Some [More] Golden Nuggets to Think About – Part IV

1 – God is always right; He’s never wrong. Just as God’s Word has to be the final authority, the bottom line, the benchmark for all you do, so is the fact that God is always right. Therefore, no matter what the circumstances are telling you, it’s never God Who is at fault. He’s already provided, in His Word, the answer and solution for everything you’ll ever encounter in this life on planet earth. This has to be your mind set or else you’ll be heavily tempted to blame God when things don’t go the way you think they should.

Much too often, in fact most of the time, Christians are so ready to blame God when they don’t get the results they’re seeking. And it amazes me that they don’t even consider that they could be the problem or that the devil is somehow involved. Wrong thinking will keep you in a state of frustration, unbelief, and always wondering why God didn’t’ answer your prayers.

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.

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?

2 – Another nugget that goes along with #1 is that when we pray in faith according to God’s Word, He always does His part. Now it’s time for us to do our part. Remember, there’s a God-part and a man-part. Too many Christians ignore this and expect God to do their part. It doesn’t work that way. Most of God’s promises are conditional upon us doing our part. Even in salvation, we have our part to do by actually reaching out and accepting what God has already freely provided through the Lord Jesus. We can’t do God’s part and He won’t do our part!

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) 6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

3 – If you wait until you’re faced with a crisis to use your faith, it won’t be strong enough to get your desired results. You must start with little things first and proceed from there.

For example, you won’t be able to believe for healing from cancer if you’ve never believed God for healing of a headache, a cold, or minor aches and pains. Yes, it’s always God’s will to heal but you have to access that healing with your faith. And some would rather “pop” a pill than to study God’s Word on healing.

Faith has to be developed by putting the Word in your heart and acting on it. Mountain-moving faith is available to everyone who will put forth the effort of getting God’s Word in their heart.

Many Christians only have a cursory knowledge of God’s Word and when they have a problem, they shoot a pray and hope it sticks. Then when they don’t get the results they want, they lose heart and blame God. Actually, I think many don’t even expect to get their desired results because they’re living a defeated life of unanswered prayer.

Romans 12:3b (KJV) 3  … but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Mark 11:22-24 (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.

4 – You can’t microwave maturity nor can you leap frog over the steps to maturity. There are steps to spiritual maturity just like there are steps to physical maturity. Babies don’t start out walking on day one. They have to develop: crawling, walking, running. So it is with spiritual development – first the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear. You have to be able to jump two feet before you can jump ten feet!

Mark 4:28 (KJV) 28  For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

5 – If you don’t start somewhere, you’ll never get anywhere! This is a good one because many Christians think they’re faith giants when they’ve never learned the basics. Just start where you are. There’s no shame in that. In fact, it’s humility to acknowledge that you don’t know everything! And here’s a news flash: you’re never going to know everything! Learning God’s Word is a life-long adventure. Enjoy the journey!

Desire the sincere milk of the Word of God (the basics) so that you can grow and get to a place where you can eat meat, and eventually strong meat!

1 Peter 2:2 (KJV) 2  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
Hebrews 5:13-14 (KJV) 13  For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Pamela

Some [More] Golden Nuggets to Think About – Part III

1 – God doesn’t have any grandchildren! Everyone is responsible for their own salvation. They have to believe in their heart and confess with their mouth that Jesus is Lord and Savior in their lives in order to be born again. We can’t do it for them, It’s their free will choice to make that decision, but we can bind and rebuke the blinders off of them, pray for their hearts to hear and understand God’s Word, and pray laborers across their path to tell them about Jesus.  

John 6:44 (KJV)
44  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

2 – Either God’s Word is true and works or it’s not and doesn’t. If it’s not true and doesn‘t work, we of all people are to be pitied. But, praise the Lord of Glory – His Word is true and works every time we speak it in faith believing! Oh, how comforting it is to have the Word of God to depend on; our very lives depend on it! God’s Word is incorruptible seed. Plant it in the soil of your heart and it will produce!

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?

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.

