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?

 

 

 

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Empowered

What does it mean for a Christian to be “empowered?”

The first thing a person must do is receive Jesus. John 1:12 says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right (power) to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

Jesus is the Savior of the world, but He is not our Savior until we receive Him. Jesus has all power, but none of that power is available to us until we receive Him into our hearts. When we receive Him into our hearts, He gives us power to become one of His children. When I hear people say, “We are all God’s children,” that is not so until a person receives Jesus. And when we receive Jesus, we release Him to be all God intended Him to be in our lives.

So, the next question is: How do we receive? We submit our wills when we receive. It’s like when someone gives you a gift and you gladly receive it, only this gift is from God and we only submit our will to Him, but some reject that perfect gift.

God has basically said, “I want to give you a perfect gift, and His name is Jesus.” But some resist at first by saying, “No, I’m doing fine,” and continue to live their lives on their own. However, some get to a place in their lives where they realize it’s too hard and nothing seems to be going right and say, “Yes, I will accept this gift.” That is submitting in order to receive.

Some are better at giving than receiving. Why is that? Because if you are the one giving, you’re still in control. When the person is the one giving, they choose what they are going to give, when they are going to give it, how they are going to give, and where and to whom they are going to give it to. But when we receive, we’re not in control any more of any of that.

After we have received Jesus we are given the Holy Spirit. This is another gift from God. Look at Acts 1:8 which says, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Boldness to witness comes from receiving the power of the Holy Spirit. We submit to Jesus and receive, but we also have to submit to the Holy Spirit.

Acts 8:14 – Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, (Verse 15) who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. (Verse 16) For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

(They had heard the gospel, been saved, and water baptized.) (Verse 17) then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Here is another example of people having received Jesus but not yet the Holy Spirit. Acts 19:1 – And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples (Verse 2) he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”

This statement is even true today in some churches. People have no idea who the Holy Spirit is. He has not been taught, maybe because of the “excesses” in some gatherings. Satan is the one that doesn’t want people to know about receiving the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit is the One that will empower the believer. If these disciples in Scripture needed to receive the Holy Spirit, then we do too.

In order to move in any of the gifts of the Spirit, a person has to submit to the Holy Spirit. Then the gifts will flow as your spirit gives will. These gifts are not going to just pop out when you are unaware, as in the gift of speaking in tongues and you don’t have control over your tongue, because we do.

Another thing we have to do to be empowered is to receive “spiritual authority.” There is no power but what comes from God. A person doesn’t have influence or authority unless they come under authority.

Acts 13:2 – As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul (Paul) for the work to which I have called them.” (Paul had been a member in the church in Antioch for 13 years.) (Verse 3) Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. (Verse 4) So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.

The leaders of this church, after fasting and praying, the Holy Spirit speaking to them, it was the Holy Spirit that “sent them out.” If you haven’t been sent out by the leaders of the church which are n authority over you , then you haven’t been sent out by the Holy Spirit. This is very clear. We don’t just start new projects on our own. We have to come under spiritual authority.

Romans 13:1 says, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authority that exist are appointed by God. (Verse 2) Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.

This is why a person does not just start a prayer meeting in their home without being sent, or getting permission from the leaders of the church. The authority is there to protect. When a person comes out from under that authority, they could hurt someone with error in teachings.

The leadership of the church is there to protect and serve and God is the One who set it up. When someone steps outside of that authority, that’s when “church discipline” comes in.

This next verse shows what can happen when people try to take authority who are not under any authority to do so. Acts 19:13 – Then some itinerant Jewish exorcist took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” (Verse 14) Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. (Verse 15) And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are you?” (Verse 16) Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of the house naked and wounded.

That is comical to imagine. No one had sent these men out. They had just decided on their own to go out and cast out devils. I have a hard time believing that if a person won’t submit to the Holy Spirit or church authority, that they really never submitted to Christ. Salvation is about submission. If someone won’t submit to spiritual authority, they will never have the power to be an influential witness.

When a Christian is committed and they submit their will, they will be able to rebuke the devil in any area of their life and live that abundant life that Christ died for us to have.

