What’s in a Name? [Part II]

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.

What a powerful scripture!

Last time we talked about the Name of Jesus and the fact that everything Jesus was, is, and ever shall be is embodied in His Name and we have Power of Attorney to use His Name in His place. Praise the Lord – that’s awesome!

Now I want to look at how Jesus got His Name and the significance it has in our lives.

First of all, He inherited His Named from His Father.

Hebrews 1:4 (KJV) 4  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. [The angels]

Second, His Name was bestowed upon Him.

Philippians 2:9 (KJV) 9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name [THE Name] which is above every name:

His name is above every name that can be named and everything is subject to that Name.

Third, He received His Name by conquest – His achievements.

Colossians 2:15 (KJV) 15  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Colossians 1:13 (KJV) 13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

Jesus went to hell where He defeated and paralyzed satan and his cohorts – parading him as a defeated foe in front of them. Then He arose triumphantly by the power of the Holy Spirit and ascended to heaven to present His precious Blood on the Holy Altar of Heaven as the atoning sacrifice for our sins, thereby satisfying the claims of justice for all humanity.

Jesus is our Victor Who paid the price for our sins so we don’t have to! For this we are eternally grateful. What a Savior we have! But there’s a condition: you must accept and receive Him as Lord and Savior. That’s your part. God already did His part and now we are the ones who must do the receiving.

Our part now is to walk in the victory that Jesus gained for us and be his body on earth. Our part is to enforce satan’s defeat by resisting him and his evil tactics. Jesus is the head and we’re His body on earth. Where the Head goes, the body goes! He’s here with us by the power of the Holy Spirit and we’re actually seated with Him (spiritually) in heavenly places.

Ephesians 2:4-6 (KJV) 4  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

I want to show you some of the ways we use the awesome Name of Jesus in our everyday lives.

1 – Salvation

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

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.

We must come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ by believing in our hearts and confessing Him with our mouths.

2 – Deliverance

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.
Matthew 18:18 (KJV) 18  Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Luke 11:21-22 (KJV) 21  When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:
22  But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.

It’s so good to know that we have authority over the devil and his evil ways. We bind and resist him in the Name of Jesus and has to flee! But even though we have that authority, we must use our faith to do it by believing it!

3 – Healing

1 Peter 2:24 (KJV) 24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
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.

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.

Acts 3:6 (KJV) 6  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
Acts 9:34 (KJV) 34  And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.

We have to speak to the sickness, disease, and infirmity in the Name of Jesus and command it to go. Notice John 14:13-14:

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.

The word ASK in these scriptures is the word aiteo in Greek and means to demand. We are to make a demand on sickness and disease and command it to go. The same with the devil and demons and the promises of God. We’re not demanding of God to do something but demanding to get what is ours. The price has been paid and we now have that authority to be commanders of God’s Word.

4- Baptisms

There are three baptisms:

A – Baptized into Christ when we get saved,

B – Water baptism which is and outward manifestation of what has taken place in us by the new birth,

C – And baptism in the Holy Spirit which enables and empowers us to do exploits for the Lord.

5 – Worship, praise, and thanksgiving

Ephesians 5:20 (KJV) 20  Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Philippians 4:6 (KJV) 6  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV) 18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Hebrews 13:15 (KJV) 15  By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
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.

We use the Name of Jesus in our worship, praise, and thanksgiving to our Father and Lord Jesus. How awesome to be able to praise the God of the universe, Creator of all things, and He actually receives our praise and worship and thanksgiving!

6 – Prayers, petition, requests, intercessions, dedications

All of these are slightly different but all are done in the Name of Jesus.

John 16:23 (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.

Philippians 4:6 (KJV) 6  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
1 Timothy 2:1(KJV) 1  I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

7 – Using your spiritual authority and speaking to the problem

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.

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

Remember, faith is voice activated so you must speak to your problem in the Name of Jesus and it has to obey you because Jesus said it would. The key here is that it must be spoken in faith. If you waver, doubt, and worry, you cancel your faith and you’ll get no results! Stay in faith and watch the power of God move on your behalf.

God has so provided for us by giving us Jesus’ Name to accomplish what He has for us to do. Yes, we need to believe that this is for us and we have to know that Jesus’ Name, spoken in faith out of our mouths, will do exactly what He would do if He were here doing it in person. It’s not our power but His and He always backs up His Word.

Praise the Lord for His unspeakable gift to us – the Lord Jesus Christ!

