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Receiving By Faith Or By The Law?

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Did I receive the Holy Spirit by faith or by the Law?  When I received The Holy Spirit in 1971 I was oblivious and ignorant of The Law except for the Ten Commandments which I could not quote thus it is quite apparent that I received the Holy Spirit by faith.  Paul wrote in Galatians chapter 3:

1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?

2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

4 Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?

5 Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?—

6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

7 Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.

8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.”

9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.

Paul who was an expert in the Law makes a clear distinction of who are true Sons and Daughters.  He also clarifies the Truth that man cannot be made perfect by the flesh.  However, he can be perfected by walking in faith by Love.  Miracles are wrought by the hearing of faith and not by the Law so where should we all focus?  On building our faith!  Paul stated by THE SPIRIT in Romans chapter 10:17 how to grow in faith: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”.

Was there anybody who walked in greater faith than Jesus?  He expressed the Truth of spending time with FATHER fellowshipping and receiving instruction as He ministered to the people throughout His ministry.  At the age of twelve He stated that He must be about His FATHER’S business.  The impact of His ministry is clearly defined by His walking in faith by Love according to FATHER’S directives.

Jesus became sin on the cross and we became righteous due to His act on the cross.  It was not by our acts causing us to become righteous but it was His act on the cross that allowed the transfer of sin to fully take place on our behalf.  When we believe and accept Jesus Christ as Our Lord and Savior it is done by faith IN HIM, not our acts.  FATHER’S Love for us sent Him to the cross in order to reconcile us to HIM.  Love and Faith play a critical role not only in salvation but also our growth into mature Sons and Daughters.  The same blessings Abraham was promised are also ours as we who are of faith are blessed in the same manner of Abraham.

Our works are a result of who we are, not the determinant of who we are thus we must not expect our works to take the place of walking in faith.  Having said that, we should focus daily on hearing FATHER in order that our faith grow and remain strong which will result in doing good works just as Jesus did.  Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Romans chapter 8:

5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, (set their minds on) the things of the Spirit.

6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

When we set our minds on the things of the SPIRIT, our Love grows stronger and our faith increases enabling us to minister to others in a more effective manner.  We become less frustrated and increase in patience toward others thus we will walk in peace even while the heathen rage all around us.  As I have said in the past, these writings are meant to promote the maturing of the saints in a personal manner.  As we mature personally then the Body of Christ matures corporately.  His Body will not be made up of immature, double-minded sons and daughters but those who set their minds and focus on the things of the SPIRIT.  There is no need to memorize the 613 commandments and statutes of the Law when you can know and walk in the Commandment of Love for it fulfills the Law.

Jesus received our sins on the cross and we received His righteousness which is the ultimate act of unconditional Love.  This act fulfilled the Law because of Love and faith in Its power which is greater than the Law.  Yes, the Law has its place to expose sin but it does not bring forth righteousness.  Faith in Him is what caused each of us to receive salvation and change our lives.  Each of us should assess our acts and determine if they arise out of minding the things of THE SPIRIT or result from submitting to our flesh.  As we mature in Love and faith, our acts will reflect the state of our maturity.  First Love, then faith.

Hear And Obey

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

When we hear and obey we are said to be obedient.  By THE SPIRIT Paul frames the book of Romans with being obedient as he starts in chapter 1 with:

1 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God

2 which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures,

3 concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh,

4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.

5 Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,

6 among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;

And by THE SPIRIT he finishes his letter to the Romans by writing in the final chapter 16:

25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began

26 but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith

27 to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.

Obedience to the faith means that you believe in HIS Son Jesus Christ our Lord Who was declared to be the Son of GOD with power.  Jesus displayed this power for three and a half years by many signs and wonders, confirmed and witnessed by the disciples and countless others.  This power was according to THE SPIRIT of Holiness and was completed by being resurrected on third day.  This Truth originated from FATHER WHO alone is wise and has revealed this to us.  The Holy prophets wrote of the coming Messiah in order to prepare the world for His arrival.  This was done throughout the ages in order that no man could claim personal authorship but received by revelation from FATHER.  Once Jesus Christ came forth and fulfilled the prophecies the revelation of the mystery has been revealed.  Hallelujah!

