JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT HIS REST CONT’D

For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength…. Isaiah 30:15 KJV

Rest. We all need it, more than we even know.  But I am not just talking about sleep.  I am talking about real rest.  Rest where you no longer worry, about your health, your children, your finances or other areas of life that people naturally worry and stress about.  This scripture was talking about the children of Israel who had instead of looking and going to God for help they had went down to Egypt for help.  Now if you remember just a number of years ago, God had delivered Israel out of Egypt where they were kept in bondage and slavery.  Now the people that they had been in bondage to, they were going back to and asking  and expecting help from them.

That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at My mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!  Isaiah 30:2-3 KJV

God the Father does not want us trusting in things that He has paid a dear price to deliver us out of and from.  He wants our trust to be in Him and the finished work of Jesus.  Jesus has already provided for your healing.  It’s not that you do not go to the doctor or take their advice, He simply does not want your faith, hope and trust in them.  Why?  Because He does not want you to take their MAYBE over HIS SURELY!!!

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.  Psalm 23:6 KJV

Now if you look up the word surely in the original Hebrew you will find out that it says ONLY goodness and mercy shall follow you.  You may go to the doctor and ask, “What will happen when I take this drug?”  He may say, “Hopefully, it’ll clear things up but be sure to take it with milk otherwise get a few books because you will be in the bathroom all night,”  Take a look at the Young’s Literal Translation.

Only — goodness and kindness pursue me, All the days of my life, And my dwelling is in the house of Jehovah, For a length of days! Psalms 23:6

When you know your healing or your breakthrough is SURE, you can REST!  The same thing works with your salvation.  If you have to worry everyday, “Am I alright with The  Father? Is He mad at me?  Is he still in disbelief that I am still having a challenge not overeating?”  That is bondage!!!  The Father is not like that especially in the New Testament.

THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS UPON THEIR HEART, AND ON THEIR MIND I WILL WRITE THEM,” He then says, 17″AND THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE.” Hebrews 10:16-17

God the Father has forgiven and forgotten your sins because He already punished Jesus for every sin you have ever and will ever commit.  God does not lie!! If he says He will not remember your sins and lawless deed anymore then He can’t by an act of His Will.  Since He doesn’t remember them then neither should you.  YOU SHOULD REST!!!  Jesus wants you to rest too.  Look at what Jesus said.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Matthew 11:28 KJV

For an even better understanding look at the Kenneth Wuest Translation which is a direct translation of the greek text.

Come here to me, all who are growing weary to the point of exhaustion, and who have been loaded with burdens and are bending beneath their weight, and I alone will cause you to cease from your labor and take away your burdens and thus refresh you with rest. Take at once my yoke upon you and learn from me, because I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find cessation from labor and refreshment for your souls,  

Matthew 11:28 Kenneth Wuest Translation

Notice in that translation Jesus said, I ALONE. Jesus wants to be the ONLY ONE resting you.  Jesus does not want the world resting you, or alcohol or weed or sex or whatever else.  He knows that is a temporary fix while His is a permanent REST.  Which will you choose?

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

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JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER – PART 4

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”   Matthew 28:18 New International Version

25 And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” 26 He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. 27 The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”  Matthew  8:25-27  New American Standard Bible

What kind of man is this?  The kind of man or woman that you and I have become if you are a believer.  Look at what Jesus said to His then disciples.  The question He asked presupposes that He had an expectation of them.  They awoke Him expecting Him to do something but it appears that HE EXPECTED THEM TO DO SOMETHING.  In order for Him to expect them to do something He must have known that they COULD do something.  In the book of Matthew the disciples had not yet realized WHO and WHAT they were and WHAT they could do.  But by the book of Acts, you see Peter and John walking in “THEIR” authority in THE NAME!!!

So The Word of God says Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever more.  So when situations or circumstances or family members or even ourselves seem to manifest symptoms in the form of sickness, disease, lack or any other attack that is not of God, Jesus’ expectation is the same today as it was back then on that boat and even greater.  Why?  Because we are now born again and His Spirit is on the inside of us and He has given us HIS NAME that will do all that He would do if He was here physically.  This is the reason Jesus came to Earth.  Not just to save us from hell and then let us live in hell on Earth racked with sickness, disease, debt and lack living like paupers and beggars until finally we’re taken out by some disease that Jesus already bore.

