Are We Good Enough?

Most people when asked, “Do you know where you are going when you die?” will answer, “Well, I hope I’m good enough to go to heaven.”

Mark 10:17 – Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” (Verse 18) So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. (Verse 19) “You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ” (Verse 20) And he answered and said to Him, Teacher, all these things I have observed from my youth.” (Verse 21) Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” (Verse 22) But he was sad at this word, and went away grieved, for he had great possessions.

At first glance, we will think “good is not good enough.” This story is also in Matthew 19:16, which puts the question the man asked a little different: “Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” Again, the focus seems to be, will I do more good than bad?

Most people that we talk to before they are truly saved or even Christians don’t understand the Bible and will say this, “I have done more good than bad.” Or they will say, “I’m not as bad as others.” They think that there is a big scale somewhere weighing the good against the bad.

But Jesus answers, and says, “There is no one good but One, God.” In other words: There is no one good enough to go to heaven but God.

Don’t take this the wrong way, as if we are never to do good works. We are saved to do good works. It almost, for a second, seems like Jesus is supporting this train of thought, “Am I good enough, or what shall I do?” Because, Jesus quotes the commandments to him and the man thinks he has done enough.

Jesus quoted six commandments, but there are ten. Why didn’t Jesus name all ten? The commandments are divided into two categories: The first four commandments have to do with man’s relationship to God. The last six commandments listed by Jesus, have to do with man’s relationship with man.

Just a side note: Jesus says these two are the greatest of the commandments: Love God with all your heart, mind, soul; the second is to love your neighbor as you love yourself. The first one covers the first four and the last one covers the last six of the commandments.

So, Jesus only list and tells the man the six that have to do with man’s relationship with man.” Why? Because the first commandment the man had already failed, which is “You shall have no other gods before Me.”

This man’s possessions was his god. Jesus went right to the heart of that because He could see into his heart.

Romans 3:12 – They have all gone out of the way; they have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.”

People will argue with you about doing good, but the Bible is very plain when it has written, “No, not one! (I’m going somewhere, with this, so hold on.)

There is not one “good enough.” Here’s what the Bible says; If you have violated even one of these commandments, you are guilty of all! There is only One that is good, and just as Jesus said it belongs to God, perfect in all His ways.

However, we have degrees of good. For instance: This might not be good, but it’s not real bad either. Our good, is not good enough.

God requires total commitment according to this passage in Mark and this man. When Jesus starts to list the six commandments of “do’s and don’t’s, this man was feeling pretty good about himself because he hadn’t done any of those things Jesus listed. However, Jesus tells him there is one more thing he needed to do, “Sell all of your possessions and give it to the poor and take up your cross and follow Me.”

Maybe we need to ask ourselves, “Would I be willing to give everything I own away in order to go to heaven? Have you? Who is the owner of all our stuff? Don’t forget, God requires total commitment. Isn’t it funny that some of the same people that tell us they are completely sold out for God, have trouble even paying their tithes?

God does want us to prosper and He does bless us to be able to give, but are we being totally honest with ourselves about total commitment to God? Let’s not also forget: There are people who think they are a Christian who really are not! Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Money is always a sore spot with the saved or unsaved.

Did Jesus tell this man that he had to sell everything in order to go to heaven? No, He did not! Read Mark 10:21 again, “Then Jesus looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and take up the cross, and follow Me.”

Jesus was telling him to do the same thing every person has to do in order to got heaven, “Take up the cross and follow Me,” Matthew 16:24 says, “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”

The place where this man needed to deny himself, was in his possessions. Money was his god. These verses have nothing to do with God wanting us to be poor, as I’ve heard some Christians say. This has everything to do with, “Where is your treasure; where is your focus; where do you place the most value; what or who is first in your life?” We all need to get to the root of what stops us from being totally committed to God.

Everybody is different, so we need to ask ourselves this question: What is the one thing that is stopping me from having a full relationship with Christ?

We have to deny our-self in order to pick up the cross. Did you catch what Jesus said in Mark? “Jesus loved him.” Jesus loved him enough to tell him the truth! He loved him enough to confront him. He loves us enough to tell us the truth too. But the man went away sad. It laid heavy on his soul to get rid of all that he had.

Mark 10:23 – Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” (Let’s not exclude ourselves, because if you live in America, you have more than most in other parts of the world.) (Verse 24) And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! (Verse 25) “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Verse 26) And they astonished beyond measure, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?” (Verse 27) But looking at them, Jesus said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”

The disciples were astonished when Jesus said this because the disciple had “riches.” Many think the disciples were poor. Peter and John left their fishing boats and their nets, all plural, with their hired servants. Poor people don’t have hired servants. Poor people don’t have employees. These were small business men. Matthew was a tax collector and we know how rich they were. These disciples weren’t poor. And that is why they were “flabbergasted” at what Jesus had said about it being easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven.

Here is the bottom line of what Jesus was saying, “It is impossible for you or me to save ourselves! We need a Savior because not one of us is or ever will be good enough. That’s what Jesus meant when He said, “With men it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Our good is not good enough. That’s the bad news, but the good news is Jesus Christ is the bridge to the good news.

There has always been a misconception of this man. We just assume that the man went away and didn’t sell all of his possessions. Scripture never says that he didn’t or did do what Jesus told him to do.