What does Paul say about those who fail to receive and hold on to the revelation of this mystery?  It is found in Galatians chapter 3:

1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?

2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

4 Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?

Let us not be foolish but bring our focus into obedience of faith in Christ.  It is not by human effort that enables us to be made perfect.  Our works are completely insufficient to perfect us and thus by attempting to obey the Law even in a sustained manner will not complete the process.  Only by hearing and obeying the Word of Faith and accepting the Love from Above are we able to be perfected.  You can go about doing good works all your life yet without submitting to the work on the cross by Our Lord Jesus Christ, you will still fall short of being made perfect.

Obeying the Truth means to believe the right thing.  I can attest the Holy Scriptures are the “right thing” by the fact when one believes the Truths contained therein, they produce manifested, positive results.  The Promises work and they produced good results in my life.  I have received miraculous healings, received the Holy Spirit, delivered from certain death five times, delivered from those who sought to do me harm, and the list goes on.  I am a testimony of the veracity of the Holy Scriptures and the power of Christ in my life.  I claim no success in the flesh but only claim to be a willing vessel to THE SPIRIT because Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.  The key is to hear and obey The Word of Life in every aspect of our lives.  The more we hear and obey, the better the results in our lives.

As we focus on hearing and obeying we set ourselves up to receive greater revelation from FATHER.  As the seed of the Word is planted, It will produce good fruit in our lives.  We must be patient, expect the fruit to come forth, and not allow the enemy to bewitch us with some other philosophy of man.  We must take the pressure off ourselves to perform and allow ourselves to hear and respond in faith to HIS Word whether it is written or verbal.  As we respond FATHER will show HIMSELF mighty in our lives.

Fulfilling Obedience

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

By THE SPIRIT Paul wrote in Romans chapter 5:

19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

Jesus was obedient to the cross and by His act many will be made righteous.  This obedience to the cross has allowed those who have accepted Christ to employ spiritual weapons to overcome and punish disobedience as we read in 2 Corinthians chapter 10:

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.

4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

Jesus’ act on the cross was critical to us being able to overcome the strongholds in our life and we must not ever lose or discount the revelation of the cross in our lives.  As we walk in the obedience of Christ, we become dead to the flesh and alive to THE SPIRIT.  As we focus on the Spiritual, the flesh comes under subjection and our mind becomes our servant rather than exalting itself with arguments, logic, and reasoning.  The battle is between our ears, not in some distant place where we must travel in order to gain some upper hand.  Our strength comes from our obedience to Christ where we not only acknowledge but embrace His work on the cross.  He subjected Himself willingly for us that we may become fully righteous thus completely reversing the curse brought forth by Adam’s act of disobedience.

People sin because they are sinners, the are not sinners because they sin.  People were born into sin because of Adam’s sin thus every person must go through the cross in order to become righteous.  We all came from Adam and his sin was transmitted to us through his genetics thus we all are sinners born into the world and need to change.  The word “many” in the above verse indicates there are two basic groups of people on the earth, sinners and those who have accepted Jesus Christ and His work on the cross resulting in being made righteous.  When we focus on Christ’s obedience, the enemy cannot get a foothold in our life and lead us astray.

The Law was given to fully expose sin so no man could claim to be ignorant of his state.  In Romans 5:

20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,

21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

However, righteousness reigns over death because FATHER made provision through Jesus Christ our Lord.  We must guard our minds from frivolous attempts to steer our focus to man’s philosophies and reasonings appealing to the ego.  Most often these philosophies attempt to exalt individuals over the masses in some manner intending to make one “entitled”.  On the other hand as we take on the  character of Christ, we become servants out of Love for mankind in like fashion to Jesus Christ our elder Brother.

