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No Leaven But The Truth   Leave a comment

No Leaven But the Truth – From Joseph Prince Ministries

Leviticus 2:11; ‘No grain offering which you bring to the Lord shall be made with leaven, for you shall burn no leaven nor any honey in any offering to the Lord made by fire.

When I was a young Christian, I heard of an illustration for Psalm 23 about shepherds who sometimes break the legs of sheep which habitually stray, so as to teach them not to stray. That erroneous teaching—“The Lord is my Shepherd, He breaketh my legs”—stuck with me for years, causing me needless fear of God’s punishment when I felt that I had strayed from Him.

Such erroneous teachings are what God’s Word refers to as “leaven”. That is why Jesus cautioned His disciples, “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.” (Matthew 16:6) The leaven of the Pharisees was their doctrine of legalism, which judges and condemns people who fail to keep God’s laws. The leaven of the Sadducees was their doctrine of humanism, which discounts the supernatural and teaches that everything can be explained away using reasoning or science.

When God told His people in Leviticus 2:11, “No grain offering which you bring to the Lord shall be made with leaven,” we are reminded that how we appreciate Jesus, our grain offering, must not be mixed with wrong teachings. For example, when we talk about “suffering with Christ” (Romans 8:17), we must know that it is not about suffering sicknesses or lack, things which Jesus has redeemed us from, but suffering persecution, scorn and rejection for His name’s sake, which we are likely to face as good Christians.

My friend, what you believe about Jesus is important because the Holy Spirit bears witness only to the truth. (John 16:13) So ask Him to unveil the beauty of Christ and the perfection of His finished work to you when you read God’s Word. Find out from the Word how Christ has redeemed you from every curse and paid for you to enjoy all of God’s blessings with His sacrifice at the cross.

Beloved, get rid of any leaven in your believing. Believe and declare that you are healed, not sick; abundantly supplied, not in lack; and forever righteous in Christ. And when you start believing and confessing God’s truths, the anointing of the Holy Spirit will be released for the breakthrough you need!

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God is not the Author or Enforcer of Sickness or Disease!   Leave a comment

God is not the Author or Enforcer of Sickness or Disease! By Nerida Walker

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. JAMES 1:17

God is good—all the time! Sickness, disease or pain of any kind are not good gifts, and they never will be!

In the beginning, God created all things to be good (Genesis 1:31)! Sickness, disease, pain and death did not exist because God did not create them. So when God created Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, they were perfect—fearfully and wonderfully made. God had created them to be blessed, fruitful and healthy. Everything within our body was designed by God to function in full health with no complications of any kind. However, many believe that their bad health or medical condition is somehow God’s will, plan or is a situation that He has brought about so that He can teach them something. But nothing could be further from the truth! God’s Word tells us that we were created to be healthy. So if God was making us sick or withholding healing from us, this would mean that He was working against His own plan, and this simply does not make sense.

More often than not the reason we struggle with sickness or disease is as a result of physical complications in our bodies. This is not God’s doing but is the result of living in a fallen world. God never intended His children to be sick. But it is due to the fall, why many are now suffering with many different forms of sickness, disease and pain.

To be confident in the truth of who God is, you need only to look at His Son Jesus. Jesus came as God in the flesh. He revealed that the nature and character of God is only ever good. And to see God at work, we only need to look at Jesus (John 14:7). Jesus was God on the earth. He was the exact image and representation of the Father (Hebrews 1:3). Jesus clearly showed us that the works He did were the works of the Father. He sent Jesus to do good on this earth. In fact, Acts 10:38, NKJV, tells us that Jesus “went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him”. Jesus never gave someone a sickness or disease. He touched people, healed them and removed their diseases.

Often, when people get sick, or die, God ends up getting the blame. But God created all things to be good.

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. JOHN 10:10, NKJV

Jesus revealed throughout the New Testament that the devil is the enforcer of sickness and disease and that the nature and character of God is always to heal, deliver, set free, rescue and to protect. The devil may be the enforcer BUT God has the answer! He sent Jesus! He sent forth His Word and healed you, redeemed you and set you free (Psalm 107). So stop blaming God for what the devil or this fallen world has thrown at you and instead Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith.