But we know that a man names Josephus wrote about a man that was called the richest, youngest, ruler in Jerusalem. Matthew, Mark, and Luke, all say he was a rich young ruler. Matthew says he was young and Luke says he was a ruler. The story says that he had so much wealth that, he could support all the inhabitants of Jerusalem for 10 years. Josephus wrote about him because he was his brother. His brother’s name was “Nicodemus.” Now do you remember who this is now?

In John Chapter 3, Nicodemus comes to Jesus at night and Jesus tells him he needs to be born again. And in John 3:2 we know Nicodemus calls Jesus “Teacher.”  Teacher is the same word used in Mark 10. But, Nicodemus uses the same word that this rich, young, ruler uses. In John 3:50-52, he comes to Jesus. In John 7, he stands and defends Jesus. In John 19:39, Nicodemus shows up at Jesus tomb bringing myrrh and aloes for Jesus body.

Also the tomb that Jesus was laid in belonged to “Joseph of Arimathea” whose best friend was Nicodemus.

Here’s what else we know about Nicodemus: If Nicodemus was the richest, why didn’t he put Jesus in one of his tombs? Why would he ask his best friend to use his tomb? Because if you follow the history, it tells us that Nicodemus sold everything he had!! Wow! He sold everything he had and became a disciple of Jesus. He was kicked out of the Sanhedrin because he professed faith in Christ.

I think this rich, young ruler that came to Jesus was one and the same that Jesus told to sell all he had, deny himself and pick up his cross and follow Him.

Are you totally committed to Jesus Christ? If you are not you cannot pick up your cross and follow Him with a whole heart.

 

 

 

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God’s Greatest Desire

God Made You and Me From Him

When God wanted something, He spoke to what He wanted it to come out of or to come from. When He was making things in Genesis Chapter 1, during the six days of creation, He made things to be sustained by and to returned to from which it was made. God made some things and He created some things.

According to the theological definition of the word create, we, as humans, really don’t create. We only make something out of something that was already there.

Create – to form something out of nothing. God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. To make something is to form something out of something else. He created light.

God created and He also made things from something else. Example: Genesis 1:11 – Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth; and it was so.

God is speaking to the earth, and when He spoke to the earth, the earth listened. “Earth, bring forth,”and then He named what was to come forth. God wants plants to come from dirt, to be sustained by dirt, and to return to dirt.

Genesis 1:20 – Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens. (Verse 24) Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind:; and it was so.

Here is why this is important and we need to understand: When God wanted something, He spoke to what He wanted it to come from or be made out of. This is important because of “Verse 26.” When God wanted man, He spoke to Himself!

Genesis 1:26 – Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” We came from God! We are sustained by God, and we go back to God. Don’t misunderstand, only our “body” is from the dirt, it is sustained by dirt and will go back to the dirt. We eat fruits, vegetables, and everything that God called forth from the earth. However my spirit came from God, is sustained by God, and goes back to God.

What would happen if the plant said to the dirt, “I’m pulling out! I’m going to make it on my own.” It will die!

This is exactly what happened when man said to God, “I’m pulling out and will make it on my own!” And God said, “The day you do, you will die!” Our bodies didn’t die, right away; Adam’s body didn’t die right away, but his spirit did. His spirit affected his body, and he began to die physically. Our spirit is dead before we come to Christ. Ephesians 2:1 – And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins. 

John 10:10 – “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Most people only focus on the second part of this verse, life abundantly, but Jesus came that we might have “Life!” As long as a person is still in their trespasses and sins, they are spiritually dead.

God Made Us Like Him

So, does that mean He made a replica of Himself? When God made Adam (before sin came into the world), Adam looked like God, walks like God, thinks like God, and talks like God – in His image. Because God made Adam with a free will, now Adam has a desire of his own. Genesis 2:20 – So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.

Adam realized all the animals had like kind; all the creatures had like kind etc, but there was no one “like Adam’s kind.” Why would the Bible say “it was not found,” if Adam hadn’t been looking or didn’t have that desire for a companion? So, watch what God does.

Genesis 2:21 – And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept, and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. (Verse 22) Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from the man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. (Woman in the Hebrew means “out of man.”)

How did God know that the only thing that would satisfy Adam’s desire in his heart was a bride? He knew because He’d had the same desire – a bride. Back to: “What is God’s greatest desire?” It’s you and me!! Think about it this way: God’s going to give His Son something, but what do you give someone who has everything already? A companion, a bride! Someone to share His life with. God wants to share His life with us. He wants to get to know us and spend every day with us. He created us with a will because only a person with a will can “Love.” He created us with a choice so that we can choose to love God.

God Made Us To Love Him

We are the bride of Christ – Adam and Eve, husband and wife – the believer, the bride and Christ. Satan’s greatest desire was and still is to be worshiped, but God’s greatest desire is to be loved by His children. His desire is to love and be loved. And if you ask most people what they want most out of life, it’s to be loved. We express our love for Him through worship.

God is a giver because that’s His nature. So God cannot receive without giving. If it comes in, it goes out. If we “touch” God, He touches us back. This is why it is so important to get in His presence. Remember the woman in Scripture that had the issue with blood? She touched the hem of His garment and immediately she was healed. She wasn’t healed until she “reached out’ and touched Him.

Do you want to know why some people say, “I didn’t get anything out of that service today.” You know why? Because they didn’t put anything into it. They put absolutely no effort into it or even tried to draw close to God. If you give, touch God, He will and always does, give back. Our God never shows up “empty-handed!” If we will touch God in worship, He’ll touch us in worship! If we’ll touch God in prayer, He’ll touch us in prayer.

