Archive for December, 2017

In His Name

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Jesus spoke in John chapter 14:

7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”

9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.

11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

Jesus makes an emphatic statement of how we are to petition and make our requests made known to FATHER.  We are to make those requests In Jesus’ Name.  Why?  We are only acceptable through His sacrifice on the cross.  Any prayer, declaration, proclamation, or prophetic word outside the expressed authority and proper use of His Name effectively relies on a lesser, temporary sacrifice and is under the Law.  It is only by Jesus Christ Who became the perfect and acceptable sacrifice are we able to receive from FATHER through HIS unmerited favor.  Jesus is our legal sacrifice and substitution allowing us to boldly approach FATHER’S Throne in a fully acceptable manner.

Any word or act which diminishes Jesus’ preeminence in our lives will impair our walk IN HIM.  Jesus spoke in John chapter 16:

23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.

24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”

Jesus revealed the proper way to ask FATHER once He was sitting at FATHER’S Right Hand and there would be no complex ritual required to having our prayers answered.  Our Intermediary is now sitting next to FATHER and all of our requests in His Name are answered according to the acceptance by FATHER of Jesus’ intervention on our behalf.  What better Advocate to have other than Jesus Christ?

Our Heavenly FATHER is glorified in the Son as FATHER fulfills our petitions in Jesus’ Name.  FATHER will not promote anything which does not glorify Jesus.  FATHER will not answer prayers promoting greed or selfishness thus it is important that we know HIS Word when we pray.  FATHER is not obligated to fulfill any request outside of HIS stated Will in Scripture.  Jesus expressed in John chapter 15:

16 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.

17 These things I command you, that you love one another.”

Love should be the basis for all our requests and good fruit should be the result of those requests.  Jesus is not glorified when we are hungry, sick, or in desperate need so let us pull down the strongholds keeping us from receiving from FATHER when petitioning in Jesus’ Name.  If good fruit is not resulting when we pray, there is something amiss in our lives and we must change in some manner.  I know it is true for me in certain areas where I have become slack.  Surely I am not the only one who needs to change in order to produce greater fruit which glorifies The Son.

These writings are intended to encourage change among those who seek a deeper relationship with FATHER through HIS Son Jesus Christ.  Jesus’ Name must not be diminished in our walk for it is by His Name we received salvation.  It is by His Name I have been healed multiple times.  It is by His Name I have been delivered from destruction.  Let us exalt His Name in our hearts and our minds for He is our High Priest before FATHER.  None of us can stand acceptable before FATHER without Our Advocate at HIS right hand so we should always be mindful of that reality when we make our request known to FATHER.

The Beloved Disciple appropriately summarized this writing when he wrote by THE SPIRIT in 1 John chapter 5:

13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

And I say AMEN!

Our Battle

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Where is our spiritual battle fought?  Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT 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 (logismos) 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.

The battle is fought in our thought life, not at some external place.  Peter spoke by THE SPIRIT in Acts chapter 3:

19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord

The word “repent” means to change your mind.  As we hear FATHER’S Word our mind is changed from futile thoughts to thoughts promoting life, healing, and restoration.  As we change our minds from worldly thoughts to FATHER’S higher thoughts  HIS Ways become our ways.  FATHER’S Thoughts have the power to take our thoughts into captivity and remove worry and fear from our thought life.  Jesus spoke in Matthew chapter 6:

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Do you seek the Kingdom by traveling to some “Sacred place”?  No, the Kingdom is within us but we must cast down those vain imaginations and anything exalting itself above FATHER’S Word in our thought life.  The result will be peace no matter what is happening in the external environment around us.  Jesus did not find it necessary to find the highest peak to overcome the devil but the devil tried to externalize the battle by doing so.  The devil could not infiltrate and change Jesus’ thought life.

We must cast down logismos which is translated as logic, a reckoning, computation, a reasoning, a judgment, or decision.  Often FATHER’S Word does not seem logical because we are unable to see the bigger picture.  Those who are highly schooled have a tendency to challenge FATHER’S Word because they think they know it all thus they attempt to apply their narrow logic and challenge the Scripture.  They simply cannot see in the Spiritual realm because they count on their five physical senses for information.  FATHER says their thoughts are futile because they do not have access to the Knowledge of FATHER thus they are simply blinded to HIS higher revelation.

