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.

 

 

He Sends Forth Spies into the Land

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God has his valiant ones (Hebrew -chayil -able, effective, strong,) that he sends to spy out, a city, country, church, or a ministry. These are usually prophets and intercessors. Sometimes it is just to pray, but other times, it is to speak a word from the Lord into a situation. I have personally been sent to do both, at different times, in different situations.

Let’s take a look at the Old Testament, which is a shadow of things in the body of Christ today, and find out about spies that were sent into the land. In Joshua, chapter two, we find that Joshua sends 2 spies to search out the land. (Spy out- Hebrew is Tuwr- to seek, search out, explore, and find out how to do something) These spies were sent out before the army was sent in. Their purpose was to look for the cities’ strengths and weaknesses but not only that, they were also sent to view the land. To see what was going on there.

In Judges Chapter 18, we find that the men of valor who went to spy out the land for the Danites, found idols and graven images in the land. It was a cursed land because of the idols. God said that he would take away that land and give it to his people for an inheritance, BUT God’s people had to fight for the land and God would give them the victory.They went out with weapons to fight. In this case, the people were not warriors but at ease, secure, peaceful but in sin. God wanted to chastise them for their idolatry. Today our weapons are spiritual weapons and we war against the demonic realm in the heavenly places.

When God shows his spiritual spies the things in the land that need to be dealt with, he will use us to pray, against the devil’s devices. God shows us the entrance to the city, or in other words the door, in which the enemy has gotten access to the land. Then the spies will confront that demonic gate and bring it down or into the light as the Lord sees fit. The spies sent to Laish, reported the find of idols but instead of destroying them, they set these idols up for themselves. Consequently the tribe of Dan was accursed with their idols. This is a good lesson. When we see idols in the land we are sent to by the Lord, we are not to compromise with them! We are to destroy them!

In the case of Joshua, a different story, the Ark went before them, (The Holy Spirit that was in that ark is now residing in his people) and they walked through the water by his power. Then they marched around the city at God’s command 6 times and on the 7nth time the priest blew his trumpet. Joshua told them,”Shout for the Lord has given you the city!” Then the people were warned “Don’t keep any cursed thing because you will be cursed.”

When the Lord shows an intercessor, some problem or sin in the church, if we turn a blind eye to it and compromise with it, then we are being disobedient. We must seek God’s wisdom on how to capture the city. How to tear down the strong holds that have gotten in there. If a prophet is sent to give a word of repentance to the city, nation, church, or whatever place; then this is a great mercy from God. He is showing compassion and giving place to repentance in the hearts. Only if his word is not heeded, will God destroy the city, close the church down, or stop the flow of ministries finances. Sometimes God even sends, two or three different prophets, to the same place to give several chances to repent! But eventually if God’s word is not heeded the place will fall.

In conclusion, as intercessors, when God shows you the sin in a place that he has sent you, ask for wisdom on how and what he wants you to do about it. You may be the prep guy, and just called to pray or God may have already sent others, and you are the one called to bring the word. Ask the Lord first, and don’t go do your own thing because then we are in idolatry; by playing God. Always get into the habit of NEVER, ever; doing anything in God’s name unless you know for sure that he has given you the direction. That way you are safe. God would rather have you test something as his word commands, instead of being a bull in a china shop. It is not lack of faith to ask for confirmation; it is being wise and fearing the Lord!

Blessings in Jesus brethren!

Renewed in the Spirit of the Mind

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The Bible tells us to be renewed in the spirit of the mind. What exactly does this mean? First of all let’s look at what the mind actually is. The Greek word for mind is pneuma which means the disposition or influence which fills and governs the soul of any one, the efficient source of any power, affection, emotion, desire, etc, the rational spirit, the power by which the human being feels, thinks, decides, the vital principal by which the body is animated. 

Science tells us that the mind is situated in the brain. The brain has similarities to a computer, in that it uses chemicals to transmit information, just like the computer uses electricity. These electrical signals travel at very high speeds through the nervous system even faster than electricity travels through the wires in a computer. While a computer uses switches that are either on or off, the brain’s neurons are either on or off by either firing an action potential or not firing an action potential. A neuron in the brain is constantly getting information from other cells through synaptic contact but this information doesn’t always result in a action potential but what it does is alter the chance that an action potential will be produced by raising or lowering the threshold of the neuron.

