Romans 6:12 – “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.”
God did not intend the body to relate to the spiritual or supernatural world. It is essential, then, that we do not judge our true potential by the abilities or limitations of our physical bodies.
Our powers of sight, touch, hearing, smell, and taste are all related to the natural, physical world. The potential of our bodies is therefore governed by its physical capabilities. Man’s fall (Genesis 3:24) placed his body in a position it had not been designed to occupy.
This change caused man to limit the potential ability to the capabilities of the senses and his physical body. God never intended man to be controlled or limited by his physical body.
You were not created to be intimidated by your environment.
Habakkuk 2:1-2: “I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me…Then the Lord answered me and said, ‘Record the vision…'”
Ways to be sure what you’re hearing is from Him:
TEST THE ORIGIN (1 John 4:1)
Thoughts from our own minds are progressive, with one thought leading to the next. Thoughts from the Holy Spirit are spontaneous. The Hebrew word for true prophecy is “naba”, which literally means to bubble up, whereas false prophecy is “ziyd” meaning to boil up. True words from the Lord will bubble up from our innermost being; we don’t need to cook them up ourselves.
COMPARE IT TO BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES
God will never say something to you personally which is contrary to His universal revelation as expressed in the Scriptures. If the Bible clearly states that something is a sin, no amount of journaling can make it right. Much of what you journal about will not be specifically addressed in the Bible, however, so an understanding of Biblical principles is also needed.
COMPARE IT TO THE NAMES AND CARACTER OF GOD REVEALED IN THE BIBLE
Anything God says to you will be in harmony with His essential nature. Journaling will help you get to know God personally, but knowing what the Bible says about Him will help you discern what words are from Him. Make sure the tenor of your journaling lines up with the character of God as described in the names of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
TEST THE FRUIT (Matthew 7:15-20)
What effect does what you are hearing have on your soul and your spirit? Words from the Lord will quicken your faith and increase your love, peace, and joy. They will stimulate a sense of humility within you as you become more aware of Who God is and who you are. On the other hand, any words you receive which cause you to fear or doubt, which brings you into confusion or anxiety, or which stroke your ego must be immediately rebuked and rejected as lies of the enemy.
SHARE IT WITH YOUR SPIRITUAL COUNSELORS (Proverbs 11:14)
We are members of a Body! A cord of three strands is not easily broken, and God’s intention has always been for us to grow together. Nothing will increase your faith in your ability to hear from God like having it confirmed by two or three other people who have a solid Biblical orientation.
John 15:16 – “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.”
Many Christians never progress beyond the basic principles of the gospel: others — the minority — demonstrate the abundant riches of God’s grace.
The preacher’s task should be to preach of the fullness of grace through Jesus Christ. Christians need to become aware of God’s purpose for their lives and be encouraged to believe that a life of abundance in the fullness of the Spirit is meant for them.
Ask yourself whether you are living in the abundant fruit-bearing life that Jesus came to give you. If you are, it will be evidenced in your love for Jesus and a revelation of your calling in Christ, bearing fruit that remains — leading the lost to Jesus and discipling them into their life in Christ.
In this present season, the Body is experiencing, they are crossing the Red Sea. But some are too tired to cross the Red Sea, because they have exalted themselves, and they have left themselves weary. Others will run across the Red Sea, because they have exalted Him, and have refreshed themselves by His Spirit.
Others will be on the shoulders, and ride on the back of others, because they’re weary, and they’re tired, from trials. But others are strong, and standing in faith, and will be so overcome with love, that they will reach down and carry them across the Red Sea.
You will see some who will sit down, and they will prefer eating, even in the fat of that land, for they were accustomed to being a slave, and they kept the slave mentality – the familiarity. They did not want to know what was ahead, and because they did not know the unknown, they chose not to enter into the unknown. This is a time where you will see that faith that has been tested by fire, after fire, after fire, will be the very faith that you will walk upon and with, and it will carry you out.