What is “the obedience of Christ”?  Jesus was obedient to FATHER’S Word His entire life on earth and FATHER responded before Jesus began His ministry by saying “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”  FATHER never spoke this to anyone else before that day.  Jesus was obedient to the cross and we should be obedient to placing our fleshly nature on the cross as well.  As we exalt Christ in our lives we become obedient to Christ.  As we take Holy Communion in the proper context we exalt Christ to be preeminent in our lives and we become obedient to His preeminence.  In Romans chapter 5 Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT:

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

Adam’s sin was so powerful it made us all sinners, but Jesus’ obedience was even greater than all aspects of Adam’s sin thus we are able to be restored to FATHER fully and completely.  When we have fully changed we will be refreshed by being in the presence of THE LORD as Peter spoke in Acts 3:19.  If we are not being refreshed then there is need for further change to be accomplished in us.  There is still one or more strongholds needing to be pulled down in our thought life. 

Any situation, thought, or action keeping us from that refreshing Peter spoke of needs to be dealt with by applying FATHER’S Word.  Once we have perceived the anointing of being in HIS Presence, its absence becomes apparent.  Let us overcome and pull down every stronghold so that we become fully submitted to the obedience of Christ.

Our Thoughts

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

It is written by THE SPIRIT in Psalm 94:

7 They have said, “The LORD does not see, Nor does the God of Jacob pay heed.”

8 Pay heed, you senseless among the people; And when will you understand, stupid ones?

9 He who planted the ear, does He not hear? He who formed the eye, does He not see?

10 He who chastens the nations, will He not rebuke, Even He who teaches man knowledge?

11 The LORD knows the thoughts of man, That they are a mere breath (futile).

Even though we think we have a private thought life, FATHER knows our thoughts.  These thoughts will either help us or hinders us as we seek to walk in Love, faith, and hope.  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 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.

How do I bring my thoughts captive?  Whenever I have a though contrary to The Word, I dispute that thought and cast it down.  I will apply an applicable Scripture to the thought if it attempts to return.  If a fearful thought rises up in me then I will speak forth the Truth about FATHER being my Deliverer or Healer… because HE IS.  FATHER is speaking to us in Isaiah chapter 55:

8 ​​“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,

​​Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.

9 ​​“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

​​So are My ways higher than your ways,

​​And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

FATHER’S Thoughts expressed in HIS Words are higher than our thoughts thus we should apply HIS preeminent Word to our thought life.  In turn, HIS Thoughts are as seeds planted in us and will produce good fruit in our lives.  Consider Mary, the mother of Jesus.  In Luke chapter 1 it is written by THE SPIRIT:

26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,

27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.

28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

The angel’s mandate is to carry out FATHER’S Word in the earth and this angel spoke The Word to Mary.  Initially Mary was troubled but the angel assured her of The Word:

29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.

30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.

32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.

33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

The angel imparted FATHER’S Thoughts and Mary replaced her thoughts with HIS.  She did not refuse to receive The Word but instead fully embraced it in her life.  But first she needed understanding of how this event would take place:

34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.

36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.

37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”

38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Mary fully accepted FATHER’S Word spirit, soul, and body.  Though I have never heard it taught in the past, did Mary have a glorified body for nine months until the birth of Jesus?  Moses’ face was glorified for forty days as He was in the presence of FATHER.  Just a thought my wife recently posed to me.  When we fully accept FATHER’S Word and It manifests in our spirit, soul, and body similar to Mary, HIS Glory will permeate every aspect of our being.  Then as John spoke by THE SPIRIT in 1 John 4:17 “As He is so are we.”

Let us replace our lower, futile thoughts with FATHER’S preeminent Thoughts.  As we do, we take on HIS Character of Love and become mature Sons and Daughters.  As a result people will be drawn to us in the same manner they were drawn to Jesus, Our Elder Brother.

A Result of Communion

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

The topic of Melchizedek is not for the dull of hearing but it is evident to me FATHER wants us to focus on this area once again.  Each morning HE imparts to me by HIS SPIRIT what is to be written and I simply respond and proceed to write.

