Monthly Archives: January 2014

No Other Gospel

Galatians 1:8-9 (KJV)
(8) But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
(9) As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Recently my mentor asked me to prepare a teaching on The Apostle, and the Holy Spirit immediately began to speak and gave me the primary themes for my teaching. At the very top of the list was the Apostle’s role in maintaining the purity of the gospel. In this scripture Paul’s statements are weighty and not to be taken lightly. To emphasize the importance of keeping our doctrine pure, he includes angels in the list of those who – if they teach incorrectly – should be accursed. Not only does he include angels, but Paul makes sure the seriousness of the matter is not lost, by making the statement not only once, but TWICE! Ladies and gentlemen, if you are taught anything that doesn’t line up in God’s word or jive in your spirit, I would advise you to seek God directly and inquire another teacher and reason out the scriptures to ensure your doctrine is pure.

Task: Study to shew [show] thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.. – 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

Faint Not

Galatians 6:9 (KJV)
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Like Mona Lisa’s smile this verse of scripture lands smack-dab in the middle of a masterful and wonderful letter. Paul paints a glorious picture of how we should walk as believers. That we should be humble, bear one another’s burdens, work diligently on our own burdens, having patience as we sow in the spirit, so as not to be bound by religion. Remaining free, because of the work Jesus did on the cross. Sowing into the spirit, through prayer, fasting, worship and the word; which are the four pillars of our spiritual houses. Encouraging us, not to grow faint when building our spiritual houses, so we’ll reap in due season. Thank you Jesus for the Apostle Paul!!!

Prayer: Lord, teach me to pray and fast in order to reap in my spirit all that you have planted. Lord, fill my heart with joy and thankfulness that I may worship you in spirit and in truth. Holy Spirit, create in me a hunger for more of the Word and show me the mysteries of Christ. Amen.

Fear Not

Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

It has been said that “fear not” is recorded 365 times in the Bible – one for each day of the year. But so what? Simply telling someone to fear not, man-up, get over it, stop being a scaredy-cat, etc. is not enough to allay fears. When children have bad dreams what do they do? They go to their father and mother’s bedroom for safety and comfort. Just like children who know that their parents will be there for them, we need to know that our God is there for us.

  • If your cupboards are looking bare, He says “I am Jehovah Jireh your provider”
  • If you need healing in your body, He is Jehovah Rapha
  • If your not sure which direction to go, He is a lamp unto your feet
  • If you’re having problems with your children he says “I will turn the hearts of the children back to their fathers”
  • If you feel you’re not smart enough, He says “if anyone lacks wisdom let him ask of God”
  • If you are afraid of death, he says “fear not for I will raise you up just like I raised up my son Jesus”
  • If there is sin in your life, he says “I am your redeemer”
  • If you feel unloved and alone, he says “perfect love casts out fear and that he’ll never leave you nor forsake you”
  • If you feel powerless, he says “they that know their God will do exploits” – hallelujah!

In summary, we don’t have to fear anything or anyone when we KNOW OUR GOD. Aren’t you glad you know God?

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for revealing yourself unto me. Today if/when I’m faced with fear I will run to you, my refuge and my redeemer and find strength. I want to know you more for you are a very present help in a time of trouble, a friend to the friendless and hope to the hopeless. Thank you Jesus for being my all in all. Amen.

January 22-28, 2014 | Life Devotional

January 28, 2014

Belief

Mark 9:23-25 (NLT)
(23) “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.
(24) The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”
(25) When Jesus saw that the crowd of onlookers was growing, he rebuked the evil[f] spirit. “Listen, you spirit that makes this boy unable to hear and speak,” he said. “I command you to come out of this child and never enter him again!

