Don't Buy The Lie

The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined.”

— Matt. 4:16

The devil is an idiot. If you keep blaming him for the bad happening in your life, you need to come to the realization that…he’s an idiot. He’s a one trick pony. Deception is his game and if you allow yourself to be manipulated and deceived, you will become his victim. 

I was driving in the car over to our office thinking about the power and potency of the name of Jesus—when the Holy Spirit painted a picture in my mind. There was a person in a dark room. The devil kept whispering lies to this person and they inevitably felt hopeless and defeated. The devil continued to say things like “you’ll never be free” or “theres no way out of this”.  The more the lies, the darker the room got. BUT when the Word came in, that dark room lit up! What seemed to be chains were nothing at all. Where there was no way to get out of the room, a door appeared! 

Ya’ll this is why people remain stuck! The devils deception will make you feel like it’s the end, but Jesus is the light (John 1:4) that brings you out of your despair! It might be dark but all you need is the light of God’s Word to help you see the way out! (Psalm 119:105)

Here is some light for the darkness in your life;


There will be no miscarriages or infertility in your land, and I will give you long, full lives. Exodus 23:26

You will be blessed above all the nations of the earth. None of your men or women will be childless, and all your livestock will bear young. Deut. 7:14

“For I am the Lord who heals you” Exodus 15:23

He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. Psalm 147:2

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. But his wounds you are healed. 1 Peter 2:24

But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. Isaiah 53:5

The Lord nurses them when they are sick and restores them to health. Psalm 41:3

Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.  He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Psalm 107:19-20

Jesus said to the woman, “You are now well because of your faith. May God give you peace! You are healed, and you will no longer be in pain.” Mark 5:34

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?” Ecc. 4:9

For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her.” Eph. 5:25

Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. Mark 10:9

and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me. Gen. 22:18

 All your children shall be taught by the Lord, And great shall be the peace of your children. Isaiah 54:13

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Cor. 10-13

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. Deut. 28:12

How To Walk By Faith

For in this hope we were saved; but hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he can already see?
— Romans 8:24

We have to make it our business to walk in the Spirit everyday! Galatians 5:16 says, “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Walking by the spirit not only takes effort, it takes a denial of what you see and feel. I’m not telling you to deny reality, I’m telling you to make the Word bigger than what you see.

There has been countless of times where I go to the airport, give them my I.D. and nothing comes up. I don’t have to get upset about it. I don’t have to yell at them and say, “I HAVE A TICKET” or “I WILL BE ON THAT PLANE TO CHICAGO YOU FOUL DEVIL!”. I don’t even have to pray against the computer demons of United Airway. I simply reach for my phone and show them the confirmation number. I know my ticket was purchased because I received that code. We have to do the same in the flesh everyday!

When the devil tell us “I’m sorry, health doesn't seem to belong to you”, you don't have to panic! When the enemy tries to put symptoms back on your body as though you’re not free, don’t cry about it! You have the confirmation code, it’s 1PETER224, “By His stripers we WERE healed”. The symptoms keep coming back, np! (no problem) You’ve got the confirmation code JER3017, “I will give you back your health and heal your wounds”

Forget what you see. Who cares how you feel.  2 Cor. 5:7 says, “For we live by faith, not by sight.” Live in the spirit! Dismiss what you see or feel. Tap into the fountain of Joy laid on the inside of you! You are healed. You are blessed. You are free!

I've Got Joy!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
— Romans 15:13

There’s a difference between being happy and having joy. Happiness is usually attributed to an experience, luck or fortune. Joy is something that comes from within. Webster’s dictionary defines joy as, “The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good.” Look at how they define happy; “Being in the enjoyment of agreeable sensations from the possession of good.” See the difference!? 

Happiness occurs once you have the possession, joy is the action of expectation before the possession! The Bible says, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11) In order for us to walk in the pleasures of life, we need to be full of joy! The only way we can be full of joy is by being in the presence of God! 

Nehemiah 8:10 says, “for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” Your strength, your security, your faith, it all rests in this joy! Isaiah 12:2-3 also says, “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. For the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and He also has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the springs of salvation.” You need the joy of the Lord to receive anything from God! 

It’s until we find our strength in God’s presence that we can receive anything from God! That’s why it’s IMPERATIVE to be in the presence of God. Too many people base their joy on an emotion or feeling and it’s the reason they continue to struggle. Once you understand that the joy lies on the inside of you, you can tap into it whenever you want! 

