Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Ignite the Fire

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Close up of a lightening strike on tree bowl.

10 Points of Revelation 3:18
“I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.” NASB

1 God advises us ~ Respond to the Lord's advice from the Scriptures. Luke 8:15

2 Buy from God ~ Serve God from your heart, like the man who found the hidden treasure who sold all to get the treasure. Matthew 13:44

3 What is gold ~ Gold refers to the good works we do because of God's love flowing from us to others. 1 Peter 1:7

4 Refined by fire ~ Fire refines the work and turns it to gold as we work through the fires of life. Work is refined as we give God glory instead of complaints in the midst of the fire. Zechariah 13:9 1 Cor 3:13

5 Become rich ~ not through possessions Luke 12:15; but having renewed your mind Romans 12:2 to use the promises of God for Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:20

6 Buy white garments ~ white garments come from being washed in the blood. Revelation 12:11 How do we get this blood? We work out our salvation Philippians 2:12 by believing God and not our accuser. John 6:29

7 Clothe yourself ~ After believing God has washed us clean from sin, we put on righteousness and step out in service. Righteousness is put on by believing in what Christ has done for us. Isaiah 52:1,2

8 Cover shame of nakedness ~ Our old self is sinful and useless for Kingdom use. We cover our nakedness by believing in Jesus and what He did for us. Matthew 22:12

9 Buy eye salve to anoint eyes ~ This salve heals you from only seeing in the natural. It is a decision to believe what Jesus said and not what you see in the natural. Jeremiah 46:11

10 Eyes to see ~ Ability to see in the spirit what God has promised before it can be seen in the natural. Ephesians 1:18  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Romans 8:13

Romans 8:13 “for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

We try to stop sinning in ourselves, by our flesh by keeping rules. At first keeping rules to stop sin seems good. But it doesn't work. Col 2:20-23 By the Spirit we put to death the deeds of the body by turning from focusing on ourselves to serving Christ according to the leading of the Spirit.

Gal 5:16,18 “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
18 “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.”

It is the law the brings sin into focus. When we turn our focus to Christ we have freedom. What we feed grows. When we turn our mind to Christ our spirit revives and we grow. Phil 4:8,9

Paul refers to himself 53 times in Romans 7. In Romans 8 he refers instead to the Spirit. The answer is to focus on Christ and do that by living for Him.

If instead we focus on our natural desires, our spirit is unused and we cease to be effective in spiritual matters.

When we are letting the Spirit direct us Rom 8:14 we are putting to death the deeds of the body by being active in serving Christ.

I start my day by speaking life. If I feel down at the start of the day I speak life. If I feel great, I start my day by speaking life. If I don't feel anything, I start my day by speaking life. And what do I speak about? SCRIPTURE! John 6:63

Have as your purpose to live for Christ. And we do this by loving others. Then you will live. 1 Thes 3:8

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Paycheck to Paycheck

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Let us not live Paycheck to Paycheck in the Spirit.

Are we preparing for the future in our faith or are we just going day to day? Ps 90:12; Heb 12:12,13

Build for future.
Without a vision the people perish. Prov 29:18; Hosea 4:6
Encourage others God's coming through for you. Isa 35:3,4; Job 4:4; Heb 10:25

When trials come to knock you out of faith, your vision/faith gives the the anchor and strength to carry on. Heb 6:19; Rom 5:5

Spend time with Jesus (in truth, not just marking time) to solidify your faith. The more you spend with Him the stronger your faith grows. John 15:1-8

All the great saints lived with abandon. Eccl 9:10; Phil 3:7,12,13; Matt 13:44

Kingdom experienced by zeal. Don't live nonchalant, live with zeal. Live in zeal from the Word of God. Isaiah 9:7; Isa 59:17

But some say, "I'm doing all I can."
Do it calling out to God. Do it holding fast to the promise, help is on the way. Do it praying in tongues. Do it crying out to Jesus.

