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100 Days of Favor: Day Six

Day 6: God Saves Me

“But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭1:20-21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

In Hebrew the name “Jesus” is “Yeshua.” This is name of God. It is translated to mean that “God is our savior.”

Every time that you call the name of Jesus, you are calling God to save you. Saving you is what God desires to do. Whatever crisis that you are in, whatever problem that you have, and whatever circumstance that is before you, God comes to your rescue when you call upon Jesus.

You have so much to gain when you learn the names of God. Learning the names of God are great, but they mean nothing until you call upon the name of Jesus to save you from your sins.

As you know God is all powerful, but His power is useless unless you believe that He is only interested in your success. What you need is the full revelation that you have a Savior who loves you so much that He was willing to pay the ransom for your sins, that payment is death. Yes, Jesus came to save you from your sins. What is He famous for? To save you!

What is it that you need saving from? Call upon Jesus’ name and He will save you.

Pray: “Father thank You that You hear me when I pray. Thank You that You loved me so much that You saved me from my sins. Thank You that no problem is too little or too great for You to save me from. I receive all wisdom, protection, and provision so that I am successful in everything that I do. Thank You Jesus for everything that You have already done…Amen.”

Declare this: I have Jesus in my life, therefore, I have salvation from every circumstance.

100 Days of Favor: Day Four

Day 4: It’s All About Who I Have

“AND JOSEPH was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain and chief executioner of the [royal] guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. But the Lord was with Joseph, and he [though a slave] was a successful and prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭39:1-2‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

Would you consider Joseph a successful man? No, but God said that he was. We have to remember that God’s ways are not our ways. In our world today, success is measured by what we have done, what we have accomplished and of course what wealth we have obtained. It is completely based upon time, energy, titles and our accomplishments.

We can see how this selfishness has led to financial ruin, with money being spent unwisely. The world’s model of prosperity is set upon a foundation that is shaky and unstable. It is a foundation built upon sand and not rock, therefore, when the winds of tribulation blow upon the structure it is likely to collapse. Having wealth is appealing, but without a solid foundation it can quickly dissipate and be gone in a second.

Success is not measured by what you have, it is measured by who you have. Joseph didn’t have anything, he was a slave, therefore, he could not possess anything materially, but he really did have everything, because he had God’s favor. What you have materially and what you try to achieve is not going to give you success, only by being in the presence of God can give you have complete success. This is why Joseph was so successful, he was continually in the presence of the Father.

You must stop pursuing material wealth and start pursuing the face of God. Your relationship with the Father is all that you need to be successful. Joseph was stripped naked, placed into a pit, and sold into slavery. He had nothing. He had no money, no home, no education, and no connections with influential people, he had nothing that he could call his own. The Bible gives you this picture of Joseph, so that you can see that with faith you have hope. Just like Joseph, you may think that you have nothing, but if you are willing to seek out the presence of God, you will always be successful. Right now where you are, start looking at Jesus and claim the promises.

Say this: “Jesus, I know that You are with me therefore, I am successful.

Begin to see this as your reality. Remind yourself daily. Remind yourself as you go to work, as you go to school, as you care for loved ones, and throughout your day. Remind yourself that because Jesus is with you, you are always going to be successful, there is never a plan B. YOU ARE A SUCCESS!

There is no reason to try to be successful, because with Jesus, you are successful.

Pray: “Father thank You that You hear me when I pray. Jesus thank You for always being with me. Because of Your presence, I can always have success. Everything that I put my hands to, will be successful. Thank You Jesus…Amen.“

100 Days of Favor: Day Five

Day Five: We Have Jesus, “Full Perfection.”

“His mouth is most sweet, Yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, And this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem!”
‭‭Song of Solomon‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

There is someone I know and some of you may know Him too. He is someone who you can hang out with. He doesn’t judge you and you can let your hang down when you are around Him. You can talk to Him about anything. He likes to talk to you about your dreams, desires, loves and your hurts. He wants to heal you of any ailments that you may be suffering from and He wants to deliver you from the hand of the enemy. He wants to know about your problems and the challenges that you face. He wants to comfort you in your weaknesses and He wants to rejoice with you in your victories.

He is love wrapped up in a perfect package. He is tender hearted and yet He is strength. He is meek (gentle and quiet) but He is majestic (showing impressive beauty and dignity). He is all man yet He is all God. He is smooth as silk, yet He is strong as steel. Who is He? He is Jesus the lover of my soul.

To know Him, means turning away from yourself. You must look at Him. He is the one who has defeated death and hell itself.

Within a moments time, He can cause a murderous mob of religious hypocrites to lay down their stones by saying, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”” (John‬ ‭8:7‬) He can then say to the accused, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”” (John‬ ‭8:10-11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) This is Jesus!

This is my God. In times of trouble, He comes and protects you. He is one hundred percent Man and He is one hundred percent God. As a man He understands every temptation that you may encounter. As God, He knows how to get through those temptations. As God, all His love, strength, power and authority has been given to you, so that you can live an abundant life. Rest easy, perfection has come and perfect love casts out all fear.

Say this: “I have Jesus, therefore, I have perfection.”

Pray: “Father thank thank You that You hear me when I pray. Thank You for sending me Jesus, because of Jesus I have perfection. Help me keep my eyes upon Jesus and help me to become like Him. Thank You Jesus for not condemning me, but loving me. Thank You Jesus for who You are and for everything that You have done. Thank You Jesus for giving me favor in all things. Amen.“

100 Days of Favor: Day Three

Jesus Wants You Successful

Day 3: Jesus Wants To Prosper His Servants

“Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.””
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭35:27‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Do you believe that Jesus wants to prosper you? Jesus delights in blessing you. He wants you blessed in every area of your life, therefore, don’t put a limit on His blessings. The Lord doesn’t only bless us with material wealth, He is far more interested in pleasing you in ways you can’t imagine. He wants to bless your family (wife or husband, children, and grandchildren to the fourth generation). He wants to bless your career, He wants to fulfill every need. He wants increase your marriage. He wants to increase your ministry. He just wants bless every part of you.

When it comes to blessing you, Jesus wants to bless you all over. He wants you to know that no request is too big or too small. If it matters to you it most definitely matters to Him. He will never ridecule you or make something seem small, because everything that you desire is His desire as well. You are important to Him. Jesus only knows you perfectly, He never sees any defects in you. When you learn to accept that, you will only come to Him with expectation. Always expecting His goodness. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, created in His image. When you accept this, you will see Jesus’ unmerited favor.

This unmerited favor will keep you from lack, addictions, fears, sicknesses, diseases, and broken relationships. This favor will protect, deliver, prosper, and give you the ability to live a life in abundance. This favor will transform your mind into the mind of Christ. Wisdom will surround you and will know God.

Pray: “Father thank You that You hear me when I pray. Jesus thank You for loving me and wanting to see me prosper. Thank You for wanting to shower me with blessings. Thank You for Your favor. Thank You Lord for wisdom to deal with any problem. Thank You Jesus…Amen.”

Declare this: I declare that I am prosperous in everything because I have God’s favor upon me.

100 Days of Favor: Day Two

Meditate Upon Jesus Gives Success

Day 2: Meditate Upon Jesus Gives Success

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Whenever we meditate on the Word, we are meditating upon Jesus. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” (John‬ ‭1:1-3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) When we are willing to meditate upon Jesus, we see His love for us, we see the finished works, we see His forgiveness, grace and mercy and most of all we see the Father. Jesus said, “I and My Father are one.”” (John‬ ‭10:30‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) When we see Jesus, we are seeing the Father. When we meditate on one verse in the Bible we are seeing Jesus. Take for instance, Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” This is a verse that we have read over and over, but when we look at Jesus it somehow becomes more than words on a page. It becomes alive. When I meditate on it I see the face of Jesus and I find myself saying, “Lord Jesus You are my shepherd; I shall never want anything, because I have You. You are all that I want and You are all that I need. Nothing can take Your place Jesus, for You are my shepherd.”

What does a shepherd do? He takes care of the sheep. He provides for the sheep’s needs. He feeds His sheep. He protects His sheep from predators. Jesus is our shepherd, therefore, we will never need anything but Him. We shall never want anything, We shall never lack wisdom because He will give it to us. We shall never lack direction because He is there to guide us. We shall never lack provisions because He will always give us more than enough. He is always with us, always protecting us and always loving us. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word. In every situation meditate upon Jesus.

It doesn’t matter if you a big business man or woman, a homemaker, a teacher, a student, a grocery clerk or a person who is homeless, Jesus is there for you. It doesn’t matter if you a black, red, white or yellow, Jesus is there for you. If you will take the time to meditate upon Jesus you will have success. He will propel you into success without you knowing it. He will devise the plan for you and then He will direct your steps. He will cause doors of opportunity to open up for you and you will be amazed when you step through them. He will take you to places you only dreamed about and He will promote you because He has given you favor. I will say it again, when you meditate on Jesus (Word), He will give you success. “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.” (Joshua‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

Jesus will make your way prosperous and you will have good success. The world believes prosperity is all about what they can achieve. Once they get their first million or two they want more and they will do whatever it takes to get it. Take a look at some corrupt politicians and you can see this for yourself.

When Jesus gives you prosperity, financial blessings go with it. But know this He will never allow prosperity take you away from His presence. Prosperity will never take the place of the Word, family, and yourself.

Meditate on the face of Jesus and hear His words spoken to you.

Pray: Father I thank You that You hear me when I pray. I want to learn to meditate upon Jesus. I want to see His face and hear His words spoken to me. Jesus, You are my shepherd and I shall not want. Guide me Lord, teach me Lord to know all about You. Open Your Word to me so that I can see Your face and be able to hear your heart beat because I need You everyday. Your Word is my success. Thank You Jesus for everything that You have already done…Amen.

Declare this: As I meditate upon Jesus, I have only prosperity and success.

100 Days of Favor Day One

Day 1: You Have The Power To Look To Jesus

Beginning today, I want you to go with me on a journey of “100 Days of Favor.” Everyone of us need this journey, especially now with the Coronavirus, racial division, governments striving for power and rising hate in our world. You, like me, want to experience peace and joy. The way to get this is through Jesus Christ. My friends, we were never supposed to live in a state of confusion, but we were supposed to live in heaven upon the earth.

So today let us begin our quest for God’s favor and today we put aside all our differences and trust in our God. This means that we make a commitment with God to trust and rely completely upon Him.

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

What is the value of looking toward Jesus? How does this help us when the mortgage is due and there is no money in the bank? How does it help us when we go to the cupboard and find no food to eat? How does it help us when our children are suffering because they have a lack of fellowship because of mask mandates in school and social distancing? How does this help us when people are so full of fear that they want to take their own lives? These questions flood people’s minds daily, but when we look to Jesus, miracles happen. You don’t believe it, that is what Peter thought, he let everything that was bad dominate his beliefs until he looked at Jesus.

“Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭14:22-33‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

When a boat is the middle of the sea, the practical thing for any person to do is stay in the boat. Science says, if you step out of the boat into the ocean, you will sink. This wasn’t the case with Peter, this was the night that one of the greatest miracles happened in his life. It is the night that he looked to Jesus and stepped out of the boat. On this night, the sea was rough and the wind was boisterous, but that didn’t matter to Peter, he stepped out of the boat onto the water. As long as Peter looked to Jesus the miracle continued and he put one foot in front of the other and walked toward Him on the water. Jesus was walking upon the water and when Peter looked to Jesus, he became like Him and was able to walk on the water to. God’s Word declares in Second Corinthians chapter three, verse eighteen, “that we (everyone of us who are born again) with unveiled faces (God’s children who have a personal relationship with Him) beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His image (the image of Christ Jesus) from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (Emphasis added)

“Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.”
‭‭I John‬ ‭4:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The Word declares that as we look to Jesus, we are transformed to be like Him. Notice it only said we have to behold Him, not do any work. When we see that Jesus rises above troubled waters and above the storms, we will experience peace when the storms of life rage around us. Nothing inside of Peter physically could allow him to walk on water. It was against all of mans interpretation, the science made it unlawful. Nothing natural can make a man walk on water. What Peter did was because he looked to Jesus.

On the other hand, look what happened to Peter when he stopped looking to Jesus. What happened to him when he looked at the rolling waves of the sea and saw and heard the boisterous winds? There in that moment, Peter became natural. He sank into the water. Let us turn things around for the moment, let’s just say that the wind was not blowing and the sea was very calm. Could Peter have walked on water then in his own power? No he could not.

Walking on water is not something that we can do naturally. I know, because I have tried it several times. Every time I have tried it, I sank. We can’t do it whether the storm is present or it is calm. The weather conditions don’t matter. In Peter’s situation, the best thing that he could have done was keep his eyes upon Jesus. If we would stop looking at the insurmountable odds that are against us and turn our eyes upon Jesus, we will see change come. The supernatural will rise above the natural. This may sound scientifically impractical, it may be, but it is the most important thing that we can do because when we look at Jesus, we experience the supernatural.

Five years ago my wife and I received a bad report from my wife’s doctor, she was diagnosed with uterine cancer and it was already in stage three. The doctor told her that she would have to have surgery, then after surgery she would have to go through weeks of chemotherapy followed by weeks of radiation therapy. The doctor also said that after having all of this, it wasn’t a guarantee of complete wholeness. Our children were called because the doctors gave my wife no hope. We prayed, spoke God’s Word over the situation and I am happy to report that Jesus healed her and she is now free of cancer, all tests negative. My wife and I looked to Jesus and the impossible became possible.

If you think that a simple look to Jesus is impractical, I am challenging you right now to see that it isn’t. Matter-a-fact, looking at Jesus is the most practical thing that you can do. Every time that you look at Him, you are changed to be like Him. The more you look, the more you will change. Hey, what do you have to lose? You tried everything else, so why not look to Jesus? You have so much to gain.

Pray This: “Father, I know that a man cannot walk on water, whether in stormy or calm conditions. Likewise, whether there are problems in my life or not, I cannot reign in life without Jesus. Apart from Him, I can do NOTHING. Therefore, I ask that You help me keep my eyes on Jesus despite the many things that I have to deal with today. I thank You that as I look to Jesus for all my needs and wants in the midst of every difficulty and challenge, I know that He will place me at the right place at the right time and provide me with every resource I need to experience good success! Thank You Jesus for what You have already done…Amen.”