You will see others who have been in the fire, and they will come out of the fire, but they will not come out weak. They will come out hot, fresh, burning flames; ready to devour the works of the enemy, and take back what they knew was promised to them and their household.
ENTER THE PROMISED LAND OF HIS WORD
This is a time when His people will come, and they will enter into the Promised Land of His Word. Many have forsaken the promises in His Word, and have taken the word of man, and it has not profited anything. For they have looked to man to fulfill man’s word, and they have tried to gain knowledge, they’ve tried to gain insight, they’ve tried to gain influence and power. But it has all been of a soulish mentality.
But there will be others whose spirit will come out, and they will be so in-tune with His Spirit that they will not merely walk beside Him, they will walk in Him. And He, in turn, will walk in them.
THE POWER OF HIS BLOOD
Some have gotten away from the true knowledge of the power of His Blood, and yet they wonder where the power is. In many cases the “Blood of the Gospel” has been put aside; to pat the hand of others and give sympathy. And really what happened was that it became a counterfeit compassion that really encouraged the flesh, rather than bringing the flesh into obedience to the Word.
“Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him.” – John 6:53,54,56
Call His Word to come forth. Command His Word to become alive and active. Let His Word devour your flesh so that you can be so devouring with His Word, that all that will not obey, will have to bend because His Word is eternal.
Have as little to do with the world as you possibly can. Things of the world have a glutinous quality; if you let the heart lie any while amongst them, it will be enslaved to them. Be more and better acquainted with Jesus Christ; get nearer to Him, be more in communion with Him — get more tastes of Christ and heaven.
Good things began to happen to David almost immediately because he started looking at his world through eyes of blessing rather than eyes of failure. Even as he overcame the lion and the bear, he knew he could overcome giants. And just as he took authority and overcame everything that threatened his ascent to the throne, you must take authority and overcome everything that threatens your ascent into your DESTINY.
God changed the way Abraham talked so that he called forth what God saw him as already blessed with (Genesis 17:5).
Despite the pain, call forth your healing.
Change the way you talk.
See the way God meant it to be, and start calling forth your healing and wholeness!
“God gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.” – Romans 4:17
1 Timothy 2:1 – “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.” Luke 6:28 -“bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
When we bless someone, we are, in essence, saying, “May all of God’s good plan for your come to pass.” When we bless others, the blessing comes back to us. Not only should we bless those whom we love and admire, but God also commands us to bless our enemies so that we might inherit a blessing from Him.
When we bless our enemies, we place them in God’s hands and trust that His best for them will be worked out in their lives, including the recognition and repentance of their sins.
Prayer:Father, teach me to bless and never to curse. You have blessed me, and I want to always release Your blessing to others. I want them to experience Your good plan for their lives. Bless each thing I lay my hands to do. In Jesus name. Amen.
When we made Jesus the Lord of our life, we were reborn from death to life. First John 5:1 says, “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.” Being born of God entitles us to citizenship in the kingdom of God. In Luke 12:32, Jesus said, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. “ We don’t own a part of the kingdom of God, we own it all!
WE ARE TO SEEK TWO THINGS Jesus names two things in Matthew 6:33 that we are to seek. He told us to seek (1) the kingdom of God and (2) His righteousness. Knowing we are citizens in the kingdom is tremendous, but without a revelation of righteousness, we will never know the reality of our kingdom rights. Righteousness is right-standing with God. It is a free gift that is received by faith. Romans 3:21-22 says righteousness has been made manifest by the faith of Jesus Christ. It has already come.
HOW DOES GOD SEE US? God sees the believer through His Word. He sees us in Christ Jesus. He Doesn’t look at us the way we look at ourselves. We need to see ourselves the way God sees, us, then we will be able to act like what we see. What God sees is what we really are. According to 2 Corinthians 5:21, we have been made the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ. We may not feel like it or like it, but nevertheless it is true. We are the Body of Christ in the earth today–one spirit with Him, bone of His bone, flesh of His flesh, filled with His mighty Holy Spirit. Realizing that we have right-standing with God causes us to expect results when we pray. We put faith and confidence in our right-standing with God–not because of anything we have done, but because of what Jesus has done for us.