It is written in Hebrews chapter 5:

8 though He (Jesus) was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,

10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,”

11 of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.

We are given a warning concerning the revelation of Melchizedek because Hebrews chapters 5 through 7 will be misconstrued by many who do not have ears to hear.  This warning tells us there is a very important Truth given to those who are willing to hear and respond by their actions.  The immature will be offended in some manner or they simply will have no comprehension of the importance of the revelation to be gleaned from these chapters.  A revelation is established in our life by walking in it by faith rather than simply acknowledging it.

The first communion took place in Genesis chapter 14 between Melchizedek and Abraham and that day set the stage for Abraham to be blessed with a son, the one aspect of his life which was lacking.  He had given a tithe of all he had and FATHER responded to his prayer by assuring him of a son.

By THE SPIRIT it is written in Hebrews chapter 7:

1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,

2 to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace,”

3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.

When we partake of communion with understanding rather than simply as a ritual or custom, we establish a closer relationship with FATHER and HIS Son Our Lord Jesus Christ.  We acknowledge WHO is greater in our life by receiving His Body and His Blood thus acknowledging Jesus Christ as being preeminent in our being. 

4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils.

When Abraham received communion, his response was to give as an acknowledgment of the righteousness and peace received from the blessing.  Abraham did not have to be coerced into giving, it was in his heart to cheerfully give.  By this response, we know how important the act of taking this first communion was in Abraham’s life.  The King of Righteousness (blood) and Peace (body) remains our High Priest today.

5 And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham;

6 but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.

7 Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better.

It is emphasized beyond all question, contradiction, or rebellion, the blessing received is greater than the tithe given.  When we acknowledge the preeminence of Jesus Christ by receiving His Body and His Blood in our life through Holy Communion, we will not be hesitant to give out of our abundance.  You can rationalize away this Truth but it does not change its veracity.  Those who rationalize why they do not need to give have a major hurdle to overcome in order to mature in Christ.  Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in 1 Timothy chapter 6:

6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain.

7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.

9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.

10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Greed promotes destruction and departure from faith and when faith grows cold Holy Communion is compromised in its Divine Intent.  When we take Communion we are meant to exercise our faith in this Holy act being a blessing to us.  If in response we don’t have the desire to become a blessing ourselves, there is something lacking and we need further revelation.  Does FATHER need our tithes or offerings?  Of course not.  So why did HE establish the need to give?  This issue reveals what is in man’s heart whether we like it or not.

Even though I know some who read this might be offended because of discussing giving, would you rather me omit an important aspect of Communion?  Paul who is writing by THE SPIRIT does not mince words when it comes to the subtleness of greed.  Let not greed keep us from the blessing given by “The Greater”.  In Hebrews chapter 7:

24 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.

25 Therefore He is also able to save (sōzō) to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

You may recall sōzō means to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction, save from injury or peril, to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health.  When we take communion exalting Our High Priest Jesus Christ, His greater blessing includes saving us from all aspects of destruction.  If you truly believe this, what would be your response?  You should be tithing not out of obligation or fear but rather out of revelation else the blessings are hindered.  Blessings are a result of communion and let us not restrict the blessings in any manner.

The Benefits Of Serving

Monday, December 11th, 2017

FATHER spoke in Exodus 23:

25 “So you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.

26 No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.”

A servant serves out of duty whereas a son serves FATHER out of Agape Love.  As I willingly and joyfully serve FATHER, HE is pleased and blesses me with provision and takes sickness away from my midst (inward parts: physical, mind, and emotion).  FATHER also promised I would not be barren or suffer a miscarriage thus a son would come forth.  Let us view this beyond a physical promise to a woman but let us consider the Spiritual nature of this promise of bringing forth a Son of GOD within each of us.  When The Word is implanted in our spirits and grows to full term then we become HIS son and become known to HIM as one of the “Sons of GOD”.

It has been determined that Abraham was eighty-three when he had communion with Melchizedek in Genesis chapter 14:

18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High.

19 And he blessed him and said: ​​​“Blessed be Abram of God Most High, ​​Possessor of heaven and earth;

20 ​​And blessed be God Most High, ​​Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” ​And he gave him a tithe of all.

