JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE BLESSING OF JUDAH PART 1

And this is the blessing of Judah: and he said, Hear, LORD, the voice of Judah, and bring him unto his people: let his hands be sufficient for him; and be thou an help to him from his enemies.  Deuteronomy 33:7 King James Version

Before Moses climbed Mount Nebo to die, he gathered all the tribes of the children of Israel together and blessed them.  Now it may seem that this has nothing to do with you as a New Testament believer but it does for a very specific reason.

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: Galatians 3:13 King James Version

Did you notice that Christ ONLY redeemed us from the curse of the law?  He never redeemed us from the blessings of the law.  Those blessings are still yours and mine today.  So all the blessings for all the tribes are listed in Deuteronomy 33.  Verse 7 list the blessing given to the tribe of Judah.  Why is this one so important?  Because Jesus is of the tribe of Judah so that would make you of the tribe of Judah.  Let’s examine the blessing Moses spoke or gave to the tribe of Judah.

And this is the blessing of Judah: and he said, Hear, LORD, the voice of Judah, and bring him unto his people: let his hands be sufficient for him; and be thou an help to him from his enemies. Deuteronomy 33:7 King James Version

So the first part declares and Moses says,  “Hear, Lord the voice of Judah and bring him unto his people.   This piece of the scripture is specifically talking about Jesus Christ and you because you are in Christ.  Jesus knew about this blessing and believed it and walked in it.

Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42″I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.  John 11:41-42 New American Standard Version

How did Jesus know that The Father heard him?  He knew by the same way you know, The Word of God.  Jesus read that in the scrolls and believed and received it and He knew it was talking about Him.  God does not change. That blessing is still alive and well and active in the life of Jesus and in your life if you believe and receive it.  The prayer of John 17 shows Jesus’ confidence in The Father when He speaks to Him.  He asked for very specific things and He asked for things for Himself.  Yes those things  were for others but these were “His desires” that He(Jesus ) had personally.  Why? Because God the Father hears the Voice of Judah, Jesus and He has brought Him Jesus unto His people (you and me and all believers).  This is very powerful.  This is a powerful truth.  Poppa hears Jesus and Poppa hears you.

The next portion of the verse is talking about Jesus and us as well.  It says, “Let his hands be sufficient for him’.  Let His hands (Jesus’s hand’s) be sufficient for him (you and me).  Jesus is the Spirit of Grace.  God the Father told Paul something very interesting.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

The Father told Paul in the midst of a trial “My Grace is sufficient for you”.   Then Paul goes on to talk about Christ’s power which proves that this Grace is Christ and/or the power of Christ.  But notice how Moses’s blessing says, “Let his hand be sufficient” then God the Father says, “My Grace is sufficient”.   So now we see another example of Moses’ blessing in the Old Testament still working as powerfully as ever in the New Testament for a New Testament believer.

The last part of the blessing of the tribe of Judah from Moses says, “and be thou an help to him from his enemies.”  Every enemy of Jesus and of you the Lord will be an help to you from them.  As a matter of truth, this is already done in the finished work of Christ.  Sin was an enemy.  Poppa through Jesus death, burial and resurrection has completely and totally delivered us from sin because ALL of our sins are forgiven, past, present and future.  You sins were forgiven and paid for at the Cross and at that time ALL YOUR SINS WERE FUTURE SINS.   (I just threw that any for any naysayers about future sins.)  Sickness was an enemy but now because of the stripe of Jesus YOU ARE HEALED!!!  Not going to be healed, you are healed forever, for always, for and because of LOVE.  God is Love!  Poverty and death are both enemies.  Jesus became poor so that you through His poverty might be made rich and Jesus abolished death and made it of none effect.  This was all done before time ever began.

the One who saved us and divinely summoned us in the sphere of a holy summons, not according to our works but according to His own private purpose and grace which [grace] was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but has now been made known through the appearing of our Saviour, Christ Jesus, since He not only made of none effect the death, but also brought to light life and incorruption through the good news….  2 Timothy 1: 9-10 Kenneth Wuest Translation

