JUST THE TRUTH – ABOUT RIVERS IN THE DESERT

18Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

19Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19  KJV

Can you tell me when is the last time you have seen a river in the desert?  Naturally, maybe never.  But by trusting and believing the Word of God you can change any desert situation in your life to a pure, crystal clear flowing river that never ceases.  You may need to ‘see’ a river of healing or a river of financial favor.  You may need restoration in your marriage or other God ordained relationships.  Whatever the need is understand by the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, it has already been provided for.  There are some key secrets locked into those two verses. Let’s break them down.

18Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

Focusing on the past problem is a hindrance to your faith.  Why? Because the issue is in the realm of the seen.  The  Word tells us to look at what you cannot see.  How do we do that? By finding and looking at what The Word says about our situation.  I could go thru all the popular scriptures on finances and healing but you know how about we just focus on the revelation and truth of just one?

His divine power has GIVEN us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.  Berean Study Bible 2 Peter 1:3

I desire to help and bless you so I want you to begin to pay extra special attention to the New Testament scriptures that talk about what God thru Christ has GIVEN us.  A friend could call you up and say, “Hey I have a jacket, Ralph Lauren jacket that I have never worn or used. It still has the tags on it. Would you like it?”  Sure you say and then they tell you its yours just come pick it up.   Two months go by and you have never went to “receive your jacket.”   Poppa has GIVEN us ALL THINGS.  Everything includes ALL THINGS that we need for life(natural life) and godliness (spiritual life).  Do you believe it?

Is a home a necessity of life and not just any home a nice one?  Yes if you know God, you know He has provided for you to have the best because He gave you His best gift first: JESUS.  Everything else is lower than Jesus.  A nice house is a lesser gift than Jesus.  A nice car cannot compare to Jesus. Are you getting the picture?  So since Poppa HAS GIVEN that means if there is any lack in any area of your life that there are RIVERS IN THE DESERT just waiting for you to partake of.  So forget the past and go get, TAKE what Poppa has already given you.  You will be glad you did!

All the blessed to you! Shalom!!!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT YOU

And who is the man who knows what is in a man except only the spirit of the man that is in him? So also a man does not know what is in God, only The Spirit of God knows.  Aramaic Bible in Plain English  I Corinthians 2:11

As a believer have you ever taken the time to truly think about and ask, “Who am I?.  It’s a great question and one that all of us need to ask.  The main thing though is that we get the answers from the right place.  Where is that place?  God’s Word and God’s Spirit in our born again human spirit.  The scripture above is very interesting when you stop and think about it.  Who is the man who knows what is in a man except only the spirit of the man that is in him?  Notice what the scripture did not say. It didn’t say your body knows who you are.  It didn’t even say your mind knows who you are.  It says the only one who knows what is in you is your spirit.

We are not talking about what you do for a job, no, no, no.  We are not talking about you being a stock broker or cashier or a technician.  We’re talking about who you really are and what you really can do through Christ who strengthens you.  So what are some of the ways to bring this real you to the surface?  I don’t claim to know all of them but I do know a couple.  One is praying in the spirit.  When you pray in the spirit you are praying and saying things you don’t know you know or more your mind does not know.  You also build up your spirit, soul and body in that order.   This brings the spirit into ascendancy and pushes the flesh and carnal mind down into a subservient role where it belongs so you can see, hear, think and speak the supernatural.  Praying in tongues is powerful.  It does so many good things and you can do it all the time.  Even while watching TV.  Don’t let religious people put you in a box about when to do it and when not to.  It’s a gift that you can exercise at will.  The other thing is by believing and confessing that you have the mind of Christ.

