TRUTH 4 THOUGHT- WEEKEND EDITION-OVERCOMING THE WORLD!!

…because everything that has been born of God is constantly coming off victorious over the world. And this is the victory that has come off victorious over the world, our faith. I John 5:4 Kenneth Wuest Translaton

There’s a lot going on in “the world’ today.  Many believers are concerned as well and to a certain degree we all should be but not to the point of fear and worry.  Why?  Because we are in the world but not of the world.  Our health and well being does not depend does not depend on the resources of this world.  Now if as a believer you have no knowledge of this or simply don’t believe that that is true, you may have reason for concern, but allow me to dispel any doubt you may have.  The Word of God says in the book of Hosea, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.”  Lack in any form is sin and Romans 6:14 declares that, “Sin shall not have dominion over you for you are not under the law but under GRACE (Who is Jesus).

Our topic text says:  …because everything that has been born of God is constantly coming off victorious over the world. And this is the victory that has come off victorious over the world, our faith. I John 5:4 Kenneth Wuest Translaton

If you are born again, you are born of God!!!  If you are born of God YOU ARE CONSTANTLY COMING OFF VICTORIOUS OVER THE WORLD.  “Well, Brother Vincent, my life sure does not look like I am coming off victorious over the world.”  I understand but this is where you have to make a decision. Are you going to believe your circumstances or The Word of The Father.   The issue may be, “Do you believe The Word?”  You may be what Brother Copeland calls mentally assenting to The Word or agreeing with your mouth but not really believe it in your heart where it matters.  Do a test, check your mouth an thoughts.  What have you been thinking and saying about circumstances that don’t line up and agree with The Word?  Look at this verse.

Who is he who is constantly coming off victorious over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? I John 5:5 Kenneth Wuest Translation

You will probably say, “I believe Jesus is the Son of God!!”  Okay great!! Do you believe that Jesus has conquered the world?  He told you He did.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

If your were a growing fetus inside your mothers womb still and your Mom was eating Wendy’s that day for dinner, guess what you would be having for dinner?  WENDY’S.  Why? Because you are in your Mom and whatever your Mom is getting or ingesting is what will be passed to you.  If you are a believer YOU ARE IN CHRIST!! Since you are in Christ ALL that CHRIST IS AND HAS AND HAS DONE IS YOURS!!! His overcoming the world is your overcoming the world. His victory over the world is your victory over the world. Believe that and you will walk in victory in every area of your life. God the Father has given you the victory thru your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!! Receive it!! Take it!!!

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Co

 

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT REDEMPTION – PART 2

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:13-14 King James Version

Yesterday, we took a look at redemption and we defined it and found out some of the primary things that we are redeemed from.  These things are poverty, sickness and death.  But there are also some other things that you may find interesting that we are redeemed from.  As promised, I will also be sharing with you some of the things that we are redeemed to.  One of the things we are redeemed from is a lack of knowledge.  Most people know the scripture in Hosea that states my people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.  So how does this particular redemption take place?  Because just like we no longer have to concern ourselves with trying to become righteous, wisdom is now a part of the package deal that comes with Jesus Christ.  Let’s look at the scripture that shows us this.

It is because of God that you are in union with the Messiah Jesus, who for us has become wisdom from God, as well as our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.  I Corinthians 1:30 International  Standard Version

So from this scripture we see that God through Christ has not only made us righteous but He has made us wise, and sanctified us and redeemed us.  Now I want you to think about something as it pertains to wisdom.  Many of us believe we ARE the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  We believe that we are righteous right here and right now.  Let’s look at the reason we believe that in addition to I Corinthian 1:30.

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.  2 Corinthians 5:21 King James Version

So this scripture tells us we have been made the righteousness of God in Him(Christ).  We confess and believe that. I normally confess daily that I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.    Well I Corinthians 1:30 says Jesus has become for us wisdom.  In light of that we need to be confessing that Christ has become for me wisdom and that we are redeemed from ignorance and unwise decisions.  When you look at Jesus, He was never caught off guard or in the dark in any situation.  Why? Because He has wisdom from God and that scripture says He has become the same wisdom from God for us.   Something can be yours but until you claim it and exercise your rights to it it will not be of any value or use to you.  So being bought out of ignorance and darkness are a part of our redemption package in addition to righteousness and sanctification which is being set apart for a special use.