Prayer

Do you ever wonder why it feels like, at times, that your prayer goes unanswered? Like turning a light switch on to light up a room, there has to be a place of contact. If we don’t put the effort out to turn on the switch, there will be no light, because there was no “contact” inside the wall where the electricity runs. God has provided what His will has decreed, but without a point of contact, we won’t experience what that provision is.

Many today believe in God’s power, but are not seeing God’s provision because they don’t understand His place of contact. When we don’t make “contact”, we think there is no power. The reality is, we haven’t “hit the switch.”

The point of contact between our provision and God’s power is prayer. Prayer is the one thing God has established to make contact with what He has already decreed. When there is no prayer, there is no contact, and when there is no contact, we do not get what God has already declared for us to have.

Prayer is the mechanism that God has decreed, that is absolutely necessary for Him to release what He intends. Prayer does not make God do what He hasn’t planned to do. But what it does is release God to do what He has already decided to do and says so in His Word.

Isaiah 65:24 – “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.” God has already decreed an answer for us. He is just waiting on us to call on Him. He knows the end from the beginning.

Prayer activates the decree and the will of God for our lives. Prayer is the mechanism that grabs something out of the invisible realm so that we can see it work in the physical realm.

Look what it says in Ephesians 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” He has already give us our provision, but it’s in the heavenly realm. Now all we have to do is figure out how to get it to us in the physical realm.

God has decreed the sum total of our Christian life what He will do and what He won’t do, and when He plans to do it, but it’s with a condition. The condition is “Prayer!” When God answers prayer, we become the distribution point for His supernatural activity.

1 Kings 17:1 says, And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.”

1 Kings 18:1 – Now it came to pass after many days that the word of the LORD came to Elijah, in the third year saying, “Go, present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the earth.” 

Before we go any further, let me explain what is going on with the “rain thing” in order to understand why the rain stopped and then started again because of Elijah’s word. The answer is found in:

Deuteronomy 11:13-17.(God is giving Moses commands to then tell the Israelites.) And it shall be that if you diligently obey My commandments which I have commanded you today, to love the LORD your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, (Verse 14) ‘then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil. (Verse 15) ‘And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.’ (Verse 16) “Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them, (Verse 17) “lest the LORD’S anger be aroused against you, and He shut up the heavens so that there be no rain, and the land yield no produce, and you perish quickly from the good land which the LORD is giving you.”

God had already said what would happen if the Israelites started to worship other gods, so Elijah’s prayer was in relation to what had been written before. Let me make a bold statement here: “If you don’t know what God has already written in His Word, you won’t know how to pray the Scriptures of what has already been decreed in heaven!” I am amazed at the Christians that can’t even find one healing Scripture when they need it. That’s why they are always asking for someone else to do the praying for them. Sad! God’s Word has to be the bases and foundation for our prayer.

Anytime I was desperate for the Lord to answer a certain request, I went to His Word and found in His Word that said it was His will. I would read it to the Lord in my prayer, because He said it and I knew it was His will for me to have it. For instance: When you need peace in your life, the Bible says that he who keeps his mind on Him, He will keep him in perfect peace! (Isaiah 26:3) Don’t make your prayers so vague without finding the Scripture that agrees with His will and what you need.

We all have to learn how to link our situations and circumstances to what God has already declared. Every situation that we have in this life, our answer is in the written Word. But people can’t pray God’s Word unless they know the Word.

Look what James 5:16-18 says. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (Verse 17) Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. (Verse 18) And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced fruit.

There was a gap of three and one-half years between no rain and when it rained again. Why? Because of their idolatry. The idolatry had to be addressed, just as our sin has to be addressed when prayer is being submitted. God is not going to overlook our disobedience and neither should we.

Many people want God to send rain, blessings, without touching anything in their lives. They want God to bless them, all the while worshiping other things, including self, money, and other things that have become an idol in their lives. (Remember, idolatry is any unauthorized person, place, or things, that people look to in order to get their needs met.) Some worship Him only on Sunday, but all week-long they live unto themselves for what they want. God would not shift from no rain to rain until they addressed their idolatry. God is not going to bless us so that we can share it with an idol.

