JUST DA TRUTH- ABOUT JESUS & YOU!

….because as He is, so also are we in this world.  I John 4:17

In one of my favorite movies, Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader while trying to convince his son Luke Skywalker to join him and the Emperor relays a classic line. He says, “If you only knew the power of the dark side!”.  I have a similar statement about the above scripture.  Take a moment and understand what the scripture is saying:

  • As Jesus is healed, whole and healthy, so are you.
  • As Jesus is rich and abundantly supplied, so are you.
  • As Jesus has and had the ability to walk on water, so do you.
  • As Jesus is not of this world, neither are you.

The list goes on and on but the important aspect about it is DO YOU BELIEVE IT?  Do you believe that despite a symptom trying to manifest in your body, that you are still just as healed as Jesus is?  Do you believe that although you may have an undesirable balance in your bank account, that the Lord is your Shepherd and that you do not lack?  Take sometime and really think about this.  You may say, “How can I do that when I am seeing all these contrary situations and circumstances?”.  The answer is ACT LIKE YOUR DADDY AND HIS SON JESUS!  When God looked out and saw darkness in Genesis did you noticed He did not say one word about the darkness?  He only said what He desired, “Light be!!”.  When Jesus was with the people in the desert area and wanted to feed them but only in the natural had five loaves and two fish, He never said anything about lack.  He gave thanks and the unseen abundance from the spiritual realm that belonged to Him all the time was made manifest.

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 NIV

This scripture is key to you understanding that as He is so are you.  Jesus did not walk and move and operate off of the seen realm.  If He did he would have faced defeat and doubt and unbelief.  He functioned off of the TRUTH of the unseen realm.  There is no sickness or lack in Heaven and since His eyes were on that life and abundance that is what he manifested here in the Earth realm.  Set your eyes on The Truth, The Word which is Jesus and you will believe and then see that as He is so are you IN THIS WORLD!!!

All the “blessed” to you! Shalom!!!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT “BEING” A TREE OF LIFE

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.  Proverbs 13:12 New Living Translation

Have you ever thought about how things would be so different if Adam had eaten from the Tree of Life instead of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?  Think about this:

  • No one would ever die.
  • No sickness or disease would exist.
  • No lack in any area.
  • True peace and harmony between all people and all things.

People talk about this all the time and make stories and movies about it. Unfortunately, in this perverted world and because Adam did eat from the wrong tree, that will never happen until Jesus comes and governs the Earth.  But lets talk about right here and right now. Did you know that  you can BE a tree of life?

Take a look at these scriptures.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 New Living Translation

This verse tells us when hope, which Bible hope is a confident and consistent expectation of good is deferred it can make the heart sick.  But when your God-given dream or desire is fulfilled, it is and becomes a tree of life not just to the dreamer but to others.  I look at ministers like Kenneth Copeland, Jesse Duplantis, Joseph Prince.  These people are trees of life.  By fulfilling their God-given purpose they have become a tree of life because they are spreading the Gospel of Jesus and shining light on Jesus by preaching and teaching the Word of God who is Jesus.  Look at this next verse.

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives. Proverbs 11:30 NIV

If you are born again you ARE righteous!!! Just as righteous as the ministers I mentioned above and Jesus has ordained you to bear fruit just like they are bearing fruit. By sharing your life and the light of Jesus thru your gift be it writing or working with children or being an astronaut, fruit comes from these seemingly natural things.  It’s a lot like Jesus.  When Jesus was here he looked like a man, but He was so much more.  He was and is THE TREE OF LIFE and as He is so are we in this world. The words and attitudes of grace we share and display are fruit for your family and your co-workers and others to partake of so that they can taste The Father’s goodness thru Jesus.

The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit. Proverbs 15:4 NIV

The New Testament admonishes us to let our speech always be seasoned with GRACE, undeserved, unmerited favor towards all people. When we do this it provides healing to others and they don’t forget it.  We don’t want to crush our family members spirits or other people’s. Words are powerful. More powerful than a nuclear bomb and twice as destructive.  Words start wars, murders and all types of conflict but faith words nourish and comfort.  So determine to be a tree of life just like Jesus. That is what he purposed for you to do.  Don’t be afraid to move out on that God-given dream because it will be a tree of life to you and to others. Shalom!!!

All the “blessed” to you! Shalom!!!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT WORKING FOR JESUS

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Colossians 3:23 KJV

Have you ever felt like, “I really don’t feel like working today or I really don’t feel like giving it my all today?”  Sure, we all have.  Let’s take sometime and look at something you may have not thought about and lets put it in bullet form to look at it more clearly.

