The Just Shall Live By His Faith

“Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.” – Habakkuk 2:4

What you truly believe, you will live by. Yet only faith in the words, teachings, and blood of Jesus can save. So if you have faith in those things then you will live by them.

If God has promised you something and you believe it then you will live as though you have already received it. This is what Abraham demonstrated and it was counted unto him for righteousness. He had faith for the land so he went and began planting trees even before it was physically given. His living reflected what he believed in.

When God showed me who my husband would be, I believed him and stopped dating, even before we were together. When God told me that He had a revival for me, I started seeking and preparing messages 3 years before it happened. The Lord has promised children so a few years ago, I got a journal bible to write notes in for them. He has spoken that the youth of our ministry will carry the messages and teachings beyond us all the way to Jerusalem, so I began recording and categorizing our messages for them to glean from in future generations. With these things, the Lord is well pleased and will pour out the grace needed to achieve it, because when one does more then just professes but actually “lives” by “their” faith in what God has said to them, it is counted unto them for righteousness.

“For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” – Romans 4:3

This is why we are justified by faith in Jesus. Everything that He came to teach us and every step that the Holy Spirit leads us is setting us on that narrow path of righteousness that leads to life. Yet Jesus told us that very few actually find it. Why? Because everyone wants to be their own god, like Adam.

Now understand this, that it is not by our works that we receive the promises, but because we have faith for the promises do we live by that faith. We cannot achieve the promises of God, Only He can bring those things about for us. What we do is but a light and small thing that shows that we believe. Abraham was not able to take the land promised to him, only God could deliver that promise by grace. Yet Abraham lived by his faith in that promise by leaving what he knew and walking to were God had called him too. What he did was a light thing that he could achieve which proved that he believed and God was pleased. God counted it for righteousness, and did the rest, the parts that no man can. This was a sacrifice for Abraham but not an impossible task. God will ask of us light things. They may seem sacrificial and difficult but they are actually light afflictions meant only to test us. Live by your faith and do them and He will pour out grace in great measures of glorious fulfillment of His promises.

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

For me to believe what God has spoken to me, that I am setting up the next generation of our ministry to do mighty things even before any sign of it can be seen, requires me to give up immense amounts of time and energy that my flesh and will would rather spend doing other things. If I did what I wanted, and went where I wanted I would make myself my own king and show that my faith was actually in me. But I trust My God’s wisdom and His faithfulness to me. I believe what He has spoken both in scripture and to me personally, so I “live” by what I believe. It shapes my life and actions. It plots my daily course. I seek to press on no matter how hard for the hope that has been set before me. I serve and God to keeps His promises, His covenants do not fail.

All that I have experienced when I stepped out in faith has taught me this. So I know that though I may have to wait to see the majesty of what He is doing, He will do it eventually and entirely above and beyond and more abundantly then anything I could ever hope for or imagine. For it has not even fully entered into the hearts of man, the things that are in store for those who trust Him. So don’t just say that you believe while continuing to be your own king, because the reality is this, you “will” live by “your” faith. Therefore will your life prove you’re faith. This is why the books of remembrance will be opened on judgment day, to see what we really believed. Not only by what we said, but also by how we lived.

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven….Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:” – Matthew 7:21, 24

“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.” – Luke 6:46-49

Novice

“Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.” – 1 Timothy 3:6

In Paul’s instructions on things to be considered when positioning or appointing people into ministry, ministering, or leadership roles in the church, one thing that he listed was that the person not be a novice. The word translated into our English word “novice” means “newly planted.”

Those who are newly planted in the Lord are not rooted in the truth enough to be ministering to others. Paul warns us that they will be led into error, into misleading others, and into misrepresenting the gospel, the character of Christ, and His message through pride. Leaving them then needing to be corrected and judged for their wrong actions, teachings, and leadings. Being condemned to this, is both damaging to the body of Christ and to the new plant which must be pruned before that it is even right established. Therefore is it not wise to give any role of leadership to a novice. It makes them a target for the enemy who is relentless in trying to infiltrate the ministry before they are rooted, strengthened, equipped, or have the wisdom to handle it.

