Who Wants More Peace?

[Today is the National Day of Thanksgiving in the USA. We are so thankful for all that God has done and is doing for us. He is so gracious and merciful and we will be thanking Him throughout all eternity! Happy Blessed Thanksgiving to each of you!]

Who doesn’t want more peace in their lives especially with what has been going on over the past two years? It has been quite chaotic as you’ve noticed but do you know you can have peace in the middle of the storm? Oh yes you can!

2 Peter 1:2 (KJV) 2  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

Noticed that peace can be multiplied to you – not just a handful, but a whopping big handful! Not only that, but grace can be multiplied to you also. Wow, does it get any better than that!

First of all, let me define grace and peace and then tell you how to get it to multiply in your life.

Grace is God’s willingness to use His power and ability on your behalf; it’s His divine enablement, His unmerited, undeserved favor on you.

Peace – God’s peace – means nothing missing, nothing broken. It doesn’t mean the absence of trouble. If we waited ’til that happened, we’d still be waiting!

Now, how do we get this grace and peace? The Word says that we get it through the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. What does that mean?

John 1:1 (KJV) 1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Since Jesus is the Word, then when we study the Word of God, we’re getting the knowledge of Him. And the more knowledge of Him that we get, the more we see how much God loves us and it causes us to rise up and walk in His grace and peace that He’s freely given to us.  

Another thing is that you have peace in your re-born spirit called the fruit of the spirit [Gal. 5:22-23].

Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV) 22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

And that, dear brothers and sisters, is how you can have peace in the middle of the storm because it’s the peace of God that sustains you!

Pamela

 Is Your Salvation Sure?

This is the most important blog I will ever write for this group. Since I don’t know most of you personally, I want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. And – even if you have already made Jesus your Lord and Savior, this post will help you when you’re sharing Jesus with others.

1 Timothy 2:5 (KJV) 5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Jesus is the ONLY way to God the father and to your home in Heaven. Without Him as your Lord and Savior, there’s only one other place to go when you die and leave planet earth – hell! That’s not a good alternative.

Here’s God’s plan of salvation in a capsule version:

When Adam committed high treason and sold out the earth lease to satan, God was on the outside looking in. He no longer had total control of the earth because Adam gave it to satan and sin entered. What was God to do? His Word was out there and He will not violate His Word. [See Genesis chapters 1-3.]

So He immediately set His Plan in place for Jesus to come to earth to redeem mankind from eternal death – meaning total separation from God and all that He has.

The price for sin had to be paid and we can’t be good enough to pay for that. So Jesus willingly took our sins and sicknesses on His body, went to hell where He defeated satan and his cohorts, and paid the ultimate price for our sins. He was judged in our place so that we don’t have to be judged and spend eternity in hell, separated from God. It’s a done deal!

Then God the Father raised Jesus from the dead and translated Him to Heaven to sit on the Throne of God at His right hand – in the highest seat in the universe! Praise the Lord!

Now comes your part. Jesus did all this for you BUT it is only valid for you IF you accept this free gift of salvation that He offers. It’s your choice.

Simply BELIEVE in your heart what I have just explained to you and ASK Jesus to be your Lord and Savior and accept this free gift of salvation. If you do this, you are now a child of God and have a home in Heaven waiting for you PLUS you have all the promises of God’s Word available to you! What a deal!

Romans 10:9-10 (KJV) 9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Now what’s next after you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Find your Bible or download a Bible app and start finding out what God has said to you as His child. My suggestion is to start with the Gospel of John in the New Testament and go from there. Read the Bible daily!

Also be on the search for a good Bible-believing church where you can get fed the Word of God and fellowship with other believers. In the meantime, while you’re searching, check out awmi.net [Andrew Wommack’s ministry – over 200,000 hours of free teachings] and moorelife.org [Keith Moore’s ministry – free teachings by the truckload –also a good online church, of which I’m a member.]

Acts 4:12 (KJV) 12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
1 Peter 2:24 (KJV)
24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Thank you Lord for your Unspeakable Gift to us – the Lord Jesus!

Pamela

You Can’t Microwave You’re Walk with the Lord!

Just like instant mashed potatoes, many people invariably want to microwave their Jesus Journey. The want instant results every time they pray and get annoyed if it doesn’t happen. Well, wake up to the reality of living in the Kingdom of God on planet earth!

