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Posted 27 September 2015 - 09:54 PM

Reign in life!

We all want to reign in THIS LIFE, but we sometimes struggle because we don’t fully understand God’s word.  I heard a sermon by Joseph Prince the other day that helped me to fully understand how God wants me to reign in this life now.  Not when I go to heaven, but NOW in this life.  I want to share this message with you because I believe that this is God’s timing for us to be blessed in all areas of our life. 

 

Rom 5:17  For if by one man’s offense death reigned thru the one (Adam), much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

 

These 2 gifts are what makes the believer reign in life.  When you reign in life, your addictions don’t.  When you reign in life, your bad habit’s don’t.  When you reign in life, diseases don’t.  When you reign it life, there is prosperity. When you reign in life, the devil doesn’t. 

To reign in life is not an achievement that you earn nor is it a reward, it is “received”.  It is a gift of God because of what Jesus did on the cross for us.

 

Righteousness means right standing with God.  Receive is present tense.  It means active in the Greek.  In other words, it is not just a onetime experience when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  It is PRESENT TENSE.  You keep on receiving. 

You need to receive this gift daily especially when you fail because that is the time when it really matters.  Let’s say you just got angry with someone.  You need to stop right then and there and say:  Thank You, Father, that I am the righteousness of God by Christ Jesus. 

 

Let’s take this one step further.  We can say this out loud to God when we are discouraged/depressed about something or when we are in bondage/addicted to porn, drugs, cigarettes, can’t lose weight, or whatever the case may be.    

 

Let me illustrate what I’m talking about.  You have tried for years and you can’t stop smoking.  You’ve been smoking since you were a teenager.  You know it is not healthy for you to continue to smoke, but you can’t stop.  You have tried everything.  So, now you have given up.  No! Instead do this.  Every time you puff on a cigarette say:  Thank You, Father, I am the righteousness of God through Jesus.  I receive your righteousness now.  Do that every time you take a puff.  Then one day, you find yourself smoking less and less and finally the very thought of smoking makes you nauseated.  Now you have overcome that addiction, but it won’t be by your will power, but by the power of Jesus Christ. 

Wow! How did that happen?  It is like this, God transforms us by way of heart transformation with the life set of the Holy Spirit.  Bondages will drop off!  You will be free!

 

You cannot ever lose your righteousness even when you sin because you never received it by your works.  It came as a gift from God by Jesus.  He is everlasting righteous, therefore, you are too.  When you believe you are righteous by faith, every addiction, depression, disease, etc. will leave.   

 

The second gift is the gift of the abundance of grace (favor).  God wants to bless you in all areas of your life particularly in your finances.  All throughout the Bible, He shows you that He blesses abundantly.  Not just a little, but more than you ever dreamed of.  Why?  So you can bless others and through you show the world how much He loves His children. 

 

The more you believe that you are righteous through the blood of Jesus and have received His gift of the abundance of favor, the more you will have peace, joy, love, and prosperity.  It is this position that gives birth to reigning in this life according to God’s word in Romans 5:17.  Believe it and receive it!



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Posted 02 April 2016 - 10:03 PM


4/2/2016 What can we do when we face challenges in our life?

When I don't know what to do when I face a situation I just don't know how to handle, I go to God's word for His answers. Many times God leads me to Psalm 23.

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures.

Wow! That speaks volumes. It means that I shall be prosperous in all things, no lack. I have perfect health! I am strong! God guides me! God loves me. I will always be young (no ageing in my body)! Well, what must I do to deserve this? It is simple. God tells us – we must follow Him. The Scripture says “He leads me ….”. He is our good Shepherd.

God’s original plan for us was to be prosperous, healthy, never age, be strong, to love Him, and have a relationship with Him. However, sin came in with the first Adam and the whole human race fell. God sent Jesus, the last Adam, and put all of our sins on Jesus Christ at the cross. He who knew no sin became our sin.

Now, this was God’s love plan for us. God took Jesus’ righteousness and credited it to all of mankind to those that believe in Him. Because of Jesus’ righteous act at the cross, we became righteous in God’s eyes because of His Blood. A DIVINE INTERVENTION TOOK PLACE! Because of one-man sin all of mankind suffered. Because of one-man’s righteousness, we became righteous who believe.

Rom 4:25 (YLT) Jesus who was delivered up because of our offenses and was raised up because of our being declared righteous. In other words, God declares that because of the cross, we who believe, are righteous in His eyes.