But as for us, Christ’s mind we have. I Corinthians 2:16 Kenneth Wuest Translation

Believing God’s Word is powerful and can transform your life.  Believing is obedience in the New Testament.  When you believe the Word you are acting on it and this transforms and renews your mind.  It washes you because The Word is like water. It washes off the dead skin of the flesh and carnal thinking and leaves The Truth sitting there fresh, smooth and alive.  As The Truth exposes the lies, the real you begins to manifest and continues until Jesus comes.  So ask the Spirit of Truth to help you. This is what He is there for to lead and guide you into ALL TRUTH!!!   The Holy Ghost is a teacher and He is sitting there waiting to teach and show you who you really are as the righteousness God in Christ!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT 3 RESPONSIBILITIES OF BELIEVERS

 

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32 KJV

You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others. 2 Timothy 2:2 New Living Translation

Understand what I’m saying. The Lord will help you understand all these things. 2 Timothy 2:7 God’s Word Translation

Although it is not talked about a lot,  as a believer you actually have responsibilities.  If you are a fan of the comic book character Spider Man, you will be familiar with a invaluable and costly lesson that Peter Parker/Spiderman learned early when he first obtained his super powers.  I would like to share that story with you because it provides great insight into or post today.  In the story, shortly after Peter Parker got bitten by a radioactive spider and got his spider powers, he took a moonlighting job as a masked wrestler to make money.  After winning a battle he would go to the manager to get paid and on one event the manager stiffed him and paid him a different amount then advertised.  He was upset about it but took the money.  At the next event using his powers he won the fight again and went and got paid by the manager but as he was walking out another man walked in.

Peter Parker walked down the hall counting his money and soon he heard the manager scream, “Hey help!! Stop that guy! He just robbed me!”  Peter  remembered how the guy had cheated him and he just left the robber run right past him and when the manager asked why he did not stop the guy, Peter basically told him, “Thats your problem.”   However a few nights later there was another robbery and this time his Uncle Ben who had raised him was the victim. Uncle Ben died and Peter was very upset.  He went out and used his powers to find the robber and when he did, lo and behold he recognized the man as the robber, who robbed his manager.  He was so upset knowing that if he had stopped the robber that night  his uncle would probably still be alive.  And from that story we have a great and very true line that, “With great power, comes great responsibility!”.

YOU and I have been given great power!!! As a matter of truth we have been given the greatest power because we have been given the Name of Jesus which is the Name above all names.  I am sure that believers have other responsibilities  but I believe by the Word of God that there are three that are crucial for the time we live in for you and for other people.

  • You have a responsibility to KNOW THE TRUTH:  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32 KJV
  • You have a responsibility to TELL (or SHARE) THE TRUTH:  You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others. 2 Timothy 2:2 New Living Translation
  • And if you do not know THE TRUTH you have a responsibility to find out THE TRUTH:  Understand what I’m saying. The Lord will help you understand all these things. 2 Timothy 2:7 God’s Word Translation

Can you see by these scriptures what is being said.  Jesus desires you to know the Truth which is Him and He has given us the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into the Truth.  And once we know The Truth we need to share the Truth with others. This is witnessing and getting people saved but also teaching others what we have learned so they can share and teach others. And finally if you do not know the Truth or The Word, please don’t use that as an excuse.  The Holy Spirit is your primary teacher and the scripture above said also that The Lord will help you understand all things.  There are people, believers and unbelievers as well who are dying and going to hell or of sickness because they do not know THE TRUTH!!!

With great power comes great responsibility!!! Jesus took responsibility for saving you. Be sure to take your place with Him and  help save others.

All the blessed to you! Shalom!!!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through Christ, God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing that heaven has to offer. Ephesians 1:3 God’s Word Translation

When you think of “spiritual blessings” do you think of a car, a home, a favor for your child to get into a certain school?  Probably not.  Why?  Because more than likely you have been taught that spiritual blessing are SPIRITUAL.  They are immaterial and exist only in the ether or you will get those when you get to Heaven.  Well I have some Good News for you.  Spiritual blessings can be material and ARE material.  It’s amazing what you can learn and how much revelation you can get simply from defining words because everything is made up of or out of WORDS!!  So lets define that word ‘spiritual’ there in the that scripture.  That word spiritual is the greek word pneumatikos.  Pnematikos means spiritual or that which emanates from the Spirit.  So lets find out what emanates from the Spirit.  Do you remember in Genesis when God said Let there be light!?  Of course you do.  But did you realize that nothing happened until the Spirit moved at God’s Word?