Rejoice by faith! The Bible says in Phil. 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” Stay in joy! RE-JOY. When things look bleak, JOY AGAIN! When you don’t feel Him, RE-JOY! Keep joying!! (made up word) It’s a weapon given to us to attack the enemy! Lift up your hands and declare “I have the joy of the Lord! Thank you Jesus!” Remember, Jesus bore our sorrow and grief (Isa. 53:4), don't give it one second of your time! 

Stressed Out

 pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

— Rom. 15:13

Decisions are made everyday. It takes you being so filled with joy and peace that you make decisions based on what’s Godly. If we’re led by our emotions we will always be led astray. That joy and peace will only come once you fully put your trust in Him. 

There’s been many times where the stresses of life try to choke out my peace and joy but I must rise and make a choice. The Bible says in Deut. 30:19-20, that God gives us a choice. Life or death is the choice. There is no neutral. So if you aren't choosing life, death will pull you towards its path. 

You choose life by declaring the opposite of what you see and feel (if its contrary to God’s Word).  You choose life when you pray in the Holy Spirit and allow the power to overflow to the point where your hope comes alive. You are never to be in a place of confusion or disarray. God’s given you a way out! 

Don’t allow stress to choke your faith out. Stress is another word for fear! When you stress out about life, you question God’s integrity because it says in Jer. 29:11 that God’s plans for you are to prosper and never to harm you— to give you a hope and a future! Make a sacrifice of praise to the Lord and REST knowing He’s got your back and the plan needed to succeed! 

Is He Lord?

I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”

— Psalm 16:2


Many have made Jesus the savior of their lives but few have known Him as Lord. Webster’s dictionary defines ‘lord’ as “a ruler by hereditary right or preeminence (Superiority) to whom service and obedience are due.” To acknowledge Him as the person that saved you is one thing. To know Him as one you must serve— because thats the least you can do — is another.

Your service and obedience are due Him! There are too many people that struggle in their walk of Christianity because they haven’t fully surrendered to the Lord. Psalm 16:2 says it so perfectly! Apart from our LORD, we have no good thing. Notice it doesn’t say “God” it says “Lord!” It’s until you make God Master over your life that you’ll begin to see goodness and mercy flow. 

Is God the authority in your life? Does He have full control of you everything you do? Has been granted to power over your mind, soul and body? If you answered ‘no’ to any of these you must surrender your ALL to Him this very moment! 

If someone lives in a rental property they’ve most likely signed a contract allowing them to live at that property. That contract is made up of fees, rules and regulations issued by the land lord. If the tenants don’t abide by the rules they’ll soon find themselves out on the streets or in some legal battle. The same goes for every child of God. You may have made Jesus your Savior but you haven’t made Him Lord. 

Those who make God Lord of their lives have an easy time in life. They recognize the law of God’s Word and abide by it. They know the part they have to play and see the benefit of it everyday. They submit their will, feelings and body to God. Once you delegate the power over to the Lord, you no longer have to do anything in your own strength! (Zech. 4:6)

Long Life Belongs To You!

O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
— 1 Cor 15:55

There are many people who believe death is the ultimate enemy that has to be destroyed (1 Cor. 15:26). Yes, the Word of God says this in regards to the things to come but this does NOT give death access to our lives before our time! The Bible says in Exodus 23:26, “the number of your days I will fulfill.” Your days here on earth WILL be fulfilled. 

“How can I know how long my days are Adalis?” Turn to the Word!!! Genesis 6:3 gives you the answer! “Then the LORD said, "My Spirit will not put up with humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, their normal lifespan will be no more than 120 years.” Your days to be fulfilled are 120 years! Death cannot intercept the Word of God! Look at our Elder Brother, Jesus. John 7:30 says, “Then the leaders tried to arrest him; but no one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come.” 

Once you know all you’re guaranteed from God’s Word, nothing or no one can take you out! Jesus fulfilled His mission on earth and then gave His life up WILLINGLY (John 10:18). How about Paul? They stoned him in Acts 14:19-20 and he popped right up and kept preaching the Gospel. At the end of his life he declared, “ For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Tim. 4:6-7). Paul knew and gave his own life for the sake of the Gospel! 

