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

Are Your Words Good Enough to Eat?

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

Our words should be a blessing every time we speak. That way, if we have to eat them, they’ll be sweet and nourishing. What am I saying?

In the above scripture, we see that pleasant words are like honeycomb. That means agreeable words, not harsh, antagonistic words, preferably God’s Word coming out of our mouths.

The word health in this scripture is marpê which actually means medicine or a cure. This means that when we speak God’s Word – what He says – we can expect to get our health restored, our relationships restored, and our life restored.

Brothers and sisters, the reason I emphasize the importance of our words is that God emphasizes it. Everything He did or does is by speaking His Word first and getting it into the earth to do is will.

Did you know that before Jesus could come to the earth as a man, God had to get His Word into the earth? It took millennia to do this. And then when He found a prophet who would actually speak forth His word – Isaiah – it took another 750 years until Jesus was actually born here.

As my Pastor, Keith Moore says, if you believe the very first verse of the Bible, you won’t have trouble with the rest! God spoke and it was! His Word always works!

Genesis 1:1 (KJV)
1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Happy eating – Pamela

Watch your mouth!

Proverbs 16:23 (KJV) 23  The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

How true this is! But wait – what does this mean? How can your heart teach your mouth? Read on.

Jesus said that out of the abundance – or overflow – of your heart, your mouth speaks. [Matthew 12:34] That means whatever is in your heart in abundance, will eventually come out of your mouth – whether good of bad. It works both ways.

What we should want is for only good to come out of our mouths. That way we will be a blessing to those who hear us. Have you ever been sharing the Word with someone and something profound came out of your mouth? That’s because you had already put it in. That’s what is so exciting about getting the Word into your heart so that when you need for it to come out, it’s there. Otherwise, whatever else is in your heart will come out and it might not always be a good thing. I think you know what I mean.

Let’s get God’s Word into us so that we can trust what comes out of our mouths and be a blessing to those around us.

Matthew 12:34b (KJV) 34  …  for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

You can do it!

We Need to be Thankful!

Being thankful is one of the big keys to promotion in the Lord. He tells us over and over to be thankful and appreciative of what He’s done for us. But are we thankful?

I have observed that many people are more focused on what they don’t have than on what they do have. God has so provided for us in every way that we can literally spend all eternity thanking Him for all He’s done for us.

Unfortunately, the devil has gotten in and made us think that we’re deprived and have to do without in order to get through this life. Not so!

If we’re lacking in any area, it’s not God’s fault but ours! Why can I say that? Because He has so graciously provided everything we’ll ever need on planet earth to be successful and victorious but most people don’t believe that.

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.

This shows us just part of what God has already given us – all things! And just for the record, there are over 7000 promises in the Bible for us! So how do we get them to manifest in our lives?

You guessed it – by our faith! Faith accesses the promises. All the promises are in the spirit realm. Faith is the bridge that brings things from the spirit realm into the physical realm. That’s how God set it up to work and it works if we work it!

One of the ways or keys to accessing the spirit realm is by speaking God’s Word. Mark 11:23-24 is an example.

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.

When we speak God’s Word, it gives Jesus something to work with and gives the angels something to move on. But we have to actually do the speaking. We can’t just beg and plead with God to do it for us.

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.

If we want the devil off our backs, we have to do the resisting, not ask God to do it for us. Notice that the devil will flee from you when you resist him, not flee from God.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)
18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Let’s thank the Lord for His goodness to us — Pamela

Does Following the Lord Seem Hard to You?

As you know, being a Christian necessarily means that we are followers of Jesus Christ. But sometimes the things we’re supposed to do seem hard and unattainable. For example:

Do you have a habit that keeps crawling out and trying to overtake you – like eating too much, maybe smoking, maybe foul language, not loving the unlovely, etc.? Or maybe you’re a people-pleaser and you know that this isn’t a good life style but it seems so hard to break out of that habit. Well, I have good news for all my brothers and sisters in the Lord.

The reason why you might be having a hard time is because you’re trying to do it in the flesh instead of letting the Holy Spirit undergird you. Trying to walk the Christian life in the flesh doesn’t work and can get very discouraging. You have to do it empowered by the Holy Spirit. Then it will work and the anointing of God will enable you to overcome your weaknesses.

Galatians 1:10 (KJV) 10  For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
1 Thessalonians 2:4 (KJV) 4  But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.

You can do it– Pamela

Who are You Following?