Declare this: I can walk above any problem, any situation, and any circumstance that comes my way, because my eyes are on Jesus.

Be An Overcomer: Overcome Depression

Whether we want to acknowledge it or not, God’s will for us is for us to overcome our emotions. It is God’s desire that we learn to overcome our feelings, because we are held accountable for how we deal with our emotions. Some of us say, “You just don’t understand, I cannot help how I am feeling.” This is nothing more than deception from the enemy. We can determine how we feel and we are able to be master over our emotions.

What does the Word of God say, let us take a look into the Book of Third John chapter one, verse two:

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”

Highlight the word, “Prosper.” This word means that we should be able to succeed in material terms; be financially successful and flourish physically and grow strong in body and health. God wants us to be whole, being whole means that we are to be complete. To become complete and whole means that we have nothing missing and nothing broken. It is God’s will that we become completely whole and successful in every area of our lives. We are not doing these things and we are letting the Satan overcome us with our emotions, we must resist him at all costs. We must know God’s will for our lives, so that we do not go around tolerating the things that come against us. The Scripture says, ‘That we may prosper in all things and we will be in health, just as our soul prospers.” Another way of saying this is for us to say “As our lives prosper.”

Let us be real here, we are all spirit beings, we possess a soul and yes we live in a body. We aren’t just a soul and we aren’t just a physical body. This is not the case at all, our soul is one part of our make-up in life and our body is another part. These two parts can never be interchanged. Yes, we are spirit beings. We have our souls and we have our physical bodies. When we die, or should I say when our physical bodies die, the body dies, it stops its function and we are either cremated into ash or buried into the ground, but our souls and spirits leave the body to go to either heaven with God or to hell with Satan.

We talk about spiritual things and we should talk about these things. We even talk about physical things and we pray for our healing to take place and yes, we should also be talking about these things, but you know what, we hardly ever talk about our souls. We seem to bypass this all together. Why is this so? This is the area that most of us need more than anything, our souls are made up of our minds, our wills and yes even our emotions.

What is emotion? It is a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from our own circumstances, our moods, and our relationships with others. Emotions are our “Feelings,” they are our feelings that are inside of us that triggers our pain or our pleasure and either one will move us in some sort of direction.

We have all been given a specific purpose to do something for God. This is God’s perfect will for our lives. The enemy knows this, and he tries to cause his deceptive strategy to stop us from fulfilling God’s plan. He does this by attacking our emotions. If the enemy can trigger our negative emotions, this will easily make us stray from God’s path that He has laid out for us. If we remain focused upon Jesus, maintaining ourselves in the Word of God, keeping in our relationship through prayer and maintaining our praise and worship, then the devil cannot trigger those negative emotions. If we keep to all of this, this will keep us on the path that God has designed for us and we can continue moving on with God’s plan.

I want you to hear what I am saying, emotions (feelings) are what moves us in a direction. We can allow God to give us positive emotions, or we can allow Satan and self to move us into negative emotions. When we encounter a circumstance, it will either trigger our godly emotions or our negative emotions. If we choose to keep our godly emotions, we will remain on God’s path, but if we choose to use our negative emotions, we will fall off of God’s path.

How do we deal with the negative circumstance that comes at us? We must first understand where they are coming from. Satan, he has only one objective, he wants to keep us away from God’s plan for our lives. If he can continually bombard us with negative circumstances, then he can keep triggering our negative emotions. Our negative emotions will take us away from God’s plan and it will send us off into another path, a path that can lead to destruction. How do you think people end up in jail? Their emotions put them there! How do you think people get addicted to drugs and alcohol? Their emotions put them there! How do you think men and woman get messed up with pornography? Their emotions put them there! How do people get fired from their jobs? Their emotions cause it all. Their emotions cause them to lose everything. How do we lose the loves of our lives? Our emotions make us lose the ones we love. Our emotions take us in a direction. Negative emotions takes us away from God’s plan and place us onto the road to destruction.

A strong person is not a person who cusses people. A strong person isn’t a bully. A strong person is a person who is able to control their emotions. It is not God’s will for us to be “Mastered by Life,” it is God’s will for us to be “Master Over Life.” God wants you and me to be stable in our emotions. God wants us to be able to deal with negative circumstances by taking charge over our emotions, so that they do not take charge over us. Does this mean that we are to become “Emotionless?” No, it means that we are to take authority over our negative emotions. Each one of us have been given power and authority over these emotions, therefore, we need to begin using our authority and bind them up and cast them from us. Our feelings do not have the right to govern our lives. As Christian men and women, we need to be governing our feelings, if we don’t, then we will show that we are still immature. Our spiritual maturity is designed to handle all our emotions and if we are not able to control our emotions, then this is evidence that we are spiritually immature. When negative circumstances arise, we cannot be asking God, “Why me?’ Jesus told us that we will have trials and tribulations and when they come, we are to use the power of the Word against them, not cry, “Why me?” When we show that we can use God’s Word against the circumstance, it shows our maturity.

Let us look at Romans 8:6:, “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” What is a “Carnal Mind?” It is a mind that is dominated by our senses. You are thinking, what does this mean? If we see something that is negative, than it will dominate our emotions. We keep thinking about it all day long. We then become carnally minded. If we hear something that is negative, then again it will dominate our feelings. We are not supposed to let our lives be governed by our senses. Carnality leads only to death.

We are supposed to be “Spiritually Minded.” What is meant by being spiritually minded? To find the answer we must turn in our Bibles to John 6:63, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” Spiritual mindedness can never be obtained without the Word of God. We must be reading and meditating upon the Scriptures in the Bible. We can never be inspired to do the things that God wants done except through His Word. Without the Word we will always fail to achieve “Spiritual Mindedness.” Without the Word inside of our hearts, we have nothing. If we don’t have the Word inside of us, then our emotions will dominate us and we will fall victim to them. We must have the Word residing within us.

We can go to bed at night in right believing and wake up in the morning not to sure we are even saved, this is living under our emotions. Living under emotions is not living under the Word. When we have the Word inside of us, then we know that God loves us and we are redeemed. There are several Scriptures that say this. This my friends is being spiritually minded. The more Word that we allow into our hearts, then the more Word that will be available to overcome our emotions. Not only does the Word help govern our emotions, but it also brings us peace and life. I have to repeat this, there is nothing that will allow us to be spiritually minded except for the Word of God.

Dealing With The Emotion of “Depression.”

How are we to deal with the emotion of “Depression?” This emotion alone has caused the downfall of many men and women. What is depression? It is an evil spirit that needs to be unmasked. Mental health workers show us how to manage our depression, but it is Jesus who shows us how to get rid of it for good. Depression is the result of external issues and pressures getting inside of our hearts and weighing us down. It is usually found outside of us, some kind of circumstance or problem that goes from outside of us and enters inside our hearts where it causes us to be weighed down in heaviness. It stresses us with internal pressures. It starts outside of us, through external pressures, these could be problems that we encounter, then it enters our hearts and puts pressure upon our hearts over and over again. This depression is a feeling that we experience through our thoughts. You see, if we can understand that depression comes from our feelings, then we can attack it spiritually. You are probably asking why? It is based upon whatever we are exposed to, because this is the way that we think. Whatever we think about, determines how we are going to feel.

What we think about, determines how we feel. How we feel is determined by what we think upon. What we expose ourselves to, determines how we think. Does this make sense to you?

Why do we have to deal with our depression? If we can deal with our depression as a spirit, Jesus will deliver it from us. Like I said before, what we expose ourselves to, will determine what we think about and what we think about, determines how we feel. Not only that, but how we feel, determines our decisions. We do not want to make decisions based upon our negative emotions. There is still more, what decision we make, determines what actions that we will take and our actions determine our habits. It is our habits that determine our character and our character takes us in the direction that we are going.

Think about this now, we have all been here at one time or another. If we expose ourselves to a negative environment, this causes us to think negative thoughts. These negative thoughts produce negative feelings. Our negative feelings produce a negative decision and the negative decision causes us to take negative action. I worked in North Carolina as a probation officer, so I saw this unfold almost everyday in people’s lives. If people expose themselves to people who are using drugs, they start thinking about drugs. The thought of using drugs develops in their thinking, this produces the negative feelings. A decision is made to use drugs, the action usually comes quickly after this and they are now addicted to the drug. Not only is the negative thoughts controlling their feelings but so are the drugs. Our actions cause our habits. Our habits create our character and our character determines our destination. This is not for only people who use drugs, it is for all people who choose to expose themselves to negative environments.

Where does it all start? It all starts where we choose to hang out and what we expose ourselves to. What we see and hear determines who we will become. We must make a determination from the beginning who we are going to hang out with and where we going to hang out in. We need to know who is there to help us and who wants to hurt us. If it costs us our peace and our joy, we know that this is a negative environment and we need to move on to where we can reestablish our peace and joy. Sometimes this may require our casting out these negative influences and people. We can’t expend our peace and joy on other people’s drama. What we exposé ourselves to, determines how we think. Don’t you know that the devil knows this? This is why he tries to expose us to more negative things. He causes us to be exposed through our senses. He knows that the more we are exposed to negative things, that our minds will want to think on these things and this takes the Word away from us. Remember that he is very sly! Satan knows that if he can wear us down with negativity, the more depressed we will become. When we allow what we see and hear to determine our state of mind, in this case depression, then his plan is to bombard us with the feelings of rejection, guilt, and shame. We need to understand that these are all of the things that Jesus died for, but we aren’t seeing all that Jesus has already done, instead we are seeing the depression. This way of thinking has taken root inside of us and it is weighing us down. We are not seeing Jesus and all of His finished works, so we believe that He has rejected us as well. We have to change our way of thinking in order for us to become overcomers and the only way to do this, is by renewing our minds.

How Do We Overcome Depression?

How do we become overcomers? First we must change the way we think. If we are going to change our lives, we must change the way that we think. This of course doesn’t mean that we are to turn to self help books. Don’t get me wrong, these books are helpful in managing depression, but they will never be able to do away with it, only Jesus can do that. The problem with most of us is that we are always trying to replace God with man made things. We have to be careful about replacing God, because it can take us toward “Idolatry.” When we rely on everything around us but God, we place Him in second place and we idolize everything else. We must realize that there are certain things that God does best, that nothing else can compare. Our man made things will only give us a temporary fix, but when we turn to Jesus, He removes the problem by the root. Jesus wants us to always be in peace and joy. He wants us always to live life in abundance. Stop putting everything before Him!

Take a look at First Peter Chapter five, verse seven, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” Everyone of us has cares, Jesus is telling us to cast them upon Him. This means that we are to cast all our cares upon Him, not just some of them. When was the last time you said, “Jesus, I cast all my cares upon You, because I know that You care for me?” My friends, isn’t this what He said for us to do? He is saying to us, “I want your cares, I can handle it, give them to me.” Why then do we hold back? Nothing is keeping us from doing this, except for ourselves. Jesus gives us a way out, but for some unknown reason we won’t take it. We must come to a point in our lives to trust in Him. When we can do this, then every time the devil brings a negative situation our way, we can say, “Devil it isn’t my care anymore, Jesus has this, so therefore you need to speak to Him.” Jesus says, “I got this.” How many times do we cast the care on the Lord? Cast it right now, Jesus will take care of it. Cast all your cares upon Him, He will deal with it. Today, right now we need to stop carrying this baggage any longer. It is so simple, but are willing to do it?

Say this: “Jesus I cast all my cares upon You, because I know that You care for me. Thank You Jesus.”

Do you think that this is going to make you feel great? No, it is not, not at this moment anyway, but that is where the Word of God comes in and that is why it is important for us to become grounded in God’s Word. Turn to Hebrews 13:5, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” The writer of Hebrews is saying, our conduct must be without covetousness. What does covetousness mean? It is only for the desire for wealth, power and possessions of others, no matter the cost. It is putting everything in front of God and idolizing self. God wants us to be content with the things that we have. Now take a look at what it says in First Timothy 6:6, “Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” We are not able to enjoy life when we are always looking at what others have. Our focus should change from looking at others and looking to God. Timothy says, “Godliness comes from being content in what we have.” As we continue to focus our attention upon God and His Word, we will actually receive so much more. We cannot keep trying to be like others. We must be ok with who we are. God wants us to have things, but He doesn’t want us to replace things with Him. God promises us that he will never leave us or forsake us. This should always be comforting to us. This will always give us the peace that we need and fill us with unspeakable joy. Believe me when I say this, when we know for certain that God is on our side, it will send the devil running.

Let us take the time to look at Hebrews 13:5 in the Amplified Bible,  Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]” Why do you think that God mentions greed, avarice [extreme greed for wealth or material gain], lust and cravings for earthly possessions? He wanted us to know that these are the things that will weigh heavily upon our hearts. These are the things that without the Word in our hearts, will subject us to the spirit of depression. The ultimate way for us to overcome depression is to change our thoughts. If we don’t change the way that we think, we will never be able to overcome how we feel.

Overcoming depression starts by us changing the way that we think. How do we do this? We must renew our minds. How do we stop the thoughts that weigh heavy upon us? Again we must renew our minds, so that we can continue with God’s good, acceptable and perfect will for our lives. Jesus is the only One who can renew our thoughts. Let us turn to Romans 12: 1-3, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” To overcome the spirit of depression, God is saying that we need to change ourselves. He is saying that we need to stay away from the world’s ways and we need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds with His Word. By doing this, renewing ourselves with His Word, the Word will prove what the good, acceptable and perfect will of God is.

Depression is not the will of God. We cannot prove what the good, acceptable and perfect will of God is, if our thinking doesn’t line up with God’s Word. Take a look at these verses in the Amplified Bible, “I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. For by the grace (unmerited favor of God) given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance], but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him.” To be transformed means that we have to be changed. A lot of people go to therapists and doctors, and they are given anti-depressants because they want to change the way that they feel. Remember what God said in the beginning of these verses, He forewarns us that we are not to conform to the ways of the world. He tells us to not fashion ourselves to trusting just what man has to say and He tells us to not adapt to the external and superficial customs of the world. Why do you think He said this? It was said because the external things can weigh us down and they will determine how we feel. Please bear with me a little longer, God is saying that we need to be transformed, we need to be changed. How do we do this? We change by the renewing of our minds. The verse tells us exactly how we are to do this, we are to change our minds by taking on new ideas and establishing new attitudes. We do this in order to prove for ourselves what is the good, acceptable and perfect will of God. If we want to change the way we feel, we must change our thinking. What else should be changed? What we expose ourselves to. If we don’t change what we expose ourselves to, then we are going to still receive the thoughts that still weigh us down. Eventually, we are going to have to make a search of ourselves and find out what we have been exposing ourselves to or who we are exposing ourselves to. We will want to know why we are like we are.

