DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 162

Matthew 4:25,5:1,2 – “And there followed Him great multitudes of people from Galilee and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from beyond Jordan. And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain: and when He was set, His disciples came unto him: and He opened His mouth and taught them.”

THESE LOCAL COMMUNITIES LEFT ALL WHEN THEY HEARD JESUS WAS NEAR. WITHOUT FORETHOUGHT, WITHOUT PACKING A DONKEY, WITHOUT SO MUCH AS TAKING EXTRA FOOD OR TELLING THOSE WHO REMAINED AT HOME WHEN TO EXPECT THEM, THOUSANDS OF MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN SPONTANEOUSLY FOLLOWED CHRIST TO A DESOLATE PLACE.

BUT WE READ OF NO ONE COMPLAINING THAT THE “SERVICE WAS TOO LONG,” OR “THE WEATHER TOO HOT,” OR “THE MESSAGE WAS BORING.” WHATEVER THEY LACKED IN COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE WAS OVERSHADOWED BY THE GLORY OF BEING WITH JESUS!

PEOPLE SAW IN JESUS MEEKNESS, BOUNDLESS POWER AND PERFECT LOVE. IF WE WOULD WIN SOULS, PEOPLE MUST SEE IN US THIS SAME JESUS.

 

 

2 Corinthians 5:17 – “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

EVERYTHING, EVEN OUR INTELLIGENCE AND PHYSICAL APPEARANCE, IS NOW SUBJECT TO CHANGE FOR THE BETTER. OLD FAILURES, PREJUDICES, AND ATTITUDES ARE DESTINED TO GO.
NEW FAITH AND HOPE SHOULD BE GROWING WITHIN US DAILY.

Observation:

HOW DO I ATTAIN SUCH A WONDERFUL NEW BEGINNING?

I RECEIVE THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST INTO MY HEART TO EMPOWER ME AND I AFFIRM AND MEDITATE ON THE WORDS OF CHRIST TO DIRECT ME. WHATEVER I FIND IN ME THAT IS NOT LIKE JESUS, – I CRUCIFY.

 

 
The key that opens the door to the kingdom, is found in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.”
If you have decided to live based on where the best job is, or career opportunity, or even the best schools for your children, and you are having a hard time finding a local church that you fit into, it is likely because you are not in the will of God for your life.

If you truly live seeking first the kingdom, you will make every major decision based on where you are CALLED to be for His PURPOSE for your life. Then the jobs, schools, and everything else will be added to us. They may not be the jobs we want or even the schools, but they are the ones we need, and our Father knows best!

QUESTIONS TO ASK MYSELF:

Where does God want me to be?

What does God want me to do?

 
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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 161

2 Corinthians 10:4 – “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.”

A STRONGHOLD IS A SATANIC FORCE THAT STARTS AS A THOUGHT, THEN LAYS ITS FOUNDATION IN A PERSON’S MIND, BUILDS ITSELF UP AND MAKES ITS ABODE THERE.

YOU CAN’T SIMPLY CAST DOWN A STRONGHOLD AS YOU WOULD CAST DOWN AN EVIL THOUGHT OR IMAGINATION. YOU NEED THE WORD OF GOD TO BECOME LIKE A HAMMER IN YOUR LIFE IN ORDER TO TEAR DOWN THAT STRONGHOLD AND GET IT OUT OF YOUR SYSTEM.

HOW CAN YOU GET RID OF A STRONGHOLD? BY HAVING A STRONG TOWER!

Psalm 61:3 – “For thou has been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.”

 

 
Proverbs 18:10 – “The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”

THE WORD OF GOD CAN BECOME THE STRONG TOWER IN MY LIFE THAT CAN DEMOLISH STRONGHOLDS. THE LORD THROUGH HIS WORD CAN PUSH OUT THAT SATANIC FORCE THAT’S BEEN HOLDING ME CAPTIVE.

GOD’S WORD IS STRONGER THAN ANY STRONGHOLD!

Observation:

I FIND THE WORD OF GOD THAT APPLIES TO MY STRONGHOLD AND SATURATE MYSELF IN IT BY AFFIRMING IT FREQUENTLY AND MEDITATING ON IT AS I GO THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
I THANK GOD THAT THE STRONGHOLD HAS BEEN DEMOLISHED AS I CAST DOWN ANY WRONG THOUGHTS.

 

 

2 Corinthians 3:18 – “And all of us, as with unveiled face, because we continued to behold in the Word of God as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

When we come to God’s Word, we will reproduce what we see.

Proverbs 23:7 – “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
Affirmations:

WHATEVER MY HEART IS SET UPON WHEN I COME TO THE BIBLE, WILL DETERMINE MUCH OF WHAT I SEE IN THE BIBLE.

For example, if I come to God’s Word with evangelism on my mind, the Bible will open up new Scriptures that I never previously considered to be evangelistic. What I carry to this watering hole will determine much of what I see and reproduce.(Genesis 30:37-39)

MY DESPERATION FOR THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT IS ON MY HEART MAKES ME AVAILABLE FOR THINGS THAT OTHERS SEEM TO CONTINUALLY MISS.

