DEPENDENCY!

Julydeclaration of dependenct 1, 2016

THE BEST YEAR EVER!

Jeremiah 17:7

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose hope is in the Lord.

Today I would like to talk to you about declaring your dependency!  For this to be the best year ever you are going to have to have a “dependency” on God and His Word.   On July 4th we celebrate freedom, when the chains of being a prisoner of tyranny were broken.   Real freedom is not being independent from God and dependent on man.  It is just the opposite.   “Dependency” on God and His Word is the only thing that brings freedom; that brings the miraculous.  One time Jesus met a man who for 38 years was crippled.  He spent every day of his life hoping and trusting on someone else for his freedom that never happened.  Jesus asked him a question.  Do you want to be healed?   He was asking, “Do you want to be free?”  If you are really serious, then get up, pick up your mat and be on your way!  When the man was suddenly dependent on what Jesus said and what He said to do, the man was miraculously healed.  The rest of John, chapter 5 tells how this man remained free, by declaring his “Dependency’ on Jesus and His words.   He became a new prisoner…a prisoner of HOPE.  (Zech. 9:12)  Hope, as you recall, is a joyful expectation of good happening in your life.   When you do that…declaring “dependency” upon God and His Word…God goes on to say, “I will declare, I will restore twice as much to you!”   So declare your dependency today.  Some people trust the power of chariots or horses, but we will trust you Lord God (Psalm 20:7).   If you will do that… it will not only be the best year ever, but God also declares, He’ll give you double with it  because….Love Never Fails!   

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What’s in Your Heart?

IMG_2213June 10, 2016

THE BEST YEAR EVER!

Proverbs 4:23, English Standard Version

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”

In 2014 Capital One launched a new campaign in an effort to get more customers to use their credit card.   The catch phrase for this new campaign was “What’s in Your Wallet?”   The suggestion here is greater purchasing power when you have their credit card in your wallet.   Do you want greater purchasing power, security and unlimited peace of mind?   Do you want the best year ever?   Then you will have to address this question… “What’s in Your Heart?”   In Matthew 15, Jesus told the crowd that it’s not what goes into ones mouth that defiles him, but it is what goes into his heart and then comes out of his mouth that defiles him.

If you are born again {you gave your life to Jesus; He is your Lord and Savior} then the way you received salvation {purchased it} was to first hear a message about salvation – a message about God’s grace.   It went into your heart and then you used your words to speak from your heart which produced a new creation in Christ Jesus! (Romans 10:10)    There is unlimited purchasing power, security and peace of mind available for you now.    The way to experience this is to get it into your heart.  The way it gets into your heart is the same way you received salvation.   You have to hear a message about Jesus, God’s Grace… you have to read God’s Word about Jesus, or meditate on this graceful Savior.   When you do that, you are building up purchasing power in your heart.

In II Kings 20, a young king is dying.  He is only 39 years old.   The prophet tells him to get his house in order because today is his last day on earth.   God’s word said that the prophet was in the courtyard of the king’s home leaving when God said to the prophet, “Go back and tell the king he will now live and fulfill his destiny.”  What happened?  How did this happen so suddenly?   One minute, his time is up, and the next thing you know, he will live!   The answer is found in verse 2 of that chapter.   The king shifted in his heart.   He turned his heart back towards God.  God became the focus of his life by remembering how good God had been to him, and how good God is always.   He was no longer focused on his problems, the stress of being a ruler, a family that was separated, but he tapped into what was in his heart.     He spoke a short prayer – only 28 words long.    The number 28 in Hebrew means ETERNAL LIFE.    Here is the point.  The king spoke from his heart WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE!  By doing that, things in him quickly changed.   From speaking what was in his heart, the king purchased health, healing and deliverance.   If you will hide God’s word in your heart (Psalm 119) it won’t be long till you will soon be speaking what is in your heart and purchasing what has already been secured for you!     It can be the best year ever!     The good news is there is never a bill to pay at the end of the month….love has done it all for you and Love Never Fails!   

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THE EARLY EDITION!

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June 3,  2016

THE BEST YEAR EVER!

Luke 4:43New International Version (NIV)

43” But he said, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.”

In 1996 there was a television program called “THE EARLY EDITION”.  Every morning the star of the program would go to his front door and there would be a newspaper on the porch with tomorrows date on it and inside it would be all the events that would take place for tomorrow.  The star of this show spent his whole day helping to change tomorrows events or improving on tomorrows events by focusing on today!

