Are You Living the Life God Intended for You?

Matthew 4:4 (KJV) 4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Are you truly living a life worth living or are you merely holding on ‘til the Rapture? I would venture to say that many Christians have this mind set, even though they probably wouldn’t admit it.

But, is that the best we can expect from God – the One who gives us richly all things to enjoy (I Tim.  6:17), our gracious, merciful, loving Father Who gave His very best – the Lord Jesus – so that we could have eternal fellowship with Him? I think not!

God has good plans for us: prosperity, healing, deliverance, health, joy, etc., etc., etc. And the good news is that His plans haven’t changed. We might have changed, grown weary, been tempted to quit and give up but God is faithful, faithful, faithful! His Word has always worked, is working today, and will work throughout all eternity!

I ask you, dear brothers and sisters, are you living your life to the fullest, resisting fear and unbelief like the poisons they are? Are you living in the health and prosperity God has for you, being sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and walking in God’s plans and purposes for you? That’s the life worth living!

God’s ways always line up with His Word and His Word will always steer you in the right direction. His Word, as I’ve said many times, must absolutely be the benchmark from which we measure everything in this life. His Word must be the bottom line in everything we do if we want to actually live a life worth living on planet earth. His Word has all the answers we’ll ever need to function victoriously and bring glory and honor to our Father God!

(KJV) 17  Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV) 11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Psalm 119:89 (KJV) 89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

1 Peter 1:25a (KJV) 25  But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. 
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.
Philippians 4:13 (KJV) 13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Philippians 4:13 (AMP) 13  I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

Pamela

The Manufacturer’s Handbook

Who would buy an appliance and then not read the instructions to see how it works? Who would buy a car or garden equipment and not read the manual? Of course, some wouldn’t read the manual but most people would. Why? Because they want to operate their new purchase correctly so they can enjoy it.

It’s so disheartening to buy something and then get it home to find out it wasn’t what you expected or didn’t even work at all!

So, I ask you, why would any intelligent human being expect to live successfully on planet earth without reading the Manufacturer’s Handbook – the Bible, God’s Holy Word? But, sad to say, millions are doing just that – living life totally ignorant of God’s instructions, plans, and purposes for them.

Brothers and sisters, more than ever before we need to immerse ourselves in God’s Word to strengthen and enable us to be the overcoming Church that we’re called to be. A crisis exposes where our faith is and without God’s Word in our hearts, we can’t have God’s power working in us.

In John 15:5 Jesus said that without Him we can do nothing. But the good news is that if we’re born-again, we’re not without Him! Yes, Jesus will never leave or forsake us but that doesn’t guarantee victory in our daily living.

God’s Word has to be the benchmark from which we measure everything in life. I know I say this a lot but it’s so important. If we want to live victorious lives we need to do it God’s way – from a Biblical perspective. For sure, it makes life a whole lot easier.

Remember Gen, 1:26 when God gave the “dominion mandate” to Adam and Eve? That’s for us too but the only way we’re going to accomplish it is to know and stand on God’s Word.

Rise up Church and take you place!

John 15:5 (KJV) 5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Hebrews 13:5b (KJV) 5  …  I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Genesis 1:26 (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.

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) 15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Isaiah 60:1-3 (KJV) 1  Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
2  For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
3  And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Matthew 5:16 (KJV) 16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
2 Timothy 3:14 (KJV) 14  But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

Pamela

Are We the Glorious Church?

Jesus is coming back for a glorious Church, a not a wimpy one.

Ephesians 5:27 (KJV) 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.
Luke 18:8b (KJV) 8  …  Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

These are two revealing scriptures. First, that Jesus calls us the Glorious Church because He knows the end from the beginning [Isaiah 46:10]. We might not look like the Glorious Church now but we will by the time He returns.

Secondly, notice about the spots and wrinkles. Among other things, this has to do with wavering. Are we wavering in our stand or are we firmly planted on God’s Word! Do we fold up like a $2 suitcase when a crisis comes or do we continue to stand on God’s Word and trust His faithfulness?