Jesus never did this. He always required a full three years of discipleship at minimum. A time a teaching and testing, of learn and growing before the going and doing. Now I am not talking about your testimony, all should speak openly of what God has don’t for them, giving His praise, glory and thanks for it! However, a person who is not founded, grounded, and rooted in the truth of the word of God has no business trying to speak for God in preaching, teaching, prophesying, giving words, counsil, or leading. They have no bassist for discernment to determine what spirit, the things that they are hearing, is coming from.

The Bible tells us to test the spirits to see if they are of God. How else do we test them except against the word of God and as Jesus instructed, against the character and nature of God by examining the fruits. That which is newly planted does not yet even have fruit. Therefore one who is not producing the fruits of the Holy Spirit should never be put into positions of ministry, because if they do not bare the evidence of the Holy Spirit in their character then where are their words and gifts coming from? From another spirit, for the Spirit of the Lord will not share His glory with an other. It is either one or the other. So how do you know if they are a wheat or a tear? When newly planted they look the same, yet one is planted by God and the other by the enemy of the brethren. It is not until they produce fruit that you can’t tell the difference. When the wheat bows down and the tear stands proud.

So minister of the Lord, do not be so eager to appoint and portion and allow unchecked giftings to be in operation in your ministry. Teach and disciple the newly planted but do not give them positions in even perceived leadership in your ministry. They do not yet know the tactics of the enemy. He will work their pride against them, and by it will many be polluted.

“Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.” – ‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭3:6- 10‬ ‭

All Shall See

“For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.” – Luke 17:24

We have all seen the signs… no I’m not talking about the spiritual signs of the times… I’m talking about the billboards that say that Jesus is coming back on such and such a date. They never pan out and only serve to break faith in, and make lite of a very serious thing. Jesus is coming and He warned us that many would claim to know when and some would even claim to “be” Him.

“Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” – Matthew 24:23-24

Jesus made it very clear that no man, not even the angels of heaven, or even him himself knew when His return would be, but only the Father. So no man can give you an exact date, if they do, i assure you, it is fake! However, Jesus did tell us that we would be able to discern the season by the signs of it and know that it was near. Those spiritual signs are being fulfilled all around us now so that we can be very sure that time is quickly running out.

Reach out now with urgency to the lost, the hurting, and your loved ones while there is yet time. The night comes when no man can work. When it is too late to gather others in. When the door is shut and all are judged. Agin, remember the importance of the full gospel and teachings of Jesus! Remember that He is coming and when He does, ALL WILL SEE IT! There will be no, unbelievers on that day, so when the trials and tribulations and temptation come to shake you, stand in faith and wait!

“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:10-11

“For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” – Habakkuk 2:14

“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” – Revelation 1:7-8

Full Reward

“Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.” – 2 John 1:8

The phrase “look to yourself” in this passage means “examine yourself”. John instructs us here to stop and take a good look at ourselves to make sure that we are not backsliding or even just becoming laxed, lazy, or complacent in the race of faith, that we be able to receive our full reward in eternity.

we can sometimes tend to look to, and hold on to past victories; rather then to the next mission. We are greatfull for the rewards we have already stored up, but could there be more to come? My friend if you are still on this earth then there is more race to be run and more rewards to be won!

Scripture talks about 5 different crowns given in eternity for different things that we can be awarded in order to have something to lay at Jesus feet! I desire to receive a “full” reward on that day. My Savior deserves it, He gave His all for me, I should give my all to Him. His all is so much more than mine, but love gives what it can. A child can’t give what it’s father can, but it gives non the less. Even if it’s just a flower picked, or a hug, or a kiss; love gives. So examine yourselves today and see, or you “giving”, or are you only “taking.” Because he who gives will receive more to give and ultimately will receive a full reward to offer to the one who gave all for us!

“Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.” – 2 John 1:8

Don’t Give Up

In God’s Kingdom, victories are reserved for those who endure. Faith is proven in the persevering. Scripture tells us that those who endure to the end will be saved. It’s not a race for the swift, but one of endurance. Keep believing, keep praying, keep fighting, don’t give up.

In the great battles of my life, when all physical Hope seemed lost, one things continued to ring in my heart. “If you don’t quit you will win.” Our God is the God of the impossible, therefore nothing is impossible for those who believe in Him! Remind yourself of His omnipotence and of His great faithfulness! Yes it may be hard in this moment, but nothing is “too” hard for Him!

