November 8th, 2016 | 4 Comments »

Mat 18:19-20  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.  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I (Jesus) in the midst of them. 

2 Cor 10:4  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

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I was reading my morning devotional a few weeks back and the day I read about the power of the Prayer of Agreement (above), I learned something new. The prayer of agreement is actually a weapon of warfare. It is a powerful tool. 

I believe as Christians we have looked at that scripture and thought, “How nice” as if it is a fluffy scripture put there to make us feel good. Let’s look at that verse in the Amplified.

(AMPC)  Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven.

One translation says: my Father in heaven will do it for you, will do what you ask. Another: my Father in heaven goes into action.

Here is one of the most powerful things that can be said about that scripture:  JESUS said it.  So if JESUS said it, are you going to argue with JESUS Christ Almighty?  I don’t think so.

Let me give you a few examples of how powerful this weapon is in the hands (mouths) of God’s people. Also realize that if you read your Bible, you know what God can do for you. You will not pray something He can’t do for you (i.e., knock off a co-worker who’s driving you batty).

Leland was waiting for a contract to be signed off on. This means the contract funding is approved and he would be able to start working on projects and billing the contract-owner. It was taking a long time in the process – so long, others were beginning to confess that it would never happen and to just give up on the contract.

Now together we had agreed the contracts were his and we had done communion over this contract. We knew God had told us that these contracts coming available were his and to settle it with communion that it is a done deal.

At the time we had no real understand of the powerful weapon we had as a couple (see verse 20 above). Once we got that revelation – that if we agreed, hat agreement meant GOD WILL DO IT FOR US – we knew we were onto something so powerful that we had not been using as a weapon (2 Corinthians above).

We were questioning “Why is this taking so long” – what we should have been saying is, “This has to come to pass because we agreed it would and God promised that He would bring it to pass.”

After we realized the power behind the Prayer of Agreement and that it HAS to come to pass (if we believe), we repented of our doubt and questioning.  We went back to our notebook that had the contracts we were believing for listed in it.  We laid hands on the notebook and we called on our weapon of warfare, the Prayer of Agreement.  We agreed and we claimed it was a done deal.  God would do this for us.

Actually, we also added that the paperwork would be signed that next week (we were doing this on a weekend). By Wednesday of the next week, the paperwork was signed. This was after a long wait of eight (8) months.  What changed? Our faith and what we believed.

LOOK OUT! We now understand our power as God’s people. He put into our hands a powerful weapon against our enemy. And it works! Just like Jesus said it would.

We are using our weapon on anything we know God said we could have that has either been delayed, or that we’ve been told we can’t have when God said we could, and on pesky sickness symptoms that hang around! The Bible says “anything” so get to believing!*

 

GOD IS GOOD! Use the weapons He has given you to help manifest the life His son died on the cross for you to have.

*Just remember, you have to know what God made available to you through His Word and the Blood of Jesus. You can’t just willy nilly agree with someone when what they believe is not scriptural. And you can’t be in agreement for something if you don’t really believe it is for you. There are many, many promises so start digging and learn what you can agree with someone for. You will be amazed

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October 10th, 2016 | 2 Comments »

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So many times we want to blame God for the results of bad choices we make.  Time and time again, we choose a wrong pathway, and when we hit a brick wall or something goes wrong, we cry, “Why God? Why did this happen to me? Why did YOU do this to me?”

Wrong question.  The first and most important thing is to always stay on God’s side.  Never choose against God by blaming Him for your choices.  The right question is, “How did I get here, how do I get out, and how do I make sure I never choose this wrong pathway again?  Please show me.”

The Bible is very clear.  Our life is a test and it is an open book test.  God sets before you the choices – life and death, blessing and cursing.  Then He gives you a big hint when he says, “Choose life.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

What does it mean to choose life?  It means to choose His way of doing and being right.  Choose His way of living.  Choose His way of doing things.  He has given us everything we need in this life to live a good life.  He even explains what He expects from us.  But unless you spend time with Him and in His Word, you’ll never know how to choose life and blessing even though it is readily available to you.

He has even given us an “early warning system” when we are making bad choices (1 John 2:20; the Holy Spirit).  We usually can’t hear that warning because we are too caught up in our busy life or haven’t learned how to tune into God.  He won’t beat you over the head although He tries always to send messages.  I’ve looked back on my life and seen so many times where I skipped over warnings because I didn’t see them as warnings.

We rarely take advantage of everything God has given us to live a victorious life.  Why?  Because we don’t take the time to learn how He operates and what He expects from us.  Often we don’t even believe it is our responsibility to do anything.  Many Christians are sitting back ‘waiting on God” when He is expecting them to take control of their present and future through the words of their mouths.

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Choose good or bad

He says that our death or our life – the choice of blessing or curse – is in our mouth – what we speak consistently (Proverbs 18:21).  Do you realize there are no grey areas with God and life?  Everything we choose to say or do falls either on the blessing side or the curse side.  There is no grey area – no “oh, God understands. He knew what I meant”.  No, He doesn’t.  He only knows you chose cursing instead of blessing, which opened the door to the enemy.

That’s all I’m leaving you with this week – I just wanted to plant the thought into you that you should begin to think twice before saying anything contrary to the Word – anything contrary to The Blessing.