You’re NOT better off dead! Don’t buy that lie. This life is but a vapor (James 4:14). In the long scheme of things, your life will be a drop in the bucket in comparison to all eternity. Make it count! Fulfill your days! Think about holding your great grand babies! Think about Moses stronger then he ever was at 120! Reject DEATH! Jesus swallowed it up! And once you’ve decided to go, the transition will be all the more glorious! CHOOSE LIFE!!!

Shoot The Devil!

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ

— 2 Cor. 10:5

The reason people continue to struggle is because there isn't a violence that shoots out their mouth concerning God’s Word. We cannot continue to coddle the enemies lies. We make a cute comfy home in our hearts to receive the lies and we wonder why they won't leave!  

When I see a 7 foot man that’s threatening me or my family, I don't get scared. I rest knowing that the gun I carry can immediately take him down. He may threaten my life and say he’s gonna cause me danger with his hands but what I have can leave a hole in his body that’s 6 inches in diameter.  All I would have to do is pull that little trigger. 

That may sound a little violent to you but its what’s happening in the spirit. Some of you have a fully loaded .45 and you don't trust it enough to pull the trigger. You may tell your enemy about the power of your .45 but unfortunately, the gun has no ammo. 

The entrance of God’s Word gives light (Psalm 119:30) and brings you an understanding of whats available to you! Luke 10:19 says, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” If Luke 10:19 was all the scripture you needed to live a life free from torment, it would be ENOUGH!  

Make up your mind RIGHT NOW to load you spirit gun with hollow point bullets. Don’t just read it and recite it. Come to understand its truth FOR YOU, then TRUST IT. God’s Word will never fail. (Luke 1:37) His Word can be trusted! (Psalm 56:4) His Word has the power to take your enemy out! (Psalm 89:23)

What To Do When The Storm Comes

 Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.

— Matt. 7:24-27

As we enter the “Hurricane season” I want you to remember the importance of building your house on the rock of God’s Word. Each and every one of us are not exempt from attack, but we are guaranteed victory. In fact we’re guaranteed overwhelming victory! Romans 8:37 says, “No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.”


When problems arise, your foundation will be put to the test. Will it crack under pressure? Will it dismantle through the storm? The only fight you have to fight in life is the GOOD fight of faith (1 Tim. 6:12). Why is it call the “good fight”? Because a good fight is the one you win! Psalm 18:2 declares, “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” God is the rock you build your life upon. In John 1:1 The Word says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” God is the Rock and the Rock is His Word. 


You must have enough Word on the inside of you to rise against the storms of life. There must be a surplus of the Bible in order for you to drown out the thoughts that run contrary to goodness and mercy (Psalm 23:6). If you find yourself in a place of overwhelming defeat, I want you to read the next few scriptures. Declare them over your life and situation. GET MAD about the frustration. Get A HOLY ANGER about this attack. Then praise God for taking you through to the other side! Remember, though you WALK THROUGH the valley of the Shadow of Death, YOU WILL FEAR NO EVIL! (Psalm 23:4) WALK THROUGH WITH CONFIDENCE! 


Deut. 20:4 - For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. 

1 Cor. 10:13 - No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

John 16:33 - “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Eph. 6:13 - Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Isaiah 40:29 - He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Isaiah 40:31 - but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Psalm 46:1 - God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Psalm 28:7-8 - The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.

2 Chronicles 20 - Read it!

Absorbing The Word For Healing

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 


— Heb. 4:12

The purpose of the marrow is to create red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, it also creates stem cells which help and create your entire body. Is it any wonder than, that the Word of God can get right into the inner most part of your being!? The Bible says that the life of the flesh is in the blood (Lev. 17:11). What does that mean for you and I? It means the Word has the power to create NEW LIFE. 


If you've ever prayed against generational curses or heredity health issue, this should excite you! The Word of God has the power to flush out anything that doesn't pertain to your new nature. The old you is done away with and the you that now lives is one with Jesus Christ. (Gal. 2:20) 


Can you picture Jesus in a cancer ward or hospice? Can you picture Him with a stuffy nose or migraine? The only way sickness can overtake you is if it goes back in time and overtakes Jesus on the cross. IMPOSSIBLE! It’s not possible for sickness to take you out. It’s not possible for that pain to remain. You are one with Jesus! Take a stand against sickness today. Come to realize the power of God’s Word. It has the power to change you if you just submerge yourself in it. 


