Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Battle of the Mind



Lesson 29

Image result for mindIn these days our senses are bombarded with a constant barrage of stimuli. The main undertone of it is carrying the message of the negative in the form of fear, conflict and pressure. 

We have the choice, but also need to develop the discipline to renew our minds according to the image of Christ. 

So, as we look away from the negative and fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

In the glory our perspective changes the perception of the mind and we can see truth, which is higher than facts. It sets us free from the tyranny of fear to believe for miracles. 

Heb. 12:1-3/ Col.3:1-3/ Is. 26:3




    Thursday, August 9, 2018

    NEW IDENTITY WITH NEW MANTLES

    Lesson 28



    I have seen in the spirit that many are going to "pop through" the restrictions of the flesh into the glory of the abundant life IN 
    CHRIST.

    Those who have been pursuing His Presence, embracing the cross, will suddenly find themselves in their true identity IN CRHIST - in 
    the abundant life of the Spirit - having broken through the flesh into Spirit, having shed the old ragged robes of the flesh and 
    being endowed with new mantles that have been waiting on them to walk out their destiny in this new season - full of His glory!  


    I'm reminded of the words of an old song:
    "BE BOLD, BE STRONG, FOR THE LORD OUR GOD IS WITH US!”

    Remember, the enemy would love to rob you of your true identity. So be clothed with boldness and strength to express who you 
    really are in Christ. 
    Do not be intimidated ever again by Jezebel to fear and do not let the Python strangle the life out of you. 
    Ask the Lord for discernment to identify these attacks, bind the enemy and rise above his reach in the Spirit.  
    Stay in the abiding presence in Christ, in His Word, in His love and your joy shall be full!


    IN THIS NEW SEASON, LET US BE CARRIERS OF THE GOOD NEWS, BRINGING THE KINGDOM WITH ALL ITS INGREDIENTS 
    WITH US INTO ALL SITUATIONS - RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE AND JOY IN THE HOLY GHOST!   


    Thursday, August 2, 2018

    Entering into God’s Rest

    Lesson 27
    III Jn 1:2-3 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. For I 
    rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.

    This truth refers to the person of Jesus Christ and involves walking and living in the truth of His abundant life where there is rest.

    When you release your burdens to the Lord, 

                             1.  He will give you rest:

    Matt. 11:28 - 30 “
    Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, 
    and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my 
    burden is light.

                             
    God wants to bring us into His rest and His invitation is to come to Him with all our heavy burdens of past, turmoil of the present 
    and fears of the future and to roll our cares upon Him, so that He can take care of us.

                              2. He will open a way for you:
    Ps. 37:5 “
    Commit your way to the Lord (roll and repose each care of your load on Him); trust (lean on, rely on, and be 
    confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.
    ” –Amp.

    Let go of your burdens, your today and your tomorrow and release it in the hand of the Almighty.  He will take care of it, for He 
    cares for you.
    ·                          3. He shall sustain you with His faithfulness:

    Ps. 37:3 “
    Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed 
    surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.


    ·                          4. He shall direct your paths:

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


    The question is, “Do you REALLY TRUST ME?  If you fear, you do not trust Me”.

    ENTERING INTO HIS REST

    We have been called into quietness and rest in Him to find strength while putting our confidence in Him.

    Is. 30:15 “
    For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and 
    in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.


    His grace is sufficient in our weaknesses and it is activated the moment we release our striving, worry, anxiety (which are all 
    fruits of fear) and self-power.  God will patiently wait on us until we come to that place of releasing our situations to Him by faith, 
    trusting Him fully and completely.  His eyes are searching for those whose hearts are fully trusting Him and He will show Himself 
    strong on their behalf (II Chron. 16:9).

    As long as we hold the reigns, He will not move.   But as we release our cares into His faithful care, entering into His rest in that 
    assurance of faith, waiting on Him in thanksgiving and praises and worship, He works things out behind the scenes for our good 
    – far above what we can pray or think – and will bless us with His favor and grace.

    Is. 30:18 “
    And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he 
    may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for Him.


