DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 165

1 Corinthians 3:16 – “Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

The holiness we are seeking is not a legislative or legalistic set of rules; it is Christ’s very own quality of life. The Holy Spirit works in us not merely a new desire to love, but He imparts to us Christ’s very own love.

We develop more than just a general faith in Jesus; we actually begin believing like Jesus, with His quality of faith. It is God in us that makes us holy.

AFFIRMATION:

I approach God with great trembling, great joy, deep worship, and holy fear, who has called me unto Himself for His own will and purpose.

 

 

Hebrews 11:1 – “Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.”

Observation:

AS A DEED ENABLES ME TO LAY CLAIM TO PROPERTY THAT BELONGS TO ME, SO MY FAITH ENABLES ME TO LAY CLAIM TO GOD’S PROMISES THAT BELONG TO ME.
IF I BUILD MY FAITH – MY TITLE DEED – ON GOD’S WORD, IT WON’T MATTER IF THE DEVIL HITS MY BODY, ATTACKS MY FINANCES, OR TRIES TO STEAL MY PEACE. I CAN KICK HIM OFF MY PROPERTY BECAUSE MY FAITH WILL BE THE PROOF OF OWNERSHIP I NEED.
NOTHING CAN STAND IN MY WAY!
I BUILD MY HOUSE OF FAITH AND MOVE IN!

 

 
“If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God.” – 1 Peter 4:11 NIV

One of the greatest revelations of the New Testament is that Christ dwells within His people who live on the earth. That is why they are called the Body of Christ. We actually become the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in the earth, but we also become His mouth. God speaks prophetically through His people.

“If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God.” – 1 Peter 4:11 NIV

Think about a statement of Paul’s: “…the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you…” – Romans 8:11 AMP.
What type of human being does this really make you? It makes us like God in the earth. Not that we are God, but we are sons of God and made in His image. We are “Godlike ones.” The Lord told Moses: “See, I make you as God to Pharaoh” – Exodus 7:1.

We speak as God’s earthly representatives. By releasing the voice of the Lord through the power of the spoken word, we can decree a thing and it will come to pass. It will happen. And it’s all done by speaking words of faith.

“You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light [of God’s favor] shall shine upon your ways.” – Job 22:28 AMP

 

ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
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THE GOD OF RESTORATION

I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, my great army which I sent among you” (Joel 2:25).
Since we serve a God of restoration, we might ask the question: “What can God restore?” The answer is that God can restore everything that has been lost; nothing is impossible with Him (see Luke 1:37). Whatever has been lost in your life, whatever has been stolen, and whatever has been taken from you, God is able to restore it. Not only that, but whatever you have willingly given up for God can be restored too.

And Jesus promises, “Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life” (Matthew 19:29). In other words, what we give up, God gives back.

What have you sacrificed? Have you given up money or time? What has been taken from you – your health, your joy, your marriage, or your business?

BELIEVE THAT GOD IS ABOUT TO RESTORE WHAT THE ENEMY HAS TAKEN FROM YOU:

• How wonderful it is to cling to God’s promises and know that He restores strength, energy, passion, and motivation, even in old age. The women said to Naomi toward the end of her life, after she had lost her husband and her sons: “And may [God] be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age” (Ruth 4:15).

• God can restore your flesh: “‘Put your hand in your bosom again.’ So he put his hand in his bosom again, and drew it out of his bosom, and behold, it was restored like his other flesh” (Exodus 4:7).

• If you have lost property, then know that God is able to restore that as well: “So David said to him, ‘Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually'” (2 Samuel 9:7).

• Positions can be restored too: “Then he restored the chief butler to his butlership again, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand” (Genesis 40:21).

• Our God of mercy, compassion, and love can restore those who fall: “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted” (Galatians 6:1). So, not only does God restore our lives, but He then uses us to bring restoration to others. To say it another way, Paul said, “[He] comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:4).

• If our health has been taken away, then know that God is the One who restores our health. He said through Jeremiah, “‘For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord” (Jeremiah 30:17).

• Finances can also be restored as seen in Genesis 42:25: “Then Joseph gave a command to fill their sacks with grain, to restore every man’s money to his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey.”

• God even promises to restore the damages that have taken place in our soul – our mind, will, and emotions – so that we can prosper once again: “He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3), and, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 1:2).

• If we become discouraged, we must remember that God is the One who restores our joy:“Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit” (Psalm 51:12). The joy of the Lord is our strength – if we lose our joy, we lose our strength.

 

ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 164

Ephesians 3:16 – “That according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in your inner being.”

WHEN WE LEARN TO RECEIVE FROM OUR SPIRIT, OUR MIND BECOMES THE STUDENT AND IS THEREFORE SUBJECT TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. THROUGH THE PROCESS OF REVELATION AND EXPERIENCE OUR MIND EVENTUALLY OBTAINS UNDERSTANDING. THAT IS BIBLICAL LEARNING – THE SPIRIT GIVING INFLUENCE TO THE MIND.

Galatians 5:25 – “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”

Romans 8:4 – “And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to our sinful nature but according to the Spirit.”

 

 
2 Corinthians 5:7 – “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

JESUS EXPECTS PEOPLE TO SEE FROM THE HEART. HE ONCE CALLED A GROUP OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS HYPOCRITES BECAUSE THEY COULD DISCERN THE WEATHER CONDITIONS BUT COULDN’T DISCERN THE TIMES (SPIRITUAL CLIMATE AND SEASONS).
THE VERY FACT THAT THEY, OF ALL PEOPLE, WERE REQUIRED TO SEE IS EVIDENCE THAT EVERYONE HAS BEEN GIVEN THIS ABILITY. THEY BECAME BLIND TO HIS DOMINION BECAUSE OF THEIR OWN CORRUPTED HEARTS AND WERE JUDGED FOR THEIR UNFULFILLED POTENTIAL.

