JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT RESTING IN “REALITY” Part 1

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.  3rd John 1:4 NIV

Walking in the truth!! Four very powerful words that you need to know.  Why? Look at these words from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:32 Berean Study Bible

I need to point out something very important. Jesus did not say the truth alone will set you or make you free. He said you will KNOW the truth and the truth that you know will set you free.  Please pay close attention to this because it is foundational. It’s not the truth that you memorize or the truth that you hear, its the truth that you know.   The word know there even has connotations of intimacy like between a man and a woman.  The word know there is the Greek word ginosko.  It means:

ginóskó: to come to know, recognize, perceive

Original Word: γινώσκω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: ginóskó
Phonetic Spelling: (ghin-oce’-ko)
Short Definition: I come to know, learn, realize
Definition: I am taking in knowledge, come to know, learn; aor: I ascertained, realized.

HELPS Word-studies

1097 ginṓskō – properly, to know, especially through personal experience (first-hand acquaintance). 1097 /ginṓskō (“experientially know”) is used for example in Lk 1:34, “And Mary [a virgin] said to the angel, ‘How will this be since I do not know (1097 /ginṓskō = sexual intimacy) a man?'”

This knowing is not surfacey, or a quick glance. It involves learning experience and time. So with that established how does our title “Resting in Reality” fit in to all this.  Knowing the truth and resting in reality are all pieces that fit into this puzzle of Grace and Truth.

The word truth there is the Greek word aletheia and based on the Strong dictionary it means ….

truth, but not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness.  

225 alḗtheia (from 227 /alēthḗs, “true to fact”) – properly, truth (true to fact), reality.

[In ancient Greek culture, 225 (alḗtheia) was synonymous for “reality” as the opposite of illusion, i.e. fact.]

Jesus said in John 17 “Thy Word is Truth.”  When you are walking in the truth you are walking in  the Kingdom of God and divine reality.   In the world there is sickness, disease and lack and all types of other things that the curse thru Adam brought into this world.  It was not created with those things, those things were added after God’s creation and perverted His creation. YES! They do exist BUT they exist as lies. Why? Because they are not founded in or a part of the truth.  Therefore they are not a part of God or Kingdom reality.

If a believer ever has ‘symptoms’ of sickness all they need do it

  1. Know the truth
  2. Believe the truth
  3. Speak(or walk in) the truth

The lie and or lying symptoms will have to go because they are not truth therefore they are not reality for the believer.  For the unbeliever, yes that is there reality the curse. But Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law and as a result of his payment we get only the blessing of the law not the curse.

This applies to your health, your wealth, your children, your safety, your entire life because Jesus paid for you spirit, soul and body.  Everyday you are to ‘rest in the reality’ of the truth.  We will pick this up tomorrow. Stay with us all week.

All the blessed to you!!! Shalom!

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JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT HIS REST Part 5

Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. Hebrews 4:1 King James Version

We have learned much about His Rest all last week. It is the Father’s desire as well as my desire that you have a greater desire and inspiration to make sure you enter into this rest.  Knowing that it belongs to you is key as is knowing the truth.  Jesus said that the truth that you know is what makes you free.  Free from worry. Free from fear.  Free from anxiety.  The ability to live free all provided by this rest thru Jesus’s finished work. Lets look at another key element of rest.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.  Romans 5:1 NIV

Since we have been justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  That word peace in that scripture is the Greek word eirene.  But I want to take it a bit further because the Hebrew meaning of that word is the word shalom.  Shalom is one of my favorite multifaceted words.  Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.  As you can see rest is included in shalom along with a host of other good things.  Lets look at another scripture regarding shalom from Jesus Himself.

“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  

So here you have a scripture where Jesus Himself clearly states that He has left you shalom which includes rest.  In addition He is not just leaving you any shalom.  He has given you HIS SHALOM.  So this means that the same completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord that Jesus Himself had while He was here on Earth is what He has turned around and given to each and every believer who will know it, believe it and receive it.  This shalom enabled Jesus to remain calm while people tried to push Him off of a cliff.  The shalom enabled Jesus to sleep while a storm was going on in a boat and it was filling up with water.  This shalom enabled Jesus to take five loaves and two fish and feed an entire group of people with 5000 men not counting women and children.