    HOW DO I RELEASE MY CARES AND WORRIES?
    Simply get quiet before the Lord and ask the Holy Spirit to show you all the things you stress about, even sub-consciously.  You 
    will be surprised to see how many cares, concerns, worries and stress you carry and they are all related to fear.

    The way to victory is by RELEASING EVERYTHING INTO GOD’S GRACE - the people involved, the issues which you have no 
    answers for (trying to figure it out yourself) and with that every fear, worry, concern regarding any person, issue or situation of 
    your life.

    Now make a list of them and repent of not trusting God.  Then simply hand it over to Him and release it fully into His grace. Now 
    PUT YOUR TRUST IN THE LORD regarding each topic, exercising faith in His Word.  Thank Him now and rejoice in His mercy 
    and grace.

    Phil. 4:6 - 7 "
    Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests 
    be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds 
    through Christ Jesus."
    By faith we enter into God’s grace by which we stand.  When we eat from the Tree of Life, we will be filled with faith and peace 
    and thereby know God’s grace and the sufficiency of it.  As we spend lots of time quietly waiting on Him, He opens up the 
    treasure house of His wisdom and releases His rhema into our spirit, which will clearly show us the way to go.  Simply put every 
    new issue into the care of our gracious God, praising Him and rejoicing in His loving care.  Now stand your stand in faith to know 
    that He is not a man that He should lie, but He will guide us and lead us as we trust Him and fulfill every promise in our lives.

    Rom 5:1-2 “
    Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we 
    have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.


    MAINTAINING A PLACE OF REST IN HIS GRACE – in perfect PEACE
    We need to live so abandoned to God’s grace, that it becomes a life style. This place of resting in His grace is a place that is 
    under assault of the enemy, and we need to be watchful over our hearts and minds and emotions, withstanding any and every 
    attempt of the enemy to steal our joy and peace.

    I Pet. 5:8 “
    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.


    As we now know, the battlefield is in our minds and we need to keep our minds fixed on the truth, casting down every vain 
    imagination, taking our thoughts captive in Christ.

    II Cor. 10:4  “
    (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.


    DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD, ENJOYING HIM!
    Ps. 37:4 “
    Delight yourself also in the Lord and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart”.

    The word “delight” here means to be soft and pliable.   The Lord delights in us as we are pliable and yielded to submit to His 
    Lordship and rule and reign in our lives.   This ties in with taking up His yoke and His burden, which is easy and light – simply 
    meaning that we do His will and let Him have His way in our lives.

    It also ties in with the Sabbath rest, where we rest of our works and only do what we see our Father doing. Let us be careful not 
    to pursue His Presence and power as a “work” and a “striving effort of self”, but learn to just “be” in His Presence, quietly 
    enjoying Him, resting in Him and delighting in Him.  In His counsel we receive the blueprints for the works He has prepared for 
    us to walk in (Eph. 2: 10).  All our self-initiated works are just hay and stubble and will not stand the test of the fire, so let us 
    stop striving to make things work the way we think it should be.

    Jesus is looking for a bride that will lean on her Beloved, trusting Him fully.

    Now ascend on Eagle’s Wings

    Is. 40:29 - 30 “
    He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths 
    shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon LORD shall renew their strength; 
    they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.


    Once we have gained victory over the flesh and have brought the soul (will, mind and emotions) in subjection to the Spirit, can 
    we enjoy the glory of Kingdom living under an open heaven!

    Fully secure in His love, walking in perfect union with the Godhead, in fullness of joy in His Presence, we become co-laborers 
    with Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, walking under an open heaven, establishing the Kingdom of God as we go – for His 
    glory alone!  

    Halleluiah!