Some say, "I don't pray in tongues." The Holy Spirit is there for you. Receive Him or open up to Him. He will baptize you. Acts 1:8; Acts 2:4

Don't Quit. God backs up His word for those who believe Him. Ps 119:89; Ps 19:7-9; John 11:40

If you got pain, Jesus is a pain taker. Isa 53:5
Do you have chains, Jesus is a chain breaker. Ps 68:6; Ps 107:14
If you feel lost, Jesus is a way maker. Prov 4:18; Ps 23:4

If you need freedom, Jesus is a prison shaking Savior. John 8:36; Eph 3:12 (taken from Zachariah Williams)

Monday, January 2, 2017

Faith Laws Revised 2017

(Note: These laws are for Kingdom use and not for self indulgence. John 10:10 says Jesus came to give us an abundant life. It also says in Luke 12:15 we are not to be greedy. Even when we have an abundance our life does not consist of our possessions. We can't believe in faith for our own pleasure. James 4:3)

  1. Faith laws are active each time we believe. Romans 3:27 Laws work each time or they would not be laws.
  2. Each of us are given faith. Romans 12:3; 2 Peter 1:1
  3. Forgiveness enables faith to work, while unforgiveness cancels faith. Mark 11:25,26
  4. Our speech has the power of life. Prov 18:20,21 
  5. Our speech has the power of death Proverbs 18:20,21
  6. Faith is a decision. We decided to have faith. Or we continue in the natural. Mark 11:22
  7. We have a part to play in God's plan which is faith, or it won't happen.
  8. We can respond to the command to have faith.  Deut 30:19,20
  9. Command the problem to go. Or cower under the problem Mark 11:23
  10. We can believe what we command or doubt our command. Mark 11:23 The answer will come for those who command with belief. Mark 11:23 Job 22:28
  11. Believe when you ask for something you receive it. The answer comes for those who believe they have received. Mark 11:24
  12. Faith is not half hearted. Search for God with all your heart. Jer 29:13
  13. Faith is eager to get out and start doing what is believed for. Luke 8:15
  14. Praying night and day builds faith. Luke 18:1-8
  15. When your prayer of worry turns to praise. Your prayer is building faith. Philippians 4:6-9
  16. Humble prayers bring the answer while self righteous prayers are useless. Luke 18:9-14
  17. Praying in the Holy Spirit (tongues) builds faith. Jude 201 Corinthians 14:14
  18. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit our prayers build faith. Jude 20
  19. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. Romans 10:17
  20. Spiritual hearing is facilitated by an eagerness to obey what we hear. Luke 8:15
  21. Faith works through love. Galatians 5:6 The purpose of faith is to help others.
  22. When you have love for a person in need, that is faith arising in you. Jesus having compassion for people. Mark 8:2,3
  23. Hope does not disappoint because the Holy Spirit pours out love to us.Romans 5:1-5
  24. Faith is sown in peace. James 3:18
  25. Faith is content not contentious.  Philippians 4:11
  26. Faith is content in the present and believes for the future. Phil. 4:11
  27. Faith has God's peace. John 16:33
  28. Faith needs works. James 2:17
  29. Do what you believe in, or what you do will change your belief. James 1:22
  30. Faith is perfected by works. James 2:22
  31. Faith goes out with joy and peace. Isaiah 55:12
  32. Faith can't coexist with a double mind. James 1:5-8
  33. Faith works to prepares for the future. Noah Genesis 6:22
  34. Faith works for what in the natural would be a waste. Noah Genesis 6
  35. Faith endures. James 1:2-8
  36. Faith understands authority.  The Centurion Luke 7:1-9; David and Saul
  37. Faith does not give up with the lack of an answer. Matt. 15:21f;  Mark 4:24f
  38. The poor are rich in faith. James 2:5
  39. Faith fixes your eyes on Jesus. Hebrews 12:2
  40. Jesus is the author of our faith. What He has written in the Bible brings faith. Hebrews 12:2
  41. Jesus is the finisher of our faith.  We can trust Jesus to give us our faith. Hebrews 12:2
  42. Pride and faith can't coexist Habakkuk 2:4 Faith looks to Jesus, while pride is looking at yourself.
  43. If you seek glory for yourself you are not lifting up Jesus and belief is voided. John 5:44
  44. God opens a door for faith. Acts 14:27 Jesus is the door. (John 10:7)
  45. Serve with no thought of self, increases faith. Luke 17:5-10
  46. Faith is assured of the promise. Hebrews 11:1
  47. Faith does not consider a report or evil report against God's promise. Eph. 6:16; Instead he continues to trust God.Psalm 112:7 Isa 53:1
  48. Praising God, defeats unbelief. Romans 4:20,21
  49. If you can rest in God for the answer, you have faith. Hebrews 4:1
  50. You have to fight for faith. 1 Tim. 6:12 If you can't rest, fight to get to rest in God. 2 Cor 10:3-6; Eph 6:10f
  51. Faith works in Jesus not the understanding of the promise. 2 Corinthians 1:20