So Light emanated from the Spirit.  The world you see, the very air you breath, emanated from the Spirit.  Would you say that having oxygen to breathe is a good thing a blessing? I do, because without it our bodies would die.  But that oxygen emanates from the Spirit as does the trees and the firmament that surrounds the Earth.  The Word says every good and perfect gift descends down from the Father of Lights.  The Word of God is Spirit or spiritual.  When it is spoken in faith it causes things to manifest in the natural realm.  So you see these spiritual blessings are very real and can be seen. They are all around us.  You are a spiritual blessing.  You are born again therefore you have come from and emanate from God’s own Spirit.  You are called to be a blessing to the Kingdom, your family and other people.

People are the main way God the Father has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.  Every person is a spirit.  There are people who are not even born again and have created great inventions that make life easier for us each day.  That is a spiritual blessing because it is a blessing that emanates from the Spirit.  Now I want you to look at this translation of that same scripture.

May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be eulogized, the One who conferred benefactions upon us in the sphere of every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. Ephesians 1:3 Kenneth Wuest Translation

This scripture says Poppa God, has conferred or bestowed upon us benefactions or benefits in the sphere or in the form of every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.  These blessings such as air and food were all conceived in Heaven but they have been given on Earth for our benefit.  The Father has no problem with you living like you are already in Heaven and this applies to your health, prosperity and other areas even relationships. Now you probably can’t get those gold streets just yet but you need to come as close as possible in every area of your life because you are an ambassador and Poppa has provided for you to receive from Heaven and live here in your embassy with the same quality of life as you would in Heaven.  You may have to chew on that awhile because it is a spiritual steak but if you keep chewing you will get it.

When the United States ambassador goes to an impoverished country he or she does not live like the other people in the country lives.  They live as if they were in the USA.  They have access to the same food and quality of life and material as if they were back in the U.S..  The rest of the country may go without but the embassy is fully stocked, furnished and staffed to meet  all the ambassadors needs.  Why? Because they are there on assignment.  They are not there in their own name or power or provisions. They are there with all the wealth and backing of the United States Government.  Think about that!! You are a citizen of Heaven here on assignment for the Kingdom of God.  You don’t go have to be subjected to just Earthly living because you are here on Earth.  The Word of God declares:

But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. Phillipians 3:20 New Living Translation

So you can live right here on Earth with the same means, blessings and benefits as you would if you were at home in Heaven.  “Well Brother Vincent I have never heard or seen anyone living like that!” You have not seen your brain but you believe you have one!!!!  Heaven belongs to you NOW!!!  The health of Heaven, the wealth of Heaven and all of its other benefits are yours NOW because of the finished work of Jesus Christ!!   So based on that I translated every word of Ephesians 1:3 and I have my own translation with the help of the Holy Ghost.  Did you know the Holy Ghost is still giving inspired words.  I didn’t say it was scripture but I said inspired words especially ones grounded and rooted in scripture. I would like to share it with you and it is a great confession.

“Blessed be Poppa the Father of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and Us, Who hath conferred only what is beneficial on us in Christ with every property and characteristic belonging to and emanating from the Divine Spirit to endow us with and bestow and grant us the same blessings, benefits and standard of living that are fitting according to Heaven’s standards and standpoint for sons of God and citizens of Heaven. Amen!!! Ephesians 1:3 (Vincent H Ivory Translation)”

I tell you what, if that does not bless you it blesses me and I believe it pleases the Father!!!  And I believe it and I am coming into agreement with it to receive the same blessings, benefit and standard of living that is fitting according to Heavens standard and standpoint for sons of God and citizens of Heaven.  Amen! Amen! and Amen!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

TRUTH 4 THOUGHT- WEEKEND EDITION-CLEANSED FROM “ALL” UNRIGHTEOUSNESS

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us [our] sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9  Darby Translation

Once again here we are talking about the grand topic of RIGHTEOUSNESS.  It is grand indeed as the Lord Jesus told us to seek it first and then everything else would be added to us. This passage of scripture is a blessing.  It is also a means of controversy because of the first part.  Some people say you have to confess every single sin you ever commit.  Some people say no when you confess that you are a sinner and receive Jesus that is all that is necessary.  I am not going to get into a debate about that today because that is not our focus.  I will share with you what the scripture says ensures your salvation.