Jesus’ obedience is unshakeable and as I align myself to His obedience I will become unshakeable as well.  When I pray, I pray in Jesus’ Name.  Why?  Because I establish the prayer based on His unshakeable obedience knowing that FATHER will quickly respond.  I am not relying on my own ability but I trust in His Name and the power contained therein.  As we exalt Him in our lives, He brings us higher an thus we will ultimately “meet Him in the air”.

What Adam did was so powerful that we all were born into sin and we cannot do enough good acts to overcome the power of his sin for we were born into his nature.  The only way to overcome this sin nature was for another to come forth with more power than the original sin and become an acceptable sacrifice for all of us.  Mary, the virgin, was impregnated by The Holy Spirit thus Adam’s seed had no power over Jesus.  We must never downplay the importance of His sacrifice as the acceptable lamb of GOD being slain on the cross and manifesting the fullness of FATHER’S Love for us.  Jesus fulfilled obedience that we might be able to walk in the same obedience.  His act of obedience has much greater power than the power contained in Adam’s disobedience and we must not forget this reality.

Given that our good acts could not undue our state as a sinner and become righteous on our own, it is also true that after we accept Jesus Christ as Our Lord and Savior, any of our acts of sin cannot undue our righteousness through Him.  His righteousness is greater than the sin nature originating from Adam’s sin and our citizenship in Heaven is assured.  Let us not use this Truth to justify sinning but instead this Truth should be realized when the enemy comes to accuse us and redirect our attention away from the obedience of Christ.  When we seek to be obedient by taking every thought captive, we then punish all disobedience and the enemy has nothing to bring up.  As Romans 5 states:

19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

To emphasize the importance of this Truth, we must look at the phrase “much more”:

15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.

17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.

FATHER’S Love manifested through HIS Son has provided us a blessed path to walk and let no one try to convince us that we are still sinners and attempt to discount the obedience of Christ in our lives.

Spiritual Warfare

Monday, November 20th, 2017

There is one place where we should focus our spiritual warfare.  Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in 2 Corinthians chapter 10:

4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

5 casting down imaginations (hostile arguments) and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

Our weapons are not physical weapons but are spiritual in nature and they are mighty in GOD.  The question is “Where are the strongholds that need to be pulled down?”  They are in our mind, not some external place in the heavenlies!  We are to take every though which is contrary to the obedience of Christ and cast it downs.  This includes imaginations, hostile arguments, warped philosophies, lofty opinions of oneself, and any other thought contrary to the obedience of Christ.

Every major bondage begins in the mind with a thought.  We do not need to look elsewhere for the enemy to fight, only look within our minds where the true battle is occurring.  The devil will speak to us and we will hear him bring forth a thought just as he did when he confronted Jesus in the wilderness.  The issue is what we do with that thought.  Will we reject it or begin to entertain the thought and continue to dwell on it thus allowing it to take root in our mind?

In Acts chapter 2 Peter spoke by THE SPIRIT:

36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

This word “repent” means to change one’s mind.  We must cast down those thoughts contrary and in opposition to the revelation of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  We do not need to hop in the car and go find some place to do spiritual warfare.  Simply look in the mirror and see if there is a war against Christ occurring in your mind.  I look back over the last 46 years of my life and see that to be the case in every contrary and opposing situation I faced.  Each and every time I had to cast down vain imaginations and every high thing that exalted itself.  My ego was at the center of most of it.  What an ugly reality!  Fortunately, I repented and sought forgiveness and FATHER restored me out of HIS unfailing Love.  I learned to quickly repent rather than defend an “indefensible” position.

Hearing The Word of GOD sets us free from wrong thinking.  Hearing and hearing The Word causes our minds to conform to HIS Word and as we do, our bodies will respond as well.  Studying, dwelling, and meditating on The Word day and night is the key to winning the battle of spiritual warfare.