A Computer’s memory grows by adding computer chips while memories in the brain grow by stronger synaptic connections. The brain as well as a computer is geared to do multi tasking and the brain is always changing and being modified like a computer receives new information. The brain stores memory like the computer saves information. Both the brain and computer can do logic tasks and while the computer interprets information from data input the brain has imagination and outside sensory perception. 

As you can see, the mind is quite capable of changing information and storing new data. Scriptures tell us that Christians need to put off the old man and put on the new man who is created in righteousness and true holiness. In other words the salvation experience automatically gives the Christians the position of righteousness and holiness by grace through faith but that old way of thinking, the old data must be erased, at least a good portion of it and replaced with new data. Now let’s look at the word “Renew.” This word is ananeoō in the Greek which means to be changed into a new kind of life as opposed to the former corrupt state. The dictionary explains it this way, to make new or as if new again; restore. 

“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24

I wondered why the scriptures in the KJV used the phrase, “to be renewed in the spirit of your mind”. So, I looked it up and this is what I found: The word can mean spirit or soul depending on its context and I think that soul is the right word for this scripture because we know that our spirit man is automatically made perfect at salvation but the soul or mind needs to be renewed every day. 

The Greek word is nous which means; the mind, comprising alike the faculties of perceiving and understanding and those of feeling, judging, determining, the intellectual faculty, the understanding. 

As you can see from this scripture, the mind is not to be conformed to the world’s way of thinking but renewed so that we may know God’s will, his way of doing things. This renewal process comes by putting in God’s data which is the scriptures. No, not man’s religious opinions or imaginary phenomena but THE BIBLE. 

I have found that now a day’s opinions run rampant as “gospel truth” in the church today, but if you examine much of it you will find it is fluff, non scriptural mambo jumbo. How do I know that and how can I judge this? Well, from the time I was a babe in Christ I have both read and studied the Bible and after over 30 years of having my mind conformed to scriptures, I have had my spiritual mind exercised to know truth from error. It also helps to know history which is my academic and that way one knows where these strange doctrines out there come from in origin. The Bible is our source of truth.

Romans 12:2, Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 

As pertaining to spiritual warfare, both the world and the devil are constantly trying to send data to your mind. DO NOT DOWN LOAD …..VIRUS……BAD FOR YOUR COMPUTER! 

How do we do this? Simply by asking the Holy Spirit to help cast down the wrong data and captivate your thoughts to that which is godly. Here are some good scriptures which tell us what to do in renewing the mind. 

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.  1 Peter 5:8-9

Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. Colossians 3:2 

Do not conform to the world’s ideologies or world view. (my paraphrase) 1 Peter 1:13-14

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

You must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 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. Ephesians 4:17-18

[God] saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:5

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5Casting 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. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

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. Philippians 4:8

 In order to know God’s will for our life we must be renewed in the spirit of the mind. We must also be renewed in the spirit of the mind in order to discern what is from God and what is not from God, as well as to be sound in the faith and not tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine. The word of God must replace the old man’s way of thinking so that the new man who is created in righteousness and true holiness, can be a light in this dark world.

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.

Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.

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“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

We all know that the Bible says that Satan is a liar and a thief and that he comes to kill, steal and destroy, but did you know also that the greater one lives in you? That is if you are born again of the Holy Spirit.

Let’s take a look at what the Bible says Satan and his hordes are capable of doing, and by the way don’t underestimate the devil’s cunning because if you don’t know the greater one’s power in you then he really can wipe you out. The devil uses people and even Christians so be aware of this.

• And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel. 1 Chronicles 21:1
• And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day? Luke 13:16
• And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you that he may sift you as wheat, but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not.
• And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him. John 13:2
• And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, that thou doest, do quickly. John 13:27
• But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost. Acts 5:3
• In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4
• And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. Ephesians 2:2
• And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. 2 Timothy 2:26

We can see that the devil can provoke someone to do something, bind up, sift, put something in the heart, enter into, blind, work in, and take captive. The devil can even use us if we are not careful because he knows our weaknesses.