BY KEEPING A PURE HEART, THE JOURNEY TO GOD’S WORD IS A JOURNEY WHERE NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME.

 
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BREAKING FORTH INTO VICTORY

Isaiah 14:7 says, “The whole earth is at rest and is quiet; They break forth into shouts of joy.”
The Hebrew word for breaking forth, is patsach (paw-tsakh’), meaning: to cause to break or burst forth, break forth with, break out, break into pieces.
Your praise is powerful. When you release your praise it causes a breaking forth.
Isaiah 44:23 declares, “Shout for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done it! Shout joyfully, you lower parts of the earth; break forth into a shout of joy, you mountains, O forest, and every tree in it; for the LORD has redeemed Jacob and in Israel He shows forth His glory.”

THE SPIRIT MUST FLOW FREELY IN OUR LIVES

Your praise releases the Spirit of God, which removes the things or resistance set before you. That which has been damned up in your personal life or ministry. When we don’t experience the patsach or the breaking forth in our lives, it causes us to become stagnant.
In John 7:38 Jesus says “Whoever believes in Me, just as the Scripture has said: ‘Streams of living water will flow from within him.”’

As Believers we should always be at a place of flowing. When we’re not flowing we get backed up, and our waters begin to get contaminated. The Spirit of the Lord should always be free-flowing in your personal life and in church. When the Spirit is unable to flow freely, it can quench the Spirit, causing it leave.

WE CARRY REVIVAL WITHIN US

Don’t allow the enemy to silence your praise. There is power in your sound and voice. Your voice carries the prophetic DNA to bring breakthrough. When a prophetic sound is released it has an edge that cuts through or breaks through, so the Spirit of God can burst forth.

Let your praise release the patsach! In the Old Testament of the Bible, when the Israelites went into battle, the worshipers would lead the way. The sound they released brought breakthrough and victory.

Stand up and declare that patsach is hitting every area of your life. What has been shut up, shut down, and stopped up is breaking forth now in Jesus’ name!

 

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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 160

“Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” – John 4:35
It is time or us to be thankful to God for His grace that will empower us who are willing to look beyond challenging situations to see (and have faith in) the fullness of God in every set of circumstances – expecting Him to fulfill His promises no matter what temporary facts may seem to be in the moment.
In this, there will be an ability to resist and deny the lures of our old carnal nature (or flesh) that have tripped us up and limited us in the past. There will be a grace to focus on God, step into His fullness, and trust in His ability to fulfill His promises.
For example, if in the past you have been limited by fear, doubt, discouragement, impatience, procrastination, intimidation, depression, frustration, irritability, or any other manifestations of your old carnal nature, this is the season to grab hold of the fullness of God, and by His grace step beyond your former limitations and step into the fulfillment of the glorious new creation you were created to be.
“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:14

 

 

Genesis 3:1 – “Now the serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he (Satan) said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, ‘You shall not eat from every tree of the garden”‘?

Observation:

IT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY TO SEE THAT MY THINKING, BELIEVING AND SPEAKING ARE RIGHT. IF I DON’T TAKE THAT RESPONSIBILITY, THE DEVIL IS GOING TO THINK MY THOUGHTS FOR ME. HE’LL ACTUALLY HAVE ME BELIEVING WHAT HE WANTS ME TO BELIEVE. AND HE’LL EVENTUALLY HAVE ME CONFESSING WHAT HE WANTS ME TO CONFESS, FRAMING MY WORLD WITH THE WRONG WORDS AND LETTING HIM HAVE DOMINION OVER ME.

Revelation 12:17 – “So then the dragon was furious (enraged) at the woman, and he went away to wage war on the remainder of her descendants – on those who obey God’s commandments and who have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

 

 
Luke 10:21 — ‘In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.”‘

One way we can be convinced we’ve heard from God is that the answer is simple. Jesus took complicated problems of blindness, leprosy, and paralysis, and simplified them into obedience — ‘Go wash.’ ‘ Go show yourselves to the priest.’ ‘Take up your bed and walk.’

Hearing God’s voice doesn’t mean we understand all the mysteries of the world. It means that God will articulate a word or command that will simplify, heal, and deliver us in our situation.

This is the ultimate Christianity — communication and communion with the Holy Spirit, knowing more and more about Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.

Affirmations:

AS I STUDY THE WORD OF GOD, I SEEK WISDOM AND REVELATION FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT.

AS I ENDEAVOR TO HEAR THE VOICE OF THE LORD, I PAY ATTENTION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT INSIDE OF ME — HE HAS THE KEYS TO UNLOCK ANY SITUATION.

 
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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 159

Luke 1:26,28 – “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee named Nazareth. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail thou art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.”

