JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE “BOOTH!”

… because by a single offering He has made perfect for all time those who are sanctified.  Hebrews 10:14 Berean Study Bible

Have you ever gone to a car dealer to purchase a car?  The salesmen comes out and then you look at the car and decide which one, and then he takes you to the booth.  It could be a cubicle, or another area but for all practical purpose its a waiting area until all the paperwork and mainly the financial portion of the transaction is all clear.  Most people are buying cars or trucks on credit so they have to get a credit check to see if they qualify

If they qualify and everything checks out, they can go home with the vehicle and can keep the car as long as they make all their payments.  Miss a few payments and a certain truck pulls up to one’s residence to reclaim what was theirs the whole time. Why was it really their’s the whole time.  Because the car was not fully paid for.  Some people are fine as they wait in the booth but others are sweating hoping their credit is good enough and that this blemish or that blemish does not shut down the whole deal.  I remember one time getting a vehicle and I had it for a week and they called me back and said you need to put down more money. Thank God that Salvation and Righteousness are not like that.  JESUS PAID IT ALL and He will never repossesses YOUR salvation because He gave it to you not based on what you did or could pay, but based on what He did!!!

Why am I bringing this up?  Because I continue to hear good and well meaning preachers in most cases,  knowingly or unknowingly dupe believers and unbelievers alike into thinking and believing that they have to qualify for the blessings and benefits of the Kingdom when Jesus already paid in full for you to HAVE EVERYTHING.

What I am leaving with you is shalom — I am giving you my shalom. I don’t give the way the world gives. Don’t let yourselves be upset or frightened.  John 14;27 Complete Jewish Bible.

Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. THAT’S EVERYTHING.  Jesus just said He is leaving with you shalom. He then made it even clearer and said, “I am giving you My Shalom.”  Now look at what He says next.  “I don’t give the way the world gives.”  And finally He says as a result of that “Don’t let yourself be upset or frightened.”    When a man or woman of God tell you that you have to qualify for the blessings of God they are “putting you in the booth.”  They are telling you to look at yourself and see if you have any sin in your life because if you do your spiritual credit is not good enough to receive what Jesus bought and paid and GAVE YOU ALREADY.  I don’t care who the preacher is,  how anointed he  or she is suppose to be and how long they have been in ministry THIS IS WRONG and completely against scripture.  Check out Romans 8:32.

New Living Translation
Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?

English Standard Version
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

Berean Study Bible
He who did not spare His own Son but gave up Him for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things?

Berean Literal Bible
For He who spared not the own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, with Him, grant us all things?

New American Standard Bible
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

King James Bible
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

I see the word freely. I see the word graciously.  I see the word grant. You don’t pay back a grant you pay back a loan.  Poppa did not give us Jesus on a loan if we do good.  Jesus does not bless us based on our works or actions.  He blesses us based on His finished perfect work.

… because by a single offering He has made perfect for all time those who are sanctified. Hebrews 10:14 Berean Study Bible

You have a decision to make.  Are you going to let some preacher or person who is ignorant of how righteousness works and GRACE (God’s undeserved unmerited favor which reigns thru righteousness) put you back in the booth to qualify? Or are you going to take God’s Word that its paid for and go home with your salvation and blessings fully paid for?

We will pick this up tomorrow.  All the blessed to you!!! Shalom!

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JUST DA TRUTH -ABOUT “BEING” AN AGENT OF GOD!!!

2 Corinthians 5:19-21J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

16-21 This means that our knowledge of men can no longer be based on their outward lives (indeed, even though we knew Christ as a man we do not know him like that any longer). For if a man is in Christ he becomes a new person altogether—the past is finished and gone, everything has become fresh and new. All this is God’s doing, for he has reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ; and he has made us agents of the reconciliation. God was in Christ personally reconciling the world to himself—not counting their sins against them—and has commissioned us with the message of reconciliation. We are now Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were appealing direct to you through us. As his personal representatives we say, “Make your peace with God.” For God caused Christ, Who himself knew nothing of sin, actually to be sin for our sakes, so that in Christ we might be made good with the goodness of God.