The greater one (the Holy Spirit) in us is smarter than the devil and so we need to rely on him for wisdom, knowledge and his power in prayer. He will tell us what to do in every attack that comes against us. Be aware that the devil works in the heart of people in their weaknesses. Behind the scenes, the demonic realm is using people to do their dirty work. That is why the Bible tells us that we are not fighting flesh and blood but demonic powers.

These demonic powers work in people and through people to accomplish their evil deeds and we should not get into it with another person because the devil is inciting them. What we need to do on the offensive is guard our hearts as scriptures tell us. We all blow it and I know that I certainly have, but the Lord has been showing me that the people who rise up against you are the devil’s schemes to try and make you ineffective for God.

We should also pray about everything and cast down all thoughts contrary to scriptures. Leave vengeance and vindication to God and he will come on the scene and help you. Don’t forget that he has angels working on your behalf as well.

I would not advise, going looking for trouble, because if we are on the war path, most certainly we will find trouble! Do not underestimate the devil’s power to deceive, but at the same time keep your eyes on Jesus and fulfilling your call and God will give you victory through Jesus Christ in every battle!

“Above all else, guard thy heart; for out of it flows the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:24

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12

“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.” Ephesians 6:12 KJV

Remember that the greater one lives in you and he is quite able to outwit the devil and his demons!

Maranatha brethren!

The Sheild of Faith

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Did you ever wonder why the Bible defines Faith as a shield?
“Take up the shield of faith.”

The Bible says that God is our shield. Shield is the noun and faith is the verb (action)

Biblical faith is not human belief. While men may tell you that and in particular the prosperity gospel, it in fact is not so. Let me show you what the bible says.

Gen. 15:1 “I am thy shield.”
Deu. 33:29 “ the Lord the shield of thy help.”
2Sa 22:3 “He is my shield”
2Sa 22:36 Psa 18:35 “the shield of thy salvation..”
Psa 28:7 “The LORD [is] my strength and my shield.”
Psa 33:20” he [is] our help and our shield.”
Psa 84:9 “O God our shield.”
Psa 91:4 “His truth is my shield and buckler.” (protection)

God is a shield and faith in God becomes a shield of protection. When we take up the shield of faith we are taking up God’s protective covering.

Eph 6:16 Above all take the shield of faith.

Faith in this scripture is pistis in the Greek which means;belief with the predominate idea of trust (or confidence) whether in God or in Christ, springing from faith in the same conviction of the truth of anything, in the NT of a conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervour born of faith and joined with it.

In other word, faith in God is what protects us from the devil’s flaming arrows (attacks)

Jer 46:3 Order ye the buckler and shield , and draw near to battle.

What is faith? Heb 11:1 “Faith is………the “substance” The correct translation for this word is Hypostasis-substance which actually means foundation. So faith is our foundation. Foundation means -the substantial quality, nature, of a person or thing.

So faith is God’s nature and not human belief. All the man made faith in the world will not move a mountain but the faith of God…his nature, his person will indeed move a mountain. So when we take up our position in God’s protective covering then we can quench the fiery darts of the enemy. Human belief will never keep one safe and secure form Satan’s attacks. Sooner or later you will fall if you are relying on your own belief.

The bible says that Jesus is our foundation (1 cor.3:11,12 and 2 Timothy 2:19)

Faith (confidence in God based on relationship with him) is the foundation (God’s quality and nature) of things hoped for.

In the Greek, hoped is ….. elpizō which means to wait for salvation with joy and full confidence.

So faith (confidence in God based on relationship with him) is the foundation (God’s quality and nature) of things hoped for (waited on for salvation with joy and full confidence.)

Which obviously means having no doubt. If you have doubt and waver you probably do not have real faith but only human belief which wavers and is not fully confident.
So then

Faith(confidence in God based on relationship with him) is the foundation (God’s quality and nature) of things hoped for (waited on for salvation with joy and full confidence.) and the evidence of things

Evidence- elegchos (a proof, that by which a thing is proved or tested.) not seen… blepō (to discern mentally, observe, perceive, discover, understand, to turn the thoughts or direct the mind to a thing, to consider, contemplate, to look at, to weigh carefully, examine.)