  52. Faith is kept. 2 Timothy 4:7 you don't give up. Jude 24 God is able to keep you from stumbling. Luke 8:15 Hold fast the word. 
  53. Hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering. Hebrews 10:23 Speak what God has promised. Luke 8:15 Hold fast the Word. 
  54. Respond with eagerness Ps 110:3; Luke 8:15 contrasted with shrinking back from walking in faith. 
  55. The fear of man brings a snare. Proverbs 29:25 The solution is to fear God. Luke 12:5
  56. Faith does not get disappointed. Faith continues to believe. Romans 10:11
  57. Faith is required because, whatever is not of faith is sin. Romans 14:23
  58. If you doubt if you should do something, don't do it, because it would not be of faith. Romans 14:23
  59. A fleese is not faith. To use a flees is to walk by chance and sight. From weakness was made strong. Hebrews 10:34
  60. Faith is made strong in weakness. Heb. 11:342 Cor. 12:9
  61. Find people that had a good outcome to their life and imitate their faith. Heb. 13:7,8
  62. You can't try faith, you need to believe. Because the test of faith will cause those who try faith to quit.
  63. When we make Jesus Lord with belief is the beginning of faith. Romans 10:9,10
  64. When faith is lacking, love is lacking. Galatians 5:6
  65. Arrogance is not faith. 1 Corinthians 8:1,2 knowing the scriptures is not faith 
  66. Oral Roberts 3 steps of faith. God is your source Phil 4:19. Sow into your need 2 Cor 9. Expect a miracle Mark 11:22-24.
  67. Faith speaks about what you believe in. I believe therefore I speak. 2 Cor 4:13
  68. Faith believes God answers prayer. John 14:14
  69. Our fleshly desires void faith. James 4:3 Romans 8:7 When we get rid of our fleshly desires, faith can arise. 
  70. Friendship with the world voids faith. James 4:4 when we choose Jesus over the world faith is possible.
  71. Faith grows mighty in the battle. To grow stronger we need to be in the fight. Heb. 11:34 1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith
  72. I must die to my fleshly  desires if I am to live by faith. Galatians 2:20
  73. Faith pleases God. We can't please God if we don't have faith. Heb.11:6
  74. Faith believes God rewards those who seek Him. Heb. 11:6
  75. If you have faith you will live by your faith. Habakkuk 2:4Matt. 4:4
  76. Our faith overcomes the world. 1 John 5:4
  77. Faith is ours. 1 John 5:4 It's our faith.
  78. Prayer and fasting builds faith. Matthew 17:20,21
  79. Faith lives by the word, has a dream, is adventurous, and is not affected by the world. Cho
  80. Faith needs courage. 2 Cor 5:6-8
  81. Faith stands before God. Jeremiah 15:19Heb. 4:16
  82. Faith defeats Satan by our actions. Romans 16:19,20
  83. Faith is strengthened by encouragement from others. Hebrews 10:25
  84. Faith is bold. Eph. 3:12
  85. Faith is not led astray by the enemies success of power. Deut 13:1-3
  86. Faith withstands a test from God. Judges 20:18f
  87. Faith continues after defeat. Judges 20:18f
  88. Faith trusts God. Proverbs 3:5,6
  89. Your faith will be tested. 1 Peter 1:7; James 1:2-4
  90. The alternative to faith is rational thinking.
  91. Faith starts with God not with works. Works won't build faith if faith is not there to start with.
  92. Start in the flesh and look for the Holy Spirit to help you, when God has already told you to do something in the Word. Smith Wigglesworth
  93. Faith is based on the hope of the Scriptural promise. Hebrews 11:1
  94. Faith will continue to the end, it will hold fast. Heb 3:63:14;James 1:2-4Rom. 5:1-5
  95. Faith thrives as you are in communion with God.
  96. Faith is NOW. Hebrews 11:1 Faith will act now.
  97. Faith is like a mustard seed. Faith starts small and grows with the right start and use. Matt 17:20
  98. Faith is perishable Hebrews 2:1 Use it or lose it Roy Hicks
  99. Faith is not presumption or denial. Faith comes from hearing the Word of God.
  100. Faith is confident. Phil. 1:6
  101. Scripture will not profit if it is not united with faith. Hebrews 4:2
  102. Faith and fear can't co-exist. Faith believes and fear doubts Luke 8:50
  103. Doubt will kill faith if left unchecked. 2 Cor. 10:3-5 So counter doubt with the promise of God.
  104. Meditation enriches our understanding of the Word of God. Psalm 1:3;Josh 1:8
  105. Faith is maintained by keeping your mind on the Word and rejecting the worry about the problem  2 Cor 10:3-5 Phil 4:6-9
  106. Faith does not fear death. Dan 3:16-18Matt 10:28
  107. Christ dwells in your heart through faith. Eph. 3:17
  108. Faith works as we look to Jesus relying on the love of God. Galatians 5:6Hebrews 12:2
  109. Faith is given to us, but it is our responsibility to use it. Rom 12:32 Peter 2:1Mark 11:22
  110. Expectation & anticipation. Faith expects and anticipates God's answer. Zeph 1:12
  111. Saying, "yes sir", to God's direction, will empower you with more faith to do it. 2 Corinthians 1:20
  112. The better we know God, the more faith we have. John 17:3

