Monthly Archives: October 2015
Loss is painful, we have all lost something—spouses, family members, homes. Pain and suffering is not the will of God–that loss is not the pruning–but letting go of those things, releasing that pain to God, that is the pruning. Yes, God allowed it, but not because He is cruel, and not because He wants to harm you. The Lord wants you to move on, into the abundant life that He has for you.
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Paul is talking about his accomplishments before he got saved. He is saying that all his religious efforts were worthless, and his good deeds too—none of that could save him—because only Christ can save a person’s soul.
A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
There is no wisdom in a fool, so it is only foolishness that comes out of his mind, and he is quick to speak, but the wise man listens, processes what he has heard, and then responds.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Verse 6: Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
As I wrote in a previous post “How do I pray?” praise and worship should be a big part of our prayer time. We ought to be thankful always for all that the Lord had done for us. God doesn’t want us to worry, but He does want us to cry out to Him, when we have a problem, or a need. If you don’t get an answer right away, keep asking.
Verse 7: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
The Lord promises us peace, and shows us how secure we are in Christ.
Verse 8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
This admonishes us to be careful about what we watch and listen to. This includes television shows and movies, but it also includes the people we hang out with—is their conversation scriptural, true, and beneficial? Or is it error, harmful, and destructive?
Verse 9: Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
What we have learned, received, heard and seen, from the writings of the Apostle Paul, is the message of the Cross. If you place our faith in that– the God of peace will be with you, He is your never-ending and inexhaustible source of peace.
5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
If the Lord is leading us, and we are following where He leads, if we are following His commands, then we are assured of success. Where He gives the vision, He will also give the provision.
We are not to turn away from the word, and not to listen to fables– or psychology– to put it in modern terms. Christians are to meditate on the word– then the Holy Spirit will reveal the source of victory– the Cross–which is spoken of throughout the bible. Only when we understand that the victory is in what Jesus has done–only then will we be able to do what the bible says to do. Only then will we have good success and be prosperous. The bible is not referring to worldly goods, but victory over sin, the world, and the devil, who constantly opposes us.
If you don’t know what to pray, just praise Him! In your prayer time, thank Him for all that He has done for you, thank Him for all the good things He has given you. Read the Psalms to inspire prayers of thankfulness and praise and worship. Praise and worship should be a big part of your prayer life.
Spend time praying in the spirit, if you are not yet baptized in the Holy Spirit, seek it. Start and end your day with prayer, make it a routine. There may be times when your prayer life may seem dry, but keep seeking Him. He said He will manifest Himself to those who diligently seek Him.
People often ask why God allows bad things:
But they don’t look at it from both sides. God gave us doctors to treat disease, God gave them the intelligence and wisdom they have. He causes all manner of food to grow from the earth to keep us healthy and free from disease. Many diseases are caused by a poor diet. God gave us government to regulate society: police, judges, government officials. Because of the evil hearts of men, these institutions don’t always work as they should, but those are flaws in man, not God.
Too often, the people who want to blame God don’t want the truth–in their heart, they really hate God–they will attack God’s people for standing on the truth, and they refuse to be reasoned with. It comes down to choice, and it is a moral issue–a matter of an evil heart and a reprobate mind.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
That table is the perfect prayer of faith that we pray when we pray in tongues. the oil mentioned here is a type of the Holy Spirit when He fills us, His presence fills us so completely it flow out and manifests in our prayer language, as the Holy Spirit causes us, in our spirit , to send up a perfect prayer of faith, asking for exactly what is needed; when we do not know what we ought to pray for, the Holy Spirit knows exactly what we out to pray for and all the enemy can do is stand there and watch those prayers go up.
I was baptized with the Holy Spirit in March 1998. I had been brought up in a Pentecostal Church from the time I was 12, and I had seen people praying in tongues., but I didn’t believe it. I was saved on October 10,.1997, but I still didn’t believe that praying in tongues was a real thing. One day, I had a conversation about tongues, with an older brother in Christ, and his wife. I knew they had the truth, so when they told me it was real, and told me to read the book of Acts, I believed that they believed it, but I wasn’t convinced that it was real.
I read the book of Acts. The following Sunday in church, I told the Lord: “Lord I’m not sure I believe in this, but I see it in Your Word, and I see it here in the church, so if it’s real and if it’s of you, I want it. Amen”
I didn’t have any dramatic experience, I didn’t fall on the floor, actually I didn’t feel anything, I can’t explain it, but one moment I was praying in English, and the next moment, I wasn’t.