3 – The amount of faith you have is directly proportional to the amount of Word that’s in your heart. You can’t have faith for the things of God outside of His Word. Faith begins where the will of God is known. Before you pray, find God’s will – His promise – in the Bible and stand on that. God always honors His Word that’s prayed in faith.

2 Chronicles 16:9a (KJV) 9  For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.

Isaiah 55:10-11 (KJV) 10  For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

4 – God knows the end from the beginning. Nothing surprises Him. If you want to know something, ask Him. He’ll either tell you or say it’s none of your business. Sometimes we’re too nosey about other people’s business.

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:

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

5 – Our words determine our future. Our lives today are a product of the words we’ve been speaking over the years. Most people don’t like to hear that because it puts the responsibility back on them. They are without excuse and can’t lay the blame for the mess in their lives on someone else. But the point is that we can actually determine what we want by our words. The ball is in our court. Keep a guard on your mouth ‘til you can trust what comes out! What comes out of your mouth, goes into your heart. Speak what you want, not what you have or other negative words.

Proverbs 18:21 (KJV) 21  Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Matthew 12:37 (KJV) 37  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Proverbs 4:20-24 (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.

We serve an awesome God Who loves us beyond measure and has designed the best life ever for us – a life of success and victory. Our part is to line up with His Plan and see it come to fruition. Praise the Lord of Glory – our Lord Jesus!

Pamela

Rightly Dividing the Word of God

It seems that when a person gets born-again, the enemy sends people across their path to distract them with the “letter of the law” or with some man-made doctrine to confuse them. These are babies! But the devil doesn’t care. If he can get them distracted and off the truth of God’s Word, then they won’t grow. This ought not so to be!

That’s why it’s incumbent upon the seasoned Christians to guide and watch out for these new Christians.

Notice the following scripture:

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.

We are instructed to study the Word of God so that we can rightly divide it. What that means is that we are to dig into God’s Word and find out the truths in it. This is not a cursory look at it or a simple grabbing of a card out of the scripture box on the way out the door. No, we are to actually take time and put forth effort to study and learn God’s Word so that when a situation comes up, we can draw from the reservoir of Word that’s in us.

And so it is with discerning false teaching and doctrines and false interpretations of the Word. God’s Word actually confirms itself if you study it out. Let me give you a classic example.

Ephesians 5:22 (KJV) 22  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

This scripture has long been used against women telling them to submit to the iron rule of their husbands! This is not what this verse means. Let’s look at another scripture:

Ephesians 5:21 (KJV) 21  Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Here we see that we, as born-again children of God, are to submit one to another! How ’bout that! Let’s continue.

Submit means to give in, be agreeable, and get along with one another. It means not having to have your own way all the time but preferring the other person. Wow – if we all did this, there wouldn’t be any room for strife and contention!

This is about getting along with each other, not lording it over each other, especially husbands and wives. And then if that’s not explanatory enough, look at these scriptures:

Ephesians 5:25 (KJV) 25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Ephesians 5:21 (KJV) 21  Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
John 13:34 (KJV) 34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

And of course, there’s I Cor. 13:4-8, in case you want a bible definition of what the God-kind of love is.

You see, if we’re told to rightly divide the Word of God, then it’s possible to wrongly divide the Word of God, and make a mess of our lives. God’s Word is meant to deliver you from bondage, not bind you up. Jesus came to set the captives free. Praise His Holy Name!

Brothers and sisters, it’s imperative that we study God’s Word so that we can discern the truth and not be duped by the lies and false doctrines of the devil. God has all the solutions to everything that confronts us. But without studying His Word, how would you know where to find those answers?

Praise the Lord for His Unspeakable Gift to us!

John 15:12 (KJV) 12  This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
John 15:13 (KJV) 13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 13:35 (KJV) 35  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
John 15:17 (KJV) 17  These things I command you, that ye love one another.
Romans 12:10 (KJV) 10  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Galatians 5:13 (KJV) 13  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

2 Timothy 2:26 (KJV) 26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Pamela

Some [More] Golden Nuggets to Think About – Part II

In continuing along the line of “cliff” note tips for life, here are some more golden nuggets to ponder and meditate on.