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  Romans 10:9 New Living Translation

The same Holy Ghost who had John write I John is the same Holy Ghost that spoke to Paul in Romans.  Yet no mention of confessing of sins is in this verse in Romans 10:9.  Interesting indeed.  By acknowledging Jesus as Lord and that God raised Him from the dead something obviously is done in that transaction. But I want you to focus on  the truth that when you confess Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, this is an acknowledgement of what Jesus did and that you needed a Lord and you are also acknowledging the reason Jesus died and was resurrected.  Jesus died for our sins.  This acceptance of Jesus as resurrected Lord is a confession and as a result, He is faithful and righteous to cleanse you from ALL unrighteousness or you can say He is faithful and righteous to make you righteous just like Him.  Did Jesus ever confess to being a sinner?  No.  But yet He took all of our sins which by that ‘act‘ placed Him with us as a sinner and God treated Him as such on the cross because He took our sins by faith just as if He had committed them all.

And he took all of our sins and lifted them in His body to the cross, for as we are dead to sin, we shall live in His righteousness, for by His scars you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24  Aramaic Bible in Plain English

Jesus took our punishment for sin which is rebellion against the will of God the Father and gave us His righteousness which is simply submission to the will of God.  Sin simply means missing the mark.  Righteousness is what is right from God’s viewpoint.  Sickness is sin.  Health IS His righteousness.  Poverty is sin.  Abundance is His righteousness.  Why? Because that is what God and Jesus have.  God and Jesus are not broke or in lack.  They live in opulent abundance.  Some Christians believe that it is holy or righteous to be broke. Nothing could be further from the truth.  Poverty is sin.  Not having enough is sin therefore it is unrighteousness. The Father sent Jesus so He could give us back everything Adam lost and more. God has and is righteous and that righteousness now BELONGS to us because of Jesus.  Anything contrary to what God has or is is unrighteousness.  What does The Word say about unrighteousness.

Neither yield your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  Romans 6:13 KJV

The Word yield means to allow, to give place.  If you are born again, you are dead to sin and alive to Christ and His Righteousness.  Romans 6:14 says, “Sin shall not which means, it does not have dominion or rulership or authority over you.”  Why?  Because you are not under the law but under grace, God’s unmerited, undeserved favor given to us in and through Christ Jesus.  We are free from sin. Through Him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.  Acts 13:39  NIV

Do you see it?  Sickness is sin.  Health is righteousness or right.  Poverty and lack is sin.  Abundance and being RICH IS RIGHTEOUSNESS.   You don’t have to seek to be rich, rich comes with the righteousness.  You don’t have to seek health,  health comes with the righteousness.  This is why Jesus told us to seek first  the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.  Jesus’s Blood has cleansed you and me and everyone who accepts Him from ALL  unrighteousness. If you believe that then since you are cleansed the only thing left is RIGHTEOUSNESS!!!  You simply have to know it and believe it and receive it and it is yours and IT WILL BE MADE MANIFEST.  But it’s not there just when you see it.  It’s there and yours RIGHT NOW!!!!  TAKE IT!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT LOVE NEVER FAILS, BECAUSE LOVE NEVER QUITS!!