If you want to know how to improve your today so that even your tomorrow will be brighter, get a hold of “The Early Edition!”   God’s Word is the good news already in print for you and your family to have the best year ever.  All it needs is for you to read it so you’ll know how to respond to it.  Most people start their day by turning on the news to find out what happened overnight, always playing catch up on the events of yesterday.  As a blood washed saint of God, you have the ability to know what your day will hold, how it will turn out and even what the next day will bring!  It’s all in “The Early Edition” of God’s Word:   He sent His Word and Healed Your Disease I Know the Plans I Have for You, Plans for a Hope, A Good Future; Whatever You Put Your Hands To Will Prosper;  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and You’ll Be Saved and Your House; This Is The Day the Lord Has Made, I will Rejoice and be Glad in it!  These are just a few of the headlines in “The Early Edition” – not only for your today, but also your tomorrow!  Why don’t you pick your copy up today – may I suggest opening up to Proverbs?  The headlines today are for the believer – A Long Life;  Straight Paths; Overflow; Pleasant Ways; Sweet Sleep; and A Home that is Blessed!   “The Early Edition” has arrived at your doorstep.   You can have the best year ever – it’s already been written in red, by the nail-scarred hands of Love.  The best news is that this edition never needs corrections –  the “Editor-in-Chief” says so!….Love Never Fails!   

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Refuse Intimidation – Respond in Faith!

intimidationMay 27, 2016

THE BEST YEAR EVER!

Philippians 1:28Amplified Bible (AMP)

28 “And do not for a moment be frightened or intimidated in anything by your opponents and adversaries, for such constancy and fearlessness will be a clear sign, proof, and seal to them of their impending destruction, but a sure token and evidence of your deliverance and salvation and that from God.

For this to be the best year ever, the scripture says that we are not to be intimidated by our enemies.  As strange as it may seem, our enemies are being used by God to bless us!   David would have never been king if there was no Goliath.  The book of Psalms would never have been written if there was no Saul in David’s life.  Without Pharoah, there would be no Moses and the Red Sea deliverance.  Any current opposition is not there to stop you, but to establish you.  It’s not only preparing you, but it’s also bringing you closer to your destiny.  (Psalm 23…  You treat me to a feast, that You’ve arranged.  A six course dinner it will be right in front of my enemies.  They will have to watch.”)   Even Jesus needed Judas!  Instead of being paralyzed by the opposition, the fear, the worry;  respond in faith!  God is actually making the enemy a footstool (Psalm 110).  In other words, it is sent to increase you, not decrease you.  When you refuse to be intimidated, the scripture says this is a clear sign to the opposition of their impending destruction.  One translation says, “the enemy has no choice but to run up the white flag of surrender.”  Know who you are in Christ.   You are a son and daughter of a king and not just any king, but the KING OF KINGS.  That can never change!  Don’t let the challenge change you; you change the challenge.  The more the infliction, the more the provision; the more the pressure, the more the power;  what was meant to defeat me, is really promoting me to have the best year ever and it’s all because of love.  His love that never fails for me.  (A sure token, evidence of deliverance and salvation from God.)

 

….Love Never Fails!   

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Just Spray It!!

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May 20, 2016

THE BEST YEAR EVER!

“If you are seized by what you said, stuck by the words of your mouth, then do this, my son, to free yourself.”  Proverbs 6:2-3a

For five months now, I’ve been talking to you about how this is the best year ever and your reply may be “when will this happen?”    It seems every time you turn around, instead of things getting better, they get worse!    I say this respectfully, but as the above-mentioned verse states, the problem could be with your words.    Most people do not realize they are creating a world by the way they speak.   If today you feel like you are stuck or seized, unable to move forward, and are not seeing any real results, it is most likely due to what you are saying!

One of my favorite products that I like to use when something is stuck or seized up and can’t be moved easily is WD-40.   The product is designed to loosen seized up or stuck parts.  The way it works is you have to spray it on the part that is stuck or seized.  Then it is important to let it soak awhile so that the lubricant does its job.   It loosens the rust built up around the part and then you are able to move it again or free it up from being stuck.

Perhaps today you have been in a trial which has gone on for what seems like forever.   You want it to be the best year ever, but you do not see how it can be!   What you need to do is spray some WD-40 on it.  40 in the Bible, is always the number for trials.  The children of Israel spent 40 years in the wilderness; Jesus was tempted for 40 days.  The way out of your being stuck – your wilderness – and your temptation is to apply WD.   The “WorD”of God.  The root word for wilderness in Hebrew is debar .  It means to speak.  For you to experience the best year ever, you will have to change the way you have been speaking.   To get unstuck, freed up, and moving again, it is going to take you purposefully applying God’s “WorD” to your life.   What is interested about the can of WD-40, is it comes with a red narrow tip for targeting the stream of lubricant into the area that needs it the most.   The powerful blood of Jesus is ready to get you unstuck today!   To free you up and loosen that situation that doesn’t want to move!   Get into agreement with what the blood is saying.  The way out of your wilderness, your temptation, is to speak!    Narrow your words with “I’m blessed,  I’m free, I’m strong,  I’m the head and not the tail,  I shall live and not die,  Today is the day the Lord has made,  I’m going to rejoice and be glad it in!!!”

