Wednesday, January 9, 2019

TRIUMPHING IN ALL SITUATIONS

Lesson 43

How glorious to triumph in all situations by the power of the Holy Spirit!

2 Corinthians 2:14 King James Version (KJV)

Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

In our own power it is not possible, but in the power of the Spirit as we put our trust in the Lord, all things are possible! 
The prerequisite is: “Only believe!” Mark 9:23

Our faith will be tested, but it is when our mind is renewed in the sure knowledge that God’s Word is true. He is not a man that He should lie, so we can put our trust completely in Him - resting in Him to bring the victory about as we praise Him, rejoicing in His goodness and grace.

We will have to exercise patience, but that works for our good, causing us to become wrapped in Him, lacking nothing.

James 1:2-8 TPT
My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested[c] it stirs up power within you to endure all things. And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.
And if anyone longs to be wise, ask God for wisdom and he will give it! He won’t see your lack of wisdom as an opportunity to scold you over your failures but he will overwhelm your failures with his generous grace.[d] Just make sure you ask empowered by confident faith without doubting that you will receive. For the ambivalent person believes one minute and doubts the next. Being undecided makes you become like the rough seas driven and tossed by the wind. You’re up one minute and tossed down the next. 7–8 When you are half-hearted and wavering it leaves you unstable.[e] Can you really expect to receive anything from the Lord when you’re in that condition?

Thursday, January 3, 2019

BEING ENVELOPED IN A HAZE OF BRILLIANT LIGHT

Lesson 42


It is interesting to note how the things we carry in our consciousness affect the atmosphere around us.  

"As a man thinks in his heart, so is he" - Prov.23:7 

When we are upset with a situation or a person, there is a cloud of darkness around us and everyone is repelled by this darkness. There is even a deeper place of darkness where our negative opinions are reflected in our facial expressions and the atmosphere around us is stand-offish - again driving others away, because they feel judged and disapproved of. 

The contrary is much more powerful though! When our mind is set on things above, we look at someone else through the eyes of our loving, gracious and merciful Father. Our atmosphere is filled with the same quality of these attributes and we can act in true, unfeigned love for our brothers and sisters from a pure heart. 

Being filled with the Holy Spirit will always produce light and glory in us, over us and around us, which is the overshadowing of the glory of God, which can even have such powerful effects as the "shadow" of Peter falling on people, healing them.  

The Greek Word for God's overshadowing glory is episkiazo (Mark 9:7/Heb.9:5), (meaning to envelop in a haze of brilliancy).


Let us keep our focus on Jesus so that nothing can move us out of the light of His glory. Then let this glory radiance shine over the people around us who are in despair and hopelessness, enveloping them in God's love to heal, deliver and restore.

“Arise [from spiritual depression to a new life], shine [be radiant with the glory and brilliance of the Lord]; for your light has come,
And the glory and brilliance of the Lord has risen upon you." Isaiah 60:1 Amp.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Lesson 41

The Plumb Line

As the year is drawing to an end, let us take stock of our lives: our relationship with God, family, friends, business, ministry, finances and health. 
Are we walking in alignment with God?

 1 John 3:21 - KJV
Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God, and we will receive from Him whatever we ask, because we keep His commandments and do what is pleasing in His sight.…”

This is the question to ask ourselves: Does my heart condemn me in anything?  Attitudes, wrongs I have done to others, omissions, instructions of the Lord that I have not obeyed or anything else?

 Keeping His commandments is key to walk in His blessing in every facet of our existence! (Deut.28). The opposite of blessing is the curse.

 We are in a time frame of a governmental shift, being weighed in the balance and what we sow we will reap.

 Let us ask the Holy Spirit to shine His light on every facet of our lives, pointing out the things which are not pleasing in God’s sight. Then deal with it through true repentance, coming back in right standing with God.

“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1 Pet.1:15-17

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Role of our SENSES in Living a Holy Life.


Lesson 40

SANCTIFY YOUR NATURAL SENSES - THEN HAVE YOUR SPIRITUAL SENSES SENSITIZED

Remember, the entry point for both light and darkness is our five senses. We have both natural and spiritual senses.

So, how do I sanctify my senses?   

Remember the three monkeys?  Hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil. 

We have to determine in our hearts that we want to be pure and holy before God. Ask the Lord to wash your heart with the blood of Jesus of any contamination that has come in through your senses.

Therefore turn away from anything that can defile - even your inward thoughts, setting our focus on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.

There are five natural senses and six spiritual senses:

In the natural - our eyes, ears, nose, taste and touch.

REMEMBER, WE SPOKE ABOUT YOUR SENSES BEING THE ENTRANCE POINT FOR GOOD AS WELL AS FOR EVIL.