Pamela

What’s in a Name? [Part I]

When we hear someone’s name, it immediately projects an image of that person in our minds. When we hear the name of a book, movie or song, the same thing happens – we associate the name of what we have heard with the thing or person it represents.

It’s the same with sickness and disease. When we heart the name – word cancer, it projects an image of a dreaded affliction. It’s the same with other things like animals, pets, and even types of cars. When we hear their names, we envision them in our minds.

So, what’s the point I’m making? Simply that everything has a name that represents itself – good or bad. And now for the good part: everything that has a name was created by words and is still subject to words. Jesus is THE Word and therefore everything that has a name is subject to the Name of Jesus. We have power over everything that comes against us. Let’s look at some scriptures to verify this. [Note: God did not create sickness and disease. It’s a perversion of health and wholeness.]

Philippians 2:9-11 (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;
11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

When verse nine say a name, it should read the name because that’s what the Greek says. Jesus was given the Name that His Father had reserved for Him. Even though the name of Jesus was a common name back then, when it was bestowed on Him, it became the embodiment of all that He was, is, and ever shall be. That’s why Jesus gave us His Name to use in His place when He ascended to the Father so that we can do the same works that He did.

Let’s look at John 14:12-14:

John 14:12-14 (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.
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.

Jesus tells us we’re to do the same works that He did and then in verses 13-14 He tells us to use His Name when making a demand on the promises of God, rebuking the devil and his evil demons, or commanding a healing to come forth.

You see, dear brothers, and sisters, we have been given Power of Attorney to use the Name of Jesus as if He were actually doing what we’re doing. Look at Acts 3:6:

Acts 3:6 (KJV)6  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

Peter and John encountered the crippled man who was begging alms outside the temple. So what did Peter do? He gave the man what he had – the Name of Jesus and all that backed it up – and the man was healed!

Philemon 1:6 (KJV)
6  That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

Notice that we have to acknowledge every good thing in us in order to be able to function in it. If we don’t know what we have been given we can’t walk in it. Peter and John knew that Jesus had given them His name to use to effect a healing and a cure and they ran with it! And the man received his healing.

Philemon 6 tells us that we transfer our faith and cause it to be effective by our acknowledging every good thing in us – given to us by our God. That’s what Peter did. He knew that power he had in the Name of Jesus and he exercised it and the crippled man was healed.

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.

Then there’s Mark 11:23-24. How do we do this? We speak to the mountains in our lives by commanding them to go in Jesus’ Name! And it’s the same with Matt. 18:19-20:

Matthew 18:19-20 (KJV) 19  Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

When two agree as touching anything they shall ask, it’ll be done because they’re making a demand or request in the Name of Jesus. Then in vs. 20 it says that Jesus is right there to cause it to come to pass!

Remember, the Name of Jesus is awesome, wonderful, and powerful because of Who stands behind it! Praise the Lord of Glory!

Acts 3:1-8 (KJV) 1  Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
2  And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
3  Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4  And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5  And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7  And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8  And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

[To be continued in Part II]

Pamela

Are You Guarding Your Heart? [Part II]

Proverbs 4:20-27 (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.
23  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
24  Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
25  Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26  Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
27  Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

Last time we discussed verses 20-22. Today we’ll look at the rest of the verses.

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.

Combining these two translations, we’re told to keep and guard our hearts because out of our hearts come forth the issues or springs of our lives. What does this mean?

To keep your heart means to maintain and preserve your heart and you do this by making God’s Word a priority in your life. His Word can’t just be an add-on at the beginning and end of the day. It has to be a priority. Remember, Jesus said we don’t live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

We’re told to keep our hearts with all diligence which means to guard and keep watch over our hearts. What are you watching? This is important because what you watch and listen to gets into your heart through the eye and ear gates! What are you watching and listening to on TV? Take inventory and you’ll be amazed at how much garbage is thrown at you. Don’t let it in!

And while I’m on this subject, it’s not only what you watch and hear, it’s what is coming out of your mouth that will actually get back into your heart. Don’t let the negativity of the world come out of your mouth. Speak words in line with God’s Word and watch the good results they bring.

The issues of life flow out of your heart. Remember that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. So whatever is in you in abundance will come out. That’s why it’s imperative that we renew our minds with the Word of God so that we can displace the negative thoughts and words that are there and only have God’s Word in it.

Proverbs 4:24 (KJV)24  Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.