Remember this: You CANNOT be punished for any of the things Jesus was punished for and you CANNOT be punished with any of the things Jesus was punished with.

4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
a punishment for his own sins!
5 But he was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.  Isaiah 53:4-5 New Living Translation

He was punished for our sins and with our punishment which ultimately was death.  So since Jesus already bore our sins and the punishment for those sins we can never allow Jesus sacrifice to be in vain and bow our knees to satan, sin or death ever again.  Not when we HAVE the victory!!!  Jesus already conquered and defeated satan and all that has to do with him.  We HAVE the dominion and authority  and shalom that Jesus gave and left here for us and it cannot ever be taken away.  However it can be not used, not acknowledged.  If you are not aware of it then you can be dominated by that which you are supposed to have dominion over.  Be sure to exercise your authority in all things big or small.  GIve NO place to the devil.  Jesus did not.  Don’t allow any ground to be surrendered at all by not just looking out for yourself but also others and especially other believers.

We must realize that we are family.  You must know that your brother in Christ is closer to you that your own blood brother.  When we allow that sense of family to permeate our consciousness then our combined power and authority IS the same as Jesus because He is the Head and we ARE The Body of Christ.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

TRUTH 4 THOUGHT – WEEKEND EDITION-THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER

Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you. Luke 10:19 New Living Translation

Do you realize that you are not going to have any more authority over the devil and situations and circumstances when you get to Heaven than you do right here and now on Earth?  Let me say that again and another way.  Sickness and disease, poverty and lack have no more authority over you now than they will have when you are physically in Heaven with God the Father and Jesus.  The thing is you won’t need that authority in Heaven because the devil won’t be there.  Neither will sickness and disease or any poverty or lack.  There won’t be any need to exercise authority in Heaven.  However there is a great need to exercise our God given authority through Jesus Christ here in the Earth realm.

God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made Him Head over all things for the benefit of the church.  Ephesian 1:22 New Living Translation

That is why God had Jesus give His authority to us before Jesus left the Earth.  Your head does not have any more authority than the rest of your body when you go to the bank.  It’s a package deal.  The same authority that The Head (Jesus) has is the same authority that His Body(the Church) has and that is YOU!!  I don’t like talking about the devil but I need you to understand with all sincerity and clarity that the devil is of no threat to you because of Jesus.  You have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and sin has no dominion over you.  Why?  Because you are not under the law but under GRACE Who is Jesus.  Grace is not a thing, it is a Person, the Person of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.  As soon as a person becomes born again, they have the same exact authority as Jesus Himself (in His Name which belongs to US) and any other believer regardless of how long or short that believer has been saved.

For if, through the transgression of the one individual, death made use of the one individual to seize the sovereignty, all the more shall those who receive God’s overflowing grace and gift of righteousness reign as kings in Life through the one individual, Jesus Christ.  Romans 5:17 Weymouth Translation

Sin in the form or guise of sickness, disease, poverty, lack, failure, no success and even death has no authority over the born again believer.  Why?  Because you are completely free from sin and have been translated out of the kingdom where those things rule and are dominant. You are in the Kingdom of Light, Love, and Life.  Death is not there and has no authority or ability to function there in a believer that knows and functions in his or her authority.

And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.  Romans 8:2 New Living Translation

For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death  Romans 8:2  English Standard Version

We are delivered from the law of sin and death. DELIVERED!!!!!  I said DELIVERED!!!  That is past tense not future.  You are delivered.  Walk in it!!!

We will continue this topic all next week!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you! Shalom!!!

 

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER – PART 3

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Matthew 28:18 New International Version

One of the things believers must understand is that they will never understand who they are, until they understand who Jesus is and then believe that is Who they are.

When Christ, Who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.  Colossians 3:4  New International Version

Understanding the Oneness you have with Jesus is key to you walking in your authority.  So lets understand Jesus so we can understand ourselves as Believing Ones.  Let’s look at what Jesus said.