WOW! WOW! WOW!! These verses are a message in and of themselves full and pregnant with the vibrant love, power, favor, joy and shalom peace of God the Father and Jesus!!! It tell us that are human knowledge of men can no longer be based on their outward lives, their naturalness and natural human tendencies.   If a person is a believer, they ARE a new creation, not going to be THEY ARE AT THIS PRESENT MOMENT a new creation. Their past if finished and gone, EVERYTHING has become fresh and new in quality.

You have to take a few days and chew on that because it is a spiritual steak and you cannot just put steak in your mouth and swallow it whole without chewing to digest it properly.  The next part of these verses are ones that are precious to me and should be to you and give you a sense of the fact and truth that YOU HAVE A FATHER WHO LOVES YOU!!!  Let’s look at verse 19.

2 Corinthians 5:19Amplified Bible (AMP)

19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s sins against them [but canceling them]. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation [that is, restoration to favor with God].

Do you see what that verse said? It says, THAT IT WAS POPPA GOD the whole time IN CHRIST reconciling the world to and for Himself!!!  That means that Jesus was the instrument which God the Father used but really in essence it was God Himself, Our Father Who was in Jesus reconciling the world to Himself.  The next part is key for believers today.  It says Poppa was NOT COUNTING PEOPLE’S SINS AGAINST THEM, BUT CANCELLING THEM!!! Oh  His Goodness!!!  Its not my goodness it’s HIS GOODNESS!!  God the Father today IS NOT counting people’s sins against them. Make sure you are not as well if you are a believer. “Well Brother Vincent what am I suppose to tell sinners?”  The next verse tells you your job.

And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation [that is, restoration to favor with God]. 2 Corinthians 5:19 AMP

So people have been restored to favor with God thru Jesus Christ. FAVOR not condemnation. Verse 20 goes on to say that we are NOW Christ ambassadors or agents of reconciliation and people should be able to receive from us exactly what God planned for them: FAVOR and ACCEPTANCE and ushering them into receiving Christ and being reconciled to God. Made right with God because God made Jesus Who  knew no sin, did no sin, and in Him was no sin to BE SIN FOR US. So that we might be made by faith THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS!!!

THAT,…… IS POWERFUL and it belongs to every person who will believe it and receive it.  If you are a believer you are an agent of reconciliation. If you are not yet a believer call on the name of Jesus now and become one and then be an agent and recruit other agents to join you. Amen!!! Amen!!! and Amen!!!

All the blessed to you!!! Shalom!

 

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT STAND STILL vs. SIT STILL

Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day.  Ruth 3:18 King James Version

If you are familiar with the story of Ruth and Boaz you may or may not know that Boaz is a picture of Christ Jesus our Redeemer. Boaz is a kinsman redeemer for the family of Ruth and Naomi.  After meeting Boaz and gleaning in his field and already gaining favor with him, Ruth wonders and seems to be a bit anxious about what will happen next.  But notice the wisdom of Naomi as she tells Ruth to ‘sit still’ my daughter until you know how the matter will fall.   The word matter there is the Hebrew word dabar.  The word dabar means word.  So you can say, “Sit still, until you know how the WORD will fall or lie: for the man (Boaz/Jesus) will not rest until He has finished the thing this day.  Jesus did not stop until He said, “It is finished!” on the Cross.  The interesting thing is that Naomi told Ruth to ‘sit still’ even though her and Ruth needed  this deliverance.  Under the law a similar statement was said when the children of Israel were anxious about a much needed deliverance.

But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again.  Exodus 14:13 New Living Translation

Notice in this case with Moses, Moses told the people ‘stand still’.  Would you agree that sitting is a more comfortable position than even standing? When you are seated you can rest and relax your body. You can take a complete rest. And if you are seated with Jesus you can rest even more.  Let’s look at Jesus being told to sit down by The Father.

David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared: “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.”‘  Mark 12:36 NIV

Here David foresaw God the Father telling Jesus to sit down until I put your enemies under your feet.

When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, He was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand  Mark 16:19 New Living Translation 

So Jesus is seated at the right hand of The Father.  So where are you?

