Take No Thought for Your Life

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Jesus said in his word that he did not want us to “take thought” for our life. That means in the Greek, Merimna, which means to be anxious, troubled, worried, prompting one’s interest, looking out for, caring a lot about. Jesus knew that by our taking thought we can become mentally and emotionally sick. Science reveals that excessive worry causes stress and can make us physically and mentally sick.

The root of much of emotional anxiety and depression is caused by worry. This is why Jesus said not to worry. He also gave us a remedy for worry. Jesus said, to understand that you cannot make one hair black or white, or in other words, you do not have the power to change circumstances, situations or people. This is the first step to healing, recognizing that you are powerless to do much of anything in this world’s trials and tribulations, at least anything that will transform your heart or give you the miracle that you need.

Now that we have come to this conclusion: and have surrendered to the Lord by not striving and fretting, what now? Jesus goes on to say, “Have faith in God”. Trust him. Really all faith is, is trust. That’s the real meaning. Pistis- trust in, rely upon and cling to.

Do we have a part to play in this place of trust? YES! Not only do we cast down worry, fear, and anxiety, BUT we take thought in a different direction. Let me show you what the word says.

In Malachi, God says that he revealed himself to those who thought on him. Read it for yourself. Also, in Acts 10:19, Peter was mediating or thinking about what God showed him and as he did the Spirit of God spoke to him. We can see this happening throughout scripture. This is why scriptures tell us to think on good, lovely, pure things etc. What has all these qualities but the word of God, the Bible? As we mediate or think on God and what he says in his word, he will show up! When God shows up, miracles happen!

1 Corinthians 3:13, tells us to stop thinking childish things, or in other words stop thinking like a carnal person who has a carnal mind. God wants to renew our mind with the word of God so we think God thoughts! Faith comes by hearing God speak and this hearing ability comes from the word of God. It is important to read the word and mediate on in, think about it!

Let the Lord speak to you through it! Then when you have his word in your heart you will not worry, sin or be in fear. Why? Because God will show up in your life and do miracles for you! The Lord will only answer prayers that line up with his word. Find out all his promises which are yes and amen and then pray them, mediate on them so God can give you revelation for your circumstance.

Take no thought for your life! Don’t worry, fret or be in fear! The Lord has promised and he is faithful to perform his promises. The storm can rage but we trust in the God who calms the storm! No weapon that is formed against us will prosper! God said it! He cannot lie.

My next point is, wait on the Lord. We always want everything now. Our fast paced society makes us demand it BUT God does not work that way. He does things according to his timing and his ways and his plan and so we must be patient. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit and a godly attribute. Who ever heard of a ring popping out of the silversmith pot? Things take time and good things are worth waiting for! God is working behind the scenes so we must trust him in bringing the victory according to his timing.

My last point, be thankful! Sometimes we must learn this the hard way; I know I have had to. Until we can be content in our situation, we will wander around in limbo, just like the Israelites in the wilderness. There is always someone worse off than us, keep that in mind next time you are tempted to complain.

God loves a grateful heart. Now that does not mean that God does not want to promote you but until we can be appreciative of what we have we will never be given more. Grumblers and complainers are taking thought to their life to the point of making everyone else around them miserable! Be thankful and the Lord will bless you with more in his time.

So, take no thought for your life! Take thought for the word of God! Then you will be successful in all the Lord has called you to do!

 Psalm 1

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

 

 

Blessed is the Man that Endures Trial

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What exactly does it mean to be blessed and how does one get blessed by God? The Hebrew word for “blessed” is ASHERI or BARAK. Whenever a person is blessed by God the word BARAK it is always used. This means that the blessing is initiated by God and is beneficial to the person receiving the blessing.

In reconciling the use of trials and tribulations of this world that God allows in our life to occur and God’s blessing in our life, this is what I feel the Lord has shown me. First of all the perquisite for blessings is to know Jesus Christ and be clothed in his righteousness. This we can see from the scripture, in Matthew chapter 5 verse.6. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Not our own righteousness but the righteousness that comes by faith in Jesus Christ.

