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ABRAHAM: a journey from a unbelieving believer to a believing believer (  YOU SAY-LAUREN DIAGLE).          What was it about Abraham that made him a great man of God?

       1 IN A TRILLION.        RIGHTEOUS       NOT SINLESS   NOT BY HIS GOOD WORKS          BY FAITH ” IN GOD “.          

           Who did the work?     God not Abraham.      God did the work of giving Abraham a son.   God did the work of sacrificing His son for us.     

            Who did the work in Jesus life?    Joh 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father   that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

       How do we do the works of God?     Joh 6:28- Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? V29  Jesus answered and said unto them,      This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.       1Jn 4:9. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world,     that we might live through him.    Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

        Rom 1:17 KJV For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

        Paul tells us about the greatness of Abraham!     Rom 4:17-22 KJV 17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God,     who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be notas though they were.      18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations;   according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body   now dead, when he was about an hundred years  old, neither    yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God  through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being   fully persuaded that,   what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for  righteousness.

       Luk 1:37 KJV For with God nothing shall be impossible.

         The story of Abraham begins in genesis chapter 11.    Gen 11:31 NHEB And Terah took Abram  his son, Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife.

       And they went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans, to go into the land of Canaan. They came to Haran and lived there.     For some unknown reason, they didn’t travel all the WAY to the land of Canaan.

     Gen 12:1 Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go out from your country, and from your relatives, and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.     Pro 3:5- Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean
      not unto thine own understanding. V6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

      Gen 12:2 And I will make of you a great nation.   And I will bless you and make your name great. And you will be a blessing.   Here we see that if Abraham obeys God, has faith in God,    God will bless him.  God declares a overwhelming blessings on Abraham.  God does the same  to us and like Abraham, we have a hard time believing in ,,,,,,,,,, ,,,_,,these promises.    

   Gal 3:9  So then they which be  of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.       It reminds me of 2Co 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory ofGod by us.       The promises of God are overwhelming  but we need    to known them and declare them in our life.       ” I will make you a great nation ”  .  It seems  Abraham didn’t fully  understand and believe this promise.    

        Gen 12:3 And I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you, and in you  all of the families of the earth be blessed.”              God is declaring another blessings on    Abraham.  God is telling him that he has nothing to worry about.  God has  his back.  God tells  us the same thing.  Meditate on Psalm 91 and allow God’s word of protection reach your soul.

     Gen 12:4 So Abram went, as the LORD had spoken to him. Lot went with him. Abram was   seventy-five years old when he departed out of Haran.    

     Gen 12:7  The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your offspring.”            He built an altar there to the LORD, who appeared to him.    Building an altar was a sign ofFaith.       A place of worship and thanksgiving, a place of remembrance.    Before we see God’s promises    come to pass,  we need to praise and worship Him.   ( PSALM : 103 )

      Gen 12:8 – 20.  Abraham is in the promise land but experiences a drought in the land.   It seems  that he didn’t consult with God but leaves and goes to Egypt.  (  I think that we do the same  thing when faced with a bad situation.).   Afraid for his life , he tells the Pharaoh a lie.  Like us  so many times, we don’t believe that God is with us.  We become fearful and fail to trust in God.

      This was a test that Abraham failed to believe and remember the promises that God gave him in Genesis 12:2-3.  NOTE : Abraham still has some growing up to do and so do we. 

        Gen.12:17.  God plagued Pharaoh and his house.  Inspite of Abraham not fully trusting in God, God protected Abraham just as HE said HE would.

      Gen. 13:1  Abraham goes out of Egypt into the south.   V2  Abraham was very rich. ( Gal 3:9  So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.). V3  Abraham goes back to   bethel where he had built an altar and calls on the name of the LORD.   (  so God blesses Abraham and he gives praise and worship to GOD).   

        Gen. 13:18 The LORD again is proclaiming blessings on Abraham.   God promises all the land  that Abraham can see, north, South ,East,and West ; HE will give to Abraham and his offspring  forever.   (  God continues to declare blessings on him and his offspring.  God declares  blessings on us and our offspring; but it comes with trials and persecutions and is only  received by faith. ) God declares that Abraham descendents will be too numerous to count.    And so Abraham moves to Hebron and built an altar unto the LORD.

             Gen.  Chapter 14  goes into where the kings are battling each other and lot gets captured and      GOD gives Abraham victory in  saving Lot.   I’m sure that there where many thinking, has  Abraham gone mad?   What is he thinking, going up against these kings to save Lot.  But Abraham was growing from a unbelieving believer to a believing believer and God gave him  victory.   ABRAHAM shows his thanksgiving to God by giving  tithes to Melchizedek, king of  Salem(peace).  Melchizedek blesses Abraham and they have the 1st. Communion together. ( Melchizedek is a figure of Jesus, the Prince of Peace ).       

        Chapter 15 v1  God again appears to Abram in a vision saying, ” Do not be afraid,Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.  V2 Abram said, ” Lord GOD, what will you give me,   seeing i go childless and he who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus. V3  Abram said, ”  look, to me you have giving no offspring,and one born in my house is my heir. “

          Chapter 15   God appears to Abram and declares that God is his shield and exceeding great reward.   Abram lets God know that God hasn’t given him any offspring to inherit all that God   has blessed him with.     Gen 15:4 Look, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “This man  will not be your heir, but he who will come forth out of your own body will be your heir.”   (  GOD had already told Abram that he would become a great nation. Gen.12:2,7, Gen.13:16.).   This time GOD is giving Abram revelation about His promise to Abram.  God gives us   promises and we also need revelation to believe.  ( Meditation brings revelation, revelation produces faith to believe.)  Gen 15:6 And Abram believed God, and it was credited to him as   righteousness.  After God declaring promises on Abram many times before,    NOW    Abram  believes.  So Abram is becoming more like a believing believer but he has more to go.

      Gen.15:7 to the end of the chapter,  God reveals His promises and Abram ask GOD how shall he known?  So GOD makes a covenant with Abram using some animals as a sacrifice.  Abram   protects the sacrifice but eventually falls into a deep sleep where GOD reveals what will happen to his descendents.  GOD made a smoking furnace and a flaming torch pass between   the sacrifices. 

       Genesis chapter 16.  Deals with Abram and Sarai not having their own child so they come up with a plan to help GOD fulfilled His promise to Abram.   I believe that we do the same thing.       We try to help GOD out.  It’s not easy, waiting on the Lord.  Their actions makes things worst.

     Genesis chapter 17.  God appears to Abram again and  reveals to him that HE is EL Shaddai: the almighty GOD.  HE tells Abraham to walk before HIM and be blameless.   In other words, go in   faith knowing that I got your back.  I am with you.      Again GOD makes a covenant with Abram.   This time GOD reveals more to Abram about what HE is going to do.  He declares to Abram   that Sarah will bear him a child and call him Isaac.

                God changes Abram name to Abraham and declares that He will be a father of many nations.   Sarai name is changed to Sarah and will become a mother of nations.        Both Abraham and Sarah had to call things that are not , as though they were.   That had to –speak- declare.   We too are called do the same.  Rom. 10:9-10.     Rom 10:9- That if thou shalt   confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. V10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;   and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.    Also  2Co 4:13  We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe   and therefore speak;

                 God established the covenant of circumcision as a sign of their covenant.   Circumcision removes the excess flesh so one becomes more sensitive. God wants to circumcise our heart   so we become more sensitive to believe in HIM.  GOD cared about Abraham descendents and HE cares about ours also.   Deu 30:6 NHEB The LORD your God will circumcise your heart, and the   heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live. 