My point is that rest is powerful and it enables you to carry out The Father’s plan for you allowing you to walk and enjoy His finished work while you are resting.  Take sometime this week and think about that and become fully persuaded to live a life in His Rest.

All the blessed to you!!! Shalom!

TRUTH 4 THOUGHT WEEKEND EDITION-WALKING IN THE TRUTH

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.  3rd John 1:4 NIV

I really enjoy reading all the various books of the Apostle John. There’s something different and very personal about them, very telling about the books.  Here in the scripture above John is writing a letter to some of the people that he had taught previously The Gospel  so that they could teach others and he was commending them about what he had heard about them and the people they were now discipling.  He makes a powerful statement that he has no greater joy than to hear that his children are walking in THE TRUTH.   The truth. That is what this site is about: THE TRUTH.  But what does it mean to walk in THE TRUTH. Let’s define that word truth there in that scripture.  The word truth there is the Greek word aleatheia and based on the Strong dictionary it means ….

truth, but not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness.  

225 alḗtheia (from 227 /alēthḗs, “true to fact”) – properly, truth (true to fact), reality.

[In ancient Greek culture, 225 (alḗtheia) was synonymous for “reality” as the opposite of illusion, i.e. fact.]

I want you to pay close attention to how many times the word reality is used in the definition. In another dictionary the word aletheia is defined as final reality.  If there is a final reality then there must also be a passing reality.  This earth and the heavens we see above is in a passing or temporary state.  Based on The Word of God Who is Jesus you could say it has passed.  Why? Because God the Father said it would.  And anything Poppa  says you can consider it as good and as FINAL as done.  Look at what the book of Revelation chapter 1 says.

And I saw new Heavens and a new Earth, for the former Heavens and the former Earth had departed, and the Sea was no more.  Revelation 21:1 Aramaic Bible in Plain English.

That chapter goes on to talk about the former things passing away, like pain and death and sorrow and crying. It says they shall be no more. Then it goes on to say that those words are FAITHFUL and TRUE.  Then finally in verse 6 if there was anything left unclear it says, “THEY ARE DONE!!”.  Now if you know anything about faith, faith is ALWAYS NOW.  That means that whatever is said is done NOW.  And Jesus made it very clear by saying THEY ARE DONE. Now you may say, “But I don’t see it done.”  We walk by faith, not by sight and if you walk by faith you will see it because BELIEVING IS SEEING!!!

So to wrap up walking in THE TRUTH means to walk by faith. To walk according to what The Word says in every area of your life for every area of your life. This mean that you are not afraid of death in any way, shape or form because Jesus has conquered death to the point where it is no more.  Look at what Jesus told the disciples (and you) to do.

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.  Matthew 10:8  NIV

Now if Jesus told you to raise the dead, then you must have power and authority over death and sickness and disease.  They look like they are so powerful, so overriding and just taking people out including some believers but that is not truth.  THE TRUTH is death is no more. Death has been conquered and its only functioning and operating under and by the reputation it HAD before Jesus was born, died and was resurrected.  Jesus finished work has conquered death, hell, the grave, sickness, disease, lack, poverty and any other LIE  or passing reality that manifested itself after Adam sinned.  Do yourself a favor and give glory to God.  Walk in THE TRUTH!!! Your life will change for the good and you will see the glory of God’s final reality manifest in your’s and your families life forever.

All the blessed to you! Shalom!!!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT HIS REST Part 4

Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. Hebrews 4:1 King James Version

All week we have been talking about His Rest and the finished work of our Father and The Lord Jesus Christ.  It has been great and eye-opening.  I have checked myself in certain areas and realized areas where I was not resting.  Do you know you can rest in one area and not rest in another?  Lets say in the area of finances.  You may be fine, plenty in the bank account, retirement account etc., but what about that a persistent small pain that tries to nag at your body continually?  Are you just putting up with that?  Are you thinking thoughts like, “It’s not that bad!”  My friend Jesus died for you to be completely free in your finances and your health and every other area.  Don’t make a mistake and settle for anything less than ALL that Poppa has provided thru Christ Jesus.  Also even though you may be good in your finances do a check and make sure your confidence is not in money or what you have. It is good and great and right to have savings and emergency and retirement accounts but your trust must be in JESUS.  Lets take a look at The Father speaking about rest in another chapter.