This passage excerpt comes at a time when Jesus’ disciples who had already had success in casting out demons and healing the sick were unable in this case because of unbelief. Because they couldn’t, the father of the demon-possessed boy complained to Jesus. I love Jesus’ response when the father asks if Jesus can heal the boy. I’ll paraphrase…”Are you serious?! Of course I can, because anything is possible when a person believes.” I equally like the father’s response…”I do believe, help my unbelief”. Many Christians are satisfied with their level of belief (unbelief) and remain stuck in their abilities and worse, their troubles. I’m not satisfied…how about you?

Prayer: Lord, today when my unbelief hinders your work in me and the world around me, step in and remind me that all things are possible if I believe. Lord uproot every hidden place in me that conceals my unbelief that I may do greater works as you’ve promised. Amen!


January 27, 2014

Unity

Psalm 133 (KJV)
(1) Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
(2) It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
(3) As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

Notice how King David compares unity to a precious ointment that flows and how it’s a blessing and even life for evermore. Jesus instructed us to settle any disputes with others before bringing an offering unto the Lord (Matthew 5:23-25). In Acts it is recorded many time that they were together in “one accord”. Lastly, even Jesus prayed that we would be one just as He and the Father are one (John 17:20-23). I encourage you to let unity flow so that your anointing will break every yoke and bring you and others into life eternal.

Prayer: Lord, today as far as it is up to me, I will live at peace with others. Lord, I will esteem others and not allow pride and envy to overrule the love you’ve placed in my heart. Thank you Jesus for the victory and the blessings! Amen.


January 26, 2014

Honour

1 Samuel 2:30 (KJV)
Wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the Lord saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

Since, God is the same yesterday, today and forever we need to walk humbly and in reverence to God and give Him Honour. I looked up some synonyms of the word honour and these three stood out of me; praise, worship and exaltation. The Bible says that Jesus has been exalted and given a name that is above every name. So today, let every breath you take and everything you do give him honour, praise and worship.

Prayer: Lord, thank you! I give you praise and I say you are my God in whom I will trust. You are holy and worthy of my worship. Lord, have your way in my life. Take control and lead me down the path of righteousness that I may live to honour you in all that I do. Amen!
Task: Now from your own lips, bless the Lord until you can think of nothing else to praise him for.


January 25, 2014

Rest

Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV)
(28) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
(29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
(30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

This is going to be a busy weekend for me, especially after putting in a full week of 9-5 and a bit of extra time. However, when I woke up, the Lord put this scripture in my spirit and it couldn’t be more applicable. I need some rest. However, as I look closer, Jesus isn’t talking about the sleep type of rest, but rest for our souls. Notice he also says “learn of me”. If there is anything I know about Jesus, it is that he would get away from the crowds and go into a mountain to refresh. Life today has become so filled with stresses; keeping up with the Jones’; finding the next meal; getting bills paid; driving kid’s to programs, etc. Not all bad, but all consuming and many times we don’t find time to rest. Our minds are constantly thinking of the next venue or task we have to do. Let me add one more to your list 😉

Non Task :-) Take some time to just meditate on Jesus and learn of Him. Block everything out – put on headphones, find a closet and just hide out with God. Take as long as you need to in order to find peace and rest for your soul.


January 24, 2014

Life

John 10:10 (KJV)
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Whenever, this scripture is quoted, Satan is most often identified as the thief. However, if you look at the context and “listen” to what Jesus is really saying you will see a few thieves identified. I believe Jesus is teaching us that, anyone (see verses 8, 12, 13) or any religion (see verse 1) that doesn’t point you to Him, as the way to eternal life, is a thief. In verse 7 Jesus says “I am the door of the sheep” – notice he says THE DOOR – singular. There is no other way into the Kingdom of God or eternal life. Verse 16 is another topic I’ll touch on soon – Church (big C or little c).

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for making the way to life clear. Help me to be a witness to those that are being robbed of life and destroyed through lack of knowledge. I will forever be careful to give you all the glory. Amen.


