• One of the main reasons people are emotionally broken is that they have not acknowledged God as their Saviour, as Father, as Holy Spirit, as Lord in every area of life, and as the Name who answers every need.

 

  • Until we have aligned ourselves properly with God, nothing in life will fall into place as it should, and we will never know what it means to be emotiionally whole.

 

  • The Bible says in Proverbs 3:6 "In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths."

 

  • You are never born again by chance. When you received Jesus as your Saviour and Lord, God the Father brought you into His love relationship. Jesus said, "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him." (John 6:44) Once God draws you in, it's done. You are released from guilt, your future is secure, and you are saved from death in every part of your life.

In the Bible, "the world" is a term that refers to the ordered, arranged system of physical reality that is under Satan's control. The devil is referred to as "the prince of this world." (John 12:31)

Biblically speaking, the world includes those who follow its deception as well as its false beliefs.

To be "worldly" is to come under the influence of worldly people, values, or convictions. In doing so, we are liable to get out of step with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and fall in line with Satan's crooked way. 

  • I CONFESS THAT SATAN NO LONGER RULES OVER ME.
  • I CONFESS THAT I HAVE POWER TO TREAD UPON DEMONS AND ALL THE POWER OF THE DEVIL.
  • I CONFESS THAT I HAVE SPIRITUAL WEAPONS THAT ARE POWERFUL TO PULL DOWN ANY ENEMY STRONGHOLDS.
  • I CONFESS THAT SIN NO LONGER DOMINATES ME.
  • I CONFESS THAT I HAVE DIED AND THAT I AM DEAD TO SIN.

 

The Truth is that if your FAITH is not saying anything then you won't get anything!

Do you believe anything? Then say what you believe in your heart and confess it with your mouth and your FAITH will produce it!

If you speak FAITH FILLED WORDS then God will create it for you!

Thank God for the assurance that we are saved by faith and not works!

 

If the devil is condemning you because you have made a mistake or two along the way, know this: you did not lose your salvation. You just made a mistake while you were learning how to live a new life in God.

 

God has made provision for you to have fellowship with Him, even when you have failed.

1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." The very instant you confess your faults to God, your fellowship with Him is restored. You are cleansed from all unrighteousness.

 

Sin in your life hinders and hurts your fellowship with God, but it does not mean that your relationship with God is severed. Just because you fail, God does not kick you out of His family.

He picks you up and helps you walk again.

 

O Praise God for the Assurance of Faith that we have in Him!

The things that God wants to do in your life He cannot do without faith. You've got to believe in Him alone, apart from any signs. He will test your faith to prove it and make it strong.

Sometimes He will take you right to the edge and say, "Jump." Will you jump with only His Word to go on, trusting Him for the outcome? Or will you turn back and say, "First show me a sign, Lord!" He wants to know that you trust Him enough to jump. He may let you fall all the way to the ground before catching you, but He will catch you. Then He will say, "Good for you! I knew you could do it! You are truly a child of My Kingdom.

What does it mean to wait upon the Lord? The Hebrew meaning for the word 'wait' is to bind together perhaps by twisting together or to expect, look patiently or tarry.

 

In Isaiah 40:31 it says, "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

When we stay and rest upon the Lord in expectation, we are refreshed in His presence. The Lord also renews our strength, or in other words we receive new strength.

 

God desires that we remain stationary until He speaks to us or till He works things for us. Wait also means to rest in expectation and patience. To stay on course and not depart; to continue even by reason of hindrance.

Since waiting takes time, we show our submission or repect to the Lord by waiting for His appointed time to arrive or wait until He does a certain thing for us.

 

Isaiah 69:23 says, "they shall not be ashamed that wait for me."

Psalm 25:3 says, "Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed.."

 

You will never be disappointed or confused by waiting in expectation for something from the Lord. Although it delays and takes a while to come to pass, we ought to remain calm and stable waiting for God to open doors for us.

By waiting upon the Lord, we become prepared and ready to serve Him. Our character is also built up and we will be able to walk in integrity and uprightness that will preserve our lives as we wait upon Him.

 

Our waiting for the Lord is to hope in His Word - Psalm 130:5.

