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YOUR STANDING IS WRAPPED UP IN JESUS   Leave a comment

YOUR STANDING IS WRAPPED UP IN JESUS – Joseph Prince Ministries

Hebrews 2:17; Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

In the Old Testament, the Israelites’ standing as a nation before God was wrapped up in the standing of their high priest. What the high priest was before God, so was the entire nation before God.

If the high priest sinned, he brought guilt on his nation, and God would reject the entire nation no matter how law-abiding the people were or how faithful they were in bringing their sacrifices.

Conversely, if their high priest was without fault and acceptable to God, God would accept the whole nation even if the people were sinful.

Unfortunately, the high priests of Israel often failed because like any human being, they were imperfect.

Thank God that today, you and I have Jesus as our High Priest, who is 100 per cent Man and 100 per cent God. As our High Priest, His standing before God is always right. Jesus is always acceptable and pleasing to the Father. Therefore, we can never lose our acceptance with God because as our High Priest, Jesus only brings righteousness on His people.

In heaven right now, Jesus our High Priest is seated at the right hand of God the Father. (Romans 8:34) This means that God does not look at you. He looks at Jesus. If Jesus is good, you are good. If Jesus is accepted, you are accepted. If God sees Jesus perfect, then He sees you perfect. If Jesus is righteous, then you are righteous. And we know that Jesus our High Priest is good, accepted, perfect and righteous, which means that that is how God sees us!

My friend, you cannot lose your right standing because Jesus Christ is your High Priest. To lose your standing, Jesus has to lose His standing first. But we know that we have in Jesus a High Priest who is perfect and who cannot fail. So you need never be afraid or conscious of your faults when you come before God. Because your standing is completely wrapped up in Jesus your High Priest, you can come to God boldly and receive all that you need from Him!

Posted November 16, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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What WOULD Jesus Do?   Leave a comment

WWJD – What Would Jesus Do:

He saw sinners and He healed them, delivered them, cast out demons from them. He didn’t talk about them or act like He was better than them. His kindness showed them His love and they became His followers.

Jesus saw the religious Jews (the Pharisees and Sadducees) and rebuked them for being self-righteous. They felt they were better than those sinners. They compared themselves with others like the sinners and felt they were better. That high mindedness caused them to be so blind, the rejected the Savior and they didn’t even know they rejected Him. Like so many in churches do today. They are in church every week and think they are doing such a good work for the Lord; but continually deny Jesus without knowing it. Sin is wrong and it hurts the person, but the Lord drew them to Him without beating them up because of sin. How many people do you talk about because they are a sinner or have sinned? How many do you feel you are better than because someone’s a sinner or a Christian have sinned? Again, look at what Jesus did; He helped the sinners and rebuked the religious people.

We talk so much about people sins but don’t do what Jesus did. You want to see a sinner changed; heal them of their diseases. Cast out their demons. Look at how Jesus drew the Samaritan woman at the well to Him.

Sinners and Christians who’s sinned know they need help, but religious people don’t think they need help.

Look at two certain disciples in the Bible. A man who persecuted Christians, the apostle Paul; a man who denied Jesus not one, not two, but three times, the apostle Peter. We always call ourselves or others great men or women of God. But these two men became great and true men of God. Their works was based on the FACT they believed and trusted in Jesus Christ. Because of that love and devotion, they caused the real church to spread more than what it is doing today. Peter and Paul just simple followed what their Lord Jesus did.

The Lord Jesus tells us the world will know us by our love for one another (John 13:34-35). That’s what drew people to Jesus – LOVE. And that’s what will draw people to Him in today’s time. Not having the biggest church or the best choir or having the best anything. But doing exactly what Jesus did and show His love toward others. Even the homosexuals, the murders, the rapist, the adulteries, the thieves, etc. Jesus didn’t agree with sin, but He knew the best way for them to repent from their sin was to express His love toward them. He met their needs and they left their old lives and took on the new life in Him. They simple followed Him. Isn’t that what’s important?

So, when you think about what Jesus would do. Remember, He would show love by healing, feeding, delivering, casting out the demons, etc.

Acts 10:38; How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.

Matthew 9:35; And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

John 13:34-35; A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Posted November 9, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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Chosen Before Creation   Leave a comment

CHOSEN BEFORE CREATION – Andrew Wommack Ministries

John 17:24 "Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world."