All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.  John 16:15 King James Version

So here Jesus tells us that ALL THINGS that The Father has are His.  They belong to Him.  When you understand this you will then know how rich, how blessed, how healed and how prosperous you really are.  All of Jesus’ health,  all of His Life belongs to YOU!!!  This is why He said that The Holy Spirit will take what is His (Jesus’) and show it to you.  The only reason that God the Father sent Jesus to Earth as a human being was so that He could legally  get and give back to us all the authority and dominion that was given to the devil when Adam obeyed him instead of God the Father.  Jesus got back everything and I mean EVERYTHING and it is FINISHED.  So in order to legally transfer this from Jesus to us we had to be born again and become His brothers and sisters so that we can share equally in all that The Father has that belongs to Jesus.  This includes Jesus’ very own NAME. The Name belongs to us along with everything else Jesus has.

The Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;  Romans 8:16-17

Joint heir means we share equally with Jesus.  Now are we the children, the sons of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ.  Jesus does not have this mega authority and then His Body has some discount authority.  We have the same authority.  Do you believe this?

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER – PART 2

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Matthew 28:18 New International Version

So how much authority  does the believer have?  ALL AUTHORITY!  Right after Jesus made this statement he turned around and told His disciples to “go therefore.”  As Brother Copeland would say, “When you see a therefore go back and find out what its there for.”  So lets look at the entire scripture.

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:18-20  New American Standard Version

So Jesus is letting His disciples know that all power in Heaven and Earth has been given to Him and as a result of that they were to go therefore and makes disciples of all nations.  Then at the very end is where you see it.  He is getting ready to leave then and go back to The Father but says something that seems strange for someone who is leaving.  He says He’s leaving but for them to know that He is with them always even until the end of the age.  How was He going to be with them even though He was leaving?  He is still here in HIS NAME.  Jesus’ Name represents and can and will and is doing the same thing He would be doing if He Himself  was here physically.  Go back and read that again.  It’s a lot to digest.  When Christ Body operates in faith in His Name they do the same things that Jesus did and still does today.  You see this in book of Acts chapter 3 with Peter and John.

But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, “Look at us!” 5 And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene– walk!”  Acts 3:4-6 New American Standard Version 

Let’s examine these verses closely so you can get a picture for yourself of how you should be thinking, knowing and operating. Peter said that he did not possess silver and gold, but WHAT I DO HAVE I GIVE TO YOU.  What did he have and more importantly what did he KNOW that he had?  THE NAME.  The next verse he freely gives what he has freely received, The Name.  He told the man to walk in The Name of Jesus and the man walked.  The Name will do what Jesus Himself would do if He was here.  The Name belongs to you so you do not need faith to use it but you do need to have faith in it,  Let me explain.  When you walk into an auditorium or a church and you walk to a chair, think about how you don’t even think twice about sitting down in the chair.  You don’t know if the chair has been poorly manufactured or contains defective material.  You have faith in the chair that it will hold you up.  You do it without thinking about it.  The same thing with your car.  When is the last time you went and prayed and used your faith that your keys would open the door to your car?  Probably never. You don’t need faith to use your car because its yours.  What is yours you do not need faith to use. Remember I said you need faith in The Name but you do not need faith to use it because IT’S YOURS!!!  Look at what Peter said:

And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all. Acts 3:16  English Standard Version

Peter knew HE HAD The Name and he used it to do what Jesus would have done.  This is how Jesus did so many things effortlessly and sometimes with out even speaking.  He KNEW what was His.  You don’t go and ask for permission to use your own property you just do it.  When you know the devil is subject to you, you tell him what to do, not him telling you what he is going to do to you, to your family, your finances, your children or whatever else.   When demons were in Jesus’ presence THEY were the ones who were scared and begging for mercy not Jesus.  They asked for permission to do this or that and begged He would not cast them out before time.  THAT IS DOMINION and  AUTHORITY and that same dominion and authority belongs to you because you are The Body of Christ and Jesus is the Head.  The Head does not have more authority than The Body they have the same authority.  Cut your head off and see how much it can do apart from your body.  NOTHING! Your head will just  sit there and look and hear and smell but your head can’t do a thing apart from your body.  The same thing applies when it comes to Jesus. Without Him you can do nothing and without you, His Body in the Earth realm Jesus can do nothing.  And that is JUST DA TRUTH!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!!  Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER – PART 1