Jesus made death of none effect.  He took from him(satan) the one who HAD the power of death, he took it from him.  So we see the last part of the blessing of Moses to the tribe of Judah fulfilled in and by Chirst.  God never changes and He is always faithful to His Word.  You can trust Him, he is not like man who WILL let you down.  Man cannot help it, they eventually will let you down.  But not Big Poppa.  He never can, He never has and He never will.  Grace was His plan for you all along and it still is today.  THE BLESSING IS YOURS!!!!  He’s blessed you with EVERY blessing.  Believe it and receive it!! TAKE IT!!!

We will wrap this up tomorrow. Be sure to stay tuned!

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!

TRUTH 4 THOUGHT – WEEKEND EDITION- STAND FAST IN LIBERTY

So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.  Galatians 5:1 New Living Translation

Shalom to you!!! And may His Shalom penetrate and permeate every area of your life from this time forth and even for ever more. Amen!  After deep consideration and heartfelt concern for believers and people everywhere, I have chosen this weekend to encourage you to STAND FAST in the liberty and freedom that Christ has freely provided by His Birth, Life, Death, Burial and Resurrection.  This gift is free to us but it cost God the Father and Jesus a great deal.  And if they both were wiling to pay so high a price to redeem us and set us free from slavery and bondage to sin and the law and false doctrines as well as false teachers, take sometime to think about and esteem and most importantly RECEIVE ALL that The Father has provided thru Jesus.

Understand that The Father and Jesus do not desire us to be in any form of bondage, sin or fear to ANYTHING.  This is why Jesus came.  Living in fear and bondage and lack and sin is not life.  Jesus said that the reason He came was so that we could have life and so that we could have His Life, the very same Life He has in SUPER ABUNDANCE.  Jesus is not sick, broke, depressed, in fear, in any kind of bondage and sin has no dominion over Him in any way, shape or form.  All that Jesus has and is BELONGS to us.  Christ HAS TRULY SET US FREE,  It is up to us to make sure that we stay free.  In order to do this you have to esteem the gift given to you and value it and be thankful for it.  Jesus loves us and we love Him because He first loved us. That love has provided freedom.  Be sure to RECEIVE(take) it!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE TRUTH IS IN JESUS!

You have certainly heard His message and have been taught His ways. The truth is in Jesus  Ephesians 4:21 God’s Word Translation

One of the many things that Jesus constantly spoke about was THE TRUTH.  He talked about THE TRUTH in general and He also spoke in great detail about the Spirit of Truth.  As believers especially and people in general we must fully understand how vital and important THE TRUTH is.  Without it you can spend years listening to believing and speaking or repeating a lie.  There are many things in the world some of them are real but they exist as a lie.  What does that mean?  It means it exist but it has no value and no foundation and in the end it will not last.  A hunger and thirst for God’s Word which is Jesus is so important because the world continues to present each of us daily with the opportunity to see, hear, learn and talk about falsity.  Jesus stated and prayed that we are sanctified by THE TRUTH.

“Father, sanctify them by Your Truth, because Your word is Truth.”  John 17:17  Aramaic Bible in Plain English

This scripture means that we are set apart by THE TRUTH because God’s Word IS TRUTH.  So when God spoke and chose you and called you out for Himself, your sanctification is TRUTH because it was done by The Word of God.  THE TRUTH is in Jesus.  YOU  are in JESUS!!!! So when you know and believe this then TRUTH reigns in your life.  THE TRUTH that you are healed!  THE TRUTH that you are WHOLE!  THE TRUTH that you are blessed, protected, guarded, and provided for.  THE TRUTH that you ARE the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  We have a responsibility to walk in THE TRUTH and to teach others THE TRUTH and THE TRUTH only!

Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized. Then those who oppose us will be ashamed and have nothing bad to say about us.  Titus 2:8 New Living Translation

As ministers of reconciliation, we should teach THE TRUTH and The Word of God says when we do we cannot be criticized.  So it does not matter what situations or circumstances arise that are contrary to THE TRUTH, you stick with THE TRUTH and as THE TRUTH is in Jesus you will come out victorious just like Him.

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE BLOOD

Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. Hebrews 9:12 King James Version

There are so many things that The Blood has afforded us, the list goes on and on and somethings we will not find out until we are with Jesus Himself.  But there are a few things I want to point out to us today. The first one is eternal redemption. The word redemption comes from the greek word apolutrósis. This word means a release effected by payment of ransom. When you redeem a coupon at the store someone has already paid the fifty-five cents or so you may be saving.  Redemption also means to buy back. God through Jesus’s blood bought us back to Himself.  A price had to be paid and Jesus paid that price.

In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness. Hebrews 9:22 New Living Translation

Jesus’s priceless blood provided the means for our sins to be forgiven. Without that blood, there is NO forgiveness of sins. It’s very plain and simple without that blood we would still be in our sins.

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Ephesians 1:7 King James Version

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

This redemption and this forgiveness through Jesus’s blood, this was given to us not because of anything we did but simply because of His Grace.  God’s Grace is comprised of His Love, His Kindness and Favor.

Never underestimate the power of The Blood.  It is precious to God.  Make sure it is precious to you.

The Blood

Purest of pure

And cleanest of clean

Working mighty works

Since it came on the scene

The Mighty Blood of Jesus

Cleanses and corrects

Fulfilling it’s duty

To save and protect

Covering covenant children

Setting sinners so free

His Blood shed so freely

For you and for me

Only by God’s Love

Could He pay such a price

Executed alongside sinners

And made the risen Christ

O’ who now among us

Would give up his life

Paying for others sins

And carrying their strife

Who would be able,

To resist the allure

Of the things he resisted

And still remain pure.

Hallelujah!!! By the Blood

We’ve all been set free

And are able to be called

As righteous as He!

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD

Because in Him there is continuously and permanently at home all the fullness of absolute deity in bodily fashion. And you are in Him, having been completely filled full with the present result that you are in a state of fullness, in Him who is the Head of every principality and authority.  Colossians 2:8 Kenneth Wuest Translation

You’re full of it!  He’s full of it!  She’s full of it!  We’ve all heard this expression used and perhaps have used it ourselves on a few people.  And more than likely it probably was not in a positive way.  However if you are a believer, guess what?  You are full of it!  Full of power, full of glory, full of healing, full of health, full of wealth, full of life, full of love, full of grace and truth because you are full of JESUS.  Do you realize what the scripture above is saying?  That scripture is saying that in Jesus dwells continually and permanently  ALL THE FULLNESS OF ABSOLUTE DEITY.  Who is this absolute deity? That would be God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  So although they are three distinct beings it was the Father’s will that all of them be placed into One being, JESUS.

The real joy is in the reason that God the Father did this. He didn’t do this for Himself or Jesus or for the Holy Spirit.  He did it because He knew that everything He would do for and through believers He would do it through Jesus His Son. So His purpose and goal was so that ALL of His fullness would be made available for the benefit of the church. That’s you and me!!!  “Well how does that benefit me?”  It benefits you because ALL of God is in you and all of Jesus and all of the Holy Spirit, so whatever is in Jesus is in you!!! You are in Him and He is in you!

I am in them and You are in Me. May they be made completely one, so the world may know You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me. John 17:23 Holman Christian Standard Bible

Now lets look at our opening text scripture and break it down piece by piece.

And you are in Him, having been completely filled full with the present result that you are in a state of fullness, in Him Who is the Head of every principality and authority. Colossians 2:8 Kenneth Wuest Translation

God’s Word declared that you have been completely filled full with the present result that you are in a state of fullness, in Him Who is the Head of every principality and authority.