So, if God has already decreed certain blessings for our lives, why do we still need to pray? Because what God has decreed needs a point of contact before it is delivered! Even though God knew when the rain would stop and when it would start again, nothing happened until Elijah prayed. When Elijah prayed, it came into the physical world. Point of contact!! James said that a fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

If we understand effectual, fervent prayer, as illustrated by James in the life of Elijah, we can effect heaven in opening and closing when we pray. James also said that Elijah was a man with a nature like ours. He was flesh and blood just like us. Elijah didn’t have just a general, ritualistic prayer that had been already written for him and then he repeated it out loud. What Elijah had was an effectual, righteous prayer that reached heaven.

What does it look like to have an effectual, fervent prayer? Well, that depends on how close you are to God and that will determine what you hear from God. If you are not close to God, you won’t hear the will of God applied to your life. The problem is, we want an answer and to hear from God, all the while keeping our distance from Him. The further you are from God, the more static you will likely hear, nothing will be clear. We can’t continue a long distance relationship from God and expect to hear the answer to what we have prayed about.

That is why prayer is relational communication with God, not ritual communication. If you draw near to God, you will be able to pick up on things that others won’t hear because of your proximity to the Lord.

What made proximity so close for Elijah? Scripture said Elijah was a righteous man. He lived his life to please the Lord. He was obedient. We cannot hear God’s will for our life while living a life-style that is in disobedience. If we want to experience supernatural power in prayer, the proximity must be “CLOSE!”

In verse 42 of Chapter 18, Elijah goes up to the top of Mount Carmel and bows down with his head between his knees. He gets alone, no distraction. We all need a place that is quiet without distraction in order to be alone for a one on one with the Lord. That’s one reason why people won’t pray. They are not willing to find a place with no distractions from the noise of the world to be alone with the Lord. However, when we get desperate enough for a prayer to be answered, we will find that place.

The bigger the miracle we need, the harder the “labor” will become. We need to push, just like a woman about to give birth. We have to birth that miracle and God will use us to do it. when we make “contact.”

Some ask, “Why do I have to go through all that?” Because giving birth to a supernatural miracle is asking God to do something out of the ordinary. People put time and effort into their careers, things they want to buy, relationships, so why all the grumbling about spending time with the One that can actually give us a better life?

There will come a time in the Christian life where no one, or anything can fix the problem, but God All Mighty! There will be a time when we need the supernatural to be manifested on this earth, so we better learn how to pray.

We commit our lives to Jesus Christ and we commit to prayer and do what it takes to give birth to a supernatural miracle.

AN EFFECTIVE, FERVENT PRAYER OF THE RIGHTEOUS MAN PREVAILS MUCH!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set Free

John 8:31 – Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciple indeed. (Verse 32) “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (Verse 33) They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will be made free’?” (Verse 34) Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. (Verse 35) “And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. (Verse 36) “Therefore if the Son makes you free; you shall be free indeed.”

So, is it possible for a Christian to be in bondage? Yes, and most people are after they first get saved because of their past. You can’t just quote Verse 32, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The word “and” comes before it, and before that, the verse says, “If” you abide in My word.” The truth is only going to make you free, if you abide in His word.

Whomever commits sin is in bondage, according to Jesus. In the Greek, the word “commit” means “prolonged.” Someone that continues in a particular sin for a long period of time, is in bondage. Bondage is an impulsive or compulsive behavior that restricts us from living and enjoying the freedom that Jesus died to give us.

Jeremiah 7:8 says, “Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit. (Verse 9) Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know, (Verse 10) and then come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered to do all these abomination’? (Verse 7:11) Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” says the LORD.”

Here is what Jeremiah is saying, “People who are saved, Christians, come to church still living in continuous sin, and say, ‘We’re delivered”, but haven’t changed in their daily living. Jeremiah asks, “What are you free to do? Are you free to commit sin?”

Jesus didn’t die for us to be free to sin. He died for us to be free from sin. Not that we will be perfect, but so that we won’t have a compulsive, continuous behavior that will destroy our lives.

When a believer is filled with the “Holy Spirit,” we continue to yield to His influence by praying and reading God’s Word. As we yield to His influence, we are filled with Him.

But what happens if a person continues to yield to a “demonic spirit?” What happens if a person continues to yield to their anger or lust, for instance? That person will be filled with whatever they yield to.