Turn to Philippians 4:8 and let us see what God wants us to be exposed to, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” These are the things that we should be thinking about. Read the next verse, “The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” How long are we going to ignore God’s instructions? How long are we going to let the world influence how we think and what we are thinking about? Didn’t God say what we are to think about? God created us in His image and He even gave us the manual of instruction to follow when we aren’t thinking correctly.

God told us to renew our minds with the instruction manual that He gave to us. What is renewal of the mind anyway? It is when we exchange how we think to the way that God thinks. Renewing our minds is not a one time event, it takes determination and it goes on for our entire lifetime. When we feel heaviness upon our hearts, we need to be renewing our minds with the instruction manual, better known as the Bible. You see, the Word is what changes us, because without the Word in our hearts, our lives would remain in chaos. When we expose ourselves to the Word, it changes us and renews our minds to the way that God thinks. It changes the way that we think, which in-turn changes the way we make decisions. The Word changes our character and we ae given such peace and joy. If you want this lasting peace and joy, say Amen?

Four Symptoms of Depression

In my years of service as a Christian police officer and probation officer, I had to attend many mental health classes. At first I was reluctant, but our company policy said that it was mandatory. In my mind I thought that it was going to be useless and that it had no benefit for me as an officer, but I was wrong. In 2002, I was dispatched to home where a young man was threatening his family with a weapon. When I arrived on scene, the mother rushed me into the house where this young man was very depressed and he wanted to die. After a lengthy conversation with the young man, I was able to get the weapon from him, calm him down and take him where he could get some help. I know that if I had not received the training in dealing with an “Emotionally Disturbed Person,” this man would have either forced me to kill him or he would have taken his own life. Either way it would have been a tragedy.

The first symptom of depression is, “Being Reclusive.” Reclusiveness is a wanting to prefer seclusion or isolation. They want to be alone. They want solitary seclusion from everyone. ( The Free Dictionary) This is not the will of God. It violates God’s desire for His children to fellowship one with another. You see, relationships help us to live with one another and people who have the spirit of depression, will always withdraw from fellowship. Genesis 2:18 says, “And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Please take note of what God is saying, “It is not good that man [mankind] be alone….” What does aloneness do to people? It makes us think the wrong feelings. The Lord told us that He would never leave us or forsake us, but even with this knowledge, we still have an internal desire to have fellowship with others. God instilled this inside of each one of us, that is why He said, “I will make him (mankind) a helper comparable to him.” Fellowship is important, but remember the type of fellowship that we need is godly. We certainly don’t need more negativity. We must have good and wholesome fellowship, not drama. That is why we are to surround ourselves with people who are spiritually uplifting.

Reclusive behavior is dangerous, because it only wants to take us into the dark side of life. We will become withdrawn from society and we will even be withdrawn from reality. Some people have been known to seclude themselves from people and enjoy their pets over all people. We must remember what Genesis 2:20 says, “So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.” Don’t think wrong of me and I do believe that our pets are a good source of therapy, but they are not “Comparable to us.” We are always in need of fellowship with one another.

The second symptom of depression is, “A Passive Mind.” People who have the spirit of depression, have no desire to have the issues of life, they are completely unimportant to them. They have what I like to call, “The I Don’t Care Attitude.” People who are in this state of mind let their life fall into a shambles. They just don’t care if the house is clean, the laundry is done, the family has food in the refrigerator and they will search through the social media, indulging in all kinds of ungodly activities. People with a passive mind don’t like activity. This is dangerous, because the Word of God clearly teaches us that we must be alert, cautious and active — we are to fan the flame and stir up the gifts within us. Satan knows that our inactivity, our failure to exercise the will of God, will cause us to fall from His grace. As long as we are moving toward the enemy by using God’s Word, he can never win. If we enter into a state of passivity, we are in serious trouble and the enemy will come at us with everything that he can bring. A passive mind doesn’t resist the wrong thoughts. People who have this mind-set don’t realize that the evil spirit has injected these thoughts into an empty space that doesn’t have the Word to fill it. People who are passive think that they are doing nothing wrong, because they are doing nothing at all. When they are confronted, they say, “I wasn’t do anything wrong.” His analysis is correct , but his behavior tells a different story.

The problem arises, because the person does nothing. We can change from having this mind-set, by changing the way that we think. In order for this to happen, we have to direct our minds to what we need to think about. When people are depressed, they need to begin speaking the Word to themselves. They need to commit themselves to praise and worship. The more stronger they will become as more of the Word enters their hearts. We must renew our minds with God’s Word, because if we don’t, our minds will go wild and unleash some nasty thoughts.

The third symptom of depression is, “Amplifying and Magnifying Difficulties.” It is when we turn our conditions that we suffer from, into the problem. People who are depressed will take something that is small and make it the most difficult problem that they are facing. They enlarge it so much that they begin to fear it and it takes them over. In essence they take a molehill and make it a mountain. Small thoughts become rivers that they cannot cross.

Let me give you an example, You don’t receive a good-bye kiss from you husband or wife one day as they are going to work. A person who is depressed, this could be the trigger that makes them believe that their spouse is having an affair. In their mind, they start thinking that they aren’t loved anymore. This is how subtle the devil can be, he uses the spirit of depression as a weapon against us. He suggests to us that the spouse is in love with someone else and that is the way Satan is, he suggests something to us and we begin to harbor the thoughts until it consumes us. Even when the spouse returns home, the devil has already did the damage and the spirit of depression has driven a wedge between the spouse and you. Now exposure has been completed and now comes the thinking about our spouses having an affair, soon we can’t think about anything else and the hurt develops. Now we make a decision and right behind it we take action. This is how the devil gets into the details, he makes the suggestion and we end up with an action. This is what I like to call mayhem. Regardless of the suggestion that Satan makes, we usually follow it up with an emotional response.

When we unmask the suggestion and find it is Satan, hit him with the Word, it will keep us from mayhem and we will not think the negative thoughts and with no negative thoughts there will not be a negative emotional response. Of course if we don’t expose the enemy, we will listen to his suggestions, we will think about it without going to God’s Word and we will let the negative thoughts flood our minds and then we will have an emotional response. This is the way he works. While I was in the military, I always knew that I had to understand the enemies tactics, so that I can bring the battle to their doorstep and not let them bring it to mine. Know this, that the battle is not just between the devil and God, we too are in this fight. God gave us free spirit, the ability to choose and to make decisions. Our decisions determine our destiny.

The fourth symptom of depression is, “Lack of Concentration.” Depressed people feel as though they cannot concentrate on anything. They cannot focus. They are like a bird hopping from one branch to another. When we have a hard time sitting down with our loved ones and talk, the spirit of depression is taking control of our lives. We should be capable of thinking on anything, as long as we want to think about. Jesus gave us authority over the enemy, this includes what we think about. We must stop saying that “we have a short- memory.” We must stop saying that “we can’t focus.” Stop believing that you have what is called “Attention Deficit Disorder.” Remember that Jesus’ body was broken for us, so that we can be whole. He allowed the “Crown of Thorns,” to be placed on His head. I believe that the “Crown of Thorns,” had to be placed on Jesus’ head so that He could conquer “Mental Illness.” What kind of mind does God want us to have? The answer is found in Second Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” This is what God has given us, a “Sound Mind.” When the devil tells us that we cannot concentrate, tell him to go away, because it is written God has given us power, love and a sound mind. God says that we have been given a sound mind, therefore, we are able to think about anything we want to, for however long we want to, because Jesus made sure that we have been given a sound mind. If a psychologist or a psychiatrist diagnose you with a disorder, don’t accept what he or she says, because God’s Word says that we have a sound mind. If our minds do not appear sound, resist the devil, hit him with God’s Word and let God do the rest. God doesn’t give us the spirit of fear. If we are fearful of anything, know this it is never from God. God gives us power, love and a sound mind. We must learn to resist agreeing with the devil and we must start hearing what God says.

Say this: “I have been given a sound mind. I have been given power over the devil and I have been given love. Yes I have a sound mind and no mental illness can affect me. Thank You Jesus for what You have already done.”

We were never designed to retain depression. Depression will affect every part of our human bodies. It will age us much quicker. It will bring sickness and disease. It will affect our minds. It will cause us to be insomniacs. Lack of sleep causes high blood pressure and even heart conditions. Our bodies have to rest in order to regenerate. We can keep the spirit of depression out of our lives, by defeating it with God’s Word. We must know Jesus and we must know what He has already done. Think on the Word day and night. Don’t go to bed worrying, replace the worry with the Word. Make it a habit of picking some Scriptures to got to sleep with. Go to bed with the Word upon your mind and wake up with it upon your mind. Joshua 1:8 says it all, “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.”

Depression steals our ambition. It stops us from participating in family events. It takes us away from our friends. It steals our peace and joy and it steals our strength. Depression is our enemy. It is the enemy of our happiness. It is also the enemy of our success. When it comes at us we need to unmask it.

What is success? Success is our fulfilling God’s plan for our lives. It is not wealth, riches, or power. Yes depression is our enemy. We cannot let the spirit of depression win. The Bible says this in Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.”
The enemy to our success is not only the devil but also how we deal with our emotions.

The Effects And Causes of Depression

Did you know that Jesus had to deal with depression? Yes, He did when He was in the garden praying before He was going to be crucified. Turn with me to Mark 14:33, “And He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be troubled and deeply distressed.” Jesus was tempted just like us. A person who is deeply destressed is someone suffering from anxiety, sorrow, and mental pain. This mental pain is what I call a deep emotional pain. Even with all of this affecting Jesus, notice how He says that He is feeling, look at the next verse, “Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.” Even with all that He was experiencing, He knew prayer was the answer. Now let us read verse thirty-five, “He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him.” Do you think that Jesus was displaying the symptoms of depression?

Emotions play an important part in our lives. We are in charge of all of our emotions. We are accountable for how our emotions respond to situations. We have never seen this taught inside the church, they have never told us that we are responsible for how we feel. We have been told that we have to accept what is happening to us and we have to deal with it. This is Satan’s deception and this is the way that he wants us to think. He wants us to be deceived into thinking that when we have negative emotions, there is nothing that can be done about it. We define emotions as feelings that are inside of us for pain or pleasure that will move us into a direction. God never intended for us to become emotionless. He gave us these emotions, but He never said that the emotions could be our masters.

There are godly emotions that direct us into God’s plan and they are not negative. These godly emotions will direct us towards God’s plan. We must understand that self-control is a gift given to us by God. Meekness is self-control. Self control is the gift from God that helps us reach the plan of God for our lives. When we are out of control and our emotions rule us, then that is where the Word needs to step in, so that God can show us how to be an overcomer. I am not saying that we will never experience a negative emotion, but I am saying that God will teach us how to capture those negative emotion when they do come. The Word will show us how to take authority over those negative emotions. I am not saying that we will not have negative emotions. These emotions will show up, this is just a part of life. What I am saying is this, that we will know what to do when they do show up.

The problem that has affected most of us is this, that when the negative emotions show up, they start controlling us, instead of us controlling them. For some reason, we allow these negative emotions or feelings to move us toward the direction of destruction. Jesus never allowed negative emotions to move Him away from God’s plan. We must learn to do the same thing. God wants us to know that we are in control of our emotions. As we soak in His presence, meditating upon His Word, we will find out about what we have authority over.

What are the effects of depression? First we become “Physically ill,” as sickness overtakes us because we are depressed. Negative thought weigh so heavily upon us, that they begin to fill our hearts and this causes negative feelings that bring in the illnesses. Believe it or not, these feelings can affect the organs in our bodies. Why? They steal our peace and joy and give us stress. Stress can hurt us physically. If stress attacks our minds, then our bodies also become stressed and we in-turn become sick. In order for us to combat stress, we have to battle the stress in our minds. Jesus dealt with stress and in Mark 14:35, Jesus shows us what to do, “He went further, fell to the ground and prayed.” He saturated Himself in the presence of God. This is how He dealt with stress and I believe that this is the way we must battle stress as well.

Worry causes sickness! When we are sad all the time, we cause sickness. When we cannot forgive, we cause sickness. Joan Hunter, an Evangelist from Texas told me, “The root of why people are sick and in pain is because they harbor unforgiveness.” She said, “Many people receive healing when the root of bitterness and unforgiveness is pulled out of them.”

Know this, the devil may throw all kinds of things at you, but God’s Word defeats all of them. Instead of worrying, we should read about what peace God has given us. Instead of sadness, we should fill our minds with the joy of the Lord. Instead of depression, think on good wholesome thoughts. Instead of unforgiveness, forgive those who trespass against us. You see, everything that the devil wants to throw at us, Jesus has already defeated.

