Monday, August 26, 2013

The Devil Eats Dirt

Genesis 3:14 (AMP) And the Lord God said to the serpent, Because you have done this, you are cursed above all [domestic] animals and above every [wild] living thing of the field; upon your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust [and what it contains] all the days of your life.

We live in a dirty world. Whether we listen to the news, watch a movie, or even take a drive through town, we are likely going to be exposed to something foul. Something that can upset us or trigger our emotions to do something we do not want to do. Whether it is being rude to a worker or even something lustful, we are going to get dirty once in a while.

The devil eats dirt. Dirty people attract the devil. He will use the dirt to torment you with accusations. At one time I would fall for his tricks. I thought I had to avoid God until I dealt with the sin on my own. I would not even pray until I confessed it and repented. This could take minutes---or even hours. In any case, it was a time of separation from God and that defeats the purpose of the cross.

Fortunately for us, God has given us an anti-bacterial cleanser. The Bible says in Ephesians 5:26 (AMP), "So that He [Jesus] might sanctify her [the church], having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word." So how does the Word wash the filth off?

The Bible tells us in John 1:14 And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us." Therefore, Jesus is the Word. He does the cleaning. When we turn to Him, He washes the dirt away.

When we spend time with Jesus through prayer or devotions, He is taking away unclean habits and desires. Like regular bathing keeps us clean on the outside, regular devotions will keep you clean on the inside. Most of the time, a quick rinse is all we need. Over time, the devil loses his appetite for us because we do not have enough dirt for him to feed on.

Keep yourself clean with Jesus.

Be blessed.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Take

Luke 10:19 (NKJV) Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Lately I have been pondering the word take. I have noticed than when Jesus broke bread at the last supper, it was the first word He said (Mt. 26:26, Mk. 14:22, & Lk. 22:17).

Since this was the first word out of Jesus every time communion has been recorded in Scripture, I see this as a trend. Whenever I notice a trend in Scripture, I ask the Lord for revelation.

The verse I was led to is the verse at the top of this post. When I looked at the context of the Scripture (Lk. 10:1-20), I realized something very interesting.

Jesus sent a group of followers into the cities to heal the sick and spread the message of the Gospel (v. 9). These people were not requesting healing or prayer for themselves---they were fulfilling a purpose for God.

Jesus said, "All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you" (John 16:15). As a child of God, I am equipped with all that God has. I do not need to go where the enemy wants me to go, I can choose the place of battle. I can spend my time taking instead of defending, and doing the work of God.

The Bible says in Hebrews 10:36 "For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise." This means when I stay focused on the will of God in my life, the enemy is no threat. God promises, "With long life He will satisfy me, and show me His salvation" (Psalm 91:16). That is a wonderful promise.

The verse at the top contains two messages. God has given me authority to crush the enemy, and I do not have to worry about my self---the enemy can not hurt me.

I am taking all that God has for me and using it to take from the enemy. When I do, I receive the promises of God.

Be blessed!

Monday, August 12, 2013

A Word for the Body

Luke 2:52 (NKJV) And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

A couple of weeks ago I felt I was being led to share a word with the body of Christ. The word is, "This is a time for the body to increase in wisdom and stature". I am very careful about sharing a word from God. In fact, I always tell the recipient to be sure it agrees with their heart. I also back it up with Scripture.

When this word came to me, I began sharing it with close friends. Later that week, something really interesting happened.

I had a medical exam that included measuring my height. I am fifty-one years of age and have been 5'6" tall for all of my adult life. It turns out, I am now 5'7". I have grown an inch (2.54 cm) taller. On this past Sunday, during praise and worship, I made the connection to our Scripture at the top. I have literally increased in stature.

This is more than a coincidence. The circumstance is unusual in itself---the timing is remarkable. I know the Scripture is referring to promotion; however, this is my personal confirmation to share this word.

Back to our word from God.

Our verse at the top comes from a story about Jesus when He was twelve years old. His family traveled to Jerusalem to attend the Passover (see Lu. 2:41-51). After the celebration, on their journey home, they realized Jesus was left behind. When they returned to Jerusalem they found Him with religious teachers, "both listening and asking questions" (Lu. 2:46). The story finishes with our verse at the top of this post.

This is a time for the body of Christ to increase in wisdom and stature, and also, favor with God and man.

We will receive it by listening and asking questions the same way Jesus did. One of the best places to do this is the communion table. The word communion means, "the sharing and exchanging of intimate thoughts"(1).  Take your Bible to the communion table and see how God answers your questions.

Be blessed!
(1) https://www.google.ca/search?q=define+communion

Monday, August 05, 2013

The more you see God---The more you discover God

Romans 1:20 (NKJV) For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made.

It takes some faith to believe in the invisible. However God always gives us an avenue to multiply our faith. Our verse at the top declares God is visible through His creations. This is an excellent starting point to build our faith.

I have always cherished the idea of seeing God on a personal level. One day as I pondered this, a thought came to mind; As a Blind man believes and then he sees, look for God in everything. Ever since, I have looked for God in everything, believing I would see Him.

I have had the pleasure of a more personal relationship with Jesus as a result. One of the most amazing spin-offs is my increase of faith.

John 4:47-53, tells a story of a nobleman whose son was at the point of death. He went to seek Jesus to heal his son. When he found Him, Jesus replied with an interesting assertion. Jesus said, "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe" (John 4:48). Then in verse 50 we read, ""Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your son lives." So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way.""

Notice the man believed the word Jesus spoke. The noble man then started his journey back home. The next day the man met his servants on his way home. They told him, his son was getting better. The man inquired as to when the boy started to get well. The nobleman had some faith but still questioned it.

The men answered his question, the Bible tells us, "So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, "Your son lives." And he himself believed, and his whole household" (John 4:53). When the man recognized the involvement of God, His faith increased---and even overflowed through his whole household!

If you want to increase your faith, start with the easy things, like His amazing creations. Then, start to look for Him in everything. Your relationship with Him will grow and your faith will multiply.

Be blessed.