JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT RELYING COMPLETELY ON GRACE

Wherefore, having put out of the way once for all everything that would impede the free action of your mind, be calm and collected in spirit, and set your hope perfectly, wholly, and unchangeably, without doubt and despondency, upon the grace that is being brought to you upon the occasion of the revelation of Jesus Christ  I Peter 1:13 Kenneth Wuest Translation

How were you saved? By GRACE(Jesus)!!!  Why does God bless you?  Because of Grace(Jesus).  What covenant are you under as a New Testament believer, the covenant of Law or the covenant of Grace?  Grace(Jesus is the mediator of the New Covenant).  We are in the dispensation of GRACE.  We are not in the dispensation of judgement.  Regardless of what any man or woman of God says about the time we are in being a time of judgement.  It is simply not true.  Don’t take my word for it, take THE WORD for it.  I know you know John 3:16 but do you know John 3:17.

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. John 3:17 NIV

God is in the saving business, not the destruction, sending people to hell business.  As believers we must make sure that just like Jesus, Who is Grace, we are about our Father’s business.  But first we must know what Our Father’s business is.  The scripture says Jesus went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil for God the Father was with Him.  Grace is always looking to extend favor and to be favorable to people.  Grace contains loving kindness and tender mercies.  Grace always does a complete work that includes our total being and lives.

For by the grace have you been saved in time past completely(spirit, soul and body, through faith, with the result that your salvation persists through present time; and this [salvation] is not from you as a source ‘of God it is the gift, not from a source of works, in order that no one might boast  Ephesians 2:8 Kenneth Wuest Translation

Even our salvation is by the Grace of God, not by any work you can do or cannot do.  Grace is unmerited.  It is the plan of God through Christ Jesus to bring about a total and complete dependency on Him just like it was in the beginning in the Garden.  Adam and his wife before they sinned were created, provided for and cared for by God.  They lived by the grace and favor and sovereign will of God.  When the children of Israel came out of Egypt before the law or ten commandments were given, they lived under a covenant of grace.  Totally and completely provided for and protected by God the Father and His grace.  Today, we have a better covenant than they and Peter encourages us in The Word to completely and totally rely on the Grace of God that is being revealed to us through Christ Jesus.

Wherefore, having put out of the way once for all everything that would impede the free action of your mind, be calm and collected in spirit, and set your hope perfectly, wholly, and unchangeably, without doubt and despondency, upon the grace that is being brought to you upon the occasion of the revelation of Jesus Christ I Peter 1:13 Kenneth Wuest Translation

In our opening and chief text Peter encourages us with some very distinct verbs.  He tells us to put our hope perfectly, wholly, and unchangeably, without doubt and despondency upon the Grace that is being brought to you upon the occasion of the revelation of Jesus Christ.  When we try to depend on ourselves and our own efforts we get over into self-righteousness.  Depending on our own obedience instead of Jesus’s perfect obedience will bring you back under the law and therefore will bring you back under the curse of the law.  Let’s look at what Paul said.

For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law(the ten commandments and other laws in the Old Testament), you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace. Galatians 5:4 New Living Translation

You must take the finished work of Christ as complete and total and rest for the REST of your life.  This is how you enter into His Rest. By resting completely in and on His Grace.  Jesus has already done the work.  Your job is to believe what He has done and take His work as your work.  The work of the believer is just that, TO BELIEVE!!!  His Grace has done the rest.

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

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

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JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT HE THAT BELIEVETH

Therefore, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone.  It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on.  Whoever believes need never be shaken. Isaiah 28:16 New Living Translation

Imagine having a nice piece of beach front property.  You enjoy the nice sunny days and go out and enjoy the wind with your family and the sand.  But one day a fierce storm arises. The news says its disaster level storm and that you should vacate your home because the home will be wiped out.  But because you know the truth, that your home is built on a foundation that can with stand that storm and much worse you simply take refuge there and let the wind and water batter up against your firm foundation knowing that it will not bend or budge.  That type of confidence is available ONLY in the person of Jesus Christ.  This Old Testament scripture is talking about a building but it ultimately and at its core is talking about Jesus.   The part to take notice of is the part that says, “Whoever believes need never be shaken.”.  If you are a believer that is available to you and your family today and everyday through the GRACE of GOD Who is JESUS!!!