          CHAPTER 18 V1-3   THE LORD APPEARS TO ABRAHAM AS MEN BUT ABRAHAM DECERNED THAT IT WAS GOD.  V4-9   ABRAHAM PREPARED A MEAL FOR THEM.    V:1010  Gen 18 Then he said, “I will certainly return to you when the season comes round. Look, Sarah your wife will have a son.” Sarah heard in the tent door, which was behind him.   ( GOD IS GIVEN COMPLETE REVELATION TO ABRAHAM ABOUT HAVING  A SON  BORN FROM SARAH  .)   V 14  (  Now Sarah is still having a hard time believing GOD).

     Gen 18:14 NHEB Is anything too difficult for the LORD? At the set time I will return to you, when the season comes round, and Sarah will have a son.”

            Gen 20:2-  Abraham said about Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah. V3  But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him,    “Look, you are a dead man, because of the woman whom you have taken. For she is a man’s wife.”j.      ( Abraham is still having a hard time believing GOD but God is faithful to protect Abraham.)    V7.   (GOD confronts Abimelech about taking Abraham wife and calls ABRAHAM a prophet.   This is the first time that anyone is called a prophet.  Abraham is still acting like a unbelieving believer    and yet God calls him a prophet.    V18 ( Abraham prays for Abimelech and GOD answers his prayer.    Love your neighbour as yourself; God once us to pray for others.   Not to ignore their sins but that they would have eyes to see, ears to hear, and heart to believe in Jesus who came to save and not condemn.

    Genesis 21 V1.   (  GOD visited Sarah as HE had spoken and fulfilled what He had promised.    We see hear that GOD has the final word on who will conceive and who will not.     His will has not changed,  ” increase and multiply.  We Christian have the blessings of Abraham and so His will for us should be the same.   )  V2.  – 4.   Isaac is born and circumcised the 8th. Day.  

  Gen 21:5 And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him. ( with GOD nothing is impossible.  GOD ‘S promises defies science, logic,human reasoning.   How many times have we been accused of not being real.  This is just one example of how ”  nothing is impossible with GOD.   JESUS said : Mat 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because   of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall  say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall   be impossible unto you.   Mat 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this  is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

  So now Abraham is 100 years old.  He started his journey with God when he was 75 years old.   It took 25 years to see part of God ‘s promises to come to pass.   Our journey with GOD may take a long time also but if we hold on believing and not be double minded we shall see it came  to pass.  

      Gen 21:33  And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.      ( again Abraham called on the name of the LORD, the everlasting   GOD.  He is acknowledging God’s love for him.   He is offering praise and worship to the LORD,    the God in whom nothing is impossible.   Now Abraham is becoming more of a believing believer.

     Gen 21:34 And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines’ land many days.     Like Abraham, we too are pilgrims in a foreign land.    

    Gen 22:1 After these things, God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” He said, “Here I am.”      NOTE:   Like Abraham, we too go through trials to prove our Faith in God.  

   Gen 22:2 He said, “Now take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go into the land of Moriah. Offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will tell you of.”     Thank God, we are not tested like this today.  It is amazing that GOD would do the unbelievable and offer His only beloved son for our redemption.

        Gen 22:5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.       NOTE: Abraham is expressing his faith in GOD SAYING THAT HE AND HIS SON WILL RETURN.

      Gen 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.   NOTE:  ABRAHAM IS PROPHESYING  what GOD WOULD DO   FOR US.   NOTE:  BACK IN GENESIS 20:7. GOD PROCLAIM THAT ABRAHAM WAS A PROPHET.

      Gen 22:9-  They came to the place which God had told him of.  Abraham built the altar there, and laid the wood in order, bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar, on the wood.    V10  Abraham stretched out his hand, and took the knife to kill his son. V11 Yahweh’s angel called to him out of the sky, and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” He said, “Here I am.”    V12 He said, “Don’t lay  your hand on the boy or do anything to him. For now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” V13 Abraham   lifted up his eyes, and looked, and saw that behind him was a ram caught in the thicket by his horns. Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering instead of his son.   V14 Abraham called the name  of that place “Yahweh Will Provide”. As it is said to this day, “On Yahweh’s mountain, it will be provided.” V15 Yahweh’s angel called to Abraham a second time   out of the sky, v16 and said, “‘I have sworn by myself,’ says Yahweh, ‘because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son, v17 that I will bless you greatly, and   I will multiply your offspring greatly like the stars of the heavens, and like the sand which is on the seashore. Your offspring will possess the gate of his enemies.  V18 All the nations of the earth   will be blessed by your offspring, because you have obeyed my voice.    SO Abraham grew from a UNBELIEVING BELIEVER TO A great man of FAITH; BELIEVING THAT WITH GOD NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.   BELIEVING THAT GOD SAYS WHAT HE MEANS AND MEANS   WHAT HE SAYS.       2Co 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.    WHEN WE CAN FULLY BELIEVE THAT, THEN WE’LL BECOME LIKE ABRAHAM    – A GREAT PERSON OF FAITH.    IT TOOK ABRAHAM AROUND 40 YEARS TO DEVELOP THAT TYPE OF FAITH.  40 YEARS OF A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.    AND SO IT IS WITH US,   DAILY COMING TO HIM IN AN INTIMATE WAY.  FEEDING OFF OF HIM – ” THE TREE OF LIFE “.      JESUS THE TREE OF LIFE :  OUR SOURCE OF LOVE, PEACE, JOY, PATIENTS, SELF CONTROL,   GENTLENESS, GOODNESS, FAITH.      ALL THIS IS GIVING TO US FREELY ;  GRACE RECEIVE BY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.  HALLELUJAH !      SHALOM2U

GOD does: HE is the doer.  We believe: our part.  Actually, GOD has already done.  When Jesus died on the cross, He declared ” it is finish “.   Our believing is not doing nothing, but actively believing.  We actively believe when we proclaim what GOD has done instead of proclaiming what the devil has done.   JESUS said,  Joh 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  When we confess what the devil has done, we are not in agreement with what JESUS said HE has done.  Once we ask JESUS to come into our heart and save us, we become a new creation.  We are now back into GOD’S original plan: Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  Adam and Eve didn’t believe that they were made in the image and likeness of God.  They were looking at the outside man, instead of the inner man.  We do the same thing today.   When we look at ourselves in the flesh, we see that we are unrighteous.  When we believe who we are” in Christ Jesus ” then we see that we are righteous.  Abraham is the classic example of how to believe in God.  GOD gave a promise to him.  GOD changed his name from Abram to Abraham so that now Abraham would now declare who he is according to GOD’s  word and not by what he felt or saw in the flesh.  This is how we are to live ” in the Spirit ” and not according to the flesh.      We believe, we declare, and the Holy Spirit quickens; make it come to pass.

   Rom 10:9- that if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. V10  For with the heart, one believes resulting in righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made resulting in salvation.

   2Co 4:13 But having the same spirit of faith, according to that which is written, “I believed, and therefore I spoke.” We also believe, and therefore we also speak;

If we believe in God, why are we not seeing the blessings of God?  Here may be the answer: Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  Are we ” diligently ” seeking God or are we just showing up once a week for an hour or so?  We seem to put everything else before God; our job, family, recreation, etc. and then give Him so little time.  God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. 