Every single one of us has been mentally and/or emotionally damaged at some point in our lifetime.  Some have suffered more than others but FATHER’S grace is able to repair all damage done to us in the past.  The damage has been retained in our thought life and it must be removed.  We must forgive whomever or whatever caused the damage and then cast down those thoughts which have plagued us ever since the damage occurred.  Jesus is not sitting on the throne predisposed to getting even with those who sent Him to the cross.  His Love saw the blindness and His forgiveness overcame the sin of the world.

When someone does something against you, they simply don’t have the revelation of Love in their heart.  If they did, they would not hurt you in any way but instead would be a blessing.  As we realize that reality and take those contrary thoughts captive, we will walk in peace no matter what the situation.

If we are not achieving the right results in our life then we are probably not experiencing “right thinking” and there is something in our mind which needs to change.  THE SPIRIT revealed this to Paul when he wrote in Philippians chapter 4:

11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:

12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

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

No matter what the situation we need to learn to be content and it is accomplished when we truly know that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.  As we build ourselves up in HIS Word and Love then we are no longer moved by any situation we find ourselves in.  As we reject and defeat those opposing thoughts by not allowing them to take hold, we truly become overcomers.  Jesus applied the Word when He was tested and He rejected every attempt by the enemy to plant opposing thoughts to FATHER’S Word.  Let us do the same.

We must put an end to reasonings and logic which attempt to undermine The Word.  As many watch the news and other related shows on TV, they begin to give credence to the world’s logic if they are not well-grounded in The Word.  Often the news stories are intended to incite a response in the audience in order to promote increased viewership.  We must not allow man’s reasoning and logic to overpower our minds and take hold.  If necessary, remove yourself from the world’s influence while you train your mind to conform to FATHER’S Word.  We must bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.  Let us keep our focus on Christ and we will win the spiritual battles confronting each of us.

Be A Doer

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

Yesterday we went through the progressive blessings given to us by FATHER where HE specifically emphasized those passages with shama` shama`.  Now THE SPIRIT wrote in James chapter 1:

21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

We are urged to change and depart from the old man and we do this by receiving The Word which has the power within It to save our souls.  It requires us to act on The Word and not just give lip service else we deceive ourselves.  Isn’t it true that man lives in some form of deception until he receives a higher revelation than he currently has?  The more we dwell and meditate on The Word, the more revelation and blessings associated with The Word come forth in our lives.  Do you need healing?  Spend time in The Word daily in the passages which contain those promises of healing and restoration.  They must be “implanted” into us and grow within us until they become more true and greater than our sickness and disease.

As we do The Word It becomes preeminent in our lives and we place an importance of walking in FATHER’S ways just as Jesus walked and provided us with the perfect example.  Being our example, He is showing us the result of being fully led by THE SPIRIT.

23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;

24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

We are constantly changing and either moving spiritually higher or lower depending on our focus and actions.  When we look in the mirror we see ourselves only for an instant thus when we walk away change has already begun and we soon forget the image we saw.  How do I keep from forgetting The Word?  I must keep In in front of me continually day and night.  Because I comprehend FATHER’S Love for me(maybe not in Its fullness), I purpose to move closer to HIM through HIS Word not only daily but throughout the day.  As I seek to hear HIS SPIRIT in all situations, I become more like HIM by responding to what HIS SPIRIT is telling me to do and say in each situation I find myself in.  When you walk in this manner, you will not forget who you are in Christ.

25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work (one who acts accordingly), this one will be blessed in what he does.

When we know The Word and do It, we will be blessed in what we do.  This reinforces the five progressive blessings of shama` shama` covered yesterday.  “Continuing in it” denotes hearing and hearing, doing and doing.  Each of us submits our walk to someone whether it be FATHER or our own ego.  FATHER urges us to submit to HIM in order to walk in HIS blessing. 