Did you know another picture of Jesus is the ark of which Noah and his family were SAVED in?  Outside of the ark, death,mayhem and destruction along with storms and torrential rain.  They may have rocked a little bit or even rolled but if they fell down due to the rocking and rolling of the ark they NEVER fell OUT of the ark they ALWAYS fell IN THE ARK.  That is a picture of you,  You are IN CHRIST!!!  Did you ever notice how many times in the New Testament the Bible says we are in Christ?  We are forever in Christ!! We are protected.  Noah and his family were protected because they believed and they kept on believing even though the rain did not show up for years.  WHOEVER BELIEVES NEED NEVER BE SHAKEN. You need never be shaken by things that happen, even if they are your own doing.  It does not matter for Christ is Our Savior, Our Redeemer, Our Deliverer, Our Protector, Our Salvation!!!!

Take a look at  Isaiah 28:16 in some other translations.

So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic. NIV

Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed.  NASB

Therefore the Lord GOD said:” Look, I have laid a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; the one who believes will be unshakable. Holman Christian Standard Bible

therefore this is what the LORD God says: “Look! I am laying a foundation stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation: Whoever believes firmly will not act hastily. International Standard Version

Therefore, this is what the sovereign master, the LORD, says: “Look, I am laying a stone in Zion, an approved stone, set in place as a precious cornerstone for the foundation. The one who maintains his faith will not panic  NET Bible

This is what the Almighty LORD says: I am going to lay a rock in Zion, a rock that has been tested, a precious cornerstone, a solid foundation. Whoever believes [in him] will not worry.

Understand and know that Jesus is a firm and unshakeable foundation.  Don’t put your faith in your faith.  Put your faith in Him  and His faith. He is the Author and Finisher of faith.  The faith you have you got from Jesus so be constantly believing in Him and you will not be shaken, moved or have need for worry.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

TRUTH 4 THOUGHT – WEEKEND EDITION-WHAT ARE YOU CONSCIOUS OF?

Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins?  Hebrews 10:2 English Standard Version

Are you conscious of the finished work of Christ?  Is it constantly on your mind, the fact that you are healed and whole and rich and prosperous?  It’s a good idea for you to really think about that.  Why?  Because whatever you are conscious of can affect your thoughts, then your actions and then your life.   Being sin conscious is dangerous.  I’m not talking about the so called big sins, sex and other things.  No I mean lack, sickness, failure and worry amongst other things.  Sin is the greek word harmartia and it simply means to miss the mark.  If a person is missing the mark in their body because of sickness that is sin and it is not the will of God the Father.  If a person does not have enough provision to live life and live it in abundance that is also sin and it is not the will of The Father.  The blood offerings of bulls and goats could never make people perfect and purge their consciousness from sin.  If it could, then the people would no longer be conscious of sin and meditate and think about it and have it continually affecting their life.  But Jesus’s Blood is very different.

Just think how much more the Blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.   Hebrews 9:14 New Living Translation

The Blood of Christ  is powerful.  Through it we have redemption through His Blood and the forgiveness of sins.  That Blood can purge our conscience to the point where we have no more consciousness of sins.  Imagine being no longer conscious of pain, or lack or debt.  You are only conscious of God’s healing power  and provision that has been provided through Christ Jesus.   When you give God’s Word and finished work more weight than the circumstances in your life, things will change because you curse those areas of your life by lightly esteeming them.  Don’t be sin conscious.  Be righteousness conscious.  When you do Jesus has promised that you will reign in life.

Al the ‘blessed’ to you!!!  Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT HIS TRUTH AND YOUR SHIELD PART 4

….his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Psalms 91:4 King James Version

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  I Corinthian 13:6 New International Version

Let’s continue with our uncovering of the truth being our shield and buckler.  In the scripture above in I Corinthians, it tells us that Love(God the Father) rejoices with the truth.  We already know that His truth is our shield and our buckler.  So Love (God the Father) rejoices in that which shields you.  That means that God the Father rejoices in that and with that which shields you.  That also means that The Father just doesn’t cover, surround, protect and defend you.  He rejoices in that which covers, surrounds, protects and defends you.  He takes great joy in protecting you.  Since the Father delights in protecting you, this should give you a greater level of confidence, peace and rest.  You can rest in His protection.  All this protection comes out of THE TRUTH.  This makes this next scripture even more impacting.