We need to declare that we are the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ! Why? Because we are! God said so in His word. Does that mean we are always righteous no matter what? Yes! A thousand times yes! When the enemy comes in and reminds you of all the things you have done wrong, just tell him that I am the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ. That will send him packing because he knows it is God’s word and he can’t go against that. He just didn’t know that you knew that. He will turn tail and run away from you.

Rom 5:1 Therefore, having been made righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Now you might say, what does this verse have to do with anything! Plenty! You might have a financial debt, a disease in your body, depression you fight, lack, fear, or any problem that has ever challenged you. Every problem that has ever challenged you all boils down to this – fear – fear that God is mad at you for something that you did in your past or present. You’re afraid God is not on your side! But, if you believed that you are in right standing (righteous before Him at all times) then what can any of these challenges do to you. God is more powerful than any challenge you can ever face.

When the Lord is your Shepherd, you shall not lack. No depression, financial debt, disease, or whatever the case may be can stop the love of God from coming to His child’s aid. God is always for you! Never against you! Nothing can ever come against you and survive.

Because of Rom 5:1 we have peace that God loves us and is working on our behalf. We just have to invite Him in to our situation. Allow God’s peace to flow over you that He is working all things out for your good and His glory!

Always remember your righteous standing with God. Because of your sins, you may not FEEL righteous, but that does not negate what Jesus did and God’s acceptance of the debt paid. Jesus said – It is finished! He didn’t say this is only a temporary fix. No, He said it was finished. He never put a time frame on it meaning it is finished now and forever! The moment you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, from that time on, you were made righteous now and forever. We must know that! Without a doubt in our heart!

Jesus is my Shepherd. I shall always be prosperous in all areas of my life. All we need to do is to learn to follow Him. Believe we are righteous before God. Know that He is for us and not against us. Today, invite Him in to whatever situation you face and He will work out all things for your good and His glory.

When you have doubts, just say –

► I am the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ.

► I have perfect health.

► I am forever young.

► I am strong.

► I am prosperous in every area of my life.

► God’s peace flows through me.

► God always guides me.

► I am crowned with God’s favor.

► My walled (bank account) is jammed and crammed full of money.

► I am too blessed to be stressed.

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Posted 26 April 2016 - 10:57 PM

4/26/16 Lee Iacocca - Do you remember him?

A friend sent me this article the other day that I would like to share with you. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. I shared it at church and everyone encouraged me to put it out, so I am.


Could you believe that Lee Iacocca is 94 years old and is still KICKIN’ butt? Check out his latest rant.

Just as true today as it was when his book first came out. He was, and still is, a brilliant businessman!

Often we need to be reminded of Iacocca's words, Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from its death throes?

He's now 94 years old and has a new book, 'Where Have All The Leaders Gone?'.

Lee Iacocca Says:
"Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage with this so called president?

We should be screaming bloody murder!

We've got a gang of tax cheating clueless leftists trying to steer our ship of state right over a cliff,

We've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even run a ridiculous cash-for-clunkers program without losing $26 billion of the taxpayers' money, much less build a hybrid car.

But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, 'trust me, the economy is getting better..

' Better ?
What the Hell ! You've got to be kidding. This is America , not the damned Titanic'.

I'll give you a sound bite: 'Throw all the Democrats out, along with Obama!'

You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore.

The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs.

While we're fiddling in Afghanistan , Iran is completing their nuclear bombs and missiles and nobody seems to know what to do.

The liberal press is waving 'pom-poms' instead of asking hard questions.

That's not the promise of the ' America ' my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for.

I've had enough. How about you?

I'll go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if you're not outraged.

This is a fight I'm ready and willing to have. The Biggest 'C' is Crisis! (Iacocca elaborates on nine C's of leadership, with crisis being the first.)

Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It's easy to sit there with thumb up your butt and talk theory. Or send someone else's kids off to war when you've never seen a battlefield yourself.

It's another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down. On September 11, 2001 , we needed a strong leader more than any other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes.

We're immersed in a bloody war now with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving, but our soldiers are dying daily.

We're running the biggest deficit in the history of the world, and it's getting worse every day!

We've lost the manufacturing edge to Asia , while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs.

This country has the largest oil reserves in the WORLD, and we cannot drill for it because the politicians have been bought by the tree-hugging environmentalists.

Our schools are in a complete disaster because of the teachers' union.

Our borders are like sieves and they want to give all illegals amnesty and free healthcare.