Know this also, every trial and tribulation has an expiration date attached to it. When we come through the trial, we must take what God has taught us, because wisdom is gained through trials. As we grow stronger through God’s Word, we will know our identity and we will understand our authority over the enemy. When the devil comes to dance with us, don’t fear him but show him the door. We must become aggressive with our enemy. Take his mask off and expose him. The devil doesn’t get permission from God to hurt us, we give it to him. I know that is hard to swallow, but it is true. The devil uses his power of suggestion and trickery to have us invite him in for the attack. We open up our mouths and speak his suggestions into the air and we start agreeing with what he says. Our emotions fire up and we don’t expose ourselves to the Word, we now are allowing ourselves to be destroyed. This is nothing but ignorance on our part. We must learn to our authority to benefit ourselves instead of using it to hurt us. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”

The second effect of depression is “Guilt.” Guilt is defined as the fact of having committed a specified or implied offense or crime. (Dictionary.com) When the enemy attacks us with guilt, the first thing we should do is take the mask off and expose him. Guilt is a product of fear. It is very powerful and it fills us with negative emotions. These emotions can sometimes overwhelm us, that we will forsake the people that we know and love. These emotions or feelings will keep us from following the plan of God, because the guilt brings with it unforgiveness. Know this, that God has forgiven you, matter-a-fact, He has forgiven the whole world, but people who have the spirit of depression become filled with guilt and they feel that God doesn’t forgive them. They keep carrying the weight and they have a hard time of letting go of it. The weight that they carry will eventually have an effect on the way they walk. They can continue carrying the guilt around with them and have a miserable life or they can learn to forgive and walk in victory. It is terrible that people hold grudges against others and that they don’t let the weight of guilt come off of them. The problem that I see with guilt is that God cannot use us, because grace cannot flow freely. Guilt is a form of “Pride,’ and God needs for us to be free of pride. We must let the guilt go, so that wee can focus on God’s will for our lives. Please do not take my word for it, look at what God says about it, turn to Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Understand this, many people that read admire in the Bible have committed atrocities, but God forgave them. Moses killed someone, but God forgave him, then God used him to free Israel. David committed adultery with another man’s wife, then he had the man killed so that he could have the wife all for himself, but God forgave him and kept him as king of Israel. Saul a Pharisee persecuted the followers of Jesus, he imprisoned and tortured them, some even unto death, but Jesus forgave him and set him on the path to bring the gospel message to the Gentiles. You may know him now as the apostle Paul. We may have guilt, but we must learn to let go of it, so that we can stay on the path that God has laid out for us. God have given us the free gift of “No Condemnation.” He did this so that we can walk in the Spirit. It has already been done for us. Jesus has already made this available to us. It is one of His finished works. Who did He give it to? He gave it to those who are “In Christ Jesus! We do not have to work to receive it, because it is already ours.

The third effect of depression is, “Jealousy and Hostility.” A person who is depressed will always bring hostility into the place they live. Jealousy comes from the depressed person towards others, because those around them don’t exhibit signs of despair and sadness. The depressed person doesn’t want to see people happy so they lash out at them, because they are happy. Depressed people also blame others for their sadness. The people closest to them are the ones that receive the blunt of their negative emotions. Know this, it is the depressed person who is the problem. This brings chaos within the home. The depressed individual becomes so self-absorbed that they cannot rationalize anything as real. Flashes of anger jump out of them, because nothing is making sense to them. Criticism becomes an everyday occurrence. Control of family members becomes a daily thing. They accuse their loved ones of ruining their lives and ignoring their needs. In their minds, nothing is done right. Depression has an enormous impact on a person’s ability to function at work, in relationships, and in other areas of life. Depression affects not only the ability to function and their quality of life, but also their physical health, driving them toward suicide. Christian men and women must have an intimate relationship with Jesus. That relationship with Jesus will help them cope with the stress of life. The Word of God gives us the information to overcome any and all situations that we may face.

Causes of Depression

The first cause of depression is, “Sorrow.” Psalms 40:1-3 says, “I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.  He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.  He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord.” Jesus gives us what we need. As Psalms forty says, God promises to lift us out of despair and He promises that He will set our feet on solid ground. He promises to give us a “New Song,” in our hearts. What is He saying? He is saying to us, instead of being filled with sorrow, surround yourselves with His Word.

The second cause of depression is, “Disappointment.” Disappointment is sadness or displeasure caused by the non-fulfillment of hopes or expectations. Know this, we are to always to expect from God, because when we have nothing, He has everything.

The third cause of depression is, “Rejection.” Rejection is the feeling of not being accepted. This is an issue of our self-worth, it is the feeling of being insignificant. This is why it is so important that we know that we are loved by the Father. Mankind may reject us, but God loves us with an unending love. If we try to please mankind and make the world see us as something special, then rejection will come into us. As “Born Again” children of God, we are not of this world anymore. We walk in it, but we are not it’s citizens, because we are the citizen’s of heaven. We are ambassadors to this world, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. We must understand that we are not here to be approved by the world, we are already accepted by Jesus and He loves us. Psalms 3:3 says, “But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.” The Lord is saying to us that He is our shield for us, He is the shield that surrounds us. He lifts our heads up because He tells us that He loves us.

The fourth cause of depression is, “Dead Religion.” If we return from church and we are always filled with depression, something is not right with the church. A church that is under the law is a “Dead Church.” A church that doesn’t allow the Holy Spirit to have free reign, is a dead church. God’s desire is for us to be free to worship Him in Spirit and truth. A body of believers who are constantly saying that we have to do something to get God to do something is a church that is bound by the law. Jesus freed us from this bondage when He tore the veil between the holy place and the Holy of holies. He bridged the gap between us and the Father. We do not have to do something to get God to do something, all that we have to do is believe. We must believe in the One that God sent and also believe in His finished works.

I have seen this first hand, where people are depressed, because they are not seeing the finished works of Jesus in the church that they attend. They are told constantly that they are not good enough for God. People who are bound by the traditional way of thinking. God desires His Church to move through the power of the Holy Spirit. Psalms 42:11 says, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.”
If you are reading this and you are disquieted within your soul, put your hope in Jesus and He will change what is wrong to what is right or He will move you to where it is right. That is where we find that God’s grace paves the way that we need to follow. Fire flows from His grace and power flows from His grace.

The fifth cause of depression is, “Illness and Sickness.” When people are sick, it cause depression. People become sad and disquieted within their souls, when sickness hits them. Many of us need to be delivered from the spirit of depression, before we are healed of our sicknesses. Depression will destroy our lives, by hindering our faith.

When I was stationed in Afghanistan, I developed a DVT [Deep Vein Thrombosis] or a blood clot in my right calf under the knee. I was immediately taken to a mobile army hospital and I was given treatment. While I was in this mobile hospital, that was ran by NATO Forces, depression began to set in on me, because I was uncertain of my sickness. I became depressed, because the feeling of uncertainty had set in. I felt that I was abandoned by God, my country, and my friends. It wasn’t until I was returned to the United States that God intervened and He delivered me from the spirit of depression and made His Word come alive for me. Soon I was healed from the DVT. Depression came upon me during my sickness, because I allowed the devil’s suggestion of uncertainty to overwhelm me. I began saying out of my mouth about the uncertainty. I started saying that I would not be healed, I won’t have a job and I was abandoned. I was uncertain where I would go, what I would do and most of all what God was going to do. I was sad and disquieted within my soul, because I felt there was no hope for me. My faith was on trial. God in His mercy changed everything for me, but I had to change the way I was thinking. I had to overcome the situation with His Word. The devil, he was out to destroy me, but God used this situation to open my eyes to the truth of the Gospel of Grace. Sicknesses can fill us with negative emotions and if we don’t give them to God, through the Word, those negative emotions will destroy us.

In these days that are to come, know this, that God will never abandon you. He will give you His light, when everything around you is dark. He will provide your needs when others are suffering. He will heal you and deliver you from all of the devil’s oppression. God has given you the Word with the specific instructions to meditate upon it day and night. God doesn’t abandon His own. Where is our help? He comes like a flood, He is the Lord, strong and mighty.

Overcoming Depression

What is depression? We know that it is the thoughts and feelings that weigh us down. Depression is from the way that we think. It is an emotion. What have you been thinking about lately? what are the thoughts that have been weighing you down? What hurtful, painful and convicting thoughts are you hanging onto? Depression is an external stress that comes from outside of us and enters inside of us. What are your outside stresses? What circumstances do you run through your mind daily? Do they cause you pain and weigh you down?

Depression is thoughts that weigh us down, therefore in order to overcome depression we must change the way that we think. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he….” Most people today say that this is not important. If we are going to deal with how we feel, we have to deal with how we think. How we think, is going to determine how we feel. “As we think, so are we.” We are the sum total of who we are, because of the way that we think. What are the thoughts that you are holding onto the most? What keeps you weighed down? What external pressures are you thinking about?

Those thoughts that we harbored have not only entered our minds, but now they have taken root in our hearts. We say, “I tried to get rid of these thoughts, but they keep coming back, why?” We cannot just “try’ to change the way that we thinking, because the way that we think comes from what we expose ourselves to. We must examine what we are continually exposing ourselves to. How much time do you expose yourself to God’s Word? How much exposure time do you give to the Holy Spirit?

Why is it that we want to replace God with something else? God gives us everything that we need to live life, yet we do not trust Him or His Word. We say, “I trust God to deliver me from depression,” but our words are followed by the action to seek out anti-depressants. We have the cure for depression right before our eyes, yet will still will not believe in Jesus and His finished works. Jesus is our deliverer, but we will not trust Him. Do you believe that Jesus is greater than the spirit of depression? Do you believe that Jesus will deliver you? Do you believe that Jesus will heal you?

We have always believed in the right thing. Our belief has gotten into our thinking. Our thinking is the result of what we expose ourselves to. Saying all of this, we must believe in Jesus and His finished works. We must believe that Jesus can change our way of thinking and we must expose ourselves to the Word. I pray that you truly get something out of this? if we believe in the wrong things, we think the wrong thoughts and we expose ourselves to the wrong things. When will you let Jesus be enough? When will you trust Him for what He has already done?

How Do We Change The Way We Think?

How do we change the way that we think? How are we able to do this? We must expose ourselves to God and His Word and this will change our way of thinking and our godly thinking will change to godly emotions. What we sow is what we will reap. Godly emotions will produce godly decisions. Godly decisions produce godly actions. Godly actions produce godly habits and godly habits produces godly character. Godly character brings about godly direction and godly direction puts us on God’s path to God’s divine plan.

Proverbs 12:25 says, “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.” God wants you to receive the “Good Word,” are you ready to receive it?

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease, it is typically produced by an imminent event or an unlikely outcome. Worry or anxiety when it enters our hearts, causes depression. God has given us the cure, if we will just believe Him. He tells us the cure is found in First Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” Do you believe God has the cure? Most people today do not, they believe that they must hold onto their cares and grin and bear them. The problem is, if we continue holding onto our cares, they will weigh us down.

How Do We Overcome?

How do we become overcomers? It is done with precision as the Word of God gives us direction. We know that Jesus has healed us of all of our diseases and all of our sicknesses. His body was broken and beaten for us, so that we could become whole. We know that depression is a sickness. Like all the sicknesses, Jesus has said, “I have already healed you from it.” The Bible teaches us how to be free from depression. Depression may be knocking on your door, but now you know that it is an oppression from the devil, Jesus has already delivered you from it. You can say to this mountain, move and it will.

What Are The Steps To Overcome?

What are the steps that God wants us to take to overcome depression? Let’s start by looking at Third John 1:2, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” God’s will for us is that we will be successful in every way, He wants us successful in our physical bodies. Look at this verse in Third John from that Amplified Bible, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.” It says it right here underline or highlight in your Bibles the words “that your body may keep well.” What is this saying to us? That God desires for us to have divine health. Notice the last part of this verse and underline or highlight the words, “even as I know your souls keeps well and prospers.” Is there something being said here? Our souls consist of our mind, will and emotions. From reading this, I can only produce one truth, in order for our bodies to made well, our minds have to made well. The condition of the soul is going to be based upon the success in our lives and in our bodies. The conditions of our bodies are based upon the conditions of the success in life and the wellness of our souls.

Know this, that the spirit and the soul are not the same thing. We are spirit beings, we possess a soul and we live in a physical body. Our souls are filled with emotions and this determines how we feel. Jump over to Proverbs 4:20-24, “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.  Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart;  For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.  Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.  Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you.” Do you see what God wants you to see? He is giving you the way through life.

The first step to be an overcomer, is that we must “Pay Attention to God’s Word.” We must tune out the world and it’s influence and keep on God’s frequency. We are not to let it slip from our sight and we are to keep it in our minds and hearts. God is saying that it is His Word that is life to us and it is His Word that gives health to our flesh. The last thing that God is saying is to cast out our perverse lips, in other words, do not speak death but speak life. As my wife reminds me from time to time, “Believe and Receive.” Look at verse twenty again, it starts with “My son.” Who is that? It is everyone of us. It is all mankind. God is personally addressing each one of us. Let us read further, “Give attention to My Word.” God is saying, if we want to be overcomers, if we want to make it through life, then pay attention to His Word. Isn’t it a shame that we don’t see the writing on the wall, we fill our minds with everything in the world, but we aren’t willing to fill it with God’s Word. What God is saying is that if we will fill ourselves with His Word we will walk around in complete wholeness. It is really shameful of us to try everything that the world offers and place God only there for emergencies. When all else fails, where do we turn? We turn to God! Don’t we realize that if we turned to Him first, then everything would be solved. The cure would happen right away. We would be free from the mess that we are in. I want you to take a look at verses twenty and twenty-two in the Message Bible, “Dear friend, listen well to my words; tune your ears to my voice. Keep my message in plain view at all times. Concentrate! Learn it by heart! Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they’re bursting with health.” Are you seeing what God is saying? He says that I have given you the instruction manual, Hear the words that I speak, tune yourselves into My Word, concentrate on it, learn from it, and those that discover it will live. We will live and not die in our bodies and our souls. God has given the instructions to having an abundant life.

Some people say, that the Bible is just a book. I used to think that as well, until I asked God to make His Word come alive within me. Notice what I said, “within me,” not just to me. This is very important, because I believe that the Word has to become part of us. To those who do not know Jesus, that is all the Bible is, just another book, but to those who are “Born Again,” the Bible is God’s Spoken Word. This Word is alive. The Bible is alive and it teaches us how to live life in abundance.

“Fill your head and your heart with the Scriptures…as you do this, you are sowing in your heart seeds which the Spirit can germinate…you must be soaked with the Word of God, you must be so filled with it.” (Smith Wigglesworth)

What we choose to believe, will be allowed to enter into our hearts. What we allow into our hearts, becomes our life. Depression can’t stay within us, if we are holding onto to God’s Word, every time depression rises up, read and speak the Word against it and it will have to go.

The second step is, “Speak To The Problem.” We must speak to the situation or problem, before it speaks to us. We must stop speaking about our problems, and speak to them. When we speak about our problems, nothing happens except for the spirit of depression taking root inside of us, but when we speak to our problems, we take authority over them. Don’t take my word for it, but look at what God says, turn to Mark 11:23,  For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” The Bible says, that we are to speak to the mountain of depression, move it away from us in the name of Jesus. We are to command it to leave and cast it out. The key is what is said next, “Do Not Doubt But Believe.” When we do this we will have whatever we say. Do you believe in what the Word says?

