God’s Abundance

December 18, 2016 Leave a comment
Consider God’s abundance! Today the Lord impressed it upon me with the vastness and awesomeness of our universe….
 
There are places where lightening is so intense it would fill our entire solar system.
 
There are planets where the surface is made up mostly of water, even plasma type water, diamonds, gold, and other such exotic material.
 
Just in our solar system, Jupiter is large enough to fit 1,300 earths inside it (see the image below).
 
An example of the largest star known to man is in the image below. Our sun looks like speck in comparison. Think about the energy needed to create and sustain that.
 
“Each year the visible Universe gets bigger by 1 light year. For some one sitting on Earth waiting for you to get there, it will take 13.7 billion years but the Universe will have gotten 13.7 billion light years bigger in that time.” Jay Wacker
 
Think about all that. Really think. That is the abundance of God. Surely there is no lack with Him. We are as nothing in comparison to the size and vastness of the universe and so we could never use up it’s resources.
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Can We Talk with Angels?

October 19, 2016 Leave a comment

INTRODUCTION

The Bible has a lot to say about angels. It has many examples. However, this is still quite a controversial topic, especially with non-Christians now getting in on the subject of angels.

But let’s discuss what one believer has said about talking with angels. They said, “Leviticus 19:31 (NIV) says, ‘Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them.’ It clearly warns us not to talk to spirits and angels are spirits.”

This sounds good on the surface but let’s study out this topic to see if Leviticus 19:31 applies to the holy angel of God or not.

TO SPEAK OR NOT TO SPEAK, THATS THE QUESTION

While we have Leviticus 19:31 warning us not to talk to mediums or spiritists, we also have Hebrews 13:2 warning us, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.”

So in one instance, we are warned not to speak with spirit beings and in another, we told to actually show hospitality to them. So which is it? Is the Bible contradicting itself? We know that the Bible does not contradict itself but each situation is always determined by the context so let’s examine the contexts.

WHATS THE CONTEXT?

To insure we understand the context, let’s define some of the terms…

What is a medium? It is one who seeks to communicate with the dead.

What is a spiritist? It is one who believes in Spiritism, which is the belief that the dead communicate with the living.

So both a medium and a spiritist seek to communicate with the dead. But what is an angel? Are angels the spirits of dead people? The official definition of an angel is…

1) one of a class of spiritual beings; a celestial attendant of God. In medieval angelology, angels constituted the lowest of the nine celestial orders (seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominations or dominions, virtues, powers, principalities or princedoms, archangels, and angels).  2) a conventional representation of such a being, in human form, with wings, usually in white robes. 3) a messenger, especially of God.

None of this describes a spirit of the dead. In short, an angel is a spirit being that was created by God as a representative of God, usually one or more characteristics of God. The fallen angels are those that rebelled against God’s order and no longer wished to represent God but only themselves.

Moving on…

What does hospitality mean? It means “the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.” Synonyms are: friendliness, hospitableness, warm reception, welcome, helpfulness, neighborliness, warmth, kindness, congeniality, geniality, cordiality, courtesy, amenability, generosity, entertainment, catering, food.

What does entertain mean? It means “provide (someone) with amusement or enjoyment, to please or delight in” or “give attention or consideration to (an idea, suggestion, or feeling).”

So to show a person who might be an angel in disguise hospitality literally means to welcome them warmly, as a friend. The scripture does not tell us to avoid communicating with them but instead to invite them in and treat them well, as a friend. In so doing, we “entertain” them. That is, we find pleasure in them and give attention to them – and likewise, they find pleasure in us and give attention to us.

As you see the context of these scriptures, is Leviticus really telling us that we cannot communicate with God’s angels? Apparently not! To be explicit, it is warning against seeking to speak with the dead.

We might be able to extrapolate that this would include fallen angels, especially as they often pretend to be the dead, but it does not say that. In fact, 1 John 4:1 warns us, “Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God.” How can you “test the spirit” if you are not allowed to communicate with it? Even more, if you are not allowed to communicate with spirits at all, why would you need to test it? You could simply obey the Bible and ignore it!

BIBLICAL EXAMPLES FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT

In 1 Samuel 28, we find King Saul communicating with a medium. Starting at verse 9, the medium says, “Are you trying to get me killed? You know that Saul has outlawed all the mediums and all who consult the spirits of the dead. Why are you setting a trap for me? … Whose spirit do you want me to call up?” “Call up Samuel,” Saul replied.

