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God is our refuge and strength   Leave a comment

Psalm 46: 1-11;

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

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Are You at War with Your Flesh?   Leave a comment

Are You at War with Your Flesh?

Creflo Dollar

Why does a Christian who’s born again and the righteousness of God still sin? The answer to that question goes back to the fact that man is a tri-part being. Man is a spirit being, who possesses a soul and lives in a physical body. Now, let me explain the significance of that, as it relates to sin.

When you made Christ the Lord of your life, the real you, your spirit man, got born-again. Your spirit was perfected by the blood of Jesus (Romans 5:5). God now lives in your spirit man. But what happens to your soul, which consists of your mind, your will, and your emotions? Nothing! Unlike your born again spirit, your soul wasn’t created brand new the day you became born again. It has to be renewed with the Word of God. Likewise, your body has to be brought into subjection, because it will follow whoever’s in charge–your spirit or your soul (1 Corinthians 9:27).

So this is where the battle comes in. The devil is not so much your enemy; your flesh is. The flesh (the soulish part of you) is a mindset that goes against God’s Word. The struggle develops when you begin the process of renewing your mind in line with the Word, because the flesh still wants to govern your life. The Bible tells us that the flesh lusts against the spirit (Galatians 5:17). It literally desires what your spirit has. Let me explain.

Your born-again spirit, and the resources of the Holy Spirit, have given you a new nature in Christ. God is your source for everything you need in life. It is a finished work. But your unrenewed flesh still wants to be your source. It still wants to provide for you. Despite your new identity in Christ, your flesh still wants the opportunity to give you an identity as well.

Unlike your spirit, your flesh wishes to provide your identity based on your intellectual attributes, your physical characteristics, and your social status (i.e., how smart you are, how strong you are, and how popular you are). For example, the spirit has an anointing to heal. But the flesh says, “Wait a minute, the world has medicine.” There’s nothing wrong with taking medicine. But at every turn, the flesh uses worldly, fleshy things to try to duplicate what the spirit does through the anointing. But how many of you know that you can’t duplicate God?

Ultimately, the flesh wants to coerce you into sinning against God. But you’re not in the prison of sin anymore, so you don’t have to sin if you don’t want to. If you’re born again, you’re under grace. Now, God’s grace is not an insurance policy to sin; it’s the ability to help you overcome your shortcomings. Through grace, you can receive what the blood of Jesus has accomplished for you and learn how to effectively war against the flesh. You can choose whether you will have confidence in who you are in Christ or who you are in the flesh.

Sin does not have to have the upper hand in your life any longer. You now have the grace of God, which gives you victory over the flesh. The key is to stop trusting in your own self-effort and ability. Set your mind to agree with God’s Word and live according to it. The Word tells us that God has begun a good work in us, and He is committed to our spiritual growth and development until Jesus returns!

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

***Please watch this message on youtube titled “Warring Against the Flesh”:

SHARING GOD’S LOVE   Leave a comment

SHARING GOD’S LOVE – From Andrew Wommack Ministries

Luke 10:2 – "Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest."

It is commonly thought that an evangelist is someone who has a passion to lead people to the Lord. But every believer should have a passion for souls. When presenting the Gospel, we are not just presenting a theory about God but the factual account of God’s dealings with man as revealed through His Word, with the ultimate witness being the bodily resurrection of Jesus. Our personal witness of the reality of Jesus being alive in our lives brings Christ from theory to reality.

The early Christians had experienced the love of Christ in an intimate and life-transforming way. This motivated them to reach their known world with the Gospel of Christ more than any generation of Christians has done since. They didn’t have the benefits of our modern technology, but they did have the benefit of being full of the love of Christ. Experiencing the love of Christ causes us to be filled with the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19) and makes us a witness that the world cannot resist (John 13:35).

