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FATHER’S Third Redemptive Promise

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

David wrote by THE SPIRIT in Psalm 23:

1 The LORD is my shepherd (Jehovah Raah); ​​I shall not want.

FATHER is our shepherd to leads us and guides us on the proper path to HIS blessings of abundance in meeting our needs.  HE takes special interest in each of us and desires to keep us from going astray.  Jesus manifested FATHER’S nature and Divine Intent when He spoke in John chapter 10:

7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.

8 All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.

9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

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

By contrast to the thief, Jesus desires to protect us from the theft, death, and destruction.  It is not only Jesus’ desire but FATHER’S desire as well that we might have an abundant life.  Anything contrary to an abundant life is an indication that the thief has deceived us in some manner.  Jesus gave His life for us, his sheep, so that we could be fully reconciled to FATHER in all areas of our life.  When we choose to limit ourselves to only one or two promises, we have missed a great blessing.  What father wants his children to miss out on an abundant life?

The adversary’s primary device against us is to challenge FATHER’S Word and use worldly logic to cause us to question FATHER’S promises.  The serpent spoke to Eve questioning FATHER’S Word when he said “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”  and “You will not surely die.”  When the devil tempted Jesus, he began by saying “If” concerning FATHER’S Word.  The devil will try to dilute FATHER’S Word and convince us that HIS Word and promises are not meant for us.

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in 2 Corinthians chapter 11:

3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Our adversary, the devil, will deceive us and lead us toward scarcity.  Adam and Eve where in the garden of plenty but were deceived which resulted in them being cast out of the garden and forced to toil for their sustenance.  They believed the lie of the devil over The Word of FATHER.  It is no different today.  A shepherd guides and protects his sheep.  He leads them to green pastures and still waters of peace.  If one of us goes astray, the Good Shepherd seeks to find us and return us to the fold.  It is to our benefit that we pay attention to the Good Shepherd and hear His voice.

Each of these redemptive promises requires us to believe in FATHER’S revealed nature and expressed by HIS Son Jesus Christ.  These promises must overpower the world’s persistent challenges which we are exposed to on a daily basis.  Jesus spoke in John chapter 16:

13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

FATHER’S Love is expressed in the Words of Jesus Christ to us.  We have been given The Holy Spirit to guide us into all Truth.  Let us become sensitive to The Holy Spirit and be led by THE SPIRIT so that we will stay on the path called “The Way”.  The Good Shepherd gave His life in order that we could know, embrace, confess, and walk in the redemptive promises of FATHER.  As we respond to these promises, we will renew our mind and be internally transformed.  As this occurs, our fruit of Love will abound toward others and the Kingdom will expand on earth.

FATHER’S Second Redemptive Promise

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

It is written by THE SPIRIT in Judges chapter 6:

23 Then the LORD said to him, “Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.”

24 So Gideon built an altar there to the LORD, and called it The-LORD-Is-Peace (Jehovah Shalom). To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

FATHER has given us a promise of peace in our hearts and only after our redemption are we able to experience true peace.  Gideon was living in fear of the Midianites and was in hiding when FATHER gave him the revelation of HIS peace.  The adversary wants us to live in fear, uncertainty, and doubt thus steering us away from being in faith.  If you and I are fearful about anything then we must focus our attention on this redemptive promise given by FATHER.  Through Our Lord Jesus Christ comes this promise of peace.  Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Ephesians chapter 2:

14 For He Himself (Jesus Christ) is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,

15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is,the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,

16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.

17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.

18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

The foundation of our peace comes from us having unfettered access to FATHER by THE SPIRT.  The wall of separation is gone and we must not let doubt cause us to believe that there is some barrier between FATHER and us.  We are Sons and Daughters and are no longer afar off.  FATHER looks forward to communing with us but HE will not force us to come before HIM.  It is up to each of us to embrace this second redemptive promise of peace in our life.  As our trust in FATHER increases, which comes by hearing and meditating on HIS Word, peace will overtake the turmoil and uncertainty.