What you look at - even inadvertently, will find an entryway into your soul - and could either enlighten you or darken your understanding.

Eph.4: 17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.

But, we have now come to Mount Zion, the Presence of the Lord. (Heb.12:22) 

We are in His holy Presence

AND NOW WE EXERCISE OUR SENSES TO DISCERN BOTH GOOD AND EVIL.  

This we do by extending our spiritual senses into the supernatural - to tune in to the Spirit of God to receive from Him.

These are our 5 spiritual senses

Eyes: Eph.1:19: Our eyes set on Jesus (Heb.12:1-3), enlightened by the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation to know the Christ.
Ears: John 10 - "My sheep hear My voice”. Ears circumcised and tuned to the Spirit to hear what He is saying.
Nose - discernment (Heb.5:14): Discerning by the Spirit - not judging by the flesh.
taste - Ps. 34:8: Feasting on the Word and the Presence of the Lord to experience encounters with Him.
touch - Matt.9:20/ 2 Cor. 6:17:  Touching no unclean thing, but to exercising the Presence of the Lord
knower - inward witness of the HS (Romans 8:16) - having the witness of the Holy Spirit.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

TAMING OF THE TONGUE

Lesson 39

As we all know, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue; And they that indulge it shall eat the fruit thereof.”  Prov.18:21.  This truly a mouthful!
As we ponder on it, we realize that we frame our lives by what we speak and we will eat the fruit of what we speak!  This is a sobering word and it is important for us to learn how to guard our tongues to speak only that which will bring life.  

As we listen to what comes forth from our mouths, we will also discover what we harbor in our hearts, for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  As we discover regret, bitterness, records of wrongs, we can deal with it through repentance, forgiveness and the choice to bless others. If you find hard places of hurts in your heart, bring it before the Lord and ask Him to cleanse and to heal your heart of all negative memories.

Therefore it needs discipline on our behalf to bring our tongues under control of the Holy Spirit  and it will serve us well to take a moment every morning to ponder on these points:


1: Purpose to speak with wisdom – especially not to bring up negative things from the past, but to leave it behind once for all. (Phil.3:13-14)
2: Thanksgiving gives us entry into the gates of the Lord’s presence.  
3: Purpose to only speak life into others, not to remark on the negative: edify, comfort, exhort!
4: Ps.39:1 – Praying for the fruit of self-control (over my tongue) for the day. Purpose in my heart to not participate in any negative speaking. Respond with wisdom to any negative remark.
5: Psalm 45:2/ Luke 4:22 (Grace on our lips). Speaking light into darkness.
6: Only speaking life over every part of my life, sphere of influence and future. You shall declare a thing and it shall be established (Job 22:28).
7: Psalm 19:14 – Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing unto You, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Mind of Christ

Lesson 38



As we know, the soul consists of three parts: the mind, will and emotions.  All these have to be subjected to the control of the Spirit. 
  Our mind and affections have to be set on things above, not on things on the earth (Col.3:2), but this can only happen when we have died to self and are risen with Christ:
  It is only through death to self that we can rise in the resurrection power of the Holy Ghost!
   

Colossians 3:1-3  (KJV)

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
   
When our mind is “stayed” on the Lord will we walk in perfect peace.

Isaiah 26:3-5 King James Version (KJV)
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.

The mind then, is the leading part of the soul.  Every thought has to be taken captive in obedience to Christ (2 Cor10:3-5). And as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. (Prov.23:7).
  That implies that the emotions follow the dictates of the mind. Therefore, it follows that the mind set on Christ will cause us to have Spirit-filled emotions .  The contrary is also true: Uncontrolled emotions simply means that they are under control of the flesh which has not died.
  Either we live under control of the Spirit or under control of the flesh.
  Once we have embraced the cross and have reckoned ourselves dead to sin (e.g.uncontrolled emotions) and alive to God in Christ Jesus (by the Spirit) (Rom.6:11) we have to make the choice with our will whether we will give in to the temptation to react in the flesh or respond in the power of the Spirit.
  In Philippians 2 Paul beseeches the believers to have the mind of Christ who has taken on the form of a servant in lowliness and humility to become obedient even unto death out of love for the Father.
  Lowliness of mind is the opposite of pride that wants to have its will and its way causing emotions to run haywaire if the situation cannot be “controlled”. 

1 Corinthians 2:16 - For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Romans 12:2 - 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.

Philippians 2:5 - Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:


2 Timothy 1:7 - For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

1 Peter 1:13 - Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

Philippians 2:5-11 - Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. 

1 John 2:6 - He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

Romans 8:1-39 - [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.   
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Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Agape Love conquers offenses

Lesson 37



I am so overwhelmed by the love of the Lord – just meditating on the power of love to overcome all offenses.