Abraham gave tithes out of joy and gratitude, not out of duty.  Why?  Because the communion with Melchizedek brought a peace that was greater than Abraham had known.  Consider that the word “king” denotes master and peace denotes fullness, completeness, no lack, no issue, no sickness, no disease, total restoration.  The Master of Peace restored Abraham in a manner beyond expectation when he took communion.  In the very next chapter after communion FATHER speaks to Abraham:

1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”

2 But Abram said, “Lord GOD, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”

3 Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!”

4 And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.”

Immediately after communion FATHER declares to Abraham that HE is Abraham’s shield WHO protects him from his enemies.  In addition, FATHER is his exceedingly great reward!  The one thing missing in Abraham’s life was a son because Sarah was barren.  One of the blessings of communion is restoration of the body and Abraham sought restoration for both Sarah and him and FATHER assured him that his restoration was assured.  By faith Abraham had relations with Sarah expecting the promise of a son to be fulfilled.  Abraham remained steadfast in the promise for sixteen years when Sarah conceived their son of promise.  Abraham was 99 years old when Isaac was conceived.

When we joyfully and willingly serve FATHER then HE is our our shield and our exceedingly great reward.  FATHER will defend us against those who wish us harm and bless us as we fulfill our calling, serving HIM according to HIS Divine purpose.  HE will enable us to overcome the obstacles set before us and as we remain steadfast IN HIM, our faith increases to the point of being great faith.  Whether restoration is manifested instantaneously or over a period of sixteen years, it does not matter to us as we remain steadfast and trust in FATHER.  We will then express praise and gratitude similar to Psalm 100:

1 Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!

2 ​​Serve the LORD with gladness; ​​Come before His presence with singing.

3 ​​Know that the LORD, He is God; ​​It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;

​​We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

​4 ​​Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, ​​And into His courts with praise.

​​Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

5 ​​For the LORD is good; ​​His mercy is everlasting, ​​And His truth endures to all generations.

The Darkness Before Deliverance

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

The Children of Israel were in utter and complete bondage to Pharaoh doing back-braking labor making brick every day.  They cried out to THE LORD and HE prepared Moses to deliver them.  In Exodus chapter 4 FATHER gave Moses supernatural signs as a confirmation of his calling.  His rod was turned into a serpent then reverted back to the rod and his hand became leprous when he placed it under his cloak.  When inserted the second time it returned to normal.  If there was still unbelief among the elders of the children of Israel, FATHER gave Moses a third sign of turning water into blood.  Moses was fully equipped to deal with Pharaoh.

When FATHER sent Moses to Pharaoh the first time it became worse for children of Israel.  It is written by THE SPIRIT in Exodus chapter 5:

4 Then the king of Egypt said to them, “Moses and Aaron, why do you take the people from their work? Get back to your labor.”

5 And Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are many now, and you make them rest from their labor!”

6 So the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their officers, saying,

7 “You shall no longer give the people straw to make brick as before. Let them go and gather straw for themselves.

8 And you shall lay on them the quota of bricks which they made before. You shall not reduce it. For they are idle; therefore they cry out, saying, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’

9 Let more work be laid on the men, that they may labor in it, and let them not regard false words.”

Don’t be surprised if things look worse in the natural before your deliverance comes forth because FATHER requires us to respond in faith when confronting the growing darkness.  The devil will use all his resources to weaken our faith in FATHER’S Word to us.  The back-breaking work surely caused feebleness among the people and we can rightly assume they had poor diets as well.  Their faith would be tested multiple times before their deliverance until the first born of Egypt would lose their lives.

Once FATHER had the children of Israel sacrifice the Lamb on their behalf, their deliverance manifested.  They ate the Lamb until It was fully consumed and placed Its blood on their doorposts and lintel, similar to a depiction of the cross.  The ate of the Lamb so that when they departed there would be none sick among them.  All were healed of their infirmities so that they could quickly depart their captivity.  Before departure they were instructed in Exodus chapter 12:

11 And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD’s Passover.

FATHER instructed them by faith to prepare for imminent departure even though in the natural they were at their darkest moment.  Just before their deliverance, death would hover them yet the Blood protected them that night.  What would have happened if they gave up one day early?  The enemy would have succeeded in foiling their deliverance.  Likewise, let us not give up in receiving deliverance.