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.   Ephesians 2:6 New International Version

If you are a believer, I want to ask you a question.  Do you know where you are at this very moment?  “Well I’m at Starbucks waiting in line for my latte before work or I’m at my desk already at work.”  Are you?  No matter where you are physically right now, its more important that you know ‘and are consistently conscious” of where you are spiritually.  You must have a revelation that God’s Word is true and is more real than anything  you will ever see with your natural eye.  I often use this example and it fits here so I will again as it is something most people can relate to.  Now most people have seen an elephant or at least a picture of one.  We all know elephants are grayish in color and skin tone.  But do you realize that if God right now said,  “Elephants are pink!”, every elephant on the planet would immediately turn pink in color?  This is the power and absolute unfailing  Word of God who is Jesus.  Jesus is The Word and when God speaks a word, Jesus is in complete agreement with The Father and The Word is released and  The Holy Ghost brings it to pass or manifestation.  This process works every time all the time.

Now all of Jesus’s power and authority has been given to us in His Name.  So the authority of the believer is The Name of Jesus.  The believers authority and The Name of Jesus are synonymous.  We must know this and function and operate this way because it is how Jesus operated.  How did Jesus keep the disciples and other people he had been charged with out of danger and safe?  THE NAME.  But in the case of the New Testament  The Name Jesus used and revealed at that time was “FATHER”.  You may say, “Well I never knew that?”.  Trust me there is a lot we don’t know but it’s all there in the Bible for us. And guess what?  The Holy Spirit is telling you about it right now.

10 All who are mine belong to You, and You have given them to Me, so they bring Me glory. 11 Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me Your Name; now protect them by the power of Your Name so that they will be united just as we are. 12 During my time here, I protected them by the power of The Name You gave Me.  John 17:10-12 New Living Translation

We know that Jesus was not talking about His own Name because he later said, “Up till now you have asked for nothing in My Name:”, in John 14 and 16.  Jesus revealed the Father to us and after He died and was resurrected the Father belongs to us just as much as He belonged to Jesus because of the finished work of Jesus.  Another way we can see this change is because of how Jesus adjusted how he referred to his disciples after he was resurrected.  He used to call them his disciples but now look at the change.

Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.”  Matthew 28:10 New Living Translation.

When your friends come over your house in a lot of cases they do not have the same rights as the people who are “family” or who live there.  With family comes rights and privileges and access that others do not have.  This is the same way with God the Father and Jesus.  We no longer approach God as a beggar or a humble worm or even a servant.  Moses was a servant and was under the law.  We are full blown, full grown SONS OF GOD just like Jesus and are under GRACE, not under the law.  I want to emphasize that you are grown in Christ because The Word tells you a heir and a servant basically have no difference as long as the heir is a child.  The Word tells us we are complete in Him (Jesus).

And in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. Colossians 2:10 New International Version

That word complete means full, mature just as Jesus is.  The old covenant is not better than the new covenant.  Adam was not created as a baby then grew up to be a man and then the whole world and the garden was his.  No, no, no!!!! Get the picture here.  Adam was created fully grown and given complete and total dominion over the whole Earth including the garden before he sinned.  Hallelujah!!!  Do you see that?   Adam was BORN GROWN!!! With full rights, benefits and dominion. That picture of the first Adam is so you can understand the last Adam Jesus!  Jesus is even greater and Jesus Himself was BORN AGAIN GROWN with all authority in Heaven and Earth with full rights and benefits and you are His joint heir.  Jesus told the Father this:

All I have is Yours, and all You have is Mine. And glory has come to Me through them(them is us). John 17:10 New International Version

Jesus also said:

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Matthew 28:18 New International Version 

So since you are joint heir you need to tell Jesus, “Jesus all You have is mine and all I have is Yours!!!”, and you need to do it with the same boldness and confidence which Jesus had when He said the same thing to the Father.  All Jesus’ authority is yours in His Name. The Name belongs to you.  You inherited it.  ACT LIKE IT!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT IT IS FINISHED

1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. 2And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

3I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. 5And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” 6And he also said, “It is finished!”