    Monday, July 30, 2018

    "He crowns me with lovingkindness and tender mercies" - Ps. 103:4

    Lesson 26

    I woke up with this verse and then was led to the commentary of the Treasury of David, that says it all:
    "Who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies. Our Lord does nothing by halves, he will not stay his hand till he has gone to the uttermost with his people. Cleansing, healing, redemption, are not enough, he must needs make them kings and crown them, and the crown must be far more precious than if it were made of corruptible things, such as silver and gold; it is studded with gems of grace and lined with the velvet of lovingkindness; it is decked with the jewels of mercy, but made soft for the head to wear by a lining of tenderness. Who is like unto thee, O Lord! God himself crowns the princes of his family, for their best things come from him directly and distinctly; they do not earn the crown, for it is of mercy not of merit; they feel their own unworthiness of it, therefore he deals with tenderness; but He is resolved to bless them, and, therefore, he is ever crowning them, always surrounding their brows with coronets of mercy and compassion. He always crowns the edifice which he commences, and where he gives pardon he gives acceptance too. "Since thou wast precious in my sight thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee." Our sin deprived us of all our honours, a bill of attainder was issued against us as traitors; but he who removed the sentence of death by redeeming us from destruction, restores to us more than all our former honours by crowning us anew. Shall God crown us and shall not we crown him? Up, my soul, and cast thy crown at his feet, and in lowliest reverence worship him, who has so greatly exalted thee, as to lift thee from the dunghill and set thee among princes." - Treasury of David - Commentary

    Thursday, July 26, 2018

    “There is Power in Release!”

    Lesson 25

    The meaning of the word “release” is very interesting:

    1)    Allow or enable to escape from confinement;  set free
    2)    Remove restrictions or obligations from someone so that they can be freed up for other activity
    3)    Allow something to return to its resting position
    4)    In legal matters it means to remit or discharge a debt or to surrender a right.

    “Where are you sitting, My beloved?  Where does your mind dwell - on things above or on the earth?  For as a man thinketh in 
    his heart, so is he.”

    Col.1:1-2 “
    If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of 
    God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.


    We all know that our whole life is determined by what we think and where our thoughts dwell – either on negative things or on 
    the goodness and grace of our God.

    When we release the issues that are pressing on our soul, we can ascend into the glory to live above the circumstances with the 
    perspective of God, seated in Christ to rule and reign with Him through His Word over every situation.

    RELEASING the PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE into HIS GRACE and TRUST HIM

    Many in the body of Christ, born again and Spirit-filled, walk around with great burdens on their shoulders.  These burdens 
    mostly have two sources, namely fear and self-power.  We want to be in control of situations and because we fear that things 
    will not go the way we want them to go, we take up the “responsibility-burden” in order to stay in control of the situation.

    When God forgives us, He says that He doesn’t remember our sins anymore (Heb.10:17). We say we forgave, but we do not 
    RELEASE our negative experience and the people’s unjust acts into FORGETFULNESS; therefore we are still emotionally 
    reliving the emotional traumas and in the process are captives of our unhealed memories and emotions.  Once we RELEASE 
    these memories into the grace of God, He heals us with His precious blood through the work of the Holy Spirit and we are freed 
    up to enjoy our precious inheritance in the glory of His Kingdom.

    Whatever you carry on the inside in your memory bank in the form of wounding, regret, reproach or fear is a “something” which 
    the enemy will find to push your buttons and pull you out of the glory into misery.  Jesus said “the prince of this world cometh, 
    and hath nothing in me. (Jn 14:30).

    Walking in the freedom of a mind that is uncluttered of the debris of the past, NOW filled with the Word of faith with a vision of 
    hope for our future, causes us to be transparent channels for His glory to flow through.

    Many walk in fear of the uncertainty of the future. But the question is, “Where do you live – in fear or in faith?”

    II Tim 1:7  “
    For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

    What is ruling your mind (consciously or sub-consciously) will rule your emotions, determine your behavior and attitude and 
    work through to the cells of your body.   If you walk in fear, you lose your joy and peace and become all tensed-up and stressed 
    out, and your body will bear the consequences, eventually resulting in sickness and disease.  Walking in the security of the love 
    of our Father, filled with faith in His promises, releases the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives and our minds will be sound, 
    emotions will be joyful and peaceful and our bodies will be free of stress in abounding health.  

    III Jn 1:2-3 “
    Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. For I 
    rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.

    Before going to bed in the evening, make sure that you release every issue, concern, burden, worry, fear, stress, etc. to the Lord in 
    full trust and faith. Then ask him to speak to you in your dreams, praying in tongues to settle your spirit in perfect peace in Him.