1 – You’ll only progress as far as the amount of God’s Word that’s in you. It goes along with the idea of a computer that the only information you get out is what you put in. Word in, Word out. Junk in, junk out!

Stop and listen to yourself. Do you really want those words you’re speaking, to come to pass – ie. that blows my mind, that tickles me to death, that blows me away, that breaks my heart, I love him to death! Now that’s a really bad one! Change your words and change your life!

2 – Every scripture has layers and layers of revelation in it. You won’t get it the first time you read a scripture. God will continue to reveal His Word to you throughout your whole life as you study the Word. Emphasis: study the Word– that’s your part!

3 – Walking with God is 24/7, not just a nibble a couple of times a week.

4 – No one is born a full-grown adult – nobody! It’s the same with spiritual things. No one is born-again as a full-grown adult. It’s line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little. And soon little by little becomes bigger and bigger and you’ll notice that you’re actually growing!

Isaiah 28:10 (KJV) 10  For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
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.
James 1:21b (KJV) 21  … receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
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 4:23 (KJV) 23  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

5 – The Old Testament is types and shadows of the New Testament. Spend most of your time studying the New Testament because that’s where we live. If you want to walk in the victory that God has for you, you must study the New Testament!

6 – God loves you in spite of yourself! He can’t love you anymore than He does and He won’t love you any less no matter how many dumb things you do! It’s His nature to love you. He doesn’t just have love; He is love! His love for you isn’t based on your actions. It’s based on Who He is.

1 John 4:8b (KJV) 8  … for God is love.

John 3:16 (KJV) 16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
7 – God’s grace is magnificent! It’s what He has freely done for you independent of you. It’s His divine favor and enablement. Grace is God’s willingness to use His power and ability on your behalf.

Ephesians 2:8 (KJV) 8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
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:
Hebrews 4:16 (KJV) 16  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

8 – Many Christians get born-again and then get stuck and never experience the life worth living that our Father has for us. And then they declare that living the Christian life is so hard! This is not how God intended it to be. That’s why He so graciously gave us His will in the Bible – His Word to us. That way we can know the life He has for us. Doing it His way works. You’ll never grow spiritually beyond your knowledge of God’s Word. Every problem is actually a knowledge of the Word problem because it’s His Word that has the solutions to your problems.

James 1:22 (KJV) 22  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
James 1:25 (KJV) 25  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Pamela

Why God Doesn’t Answer Prayers of Unbelief

What is a prayer of unbelief? This is important because unless you can identify what a prayer of unbelief is, you’ll keep praying the wrong way and getting no results. This is very frustrating for Christians who sincerely love God and want to partake of all that He has given us.

Let’s begin by identifying what unbelief is. There are several kinds of unbelief:

1 – Unbelief that comes from ignorance. You don’t believe because you don’t know enough of God’s Word to believe. This is a lack of knowledge and can be overcome by simply teaching what God’s Word says.

2 – Another kind of unbelief comes from wrong teaching. If you’re taught wrong, you’ll believe wrong. This kind is overcome by countering the wrong teaching and then teaching the truth of God’s Word.

3 –Then there’s the natural kind of unbelief that comes from what your five physical senses are telling you. For example, when you pray for healing and still see the symptoms, this can cause unbelief to rear its ugly head. This too is overcome by teaching the truth of God’s Word.

So what do we do? As you know, God is a faith God and He deals with us on a faith level. Everything we get from God must be received by faith because faith is how we access the spirit realm where all the blessings are.

When you pray, you must pray according to God’s Word, if you want God’s results. You can’t just pray any ol’ thing and expect results. Too many times this is the case. People want to do it their way instead of God’s way. When this happens and people don’t get their desired results, they begin to make up reasons why God didn’t answer their prayer. This is not good because it perpetrates lies about God. And that’s why God can’t answer prayers of unbelief because He only answers prayers prayed in faith according to His Word.