During this time of election results (in the USA), I’ve been hearing disheartening information that many “Christians” have lost confidence because they have been duped by the fake news regarding who has won the presidency. They have believed lies and are suffering for it.

Know this, brothers and sisters, God doesn’t lie. He has spoken through His prophets in these times and we need to stand on those words. I firmly believe that Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated in January 2021 and we will have averted a massive collapse of this country!

If we fall apart in times of crises, who will be there to lead the people? God is raising up His army to forge ahead and take this world for Jesus. I know that not all will be saved but we have our part to do the Lord’s will so everyone has a chance and that no one has an excuse!

2 Peter 3:9 (KJV) 9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

We are the Church of Philadelphia and God is counting on us to be all that He has purposed for us to be!

We’re to be strong in the Lord, not in ourselves. That’s how we overcome the world – by the blood of the Lamb and faith in His Word!

We’re overcomers and we need to act like it!

Ephesians 6:10 (KJV) 10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

1 John 5:4 (KJV) 4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Revelation 12:11a (KJV) 11  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; 

Isaiah 46:10 (KJV) 10  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

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?
Amos 3:7 (KJV) 7  Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

Revelation 3:7-13 (KJV)

Pamela

Where are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?

Look around and tell me if you see the gifts of the Holy Spirit manifesting. Most of you will say that you don’t see them in operation. But Church history confirms that the gifts of the Holy Spirit have been in operation ever since the early Church, even though many have proclaimed that they have passed away.

So, I ask you, are the gifts of the Spirit for us today and if so, why don’t we see them manifesting? The short answer is that the gifts of the Spirit as identified in I Corinthians 12 are definitely and absolutely for us today and should be in operation in the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. So, what’s the problem?

Before I discuss the problem, let me give you some scriptures to confirm that the Gifts are for us today.

Hebrews 13:8 (KJV) 8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Malachi 3:6a (KJV) 6  For I am the LORD, I change not; 
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?
Romans 11:29 (KJV) 29  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

God doesn’t lie and therefore, His Word can be trusted. He gave the gifts and He hasn’t taken them back. In fact we need them today more than ever!

1 Corinthians 12:8-10 (KJV) 8  For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9   To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10   To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

Here we see just what gifts we’re talking about. But, again I ask you, since Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, why aren’t seeing the Gifts in manifestation the way God intended us to? If we’re baptized with the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues, then we should be operating in the Gifts.

God hasn’t changed; people have. It seems that the Gifts are not as important to many people as they should be. Yes, there has been some whacky stuff happen with carnal Christians, but that doesn’t negate the fact that the genuine exists.

John 14:12 (KJV) 12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Here we have the bonafide words of Jesus. Again I ask you, are we seeing the Church doing the works of Jesus? Certainly not the way God wants it to happen. Why?

I am always amazed that there are still Christians in the body of Christ who don’t believe the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are for us today even though they’re in operation in many ministries! How in the world can they believe this with a clear conscience? His gifts are certainly and most assuredly for us today and do we ever need them!!!

If we’re going to get the attention of the unsaved world, we need to move in the supernatural. That will certainly get their attention and then we can tell them about Jesus.

Mark 16:20 (KJV) 20  And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

If we preach and teach the Word of God, He is faithful to confirm His Word with signs following! Wow, do we need this is our meetings!

Pamela

Whose Voice are You Listening to?

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.

If you’ve been paying attention to what’s going on in the world today, there are a lot of people saying a lot of things – some good and a lot bad. How do you know who is right? How do we guard our hearts from being deceived when something seems to be so right? Good questions.

The short answer is:

1 – ask yourself what the Word of God has to say about it and –

2 – what do you witness in your spirit?

God always provides a way for you to know what is true and what is false but you have to set your heart to hear from Him.

Listen to what Jesus said:

John 10:4-5 (KJV) 4  And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
5  And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

John 10:14 (KJV) 14  I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

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

Jesus said that His sheep know His voice but does that include you or are you still puzzled about actually hearing the voice of the Lord? Too many people are puzzled or don’t even know that it’s possible to hear from the Lord for themselves. This is not God’s plan for us.