The middle class is being squeezed to death every day.
These are times that cry out for leadership.
But when you look around, you've got to ask: Where have all the leaders gone? Where are the curious, creative communicators?

Where are the people of character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common sense?

I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the point.

Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo?

We've spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we know how to do is react to things that have already happened.

Everyone's hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping the government will make it better for them. Now, that's just crazy. Deal with life.

Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we can restore our competitive edge in manufacturing.

Who would have believed that there could ever be a time when 'The Big Three' referred to Japanese car companies? How did this happen, and more important, look what Obama did about it.

Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the debt, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problem. The silence is deafening.

But these are the crises that are eating away at our country and milking the middle class dry.

I have news for the Chicago gangsters in Congress.

We didn't elect you to turn this country into a losing European Socialist state.

What is everybody so afraid of? That some bonehead on NBC or CNN news will call them a name? Give me a break. Why don't you guys show some spine for a change?

Had Enough? Hey, I'm not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here.

I'm trying to light a fire. I'm speaking out because I have hope - I believe in America ...

In my lifetime, I've had the privilege of living through some of America 's greatest moments.

I've also experienced some of our worst crises:
The 'Great Depression,' World War II,' 'the 'Korean War,' the 'Kennedy Assassination,' the 'Vietnam War,' the 1970's oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years since 9/11.

Make your own contribution by sending this to everyone you know and care about. For, it is your country, folks, and it's your future and your progeny.


My / Our future is at stake!

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Posted 12 May 2016 - 03:08 PM

5/10/16 God's Healing Power

 

The other day I heard a powerful message from Joseph Prince that had an impact on me.  I would now like to share that message with you. 

 

Under the old covenant, if you break one of the 10 Commandments you were cursed (Deut. 28) even to the 3rd and 4th generation.  Many believers think they are under the law.  The purpose of sickness is to destroy!  Nowhere in the Bible will you find that sickness is to make you strong.  That is a lie right out of the pit of hell and what’s strange is many people have believed that lie.  I’ve heard people say that because of their sickness, God is making you strong or teaching them something.  No! No, a thousand times NO!  In Deut 28:27 it is very evident that you are to be destroyed or punished for your sins (breaking God’s law). 

 

The good news is that Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law (Gal 3:13-14).  So, now these things do not apply to us anymore.  We are under God’s blessings!  Grace!  Favor!  Why is it today that we have believers, sincere believers, people who love God and who run businesses with honesty and integrity, get sick?

In the new covenant, God says, you are the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ.  God says, “I will be merciful to their unrighteousness and their sins I will remember no more”.  In the old covenant, it is all about you doing your part.  All man and not God. In the new covenant, God says, I shall ….”.  In the new covenant it is all about God and not you.  The only requirement is -  believe in Jesus Christ and that He will do what He said He will do.  In the new covenant, it is all about God doing and not man.  OK then how do we get into trouble under the new covenant?  I still hear some of you saying, because of sin.  No, there is no sin in the new covenant because God says, “He remembers your sins no more.” 

 

When Jesus went to the cross God put all of your sins – past, present, and future on Jesus.  It was a once and for all time done at the cross.  Jesus even said, “it is finished.”  That means DONE!  A Holy God can no longer see nor remember your failures, your sins, your wrong thoughts, not anything you have done wrong!  Amen!  God can only see the good that you do!  You cannot believe in half law and half grace.  That is confusion and as we all know that comes from the enemy. 

 

The old law was given through Moses, God’s servant.  The new covenant was given through Jesus Christ, His Son.  Jesus will not share His House with a servant!  Jesus said it like this – you cannot put new wine (new covenant) into old wine skin (old covenant). 

 

This is why people are losing out on the blessings.  If you go to Hebrews and read the “Hall of Faith”, you will remember that they all failed.  BUT, when you read about them, you will NOT find a record of their sins.  For example:  Abraham, when God told Abraham he was going to have a child.  What did he do?  He laughed and Sarah laughed.  Why?  Because they looked at the circumstances – how old their bodies were.  They also got impatient and Abraham, at the encouragement of Sarah, went and conceived a child by another woman.  Yet, if you read the Hall of Faith verses, none of that is recorded.  In fact, it says that it was counted to Abraham as righteousness because he believed God.  What?  Are you kidding?  Why did God say that?  Because heaven only records the good that you do.  What a wonderful life.  No one records our failures/sins.  It is no more SIN, but SON!  God sees His Son as good, therefore, you are good. 

