Are you a Dung Beetle Christian?
By Pieter Kirstein
The vision of the Dung Beetles.
The Spirit of God showed me an open eye vision of carnal, worldly, fleshly Christians who only live for what they can get from God and others.
These have lust in their hearts for they are always out to see how they
can use, abuse and manipulate others and God to enrich themselves and benefit themselves. They are always on their minds because they are self-centered individuals.
They are always mindful of themselves without any
or much concern for their neighbors.
These people are like dung beetles before the Lord because they only pursue their own agendas and are complete strangers to God.
This is perfectly in agreement with
the words of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for the Messiah.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge
of the Messiah Yahushua my Master: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win the Messiah.
People who want to really be made rich in Christ by gaining Him as the only true
TREASURE need to consider the words of Jesus in Luke 12:15 He said to them, “Beware. Keep yourselves from all covetousness, for a man’s life does not consist of the abundance of the things which he possesses.”
16 He spoke a parable to them, saying, “The ground of a certain rich man brought forth abundantly.
17 He reasoned within himself, saying, ‘What will I do, because I do not have room to store my crops?’
18 He said, ‘This is what I will do. I will pull down my barns, and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
19 I will tell my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years.
Take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You foolish one, tonight your soul is required of you. The things which you have prepared—whose will they be?’
is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
22 He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious for your life, what you will eat, nor yet for your body, what you will wear.
Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.
24 Consider the ravens: they do not sow, they do not reap, they have no warehouse or barn, and God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than birds.
of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his height?
26 If then you are not able to do even the least things, why are you anxious about the rest?
27 Consider the lilies, how they grow. They do not toil, neither do they
spin; yet I tell you, even Shelemun in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
28 But if this is how God clothes the grass in the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O
you of little faith?
29 Do not seek what you will eat or what you will drink; neither be anxious.
30 For the nations of the world seek after all of these things, but your Father knows that you need these things.
But seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
32 Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
33 Sell that which you have, and give gifts to the needy.
Make for yourselves purses which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches, neither moth destroys.
34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Amazingly after the Lord Jesus finished His God-given assignment and after He touched,
healed, restored and blessed so many lives in His earthly ministry, so much so that John
writes in John 21:25 And there are also many other
things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the
books that should be written, in Matthew 28 we see only 11 disciples present when Jesus
gave the great
Where were all those people that He touched?
Isn’ t the reason for this that in every generation we find the givers and the takers?
Those who are in this thing called Christianity only because they want to see what they can get from God and the very few that are willing to follow the Master wherever He leads.
The few that are willing to lay down their
lives just like Jesus for the benefit of others.
Do you have lust in your heart?
Jesus told me the following about lust in the heart of man.
John 6:24 When the people
therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither His disciples, they also took boats, and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.
25 And when they had found Him on the other side of the sea, they said unto Him, Rabbi, when did You come here?
26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto You, You seek Me, not because you saw the miracles, but because you did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
God knew these people's hearts and that
they wanted to make Him king after Jesus fed their fleshly appetite. This is why He rebuked them. The Lord told me that they wanted to crown Him king of their lustful desires.
This is in line with what the Apostle Paul
wrote in Philippians 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly,
and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
Their God is their belly means that they only serve their own appetites without any concern for others because of self-centerdness. Those who refuse to discover
the love of God by following Christ in the way of the cross are enemies of the love of God because they are only concerned about themselves.
Do we only want God in our lives because we want Him to serve us and our appetites
when He created us to serve Him through laid down lives?
This is exactly what Jesus commanded us to do in John 15 if we desire to be His friends.
John 15:10 If
you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
11 These things have I spoken to you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you.
13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14 You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you.
If God's Son laid down His life for us to demonstrate the nature and operation of God's love, then it is for a very good reason and purpose because our natural fleshly fallen man is selfish by nature. Greed and the love of money and power
is the GREATEST reason why this world is in the broken condition that it is in right now.
In God's kingdom we are all servants because when we all function and operate through the power and beauty of His love, there
would be not 1 needy person in this entire world.
God said to me that the only thing that can satisfy true love, is the benefit of others.
God said to a friend of mine, My children must come up to that place with Me that is far above "themselves".
For it is ONLY then that they shall be able to see "clearly" - and experience fully - the joy of "true" giving".
