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”? 

Anger

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.

May 31st, 2016 | 3 Comments »
Poppy

Poppies

God operates by seed time and harvest – you reap what you sow – what goes around comes around – and any other way you can state it. The Bible teaches that whatever you give will be returned to you multiplied. 

It is like a garden – if you plant flower seeds in the garden, you reap many flowers back. I have lived my life this way for at least 30+ years – so it is too late to tell me this doesn’t work! I am not always perfect at this, but that doesn’t mean God’s way doesn’t work!

The Bible proves that it is OK to have “stuff” – those things so many Christians get bent out of shape over. You know – nice homes, expensive cars, the best clothes, perfume, and beauty products. God is such a wonderful, generous, loving Father and He takes very good care of us if we let Him. It really is OK with Him for you to have the best – as long as that best doesn’t have you.

What do I mean by that? Well, if I have something and God says, “I want you to give that to so-n-so” and I freak out and say, “BUT GOD! That’s mine! Don’t you realize it is my last one?! What am I (me, myself, and I) going to do if I give that one away? I won’t have any then!” 

That reaction means whatever it is, it owns me. I don’t want to let it go. I’m afraid He will take it away and not bring me another.

ma griffe new

So here is a little story of how I got over that “owning me” thing and how He takes care of me.

I was cleaning my closet one day and came across my stash of goodies. I have a habit of buying more of one of something so I don’t run out. Thus was the case of one of my favorite vintage colognes, Ma Griffe by Carven. I found I had one bottle of this perfume left.

So I hear God say to me (I don’t mean I heard an audible voice – just that knowing inside), “I want you to send that bottle of Ma Griffe to Carolyn.” See Paragraph 4 for my reaction. I mean, at that time, it was very hard to come by this cologne (no ebay), this was my last bottle and I did NOT want to give my last bottle away. But, I finally caught myself, repented and said, “I’m sorry, God.  I trust You and I will send this to her.” So I did.

A week or so later, I was in Branson, Missouri and had stopped at an outlet store to pick up something for my son.  I was getting ready to leave the parking lot and felt this urge to stop in a store I’d never gone into before. I didn’t recognize the name on the awning and thought  to myself, “Nah, I don’t want to stop in there.” The feeling wouldn’t go away so I parked the car and walked over to the store. 

As I got nearer to the store, I saw a newer sign –one I recognized – a relatively famous outlet mall perfume store. I wandered in, not really thinking about buying anything. 

They were having a sale.  I don’t mean they were having a little bitty sale – no. They were having a “we have to clean the store out and make room for newer stuff” sale and it was Week #3 of the sale. That means that while the cologne and lotion bottles were picked over, what was left was priced very inexpensively.

I still didn’t get it yet, what I was doing in there. I began looking through the bottles on the counter and came across – could it be? YES! A large bottle of Ma Griffe. HEY – another one – then more. The next counter had smaller bottles, too. Perfume, cologne, eau de toilette – when I tell you I grabbed them all, don’t think I was crazy, OK?

Here is the deal:  I paid $4.00 for the small bottles and $8 for the large ones. To put that in perspective, I usually paid $40-60 for the large bottles of eau de toilette. I had hit perfume heaven – nirvana! And I know exactly Who I owed this great deal to – and yes, I sure did give Him the glory and honor for leading me to those deals.   

Imagine if I hadn’t sent that bottle to my friend (my “seed”.) I truly believe I would never have felt the tugging to walk into that perfume store. I would have missed it, my harvest! I would have missed a lesson in learning to trust God to provide everything, even the smallest detail like my favorite perfume.

God is a good, good, good God!  It is time for the world to know it!

p.s. and I wasn’t being selfish buying several bottles. That was a way to always have something to give away later on down the line.

Just remember, if God is asking you for something, He is trying to get something even better TO you – seedtime and harvest. In every area of your life.

May 23rd, 2016 | 1 Comment »

There are a lot of sayings and quotes going around that people claim are in the Bible. They quote them to one another, write songs about them, and argue violently if you point out that what they believe is not scriptural, not in the Bible and NOT God’s way.

Let’s take this one: There is a set time for us to die.

A song was written about this years ago, and people have been quoting that song ever since. People believe that there is a specific time for us to die and there’s nothing we can do about it. 

The problem with quoting others is that they are not always quoting the Bible, they’re misunderstanding or they are quoting a part that isn’t for us, today.

There are two places – Hebews 9:27, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die” (or destined to die once as in ONE time).

And Ecclesiastes 3:2 – A time to be born, and a time to die (which is where the song came from). This one is talking the seasons of life – that people are born and people will die. 

People have taken both these scriptures and come to the conclusion that there is a specific day set aside for us to die. The scriptures actually only state the we will die once. It says nothing about a specific day or time. 

And if people quote Job 14:5 to you, they need to realize that this is Job talking negatively, not God speaking through him.

If you do just a little Bible study, you will find more scriptures that talk about long life. If God is for long life then He can’t be for your life being cut short, on a specific day and time.  

The first scripture in the Bible that came with a promise, Deuteronomy 5:16, states that IF you honor your parents you will live a long, full life (also Ephesians 6:1-3). Psalms 91:16 says He will satisfy you with long life.

There are other scriptures that talk about ways to prolong your life through obedience to God’s Word like Proverbs 13:3 that says if you watch what you say then you will have a long life (AND God’s plan will prosper in your hands).

With wisdom come the benefits of long life, riches and honor (Prov. 3:15-16)

Proverbs 3:1-2 talks about not forgetting what Gods Word tells you to do. Why? Because those Words, and your obedience to them, will prolong your life many years (and bring you peace and prosperity)!

Oh, and if you’re told about the scripture in Psalms 90:10 that states you live 70 or 80 years? Those scriptures were written about the Israelites while in the wilderness. It was NOT good news to them since it shortened their expected lifespan by many years.  

The Study Bible starts out this way in verse 9: “For all our days have declined in Your fury; We have finished our years like a sigh.” They knew their lives had been shortened through disobedience and they were not going to be able to go into the Promised Land. Their children were, they weren’t.

The good news is that the scripture in Genesis 6:3 that states our years are to be 120 years has never changed throughout the entire Bible (other than ways to increase those years). That is the age God says we are to live to (healthy and active). The only thing that shortens people’s lives was and is disobedience.

(We’ll talk about that in another Musing. We don’t like to think we are disobedient but the words of our mouth are often contrary to the Word of God, even if we don’t realize it!)