God the Father had the plan of salvation worked out before He even created the world. Most of us would not have created the world and man if we knew the heartache and terrible sacrifice it would cost. But God is not man. In His judgment (which is the correct judgment) the prize was worth the cost.

We were chosen in Christ before the world began. The Lord did not choose us by our merit, but solely by our acceptance of Christ which His foreknowledge allowed Him to do before the foundation of the world. In the strictest sense, we were not personally chosen, but Christ was chosen and all those who are "in Christ" partake of His being chosen by His Father. Just as we are the beneficiaries of the covenant between God the Father and His Son Jesus, so we are chosen because we chose God’s chosen, i.e. Christ. The Father would no more reject us than He would reject Jesus because we are accepted by the Father through Christ.

None of us can claim that we are without blame in the sight of men because man looks on the outward appearance (1 Sam. 16:7) and all of us have sinned (Rom. 3:23). But the Lord looks on our born-again spirit which has been regenerated in Christ and He sees us holy and without blame.

If you look at any color through a red glass, that color becomes red. The same thing would happen if you looked through a green glass. Everything would become green. In a similar way, God looks at us through Christ and everything in our life becomes covered by the blood of Jesus. We are holy and without blame before Him because of His love expressed through His Son.

Posted November 5, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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Our Life Is In Him   Leave a comment

OUR LIFE IS IN HIM – Andrew Wommack Ministries

John 15:4 "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me."

This is a profound truth, that is the key to bearing fruit, but it is so easy to forget. Because the fruit is borne on the branch, it is easy to credit the branch with the fruit, when it is the vine that drew the life from the earth and channeled it through the branch.

Likewise, since we are the branch through which the life of God flows, we sometimes think that it is our own holiness that produces the fruit. The moment we think that way, we are no longer abiding (trusting in; clinging to) in the vine and we will become fruitless if we persist in this mind set.

This is actually a great relief if the believer understands this and applies it properly. It puts all the responsibility on Jesus. Our only responsibility is to respond to His ability. In the same way that you have never seen a branch travailing to bring forth fruit, so all we have to do is labor to enter into His rest (trust and depend) and completely trust Jesus as our source (Heb. 4:11). If we abide in Him, fruit will come naturally.

It’s our faith in what Jesus did for us that saved us, and our faith has to continue to be in Christ, not in ourselves, to maintain salvation. Our holiness, righteousness, and justification are gifts that we receive in our spirits through Jesus.

Just like the life of a root is found in the soil, or a branch in the vine, or a fish in the sea, so the believer’s true life is found in the union with Christ.

Posted October 25, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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See Yourself In Christ   Leave a comment

See Yourself In Christ – Joseph Prince Ministries

Ephesians 1:3; Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

I remember going through a terrible time of depression when I was 18 years old. Believing that I was demon-possessed, I sought out a great man of God to have him cast the devil out of me. But when this man of God laid hands on me, he began to prophesy over me. He said, “Joe, I see you preaching to thousands and used by God to impact thousands of lives. Joe, you are called by God and the devil is attempting to stop you.”

“What? I came here for deliverance! I am only interested in saving my own life, not preaching nor impacting lives,” I thought to myself then.

You see, what happened was that at that moment, God allowed this man to step into the timeless zone He exists in to bring my future before me. As far as God was concerned, my future had already happened, though I was only 18 years old then. Today, I am a pastor of a church which has more than 30,000 members. Today, I am seeing what was told to me long ago.

God does not see as we see. Abraham was a childless, 100-year-old man. His wife, Sarah, at 90 years old, was doubly dead in her womb. (Genesis 17:17) Yet, God saw him and talked to him as if he were already the father of many nations.

My friend, God wants you to see the way He sees. Right now, you may see yourself going through a trial in your marriage, work, finances or health. But God sees a blessed marriage, success at work, supernatural provision and a healed body because He tells you that you are already blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.

You see, God sees you in Christ. So when you see yourself in Christ, who is outside time, you step into the timeless zone. In that timeless zone in Christ, whatever needs and trials of yours are already removed, repaired, restored or resurrected! In that timeless zone in Christ, you are already blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places!

