The Most Important Thing You Need to Know is…  [Part I]

Okay – what do you think is the most important thing every Christian absolutely needs to know and it could be a matter of life and death? Go ahead and guess – don’t look ahead yet.

As I thought about this, here is what I believe is the most important thing, next getting saved, you need to know to live a victorious life in the Lord: how to hear the voice of the Lord. Yes faith, love, the gifts of the Spirit, etc. are all so very important but without knowing how to hear from God, where are you going and how will you get there?

So, in a very short capsule version (this is Part I) of how to hear God’s voice, let’s begin. First of all, to reiterate, we are tripartite beings because we’re made in the image of God, Who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The real us is our spirit, we have a soul – our mind, will, and emotions and we live in a body – our earth suit. Having said all that, it’s with our spirits, the real us, that we contact God – not with our souls or body.

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

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.

Each of our parts has a voice: our body speaks through our five physical senses – sight, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching. Our souls speak through reasoning and intellect. And our spirits speak through that still small voice that we have to learn to discern because it is how God leads us. It’s the voice of your conscience – to know the right or wrong things that you’re faced with.

Then there’s that peace that passes all human understanding that Jesus has already given us.

Philippians 4:7 (KJV) 7  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
John 14:27 (KJV) 27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

If you’re a born-again Christian, then you can trust that peace in your heart when you’re deciding what to do. But if you’re not born-again, you can’t trust your heart. And this, my dear brothers and sisters, how God leads us most of the time – by that peace in your heart. If you don’t have peace about doing something, DON’T do it! Just wait ’til you get more information from the Lord.

We’ll continue this message in Part II but for now, start practicing listening to that peace in your heart. That’s how you get expert at hearing from the Lord – by practice.

— Pamela

More Pot Pourri!

  1. You can’t see the answer looking at the problem! Yes the problem is right there in front of you but if that’s what you’re focused on, you will be constantly frustrated. You must focus on what God has said about the problem and the answer He has provided. What you focus on is the direction in which you will be led.

This is so important because you can’t think negatively and expect positive results. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]

  • You will never influence the world by living like it! If our lives and lifestyles are no different than our unsaved neighbors, why on earth would they want to be like us? If we’re just as sick, just as poor, just as depressed, just as discouraged as they are, this isn’t the witness we’re to be.

We have the Holy Spirit of God living in us. We are the head and not the tail, above and not beneath. We are more than conquerors. We have the victory that overcomes the world – our faith! Yes we have all of this but most Christians are not walking in the fullness of what God has given them. This needs to change so that we can show forth the goodness of our Father God and cause the unsaved to want Jesus as their Lord and Savior! [Romans 2:4]

  • A bad attitude is like a flat tire; you won’t go anywhere until you change it! Someone once said that attitude determines altitude. This is so true. Nobody likes being around someone with a bad attitude. You have to watch everything you say or they’ll get offended and then you can have war on your hands. Let’s be people of a sweet attitude and let words of blessing and encouragement come out of our mouths. Not only will this bless the other person but it’ll bless you as well!   

—Pamela

A Little of This and a Little of That! [Here’s another round of Pot Pourri.]

  1. Fill up with faith and it will displace fear, doubt, and unbelief. If you keep putting the Word of God in your heart, it will eventually crowd out the junk that’s in there. It works all the time with negative things – garbage in, garbage out. What’s in you in abundance will eventually come out and if it’s not good, you have a problem.

When push comes to shove and you’re in a crisis, you don’t want the Fake News coming out of your mouth. You want the Word of God speaking forth His promises and taking your authority.

  • Those who see the invisible can do the impossible! This has to do with faith because faith sees beyond the natural, physical realm into the spirit realm where the answers are. If you can see it, then you don’t need to use your faith on it. That’s why what’s happening in the world situation today is mostly happening behind the scenes. If we knew everything that was happening and how God was actually doing things, we wouldn’t have to use our faith to believe for it.

Faith is the substance of things that we are hoping for. It’s not the things that we actually have in our hand right now. Faith is what we hold onto while we are standing firm waiting for the manifestation. [Hebrews 11:1]

  • Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil – no point! Even if we’re saved but don’t involve God in every aspect of our lives, we really don’t have a vital, viable relationship with Him and it’s easy for us to give up and quit when the going gets rough. He is our stabilizing factor. He is our anchor. He is our reason for whatever we do. This is living a life worth living!
  • —Pamela

The Power of Words! [It’s those words again!]

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.

This is such a powerful scripture and remember this is God’s Word. Words have power. With our words we bless, comfort, lift up, change circumstances, heal, deliver, and even create because we’re made in the image of God and that’s what He does with His Words.

However, even though we can speak life with our words, we can also speak death with our words. Our words can hurt, tear down, manipulate, destroy and even kill. But that’s not what God intends for us to do with our words.

We’re to use our words the same way God uses His Words – to change circumstances! You see, God doesn’t just use His Words to communicate but to created and change circumstances as we see throughout the whole Bible.

Let me show you one very important thing about our words.