God came to this earth and died, rose again, so that we could live. Do you honestly think after all He has done for us that He would simply ignore us when we reach out to Him in worship or prayer? Not going to happen! He’s there!

Worship is simply expressing our love to the One we’re married to – the LORD Jesus! Our lives will go to a whole new level when we express our love to Him.

Throughout the entire Bible this is the “Heart Cry of God.” Here are just a few of these verses:

Exodus 6:7 – ‘I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God who brings you out from under burdens of the Egyptians.’

Leviticus 26:12 – “I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.”

Jeremiah 7:23 – “But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.”

Jeremiah 24:7 – ‘Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD, and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.

Ezekiel 36:28 – “Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.”

Hosea 2:23 – “Then I will say to those who were not My people (Gentiles), ‘You are My people!’ and they shall say, ‘You are My God!’ “

2 Corinthians 6:16 – “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Hebrews 8:10 – “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Revelation 21:1 – Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. (Verse 2) Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Verse 3) And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.”

There are so many more verses in the Bible that tell us exactly what God’s greatest desire is. It’s for Him to be our God and you and me to be His people. This theme goes all through Scripture.

God wants us to “marry” Him and live happily ever after. He has worked out all the details through His Grace – His Son Jesus Christ. If we say “Yes” to Him, all of our sins are washed away, removed from us as far as the east is from the west; a new heart within us and a new spirit; He writes His law on our hearts and minds; and He gives us the ability to walk with Him and to be His bride. Wow!!

I hope everyone who reads this gets a revelation of just how great our God is. Love Him and He will love you back!!

 

 

 

Satan’s Greatest Desire

What is the one thing Satan wants most? What is he trying to accomplish? What is the warfare all about?

What was Satan’s biggest desire before “the fall?” This would have been while Satan, Lucifer, was still in heaven, before the world was created. There were five “I wills” that Satan said and all five have to do with “being lifted up.”

Isaiah 14:12 – “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! (Verse 13) For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; (Verse 14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ (Verse 15) Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.

So, we have five desires of Satan’s will. He wanted to sit on a throne higher than God’s throne; be exalted; be worshiped; and he wanted to be like the Most High. Satan is the original sinner, not Adam.

We are born with this fallen nature – “Look at me, I want to be seen, I want people to pay attention to me.” Everything surrounds what we want and the focus is usually about ourselves. Before we came to Christ, the most important person in our lives is, “Me.” After we are born again, our focus is, or should be, on Christ and to be more like Him.

Look what Verse 11 says before all this was said: “Your pomp is brought down to Sheol, and the sound of your stringed instruments; the maggot is spread under you, and worms cover you.”

Yes, this is a description of Satan, but it was actually a prophecy given to the king of Babylon. So the prophecy was speaking to the “spirit” behind the king. This is common in Bible language. For instance, one time, Jesus was speaking to Peter, but was speaking to the spirit, and said, “Get behind Me Satan.” (Look at 14:4 where it clarifies to whom the prophecy is given: “That you will take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say;”

Now look at the prophecy that is given in Ezekiel 28, to the king of Tyre: Ezekiel 28:11 – Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, (Verse 12) “Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD GOD: “You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. (Verse 13) You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you in the day you were created. 

This proves again that the prophecy is being spoken to the spirit of the king of Tyre about Satan, because the king of Tyre was never in the garden of Eden.

(Verse 14 ) “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. (Verse 15) You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. (Verse 16) “By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within, and you sinned; therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God;’ and I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones.

The “workmanship of your timbrels,” is a percussion instrument. “And your pipes,” wind instruments. Percussion, wind, and stringed instruments were all built into Lucifer. Lucifer was the worship leader of heaven.

There are three Ark Angels in heaven; Gabriel, Michael, and believe it or not, Lucifer was one. Anytime we have a service, we have worship, prayer and the word. Anytime we see Gabriel in Scripture, he is announcing the Word of the LORD. When we see Michael, he is bringing the answering to the prayer; Daniel was trying to get an answer for his prayer and Michael had to help Gabriel get that Word to Daniel by fighting opposing principalities. Lucifer ruled, past tense, over worship.

Lucifer became violent by his trading – the old King James uses the word “merchandising.” Trading in the Hebrew is the same as merchandising. Example: If I work for someone in a retail store, sell something for 300.00 and put 100.00 in my pocket, that is merchandising – stealing what was supposed to pass through my hands to the rightful owner to whom it is due.

Here is what Lucifer did: He was leading all of heaven in worship, and the worship was to pass through him to the rightful owner, which is God. And one day as he’s leading worship, he said, “I’ll take some of that worship for myself.” And God said, “You’re out!!”

When a worship leader or pastor gets full of themselves and think the people should acknowledge how great they are, they are acting no different from Lucifer when he was caught stealing worship and praise.

Jesus put it this way: Luke 10:18 – “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” It was sudden and it was quick! God is the only One worthy to be worshiped, and Satan stole that worship and directed it to himself. Satan’s greatest desire was to be worshiped.

That was then, but what is his greatest desire now? Matthew 4:8 – Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. (Verse 9) And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

Satan tried to get the Son of God to worship him, so even to this day, he wants to be worshiped. He wanted Jesus to fall down before him – expressed. Worship is always expressed. Love is always expressed.