Love never fails.  I Corinthians 13:8 New International Version

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. I John 4:16 KJV

God is Love and Love never fails because Love never quits!!!  The secret is I must know and believe the Love the Love that God has for me. I don’t care what my mind says I must stick with and you must stick with The Word. Don’t think evil and say, “Do I really know and believe the love that God has for me?” (Love) thinketh no evil. Just agree with The Word and say, “The Word of God says I have known and believed the love that God has for me. I agree with The Word.” When you do that and say that it will be in your mouth and then get in your heart and YOU WILL know without a shadow of a doubt that you KNOW and BELIEVE the Love that God has for you and you will never fail. Don’t go off of the world’s definition for failure. You are successful because Jesus has made you a success not because you win this contest of that prize. You must know that you are already a success and then that success in Christ will manifest in your natural life and circumstances. Love thinketh no evil. Love never fails. Failure is evil. Failure is sin for all practical purposes and by definition. The word sin comes from the greek word harmatia and it means ‘to miss the mark.’ If a person starts a company and plans to make it a successful multimillion dollar company but shuts down in six months, in the natural it would be seen as a failure or by definition a sin because he or she did not hit the mark they missed the mark. It’s just that plain and simple. People fail or miss the mark (sin) everyday. They set a goal to do something with their kids or their husband and somehow it does not happen. By definition that is sin because they missed the mark. They did not do what they set out to do. But If you look closer especially with things like businesses and ventures and ideas, people miss the mark many times over. How did this happen? Because at the start of the thing, FAILURE WAS AN OPTION. They thought about failure, considered it as a possibility and worse even talked about it and had discussions and meetings with partners or bankers about failure being possible.

Today it is common and a general consensus that when a person starts a new business or a new venture that, “Hey you know the business could fail!” It’s almost like the world’s way of making sure that ingredient is added to as many of the cakes of dreams and ideas as they possibly can. Would you call starting a business or venture and then entertaining thoughts of possible failure a good thing or an evil thing? According to The Word of God that is an evil thought. Remember the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The only reason why evil exist today is because of man(Adam) choosing to experience both good and evil instead of just choosing The Tree of Life. Evil was never an option for man in God’s original plan and intent and it still is not. God is ONLY good and that is the life He has given every believer. This is why it is sin to think evil, failure, sickness, disease, poverty and lack. As a believer we have no business even considering that as an option even if it shows up in our lives because it is not based in Love or Truth. If sin or missing the mark shows up you are to say the opposite just like God did when He saw darkness. He never said one word about the darkness. To speak contrary to The Word of God is sin and is evil and can cause you to miss out on what God the Father has already provided for you through Jesus Christ. The Word of God tells us to speak the truth in love. Why? Because for the believer God(Love) has promised success and not just any success but the same success He has and even greater works than Jesus did when He was here on the Earth.

“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

God has promised through His blessing to bless all the work of your hands. Also Jesus has forgiven and taken upon Himself ALL YOUR SIN(missing the mark or failure) so since He has done that the only thing left for you to believe is in SUCCESS. He said in Romans 6:14 that, “Sin(missing the mark, failure) shall not have dominion over you because you are not under the law but under GRACE.” Love thinketh no evil! So that means Love only thinks good. So when Love starts a business it goes into it knowing and believing, “This is so great! All I can do is succeed!!! The Word of Love(God) guarantees it.” You start a venture with that attitude I promise you and the word promises you it will be successful because you’ve started it in and on LOVE and LOVE NEVER FAILS!!! Now someone will say, “Well I’m just looking at reality and being realistic. Did you know the word TRUTH means reality. So the truth is the real reality and anything else exist as a lie. So the failure is not the truth the failure is because TRUTH was not added as an ingredient in the cake of your business or venture and it didn’t hold together. The Word of God says that LOVE NEVER FAILS and that LOVE THINKETH NO EVIL. If you believe these two things and stand on them nothing will be impossible for you because now you are operating the same way God(Love) operates. And when you do things God’s (Love’s) way you get God’s(Love’s) results. You are with Love and with Love(God) IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING!!!