By THE SPIRIT, Paul wrote 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.

Our peace came solely through the blood of His cross and no other path will satisfy the requirement which enables us to come before FATHER.  We are now holy, blameless, and above reproach.  We must embrace this Truth by continuing in the faith by being grounded and steadfast.  As we become doers of The Word, we will not grow cold or distant.  We will no longer listen to the accuser who can only appeal to our worldly logic where he can plant seeds of doubt.  Let us not move away from the hope of The Gospel but instead move closer to FATHER WHO calls HIMSELF Jehovah Shalom!

FATHER’S First Redemptive Promise

Monday, February 26th, 2018

FATHER spoke in Jeremiah chapter 23:

3 “But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.

4 I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the LORD.

​5 ​​“Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, ​​“That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness;

​​A King shall reign and prosper, ​​And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.

6 ​​In His days Judah will be saved, ​​And Israel will dwell safely; ​​Now this is His name by which He will be called:

THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Yĕhovah tsidqenuw)

Righteousness is the ability to stand in the presence of GOD without a sense of sin, guilt, or inferiority.  FATHER desires communion with each of us thus FATHER sent forth HIS Son to redeem us from the curse of the Law.  We were all born into unrighteousness but FATHER provided us the means to become righteous through the work of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  All believers have accepted this first redemptive promise and we should never forget the importance of this entrance into The Kingdom for this was the first miracle performed in us when we accepted Christ into our lives.  We should not downplay this first promise for it is the foundation by which we were able to become Sons and Daughters of FATHER.  The Beloved Disciple wrote by THE SPIRIT in John chapter 1:

12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

FATHER gave us the right to become HIS children by this redemptive promise.  This right was given out of HIS Love as recorded in John chapter 3:

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

FATHER Loved you and me before we were righteous.  Shouldn’t we Love others before they are righteous as well?  FATHER took the sinless Christ and poured into Him our sins.  Then, in exchange, HE pour HIS goodness into us.  None of us could earn righteousness but we were given the gift through Our Lord Jesus Christ.  He became the perfect sacrifice so that we could receive such a gift.  Let us never take this redemptive act for granted.  Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Romans chapter 3:

21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,

22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus

FATHER’S redemptive promises evoke change in our lives.  When we align with HIS Divine Intent, we will promote change in others who have yet to receive this gift of righteousness through the blood of Jesus Christ.  We must know, understand, and communicate this redemptive promise so that others will be able to stand before FATHER in righteousness.  As we fully embrace this first redemptive promise which reflects one of FATHER’S Names, we will not be hesitant to come boldly to the Throne of Grace for FATHER has given us this right.  Accept it in its fullest sense.

A Doer With Purpose

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

James wrote by THE SPIRIT in chapter 1:

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

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.

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, this one will be blessed in what he does.

Those who wish to live an overcoming life as mature Sons or Daughters of FATHER must be doers of The Word.  They are willing to stand on The Word and respond accordingly no matter what the five physical senses would suggest to the contrary.  No matter what your age, it is never too late to align yourself with The Word and begin to walk according to the redemptive promises made possible through Jesus Christ.  When we become doers of The Word, we will be blessed in those areas of revelation we have fully embraced.

We must keep The Word before us continuously.  If we don’t, we will become void of HIS Word in that area of HIS redemptive promises.  The result is that we will forget what kind of person we are; we will no longer overcome and be blessed in that aspect of our life.  I have experienced this first hand in the area of Divine health.  For years I believed FATHER for my health and ceased studying and dwelling on HIS Word in that area.  Why?  I was healthy and did not think about it.  Then suddenly, I contracted hepatitis from shellfish and became sick unto death according to the doctor.  I repented and immersed myself in healing Scriptures and was miraculously healed in eleven days versus the expected minimum six to eight weeks of recovery.  May this testimony sink in and convince you to continue in HIS Word.