Right now, today, this is the time to bring the battle against depression. Speak directly to it, don’t speak about it. Speak to the problem. Speak to sickness in the name of Jesus. Speak to demons in the name of Jesus. Speak to your body in the name of Jesus. Do you believe? If you do believe speak to the problem!

“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.” (Psalms 107:2) Do you know what the devil is afraid of? He is afraid of a “Born Again, Spirit Filled, Devil Stomping, Tongue Talking Believer.” He is afraid of them because they aren’t afraid of opening their mouths and speak with authority. He has “No Defense” against a man or woman of God who knows who they are in Christ and that they know what their authority is.

The third step is, “Ask God If There Is Anything Missing In Your Life.” If there is something that is missing in your life, ask God for it. If you don’t doubt you will have whatever you say.

If we are depressed, because something that is missing in our lives, ask the Father to give it to you. Some people get depressed because they don’t appear to have the gifts like other people have. The question that needs to be asked is, “Did you ask God for it?” Look at John 16:24, “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” God gives us another key to being free from depression, He says, “Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” Have you asked God for what is missing in your life?

We receive what ask for and joy is promised to us. Depression cannot hold onto us when we are filled with joy. Remember, do not ask amiss, another words don’t ask for something that is self centered. Ask for something that only grace can supply. “Faith Takes” and “Grace Makes.” If it is outside of the purview of what Jesus has already done, then grace cannot manifest it and faith will not take it. Remember also, to always ask for things that are not for your advantage, but for others advantage.

Let me be real with you, we must be real in our thinking. The spirit of depression is going to attack us. It is going to come against us, but we now know how to be an “Overcomer.” Overcome the spirit of depression with the Word of God. This spirit will not stop with just one strike of the Word, it will come again and maybe even more times, but we must continue striking it with the Word and believe me the more you slash it with the Sword of the Spirit (Word of God), the weaker it will become, until one day it will give up its hold on you. Then with the authority given to you by Jesus, you can cast it out completely. Speaking to the mountain will move the problems, it isn’t magic, it is Jesus! Speaking to it once will not move it, but in faith and no doubt you can cast the problem into the abyss and you will be an “Overcomer.”

Are you an “Overcomer?” Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior? If not, then let me introduce you to Him:

Pray this prayer: “Father God, I believe that You love me so much that You sent your one and only Son (Jesus) to pay the penalty for my sin. I admit that I have sinned. I repent of those sins and I believe that Jesus paid for all my sins. I believe that Jesus loved me so much He died for me. I believe that after He died, He rose from the dead and is seated in heaven with the Father. I ask You Jesus to come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. Thank You Jesus…Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer, you are an “Overcomer.” Find a Bible believing church and ask Jesus to make His Word come alive within you.

Jeffreybcliffordministries.com

The Power Of Bread And The Wine

What is the greatest blessing that we can have in life? It is “Devine Health!” Divine health is not a term found in the Bible, it is actually a man made term, that has been handed down from generation to generation. Many people have used this term, but only a few people actually understand what they are saying.

How do we define “Divine Health?” Divine health is people who are completely free from diseases and sickness through divine intervention from God, at least that is what the world defines as “Divine Health.”

What does ‘Divine Health” look like for us today and are we living in that “Divine Health” today? God has a better definition for “Divine Health” and His definition is this: “People are free from diseases and sickness in the physical body, free from anxiety, free from fear and free from bitterness, having their minds filled with peace and rest, being successful with everything that they do and being sound physically, mentally and spiritually through divine intervention by God forever.”

Satan, has blinded most people to the truth, because he does not want people to know the what Jesus Christ has already given us, that is “Divine Health.” Our problem is simple, we keep trying to get something that has already been given to us. “Divine Health,” is one of the finished works of Jesus. To the world, money and being wealthy is the best blessing that anyone can have, but we know that this is not true, because when we are sick or have a terminal disease, money cannot cure us. Let me share with you a story in the Bible, that I like to call “The Woman With The Issue Of Blood.” This story is found Luke 8:43, ‘Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any.” From reading this one verse of Scripture we can gather some important facts. The woman had money and wealth, but she also had a terminal illness. Blood was flowing from her body continuously. So she did what any person who is this position would do, she hired doctors to care for her, but all the doctors that she had hired could not cure her. When she had used up all of her money, where the doctors could do nothing more for her, and no medicine they gave her was working, she was left to her own fate, because the doctors said that there is no cure and no hope. How many of us have heard that told to us? When people are sick, they only want to be cured. They only want to be healthy. From our Scripture verse, we know that this woman was one of these people.

Somehow, and the Bible doesn’t tell us, but this woman heard about Jesus of Nazareth, so she gained all the strength she could muster inside of herself to go and find this man Jesus. She did the unthinkable for any Jewish woman to do and that is to go into the crowd, knowing that she could be put out if people knew she was unclean. She reached through the crowd of people all around Jesus and with great faith, touched Him. She touched the hem of His garment. Now to you and me, this really didn’t make any sense, but to this Jewish woman, it was all that she needed to be healed. Why your probably asking? Jewish tradition from the High Priest. I know that this is a lot to take in, but what I am about to share with you will make perfect sense. When a high priest is chosen, oil is poured over the priest from his head and it would flow down the persons face and beard all the way to the feet. This was the anointing of the Holy Spirit. This woman not only saw Jesus as a prophet, but as the High Priest with the anointing oil that flows over Him. By faith she reached out, knowing in her heart, that if she would just touch the hem of Jesus’ garment she would be healed.

When we are sick, we can’t enjoy money, relationships, family or anything else. The world views a person who is wealthy, with money as someone who is powerful, this is a false assumption. Divine health is far more a blessing than any amount of money or wealth. I believe, that divine health is a true blessing, because it helps us enjoy all the blessing of God while we are still alive in these bodies. Even while Jesus was here on the earth, He always brought healing to the people that He ministered to. Acts 10:38 says, “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” As can be seen here in this verse of Scripture, Jesus healed people all the time. Does God do this today? Yes, but do not take my word for it, look at what the Bible says, turn to Psalms 105:37, “He also brought them out with silver and gold, And there was none feeble among His tribes.” This verse of Scripture is talking about the children of Israel, when they were being delivered from the slavery of Egypt, there was not one of them who was sick, diseased, blind, lame or feeble when they left Egypt. They were all in divine health. They were all whole! If it is God’s will for us to be in divine health, then why are so many of us sick, diseased, blind, lame, oppressed, depressed and we are dying prematurely? The Bible gives us the answer, turn to 1 Corinthians 11:29-30, “For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.  For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.” Paul was given the reason that people in Corinth were sick, diseased and died prematurely. They did not discern the Lord’s body.

What does discern mean? The Corinthians did not know why they were partaking of the bread [the body of Christ] at the Lord’s table. This is why they were not receiving “Divine Health” and the reason that they were sick, diseased and died prematurely. If we will discern the the body of Christ when we take the “Bread,” we will see health and wholeness. When we do not discern the body, then we allow sickness, disease to enter in. partaking of thee the “Bread” and knowing what the Lord Jesus has already done, will strengthen our bodies, souls, and spirits.

Most people believe that if they live a healthy lifestyle, this will keep them from receiving sicknesses and diseases, but this is just another false hope. I have personally known people who have lived very healthy lives, but they still ended up dying prematurely from a sickness or a disease. God wants us to turn to Him and pray to Him for the answers. You see, we do not fight a flesh and blood enemy, we fight an enemy of principalities, dark powers, and pure evil. God knows this and He has given us the means to combat the enemy, with the “Bread and the Wine.” Only God can give us “Divine Health,” but we have to surrender ourselves to Him. We have to yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit. God has ordained the taking of the bread and wine for our healing, deliverance and our complete wholeness. The apostles knew this, they knew that if they would keep taking communion even after Jesus left the earth that they would remain healthy and whole. Acts 2:42 says , “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” What was the “apostle’s doctrine?” Let us take a look at what the Amplified Bible says, “And they steadfastly persevered, devoting themselves constantly to the instruction and fellowship of the apostles, to the breaking of bread [including the Lord’s Supper] and prayers.” The disciples of Jesus, did as Jesus had instructed them to do and wherever they went, they took communion, remembering what Jesus had already done. Read Acts 2:43, “Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.” The disciples took and broke bread with others and with the taking of communion there were many signs and wonders happening.

There are still many people who do not have a grasp on the power that is in the “Bread and the Wine.” The devil has influenced the church doctrine of communion, it is not just to be done just in the church building, it is to be done at home, at work, or whenever we want. It is not a ritual to be performed because of religion. it is the truth to be shared by true believers of Christ Jesus. It is to be done at home with our spouses. It is to shared with our children, not only shared with them, but the true meaning needs to be explained to them. Children need to understand the significance of communion. we all need to know why Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:19) God wants us to restore the true meaning of the “Bread and the Wine.”

Let us now take a deeper look into the meaning of the “Bread” [the body of Christ] and how by His body He gives us health, strength and long life. Why do you think that this is so? When we take the ‘Bread” we are remembering what Jesus has already done for us. Paul did not say, we are not discerning the blood or the wine, he said that we are not discerning the body or the “Bread.” He said that this is what is making us sick, diseased and die prematurely. Many of us believe that the body and the blood are for the forgiveness of sins, but again this is a false doctrine. The body or the “Bread” does one thing while the blood or the “Wine” does another, they cannot be the same. yes they are the elements of communion, the blood for the forgiveness of sins and the body for our healing.

Most of us are able to discern the power of the blood, we agree that the blood or the “Wine” if for forgiveness of sin. Look at what Colossians 1:13-14 says, “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,  in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” Also look at what Ephesians 1:7 says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” From these Scriptures, we know that Jesus shed His blood for the forgiveness of our sins, so when we take and drink the “Wine” we remember what Jesus did for us by not just covering our sin with His blood, but we know that he washed the sin away. We remember what the blood of Christ did for us, by making us righteous in God’s eyes. We thank Him for the shedding of this blood and giving us right standing before God so that we can enter boldly into His presence. We thank Him for letting us have intimacy with the Father and we now know that we can walk with Him again in the cool of the day, just like Adam did in the Garden of Eden and we know that wen we pray, He hears us. Yes many of us can discern the “Blood or the Wine.”

This is not so much the case with the “Body or the Bread.” Please hear me…we must know what the “Bread” means. Jesus told us that the “Bread” represents His body which was broken for us, it is our healing. How do we know this? We have to look into the Bible and turn to Mark 7:25-27, “For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet.  The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” First let us look at who this woman was, she was a Greek, Syro-Phoenician woman, which meant that she was a Gentile, not a Jew. We have to understand that Jews and Gentiles did not like each other and that the Jews called Gentiles ‘Dogs.” Now we have to ask the question, “What did Jesus mean when He said, “The Children’s Bread?'” He was talking about healing! When Jesus said that by throwing the “Bread” to the little dogs, he was saying to the woman, that He was not here for the Gentiles, but for God’s children; the Jewish people. The woman was not a Jew, she was a Gentile, so Jesus was saying that “Divine Healing” was for God’s covenant people only.

Why is the “Bread” for healing, since healing was not what the woman wanted for her daughter, after all her daughter was possessed by a demon, she was not in need of healing, but a deliverance. Jesus was saying to this woman that the devil oppresses and evil spirits possess people and place sickness and disease upon them. Let us take a look at what Acts 10:38 says, “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Jesus went everywhere and healed people who were oppressed by the devil. Diseases and sicknesses are a form of oppression from Satan and all of us need God’s healing. Jesus saw healing as the “Children’s Bread.” Let us go back to Mark 7:28, “And she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.” This woman, although she was a Gentile, had faith in Jesus to heal her daughter. She knew that just a small crumb of healing from Jesus was enough for her daughter to be whole again. Jesus then tells her this in Mark 7:29, “Then He said to her, “For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.” What did this woman do to receive the healing? She took the crumbs from under the table and her daughter was delivered and set free.

What does it mean to discern the “Body?” Let us again take a look into God’s Word for the answer, read Matthew 26:26, “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” First we must see that Jesus took the “Bread” and He blessed it, What does this mean? When He took the “Bread” He gave thanks for it to His Father. After He had given thanks for it, He breaks the bread and then He gives it to His disciples. Jesus wanted them to see for themselves that the “Bread” symbolized His body broken for them. His broken body would be given to each of them as the ‘Bread” for their healing. He was giving them His “Body” to them to take and eat and receive their healing. Even today as we break the “Bread” during communion, we are taking of the Lord’s “Body” so that we can be healed. Jesus gives us His “Body the Bread” that is full of life, health and wholeness. The disciples knew this, because they never saw Jesus sick. They knew this because just being near Jesus filled them overflowing with life. Now here at this moment in time Jesus was giving them what He already had, abundance of health and wellness. Jesus was so full of life and healing virtue, even His clothes were immersed in it. Do you remember the woman with the issue of blood, she only had to touch the hem of Jesus’ robe and she was healed. makes me wonder how many more people were filled with life, by just being in the presence of Jesus. I even wonder how the Roman soldiers who threw lots for Jesus’ clothing must have felt the healing inside of their bodies. can you just imagine the person who put on the sandals that Jesus wore, I bet his feet were never the same, or the man who got the robe that Jesus wore, his whole being must have changed. Even the person who took the crown of thorns off Jesus’ head, he must have experienced things that he could not explain. Life abundant life, flowed from Jesus and the disciples knew that when they would brake the ‘Bread” they were eating and digesting Jesus’s life force and healing would come to them.

Whenever we take and brake the “Bread” and give thanks, we must always discern what this “Bread” means. That this is the body of Jesus that is broken for us so that we can have life in abundance. When we take and eat this “Bread” we are to take in faith that the abundant life will be inside of us and that health, “Divine Health,” has already been placed into our bodies. We must claim this as one of the finished works of Jesus Christ. Our bodies are going to become stronger, our mentality is going to strengthen, and not only that but our spirits are going to strengthen as well. Isiah 533:4 says:

Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.