Now I want to show you something that The Holy Ghost showed me personally. I never heard it from a preacher, I just happened to be studying one day on our opening text and I saw this as clear as day.  Let’s take a look at our opening text again.

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:13-14 King James Version

Look at the beginning of the scripture, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law,..”.    If you read Deuteronomy 28 verses 15 thru 68, all the curses are listed there and then some.  It is a horrible list and I thank God we are redeemed from that list.  You should take the time to read it to make sure none of it is illegally operating in your life.   But I do not want to focus on that right now.  Many times you can get fresh revelation from God thru Jesus by way of the Holy Spirit by paying attention not only to what The Word is saying but also by what The Word is not saying.  Allow me to explain.  The scripture in Galatians 3:13 says, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of he law.., but did you ever notice that there is no where in The Word that says, “Christ has redeemed us from the blessings of the law“?????

Oh this is good. Some critics will say, “Well you say you are not under the law (and we are not) then you can’t have any of it. Good, I don’t want the law if thats not what God has for me but I will take THE BLESSING(S).  You see Christ never did redeem us from the blessings of the law only the curse of the law.  So THE BLESSING(S) are still yours!!!!  Glory to God!!!  Let’s prove that.

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,  Ephesians 1:3 New American Standard Bible

So God through Christ has blessed us with EVERY spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.  Now don’t let that “spiritual blessing in heavenly places” throw you off.  It’s not spiritual that you can’t touch or get or access until you get to heaven.  The word spiritual there is the greek word pneumatikos  which means belonging to the Spirit, or emanating from the Divine Spirit.  Where does wisdom emanate from?  The Holy Spirit from Christ and we just shared that Christ is made unto you wisdom right here and right now.  So this is not blessings you cannot use until heaven.  This means that EVERY spiritual blessing including the blessings of the Old and New Testament which falls under THE BLESSING of Abraham which is mentioned in Galatians 3:13-14.

The benefits that come with redemption are powerful, and not only are they powerful but they are ETERNAL.

He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.  Hebrews 9:12 New International Version

So not only do you have redemption through Jesus’s blood but ETERNAL REDEMPTION.  The word eternal there is the greek word aionios which means age-long, unending, inside of time, outside of time and beyond time. Your redemption is eternal so you can be confident, bold and at complete peace because of Christ.

In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  Colossians 1:14 King James Version

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT REDEMPTION-PART 1

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.  Galatians 3:13-14 King James Version

Redemption is such a beautiful word and act, especially when you dig into its origin and true meaning.  It  is a word and definition that every believer and unbeliever should know.  The word of Gods tells us in Psalms 107:2 to let the redeemed of the Lord say so.  But let’s look at another version of this scripture to give us more light.

Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story– those he redeemed from the hand of the foe Psalm 107:2 New International Version Let those who have been redeemed by the LORD declare it— those whom he redeemed from the power of the enemy, Psalm 107:2 International Standard Version

Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy; Psalm 107:2 King James Version Now I left the last version of Psalm 107:2  unbolded for a reason.  The King James Version is the version most believers are familiar with.  It says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so…….”.  I want you to see that the word so is in italics which means it was not there originally but was added for clarity.  But it tends to take away from the true meaning.  When you take away the word ‘so’, it goes to a comma then makes another statement.  It’s almost like the Holy Ghost said, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say ___________, whom  He has redeemed from the power of the enemy.”  And really that is what is supposed to happen.  Now, God is the most purposeful being on the planet and He does not do anything without a reason or a purpose.  So in order for you to fill that blank in you would have to know what the Lord has redeemed you from specifically.  Now I know that the rest of the scripture says, “whom He has redeemed from the power of the enemy, however that is very general. Let me ask you, are the things that happen in your life that affect you the greatest very general or very specific?  In most cases they are very specific.  So when you know the things that you are redeemed from it gives you a greater level of boldness and confidence because when something happens you can quickly identify and say, “No I am redeemed from sickness!!”  Before we go into some of the things you are redeemed from we should first make sure we understand what the word redeemed means.  The word redeemed comes from the Hebrew word exagorazó which means to buy up, ransom, to rescue from loss.  It is actually two words the first being ek which means “completely out from” which intensifies agorázō which means to “buy-up at the marketplace”) – properly, take full advantage of, seizing a buying-opportunity, i.e. making the most of the present opportunity (recognizing its future gain). Let’s say you went to a car dealer and you heard they were going to stop selling GM Hummer H2’s (which they have).  Let’s say I am a billionaire with a strong affinity for Hummer H2’s and I decide I am going to buy every single H2 on the market that is in production.   Once I have done that, if someone shows up who wants to buy a Hummer H2 they cannot get one.  Why?  Because they have been bought completely off the market.  They are no longer available for purchase.  If someone desires one they have to come and see me and maybe I will sell them one for a small phenomenal fee. LOL.  Well this is what Jesus did when He redeemed us.  He bought us completely off of and out of the market of sin and death and all the things that are associated with it.  If the enemy wants a to buy a piece of you He has to go to Jesus and guess what?  JESUS AIN’T SELLING!!!      That means that sin, death, the curse and all the things that Jesus Christ has redeemed us from cannot affect you any longer legally.  Let’s revisit our opening text.

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:13-14 King James Version

So we see here that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law.  The curse of the law involves three primary areas that include poverty, sickness and death.  So you are redeemed from poverty in all of its ways shapes and form which include lack and shortage.  You are redeemed from sickness and that means all sickness and all disease including germs and viruses.  Lets see what God the Father said about poverty and sickness so you can know what is yours.

The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want (the word want there means lack) Psalm 23:1 King James Version The LORD will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt,…….  Deuteronomy 7:15  New International Version He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the LORD who heals you.”  Exodus 15:26 New Living Translation

Now please understand in the Old Testament, you had to be obedient in order for the Lord to bless and heal you and provide for you.   In the New Testament JESUS has fulfilled all the law for us and we get the benefit  of all that He has done.  Because Jesus was obedient, His obedience gets credited to our account just like His righteousness.  We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. On our own we have NO RIGHTEOUSNESS.  It is extremely important to understand what we just went over so that the enemy or a uninformed preacher does not talk you out of the finished work of Christ. Lastly Jesus has also redeemed you from death. Death here is eternal death or spiritual death which is eternal separation from God.  Death does not have any authority over you. Do you mean I can control when I die. YES you can!!  In Christ Jesus you already died and since you died once death has no authority or power over a dead person. Let me ask you this, if a mosquito with HIV bites a dead person, what affect will it have on that dead person?  NONE!! They are already dead.  Death gets it power through sin.   The Word of God says we have been freed from sin. I know it sounds crazy and spooky and ghostly but it’s not.  IT’S DA TRUTH!!!!

Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.  Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.   Romans 6:6-9  New American Standard Bible

You may wanna read that again.  It’s a lotta TRUTH to digest.  You are IN CHRIST! Since Christ has been raised from the dead and you were raised with Him, He is never to die again and death no longer is master over Him and since you are in Him death is no longer master over YOU!! So you have been redeemed from the curse of the law of poverty, sickness and death in all of its ways shapes and forms. When I say all of its way, shapes and forms do you know what I mean?  You need to because death takes many shapes before it gets a person to the shape of laying still in a coffin.  Did you know that chronic fatigue is a form of death. Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying being tired is a form of death, Jesus Himself was tired at times and needed rest as we all do. I am talking about being tired all the time.  Waking up tired.  That’s a form of death. Something is constantly trying to sap a person’s energy.  But you know now that Christ has bought you out of that legally.  But legal rights must be exercised.  Let me ask you a question.  Is it illegal for people to break into other peoples homes?  Of course it is.  But do people still do it?  Yes!!  Same thing here.  You have a legal right to be free from sin and death everyday every single second of the day but the enemy will still try to come illegally and steal your health, life, energy, finances etc.. So what do you do?  You fill in the blank that we talked about earlier.  “Let the redeemed of the Lord say “I am redeemed from chronic fatigue!!! I am redeemed from debt and lack!!! I am redeemed from sickness and disease!!!”  Because your words are God’s Word, they must be obeyed. And you need to know that you are redeemed from destruction and terror.