Posted October 23, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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The True Nature Of God   Leave a comment

The True Nature Of God – Article – Andrew Wommack Ministries

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Romans 8:15

“Abba, Father” speaks of an intimate, loving relationship with God. Today we would say “daddy” or “papa.” Sadly, though, many do not have this kind of relationship with the Lord. They’re so worried about not sinning themselves into hell that they can’t process the idea that God might actually love them unconditionally.

Even those who know they are saved still believe God will give them a disease, keep them poor, or refuse to answer their prayers. They try to put a positive spin on it by saying God is trying to “perfect them,” but the bottom line is, in their minds, they are being punished for not being good enough. That creates a spirit of fear and puts them in bondage to sin.

That should not be how a Christian relates to God.

First John 4:18 says, If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love. New Living Translation

Just because you fear that God wants to punish you doesn’t mean it’s true. It just means you don’t understand God’s loving nature yet. I believe one of the reasons many Christians perceive God as angry or demanding is because they have never thought of man’s redemption from God’s point of view.

God made man in His image, after His likeness (Gen. 1:26). Contrary to what many pet owners think today, a dog is not in the image of the man who takes care of it. But a child is. God made man to be His child. That’s why in the Gospels, Jesus repeatedly refers to God as “your Father.”

We know that from the Garden of Eden, God wanted Adam and Eve, His children, to live in beauty and provision. There was no sickness, no death, and no lack. Man ruling over a perfect, blessed world was God’s perfect will.

Imagine, then, how this loving Father must have felt when one day His children were hiding from Him. He had literally given them the whole world. There was only one thing that was bad for them, the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God had warned His children that they would die if they ate of it, but instead of trusting Him, Satan convinced them that God was holding out on them. They still believed there was some sort of enjoyment their Father did not want them to have.

This act of disobedience transferred man’s authority over the earth to Satan, making the devil the “prince of this world” (John 12:31). It’s also the reason there is death, sickness, and lack. Those things do not exist in God’s kingdom. They weren’t in the Garden of Eden. They aren’t in heaven either. They only exist where Satan is in authority. When people blame God for suffering and death, they are getting their kingdoms confused.

God hates human suffering. It was never His will, nor is it in His kingdom. But the world was created by the integrity of His Word. The Lord had given the authority to rule over this world to Adam. Adam voluntarily chose to hand it over to Satan and separate himself from God.

To me, this is where the Lord shows His true nature. He could have just said, “You made your bed—now lie in it.” He could have destroyed Satan’s kingdom immediately, sending man to hell right along with it. But God didn’t do either one. He never stopped loving His kids, so instead of punishing them, He sent Jesus with the sole purpose of paying their ransom with His death (Matt. 20:28).

This made the way for right relationship with God. Anyone who believes in the name of Jesus can be reborn as a child of God. The moment we receive this salvation, we are no longer sinners in His eyes, but are righteous and truly holy (Eph. 4:24). It’s our nature to want to tell God how unworthy we are, but God doesn’t see us that way.

Hebrews 10:17 reads, And their sins and iniquities will I [God] remember no more. Brackets mine

Born-again believers are not on probation. That’s what most Christians don’t understand. We are not trying to work our way back into God’s kingdom. The moment we accept Jesus as our Savior, we are delivered from Satan’s kingdom and translated back into God’s (Col. 1:13).

That’s why Jesus taught His disciples not to worry about life, or having enough food to eat or clothes to wear. There is no lack in God’s kingdom. If you need something in life, don’t look at yourself and your abilities; instead, “seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Luke 12:31).

Religion has taught us that prosperity is a dirty word used by people who are spiritually immature and selfish. That isn’t true. Being blessed isn’t about our will; it’s about God’s nature.

Jesus said in Luke 12:32, Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

If you surveyed the average Christian today about what gave God pleasure, most would answer with something about repentance from sin or dead works. Probably not one out of a hundred would answer, “Seeing His children blessed.” On the other hand, if you asked one hundred parents what gave them pleasure, most answers would include something about seeing their children happy and doing well.

If it is in a parent’s nature to want to see their children prosper and be in good health, why would God be different (3 John 2)?