AN OLDIE BUT GOODIE
By Tim Morton
An oldie but goodie from this day 4 years ago.
“He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed
our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:10-12
IF YOU WANT TRUTH, LISTEN TO SCRIPTURE!
When we trust the work of Jesus Christ alone to justify us, God removes our transgressions
from us "as far as the east is from the west". We are cleansed by the blood of Christ! It's only by trust in HIS work that anyone is justified (saved). If you trust in your own works of righteousness as justification, that's not faith in Christ, but faith
in self! (Romans 4:4-5, 5:9)
We must first recognize ourselves as sinners who are incapable of the righteous requirement of God, and trust completely in the forgiveness Christ provided for us to be saved. This is ALL
God asks from us in order to be justified. We cannot remove our "transgressions", they must be removed by His blood! I can live for Him as best I can every minute of every day and still not meet the righteousness required for justification. It can come only
through faith in the Son of God. THIS is what God's Word teaches, and I'm forever thankful He has made it so abundantly clear!
If you choose to turn a blind eye to the truth of the Word of God, you do so at your own peril
according to Him. Lose your pride and admit to yourself and to Him that you understand you cannot make yourself righteous, and depend on His grace and mercy right now! You can do that, and He will save you! THAT is what God promises anyone, trapped in any
sin, of any kind!
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now
worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich
in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) Ephesians 2:1-5
Notice those who were "dead in trespasses
and sins" were "quickened" together with Christ. To be quickened is to be made alive. We were "dead", and then "quickened" with Him. The only change we made was fully trusting in Him for our salvation. Not that we "turned from our sins",
because verse 5 says he quickened us "even when we were dead in sins". It's the Holy Spirit that makes us "one spirit" with Him, being "made the righteousness of God IN HIM" (1 Cor. 6:17, 2 Cor. 5:21).
We cannot make ourselves
righteous before God. If we could, His death would not have been necessary. The "children of disobedience" are not those who wouldn't "turn from sins", but are those who would not trust Christ alone aside from their own works.
Our turning from sins is a good work in which God will lead every individual that is "quickened" with Christ because they have received His divine nature. Whether the person decides on their own to do it, or God has to chasten them for 30 years or longer
is up to every individual and is not a requirement to receive eternal life. There is no scripture proving otherwise. In fact, that notion goes against very clear scripture!
By Tim Morton
By Greg Laurie
“So the people came streaming from the village to see him.’”
She would go to draw water in the heat of the day, when no one else was at the well. The other women went there earlier in the day and caught up on the village gossip. But they ostracized her because of
the life she’d chosen to live.
But one day she arrived to find someone waiting for her: Jesus Christ, the very Son of God. He went out of His way to meet with her because unbeknownst to her, she had an appointment with God.
Jesus entered her world, and she heard the truth of His message. He told her how, if she drank of the water He gave her, she never would thirst again, and there would be a well of living water coming out of her life. So she believed.
when she realized she had been talking with the Messiah, she left her water jar, ran back to the village, and said, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” (John 4:29 nlt). The next verse tells
us, “So the people came streaming from the village to see him” (verse 30 nlt).
We don’t know this woman’s name, but she was a resurrection woman, a woman who had been changed. She had a bad reputation, but the people
in the village saw her passion and her excitement for what Christ had done for her. As a result, they came and wanted to see and hear Jesus for themselves.
Interestingly, 79 percent of unchurched people agree with the following statement:
“I don’t mind talking to a friend about their faith if they really value it.” They want to see if you actually believe it yourself and value it yourself.
When you’re sharing your faith with others, there’s
power in your personal story. You just need to be willing to share it.
REFLECTIONS OF THE FATHER'S HEART
By Glenn H. Jackson
[Exhortations From The Father]
Thanksgiving is the purest form of "acknowledgement" - and praise is the spontaneous fruit of an absolute faith and trust in Me [in My Word]. "acknowledge" - recognize the existence and authority of [in this case, the true Nature and
Character of the Father and His Word];
to show or express appreciation or gratitude for; ...."Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths".... Proverbs 3:5-6 The Amplified Translation ...."He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him
who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God".... Psalm 50:23 NASB ....."