Today, much of the emphasis of the church is placed on techniques of evangelism or spiritual warfare. We motivate people to witness through feelings of guilt or punishment if they don’t. Much of our evangelism has become as dead and non-productive as that of the cults who knock on doors and argue people into their way of thinking. The early Christians had a much greater impact on their world because they were full of, and motivated by, the love of God. The church today needs a revival of our personal relationship with the Lord. When we can say with Paul that the love of Christ constrains us, then we will impact our world for the Lord too. You can’t give away what you don’t possess. We need to personally know the love of Christ in an experiential way before we try to share it with others.

Walking in Love   Leave a comment

This is walking in Love – Showing God’s grace toward all. When I think about all of Jesus disciples I look at their imperfections and flaws. Not to look down on them, but to remind me the Lord can change anyone. Why are so many so quick to put others down because they are not living a certain lifestyle. Walking in love toward them can change their lives. We don’t have to agree with their lifestyle to love them. It also doesn’t mean their sins are not acknowledged, but we are doing like Jesus and praying for them to repent and turn from wickedness. Jesus lifestyle was acknowledging people’s sin, but He knew showing Love can draw them. Look at the scripture below from Luke 9:51-56. This town rejected Jesus and His disciples James and John wanted to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them. But Jesus said He didn’t come to destroy men but to save. That should be our attitude when we come across people who has rejected us giving them the gospel or they are living a lifestyle that unholy. We should not want destruction for them. We should pray for them to be changed. Why don’t we pray they receive the same experience that Paul received. That experience changed him. It may be not be in that way, but if we allow ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit on how to pray AND believe, they can receive change. We don’t have desire destruction for them because just like God changed you, He can change them. Just like the Lord had patience for His disciples, we can do the same for others. Just like the Lord Jesus changed Paul, we can pray and believe for others change. We should desire that none perish, but all become believer of Jesus Christ; Who died for us all so we all can have eternal life. That’s walking in Love.

Luke 9:51-56; Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT MANNER OF SPIRIT YOU ARE OF. FOR THE SON OF MAN DID NOT COME TO DESTROY MEN’S LIVES BUT TO SAVE THEM.” And they went to another village.

Matthew 18:10-14; “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. EVEN SO IT IS NOT THE WILL OF YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN THAT ONE OF THESE LITTLE ONES SHOULD PERISH.

John 3:10-21; Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 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. FOR GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON INTO THE WORLD TO CONDEMN THE WORLD, BUT THAT THE WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

Freedom from Punishment   Leave a comment

Just want to share a great Word Creflo Dollar spoke this morning. It’s titled "freedom from punishment". So many are held up because of religious thinking.  Recently had a dream the Lord Jesus gave me. At the end of the dream there was an open door to freedom. I didn’t take it (at first) because I didn’t know I was free because I believed the lies of satan and I was in fear of him. But in the end, the Lord reminded me that I was free and I went through the door to freedom. Just yesterday, the Holy Spirit was speaking this Word to me then I hear it from Creflo Dollar. After I watched the program I began to tell Jesus I accept my freedom. A couple of seconds later I heard the angels rejoicing and the Lord told me I am accepting the Truth. He is the way, the truth and the light. He is the ONLY way to the Father. He is the ONLY way to freedom. He isn’t like man who tells us to do this and do that to get God’s love or His blessings. I use to hear my last pastor say "God is going to get you". The Lord IS NOT out to get us. He came to the world to save us. His grace causes us to want to follow His Spirit and not the laws. The law couldn’t save us. ONLY Jesus can save us. Also, I’m posting this message that’s on youtube and the Bible study notes from Creflo Dollar website.

Veronica

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcHXyXA01xU

Freedom from Punishment – Author: Creflo Dollar

Summary: Whenever any type of disaster or tragedy occurs, there is a tendency to blame God. However, God is not cruel and He is not the destroyer. There are many factors we should consider when calamity takes place. Satan, the works of the flesh, and the world’s way of doing things are often behind calamity. Therefore, we should never blame God for the bad things that happen in this world. He is a loving God who sent His Son to die to save the world.

A. Many Christians think God punishes them by allowing tragedy in their lives. However, the punishment for sin was taken care of when Jesus died on the cross.