Look, if you can get excited about a football game or any other thing, you better get excited when you worship. You are not worshiping if you don’t make some kind of expression like clapping or bowing your head, singing to Him from heart. Standing there with your hands in your pockets won’t get it. And by the way, do you tell people that you love them and then never show them that you do?

Does it not excite you that you are redeemed from an eternal hell? Then we should show it! Don’t be so concerned with how “self” looks.

Do you know who doesn’t want us to express our love for God in worship? Satan! When we do nothing to express our love for the All Powerful God of creation, then maybe we don’t love Him as much as we tell others we do.

Even at the end, this will still be Satan’s desire: Revelation 13:4 – So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “”Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” (The dragon is the devil, Revelation 12:9)

There is coming a day in the end times when people will worship the beast! I don’t think we have that long to wait, by looking at what is going on today. Revelation 17:13 – “These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.” (Verse 14) “These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.” Make sure before that day whose side you are on.

Don’t give Satan a foothold in any area of your life because all of our worship belongs to the Lamb! His name is Jesus!!

Priorities

The first church that Jesus addresses in the Book of Revelation is Ephesus. To appreciate and understand Ephesus is to think of New York City. Ephesus was the “New York” of Asia Minor, now known as Turkey.

Ephesus was the center of commerce, culture of civic focus, of fashion. Ephesus was the place to be. It was a tourist city. It was well-known throughout Asia as the place to go.

Ephesus was also known for idolatry. The Book of Ephesians was written to the church in Ephesus. If you want to read how this church got started, go to Acts 19.

Here in Revelation, the angel is not writing because “all is well.” He is writing because of a situation that needed to be addressed for people who wanted to be overcomers. We learn from verse one, that there is an unseen visitor walking in the midst of the seven lampstands – churches. Jesus Christ is walking in the worship service, for those who worship Him.

Revelation 2:1 – “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: (Verse 2) “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;

The first thing Jesus says is, “I know your works.” He knows us as He knew them. He sees what we do and say. He’s watched it all. Then He says, that He knows their labor. He sees the effort behind their works to the point of exhaustion. They were tireless at their ministry with this church. He’s aware. 

Then He sees their perseverance, their patience to not quit. Then He tells them they have tested with the correct doctrine and theology to see if they are of God. They were serving, sacrificing, steadfast and separated to the ministry of God. (Verse 3) “and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. They seem to be the “model church.”

(Verse 4) “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

Think about this for a minute: Jesus just told them five great things that they were doing right, and then tells them one little thing He can’t deal with.

However, evidently you can be a serving church, a Christian church, a sacrificing church and a sacrificing Christian, but left your first love. You can be a steadfast church and a steadfast Christian, but still leave your first love. Evidently, you can be all these things, but yet still not be putting Jesus first. We can be doing the right things, but forgo the relationship.

To love God is to passionately pursue God’s pleasure. So, what’s the problem? People say, “But I love the Lord!” The complaint is not that they don’t love Him, His complaint is that they don’t love Him “First!”

There are certain things God can’t do. God can’t lie; God can’t sin; God can’t act contrary to His nature or He would no longer be the “Unchanging God; God cannot stop existing, because He is eternal; and God cannot be “Second in our lives.”

Whenever God is made second in a person’s life to anything, even if they are good things, it is unacceptable. God is in a class all by Himself. “In the beginning, God!” Before there was anything, there was God. All through the Bible, “first fruits,” worship first, first, first, etc. God demands to be first in our affection, in our attention and in our priorities.

But when He is no longer first and has been re-positioned with something or someone in place of Him, a person has just “created an idol!” Whatever we put first becomes our god. God doesn’t like competition in our lives.

Many have often made ministry for Him, more important than a relationship with Him. The cost will be great in our spiritual experience with Him. Compromising religion for relationship – left your first love.

I’m sorry to say this, but some people don’t even know they have left Him, because they never stop doing, doing, doing, to realize what has happened. Then there are some that will never admit that they have left their first love. Religion will keep you busy. They think they are pleasing to the Lord the more they do.

Jesus did compliment them on what they were doing right, but it should never be at the expense of the relationship with Him.

Where you prioritize Christ will determine whether you become a overcomer or not.

What does it look like when we’ve left our first love? This means you have to find time for Him when you have plenty of time for other things. The reason that some won’t find the time to spend with Him is because they really don’t want to be intimate with Him. People want to “fit it in” when nothing else is competing with the time spent with Him. This is because most won’t spend time with Him unless there is a problem in their life. They don’t make the time to get in His Word and really get to know Him.

As Christians we should start our day with Him, if He’s our first priority. Psalm 100:4 – Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. And that my friend is why we worship Him first with praise and song when we enter into a church service when we all gather. (If you are skipping worship service and only make time for the sermon, He is not being placed first.)

Our first priority is to enter His presence, His gates, with thanksgiving and praise – worship Him.

So what do we do when we are guilty of losing our first love? Revelation 2:5 – “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place – unless you repent.”

Jesus tells us to remember. Remember when you first started out with Jesus and you had to depend on Him for everything? Go back to the time before your ministry grew to where it started to take all your time to manage. The more we have the more time is devoted to taking care of it. Whatever it is it moves into first priority.

