Our victory is in Jesus. He lived as an example for us, overcame temptation, and died on the cross, taking the sin for us. He was buried and He rose again defeating Satan. We don’t have to walk in defeat because Jesus fought the battle for us. When He died on the cross, He said “It is finished‘. Webster’s meaning of finish: (1) to come to an end, terminate. (2) to defeat or ruin utterly and finally. (3) to bring about death of (4) the quality or state of being perfected.
That is enough to serve God for the rest of our lives. All we have to do is trust and receive everything Jesus has already finished for us.
Revelation 22:13 says 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
God knows the beginning and the ending of everything we go through. Our faith in what God has already done for us leads us to victory through Him.
2 Corinthians 2:14Amplified Version: 14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us spreads and makes evident everywhere the sweet fragrance of the knowledge of Him.
1 John 5:4 New Living Translation: For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.
It is done! The victory is won!
Prayer: God we thank you for winning the battle for us by sending your Son Jesus to die for us. We thank you God that those that have not received Jesus into to their lives, will receive Him now by repenting of their sins and asking Jesus to come into their life. Lord we receive everything you bore on the cross for us. By trusting in your word, we have victory and we always triumph through Jesus Christ. We no longer walk in bondage or despair, because you know our beginning and ending. We ask you to lead and guide us through your Holy Spirit and the word of God. We give you the praise, glory, and honor in Jesus name! Amen.
Level:a position in a scale or rank (as of achievement, significance, or value)
Everyone who is on a higher scale or rank in life didn’t stay content with where they were. If you stay on the elevator and don’t press any button, it will not go up. In order to go higher in God, we have to move from one place to the next. What does the word of God say about moving to the next level?
Hebrews 6:1-2; 11-13 Easy Read VersionSo we should be finished with the beginning lessons about Christ. We should not have to keep going back to where we started. We began our new life by turning away from the evil we did in the past and by believing in God. That’s when we were taught about baptisms, laying hands on people, the resurrection of those who have died, and the final judgment. Now we need to go forward to more mature teaching.
11We want each of you to be willing and eager to show your love like that the rest of your life. Then you will be sure to get what you hope for. 12 We don’t want you to be lazy. We want you to be like those who, because of their faith and patience, will get what God has promised.
13 God made a promise to Abraham. And there is no one greater than God, so he made the promise with an oath in his own name—an oath that he would do what he promised. 14 He said, “I will surely bless you. I will give you many descendants. 15 Abraham waited patiently for this to happen, and later he received what God promised.
Let us as believers move forward like Abraham (through our faith in action and patience in remaining steadfast to what we believe) to get what is promised to us. We have to do like Joshua Chapter 1: meditate and speak the word day and night. Then we will make our way prosperous andhave good success.
Don’t settle! Go to the next level!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to thank you for sending your Son Jesus to die for us. Thank you for leaving us an example on how to live a victorious life. Thank you for the written word and giving us the Holy Spirit to guide us. God, we repent for not being diligent in certain areas of our lives and trusting in your word. God, we desire to go higher in you by living a lifestyle of faith, applying action, and remaining patient (being steadfast in trusting what you have promised and done for us.) By meditating and speaking your word day and night, we receive everything you have for us. In Jesus’ name!
The phrase for the blog came when I read a post on Facebook. When Jesus ascended into heaven to be with His Heavenly Father, God left us with the Holy Spirit inside of us to help lead and guide us.
John 14:16 EasyRead Version I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever. 17 The Helper is the Spirit of truth.
John 16:1313 But when the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you into all truth. He will not speak his own words. He will speak only what he hears and will tell you what will happen in the future.
Accepting salvation is a great thing. You have fellowship with God, are in God’s family, and you live an eternity with Him. God does speaks through other people. He also speaks through His word, when you’re spending time with Him and being silent. God also gave us the icing on the cake, which is the Holy Spirit. Being filled with the spirit is a bonus to living a victorious life in God.
As I was reading John 16, it came to me that when being filled with the Spirit and speaking in your heavenly language, you can only speak what your Father tells you to speak and it is not your own words. Glory to God! Praying naturally in your own words is good, but when praying in your heavenly language, you don’t have to guess if you’re praying the right thing. The spirit takes over and God gives you the understanding of what you prayed for. Also it is a language that the devil can’t understand. He can’t interrupt your plan if He doesn’t know what you are saying.