  • Do you think that Jesus felt like being arrested for no reason?
  • Do you think that Jesus felt like being beaten until there was no skin at all left on His back?
  • Do you think Jesus felt like being spit on?
  • Do you think Jesus felt like having 2 to 3 inch thorns pressed and beaten with a stick into his skull?
  • Do you think Jesus felt like being pierced in the side and hung on the Cross?

And last but not least here is the BIG ONE. Many people do not realize that Jesus’s biggest issue was not the beatings and whippings and crown of thorns.  That may come as a surprise to some but Jesus had NEVER ever been or felt what it was like to be not connected to His Father for millions of years.  And now because of OUR sin He would be for a period of time. So….

  • Do you think Jesus felt like being separated from His Father?

What is my point?  The point is Jesus did not feel like doing any of these things but He was not run or making decisions based on his feelings or emotions.  He was controlled by LOVE and PURPOSE which is God the Father.  He was thinking about you and me.  So when you are at your job or whatever you do even at home as a wife or husband or a child, do your chores or assignment as if it was for Jesus. When you do He will strengthen you to do it heartily or from the heart.  And He will also reward you greater than a simple paycheck.

All the “blessed” to you! Shalom!!!

TRUTH 4 THOUGHT – WEEKEND EDITION- INTIMATE OR FAMILIAR?

And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:18 New Living Translation

Imagine something for a moment.  What if you were in a relationship with someone and you had known of them for years.  You knew this and that about the person.  You knew some of their likes and dislikes. But let’s say after 20 years both of you were out at a restaurant together and you both ran into someone who knew your friend, say an old friend.  Your friend greets the old friend and then introduces them to you.  Since they are alone they ask the old friend to join you both at your table.  As the dinner progresses you all began to talk and laugh and speak of old times and different situations.  The old friend begins to share different things about your friend that you never knew. Things that they like, different trade crafts they had or have but have not been using while with you.  Your response may be, “I had no idea you could do that or I had no idea you enjoyed this or that!”  As the old friend and your friend continue to go on, you become quiet and just begin to listen as you realize that this old friend knows your friend better than you do. They have or had a different relationship. Not a romantic or sexual relationship but a deeper one.

At that time you realize that you are familiar with your friend but that person is or has been intimate with them. Most time when people think of intimacy they automatically think of sex but that is not really intimacy. Intimacy is openness, sharing, caring tenderness. Intimacy is a trust and a dependency.  A covenant relationship if you will.  What’s your point Vincent?  My point is when  you allow only  a minister or TV evangelist to teach you The Word you miss out on The Teacher Himself teaching you personally.  Perhaps this is the extent of your knowledge of The Word and all of your ministry is received in this manner.  While it is a good thing to attend church and hear The Word and listen to ministers by way of TV, or the internet or other mediums, it will never compare or fulfill you like spending time with The Word yourself.  You will be familiar with Jesus Who is The Word.  You will know His name and hear about some of the things He did and can do but it won’t be personal and intimate to you.  If that kind of surface relationship continues there WILL BE things that you will never find out until you get to Heaven about Jesus and The Father.  The Father never designed for you to have a  familiar or partial relationship with Him and Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  Intimacy was always His plan.  You see this in the garden of Eden when God the Father came down in the cool of the day to talk with Adam and Eve.  He has never changed.  This is a big reason why God found fault with the Old Testament.  He could not be close enough to His people by being in a box or the Ark.  No He wanted to be with them and in them and through the finished work of Christ He has now achieved the means to do so.  Knowing Jesus personally and intimately is ETERNAL LIFE!

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. I John 5:11 NIV

Get to know Him for yourself.  Don’t be content with a familiar relationship but pursue and intimate one.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT “YOUR DOMINION” PART 2

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Genesis 1:26 King James Version

Yesterday we got into somethings that The Holy Spirit desired to highlight.  One was dominion and the other was ownership.   Although we started on dominion yesterday we focused on ownership  and today we are going to focus again on dominion.   The two are really two sides of the same coin only with different faces if you will.  The word dominion there in Genesis comes from the Hebrew word radah which means reign.  When a king has dominion or reigns over a certain territory or land, that means he has power and authority there.  It also means regardless of who owns the land or currently lives on it by his authority and office he can take ownership of the land.  As The Word declares the Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness there of, the world and they that dwell in it.  This is still true today however God gave mankind a 6000 year lease on the Earth to rule and reign in and on it.  Man has authority  and dominion here.  This is one of the reasons Jesus had to be born as a man.  If He had simply come here as God then satan could have called Him out about it and declared He was not righteous because He broke His Word about giving man dominion for that time period.  Our Father is RIGHTEOUS.  He does not have to stoop to the devil’s lying ways to get the victory because He is victory.  He obtained the ultimate victory over the devil through the finished work of Jesus Christ and Jesus in turn turned around and gave that victory to us.