“Well I sure don’t feel full?” When has God ever been limited to what you feel?  When you wake up and realize that no matter what you do in the natural earth realm as a job that your REAL FULL TIME JOB is being a BELIEVER, things will change forever.  You have to renew your mind to that, we all do and I tell you I am about it.  You are not called to operate in the fullness of your flesh you are called to operate in the fullness of God which is in your spirit.  You are a spirit filled BELIEVER!! That is who you are and that is what you are.  Now what would you think of a car that thought it was a bike? Now I know that is ridiculous but that is my point.  If that car could talk and you tried to start it and it did not move but instead said to you, “If you could just start to pedal me I will get us going.”  That is preposterous.  It’s no more preposterous than for you as a believer to be living and operating off what you see and feel instead of The Word of God.

I want to share with you something that is extremely interesting about being a believer and should provoke you to be who you are even more.  I once heard Kenneth E. Hagin bring up a very valid point about the New Testament books after Jesus’s crucifixion. He said, ” Did you ever noticed that John in his gospels never mentions faith in connection with prayer?  Then when you get to the Acts and then you go on over to the Epistles written to the church, Paul wrote half of them Paul, Peter, James, John, Jude….. not one single time does anybody ever writing to the church(in those books) ever encourage them or tell them to believe or to have faith. Did you ever notice that? Now why? Because that’s who they are!  They are believers.”    I had never noticed that until this time.  But Brother Hagin did not end there he went on to make a shocking inditement.  He said, “Our having to encourage people to believe and have faith is a result of The Word of God having lost its reality in our lives.”

What is Brother Hagin saying?  He is saying that believing The Word of God should be as simple and easy as breathing air to us as believers.  It should be like a fish swimming, or a bird flying because that is who we are…BELIEVERS and that is what we do…BELIEVE!!!!  When we do that then we will simply lay hands on the sick and they will recover, stunted arms will grow out, missing limbs will be restored because the same Jesus that did this while He was here on the Earth is in us. His fullness, all the fullness of God is in us. But you have to believe it’s in you and its yours. We must become fullness conscious. So conscious of God’s fullness that we can’t help but through Christ heal the sick, raise the dead and all the greater works that Jesus said we would do.  But what was the key to the greater works? BELIEVING!!

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

Believe that you are in a state of FULLNESS. Be fullness conscious all the time!

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom

JUST DA TRUTH- ABOUT WISDOM & UNDERSTANDING Part 2

Because of this, we also, from the day we heard, do not cease on behalf of you offering our petitions and presenting our definite requests, that you might be filled with the advanced and perfect experiential knowledge of His will in the sphere of every kind of wisdom and intelligence which is spiritual… Colossians 1:9 Kenneth Wuest Translation

Yesterday we talked about the truth that ALL WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING is SPIRITUAL.  The scripture above states this very clearly.  What this does is makes things very clear for us as believers.  It let’s us know there is no middle ground whatsoever.  Either a person is functioning out of the wisdom of God by means of The Holy Spirit or the devil.  I am not denying that there is natural wisdom but the book of James tell us the various and limited levels that natural wisdom functions in.

This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. James 3:15 KJV

So in comparison you can look at those three levels just as you would the three levels of God’s will listed in Romans chapter 12.  Those levels are the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.  Natural wisdom can be or is earthly, sensual and devilish.  This means it comes from the sense realm which is limited. Devilish wisdom is wisdom that designs evil.  This earthly wisdom is the wisdom where man creates prescription drugs that heal some things but the side effects are almost as bad as the disease it’s suppose to be curing. That is not God nor godly wisdom and understanding.  I am not denying the good that medicine and doctors do.  I am simply saying in most cases it is not God’s best.  The next verse in  James tells us the character traits of Godly wisdom and understanding.

