Looking Back Only Leads You in the Wrong Direction!

Galatians 4:9 (KJV) 9  But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

Remember when you got saved? Everything seemed so bright and hopeful. You were floating on Cloud 9! But, then, reality set in and back to earth. That happens to all of us.

For me, everything really did seem brighter, as if my eyes were opened for the first time. How awesome to know that I was finally on the right team and had answers to every question I could possibly have. I knew that God had the answers even though I might not know them at the time. It was almost like I was in a different world! But then reality set in and back to planet earth.

However, even though the “honeymoon” was over, I was still as much on fire as I ever was and still am today. And that’s because when I got saved, it was “all or nothing”, and I chose “all”. I made a total commitment and never wavered from that position.

Now, about people who get saved and then when hard times come, they are tempted to turn back to their “unsaved’ ways. This is not good.

Notice in II Pet. 2:20-22 that those who turn back to their old ways are worse off than before. It never pays to go back. Besides, what is it that you’re going back to? Your life was not ideal before you got saved, so what do you think it can offer now? Really!

We all need to remember what we received when we got saved: the wisdom of God, access to all His promises, the faith of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, the Blood of Jesus the ministering angels who are sent to minister for us, plus much, much more! Why would we ever even want to go back to life without Jesus and all that He bought and paid for in His Redemption?

So, brothers and sisters, when the devil tempts you to “turn back” to your old way of doing things, stand your ground, submit to God, rebuke the devil in the Name of Jesus, and he will flee! End of story!

We are the blessed of the Lord!

Hebrews 10:38 (KJV)
38  Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
Galatians 6:7-8 (KJV) 7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

2 Peter 2:20-22 (KJV) 20  For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
21  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
22  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

James 1:5 (AMP) 5  If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.

James 4:7-8a (KJV) 7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. .

Galatians 5:13 (KJV) 13  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Galatians 5:19-21 (KJV) 19  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

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.

Pamela

 

 

Prayer is a Two-way Street, Not a One-lane Alley!

Have you ever talked to yourself when no one was around or listening? Some call it thinking out loud but nevertheless, it’s something we do, some more frequently than others! This is okay because it’s a way of hearing our own thoughts and it helps us to organize what’s on our minds.

But, this is not the way we are to communicate with others. Communication should be a two-way street, not a monologue. However, this is the way most people approach God and call it prayer. They tell Him all that’s on their minds but then get up from their time of prayer and go about their daily business. When does God have chance to respond? Give Him time to speak to you and lead you. It will make your life a whole lot better!

Prayer should be a two-way street, not a one-lane alley! Yes, we have issues and problems, but if we’re ever going to get God’s help, we need to give Him time to respond and then listen to what He has to say.

And just for the record, knowing how to pray is essential if you’re going to receive anything from God. Just as in athletics there are different rules for each sport, so it is with prayer. If you’re sick, you don’t prayer a prayer of dedication! Let’s look at some scriptures.

 John 14:13-14 (KJV) 13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

John 16:23-24 (KJV) 23  And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
24  Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

Notice that when we have a petition, we pray to our Heavenly Father in the Name of Jesus. But when we’re standing against the devil and his evil ways we take our authority in the Name of Jesus and speak directly to the problem.

And then there’s Mark 11:23-24 where we speak to the mountain in Jesus’ Name, doubt not in our heart, but believe that those things which we say will come to pass, and then we shall have them. We believe that we receive the answer before we see the manifestation.

Remember, when you got born-again and baptized with the Holy Spirit, you now have all that you need residing inside you. If you need peace, release it. If you need healing, release it. You have the fullness of the Godhead residing in you and you’re a powerhouse!

The problem is that most Christians haven’t been taught this because most people teaching the Bible don’t believe it themselves. But thanks the Lord, there are Bible teachers who are speaking out boldly, proclaiming the Good News of our redemption and what Jesus purchased for us!

Glory to God!

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.

James 5:16b (AMP) 16  The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].

Colossians 2:9-10 (KJV) 9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Romans 8:11 (KJV) 11  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Pamela

What Channel are You Listening to?

Have you noticed that you can hardly go anywhere without some sort of “noise” bombarding you – in stores, diners, laundromats, and even complaining people? So, what do we do with all that noise and does it really matter?

Yes, it does matters! More than you think. What you hear definitely impacts you, even if it’s just plain annoying. So, why is this so important?

First of all, the most important reason is Rom. 10:17:

Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

You see, not only does faith in God come by hearing God’s Word, but faith in the devil and his evil doings comes by hearing the words of the devil. And the more you hear – either good or evil – the more it gets into you and what gets into you, you believe! That’s why it’s so important what you let yourself hear.

If you’re fretful and anxious because of the world situation and economy, it could be because you’re watching and listening to the fake news and other worldly media.  You’re tuned to the wrong channel! In order to have peace and joy in your life, you have to tune into God’s Word.