So, were they communicating with an angel of the Lord or the spirit of a dead person? Maybe it was a fallen angel pretending to be Samuel, but it doesn’t tell us that, so we have to assume maybe it was literally the spirit of Samuel. Regardless who it was, it was not an angel of the Lord!

The truth is, Leviticus 19:31 can’t mean that we can’t talk to angels because if you will simply go back and read every story in the Bible, you will see that in almost every one of them someone is communicating with the angels of the Lord…

In Genesis 16, “The angel of the LORD found Hagar.” Hagar communicated with an angel twice – once in verse 7 and once in verse 13.

In Genesis 18, Abraham is greeted by “three men” [angels] and they not only speak, but he feeds them a meal.

In Genesis 19, two angels went to Sodom to warn Lot and his family to leave. Lot communicated with the angels.

In Genesis 32, Jacob wrestled with an angel and communicated with him saying, “I will not let go until you bless me.”

In Exodus 3, Moses encounters a burning bush and it explicitly says, “the angel

of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush,” and “God called to him from within the bush.” Moses is literally talking to a bush. lol But God spoke through the angel in the bush to Moses. Moses communicated with an angel of the Lord.

In Judges 6, the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon and said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.” Gideon communicated with an angel.

In Judges 13, Manoah’s wife communicated with an angel.

In 1 Kings 19, Elijah doesn’t actually communicate with the angel, but it does interact with him multiple times.

In 2 Chronicles 32, the Lord sent an angel to destroy a whole army. No communication here, but there was an encounter.

In Daniel 9, Daniel encounters Gabriel, an angel of the Lord. Verse 22 explicitly says, “He talked with me.”

In Ezekiel, Ezekiel meets angels several times and gives lots of descriptions of them.

Keep in mind that all these people and more are found in Old Testament and the Levitical law is from the Old Testament too, yet all of these people and more communicated with the angels of God.

BIBLICAL EXAMPLES FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT

As you will see from the New Testament, nothing changed. People still communicated with angels showing that is still valid for today. In fact, there are more encounters with angels in the New Testament than the Old.

In Luke 1, an angel of the Lord appeared to Zacharias and communicated with him that he should name his son John.

In Luke 1, angel Gabriel and the Virgin Mary communicate with one another. Gabriel told her about Jesus.

In Matthew 1, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream to confirm that Mary will bring forth a son and call his name Jesus, and in Matthew 2, an angel appeared to him in a dream to warn him to flee to Egypt. In this example, we see God using dreams to communicate with us.

In Luke 2, the angel of the Lord appeared to country shepherds to announce the birth of the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ

In Matthew 27, Mary Magdalene and other Mary encountered an angel who explained to them what happened to Jesus.

In Acts 1, two angels declare to the disciples that Jesus will return to the earth in the same way they saw him leave.

In Acts 5, the Sadducees and high priest put the Apostles in prison, but an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and communicated with them that they needed to preach the Gospel.

In Acts 10, Cornelius communicated with an angel that “told him to ask you to come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say.”

In Acts 12, Peter is put in prison, but an angel frees him and leads him out. They communicate.

In Acts 27, an angel communicated with Paul that they’d be safe on the ship he was on.

If you look closely at the Book of Revelations, you will see that the entire book was dictated to John by an angel. Revelation 19:10 says… Then the angel told me to write, “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” So if that Levitical Law applies to talking to angels, maybe we should not read the book of Revelations since we would be reading what a spirit communicating to him. This would actually apply to other scriptures as well too because other scripture was given by angels. In fact, Acts 7:53 tells us that we “received the law that was given through angels…” The “law” came through angels. Someone had communicate with the angels to receive the law.

Hebrews 2:2 says, “Since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment…” Communicating with angels requires us to listen to them, but if we aren’t allowed to listen to them (the point of contacting the dead is to hear from them), then this scripture is meaningless to us and there is no “binding.”

ADDITIONAL FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Mediums and spiritists seek to talk to the dead and although Leviticus warns us not to do this, in Matthew 17, Jesus talked with Moses and Elijah while transfigured on the mountain. He appeared to be disobeying Leviticus but we know that He was without sin having obeyed all the Laws perfectly.

What about the worship of angels? Colossians 2:18 warns, “Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind.” What qualifies as “the worship of angels”? Merely communicating with them or even interacting with them would not qualify. If it did, then God is worshipping angels because He is surrounded by angels, and communicates and interacts with angels. Worship would be putting them in a position over God or literally worshipping them, like worshipping demons or fallen angels.

