Still a God of Power!

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” – 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Paul warns of a deception that would arise in the church in the last days. Having a form of godliness, they claim to belong to Christ but yet they deny the overcoming power of His Name and blood! From such people, Paul warns, turn away! Flee from them! Have no part in it. In fact the word “turn away” is the literal definition of repent. Paul warns that one need repent of being among those that are like this.

The list of previous sins, including unholiness, are things that they are ok with. They teach that you need not (or cannot) be freed from the bondage of sin, removing the limitless power of the true God of scripture (of whom nothing is impossible) for the powerless justification of a god of their own making who is not stronger then the enemy or the sin he binds you in. They preach unbelief and claim it is Christianity when it has no power to set the captive free. It’s a fallacy and Paul said to repent of it and flee from those who teach it.

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might agree with him.” – 2 Corinthians 11:3-4

Jesus said that because the Spirit of God was upon Him, He received powered to set the captive free! Then He died to make a way for that same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead to be received by you and me!

The Word says that the Anointing “breaks the yoke” of bondage to the enemy! If there is no yoke breaking power in your church then it’s because Jesus (who is the anointing) is not in it! Flee from it! If there is no yoke breaking power in the god that you serve, then it’s because it is not the real God of scripture who is unchanging! Flee from it! If there is no yoke breaking power in your life then it’s because the yoke breaker is not the Lord of it! Flee from it! Repent of it! Die to it and come alive in Christ by the power of the limitless Holy Spirit!

“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” – Romans 8:11-15

He is still a God of power, if your god is powerless or limited in anyway then it is not the God of the Bible! Come to the Anointed One! Come to salvation, deliverance, and freedom! Come to Jesus! Not just a hollow form of godliness laid down in words that justify peoples emptiness, defeatedness, powerlessness, and sinfulness! But a God of limitless power and demonstration unto the shaming of the limitations of the enemy that has been placed underneath His feet!

“But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” – 1 Corinthians 4:19-20

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.”- Luke 1:37

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

Jesus has been given all power, authority, and dominion! He has taken the keys (authority) of the kingdom away from Satan and given it to His anointed. Those who truly believe Him, to walk in it! Overcoming victory over the enemy is available to those who truly believe in the real Him. Not in a powerless faithless victory-less form of godliness, but in Jesus! The Son of the Living God! The Holy and Anointed One! The Truth, the Way, and the Life! The overcomer! The Resurrection! The Deliverer! The Savior! The Victor! The real Jesus!

“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” – Revelation 3:21-22

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” – Revelation 12:11

“Nay, in all these things we are more than overcomes through him that loved us.” – Romans 8:37

In Remembrance of Me

“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.” – 1 Corinthians 11:23-24

I once endured a great depth of pain and affliction for someone that I loved trying to help them and save them from their own bad decisions. Years later while in conversation a remembrance of this situation came up and to my great sorrow they did not remember it. They did not even truly believe that it happened and therefor did not appreciate the depths of my sacrifice for them. I wanted no apology, they did not need to make amends, I just wanted them to acknowledge what I had endured for them and appreciate it and it broke my heart all over again when it didn’t happen.

Yet it was in this moment that the Lord showed me the depths of healing that the simple act of taking communion brings to Him, when we truly remember what He did and appreciate it. However, it also showed me the sorrow that it can bring when we take it unworthily, in “unbelief”.

Do we really believe what He endured for us? Not only the physical brokenness but but His broken heart over us. How He gave His all to show us His love for us while we played the harlot with an unworthy lover right before Him and yet even while His heart was breaking as He had to endure witnessing this, He still poured out His blood for us. Do we really remember His suffering? Because I think if we did, then we would never again be tempted to cheat on Him with sin, to return to that other lover, in fact it would cause us to hate it for what it did to Him. To repent of it and beg for forgiveness. To love on Him daily and appreciate Him for what He did. This is the power of communion, of truly remembering.

As I broke the bread I took time to remember His brokenness and feel it. Not just a broken body and the things that He did, but His broken heart over what He witnessed while being despised and rejected by the ones He did it for. His broken heart over our rejection of Him for our other lovers, whatever pleased the flesh, whatever the wicked one suggested in our ear. Yet oh how Jesus still poured out His blood, suffered, and died to save us from those other lovers bent only on destroying us and hurting Him through us, even while we were yet still with them. In remembering this we will come to know the depths of a true communion.