If you fail to act on The Word then you are deceiving yourself.  Your ego has caused you to have fear, uncertainty, and doubt about the potential of failure of your faith.  You are afraid to step out in faith because your faith is weak and unproductive in a particular area.  The answer lies in planting seeds of faith in the area of your weakness by daily confessing HIS Word in that area of weakness.  Who cares what other people think!  Focus on those promises given to us by a Loving Heavenly Father WHO desires us to overcome that area of weakness in our life.

A mature Son or Daughter will have a thought life consistent with FATHER’S Divine Intent.  Instead of belittling ourselves or others, we will see as FATHER sees.  We will think as FATHER thinks.  We will speak as FATHER speaks.  We will respond as Our Lord Jesus responded in the Gospels.  Our faith will become great as we allow those seeds of The Word to mature into good fruit.  Our Love will become unrestricted as we mature in FATHER’S redemptive promises.  No longer will our focus be on self, but instead we will focus on blessing others.  We will not seek our own glory but will give FATHER all the glory and credit for the good fruit produced.

If FATHER has blessed you with financial blessings, do you believe that HE intended for you to consume all the fruit for yourself?  If HE healed you of your sickness or disease, did HE want you to be silent when you come in contact with others who need healing?  Blessings from Above are meant to be shared with others.  Those who don’t do not believe FATHER to have sufficiency in all blessings.  FATHER stated in Deuteronomy chapter 28:

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

We are to become as conduits of FATHER’S blessings to others.  Let us not be forgetful hearers, but let us be doers with purpose.  Our purpose should include spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and deed.

The Need To Change

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

We all need to change.  With the recent school shootings, people are demanding change but are missing the point.  You cannot legislate forced behavior and expect success.  You cannot restrict access to guns and expect the end of shootings.  The culprit will simply find another way to carry out his or her intent.  What must change is the “intent” of people.  The answer lies in the law of seedtime and harvest.  In Genesis chapter 8, FATHER spoke:

22 ​​“While the earth remains, ​​Seedtime and harvest,

​​Cold and heat, ​​Winter and summer,

​​And day and night shall not cease.”

If we sow Love into others, the harvest will be Love.  If we sow division, alienation, and criticism into others, the harvest will be the outworking of death and destruction.  I cannot overemphasize the need to utilize this law to effect change in each of us.  As we change internally, we will produce external results reflecting what was planted in our hearts.  Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Galatians chapter 6:

7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Paul urges you and me not to grow weary but let patience have its perfect work.  The more seed I plant in my heart by studying and pondering The Word, the greater the harvest.  If I don’t like what I see in the external, then I should focus on FATHER’S promises which address those internal issues by dwelling and confessing those promises.  I must guard my heart from allowing the cares of the world to compromise my focus.

What should we expect when we have changed into a more mature believer?  Jesus spoke in Matthew chapter 5:

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

As we testify of FATHER’S work in our lives, men will glorify Our Heavenly Father.  We take no credit for the good fruit produced but instead we direct men to focus on Our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Heavenly Father.

Before The LORD’S prayer was removed from school in the U.S., children received The Word as seed planted in their hearts.  There was no need for onsite police or metal detectors.  As that generation departed the school system, violence and disobedience began to rise dramatically.  No longer did children who had no parental guidance reverence Our Heavenly FATHER.  Social media has exacerbated the problem by showing no Love or concern for those in need.  Love is the only answer and we need to change until we walk in the fullness of unconditional Love.

Jesus spoke in Mark chapter 7:

21 “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.

23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”

Jesus clarified the point that the internal ultimately results in observable fruit, whether good or bad.