So, how do we know that we’re hearing the Lord’s voice – our Good Shepherd – and not a wrong voice of the enemy?

First of all, we have to believe what Jesus said – that we can and do know His voice. If you start out on the wrong premise, you’ll never get to your goal. Never, never, never say that you don’t hear from the Lord or that He doesn’t speak to you! He’s constantly speaking to us but with all the clutter around us, it makes it hard to discern what we’re hearing.

You have to set your heart to know that you can hear the Lord’s voice. Make that determination and stick to it. God hasn’t lied to you. If Jesus said that you can hear His voice, then you can!

Romans 4:17b (KJV) 17  …  and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Speak forth what you want, not what you have. Just like you have to call for your healing, you have to call for God’s Word to manifest in your life. Time is too short for us to float along and hope that things work out. We have to be on our guard 24/7 because the enemy is looking for whom he may devour. We need to be the “may nots!”

And remember to:

1 –  Check God’s Word against everything you hear plus the witness in your spirit. If it doesn’t agree with the Word of God, reject it.

2 – If you don’t witness to it, reject it or put it on the shelf.

1 Peter 5:8 (KJV) 8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 

2 Peter 3:17 (KJV) 17  Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
Revelation 3:11 (KJV) 11  Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Pamela

Don’t Wimp Out!

Because of the current unrest due to the ongoing election results, I’m going to address some things and give you a word of encouragement. Remember, God is still on the throne, Jesus is still Lord, and the Holy Spirit is alive and well on planet earth!

Brothers and sisters, this is not the time to faint and give up. This is not the time to start believing the “fake news” – the prophets of Baal. This is not the time to grow weary but to stand strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  

Galatians 6:9 (KJV) 9  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Ephesians 6:10 (KJV) 10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

This is the time to rise up and keep believing what God has already said.  

2 Chronicles 20:20b (KJV) 20  … Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

Amos 3:7 (KJV) 7  Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

1 Chronicles 16:22 (KJV) 22  Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

Always check out everything you hear by the Word of God and by the witness in your spirit. That way you can guard your heart from deception.

We are to believe His prophets. And if you’ve been following the pre-election prophecies, you know that it was prophesied that Joe Biden would falsely claim victory before the final declaration of the presidency.

Donald J. Trump will be declared Presidency of the USA but not without a battle. Don’t let you faith falter. Remember, faith is the substance of what you are expecting and the evidence of what you don’t yet see in the physical realm. If you can see it in the physical realm, you don’t need faith to believe it.

We who are born-again, Spirit-filled Christians need to show forth our faith. The unsaved world is watching us. This is not the time to give up. It doesn’t take any effort to quit and give up. But it does take effort and diligence to stand firm on what we believe – God’s Word.

In II Chron. 20:20-24 when Jehoshaphat sent the praisers out ahead of the army, the Lord set ambushments against the enemy and they turned on each other and destroyed themselves.

We need to keep praising God and watch for the manifestation of the victory right before our eyes. These obstacles are just a blip on the road to victory – and we win!

God isn’t moved off His throne because of the current distress and neither should we be moved from our stand of faith!

Let’s keep things in perspective and laugh with the Lord!

Psalm 2:1-4 (KJV) 1  Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
3  Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
4  He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

Psalm 37:12-13 (KJV) 12  The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
13  The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

2 Chronicles 20:20-24 (KJV) 20  And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
21  And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
22  And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
23  For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
24  And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.

Pamela

Be Not Deceived!

Ephesians 4:14 (KJV) 14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

It doesn’t take much to notice all the deception that’s being perpetrated against us as a nation. We’re getting it from all sides – especially the fake news media, who only reports what they want, whether or not it’s true! But, as you know, it hasn’t always been that way.

So, what can we do or what should we do to guard our hearts against all the deception around us? Well, you probably know what I’m about to say, if you’ve been reading my blogs for any length of time: what does the Word of God say and what do you witness to in your spirit?