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

Breaking the break I remember His broken heart over all of this and I remorsed over it, I repented and thanked Him for it. Then I took the cup, the blood, the forgiveness. The price He paid for my redemption, and I realized the order of communion was with intent. First the bread then the wine, the body then the blood, repentance then forgiveness, remorse then redemption from it, conviction then conversion, remembrance then love. The body, then the blood.

“We love him, because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19

“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband (Christ), that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 11:2

“To Them…”

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” – Romans‬ ‭8:28‬

It was at a very early age, I feel deeply in love with God.

Everything God was, I adored.

Everything He had for me, I wanted.

Every Word He spoke, I was listening.

All things God, His sovereignty, His omnipotence, His love & mercy, even and especially His discipline & chastisement, I learned early to reverence, long for, and respect.

Growing deep into His Word, both spoken in personal quiet time, and His written Word (the Bible), I consumed all…

The more I matured in it over the years, and especially here and now in ministry, the more I began to see many “areas of opportunity” for the church to align completely with HIS Words, not our desires.

It is an unfortunate reality, but so often times we mistakenly see things that make us feel better, without taking it all into proper context. Namely, the conditions His Word lays out for us to obtain such blessing.

This opening scripture is just a “single grain of sand” in the “beach” of examples we can so easily miss and overlook scripturally. Take note of the title of this devotional, as it is to emphasize the nature of the specific audience that “all things will work together” for: to them who love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Does God love and desire the BEST for us? Of course… But those things that make us better spiritually, are the same things that will require our complete surrender of ourselves, or better: To Die. Christian living is not meant to make us “better;” it’s meant to “start completely over”

“Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a NEW creature: old things are passed away; behold, ALL things have become new.” – ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬

“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” – Luke‬ ‭9:23-24‬

To summarize, we have to take “the good” WITH the “sacrificial” All His promises are true, but they are usually not inclusive, usually they are exclusive. My father-in-law, our senior pastor and overseer, always says to “count the ‘if’s’ in the Bible” Salvation in and of itself is a HUGE example of these “conditional” verses:

“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” – Luke‬ ‭13:3‬

FORGIVENESS:

“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” – Matthew‬ ‭6:14-15‬

LOVE:

If ye love me, keep my commandments.” – John‬ ‭14:15‬

DISCIPLESHIP:

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;”. – John‬ ‭8:31‬

And there are so many countless examples of this, all throughout the scriptures.

God loves us, yes, and is merciful, but even mercy given to the woman caught in adultery, Jesus’ exhortation revealing the expectation was “Go and sin no more” (John 8:11) God’s mercy and love are designed to lead us to repentance, which leads to everlasting life.

Of course dear reader, you can neverearn” that salvation, but when He freely gives that precious eternal gift by way of grace & faith, we are to walk in the life of sacrifice that holiness would require. (1 Peter 1:16)

Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me if I have overlooked or misused Your Word. Let me not be presumptuous of Your Word to fit my desires, but may my desire become Your Word!

“He Calls Us His Own”

There can be no greater privilege than His sonship. But there is a responsibility that must be embraced if we want God to favor our life and ministry beyond our salvation, for His favor requires continuous surrender to His Lordship.

I have had many discussions with people on the question if Jesus can be Lord and not our Lord. Can He save us without being Lord over ALL of our life?

He is the Lord God of the Universe. He is who He is, whether we recognize Him as such or not. But to be Lord over OUR life requires our total submission to Him. His Lordship increases in our eyes and in our lives, even though He has never been less Lord.

I have found by my own life’s journey that the more I surrender in obedience to His Lordship through my personal abandonment of my rights to myself, and then to start trusting Him more deeply, the more I see who He is as Lord of the Universe, and as well, MY Lord and MY God.

This process leads to His objective for me, which is His favor and approval: “This is my beloved son” Years ago, my repentant prayer of rededication to God was, “Lord, I just want you to be proud of me again…” I began to realize that it is not what He is preventing that keeps His favor away from me, but rather what I was doing or not doing that prevented it.

“By whom we have received GRACE and apostleship, FOR OBEDIENCE to the faith among all nations, for HIS Name:” Romans 1:5

Take a Stand: There’s More at Play than You’re Seeing

“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” – Daniel 3:16-18

We’ve all heard the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. How these 3 Hebrew youths stood for God when no one else would and so God stood with them when no one else could. How they were willing to refuse to obey ungodly authorities that commanded them to disobey the will and word of God. How their faith and determination to take God’s side at all cost set the stage for God to prove Himself real to the faithless many through this faithful few and bring revival to an inter nation.