Proverbs 15:4 (KJV) 4  A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

Proverbs 4:20-22 (KJV) 20  My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21  Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22  For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

Proverbs 16:24 (KJV) 24  Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Notice the word wholesome and the word health. It’s the same word in Hebrew –  marpé – which means: medicine, cure. That means our words act as a medicine and a cure, for us or for others. How awesome is that!

We need to be speaking words of life in all we do if we want to have the victorious life that the Lord has ordained for us.

Proverbs 4:23 (KJV)
23  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Guard your heart by guarding your words – Pamela

Do You Really Know What Mustard Seed Faith is?

Matthew 17:20 (KJV) 20  And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Luke 17:5-6 (KJV) 5  And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
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.

At first glance, it appears that Jesus is saying that all you need is a tiny bit of faith to get the job done. And technically that’s true. But there’s more to what Jesus is saying if we look closer.

The disciples wanted Jesus to increase their faith but Jesus said that all they needed was a mustard seed-size faith and it would work, but – He goes on to say what that means.

He tells the disciples how to use that small seed of faith to produce results and that means SAYING. Jesus told them if they had faith as small as a mustard seed, they would SAY to the mountain to remove itself and it would obey them. But they are the ones who had to do the saying. They weren’t to leave it up to God. He didn’t say it would obey God but would obey them! That’s huge!

Yes it’s God’s power but we have to activate it by our speaking and commanding. Too many people just stop at the fact that they don’t need much faith to do the job but they totally ignore the fact that they are the ones in control – the ones who have to do the saying if they want results. And, brothers and sisters, they have to speak in faith! That too is huge!

Now, here’s some more insight into mustard seed faith. The mustard seed is the only seed that can’t be hybridized. It can only produce mustard seeds. It can’t be mixed with any other seed and produce something different. That means that the mustard seed faith can’t be mixed with anything else and still be effective. It can’t be mixed with fear, doubt, and unbelief and still produce the desired results.

That small faith MUST be pure and uncontaminated in order to work. And that, my friends, is where most Christians miss it. They think they can pray and then say any ol’ thing and their prayers will still work. No they won’t. You can’t pray one thing and then continue to confess negative things of doubt and unbelief. That’s not faith and it won’t work no matter how much you cry and beg God.

I know this might sound strong but if you really want to grow in faith, you have to learn some things that might be ouchies. And this is probably one of them.

Stay in God’s Word until it becomes the explosive power of God in you — Pamela

The Most Powerful Word in the Bible!

As you know, I teach a lot on words – God’s and ours. Words are extremely important because, as Keith Moore says, “If you have control of your mouth, you have control of your life!”

Today I want to talk about the most important word in the Bible. I can just hear many of you suggesting which one it is but I think you’ll be surprised when I tell you what I have learned from Charles Capps.

Mark 14:35-36 (KJV) 35  And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36  And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

Here we see that Jesus is praying in the Garden of Gethsemane – the night before His crucifixion. This is so intense that He is actually sweating blood! And then He prays the above prayer.

I want to remind you that Jesus always got His prayers answered. Without going into detail, He prays that if at all possible, God would take away what is about to happen to Him – complete separation from His Father and being made sin for us by taking on His sinless pure body all the ugliness and horror of mankind’s sin. He would actually take our place to pay for our sins so that we could be brought back into fellowship with our Father God.

So, Jesus prays that God would take away what is about to happen – but, thank the Lord of Glory, Jesus says – nevertheless, not My will but Yours, Father! If He had not prayed that way and God granted his request, we’d all be on our way to hell with no hope of ever being redeemed!

We have so much to be thankful for!

Strong Spirit vs Weak Spirit

We know that when your body is weak, you cannot do the things you would normally do if you were strong. That being said, it’s the same with your spirit, the real you inside that makes you tick.

If your spirit is strong, your faith is strong but if your spirit is weak, your faith is weak. You can’t have strong faith if your spirit is weak. Perhaps you have already noticed that.

So how do you strengthen your spirit since you can’t actually see your spirit like you can see your body and how can you know if your spirit is strong when you can’t see it?

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

Why does faith come from hearing God’s Word? Because that’s where faith is – in God’s Word. So if we want to strengthen our spirits, we have to get into God’s Word and get His Word into us. And as the Scripture says, faith comes from hearing His Word – not having heard but hearing and hearing and hearing until it sinks deep into us in abundance.

Let me caution you that not all messages preached from the pulpit are filled with faith. Preaching a social gospel or a seeker-friendly message will not instill the faith of God into you. You need to feed on the anointed Word of God that will penetrate right into your heart and cause faith to come, teaching that comes right from the Word of God with His anointing on it.

How do you know if the preaching and teaching is anointed? By the witness of your re-born spirit. Does it witness to you or does your spirit indicate that all is not right? You might be new to this but if you step out and take one step at a time, the Holy Spirit in you will witness to your spirit whether it’s of Him or not. This takes practice but it’s entirely do-able.

