JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT FAITH PART 2

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 NET Bible

FAITH IS ALWAYS NOW!  Facts never change THE TRUTH!  Do you realize that whether or not you have a pain or symptom in your body that you are still healed?  Why?  Because God’s Word does not change with things that are not in line with it in this seen realm.  Have you ever uttered the words, “I’M SICK”?  You may have but God the Father has NEVER said that about you.  God has never called you broke (so don’t call yourself that and don’t ever let some ignorant preacher call you that as well and believe it).  God does not see you that way.  Why?  Because of thee Author and Finisher of Faith, JESUS.  If you are born again God sees you ONLY in Jesus.  Is Jesus sick? No!  Is Jesus broke? No!  Is Jesus depressed?  He was in the garden of Gethsamane before He died but not anymore because IT IS FINISHED!!  Jesus already bore every single sin, punishment and or disease for you so that you would not have to.   It’s your job to think speak and act like God the Father regardless of what you see.  You believe The Word of God and you believe it all the time.

He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21 Holman Christian Standard Bible

Righteousness makes all the difference.  Jesus took our sin and gave us His righteousness, His right standing with God the Father.  Righteousness means right standing with God and it also means what is right in God’s sight.  Sickness and disease is not right and neither is lack in God’s sight.  This is why He provided Jesus and gave us life, health, abundance, shalom peace and every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.  If you look in your life or any of your family members lives and see something that is not right you are a king and a priest.  Where the word of a king is there is power so do something about it.  You have power given to you by and through Christ Jesus.

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19 KJV

The word power there in the first part of the verse means authority and  in the second part it means ability.  You have authority over all the enemy’s ability.  The enemy has no authority but he does have the ability to lie and to possess people who let him.  But it does not matter,  you have authority over all his ability and nothing shall by any means, hurt, harm or cause you to fail because Love never fails.  This authority is by faith in what Jesus said in Luke 10:19 and 2 Corinthians 5:21.  You must believe that Jesus did those things for you and that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  Faith in God’s Word supersedes everything else even time.  Make a decision to live by faith all the time!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT FAITH PART 1

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 NET Bible

Faith!!! The final frontier.  No I am just kidding for all you Star Trek fans out there.  But it is what makes all things final.  Faith in God’s Word created all that you see and don’t see.  If people could learn to walk by faith and not sight, that would be the final frontier.  Why?  Because it’s how God the Father gets things done.  The worlds were framed by faith in the Word of God by God Himself.  So God uses faith.  And guess what?  If you are born again Jesus has given you the same faith that God has.

Yeshua answered and He said to them, “May the faith of God be in you.”  Aramaic Bible in Plain English Mark 11:22

If you study it out in the Greek what Jesus said literally was, “Have the faith of God”.  He was telling the disciples, “Here you go. have it.”  Like Brother Copeland said in a dream Jesus appeared to him and was holding a big tray of cookies.  He said Jesus said to him, “HAVE a cookie!!!”  How many of you know that if Jesus offers you something you should TAKE IT.   That’s one of Sister Gloria Copeland’s favorite words, “TAKE IT”    If you agree make this confession with me.  Say, “I HAVE THE FAITH THAT TAKES, not the faith that waits.”  Now look at what I am about to say.  When you have the faith of God and you take it, it does not matter if you wait because you’ve already got it.  Sister Gloria had her house looonnnggg before she moved in.   She had it over 20 years before she moved in.  God the Father already had the victory over the devil long before Abraham and the New Testament.  How?  Because in faith and by God’s Word it says the Lamb (Jesus) was slain before the foundation of the world.  Never mind that it took 4000 years for Jesus to come into the Earth.  Remember what we talked about this past weekend about ‘No Respect for Time”?  Faith has no respect for time.

Once you and I walk in the understanding of that things will manifest a lot quicker.  Why?  Because we won’t allow time to pull us out of the faith realm where we already have it.  Faith does not depend on time, it uses it but it is not dependent on time.  Time is a servant of faith not the other way around.  Faith makes dead and decomposed bodies with embalming fluid already in them and the blood drained out come back to life, FULLY FUNCTIONAL.  Ask Lazarus.  They may not have had embalming fluid back then but Lazarus was already dead and decomposing.  Did faith care or should I say did Jesus care?  No!  He did not pay one bit of attention to it.  He said “Lazarus come forth!!!”  And it’s a good thing that he called Lazarus by name because if not every dead person in the area and possibly the world may have gotten up too.  Lazarus did not get up tomorrow.  Lazarus got up when Jesus called him.  Jesus is thee Author and Finisher of faith.  Which leads me to my closing for today.  Make sure you have God’s kind of faith and not Pharaoh faith.  Check this out.  So most of you know the story. Pharaoh would not let the children of Israel go so the Lord allowed different plagues to come on Egypt.  Well in this case the land was over taken by frogs.  Imagine this, open your oven frogs come out, pull back the sheets on the bed, frogs in the bed.  Open the door to go outside, frogs everywhere.  No escape.  So finally Pharaoh had enough it seemed so look at what he did.

Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Pray to the Lord to take the frogs away from me and my people, and I will let your people go to offer sacrifices to the Lord.”

9Moses said to Pharaoh, “I leave to you the honor of setting the time for me to pray for you and your officials and your people that you and your houses may be rid of the frogs, except for those that remain in the Nile.”

10“Tomorrow,” Pharaoh said.

Moses replied, “It will be as you say, so that you may know there is no one like the Lord our God. 11The frogs will leave you and your houses, your officials and your people; they will remain only in the Nile.”  Exodus 8:8-11 NIV

Did you see what that ‘dummy’  Pharaoh said?   Moses gave him the power to decide when the frogs left and he said, “TOMORROW!’  In my best southern accent I say, “Howsabout rat now!!!!!”  This is the same mistake believers make when believing God especially for healing and finances and other things.  In 99.9% of the cases in the Bible when Jesus healed people they were either healed immediately or within the hour.  There is a commercial on TV that says, “You can learn a lot from a dummy.” I know what they mean but please just don’t make it this dummy.  FAITH IS ALWAYS NOW!!!   Pastor Bill Winston has an AWESOME teaching called Now is The Time!!!   Towards the end of the message he said, “To believe that it takes time to manifest provision or things you may have sown for or are believing God for IS UNBELEIF!!!  He also said time will imprison anyway who allows it to.   Don’t be like Pharaoh.  Be guilty of the worldly saying “YOU JUST LIKE YO DADDY!!!”  Then think of God your Father and boldly say, “I RESEMBLE THAT STATEMENT!”  Get rid of Pharaoh faith.  TAKE IT NOW!!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT “EVERYTHING YOUR FAITH PRODUCES!”

With this in mind, we always pray that our God will make you worthy of His call. We also pray that through [His] power He will help you accomplish every good desire and help you do everything your faith produces.  2 Thessalonians 1:11 God’s Word Translation

If you are born again, YOU ARE THE RIGHTEOUS OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS!!! And whether you know it or not being righteous is powerful.  Its gives you rights!!!  You have a right to be healthy. You have a right to live a whole, full long and abundant life that is vibrant and active even into old age. But what about those dreams and desires you have inside. The thing that just won’t go away.  The thing that may not seem very spiritual but it brings you great joy and you light up when its brought up in a conversation.  Whether you know it or not these are things that your faith is producing.  “Well Brother Vincent, I want to raise horses. That does not seem very spiritual.”  That’s what you think.  Have you ever heard of the book or movie The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien?  Mr Tolkien was a Christian and  and is even deemed responsible for leading another well know author and Christian to the Lord, C.S. Lewis.  Many of his designs and character such as Middle Earth came from a life long love of trees, beings he brought to life in his stories.  What does this have to do with The Lord?  Everything.  Even after you born again God may shape but he does not change your personality because it is part of the ‘weirdness’ He designed you with to bring to the world.  Many people are shocked to find out that weird means supernatural.

Today many people have given up their weirdness to assimilate and be like some supposed celebrity or star.  I use the word star very loosely because many of the people that are called stars are not and I do not say this based talent.  What is the most outstanding and noticeable element of a star, a real star in the sky?  It has light!!!  The origin of the word weird means  having the power to control destiny.  Your weirdness has the power to control your destiny and because you are righteous you are to live by faith and when you do Poppa, God the Father releases His Power to help you accomplish EVERY GOOD DESIRE and help you do EVERYTHING YOUR FAITH PRODUCES.  J.R.R. Tolkien did not set out to make some epic story. He simply wrote what was in his heart, not what he heard from someone else.  Take joy in being you.  Honor God by honoring your own uniqueness.  Know that your desires are good and that you have been granted the power and permission to bring then to pass.  As I often say, don’t take my word for it, take The Word for it.