Remember, saint, when we didn’t know anything but John 3:16, when we were first saved? All we knew was our sins were forgiven and we were on our way to heaven and Jesus loves me – remember? Do you remember when Jesus was filling your heart with love and you wanted everyone around you to have that too? He mattered the most.

Second thing He said to do was repent! There is only one thing mentioned in the Bible that we repent of and that’s “Sin.” Guess what? Leaving your first love is called “Sin.” It is not just a bad habit or just a mistake. It is when your relationship with Christ becomes secondary to the program.

This is not just about, “Oh, I got to get my priorities straight..” No, we have to get our sin fixed. Jesus says we must repent. This is not just a “scheduling issue,” it’s a sin issue.

John 14:21 – “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest (reveal, disclose) Myself to him.”

To those who keep His commandments, He will talk and reveal Himself to them. If a person doesn’t hear or get guidance from Him, seem to never have victory over things, it is because Jesus doesn’t feel free to disclose Himself to them. They have given Him second place in their lives.

Revelation 2:6 – “But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. (The Nicolaitans were Christians who were abusing “Grace!” They thought grace was an excuse to sin.) (Verse 7) “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”

He not only is talking to the churches, but the individual. Do you have ears? Yes, but are you hearing what the Spirit is saying? Are you, as an individual, paying attention about your first priority in your Christian life?

Then Jesus says, “To the one who overcomes.” To overcome what? To the one who can overcome the pressure to not put Jesus first from other things. Sometimes we get so busy in our lives, it becomes “pressure” and we neglect that quiet time. 

If God is not first in our lives, He says He will remove your lampstand from its place. He will shut it down! No love, no light. You’ll run your life, but He won’t be guiding you, you will.

Ask yourself this: Who else died for me; who else paid for my sins; who else can give me eternal destiny; and who else do we call on when life shuts down? If we can find anyone that fits that description, then go to them and put them first. There is no one else that is all these things to us, so He has to be first.

There is a reward to those who overcome. To that person, Jesus will give to eat from the tree of life! Do you see how important this is? Not every Christian will overcome the temptation of not putting Him first.

Jesus is talking about a future reward that will come, but receives a “down-payment” in this life. So, what is this that I can experience some of now? “God will disclose Himself, beginning now!” God is waiting on us to meet with Him every day. You draw close to Him and He will draw close to you. You will begin to see and hear what the Spirit has to say about all things.

Do you want to be drenched by His glory? Don’t get satisfied with seeing Jesus from a distance. Move in and dig deep and be over whelmed by the King of kings and the LORD of lords!!

 

Prosperity

There are very strong views for and against Christians having financial gain or prosperity. Jesus wants us to prosper financially, but most Christians believe, “You are just not to have it in abundance.”

God has made provisions for us. It takes money to live, to get our needs met, and to be a blessing to others. So, why is there such a disagreement in this area among believers?

The Bible teaches against greed in many different ways but also makes it clear that finances are a blessing. In 3 John, verse 2, it says, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” John says, “In all things!” Wow, he’s talking about healing, emotions, relationships, and finances. The Lord wants us to prosper and be in good health above everything else. He wants us to prosper in spirit, soul, and body.

Many religious people, who lack the understanding of Scripture, actually believe God wants them poor to keep them humble. They think they appear to others “more godly.” Bull! What they truly look like to others is people who are always in need and can’t help anyone. Their testimony of God’s blessings and goodness is only “talk” and no one would want to be like them. In other words, “Why would I want any part of Christianity, to live dirt poor while living on earth?” That’s a miserable, frantic, stressful life. This kind of thinking is not substantiated by Scripture.

Abraham was the richest man of his time, so much so, that kings asked him to depart because his possessions were affecting the wealth of their countries. Job was not a poor man either, when you read what all he lost and then God gave him back. The same was true of Isaac and Jacob. Joseph was a man who prospered and had super abundance. David gave the Lord out of his own personal treasure over 2.5 billion dollars worth of gold and silver to build the temple. Solomon was the richest man that ever lived on the face of the earth. All these people served God and were blessed abundantly by God financially.

There are also examples where people struggled also. But the Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 4:13 that he could do all things through Christ and had learned to be content in whatever situation he was in. Yes, there were times when God’s servants went through poverty and difficulty, but you cannot find in Scripture that the poorer you are, the more godly you are. That is simply not true!

However, there is a truth that greed is wrong. 1 Timothy 6:10 says, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

Too many that don’t know Scripture like to say, “Money is the root of all evil.” The Bible doesn’t say that. It says, “The love of money.” There are people who love money and don’t have two dimes to rub together; and there are others who have great wealth but don’t love it. They use it to benefit others.

In Deuteronomy 18, the Lord was talking to the Israelites, who were about to enter the Promise Land, and were going to experience wealth and prosperity in a way they never had before. God said, “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”

According to this passage of Scripture, the purpose of prosperity is not to have an abundance of things for our own selfish purposes, but so we can establish God’s covenant here on earth. In other words, God will bless us so that we can be a blessing to someone else.

God also told Abraham in Genesis 12:2, “I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.” Before you can bless someone else, you have to be blessed yourself.

We need certain things and have certain needs that God wants to meet, but it goes beyond selfish things. I’ve heard people say, “He may supply all our needs, but not our wants.” Oh yes He does! Look what the Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all-sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” This Scripture tells us why God is going to prosper us – so that we can abound in every good work.

According to this verse, prosperity is having enough to meet all our needs and more to abound unto every good work.