   Rom 4:20 KJVHe staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God

    Jesus paid a great price for our salvation.  (  salvation :    Strong’s Definition: Feminine of a derivative of G4990 as (properly abstract) noun; rescue or safety (physically or morally): – deliver, health, salvation, save, saving. ).  Salvation includes body, soul, and spirit.  Jesus suffered for the whole man.  Don’t settle for just spirit salvation.   Spirit salvation is when you ask Jesus to forgive you and come into your heart and save you.  You then become ” born again “.    Now your soul ( mind ) has to be renewed : Rom 12:2 KJV And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  This takes time and an all going relationship with Jesus.    This relationship helps us to see all that He has done for us.  When we know, we can believe, then we will declare what Jesus has done for us and the Holy Spirit will quicken it to come into existence.   When we know what Jesus has done for our body, then we can believe ,declare and the Holy Spirit will quicken it to come to pass.   It takes a strong relationship with Jesus to believe for these to come to pass.  Heb 12:2 KJV Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.     Dwell in Jesus.  Seek Him to increase your faith and always give Him the praise and Thanksgiving for all He has done for you.    Then you will have the Peace that passes understanding.    Peace and Shalomjim2u. 

We believe, we declare, and then we become.      2Co 4:13 NHEB But having the same spirit of faith, according to that which is written, “I believed, and therefore I spoke.” We also believe, and therefore also we speak;     THEN!   Joh 6:63 NHEB It is the spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing.  The words that I speak to you are spirit, and are life.

Jesus did it throughout His ministry.

Luk 4:18 KJV The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

To the man possessed with many demons; Jesus said: Mar 5:8 KJV  For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.

Mar 5:28 KJV  For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

  Mar 5:41 KJV  And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.

   Mar 9:25 KJV  When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.

1Ch 16:24 KJV  Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.
    The 3 Hebrew’s throne into the firing furnace.   They BELIEVED,DECLARED and BECOME

    Mat 12:34 KJV   O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.    Note :  You have to get it down into your heart, so that you can declare it by faith.   This takes meditation on the promises of God.

     WE ARE IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE.   1Ti 6:12 NHEB Fight the good fight of faith. Lay hold of the everlasting life to which you were called, and you confessed the good confession in the sight of many witnesses.  JESUS GIVES US HIS EXCEEDINGLY GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES TO DEFEAT THE ENEMY AND BECOME VICTORIOUS.     Rom 8:37 NHEB No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.   

      WE ARE LIVING DEFEATED LIVES BECAUSE WE ARE DECLARING WHAT HAS HAPPENED OR WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN, INSTEAD OF GOD’S EXCEEDINGLY GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES.   

 

      1Pe 1:4 KJV To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,     NOTE : In v3 , Peter is talking about our ” born again  ” man as a seed.    This seed is incorruptible and undefiled:  always pure.   It can not fade away.   It will always be with us.   He is talking about our  ” born again ” man.   It’s a seed.  It needs to grow.   Some ” born again ” Christian don’t seem to grow at all or very little.   Others grow 30, 60, 100 fold.  It’s depends on how much they care for that incorruptible seed.  The more we know who we are, believe who we are,  and declare who we are ” In Christ  ” .  The more that seed will grow and we will be more like Jesus,  living like Him on the outside.   This is why some Christians act more like Jesus than others.   We grow from eating from the ” tree of life “.    There were two trees in the Garden of Eden.   The other tree was the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil.   God didn’t wont Adam to eat from this tree.   When we eat from this tree which represents ” the Law”.  The law tells you about good and evil but can not help you do them.   On the other hand, the tree of life gives us life.    Joh 10:10 NHEB The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. Jesus empowers us to do what the law demands.  That’s why : Rom 6:14 NHEB For sin will not have dominion over you.  For you are not under law, but under grace.   That’s why the Gospel is good news.   The Tree of Life is full of the fruits of the Spirit : Gal 5:22-23 NHEB 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  All these fruits help us live righteously, so that we are fulfilling the law through our relationship with Jesus.  This relationship is meant to be a continual relationship ; not just a occasional visit.  When you partake of a fruit, it only sustains you for a limited time.  You have to partake again.   That’s why our relationship with Jesus must be more of a daily relationship and not a spare of the moment relationship.   When we meditate on God’s word, we get to know Jesus more and more.  2Pe 1:2 NHEB Grace to you and peace be multiplied in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.   Knowing God’s great and precious promises, helps us see what Jesus has done for us.  Now that we known them, we can believe them and declare them.  This allows the Holy Spirit to quicken ( make come alive ) your mortal body to act more and more like Jesus.    2Pe 1:3-4 NHEB 3 seeing that his divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and virtue; 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and exceedingly great promises; that through these you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world by lust.      As Peter tells us , we can become more like Jesus by knowing Jesus, the tree of Life.   Good News !          

    Now let’s put into practice,  eating from the tree of life.   We know that we must be righteous but we can’t do it by trying to obey the law and eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.   The tree of Life says: 2Co 5:21 NHEB For him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.  It is saying that Jesus who was righteous became unrighteous when He took our sins and became the Lamb of God.  Now we are made righteous not by our efforts but by faith in what Jesus has done for us.   That’s why it says in : Eph 2:8 NHEB for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.   So know we know, we believe, and declare that we are righteous ; not by what we see in the flesh but in the Spirit: what the word of God says.  This is called : Rom 8:1 KJV There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  Also in : Gal 5:16 KJV This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.     This is how we grow from a new born baby in Christ Jesus into a mature Christian that looks and acts more like Jesus.  This is how you defeat whatever darkness is in your life and others.   Take those exceedingly great and precious promises of God and believe, declare until the Holy Spirit quickens it into reality.

      Remember, the first thing that you have to do is become ” Born Again “.   If you never invited Jesus into your heart, do it now.   Lord Jesus, you came to save and not condemn.  I can’t obey all these laws.  I can’t make myself righteous.  Please come into my heart and make me a new creation in your image and likeness.  I receive you now. Amen!        SHALOM2U


Believing in all that Jesus did by His sacrifice on the cross. What He did on the cross was for you and me. 2Co 5:21 KJV For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. This is probably the #1 thing that Jesus did for us. He was already righteous. He was already in complete fellowship with the Father. By faith in Jesus, what He did, we are by faith able to come boldly to the throne of grace. Our righteousness is His righteousness: Phi 3:9 KJV 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: We have to believe, we have to declare and allow the Holy Spirit to produce the outward fruits of righteousness etc.  

[ ] We are being tested in our faith and for the most part coming up short. The Christian population has dramatically declined in the last 50 years while the Muslim , atheists, etc has increased. The church has failed in teaching us the good news, how to believe in Jesus and how to through HIM byfaith. 1Jn 4:9 WEB By this God’s love was revealed in us, that God has sent his only born Son into the world that we might live through him. 

Peter tells us in his Spirit inspired writing that we are kings and priest. We aren’t taught that! But let’s look at it closely. We are “in Christ ” most Christians would agree but what does that mean? Christ means ” anointed one ” so if we are in HIM; then we are anointed also. Most don’t really believe that because we don’t ” feel ” anointed. God’s word declares that we are: 2Co 1:21 KJV Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;. Every ” born again ” believer is anointed because they are in Christ.  

The same way that we are anointed is how we are Kings and Priests. Jesus is the King of kings and we are in Him. Jesus is the Great High Priest and we are in him. 1Pe 2:9 KJV But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood,( kings and priest) an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:  

We are anointed, kings and Priests and 1 more thing: 2Pe 1:4 KJV Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the “divine nature, “having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. We are called to be partakers of the “divine nature. “ 

If we really believed who we are “in Christ Jesus ” , we would be defeating the works of the devil instead of allowing him to over run us. 1Pe 5:8 KJV Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 

Right now we are facing many evil forces in the world. 1 is the spirit of anger, hate which I have never experienced this level in all my life. Another is this covid-19 virus. Both are not the will of God. We pray to God but God has given us the power and authority to defeat these things. We aren’t using our authority. Jesus said: Mat 17:20 KJV And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 

As kings ( kings declare and command) and Priests, ( priest offer praise , Thanksgiving and worship toGod and make intercession for all. ) and partakers of the divine nature, we need to believe and declare God’s word to defeat these evil forces. When it comes to the spirit of hate and anger; I declare ” Shalom , Shalom in Jesus name. If we Christian were United ,we could begin to defeat this enemy. Dealing with the virus , I would use God’s word like in Psa 91:9-10 KJV 9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. The Lord is my refuge! No evil shall befall me! No plague shall come near my dwelling! I command covid-19 to go in the name of Jesus!  