David dealt with similar adversities yet he had faith in FATHER to deliver him from his enemies.  By THE SPIRIT it is written in Psalm 35:

17 ​​Lord, how long will You look on?

​​Rescue me from their destructions, ​​My precious life from the lions.

18 ​​I will give You thanks in the great assembly; ​​I will praise You among many people.

And in Psalm 13:

1 How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever?

​​How long will You hide Your face from me?

2 ​​How long shall I take counsel in my soul, ​​Having sorrow in my heart daily?

​​How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

But later in Psalm 13:

5 ​​But I have trusted in Your mercy; ​​My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.

6 ​​I will sing to the LORD, ​​Because He has dealt bountifully with me.

Sometimes our humanity asks FATHER “How long?” but let us remain steadfast in faith.  Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Romans chapter 8:

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose

You and I are called according to HIS purpose or we would not be sharing this writing.  Let us continue in unwavering faith no matter how dark things look but let us sing to THE LORD and express our trust in HIS mercy.  Let us rejoice in our salvation and magnify HIS Name above all we see and hear for our deliverance is drawing near.

No Doubt

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

By THE SPIRIT James wrote in chapter 1:

2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,

3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;

8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

We must not let ourselves be double-minded because in that state our prayers will no longer be effective and produce any desired results.  Double-mindedness comes when faith is diluted by doubt and James gives us a stern warning about this condition.  FATHER and HIS Word must become preeminent in our lives and above our five physical senses.  Our senses provide us information about the natural whereas faith operates in the supernatural or above the natural.  Each of us must decide which realm will be the final authority because you cannot have it both ways.

In Matthew chapter 21 it is written by THE SPIRIT for our instruction:

18 Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry.

19 And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away.

20 And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?”

21 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.

22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Asking and believing in the present results in receiving when there is no doubt affecting your believing.  Doubt calls into question the veracity of FATHER’S Word in one’s mind and arises by allowing the senses to dispute the Truth of The Word.  When our physical senses cause us to give the natural preeminence in our lives, we doubt the Spiritual.  The battle for preeminence occurs in our minds and that is why James uses the term “double-minded”.  The issue is not external but instead it is between our ears. 

What we constantly expose our mind to will determine what position we take- spiritual or natural.  When confronted by the devil attempting to create doubt with logic, reasoning, and focusing on the natural, Jesus responded each time “It is written” thus He was not moved by the natural.  We too must learn to respond in the same manner, doubting not.

Traditions of man are also a problem to walking in faith.  Jesus spoke in Mark chapter 7:

5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?”

6 He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:

​​‘​This people honors Me with their lips, ​​But their heart is far from Me.

7 ​​And in vain they worship Me, ​​Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

​8 For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men—the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.”

The result of their traditions:

13 making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

As we focus on FATHER, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and The Most Holy Spirit for WHO THEY ARE rather than what THEY can do, our faith will grow and our doubt will disintegrate.  Our confidence will grow strong in FATER’S Word because we truly know HIM for WHO HE IS.  When we magnify FATHER in our lives HE becomes preeminent and our faith is energized.  David had this revelation as he wrote by THE SPIRIT in Psalm 34:

2 ​​My soul shall make its boast in the LORD;

​​The humble shall hear of it and be glad.

3 ​​Oh, magnify the LORD with me, ​​And let us exalt His name together.

4 ​​I sought the LORD, and He heard me, ​​And delivered me from all my fears.

5 ​​They looked to Him and were radiant, ​​And their faces were not ashamed.

6 ​​This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, ​​And saved him out of all his troubles.

Sickness Is Spiritual

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Sickness is a spiritual issue just as sin is a spiritual issue and we should not judge others who become sick or diseased.  We should not point to their diets, lack of exercise, or any other failure to take care of their bodies.  The body is designed to heal itself and live forever, simply look at Adam and his offspring until spiritual death finally took hold on their bodies.  Our spirit is the highest level of our existence and impacts our soul and our body, in that order.  If our spirit is without revelation then our mind and body will reflect that state in our actions and health.

Jesus spoke in Luke chapter 7 to a sinful woman who weeping ministered to Him with an alabaster flask of fragrant oil:

50 Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved (sōzō) you. Go in peace.”