It is good to give thanks to the LORD and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning
and Your faithfulness by night".... Psalm 92:1-2 NASB
MEDITATIONS . . .
MEDITATIONS ON THE
TRUE CHRISTIAN LIFE
By Glenn H. Jackson
...."This book of the law [the Word of God] shall not depart from [always be in] your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be
careful [take heed] to do according to all that is written in it; for THEN you will make your way prosperous, and THEN you will have success".... Joshua 1:8 NASB
HEALING IN REDEMPTION
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When We Talk [Consistently] About Our Diseases We Are Glorifying The Adversary *
Jesus’ triumph is our triumph. Jesus’ victory is our victory. He did nothing for Himself.
It was all for us. Today we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. We should never talk about our diseases. When we tell our troubles to people it is always to get their sympathy.
That trouble came from
the adversary. When we tell our troubles, we are giving our testimony of Satan’s ability to get us into difficulty. When we talk about our diseases, we are glorifying the adversary who had the ability to put that disease upon us.
When we confess our lack of strength or ability, we confess that Satan has so blinded us that we cannot enjoy our rights and privileges.
Psalm 27:1, “Jehovah is my light and my salvation; Whom
shall I fear? Jehovah is the strength of my life: Of whom shall I be afraid?” God has made Him to be wisdom unto us. He has made Him to be Redemption unto us.
If this be true, then Satan has no right to reign
over us with sickness, disease, weakness, or failure. Every time we talk of our troubles, we glorify the being who put the troubles upon us.
Our confession should be that God is today our strength, our
wisdom, our complete and perfect Redemption, our Sanctification, and our Righteousness. We are the Righteousness of God in Him. We can do all things in Him who strengthens us.
Today the Name of Jesus in our lips can
conquer disease and sickness. That Name can bring courage and victory to the defeated and whipped.
Fast and Pray about Biden’s Visit to Middle East
Lori Meed, IFA Contributing Writer | July 11, 2022
Fast and Pray about
Biden’s Visit to Middle East
Father God, as You instruct us to do, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We pray that Your will would be done and Your kingdom come.
Ahead of President Biden’s trip to Israel, IFA received some specific prophetic warnings. Committed to “pray the headlines,” IFA acts as the Holy Spirit leads for the furthering of the Kingdom of God in the U.S. and beyond.
God’s word instructs us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalms 122:6–9); to be a watchman on her walls, giving God no rest until He makes Jerusalem a praise in all the earth (Isaiah 62:6–7); and interceding for our nation to
bless and not curse Abraham’s descendants and so receive God’s blessing ourselves (Genesis 12:3).
The goal of this post is to ignite prayer and fasting about President
Biden’s upcoming trip to the Middle East. President Biden has repeatedly affirmed an objective of dividing the land (a “two-state solution” for Israel and Palestine). Joel 3 describes the measuring stick that God will use to judge all
nations. In verse 2 of that chapter, He states: “I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of my people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered
among the nations; they have also divided up My land.” (Joel 3:2 NKJV). In recent months, President Biden and his administration announced
they will continue the efforts of the Abraham Accords brokered by the Trump Administration.
The time is now for us to stand in the gap for Israel and for our own land. This week, President Biden will visit the Middle East —
Israel and Saudi Arabia — from July 13 to 16. The stated objective of the visit is to “focus on Israel’s integration into the region through the Abraham Accords” and deepen “ties between Israel and Jordan and Egypt,” according
to The Jerusalem Post (June 14). “‘The president will begin his travel in Israel, where he will meet with Israeli leaders to discuss Israel’s security,
prosperity, and its increasing integration into the greater region,’ the White House said in a statement. ‘The president will also visit the West Bank to consult with the Palestinian Authority, and to reiterate his strong support for a two-state
solution, with equal measures of security, freedom, and opportunity for the Palestinian people,’” the newspaper reported.
In a statement reported in the Post, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office said: “‘The
US and Israel will be forging agreements set to strengthen the civilian and security cooperation between the two countries and take the US-Israel alliance to new heights.’” Since that announcement, Israeli lawmakers voted to dissolve Parliament,
bringing down the coalition government and installing Yair Lapid, a centrist, as interim prime minister.