“For I am the Lord who heals you.” – Exodus 15:26 NLT

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. – Acts 10:38 

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Matthew 11:28-29

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. But his wounds you are healed. – 1 Peter 2:24

But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. – Isaiah 53:5

Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. – Psalm 103:2-3

The Lord nurses them when they are sick and restores them to health. – Psalm 41:3 

Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his work and healed them, snatching them from the door of death. – Psalm 107:19-20

Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven. – James 5:15

Healing Through The Word

He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.
— Psalm 107:20

The Word of God is living and powerful. (Heb. 4:12) As we see from science, any living organism has cells in it. In those cells are genes and those genes have the power to determine physical characteristics and traits in the life form. Those genes are transferred from a parent to its offspring.  When you got saved death took place. The death of the old sinful man. In its place is new species of being. The you that now lives is Jesus Christ in the flesh (2 Cor. 5:14-16). God the Father has given your body the life it needs to be a NEW CREATURE. That LIFE is found in the Word of God. The Word of God has genetic power because IT'S ALIVE! 

The old man full of genes that were no good is dead. The you that now lives is according to what the Word says. If it’s not in the Bible, it cannot have permission to stay in your body. Jesus’ life was lived in order to fulfill the scriptures. We must also live our lives in the same way. We must fulfill God’s plans and purpose. His purpose is to keep sickness away from you (Ex. 23:25). His purpose is to give you a long full life (Ex. 23:26).  His plan is to give you a hope and future (Jer. 29:11). He wants to give you life in abundance (John 10:10).

When you realize the purpose of God’s Word, it begins to germinate in our minds and bodies. When you saturate yourself with the Word of God, praying over your healing becomes a thing of the past! You actualize your faith by getting so intoxicated with the Word that nothing contrary to it can be said. In fact, when you hear the opposite, the fire of Gods Word attacks it! That’s the place you have to be in order for the Word to bring healing. 

A shallow Word cannot effectively change what you see. Only the Word that goes into the marrow! You must have it ever before you. Keep reciting the scriptures for your healing. Don’t allow doubt to intercept it. Don’t allow feelings to cloud it out. STAY in the Word. It will give you the LIFE you need to eat up everything of death in your body.

A Death Sentence Destroyed

I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.

— Rev. 1:18

I want to remind you today of the God you serve. I want you to know that God is no longer a baby in a manger. He’s not a beat up, bloody man on a cross. He's alive and well! Revelation 19:12-13 says, “His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God.” That’s a picture of a man that can't be messed with. He’s all powerful, all knowing, all sufficient!  

We must know Him for who He IS. Once we see who He is and understand that we’re connected with Him, all doubt and fear melt away. There won’t be hesitation for your healing. There won’t be doubt as to why God “hasn’t come through for you yet”. Once you see Him it effect how you see—YOU. 

Rev. 1:18 says, He holds the keys to death and the grave! Jesus didn’t just die on a cross and go to heaven. Ephesians 4:10 says,”And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself.” He went down, to go UP! He went to hell and gave satan the biggest butt whooping there ever was. There, Jesus TOOK everything that could torment or hurt us — death and the grave. 

If you have a death sentence over you right now, this should fire you up. You are not subject to that cancer. In the hands of Jesus right now is that death sentence and He’s obliterated it! Don’t get burden down or sad, see Jesus! It was His blood that stripped the devil from possessing anything that can harm you. (Luke 10:19) You are healed! NOW, do something you’ve never done. Give God the shout of praise He deserved! Say goodbye to cancer and every plague in your body right now! Jesus did that for you!

 

Spoken Word

And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
— Luke 1:45

From the beginning God spoke a thing and realities were created. Before light there was a WORD. Before Abraham had decedents like the sand on the shores, there was a WORD. Before Israel’s victory in Jericho, there was a WORD. Before Mary gave birth to the savior, there was a WORD.  

Before God does His supernatural work on the inside of you, you must follow His WORD. There are so many instances in the Bible where God did a work through one man or woman but it all began with a direct SPOKEN WORD. 

If you find yourself not knowing where to go or what to do, you must make up your mind to get God’s spoken word. I don't care who says that it’s impossible to hear from God! YOU CAN! Our  whole faith is based on the fact that God communicated with man. It’s foolish to think that’s reserved only for Moses and Abraham! God can, in fact, He wants to talk to you! If you’re waiting for someone else to seek God’s will for your life, it aint gonna happen! 