Brothers and sisters, now more than ever, God’s Word has to be the benchmark from which we measure everything in our lives. We are not to ignorantly and naively believe everything everyone says. The only TRUTH is: what does God say!

2 Timothy 3:13 (KJV) 13  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

God’s Word tells us that evil people will keep deceiving and getting very skilled at it. Only by the Lord’s discernment will we be able to rightly divide what we hear.

 1 Corinthians 15:33 (KJV) 33  Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

We know that if we hang out with the wrong people, we will become like them – thinking, believing, and acting. But what about hanging out with the fake news media and believing what they’re saying? What about reading books that contradict God’s Word? And of course, what about your “friends” who believe things contrary to God’s Word? Don’t think that these things won’t influence you; they will but not for good.

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

God strongly commands us to guard our hearts – what we put in by hearing, seeing, and thinking. What we put into or allow to get into our hearts is what will come out. And this, my dear friends, is what’s important in times of crisis. You don’t want the world’s evil thoughts to come forth when you’re believing for a breakthrough from God.

This is so serious. We need to be on guard 24/7, guarding what we let through to our hearts. Perhaps we need to change the channel more often! If the news upsets you, turn it off! You’ll get the main points along the line.

I know people, Christians, who are terribly affected by the news. This can even lead to physical ailments. We need to be very cautious!

I’ll leave you with this: check out everything you hear and see against the Word of God and listen to your spirit. If it doesn’t line up, reject it or put it on the shelf. If we sincerely want to know the truth, God will show us. You can count on it!

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

Matthew 24:11 (KJV) 11  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

Pamela

Using Your Spiritual Authority – [Spiritual Authority – Part VII]

It’s not enough to just know that you have spiritual authority in this world, you need to know how to use it. Let’s review what we have taught so far.

We have the Word of God, the Name of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit. We also know that we are the ones who must exercise our authority and resist the devil and he will flee. We also have all the promises of God to undergird us and the armor of God to further equip us.

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.

Ephesians 6:11 (KJV) 11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

So, how do we use these weapons God has given us? Simply by doing what He has told us to do.

John 14:12 (KJV) 12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Matthew 10:8 (KJV) 8  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
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.

Too many times Christians pray and don’t expect results. I know that sounds counterproductive but I’ve seen it happen many times. They pray because they know that’s what they’re to do, but never expect to get results. That shouldn’t be. They should get into the Word and build their faith so that they can believe His Word and get their desired results.

Jesus told us to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out demons. And, just how are we to do that? By using our spiritual authority and the name of Jesus! We need to speak to the mountains in our lives and command them to go. All of God’s promises are voice activated. We can’t just hope everything will work out. We need to SPEAK to the circumstances in Jesus’ name and command them to line up with the Word of God.

And another thing: we have authority over the weather! I think I just lost some of you right here but it’s true nonetheless. We can command the weather to be obedient to God’s Word and

Psalm 148:7-10 (KJV) 7  Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:
8  Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word:
9  Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:
10  Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:

This really works but you have to speak forth God’s Word in faith. We have authority over our part of the world and it will respond to faith because faith created it!

Genesis 1:28 (KJV) 28  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Remember the dominion mandate that God gave Adam. We have that too and we need to exercise it. We are the ones with spiritual authority from God and if it’s going to get done, we have to do it. We don’t have authority over the entire world, just our part. If everyone would do their part, things would be a whole lot better! [Note: We have authority over the earth, but not people. That’s witchcraft to try to control people. We need to bind the evil spirits that are influencing people to do evil.]

Jesus defeated and paralyzed satan and now we need to occupy and defend that defeat. That’s our part. Jesus already did His part; we need to do our part. He’s coming back for a glorious Church without spot or wrinkle and we need to be ready!

Ephesians 5:27 (KJV) 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.