Jesus bore our griefs [sicknesses], He carried our sorrows [pain], He was esteemed stricken [reckoned] and He smitten by God and afflicted. This means that his body took on all the sicknesses of the world, those back in his time and those we see at the present and those that will come in the future. Think about that for a moment. Jesus took every pain for us and every diseases known back then, known today and to be known in the future. This tells me that me that Jesus knew of the virus we are experiencing today and the good news is that He has already healed us from it. It is one of the finished works that He has already done. Isaiah goes on to say this in the next verse:

“But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.”

Jesus was wounded [pierced through] for our transgressions, He was pierced through His head with the crown of thorns, so that we could be healed from our mental illnesses. He was pierced through with the nails in his hands and feet to give us healing to all parts of our body from top to bottom. He was pierced through in His side and heart so that we are healed from every emotional pain. Jesus was bruised [crushed] for our iniquities so that we can be healed from the trauma we suffers from others. The let downs from our friends, or the hurt from being betrayed just to name a few. Jesus had the chastisement for peace laid upon Him, and by His stripes [the blows that cut into his flesh] we are healed. Take a look at Matthew 8:17, “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: ‘He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.'” My friends, this confirms that Jesus did not only take our sins to the cross, but He also took our sicknesses, diseases, and all pain to the cross as well. Luke 22:15-20 says, “Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”  Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves;  for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”  And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”  Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.”

The Old Testament is the shadow of the New Testament, the “Passover” was the shadow of what Christ Jesus did on the cross. The blood on the lintel and the door posts were for our pain, diseases, and sicknesses. The first Passover was for a lamb to be slaughtered and the blood placed to be placed on the lintel and the door posts so that the destroyer would Passover. John the Baptist said, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. Jesus was the perfect lamb for the slaughter, His blood is what keeps the destroyer from harming us. In the first Passover, they were told to roast the lamb and eat it, I believe that when they consumed the body of the lamb, their bodies were healed from all sicknesses and diseases. The Bible says in Psalms 105:37 “He brought them out with silver and gold, And there was none feeble among Hos tribes.”

We have healing through the ‘Bread or the Body” and we have our sin removed through the “Wine or the Blood” When we believe and discern the “Body,” we receive “Divine Healing.” I know this to be true, because my wife has a history of “gout.” The Lord told us to take “Communion” for a week. After one day of communion, there was no more gout. She went to the doctor and she gave a testimony to her doctor of the healing power of God to him. So today wherever you are at, take the time and take the “Bread and the Wine,” and receive your healing too. Remember to do this, “In remembrance of Jesus and what He has already done.”

The Purpose Of The Holy Spirit

We must all be willing to yield to the Holy Spirit. What does the word yield mean? It means that we are to give the right of way to another. It means that we do not go ahead, but we are to follow behind the Holy Spirit. It means that we must allow Him to be in front of us, not on the side of us and certainly not behind us. Proverbs 3:6 says, “We are to acknowledge Him and He will direct our paths.”

This takes us into another question, “What does it mean to acknowledge?” It means that we are to accept or admit the existence of the truth of the Holy Spirit. It means that we recognize the fact or the importance or the quality of the Holy Spirit. In essence, we should discuss every aspect of our lives with the person of the Holy Spirit and we should consult Him about all the issues that we are facing.

Let us take a hard look in the Bible and just see for ourselves what the Word has to say, Let us begin our search for truth in Acts 9:6, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” Please take a look at this, We have always asked God, “What do You want me to do?” This question is a legit one, and it is a question that we can ask the Holy Spirit, but sadly though, we are willing to ask the question, but we are not ready to wait for the answer. What happens is that we do something before we have been given an answer, or we rebel when we get an answer that we do not like. When Paul asked this question, God told him, “Arise and go into the city and you will be told what you must do.” Sometimes God will have us go somewhere and once we are obedient to Him, then He will gives us further instructions. I believe that He does this, so that He can see, how far we are willing to follow Him and are we willing to yield ourselves to him. God wants to teach us the most important thing that any born again believer can do and that is to live life under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

God wants to take us to a place of excellence! What is excellence? It is the quality of being outstanding or extremely good. God does not just want us to be average anymore, He wants us to be in excellence. Matter-a-fact, being average will actually becoming boring to us. When we make the decision to walk under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, our lives will change and we will put on excellence.

How do we do this? First and foremost, we must know the person of the Holy Spirit. We must have His identification upon us. We must walk daily with Him! Again let us go into the Bible and see what we need to know, turn to Acts 19:1-10, “And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples  he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”  And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”  When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.  Now the men were about twelve in all.  And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God.  But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus.  And this continued for two years, so that all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.'” They all heard the word of the Lord Jesus and they all heard the gospel of Grace.

Look what it says again in verse five, “When Paul had laid his hands on them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.” Speaking in tongues is a gift, it is gift to anyone who wants to have it. Don’t get this gift confused with the gift of the Holy Spirit, where speaking in tongues and interpretation are given. This gift is given when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit. This gift of tongues is not for the benefit of the church, but it is a personal, love language to God. The gift for the church, is the gift of tongues and interpretation for the uplifting of the church. The tongues here, in this verse of Scripture is for us to communicate with the Father. There are some people who say that tongues ceased with the apostles. This is very far from the truth. They actually have misinterpreted First Corinthians 13:8-10, “Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.” Let me continue, the Scriptures says, ‘Whether there are prophecies, they will fall; whether there are tongues, they will cease…” This is where most people believe that in this time in history, there are no more tongues. Let me ask you, “How can this be? Why would God take away our direct line of communication with Him?” He wouldn’t, instead He would increase it. That is why He gave us the person of the Holy Spirit. He gave us the promise of the Holy Spirit with the edification of speaking in tongues. Paul was not saying that tongues would cease now, but that they would when the Lord Jesus comes to claim His Bride, we will not need tongues anymore because we will be with the Father. Some people believe that tongues ceased with the apostles. This is also far from the truth. We must read the Scriptures and understand it, for its content. “For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part will be done away.” Let us highlight the words, “When that which is perfect is come…” Look at this for clarity, verse eight says, “Love never fails.” Paul is saying that everything else will fail. Why is this? Because they are not perfect. Only God is perfect and Jesus has not returned, therefore we can conclude that tongues and prophecy are still here until He returns, because when He returns, they will no longer be needed.

Let me show you some more, “Whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.” In this time in history what Daniel prophesied is coming to pass, Turn to Daniel 12:4, “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” Knowledge will increase in the last days. Paul didn’t say, knowledge would vanish away after the apostles left the earth, but when all of us are taken up to be with the Lord, then knowledge will vanish, because we will be filled with God, and He is love.

Let us look further just to confirm what I just said, turn to First Corinthians 13:9-10, “For we know in part and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.” Please make note of what Paul has said, “But that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part will be done away.” Who is perfect? Jesus, He alone is perfect! When we see Him face to face, then that which is perfect has come. Perfect love has come! Prophecies will fail, tongues will cease and knowledge will vanish. We will have no more need of them, because we will be forever with the Lord. I hope that I have put this lie to rest that tongues are not for today?

Tongues are only beneficial for us while we are in these physical bodies. This gift is to benefit us while we are in this body. When we are changed, in the twinkling of an eye, we will be placed in our glorified bodies and the speaking of tongues will not be needed. God has given us this gift, when He baptized us in the Holy Spirit. This gift is for our benefit, therefore, we should be using this gift daily. When we pray in the spirit, then what is unknown to us becomes known, wisdom comes to us and prophecies are made powerful. God has not done away with tongues! When we pray in the Holy Ghost, we always end up in peace. Peace floods our very souls. The peace comes, because we know that Jesus has already done it all. The devil has no defense against us when we pray in tongues. It drives him insane, because of the power that it produces. Look at this now, go to Romans 8:26, “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Know tis that these weaknesses are not sickness, but in fact they are weaknesses of the flesh. How can we pray about something in English if we don’t know what we are praying about? The Holy Spirit will be the intercessor for us, He will come out and step in and speak for us as we pray. He will speak through groanings which cannot be uttered. He already knows the situation that we are to be praying about and He uses us as the conduit to speak to the situation. We may not understand all that is said, but when we yield ourselves to Him, then He brings peace to our spirits.

We have been talking about ‘Yielding to the Holy Spirit.” We have been given this promise, that is from the Father, that He will never leave us, nor forsake us. When no other person is around us, the Holy Spirit will always be with us. Know this, that when we feel alone, that He is God with us. This is a guarantee and we can always rely on Him. We have been talking about the subject of “Speaking in Tongues,” and we have seen for ourselves that tongues comes from the Holy Spirit baptism. Everywhere in the Bible we have seen that when people are baptized in the Holy Ghost, they receive the evidence of that baptism, through the ability to pray in tongues. This is the language that is given to us by the person of the Holy Spirit, so that we may communicate directly with God the Father. This gift is full of power, but it is only for us while we are in these physical bodies and while we are here upon the earth. When we leave these bodies, we will no longer need tongues, because we will be with the Lord forever. Let me show you what I mean, turn to the Book of Romans, let us read Chapter eight, verse twenty-six, “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” What weaknesses is the apostle talking about? He is talking about weaknesses of the flesh. The Holy Spirit will have us pray in the Spirit about something that He grieves us with. This could be for someone, somewhere to something. You see, when we pray in English, we pray for things that we have knowledge about, but when we pray for things in the Spirit, we are able to pray for things that the Holy Spirit knows about. When we are praying in tongues, we don’t have the weaknesses of the flesh of not knowing what to pray, because the Holy Spirit knows. He knows it all. Let us look a little deeper into this Scripture, “…but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us….” What does “intercession” mean? It is the action of intervening on behalf of another and the action of saying a prayer on behalf of another person. When we pray in tongues, we are praying for things that the Holy Spirit knows about, this could be a person, place or a thing. We do not know, but He does know, again we can see that it all comes to the point of yielding to the Holy Spirit.

Think about this now, the Holy Spirit wants us to pray for things that He knows about. This could be someone in our own family that may be dealing with something that we do not even know about. It could be a friend or even a man or woman that we may pass by on the street. You know, that the Spirit wants us to pray for them, because He will grieve our spirits to pray in tongues. God wants us to use this gift, this grace gift. We need to remember that when we speak in tongues, we speak to God. Amazing as it is, yet some churches do not believe that tongues is for today, Let me show you this false news, turn in the Bible to First Corinthians 14:2, “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.” God wants us to have all of this even today. Turn to Luke 11:11-13, “If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?  Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” God wants to give us the promise, even more than we want it. We can be assured just by reading verse thirteen, that the Father will give us the Holy Spirit when we ask for it. There are some people say that in order for us to receive the Holy Spirit, we have to have “No Sin” in our lives, have you ever heard this? These people believe that the reason people do not receive the Holy Spirit, is because God will not fill a dirty vessel. Let’s be real, God doesn’t have any other vessels to fill. Turn to First John 1:8, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” If we were perfect without the Holy Spirit, why then would we need the Holy Spirit in our lives? The Holy Spirit comes into our dirty, messed up lives to help us. God gives Him to us, to guide us through this lifetime.

What Then Is The Purpose Of Speaking In Tongues?

There are three purposes for us to speak in tongues. The first purpose for us to know why it is important for us to “Speak in Tongues,” is that it “Builds Our Faith.” The second purpose is that it “Draws Out The Power That Has Been Placed Within Us” when we were born again. You see, God placed His power inside of us, power that we have haven’t even tapped into yet. The Bible says in Proverbs 20:5, “Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, But a man of understanding will draw it out.” The third purpose for us to speak in tongues, “It Draws Out Knowledge,” that is in our spirits. Each one of us have been given wisdom that is inside of our spirits. which our minds do not even know about. It is here, inside of our spirits, that when we yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit it gets drawn out. After this study, you will be able to know things like never before. God is going to make us “Smarter.” We may not be able to know everything, but we will be able to know how to get it. It all will come to us as we yield to the Holy Spirit. Know this that the world is in fear right now, but we shouldn’t be. Why? It is because the Holy Spirit will give us the knowledge and the wisdom to overcome any situation. All that is required is for us to yield ourselves to Him.

Let us read further, turn to Acts 2:4, “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” We can see for ourselves, that whenever a person was filled with the Holy Spirit, the evidence shows that they spoke in tongues as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance. It is not our words, it is the Holy Spirit. It is the language that we do not understand, but the Holy Spirit understand it. He has the knowledge of the language. Let us look further, read First Corinthians 2:14, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Natural man is a man who depends on his or her five senses. It is a person who can see, hear, touch, taste and smell. The person who is like this, has what the Bible likes to call a “Carnal Mind.” If this person cannot use his or her five senses, then it can never be real. The Scripture says, “The natural or carnal minded man doesn’t receive the things of God.” Why is this so? The verse tells us, “For they are foolish to him.” They are foolish, because to him they can never be real. The Scripture further tells us, “Nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” The things of the Spirit can only be understood by people who have the Holy Spirit. A natural man is not able to understand, because he is trying to analyze everything with his carnal mind. Conflict arises, when the natural tries to discern the supernatural.

Turn to 1 Corinthians 14:1-5, “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.  For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.  But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.  He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.  I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.” Paul is saying that we must “Pursue Love.” This is what it means to be a Christian. If we are not walking in love, we do not know who Jesus is. The hallmark of being a born again Christian is love. We are to “Desire Spiritual Gifts.” We should desire these gifts so that we can be a blessing to others. Paul said, that we may prophecy. We have to understand that the Old Testament prophets were different from the New Testament prophets. The Old Testament prophets would guide people as God directed them, but in the New Testament, people are guided by the Holy Spirit. This is another wonderful thing about our yielding to the Spirit. He will guide us into all truth. Prophecy today, is used to edify and for confirmation of the things of God. Paul say it this way, “He who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men, but to God.” Paul is saying to us that those who are baptized in the Holy Ghost, who have the gift of tongues, we should use this gift, because we are not speaking to men, but to God. We have a direct communication with the Father. The verse goes on to say, “No one understands him, however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.” Let us look at this verse in another version, and I am reading from the Amplified Version, “For one who speaks in an [unknown] tongue speaks not to men but to God, for no one understands or his meaning, because in the [Holy] Spirit he utters secret truths and hidden things [not obvious to the understanding].” I would like you to take a look at this now, Paul said, that when we speak in tongues, we utter secret truths and hidden things [not obvious to the understanding]. These are things that are hidden from the comprehension of our minds. These are things that are hidden from our understanding. When we speak in this heavenly language, we are speaking those secret truths and those hidden things. We are speaking of things that aren’t obvious to our physical understanding.