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;  Psalm 103:4  King James Bible Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.  Psalm 91: 5-7 King James Version

We will finish this up tomorrow. Don’t miss it because you need to know that there is not only somethings you have been redeemed from, but there is also somethings you have been redeemed to.

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT”JESUS ALREADY BORE THAT”

He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness; you have been healed by His wounds.  Peter 2:24 Holman Christian Standard Bible

I want to encourage you to take sometime this week and think about this truth.  Do you realize that every sin you ever committed and every punishment for those sins including every sickness and disease and all lack, that Jesus already bore those things for you at the cross?  This is why the scripture says above that we having died to sins should live to righteousness.  It goes even further to say that the punishment,  those inflicted wounds on Jesus paid the price for your complete and total healing and health for all time.   Many believers believe that when they die and go to Heaven, once they are there they will then experience no more sickness, no more pain, no more sorrow at that time and in that place.  And they are right.

What they don’t realize is that the very same Jesus Who has secured the means for them to be sickness free and pain free and lack free in Heaven never said or expected them to wait to get to Heaven to receive or experience that eternal inheritance that His death provided for them.  Jesus said in one of His prayers, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” However things are in Heaven that’s how they are supposed to be on the Earth as it relates to the believer.  That is our inheritance and that is the Kingdom Jesus told us to seek first in Matthew 6:33 and Luke 12:31.  You get an inheritance when a person dies and Jesus has already died and is raised.  All that Jesus died to provide for you is yours RIGHT NOW!!!  You receive it like you do everything else from Him, by faith.  “Well nobody can expect to live like that on Earth!”  Jesus did!  Never sick one day of His life until He took our sin and sickness.  And His Word declares that, “As He is, so are we in this world.”

But he was wounded because of our crimes,
crushed because of our sins;
the disciplining that makes us whole fell on him,
and by his bruises* we are healed.  Isaiah 53:5 Complete Jewish Bible

Take notice, “the disciplining that makes us whole fell on Him”.  What it took to provide Your wholeness, your shalom, your completeness, your never being sick again, fell on Him.  He already bore it.  If your spouse got out of the car and went and filled the car up with gas and paid for it, would you then turn around and head in to the clerks window to pay for the same gas twice?  Of course not!  There is something called the law of Double Jeopardy.  It is a second prosecution for the same offense after acquittal or conviction or multiple punishments for same offense.  This same law applies to the spirit world. As a matter of truth it came out of the spirit world. Jesus has already been tried, convicted and punished for every single one of your sins and crimes past, present and future.  Some people find that hard to believe but if you really think about it,  unless you are over 2000 years old, all your sins were future sins.  He was punished with sickness, with disease, with lack, with The Father forsaking Him so that we would never be punished with any of those things ever again.  The Father will never forsake us.  Now if you allow it then the devil is just like any criminal.  He does not care whether something is illegal or legal he will violate the law if he is allowed to do it.  So are you going to say, “Come on in, break in my house (my body, or your families body)” or are you going to get your spiritual twelve gauge and not just cock it but blow his butt right back to hell where he and everything attached to him belongs?

So what are you taking or allowing that Jesus already bore?  Take some inventory and then do some spring cleaning.  Remember this confession and truth:

“I cannot be punished for any of the things Jesus was punished for and I cannot be punished with any of the things Jesus was punished with!!!”  

Remember you are not fighting for victory you are fighting from a place of victory already given to you by Jesus Christ.  And that is what makes you more than a conqueror!!!! Amen!

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT HEALING

“..who himself carried up to the Cross our sins in His body and offered himself there as on an altar, doing this in order that we, having died with respect to our sins, might live with respect to righteousness, by means of whose bleeding stripe [the word “stripe” is in the singular here; a picture of our Lord’s back after the scourging, one mass of raw, quivering flesh with no skin remaining, trickling with blood] you were healed.”  I Peter 2:24 Kenneth Wuest Translation

“the One who saved us and divinely summoned us in the sphere of a holy summons, not according to our works but according to His own private purpose and grace which [grace] was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.”  2 Timothy 1:9 Kenneth Wuest Translation