This blessing comes through having a humble heart. (Poor in spirit) If one will not humble himself before God and admit being a sinner then the blessing of salvation will not come.  Pride is the negative attitude of the world, it is Satan’s attitude. Satan is uppity, prideful, boastful, thinks he is hot stuff. We can never get saved having this kind of an attitude. This is why God allows life trials and tribulations to occur in the lost so that they get humble and come off their high horse! God also uses the law, he shows the lost how evil they are and how they fall short of God’s expectations.  He uses these things to bring us to salvation; because he loves us.

Simply put, a child who is rebellious and never does what he is told, needs correction and discipline for his good. We need correction and discipline for our own good! Even the Christian is constantly being humbled and made dependant on God. God will never use a Saul. That is a person who thinks that he has a right or is God’s gift to everyone. God will always use a David, one humble and small in his own eyes. The humble boasts only in the Lord, not in their own ability.

But to this one I will look, to him who is poor and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My Word. Psalm 25:9-10

To be blessed by God does not mean that you will not experience hardship! When you are blessed by God it is based on right relationship with him but also by certain behaviors. Remember that James said that “I will show you my faith by my works” In other words, if you have faith in Jesus Christ, your life will bear fruit to show that you have been born of God.

In order to perform these behaviors we must be led and moved by the Holy Spirit and not by laws, rules, and regulations. An example would be, if I give all my money to the poor thinking that I will earn kudos with God; then I am gravely misinformed. Cain’s sacrifice of his works was not acceptable to God because they came by his own hand and for the motive of winning God’s blessings. Ables’ sacrifice, on the other hand was expectable because his sacrifice was based on God’s requirements and not by his own works. Able knew that nothing that he could do in his own ability would make God love him more or accept him. Only the requirement of a sacrifice of a lamb (figurative of Jesus Christ) was acceptable.

This is the same way with blessings from God. They are delivered according to certain requirements and based on how the Holy Spirit directs. In other words, my giving must be initiated by faith in God’s Holy Spirit which always comes with a love and passion for what one is giving to. If I give out of a requirement of necessity, to get a blessing, then my giving will not be acceptable to God BUT if my giving is initiated by the Holy Spirit it will be done with a joyful heart, even if I have given my last penny. You see, it is all based on the humble attitude.

He teaches the humble His way… Psalm 25:9-10

If you read all of Matthew chapter 5 you will see the requirements for certain blessings to come. I will bring a short caption of some of them. As you can see blessings are not always material and may not occur until we enter heaven.

Requirement:  the poor in spirit (humble) Blessing: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Requirement:   those that morn Blessing:  they shall be comforted

Requirement:  Be meek Blessing:  they shall inherit the earth.

Requirement: hunger and thirst after righteousness Blessing: they shall be filled

Requirement:  Be merciful   Blessing: shall obtain mercy.

Requirement: Be pure in heart. Blessing they shall see God

Requirement: Peacemakers. Blessing: called the children of God

Requirement: persecuted for righteousness’ sake Blessing: theirs is the kingdom of heaven

Requirement: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake Blessing: great is your reward in heaven

In order to be blessed by God we must love God, walk in his ways by the power of the Holy Spirit, be obedient to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and God’s word, do not go after false God’s (idols in our heart) Deut. 11:22, 26-28

Obedience to the Holy Spirit, (God in us) walking in the Holy Spirit, listening to his voice will give you a life blessed by God. Remember that many are the afflictions of the righteousness BUT the Lord delivers from them all!

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21

Blessed is the man that endures trial: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him.

In conclusion, to be blessed by God does not always mean material nor does it mean that all blessings will be fulfilled in this life; some blessings will be fulfilled in eternity.

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The Fear of the Lord

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The emotion fear can have both positive and negative connotations. Let me explain; Fear is a natural response to danger. You know what would happen if you put your hand on a burning stove element and just the thought of it sends a sensation of fear through your whole body.