Now let this soak in and meditate on it – it will loosen the most stubborn things in your life.   Just like WD-40 was designed to loosen stubborn parts, God’s “WorD” will do the same when you speak the way He speaks and it will be the best year ever because….Love Never Fails!    Just Spray it!!! 

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You’ve been framed!!

FullSizeRenderMay 6, 2016

THE BEST YEAR EVER!

By *faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”  Hebrews 11:3 NKJV

Wow, there is so much in this one little verse that will enable you to have the best year ever that it is going to be difficult to express it all in this segment!  So, if you are ready…let’s go!   First, for you to enjoy this year, or any time in salvation (your new birth), know that it is all done and established by faith (me responding POSITIVELY to God all the time always for what He has done, not going to do, but has already done…  meaning it is in place for me now!) through Grace/Jesus.  Before the cross, God had to do everything for the people.  They had to keep asking for all things.  This was the result of a sin fallen world, removed from Grace (unmerited favor, preferential treatment, unusual assistance and irresistibility.  Now however, because of the cross and Jesus shedding His blood and because of the empty tomb, there is no more having to do, but through me!   The writer of this verse says that it is faith first then understanding follows – not logic or that natural first, but the supernatural.  Put God’s Word first even when it doesn’t make sense to the natural mind.  Even if what you are currently looking at is trying to say there is no hope & you might as well face the facts, just remember facts change, not truth, which is God’s Word.  Though you may not see it, the truth is this: right now everything is in place, already framed for you to access and enjoy.  If today you don’t like what you are currently seeing, change what you are saying and you’ll see the difference!  Notice the worlds were framed by the Word of God…that means your world has been already framed, not going to be, it already has been secured, it’s “all-ready” for you!   The word framed means, arranged in advance, set in order, fully equipped, nothing missing, nothing lacking, fitted, tailor-made.  God has set your world in place for you to enjoy.  It’s time now to participate in it.  It won’t happen by logic or reason, it happens by faith!  If you’ll stand up on the inside, it will appear on the outside.  So start SAYING what you SEE because Greater is He that is in you, and you’ll SEE what His word SAYS!    This is the best year ever, purchased by love because…Love Never Fails!

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Fisherman turned FINISHEDMAN!

Peter_the_fishermanApril 29, 2016

THE BEST YEAR EVER!

 “But you denied and rejected and disowned the Pure and Holy, the Just and Blameless One, and demanded [the pardon of] a murderer to be granted to you.” Acts 3:14, Amp.

 

For this to be the best year ever you are going to have to do like Peter did.  This verse of Acts 3:14 in the Amplified version is amazing to read.  Peter, who actually did deny Jesus, (remember it was three times to be precise) is saying to the people and religious leaders, “you are the ones who did this to the Prince of Life.  I had nothing to do with it.”  How can Peter say this?   The answer is found in John chapter 21… Peter tried to go back to being a fisherman again; a symbol of his old life, but Jesus wouldn’t let him.   Jesus forgave Peter and restored him and forever washed away any part of his old life.  Peter became and remained a new creation in Christ.  (II Corinthians 5:17&18).  Peter went from a fisherman to a finished man.  That’s why he could stand up that day and say he had no part in it.  That person no longer existed.  Peter is declaring that there is no use in trying to fish around for any evidence or try to hook him to his past!   He’s a finished man… When Jesus said it is finished, it meant that anyone who calls on the name of the Lord, goes from a fisherman to a FINISHEDman –  There is nothing that can anchor you any longer to that smelly life you once lived.  Do like Peter did:  stand up, be bold.  It’s the best year ever Finishman!   It’s been purchased, it’s already done and waiting on you!  Love did this and …Love Never Fails!

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Time to Be Unreasonable!

eyesApril 8, 2016

THE BEST YEAR EVER!