Healing, we all need it at one time or another and thank God it has been provided for us  through Jesus Christ.  When you think about it, Jesus was beaten and received those stripes even before He ever went to the Cross.  The Word declares by His stripe we were healed.  As a believer you need to know that healing is not just available but that healing BELONGS to you.  You also need to know that healing is a part of GRACE Who is Jesus Christ.  What did you do to earn healing?  Nothing!!!  Think about this, when Jesus was here on Earth The Word of God says Jesus went around healing ALL who were oppressed of the devil.  Notice The Word did not say He healed all the people who were saved.  Notice The Word did not say He healed only the people who had been good or were not in strife with their husband or wife.  It says ALL!!!  That is GRACE. That is unmerited, undeserved favor which comes from God the Father HImself through Jesus Christ.  I want you to keep that  in mind, that healing is by GRACE!!!!  You simply believe and receive.

But if you are a believer,  there is something else that you need to know about healing and grace.  2 Timothy 1:9 says that God the Father called us according to His Own private purpose and GRACE.  Now here is the key, this GRACE was given to us in Christ Jesus before  the beginning of time.  Please listen to me as I make this next statement.  Since GRACE was GIVEN us in Christ BEFORE time began that means that there has never been a time that you have NOT BEEN HEALED!!!  You were given the Grace of healing before time began.  You are ALWAYS and have ALWAYS been healed!!!  A pain, a symptom, a disease does not change your healed status because your healing was before time so when these things arise ‘in time’ they cannot affect your healed status.

For by the grace have you been saved in time past completely, through faith, with the result that your salvation persists through present time  Ephesians 2:8 Kenneth Wuest Translation 

Saved completely means spirit, soul and body in time past and that has the present result that you are IN a state of salvation that persist through present time.  That state of salvation includes welfare, prosperity, deliverance, preservation, salvation, safety.  When you believe God’s Word then time and the things that happen in time do not matter and do not have final say and authority, only God’s Word.  KNOW THAT YOU ARE ALWAYS HEALED!!!  And the truth that you KNOW makes you free.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT PRAYING, BELIEVING & RECEIVING HIS REST Part 2

But now the LORD my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent. I King 5:4 King James Version

We talked about receiving His Rest, the kind of rest only God can give.  We broke down some of the specific things such as rest on every side and having no adversary or evil occurrent.  This type of life and living seems almost impossible, like a dream.  But I encourage you that you see it right there in the Bible so you know its possible.  With God the Father nothing is impossible.  He said He would do this and He did it.  But did it just happen?  No it didn’t.  Lets find out how this came into being for Solomon.

Now I will set the story up for you, so David had built himself a fine home and one day as he sat on the throne thinking he summoned Nathan the prophet.  He told Nathan that he lived in a fine home while God in the Ark of the Covenant dwelled in tents.  Nathan then told King David do all that is in your heart for the Lord is with you. But that night the Lord appeared to Nathan and told him to go tell David that he was not the one to build the Lord a house. But it would be his son who would do it. Let’s pick up there.

6Then David sent for his son Solomon and instructed him to build a Temple for the LORD, the God of Israel. 7“My son, I wanted to build a Temple to honor the name of the LORD my God,” David told him. 8“But the LORD said to me, ‘You have killed many men in the battles you have fought. And since you have shed so much blood in my sight, you will not be the one to build a Temple to honor my name. 9But you will have a son who will be a man of peace. I will give him peace with his enemies in all the surrounding lands. His name will be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel during his reign. 10He is the one who will build a Temple to honor my name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will secure the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’  I Chronicles 22:6-10 New Living Translation 

So we see this whole idea of rest and peace was God’s idea.  He told David that He would give Solomon peace with his enemies in all surrounding lands.  That is rest on every side.  The Lord was the SOURCE of this peace or shalom and rest. But I want you to look at what happened earlier in chapter 17.

23“And now, O LORD, I am your servant; do as you have promised concerning me and my family. May it be a promise that will last forever. 24And may your name be established and honored forever so that everyone will say, ‘The LORD of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, is Israel’s God!’ And may the house of your servant David continue before you forever.