How did Jesus multiply the loaves?  DOMINION!  How did Jesus walk on water? DOMINION!  How did Jesus do all the things He did before even dying on the Cross and being born again.  By the power of the Holy Spirit and DOMINION!  You really have to grasp the bigness of what Jesus did and how He did it.  He used the same dominion that God has given to every man and woman on the Earth in Genesis 1:26.  God never changed His mind or His Word.  The only difference between Jesus and you is that He knew He had dominion and believed it and He found out about it the same way you and I can, by reading and studying The Word. Yes he studied The Word just like you and I are supposed to do each day.  What do you think Jesus was doing for those 30 years before he started His ministry?  He was spending time with His Father and studying The Word.  Since He is The Word, you could say He spent 30 years learning about Himself and about what He could do.  Spending time in and with The Word is how you learn about yourself and what you can do through Christ who once again, is The Word.  Did you know that Jesus was not the first person to multiply food?

42One day a man from Baal-shalishah brought the man of God a sack of fresh grain and twenty loaves of barley bread made from the first grain of his harvest. Elisha said, “Give it to the people so they can eat.”

43“What?” his servant exclaimed. “Feed a hundred people with only this?”

But Elisha repeated, “Give it to the people so they can eat, for this is what the LORD says: Everyone will eat, and there will even be some left over!” 44And when they gave it to the people, there was plenty for all and some left over, just as the LORD had promised.  2 Kings 4:42-44  New Living Translation

Jesus read that and knew that.  It was in the old scrolls they had in the Temple.  Elisha did not pray, he just said, “Give it to the people so they can eat”.  Now he said “thus saith the Lord ” later but he just used his dominion same as Jesus.  Elisha simply believed what He heard God say and acted on that.  God already gave man the permission and command to subdue the Earth in Genesis.  Bread is in the Earth and comes from the Earth.  Water is in the Earth.  Jesus used His God given dominion as a man to walk on the water.  How?  By simply believing what His Father said in Genesis 1:26.    Well Brother Vincent you’re just acting like anything we see in the Bible is possible!!”  I’m glad you said that.  You’re thinking about if you can walk on water instead of believing you can walk on water. That is human reasoning.  2 Corinthians 10:5 tells you what to do with that so I’m not going to take up time and space here with that.  Lets see what Jesus said about “if you can”.

21Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”

“From childhood,” he answered. 22“It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

23“ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”  Mark 9:21-13 NIV

Now do you know who is ‘the one who believes”?  Our faith waivers sometime and we get to thinking about this and considering that.  But not Jesus!! JESUS ALWAYS BELIEVES!!!  So guess what, your only job is to know what’s yours and then believe in the One who believes all the time.  This is your only job.  I didn’t say that Jesus did.  Check this out.

Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”  John 6:29 New Living Translation

Jesus has already given you EVERYTHING HE HAS!! There is no more to give.  There is only more for you to receive. The Father gave you dominion and He gave you Jesus. That’s all you need.  Get to receiving NOW!!!

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT ‘YOUR DOMINION”

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  Genesis 1:26 King James Version

When Poppa speaks everything listens?  Notice I said everything listens. I did not say everyone listens because sometimes we humans act less smart than animals but Poppa loves us any way.  Praise God!!  But everything listens.  Donkeys listen to God when He says, “Speak donkey!”  The donkey does not say, ” But I don’t  normally talk.  I have no business talking.”  No donkeys, fish, birds, rocks, trees, the sea obey when God speaks.  So what does that have to do with dominion?  EVERYTHING!!!    I want you to put your catchers (listening ears) on because what we are going to talk about is crucial. You knowing you HAVE dominion has always been and will be all the more vital as time goes on.  God the Father, Who Loves you GAVE YOU dominion.  This is why I titled this YOUR DOMINION.  When someone gives you a car and you receive it it’s yours.  You can use it anytime you want however you want.  You can use your car for your benefit or you can give someone else a ride and use your car for their benefit.  This is the benefit of ownership in dominion.  But you must take ownership.