Romans 6:15 says, “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! (Verse 16) “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”

Obviously, Paul is talking to believers. Whomever you yield to, obey, you are in bondage to. Most people will never admit that they have a bondage area in their lives and that is why they are not set free.

The Jews couldn’t admit they were in bondage because in Verse 33, they told Jesus that they were descendants of Abraham and had never been slaves. They point-blank said, “We have never been in bondage to anyone!”

That statement is actually funny because, if you look through the history of the Jews, you will see how many times the Jews were in “Total Bondage.” To just name a few: The Babylonians, Egyptians, Assyrians, Romans, and on and on. This is called “selective memory,” as some Christians have today.

Christians think because they are a believer and they come to church, they certainly couldn’t be in bondage in any area. They will make excuses and say things like, “I have a weakness in that area.” Bull! That’s bondage to a spirit that is not of God. A person will never get free if they never admit they have a major bondage in a certain area and do something about it.

“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Jesus is the truth. He didn’t say, “You shall know of the truth.” There is a difference between just meeting Jesus one time and knowing Him. We are to know Him intimately. Fully knowing Him is what will break those chains of bondage and will set a person free. The more we know God, the more we know His word. The more we know His word, the more we will know Jesus, and that my friend is what will set you free.

Being set free really doesn’t depend on us. It depends on Jesus. The difficult part is for an individual to admit it and ask for help. But once they do, they are on their way to being set free. Jesus is not intimidated by Satan. He does not have to “get built up” to kick Satan out of something. All Jesus has to do is say the “Word!” Here is the great part, not only do we admit the bondage and ask Jesus for help, but He’s already done what’s needed to be done.

1 John 3:8 says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”

Mark 9:17 – Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. (Verse 18) And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.” (Verse 19) He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” (Verse 20) Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. (Verse 21) So he asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood.”

Picture that. Jesus doesn’t get excited and start yelling at the demon that has taken over this boy. He is not impressed with Satan’s tactics. (Verse 22) And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” (Verse 23) Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believe.”

How many of us have prayed, “If You can do anything Lord, help me.” Jesus turned it back to the father of this boy and said, “If you can believe.” Then Jesus sets the boy free when the father says, “Lord, I believe!” 

Come to Jesus with your belief and faith in Him, and He will set you free! Please remember this: Satan does not have the power to stop any one from coming to Jesus!

Do you remember the man in Chapter 5 of Mark, where a crazy, demon possessed man was living in a cave? Look what Mark 5:6 says: “But when he (the demon possessed man) saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him.” Even though this man was possessed, he still had the ability in his will to choose to worship Jesus. No one and certainly not a demon from hell, can stop any one from coming to Jesus to be set free from any kind of bondage!!

 

 

Healed

After a person is saved, the next step in their growing as a believer is to be healed, in their emotions and sometimes physically. Jesus is able and willing to do both.

Luke 4:16 – So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read. (Verse 17) And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: Verse 18) “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; (Verse 19) To preach the acceptable year of the LORD.”

When Jesus had sent His disciples out, He told them three things to do: preach the gospel, heal the sick, and cast out demons.

Physical healing

What does the Bible say about physical healing? Does God want us healed, or does God want us sick? These are very simple questions we can ask ourselves, because too many Christians today do not believe in divine healing, emotional or physical.

Look what God says in Exodus 15:26 – and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.”

This reference is not referring to “spiritual” healing. It is physical healing. God never changes and what He did for the Israelites in the Old Testament, He is still doing today.

Exodus 23:25 – “You shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.

Deuteronomy 7:15 – “And the LORD will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt, which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate you. 

Psalm 103:2 – Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. (Verse 3) Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, (Verse 4) who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies.

If we can believe that God can forgive all of our iniquities, and saves us from an everlasting eternity without Him,  then why is it so hard for people to believe Him when He says over, and over in His word, “I am the God that heals all your diseases?

Isaiah 53:4 says, “Surely He has borne our griefs (sickness is what the word means in Hebrew) and carried our sorrows (infirmities in Hebrew); The word sorrows is in the Old Testament 24 times and twenty of those times it is translated “sickness.” It is also quoted in the New Testament also, for those who think it just applies in the past tense.

