Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"Feelings Aren't Always True"

"Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father."10:29

Do you ever feel like God doesn't care about you?  Do you ever feel like He has forgotten you?  Do you ever wonder where He is in your life?  Do you ever feel like He has abandoned you?  Do you ever feel like He doesn't love you?

Our feelings are powerful.  But feelings can be fickle.  Feelings can lie to you.  Your own feelings can deceive you.  Our feelings may be real, but they are not always reality.  They are not always true or truth. 

If you are feeling like that person above-- that God doesn't care about you, or love you, or has forgotten you-- your feelings are lying to you.  They are misleading you.  He does care about you.  He says He does, and His Word always "trumps" your feelings. 

In the verse above we see just how much He does care.  It says that He notices even when one sparrow, who was only valued at a farthing, falls to the ground.  I looked it up and a farthing was a 1/4 of a penny.  That means it takes four farthings to make one penny.  That is not very valuable.  But, nevertheless, the Lord has His eye on that sparrow.  He has His eye on you because to Him you are more valuable than a sparrow.  That sparrow cost 1/4 of a cent.  You cost the precious, priceless blood of His Only Begotten Son Jesus. 

Don't let your feelings convince you of something that is not real.  God does love you and care about you.  Listen to what He is telling you, not what your feelings are saying.

Have a great day.  Your feelings will tell you one thing, but believe what God is telling you instead.   

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"The Burning Word"

"And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?"  Luke 24:17,32

After the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, two of the disciples were walking on the road to Emmaus.  They were talking among themselves about what had happened over the last few days.  Their hearts were sad, bewildered, confused, ill at ease, concerned, wondering, doubting, fearful and trying to sort it all out.  Then Jesus comes and joins them.  They didn't know it was Him at first. 

They shared with Him the events of the last few days.  Then He begin to expound the scriptures to them.  They invited Him home with them and there they ate bread together.  After Jesus revealed Himself to them, He vanished.  Both of these men acknowledged that their "hearts burned within them" as He spoke and opened up the scriptures to them.

My point this morning is this-- when we are feeling the same way these men felt, the scriptures have the power to lift us up, comfort us, give us peace, courage, strength and help us get refocused on truth.  

We spend so much time running here and there looking for our answers when it is found in God's Word.  Or we spend our time doing nothing but "wallowing" in our situation when there is an answer that awaits us in God's Word. 

After hearing the Word/scriptures these men were changed.  Their hearts were strengthened.  Hope began to burn within them.  Peace begin to burn within them.  Comfort begin to burn within them.  The Word began to burn out the fear, confusion and hopelessness that had come into their hearts.  The Word had changed them.  The Word had lifted them up and gave them answers that made sense of all they had witnessed and experienced.  The Word of God will do the same for you.

Have a great day.  The Word of God will give us all we need, and answer every question we have, and change us with renewed hope.     

For further reading:  Luke 24 

Monday, May 22, 2017

"Bullying Defined"

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."  Ephesians 6:12

Bullying has become a main topic over the last few years, although it has been around since the beginning of time.  I want to bring some insight and exposure this morning to what bullying truly is.

Bullying is an avenue through which to intimidate someone else.  The dictionary defines intimidate as:  frighten or overawe (someone), especially in order to make them do what one wants.  When you intimidate someone through bullying, or any other form, it is a form of manipulation.  The dictionary defines manipulate as:  control or influence (a person or situation) cleverly, unfairly, or unscrupulously.

The root of bullying is evil.  It is manipulation.  Manipulation is a form of witchcraft.  It is deceptive.  It uses "emotional power" over another in order to gain power and control over them.  

Bullying is not the only form that intimidation and manipulation come in, there are others.  But if you are being bullied.  If you are being intimidated.  If you are being coerced into doing something against your will, then someone else is trying to control you.  They are trying to impose their own selfish will and desire on you.  Don't let them.  That is how the devil operates and he is using them-- we don't wrestle against flesh and blood-- to try to steal, kill and destroy you.

Bullying, intimidation, manipulation, witchcraft is a strong and powerful tool that the devil uses.  But it is not stronger than the saving power of Jesus Christ.  He destroyed the works of the devil at the cross.  You don't have to yield to that "bullying".  You don't have to become its "slave".  You don't have to fall "prey".  You, through the power of Christ, can overcome.  If you are a born-again child of God, greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.  You have been given power and authority over all the powers of the enemy.  Fear is the "big guns" that the enemy uses in bullying (intimidation and manipulation).  You don't have to fear.  God has not given you a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

So stand fast in the freedom you have in Christ Jesus.  Don't give in to the bullying, intimidation and manipulation.  Hold fast to the Lord and His promises.  Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.  And remember that Jesus already defeated the enemy on your behalf.