Act 2:4New Living says: And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.
Acts 1:8 New Living says But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
We as believers can receive the gift of the Holy Spirit as we do the gift of salvation. You can confess with your mouth that you receive the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in your heavenly language as the spirit gives you what to say. You believe with your heart and make a sound as a step of faith with your mouth. Then, the Holy Spirit takes over and gives you what to say.
As believers, we should want every gift God has for us. Being filled with the Spirit of God helps take you hearing the voice of God to another level.
In the R. W. Schambach message “Help Is On The Way”, he had a situation that he didn’t know how to pray for. He used his helper, the Holy Spirit and began praying in his heavenly language. He said a boldness came across Him. He said he couldn’t believe what came out of his mouth. It happened just as God told him, with the help of the Holy spirit. Help came for the person he prayed for.
Help is on the way for us as believers. If you are filled with the spirit, began using it to help you to hear what God is saying. If you haven’t received the gift of the Holy Spirit receive it now. It will take you to another level in God.
As I was meditating on Bill Winston “Divine Deliverance” and meditating the word of God throughout the day, the phrase came for the blog. Bill Winston said something that resonated with me. He said “God can only deliver as far as we can see.”
If all we see is debt, relationship problems, sickness, death, catching the virus, or things going from bad to worse then that is what we will receive. If we keep our focus on what the Word of God has to say about our situation, we will receive more than we could even imagine or think. A telescope helps you to see things that are distant. God can help you see things that seem distant and bring them to reality. What does the word of God says about changing your focus?
This is for believers in Christ (those who don’t know Him receive Him now Romans 10:9-10) : Colossians 3:1-2 Amplified Version Therefore if you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, sharing in His resurrection from the dead], keep seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]
We are to focus on things that are heavenly according to the Word of God, not according to how we feel or what we can see with our natural eyes.
Philippians 4:8 King James Version says 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.
The goodness and the nature of God is what we need to focus on as believers.
2 Corinthians 17-18 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
Glory be to God! Even with the troubles we are experiencing now, we should look to God who knows the end, the beginning and even what is in between because He is all knowing. Like David in Psalm 121:1-2, We look to the hills for our help. Our help comes from God who made heaven and earth. God can do exceedingly, abundantly, above all we can ask or think according to the power of God that works in us Ephesians 3:20.
Are you tired of going back and forth with a problem you have been dealing with for a long time? Tired of feeling guilty, under condemnation, and helpless? The only way to get results is to stay connected with the source. Our electricity works when we stay connected to the power company.
John 15:5-8Easy Read Version says 5 “I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I to you, you will produce plenty of fruit. But separated from me you won’t be able to do anything. 6 If you don’t stay joined to me, you will be like a branch that has been thrown out and has dried up. All the dead branches like that are gathered up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 Stay joined together with me, and follow my teachings. If you do this, you can ask for anything you want, and it will be given to you. 8 Show that you are my followers by producing much fruit. This will bring honor to my Father.
The key is staying connected to God. I have seen people overcome certain obstacles, get comfortable trusting in their own ability/strength and end up back where they started. Connection to God will take you from faith to faith, glory to glory. You rise higher with God.
John 8:31-32 King James Version 31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
It is a daily lifestyle. True freedom is in knowing the Creator and doing things His way. After all, He created us. He knows what is best for us. Continue meditating in the word throughout the day.
Joshua 1:8 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
As believers, people should see the difference by the victories and successes we have in our lives. God is glorified and it gives us an opportunity to share about the goodness of God.
Isaiah 60:1-3 Living Translation Arise, my people! Let your light shine for all the nations to see! For the glory of the Lord is streaming from you. 2 Darkness as black as night shall cover all the peoples of the earth, but the glory of the Lord will shine from you. 3 All nations will come to your light; mighty kings will come to see the glory of the Lord upon you.
Let us as people of God rise up and stay connected to the vine, which is The Almighty God, so people can see a better way and are drawn to the Light of God in us.