Sports athletes experience fear when they are competing and explorers, scientists, all fear when they venture out into the unknown. Fear, understood properly,can actually have healthy benefits. The word fear actually means, an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. (web. Dic)

Fear is a God given emotion and just so you know, not all fear is from the devil. The emphasis should be not on fear itself but on what you fear. If you fear the devil or his antics, then your fear is misplaced. However, if you fear God then your fear is a very healthy and wise fear. Scriptures tell us that God’s saints are to fear him with trembling, astonishment and awe. This is not a tormenting fear like the devil puts on you but a holy fear. If you do not fear God, you need to check out what god you believe in because it certainly is not the God of the Bible.

Why are we to fear God? Because he has the power to send to hell, to destroy, to kill, and he disciplines for sin. The Hebrew word for fear is ra`ad and it means “to be in dread” which in English means to anticipate with great apprehension or to fear.

And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.’ Job 28:28

Fear came upon me, and trembling which made all my bones to shake. Job 4:14

Oh fear the Lord, ye saints, for there is no want to them that fear him. Psalm 34:9

The Greek word for fear is Phobos-the same root word for phobia, means to Dred, have foreboding, trepidation.

For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter. 2 Corinthians 7:11

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philippians 2:12, 13

The type of fear that God does not want you to have is the fear of cowardice. In Greek this type of fear is called Delia. This means to lack bravery or to have an excessive fear of danger or pain. This type of fear causes such anxiety that it makes an unstable or unbalanced individual. Extreme fear can immobilize and cause sickness in both the body and mind.

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; Hebrews 2:15

The problem with teaching that all fear is of the devil, is that it also removes the healthy fear which we are to have, the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord causes dread, astonishment, reverence, awe, respect and worship. Without the fear of the Lord, people become foolish. They do not take God seriously and therefore they flaunt their sin before him. This godless mentality will result in eternal punishment and that is something a wise person will fear!

“There is no fear of God before [their] eyes” (Psalm 36:1; Romans 3:18).

“Do not let your heart envy sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the LORD all the day; For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off.” Prov. 23:17-18

The benefits of fearing the Lord are long life, safety, security, provision, and salvation. This healthy fear comes from being established in God’s word and brings a faith that is real and lasting!

The fear of the LORD leads to life Proverbs 19:23

The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe Proverbs 29:25

Establish Your word to Your servant, Who is devoted to fearing You” Psalm 119:37-38

Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him Psalm 33:8

 

 

 

“The Wide Road” My First Novel.

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“The Wide Road” excerpt

It was Joel’s moral conscience that became offended at the illusion which revealed the true state of his soul by the reflection of light. “This simply is not true.” Joel’s moral conscience stormed. “I am by nature a good soul, created in the image of God, possessing god like qualities and moral ability. I will not receive this image of myself for I am capable of moral goodness. After all have I not obeyed most of the law and cared about my fellow human beings? I performed some charitable acts and have abhorrence for injustice, don’t I? Does that not make me a moral soul? ”

Like a leopard trying to change his spots, the traveler of the wide road’s moral conscience turned away from his reflection in the house of mirrors and made his way once again towards the games in the illusions of this life.

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Walk in the Light

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Darkness is the absence of light. When light enters into the darkness it illuminates in the darkness. The Bible says that Darkness was “on the face of the deep” prior to creation.  What this means is that all was darkness.  The earth was “without form and void”, which means that the earth was not made and was not in existence. We know that light is energy and cannot be destroyed. It can however, change into matter.  The Bible says that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. God’s energy creates matter. He created the natural realm by forming matter into the darkness.

The Bible also says that God spoke into the darkness and then light appeared. When God speaks from the spiritual realm then action occurs according to God’s command. The natural realm responds and performs the creating by natural occurrences. This principal is the same in other areas of darkness, such as sin, which is the absence of godliness. God is sinless. He has no darkness and therefore he has no sin.

When sin entered the world, the only way to have God’s light was to have it contained in the Holy of Holies in the Ark of the Covenant under the Old Testament and the sacrificial system or through the cleansing of the blood sacrifice for sin and the born again experience. Again the light is in a contained situation, for now. God’s light is in his people. We are now the light to the world.

