Monday, September 24, 2012

Wealth of the Sinner

Exodus 12:36 (NKJV) And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.

During the release of God's people from Egypt, the Egyptians handed over their wealth. This is because of a spiritual law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 2:26, "to the sinner He [God] gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God."

Israel had to provide an offering to be released from bondage. This offering was the first Passover.

The Passover was what the Bible calls, a burnt offering. This was before the people received the ten commandments, so it was the only sacrifice required to make them good before God. After providing the offering, the children of Israel were instructed by God to just ask for the plunder (Ex. 12:35).

When Jesus offered Himself on the cross, He offered all the sacrifices required to make us good before God. The Bible says in Romans 3:24 (NLT), "Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins."

So now we know it belongs to us, what do we do? We can go to war. We bind the enemy (Matt. 16:19, Matt 12:29*). We loose ministering angels to gather the wealth (Heb. 1:14, Ps. 103:20, 21, Ps. 35:27*). We ask God to put us in the right place at the right time and open our eyes to see good opportunities (Ecc. 9:11, Jer. 17:6*).

I have seen this work in my own life. My main source of income is for an invention. I receive royalties every three months. My most recent royalty check was fifty-per-cent higher than usual; God is so amazing!

There has never been a better time for you to begin to collect what God has provided for you. Let these words saturate your being. You are blessed, receive it. Enjoy one of the best experiences possible---blessing others.

Be blessed!

*I have included these Scriptures for your easy reference:

Matthew 16:19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
Matthew 12:29 how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.
Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
Psalm 103:20-21 Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
Psalm 35:27 "Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant."
Ecclesiastes 9:11 time and chance happen to them all.
Jeremiah 17:6 For he [the man who trusts in man) shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Three Cups

Matthew 26:44 (NKJV) So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

This verse contains some details from the night Jesus was arrested in the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus went to the garden to pray. He knew they were coming for Him so He took three disciples with Him to keep watch (Matt. 26:37-38).

As the Roman soldiers were on the way to apprehend Him, He prayed three times, the same prayer. The Bible says, "Again, a second time, He [Jesus] went away and prayed, saying, "O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done" (Matthew 26:42). This verse tells us what the prayer was. In the verse before it (v. 41), Jesus said, "The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." As a human, Jesus was grieved beyond what we can imagine. He knew what He was facing, but why did Jesus pray the same prayer three times?

Knowing He was feeling weak, one might conclude that He was being persistent, hoping the cup could pass before Him. However, this was not the reason. He prayed the same prayer three times because He was providing three sacrifices, each one would require bloodshed.

The Bible tells us in Exodus 29, a priest needed to perform three types of sacrifices to prepare himself to enter the presence of God's glory. There was the burnt offering, the sin offering, and the consecration offering.

The reason for each offering is Hidden in the names of the disciples He brought with Him to watch. Mark 14:33 says "He took Peter, James, and John with Him."

The name Peter means, "a piece of the rock" (Strong's number* G4074). This points to the Ten commandments that were written on, "pieces of rock." The sin offering was required when the ten commandments were given. The ten commandments were given on, "pieces of rock", therefore, Peter was the reason for the sin offering.

The name James comes from the Hebrew name Jacob (Strong's*  G2385, H3290). Jacob in the Old Testament, got his name because he, "wrongfully took hold" of his brothers heel (Gen. 25;26). This is what Adam did when he, "wrongfully took hold" of the fruit. This created the need for a burnt offering. Wrongfully taking hold (James) was the need for a burnt offering.

The priest needed a third offering to wash away the remnants of sin. The first two offerings forgive us of sin, with these two offerings, we would remain to be sinners. As sinners, we would still be unable to enter into the presence of God's glory. Somewhat like a murderer can be forgiven of the crime, but still remains to be a murderer.

The third offering, known as the consecration offering, washes away the remnants of sin. This sacrifice was required because even when a sinner does good, they are still a sinner.