That’s exactly the point Jesus was making in Matthew 7:11:

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. God doesn’t just want you to have a cup; He wants you to have a cup that is overflowing. God doesn’t just want you to catch a few fish; He wants you to catch so many fish, your nets are breaking and your boat is about to sink. He wants everyone to have their fill with twelve baskets left over.

Many argue that the existence of struggling Christians is proof that it’s not always God’s will to see His children healthy and prospering. Again, they are getting their kingdoms confused. Sure, we still live in a fallen world. We still have an Enemy who wants to steal, kill, and destroy us. But that’s why we must receive our blessing through a supply channel called faith.

Hebrews 11:6 refers to this: But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Many Christians don’t feel worthy to come to God in faith that He will help them, because they have been taught that their sin has disqualified them. But, see, that doesn’t please God. He doesn’t want you to think of Him as the punisher of those who aren’t perfect; He wants you to come to Him with the expectation of reward—not because you are good but because He is good.

I know this is the opposite of what religion has taught us, but it’s clearly illustrated in the parable often referred to as the Prodigal Son. When most of us read this story, we relate with the son who ran away. We know our behavior has made us unworthy to be in the presence of our Father, so maybe if we beg forgiveness and confess our sins, God will let us live in His kingdom as a lowly servant.

However, Jesus was not telling this story to illustrate man’s nature; He was illustrating God’s nature.

Luke 15:20 explains how God feels about us when we become born again.

But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

The son confessed his unworthiness to the father, but the father didn’t even acknowledge it. There was no putting his son on probation or making him work his way back into the father’s good graces. The father wasn’t interested in punishing his son; he was too excited about getting back to what brought him pleasure—blessing his children.

He immediately restored his son into the family by putting a ring on his finger, shoes on his feet, and dressing him in the best robe. Then he threw a party. The son’s disloyalty and rebellion would no longer be remembered or brought up. It didn’t matter anymore. The only thing that mattered to the father was expressed in Luke 15:24: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

That’s the attitude of a loving father. That’s the true nature of God.

Posted October 19, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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True Riches   Leave a comment

So many think when they obtain a lot of goods/things that’s godliness (1 Timothy 6:5; "Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, SUPPOSING THAT GAIN IS GODLINESS: from such withdraw thyself"). But verse 6 says, "But godliness with contentment/satisfaction/ease of mind is great gain".

One day while laying in bed, instead of looking around at the things I have, I began to realize Who I have. then I thought I’m rich, not because of what I have, but because of Who I have; JESUS. I have the true Word of God. His Word comforts me more than any THING I have or will have. I used to think money or things would make me feel like I had some worth. But the Lord helped me realize those things did not; and what they gave me was temporary satisfaction. His unconditional love for us all makes me smile. When you have someone that loves you, no matter what you’ve done wrong or will do wrong, that brings peace. So, I don’t boast in any worldly accomplishments I’ve done or boast in any worldly goods I have, because they are all dung/RUBBISH to me (Philippians 3:8). They are now because I realized no matter how much I get, I will never have true happiness or peace without Him. The greatest Gift I have is my relationship with my Father, my Creator, Abba God. My Daddy. He loves us so much He came to earth to live as a man. He understands all our troubles because He suffered for us. He left His awesome home in Heaven, to be spit on, poked on, talked about, lied on, to have a thorn of roses on His head, to be beaten beyond recognition, to have stakes put through His hands and both feet; all because He loves us. So, I can truthfully and honestly say I have it good. Real good because of Him and what He did for us. Thank You Lord God, my Creator, my Abba/Daddy; Thank You Jesus, my Lord AND Savior; Thank You Holy Spirit; my Help, my Comforter. Thank You… So if you get comfort in the things you have in your life, you are truly missing out. The greatest comfort and peace comes from the Prince of Peace, Jesus. I’m not against having things, but those things are only temporary and cannot give what Jesus did. If you don’t have peace, you haven’t truly acknowledged Christ as your everything. Instead of seeking after those things that make you look good, seek after that One, who made us righteous. That’s being rich. Having riches isn’t bad, but if they are what you need to feel worth, then you really aren’t rich.

Mark 4:19; And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

Mark 10:24; And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that TRUST IN RICHES to enter into the kingdom of God!

Luke 6:24-26; But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

Luke 12:33; Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.

1 Timothy 6:7-19; For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

Posted October 16, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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