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Be Bold, Simply Take God for His Word, and Magnify it Above Every Circumstance – Sun Stand Still – Joshua 10:12-14

Sun Stand Still

Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel:

Sun, stand still over Gibeon;
And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.”
So the sun stood still,
And the moon stopped,
Till the people had revenge
Upon their enemies.

Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. And there has been no day like that, before it or after it, that the Lord heeded the voice of a man; for the Lord fought for Israel. – Joshua 10:12-14

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. – 2 Chronicles 16:9

God’s eyes are looking throughout the whole earth for hearts who are loyal to Him and take Him for His Word.

Prayer

Father, by Your Holy Spirit, we loose Holy Spirit boldness to Your people. Grace them with faith that moves mountains. We believe, help, Lord, any unbelief. Let the words of our mouths magnify You above all things, all sickness, all disease, every trial and difficulty. Let us magnify and praise You and praise You for Your Word to pray for all matters concerning us in Jesus’ name, amen.

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Hearing from God

Of Course God’s Sheep Still Hear His Voice

Of Course God's Sheep Still Hear His Voice

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

JOHN 10:27

I’m deeply saddened by many comments I see on-line by believers regarding the Holy Spirit and His help and work in our lives today.

We either take God for His Word in John 10:27 (above) or reject His Word which He equates to rejecting Him because He is His Word (John 1:1;14).

Now, once we are born again, there is no condemnation in Jesus Christ, but do we really want to be rejecting the words of Jesus. I’m a plain speaker, so I’ll call it what it is…Who wants to reject God’s Word and call Him a liar? No one, at least not intentionally.

I will reiterate this often…That’s why we must each know the Word for ourselves and not settle for second hand faith through teachers of the Word alone.

David Inquired of the Lord. He didn’t unroll the existing scrolls of his time to look for answers. No, he sought the Lord, expected to hear from Him because he had a relationship with Him, and did.

What I am not saying here is to ever, ever, ever not read the Word and seek God in it for directions and guidance. But I am saying, in addition to the Word, we too can learn to hear from the Lord through a very close and personal relationship with Him – sometimes while reading the Word, sometimes during prayer times or simply talking to Him.

Take a step closer to God and He takes a step closer to you. He will not force you to pursue, call upon, or diligently seek Him with all our hearts.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways,” (James 1:5-8).

“Who gives to all liberally.” Hearing from God is for all His children, and He doesn’t stingily dole out wisdom to His sons and daughters. No, His Word says, He gives to all liberally.

The stranglehold of unbelief covers a majority of His church who say otherwise. Who say God doesn’t speak to His children today outside of His Word. Who limit God and call Him a liar.

What kind of Father doesn’t speak to His children? Not our heavenly One. He gives wisdom to all of us, liberally and without reproach, if we ask in what? In faith. Not doubting.

In these times of the church’s vast unbelief and lack of knowing God’s Word, you must guard your heart. With certainty, the more you know the Word, your faith grows, and you take God for His Word, the more the enemy will use people, even His own, to try to get you to doubt God and pull you back down to their “little faith.”

In Acts 19,20, and 21, God tells Paul what to expect in Jerusalem and uses people to warn him not to go there.

“Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, ‘The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles’” (Acts 21:11). We see the Holy Spirit used Agabus to warn Paul yet again, and it was up to Paul whether he’d still go there, and he chose to.

This is another example of how the Holy Spirit can speak to us, even today.

“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants, I will pour out My Spirit in those days,” (Joel 2:28-29). 

Nowhere in God’s Word can you find that the Joel 2:28-29 expires. So how do some fall for the false teaching that hearing from God directly is not for today? Or the false teaching that the gifts of the spirit are also not for today (a subject would take a whole other post or more)?

  • Sitting under false teachers who are often bound by a religious spirit or more worried about losing church members than teaching the truth.
  • Pride, not willing to be uncomfortable for God’s sake, fear, putting man’s opinion before God’s (E.g. What would my friends think if they found out I believe God speaks to me?; Or *gasp* to speak in tongues?).
  • And many more reasons.