Revelation 21:6 New Living Translation

One of the main things that believers must understand about The Word of God (which is Jesus) is that things are not done when they are seen or appear to have happened. They are done as soon as God speaks. God’s Word is so powerful that as soon as He speaks it, BAM! It is finished!!! I want to prove this to you by our opening text. Many believers think that the things in the book of Revelation are for later but, close examination will show you that many if not all of these things are already done and available to the believer who sees what Jesus said and believes and receives it. The first verse says, “I saw”. Is saw past tense or future tense? The next verse says, “The old earth had disappeared.” Here is a secret. Do not allow time to rob you of the TRUTH and PRESENCE(presentness) of God’s Word. The main key to deciphering and understanding The Word is The Word Himself: JESUS. Jesus has authority over time and this is how he forgave all your future sins over two thousand years ago. Time is subject to Jesus. Jesus is not subject to time and neither are you, if you believe it.

Let’s move on to the third verse. “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them” Do you realize and know that God lives in you? Are you conscious of that every second of the day? This is not a future tense scripture. God lives in us now. We are the temple of God. We are God’s people now. God is with us now!!!

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:23 KJV

God is with us now and forever through Jesus Christ. You see once again how Jesus is at the center and the reason why God is with us. Lets move on to the fourth verse. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Have you had situations and circumstances where they seem so overwhelming and you did not know how you were going to make it but God came through and fixed it? That is God wiping the tears from your eyes and removing sorrow and pain and even death. The believer has no concern about death any longer. Why? Death has no more dominion over them because they have died already when they were born again.

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Romans 6:3 KJV

Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. Romans 6:8-9 KJV

Death has no more dominion over Jesus and you are in Him, so death has no dominion over you. The Word of God says in I John 4:13 that as He (Jesus) is, so are we IN THIS WORLD!!! Not when we get to Heaven. And the remainder of the fourth verse in Revelation 21 says all these things (tears from your eyes, sorrow, pain and death) are gone forever. Learn to see things the way God sees them. How do I know that this is true? Once again the answer is JESUS!!! When Jesus was here on earth, He constantly wiped away tears from peoples eyes by healing the sick, raising the dead, giving back sons to their mothers, daughters to their fathers(Jairus), brothers (Lazurus) to their sister’s(Mary and Martha). When Jesus came in the house and Peter’s mother in law was sick with a fever Jesus laid His hand on her and healed her and she instantly got up and start making dinner. No recovery time, no rest after being sick. She moved from down with a fever to instant health, life and vibrancy. Now lets look at what Jesus said about us in regards to these works He did.

I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. John 14:12 New Living Translation

Now in conjunction with what the verse above just said lets look at the last two verses of our opening text.

5And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” 6And he also said, “It is finished!”

So you have Jesus saying that you will do even greater works than He did after He goes back to The Father. Has Jesus gone back to The Father? YES!! He is seated at the right hand on the throne. And the One on the throne said, not going to say, “Look, (in the King James it says Behold which means look at here), I am making all things new. We are NEW TESTAMENT believers not old testament. Then he says, “Write this down for what I tell you is trustworthy and true. The word is is present tense and the word true in that verse means truth or reality. And if that is not enough he makes it even more clear about all that He has just said in the preceding verses by declaring, “IT IS FINISHED!!!”

Be conscious of this. Believe this. Receive this and you will SEE THIS!!!

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom

TRUTH 4 THOUGHT- BEING ONE WITH JESUS – WEEKEND EDITION

I have given them the glory You gave Me, so they may be One as We are One.  John 17:22 New Living Translation

Are you willing to buck tradition and your own preconceived notion about, “God gets ALL the glory?”  I am amazed at how much Bible toting Christians suddenly go silent when I say, “Make sure you receive the glory!!!”  Many go absolutely silent and give me the look like, “See Vincent has finally lost it.  Everybody knows that God gets all the glory”  But guess what?  That’s not what Jesus said.  You may be shocked to find out that Jesus is the speaker of the scripture listed above. and it may be well worth your time to read the entire prayer Jesus prayed in John 17.