 

All right then why do some believers suffer the curse?  Gal 5:4  “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; you are fallen from grace.”  In other words, if you are trying to be justified by the law then you don’t need Christ in your life.  However, remember God said in His word that the law was the ministry of death.  But it is your choice as to which one you want to live under.  Jesus will take His hand of blessings away and let you have the law (old covenant).  Hanging on to the old covenant means you will fall from GRACE. Favor is higher than grace.  Favor is higher than the law. 

 

In the Bible, the ones who received their healing were sinners.  The only ones who couldn’t receive were the Sadducees and the pharoses.   The more self-righteous you are the more you don’t need Jesus.  I can obey God and get my own self-righteousness and God will bless me.  The Israelites believed that they could do that and they failed. 

 

Those who followed Jesus were tax collectors, prostitutes, and the social outcasts.  They all received what Jesus gave.  Their sins can not stop the flow of blessings and healing into their lives.  Jesus is greater than sin.  Once Jesus touched them, a tax collector didn’t remain a tax collector nor did a prostitute remain a prostitute.  Wow!  That is fantastic!  The same power that heals is the same power that sets things right!  The law was given by Moses, but favor and truth came through Jesus Christ.  God’s favor in your life will fix anything that has gone wrong. 

 

I know I’ve talked mostly about healing, but God’s favor is not limited to that.  God’s favor will bring that rebellious son/daughter home, fix your marriage, sew up any division in your family, make your business soar like an eagle.  God’s favor is stronger than the law!  Amen.

 

God is thrilled when someone comes to Him and asks for His help.  God is always willing to give us more than we could ever hope or dream.  It has never been recorded in the Bible that anyone ever asked Him for more than He was willing to give.  God never said, you have asked too much.  I cannot do that.  I won’t have enough for the others.  You are just too greedy.  No, God never said those words.  [Joseph Prince said to God one day – Go ahead and pour on me and God did!]

 

It is not about you; it is about Jesus supplying your needs according to His riches.  Many of us believe that God will only meet your need, but not your wants or desires.  That’s a lie too because in the 23rd Psalm it says, The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want.  Further proof that God wants to supply your wants and desires – the first miracle Jesus did was turn water into the BEST wine at a friend’s wedding.  That was a luxury blessing.  It wasn’t healing, or casting out devils, or someone died and needed to be resurrected.  It was a luxury blessing. 

When the Disciples were in the boat and the storm was at its peak.  Peter say Jesus walking on the water.  Peter said, if that is you, Jesus, ask me to come to where You are.  So, Jesus said, come, and Peter walked on water.  You can ask God for anything even if it sounds absurd.  Jesus will tell you – Come!  If you can believe Me for it, you can have it.  God will never say, No to you.  God loves it when you ask Him for big things.

Mat 8:16 “When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed and He cast out spirits with a word and HEALED THEM ALL . . .”  He never told them it wasn’t their time, come back another day. 

 

Mat 12:15 And great multitude followed Him and He HEALED THEM ALL.”  I am sure that in the great multitude there was someone who hadn’t forgiven someone for something or was angry with their spouse before they left home or they had other marriage issues or not honest or had bad thoughts or at least there was someone who wasn’t perfect.  Yet, Jesus healed them all!

 

You know, before Jesus died these people were not even Christian.  Christianity came after the cross.  That tells me that Jesus is willing to heal all.  That means that you and I can pray for someone you may know or don’t know and Jesus will heal them.  You can walk up to someone who is in pain and say, would you like me to pray for you?  I’ve seen Jesus do miracles.  Can I just pray for you?  You don’t have to be a Christian for me to pray for you.  Pray for them.  You will be surprised what God does.  After praying for them, then walk away.  If they are healed, they will run after you. 

 

Most of the time when people don’t get their healing it is because of doubt.  You need to find out what that doubt is.  If they don’t know, then tell them to go home and ask God to show them what the doubt they have is. 

When you say that if it is my time to go, I am ready to go.  No, that is doubt speaking.  It is God’s will for you to be healed.  When God want you home, He will say, Come, and you will go.  Your leaving this earth with a disease in your body does not bring glory to Jesus. 

 

Jesus did not go to the hospitals in that day and healed everyone.  No, He healed all of those who came to Him no matter where He was.  We need to start believing that God heals people today!  Even in our workplace or in our families. 

 

After Jesus had gong to heaven in Acts 5:16 “a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits and THEYE WERE ALL HEALED.” 