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT FIERY DARTS

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Ephesians 6:16 King James Version

Paul in many of his writings made many allusions to soilders and their weapons.  In this scripture Paul admonishes believers to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  He then goes on to instruct them to put on the whole armor of God.  You can read the scripture yourself but today we are focused on a particular aspect of the 16th verse, the fiery darts.  You have probably seen a medieval movie where they are using arrows and other ancient weapons.  A fiery dart is an arrow that is dipped in a flammable material and fired at an enemy for the purpose of burning or consuming the enemy’s home, land, animals  or to burn up the person themselves.  So what does this have to do with you as a believer?  Have you ever been just sitting around and then suddenly you just get this evil or ungodly thought?  Then right after that this thought comes.  “Look at you, thinking that dirty thought.  You’re supposed to be a Christian!!! Yes that is very Christ like, Mr. or Mrs. Christian.”  Then all of a sudden feelings of guilt or condemnation come rushing in over your thoughts.  You have just been set on fire and if you continue meditating it, its goal is to burn you up and consume you completely.

The truth is that thought you had was a fiery dart not from you but from the wicked one.  The enemy functions in the mental, soulish realm and he and his demonic companions love to dart ‘considerations’  of lust, evil, revenge, jealousy and other ungodly thoughts.  The real issue is what is his intention with these thoughts.  His first and foremost goal is to get you to think that those thoughts originated from YOU!!!  If he is successful with that, then He will get you to focus on yourself and take the eyes of your mind and heart off of JESUS.  The Word of God tells us to meditate The Word day and night, not our mistakes and missteps and bad or negative thoughts.  When you meditate God’s Word it gets bigger and bigger.  Bigger than your problems or situations or circumstances.   The same thing happens when you meditate evil thoughts.  They grow!  Then they try to take over your thoughts and your thinking process until they become a stronghold.

But when you take the shield of faith.  Faith in the Father, faith in Jesus and faith in the Holy Spirit then this quenches the fiery darts.  The truth of The Word is like a fire extinguisher.  When condemnation tries to come up because of a thought or action immediately your spirit prompts you to say, “There is no condemnation for me!! I am in Christ Jesus!!!”   The fire and the dart fizzle and fade when confronted with The Word Who is Jesus because Jesus has already won the day on Calvary!!!  So never allow the lies and fiery darts of satan to cause you concern.  Declare, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!” and watch it fizzle in defeat while you triumph in victory with Jesus.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

TRUTH 4 THOUGHT WEEKEND EDITION-YOUR I AMNESS

God replied to Moses, “I Am Who I Am. Say this to the people of Israel: I Am has sent me to you.”  Exodus 3:14  New Living Translation

Have you ever given serious thought to the Truth that you are a part of the I AM family?  Perhaps you don’t realize of know what  that means to  and for you.  Think about this when a child is with their father or mother, let’s say the father in this instance, if that child becomes hungry while hanging out with the father that child says to the father, “I am hungry!”.  Although the father may not use these words but in essence when he says, “Ok baby, let’s get something to eat”, he is saying I AM PROVISION.  If a threatening dog or another animal comes around the father will put the child behind them, or lift them up in his arms and protect the child from the threat.  What is being said here?  I AM YOUR PROTECTOR!!!  Such was the case with Abram after he went to get his nephew back after he was kidnapped by some ruthless kings.  Abrams went and defeated those kings and got his family back.  But even after winning this great battle, Abram was concerned that the others left would regroup and retaliate against him.  God the Father said this to Abram.

After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.  Genesis 15:1 King James Version

Later on the Lord revealed another I AM trait to Abram.

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.  Genesis 17:1 King James Version

In this case The Lord revealed Himself as the Almighty God, which many of you may know as El-Shaddai.

All the things Abram needed God revealed Himself to Him as that.   What did Abram do to deserve this? Nothing!!!  God chose him and Abram chose to simply believe Him.  Well Abram lived a perfect life so this is why God favored him.  No.   Abram and his family were moon worshippers.  Idolaters one may call them.   Even after God chose Abram he was still in fear about protection and lied about his wife and after God told him he would have a child, he and his wife laughed basically at God due to the fact that they were both old.  But God the Father never gave up on them.  He kept loving and working with them until the Bible declared that Abram who later became Abraham became FULLY PERSUADED that what God said He would do.  God’s word is infallible. If He said by Jesus’s striped you were healed, I don’t care what a symptom says you believe God and know that you are indeed healed.  If you are born again you are a member of the I AM family and all the I AM’s belong to you.