Matthew 8:16 – When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, (Verse 17) that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, “He himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”

Matthew 4:23 – Now Jesus went about Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. (Verse 24) Then His fame went throughout all Syria and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytic; and He healed them. If He healed in the Old Testament and the New Testament, He is still healing today. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, He changes not.

Jesus never healed people to draw attention to Himself as some draw big crowds today, as if to say, “Look what I can do!” He healed people because of His mercy and because of “who” He was. This is what God does; He saves, He heals, and He sets the captives free!

Tradition makes some people uncomfortable with the teaching of healing. Some believe in “excesses” in the body of Christ. One excess is, “God heals every one,” and the other is “God doesn’t heal any one today.” Those are excesses that do not line up with the Scripture.

Another excess is “God does heal, but He chooses whom He will heal and He doesn’t choose to heal others only some.” Here is the problem with that kind of thinking. It places the blame as to why someone doesn’t get healed on God.

Here is another excess: “God has already healed everyone, through the cross, and those with enough faith can receive it.” In other words: If you don’t get healed, you didn’t have the faith to be healed. Now, it places the blame on the person.

BLAME IS FROM THE DEVIL!

Blame, shame, and condemnation, came into this world with the fall. It was the very first thing Adam and Eve did after the fall. God came to Adam and asked him if he had eaten the fruit. Adam said, “The woman you gave me, gave it to me.” And then when Eve was asked, she blamed it on the serpent. This is almost laughable if it weren’t so serious.

When we learn about physical healing from any doctrine or dogma, that begins to put blame on either God or the person, it is not from God. We need to stop blaming God for people not getting healed and stop blaming the people. We live in a fallen world and people get sick and hurt. Everything that goes wrong in a person’s life is not a loving God trying to correct you. You don’t burn someone to teach them not to “touch” that.

All through the Bible forgiveness and healing are combined. Jesus died for our sins, broke the power over us to sin, and He also broke that power over sickness.

To make this very clear, ask yourself: “Since I have been saved, have I sinned?” Yes, I have, because I still live in this fallen world and still make mistakes. So then, if I still sin, but am forgiven, does my body still get sick? Yes, because my body is not made perfect yet! However, that does not mean that Jesus does not still heal. We still believe, pray, and have our faith, to know that God does heal.

Remember these two phrases; “He sent Me to heal the brokenhearted and to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” God heals our emotions also. Oppressed means “bruised,” “crushed,” or “shattered.” It’s a hurt. To set free those who have been wounded. This means that, past wounds can hold you in bondage. People who have had their hearts broken, for whatever reason, also need God’s healing.

Here is the good news: He came to heal the “Brokenhearted!” Some people will tell you, “You just need to learn to live with it!” No, you need to be healed by the Master! Jesus never said, “I came so that you could “cope” with your brokenness.” He did not say that! He said, “I came so that you could be set free!” Jesus can do for us what no psychiatrist can do. We are not to go through life with open wounds. We bring every need to our Lord and Savior.

Here are some ways to know if you still have some emotional hurts that are keeping you in bondage: When someone points out an area that triggers an emotion to rise up that makes you want to say to them, “So do you,” you are in an emotional bondage. You take the focus off yourself and throw it back on the person that said that. Some will regurgitate their past hurts to any one who will listen.

Here is what a mature Christian will never do to someone who is hurting. They will not say to them, “You need to just get over it!” In order for a broken bone to heal it has to be set so it can heal correctly. Things have to be put in alignment. You go to a doctor who is an expert, get it set, and heed their instructions.

In the body of Christ there are experts that are set in place to help people with inner healings and deliverance. However, you won’t find help if you never tell any one about your hurts. Don’t let the devil steal your joy of being a Christian by controlling your emotions.  Jesus came to mend us and deliver us from our past and give us an abundant life, so don’t let the devil ruin your future with Christ.

Are You Saved?

What exactly does it mean to be saved? God has a specific purpose for all our lives, but we will never accomplish it until we are saved, healed and set free. Too many times, people try to disciple other people who are saved but they themselves are not healed or set free before trying to help and disciple someone else.