“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love,” (Revelations 2:4).

I humble myself under Your mighty hand, O God, and pray that You keep me and never let me leave You, Jesus, as my first love.

I see so many scoffers hating on the Word of God and mocking people when they say they’ve heard from the Lord when all throughout the Word, even before the new and better covenant we live under, people heard from the Lord by the Holy Spirit just as we can today. Only believe.

Oh, and notice how I stated, “hating on the Word of God.” Because they are not just attacking those who take God for His Word, have shunned unbelief, and hear from God but also God and His Word directly.

His sheep hear His voice. Period. Ignore haters of God’s Word and truth and seek Him with all Your heart. The more you seek Him in His Word and prayer, the more you’ll learn to hear His voice. It’s His will.

Verses about hearing from God and being given wisdom and instructions by Him.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths,” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

“Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’
Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left,'” (Isaiah 30:21).

“All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children,” (Isaiah 54:13).

“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart,” (Jeremiah 29:13).

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know,” (Jeremiah 33:3).

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come,” (John 16:13).

“Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses” (Psalm 25:12).

“Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God,
Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go,” (Isaiah 48:17).

Jesus is the Good Shepherd who never leaves us or forsakes us. 

When we are born again, He literally lives in us. His Spirit dwelling with ours. If you’re born again, that’s you too.

Of course, we can hear Him if we take Him for His Word, believe and do not doubt that He does, and listen.

Prayer

Father, that I take You for Your Word and not the opinions and unbelief of man. Your mercies are new every morning. This is a new day, and I choose to have a new beginning in my walk with You. I am Your child, and I can hear Your voice too. You give wisdom to me and liberally, and I honor and praise You and give You all the glory in Jesus’ name, amen.

Pray for the Church

The Light of God’s Word Vs. Man-Made Denominations, -Isms, and Free Will

Word Vs. Denominations

“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one.”

JOHN 17:20-22

Jesus prayed that we, His church, be one. Why? That the world, the lost, may “believe that You sent Me.” 

It’s no surprise then that the devil, the “principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age, spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12) plot, plan, and scheme to divide the church in every way possible.

“And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works,” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).

After being led by the Holy Spirit through His Word on the matter of denominations and the myriad of -isms, it is clear that these man-made side doctrines, not in the Word of God, are not God’s will, contradict His Word (John 17:20-22), and were inspired by the enemy, masquerading as an angel of light to the divide the church again, again, and again.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose,” (Romans 8:28).

Because God is good and merciful, He will cause our free will choices to work together for our good.

But truly, umpteen denominations and -isms are not God’s will and passionate desire for us because they divide greatly and do not unite us as one.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133:1).

I can’t take credit for this revelation, but on one of my social media accounts, someone commented that in mathematics, the “denominator” is the bottom number of a fraction which divides. E.g. 1/99, the number 99 is the denominator.

We get the meaning of the word “denominations” from the same root as denominator. Every denomination and other man-made side doctrine outside of the Word are intended to divide His church. Period.

This is not God’s will. No, denominations are man’s free will exercised in opposition to and despite knowledge of John 17:20-22, were inspired by the father of lies, and were often borne of pride, unbelief, intellectualism (interpreting the Word with the natural mind and not being led into the truth by the Holy Spirit), and elitism.

“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them,” (Hebrews 7:25).

Anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear, with discernment by the Holy Spirit, knows the Lord is calling us to be as one so the lost will know that Jesus is truly the Way, the Son of God, the Hope of glory.

He prays now for His church to wake up and shed our man-made side doctrines and come under His Word and authority alone. To be deceived by the divisive devices of the enemy no more.

“Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all,” (Acts 4:32-33).

What happens when the church obeys Him and operates of “one heart and one soul”? We are powerful witnesses for Christ operating with great grace upon us ALL.

“And Micaiah said, ‘As the Lord lives, whatever the Lord says to me, that I will speak,'” (1 Kings 22:14).