If someone buys you a brand new Mercedes GL 550 loaded with the luxury package, then calls you up and says Sister So and So this is Brother Bless You. ” I just bought you a new Mercedes and left it at the dealership, it’s all paid and I gave them your name and all you have to do is go down there and sign the title for it.”  Then Brother Bless You hangs up.  If you go back to watching Wheel of Fortune and forget about it or worse believe it’s too good to be true and never go to the dealership that Mercedes does you no good or anyone else.  This is what some believers do.  Or in some cases some believers when God gives them something then they say, “Well Lord I give it back to you” then the Lord says,  “No I gave it to you” then they say “Yes Lord but everything I have is yours.”  Now you and the Lord play tennis and a legal claim is never made on the thing and spiritual ownership is up in the air. This is how things are sometimes stolen.   I did not even mean to go to that depth but I have a peace about it so I will not delete it.  One of the main things I keep hearing Sister Gloria Copeland say lately and she has for years is, “TAKE IT!!!”  Did you know the word receive in the Greek is the word lambano and it means to take?

God the Father already knows everything is His. He knew that before you said that to Him.  Understand this, when God gives you something and YOU receive it as yours then guess what?  It automatically belongs to Jesus because you belong to Jesus.  Jesus BELONGS to you because the Father gave Him to you. He is a gift and He is YOURS,  His Name is Yours!  His Name belongs to you.  He delights in giving and you need to delight in receiving. You need to delight in taking from your Father and once He gives it say, ” That is now mine!! That is my healing!!  That is my money!! That is my child!!  That is my job!!  When you approach it from a standpoint of ownership your whole attitude will be different.  I remember I had a nice contract with a well-known company but there was this one lady who constantly tried to come against me.  I would stand on The Word and we would win the contract the next year and the next and the next. Well finally the contract got to a certain size and man the persecution was not coming every three months.  It was weekly.  Finally I got mad, started saying what they said and got over into fear a little and did not bid for the contract on the followup year after 5 years of HAVING IT and then lost it.  Every time I bid I won.  As a matter of truth many of the times when the contract was out to bid although there were thousands of people aware of it I was the only one to respond. Why?  Because it was MINE!!  And no matter what that lady tried to do she could not take what was mine because I was saying, “IT”S MINE!” I knew without a shadow of a doubt God had given it to me.  My bid was my ownership claim.  When I did not bid I took myself off of it by not making the claim necessary in the Earth realm.

We need to know WE, not the world have the dominion here not the sinners.  We have dominion, its been given to us by God and He never changed His Word or His mind.  Make sure you are not asking the world for permission to have something that God the Father already gave you or said you can take!!!  The Earth is the Lord’s not the devil’s, not his children.  THE LORD’S.  This is why it’s so important that you see and say that GOD IS YOUR FATHER!!!  Stop calling Him God all the time, call him Poppa, Daddy, Abba or whatever is your comfortable father term.  Abba, Daddy and Poppa indicates closeness and even Oneness.  Look at this scripture about Jesus calling God his Father.

25Jesus replied, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe me. The proof is the work I do in my Father’s name. 26But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep. 27My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, 29for my Father has given them to me **(see that you are a gift to Jesus from the Father)**, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. 30The Father and I are one.”

31Once again the people picked up stones to kill him. 32Jesus said, “At my Father’s direction I have done many good works. For which one are you going to stone me?”

33They replied, “We’re stoning you not for any good work, but for blasphemy! You, a mere man, claim to be God.”  John 10:31 New Living Translation

Tell me something.  Do you see anywhere in those verses where Jesus claimed to be God? No you don’t. Jesus simply said the Father and I are One.   Jewish people know that whenever a person claims that someone is their father, that puts them on equal footing and standing with their father.  They know this.  This is why they said Jesus blasphemed.  Look at what Jesus said later when He talked about His Father who is your Father.