But today I want to zoom in on the mindset that led to all of this. Let’s examine for a moment what these three youths were really facing. Because when dealing with the enemy, what we see on the surface (in the physical) is only a shadow of what is really there in the spiritual.

You see the Chaldean “accusers of these brethren” on the surface were but envious, power hungry, attention seeking men. But in reality what these boys were really dealing with were demons. Paul himself parallels the Chaldeans with demons in Acts chapter 13. Looking beneath the surface is not something that many modern Christians like to do but Paul boldly called out the demonic that was driving the actions of the physical men that were rising up against him and we would be wise to do the same.

Furthermore, these three boys were not dealing merely with a king, a leader, the man Nebuchadnezzar, but with a principality. The Antichrist spirit that ruled the region through Nebuchadnezzar. You see, though wrapped up in a charismatic worship service full of great music with all manner of instruments, Nebuchadnezzar’s decree that all must worship this image or be killed is a clear character of the Antichrist spirit.

“And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” – Revelation 13:15

Yet while all this was going on, the music, the worship, the idolatry all set up by this wicked principality that everyone in the region bowed in agreement too, these three kids chose to refuse. They risked all knowing that God was able to deliver them but even if He didn’t, they would not compromise and be in agreement with this unrighteousness. Knowing that to refuse to stand against sin is to choose to agree with it, and to agree with it is to endorse it and silence convictions against it.

“If the spirit of the ruler (Principality) rise up against thee, leave not thy place (stand your ground); for yielding pacifieth (justifies) great sinners.” – Ecclesiastes 10:4

Now let’s look pass the surface on the three Hebrew boys side of what happened. What exactly were these demonic powers and Principalities fighting so hard to stop them from doing? Praying. There is nothing that the demonic fears more and thus fights more then a praying people. When you read their story one thing stands out, they were committed to prayer and fasting! They would not compromise, they would not justify the lies of the enemy, and they countered them on their knees calling on a greater authority. This is what the enemy feared, why he hated them and attacked them, but it is also why God Himself stepped in and defended them.

So determine today to start looking past the surface of the men and situations that rise up against you and start seeing the reason that the enemy is angry so you will move in wisdom and know how to defeat him. Pray without ceasing. Stand your ground. Stand for righteousness. Stand for holiness. Stand for God, and He will stand with you no matter what you go through. In the end let it be said of me that I would rather stand in the fire with Jesus, then in the palace with the Chaldeans and the self worshiping antichrist spirit king leading them.

“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.” – Job 13:15-16

Hypocrisy

Day 117

On Day 117 of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we pray against the sin of hypocrisy in the body as we repent of it and see how damaging it really is and how much God disapproves of it.

Listen to today’s Prayer Podcast for more and to pray along with us!

Destiny

Day 79

On Day 79 of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we pray for God to reveal His will to us and ask Him to get us positioned to step into it for the glory of His Name!

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All Your Promises are Yes and Amen!

“For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” – 2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:20‬ ‭

God’s plans and promises are truly His best for you but they come with a condition of faith. When we try to take matters into our own hands and make them happen, the devil throws counterfeits, complications, and compromise in our hands instead. But when we seek, pray, trust, wait, and obey in faith, then He brings His promises about Himself in impossible unexpected and supernatural ways.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭

He is truly a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, for they shall find Him, and once they do they must be fully persuaded that what He promises them He will deliver. You don’t have to make it happen, you just have to believe enough to endure.

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

Seek ye FIRST the KINGDOM OF GOD and His RIGHTEOUSNESS and THEN all these things shall be added unto you. Fruits before gifts people. If you’re still waiting on a promise of God then stop trying to take the promise by force and start focusing on producing the fruits of the Spirit so that He can trust you with the gift and then I assure you that He will give it.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” – Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:1-7‬ ‭

Perversion

Day 64

On Day 64 of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we take authority against the powers and Principalities of Perversion and break the agreements and generational curses that give it access to our lives, families, and territories.

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Action

Day 59

On Day 59 of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we pray for a church that acts that we might begin to see the acts of the book of Acts become common place among believers again!

Listen to today’s Prayer Podcast for more and to pray along with us!