How to use these faith laws, and how to move from understanding to faith.
  1.  God will give you promises in your devotional time. Work to make these real. Colossians 1:29; John 6:29
  2. Meditate on the verse. Psalm 119:11; Joshua 1:8
  3. Has God given the promise to you? 2 Cor. 1:20 Is this promise for you? Pray over the verse to have it come real in your life. Have confidence this promise is for you. 
  4. Have the Scripture near by to quote often. Psalm 1:2
  5. Believing God will back up His word, state God is backing up His promise  to you, making it real in your life. Prov 18:20,21; John 6:63
  6. State the promise with expectation. Zeph 1:12
  7. You can tell faith has arrived by confidence, assurance, boldness, love, speaking about it and a true desire to do it. Romans 14:23
  8. Reject doubt with the instructions of 2 Cor. 10:3-6 
  9. If you are doubting if you should be doing something then it is not of faith. Romans 14:23
  10. Ask yourself if you are eager to do what God has promised? 
  11. When you go, go with joy and peace. Isaiah 55:12

 Listen to God's direction when problems persist. James 1:2-8; Isaiah 30:21

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Greater Works

Why can we do greater works than Jesus did? John 14:12,13,14

Because we are facing a defeated foe!

Hebrews 2:14 " Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, "

When you see someone sick, crying, hurting and in need and you walk past them. You have just walked past one of your works God has given you to do.

The person that has the I can in him, should never say I can't. - Smith Wigglesworth

Proverbs 19:17 "One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed." We can give from our need, knowing God will provide for us. 2 Cor 9:8

Friday, December 23, 2016

Romans 8:3

Romans 8:3
"“For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh,
God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh
and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,

What the Law Could Not Do

1. Law was a tutor. Wikipedia states: “A tutor is an instructor who gives private lessons.” Galatians 3:24: “Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.”
2. Law was a shadow. Colossians 2:17: “things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.” In New Living Translation word's, “For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality.” Hebrews 10:4 says, “For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.” The Old Testament law was like writing a check or using a credit card to pay for our sin. The payment would be made later. The check or credit card is a promise to pay later.
3. The law was weak. Romans 7:18 and following explains that the law does not change anything. Flesh still dominates when we try to live by the law. Hebrews 7:18 says the Old Testament commandments were weak and useless.

Jesus was the plan from long ago. Isaiah 53:5-8
Jesus became a man to pay our debt of sin for us, condemning sin in the flesh.
Hebrews 2:14-17

The law was never meant to bring righteousness. It was meant as a tutor to bring us to Christ. (Galatians 3:4) It never would work, as we see how the law tripped up Adam and Eve. It trips each of us because we are not made to keep rules directly.