Jesus spoke in Mark chapter 5 to the woman with the issue of blood:

34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well (sōzō). Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”

In Mark chapter 6:

56 Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well (sōzō).

The word sōzō means to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction; to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health.  The issue in each case was resolved by the person exercising faith, not by a certain diet, supplement, or exercise regimen.  I encourage us all to diet, exercise and take supplements as FATHER directs but we must not lose sight of how sickness and disease are resolved at their root cause.

Every one of us must deal with our own spiritual weakness no matter how we are viewed by others.  Our egos would have us project ourselves being strong and fully matured in all areas yet each of us has weaknesses which must be resolved.  There are times in my life when I was full of faith in the area of healing but then over time I would no longer focus on those promises and my body would take on sickness or disease requiring me to once again focus on those same promises of healing.  I allowed myself to get lax in specific areas of the Promises of FATHER until my body finally responded to my spirit being “void” again. 

What steps do I take when I get sick?  I go back to The Word and once again immerse myself in the healing Scriptures because I know that I have become spiritually weak in that area.  The simple Truth is found in Romans chapter 10 where Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT:

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

Jesus tells us that our faith will make us sōzō.  By immersing ourselves in FATHER’S Word, we build our faith up in our spirit then our body responds.  FATHER’S Word has the power of healing in it so we must by faith receive HIS Word and receive healing.  As we spend time in HIS Word, doubt and unbelief are purged from our spirit and we then produce good fruit in our body.  Our fruit or lack thereof are good indicators of our spiritual state in the various areas of our life.  Jesus spent much time in communion with FATHER during His ministry.  If He found it needful, so should we.

Jesus did not judge those who were sick but instead had compassion toward them and his desire was to heal all who were sick and afflicted no matter what state they were in.  The woman with the issue of blood had seen the doctors of her time and she spent all of her money trying to get healed.  In the end it was her faith in The Word that healed her.  Anything which promotes sickness, disease, destruction, or death has at its roots a spiritual issue.  I have no issue receiving pain relief by a doctor while I am focusing on dealing with my spiritual issue.  I want to minimize the focus on the problem so that I can concentrate on the solution found in the revelation of FATHER’S Word.

As we properly align our spiritual man with the Living Word, our minds and bodies will respond and be healed.  We must build up and exercise our faith in the area of our weakness to the point where we know our prayer is immediately answered in the spirit and no longer are we moved by what we are seeing or feeling.  Jesus spoke in Mark chapter 11:

24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Pray, believe, and receive are all in present tense.  As we exercise our faith in the present, our request made known to FATHER is answered in the present so let us believe HIM now and not consider the temporal as defining the result of our prayer.

Does FATHER Want You Well?

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Does Our Heavenly want us to live a healthy life?  The answer is yes and even more so than an earthly father and mother wants the best for their child.  By THE SPIRIT Luke wrote in chapter 11:

11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?

12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

None of us can fathom the Love FATHER has for us and HE simply tells us to ask in faith, doubting not.  Faith, trust, and belief are all related when it comes to receiving from FATHER.  If there is any issue in receiving we must conclude  it has to do with us and our current state.  FATHER does not change but on the other hand we need to change when we are not walking according to HIS promises.  I have come to embrace change in my life rather than try to defend why I am lacking in some area casting the blame elsewhere.  Isaiah wrote by THE SPIRIT in chapter 53:

4 ​​Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;

​​Yet we esteemed Him stricken, ​​Smitten by God, and afflicted.

5 ​​But He was wounded for our transgressions,

​​He was bruised for our iniquities; ​​The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,

​​And by His stripes we are healed.

6 ​​All we like sheep have gone astray; ​​We have turned, every one, to his own way;

​​And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

FATHER likens us to sheep who have gone astray, going our own way based on our mind, will, and emotions.  Our ego causes us to believe men who use soulish means to convince us to accept their doctrines which depart from the Truth in FATHER’S Word.  We will then read Scripture with embedded bias causing us to err in our understanding.  This is one reason for all the different dominations in every city.  In John chapter 10 Jesus speaks:

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”

Jesus Who fully reflects FATHER’S Will gives His life for us in all areas just as the shepherd gives his life to protect his sheep from the wolves.  Sheep are incapable of protecting themselves without the shepherd and this metaphor is most appropriate in all areas of our life.  The shepherd represents unconditional Love for his sheep just as Jesus represents unconditional Love for us.  He took on stripes so that we would be healed of sickness and disease.  He took on the cross to enable us to be fully reconciled to FATHER.