Too many times we look at people who have walked with the Lord for many years and have great success in their prayer life and expect to get the same instant results they get.

You don’t usually get instant results when you first start out believing for answered prayer. It’s a process because it’s a whole new ball game. It’s actually a paradigm shift from the way you thought before you got saved.

Before you got saved, you thought like the world. Your worldview was programmed by the things that the world taught. But when you get saved, your world should change to a Biblical worldview of everything you do.

Now you need to renew – re-educate – your mind to think the way God’s Word says to think. The Bible must become your go to source for everything you do. It has to be the benchmark from which everything is measured. If it isn’t, you’ll constantly struggle over what you believe and do.

That’s why things don’t happen instantly when we’re first starting out because we need to lay the foundation upon which our faith is built. Then as we develop our faith by studying God’s Word, the manifestations begin to come much quicker. [Yes, sometimes baby Christians get instant manifestations but then they have to continue on and get grounded in God’s Word.]

God’s Word is so precious because it has all the answers we’ll ever need to be successful on planet earth. Praise the Lord for His grace and goodness to us!

Ephesians 4:23 (KJV) 23  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

Romans 12:2 (KJV) 2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
2 Corinthians 9:8 (KJV) 8  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
2 Corinthians 9:8 (AMP) 8  And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].

Pamela

Are You Letting the Holy Spirit Teach You?

2 Timothy 2:15-16 (AMP) 15  Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.
16  But avoid all empty (vain, useless, idle) talk, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness.

As you will notice in the opening scripture, we have to read and study the Word of God but – we also have to interpret it correctly. That’s called rightly dividing the Word of Truth. You see, it’s not just reading the Word, you also have to listen to the Holy Spirit as to what God is actually saying.

This is a paradigm shift for some of us who like to do word studies, using our concordances, dictionaries, and commentaries. Along with these tools, we must listen intently to the Holy Spirit’s leading into the Truth of God’s Word.

Studying God’s Word is different from studying other subject matter, where you basically read and learn what the author is saying. The reason for the difference is because God’s Word is spirit. It comes from the spirit realm because it comes from God, Who is a Spirit! And we need the Holy Spirit to help our interpretation.

John 4:24 (KJV)
24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

This might seem like it’s a tall order but remember that the Holy Spirit is your Best Teacher and He will surely lead you the right way. Our part is to listen with our hearts and obey. It’s that simple.

But, first things first. You absolutely must get into God’s Word so that the Holy Spirit has something to lead you with. You can’t just make up things in your head and hope that God will go along with it.

His Word is awesome and we should pray that we have a love of His Word so that we can learn of Him and be all that He has ordained us to be. And then we can live a victorious life worth living on planet earth.

John 16:13 (KJV) 13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
John 14:16 (AMP) 16  And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever—
John 14:26 (KJV) 26  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Pamela

 In the Image of God

Genesis 1:26-27 (KJV) 26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Notice that God created man in His own image which means that we look like Him, spiritually- on our spirit, [we are spirit beings in a flesh body] but we are also to act like Him. That means we are to act like He would act if He were here on planet earth. Which brings me to confession of God’s Word.

Confession of God’s Word simply means that we say the same thing that God says, hence His Word. But, why is it so important to confess God’s Word? Here’s the reason:

Since God created the heavens and the earth and everything in it, it behooves us to find out how He did it so we can use His methods when we’re dealing with problems and issues on earth. Remember, we’re made in His image and we’re supposed to act like Him. And here’s the key: He did it with Words, the Words of His mouth! Nothing came into being without God first speaking Words and calling into being things that didn’t exist. When He did that, those things He spoke manifested – showed up!

The classic example is found in Genesis:

Genesis 1:1-3 (KJV) 1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Notice that darkness was upon the face of the deep but God didn’t say, “Oh My goodness – it’s so dark out there!” No, He spoke what He wanted. He wanted light so He said, “Light be!” And, as they say, the rest is history!

That’s what we’re to do in our situations. We are to speak God’s promises – His solutions – over the issues we’re confronted with, and expect His results.