For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.  Ephesians 2:6 New Living Translation

So we were raised up with Christ when He was raised and we have been seated with Him in the Heavenly realms because we are united with Him.  We are seated in the place of honor ‘with Christ’.  One of the big things to consider is that Moses told the children of Israel to “stand still and see the salvation of the Lord which He will show you today.”  They only saw the salvation.  We HAVE SALVATION, because we HAVE Jesus, Yeshua which means God saves. We also have eternal salvation that means we are forever preserved, delivered, prospered, healthy and saved.  This has all been done for us by Jesus.  He did not rest until EVERYTHING was finished.  He finished the matter.  He fulfilled the law and now we are no longer under the law but under GRACE Who is Jesus!!!!!  Whatever you are facing sit still for Jesus has already finished the matter.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – TRUSTING IN A GOD THAT TRUST YOU!!!

For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.  Genesis 18:19 King James Version

Does the title of this post ‘concern’ you?  If so ask yourself why?  The reason is because for years we have been taught to trust God but you have probably rarely if ever heard someone say that God trust you.  But He does.  Why?  Because He knows you.  He knows all the mistakes you are going to make along the way and He still chose you.  He knows how you are going to fall sometimes and fail and He still chose you.  Why?  Because He knows something.  Have you ever seen the commercial about Prego spaghetti sauce?  One of the most popular ones has someone asking whether it has fresh tomatoes and the person answers, “It’s in there!!”   Then the person ask whether the sauce contains authentic garlic and they answer “It’s in there!”.  You’re probably like what does this have to do with God.  When it comes to you God knows Prego too.  He knows that “HE’S IN THERE!!!”.  Inside of you, God the Father is in there in the person of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  HE IS IN THERE.  If you are born again HE’S IN THERE!!  And you can’t get Him out.

God the Father made man in His image.  Get a quarter and look at it.  You see that president on the face of the coin.  That image was made as a part of the coin and was stamped into it.  You can’t get it out and you can’t get it off.  You can throw it in the street, watch cars and trucks run over it for hours and go pick it up and it may be scratched up but the image is still there.  And no matter what you do to it it is still a quarter or a penny or a nickel.  It being scratched up does not change what it is.  Poppa knows that you are His and that He is yours and He trust what He put in you and on you.  The reason people don’t understand this is because of religion.  They confuse God and the devil.  The devil makes people do things.  God ask people to do things.  God did not come to Jesus and say, “Look you are going to go down and die for all people, I’m the boss around here and you do what I say!!!”  No, no, no The Father is not like that. People are and the devil is.  Jesus agreed to that assignment.  Read the Bible, The Father asked and Jesus said if you prepare me a body I will go and fulfill this mission.  The Word and the Father were and always are in perfect agreement.  Jesus always refers to The Father as sending Him on mission.  Jesus is referred as The Lamb that was slain.  A lamb goes willingly to the slaughter no resistance.  The point is that Jesus is in you and YOU, THE SPIRIT YOU ONLY DESIRES TO DO THE WILL OF YOUR FATHER.  How do I know that? Because you are the righteousness of God in Christ and look what The Word of God says about the righteous.

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

Your desire, the real you, is ONLY GOOD!!! And not only is your desire good but look what else Proverbs says about the desire of the righteous.

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

This is in line with Jesus word in Mark 11:24.

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:24 King James Version

If you know the story of Abraham you know that Abraham lied, was in fear about his wife and then tried to fulfill God’s place through the flesh.  Kinda sounds like us.  But ultimately Abraham fulfilled the plan of God and  he is the father of our faith even with all his mistakes and missteps.  Let that give you hope.  God says he KNOWS Abraham and if God knows Abraham He also knows you.  He trust what He’s put in you to get the job done.  So yes you should trust God but you should also know that God trust you.  Jesus could have anytime said, “No, I don’t want to go through with this and be crucified.”  But He said nevertheless not My will but Thy will be done.  This is the same thing you did when you gave your life to Christ.  You set in motion things that have changed your life forever and God loves you just as much as He loves Jesus so He would trust you no less than Jesus because He is depending on the Jesus in you (not the you in you) to get the job done.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT HIS SHALOM

What I am leaving with you is shalom — I am giving you My shalom. I don’t give the way the world gives. Don’t let yourselves be upset or frightened.  John 14:27 Complete Jewish Bible