God has told his people, “Here is a place of rest; let the weary rest here. This is a place of quiet rest.” But they would not listen. Isaiah 11:28 New Living Translation

You would think if God told someone to rest and showed them the place to rest that they would say,”Cool Lord, I am going to rest.”  But humans and the human mind does not work that way.  It wants to do something and if you examine the core of the issue many times its so the person can say, “I did this!”  That is self-righteousness.  When a person thinks Poppa blesses them because they went to church or served at church or they were nice to someone this knocks Jesus finished work to second class and The Lord is not going to allow that.  Not because He’s a glory hog but because He knows its dangerous.  That self-righteousness will turn into pride and pride goes before the fall.

The beginning of Hebrews four verse three says something very important.

For only we who believe can enter His rest. Hebrews 4:3 New Living Translation

Trusting in our own works is not believing.  It is self-righteousness.  Your righteousness and dependence on what you can do is limited.  You can only go so far and do so much.  But Jesus’s righteousness can and has covered all. It is the righteousness  of God in Christ.  God does not give us any faith He gives us His faith.  God does not give us any righteousness He gives us His righteousness.  When you depend on His Word and His righteousness you can rest.

All the blessed to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT HIS REST Part 3

Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. Hebrews 4:1 King James Version

Rest is great.  His rest is greater.  God the Father wants us to enter into His Rest.  The best way to enter into this rest is to know that just as He rested from all His works, you can now rest from works as well because of the Grace Who is ours in the Person of Jesus. When Jesus was on the Cross and He cried, “It is finished!”, he meant it.  The days of trying to please God by doing this and doing that and not doing this and not touching that are over.  If you think that your works are going to get you points with God you are not in rest you are in works.  Your own works.  Rest means accepting totally and completely what Jesus did for you.  Lets pick up where we left off yesterday.

1So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. 2O the seventh day God had finished His work of creation, so He rested from all His work. 3And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when He rested from all His work of creation. Genesis 2:1-3 New Living Translation

We see here that on the seventh day God the Father rested from all His work. If you are familiar with the Bible you will probably be familiar with this scripture.

But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 2 Peter 3:8 New Living Translation

When we understand this verse, it provides even greater revelation of how and why we are to enter into His Rest.  It has been approximately over six thousand years since Adam.  We are right at the cusp in the natural ‘time wise’ where we are butting right up against the seven thousandth year.  So if a day with the Lord is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day, you can see that God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy because it was the day when He rested from all His work.  So based on our main text scripture, God is telling us to enter to His Rest now and to fear not doing so.  Why?  Because for the believer this is the seventh day.  But Jesus is not back yet?  How do we do this?  You do it by faith!!  You mix what the Father said with faith and say, “Father I enter into your Rest right here and right now!!!.”  I am there!! I am at rest.  The just shall live by faith not time!!!  Don’t ever forget that!!!  God the Father and Jesus are not bound by time and so neither are you.  When you come to Jesus by accepting Him as Lord and Saviour He has said He will give you rest.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 New Living Translation