Overtaken By HIS Love

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

FATHER spoke in Deuteronomy chapter 28:

1 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments (Love being the fulfillment of all 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

Verses 3 through 13 provide the detailed blessings of plenty.  Neither scarcity nor sickness and disease were included in this covenant.  Isn’t our new covenant through Jesus Christ superior to the old covenant?  Shouldn’t we expect blessings and results at least equal to those found in Deuteronomy chapter 28?  In many cases, we have been placed into mental slavery by the adversary.  In Genesis chapter 2 FATHER spoke:

15 Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.

16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;

17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

FATHER provided plenty of food for Adam and Eve but warned Adam not to eat of the one tree.  HE spoke this out of Love for Adam and to protect him from the evil associated with the tree.  Satan came afterward to challenge The Word and convince Adam and Eve to choose death over life when he spoke to the woman:

1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;

3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”

4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.

5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Didn’t the serpent use man’s logic and senses to enslave Adam and Eve?  The serpent appealed to man’s logic to challenge FATHER’S Word and Divine Intent.  Eve trusted her senses when she saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes.  Her trust in logic and senses was the beginning of her enslavement by the adversary. 

In Matthew chapter 4, when Jesus was approached by the devil, He did not fall for his devices:

1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.

3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’

Jesus would not be duped by the devil.  The devil tried to use logic by questioning Jesus’ origin and he also appealed to his physical senses by tempting him to succumb to his hunger.  I find it interesting that the devil would try to convince Jesus to perform a miracle in order to satisfy His physical need.  The fact that the devil would tempt Christ confirmed that Jesus is the Son by asking Him to perform a miracle clearly indicates his attempt at deception.  Any challenge to FATHER’S Word is meant to deceive us into accepting the path toward destruction.

FATHER’S Love provided plenty for us as well.  HIS promises, when acted upon,  are meant to overcome the wiles of the devil.  It is imperative that we know FATHER’S Word in the areas of our need so that we can overcome the world’s logic and reasoning which only leads to death and destruction.  As we are overtaken by FATHER’S Love, we will seek to become like HIM in our thoughts and deeds.  Our words will reflect FATHER’S Will rather than enslavement promoted by the deceiver.  We will no longer view our circumstances as impossible but instead as Jesus spoke in Mark chapter 9:

23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

As our revelation of FATHER’S Love increases, we will no longer be subject to the temptation of using man’s logic and reasoning or accepting what our senses tell us.  Instead, we will live by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of Our Heavenly Father.  Amen!

Faith Produces Beyond Expectation

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Romans chapter 12:

3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

Every one of us has been given an adequate measure of faith to receive from HIM.  There are no entitled people who start out with a greater portion thus causing us to feel inferior.  FATHER is no respecter of persons but Loves all of beyond our comprehension.  It is HIS Will for us to be blessed beyond measure and HIS Son Jesus proved it time and time again.

In Luke chapter 5, Jesus provided us perspective of His willingness to provide abundance to those who respond to His Word:

3 Then He (Jesus) got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.

4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”

5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”

6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.

7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.

8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken;

When is the last time you were astonished at the provision given to you by FATHER?  Do you think this was an isolated incident and not meant to convey FATHER’S nature and Divine Intent?  You can focus on the prophetic aspect of the nets breaking thus losing some of the fish, but I prefer to focus on the blessing that resulted after hearing The Word preached.  Simon was an accomplished fisherman and was familiar with the area.  Peter responded to Jesus’ Word by faith and let down his net.

Simon was not a seasoned believer but he did respond to The Word according to his measure of faith.  He did not try to verify that the fish were there but simply acted on faith.  Once faith acts, manifestation comes forth.  Simon did not question The Word but simply responded accordingly.

FATHER is not in the business of promoting scarcity among HIS children.  Men without revelation would have us believe that FATHER is no longer in the miracle performing business but they fail to realize FATHER is no different today than when Simon experienced such a blessing.  We have let the world convince us of a scarcity-based life.  If we are walking in Love, there is no reason why FATHER will withhold blessings from us.  Jesus revealed a truth in Mark chapter 11:

22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in GOD.