1. The punishment for sin was eternal death.

2. As Christians, we don’t have to fear eternal death because heaven is our home.

a. Although we’re saved from eternal death, we should realize that our sinful actions can cause negative consequences and circumstances in our lives.

b. For instance, if we neglect or fail to take care of our bodies, disease and illness is often the result. We cannot blame God for what we do to ourselves.

c. When we do something wrong and that wrong action causes a negative consequence, we cannot blame God for it.

3. As a loving Father, God disciplines us through His words.

a. He chastens us by speaking to us in both our good times and bad times.

b. He disciplines us to preserve our future, not to condemn us or punish us.

4. God is not cruel to us; He does not inflict pain upon His own children.

a. Instead, He seeks to comfort and encourage us when we are going through trials.

b. He is not the author of pain, but He is the author and finisher of our faith.

c. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).

B. Jesus died a horrible death for us. He was beaten until He was unrecognizable.

1. He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities.

a. "And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world" (John 12:47).

b. God wants the world to come to Him; He’s not destroying people (2 Peter 3:9;

1 John 2:2; Acts 26:18).

c. God wants people to understand that He is restoring us to His favor (2 Corinthians 5:19, AMP).

2. As Christians, we should make receiving Jesus appealing by demonstrating the love of God.

a. Unconditional love does not judge, condemn, or destroy people.

Scripture References

• Romans 8:28

• John 12:47

• 2 Peter 3:9

• 1 John 2:2

• Acts 26:18

• 2 Corinthians 5:19, AMP

DEAD WORKS   Leave a comment

DEAD WORKS – Andrew Wommack Ministries

John 6:28, "Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?"

JOHN 6:24-29

All throughout history, mankind has been seeking ways to do the works of God. Everyone has a knowledge within them of the reality of God (Rom. 1:18-20), and a desire to be right with Him. However, just as with these Jews, few agree with the Lord as to how to do it. These Jews were willing to do something to obtain salvation, but they were not willing to commit themselves to Jesus and accept His gift.

This is one of the major differences between Christianity and the religions of the world. Religion is willing to make sacrifices to obtain right standing with God, but Christianity recognizes our complete inability to ever do enough to save ourselves and calls for total faith and reliance on what Jesus did for us.

No one deserves salvation. It cannot be earned by what the Bible calls "dead works" (Heb. 6:1; 9:14). Dead works include all religious activities, good deeds, or charity that one may do as a means of being justified before God.

Faith towards God and what He has done through Christ Jesus is the only means of receiving His free gift of salvation. He only asks us to believe.

THE SECRET PLACE WITHIN   Leave a comment

YOLANDA BALLARD – AT THE FATHER’S FEET – Melbourn, Florida

http://www.roarnworship.com

THE SECRET PLACE WITHIN – April 26, 2013

Keep instructing the brethren to trust Me no matter what they may feel or see that they may have abundance in life, and freedom, and the liberty to serve Me above all things.  Yes, that they may have life and life abundantly.

Choose this day who you shall serve whether it be serving the desires of your own will or whether you would put My will above your own.  For these are treacherous times, and you must develop that secret place within you where you shall dwell.  It is a secret place that is full of My love, and My peace, full of My strength and My power.

I have made you a power house of dynamic strength for it is I who dwells within you, and the same Spirit that raised Me from the dead dwells in you, and I will quicken you if you stay close to Me feasting upon My word and basking in My presence.

This is how you are made strong.  There is no other way.  You must come before Me as a way of life for I am your life breath.  Yes, I am the air that you breathe.  You must not quench this life flowing within you by shutting Me out by putting other things before you.

I stress the importance of this time of preparation to store My word within you, to develop your shield to be able to quench the fiery darts of the evil one, and to ignite your sword that it may glisten with the strength to be able to cut off the head of the giant that may come against you.

I have called you My mighty warriors, and I have given you time to rest, to prepare, to get built up, but you must take advantage of it, and give high value to it.  Come before Me now that I can build you up.

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