Hebrews 1:14 says, “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” And one of the ways — a major way they minister — is through communicating with us. It is the number one thing you see throughout scripture. And the truth is, we hear them more often than we know. That inner voice telling us some good thing to do is often them. Hebrews 13:2 even tells us that we “entertain (see, hear and interact with) angels without knowing it.” If you can entertain them without knowing you are, then, by being attentive, you can entertain them knowing you are.

SUMMING IT UP

It’s clear from scripture that it is normal for people and angels to communicate with one another and it does not break the Levitical Law. So the question is not, can we but should we and if we do, how do we do so safely, since 2 Corinthians 11:14 warns us that “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light”?

TEST THE SPIRITS

If we encounter a spirit, any spirit, even one that claims to be a holy spirit, we must obey 1 John 4:1 to “test the spirits to see if they are of God or not.” This, of course, has proven challenging at times because things can be so deceptive. Here are some thing you can do…

What the Lord showed me personally is…

First, does the spirit acknowledge Jesus? 1 John 4:1-3 By this you will know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and is already in the world at this time.

Second, what is the fruit? How does this spirit “manifest”? Does the spirit manifest the fruit of the Holy Spirit — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control — or something other than this? In Matthew 7:16, Jesus said, “By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.”

Love is the most important of all. In 1 Corinthians 13, we read that without love we are nothing. If the spirit is anything but loving, you can be sure it is not of God. 1 John 4:20 declares, “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” Likewise, if they are touting darkness, they are not of God. 1 John 1:6 says, “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.” 1 John 2:4 says, “If anyone says, ‘I know Him,’ but does not keep His commandments, he is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

The fallen angels can fake it. For example, I’ve heard stories of people who encountered angels and they felt nothing but peace and unconditional love. Later, they discovered it was demonic. So you need to keep testing it until you are sure.

Third, what are it’s “works”? How does their contact with you affect them? In John 6:29, Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” Does the spirit point you to Jesus? Of God’s Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds from the Father, he shall testify of me. (John 15:26) He also said, “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26) Seeing how the Holy Spirit works, does the spirit communicating with you testify of Jesus and what Jesus has said, or himself or of something else? Does the spirit encourage your faith in Christ or other things?

Forth, you can flatly ask it or even command it to reveal it’s name to you? In Luke 8:30 and Mark 5:9, Jesus [flatly] asked him, “What is your name?” “Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. You can tell sometimes by the name who the spirit is, because in the spirit realm, names reflect the nature of the person. In Revelation 2:17, Jesus even says, “I will give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.” You will receive a name that reflect how God sees you.

In short, does the spirit agree that Jesus was born of the virgin Mary, was crucified to death on a cross, was buried and rose back to life on the third day, and that Jesus is the Savior of mankind? Does the spirit confess “Jesus is Lord”, their Lord, and not just the Lord? Do they demonstrate how Jesus is their Lord? Does the spirit bear fruit in keeping with a holy spirit of God or is it dark, mean, ugly, etc? Does the spirit encourage your faith and build you up, or does the spirit detract from your faith or even try to veer you away from it? Does their name reflect something good or evil?

In my own experience, I once met an angel who claimed to be a spirit of revelation. His name is Simon which happens to mean “he has heard.” From Σιμων (Simon), the New Testament Greek form of the Hebrew name שִׁמְעוֹן (Shim’on) which meant “he has heard”.

MORE ON TESTING THE SPIRITS

How do we test spirits?

http://www.answers2prayer.org/bible_questions/Answers/testing/test.html

From the “Handbook of Healing” by Charles and Francis Hunter…

http://gloryboundministries.com/wordpress/?p=351

Look into the person’s eyes and command the spirit to manifest. The pupils will dilate if the spirit is there. Matthew 6:22 says, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.”
Command the spirit to leave and ask the person if they can feel internally the movement of the spirit.
Command it to leave and watch for a manifestation.

From Charity Kayembe, these are factors to consider…

http://www.cwgministries.org/blogs/charity-kayembe

– Are you a born-again Spirit-filled Christian?

– Are you reading her Bible regularly and regularly fellowshipping with other Believers?

– Are you praying to God every day and focused on your relationship with Him?

– Do you consider yourself a strong Christian?

– Do your angels remind you of Scriptures and explain things from the Bible to you?