It is not burdensome to walk according to The Word except to the ego which wants to promote lawlessness.  Let us not forget to be a doer of The Word so FATHER can facilitate blessings of Love to come forth in our lives.  Once again, each of us is responsible for our own actions and path.  As for me, I purpose to walk on the path referred to as “The Way”.

By THE SPIRIT Paul poses a question in Galatians chapter 3:

2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

4 Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?

5 Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Paul emphasizes hearing by posing these questions which provide the obvious answer.  We receive THE SPIRIT by the hearing of faith.  None of us received The Holy Spirit by performing the law but instead by hearing of faith!  We all were saved by hearing and responding to The Word and we receive our healing by hearing and responding to The Word.  Let us not be foolish and forget the importance of hearing, studying, dwelling, and contemplating The Word until our faith becomes great faith.  Men and women of great faith are consistent doers of The Word and FATHER responds by constantly supplying HIS SPIRIT and working miracles confirming HIS Word in their lives.  Let each of us be counted among those of great faith by being a consistent doer of The Word!

The Blessings of Hearing

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

There are blessings associated with hearing, responding, and heeding The Word of Our Heavenly Father.  These blessings need not be out of our reach but are there for those who diligently seek to be in one accord with FATHER.  Many of those who became aware of these blessings simply wanted to be blessed without truly walking according to FATHER’S plan and will.  As we align ourselves with HIS Will, plan, and purpose, these blessing will begin to materialize in our life.  Some may come forth in a manner not expected or anticipated but yet they will come.  FATHER has alerted us to pay close attention when HE has brought forth these blessing by using the Hebrew word shama`  twice in a row in order to emphasize the importance of what HE is declaring thus we should pay close attention.  The following are five progressive passages which lead us toward the fullness of blessing in our lives.

In Exodus 15:26 we find the first use of shama` shama` and this verse contains the blessing of healing:

26 and said, “If you diligently heed (shama` shama` )  the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.”

Our health comes before our family because if we are sick we are unable to serve our family.  Instead they are having to serve us thus sickness is a burden to the family needing to be removed from us and FATHER has expressed HIS willingness to remove sickness and disease from those who are willing to diligently seek HIM and hear HIS Word.

In Deuteronomy chapter 11 THE SPIRIT wrote:

13 ‘And it shall be that if you earnestly obey (shama` shama` )  My commandments which I command you today, to love the LORD your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul,

14 then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil.

18 “Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.

19 You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

20 And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,

21 that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.

The second blessing  is a good family life and is achieved by diligently hearkening to HIS Voice and Word.  As we talk about GOD’S Word in our daily life, our children will be blessed as a result of our example and teaching in the household.  The result of this priority is the days of our children will be multiplied and our house will be like the days of Heaven on the earth.

In Deuteronomy chapter 15 THE SPIRIT wrote:

For the LORD will greatly bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance—

5 only if you carefully obey, diligently hearken (shama` shama` ) the voice  of the LORD your God, to observe with care all these commandments which I command you today.

6 For the LORD your God will bless you just as He promised you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you.

The third blessing is prosperity and is connected to our finances and our ability to help others outside our household.  Borrowing can easily become a source of bondage and FATHER is interested in us not being held captive by the world system.  Many have abused this blessing and have assume that FATHER wants us all to be multi-millionaires but we are to be “conduits” of blessings where HE will provide us with abundance to meet the needs we encounter.  There is a difference between abundance and exceeding excess.  We need to remove the debt mentality promoted by the world which seeks to enslave us and this blessing addresses the problem.  Proverbs 22 addresses this blessing as well:

6 ​​Train up a child in the way he should go, ​​And when he is old he will not depart from it.

​7 ​​The rich rules over the poor, ​​And the borrower is servant to the lender.

​8 ​​He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, ​​And the rod of his anger will fail.

​9 ​​He who has a generous eye will be blessed, ​​For he gives of his bread to the poor.