Facts Change But God’s Word Remains   Leave a comment

Would like to share this Word of Encouragement from Joseph Prince. I choose to believe the truth of God’s Word over satan’s lies which man calls a fact, which is based on what they see. Well, we can see something different. We can see the Word of God in black and white; sometimes red :). Speak and believe the truth. Facts do change, but the Word of God remains the same. Be blessed.

 

Facts Change But God’s Word Remains

John 8:32; And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Consider the cold, hard facts that these three people faced: The aunt of a lady in our church saw her X-ray which showed that one of her two kidneys was cancerous. A couple in our church read their medical reports which said that they would never be able to produce a child. A lady in our church who acted as a guarantor ended up being asked by the finance company to pay it $34 million.

When such situations hit us and we allow the facts to settle in our hearts, we end up feeling greatly troubled. But when we let the truths of God’s Word settle them all, we will sense the Holy Spirit bearing witness to the truths that we are believing. He is the Spirit of truth. (John 16:13) He is not the Spirit of facts and does not bear witness to facts.

It may be a fact that you are sick. The doctors say that you are sick. The X-ray film shows that you are sick. But God’s Word says that by Jesus’ stripes you are healed! (Isaiah 53:5) That is the truth about your situation. What is the difference between fact and truth? Facts change, but truth — God’s Word — remains!

When God’s people choose to defy the facts and walk instead in His truths regarding their situations, the Holy Spirit in them will bear witness to the truths that they are believing.

The lady with the cancerous kidney underwent an operation to remove the organ. But praise God, she received supernatural restoration as later X-rays showed two healthy kidneys instead of one! God had formed a new kidney for her!

The childless couple received their miracle bundle of joy after seven years. Today, they are proud parents of not one, but four children!

The church member with the S$34 million debt told the finance company that it was not being fair to her and that God would protect her. The company’s management miraculously decided to cancel her debt!

The next time you are hit by disturbing facts, let God’s Word settle the truth about your situation. And as the Holy Spirit bears witness to the truths that you are believing, the facts will change and you will receive your miracle!

By His Stripes We ARE Healed   Leave a comment

Last night I was teaching a Bible study lesson at a homeless shelter. The Lord Jesus told and showed me one of the residents has a demonic spirit of witchcraft. As I was teaching she began to speak about how the Lord is preparing her for ministry through her being sick. She was basically saying the Lord allowed her to be sick so she can be a healer. As she was speaking the Holy Spirit told me that is a lie. He said why would I bring sickness on her when “By His Stripes We are Healed”. The Holy Spirit also told me that satan has told her that lie so she would accept the sickness. I’ve heard others say the same thing and began to believe them. I had a pastor who’s wife had this deadly disease. She feels she is a healer because she went through that sickness. If that is the case, then Jesus and His disciples should have had some type of disease in order to be a healer. Matthew 10:1 and 8 says “And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give”. Disciples of Jesus Christ already has the power to heal. We do not have to get sick or have some deadly disease to have the power of healing. THAT IS A LIE FROM SATAN. Before Bible study was over, the lady continued to speak against the Word of God, so He told me to hush. When I left she refused the truth that she could get healed and continued to believe satan’s lie. This evening I came across an article Andrew Wommack wrote. It’s in reference to praying, but it includes this topic concerning healing. I’m posting it to show anyone who may feel the same as that lady and countless others. After I read it, the Holy Spirit said “When a person does that type of act, the glory goes on them and not God”. In the article it stated he felt he wasn’t being effective in witnessing. The Holy Spirit said this man did not come to the Lord for direction. This young man asked for a curse on his life so others would be blessed. We are not suppose to curse our enemies; so why would we ask for a curse for ourselves? This act in itself is disrespectful to the Lord’s death. Jesus took the curses that was meant for us upon Himself. That is to be honored. There is nothing honorable in trying to take away the honor of the Lord. Sadly that lie spread and someone else died a senseless death in the same manner. They both died thinking they were doing the work of the Lord Jesus. That devil, satan is no joke and not to be played with. All of God’s people need to wake up and stand up for truth. We need to call truth, truth and call lie, a lie. Please allow the Holy Spirit to help you discern and I pray we all receive freedom from satan lies. Also, please don’t allow traditions to hold you back. I pray God’s blessing for your life.