Here it is in a nutshell…. Faith (confidence in God based on relationship with him) is the foundation (God’s quality and nature) of things hoped for (to wait for salvation with joy and full confidence) the evidence (proof, that by which a thing is proved or tested)NOT SEEN. ( discerned, considered, perceived, examined ,tested)

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Now that we know what faith is let us discover where faith comes from. Romans 10:17 says “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Let’s take a look at the Greek translation for this scripture. Faith is Rhēma uttered speech of God.

So when we get a rhema or an uttered speech from God, which comes through hearing ( through revelation of the logos (written word) which can be received in different ways via the Holy Spirit such as dreams visions, revelation, inspiration)

This hearing ….comes from God. So in other words when we get a rhema then faith will come…God’s supernatural faith and not merely human belief. When you have this kind of faith you will not doubt no matter if the devil comes to you and tells you the opposite….you will know that you know that you know and no one can tell you otherwise…that’s real faith!

The bible says that JESUS is the author of our faith! Jesus is the Archēgos ( the chief leader, prince, example, a predecessor in a matter, pioneer,)

And JESUS is the Finisher of our faith ! Jesus is the teleiōtēs (one who has in his own person raised faith to its perfection and so set before us the highest example of faith)

Let’s put it all together now….. Jesus is the leader and perfecter of our faith (trust and confidence in God without any evidence seen) and comes from having received a rhema word from the Holy Spirit which is our shield of protection from God against all the attacks of the enemy.

Binding and Loosing

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Concerning the topic of binding and loosing, I would first like to address that this spiritual concept is done through prayer and may or may not take a period of time through intercession. While I know that many walk around binding and loosing anything in sight I really must bring to your attention that we are never to participate in spiritual warfare with a high minded attitude.

Scriptures tell us that even Michael the archangel did not get huffy with Satan when he was disputing with him over the resurrection of Moses’ body, (another topic) but said, “the Lord rebuke you.”

In other words when we are participating in spiritual warfare we must make sure we have the mind of Christ, which is God’s will, in every situation. Now let’s take a look at what scriptures say concerning binding and loosing.

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matt. 16:9

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matt. 6:10

To bind up in the Greek means to forbid, prohibit, declare to be illicit. Perideo to bind around one, enwrap, bind about. For example, when one refuses to forgive someone they remain bound up. This was not given as a rebuke but as a fact. Now Jesus told us to forgive or we would not be forgiven so this has a twofold operation. However, we must remember that we need to read scripture according to context and not isolate to make a doctrine.

There are times when justice needs to be put forth and there are times when we need to operate in mercy, so it is best to get God’s will in each situation. For example, Jesus said not to curse but rather bless and yet he cursed the fig tree. In doing so he was doing a prophetic act. The fig tree means Israel, and the Jews rejected him so he cursed them for this so that as Paul said to this day the Jews are blinded to the gospel.

If you have a problem with this take it up with God for it is in the bible. The bible says that a remnant according to election will be saved in these last days, not the whole nation of Israel. The nation will be brought into the kingdom only at the return of Jesus Christ.

If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” John 20:23

If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven .Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matt.18:15-20

As you can see from this scripture, we are to try reconciliation but if the person refuses to listen then they are bound up. Read the next verse. Refusing to reconcile with your brother when he is willing can cause one to be bound. In other words, he is not forgiven by God and will be left to the devil’s devices. In the Bible Paul turned some men over to Satan so that they could be chastised for their good because they were disobedient and rebellious to scriptures.

According to the Greek scholar, A. T. Robertson, who wrote about binding and loosing from the Hebrew perspective : “To ‘bind’ (dêsêis) in rabbinical language is to forbid; to ‘loose’ (lusêis) is to permit” He says the Rabbis used this function and it was commonly known among the Jews. A. T. Robertson, Word Pictures in the New Testament (Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, MI, 1930), p. 134; comment on Matthew 16:19

When a rabbi bound something he forbade it to be done according to the law and when he loosed something it was then lawful under the law. For example as Paul says in scripture; to bind (in bind, to put under obligation, used of the law, duty; to be bound to one, a wife, a husband” – this speaks of Marriage and Covenant, of that which has been Bound together by the Lord.