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  James 3:17

Do you see the difference in the character traits of earthly, sensual or devilish wisdom versus Godly wisdom? WOW!! Here is a good example.  When man makes most prescription drugs they may cure or help with the disease but give  these horrible side effects.  That is not pure that is hypocrisy. You can’t even truly call it medicine, you should call is an experiment because thats what it is.  If it was pure it would work the first time.  We have to get to the point where we move over into the perfect will of God for our health, our finances and every area of our lives where we don’t make any mistakes JUST LIKE JESUS.  He is our example.  Here is what even the Old Testament had to say about Jesus in regards to wisdom.

And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; Isaiah 11:2 KJV

All wisdom and intelligence (understanding) is SPIRITUAL!! Don’t ever forget that.  So make sure that the wisdom you function in is from God because it is accurate and pure and has success built into it.

All the blessed to you! Shalom!!!

 

JUST DA TRUTH- ABOUT WISDOM & UNDERSTANDING Part 1

Because of this, we also, from the day we heard, do not cease on behalf of you offering our petitions and presenting our definite requests, that you might be filled with the advanced and perfect experiential knowledge of His will in the sphere of every kind of wisdom and intelligence which is spiritual… Colossians 1:9 Kenneth Wuest Translation

As believers  we have always needed and will always need WISDOM.  Thankfully the Word of God declares that Christ is made unto us wisdom, as well as righteousness, sanctification and redemption.  So all of these are ours now because of our union with Christ.  The book of Proverbs tells us to get wisdom and in all our getting to get understanding.

New International Version
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7

These are popular scriptures that many believers may know already.  However the Kenneth Wuest Translation makes a very interesting point that other translations do not.  It indicates and highlights the fact that all wisdom and intelligence(understanding)  IS SPIRITUAL.  The word spiritual there is the Greek word pneumatikos.  That word means:

pneumatikos: spiritual

Original Word: πνευματικός, ή, όν
Part of Speech: Adjective
Transliteration: pneumatikos
Phonetic Spelling: (pnyoo-mat-ik-os’)
Short Definition: spiritual
Definition: spiritual.

HELPS Word-studies

4152 pneumatikós (an adjective, derived from 4151 /pneúma, “spirit”) – spiritual; relating to the realm of spirit, i.e. the invisible sphere in which the Holy Spirit imparts faith, reveals Christ, etc.

In this case, the Spirit here is The Holy Spirit.  So it’s talking about wisdom and understanding that emanate from The Holy Spirit.  Why is this important?  Because  people, believers or unbelievers alike need to understand something so that it can help them face THE TRUTH.   Here is a true statement and a statement of truth:  Without God and the Spirit of God, man is a DUMMY.  Literally a dummy.  Like a mannequin in the store.   Without God’s Spirit man cannot do anything, or think anything or come up with any ideas big or small.  This is very important.  Today men and women think they come up with ideas and things on their own. The truth is THEY DON’T.  God’s Spirit is what gives life and all that comes with it.  When a person is born their mother and father give them their body but God provides their spirit and their life.  While here, they get an opportunity to make a choice to give their life to Jesus and go to an even higher life, real life and have it in super abundance.

Now remember the Word of God in our text scripture says all wisdom and intelligence (understanding) is SPIRITUAL.   If a person gives there life to Jesus they receive their wisdom and understanding from Him. If they continue without becoming born again, the devil is their spiritual overlord and he is a spirit as well.  So the wisdom they receive from him is spiritual as well but it is devilish. The book of James speaks about this.

13Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 14But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  James 3:13-15 KJV

We should expect the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom and understanding in every area of our lives and not walk in the wisdom of the world which in most cases is earthly, sensual and devilish.  We need to spend time praying in the Spirit to receive from the Spirit all that is already ours thru Christ Jesus. All wisdom and understanding is spiritual. Thru Christ you can become the next creator of something as great as Facebook, or the iPhone because the wisdom for those creations came from God the Father anyway.  So take advantage of your connection with The Holy Spirit and receive wisdom and understanding which are SPIRITUAL.

All the blessed to you. Shalom!!!