The desire of the righteous is only good… Proverbs 11:23 King James Verison

…but the desire of the righteous shall be granted. Proverbs 10:24 King James Version

God’s Word Who is Jesus says, that the desire of the righteous is only good and that that desire is granted.  So believe Poppa to help you accomplish every good desire and to help you do everything your faith produces.

All the blessed to you!!! Shalom!

TRUTH 4 THOUGHT-WEEKEND EDITION- ALL YOU ASK OR THINK!!

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,  Ephesians 3:20 KJV

Your imagination is AWESOME!!! You can dream up places and things that no one else can.  You can create worlds that do not exist that are beautiful.  You can dream up the life that you always desired.  Then you can ask the Father to give you that life or those desires.  Poppa is awesome and He is able to do or go beyond what you ask or think.  But you need to be asking for something and you need to be thinking about something or imagining.  Think about the movie Star Wars.  All those planets all those places, all those people are creations that came out of the mind and concepts of George Lucas.  He created Star Wars and then used his faith and belief to share what he dreamed with the world and as a result millions of people have enjoyed that creation.  It sounds like God the Father and it is.  Man is made in God’s image and the ability to create and dream and imagine and bring it to pass is a power and ability given by God the Father.  Look at what the Father said about man in Genesis.  Take special note that this was after Adam and Eve sinned.

And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.  Genesis 11:6 KJV

The Lord Himself said that nothing will be restrained from them which they have imagined to do.  This is fallen man.  This is fallen creation.  YOU ARE REDEEMED!!!  The Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit live on the inside of you.  All of Heaven and its resources are at your disposal to fulfill your God given purpose so you are able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all you ask or think according to His power that works in you.  THINK ABOUT THAT!!!  Meditate that, believe that and pursue.   Jesus did not come so that you can barely survive then go to Heaven.  No, He came that you might have LIFE, the same successful, abundant, prosperous life that He has and had when He was here on the Earth.  Never sick, never broke, never worried, never defeated.  He gave His Life FOR YOU and TO YOU!!!  Receive it today and everyday by receiving the abundance of GRACE and the gift of RIGHTEOUSNESS and you will reign in LIFE!!!!

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT IN, ON, AT, BY & WITH

I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ.  Galatians 3:5 New Living Translation

As we prepare to step into a new, great, glorious and prosperous year, check your Miracle Meter.  Better still check your expectancy or hope meter.  The word for Bible hope does not mean I hope it will happen or maybe.  It means a confident expectation of GOOD all the time regardless of situations or circumstances.  I would venture to say that the person operating in Bible hope is always looking for something good to enter and surround and bless their lives.  This is what The Father desires, purposed, planned and more importantly PROVIDED for us through His Son JESUS!!!

As a child of God, a fresh and continual supply of the Spirit is available to you ALL THE TIME, EVERY TIME!!  And, MIRACLES are right there on the shelf like food at the grocery store for the believer and for non-believers as well.  For the non-believer this takes place thru a believer or believing one.  Unlike what had been taught for many years this gift of the Holy Spirit DOES NOT come to you because you do everything right and you don’t do this and you do do that.  That is Old Testament.  We are under the covenant of GRACE Who is non other than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ  Himself.  He is our righteousness and The Father has given or imputed His  righteousness or right standing to us completely by GRACE which is undeserved, unmerited favor simply because you BELIEVE what He has done. You believe His report or message that He died for your sins and took your place.  This ministry of the Spirit is manifold or has many attributes.

Take close notice in the scripture above to the word ‘among‘.  The word among there is a multifaceted word.  It is the Greek word en and it means in, on, at, by and with.  Oh I hope you grasp the depth and the power of that word chosen by the Holy Spirit in this scripture.  You must know and be conscious that the supply of the Spirit is available to you AT ALL TIMES to give you strength, provision or whatever else you need and that miracles are available not just for you but for others.  That scripture declares when you believe, God is then willing and able to:

  • Work miracles IN you.
  • Work miracles ON you.
  • Work miracle AT you or AT a location.
  • Work miracles BY or through you.
  • Work miracles WITH you.

Oh His Goodness!!! Oh His Goodness. Normally we say Oh my goodness but it’s HIS GOODNESS!!!