In Ephesians 6:10-18, the Apostle Paul describes the armor of God: 1. He Says to us to be on the alert and “praying always with all prayer.”
2. This is prayer armor, used to fight “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
3. To take on this kind of prayer fight, you must put on the “the breastplate of righteousness.” — our knowing and confessing our right standing with God and our oneness with Christ.
4. It is one of the most important pieces of the armor. It covers the vital part of the “CHRISTIAN’S IDENTITY” — his right to the authority provided in Jesus Christ.
WE EXPECT GOD TO ANSWER
We have a right to expect God to answer. We have not prayed in our name, we have prayed in Jesus’ Name. His righteousness (right-standing with God) is ours! With a reality of being the righteousness of God, we expect God’s Word to be true (the sword of the Spirit) and we plan for success.
Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The way we use the word “hope” in everyday speech and the meaning of hope used in the Bible are two different things. When we say “I hope so” we simply mean “I desire or I wish.”
Bible hope isn’t wishing at all. It is earnest confident intense expectation — and that’s something else entirely. Acts 26:6 uses the phrase “hope of the promise” referring to the covenant God made with Abraham. That kind of hope is an earnest intense expectation that comes from God’s promises. There’s a vast difference between “I wish something would happen” and “I intensely expect that to happen.”
Even when there is no natural evidence that what we hope for will come to pass, we can be expectant because we have faith in God’s Word. Hope is always expectant, looking toward the future. Faith is always now! Without hope, faith has nothing to bring to pass.
As the daughters of Jerusalem sitting or remaining in their chambers, closets, houses, could not behold the glory of King Solomon passing by, and therefore that were willed to come forth out of their doors: even so, if we will behold the great King Jesus Christ, in his most excellent glory (a sight able to satisfy the eye, and to ravish the heart) we must come out of our doors, we must come out of ourselves, otherwise, we cannot see his glory; we are in ourselves shut up in a dark dungeon, and therefore we are called upon to come forth into the clear light of faith, and with the eye of faith to behold, in daily meditation, the glory of Christ Jesus. (Song of Solomon 3:11)
Regardless of what kind of prison you are in or what problem threatens to defeat you, if you want God to come into your cell, you must resist the temptation to grumble, murmur, and complain. You have to make the decision to praise Him instead.
“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.” – Acts 16:25
James 4:8 – “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.”
1) Believe that you are loved and cherished by God, and that He deeply longs for intimacy with you.
2) Believe that you have been drawn into intimacy through the finished work of the cross. Let all striving go, and believe that you are already intimate. Rest in the truth.
3) Set time aside each day to worship Him…to love Him…and to pursue Him in faith. Write this time on your daily calendar as a priority. Do not let anything distract you.
4) If distractions come as you are worshipping Him and engaging in intimacy, fight them off and do not get discouraged. The enemy loves to discourage. Press through while resting in faith. The Lord will honor your fight. Even if you spend a whole hour battling off mental distractions, it is better than not spending time with the Lord. He will reward you. Continue to battle. You will get a breakthrough. Keep your focus on Jesus.
5) Journaling helps you to keep focused. You might like to write down what He reveals to you and also write love letters to Him. You can meditate on these precious things weeks, months and even years later.
6) Abide in the Word. Spend time in the scriptures each day, and allow the Lord to speak His heart to you.
7. What you sow into others you will also reap. Disciple new believers into their inheritance in Christ, their right standing with God, and walking in the Spirit.
8) Throughout the day look for opportunities to meditate on and receive love from the Lord so that you may minister that love to a dying world.
9) Make intimacy a lifestyle. This is not something that you engage in for an hour a day; this is something that you live.
Matthew 7:7-8 – ““Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”