President Biden is also expected to meet with PA President Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian leaders. According to a Palestinian
official quoted in the Post article, Biden “‘has known Abbas for decades, and he looks forward to reaffirming his lifelong commitment to a two-state solution.’” Biden will then fly to Riyadh, the Saudi capital, to
participate in the summit of the GCC+3 (Gulf Cooperation Council plus Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan), which includes leaders of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar. President Biden said he expects to sit down with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman, despite a campaign trail promise to make the Saudi royal a “pariah” over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Instead, the surge in global oil prices has led Biden to court Saudi Arabia, in hopes that it will increase oil production.
As reported in the Post: “‘I am, as I said, going to Israel to meet with Israeli leaders to affirm the unbreakable bond Israel and the United States have,’ Biden said at a news conference in Madrid. ‘And
part of the purpose is — the trip to the Middle East — is to deepen Israel’s integration in the region, which I think we’re going to be able to do and which is good — good for peace and good for Israeli security.’”
Several prominent prayer ministries and international prayer leaders have said they are hearing from the Lord an urgent call to fast and pray during this visit. Our assignment is to intercede for the U.S. —that we would remain a nation
which blesses and does not curse Israel and upholds her biblical right to the land — and also for Israel’s security and well-being, as being watchmen on her walls.
On June 21, Rick Ridings, founder of Succat Hallel, a 24/7
house of prayer and worship located in Jerusalem, posted that he received this word from the Lord:
is a Tower of Babel situation. The globalists are speaking one language worldwide. That is why they have been able to build their kingdom in such a relatively short time. Their unity has created an evil momentum. Their plan is to steal the Crown
Jewel of the King — Jerusalem, because that is the footstool of My government upon the Earth.
“Therefore, My Ruler Bride is to decree division upon those serving the spirit of Babel. And she is to carry out the sentence,
the judgment written against them with the high praises of God in her mouth, and a two-edged sword in her hand. …
“Look to Me. High praise is your weapon.
Use it in one accord, and I My Self (sic) will arise and scatter My enemies. And their plans shall be severely set back in all the nations they rule.”
Ridings is asking intercessors worldwide to fast at least one meal on Tuesday,
July 12, and to take at least 12 minutes at noon to praise the Lord and to proclaim a spirit of division upon the Lord’s enemies and a thwarting of their plans during the Biden visit to Israel, Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), and Saudi Arabia, on
July 13–16. Kim Chadwell, founder of Holy Nation, similarly received a word of warning from the Lord regarding those same dates and a request from the Lord to fast and pray, specifically on July 13, even taking off from work that day, if possible.
We must remember that this is a spiritual war — our weapons are not carnal, and neither are they directed against people or people groups. We pray and wield our weapons of high praise to bind principalities and powers in the heavenly
realms that set themselves up against God’s will on the earth, against God’s people, and against the nation where He has placed His name (1 Kings 14:21; Nehemiah 1:9).
These warnings are not intended to cause fear but are instead
the glorious invitation of our God, who has called us to rule and reign with Christ, seating us with Him in heavenly places. He has given us authority in His name to bind and loose, and to use this authority over every ungodly entity in the heavens, on the
earth and under the earth, as we bind the enemy’s plans and release God’s will — on earth as it is in heaven.
How do we pray specifically?
•We pray for the peace of Jerusalem
and for the confusing of all plans of the enemy to weaken Israel by dividing her land in disobedience to God’s commands. (Psalm 55:9)
•We cry out for all of Abraham’s descendants — Jews and Arabs alike — to
know their Messiah. God’s ultimate desire is that all should know Him and come to faith. (1 Timothy 2:4)
•We ask for the ungodly powers keeping Palestinians in bondage to tyrannical government structures — which steal,
kill and destroy — to be broken, and for Ishmael’s descendants to come home to God’s family. (John 10:10; 1 John 3:8)
•We pray for our own president to hear God’s word and to be humble before Him, knowing that only the Prince
of Peace Himself can bring eternal peace to the Middle East. (James 4:6–7)
•We plead for our nation to remain a “sheep” nation and that President Biden’s legacy not include the ungodly counsel to divide the
land of Israel. (Joel 3:2–3)
•We call forth godly advisers — the Esther's, Daniels, and Josephs in our government — to speak to our president and our diplomats, asking God to give them ears to hear and obey. (Revelation
•We ask the Lord to stop any unholy alliances between our nation and Israel, causing her to depend on us instead of on God for her security, or pressuring her government to make ungodly concessions based on our current friendship.
