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If you just understand these four truths about the Word of God, dramatic changes will occur in your life from now on. Then you life would be like living in heaven right here on earth instead of living in hell on earth!
“The tongue can bring death or life;
those who love to talk will reap the consequences” (Proverbs 21:18 NLT).
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live” (Deuteronomy 30:19 NLT)!
“I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you” (Matthew 18:10 NLT).
“I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart” (Mark 11:23 NLT).
If heaven and earth will witness which choice you make; heaven being where the Kingdom of God is where there is grace and favor, and the earth where everything is produced based upon what you say with your mouth and believe in your heart is stored up and waiting for faith filled words to release it, what are you saying to your condition? What are you saying about the everyday challenges you face? If they be your mountains, what are you saying to you mountains? Know now that you have what you say. I tell you that if you don’t’ like what you have, you must change what you say about it. Want to learn how? Ask me.
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How would you like to be successful in everything you put your hands to? Success comes with wise council.
“And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would not prophesy good unto me, but evil” (2nd Chronicles 18:17)?
“They say to the seers, “See no more visions!” and to the prophets, “Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions” (Isaiah 30:10 NIV).
If you read the Chapter where I have given you the reference point, you would see that God had allowed a “lying spirit” to come upon the counselors of the evil king. Because the king of Israel had evil intentions and was rebellious against God, those prophets spoke seeking to be rewarded by the king without consideration of the true reward which comes from God.
Some prophets will tell you things that tickle your ears just to make you feel good especially if there be earthly rewards granted towards them as a result of their council. When you devise plans that are evil and not of the Lord and you take council with those who look for the blessings from man, your demise is imminent. Be careful that you don’t listen to just what you want to hear but inquire of the Lord and whatever He says to do, do it. Our success in life comes when we listen to the council of God and be doers of what we received from the Holy Spirit.
Your Guide: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17 NIV).
It takes a “quieting” of your spirit to be able to hear distinctly what the Holy Spirit is saying to you. When you do hear what “thus says the Lord” then you will have a knowing in your spirit, a conviction that what you were directed to do is right. And when you are obedient to do what you heard, you will have great success.
As a Financial Planner, I’ve review many Employee Benefit Packets to help my clients take advantage of the benefits they are entitled to for working for their employer. Many people don’t even look nor do they take advantage of their “benefits” with the exception of some of the basic allowances like their health benefits or the education allowance afforded to them by the employer. Some folks were sitting on a goldmine of money gifted them through stock ownership or their 401(k) plans. I’ve found money that people didn’t even know that they had because they wouldn’t take the time to analyze their Employee Benefit Package. Did you know that God has created a benefit package for all those who received salvation? Over the next series of my writings to you I will open up the mysteries of God’s “Benefit Packet” granted to you as part and parcel of your salvation. Today we will talk a little about “peace”
Jesus said: “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27 NLT).
Your enemy the devil, “prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” The Bible refers to the devil as “your great enemy, the devil” (1st Peter 5:8 NLT). How he accomplishes this feat of robbing you from the peace that God has given you is by creating fear in your hearts through your circumstances. Instead of resting in the peace of God, you look at your circumstance through the eyes fear and you take your focus off of your “peace” benefit. When this happens, your mind concocts scenarios that are fictitious and out of line with your “peace” benefit thus creating mental chaos. What you give thought to or meditate on becomes a reality in your life. Instead of dwelling on the lies of the devil, dwell on the promise of the “peace” Jesus died to give you. The Bible says “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1st Peter 5:7 NLT). When you give all of your cares and burdens to the Lord in prayer, you have to learn not to pick it up again by worrying about it. To know that God loves you is to be able to rest in the fact that He cares about you and that He will handle those concerns you bring to Him.
God is known as the “God of Peace” (Judges 6:24). In the Book of Judges, Gideon was chosen to deliver the Israelites from the hand of the Midianites. Just before Gideon went to war to deliver the Israelites, Gideon was shaking in his boots when God chose him to deliver the Israelites. Gideon looked at his ability to carry out what God has instructed him to do seeing that he was from a poor upbringing and being the weakest in his household, Gideon thought God was setting him up for death. Most of us make the same mistake. We tend to look at what we have in determining whether or not we can do what God has told us to do and thus we fear.
When God sends you to do something, it is God who will perform His word through you.
“Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it”” (Jeremiah 1:12 ESV).