We are not taught this way and so we keep on being defeated. Think about it. Pray about it. Let’s unite and defeat the enemy and win for the glory of God.  

Blessings and Shalom Jim 

   I know many Christians that have a lot of love for God.   They would go anywhere,  do anything for God.   The world tells us to love God with all our heart and our neighbor as ourselves.  Most of us Christians fall short of this because we are not receiving all of God’s love.   His love is infinite; so we should continue to grow in it and thus love God more.  1Jn 4:19 WEB  We love him, because he first loved us.   Our love for Him grows out of His love for us.   The more we believe in what Jesus did for us on the cross; the more love for God we will have.   It take faith to receive God’s love.   Heb 11:6 KJV  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.   You know that your love for God will increase the more He rewards you.   There are many scriptures that are true today but you have to believe them, for them to be true in your life.   God always wants to bless us, but it takes faith and patience.   A good example is psalm23.   In it,  it tells us of all the wonderful things our Good Shepherd does for us: He leads, guides, restores, His presence keeps us from being fearful , we have no lack,   .  God wants to do these things but it takes faith to receive.  It’s not easy; that’s why we have to diligently seek Him.   It’s hard not to give up.  It’s hard to be patient but if we don’t give up, we will receive and our hearts will be full of love and joy in the Lord.      SHALOM2U !       

           God’s love vs our love

    I know many Christians that have a lot of love for God .   They would go anywhere,  do anything for God.   The world tells us to love God with all our heart and our neighbor as ourselves.  Most of us Christians fall short of this because we are not receiving all of God’s love.   His love is infinite; so we should continue to grow in it and thus love God more.  1Jn 4:19 WEB  We love him, because he first loved us.   Our love for Him grows out of His love for us.   The more we believe in what Jesus did for us on the cross; the more love for God we will have.   It take faith to receive God’s love.   Heb 11:6 KJV  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.   You know that your love for God will increase the more He rewards you.   There are many scriptures that are true today but you have to believe them, for them to be true in your life.   God always wants to bless us, but it takes faith and patience.   A good example is psalm23.   In it,  it tells us of all the wonderful things our Good Shepherd does for us: He leads, guides, restores, His presence keeps us from being fearful , we have no lack,   .  God wants to do these things but it takes faith to receive.  It’s not easy; that’s why we have to diligently seek Him.   It’s hard not to give up.  It’s hard to be patient but if we don’t give up, we will receive and our hearts will be full of love and joy in the Lord.      SHALOM2U !       

INHERITANCE   –     PRODIGAL SON

       Luk 15:21-22 KJV 21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
      
     THE STORY OF THE PRODIGAL SON IS A BEAUTIFUL STORY AND IT’S OUR STORY WHEN WE REPENT AND COME BACK TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.  THAT’S ALL THE FATHER WANTS.  TO SEE THAT OUR WAYS ARE WRONG AND COME BACK TO HIM.  WHEN THE SON DID REPENT; THE FATHER RUSHED TO GREET HIS SON WITH OPEN ARMS AND FULLY RESTORED HIM BACK TO HIS INHERITANCE AS HIS SON.   NOTE : THE FATHER LET THE SON GO, SO THAT THE SON WOULD SEE AND EXPERIENCE THE LOVE OF THE FATHER.   THIS IS EVERY CHILD OF GOD STORY.  I KNOW THAT IT’S MY STORY.  GOD DOESN’T CARE ABOUT OUR SINS; HE TOOK CARE OF THAT BY SACRIFICING HIS SON.   THE FATHER JUST WANTED US TO SEE AND BELIEVE HOW MUCH HE LOVE US.   JESUS TAKES CARE OF OUR SINS WHEN WE BELIEVE IN HIM.  REMEMBER, JESUS CAME TO SAVE US ; WE CAN’T SAVE OURSELVES.  AND SO, NOW THAT WE ARE RESTORED AS A CHILD OF GOD.  THIS WAS GOD’S ORIGINAL PLAN FROM THE BEGINNING OF CREATION.   WHEN JESUS DIED, HE TOOK BACK WHAT THE DEVIL HAD STOLEN FROM ADAM.  THERE STILL IS FREE WILL FOR EVERYONE AND SO ONE CAN STILL CHOOSE TO ALLOW SATIN TO HAVE CONTROL OF THEIR LIVES.  BUT THE BELIEVER IS IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HAS POWER AND AUTHORITY ( WHICH UNFORTUNATELY MANY DON’T USE ) TO DEFEAT THE DEVIL.    THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTURES ARE EXAMPLES OF OUR INHERITANCE IN CHRIST JESUS.

  Heb 1:2  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

  Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.   (  SUFFER FOR THE WORD SAKE )

   Heb 9:15  And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

1Pe 1:4 KJV To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,     NOTE : In v3 , Peter is talking about our ” born again  ” man as a seed.    This seed is incorruptible and undefiled:  always pure.   It can not fade away.   It will always be with us.   He is talking about our  ” born again ” man.   It’s a seed.  It needs to grow.   Some ” born again ” Christian don’t seem to grow at all or very little.   Others grow 30, 60, 100 fold.  It’s depends on how much they care for that incorruptible seed.  The more we know who we are, believe who we are,  and declare who we are ” In Christ  ” .  The more that seed will grow and we will be more like Jesus,  living like Him on the outside.   This is why some Christians act more like Jesus than others.  

ONE OF THE BEST THINGS THAT WE INHERITED WAS ABLE TO BECOME A CHILD OF GOD.    Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

  Heb 11:7  By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

Isa 54:17  No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.  (  BY USING ” THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT ” , WE CAN CONDEMN THE DARKNESS THAT COMES AGAINST US )

  Eph 1:13- In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,  v 14   Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

    Act 20:32 KJV And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.  Note : IT’S GOD’S GRACE (  GOD’S UNDESERVED FAVOR AND POWER TO LIVE OUR LIVES LIKE GOD WANTED US TO LIVE FROM THE BEGINNING ) THAT BUILDS US UP TO BE ABLE TO RECEIVE OUR INHERITANCE IN CHRIST JESUS.

    START LIVING AND BELIEVING LIKE A CHILD OF GOD.  KNOW, BELIEVE, DECLARE YOUR AUTHORITY AS A CHILD OF GOD AND FIGHT THE FORCES OF EVIL.  THEN YOU WILL HAVE MORE JOY AND PEACE IN YOUR LIFE.     