The truth is, believers have heard, “God gets all the glory” and “He will not give His glory to another”. I have heard this for years from many pulpits.  But what is more concerning is how sometimes believers will believe what a minister says over and above The Word of God.  How does this happen? It happens because for many, many years and even today many Christians let preachers do their reading and studying for them.  This is not a bash on preachers and ministers of the gospel.  I am a minister of the gospel and so are you.  But I am told not to lean to my own understanding, especially when it’s not based on The Word of God and neither should you.  If you do you’re going to miss out on being a part of an answer to Jesus’s prayer.  Jesus prayed to The Father and said, “The glory you gave Me I have given to them.  Why? So that they may be One even as We(The Father and Jesus) are One.

Listen to me, if Jesus prayed about us receiving given glory so that, or for the purpose of us being One with Him, that tells me something.  It tells me I cannot be One with Jesus Who has glory unless I have glory too.  If I have 100 million dollars and I want you to be one with me, you cannot be one unless I give you 50 million dollars.  If I give you 49 million you might be rich but you are not one with me because I have more than you.  I hope you see this.  You cannot be One with Jesus unless you believe and receive the glory He has given you.  You are not stealing glory, He has given it to you.  And what Jesus gives it’s in your best interest to take regardless of what you have been taught, thought or told.

And that is this weekend’s Truth 4 Thought!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT SYMPTOMS

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  2 Corinthians 4:18 New International Version

If  you ever had a “symptom” of something, I want you to pay close attention to your mind when it happens.  Does your mind immediately go to “By Jesus stripe, I were healed!” or do you ask, “Oh man, I wonder what this is?”   The truth is it does not matter what it is.  If it is a thought or a reasoning or something that is trying to exalt itself against the knowledge of God that is really all you need to know.  Just understand that if you are a believer and a symptom of any kind shows up, whether it be in your physical body, your finances or your marriage the purpose of that thing is to lie to you and get you to agree with what you are feeling or even seeing instead of what The Word says about it.

The Word of God says in I Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wound you have been healed.”  If a cold or cold symptom show up, understand that’s a lie and it is vying for your agreement.  It’s trying to see if by chance you will accept it.  As a matter of fact and truth the word symptom means a sign of the existence of something  especially something undesirable.  The actual origin of the word symptom is the Greek word sumptoma which means chance.  But Jesus has not left the health of your body to ‘chance’.  He already secured your perfect health with every whiplash and beating he took before going to the cross.  As a matter of truth, the Kenneth Wuest Translation of the New Testament translates every word and its meaning directly from the Greek so that you can get a vivid picture of what happened.

“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.

I want you to notice it did not say, ‘By doing everything you’re suppose to do, you were healed’  It does not say, ‘By keeping all the commandments you were healed’.  Am I against keeping the commandments?  No but you need to know as a New Testament believer, you are not under the law but under Grace.  That does not mean you just go live any kind of way.  Once the Grace of God is a revelation to you, you will only love Jesus more because HE IS GRACE!  GRACE is not a thing it’s a Person and that Person is JESUS!!!  The One who took the beatings, the spitting, the sickness, the disease, the lack for you.  For you it is free but for God the Father it is very costly as it cost Him His Son.

So see it this way, when a symptom tries to see if you will take a chance and accept it remember that SomeOne paid more than untold trillions of dollars for you to NEVER be sick another day in your life.  Do not let the enemy play you like a slot machine and pull the handle of your mind and God’s wheels come up with BLESSING and FAVOR and the enemy calls out SICKNESS and DISEASE and then sits back to see if you will accept it.  Since I am using this analogy I will just continue and please, I am not condoning or promoting gambling but, God has already designed The Way for you to roll sevens, every time all the time.  With the enemy you will simply be shooting craps.  Jesus never left you to be a victim to symptoms or to chance. His Way is sure each and every time.  He wants you to know that no matter what the world throws at you, you already have the victory because of what He has already done.  And that my friend is confidence not chance.