Sinful humanity walks in darkness. All nature is under sin until God creates a new heaven and earth. This is why Jesus took on a body. God became flesh and dwelt among us. The human body of Jesus contained the light of God and that is why he said, “I am the light of the world” and again “while I am with you, you have the light”.

Sin lives in the darkness; a life without the light of God. Scriptures say that those in sin rebel against the light. They don’t like it. Why? This is simply because the light reveals to them their sin. With the conscience seared, sinful humanity can justify sin. This is why the light is needed to expose sin, so that the sinner sees sin for what it really is. God’s truth brings light. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. He is the illuminator of sin. In other words the Holy Spirit reveals the sin as the darkness that it really is.

The Bible says that men are stumbling around in darkness and do not know where they are going. They are headed for an eternity in outer darkness away from all light and they do not realize this. God’s judgment is upon all sinners because they like the darkness and do not want to come to the light to have their deeds exposed. But those who are drawn by the Holy Spirit and come to the light to see their sin for the darkness that it is, will find out that their sins can be forgiven, through Jesus Christ.

Those who belong to God have renounced the hidden things of darkness and walk in the light. This means that the light in them, God’s light, reveals sin on a constant base and as they are confessed they are forgiven. Confession brings sin to the light. Scriptures tell us that “he who hides his sin will not prosper but he who confesses his sin will have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13

The Greek word for light is Phos which means to make manifest. To illuminate, make known, reveal.  According to Acts 26:18, Jesus came to turn sinners from darkness to light.

In the old testament YHWY is Israel’s light which makes known his laws “O house of Jacob, come and let us walk in the light of the Lord.” Isaiah 2:5

In the New Testament, “walking in the light” means to follow Jesus, who said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” John 8:12

When we walk in the light as God is in the light then we have relationship with him and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. 1John 1:7

Jesus said that he was the light of life. In other words, Jesus is ZOE, a God given Christ like life which is eternal. Walk in the light as he is in the light!

“Can anyone hide in the secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the Lord. “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord. Jer 23:24

Jer 16:17 “My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes.”

John 3:19-21 “This is the judgment: that light has entered the world, and men have preferred darkness to light because their deeds were evil. Everybody who does wrong hates the light and keeps away from it, for fear his deeds may be exposed. But everybody who is living by the truth will come to the light to make it plain that all he has done has been done through God.”

Ps 90:8 You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.

Job 12:22 He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings deep shadows into the light.

Job 28:11  [God] … brings hidden things to light.

Dan 2:22 He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.

1 Cor 4:5b   He will bring into the light of day all that at present is hidden in darkness, and he will expose the secret motives of men’s hearts.

Luke 18:13- “But the tax collector stood at a distance… and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ I tell you that this man… went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Acts 19:18 Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds.

1 Tim 5:20 Those [elders] who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that others may take warning.

Rom 13:12 The night is almost over, it will be daylight soon; let us give up the things we prefer to do under cover of the dark; let us arm ourselves and appear in the light.

 2 Cor 4:2,6  ) We have renounced secret and shameful ways… For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

Eph 5:8-14a once you were “darkness”, but now as Christians you are “light”. Live then as children of the light.

2 Sam 22:29 you are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.

Ps 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Mat 5:14-16 “You are the world’s light; it is impossible to hide a town built on top of a hill. Men do not light a lamp and put it under a bucket. They put it on a lampstand, and it gives light for everybody in the house.”

Pr 4:18-19 The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.

John 8:12b “I am the light of the world; anyone who follows me will not be walking in the dark; he will have the light of life.”

John 1:5  The light still shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.

Dan 12:3  Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

Pleading the Blood of Jesus

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One of the weapons of our warfare is to remind the devils of the blood covenant paid for us by Jesus Christ.  Some people call this “pleading” the blood of Jesus. While there is no direct reference to this term there is scriptural reference to the idea of reminding the enemy of our position in Jesus Christ.