Throughout my years of travel the one vein of success I see in ministry is the Spoken Word. Someone got so desperate for God’s will and purpose for their life that they sought His voice. Jeremiah 29:13 says,“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” If we want to accomplish anything with certainty in this life, we must get a Spoken Word from God. 

The Spoken Word of God always produces results! When you come face to face with God, there’s no doubting. When you hear God’s voice for your turnaround, there’s no worry. His Spoken Word produces the courage and tenacity you’ll need to see your dream come to pass. It doesn't matter if all hell comes against you, with God’s Spoken Word, you win 100% of the time.

Stay in the WORD but get so desperate for God to speak to YOU. Don’t make yourself a prayer project for your church, get a Word from Heaven! Kick out every frustration and get God’s Word for your situation. He will direct your paths and lead you in the way you should go, are you hungry enough to seek Him?

The Mental Block

When darkness overtakes him, light will come bursting in. He is kind and merciful— and all goes well for the generous man who conducts his business fairly.

Such a man will not be overthrown by evil circumstances. God’s constant care of him will make a deep impression on all who see it.



— Psalm 112:4-6

There’s too many baby Christian’s in the body of Christ today. They’re always looking for someone to pray for them or give them a Word. We’ve had many meetings where Jonathan laid his hands on hundreds of people to then have a line form at the end of the service for-- you guessed it--more prayer. People need him to hear about the struggle, the stress and the story as though their problem was special. 

Darkness has no special qualities about it. There is no such thing as special darkness! Many people have been convinced that their case is special. A case that’s too hard for God to do anything about. A case that couldn't possibly turnaround overnight. If this is you, my friend, you’ll continue to struggle with your “special case”. Because as your faith is, so will it be done unto you! (Matt. 9:29) Light ALWAYS kills the darkness! No if's, and or but's about it!

You have to come to the realization that God is the God of RIGHT NOW! He’s alive and well, RIGHT NOW. He wants to move on your behalf, RIGHT NOW. He wants your turnaround, RIGHT NOW. He wants you to believe His Word, RIGHT NOW. He wants to heal you, RIGHT NOW!

Don’t you dare convince yourself that God is waiting for you to get everything in perfect order so He can heal you. Don't buy into the lie that you don't have enough faith. (Romans 12:3) Don’t keep looking to the future for God’s answer to your problem. BELIEVE NOW. 

Aren’t you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Then it’s time to rise up with righteous anger. You’ve tolerated the problem too long! That blind man in Mark 10 cared very little of the opinions and comments of those around him. He was FED UP with his condition and got undignified about it. “SON OF DAVID, HAVE MERCY ON ME!” You know what happened AT THAT MOMENT? He received two brand new eyes!! 

Declare your healing. Cry out to God like that man did. Make up your mind to receive what God already wants to give you. He loves you. He loves you so much! He doesn't want to see you go through life in a constant struggle! Get angry about it and remember “The violent take it by force!” (Matt. 11:12)

 

Trust With All Your Heart


Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

— Prov. 3:5-6

There’s trusting in God and then there’s trusting in God with ALL your heart. As I meditated on this scripture one thing popped out — “with all your heart”. It’s not enough to put your trust in the the Lord, you must do so with all your heart. There are parts of our lives that continue to be a struggle because we mentally assent the Word of God. It makes sense to our brains so we mentally agree with what the Word of God says but deep down in our hearts, there’s a glitch. 

If we don't allow the Word of God to permeate the inner most part of our hearts, we will remain defeated. Look at Romans 10:9-10, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your HEART that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your HEART that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. “ When the Word of God is trusted (The Word is God!) with all your heart there’s an action that takes place! YOU SPEAK!! This is so important! 

Loads of people declare the goodness of God on a Sunday morning and they barely make it past the church parking lot before saying something contrary it. If there’s no abundance of God's Word in you, there will be no abundance of God’s Word spoken from you. Through the Scriptures we understand how powerful the spoken word is. Words, backed with faith, created what you see and feel around you at this very moment. That same formula is in effect right now. When you speak, its backed up with faith or fear, and you get what you say! That’s why we can’t just agree with it mentally, we need the Word to take root in our hearts. Only then can we SPEAK forth truth that will manifest in our lives. 

If you ever get frustrated because of what you’re seeing or not seeing, get more Word! Meditate on it and let it take root in your heart. Once it get’s in there, speak it out or you’ll stunt it’s growth!