Now we see what to stay away from as we guard our hearts. A froward mouth is one that speaks negative words contrary to God’s Word. We’re not to speak in agreement with sin, sickness, and death. Things like I’m getting a headache, the flu, a cold, or that’s killing me, etc. is perverse talk. Anything that is false, dishonest, and contrary to God’s Word is perverse and actually draws that thing to you.

It’s the same with fear. Fear of something, when voiced with your mouth, actually draws that to you. Did you ever notice that those who say they’re afraid of spiders, actually see a lot more spiders than people who don’t confess that fear?

Here’s another one – we can’t afford this or that…Guess what? Those people never have more than enough finances to meet their needs. They’ve planted poverty seeds and they’re reaping a poverty harvest.

Proverbs 4:25-27 (KJV)25  Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26  Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
27  Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

Finishing up these verses, we’re told to keep our eyes looking straight ahead, not at all the things the devil’s doing and distracting us with. We’re to watch where our feet are going, where we’re headed, by letting the Holy Spirit lead and guide us and that way we’ll be established and able to live the victorious life God has for us!

Praise the Lord of glory!

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

Luke 4:4 (KJV)
4  And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

Pamela

Are You Guarding Your Heart? [Part I]

[This will be a two-part blog because it’s too much for one blog.] Let’s begin with I Pet. 3:10.

If you want to love life and see good days, here’s what you need to do:

1 Peter 3:10 (KJV) 10  For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

We need to watch our words because our words direct our lives. Words are the most powerful force in the universe. Everything God does, He does with words. God spoke words and the universe was created and is still expanding. Even science attests to this.

Not only that, since we are created in His image, our words are extremely important, enough to change our eternal destiny. We see in the above scripture that we’re to refrain from speaking evil and guile. So what is the evil being spoken of here? It’s anything contrary to God’s Word. Guile is treachery, deceitfulness, or dishonesty – all of which is contrary to God’s Word. In other words, we’re not to speak negative words. Why? Because what we speak establishes things in our lives. If you don’t like where you are or where you’re headed, change your words!

Remember, if words can change your eternal destiny, then words can change your present circumstances.

Now I want to look at Proverbs 4:20-27. We’ll begin today and conclude in the next blog. Here we see the importance of paying attention to God’s Word.

Proverbs 4:20-27 (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.
23  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
24  Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
25  Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26  Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
27  Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

We’ll start with verse one:

Proverbs 4:20 (KJV) 20  My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

The word attend means to give heed to, prick up the ears. It means to listen up because this is important!
Incline means to stretch forth ourselves, lean into God’s Word to really hear what He’s saying.

So, I ask you why this is so important. Because we have an enemy who is constantly vying for our attention and trying to distract us from God’s life-giving Word that will enhance, empower, and give us victory in every area of our lives. The devil hates this!

Proverbs 4:21 (KJV)  21  Let them [God’s Words] not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

The devil is constantly working to distract us with everything he can: TV, especially the fake news and commercials, social media, doom and gloom naysayers. We have to keep our eyes focused on what God says and guard what we let into our hearts because what we have in abundance is what will come out – either positive or negative. That’s why we have to renew our minds. That’s where the battle is – in our minds. We let so much junk into us that it’s a wonder that we ever do the right thing!

Ephesians 4:23 (KJV) 23  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
Romans 12:2 (KJV) 2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

[We renew our minds with God’s Word.]

Proverbs 4:22 (KJV) 22  For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

God’s Word is health to all your flesh. The word health in Hebrew means health, medicine, cure, healing, remedy. This tells us that if we get God’s word into our hearts, it will flow out into our bodies and effect a healing and a cure. Wow – what more could we ask for!

God’s word is so powerful. It’s the incorruptible seed and when it’s planted in the good soil of our hearts, it will produce what it was sent to produce! Praise the Lord of Glory!

1 Peter 1:23 (KJV)
23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

[To be continued.]

Pamela

You Can’t Just Think Faith; You have to Speak Faith!

Change your words and change your life! How can I say this? Because thoughts become words and words become actions. If you don’t like what your actions have produced, change what you’ve been saying because you can’t just think faith, you have to speak faith! Why? Because faith is voice activated.

As I’ve said in previous blogs, faith is voice activated. You can’t have faith beyond your knowledge of God’s Word. And your faith won’t rise higher than the confession of your mouth. Why? Because faith comes by hearing God’s Word [Rom. 10:17]. And you believe what you say quicker than what someone else says. So keep the Word of God in your heart and coming out of your mouth.

Of course, I’m speaking to born-again Christians when I talk about faith because your spirit has to be alive to God first and then you can start speaking your faith with it.