What does the word “Saved” mean? 1 Corinthians 1:18 says, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” Being saved is present tense.

1 Corinthians 3:15 says, “If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” Will be, future tense.

Ephesians 2:8, 9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God (past tense), (Verse 9) not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Salvation is “grace through faith, not of works, because of boasting. There will be no boasting in heaven. Every person that will be in heaven, will understand that they are there by the grace of God, and no other reason.

So, from these verse that we just read; are you being saved, present tense; or will you be saved, future tense; or have you been saved, past tense? The answer is yes; you will be saved, and you are being saved, if you have been saved, present, future, and past tense. There is a past tense to the word saved that we have to understand.

We are tri-une beings. We all have three parts, body, soul, and spirit. Our bodies “will be saved” in the resurrection. Right now, while on earth, we are in a decaying body.

Our souls, mind, will and emotions, “are being saved.” Our souls are being transformed, renewed into the mind of Christ.

The Greek word for saved is “Sozo,” but pronounced “Sode-zo.” It means to be made whole in body, soul, and spirit – to be made perfect. One day we will have perfect bodies, but our souls are being “perfected” now. Our bodies “will be” saved, our souls “are being” saved, and our “spirits” have been saved, if you have accepted what Jesus did on the cross for you. In other words “Your spirit has a perfect relationship with God, because Jesus paid the full price for our sins. This should clear up what these previous verses mean.

So, what happens when a person gets saved, past tense? Here are seven things about getting saved: (1) It is a gift. If we don’t understand this first, our reasoning and understanding of all else will be messed up. It is a gift from God, to receive. Salvation is not a goal to achieve. And we can’t have it both ways, grace and works. If it’s grace, it’s not works and if it’s works, it’s not grace.

Romans 11:6 says, “And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise works is no longer work.” Grace is a gift and works would be earned. If it’s a gift, we can’t pay for it. 

We couldn’t and didn’t pay for our salvation before we got saved, and we can’t pay for it after we get saved by works, lest anyone should boast.

(2) It’s eternal life. Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 1 John 2:25 – and this is the promise that He has promised us – eternal life. 1 John 5:13 – These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. So, when does “eternal” life start? It starts when we die to “self.” It starts when we die to our own way. This, right here is why there are a lot of people who think they are saved but are really not. They have never committed to Christ and died to self.

(3) Being saved is forgiveness. Acts 13:38 says, “Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; Jeremiah 31:34 says, “I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Psalm 103:12 – As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Forgiveness is complete release from the penalty that was against us! God has chosen to remember our sins no more!

(4) It’s justification. Romans 3:24 – being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Galatians 2:16 – knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

What does it mean to be justified by God? It means that God is a just God and it is justice for Him to sentence us, me, to heaven. God in His grace towards us, sends us to heaven, because Jesus paid the full price for our transgressions. He is not going to punish two people for the same crime. So if you receive Jesus Christ, you are set free from the penalty of sin which is death.

(5) It’s righteousness. Romans 4:3 – For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Righteousness means right standing with God. It doesn’t mean doing the right thing, that’s righteous. However, we can be righteous and have righteousness, because Jesus did the right thing. So here’s what happened: Before I was saved, there was sin in “my account.” In Jesus account, there was righteousness. God took all of the sin that was in my account and put it in Jesus account, transferred. That’s why Jesus died for me and you. The Bible says He made Him, who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness in Christ Jesus.

God actually took the sin of the whole world and placed it in Jesus account. People need to know that everyone in the entire world has had their sins paid for. They are not all saved though, because they have to believe that Jesus Christ is their Savior.

When we were saved, all our sin went into Jesus’ account and when we believed, Jesus righteousness went into our account. That’s what this verse says. When Abraham believed God, God put righteousness into his account.

He that believes, has life, he that doesn’t believe, doesn’t have life. We all have a choice to believe or not, whether we go to heaven or hell is our choice.

(6) It’s redemption. 1 Corinthians 6:19 – Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? If you have been saved, you don’t belong to you anymore. 1 Corinthians 6:20 – For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 

The word redeemed is to “purchase back.” God had given dominion to Adam and Eve. They lost that to Satan. Jesus came and legally purchased it back. He purchased the world and every person in the world. He owns them all now. However, He created us in His image, we have a will, and so we can choose whether we serve God or not serve God.