Now when I started praying in my prayer language, then I felt the power of the Holy Spirit flowing. I’ve often asked the Lord, many times since then,
“Why did you do it that way? Why does it seem like you answered a prayer of unbelief?” After all this time, He told me:
“Because you had to admit to ME the unbelief in your heart. Once you did that, I was able to cleanse it, and purify your faith in that instant, and then you were able to receive.”
Wow. There is no response to that but “Glory be to God!!”
Unbelief is like any other sin–we have to confess it to God and ask Him to forgive us, and ask Him to cleanse us of it, in order for Him to be able to purify our faith.
1 Corinthians 12:1
“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”
Since all of the bible was inspired by the Holy Spirit, and written down by men, this passage, like every other passage of the bible, is very important, and as we go through this chapter, we must realize it is the Holy Spirit speaking, and not men–the Apostle Paul was just the vessel through whom the words of the Holy Spirit flowed, So the Holy Spirit is here saying that He does not want us to be ignorant about what the gifts are, and what is involved with their proper function, and what benefit they have to the body of Christ
1 Corinthians 12:2
“You know that you were Gentiles carried away unto these dumb idols, even as you were led.”
A dead religion sets up men as idols, men who do not understand the word properly, as they should understand it. In this passage, the word “dumb” does not mean unintelligent–in this scripture that word means “unable to speak” This applies to these idol leaders, they are unable to properly convey the Word of God because they do not understand the Word of God. This is for one of these reasons: 1–they are not saved, or 2–if they are saved, they do not understand, or outright reject the work of the Holy Spirit, and as a result, the people who listen to them are led into error, and make idols out of men; this happens every time that God the Holy Spirit is rejected.
Many of the people who follow these dumb idol leaders are unsaved themselves, because they are not being fed the Word of God by these leaders, and the Holy Spirit has no opportunity to work in their lives.
1 Corinthians 12:3
“Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Spirit.”
This is speaking of more than just words: it refers to accepting the gospel once it is heard, thereby declaring Jesus Lord, or rejecting the Gospel, and in your heart declaring Jesus “accursed.”
It is the Holy Spirit who points people to Christ, it is the Holy Spirit who convicts the sinner of their sin, and makes them aware of their true condition, and of their need for a Savior, it is the Holy Spirit that takes a sinner who was dead in their sins, spiritually dead, that is, and makes them alive spiritually.
An unsaved person has no knowledge of who God truly is, no desire for the true God, and no clue about their true condition, until the Holy Spirit shows them. It is the Holy Spirit who takes that spiritually dead sinner, and makes them alive. The word for this is “quickening”
There are several scriptures in bible where the word “quicken” or “quickening” is used in this way–with the meaning “to make alive.”
“And you has He quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins:”
When we look back to Ephesians 1:15-23, it becomes clear that the “He” spoken of is Jesus Christ, because He is our Savior, and it is in Him that we are made spiritually alive, as He was crucified, and then made physically alive, after three days and nights. But it is still the Holy Spirit who quickens our dead hearts to come to Christ in first place, accepting Jesus as Savior, at which point we become alive in Christ Jesus.
“But God (God the Father), who is rich in Mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together in Christ (by Grace you are Saved:) 6 and has raised us up together, and made us sit together in Heavenly Places in Christ Jesus:”
God the Father decreed the Cross, God the Son became a man and died on the Cross, and the Holy Spirit orchestrated all events, carrying out the will of both the Father and the Son. Here we also see that all the members of Godhead are all equally, 100% God and all are involved in our salvation.
I need to write it again:
God the Father decreed the Cross, God the Son went to the Cross, and God the Holy Spirit carries out the decrees of both the Father and the Son, and quickens us to faith in the Cross. God’s greatest work was the Cross. Jesus came for that purpose, and that purpose alone.
” And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, has He quickened together with Him, having forgiven all your trespasses; 14 blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it our of the way, nailing it to His Cross; 15 and having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it..
The place of Jesus’ victory, and in Him, our victory, was, and is, the Cross, and no where else!!
Scriptures concerning our quickening:
“As it is written, I have made you a father of many nations, before Him whom he believed, even God, who quickens the dead, and calls those things which be not as though they were.”
Once we were not the children of God, but by placing our faith in what Jesus accomplished, we become the children of God.
“For as the Father raises up the dead, and quickens them, even so the Son quickens whom He will.”
“It is the Spirit who quickens the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”