Actually, you already have faith because you got it when you received Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Therefore, your on-going job is to get God’s Word into your heart (spirit) in abundance so that when you speak it and make a demand on God’s promises, the Word comes out with the dunamis power of God (Matt 13:37).

As you know, I teach a lot on the confession of God’s Word because that’s the way we build it into our hearts and renew our minds to line up with what God says instead of agreeing with the world’s way of thinking and acting. And we know how that works!

Praise the Lord that He’s already made every provision for us that we’ll every need on planet earth and now we have our part to do – and that is to receive what He’s already given!

Too many times, it seems, that Christians don’t really know God’s ways. They think everything from Him is based on our performance. This is not true! Religion has taught this for centuries but it’s not the Word of God. He’s already released His promises into the earth in spirit form. Our part is to do the receiving and bring it into the physical realm where we can use it. And, of course, this is done by using our faith as the bridge, as I’ve taught on numerous occasions.

However, we first have to believe that God has already given the promises.

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.

Many Christians have a hard time believing this because of past wrong teaching and this makes it hard for them to receive without thinking they have to “perform” before getting the promises. They think they have to read their Bible, fast, pray, pay tithes, walk in perfect love, etc. These are all good and we should do them because it strengthens our relationship with Him. But we’re not to do it to get God to do something for us. He’s already released the promises and we have to do the receiving.

It’s really a lot simpler than most people think. Besides, we can’t be perfect enough to get anything from God. It’s only by His grace that we get anything!

Brothers and sisters, we need to start believing God’s Word – lock, stock, and barrel – regardless of whether or not we totally understand it. God said it and that settles it! It’s in making that stand that we then get the revelation of His Word that He has for us.

That’s why I encourage Christians to make a commitment to believe God’s Word as the final authoritythe benchmark – from which everything we say, do, and believe is measured,

Let’s go for it and walk in the victorious life God has planned for each one of us! God is absolutely good – all the time!

Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Matthew 12:37 (KJV) 37  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Romans 12:3b (KJV) 3  …  according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Ephesians 4:23 (KJV) 23  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
Romans 12:2 (KJV) 2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 Ephesians 1:3 (KJV) 3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
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.

Pamela

What have We Learned from the Whole Covid Experience?

First of all, we learned not to believe everything people say! Wow- how true that is!

Secondly, and of the utmost importance, is that the whole Covid thing was a wake-up call for the Church and what they really believed.

How many Christians were thrown into a tizzy just like the unsaved? Yet, on the other hand, how many Christians held fast to God’s Word of protection for them and their families?

Isaiah 54:17a (KJV) 17  No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. 
Psalm 91:1-16 (KJV)

If you’re one who feared the virus as if it was satan himself knocking at your door, it shows you’re not grounded on God’s Word. And this should be an eye-opener!

You can’t build your house in the middle of a storm! Nor can you build the third story on an empty lot! Standing on God’s Word has to be on-going, 24/7! When you’re attacked is not the time to start building your faith for healing or protection. Yes, confessing scriptures is always good but unless you’ve already got a heart full of the Word, confessing a couple of scriptures in an emergency isn’t going to yield desired results.

Isaiah 54:17a (KJV) 17  No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. 
Psalm 91:1-16 (KJV)

It’s out of the abundance of what’s in your heart that counts and will produce. If all you have in your heart is worry, fear, doubt, and unbelief, that’s what will come out.

Brothers and sisters, the time to build healing and protection into your heart is when things are good and you’re not under attack.

Get your scriptures and start confessing and building today. Then when a situation occurs – sickness, affliction, etc. – you’re already prepared and the Word that’s in your heart in abundance will come forth with power and annihilate that bad situation!

Praise the Lord of Glory for all He’s provided for us!

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

Ephesians 1:3 (KJV) 3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
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.

Luke 6:47-49 (KJV) 47  Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
48  He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
49  But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

Matthew 7:24-27 (KJV) 24  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: [man’s works]27  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

 — Pamela

Is Your Power of Attorney Functioning?

Hold on – before you dismiss this Blog as not pertinent to you,  it is if you’re a born-again child of the Living God.

So you ask, what is the Power of Attorney and how does it pertain to me? Basically, the one who has the PA gives that person the right to act on the behalf of another person – the second party. It’s as if that second party was actually doing what the PA person has the legal right to do and those actions must be followed. Not only that but it puts a tremendous responsibility on the one with the PA to do whatever is in the best interest of the second party.