Romans 15:13 (KJV) 13  Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Joy and peace come through believing God’s Word and in order to do that, you must get into it and read, study, and meditate on it until it becomes a part of you. And, unfortunately, that doesn’t happen overnight! It takes time to study God’s Word and make it a part of your life, but it’s worth every minute!

Another channel you might be listening to that is detrimental to your well-being is complaining and negative people. They certainly don’t lift you up but rather bring you down. Some of them you’ll just have to distance yourself from in order to walk in the victory that God has for you.

And then there’s YOU! What me? Yes you! What you’re saying with your mouth can be your biggest asset or your biggest liability! If you’ve been reading my blogs for any length of time, you know how important the words you speak are because what you say is what gets into your heart and according to Mark 11:23, you going to have what you say – whether good or evil.

Mark 11:23 (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.

Galatians 6:7 (KJV) 7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Fortunately, many of the negative things we say we really don’t believe, but the fact is, the more you say it, the more you will believe it. Purpose in your heart to say only those things that you want to come to pass, especially God’s Word.

And so, my dear friends, guard your heart from all the negative things around you by limiting the time you spend listening to the “news-that’s-not-fit-to-hear” and continue to stand on God’s Word so that you can live a life worth living.

Proverbs 4:23 (AMP) 23  Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.

1 Corinthians 14:10 (KJV) 10   There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.
Mark 4:24 (KJV) 24  And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

Pamela

 

One Accord – Signs, Wonders, Miracles!

Acts 2:1,4 (KJV) 1  And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 4  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Notice that they were all in one accord! Just what does that mean?

If you’ve ever been in a meeting when decisions had to be made and tried to get everyone on the same page, you know how challenging it can be! However, when people are in agreement, how wonderful that is!

It was on the day of Pentecost that they were in one accord. The apostles and disciples were in the upper room, all 120 of them, and they were all in one accord waiting for the Holy Spirit. And that’s when “suddenly” happened!

It’s the same in Acts 5:12 when they were in one accord – signs and wonders happened.

In Ps. 133, we see that when the people were in unity – the Lord commanded the blessing on them.

Being in one accord means to be unified in agreement about the same thing, to be on the same page. That’s when signs, wonders, and miracles happen. Of course, I’m talking about being in agreement on God’s Word. That’s when we see manifestation come forth. And many times it simply means that you are in agreement with God’s Word.

Too many times I’ve witnessed people praying for healing, even laying on of hands, but they weren’t agreeing with God’s Word. And, of course, nothing happened. It’s a sad sight!

Really – how hard is it to agree with what Almighty God has said? Why do people think they’re smarter than God and know more than He does about any given situation? How many universes have they created?

It’s not even in us to direct our own ways! We need to look to the Lord who lights our darkness and makes the crooked places straight.

If we want to see the manifestation of signs, wonders, and miracles from God, we need to get in agreement with what He has said in His Word and believe it with our whole heart.

The best is yet to come!

Psalm 133:1-3 (KJV) 1

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

3  As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Acts 5:12 (KJV) 12  And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.
Acts 8:6 (KJV) 6  And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
Jeremiah 10:23 (KJV) 23  O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
Isaiah 45:2-3 (KJV) 2  I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:
3  And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.

Psalm 18:28 (KJV)28  For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

Pamela

 

 

Words, Words, Words – Do They Really Matter?

Matthew 12:34b (KJV) 34  … for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
Matthew 12:37 (KJV) 37  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

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.

Yes, our words do matter. What we say is what we get – good or bad – because that’s what is in our hearts. As you can see from the above scripture, what’s in our hearts will eventually get in our mouths and we’ll speak it out- good or bad!

But, there’s hope. When we speak God’s Word in faith, we can be sure that we’re speaking the right thing. God’s ways are indubitably more superior to the ways of man. We should be so thankful that we can rely on His Word because our God is reliable, dependable, unchangeable, and stands behind every Word He has ever spoken!

As born-again Christians, we know that we’re dealing with two worlds: the physical world and the spiritual world. We live and function in the physical realm which is governed by our five physical senses. God lives and functions in the spiritual realm. And remember, God is a Spirit and we contact Him spirit to Spirit. So how do we do this? By using our faith the Word of God.

Remember, our real self is a spirit, we have a soul – our mind, will, and emotions, and we live in a body – our earth suit. We don’t contact God with our body or soul but with our re-born spirit – spirit to Spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 (KJV) 23  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So, why are our words so important and why can’t we say any ol’ thing we want? Because, words are spiritual and they affect more than we think. In fact, words go beyond this physical world and affect the things of the spirit world. Let me give you an example:

 

Where is healing when you need it? It’s in the spirit realm and the way we access the spirit realm is with our words and faith. Remember, our words either justify us or condemn us. That’s why it behooves us to keep a guard on our mouths and only say what we really want to come to pass.

How many times have you heard someone say negative things about themselves or others and then wonder why bad things happen? Granted, we don’t always reap immediately but if we confess the wrong thing over and over, it will eventually manifest.