Mark 11:23-24 (KJV)
23  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.
24  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

You see, dear brothers and sisters, God has already given us everything we’ll ever need on planet earth but those promises don’t just fall on us like ripe cherries off a tree. We have to call them into our lives by confessing His Word that promises them to us. It’s really quite simple but it does take effort – a lot of effort!

You see, our flesh – our five physical senses – wants to take the path of least resistance with little or no effort on our part. Well, that simply won’t wash and we won’t get God’s results that way. Plus we have to renew our minds to God’s Word so we think like Him.

Let’s purpose in our hearts to be doers of the Word and not hearers only. Let’s step out of the boat and do some water walking and get in on God’s way of doing things so that we can live the victorious life He has for us!

Luke 17:6 (KJV)
6  And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. 

Romans 4:17b (KJV) 17  …  even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (KJV)
20  For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
2 Peter 1:3-4 (KJV) 3  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Ephesians 4:23 (KJV)
23  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

— Pamela

Do You Want More Zing in Your Life?

It seems that we all want more zing in our lives from time to time but how do we get it? Now don’t let your imagination run wild, I’m talking about getting it God’s way! That way we can enjoy it without feeling guilty.

Psalm 115:15 (KJV) 15  Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.
2 Peter 1:3-4 (KJV) 3  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

The word blessed means empowered to prosper! That’s a blessing in itself!

Here we see that God has already blessed us with everything we could possibly need in this life but we don’t always recognize those blessings. So how do we jump start the blessings?

Proverbs 18:21 (KJV) 21  Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Colossians 4:6 (KJV) 6  Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Almost everything we do is precipitated by the words of our mouths. We speak and then act. That’s where many go wrong. Their words are hanging them. What we need to do is to start speaking blessings over ourselves and our family. And since we are already blessed, we just have to jump right in the river and go with the flow: I have the best spouse in the world, the best children, the best friends, the best neighbors, the best employer, etc.

When you start making these confessions, you’re sowing seeds into your life and you will reap a harvest if you don’t quit or dig up your seed by speaking negatively.

This is a great way to live – salt your words with God’s Word and watch the changes it makes.

Romans 4:17b (KJV) 17  …  even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
Deuteronomy 28:1-14 (KJV)

Pamela

God’s Divine Protection  

Psalm 91:4b (KJV) 4  … his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Proverbs 30:5 (KJV) 5  Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Psalm 18:30 (KJV) 30  As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.


Buckler – comes from the Hebrew word that means surrounding a person; composed of wood or wickers woven together, covered with skin or leather, fortified with plates of brass or other metal and worn on the left arm. Often 4 feet long and covered the whole body. [Webster’s 1828 Dictionary]

Shield – also a buckler but most shields were made of leather; before battle they would soak the shields in water ’til they were wet enough to ward off the fiery darts that were shot at them. Those fiery arrows were made to explode upon contact but the wet shield snuffed them out. Remember, God’s Word is water.

As you see in Ps. 91, God’s truth is our buckler that surrounds us and protects us from the lies of the enemy. How do we know when we’re being lied to? By comparing it to the Truth. If we don’t know the truth, we have nothing to compare it to and open ourselves up to believing lies.

I don’t know if they still do this today, but years ago when people were being instructed on recognizing counterfeit money, they were trained by actually “handling” the real money over and over, so that when counterfeit money came along, they would easily recognize it.

That’s how it is with God’s Word. If His Word is the benchmark by which you measure everything that comes your way, then you can be confident that you’ll recognize the evil lies of the enemy. But if you don’t know His Word, you’re at a loss. That’s why I keep encouraging you to get into the Word and get the Word into you. That way you’re armed and ready!

John 8:31-32 (KJV)
31  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Ephesians 5:26-27 (KJV) 26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Pamela

How to Overcome Bad Behavior!

Colossians 3:17 (KJV) 17  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Colossians 3:23 (KJV) 23  And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

At any point in time, each of us can have a bad thought that wants to propel us into bad actions. So what so we do to squelch those horrid thoughts and possible actions?

First of all, take authority over your thoughts. Rebuke them and command them to go in the Name of Jesus. Stand firm! You have the mind of Christ.

Philippians 2:5 (KJV) 5   Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
1 Corinthians 2:16 (KJV) 16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Remember, if you don’t speak those thoughts, they will die unborn. But once you speak them, they become seeds that you’re planting and able to produce a harvest that you really don’t want.