So be blessed as you wait for Him - Isaiah 30:18.

2 Corinthians 4:1 - Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

 

2 Corinthians 4:16 - For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

 

Galatians 6:9 - And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

 

Ephesians 3:13 - Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

 

Greek meaning for faint - to be bad or weak, to fail in heart, to be weary; worthless, depraved, injurious; bad, evil, harm, ill, noisome, wicked.

Greek meaning for not - A primary word; absolutely negative no or not: nay, neither, never, no, none, cannot, nothing, unworthy, without.

 

Here is a Prayer Confession:

Seeing I have this ministry, as I have obtained mercy I do not faint; I am not weak, my heart will not fail and I will not be weary.

I will not let my mind yield to discouragement and I will never give up. Although on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart yet on the inside - my inward person, where God has given me New Life - it is renewed day by day.

Not a day goes by without God’s unfolding Grace. I will not get tired of well doing: for in due season I shall reap, if I do not faint and give way to weariness.

I will not be discouraged; I will not give up! Neither will I quit! I will not lose heart at my troubles and afflictions, which are my glory.

Understanding Covenant Basics by Fred Handschumacher

If I could name one thing missing in the modern Church, it is understanding the "ways" of God.

In Psalms 103: 6-7 David writes...

"The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel."

 

A lot of teaching in the Church today is based on human reasoning about God and how He thinks and acts. Many wrongly think that “theology” is divine knowledge—but theology is more man’s ideas about God rather than what God says about Himself. I am astounded at some preachers who take principles from the Bible and change them to fit some kind of religious reasoning or denominational thinking. The Bible says that God has "ways" by which he operates. When we cooperate with His ways, we get the same results experienced by the early believers in the Bible. We see the power of God manifested when we conform our lives to His ways. One problem with the Church today is the abundance of teachings based on philosophy and human reason. These religious ideologies are passed off as God's Word. Yet, God will not confirm the teachings of men when it has been falsely put forth as His Word. God has promised to confirm His Word, not what men say concerning His Word. (Mark 16:20, Jeremiah 1:11-12, Matthew 15:1-9)


UNDERSTANDING COVENANT—ONE OF THE WAYS OF GOD

"Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven or on earth like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts. You have kept what You promised Your servant David my father; You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day." (II Chronicles 6:14)

"Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and awesome God, who keeps covenant and mercy...” (Nehemiah 9:32)

Our God is a covenant-keeping God. Respecting covenant is one of God's main character traits. Since this is clearly stated in scripture, we would do well to discover its meaning and how it applies to our salvation in the New Testament. All throughout the Bible, God tells us that He relates to mankind on the basis of covenant.

Below I have provided nine scriptural references from both the Old and New Testament that plainly describe the covenant relationship we have with God.

•"Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you—the sure mercies of David." (Isaiah 55:1-3)

•"I will make a covenant of peace with them, and cause wild beasts to cease from the land; and they will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing." (Ezekiel 34:25-26)

•"Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. But this covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people." (Jeremiah 31:31-33)

•"But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second." (Hebrews 8:6-7)

•"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them, then He adds, their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." (Hebrews 10:16-17)

•"For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses' law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?" (Hebrews 10:26-29)

•"But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the New Covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel." (Hebrews 12:22-25)

•"Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." (Hebrews 13:20-21)

•"Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the New Covenant in My blood, which is shed for you." (Luke 22:20)

Concerning the words of Christ in this last passage, the word translated "covenant" in Luke 22:20 of the New King James Version of the Bible is translated "testament" in the original King James. The word "testament" and the word "covenant" are used interchangeably. If you look up this word in Strong's Concordance, you find that the Greek meaning is presented as both "testament" and "covenant."