My God is the God of resurrection! He specializes in bringing dead things to life! There is no person too far gone, no situation too bad off, no thing that has died or dried or passed away that He cannot resurrect by the power of His grace! Where His Spirit is there is life, resurrection, and new beginings. He raised us up from nothingness, He can do it again in whatever situation that you are facing. So don’t give up! Get up and pray! Cry out in faith! Speak to Him of His unfailing faithfulness and matchless grace! Tell Him that you KNOW that He can do this and shake the heavens with your petitions to prove it! Know this, that first your faith must resurrected, then everything else will followed after it!

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” – Jeremiah 32:27

“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” – Mark 9:23

“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” – Matthew 21:22

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” – Matthew 7:7

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” – Matthew 24:13

Justified Words

Words” are the indication of the principles of the heart; by our “words” the heart shall be known, as the tree is by its fruit.

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit” – Matthew 12:33

If words are true, proper, instructive, pious and humble, they will prove that the heart is yielded to God. If words are envious, malignant, condemning, prideful, intimidating, manipulative and impious, they will prove that the heart is out of God’s will.

“A good man, out of the good treasure of his heart, brings forth good; and an evil man, out of the evil treasure of his heart, brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” – Luke 6:45

I know, when I had a troubled fountain (heart) or a corrupt spring (soul), it sent forth muddy and unpleasant waters to anyone in my wake. There was Nothing but the salt, grace, mercy and love of God inside of me, that cast LIFE into those springs and as I surrendered, bowed, and humbled myself, only then could God begin to flow through my soul, my heart and finally my mouth.

I am growing daily by asking for help in this area and HE hears me. I will continue listening learning and faithfully stepping out with LOVE. A healed soul and heart will heal and cleanse the waters that flow through the mouth. This type of heart will season the Speech and Tongue of the most corrupt, purifying any and all corrupt communication. As a person’s Actions and speech will most certainly demonstrate a person’s inner heart.

“All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” – Mark 7:23


A heart hardened or seared from within will bring things forth from the soul, the heart, thus, a mouth that speak that which is not from God. I only want to speak things from a source of power, humility, contriteness and love. This source is God

Our speech, which is a natural overflow of our thoughts and attitudes can become a diseased tree. Just as the pharisees produced bad fruit, so can anyone not yielded to God produce bad fruit in their hearts and speech toward others.

Faith, works, and words are all elements of a mans character. They show what type of character a man possesses. Jesus declares, we are accountable for every word we say, this principle is tied into our daily lives, that our words reveal what is truly in our hearts.

“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”

Submitted by Julie Gardner

Bring Forward

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:” – 3 John 1:4-6

Many have a wrong conception of ministry. This is no new thing, Jesus had to address it continually. The pharisees wanted to be celebrities. They wanted to be served, adored, worshiped. In actuality it goes back further then even them. Lucifer himself was a worship leader in heaven when he began to desire accolade, self service, and attention.

Jesus came to teach us by His example that to be a true minister of the gospel we must be servants, not lords, for we have one Lord and we are not He. In fact it is only the enemy that desires to steal glory from the true King. The antichrist (Lucifer working through a human form), according to scripture, will set himself up in the house of God wanting to be worshiped as God. In other words, the antichrist will do on earth what Lucifer did in heaven because the same spirit that did it will inhabit that man.

Yet Paul warns us that many antichrist have already gone out into the world. Yes that spirit is here already as Satan fell like lightening, he prowls even now seeking whom he may devour. The hour is late and the time of the manifestation of the Sons of God draws near, so will the enemy of the true saints of God fight, and tempt, and flatter, speaking lies and great deceptions into the elects ears. Don’t be bought by the promises of worldly gain, the deceitful was of riches, business, attention, and fame will steal your fruitfulness away.

Many think that the big stage is the measure of success but the Pharisees had this and were condemned by the words of Jesus. Jesus, Paul, the Apostles has a hand full of disciples. Evangelism has its place but if people get saved and there is no one left to tend to them then it is the equivalent of spiritual abortion. There must be spiritual fathers and mothers who will nurture the babes in Christ. Not lord over them, not make them their personal fans or servants, but parent them, teach them, encourage and correct them. This is of the utmost importance and a task of great reverence and reward in the kingdom.