•We use the high praises of our God, asking Him to confuse the voices of the globalist elites and to stop their plans.
•We always end prayers with thanksgiving that we have a God Who calls us to pray, then hears our prayers
Mark your calendars — July 12–17 — and join the worldwide Bride of Christ in intercession before her King and for the place of His eternal Kingdom!
"He Hears My Cries"
By Anne Ballard
In the month of July, God wants to remind us that He is a God who hears us. He desires a deep relationship with His children and He sees all that we're facing.
He is teaching us to align our words with His truth and walk in favor with Him. He has prepared us for just the moment we're living in and is freeing us from fear. He is our protector and our covering. This month, allow yourself to rest in His unfailing nature,
knowing that He's the God who sees you and knows you.
He Hears Our Cries
"And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will
see that they get justice, and quickly..." (Luke 18:7-8)
Over and over throughout the Bible, woven into different stories and struggles, this theme emerges: God heard their cries. The story of Rachel stands out as a compelling example.
In this time period, men often took multiple wives, and a woman's value was typically connected to her ability to bear children. Rachel was the beloved wife of Jacob, but she was barren and she'd endured a terrible deception from her father. On her wedding
day, Rachel's father disguised Rachel's sister, Leah, and told Jacob it was Rachel behind the long veil. Thus she and her sister ended up both married to Jacob, creating intense jealousy and family conflict. To make matters worse, Leah kept having children
but Rachel had none.
In Rachel's story and many others throughout Scripture, God responds to His people when they cry out to Him. In Genesis 30:22, Scripture says that God listened to Rachel's heart cry and had compassion on her. After
that, she gave birth to Joseph, whose wisdom and connection to God later would save the whole nations of Egypt and outlying areas in a time of famine. God ministered to Rachel's deepest wounding and area of lack and answered her heart cry. God heard the cry
of Rachel's heart and gave her children.
He cares about the things we care about, and the desires of our heart. Throughout Scripture, God consistently answers the cries of the brokenhearted.
God longs for a relationship
with us even when we're not looking for a relationship with Him. Psalm 106 says it succinctly in verses 43-44: "Many times you would have come to rescue them, but they continued in their rebellious ways, choosing to ignore your warnings. Then they sank lower
and lower, destroyed by their depravity. Yet even so, you waited and waited, watching to see if they would turn and cry out to you for a father's help." The Bible presents our God as a highly relational, compassionate being who longs for connection with us,
and longs to answer us when we cry out to Him. Scripture makes it clear: He is waiting to answer our cries.
Prayer is the manifestation of our relationship with our heavenly Father. This relationship is transformed when we believe that
He's good, and believe that He's working on our behalf. God not only desires a relationship with you, He desires to answer the cry of your heart. Therefore, come to Him with your needs and desires.
What is burdening you right now? Are
you (or someone you love) facing a difficult challenge? Whether it's financial, health related, relational, or a delayed dream in your heart, God wants to meet you in your place of pain and disappointment. The Bible is clear on the importance of prayer and
that, when we present our requests to the Lord, He will hear us (1 John 5:14-15; 1 Thessalonians 5:17). Verse 45 of Psalm 106 wraps it up nicely: "And then, when You heard their cry, You relented and You remembered Your covenant, and You turned Your heart
toward them again, according to Your abundant, overflowing, and limitless love." This is the Father's heart toward us, but we must come to Him.
If you have felt like your prayers are hitting a ceiling, or like you've been disconnected
from the Father, this is your invitation to step back into intimacy with Him. Your prayers matter to God, and the desires of your heart are important to Him. Ask God to show you any areas where you need to change your thinking and talk to Him as you would
a friend and a father. He is WITH you.
Aligned with Heaven
"Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue
also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one's life on fire, and is itself set on fire by Hell." (James 3:5-6)
Recently, I was sharing with a friend a story of how
God had moved miraculously on my behalf. My friend, who was believing for something big and seemingly impossible in her own life, said, "Those kinds of things just don't happen to me." I pondered her response, as it grieved my heart to hear her words. What
accounted for this disparity between our experiences? I took some time to process it with the Lord. My own journey with the Lord has been profoundly shaped by learning the identity bestowed upon me by my Father, the authority that I carry, and the power of
my words. It wasn't an overnight shift that moved me to start believing that miracles would become a normal part of my life.