Where’s the born-again believer’s Power of Attorney? It’s in the Name of Jesus! Before Jesus left, He told the apostles that  all power and authority had been given to Him and now they  – as His protégés – were to go and use that same power and authority to do the same works that He did. [John 14:12].

When Peter and John saw the crippled man sitting outside the temple begging alms, Peter perceived that the man was ready to receive from him.

Acts 3:6 (KJV) 6  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

What did Peter have? The Name of Jesus! That was Peter’s Power of Attorney – to be used as if Jesus had spoken to the crippled man. How awesome!

That Power of Attorney is the Name of Jesus – the Name that is above every name that can be named: sickness, disease, cancer, diabetes, MS, arthritis, migraines, depression, poverty, lack, etc. Every foul wicked obstacle and attack of the devil has to bow to the Name of Jesus.

Philippians 2:9-11 (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;
11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Notice in Acts that many times the disciples were forbidden to speak in the Name of Jesus because they, the religious and political parties, knew there was power in that Name. But that didn’t stop the disciples from using the Name of Jesus to effect a healing and a cure in those that needed it. They chose to obey God rather than the devil’s henchmen.

You see, tacking the Name of Jesus on the end of a prayer like a cliché is not what we’re to do. His Name embodies all that He does, is, and ever will be. We’re to pray and command in the Name of Jesus the same way that Jesus would do it on earth. We’re His hands and feet – His body on earth. He’s the Head and we’re the body. He works through us by His Holy Spirit but not apart from us.

In Gen 1:26, 28 God gave Adam (mankind) a command to take dominion over the earth and to subdue it. When Adam committed high treason, satan gained that dominion a became the god of this world. But – Jesus bought it back for us in His Redemption. Now we’re to take our rightful place as commanders of what happens in this world. We have been given Power of Attorney over all the power of the enemy but not over people because they have a free will. Even though the devil seeks to override mankind’s free will every way he can, God won’t because of His Word and His integrity. He gave that authority and dominion to man and He won’t go back on His Word.

Brothers and sisters, let’s start using our Power of Attorney and take control of this world the way God intended and see victory come to pass in our lives.

Matthew 28:18-20 (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:
20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

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.

John 14:12-14 (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.
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.

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.
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.
Luke 10:19 (KJV) 19  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Pamela

Are You Using Your Operator’s Manual?

Everybody knows (except the stubborn ones) that if you want to operate your new product – appliance, car, washer, computer, etc., you need to read the manufacturer’s instructions – the manual. Yes we know that, so what’s the point? Well, here goes:

In my limited observation, I have found that the ones who balk the loudest and refute the Bible, are the very ones who haven’t even read what God has said. And if they did, they throw it out in place of their experience or what some naysayer has said.

What’s wrong with this picture? Well, let me see – hm-m-m—how many ways can I say this: God’s Word is the Manufacturer’s Handbook and if you want to know how to operate in the things of God, you have to read it!!! I think that’s as clear as I can be.

The first and foremost explanation for this wrong thinking is that those people have not given God’s Word the #1 spot that it needs to have. His Word has to be the bottom line, the benchmark, the final authority from which everything we do, hear, or think is measured. When that’s the case, everything else falls into place.

Since I teach a lot on divine healing, let me use that as an example. God’s Word says that by the stripes of Jesus we’ve already been healed. It was bought and paid for at the same time our sins were washed away [I Pet. 2:24]. Not only do the naysayers disregard this biblical fact but they even go a step further and say that it’s not always God’s will to heal and you never know what God will do! Hog wash! You always know what God will do because He will always do what He has said in His Word! But you have to actually read it to find out!

All of that unbelief just shows that they don’t really know what God has already said, and thus they can’t really benefit from it.

Brothers and sisters, the devil’s biggest weapon against us is deception. If he can keep us in the dark about what God has said in His Word, then he has an inroad into our lives to clobber us and keep us from God’s blessings.

We need to have a love of God’s Word and study it diligently to arm ourselves with the spiritual weapons He has provided for us. This is true in every area of our lives: healing, deliverance, prosperity, peace, joy, love, etc. If we don’t know what we have, we can’t operate in it and walk in the victory the Lord Jesus bought and paid for – for us!

(Be sure to read my Blog – Be an On-purpose Student of the Word! 7-1-2021)

Psalm 138:2b (KJV) 2  …  for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
1 Peter 2:24 (KJV) 24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
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.
Psalm 119:105 (KJV) 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Psalm 119:11 (KJV) 11  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Psalm 119:130 (KJV)
130  The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
Psalm 119:165 (KJV) 165  Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
Proverbs 3:1-2 (KJV) 1  My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2  For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

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.