This form of spiritual warfare is attacked by some Christians and the devil really likes it! This is because the devil hates to be reminded that he is a defeated foe. While our position in the new covenant is as blood bought new creations, the devil will not acknowledge this. Let me explain.

Jesus is our mediator, or lawyer. One who advocates for another. In a court of law the rule of law must be put forth to the judge to define the offense, this is done by the prosecution or the accuser of the brethren. Then the advocate brings the defense. The defense is, this, the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness.

Some Christians fail to see that the accuser still stands before the court of God to accuse and Jesus stands there in mediation.  This is his job today! At the right hand of God Jesus makes our defense.  When scriptures say,”It is finished” it means that it is finished but that does not mean there is no opposition to this. For example, a law set in place in our judicial system may not be acknowledged by a criminal so it must be enforced and that is why we have police and lawyers. It is the same way in God’s kingdom and just so you know, our common law system is built on the principals of Mosaic Law.

Why do you think that Christians need to have spiritual weapons and fight spiritual warfare? Those who ignore these Biblical concepts may find that their lives are not going to be protected. God himself said, “MY PEOPLE perish for lack of knowledge.”

Ignorance of the devil’s devises is dangerous to your welfare on this earth. God has given us spiritual principles in this word and he expects us to use them.  I am someone who believes in the sovereignty of God but I also know that God’s sovereignty is applied as he wills by the means he wills.

For example, if God wants someone saved, he will raise up prayer and the preaching of the word to get that person saved.  If you don’t believe that then tell me why Jesus needed a fish and a loaf to multiply to feed the people and why he needed water to turn to wine and why he needed prophetic acts by the prophets? No, not because he is kooky but because the principles of the kingdom have spiritual protocol or spiritual laws that must be applied.

Just as there are natural laws that govern the universe there are spiritual laws that govern the kingdom of God.  For example, Jesus said in the Bible, give and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, ask and you will be given, ect. These are laws that govern the kingdom of God. We are not saved by any laws but spiritual principals are spiritual laws like the law of gravity is a natural law. Now to come to my point, the law of applying the blood covenant to a given situation.

We know that the blood of Jesus cleanses from sin. Not just our sin yesterday but any sin tomorrow.  The devil will use any un-confessed sin to destroy you.  We need to acknowledge our sin and confess it to God and ask for his help in delivering us from that sin.

“For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:28

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” Ephesians 1:7

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been made near by the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:13

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood … for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.” Leviticus 17:11

The Bible tells us that the devil accuses the Christian night and day before God and he has a case if the sin is un-confessed. Satan can cause a lot of havoc in the Christian’s life who has un-confessed sin. However, when the sin is confessed and brought to the light and forsaken, which means that you forsake the love of your sin and embrace the Holy Spirit’s power to defeat that sin by yielding or surrendering to God taking control of it, you can be set free.

Now if you try to give up your sin by your will power you will eventually fall back into it. Asking the Holy Spirit to change your heart and make it line up with his will is the principle of the kingdom of God and not old law keeping which has no power to defeat sin.

Let me show you what the Bible says about the power of the blood of Jesus as a weapon of our warfare.

“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7

 “… that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Hebrews 2:14

“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13

“Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:15

“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8)

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” Revelation 12:11

Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19

“How much more shall the blood of Christ…purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Hebrews 9:14

Pleading is a legal term of advocacy and it means a law of presenting a case in court as by a lawyer on behalf of his client. In other words it is a legal defense. So when we plead the blood of Jesus, we are putting forth our advocate’s defense to the prosecution and when we do this we are justified in our situation.

While Jesus paid the price for sin ONCE for all, we must continually plead our defense when we fall into sin and we do this all the time because we are not yet made perfect. This makes the devil a defeated foe in our lives because we have God’s defense against sin and that is the blood of Jesus!

Father in Jesus name I plead the blood of Jesus on my life because Jesus continually lives to make intercession for me. I acknowledge that I am not perfect and I ask for you to help me in my weaknesses by the power of your Holy Spirit, in the name of my advocate and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.