Paul would preach in a city for several years until a church was established and disciples where raised up under him that he could leave in leadership to tend to those who would continue to come into the kingdom. Then he would move on to a new territory while continuing to check back in on them. Lord help us to be servants Peter, Paul, and Jesus; not celebrity wanna-be’s like the pharisees. Let us work willingly in the unseen to see that others or discipled and made able to stand strong in the work of the kingdom themselves like good mothers and fathers do for their own children. Let us never seek stages or attention but rather walk in humble obedience and submission to the leading of the Holy Spirit and service to the Kingdom and those that need be brought into it.

Let us direct others to the narrow path of righteousness then help them learn to walk on it. To pick them up when they stumble, to feed, strengthen, have patience with, and eventually position them in their purposes. Not lording over them but teaching and leading them in humble, selfless, sacrificial discipleship. This is true ministry, servant hood, destiny at it’s finest fulfillment. To effect not only you but the generations after you with a demonstration of the truth that you are claiming to believe and asking them to receive.

Ministry is not for your glory, it’s for His, His purposes, and the saving of the souls of men and the bringing of them into a new family as Kong’s and priest of an eternal Kingdom. Demonstrate true leadership to them. Demonstrate humility, and selfless sacrificial servanthood; like Jesus did.

“And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.” – Luke 22:25-27

“But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:25-28

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” – Matthew 28:19-20

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:” – 3 John 1:4-6

Don’t Trust in Merchants

“Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.”

Hosea 12:1

In this chapter God gives Ephraim a dire warning. They put their trust in merchants, in allegiances with Assyria, and in the oil of Egypt. False power, false anointing, false prevision, false security, and a false covering from false gods. Yet was the true God of unlimited power and resources there all the while waiting for them to seek Him, to call upon Him, and trust in Him for deliverance! In Him and in Him only! No mixture because that these other things would receive the credit for His omnipotent acts of deliverance. How much more mighty has he already proven Himself to be then Egypt and Assyria and all their merchants and world systems?

So that yet again He is forced to step back and remove His blessings until they relearn the lesson that they do not come from men but from Him! He must allow all the things that they put their faith in to fail them. He must take them back to dwelling in tents in the wilderness just like when He took them out of Egypt (the world system) the last time, in order to teach them to depend on Him again; like a bride does to her husband.

“Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually. He (these other lovers/that which they have trusted in) is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress. And Ephraim said, Yet I am become rich, I have found me out substance: in all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that were sin. And I that am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles (tents), as in the days of the solemn feast.” – Hosea 12:6-9

Interestingly enough, the word for “merchant” in Hebrew is the same word for a sea faring trader, a trafficker, and Canaan or a Canaanite. The Canaanites were historically the enemies of God and His people. God condemned their practices, their gods (Baal), and their influence. You can’t serve both God and mammon (money/an economic system) because at its root, the religion of money is a religion of serving self (your own will and pleasure), obeying self, and trusting in self or the gods of self, the gods of the merchants, the canaanites; which is Baal.

God is able to provide. He can rain down manna from heaven if need be. He is able to guide, He can pour out revelation from the very thrown of grace. God is able to save, salvation is His very name. The question is, do you believe it? Or do you trust more in the Assyrian, the merchant, the current world system, in economies, politicians, the gods of the Canaanite, or the oil of Egypt?

God Cursed Ephrium and Judah for doing this, all while pleading with them to put their trust fully in Him and seek Him continually until they saw a real victory. Oh some may trust in horses, and some may trust in chariots, but I will trust in the name of the Lord. He is the only true source of strength, hope, salvation, deliverance, peace, security, and prosperity. He is the only one who brings real and lasting victory. All else will fail us, will damn and condemn us on the day of judgment. All else will only serve to promise greatness but deliver chains and darkness. Don’t trust in Assyria, don’t trust Egypt, dont trust the works of man’s hands, their plans, or your own ambitions. Don’t trust in merchants. Trust in Jesus!

