEON’. The Word of God records:

Then the LORD said to him, “Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.” So Gideon built an altar there to the LORD, and called it The-LORD-Is-Peace. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. Judges 6:23-24

‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the LORD, ‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah: ‘In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David A Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In those days Judah will be saved, And Jerusalem will dwell safely. And this is the name by which she will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.’ Jeremiah 33:14-16

The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word “saved” as:

Save v. saved, sav·ing, saves. –tr. 1.a. To rescue from harm, danger, or loss. b. To set free from the consequences of sin; redeem. 2. To keep in a safe condition; safeguard. 3. To prevent the waste or loss of; conserve.

Yes, Jesus Christ is our Salvation and He rescues us from harm, danger or loss, He keeps us in a safte condition and prevents the waste or loss of things for us as we abide under the shadow of the Almighty. God’s word is true:

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. Psalm 91:1-4

No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you,  To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.” Psalm 91:10-16

THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS…JEHOVAH-TSIDKENILL. Hence He restores my soul; He leads us in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. He delivers us and honor us and satisfies us with long life and shows us His salvation.

And then we have JEHOVAH- NISSI – The-LORD-Is-My-Banner or God My Standard of Victory.

Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-LORD-Is-My-Banner; Exodus 17:8-15

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

The Amalekites came against the Israelites after they crossed the Red sea. But when Moses went up the Mountain Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands Joshua defeated the Amalekite with the edge of the sword. As we pray in the Spirit and stand on the word of God, Our Lord who suffered on the cross and His hands were lifted up with two nails, we will defeat Satan through our Heavenly Joshua, even through our Lord the HOLY SPIRIT for the LORD Is Our Banner our Victory. His word is unchanging:

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith. 1 John 5:4

And because of His anointing we shall know JEHOVAH- RAPHEGA – The Lord the healer. He turns the bitterness of life into sweetness. God’s word is true:

Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them. And there He tested them, and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.” Exodus 15:26

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Psalm 23:5

Yes the Lord is our healer of all things that the enemies of life bring upon us be it physical sickness, broken hearts, inner hurts or disappointments. God’s word is true:

When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.” Matthew 8:16-17

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever. Psalm 23: 5

“All the way around shall be eighteen thousand cubits; and the name of the city from that day shall be: THE LORD Is THERE.” Ezekiel 48:35

The Lord will be with us forever. He is a very present help in time of trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. For there is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn (Psalm 46:1-5). His word is unchanging:

“The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” Number 6:24-26

“And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you. “You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be a male or female barren among you or among your livestock. “And the LORD will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate you. Deuteronomy 7:13-15


Chapter 5

You Must Be Born Again

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot  see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:1-8

Jesus didn’t tell us that to see the kingdom of God we must be part of a religious institution but to be born again! Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. And hence the disciples of Jesus were running around the country preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ telling them to “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, “and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, “whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began (Acts 3:19-21). They were not told to join a religious institution or form one? They were told believe with all their heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and be water Baptized.

We see all this demonstrated in the life of a searching Ethopian enuch. The bible records for our profit and instruction:

Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.” So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. The place in the Scripture which he read was this: “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So He opened not His mouth. In His humiliation His justice was taken away, And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth.” So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” Acts 8:26-34

We also see from scriptures that being born again is a supernatural experience which involves supernatural people including the Holy Spirit and angels. So we can make a doctrine that unless there is supernatural involement including the Holy Spirit, angels, miracles, signs and wonders, the born again experience is not a valid one?

In this case the Ethopian enuch was reading the Scriptures, the Word of God, the Old Testament and was blind to its truths. It took a person filled with the Spirit of God like Philip to reveal truth to a dead carnal person. But even then unless the Spirit opens dead man’s eyes and understanding he will not understand the truth..

It’s also a fact that you don’t need any religious institution including the Roman Catholic Church or a great knowledge of the bible to become “born again” and be a Christian. Philip was not Roman Catholic nor was this Ethiopian eunuch? But the enuch believed that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and was water baptized and was saved or born again. The bible records:

Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?”  Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. Acts 8:35-38

YES WE SEE FROM SCRIPTURE to be saved or born again you don’t need any religious institution but to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and then be baptized in water as a proof of your believing. You are now saved even if you don’t speak in tongues or understand the theology of what happened because salvation comes by faith not intellect or understanding or any religious institution. And the new birth is not known solely by knowledge but solely by experience. Then those who are born again can appreciate that by Jesus stripes they were healed and He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses. They can fellowship with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. They can know and experience the love of the Father and the comfort of the Holy Spirit. Their faith is not composed solely on knowledge of the written Word of God or some religious institution but in the power of God. God’s word is true:

And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of  human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 1 Corinthains 2:1-5

Through the avenue of faith, true Christians believed on Jesus, called on His name and were saved and He gave them an experience call the new birth or being born again. Now they can go on to being baptized by Jesus Christ, the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit with fire and tongues of fire and know the power of God which is an emotional experience which doesn’t make sense to their carnal mind. (Yes. being born again is an emotional in body experience and so is the Baptism of the Spirit and operating in the gifts of the Spirit and is not based solely on intellect or being Catholic or Baptist or anything else but a Christian!)

It has been said that if we have the word of God without the Spirit we will dry up. If we have the Spirit without the Word of God we will blow up. But if we have the Spirit and the Word of God we will grow up.

It’s to be noted that the Coptic church claims it’s inception from this Ethopian Enuch. And the Roman Catholic Church which makes up some 3/5ths of the Christian world came later. But 4/5 ths of the Christians world doesn’t worship God in Spirit and truth like Jesus told them. So being a member of a religious institution means nothing if you don’t do what Jesus told you to do. God’s word is unchanging:

The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. “Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. “You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:19-24

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelations 21:5-8


Chapter 6

Your Right Hand Will Save Me

Though the LORD is on high, Yet He regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me. The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands. Psalm 138:6-8

“Then I said to you, ‘Do not be terrified, or afraid of them. ‘The LORD your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you, according to all He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, ‘and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place.’ “Yet, for all that, you did not believe the LORD your God, According 1:29-32

By faith through the avenue of believing in Christ Jesus everything has been provided for us, everything has been established. We have been called to holiness, We have been called to God and by God. Our heartbeat is in His hand. He will use those who have been called by His Spirit. Their hands will be extensions of His hands. But His trusting ones must be prayerful, be vigilant, be uncompromising, be  only His. He is our all sufficient one. He has the victories for us and as we abide in Him we will see them manifested in our lives. He is God and there is no other. His word is true:

“To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD Himself is God; there is none other besides Him. “Out of heaven He let you hear His voice, that He might instruct you; on earth He showed you His great fire, and you heard His words out of the midst of the fire. “And because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their descendants after them; and He brought you out of Egypt with His Presence, with His mighty power, “driving out from before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, to give you their land as an inheritance, as it is this day. “Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the LORD Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. “You shall therefore keep His statutes and  His commandments which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which the LORD your God is giving you for all time. Deuteronomy 4:35-40

God’s presence, with His mighty power, goes with those who hear and obey His voice and walk in His ways. The LORD God is near to them, for whatever reason they may call upon Him! in Christ Jesus, God has become wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption and everything that they need! And the God of peace Himself is able to sanctify them completely so their whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ ( 1 Thessalonians 5:23). Yes salvation comes from God through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. Yes, Jesus Christ is the way, the light and the truth and no one comes to the Father but by Him. God’s word is unchanging:

Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? Hebrews 2:1-4

Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.Hebrews 2:17-18

Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. Hebrews 4:1-3

The good news gospel of Jesus Christ, including the truth that He is the Savior, Healer, Deliverer and Baptizer in the Holy Spirit, profits those who mix the word of God that they hear with faith. As a result they enter in the rest of the Spirit whereby God by His Spirit does all things! Our great salvation including healing, deliverance, blessings, miracles,  signs, wonders and prosperity comes from God, not man! It comes by faith, not by works. There is nothing that we can do to add to it except believe it and receive it. God’s word is unchanging:

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 1 Peter 5:6-10

God, who healed and restored Job and gave him back all His losses, who brought Joseph from a prison to a palace and made him ruler over all, raized Lazarus from the dead, and raised Jesus Christ from the dead, restored all things to Him and gave Him a name that is above all other names, has not and doesn’t change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Nevertheless our adversary, the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. And we must resist him and be steadfast in the faith.

The word of God tells us that the “sins of the fathers pass to the third and fourth generation” However all they also continue on as each succesive generation continues in those sins! As a result real curses fall on families because of sins committed. And these curses still continue today. Curses as barrenness, vagabond, insanity, poverty and lack.  The curses are carried out by satan due to legal rights of breaking GODs laws. GOD limits the enemy for a time on how much affliction is allowed… but unless the person finds out WHY they are being cursed sucessfully with sickness, poverty, fear and much more… it will continue getting worse.  Curses come from many places. 1) Generational Curses (sins of the Fathers) 2) Witchcraft Curses 3) Words & Curses Spoken 4) Ungodly Oaths and dedications 5) Open Doors caused by own personal sins 6) Curses Passed By TIES (YOKE) to other people/groups 7) Curses from Cursing others [i]

1) GENERATIONAL CURSES- This is the MOST complicated of all curses. This is why we see families passing down diabetes, cancer, seizures, obesity, insanity and other problems. Doctors acknowledge they don’t understand everything about this, but believe there is a “gene” that passes on.

2) WITCHCRAFT/OCCULT CURSES- The bible just says that a “curse cannot light without a cause”. Witches understand the “legal rights” through which God’s people can be cursed and they take advantage of them..

3) WORDS & CURSES SPOKEN- These can be curses spoken by others or by oourselves. The ones that hold the MOST weight are those spoken by ourselves or your parents. When our parents say, “He’ll never change…” or “She’ll be just like her mother” “she’ll never find a good man”. We can say ourselves…”Nothing ever goes right for me!” “I’ll never find someone to love me!” THESE ARE CURSES!!! The power of these words are unbelieveable “legal rights” for the kingdom of darkness! These words need broken and removed from the spirit realm!!!!

4) UNGODLY OATHS AND DEDICATIONS- There are many forms of these oaths and dedications which are spoken by others over us… or by ourselves. We also must look at Shriners/ Masons/ Mormons/ Jehovah Witnesses and others who dedicate themselves and their FAMILIES in oaths done. There is MORE witchcraft than most of you could EVER believe in which any family member has “legal rights” to speak over a grandchild, nephew, niece or other family members. These MUST be broken before freedom from those dedications/ Promises/Oaths can occur!!

5) PERSONAL SINS- These go without much need for details. Adultery, perversion, bondage of drugs or alchohol, lies, stealing and any sins we committed are legal rights for satan to attack us. We may QUIT the sins, but they TUG at your heart! The rights for the demons to stay are not broken! They are allowed to tempt us in our weak points!

6) CURSES PASSED BY TIES (YOKE)- When you become YOKED to someone… you become a “legal right” target for their sins!! When you get married…the spirits which come down the bloodline to those you married… THEY NOW HAVE LEGAL RIGHTS to attack uS and our children!

8) SPEAKING/SENDING CURSES TO OTHERS- We are told to “BLESS those who curse you”. We are not told to send back the curses ten fold? If we do then we are practiing witchcraft like them and the curses will come back to us!

While we may love and serve GOD with all our heart… and we’ve been prayed for by “the best” and we KNOW GOD heals… we just can’t receive what JESUS paid for. This is when religion steps in and makes the already miserable person feel even worse. They are told “you don’t have enough faith” …. or “you have commited terrible sins in your life and GOD won’t heal you”… or “you are suffering for CHRIST!” What a load of guilt and condemnation to dump on someone who already feels confused and defeated!!! Just condemning the members for not “having faith to receive the healing” they need is not the answer. We must break through prayer the legal rights that the enemies has to bring curses upon God’s people. And then we will see HEALINGS and deliverances occur automatically when legal rights are broken….and GOD moves in and “sets the captives free”.

We need to learn about the legal rights of diseases that doctors say are “inherited”. Diabetes, cancer, epilepsy, insanity (chemical imbalance), barreness & more. This is more than just “in the genes”. Lets look at other spirits too…. arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis. Even medical doctors without any understanding KNOW that people who are angry/bitter all the time…have these forms of suffering. They don’t udnerstand WHY it happens… but the spirits which come in due to the bitterness… settle into the joints, and the”roots of bitterness go deep into the belly”. Bitterness, whch is a spirit, will eat you up inside. It will kill us eventually if not dealt with. One of the nastiest spirits to come out of a person is bitterness… and rejection.

The bible tells when we cast a spirit out (including infirmity) … it goes out and searches for a place to rest…finds none… returns to find it’s last residence swept and clean…and stays. It also can bring other spirits 7 times worse. If we do NOT deal with the legal rights before we cast a spirit out… it will return and be much worse!!!! Casting out a spirit of infirmity is not always best to do until we break it’s rights to be there!!! People do open the doors themselves for the spirit of infirmity to come back. It is true that because of what Jesus Christ did on Calvary we have 1) Eternal life/Salvation! 2) “By HIS stripes we are healed!” 3 ) JESUS paid the price for our curses to be broken. But we must by faith believe it and see it applied to own lives and circumstances by our confession of faith. God’s word is unchanging:

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” Romans 10:8-13

And as a result in dealing with curses we must

A) Confess and ask forgiveness for the sins of our forefathers which brings curses/judgements upon your families heads. “the sins and the iniquities are passed to the 3rd and 4th generations”.

B) We must forgive our ancestors who’s sins passed the pain, suffering and sickenss upon us and our future generations.

C) Ask GOD to forgive us, and our future generations, in JESUS’ name, for the sins of the forefathers and ask GOD to remove the judgement against our bloodline that allows us to be cursed/attacked. This also includes dealing with some generational spirits and commmanding them to leave.

The prayers done properly… will break the legal rights that came through THOSE legal rights. It’s to be noted that GOD has us confess faith with our mouth so that HE has a “legal right” to accept the “evidence” at that we are a child of HIS. When people in the new testament confessed faith that JESUS could heal them…HE did! HE used that confession as a “legal right ” to heal them!! They may have faith in their hearts… but nothing happened until they confessed it with their mouths!


Chapter 7

The LORD Is Our Help And Our Shield

No king is saved by the multitude of an army; A mighty man is not delivered by great strength. A horse is a vain hope for safety; Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength. Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy, To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name. Psalm 33:16-20

Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” Psalm 35:27

Yes, the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him (Psalm 37:39-40). Problems are temporary, or subject to change, but God and His Word of victory are never subject to change! On the cross of Calvary when Jesus said, “It is finished!” He had achieved everything that we need for our redemption and salvation, be it spiritual, physical, and financial. He has removed from us all the curses the Adam and Eve had brought upon us by their transgression as outlined in Deuteronomy 28:15-66. Christ has 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”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith (Galatians 3:13-14). By our works we cannot add or remove on thing that Jesus had done for us, except to enter into the rest God’s has prepared for us since the foundation of the world by mixing with faith the good news of the gospel (Hebrews 4:1-12).

Through the Abrahamic Covenant God guaranteed the blessings of physical health and material prosperity for Old Testament Judaism. (Blessing is a key word in the Abrahamic covenant. It includes: Conferring and transference of beneficial power. Fertility in men. livestock. and land. Continued growth of succeeding generations. Peace. Security from enemies. Good fortune. Well-being. Posterity. Liberation from vain toil. Liberation from carefraught wandering. Liberation from base servitude. Liberation from destructive choas of the nations. Political unity. Harmony with neighbors. Victory over enemies. Abundance in the kneading trough.and Protection. Blessings are: Unconditional. Irrevocable. Permanent.)

A covenant confirmed between two men cannot be canceled, set aside, or rearranged without the express consent of all parties involved. Consequently, it is logical to conclude that the covenant confirmed between God and Abraham can be neither canceled nor rearranged without the express agreement of both. Since Abraham is dead and cannot agree to any such rearrangement, and since there is no Scripture in either the Old or the New Testaments which record any such rearrangement or cancellation between God and Abraham, the Abrahamic Covenant continues in force during the Christian era. Born again Christians are now a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that they may proclaim the praises of Him who called them out of darkness into His marvelous light; They once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy ( 1 Peter 2:9-10).

And because in Christ Jesus the gentiles have been made righteous and God’s people, God has continued to give the same blessings of health and wealth to the seed of Abraham which Christians are. Because of Jesus death and resurrection we now enjoy great benefits. Jesus was punished in our place, because of that, we are forgiven. Jesus became a sin offering; we are made righteous. Jesus became a curse; we are blessed, Jesus was beaten and whipped; we are healed. Jesus died in our place; we have been given life eternal. Jesus was rejected by man and was also rejected by God; we have been accepted in the Beloved and we will never be forsaken by God. Jesus suffered unbearable trauma; we have been given peace. Jesus was resurrected; we were made a new creature.

Through Christ Jesus, we who once were poor have became rich in faith for through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor, that we through His poverty might become rich and inherit the blessings of Abraham, spiritual and physical. And as a result whatever we bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven and whatever things we ask when we pray, believe that we receive them, and we will have them. God’s word is unchanging:

“And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19

So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. Mark 11:22-24

God created Adam and Eve in the beginning not only to live healthy, wealth and prosperous lives but to have dominion in the earthly realm, to have authority to make decrees on earth. However the devil deceived them and caused them not only to disobey God’s instructions, but to steal their dominion from them (Genesis 3). Their real failure caused all of us to live inferior and defeated lives, to suffer under the curse of sin and to lose our dominion over the earth. We also lost the power to make kingly decrees. However God did not leave us in this helpless estate forever! He sent Jesus Christ to redeem and rescue us (Isaiah 53). And He gave us His living word to come boldly before the throne of grace to obtain mercy and wisdom and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews. 4:16).

God not only restored all things that we had lost but has given us a better dominion than in the beginning. Our dominion includes the physical and spiritual dominion where we can take authority over the devil in the heavenly realm. As sons of God and joint heirs of God we have been given the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatever we bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. We can also speak to any mountain and say ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and it will be done. But for many of God’s people this doesn’t work because they have failed to heed what Jesus told them:

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. John 15:4-8

We are to look to and abide in Jesus and His words and then we can make decrees that will work for God raised Jesus Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. So everything must bow at the decrees that are spoken in Jesus name as we speak what the Father tells us to speak. It’s to be noted that we have no choice but to abide in Christ or we will be defeated and even destroyed by the onslaught of the enemy that will come against us from Satan who is very jealous of us. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore we must take up the whole armor of God, that we may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand (Ephesians 6:12-13). God’s word is unchanging:

You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways. Job 22:28

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD  shall be saved.” Romans 10:8-13

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:15-23

Everything that we get from God including the new birth must be first conceived in our spirit and then proclaimed with our mouth. But we cannot conceive in our spirit what has not  been revealed to us! Hence we need to ask God to give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of our understanding being enlightened; that we may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead. Through anointed eyes and ears we need to learn to access the realm of heaven and live in the presence of God. We need to be marked by an element of heavenly DNA and atmosphere that we will carry with us so that the people might know and sense that we have been with God and heaven is our dwelling place. And for this we will even require many angelic visitations from the realm of heaven! God’s word is unchanging:

Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And behold, the LORD stood above it and said: “I am the LORD God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. “Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.” Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.” Genesis 28:10-16

Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him. Matthew 4:11

But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”? Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? Hebrews 1:13-14


Chapter 8

The LORD Your God Himself Fights For You

“Then I said to you, ‘Do not be terrified, or afraid of them. ‘The LORD your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you, according to all He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, ‘and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place.’ Deuteronomy 1:29-30

“And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, ‘Your eyes have seen all that the LORD your God has done to these two kings; so will the LORD do to all the kingdoms through which you pass. ‘You must not fear them, for the LORD your  God Himself fights for you.’ Deuteronomy 3:21-22

The promises of God are many, and those who trust and obey can have all their needs supplied. Our help and supply goes beyond this earth. God has all power in heaven and in earth, and as God’s Children, we can have full assurance from on High that all will be well with us. Tribulations on this earth may be many, but God will deliver us out of them all as we lean and depend upon Him. Down through the years, God has been faithful to His obedient Children, and He is the same today. What ever our need is, whether it be physical, spiritual or financial, we can cast it upon the Lord and let Him perform miracles for us.

There is no need that Jesus can’t meet. He has all power, and there is nothing too hard for Him. He is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. A friend loves to give and to grant the petitions of those He loves. He will never leave us nor forsake us. If we are going through a valley, He is the Lily in the valley. If we are sick, He comes with healing in His  hands. He is near, and all we have to do is go to Him in faith believing. We have a friend in Jesus can can expect to receive all that God has promised in His holy Word. God’s word is unchanging:

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God (El-Shaddai); walk before Me and be blameless. “And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” Genesis 17:1-2

El-Shaddai is translated “God (El) Almighty (Shaddai)”. The name Elohim is also translated into “God Almighty”. How then do these two names differ? Elohim (meaning “All Powerful One”) is evident throughout the story of creation. It is derived from the root “El” which means “Power, Might, Exceeding Greatness” and is translated into Almighty God as well many times in the Bible. Many scholars believe the difference lies in the fact that in God’s dealings with Abram, special circumstances (the age of Abram and the deadness of Sarai’s womb) required special powers to bring about the  fulfillment of His promise. Powers which cause nature to perform contrary to natural law. Scripture certainly seems to support this theory in the account of God’s dealings with Abram and Sarai. We know from God’s Word that, in spite of  natural law, Sarai (Sarah) bore Isaac. the Hebrew word shad is always translated as “breast”. In the same way that a mother’s breast is “all-sufficient” for her newborn’s nourishment, God is “all-sufficient” for His people. Hence, when we combine El (Almighty God) with Shaddai (All-sufficiency) we have “The Almighty God who pours out sustenance and blessing” upon us!