– Do your angels give Holy Spirit credit for empowering any miracles, healings, etc?

– Do your angels direct you to Jesus and talk about Father God regularly?

– Is Jesus a big part of their ministry to you or  is your relationship with them all about them and you?

– Do your angels glorify and honor God and refocus you on Jesus?

All scriptures NIV unless otherwise noted.

You can download a copy of this from my Docs.com site at: https://doc.co/VTZ5x2/7SB4uQ

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“A Prayer Of Thanks For Amazing Grace”

September 21, 2016 Leave a comment

A Daily Prayer

Praying man Father, Your abundant grace is poured out on humankind like showers of blessings, both for believer and unbeliever alike. Yet it is only as we appropriate Your saving grace that we turn away from evil and walk in the ways of righteousness. Many leaders and rulers have come and gone, but You, Father, are the eternal One whose kingdom knows no end. We humble ourselves in the light of Your majesty as we bring honor to Your holy name and live as a people who are eager to do what is good. Amen.

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.

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Ask and You Shall Receive

May 9, 2016 Leave a comment

What would you? Jen, the young lady I ride to work, leaves me in the truck each morning while she goes in to get her coffee and today, a man walked over and gave me his sad story and then asked for money. He said, “Can you spare some coins?”

I felt he was lying but thought about what Jesus said and example my son Joshua sets with his giving. I thought, “I should give him something.” [These little promptings, “I should…” or “shouldn’t…”, are often the Holy Spirit or His angels.] I searched my heart, asking the Lord what I should give. At first, I thought I should give him everything in my wallet. Then I felt led to give him $2.

Whether he was lying or not, that was not my business. That was between him and God. My business was to obey the Lord who was prompting me to give and who taught us, “Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” Matthew 5:42

It felt good to obey even though I felt this guy was lying. And although I wanted to give more, I felt led to give only $2, which I believe was meant to take away any pride I could boast in. “Look what I did! I gave all my money to him.”

As I reflected on what happened, I see how the Spirit shows us ourselves. In that moment, I had to decide, will I obey the Lord or will I do what seem best? Will I go by what God says is best or go by how I felt?” There was this wrestling in me over what I should do. I even thought, “If I give him all my money, I won’t have money for Cokes this week.” See? I was thinking about myself, my possible loss. I was thinking in terms of lack and not provision, since God always gives back to the giver. There is no way for me to be in lack, except I create that I selfishly hold on to what I already have (Proverbs 11:24).2c3a196ae22295709a68319e811e92c4

As I told Jen, every time you give to someone else, you are actually giving to yourself because that is how God designed life to work. Jesus taught…

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38 In other words, whatever you give, even if you give nothing, comes back to you multiplied.

“Whoever has [a giving heart and gives] will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have [a giving heart and withhold what he has], even what he has will be taken from him.” Matthew 13:12

One other point that crossed my mind was the fact that Hebrews 13:2 says, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Despite how I felt, this guy could have been an angel sent to test my obedience to Christ and/or show me what was in my own heart. This is what God is always after — our hearts — not our possessions. He is most interested in our character, that we become like Him.

In this case, would I give in to my own lack of faith, selfishness, greed and belief in lack e.g. “I won’t have money for myself to…” or would I obey the Lord and demonstrate trust, faith, selflessness and belief in God’s unlimited supply e.g. if I give this away, God will give it back multiplied?

I feel good about the decision I made today but this is only one of many as this scenario is actually playing out continually with every decision we make and every interaction we have with others.

Categories: Angels, Faith, Giving, Obedience

Once Saved Always Saved

January 11, 2016 Leave a comment

I really hate that there is so much misunderstanding around the doctrine of “once saved always saved.” Let me start by saying unequivocally that I believe “once saved always saved” is correct. However, that means, if you are *truly* saved, your life will reflect this and you won’t be just living wildly or vicariously, just doing whatever you want to do. As Jesus said in Matthew 3:8 “Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.”

To me, the Bible is really clear on this issue and if anyone disagrees, it simply means that they do not understand the Bible actually teaches on this. So, again, the problem is not that the doctrine is incorrect but that people misunderstanding what the Bible teaches about this. That is true for both sides of this, for those for it and for those against it.

Both sides who misunderstand this doctrine think that it means that one can say they believe in Christ and then just do whatever they want, that it’s all grace. That is not what this doctrine means at all. It means that if you are truly saved then you are saved once and for all and cannot be unsaved again, and that your life will reflect that you are truly saved. If your life does not reflect a change, then either you may not truly be saved or you may be truly deceived or even demonized.