I AM HEALED!

I AM WHOLE!

I AM BLESSED!

I AM RICH!

I AM COVERED!

What ever you need from your Father, today He says I AM

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE LAW REQUIRES, BUT GRACE GIVES Part 2

And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac. Genesis 25:5 King James Version

This scripture is a picture of God the Father(Abraham) and God the Son Jesus(Isaac).  Jesus willingly GAVE Himself for us.  The Father did not force Him to come down and die.  They discussed it and Jesus agreed that if the Father would prepare Him a Body, He would come down and die for us to place us in right standing again with the Father and GIVE us eternal life, eternal salvation, eternal redemption and an eternal inheritance.  In John 10:10 Jesus said that He came that we might have life and have it in super abundance.  This life is His own life.  The very same life that Jesus and the Father have, He has GIVEN to us. I want you to pay attention to all this GIVING.  That’s Who Grace is! That’s what Grace(Jesus) does! He GIVES!!!  The Law is not like that.  It does not really have any room to give.  If you miss it the law has no give it says simply that you must be punished.

You must show no pity for the guilty! Your rule should be life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot. Deuteronomy 19:21 New Living Translation

In the above scripture verse God was laying down the law for how guilty people are to be handled, with no pity or mercy.  But Christ is the end of the law and The Father is merciful to our unrighteousness because we are under GRACE or because of Jesus.

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. Romans 10:4 King James Version

But when God found fault with the people, he said:

“The day is coming, says the LORD,
when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel and Judah.  (We are of the tribe of Judah just as Jesus is.)
And I will forgive their wickedness,
and I will never again remember their sins.” Hebrews 8: 8 & 12 New Living Translation

Sin and the law used to reign in our lives but no more.  Now Grace reigns!!! It is truly sad when New Testament believers fight and claw to live like they are under the Old Testament and under the law. They want to live by the ten commandments when they cannot. Christ is the END OF THE LAW.  They think if they do not live by the law that they will run rampant sinning and living wildly.  But The Word Who is Jesus has already answered that.

Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.  Romans 6:14 New Living Translation

The law demands that you DO what is right or it will punish and condemn you.  Grace supplies you with Jesus’s very own righteousness which GIVES you right standing permanently with God the Father and it cannot be taken away because it was not given based on what you did or didn’t do but what Jesus did at the Cross.

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.   Romans 5:1 New Living Translation

Notice in the next verse how Grace has come into play in Romans 5:2

New International Version
through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

New Living Translation
Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

So we have been made right or righteous because of Jesus.  We are in right standing in The Father’s sight.  When you know that you are righteous not because of you but  because of Jesus’s undeserved favor then this causes you to reign in life.  It’s not you. GRACE DOES IT!!!!

That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.  Romans 5:21 King James Version

Grace reigns thru righteousness.  We have been given GRACE Who is Jesus and all that Jesus has belongs to us.  He has GIVEN it to us.  You cannot earn it.  You cannot earn an inheritance. An inheritance is GIVEN to you.

That is why He is the One who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant. Hebrews 9:15 New Living Translation

The Law requires you to DO something to get something. That sounds like the world.  Grace says accept what has been GIVEN to you because of what Christ has DONE!!!  Which will you choose?

All the blessed to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE LAW REQUIRES, BUT GRACE GIVES Part 1

And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac. Genesis 25:5 King James Version

If you have been a believer you may be familiar with the story of Abraham.  God blessed Abraham and made Him prosperous and rich and He did it by GIVING to Abraham. Many believers don’t realize it but Abraham was under the covenant of GRACE just as New Testament believers are today.  The same Gospel and Jesus that you believe in is the same Gospel that God the Father preached to Abraham thousands of years ago.  God the Father GAVE wealth to Abraham even in the midst of Abraham lying, being fearful and letting another man take his wife. Right in that situation God blessed, protected, prospered and increased Abraham and Sarah and punished the man that Abraham gave his wife too.  Why? Because Abraham was righteous.