Every word and action by Jesus is intended to make us whole in all areas of our lives and His actions and words were all directed by FATHER for our specific benefit.  We should take the opportunity to receive the fullness of FATHER’S Word in every area of our life so that we will fully mature and become overcomers of the world.  I must allow HIS Word to become greater in me than the logic and reasoning of my mind.  My eyes see failure of men in the area of sickness and disease thus my mind wants to view this as acceptable yet The Word tells me otherwise.  FATHER wants me to accept HIS Word and not my observation which is temporary by nature.  I am determined to stand on HIS Word and not my own understanding based on logic and reasoning.  I only have to look at past failures of my logic to convince me WHO I should follow.

As for me, I will follow the Good Shepherd WHO leads me to still waters and WHO heals and restores me in all areas of my life, my body included.  Join me in exalting OUR LORD above all else and let THE LORD be magnified in our individual lives above all we see and hear in this world.

Our Focus

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Where is our focus- on the problem or on the true solution?  When we are sick or have contracted a disease, the medical community is trained to treat the symptoms hoping to resolve the problem.  They treat the body even though the problem could be impacted by the spiritual, mental, or emotional states of the patient.  Their goal is relief and reduction of symptoms.  However the body is designed to heal itself so if they can help the immune system in some way, the body will begin healing.  Our Heavenly Father has a superior means of healing thus HE sent HIS Son to show us “The Way”. 

FATHER does not just treat symptoms, HE removes the source of the problem thus we need to focus on HIS solution.  Don’t get me wrong, if you are currently being treated a doctor you should continue until your healing is complete.  If you are healed of the sickness or disease quicker and better than the doctor expected then you have a documented testimony.  The beloved disciple wrote in 1 John chapter 2:

1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

2 And He Himself is the propitiation (atoning sacrifice) for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

In the above passage THE SPIRIT states “Jesus IS” not “Jesus was”.  Jesus continues to intercede on our behalf in all areas thus our requests made known to FATHER do not fall on deaf ears but FATHER sees us through the Blood of Christ and we are fully acceptable in HIS sight.  In HIS great grace and mercy, FATHER is Our Healer because HE Loves us unconditionally.  We don’t have to perform in order to receive healing other than believe HIM and doubt not in our hearts.  I find that doubt is the biggest hindrance to receiving from FATHER.  When reading the Gospels we find that Jesus never withheld healing but always healed when the recipients were willing.  In Acts chapter 3 it is written by THE SPIRIT:

1 Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.

2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple;

3 who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms.

4 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.”

5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.

6 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”

7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

8 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God.

This man had a birth defect and never expected to walk but he also did not expect to meet up with the disciples who now had the revelation of healing.  The revelation contained in name of Jesus Christ has the power and authority to heal any issue confronting us just as that same power healed the lame man.  Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).   Peter had to change the focus of the lame man before he could receive his healing.  We too must change our focus and look to our High Priest Who is the manifested Healer representing the Love of FATHER toward us.

The ONE WHO formed us in the womb knows every particle of our makeup and knows how all of them should function together in a normal fashion.  Who better to look to for our healing and health.  Vitamins are good but they don’t heal us.  Technology is also good but it doesn’t heal us and we should not idolize either in hope of being healed.  Men can create idols and begin to place their trust in the created rather than placing their focus on The True Healer.  This is why Jesus never healed people in a manner where men could take the focus away from The Healer by developing a formula for healing.  It is written by THE SPIRIT in Matthew chapter 13:

54 When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?

55 Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas?

56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?”

57 So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.”

58 Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

We must not allow logic and reasoning to divert the focus away from Our Healer for it produces unbelief of the Spiritual power and authority.  As we properly direct our focus on the true Source of healing our faith will grow and replace the unbelief which is keeping us from fully accepting the healing power manifested through Jesus Christ.  Jesus preached The Word then healed the people.  Let us receive HIS Word and be healed in the same manner.