If it comes to “steal, kill and destroy your life”, it isn’t God (John 10:10).  Don’t choose it.  If you are living results of a life that has had things stolen, killed or destroyed – your future, your present, your dreams – ask God where you got off and to help you get back on the right pathway to the good life – to the life of blessing.  He will.  He desires to bless us and to help keep us out of the curses of life.

July 16th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

JESUS GAVE TO YOU AND ME:

1 – power (authority, force, ability, mastery, jurisdiction) over unclean (foul) spirits, to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease,

2 – power (ability) to heal sicknesses, and to cast out (expel) devils:

3 – power (mastery) over unclean spirits;

4 – power (force) and authority (ability) over all devils, and to cure (heal) diseases.

5 – power (ability, force, competency, mastery) to tread (trample) on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power (forces) of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you (you will remain completely unharmed).

So here we are as God’s people, with ALL this power, authority, ability, force, mastery, jurisdiction, and competency over ALL the forces & power of the enemy. We know the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy everything good in our life and that Jesus came to bring us an abundant, rich and satisfying life.

So why is it then that you can barely tell the difference in those who serve God and those who don’t? Like someone pulled the plug on your power?

Christians are just as sick (or sicker) than the non-believers. They are just as broke, busted and disgusted. They have marriage problems, the same 50% divorce rate statistic, kids out in the world, not enough money to pay their bills, driving beat up, cheap, old cars with 2 good tires and 2 faith tires, and the only praying they do is to get by until the next payday.

Why do they battle the same sickness, disease, problems, sins, and financial burdens that people of the world (non-Christians) do? They do not know their authority.

How do you operate in the authority God has given you through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross?

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Let’s take sickness and disease for an example. Find and read scriptures that talk about Jesus going around and healing everyone of every disease. Realize that Jesus paid for your healing – for you to be healed today – by dying on the cross and being raised again.

Your authority is to stand on the promise of that healing that Jesus paid for and to quit letting the devil try to steal your healing away from you. Get an understanding that you are NOT the sick trying to get healed. You are “the healed” and the devil is coming to destroy that by bringing you sickness and trying to get you to accept it.

THAT SICKNESS DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU. It is not yours, it is the devil’s. Quit accepting it. Give it back to him in your authority to do so (oh, and never, ever say “MY” sickness. Don’t personalize it.).

Release your authority from your mouth. Say, “I am free from sickness and disease! I refuse to accept this sickness and disease trying to overtake me! I just read in the Bible that healing is mine. The devil is not going to steal it from me. No one is going to talk me out of it. It belongs to me. Today, right now, I receive my healing!”

Then don’t back off. Once you’ve said that, don’t ever say anything contrary to it. Don’t be moved by time or symptoms (or friends talking and questioning).

When the devil comes back to whisper in your ear, “You are going to die! You’re not going to get your healing” laugh at him and say, “Too late! I’ve already gotten it. I received my healing last week. It’s mine and you can’t steal it.”

Just refuse to give up, keep on taking the land and your healing will come to pass.  And then turn around and apply this same principle to every area of your life like finances and relationships!  God’s Word works!

So what are you waiting for? Stand in your authority and power, and begin to receive the very benefits Jesus died for you to have!

Scripture References:

Matthew 28:18-19a
Matthew 10:1
Mark 3:14-15
Mark 6:7
Luke 9:1
Luke 10:19
John 10:10

June 8th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

little boy megaphoneIf I understand it correctly, the following is a passage that appeared in Robert Fulghum’s 1988 book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Also Amir Khan the Indian Actor and director in his movie “Taare Zameen Par” referred to this legend of yelling at trees while describing the impact of yelling at children.

“In the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, some villagers practice a unique form of logging. If a tree is too large to be chopped down, the natives cut it down by yelling at it. Woodsmen with special “powers” (they believe) creep up on the tree just at dawn and scream suddenly at it at the top of their lungs (screaming negative words and basically, cursing the tree). 

“They continue this for 30 days. At the end of the 30 days, the tree will have died and falls over. The theory is that the yelling kills the spirit of the tree. According to the villagers, it always works. 

“As for people, the Solomon Islanders may have a point. Yelling at living things does tend to kill the spirit in them. Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will break our hearts.”

And as Christians, we should NOT be surprised.

In the Bible, you have the account of the time Jesus simply spoke to a fig tree and commanded it to die. One account states that Jesus and His disciples came upon the tree the very next day and it had withered up from the roots and died. The very next day.

What if everything you spoke came to pass the very next day? Words spoken such as “This flu is just killing me” or “With this recession, I’ll probably be the first one laid off”? 

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Then there’s the fact that we yell at our mates, children, dogs and cats; we yell at the telephone, the lawn, the television, the newspaper, and our cars; at traffic, bills, banks, government, and machines of all sorts. Yelling bad things at living things tends to kill the spirit in it. Remember the experiments with talking to plants?

Yelling bad things at inanimate objects long enough creates the atmosphere for destruction. Why? Because you are not speaking faith words when you call your car a piece of junk. You will receive whatever you are speaking over your vehicle because it is a biblical law. Ask me how I know this!

In Deuteronomy 30:19, God states that He has set before us life and death, and blessing and cursing and tells us to CHOOSE LIFE (that both you and your descendants may live). And He also tells us how to choose life in Proverbs 18:21 – The tongue has the power of life and death. 

There are many scriptures that emphasize the importance of our words. What are you killing or cursing in your life? What are you giving life and blessing to? It is vital we learn this in the times we are living in!

SPEAK LIFE.