Is Jesus going to give you a different rest than The Father already said He would give.  Of course not.  Jesus is the way into His Rest.  If you study it out the true meaning of what Jesus said is, ‘If you come to me, I will rest you!.”  God is not bound by time.  He does not have to wait until a certain time of day or month or year comes.  He lives in eternity!  He is in 1800.  He is in 2016 and He is in 2026, or 2036 or 2300 RIGHT NOW.  On the Jewish calendar right now we are in the year 5776? Interesting isn’t it?   When you know that you are a son of God with full rights and benefits to Iive and function with the same power and authority as Jesus, you can live in the six thousandth year as if it was the seventh thousandth year and rest.  Why?  Because you have permission to do so from The Word and from God the Father Himself.  He is the One Who told you to do it and that is why you can do it.  Don’t doubt like the children of Israel when leaving Egypt for Canaan.  God brought them out and made them rich over night.  Yet you have so many preachers teaching people, “Its not going to happen overnight.”  It did for the children of Israel!!!  And we have a better covenant.  Again God is not bound by time, He overrides time.  Jesus did this constantly while He was here on Earth reducing 30 years of natural time into a moment to make the best wine for the wedding in John chapter 2.  He also healed Peter’s mother in law and reduced hours or days or weeks of recovery time into a moment where she is instantly healed and gets up and begins to serve guest.    Jesus promised if we BELIEVE on and in Him, that GREATER WORKS than these will we do because He goes to the Father.

That’s a lot to chew on, so we will end there.  Stay with us all week and take your stand and enter into His Rest today.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT HIS REST – Part 2

Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. Hebrews 4:1 King James Version

Yesterday we started our post about His Rest.  We found out somethings about rest and finished works.  I believe by the Word of God that one of the main keys to His Rest is believing that all the work is finished.  Lets look at this scripture once more.

We know it is ready because of the place in the Scriptures where it mentions the seventh day: “On the seventh day God rested from all His work.” Hebrews 4:4 New Living Translation

Let’s take a look also at the original text in Genesis chapter 2.

1So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. 2On the seventh day God had finished His work of creation, so He rested from all His work. 3And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when He rested from all His work of creation. Genesis 2:1-3 New Living Translation

There are some distinct things that we need to look at and break apart in this verse of scripture.  Verse 1 says that the creation of the heavens and earth and everything in them WAS COMPLETED.  This means the satellites that were to come later on and hang in the heavens were at that time completed.  The cars, and planes that man would once day produce from THE SOURCE material and WISDOM that God provided were completed.  God foresaw all these things and He is the One that gave man the wisdom and ability to produce them.  Notice I did not say create.  Man is a producer not a creator. He has creative ability just like God His Father, but only thru what God the Creator has already provided him.  A producer in a film takes a screenplay and them produces a film.   God is the Creator.  He had already written the screenplay and man took it and in some cases tried to do a few rewrites but regardless of man or the devil everything, all things work together for good for us as believers.  The scriptures are the screenplay.  There is nothing that has taken place on Earth that our Father did not know about.  Poppa is the Creator. Man is the Producer.

All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:3  KJV

The word all in the Bible is a very interesting word and you should know what it means exactly in Hebrew.  All is the Hebrew word kol.  It means, all or the whole.  So when God says He finished His work and rested from all His work that means He rested from the whole thing.  You look later and you see that Jesus says something similar.

I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest Me to do. John 17:4 King James Version

Did you notice how Genesis says God rested from ‘His work”?  The work of creation was specific to God the Father.  The work of redemption was specific to God the Son. God finished His work and Jesus finished His work.  And today we have God the Holy Spirit manifesting the finished work of The Father and Jesus thru us but it is ultimately The Father’s finished work. This is not to say that all of them were not involved in creation and redemption because they all were.  Jesus as The Word was deeply involved in creation as was the Spirit Who was hovering over the face of the deep.  It simply shows there was a specificity for Each.  Stay tuned tomorrow for more.

All the blessed to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT HIS REST- Part 1

Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. Hebrews 4:1 King James Version

Isn’t it amazing how many times that God the Father and Jesus tell us in the Old and New Testament to “FEAR NOT!?”  It makes you wonder then why The Holy Ghost would then in this one scripture tell us ‘to fear’.  This must be a BIG DEAL!  So this scripture tells us to fear least a promise being left us of entering into His Rest, we should seem to come short.  This rest, or His Rest must be a really BIG DEAL.  I know I said that twice but I want it to sink in.  Why does Poppa want us to rest?  Because that is what He is doing.  He wants us to do what He Himself is doing and allow the Holy Spirit to do what needs to be done thru us.