Affirmations:

I EMBRACE THE LIFE OF FAITH WHICH HAS ITS ANCHOR IN THE UNSEEN REALM.

I AM NOT LIMITED BY MY NATURAL SIGHT — FAITH PROVIDES EYES FOR THE HEART.

 

 
John 3:3 – “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
What does it mean to “see” the kingdom of God?

Jesus urged us to do an about-face in our approach to reality because His Kingdom is at hand. He brought His world with Him, and it’s within our reach. He wants us to see reality from God’s perspective, to learn to live “from” His world “towards” the visible world. But we have to change the way we think if we want to apprehend the Kingdom power that is available.

Jesus was saying that when our minds are renewed, we will see the Kingdom displayed and proven as He did in His earthly ministry. His reality – is to raise up a delegated group of people who work with Him to destroy the works of the devil, who demonstrate and prove the will of God here on earth as it is in heaven.

Affirmations:

I HAVE AN UNRELENTING HUNGER TO WATCH THE KINGDOM BREAK INTO THIS REALM.

I BECOME A CONNECTING POINT AND GATEWAY FOR GOD’S POWER.

I AM A C0-LABORER WITH JESUS IN THE GREAT COMMISSION.

 

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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 163

Revelation 4:6,8 – “In the center and around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within.”

THE MANY “EYES” REPRESENT THE OPEN, ALL-INCLUSIVE VISION THAT IS THE RESULT OF BEING IN GOD’S PRESENCE.

THESE “LIVING CREATURES” ARE SYMBOLS OF THE LIFE ONE FINDS AS HE ABIDES IN GOD’S PRESENCE. IN HIM, OUR EYES CAN THINK: THEY SEE WITH DISCERNMENT AND UNDERSTANDING. THE MIND OF CHRIST FUSES WITH OUR VISION, REVEALING WHAT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO BE SEEN BY THE NARROWNESS OF OUR PERCEPTION; WE SEE “IN FRONT AND BEHIND”

OUR VISION ALSO COMES FROM THE “CENTER OF THE THRONE.” NOT ONLY DO WE SEE DISTANT SPIRITUAL REALITIES BUT WE ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO PENETRATE AND SEARCH THE DEPTHS OF GOD HIMSELF.

1 Corinthians 2:10 – “God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.”

 

 
John 17:16,17 – “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

LIFE, AS WE PERCEIVE IT, IS BASED UPON WHATEVER NETWORK OF THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS WE ARE CURRENTLY ALLOWING TO GOVERN OUR SOULS.
ON THE OTHER HAND, GOD DEFINES REALITY AS THE “TRUTH” FOUND IN HIS WORD.

FOR US TO TRAVEL FROM OUR WORLD INTO THE REALITY OF GOD, WE MUST VIEW JESUS’ WORDS AS DOORS THROUGH WHICH WE ENTER GOD’S ETERNAL KINGDOM.
IN THE COMBINED MEANING OF ALL JESUS TAUGHT, WE FIND THE REALITY OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD. VICTORY COMES WHEN WE LINE OURSELVES UP TO THE REALITY OF GOD’S LIFE.

 

 

John 10:10 – “I am come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

The word “life” is from the Greek word “Zoe”. It means Eternal Life.

John 6:7 – “He that believeth hath Eternal Life.”

The Holy Spirit would have us know this fact: that believing is possessing. The instant that you believe, you have.

1 John 5:13 – “These things have I written unto you that ye may know that ye have Eternal Life, even to you that believe on His Name.”

You may mentally assent and never have.
You may hope and never have
But the instant you “believe” it is yours.

 

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Ten Power Exhortations – April 19, 2018

Ten Power Exhortations – April 19, 2018

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Ten Power Exhortations – April 19, 2018

Ten Power Exhortations – April 19, 2018
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ASCENDING THE LORD’S MOUNTAIN

“It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it,” – Micah 4:1

Climbing or ascending the Lord’s mountain means that we:
have a passionate hunger and growing love for the Father,
develop the mind of Christ,
listen to and obey the Spirit’s prompting on a daily basis,

 
and are mature sons of God in the process of becoming friends of God.

We will expand our spirits with the spiritual fruits and gifts, and joyfully learn to walk in our true identity as God sees us. We will learn how to exercise and steward Kingdom influence. We will also encounter fellowship with other Mountain climbers who have joined us for this eternity-long journey.

RISE UP INTO THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST

What happens when God’s glory is poured out upon a group (the Ekklesia) and not just one man (Solomon) or one nation (Israel)? The result is noteworthy and extraordinary and causes Isaiah 60 to be fulfilled. That day is now here, and it is time for the Church, the global Body of Christ, to rise up, show up, and grow up into the fullness of Christ so that His incomparable, surpassing glory and wisdom can be demonstrated through us to the world.

The “greater works” mentioned in John 14, are simply the works of Christ living through you today, since Jesus ascended to Heaven after being resurrected from the dead and is seated at the right hand of God. You and I are His hands and feet on earth, and He has delegated authority to us as His sons and daughters – the Church. An “abundant life” means a life well lived: a life of service to others, a life of influence and purpose, and destiny and legacy.

LIVING IN EXPECTATION AND BOLDNESS

This is the most exciting time to be alive since the dawn of creation. It is time to live in expectation, boldness, faith, and confidence as we do the greater works. Daniel 11:32 says, “The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” To truly know God and come into and spend time in His presence is to be changed and empowered.
Once again, in our own time, those “who have turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6) will be found in the earth and in the Church.

 

ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
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