If you have been with us any length of time you know about the word or at least know of the word ‘Shalom’.  It graces the end of every post and is a greeting and a goodbye of sorts.  If you have never heard of the word shalom and do not know what it means lets catch you up.  According to Strong’s Concordance 7965 Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.  Shalom means to be complete, perfect and full. In modern Hebrew the obviously related word Shelem means to pay for, and Shulam means to be fully paid.  So now you can see what a great and multi faceted word the word ‘shalom’ is.  By our opening text your can also see that you were not given just any type of shalom.  Jesus said, “I am giving you MY SHALOM!  The same completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony and absence of agitation or discord that I have and had while I was here on the Earth. Let me ask you a question.  Have you ever read anywhere in the Bible where Jesus was frantic or scared and in fear?  Have you ever seen Jesus concerned about not having enough?  No!  When there appeared to be not enough or even anything at all Jesus created it.  Guess what?  YOU CAN TOO!!!   Look at something else Jesus said when talking about shalom.

I don’t give the way the world gives.  Don’t let yourselves be upset or frightened.  John 14:27 Complete Jewish Bible

Jesus does not give the way the world gives.  How does the world give?  Miserly, or in fear.  Concerned that you don’t get more or the same as them.  Jesus is not like that.  This is why He gave you HIS SHALOM.  The same shalom He has.  He wanted you to have the same peace, the same joy, the same prosperity that He Himself enjoys and not a lesser version.  The Father’s whole goal in sending Jesus is to make you ONE with Himself and Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  He came that you might have LIFE and have it in SUPER ABUNDANCE.  So what do you have to do to obtain this life?  As with anything of God’s it takes faith which simply means believing and receiving.  Receiving is the greek words lambano and it means ‘to take’.  If someone were to say, “Hey I am giving you a $100 and then stick a hundred dollar bill in your face, what would you do?  If you have good sense you will TAKE IT and say THANK YOU!!  The same thing with the things of God.  You find out in The Word what is yours and what has already been given or offered to you and you take it.  Jesus said, “I am giving you MY SHALOM.”  Now some  people or even preachers would tell you that you have to obey all the commandments or others would say, have you been living right and do you have a sinless life in terms of ALL your actions and the answer would be no for them and no for you.  This shalom is not based on what you do or don’t do. It’s based on what HE HAS DONE!  If that were the case the disciples would not have qualified either.  They were running in fear when Jesus was taken. Fear is sin. They were arguing about who was the greatest among them. That’s pride and pride is sin.  Jesus had to rebuke them at some point. Yet this did not stop Jesus from giving them His Shalom and it won’t stop Him from giving it to you.  So don’t disqualify yourself when Jesus has qualified you.

This is the real topic today.  If you look back at that definition of Shalom from the Strong’s Concordance you will notice something at the very end.  It says,  “In modern Hebrew the obviously related word Shelem means to pay for, and Shulam means to be fully paid.”  Shalom comes from the root word shulam which means to be fully paid.   What that means is that all those things that shalom means have already been fully paid for by your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ if you are born again.  That means that completeness has been paid for.  Your prosperity had been paid for.  You cannot qualify for it because it’s a GRACE GIFT.  Grace is unearned, unmerited, undeserved favor born out of The Father’s Love for you.  Imagine walking on to the Honda car lot to buy the new 2016 Honda Pilot.  You pick out the one you want and then go to the booth for financing and the salesman says, “Oh we just need you to sign a couple of papers because someone else saw you and paid for the car for you.”  The only thing left for you to do is receive and say thank you if the person is still around.  The same thing applies to SHALOM!!  Receive all the benefits of HIS SHALOM today and everyday.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE WORD OF HIS GRACE

And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Acts 20:32 English Standard Version.

GRACE is the Person of Jesus. Grace is extremely important and it is important for you to know why it is important. When Paul was leaving the brethren at the church at Ephesus, he left them with the statement that you see in the above mentioned scripture. The word commend there can be replaced by the word commit. So Paul said, “I commit you to God and The Word of His Grace. He also pointed out two things that The Word of Grace can do.

  • Build you up.
  • Give you an inheritance among those who are sanctified.

The Law does just the opposite. It tears you down with guilt, sin and condemnation. It robs people of their inheritance because when people try to live by the law it brings them back under the curse. Romans 6:14 tells us that sin has no dominion over us because we are not under the law but under grace. Focus on God’s Grace which is and is in Christ Jesus. Don’t try to live by the law because The Word has already made a declaration about the law.