4We know it is ready because of the place in the Scriptures where it mentions the seventh day: “On the seventh day God rested from all his work.” Hebrews 4:4 New Living Translation

So God the Father is resting and He has also told Jesus to have a seat with Him as well.

The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? Matthew 22:44 King James Version

Since Jesus has done the work for us our only job is to believe.  When we allow His finished work to rule our lives we can then rest.  Jesus described the only work God the Father desires from us.

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

When we believe the finished work of Christ, that we are righteous by His works and not our own performance, this causes us to walk in the work that the Father already prepared for us to do instead of trying to come up with our own plan. Now The Father is doing the work thru you.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10  NIV

So we find out that rest is not inactivity but already prepared, Spirit – led activity.  Since the works are finished its almost like sticking a DVD into the player and pressing play.  You don’t have to go and make the movie to watch the movie you just rest and enjoy it.  This is what you do with The Lord.  You rest and trust Him to lead and guide you into the peace, grace and shalom He has already prepared and given you.   Stay with us all this week as we find out more about His Rest.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

TRUTH 4 THOUGHT-WEEKEND EDITION- OVERCOMING THE WORLD!!!

…because everything that has been born of God is constantly coming off victorious over the world. And this is the victory that has come off victorious over the world, our faith. I John 5:4 Kenneth Wuest Translaton

With all the things going on in the world, talk of nuclear war, and threats and divisiveness, shooting, people are naturally concerned about their safety and well being.  Many believers are concerned as well and to a certain degree we all should be but not to the point of fear and worry. Why? Because we are in the world but not of the world. Our health and well being does not depend does not depend on the resources of this world. Now if as a believer you have no knowledge of this or simply don’t believe that that is true, you may have reason for concern, but allow me to dispel any doubt you may have. The Word of God says in the book of Hosea, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.” Lack in any form is sin and Romans 6:14 declares that, “Sin shall not have dominion over you for you are not under the law but under GRACE (Who is Jesus).”

Our topic text says: …because everything that has been born of God is constantly coming off victorious over the world. And this is the victory that has come off victorious over the world, our faith. I John 5:4 Kenneth Wuest Translaton

If you are born again, you are born of God!!! If you are born of God YOU ARE CONSTANTLY COMING OFF VICTORIOUS OVER THE WORLD. “Well, Brother Vincent, my life sure does not look like I am coming off victorious over the world.” I understand but this is where you have to make a decision. Are you going to believe your circumstances or The Word of The Father. The issue may be, “Do you believe The Word?” You may be what Brother Copeland calls mentally assenting to The Word or agreeing with your mouth but not really believe it in your heart where it matters. Do a test, check your mouth and thoughts. What have you been thinking and saying about circumstances that don’t line up and agree with The Word? Look at this verse.
Who is he who is constantly coming off victorious over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? I John 5:5 Kenneth Wuest Translation

You will probably say, “I believe Jesus is the Son of God!!” Okay great!! Do you believe that Jesus has conquered the world? He told you He did.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

If your were a growing fetus inside your mothers womb still and your Mom was eating Wendy’s that day for dinner, guess what you would be having for dinner? WENDY’S. Why? Because you are in your Mom and whatever your Mom is getting or ingesting is what will be passed to you. If you are a believer YOU ARE IN CHRIST!! Since you are in Christ ALL that CHRIST IS AND HAS AND HAS DONE IS YOURS!!! His overcoming the world is your overcoming the world. His victory over the world is your victory over the world. Believe that and you will walk in victory in every area of your life. God the Father has given you the victory thru your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!! Receive it!! Take it!!!

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 15:57

Exercise your God given rights based on The Word knowing that you have the victory and your house will be just fine!! Shalom!!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!!