Ephesians 6:10-18 (KJV)

Pamela

Using Our Spiritual Weapons – Part II [Spiritual Authority – Part VI]

We began last time teaching about our spiritual weapons. So far, we’ve discussed the utmost need for studying the Word of God and the power in the name of Jesus. These are two of the most powerful weapons to use when dealing with any circumstance. Speak God’s Word into the situation by faith and expect results!

Next I want to talk about the power of resistance.

1 Peter 5:8-9 (KJV) 8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

James 4:7 (KJV) 7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

You see, the devil will try to devour everyone he can but we have the power to not be devoured! We have the authority to resist him and all of his tactics against us. Then in James 4:7 we see that we are to submit ourselves to God first and then resist the devil and he will flee from us.

Just how do we resist the devil? By using the Word of God and the name of Jesus against Him – both of which he hates!

John 16:7 (KJV) 7  Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
1 John 4:4 (KJV) 4  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Being baptized in the Holy Spirit empowers us to withstand and resist the devil’s attacks because the Holy Spirit is the Greater One Who lives in us and empowers us. If the devil had any sense, he wouldn’t mess with born-again, Spirit-filled Christians because he gets clobbered every time!

Then we have the following Words of Jesus:

John 14:12 (KJV) 12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Matthew 10:8 (KJV) 8  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

How are we to do the works of Jesus—the same way He did – by the Holy Spirit anointing! We are to speak God’s Word in the name of Jesus and effect a healing and a cure and a solution!

All of this might seem a bit over-simplified to you and questionable about whether or not they’ll work. But, I assure you that God’s Word always works if it’s spoken in faith. However, this doesn’t come overnight. It takes time to build faith in your heart. Just acknowledging that you believe God’s Word and actually having it in your heart in abundance are two different things.

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

Faith comes by hearing and hearing and hearing and hearing… the Word of God. It’s not instantaneous. It takes time, effort, diligence and stick-to-it-tiveness. This is a life style, a way of life, if you want to walk in the power of God and see miracles right before your eyes!

So, keep studying God’s Word and speak it in faith. We’re the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ and we’re to show forth His goodness to gather as many as possible to His Kingdom! Time, as we know it, is short and there’s a great work to be done! Let’s go for it!

Luke 19:13b (KJV) 13  … Occupy till I come.
Ephesians 5:27 (KJV) 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.

I encourage you to read books about Spiritual Authority by:

Charles Capps

Kenneth E.Hagin

Andrew Wommack

Pamela

Using Our Spiritual Weapons – Part I [Spiritual Authority – Part V]

It’s not a question of whether or not we need spiritual weapons. It’s a necessity if we want to survive on planet earth in these end times!

Let’s discuss some of the spiritual weaponry God has given us to be overcomers. We’ll start with His Word.

Romans 1:16 (KJV) 16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

The Word of God is our most foundational weapon against the wiles of the devil. God’s Word has every answer we’ll ever need and it works every time. But, it has to be accompanied by faith. Just quoting God’s Word won’t get you the desired results if it’s not mixed with faith. But, when it’s mixed with faith, it has dynamite power to accomplish whatever is needed.

Of course, in order to speak God’s Word into the situation, you must know God’s Word, and that takes time, effort, and diligence. Then when you come up against a situation, God’s Word will come up out of your spirit to handle the problem.

Philippians 2:9-10 (KJV) 9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Next, I want to look at the Name of Jesus. His name is above every name that is named and everything has a name: cancer, drug addiction, diabetes, mental and emotional issues, etc. Everything that has a name has to bow to the name of Jesus, if we command it in faith. There’s that faith again!

So, what is this faith that is so necessary for everything to work? Simply put, faith is believing that what God has said is true and then acting on that. And as Andrew Wommack says, “Faith is our positive response to what God has already given us by His grace.”

What we see is that in order for God’s Word to work on our behalf, we must use our faith and believe that what He has said is true and then take Him at His Word. It’s really not hard but “religion” has made it seem nearly impossible.

We’ll continue on spiritual weaponry next time.

1 Peter 5:8 (KJV) 8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
James 4:7 (KJV) 7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Pamela