And another thing – if you don’t know the Word, how can you pray according to the Word of God? Really! That can be changed by getting into God’s Word and studying it. Christians should have a love of God’s Word because He and His Word are One. And if you don’t have a love of God’s Word, you need to ask yourself why!

Brothers and sisters, God has so graciously given us His Word in written form so that we can be all that He has called us to be and show forth His goodness to the sick and dying world around us. His Word is the Manufacturer’s Handbook and shows us everything we need to know on planet earth to be victorious.

Praise the Lord of glory!

Psalm 103:2 (KJV) 2  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

1 Peter 3:12 (KJV) 12  For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
1 John 5:14-15 (KJV) 14  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) 6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Matthew 17:20-21 (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.
21  Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

Romans 14:23b (KJV) 23  …  for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

James 1:6-8 (KJV) 6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Mark 9:23-24 (KJV) 23   Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
24  And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

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.

Pamela

Some Golden Nuggets to Think About

This blog is going to be different than my usual teaching blogs. I’m simply going to give you some words of wisdom to think about that will edify and encourage you.

1 – God’s Word must be the benchmark, the basis, the foundational truth from which you measure everything in this life. [Remember, I have said this over and over.]

2 – No matter what happens – unanswered prayer, trials and tribulations, sickness, disease, defeat, depression, etc., it’s never God’s fault! This is a big one because Christians are notorious for blaming God when things go wrong, never even considering that they could be at fault or even the devil! We need to take responsibility for our own actions and that will put us way ahead of most people and on our way to the truth.

3 – Don’t get mad at God because you don’t like His way of doing things. It seems that when some people pray, they expect God to answer their way and if He does it His way, they get mad at Him! This isn’t good because it cuts you off from God’s help. [Read my blog on 3/15/21 – “What are They Thinking?”] Remember, you can’t play football with baseball rules and then wonder why things aren’t working!

4 – Electricity is God’s power in the natural realm and the Anointing is God’s power in the spirit realm! If you get this, it will help you understand the spirit realm and how the anointing works.

5 – Many people, including Christians, want God’s blessings but don’t want Him. They want what God has to offer but don’t want to do it His way to get it! Think about this one.

6 – The wisdom of God is hidden for His people, not from them.

Luke 10:21 (KJV) 21  In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
1 Corinthians 2:7 (KJV) 7  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
Colossians 2:3 (KJV) 3  In whom [Jesus]are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

James 1:5 (KJV) 5   If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJV) 30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

7 – God is not obligated to answer the prayers of those who are not in fellowship with Him, except for salvation.

1 Peter 3:12a (KJV) 12  For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. [Righteous means those in right standing with Him.]

8 – Shooting up a prayer and hoping it sticks is no better than the unsaved do. God answers prayers prayed in faith. So it is with whining, crying, and prayers of unbelief.

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) 6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

9 – You can’t remember what you never learned! The Holy Spirit will bring things to your remembrance but you have to first put them in your heart.

John 14:26 (KJV) 26  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

10 – As Andrew Wommack says often, if you’re not supernatural, you’re superficial! We are supernatural beings in a flesh body and we ought to walk in God’s supernatural ways and show forth God’s goodness!

Romans 2:4b (KJV) 4  … that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Pamela

What are They Thinking?

Have you ever wondered what your unsaved and back-slidden friends are thinking regarding Jesus and God’s ways? Surely they must be thinking the wrong thoughts to stay in their unsaved/back-slidden condition. Well, here are some things to think about that might help when dealing with these people.

First of all, God is a good God! That comes as a surprise to many people who think He is mean and angry, sitting in Heaven ready to pounce on people when they mess up. Not so! God’s not angry and He’s not even in a bad mood! He is LOVE. He doesn’t just have love, He is love. His DNA is love! He’s out for our good!

Secondly, whatever happens that’s not good or right, it is never God’s fault. He’s not the One Who didn’t answer the pray or send the blessing! [I’ll explain later.] But that’s what most people think when they don’t get their desired results. It doesn’t even occur to them that maybe it’s their fault. Maybe they missed it somehow. Or – maybe the devil got in there and obstructed the answer. No, they automatically – like a knee-jerk response – blame God for not answering their prayers. Again, they take no responsibility for the lack of results.