But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done IN her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. Mark 5:33 KJV

Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy ON him, and not ON him only but also ON me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. Phillipians 2:27 NIV

Now there is AT Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.  In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, waiting for the moving of the waters; 4for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted. John 5:2 KJV

And God wrought special miracles BY the hands of Paul: Acts 19:11 KJV

The disciples spread [the Good News] everywhere. The Lord worked WITH them. He confirmed His Word by the miraculous signs that accompanied it.  Mark 16:20 God’s Word Translation

As you step into this New Year I encourage you to HAVE(hold, keep, possess) a constant and consistent expectancy for God the Father thru JESUS to supply to you the Spirit and to work miracles IN YOU, ON YOU, where ever you are AT, BY YOU, and most importantly WITH YOU!!!!

Have a Miraculously GRACE FILLED New Year!!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you! Shalom!!!

 

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT ALLOWING JESUS TO WASH “YOUR” FEET

Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean….  John 13:10 NIV

If you are born again, you are clean and righteous because of Jesus’s Blood. (If you are not click on the section entitled DA 1 FRIEND U NEED). In the above scripture Jesus’s is speaking with His disciples before He is to go to the Cross and die.  Although He was the Master and Lord He took off His outer garment and girded Himself with a towel so that He could wash His disciples feet.  If you study out Eastern culture in that time the task of washing feet of members of the household was given to the lowest rank servant of the house.  This shows Jesus’s humility and is an example of the attitude we should have one towards another. There are so many secrets in this one act of Jesus Himself washing feet, but I want to share with you one that will allow you to let Jesus wash “YOUR” feet.

Jesus says the ones who have had a bath (regeneration and salvation by the new birth) are clean all over, they only need to have their feet cleaned.  Let’s make this clear once you are saved you have eternal salvation (Hebrews 5:9). You are the righteousness of God.  Nothing can change that. However in our everyday lives we come into contact with dirt, and grime in the form of ungodliness.  It can be as simple as a TV commercial that says when you reach a certain age your bones will began to ache or degrade.  That is dirt!  That is something trying to create an imagination or thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of God Who says, “By Jesus’s stripe you WERE HEALED!!!”  You hear that commercial 5 to 6 times per week and it may begin to affect your thinking and thereby your believing. How are you going to wash your feet or mind from that?

That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, .. Ephesians 5:26  KJV

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
John 17:17 NIV

So you see when you spend time with and in The Word Who is JESUS, this allow JESUS to wash your feet, your mind. It’s as if He is washing your feet personally just like He did the disciples.  He knows this world will try to lead us astray with contrary beliefs and thoughts but He has provided for us to and given us HIS MIND which is The Word.  So take time out daily to allow Jesus to wash your feet.  You will be glad you did.

All the “blessed” to you! Shalom!!!

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JUST DA TRUTH-ABOUT THE CROSS

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  I Corinthians 1:18 New International Version

Today, before we get into our meal, I want to share something with you that is very important for you to know as a believer.  If you are an unbeliever it will benefit you as well.  Please know that pastors, preachers and teachers of God’s Word are important.  However, what is of more importance is that they stick with and teach you The Word.  Their job is to teach people what God says in The Bible and not add their own opinion to it and their own so called revelation that is not supported by The Word of God.  If a so called man or woman of God tries to teach or tell you something that has no scriptural basis or is contrary to what God’s Word says, you are under no obligation to listen to them or do what they say. And please do not fear them.  Understand something, God’s Word says that He has not given you a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  God is not double minded.  He will not tell you that He has not given you the spirit of fear then use a message to put you in fear.

 

Always remember this: NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LORD AND NOBODY IS ABOVE THE WORD!!!! I don’t care what their title is whether it be Pastor, Prophet, Apostle or whatever.  God is no respecter of persons.  Some of these pastors, prophets, or so called apostles are self named.  They gave themselves their titles.  I personally heard one preacher tell a congregation, “I made my self bishop.”

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit(person), but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. I John 4:1  New International Version

Now I heard, personally this same preacher say to a congregation, “You don’t need to try me, I already been tried.”

I John chapter 4 says to not believe every spirit but to test or try the spirit to see if it is of God.  This preacher says you don’t need to try him because he’s already been tried.  To give ear to what this preacher has just said is the modern day equivalent of God saying, “The day you eat of this tree you shall surely die”  and the serpent coming along and telling Mrs Adam, “You shall not surely die.”  It’s the same thing and it comes from the same spirit, the devil.  Always stick with The Word.  The goal here is not to be critical but to provide an example of the types of statements that are subtle but contrary to The Word of God.

Now, lets talk about THE CROSS.

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. I Corinthians 1:18 New International Version

So The Word of God says that the message of the cross IS the power of God.