However, I now possess a deeply held conviction that we create worlds with our words. This means that if we say
something (and we believe it), we are actually co-creating with God through our words. Just as God created the earth with His words, we have also been given the power to create with our words. If we are saying words like, "I don't see miracles happen," or
"I don't experience favor like that," then that is what we'll see manifest in our lives. But the opposite is also true. And when we say things like, "Miracles happen to me all the time," "I experience divine financial blessings," and "I am continually connected
to the right people," then those things manifest in our lives.
I make crazy sounding declarations all the time over my life, and different situations based on the truth of God's Word. And I see those things come to pass. There was a season
where any time I was meeting a new person or going somewhere new I would declare, "I walk in ever-increasing favor with God and man." This is based on Luke 2:52, which states, "...Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”
I figured that if Jesus needed favor with God and man, I might also need it! So, I would declare this over my life and my situation, and eventually I believed it and I saw it manifest. This is the process of renewing our minds with truth.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 21:21-22, "...'Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, "Go, throw yourself into the sea," and it will be done. If you believe,
you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.'" Our belief in what we are praying or declaring is tantamount to seeing it manifest.
James tells us that the tongue is powerful (James 3:5-6). He likens it to a great forest fire that is
set ablaze by a small spark. It is incredibly powerful what we utter with our tongue, and it's only amplified by our belief! Let's intentionally use our words for good and not for evil. Let's believe the promises in God's Word, and let's avoid the temptation
to develop theology based on our own experiences. What I mean by this is that if we know God's Word says something, even though we haven't yet experienced it in our own life, we can be tempted to believe our experience over God's Word. That is dangerous. Part
of walking in the Kingdom is living in the tension between Heaven and Earth while still standing in faith that it can be "on Earth as it is in Heaven.”
God is gently reminding us of the truth of His Word, and of the power and authority
in our words. We can choose to make an agreement with Heaven or with our own experiences. God is inviting us to align with Heaven over our circumstances. This means that if our situation doesn't look like Heaven yet, there is room to seek out what God is doing.
The truth is, we live in a fallen world, and there are so many things that can interfere with our promises (warfare, agreements, our own beliefs, curses). God rewires our thoughts when we give Him our bad beliefs.
This word is for people
who are not experiencing Heaven on Earth (which are many). If you are still learning how to renew your mind with truth, this word is for you. If you know that your beliefs are limiting you, this is for you. If God has shown you that you've created your own
theology around your experience but you don't know how to change, this word is for you. If you've been feeling hopeless, discouraged, or heartbroken, this word is for you.
You don't need to conjure up more faith. Simply ask God to give
you the gift of faith and start speaking words of faith over your life. Identify any areas of doubt that you are struggling with and find scriptures to speak over yourself. Is it about a promise, God's provision, your health, or your relationships? Press into
God's Word and write out the promises that are true about your topic. Is it a promise? "...He who promised is faithful" (Hebrews 10:23). Is it about God's provision? "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus"
(Philippians 4:19). Is it about your health? "...I am the LORD, who heals you" (Exodus 15:26).
Write as many out as you can find on your situation. Declare these in faith over your life. We know that faith comes by hearing, so if you don't
believe (have faith) at first, then keep repeating these over yourself until your mind is renewed with truth.
Prepared for This Moment
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who
have been called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)
Some people may be entering into a time that feels challenging and unexpected. Perhaps it is sudden health issues, financial strain, challenging work situations, or stress in relationships.
In these moments, things may feel quite stressful, even to the point of being overwhelming. During these times, remind yourself of God's promises to you. You are never alone and He has prepared you precisely for right now.
went through a harrowing experience: my mom needed emergency surgery. It was traumatic and frightening for several reasons: she's my only living parent; in the moment, I didn't have any other choice but to agree to surgery; and, with all the COVID protocols
in place, I couldn't have anyone with me for the ten days that she was in the hospital, so I felt quite alone. All of a sudden, the Holy Spirit started pointing out things about my past that had equipped me PRECISELY for this moment.