          DEAR JESUS !   BY YOUR SACRIFICE, YOU DEFEATED THE ENEMY AND BROUGHT BACK THE KINGDOM OF GOD HERE ON EARTH.   YOU INHERITED IT ALL.   SINCE WE ARE IN YOU, WE ARE JOINT HEIRS WITH YOU.    YOU HAVE GIVEN US AUTHORITY TO TAKE BACK WHAT THE DEVIL HAS STOLEN FROM US AND YOUR KINGDOM.  WE WILL DECLARE YOUR NAME AND BRING BACK YOUR PEACE ON EARTH.    THANK YOU FOR YOUR PEACE. AMEN!
    SHALOM2U

 

        THE DIVINE EXCHANGE.  2Co 5:21 NHEB For him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.    We see here how Jesus took our sins and therefore He became unrighteous.    In return Jesus gives us His righteousness when we believe in Him.   THE DIVINE EXCHANGE !   This is probably the #1 exchange that Jesus did for us but there are a lot more.    Like this promise, they all require faith.   We have to know, believe, and declare to see them come to pass.   If we don’t know and believe the results of His sacrifice then have no affect on us.  For example, Jesus died for all mankind; but only those who believe are saved.   The word saved implies far more than what we usually think it to mean.   Most Christians have a basic belief in salvation.  One believes in Jesus, dies and goes to heaven.   It is the most important thing that Jesus did by His sacrifice; but He did exceeding more.   Eph 3:20 NHEB Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.     By His sacrifice, Jesus fulfilled all the promises of God that was spoken throughout the Bible.   God’s word puts it this way :       2Co 1:20 KJV For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.   The Bible is like one big treasure map full of treasure waiting to be found.   There !  there for us to know, believe, and declare for it to be received.    Proverbs tells us :  Pro 2:4-5 NET 4 if you seek it like silver, and search for it like hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand how to fear ( reverence ) the LORD, and you will discover knowledge about God.   It’s talking about wisdom and understanding and by these the promises of God are found.  SO lets go on a treasure hunt !

     First Jesus came as a baby and was born in a manger.  Luk 2:7 NHEB And she gave birth to her firstborn son, and wrapped him with pieces of cloth, and placed him in a feeding trough, because there was no guest room available for them.  We see here that Jesus left all His infinite wealth etc. and became poor.  THE DIVINE EXCHANGE :   Paul tells us why :  2Co 8:9 NHEB For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might become rich.   The Bible is full of scriptures that tell us that God wants us to be prosper but we look at being rich as a bad thing.   It’s the love of money, that’s a bad thing.   Money when used right can be a great blessing for you and others.  We are blessed to be a blessing.  

     JESUS SUFFERING BEGAN IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE.      Mar 14:32 NHEB They came to a place which was named Gethsemane.  He said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I pray.”  AT THE FOOT OF THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, WAS THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE.   GETHSEMANE MEANS ” AN OIL PRESS “. AND THAT’S WHAT THEY DO TO OLIVES TO GET THE OIL.   OIL REPRESENTS ANOINTING.    AT THE GARDEN OF EDEN,  ADAM WILLINGLY GAVE UP GOD’S WILL FOR HIS OWN WILL RESULTING IN A CURSE FOR ALL MANKIND.   ADAM LOST HIS ANOINTING AND BECAME LIKE A COMMON MAN.     NOW OUR  REDEEMER IS GIVING UP HIS WILL SO THAT THE WILL OF THE FATHER WOULD BE FULFILLED.   NOW ONCE AGAIN MAN CAN BE RESTORED BACK INTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD.   JESUS GIVING UP HIS WILL, HELPS US TO SURRENDER OUR WILL TO THE FATHER’S WILL.    The first commandment is to love God with all of our heart and soul.    Jesus does that and as we abide in Him, our hearts grow to love God more and more and thereby we become empowered to surrender our will for His will be done.    JESUS WAS PRESSED LIKE A OLIVE TO YIELD ANOINTING OIL.    WHEN WE ABIDE IN HIM, WE RECEIVE THAT ANOINTING TO CARRY OUT OUR COMMISSION IN LIFE.    WE ARE NOW EMPOWERED TO FIGHT THE ENEMY AND TO BLESS OTHERS.     REMEMBER WE ARE CALLED TO BE KINGS : THAT CONTROL AND ENFORCE THE KINGDOM OF GOD AGAINST THE KINGDOM OF SATAN,      AND PRIESTS : THAT BLESS OTHERS SO THAT THEY WOULD ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HAVE LIFE EVERLASTING.

      NEXT JESUS WAS BETRAYED :    Mar 14:44 NHEB Now he who betrayed him had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I will kiss, that is he. Seize him, and lead him away safely.”   IN LIFE, WE CAN FEEL BETRAYED BY THE ONES WE LOVE.    OUR FALLEN NATURE MAKES US AND OTHERS DO WHAT’S NOT RIGHT TO EACH OTHER.   UNFORTUNATELY THE DEVIL GOT INTO JUDAS AND MADE HIM DO THE UNTHINKABLE.   JESUS, I’M SURE FORGAVE JUDAS BUT JUDAS WASN’T ABLE TO RECEIVE HIS FORGIVENESS.   LETS ALWAYS FOCUS ON JESUS LOVE AND FORGIVENESS FOR US.     RECEIVE HIS FORGIVENESS AND PASS IT ON TO THOSE THAT HURT US.  THE DIVINE EXCHANGE : Joh 3:17 NET For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him.

      Mar 14:65 NHEB Some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to beat him with fists, and to tell him, “Prophesy.”   And the officers took him and beat him.     JESUS WAS SPIT UPON.   HERE THE KING OF KINGS WAS HUMILIATED.    TREATED LIKE A CRIMINAL ; GREATLY DISRESPECTED.    IN LIFE MANY THINGS HAPPEN TO US THAT ARE HORRIFIC.   THEY CAN MAKE DRASTIC CHANGES IN OUR LIVES ; MAKING US FEARFUL, ANGRY, HATEFUL ETC..    BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS WENT THROUGH, WE CAN RECEIVE HEALING WHEN WE COME TO HIM.    THEY ALSO BEAT JESUS.   THEY GOT VERY PHYSICAL HERE.   AGAIN SCRIPTURE DECLARES :  Isa 53:4 NHEB Surely he bore our diseases, and took our pains; yet we considered him stricken, and struck down by God, and afflicted.    HERE JESUS WAS PHYSICALLY BEATEN   NOT SPIRITUAL.    ALL THAT JESUS ENDURED WAS FOR THE TOTAL MAN: BODY, SOUL, AND SPIRIT.   GOD CARES FOR THE WHOLE MAN.   GOD DOESN’T DO THINGS HALF WAY.    Isa 55:9 NHEB “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,  so are my ways higher than your ways,  and my thoughts than your thoughts.  JESUS CAME TO SAVE THE WHOLE MAN.  THE WORD ” SAVE ”  IS THE GREEK WORD ” SOZO “.    THAYER’S DEFINITION INCLUDES SUFFERING FROM DISEASE, MAKE WELL, HEAL, RESTORE TO HEALTH.     JESUS DID THIS THROUGHOUT HIS MINISTRY.    HE HEALED THE BLIND, LAME, DEAF AND EVEN RAISED THE DEAD.  HE SET THE CAPTIVES FREE AND FORGAVE SINNERS.   HE CARED FOR THE WHOLE MAN.    HE CALLS US TO RECEIVE FROM HIM AND DO THE SAME TO PASS IT ON TO OTHERS IN HIS NAME.   IT’S NOT EASY TO BELIEVE, BUT REMEMBER HIS SACRIFICE FOR US WAS EXTREMELY HARD TO DO.