January 23, 2014

Escaping Temptation

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

Tye Tribbett has a song titled “Victory”, in which he quotes this verse and explains “that in every building there must be an exit sign so it is with temptation.” Now, temptation isn’t just sexual lust, it’s anything that has influence over you to live outside of God’s best for you. But notice above it says “God is faithful” and remember the Lord’s prayer “lead us not into temptation”? We don’t have to use our will power. God will show us our way of escape if we’re in communication with Him and allow Him to have His way.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, today when I’m tempted to curse the driver who cuts me off or drives to slow; or hold onto bitterness or behave in any way the doesn’t please you, please show me the EXIT sign and my way of escape that I may walk perfect before you. Father teach me how to live and not tread lightly on the blood of Jesus. Amen.


January 22, 2014

New Testament

Luke 22:20 (KJV)
Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

These words spoken by Jesus at the “last supper” are very significant to understanding what happened when Jesus went to the cross. A few synonyms of testament are proof, covenant and evidence which I’ll use to clarify two points. First, the strongest covenant or promise that can be made between two parties will always include the shedding of blood. In fact, in some cultures to prove the bride was a virgin, the groom will present the stained bed-sheet as evidence. Secondly, the scriptures say that under the law (old covenant) “there is no remission of sin without the shedding of blood” (paraphrased Hebrews 9:22). So when Jesus said these words what he was essentially saying was, I remove your sin once and for all – no more law or sheep sacrifices (old covenant) – I’m doing a new thing and no one can deny or undo it – remember that!

Prayer: Jesus thank you for shedding your blood. I promise to remember what you’ve done for me. I accept your sacrifice and I too present my body as a living testament to your finished work on the cross.

January 15-21, 2014 | Life Devotional

January 21, 2014

Prayer

Luke 6:12 (KJV)
And it came to pass in those days, that he [Jesus] went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

Well it’s confession time again…sigh. As much as I like to pray nowadays, I have to admit it took me many years to even think it was important. I figured, faith was enough, I don’t need to waste time praying, especially for more than 10 minutes. But that’s not what we see in scripture. Notice Jesus prayed ALL NIGHT! I’m sure it wasn’t the first time and it definitely wasn’t his last.

Saints, now more than ever, we need to up the ante on prayer. In the Bible, prayer freed Peter from prison, prayer raised Lazarus, prayer multiplied the fish and bread, prayer helped Jesus surrender His will in the garden and it was prayer offered to God when Jesus breathed his last breath…Father into your hands I commit my spirit.

Task: Pray. No matter how you do it, just talk to God. Tell him how you’re feeling. Don’t bring him a laundry list of wants, just talk to him about what He wants from you. If you run out of things to say, tell him “thank you” about a million times 😉 – He doesn’t get tired of worship. If you run out of things to say, pray in tongues and let the Holy Spirit make intercession for you. 1 hour (minimum) is our goal.


January 20, 2014

Joy

Romans 14:17 (KJV)
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

In this chapter of Romans, the Apostle Paul, is advising Christians (most likely Jewish) not to put down or make other Christians (most likely Gentile or Roman) feel guilty because they eat things that in Levitical Law God had called unclean or sinful. In verse 17, Paul tells them what the Kingdom really is. Today I have more of a question than an anecdote. My question is: What is joy in the Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit)?

I Need Help: I understand the first part of verse 17 – it’s not about what we eat or drink, but this second part I have to admit I’ve been struggling with. Can someone help me with it?


January 19, 2014

Obedience

1 Samuel 15:22-23 (NLT)
(22) But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.
(23) Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.”

How many times have you heard the quote “obedience is better than sacrifice”? Do you know the context in which Samuel spoke those words? Take a look at verse 3 – Saul was instructed by the Lord to completely destroy the Amalekite nation for opposing God’s people. Saul, destroyed everything except the good stuff and kept king Agag alive – sort of like a Trophy or bragging right.

Many Christians are like that, they’ll give up the really bad things, but the things they enjoy – or the things that are hard to do, they won’t do, even if God says so (uh em – been there done that). God is not a half-way god, and to Him partial obedience is still disobedience. God sees disobedience as rejecting His commands and thus He rejected Saul as king and began to seek another.