JUST DA TRUTH-ABOUT GLORY

And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  John 17:22 King James Version

Have you ever heard a preacher or minister say that, “God gets ALL the GLORY.” Perhaps it was said using scriptures like, “God will not give His Glory to another.”  I am sure you have. These well meaning (in most cases) ministers unfortunately have taken an Old Testament scripture or law and applied it to themselves and you causing you to deny what Jesus Himself said He has given to you.There is a big difference between Old Testament believers and New Testament believers in terms of rights and privileges.  This denial of rights, benefits and inheritance happens in churches all over the world to thousands if not millions of believers.  How does this happen?  By allowing someone other than Jesus to tell you what He is saying to you and has given to you.  As much as I hate to say it in some cases it is a deliberate act in an effort to keep church members in check and from becoming prideful.  But this is not what The Father or Jesus planned for you.   The Word of God tells us what to do to prevent things like this from happening.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  2 Timothy 2;15 King James Version

Notice The Word says “Study to shew yourself approved..”  It did not say let the preacher do your studying for you.  Guess what, preachers are also human beings. They make mistakes.  And when it comes to your life and your family, you do not desire and God does not desire for you to live in years of error because of wrong  doctrine or a misstep by a well intending man or woman of God or the enemy.  I am going to let you in on a secret you may or may not know.  Your Pastor was never designed or intended to be your primary source of receiving and being taught the Word.  No God loves you far too much for that.  That’s why He gave you the Holy Spirit.

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I (JESUS) said to you.” John 14:26  New American Standard Bible

“But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true–it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ”.  I John 2:27 New Living Translation

This by no means is to say we don’t need preachers.  The Word says, “How can they hear without a preacher?”  But The Word  makes it clear that The Holy Spirit is your primary Teacher through and by The Word and what He says is ALWAYS TRUE and IT IS NOT A LIE or  mistake or error.  The Word also instructs us that what He teaches us we are to abide or remain in that Truth with Christ.  Now just so you don’t think I have gotten off my topic of glory, lets look at something.  If God our Father says, “Here I want you to have this and then a man or woman or a preacher says, “No, that is only for God.” Wouldn’t you agree that someone is wrong? Both can’t be right.  And I am here to tell you the wrong party is not God the Father.   By denying the Glory that Jesus died and prayed to the Father to give us, this is part of the reason we do not see a lot of manifestations of the Glory especially here in the U.S.

Imagine having Jesus say, “Here is My Glory, the very same Glory the Father gave to Me, I want you to have it because without it you wont be able to be JUST LIKE ME.  Then the person to whom He offers it to says, “Oh no Lord, thats all for You. I don’t want any of that, thats all Yours Jesus.”  Lets look at the scripture again.  What is the reason Jesus says He is giving us the same glory the Father has given to Him?

“And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:” John 17:22 King James Version

Let’s say I am a billionaire and I have one billion dollars cash and I came to you and said “You know what? I want you to have everything I have, I want us to be ONE”  The only way for us to really be ONE is for me to give you $500 million dollars.  Now I have $500 million and you have $500 million.  I don’t have more than you have, we have the same.  This is what The Father sent Jesus to die for to give us equal standing as a son or daughter of God, not a lesser standing than Jesus but THE SAME!.  God the Father and God the Son and The Holy Spirit are all ONE. Jesus even goes further about the glory and the Oneness.

I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.  John 17:23 King James Version

If God does not love you any less than Jesus then why would He give you less than Jesus?  Simple answer is: HE WOULD NOT and HE DID NOT!!!  He loves you the same as Jesus and has made you joint heir. Joint means that you divide the inheritance equally, you both get the same things and same amount. And since your eternal inheritance is yours through the finished work of Christ that means that inheritance is yours RIGHT NOW!!!  A person does not get an inheritance until the person they get it from or through dies.  Jesus has already died(and has been resurrected), so there is no waiting until you get to Glory or Heaven.  The inheritance is yours right here and right now.   So since glory means kavod in Hebrew in the Old Testament which is  weight or to be weighty and doxa in the New Testament which in Greek means honor, renown; glory, an especially divine quality, the unspoken manifestation of God, splendor, you must know you have weight with God and He has crowned you right now with glory, honor and splendor.  So don’t refuse what God through Jesus has freely offered you.  Say, “Lord I receive the glory that you have given me!”,  and watch manifestations of glory begin to become a regular occurrence in your life and family as you do this in faith and trust.  Miracles are a manifestation of God’s glory.  You are a miracle!!!!  Know it and TAKE IT!!!!  The word receive in the Greek is the word lambano.  It means to take.