    Thursday, July 19, 2018

    What is the Sound you Carry?

    Lesson 24 
    I was watching the trumpet player removing a valve and pouring oil into it, when the Holy Spirit quickened this revelation to my 
    spirit:  In the running around of busyness and allowing ourselves to become stressed out, many have become dry and squeaky, 
    full of murmuring and complaining, criticism and strife and have lost the sound of praise to our Lord.  

    When we take a moment to listen to the sound that is coming forth from our inmost being, we can quickly assess the state of 
    our oil level.  If we have become squeaky, brassy and abrasive, the "sound" we bring forth does not bring glory to our King and 
    it is grieving the Holy Spirit. Let's humble ourselves before the King and be replenished in the silence to be filled with fresh oil, 
    carrying the sound of His Presence.  

    Eph. 5:18 "
    And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;  Speaking to yourselves in 
    psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;  Giving thanks always for 
    all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
    ".

    "Be being filled with the Spirit", speaks of a continual drinking of the new wine and the result is that we will overflow with songs of 
    praise, having a melody of thankfulness in our hearts and a joy unspeakable, shining forth His glory!
    Let us be like the five wise virgins, having a full oil supply for our lamps and some to spare while awaiting the coming of our 
    Bridegroom.  

    Come to think of it:  those wise virgins must have been worshipers, singing praises to Him day and night - full of righteousness, 
    peace and joy in the Holy Ghost - Kingdom ambassadors! God's eyes are looking for worshipers.......! 


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    Saturday, July 7, 2018

    Impatience - The fruit of the Spirit of Jealousy

    Lesson 23

    Patience is a fruit of the Spirit of God and something that we all have to develop in our desire to be transformed into the image of Christ.

    In my case it took a long time and many tests until God gave me a glorious key to overcome impatience. It was a major stumbling block in my life and God was so gracious to come to my rescue:

    I was in a very trying situation in Tel Aviv airport, when my luggage (which was perfectly packed), was taken "apart" by security and bundled back into my suitcase in total disorder. 

    My films were ripped out of my camera and all the undeveloped films were destroyed. Inexplicably I started to laugh at the absurdity of the situation I was perfectly content to wait till they finished. The joy of the Lord gave me victory!  Then all of a sudden I started receiving the red carpet treatment, with favor and benefits everywhere!   

    I caught it! The joy of the Lord is my strength and causes me to have favor! Wow! 
    Laughter in the face of the enemy is a weapon of destruction on our lips!

    Since then I have had many other such situations, always remembering my secret weapon and every time I walked out with blessings and benefits! 

    Today I was ministering to someone on the phone, when the Lord revealed the cause of a sudden injury. The root cause was that my sister has been having a lot of frustrating situations around her and she started getting impatient with the Lord for not having answered her prayers yet; and also got impatient with everyone else around her. This left her discontented, frustrated, irritated, murmuring and complaining (anybody been there?) - an open door for the enemy to trip her up, causing a fall with several injuries. 

    After the glory light of God's revelation shone into this area in her soul, exposing the work of the enemy, she repented and received victory too, together with a physical miracle!  Peace and joy flooded her soul. His Kingdom came! 

    Hallelujah!

    When we enter into the rest of the Lord, we leave everything, including timing in His hands, putting our full trust in Him. Assured that He works out everything together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes.  Hallelujah!

    If you have experienced impatience with all the side-effects of it, bring it before the Lord in repentance.  Then hand over these things to the Lord and trust Him to work it out for your good. Then count it all joy, rejoicing in His goodness and grace over your life.


    Patience is also an attribute of love (1 Cor.13). Let's grow into it and let it have its perfect work in us until we are complete in Him.

    James 1:4 (KJV)

    But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
    Patience (hupomone): cheerful (or hopeful), endurance, constancy, enduring, patient continuance.
    perfect (teleios): complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character); of full age, perfect.
    entire : complete in every part, i.e.perfectly sound, entire, whole.


    The Battle of the Mind

    Lesson 29 In these days our senses are bombarded with a constant barrage of stimuli. The main undertone of it is carrying the messag...