         Mar 15:1 NET Early in the morning, after forming a plan, the chief priests with the elders and the experts in the law and the whole Sanhedrin tied Jesus up, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate.     HERE WE SEE THAT JESUS IS TAKING TO BE TRIED BUT WOULD NOT RECEIVE JUSTICE.   IN LIFE WE DON’T  ALWAYS RECEIVE JUSTICE BUT JESUS CAME TO REDEEM US.    ACTUALLY JESUS PAID OUR DEBT FOR NOT KEEPING THE LAW.  THE DEBT FOR OUR SINS.  JESUS IS OUR REDEEMER !    Luk 1:68 NET “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,  because he has come to help and has redeemed his people.     SOMETIMES WE CAN BE CAPTURED BY SATAN BUT JESUS GAVE UP HIS FREEDOM TO SET US FREE.  THE DIVINE EXCHANGE :  Joh 8:36 NHEB So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

           Joh 19:1 ISV Then Pilate had Jesus taken away and whipped.   THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW JESUS SUFFERED MORE  FOR US TO JUST DIE AND GO TO HEAVEN.    THE DIVINE EXCHANGE :   Isa 53:4-5 NHEB 4 Surely he bore our diseases,( SICKNESS ) and took our pains ( PHYSICAL AND MENTAL ); yet we considered him stricken, and struck down by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, and he was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed.    PEACE IS SHALOM IN HEBREW.   ONE OF MY FAVORITE WORDS.  IT MEANS COMPLETENESS, SOUNDNESS, WELFARE,  HEALTH, TRANQUILITY.   PEACE TO THE WHOLE MAN.   WE DON’T SEEM TO EXPERIENCE THIS SHALOM PEACE VERY MUCH.   JESUS PAID A GREAT PRICE FOR IT AND SO IN ORDER TO RECEIVE IT, IT WILL USUALLY TAKE A GREAT COMMITMENT ON OUR PART TO RECEIVE IT.   I HAVE HEARD OF PEOPLE BEING HEALED INSTANTLY BUT USUALLY UNDER THE ANOINTING OF SOMEONE WITH THE GIFT OF HEALINGS, FAITH, OR MIRACLES.    1Co 12:7-11 NET 7 To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the benefit of all. 8 For one person is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, and another the message of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another performance of miracles, to another prophecy, and to another discernment of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 It is one and the same Spirit, distributing as he decides to each person, who produces all these things.      1Co 12:24 EasyEnglish But we do not need to cover the beautiful parts of our bodies. God has put all the parts together in one body and some parts seem not to be worth very much. But God has made those parts more important.   I BELIEVE THAT GOD IS TELLING US HERE THAT EVEN THOUGH WE DON’T HAVE SOME OF THESE SEEMINGLY OUTWARD IMPORTANT GIFTS; WE ARE NONETHELESS MOST IMPORTANT.  WE NEED TO CONTINUALLY LEFT UP THOSE THAT ARE CALLED TO MINISTER TO THE BODY OF CHRIST AND THE REST OF THE WORLD.      I ALSO HAVE SEEN BY VIDEO MANY TESTIMONIES OF PEOPLE BEING HEALED BUT IT TOOK A VERY LONG TIME OF BELIEVING AND DECLARING BEFORE IT CAME TO PASS.  

            Joh 19:2 NET The soldiers braided a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they clothed him in a purple robe.   JESUS IS NOW BEING TORMENTED BOTH PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY.    HE’S BEING MOCKED AND RIDICULE AND EXTREMELY TORTURED IN HIS HEAD.  WE CAN GO THROUGH ALL KINDS OF PHYSICAL AND MENTAL AFFECTIONS , BUT JESUS PAID THE PRICE FOR IT ALL.     THE DIVINE EXCHANGE : Isa 53:4 NHEB Surely he bore our diseases, and took our pains; yet we considered him stricken, and struck down by God, and afflicted.    Num 33:55 BBE But if you are slow in driving out the people of the land, then those of them who are still there will be like pin-points in your eyes and like thorns in your sides, troubling you in the land where you are living.     IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, THORNS REPRESENTED PEOPLE THAT WOULD CONTINUE TO GIVE THEM TROUBLE BECAUSE THEY FAILED TO DESTROY THEM.   IN THE NEW TESTAMENT WE READ WHERE PAUL HAD A THORN IN THE FLESH.  2Co 12:7 KJV And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.    WE ARE IN A SPIRITUAL BATTLE.    LIKE PAUL, WE HAVE DEMONS THAT ATTACK AND HARASS US.   THESE ARE THORNS IN THE FLESH IN WHICH WE CAN OVERCOME  BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS SUFFERED WHEN HE WORE THE CROWN OF THORNS.

  Joh 19:17 KJV And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha.   JESUS WAS ALREADY HEAVILY BEATEN AND NOW HE HAD TO CARRY A HEAVY LOAD.   THROUGHOUT LIFE THERE ARE MANY THINGS THAT WE AREN’T SUPPOSE TO CARRY ALONE: OUR TRIALS AND TEMPTATIONS.  AND SO WE HAVE THE DIVINE EXCHANGE : Mat 11:28-30 KJV 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

       Mat 27:46 KJV And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?   THIS WAS PROBABLY THE GREATEST SUFFERING THAT JESUS HAD TO ENDURE.   GOD WAS ALWAYS FATHER TO JESUS, VERY CLOSE AND PERSONAL TO HIM.   NOW GOD IS GOD MORE DISTANT AND NOT PERSONAL.   NOW JESUS IS ALL ALONE, THEIR ONENESS THAT THEY SHARED SINCE THE BEGINNING WAS BROKEN.  SOME OF THE HARDEST TIMES IN ONES LIFE IS THE LOST OF THEIR PARENT OR CHILD.   JESUS FELT THAT PAIN AND SO MUCH MORE.   ONCE AGAIN WE SEE ” THE DIVINE EXCHANGE “.       2Co 5:21 KJV For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.    SIN SEPARATES US FROM GOD.   JESUS, WHEN HE TOOK OUR SINS BECAME FOR A TIME SEPARATED FROM THE FATHER.   HE BECAME THE PERFECT AND ETERNAL SACRIFICE.   NOW ALL THAT BELIEVE IN HIM HAVE ETERNAL FORGIVENESS AND FELLOWSHIP WITH THE FATHER.  WE ARE  ” BORN AGAIN ” AND THAT NEW MAN IS ONCE AGAIN RESTORED TO THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD.   THE MORE WE PROCLAIM THE NEW MAN IN US, THE MORE OUR OLD MAN, THE FLESH WILL CONFORM TO THE IMAGE OF GOD.   JESUS BEING SEPARATED FROM THE FATHER WAS THE HARDEST PART OF HIS SACRIFICE.   WE ARE DECLARED RIGHTEOUS BY FAITH IN HIM.  THE DIVINE EXCHANGE GOES ON :  Eph 2:18 EasyEnglish By Christ, all of us, both Jews and Gentiles, can come to the Father by the same Spirit.

        FAITH IS VERY CHALLENGING.   TO BELIEVE GOD AND HIS EXCEEDINGLY GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES IS A SPIRITUAL BATTLE.   TO OUR NATURAL SENSES,  IT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE AND A FAIRY TALE.   IF YOU SAY THAT YOU BELIEVE THAT GOD WILL PROTECT YOU FROM THE VIRUS BECAUSE IT’S IN HIS WORD (  Psa 91:9-10 KJV 9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.)  YOU ARE LOOKED AT LIKE YOU LOST YOUR MIND.    THINK ABOUT DAVID, JUST A SHEPARD BOY FIGHTING A GIANT.     OUR GIANT IS OUR FLESH : WHAT WE SEE WITH OUR NATURAL EYES,  HEAR WITH OUR NATURAL EARS, BELIEVE WITH OUR NATURAL BRAIN INSTEAD OF BELIEVING GODS WORD WITH OUR SPIRITUAL EYES, SPIRITUAL EARS, AND BELIEVE WITH OUR SOUL.    HERE IS PSALM 103 AND SOME OF THOSE DEVINE EXCHANGES.  HOW MANY ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE?   

Psa 103:1-5 ISV 1 Bless the LORD, my soul,   and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, my soul,   and never forget any of his benefits: 3 He continues to forgive all your sins,   he continues to heal all your diseases, 4 he continues to redeem your life from the Pit,   and he continuously surrounds you   with gracious love and compassion. 5 He keeps satisfying you with good things,   and he keeps renewing your youth like the eagle’s.