25“O my God, I have been bold enough to pray to you because you have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him—a dynasty of kings! 26For you are God, O LORD. And you have promised these good things to your servant. 27And now, it has pleased you to bless the house of your servant, so that it will continue forever before you. For when you grant a blessing, O LORD, it is an eternal blessing!”  I Chronicles 17:23-27 New Living Translation 

So you see this chapter is right after Nathan came and told David what the Lord had said.  Do you notice David’s response. He believed and then prayed to the Lord.  It was not some religious prayer it was simply talking to God and thanking Him for what He had offered to David.  And then he simply prayed by saying the same thing the Lord already had said and he added in a few request with it.  That what The Lord had said will last forever and that The Lord’s name would be established and honored forever.  Very simple, just agreeing with God after finding out what the Lord said.  Sounds like Mary, Jesus’s mother who after finding out what The Lord said then said, “Be it unto me according to thy Word.”

So how do you do this.  You get in The Word and find out what it says and then you go to The Lord and say what he said.  He promised you Shalom.  You have a better covenant than even Solomon through Christ Jesus. But even that Old Testament promise is yours thru Christ because all the promises of God are YES and AMEN!!!!!

I want you to look at something David said and never forget it.

For when you grant a blessing, O LORD, it is an eternal blessing!  I Chronicles 17:27 New Living Translation 

So that eternal blessing of rest and shalom on every side is yours. Do like David did.  Believe it, pray or say it and receive it!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

TRUTH 4 THOUGHT – WEEKEND EDITION-PRAYER IN THE SPIRIT

But, as for you, divinely loved ones, building yourselves up constantly in the sphere of and by means of your most holy Faith, and as constantly praying in the sphere of and by means of the Holy Spirit, with watchful care keep yourselves within the sphere of God’s love, expectantly looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ resulting in life eternal. Jude 1:20 Kenneth Wuest Translation

Praying in the Spirit or by the Spirit is one of the most powerful weapons and tools given to us by God the Father thru the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is also unfortunately one of the most underused, taught against and simply ignored weapons.  I don’t talk about the devil in most cases because he’s a defeated foe who deserves no respect.  This is the way Jesus treated him and the things he caused and you should take your cue from Jesus, not man.  But I want you to know that the enemy is involved in distracting and teaching against this gift.  Jesus told the the disciples to wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit and tongues. Prayer as a whole should be valued but it should also be realized as to what it is: simply communicating and exchanges or conversations and desires with God the Father.

Here’s a few things praying in the spirit does:

  • Builds you up in your spirit, soul and body allowing your physical immune system to receive a 30% or more boost as documented by researchers at Oral Roberts University.
  • Allows you to pray the perfect and accurate prayer for any situation, regardless of what your mind knows or does not know.
  • Brings you to a place of peace on the inside that releases peace and shalom in your outside circumstances by faith.
  • Releases the Kingdom of God in you with which is righteousness, shalom and joy in the Holy Ghost.  When continued in for a extended period of time, aligns your spirit and soul to line up with the Holy Spirit
  • Moves you permanently to places that were already yours in Christ, that you were unaware of or only realized in corporate church settings or in the midst of praise of worship.  The sense of joy released strengthens you spirit, soul and body.

You will be empowered and encouraged to pray more and particularly in the Spirit and receive the many benefits the Lord has provided through that piece of the armor of God.

All the blessed to you! Shalom!!!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT PRAYING, BELIEVING & RECEIVING HIS REST Part 1

But now the LORD my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent.  I King 5:4 King James Version

Rest is a wonderful thing!! His Rest is even greater!!! It is my belief that after reading today’s exaltation that you will agree and see why it is so great!!!  Can you imagine a life where everything is at peace and ALL IS TRULY WELL.  No drama with your husband or wife or kids.  No drama at work.  You have more than enough money and your health is excellent and divine!  Is this possible on Earth?  Yes it is and again don’t take my word for it, take THE WORD for it.  In the above scripture Solomon is speaking and He acknowledges that this is the Lord His God’s rest and that the Lord had GIVEN it to him.  Lets break this scripture apart then I will ask you to examine it with me in a few other versions.