Here’s what the Bible teaches about this…

1 Corinthians 1:8 says, “God will keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Do you see that? God will keep you firm to the end. So you can’t just suddenly become unsaved.

Philippians 1:6 says, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Do you see that again? Again, what God started, He WILL finish. He would not invest Himself in you and then just let you go.

John 10:29 says, “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” Do you see that? *No one* — not a person or devil — can snatch a person out of God’s hands. Once you come to Him, He holds on to you tightly. In fact, you are someone, can you snatch yourself out of His hand? Only if you were never in it in the first place.

Even more, Jesus himself said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again [that is, born from above] he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Think about that for a second! Think clearly and think logically! What does it mean to be “born”? It means new life. It means conception.

Before one can be born, one has to be conceived. Before one can be conceived, a union has to occur — a “seed” plants an egg or the ground and the moment it does, new life is conceived. What does this have to do with always being saved? Well, if being saved is the same as being “born again,” then it means that once you have conceived this new life, you can’t just undo it.

When the seed enters the egg or ground, it changes into a new life and the Bible says that being born again is the same process. You can’t just take that seed out now because it is no longer a seed but a new creation. Likewise, once God’s Seed, Christ (Galatians 3:16), enters you, you cannot just take that Him out because now you are a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

So do you see that? A new creation! The old is gone! The new has come! If the old is gone and there is a new creation, there is no going back to what was, that is, unless that person was never truly saved in the first place. In fact, Ephesians 1:13-14 says, “You were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him *with a seal*, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit *guaranteeing* our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession — to the praise of His glory.”

Do you see that!? Do you see it! True believers are “marked,” and “sealed,” and given a “deposit” of God in them that “guarantees” their inheritance. God’s salvation comes with a guarantee, that if you are truly saved, you are saved once and for all.

Again, think about this logically… If one can be unsaved after claiming salvation, does God take His Seed and Spirit out of that person when they are unsaved again, and then put it back in again when they are saved again, and then take it back out again when they are unsaved again, and then put it back again when they are saved again. NO! NO! NO! It does not work that way!

You can see for yourself what the Bible clearly says…

Hebrews 6:4-6 (KJV) says, “For it is *impossible* for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come. If* they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

This is the most compelling verse of scripture in the Bible for once saved always saved. Do you see what this scripture literally and clearly says? It flatly says that it is “impossible” for those who have been saved to be saved again “if” they fall away. It says, it is impossible, impossible, impossible!

The point here is that if you are truly saved, you won’t and can’t simply fall away because God keeps that from happening. It goes on to say that “if” you could fall away, it is impossible for you to come back and be saved again.

What this means is, either you are truly saved and kept by God, or you are not. If you claim to be saved but your life does not reflect a change of heart, if you think you can just go on sinning and living however you want to, then you are likely not truly saved in the first place. That’s the real issue! Are you truly saved in the first place!? If you are, then you will know it for sure because you will want what God wants and not just be living however you want to live.

So you can believe what you want, but to me the Bible is clear that one cannot go back and forth, that it’s *impossible* to fall away and then come back. Either you truly are “born again” as a “new creation” or you are not. Either you received the Seed, Christ, into your heart and that Seed is changing you into a new creation or that not. Which is it?

Corinthians 2:14 says, “The person without the Spirit [the one who did not receive Christ] does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness…” If the things of God are foolishness to you, then you are likely not saved, period! If you love what God loves and want what God wants, then you are likely saved because that only comes by the Spirit of God in you.

Again, as Jesus said in Matthew 3:8 “Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.” If you are “proving” you are saved by the way you live, then you are saved once and for all. There is no going back! But if you are not “proving” you are saved by the way you live, then maybe you were never really truly saved in the first place.

Know it! See it! Feel it!

November 12, 2015 Leave a comment

Today’s word from the Lord is “Know it! See it! Feel it! You must get to that place where you know, that place where there is no doubt.”

The Bible is filled with this…

In Mark 11:24, Jesus says, “Whatever you ask for in prayer, BELIEVE that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Notice the terminology? Jesus tells us to be so sure in our belief that we are to believe we have already received it.

James 1:5-7 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom [or *fill in the blank*], you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you MUST BELIEVE and not DOUBT, because the one who doubts … should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” This scripture is clear. There is no room for doubt with God. Either God is real, or He is not. Either God is true to His word, or He is not.