Pamela

Be an “On-Purpose” Student of the Word!

As I often say, “What you don’t do on purpose, you don’t do!” It really doesn’t matter what it is, it’ll still take an active “on-purpose” commitment to get it done.

When it’s time to clean the house, it takes effort to actually get started. It’s the same with mowing the lawn, washing the car, weeding the garden, even preparing dinner. And this is how it should be. Just because something takes effort, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. Everything of value takes effort to do!

This leads me to the issue of studying God’s Word. For sure, it takes diligence and effort especially when so many things in life are vying for your attention. So what can we do? Glad you asked.

I like what Andrew Wommack says, “You can have much or as little of God as you want!” And that’s so true even in studying God’s Word. We can have as much of God’s Word or as little of God’s Word as we want. But not only that, it’s true in other areas too.

Because God has already supplied and provided for everything we’ll ever need, we can have as much healing, deliverance, prosperity, joy, peace, love, etc. as we want. The choice is really up to us. How much are we willing to reach out and receive what God has already given?

So, back to the Word. Since we can have as much or as little of the Word as we want, we can also have as much or as little “operational” faith as we want. It’s all up to us and how committed we are. Personally, I want it all!

You can’t have faith beyond your knowledge of God’s Word and your faith won’t rise higher than the words of your mouth.

You see, dear brothers and sisters, we need to get our priorities in order. You can’t have everything on your list as #! It doesn’t work that way. But when God and His Word are in the #1 slot, everything else lines up in an orderly fashion and things work a whole lot better!

Go for it!

Ephesians 1:3 (KJV) 3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

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.

2 Corinthians 9:8 (KJV) 8  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
2 Corinthians 9:8 (AMP) 8  And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].
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.

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

Deuteronomy 28:1-14 (KJV)
Psalm 91:1-16 (KJV)

— Pamela

Where’s My Healing?

So, you prayed, you believed God, you stood on the Word – but no manifestation of your healing! What’s wrong? First of all, let me say that there’s no pat answer – one size fits all – because there are a number of hindrances that can interfere with your manifestation. Here are some:

There could be unbelief hindering you, your faith might not be developed to receive on your own, you could be in strife, unforgiveness, etc. All of these could be hindrances. But one thing for sure is that it’s not God’s fault. When you pray His Word in faith, God always answers immediately. Then it’s up to us to do the receiving. Remember there is always a God-part and a man-part.

Today I want to address another type of hindrance that can block your healing from manifesting. I call it the “long-standing illness” hindrance. Many times when people have been battling a sickness, disease, or infirmity for a long period of time, even years, they’ve adjusted to it and it has actually become a part of them.

They even identify with it: my diabetes, my heart problem, my allergies, my migraines, my high blood pressure, etc. In cases like these, they “see” themselves as sick or debilitated because they’ve been that way for so long. And here’s where the problem is – you can’t “see” yourself as sick and debilitated and believe for healing at the same time. Your negative image of yourself will block your faith, thus blocking you from receiving your healing.

So what should you do? First of all, in your mind’s eye, you have to see yourself well, going about doing the things you’d be doing if you weren’t in your current situation. All the meanwhile, you need to be confessing God’s Word for healing – the healing scriptures.

This sounds too simple, and it is, but it takes effort – a lot of effort because you have to renew your mind to a new way of seeing yourself. Remember, you’ve been seeing yourself as sick and infirm, so it will take some time to renew your mind.

I’ve experience this with people who confessed the Word for healing but still saw themselves in a sick position. These people are somewhat difficult to get healed but not because of God. He’s already provided the healing and it’s actually in our born-again spirit via the Holy Spirit. But in order for it to manifest in our physical bodies, we have to on purpose draw it out by our faith in God’s Word. And that’s where the effort comes in but it’s worth every minute.

Be sure you associate with true believers who can help you get on track and stay there and see the glorious manifestation of your healing! Glory to God!

1 Peter 2:24 (KJV) 24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Mark 11:22-26 (KJV) 22  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
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.
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.

1 Peter 3:10 (KJV) 10  For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
James 3:16 (KJV) 16  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
James 3:16 (AMP) 16  For wherever there is jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry and selfish ambition), there will also be confusion (unrest, disharmony, rebellion) and all sorts of evil and vile practices.

The same way you get saved is the same way you get healed!

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

Pamela