God said: “Have I not sent thee” (Judges 6:14)? After Gideon’s encounter with the Lord, Gideon went on to defeat the Midianites because he did as the Lord instructed him to do. Without fail, if you follow your inward witness, the voice of the Holy Spirit, you will not fail. Many of us fail to follow our first mind. We end up second guessing and failing at each attempt. God never fails. His word will not return void. “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).
Jesus is known as the Prince of Peace. It was written about Him in Isaiah Chapter 9. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
We have been given spiritual weapons to defeat every attack of the enemy (Ephesians 6:10-18) and we have been given an example of how to do it by the Lord Jesus Himself when He was tempted 40 days by the devil in the wilderness (see Mathew Chapter 4, and in Luke Chapter 4). The example was given every time the devil said something to Jesus, Jesus spoke the Word to defeat the enemy.
”For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 NKJV).
It’s the Word of God which fights your battles. It’s your faith in God and your belief in the Power of His Word that gives you the ability to stand firm and know that the enemy will flee.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). This is a promise from God regardless of any opposition.
But we have to do our part. Most people quote this scripture: “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper” (Isaiah 54:17) but omit their responsibilities in refuting the words of the devil playing hopscotch with our thoughts. It is our responsibility to “silence every voice raised up to accuse you” in order to receive the peace promised by our Father, the God of Peace. The devil is the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10). You have to speak a scripture against anything that tries to rob you of this peace. “These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the LORD; their vindication will come from me. I, the LORD, have spoken! (Isaiah 54:17 NLT).
Therefore, “I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. (Rom 16:17-20 NIV).
There are many other scriptures proving this point. If peace is one of your challenges, write me and I’ll help you put this concern behind you. Reverend Joseph Campbell P.O. Box 34641 Phoenix, AZ 85067
The Origin of Words were originally for 1) Creation: “Then God said…and it was so” (Genesis 1:9). We are made in His image (Genesis 1:26). Therefore our words can and should be used to create the reality of what we want for our lives.
The second highest power of Words are used as 2) a seed. “The sower sows the word” (Mark 4:14). “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). You speak life or death over your situation according to the words you use during the testing of your faith (belief) concerning every area of your life.
Then finally Words are used as 3) a form of communication. I can say “go get that red bucket.” Did you see the image? We need to stop reading over the words in the Bible as if the Bible is just communicating a story and look at the words written like they are seeds creating images of hope changing any unwanted area of our lives to be conformed to what His will for us on earth is just as it is in heaven.
There is no sickness or disease, lack, hurt, depression, pain, or anything unwanted in heaven. To change your earthly reality, you have to change the way you think about you’re your situation and make your words line up with heaven’s prospective. What does God say about it? You should be saying the same thing.
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No matter how you may feel today, the all the promises of God are Yes and Amen! “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God” (2nd Corinthians 1:20 NIV). To refuse to believe that your Heavenly Father wants to and has a solution for everything you can encounter is to live in denial. It’s called SIN. The Bible says: “For whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Romans 14:23). As a part of being restored (as a joint heir to Christ) your inheritance package include all things that lead to life and godliness. “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence” (2nd Peter 1:3 NLT). Living a godly life is to spread love and to be a blessing to everyone you come into contact with no matter what their need is. One may say: “How can I be a blessing to someone else when I have needs myself?” Think of it as when you were a child at Christmas. Underneath the Christmas tree are many beautifully wrapped gifts with you name on them. One-by-one, you begin to open each of them. One of the gifts is peace (John 14:27) and another joy (Nehemiah 8:10). Suddenly you discover a package of prosperity (2nd Corinthians 8:9), then another with healing (Isaiah 53:4-5). Each of these gifts is listed in the Bible as promises. All these gifts belong to you. It’s up to you to believe that they are yours and to receive them. And they are more than enough to help others with their needs. Can you grasp this? Then, what are you waiting for? Open your gifts.
Can you imagine God opening the windows of heaven and pouring you out a blessing so much so that you will not have enough room for it? The last time God opened up the flood gates (windows) of heaven it poured water over the whole earth when Noah went into the Ark (Genesis 7:11). Now instead of imagining the Lord using water, imagine the Lord opening up the windows of heaven and pouring you out a blessing of money; health; or peace in your family life. It’s His promise to you (Malachi 3:10) to give you more than what you can ask or image (Ephesians 3:20). Today God is saying to you something that I want you to consider carefully for whatever you ask for, as long as you don’t violate His order, He will give it to you. What shall you ask for? I’ll give you a hint. When you bless others, then God will bless you more abundantly.