A)  REST ON EVERY SIDE

Solomon said the Lord GAVE Him rest on EVERY SIDE.  He looks to the left everything is at rest. He looks to the right everything is at rest. He looks behind him and in front and everything is at rest. He even looks up and down and everything is at rest.  This is the epitome of shalom which means wholeness nothing missing and nothing broken. That word rest is the Hebrew word nuach and in the Strongs dictionary it has multifaceted meaning of ; to rest, i.e. Settle down; used in a great variety of applications, literal and figurative, intransitive, transitive and causative (to dwell, stay, let fall, place, let alone, withdraw, give comfort, etc.) — cease, be confederate, lay, let down, (be) quiet, remain, (cause to, be at, give, have, make to) rest, set down. This is a  gift only Poppa can give and He has done it for us as well thru Jesus Christ.  Lets now look at what this rest causes.

B) THERE IS NO ADVERSARY

Because of this rest, Solomon had no adversaries. Everyone had either been conquered or were now joined to or in league or subjection to Solomon.  Because of David his father, who had fought many wars and conquered many enemies in the name of the Lord, there were no enemies left and all Solomon was left with was rest and prosperity.  Like David, Jesus has already won the victory for us and given us His Shalom.  Rest is included in that shalom.  The devil is a defeated foe so we do not ever again fight the fight of faith FOR VICTORY, but FROM  VICTORY!!

C) NOR EVIL OCCURRENT

Not only did this rest remove all enemies and make them to be at peace with Solomon but he also enjoyed no evil occurence.  The word occurrent in that scripture is the Hebrew word paga.  It means there is not a chance of evil, an impact of evil or an encounter of evil.  It also mean there is no reach of evil.  So you are kept out of evil’s or the devil’s reach.  This is so awesome and sounds just like God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lets take a look at this same scripture in other versions.
New Living Translation
But now the LORD my God has given me peace on every side; I have no enemies, and all is well.

English Standard Version
But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side. There is neither adversary nor misfortune.

New American Standard Bible
“But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side; there is neither adversary nor misfortune.

King James Bible
But now the LORD my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD my God has now given me rest all around; there is no enemy or crisis.

International Standard Version
But now the LORD has given me rest all around, since I have neither foreign adversaries nor domestic crises.

NET Bible
But now the LORD my God has made me secure on all fronts; there is no adversary or dangerous threat.

GOD’S WORD® Translation
But the LORD my God has surrounded me with peace. I have no rival and no trouble.

No rival and no trouble!!! No enemy and no crisis!  I have no enemies and ALL IS WELL!!!  This is so GREAT!!!! Don’t you agree!!!!  Then…….

Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Hebrews 4:11 KJV

Would you like to find out how this happened for Solomon? I will give you a clue, it had to do with PRAYER!!  Stay tuned all week for more.  SAME TRUTH TIME!! SAME TRUTH WEB PAGE!!!

All the blessed to you!!!  Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT Part 4

But, as for you, divinely loved ones, building yourselves up constantly in the sphere of and by means of your most holy Faith, and as constantly praying in the sphere of and by means of the Holy Spirit, with watchful care keep yourselves within the sphere of God’s love, expectantly looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ resulting in life eternal. Jude 1:20 Kenneth Wuest Translation

If you have ever felt that you needed help or assistance in prayer to pray accurately and efficiently about a particular thing or person, do you realize that help or assistance has already been given to you in the person of the Holy Spirit?   I love that word efficient.  That word means to achieve maximum productivity with minimum  wasted effort or expense.  The Holy Spirit helps us to be efficient in our prayers.  Take some time to think about that. What if you could achieve the maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense.  This would save you time, money, energy, relationships and other things. Why?  Because it removes sin from what you do.  Sin is the greek word harmartia and it simply means to miss the mark.  Do you think the Holy Spirit desires a believer to start a business, spends thousands or millions of dollars and be away from their family only to have it fail?  Absolutely not!!!  Poppa is the most purposeful and successful businessman there is  and He has made His success available to us thru Christ Jesus.  Most Christian business failures happen as a result of two things:

  • Thinking like the world at the start of the business that there is a possibility “it might fail.”
  • Setting up their business and operating it like the world.

Now you may be wondering what this has to do with prayer but it has everything to do with prayer because prayer is where you start.  Let’s say you have a desire, a strong and continual desire to start a popcorn company.  You start with your desire and then you go and find out what Jesus said about your desire.