Notice in the opening scriptures that we are to do everything in the Name of Jesus. That in itself should quench all negative words and actions. Can you honestly fight with your spouse or children in the Name of Jesus? Of course not. If you think you can, you will have to override the promptings of the Holy Spirit who is trying to lead you in the right path.

Can you really gossip or speak negative things against someone in the Name of Jesus. I think not!

Let’s dwell on the good things and the myriad of blessings the Lord has so graciously bestowed on us and we’ll see the victory that we desire. God has given us all the tools. Our part is to use them!

Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Pamela

Are You Hoping or Agreeing?

Matthew 18:19 (KJV)
19  Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

A common definition of hope is to want or desire something to be true. But that’s not the Bible definition which is confident expectation – being confident that what you want to happen will indeed happen

What I want to share with you today is that the world hopes – their definition- that this or that will come to pass. But what are they basing it on? Their ways and views. That’s the world but what about the Christians? What are they basing their HOPE on? If it’s not God’s Word, the foundation is shaky. God’s Word must always be the bottom line – the benchmark from which you measure everything.

Too many times when Christians pray, they “hope” God will answer with the perfect solution but do they really believe that or just hopin’ and prayin’?

So, what should we do? The first thing we need to do to get answered prayer is to agree with God and His Word. You see, as I say often, you can’t have faith in God beyond your knowledge of His Word. So you need to get into His Word and find out what He has already said about your situation and then get in agreement with Him. Then when you pray in faith according to that Word, it will work.

1 John 5:14-15 (KJV) 14  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

1 John 5:14-15 (AMP) 14  And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us.
15  And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.

Remember, God’s Word is His will.

Then there’s the prayer of agreement when you enlist the help of someone else – Matt. 18:19 – as we see in the opening scripture. The prayer of agreement is a powerful way to pray but the two of you have to be in agreement, not only when praying, but all during the time you’re waiting for the manifestation of the answer.

To find a prayer partner who will pray in agreement with you and stay in agreement is a rare find. Consider yourself extremely blessed when you find someone like that!

Praying in agreement with God’s Word is so comforting and empowering because it’s His Word and He can’t lie about His promises. What He has declared, He is able to perform and cause it to come to pass.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (KJV)
20  For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

Numbers 23:19 (KJV) 19  God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Malachi 3:6a (KJV) 6  For I am the LORD, I change not;
James 1:17 (KJV) 17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

However, you don’t need to only pray with a partner, you can pray by yourself and get in agreement with God and He will honor your faith-filled prayers! Go for it!

Pamela

Prayer or God’s Word!

So what’s the big deal about quoting and confessing God’s Word? Why can’t I just shoot up an SOS to God and expect an answer? Glad you asked. Read on.

As I have observed Christians over the years, I have noticed that many of them just shoot up a prayer – even a begging prayer – and hope it sticks. If it works, great; if not, so be it. In fact, they probably don’t even expect their prayers to be answered!

So what’s the problem? The probably is that they probably love the Lord but they don’t love and honor His Word. God and His Word are One. You can’t really know God outside of His Word because He is the Word! And how can you have faith in God outside His Word because that’s where faith is?

How can you have faith for healing if you don’t know that it’s God’s will to heal everyone, every time? And you only know that through His Word. This is where many people miss it. They go by someone else’s experience and put their faith in that rather than what God has actually said in His Word.

Our Heavenly Father is a Covenant-keeping God Who honors His Word. He’s faithful, faithful, faithful but unless you know Him through His Word, you wouldn’t be able to pray in faith and expect His results.

Having said all that, let me ask a question. Why don’t people get into God’s Word and learn Who He is? One reason is that most people, in any given situation, will take the path of least resistance. But that’s rarely the best solution. Most people are headed in the wrong direction – downstream. But when you do things God’s way, it’s like swimming upstream and that takes effort and perseverance.

Living the Christian life is not hard, it’s impossible apart from the Holy Spirit helping us. Christianity is not for the lazy or faint-hearted. It’s for those who will grab hold of God’s Word, dig in, and discover His hidden truths that will set them free to live the victoriously life He has for them.

John 1:1 (KJV) 1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 14:10-11 (KJV) 10  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
11  Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

Pamela