By Andrew Wommack

I think all Christians would agree that we should be praying for our nation during this critical time in our history. Judicial activists are no longer interpreting the law but attempting to legislate from the bench. By using these activist judges in our courts, the ungodly are systematically attempting to remove all reference to and influence of God in our society. It’s even become politically correct to discriminate against Christians. Christianity is also the only religious influence that can be prohibited by law. We need the intervention of God to turn this situation around.

Prayer is a powerful weapon. But, there is a right and a wrong way to pray. Just like any powerful weapon, without the proper instruction, it may be useless or someone could get hurt. Wrong prayer is not only ineffective, it can also release the power of the devil. I’ve experienced this firsthand.

In the beginning of my walk with the Lord, I listened to a teaching which used an example of a teenager who felt very ineffective in witnessing for the Lord. This young man prayed and asked the Lord to do whatever it would take to use him as an effective witness in his high school. He specifically asked God to give him cancer and take his life if that was the only way he could show others the power of God in his life. The next day he came down with leukemia. At his funeral, four of his classmates accepted the Lord because of the way he had dealt with his terminal illness.

At that time, I didn’t know that God had redeemed us from sickness. I had been taught that in God’s sovereignty, He controlled everything that happened to us. So, I bought into this teaching “hook, line, and sinker.” I then gave this tape to a close friend of ours. She also accepted it as truth to the point that she prayed this same prayer. The next morning, she was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with leukemia. At her funeral, four people accepted the Lord also.

Since then, I have learned the truth. God did not answer those prayers by giving two teenagers leukemia. Certainly, God received a measure of glory when those eight people accepted the Lord, but God doesn’t kill one of His children so that others can be saved. Satan is the killer; it was satan who took advantage of the open doors these wrong prayers created. That’s why it’s important to know how to pray.

More on Fasting   Leave a comment

After studying more on fasting concerning what is called the Daniel fast, the Lord showed me how people have taken a combination of Daniel 1:8-16 and Daniel 10:1-3 to come up with this false fast. The vegetable part is taken from chapter 1 and the 21 days is taken from chapter 10. In Daniel 10 it states that he MOURNED for 3 weeks. To be extra sure I looked up the Hebrew meaning of mourn and found it means “to bewail”. Bewail is to lament, to express deep sorrow. You may wonder I should have known what mourn means. But I wanted no room for satan to put dumb questions in my mind. You see, I’m so tired of being deceived by “traditions of men”. Anyway, as I was studying I thought “if Daniel was going on a fast wouldn’t he say it like others in the Bible”. The Lord told me he did, in which I found in Daniel 9:3 where Daniel stated clearly he prayed and fasted (Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes).

One of the things that I asked the Lord concerning that false fast was, why it affected my body (which I thought was a good thing). When I did that false fast I thought it was effective because I felt different in my body. Actually, the pastor of the church I attended would tell us if we didn’t feel it in our bodies, then we are not fasting. That’s true to a certain degree. The Lord Jesus told me that people get deceived doing that false fast because their body goes through changes. But the problem is that is all the focus was on. The Lord Jesus said it’s like when people go on a diet, their body feels the effect from that change in eating. In that false fast, you are eating but like a diet, you’re eating differently. True fasting afflicts your soul (Isaiah 58:3 and 5). But when you fast the difference is spiritually more than naturally. Now that I know the truth I now see how I never received anything in the spirit when I was doing that false fast. I now see the only thing that was affected was my body. It got to the point I’d look forward to do that false fast because I’d lose some weight. Now when I truly go on a fast the Lord calls me on and abstain from foods, I see more of a spiritual change. From August – September, 2012 I went on a fast based on Isaiah 58 standard and I began to see things in the spirit of God more than I ever had. I heard the Lord clearer than ever. And there was no question who was talking to me. So there is no such thing as what we call a “Daniel Fast”. A true fast is according to Isaiah 58. There is no pleasure in a true fast. When you have a cookbook giving you great and good recipes in this false fast; how is that afflicting your soul. I remember one year while doing this false fast I’d get excited about fixing some of those recipes. Not only that, I created some recipes of my own. I wasn’t afflicting my soul, I was pleasuring my flesh. Fasting is important. Look at all the things accomplished because men and women in the Bible fasted and prayed. Jesus’ disciples weren’t able to cast out demons because they didn’t fast and pray (Mark 9:25-29). Why do you think satan deceives so many in reference to fasting? Because he knows we will tear his kingdom down. All this time I’ve been a Christian no one has ever taught me about fasting. If the Lord Jesus didn’t remove me from the church that was allowing so much ungodliness, I would not have received the truth. It is so important for us to have our own relationship with Jesus Christ and not through people. The way to God is not through people, but through Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me). Finally, we have to discern every thing and every body. Just because a person say their a prophet does not mean they come with a word from the Lord Jesus. In these last days, let’s seek only the truth in God’s Word. That way we’ll never go wrong. Please check out the next post on discernment. Be blessed and free in Jesus Christ.