True Biblical prosperity is not just to get our needs me, but to meet others needs as well. The person who only thinks of themselves is selfish. Motive behind wanting more is everything. If you just want a bigger house, finer car, and more money in the bank, all for you, then you’ve missed the whole point of this Scripture.

However, if you are believing God for more because you have gone beyond seeing your own needs met and want to be a blessing to others, that is the correct attitude and motive.

Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Here is a question we should ask our-self when judging someone else’s wealth: Should I be the judge on whether they have enough wealth or not? How much should God bless the other person? I think we need to leave how much someone else has up to the Lord, after all, it is the LORD that gives power to get wealth, not us.

Giving

We really can’t talk about prosperity without talking about giving. Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Giving is not always money and prosperity. This is more than money, its health and relationships also. In these previous verses, Jesus is talking about judgment, condemning, and forgiveness, not money. Now that’s something to think about. The same measure you use to judge with; to condemn with; to forgive with; will be measured back to you. We can also throw mercy in there. Some people say they don’t have anything to give, yes, they do.

God wants us to trust Him in every area of our lives. Money just happens to be the one thing people can be the most stingy with. It takes faith to be able to give the way God says to give, money, forgiveness or mercy.

If we don’t believe God in the small things, concerning money, how are we going to trust and believe for true riches? Money is one of the least levels of stewardship. If we can’t trust God with our finances, how then can we trust Him with our eternal destiny? Money is so small compared to trusting our forgiveness and spending eternity with Jesus.

Proverbs 11:24 – There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty.

The only way that prayer for God to help with a person’s finances, is to: Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these other things will be added unto you!”

 

Are You Stopping Your Miracle?

Too many Christians limit themselves to the natural, and they miss the supernatural. A lot of people haven’t’ seen God come through, because they are holding God up. Some are either delaying or denying God’s supernatural presence into their situation and into their circumstances.

God has natural laws that govern the world. The world works by natural predictable laws. For instance the law of gravity, the sunrise, sunset etc. These are laws that are predictable.

However, supernatural is where God trump’s His own laws. It’s where God overrules Himself. Yes, laws were set in place, by Him. But a miracle is where He overrules those laws that He has set in place in order to accomplish something He wants to do.

When we accepted Jesus as our personal Savior, we entered the realm of the supernatural, which means, we have access to that which operates outside of the natural. The problem is in our thinking, because we are so tied to the “natural realm,” we often miss, resist, or deny the supernatural.

This concept goes deeper in the story of Christ raising Lazarus from the dead. To summarize: Martha and Mary have called on Jesus to heal their brother Lazarus, whom is sick. When Jesus finds our He answers them in John 11:4 – “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Then Jesus delays going to them to help Lazarus. During this time of delay, Lazarus dies, right after Jesus said that he wasn’t going to die.

Mary and Martha are now very upset and grieved. John 11:21 – Then Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” In other words: “Where were You when we called on You?”

How many of you have prayed and been disappointed because you thought Jesus didn’t show up in time? The Lord didn’t do what He clearly said He was going to do; you thought He would rush to help, but He’s taking His time; and you thought He had answered your prayer, but the answer was the opposite. Even some think that God has made the situation worse.

John 11:38 – Then Jesus again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus felt deep anguish, because in verse 35, it says, “Jesus wept,” which is the shortest verse in the Bible. So, Jesus cried at the pain and shared the pain with Martha and Mary.

While Jesus sympathies with our infirmities, He would never let His emotions govern His theology. He would feel it, but He wouldn’t let how He felt determine what He did. He didn’t let His emotions rule His decisions. His commitment to God’s truth had to override His emotions at the moment.

Now He seeks to address the problem. So when He gets to the tomb, He issues a command. John 11:39 – Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”

Martha did what most of us do when Jesus issues a command that we neither like nor understand. She enters the conversation with human logic. However, everything she said was correct about the situation. But we argue back with the Lord with our limited human logic that may be absolutely correct.

John 11:40 – Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”

And there it is! Nothing will block the supernatural power of God like our own logic. Some have educated themselves “out of the supernatural” because it doesn’t make sense. Too smart for God to believe what He has said. When we think we are too intelligent for the Kingdom of God, we live only in the natural.

Believing is seeing! Jesus didn’t say, “If you see, you would believe.” He said, “If you would believe you would see the glory of God.” In the natural, you see before you believe. Not so in the supernatural. In the supernatural, if you would believe, you would see! What would we see? The glory of God on display. God revealing Himself as God in our circumstances. But, you will not see it in the natural until you believe it in the spiritual.

Look what happened when Jesus came to Nazareth if you don’t believe. Matthew 13:58 – And He did not do many mighty works (miracles) there because of their unbelief.

We will be limited if we do not do what He has commanded, move the stone, act on His Word, whether we like it or understand it and believe Him when He says He will do it. We sit and dwell on how God is going to do it and try to figure it out ourselves.

God has a revealed will, that’s what He says in the Bible and He has a secret will. Deuteronomy 29:29 – “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”

Yes, there are secret things that belong to God, because He hasn’t revealed them. You cannot get to God’s secret will if you have ignored that which He has revealed in His Word. In other words: If you have to “see” what He’s going to do before you believe and do what He has told you to do in your situation (move the stone, revealed will), you will never see what He’s going to do! He will keep secret His secret will, until you believe His revealed will. And if we don’t do what He has told us to do, He won’t show us what’s He’s up to in secret, in the supernatural realm.