Prayer: Father, I know I’ve been disobedient even if only partially. Please forgive me. Holy Spirit help me to hear more clearly and trust your voice completely. Amen.


January 18, 2014

Evangelism

Luke 2:29-32 (NLT)
(29) “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised.
(30) I have seen your salvation,
(31) which you have prepared for all people.
(32) He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!”

The verses above were spoken by Simeon, a priest, who prophesied about Jesus who was sent by God to save the world. Later in Luke 4:43 Jesus confirms his calling and would eventually complete His assignment. Before His betrayal and arrest in the Garden, Jesus prays for His disciples (John 17) and passes them the “evangelism torch” (John 17:18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.). Lastly when Jesus is about to ascend into heaven, He gives the Great Commission to His disciples as a final reminder (Matthew 28:18-20).

Now more than ever we need to remember our assignment.

Task: Ask the Lord to show you whom He would have you reach. Ask Him to open conversation with those who are ready to receive His grace today. Create a list and pray for those whom you know need to receive the good news of our reconciliation to and peace with God.


January 17, 2014

Love

1 Corinthians 12:31 (NLT)
So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts. But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.

1 Corinthians 13:1 (NLT)
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

Yesterday we talked about gifts and their purpose, which are important, but another more excellent gift is the gift of love. It’s why Jesus was sent and why he bore our sins in order to make recompense and bring peace between us and God. Love is a foundational key to the kingdom of God. Love is who God is and we being in His image are to exemplify or imitate His love.

Prayer: Lord, keep me in remembrance of who you are, why you came and what you did. Holy Spirit, teach me how to love the unlovely. Jesus as you were moved with compassion, I commit today to act with passion. I will smile, for you bring me great joy. Thank you for loving me enough to pay the price of sin. Amen.


January 16, 2014

Gifts

1 Corinthians 12:27-28 (NLT)
(27) All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.
(28) Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church:
first are apostles,
second are prophets,
third are teachers,
then those who do miracles,
those who have the gift of healing,
those who can help others,
those who have the gift of leadership,
those who speak in unknown languages. [I’ll add, including the heavenly language]

I know you’ve probably heard a million sermons on this passage of scripture, but I wanted to reinforce the following. Notice that it is God who gives the gifts. Notice also that gifts are given for a purpose. In another scripture is says gifts are given according to the measure of faith. Why? I believe it’s because God gives gifts so they can be used and it is your measure of faith that determines whether you will use a particular gift or not. So, God gives gifts and gifts speak to life’s purpose. Use your gifts faithfully for His purposes.

Task: Seek God for what your gift/gifts is/are. If you know your gifting, begin to use it/them so that someone will be blessed.


January 15, 2014

Fasting

Isaiah 58:6-8
(6) Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
(7) Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
(8) Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.

I’ll have to admit that lately it’s been hard to fast as I hate to waste food and I have three children that always leave leftovers. However, I want to point out two things: The first is that when we fast “the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward” and secondly that we aren’t supposed to just “starve” ourselves, but are instructed to do something for those in bondage or need. Remember the man whose son was tormented by a devil? And how the disciples couldn’t cast out the demon? Jesus said the disciples’ unbelief was the cause and that fasting and prayer would help them. I encourage you to cultivate a lifestyle of fasting as recorded in Luke 5 – fast often.

Task: Pick one day a week to fast. I chose Thursdays to coincide with our Bible study so the prayer part is easier ;-).