 “The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out. It’s written,                                                                                           I’ll turn conventional wisdom on its head,
I’ll expose so-called experts as crackpots.”                                                                                            I Corinthians 1:18-19 The Message Bible

Today I would like to talk to you about being unreasonable.  For this to be the best year ever, it is going to take you being unreasonable.   In Genesis, chapter 3, the Word tells us that when Adam and Eve sampled the fruit that God didn’t want them to eat,  one set of eyes were closed and another set were open.  In other words, they went from revelation to reasoning.  They went from the supernatural to just the natural; from a living being to just a human being.  Their whole world would be based on reason.  What the natural sense’s would show them, they would believe as truth.  Now they could be easily deceived and extremely limited.  What use to happen for them without effort would require the sweat of human effort.  All of life would be a never ending struggle.  The cross changed all that.  Jesus came and restored us to life and that more abundantly.  He changed us from mere humanity to life giving spiritual beings.   We went from walking by sight to walking by faith; we’ve gone from earning a living to living in and enjoying what’s already been earned for us by our Savior.  The just shall live by faith!  So now, I never let what my eyes see determine what truth is saying!  Truth is found only in God’s word.  If you want to see that dream come to pass this year, your healing to manifest, your family to turn around, to have the best year ever, you are going to have to be unreasonable.  It’s faith and faith never makes sense, in fact, sometimes it sets you up for ridicule, to appear silly! Yet God says He’ll turn conventional reasoning on its head…He’ll expose the so called experts as crack pots.  Your job is to be unreasonable.  Jeremiah put it this way:  “Let your words change them, don’t change your words to suit them!  I’ll turn you into a steel wall, a thick steel wall, impregnable.  They’ll attack you but won’t put a dent in you because I’m at your side, defending and delivering.”  God’s Decree “I’ll deliver you from the grip of the wicked.  I’ll get you out the clutch of the ruthless.”  Unreasonable love purchased it all for you and ….Love Never Fails!

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No Foolin’!

 

April no foolin1, 2016

THE BEST YEAR EVER!

35 “Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”  John 8:35-36 (NIV)

This is the best year ever, no fooling!  It’s April 1st, known as April Fool’s Day.  It’s a day to play jokes and pull pranks.  I want you, however, to take time today to meditate on this truth.  Jesus, by rising from the dead, forever released us from slavery, being chained to the law (context of John 8) to a permanent place of Sonship with Him and the Father – No Fooling!

It’s all indeed or should I say in the deed!!!   Forever settled that you, child of God, are in the family of God as a Son of the Father.   The blood did this for you.  Signed by Jesus in his own blood and witnessed by the Father and the Holy Spirit.  Jesus has given us the gift of no condemnation and “fixed” us in freedom; freedom in Christ Jesus (John 8:1-11).  That is what being a son and belonging to it forever means.  Your Daddy, Abba Father, can’t condemn you; won’t condemn you.  His love for you is everlasting and now.  So is your Sonship – forever.  No fooling!  It might seem like a dream, but it’s not, it’s a time for celebrating.  This is what the Psalmist said: “It seemed like a dream when the Lord brought us back to the city of Zion (the Bride of Christ, Sonship).   We celebrated with laughter and joyful songs.  In foreign nations it was said, ‘The Lord has worked miracles for his very own.’ And so we celebrated because the Lord had indeed worked miracles for us.”  This is the Best Year Ever – Really!  – No Fooling!   All purchased by His love and ….Love Never Fails!

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It’s Good Friday!

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THE BEST YEAR EVER!

13 “When I see the blood I will pass over you – no disaster will touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.

14 “This will be a memorial day for you; you will celebrate it as a festival to God down through the generations, a fixed festival celebration to be observed always.”  Exodus 12:13-14, Message Bible

 

Today is a special day for you or really anybody – it’s Good Friday!   Ironically most businesses, government offices and even schools are closed in recognition of this day.  Have you ever paused to think why it’s called Good Friday?  It’s good because the death of Jesus,  His willingness to lay down His life for all people, would accomplish and purchase us back but also be the one and only payment ever needed for all sin.    This victory over death, hell and the grave would do what no one could ever do; this powerful act of love would fulfill God’s eternal plan.  Resurrection Sunday, or as many call it Easter Sunday, is what makes the Friday good.  Without the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, Friday would be Black Friday!   So with that said, what comes to mind when you hear the words Black Friday?  Is it long lines, huge crowds, sleeping over night outside of a store?   Is it fighting to get the best deals, struggling with parking and wearing yourself out just to save a few dollars?   The good news about Good Friday is that Jesus purchased everything for you!  You now get the very best deal!  He dealt with the crowds, He took on the struggle, He fought the fight and frustration to save you not just a few dollars, but to give you unlimited life with unlimited purchasing power!  On the surface, the Good Friday celebration look like a mess:  an innocent man, beaten beyond recognition and nailed to a cross.  However, Jesus became that mess so that you could experience the very best.  “For anyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” (Romans 10:13).  “When I see the blood, I’ll pass over you.  NO disaster will touch you. ” That’s a cause for celebration.  That’s something to be memorialized!  That is why it’s THE BEST YEAR EVER….Love Never Fails!

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