The secret of Christian victory, the secret of overcoming, is to lay our burdens at Jesus’ feet—to leave them there and never again carry them around like an old worn out garment. This is the confidence the Lord wants us to enjoy that God is more than enough for us. He is after all El-Shaddai! And He is more than enough to handle anything that we commit into His hands!

It is God as El (Omnipotent, Almighty, All-Powerful) who helps in time of need, but God as Shaddai (All-Sufficient) who satisfies with abundant blessings “of the breasts and of  the womb”. This clearly indicates that the righteous and loving God Jehovah cares for us as a mother cares for a newborn child. Everything we could possibly need, exactly when we need it, God IS! And we can rest in the LORD. God’s word is unchanging:

Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret-it only causes harm. For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, They shall inherit the earth. Psalm 37:3-9

No matter how bad the storms of life may rage, we can always hear Jesus saying, “Peace, be still.” Mark 4:39 reminds us that Jesus can whisper peace to our soul: “And he arose and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great  calm.” Yes, Jesus brings the great calm to our stormy seas.  No one but the Lord can bring such great peace. His peace passes all understanding. His peace is divine peace. We must let Jesus whisper peace to our soul and mind daily. The Lord has all power, and there is nothing too hard for Him

Jesus came to give us life with abundance! But we must allow for His abundance to flow in our life in all its fullness by asking God to do in Jesus name and allowing him to remove all stones of unbelief or sin that will block this life. We must also tell our enemy, the devil, that every work of His cease in our life, our marriage, our business, our ministry, our church and our finances and that we be loosed from his grip completely and totally. We must bind the operations of every demonic spirit and declare that the blood of Jesus has set us free.

Any area of our life that is an open door to the enemy we can close through the blood and renounce all his activities and declare them null and void. And then we can the fullness of the blessing of the gospel into every area of our life and activities in Jesus Name. We can declare over us the goodness of the Lord and His miraculous provision and blessing which makes rich and adds no sorrow. We know it is God’s will that His children walk in the abundance of Life that Jesus died to give us. We can take by faith that this is our portion and our cup overfills because of the goodness of the LORD! God’s word is unchanging:

The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But deliverance is of the LORD. Proverbs 21:31

“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:18-20

Victory, deliverance, safety, salvation and prosperity comes from God. Because of Jesus we can pray for our success and victory this day. It is only God Who gives us the victory. We can be of good cheer for we have a GOD who can change any kind of situation and there is nothing impossible for HIM (Jeremiah 32:27). This is the day to rise up and be strong for there is not to be any defeat in our vocabulary just  words of victory. We are to proclaim only God’s truth and never to repeat the lies of the evil one. We are to spread only God’s good news and never anything the enemy is doing. As we proclaim truth, and we will see God’s power over-compensate the works of the enemy, for this is the day to only rejoice and to be glad. We are to keep our heart shielded with His love. Keep our mind covered with His blood. Keep only words of victory flowing from our mouth, and see the enemy scattered before us. God’s word is unchanging:

I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none will make you afraid; I will rid the land of evil beasts, and the sword will not go through your land. You will chase your enemies, and they shall fall by the sword before you. Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall by the sword before you. ‘For I will look on you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you. Leviticus 26:6-9

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 18:18-20

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:31-32


Chapter 9

I Blessed Him And Increased Him

Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. Genesis 24:1

“The LORD has blessed my master greatly, and he has become great; and He has given him flocks and herds, silver  and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys. “And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and to him he has given all that he has. Genesis 24:35-36

The majority of Christians today reject most of the good things in the bible including the Baptism of the Spirit, the gifts of the Spirit, Divine healing and Divine prosperity and then they wonder why they are sick, disgusted and broke unlike Abraham who was filthy rich and healthy all his life! Yes, Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and the LORD had blessed him in all things. No disease or sickness or accident cut him down before his time for he was “old”. The bible tells us in Genesis 25:7-8, Abraham’s life which he lived: one hundred and seventy-five years. Then Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.

Abraham lived to be 175 years old. It was a “good” old age. Good says to us that his old age was not only prosperous, but was also healthy. His body was not debilitated by sickness and disease. His entire life was filled with divine health and prosperity. And then the bible tells us it’s God’s will for us to be blessed greatly and be blessed in all things like Abraham was. God’s word is unchanging:

“Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, You who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were hewn,  And to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father, And to Sarah who bore you; For I called him alone, And blessed him and increased him.” For the LORD will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in it, Thanksgiving and the voice of melody. Isaiah 51:1-3

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. Hebrews 6:11-15

So why is it that most Christians are not blessed like Abraham was blessed even though the New Covenant is greater and better than the Old Covenant and God’ s divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these we may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust (1 Peter 1:3-4)? The answer is quite simple. It was the exact same reason that the children of Israel who were miraculously saved and delivered from their oppressors never went into the promised land. The bible tells us:

Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. Hebrew 3:12-19

Unbelief keeps most Christians from being blessed like Abraham was blessed! Unbelief allows the Word of God to be stolen from them by the devil just like Jesus told us would happen:

“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it,  then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. “But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; “yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. “But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” Hebrews 13:18-23

Yes, when anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches  away what was sown in his heart. Yes, but he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; “yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Unbelievers give up the Word of God too easily. They don’t imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. They don’t understand that after Abraham had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. What promise? The promise to be blessed – For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no  one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” God’s word is unchanging:

Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:8-9

Yes, believers were called to “inherit a blessing”. The same blessing that the father of faith, Abraham, received – to be blessed greatly and be blessed in all things. Blessed spiritually and materially for Abraham was one of the richest people of his day! But unbelievers, religionsts, point out that Jesus said:

“And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:24

It’s is true that for an unbeliever it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. But for a believer, who is already saved and is part of the kingdom of God and is called to inherit a blessing, this verse doesn’t apply to him at all. A believer already has the richest thing in the universe, the pearl of great price, Jesus Christ Himself. So anything else that God gives is only gravy on a table of abundance! But unbeleving religionists speak evil of whatever they do not know and will be destroyed by God for it, unless they repent. God’s word is unchanging:

Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries. Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. Jude 1:1-13


Chapter 10

Stand In Faith

Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and spoke, saying: “I will sing to the LORD, For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea! The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him. The LORD is a man of war; The LORD is His name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea; His chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea. The depths have covered them; They sank to the bottom like a stone. “Your right hand, O LORD, has become glorious in power; Your right hand, O LORD, has dashed the enemy in pieces. Exodous 15:1-6

The LORD Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath and there is no other. He is God and a God of power and He wants His children to be full of power. He demonstrated His power in creation when He made heaven and earth. He demonstrated His power when He brought the Children of Israel out of Egypt with His Presence, with His mighty power, driving out from before them nations greater and mightier than them, to bring them in, to give them their land as an inheritance He demonstrated His power. He demonstrated His power when He raised Jesus Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Yes, God expects His people, His church, His body, to be full of power. His word is unchanging:

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. Acts 4:33

And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Acts 6:8

God is no respecter of person and He wants all His children to receive great power and be witnesses to Him in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth and have great grace upon them. Stephen was not an apostle but a layman and he was full of faith and power, and did great wonders and signs among the people. God who anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him wants to anoint all of His children with the Holy Spirit and with power. The gospel of Christ, is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek but it must be demonstrated in power and not just preached by words. God’s word is unchanging:

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:12

in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. Romans 15:19

And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5

For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. 1 Corinthians 4:20

And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. 1 Corinthains 6:14

For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. 1 Thessalonians 1:5

Power comes from God who is able to do anything with His great and wonderful power. When the power of Christ rests on us then we are truly mighty! There is always the exceeding greatness of God’s s power toward us who believe that we can tap into any time we believe! God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us! We are commanded to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10).

We are also to put on the whole armor of God, that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore we are to take up the whole armor of God, that we may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having  done all, to stand.

We are also to be strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy (Colossians 1:11); giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has also delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. By Christ all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him and we are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. We are to pray that God will fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power. God’s word is unchanging:

God is my strength and power, And He makes my way perfect. 2 Samuel 22:33

and said: “O LORD God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? 2 Chronicles 20:6

God has spoken once, Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God. Psalm 62:11

Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. Psalm 147:5

The Holy Spirit, the Helper, has come to be to us all that Jesus was to His disciples. He has come to guide us into all truth and to give us God’s best in everything. He wants to be a friend and Helper to us just like Jesus was to His disciples.  He is the Third Person of the Trinity, the personality in the order of the Godhead. He is in charge of the affairs of the kingdom of God and is the Chief Executor of divine programs on the earth. He is the Motivator, Energizer and Operator of every revealed plan or vision from God. He is the Revealer of the hidden treasures of the kingdom of God. He holds the key to the inheritance of the saints of God. He is the most valuable asset to Christian living. He is the central figure in any breakthrough in life. He is the only One worth leaning on. He has come to reveal wisdom, knowledge, abilities, enablements and mysteries to us to show us our significance, value and power.

The Holy Spirit has come to reveal our God-nature to us and cause us to live in a new dimension. He has come to comfort us! He’s our invisible Partner, who causes things to work for us that won’t work for others. We are to trust Him with everything big or small and aren’t to do anything without Him! He also gives us the mind of Christ! God’s word is unchanging:

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:12-16

God’s presence, mighty power, wisdom, discernment, love, miracles should be a constant reality in the lives of God’s people to meet whatever need they have or face! They are to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding so that they might walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father.

Because of the mind and life of Christ in them they also laborer fervently in prayers for other Christians for their deliverance and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:19) that they may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God (Colossians 4:12). God’s word is unchanging:

Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:11

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:2-4


Chapter 11

God Will Save You

The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose; It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, Even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, The excellence of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, The excellency of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, And make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.” ” Isaiah 35:1-3

The Gospel is good news including the fact that Jesus is our Jubilee. He has restored to us on Calvary all the benefits God originally planned for mankind. Because of Jesus, we can walk in divine health and see all our needs met – spirit, soul and body and financially! We can stand in our faith walk and declare and decree that there is nothing missing, lacking or broken in our finances and every other area of our  life! We can come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

God is in love with us–so in love, He’s given us everything He has! He’s given us all the healing, all the wisdom, all the wealth, all the strength we could ever need. Bible victory is ours, and we can believe God as His born again blood bought children to give us victory in all ways needed spiritually, physically and financially. God’s word is unchanging:

The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; My desire shall be satisfied on them. I will draw my sword, My hand shall destroy them.’ You blew with Your wind, The sea covered them; They sank like lead in the mighty waters. “Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods?  Who is like You, glorious in holiness, Fearful in praises, doing wonders? You stretched out Your right hand; The earth swallowed them. You in Your mercy have led forth The people whom You have redeemed; You have guided them in  Your strength To Your holy habitation. Exodus 15:9-13

For the LORD will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in it, Thanksgiving and the voice of melody. Isaiah 51:3

“And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:23-24

In the natural the children of Israel thought they were finished when they saw Pharaoh pursuing them? But in the supernatural God was going to give them a great victory that they could sing about in Exodus 15 and so they did. They sang “Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, Fearful in praises, doing wonders? So similarly in the natural there are enemies in our lives out to hurt or destroy us but in the supernatural we are yet to see what God to them just like He did to Pharaoh and parted the Red Sea for His people and destroyed Pharaoh and his army in the same sea! Praise the LORD! God’s word is unchanging:

Your sandals shall be iron and bronze; As your days, so shall your strength be. There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to help you, And in His excellency on the clouds. The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, And will say, ‘Destroy!’ Then Israel shall dwell in safety, The fountain of Jacob alone, In a land of grain and new wine; His heavens shall also drop dew. Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, The shield of your help And the sword of your majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you, And you shall tread down their high places.” Deuteronomy 33:25-29

With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah. 2 Chronicles 32:7-8

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:10

And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always {and} under all circumstances {and} whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]. 2 Corinthians 9:8-11 Amplified Bible

Those who choose to obey God and His word and honor Him in all they do, He will honor them and give them the gifts of abundant life, peace, joy and contentment. He will cause them to grow strong and mature, and will place a greater measure of His anointing on their life. And when the enemy comes in, like a flood the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him (Isaiah 59:19)

God is a God of promise who keeps all His promises and performs His word for those who do their part including trusting God and taking Him at His word. They need to trust Him with all their heart and believe the promises that He gives them for then they will be success and prosperous. His word is unchanging:

Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in his house, And his righteousness endures forever. Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. Psalm 112:1-4

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes;  Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine. My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor detest His correction; For whom the LORD loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:3-12

The Lord’s chastening comes to all of God’s true children to purify them, to refine away the impurities from their life and to remove the pollution of their carnal nature, where God purge away the lusts of the flesh and the sinful attitudes and thinking patterns that so easily beset them. In the fires of tribulation by His Spirit, God builds and forms His character and His nature within them as they look only to Him and walk by faith, not by sight. God’s word is unchanging:

Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears. Hebrews 12:11-17

God takes all of His servants through His refining process to cause them to grow and mature. He teaches them in the storms and troubles of life to walk by faith and not by sight and to look only to Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of their faith. Even the very hairs of their head are numbered and it’s their Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom- all of it. God’s word is unchanging:

“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. “If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. “For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. “But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:27-32

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith-the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:6-9

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace,  who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:6-11


Chapter 12

‘But By My Spirit’

So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts. ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” ‘ ” Zechariah 4:6-7

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” Luke 11:13

What God’s people need more in life than anything to help them move their mountains and defeat all their enemies is not more perspiration but inspiration and anointing that comes from the Holy Spirit. The stronger the anointing that they receive from God, the greater are the victories and concrete results they will have from that anointing. And yes anointings are transferable for God’s word is unchanging:

Then Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, everyone at the door of his tent; and the anger of the LORD was greatly aroused; Moses also was displeased. So Moses said to the LORD, “Why have You afflicted Your servant? And why have I not found favor in Your sight, that You have laid the burden of all these people on me? “Did I conceive all these people? Did I beget them, that You should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a guardian carries a nursing child,’ to the land which You swore to their fathers? “Where am I to get meat to give to all these people? For they weep all over me, saying, ‘Give us meat, that we may eat.’ “I am not able to bear all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me. “If You treat me like this, please kill me here and now-if I have found favor in Your sight-and do not let me see my wretchedness!”

So the LORD said to Moses: “Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tabernacle of meeting, that they may stand there with you. “Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone. Numbers 11:10-17

The other fact of the matter is that the anointing is not only transferable but it’s God’s will that it be on all of His people. God’s word is true:

So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD, and he gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tabernacle. Then the LORD came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that was upon him, and placed the same upon the seventy elders; and it happened, when the Spirit rested upon them, that they prophesied, although they never did so again.

But two men had remained in the camp: the name of one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad. And the Spirit  rested upon them. Now they were among those listed, but who had not gone out to the tabernacle; yet they prophesied in the camp. And a young man ran and told Moses, and said, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” So Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, one of his choice men, answered and said, “Moses my lord, forbid them!”

Then Moses said to him, “Are you zealous for my sake? Oh, that all the LORD’S people were prophets and that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!” Numbers 11:24-29

Although Moses, the murderer, was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds, it was his anointing and glory that came from the presence of God that made him great and a useful servant causing him to use his faith to part the Red Sea and to bring it back on his enemies. When God uses His servants to destroy His enemies He does it by putting an anointing on them just like He commanded Elijah to do on others. The bible records:

Then the LORD said to him: “Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria. “Also you shall anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi as king over Israel. And Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place. “It shall be that whoever escapes the sword of Hazael, Jehu will kill; and whoever escapes the sword of Jehu, Elisha will kill. “Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him. 1 Kings 19:15-19

It’s was the double portion of the anointing that Elisha received from Elijah that allowed him to part the Jordan and to heal the waters that caused barrenness and death. The bible records:

Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!” So he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces. He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over.

Now when the sons of the prophets who were from Jericho saw him, they said, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” And they came to meet him, and bowed to the ground before him. 2 Kings 2:11-15

Then the men of the city said to Elisha, “Please notice, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad, and the ground barren.” And he said, “Bring me a new bowl, and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. Then he went out to the source of the water, and cast in the salt there, and said, “Thus says the LORD: ‘I have healed this water; from it there shall be no more death or barrenness.’ ” So the water remains healed to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke.

Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up the road, some youths came from the city and mocked him, and said to him, “Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!” So he turned around and looked at them, and pronounced a curse on them in the name of the LORD. And two female bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths. 2 Kings 2:19-24

Elisha received a double portion of the Spirit that was on Elijah and the bible records that he did double the amount of miracles. So we see from the Word of God that not all anointings are of equal strength and power. There are anointings put on God’s servants that are greater anointing than others. It was the anointing that turned Jesus from a nobody into a powerful somebody; and gave Him wisdom and power that His enemies could not match! The bible records for our profit and instruction:

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; Luke 4:18

“how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:38

It was the anointing that Stephen received which also caused him to become a somebody and infuriate his enemies. The bible records:

Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by  the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the Word of God and serve tables. “Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; “but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”

And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a  proselyte from Antioch, whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.

Then the Word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith. And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.

Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. Acts 6:1-10

The work of the Lord is to be done with a great transferable anointing that is full of faith and power allowing God’s servant to do great wonders and signs among the people just like Philip, Barnabas and Paul did:

Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city. Acts 8:5-8

Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles. Acts 15:12

Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. Acts 19:11


Chapter 13

The Spirit of the LORD

There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. His delight is in the fear of the LORD, And He shall not judge by the sight of His  eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears; But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, And faithfulness the belt of His waist. Isaiah 11:1-5

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:12-16

The Word of God tells us in Isaiah 11:1-5 that Jesus was totally dependent on the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, direct, help and anoint Him, as well as to do the miracles. The power of the Lord was present to heal all (Luke 4:18, 5:17). Everyone who came to Jesus was healed by Him! He had a perfect track record in the area of healing. He unlike others never made an excuse why some were not healed. He didn’t collect the names of people who were healed to show them off or to build a mass mailing list, or see and use them as usable commodities as some Christian ministries do? Jesus’ anointing was unlimited or without measure for the purposes of healing and delivering all that came to Him. And we can all have the same anointing for all that belong to Jesus belongs to the Father, and what belong to the Father belongs to Jesus and what belongs to Jesus belongs to us (John 16; 14-15)? And this includes Paul, Apollos and others. God’s word is unchanging:

Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.

Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.(1 Corinthians 3:5-15)

It’s to be noted that ministry is not to facilitate the vision of the house and its evangelist or pastor. Ministry is not to get rich off the sheep. Ministry is not to pursue a secret hidden agenda for prominence, fortune and fame like Judas who betrayed Jesus for his greed (Matthew 26:24, Luke 6; 16, Luke 22:3). Yes Judas healed the sick, cast out devils and fellowshipped with Jesus and also stole money from the treasurer and was a betrayer and traitor! Unlike others even of our day, Jesus did not just teach or preach but He did real works such as cast out devils, heal the sick, raise the dead, cause cripples to walk, and rebuked religious Pharisees who didn’t do such things! What Jesus lacked in any area of His life He made up for it by the power of the anointing. Prayer, knowledge of the Word of God and the anointing were the only things Jesus needed to minister to the poor, hurting and needy people. And He did a very successful job! Mind you the bible doesn’t tell us that in Jesus’ meetings were seen the weird manifestations in so called revivals today, including laughter, weeping, falling, shaking, jerking and roaring!

God’s people certainly need stronger discernment. We also should desire the gifts of the Spirit. Especially the gift of “discerning of spirits” both good and bad. Discernment and discerning of spirits is not the same thing. Spiritual discernment is a type of discernment that grows as we mature in the word of God and living the word and working in ministry. It comes with experience. The gift of “discerning of spirits” is a gift that tells you by the Spirit whether it is an evil spirit or a good spirit, or an angel from God. This gift also causes you to see the spirits, since the spirits or hear the spirits or all three. In this day and age let’s desire all of the gifts of the Spirit especially the gift of “discerning of spirits” and the gift of “prophecy”. We must desire all of the gifts of the Spirit and use them!

A.L. Gill in his article “A Call for the Discerning of Spirits in This End-Time Revival” states:

However, just because these manifestations occurred in past revivals does not necessarily mean that they were, or are from God. Often when the anointing of God becomes the strongest, demons begin to manifest. Isaiah wrote, “The anointing breaks the yoke …”

In India, where people worship serpents, I have witnessed demons manifesting like serpents. In the name of Jesus, I have commanded the manifestations to stop, and the person has lain there as if unconscious until the end of the preaching. Then I could minister deliverance without distracting from the preaching or from the ministry that followed.

In other parts of Asia where people eat live monkey brains, I have seen demons manifesting like monkeys in the overwhelming presence of God.

In our meetings, when we can have teams trained ahead of time, if a demon starts to manifest and distract during the teaching, I have moved the people’s attention to the opposite side of the assembly. Then the workers could quickly move the person to a separate location to minister deliverance. This keeps demons from distracting the people  away from what the Spirit of God is doing.

I understand that it’s now a common practice in large meetings in Argentina and other South American nations where great revival is being experienced, for trained ushers to remove people who are having demonic manifestations from the main tent. They are taken into another tent where trained teams minister deliverance.

There are times when I have witnessed overt manifestations that I knew by the discerning of spirits were not from God. However, I knew also they were not demonic. They were simply an uncontrolled emotional response from that person’s soul or flesh.

…Part of the problem is that many are following the manifestations instead of discerning the moves of God. To discern if a move is truly of the Spirit, we must know it through the Spirit – not through our mental reasoning powers. We can know what is of the Holy Spirit, or from the human flesh, or from an evil spirit, by the operation of the revelation gifts of the Holy Spirit. The gift of the discerning of spirits is probably the most needed but neglected of the nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus warned that in these last days “even the elect would be deceived if that were possible.” Why is it not possible? – because of the gift of discerning of spirits.