It seems that any one time in our lives, we’re following someone or something: people, beliefs, ideologies, concepts, ideas, and the list goes on and on. But, is there a right answer to the question: who should we follow? Yes there is and it’s the Lord Jesus Christ!

John 13:15 (KJV) 15  For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.  

Jesus tells us that He is the example to follow and rightly so since He was and is the perfect example of how we should live. But how many do that? Not many. Just look around and ask yourself if those you’re observing are following in Jesus’ footsteps and changing the world for good? Look in the mirror and ask yourself the same question.

So what’s the problem? Notice what Jesus 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.

As Christians, we should, of all people be following and acting like Jesus would act but we aren’t. Why not? Because we don’t have confidence that we can do what He has told us we can do. But wait—there’s an answer to that.

Whenever we have to step out and take a risk, whether it’s an action, sharing some scriptures with others, or praying for the sick, we don’t have that anointing until we actually step out. Then we get God’s empowerment.

Too many people are waiting for the “anointing” to hit before they step out but it doesn’t work that way. You have to step our first and then the anointing kicks in.

It’s similar to the Israelites crossing the Jordan River. The priests had to step into the river before it divided and they could go across. [Joshua 3:1-17]

And so it is with us. We have to be bold and step out to do what God has told us to do and then we’ll receive the empowerment to do it. There’s no place for a wimpy attitude!

Ephesians 5:1 (KJV) 1  Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

1 Corinthians 11:1 (KJV) 1  Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

Let’s follow in Jesus’ footsteps and see miracles right before our eyes — Pamela

Is Unforgiveness Blocking Your Faith?

As I’ve said many times: faith in God’s Word comes by hearing God’s Word, over and over and over. Faith doesn’t come by having heard! Everything you need from God comes by faith because faith is the access road to His promises. 

Now I know that there’s more in the Bible than faith but everything in the Bible works by faith! That’s important!

There are numerous things that can block and negate your faith and therefore, stop you from receiving the blessings you desire. The one I want to address today is unforgiveness. I know this is going to touch a chord in some people but stick with me and it’ll be good.

Unforgiveness is in direct violation of God’s Word. And since God can’t bless rebellion to His Word, unforgiveness has to be dealt with and eliminated. Let’s look at what Jesus had to say:

Matthew 18:32-35 (KJV) 32  Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33  Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? 34  And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.35  So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

Mark 11:25-26 (KJV) 25  And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

As you can see, unforgiveness is totally against what Jesus taught: that we should forgive one another, just as our Heavenly Father has so graciously forgiven us. But if we don’t forgive, we won’t be forgiven. However, this is not talking about the sins that Jesus paid for on the cross. Those are already paid for. What it means is that when we hold unforgiveness toward someone, it opens the door for the devil to beat our spiritual brains out and torment us. This is not a pretty picture! 

When you forgive, you’re really doing it for yourself and not the other person, who probably doesn’t give a hoot! Also, forgiving someone doesn’t mean they were right and you were wrong. Forgiveness means that you refuse to hold a grudge against anyone. You don’t want to “rent space” in your mind regarding that other person! We can do this!

You can’t be in faith when you’re acting against God’s Word. It will short-circuit your faith and you won’t get anything. So how do you forgive someone who has really hurt you? By just forgiving! It’s a choice and it’s not based on feelings. Remember, if you only go by your feelings, you’ll be a spiritual cripple and never walk in the supernatural things of God.

Choosing to forgive is simply a decision to actually forgive! You decide. It’s an act of your will and you can do it. The Lord would be unrighteous to tell us to do something that we couldn’t do. If you wait ’til you feel like forgiving, you probably won’t do it. So, just do it and get on with your life. Living in torment is not a life worth living and you’re the one who’s being tormented, not the other person.

Too many times we brush unforgiveness under the ol’ proverbial carpet and hope we don’t have to deal with it. You’re an overcomer, so overcome and use your faith to please God and fulfill all the plans He has for you!

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.

Get rid of that evil unforgiveness and live in peace — Pamela

If You Wait ’til You Have the Need, You Waited too Long!

How many times have you been in a situation when you knew your faith wasn’t strong enough to overcome? Unfortunately for many, it’s way too often. My pastor says if you wait ’til you have the need, you waited too long.

Let’s look at some examples. If you wait ’til you’re sick to start confessing healing scriptures, it’s too late. If you wait ’til the taxes are due before you start confessing financial scriptures, it’s too late. So, what do you do?