Things in this natural life can become monotonous (dull, tedious, and repetitious; lacking in variety and interest). During this current time when things are repetitive with certain places being closed and traveling is limited, it is easy to get comfortable in that space. It applies to every situation in life. God made variety for a reason in animals, people, different cultures, and everything in creation. What can we do to keep things in our lives from becoming dull? It starts with our spirit man. Without the spirit living in us, our body is lifeless.
As believers, we do not serve a dull God!
Lamentations 3:21-24 :But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’”
Glory to God! His mercies are new every morning. When you spend time with God in the morning, you feel renewed and refreshed. God gives you new revelation from chapters and verses in the bible. That is amazing within itself!
Matthew 13:52 52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.
I have had songs come to me that I haven’t played in a long time and it ministered to me. Other times God would put a new song in me.
Being in fellowship with God our Creator keeps our lives from being monotonous. After all, He created us.
Psalm 116:11 You make known to me the path of life;in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore
If you don’t have a relationship with God, get to know Him. It is the most exciting journey. You don’t have to fill the void with things on this earth that can only give you temporary happiness. God is eternal and he will give you everlasting joy.
I have heard people who didn’t have a father present in their lives express the pain and hurt it caused. The good news is we have a Heavenly Father. For those who haven’t received Him into their lives, all you have to do is: confess/repent of your sins, confess Him as Lord of your life, believe with your heart to receive Him. Then you are in the family (Romans 10:9-10). For those who have received Him, let’s remind ourselves of who Our Heavenly Father is. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves and spend more time with our Father to know Him.
Romans 5:8 NIV 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Just like a natural father makes sacrifices for his children, our Heavenly Father sacrificed His only Son Jesus to die for our sins so that we can live a victorious life through trusting in Him. His Son’s death saved our souls from Hell. That is is enough to walk with our heads held high. Who wouldn’t want to know a father like that?
Matthew 5:31-33 Easy Read Version 31 “Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 That’s what those people who don’t know God are always thinking about. Don’t worry, because your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. 33 What you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what he wants you to do. Then he will give you all these other things you need.
People who are in the kingdom of God know that our Heavenly Father is our provider, just like an earthly father who provides for his children. We don’t have to be concerned about our needs because our Heavenly Father provides for His children.
I John 5:14-15 Amplified Version 14 This is the [remarkable degree of] confidence which we [as believers are entitled to] have before Him: that if we ask anything according to His will, [that is, consistent with His plan and purpose] He hears us. 15 And if we know [for a fact, as indeed we do] that He hears and listens to us in whatever we ask, we [also] know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted to us] the requests which we have asked from Him.
All we have to do is ask our Heavenly Father for things. As long long it is according to His will, He will give it to us just like a natural father. True fathers will not give us things that aren’t good for us, but instead will give us what is best for us.
Matthew 7:9-11 CSB Version: 9 Who among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him.
Just like an earthly father gives good things to his children, our Heavenly Father wants to give us good things. All we have to do is ask.
Psalm 121:7-8 NIV 7The Lord will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your life; 8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
Our Heavenly Father protects us and keeps us from harm just like an earthly father does.
Proverbs 3:12 for the LORD disciplines the one he loves, just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights.
We also receive correction from our Heavenly Father for our well being. A natural father disciplines his children out of love and wants the best for his children.
Let’s honor our Heavenly Father for His sacrificial love and protection. For providing our needs , giving us good things, and for correcting us for our well being. If you have not received Him into your life, do so now. He is the best Father you can ever have.
My brother has a saying he uses with a little bit of humor every time he receives a blessing: “You don’t know my father!” Even through challenges, he would use that same saying. It is a running humor in our family but it is symbolic of him recognizing his true heavenly father.
I woke up yesterday morning and Psalm 81 and the title for today’s blog came to me.
Psalm 81: 8-16 Easy Read Version says 8 “My people, I am warning you. Israel, listen to me!9 Don’t worship any of the false gods that the foreigners worship. 10 I, the Lord, am your God. I brought you out of Egypt.Israel, open your mouth, and I will feed you.11 “But my people did not listen to me. Israel did not obey me.12 So I let them go their own stubborn way and do whatever they wanted.13 If my people would listen to me and would live the way I want,14 then I would defeat their enemies. I would punish those who cause them trouble.15 Those who hate the Lord would shake with fear. They would be punished forever. 16 I would give the best wheat to my people. I would give them the purest honey, until they were satisfied.