Thirdly, these same people are the very ones who don’t like the way God has set up things to work on earth. They want to do it their way and still blame God when they don’t get their answer even though they didn’t do what He told them to do to make it work. This won’t wash. You can’t play football with baseball rules and be successful!

These same people get mad at God for how He operates! Imagine that! They fail to see that Almighty God, Creator of the heavens and earth and the whole universe – stars, planets, galaxies, etc. – Whose wisdom makes our puny wisdom pale in His sight, has so lovingly set up everything to work for our benefit, for our success, and well-being. But – we must follow the rules. We have to play by the same rules that He has set up in order for things to work in our favor.

As I said earlier, it’s never God’s fault that you didn’t get your answer because He has already sent the answer. Now it’s up to  us to receive the answer that’s already been given.

Brothers and sisters we are so blessed above all the people on the face of the earth. We need to start walking in that blessing so that the goodness of God that’s seen on us will draw the unsaved/back-slidden back to God! How awesome!

Here are some of the things that God, by His grace, has already given us through His Word:

Romans 2:4b (KJV) 4  …. not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

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.

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.

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.
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.

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

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.
Psalm 91:1-16 (KJV) All

Pamela

Are You a “May-not”?

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.

Just in case you haven’t noticed, there’s an enemy out there who is trying every way he can to devour you by stealing, killing and destroying you. But God has given us every tool and weapon to resist him and be victorious in this life. However, it’s up to us if we get devoured. What? How can that be? Read on.

God calls the strategies of the devil wiles. These are the tricks, schemes, and deception of the enemy to dupe us and cause us ruin. But God tells us that we are not to be ignorant of his wiles. Then He tells to resist him, which means to actively stand against his wiles. So what are these wiles?

Let’s look at II Cor. 10:4-5

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (KJV) 4  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Wiles have to do with all those imaginations, thoughts, and suggestions that come against you and are totally contrary to the Word of God. That’s how you know those thoughts are not from God because they don’t line up with the Word of God. But, you ask, what if I don’t know enough of God’s Word to discern whether or not the thoughts and suggestions and imaginations are from the devil or God? Good question.

You need to purpose in your heart to get into the Word of God and learn what He has already said. But in the meantime, while you’re still learning, get hooked up with a seasoned saint of God who can mentor you and help you. Also, you must learn and practice listening to your re-born spirit. Do you have peace about what concerns you? If not, put it on the shelf.

It’s imperative, dear brothers and sisters, to learn to listen to the witness in your spirit and that still small voice that tells you if something is right or wrong. However, this takes time and effort and practice, practice, practice. But it is so-o-o worth it to know that you’re hearing from God and on the right path.

God tells us to actively resist the devil and he will flee. He didn’t tell us to ask Him to do it. He told us to do it and the devil would flee from us!

Be the ones whom the devil “may not” devour!

John 10:10 (KJV) 10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Ephesians 4:27 (KJV) 27  Neither give place to the devil.
2 Corinthians 2:11 (KJV) 11  Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
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.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) 5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (AMP) 5  Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
6  In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

Jeremiah 10:23 (KJV) 23  O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

 — Pamela

Are You Actually Connecting with God When You Pray?

Too many times Christians shoot up a prayer to God and hope it sticks but it doesn’t. It just seems like it bounces off the ceiling and hits them right in back in the head. What’s wrong with this picture?

The thing that’s wrong is they’re not connecting. It’s like turning on a lamp but without plugging it into the electric outlet. Is the electric still being generated? Yes, but because the plug isn’t connected to the power source, we have no light.

So it is with getting connected to God. We connect to God spirit to Spirit right? And since all the promises of God to us are always YES, how do we get them to manifest in our lives?

First of all, all the promises of God are YES, but they’re in the spirit realm because that’s the realm of God. We live in the natural/physical realm, the realm of the five senses. Our job is to get what’s in the spirit realm into the physical realm so we can benefit from the promises. Everything we’ll ever need, God has already provided through the promises in His Word. Now hold on because the next step will answer your question of how do we do it.