All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT KNOWING “THE LORD DELIGHTS IN YOU!!!” Part 2

If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.  Numbers 14:8 KJV

Yesterday, we talked about  delighting in the Lord but today we are going to focus on The Lord delighting in us. These words were spoken in the Old Testament by Joshua and Caleb and they rendered extra ordinary rewards and praise to them by God the Father Himself.   Now just like the Psalms 37:4 this verse seems also conditional because of the ‘if’.  But if you look deeper you will see that word ‘if’ there actually means ‘since’. It is the Hebrew word ‘im’.  If you know the story of the children of Israel and their deliverance you know that God delighted them.   The word delight in Numbers 14:8  is a different word from the word delight in Psalms 37:4.

The word delight in Psalms 37:4  is the Hebrew word anag.   It means:

#6026 עָנַג `anag {aw-nag'}

 a primitive root; TWOT - 1648; v

—Hebrew Word Study (Transliteration-Pronunciation Etymology & Grammar)

 1) to be soft, be delicate, be dainty
    1a) (Pual) to be delicate
    1b) (Hithpael)
        1b1) to be of dainty habit, be pampered
        1b2) to be happy about, take exquisite delight
        1b3) to make merry over, make sport of

The word delight in Numbers 14:8 is the Hebrew word chaphets. It means:

#2654 חָפֵץ chaphets {khaw-fates'}

 a primitive root; TWOT - 712,713; v

—Hebrew Word Study (Transliteration-Pronunciation Etymology & Grammar)

 1) to delight in, take pleasure in, desire, be pleased with
    1a) (Qal)
        1a1) of men
             1a1a) to take pleasure in, delight in
             1a1b) to delight, desire, be pleased to do
        1a2) of God
             1a2a) to delight in, have pleasure in
             1a2b) to be pleased to do
 2) to move, bend down
    2a) (Qal) to bend down

—Brown-Driver-Briggs (Old Testament Hebrew-English Lexicon)

A primitive root; properly to incline to; by implication (literally but rarely) to bend; figuratively to be pleasedwith, desire:— X any at all, (have, take) delight, desire, favour, like, move, be (well) pleased, have pleasure, will, would.

 

Do you know what other word means to have pleasure and to delight in?  Look at the similarities of this definiton.

#5485 χάρις charis {khar'-ece}

 from G5463; TDNT - 9:372,1298; n f

—Greek Word Study (Transliteration-Pronunciation Etymology & Grammar)

 1) grace
    1a) that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm,
        loveliness: grace of speech
 2) good will, loving-kindness, favour
    2a) of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy
        influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens,
        increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and
        kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues
 3) what is due to grace
    3a) the spiritual condition of one governed by the power of
        divine grace
    3b) the token or proof of grace, benefit
        3b1) a gift of grace
        3b2) benefit, bounty
 4) thanks, (for benefits, services, favours), recompense, reward

The English word for charis is GRACE!!!!

Today, God the Father delights in US because of JESUS. We are in The Beloved (Jesus).  When God the Father said Caleb had a ‘different spirit’ with Him I believe that Spirit was definitely faith but mainly the spirit of GRACE. You can tell by what Caleb said and out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  Caleb was focused on the fact that The Lord delighted in them.  He knew this because of all the Lord had done for them already.  Delivering them from Egypt, opening the Red Sea, providing food for them in the desert and water from a rock.  The Word says in Ephesians 2:8 “By GRACE you have been saved thru FAITH and that now of yourselves, it is the gift of God!  Jesus is THE GIFT FROM GOD THE FATHER TO US!!!

With that I will say this, don’t focus on delighting yourself in the Lord more than you focus and know that The Lord delights in you. If you know The Lord delights in you you will be well on your way to delighting yourself in the Lord.  FOCUS on the truth that THE LORD DELIGHTS IN YOU!!! Amen!!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you! Shalom!!!