The name John comes from the Hebrew name, Jehohanan (Strong's* G2491). The name Jehohanan means, Jehovah favored, or more commonly stated, God's grace (Strong's* H3076). God's grace makes us righteous. We could never achieve righteousness on our own, this is why we require, "God's grace" (John), the third offering.

When a righteous person sins, they are still righteous. The biggest benefit of salvation---neither sin, nor its remnants can ever separate you from God. You can now connect with God and allow Him to permeate your being. He can remove your unhealthy desires and break bondages in your life. He can flow through you in wisdom to give you good ideas, He can even reflect His glory through you to make you attractive to the unsaved.

Take advantage of what is available. Talk to Him continually, even if you feel like you are doing things you should not do. Fellowship with God through prayer and communion and let Him take root in your being. The chains of sin have been broken. Let God change your desires while you discover a life worth living!

Be Blessed!
* Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary, copyright 1890 by JAMES STRONG, MADISON, NJ.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Forty-one Stripes

Deuteronomy 25:3 (NKJV) Forty blows he may give him and no more, lest he should exceed this and beat him with many blows above these, and your brother be humiliated in your sight.

You may have been taught that Jesus received thirty-nine lashes when He was flogged. This was based on a theory that had to do with Jewish law. The truth is He had to receive at least forty-one.

The Bible says in Galatians 3:13, "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law." You can read the curse of the law in Deuteronomy 28:15-68. I can count forty-one individual curses listed in that chapter. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 9:22, "without shedding of blood there is no remission." This means Jesus had to receive at least forty-one lashes, one for each curse listed in the law.

The verse at the top is a command of God for the Jewish people. It was the Romans who did the flogging so the law did not apply. None of this is coincidental. Because Jesus received more than forty lashes, according to our verse at the top this means He was humiliated in the sight of the people. When Jesus received the lashes, He also took on our humiliations.

If you have ever suffered from any kind of humiliation---this is good news. The Bible says in Isaiah 61:7, "Instead of your shame you shall have double honor." When you receive honor, you will become secure in your relationship with God. Honor can also make you attractive to the unsaved, so the benefits are twofold.

Ask God to bless you with honor and continually thank Him for taking your humility to the cross! You will see it manifest and take your relationship with Jesus to new levels.

Be blessed!

Monday, September 03, 2012

The Blessings of Adam

Luke 22:44 (NKJV) And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 

The Bible says in Galatians 3:13, "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law." The curse of the law is found in Deuteronomy 28:15-68. Galatians 3:14 goes on to say, "that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles." This is a wonderful truth---that we can receive the blessings of Abraham. However, even Abraham was not blessed with the same blessings as Adam.

It is true that the cross provided redemption from the curse of the law, but did you know it also redeemed us from the curse of Adams fall? The Bible tells us in Genesis 3:17-19, "Then to Adam He [God] said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': "Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread."

When Adam broke the only command he had, the ground was cursed, and so were his efforts to provide for himself. The verse at the top of our post reveals that Jesus redeemed the sweat of our face by sweating blood. He also redeemed the ground beneath us with that very same blood. This event took place in the garden of Gethsemane, the night Jesus was arrested. The same way the curse took place in a garden---redemption also happened in a garden.

It may be that everything you try to achieve in life is overwhelming. I went through a time when it seemed everything was one-step forward---two steps backward. Like money in the bank, if we do not know redemption is available, it does not do us any good.

This revelation has made an amazing difference for me. Life still gives me challenges; I just handle them differently. First, I declare my rights---Christ redeemed me from these frustrations (Luke 22:44). Second, I declare something else the Bible teaches---the more trouble, the more we receive double (Zechariah 9:12, Isaiah 61:7).

I often chuckle when thorns crop up. This was not always the case but, the more I see the results of these promises, the more I understand what God has done for us. I love to declare these promises.

At first, it may appear that little seems to change. Watch for change. As you see this work, your confidence will increase, and when the weeds show up in your garden---you will chuckle too.

Be blessed!