For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel–not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. I Corinthians 1:17 New International Version

In this verse The Word of God says that if the gospel is not preached in its simplicity, the cross of Christ would be emptied of its power.  Would you agree that in order for something to be emptied of its power it would have to have power first?

And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2:15 New International Version

The cross is the means by which Jesus triumphed over powers and authorities and made a public spectacle of them. The Bible calls them powers and authorities.  When something has power the only thing that can overcome it is something that is more powerful.  Obviously what God did by the cross is more powerful than the powers and authorities that were trying to come against Jesus.

What God did thru Christ by means of the cross is powerful.  The entire process God used is powerful and we are to appreciate it.  God did not use the cross against us, He used the cross for us.  All things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are the called according to His purpose.  Always stick with God’s Word which is Jesus!!!  Anything else is a path to error. God loves us, and the cross was a means to an end for us and that end was for our good and the good of the entire human race.

All the “blessed” to you!!!

TRUTH 4 THOUGHT – WEEKEND EDITION – YOUR JOB IN WAR

“When you go out to fight your enemies and you face horses and chariots and an army greater than your own, do not be afraid. The LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, is with you!”  Deuteronomy 20:1 New Living Translation

Imagine going to war and your army is about 1000 men.  You come around the mountain and the enemy you are about to face has an army of 20,000 men.  That sounds like a ‘reason’ to be afraid.  But The Word of God says DON’T.  Now you may not be going up against an army of 20,000 men but what about the $200,000 dollars of house debt you may have?  Or how about the $12,000 in credit card debt you may have accumulated while you were out of work.  It may be a physical sickness that seems like a giant and that is bigger than you but The Father says,  DON’T BE AFRAID of them or it.  Why?  Because He’s with you!!!   The Lord also says that the priest shall go before the people and speak or declare.

And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them; 4For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.  Deuteronomy 20:3-4 King James Version

This verse of scripture is well worth paying attention to.  I realize it is Old Testament but God never changes. Let’s examine it.  First Poppa said, ‘Don’t be afraid of them because He is with you.”     Then The Word says the priest shall go before the people and say, Let not your hearts, faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be terrified because of them because the Lord your God goes WITH YOU, to FIGHT FOR YOU, against your enemies to SAVE YOU.

Today you don’t need a priest to declare this.  YOU are a KING and a PRIEST.  So you do your own declaring. You can declare that the Lord is on your side, you will not fear what man can do to you or that no weapon formed against you will prosper.  But ultimately it is God through Jesus Who has already ready given you the victory.  He is with you and has already fought for you against all your enemies and defeated them and  SAVED you!!!!  That word save there is the Hebrew word yasha and it means to be avenged, defended, delivered, helped, preserved, rescued, be safe.  It’s the same word as Yeshua which is Jesus’s Name which means salvation. For us as New Testament believers THIS IS ALREADY DONE AND WE ARE ALREADY SAVED!!!

…by grace have you been saved completely in past time, with the present result that you are in a state of salvation which persists through present time. Ephesians 2:4-5 Kenneth Wuest Translation

Poppa is with you in and through Jesus or Yeshua.  So in a financial or physical war or spiritual war your job is to not be afraid but to stand in faith knowing that God the Father is with you, and has already fought for you against your enemies and SAVED you in the Person of Jesus Christ!!!!   Now that is food for thought and truth for thought!!  Be blessed and have a great weekend!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN __________?

“By grace have you been saved completely in past time, with the present result that you are in a state of salvation which persists through present time.”  Ephesians 2:5  Kenneth Wuest Translation

I want to ask you a few questions.  Do you know how long you have been saved?  Do you know how long you have been healed?  Do you know how long you have been rich?  Do you know how long you have been preserved?  I could go on and on but lets just start with these few questions.  Now some of you may have been born in 1968 and you may say well I have been saved for 23 years.  Others of you may say, “I have never been rich!!”.  Still others may say, “Well I have been diagnosed with a certain condition so I am waiting on my healing.” Well I have some good news for you, you would all be wrong.  When I ask how long, I mean how long in God the Father’s and Jesus’s eyes.  How does the Father see this thing.  Well let’s look at His Word and find out.