Fasting   Leave a comment

Good evening,

As I was preparing to go on what is called a Daniel fast, the Holy Spirit wouldn’t give me peace about it. I planned on my days and felt I was pleasing God. But I still felt no rest about it. I came up to some conclusions of my own and sought the Lord for direction on how to do the fast. He would not lead me on how to do this fast, but He guided me to study about it. Most of you may turn from this because it may appear to you I’m against fasting. Let me clear it up; I am not against fasting. Actually, in the past I was taught so many confusing things concerning the “Daniel fast”. So during my prep time, I told the Lord I want to do this right and want the truth about it. Then He directed me to study it in the Bible and I came to  that it was not 21 days as I always thought it was. Daniel did this for 10 days. Then I found out that Daniel only ate vegetables and drank water. I have to be honest and admit I had a hard time accepting this truth because of the traditions I was taught. So I said ok Lord, I’ll do 10 days. As I went back and sought the Lord on the direction to the fast I still had no peace. At the time I did not know what was going on, so I continued to pray to Jesus on what to do and for strength to carry out eating only vegetables and water for 10 days. As I was going about shopping for the fast, the Lord told me Daniel did not go on a fast, he chose not to defile himself by eating food from the king of Babylon. Then the light went on in my head and I became hungry for more of the truth. So the Lord told me to do some research on the truth about what we call a fast. I was so happy to receive what I found. I was finally at peace and joy just leaped inside me. It all made sense of the confusion I felt all these years concerning this false fast. I still had a hard time sharing with others what the Lord showed me. I thought about doing the fast that’s in the Bible and let others think I was doing this false fast. But the Lord got on me for that. He told me I will be persecuted for doing what was right. So with His help I was able to tell others the truth. When the persecution come, I at peace because I’m doing what is right in the sight of Jesus Christ, my Saviour. If I’m doing what’s right I know I’m covered by Him and He will bring me through the persecution. I want to share this website I found the same thing the Lord Jesus told me. We have to be careful concerning all these traditions we are doing and see if they are of God. So many things we do is out of traditions. And when someone comes and tell the truth, they reject it and call it evil because they don’t understand it. I have been on a journey of truth for months now with the Lord. I got so tired of being deceived and lied to I asked Him to give me the truth. It is hard at times because it is not what I’m used to. But I cannot deny it because it is in His Word. But I thank Him every time because He loves us so much He wants us to know the truth. The Bible warns us we are in a time where people will turn away from the truth and turn to fables. When we look around what’s in the world and we see so much that influence us to turn away from the truth. Sadly, it’s taught in so many churches. We need to seek God and Him only for sight. We cannot put our trust in man (see Jeremiah 17:5). We are only to put our trust in God. I know this is a long post, but exposing lies is very important. Too many of God’s people are dying in the spirit because of satan lies. Let’s help them and allow God to use us to expose satan lies and kill his kingdom. Be blessed in Jesus Christ.

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Daniel 1http://antiochngm.webs.com/Daniel%201.doc                                                      

In the first book of Daniel we find a very significant occurrence in biblical history.

King Nebuchadnezzar captures the city of Jerusalem and the city then stays in captivity for a period of 70years.The city being captured does not come as a surprise, God had forewarned his people through His Prophet Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 34:1-2

When God released the Ten Commandments to His people He also released 631 laws and He asked His people to ensure that every law is carried out.

One of the laws was the year of the Sabbath. Which stated; every seventh year would be a year of rest. This meant; no one worked for one full year; you could not farm or be involved in any wealth accumulation. This law was hard to carry out, not realizing that the law states every year in default is owed to the Lord, the people started to default. This resulted in them owing God and this is what led to their captivity.