(7) It is a total commitment. There are a lot of people who have fire insurance because they don’t want to go to hell. They go to church and do “churchy things,” but Jesus is not the Lord of their lives. Luke 6:46 says, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things I say?” Matthew 7:21 says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Matthew 7:22 – Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord,’ have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ Matthew 7:23 – And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who have practiced lawlessness!’ “

Jesus said that there are going to be “many” in that day that say this to Him. Jesus did not say, “I once knew you, but I don’t anymore.” He said, “I never knew you!” This proves that a person cannot lose genuine salvation. You don’t receive it once and then lose it. Because Jesus says, “I never knew you,” that person that he is speaking to, was never truly saved, according to what this Scripture says. They never came to the place where they gave control of their life to the Lord.

So, how can a person know that they are truly saved? Ask yourself: Who is the boss in my life? Is it you or Christ? Do your principles and standards take charge or do you follow the Bible in your decisions? If you have never died to self and are still in control, then you are deceiving yourself.

It takes total commitment, surrender, to receive this free gift of salvation. There is not a covenant until both people die. Jesus already died, and we have to die to self in order for the covenant to take effect.

It’s not enough to just believe there is a God, so does Satan. But Satan is not going to heaven because he won’t submit his will to the Lord Jesus Christ. We must will our control over to the Lord. He is either Lord over all or He is not Lord at all! Our God does not take second place.

There are a whole lot of people who have receive a little bit of Jesus, or a little bit of religion, and it’s a counterfeit salvation. It actually tricks them into thinking they have the real thing. If a person has any doubt about whether they are truly saved or not, why not make it right today? This is an eternal question about where you are going to spend eternity.

 

 

 

Miracles Glorify God

In Matthew Chapter 9, there is an instance where Jesus healed a paralytic man. Matthew 9:8 reads, “But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled, and glorified God, who had given such power to men.”

God has given the believer supernatural abilities through the gifts He gives. The gifts of the Spirit – miracles – glorify God.

Signs and wonders are for the purpose of validating the Word of God, which is what will change people’s lives.

1 Peter 1:23 says, “having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,”…

So what’s the purpose of miracles? It is to get people to believe His Word. When someone hears about it being God’s will for a person to be healed, we demonstrate it by speaking over them in the name of Jesus. Their healing validates God’s Word. It’s not the miracles that change people, but it will cause them to believe that the word spoken is the Word of God.

In Mark 2:1-12, Jesus was teaching and preaching the Word to a large number of people. Four men showed up carrying a paralytic man on a bed, but couldn’t get anywhere near Jesus. So, they went up on the roof and let him down on the bed. and when Jesus saw their faith, He said, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” Some of the scribes that were there started grumbling and wanting to know who can forgive sins but God? 

Then Jesus answered them and said, “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk?’ “

Jesus produced the healing so people would know that, if He could do things in the physical realm that they could see happen at His word, then spiritual things such as the forgiveness of sins could also take place. Jesus used miracles to validate His Word.

In Hebrews 2:2, 3, it says that God confirmed this word by the power of the Holy Spirit. Now put that with Mark 16:20 which says, “And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.”

The Bible says in Mark 17 and 18, “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; (Verse 18) “they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.”

Acts 10:38 reads, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.” Jesus and His Word confirmed and drew people to Him to hear His message. This glorified God. Jesus never healed anyone and made Himself more important than the compassion He showed for the people.

The word is preached, then confirmed with miracles, signs, and wonders. Too many sermons are preached Sunday after Sunday with no power behind them. The flow of God’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit, equips believers with gifts to perform these miracles and it will glorify God.

Too many Christians have no idea of the power that has been placed on the inside of them. Stop waiting on someone else to “do it!” You are equipped with the Holy Spirit to do just as Jesus did.

1 John 4:17 says that, “As He is, so are we in this world.” Just as Jesus is, so are we in this world. Instead of always looking for someone else to do the “laying on of hands,” you do it! Watch what will happen when you let the Holy Spirit flow through you for the benefit of someone else. Your healing might just happen while you are praying for someone else.!