In modern theology, the Bible is commonly presented as a book of dispensations. This is simply understood as the dividing up of history into different time frames (or dispensations). Some preachers dogmatically declare that God starts a particular "dispensation" where He does something specific. When God accomplishes His goal, He then starts a new dispensation with an emphasis on something else. When you hear someone say that the "dispensation (or age) of healing and miracles" is over, the implication is that God doesn’t heal much anymore because He’s closed that dispensation and moved on to something else. The problem with this kind of flawed thinking is that you can never know when God has decided to “change the rules”. It cheats us of the ability "to know" specific things about the will of God in the believer’s life. You can never really "know" what God is going to do because He might not be doing what He was doing before. This kind of thinking produces a counterfeit faith in Christians. It is a faith that can make a specific request of God but can never produce the confidence of obtaining what you requested—because of the uncertainty of God's willingness to grant it. This kind of counterfeit faith is common in the modern church.

The reader should take great care not to misunderstand my words—I am not against dispensationalism. I am a committed dispensationalist. Let me explain why I’m not contradicting myself.


GOD'S WORD IS A BOOK OF DISPENSATIONS INITIATED BY BLOOD COVENANTS.
In the Bible, God never initiates a new dispensation without first establishing it upon a blood covenant. The Bible is generally divided into two parts: The Old Testament and the New Testament. As we discovered earlier, these two sections of the Bible are also called The Old Covenant and the New Covenant. The old covenant addresses the blood covenant God made with Abraham and the blood covenant of the Law that was initiated by Moses at Mount Sinai. The New Covenant was made through the blood of Jesus Christ (Luke 22:20). The old covenant of the Law is passing away (Hebrews 8:1-13), but the New Covenant is an everlasting covenant (Hebrews 13:20-21).

The New Covenant is declared to be "a better covenant established on better promises" (Hebrews 8:6). The New Covenant is the same covenant in which the early Church exercised faith. The New Covenant is declared to be everlasting, which is why it is still in force for the Church today. Healing has not passed away as some falsely teach—because the promise of physical healing was never based on a dispensation—it is a blood-bought benefit of an everlasting covenant.

Can we expect God to move the same for us today as He did for the early Church? Absolutely! Why? Because we have the same everlasting covenant they had.

Understanding Redemption by Kenneth Copeland

God is able to establish us in the faith according to the plan of redemption which had been hidden over the ages. After the Fall in the Garden of Eden, God spoke and outlined that plan. What He laid down put Satan out of business completely. Praise God! He has commanded that the plan of redemption be revealed to His people by His Word. This outline will help you, step by step, understand the reality of it and prevent Satan from lording over you. 

 

1. The Plan of Redemption Called for an Incarnation (The Union of Divinity With Humanity in Jesus Christ)
Man was the key figure in the Fall. Therefore, it took a man, Jesus, to be the key figure in the redemption of man. When we were born into this world, ruled by Satan, we did not naturally know God. Therefore, the objective of the incarnation is that men may be given the right to become children of God by receiving the nature of God (John 1:12-13; II Peter 1:3-4).

 

2. Redemption Comes From Knowledge
God's divine power has already provided everything that pertains to life and godliness. You can escape from the corruption in the world and partake of the divine nature of God. You can have peace and grace multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord (II Peter 1:1-4). It's there for you!
But this revelation knowledge is not sense knowledge - doctrine, philosophies and creeds - it is the reality and full truth of the Word of God revealed by the Holy Spirit (James 3:13-18). Revelation knowledge is literally knowledge brought to you by revelation!

 

3. Satan's Lordship Has Been Broken
Revelation 12:11 tells us that the believers overcame Satan by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, or confession. Confession brings possession.

Boldly confess, "I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of my testimony. I am redeemed from the lordship of Satan. I can stop his assignments every time" (II Corinthians 10:4; James 4:7).

Satan is not the head of the Church. Jesus is the Head of the Church (Ephesians 4:15-16, 5:23; Colossians 1:18, 2:10). Satan has no rule over you. Hallelujah!

 

4. You Are Bought With a Price
I Corinthians 6:19-20 tells us we are the temple of the Holy Spirit which is received from God. This means that we don't own ourselves. We were bought with the price paid through the plan of redemption. Because of that, we should glorify God in our bodies and spirits.

 

5. God's Response 
When you begin to take your place and assume your rights and privileges in Christ, then God begins to respond to you. The Word gives us our inheritance (Acts 20:32; Colossians 1:12). As you study the scriptures in this outline, our prayer is that you come to the full knowledge of who you are in Christ, especially in light of the redemption plan.

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