So, now we know that healing was not meant for only Jesus to do on this earth, but He was still healing people after He went to heaven. 

 

We need to see a God who stands ready to love us, to give to us, who wants to heal us more than we want to be healed.  Can you see a Savior who loves you so much He went all the way to the cross?  He loves you so much that He would rather go to the cross and suffer than go to heaven without you.  God’s desire is for you to prosper and be in good health even as your soul prospers.  It is NOT a blessing to be sick.  God sent Jesus to make you well.  He died for all the penalties of sin that causes sickness.  It is time for you to be healed.  We have a God who is more willing to give, than receive.  This is our God!!!

 

Father in Heaven, in Jesus Name, increase my capacity to receive more from You.   Your favor, Your grace.  So increase my capacity to receive healing for my body, peace for my mind, prosperity for my finances, wellbeing for my family.  Thank You, Father, in Jesus might name.  Amen.

 

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I rebuke every sickness and every disease.  I command every disease germ, every virus and bacteria to die right now in your body.  I command every spirit of infirmity, every disease to loose you now and be gone from you.  I command your bodies to be healed from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet.  I speak life!  I speak healing!  I speak health to every cell, every organ, every function of your body, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Be healed in His mighty name, Jesus.  Amen.



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Posted 23 May 2016 - 08:30 PM

The Battle is the Lord’s

The other day I heard a teaching about the Battle being the Lord’s and not ours by Joseph Prince.  I have summarized this message because I believe it is for us today from the Lord.

 

Even though what you have been praying for has not come to pass, tell God, I thank You I am at rest because You are fighting this battle for me.  When we rest, what we are telling God is that we believe in His Word.  The devil cannot corrupt us with unbelief. 

 

The Bible tells us that “things that are seen are temporary, but those not seen are eternal.”  Those things that we can use our 5 senses on – see, hear, smell, touch, and taste - are temporary.  Therefore, that marriage that is in trouble is seen or temporary.  Any health issues you might have is seen, therefore, it is temporary. That financial issue is temporary.   That car you need to trade in for a better gas mileage car is temporary.  Spiritual things are not seen, but are eternal according to God. 

 

How do we enter God’s rest?  By believing God.  Having faith in Him!

 

Say, “God, I believe in the invisible.  I see my marriage healed.  I see my body healed.  I see my bank account jammed, crammed, and full of money.” 

 

Jesus was born in Bethlehem.  A Key here is – lechem (bread, feed)       lacham in Hebrew means fight, war.  Bethlehem means bread.  Jesus said He was the Bread of Life.  We are to feed on bread.  Bread is the word of God.  We are to feed on the WORD of God.  Feeding is fighting the enemy.  We don’t fight by fighting the enemy, we fight by feeding.  We eat God’s word and the enemy is defeated. Feeding is winning!

 

I Tim 6:12  Fight the good fight of faith.  Fight to remain in faith.  When in the battle pray – “Thank You, Father, the battle is Yours.  I keep my eyes on You.  Thank You, Father, that you have overcome this problem for me.  God, You said, I win!!”

 

Every time there is a battle or difficulty say, under your breath, “The battle is not mine; it is the Lord’s.” 

 

5 Keys to winning – The battle is the Lord’s.
                                    1      2     3  4      5

 

You fight by not fighting.  When the devil gives you pain in your body, say – I am already healed.  Why? Because in reality what the devil is trying to do is steal your healing.  God’s word says, “By His stripes you are healed!”  You are being healed continuously every moment of every day.  Not tomorrow or yesterday, but every moment of the day you are healed. 

 

Keep Jesus the focus of whatever situation you are in.  Too much power is given to the devil and he does not deserve it.  Jesus does!  Jesus has made things so simple for us that we, as people, think it is too good to be true so we try to help God out.  Whenever you try to do things for yourself, God will take His hands off the situation and let you go for it.  But, when you “rest” in Him, God says, that’s my kid.  Now I’ll work a miracle for him because He believes in Me. 

 

God will bring it to pass bigger and better than whatever you could think or imagine.  You don’t have to struggle!  You don’t have to beg!  You don’t have to pray hard prayers!  God is not deaf.  He will hear your prayer and will bring it to pass Suddenly! 

 

I’m a living breathing testimony that He did it for me when the impossible appeared to be just that - impossible.  He brought it all to me.  God is no respecter of persons.  What He did for me, He will do for you. 






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