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

That word walking in the verse is the word peripateó.  It means to live, conduct your life, walk around.  This means that this is the way you live ALL THE TIME.  When you think of living in the truth, this means you walk around ‘conscious of the truth at all times’.  You walk around KNOWING that you are ALWAYS HEALED.  You walk around KNOW that you are ALWAYS PROSPEROUS regardless of what your bank account looks like.  You walk around KNOWING that nothing can happen to you just like JESUS.  The Word of God says in I John 4:17 that ‘as He is, so are we in this world.”    This truth in I John 4:17 is a shield and a buckler to us.  We are seated in Heavenly places with Christ Jesus.  When you are conscious of this all the time you began to live the same victorious life Jesus did and by His Words, His Truth you do even greater works than what Jesus did.  I didn’t say that, Jesus did.    Think about that.

All the ‘blessed’ to you.  Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT HIS TRUTH AND YOUR SHIELD PART 3

….his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.  Psalms 91:4 King James Version

Truth.  For the last two days we have been focusing on the word shield but today I want to switch up and focus on the word truth.  The word truth in Psalm 91:4 is the Hebrew word emeth and it means firmness, faithfulness and truth.  This displays to us The Father’s character of never changing,  When someone is firm and never changing and faithful, it makes them very easy to trust.  Why?  Because for the most part you know what they will and won’t do.  This same firmness of character should be evident in us as well since we are children of God.  As we realize who we are more and more in Christ this characteristic will be in ever increasing manifestation.  But getting back to truth, I want to look at the word truth in the New Testament because this speaks more closely to how we should perceive truth today and how truth is a shield and a buckler.

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  John 1;17 New International Version

So yesterday we talked about this particular verse.  We highlighted the truth that GRACE and TRUTH are One.  So this makes Grace who is Jesus, a shield and a buckler.  But let’s look at the word truth in that verse.  The word truth in that verse is the Greek word aletheia.  Aletheia means truth, but not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness.  In another definition it defines the word truth or aletheia as ‘final reality.”  This is eye opening because there are many thing that we see that exist today BUT they exist as a lie.  This means that they will be no where to be found when The Truth reigns.  Now we can say, “Yes it will be glorious in the Millenial Reign.”  That is true it will be.  But what are you going to do with the lies that exist that may be affecting your life or your family members life right now?  What lies you may ask?  Perhaps the lie of lack that maybe telling you that you only have $13.49 in the bank and that is all you HAVE.  Perhaps there has been a lingering pain or symptom in your body that is trying to get you to focus on it instead of THE TRUTH that by Jesus’s stripe YOU WERE HEALED!!!   You fill in the blank for yourself about what is going on in your life but know this: His Truth is your shield and your buckler.  Now remember the shield is a large shield that covers you entirely.  That means it covers your health, your wealth, your family, your dreams, your happiness and everything that pertains to life and godliness.  The buckler is a smaller shield that you can direct and block things that you see.

But what about the things you don’t see?  His Truth is your shield.  Remember in Genesis 15:1 what God told Abraham.

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

The word shield there is the Hebrew word magen. The root word of the word magen is the Hebrew word ganan. That word ganan means to cover, surround, defend and protect. Now that word shield or tsinnah in Psalms 91:4 means large shield. This large shield is one that covers the whole person or body. His truth is our shield that covers us, surrounds us, defends us and protects us.  So once again Poppa, God the Father can be trusted and you have to make a choice to trust and believe His Truth so that He and it can shield you.  You have to believe the truth that my God has supplied ALL your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  You have to believe that He Himself (Jesus) bore our sins in His body on the tree so that we being dead to sins can live to righteousness.  Those words He spoke to Abram belong to you because of the redemptive work of Christ.

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: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.  Galatian 3:13-14  King James Version

You are redeemed and that redemption is ETERNAL.  The Word of God says so.  That means it works and is available ALL THE TIME.  Make sure you are using it ALL THE TIME.  His Truth, His Final Reality, is your shield now and forever more.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT HIS TRUTH AND YOUR SHIELD PART 2

….his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Psalms 91:4 King James Version

Do you see Truth as a Shield?  The Word of God says it is.  You have to really take some time and think about the depth of that statement, His Truth IS your SHIELD and BUCKLER.  Although our topic is on the shield, lets talk about the buckler.  A buckler is the smaller shield you have seen warriors carry that is attached to the forearm.  So yesterday we found out that the shield is a ganan which is a large shield that cover the entire body and today we see the buckler is a smaller shield.  There is a lot of ‘shielding’ going on.  The Father wants to shield you from danger, the curse and all other ills out here that people without a covenant deal with.  In John 17 (you can take the time to read it yourself) Jesus prayed an awesome prayer to God our Father.  In it He talked about how He had kept the disciples and protected them.  What was the shield Jesus used to do this?  The Father’s Name.