            THROUGH IT ALL, JESUS GAVE UP HIS BEST AND TOOK OUR WORST.   BY HIS REDEMPTION FOR US, WE RECEIVE HIS BEST.    THE DIVINE EXCHANGE, GLORY BE TO GOD !

We all experience trials but we are suppose to go through them.

Psa 23:4 KJV Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Psa 34:4 KJV I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Psa 34:6 KJV This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

Psa 34:7 KJV The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

Psa 34:17 KJV The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

Psa 34:19 KJV Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Psa 37:39-40 KJV 39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble. 40 And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.    

Psa 50:15 WEB Call on me in the day of trouble. I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

1Pe 5:10 KJV But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

Jas 1:2-4 KJV 2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Mat 13:20-21 WEB 20 What was sown on the rocky places, this is he who hears the word and immediately with joy receives it; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while. When oppression or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.

Rom 5:3 KJV And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

Joh 16:33 KJV These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

   WHATEVER TRIAL YOU MAY BE GOING THROUGH, YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT JESUS CAME TO SAVE YOU.   THERE ARE MANY PROPHECIES IN THE OLD TESTAMENT THAT DECLARES WHAT JESUS HAS DONE FOR US BY HIS SACRIFICE ON THE CROSS.   THERE ARE ALSO MANY SCRIPTURES THAT TELLS THAT GOD IS OUR REFUGE, OUR DELIVER, ETC..   WE BEEN ALLOWING GOD’S WORD TO BE TAKEN FROM US FAR TOO LONG.   WE NEED TO HALLOW GOD’S WORD.    WE NEED TO REPENT FOR ALLOWING OTHER WORDS AND OTHER THINGS KEEP US FROM BELIEVING GOD’S EXCEEDINGLY GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES.  2Co 1:20 KJV For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.    JESUS DID HIS PART!   OUR PART IS TO KNOW, BELIEVE AND DECLARE WHAT JESUS HAS DONE FOR US.    START NOW DWELLING IN THE SECRET PLACE, IN CHRIST JESUS.    HALLOW HIS WORDS OF LIFE SO THAT IT CAN REACH YOUR SOUL.   Joh 6:63 KJV It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.    THEN YOU WILL BE ABLE TO DECLARE THESE PROMISES IN FAITH.    BE LIKE ABRAHAM : Rom 4:20 KJV He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;         SHALOM2U

Walking in the Spirit.  

WE BELIEVE,  WE DECLARE ( WITH PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING) AND THEN WE BECOME !   Mar 11:23 KJV For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.     AGAIN:  Abraham had to BELIEVE , DECLARE, before he BECAME a father of many nations.    AGAIN:  David had to BELIEVE, DECLARE, before he was able to BECOME, a giant slayer.   AGAIN: Only Joshua and Caleb was able to enter the promised land because they BELIEVED, DECLARED. and was able to enter in.

Gal 5:16 KJV This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

GOSPEL :  GOOD NEWS.          Eph 3:20Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 

  GRACE  :  GOSPEL :  Act 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

     Gal 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

Rom 6:14 KJV For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

    Rom 3:24 WEB being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus;

WHAT IS GRACE?     JESUS  : Tit 2:11-12 KJV 11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,     Grace is receiving by faith what Jesus by His sacrifice did to become more like Him.   Here we see that Jesus took are sins so that we could receive His righteousness by faith in Him.   2Co 5:21 NHEB For him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.   Righteousness is but one of the many blessings that we receive by faith in Jesus.   Everything that we need for our body, soul, and spirit; Jesus provided for us through His sacrifice.   Walking in the Spirit is how we receive ; declaring who we are in Him.

GRACE:   it’s God’s unmerited favor to live in the Spirit and not in the flesh,   To live righteously by faith in who we are in Him..

  HOW DO WE RECEIVE GRACE?   Rom 5:1-2 WEB 1 Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; 2 through whom we also have our access by “faith”  into this grace in which we stand.   We rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  ( BY FAITH )

     HOW DOES OUR FAITH BECOME EFFECTIVE?      Phm 1:6 WEB that the fellowship of your faith may become effective in the acknowledgement of every good thing which is in us in Christ Jesus.         1Jn 4:17 NHEB In this love has been made perfect among us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, even so are we in this world.    Note : Once we are born again, it’s all about acknowledging Jesus in us – the new main.  It’s declaring by faith, who we are in Him.
   
    HOW MANY LAWS ARE THERE?      Rom 8:2 KJV.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.    Note : Do you see the two laws there.  We are suppose to be following the law of the Spirit instead most Christians are following the Law.    Jesus is the ” Tree of Life “.  We should partake of it, not the ” tree of the knowledge of good and evil “.

    Rom 8:11 KJV But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.    Note : when we declare by faith: who we are ” in Christ Jesus “; the Spirit can quicken ( make it come alive ) our body to act like Jesus.   That’s why it says : Gal 5:16-NHEB But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh. V17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, that you may not do the things that you desire.    ( says  the same thing  )  Rom 8:13 WEB For if you live after the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

HOW CAN YOU TELL IF ONE IS WALKING IN THE SPIRIT OR IN THE FLESH?

     This is the result of walking in the flesh
  Gal 5:19- Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, v20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, v21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

      This is the result of walking in the Spirit.
    Gal 5:22- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, v23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

How do we actually walk in the flesh?     When we live by our natural senses; what we see, hear, touch, understand with our brain.  All that we receive by natural sources.

On the other hand, we walk in the Spirit by believing in what God’s word says.  To be more specific, it’s believing in what God’s word says who you are in Christ Jesus.    Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:   ( 2Corth. 1:20)

Once we receive Jesus into our hearts by Faith in HIM; we are no longer the same person.  We may look the same and even act the same, but God declares that we are a new creation.  We are ” born again “.  Now we are challenged to believe what GOD has done.   Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.   One of the many things is to believe that we are righteous by faith ” in Christ Jesus “.    Rom 5:17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.   

God always declares things before they come to pass.  Gen. 1

God required Abraham to declare that he was a father of many nations before it came to pass.

WE BELIEVE!   WE DECLARE!  WE BECOME!

Jesus is our best example of walking in the Spirit.  We are always told to follow JESUS,   So !   walk in the Spirit.  Jesus was born of man and born of God.  So ARE WE WHEN we are” born again”.  Being the son of Mary, He was born of the flesh.  Mary being conceived by the Holy Spirit, JESUS was born of the Spirit.  He walk this earth as a man but HE didn’t react to His environment as a man.   We are called to do the same.     Our ” born again man ” is called to act like JESUS.   He receive the word of God into His Soul and declared it by His speech.   Mat 12:34  ……. for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.?

Luk 2:40 KJV And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.       AGE 13.       GOD FATHER.      Rom 7:6 KJV But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

JESUS was lead by the Spirit and walked in the Spirit.   Isa 11:3 KJV And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:  

   When JESUS helped the man at  the pool of Bethesda.      Psa 72:12 NHEB  For he will deliver the needy when he cries; the poor, who has no helper.   Mar 10:46-And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. V47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. 

  Pro 10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many:………..
JESUS walked in the Spirit,  declaring that the Kingdom of God.  He feed the 4,000 and the 5,000.   Walking in the SPIRIT.   (  think about  George Muller)   

  Psa 89:9 You rule the pride of the sea. When its waves rise up, you calm them.  &  Psa 107:29 NHEB  He makes the storm a calm, so that its waves are still.   JESUS knew these scriptures and so when the sea roared   Mat 8:26 And he said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was a great calm.


God requires us to call those things that are not as though they were.

Declaring who Christ Jesus is, what HE has done by His sacrifice on the cross,and who we are  in Christ Jesus.  This is how we walk in the Spirit.    Amo 3:3 NHEB Do two walk together, unless they have agreed?