In Mark 11:23-25, Jesus says, “If anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go throw yourself into the sea,’ and DOES NOT DOUBT in his heart but BELIEVES that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.”

2 Corinthians 1:20 says, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ [so be it] is spoken by us to the glory of God.” Whatever God promised to do, He will do; God says yes to it.

Romans 14:5 says, “Each person should be FULLY CONVINCED in their own mind.” You must be fully convinced; you must have a sincere conviction.

Romans 14:23 says, “But whoever has DOUBTS is condemned if they eat [if they partake in something], because their eating [what they partake in] is not from FAITH; and everything that does not come from FAITH is sin.” EVERYTHING is by faith! EVERYTHING!

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is being SURE of what we hope for and CERTAIN of what we do not see [manifested yet].” The key words here are sure and certain.

Isaiah 7:9 says, “If you do not stand FIRM in your FAITH you won’t stand at all.”

Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without FAITH it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Faith pleases God. Doubt, fear, unbelief do not.

The bottom line…

Get to that place where you are 100% sure of God and His Word, and about whatever convictions you hold. Let nothing move you from your conviction except God. When you pray, God answers.

Know it! Know you have what you prayed or ask for. Thank God you have it. Thank Him as if you do.

See it! Use your imagination to see the answer. Imagine what it is like to have what you asked for. Imagine what the healing looks like, what having the good relationship looks like, what having the finances looks like. Ask God to give you a picture if needed.

Feel it! Actually try to feel what it might feel like to have what you asked for. Feel healed! Feel the love of a good relationship! Feel the need met!

Hang onto that knowing, seeing and feeling until it manifests. Keep spending time thanking God you have it, seeing yourself have it and feeling what it feels like to have it.

Checks are in the Mail

April 4, 2015 Leave a comment

Prophetic Word: “Checks Are in the Mail!”

On May 4, per God’s instruction, I began to declare and decree, “The checks are in the mail.” I was shocked to discover that Doug Addison, a well known prophet, gave the SAME EXACT word on the SAME EXACT day, literally. So I have continued to declare and decree it — that we’d see literal checks coming in the mail and finances coming from all avenues. I have the “word” posted on my refrigerator along the other word, “restore all in 2015”, and seeing them there, I declared them again today.

We already received one check in the mail, actually a letter telling us to expect it — a fair amount too. This morning, we received a second one — an actual check this time. Praise the Lord!

In this case, Missy (my wife) and I were discussing finances just this morning. We didn’t have enough money to buy some things we need this week, so we prayed. I declared that I expected to see literal checks in the mail as God promised and WHEN He does, we’d give a tithe off that money. So, I guess God gets His tithe and we get to get what we need. LOL Praise the Lord! And this, I declare and decree, is just the beginning! Thank you Father!

Praise God! He is a good God! Claim this for yourself! It is a word for the Body of Christ. Just begin to declare and decree, “The checks are in the mail,” and believe it! Expect to see God move bountifully on your behalf!

Here’s the excerpt I have on my refrigerator…

By Doug Addison:

March 4, 2015

The checks of repayment are in the mail.

This is the start of the seven-year cycle that is being broken from 2008.

God is repaying us for losses we have suffered over the past seven years.

Watch for repayment to come in many forms.

Not just money but in lots of different and creative ways such as: healing, favor, spiritual gifts and restoration of relationships. Prayers you have been praying for a while are going to be answered. Be open to the answers looking different than you once expected.

“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten … ” Joel 2:25 NIV

Make a list of things that have been stolen or never came about since 2008.

This is a breakthrough year for us — those who have suffered losses over the past seven years.

Expect to see radical turnaround and changes.

Watch for sudden good breaks. Your case is being heard in Heaven.

You are going to move forward into this new season and the voice of the accuser has been silenced. This was a result of people crying out against those who are up for promotion.

This is a season of promotion. Don’t believe the lies or accusations of the enemy. Watch as Jesus steps up for you. But you will need to receive this by faith and get ready to move forward.

Shaking happening right now. We are going to see a lot of movement and shifting. This shaking is designed by God to get us back on track with our callings.

The shaking happening now is not judgment but it is going to open up the tombs that have held callings, gifts and anointings from the past.

Going to see deep revelation come and deeper intimacy. People who were thought to not be fit to encounter God are going to have radical experiences!

Focus on the promotions you are receiving and ask God to reveal the new assignments available to you now.

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