Holy Father, protect them by the power of Your Name, The Name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that Name You gave me. John 17:11-12 New International Version

He said that he kept them by that Name that the Father gave HIm.  You don’t get more truthful than love.  God is Love so even Love is Truth and Truth is a shield.  So then and now Truth was always and is always a Person.

And the Word was made 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. John 1:14  King James Version

So we see here Jesus Who is said to be FULL of GRACE and TRUTH.  If you look up the word and that is between grace and truth you would see it’s in the singular tense.  That means grace and truth are one.  When you touch grace, you touch truth.  So His Truth (Jesus) is our shield and buckler.  And since GRACE and TRUTH are One that makes GRACE a shield and a buckler.  And if you think about it grace really is.  The Word says by grace we are saved through faith.  So God’s grace is shielding us from the destruction we were heading for.  God’s Grace in the form of Jesus is what  made us righteous.  That grace shields us permanently from the wrath of God, destruction, hell, the curse and all other ungodly types of situations.  So now you have another reason to be thankful for God’s grace.  Now you know that GRACE and TRUTH are synonymous and grace is a shield as truth is a shield.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT HIS TRUTH AND YOUR SHIELD PART 1

….his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.  Psalms 91:4 King James Version

There is a lot of power in the truth.  The truth is who The Holy Spirit is,… He is the Spirit of Truth.  The Holy Spirit bares witness with the truth.  He will not bare witness with a lie.  This is why it’s so important for us to KNOW, “BELIEVE” and SPEAK the truth at all times.  Psalms 91:4 says that His truth is our shield and buckler.  The word shield there is the Hebrew word tsinnah.  Tsinnah means large shield.  Now lets look at another scripture where this word shield was first used.

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

Now when you look at Psalms 91:4 and see that it says that His Truth is our shield (remember this means large shield) and our buckler.  God’s truth is His Word. It’s what He speaks and says.  This truth is our shield and buckler.  For right now I want to focus on the word shield.  We already looked at the word shield in Psalms 91:4. Let’s take a look at it in Genesis 15:1  This scripture takes place right after Abram and his 318 trained servants had just whipped a good number of kings with larger armies than what Abram had.  This proves what Elijah said about there are more that be with us than be with them.  When God is with you, you can be one and put a thousand to flight or two and put ten thousand to flight.  Abram won the battle and brought back all the people that were taken and the spoils.  He returned the spoils and people to their rightful kings and kingdoms.  But you know what, even after so great a victory its interesting to see how Abram was a lot like us.  After returning  from this great victory Abram was worried that those kings would regroup and come back after him and his family.  After all Abram was an immigrant, an alien, an outsider, kinda like you at your job.  So Poppa, God the Father being the good Daddy that he is speaks a word to Abram.

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

That scripture states “the word of the Lord came unto Abram”.  The word of the Lord here is the word logos and it means the pre-incarnate Christ.  You can recognize this as Jesus because He never changes.  How many times did Jesus say to people in the New Testament, “Fear not”?  He never changes!  He says to Abram, “Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.”  The word shield there is the Hebrew word magen.  The root word of the word magen is the Hebrew word ganan.  That word ganan means to cover, surround, defend and protect.  Now that word shield or tsinnah in Psalms 91:4 means large shield.  This large shield is one that covers the whole person or body.  His truth is our shield that covers us, surrounds us, defends us and protects us.  It is our job to ‘fear not and dwell in the secret place (Jesus) of the Most High (El Elyon) and abide under the shadow (protection) of the Almighty (El Shaddai).  This is short but powerful and I encourage you to really read and study these scriptures and stories in Genesis and Psalms yourself because it’s the Truth that YOU KNOW that makes you free,  When you know The Truth then you know His Truth is your shield and buckler.

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST THE TRUTH – ABOUT RIVERS IN THE DESERT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the blessed to you! Shalom!!!

TRUTH 4 THOUGHT – WEEKEND EDITION- SHALOM WITH GOD

Having therefore been justified by faith, peace (shalom) we are having with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also our entree we have as a permanent possession into this unmerited favor in which we have been placed permanently, and rejoice upon the basis of hope of the glory of God.  Romans 5:1 Kenneth Wuest Translation

Do you know you have been justified or made right with God the Father by faith?  Do you know what that means?  It means you have been made RIGHT with God and He ONLY sees the right you do because of the Blood of Jesus wiping out your sins.  This allows you to have complete and total confidence with The Father, knowing He does not see your sin, think about your sin or recall your sin to mind.  That takes FAITH!!! Faith on the Father’s part and faith on your part.  Why?  Because you see your sin, you are aware of it and know about it BUT, you must by faith believe that all your sins are forgiven and move forward in the righteousness that Jesus has so expensively paid for with His own Life.