Faith is the way we access the spirit realm. It’s the bridge between the spirit realm and the physical realm. Everything you’ll ever need is provided for you in the spirit realm and you use your faith to draw it into the natural realm where it benefits you. This is awesome!

God has set it up like this because He’s a faith God. Without faith it’s impossible to please God and those who come to Him must believe that He is God and is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.

Let me give you a definition of faith: Faith is simply believing what God has said in His Word and acting on it. Another definition is what Andrew Wommack says: Faith is our positive response to what God by His grace has already given us.

Brothers and sisters, this is so important. We have to believe that God’s Word is the final authority in everything we do or we’ll forever be frustrated in our walk with the Lord. Always ask this question: What does God’s Word say?

It’s so completely and absolutely beyond our imagination how much God has provided for us so that we can walk in victory and bring glory to His Name!

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) 6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
John 4:24 (KJV) 24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
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.

Pamela

What Happens When the Honeymoon is Over?

Oh what a delightful time we have when we first get saved! Everything seems to come alive – which it actually does – and we’re floating on cloud nine! This can go on for quite awhile.

But then reality sets in and we somehow come back to earth – back to work, our daily chores, our daily commitments, etc. REALITY! What happened?

Well, nothing happened that shouldn’t happen. This is how things are because God never meant for you to live on cloud nine as a permanent residence. However, He does expect you remain on fire for Him. There’s a difference between the two.

It’s similar to a marriage honeymoon. Everything’s just great –for however long – floating on cloud nine but then it’s back to reality and working at making a good marriage, which I might add, takes diligence, time, and lots and lots of effort. But, as I always say, anything worth having is worth the effort it takes to get it.

So, now what do we do? That’s a good question because as I’ve observed Christians over the years, I found out that many of them are not on fire for the Lord like they once were. As I pondered this, I began to see where the problem was. And here it is.

God uses the natural, physical world to explain spiritual things. You’ll see this in life of Jesus and how He explained spiritual things. Babies in the natural realm, have to be taken care of while they’re babies, but as they grow, they’re weaned from having their parents do everything for them and they begin to do some things for themselves. Why? Because they’re taught how to do it and that’s what growing up is all about.

It’s the same in spiritual things because God doesn’t want us to remain spiritual babies for our entire Christian lives. He intends for us to grow up and become mature, adult Christians who are able to then teach the younger Christians. Sadly, this is not what happens in many lives.

We, in the Body of Christ, the Church, must grow up. What’s happened to many young Christians (young in the Lord) is that they get saved, on fire, and then don’t get taught how to stand on God’s Word. Then when problems arise, if they don’t get their desired results, they get disillusioned and either grow cold or backslide back to their former days. All the while, they’re living defeated lives. This is so sad.

Here’s an example: if they get sick and pray for healing but don’t see their healing manifest, they naturally blame God. This is wrong because God is never the problem. But they don’t know this because they haven’t been taught the truth about how to get healed. Therefore, if it doesn’t happen, they automatically blame God, never even considering that they could have missed it.

That’s why we need to pray for these people that God will send laborers across their paths to teach them about Jesus and reignite their candles.

Brothers and sisters, we must stay in God’s Word because that’s how we grow. Listen and read after good anointed teaching from reputable Bible teachers.

And here’s another thing: faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. And since God has given each of us the measure of faith – not more, not less than someone else – how do we get strong faith? It’s simple—by the Word of God because that’s where faith is. Therefore, the more active, strong, powerful faith you have is directly proportional to the amount of Word you have in you. Little Word, little active faith; lots of Word, lots of active, strong, powerful faith.

And that’s it in a nutshell! I love God’s Word!

Ephesians 4:13 (KJV) 13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
1 Peter 2:2 (KJV) 2  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
Hebrews 5:12-14 (KJV) 12  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13  For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 12:3b (KJV) 3  … according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Pamela