January 8-14, 2014 | Life Devotional

January 14, 2014

Encourage One Another

Ephesians 4:29
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Colossians 4:5-6
(5) Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
(6) Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

1 Thessalonians 5:11
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

For those who are part of our Thursday Bible study, I know you already do this well. In fact, I thank you for the encouragement you’ve given me as I stepped out this year in faith to make this ministry public. I encourage you to continue to do this also for everyone you meet and know…especially your spouses and children. As the scripture says, “that it may minister grace unto the hearers” and by doing so we will open doors for the gospel.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, your word says “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”, so I ask you to fill my heart abundantly with the joy and gladness of knowing you. Holy Spirit with gladness in my heart, I ask you to take complete control of my tongue and lips today. I ask that you make my words graceful to those I encounter and that they will want to know you personally. Amen.


January 13, 2014

Faith

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

Many people confuse hope with faith so I thought I’d help a few people out with this little anecdote.

You know you’ve gone beyond hope and into faith when you move or take action toward that which you hope for.

The Bible says without faith it is impossible to please God and the question I asked is why? The response was “faith without works is dead and you serve the living God and the God of the living.” So in summary you can’t say you are walking in faith if you’re not actually doing anything or going anywhere.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, today I take a step of faith in the thing which I’m hoping for. Please order my steps that I may not stumble along my journey. Give me the courage of David to walk through the valley and the fortitude of Jonathan to climb the mountain for my victory. Amen!


January 12, 2014

Completeness

Luke 4:40
Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.

Notice that all, any and every one was healed. Jesus is not a half-way God, He finishes what he starts. The truth is we are living in finished work from the cross. There is nothing left to do, except believe that he’s done it. Do you believe? Then repeat after me:

Declarations: I declare that the Lord, who has begun a good thing in me, will leave nothing undone as I work out my salvation in 2014. I declare complete healing in all my body and those I love. I declare that the Lord will be a rearguard and keep me from any of the enemy’s attacks. I cover myself in the blood of Jesus and fear nothing as I fulfill every one of Jesus’ commandments and preach his Gospel to all nations. Amen!


January 11, 2014

Don’t Be Merchandise

2 Peter 2:1-3
(1) But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
(2) And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
(3) And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

The other day I came across a website run by a non-believer who charges Christians to have other Christians pray for each other. He has probably made over one-million dollars beguiling people – prayer, healing and the Word were all given to us freely. It’s a shame we feel we have to buy God’s gifts. We should know better. So my word to you is don’t be merchandise. Don’t just blindly follow those that say they are of God or give of your resources without first testing spirits to discern which is truth and which is false.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, grant me insight into the spirit realm and discernment that I may know truth from falsehood. Lord open the eyes of my understanding that I may see clearly and only follow after you. Lord Jesus, I thank you for sending the Holy Spirit who guides me into all truth. Amen!


January 10, 2014

Speak the Word

Matthew 8:8-9
(8) The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
(9) For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

The centurion, who understood authority, knew that Jesus only needed to speak the Word and the sickness would have to obey. Take a look at January 2nd’s devotional and meditate and understand authority and begin to speak the Word. It not only works for healing sickness, but all manner of oppression and even for salvation (Romans 10:14). Become a speaker of His Word and watch what God will do.

Prayer: Father, you are not a man that you should lie, so I stand on your word that is settled in heaven. Your son Jesus said he has given me power to trample on serpents and so now in the authority of that Word I speak over every one reading this that they will prosper in health, in finances, in relationship with man/woman and with you. They will no longer be deceived by the devil, for your Holy Spirit will expose him and his agents. Thank you Father for I know you always hear me. Amen!


January 9, 2014

Do the Word

James 1:22
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

I encourage you to read or better yet assimilate the entire first chapter of James, it’s a good one. I know it has helped me with verse 26 – bridling my tongue. Also, when I’m not sure what “to do” I take a look at Matthew chapter 5 and pick something. Or I scour Acts and I always find something that I’m not doing quite right. By the way, if you’re getting into the Word that too is doing the Word. Stay blessed and remember what James said, if we are only hearers of the Word we’re only fooling ourselves.

Prayer: Father, thank you for your grace to walk in your truth. I commit today to be a doer of your Word. I will help the helpless, I will speak goodness and I will remember who I am in you and be a better witness for your son Jesus the Christ.