Brothers and sisters, hearing from God in your spirit is the most important thing you need to learn. Purpose to seek Him in this and learn how to be sensitive to His voice.

John 10:27 (KJV)
27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Proverbs 18:14 (AMP) 14  The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble, but a weak and broken spirit who can raise up or bear?

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.

Listen and do – Pamela

Here We Go With Those Words Again!

Today I want to talk about the following scripture:

James 1:26 (KJV) 26  If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

What does bridling your tongue have to do with deceiving your heart? Plenty! Bridling means to curb or keep in check. In other words, to rein in and keep under control.

Too many times people just blurt out whatever comes to mind, especially in a discussion or argument. But that’s very dangerous because a lot of things can come out that we don’t really want to come out. And we’re planting seeds we really don’t want to produce!

Also, how about the times when we get discouraged and start making bad confessions of defeat and failure and say that nothing ever works out!

What’s wrong with all this? A lot! Our spirit is designed by God to cause to come to pass whatever we put in it. If we put in bad confessions, whether we mean them or not, our spirit will try to cause them to come to pass. Then when we speak the thing that we really want, it’s confusing to our spirit and that’s where we deceive our spirit.

We need to speak crop failure to all bad confessions!

Brothers and sisters, I’ve taught on this numerous times but it always bears repeating that we absolutely must watch every word that we speak. We must speak according to and in line with God’s Word and not the world’s words of negativity, failure, and defeat.

How can God get involved in our lives if we’re constantly speaking contrary to His Word? He can’t! He only moves in accordance with His Word prayed in faith! And remember, the angels move on the Word of God that we speak!

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.

Psalm 103:20 (KJV) 20  Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

Watch your words and open the door to the blessings of God – Pamela

What’s Really in God’s Word?

2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV) 16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

As you know, I am continuously encouraging you to get into God’s Word and get it into you. So, today I want to elaborate a bit about just what’s in God’s Word and why should we get into it.

God’s Word is just that – His Word, spoken by Him to us. As you can see in the above scripture, His Word was given by inspiration to the writers of the Bible. Let’s look at the word – inspiration.

The word inspiration in the Greek is theopneustos which means divinely breathed in or God-breathed. That means when God spoke His Word into the earth, He spoke part of Himself into each Word. That means His DNA is in the Words He spoke! It contains His very breath! How awesome is that!

Let me give you an example that Rick Renner shared. If you blowup a balloon, the breath you breathe into it sustains it after you tie a knot. But the interesting thing is that the breath you have just breathed into the balloon contains your DNA because it came out of you.

Likewise, when God breathed out His words, they came from inside Him and also contain His DNA. This is so awesome because when we speak His Words, they’re still just as powerful as when He first spoke them. That’s why confession of the Word is so important.

When we confess – speak – God’s Word, we are actually speaking out those Words to cause them to do what they were sent to do.

Isaiah 55:11 (KJV)
11  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.

God’s Word doesn’t automatically come to pass just because it’s in the Bible. It has to be spoken in faith for God to move on it and then POWER comes forth to cause the results. Praise the Lord of Glory!

Start speaking God’s Word in faith over your life and watch what happens — Pamela

Have Your Traditions Replaced God’s Word?

Mark 7:13a (KJV) 13  Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition,

 Traditions, traditions, traditions! We all have them to some degree or other but…are they a good thing or not? Let’s look into this.

There are a lot of traditions that families have: going to college, following in the family business, celebrating holidays, etc.  Even though these in themselves aren’t actually bad, are they what the Lord has for us? Have you prayed about what to do with your life or are you being led by tradition?

Jesus always did what He saw and heard His Father God do and say. Should we expect anything less for ourselves, as born-again Christians?

John 5:19 (KJV) 19  Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
John 8:38a (KJV) 38  I speak that which I have seen with my Father: 

Now, here’s a touchy one: what about Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and even the Tooth Fairy? Yes, celebrating the birth of Jesus and His Resurrection are in line with God’s Word. That we know. But what about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, witches, goblins, and fairies? Do these line up with God’s word or are they distractions to what God has to say?

I realize that many of you probably won’t like what I’m saying but this is not my opinion. This is outright lying to your children and then wondering why they don’t trust you when they grow up.

My suggestion, if you’re still reading this post, is to tell them that this is all make believe and pretend but people just like to have fun with it. That way you can have your fun with Santa Claus but know that your kids are aware that it’s make-believe.

However, this is not so with Halloween. That tradition is demonic and should be avoided at all costs. Glorifying the devil in any way is an abomination to God and certainly should be to you too.

We need to have family traditions of going the church, praying as a family, living the Word of God in front of our children, and even celebrating the birth and Resurrection of Jesus our Lord. And while you’re at it, why not celebrate your kids’ birthdays with a wonderful party of fun and laughter? That’s a happy tradition!

You see, dear brothers and sisters, it’s not really all about what we want. It’s about pleasing our Heavenly Father and giving glory to Him in all we do. That’s when we can experience a life that’s worth living on planet earth!

Start some godly traditions and be so glad you did — Pamela