And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.  Mark 11:22-24 King James Version

And answering, Jesus says to them, Be constantly having faith in God. Truly, I am saying to you, Whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and be thrown into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart but believes that that which he says comes to pass, it shall be his. On this account I am saying to you, All things whatever you are praying and asking for, be believing that you received them, and they shall be yours.  Mark 11:22-24 Kenneth Wuest Translation

Now this is going to be really good and I am writing this to and for myself as well.  So take note in the Mark 11:22 verse where Jesus said, “Have faith in God.”  The original Greek text says, “Have the faith of God.”  Now let me ask you a question.  In Genesis when God the Father was making the world do you think He’s sitting on the throne saying one thing then thinking another?  He said, “Light be!”.  Did He then sit there and go, “Oh my I hope the lights come on because you know what man says, there is a possibility I can fail.  Oh lights please come on, I don’t want to look bad in front of all the people that I am gonna create  if I can create them!”  To any believer who knows God this sounds like foolishness to even insinuate that God would think like that.  Well guess what?  You’re His child and you’re just like your Daddy so start believing it and acting like it.

No we have been taught failure even from and in some cases especially from the pulpit, but as Paul said you have not learned so from Christ.  Jesus NEVER failed!!!! Everything He was suppose to do He did and The Word says, “HE HAS DONE ALL THINGS WELL!!!”  Well, John 14 says, “As He is so are we in this world!”  Uh oh, I smell a goat!!!!  What do goats do?  They butt up against things, in this case The Word.  “But what if its not the will of God?”  Do you desire it?  Then Jesus told you to ask for it!!!  Trust Him to get your attention before you waste anytime or money but don’t sit there for 50 years talking about you don’t know if what you desire is the will of God.  He told you whatsoever things you desire.  Look at these two scriptures in the Bible.  And please I hope that you KNOW that you are the righteousness of God in Christ.

The desire of the righteous is only good…. Proverbs 11:23 KJV

… the desire of the righteous shall be granted Proverbs 10:24 KJV

Do you see what the Lord is saying about your desires.  So pray about your desires.  Pray especially in the spirit. You cannot make a mistake praying in the Spirit because your spirit is attached to God and is perfect just like Him. This is why Jude 1 says praying in the Spirit is your MOST HOLY FAITH!!!!!  I pray you get this!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you! Shalom!!!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT Part 3

But, as for you, divinely loved ones, building yourselves up constantly in the sphere of and by means of your most holy Faith, and as constantly praying in the sphere of and by means of the Holy Spirit, with watchful care keep yourselves within the sphere of God’s love, expectantly looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ resulting in life eternal. Jude 1:20 Kenneth Wuest Translation

Prayer in general and praying in the Spirit is a powerful weapon given to the Body of Christ.  There are so many things that prayer does and provides for us when we engage it. Today we are going to take a look at how it even causes our hearts and minds to be guarded.   Lets take a look at Phillipians 4:6-7.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 

When you look at the word ‘careful’ you should see that it has the meaning of being full of care.  The book of Peter admonishes us to ‘cast ALL of our cares on Jesus because He cares for us.  If it helps your thinking see Jesus caring as Jesus carrying things for you or having carried things for you. The reason why I put this in past tense is because Jesus HAS ALREADY carried or bore your cares and diseases and other things.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. Isaiah 53:4 KJV

So now that we have laid that foundation we can see that Jesus does not desire for us to be worried or full of care about ANYTHING. Why? Because He’s already taken care of it.  So what do we do?  We pray about EVERYTHING. From a hang nail to a supposedly serious disease.  This is where prayer in the Spirit can help so much.  When you pray in the Spirit although you do not know what you are saying, you can pray with your mind on a particular thing and it will be covered. In addition to this when we pray targeted in English and the Spirit or with a supplication or request and give thanks because we believe we receive, we then have a promise.  The promise is that the peace or shalom of God which passeth understanding will guard and protect your HEART and your MIND.  This is invaluable in todays troubled world.  The world does not know peace because they do not know the Prince of Peace. But you do!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you! Shalom!!!