For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless (perfect, sound) in His sight. In love. Ephesians 1:4 NIV

You were chosen in Him, Jesus, before the creation of the world.  Before sin, debt, lack or disease EVER EXISTED.   In God’s eyes you were saved at that time, before the creation of the world.  The world has been around a longtime.  So have you.  You did not exist in the form you are presently but you have been very much alive.  As alive as Jesus.    Our text scripture shares some very interesting truths.  It states that by grace, God’s unmerited and undeserved favor you HAVE BEEN saved COMPLETELY, that means spirit, soul and body because that makes up the complete you. And that all this was done in PAST TIME which confirms Ephesians 1:4.  That past time IS before the creation of the world.  The word saved in Ephesians 2:5 is the greek word sozo and it means  I save, heal, preserve, rescue.  Now the remainder of the scripture brings things to where we are today.  It states that you have been saved completely with the PRESENT RESULT that you ARE IN A STATE OF SALVATION that persist through PRESENT TIME.   That means by grace you have been saved, heal, preserved and rescued before the foundation of the world and that that saving has the present result that it put you in a state of salvation that persist through present time which is now and forever more.  So let’s answer those questions.

How long have you been saved?  As long as you have been in Jesus and at least since before the foundation of the world.

How long have you been healed?  As long as you have been in Jesus and at least since before the foundation of the world.

How long have you been rich?  As long as you have been in Jesus and at least since before the foundation of the world.

Understand something.  I don’t care if you have snot dripping out of your nose and you are coughing like you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day.  That does not change the truth that YOU ARE HEALED!!! It does not change the truth that you are IN A STATE OF SALVATION that persist through present time.  I am originally from the state of Michigan but now I live in the state  Ohio.  I am in the state of  Ohio now.  I cannot be in the state of Michigan and the state of Ohio at the same time.  You cannot be in the state of danger and the state of salvation at the same time.  YOU ARE IN A STATE OF SALVATION that persist.  This is all by grace and not by any works that you have or have not done.  Make sure you believe and KNOW that.  The truth does not make you free, it’s the truth that you know that makes you free.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE LORD WORKING WONDERS

And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you. Joshua 3:5 King James Version

Imagine after years of waiting to finally get to a place you have been trying to get to when suddenly an insurmountable obstacle appears to block your path,…. yet again.  This is how the children of Israel probably felt as the only thing that now blocked them from going into the Promised Land was a raging Jordan river.  The river itself was formidable but it was now harvest time and at harvest time the river swelled to even higher levels than normal, making it that much more challenging.  But they had a leader who listened to and heard from God and they received a very specific instruction which you see in the scripture above.  Now understand that this is in the Old Testament so they had to perform ritualistic ceremonies such as bathing themselves and making sure they were free from any known sins as well as abstaining from having sexual relations with their spouses.  Why? Because God was coming in the midst of them and His presence could cause death in the midst of a careless attitude of sin and other impurity.

Thankfully you and I do not have to be concerned about such symbolic things or be fearful of the presence of our Father since we are born again.  This is not to persuade one towards a careless attitude towards our Father and our God but you should know that as a New Testament believer you do not need to sanctify your self because Jesus’s Blood and His finished work on the cross has taken care of that for you.  Don’t take my word for it, take The Word for it.

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

This scripture proves that you are sanctified not in and of yourself but Christ has become our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification and our redemption.  And since you are righteous and sanctified you are not only welcomed in God’s presence  ALL THE TIME but you are seated in Heavenly places with Christ Jesus.  The Father looks over to the right and sees you in Jesus.  So unlike the children of Israel you don’t have to wait until tomorrow.  You can believe and receive WONDERS and miracles right now!!!  Did you know that everytime you see “My God” in the Bible it means miracle working God?  Our Father is a miracle working God.  If He will perform miracles for anyone it would be US.

We have a better covenant than the children of Israel.  When the raging, swelling Jordan stood and blocked the way to the Promised Land, God had the priest step first into the Jordan with the Ark of Covenant on their shoulders which represented God’s presence and the river backed up like a dam into a wall on both sides and the bottom of the river bed became dry ground.  The children of Israel then walked across what looked like a hindering river and on dry ground until every last one of them was safely on the other side. In the New Testament Jesus told HIs disciples to go the other side and after they got into the boat to do so a raging storm came up and appeared as if it would not only keep them from the other side but also destroy them in the process.  But they had something better than the Ark of the Covenant which was simply a shadow of things to come.  They had Jesus Himself with them and He arose from sleep rebuked the storm and they all went safely to the other side.

Jesus is with us!! We are sanctified because and through Him!!  He will work wonders amongst and in us and through us.  He will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert for us.  Have a mind and heart of constant expectancy towards and in Him for deliverance from each and every situation that is contrary to The Father’s purpose and plan for your life. This is Bible HOPE which is a good opinion of God and a constant expectation of only good.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!