This binding has a legal application. Now in a covenant one must remember that if one party breaks that covenant then the other party is loosed from the Covenant which is a legal contract. God said to the Jews that if they served him he would bless them but if not he would divorce them.

Jeremiah compares Israel’s spiritual disloyalty to an adulterous woman who has been put away by the husband whom she betrayed. Jeremiah asks this question, “After she leaves him and “If a man divorces his wife, and she goes from him and becomes another man’s, may he return to her again?” Would not that land be greatly polluted? But you have played the harlot with many lovers; “Yet return to Me,” says the Lord. “Jeremiah 3:1

Deuteronomy 24:1-4 says that the original husband may never come back to his twice-divorced wife.

because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord.”
Hebrews 8:9

Under the law Israel is divorced for her adultery so Israel can only be saved by coming under the new covenant of grace through faith by Jesus Christ. This applies to the divorced as well. Under grace a person can be forgiven for divorce just as God can forgive the Jew and reinstate under grace into the kingdom. Divorce is not the unpardonable sin, and yes a divorced person can remarry if they desire so but should only marry another Christian. (another topic)

Today , binding and loosing also has another aspect in the spiritual realm. The church can forbid something and make it non allowable and can also loose something and make it free from darkness and bound rather to the Lord. Nowhere in scriptures does it say a Christian is free outside of servitude to Jesus Christ. We are free in him. That is free to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading but not free to do our own thing.

Or how can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house.” Matt.12:29

In order to loose a person free from demonic strongholds the strong man needs to be bound. Satan has many bound up in darkness and unbelief. In order for them to understand the gospel the strong man needs to be bound or forbidden to operate. In praying for others we can ask in prayer that the strongman, the devil, be bound up so that we can see the person come to salvation or freedom.

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. “ 2 Cor.4:4

Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons, for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High. So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor; they fell down, with none to help. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. Ps.107:10, 11

Jesus loosed a person bound by Satan. “ And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.”

The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.” Luke 13:10-17

Loose – lyō -to loose any person (or thing) tied or fastened, to loose one bound, i.e. to unbind, release from bonds, set free, laws, as having a binding force, are likened to bonds, to annul, subvert, to do away with, to deprive of authority, whether by precept or act, to declare unlawful, to overthrow, to do away with

According to Acts 21:11 Paul was bound from operating in person but while he was in prison the word of God was loosed by the epistles he wrote. Sometimes it is not necessary to be in person, to minister God’s word. For those of us who have blogs teaching the word, it has even greater impact than if we ran around to every church.

2 Titus 2:9 says that God’s word is not bound and Ps.107:10 “He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.” And again Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

When we are bound to Jesus Christ we are able to loose the captive free through intercession.

Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.” Acts 19: 13-16;

These verses demonstrate that demonic powers recognize who Christians are and because Paul was bound to Christ this identified him as having authority over them. “Paul, the bound of Christ Jesus [the bound of Jesus Christ], and Timothy, brother, to Philemon, beloved, and our helper [and our even-worker],” Philemon 1:1

Scriptures teach us that binding can be done by the kingdom, the law, a person, and the devil. Loosing can be in the same way. Satan was loosed from the pit and demons are loosed to torment the lost, one can also be bound by curses (Acts 23:12)

We are to be bound to Christ through grace under God’s will, loosed from the law which brings death and loosed from the devil’s captivity.

Acts 9:21- Jesus let himself be bound for God’s purpose.
Acts 24:27- Paul bound by God’s will.
Hebrews 13:3 – Christians can be bound as God wills.
Acts 23:12- bound by curses
John 8:33-bound by the law
Romans 8:12 and 1 Cor. 9:1 loosed from the law
Rev.9:15 loosed to do evil –bind up in fetters.

Gal.4 says that woman were bound under the law to certain regulations but they are now free under grace.

Gal.4 says Do not use your liberty to fulfill the flesh- now that you are freed from the laws binding but rather be filled with the Spirit-walk in newness of life in the Spirit under God’s control his endowment of supernatural power.

Jesus came to set the captives free and this freedom comes through salvation. “And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written, “THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.” Luke 4:18 and Isaiah 61:1

Blessings Brethren!