Be mindful of and understand something.  Jesus not only gave His Life FOR YOU, He gave His Life TO YOU!!!   He gave you His Life and He took our punishment for all the sin we and everyone would ever commit.  Now His Life and the very Life of The Father Himself IS PERMANENTLY OURS!!!  The scripture above says since we have been justified by faith, PEACE or SHALOM we are HAVING with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  That means we are having in a constant and continuous supply WITH God completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.  Take some time to think about that this weekend and keep this in mind as well…… WHAT YOU SEE and WHAT YOU HAVE are two different things!!!

And that’s this weekend’s TRUTH 4 THOUGHT!!

All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!

JUST DA TRUTH – ABOUT THE POWER OF “TENSE”

And I walked and he who sat on the throne said to me, “Behold, I make all things new.” And he said to me, “Write: ‘These words are trustworthy and true.” 6And he said to me, “They are done. I am Alap and I am Tau, The Source and The Fulfillment.                                                              Revelation 21:5 & 6 Aramaic Bible in Plain English

Tense.  In most cases when people think of the word tense they think of being anxious and stressed.  Rarely do people consider the word tense in terms of time.  But let’s take a look at the actual meaning of the word tense.

 

tense- a set of forms taken  by a verb to indicate time (and sometimes also the continuance and completeness) of the action in relation to the time of the utterance.

I invite you to read that about 3-5 times then go back and read our opening scripture.  “Well Brother  Vincent what does this have to do with the Word of God and DA TRUTH?”  I am so glad you asked.  The answer is EVERYTHING!  One of the reasons why the Body Of Christ is still dealing with and facing so many of the same issues and challenges that the world is is because of tense.  They continue to put off and wait for things to happen or wait until we get to  Heaven for things because they do not understand tense.  Let’s look at what Jesus said in the verses preceding our opening first to get a better understanding.

And I heard a great voice from Heaven that said, “Behold, the Tabernacle of God is with the children of men, and he dwells with them and they shall be his people and the same God is with them and shall be their God.  4And he shall wipe away every tear from their eyes, and from now on there shall not be death, neither grieving, nor clamor, neither shall there be disease again, for His sake.

And I walked and he who sat on the throne said to me, “Behold, I make all things new.” And he said to me, “Write: ‘These words are trustworthy and true.” 6And he said to me, “They are done. I am Alap and I am Tau, The Source and The Fulfillment. I shall give to the thirsty one from the fountain of the water of life without charge.” 7″And he who is victorious shall inherit these things, and I shall be his God and he will be my son.” Revelation 21:3-7 Aramaic Bible in Plain English

Let’s break this apart.  Verse 3 says, “Look God’s home is NOW among His people!”  Now means now.  The next verse says He will live with them and they will be His people.  God Himself will be with them.  The Bible says Immanuel which is a Name of Jesus means, “God with us!”.  If you are born again then Jesus is in you which means God is in you and with you.  We are God’s people NOW!!!

Verse 4 says He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes and from NOW ON, there shall be no more death or shall not be death.  Let’s stop there.  Did you know that Jesus killed or destroyed death?  Jesus’s resurrection is the death of death!!!

Now, in view of the fact that we died once for all with Christ, we believe that we shall also live by means of Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised up from among those who are dead, no longer dies. Death over Him no longer exercises lordship. For the death He died, He died with respect to our sinful nature once for all. But the life He lives, He lives with respect to God  Romans 6:8-10 Kenneth Wuest Translation

Since death no longer exercises lordship over Jesus, death no longer exercises lordship over you because you belong to and are in Jesus!!!   Jesus did not just give His Life for you He gave His Life TO YOU!!!  And notice the word that begins the scripture above.  There’s the word NOW again. Death and the devil can’t just come and take you out when he wants to or your children, IF you believe the Word and take it by faith as explained in the New Testament.  Even in the Old Testament it says in Proverbs that death and life are in the power of the tongue. So people had control of death to a certain degree even back then.  BUT NOW, death over Jesus and death over you no longer exercises lordship.

Paying attention to ‘tenses’ can be the difference between victory or defeat, from going under or over or even from death or life.  Know what the Word says and know the tense being used when the Word says something to you. That tense is just as much a part of the Word as the other things being said there and in many cases is key to the receiving of a particular promise or benefit.  We will continue with this next week.

All the blessed to you! Shalom!!!