Now look at the next verse, “But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.” If we prophecy, we will do it towards men’s understanding. If we prophesy in tongues, no one can understand and prophesy has to be exhortation and comfort to the church. In this verse Paul is explaining, that when we gather together and when we prophesy, this is given, so that men will understand. God will never prophesy to us that will produce fear. The Bible clearly shows us that God only gives us prophecy that produces edification. What is edification? It is the instruction or improvement of a person morally or intellectually. Look what else prophecy does for us. Prophesy gives us comfort. Nothing is intended to harm us.

Let us move on to see what Paul further has to say, let us read the next verse, “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.” Here Paul is saying to us that when we speak in tongues, we are edifying ourselves. When we speak in tongues, we are building ourselves up spiritually, mentally, and physically. We are strengthening our lives.

Now let us turn to verse four, “But he that prophesies edifies the church.” This means that when a word of prophesy is given, it is given, so that the body of believers can understand what is being said.

Turn to verse five, “I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.” Paul is saying this, if someone prophesies in tongues, than there has to be some kind of order. If the tongues are spoken there must be an interpretation so that the church can understand what God is saying. This makes the church strengthened and all are of understanding.

Turn to 1 Corinthians 14:6-12, “But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you unless I speak to you either by revelation, by knowledge, by prophesying, or by teaching? Even things without life, whether flute or harp, when they make a sound, unless they make a distinction in the sounds, how will it be known what is piped or played? For if the trumpet makes a certain sound who will prepare for battle? So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air. There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without significance. Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be foreigner to me. Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.”

The Main Objective Is For The Church To Be Edified!

Let us now read 1 Corinthians 14:13-17, “Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.  For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.  What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.  Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how will he who occupies the place of the uninformed say “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not understand what you say?  For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not edified.” We have to listen to what Paul is saying, he is saying this, that we are spirit beings, we have a soul and we live in a body. When we pray in tongues, our spirits are praying. Our understanding is not there, because our minds cannot comprehend what our spirit is saying. So, when we pray in tongues, we are to ask the Holy Spirit for the interpretation. If He wants us to know, He will interpret it for us, if He doesn’t, He will not. Know this, that the Holy Spirit does things only for our good. Paul goes on to say, that we can sing in the spirit and that we can also ask for understanding.

When we were “Born Again,” our spirits were re-born. The Bible says that when we accepted Christ Jesus into our lives, our old spirits were born again into perfection. We were sealed by the Holy Spirit. When we pray in the Spirit, our prayers are perfected. Our spirit man is just like god. We are heaven ready! When we renew our minds with the Word of God, our souls line-up with our spirits and when our soul and spirit are in-line with the Word, then our physical bodies will also come into alinement. When this happens then the Word will renew our bodies. This means that we can pray a perfect prayer, by praying in the Spirit. We are not to risk praying in English, but we are to pray prayers of perfection in the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit has come into our lives to help us to walk in the plan of God. First, we have to dispel our thoughts about the Holy Spirit’s purpose. His purpose is not to jerk us, jiggle us, or have us speak in tongues. I know what your thinking, Paul said that we are to be baptized in the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues, but know this, that is not His purpose. The actual purpose of the Holy Spirit is huge. You see, He has come to do a job inside of us. We have to understand what His specific purpose is and not what men think it is. We already know that He has come to make His dwelling inside of us, to help us live our lives. He has come to give us all that we need to know in order for us to walk in God’s plan for us. He is there to assist us in discovering the plan that God has for our lives. He will assist us in finding God’s will for our lives and He will assist us in taking the right steps that God has set for us.

Let us look into God’s Word and see what He says. Turn to 1 Corinthians 2:9-10, “But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.” Paul says something very important, “It is written.” Who wrote it? God did! “It is written by God, eyes have not seen, nor has ears heard, nor have entered into the heart.” This is telling us, that God has not yet revealed it to us. He hasn’t yet reveled the things of God has prepared for us. God has prepared things for us, but right now He has not made them known to us.

Let us look at what He says in verse ten, “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.” Notice this, God revealed His plan for our lives with the Holy Spirit. He shared His very thoughts with the Holy Spirit. He shares this with Holy Spirit, so that He can give us the revelation when the time is right. This sharing from the Father is so that we can know His plan for our lives. “The Holy Spirit searches the deep things of God.” These things are what we do not know yet, but they will be revealed to us. It is what the Holy Ghost will do. The plan that God has for us will be revealed to us, we can take that to the bank. Our destiny will be revealed to us. We will have the assurance that God will make sure that the right instructions are given to us. The plan for our lives will be clear! On the day that we were born again, the Holy Spirit was poured into us and then He began putting the directions within our spirits. He begins whispering them into our ears, so that the seed would take root in our hearts and grow. (See Romans 5:5) let us take a look at the Scripture in the Amplified Bible, “But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed]. Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny]. God, the Father, has made all things for us and He is keeping them ready for us to be given by the Holy Spirit. He is holding these things for us, because we have a relationship with Him. The Holy Spirit who resides within us, knows everything that God knows about us. Think on that for a moment, we are walking around with the Holy spirit who knows all things. Doesn’t that want to make you shout, ‘Halleluiah?” It does me! Our friend, the person of the Holy Spirit, knows all things and still wants to be our friend, this is powerful.

Revelation knowledge is the objective of the Holy Spirit. He has come to reveal things to us. Look, at how He brought revelation knowledge, turn to Matthew 16:13-16, “When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”  So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” No one who knew Jesus was, except His early parents, mother Mary and father Joseph. But God’s Spirit gives this revelation knowledge to Simon Peter. It was unknown to Peter, but the Holy Spirit immediately gave the knowledge to Peter. This is what the Holy Spirit does, He reveals things to us. it is going to be spontaneous. Jesus now reply’s to Simon Peter with this read verse seventeen,  “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” Jesus was saying to Peter and the apostles with him, that there would be no way for you to know these things. You are not able to sense it with your “five senses.” It wasn’t something that you heard from someone else. You heard this from the Holy Spirit, talking to your spirit from heaven.

Let us dive a little deeper into this by reading verse eighteen, “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Jesus wasn’t calling Simon Peter by his name, because now he had given him a new name. Peter was now called “Petros,” which means a “piece of the rock.” Do you know who the Rock is? It is Jesus, He is the “Rock of Ages.” The church [the body of Christ] would be built and the disciples as well as us today will be “Petros, a Piece of the Rock.” What is being said by Jesus is that we will all be given a plan for our lives. This plan will lead us to the purpose of the Holy Spirit for today, to guide us into the plan of God. Know this that the gates of hell cannot stop it from growing. Nothing can, because the Word will continue forever. Jesus is saying to us that when we get a revelation of who Jesus is, we become more solid. Something happens to us when we get this revelation. When we can see Jesus and we have the revelation of who He is, then anything that the devil throws at us, will not work.

Let’s continue on with our reading with reading verse nineteen, “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Jesus is saying this to us, that once we have the revelation of who He is, then He gives us the keys of the kingdom of heaven, they are ours and we now are given power to bind things on the earth and they will be bound in heaven and we have been given the power to loose things on the earth and they will be loosed in heaven. Why would He do this? He does this because we have been given the revelation of the Christ, the Son of the living God. Once we know who Jesus is, we also know who we are and once we know who we are, we know what authority that we have.

How does all this fit in with the question, ‘What is the purpose of the Holy Spirit? The person of the Holy Spirit has been sent to us to help us know the revelation of Christ Jesus, but there is a problem, many people are walking around with a veil of condemnation over their lives and this causes us not to receive the revelation of Christ Jesus. When we are full of shame, guilt and condemnation, it is hard for us to see Jesus. When we don’t see Jesus, then we are serving dead works. We want to do something to get something. Religion teaches us that we have to do something to get God’s love. We have to do something to receive God’s blessings. The Holy Spirit was sent to free us from these dead works and condemnation. Guilt blocks what Jesus has prepared for us. Shame dams up the flow of glory that Jesus gives to us. Condemnation causes us to not focus upon Jesus and who He is and what He has done. We cannot do what God wants us to do, because we are always dealing with our condemnation, guilt and shame. Hebrews 9:14 says, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” The Holy Spirit is here to help us get rid of all this mess that we are in, so that we are free from the dead works, condemnation, guilt and shame.

What is shame? It is a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong and foolish behavior. The devil uses shame to keep us from the plan of God. What is guilt? It is the fact of having committed a specific offense or crime. The devil loves to use shame and guilt as his main tools to keep us from following the Lord. Isn’t it always so coincidental that when we start speaking God’s Word, that everything that we have ever done in our lifetime comes up into our minds. What happens when it does? We begin to condemn ourselves! We say to Jesus that I am not good enough to be used by God, because I am too old, too bad, and too sinful still. We walk away because we feel rejected. We cannot see Jesus for who He really is, because we are filled with a mind full of condemnation.

But the day that we get the revelation of Christ Jesus and His finished works, that will be the day that condemnation, guilt, shame and rejection will be purged from our lives. We will be able to stand up against the devil and say to him, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.”

What causes our guilt and our shame? Paul said this about himself, read Galatians 1:11-12, “But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.  For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.” These are words coming from a man who was a murderer, torturer, and a persecutor who persecuted anyone who followed Jesus of Nazareth. It came from a man who served the law, who was a person who upheld the Jewish laws no matter what. If the law was broken, He was the one who would find the people who broke it and chain them up and take them to prison. This man didn’t have a heart, but then something happened to this man while he was going to find people who disobeyed the law of Israel. On his way, He met the man he hated the most, He met Jesus and he was given revelation of who Jesus was. Paul is telling us that the gospel was given to him, but not from man, it came from from the revelation that the Holy Spirit gave him. It wasn’t the revelation from Jesus, it is the revelation of Jesus. The “Gospel of Grace” is the unveiling of who Jesus is. Grace is not a subject matter, grace is not a power, grace is the person of Jesus. The day that the Holy Spirit reveals this revelation to us, condemnation, fear, guilt, shame and rejection will cease to affect us. Why is this so? We will be able to see Christ Jesus for who He is.

The Holy Spirit has this specific purpose and that is to remove the veil that obstructs our view of Jesus. This gives our eyes the ability to see Him for who He is and our ears the ability to hear the voice of God telling us who He is. This in-turn will cause our hearts to comprehend that God has a plan prepared for us to walk in. When Jesus ascended, the Holy Spirit came to us and His number one priority is to “Remove the Veil.”

What Is The Veil?

The veil is the condemnation that comes from the law. The law says, “If you don’t measure up to all the law, you are to be punished and to be cursed.” What in one word does that describe? “Condemnation!” The Holy Spirit has come to remove condemnation. He has come to let us know that we deserve all of what Jesus has done for us. We are no longer cursed because of what Jesus has already done. We are blessed and we have a purpose for our lives. We have God’s plan for our lives. The Holy Spirit’s purpose is to get us to see Jesus and not the veil. The Holy Spirit is working in all of us right at this moment and everything that we feel guilty or shameful about, Jesus has already paid for it through the shedding of His blood on the cross. The problem that we keep running into, is that we keep wanting to hold onto the things that Jesus had already taken care of. Whatever we have done, has already been forgiven. It has already been taken care of and the Holy Spirit is working within us at this time to remove the veil, so that we can see what Jesus has already done. The things that we have been doing in secret can be removed from us, if will yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit. His job is to get rid of the condemnation. We will not even desire to sin anymore, because we will have the revelation of Jesus.

How do we deal with shame? We have to believe in Jesus and He will make us free from shame. We can go to church, read the Bible, and pray, these are all helpful. Does it help us with shame? Yes, by doing these things the Holy Spirit can reveal Jesus to us. He shows us the revelation of Christ Jesus and just like Paul, we will see Jesus and we will receive the Word into our lives and yes our lives will change. It is not a man or a woman giving us the Gospel of Grace. It is the Holy Spirit giving us the Gospel of Grace. We are able to know who Jesus is and we are able to know that we are free. John 8:36 says, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” How is it that we maintain freedom? By believing in Jesus and what He has already done for us! When shame creeps back in, look at shame and say this, “I am the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus.” Every single time that ugly shame tries to show up or rejection shows up or guilt condemnation and fear show up say this; ‘I am the righteousness of God because of the blood of Jesus Christ and you need to leave now!” if we keep saying this over and over these enemies of God will have to leave until all condemnation fades away. Once we believe in the revelation of Christ Jesus, then the Holy Spirit can instruct us further along God’s plan for our lives.

Grace Is Not A License To Sin

Grace is not a license to sin, it is an opportunity for freedom. We have looked at what the Holy Spirit’s purpose is, but what is our purpose? How do we work with the Holy Spirit? We must cooperate with the Holy Spirit and He will reveal mysteries to us that God wants us to know. John 6:29 says, “Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” We are busy trying to do things for God to work for us, but this is not what God says, He says that we must believe in Jesus the One that He sent. Why is this so hard for us to understand? The only work that God wants from us, is for us to believe in Jesus. We need to ask ourselves, “Do I really believe in Jesus? Do I really believe that Jesus has forgiven me of my sins? Do I believe that I have access to all the finished works of Jesus Christ?”

Real belief is going to be tested and are we ready for the testing? Rest authenticates real belief, therefore we need to quit struggling to make something happen, when Jesus has already done it all already. We need to rest in knowing that Jesus has already completed it. This is hard for us to do, but nevertheless, we must learn to rest in the finished works of Jesus. Remember, the only work that God wants from us, is for us to believe on the One He sent. this of course will take place when we learn to “Renew Our Minds.” Our minds have been so filled with the world and with religion, that our thoughts must be renewed so that we can see Jesus. We have to get away from thinking that we need to do something in order for God to do something for us. This my friend, is nothing more than dead works. The blood of Jesus has already done away with the dead works. The Holy Spirit has been sent to help us renew our minds.