We need to understand once more what the discerning of spirits is. Often we hear it called the gift of discernment. It’s not that. The New International Bible refers to this gift as distinguishing between spirits, and this is a more accurate definition.

Discernment is an operation of human wisdom in the area of the mind. It comes through the reasoning power of the mind. An unbeliever or a carnal Christian can operate in discernment.

The gift of the discerning of, or distinguishing between spirits, is a supernatural gift of the Holy Spirit by which we receive supernatural revelation from the Holy Spirit directly into our spirits. It is a “knowing” that comes into our spirits by which we discern the nature of any spirit being manifested.

By its operation, we can discern the presence, nature and function of God, His angels, evil spirits or a human spirit. We can supernaturally know what is of God, what is of the flesh, or of the satanic kingdom. We will not be judging the action but knowing the spirit causing the action.

In this present renewal or revival, leaders must know each manifestation by the Spirit. Then they must operate in the gift of the discerning of spirits. They must operate in the gift  of supernatural wisdom to know what to do when the manifestation is from the flesh or demonic in origin.


Chapter 14

And You Are All Brethren

Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. “Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. “For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. “But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. “They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, “greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’ “But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is  your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. “Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 23:10 “And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. Matthew 23:1-10

The word of God is very clear that not only are we all brethren but we have only one Teacher, the Christ. We are to be daily led and taught by the Holy Spirit and no other. The present day idea of a pastor, a benevolent dictator, sole leader, is not only against the teachings and words of Jesus but it’s a just a clone of the concept of a priest in the Catholic institution.

For the record, in the gospels where Jesus Christ, our role model and our life, in His ministry He didn’t submit to any authority but rather cursed them with “Woe to you!” Woe to you doesn’t mean something good is going to happen to you?

And the twelve apostles of Jesus didn’t submit to anyone but Peter and the other apostles said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.” Submission to men in leadership rather than God is nonexistent in the New Testament but is established in many religious institutions through the first major Christian institution the Catholic Church. See the article The Pastor: Where Did He Come From? by Frank Viola

Many pastors and evangelists in America live and behave like kings of their own kingdoms, rather than like servants of the living God, as they should be. Humility and submission are words they must reintroduce into their own vocabulary and lives before they teach others. Contrary to many pastors’ and evangelists’ point of view, we as Christians don’t exist primarily to serve them or to give them money but to serve the King of kings and Lord or lords. In our Heavenly Father’s eyes, we are all equally important. He has no favorites and is definitely not a respecter of persons and shows partiality to no one-although, some pastors and evangelists would like us to believe otherwise.

How many times have believers been subjected to mishandled scripture with an implicit or explicit “touch not God’s anointed” if any dared to question? This is in contrast to the Biblical admonition to “try the spirits”, (1 John 4:1). Fear is not of God and teaching which incorporates psychological intimidation is corrupt and deceptive.

It’s to be noted that when spiritual ‘authority’ is abused, it shows that it is no authority to begin with, and reveals an ignorance as to the true nature of authority. The Holy Spirit could never abuse, manipulate, use or control anyone. So when we encounter an abuse of authority it is not a work of the Holy Spirit.

It’s also to be noted there is a wrong belief that there are spiritual authorities in the institutionalized, and non institutionalized, church, regardless of whether they even understand and practice Godly spiritual authority or not; the wrong idea is that authorities are authorities even if they are in error. If they are in error they are not authorities, for it is the Truth in Jesus, His Word, which is the source and nature of authority: His authority is inseparable from His Word. If a person doesn’t understand what is Biblical NT authority, nor practices it righteously, it shows they have no authority.

One of the easiest ways to determine what “spirit” motivates a person “in authority” is to question them. A godly man or woman will never be offended or become indignant if someone dares to question them and compare what is said with the Word of God. However, if one is motivated by an “authoritarian” spirit of conceit or arrogance, the questioner will soon know it. Peter warned the elders (pastors and spiritual guides of the church) not to be domineering [arrogant, dictatorial, overbearing] over the flock of God, but to be patterns and models of Christian living (I Pet. 5:3, AMPL.)

Many prominent pastors and evangelists today make the claim that because “souls” are being saved and “healings” take place in their meetings, that this somehow validates their ministry. While these things may be well and good, they are no indication of “divine” sanction. A.A. Allen was a drunkard, Jimmy Swaggart a whoremonger, Jim Bakker a thief, Larry Lea a prevaricator, and Robert Tilton a charlatan – yet ALL of these saw thousands saved and miracles take place in their meetings. Because one is blessed with “prosperity” and has a “following” of thousands, doesn’t mean a darn thing when it comes to integrity and godly sanction, for “he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust,” (Matt. 5:45).

Frank Viola wrote about the Lord Jesus Christ and Authority http://www.ptmin.org/authority.htm :

Jesus Christ came into the earth at a time when the Romans were in power. Now the Romans had a certain kind of leadership that marked their society. They got this leadership model from the Babylonians and the Egyptians. But the Romans brought it to perfection. It was the hierarchical leadership structure. In my country, our military is patterned after this structure. The Romans were great warriors, so it worked well for them.

Do you understand hierarchy? You have someone at the top, then you have someone under them, then you have someone at the very bottom. The one at the top has more authority than the one below him. The person lower has less authority than the one above, and on it goes. It is a descending order of authority. It’s top-down authority. It is a command-style relationship.

The Romans perfected this structure. It was part of their culture. With that in mind, listen to the words of Jesus Christ. Matthew 20:25: “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them and their great men exercise authority over them.”

According to Jesus, the Gentiles exercise authority from the top-down. They are lording it over the people. They are dominating the people. They are controlling the people. This  always happens with hierarchical structures of descending authority. It creates a culture of control and oppression.

But our Lord says, “It shall not be so among you!” Jesus Christ, when He came into this earth, was the most liberated Person to walk the planet. His main job was to set people free. He is the Great Liberator. In His day, He set women free. The women followed Him wherever He was. And when He died on the cross, it was the women who were there, staying with Him. When He rose again from the dead, it was the women who came to Him first. Jesus Christ had a very exalted view of His followers. He had a very exalted view of women in a day when they were oppressed and suppressed. He was a liberator. This is very important, brothers. There is something in your Lord that is liberating, that comes to set people free.

Jesus says, “Whoever wishes to be great among you of my disciples, he shall be your servant.” I’m going to make a very important statement at this point that we will come back to. The mark of a servant of God is that he comes to set people free. Not to lord over them. Not to control them. But to set them free. One of the major things that I do in planting a church is to set people free. And that is the ministry of Jesus  Christ.

Now let us go to Matthew 28.

Jesus Christ is getting ready to ascend. These are some of His last words. You are familiar with them. Matthew 28:18: “All authority is given to me in heaven and on earth. All authority is mine.”

Now, brothers, there is no authority except the authority of Jesus Christ! Only He has authority. There is no authority except His authority. This is important.

And the bible tells us:

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14:26

But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. 1 John 2:27

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head-Christ- from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 4:11-16

Yes, the New Testament clearly tells us that we are all brethren and kings and priests and have only one King Jesus Christ. Yes, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers exist for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ and for no other reason. Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers don’t exist to built their own kingdom but to build up the sheep and as a result the kingdom of God.

Each joint is dependent on the whole body and no part of the body is superior to another part including any leadership be it pastors. If we have come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ we will be like Jesus Christ who was led by the Spirit and led everybody and Himself was led by no one.

Have you ever seen an apostle or prophet submit to anyone? There is no such thing for Apostles and prophets pull rank over evangelists, pastors and teachers. The problem with the idea of pastors is that is not biblical nor is there any such animal in the bible. It’s based on mainly the kingship idea, including King Saul ruling over people, which  God originally didn’t want to happen. We have no king over us but Jesus Christ who made us kings and priests.

Amazing the stupid idea of pastors is pushed by pastors who don’t believe themselves in submission to apostles and  prophets who have not ceased because the bible clearly tells us that in the church today:

And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. 1 Corinthians 12:28

How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. 1 Corinthians 14:26

Equality, love and individuality among the Brethren is what the bible teaches and propounds, not kingship by individual fools like king Saul which is strictly an Old Testament idea! Hence the whole idea of one man kingship or leadership in our churches which has caused many problems to the sheep is shear bunk!

But many people cannot accept the notion of having someone who is invisible to be their leader so they give their  spiritual leadership to a man they can see and call him a pastor just like the children of Israel did when they asked for a king to judge them like all nations. The bible records:

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the LORD. And the LORD said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. 1 Samuel 8-7

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5

Equality amongst the brethren, love, humility, and servant hood is the principle of the New Testament and not Lordship by self appointed arrogant and proud ones who have made themselves rulers over God’s people. For the record the New Testament teaches and talks about elders, shepherds and overseer and not about kings and benevolent dictators or Lords or pastors. That is why the bible clearly states about fellow elders and brethren and not superior kings or priests or pastors:

The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. 1 Peter 5:1-4

I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us. Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church. Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God. 3 John 1:9-11

Jesus Christ made us all into kings and priests and as a equal king and priest no one can Lord anything over us except Jesus Christ and the wonderful Holy Spirit. That is why He said “But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren (Matthew 23:8). Apostle John, Jesus favorite friend and Apostle, warned us of those who love to have the preeminence among men and don’t receive the brethren and put them out of the church like many pastors.

Pastors should get off their high horse and self appointed positions and become like Jesus and demonstrate the miracles, signs and wonders that Jesus did. God’s word is unchanging:

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. John 14:12

The truest measure of a person’s success is their level of intimacy with God and his love for justice, truth and righteousness and not with their pastor. There is a prophetic plea for pastors to abandon authoritarian abuse and oppressive leadership structures. It’s time to set many Christians free from the tyranny of dictatorial leaders who overlord God’s flock. If Christians would open their eyes and read the bible for what it says it says in Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power and not in others especially foolish sick blind and dumb pastors who ignore the word of God that clearly tells them:

And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD to the shepherds: “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? “You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock. “The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them. “So they were scattered because there was no shepherd; and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered. “My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and on every high hill; yes, My flock was scattered over the whole face of the earth, and no one was seeking or searching for them.” ‘Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: “as I live,” says the Lord GOD, “surely because My flock became a prey, and My flock became food for every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, nor did My shepherds search for My flock, but the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock”- ‘therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of the LORD! ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require My flock at their hand; I will cause them to cease feeding the sheep, and the shepherds shall feed themselves no more; for I will deliver My flock from their mouths, that they may no longer be food for them.” ‘For thus says the Lord GOD: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. “As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day. “And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country. “I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. “I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down,” says the Lord GOD. “I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment.” Ezekiel 34:1-16

“Thus says the Lord: Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he knows and understands me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight, says the Lord.” Jeremiah 9:23-24


Chapter 15

The Uniqueness of Jesus

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:14-16

The American Heritage dictionary defines the word ‘whoever’ as:

who·ev·er pron. 1. Whatever person or persons.

When the children of Israel came out of Egypt they lost faith in God and grumbled about all they had to endure in the wilderness and it displeased the LORD for they spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread” The LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. Then the people were sorry for their grumbling, and they asked Moses to pray to God for relief from the snakes. Moses prayed and was directed in a vision to make a snake of bronze and set it high on a pole. Anyone who was bitten had only to look upon the bronze snake, and the poison of the snakebite was made harmless. The bible records:

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived. Numbers 21:8-9

Now, there were some who still grumbled and murmured, “If Moses would provide an antidote or some medicine against the poison, that we could believe, but what effect can a bronze snake have on real snakebites?” So in their unbelief, they refused to turn to the bronze snake, and they died. In the same way, God in Christ provides release from the deliverance from all kinds of things including sin, sickness, poverty and defeat for whoever turns to him in faith. Those who refuse to believe because they cannot understand the work of the Master with their minds will perish. They will perish from the poison of their own unbelief.

The brazen serpent is type of Jesus Christ crucified. Just like the brazen serpent was to be lifted up so was Christ to be lifted up. What was to be done by the people who were bitten—they were to look at the serpent? And so sinners and sick and poor people must look up and believe in Christ to receive their salvation, healing, deliverance and whatever they need. God’s word is unchanging:

This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them. Psalm 34:6-7

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:32

And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ” Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’ Exodus 3:14-15

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. Isaiah 9:6-7

The Holy Spirit inspired Apostle Paul to tell us about the great mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory (1Timothy 3:16). Yes, Jesus Christ was given to us to be Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. He literally is our shield and great reward and everything that we need! To benefit from all that He is we must appreciate who He is and what He does ESPECIALLY FOR US!

Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer

The enemy, the devil caused Adam and Eve to sin and rebel against God and lose all the blessings of the Garden of Eden and suffer the curses of sin. Through Christ God has made forgiveness and redemption a reality for His people when Jesus took on the cross our sins upon Himself, dying in our stead and suffered in our places so that by His stripes we might be healed (1 Peter 2:24). He became poor so that we might be rich. The Lord who redeemed the children of Israel with an outstretched arm and with great judgments out from under the burdens of the Egyptians and rescued them from their bondage, continues to do the same for all who put their trust in Him ( Job 42:10-17, Psalm 34:4-10, 91:1-16, 121:1-8, 146:1-10, Acts 7:9-10, 2 Corinthians 1:3-10, 2 Timothy 4:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, 1 Peter 5:5-10)

Jesus is our Healer And Deliverer

Everyone who knows anything about the ministry of Jesus knows that He healed and delivered many, many people. He even gave financial miracles. He healed out of His compassion and love. The Bible says that Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever. Thus Jesus is still a God of compassion and love demonstrating the nature and character of God. He still saves, heals, delivers and prospers today! “Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil, in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:14-16).

Jesus is the Lord, the Judge of All the Earth, and returning King

Jesus Christ appeared to Abraham as the Lord and the Judge of All the earth who said He would bless Abraham and He would judge Sodom and Gomorrah. And so He made Abraham great and made Sodom and Gomorrah to be a nonexistent thing. He continues to do bless some and curse others even current time of life (Matthew 7:1-2, 23;29-38,Galatians 6:7-8, Jude 1:5, Revelation 2:20-23)

The first time Jesus came, He was born in relative obscurity. The next time He comes He will come with power. Actually, there are more prophecies in the Bible about the second coming of Jesus than about the first! “For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

Jesus is our Baptizer in the Holy Spirit

Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised to ask the Father to send the Comforter. “Comforter” is another name for the Holy Spirit. Shortly after the Ascension, while the disciples were still in Jerusalem, the Holy Spirit came upon them. This fulfilled the words of Jesus, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).Throughout the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit came upon numerous followers of Jesus resulting in the manifestations of the gifts of the Spirit ( 1 Corinthians 12, 14). The power and anointing of the Holy Spirit is a gift, not a reward. It is for the purpose of promoting Jesus and bringing salvation, healing and deliverance to God’s people.

Jesus is in the Now

Through the Holy Spirit Jesus is in the now in the lives and hearts of His people moving and doing miracles on their behalf. The Holy Spirit is the Other Helper that Jesus promised to His sheep (John 14:23-26) He teaches, guides, instructs, helps, anoints, and heals them (Luke 5:17, John 16:7-15, 2 Corinthians 13:14)! Whatever Jesus Christ has done for others He can and will do again because He is the same yesterday, today and forever! God’s will is prosperity for all of His people. God invented and used the word ‘prosperity’ when dealing with His servants and ‘poverty’ when dealing with His enemies (Genesis 26:12-14, 30:40-43, Deuteronomy 28:29, 29:9, 30:5,Joshua 1:7-8, 1 Kings 2:1, 1 Chronicles 29:23,2 Chronicles 13:12, 14:7, 26:5, 2 Chronicles 31:21, Job 26:10-12, Psalm 25:12-14, 35:27, 68:6, Proverbs 28:25, Jeremiah 33:9, Malachi 4:2-3) According to Psalms 107:20, 103:3 and Isaiah 53:5 we are healed, whole and complete from the crown of our head to the soles of our feet in the name of Jesus! We declare that we have the mind of Christ and the only spirit we hear is the spirit of the living God who lives inside of us and speaks to us from within! Jesus’ faith was living proof that God desires people’s lives to overflow with every benefit of His great love,  whether it be salvation, deliverance, healing, prosperity or restored relationships. This level of living is exactly what He intends for us.

The kingdom of God has come and the will of God is being done in our lives in the name of Jesus! According to Matthew 18:18, we can bind depression, hopelessness, hardship and every other satanic and demonic force that would seek to come against us and cast it out of our family and lives and we can loose healing and wholeness in our body and our finances and the fruit of the Holy Spirit to rest, rule and reign in our family in the name of Jesus!

Jesus Christ Is Lord of The Church

All things were made through Jesus Christ and without Him nothing was made that was made including His church of which He is the chief cornerstone. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:28). God has also given in the church some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13). Since the church of Jesus Christ has not ceased to exist all this ministries and positions are still alive and well in the church which is called and chosen to do God’s will not their own (1 Peter 4:1-2). And in accordance with His promises God still pour out His Spirit upon His church ( Psalm 72:6, Jeremiah 3:3, Ezekiel 34:26 Zechariah 10:1Acts 4:29-33) which has been commissioned to go and possess and conquer the land (Mark 16:15-20).

God promises salvation, healing and prosperity in His Word, but it is only for those who believe. It is only for those who have faith in His Word and those who believe that He did not lie and then act on that belief. Jesus died for the sins of the world, but only those who believe in Him will reap the benefits of His death and resurrection. God only responds to  faith. Doubt and unbelief does not move Him. That’s why Satan continually tries to put doubt in the minds of men. Where there is doubt, there is no faith. And according to Hebrews 11:6, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him.”


Chapter 16

Four Winds Of The Spirit

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:2-8

Everything that we need in life including life itself we get freely from God by faith, not by works. The new birth and the Baptism of the Spirit which God has freely given us is not the end of the journey but the beginning of our journey with God. Along the way we need many gifts from God, including a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit with the four winds of the Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit including love and the gifts of the Spirit including wisdom and miracles, which is wrapped up in the person of Jesus Christ, who became for us wisdom from God-and righteousness and sanctification and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30). Everything that we need is found in Jesus Christ who is our all, our all sufficient one, and our best friend! If we have Jesus Christ, we have everything we need. Every problem we have in our life is not the problem because of the lack of finances. It is the problem of the lack of knowing what to do to get it. It’s never a money problem. It’s an idea problem. When we know what to do and where to go we will always receive. Well we can always go to the Lord and receive from Him prosperity, provision, wisdom and understanding and everything that we need.

Wise King Solomon admonished us to incline our ear to wisdom, apply our heart to understanding, cry out for discernment, and lift up our voice for understanding. We were to seek for them just like one seeks silver, and search for them just as one search for hidden treasures. Then we would understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints. Then we would understand  righteousness and justice, equity and every good path (Proverbs 2:1-9).

But wisdom, knowledge, discernment, miracles is all found in the person of the Holy Spirit and His anointing. The bible tells us about the Spirit and anointing that rests upon God’s true ones:

The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might,   The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. His delight is in the fear of the LORD, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;   But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. Isaiah 11:2-4

The LORD is exalted, for He dwells on high; He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness. Wisdom and knowledge  will be the stability of your times, And the strength of salvation; The fear of the LORD is His treasure. Isaiah 33:5-6

Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied. Acts 9:31

When the wind of the Spirit comes and with it revival it brings four categories or four spiritual winds of God. These four winds of God were on the Lord Jesus Christ. There are four winds of God. The first wind is the wind of revelation. Then there is wind that brings provision. Then there is wind that brings judgment. And there is wind that brings deliverance. The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor is the spirit of revelation. He has sent me to heal the broken hearted is the spirit that brings healing, the spirit of counsel and might, judgment on the enemy. To preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind and to set at liberty those who are oppressed is the spirit of deliverance, the West wind. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord is provision and the acceptable year of the Lord points to the year of Jubilee.

It’s to be noted that the Spirit of wisdom and understanding is connected to the spirit of prosperity. The book of Proverbs tells wisdom and prosperity are connected. It says wisdom is in the streets crying and calling that who so ever follow wisdom. We have prosperity on one hand, riches and honor on one hand and long life on the other. We cannot get the spirit of prosperity without the spirit of wisdom. If we don’t have the spirit of wisdom there is way we can get prosperity. Prosperity comes by wisdom in the application of God’s law and handling the things of God. But the other side of the coin is that the spirit of foolishness brings poverty. The two are linked up in the book of Proverbs.

The spirit of counsel and might enabled Jesus Christ to do His mighty works. The spirit of might is the same spirit of power and of judgment. Every time there is a healing Satan is judged. 1 John 3: 8 tells us for this purpose the Son of God was manifest that He might destroy the works of the devil. This is the spirit of counsel and might. The spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord is the spirit of deliverance. Jesus told us we shall know the truth and the Truth shall set us free. These same four winds were on the Lord Jesus causing Him to say:

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 4:19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” Luke 4:18-19.

The winds of God in the bible speak about the four spiritual winds: the North wind, the South wind, the East wind and the West wind. Each wind has significance. Let’s start with the East wind, which is the most common wind. We realize that in the bible there is a lot of what I call dual prophecies. When it talks about the winds in the bible, there is an actual wind blowing from the geographical direction. But it also points to something spiritual. That’s what we want to do. How do we know that? Because each time God call forth the natural wind from a certain direction it always causes the same thing. It always brought forth the same thing.

The East Wind

The East wind is known for bringing blight and famine. The East wind is known as a wind that brought forth judgment.