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 GREAT GRACE

And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.  Acts 4:33 King James Version

There are so many things that men have said the Gospel is it can sometimes be confusing.  But  it’s always very easy when we stick with The Word of God Who is Jesus.  Jesus is the Gospel and is the ‘too good to be true news.”  He is Immanuel, God with Us.  At one time God was not with us and we were doomed, but that is no longer the case.  He is not only with us but He is FOR US.  Why the change?  JESUS!!!  Jesus made and makes all the difference.  Because of His finished work we have peace with God when we believe in His Son.  Romans 5 explains this very clearly.

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

It’s all because of Jesus!!!  When you think about what He has done then you can say as one man of God said with true conviction that, “He(Jesus) is altogether lovely!!!”  He is altogether worthy and has made you worthy because of His Blood and sacrifice.  The Word of God says many things about Jesus but there is only two things that I have seen in The Word that it says He is full of : GRACE and TRUTH.

And The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of The Only Begotten of The Father, full of grace and truth.  Aramaic Bible in Plain English

We are not in a time of judgement.  Regardless of what man or woman of God you hear say that I’m telling you by The Word of God it is simply not true.  Being ignorant to this truth will cause your attitude towards unbelievers to be condemning and unmerciful and that is not GRACE or TRUTH.  Someone may think or say, “Yeah but look at all the sin going on!!!!”  How about not looking at all the sin and looking at all the GRACE!!!.  Look what Paul says HAPPENED where sin was abounding and increasing.

God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. Romans 5:20 New Living Translation

That says now in the New Testament which is the dispensation we are in,  WHERE sin abounded, GRACE DID MUCH MORE ABOUND!!!! Glory to God!!! That means GRACE is greater than sin.  That means people can’t sin more than God’s Grace Who is Christ Jesus can abound towards them in righteousness and peace(shalom) and joy in the Holy Ghost.  I am happy about that,  I am happy that people can’t out sin God’s GRACE.  I don’t want anyone to be lost and neither does Big Poppa.  Look at what God said even in the Old Testament about people dying in their sins.

As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live. Turn! Turn from your wickedness, O people of Israel! Why should you die?  Ezekiel 33:11 New Living Translation

Poppa God, Our Father takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked.  He created man!! He did not create him to turn around and kill him and damn them to hell.  We must take the same attitude as our Father and as Jesus.  God is Love!!!  His GRACE who is Jesus is GREAT!!!  When we operate in the ONENESS that Jesus prayed that we would in John 17 powerful things happen.  Look at what happens when we do.

All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had Acts 4:32 NIV

Then guess what happened after that?

And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. Acts 4:33 King James Version

How?  When they functioned in ONENESS and when they talked and witnessed about JESUS!!!!  About GRACE!!!  Not about sin!!  That scripture says they witnessed of the resurrection of JESUS!!!  Let’s talk about JESUS!  Teach people JESUS then Jesus will teach people.  Teach people GRACE then GRACE will teach the people by way of the Holy Spirit.  That’s God’s plan anyway.  I don’t care how great of a teacher any man or woman is they are not greater or better than The Holy Spirit and that is where most of your teaching should come from by way of THE WORD WHO IS JESUS!!!  Jesus set you up to be able to have a smorgasbord EVERYDAY with Him, not just when you go to church on Sunday.  I tell you what try eating one meal a week in the natural for a couple of months.   We may still see you but we won’t see much of you because you will be able to hoola hoop with a Cheerio.  You know it’s not “healthy” to eat one meal a week for your natural body, so why would you do that spiritually?  There is no condemnation so don’t be condemned however you should be encouraged to desire to be strong in the Lord and in the power of HIs Might.  That might is Jesus, Who is The Word.  Christ is made unto us the wisdom of God and the power of God.  Feast on the GRACE of GOD: JESUS!!!  He desires you to spend time with Him.  He loves you and has more than enough GRACE for you and your family and your co-workers and everyone else.  He so loved THE WORLD!!!  He’s got more than just GRACE.  He’s got GREAT GRACE for all of us.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!