WHEN GOD CHOSE TO BRING THE MESSIAH THROUGH THE VIRGIN MARY, HE SENT GABRIEL THE ANGEL TO BRING THE MESSAGE. WHEN THE APOSTLE PAUL WAS ABOUT TO SUFFER SHIPWRECK, AN ANGEL OF THE LORD TOLD HIM WHAT WOULD HAPPEN. ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE ANGELS DID WHAT GOD COULD HAVE DONE EASILY HIMSELF.

BUT WHY DIDN’T GOD DO THOSE THINGS HIMSELF?

FOR THE SAME REASON HE DOESN’T PREACH THE GOSPEL: HE HAS CHOSEN TO LET HIS CREATION ENJOY THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVICE IN HIS KINGDOM. SERVICE WITH PURPOSE AFFIRMS IDENTITY. A GODLY SELF-ESTEEM IS DERIVED FROM DOING “AS HE PLEASES”. AND TRUE SERVICE IS AN OVERFLOW OF WORSHIP. WE ALWAYS BECOME LIKE THE ONE WE WORSHIP. HOW COULD HE WANT ANYTHING MORE FOR US THAN THAT?

 

 

Jeremiah 1:12 – “Then said the Lord to me, You have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it.”

Affirmations:

IF I HAVE MY THINKING RIGHT, MY BELIEVING RIGHT, AND MY SPEAKING RIGHT, I WILL UNDERSTAND THAT IT’S NOT WHAT I SEE THAT SHOULD DETERMINE FOR ME WHETHER THE WORD IS WORKING. 
THE WAY I CAN KNOW THAT MY WORLD IS BEING FRAMED BY THE WORD IS BY WHAT’S IN MY HEART AND BY WHAT I’M SAYING.

SO NO MATTER HOW THINGS LOOK, IF I’M SPEAKING THE WORD OF GOD IN FAITH, – I DON’T QUIT! I STAY IN FAITH AND GOD WILL MANIFEST HIS GLORY IN MY SITUATION.

 

 

2 Corinthians 10:4,5 – “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

We must topple the “stronghold of our experiences.” The only one who has a right to shape our lives is Jesus Christ. We must determine to allow nothing and no one to shape us, not even our personal experiences, unless they are consistent with the promises of God.

To the degree that our experiences do not conform to the Word of God, they subtly teach us that God is not who He says He is. In other words, even though you were not healed, you should not conclude “healing is not for today.” God’s provision is eternal, which means that until heaven and earth pass away, He as provided for our healing.
In regard to sin, though we repeatedly stumble, we must continue to believe God for grace to overcome. We must give ourselves room to grow into new insights. We must never surrender our faith in God’s Word!
Experiences may seem valid, but if they have left us thinking that Jesus is not the same today as He was in the Gospels, the conclusion we have drawn is wrong. It is a stronghold that must be pulled down.

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

Revelation 22:13 – “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
Romans 3:4 – “Let God be found true, though every man be found a liar.”

 
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Ten Power Exhortations – April 12, 2018

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UNDERSTANDING OUR RITE OF PASSAGE

“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 from the Lord, the Spirit.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18

We are born into this world into an earthly realm. We are not born into the realm of God’s Spirit; that’s why through Jesus we need to be born AGAIN into the spiritual realm. When you were born again, you were given the “Rite of passage” to enter from one dimension to another. From the natural into the eternal.
The Bible talks about the realms of glory. We are changed “from glory to glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18). So there are realms of glory, not just one realm.

When people are born again they begin to develop a hunger for the spiritual realm? They begin to get a feeling that there is more: there is more to this life; there is more to this place called earth. That is because the spirit now in them doesn’t belong here; the spirit in them comes from above and from another realm – a heavenly place. That’s why you will never be content in an earthbound realm. You were created for another environment.

ANOTHER REALM

When Jesus died and rose again, He purchased our salvation. But salvation includes so much more than we first think. Jesus redeemed us from the law and the repercussions of being under the law and failing to meet its demands. “We have all come short…” the apostle Paul said (Romans 3:23). Jesus redeemed us from death. He took the keys of Hell and released us from the power of the evil one.

God gave us power to transit into another realm. This other realm is His realm; it’s the realm where God dwells and His angels, and it’s the realm of the heavenly city and of the spiritual elements of God and His Kingdom. He made us joint heirs with Christ. It’s not just when we finally get to Heaven, it’s here now. His Kingdom has come among us and in us and He wants it to flow through us and affect those around us.

We receive by faith the things He has provided and made available through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It’s a new and living way and we should walk in it.

RITE OF PASSAGE

He gave you a new nature to transplant you or translate you into another realm and into the realm of eternity. This is the realm of Heaven where the presence of God dwells continually day and night. Jesus purchased you the RITE OF PASSAGE with His Blood. So that now you are not restricted or limited to the natural realm.

The supernatural realm, the realm of miracles and wonders, is yours if you will receive it. You have to believe what God says about you. You are a son and daughter of the Almighty God, an heir of His Kingdom.

 

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