Don’t try to figure it all out ahead of time, because you can’t! His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8).

John 11:41 – Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father,I thank You that You have heard Me.” Martha and Mary were not there by themselves. There were others there to help them with something they could not move themselves. Martha or Mary could not and did not move the stone, others did. That’s why we need other Christians involved in our lives to help us move stones we are not able to move on our own. God won’t move, until the stone is moved.

If you cannot move that stone that is hindering you, get some people around you that care enough about you, to help you “move that stone!” That is what the body of Christ is for, helping others move those obstacles out of the way.

There are a lot of things that God is waiting to do, that are His will, but only after He sees faith put into action. When Jesus said, “Father, I thank You that You heard Me,” He is speaking in the “past tense.” God heard Him and the miracle was already done in the spiritual realm.

Tense matters. When Jesus said before Abraham was, “I am,” that tense matters. So, when Jesus said, “You have heard Me,” whatever He’s getting ready to say next, He had previously discussed with the Father. If you look back in verse 4 when Jesus heard about Lazarus’ sickness, He made reference that He had already talked to the Father. So the Father and Son have agreed that Lazarus sickness would not be unto death, even though Jesus stayed two more days. The matter was settled.

Our supernatural miracle has already been agreed on in the spiritual realm. That means we do not have to beg God to do something that is already in His will. He is waiting on us to “move the stone,” so He can let you see what was already agreed upon. This is when the Son intercedes for the believer because He is our “Intercessor.” Once faith has been exercised, even if it has to overrule logic, it is manifested in the physical realm in our situation.

John 11:43 – Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” This was a specific reply to a specific prayer request. This is personal. (Verse 44) And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave-clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

Notice this: Lazarus came forth bound, still tied up. He was still wrapped in death cloth. He was alive, but he was not liberated. He had the miracle, because what was once dead was now alive. But Jesus called the small group that was there to, “Loose him!”  Jesus wanted the people that were there to participate in this miracle.

God doesn’t just want to do a miracle that excludes us, He wants to do miracles that include us! We are part of the miracle! He did enough to get it going, then the people stepped in and loosened Lazarus up. This is so we can see that God can use people in the circumstances of the lives of people to do His will.

2 Corinthians 6:1 says, “We then, as workers together with Him…” He wants to do what we can’t do, but we do what we can do, so that we become partners in the supernatural miracle-working process.

John 11:45 – Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him.

God doesn’t do miracles just to show off. He does the supernatural so that His name will be known. Many people come to God wanting their miracle and blessing, but after they receive something, they don’t give God the glory that He deserves. That miracle is soon forgotten. How do I know this? Because I don’t hear them telling others how good our God is. They never witness; they don’t give Him the credit; they don’t respond in giving to others; they are only talking about “their” blessing. God does not bless us for just us. He blesses us for His name; His glory; the impact; of our testimony to others; and our ministry to further His kingdom.

“Let the redeemed of the LORD say so!”

 

 

Knowing God In Your Spirit

1 Corinthians 2:9 – But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. (Verse 10) But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

The way God reveals Himself is through His Spirit. However, we know people only have a limited understanding. The person you think you know the best, will surprise you at times by what they say or what they do. And not only that, but at times you will be surprised at yourself. How many times in a person’s life will they say, “That’s not me!

The knowledge of ourselves or another person, runs at different levels. Therefore, if the closest person in your life you really don’t know and if you can’t even figure out “you,” then it ought not surprise us about our inability to be able to figure out God. So, if we have a hard time trying to figure out other people, it shouldn’t shock us that on a human level, we can’t figure out God.

To come to know God means, He must come to reveal and expose Himself to us, because the Bible declares that God’s wisdom and knowledge are unsearchable. Revelation is when God pulls back the curtain and lets us see Him.

This verse in Corinthians says He reveals Himself through His Spirit. In order for us to come to know God, we must do it on a spiritual level. Our spirit, is the “God contact part” of us. That is the part that God wants to “enter a face-to-face” with us. So, how do we know when God is revealing Himself on this deep level?

When God is reaching us on the spirit level, it will involve things that “eye has not seen nor ear heard,” and it will involve things we have not thought of – hasn’t entered into man’s heart.

We have limited the knowledge of God to either the body or the soul. Our five senses that we interact with in this world, we expect to interact with God the same way. Interacting with God goes much deeper than what we have “seen” or “heard” or entered into our heart, thoughts.

We can look at nature and conclude, “God is big!” We all can figure that much out without really coming to know Him. Same as looking at a beautiful painting and thinking the artist is brilliant, but we still don’t know who painted it on a personal level. With all of our senses, we can figure out God must be big, but still not “know” Him. Knowing Him goes much deeper. If we only know Him based on what we can see or feel, its distorted. It’s limited.

So God then, must reveal Himself to us through His Spirit? Why? Because the Spirit searches all things even the depths of God. God does have a “search engine” – the Spirit.

To come into and experience the knowledge of God is not ordinary. The job of the Spirit is to take us deeper – “God diving!” Just like when someone “deep-sea dives, it takes special equipment. The Spirit of God is His instrument to take us deeper with Him beneath the natural form of physical reference. He goes past the confusion and distortion of our soul.

1 Corinthians 2:11 – For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. No one knows “you” but “you,” but even you don’t know you that well, but God does. And only the Spirit know God.