God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you” (1st Kings 3:5 NIV). If what you ask pleases Him, everything else that you have need of shall also be yours.
“The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life” 1st Kings 3:10-14 NIV).
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“And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for” (1st John 5:14-15 NLT).
There are two sources which are directly tied to your belief mechanism.
1) You tend to believe what you hear.
“So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ” (Romans 10:17 NLT).
Faith simply put means to believe. You can believe anything that you hear whether it be something good or something bad. Putting the Word of God in your hearing is saturating your “belief” with all that is good. Why feed your “belief” with bad news and expect something good to come out of it?
“Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given—and you will receive even more” (Mark 4:24 NLT).
2) You tend to believe what you see.
“The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe”” (John 20:25 NKJV). This passage was referring to “doubting Thomas.” Even though all the other disciples testified to seeing Jesus, he refused to believe in his spirit that Jesus had risen from the dead. He had to get confirmation from his physical senses in order to believe.
Faith requires you to believe what you can see through your inner man more so than what you can see with your physical eyes.
“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is” (Matthew 6:23-24 NLT)!
In order for you to develop you inner man, you must first learn to recognize that voice with you. When Jesus was teaching His disciples how to pray, He told them to get rid of all outside distractions.
“But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6 HCSB).
Let’s learn how to do this together. First, close your eyes. What do you see? You think you see nothing, right? Wrong. You see darkness. Within that darkness there is no time or space. That is where the dimension of the spirit exists. In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep (Genesis 1:1-2). It was within that darkness that God spoke life to all creation. God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24 NKJV). Our connection to God is by our spirits. It is here where we live, and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). Why?
“But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit” (1st Corinthian 2:9-10 NKJV). Just as He is [spirit] so are we. Our greatest communication or achievements take place when we can enter into this dimension and see with your spiritual eyes the things you want to come to pass when you open your eyes.
Let’s take this a step further. With your eyes closed you are “in the spirit.’ Naturally you can still hear the noise of traffic, children playing etc. Block that out and listen beyond what you can immediately hear. What do you hear? You think you hear nothing, right? Wrong. You hear silence. When you develop your hearing so that you can block out all noise distractions, that’s when you can hear God through your inner man. Conversely, that’s when you get results when you speak to God as well. To know God is to have confidence in Him knowing that He hears you. To be obedient to what you hear is when you really get the results of your prayers.
““But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear” (Matthew 13:16 NJKV).
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“And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp” (Numbers 11:1).
If God said: “He will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6) and
“No One will be able to stand against you all the days of your life” (Joshua 1:5) and
“I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you” (Exodus 23:22 NIV).
Then why would you complain when faced with various trials and tribulations? The scriptures clearly states: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way” (Psalms 37:23). Sorry to say that whatever you are going through, you have to go through it in order for you to get to the next level of your faith and to receive everything that you are asking God for.
When you are placed in situations that aren’t to your liking you can get so upset that you start speaking words contrary to your confessions. When this happens, know that it’s the devil stealing the Word from you. The answers to your prayers are so close that it requires the testing of your faith. Instead of complaining, you can praise God for the victory you already have and will receive. To get through your trial, keep your eyes on Him. His ways are higher than our ways. For only God knows what you have need of and how to get it to you. I believe God puts you through various situations so that you can have a testimony to share with and as an answer to someone else’s prayer.
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1ST Corinthians 15:58 NIV).
“Stand firm, and you will win life” (Luke 21:9 NIV).
No matter what you are going through, consider it a test of the Lord God and go through it cheerfully, being grateful that you were selected to endure the trial. For if you start complaining about what you are going through, you are complaining against the Lord and you WILL go through another episode until you get it right. The children of Israel went through the wilderness for forty (40) years when it only should have taken about three and a half weeks. God knows what He is doing.
“Moses also said, “You will know that it was the LORD when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the LORD” (Exodus 16:8 NIV).
Basically, then, it all boils down to trust. Do you really trust the Lord?
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV). It may not be easy to submit to a man, but know that whatever authority God has placed over you, you are not submitting to that authority as much as you are submitting your obedience to God in every situation. When it gets too hard to bear, then pray and God will hear you and make it more tolerable.
“Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands” (Deuteronomy 8:2 NIV); so it might go well with you (Deuteronomy 8:16) or to keep you from sinning (Exodus 20:20).
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