The fourth blessing is found in Deuteronomy chapter 28:

1 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey  (shama` shama` ) the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.”

All blessings associated with being on earth are listed in verses 2 to 14 and it covers most areas in our life.

The fifth blessing is found in Isaiah chapter 55:

1 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, ​​Come to the waters; ​​And you who have no money, ​​Come, buy and eat. ​​Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

2 ​​Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? ​​Listen carefully  (shama` shama` )  to Me, and eat what is good, ​​And let your soul delight itself in abundance.

3 ​​Incline your ear, and come to Me. ​​Hear, and your soul shall live; ​​And I will make an everlasting covenant with you— ​​The sure mercies of David.

The fifth and final blessing deals with eternity, well beyond our life on this earth.

The progression is:

1. Health and restoration

2. Good family life

3. Prosperity

4. Overall blessing on earth

5. Eternal, everlasting blessing in Heaven and on the earth.

We are told to hearken diligently that requires each of us to change and come up higher in all aspects of our life.  We each have a responsibility to hear in order to receive the above blessings.  Let the change come forth today in our individual lives.

It Is Time To Hear

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Luke recorded by THE SPIRIT in chapter 5:

15 However, the report went around concerning Him all the more; and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities.

Our responsibility is to hear and listen intently to The Word thus allowing It to become one with us.  As the people heard Jesus’ words they were to receive their healing from Him.  In Joshua chapter 1 THE SPIRIT wrote:

8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

This is a simple and very effective verse for us to place our faith in on a daily basis.  We are encouraged to speak and meditate on HIS Word day and night along with acting on HIS Word resulting in good success in a prosperous fashion.  When we fully align ourselves with FATHER’S Word then we come into unity with HIM just as Jesus is.  This results in us becoming mature Sons and Daughters.

As we focus on the Words of Jesus and listen to what He is saying, our bodies begin responding to His Words of life and healing.  It may begin slowly but most assuredly our mind and bodies will respond.  In Luke chapter 6:

17 And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases,

18 as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed.

19 And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.

Once again we find that our part is to diligently listen to Jesus’ Words for our healing.  Jesus was not reluctant to heal but “healed them all” so we should not be hesitant to seek His healing power in our lives.  The people came to hear and in response He healed them ALL.

THE SPIRIT wrote in Acts chapter 14:

6 they became aware of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding region.

7 And they (Paul and Barnabas) were preaching the gospel there.

8 And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked.

9 This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed,

10 said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.

Paul was constantly preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ and the crippled man was continually hearing this message.  The crippled man’s faith was being built up as he heard and listened.  Paul became aware of this man and observed him intently discerning that his faith had increased to the point where he could be healed by his faith.  The man listened intently, his faith grew, and he was healed of a life-long malady.  Does it get any better than that?

In a previous writing I wrote about shama` shama` in Exodus 15:

There He (THE LORD) made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, 26 and said, “If you diligently heed (shama` shama`)  the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.”

The first use of shama` shama` or diligently heed, hearken, or listen is specifically connected to FATHER’S expressed healing power.  FATHER established early on that HE was able and wanted to heal us of our sickness and disease.  Likewise, Jesus expressed FATHER’S Love in the same manner when we walked the earth.  In addition, the disciples also preached this message of healing, the people listened intently, and they were healed.  It is still true and applicable to us as well.

Mankind tends to be negatively oriented thus we need to hear the Good News until we become positively oriented and allow our faith to grow with the good seed of the Gospel planted in us.  The result is we become optimistic rather than pessimistic and cynical.  Look at your words to see which category you are in for out the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.  Is is time to hear the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and allow HIS Word to remove the world’s impact on us.  In response His healing power will overshadow us and we will look to share the Good News of Jesus Christ to those who also desire to hear intently and desire to be healed and restored.