Genesis 41: 5- 7[Pharaoh] slept and dreamed a second time; and suddenly seven heads of grain came up on one stalk, plump and good. Then behold, seven thin heads, blighted by the east wind, sprang up after them. And the seven thin heads devoured the seven plump and full heads.  So Pharaoh awoke, and indeed, it was a dream. The East wind is the wind that brings judgment. It is the wind that comes with great power and great force.

Let’s see a little bit of this wind in the book of Exodus 10: 12-13 Then the Lord said to Moses. Stretch out your hands over the land of Egypt for the locusts that they may come upon the land. So Moses stretched out his rod over the land of Egypt. And the Lord brought an East wind on the land all that day and all that night. And when it was morning the East wind brought the locusts. It’s so consistent that you cannot miss it. Every time the East wind is mentioned there is some sort of judgment happening.

We also want to look at Exodus 14:21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. And the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all than night and made that sea into dry land and the waters were divided. Notice it was the East wind. It was a wind of power and might. It’s the East wind that parted the Red Sea. There is tremendous force and power in the East wind. We will not do any application yet. We will show in the bible what all the verses are on the wind. And then we will do a little bit of application. 

The South Wind

Let’s look at the South wind. Psalm 78: 26-27 He caused the East wind to blow in the heavens and by His power he brought in the South wind. Now the East wind brought judgment but it says here he brings also the South wind. He also rained meat on them like the dust, Feathered fowl like the sand of the seas. The South wind brought provision. The  South wind brought food provided for them.

We substantiate that with more scriptures. In Zechariah 9:11-14 “As for you also, because of blood of your covenant, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I will declare that I will restore double to you. For I have bent Judah, My bow, fitted the bow with Ephraim and raised up your sons, O Zion against your sons, O Greece and make you like the sword of a mighty man.” Notice that he says I will restore you double. He promised Zion provision; He is going to provide for them, bring abundance for their lives. That is not over yet. Then the Lord will be seen over them and his arrow will go forth like lightning. The Lord God will blow the trumpet and go with whirlwinds from the south. Now the South wind is the wind of provision. That is the South wind it provides. And it is quite consistent in its bible usage.

We need to also look at Song of Solomon 4:16 Awake, O north wind and come, O south. Blow upon my garden that its spices may flow out. Let my beloved come to his garden and eat its pleasant fruits. Notice that the South wind together with the North wind symbolizes pleasantness and provision. The South wind is the wind that provides is the move of the Holy Spirit in provision.

The North Wind

Let’s look at the North wind. We have seen the East wind, the wind of judgment. The South wind is a wind of provision.  Let’s look at the North wind as you saw in the Song of Solomon 4: 16 that it has to do with pleasantness, spices, fragrant.

Now let’s look at Proverbs 25:23 The North wind brings forth rain. Why is it connected to provision? The North wind is important because the North wind brings the presence of God. In the Song of Solomon the North wind brought fragrance. The North wind brings the presence of the Lord.

Look at Ezekiel 1:4 Then I look and behold a whirlwind was coming out of the north. Why not south, why not east, why not west? Because the North wind always symbolizes the presence of the Lord. The Lord comes from the north. A great cloud with raging fire engulfing itself. And brightness was all around it and radiating out of its midst like the color of ember out of the midst of fire. The North wind brings the presence of God.

The West Wind

Finally the book of Exodus 10:19 the Lord turn a very strong West wind which took the locusts away and blew them into the Red sea. There remains not one locust in all the territory of Egypt. The West wind that took away the locusts symbolizes the wind of deliverance. That is the main verse that mention about the West wind.

It’s to be noted that all the four winds of the Spirit were in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. And those are the four winds of revival that God wants to bring forth upon his people. It takes four winds to have a proper revival and to see God’s people make perfect whole and complete. The army of God needs to be healed, needs deliverance to come forth to them, needs provision to come forth into their lives. And they need to be anointed with fresh oil in the presence of God. And then we will have a living army of the Lord.

Some people have prayed and prayed, and they minister and minister but they only have one wind. All the time they only have the south wind. It will never perfect the body of Christ. As we pray for revival, we got to pray for the four winds of God. There are not enough of the four winds of God blowing. They need to come forth from the North, come forth from the South, come forth from the East, and come forth from the West. And we need to bring them together like the whirlwind of the Lord. And let the presence of the Lord surround and fill our lives. In the days of the latter rain, ask for rain. And speak it forth. God’s word is unchanging:

Ask the LORD for rain In the time of the latter rain. The LORD will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, Grass in the field for everyone. Zechariah 10:1

The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.” Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! ‘Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. “I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.” ‘ ” So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them. Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” ‘ ” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army. Zechariah 37:1-10

It’s also a fact that a great and mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit brings down the fear of the Lord upon men can causes sinners to be afraid and the righteous to see the King in His  beauty! The bible tells us:

The sinners in Zion are afraid; Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: “Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?” He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppressions, Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, And shuts his eyes from seeing evil: He will dwell on high; His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; Bread will be given him, His water will be sure. Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; They will see the land that is very far off. Your heart will meditate on terror: “Where is the scribe? Where is he who weighs? Where is he who counts the towers?” Isaiah 33:14-18


Chapter 17

You Have A Friend In Jesus

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:29-31

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

The poor and needy always have a friend in Jesus, whose understanding is unsearchable. Having lived as a man and was in all points tempted as they are, yet without sin they have someone who sympathize with their weaknesses, and understands all that they are going through. And being God the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, He has more than enough power to move and act on their behalf. He who walked the shores of the Sea of Galilee is still the same healing and miracle working Jesus. God’s word is unchanging:

And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons. Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” testimony to them.” However, he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from every direction. Mark 1:39-45

Therefore the LORD will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him. For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; You shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; When He hears it, He will answer you. Isaiah 30:18-19

For those who come to Jesus Christ and touch Him by faith He is able to do for them exceedingly abundantly above all that they ask think or pray just like Jesus promised, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23). “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them (Mark 11:24). But for some people the whole process is a complete waste of time because they don’t mix the word of God with faith and it doesn’t profit them. God’s word is unchanging:

Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. Hebrews 4:1-3

“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. “Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil  comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. “But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. “Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. “But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. Luke 8:11-15

Yes there are those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved or healed or delivered. Then there are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Then there are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But then there are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. Faith is our friend and unbelief is our enemy.

Unbelief if unchecked robs us of all the things that God has for us just like it robbed the children of Israel who were miraculously delivered from their Egyptian captors and spoils with the wealth and riches of Egypt from going into the promised land. Only Joshua and Caleb who had a different spirit in them and has followed the LORD fully, did He bring into the land where they went, and their descendants inherited it. God’s word is unchanging:

For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free-and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:13

Just because the Holy Spirit has been poured out on all flesh doesn’t mean that everybody is saved or healed or delivered. And the number of deceived fools that we have in the world is proof of this!

There are two sides to this issue: the legal and the experiential. Legally, by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body. Experientially, most people have not entered into the experience. In faith, we must appropriate in experience all that is already ours by legal right through our faith in Christ. The same is true with salvation. Derek Prince in his book “BLESSING OR CURSE YOU CAN CHOOSE!” brings out the following truths:

In John 1:12—13 the apostle says, concerning those who have been born again through receiving Jesus, that God has  given them “the right to become children of God.” The Greek word translated “right” is exousia, usually translated “authority.” That is what a person actually receives at the new birth: authority to become a child of God.

Authority is effective, however, only insofar as it is exercised. The potential of the new birth is unlimited, but the actual results depend on the exercise of the authority that goes with it. What a person will become through the new birth is determined by the extent to which he exercises his God-given authority.

There is a close parallel between the experience of believers entering into the blessings of God in the New Covenant and that of the Israelites entering into Canaan under the Old Covenant. In the first covenant, under a leader named Joshua, God brought His people into a promised land. In the second covenant, under a leader named Jesus (which is another form of Joshua), God brings His people into a land of promises. Just as the land of Canaan was the physical inheritance appointed for Israel, so the promises of God, offered through Jesus, are the spiritual inheritance appointed for Christians in this dispensation. The same principles that applied to Israelites then apply to Christians now.

In Joshua 1:2—3 God gave Joshua instructions on how the Israelites were to take possession of their inheritance:

“Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and this entire people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.”

There is precisely the same contrast of tenses here as in Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.. In verse 2, the Lord uses the continuing present: “I am giving” summed up in Revelation 21:7: “He who overcomes shall inherit all things.”

To further strengthen and encourage us, God has also set before us the example of Abraham, who is called “the father of us all.” Through Abraham, God did not merely establish the measure of the blessing He has prepared for each of us, which is “in all things.” He also marked out ahead the path that leads to that blessing. The life of Abraham is both an example and a challenge in three main areas: his prompt obedience, his complete confidence in God’s word and his stead- fast endurance.

In Hebrews 11:8 the writer emphasizes Abraham’s prompt, unquestioning obedience: “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would afterward receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.”

Abraham did not ask for any explanation of why he should go, or any description of the place he was going to. He simply did what God told him to do, promptly, without questioning. The same kind of obedience characterized his entire life: for instance, when God required him and all his household to be circumcised (Genesis 17:9—14, 23—27); and even when God asked him to offer up his son, Isaac, as a sacrifice (Genesis 22:1—14). At no time did Abraham ever hesitate in his obedience or question God concerning what he was asked to do.

In Romans 4:16—21 Paul points out that when God called Abraham “a father of many nations,” he had only one son by  Hagar, a slave woman, while Sarah, his wife, had been barren for many years. Yet he reckoned God’s description of him as true from the moment it was spoken. Because he thus accepted God’s word without questioning, even against the evidence of his own senses, ultimately there came a physical fulfillment that was confirmed by his senses.

Actually, about 25 years passed from the time God first promised Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars, until the birth of the son who was the promised heir. Through all those years he had nothing to hold onto but God’s promise. He must have faced endless temptations to discouragement. Yet he never gave up or abandoned his faith. Finally, the reward of his steadfastness is summed up in Hebrews 6:15: “And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”

In Romans 4:11—12 Paul tells us that we are children of Abraham “if we walk in the steps of Abraham’s faith.” This is the scriptural requirement for entering into “the blessing of Abraham,” promised in Galatians 3:14. Like Abraham, we must accept God’s Word as the one sure, unchanging element in our experience. All the variable opinions of men, and all the fluctuating impressions of our senses, are just “grass that withers.” “But the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8).

Our acceptance of God’s Word, however, must not be purely intellectual or theoretical. We must demonstrate it in our actions just as Abraham did: by prompt, unquestioning obedience and by steadfast endurance in the face of all discouragement. In this way, we shall find that God’s Word will ultimately be proved true in our experience. We shall come to know God’s blessing—just as Abraham did—”in all things.”

Satan will continually oppose us with mental and emotional pressures: doubts, fear, guilt, confusion and so on. He may also assail our bodies with various forms of physical infirmity. Against all this God has provided us with one supremely effective weapon: His Word. In Ephesians 6:17 Paul directs us: “Take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

This requires the interplay of the human and the divine. The sword is the sword of the Holy Spirit, but it is our responsibility to “take” it. If we take it, the Holy Spirit will wield it. But if we do not take it, the Holy Spirit has nothing to wield.

…Faith …reckons God’s promises as effective from the moment they are apprehended. We do not wait for confirmation from the senses. By prompt, unquestioning obedience and patient endurance, we move from our legal rights in Christ into the full, experiential enjoyment of them. We meet all satanic opposition with “the sword of the Spirit”: the spoken Word of God.


Chapter 18

We Have The Victory

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith. 1 John 5:4

God desires a people who will not be afraid of the circumstances they face but who will stand strong on the foundation of God’s Word, in full confidence and assurance that God is faithful! All that He has promised, He will do. It takes our faith to be able to please God by receiving every good and precious gift He has already planned for us and provided to us, for our benefit. He wants us to get this ingrained so deeply into our hearts that we are not moved by circumstances or conditions.

We don’t need to fear and tremble when the storm rages and the boat rocks because of the waves. Jesus is with us! We are blessed by God. And we are not to accept anything less than God’s best for our lives! The enemy is mad, and he’s throwing a tantrum, but he is a LIAR! Our LORD and Father God IS true, and Jesus Christ is the Truth! He is blessing His children TREMENDOUSLY, and He will not stop doing so! So we must focus on Christ Jesus! His word is unchanging:

They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing. Psalm 34:5-10

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

“So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Acts 20:32

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Yes, blessed, not cursed, is the man who trusts in the Lord and fears Him. There is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing. The Lord Himself is our shield and exceeding great reward and He wants to build us up and give us an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. And we are not to be fearful of or dismayed by anything. Jesus gave us authority over our enemy (Luke 10:19). God gave us dominion over everything that we would ever face in this earth. Sin, sickness, poverty, the devil and everything that he ever tries to throw at us is under our feet! We just have to RISE UP, and STOMP all over him!!! AMEN Hallelujah!!! God SAID, the victory is ALREADY ours! It’s not “going to be” ours. It IS ours ALREADY! AMEN. His word is unchanging:

Now it came to pass when the king was dwelling in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies all around, that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtains.” Then Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the LORD is with you.”

….”Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: “I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel. “And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a great name, like the name of the great men who are on the earth. “Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously, “since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel, and have caused you to rest from all your enemies. Also the LORD tells you that He will make you a house. 2 Samuel 7:1-11

Yes, the LORD is with us because we are with Him. He has made us head, not tail, above not beneath. He is with us where ever we go and is cutting off all our enemies from before us. And He is making our name great, like the names of the greatest men of the earth. He is giving us rest from all our enemies. He is establishing a house for us and is showing Himself strong on our behalf. His word is true:

Your sandals shall be iron and bronze; As your days, so shall your strength be. There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to help you, And in His excellency on the clouds. The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, And will say, ‘Destroy!’ Then Israel shall dwell in safety, The fountain of Jacob alone, In a  land of grain and new wine; His heavens shall also drop dew. Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, The shield of your help And the sword of your majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you, And you  shall tread down their high places.” Deuteronomy 33:25-29

“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. 2 Chronicles 16:9a

With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah. 2 Chronicles 32:7-8

‘I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the LORD, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel. Isaiah 45:2- 3

“Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Surely I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and will break his arms, both the strong one and the one that was broken; and I will make the sword fall out of his hand. Ezekiel 30:22

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:10

And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always {and} under all circumstances {and} whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]. 2 Corinthians 9:8-11 Amplified Bible

Grace is defined as God’s riches at Christ’s expense. God is making all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to us in abundance, so that we may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation. He is showing us everything, and anything, that the enemy may be trying to use against us. He is revealing every secret, hidden trick, and device, every plot, plan, scheme, trap and ploy! He is give us His divine spiritual vision, wisdom, and discernment so we can cancel every plan and assignment of the devil against our health, families, finances, home, jobs, relationships, over EVERY area and facet of our lives, in Jesus Name! We can say with joy “The LORD rebuke you Satan! We are blessed of the LORD God, Almighty and Most High!”

Because of God’s grace and favor in which we live and stand we can call His blessing, favor, peace, health, and joy  into our lives permanently! We are the head and not the tail, above only, and not beneath! We are blessed in the city, and blessed in the field. Blessed coming in, and blessed going out! Blessed when we rise up, and blessed when we lie down! Everything that we put our hands to is blessed, and prospers exceedingly, abundantly above, and far beyond anything we could ever ask, think, or imagine! We belong to our Father God! Nothing and no one can pluck us out of His loving and protective hands! Glory to His Name! Hallelujah! As a result we can pray and say:

Father, by Your Holy Spirit and power, remove everything that is NOT part of your plan for us, and bless and fill our lives, minds, hearts, bodies, families, and homes with ALL that You have for us. Surround us with the right people, set us in the right place, and reveal Your perfect holy plan, and will for us Father, in Jesus’ precious and Holy Name! I pray John 15, and Psalm 91 over all of Your children, dear Father. Your love, and Your Word breaks every yoke! Your Holy Spirit fills us continually. And where the Spirit of the LORD is, He gives freedom! No weapon formed against us will prosper! Every word that has ever been spoken against us will fail, and fall to the ground in utter defeat! I decree a crop failure over every curse and hindrance, every negative thing ever brought to bear against us, in the Name of Jesus Christ, the Messiah! He is our banner, our peace, our provider, our righteousness, our LORD, our EVERYTHING! Jehovah Nissi! Jehovah Shalom! Jehovah Jireh! Jehovah Tsidkenu! El Shaddai! Adonai! El Elyon! Elohim! Hallelujah! Thank You Jesus!

Father, sometimes we have people and things in our lives that are NOT bad or evil, but they are not Your will for us, for our inner circle. Father, move them out, and replace them with the people that You have anointed for our lives!

There are times when we are not in the RIGHT place of Your divine will for us, Father. It may not be a BAD place, but it’s not Your best for us. Father, move us from that place, and take us into the place that You have especially prepared for us, so that we can operate in the fullness of Your power, favor, and anointing. When we dwell in Your place, the secret place of the Most High, we abide under the shadow of the Almighty. There, we can be used by You to be a blessing to others!

Father, we may have plans and ideas that “appear” to be good. But, these plans may just be something that our limited minds conceived in an attempt to prosper our lives. Maybe they are plots of our enemy to distract us and get us off course. Either way, even if they aren’t BAD plans, they are NOT Your BEST for us! They are not Your good, and perfect, and acceptable will. Remove these plans from our hearts and minds, and remove us from these man-made plans, and bring us to the acceptance of Your will! Not our will, but “Your will be done, in earth, as it is in Heaven.”

Father please, increase our divine wisdom, godly knowledge, spiritual discernment, and good understanding!  Increase our hope and faith in Your will, way, and timing! Help us, and encourage our hearts. Hold us up during the times when what You really want us to do is WAIT on You! Father, You know that sometimes waiting is harder than moving! But LORD, whether You tell us to stand still and KNOW that You are God, and You are working ALL things together for our good, or, if You tell us to step out of the boat and walk on the water, You work in and through us to HEAR and OBEY Your voice, immediately, without delay! We want to be good, and fertile ground in which Your good seeds are planted so that they will grow and flourish, bringing forth abundant good, healthy fruit! Hallelujah!!! AMEN

LORD, You said, “My sheep know My voice, and a stranger they will not follow.” We know that we are Your children, Your people, and the sheep of Your pasture. When the enemy tries to come to us, and against us with his lies and tricks, Your Holy Spirit gives us a check in our spirits. You said that when the enemy comes in like a flood, Your Spirit would lift up a standard against him. He MUST flee from us 7 different ways. He will have to give back EVERYTHING he EVER stole from us 7 times over! Thank You Father! Glory to Your precious Name Jesus!

Help us to surrender to Your will LORD, so that we immediately recognize Your direction, and heed the warnings of Your Holy Spirit! Do not let us have peace about the things that the enemy of our souls wants us to do, and say. Father, please keep giving us a shock to our spirits when we are in trouble or danger. Do whatever You need to  do to get our attention, loving Daddy! We would rather endure Your chastening, than suffer the consequences of moving out of Your will. AMEN

Father we thank You for Your love! We thank You for making us Your children! We bless You for Who You are! Our souls boast in You, and magnify You, dear LORD! Glory to Your Holy Name! Be glorified in our lives every day! In Jesus’ Name, we give You ALL of the praise, and glory, and honor, both NOW and FOREVERMORE! AMEN and AMEN!

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself grant you His peace, the peace of His Kingdom, at all times and in all ways, under all circumstances and conditions, whatever comes. The Lord be with you all.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16

“Let the redeemed of the LORD SAY SO, whom He HAS redeemed from the hand of the adversary” Psalm 107:2 (NASB)

Jehovah Jireh

Jehovah Jireh, my provider, You are more than enough for me.

Jehovah Rapha, You are my healer, By Your stripes I am set free.

Jehovah Shammah, You are with me, You supply all of my needs.

You are more than enough, More than enough, You are more than enough for me.

Jehovah Nissi, You are my victory, You are more than enough for me.

Jehovah Tsidkenu, my righteousness, All You are I now can be.

Jehovah Ra-ah, You’re my shepherd, Shalom, You are my peace.

You are more than enough, so much more than enough, You are more than enough for me.


Chapter 19

Tried And Tested

For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. Habakkuk 2:3

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense. Hebrews 11:17-19

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and  full of glory, receiving the end of your faith-the salvation of your souls. 1Peter 1:6-9

No matter how we feel or what negative situation that we find ourselves in, when we praise God we give Him the fuel to lead us from glory to glory even if His paths will lead us into the Red Sea where nothing but a miracle will save us! Faith still is the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). In spiritual combats praise makes us a lion that cannot be stopped. Praise is God’s natural habitat; whereas the devil naturally inhabits sorrow. When we are praising God, we are exalting Him, and He will in turn exalt us; if we honor Him, He will honor us. When we give God His proper place then He promotes us to our proper place just like He did for King David and King Solomon. David continually praised God (Psalm 34:1) and God delivered him from all his enemies. And Solomon went to Gibeon where he offered a thousand burnt offerings on the altar. As a result God said to Solomon, “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3:4-5). As a result Solomon became one of the richest kings of his day.

We were created to praise God. We are created as an instrument of praise unto God. And when we step in this purpose, then God true purposes for our lives become a reality. And His best for our lives becomes not just a dream. There is no weeping, sickness and lack in heaven. So when our life becomes one of praises it puts us into reality of the heavenly places. It moves us from the superficial to the deep things of God where earth’s poverty, sickness and lack are replaced by heaven’s riches, health and abundance.

In any situation where we do not know what else to do, we can just sing praises unto the Lord, fixing our eyes on Him. And then we enjoy dramatic triumphs in praise, because God is there. We also execute judgment, produce vengeance and eradicate mourning (Psalm 149: 7), as we put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:1-3). Praise brings God on the scene and all our enemies will be scattered!