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Romans 10:4 English Standard Version.

Christ is the end of the law to everyone who believes. Believe in the Grace of God and receive what He has for you.

Have a great weekend!!!

All the Blessed to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE BLESSING OF JUDAH PART 2

Judah, my son, is a young lion
that has finished eating its prey.
Like a lion he crouches and lies down;
like a lioness—who dares to rouse him?
10The scepter will not depart from Judah,
nor the ruler’s staff from his descendants,
until the coming of the one to whom it belongs,
the one whom all nations will honor.
11He ties his foal to a grapevine,
the colt of his donkey to a choice vine.
He washes his clothes in wine,
his robes in the blood of grapes.
12His eyes are darker than wine,
and his teeth are whiter than milk.

Genesis 49:9-12 New Living Translation 

Recently we did a post on the Blessing of Judah from Deuteronomy 33:7.  If you missed it I strongly encourage you to go back and read it.  It definitely was a blessing and a revelation from the Lord and blessed many people.  You have to remember that blessings are timeless and that every blessing is ours through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  As I was studying I discovered another blessing that was given to Jacob’s son Judah before he died.  Jesus is of the tribe of Judah and as a result so are we.  If you pay close attention you can see Jesus in this particular blessing.  Let’s go through this blessing and discover all the spiritual nuggets that are in this great scripture.

The first verse says Judah my son. Jacob, Judah’s father is speaking here and issuing this blessing.  This is an allusion of God the Father and Jesus His Son.   The remaining part of the verse says Judah is a young lion that has finished eating its prey.  This refers to the finished work of Christ.  He came to Earth defeated the devil and finished His work.  After Christ finished His work He ascended then sat down at the right hand of the Father.  The next verse says, “Like a lion he crouches and lies down.  But take a look at this translation.

Judah, you are a lion cub. You have come back from the kill, my son. He lies down and rests like a lion…. Genesis 49:9 God’s Word Translation

He lies down and REST like a lion after the kill or after the defeat of his enemy.  The preceding verse states, “Like a lioness..who dares to rouse him?”  The picture there is a picture of a lioness when she is with her cubs and an intruder dares to come near.  A lioness is at their most aggressive when they are with their young.  Jesus is our protector and our defense and defender.   Verse 10 stills any doubt at all as to Who this scripture refers as it states, “The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from his descendants, until the coming of the One to whom it belongs, the One whom all nations will honor.”  This ‘One’ is none other than our Lord, the Lion of Judah Himself, JESUS!!!!   The Word declares that of His government there shall be no end.

Verse 11 speaks of the great prosperity of the tribe of Judah through the allegory of wine and vines.  A normal grape vine cannot be uses to securely tie an animal to.  Also in a normal case, a person would not tie an animal to a vine with fruit for concern that the animal would eat up all the grapes.    But in this case, there is no concern of running out or lack so he ties his foal to a grapevine and the colt of his donkey to a choice vine. If you study this out it speaks of the vine being so healthy , prosperous and thick that it produces so much wine he is able to wash his clothes and his robes in the blood of the grapes.  The wine is so abundant and free flowing it is able to be used for task that water is normally used for.  Also what do you think of when you think of robes?  Our robes of righteousness washed in the Blood.  The person in the blessing washes his robes in the blood of grapes.  The entire blessing so alludes to Christ and His grace and abundance.  The land of Judea was known for being very fertile and producing the best wine and milk.  This too alludes to our Lord Jesus and is mentioned in the book of Isaiah 55 as an invitation to the Lord’s salvation.

1“Is anyone thirsty?
Come and drink—
even if you have no money!
Come, take your choice of wine or milk—
it’s all free!
2Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength?
Why pay for food that does you no good?
Listen to me, and you will eat what is good.
You will enjoy the finest food.  Isaiah 55:1-2  New Living Translation

That is indeed abundance!!!!  The latter part of the this particular blessing of Judah speaks of abundance, luxury and only the very finest and best.  This is our Lord Jesus and this is the tribe that we are of and it is He Whose we are!!!  This is what He has provided for us.  ONLY THE BEST!!! Be sure not to settle for less.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

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!