11As he was approaching the border of Egypt, Abram said to his wife, Sarai, “Look, you are a very beautiful woman. 12When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife. Let’s kill him; then we can have her!’ 13So please tell them you are my sister. Then they will spare my life and treat me well because of their interest in you.”
14And sure enough, when Abram arrived in Egypt, everyone noticed Sarai’s beauty. 15When the palace officials saw her, they sang her praises to Pharaoh, their king, and Sarai was taken into his palace. 16Then Pharaoh gave Abram many gifts because of her—sheep, goats, cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.

17But the LORD sent terrible plagues upon Pharaoh and his household because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. Genesis 12:16 New Living Translation

I want you to notice something.  Who was in fear that someone could take their life here?  Abram!  Who was willing to let his wife be taken so that his life would be spared, a selfish and cowardly act? Abram!  Who was given material blessings for giving up his wife? Abram!   Now notice one more thing.  Who got punished with plagues? Pharaoh.  Something is not fair. Abram is the one who lied and was in fear and selfishly gave up his wife to save his own self but God punished Pharaoh.  GRACE IS NOT FAIR!!!  Had this been a situation where they were under law, the law would have demanded that Abraham be punished. Instead God saw to it that material blessing was given to Abram and he got his wife back and still got to keep all of his stuff.

I want you to see a very profound truth.  Look at the conditional nature of the law.

“And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the LORD sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. I Chronicles 28:9 New Living Translation

But if you or your descendants abandon me and disobey the commands and decrees I have given you, and if you serve and worship other gods, 7then I will uproot Israel from this land that I have given them. I will reject this Temple that I have made holy to honor my name. I will make Israel an object of mockery and ridicule among the nations. 8And though this Temple is impressive now, all who pass by will be appalled and will shake their heads in amazement. They will ask, ‘Why did the LORD do such terrible things to this land and to this Temple?’ I Kings 9:6-8 New Living Translation

You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:18 English Standard Version

God does not change.  Even under the law, He still keeps his covenant He swore to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  But before the law you see God the Father GIVING wealth to people. Under the Law, God gives people the power to get wealth.  But under Grace God gives people life, wealth, health and healing and wholeness. Notice all the GIVING going on.

Then Pharaoh gave Abram many gifts because of her—sheep, goats, cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.  Genesis 12:16 King James Version

Pharaoh gave Abram many gifts and the gifts were not taken back when Pharaoh had to give back Sarai his wife.

And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac. Genesis 25:5 King James Version

Abraham (who is a picture of God the Father), gave Isaac (who is a picture of Jesus the Son) all he had.

The LORD caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the Israelites, and they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for. So they stripped the Egyptians of their wealth!  Exodus 12:36 New Living Translation

They were given the Egyptians wealth.

So the sons of Israel did this. Joseph gave them carts, as Pharaoh had commanded, and he also gave them provisions for their journey.  To each of them he gave new clothing, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels of silver and five sets of clothes. Genesis 45:21-22 New International Version

Joseph (who is a picture of Jesus) gave them carts and provisions for their journey.

The Law demands but Grace gives or supplies. Study this out for yourself. Even in the Garden of Eden, Adam did not have to do anything, everything was given to him and prepared for him before he was even placed into the garden. God never changes.  This is in no way saying people should not work but our prosperity comes from Jesus!!! Before the law was given God the Father was simply giving and blessing.  Under the law, things were conditional. But now because of Jesus GRACE has been restored by us having peace with God the Father thru the Lord Jesus Christ.  Romans 5:1 declares this.  Grace is undeserved, unmerited favor.  Its based on what Jesus did, His finished work. This is how we reign in life by receiving the abundance of GRACE who is Jesus.

All the blessed to you!!! Shalom!