Have a great day.  Bullying is evil.  It is manipulation, which is a form of witchcraft.  You have power over this evil through Jesus Christ and don't have to become its victim. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

"Speaking"

"For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith."  Mark 11:23

The Kingdom of God is a kingdom of "speaking".  In the beginning the Father spoke everything into existence.  "Let there be".  He calls those things that are not as through they are-- through speakingHe uses speaking as an instrument to save the lost.  "How will they hear without a preacher?".  When Jesus was on earth, He taught us, through His own example, how to apply kingdom principles on earth.  One of the things He taught us was how to "speak".  He taught us how to "speak" to circumstances, situations, problems, spiritual  principalities, powers of darkness, temptations and spirits that we encounter. 

Jesus spoke in authority to demons to come out of people.  He spoke to a fig tree to whither and die.  He spoke to a raging sea to be calm and still.  He spoke to the devil's temptations in the wilderness.  He spoke to sickness and disease commanding them to leave peoples' bodies.  If He, by example, taught us to do so, then we should be following His example.  We should be doing some speaking as well. 

When a mountain comes in your life, you can't be quiet.  When a fire rages around you, you can't be quiet.  When the storm is beating upon you, you can't be quiet.  You have to open your mouth and speak to it.  You can't be lazy and passive, you have to speak God's Word and authority over it.  If you don't, the mountain will not be removed.  If you don't, the fire will rage on.  If you don't, the storm will not stop.  You need to be speaking God's Word over your circumstances; over your sickness; over your wayward children; over temptations and besetting sin; over demons that are tormenting you; over fear that has come; over destruction that is knocking at your door; over broken relationships; over bondage and over everything else the enemy of your soul is throwing at you. 

When Jesus was getting ready to go to the cross, Peter was being influenced by the devil to try to stop Jesus.  Jesus had to speak to the devil's words-- "Get thee behind Me, satan".  You and I are to learn from what Jesus did so that we will know how to combat satan when he comes with his manipulations, schemes, devices, accusations, temptations and threats.  We have to speak to him/it.  The Word of God is a quick, sharp, two-edged sword.  It is our sword of the Spirit-- the Word of God-- that we overcome by.  "They overcame by the blood of the Lamb, and the Word of their testimony."

Have a great day.  The Kingdom of God is a "speaking" kingdom.  We overcome through speaking.  

Scripture references: 
Romans 4:17; 10:14
Matthew 16:23
Hebrews 4:12
Ephesians 6:17
Revelation 12:11
Genesis 1:3

Thursday, May 18, 2017

"Shush Them"

"And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up."  Mark 4:4

Over the last several weeks I have been having a "revival" of the word of God in my spirit concerning healing.  I have been sharing, teaching and admonishing others in the fact that we have a covenant of healing, a promise of healing, healing is the children's bread and how to receive the healing that has been provided for us through the cross.  Well, for the last week my body has been attacked in three different physical areas.  I want to encourage you this morning that when you start standing on the promises of God (whichever area it may be in), when you start stretching your faith in that area, and especially when you are encouraging others to do the same, you will get tried and tested in it.... so don't think that it is odd.

What is happening is the "fowls of the air" are trying to steal that word from you before it has a chance to produce or activate faith in you.  If they can "snatch it" away before it takes "root", you will not believe for it, receive it or progress any further in your faith in that area.  They come to stop you!  And they try to stop you in the area you are getting "stronger" and more determined to receive in. 

So what do we do?  When birds (in the natural) come to eat up the fruit on your fruit trees, when they come to devour your garden, what do you do?  You "shush" them away.  You don't let them stay.  You wave your hands, or something else, at them to make them leave.  We have to "shush" the fowls away also.  The word shush means:  to tell or signal (someone) to be silent.  So, you tell the "fowls" to be "silent" through the Word of God.  You keep strowing the seed of the Word. You keep saying the Word.  You take your authority in Jesus Name to make them be still and flee.  You do this by submitting yourself to God, resist the devil and he will flee.  You do the same thing that Jesus did to the storm-- you command it to be still.  Above all things you don't quit standing on the Word.  You don't give up.  You don't be silent.  You keep sowing no matter what it looks or feels like, no matter how many fowls are coming to devour, even if it looks like it is falling by the way side, keep on casting seeds-- some will eventually take root if the fowls aren't there to devour them.  And they won't be if you will keep "shushing" them away.

Have a great day.  Shush and command those fowls to leave.