Paul said that it’s not i that live but Christ Jesus who lives in me.

     2Co 10:3-KJV For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: v4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) v5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;


We are kings and priest.  We belong to a Priestley nation of kingdom.  We are spiritual priest and king.  When we use our spiritual authority as kings , we come against the kingdom of darkness.  We  are doing  the will of the King of all king.  When we use our Priestley role and pray and intercede for others, we are doing the will of the our great High Priest.  We are walking in the Spirit.


     Jesus said     Mar 14:38 NHEB Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”   Another way at looking at this is that the flesh is not strong enough to walk in the spirit but in the flesh.   When we don’t renew our mind ( soul ) then we are  too weak to walk in the spirit, so we walk in the flesh.   The Spirit man can only ACT on to what is believed and declared.     Joh 6:63 NHEB It is the spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and are life.  Meditating on the word of God, feeds the Spirit man and it feeds the soul.    We have a tendency to focus on the law but we are told:   Rom 7:6 KJV But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.   We need to focus on Spirit and life given words.  We need to focus on:  2Co 1:20 NHEB For however many are the promises of God, in him they are “Yes.” Therefore also through him they are “Amen,” to the glory of God through us.   When we believe and declare God’s word of who we are because of what Jesus has done; then the Spirit quickens and we become.

   2Co 4:13 But having the same spirit of faith, according to that which is written, “I believed, and therefore I spoke.” We also believe, and therefore also we speak;

1Co 2:14 KJV But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

  2Co 4:18 KJV While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Gal 2:20-21 KJV 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

1Jn 4:9 KJV In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

WE BELIEVE!  WE DECLARE!  WE BECOME!

Rom 8:11 KJV But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

   Eph 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

    TO GOD BE THE GLORY !

 

   We all probably heard that prayer is talking to God.  This is true.   Prayer is asking God for something.  This is also true.   Mat 7:7 KJV Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:      The important thing to remember is God is not a sugar daddy.  He’s not our genie.  He is God but unfortunately many treat Him as just another source to get something or put the blame on.  We worship other people and things above God.  God calls that idolatry.  Idolatry is probably the number one cause of why God doesn’t listen to us.  Here in America and throughout the world, God isn’t worshipped and believe in.   So the number one thing we need to have God hear our prayers is to treat Him as God.  When we praise and worship Him and thank Him for His blessings, then we our telling Him that we believe He is God. 

     There are some things that we should ask God for and He does wants to do it.  We have to remember that God says: Mar 11:24 KJV Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.    Here we see that we have to believe before we actually see it come to past.   This is the hardest part of living by faith and not by sight.  So after we ask, we must believe.  It’s called fighting the good fight of faith.  1Ti 6:12 KJV Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.     Faith requires two things.  First you must believe but just believing is not enough.  Second, you must confess.  I like the word declare.  We believe!  We declare!  And then the Holy Spirit can quicken ( bring live,, make it come alive, make it happen).  This is the way God created light.  First the Father knew that light is the answer to darkness.  The Son believed and the Son of God ( Jesus: the Word that became flesh )  spoke ( declared) light be.  And then third, the Holy Spirit quicken the word that was believed and declared into being manifested.   Sometimes, we believe and declare but we don’t hold onto our confession.  We also confess what we see, instead of continuing to believe the answer.   Jas 1:6-8 KJV 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. 
        In order to have faith to believe; we need to have ” substance ” to our faith.   Heb 11:1 KJV Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.   We know that Abraham was a great man of faith.  He is even called: the father of faith.   The “substance ” of Abraham’s faith what God promised Abraham.  It took about 25 years before Abraham saw it come to pass.  Abraham had to grow in faith.  It took him having a personal relationship with God.  It’s the same with us.  Without a personal with God, we can’t grow in faith.  In time, Abraham grew to believe in what God says to him.  He grew in faith to believe in Gods promises.  Believing in the promises of God is what we need to know.  Unfortunately most are like me, for years I knew more about the law and almost nothing about Gods promises.  Knowing, believing, and declaring the promises of God will go a long way with God answering our prayers.

              So when we pray, we need to give God the respect that He deserves.  Praise, worship and Thanksgiving goes a long way to that end.  Believing in God’s promises is believing in God.  We’re saying to God that we believe in His word, His promises.  We believe in what Jesus sacrifice on the cross accomplish.   We believe not because we see it but only because God said it.  We believe, we declare and let God bring it to pass.

       Shalom Jim

 

   Jos 21:43 So the LORD gave to Israel all the land which he swore to give to their fathers. They possessed it, and lived in it. V44 The LORD gave them rest all around, according to all that he swore to their fathers. Not a man of all their enemies stood before them. The LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand. V45 Nothing failed of any good thing which the LORD had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.

       Here we see that the children of Israel finally got into the ” promise land “.   Not all made it to the promise land.   Unbelief keep them from entering.  Note also that Moses could not bring them into the promise land.   Moses represented ” the law “.   The Law can not save you, make you righteous, and bring you into the promise land.   Only Joshua could bring them into the promise land.   Why is that ?   Joshua is the Hebrew name for Jesus.  Joshua was a for shadow of what Jesus will do for us.  Jesus name is Joshua which means ; Jehovah saves .  So Joshua in the old testament brought the people into the promise land and Jesus now brings us into the promise land.    It’s important to note that although they were in the promise land, they had to continue in faith; believing and trusting in God.  This is where they failed.  God gave them the best.  He wanted the best for them but when they went into ” Idolatry ” ; God removed His blessings and protection from them.   It’s the same way with us.  We are in the promise land when we are ” born again ” but we don’t keep up our personal relationship with Jesus and start going after false idols or gods.   Anything that we put over the place of God is a idol.   Anytime we put other people words over God’s word is a idol.   I’m not talking about ” the law ” because God’s word says that we are not under the law but under grace.  We are saved by grace!    We can put ourselves, our family, work, time, and other people over the place of God.   God wants us to be blessed but be bless His way.    Luk 12:30-31 KJV 30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

       So where is the ” Promise Land ” for us today ?   We know that when we die, we will go to heaven.  We can say that –  that is the promise land.   I believe that God wants us to have the promise land here on earth.    He wants to bless us so that we can be a blessing to others.  If you only have a little, you can only give a little and bless a little.  The sacrifice of Jesus was for the whole man: body, soul, and spirit.  The promise land is found in : 2Co 1:20 KJV  For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.   To receive these promises, we must know them, believe them and declare them.   Most Christians don’t know them, so don’t believe and declare them.   You can’t receive the promises unless you do.

          These promises are found in both the Old and New Testament.   Let’s look at some.   Psa 23:1 KJV A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  We are very familiar with this scripture but do we really believe it.   God knows by the way we speak and act.  I hear most people declaring the opposite.   Let’s take another scripture : Psa 91:9-10 KJV 9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.    The whole Psalm 91 is full of promises.  There is one requirement:  Psa 91:1 KJV He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  One must dwell in the secret place.   When you fellowship with Jesus,  you will be able to know, believe and declare these promises and therefore enter the promise land.    We need to dwell with Jesus more.

   Here are some more great and precious promises.

    Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with
every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ;  Note :

    2Co 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Look, new things have come.

    Psa 91:14 KJV Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

      Psa 91:15 KJV He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

      Psa 91:16 KJV With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

     Isa 54:14 KJV In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.

     Isa 54:17 KJV No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

     Psa 34:4 KJV I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

    Psa 34:19 KJV Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

      Rom 5:1 KJV Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

     Rom 6:14 KJV For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

   Remember your promise land is in Christ Jesus :  2 Corth. 1:20   For all the promises of God In Him ( JESUS ) are yea and in Him Amen, unto the glorly of God by us   ( who know, believe, and declare )

          SHALOM2U