Instead of waiting ’til you get sick, start confessing health and healing scriptures and speaking to your body now: No weapon formed against me shall prosper; God always causes me to triumph in Christ Jesus; with long life will He satisfy me; by the stripes of Jesus I have been healed; my youth is renewed as the eagles. [Isaiah 54:17; II Corinthians 2:14; Psalm 91:16; I Peter 2:24; Psalm 103:5]

By confessing what God has to say, you’re fortifying yourself before the attack and in most cases, your faith-filled positive confessions will actually ward off the attacks.

God’s Word always works but you have to build up your walls ahead of time. Faith in God’s Word comes by hearing God’s Word. You can’t build your faith in the middle of a crisis, any more than building a boat in the middle of a flood.

Building and developing strong faith takes diligence and effort, doing it on purpose. You don’t get strong faith by accident! Get into the Word and let the Word get into you. God is faithful, faithful, faithful and He is always looking for someone who will stand on His Word, believe it, and see it come to pass. [II Chronicles 16:9a]

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

 Let’s get building — Pamela

There’s Power in Consistency

Being consistent is of the utmost importance if you’re ever going to succeed in what you’re doing. For example, exercising. If you want the full benefits of exercise, you have to do it on a regular basis. If you want the full benefits of dieting, you have to do it on a regular basis. Intermittent adherence to exercise – being a week-end warrior – or dieting once a week is not going to get you the desired results you want.

And so it is with the promises of God. Reading a promise verse daily is not going to build your faith for said promise. Listening to one short Sunday sermon is not going to cause you to develop strong faith. What you do on a consistent basis is what will have an effect on you. Unfortunately, it even works in the negative. Listening to negative things on TV will cause them to have an effect on you – fear, worry, anxiety.

Faith in God comes by hearing and hearing and hearing His Word. It doesn’t come by having heard! It’s a daily, 24/7 process – always keeping the Word of God before your eyes and in your ears. Everyone can do it. It’s a matter of choosing what’s important to you.

Am I saying you have to have your nose in the Bible every minute? No. I’m saying you have to get the Word into your heart and that will cause you to be able to meditate on it day and night. You’re always thinking about something. That’s not the problem. It’s what you’re thinking about that causes faith to develop or to be hindered.

Thinking on negative things will hinder your faith: things like fear, worry, anxiety. You are well able to choose to think on good things. God tells you to do that and if He told you do something, then you CAN do it!

Purpose in your heart to give God more of your time by getting into His Word and studying it to develop your faith. Remember, you don’t get strong faith accidentally. It takes effort and diligence on a consistent basis. And when you do it God’s way, you will succeed!

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

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. 

Happy studying — Pamela

Are You Accommodating Your Weaknesses?

Paul told us in Ephesians to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

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

The word POWER in this verse is the Greek word kratos which means a power that is demonstrative, eruptive, and tangible and almost always comes with an external or outward manifestation. It’s the same word that is used in Ephesians 1:19-20:

Ephesians 1:19-20 (KJV) 19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power [dunamis] to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power [kratos],20  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

The power that raised Jesus from the dead is the kratos power of God – demonstrative, eruptive, tangible. It’s all part of His dunamis – miraculous power – but in demonstration.

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. 

Do you see that the same power of God that raised Jesus from the dead is the same power of God that dwells in you! That’s awesome! 

When the power of God shot through Jesus’ body, it changed Him! And that’s what can happen to you. When the power of God shoots through you, it WILL change you!

We are told to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Too many times we succumb to the ways of the world because we’ve been in it for so long. If they say that by a certain age, eyes begin to change, hearing starts to go, memory lapses increase, and we get weaker physically, we agree with them. Then we fall into the same programming and end up getting exactly what we have confessed and believed for, but not what we truly want.

After all, people say, I’m just human! But that’s not true, if you’ve been born-again. You’re not just human. One-third of you is wall-to-wall Holy Ghost and He’s perfect! You have the power of Almighty God residing in you to help you in every way!

Nowhere in the Bible does it say that you have to get weak and decrepit. Your eyes don’t have to dim, or your hearing subside, or your physical condition weaken making you susceptible to any number of available sicknesses, diseases, and afflictions. Moses is a prime example:

Deuteronomy 34:7 (KJV) 7  And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated. 

Your organs don’t have to diminish or weaken. You can be strong in your senior years and continue to live a vibrant, full life until the Rapture or until you’re satisfied and ready to go home to Heaven. It’s your choice and highly dependent on the words of your mouth.

As born-again believers, we need to stop making excuses for our weaknesses and focus on God’s power in us that’s available 24/7.

 Psalm 91:16 (KJV) 16  With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation. 

Go get ‘em — Pamela