First, I have a background in nursing. In my time as a nurse, I was able to work with some strong thought leaders and highly confident physicians. Most people were intimidated by them, but I'd worked with them so closely and for so long that I was at ease
with them. I also learned so much from them by asking them questions. As I sat with the Holy Spirit, I realized that I wasn't intimidated by a single doctor on Mom's case. On top of that, I had done a fair amount of research on different treatment options,
and I was able to advocate for my mom to get the best treatment.
God truly is working all things together for our good and, in this moment, I had no doubt that He'd equipped me and was giving me every single thing I needed to help me make
decisions, to comfort me, and to bring healing to my precious mom.
When the trials come, and come they will (John 16:33), trust in knowing that God has equipped YOU. He has prepared you for precisely this moment, precisely this time, and
precisely this place. Allow the Holy Spirit to call to mind your experience, your connections, your precise knowledge, and your gifting which have prepared you for right now. He knows the end from the beginning and is weaving together the perfect tapestry
of your life as only He can. Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
If you feel like you're in the heat of battle, you're standing
on the edge of a precipice, or everywhere you look, things feel challenging, then this word is for you. God is reminding you of how He's gone before you and how you already have what you need. Watch as He meets you and works situations and circumstances out
on your behalf. In fact, some of the things that you feared were a "crisis," you'll realize were a false alarm, because God is with you. He is with you every step of the way.
Stand firm and watch as God has prepared you for such a time
as this! Rest in the knowledge that He has prepared you for just this moment and He is working all things together for your good.
In the Shadow of His Wing
"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest
in the shadow of the Almighty." (Psalm 91:1)
When trials come, we have a choice. We can align with our feelings and even the way things look in the natural (which often leads to fear or even despair), or we can align with God's word over
our lives and circumstances. In moments when you don't know what is going to happen and things feel incredibly hard, trust in the knowing that He who promised is faithful.
In countless passages throughout the Bible (in Psalms and Proverbs
in particular), God tells us that He will protect the righteous ones and that He will fight for those who love Him. In moments of adversity, it can be challenging to remember this, much less cling to this promise from Him. However, doing so is the path that
leads back to your peace. Paul reminds us, "We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed" (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).
God desires for us to
walk in the destiny and identity He created for us, and He is a master at making beauty out of ashes. Most of the time when we worry, we spend time thinking about situations that never end up happening. What would happen if instead of worrying, we chose to
remind ourselves that God is fighting for us and we are being kept safe in the shadow of the Almighty?
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Prevailing through Praise
By Derek Prince
the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. NIV
One thing we notice in the psalms of David is that he says
a great deal about his enemies. If ever a man had enemies, it was David. But he had learned the secret of dealing with his enemies. He had learned the secret of evoking God’s presence and God’s help and here he reveals the secret very simply. It’s
to offer God praise.
He says, “God has ordained from the lips of children and infants praise.” Children and infants are the weakest in the natural, but when praise comes from the lips of even the weakest;
its effect is to silence the foe and the avenger.
The Bible shows us so clearly that every one of us has a foe, an avenger – someone who’s out to destroy us. His name is Satan. He’s the devil. He’s
the accuser of the brothers. He’s the one who misrepresents us, who’s always against us, who misinterprets everything we do, who accuses us before the very throne of God. How can we stop him? How can we silence him? The answer is by praise. When
praise ascends to God, it silences Satan. It silences his accusations. It stops his mouth and we have free, unhindered access to God. We live out our life without that continual condemnation of Satan’s accusations.
Remember, praise is the way to bring God in on your side against the devil.
By Derek Prince
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The Father says today, you cannot solve the problem on the level of the problem. You are going to have to ascend up here to Me.
You are waiting on Me to do something, but that which moves My hand is YOU taking YOUR PLACE that was purchased by the shed blood of Calvary. As a son.
As a privileged and honored child in the full tally of Calvary’s work made available
as a resource to put you over IN EVERY AREA OF YOUR LIFE. Make a demand on Calvary, says God. I dare you. I challenge you to bankrupt heaven by the things you believe Me for. I’m willing. I’m ready, and My answer to you is YES, YES, YES!