Look at 1 John 2:20 – But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. The anointing is the spiritual ability to make spiritual contact, and to receive spiritual information. John tells us that every believer has this “anointing.” Every single Christian that is truly born again has this anointing.

We are the receiver of this anointing and must engage with the signal, the Spirit, in order to receive from God However, if we don’t engage, even though God is sending us information, we won’t have a clear picture of what the Spirit is saying and it will be distorted.

God has placed in every believer a receiver, the anointing to receive what the Spirit is sending, but it must receive on the spirit level. The reason why many are not getting to know God is that we are satisfied to relate to Him on either the physical level or soul level, and go no further.

1 Corinthians 2:12 – Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

“We have not received the spirit of this world” – God does not want us going to the world to help us to see Him clearly. The world will give us a “distorted” picture of who He is. We have been given the Spirit from God to know the things given freely to us by God.

Not a lot is free in this world, but this verse states, “The knowledge of God” is free. So, how do we know we are freely gaining this knowledge of God? You’re changing! By the transforming of your mind and life to be more like Him. You won’t do the same things you used to do before you were saved. Our speech, thoughts, and behavior starts to change when you have the Spirit of God.

We don’t go to the world to help us be the “Church,” and body of Christ, which never works. A Christian does not go to a “non-Christian” to get their point of view in order to help them become a better Christian!

1 Corinthians 2:14 – But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The natural man, the person with the old spirit or a carnal spirit, does not have the proper receiver, which is the Spirit from God, so they think the things of God are “foolishness!” There is no anointing! Their soul is as far as they can go with God in the natural, physical world.

So, if you are a natural Christian, you are a Christian that doesn’t know God if you go no further than the soul to reach Him. You are carnal. They base everything they know about God on a: “I think, or I feel…” We can identify a carnal Christian because they look and act like everybody in the world does. There is nothing supernatural about them. They are left to their own solutions of what they can devise, their own resolutions, their own positive thinking. Everything is based on their emotions; what they think and feel. They are operating on the world’s spirit.

But the Christian who has the anointing, Spirit from God, but not receiving from God, is because they have become “fleshly.” 1 Corinthians 3:3 – For you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?

Back to 1 Corinthians 2:15 – But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. (He who is operating spiritually.)

So here’s the question we need to ask: How do we know if we are “Spiritual?” It has to do with how we evaluate things – appraisals. When we appraise things, we analyze it to determine its value. So, is the things we are looking at, the Spirit’s way of thinking? The spiritual person is not concerned about what anyone says, but what the Spirit says. They are not concerned what popular opinion is, and they are not concerned with how many people they can get to agree with them about a matter. They only want what the Spirit says. Unless you raise that question first and raise that question about all things, you are not spiritual yet.

Here is how a person know’s if they are carnal. It is when the first thought of a situation is “What do I think; what do my friends think; and how many can I get to agree with me?” If that is a person’s first question to themselves, then they won’t experience God on a spiritual level.

However, the spiritual person who appraises everything consistently, don’t just visit the anointing occasionally, they will appraise all things. Too many are “selective appraisers.” Some people only know “a little bit of spiritual things” and will only bring those things up with God, all the while putting the bigger things on the back burner.

It is normal for a spiritual person to appraise things the way the Spirit does and abnormal not to. In other words: The Spiritual person understands spiritual things, while not being understood by others. The people who are carnal, don’t have a clear understanding of why people who are spiritual do what they do – they can’t figure them out!

1 Corinthians 2:16 – For “Who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Who are we to tell God anything? All of God’s knowledge is immediate and comprehensive. God knows what He knows because He knows what He knows. Everything we know, we discovered or have learned. God does not “act” on discovery. He has pre-discovered it and it is immediate, absolute, and comprehensive on all matters!

But we have the mind of Christ! When Jesus walked the earth, He was in constant communication with the Father and the Father would transmit to Jesus His will. This means, Jesus didn’t have to do something over and over again through trial and error to get something right. He was in such perfect contact with the Father, He always got it right the first time. Jesus had the mind of the Father.

But the Bible says that, “We have the mind of Christ.” What Jesus had from His Father, we now have from Jesus. We have the capacity to think like Jesus. If all Christians will learn this, we will save time and not make the same mistakes over and over.

A spiritual person will run everything by the word of God that is written and then wait on the Spirit to confirm, first. This will place us in a position to live life the way it was designed to be lived.

It is our refusal to evaluate things spiritually that causes our dilemmas. This is what happens when people refuse to change, be transformed. They keep living on the physical level.

The Bible is our foundation. It is the Word of God and a spiritual book, not a book with just religious language. It is the mind of the Spirit. The Bible is the mind of God written for us.

Combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words makes us able to do that because we have the mind of Christ. When the mind, our thinking, connects with the Word and we think in terms of what the Word says, we have now turned on our receiver!

However, some will say, “But sometimes the Bible is too “general on the subject and I need to know a specific word from God.” Just get the word you know, connect on those words and then you will be open for the Spirit to tell you what you need specifically for that situation.

God can give us several solutions, but we have to be tuned in to the One who knows all things. And He knows when we take His Word, adjust our thinking to His Word, then God can let the Spirit take us deep-sea diving. He will reveal things to us that we couldn’t get from anywhere else!

God wants us to experience His revelations on a bases of knowing things from Him. Are you willing to get to know God on a Spiritual level?