It’s the same with good things. When we confess God’s Word over situations, we can expect to see results. Then, depending on how developed we are in our confessions, that determines how fast we see manifestation.

Words are so important and we must take this seriously if we want to see God’s goodness in our lives. Speak God’s Word and get the results you desire!

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

Hebrews 4:12 (KJV) 12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 (AMP) 12  For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

Psalm 119:89 (AMP) 89  Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven [stands firm as the heavens].
Psalm 138:2b (KJV)  …for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
Psalm 89:34 (KJV) 34  My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
Psalm 119:105 (KJV) 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

1 Corinthians 2:14 (KJV) 14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Pamela

When is a Name More than a Name?

What’s in a name and do names really matter in the whole scheme of things? Yes, of course names matter. That’s how we identify people, places, and things. But there’s more to this story than meets the ol’ proverbial eye.

Let’s take people’s names. How important are they? First of all, we identify people by their names. But most of all, it’s what stands behind their name. Is the person of good reputation or bad? Is their name synonymous with integrity or malfeasance? When people hear the name, what do they think?

You see, names really do mean something. In fact, in the Old Testament, names were indicative of who you were or what you did. Not so today except that your reputation stands behind your name – good or bad.

So, where am I going with this? Glad you asked. Christianity is all about relationship with God and what Jesus has done to bring us back into that relationship. Now comes the icing on the cake: Jesus has given us His Name and the Power of Attorney to use it to affect all of mankind as we fulfill God’s plans for our lives. But, why is this significant? Because:

1 – God gave Jesus the Name that is above all names – the highest most important name is the universe [Phil. 2:9].

2 – Jesus, in turn, gave us the right to use His Name to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and cast out devils [Matt. 10:8; Mark 16:17-18].

3 – When we get saved, we are baptized into His Name [Matt. 28:19].

4 – We give thanks in His Name [Eph. 5:20].

5 – We’re washed, sanctified, and justified in His Name [I Cor. 6:11[.

6 – We do all things in His Name [Col 3:17].

7 – We anoint the sick in His Name [James 5:14].

8 – We love one another in His Name [I John 3:23].

9 – There’s no other Name by which we can be saved [Acts 4:12].

10 – We pray to the Father in Jesus’ Name [John 14:13-14; 16:24].

A name is only important as what backs it up. For example, when we send an ambassador to another country, the USA stands behind him. And – we are ambassadors for Jesus Christ, representing all that He is [II Cor. 5:20]. Praise the Lord!

Now get this, all of Heaven stands behind Jesus and His name and when we use His Name because we have Power of Attorney, all of heaven stands behind it just as if it were Jesus speaking and doing! Shout hallelujah and praise the Lord of Glory!

In the Name of Jesus, we can heal this sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons, and see miracles right before our eyes!

Remember, the goodness of God leads people to repentance! Go and show forth the goodness of our God in Jesus’ Name!

Philippians 2:9 (KJV) 9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Matthew 10:8 (KJV) 8  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Mark 16:17-18 (KJV) 17  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Matthew 28:18-19 (KJV) 18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Ephesians 5:20 (KJV) 20  Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
1 Corinthians 6:11 (KJV) 11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
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.
James 5:14 (KJV) 14  Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
1 John 3:23 (KJV) 23  And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
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.
John 14:13-14 (KJV) 13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

John 16:24 (KJV) 24  Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
2 Corinthians 5:20 (KJV) 20  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
Romans 2:4 (KJV) 4  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Pamela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do You Desire the Manifestation of the Supernatural in Your Life?

Human beings actually crave the supernatural. You can see it in books, movies, and even Disney movies. So, what is the fascination with the supernatural? You would think that we have enough to do handling the natural, every day things with which we are faced. But, that’s not all.

God has put in each of us a desire for Him. It’s a vacuum that needs to be filled but too many times people fill it with the wrong things instead of God. That’s when the devil gets in there and makes a mess of people’s lives.

 It’s an abomination to God to dabble in witchcraft and other demonic areas. God has all the supernatural reality that we can handle but sadly, most Christians don’t even know how to operate in God’s supernatural ways and thus, can be easily duped by the devil and his demonic lying wonders.

 Let’s go to God’s Word:

 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.

When you stand on and receive God’s promises, you actually partake of His divine nature. As you can see in the above scripture, He has already given us all things that pertain to life and godliness but all these things that we want and need are in His Word in spirit form.  We have to draw them out by using our faith. When faith is in operation, the power of God is in operation! How good is that!

When Peter says it’s through the knowledge of Him that we receive the promises, it means through the Word because Jesus and His Word are One. And if we keep standing on His Word, we will shield ourselves from the corruption of the world’s system. His Word has to be our benchmark by which we measure all things.

We are supernatural spirits in a flesh body. We were created to operate in God’s supernatural ways. Let’s yield ourselves to being used by the Holy Spirit in His gifts and show the world that our God reigns!

 — Pamela