23 For assuredly (I tell you the Truth), I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

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

I know many are familiar with this passage but we should revisit it with a fresh resolve to walk in greater faith.  Unless you are walking fully in all of FATHER’S promises, you will want to focus on increasing or improving your walk in faith and Love.  I know my faith needs to be greater so that I can produce a greater harvest of good fruit in all areas.  Our faith should become developed enough that it produces beyond our limited expectation.  Jesus proved this reality to Simon whose boat was about to sink with such a great catch.  Let us not bypass the obvious Truth related to Jesus’ actions.  It is time to get out of our “comfort zone” and expect greater things to happen in our lives.

Jesus’ Purpose

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

The Beloved Disciple wrote by THE SPIRIT in 1 John chapter 3:

8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

FATHER gave Jesus a clear directive- destroy the works of the devil.  He did just that as He submitted to the pain and suffering before the cross and being nailed to the cross, suffering death on our behalf.  Both acts were necessary to destroy the works of the devil.  Many believers accept the work on the cross but have not been sufficiently taught concerning His suffering before the cross.  This is why there is so much sickness and disease among believers even though Jesus Christ paid the price to alleviate sickness and disease.

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Colossians chapter 2:

13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,

14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

Jesus destroyed the works of the devil, spoiled his power, and triumphed over him.  Jesus’ triumph was our triumph, His victory was our victory for He did nothing for Himself, He did it for us!  It is a shame that we have not been consistently taught about Jesus’ two-fold purpose in suffering the cross.  When we take communion, we should be acutely aware of both aspects of our redemption.  FATHER is not willing that any should perish as Peter recorded in 2 Peter chapter 3:

9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

If FATHER desires for all of mankind to be restored, then there are no hidden restrictions to being saved.  Jesus died for all of mankind, not just a few.  Moreover, He suffered the stripes on His back for all of us to be healed of sickness and disease, not just a few.  This revelation is available to every single one of us who will diligently seek HIM out in this area.  THE SPIRIT wrote in Hebrews chapter 11:

6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

The word diligent means constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything.  As we become diligent in our expectation of walking in great faith concerning healing, FATHER will happily reward us.  The issue is not that HE is withholding HIS healing power, the issue lies with our unbelief that HE is ready and willing heal us.  We have been diluted with unbelief in this area by the constant references to alternatives to healing.  I am not against doctors, but their methods and training are meant to provide temporary answers to health and healing.  FATHER allowed for doctors and medicine as a means to sustain us until we developed faith and trust in HIS Word concerning healing.  HE did this because HE Loves us and wants to keep us alive so that we can permanently overcome the adversary’s devices.

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Galatians chapter 2:

20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Jesus gave His life for you and me so that we could receive salvation.  He suffered for you and me so that we could receive healing.  Both acts are represented in Communion so let us not deemphasize the healing aspect of His sacrifice any longer.  As we diligently seek revelation in this aspect of His two-fold purpose, our bodies will begin to line up with The Word in the area of healing.  Our assurance of Divine healing will rise up to the same level as our assurance of our salvation.

Transformation Is Required

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Romans chapter 12:

1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship (reasonable service).

2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (NASB)

The sons and daughters of FATHER are given a specific directive to be internally transformed.  There are many who want to have a glorified body but are relying on some external event to initiate the transformation without considering the need for internal change.  If I am not focused on my own internal transformation daily, then my mind will ultimately not conform to FATHER’S will.  If I am not constantly renewing my mind, then I am conforming to the world’s ways.  We are receiving input from the world on a daily basis so shouldn’t we combat its influences by receiving FATHER’S Word as well?