Proverbs 4:23 says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Luke 6:45 also says, “The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.” Your faith or fear is put into action by the Words you speak. The Words you speak give way to the things you do. The things you do manifest the results in your life. If we want the Lord to lead us in the way we should go, we must believe with our whole hearts!

Can I Live A Holy Life?

Do not bring shame on my holy name, for I will display my holiness among the people of Israel. I am the LORD who makes you holy.
— Lev. 22:32 

Many people suffer frustrations in their lives and don’t know why. They go to church faithfully. They pray. They even tithe! For years people have complimented me on my life as though somehow I won a lottery ticket from heaven that automatically transferred an awesome life into my personal account. It --doesn’t-- work-- that-- way! 

You could seemingly be doing and saying the right things yet still suffer frustrations. How? Holiness. Things don’t just happen. Your life’s success is determined by the choices you make. If there are areas in your life that you would be ashamed of in the presence of Jesus Christ, you need to check your holiness! 

Being holy isn’t some religious term. It’s not something the Bible says we’ll be. It’s right now! God said in 1 Peter 1:16 “Be Holy, for I AM Holy.” See that? He’s given you authority to be Holy right NOW. Don’t listen to those idiots who say “we all sin, everyday!” If you sin everyday you must repent and get saved! To repent is to change your attitude about sin. If you feel like you can sin every now and again and not pay the price for it, you are (with all due respect) delusional. 

Some people have marriage problems and wonder why they can’t be a good godly leader for their home. All the while, they have a raging anger problem with holes in the walls to show for it. The Bible says “Be angry and sin not!” Ephesians 4:26. When you get angry and flip out, you hand over the keys of your life to the devil. 

There’s some people who tithe and don’t know why there’s no return. ALL THE WHILE, they’re in a basement somewhere smoking a doobie (marijuana). The Bible says,  “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) That’s a command! BE SOBER minded! Here’s another one for you “When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21. That word ‘sorcery’ is translated ‘pharmakeia’ in the greek and means the use of medicine, drugs or spells. Do you know what the use of drugs is? Yea, smoking a doobie!!!! Drug use is likened to WITCHCRAFT. Is it in any wonder why people continue to live with struggles?! 

We need God to lead us in the way we should go but we need to connect with Him by being HOLY. If you can live holy for and hour, you can live it for 24 hours. If you can live holy for 24 hours, you can do it for 7 days. If you can do it for 7 days you can do it for one month. If you can do it for one month, you can do it for 12 months. If you can do it for 1 year,  you can do it for 80 of them and BAM, you’ve lived a life of being Holy! Get rid of sin before it gets rid of you!

Love As Strong As Death


Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, its jealousy as enduring as the grave. Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame.
— SS 8:6

If love is as strong as death, what’s to fear? At the root of everything you worry about is fear of death. There’s things we’ve allowed in our lives right now that shouldn't be there all because we don’t trust in this love. We’ve talked about the love of God as something cute but it’s the most powerful force on the earth. 

I’m here to tell you, the love of God is what makes the difference. I John 4:8 declares that, “God is love.” It’s who He IS! His love can be trusted! Faith is good. Prayer is good. Fasting is good. Without love, it means nothing (1 Cor. 13). If there are things in your life that have gone askew, check your love gauge. Let this scripture resonate on the inside of you. Let it take over you! God is love and that love conquered death! There’s nothing you’re going through right now that’s stronger than love— no cancer, no financial problem, no NOTHING!  Love NEVER fails so don't allow yourself to worry or doubt it! Get rid of every thought that questions the integrity of God’s love. Once you do, you’ll see your problems and insecurities melt away.

Rightly Divide The Word

Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
— 2 Tim. 2:15

The greatest weapon against your problem is TRUTH. There are way too many people on WebMD instead of searching the Scriptures. There are some believers that know every detail of their disease; the latin name, the root, the remedy, its side effects and the the body parts it effects. If they only gave themselves as much time in God’s Word, they’d be flying high! 