Recently I have been meditating on the Scripture below:



“The Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another,
and towards all men,
even as we do towards you:
To the end He may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God,
even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.”
1 Thessalonians 3:12

To have a heart established in holiness before God is equated with the fulness of His agape love with His eternal perspective.

When our hearts are filled and overflowing with the agape of God, it is not easy to become offended. We will see people from God's perspective and His love will conquer all.

Negative situations will always come across our path, but when we respond in the Spirit of love and instant forgiveness, the fires of destruction are quenched with peace as the result.

The more we get saturated in His Presence, the more we will abound in love and then we become unoffendable and unmoved by the fleshly conduct and reactions in others.

When we counter someone’s negative response with the love of God, Christ is glorified and the fragrance of His presence spreads into the situation.

After all, our love towards another spills out from our love for Him and this enables us to love as He does with His agape.

Jesus asked Peter three times whether he loved Him more than those around. Twice He referred to agapao (divine love), but Peter answered with Phileo (brotherly love).
Jesus’ directive was to feed His sheep.

Our ministry to others should be motivated by the fiery love of God.

To live through Christ is to love and it is easy, because it is a natural flow of the Spirit of Love – the royal law of the Kingdom of heaven (James 2:8).

PRAYER: Father, it is Your commandment to love and You are the One who enables us to do so by the Spirit. Cause us to increase and to overflow in love, bearing with one another, forgiving one another as You do. Help us to counter the plans of the enemy to divide by offenses through your agape love so that You can establish us in holiness before You - in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

God is bringing Transformation



    Lesson 36
    

       We are in a wonderful season where God's grace is causing many to see themselves
       in the light of the Holy Spirit. 

       This is our opportunity for transformation into the image of Christ.  

       As we are willingly yielded to Him to do a work in us which we cannot do, 
       He brings the shift in our perception to see in a new way. 

       Repentance and forgiveness paves the way for newness of resurrection life as we
       come to the foot of the cross. Hallelujah!
    




Saturday, October 13, 2018

JUDGE NOT!



LESSON 35

We often first have to deal with the stumbling blocks within ourselves before we can overcome the stumbling blocks in our relationships.

Our judgments of another form opinions, which in turn form resistances that become like walls between ourselves and those we do not “approve” of.

Matthew 7:1-5 says it all:
“Judge not, that ye be not judged.
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.”

Judgmentalism is an attitude that becomes a stronghold by which the whole world is viewed and judged and quickly taken to task.  It is rooted in perfectionism, which stems from rejection and is married to pride.
When we find this attitude in our hearts, we need to humble ourselves, repent and God to help us get rid of the beam in our eyes.  Yes, it has to do with the way in which we see things, people and their actions.
We can judge the fruit, but never the person!  Sin remains sin and will receive judgment from the Lord. However, because we are all prone to stumbling, we should exercise the same grace and mercy on another as we expect to be treated with when we err.
Often, when someone has grown up with a measuring stick of “perfection” (from parents), he in turn will exact a perfect behavior and standard from everyone else, being a very hard task master, with no mercy. 
When, on the contrary, we take every situation to the Lord in prayer, asking God to show us the root of someone else’s rude, controlling or offensive behavior, He will give us divine perception.
From His point of view, understanding the root of the problem, we can easily forgive, praying for that person from a place of mercy and compassion to receive enlightened eyes of his understanding by God’s grace to repent and be restored to a place of righteous living.
In the meantime we can bless those who persecute us and revile us, knowing that they do not know what they do. When we have interactions with such people, let us pray for grace to see with the eyes of Jesus to not be offended by them, bless them and move on, without reliving the negative in our memories, or talking about it.
Luke 6 give us a whole list of how we should treat our enemies:
  • Love your enemies (v 27,35) ,35)
  • Bless them that curse you (v 28)
  • pray for them which despitefully use you (v 28)
  • Let them take what they demand of you (v 29)
  • Give (v 30, 38) and lend (v 35) 
  • Judge not, condemn not, but forgive (v 37)


In Isaiah 58 the Word says that we will walk into the light of healing when we withdraw the pointing of the finger!  So help us, God!

Prayer:  Father of glory, open the eyes of our understanding that we can see ourselves in the light of truth to repent of anything in our thoughts, words and actions that does not bring glory to you. You are a holy God and you want us to be true reflections of Your glory.  Change us, form us and mold us into Your image, Lord. And, Father, help us to take the path of lowliness to bring and end to hatred, judgments, accusation and division.  Give us Your perception of every unrighteous act and give and wisdom and grace to love others as we love ourselves. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.



TRIUMPHING IN ALL SITUATIONS

Lesson 43 How glorious to triumph in all situations by the power of the Holy Spirit! 2 Corinthians 2:14   King James Version (KJ...