Let us dig deeper, turn to Philippians 2:12-13, “Therefore, my beloved, as you 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 who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” God told us earlier in this study that He wanted us to only one thing and that is to believe in Jesus, but look at this Paul is saying that we need to “Work out our salvation.” To see what he is actually saying, let us look at these Scriptures in the New Living Translation, “Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.  For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” God does the work in us and He gives us the desire for godly things and He gives us the power to do what pleases Him. All we have to do is believe on the One that He has sent to us. We do not have to please God by doing something to get something because He does everything for us, if we will believe. The Scripture says, “God is working in you.” This is the Holy Spirit! He is setting our desires to His. This is the Holy Spirit! He is giving us the power to do what pleases God. Yes, this is the Holy Spirit, He is doing God’s work within us. He is changing us by changing our desires. If He can change our desires, then the secret sins that we have been holding onto, they will slip away from us and His desires will be all that we will want. The Holy Spirit came into our lives for the purpose to work on our desires. God said, that He is going to do the work of changing us. He is going to us the desire to change and He is going to give us the power to do what pleases Him. Think about the word, “Power.” What does it mean to you? Power means ability. God is saying that He is giving us the ability to overcome our secret sins and He is giving us the ability to do what is pleasing to God.

What we used to cover up, our sin, we know that it doesn’t please God and it has to be purged from us. The desires for the old way are being put away. God is changing us and delivering us from the shame, the guilt, the rejection, and the condemnation so that we can see the revelation of Christ Jesus in our lives. He is changing us to become more like Jesus. Good is doing all the work in us everyday. Every day God is chiseling away at , removing more of the old self and filling us up with more of Jesus. As God works in us, something happens, we are no longer wanting to do anything that hinders us from being in His presence. We see Jesus and we hear Jesus. We know that we are changing and God knows how to keep making that change continue, by our receiving the revelation of the One He sent.

I want to close with this, God wants to have a relationship with us. What is it that He wants from us in this relationship is this, He wants us to do nothing more than believe in Jesus and His finished works. That’s it, that is all He wants, because He has said that He will do all the rest. Actually this is pretty simple, but we still have the belief that we have to do something for God. That is the Old Testament thinking when we were under the covenant of the law, but not so with the New Testament, this is the covenant of grace, all we have to do is believe in the One who God sent. I will end with this from John 3:16-17, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

You Can Change!

What is the grace given power of change? Why don’t people let grace change them?

People use grace as their covering for sin. People who are in this category believe that they can live in sin because they are under grace. Grace does not cover sin, grace changes us, so that we do not want to sin. Turn to Titus 2:11-12, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,  teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,” Grace my friends is Jesus, and when we believe this, we do not have to feel bad anymore. We do not have to feel condemned anymore. Grace will deliver us, but if we are still the same and nothing has changed, then we have not grasped what grace really is. Grace always changes us! You see from the onset of our re-birth, grace begins to change us. Grace will not bring us to a place of perfection, so that we think that we do not need God anymore. Grace will bring us to a humble place instead, where we know that we cannot live without God. It is not about what we are able to do, it is all about what Jesus has already done. Change will not happen until we want to change. We can talk to ourselves about how much we want change, but nothing will happen until we believe that change will happen. Change is not change until we change! Grace is the power for our change and this power has always been inside of us, from the day of our being born again in Christ Jesus, it had been put inside of us, so that we will be able to change.

God placed inside each one of us the ability or the power to change. In order for this change to happen though, we must want the change to happen. Let us look together at what Jesus said to the man at the Pool of Bethesda, go to John 5:5-6, “Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.  When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” What did Jesus ask the man? He asked him if he wanted to change! Jesus asked him do want to be made whole! Think on this for a minute, Jesus was asking the man, did he want to change his life? It is not my responsibility as a preacher to change people and it is not the responsibility of the church to change people. Our responsibility is to love people, not to change them. On the other hand, it is God’s responsibility to change people, but in order for God to do this, the people have got to want to change.

Look further in this chapter and read verse seven, listen to the man’s reply to Jesus’ question, “The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” If we want to see ourselves change, we have got to stop making excuses. When we make excuses, we make ourselves believe that we cannot change, therefore we fail.

Jesus did not want to hear the excuses, He had already asked the man, “Do you want to change?” Look now what Jesus says, read verse eight, “Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” In order for us to see change, we have to do “Immediate action.” Jesus did not beg the man to get up, nor did He say it gently instad He spoke with authority. Jesus did not coax the man to get up, He spoke directly to him. He simply told the man to rise, take up his bed and walk. He told him to get up, put himself together and walk on out of there. If we truly want change, then we must do some kind of action to make it happen, we cannot keep putting it off. God has taught me that when I pray for someone for a healing, I am to first ask them, “Do they want to change?” If they say yes, then I am to tell them that Jesus has healed them already. I ask them, “Are they ready for change?” If they say yes, then I pray for their healing. After they feel no pain or something has happened, I tell them, “Do something that they could not do before.” I do this because in order for people to change they have got to do an immediate action. The reason they can do things that they could not do before is because they want to change. It was the same thing with this man, in order for him to change he had to do some immediate action to make the miracle happen. Grace to change has already been given to us. This is one of the things that Jesus has already done.

This now brings us to another part of the change. We must start seeing ourselves as changed. We must start speaking as though we are changed. Look at verse nine, “And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.” We must move forward in our change. This man got up and walked, he was made whole. He took up his bed that had held him as a prisoner for years and he carried it away from the pool. For 38 years the bed that he was lying upon was chaining him to his infirmity, but now he was walking away from the pool area and he was now in control of his bed, not it being in control of him. He had regained his freedom. This man had to let go what of he was and become what he was meant to be.

One of the most important things we must do to change, is never go back to our old ways or our old lives. God wants us moving forward in our new lives. Look at what Jesus said to the man at the pool after He finds him again in the temple, ““See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” Jesus never dealt with the man’s sin while He was healing him. Jesus healed him even knowing about his sin, but now Jesus confronts the man about his sin. Jesus coud read a person’s heart and He knew that once this man had received his healing, he would go back into his sin. This man would return to his old lifestyle and Jesus didn’t want this man to be imprisoned again by his sin. You see, once we are born again, we can never go back to our old habits. We can never go back to our old ways. We can never go back to our old lives, because the old man is dead and the new man is alive. Because of Jesus, we are made new and we are the righteousness of God. We are holy because He is holy. We must bury our old habits, ways and lives forever and move on with our life in Christ Jesus. Now we re going to learn something important and that is we can change even if others around us don’t change. We have to stop waiting for others to change before we do. We need to stop waiting for others to help us change. This is particular true in people who are married. It is an excuse that we like to use against our spouse. “I will change if she changes.” or “I will change if he changes.” If we truly want to change then we will. We cannot wait for others to change first. God is our source and if we trust Him, we will change. Do you remember the man at the Pool of Bethesda, he made excuses to Jesus of why he couldn’t be healed. This is the same thing with us, when we want to attempt change, just like the man, we have to want to change. The first step is up to us.

We have a tendency to do a lot of contradicting ourselves, we say that we believe, but we act like we do not. We must know that what we say goes into our hearts. Change is all about us wanting to change. we have to want to change, in order for change to take pace in our lives. We can’t wait on others to change us, because we will never change. Change is waiting on us! Turn to 2 Corinthians 4:13, “And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak,” Paul is saying that we all have the same spirit of faith, he said that we have to believe before we speak. As I said before, what we say is always based upon what we believe. If we say something that we don’t believe it shows when we speak. In order to change this outcome, we must evaluate within ourselves what do we believe. We should ask ourselves, “Do I believe in the power of Jesus Christ? Do I believe in the power of Christ’s shed blood? Do I believe in the power of grace? Do I believe that Jesus can change me?” If we don’t believe, then we speak it will be evident that we have unbelief. We must pay attention to what comes out of our mouths. As a police officer, I received training in how to interrogate people. I was taught to observe someone when they talk, looking for clues of deception. I observed their replies to open ended questions and I also observed their body language. People who were deceptive, usually hung themselves. When we believe something, we will usually be excited about it. When we are in doubt about something, we will usually hang ourselves by our speech and actions. Let me say one thing here, this teaching was in no way designed to put anyone under condemnation. It is taught to bring us closer to Jesus. It is designed to show us that we can trust Him everyday. My friends, we need to believe first, then our speech will be based upon our belief and our actions. Our conditioning of our hearts will be the good ground where our mouths plant the seed. All of our confessions are to bring us whatever is in our hearts. If our hearts are filled with unbelief, then there will be no harvest.

Grace has given us the ability to change. Read this from Matthew 12:34b, “…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Jesus is saying that a person who has evil in his heart can only speak what his or her heart contains. What comes out of our hearts? Whatever we plant there! Out of the heart is found who we are. It is what we believe. It is our faith or our fear. Our mouths tell people who we are. If we believe in the power of the blood of Jesus, then our mouths are going to speak it. If we believe that grace can change us, then our mouths will speak it. Who we are comes from our mouths, we will confess it. When pressure is applied to our lives, then what we believe will come out of what we say. Our hearts will only speak what is inside of our hearts.

Look at what Jesus says in verse thirty-five, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.” Our mouths will speak what inside of our hearts. Change has to come from the inside of us first before it is manifested outwardly. This change has to come from our one to one relationship with Jesus. I must come from the Word, prayer, praise and worship. This is how change happens and that is through grace. When we have that intimate relationship with Jesus, then our hearts will never have to be validated in its belief and our mouths will speak out of the abundance of our hearts. I pray that you get something from this.

Every issue in ur lives comes out of our hearts. If we willjust speak the right things this will also get into our hearts. If we speak the Word of God, where will it go? It goes into our hearts. If we are constantly speaking about Jesus, where does it go? That is right, it goes into our hearts. Whatever we speak goes into our hearts. With this being said, when we speak about what we are afraid of, where does this go? It too goes directly into our hearts. This is why Paul told us this in Ephesians 4:29-30, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” You see we grieve the Holy Spirit when we corrupt our words. We grieve Him when we do not edify one another. Only good wholesome communication needs to come out of our mouths. As ambassador’s of heaven, we are to watch what we say and we are to be aware of what we do. I pray that this candle is lit within you, so that you receive this revelation knowledge. We are being watched every second of the day, especially if we profess to be a Christian, everything that we say and do is being observed. If we act as the world does, then what benefit do we give to others. God calls us a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and a peculiar people (See 1 Peter 2:9). What we do and say reveals who we are.

Every person wants to have change and they want to be changed. The question is, what makes them want to change? They all want a better life and that is what God gives to us. A life free from sin and a relationship with Jesus. People see Jesus inside of us, they see the freedom that we have. They see that we are different and they want what we have. They want Jesus, but if they don’t see Jesus and they only see us as another person of the world, what good is that? It is good for nothing, because it doesn’t offer them anything. Our whole existence is based upon being the ambassador of Christ Jesus, showing ourselves as representatives of heaven, to offer to anyone a chance to change.

If we continually speak God’s Word, it will flood our hearts. As we speak His Word, the Word will come from our hearts for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The more that we confess the Word, the more the Word fills up our hearts. Speaking the Scriptures is a form of meditation. The more that we speak it, the more our hearts retain it. When the heart is filled up, then whenever we speak, we will only speak whatever is inside of hearts. Only the Word of God can be spoken since our hearts are chuck full of it.

Let me close with these Scriptures: starting with Proverbs 4:20-21, “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; ” Where is God’s Word supposed to be? It is supposed to be in out hearts. It is not supposed to be in our minds. It is supposed to be kept in our hearts. The more we speak it, the more it gets into our hearts. Read verse twenty-two, “For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.” What does this Word do once it is in our hearts? It gives us life! The more we speak it, the more life flows from our hearts. Not only does the Word gives us life, but it also heals all of our flesh. As our hearts pump out life into our bodies, the saturated Word of God heals our bodies. Read verse twenty-three, “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” We are to keep our hearts with all diligence [careful and persistent work or effort], out of hearts comes the very issues of life. It is only fitting, that we flood our hearts with the Word, this brings us life more abundantly, that heals our bodies and it gives us the answers to all the issues of life. God placed the human heart in the center of our chests for a reason, so that it can be the focal point of our lives. If the heart dies, everything else also dies. If the heart is full of life, then the whole body is full of life. Read verse twenty-four, “Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you.” Isn’t it amazing that the Scriptures talk first about the Word, then the heart, and now it talks about what we speak out of the mouth? We must stop speaking with a perverse tongue, after all we represent God. We need to stay away from corrupt speech, because we represent heaven. Remember, that what we say goes into our hearts, until it becomes all we say. If we continue to speak perverse worldly conversation, then this will fill our hearts. Take a look at people who are always speaking negatively, their speech never changes, but it always negative. Their lives are filled with despair, life is sucked out of them and even their bodies begin to fall apart. They are pale and they seem to be sick most of the time. The issues of their lives reflect their talk. Their lives are full of addictions, with no sign of relief. On the other hand, let us take a look at people who have Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. These people speak the Word, life flows from them, they appear happy and joyful and their bodies appear to be full of energy and life. The issues of life do not affect them and they are always giving praise to God. Seeing both type of people who would you like to follow? Let’s continue reading verse twenty-five, “Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you.” We know that God knows us, after all He created us. If we look at this verse what does it say to us? Our eyes and our mind they work together. If we view something before we close our eyes, our minds remember the picture of what we saw. As we close our eyes the image is still before us. With this being said, God wants to see only the good things before we close our eyes. If we are constantly seeing death and destruction or the evening news, our minds take this image and keep it there before us as we go to sleep. This may be the reason that many people don’t sleep to soundly and they have restless nights. I believe that God wants us to guard what goes into our eye gates and ear gates. William Shakespeare said this, “The eyes are the windows of our soul.” How true he was, because the soul is made up of our mind, will and emotions. Now let’s read these last verses that I have for you, verses twenty-six and twenty-seven, “Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.  Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.” In the end change will come to us, but we have to be willing for that change to happen. We are going to establish our own destiny, whatever that may be. The Lord only wants to keep us on the straight path of life and He only wants us to stay focused upon Him and His Word, this will keep us from the path of evil. With the Word, we have life, health, deliverance, prosperity and love, without the Word we have death, fear, division, sickness, poverty, no hope, despair and hate. What do you want? Do you want change? The decision is all yours.