January 8, 2014

Assimilate the Word

Joshua 1:8 / Psalm 1:2
(Joshua 1:8) This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
(Psalm 1:2) But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Although the scriptures above are about meditating the Word I wanted to share another tip I learned about studying the Bible, called assimilation.
Remember this sitcom song?

“Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from this tropic port
Aboard this tiny ship.”

I know I’m dating myself, but it’s from Gilligan’s Island and if you remembered it before reading this line (uh em – you can stop singing now) it’s because you were faithful to watching the show day-in and day-out (repetition) – you didn’t have to try and remember it…it just happened.

Assimilating the Word is simply that, repetition; reading a single chapter or small book in the Bible over and over – back to back. For example, in December 2013 I read Ephesians 10 times – my goal was 30 :-( – I’m a slow reader.

If you find reading difficult, there are Apps that will read the Bible to you. You can do other Bible reading too, but the idea is to pick a chapter or book and read it at least 10 times – 30 is even better! Get the word in you and watch transformation take place.

Bonus Tip(s): If you need financial transformation – assimilate Proverbs.
Need transformation in your “love walk”? Assimilate 1st John, 2nd John and 3rd John – they’re small books so you can do them all in one 30-minute sitting.
Lastly, if the King James Version is confusing, try the New Living Translation, but don’t abandon the KJV altogether – it’s still the best translation…in my humble opinion.

Completeness

January 12, 2014

Completeness

Luke 4:40
Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.

Notice that all, any and every one was healed. Jesus is not a half-way God, He finishes what he starts. The truth is we are living in finished work from the cross. There is nothing left to do, except believe that He has done it. Do you believe? Then repeat after me:

Declarations: I declare that the Lord, who has begun a good thing in me, will leave nothing undone as I work out my salvation in 2014. I declare complete healing in all my body and those I love. I declare that the Lord will be a rearguard and keep me from any of the enemy’s attacks. I cover myself in the blood of Jesus and fear nothing as I fulfill every one of Jesus’ commandments and preach his Gospel to all nations. Amen!

Study the Word

2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Since all believers have the Holy Spirit, who is the best teacher, the easiest way to study is to just get the Word inside of you so the two can work together. Don’t try to understand every passage or memorize verses the first time you read them. JUST READ and let the Holy Spirit connect the dots.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, I set aside my understanding and I make myself a clean slate for you to write your wisdom on. Guide me into all truth that I may know Jesus, the power of His resurrection and hear His voice clearly.

Restoration

Luke 4:6 / John 12:31
(Luke 4:6) “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please.
(John 12:31) “The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out.

When Adam and Eve sinned, Satan obtained the dominion of this world. This is why Satan was able to offer the world to Jesus and why Jesus didn’t challenge him on that point. Instead, Jesus said he wouldn’t bow down to him. However, in John 12:31 Jesus prophesies what will happen after He is crucified, buried and risen from the grave. The power and dominion will be taken from Satan (he was cast out of earth just like he was cast out of heaven). Dominion has been restored back to the rightful owners – the sons and daughters of God.

Task: Shout AMEN! And remind the devil that he has no dominion and you’re not deceived and will receive back what he stole and is rightfully yours.

Covenant with God

Genesis 28:20-22
(20) Then Jacob made this vow: “If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing,
(21) and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the LORD will certainly be my God.
(22) And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God, and I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me.”

Our God is a covenant making and keeping God. If you need a financial breakthrough, try making a covenant with God that you will live on X amount of money until He says otherwise. And that if He will provide you with the amount you need, that you will use anything above and beyond that amount to further His Kingdom.

Task: Determine what you need God to do for you in 2014 and then make a covenant with God. Remember, you have to keep and do your part as God will ALWAYS do His part. You must be faithful as He is faithful. It`s better not to vow (or make a covenant) than to vow and not keep it.