Because God is alive and well and a great miracle working God, at all times we can praise and give him thanks especially as we have hope and faith of the great and wonderful things that He will do for us. His word is unchanging:

Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5

…and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. Ephesians 1:19-21

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, … Ephesians 3:20

We can serve the Lord our God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart for the abundance of all things that He has done for us and is doing for us. The devil is a liar and the truth is that God still forgives all our iniquities, heals all our diseases, and redeems our life from destruction. The truth is there is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.

The truth is God able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us including the power of hope and faith. When we put our hope in God and praise Him, He rides the heaven in our help. Praise brings down the power of God our life, because it provokes the release of fresh oil which endues with power. Nothing forces our enemy to surrender like power. When we engage in genuine praise, we are anointed with fresh oil and endowed with power; that is when we begin to see our desires upon our enemies. God’s word is unchanging:

Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious. Say to God,”How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You. Psalm 66:1-2

But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil. My eye also has seen my desire on my enemies; My ears hear my desire on the wicked Who rise up against me. Psalm. 92:10-11

Praise not only fertilizes our hope and keeps it going strong but it brings us from a prison to a palace just like God did for Joseph who was unjustly locked up. As a result he would rule over his brothers that sold him into slavery. As a result Joseph would give his testimony, “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.” (Genesis. 41:52). God is inside praise, so everything that bows to God will bow to praise. When faced with any conflict of life, we can destroy the obstacles by switching to praise; and watch all the walls of Jericho (hedging us in) be brought down! Yes, when we praise God He will increase us, bless us and prosper us. His word is true:

“Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, Fearful in praises, doing wonders? Exodus 15:11

Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall judge the people righteously, And govern the nations on earth. Selah Let the peoples praise You, O God;  Let all the peoples praise You. Then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us, And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him. Psalm 67:3-7

Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. The beast of the field will honor Me, The jackals and the ostriches, Because I give waters in the wilderness And rivers in the desert, To give drink to My people, My chosen. This people I have formed for Myself; They shall declare My praise. Isaiah 43:19-21

So the ransomed of the LORD shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; Sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isaiah 51:11

The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

Just like Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness so can we believe God? Abraham staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God (Romans 4:20) and so can we! No matter the storm we will find ourselves in, we can be sure of what God has promised. He has promised to bless and prosper us and to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask pray or thing. God’s word is unchanging:

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Romans 4:20-22

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,… 1 Peter 1:6-8

The righteousness of God in Jesus Christ is the driving force behind our faith, causing us to triumph in His Name. Jesus triumphed over Satan in three areas. First, during His earthly ministry, He spoke to Satan and said, “It is written…” (Matthew 4:4,7,10), and Satan had to obey the Word of God.  Secondly, at the cross and resurrection, Jesus stripped Satan of his power and took the keys of hell and death. However, the third and most important area of Jesus’ triumph over Satan is His victory in the new birth. It was impossible in Satan’s thinking for God to take a man in sin, turn him into righteousness, give him the armor of God and enable him to triumph as Jesus did. This is victory of the highest order! Sin turned into righteousness! Death

Almighty God is our very own Father! We are bone of His bone, spirit of His Spirit, a joint-heir with Jesus Christ, and living in the kingdom of God. As we realize these things in our life, we become God-inside-minded. We no longer think of God as being a million miles away. He is residing inside us! Righteousness then becomes a force in the life of a believer which under girds his faith. The reality of righteousness enables a believer to do the impossible. Jesus approached the tomb of Lazarus and said, “Take ye away the stone…” (John 11:39). He never wavered in His faith.

Righteousness is our gateway to enjoying any benefit from God. Since He won’t behold iniquity, our praises to Him in iniquity won’t be acceptable before Him. He couldn’t even behold His only begotten Son on the cross when He bore the sins of the whole world upon Himself, how then would He listen to us when him you praise Him in sin? Every grace of God thrives on righteousness. Praise provides an access into the presence and blessings of God; but it is righteousness that secures it. Every blessing from God requires righteousness to be released. Similarly, every principle of God produces on the platform of righteousness, which is God’s foundation (2 Timothy.2:19). Every blessing requires that we abide in the vine. God’s word is unchanging:

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. John 15:1-8

Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, And His praise in the assembly of saints. Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise His name with the dance; Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation. Psalm 149:1-4

What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. 1 Corinthians 14:15


Chapter 20

‘Thus Says The LORD Of Hosts

“Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: “I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel. “And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a great name, like the name of the great men who are on the earth.

“Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously, “since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel, and have caused you to rest from all your enemies. Also the LORD tells you that He will make you a house. 2 Samuel 7:8-11

It was the LORD of hosts who took David from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over His people, over Israel. It was the LORD who had been with him wherever he had gone, and have cut off all his enemies from before him, and had made him a great name, like the name of the great men who are on the earth. And it is the same Lord who is with His trusting ones and will do great and wonderful things for them. His word is unchanging:

I will love You, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my  stronghold. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:1-3

Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. Psalm 103:1-6

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8

Yes, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever and so are His benefits. He still forgives all our iniquities, heals all our diseases, redeems our life from destruction, crowns us with loving-kindness and tender mercies, satisfies our mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. He still executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He still is the everlasting God, the LORD, and the Creator of the ends of the earth, who neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He still gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. And those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. His word is unchanging:

But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, And my Lord has forgotten me.” “Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me. Your sons shall make haste; Your destroyers and those who laid you waste Shall go away from you. Lift up your eyes, look around and see; All these gather together and come to you.

As I live,” says the LORD, “You shall surely clothe yourselves with them all as an ornament, And bind them on you as a bride does. “For your waste and desolate places, And the land of your destruction, Will even now be too small for the inhabitants; And those who swallowed you up will be far away. The children you will have, After you have lost the others, Will say again in your ears, ‘The place is too small for me; Give me a place where I may dwell.’ Then you will say in your heart, ‘Who has begotten these for me, Since I have lost my children and am desolate, A captive, and wandering to and fro? And who has brought these up? There I was, left alone; But these, where were they?’ ” Isaiah  49:14-21

“Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, You who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were hewn, And to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father, And to Sarah who bore you; For I called him alone, And blessed him and increased him.” For the LORD will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in it, Thanksgiving and the voice of melody. Isaiah 52:1-3

Yes, the Lord will do for His trusting ones what no other can do. He will give them peace, healing, blessings, restoration and prosperity for He has not changed. He who called Abraham alone and blessed him and increased him will comfort His trusting ones. He will comfort all their waste places; He will make their wilderness like Eden, and their desert like the garden of the LORD; As a result joy and gladness will be found in them, as well as thanksgiving and the voice of melody. God’s word is unchanging:

Thus says the LORD: “As the new wine is found in the cluster, And one says, ‘Do not destroy it, For a blessing is in it,’ So will I do for My servants’ sake, That I may not destroy them all. I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, And from  Judah an heir of My mountains; My elect shall inherit it, And My servants shall dwell there. Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, And the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down,   For My people who have sought Me. “But you are those who forsake the LORD, Who forget My holy mountain, Who prepare a table for Gad, And who furnish a drink offering for Meni. Therefore I will number you for the sword, And you shall all bow down to the slaughter; Because, when I called, you did not answer; When I spoke, you did not hear, But did evil before My eyes, And chose that in which I do not delight.”

Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, My servants shall eat, But you shall be hungry; Behold, My servants shall drink, But you shall be thirsty; Behold, My servants shall rejoice, But you shall be ashamed; Behold, My servants shall sing for joy of heart, But you shall cry for sorrow of heart, And wail for grief of spirit. You shall leave your name as a curse to My chosen; For the Lord GOD will slay you, And call His servants by another name; So that he who blesses himself in the earth Shall bless himself in the God of truth; And he who swears in the earth Shall swear by the God of truth; Because the former troubles are forgotten,  And because they are hidden from My eyes. Isaiah 65:8-16


Chapter 21

A New Covenant

“Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah- “not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD. “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. “No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Jeremiah 31:31-34

The bible is full of accounts of kings making decrees and they would become laws and reality. For example, in the first year of Cyrus king of Babylon, King Cyrus issued a decree to build this house of God (Ezra 5:13). In the first year of King Cyrus, King Cyrus issued a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem: “Let the house be rebuilt, the place where they offered sacrifices; and let the foundations of it be firmly laid, its height sixty cubits and its width sixty cubits, with three rows of heavy stones and one row of new timber. Let the expenses be paid from the king’s treasury. Also let the gold and silver articles of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple which is in Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, be restored and taken back to the temple which is in Jerusalem, each to its place; and deposit them in the house of God” (Ezra 6:3-6).

King Ahasuerus was advised to issue royal decree be recorded in the laws of the Persians and the Medes, so that it will not be altered, that Queen Vashti shall come no more before King Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal position to another who is better than she. As a result he made the decree and the Queen was replaced with Esther who later caused the king to write other decrees to protect the lives of her people, the Jews. The bible records:

On that day King Ahasuerus gave Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had told how he was related to her. So the king took off his signet ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai; and Esther appointed Mordecai over the house of Haman. Now Esther spoke again to the king, fell down at his feet, and implored him with tears to counteract the evil of Haman the Agagite, and the scheme which he had devised against the Jews. And the king held out the golden scepter toward Esther. So Esther arose and stood before the king, and said, “If it pleases the king, and if I have found favor in his sight and the thing seems right to the king and I am pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to annihilate the Jews who are in all the king’s provinces. “For how can I endure to see the evil that will come to my people? Or how can I endure to see the destruction of my countrymen?” Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and Mordecai the Jew, “Indeed, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and they have hanged him on the gallows because he tried to lay his hand on the Jews. “You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring; for whatever is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no one can revoke.” So the king’s scribes were called at that time, in the third month, which is the month of Sivan, on the  twenty-third day; and it was written, according to all that Mordecai commanded, to the Jews, the satraps, the governors, and the princes of the provinces from India to Ethiopia, one hundred and twenty-seven provinces in all, to every province in its own script, to every people in their own language, and to the Jews in their own script and language. And he wrote in the name of King Ahasuerus, sealed it with the king’s signet ring, and sent letters by couriers on horseback, riding on royal horses bred from swift steeds. By these letters the king permitted the Jews who were in every city to gather together and protect their lives-to destroy, kill, and annihilate all the forces of any people or province that would assault them, both little children and women, and to plunder their possessions, on one day in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar. Esther 8:1-12

King Ahasuerus gave Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews, and had him hanged on the gallows because he tried to lay his hand on the Jews. And Esther appointed Mordecai over the house of Haman. King Ahasuerus also told Queen Esther and Mordecai, the Jew, to themselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as it pleased them in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring. And Esther and Mordecai did just that.

The decree in the king’s name permitted the Jews who were in every city to gather together and protect their lives-to destroy, kill, and annihilate all the forces of any people or province that would assault them, both little children and women, and to plunder their possessions. Later Esther also requested and received a decree Haman’s ten sons be hanged on the gallows (Esther 9:13-14). Decrees are very important in the life of Kings and those in authorities. The bible also tells us:

“Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, Who write misfortune, Which they have prescribed. To rob the needy of  justice, And to take what is right from the poor of My people, That widows may be their prey, And that they may rob the fatherless. What will you do in the day of punishment, And in the desolation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help? And where will you leave your glory? Isaiah 10:1-3

Jesus Christ also defeated our prime enemy Satan, and has given us, His brothers and sisters, all his spoils and wealth as well as the riches of heaven. He has also given us the right to make any decree that we desire in His name. God’s word is true and unchangeable:

“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; “they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16:17-18

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. John 14:13-14

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. John 15:16

The Holy Spirit whom the Father sent in Jesus name, not only teaches us all things, and brings to our remembrance all things that Jesus taught but He also helps us make proper decree that affect and change our world, society and life by removing people or mountains or kingdoms in our lives. God’s word is unchanging:

Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant.” Jeremiah  1:9-10

“And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19

“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Mark 11:23

Yes, God has given His true anointed ones, the power of decree and proclamation to use to their advantage and that of the Kingdom. Under the new covenant Jesus gave us His  blood, He gave us His name and He gave us His Word. He gave us the authority to rebuke the devil ourselves. Under the old covenant, you would do what you were supposed to do and God rebuked the devourer. Under the new covenant we are not to wait for God to rebuke the devourer. God is waiting for us to act on the authority He has given as a result of the blood. God has given you the name of Jesus and the power and authority to do it yourself. When the devil gets in your face, you say, “I rebuke you devil in the name of Jesus.”

Jesus said, “You say to that mountain ‘be removed and be cast into the sea.’” Many times in the Bible the word “mountain” means kingdom. Under the old covenant you did what you were supposed to do, and then you waited for God to move the mountain (kingdom). Under the new covenant Jesus said, “Say to the mountain ‘be removed and cast into the sea’ and believe in your heart that those things you say will come to pass and you will have whatever you say.” To me it’s a greater covenant and a greater promise, but with every greater promise comes greater responsibility. Under the old covenant you do what you are supposed to do and just wait for God. Under the new covenant you do what you are supposed to do, take authority yourself, and stand in faith without wavering. [ii]


Chapter 22

Because You Did Your Part?

Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.” Psalm 91:9-16

God has promised great and wonderful things for those who have made the Lord, even the Most High, their dwelling place. God makes such as these mighty warriors. He places within them His strength and His authority that they might overcome all things and be more than conquerors. He sets them on high places and gives them complete victory. In God’s eyes they are already overcomers and He has already given them the victory. All they have to do is to see it with the eyes of faith and take the victory because Jesus Christ has already defeated their enemy on Calvary.

God has Baptized them with His own Holy Spirit and has given them power including power and authority over the enemy. Their power is so much greater than the power of the devil for greater is He that is in them than he that is in the world. God’s word is unchanging:

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11

They are to fight not in their own strength or in their own power, but in power of God’s might. And God is mighty and through the Spirit that He has place within them He is able to make them mighty and to strengthen them. As they listen to His voice and see what He sees He will lead and guide them to victory. He will pour out His presence and His strength and His authority and wisdom and His love into them. He will enable them to do great and mighty feats not only in battle, but for the people around them. He is after all the God of all power, the God of Breakthrough, the God of miracles and that God of victory. His word is unchanging:

Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, And You are  exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great And to give strength to all. 1 Chronicles 29:11-12

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. John 14:12-14

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 14:12

Knowledge without action has no value. They must by faith tap into this knowledge that all that God has and is belongs to them and that His plans for them are good not evil. And what God has promised He will do for those who believe and trust in His name. As a result His trusting ones will do the works that Jesus did and great works than these as they love Him and obey Him with a willing heart. He will bless them and bring prosperity to them and make a way before them as He has promised to do. His word is true:

“Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, You who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were hewn,  And to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father, And to Sarah who bore you; For I called him alone, And blessed him and increased him.” For the LORD will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in it, Thanksgiving and the voice of melody. Isaiah 51:1-3

“For behold, the day is coming, Burning like an oven, And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up,” Says the LORD of hosts, “That will leave them neither root nor branch. But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; And you shall go out And grow fat like stall-fed calves. You shall  trample the wicked, For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet On the day that I do this,” Says the LORD of hosts. Malachi 4:1-3

Yes, God will bless and increase them. He will comfort all their waste places. He will release health and healing over them. He will make their wilderness like Eden, and their desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody. For those who fear His name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and they shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves. They shall trample the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of their feet. God’s word is true:

Your sandals shall be iron and bronze; As your days, so shall your strength be. “There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to help you, And in His excellency on the clouds. The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, And will say, ‘Destroy!’ Then Israel shall dwell in safety, The fountain of Jacob alone, In a land of grain and new wine; His heavens shall also drop dew. Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, The shield of your help And the sword of your majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you, And you shall tread down their high places.” Deuteronomy 33:25-29

“Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. “From the wilderness and this  Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. “Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. “Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Johsua 1:3-9

“Therefore the LORD God of Israel says: ‘I said indeed that your house and the house of your father would walk before Me forever.’ But now the LORD says: ‘Far be it from Me; for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed. 1 Samuel 2:30

Those who choose to obey God and His word and honor Him in all they do, He will honor them and give them the gifts of abundant life and peace and joy and contentment. He will cause them to grow strong and mature, and will place a greater measure of His anointing on their life. And when the enemy comes in, like a flood the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him (Isaiah 59:19) For God is a God of promise who keeps all His promises and performs His word for those who do their part including trust God and taking Him at His word. They need to trust Him with  all their heart and believe the promises that He gives them for then they will be success and prosperous. His word is unchanging:

Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in his house, And his righteousness endures forever. Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. Psalm 112:1-4

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes;  Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine. My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor detest His correction; For whom the LORD loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:3-12

The Lord’s chastening comes to all of God’s true children to purify them, to refine away the impurities from their life and to remove the pollution of their carnal nature, where God purge away the lusts of the flesh and the sinful attitudes and thinking patterns that so easily beset them. In the fires of tribulation by His Spirit God builds and forms His character and His nature within them as they look only to Him and walk by faith, not by sight. God’s word is unchanging:

Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears. Hebrews 12:11-17

God takes all of His servants through His refining process to cause them to grow and mature. He teaches them in the storms and troubles of life to walk by faith and not by sight and to look only to Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of their faith. Even the very hairs of their head are numbered and it’s their Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom- all of it. God’s word is unchanging:

“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. “If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. “For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. “But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:27-32

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith-the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:6-9

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace,  who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:6-11


Chapter 23

He Is Also Able

Bring back our captivity, O LORD, As the streams in the South. Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:5-6

by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant. Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:22-25

No matter what the problem or mess a person might be in, Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today and forever,  is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. His word is unchanging:

“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you-The sure mercies of David. Isaiah 55:1-3

God has nothing but blessings and the best of all things for His people in abundance. He desires that they incline their ear and come to Him. Hear and their soul shall live and He will make an everlasting covenant with them, a covenant of peace and prosperity and to do better do better for them than at their beginnings. His word is unchanging:

“I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bear young; I will make you inhabited as in former times, and do better for you than at your beginnings. Then you shall know that I am the LORD. Ezekiel 36:11

“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. “Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.

“I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you. “And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations. Ezekiel 36:25-30

There is no one who will do for them what God will do for them including cleansing them from all their filthiness and from all their idols; giving them a new heart and putting a new spirit within them; taking the heart of stone out of their flesh and giving them heart of flesh; putting His Spirit within them and causing them to walk in His statutes, and keeping His judgments and doing them; delivering them and prospering them; taking all famine away from them and rebuilding and restoring all things.

No one can bless and prosper them like the Lord who riches and resources are unlimited. His word is unchanging:

And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations. Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, And the sons of the foreigner Shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. But you shall be named the priests of the LORD, They shall call you the servants of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, And in their glory you shall boast. Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs. “For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery for burnt offering; I will direct their work in truth, And will make with them an everlasting covenant. Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, And their offspring among the people. All who see them shall acknowledge them, That they are the posterity whom the LORD has blessed.” Isaiah 61:4-9

God wants His people to dream big dreams and He will fulfill those dreams for He is God, not man! He who has already given them His best, His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and His wonderful Counselor, the Holy Spirit, desires to give them the rest and do exceedingly abundantly above all that they ask or think, according to the power that works in them, the same power that created heaven and earth and raised Jesus Christ from the dead. His word is unchanging:

“And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Matthew 10:7-8

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:31-32

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-32

Because God is a great and wonderful miracle working God there is nothing that He cannot or will not do for those who believe. Nothing is too big or too small for Him to look after and nothing is impossible with God. His word is unchanging:

Then David attacked them from twilight until the evening of the next day. Not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young men who rode on camels and fled. So David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, and David rescued his two wives. And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all. Then David took all the flocks and herds they had driven before those other livestock, and said, “This is David’s spoil.” 1 Samuel 30:17-20

And King Ahasuerus imposed tribute on the land and on the islands of the sea. Now all the acts of his power and his might, and the account of the greatness of Mordecai, to which the king advanced him, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia? For Mordecai the Jew was second to King Ahasuerus, and was great among the Jews and well received by the multitude of his brethren, seeking the good of his people and speaking peace to all his countrymen. Esther 10:1-3

“And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him “and delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house. Acts 7:9-10

Yes, the God who took nobodies like Joseph, David and Mordecai and made them into somebody’s is alive and well and able to do the same for anyone who trusts in Him and walk with Him no matter what the negative situation and circumstance. God’s word is unchanging:

Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord-that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. James 5:11


Chapter 24

Arise For Our Help, And Redeem Us

Redeem Israel, O God, Out of all their troubles! Psalm 25:22

Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord? Arise! Do not cast us off  forever. Why do You hide Your face, And forget our affliction and our oppression? For our soul is bowed down to the dust; Our body clings to the ground. Arise for our help, And redeem us for Your mercies’ sake. Psalm 44:23-26

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. Psalm 46:1-5

Believers can praise, bless and trust a wonderful God who forgives all their iniquities, Who heals all their diseases, Who redeems their life from destruction, Who crowns them with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies their mouth with good things, so that their youth is renewed like the eagle’s and who executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed (Psalm 103:1-5). Their Rock is their Redeemer Jesus Christ who is full of compassion who has by His own blood redeemed them from the hand of the enemy and stands ready to do so from every other enemy! His word is unchanging:

“But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, The descendants of Abraham My friend. You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its farthest regions, And said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away: Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’”Behold, all those who were incensed against you Shall be ashamed and disgraced; They shall be as nothing,  And those who strive with you shall perish. You shall seek them and not find them-Those who contended with you. Those who war against you Shall be as nothing, As a nonexistent thing.For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’ Isaiah 41:8-13

But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place. Since you were precious in My sight, You have been honored, And I have loved you; Therefore I will give men for you, And people for your life. Isaiah 43:1-4

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go. Isaiah 48:17

God is more than capable of dealing with His enemies and those of His people. But woe to them who have become His  adversaries for the Lord will take vengeance on His enemies. As God does not lie and He has promised to do so and so be it!