Hear, Hear

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Please read the following closely for they are words of life to those who have ears to hear.  There are several places in the Old Testament where we find the Hebrew word for “hear” which is shama` used twice in a row- shama` shama`. FATHER wants us to pay very close attention when HE repeats the word shama`.

In Exodus chapter 15 THE SPIRIT wrote:

26 and said, “If you diligently heed (shama` shama` ) the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put (or permit) none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.”

FATHER wants us to know most assuredly that HE is JEHOVAH RAPHA (THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY OUR HEALER) and we should never forget this Truth.  THE SPIRIT wrote in Deuteronomy chapter 11:

13 ‘And it shall be that if you earnestly obey (hearken to) (shama` shama` ) My commandments which I command you today, to love the LORD your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul,

14 then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil.

15 And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.’

In this case FATHER once again describes HIMSELF this time as JEHOVAH JIREH, Our Provider, for HE gives and sends provision for us in our time of need.  Now in Deuteronomy chapter 28 where we find the blessings of obedience, FATHER tells us to listen closely, harken diligently, or he who has ears to hear, let him hear what is about to be said:

1 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey (shama` shama` )  the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.

2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:

3 “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.

4 “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.

5 “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.

6 “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.

7 “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.

8 “The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

9 “The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways.

10 Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you.

11 And the LORD will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you.

12 The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.

13 And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.

14 So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

The next occurrence takes place in Jeremiah 17:24 concerning the Day of Rest.  Each of us needs a Day of Rest during the seven day cycle.  We should take the opportunity to take Holy Communion and keep its meaning before us the entire day without any major distraction.  FATHER spoke to the Israelites concerning the Sabbath:

21 Thus says the LORD: “Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the Sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem;

22 nor carry a burden out of your houses on the Sabbath day, nor do any work, but hallow the Sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.

23 But they did not obey nor incline their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear nor receive instruction.

24 “And it shall be, if you heed Me carefully,” says the LORD, “to bring no burden through the gates of this city on the Sabbath day, but hallow the Sabbath day, to do no work in it,

25 then shall enter the gates of this city kings and princes sitting on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their princes, accompanied by the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and this city shall remain forever.

FATHER’S promises to us are not hidden to only those who can find them through exhaustive study but instead FATHER emphasizes them by pointing them out to us in an obvious and clear fashion.  “Hearken diligently” means to listen and pay very close attention.  Let us ponder the above passages as we are reminded that FATHER changes not and HIS Love is consistent and reliable throughout all of Scripture.  HIS promises are applicable today just as they were when THE SPIRIT wrote them for all to read and “shama` shama`”.

Reading the above out loud will be of additional benefit for we will read, see, and hear!

Forget Not The Benefits

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

When our soul is satisfied our youth is renewed, our iniquities are forgiven, we are healed of all our diseases, and our life is redeemed from destruction.  THE SPIRIT wrote in Psalm 103:

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!

2 ​​Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:

3 ​​Who forgives all your iniquities, ​​Who heals all your diseases,

4 ​​Who redeems your life from destruction, ​​Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,

5 ​​Who satisfies your mouth with good things, ​​So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

As we study, contemplate, and dwell on HIS Word, our faith grows and our realization of HIS benefits comes into focus.  If we turn our focus to the world’s issues, slowly but surely we begin to forget what we once knew to be sure and true in our lives.  Then one day we wake up and find ourselves in a troubling situation and wonder how we arrived there.  Virtually no one forgets to eat food daily yet many lose focus in eating Spiritual food in the same manner.  I know that the cares of the world can creep in and demand your focus but we must guard our hearts from allowing such distractions which compromise our Spiritual nourishment.

THE SPIRIT wrote in Isaiah chapter 55:

​​2 Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy?

​​Listen carefully (to hear, listen to, obey) to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance.

3 ​​Incline your ear, and come to Me. ​​Hear, and your soul shall live;

​​And I will make an everlasting covenant with you— ​​The sure mercies of David.