“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 New International Version

All the ‘blessed’ to you! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT BEING REDEEMED FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW

But The Messiah has redeemed us from the curse of The Written Law, and He became a curse in our place, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”,  Galatians 3:13 Aramaic Bible in Plain English

REDEMPTION.   It is one of the greatest blessings of the New Testament.  Do you know what redemption means?  Do you know what it really is?  Do you know what you are redeemed from?  Today we are going to help you answer these questions so that you can walk fully in the redemptive work of Christ Jesus.

The word redeemed comes from the Greek 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.

So what does all this have to with you being redeemed? EVERYTHING!!!  As a believer you have been bought out of the market completely of sin and death.  Romans 6:14 says that sin has no dominion over you because you are not under the law but under grace.  Are you still thinking, “So what’s the big deal?”  Let’s take sometime then and find out all the things that you are redeemed from.  I’m sure after even this incomplete list you will have a different attitude and a greater appreciation for what God the Father has done through Jesus Christ.  You may also discover that you have been putting up with some things in various areas of your life and body that Jesus already bore, died, paid and redeemed you from.  Now Galatians 3:13 tells us the Christ “has” redeemed us from the curse of the law.  But just what is the curse of the law?  There is a pretty exhaustive list of the curse of the law in Deuteronomy 28.  Lets look at a few.  Now don’t get down or discouraged when you read this list as it is pretty bad.  Just remember Jesus has redeemed you from all these things.

Deuteronomy 28:19-44 God’s Word Translation

YOU ARE REDEEMED FROM:

  • Cursed coming in and going out (v.19)
  • Lack, famine and consumption of all you put your hand to (v.20)
  • Distress, fever. colds, inflammation, blighting and paleness (v.22)
  • Being defeated by your enemies natural and spiritual (v.25)
  • Hemorrhoids, sores, and itching that won’t go away (v.27)
  • Insanity madness, blindness and astonishment of mind (v.28)
  • Failure- (verse 29 says You won’t be successful in anything you do)
  • Oppression and robbery with no saviour or helper (v.29)
  • Adultery and cheating spouse (v.30)
  • Building a house but not able to live in it and enjoy it (v.30)
  • Cars and vehicles and means of transportation being repossessed (v.31)
  • Cursed to be driven mad by the things you see (v.34)
  • Not able to enjoy the fruit of your labor or hands (v.38)
  • Other peoples standard of living going higher and higher while yours goes lower and lower (v.44)
  • And the list goes on and on from verse 15 until verse 64.  Take the time to read it yourself.

This is a horrible list of things but you are redeemed from them.  However, I have said this before but it bears saying again.  Is it legal for a person to break in another persons home?  No!! But do people still do it? Yes!!  Same thing here.  You are redeemed from the curse of the law.  This is a legal act but if the enemy can get you to take and put up with the curse in ANY area of your life big or small he will do it.  And the longer you put up with it you will more than likely become comfortable with it and then it will become a stronghold.  When something becomes a stronghold, there are actually areas where you are unconsciously assisting in an issue that you do not really desire.  It’s worth it to know all the things you are redeemed from and if you see any traces of them in your life do not get discouraged but boldly declare, “I am redeemed from ______and in the name of Jesus I curse _________ out of my life. Be removed now in Jesus Name.  Amen!!!”   Believe it.

Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;  Psalm 107:2 KJV

Do you see how the word so is in italics in the King James Version.  That  means that the word ‘so’ was not there originally.  So after say there is a comma  and then the Holy Ghost continues by saying the Lord has redeemed us from the hand of the enemy.  So it’s almost like a comma was placed there so you could fill in the blank to ‘say what you are redeemed from’.  So don’t put up with ANYTHING that Jesus has already bore for you.

In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. Ephesians 1:7  New International Version

Know that you HAVE redemption through His blood and the forgiveness of sins so all that is left for you is BLESSING!!!  The New Testament has no curse.  And as a bonus did you ever notice that Galatians 3 never said Christ has redeemed you from the blessings of the law?  Why?  Because the blessings are still yours through Christ Jesus.  YOU ARE THE REDEEMED!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!!!