Men, even religious ones, do not understand that there is a consequence and price to be paid when they become rebellious, enjoy the companions of thieves; loves bribes, follows after rewards, do not defend the fatherless nor take up the cause of the widow. Such men will not know the blessings of God but rather His curses and His right hand moving against them. As one of the chief cornerstone of God’s character and foundation of His Kingdom is His love for righteousness and justice. His word is true:

The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way. Psalm 25:9

He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. Psalm 33:5

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face. Psalm 89:14

It is a fact that God guides the humble in justice and He teaches him His ways including:

“For thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Just as I determined to punish you When your fathers provoked Me to wrath,’ Says the LORD of hosts, ‘And I would not relent, So again in these days I am determined to do good To Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.

Do not fear. These are the things you shall do: Speak each man the truth to his neighbor; Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace; Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor; And do not love a false oath. For all these are things that I hate,’ Says the LORD.” Zechariah 8:14-17

God’s love for justice is so great that He did not stop to obtain it when Adam and Eve were deceived by the devil and had their freedom and lives stolen from them. Even though it meant the price of God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, God saw that justice was done and Adam and Eve and their seed were redeemed. Redeemed by the new Adam Jesus Christ who was born of the Spirit and not of the flesh. . .

Now it is a fact that God demands that His people love and seek true justice and righteousness just as He does. His word is true:

You shall not pervert justice due the stranger or the fatherless, nor take a widow’s garment as a pledge. “But you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you from there; therefore I command you to do this thing. “When you reap your harvest in your field, and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. Deuteronomy 24:17-19

Gather yourselves together, yes, gather together, O undesirable nation, Before the decree is issued, Or the day passes like chaff, Before the LORD’S fierce anger comes upon you, Before the day of the LORD’S anger comes upon you! Seek the LORD, all you meek of the earth, Who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden In the day of the LORD’S anger. Zephaniah 2:1-3

God commands and demands that His people execute true justice, and show mercy and compassion everyone to his brother; that they do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor; that none of them plan evil in his heart against his brother. His word is true:

“Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Execute true justice, Show mercy and compassion Everyone to his brother. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, The alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart Against his brother.’

“But they refused to heed, shrugged their shoulders, and stopped their ears so that they could not hear. “Yes, they made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. Thus great wrath came from the LORD of hosts.

“Therefore it happened, that just as He proclaimed and they would not hear, so they called out and I would not listen,” says the LORD of hosts. “But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations which they had not known. Thus the land became desolate after them, so that no one passed through or returned; for they made the pleasant land desolate.” Zechariah 7:9-14

Yet many, even this day, refuse to heed the word of the Lord. They shrug their shoulders, and stop their ears so that they could not hear. They refuse to hear the Word of God sent by His Spirit through His prophets for after all they are God’s children and ‘once saved, always saved?” Not anticipating that as a result of their real foolish choices and ways a great wrath would come upon from the LORD of hosts. But God’s true prophets appreciate and understand God’s love for justice and even though it involves judgment on God’s own people and their rulers who refuse to know and do justice. While the false prophets prophesy peace and lies God’s true prophets tell the truth. God’s word records:

And I said: “Hear now, O heads of Jacob, And you rulers of the house of Israel: Is it not for you to know justice? You who hate good and love evil; Who strip the skin from My people, And the flesh from their bones; Who also eat the flesh of My people, Flay their skin from them, Break their bones, And chop them in pieces Like meat for the pot, Like flesh in the caldron.” Then they will cry to the LORD, But He will not hear them; He will even hide His face from them at that time, Because they have been evil in their deeds. Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets Who make my people stray; Who chant “Peace” While they chew with their teeth, But who prepare war against him Who puts nothing into their mouths: “Therefore you shall have night without vision, And you shall have darkness without divination; The sun shall go down on the prophets, And the day shall be dark for them. So the seers shall be ashamed, And the diviners abashed; Indeed they shall all cover their lips; For there is no answer from God.” But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the LORD, And of justice and might, To declare to Jacob his transgression And to Israel his sin. Now hear this, You heads of the house of Jacob And rulers of the house of Israel, Who abhor justice And pervert all equity, 0 Who build up Zion with bloodshed And Jerusalem with iniquity: 1 Her heads judge for a bribe, Her priests teach for pay, And her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the LORD, and say, “Is not the LORD among us? No harm can come upon us.” Therefore because of you Zion shall be plowed like a field, Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins, And the mountain of the temple Like the bare hills of the forest. Micah 3:1-12

Although many religious ones who call themselves Christians do not want to talk about it, a sign that a person is full of power by the Spirit of the LORD, and of justice and might, is His or her ability to declare to God’s people their transgression and the church of Jesus Christ their sin. However! Religious rulers of our day, in general, abhor justice and pervert all equity. They live off the offerings and tithes stolen from the sheep. They show partiality to others, and are constantly talking about money, as though God is broke. They say they belong to the Lord and that He will protect them. But they fail to appreciate that God doesn’t protect rapists, murderers and thieves in His house He judges and deals with them and casts them out. For no apostle, prophet, teacher, preacher, administrator, or foolish sheep will escape God’s judgment if he or she deserves it. They are God’s people and He can deal with them and spank them for their evil words and thoughts and ignoring His love of righteousness and justice. What God has done once before He can and will do it again? His word is true:

Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.” Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.” For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.

For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:1-13


Chapter 25

There Is None Like God

Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,  Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. He brings the princes to nothing; He makes the judges of the earth useless. Scarcely shall they be planted, Scarcely shall they be sown, Scarcely shall their stock take root in the earth, When He will also blow on them, And they will wither, And the whirlwind will take them away like stubble. “To whom then will you liken Me, Or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing. Isaiah 40:21-26

Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them-walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God. Acts 3:6-9

“You won’t leave the way you came in Jesus’ Name

Bound, depressed, discouraged, sick, or lame,

For the Holy Ghost of Acts is still the same

You won’t leave the way you came in Jesus’ Name.”

God is a God and there is none like Him. He is a powerful God and a God of miracles. Apostle Peter did have on him silver and gold but he did have the name of Jesus and he used it to make the lame man walk! Well God hasn’t changed. The Book of Acts is still being written. In our Christian walk, are we experiencing the kingdom of God whereby demoniacs are being set free in our midst by the power of the Holy Spirit? If not, why not? This is an important question to which we must find out an answer! God’s word is unchanging:

I will extol You, O LORD, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my foes rejoice over me. O LORD my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. Psalm 30:1-2.

Fools, because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted. Their soul abhorred all manner of food, And they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. Psalm 107:17-20

Yes, God saved, healed and delivered His afflicted people from their destructions under the Old Testament and under the New Testament. Yes, the cross of Christ shows how earnestly God desires to heal us. Yes, it’s true that healing of the body is linked with forgiveness of sins and a covenant relationship with God. Yes, we need to realize that Jesus redeemed us from all effects of the sin and fall of man, and that as a result we can be healed if we acknowledge Christ as our Savior and Lord.

Physical death and sickness entered the world through sin, the cure is salvation in Jesus. By coming to Christ in sincere repentance, we can know Him as Savior, Healer, and Deliverer. His word is unchanging:

I will love You, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:1-3

It is a fact that the Old Testament types and prophesies, and the New Testament fulfillment of those types and prophecies, prove that through the atonement of Jesus we can be saved and healed. It is also a wonderful fact that the lovely God of love died to redeem us from all the effects of sin. The cross of Jesus causes us to confidently expect miracles, healing and deliverance from God. The God who gave His Son for us will also with Him freely give us all things. The redeeming work of Jesus is the basis of every blessing the Christian receives. Christ’s death was the foundation of creation, of redemption and all the blessing of the new covenant and makes us complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. God’s word is unchanging:

As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. Colossians 2:6-10

But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which  was established on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah- “not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD.

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. “None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. Hebrews 8:6-13

Jesus said that His delivering love and power in the age of grace was to be likened to “the acceptable year of the Lord,” that is, the year of Jubilee. Well every fiftieth year, or more precisely, on the tenth day of the seventh month of the 49th. year, on the great day of atonement, the sounding of the trumpets proclaimed the year of release and redemption. Every inheritance throughout Israel was restored to its former ancient family owner. All prisoners, captives and slaves were given their freedom, and all debts were absolved. The land, as on the Sabbath years, enjoyed a year of rest, and was not sowed or reaped, its natural produce was the property of all, to partake as they needed it. The blessing of God gave an abundant harvest to make up for the deficiency of food due to the suspension of work in the seventh year. The sixth year yielded a miraculous supply sufficient to meet the need of three years. (Lev.25v8-23.)

However God’s word, ‘Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month;  on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land, ‘And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family,’ Leviticus 25:9-10, tells us that no blessing of the year of Jubilee was to be announced by the sounding of the trumpet, until the blood of the bullock slain as a sin offering was sprinkled upon the mercy seat on the day of atonement.

And now through the death and shed blood of Christ, the slaves and prisoners of sin, sickness and Satan can know complete release and deliverance, rejoicing in the forgiveness of their sin. Through Christ’s atoning death salvation and healing can be ours. So we come to Jesus for salvation and healing and He will give it to us on the grounds of His atoning death. Throughout the Scriptures we see that it was the blood of the atonement that was the grounds of healing. In Levitucs 14:18,19., we read that atonement was made for the lepers cleansing, and we read in Numbers 16:45-50., and 2 Samuel 24:10-25., of plagues being stayed because of the atonement. God’s word is true:

And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” So the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died.

Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.”

So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived. Numbers 21:5-9

The Word of God tells us that the bronze serpent was a type of Christ’s atonement, and the Israelites were healed through looking at it. If forgiveness and healing came to all who looked at the brazen serpent, the type of Christ’s atonement, then, surely, by looking to the fulfillment of that type, our dear Lord Jesus, we can expect greater blessings than the Israelites experienced through the type of Christ’s atonement? God’s word is unchanging:

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:14-16

“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” John 12:32

This proved true in the ministry of Jesus, He healed all that came to Him of every disease and sickness. Christ’s death is now the basis of every blessing that we receive as Christians for Jesus is the Savior who forgives ALL our in iniquities and heals ALL our diseases.

In Exodus 15:26., God promised to be “God the healer,” and though it is a conditional promise, like all the promises of God, it reveals God as the healer of His people. Also similar promise is in Exodus 23:25,26., where God promises His obedient children, “I will take sickness from the midst of thee and the number of thy days I will fulfill,” and again Psalm 91:6, promises those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High long life. (Psalm 90:10.) These promises are conditional upon the keeping of the moral law, and law of health laid down in the law.

Some would say that we cannot claim these Old Testament promises, however, Jesus showed by His ministry that these  promises are to be extended even to the Gentiles in this new dispensation. Many such lovely promises as Deuteronomy 33:25,27. Johuas 1:5,9. Isaiah 40:31. Psalm 23 etc., given originally to Israel, comfort and encourage Christ’s Church today. We can also find comfort and healing through such Old Testament promises as Exodus 15:26, 23:25, Psalm 103:3. These promises are “Yea and Amen” in Christ, when we fulfill the conditions that God laid down with them. God’s word is unchanging:

Therefore, when I was planning this, did I do it lightly? Or the things I plan, do I plan according to the flesh, that with me there should be Yes, Yes, and No, No? But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us-by me, Silvanus, and Timothy-was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. 2 Corinthians 1:17-22 

We read in the Gospels that Jesus healed all the sick in the multitudes that came to Him. The inspired exposition of Isaiah 53:4 in Matthew.8:16-17., informs us that Jesus healed all in the light of His atonement. Like the scapegoat, Christ has borne away the sins and sicknesses of all who trust in Him and His redeeming blood (Levitcus 16:22). It is foolish and unscriptural to say that healing is not in the atonement. Jesus died to deliver us from our sicknesses and pains as well as our transgressions and iniquities, He comes to give us peace of body as well as peace of soul.

The truth is indisputable, Christ’s substitutionary death extends to healing of the body as well as the soul. Delitzsch, one of the greatest Hebrew scholars of all time, states there is a substitutionary and “mediatorial sense” in the words of Isaiah 53:4. In Isaiah 53:4, the same two verbs, “nasa,” borne, and “sabal,” carried, which are used to tell us that Jesus “bore our sicknesses and carried our pains,” are the identical verbs that are used in Isiah 53:11,12., to state that Jesus bore our sins and iniquities for us as our substitute. This proves that healing is one of the “all things” that are given to us through our Lord’s atonement.

In Isaiah 53:4., “surely,” is “aken,” which means, surely, indeed, certainly, and truly. It is worthy of note that the only “surely” in the redemptive chapter of Isaiah53, is before the promise of healing for the body, so we can “surely” expect healing for our bodies as well as for our souls. This “surely” is emphasized in Matthew 8:17., when Matthew says that the prophesy of Isaiah 53:4. was “fulfilled”, it means that it was “filled full,” that is, the full extent of its promise was revealed. The full extent of the promise of Isaiah 53:4., is healing for ALL who come to God for healing.

The Christ of the cross is the perfect remedy for all our needs, both spiritual and physical. Through the shedding of Christ’s blood, all who believe are redeemed from the curse of the law. Galatians 3:13. We can claim healing on the grounds of Christ’s atonement, just as we can claim salvation from our sins, it is part of our salvation, it is a privilege for all who believe in Jesus. Jesus said that most people will not believe that God wants to heal them, so He did miracles to confirm that it is God’s will to heal those who come to Him for healing (John 4:48).

When the angels came to the shepherds, they brought the best tidings possible, “good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people, for unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord”. (Lk.2v10,11.) The angelic choirs told of the intense desire of God to bring peace to mankind because of His goodwill and love. They proclaimed the greatest event of all history, God manifested in flesh to save mankind. When Jesus came to show His goodwill and to give His peace and salvation, what did He do? The gospels reveal that Jesus saved and healed all who came to Him in faith, confessing their need, He showed the wonderful goodwill of God, we never read of one needy person being refused, the only stipulation that Jesus made was that people came to Him in repentance and faith.

When Jesus preached the sermon at Nazareth in Luke4., His message proclaimed the perfect benevolence and goodwill of God. He said, in effect, “Today, you can prove the truth of Isaiah 61:1,2. and 58:6., you can prove the goodness of God in saving and healing power.” TODAY He tells YOU that there is deliverance for all the captives because of His atonement.

When Jesus read these Scriptures in the synagogue at Nazareth, He showed the will of God in relation to deliverance from sin and sickness. Christ came to preach salvation, to heal the sick and broken hearted, to deliver Satan’s captives, and set mankind at liberty. Christ came to bring salvation, health, and happiness, He could say, “This day, is the Scriptures filled full in your ears, through my ministry”. Jesus showed God’s will for them and for us. He explained and demonstrated God’s strong desire to bless them.

The tragedy was that they did not receive the promised blessings offered to them by Jesus, because of their prejudice, contemptuous familiarity, unspiritual carnal outlook, and rank unbelief, and we can miss enjoying the promises of God and the blessings of Christ by the same unbelief, ignorance, and unspiritual carnality. God’s word is unchanging:

Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him. And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! “Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” And they were offended at Him.

But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching. Mark 6:1-6


Chapter 26

Giving And Receiving

Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared  with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:15-19

The Achilles heel of most Christian is not their love for the Lord nor their holiness but their finances. The devil knows that if he will keep them from the abundant supply of God, they will not be able to fulfill the call of God upon their life. He uses all kinds of weapons from his arsenal to rob them including unscrupulous Christians and uses things such as fear, selfishness, greed, unbelief to keep them from sowing into God’s ministry and believing for a hundred fold return. The children of Israel didn’t go into the Promised Land because of fear and unbelief while Joshua and Caleb did. The latter followed the Lord fully and told God’s people:

“The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. “If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ “Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them.” And all the congregation said to stone them with stones.

Now the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of meeting before all the children of Israel. Then the LORD said to Moses: “How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them? “I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.” Numbers 14:8-12

The real actions of the Children of Israel to stone Joshua and Caleb with stones based on their fears caused the glory of the Lord to come down! Fear is “False Evidence that Appears Real!” But it’s not always a good thing when the Glory of the Lord appears because God judged the children for their deeds and gave them their stated desire to die in the wilderness rather than going into the Promised Land. Fear is the opposite of faith, and it will paralyze the operation of the blessing of God in our life!

It doesn’t matter what we face, because our circumstances are subject to change by the power of God as we put our trust in God! God is not short of anything and neither should His children be. The Bible tells us, ” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Today we can believe God to take us into the Promised Land of plenty and prosperity and to defeat all our foes including poverty, lack, sickness, disease and unbelief! We can refuse to be comfortable with defeat, penury, lack and demons! God’s word is unchanging:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes;  Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase;   So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3:5-10

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.” Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. 2 Corinthians 9:6-11

Seed that we sow is not just money which represents our toil, labor and efforts but can be other things. There are many different kinds of seeds that we can sow for the poor including loving kindness, good deeds, prayers, giving of alms, understanding, compassionate and the gifts of the Spirit. We honor God will all that he has blessed us including money, time and talents and use it in the service of others to bless them as God has blessed us! We sanctify not only our finances but our lives and words as well.

Many of God’s people have given money away from wrong reason or have sowed it into the bad soil of false ministries and have received back from God nothing in return. We must be wise with what we do with our money, talents, and blessings that God entrusts us with and not just give it a con man who comes along, even if he is a preacher! Just because people tithe to a certain church or ministry doesn’t mean that they will not be robbed by that ministry. We have  an example of this in the financial crash in 1999 of the Baptist Foundation of Arizona, resulted in the largest collapse of a religious financial institution in the nation’s history resulted with many elderly sheep robbed, hurt and devastated. The fact was that most of sheep were “tithers” and many didn’t understand how God would allow them to be robbed.

Through the ’90s, brochures extolled BFA’s “Biblically based” investment plans, and urged faithful Baptists to “do good by doing good,” becoming “bolder stewards of their God-given resources.” Helpful salesmen made house calls.” The Baptist Foundation pamphlets stated:

BFA’s Biblically-based stewardship perspective…

“Stewardship Investing” through the Foundation is a TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY TO BE FOUND FAITHFUL ABOVE and BEYOND the TITHE TO YOUR LOCAL CHURCH…

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Touching hearts and lives AS THE DREAM IS REALIZED.

“Up close and personal” service. Our Financial Services Representatives will GLADLY come to your home or place of  business to handle a transaction for you. In addition to our three offices, we also provide “SATELLITE” OFFICES IN CHURCHES throughout Arizona…

We re-invest your money, and THE PROFIT we earn GOES to further such ministries as Christian education, care for children and senior adults, missions and new church starts…

…NOT ONE BFA client has ever lost one penny of their investment or interest they earned…

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EACH YEAR, AN INDEPENDENT AUDIT of BFA is CONDUCTED BY ONE OF THE LEADING ACCOUNTING FIRMS IN THE NATION.

We know that for most of you, our common ties to the churches are one of the most important reasons you invest with BFA, CFP, and NCV, AND THOSE SAME TIES CAN HELP CARRY US THROUGH THESE DIFFICULT TIMES.

But the reality was that the Baptist Foundation of Arizona, a subsidiary of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest protestant denomination in America, used Southern Baptist pastors and former pastors as sales representatives to rob 13,000 mostly elderly Christians by promising high returns, the security of church backing, and the chance to help Baptist charities. It was nothing but a fraud and a big Ponzi Scheme. As recounted by The Wall Street Journal, many of the foundation’s investors were elderly churchgoers “attracted by the foundation’s offer of above-market returns on promissory notes and other investment products, and by its mission of using earnings for good works, such as building churches and nursing homes for the poor. The foundation had become a Ponzi scheme, needing to raise tens of millions of dollars to pay the high returns it had promised to earlier investors. According to the lawsuits, a key reason why the scheme lasted “as long as it did … was that accounting firm of Andersen continued to certify the foundation’s financial statements and dismissed multiple warnings by individuals that the foundation was defrauding investors.” The foundation was organized to raise funds for Southern Baptist–related charities. However, it has contributed only about $1.3 million to such groups over its half-century of operation. By contrast, in 1996 BFA spent $16 million on staff salaries and $329,000 on staff automobiles. It also invested in a long series of shaky loans and dubious real estate deals, primarily with companies controlled by members of its board.

God’s house today is His people who are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We are to do good to all men especially those of the household of faith (Galatians 6:10) and we are not to rob them by any means. The Top 10 scams[iii] as listed by the North American Securities Administrators Association, ranked by the organization in order of prevalence or concern are:

1. Unlicensed individuals, such as life insurance agents, selling securities.

To verify that a person is licensed or registered to sell securities, call your state securities regulator. If the person is not registered, don’t invest.

2. Affinity group fraud.

Many scammers use their victim’s religious or ethnic identity to gain their trust –knowing that it’s human nature to trust people who are like you –and then steal their life savings. From “gifting” programs at some churches to foreign exchange scams targeted at Asian Americans, no group seems to be without con artists who seek to exploit others for financial gain.

3. Payphone and ATM sales.

In early March, 25 states and the District of Columbia announced actions against companies and individuals — many of them independent life insurance agents –that took roughly 4,500 people for $76 million selling coin-operated customer-owned telephones. Investors leased payphones for between $5,000 and $7,000 and were promised annual returns of up to 15 percent. Regulators say the largest of these investments appeared to be nothing but Ponzi schemes.

4. Promissory notes.

Short-term debt instruments issued by little-known or sometimes non-existent companies that promise high returns –upwards of 15 percent monthly –with little or no risk. These notes are often sold to investors by independent life insurance agents. In Indiana, 18 elderly investors lost some $1.4 million in a promissory note scam. An 80-year-old woman lost her life savings of $324,000. Interestingly, this is the scam that has been most used in Ponzi-scheme banking in Eastern Europe, notably Albania and Romania.