“We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the Lord fulfil all thy petitions. Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” – Psalms 20:5-7

Just Ask

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” – Matthew 7:7-11

I recently ordered some new studio headphones for our church. After a few weeks of them not showing up I received a call informing me that they were on back order. The man on the phone asked if there was anything he could do for me to shorten my wait. Being pataint and polite I simply asked when he thought they may be coming. He looked into it and said, “oh it looks like one will be here to ship out in a day or so.” Not wanting to cause a scene or be an inconvenience I said, “that’s fine, I’ll wait.” To which he informed me that he could have upgraded me to a better model at no cost and shortened my wait, had I just asked. Not wanting to be greedy or impatient I had said nothing and simply waited.

Then the Lord spoke, “how many times have I wanted to give you better but you didn’t ask Me for it? Better hearing, better vision, better miracles, better revelation. How many times did I desire to upgrade your situation, giftings, blessings, anointing, or messages but you didn’t ask Me? How many times did I want to move mountains but you kept your mouth shut or tried to work it out yourself with what you had? How many times have you failed to just asked?”

Like to the woman at the well, Jesus tells us today, “if you really knew who I was, you would ask of Me…” Humility is a precious thing but don’t let it be a cover for a lack of faith in who God is, in His power and omnipotence. Be stirred in your spirit that what the righteous ask in Jesus Name, God hears it! Big or small, He hears it all!

Moses asked “show Me Your glory” and He did! Mary asked for a miracle that would start Jesus’s earthly miracle ministry and He did. Peter asked to walk on water and it happened. The persistent widow asked for justice and it was given. Blind Bartimaeus asked for his vision and received it! Even Jesus asked the Father for our salvation and acceptance into His Kingdom and because of it, all of existence was changed in an instant.

Prayer changes things because it petitions the one who can do anything! Nothing is too hard for God! Nothing too big or too small. Nothing to far, too dead, too hopeless that He can’t resurrect it! It’s good to have patience, it’s good to lack greed, but don’t let it be used against you when there is a need. Jesus said, “ask and you shall receive!” So don’t forget to ask for better things.

“Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father. At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.” – John 16:24-27

“Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” – John 14:10-14

“Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.” – James 4:2

The Final Blessing

In jewish culture, the time in which a person is passing from this physical world into the spiritual one to come is very sacred. In biblical times, words spoken by a dying patriarch held great weight and spiritual authority. God always honored these words and just as the decree of a king, they could not be changed once released. We see demonstrated this very clearly in the story of Jacob and Esau. Issac spoke Esau’s blessing over Jacob and it was so. It could not be stopped or undone. It could not be reversed. It was finished. His last will and testament. Great is the weight of the final blessing in a jewish passing.

We understand that these final words, request, proclamations, and blessings were not entirely the words of man. They often had a prophetic nature to them. Showing that in their passing God gave them a glimpse of what was coming through their lineage. We see it in the final words of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses. Yet there is no greater final words spoken then those of Jesus, who for “the hope that was set before Him” endured the cross.

Jesus was also given this glimpse into the future of His heirs, and it gave Him strength and peace in His passing. In Him are we all adopted into His family and can receive the blessings given by these other great men of scripture, but also the greatest, most beautiful, and most powerful final blessing ever spoken. His. When He uttered the words, “Father, forgive them”. In that moment was “all” of history changed by the words of a patriarch released that day. Choose to receive the adoption of God through Christ by faith, confess your sins and need for salvation, repent of them, and receive the promise of forgiveness.

God has always honored the final words and request of Godly men, how much more the words of His own righteous Son. “Thank You, Jesus for what You’ve done to give us an inheritance in Your eternal Kingdom. To speak a blessing over those who don’t deserve it, even while they hurt Him. The greatest final blessing ever spoken.

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.” – Luke 23:34

Now you and I can be children of the Kingdom that are able to pronounce blessings with great authority in our time of passing also. The enemy will seek to fill you with hate, arrogance, and offense just like He tried to do to Jesus. To pollute your well and steal your final gift to the world. When your time comes, will you still be speaking blessings and forgiveness, even if your passing comes by way of persecution? Will you leave the undeserving a blessing in exchange for their cursings?

Prayer:

“Lord Give us a heart to do as even You yourselves have done. To speak life, to be love, to demonstrate forgiveness, to live the message of Jesus. To walk in the fullness and fulfillment of His final prayer and blessing to us, and to freely give what we have been given.”

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before thim endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” – Hebrews 12:1-4

“Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.” – Romans 12:14