Let us take this passage in Isaiah seriously and be determined to maintain a full commitment to hearing The Word for HIS Word is life and health to our bones.  There is such benefit to walking in HIS Word and being led by THE SPIRIT and we should not allow ourselves to become lukewarm.  To listen means to pay attention, concentrate, heed and obey.  We must incline our ear or be willing or favorably disposed toward hearing FATHER.  If we become reluctant or unwilling to hear then we will not receive the benefits FATHER has for us. 

We are to listen with a willing heart and I believe this becomes easy as we embrace the revelation of Love for then we are passionate about what FATHER has to tell us each and every day.  When HIS Spirit speaks to me I purpose to incline my ear to HIM and as I do, the Word HE speaks comes alive in me even though it contradicts what I previously thought.  A revelation corrects our thoughts else it would not need to be revealed to us.

Jesus spoke in Luke chapter 8:

19 Then His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not approach Him because of the crowd.

20 And it was told Him by some, who said, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You.”

21 But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”

Jesus gave us the key to being Sons and Daughters of FATHER when He said “those who hear the WORD of FATHER and do it”.  As we keep HIS Word before us, hear It, and do it, then not only are we remembering HIS benefits but we will receive them as well.

Hearing and Hearing

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

THE SPIRIT wrote by the hand of Paul in Romans chapter 10:

14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

17 So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

The word “hearing” is not past tense but is present tense thus faith comes by repeated hearing the Word of Our Heavenly Father.  We must keep HIS Word before us continually to maintain and grow our faith.  It is simply the way we are created.  In order to remain strong we must exercise whether it be in the physical or the Spiritual else we will grow weak in the area which receives no exercise or use.   Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Galatians chapter 2:

16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

When we hear The Word we should always hear in the context of Jesus Christ for we are justified by by faith IN HIM not by the works of the law.  Faith is necessary to live and grow in Christ thus we should keep His Word before us at all times.  We must not allow Christ to be deemphasized in any teaching because He is the manifestation of FATHER for our benefit both now and in the future.

Continuing in Romans chapter 10:

15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:

​​​“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, ​​Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

Hearing the Gospel of peace tells us there in no more war between us and Heaven for we are reconciled to FATHER through our Lord Jesus Christ Who put away all our sins and this is extremely good news.  Our focus should be on glad tidings of good things rather than the negative reports constantly being originated and repeated by the world.  Because of the blood of Jesus Christ, FATHER sees us Holy, perfect, and blameless.  Paul emphasizes this Truth in Colossians chapter 1:

19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,

20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled

22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight

23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Paul urges us to continue in faith being grounded and steadfast and not allow ourselves to be moved away from the hope of the Gospel.  I too urge all of us to remain steadfast in this Truth.  FATHER gives me the grace each day to hear HIM and write to my brethren to encourage us all to remain in this walk of faith.  Our faith in Jesus Christ may be challenged by the world but we must remain steadfast for Jesus Christ is the only true door to eternal salvation.  As Paul state earlier in Colossians:

15 He (Jesus Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

The word “preeminence” means: the fact of surpassing all others; superiority.  There is none which will supersede Christ thus our faith must be in His preeminence over all things both in Heaven and in earth.  Any teaching omitting His preeminence must be carefully considered and tested for its relevance to our walk.  I would rather receive a deeper revelation of Christ than a multitude of facts which contain no life.  As we live a Christ-centered life, we begin to live a more abundant life.  Consider Isaiah 55:

1 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, ​​Come to the waters;

​​And you who have no money, ​​Come, buy and eat.

​​Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

2 ​​Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy?

​​Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance.

3 ​​Incline your ear, and come to Me. ​​Hear, and your soul shall live; ​​And I will make an everlasting covenant with you— ​​The sure mercies of David.

Let us hear HIS Word so our soul shall live for it gives nourishment and we will be satisfied with its abundance.  In order to come into the this state of being satisfied we must incline our ear to hear and hear and hear.