When king Nebuchadnezzar captured Jerusalem, he asked that all children of Israel who were wise be brought together. His objective was to teach them the Babylonian way of life and language. The king also appointed to them a daily provision of the king’s meat and wine, the things that he ate and drank was available to them as well. Now the kings did not live according to the law of God, they ate anything and lived hazardous lives; neither did they serve or believe in God the Father.

Now Daniel was devoted to God and followed the law earnestly, evidence of this is found in Daniel 1:8 “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself”

There was no way he would accept the king’s meat because it was against the law of God. (Leviticus 11) 

Daniel’s love for God is so great that he refused to allow the king’s diet to interfere with his standing with God. He was sold out to being obedient to God, so he refused the kings diet.

Daniel said “give us pulse to eat and water to drink”. Pulse derives from the Greek word Alfalfa which means vegetables. So his main diet was vegetables and water.

 In the 2nd chapter verse 21 Daniel said he kept the diet right up until the first year Cyrus ruled. Cyrus ruled 17 years after Jerusalem was captured, so Daniel kept this diet for approximately 17 years.

 The important thing for us to understand is that Daniel did not declare a fast; he chose to forsake Babylon and stay obedient to God. There is no mention of a fast in these portions of scripture. He refused what this world has to offer and chose God’s principles instead. 

How then can we take this and turn it into a fast, if we say we want to emulate Daniel and do what he did then all we need to do is; forsake what this world has to offer and embrace Christ in fullness.

We need to be watchful and make sure we don’t fall for the doctrine of man but live the doctrine of God.  

2 Peter 2:1                Titus 2: 1-5

 The doctrine of God is there for the benefit of His Kingdom, any distortion of this doctrine means we are working against the Kingdom of God. Anything that is against Christ is an antichrist.

 Daniel chose to live according to the law of God by keeping a diet, how can we turn this into a fast and then declare it as doctrine of God. This is the antichrist John warned about. Why don’t people go on a Jesus fast; could it be because Jesus ate nothing for 40 days.

 It is much easier to abstain from food than to refuse this world.

Spend time in this word and ask God for revelation, there is no time to be religious. We need to be accurate and radical about righteousness. Although we are born into this world, we are not of this world. Let’s renounce this world and embrace Christ in a new way every day.

 Remember Daniel did not fast; he refused what the world had to offer and accepted what God had to offer.

Waiting on God?   Leave a comment

Waiting on God?

Posted on January 8, 2013 by Nerida Walker

The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. Lam 3:25 (KJV)

Many believe that waiting on the Lord means to wait on the Lord for the length of time that it would take for Him to move in our life. However, the Bible itself explains what it means to wait on the Lord.

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalm 27:14 (KJV)

The original word wait in this Scripture is the Hebrew Word Qavah and it means: to wait or look eagerly for, to hope, to expect.

Translating the above Scripture into the original language should therefore correctly read:

Expect in Jehovah, the One True God, be secure in Him, and He will confirm the determination of your heart. Expect I say, in Jehovah, the One true God.

There are many other Scriptures where the word wait is this same word Qavah (to expect). The Dictionary also defines the word wait as meaning ‘to expect’. Therefore, to wait on the Lord does not mean that we sit back passively until something happens. It means that we need to be active and expect to see God’s Word outworking in our life.

But they that wait (expect) upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)

Those who expect shall have renewed strength. Not those who are hoping or wishing but for those who have a faith filled expectation to experience all that God has for them.

Expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles!

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

Expectation fuels our faith (belief in Jesus finished work) and we are strengthened because faith (belief in Jesus finished work) is the substance of what we are expecting!

In the Old Testament Jeremiah 1:12 (NKJV) reads that ‘God is ready to perform His Word’. God was ready to perform everything He said and those that knew Him expected it to come to pass!

It is important to note that we have a better Covenant based on better promises than the Old Covenant. So when it comes to what Jesus has already purchased through His finished work we don’t have to wait or expect God to perform His Word. Why? Because He has already sent forth His Word and healed you, delivered you, forgiven you and set you free! Hallelujah! This is why all of the promises of God are ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ (so be it) in Christ. But the exciting thing is that what Jesus has purchased are not promises ‘per say’ but rather PROVISIONS! And if you belong to Christ then this is already your inheritance! You can therefore expect to see what Jesus has already purchased for you outworking in your life!

Now that is Good News!

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