The world promotes the lies of the devil, often in a subtle manner.  Jesus spoke in John chapter 8:

44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

FATHER’S Word is Truth and all else has some element of falsehood about it.  Jesus specifically called the devil “father of lies.”  His goal is to kill, steal, and destroy by any deceptive means possible.  He will attempt to dilute FATHER’S redemptive promises by promoting compromise and misdirection.  When we become lukewarm and no longer fervent to study FATHER’S Word, we subject ourselves to the dilution being perpetuated by the adversary and his children.  Let us renew our commitment to study and meditate on HIS Word and not allow ourselves to be misdirected into studying topics which are of limited or no value to our transformation.  We should focus on life-changing topics designed to produce good fruit rather than directing our efforts to topics which only serve to tickle our logic.  As an example, would you rather be an expert on the time cycles in Scripture or an expert in healing?  Which will change people’s lives?

In Matthew chapter 24, Jesus spoke:

24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

Jesus warned us against pursuing signs above the Truth of FATHER’S Word.  When one focuses on signs, they become subject to deception which is designed to move them away from FATHER and HIS Word.  By THE SPIRIT, Paul wrote:

9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,

10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

As we are transformed, our Love of the Truth becomes our motivation and we are no longer moved by what we see.  Our trust in FATHER’S Word becomes greater than the temporary circumstances we find ourselves in.  Our faith in HIS Word grows to the point where we are totally at peace no matter what is happening in the world.  Let us each focus on renewing our mind so that our transformation will move toward full maturity, similar to our elder Brother Jesus Christ.

Steadfast In Faith

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Peter wrote by THE SPIRIT in 1 Peter chapter 5:

6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,

7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

In order to resist the one who kills, steals, and destroys, we must be steadfast in faith.  Sickness and disease comes from the adversary whereas healing comes from FATHER (Jehovah-Rapha, the GOD who heals).  One of FATHER’S redemptive promises to us is to heal us of our sickness and disease thus we should seek out HIS promise in Scripture so that we will know what to ask when we pray.  FATHER watches over HIS Word to perform it but is not obligated to perform any other request that does not conform to HIS Word.  Also, HE expects us to ask in faith, without wavering.  THE Word must become greater in us than any word spoken by man which is in conflict of FATHER’S Word.  Doctors can only communicate based on their training and experience thus they are limited in their understanding.  Since FATHER’S promises are unlimited in scope, we should develop our faith to trust in HIS Word over what man confesses.

We can only be steadfast in faith by reading, studying, and meditating on The Word consistently.  By THE SPIRIT, Paul wrote in Romans chapter 10:

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

If we want to produce good fruit in one of the redemptive promises of FATHER, we must build up our faith in that area.  Faith requires an expectation of manifestation and if we don’t know HIS Word, how can we expect success in that area?  These writings are intended to assist you in knowing HIS Word in your area of need.  All of us need to know how to combat sickness and disease for this is a primary method the adversary uses to keep us from being fruitful for The Kingdom.  In these latter times, I believe great faith coming from a pure heart is even more needful than in the past.  As the deception of the masses increases, it is even more important to guard our hearts lest we be deceived as well.

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in 1 Thessalonians chapter 5:

8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.

In the 1970’s and 80’s I saw many healing miracles during the “faith” movement.  However at the time, Love was not emphasized in most ministries.  As Paul states, we must put on the breastplate of faith AND Love.  We must be calm and vigilant during the time we are now in.  I believe it is imperative that we build our faith with the foundation of Love so that we can effectively minister to a hurting and dying world.  This can only be achieved as we focus on the pure Word in the areas that can make a difference.  If you are focused in an area that is not intended to change you, then what is the point?  There were Jewish leaders who knew the Law but Jesus revealed in Matthew chapter 23:

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.”

You can know The Word but without Love you could be as a “whitewashed tomb”.  Head knowledge does not replace revelation in a pure heart.  As we walk in Love and study the passages of faith, we will plant The Word of faith in our hearts.  It will grow to the point of great faith and we will be able to fully resist the devil and receive whatever promise we need at the time.  The three simple steps:  Know (The Word), Ask (FATHER in prayer), and Act (according to HIS Word).