John 8:32 says, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” It’s until you find it in God’s Word that it can become a reality to you. When you study God’s Word you make yourself a stand out. Some people command the attention of God in their matters and they’ve yet to be approved by Him! If we want to flow  in the same nature as Almighty God, we should put a heavy priority on His Word! The Bible is God! (John 1:1)

Rightly dividing the word of truth, is simply knowing what scripture to use to gain victory over the problem or situation at hand. When I got attacked in my body many years ago, I had an issue of blood. Sadly, two whole weeks went by before I thought of the woman with the issue of blood! (Mark 5) TWO WEEKS. I wasn’t a student of Gods Word, so shame came upon me! Had I rightly divided the Word of truth, that attack would have gone as quickly as it was sent. 

That’s why I sound like a broken record. You must get in your Word. You must develop quality study time. When you do this this, every issue you’re facing will seem like a joke!

Labor For Rest

Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
— Hebrews 4:11

What kind of sense does that make to the natural mind? To labor means to toil, to sweat, to exert energy—quite the opposite of resting. This is one secret a champion Christian keeps. You don’t study when the attack happens, you build yourself up before. You don't pray and fast when all hell breaks loose, you do it well before the attack! 

What kind of a war would you win with no strategy, preparation or ammunition? The Bible says, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). To stay alert means to stay awake. Slap yourself in the face if you have to! Don’t let the business or peace and quite of your life lull you to sleep. You have an enemy. He wants to kill you and go after your family. If you knew how disgusting, how evil and how badly the devil wants to harm you, you wouldn't be a passive person. You wouldn't go a day without praying or reading the Word. 

Live with purpose! Live knowing theres an attack looming. Be prepared at any cost. Anoint the heads of your children. Do the same for you and your spouse. Declare the goodness and promises of God. Lift up your hands and praise God for waking you up in the morning! 

Some of us have tendency to build relationships that take very little effort or require very little time spent with the person. That’s not GOD. You may have a few friends that,“you pick up where you left off” but God is a jealous God. He wants you to spend time with Him. He loves you passionately! He wants to speak to you about things to come. He doesn't want you going through a surprise attack. Take time to talk to Him today! Ask Him about the things concerning your life. Talk to Him about your dreams and desires. He’s waiting for you!

The Way You Should Go

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
— John 14:6

Have you ever asked yourself “What should I do?” or “Where do I go from here?” Millions of people are asking this same question. In fact, they've been asking it for years! Confusion never comes from God. 1 Corinthians 14:33 says, “ For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” If you feel like you don't know where to go. I found the answer! 

His name is Jesus! He said, “I am the way” you should go, “I am the truth” that sets you free, and “I am the life” you need to live a long satisfying life. Don’t you dare convince yourself that you don't know what to do or where to go. Declare yourself free from confusion. Jesus is all you need to walk in the way you should go. Psalm 32:8 says, “The LORD says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” 

Thats why we must read the Word everyday! In it lies the help you need to get out of the mess you’re in. His way, is the best way. His way, unlocks the truth that expels darkness—clearing the path you should walk in. His way, is the life your body needs to quicken everything that’s dead or dying! JESUS IS THE ANSWER!

"One Day..."

For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.



— 2 Cor. 6:2

The biggest lie a person can buy into is that of the “One Day” mentality. “Once day, I’ll get my miracle”, “One day, I’ll give my heart to Jesus”, “One day I’ll serve God like I should”. Too many people keep pushing what God wants done today for the one day. Living for God is easy. Gaining access to things of God is a piece of cake. The only person standing in the way of your breakthrough is YOU. 

If you continue to leave your miracle for the future, it’ll never come. If you keep putting off your salvation until you’re done “having fun”, you risk dying in your sin and spending an eternity in hell. Someone once said “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today”. Believing in the “One Day” logic keeps the miracles, healing, and promises at bay. The greatest frustration a believer will suffer is that of an ethereal Christianity. Promises and guarantees that are floating up in some imaginary place just enough out of reach for you never to hold it. 

The Bible says in Jeremiah 9:13 “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” If you search the scriptures and find an answer, it’s yours for the taking—right now! When you encounter the Word of God and it’s promises to you, they're for RIGHT NOW. Don’t hold it off for the “one day”, take it now! 

We would have never heard of a woman with an issue of blood had she not made up her mind to receive her healing NOW. We would have never heard of the man with the greatest faith in all the land had he not said “Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.” (Luke 7:7) Remember, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”( Heb. 11:1) It doesn't say “Tomorrow faith will be” or “One Day Faith will”, it says NOW FAITH IS. ‘Is” is active! “Is” is right now!! Release your faith RIGHT now and watch God move on your behalf. NOW!