Win the War Before It Begins

Satan is “going about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.”  Jesus called him a thief who comes “to steal, to kill and to destroy.”  He attacks our families, our finances and our health. He goes after our faith, our hope, and our love with a vengeance.  But he is no match for a child of God who knows whom he is in Christ and knows how to resist him.

When you engage the enemy, you should never fight “for” victory. That would be a losing strategy.  Instead, Read More

Does Prayer Work?

Hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, mass murders, terrorism.  So much suffering.  Why does God “allow” so much evil in this world in spite of prayers? Does prayer work?  Let me take a stab at it and see if it helps.  Read More

Prayer Power

Life brings different experiences, some painful, some joyful.  And being a Christian does not automatically exempt you from afflictions. But the good news is, God has provided the power we need to overcome, no matter the situation.  

Listen to James:

“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”  (‭‭James‬ ‭5:13-16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

The Amplified Bible Classic Edition puts verse 16b, this way:

The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”  (‭‭James‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭AMPC‬‬)

God’s grace supplies us with tremendous power that can both sustain us in trouble and deliver us from trouble. This power is unmerited and undeserved.  And it’s always present and available to His children.  Always!

But it will remain dormant, inactive, or exist only as “potential power” until it is activated. This is what the believer’s prayer does. When a righteous man (someone who by faith has received the gift of righteousness) prays, his prayers trigger the release of God’s power to cause amazing things to happen in the life of the believer and those he prays for.

James cites Elijah as an example of the kind of power that is released when an ordinary, but righteous person, dares to stand on God’s promises and to pray on the basis of God’s Word.  

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.”  (‭‭James‬ ‭5:17-18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

The point being made is if Elijah’s prayers could generate this kind of power, then yours can too! And no matter your current circumstances, there is far more power available and accessible to you by prayer than you would ever need to meet your needs. 

Child of God, what grace potentializes, prayer actualizes.  Therefore, do no lose heart. Pray!  

 

God Will Reward You Exceedingly

Does God reward His children under grace?  Most certainly! In fact, the grace of God intensifies the reward and makes it even greater because it is always far more than we deserve.

In Genesis 15:1, we read:

After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.””  (‭‭Genesis‬ ‭15:1‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

“Your exceedingly great reward!” When God rewards Read More

Just a Little More Gratitude, Please!

Is there anything you can do to repay God for His goodness to you? The short answer is no.  God is too good and what you can give him is too small to come anywhere close to being sufficient.  But the good news is, God does not want you to even try to repay Him.

Now, while we can never repay Him, being grateful to Him is Read More

Obedience to God

“Be ye doers of the Word, not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

Grace is not a license to sin.  Just like children are to obey their parents, just like Jesus obeyed God, we are to obey our Heavenly Father. Not to become His children, or righteous in His sight–faith in Jesus does that for us, but because we are already His children and the righteousness of God in Him.  As His holy, redeemed and righteous children, obedience is how we bring forth the fruit, or harvest, of our righteousness. That’s how we walk in and manifest the holiness we have received from Jesus!  That’s how we glorify Him and fulfill His wonderful plan for our lives.  (Is. 32:17; Heb. 12;11; Eph. 2:10)

Grace is not a license to sin, but Read More

It Is Jesus I Need

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man can come to the Father but through Me.”  Who would dare make such an outrageous claim!  Indeed, anyone who would believe and say such things about himself has to be a lunatic. Unless, and here is another possibility, He is, in fact, God in human form.  He has to be one or the other.  No other rational explanation exists.

Jesus uttered those words in John 14:6.  And if there is one person, whose ethics, morality, wisdom and life-giving influence can never be associated with, or emanate from, lunacy, it is He.  That leaves us with only one other possibility.  His words are true. And He is God with us.

Here are three life-changing facts based on His statement: Read More

Become a Ruler Over Many Things

Are you familiar with The Parable of the Talents Jesus told in Matthew 25:14-29?  In it, Jesus talks about three servants who were each given talents by their master and the opportunity to build on what they had received.  Contrary to what many believe,  the purpose of the parable is not to show how hard we must work for God, but how servants can become “rulers over many things” through the application of God’s grace.  And how those who resist grace, as in the case of the servant in the parable who buried the talent given him, end up as losers.

Here are a few very important lessons from The Parable for your benefit: Read More

God Loves to Dance

Who do you believe is the happiest person in the world?  Is it the person with the greatest amount of money? Or the one wielding the greatest amount of worldly power? Not so.  The happiest person is not a human being.  The happiest person in the universe is actually God!

Most people don’t associate happiness with God.  Instead, they think of Him as a somber, serious, sin-conscious being, who is almost always at least a little angry and disappointed with these fallen creatures He brought into being thousands of years ago.  They portray a God who is perpetually in a bad mood.  How untrue!

The truth is just the opposite. God is, in fact, “infinitely happy because He is infinitely perfect.”  That’s right, infinitely happy because infinitely holy! His happiness flows from His perfections; the result of being completely holy.  God is not sad and God is not mad.

Instead, God is: Read More

 Generational Blessings

We hear much today about generational curses. Some scrupulous and some well-meaning ministers are telling believers they are the victims of curses being passed down to them due to the sins of their ancestors.  And in order to ever experience freedom from the curse, they need to receive special prayers of “deliverance,” often requiring repentance for the sins of their fathers, renunciation, fasting, binding and casting out of demons.  But is this biblical and is this necessary for the believer?

In John 9, Jesus ministered to a man who had been blind from birth and his disciples brought up the subject of generational curses.

 “As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” (John 9:1-2).

The disciples believed the man was possibly suffering for the sins of his parents due to a generational curse.  But Jesus rejected the notion altogether and gave a completely different reason for the man’s blindness.

Jesus answered,  ‘It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.’”  ‭‭(John‬ ‭9:1-3‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

When given the opportunity to talk about generational curses, Jesus did not.  Why? I suspect it was because either He did not believe in them at all, or He did not believe in the same way the disciples did at that time and many do today.  

The truth is God is not pronouncing curses upon families that are passed down from one generation to the next as punishment for sin.  And if, in fact, there is such a thing as a “generational curse” being passed down from one generation to the next, then it is the curse of Adam, which is passed down to every member of the Adam race. That curse, produced by Adam’s sin, is called spiritual death–being separated from God and existing without God’s life inside. Spiritual death, and all its negative consequences, is the source of all forms of defeat in those whose origins are in Adam.

Thankfully, Jesus came to bring the Adam race to an end and  to begin a new race of people.  To Nicodemus, a member of the Adam race, He said, “You must be born again.”  To the Corinthians, Paul wrote, “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation.  Old things are passed away. Behold, all things have become new.” (2 Cor. 5:17).  

The believer, therefore, is no longer “in Adam.”  He is now “in Christ.”  His  “deliverance” from the “generational curse” received from Adam is accomplished already.  It took place when Jesus died and rose again for him.  So, the believer in Christ can now give  “thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.” (‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:12-13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

Delivered from the power of darkness” and qualified “to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints?”  What is this? Nothing less than a generational blessing! Just like the curse upon Adam flowed unto all those born to Adam, so the blessing upon Jesus flows to all of us born to Jesus.   The curse in Adam has been replaced with the blessing in Jesus.

Child of God, stop believing you are cursed.  The day of your salvation was the day of your deliverance. The only deliverance you may still need is from the blindness and unbelief that prevents you from resting in the sufficiency of Jesus and His finished work.  Ask God to help you see all you have in Christ.  And instead of believing that a generational curse is operating against your progress, start claiming and enjoying the “generational blessing” that flows to you from Jesus.  Amen.