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 KJV

Everything the Father has belongs to Jesus.  The Father had you and he turned around and gave you to Jesus as a gift.  Then The Father turned around and gave Jesus to you as a gift, the gift of RIGHTEOUSNESS.  Jesus just took Ownership of you when you accepted Him and all the Father has.  You are joint heir WITH Jesus and everything Jesus has is yours which is everything the Father has.  Wow I am going to have to go back and read this myself because I had no idea all this would come out.  We were focusing on dominion but the Holy Spirit is focusing on ownership.  The two are tied together because without the dominion you can’t take ownership.  Exercise your dominion over ALL THE EARTH.  Now remember you have dominion over everything.  You do not have dominion over people.  God the Father does not make people do things and neither can you.  That is witchcraft.  A demon spirit is a thing and you have dominion over them given by Jesus in Luke 10:19.  I pray this blesses you and you walk in great grace and great glory.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH- ABOUT DISCIPLINE

Don’t fail to discipline your children. They won’t die if you spank them. Physical discipline may well save them from death. Proverbs 23:13-14 New Living Translation

I recently read an article in Forbes magazine that was titled, “Spanking Harms Kids, Doesn’t Work And Leads To Long-Term Problems.” I thought it was very peculiar since the Lord says in the scripture above that spanking not only works but may well save them from death. So someone’s lying and I am pretty sure it’s not The Lord. After protest in Ferguson over the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer and other such incidents it seems things are out of control.  It is sad and I have prayed for the family and other persons involved and the town.  I can’t begin to blame and take sides because I do not know the facts and what happened.  What I do know is this does happen way too often and it never should.  I am not just talking about civilians and police shootings, but shooting and death and murder by youths period be they black, white, Latino, male or female.  Lives cut short and it seems as if they were cut short by a bullet or some other unfortunate accident or incident.  But I believe if a closer look is taken, you would find in many if not most of the cases, something else is involved:  A lack of discipline.

When I say discipline I mean a spanking, a whippin’, physical loving parental discipline.  A lot of people disagree with me and try to classify it as abuse. Nothing could be further from the truth.  And speaking of the truth I base my belief, confidence and actions in this area on The Truth: The Word of God. Lets take a look at some of the things The Word has to say about physical discipline and it benefits.  Yes that is not a typo I said BENEFITS.

Do not hold back discipline from the child, although you strike him with the rod, he will not die. You shall strike him with the rod and rescue his soul from Sheol(Hell). Proverbs 23:13-14 New Living Translation

A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away.                                               Proverbs 22:15  New Living Translation

Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.            Proverbs 13:24

A spanking and a warning produce wisdom, but an undisciplined child disgraces his mother.                                        Proverbs 29:15 Gods Word Translation

Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.                                                Proverbs 19:18 New International Version

Wow!!!  Did you see what that last verse said?  “Do not be a willing party to their death.”   What is this verse saying?  It is saying that by denying to provide your child physical discipline when needed and appropriate you can willingly participate in their possible death.  I did not say that The Word did.  “Well I would never do that!”  Of course you would not knowingly.  Much of what we see going on in the world today  is a direct result of men and women thinking they are smarter than God.  God knows the benefit of physical discipline for a child or youngster and this is why He had it documented in The Bible, for people’s benefit.   I believe God.  If He says its beneficial then it is.

Think of this, would you rather physically discipline your child in love (never physically discipline a child while you are angry, it will come across to them as anger and not love) or have it done to them by the police?  And for those of you who are scared of the law and children’s services, here is some food for thought.  Your child does not do what you say on a repeated basis and is rebeliious and disrespectful to you.  You allow the child to cuss you out, slam the door you pay for in the house you pay for in your face and tell you to leave them alone.  And you call it respecting their privacy and their space.  Let’s flip the script here.  You are their parent.  You are their first encounter with an authority figure.  Once you are disrespected by your child there is no where to go but down the ladder for everyone else.  This is why when a cop shows up in  some cases, the child’s mind is already programmed.  “Hmmmm, my Mom or Dad is an authority figure and I don’t respect them so I don’t have to respect and obey the cops either.”  So lets go back to fearing children services.  You would let someone tell you you cant discipline your child if you deem it necessary but, if they don’t obey the cops the cops can beat them, taser them, shoot them and kill them if they deem it necessary. Somethings out of order here.  God the Father only does things for our good.  Discipline may not seem good at the time but He knows the fruit it will yield now and later in life.

No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening–it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:11 New Living Translation

So discipline helps us enjoy a peaceful and right way of living when we submit to it.  Remember God the Father is only out for your good.  He does not desire for a child or any persons life to be cut short as a result of a lack of discipline and He is not the One who cuts a persons life short.  They do this themselves based on their choices.  So make a decision to operate in wisdom and discipline your children, preferably while they are young. This can and will eliminate many issues later.  Don’t worry about the naysayers but keep in mind what is said in the book of Acts.

We ought to obey God rather than men.”  Acts 5:29

All the “blessed” to you and your family! Shalom!!!