God is ready to release the things to us and handle our enemies, but as people of God we have to get rid of whatever idol it is that is keeping us from receiving the best. We have to listen to what God is saying & worship Him only. Not money, other people or things because God created all of those things. We as people of God can’t put anything before Him. We have to ask ourselves “What am I putting before God?” Whatever we are putting before God is an idol.
Romans 12:2 Amplified Version: 2 And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but betransformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purposefor you].
1 John 2:15-17 ChristianEnglish Bible15 Don’t love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in them. 16 Everything that is in the world—the craving for whatever the body feels, the craving for whatever the eyes see and the arrogant pride in one’s possessions—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world and its cravings are passing away, but the person who does the will of God remains forever.
We are spiritual beings made in the image of God. The things on this earth won’t last but our eternity with God does. By spending time with God and renewing our minds daily to God’s way of doing things will help us stay focused. Whatever you spend most of your time on is what you will desire. We are the light of the world. God wants our light to shine so that the people who don’t know God would desire to know Him when they see God working in our lives.
Some of you may be wondering “How do I hear from God?” It first starts with the word of God Psalm 119:105 Easy Read Version says Your word is like a lamp that guides my steps, a light that shows the path I should take.
Proverbs 3:6-7Easy Read Version makes it plain: 5 Trust the Lord completely, and don’t depend on your own knowledge. 6 With every step you take, think about what he wants, and he will help you go the right way. 7 Don’t trust in your own wisdom, but fear and respect the Lord and stay away from evil.
God also speaks when things are quiet. Early mornings are quiet. Proverbs 8:17 King James Version says 17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
Another time God speaks is when you put your all into what you’re doing. Jeremiah 29:13 New King James Version: And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Finally, if there is any sin as believers we need to confess it so we can hear God clearly. Psalm 66:18 Amplified Version saysIf I regard sin and baseness in my heart [that is, if I know it is there and do nothing about it], The Lord will not hear [me];
It is time for us as people of God to truly live a life of trusting and obeying the word of God. Only then will we receive the best God has for us. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God Romans 10:17.
God blesses His people for His glory and to draw people who don’t know Him to the kingdom of God.
We’ve heard the sayings “Where there is unity, there is strength” and “There is strength in numbers.” This is true when dealing with a huge task. What does it means to unite? What does the word of God says about it?
Unite: 1. to put together to form a single unity 2. to link by a legal or moral bond3. to become one or as if one.
Romans12:25New King James Version“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.
In order for any home, business, government, relationship, church; etc. to be successful, it has to flow in unity. Anything divided will not last or stand.
We all have a part to play when it comes to uniting. No one is better than the other. God made us with different gifts and abilities for His glory.
1 Corinthians 12:12-25 Easy Read Version:
12 A person has only one body, but it has many parts. Yes, there are many parts, but all those parts are still just one body. Christ is like that too.13 Some of us are Jews and some of us are not; some of us are slaves and some of us are free. But we were all baptized to become one body through one Spirit. And we were all given the one Spirit.
14 And a person’s body has more than one part. It has many parts. 15 The foot might say, “I am not a hand, so I don’t belong to the body.” But saying this would not stop the foot from being a part of the body. 16 The ear might say, “I am not an eye, so I don’t belong to the body.” But saying this would not make the ear stop being a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, it would not be able to hear. If the whole body were an ear, it would not be able to smell anything. 18-19 If each part of the body were the same part, there would be no body. But as it is, God put the parts in the body as he wanted them. He made a place for each one. 20 So there are many parts, but only one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the foot, “I don’t need you!” 22 No, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are actually very important. 23 And the parts that we think are not worth very much are the parts we give the most care to. And we give special care to the parts of the body that we don’t want to show. 24 The more beautiful parts don’t need this special care. But God put the body together and gave more honor to the parts that need it. 25 God did this so that our body would not be divided. God wanted the different parts to care the same for each other. 26 If one part of the body suffers, then all the other parts suffer with it. Or if one part is honored, then all the other parts share its honor.
This sums it up. Whatever you do, big or small, is important. We need each other in order for things to flow. As we work together, we become powerful.
Here’s an example in the bible where the church United together: Acts 2 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
The believers came together, united their faith and the power of God showed up. We can do the same today as believers.