The law shows us our need. Many reject Christianity because of the many rules they don't want to keep. Yet, because of this very problem, Jesus came. We are not to keep rules but live for Jesus. And living for Jesus will cause us to keep the rules by loving others and God!

People can't love, (with God's kind of love), without the new birth. It is the new birth and Christ in us that empowers us to love. Love supersedes the law because if we love we will obey the law. Love expresses itself in obedience. And it this obedience that the law is seeking for. Jesus takes our eyes off the problem and onto something else. We then become Christ centered rather than self-centered. We need to die to ourselves and live for Christ. Live as Christ centered, not as self-centered.

Romans 7 discusses the inability to live by keeping the rules. Paul mentioned himself a number of times in Romans 7. The end of the chapter states we are free from living under the curse of the law and we can now live in the law of the Spirit of Christ.

What was the law trying to do? It was trying to atone for the sin of the people. The sacrifices were only a type of what Christ was going to do.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Romans 8:2

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.”

Life in the Spirit: The law of the Spirit sets us free from the law of sin and of death. Further passages in Romans 8 show that where we put our mind takes us either to life in the Spirit or to sin and death.

2 Corinthians 3:17 “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.” Galatians 5:13 “you were called to freedom.” Before, there was a struggle, but when the Spirit is introduced or utilized, there is no conflict. Romans 7 talks of the war within. As we live in the law of the Spirit, we are free.

Jesus says in John 6 that we need to eat His flesh and drink His blood to have life. He said this to the Pharisees to get them to stumble over His words. Jesus explains later, in verse 63, that the words He speaks are his flesh. We have life by meditating, pondering, considering and then doing the words of Jesus.

John 1:14 states “the word was made flesh and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth.” Jesus is the word (John 1:1) and he came to earth born of a virgin. When He was of age, He started His ministry.

John 5:24 When we believe what Jesus says, we are eating the words of Jesus. We are taking them into our life and letting them be part of us.

The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus is how the Holy Spirit acts. The Holy Spirit is the giver of life. John. 6:63

A law is a regulation that happens every time. It is not something will happen at times and at other times it won't happen. The law of gravity works all the time. A law will work unless another law will supersede it. The law of aerodynamics will supersede the law of gravity. The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus will supersede the law of sin and of death!

When we set our mind on the things above, we are operating in this law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. What are the things of the Spirit? It is the words of God. (John 6:63) The things of the Spirit is doing what the Word of God says to do. God's words to us are spirit and life. Putting our mind on these words brings life to our spirit. Putting our mind on the things of the Spirit brings life when we believe them and act on them.

What is the law of sin and of death? Taking the above definition and flipping it causes me to believe that if we set our mind on things contrary to God, we are trapped in sin. So, the battle of living in the spirit or the flesh is in our mind. Our mind is where our soul is. The decision of how to live is in our soul or our mind. Our spirit is reborn at salvation. This energizing force within gives us the desire to live for God. Deciding to reject the old way and live in the Spirit of God comes from putting our mind on the things of the Spirit of God.

Romans 7:14,23 talk of this trap of the law of sin. The law of the Spirit will supersede the law of sin and death when we use it. As we renew our mind, (Romans 12:1,2) we don't consider the temptation of Satan, but look to the promise of victory in Christ. Consider the law of gravity. It works every time. But when the law of aerodynamics is used, the law of gravity no longer works. We can fly in the Spirit above the law of sin and death. When we let up and coast, the law of sin and death comes back into play. When we put our mind on the things of the Spirit, the law of sin and death stops working. The next few verses on Romans 8 explain how to use the law of the Spirit.

8 Laws in Romans From Dake Bible notes
Law of Moses Rom 2:12; 3:19; 7:12
Law of nature Rom 2:14,15
Law of faith Rom 3:27; 4:3-5; 11:24
Law of the mind Rom 7:16,21,23
Law of sin 8:23,8:22
Law of righteousness 9:31
Law of God 7:22,25
Law of the Spirit of life, that is the Holy Spirit that works through the redemption of Christ to make free from and to cancel the law of sin and death in all who are in Christ (8:2)