His Word shows, corrects, guides, not to condemn because there is no condemnation for those in Christ, but because He desires His best for us. And His best is not a weak, ineffective, divided, and powerless church but one that glorifies Him, destroys the works of the devil in His name, and gets people set free. This is what He showed me in the Word, so this is what I speak or in this case write.

He didn’t pour out His Spirit on us that we cork it up for ourselves. He poured out His Spirit on all flesh so it could flow from us as living water and minister to the world. O that we be one, so the world could really see our beloved Jesus.

Prayer

Father, in light of Your Word, I boldly share these Spirit led words and pray that Your lukewarm church wake up. Wake up so we can be one, in Your will, and an effective, powerful force for Christ by the Holy Spirit, for Your glory. So the world will be drawn unto You by the clear evidence we display “that Jesus was sent by You.” I pray Your church can humble itself and put You and Your Word first for the saving and setting free of many in Jesus’ name, amen.

 

Faith, Faith Comes by the Word of God, God's Word, Uncategorized

How God Equips Us to Muster Up the Mustard-sized Faith We Need to Receive

God equips us for faith-2

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

1 JOHN 5:14-15

If we ask anything “according to His will.” God is a good Father. He’s not a fake out God. He’s not going to tell us to ask according to His will and not tell us what His will is.

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).

There’s no way around it. Want more faith? You must keep the Word before you and feed on it regularly.

Why does God say more Word equals more faith?

The more you know His Word, the more you know His will, character, and that He is a good Father. That good comes from Him, and evil comes from Satan.

The more you know these things, the more faith you’ll have because you’ll be full of the knowledge of His will thus infused with living and active confidence and boldness to pray like 1 John 5:14-15 (above).

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7).

Knowing His Word for yourself, not second hand through a preacher or a teacher of the Word, is key to faith and receiving from God according to His Word. His Word is true. He cannot lie.

My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh” (Proverbs 4:20-22). 

His Word is alive does the work in our lives and in our faith, but because we have free will, we get to choose whether or not to pay attention to His Words, keep them in front of our eyes daily, abide in them, listen to them, study them, etc.

To keep His Word ever near is to give you life and health to your physical body. What an incredible gift and revelation!

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart,” (Hebrews 4:12).

God’s Word is like nothing you’ll ever read or behold. It is literally alive, spiritually alive because it is Jesus, Himself. If you haven’t already, pray you can receive this truth as revelation knowledge. Your faith cannot be left unchanged when you take in the very Word God equates Himself with.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,”…”And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth,” (John 1:1;14).

He IS His Word. Let His Word consume you and fill you with increasing faith and a deep revelation of His goodness, mercy, compassion, and love.

“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4).

The way I see all these verses put together is that His Word is life to us in every way, and we truly can’t live the way our good Father desires us to without living by it and knowing it for ourselves.

So, we can be saved and live a life far below His will and desires for us because we never chose to take Him for His Word to get to know Him. To know His Word is to know His will. To know Him and His will increases our faith more and more, so we can pray and receive our desires by faith.

And guess what?

The more we know His Word, the more our desires line up with His because no one can be left unchanged by God when His Word truly abides or is deeply rooted in them. And what will we desire with our ever increasing faith? To heal the sick, raise the dead, love, be blessed to be a blessing to the poor, widows, and orphans, etc.

“So Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you'” (Matthew 17:20).

His Word is the only cure for unbelief. And with that mustard seed sized faith, nothing will be impossible.

More Word. More faith. 

It’s our choice.

P.S. God is SO good, as we are going through things, He will lead you to the promises you need in His Word to stand on and take Him for. But His best is to seek the God who is His Word with all our hearts.

Healing

The Thorn in the Flesh False Doctrine and Healing

thorn false doctrine

The ‘thorn in the flesh doctrine’ is a false one that is widely taught regarding healing.

“Thorn in the flesh” has also been adopted by unbelievers and is used to describe annoyances or annoying people in their lives. So, it’s also been widely secularized in addition to being misused in the church.

Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” is NOT a sickness God refused to heal him from. This lie against God is still widely taught in the church.

That’s why we have to study the Word ourselves. ❤️

2 Corinthians 12:7 says, “Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a THORN in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself!”

We must keep 2 Corinthians 12:7 in context of the chapter, book, books, and the entire Word, not use that one verse then willy-nilly substitute any old thing for it and falsely accuse God of refusing to heal Paul. In context, Paul is talking about persecutors. NOT sickness.

The Holy Spirit used this to lead me lead me further into the truth about this pesky thorn.  He said, “Paul knew the Old Testament (Hebrew scriptures) well and often quoted from it.” So, I did recall that he was used to be a Pharisee and looked it up and found the confirming verses in Acts 22:3, Acts 23:6, and Acts 26:5.

Keeping in mind that Paul knew the Old Testament well and often quoted from it in the New Testament, let’s read the following verses:

  • “But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall be that those whom you let remain shall be irritants in your eyes and THORNS in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land where you dwell” (Numbers 33:55).
  • Because of Israel’s disobedience God says to them regarding the ungodly inhabitants of the land, “Therefore, I also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; but they shall be THORNS in your side, and their gods shall be a snare to you.’” (Judges 2:3).
  • But evil men are all to be cast aside like THORNS, which are not gathered with the hand. (2 Samuel 23:6)
  • And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious house. (Ezekiel 2:6)
  • No longer will the people of Israel have malicious neighbors who are painful briers and sharp thorns. Then they will know that I am the Sovereign LORD. (Ezekiel 28:24)

So, we now see by ‘thorn’ Paul means, persecutors as in people, NOT sickness. God, in both the Old and New Testament, always intends for thorn to mean: a person or people who persecute, torment, and harass His people. Jesus said we’d be persecuted for the gospel, so He didn’t deliver Paul from persecutors that were being inspired by a religious spirit – NOT sickness. 2 Corinthians 11:4, Paul says, “For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!” We all know that “we wage not against flesh and blood.” You can read more about Paul’s persecutors here.

Again, pastors/people can’t just substitute what they want to make a cute message for the praises of man. Look at the damage it causes both to how people see God and how people who are praying for healing would be greatly affected by this lie.

I’m saddened at what this false doctrine does to the name of the Lord as it continues to be spread amongst the church by the inspiration of father of lies – Satan. I have heard many “popular” pastors teach this wrong and substitute a MULTITUDE OF THINGS for thorn in the flesh which spreads lies against God and His character.

Lord, I pray someone here is helped by this in Jesus’ name, amen.

In order to believe that Paul’s thorn was a sickness, a NEW COVENANT believer must DISBELIEVE or reject THROUGH UNBELIEF a significant part of the atonement  (Jesus’ finished work) and so much more.

One would have to reject through unbelief:

  • “But now He (Jesus) has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises,” Hebrews 8:6. New Covenant believers in Christ are under the best covenant yet. We are not under the law nor any covenant that predates the law.
  • Paul and all New Covenant believers were purchased, through the blood of Jesus, the IRREVOCABLE POWER by an IRREVOCABLE contract (covenant) with God to heal the sick. Spoken in command form by Jesus: Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give,” Matthew 10:8. No need for Paul to beg God to heal Him when He and the disciples could simply exercise their authority to heal the sick.
  • “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,” Luke 10:19, which is preceded by, Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you,” Luke 10:8-9. 
  • “Surely He has borne our [a] griefs and carried our [b] sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed,” Isaiah 53:4-5. The original Hebrew for [a] griefs and [b] sorrows are sicknesses and pains respectively.
  • “Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed,” 1 Peter 2:24. In fulfillment of Isaiah 53, this is now given in the past tense. Jesus ALREADY paid for for healing for ALL, but we must receive it by faith NOT reject it through unbelief.
  • “He sent His Word (Jesus) and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions,” Psalm 107:20. 
  • “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases,” Psalm 103:2-3.
  • “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, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities AND bore our sicknesses,” Matthew 8:16-17.