Sunday, April 12, 2020

Healing in Communion

The Resurrection Is The Proof

John 14:1 “Don't let your heart be troubled, you believe in God believe also in Me.”

Healing is freely given to followers of Jesus. Jesus said repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Repentance frees us to receive the blessings from God. The teaching on Communion explains that no repentance is the reason for not receiving from God the promise of healing. Come to God with pure motives and judge yourselves that you are right before God..

Repentance is not only turning from what we have done and instead to follow God. Repentance also is being active in our faith and accept what God has given to us. Don't neglect the gift of healing given to all believers. Remember what Christ has done for us. It was no small thing which He did. Accept and believe the hard work of Love Jesus did for us. We are invited to accept His work on the cross.

Remember what God has done for us at the cross. His body was broken for our healing and His blood was shed for our Spiritual healing. “This I recall to mind , therefore I have hope.”Lam 3:21 Remember what has been done for us on the cross and then hope will arise. Faith takes hold of hope and receives from God. Receive healing from Jesus.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Psalm 91

Psalm 91 7 Actions
dwells and Abide
in the shelter of the Most High
in the shadow of the Almighty
in the Lord
My refuge and my fortress
My God in whom I trust

Made the Lord
my refuge
my dwelling place
Jer 17
Tread  upon; Trample down
The lion and cobra
the young lion and the serpent
Loved Me
Know My name
Call upon Me

The 7 actions of Psalm 91

The promises of Psalm 91 are not given to all. They are given to the people that are described in the Psalm. Reading the Psalm shows what we can do to become part of this protection God is offering.

 It is not because I keep all the requirements that God answers me. It is because I have faith in the righteousness of Jesus Philippians 3:9 that His promise is sure. I have faith in Jesus that he will keep His word to me. His promises are guaranteed.

 Romans 4:16 “For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,”

Where we live speaks volumes about us. It talks about our values our personality our ability and our life and how we live it.

Where we live shows where we work. We are identified with that part of the country. A person living in Indiana is called a Hosier.
Israel's tribes lived in different parts of Israel.

4 areas of abiding
1 Read/Study
Daily devotions. Reading the Bible and listening to the Holy Spirit in your reading.
2 Pray/Seek
Stay in the Word with an attitude of prayer. John 5:39,40; Eph 6:17,18
 Pray. Commune with God about your day and about your needs.
Seek God for His direction for you. Eph 2:10
3 Worship God for His goodness.
4 Serve God by bearing fruit. 1 Cor 15:58

In the shadow speaks of being right next to God. Where He goes we go. When He stops we stop. We are right with Him. To stay in His shadow is to know His movements. To know His plans for us.
Ps 23 Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. I will fear no evil. For God is with us. We don't go through the valley alone. God is walking right with us, we are under His shadow when we go through the valley.

God's light causes a shadow. There can be no shadow if there is no light.

What we say reveals what is in our heart.
A slip of the tongue is a look into the heart.
We can change our heart by what we say. We can set the tone of our life by what we say if we believe and desire what we say.

Benefits of Psalm 91
1 abide under God's shadow
3 delivered of snare and deadly pestilence
4 God covers you. Count on His faithfulness
5 Not be afraid of:
-terror by night
-arrow of the day
- pestilence in darkness
- destruction during the day
7 you will not fall
10 No evil will befall you
- No plague will come near you.
12 Angles will keep you from striking your foot on a stone
13 lion, cobra, young lion , serpent you will trample down
14 God will deliver you
- set securely on high
15 God will answer your call
God will be with us in trouble
We will be rescued and honored
16 Given long life
- see the salvation of God

Friday, February 28, 2020


Discipline is doing what you hate to do, but do it like you love it.
 - MIke Tyson

The meaning of life it to find your gift.
The purpose of life is to give it away."
Pablo Picasso

They were younger faster, stronger and more sophisticated. But there is one thing they lacked that I had, good old hunger. George Forman

Monday, February 24, 2020

Spiritual strength

Joel 2:10 Let the weak say I am a mighty man.

Zech 12:8 Those who are feeble among them will be like David.

Zech 4:6 Not by might nor by power but by My Spirit says the Lord.

Lev 26:8 Five of you will chase a 100 and a 100 of you will chase 10,000, and your enemies will fall before you by the sword.

Josh 23:10 One of your men puts to flight a thousand, for the Lord your 'God is He who fights for you, just as He promised you.”

Deut 28:7 “The Lord shall cause your enemies who rise up against you be defeated before you, they will come out against you one way and will flee before you seven ways.”

Micha 7:8 “Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I fall I will rise; though I dwell in darkness, the Lord is a light for me.”

2 Sam 23:11,12 A man takes his stand in a lentil patch and fights off a troop of Philistines. He was not a mighty man because he was stronger then all of them. He was a mighty man because he had the courage to fight against impossible odds!

1 Samuel 17:45,46 “Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.”

Gideon with 300 against over 100,000 Judges 6 :11 - 7:25

God does not take pleasure in the legs of a man. God favors those who wait for His lovingkindness. Ps 147:10,11

Neh 8:10 The joy of the Lord is your strength.

2 Cor 12:9 Power is perfected in weakness.

Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Dan 11:32 The people who know their God will display strength and take action.

Isaiah 30:15 Quiet and rest is your strength

Josh 14:11 I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me,as my strength as then , so my strength is now for war and for going out and coming in.

Joel 2:11 Strong is he who carries out His word.

Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart exults,
And with my song I shall thank Him.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Confidence in Prayer

God answers prayer:

1 John 3:22
Keep the commands of God which are tied up in loving God and loving your neighabor.
Do the things pleasing in His sight. And what is that? It is effective faith. Hebrews 11:6

2 Cor 5:7 We are to walk by faith and not by sight. Do this and you will please God. To ignore this and you stay a child in the faith. A child in the faith does not overcome obstacles. 1 John 2:12,13

Solid food is for the mature but milk of the word is for babies. What is the difference in the Word? It is not the specific Scripture but our actions with the Scripture that determines if it is milk or meat. We are babies if we don't take the Word and use it with faith. Grown men and women will take the Word and use it. We overcome by faith and faith takes the Word and overcomes with it. 1 John 5:4

Sometimes I read the Word just to be soothed in my soul. But other times I read the Word for direction. It is at these times I'm eating meat. We need to obey the Word if we are to walk in victory.

1 John 5:14,15
“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”

Ask according to His will. Are the promises of God His will? Yes. 2 Corinthians 1:20 “
20 For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.”

God's will is the promises of the Bible.

 1 For as many as are the promises of God,
 2 in Him they are yes;
 3 therefore also through Him is our Amen
 4 to the glory of God
 5 through us.

There are 5 parts to this verse, 5 parts to thus promise.
 1 All the promises of God are given to us according to the Scriptures.

 2 In Him they are yes. Are we in Jesus? 2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creation. If we are saved we are in Jesus. So yes we are in Him. WE are in Him when we are cooperating with Jesus and His direction for us. Yes we are in Jesus. John 6:21 When Jesus got in the boat, immediately the boat was at the other side. When we have Jesus we have the answer.

 3 Therefore also through Him is our Amen. Can we say the amen to the promise? Can we say the promise is going to happen? For amen means so be it. Are we sure the promise will happen? For that is what amen means. Can we say as Christians this amen? Then the answer will come.

 4 To the glory of God
We can's seek glory for ourselves and believe at the same time. John 5:44 If we seek glory for ourselves it nullifies the faith and we lose out place of belief. God will not share His glory with another. Isaiah 42:8 “"I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images.”

 5 Through us. It is through Him through us. We work with God and God works with us.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

How does power from God come?

Wait and be clothed with power from Holy Spirit Luke 24:49

Go and preach gospel and signs will accompany you as you believe Mark 16:15-20

Receive power when Holy Spirit has come on you as you plan to go witness. Acts 1:8

Eyes of your heart opened. To the surpassing greatness of God's power who have believed. Ephesians 1:19

Know the love of Christ to be filled with the fullness of God. Which God will do greater than we can imagine. Ephesians 3:19-20

Live in our salvation, and God will testify to our testimony with power. Heb 2:3-4

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Teach with Testimony

It is not what we know but what we can testify to.

Our learning is not as much book learning as On The Job Training.

If we don't do what we learn, we won't really know it. In fact, if we fail to do what we are learning, what we think we know will soon only be a deception. James 1:22 NASB “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.”

Everyone has a foundation to their life. To some, fun is purpose of their life. Others make a career or job their foundation. And others' foundation is a political philosophy. Matthew 7:24-25 NASB “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.”

The Bible must be our foundation. We can base our lives on the Bible, not just knowing it and how it flows from Genesis to Revelation. If we base our life on the Bible, we can rely on it through the storms. Notice that the foundation is built before the storm comes. If we wait until the storm comes before attempting to build, the foundation will be washed away as we are building. That is not to say we can't build our house in the storm, but it will take much longer with heartache.

John 8:31-32 shows the key to freedom through what Jesus taught. “So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

I have heard it taught 100s of times that freedom comes from knowing the Word. The Bible teaches that we know the Word by remaining in it throughout life. Continuing in the word means we will stay in it through the storms of life. This  brings us freedom. When we remain in faith through the storms of life,  it testifies to the goodness of God. When we give up on the Word in a trial, we didn't believe it would work.

Other aspects to continuing in the Word is to make Jesus Lord and carrying our cross daily. Luke 9:23; Romans 10:9-10; Romans 12:1-2 If we don't make Jesus Lord and carry our cross, the trials of life will cause the promise of the Scriptures to become bitter. Many reject the Bible because they don't make Jesus Lord and fail to carry the cross of Christ. It is the Lordship of Christ and willingness to suffer in service to Him that brings the stability, even through all the world throws us.

There are many disagreements in the Christian walk. Churches split over doctrinal differences. Jesus led me to not present Scripture without a testimony whenever it is a point of contention. Christian forums have shown the problems we have when sharing spiritual truth. The teaching of James 3:13-18 shows the importance of letting our testimony be the teacher, especially when there is a point of contention. 

“ Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. 18 And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

1 Corinthians 8:1-2 explains the problem of knowing something without living it with love. When we live out the Scriptures, we are humbled by our weakness when we don't rely on the Holy Spirit to help us. To live out the Scriptures pushes us to love because there is no effective faith without love. Galatians 6:7 says faith works through love. Without love, faith is ineffective. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 explains the problem of faith without love. When we talk to someone who knows Bible teaching but hasn't lived it, it comes across as arrogant and unpleasant. It is refreshing and encouraging to learn from someone who lives out what he is teaching.

Kenneth Hagin was a preacher who knew what he was teaching. Every page of his books have examples of how he lived out what he had learned from the Bible. You can't argue with a testimony. A testimony will give glory to God and how He provided the solution to the problem.