I’m not reluctant to move in your life, says God. I’m not folding My hands, stroking My long gray beard, looking for a way to disqualify you from blessing. YOU ARE NOT DISQUALIFIED! You are not left out or left behind. I have brought you into
the very ZENITH of white-hot breakthrough into the glory that provisions you even as your needs are met in the glory that I’ve placed in you, around you, above and beneath you to ENTITLE you with the ENTITLEMENT that was Mine before the foundation of
the world. That is My gift to you. Take it, conquer!
By Prophet Russ Walden
FIRE BY NIGHT
By Glenn H. Jackson
"Reflections Upon Reflections" [of The Father's Heart]
...."You, in Your great compassion, did not forsake them in the wilderness; The pillar of cloud did not leave them by day, to guide them on their way, or the pillar of fire by night, to light
for them the way in which they were to go".... Nehemiah 9:19 NASB
IF ONE TRULY LOVES ANOTHER THEY WILL ALWAYS REJOICE WHEN THAT ONE STEPS OUT IN FAITH AND OBEDIENCE
Words of prophecy:
*____You will never have the "approval" of any man who does not love Me with their whole heart [Luke 10:27]. For "all" who walk in less than perfect obedience -
those who seek Me from less than a pure heart - shall be offended by the words that you speak. Quite simply, to the degree that one has conformed themselves to My Will, it is to that degree that they will approve of the words you speak, and to the degree that
they have hardened their hearts against Me, it is to that degree that they will be offended and stumble at the words you speak.
...."Therefore you have no excuse or defense or justification,
O man, whoever you are who judges and condemns another. For in posing as judge and passing sentence on another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge are habitually practicing the very same things [that you censure and denounce]".... Romans 2:1 The Amplified
____...."For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ".... Galatians 1:10 NASB
____There will always be those who are offended at true faith, love and obedience - as it betrays the things in their heart that are not centered on the Father's best and highest purpose, for not only those in their sphere of existence but, also, themselves.
____If one truly loves another they will ALWAYS rejoice when that one steps out in faith and obedience. It does not mean that they never loved that person BUT, again, it betrays the fact that to some degree "self" is still on the throne of
their own heart. Therefore, when one is confronted with those who become offended with their words and actions of faith, love and obedience it is important for them to continue focussing on the Father's Will/Word above all else . For it is certain that
when one is found faithful in this HE will be found empowering them to rise above, victoriously, every scheme of the Enemy.
____There is, indeed, great reward - both in our remaining time in this dispensation and throughout Eternity -
for those who are truly pursuing the Father and His Will with all of their heart in this most critical and glorious hour.
....Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is
envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God's love in us) does not insist
on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
It does not rejoice
at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of [and for] every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures
everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]".... 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a The Amplified Translation
Prayer of Proclamation:
we thank You and praise You that You have raised us up a people who rejoice at the faith, obedience and blessing [prosperity] of others simply because anything and everything that conforms to Your Will delights our heart. And we
give You all praise and honour and glory in Jesus' Name. Amen.
This is for All people in the whole world . . . :
James Version (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he
gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Scripture Prayers of Salvation
Pray the following out loud:
John 3:16 … Thank You Lord for loving me so much that You gave Your one and only Son, that when I believe in Him I will not perish but
have eternal life. I believe in Jesus with my heart and I ask you to forgive me of all my sins. I renounce satan and all his works and ways, I choose the truth and disavow satan and all his lies. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ my Lord.
Romans 10:9-10 … Thank You Lord that when I confess with my mouth Jesus as Lord, and believes in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I will be saved. I believe in my heart and accept You as Lord.
I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ my Lord.
Isaiah 45:8, 2 Tim 2:10 … Thank You Lord that salvation will spring up within my heart, that I may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with
eternal glory. In the name of Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 3:18 … Thank You Lord that I may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the name of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 19:10 … Thank You Lord that I may grow to find Your Word more precious than much pure gold and sweeter than honey from the comb. In the name of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 42:1-2 … Thank You Lord that You will create within me a hunger, a longing, for You and Your will. Set my heart flames a fire in love with you. Reveal yourself to me. Make me to love you as you love me. In the name of Jesus Christ.
The Word helps in casting down vain imaginations that exhalt itself above the knowledge of the Lord. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought
to the obedience of Christ. To use a reading plan, just visit the daily reading page to see your daily reading.
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