5. Internet fraud.

Scammers use the wide reach and supposed anonymity of the Internet to “pump and dump” thinly traded stocks, peddle bogus offshore “prime bank” investments and publicize pyramid schemes. Roughly half the states have Internet surveillance programs that watch for fraud or investigate investor complaints.

6. Ponzi/pyramid schemes.

Always in style, these swindles promise high returns to investors, but the only people who consistently make money are the promoters who set them in motion, using money from previous investors to pay new Investors. Inevitably, the schemes collapse.

7. “Callable” CDs.

These higher-yielding certificates of deposit won’t mature for 10 to 20 years, unless the bank, not the investor, “calls,’. or redeems, them. Redeeming the CD early may result in large losses –upwards of 25 percent of the original investment. In Iowa. for example, a retiree in her 70′s invested over $100.000 of her 97-year-old mother’s money in three “callable” CD’s with 20 year maturities. Her intention, she told her broker, was to use the money to pay her mother’s nursing home bills. Regulators say sellers of callable CDs often don’t adequately disclose the risks and restrictions.

8. Viatical settlements.

Originated as a way to help the gravely ill pay their bills, these financial interests in the death benefits of terminally ill patients are always risky and sometimes fraudulent. The insured person gets a percentage of the death benefit in cash; investors get a share of the death benefit when the insured dies. Because of uncertainties predicting when someone will die, these investments are extremely speculative.

9. Prime bank schemes.

Scammers promise investors triple-digit returns through access to the investment portfolios of the world’s elite banks. Purveyors of these schemes often target conspiracy theorists, promising access to the “secret” investments used by the Rothschilds or Saudi royalty. In North Dakota, state securities regulators are alleging a small group of salesmen, including a local pastor, used religion and family ties to bilk investors out of $2 million in a prime bank scam.

10. Investment seminars.

Often the people getting rich are those running the seminar, making money from admission fees and the sale of books and audiotapes. These seminars are marketed through newspaper, radio and TV ads and “infomercials” on cable television. Regulators urge investors to be extremely skeptical about any get-rich-quick scheme.


Chapter 27

The Best Is Yet To Come

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. Matthew 5:3-8

“For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11

The Church of Jesus Christ, which has been the object of ridicule and is soon going to change with the release of God’s Glory, which will illuminate her to shine in gross darkness. God going to raise up the body of Christ of true believers who will know their rights and possess theirs inheritance in God and His glory will abide upon them. As a result the sheep will know the true Shepherd and will know and hear and obey His voice. Sickness, sin, lack, and poverty will not be able to stand in the presence of its new leaders. God is restoring to the church Apostles, Prophets, and Judges and true shepherds. The gods that men have worshiped, including doctors and lawyers and psychologists and philosophers, will acknowledge and recognize the power of God in them.

It will be a new and different church from that of the past. It will be one that will go from glory to glory with shepherds who will love the sheep and even die for the sheep. They will stand between the enemy and His body.

The body of Christ, which is just a baby in its infancy, will group up into maturity under its new leadership, so that they may grow up and possess the gates of the enemy. It will be a time when the meek and humble will replace the proud and arrogant ones who lead the church. For God’s word is true:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. Matthew 5:3-8

“For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11

Contrary to what carnal ones teach and preach God is in no hurry to close down planet earth and rapture the church, as there are many people who are still be saved, healed, filled with the Spirit and made whole. In addition the church of Jesus Christ is not the power house it is going to be. For Jesus Christ didn’t die on the cross needlessly for the whole world to glorify death and sin in the last days.

God is going to have the mightiest Full Gospel church that man has ever seen and over a billion souls will come in one great wave. It will be a body filled with His Spirit and His blood shall flow through their veins. It will be a church that will take a generation to build and to mature.

The next forty years is a time when the church will rise up and become the body of Christ that takes the authority that God has given to it. God didn’t make His people to be pussycats, He made them lions; He made them to take the prey in these last days; He made them to deal with those who are their enemies. It will be a church full of God’s fire and the baptism of fire, which is a spirit of holiness and have put on all of His nature. For when the soul is born it will never die only go to a new place, determined by how that soul behaved and received God on earth. Sad to say so many end up in the wrong place. But they have made their choice. There is yet billions on the earth who need to know this truth. God will His remnant to reveal it to them, because He knows they love them as He does.

The church of the next century is not going to be a defeated church but a victorious church that will overcome the world the flesh and the devil. It will be composed of God’s true ones who will keep their spirit pure, clean and full of God. It will be a church that will pray in the Spirit and trusting God’s power to deliver them and to remain delivered. Its members will harbor no resentment, bitterness, or unforgiveness toward anyone. It will be a bride which say, “The Holy Spirit and I are ready” and victorious in every way.

God is calling forth His body of Christ to walk upon the earth, where the very earth itself does tremble at their footsteps, and to where the heathen does tremble at their words, because they will have power over life and death, over storm and fire, and all the things of nature. And by their word, by their word, that they speak, as they mature in Christ, will there be life or death as they do say, ‘rain or drought’. That’s what will happen as they learn too literally loose God’s prayers in a brand new way.

God’s true ones will walk in His strength and truth and live by it and hold to it as a strong anchor. They will prophecy and have visions and dreams on their beds. God will give them all of Himself. They will walk in His Spirit and live by His Spirit in the Fear of the Lord and be taught by the Holy Spirit. For God’s word is true:

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:12-16

God will bestow upon them His Royal Crown of life and provision and protection and abundance. They will be full of a new anointing which will break the yoke of bondage of religion that has held many back including religious spirits of legalism, opinion, debate, judgment and criticism.

But there will be a shaking of carnal Christians and ministries and secular ones who worship other gods instead of solely of the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Jesus Christ. Everything that can be shaken will be shaken. The ministries that have taken the Lord’s provision and consumed it on themselves rather than dispensing it on those, for whom it was intended, will see considerable shaking

The present church is so closely interwoven with the world that even the judgments intended for the world will have a subsidiary effect on the church because of this unholy alliance. The church will be separated from the world as Israel was separated from Egypt in the land of Goshen. Separation is required so that it does not partake of the world’s judgment or of the sins of others.

Sudden storms will touch down in the lives of those who have persecuted, rejected and ignored Gods true ones. Those who reject the words of God’s true prophets must pay the price for their arrogance and hard heartedness just as God has promised. As they not only rejected them they rejected God. In so many ways they have rejected God for when He sent many others to them for love, counseling and fellowship they where unavailable, too important or busy with nothing of Christ to care for the ones He had sent.

Their talents were never meant for only themselves and their betterment. They were meant for service to God and His Kingdom. Their gifts were not license to do as they pleased, to believe they have arrived and have become perfect. It meant they had to hold tighter to Him than ever before because their pride would destroy them if they didn’t. Their carnal, frail ways have quickly taken them away from Him and destroyed them.

So too now they will be truly destroyed because they have ignored God’s warning through His humble servants and refused to listen to His voice within them. They have chosen the world and vain philosophies to serving Him in simplicity and truth. God will do to them as they did to His humble servants. When they cry He will not hear. When they face calamity He will not see. When they draw their last breath He will not sigh. As they had no compassion for the suffering of their own brethren He has no compassion for them. Their destruction has come upon them and they will be no more shortly.

The true church of Jesus Christ will be led and filled with a glory cloud. This cloud that will be a provision for the faithful and it will also produce judgment for others especially the carnal ones. For God’s word is true:

And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them. So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night.

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.

Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the LORD looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians. And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians.” Exodus 14:19-25

God is delivering and blessing His people and bringing judgment on those who oppressed them. . He is moving the  mountains out of their way unlike others who are getting mountains moved into their path. He has not stopped being what He is and He will defend the righteous ones and destroy the half-hearted ones. God has and will continue to separate the good and the bad, the sheep and the goats. He has not stopped in what He is doing blessing some cursing others, promoting some demoting others, killing some and giving life to others:

After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”

And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. “For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. “Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix  double for her. Revelation 18:1-6

In the new Full Gospel church of Jesus Christ, the deeds and works of the Spirit will replaced those of the flesh. False prophets and preachers and pastors will be exposed and destroyed as all the secret things will be made known and brought out into the open. God will judge between the shepherds and deal with those who are doing their own thing. Men will distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.

Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, And the LORD listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the LORD And who meditate on His name. “They shall be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts,

“On the day that I make them My jewels . And I will spare them As a man spares his own son who serves him.” Then you shall again discern Between the righteous and the wicked, Between one who serves God And one who does not serve Him. (Malachi 3:16-18)

People will distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, and those who serve the Lord and those who do not  serve Him. Hypocrites will be exposed:

Therefore the LORD said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men, Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work Among this people,  A marvelous work and a wonder; For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, And the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.”

Woe to those who seek deep to hide their counsel far from the LORD, And their works are in the dark; They say, “Who sees us?” and, “Who knows us?” (Isaiah 29:13-15)

God’s true ones who had the spirit of Joshua and Caleb and had followed the Lord fully will first go into the Lord’s provided place of rest. This will be an arena of refuge, protection, and provision. It will also be a place of intimate fellowship and communion with Him as Friend. However, for those with hardness of heart that refuse the spirit of burning and close their ears to the voice of the Spirit, these will understand that the Lord is an avenger of evil deeds. For God’s word is true:

Then the LORD said: “I have pardoned, according to your word; “but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD- “because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice, “they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it. “But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it. Numbers 14:20-24


Chapter 28

Rejoice In The Lord Always

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God. Ephesians 5:18-21

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.  Philippians 4:4-9

Apostle Paul through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit gives us a few of the keys to having victory in our lives over all things including giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God, rejoice in the Lord always and be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Now Apostle Paul was not talking through his hat but about something that he practiced daily and proved to be real in his life and negative circumstances. He gave thanks always for all things and praised God in all circumstances. And God’s word tells us what Apostle Paul went through:

For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many. 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness- besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches. 2 Corinthians 11:24-28

Yes, we praise God not because of the trouble that comes to us thereby making us burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despair even of life, but because we have the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us and does deliver us and will continue to do so. It was naturally that when the disciples saw that their boat was filling with water their minds perceived danger and they were fearful and ran to Jesus. But what did Jesus say when He woke up? And he said unto them, Why are ye fearful? Have ye not yet faith? (Mark.4:40) If Jesus was in the boat, what were they worried about? Jesus is always in the boat with us. What are we worried about? We are just to have faith and give thanks always for all things in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for He will perfect all that concerns us as in Christ we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, (Ephesians1:11). Everything that God is doing, He is doing according to the counsel of His own will. Yes, God rules over all and we can trust His way and His word. His word is unchanging:

As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. “For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?  God is my strength and power, And He makes my way perfect. 2 Samuel 22:31-33

Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” Psalm 50:15

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.” Psalm 91:14-16

Those who disagree with God’s word or add or remove things from it are not going to prosper in God just as sure as the sun rises each day! God’s word is true no matter what anybody thinks about it. The LORD kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and brings up. The LORD makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory. Yes it’s God, not Satan or men, who wounds and kills. The latter are only vessels but it’s God who has all authority in heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18) and who does all these things because He is the righteous judge. It is God who promotes and demotes. It is God who works on us from both directions. He sent the curse to turn us from sin, and He sent our Savior to deliver those that do. And He tell us, “I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal.” So if we cooperate with Him, we shall be saved, healed, delivered, blessed and prospered but if we don’t we shall become sick and die for God’s word is unchanging:

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”

If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.

Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears Hebrews 12:1-17

One of the primary reasons God’s people are chastised and miss the blessings of God is because of unrepentance and unbelief. All of God’s blessings are conditional on our repentance and believing. God’s meets us at the point of our need when we meet His conditions, and not before! God’s ministers who are in agreement with God administer His gifts of healing, deliverance, and provision to the ones who are in line for God’s blessings through repentance, faith, and justification. And that is why many don’t get healed because  they have not meet God’s conditions. God’s word is unchanging:

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, Acts 3:19

“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, Acts 17:30

Physically we are what we eat. Spiritually we are what we spiritually eat. By consuming and digesting and obeying the Word of God, we are delivered from the curse and manifest our sonship and blessings! When God makes a condition in the Word for His benefits, we must meet that condition. The gospel is the power of God to salvation for everyone who repents and believes (Romans 1:16). We cannot expect God’s provisions without believing His Word? Many unbelieving “Christians” endure much hardship because they have not met the condition of “Go your way; and as you  have believed, so let it be done for you.”; “your faith has made you well.”; and “According to your faith let it be to you.” Unbelief robs many of God’s people of many blessings. In His own home town, Jesus could not do many mighty works because of their unbelief (Matthew 13:58; Mark 6:5). So if we have a problem, we should blame ourselves first, not the devil or others, for God’s word is unchanging:

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. Galatians 6:7

“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:37-38

God is God, and there is no other; He is God, and there is none like Him, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’ Calling a bird of prey from the east, The man who executes My counsel, from a far country. Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it. (Isaiah 46:9-11). God is actively involved in everything to do His pleasure and He does it by the words that He puts into the mouth of His servants. God’s word is unchanging:

Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant.” Jeremiah 1:9

Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. Amos 3:7


Chapter 29

I Wish You All Spoke With Tongues

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same  Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills 1 Corinthians 12:4-11.

Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. 1 Corinthians 12:27-28

After being born again and being Baptized with the Spirit the greatest blessing for Sandy and I was to speak in tongues for it not only made real to us all the other gifts of the Spirit but it allowed our spirit to communicate directly with God about anything that troubled us. Hence we understood why Apostle Paul stated:

Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification. 1 Corinthians 14:1-5

Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel. Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed  say “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say? For you indeed give thanks well,  but the other is not edified. I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all; 1 Corinthians 14:12-18

The devil, using carnal Christians, just like he used Peter to speak to Jesus not to go to the cross (Matthew 16:12), has tried to stop believers from praying in tongues and they have been thrown out of so called Christian churches for do it, even though God’s word says Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order. (1 Corinthians 14:39-40). Yet Jesus would say to carnal Christians what He said to Peter:

“Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”  Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?  Matthew 16:13-16

Most Christians don’t understand and appreciate that the carnal man, who is the enemy of God, has to die so that the  spiritual man might live! And the spiritual man doesn’t steal the glory from God or seek his own will? God, who has made man’s mouth, who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind, (Exodus 4:11) doesn’t need what the flesh can give Him in anything at all, but He can do all kinds of things for and through those who live and walk in the Spirit and are truly spiritual and a new man in Christ Jesus! God’s word is unchanging:

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:17-19

“You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. John 15:14-16

We are the friends of Jesus if we do what He commands us including speaking in tongues and putting to death the deeds of the body, including our carnal thinking so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh! Yes, there are basically two kinds of “baptisms” of the Holy Spirit. The baptism by the Spirit which we receive when we are saved we are baptized into the Body of Christ. “For you were baptized by one Spirit into one Body.” This is the Spirit baptism that makes us “one”. As a result, the Holy Spirit indwells us and we have this seal of redemption. And the baptism in the Holy Spirit, is where the Holy Spirit comes upon us to fill us with power (Acts 1:8) and where the gifts of the spirit become available (1 Corinthians 12)

Jesus had two spirits, a born again, human spirit and the Holy Spirit, or Spirit of God. When we are saved, we receive a born again spirit in His image called the “Spirit of Christ.” Only then are we capable of receiving the “Spirit of God” into the holy, born again temple for power and capable of demonstrating power. God’s word is unchanging:

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors-not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Romans 8:5-14

And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Apostle Paul demonstrated that because of the new birth and the Baptism of the Spirit he was now a son of man and a son of God just like Jesus who was the Son of God (spiritual man) dwelling in and empowering the son of man (natural man, Romans 1:3). Paul knew that the authority that was given to man though Adam (Genesis 1:26-28) and was usurped by the devil was now restored back to the sons of God. Hence God’s word records:

Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great  joy in that city. Acts 8:5-8

Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles. Acts 15:12

Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. Acts 19:11-12


Chapter 30

Unless You Repent?

“If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. Matthew 5:29

There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Luke 13:1-3

We have many of God’s people running around the country or sending money to prominent ministries to obtain God’s blessings of healing or deliverance but very few of them have given any consideration to the importance of repentance even though God’s word tells them:

“When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:13-14

Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:1-10

The Word of God tells us to examine ourselves as to whether we are in the faith. Test ourselves. Do you not know  yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?-unless indeed you are disqualified (2 Corinthians 13:5). It also tells us to judge ourselves less God judges us. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. (1 Corinthians 11:31). It  also tells us to submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from us. Draw near to God and He will draw near to us.  Humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift us up! the reality of life is that there are many people who don’t examine or judge themselves concerning their character and spiritual matters just like they don’t examine or check themselves to see if they are sick. We had a dear friend of ours who disliked doctors amongst other things and refused to see them until one day he became really sick. But by then it was too late for the doctors had discovered that cancer has spread all over his body. And he died about a week later. We cannot allow things in our lives to go unchecked or out of control or we will pay the price of our foolishness in the disastrous consequences that will follow – as they always do. God’s word is unchanging:

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:7-10

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. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. James 5:14-16

God is the Way-Maker, the wind in the storm, the harvester, the Changer and the Shifter. No one can stand in His path. He opens and closes all doors. Not all who call on God saying ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter His Kingdom, but only those who are truly worthy and open and desire His Will and not their own. God knows who they are. He knows His true servants. He is not fooled by men’s outward appearance and behavior. He is not fooled, nor taken away by very whim of man. He has remained longsuffering and forbearing, trying to give room for a change of heart, yet men have not opened themselves to Him nor have they changed.

God expects His people to do what’s right. He expects them to bring justice and judge rightly. They have no choice in this. They must do what is right. They must act with righteousness. They must seek justice and wisdom. They must uphold truth at all costs! They have no choice they must do it. He has called them to do it. He did not give them the right to pick and choose their preferences of what they do. He told them directly. He commanded them to do what is right. They have their orders from their Commander-in-Chief!   

But God is upset with their willful wayward ways. He is literally shocked that they can’t do what’s right and hear Him calling them! He is furious with them and His wayward ones will pay the price for their self-righteousness. He will have it no other way because they have turned their back on Him when they turned it on righteous, justice and truth.

God’s true ones must let Him be their confidence, strength and high tower. They are to run to Him and He will provide for them all they desire and need. Pleasures should not be the priority of existence on this earth to His people. Material gain should not be what counts. God will provide but it is not of paramount importance. What counts is–are the needs of the fatherless, widowed, imprisoned and dying meet? Has hope been provided to the end of their days? Has peace be provided to every dying sheep in the pastures out there? The shepherds alone should not be doing this job. All of God’s people should be doing this job and not just the leaders. Ten percent must do ninety percent of the work. Why? God has ordained everyone with hands and feet and time to give. He wants more from His people. He wants much, much more. He is tired of waiting to see what they will do. It is time for them to turn to Him and look into His face and go and do what He has commanded them to do. They must do what He has called them to do? They are called to do His will in good service to others. To love and forgive and care and carry the burdens of others. To make the yoke easier not heavier. To give new hope and spring in their step. This is possible through the empowerment of His people as they depend on Him and receive His power, gifts and word. They must act and go do what Good has called them to do. It is in the word, let them do it.

God’s call through the prophets is to tell His people what they already know. To call them to action, to love, to work, to heartfelt trust, to do what He has ordained them to do. To obey His Word and His commandments in the Bible. Then they will be in His true service and doing His perfect will. Albeit, not perfectly. But God looks at the heart not the perfection of the effort. But effort must be put forth in order to bring results. The ox must tread the grain or else it has not worked. God’s ox must willingly go to work or their will be no harvest and no revival. No souls saved and changed and healed. Only work will do this. God people must go to work and His people must pray that the Lord of the harvest will but workers into the fields to harvest for great is the harvest but the laborers are few.

Any ministry must be of God. It must reflect His person and power and promises and definitely God’s presence. Their love for people must be deep and their dedication sure. But all of God’s servants must be warned not to let success, fortune and fame go to their heads or their children. They must walk in humility and love and peace and joy in God. Turn it all to Him and give Him all the Glory and He will bless them more than every imagined possible. They must say very close to Him and spend time with Him regularly. They must not be afraid of the gifts and walk in assurance of His presence and control.

God’s true ones are not to be concerned for finances and help, as God will provide all. They are to walk very close to Him. Ask everything of Him. They are not to be arrogant in their own conceit but walk in tenderness and compassion towards others. They are not to dress proudly or walk proudly for its God’s gift and His work He is giving them the privilege of watching Him do this through them.

God still rules in the kingdom of men and gives to whomever He chooses the right to rule. His dominion is an everlasting dominion; His kingdom is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does what ever He wants even among the inhabitants of the earth. All of His works are truth and His ways are justice and those who walk in pride He is more than able to put down. Even in this day and age that we live in God gives grace to the humble and resists and puts down the proud. These are truths that many of God’s people are still to learn the hard way. God’s word tells of a proud one who did not listen to prophet Daniel nor take his advice and what happened to him:

This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king: They shall drive you from men, your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make you eat grass like oxen.

They shall wet you with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses. And inasmuch as they gave the command to leave the stump and roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be assured to you, after you come to know that Heaven rules.

Therefore, O king, let my advice be acceptable to you; break off your sins by being righteous, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps there may be a lengthening of your prosperity.”

All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. At the end of the twelve months he was walking about the royal palace of Babylon. The king spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?”

While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you! And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.”

That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like  oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.

And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: for His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him, “What have You done?”

At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and splendor returned to me. My counselors and nobles resorted to me, I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me.

Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down. (Daniel 4:24-37)


Chapter 31

Resist The Devil

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 1 Peter 5:6-10

God does send the devil sometimes so that we can learn to overcome evil but He also sends the devil so that He can whip us when we are not in the will of God. What we need to do is look behind the devil, who is only a vessel of dishonor, and see God who rules over all! In all circumstances God has promised us victory over the devil. And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. (Romans 16:20).

If we are not having real victory over the devil it’s because we have given room to the devil. We cannot cast out unclean spirits from others if we ourselves have unclean spirits? God’s word is unchanging:

Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy  Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:25-32

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:18

Jesus has given us authority and power over the devil’s power and all negative circumstances. And if we are not observing all that Jesus has commanded us, including about not causing offenses to others, we will not be able to overcome the devil but he will overcome us for God’s word is unchanging:

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ “But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, “leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. “Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Matthew 5:21-25

God will use the demons to make us pay for a sin of the will of not observing what He has commanded us to observe. The prison here is spiritual bondage to sin and the curse, administered by the demons. Jesus came “. . . to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; (Isaiah .61:1).  Willful disobedience throws us back into the prison that Jesus delivered us from. Jesus bore all sin; He also bore the penalty for all sin, except willful disobedience. Notice that there is “no more a sacrifice” for that sin. We should have “a certain fearful expectation of judgment.”

Many of us have been lied to about the cleansing of the blood. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John. 1:7) The blood cleanses the one who walks in the light of the Word, not in the darkness of willful disobedience. Willful disobedience will bring certain judgment. We will pay the penalty for this sin here and now.

David sinned willfully with Bathsheba. When he repented, Nathan the prophet said, “The Lord also hath put away thy sin,” but he also said, “The sword shall never depart from thy house.” This proved true, for David lost three sons and many people. His own son Absalom won the sympathy of the people and usurped the kingdom. David had to flee for his life. We do not spank our children for failure or mistakes, but for willful disobedience. God’s word is unchanging:

“Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. “And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. “But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. “The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ “Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.

“But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ “So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ “And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. “So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done.

“Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. ‘Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ “And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.” Matthew 18:23-35

Everything we need has been made available to us through Jesus who is our all sufficient one (Romans 5:1; Romans 6:23; Romans 11:36; Ephesians 2:7). We have power (authority) over the power (ability) of demonic forces (Luke 10:19). Although we cannot stand against the Enemy in our own power (Ephesians 6:10) but our authority is through Jesus. Hence we can command the devil to cease all His attacks against us through our authority that is in the name of Jesus. We can demand the Devil submit to the Word, to loose his hold and to stop his operations against us and our loved ones. The Enemy doesn’t want us to use our right of the New Covenant of Faith to demand, forbid and permit but God’s word is unchanging:

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. John 14:12-14

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.   Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:11-13

Yes we don’t have to tolerate sickness, diseases, poverty, lack, oppression or depression but we can take authority over it. We can do what God’s word commands us to do;

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:18-20

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; “they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. Mark 16:15-20


Chapter 32

The God Of A Breakthrough

Now when the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went out against them. Then the Philistines went and made a raid on the Valley of Rephaim. And David inquired of God, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” And the LORD said to him, “Go up, for I will deliver them into your hand.” So they went up to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there. Then David said, “God has broken through my enemies by my hand like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore they called the name of that place Baal Perazim. 1 Chronicles 14:8-11

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

Because David sought and inquired of the LORD as what to do with his enemies, who were upset that David had been anointed king over all Israel, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” And the LORD said to him, “Go up, for I will deliver them into your hand.” So they went up to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there.

Yes victory and breakthrough comes from God to those who not only seek Him but inquire of Him as what to do in their negative situation! But presumption of any kind doesn’t give victory. For example Joshua upon the instruction of the LORD marched around the Wall of Jericho for seven days as per God’s instruction and the walls came tumbling town. But if any Christian walks around any walled city they will not come down no matter what because God didn’t tell them to do it! And God’s word is unchanging:

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33

“Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Matthew 10:8

He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.  “Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? “And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own? “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Luke 16:10-12

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15

We have false prophets, , deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ, amongst us who claim to be ministers of Christ and who are talking about financial breakthrough and wealth transfer but cannot and have not demonstrated it in their own lives or ministries. It’s scriptural that liars, scoundrels and thieves amongst us who say that they are Christians have not demonstrated any financial breakthrough or wealth transfer cannot give or preach to others what they have not received! And Evangelist /Pastor Gordon Williams http://gordwilliams.com/ has stated

God does not like greedy people who “covet” other people’s possessions. And, that is exactly what people do when they want to claim, “the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just” (Prov. 13: 22) or “the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance” (Zech. 14: 14). In The New Covenant, Jesus has made it clear that , just as in the Old Testament, God does not like greedy people (1 Cor. 5: 10; 6: 10) and makes it clear that such people will not “inherit the kingdom of God”. Jesus said, “people cannot “worship God and Mammon” (Matt. 6: 24; Lk. 16: 13). Mammon is the god (demon) of wealth by which the Commandment, “Thou shalt not covet” (Ex. 20: 17) exposes the greedy. What is happening in too many ministries and personal Christian’s lives in that they are disguising their greediness for money and material wealth as a form of “holiness”. In the end, they will lose it all and their salvation.

Jesus told the “Parable of the Dishonest Steward” (Lk. 16: 1 – 13) to let us know that the people of the kingdom of darkness are too often smarter than the people of the kingdom. They know how to cut a deal. He is telling us, “And I tell you, make friends with unrighteous mammon, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal habitations” (Lk. 16: 9). In other words invest your money in God’s kingdom and be a smart investor in His work so that when it fails, like today’s economical recession, Jesus will look after you. “He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is not your own? No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will b e devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Lk. 16: 10 – 13).

So, what I see Jesus saying here is “Why would God entrust you with somebody else’s wealth, especially His, if you are cheating him with the money you already have? Why would He give anybody else’s money to pseudo-Christians who are not being faithful to Him with the little they have but are coveting the wealth of the heathen and unsaved people? Why would He entrust any of us with other people’s wealth when we have not been tithing 10 percent of our income to Him, when we have not been giving offerings to the ministries to whom He directs people to give, when people do not give alms so the poor can be looked after? Even our God’s grace does not overlook the greediness and selfishness of so-called believers who are not witnessing for Him, who are resisting the Holy Spirit, who love false prophecy, who do not go to the unsaved daily to offer them salvation, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, healing, deliverance and who will not listen to what the Holy Spirit has to say to the churches?

Paul tells us clearly, “And my God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philip. 4: 19). He is saying, “God will supply our needs not our greeds.” Too many church people think that their greeds are their needs. When God gives us wealth, it is to be used to be invested in His Kingdom. The Bottom Line is supposed to be “souls saved, baptized with the Holy Spirit, healed, delivered and witnessing with the signs following (Mk. 16: 17 – 18) and ministering to the needs of other people with the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 12: 6 – 8; 1 Cor. 12: 8 – 10).

The Bottom Line is not dollars which are spent on the wrong things and are not invested into the kingdom of God. I pointed this to some businessmen that the money that they are making in their businesses are not so they could have bigger and more houses, cars, motor cycles, boats and yachts, extravagant living. It was not for their personal use. They were shocked and confused and angry. I told them that they needed to read what James says about wealth. “Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will b e evidence against you and will eat you flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for the last days” (Jas. 5: 3). I have a friend in B.C. who through prayer got the idea to start walk-in dentist offices in shopping malls. Within a short time he was a millionaire. He asked for my advice about making some expensive purchases of men’s toys, larger mansion, bigger boats, automobiles. I asked him if he was tithing from his wealth. He looked at me as if I were crazy. He didn’t believe that he had to tithe or give to ministries or give to help the poor. I cautioned him that he was cheating God and if he did not start giving God His share of the wealth, then He would lose it all. He laughed at the very suggestion.  Two years later he was bankrupt.

God shows some patience for a short time and then He will pull the plug on our greediness and misuse of His money. I have learned right from the start of our ministry that Jesus would look after the finances as long as I looked after His ministry. If I don’t do the ministry that He wants done, according to Scripture, He cannot entrust me with a lot of money. For people to go looking backwards to the Old Testament promises that are not carried forward is to invite disaster and financial disaster. By the way, the LORD gave a solemn warning in Deuteronomy 8: 19 – 20, “And if you forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you this day that you shall surely perish. Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God”. With the promise is also a warning.

Present day Israel, in Palestine is suffering the rejection of their Messiah: Jesus Christ. However, those both Jews and non-Jews who have received Jesus Christ as their Messiah, Saviour, Lord and God and who are obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit, know that when we have done all that Jesus has commanded us and given us more than we deserve can say, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty” (Lk. 17: 10). We are not our own. We have been bought with a price. Any of us who think that we can covet anybody’s wealth on the basis of greed by quoting any Scripture verse in the Old or New Testament will know that their heart will betray them because we cannot hide our motives from Jesus who said, “O generation of vipers, how can you being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the mouth, the heart speaketh” ( Matt. 12: 34).  This is why so many people on TV and Radio, and I question whether we can call it Christian media are so shocked when Jesus exposes their false ministries. We are, as Peter wrote, “As each has received a gift (charis), employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Pet. 4: 10). This way we all can live an abundant live and “prosper and be in health, even as our soul prospereth” (3 Jn. 2).

The bible does record of wealth transfer by God on a one to one basis for the righteous who are not proud and arrogant but humble! And the bible tells us that:

Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. Genesis 6:5-8

He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that  you through His poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and He is the God of the one righteous person including Noah, Jesus and  others. As a result I believe in wealth transfer from the wicked to the righteous for that one person who is humble does justly, loves mercy, and walks humbly with God! We see many examples of wealth transfer in the bible to anointed ones who were righteous from the evil anointed ones who were unrighteous.

Dhinakarans of Jesus Call http://www.prayertoweronline.org/  talk about how God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. (1 Peter 5:5):

We cry out to God during the times of need or when we are pushed to such a situation where human help fails. And the Lord shows us His compassion and delivers us from our trouble. But after receiving God’s help we become elated with pride and forget Him completely. We become ungrateful. Similarly, Hezekiah also became haughty and forgetful of God.

“And many brought…presents to Hezekiah, King of Judah so that he exalted in the sight of all nations thereafter.” (2 Chronicles 32:23)

King Hezekiah humbled himself before God when all his enemies surrounded him. He had no chance of victory in that battle. He cried, “Lord, Do help me this time.” The Lord had compassion on him. He sent His angel and destroyed all his enemies. He granted him a resounding victory. The fame of King Hezekiah spread in all directions. This made him puffed up with pride. (2 Chronicles 32:25, 26)

When King Hezekiah lay sick at the death’s door, the Lord had compassion on him and healed him. He added fifteen years to his span of life. Even then he was not faithful to God. Though the Lord had performed so many miracles in his life, he still remained proud. As a result of his haughtiness, God set Himself against him. The Bible says: “God resists the proud” (1 Peter 5:5).

The Lord set Himself against Hezekiah. God’s wrath descended on Hezekiah. But once again he humbled himself before God saying, “Lord, Be merciful upon me. I will declare to the people all the favors that You have showed me. I will give glory to You alone hereafter. It is by Your grace that I live in this world. It is by Your grace that I am saved from my enemies. By Your grace I was restored to health. It is because of Your grace that people honor and praise me.”

The blessings of God descended again upon Hezekiah. He became fabulously rich. He made himself treasuries to hoard his gold and silver, storehouses for his corn, grain and stalls for his livestock. The Lord exalted him in all respects. (2 Chronicles 32:27 – 30)

It is a fact that what God has done for Hezekiah, Mordecai, Jehosaphat and David, He can do for others? He can bless them greatly because they are humble and righteous not only in word but in deeds! And God’s word is unchanging:

For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. Galatians 5:5-6

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. Hebrews 6:11-15

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:2-8


Chapter 33

The Apple Of His Eye

For thus says the LORD of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. “For surely I will shake My hand against them, and they shall become spoil for their servants. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me. “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the LORD. Zechariah 2:8-10

The devil would lie to us and tell us that we are nobodies and not important to God, but the truth is that we are priceless and very important for we cost the life of God’s only son to redeem us with His precious blood. We are very valuable to God and there is nothing that He will no do for us especially fill us full of faith and power so that we can do great wonders and signs among the people just like Stephen full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom did. And those who disputed with him were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke (Acts 6:9-10). Yes, in Christ Jesus we have a great inheritance including God Himself. We are forgiven, made clean and reconciled to God. We are saved by the gospel, born again. We are an incorruptible seed, a new creation in Christ and complete in Christ Jesus. We are now free from the control of men and from the law of sin and death. Yes, Christ has set us free from the curse of the law and we are free indeed.

Peace, liberty and God’s glory are our inheritance now. We are God’s property and the temple of the Lord in whom the Holy Spirit lives. We are a branch connected to the vine and His life flows through us. We are now good soil in which the Word of God abides in us and bears much fruit. We are an epistle, a letter of Christ, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. We are servants of the living God demonstrating the power of God in us and through us. We are also fellow citizens with all the saints in the kingdom of God. We are strangers to this world, pilgrims just passing through. We are part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood. We are citizens of a holy nation and one of God’s own special people.

We are also heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ Jesus. We are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to all the promises made to Abraham. Yes, we are members of the household of God with rights and responsibilities. We are led by God’s Spirit and are called to proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. Because of Christ’s light in us, we are the light of the world.  As a result our life brings divine flavor wherever we go for we are the salt of the earth. God has called us priests and kings and has put on us a kingly anointing, that enables us to enforce God’s will on earth. We are also seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus from which we can make heavenly decrees.

We are blessed in the city and in the country. Our children are blessed too. We are blessed in all that we put our hands to. We are blessed when we come in and when we go out. We are above and not beneath, the head and not the tail. God has called us to be a lender and not a borrower for He has freely given us all things through Christ. In Him we are rich as everything that belongs to Jesus belongs to us. The Lord is our shield and exceeding great reward. He covers and protects us. We are filled with His joy, peace, patience and love and freely love others. We freely give to others what we have freely received. His kindness and goodness work powerfully through us and enables us to have gentleness and self-control and display the fruit of the Spirit. Because of the Baptism of the Spirit we speaking in tongues and as believers in Jesus Christ, we cast out demons in His name. We have power over serpents and every work of the enemy; and as God’s ambassador, we lay hands on the sick and they recover.

Because of what Jesus suffered before His death, we are healed from every infirmity and immune from every sickness and disease. We are also endued with power from on high and are strong in the Lord and the power of His might. We overcome the wicked one and the world by the blood of Jesus and the words of our testimony. God’s word is unchanging:

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17

But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.” Galatians 3:11

Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:  “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. Hebrews 10:36-39

Yes, we are born again by faith. We live by faith. We fulfill the will of God in our lives by faith. When we’re sick, we receive healing by faith. When we are broke, we get financial increase by faith. When we have trouble, we get help from God by faith. We receive anything and everything that we need from God…by faith – not by works or perspiration but by faith! Faith is simply believing what God says in His Word is true. Faith is trusting what God says more than we trust our natural senses or what other people say. Faith is believing God enough to talk and act as if His Word is true, even when circumstances around us would seem to indicate  that it’s not.

By faith we resist the devil, who is out to steal our health, our wealth and our blessings by any means. We don’t give to him what Jesus gave to us, including divine health and divine prosperity. When devil pressures us with symptoms, circumstances and discouraging lies, we continue to believe God and His word. We keep our eyes upon God and confess His word no matter what. When symptoms of sickness come, we resist those symptoms and speak faith. We tell the devil to go away and we don’t accepting the sickness that he wants to put on us because Jesus healed us two thousand years ago. He paid the price for us to be well and the devil can take his symptoms and go to hell where he belongs.

Yes, Jesus heals sick bodies today! How much better, and more scriptural, it is to wait until Jesus of Nazareth passes by and speaks the word of faith to the needy heart, than to mistake our belief in healing for the faith which He alone can give. It is our privilege to take our troubles and our cares to Him in prayer. Within our heritage is the right to draw apart from the world to the sacred place of communion, where “Heaven comes down, our souls to greet, and glory crowns the Mercy. By faith we hold fast to the Word of God and absolutely, positively, refusing to give up until we see God’s promises manifested in our lives. We don’t cast away our confidence, which hath great reward. We have patience, that, after we have done the will of God, we will receive the promise for the just shall live by faith and he doesn’t draw back to perdition but believe to see our salvation.

We receive what God has promised us—whether that is healing or any other scriptural blessing—because we believe it not just with our head but with our heart. When we hear lies to the contrary, we don’t buy them. We are fully persuaded of what God says that we act as if it’s true even when natural circumstances look like it’s not. We don’t quit when the going gets tough. But we stand until we see our desired results of what God has promised us. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) Hence we tell the devil we are healed and delivered and blessed and prospered and our end is better than our beginning. We confidently put the devil under our feet where he belongs and step boldly into a  future full of the promises and provisions of God! God’s word is unchanging:

“For indeed I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown. “I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. “I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bear young; I will make you inhabited as in former times, and do better for you than at your beginnings. Then you shall know that I am the LORD. Ezekiel 36:9-11

Now while I was speaking, praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God, yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. “At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision: Daniel 9:20-23


Chapter 34

Let Him Pray

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But the prayer of the upright is His delight. Proverbs 15:8

The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 15:29

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 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. And  the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would  not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. James 5:13-18

It has been said that God does nothing except His people pray. And the Bible tells us that the Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayers of the righteous and is pleased by them. Apostle James presented to us powerful lesson on the prayer of faith. He has told us that if anyone is in trouble, he should pray. If anyone is happy, he should sing songs of joy. And if anyone is sick, the elders of the church should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. Whatever the need is, general or specific, we should stand together in prayer for those needs to be met.

Prayer that is offered in faith can make the sick person well.  If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. We are to confess our faults to each other and pray for one another. If we do these things we can know that any concern we have for others, whether for salvation, healing, or financial need, God will hear and answer that prayer.

Prayer for another is also an outreach of God’s love through us to other people. It is something we can do for anyone, anytime, and anyplace. It is definitely something we all need. It costs so little to give, only our time and spiritual energy, but it reaps so much good in return. If we will trust in Him, the results are priceless. There is no problem that can stand against prayer – the fervent earnest prayer of a righteous man. Poverty can’t stand against it. Family problems can’t stand against it. Nothing the devil can do can stop the victory. We are to keep praying. Keep believing. And before long, the forces of God will come bursting through, demolishing every obstacle in our path in due season! God’s word is unchanging:

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1

I said in my heart, “God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, For there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.” Ecclesiastes 3:17

Because for every matter there is a time and judgment, Though the misery of man increases greatly. Ecclesiastes 8:6

Connie Giordano. http://www.walkingintruth.org/ stated about time and judgment and counsel:

God has an exact, prefixed, set, appointed, or appropriate time and way for every matter or event – including judgment or the discharge of justice. Oftentimes, His timing conflicts with man’s purposes and commands – especially that of leaders and rulers. All is determined and appointed by His counsel and foreknowledge. Since it is not given to man to know the future – unless the Lord supernaturally reveals it to him – it is in his wisdom to expect and be ready or prepared for sudden changes to happen at any time and in any place.     

Because man does not consider the sovereignty and wisdom of God – in ultimately being in total control of all matters – he frequently runs into trouble – experiencing “great” grief, distress, harm, adversity, calamity, sorrow, and trouble.

He cannot live his life on his own. He may try, but his end will always result in what Solomon confirmed in Ecclesiastes 8:6 – “…the misery of man is great upon him.”

The truth of the matter is – We all need God – His Wisdom, Counsel, and Understanding of all things. We cannot solve our problems on our own nor discern the right way from the wrong – simply because we are not that smart or gifted to know such things.

Therefore, God offers us His “counsel” -

Proverbs 8:14 says – “Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom…”

Proverbs 19:20 says – “Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.”

Proverbs 19:21 says – “…the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.”

Proverbs 21:30 says – “There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.”

…Look to the Lord and His Word first. Then allow Him to lead and guide you to godly counselors – “the multitude of counselors” – who will offer you sound advice based on His Word and led by His Spirit.

Through prayer and God’s guidance and counsel in Him alone we will find help, deliverance, rescue, prosperity, the accomplishment and fulfillment of our visions and dreams as given by the Lord, as well as victory over all our enemies. And God’s word is unchanging:

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, And gathered out of the lands, From the east and from the west, From the north and from the south. They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; They found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, Their soul fainted in them. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He delivered them out of their distresses. And He led them forth by the right way, That they might go to a city for a dwelling place. Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness. Psalm 107:1-9

Fools, because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted. Their soul abhorred all manner of food, And they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. Psalm 107:17-20

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:11

Walter Kambulow

June 1, 2008

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Burlington, Ontario



[i] Generational Curses & Sins Of the Fathers, Rev. Curtis

[ii] Life is in the Blood by Larry Ollison

About thenonconformer

I am a Canadian, retired and I do have a civil engineering degree, Concordia University , Montreal 1968, plus I had worked as a Remax Realtor in Calgary too. Now in my decades of real life experiences in Canada I surely do know that that the still too often unenforced existing laws, and too many mostly poor, bad pretentious justice ministers, mostly bad regulating societies, really bad governments they all clearly did not stop even the too many bad Realtors, bad Lawyers, bad Pastors, bad Doctors and bad Nurses, or even the bad RCMP, bad cops now, plus the much too many bad Corporations too, like Bell or Rogers from offering their bad servioes, or their cheating, stealing, lying too, abusing the citizens, and the customers, others. It all does not mean that I toodo have to accept any of it still too. It also next does not mean I accept lies, slanders, insults now too even about me quitely too... from crooks who do not like me exposing them, telling the truth to all http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/
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